Live from NYC, "Call Me Adam" catches up with award winning lyricist/composer Sam Carner and Derek Gregor to discuss the release of their debut album Carner & Gregor One featuring the talents of Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Natalie Weiss, Jeremy Jordan, Eric Michael Krop, Brian Justin Crum, Danielle Wade, Gregory Haney, Sophie Moshofsky, Jackie Burns, Joe Chisholm, Shannon Molly Flynn, Holland Mariah Grossman, Renee Reinecke, Emma Hunton, Nat Zegree, Emily Schultheis, Briana Carlson-Goodman, and Stephen Christopher Anthony. Click here to purchase Carner & Gregor One!
"Call Me Adam" interview with Carner and Gregor:
Sam Carner and Derek Gregor were included in Playbill.com’s 12 Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know, and their songs can be heard frequently in concerts around the country and world, having been performed on at least six continents–including Antarctica! They won the 2014 John Wallowitch Award for songwriters under 40 and were finalists for the 2014 Fred Ebb Award. Seven of their songs have been nominated for MAC Awards.
Their musical Unlock’d was produced Off-Broadway at the Duke Theater in the summer of 2013 ("gorgeous" –NYTimes "Astounding, enveloping" –Talkin’ Broadway). Previously Unlock’d won a Richard Rodgers Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was produced at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2007, where it won the "Best of the Fest" audience prize and received Talkin’ Broadway citations for "Outstanding New Musical" and "Outstanding Original Theatrical Score."
Their musical Island Song, which boasts five MAC-nominated songs, was workshopped in the summer of 2013 at the Balagan Theatre in Seattle and the Indiana Festival of Theatre, following fall 2012 concerts at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York and at Crawfish in Tokyo (in Japanese). The show was presented at the Bloomington Playwright’s project in February of 2014 ("mesmerizing… vibrant, supercharged" –Herald Times).
Other current projects include additional songs for Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (original songs by Michael Devon, book by Todd Graff, directed by Susan Stroman), a musical adaptation of Rex Rose’s novel Toast, and The Great Cookie Quest (a children’s musical with book by Jim Weitzer).
Sam and Derek’s short children’s musical Love, Splat has been touring the US since 2013 in the TheatreWorks USA revue The Teacher From the Black Lagoon and Other Stories. Their song "Sleep Song" was featured in Cait Doyle’s Hot Mess In Manhattan in its Araca Project production in 2012, and their song "Eleven O’Clock" was part of Unsung Musicals’ Passing Show in 2014. They wrote two songs for the popular web series My Gay Roommate. Their ten-minute musical Flash-Priest was presented by the Prospect Theatre Company in Rites of Passage in the spring of 2012.
In 2013, Sing, But Don’t Tell, an evening of Carner & Gregor songs sung by West End performers sold out London’s Matcham Room, and Sam and Derek returned to London in 2014 for a series of concerts at the St. James Studio. Notable New York concerts include Sing, But Don’t Tell at the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Buzzed: Tribe Members from Hair Sing Carner & Gregor (2010), and The Songs of Carner & Gregor at 54 Below (2014). They also created the Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza series, which brings some of the country’s most talented college performers to New York every summer for a blow-out concert.