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December 7, 2014

The Society of Composers & Lyricists in New York

Annual Holiday Party 

2014 SCL in NY Ambassadors

Elliot Goldenthal and
Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Elliot Goldenthal - 2014 SCL in NY Ambassador


Composer to Composer: Ragtime’s Stephen Flaherty
Squeezing in one more premiere event before the end of 2012, the SCL in New York, in collaboration with NYU Steinhardt, presented “A Composer’s Forum: Stephen Flaherty,” on December 17 at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theater. Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical, Once
on This Island, My Favorite Year, Anastasia) offered an intimate look at his career, from his earliest days in New York—when he met his collaborator of nearly 25 years, lyricist Lynn Ahrens—to his most recent success, a musical version of Rocky, written in German and debuted in Hamburg last fall.

Broadway and film star Liz Callaway joined Flaherty to present songs from Ragtime and the animated feature Anastasia; Flaherty also played early demos of songs from both Ragtime and Rocky, along with the German versions from the cast album. His candid insights
into his own composition process as well as wisdom about being true to your compositional voice were appreciated by the nearly full house of SCL members and NYU students. The event was moderated by Greg Pliska and hosted by Ron Sadoff.

Secrets of a Lasting Marriage: Composer David Shire and Lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr.
On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, The SCL of NY paired with BMI at BMI headquarters in downtown Manhattan to present an intimate evening of song and anecdotes from one of the top songwriting teams working in musical theatre, composer David Shire and lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr. Moderated by composer and Yale professor of musical theatre, Joshua Rosenblum, the team had a chance to reflect on process, productivity and what defines a functioning music-and-lyrics relationship.

The program included live performances of the duo’s greatest hits, with Shire at the piano and Maltby delivering his own lyrics. The SCL/BMI audience heard “One of the Good Guys” and “The Bear, the Tiger, the Hamster and the Mole” from Closer Than Ever, “The Story Goes On” from Baby, and “One Step” from Starting Here, Starting Now.

The evening included discussion of their successes independent of each other—notably Maltby’s experiences with Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil on Miss Saigon and Shire’s unique tone row approach to creating his beloved jazz-influenced score for The Taking of Pelham 123 (1978). The duo also showcased a new project, tentatively entitled Behind the Painting, and discussed the show’s
roots in Thai folklore. Maltby and Shire took the audience through the process of conceiving songs for the show, and presented the first-ever performance of one, entitled “I’ll See Him.”  


Watch a special video welcome from SCL Advisory Board Member, Alan Silvestri (Quicktime format)


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