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A Song Cycle

Music and Lyrics by Gaby Alter

Book and Additional Lyrics by Tommy Newman

"29" is a tapestry of characters in their twenties who face defining moments of growing up– from getting a job to an unexpected pregnancy to a parent’s illness. As adulthood and the world bring increased separation and disillusionment, they struggle to stay connected to each other and to their real selves.


The score's style is pop/rock, at times recalling Billy Joel, Ben Folds and James Taylor. The piece’s overall tone is contemporary, and one of bittersweet optimism, with moments ranging from playful and funny to touching and uplifting.

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