Benjamin Scheuer is the writer/performer of the one-man musical THE LION, which won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance when it premiered Off Broadway. It was called “the best new musical of this year” by The Huffington Post, The Stage, and Playbill! After a series of sold out performances in New York, Benjamin’s getting ready to tour the nation. But not before he visits Vermont for ONE NIGHT ONLY, July 20th at 7:30 pm.
If you had a chance to see Scheuer interviewed on Charlie Rose last fall, you heard a bit of the backstory about why Ben, and Weston. It was here on our Vermont village campus that he and his director, Sean Daniels, began to shape THE LION!
An excerpt from the interview:
“I was invited to the Weston Playhouse in Vermont in April 2013, and the people in Weston said we want you to come up and write, work on this piece that you’re working on, but we think you could use a new pair of eyes. Why don’t you bring up a director? So I called the only director I knew, Sean Daniels.” Scheuer goes on to explain that he began with four songs, an idea, and some challenging stories to tell. Daniels helped him shape the concept into a production. Together they crafted another sixteen songs and several scenes that explore family, relationships, creativity, and the highs and lows of growing up.
Among the list of performance pieces scheduled for Weston next month, we’re sure to hear a few from THE LION. Maybe this one, or “Cookie-tin Banjo” down below, which was actually written here in Vermont. Yeah!
Scheuer’s homebase is New York City, where he also records and performs with his band Escapist Papers. The group released their second album last year, “The Bridge,” which also features music from the production. With standing room only at recent NYC events, The New York Times had this to say about the singer/songwriter on stage:
The New York Times: “A naturally appealing performer with an ingratiating soft touch, Mr. Scheuer seems to have found consolation for the troubles he’s endured as many (if not most) artists do, by channeling them into his art. In his case it’s by writing and performing reflective pop-folk songs with catchy choruses and just the occasional burst of angst. In one of the evening’s finest songs, “Weather the Storm,” Mr. Scheuer gets to the heart of the matter, namely how a young man could endure the setbacks he has lived through and manage to maintain his equilibrium, as well as acquire the sense of security and warmth that he effortlessly seems to radiate.” (full article HERE)
Mr. Scheuer’s recognitions are many: Recipient of a 2015 Theatre World Award, the 2014 Off West End Award for Best Musical, the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for songwriting, and the 2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics. Nominee for two 2015 Drama Desk Awards, two 2015 Outer Critic Awards, and a 2015 Lucile Lortel Award.
We’re excited that you can join us next month for this very special event. Remember, ONE NIGHT ONLY so book your tickets now to be a part of the story.