CURRENT PROJECTS

"Afterland"

Set in the woods outside a decimated Philadelphia, this is the story of two teenagers, Theo and Lu, coming of age in the post-apocalypse. 

Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Velez  |  Book and Lyrics by Kathryn Hathaway

 

"Pain In The Aztec"

A farcical telling of the Spanish attempting to conquer the Aztecs in the New World. 

Music by Benjamin Velez  |  Lyrics by Benjamin Velez, David Kamp & John Leguizamo | Book by John Leguizamo

 

"Starblasters"

A group of townies who work at their local run-down theme park fight to keep it from closing. 

Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Velez

 

PAST PROJECTS

"MARS ONE" - 4@15 NYU

A private Dutch venture dubbed "Mars One" claims they can beat NASA to sending the first humans to Mars. The hitch? It's a one-way trip backed by questionable technology, and yet 200,000 people have already applied. But who are they?! Who is doing that!?!

Presented at 4@15, 2015 at NYU Steinhardt

by Benjamin Velez & Kathryn Hathaway

"ANYONE BUT GIO" - 4@15 UCI

A Short Original Musical inspired by the 2016 Republican Primary, but set in a fictional Community College Cafeteria where students are vying for the role of Food Commissioner and the power to determine the cafeteria menu....

Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Velez
Book by Tim Duncheon

 

"Sirens the Musical"

Based on the hit stage play by Deborah Zoe LauferSirens is a modern hero's journey in the mold of the Odyssey and Orpheus, but at it's heart the story of a middle-aged couple learning how to grow old together.

Music by Benjamin Velez  |  Book and Lyrics by Deborah Zoe Laufer

 

"The Earth" - NYMF 2010

This was an exciting piece written over the course of three days, then rehearsed and performed in front of an audience at NYMF that same week. An adaptation of Plato's "Allegory of the Cave."

Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Velez  |  Book by Jerome A. Parker

114th Annual Varsity Show, "Morningside Hates" - 2008

The longest performing arts tradition at Columbia University, the Varsity Show is an original musical written, directed, produced and performed by a group of Columbia students every year.

Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Velez and Kathryn Hathaway