Roosevelt Island Library Presents Concert of Original Musical MIMOSA by Lauren Taslitz and Danny Ursetti
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:27 am EDT 10/07/21


Supported by $5,000 Grant Awarded to Ursetti as Part of City Artists Corps Grant Program

New York Public Library - Roosevelt Island Branch presents
Mimosa (concert)
Lyrics & Book by Lauren Taslitz
Music by Danny Ursetti

Saturday, October 23 at 1pm
Roosevelt Island Branch Library
The New York Public Library
504 Main Street, New York, NY 10044
(212) 308-6243
FREE for all attendees; 60 min

New York, NY - Musical theatre writing duo Lauren Taslitz and Danny Ursetti will bring a free, abridged concert performance of their original musical Mimosa to the Roosevelt Island Branch of New York Public Library on Saturday, October 23rd at 1 pm.

Ursetti is among 3,000 New York City-based artists to receive $5,000 through the City Artist Corps Grants program, launched in June 2021 by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre. The grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

The cast includes Viveca Chow (Miss Saigon, Broadway revival), Cori Jaskier (Ratatouille: the TikTok Musical), Ally Bonino ( John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch), Jacob Fjeldheim (Anthem: Homunculus), and Ursetti, with musical accompaniment by Fjeldheim and Ursetti.

In this family-friendly story, Mimosa, a mimosa-pudica plant, becomes best friends with human teen Molly. Risking everything, Molly and Mimosa remind their imperiled communities that, by working together, plants and humans can once again regrow the garden. Mimosa is a musical inspired by the understanding that plants are sentient, intelligent, communicating Beings who are our companions, not commodities.

Registration is recommended, as space is limited. Walkups will be permitted as space allows. Register at https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/10/23/city-artist-corps-mimosa-musical-danny-ursetti

Danny Ursetti is a composer/percussionist from Southern California, currently living in Astoria, New York. Upcoming: Once Every Hundred Years, a song cycle with lyrics by William Finn. Selected writing credits include Regretting Almost Everything (Barrington Stage, Feinstein's/54 Below), In My Book (Coastal Carolina University), Your Brand-New Incurable Disease (NYU Tisch Drama STAGEworks), A Statue of Stature (Prospect Theater Company), I Want to Eat Brains (Fresh Grind Festival), and We regret to inform you that Reza is dead (The Electric Brain). In development: Mimosa (NYC City Artist Corps Grant, NAMT 15 Minute New Musical Competition winner, NYTB New Works Series, Michigan State University), My Cousin Vinny (BMI presentation), and Infinite March (concept album). Arranging/Orchestration: William Finn's The Emperor's Newest Clothes (HBO), New York Philharmonic, Pasadena Pops. MFA: NYU GMTWP. www.dannyursetti.com

Lauren Taslitz is a librettist-lyricist who splits her time between Chicago and New York. Writing credits include Regretting Almost Everything (Barrington Stage, Feinstein's/54 Below), Join the Club (The Evanston Arts Center and The Skokie Theatre), After They've Gone (Porchlight Music Theatre; NYTB at the Cell), You Gave Me A Sheep (National Asian Artists Project), A Statue of Stature (Prospect Theatre Company) and In My Book (commission, Coastal Carolina University). Musicals in development include Bak Chang (Commission by The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle), For the Birds with Jacob Fjeldheim, and Mimosa (Winner, NAMT 15 Minute New Musical Competition, 2020; NY Theatre Barn New Works Series, 2021). Mimosa will also be workshopped by 7/8 Collective, a Singapore-based musical theatre company, in November/December 2021.

Lauren is the 2020 Robert and Stephanie Olmsted MacDowell Fellow and has also been in residence at The 5th Ave Theatre, The Johnny Mercer Grove at Goodspeed and The Catwalk Institute. Her work has been performed at Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center, Barrington Stage, Carnegie Hall (virtually) and other venues in New York and Chicago. Lauren has an MFA from NYU-Tisch, a JD from Harvard, and a BS from Princeton. In August 2021, she produced the first reading of William Finn's new song cycle with composer Danny Ursetti, Once Every Hundred Years.

About the City Artist Corps Grants Program
The City Artist Corps Grants Program was launched in June 2021 by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre. The program is funded by the $25 million New York City Artist Corps recovery initiative announced by Mayor de Blasio and DCLA earlier this year.

Over the course of three award cycles, more than 3,000 artists will receive $5,000 grants to engage the public with artist activities across New York City's five boroughs this summer and fall. Artists can use the grant to create new work or phase of a work or restage preexisting creative activities across any discipline. Members of the public can participate in City Artist Corps Grants programming by following the hashtag #CityArtistCorps on social media.

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