A compilation of Jamie's work as a composer/lyricist
This week, New Work City recorded a song from Eric and my other thesis musical idea, Underneath (which we still want & plan to write). Performed beautifully by Michela Masotti, Nikki Amico, and Sam Paley.
Much love and appreciation for Cori Jaskier. I think I've lost count of the number of songs she's recorded for me.
Jonathan Christopher sings "I Just Keep Getting Bigger" from The Valley by Jamie Maletz & Eric Fegan at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, June 15th, 2019!
Daniel J. Edwards, John Cardoza, Mikki Sodergren, and Ally Bonino sing "Of All the People" from The Valley by Jamie Maletz & Eric Fegan at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, June 15th, 2019!
Cori Jaskier sings "While I Still Can" from The Valley by Jamie Maletz & Eric Fegan at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, June 15th, 2019!
Ally Bonino sings "Don't Fokk With the Future" from The Valley by Jamie Maletz & Eric Fegan at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, June 15th, 2019!
Mikki Sodergren, Daniel J. Edwards, Joanna Carpenter, Cori Jaskier, and Ally Bonino sing "All In" from The Valley by Jamie Maletz & Eric Fegan at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, June 15th, 2019!
Jamie has started a new works choir with writing partner Eric Fegan, dedicated to building community and opportunities for new works of musical theater in NYC!
Jamie organized "Write A Song: An End-of-Year Concert with Songs by the Students of William Finn" at NYU and wrote the finale.
A promo video made by filmmaker/director Nathan Hunt for a summer 2018 show at Feinstein's/54 Below featuring Jamie's work.
If you took The Good Place, Little Shop of Horrors, Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Wicked, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, Sara Bareilles, basically all of the 90's Disney movies, and put them in a blender, you'd basically have my writing style. That's really the best picture I can paint you.
They're not ALL supernatural dramatic comedies, okay??
Four tourists believe they have signed up for a volunteer trip to help "repair damage caused by local elements" in Iceland. And, technically, that IS what they're doing. But definitely not in the way they expected. The journey they get wrapped up in brings the very problems they were running away from to the surface.
It's a road trip adventure set against a backdrop of mythical Iceland, with dangerous trolls, magic, incredible scenery, and uncomfortably small camper vans. At the heart of this supernatural saga is a deeply human story about redemption, taking action in the face of impossible odds, and what it means to "find a new normal".
“The Valley” is a contemporary dramatic comedy with a running time of approximately two hours. It has a contemporary pop-rock score with influences ranging from Icelandic folk music and progressive rock to Disney ballads and swing jazz.
Book & Lyrics by Jamie Maletz
Music by Eric Fegan
Sometimes in life, you feel like everything is under control, and you're a fairly normal person who has their shit together and you're going to be okay.
This song cycle is about the other times.
All the lyrics come from assignments in William Finn's lyric-writing class at NYU, which William then asked Jamie to set to music. Noticing a theme, Jamie turned the set into a song cycle written by her and her friends. (We're fine. Thanks for asking.)
Tallie gets it: be careful what you wish for. Turns out, that's a lot easier said than done. Especially when you unleash an evil genie who decides to torture you because she wants you to take her place. Yeah, it's a lady genie. And if you rub her the wrong way, she's gonna make your life rough. From destroying priceless antiques to personifying your inner demons to igniting a killer volcano, you ain't never met a fiend like her.
In this unusual form of musical, YOU have a say in the story. The audience is taken on a journey that is a mix between a who-dun-it mystery and a role-playing game, where audience members are immersed- literally- in the story. Full of hilarity, cliché character stereotypes, and one-of-a-kind heart and originality, this musical brings a whole new type of experience into the realm of live theatre.
The actors playing the Leading Man, Ingénue, Comic Relief, Bad Guy, Outcast, Narrator, Ensemble Member, and even the techies have been trapped in the theater for longer than they can remember. Forced to act out plots given to them by the same mysterious force that kidnapped them, all they can do is hope that the audience will make the right choices that can lead to them being set free.
There are certain types of people that you will always find on an airplane. The lady with the screaming baby. The surly flight attendant. The bickering couple you inevitably get stuck sitting with. And they all have their own stories. What starts out as an ordinary flight takes 12 people on an extraordinary journey that turns their lives upside down in this musical comedy.
Artemis has lived her entire life in a social and historical experiment- a gigantic house hidden deep in the woods, with each floor set up so that the residents live in the style of a certain era. But there are secrets in the house, and with the illusion balanced so delicately, the smallest thing could cause it to crack.
Artemis' aunt, Mim, is the scientist who runs the house. Artemis is responsible for helping to keep the house clean and orderly, sticking to the shadows and staying mostly out of sight. Despite feeling like a ghost, yearning to go outside, and dealing with her boredom by causing mischief, she is relatively content with her existence. She has no idea how intensely everything is about to fall apart.
From gut-wrenching lows to blissful highs, this song cycle explores those extreme moments in life when we find or lose something important. With fourteen original standalone songs, this evening of musical theatre delivers humor, poignancy, and some awesome harmonies.
Think Cupid is a gentle god with wings on his back and compassion in his heart? Think again. When cynical divorce lawyer Dean incurs the wrath of Aphrodite, he finds himself forced into an occupation he’d never have believed possible. Saddled with the powers of Cupid, he is forced to hear everyone’s lovelorn thoughts- in song form! Surrounded by would-be couples, Dean finds that the only way to make the singing stop is to do the unthinkable: play Cupid. With a lighthearted variety of love stories to bring to fruition, Dean has his work cut out for him, and he’s not happy about it. If you’ve ever yearned for a matchmaker to swoop in and make your romantic dreams a reality, watch out. This ain’t no baby in a diaper.
In the kingdom of Silvershade, everyone fears the dark - so much that they lead a nocturnal lifestyle. They awaken at twilight and fill their nights with artificial light and energy, refusing to spend even one moment in the dark. They do this because of an ancient warning that should the darkness ever fall, it will spell their doom.
To save their home from the terrible and inevitable fate that awaits, a princess, her handmaiden, a knight, and his squire must journey to a dangerous place between this world and the next: The Land of the Shades. But all four of them have secrets, all four of them have something they're hiding, and it could mean their undoing.
In the small town of Shallow Springs, everyone is cursed. Some know they are, some don't, but everyone refuses to talk about it and suffers in silence. When Colin moves in, he is determined to find some answers (with the help of the quirky narrator that only he can see). Soon everything begins to unravel, but not in the way that he expected.
Since an apocalyptic event one year ago, Em has been alone in her underground bunker, and she believes that she is the last woman alive...until she hears a knock on her bunker door. She is visited by a mysterious bickering couple, Lyle and Deb, who are not what they seem.
Book & Lyrics by Jamie Maletz
Music by Jack Trzcinski
In this 12-minute musical re-telling of Jack & Jill, two young women climb a tall sand dune to save their desert town from a terrible drought. Legend has spoken of a magical well whose waters will grant any wish, guarded by a sphinx who will only grant selfless requests. But when Jack & Jill reach the top of the dune, the statue of the sphinx is missing its head, and something is amiss...
Book & Lyrics by Jamie Maletz
Music by Sean Pallatroni
What do dangerous journeys at sea with greedy, dastardly captains and vicious whirlpool-creating sea monsters have in common with our world? Nothing...until now. Lila lives in a tiny studio apartment. She works at a convenience store. Her life is predictably small and simple. But she dreams of a land with a purple sky where she has fallen in love on a deserted beach. Little does she know, the dreams are real, in a world where a power-hungry captain is causing trouble for all who cross him. And when his plans involve the legendary, unbeatable Charybdis...dreams and reality collide.
Hidden away on a secret island that is shrouded in mist, everyone in the world who has magic in their blood lives separated from the rest of mankind. But the island is a dangerous place to be. Years ago, a woman of great evil almost destroyed the island. She was defeated, but she left something behind: a set of twins. And now there is a prophecy that spells doom for the island, the twins, and the future. Throw in a young man who somehow manages to crash his sailboat through the mist, and you've got the beginnings of an amazing and mysterious adventure!
Revenge may be sweet, but the Goddesses of Vengeance are anything but! Especially since they’ve been locked away by Zeus since antiquity, as punishment for abusing their powers. But now it's the present, and the Furies are back! To regain their powers and freedom, Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone must pretend to be mortal and rescue Zeus’s son from a mental institution- without resorting to vengeance. Prepare yourself for a whole new kind of crazy as the three goddesses struggle to get accustomed the world that we live in and- even worse- human emotions.
This musical is the ultimate backstage pass! Take a look behind the curtain during the production of a high school show. From the first rehearsal til when the show ends, the technical crews, design crews, and stage hands (aka Techies) work tirelessly- and anonymously- to make everything perfect for the audience. And sometimes what happens behind the scenes- the stuff you never see- is better than the show itself! See for yourself as you watch the goofiness, the works-in-progress, the blow-ups and the melt-downs. In this comedy rich with intertwined personal situations, you’ll find that not all the drama takes place on the stage.
Dreamwriter 724 has, in his opinion, the most boring woman in the world as his client. Unable to take inspiration from her repetitive life, he is scolded by his boss for not coming up with interesting dreams for her. To save himself from getting fired, he hits the red button- a random circumstance generator- which is an embarrassing last resort for Dreamwriters who are out of ideas. But after hitting the button too many times, he makes a huge mess- and he has enter the dream himself to fix it!
In this short play (18 pages), Garret Garvey is a modern-day young author struggling with writer's block. In desperate need of inspiration, he jokingly calls out for a muse, and he gets what he asked for...and then some! He is visited by all Nine Muses of Greek Mythology, and they bring him a lot more than just inspiration.
An article about Jamie and her work in NYC.
BroadwayWorld.com article about a show Jamie produced at Feinstein's/54 Below featuring four new musicals (one of which she wrote with composer Eric Fegan).
Jamie's Broadway and Theatre Credits on BroadwayWorld.com
Upcoming & past performances of Jamie's work at 54 Below
An article about Jamie and her work with Fractured Atlas
Description page for the concert presentation of Jamie's song cycle, "Lost & Found".
Jamie Elizabeth Maletz is a composer/lyricist, bookwriter, and producer of new works of musical theater. In New York, her works have been featured at Feinstein's/54 Below, NYU, Dixon Place, Under St Marks Theater, and Broadway Night at Prohibition. She recently received her MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. Maletz has written 12 full-length original musicals, and she runs a choir for new works of musical theater (New Work City) with writing partner Eric Fegan. As a composer/lyricist, Jamie has studied with Mindi Dickstein, William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin, Michael John LaChiusa, Steven Lutvak and Sybille Pearson. Jamie is the Administrative Assistant for Maestra Music Organization, and she writes the Women Who Wow Us series for the Maestra blog. She has also worked as an intern with Feinstein’s/54 Below, Tom Viertel/The Commercial Theater Institute, and Ken Davenport.
She is a member of The Off-Broadway League, The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Maestra, ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild of America, and Fractured Atlas.
Maletz received her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011, where she designed her own major: Creative Writing and Composition for the Performing Arts. She spent her high school years at Boston Arts Academy, a performing arts high school from which she graduated as Valedictorian.
She is a monster enthusiast & mythology nerd, she loves board games, and she is a photographer/videographer whose favorite models are her two cats, Artemis and Batman.
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