Writing Your Musical
Join the lyricist and composer for Miami New Drama’s very first production, The Golem of Havana, Len Schiff and Salomon Lerner for a look at writing lyrics and music for a new musical.
Len Schiff’s musical SIGNS OF LIFE (music by Joel Derfner, book by Peter Ullian) opened off-Broadway in 2010 at the Marjorie S. Deane Theater and went on to a run at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater. THE GOLEM OF HAVANA (2015 Independent Reviewers of New England Nomination, Best New Play; music by Salomon Lerner, book by Michel Hausmann) premiered at Barrington Stage’s New Musicals Lab, later enjoying a record-breaking run in Miami; it will next play the Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis. Other works include the musicals ÆTHERNITY (music: Chris Sidorfsky) ZACH IN PROGRESS (music: Georgia Stitt) and the one act opera USHER FALLING (music: Randall Eng). Current projects include a rock biography of Daniel Ellsberg with composer David Mallamud, an adaptation of the Ellen Kushner novel SWORDSPOINT with Joel Derfner and Peter Ullian, and an adaptation of G.K. Chesterton’s THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY with Chris Sidorfsky and Austin Grossman. Len holds an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theater Advanced Workshop. He lives in Little Neck, NY with his wife, their son, and entirely too many board games.
Salomon Lerner is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and lives in New York City where he is Director of Composition Programs at The Nightingale-Bamford School. Holds an M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and majored in Film Scoring at the Berklee College of Music. His music has been performed at various theater venues including The Public Theater’s Newman Stage and La Mama’s Ellen Stewart Theater (New York, NY), Barrington Stage Company (Pitttsfield, MA), and the Colony Theatre (Miami Beach, FL); at various dance spaces including The Alchemical Laboratory, Martha Graham Studios, Bryant Park, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and on several short films and TV shows such as CBS Sports’ We Need To Talk and Telemundo’s La Fan. At Miami New Drama: The Golem of Havana (2016), Our Town (2017), Queen of Basel (2018), Puras Cosas Maravillosas (2018), FAKE (2019), and Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy (2019). He also founded the VirtualStudio.NYC which connects musicians and engineers around the world to produce remote recordings. www.salomonlerner.com