Kooman and dimond

Kooman and Dimond (Michael Kooman (b. 1984) and Christopher Dimond) (b. 1979) are a musical theater writing team currently living in New York City. They are most known for their musicals Dani Girl, Golden Gate, and Homemade Fusion, and their album Out of Our Heads, released in 2011.

Background

They began working together under the tutelage of Milan Stitt at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006.

In 2010 they won a Jonathan Larson Grant, and in 2011 they were awarded the first Lorenz Hart Award by the ASCAP Foundation. They have attended the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Workshop (where they studied with Andrew Lippa and Craig Carnelia), as well as a Fellowship to the O'Neill Musical Theater Conference. They studied with Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty through the 2009-2010 Dramatists Guild of America Fellowship.

Works

Dani Girl

Dani Girl has been workshopped at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania State University, the American Conservatory Theater, The Kennedy Center, The ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, and CAP-21. Its professional premiere was produced in Barrie, Ontario by Talk is Free Theatre, directed by Richard Ouzounian. The show will be remounted in Toronto in February 2012. Harvest Rain Theatre Company debuted the show internationally in Brisbane, Australia in 2010. Recently, the show was presented at the 2011 National Alliance for Musical Theater Festival of New Musicals.

Homemade Fusion

Homemade Fusion is a song cycle, and was originally produced at Carnegie Mellon University, and moved on to venues such as The Pittsburgh CLO's Cabaret Space, The Zipper Theater, and Monday Nights New Voices Chicago. The song "Random Black Girl", sung by fellow Carnegie Mellon graduate, Patina Miller, has had over 100,000 views on YouTube. Selections from Homemade Fusion are popular at colleges and cabaret venues across the country. Internationally it has been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2011). Part of the show was performed by the writers in 2009 at The Kennedy Center's "Next Generation of Musical Theater" series.

Golden Gate

Golden Gate premiered at the Williamstown Theater Festival Aug 12, 2009. It has subsequently been workshopped as part of Millikin University's New Musicals Workshop, culminating in a production of the latest incarnation of the show, which occurred in the spring of 2011.

Album

On June 28, 2011, Kooman released Out of Our Heads: The Music of Kooman and Dimond. The album features several Tony nominated performers including Patina Miller, Kerry Butler and Christopher Sieber. The album release party was held at Birdland on July 18, 2011 featuring performances by Laura Osnes, Julia Murney, Jeremy Jordan, Kyle Dean Massey and Jose Llana.

References

  • http://www.koomandimond.com/biography.html
  • https://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/artist_detail.cfm?artist_id=DIMNDCRSTR
  • http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/artist_detail.cfm?artist_id=KOOMANMCHL
  • http://www.playbill.com/news/article/152131-Kerry-Butler-Christopher-Sieber-Patina-Miller-Are-Out-of-Our-Heads-on-New-CD-Arriving-on-iTunes-June-28
  • http://broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Coverage-Patina-Miller-Laura-Osnes-Jeremy-Jordan-More-Sing-the-Music-of-Kooman-Dimond-at-Birdland-20110719
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbbewRSc-C0

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