The Right Note

Book and LyricsJerome Joseph Gentes
Lyrics and MusicRice Majors
DirectorLaylah Muran de Assereto
TBD (Auditions for actors
and musicians in Fall 2017)
Production DatesTBD (Spring 2018)
StaffingTBD (Winter 2017/18)
Music Director
Stage Manager
Props & Costumes
Lighting Designer
In early 2018, Spare Stage will produce a workshop series of Concert Performances for the new musical THE RIGHT NOTE, books and lyrics by Jerome Joseph Gentes and music and lyrics by Rice Majors. Over three weeks, THE RIGHT NOTE will receive 6 staged, off-book concert performances, with time in between for the creative team to make revisions and present the updated work. Auditions will be held in Fall 2017.
About the Musical: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is updated to our contemporary world, where the major characters are competing on a singing reality TV show called The Right Note. At the start of the play, eliminations are down to eight contestants. The upcoming live TV episode will feature “Dynamic Duets,” during which the remaining contestants believe they will be able to pick their singing partners. One contestant has gone missing, though, and his twin sister takes his place during the dress rehearsal to keep him from being eliminated by default.
Of The Right Note, Artistic Director, Laylah Muran de Assereto says, “I had the pleasure of directing a twenty minute excerpt from this in the Musical Cafe’s 2016 Winter Showcase, and I fell in love with it. I loved the adaptation of Twelfth Night with a diverse cast and terrific music. What touched me most was the balance the whimsy inherent in this familiar mistaken identity plot, inclusionary romance, and a nod to current popular culture; all of which is supported by a well-crafted text and a beautiful musical score. I really wanted to give Jerome and Rice an opportunity to develop the work and get as much exposure as they can for future opportunities.”


Jerome Joseph Gentes is a content designer, writer, and producer. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Fourteen Hills, Rougarou, Verbatim and Nin, among other publications, and he was a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry. His stage work includes HOLD YOUR PIECE, songs for SHOW ME YOURS, and books and lyrics for the musicals ARIA 51 and SCHRODINGER’S CHRISTMAS. He was on the board of the Playwrights’ Center of SF until 2017; there, he co-produced the final Sheherezade (2015), which won the TBA Award for Outstanding Anthology, and PCSF’s inaugural Playoffs (2016). Jerome is Executive Director for Play Cafe and a founder and producer for Musical Cafe.

Laylah Muran de Assereto has been involved in theatre and writing creative fiction since childhood. She was a board member with the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco (PCSF) from 2005-2009 in various roles, and volunteered as a literary committee member until 2017. In 2009 Laylah joined Wily West Productions as their Executive Producer where she served until 2015, presenting several award winning, nominated, and critically acclaimed productions of new works. Playwriting credits include I SAW IT, a collaborative work with 8 contributing playwrights, produced by Wily West Productions in 2015. AS OF ONE, a short play for ReproRights! The Body Politic produced as a staged reading as part of 3Girls Theatre’s Women’s Work Festival in August 2016 and again at PianoFight in November 2016. ANONYMOUS ME, JAIN, and CASH FOR CAPES, three short pieces included in Wily West’s Superheroes which received a 2014 TBA Nomination for Outstanding Anthology. CENSORED IN TEHRAN, a short play included in the 2010 PCSF production Sheherezade 10. She is a member of the 2016/2017 PlayGround Writer’s Pool and is returning to SF Olympians Festival as a playwright in October at the Exit. Her directing credits include, PCSF’s PLAYOFFS 2016, ReproRights! The Body Politic (2016), SF Olympians Festival VII: The Servants night of 3 one-acts, and PCSF’s Sheherezade’s Last Tales (2015) which received the TBA Award for Outstanding Anthology. Laylah performed Celia in TALKING HEADS by Alan Bennett, directed by Stephen Drewes for Spare Stage Theatre in March 2016 and as Decima in Ex Nihilo’s live recorded radio play series TERRA INCOGNITA as in April, June, August, and October 2016.

Rice Majors is a composer as well as a conductor/music director who has worked with the Cornell Savoyards, Ithaca Opera, and a variety of community and school organizations in upstate New York. In addition to The Right Note, Rice is working on a Hitchcockian musical and a cantata of Robin Hood. Rice works as a librarian at Santa Clara University and has a B.A. in music from Cornell University and a M.L.S. from Emporia State University.