Sunday, January 28 4pm

    What do Mrs. Lovett and Darth Vader have in common? Find out in this updated version of my lecture. Can’t make BroadwayCon? Book my lecture at your school or writers group.

    **This seminar is not endorsed by or affiliated with Star Wars, Lucasfilm, The Walt Disney Company or the Galactic Empire. Originally presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in 2013.

  • Photo by Walnut Street Theatre



    Walnut Street Theatre February 3 – 11!

    Dan Acquisto’s and my 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award-winning show StinkyKids® The Musical makes its way to Philadelphia! Come see how Captain Happy’s Jumpy-Fun-Super-Bouncy Indoor Place fits in with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.



    All-Star Studio Cast RADcording
    from Broadway Records!

    Go to back to the ’80s in in this awesome mashup of Shakespeare and John Hughes. The Studio Cast RADcording of Dan Acquisto’s and my show Like You Like It features 
    Alison Luff, Derek Klena, Robin De Jesus, Patti Murin, Lesli Margherita, Laura Osnes, Nathan Johnson, Kate Rockwell, Sam Underwood, Bonnie Milligan, Nick Cearley and more!



    Come on down to the new virtual general store!

    Sheet music is available for songs I wrote with Dan Acquisto and Brandon James Gwinn, including Like You Like It, Small Town Story…And Then I Wrote a Song About It, The 7-Year B*tch and more.

  • Now & Upcoming

    • …And Then I Wrote A Song About It Concert Videos

      Nick Cearley in the May, 2016 concert of ...And Then I Wrote A Song About It at Feinstein's /54 Below (photo by Rebecca Woodman Taylor).

      Available now! Watch Nick Cearley (The Skivvies, Pageant, All Shook Up, Buyer & Cellar) as he returned to New York on May 13 at Feinstein’s/54 Below to recreate his award-winning performance as Randall Klausner, a perspiring actor-singer-songwriter-dancer-secretary searching for love and fame in the late ’70s/early ’80s, as well as the colorful characters he meets along the way.

      Set to the rhythm of the disco era and beyond, this earnest yet uproarious one-man musical finds Randall in the moments before he goes on Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow Show. His life rushes before him like a groovy flashback, from toiling in his father’s sausage business to dating someone in “soda espionage.” Randall transforms all of his professional and personal misadventures into memorable and quirky songs as he ventures on his rocky road to self-acceptance and an audition for A Chorus Line. Book by Eric H. Weinberger • Music by Daniel S. Acquisto • Lyrics by Sammy Buck • Directed by Igor Goldin • Music Director Thomas Hodges. More about the show on Broadwayworld. Photo by Rebecca Woodman Taylor.


      The cast album feaures the talents of the Synchronicity Theatre cast of StinkyKids® The Musical: Alexandra Karr, Lydia Frempong, Kristin Storla, Luke Georgecink, Ben Davis, Greg Maurice Hunter, music directed by Ann-Carol Pence


      Britt loves making everyone happy. But this girl who never gets in trouble is in a sticky situation – literally: She woke up with an impossibly epic wad of gum stuck in her hair. All of Britt’s friends are depending on her parents to take them to the new MegaJumper 3000 at Captain Happy’s Jumpy-Fun-Super-Bouncy Indoor Place, so she definitely doesn’t want to disappoint anyone. Britt must rely on her mischievous friends to go with her on an unexpected adventure across their neighborhood to solve the problem before her parents find out and possibly cancel the trip! Book and Lyrics by Sammy Buck • Music by Daniel S. Acquisto • Based on Stinkykids® by Britt Menzies.

  • Past Highlights

    • Small Town Story at Playwrights Horizons & Hartt

      The cast of Small Town Story from the October, 2015, production at the Hartt School, directed by Joe Barros.

      A New York Theatre Barn commission, Brandon James Gwinn‘s and my show was most recently  presented as a developmental production with a full cast of students at the Hartt School. A 2014 reading at Playwrights Horizons featured Joe Cassidy (If/Then), Hannah De Flumeri (Bullets Over Broadway), Beth DeVries, Noah Galvin (The Real O’Neals), James Donegan (Forbidden Broadway), Alexa Green (Wicked, So Good), Anthony Lee Medina (The Capeman), Brandon Kalm (American Psycho), Carolyn Mignini (Fiddler on the Roof, Tintypes), Erin Leigh Peck (The Toxic Avenger), Chandler Reeves, Emily Rogers, Erik Sisco and Shorey Walker (Seussical). NYTB artistic director and co-conceiver Joe Barros directed both the production and the reading. Check out the demo on soundcloud and read more at the NYTB website.

      Two families in a North Texas town struggle with a community battle ignited by a high school production of the musical Rent. As the escalation drives wedges between father and son – and mother and daughter – Speargrove, Texas will discover that the show can’t open until their minds do. Inspired by actual events, Small Town Story explores the indelible power of theatre and the inherent dangers of silence. Book and Lyrics by Sammy Buck • Music and Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn.

      Conceived by Joe Barros, Laura Brandel, Sammy Buck, Karen Marshall, Reed Prescott and Sam Willmott.

    • Prospect’s Musical Theatre Labs

      Clay Zambo and I were a part of By The Numbers, an evening of five-minute musicals based on the numbers 1 – 12, performed at the Times Center June 27, 2015. We were number one – literally – with Decide, about a young woman forced to choose only one scoop of ice cream, and the reverberations throughout her life.

      Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of writing short musicals for Prospect Theatre, sharing the evening with other short pieces by a stellar list of writers. In 2013’s Portraits, Dan Acquisto and I wrote The Art of Joey Feldman, about a rigid and literal-minded safety inspector for a flying rig company who rediscovers the meaning of magic (check out one of the songs). Then last year at The Times Center, Clay Zambo and I were a part of By The Numbers, an evening of five-minute musicals based on the numbers 1 – 12. We were number one – literally – with Decide, about a young woman forced to choose only one scoop of ice cream, and the reverberations throughout her life.