Song Moments: Daniel Maté in Concert

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Maté

Song Moments: Daniel Maté in Concert

at The Studio Theatre

  • Monday, July 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm
  • Monday, July 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Some moments in life are too intense, awkward, or outlandish for words — they deserve music, too. Acclaimed composer-lyricist Daniel Maté, winner of the 2013 Kleban Prize, transforms them into theatre tunes. Join Daniel and an amazing line-up of performers for a thrilling evening of compelling, clever, and catchy Song Moments!

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes with no intermission.

Daniel Maté

Daniel Maté (Composer / Lyricist / Arranger / Performer)

Daniel Maté is the recent recipient of the 2013 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist.  He also received the Jonathan Larson Grant and the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award in 2010 for his music and lyrics. With composer Will Aronson, he wrote lyrics and co-wrote the book for The Trouble With Doug, a comedic musical inspired by Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” Doug was featured at the 2010 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals with direction by Tony-winning performer Victoria Clark, and has since been developed at Royal & Derngate (UK) and Theatreworks Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, CA). Maté and Aronson are currently working with bookwriter Hannah Kohl on a family musical commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Daniel’s song cycle The Longing and the Short of It (also known as The Untitled Daniel Maté Song Project) has been presented at Barrington Stage (William Finn, dir.), the Disney-ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop (Stephen Schwartz, dir.), and Playwrights Horizons (Victoria Clark, dir.) Daniel also wrote book, music and lyrics for The Story Of Jo-Beth, a modern-day American retelling of the Book of Job (CAP 21, 2011; JCC in Manhattan, 2013).  

As a teaching artist, Daniel has composed original musicals with and for young performers, including Middle School Mysteries at Two River Theater (Red Bank, NJ) and led songwriting workshops for children from Manhattan’s Greenwich Village to South Central, Los Angeles. He presented an evening of his songs at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as part of ASCAP’s Broadway Today and Tomorrow series in September 2012, and was an invited participant in the inaugural Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals in February 2013. An avid enthusiast of all things lyrical, Daniel is a two-time finalist in the Hip Hop Karaoke NYC Championships, rapping as ‘Robert Downey Junior’ or ‘RDJ’ in front of celebrity judges such as hip-hop legends Big Daddy Kane and Prince Paul. 

Daniel holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU/Tisch and a B.A. in Psychology from McGill. He was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where he founded the In the House Festival, a popular ‘domestic arts event’ now celebrating its tenth anniversary. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Hannah Elless

Hannah Elless (Performer)

Hannah Elless is fresh off her Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz's Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre, followed by a very "Neil" turn in Drama Desk nominated The Other Josh Cohen under the direction of Tony Award winner Ted Sperling. Ms. Elless was most recently seen starring in the world premiere of the new musical Somewhere in Time at Portland Center Stage. She is also an accomplished musician, regularly performing in dozens of NYC venues on guitar, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele, piano, and, yes, even drums. Other credits include: Baby Case (NYMF); The Giver (NAMT); Private Lives (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Baby (Lizzie, Actors Theatre Company). @HannahElless

Angela Grovey

Angela Grovey (Performer)

Broadway: Leap of Faith, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Some Theate: Wig Out (Vineyard Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Papermill), This One Girl's Story (NYMF), Mid Summer (Chicago Shakespeare). Film/TV: Joyful Noise, "30 Rock," "The Unusuals." Graduate of Roosevelt University CCPA. Visit my website to see more.

Grace McLean

Grace McLean (Performer)

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Sleep No More, La MaMa Cantata (La MaMa New York and Spoleto, Italy; Zagreb, Croatia; Belgrade, Serbia), From The Fire (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, MTM Best New Musical), The Last Goodbye (WTF 2010), Grace McLean Lives in Concert (Flea Theater, Ars Nova, Joe's Pub). EP Make Me Breakfast available on iTunes.

George Salazar

George Salazar (Performer)

George Salazar is thrilled to join Daniel Mate on this presentation of his work! Broadway: Godspell (Circle in the Square; dir. Daniel Goldstein. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love (Public Theater; dir. Alex Timbers), F#%king Up Everything (Elektra Theatre; dir. Jen Wineman). Nat'l Tour: Spring Awakening (NETworks). Recording: Godspell (2011 Broadway revival cast). Workshops and readings at the Public, MCC, the York, and the Huntington.

Bob Stillman

Bob Stillman (Performer)

Bob Stillman was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Claudia Shear's Dirty Blonde, directed by James Lapine. Also on Broadway, he has appeared as Molina in Kiss Of The Spider Woman (opposite Vanessa Williams), as Gould in Grey Gardens, and as Erik in Tommy Tune's Grand Hotel. He received a Drama Desk nomination for the Transport Group's 2011 revival of Michael John La Chiusa's Hello Again, and starred in Adam Guettel's Saturn Returns at the Public (and, recently, in its revival as Myths and Hymns), as well as the off-Broadway hit The Last Session. He recently portrayed Abe Lincoln in Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas at New York Theatre Workshop, directed by Tina Landau. As a songwriter he contributed to the Tonynominated score for Urban Cowboy The Musical. TV credits include "The Good Wife," "Law & Order," "Star Trek Voyager," "Guiding Light" and "Allegra's Window."

Max Friedman

Max Friedman (Director)

Max Friedman is thrilled to return to working in NYMF for a fifth consecutive year. Max serves as the director/producer for the hit concert series "Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band," currently enjoying a residency at 54 Below. Previously: A sold-out concert production of the new musical 6 as part of NYMF 2012, as well as various concerts and readings. Assistant directing credits include The Story of Jo Beth by Daniel Maté (JCC of Manhattan, dir. Michelle Tattenbaum), The Other Josh Cohen by Steve Rosen & David Rossmer (Soho Playhouse, dir. Ted Sperling), 35mm by Ryan Scott Oliver (Galapagos, cast album), Crazy Just Like Me by Drew Gasparini (The York, NYMF), Bloodsong of Love by Joe Iconis (NAMT, dir. John Simpkins), Things to Ruin by Joe Iconis (Le Poisson Rouge), The Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular (Ars Nova, 54 Below), and If It Only Even Runs A Minute (Joe's Pub, Le Poisson Rouge). Upcoming: Drew Gasparini at Joe's Pub. 

Brian Usifer

Brian Usifer (Music Director/ Pianist)

Broadway: Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon (Associate Music Supervisor). Broadway/off-Broadway orchestras: Spelling Bee, Avenue Q, Altar Boyz, Sister Act, Wicked, Burnt Part Boys. Five years of regional theatre, including: Follies (Barrington Stage Co.). Concerts: Clay Aiken “Tried and True DVD.” Arranger/ orchestrator for many readings/workshops of new musicalsB.Mus., SUNY Fredonia, M.A., NYU Steinhardt.