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Clear Blue Tuesday: Joel and Phyllis Ehrlich are co-executive producers of this new film rock musical. A montage of songs, collage and unconventional narrative style, Clear Blue Tuesday is a visceral journey of self-discovery in the face of adversity.

Eleven New Yorkers change course after 9/11 forces them to examine why they moved to New York and to decide whether they’ll stay. Clear Blue Tuesday follows their lives over the course of six years, each year on a Tuesday in September, as they try to achieve the dreams that drew them to the city.

Through intensely personal journeys, Clear Blue Tuesday explores the difference between the goals we pursue and what makes us happy. It delves into the ways the expanding gap between the two become more visible against the backdrop of catastrophic world events.

Clear Blue Tuesday has recently been nominated in "Best Feature Film-US" in the Swansea Bay Film Festival in Wales, England. Click here to visit the Clear Blue Tuesday fan page.

redhook imageRed Hook: Joel and Phyllis Ehrlich are co-executive producers of the new urban teen thriller Red Hook, produced in conjunction with Red Sand Media. This independent film is a fast-paced thriller with smart pop-culture sensibilities. It’s a fun and frightening, smart and scary, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep the audience guessing. The Red Hook DVD was released on February 16 2010, and is available nationwide and for order on Netflix and Amazon.com. Click here to visit the Red Hook home page.

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The Great Game: This fascinating new play by D. Tucker Smith was co-produced by Joel and Phyllis Ehrlich at Duke University’s prestigious Theater Previews in February, 2007, along with Tony award-winner Randall Wreghitt (Little Women–The Musical, Tony-winning Grey Gardens) and Jana Robbins (Little Women–The Musical, I Love You Because). The story—a tale of espionage, discrimination, hidden identities, and romance—explores the dynamics that arise between global powers. Tony-nominated Wilson Milam (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) directed the production. The Great Game is currently being prepared for Broadway.

The Grinch and The Wedding Singer. The Harmony Entertainment Group was involved in The Wedding Singer and the latest productions of The Grinch on Broadway, and the most recent Broadway productions of The Grinch.

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Imnotsigned.com: The Harmony Entertainment Group consulted with Atlanta-based legendary urban music producers like Jazze Pha, Bryan Michael Cox, Teddy Bishop, Ryan Glover. Online visitors were able to download tracks provided on the site, record their own vocals and post them on the site for judging by imnotsigned.com’s renown producers. It was an amazing chance to be discovered, right from your own computer.

 

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tru TRU Reading Series Award: The Jesus Hickey, by Luke Yankee, was awarded the Joel and Phyllis Ehrlich award for the most commercially promising new play presented at the 2007 Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) Play Reading Series. In December, 2006, The Harmony Entertainment Group produced a standing-room-only reading of a new musical comedy Friends Like These at The Players Theater in New York, sponsored by TRU.
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Developing new talent: The Harmony Entertainment Group is working with new talent such as award-winning songwriter and singer Cassandra Kubinski (Billboard, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Positive Pop). Look for her latest CD “Live From Camp Nashville.” Check out her music, photos, blog, and live video at www.myspace.com/CassandraKubinski.

As alumni of New York City’s public schools (Joel in the Bronx, and Phyllis in Brooklyn), Joel and Phyllis are actively involved in PENCIL, the non-profit organization that builds and supports customized relationships between business leaders and principals to inspire innovation and transform public schools.

As “PENCIL partners” to The Bay Academy, a middle-school for gifted and talented students in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, Joel and Phyllis are developing and executing monthly Career Awareness Workshops for the school’s 600+ students, in partnership with Principal Maria Timo and Business Manager Caryn DiMari.

For example, in February, talented young independent singer/songwriter Cassandra Kubinski gave the students an inside look at the life of a singer/songwriter and performed several of our latest songs in the standing-room only auditorium.

In March, the focus was on creative writing with a lively panel discussion, moderated by Joel, and featuring Paul Levitz, former President of DC Comics, critically-acclaimed writer Barry Lyga, and Phyllis, former Editor-in-Chief of Healthy Kids and Disney Adventures magazines.

Next up: Career Awareness Workshops focusing on the worlds of dance and music.

In addition, re-energizing his acting and dramatics teaching days, Joel recently conducted an all-day Acting Workshop for drama students at The Bay Academy.

About PENCIL

Since its founding in 1995, PENCIL has successfully mobilized thousands of business leaders to strengthen New York City’s public schools. PENCIL coordinates Principal for a Day (add registered trademark) and leverages those connections to create and support long-term, results-driven relationships that transform public schools. PENCIL relationships have generated millions of dollars in donations for schools throughout New York City’s five boroughs. To find out how you can get involved, go to www.pencil.org.


Joel and Phyllis are ardent supporters of the arts in New York City and are patrons of the Atlantic Theater Company and members of The New Group and NYMF (New York Musical Theatre Festival). In addition, they are active members of The Tenement Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, and the Museum of Modern Art.

 

Hear Our Song was a unique theatrical and marketing concept, conceived, developed, produced and directed by The Harmony Entertainment Group.

After the passing of the daughter of a close friend, Joel decided to use musical theater to "give back" and help lesser-known charities that truly needed support. He and Joan Lazer decided to develop an original musical evening that would be offered, at no charge, to organizations to use as a fundraising event. All of the professionals involved donated their time, talent, and goodwill to this original idea. All ticket sales went directly to each organization.

After Joel conceived the idea of making the evening a story of five women of different ages, Joel and Joan Lazer developed the characters, chose the 17 famous Broadway songs that exemplified the ages and stages of the characters’ lives, obtained the rights to use the songs, hired and worked with the book writer, auditioned the actresses and band, negotiated for rehearsal space, and wrote press releases and participated in publicity interviews…and that was just on the production side.

Working with the charities, The Harmony Entertainment Group collaborated with the executives, developing all the marketing materials and producing the silent and live auctions that were part of the evening’s event.

Joel Ehrlich directed the show and Joan Lazer produced it. The book is by award-winning Susan DiLallo and world-renown pianist Ido Friedman was musical director and arranger.

The Harmony Entertainment group developed posters, postcards, flyers, publicity and all collateral materials, appeared on ABC-TV, PRN Internet radio, WVOX live and on the Internet and was even featured in the
New York Times. Click here to see a clip from Hear Our Song.

 
 

The shows benefited the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation and the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation and raised not only tens of thousands of dollars for each organization, but significantly heightened awareness of each cause.

The performances took place at Riverspace Arts in Nyack (for the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation) and Edgemont Theater (for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation). As a thank you to the Edgemont school district for allowing us to use a town facility at no charge, members of The Harmony Group volunteered their time to teach high school master classes in music, advertising copywriting, acting and theatrical production.

This original production was a heartfelt, uplifting, and most-of-all, exhilarating night-out that revealed the universal stories of the ages and stages of our lives through the experiences of 5 amazing women and the best music from Broadway.

Linda Angel of the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation and actress Karissa Staples

 

Hear Our Song starred some of Broadway’s best—Melanie Vaughan (Original casts of Ring of Fire, Parade, Sunday in the Park with George and On the Twentieth Century. Soloist with New York City Opera, Omaha Symphony, at Madison Square Garden, Town Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, United Nations and Radio City Music Hall. Toured nationally with Sweeney Todd, Jerry’s Girls and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Regional credits: Old Globe Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Human Race Theater, Virginia Stage Theater, the O'Neill Theater Center and Goodspeed Opera House.), Trish Rapier (Sessions; Shout! The Mod Musical; NEWSical; understudy for the role of Liza Minelli in The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman; Golf, The Musical!; Forbidden Broadway; and the national tours of The Who’s Tommy and Forbidden Broadway/Forbidden Hollywood), Toni Seawright (Aunt Em and Glinda in the national tour of The Wiz, understudy for the Narrator and Cynthia in Streetcorner Symphony, featured in the European tours of Only for One Night and Melba Moore: One Woman Show, both directed by George Faison), Sonia Perez (regional productions of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Female Bonding; national tours of H. M. S. Pinafore and Carmen; soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra), Karissa Staples (Miss Maine 2006, regional theater events including The Wizard of Oz, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the new teen thriller film Red Hook).

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