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To Hell and Back

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Joel B. New

To Hell and Back

at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe  [map]

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm

An album musical.

Inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, this indie-rock album musical follows a broken songwriter on a madcap cab ride into a soundless world to save his muse from the hands of a lonely fangirl. Set in a heightened version of late ‘90s Nebraska, TO HELL AND BACK is a story of love stronger than death, exploring such themes as loss, the hero complex, finding inspiration, and the wonderful fear of taking that first new step forward.

Running Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes, with no intermission.

Joel B. New

Joel B. New (Book, Music, Lyrics)

A composer, lyricist, playwright, and performer, Joel B. New is the proud recipient of a 2008 American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant for his music and lyrics. Joel has been praised as one of today’s “most exciting contemporary musical theatre writers” whose songs are "abound with charm and a warm delicacy" ( His stage projects include TO HELL AND BACK, MACKENZIE & THE MISSING BOY, AWAKENING (book: Jenny Stafford, music: J. Oconer Navarro), STANDALONE, THE NOBODY DIARIES, SHIVER, and RSVP. Joel’s work has been seen and developed in New York at Ars Nova, Lincoln Center, 54 Below, New York Theatre Barn, and more. Joel’s musical theatre podcast “Something New” was recently named one of the Top 20 Podcasts for Theatre Fans by He is currently represented by Ron Gwiazda and Amy Wagner at Abrams Artists Agency.

Becca Ayers

Becca Ayers (Melody)

Broadway: The Addams Family; South Pacific (original revival cast); Les Miserables (original revival cast); Avenue Q. Off-Broadway: Sarah, Plain and Tall (Lucille Lortel), Dogfight (2nd Stage), Giant (Public). iTunes: Spazcandy (with The Perfectly Violent Dream), Lovesick, brainypants and Baresongs (both with baby goes bang). Becca’s music has been featured on the series, "Submissions Only." Twitter: @spazcandy, @BeccaAyers

Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Persephone)

Broadway: Chicago (Velma Kelly), Women on the Verge… (Marisa, Lincoln Center Theater). Off-Broadway/NYC: Hello Again (The Whore, Transport Group), Zorba (Encores!), Seussical (Lucille Lortel Theatre). Las Vegas: Peep Show (dir/chor Jerry Mitchell). Favorite Regional: The Jungle Book (Goodman/Huntington Theatres), A Chorus Line (Bebe, Paper Mill Playhouse) Into the Woods (Baltimore Centerstage/Westport Country Playhouse), Carnival (Paper Mill), Tommy (Bay Street), Nine (Carla, Chance Theatre). Film: Bandslam. TV: “Unforgettable,” “Smash,” “Live from Lincoln Center.” Recordings: “Women on the Verge…,” “Seussical” cast albums. BFA: The Boston Conservatory. Podcast: The Ensemblist. Follow: @nikkalanz. More:

Blake Whyte

Blake Whyte (Jack)

Broadway: Wicked (U/S Fiyero). Mamma Mia! (U/S Sky). Favorite collaborations with Michael R. Jackson, Rachel J. Peters, David Are, Julianne Wick Davis, Liz Suggs, Rona Siddiqui and Kate Wetherhead. As Singer/Songwriter: Member of the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project 2014. Produced and played in the 1st Annual Blake Whyte Music Festival collaborating with six different choreographers, a string quartet, and jazz sextet to create a unique fusion of music and dance at Alvin Ailey. Love to be in nature, EXPLORE, write, and collaborate with my amazing band. Get the dibbity hibbity at blakewhyte.comGrateful for this beautiful earth and life!

Joshua Hinck

Joshua Hinck (Ensemble)

Joshua Hinck is thrilled to be joining this fantastic team. He has worked with Nylon Fusion, The History Theatre, Nautilus Music-Theatre, MN Opera, Ordway Center, toured North America with Barney the Dinosaur, and was a singer for Disney in Tokyo. He is also the creator and producer of "New Work Wednesdays", an interview web series that celebrates and showcases individuals who write new musical theatre ( "Thanks Joel B. New for inviting me on this trip to Hell (and back)!"

Hansel Tan

Hansel Tan (Ensemble)

Hansel Tan is ecstatic to reunite with Joel and Lori after the Something New 54 Below Concert! OFF B’WAY: Ping Pong (The Public), Unlock’d (Prospect Theater), NO-NO Boy (Pan-Asian Rep), The Ohmies (Ohmies Ent). NYC: I Am Harvey Milk (Avery Fisher), Future Anxiety (The Flea), Great Wall (NAMT), Easter Mysteries (St Clements), Rites of Passage (Prospect Theater). REGIONAL: The King and I (Harbor Lights), Miss Saigon (North Shore & Flat Rock). FILM/WEB: Untitled Joshua Marston Feature, In Game: The Series. Upcoming: Made in China (Wakka Wakka).

Kate Steinberg

Kate Steinberg (Ensemble)

Kate Steinberg is an NYC-based performer, composer, songwriter, and session vocalist. NYC: Ludo's Broken Bride (Ars Nova and The Cutting Room), shows at Joe's Pub, The Laurie Beechman, Webster Hall, Piano's, 54 Below, Subculture, Rockwood Music Hall. Kate's arrangements, vocals, and compositions have been featured in artist recordings, jingles, film, television shows, video games, and advertisements for clients such as Hefty, Oreo, Marvel, Coors, UPS, McDonald's, and KFC. She has written music/lyrics for Rescue Rue selected for NYMF 2014. Kate holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music and is currently recording her debut EP.

Lori Wolter Hudson

Lori Wolter Hudson (Director)

Lori Wolter Hudson recently directed Joel B. New’s "Something New" LIVE! concert at 54 Below and previously worked on To Hell and Back at Ars Nova. Lori is a co-founder of Three Day Hangover, a company dedicated to producing classic plays in bars, and with them has directed: R+J: Star-Cross'd Death Match (NYIT nomination, Best Revival of a Play), Drunkle Vanya, and Hank V. She is also the Artistic Associate of The New Harmony Project and assistant directed the Tony Award-winning revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She was awarded the inaugural SDCF Charles Abbott Fellowship and is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Lori graduated from the University of Evansville and studied at the Moscow Art Theater.

Scott Wasserman

Scott Wasserman (Orchestrator)

Broadway: Hamilton (upcoming); Annie (2012 revival); Leap of Faith. Off-Broadway: Hamilton (The Public). Other New York readings & workshops: Dear Evan Hansen; The Honeymooners; Witness: Uganda; Soapdish; Broadway Backwards. Co-Orchestrator of Standardized Testing - The Musical!!!! by Sam Wilmott. Regional: The Wiz, Into The Woods, Little Women, and Legally Blonde for Red Mountain Theatre Company. Scott's book of folk song arrangements for Piano & Voice, Heritage, is available for purchase through Alpha Major. With writing partner Shannon Deep, The Only Voice I Hear, and Thicker Than Water. @scottwasserman1 @TTWtheMusical @Shannon_n_Scott THANK YOU to Joel, JZR, and Joshua Hinck! Love, of course, to Meghan.

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