Date & Time: September 17 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: Olmsted Theatre, Performing Arts Center

Jonathan Larson Grant recipient Zeniba Now presents an afternoon of music from various shows in development.

With creative help from Alessandra Valea and Sarah Lunnie, Zeniba Now presents “Sincerely, Z” where gratitude practice meets musical theatre. The program features compositions by Zeniba Now, Jay Adana, Rodney Bush, and Elliah Heifetz with performances by Zeniba Now and Rodney Bush along with special guest performances by Meredith Casey and Brandon Omega.

There will be a reception for audience and artists following the performance.

This event will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.  Live streaming of this performance is generously sponsored the Adelphi Women’s Giving Circle.

ZENIBA NOW is a musical storyteller and artscientist from Los Angeles, California. Millions of people have enjoyed her performances online as well as on stage. As a writer of original musicals, her work has been produced by PBS, The Public Theater, St. Louis Rep, and Woolly Mammoth. She is the winner of the 2020 Richard Rodgers Award, 2021 Vivace Award, 2021 Jonathan Larson Grant, a Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow, an Independent Film School Lab member, an Alumni Residency Writer for #BARS at The Public, and West High’s Funniest Senior. You can listen to her music on the streaming service of your choice, check out her videos on Youtube or Tiktok, and sign up for notifications for stage musicals, stand-up comedy, concerts, and more at www.zenibanow.com.

The American Theatre Wing and the Jonathan Larson Grants

For over 100 years, the American Theatre Wing has been committed to championing and honoring American theater. By creating the Tony Awards, developing educational programs and distributing thousands of dollars of grants and awards each year, the American Theatre Wing is dedicated to preserving the past, celebrating the present and fostering the future of American theater nationwide. The Jonathan Larson Grants are a major part of that work, celebrating the standards of tomorrow by supporting the songwriters of today. New musical writers are pushing the envelope of convention and infusing musical theater with contemporary, joyful urban vitality. Endowed with leadership support by Jonathan Larson’s family, this program provides financial support, recognition and residency opportunities that invest in the changing landscape of the American musical, one writer at a time.Past recipients of these grants have gone on to create the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Grey Gardens, Next To Normal, Elf, Hands on a Hardbody, Be More Chill, A Strange Loop and many more.

Since 2015, the Larson Legacy Concert Series at the Adelphi PAC has celebrated the next generation of artists at the college home of the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT, Jonathan Larson ’82. Each year, the American Theatre Wing presents emerging creators of musical theater with the Jonathan Larson Grants. Select recipients of these grants are showcased at the Adelphi PAC in this series to help nurture and support the next generation of creative artists to carry on Jonathan Larson’s legacy.

 

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