Natalie Rebecca Lovejoy is an American composer, lyricist and librettist whose work has been described as "brilliant," "phenomenal," "sophisticated," "expressive," "deep," "glorious," and "divine" by producers, performers, literary manages, master teachers and peers in the industry.
Childhood & College
Natalie grew up in the suburbs of Annapolis, Maryland where her family had moved from their home state of Texas. Her great-grandparents on her father's side had immigrated there in the early 1900s from what is now the Czech Republic. One of her great-grandparents was a composer who wrote songs for the family to perform at Czech weddings and other events, but he mostly set it aside to do the more practical work of farming.
Natalie grew up listening to everything from West Side Story, Annie, and Jesus Christ Superstar to Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Johnny Cash to Gregorian chant, Mozart and Bach. She dabbled with composition soon after starting piano lessons in the first grade, but not until she saw Les Miserables on Broadway a few years later did she get "bit," diving head-first into composing musicals of her own.
She studied musical theater and composition at Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music where she earned her bachelor's degree. The training in performing had a powerful impact on her composition as it helped her to get inside the psychosis of the characters for whom she wrote. While at Catholic U. she also began collaborating with lyricist/librettist Donald A. Connolly on a musical adaptation of Mark Twain's "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg."
Life as an Army Wife
After college, Natalie married and found herself in the unfamiliar territory of being a military spouse. It soon became clear there was an expectation that her composition was to be no more than a hobby - her husband's military career deemed more important - and the marriage ultimately ended a few years later.
During her first year of marriage, while struggling with her new identity as an military spouse, Natalie was admitted into the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project, a highly competitive program that attracts applicants from around the world. The program invited twelve songwriters to spend a week in residence at Northwestern University, working with award-winning master teachers Craig Carnelia (Working, Sweet Smell of Success), Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Adams Family) and Amanda McBroom (Bette Midler's "The Rose").
Upon returning, Natalie began writing Home/Front, channeling the bundle of emotions she was experiencing as Army wife into a semi-autobiographical musical which tells the story of a military couple going through a deployment in Iraq and reintegrating into the civilian world afterward from both the soldier's and the wife's perspectives.
Move to New York
Natalie then moved to New York and earned her master's degree in composition and music theory at New York University. While there she studied with award-winning composer Steven Rosenhaus, who aided her in developing not only her musical theater work but also her piano composing.
She was also admitted into and thrived in the famed BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, which boasts of alumni such as Edward Kleban (A Chorus Line), Alan Mecken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), and Robert Lopez, (Avenue Q, Book of Mormon).
Over the following years, she developed Home/Front, which was produced Off-Off Broadway in 2014 and praised by military veterans and civilians alike as "completely new," "authentic" "relevant," and "absolutely wonderful." It received numerous performances and readings in New York. (Read more here).
She worked on other projects as well, including a musical about Philippe Petit’s 1974 wire-walk across the twin towers, and contributed songs to an array of concerts and musicals which have been performed in New York and around the country. She and lyricist Donald Connolly also revisited and began developing their musical, now retitled Hell, or Hadleyburg. She is honored to be listed in The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers at contemporarymusicaltheater.com.
In 2022, Natalie started working as a songwriter on the New Musical Inc's webseries honoring veterans, So Proudly We Hailed which was also produced as a live stage show. She also released her first full album of piano original piano solos in 2022, Piano Love.
Natalie is currently writing her newest musical, House of Fallen Women, on TikTok.
(Read more about her current projects here).
Master of Music, New York University
Bachelor of Music, The Catholic University of America
The BMI Lehmen Engel Musical Theatre Workshop
The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project
The Dramatist Guild
ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
Favorite musical genres:
70s and 90s rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Romantic-era piano music
Les Miserables, Hair, The Last Five Years, West Side Story
Favorite classical works:
Mozart's Requiem, Bernstein's Mass, anything by Beethoven and Chopin
As a 3rd generation Czech on her father's side, Natalie can make kolaches from scratch (except she has Celiac's, so she makes them gluten free!)