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Local songwriter to have his works performed in N.Y.

November 05, 2000

Local songwriter to have his works performed in N.Y.



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A songwriter who also works as a director of a local music school is about to have some of his latest works performed in a New York theater.

The new songs by Andrew Sussman will be part of the production "Pollyanna: A New Musical."

Sussman, executive director of the Cumberland Valley School of Music In Chambersburg, wrote 23 original songs for the musical, which he created with playwright Donald Luftus of New York City.

Sussman said he worked for about two years to write the songs for the musical, which will receive a staged reading at the Lark Theater in New York City Nov. 17-19.

The musical is based on the classic novel by Eleanor H. Porter, a story of young orphan whose innocent optimism charms a New England town and makes people re-examine the things which are important in their lives.

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Sussman said he considers the reading of the play at the Lark Theater one of his career highlights.

There are hundreds of theaters in New York City and songwriters and playwrights dream of their works being recognized by producers in the theaters and made into a stage production, according to Sussman.

"It's an intensely competitive business but we have gotten some pretty good responses to it so far," said Sussman, a pianist who lives in Smithsburg.

Sussman and Loftus have worked together before, creating the musical comedy "Abbey Victoria: A Musical Daydream," which was performed at the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg in July.

A sample of his song writing can be heard can be heard on a new jazz CD by Rene Marie, who sings Sussman's song "Thanks, But I Don't Dance." The song appears on the CD "How Can I Keep From Singing?"

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