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Every year, the American Theatre Wing gives out several Jonathan Larson® Grants to musical theater writers who are continuing the RENT composer's dream of merging musical theater (back) into pop culture.
This year's winners are Jay Adana, Andrew R. Butler & Andrew Farmer, Emily Kaczmarek & Zoe Sarnak, and Mark Sonnenblick. Check out The American Theatre Wing's Facebook Live of the grant presentations to see them performing songs from musicals that are still in development. There's some really dreamy moments in there!
17:45: "Moon Shine" from Jay Adana’s new musical The Loophole, which about a bi-racial scientist in Georgia during the Civil War. Yo, that bassline at 19:45? So groovy!
30:45: “Travelin’ Song” from Andrew R. Butler & Andrew Farmer's delightfully weird sounding new musical Finn The Fearless. Get your stompin' boots on for 34:30.
44:50: "Open Water" from Emily Kaczmarek & Zoe Sarnak's new musical Afloat , which takes place in the year 2100. Dear Evan Hansen fans: prepare yourselves for 48:00.
56:25: "Where I Am", the opening number from Mark Sonnenblick's new musical Devotion. Sophia Ann Caruso (from Lazarus and Runaways) will break your heart at 1:00:45. Hey, peep 40 Under 40 star Jordan Tyson in there?
1:09:00: For the grand finale, George Salazar (!), Lilli Cooper from SpongeBob SquarePants, and Colin Hanlon sing "Louder Than Words" from Jonathan Larson's tick, tick…BOOM!