INNER VOICES 2018
Scaffolding with Rebecca Luker
"And tomorrow's the interview! The dreaded interview! Once that's over. Then I pray a giant scholarship comes his way. 'Cause on my meager teacher's pay. I'll never make it! But I will figure it out. Whatever it takes. I will call in every favor owed to me. Because going to M.I.T. is the only thing this boy has every wanted. And if that's what makes him happy, then that's what there is to do."
The Costume with Finn Douglas
"Well then out of nowhere she said, 'Leo, why don't you keep an eye on our little friend while she recovers?' 'But I don't know the first thing about pigeons!' I said. 'I don't know the first thing about getting a pigeon to fly! She touched my head and said, 'I can't think of a better man for the job, Leo. She just needs some rest.' And suddenly I was heading out the door with the pigeon and some green peas and a Dixie cup for water. 'I am the wrong man for this job.'"
Window Treatment with Farah Alvin
"And I could have sworn you looked right up at my window, sneaky-like, as if you were getting away with something. What are you getting away with? There are going to be SHOWERS! You're not getting away with anything. I very nearly raced down the stairs, into the courtyard, to stop you in your tracks. Shake you. What are you THINKING? Where is your UMBRELLA?? But I didn't. Because....because that would be...Crazy.
“Each piece memorably demonstrates the unique power of song to capture the mercurial intensity of inner life."
The New Yorker
“PREMIERES’ Inner Voices is a rare gem among the crowded theatre scene. All three pieces force us to slow down, be more reflective, and provide us with a heavy dose of empathy in a world currently so deficient of it."
“These plays are rather extraordinary. One performer holding the stage in sung monologue is very different from either musical theatre or concert. Musicianship is top notch in all three pieces."
Woman Around Town
“You gotta love New York. A panoply of options lies at our very door step, among them many small companies developing new material planting the seeds of our theatrical future. The three musical showcases in the series Inner Voices are our reward. They have what it takes to blossom."
The Front Row Center
“Inner Voices 2018 display a remarkable range of styles, voices, and content. It’s a unique evening of theatre."
“Impressive talent illuminates the latest in the Inner Voices series – the musicals are excellent showcases."
Wolf Entertainment Guide
“Enthralling stories containing superior performances, this incarnation of Inner Voice 2018 is a uniquely entertaining experience."
“Inner Voices is a great opportunity to encounter up-and-coming talents. It also provides established names the opportunity to try something different. This edition scores on all fronts: it’s roster is filled with artists, who, clearly, are going places."
Lighting and Sound America
“Powerfully expressive voices... gem-like performances… perceptive direction… an unusual treat.”
“Inner Voices 2018 is a melodically enchanting, intriguingly written, and shiningly polished trilogy of music theatre jewels."
“Inner Voices hauntingly touches your heart and takes you to places that absorb your soul and reaches you in different ways.”
“Inner Voices proves musical theatre is alive and has the ability to transform."
Times Square Chronicle
INNER VOICES 2016
Just One "Q" with T. Oliver Reid
"One cursin’ out the other for bein’ or not bein’ a mother
For havin’ to care for... bein’ taken care of
Too much or too little attention, and never a mention of love."
The Pen with Nancy Anderson
"I’m so sorry. I know it’s happened this month twice but I hit a little purple pen hitch. So I can’t get your coffee, I can’t get your coffee, bitch. My regrets to everybody’s caffeine itch. Cuz they won’t get their coffee, not without their coffee bitch."
The Booty Call with Michael Thurber
"I just got a booty call. I know that tone on the phone. That’s not just an innocent ‘let’s have dinner.’ That’s ‘tonight I don’t wanna sleep alone.’ And I guess that’s great, shit, I’m 28, single and ready to mingle, why contemplate? This should be ground to celebrate, but it doesn’t feel right in my current state.."
“T. Oliver Reid is wonderful… singing perfection!"
Times Square Chronicles
“Dappled with humor and willful defiance, The Pen is a portrait in miniature of living with mental illness and it is absolutely gorgeous. The Pen is one of those rare shows that elicit wonder all the way through, not just at the material, but also the exquisite combination of assembled talent."
The New York Times
“The Pen is a work of genius.... Nancy Anderson is marvelous."
“The Booty Call is delightfully unique…. Mr. Thurber is absolutely knock-your-socks-off charming and the piece is filled with
some surprises and tender revelations. How fortunate New York audiences are to have the chance to experience the excellent breadth and depth that musical theatre can deliver with Inner Voices."
“If you love musical theatre and are looking for the next Lin Manuel Miranda, Stephen Sondheim or Jason Robert Brown, look no further than Inner Voices."
“If you need any further proof that musical theatre is in fine fettle these days, try a visit to Inner Voices."
“A fantastic execution and collaboration of actors, musicians, writers and directors working together to create these short musical pieces."
New York Theatre Guide
“Those of you looking for a place to go to focus on the single elegant voice, look no further. Inner Voices, the biannual series of solo works featuring new teams of playwrights and composers is your destination. Hot foot it over there to see people with skill and knowledge and substance."
Front Row Center
INNER VOICES 2014
Grace with Andrea Frierson
"I'm reminded someone said.......Someone said....Come to the edge.....it's too high.....we might fall.....But they came.....And he pushed........And they flew"
2014 photos by Carol Rosegg
The Other Room with Phoebe Strole
"And then you leaned in and said, Mon Chou, There is something you must help me do."
“One of the most exciting evenings in musical theater is happening at TBG Theatre by Premieres. Grace is haunting and at the same time hopeful. It is refreshing, semi-operatic, completely sung through and exciting. By the end of this piece I was so moved, I led the crowd in bravos and applause ... if you truly love musical theatre, great singing, innovative pieces that are not afraid to unveil places deep within, this show is for you. By the end I felt energized and restored that music and theatre could be this good."
Susan Bowling, Times Square Chronicle
“The voices may be ‘Inner’ but they contain bursts of outer passion.... The music by Childs comes in the style of a strong force in synch with the passion of the libretto and the dynamic quality of Frierson’s persona as Grace.... Strole has a winsome personality in capturing the theme of the piece, directed by Ethan Heard.... Both ‘Grace’ and ‘The Other Room’ are alive with depth of feeling and creativity."
William Wolf, New York Calling Theater
“This is a fascinating evening. Frierson and Strole possess extraordinary voices and know exactly what to do with them. Each knows that the voice is connected directly to the heart. They soar and plummet; they are bold and frightened; they are tender and courageous. Life is something they are in up to their vocal cords. We are allowed to walk with them through the fear and the fire and therefore are able to feel the strength each summons to overcome."
Tulis McCall, Front Row Center
“Rarely does musical theatre offer such profound and resonant insights into the human condition. There’s little gloss here and even less toe-tapping, but the skillful, natural, and delicate presentation of these two new musicals prove that substance is far more rewarding than show. There is nothing somber or morose in this cycle of Inner Voices, but there is something refreshing in the accessible sadness that both Grace and The Other Room have to offer. Musical theatre has a tendency to allow its audience to take it in from a cool distance. This is not the case here and I, for one, welcome the invitation to feel."
Seth Bogner, Theatre is Easy
“Bless Paulette Haupt, artistic director of Premieres, which has a subdivision called 'Inner Voices.' Not only does Haupt produce them, but in the case of her current offerings she paired up the writers. GRACE has the best female musical performance of the season by Andrea Frierson, as novelist Grace Monroe, who can’t do anything about her approaching blindness. Phoebe Strole shines in THE OTHER ROOM as a woman who could do something to stop her good friend’s suicide, but knows it’s what he wants. Let’s see more from everyone involved."
“Mr. Campbell’s lyrics swirl with all of Lena’s anger and love, merging Act Up chants and gentler reminiscences, lightening the anguish with a joke or two. And Ms. Michelson’s music produces real chills. Ms. Strole has a clear, silvery voice and an innate warmth."
Alexis Soloski, New York Times
INNER VOICES 2012
Borrowed Dust with Hunter Foster
"Mother and I sat, facing the desk was Gabe's lonely pack. Mother couldn't, wouldn't look at me."
Arlington with Alexandra Silber
"It's not recommended. Crying. I went to this seminar for the wives, and they told us: try not to cry when you say goodby. It's better if the soldiers can leave with everything upbeat."
Farhad with Arielle Jacobs
"I want to be more than just a girl with a scarf wrapped round my head. I want to walk alone in the streets carrying books that I have read."
“Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director of PREMIERES was on a mission to create a new musical experience where she introduced and commissioned writers and composers who had not worked together previously to create three new musical monologues telling original, individual stories from a single point of view revealing their most intimate inner thoughts in words and song. For a completely different and unique musical experience with three incredible performances I urge you to see INNER VOICES."
Oscar E. Moore, Talk Entertainment
“Portraits of love, loss, grief and courage are painted in the latest production of Inner Voices, a collection of three short solo musicals... each contains the same primary virtue: a remarkably acted and sung performance. As guided by director Jonathan Butterell, Hunter Foster gives one of his strongest performances to date."
David Gordon, TheaterMania
“Alexandra Silber spends most of her time in 'Arlington' sitting at the family piano. Her voice is operatic and filled with emotion; so is this sweet, sobering drama by Polly Pen and Victor Lodato. Polly Pen has written music that is haunting even when it claims not to be."
Anita Gates, New York Times
“Arielle Jacobs closes out the evening in 'Farhad,' a disturbing and intriguing portrait of a gender-identity crisis."
“Lodato and Pen have written a fascinating character study, with each scene peeling off another layer of the woman's personality. Director Jack Cummings III guides the first-rate Silber through a remarkably nuanced and gorgeously sung performance that ably conveys the mile-a-minute feelings that rush through Sara Jane's head with reckless abandon."
“Equally important, Bauer and Cruz's score, orchestrated for percussion, guitar and oud is particularly exciting, with intelligent lyrics and an authenic-feeling sound."
“If there was ever any doubt that Hunter Foster, Alexandra Silber and Arielle Jacobs are Broadway stars, Inner Voices, a trilogy of one-person chamber musicals squelches all doubts. The three stories are beautifully heartbreaking, complemented by raw performances."
Suzy Evans, Backstage