First designed by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, emojis have become an international phenomenon, transcending and augmenting phonetic text in the realm of digital communication much in the same way music transcends and augments phonetic text in a song.
By expanding the inherent humanity these anthropomorphic icons possess to the theatrical narrative form, Emojiland reveals itself as not only a spellbinding adventure in an epically imaginative world, but an equally striking meditation on what it means to be alive.
When a smiley face emoji and a skull emoji strike up an unlikely romance inside a smartphone, a jealous ex-boyfriend goes to extremes that threaten to destroy their entire emoji civilization and the cast of colorful characters within it.
Emojiland features a “groundbreaking” musical score by Keith and Laura Harrison, whose diverse musical collaborators have included Ariana Grande, Babyface, and Heather Headley. Drawing from current pop, hip-hop, r&b, rock, reggaeton, dubstep, ratchet, reggae, and more, the show is as deliciously eclectic as it is brilliantly cohesive.
Hear selections from our featured performance at Rockwell Table & Stage here.
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Keith Harrison (Book/Music/Lyrics) has enjoyed a diverse career as composer, lyricist, writer, music director, arranger, actor, singer, director, pianist, graphic designer, and woodwind doubler. He has produced work for ABC, NBC, FOX, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, McDonald’s, Allstate, Porsche, Toyota, Big Lots, Skechers, Cricket Wireless, and many others. He has music directed hundreds of live productions, including the Daytime Emmy Awards, the Radio Disney Music Awards, Celebrity Cruises Entertainment, Heathers: The Musical, and Panto at the Playhouse. He has been a member of the industry-leading arranging team at American Idol, the house pianist for Access Hollywood, and is a partner artist of Roland Corporation. Recent collaborators include Jason Alexander, Keith David, Ana Gasteyer, Ariana Grande, Jennette McCurdy, Erich Bergen, Shoshana Bean, and Lilias White. Keith also portrayed rock ’n roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis in the original Chicago cast of Million Dollar Quartet, and is a proud graduate of Northwestern University, where he met his partner in rhyme, Laura Harrison.
Laura Harrison (Book/Music/Lyrics) made her professional acting debut as The Little Girl in Frank Galati’s Ragtime, and has since performed roles at theaters across the country such as Goodman, Geffen, Center Theater Group, Long Wharf, Goodspeed, Court, Marriott, Drury Lane, and The MUNY. She was recently a guest vocalist with Jason Alexander and the Desert Symphony, a featured dancer in a music video for The Killers, and the lead in a major performance capture video game for Square Enix. Her film and TV credits include roles on Showtime, ABC, CBS, Nickelodeon, SyFy, and multiple award-winning independent films. She was recently nominated by LA WebFest as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for her work in the Funny Or Die web series Crystal’s Balls. Also an award-winning choreographer, she has designed movement for companies including Coeurage, Over The Moon, Porchlight, American Theatre Company, Savoyaires, Elephant, Sixth Avenue, and Temple Israel of Hollywood. She’s a proud graduate of Northwestern University, where she met her partner in crime, Keith Harrison.