Congrats Matt on your audition and air time on American Idol. You’re going to Hollywood!
Most promising new work: I love attending readings, it feels like you’re getting a sneak peek at something new and even participating in the development process, as many readings conclude with a feedback session. My favorite new work in development this year was the new musical Sweet Land, based on the 2005 Minnesota-made movie. Last spring I wrote: “Sweet Land is such a special little movie, a small story but one that’s so moving and timeless and beautiful. The musical is everything I hoped it would be, retaining what was so special about the movie and its wistful, funny, romantic tone, and only adding to it with the wonderful new original music of the Americana style that I love so well.” The development process continues with a selection of songs presented as part of Nautilus Music-Theater’s Rough Cuts Series next week.