So, we like new musical theater a lot.
And we spend a lot of time seeking out new musicals and composers, partly because it’s fun, and partly because we like to be first to the party in all matters, including the very important matter of when someone writes the next Rent.
This week, we hit up a showcase in the East Village that featured the songs of Sam Carner and Derek Gregor, a youthful, massively educated (Skidmore, NYU, Yale) songwriting team who dedicate themselves to writing musical theater. A cool thing about this concert? It featured a cast of incredibly talented, and equally young singers, many of whom were making their New York City debuts. (Would-be superstar Damon McToy was there, natch.)
Our favorite moment of the night, though, was when Carner and Gregor themselves took to the stage to sing a new composition entitled, “My Vagina is Not the Highway to my Heart.” We liked it because the title is clearly awesome and because we’d love to see that printed in a Playbill someday, and also because Sam Carner possesses that very endearing Sondheim-like quality of… um… not being able to sing all that well. To semi-quote him, pitch, in this case, is a mere suggestion. Check out the video: