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New Voices Salutes Lyricists Campbell and Waldrop Concert in NYC
Clark, Reichard, Winther Sing
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New Voices Collective, usually focused on the work of composers, celebrates lyricists Mark Campbell and Mark Waldrop with an evening of their work 8 PM April 19 in Manhattan.

The 8 PM concert at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy (news) Thalia includes performances by Richard Todd Adams (news) (The Phantom of the Opera), Victoria Clark (Titanic), Jill Geddes (Les Misrables), Daniel Reichard (The Thing About Men) and Michael Winther (Mamma Mia!).’ ‘ The evening will be hosted by Danny Burstein.

Ranging in style from “the brilliantly theatrical” to “the hauntingly poetic,” their lyrics feature the music of Stephen Hoffman, Steve Marzullo, Sam Davis, Dick Gallagher, Jenny Giering, Patrick Brady and Mary Rodgers.’ ” ‘The singers will be accompanied by Ed Matthew on clarinet and Grant Wenaus on piano.

Mark Campbell has written lyrics and libretti for traditional and non-traditional musical theatre, as well as opera, dance and performance art. Most recently, he wrote the libretto for Volpone, a full-length comic opera with music by John Musto, which premiered at Wolf Trap a month ago and was hailed as a masterpiece by The Washington Post.

Other works include The Paradise Project (The Kitchen, music Michael Torke); Splendora (Bay Street Theatre Festival and American Place Theatre); Akin (presented by Music-Theatre Group at LaMama, music by Richard Peaslee); Light Shall Lift Them (produced by BAM’s Next Wave Festival); Nothing Forever (New York Theatre Workshop); The Sweet Revenge of Louisa May (Olney Theatre); Ring Around the Rosie for the Parsons Dance Company (music by Richard Peaslee, produced by Music-Theatre Group at the Joyce Theatre); Awakening (P.S. 122); and Broken Morning (HERE). ‘ ‘Campbell’s awards include the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Rockefeller Foundation Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, a Drama Desk Award nomination and most recently, a 2004 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award.

Mark Waldrop, a director and lyricist, served as production supervisor and contributed special material for Bette Midler (news)’s 1999 Divine Miss Millennium Tour. On Broadway, he directed and wrote material for Bea Arthur (news): Just Between Friends, which was nominated for the 2002 Tony Award for Unique Theatrical Event.

Off-Broadway and in Los Angeles he directed and penned book and lyrics to Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly (1997 Drama Desk Award, 1997 Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Obie). His Off-Broadway directing credits include Game Show, Pete ‘n Keely, Listen to My Heart and Whatnot (Richard Rodgers Production Award.)

A prizewinning lyricist (1995 Edward Kleban Award) and writer, Waldrop has written the lyrics for two TheaterWorks USA scores, Goldrush and A Christmas Carol. He’s also contributed lyrics to the planned Las Vegas production, Golddiggers, and to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. He also wrote book and lyrics for a musical, Luck, with music by composer Brad Ross.

The New Voices Collective, founded by Jen Bender, Joel Fram, and Doug Okerson in 2002, “provides a’ ‘forum for a community of artists to develop new works and explore new directions.’ ‘ Their various programs includes the New Voices concerts, First-Draft Musicals reading, and the Rush Hour Chamber Music series.”

Tickets are $25 ($22 for members and seniors; $15 for students), and are available by phone at (212) 864 5400.

Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.’ ‘ Visit

Mister D: Also responsible for Bette’s “Laughing Matters” from the musical, “When Pigs Fly”

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