BMI ‘Shorts’ Draw Long Lines at NYC Theater

Posted in News on October 3, 2004
Past and present members of the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop presented a collection of new musicals at the Greenwich Street Theatre during the recent New York Musical Theatre Festival. Entitled, "Shorts," the-75 minute program featured Tony Award-winning BMI composers Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, creators of the Broadway hit "Avenue Q," as well as other Workshop members.

Seen here after the BMI Shorts performance are (front row) BMI's Jean Banks, Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, Raissa Katona Bennett, Steve Sterner, Jeanne Lehman, Nancy Ringham, Annie Ramsey, Donna Kaz, Richard B. Evans, (back row) Frank Evans, Tom Kenaston, Joel Briel, Ian Knauer, Eric Milligan, Mark Janas and Gerald Stockstill. Photo: Gary Gershoff

Marx and Lopez, who presented their 1999 commissioned short "Borreguita and the Coyote," were hailed in a New York Times review, which described the work as "...a glimpse of the pre-'Q' ingenuity of Mr. Lopez and Mr. Marx, alumni of the prestigious workshop." The paper also called "Not Ready For Middle Age" by composer Richard B. Evans and lyricist Frank Evans "...clever." Rising BMI Workshop star Andy Monroe's "Joe Jefferson Benjamin Blow" was also featured, as was Nancy Ringham's "No Trouble At All," a sendup of the Martha Stewart syndrome.