Hi, we’re a rock band.

Hi! We’re GrooveLily, a theatrical power-pop trio consisting of Valerie Vigoda, Brendan Milburn, and Gene Lewin. If you’ve never heard us before, listen to this:

We write musicals and perform in them sometimes, and we play concerts whenever we can.

One day “flash sale” for Xmas Eve STRIKING 12 NYC

Hey all – when we added a December 23 show, many people jumped to that one. But our original December 24 date still stands – and for today only, the good people at 54 Below are offering a FLASH SALE for our Christmas Eve performance of STRIKING 12! We can’t wait to see you.

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Striking 12 Dec 23 & 24 in NYC

Hey all! Thanks to everyone on our email list who answered the survey about STRIKING 12 on Christmas Eve. The answer was a resounding YES, and so we are coming to 54 Below for TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY: December 23 & 24 at 7 PM.

This won’t be the last time we perform it – our grand plans to have a FAREWELL TOUR this year have become JUST THESE TWO GIGS. And consequently, these are the ONLY STRIKING 12 SHOWS THIS YEAR. BUT NOT THE LAST OF ALL TIME EVER.

However, you never know when the zombie apocalypse is coming, so in case we’re all devoured before next December, buy tickets today.

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We exist!

…even though you haven’t heard from us much lately. Gene is in town playing with Audra McDonald tonight at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and we got to catch up in his hotel room. We miss playing together and will get back to doing that again before too long!

Bren, Val, Mose & Gene in LA

Bren, Val, Mose & Gene in LA

Brendan & Val’s Latest Excuse for a Concert: Mon, Aug 26

It’s been a while, and Brendan and Val are doing another duo show in LA:

Monday, August 26
7:30 PM
Met Theatre
1089 N. Oxford
Hollywood, CA

Tickets have just gone on sale: only $15 with the promo code “FRIEND.”

Bren & Val performing/speaking at Ojai Aug 8!

We 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

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our lovely Texas Midsummer cast

our fabulous Texas Midsummer cast/crew

 

blog entry at Milburn-Vigoda.com – “Every Seven” Hiatus

Check out the new blog entry up at Milburn & Vigoda – we’re putting our beloved “Every Seven” project on a hiatus for a bit, due to…lots of songwriting.

BROWSERS (Amazon musical web series featuring Brendan’s music) pilot is OUT! Please watch/review.

BrowsersBROWSERS, the Amazon musical-sitcom web series on which Brendan is music supervisor as well as co-composer, is HERE! (At least the pilot is…and we have all fingers and toes crossed for the rest of the season to be greenlighted.)
It’s 22 minutes long, hilarious, smart, slightly profane (don’t let the little kids watch), and REALLY REALLY WORTHY. As a lyricist, I am highly judgy about *other* lyricists, and David Javerbaum (creator of BROWSERS), is nothing less than fabulous.
The pilot is available HERE, on Amazon Instant Video – Pilot Season. Please check it out, and all-importantly, GIVE FEEDBACK! This aspect is crucial to the future of the show.
BROWSERS takes place in a fictitious company called “The Daily Gush.” It features four unpaid interns (they are, of course, the browsers)…and the boss of the company is played by the wonderful Bebe Neuwirth. Think Mary Tyler Moore meets the Huffington Post, where everyone sings their innermost thoughts.

LEARNINGTOWN (one of two web series featuring Brendan’s music)

LEARNINGTOWN, one of two musical-sitcom web series on which Brendan is music supervisor as well as co-composer, is out and available! Written by and starring our great friends Paul & Storm, it is 10 8-minute episodes of hysterical geeky fun.
The premise of LEARNINGTOWN is that comedy duo Paul and Storm take over a legendary kids’ TV show, and with the help of timid producer Cookie and super fan Teddy, try to keep from completely screwing everything up.

 

Gene performing with Audra McDonald on her new record, “Go Back Home,” and PBS Live from Lincoln Center

Gene writes: I’m thrilled and honored to be playing drums on Audra’s new record. It features some of the music we’ve been touring with for years, as well as some amazing new material. We recorded at NYC’s legendary Avatar Studios, with a stellar orchestra. On Friday, May 24, three days after the album’s release, I’ll be in my tux behind the drums joining Audra when she headlines and hosts “Audra McDonald In Concert: Go Back Home,” a national PBS telecast presented by the Emmy Award-winning series Live From Lincoln Center (check local listings). We’ve also got a bunch of tour dates in the summer and fall. You can read more and preview a track from the album here.