Writing Team Yandura & Melocik Talk Collaboration & Working With Hal Prince

Composer Jacob Yandura and lyricist/writer Rebekah Greer Melocik check in during this time of social distancing to update on upcoming projects, collaborations, and working with the late Hal Prince.

Yandura reflects, "Hal was epic. He had an immense presence that made you want to show up. You knew when you entered his office, that you were there to work and really work. He was very hands on." Melocik continues, "Hal had this depth of encyclopedic knowledge that was indispensable. It was unlike anything I had ever seen. He always had an answer for every story and structure question that we had... Working with Hal on this project helped me see this piece in a more three dimensional way."

Later, the duo describe how they met, their new project How To Dance In Ohio, and more. Watch the full video, that features performances from Jenni Barber and Charity Angél Dawson, in the video player above.

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SONG CREDITS

“Nobody Cares”

·Performed by Jenni Barber

·Band: Matt Gallagher (music director/piano), Larry Lelli (drums), Aiden Moore (bass), Jake Schwartz (guitars)

·Filmed by Shoshana Feinstein

“We Believe in Love”

·Performed by Charity Angél Dawson

·Featuring: Cole Burden, Dan Domenech, Alexa Green, Corey Mach, Laura Pavles, Tori Scott, Melvin Tunstall, Lauren Turner and Dan Rosales

·Band: Matt Gallagher (music director/piano), Michael Aarons (guitar), Ben Lively (violin), Jennifer Baxmeyer (cello), Peter Sachon (cello)

·Film Director, A Camera, Editor - Barclay DeVeau

·B Camera - Michael Vecchio

·Colorist - Josh Luddeni

·Recorded, mixed and mastered by Patrick Derivaz at The Pencil Factory and PAD Productions.

PHOTO CREDITS

WRINGER

·Production photos by Carol Rosegg

·Logo designed by Christy Briggs for New York City Children’s Theater

Dramatist Guild Fellowship Program photo by Joey Stocks

54 Below photo by A. Crommett

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