Name: Andrew Beall
What is your current project?
Song of Solomon: A New Musical
Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?
I am a the composer and I have been developing this musical for seven years, because I have an intense desire to tell stories through music….when it all comes together, it’s magic and it inspires. Miss Saigon inspired me to move to New York and pursue a dream that changed my life. Musicals (and Opera) are the highest form of entertainment – they combine all the elements into one glorious production. And for two hours, people are transported into another world, and when it’s over, they are different. Song of Solomon should transport folks to another time, another land, with similar political and romantic desires that we always have and will always have. The audience should forget that they just stepped off the streets of New York and step into our world for a little bit, and come out changed forever. All that paired with the romantic notion that the original epic musical is ready to come back to Broadway (and stay for awhile). That’s why I wrote Song of Solomon. I wanted to write a dramatic love story and share it with the world. Plus, who doesn’t want to know about the young vineyard girl who’s responsible for stealing Solomon’s heart, causing the creation of timeless love poetry that still inspires us today?
What’s next for you?
1. Broadway Con – the release of our Concept Album on January 27th at the Broadway Records booth.
2. 54 Below Album Release Concert (Spring/Summer)
3. New York Equity Workshop (Fall)
4. Out of Town Developmental Run
5. West End Opening
6. Broadway Opening
7. Feature Film
Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?
There will never be a bigger inspiration than my earliest: Claude Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil.
Hailed by New York Classical Review as “Spectacularly Virtuosic”, international soloist and composer, Andrew Beall’s works have been performed in Siberia, Italy, Germany, China, Lithuania, Sweden, UK, South Africa, and Mexico, to name a few. His second major orchestral work, Affirmation, was premiered at Avery Fisher Hall and recently recorded by the Siberian Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Beall has performed on Broadway in The Lion King, Les Miserables, Spiderman, In The Heights, and A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, orchestras such as the American Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and is the drummer for eclectic rock quartet, Cordis, and Broadway dance company, American Dance Machine. Mr. Beall has released two solo albums on BMP Records: Deliverance and Glass Jungle, and his third album (Concerti), will release in the Spring. President Emeritus of the Percussive Arts Society New York Chapter and owner of Bachovich Music Publications, Mr. Beall is an endorsing artist for Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Latin Percussion, and Evans Drumheads and a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and New York University. Mr. Beall’s musical, Song of Solomon, recently finished a sold-out run at the Thespis New York Festival, where it was nominated for Best Musical and acclaimed as “A Breathtakingly Epic Crescendo” followed by a sold-out performance with Tony-nominated Robert Cuccioli at the The Wick Theater in Boca Raton. A Concept Album EP of Song of Solomon releases in 2016. Mr. Beall was recently commissioned by The Telling Company to write his second musical. andrewbeall.com / solomonthemusical.com
Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
Broadway Con – Cast Signings: Sunday (29th) at 1pm