The Right Note by Jerome Joseph Gentes and Rice Majors


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.

Spare Stage will be producing a 6 performance workshop concert of the musical that will include staging, off book performances of book and songs, with light costuming and props as necessary.  The performances will include two series of 3 performances with a one to two week break between each set of 3 in order to allow Jerome and Rice to rework book, lyrics, or music.

Book & Lyrics
Music & Lyrics
Jerome Joseph Gentes
Rice Majors
Venue Phoenix Theatre
Address 414 Mason Street, 6th floor, San Francisco
Stage Direction
Music Direction
Laylah Muran de Assereto
Sheela Ramesh
Cast TBD (auditions June 30 / July 7)
Other Credits Jason Jeremy, Sound Design
Performance Dates 8pm 11/30, 12/1
2pm 12/2
8pm 12/13, 12/1, 12/15



Jerome Joseph Gentes (Book & Lyrics) 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.

Rice Majors (Music & Lyrics) 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.

Laylah Muran de Assereto (Stage Direction) is a San Francisco area playwright, actor, director, and producer. From 2008-2014 she produced the annual short play festival “Sheherezade,” which received a TBA Nomination for Outstanding Anthology. In 2015 she was one of the contributing playwrights to Wily West Productions’ I SAW IT. Her play FORTRESS FOUND was part of the 2015 SF Olympians Festival. Her short plays ANONYMOUS ME, JAIN, and CASH FOR CAPES were included in Wily West’s TBA Nominated “Superheroes”. She has directed for “Sheherezade”, PCSF’s Reading Series, Southern Railroad Theatre’s “I Do Declare” series, and ReproRights! Women @ Risk.  She is thrilled to return to the stage after a long hiatus.

Sheela Ramesh (Music Direction) is a music director, composer, arranger/orchestrator, and performer. Other Bay Area credits include musical direction of eight short musicals for Musical Cafe in its Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 showcases of new musical theater, original music for Inferno Theatre’s 2017 production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, in which she also played the role of Peasblossom, and additional orchestrations for Youth Musical Theater Company’s upcoming Summer 2018 production of Parade. Sheela received her training as a singer at Carnegie Mellon University (BFA) and the Royal College of Music (PgDip). She has performed in musical theater and opera with companies in New York, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and London. Sheela also holds degrees in psychology/cognitive science (BS, Carnegie Mellon; MSc, University College London) and law (JD, Yale Law School). Sheela currently lives in Taipei with her husband and is excited to return to the Bay Area in mid-2018 to begin working on The Right Note.


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