Sharing their songs and stories in an intimate and unique collaborative concert, MAKING THE MUSIC features three outstanding contemporary singer-songwriters and world-class performers whose musical visions energize the stages of Broadway.
Singer-songwriter, Playwright, Creator
Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and the Tony award-winning creator of the Broadway musical Hadestown. Dubbed by NPR as ‘one of the greatest songwriters of her generation’, Mitchell comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. She recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Among her recorded works are six full-length albums, including the original 2010 studio album of Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth; 2012’s Young Man in America, which was described by the UK’s Independent as ‘an epic tale of American becoming’; 2013’s Child Ballads, a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer, which won a BBC Radio Two Folk Award, and the forthcoming Bonny Light Horseman (as part of the band Bonny Light Horseman). Mitchell has headlined shows worldwide as well as supporting tours for Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, Patty Griffin, Josh Ritter and Punch Brothers. She was the winner of a Folk Alliance 2018 Spirit of Folk Award, and her music has featured in year-end best lists including NPR, Wall Street Journal, MOJO, Uncut, Guardian, Sunday Times, and Observer.
Mitchell’s stage show of Hadestown, which was over a decade in the making, was first produced off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop and in Canada at Edmonton’s The Citadel, with record-breaking runs at both. In 2018 the show opened at London’s prestigious National Theatre, before transferring to Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in April 2019. The show went on to win 8 Tony Awards, the highest of any show of the season, including Best Musical and Best Score for Mitchell. The New York Times called it “inventive, beguiling and spellbinding” while Vogue declared that “Hadestown will be your new theater obsession.” If there’s a common thread in Mitchell’s work – from her earliest acoustic records to the Hadestown show – it’s that she’s as interested in the world around her as the one inside her. She has a way of tackling big themes with the same emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives. That’s perhaps why the New York Times noted that her songs “address contemporary angst with uncanny vision…. a formidable songwriting talent.”
Performer and Composer
Theatre credits include; Spring Awakening (2006) Tony Awards for “Best Original Score” and “Best Orchestrations,” 2008 Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album”, The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theatre Company 2019), Alice by Heart (MCC Theater 2019), Because of Winn-Dixie (Goodspeed Opera House 2019, Alabama Shakespeare Festival 2017, Delaware Theatre Company 2015), Whisper House (London 2017, Old Globe Theater 2011), American Psycho (2016), Nero (Another Golden Rome) (currently in development), The Nightingale (currently in development) Noir (currently in development). Recordings include; American Psycho (Original London Cast Recording) (2016), Legerdemain (2015) Covers 80s (Sneaky Records 2011), Whisper House (Sony 2009), Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2006), White Limousine (Rounder 2006), Daylight (Atlantic Records 2002), Phantom Moon (Nonesuch 2001), Humming (Atlantic Records 1998), Duncan Sheik (Grammy Nomination “Best Male Vocal”, RIAA Certified Gold) (Atlantic Records 1996).
Raised in the green mountains of Vermont, Shaina Taub is a New York-based songwriter and performer. She is an Artist-in-Residence at the Public Theater and a signed artist with Atlantic Records.
As a songwriter, she is a winner of the Kleban Prize, the Jonathan Larson Grant, the Fred Ebb Award, the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, the MAC John Wallowitch Award and was the ASCAP Foundation’s Lucille and Jack Yellen Award. She has written songs for Sesame Street and the theme song for Julie Andrews’ Netflix series Julie’s Greenroom. She co-wrote the opening number for the 2018 Tony Awards, for which she and her collaborators Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban were nominated for an Emmy Award. Her songs have been performed across the country by Broadway stars such as Sutton Foster, Audra McDonald and Phillipa Soo. She has released two independent albums, Visitors and Die Happy, and she has an ongoing concert residency at Joe’s Pub. Her concert work also includes a solo debut in Lincoln Center’s acclaimed American Songbook series and playing her music with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.
Taub’s original musical adaptations of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and As You Like It were commissioned by the Public Theater as part of their groundbreaking Public Works initiative, and both received critically acclaimed productions at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in which she also starred. The original cast album of her Drama Desk nominated score for Twelfth Night was released by Craft Recordings, and both of her Shakespeare musicals have gone on to be produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, the National Theatre in London and many schools and communities around the world. They are currently available for worldwide licensing through Concord Theatricals.
Taub is currently writing Suffragist, a new musical about Alice Paul and the American women’s suffrage movement in the decade leading up to the passage of the 19th amendment. She’s also writing lyrics for the upcoming Broadway musical The Devil Wears Prada, with music by Sir Elton John.
As a performer, Taub has traveled the world as a vocalist, actor and musician. She starred in the west coast premiere and New York re-mounting of the Signature Theatre’s hit production Old Hats, created by Bill Irwin and David Shiner and directed by Tina Landau, featuring Taub’s original songs. She earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her portrayal of Princess Mary in the Off-Broadway production of Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 directed by Rachel Chavkin. She sang back-up for Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in O’s psycho-opera, Stop The Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse and the Sydney Opera House); appeared in the original Off-Broadway cast of Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown (New York Theatre Workshop and the live cast album); and played the role of Emma Goldman in the Ragtime on Ellis Island concert.
A fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Colony, the Sundance Institute and the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, Taub serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, and is an alum of NYU’S Tisch School of the Arts. She is a proud member of the Resistance Revival Chorus and is an NYCLU Ambassador.