Somebody Else (Solo Version)
Joel B. New
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About the song
from the radio musical MACKENZIE & THE MISSING BOY
music and lyrics by JOEL B. NEW
Dramatic Setup: Henry lives in an orphan asylum run by his aunt. However, he has been led to believe he has no family to speak of. We join him and his best friend Christopher as they sing to a broom that’s supposed to represent an unfortunate-looking girl. Note: the song is diegetic in nature but also a nod to the assumed/mistaken identities that run rampant throughout the show.
The sheet music is available in the following keys/versions: Eb major.
About the composer
A composer, lyricist, playwright, and performer, Joel B. New moved from the Midwest to New York in 2004 to pursue a career in musical theatre writing. He is the proud recipient of a 2008 American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant for his music and lyrics. Joel has been praised as one of today’s “most exciting contemporary musical theatre writers” whose songs are "abound with charm and a warm delicacy" (BroadwayWorld.com). His stage projects include TO HELL AND BACK, MACKENZIE & THE MISSING BOY, AWAKENING (book: Jenny Stafford, music: J. Oconer Navarro), STANDALONE, AGATHA IN THE ATTIC, THE NOBODY DIARIES, SHIVER, and RSVP. Joel’s work has been seen and developed in New York at Ars Nova, Lincoln Center, 54 Below, New York Theatre Barn, and more. In addition to the Larson Award, his honors include being a two-time O’Neill Music Theatre Conference finalist, receiving an NYU-Tisch Alumni Grant (made possible by the Frederick Loewe Foundation), a Margo Lion Award for Outstanding Adaptation, and a Blevins-Thrower Encouragement Award. Joel’s musical theatre podcast “Something New” was recently named one of the Top 20 Podcasts for Theatre Fans by BroadwayWorld.com. "Something New" is a platform for Joel to interview the savviest singers he knows: each guest rings multiple talents to the theatre industry -- from photography to coaching dialects to massage therapy -- and their careers as performers have only been enriched by them. This biweekly podcast dissects what it means to be a working, multifaceted artist in America and always concludes with a premiere recording from one of New's latest musical projects. Joel holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is a member of BMI and the Dramatists Guild of America.