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Second Generation Theatre presents 'Songs For A New World': A digital musical filmed throughout Buffalo

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Mon, May 24th 2021 06:40 pm

Second Generation Theatre (SGT) presents the company’s first full digital production, the Jason Robert Brown musical, “Songs For A New World,” on demand this June. This unique production highlights four of Buffalo’s finest performers and over 12 locations.

Originally slated for stage production in the fall of 2020, the SGT creative team considered several different incarnations of this production as the COVID-19 pandemic progressed.

“The draw of this piece is not only how incredibly impactful the music has always been but how painfully relevant the stories are to our world right now,” director Amy Jakiel said. “The songs speak for themselves, but hearing them from these brilliant vocalists and pairing them with beautiful Buffalo landmarks is going to be a very powerful experience. I have reimagined the show a number of times, but always come back to the importance of sharing it and I hope people will enjoy it.”

The show will be filmed by one of Buffalo’s most awarded lighting, set and sound designers, Chris Cavanagh. The pandemic forced Cavanagh into expanding his knowledge of film through the Musicalfare Premier Cabaret space. This production marks his first full on-location production.

“Songs For A New World” will be filmed all over Buffalo at locations including The Shea’s Smith Theatre, Stitch Buffalo, 500 Pearl, Explore and More, The Botanical Gardens, Matinee, Central Terminal and ECMC.

“Chris Cavanagh has designed so many of SGT’s most memorable and visually stunning shows, including ‘The Toxic Avenger’ (for which he received two Artie nominations),” Artistic Director Kelly Copps said. “He has an amazing eye for supporting great storytellers. Setting him free to create what he wants to is always incredibly rewarding. We can’t wait to see what this production brings.”

“Songs For A New World” is directed by Jakiel with music direction by Stephen Piotrowski and videography by Cavanagh. The production stars Michele Marie Roberts, Brian Brown, Cecilia Snow and Steve Copps. It will be streaming on demand from June 10-27.

General admission tickets are $25 per household. For more information, or for tickets, call 716-508-7480 or visit www.secondgenerationtheatre.com/tickets.

Second Generation Theatre Co. creates and presents quality theatre in Buffalo. Under the leadership of Executive Director Kristin Bentley and Artistic Director Kelly Copps as well as a 13-member board of directors, SGT’s mission is to provide a collaborative environment for the development and production of plays and musicals. For more information, visit www.secondgenerationtheatre.com.

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