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The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Presents the Next Best in Broadway

Workshop members premiered developing works at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater

Posted in News on May 5, 2017
Arielle Jacobs and ensemble perform
Arielle Jacobs and ensemble perform "When I'm Talking to Oliver." Music and lyrics written by workshop members Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel. Photo: Melissa Dispenza

On the eve of this year’s announcement of the Tony Award nominations, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop proudly presented its top works in this year’s showcase held at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in New York City. The event premiered performances of the best songs written and composed by recent members of this Drama League, Drama Desk and Tony-honored workshop. The future titans of musical theatre whose work was performed included Adam Mathias & Jonathan Monro (A History of Summer), Ben Wexler (The Washington Square Park Project), Benjamin Velez (Starblasters), Jamie Cowperthwait & Ok Kyun Kang (Addams Family Values), Janine McGuire & Arri Lawton Simon (Pleasantville), Kate Anderson & Elyssa Samsel (Between the Lines), Katya Stanislavskaya (Resident Alien), Laura Kleinbaum & Willem Oosthuysen (#MARS), Laurel Haines & Steph Singer (Delicatessen), Lisa Mongillo & Joanna Burns (Love Letters), Mary Liz McNamara (Body and Soul), Oliver Houser (Fun with Dick and Jane), Timothy Huang (Costs of Living) and Tracy Sallows (A Head for Business).

BMI’s Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop has helped develop top talent for half a century. Past members include lyricists and composers behind award-winning productions such as A Chorus Line, Little Shop of Horrors, Nine, Once on This Island, Ragtime, Avenue Q, Next to Normal, and The Book of Mormon. Legendary talents Alan Menken, Frederick Freyer, Nancy Golladay, Adam Mathias, Jane Smulyan, Sarah Wordsworth, Maury Yeston and David Spencer also serve as steering committee members.

For more information on this renowned workshop and its history, click here.

BMI’s Director of Jazz & Musical Theatre, Patrick Cook, and Rachel Routh, Executive Director of Dramatists Guild Fund, pause for a photo at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop showcase on Monday, May 1, in New York City. The two recently announced the launch of The George Bailey Fund to benefit workshop members with special financial assistance.


Aaron Phillips delivers a solo performance with ‘That’s a Day for Me’ from “#MARS.” Lyrics by Laura Kleinbaum and music by Willem Oosthuysen.


Michael Deleget, Christiana Cole perform ‘A Little Patch of Summer’ from “A History of Summer” with Stanely Bahorek and Leo Ash Evens. Music by Jonathan Monro and lyrics by Adam Mathias.