What is your current project? Deployed
Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?
New York New Works Festival. It is the right fit because the festival allows us to showcase an excerpt from the show to producers and investors who will be able to take it forward for a full production. Deployed is an important piece about the effect the non-stop wars of the 21st Century has had on our troops and their families that needs to be seen by more people, and the producers on the NYNW panel have the ability to make that happen.
What’s next for you?
Hopefully Deployed getting a full production regionally or Off Broadway. I’m also currently writing three other musicals, one of which – about women in Afghanistan who dress as men – will have its first reading in the fall.
Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?
No one person in particular, but I’ve been spending some time in Nashville lately and I’m totally inspired by the caliber of musicians and songwriters there. Their talent is pushing me to step it up and inspiring me to incorporate new styles into my musical theater sound.
Natalie Lovejoy is a Texas-born, Maryland-raised composer, lyricist, and bookwriter whose work has been heard in New York at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, The Duplex, Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Flea Theatre, and Greenwhich Music House, as well as in San Diego, LA, and Nashville. She wrote the music, book and lyrics to Deployed, which she began writing when she was married to a soldier who deployed to Iraq in 2008. A workshop of Deployed premiered off-off Broadway at the Abingdon Theatre Company in November 2013 and played again at the Gene Frankel Theatre in January 2014 to sold-out audiences. It was featured in the Musical Theater Factory’s 4×15 and at the Gallery Player’s Overtures New Work Series in 2015 and continues to be developed. Other work includes: Hall Pass (“Flyers and Fryers,” Rancho Bueno Visto High, produced by Blake McCarthy), The Big C (songs, Dramatists Guild), “Performance Anxiety” (music/lyrics, The Flea Theatre, Raw Impressions Musical Theatre Marathon), The Music of Natalie Lovejoy (The Duplex), and “Movement to Contact” (score, Veteran Artist Program PSA). Natalie is also an author, and her short-story “Two Roads” was published in the anthology Incoming (So Say We All Press) which examines the transition from military to civilian life. She is listed in The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatres Writers at Contemporary Musical Theater.com. Education: NYU Steinhardt (MM in Music Composition), Catholic University (BM in Musical Theater), the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Johnny Mercer Musical Theatre Project at Northwestern University. Professional Member: ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild.
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