Musical theatre writer

Emily Rose Simons is a composer-lyricist and bookwriter. Themes that run through her work include female-centred stories, religion, faith and spirituality, queerness from a female perspective, connection and isolation. 

She is known for strong melodies, intelligent song writing and being able to weave humour and emotional drama seamlessly. 

Confessions Of A Rabbi's Daughter

Book, Music and Lyrics by Emily Rose Simons

Elevator Pitch: 

Rachel Wiseman has always wanted to make her father, Rabbi Wiseman, proud by becoming a Rabbitzen (a Rabbi’s Wife). As her parents plan their daughter’s forthcoming nuptials, her friendship with Sarah blossoms into love. Rachel’s turbulent emotional struggle to decide between her heart and her father’s dreams is presented through songs that promise to pluck the heartstrings and make you smile.

Creatives involved: 

UK team: Tanya Truman (Performer & Producer), Grace Taylor (Director), David Merriman (Music Director)

NY team: Lori Steinberg (Director), Andrew Drannon (Music Director)

Cast Size: 1

Development Stage:

After a workshop production at Mountview Theatre School, the show will be performed in concert by Tanya Truman at The Other Palace. 

Selected Press: 

"The audience was captivated and so was I" - Scotsgay

The Inconvenient Miracle

Book & Original Play by Emily Claire Schmitt,
Music & Lyrics by Emily Rose Simons,

Additional Story by Ria T. DiLullo

Elevator Pitch: 

Vanessa is simply minding her own business when the strange girl from school who claims to be a mystic declares her the next Virgin Mary.  After punching said mystic in the face, an act of self-defense obviously, she lands herself in weekly detention with Sister Florence, the last remaining nun on campus. Both women get more than they bargained for as miracles begin popping up at highly inconvenient times. Is it possible that Vanessa is the sign from Heaven that Florence is waiting for? Faith, fantasy, and farce collide in this irreverent comedy.

Creatives Involved

Ria T. DiLullo (Director), Simon Brouke (Music Director)

Cast Size: 8+

Development History:

March 2018: Presented at BEAM, Stratford East, London, UK

April 2018: Workshop at The TANK NYC

June 2018: Songs presented at Signal Concert, The Hospital Club, London, UK

September 2018: Selected for New York New Works, Acorn Theatre, New York

Selected Press: 

"the songs are all well-written, with catch tunes and refined lyrics" - Opplaud Magazine

"The music rises to beautiful melody and exciting complexity... the lyrics were uniformly stunning." - William J. Capaldi

...The F.ck Am I Doing?

 

Book & Original Play by Ali Keller,

Music & Lyrics by Emily Rose Simons,

Elevator Pitch: 

A song cycle about that feeling you gwt when you all of a sudden realize you ARE the adult in the room, but you haven't figured out how to adult yet.

Creatives Involved

COW Productions (producers of UK premier)

Cast Size: 5+

Development History:

June 2019: Performed in concert at New York Musical Festival

May 2021: Online Premier from COW Productions

June 2021: Part of the virtual Brighton Fringe

Selected Press: 

"excellent music" - Sophie Eastaugh

Becoming Nigella...

Book, Music and Lyrics by Emily Rose Simons

Elevator Pitch:

Anna's life is falling apart. So she decides to turn everything around by becoming Nigella Lawson - I mean, what harm would that do?

Creatives Involved:

Tanya Truman Productions (producer)

Cast Size: 2

Development Stage:

A spec song was performed at Adam Lenson's Signal Concert at The 100 Club

The Repatriot

Book, Music and Lyrics by Emily Rose Simons

Elevator Pitch:

The Repatriot is about a strong, fiercely independent, extremely successful New York tech developer who suddenly finds herself without a job, a visa and back home with her parents in High Barnet. It's a show about getting out of bed, because sometimes that is hardest thing to do. 

Creatives Involved:

Adam Lenson (Director), Natasha Karp (performer), Tanya Truman (performer), Guy Woolf (performer)

Cast Size: 5-13

Development Stage:

Between the 3rd and 4th table read/full draft. An excerpt selected for a scratch night at JW3, various songs performed at Adam Lenson's Signal Concerts.

The Funeral Lady

Book, Music and Lyrics: Emily Rose Simons

Elevator Pitch:

Fiona, after losing her mother, becomes Public Health Funerals Officer for Tachem Council.

Cast Size: 3

Development Stage:

"Everything to Me" reached the final of the Styles and Drewe Songwriting Contest. Working towards completed first draft.

Rebecca And Lily

Book, Music and Lyrics by Emily Rose Simons 

Elevator Pitch:

The school nerd and the school bully end up in the waiting room of a Family Planning clinic

Creatives Involved:

Grace Taylor (Director)

Cast Size: 2

Development Stage:

First Reading performed on zoom (recording available on request)

 

Coming to
The Other Palace
(London, UK)
September
21st & 22nd 2022

Buy tickets here!