Signature Revs Up For One Helluva Spin

CBS This Morning, September 18th, 2015 “The Fix” The first two Republican debates had plenty of theater, but a play near Washington is bringing its own political intrigue. “The Fix” captures the absurd and sometimes seedier side of politics, at times hitting a little too close to home. Julianna Goldman reports from Arlington, Virginia. Click…

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Eastwick Makes Top 13 Most Chilling & Thrilling Musicals Of All Time

Thank you, Pat Cerasaro, of BroadwayWorld.Com for including us in this stellar list. We couldn’t be more pleased and proud. “With perhaps the most undervalued and criminally underrated score on a list overflowing with exceptional song stacks, Dana Rowe and John Dempsey’s THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK is one of the most impressive musicals of the…

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Eastwick Original Cast Promotional Video

Thanks to @JBoydRochford for bringing this video to my attention. What a treat to see this footage again of the Witches of Eastwick Original London Cast featuring Lucie Arnaz, Joanna Riding, Maria Friedman, Ian McShane, Rosie Ashe, Caroline Sheen and Peter Jöback! Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, directed by Eric Schaeffer, choreographed by Bob Avian and…

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FRIDA demo: “You Are Clay”

FRIDA Music by Dana P. Rowe Book and Lyrics by Michael Aman The musical, Frida, based on the incredible true story of beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, charts her rise above physical disabilities and the male-dominated art world to win the love and admiration of famed muralist Diego Rivera, become the artistic soul of her…

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10 Rules For Theatre Composers

by Dana P. Rowe 1. Get fluent in music. Music is the language of emotion and in order to communicate successfully in any language you must be able to listen, speak, read and write with understanding. Aaron Copeland’s book, What to Listen for in Music, is a must read for anyone who wants to make…

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Taste, Time, and Expectations: Minding the Artistic Gap

Welcome to another edition of “What do they know, anyway?” A collection of misfired critiques dedicated to empowering the artist and reminding us all that good art is indeed bulletproof. by Dana P. Rowe It all boils down to taste, doesn’t it?  Bad taste, it seems, is unforgiveable and good taste is synonymous with artistry.…

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4 Ways To Get That Song Written

by Dana P. Rowe   I’m on a 45 minute timer today.  And whether you are writing a song, finishing a scene in a play, writing a chapter in your book or getting a painting started, these tips will work for you.  Don’t be afraid to experiment and adapt.  Just get started. Arrrgh!!  I only…

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Tortuous, Crude and Irreconcilable Chopin

Welcome to another edition of “What do they know, anyway?” A collection of misfired critiques dedicated to empowering the artist and reminding us all that good art is indeed bulletproof. by Dana P. Rowe When I moved recently, I ran across some original classical music reviews I photocopied at the Indiana University music library over…

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5 Things You Can Do To Reboot Your Musical Career (No Matter Where You Live)

by Dana P. Rowe Feel stuck?  Need a boost?  We’ve all been there.  If you’re ready for an adventure, read on and challenge yourself to take action. You’ll eventually need to have a pencil and paper handy.  A desire to get honest with yourself would be helpful too. Let’s get going. 1) Find your tribe:…

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Peter Jöback’s New CD – I Love Musicals

Peter originated the role of Michael in the London Cast of Witches.  We’re proud to be included in his new CD, I Love Musicals – Peter Jöback (available on iTunes). “The most loved songs from the greatest musicals.”  Includes “Gestsemane” from JCSuperstar, “Pity the Child” from CHESS, “Epiphany” from Sweeney Todd and “Who’s The Man?”…

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Fine Company, Indeed!

  Couldn’t be more pleased or honored to be in such fine company.  Click here for the full article.

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My Visit With Jonathan Baz

  I recently had time to visit with prolific blogger, Jonathan Baz, and I’m honored by and delighted to share his resulting profile with you. “With the UK’s first professional production of The Witches of Eastwick in five years opening at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre, I spent a brief while with composer Dana P.Rowe, to talk…

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Interview Fourthwall Magazine: Dana P. Rowe

  I sat down with the lovely Emily Hardy from Fourthwall Magazine to talk about building artistic relationships, how my fourth grade elementary school teacher, Mrs. Martin, shaped my career, new projects, West End revivals and all things theatrical.  Thank you, Emily!   Read more here.

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Actor/Muso production of Eastwick at The Watermill Theatre, UK

    Exciting news! An actor/muso* production of THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK directed and choreographed by “Strictly Come Dancing” judge, Craig Revel Horwood, scheduled for UK’s Watermill Theatre from 25 July to 14 September. * Actor/muso is a style of staging a musical in which the actors double as musicians. “Strictly Come Dancing” is the…

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Hilliard Davidson’s Production of ZOMBIE PROM

  It’s always great to hear from home and this is no exception.  It looks like Hilliard Davidson High back in Ohio put on a rock ’em sock ’em production of ZOMBIE PROM.  Then they wrote me the nicest email AND sent me all these pics.  It really made my day.  Thanks, everyone.  And thanks…

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ZOMBIE PROM: Warp Speed!

2 Actors, less than 10 minutes Lindsey Ohman (@elmoisme) and Brett Gowen (@BrettBGowen), students at Portage Northern High School in Portage, MI, rock ZOMBIE PROM in Warp Speed for their Forensics competitions. An abridged homage to the off-Broadway musical — ZOMBIE PROM Music by Dana P. Rowe Book and lyrics by John Dempsey Lindsey and…

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A Real Blast From the Past!

With Richard Roland & Seth Rudetsky     Seth is joined by old pal Richard Roland (Zombie Prom, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Follies, Thoroughly Modern Millie) with whom he performed in Forever Plaid many moons ago. After reenacting an awkward one-word encounter Roland had with a long-ago crush, the two recreate an awkward audition when Seth’s…

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InDepth InterView: Dana Rowe on BroadwayWorld.com

      by Pat Cerasaro Today we are talking to the composing half of one of the most talented and consistently exciting songwriting teams in musical theatre, Dempsey/Rowe – the force behind ZOMBIE PROM, THE FIX, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, and, now, the brand new rock musical at Washington, D.C.’s lauded and progressive Signature…

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The very first Witches of The Netherlands

The very first Witches of The Netherlands revealed with Jasper Taconis as leading men. Posted by Aruba Daily on September 22nd, 2012 Zoetermeer / Aruba – With a cast consisting of musicaltheater stars such as Joke de Kruijf (the Phantom of the Opera) and Linda Wagenmakers (Miss Saigon), rising star April Darby and Aruba’s very…

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I Judged A Brazilian Reality Show About Broadway

      In fine company indeed; here with Jim Caruso and VP Boyle!  I’m a guest judge for the season’s final episode of ‘Dançando na Broadway‘.  The show’s beautiful host was Didi Wagner and other judges for this episode included Jennifer Cody, Caitlin Shaw and Bob Cline.   Directed by the amazing team of Tatiana…

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As Bruxas de Eastwick – Flickr Photos

Terrific photos from the beautiful 2011 Brazilian production of THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK.  

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Original Demo from THE FIX

“Don’t Blame The Prince” from THE FIX Featuring Stephen Bienskie Music by Dana P. Rowe Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey This is the original 1997 demo recording for “Don’t Blame The Prince” featuring Stephen Bienskie as ‘Cal’.  The song was written after the London, Donmar Warehouse premiere and put in for the American premiere…

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25 Warning Signs The Song You Wrote Probably Sucks

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by Dana P. Rowe

I’m not a negative person. Really I’m not. In fact, if you know me – really know me, you know that I’m a positive, relatively happy person and I’m genuinely thrilled when passion, discipline and hard work are rewarded.

That said, your song probably sucks.

Sucks suck suckity suck-suck-sucks.

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Theater Review: Why Zombie Prom Will Surprise You

  by Lindsey Wilson, FrontRow – A Daily Review of the Dallas Arts Zombie Prom, a goofy blend of teen romance, 1950s nuclear hysteria, and the supernatural, is the very definition of camp. The cast and creative team at Runway Theatre not only understand this important fact, they embrace it. By not taking themselves too…

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FRIDA demo: “De Colores”

Broadway’s Natalie Toro (www.natalietoro.com) shares her magic with the FRIDA project. Frida Kahlo’s world shattered when she had a miscarriage. Everything she believed to be true has turned out to be false. It’s only when she turns her back on the rules she has been taught that her paintings come alive. And as Frida’s canvas…

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Teen Pop Broadway Collection

An age-appropriate collection of 28 musical theatre favorites from 20 shows that kids will want to – and be able to! – sing well. The songs come from a variety of contemporary shows, including 13, Bare, Billy Elliot, Children’s Letters to God, Fame, Footloose, How to Eat like a Child, Spring Awakening, Starmite, Zombie Prom…

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What a swell party this is!

Essential Audition Songs For Male & Female Vocalists: Comedy Songs To say I’m honored to be included in this collection is an understatement.  Well did you evah? Adelaide’s Lament (Guys & Dolls) Dirty Laundry (The Witches Of Eastwick) Everybody’s Girl (Steel Pier) I’m Gorgeous (The Apple Tree) I Went To A Marvellous Party (Set To…

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Doreen Montalvo Conjures Magic

When Doreen Montalvo (www.doreenmontalvo.com) recorded “Abrazados” for us, we knew something very special was happening.  Michael Aman’s lyrics, Doreen’s heartfelt singing and the musica all worked together to conjure up the magic of the famous painting;  the universe embracing Frida as she embraces Diego. In the musical, Diego begs Frida for forgiveness for cheating on…

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What The Critics Are Saying

“Dempsey’s lyrics are exceptionally witty, and Rowe’s music jaunty and tuneful, yet with the sophisticated sweep of a Sondheim.”  ~ TIME Magazine “Lovingly propelled by a quirkily exuberant musical score by composer Dana P. Rowe that bursts with melody and musical wit.”  ~ Mark Shenton, The Stage “Wickedly enjoyable.”  ~ TIME Magazine “Something out of…

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BROTHER RUSSIA sizzle reel featuring Doug Kreeger

From the Signature Theatre production that ran from March 20th – April 15th, 2012 “Dempsey’s lyrics are exceptionally witty, and Rowe’s music jaunty and tuneful, yet with the sophisticated sweep of a Sondheim.” — TIME Magazine Book & Lyrics by John Dempsey Music by Dana Rowe Scenic Design Misha Kachman Costume Design Kathleen Geldard Lighting…

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Zoetic’s Advisory Board

Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami keeps turning out exceptional productions.  I’m proud to be a member of the Zoetic Advisory Board alongside Katie Finneran, Cynthia Demos, Raúl Esparza and Patrice Bailey.  Read more about the Advisory Board here…

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As Bruxas de Eastwick – TV Commercial

 

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Guys ’N Divas: Battle of the High School Musicals

“The Showtime documentary Guys ’N Divas: Battle of the High School Musicals captures the sweat, bluster and possible insanity it takes to make high school theater in southern Indiana.” One school, Floyd Central High, rehearses ZOMBIE PROM for the International Thespian Festival.

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