LONG STORY SHORT in NYC, through Mar 29!

Our musical LONG STORY SHORT premiered in New York City a week ago, and critics and audiences are loving it (see below); it’s a funny, heartwarming, moving 90-minute slice of life.

We think that if you like our work, you will definitely like this.

It has a VERY short run – the last performance is on March 29 – but we promise that it’s worth your time. We are very proud of it, and of the superstar Broadway performers (Bryce Ryness of SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES and Pearl Sun who originated this role in 2008) who are knocking it out of the park every show.

You can use this staff discount code: HOPE

and get 20% off tickets here: http://is.gd/LongStoryShort

If you’re anywhere near NYC before the end of March, please do come check it out. We wrote the show when we were younger, but we are thrilled that it’s finally grown up and made it to the big city.

“You’d have to be made of unmovable stuff not to be touched “ – New York Theatre Review

“What Milburn and Vigoda have created is nothing short of a dream…Exquisite.” – TheatreinTheNow.com

“Insightful, moving and joyful…Imaginative and fresh… Stunning.” – Theatrescene.net

“Superbly cast…very entertaining..” – womanaroundtown.com

“Sometimes touching, sometimes stinging, and sometimes funny.” – Theatre Pizzazz

Phenomenal…They will leave you laughing in some moments and in tears in others, a truly touching and engaging story.” – Charged.fm

MUSI-CAL tonight @ Rockwell in LA! (20 min of SHACKLETON)

If you happen to be in/near LA, come see us LIVE this evening, Monday, Nov. 3 (along with MD Ryan O’Connell) doing 20 minutes of music from ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME at Musi-Cal, Rockwell Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027. In addition to our presentation, the evening will also feature excerpts from new musicals written by some other excellent folks. Here’s the link for tickets.


This show is a knockout. Don’t miss it!
LA composers preview their new musicals
Monday, November 3rd, 8 pm @ Rockwell Table & Stage

1714 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The LA Musical Theatre Community gathers at Rockwell Table & Stage tonight, where LA musical theatre lovers will get their first look & listen to four new musical works in progress. The evening is one of a series of five upcoming Musi-Cal events being produced at Rockwell by The Festival of New American Musicals, showcasing local songwriters and their newest works.

November 3rd Program & Cast:
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It’s official: LONG STORY SHORT is getting its NYC premiere in early 2015.

From Prospect Theatre‘s website:

by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda
Performances begin Feb. 28, 2015
at 59E59 Theaters

In 2015, Prospect’s season will continue with the New York premiere of Long Story Short, with music by Brendan Milburn, lyrics by Valerie Vigoda, and book by Milburn & Vigoda, the creators of the acclaimed Off-Broadway hitStriking 12.  Adapted from the two-character play An Infinite Ache by David Schulner, Long Story Short covers a romance and 50-year marriage in 95 minutes and 17 songs.  This funny, frazzled couple—one Jewish, one Asian-American—careens from first date to old age, illuminating along their journey the challenges and joys of any long-term relationship.  Long Story Short will be directed by Kent Nicholson, and play at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street in NYC, www.59e59.org) from Feb. 28 – Mar. 29, 2015.

Val and Brendan are performing at A LITTLE NEW MUSIC 5 at Rockwell in LA, 6/10.

aLittleNewMusic5Here’s the details – we’ll be doing an unpublished song from an unfinished show about unspeakable things which are also funny. Get tickets here: http://rockwell-la.inticketing.com/events/422022/a-little-new-music-5/
And check out the faceybook link here: https://www.facebook.com/alittlenewmusic?ref=br_tf

From their blurb: A LITTLE NEW MUSIC is a fast-paced hour of the newest or unheard musical theatre material. Whether a premiere from an established writer or an undiscovered tune from a promising up-and-comer, the mission is to entertain with a program that keeps your finger on the pulse. 

performing/speaking at Ojai Playwrights Conference Thu Aug 8!

Brendan and I are honored to be part of this event at the Ojai Playwrights Conference
next week, along with renowned songwriter Dean Pitchford and Tony-nominated composer Larry O’Keefe!

Breathing Life into Musical Theatre:
An Evening of Performance and Exploration

Thursday, August 8
7:30 PM
Matilija Auditorium
703 El Paseo Road, Ojai
Tickets: $20

From the Ojai Playwrights Conference site: “An extraordinary musical celebration with some of America’s top composers and lyricists, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a musical with special co-host Chris Montan, President of Walt Disney Music. Featured talent includes electric violinist/vocalist Valerie Vigoda, composer Brendan Milburn, award-winning songwriter Dean Pitchford, and Tony-nominated composer Laurence O’Keefe.”

MIDSUMMER staged reading in Austin, TX Thu 6/27

Val here – I’m at the University of Texas in Austin (along with director/choreographer Janet Roston and music director Ryan O’Connell) working on our MIDSUMMER show at the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop. Brendan is being single dad and google chatting with me nonstop as we work on the show together…and we’re very excited about the direction the piece has taken. It’s now truly our own musical loosely adapted from the Shakespeare – and so it’s got a new title: MIDSUMMER NIGHT – zippy and to the point, just like the show.

The good folks here at UT Austin have given us a cast of 17, beautiful space and opportunity to work, and a staged reading which is happening on Thursday. If you’re anywhere near Austin, come on down – it’s free and open to the public:

Thursday, June 27
8:00 PM
The B. Iden Payne Theatre
located in the F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN)
300 East 23rd Street, Austin, TX 78712


our fabulous Texas Midsummer cast/crew

our fabulous Texas Midsummer cast/crew


“Every Seven” Hiatus

Dear friends and listeners,

Brendan and I are spending our days doing what we always hoped, which is writing songs. We have more projects and deadlines than ever before, and are writing and rewriting as fast as we can, while also trying to balance the rest of our lives (parenthood…the performance side of things, including the occasional band gig with Gene…staying physically healthy, which seems to take more and more time!…and intermittent moments of relaxation/connecting with friends and family, which is more and more important to us both).

This is all fantastic and we truly could not be happier – but we realized over the weekend that because the songwriting obligations are coming so fast and furious right now, we have to put our “Every Seven” project on hiatus for a bit. We are SO EXCITED about our huge backlog of unreleased songs, and the fun videos we have in mind for all of them…and the (happy) truth is that writing the new tunes is keeping us from recording/making videos of the older ones.

After I got shingles a few months ago, we realized that too much stress simply can’t be part of our lives anymore – also, that we are allowed to alter our plans as circumstances change, and that people who care will understand, even if they are slightly disappointed.
Thank you so much for listening, and for bearing with us – and we’ll be in touch with posts and updates as we can!

with love, gratitude and calm,
on behalf of me and Brendan*

*who, of course, had the “Every Seven” idea in the first place.

Val and Brendan at Place Pigalle smaller

at Place Pigalle in Seattle last week, celebrating a successful first reading of our newest musical BEAUTIFUL POISON. Photo by our collaborator Duane Poole.