Allen & Gray Musical Festival New Voices Concert

You know that Twilight Zone episode, “Time Enough At Last“? A theatremaker graduating into a pandemic feels a little bit like that. That said, I’m grateful for a lot of things these days, not the least of which being the Allen & Gray Musical Festival’s New Voices Concert Series!

Tune in HERE on Monday, September 28th to hear some new work by a spicy lineup of awesome emerging writers! Who knows, there might be a song or two of mine in there too 🙂

Photos from THE BAND’S VISIT New Work Cabaret!

I was BESIDE MYSELF to hear songs from Painting Faye Salvez and Noise performed by actors and musicians from the national touring production of The Band’s Visit, as well as singers from the St. Louis area. An enormous thank you to Under The Arch Incubator, Stray Dog Theatre, and these incredible performers. My heart belongs to you, Jennifer Apple and William Humphrey!

 

Jennifer Apple singing FOCUS ON YOUR HANDS from NOISE by Rachel Covey. Instrumentalists: Adrian Ries (piano), Antoine Beux (violin), Kells Nollenberger (bass). Photo by Lance Begnaud.
Jennifer Apple singing FOCUS ON YOUR HANDS fromNOISE by Rachel Covey. Photo by Lance Begnaud.
William Humphrey performing REPAIR from PAINTING FAYE SALVEZ by Rachel Covey. Photo by Lance Begnaud.
William Humphrey performing REPAIR from PAINTING FAYE SALVEZ by Rachel Covey.
Instrumentalists: Anna DiVesta (piano). Photo by Lance Begnaud.

 

A Visit with THE BAND’S VISIT?!

I’m stoked to announce that two of my songs will be featured in a cabaret performed by the national tour of The Band’s Visit at their stop in St. Louis! “Repair” from Painting Faye Salvez and “Focus On Your Hands” from my new project will join a lineup of new work by contemporary musical theatre composers around the country, including Anna Jacobs and Michael R. Jackson. Read about the event on Broadwayworld here!

The cabaret is commissioned by Under The Arch Incubator, a new, St. Louis-based theater company which focuses on the development of new work. Here’s a look inside their 2019 cabaret, performed by the national tour of Wicked!

Catch me spending a total of fourteen hours on six trains to get from Chicago to St. Louis and back 🙂

Painting Faye Salvez joins Tuacahn Theatre’s 2018 New Works Festival!

We were so grateful to team up with the wickedly talented actors of Tuacahn Theatre to take part in their 2018 New Works Festival! I learned so much about the piece by watching these actors breathe new life into it, guided by director Jeffry Denman and music director Chris Babbage. Thank you, Tuacahn Theatre!!!

Director Jeffry Denman speaks to the cast of Painting Faye Salvez at Tuacahn Theatre’s New Works Festival.
Matt Ban as Blake in rehearsal for Painting Faye Salvez at Tuacahn Theatre’s New Works Festival.
The cast of Painting Faye Salvez in rehearsal at Tuacahn Theatre.
Matt Ban as Blake and Nicole Powell as Meredith in rehearsal for Painting Faye Salvez at Tuacahn Theatre’s New Works Festival.
The Haden Theatre at Tuacahn Center for the Arts.

 

Photos from PAINTING FAYE SALVEZ at Northwestern University

We are so grateful for the opportunity to put Painting Faye Salvez on its feet at Northwestern University. An incredible cast and creative team brought so much honesty and heart to the project, and it was truly an honor to watch them bring this story to life.

Check out some photos of the workshop production by the unparalleled Ying Dai.

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Blake (Grady Jenson) sings “REPAIR.” Photo by Ying Dai.
The cast of Painting Faye Salvez at Northwestern University. Photo by Ying Dai.
The cast of Painting Faye Salvez at Northwestern University in the Act 1 Finale. Photo by Ying Dai.

 

 

Meredith (Grace Wipfli). Photo by Ying Dai.
Aidan (Morgan Mastrangelo) and Taylor (Lauren Gold). Photo by Ying Dai.

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RACHEL COVEY SINGS THE WORK OF GOLDRICH AND HEISLER IN ANNUAL “WOMEN OF NOTE” CONCERT

Rachel Covey sang alongside Jill Abramovitz, Katerina Papacostas, and others in the annual Women of Note concert which honors the music of female, queer, and trans writers and composers. Ariana DeBose, Jessica Vosk, and dozens of other performers represented the work of Amanda Green, Shaina Taub, Carmel Dean, and many more female composers and female-driven writing teams (including the glorious Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler). See the full lineup and read about this incredible series on Playbill.com and Broadwayworld.com!