The Suffolk University Theatre Department presents Voices for Now, featuring songs by some of America's top music theatre artists and touching on issues affecting today’s young people, whose hopes have been hit hard by recession and debt, who are hooked on social media, and who are yearning for meaningful work and, like generations before them, love.
The Voices for Now song cycle, to be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1, at the Modern Theatre, takes a serious, satiric and affectionate musical journey into the world of Generation Y.
Voices for Now was conceived and directed by Theatre Department Chair Marilyn Plotkins for advanced musical theater students to showcase the work of some of America’s most promising professional musical theater writers. Musical direction and arrangements are by Scott Nicholas.
The songs derive from artists Plotkins has worked with over many years through the Boston Music Theatre Project at Suffolk University -- a program founded in 1987 to support musical theater writers of exceptional promise.
Boston Music Theatre Project highlights have included Herschel Garfein’s and Robert Aldridge’s adaptation of Elmer Gantry (1991-1992), an opera that went on to win a Grammy in 2012, and Melinda Lopez’s adaptation of Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding for a Suffolk University student performance in 2009.
“Other Boston Music Theatre Project writers contributing to our song cycle have a long track record of achievement,” said Plotkins, citing:
- Tommy Megan, who developed a musical about the life and work of W.B.Yeats in 1987 and received the prestigious Richard Rodgers award in 2012.
- Laura Harrington and Jenny Giering, who recently were commissioned by Playwright's Horizons in New York to develop a musical based on a character originally conceived for Suffolk students in 2006. That character became the subject of a one-act musical and later became the protagonist of Laura’s bestselling novel Alice Bliss.
- Theatre Department Professor Wesley Savick, who conceived, wrote and directed Car Talk: The Musical!!!, with original music by Michael Wartofsky, as the inaugural production of the newly restored Modern Theatre in 2011. The musical enjoyed a successful professional premiere at the Central Square Theatre the following summer.