Toast


Based on Rex Rose’s New Orleans novella, TOAST, with its jazz-techno fusion score tells the gritty story of a community trying to put down roots in post-Katrina New Orleans. TOAST had a reading at Coastal Carolina University in 2015, a workshop production at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in 2016, and was further developed at the Johnny Mercer Colony in 2017.

SYNOPSIS

Tania, a magnetic, brash young woman with a broken-down car, returns to New Orleans to find her tattoo-artist ex-lover “Snake,” in hopes of completing her half-finished serpent tattoo and winning a new Harley in an upcoming biker mag contest. But, finding Snake still embittered over their break-up and also dying of AIDS, the reunion is more difficult than she ever imagined.

In New Orleans, she quickly falls in with a crew of misfits seeking to transfigure the pain of existence–particularly in the wake of the hurricane–to joy (or at least a good time) in the classic New Orleans tradition. Centered around an upstart underground night club called “The Green Goddess,” the community’s attempt to rebuild itself and recover from unimaginable loss is threatened when government forces strive to shut the club down.

Meanwhile, Tania finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with Marcus, an ex-pat Brit and denizen of the club who has fallen passionately in love with her, and Snake, whose unresolved desire for Tania remains. Tania seeks closure with Snake and the mutual artistic expression they both desperately need while exploring her budding relationship with Marcus and combatting her own impulses to run away from the complexities of life, love, and loss.

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// Posted on March 12th, 2017

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New Holiday Song! CHRISTMAS TREE BLUES

We just released our new song “Christmas Tree Blues.” Check out this fantastic performance by the brilliant Solea Pfeiffer at the Broadway’s Future Holiday Songbook at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium.

Sheet Music now available!

// Posted on December 16th, 2016

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Our Song “Redheads Unite” Nominated for a 2016 INDIE SERIES AWARD

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We’re proud to announce that our song “Redheads Unite,” which we wrote for the web series Redheads Anonymous, has been nominated for a 2016 Indie Series Award for “Best Song”!

The awards will take place in Los Angeles on April 6th.

To check out Redheads Anonymous and the song, which plays in the closing credits, check out:

// Posted on March 5th, 2016

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2015 Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza set for AUGUST 17th at (le) Poisson Rouge

barely-legal-no-details It’s time for our annual summer blow-out concert featuring some of the most talented musical theatre performers from around the country and world.

Since our first “Barely Legal” concert five years ago, alums like Ashley Park, Danielle Wade, Lora Lee Gayer, Kathryn Boswell, Blair Goldberg, Tyler McKenzie, and many more have performed and starred on Broadway, toured the country, starred on TV, and made incredible art around the country and world.

A panel of industry judges, including Broadway performers, casting directors, agents, producers, and more have selected an incredible group of young performers, many of whom will be making their New York debuts in this concert! This year’s concert features:

Mitchell Aiello (Oakland University ’16)
Taylor Pearlstein (University of Arizona ’17)
Samantha Bourque (Sheridan College ’18)
Anna Dvorchak (Millikin Univeristy ’16)
Jacob Grant (Abilene Christian University ’16)
Michelle Beth Herman (Hartt School ’15)
Justin Hermosilla (Marymount Manhattan ’16)
Jared Brendon Hopper (Princeton University ’18)
Lily Kerhoas (Choreia Arts Studio, France ’15)
Johnny Shea (Ithaca College ’16)
Lily Talevski (Oakland University ’18)
Noah Virgile (Pace University ’19)

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating–and getting a first look–at the next generation of musical theatre stars. The show will feature additional Broadway stars to be announced. AND we’ll also be sharing a number of brand new songs of ours, along with some old favorites and selections from our new album CARNER & GREGOR ONE

The 2015 Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza
Monday, August 17th at 7:30 (doors at 6:30
(le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.
tickets $15
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO

// Posted on July 20th, 2015

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Our First Album “Carner & Gregor One” NOW AVAILABLE!

CG-ONE-1400x1400-CREDITS We’re thrilled to announce the release of our premiere album, CARNER & GREGOR ONE, featuring a wide range of songs from different projects, in styles ranging from pop to electronica to musical comedy–all backed up by a remarkable Broadway band and featuring brilliant Broadway singers and incredibly exciting newcomers.

The amazing line-up of singers includes Tituss Burgess, Jeremy Jordan, Natalie Weiss, Jackie Burns, Eric Michael Krop, Danielle Wade, Brian Justin Crum, Emma Hunton, and many more. We can’t wait to share it with you! Get yours at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/carnergregorone or at iTunes

// Posted on June 15th, 2015

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Releasing Our First Album “Carner & Gregor One” on June 15th at (le) Poisson Rouge in a $1 Show!

CG-ONE-1400x1400-CREDITSWe’re thrilled to be releasing our first album, “Carner & Gregor One” on June 15th! It’s the culmination of several years of work with our band and our amazing singer friends, including Jeremy Jordan, Tituss Burgess, Natalie Weiss, Jackie Burns, Eric Michael Krop, Brian Justin Crum, Emma Hunton, and many more.

The album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, etc. starting June 15th, but you can also get it in-person at our $1 album release show at (le) Poisson Rouge!

“Carner & Gregor’s One Dollar Album Release Show” will take place on June 15th at 7pm at (le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., in NYC.

It will feature incredible performer friends including:

Stephen C. Anthony (The Book of Mormon, Catch Me If You Can)
Kathryn Boswell (Gigi)
Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening, Wicked)
Prisca Demarez (CATS in Paris, Avenue Q in Paris)
Gregory Haney (Bring It On, Wicked)
Derek Klena (Bridges of Madison County, Dogfight)
Andrew Kober (Les Miserables, Hair)
Sophie Moshofsky
David Perlman (Baby It’s You, Yank!)
Mj Rodriguez (Rent)
Emily Schultheis
Sarah Stiles (Hand to God Tony Nom., Avenue Q, etc.)
Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture, Breaking Down the Riffs)
Teal Wicks (Wicked, Finding Neverland)
Nat Zegree
Hannah Zazzaro

And, in case this wasn’t clear, admission is just ONE DOLLAR! To reserve your ticket, CLICK HERE

ALSO, at this one event only, “Carner & Gregor One” will be available PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL! One cent or One Thousand Dollars, it’s all up to you, but you’ll walk away with one dynamite recording!

// Posted on May 20th, 2015

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Sheet Music for “Advice to a Young Firefly” now available!

Firefly-regular for websiteWe’re happy to announce that the sheet music for “Advice to a Young Firefly” is now available on our sheet music music store.

We have both male and female keys available, and the piano-vocal score comes with chord symbols, in case you’d rather perform it with guitar.

CLICK HERE to see Tituss Burgess perform the song… and to get the mp3 on iTunes, CLICK HERE

Watch Lea Salonga singing the song in her recent “Kaleidoscope” concert:

Watch Eric Michael Krop perform the song:

// Posted on April 15th, 2015

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Sam wins the 2015 Kleban Prize!

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We’re thrilled to announce that Sam Carner has won the 2015 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Librettist!

In the 25-year history of the award, past winners have included Jason Robert Brown, Craig Carnelia, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marks, John Weidman, Adam Gwon, John Bucchino, and other distinguished writers.

Congratulations as well to Sam Willmott, the winner of this year’s Kleban prize for Most Promising Lyricist.

Check out the article in Variety.

Check out the article in Playbill

// Posted on April 14th, 2015

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LEA SALONGA singing ADVICE TO A YOUNG FIREFLY at Town Hall on March 14

Lea Salonga performed our song “Advice to a Young Firefly” in her unforgettable concert KALEIDOSCOPE on March 14, 2015 at Town Hall. Here’s the video Sam took from the balcony!

// Posted on March 16th, 2015

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FREE show at LINCOLN CENTER’s Bruno Walter Auditorium on March 30th at 6pm

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We’ll be the featured writing team in March’s Broadway’s Future Songbook concert at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium. So mark down March 30th at 6pm in your calendars!

Our incredible line-up of singers features:

Leslie Kritzer (A Catered Affair, Legally Blonde, Sondheim on Sondheim, Rooms, Closer Than Ever)
Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, Good Vibrations, Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt)
Natalie Weiss (Breaking Down the Riffs, Everyday Rapture, Les Miserables)
Teal Wicks (Wicked, Jeckyll & Hyde, Finding Neverland)
Stephen C. Anthony (Book of Mormon, Catch Me If You Can)
Jackie Burns (Wicked, If/Then, HAIR)
David Perlman (Baby It’s You, Yank!, Anna Nicole: The Opera)
Danielle Wade (CBC’s Over the Rainbow, The Wizard of Oz)
Mj Rodriguez (RENT)
And introducing: Sophie Moshofsky,
Nat Zegree, Elyse Moon, Emily Schultheis, and Michelle Beth Herman

March 30th at 6pm
Bruno Walter Auditorium
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street.

The show is FREE, and tickets are on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure to line up early!

For more info, CLICK HERE. hope to see you there!

// Posted on March 14th, 2015

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