Andrew R. Butler

Music/Lyrics by Andrew R. Butler

FINN THE FEARLESS
BLESSING
THE DIXON FAMILY ALBUM

Synopses:

Finn the Fearless – Once there was a weird little fella from up north named Finn who wanted to feel his heart race. So he trekked on down to the most devilish, hair-raising and humid pit known to man; a little place called…Florida. Told through tall tales, lively Americana music and gator wrestling, Finn the Fearless uses our nation’s most confounding state to frame a story about our species’ most confounding emotions: fear and love.

Blessing – It’s Spirit Week in Blessing, AL, the little ol’ town that lives up to its name with sunny skies, friendly faces, and most famously, the fact that it hasn’t been hit by a hurricane in 93 years. Or is it 92? We’re shown around by a large cast of characters: a charming couple with a strained marriage, a bride-to-be plagued with bouts of trance-like walking, the adopted younger sister of Delouise (who was murdered five years ago this week), a snake-handling pastor, a mysterious drifter, a high school garage band, a gang of popular girls, a science teacher searching for faith, a zealous woman crippled by dark secrets, a guilt stricken town drunk, and the first hurricane in memory, forcing everyone to reckon with the things they’d rather forget and grapple with questions they’d rather not ask. Is this hurricane a punishment from God? Should we evacuate or ride out the storm? Who killed Delouise? Who will protect us? Who will forgive us? Are we really blessed?

The Dixon Family Album - The Dixon Family Album is a two act, folk rock musical about a dysfunctional family band. The first act follows the tumultuous rise of The Dixons in the late 1960s. The second act catches up with the family thirty years later as they plan a reunion tour in hopes of healing their deeply troubled youngest brother, Ronnie. Ronnie’s ensuing friendship with his 13-year-old nephew helps them each to come to terms with their lives and families.
The fictional Dixon Family Band’s music fits tightly inside the niche of 60′s flower-power rock’n'roll, but when we peek into the inner world of each character, their individual songs branch out into styles befitting their personalities and desires. When we make the leap to the 90s, the music follows, pulling influence from grunge rock, alt rock and 8-bit electronica.

BIO:

Andrew R. Butler is a composer, writer and performer. With playwright Andrew Farmer, he has written music & lyrics for Finn the Fearless, Blessing (PHTS commission), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (TheatreWorksUSA commission), and the episodic musical travelogue American Cryptids; With Anna Kerrigan: The Dixon Family Album (Williamstown Theater Festival). As sole writer: (Parkland/Weathers) (Ars Nova’s Ant Fest), and Harkin (NYU:ETW). Founding member of experimental theater company harunalee; Alumnus of Ars Nova’s Uncharted Group, FGP’s PlayGround PlayGroup, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Yale Institute for Music Theater, Polyphone Festival at University of the Arts, Aspen Theatre Festival at Theatre Aspen, The Civilians R&D Group, the Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing.

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