Wake Up, Daisy!
Verrrry loosely adapted from "Sleeping Beauty," Wake Up, Daisy! is a commission from the historic Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, and the latest whimsical collaboration between Sam and Yo, Vikings! partner Marcus Stevens.
Daisy Greene is a very cautious 16-year-old New Yorker... hey, you'd be cautious too if your parents had forgotten to invite Marisol-From-Down-The-Hall to your third birthday party and she'd cursed you to someday prick your finger and nap forever. But when Daisy's best friend Tim-From-Across-The-Way convinces her to finally leave her house and plant trees in Central Park, Marisol's curse is realized and Daisy finds herself deeply asleep and lost in the center of a labyrinth
of her own dreams. Can Daisy throw caution to the wind and risk it all to wake herself up?
This 40-minute long musical puppet show will premiere at the Cottage in March 2020 and run through September.
... is an award-winning Seoul-based children's language program, and, as a staff writer, Sam has written over 140 songs over the past six years. The ever-imaginative English EGG wordsmiths send texts to to music (like "Where's My Balloon?" pictured at left). The songs are then recorded with Broadway actors and sent back to Korea, where they make their way to households and schools.
English Egg songs encompass a wide range of styles, from Tin Pan Alley to disco to pop to fantasy to tango to Caribbean and anything else you can dream up. The goal is for each style to communicate additional meaning to a given text, while the song itself functions as a fun way to get kids excited about learning a new language and eager to practice their language skills!
Little BiG Things
... is a series of teensy-tinsy art songs written with the exceptionally brilliant poet, cartoonist (see left) and theater-maker Jay Eisenberg. The line-up includes "On the Care and Keeping of Plants," "The Common Could," "This, Too," and "Possibilities."
Check out the inimitable Kerstin Anderson singing the whole set of 'em at Feinstein's / 54 Below in August 2017.
In December 2014, The Actor's Fund brought together a dazzling array of talent to perform the animated classic live on stage for the first time ever.
The shimmering Jule Styne / Bob Merrill score (with additional lyrics by Sam!) careened back, back, back on Broadway with a 28-piece orchestra led by Emmy- and Grammy-winner John McDaniel. The A-list cast featured Douglas Sills, Robert Cuccioli, Don Darryl Rivera, Tony Sheldon, Joshua Henry, Klea Blackhurst, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Jenn Cody and Christopher Seiber, Janet Dacal, Betsy Wolfe, John Bolton, Erik Altemus, and many others -- and was creatively realized by author Tim Pinckney, director Carl Andress and choreogropher Marcus Santana.
Oh, and there was plenty of razzleberry dressing.
And now, for something completely different, check out this ad campaign for HelloFlo's New Mom Kit, featuring a couple songlets (and an appearance) by Sam!
HelloFlo helps girls negotiate the frought terrain of puberty and menstruation through their thoughtful products and hilarious viral videos. Now, they've decided it's time to tackle the truths of motherhood. Featured on Adweek (Ad of the Day!), and Today.com.