Broadway’s Future Songbook Series—presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow—will launch its 27th season October 30 in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Produced and hosted by John Znidarsic, the free evening will spotlight the work of award-winning songwriter Ross Baum.
Co-producers Ben Holtzman and Sammy Lopez of Holtzman-Lopez Productions will direct. Curtis Reynolds is the music director with arrangements by Peter Hodgson and an additional arrangement by Will Van Dyke. Show time is 6 PM.
Scheduled to perform the work of Baum are Frozen-bound John Riddle (The Visit), Stephanie Umoh (Falsettos, Ragtime), Hannah Corneau (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Marie Eife (Legally Blonde), Danny Harris Kornfeld (Rent), Eric Meyers (The Lightning Thief), Cassie Levine, Sydney Morton (American Psycho, Motown), Erika Peterson, Noah Ricketts (Frozen, Beautiful), Lee Slobotkin (The Book of Mormon, Wicked), and Emma Stratton (Prince of Broadway).
Baum is a composer, performer, and music arranger. His original musical, Gun & Powder (book and lyrics by Angelica Chéri), was recently chosen for the Signature Theatre's 2017 SigWorks Musical Theatre Lab, where it received a two-week developmental workshop. Baum composed original scores to Anne Frank: My Secret Life and A Letter To Auntie Rosa, which were commissioned by Diverging Elements Theatre Co. Also with Chéri, he was commissioned to write the official anthem for the National Children's Theatre of South Africa and the score for her play, I Will Not Lie To David, to debut at the National Black Theatre in 2018. Baum is a founder and music director of the vocal group RANGE a cappella.