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Founding Bon Jovi Member-Turned-Composer’s Work On La Jolla Playhouse Stage

Composer David Bryan at the sitzprobe (the first time cast and band work together at a rehearsal) held last Friday at the La Jolla Playhouse rehearsal hall.

Aired 5/12/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

David Bryan, Composer

Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse

Transcript

Just a year after its first concert reading, "Chasing the Song" is now ready for a page-to-stage production at the La Jolla Playhouse. The play was part of the theater's 2013 DNA New Play series.

Composers David Bryan and Joe DiPietro both worked on "Chasing the Song" and also the musical "Memphis." Bryan is keyboardist and founding member of the band Bon Jovi.

KPBS Arts reporter Beth Accomando sat in on a rehearsal recently for "Chasing the Song."

The page-to-stage musical runs from May 13 to June 15.

Artistic director Christopher Ashley will moderate Monday this special event with legendary composer David Bryan. Bryan who will discuss his musical influences, the cross-over from rock ‘n’ roll to musical theater, his work on the Tony Award-winning musical "Memphis" and his new musical, "Chasing the Song."

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Above: Behind the Scenes: DNA New Works Series

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