Upbeat on the Roof: the Future of Broadway!

On a low, outdoor stage are two men in front of microphones and one woman behind on keyboard.
Upbeat on the Roof: the Future of Broadway, Tang Teaching Museum, July 11, 2024

Join us Thursday, July 11, at 6 pm, for contemporary showtunes from works-in-progress musicals, including a performance by Ryan Miller (lead singer of Guster), presented in conjunction with The Orchard Project.

The Orchard Project’s summer residency at Skidmore College includes nurturing new works for musical theater with an eye on Broadway. This special Upbeat on the Roof performance features selections from project-in-residence Safety Not Guaranteed, a theatrical version of the 2012 feature film, with music by Guster’s Ryan Miller and Nick Blaemire, that will have a major New York City production this fall; and from composers-in-residence Jesse J. Sanchez, Anna DeNoia, and others.

In residence each summer in Saratoga Springs, The Orchard Project (OP) is a preeminent artistic development laboratory and accelerator for creators of performance and dramatic stories. Works developed at OP have gone on to production on Broadway and the West End, and independent theaters worldwide. Projects from the OP’s Performance, Episodic, and Audio labs have also gone on to be produced, optioned, and/or developed with outlets such as HBO, Amazon Prime, Audible, Universal Pictures, and more.

For its 23rd season, the Upbeat on the Roof summer series highlights regional musical talent every Thursday, July 11 through August 15, at 6 pm.

Performances take place on the lawn outside the Tang and are free and open to the public. Visitors are invited to bring picnic blankets, camping chairs, and their own food and drink to make it a night!

Crafts on the Grass

Tang Art Educators offer craft kits for kids at every concert, starting at 5:30! A different craft will be available each week. All projects are suitable for children aged 5 and up, with adult supervision recommended. Materials will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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