In Episode 406 of “Something New” — a musical theatre podcast that interviews artists and premieres original songs — award-winning songwriter Joel B. New sat down with Garth Kravits, co-creator and co-host of “Playball Podcast.”
Garth Kravits is an actor, singer, musician and composer and award-winning filmmaker. He made his Broadway debut in the musical The Drowsy Chaperone. Kravits has appeared in the Off-Broadway productions of Old Jews Telling Jokes and Toxic Audio Loudmouth; regionally in Gettin’ The Band Back Together, Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, and It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, (Bucks County Playhouse); The Producers (Gateway Playhouse) and Happy Days: A New Musical (Goodspeed Opera House); and as Benny Southstreet in the regional tour of Guys and Dolls. On television, Kravits has guest starred on “30 Rock,”” The Blacklist,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Hostages,” “Tin Man” and “The Carrie Diaries”. He and Sean Dougherty host the “Playball Podcast,” where Broadway professionals get passionate about sports. For more info, visit www.garthkravits.com and www.playballpodcast.com.
For the live song portion of the episode, Mr. Kravits performed “The Night Cafe.” Music and lyrics by Joel B. New. Inspired by the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh. Accompanied by Josh Kight on piano. This performance can be heard on SoundCloud and seen on YouTube.
New is currently in pre-production for his solo EP Cabot Cove, a collection of songs inspired by book titles referenced to in the TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” starring Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury. The Kickstarter campaign to fund said album runs thru April 6th.
“Something New” is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and TuneIn.
Joel B. New is the recipient of an American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant for his music and lyrics. His stage projects include TO HELL AND BACK, MACKENZIE & THE MISSING BOY, AWAKENING (book: Jenny Stafford, music: J. Oconer Navarro), STANDALONE, AGATHA IN THE ATTIC, and RSVP. Joel’s work has been seen and developed at Ars Nova, Lincoln Center, 54 Below, New York Theatre Barn, Prospect Theater Company, Musical Theatre Factory, and the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival. For more info, visit joelbnew.com.
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