Exciting news!!

The Aurora Theatre will present a full production of Men with Money!

March 7–April 7

Larenceville, GA (outside of Atlanta)

  

Songs from Men with Money will be featured in the In the Works series at the Duplex.

Sunday, March 25th

9:30pm

www.purplepass.com/works0325

   

Broadway and TV's Julie Foldesi and I will be presenting a new song we wrote for Lincoln Center's Broadway’s Future Songbook Series annual holiday show.

Monday, December 18th, 6pm
Bruno Walter Auditorium
Lincoln Center
111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street.

Admission is free.

   

Chicago's Underscore Theatre is featuring a handful of my songs (written with Rick Bassett, Joseph Trefler and Katya Stanislavskaya) this fall in their Halloween and Holiday shows, part of the Tiny Storefront Concert Series. Check 'em out, Chicago!

   

A FANTASTIC recording of Rick Bassett's and my "A Zombie Song" is available for sale/download. 

Get it here!

    

I'm a teaching artist!

The Dramatists Guild Foundation is sending me and three other Dramatists Guild fellows through training at the Community Word Project in order to pilot a new DGF program teaching elementary school kids how to write plays and musicals. We start teaching this spring.

   

Noah Zachary will sing a brand new song written for him by Rick Bassett & Myself as part of MuseMatch 9.0

Feinsteins/54 Below
April 14th, 2016

MuseMatch is a Musical Theater Blind Date Collaboration, where composers are paired with singers they don’t know and are asked to share their deepest, personal joys and fears; and make a song together. All for charity. All proceeds will go to the ACLU.
   
A slew of Bill Nelson songs will be included in a Philadelphia concert addressing the challenging political climate

Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents
SING OUT LOUD
a concert of new LGBTQ compostions
Feb. 4th and 5th, 2017, Philadelphia
www.mauckingbird.org
   
Canadian holiday show Naughty ... But Nice! will feature a song by Will Aronson and me

Naughty ... But Nice!
Forte Musical Theatre Guild
Dec. 6–18 2016
Lunchbox Theatre
Calgary, AB
Info
  
Bill Nelson's Nutcrackin' Christmas:
An All-Original, Ridiculously Merry Cabaret / Variety Brouhaha


Monday, December 5, 2016
7:00pm and 9:30pm
Don't Tell Mama, NYC

With some of the greatest composers in New York, Bill Nelson has written the holiday songs you didn’t know you needed. A stellar cast will fill you so full of the holiday spirit that you may just stay that way. Bill and his music-directing husband, Jason, co-host this night of music & merry mayhem.

composers: Will Aronson, Rick Bassett, Anna K. Jacobs, David Mallamud, Willem Oosthuysen, Adam Sakiyama, Katya Stanislavskaya, Joseph Trefler, and Nadav Weisel.

Cast includes Roz Brown, Christiana Cole, Christina D. Eskridge, Linedy Genao, Cathleen Oliva, Larry Owens, Jay Paranada, Aaron Phillips, and a special appearance by Ms. Ermine Muff.

Musical direction by Jason Sirois

RESERVE SEATS TODAY  at  http://donttellmamanyc.com/shows?month=12&year=2016  or  212-757-0788

   
Men with Money will have a workshop production at the Secret Theatre, Queens

November 17, 18, & 20
Secret Theatre, Long Island City, Queens

book and lyrics by Bill Nelson • music and add'l lyrics by Joseph Trefler
directed by Geoffrey Goldberg
musical direction by Bob Kelly
produced by Multicultural Sonic Evolution (MuSE)  

Info and tickets
    
Broadway legend Terrence Mann will direct a reading of Men with Money

October 28–29, 2016
Western Carolina University

Men with Money
book & lyrics by Bill Nelson, music & add'l lyrics by Joseph Trefler
The songs of Men With Money will be featured in concert with a band at Lincoln Center

Broadway's Future Songbook: Joseph Trefler
May 23, 2016, 6pm
Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center

The concert of Joseph Trefler's work also features songs from his other shows.
Bob Kelly, MD.

Performances by Andrew Cristi, Sean Doherty, Scott McCreary, Halle Morse, Brad Standley, and Dustin Sullivan.

Info
   
Broadway's and TV's Claybourne Elder will sing some Will Aronson/Bill Nelson in his Solo Show

Claybourne Elder at 54 Below
February 19, 2016 7:00pm
Feinstein's/54 Below, NYC

Click for info.
   
Coming in January: An all-Bill Nelson concert at Lincoln Center!

Broadway's Future Songbook Series: Bill Nelson
January 25th, 2016 6:00pm
Lincoln Center, NYC

The show will feature my lyrics from Harmony, Kansas, Men with Money, and Carmen along with fun stand-alone songs. Collaborators include Will Aronson, Anna K. Jacobs, Joseph Trefler, Ben Wexler, and more.
Click for info.
  
Canadian show Naughty ... But Nice! will feature a song by Willem Oosthuysen and me

Naughty ... But Nice!
Forte Musical Theatre Guild
Dec. 8–20, 2015
Lunchbox Theatre
Calgary, AB
Info
  
2 Brand New Songs in Separate Venues on the Same Night! Dec. 14th, 2015

Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock) will sing a song by Joseph Trefler and me as part of FrostFest 2015—Happy Hour Harmonies' holiday show.
Broadway Comedy Club, NYC
7:30pm
Info

Bill Coyne & Allan K Washington will sing a song by Benny Gammerman and me as part of New York Theatre Barn's holiday show.
D Lounge
7:00pm
Info
  
The Broadway's Future Songbook Series holiday concert at Lincoln Center will feature a song by Joseph Trefler and me.

Lincoln Center
Bruno Walter Auditorium 2:30pm
Free
info
  
A bunch of Bill Nelson songs will be presented by Multicultural Sonic Evolution at the Secret Theatre

Moments in Life- A Cabaret
November 21, 2015, 7pm
Secret Theatre, Queens
  
The fabulous Jennifer Jean Anderson will premiere a song by Benny Gammerman and me, as well as do a favorite by Ben Wexler and me

Jennifer Jean Anderson's Rules for Leading an Abundant and Graceful Life
Broadway Comedy Club
October 16, 7pm
Info
 
  
Broadway's Alan H. Green will sing a brand new song written for him by David Shenton & Myself as part of MuseMatch 5.0

Feinsteins/54 Below
October 9th

MuseMatch is a Musical Theater Blind Date Collaboration, where composers are paired with singers they don’t know and are asked to share their deepest, personal joys and fears; and make a song together. All for charity. All proceeds will go to Sing For Your Seniors
   
A concert of songs from Men with Money September 28, 2015.

New York Theatre Barn will present Men with Money as part of its New Works Series along with the work of Brandon Lowden.

Monday, September 28th, 7:30pm
Daryl Roth Theatre D-Lounge

Click for info
 
   
As winners of New Musical Inc.'s 2015 New Voices Project, several songs by Joseph Trefler and I will be presented at two concerts in LA

Our works from Men with Money and Spark will be presented:

Friday, August 21 at NMI,North Hollywood
Sunday, August 30 at 3D Theatricals, Anaheim
For reservations, visit http://nmi.org/stages-musical-theatre-festival/

Sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment.

Click for info
  
Blame Canada will feature a song from Joseph Trefler's and my show Men with Money

New York City - June 15- sung by Clyde Alves (On the Town)
Toronto - July 6 - sung by Thom Allison

cmtwc.com
The New York City Gay Men's Chorus will perform a song from Harmony, Kansas

May 26, 2015
Harmony—their gala fundraiser event
Also featuring Betty Buckley
Marquee New York

Click for info and tickets.
  
Joseph Trefler and I won New Musical Inc.'s 2015 New Voices Project.

Our works will be presented in California a few times in a few places this summer, and we get feedback from Disney Imagineers. Disney Imagineers!

Click for info
  

A Little New Music, the acclaimed LA musical theater series, will feature a song by Will Aronson and me June 3rd.

A Little New Music is a fast-paced hour of the best new or unheard musical theater songs out there. Whether it’s a recent premiere from an established writer or an undiscovered tune from a promising up-and-comer, our mission is to entertain with a program that keeps your finger on the pulse.

Click for info

  
Lincoln Center to feature songs I wrote with Anna K. Jacobs in her concert

Broadway's Future Songbook Series: Anna K. Jacobs
May 18, 2015
Lincoln Center, NYC
Click for info.
  
I'll be competing at Tune in Time: New York's Musical Theatre Writing Game Show!

Three teams of randomly-paired composers and lyricists write songs in 20 minutes.
York Theatre
May 5, 2015

yorktheatre.org/tune-in-time.html
  
Ravi Roth (Altar Boyz) will perform a song from Men with Money at Broadway Hearts Canines for Kinds Concert.

February 16, 2014
Laurie Beechman Theatre

Men with Money: book and lyrics by Bill Nelson, music by Joseph Trefler
  
Lincoln Center will feature songs I wrote with Anna K. Jacobs, including a couple from Harmony, Kansas.

Broadway's Future Songbook Series: Anna K. Jacobs
January 26, 2014
Lincoln Center, NYC
Click for info.

Performers include Eric William Morris, Caesar Samayoa, Melody Madarasz, Sam Heldt, and Jeremy Morse
  
Christiana Cole will perform a new song by Willem Oosthuysen and me at the Musical Theatre Factory's Holiday pajama party show.

Also featuring Jennifer Anderson, Robert Harrington, Bill Nelson, Amy Janky, Michael Maloney, Cathleen Oliva, Vickie, Plummer, Luke Redmond, Jason Sirois, Candace Walters, Matt Webb

December 18, 2014
Musical Theatre Factory, NYC
  
The Musical Theatre Factory will present a staged 15-minute excerpt of Men with Money.

Dec. 15, 2014
Musical Theatre Factory, NYC
Men with Money: book and lyrics by Bill Nelson, music by Joseph Trefler
Directed by Joe Barros
Music Director: Bob Kelley
Cast: Rhys Gilyeat, Taylor Janney, Matthew LaBanca, Rowan Meyer, Jeremy Morse, David Raposo, Ravi Roth
  
Broadway's and American Horror Story's Kathy Dietch will premiere a new song by Willem Oosthuysen and me at the Happy Hour Harmonies Holiday show, Frost Fest 2014.

December 7, 2014
Broadway Comedy Club, NYC
Click for info
 
  
"Breaking the Chain" by Anna K. Jacobs and me will be featured in the #YesAllWomen RAISE YOUR VOICE Concert, supporting the gender equality movement, in NYC and San Francisco

The Tank, NYC
November 21, 2014, 9:30 p.m.
Big Thunder Productions
Tickets at brownpapertickets.com
San Francisco info TBA

"Breaking the Chain" was written for the Anti-Defamation League's Centennial Celebration.

   
The fabulous Cathleen Oliva will perform songs by Will Aronson and me at her concert, Indescribable Mix

November 2, 6:30 pm
Broadway Comedy Club, NYC
Jason Sirois, musical director
https://www.facebook.com/events/743386069042961/
  
Broadway's Howie Michael Smith will sing a song by Will Aronson and me at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival Friday, October 23, 2014.
 
Andrew Boetcher will sing a song by Will Aronson and me at Joe's Pub, August 15th

It's the 4th annual Broadway Sings for PKD, raising awareness of Polycystic Kidney Disease and funds for the PKD Foundation

click for info
 
Café l'Artère in Montreal, Canada is presenting a "cabaret of contemporary musical theatre songs by the new generation of up-and-coming show composers"—including Will Aronson and me. Friday, July 11, 2014 

Featuring songs by Jeff Bowen & Hunter Bell, Joe Iconis, Pasek & Paul, Nikko Benson, Brad Alexander, Daniel Maté, Jonathan Reid Gealt, Kooman & Dimond, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Will Aronson & Bill Nelson, Jonathan Monro, and Paul Scott Goodman
 
 
Selections from Carmen, a new musical by Ben Wexler and me will be presented at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop

June 3rd

Stellar cast: Halle Morse, Drew Aber, Joe York, Shanna Jones, Starr Busby, Ari Simon, Ron Destefano, Jay Frisby
Patty Nieman will sing a song by Will Aronson and me at Un-Ironically Enthusiastic, a concert of Nerds on Parade

Laurie Beechman Theatre
May 3rd
My new musical written with composer Joseph Trefler, Men with Money, receives its first reading April 29th, 2014 at NYU.

directed by Bill Fennelly • musical direction by John DiPinto
sexy cast: Dan Amboyer, Orville Mendoza, Halle Morse, Sam Prince, Ravi Roth, Brad Stanley, Blake Whyte
Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Brooklyn) and the Youth Pride Chorus will sing "Breaking the Chain" a song the Anti-Defafamation League commission Anna K. Jacobs and me to write as the finale of their show, The Anti-Defamation League & Broadway: Side By Side Against Hate For 100 Years. November 25, 2013.

 
Lots of Bill Nelson songs will be performed by swell people coming up:

54 Below • October 15, 2013 • Janet Krupin
The Secret Theatre • November 24, 2013 • Bryan Songy, Christine Schisano
Laurie Beechman Theatre • December 3, 2013 • Dana Aber, Cait Doyle

Songs written with Will Aronson, Creighton Irons, Anna K. Jacobs, and Bradford Proctor

 
NYTB at the D Lounge. will present The Lyrics of Bill Nelson, including songs from Harmony, Kansas (written with Anna K. Jacobs)

Monday, July 29th, 2013, 7:30pm
Tickets are $15 at the door.
Also featuring songs from Rob Baumgartner's Adam Lives

amazing cast: Andrew Boetcher, Matt Castle, KC Comeaux, Sarah Corey, Frank Galgano, John Garry, Blythe Gruda, Christiana Little, David Perlman, Paul Victor, Ben Wexler, and Jason SweetTooth Williams.

music by: Anna K. Jacobs, Will Aronson, Bradford Proctor
musical direction by: Jason Sirois


 
Jason Sirois will perform one of my songs written with composer Will Aronson at the Big Gay Camp Talent Show.

July 24th, 7:00 p.m.
Laurie Beechman Theatre
New York

Accompanied by Bradford Proctor
 
"I Will Sing" from Harmony, Kansas will be presented as part of Happy Hour Harmonies' premiere concert.

Sunday, June 16, 2013, 6:00p.m.
Broadway Comedy Club
Directed by Jason Sirois

Contact unams2@yahoo.com to reserve seats.

My new ten-minute musical The Tragic Tale of Mummy Boy, written with Willem Oosthuysen, will be presented at BMI.

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Fantastic cast:
Howie Michael Smith
Orville Mendoza
Ron DeStefano
Frank Galgano
Christiana Little
Emily Shoolin


"I Was a Dutiful Mom," written with Will Aronson, will be performed along with songs by my BMI colleagues at Songs We Wrote at Toshi's Living Room April 9, 2013.
Bill Nelson and Anna K. Jacobs teach "LIFE OF A SONG: The Art of (Re)Writing," a master class that's part of Dessoff Choirs' Word Play: The MidWinter Festival

Get a rare backstage view of what it takes to write a musical when composer Anna K. Jacobs and lyricist Bill Nelson discuss and share excerpts from their musical-in-progress, Harmony, Kansas and provide artistic insight for a handful of young composers selected to present their pieces in this public master class.

Saturday, February 9, 2:00 pm
Ripley-Grier Studios
520 8th Ave, New York City
Tickets $10-15, children under 12 free

info and tickets



San Diego CityBeat names Harmony, Kansas one of the best San Diego plays of 2012!

The article
The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle has nominated Harmony, Kansas for three 2012 Craig Noel Awards, including Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Score!

Full list of nominations
The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers' The Concert will include Jason Gotay (Bring It On) singing "Han Solo" (music by Will Aronson).

January 21, 2013
Second Stage Theatre, New York
Hosted by Seth Rudetsky
Directed by Laura Josepher
Musical Direction by Matt Castle
Tickets are $45




Suffolk University Theatre Department in Boston will include "There Are Rules" (music by Will Aronson) in their show Voices for Now. February 28 and March 1.
 I'm engaged!

And I did it with a song. Check out the hidden video. He thought we were alone, but ...

"I Will Sing" from Harmony, Kansas will be performed in NAMT's 2012 Festival Songwriters Showcase October 12th.

Hosted by Nancy Opel and Joe DiPietro.
The HARMONY, KANSAS production at Diversionary Theatre in San Diego won 5 SCENIE AWARDS selected by STAGEsceneLA:

BEST WORLD PREMIERE MUSICALS, 2011-2012 (top honors)

BEST PRODUCTION, MUSICAL (San Diego)

SAN DIEGO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (San Diego)
James Vasquez

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST PERFORMANCE—MUSICAL (San Diego)
Jacob Caltrider, Dylan Hoffinger, Tony Houck, Anthony Methvin, Bill Nolte, John Whitley, Tom
Zohar

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION
Adam Wachter

Wer'e proud and grateful.
I was accepted into the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop starting fall 2012

"a highly select group of musical theatre songwriters in a program that has produced the most distinguished musical theatre practitioners of this generation"

 "I Will Sing" from Harmony, Kansas to be performed by the prestigious Worcester Chorus

Classic Broadway concert
Sunday, November 4, 2012, 5:00 pm
Christopher Shepard, conductor

Alden Memorial Hall on the campus of WPI
Worcester, Massachusetts
Featuring songs from Harmony, Kansas, Ars Nova presents UNCHARTED: ANNA K. JACOBS on Monday, August 27 at 8pm.

With help from her band, Anna will present selections from her ode to Andy Warhol, POP!, and her soulful musical, Harmony, Kansas, with help from Nick Cearley (All Shook Up), Bryan Scott Johnson (Mamma Mia), Alyse Alan Louis (Mamma Mia), Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Bruce Warren (The Road to Qatar!), and rising stars Courtney Bassett, Joel Escher, Amy Linden, Keith Potts, Arri Simon, and Paul Victor. For tickets and more info, click here.
Check out the amazing Harmony, Kansas reviews right here.
Harmony, Kansas plays Diversionary Theatre in San Diego through July 22, 2012

Great cast, great production. Go see it!:
http://www.diversionary.org/harmonykansas.html

Bill Nelson featured in inaugural joint venture between MAC and NYU

Kicking off the annual Cabaret Month, a new joint venture between NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and the Manhattan Association of Clubs & Cabarets (MAC) will feature my work. Songs I wrote with composers Will Aronson and Creighton Irons will be performed by MAC award winner, Amy Wolk, and me. Other writers include Joshua Cohen, Timothy Huang, Arianna Rose, Bradford Ross, and Ellen Greenfield. The event promotes the presentation of new songs in cabarets and to create opportunities for custom-written material for cabaret artists.
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Harmony, Kansas featured at Goodspeed January, 2012

Harmony, Kansas
will be featured as part of Goodspeed Musicals' 7th Annual Festival of New Artists with a workshop presentation January 13, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT.

For more information and festival tickets, call 860.873.8668 or visit the Goodspeed website.
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Harmony, Kansas
in San Diego!

Diversionary Theatre in San Diego has announced that they will produce the world premiere of Harmony, Kansas as part of their 2012 season. Previews are June 14–June 22 with opening night June 23rd. Performances run through July 22, 2012.

More info here or read the press release.

"Han Solo" performed in Israel!

Sung by Iggi Abilia as part of Speakeasies: A Jerusalem Cabaret August, 2, 2012.

Video