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Kerry Butler with Kooman + Dimond at the 2010 Larson Awards Ceremony


Pasek and Paul, Paul Williams, Stephen Schwartz, and Kooman + Dimond at the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Awards ceremony


The 2009 Williamstown Production of Golden Gate


The amazing Patina Miller singing "Random Black Girl"

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HOWARD BARNES at NAMT Festival
"The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes" was selected into the 2014 National Alliance for Musical Theatre New Works Festival. Presentations will take place October 23 and 24th at New World Stages. More info on Playbill or the NAMT website.

HOWARD BARNES

HOWARD BARNES at Village Theater
The Village Theater in Seattle, WA chose "The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes" for their workshop production slot. Read more about it here.

Ebb Award Concert
On May 5, 2014, K&D welcomed John Tartaglia, Jackie Hoffman, Jake Epstein, Natalie Weiss, Andrew Kober, Matt Scott, and many other Broadway luminaries to celebrate their Fred Ebb Award Concert. Videos from the concert are available here and more info is available here.

Canadian Musical Theater Project
K&D have been commissioned by the Canadian Musical Theater Project and will develop the new work with the students of Sheridan College in September 2014.

DANI GIRL in the Phillippenes

DANI GIRL in the Philippenes and DC
Dani Girl was produced in the summer of 2014 in Washington DC and the Philippenes. Check out some of the marvelous reviews here (DC production) or here, here, here and here (Philippenes production).

ORPHIE AND THE BOOK OF HEROES

Orphie is an “epic success”!
Critics went wild for the Kennedy Center’s production of ORPHIE & THE BOOK OF HEROES, with The Washington Post declaring the show “an epic success”. Read more raves at BroadwayWorld, DC Theatre Scene, MD Theatre Guide and DC Metro Theatre Arts.

Judge Jackie Rules in Pittsburgh! JUDGE JACKIE JUSTICE
The reviews are in for JUDGE JACKIE JUSTICE at the Pittsburgh CLO. Read the raves from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review and Broadwayworld.com.

Students Showcase Original Songs ASCAP MT Songwriting Showcase
The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theater Songwriting Showcase, a program founded and taught by Michael and Chris, presented student-written songs performed by Broadway actors in a concert on March 24th. The program, now in its 2nd year, helps high school juniors and seniors learn the craft of songwriting for the musical stage.

Fred Ebb Award!
Chris and Michael have been named the winners of the 2013 Fred Ebb Award. The ceremony will take place on December 2, 2013 at the American Airlines Theatre, hosted by Joel Grey.

DANI GIRL

Dani Girl Musical published!
The award winning musical Dani Girl is now available for licensing through Samuel French.

Howard Barnes at the 2013 O'Neill Music Theater Workshop
The new Kooman + Dimond musical, THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES, was selected to participate in the prestigious O'Neill Music Theater Conference.

Return to CMU
Kooman + Dimond returned to their Alma Mater, Carnegie Mellon University, to do a cabaret with the Musical Theater Department. The cabaret was held September 30, 2013 at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret Space.

Howard Barnes at the Village Theatre
THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES was part of the 2013 Festival of New Musicals at the Village Theater.

Pittsburgh CLO Commissions Judge Jackie Justice
The brand new, audience participation based musical Judge Jackie Justice will premiere January 2014 at the Pittsburgh CLO.

Playbill interviews Kooman+Dimond
Michael and Chris talk to Playbill about their new musical THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES, and their experience developing it at the O'Neill musical theater conference.

"Someday Soon" video released
Kooman and Dimond released "Someday Soon" in collaboration with Anderson Davis and director Alberto Belli. Watch the video here; the song is available on iTunes.

New Musical at the Kennedy Center in 2014
ORPHIE AND THE BOOK OF HEROES will premiere February 8th, 2014 at the Kennedy Center. Joe Calarco directs. Tickets available here starting December 4.

Musical Theater Writing class at PPAS
Kooman + Dimond received a grant from ASCAP to teach a musical theater writing class at the Professional and Performing Arts High School in Manhattan. Students completed a 15 week writing course which covered the topics of storytelling within a song, the craft of songwriting, and creating melodies. The class culminated in performances of newly written songs in the PPAS New Voices concert May 9-11th 2013. The class will return in the 2013-14 school year.

Junior Claus

Junior Claus published
JUNIOR CLAUS is now available for licensing through Dramatic Publishing.

Howard Barnes at the 2013 Human Race New Works Festival
THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES will be a part of the Human Race New Works festival. Michael and Chris are excited to return to the Human Race Theatre Company after DANI GIRL was featured in their new works festival last year.


News Archives

News Archive - 2013
News Archive - 2012
News Archive - 2011
News Archive - 2010
News Archive - 2009
News Archive - 2008
News Archive - 2007

News Archive - 2013

BREATHE accompaniment track
An accompaniment track to the song "Breathe", originally sung by Laura Osnes, is now available from our store.

The Directory kickoff concert
Kooman + Dimond were honored to have their music performed at the kickoff concert for The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers on Jan 12, 2013. The talented Elizabeth Stanley performed their song "Blue Horizon".

News Archive - 2012

K+D Concert in London!
On December 2, 2012, Kooman and Dimond will make their debut in London with a concert produced by ILIA Debuts. An amazing cast of West End Singers are slated to perform. Tickets and information here.

NAMT Songwriter's Showcase
Kooman + Dimond were asked to perform a song from their brand new musical "The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes" at this year's NAMT Songwriter's Showcase. Hosted by Nancy Opel and Joe DiPietro. Read the Playbill article.

Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Project
Kooman + Dimond are honored to perform at a NYC concert on October 11, 2012 with alumni and faculty of the Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Workshop. Other songwriters included in the evening are Andrew Lippa, Craig Carnelia, Lari White, and Pasek + Paul. Tickets and more information here.

Junior Claus

Junior Claus
Tickets are now on sale for the Orlando Repertory Theatre production of K+D's JUNIOR CLAUS. The show begins performances on November 15th, 2012.

DANI GIRL at Spirit of Broadway
The Spirit of Broadway Theater in Westport, CT will produce DANI GIRL from Jan. 9 - Feb. 10th 2012.

K+D Sign with Paradigm
Kooman and Dimond are excited to announce they've signed with Paradigm, represented by Jonathan Mills.

Kennedy Center Workshop
In August 2012, Kooman + Dimond completed a workshop for their new musical Orphie and the Book of Heroes. The piece was commissioned by the Kennedy Center. Exciting news coming in spring 2013 about the piece.

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Kooman + Dimond were honored to take part in a writing retreat in Upstate New York. Other people involved with this year's retreat included Jon Caird and Glenn Slater.

Dani Girl at Human Race Theatre

DANI GIRL in Dayton, OH
The fabulous Human Race Theatre hosted a reading of DANI GIRL as part of their New Works Festival. Thank you Kevin Moore, artistic director, for a welcoming place to work on the piece.

5th Avenue Theatre
Michael and Chris were in residence at the 5th Avenue Theatre, working on their new musical THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES.

New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop
A reading of THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES was presented at the New York Theatre Workshop in April, directed by Drama Desk nominee Ed Iskandar.

JUNIOR CLAUS at Orlando Rep
JUNIOR CLAUS will be presented during the 2012 holiday season at the Orlando Repertory Theatre.

DANI GIRL in Toronto
Talk is Free Theatre's remount of 2011's production of DANI GIRL was extended. Read reviews here, here and here.

Flour Baby

FLOUR BABY Available Online
FLOUR BABY, a short film featuring a screenplay by Chris, score by Michael, and the K&D song "Breathe", is now available online. Watch it here.

DANI GIRL at Human Race Theatre
DANI GIRL will be featured in the Human Race Theatre’s New Works Festival, August 3rd – 5th, 2012, in Dayton, OH.

K+D win the Lorenz Hart Award
Kooman and Dimond were honored as the first recipients of the Lorenz Hart award by the ASCAP Foundation on December 7th, 2011. The award comes with a cash prize and was selected by Stephen Schwartz, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

K+D At Goodpseed
Goodspeed Musicals has invited Kooman and Dimond to their annual writers' cabaret in January 2012. They'll be taking part in Goodspeed's New Artists Cabaret on January 14th.

New Videos. New Songs.
Videos from the Album Release Concert at Birdland are UP! Featuring Patina Miller, Julia Murney, Laura Osnes, Jeremy Jordan, Kyle Dean Massey and many more Broadway talents!

Laura Osnes Records K+D song
Laura Osnes recorded "Breathe" a new song by Kooman + Dimond to play over the credits of the short film FLOUR BABY.

FLOUR BABY Premieres
On Nov 9, 2011, FLOUR BABY, a short film by Christopher Dimond, premiered at the Steeltown Film Factory competition. Christopher was awarded $30,000 to make the film from the competition earlier in 2011. The film is slated to screen at the Napa Valley film festival, among other festivals. flourbaby.com.

DANI GIRL at NAMT
DANI GIRL was selected for the 2011 National Alliance for Musical Theatre's" new works festival. On October 27th and 28th, a 45 minute selections was performed for the NAMT members by the amazing cast that included Rozi Baker, Chris Hoch, River Alexander, and Kate Shindle.

An Evening with Stephen Schwartz
On Oct 3rd, 2011 Kooman and Dimond participated in a concert hosted by Stephen Schwartz at the Peter Norton Space on 42nd Street. Jose Llana and Rachel Potter performed two K&D songs. Also involved in the event were Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, as well as husband and wife writing team Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda. Kimberly Lew wrote a review of the evening.

Lecture on Musical Theatre
Michael Kooman has been invited to speak at the University of Colorado to the students studying musical theater. He will make a presentation on the creating a new musical from a writer's perspective on Nov. 29th 2011.

K+D Masterclass
Kooman + Dimond held a masterclass with the talented students at Rider University. Congrats to all who participated and thanks to Marianne Cook for the invitation.

HOMEMADE FUSION production
HOMEMADE FUSION will be produced at SUNY Fredonia in New York in December 2011.

Download a FREE song from our new album!
Visit our store page to download a FREE bonus track from the album performed by Chris Mann (Glee).

Accompaniment Tracks
Accompaniment Tracks for Kooman & Dimond songs are now available on our store page. Tracks include two mp3s: one with the melody line and one without. Tracks will be added intermittently, so check back frequently!

Release Concert at Birdland
We released our album OUT OF OUR HEADS on June 28th, and we sold out Birdland on July 18th for our release concert. Check out the videoclips from broadwayworld or the amazing photo coverage from playbill and broadwayworld.

HOMEMADE FUSION Productions
HOMEMADE FUSION is being produced across the globe in August. In Short productions will produce HOMEMADE FUSION at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Aug 3-29th. Greyman Theater Company (who produced DANI GIRL earlier this year) will present the show in Dallas on August 12 and 19th.

New BLOG!
Check out our blog at http://koomandimond.wordpress.com/.

News Archive - 2011

Raves for Dani Girl
Recent productions of Dani Girl in Australia, Dallas TX, and Canada have opened to rave reviews. Reviews for the Harvest Rain production are here and here. Reviews for the Greyman Theatre Company are here and here. The recent Canadian production by Talk is Free Theater was a rave.

New Song!
Check out a hot-off-the-press song on our blog entitled "Beautiful Mistake" sung by the lovely Hannah Shankman. Sheet music now available at our store.

Upcoming Concerts
Keep up with Kooman and Dimond on their facebook page for details on their upcoming concerts. Dates include April 1st at CAP 21, and May 24th in Dreamlight Theatre’s Bright Lights Series. Many more to come!

Kickstarter Campaign
Check out our kickstarter campaign for details about our album and a video from Michael and Chris.

University Premiere of Golden Gate
Millikin University hosted the University premiere production of Golden Gate, which opened March 30th, 2011.

DANI GIRL - Barrie, ON, Canada production - January 20-29, 2011
Talk is Free Theatre in Canada produced DANI GIRL in January, 2011, helmed by Richard Ouzounian.

News Archive - 2010

Larson Grant
Michael and Chris are thrilled to announce that they have been selected as recipients of the 2010 Larson grant! Check out the official press release here and here. They are also incredibly psyched to have their bios added to the American Theater Wing Website. Links here and here.

New CD
Michael and Chris are in the early stages of putting together a brand new CD of their work together for commercial release in the spring of 2011. Check back to koomandimond.com or our facebook page for the latest updates on the project.

Playwrights Horizons - NYC, NY - September 20, 2010
Kooman and Dimond had their music showcased on September 20th at Playwrights Horizons as part of the culmination of their year studying with Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty in the Dramatists Guild Fellowship program. A slew of broadway talent performed their work, including Lisa Brescia, Andrew Kober and John Tartaglia.

Homemade Fusion

Homemade Fusion - London - August 12, 2010
Homemade Fusion was produced at the Ambassadors Theatre in London by Christopher Clegg. The evening featured fellow CMU alumni Patina Miller, and Andrew Kober.

Dani Girl - Waco, TX - August, 2010 Dani Girl
The Grey Man Theatre Company produced Dani Girl in Waco, TX. Props to Matt Tolbert and Joshua Gonzales for pulling off a critically acclaimed production!

Dani Girl - Los Angeles - July, 2010
The LA Festival of American New Musicals produced a very well-received reading of DANI GIRL. Read the LA Times article. For information in licensing Kooman + Dimond shows, write to info@koomandimond.com.

Dani Girl

Dani Girl - Australia - May, 2010
Harvest Rain Theatre Company down under in Australia, produced Dani Girl in May as part of their annual intern show.

News Archive - 2009

Fred Ebb Award Finalists
Michael and Chris were honored to be selected as top 5 finalists for the Fred Ebb Award in 2009.

Dramatists Guild Fellowship
Michael and Chris were selected for the prestigious 2009-2010 Dramatists Guild Fellows program with Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

New Musical JUNIOR CLAUS makes Minneapolis Premiere
JUNIOR CLAUS, a Christmas-themed family musical, opened a three week run in Minneapolis, MN on December 10, 2009. Helmed by Steve Barberio, JUNIOR CLAUS follows the story of Santa’s son, Junior, as he rebels against the family business and Christmas altogether until he is called upon to step into his father’s shoes.

Millikin workshop of GOLDEN GATE
Michael and Chris were invited back to Millikin University in 2010 after the well-received workshop of DANI GIRL in January 2009. They workshopped workshopping GOLDEN GATE, which premiered at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Readings by the Millikin students will took place both on campus and at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.

DANI GIRL at Penn State
DANI GIRL was selected to be part of Penn State’s New Musical Theater Festival.
Performances took place on December 12, 2009 at 2pm and 7pm at the Pavilion Theater. More information on the festival can be found here.

Golden Gate
Michael and Chris are at work on their new musical, Golden Gate, a commission from the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Click here for more information

Dani Girl
April 15, Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Dani Girl has been selected to be included in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's Emerging Artist Series in Musical Theatre Playwriting.
Click here for more information

Monday Nights New Voices
March 30th, Duplex Cabaret Theater, 61 Christopher Street, NY, 8pm

Kooman and Dimond are featured in Scott Alan’s successful concert series.
Click here for more information

News Archive - 2008

Kennedy Center Concert
February 2nd, 2008, Millenium Stage – Kennedy Center, 6pm

Kooman and Dimond return to the Kennedy Center to take part in a series of concerts titled “Next Generation of Musical Theater”.  Come hear the best of the Kooman and Dimond songbook as performed by Natalie Weiss and Anderson Davis. 
Tickets are free, and on a first-come first-serve basis.

In the Studio
January 2008

Kooman and Dimond are recording a bunch of new tracks and a few re-worked songs from current projects.  Check back soon to hear!

Millikin Residency
Jan 5th-13th 2008, Millikin University

Kooman and Dimond take part in a week-long workshop of DANI GIRL at Millikin University, culminating in a reading at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.  Produced and directed by Lori Bales.

NAMT showcase
October 2008, New World Stages, 2pm

Kooman and Dimond are featured in a songwriter’s showcases presented by NAMT, featuring Natalie Weiss and Michael Kadin Craig. Produced by Brandon Huldeen.
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NYU reading
October 6th 2008, Cap 21 (NYU), 18 w. 18th street, New York, 7:30pm

DANI GIRL is workshopped at CAP 21 as part of their winter-reading series.  Directed by John Carrafa and featuring the talents of Dana Steingld, Adam Chanler-Berat, Jonathan Hammond and Susan Haefner.  Produced by Eliza and Frank Ventura.

HF in Chicago
Sept 29th 2008, Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 8pm

The songbook of Kooman and Dimond is performed by the Chicago incarnation of “Monday Nights New Voices”, produced by David Tomczak, featuring talent from Chicago productions of Wicked, and Jersey Boys.
Click here for more information

Johnny Mercer Songwriting Workshop
August 9-13th, 2008 Northwestern University

Under the tutelage of Andrew Lippa, Craig Carnelia, and Lari White, Kooman and Dimond will take part in a week-long workshop celebrating the new American Songbook.  Two new songs (“Lost in the Waves”, and “Mama, Give us Your Blessing”) will be featured in a concert with Heather Headley.
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O’Neill Fellowship
New London, Connecticut June/July 2008

Kooman and Dimond received a fellowship to attend the O’Neill Music Theater Conference, and worked with the creators and production teams of “Myth”, “In Transit”, and “Iron Curtain”.

NAMT showcase
July 2008, CAP 21 (NYU), 18 w. 18th street, New York, 2pm

Kooman and Dimond are featured in a songwriter’s showcases presented by NAMT, featuring Patina Miller and Anderson Davis.  Produced by Brandon Huldeen.

Kennedy Center – ACTF Musical Theater Award, New Visions / New Voices Workshop
April 13th-26th 2008, Kennedy Center, Washington DC

DANI GIRL has been selected as the 2008 winner of the Michael Kanin Musical Theater Award, given by the Kennedy Center ACTF.  Immediately following the ACTF festival, Kooman and Dimond will receive a workshop of DANI GIRL by the Kennedy Center’s New Visions / New Voices festival, one of six new works selected from around the world.
National Festival
New Visions/New Voices 2008

ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop
March 27th 2008, ASCAP 6th Floor, 1 Lincoln Plaza, New York, 6pm

DANI GIRL was selected to participate in the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop run by Stephen Schwartz.  Panelists who gave feedback (in addition to Schwartz) were Lynn Ahrens and Dick Scanlan.  Directed by Dani Rigazzi and featuring Kara Lindsay, Anderson Davis, Andrew Kober and Ruth Weber.
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HF at the Zipper
The NYC debut of Kooman and Dimond!  The best of the Kooman and Dimond songbook as sung by the wildly amazing performers Patina Miller, Marty Thomas, Natalie Venetia-Belcon, Anderson Davis, Matt Scott, Kara Lindsay, Kirsten Bracken, Andrew Kober, and Marissa Lesch.
Click here for more information

News Archive - 2007

DANI GIRL at the American Conservatory Theater
August 13th 2007, Stanford Unviersity, 8pm

Kooman and Dimond’s new musical DANI GIRL has been selected as part of a series of new readings at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.  Also featured are Jose Rivera’s “Brainpeople” and Carrie Perloff’s “Higher”.  Directed by John Carrafa and produced by Pink Pasdar.
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