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THE FQ LOUNGE @ ADVERTISING WEEk, NY Sept 23-24

If any of you are attending Advertising Week, Ariana Afsar, Erin Ortman, and I will be speaking on a panel about Raising Women's Voices on Monday, Sept 23 at 1:30pm at the FQ Lounge. Full schedule below!

Lauren M. Gunderson

Lauren M. Gunderson

JEANNETTE bookwriter Lauren M. gunderson tops the list of The 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of the 2019-20 Season

For the second season, Lauren Gunderson is the most-produced playwright in America, with 11 plays being produced around the country.

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PUNK ROCK GIRL by Joe Iconis to Receive Developmental Reading on Friday, Sept 13

Lively McCabe Entertainment recently announced Punk Rock Girl, a new musical for the stage featuring a score of popular songs written and made famous by female artists and female-fronted bands including Blondie, Avril Lavigne, Joan Jett, P!nk, Gwen Stefani and more, with an original book by Joe Iconis. A private industry reading will be held in New York City on Friday, September 13th. The reading will be live streamed and available to be viewed by regional producers and industry executives across the globe.

Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin

Joshua Henry, Jessica Vosk, Lexi Lawson, & Ari Afsar Team Up to Tell the Story of America’s Forgotten First Congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette was the first woman to hold federal office in the United States of America. A Republican from Montana, Jeannette was elected to Congress in 1916, years before women could vote federally. Yet, somehow, her groundbreaking story is all but forgotten in American history. This is where Hamilton alum Ari Afsar steps in.

Ari Afsar

Ari Afsar

jeannette selected for O’Neill Theater Center's 2019 Season. The National Music Theater Conference will run June 22–July 12.

The new musical Jeannette, with a book by I And You playwright Lauren M. Gunderson and music and lyrics by Hamilton alum Ari Afsar, chronicles the life of Jeannette Rankin, the first female congresswoman elected in 1916.

Luke Bryan and Billy Idol

Luke Bryan and Billy Idol

LUKE BRYAN, BILLY IDOL, DOLLY PARTON & CULTURE CLUB SONGS AMONG TROVE INSPIRING LIVELY MCCABE STAGE MUSICALS

Lively McCabe Entertainment, a company that specializes in packaging and adapting iconic intellectual property into new stories for theater, film/TV, and book publishing, is teaming with licensing agency Theatrical Rights Worldwide and music powerhouse BMG on three stage works that could bring the songs of country stars like Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney and ’80s New Wavers including Billy Idol and Devo to theaters by 2020

Debbie Harry, Joe Iconis, and Avril Lavigne

Debbie Harry, Joe Iconis, and Avril Lavigne

‘BE MORE CHILL’S JOE ICONIS DEVELOPING ‘PUNK ROCK GIRL’ MUSICAL FEATURING BLONDIE, AVRIL LAVIGNE, PAT BENATAR HITS

Composer Joe Iconis, whose Off Broadway viral sensation Be More Chill is headed to Broadway in February, is developing a new stage musical called Punk Rock Girl featuring songs written or made famous by such female musicians or female-fronted bands as Avril Lavigne, Pink, Pat Benatar and Blondie.