Living History: An Inside Look at Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical

Created, Written, and Performed by Ben West; Musical Continuity and Arrangements by Fran Minarik

Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical premieres this September.

Writer-performer Ben West offers a sneak peek and discussion of his upcoming documentary musical, SHOW TIME! THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, which premieres Sept. 13 at the Theatre at Saint Peter’s. SHOW TIME! tells the story of a uniquely American art form, charting its evolution from the mid-1800s thru 1999, and featuring more than two dozen songs that shaped the canon. This NYMF concert, moderated by Variety's Gordon Cox, includes a glimpse at the show’s four-year development, and a preview of three sequences from the new musical.

Running Time: 75 minutes

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Ben West

Ben West (Creator, Writer, Performer)

Ben West is a director, producer, performer, and musical theatre historian. His current projects include SHOW TIME! THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, 45 MINUTES FROM COONTOWN, and 68 WAYS TO GO. West’s directing credits include UNSUNG CAROLYN LEIGH for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, GATSBY: THE SONGS IN CONCERT, MAKE MINE MANHATTAN, and THE FIG LEAVES ARE FALLING. Broadway: OLD ACQUAINTANCE, assistant director and dramaturg; AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and THE HOMECOMING, assistant producer; TALK RADIO, production assistant. He is the founder of UnsungMusicalsCo. and a 2017 recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award.

Fran Minarik (Musical Continuity, Arrangements)

Fran Minarik is an accompanist, vocal coach, conductor, orchestrator, and composer. Broadway: XANADU, keyboards, rehearsal-audition pianist; IN MY LIFE, associate conductor, keyboards; AVENUE Q, rehearsal-audition pianist. Off-Broadway: onstage pianist for Jackie Hoffman in THE J.A.P. SHOW. For UnsungMusicalsCo.: UNSUNG CAROLYN LEIGH for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook; MAKE MINE MANHATTAN; GATSBY: THE SONGS IN CONCERT; HOW NOW, DOW JONES. Tour: RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. Original film music: MAKING THE BOYS...; WHEN OCEAN MEETS SKY (Logo); THE RUB with Michele Pawk and Karen Ziemba, James Horvath director. He is a graduate of Columbia College.

UnsungMusicalsCo. (Producer)

UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) is a nonprofit production company focused on researching and developing prescient projects that explore the vibrancy of the American musical theatre canon, and how past works influence the artists and repertoire of today and tomorrow. Founded in 2009, UMC relaunched in 2018 after a three-year hiatus for research and development with a renewed focus on presenting works which speak directly to the influence of the past on both the present and future. The company will be receiving its own archival collection in the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.