Larson Legacy Concert Series: Benjamin Velez
Broadway performers take the stage in Adelphi’s Larson Legacy Concert showcasing the work of award-winning songwriter Benjamin Velez.
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A recipient of the esteemed Jonathan Larson Grant, Velez presents songs from his current musical projects—including Broadway-bound Kiss My Aztec—sung by a cast of Broadway performers. The concert will feature performances by Lincoln Clauss (Bat Out of Hell), Hannah Corneau (Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked), Micaela Diamond (Babe aka Cher in The Cher Show), Troy Iwata (Be More Chill), Marissa Rosen (Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls), and more to be announced. Rounding out the ensemble for the show are KC De La Cruz, Paul Esswein, Joseph Fierberg, Billy Fitzpatrick, Alesha Jeter, Kianna Kelly-Futch, and Alexia Sanchez. The concert features music direction by David Gardos (Hamilton) and is co-produced by Velez and Ruthie Fierberg.
In addition to Velez’s Kiss My Aztec (a collaboration with John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone), Velez’s concert offers a glimpse at his original musicals Afterland (which has been workshopped at the Yale Institute for Musical Theater and enjoyed a reading at the York Theater in 2016), Borderline (presented at the O’Neill Center), Boomerangs (workshopped at the Manhattan School of Music), and his untitled Young Einstein musical.
Benjamin Velez is a composer/lyricist and Columbia graduate (114th Varsity Show). Proud member of the BMI workshop (2012 Harrington Award). His work has been at MTF, Ars Nova, NAMT, NEO, the Civilians, 4@15, and Joe’s Pub. He was a Sundance Artist at the UCROSS Foundation, and his musical Afterland was developed at YIMT and the York Theater. He developed Starblasters at Dixon Place and will workshop it at Manhattan School of Music. His musical Borderline won the 2018 Weston Playhouse New Musical Award and was workshopped at the 2019 O’Neill Musical Theater Conference. He was a 2018-2019 DGF Fellow and the 2019 Fred Ebb Award Winner. His musical Kiss My Aztec, written with John Leguizamo, Tony Taccone, and David Kamp, had its world premiere at Berkeley Rep (2019), followed by a run at the La Jolla Playhouse (Fall 2019). https://www.benjaminvelez.com/
This event will also be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. Click the ticket link for details.
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