After playing Lincoln Center’s Broadway Songbook Series and bowing in the 2019 Adirondack Theatre Festival, composing team Lyons and Pakchar’s latest new musical Beau, will arrive at Joe’s Pub. In Beau, seven actor-musicians tell the story of Ace Baker, who’s fatherless until age 12, when a phone call reveals his grandfather Beau has been alive all his life — and his mother knew. Family secrets unravel as Ace rushes to make up for lost time with a man who changes his life, by putting a guitar in his hand. Their original folk-funk score is a multi-generational investigation and celebration on what it is to be queer, and come out victorious. L & P’s other work includes Five Points, which is currently in development with Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler.
Douglas Lyons is an actor, writer, director, composer and playwright. Broadway: Beautiful (Original Cast) and The Book of Mormon. Tours: Rent, Dreamgirls and The Book of Mormon 1st’ National. As a writer: Polkadots (Off Broadway Alliance Winner Best Family Show, Atlantic Theater Company),and Five Points (MN Theatre Award Nominee for Exceptional New Work, Theatre Latte Da). Commissions: ’64 (The 5th Ave). Upcoming: Beau (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Pete(Her)Pan (Cleveland Musical Theatre world premiere). With composer Ethan Pakchar his lyrics have played Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center, Bucks County Playhouse, The Old Globe, Goodspeed Musicals, Seattle Rep, and more. He’s currently in residence at The Directors Company. @DouglasSings
Ethan D. Pakchar is a New York City based composer and guitarist. He is half of the writing team “Lyons & Pakchar” who were recently commissioned by Seattle’s 5th Ave Theatre. Their show Five Points received its world premiere in Minneapolis in April 2018. As a guitarist, Ethan has played for Sara Bareilles, Billy Porter, Cynthia Erivo, the Radio City Orchestra, the house band of the Apollo Theater, and the Broadway productions of Hamilton, Wicked, Book of Mormon, The Lion King, and Dear Evan Hansen.
Photo credit: Christopher Boudewyns.
Photo credit for BEAU images – Shani Hadjian