After many years writing, performing and recording my own 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.
Bonnie Stewart, Nicola Bowman and Ben Fink in The Red Tree, National Theatre of Parramatta. Photo by Noni Carroll.
Jake Alden Roa, Titus Tompkins, Maya Sharpe and Kristen Sieh in Triplight at Joe's Pub, May 2019. Photograph by Liz Maney.
Angel Lin, Gabrielle Cuadra, Caitlin Cobb-Vialet and Guillermo Alonso Contreras in Triplight at Joe's Pub, NYC. May 2019. Photo by Liz Maney.
Greta Gertler Gold is a composer, lyricist and performer. She composed music for The Red Tree in collaboration with playwright, Hilary Bell (Sydney Opera House & Arts Centre Melbourne, 2019; National Theatre of Parramatta, 2017). She and Bell were recently awarded a City of Sydney Cultural Grant to develop the children's book Alphabetical Sydney (by Hilary Bell and Antonia Pesenti) for the stage. She and playwright Alexandra Collier presented six nights of concert performances of their rock musical Triplight at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, NYC (2019) after being awarded residencies and workshops to develop it at Ucross Foundation, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and SPACE at Ryder Farm (2012-13) and The Tank (2017). She was a composer in Ars Nova Theater's Uncharted Program (2015-6) and Polyphone Festival (Philadelphia, 2017), developing the musical The Real Whisper with playwright Akin Salawu. She and Stew (TONY Award winning writer of Passing Strange) were granted a residence at The Orchard (2015) to begin development of their musical-song cycle Anna Hit. Composer in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (2014). Greta has performed and released several albums as a solo artist and with her bands The Universal Thump and Peccadillo. Her songs have been featured multiple times on NPR, she was 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). Greta is a dual Australian/US citizen who currently balances life in Brooklyn and Australia with her husband, musician / audio engineer, Adam Gold and their children Lila Pannonica and Eben Wonder.
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.