Tesori to Be Toasted at Beantown Tuner-Fest
Thoroughly modern composer Jeanine Tesori will be the guest of honor at Boston's Birth of a Musical Festival (June 21-29), which will offer a slate of tuners that are still being tuned up. Tesori--who, besides crafting the new music for Millie, won a Drama Critics Circle award for Violet and is currently working with Tony Kushner on Caroline--will be around on the closing day of the festival to answer questions, to offer feedback, and to be feted with Boston Sings Tesori, a cabaret performance of her tunes.
This is the fourth year for the newly renamed festival (in previous outings it was the Open Call Festival of New Musicals), which is co-hosted by the New Opera & Musical Theater Initiative (NOMTI), North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT), the Boston Music Theatre Project at Suffolk University, ASCAP, and the Boston-based theater company Centastage. The festival is centered around three new musicals by New England teams, one of which is made up of lyricist/composer Brian Ross Lowdermilk, age 19, and book writer Zach Altman, a high school junior. Their work, The Wheel, will be featured along with Making Scents by Stephen Murray and William Lipscomb and George Sand by Nancy Rexford and Charles Turner.