â€śMusical Theatre in the USA: American Musical Elements â€“ From Page to Stageâ€ť
Organized and Moderated by Randy Gener
Featuring Michael John LaChiusa and Jose Llana
Tuesday, 9th of November 2010
within the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts â€śLife is Beautifulâ€ť
BUCHAREST â€”Â Randy Gener‘sÂ conference entitled â€śMusical Theatre in the USA: American Musical Elements â€”Â From Page to Stageâ€ť will take place within the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts â€śLife is Beautifulâ€ť in Bucharest, Romania. Â The festival is one of a kind event in Romania, organized by the National Operetta Theatre â€śIon Dacian.â€ť Â This third edition of the festival includes number of musical and operetta performances, concerts of international artists like Mariza, Laurie Anderson and The Tiger Lillies, workshops for children, photography exhibitions and conferences, performed by both Romanian and foreign artists, from over 10 countries around the world.
The conference entitled â€śMusical Theatre in the USAÂ : American Musical Elements â€”Â From Page to Stageâ€ť will take place on theÂ 9th of November 2010, at 6 p.m. at the IntercontinentalÂ Hotel â€“Â Opera Room, in Bucharest. Â The conference is an intimate forum organized and moderated by Randy Gener, the Nathan Awardâ€“winning senior editor ofÂ American Theatre magazine, who will present a paper on American musicals.
The conference also features two of the most compelling figures in the American musical theatre today: composer/lyricist/librettistÂ Michael John LaChiusa and singer/performer/recording artistÂ Jose Llana. The conference discusses the elements of what makes a great musical and offers Romanian audiences a glimpse beyond the proscenium into the creative worlds of musical theater writing and musical performance.
The conference completes the diverse program of the festival and is aimed at gathering important personalities of the Romanian cultural stage, who will analyze the present situation on the musical stage in Romania and in the United States, in the context of an evergrowing interest in the musical performances and Romania.
The conference on the American Musical Theatre will be completed with a discussion on the musical theatre in Europe, held by the German journalist and President of the Kultur Forum Europa, Dieter Topp, bringing together two different musical cultures and putting forward their most important features.
Randy Gener is a Nathan Award-winning writer, editor, drama critic, playwright and visual artist. He has published criticism, articles, essays and reviews in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The International Herald Tribune, Time Out New York and other publications in Europe, Asia and the U.S.Â His plays include “Love Seats for Virginia Woolf,” “What Remains of a Rembrandt Torn into Four Pieces,”Â among others. His visual-art installations include “in the garden of One World”Â andÂ â€śPositively No Filipinos Allowedâ€ť, among others. He is the author of scholarly essays in the encyclopedia “Cambridge Guide to the American Theater”; the anthologies “Theater and Humanism in a World of Violence” and “roMANIA After 2000,” among others. He is a contributor to â€śThe American Theatre Reader: Essays and Conversation from American Theatre Magazine,â€ť edited by the magazineâ€™s staff. In his capacity as the senior editor of American Theatre magazine, published by Theatre Communications Group, Gener is the magazineâ€™s lead staff writer and is responsible for writing news, features and criticism, as well as preparing and curating theme issues on all aspects of the professional U.S. theatre. He is involved in the planning, management and commissioning of the magazineâ€™s freelance assignments, both nationally and internationally.Â He has been the recipient of 2010 Deadline Club Award and 2010 NLGJA Journalist of the Year.Â In 2009, Gener was named the winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the highest award for dramatic criticism in the U.S. and one of the most distinguished awards in the American theater.
Michael John LaChiusa
Michael John LaChiusa is a composer, lyricist and librettist; he wrote the music for numerous Broadway performances. Michael John LaChiusa was present on Broadway during the 1999-200 season by â€śThe Wild Partyâ€ť and â€śMarie Christineâ€ť, receiving nominations for Best Score and Best Book (with George C. Wolfe on â€śThe Wild Partyâ€ť) for each show and he received a Tony nomination for Best book (with Graciela Daniele and Jim Lewis) for â€śChronicle of a Death Foretold.â€ť Â LaChiusa is an Obie-Award winner (â€śHello Againâ€ť and â€śFirst Lady Suiteâ€ť) and the recipient of the Gilman-Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theatre Award and the winner of two Emmy Awards for the childrenâ€™s television show â€śThe Wonder Pets.â€ť
Jose Llana most recently appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee where he created the role ofÂ Chip Tolentino (Drama Desk Award).Â And in other parts that include: Wang Ta in â€śFlower Drum Songâ€ť (starring opposite Lea Salonga), Angel in â€śRentâ€ť, Jessie-Lee in â€śStreetcorner Symphonyâ€ť and his Broadway debut as Lun Tha in â€śThe King and Iâ€ť opposite Lou Diamond Phillips and Donna Murphy. TV/film appearances include HBOâ€™s â€śSex and the Cityâ€ť and â€śHitchâ€ť, starring Will Smith. Llana is a best-selling recording artist in his native Philippines with his self-titled solo album. Among the future productions, starring Jose Llana isÂ â€śWonderlandâ€ť by Frank Wildhorn on Broadway in the role ofÂ El Gato (in April 2011) at the Marquis Theater.