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CONNECTED (an excerpt)

Music, Lyrics & Book by Alanya Bridge

Directed by Justin Schwartz+

Music Director Alanya Bridge

+ Indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

































photo credit: Kate Campbell/What Matilda Saw



Katie’s guilt grows as her lies unravel.  Her husband Ben, becomes suspicious.



New York City, 2017



KATIE……….………………………………Erika Henningsen*

BEN………....…………………………………..Wilson Bridges*

JOHNO………………….……….………………Vince Oddo*

* Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Assn.

Scenes & Songs

"How Are You Katie?"

"I Won"

"If I Had Strength"


Alanya Bridge (keyboard), Blake Allen (viola), Jessica Wang (cello), Susan D. Mandel (cello)


ALANYA BRIDGE (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist; CONNECTED (an excerpt)  Alanya is an award winning music theatre composer, most currently the recipient of the Wirripang Publishing award for New Composition and Specialist award for best Vocal Composition in 2013. Her writing credits include WHAT WE BEGAN (2012), CONNECTED (formerly Connect Four) (Metro Arts, Brisbane 2013, The Arts Centre, Gold Coast 2015, Harvest Rain Theatre Company, Brisbane 2015, Ruby’s Music Room, Melbourne 2015), the showcase SOMETHING MORE (The Box, Brisbane 2013), SONGS SO FAR (Brisbane Powerhouse 2014, Leicester Square Theatre, London 2015), Short and Sweet Festival (Gold Coast 2014), Composer Spotlight for Musical Theatre Tuesdays (Theatre Royal Stratford East, London 2015), The Ribbons Of Life (St Giles-In-The-Fields Church, London 2016), Home Grown (Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne 2016), Bridge To Broadway (New Globe Theatre, Brisbane 2016), Songwriters Night (Playlight Theatre Company, New York 2017), JUST A PHASE (R&D). Alanya studied in London at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, has a Master of Music (Distinction), and is a Licentiate of Trinity College, London. Alanya is currently undertaking a Masters in Musical Theatre Writing at the TISCH School of Arts, NYU, New York. She received the Rhona Morton Scholarship twice, for both her A.T.C.L. and L.T.C.L. An Australian composer, lyricist, playwright, performer, and singer/songwriter, Alanya's other composing works include the documentary Lost For Words with Hartflicker Moving Pictures in 2013, and has recorded three CDs of original compositions.  Sheet music for her compositions can be found at ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com or alanyabridge.com.


JUSTIN SCHWARTZ (Director) has staged works by Irving Berlin and Moss Hart, Howard Korder, Neil LaBute, Marcus Scott, Brendon Votipka, and Ara Watson, in addition to numerous readings.  His plays include Ernest Hemingway’s A Clean Well-Lighted Place (Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.), Waves, Bulgarian Love, and Scarbo, which was conceived and performed while studying at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.  His musicals include The Duchess and the Bathtub (book), iKhaya (book and lyrics), Love to Infinity (book and lyrics), and Dream House (book and lyrics), all receiving readings and presentations at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Goodspeed Opera House. Additionally, he has worked as a Production Assistant on Dear Evan Hansen (Arena Stage premiere and workshop) and benefit performances of The Secret Garden (Make-A-Wish and Friends In Theater) and Gross Indecency (Tectonic Theater Project). He also served as a PA in 2016 for the MTV VMAs and Nickelodeon HALO Awards and appeared as an actor in the upcoming film Wonderstruck. BA: Muhlenberg College and MFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (GMTWP).



WILSON BRIDGES (Ben) was last seen as Geoffrey in Lion in Winter at St Louis Rep. Other credits include: JACK (York Theater), The Silver Cord (Peccadillo Theater Co), Death for Five Voices (Prospect Theater Co), Fiddler on the Roof (Pioneer Theatre), national tours of La Cage Aux Folles and My Fair Lady.  He is a Kentucky native and graduate of the music theater program of Baldwin Wallace University. Special thanks to Nani Saperstein Management, BMG, and all my love to CSR and my family for their endless support.


ERIKA HENNINGSEN (Katie) Broadway: Les Miserables (Fantine). New York: Show Boat: PBS Live from Lincoln Center w/ the NY Philharmonic (Kim Ravenal). Dear World (Nina) starring Tyne Daly at the York Theatre. Regional: Originated the role of Beth in the world premiere of Barry Levinson’s Diner at Signature Theater; South Pacific (Nellie Forbush, PCLO) Found (Becka, Philadelphia Theater Company). Recordings: THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY. Concerts: 54 Below, Jazz at Lincoln Center. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan, recipient of the Alan Eisenberg Actors’ Equity Award.


VINCE ODDO (Johno) is an American Actor, Fight Director and Stunt Man from Buffalo, NY.  TV/Film Credits include: Madam Secretary, Jessica Jones, and Unforgettable. Broadway/ National Tour credits include: Rocky, Amazing Grace, American Idiot, and Cabaret. Love to my beautiful wife Lauren, and my beautiful baby Nica.


BLAKE ALLEN (Viola) is a multifaceted violist and composer who is currently a PhD candidate at NYU. Blake has been featured as a soloist with Choral Chameleon and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and gave the New York, European and Canadian premieres of Judith Shatin's "Penelope's Song." As a recitalist, Blake has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Strathmore Music Center. Blake was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre in 2014, has served as principal viola of Little Orchestra Society, played with the New York Pops, and was a member of both the El Paso and Las Cruces Symphonies. Blake has recorded extensively, performed with ETHEL, and in the Bang on a Can marathon, as well as on and off Broadway.

JESSICA WANG (Cellist) is an active performer in NYC. Past musicals include her off-Broadway debut in Pericles directed by Trevor Nunn at the Theatre for a New Audience and Scorched at the American Theatre of Actors. Jessica holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.M. from Juilliard. www.jessicajwang.com


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