Posted - September 12th, 2016

PRIDE & PREJUDICE - the MUSICAL will have its first full production in England this Fall featuring the orchestrations of Matt Castle and Frank Galgano!! The wonderful company, WAOS (Woking Amateur Operatic Society) in Woking, just outside of London, will be putting on 6 performances November 8th - 12th. They do beautiful work and I'm so thrilled and excited for this. I look forward to seeing you there! For information, please visit

November 8-12, 2016

Woking Amateur Operatic Society
Old Woking Community Centre
The Rhoda McGaw Theatre
Sundridge Road
Woking, Surry GU22 9AT

For more information and tickets, go to...WAOS.

June 2016

I won my first musical theater award! A Drammy for best original music for the show "Under the Influence", which was co-written with Ernie Lijoi and Kevin Laursen. Very happy and grateful!

Posted - February 12th, 2016

I'm excited to announce and to invite you to PRIDE & PREJUDICE - THE MUSICAL in Concert at FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW!!! This 70 minutes show will feature the songs from the musical performed by some of today's greatest performers from Broadway and beyond!

The Cast: Margo Seibert (Rocky, Tamar of the River), Nathaniel Hackmann (Les Miserable, Encores! Paint Your Wagon), Teal Wicks (Wicked, Finding Neverland), Will Reynolds (Daddy Long Legs, Passion), Nora Mae Lyng, (Amour, Les Miserables, Cabaret), Gordon Stanley (Cabaret, Ragtime), Brian Ray Norris (Mamma Mia! Nat'l tour), Vivienne Cleary (Once Upon a Mattress), Brad Standley (Hair European tour), Jen Fogarty (The Addams Family Nat'l tour), Rita Markova (The Fantasticks) and Christiana Cole (The Music Man) with Gayla Morgan (Souvenir), Ron DeStefano (Fiddler on the Roof Nat'l tour) and Doug Shapiro (Once Upon a Mattress, Iron Curtain) rounding out the ensemble.
Directed by Frank Galgano (A Dog Story), with musical direction by Matt Castle (Into the Woods, Once Upon a Mattress, Company).

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Feinstein's/54 Below
254 West 54th Street
New York, NY

There is a $30-$65 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum.

For more information and tickets, go to...54 Below.

After 4:00pm on the day of performance, tickets are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

Thank you so much!


Posted - June 7th, 2015

"Under the Influence" a new musical that I co-composed, will be produced in the OUTwright Theatre Festival in Portland, Oregon June 18th - June 28th. Under the Influence follows an array of Anitas (Anita Smoke, Anita Drink, Anita Lay) as she sings her way through a variety of vignettes centered on vices and addictions all orchestrated by an Emcee who infiltrates her many incarnations as the enabling antagonist every addict needs. Under the Influence is, on the surface, a campy comedy but underneath, it is both a lampooning and lambasting of the inhumane, greed-driven, corporate capitalism that not only perpetuates our addictions, but also invents them.

Book and lyrics by Ernie Lijoi, music by Ernie Lijoi, Lawrence Rush and Kevin Laursen.

For more information and tickets, go to...OUTwright Theatre Festival.

Posted - January 28th, 2015

Come and see what promises to be a beautifully produced reading of "Pride & Prejudice - the Musical" in Chicago on Monday, February 16th with FWD Theatre Project. Please check out details and info below!

For more information and tickets, go to...FWD Theatre Project.

Posted - January 8th, 2015

"PRIDE & PREJUDICE - the MUSICAL" will be presented in 2 readings with Main Street Musicals in Philadelphia on Saturday January 10th, 2015 at 4:00PM and Sunday, January 11th, 2015 at 2:00PM. Performances will take place at the Randall Theatre at Temple University.

For more information and tickets, go to...MainStreet Festivals.

Posted - August 24th, 2014

PRIDE & PREJUDICE - the MUSICAL is one of 5 shows chosen to be developed in Chicago with FWD Theatre Project! It all begins with this concert at City Winery in Chicago on Monday, September 22nd, 2014. Three songs from PRIDE & PREJUDICE - the MUSICAL will be performed, with the wonderful Karen Mason singing the role of Mrs. Bennet and the fabulous Abby Mueller singing the role of Elizabeth.

Get your tickets now at...City Winery.

Later in the year, there will be a one week Equity workshop with 2 public readings. Stay tuned for the dates for the readings. If you'll be in Chicago during either the concert or the readings, or both, we will hope to see you there!

Posted - August 13th, 2013

The wonderful countertenor, Nicholas Tamagna, will be performing the premiere of my piece for countertenor, cello and flute, entitled "In Youth I have Known One" on Wednesday, September, 18th at 7:30 as part of Brooklyn's BEAT Festival. Click on Brooklyn Beat Festival to purchase tickets. Only $20. Hope to see you there!

Posted - July 28th, 2013

I'm very excited to announce that "The Raven-Winged Hours", an operatic scene using a text arranged from the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, and the first CD of my music with me singing it, is available to purchase! Click on to purchase a CD.

Posted - July 28th, 2013

In my Carnegie Hall composer debut, my first piano work, "Transitions", commissioned by pianist, Lloyd Arriola, will be played in a recital by Dr. Arriola at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on Sunday, November 3rd, 2:00 PM. Tickets go on sale beginning September 3rd. Go to to purchase tickets.

Posted - November 26, 2012

ARE YOU WORKING ON SOMETHING NEW? 4 - "All I See" from "Pride & Prejudice-the Musical" will be performed along with songs from many fabulous writers in this wonderful benefit concert! This is the fourth edition of the musical theatre songwriter showcase benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. I'm honored and grateful to be a part of it!

Sunday, December 2, 2012 @ 7:00pm
Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 7:00pm

Don't Tell Mama
343 W 46th Street
New York, NY
$16 Cover Charge + 2 Drink Minimum Cash Only

Dec 2nd Reservations   Dec 3rd Reservations

Posted - June 3, 2012

My music will be performed as part of "A Journey of Desire" with soprano, Fibi Fennell, and Jason Dickenson on the piano. This event will benefit the American Church of Berlin music programs.

Sunday, June 3, 2012@2:30pm

American Church of Berlin
Schoneberg, Germany

Posted - August 19, 2011

My arrangement of "True Colors" for men's voices will be performed at this concert.

Musaic Friends & Family Concert
Sunday, September 11, 2011
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Linda's Music Studio
120 Sea View Drive
San Rafael, CA

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Parking: at the bottom of Sea View Drive where it meets Mission Avenue (10 minute walk to the house), or on Crown Point 50 yards below the house on the left (5 minute walk to the house). For anyone needing closer access to the house, let me know and we will work it out. We hope you will be able to join us.

Matthew Schermerhorn & Andy Rice
men's voices. life through music.

Posted - April 10, 2011

Performance of my songs presented by Best Seat In The House, with me, Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei singing and Peter Yarin on the piano.

Watch Lawrence Rush and Caryn Hartglass perform "All I See" from Pride & Prejudice - the Musical.

Posted - March 19, 2011

As a member of the world famous Gregg Smith Singers, I performed not only with the singers, but as a soloist, performing my songs "Good To Be Back" and "The French Affliction" in a concert at St. Peter's church in Manhattan.

October 2, 2010

My newly composed comedy song, "The French Affliction" was hilariously performed by Anderson Lim in his cabaret show "Feels Like Home". The song will soon be recorded, made into a video and put up on youtube.

Posted - September, 2010

My "Sim Shalom" appeared on the CD "A Season in Song". The CD is a compilation of Jewish music performed by the cantors at Park Avenue Synagogue and other singers. You can hear "Sim Shalom" on this website. Click "other music" and the "classical tab".

Posted - November 30, 2009

"Altar" was commissioned by Marble Collegiate Church for its World AIDS Day service and was performed by mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Mondragon. The service included performances of new works by many New York City composers. I was proud and grateful to be asked to be a part of this important day of remembrance. The song will soon be recorded and put on this website.

Posted - April 29, 2009

Hi everyone,

I just returned from a fully staged workshop performance of my musical "Winter of the Fall" which was done at Illinois Wesleyan University. It was an amazing experience and, with the collaboration of the director Scott Susong, the students and myself, the show has gotten to level I never thought possible. I had kept it in a box the last 10 years, believing the show to be too problem-ridden to be fixed, but with the help of these wonderful, talented people, many of the problems have been fixed and I'm excited to continue working on it. Below is a link to an on-line interview the school did with me about the show and the process. Some mis-quotes and mistakes aside, it is a nice interview, I believe.


Illinois Wesleyan Interview

November 10, 2008

A staged reading of "Pride & Prejudice - the Musical" took place at McGinn/Cazale Theater, 2162 Broadway at W. 76th New York, NY.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lawrence Rush.

2008 Richard Rodgers Award finalist

Directed by Mary Catherine Burke (Austentatious, The Road to Ruin)
Musical Director, Matt Castle (Company, Enter Laughing)

Jessica Rush (Gypsy, A Tale of Two Cities, Cinderella), Ron Bohmer (The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Woman in White, Sunset Blvd), Nora Mae Lyng (Les Miserables, Amour, Cabaret), Gordon Stanley (Beauty and the Beast, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Ragtime), Allison Spratt (Enter Laughing, Cry Baby, Good Vibrations), Billy Wheelan (The Road to Ruin, Our Leading Lady, It's a Hit!), Lucy Sorensen (Sarah, Plain and Tall, Sympathy Jones, The Tutor), Brian Norris (Forever Plaid), Gretchen Goldsworthy (Cats, Beehive), Catherine Carpenter Cox (Evita, Hello Dolly, The Who's Tommy), Rita Markova (Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Into the Woods), Susan Lewis (Cats, Swingtime Canteen, The Producers), Adam Halpin (Glory Days, Forever Plaid), Joan Porter (Murderers), Bill Bateman (Gypsy, Hello Dolly, Peter Pan), Doug Shapiro (Talk of the Town, Iron Curtain, The High Life), Amanda Johnson (Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma, Annie), Mary Workman (The Guest Lecturer, Assassins, My Fair Lady).