It’s not that Rebekah Lowin thought she would have an easy summer, but up until two weeks or so ago, she may not have imagined it would be this busy.
“It has launched my career,” the Greenwich resident said of her win June 24 in “The Callback,” a weekly singing competition show staged by New York City’s 54 Below.
Lowin, 21, who is entering her senior year at Columbia University in New York City, managed to make it through 12 weeks before being named the program’s inaugural winner. As part of that reward, she will have the fun of appearing on Seth Rudetsky’s Sirius XM radio show, “Seth Speaks Broadway,” next month, where she will likely have a chance to promote another perk of winning – her own cabaret show at 54 Below in October.
“Now, all of a sudden I have to kick it into gear and get my set list together,” she said.
She will work with her arranger and pianist Dennis Buck, and put together a band, compliments of 54 Below.
She said the competition helped to pave the way for the October performance, which will be her first solo show. Every competition appearance required her to build longer and longer sets.
“You had to build a mini-cabaret show,” she said. “You had to make them personal, funny and engaging. That really was a challenge … it taught me much about the art of cabaret and how you have to connect with the audience.”
Of course, she had an expert that was never too far away. Lowin’s mother, Maida Meyers Lowin, is a former Broadway actress, who also was active in cabaret.
“She has been so helpful to me … so supportive,” Lowin said. “I don’t think I would have been able to do it without her.”
This was finally the year Lowin listened to her heart, she said, devoting her time and talent more avidly toward her pursuit of a musical career.
“My whole life, I have lived with music, but never decided to make it a career,” she said.
Though active in productions at Greenwich Academy (she graduated in 2010) and Columbia, she initially steered herself toward the written word. She is majoring in creative writing.
“I always loved being on the stage,” she said.
She will have plenty of opportunities to express that desire this summer and beyond, as she has been invited to perform at venues throughout New York City. She is performing in “Lydia & Tom: A New Musical,” written by a friend from Columbia, at the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival (Aug. 9, 10 14, 18 and 24). She also is expected to perform at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in October. She performed July 12 in the cast of the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s “Mint’d: Inheritance.”
As for the music, she said she likes many different genres, but when it comes down to it, the most thrilling of styles, at least for her, has always been musical theater.
“I really am ready to go full speed with musical theater,” she said. “This is my Plan A, I really don’t have a Plan B.”
– Check out Lowin’s upcoming performances and other events on her website.