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‘A Good Day’ – Songs from musicals in a free outdoor concert in Ellsworth Park

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Composer/playwright Eric B. Sirota
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Composer/playwright Eric B. Sirota

The Park Theatre and Write Act Repertory, under the artistic leadership of John Lant and Tamra Pica present “A Good Day – songs from musicals by Eric Sirota” on Saturday, July 24th at 2 PM as a part of Union City’s free outdoor concert series.

The performance will be at Ellsworth Park in Union City, NJ, in association with Mayor Brian Stack and the Union City Board of Commissioners, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ellsworth Park is located at 301-399 24th St, Union City, NJ 07087 (between Palisade and New York Avenues)

*(In case of rain the concert will be performed at the scheduled time inside the Park Theatre, 560 32nd St, Union City, NJ 07087. (See www.ParkTheareNJ.org for any applicable COVID-related restrictions at that time.)

The concert will feature songs from Sirota’s newest musical, “A Good Day.” The program will also include songs from Sirota’s Off-Broadway hit “Frankenstein,” “Your Name On My Lips” and “Go, My Child.”

Eric B. Sirota is a New Jersey based composer/playwright (and research physicist). Five of his musicals have appeared on New York stages included Frankenstein which played Off-Broadway for 3 years. He is also part of the group of dedicated volunteers and arts professionals who have worked tirelessly over the past two years to refurbish the historic Park Theatre in Union City as an active venue for the arts, as part of the Passion Project, an initiative to save the Park Theatre.

“A Good Day.” Music, memory, an old flame and Alzheimer’s – You just hope for a good day.

A widowed artist, finds himself brought into the life of his childhood girlfriend, his first love, his muse, who spurned him over 50 years ago, and who now has Alzheimer’s.
Songs from A Good Day will be premiered and featured in the concert.

“My father had Alzheimer’s, and in his last years, the only way to reach him was through music, singing songs he knew earlier in life,” Sirota said. “I decided I wanted to write a musical about the power of music to rekindle memory and awaken the mind. I received the Denis Diderot Artists-in-Residence grant to attend the Chateau d’Orquevaux artist’s residency in France in 2019. There I wrote A Good Day.”

This concert is associated with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day. The Longest Day is the day with the most light- the summer solstice. To shine a light on Alzheimer’s and dementia, people from across the world fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through a fundraising activity of their choice. (Events need not take place exactly on that date.) Eric Sirota is participating in this to advance the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of all those who have been diagnosed with the disease, and in memory of his father Dr. Milton Sirota.

This musical spotlights stories of living with Alzheimer’s and the caregivers who help navigate this complicated journey. #TheLongestDay #ENDALZ To make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of this concert, you can go to: http://act.alz.org/goto/AGoodDayMusical

The musical director is Kent Jeong-Eun Kim. She is a musical director, composer and pianist, with an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As music director, recent Off-Broadway credits include: “Frankenstein” and “Swing.”

Eric B. Sirota is a composer/playwright, having written five full-length musicals. He studied musical composition at Brown University. He is also a highly published research physicist with a PhD from Harvard.

 

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