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BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt

May 14, 2018
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Today’s subjects Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt are currently living their theatre lives as the composers (Banghart and Stitt) and lyricist (Stitt) of what I consider to be one of the best new musicals I’ve seen in a good long while. I am referring to the Alaska-based world premiere musical Snow Child, now running through May 20th at Arena Stage.

There are many reasons why I enjoyed Snow Child but one of the biggest reasons was the unique sound of the music. Read on to learn more about Alaska string bands.

Banghart and Stitt’s score has as much variance as any you’ll hear in any theatrical score. It features big soaring ballads mixed with bluegrass which gives the score a down homey feel. It makes the audience feel totally welcome.

With Molly Smith’s excellent direction, a dynamite production design, a stellar group of performers, a lovely book by John Strand, Lynne Shankel’s beautiful orchestrations, and the score by Banghart and Stitt, Snow Child is one of those shows that you all NEED to experience for yourselves.

The show will soon be leaving town and headed to Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. You only have until May 20th to experience one of the freshest things to ever hit the stage for yourself.

Snow Child is one beautiful show and Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt’s score is one HUGE reason for that.  READ THE WHOLE INTERVIEW HERE.

11th Hour Theatre Company Presents World Premiere Of John Jiler And Georgia Stitt’s BIG RED SUN

May 7, 2018
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11th Hour Theatre Company closes its 2017-2018 season with its MainStage production, Big Red Sun. This World Premiere musical, which the company helped develop is set to run May 31-June 17. Written by John Jiler& Georgia Stitt this emotional new musical will open Monday June 4 at 7 p.m. It is directed by 11th Hour co-founder and Resident Director Megan Nicole O’Brien with Music Direction by 11th Hour regular Dan Kazemi.

O’Brien, when asked what drew her to this show, [said], “Quite simply, the music and the story. John has created a story from scratch that leaves a lasting impact. Totally original musicals, without drawing from some sort of source material, are pretty rare. Georgia’s music is just gorgeous. Every time I’ve been away from the show for a while and I come back and hear the music again, I realize how much I missed it while I was away. It just fills your soul.”

Read more HERE.

World Intellectual Property Day

April 21, 2018
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The U.S. Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with a special event on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building in Washington, DC. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity.”

The Copyright Office’s program will feature an impressive array of prominent speakers discussing the myriad ways women have shaped creativity and innovation. Congresswoman Judy Chu, co-chair of the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, will provide featured remarks. Michele Woods, head of the Copyright Law Division of WIPO will then moderate a lively panel discussion featuring Judy Herrmann (photographer), Michelle Hurd (actor, Cagney and Lacey, Blindspot, Law & Order SVU), Georgia Stitt (composer and lyricist, Snow Child), and Julie Swidler (EVP, Business Affairs and General Counsel, Sony Music Entertainment). Acting Register Karyn Temple will provide introductory remarks.

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Bluegrass-themed musical, Snow Child opens in DC on April 26

April 17, 2018
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Interview in BLUEGRASS TODAY.  “The book was written by John Strand, with music composed by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt. We had a chance to speak with Bob and Georgia this week to get some insight into how the music was put together, and they both reported being moved by the story, and the music they wrote to support it.”  Read more HERE.

ASTEP Gala on April 23, 2018

March 9, 2018
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When Mary-Mitchell Campbell says, “Hey, would you be willing….?” I answer yes. Truly, it doesn’t matter what it is. But in this case, what she’s doing is some of the most inspiring philanthropy I’ve ever witnessed, year after year, seemingly tirelessly, on top of a Broadway schedule that puts the rest of us to shame. Help me celebrate, the organization my dear friend created. Come to the gala if your life and budget allow, and if not, please check out and support the work that they do, because it is truly life-changing.