Heading to a Rhinebeck Retreat in August with a new musical

So...what do you do when you have a play that gets you super jazzed...that has had several staged readings and a few honors, but no full production...a play that you've always felt somehow ought to go deeper, but feels a little bit stuck?

You turn it into a musical.

Yes, the play formerly known as JINXED, about Jackie Cochran and Amelia Earhart, is being reimagined as a musical, with the working title SAVING AMELIA. Music by Phillip Palmer and book and lyrics written by me.

Work is well underway. Phillip and I are thrilled to be invited to Rhinebeck Writers Retreat this coming August to dream and write, dream and write some more!

From Broadway World:

19 Writers of 9 New Musicals for Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Announced

by BWW News Desk May. 12, 2017

Founding Executive Director Kathy Evans announced the 19 writers and 9 new musicals selected for development at this summer's Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. For nine consecutive weeks beginning July 2, each writing team will have a weeklong residency in the Hudson Valley, two hours north of New York City, to write their new musical. This year's writers include Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen (Outer Critics Circle nominated for Broadway's Tuck Everlasting), 2017 Jonathan Larson winner Ben Bonnema, Richard Rodgers winner Patricia Cotter, Kleban winner Jenny Giering, Fred Ebb winners Stacey Luftig and Phillip Palmer, and Laurents/Hatcher winner Jeff Talbott. The 9 musicals were selected from 113 applications by a panel of new musical experts: Kent Nicholson of Playwrights Horizons, Donna Lynn Hilton of Goodspeed Musicals, Kurt Deutsch of Sh-K-Boom Records, Jason Eagan of Ars Nova, Mara Isaacs of Octopus Theatricals, Playwright Darrah Cloud, and Robert Zukerman, formerly Director of Theatre at NYSCA.

Writers pay nothing to participate in Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, which takes no percentage of future royalties, and donors cover all the writers' costs. Each writing team lives in a private home and is provided transportation, food, and a $500 stipend. Major support for Rhinebeck Writers Retreat comes from The New York State Council on the Arts, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, The Frederick Loewe Foundation, The Dramatists Guild Fund, and The Noël Coward Foundation.

The line-up for the summer and the donors providing underwriting support each week are:

· July 2 - July 9:Mark Sonnenblick, Devotion, with lead support from The Noël Coward Foundation

· July 9 - July 16: Patricia Cotter,John Copeland, Ingrid Elizabeth, and Tylan Greenstein, Mrs. Nash, with lead support from Liz Armstrong and underwriting support from TheDramatists GuildFund

· July 16 - July 23:Jenny Gieringand Sean Barry, What We Leave Behind, with underwriting support from Hal Aronow-Thiel and Pat Henry

· July 23 - July 30:Brett RybackandEric Ulloa, Passing Through, with lead support from TheASCAP FoundationBart HowardFund and underwriting support from Amy Faxon

· July 30 - August 6:Jeff Talbott andWill Van Dyke, Seven Broken Hearts, with lead support from Alec Stais and Elissa Burke

· August 6 - August 13:Ben Bonnemaand Christopher Staskel, One Way, with underwriting support from Jacqui and Lew Rose

· August 13 - August 20:Stacey Luftigand Phillip Palmer, Saving Amelia, with lead support from TheFrederick LoeweFoundation

· August 20 - August 27:Kate Douglasand Shayfer James, The Seven Who Were Hanged, with lead support from Rick Farrar and Jeff Zadroga, in honor of MaestroJack Lee

· August 27 - September 3:Chris MillerandNathan Tysen, Eric Hermannson's Soul, with lead support from Peter Risafi and Steven Wheeler

Created in 2011, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat provides a sanctuary for musical theatre writers to develop their musicals in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Past writers include Kirsten Childs, Michael Friedman, Adam Gwon, David Hein and Irene Sankoff, Mike Lew, Joe Iconis, Itamar Moses, Duncan Sheik, Kyle Jarrow, Sam Willmott, and Stew and Heidi Rodewald. Rhinebeck musicals have had productions at The Public Theater's Shakespeare in The Park, Barrington Stage, Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Old Globe, and The Eugene O'Neill National Music Theater Conference. All costs are covered by contributions and we thank our major individual supporters: Liz Armstrong, Hal Aronow-Thiel and Pat Henry, Rick Farrar and Jeff Zadroga, Amy Faxon, Peter Risafi and Steven Wheeler, and Alec Stais and Elissa Burke.

For more information, visit www.rhinebeckwriters.org.

#Rhinebeck #PhillipPalmer #AmeliaEarhart #JackieCochran

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