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David Lancelle is an NYC based composer/lyricist and alum of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. His work has been performed in Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and New York, and his musical, The Glass Girl—with book and lyrics by Marina Toft—was workshopped at NYU Tisch, and it was also a finalist in the New Voices Project with New Musicals Inc. & Disney Imagineering.
Photo by Kate Jurgens
Musical Theatre, Indie, Alternative
The Glass Girl is a charming magic-infused coming-of-age story with a lush score, set in a quasi 1950’s seaside town, where local legend says that if lightning strikes a sea-glass beach, it will create a person w/ sea-glass bones.
Adeline is one such girl, who is discovered one morning by a reclusive lighthouse-keeper named Catherine.
As Adeline grows up, her excitement for life leads her to pursue dance, and meanwhile, Catherine struggles to accept her daughter' need for independence. When an accident endangers Adeline’s life, Catherine realizes that, in order for her daughter to heal, Catherine must confront her own fears and her own fragility, & embrace the same reckless optimism as her daughter.
ARtwork by Patrick Thompson
In 2020, I began writing and recording my own interpretations of the 40-some songs that appear in J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings."
As I wrote all of this music, I engaged in what I like to call “fantasy ethno-musicology” and I wrote a piece of academic fan-fiction if you will in the style of "The Silmarillion" that briefly traces what I’ve invented as the history of music in Middle-Earth.
The document can be read here.
Year of the Giants