Around six years ago, after many years writing, performing and recording my songs, I began to find new characters emerging in them - not drawn from just my own experiences but needing larger, new, narrative structures in which to exist. I feel that the inherent theatricality of being a performing musician and witnessing others in that world, had gradually seeped into my work, alongside the influence of theater in NYC, and I became hooked on writing musicals.
I soon sought out collaborators with whom to craft longer, narrative pieces. I was greatly influenced (actually, my mind was blown!) by Stew’s TONY Award-winning musical (for Best Book) Passing Strange, and I was fortunate to meet Stew one day at Joe’s Pub. We became friends and collaborators, and are currently working on a show (Anna Hit). Collaborations with playwrights Hilary Bell (The Red Tree), Alexandra Collier (Triplight) and Akin Salawu (The Real Whisper) have also led to productions and development / workshop opportunities with Ars Nova theater and César Alvarez’s Polyphone Festival, National Theatre of Parramatta and residencies at Ucross, Rhinebeck Writers’ Retreat, SPACE at Ryder Farm and The Orchard. I am also developing a new project with playwright Jack Feldstein (Une Parisienne in New York) and one on my own (TBA soon).
Bonnie Stewart, Nicola Bowman and Ben Fink in The Red Tree, National Theatre of Parramatta. Photo by Noni Carroll.
Greta Gertler Gold is a composer, lyricist and performer. She composed music for The Red Tree in collaboration with playwright, Hilary Bell (National Theatre of Parramatta, 2017). Composer in Ars Nova’s Uncharted Program 2015-16 and Polyphone Festival (Philadelphia, 2017), developing musical The Real Whisper with playwright Akin Salawu. Granted a residence at The Orchard with Stew (Passing Strange), for their musical Anna Hit (2015). Composer in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (2014). She and playwright Alexandra Collier were awarded residencies for musical Triplight (formerly Willow's One Night Stand) at UCROSS Foundation, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and SPACE at Ryder Farm (2012-13). Greta leads ensemble The Universal Thump, whose songs have been featured multiple times on NPR. Awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Grant (2007). Co-penned multi-platinum-selling songs, "Blow Up the Pokies" and "Charlie #3" performed by The Whitlams, featured in musical Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You (Hayes Theatre, Sydney 2014). gretagertlergold.com
Watch segments of The Real Whisper as covered by the American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre: Under Construction - Polyphone.
'Willow's One Night Stand' (by Greta Gertler Gold & Alexandra Collier).
Photo by Mike Benigno. From a short presentation of the musical directed by Ben Vershbow. Produced by Liz English. Starring actors Pearl Rhein & Matt Steiner. Featuring band, The Universal Thump (Greta & Adam D Gold) plus guest bassist, Ian Riggs.
In development at Rheinbeck Writers Retreat,SPACE at Ryder Farm and UCROSS, Wyoming.