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New Musical To Be Featured At Festival

The music for “Lydia and Tom”, an original musical that will be featured this month at the New York City Fringe Festival, was composed by Port Washington resident and Columbia University student Solomon Hoffman. Hoffman, who graduated from Schreiber High School in 2010, remains active in the Port Washington community by coordinating the Café Music events at the Dolphin Bookshop and by conducting the Port Summer Show, among other things.

“Lydia and Tom” follows the lives of two childhood friends as they start to grow up and go through changes. The two friends must struggle to maintain their relationship as they go to college, form new relationships, and start to live their own lives. The story is not only performed through song, but also through dance. “Music and dance work together to create a cohesive story that is relatable and engaging,” says Hoffman. The dancing aspect definitely gives the musical a refreshing and unique twist.  

The musical was completely conceived and written by college students. Hoffman composed the music, Nick Parker wrote the lyrics and book, Adrianna Aguilar is the choreographer, and Alex Hare is the director. These four, as well as the rest of the cast and crew, met through the Columbia Theatre community.

The play was first written and performed in the fall of 2012. After a successful premiere, the group decided to submit it to the Fringe Festival. The Fringe Festival is an arts festival that features 200 shows performed in 20 venues over the course of 16 days. It is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, and receives hundreds of submissions a year. This year, “Lydia and Tom” was chosen for the festival.

Performances will be held at The Theatre at the 14th Street Y in downtown Manhattan on Friday, August 9 at 6:45 p.m., Saturday, August 10 at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 14 at 8:45 p.m., Sunday, August 18 at 6:45 p.m., and Saturday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m.  For more information, visit, or go to to purchase tickets.