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Author Bios

George Abbott - an actor, writer, director and producer, had one of the most active and distinguished careers in the entire history of the American theater. The longevity of his theatrical career is legendary: he began as an actor on Broadway in The Misleading Lady (1913) and continued working as a director and play doctor well into the 1980s. He was born in Forestville, New York, and moved with his family to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Hamburg,uctionrsity of Rochester, where he joined the Dramatic Club.
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Ron won both the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and L.A. Weekly Theatre Awards for his score for TWIST OF FATE. His other well-received stage musicals include IS THIS YOUR LIFE?, ROCKWELL: LIFE ON A PALETTE and TO SIR, WITH LOVE. Ron is the co-creator of the Off-Broadway musical BLAME IT ON THE MOVIES. His musicalization of the Dumas classic CAMILLE premiered in Los Angeles.

Film and television credits include composing, arranging and/or orchestrating for Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Basinger, Lily Tomlin, Bea Arthur and Carol Burnett.

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Harold Adamson (1906-1980) was an American lyricist during the 1930s and 1940s. He was born in Greenville, New Jersey. He began writing songs and poetry as a teenager, but was initially more interested in an acting career. He studied acting at the University of Kansas and Harvard, but ultimately entered into a songwriting contract with MGM in 1933. He wrote many popular and successful songs, including the theme song for the hit television show I Love Lucy.

Composer, Lyricist Born: New York, NY.Education: The University of North Carolina, BA.Military Service:USNR, LTjg, World War IIWrote: STOP THE MUSIC, TV - 1952Stage Scores:JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON'S ALMANACTHE PAJAMA GAMEDAMN YANKEES-Revival Broadway, March 1994 KWAMINA A MOTHER'S KISSES OFF-KEY TV Musicals:LITTLE WOMEN GIFT OF THE MAGI OLYMPUS 7-000Symphonic Works: MEMORY OF A CHILDHOOD-Premiered October 1978; The Detroit SymphonyRETROSPECTRUM-Premiered July 1979; Carnegie Hall, The Soviet Chamber Orchestra; Pulitzer Nominee YELLOWSTONE-Premiered May 1980; Metropolitan Brass Quartet YELLOWSTON

Lynn Ahrens provided lyrics for the Broadway musical Ragtime, winning the Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for Best Score and receiving two Grammy nominations.

Jerome Alden was born on March 5th 1921 in Portland, Oregon and died in 1997.

He graduated from the University of Oregon. During World War II he served in Special Services as a writer/broadcaster. After the war he moved to New York City where he appeared as an actor in varying productions during the early years of Off-Broadway; HOME OF THE BRAVE at the Henry Street Settlement being one. Mr. Alden wrote BULLY, which first played on Broadway in 1977, as well as the book for the musical TEDDY AND ALICE which opened on Broadway in 1987.

Mark Allen is a composer/lyricist, songwriter and arranger. 2009 recipient of the American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant, 2007 Frederick Loewe Award, 2005 ASCAP Max Dreyfus Award.
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Alison was brought up in the wilds of Suffolk, where an inspirational primary school teacher helped her to manage the interruption that school posed to the important business of having adventures. Whilst study for a degree in English and Drama Alison and her friends converted an old chapel into a performance venue and spent long summers doing children s shows and taking plays to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Roger Allers made his Broadway debut with co-author Irene Mecchi, with the TONY®-nominated book for The Lion King, adapted from the animated feature, which he co-directed. Mr. Allers has been instrumental in shaping the structure and dialogue for many Disney animated features since 1988, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Oliver and Company, Rescuers Down Under, Prince and the Pauper, and the computer-animated movie Tron. He directed the Academy Award®-nominated short The Little Matchgirl for Disney
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Gaby Alter is the recipient of a Jonathan Larson Grant, the San Francisco Theater Critics Circle and NYC Fringe Festival Songwriting Awards, and a MAC award nomination. Musicals: REALITY! with Itamar Moses and 29 with Tommy Newman. Showcases: NAMT, NYMF, The Summer Play Festival, Lincoln Center Library, Joe s Pub and William Finn/Barrington Stage. He also writes songs for PBS children s TV, films, and video games. Alum of Tisch s Musical Theatre Writing program.
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(James) Maxwell Anderson (15 December 1888 - 28 February 1959) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, author, poet, reporter and lyricist, and a founding member of The Playwrights' Company (which included, at various times, Maxwell Anderson, S.N. Behrman, Elmer Rice, Robert E. Sherwood, Sidney Howard, Roger L. Stevens, John F. Wharton, and Kurt Weill), and produced many notable plays of the 20th century.


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Born 16 December 1946 in Stockholm. 

1952: Received accordion lessons from his father and grandfather.

1964-68: Member of the Hep Stars, Sweden's most popular rock band in the 1960's. During this time, he began composing music. "Sunny Girl" and "Wedding" were huge hits for the Hep Stars.

1972-82: ABBA.

1982-84: Composed the music (together with Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice) for the musical, Chess.

Barbara has many years of experience as a music director/arranger and orchestrator. Her writing career began after 9/11 with All Join Together, the title song of a CD that raised money for The New York Times 9/11 fund. Other works: The Orphan Train, book/lyrics by Susan and Sasha Nanus, A Christmas Carol, The Acting Company Salon Series, (starring F. Murray Abraham and Lynn Redgrave). Her work has been heard on television and concerts across the country. Faculty at CAP 21 Musical Theatre Conservatory, The New Studio at NYU, and Barnard College.
Harold Arlen (February 15, 1905 - April 23, 1986) was an American composer of popular music.

Arlen was born Hyman Arluck, in Buffalo, New York, the child of a Jewish cantor. He learned the piano as a youth and formed a band as a young man. He achieved some local success as a pianist and singer and moved to New York City in his early 20s. At this point, he changed his name to Harold Arlen. He performed on record with the "Buffalodians" orchestra, as well as those of Red Nichols, Henny Hendrickson and Arnold Johnson.

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BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG, frontman of the rock band Green Day, came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley.

Rob Ashford won the 2012 Olivier Award for his production of ANNA CHRISTIE starring Jude Law and Ruth Wilson at London's Donmar Warehouse. The production opened to rave reviews with The Independent's anointing it as "picture perfect" and David Benedict stating that "the production's hallmark is its boldness." Rob most recently directed the Broadway revival of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF starring Scarlett Johansson, and MACBETH with Sir Kenneth Branagh at New York's Park Avenue Armory and The Manchester International Festival.

Best known as a pivotal creative mind behind the renaissance of Disney animation and his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast (which is dedicated to, "Our friend, Howard Ashman, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul...") Ashman's first love was theater. Ashman was a founder of off off Broadway's renowned WPA Theater, where he conceived, wrote and directed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, as well as the classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors (both music by Alan Menken). In 1986, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch).

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Ms. Bargy s career spanned several decades. Jeanne left us several years ago, but she is fondly remembered as a performer, composer, coach and accompanist with her own TV Show Blues By Bargy which ran for two years on CBS, as a composer of the off-broadway musical hit Greenwich Village U.S.A ., as an arranger and coach for a multitude of actors and singers, and as Co-composer and Musical Director for the Prince Street Players, Ltd.
2011 Drama Desk Award for Peter and the Starcatcher. B'way: Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance (composer, co-lyricist with Barry Humphries). Reg'l: The Great Gatsby (Guthrie), Twelfth Night and The Three Musketeers (Seattle Rep). TV: "A LIttle Curious." Other: Mark Bennett's A Midsummer Night's Dream (orchestrations). Chicago City Limits, the Raymond Scott Orchestrette, orchestras worldwide. Upcoming: I Heart Bob. Dramatists Guild: artistic associate for new musicals at NYTW.
Billy Barnes Lyricist, Composer, Musical Director.

Won two Emmy nominations for writing specialty material on TV for such stars as Carol Burnett, Danny Kaye, and Sonny & Cher.

He is also known for writing the music and lyrics for THE BILLY BARNES PEOPLE (Jun 13, 1961 - Jun 17, 1961) and music, lyrics and musical production for BILLY BARNES REVIEW.

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Peter Barsocchini wrote the Emmy Award-winning smash-hit Disney Channel Original Movie "High School Musical" (he says, for his tween daughter Gabriella), as well as it's sequels, High School Musical 2, the highest rated original cable telecast in history, and the worldwide box office feature-film sensation, High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

Born in England, raised in Canada, and now a resident of New York, Neil is best known as the composer and lyricist of Broadway's The Story of My Life (four Drama Desk Award nominations) which starred Will Chase and Malcolm Gets and was directed by Richard Maltby Jr.. Prior to Broadway, The Story of My Life played at CanStage in Toronto and Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terris Theatre in Connecticut.

Beane's Broadway play The Little Dog Laughed received the GLAAD media award for best play, and was also nominated for a Tony for best new play. His other works include As Bees In Honey Drown (Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Music From A Sparkling Planet and The Country Club. He wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of his play Advice From A Caterpillar which won Aspen Comedy Festival's best feature. His film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar was produced by Steven Spielberg, was the number one film in America for a month and is now a television favorite.

CHAD BEGUELIN is a four-time Tony Nominee whose works include Disney's Aladdin (Tony Award Nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics and Best Book) and The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics). He also wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical Elf, which broke several box office records at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. His play HARBOR premiered off-Broadway at Primary Stages.

David H. Bell has directed over 40 productions at the Marriott Theatre alone since 1980. As Ford s Theatre Artistic Director (1982-1988) in Washington D. C. he directed the world premieres of ELMER GANTRY, HOT MIKADO (author), and the annual A CHRISTMAS CAROL (author).

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Nell co-wrote the score to Legally Blonde, the Musical with composer Laurence O'Keefe, which received Tony Award nominations, Drama Desk nominations, and the Olivier and Helpmann Awards for Best Musical.

Nell's play, The Explorers Club, won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant.

Sidney Berger is a man of many titles and talents. Currently the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Theatre, he is the Director of the University of Houston School of Theatre; founder and producing director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival; and co-founder and producer of the Children s Theatre Festival, UH s professional summer projects. He has directed many productions for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and over sixty at UH. As Associate Artist at the Alley Theatre he directed FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIRE DE LUNE, T BONE N WEASEL, and, most ALL IN THE TIMING.

Crowned the "Unknown King of Comedy" by New York Magazine, Andrew Bergman is the writer and director of The Freshman, Honeymoon In Vegas, It Could Happen To You, So Fine and Striptease. He has also written The In-Laws, Fletch, and co-wrote Soapdish, as well as The Scout and Oh, God, You Devil. He wrote the original story and co-authored the screenplay of Blazing Saddles, and also directed Isn't She Great.

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Douglas Bernstein debuted as an author and performer in MARTIN CHARNIN'S UPSTAIRS at O'Neals. He contributed three songs on the CD BROADWAY BOUND including the title song from GOTHAM!, his new musical with Denis Markell. . He was also a contributor of MY NAME WILL ALWAYS BE ALICE, the last installment of the popular ALICE revues and music & lyrics for the show SECRETS EVERY SMART TRAVELLER SHOULD KNOW. He co-wrote the book for NO FRILLS REVUE with Denis Markell and Matin Charnin.

Leonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He took piano lessons as a boy and attended the Garrison and Boston Latin Schools. At Harvard University, he studied with Walter Piston, Edward Burlingame-Hill, and A. Tillman Merritt, among others.

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Susan Birkenhead received a Tony Nomination, a Grammy nomination, and a Drama Desk Award for her lyrics for JELLY'S LAST JAM. She was nominated for a Drama Desk for TRIUMPH OF LOVE. She was one of the writers nominated for a Tony award for WORKING, and won an Outer Critics Circle award for WHAT ABOUT LUV? She wrote additional lyrics for High Society, with a book by Arthur Kopit and a score by Cole Porter. She wrote lyrics for PIECES OF EIGHT with Jule Styne and Michael Stewart, FANNY HACKABOUT JONES with Erica Jong and Lucy Simon, and was one of the contributors to A MY NAME IS ALICE.
Richard Pike Bissell (1913 - 1977) was a native of Dubuque, Iowa, which is located on the banks of the Mississippi River. Although he attended an elite prep school in New Hampshire and was a 1936 graduate of Harvard University, he never escaped the river's lure. After receiving his B.A. in anthropology, Bissell took a job as a seaman on the American Export Lines. In 1938, he married and returned to Dubuque, where he went to work in the family business. The couple bought a houseboat and lived on the Mississippi.
Arnold Black, a noted violinist and composer, he was born on May 2, 1923 in Philadelphia. He suffered all his life from cerebral palsy, which restricted mobility in his right side. Despite his disability, Black decided to study the violin, and eventually went on to graduate from The Juilliard School with a major in violin and composition. He played in the Casals Festival and the NBC Symphony and eventually became the Assistant Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra.

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Eubie Blake, christened James Hurbert Blake, was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 7, 1883, the son of John Sumner Blake, a stevedore and laundress. His parents, who were former slaves, bore eleven children of which only Eubie survived to adulthood.

At the age of five while shopping with his mother in a store in Baltimore, young Eubie climbed up onto an organ stool and proceeded to give his first concert on the organ. After much coaxing from the store manager, a $75 organ was placed in the Blake home at the cost of 25c a week and Eubie Blake s career began.

Marc Blitzstein - Composer, lyricist, author.
Born 2 March 1905 - Philadelphia, PA, USA. Died 22 January 1964 - Martinique, France.

FRANCESCA BLUMENTHAL won the Backstage Bistro Award, MAC Award and special ASCAP Prize in 2001. Her earlier award-winning review, LIFE IS NOT LIKE THE MOVIES sold out and received critical raves as did her recent revues, PLACES, PLEASE! and PLACES, PLEASE! ACT TWO . She was honored at the 2001 Chicago Humanities Festival.

Her ballad, LIES OF HANDSOME MEN is recorded by Cleo Laine, Margaret Whiting, Blossom Dearie, Donna McKechnie and many others. It formed the romantic climax of the film THE AWAKENING .

Jerry Bock was born in New Haven, Connecticut on November 23rd, 1928. That was his first out-of-town tryout. Thirty years later, he and Sheldon Harnick gave birth to THE BODY BEAUTIFUL in Philadelphia. That was his fourth out-of-town tryout. In between was CATCH A STAR, a fleeting revue that, according to critic Walter Kerr, posed the question; "What do you call something between a flop and a smash?" Kerr's answer? "A flash". Next, Jule Styne and Tommy Valano midwifed Bock, Larry Holofcener and George Weiss into birthing MR. WONDERFUL starring Sammy Davis Jr.

Guy Bolton (November 23, 1884 - September 6, 1979) was a writer of Broadway musical comedies who frequently collaborated with P. G. Wodehouse and Jerome Kern among others. He and Wodehouse co-authored the autobiographical (and hilarious) Bring on the Girls, a story of their lives on Broadway.

Along with Jerome Chodorov, he co-wrote the book on which Anastasia Affaire the musical, was based.


Alexander Porfyrevich Borodin (Алекса́ндр Порфи́рьевич Бороди́н) (November 12, 1833 February 27, 1887) was a Russian composer who made his living as a chemist. He was a member of The Five, or "The Mighty Handful", a group of composers dedicated to producing a specifically Russian music.

Alain Boublil is the author of the librettos and original lyrics for the musicals La Révolution Française, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, and The Pirate Queen, all in collaboration with Claude-Michel Schönberg, as well as Marguerite with Michel Legrand, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer. Boublil is the recipient of two Tony Awards, two Grammys, two Victoire de la Musique Awards and a Molière Award for Les Misérables.

James Bourne is one of the UK's most successful recording artists/songwriters, having sold in excess of 7 million records. As a songwriter he has worked with some of the world's biggest music producers and pop acts performing today. He is a founder member of Busted and majority songwriter for the group. McFly, Pixie Lott, Gabriela Cilmi and the Backstreet Boys are amongst the artists who have recorded songs written by James. He is getting ready to release Space Travellers, the second Future Boy album (his solo recording project) which will be uniquely released as a video game on Facebook.
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Gregory Boyd is a man of many talents. In his theatrical career he has served as director, actor, producer, administrator, librettist and educator. Mr. Boyd was born in San Francisco in 1951. As a teacher he has been on the faculties of Carnegie Mellon, Williams College and the University of North Carolina where he was the head of the Professional Theatre Training Program. He has directed and acted at the Berkely Repertory Company, the Repertory Theatre of St.

Julianne Boyd is the Founder (in 1995) and Artistic Director of the Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires where William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE was developed and premiered. Ms. Boyd conceived and directed the Broadway musical EUBIE!, a show based on the music of Eubie Blake which starred Gregory Hines and garnered 3 Tony nominations. She also co-conceived and directed (with Joan Micklin Silver) the award-winning Off-Broadway musical revue A...MY NAME IS ALICE (Outer Critics' Award) and its sequel A...MY NAME IS STILL ALICE.

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Neil Brand, trained originally as an actor, he has made his name as a writer/performer/composer, scoring BFI video releases of such films as South (SHACKLETON S JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH POLE), THE RING by Alfred Hitchcock (also touring live with a swing band), the great lost film THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DAVID LLOYD GEOURGE (for which he performed the world premiere in 1996 and subsequently recorded his acclaimed score) and Early Cinema, avant-garde cinema and Russian pre-Soviet cinema. He has also written extensively for radio.

Christy Brandt is originally from the Chicago area. She graduated with a theater degree from Kansas University in 1973 and has worked as a resident actress, director, and social director at the Creede Repertory Theatre for 30 years.
His life and career: Born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Brecht studied medicine and worked briefly as an orderly in a hospital in Munich during World War I. After the war he moved to Berlin where an influential critic, Herbert Ihering, brought him to the attention of a public longing for modern theater. Already in Munich his first two plays, BAAL and DRUMS IN THE NIGHT, had had performances, and he got to know Erich Engel, a director who worked with him off and on for the rest of his life.
Frederick Hazlitt Brennan was born on September 23, 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri and died on June 30, 1962 in Hidden Valley, CA, USA.

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LESLIE BRICUSSE - (Composer/Lyricist/Librettist) Double Oscar and Grammy winner Leslie Bricusse is a writer-composer-lyricist who has contributed to many musical films and plays during his career. He was born in London, and educated at University College School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. At Cambridge, he was President of the Footlights Revue Club and founded the Musical Comedy Club. There, he co-authored, directed and performed in his first two musical shows, OUT OF THE BLUE and LADY AT THE WHEEL, both of which made their way to London's West End.

MEL BROOKS (Writer, Composer & Lyricist, Producer.) Director, producer, writer and actor, Mel Brooks is the recipient of three 2001 Tony Awards (Best Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Musical) and two Grammy Awards (Best Musical Show Album and Best Long Form Music Video) for THE PRODUCERS. Mr. Brooks began his distinguished career during television's "Golden Age" as a writer for Sid Caesar on YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS in 1951.

Jason Robert Brown is the ultimate multi-hyphenate - an equally skilled composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director and performer - best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of his generation, including the recently revived The Last Five Years, his debut song cycle Songs for a New World, and the seminal Parade, for which he won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Score.

Michael Brown (born circa 1920 in Mexia, Texas) is a producer and writer of songs and books whose most-widely-known work might be several children's books about Santa Mouse. Brown has served several terms as a member of the board of the Songwriters Guild of America.

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Nacio Herb Brown (22 February 1896- 28 September 1964) was a United States songwriter.

Brown was born as Ignacio Herb Brown in Deming, New Mexico. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles.

He was a successful writer of popular songs, and Broadway theater music in the 1920s, originally doing this as a sideline to his financially successful career in California Real Estate. In 1928 he was hired to work in Hollywood by MGM and write movie music for the new medium of sound film. For his film work, he often collaborated with lyricist Arthur Freed.

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Keyboard Player and Founding Member, Bon Jovi. Singer/Songwriter Composer, Lyricist and Programmer. David Bryan lives near Exit 109 off the Garden State Parkway. He was conceived, born and raised in New Jersey. As a young man, he saw The Toxic Avenger at a midnight showing in Newark, and from that day on, he dreamed of writing a musical about the first mutant superhero from his home state. This show is a fulfillment of that dream.
Mark Bucci was born around 1924 in New York, NY, USA and died on Aug 22, 2002 at Camp Verde, AZ, USA. Lyricist,Composer and Orchestrator he is known for the original musical review of NEW FACES OF 1962 for which he wrote most of the music and lyrics and which he orchestrated. He wrote music for TV and film spanning three decades including: HONEYMOON WITH A STRANGER (TV, 1969), HUMAN EXPERIMENTS (1980), SEVEN IN DARKNESS (1969), HART TO HART (TV 1979).

He also collaborated with James Thurber on the musical, THIRTEEN CLOCKS.

John Anthony Burgess Wilson (February 25, 1917 November 25, 1993), better known by the pen name Anthony Burgess, was a British writer.


Burgess was born in Manchester, England and was left motherless at two years old by the 1918 1919 influenza pandemic. He was raised by his aunt and later his stepmother. Burgess was schooled at Xaverian College and later took a degree in English literature at Manchester University. In 1940 he joined the military and worked in the British Army Education Corps. After the war he taught at Banbury Grammar School.

After studying to be a doctor and an accountant, Abe Burrows had a career in sales before becoming a successful radio script writer and writer/performer of musical parody numbers. His first Broadway libretto was Guys and Dolls, co-written with Jo Swerling, with a score by Frank Loesser. Among the musicals for which he provided librettos are Make A Wish, Can-Can and Silk Stockings (both with scores by Cole Porter), Say, Darling, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (which he also directed; score by Frank Loesser).

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Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Manhattan Youth Ballet and Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. She conceived the work FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY for the stage. She received her education at NYU's Tish School of the Arts as well as was mentored by Maestro Zsednyi, principle dancer of the Royal Hungarian Opera Ballet. Ms. Caiola is a member of the Off Broadway League of Theaters and Producers as well as the Screen Actors Guild. She has produced a variety of concerts and benefits over the last 15 years including "Hope for Haiti" and "The Knickerbocker Suite".

John is an author and director working in theatre, opera and musical theatre in London, New York, Tokyo and all around the world.
Published works with MTI include Les Miserables (Schools Edition), (Children of Eden (with music by Stephen Schwartz) Jane Eyre (with music by Paul Gordon) and his own new version of Leonard Bernstein's Candide (originally performed at the National Theatre in London).

Hoagland Howard "Hoagy" Carmichael (November 22, 1899 - December 27, 1981) was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. He is best known for writing STARDUST, which has been called the most-recorded American song ever written.

Carmichael was born in Bloomington, Indiana. He attended Indiana University at Bloomington. He originally studied law while playing music on the side, but then decided to devote his energies to music.

Craig Carnelia, wrote the score for the Broadway musical, IS THERE LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? and the Off-Broadway musical, THREE POSTCARDS, (at Playwrights Horizons). Also Off-Broadway, he has had a collection of his songs entitled NOTES presented at the Manhattan Theatre Club and contributed single songs to THE NO FRILLS REVUE, DIAMONDS and A...MY NAME IS STILL ALICE.

Honors include a Tony nomination for WORKING, a "Best Plays" citation for THREE POSTCARDS, the 1996 Johnny Mercer Award, and the prestigious Kleban Award for distinguished lyric writing.

Janus Cercone, wrote and associate produced the original Paramount movie Leap of Faith, which starred Steve Martin and was based on her years traveling with rock bands as an executive with A&M Records. She has worked for every major Hollywood studio, writing for Oscar® winners ranging from Michael Douglas to Whoopi Goldberg. Upcoming is Django, to star Johnny Depp. Her play Dead and in Person received readings at Manhattan Theatre Club and at The Falcon Theatre starring Jennifer Aniston and Robert Downey Jr.
Greg Cham has nearly 18 years of creative and technical experience in the entertainment industry. As a representative of music writers/producers, his clients have contributed to a variety of successful contemporary and tween-driven recordings, including Christina Aguilera, (RCA) Tyrese, (J/RCA) Sting, (A&M), Will Smith, (Columbia), Alejandro Sanz (Universal Latin) and a number of successful film soundtracks, including Legally Blond (A&M) and The Cheetah Girls (W. Disney Records).
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Mark "Moose" Charlap (December 19, 1928 - July 8, 1974) was aJewish-AmericanBroadwaycomposer. Born Morris Isaac Charlip in Philadelphia, he was best known for "Peter Pan" (1954), for whichCarolyn Leigh wrote the lyrics. The idea to do the show came from Jerome Robbins, who planned to have a few songs by Charlap and Leigh. However, the show evolved into a full blown musical, with additional songs byJule Styne and Betty Comden andAdolph Green. It starredMary Martin asPeter Pan andCyril Ritchard as Captain Hook.

Fran Charnas has worked as a producer, director, choreographer, writer and teacher. Her award winning musical, THE ALL NIGHT STRUT!, has toured extensively, performed with the Boston Pops and the Glenn Miller Orchestra and was nationally broadcast on PBS-TV. She has just recently completed a sequel, IN THE GROOVE and is co-author and director of SHEBOPPIN, a coming of age in the 60s musical about four girls who work in a beauty shop. Currently, Fran is at work on a musical based on the life of the legendary singer and actress, Ethel Waters.

Martin Charnin originated the role of "Big Deal" in the Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY in 1957-it was the only acting job he ever had, He began writing during West Side and his first collaborator was Mary Rodgers. His Tony® award-winning Broadway production of Annie (the eleventh longest-runing American musical in Broadway history) celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 1997 with a return to Broadway, and its national company has spent three years touring the United States.

Piers runs International Theatre & Music Ltd. ("I T & M"), from his London offices in the heart of the West End. He has produced and directed musical theatre productions for 20 years throughout the UK, in the Channel Islands and across Europe.
Jerome Chodorov (10 August 1911 - 12 September 2004) was a playwright and librettist.

He was born in New York City, and entered journalism in the 1930s, but is best known for his play MY SISTER EILEEN and for the musical comedy WONDERFUL TOWN, which is based on it. Joseph Fields was his frequent collaborator. He was blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

His brother, Edward Chodorov (1904-1988), was also a playwright, author of the perennial favorite of amateur groups, KIND LADY.


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Nevill Coghill (Co-Author, Lyricist) is best known for his translation of Chaucer s Canterbury Tales which became a best-seller. He directed A Midsummer Night s Dream for Sir John Gielgud. He collaborated with Richard Burton (his former student) and Elizabeth Taylor in their stage and film production of Dr. Faustus. Since retiring from his post the Merton Chair of English Literature at Oxford he has become quite active in stage productions.

Douglas J. Cohen is the composer/lyricist of the Broadway bound THE BIG TIME, an original musical with a book by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Chris Ashley, and produced by Robert Ahrens.

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The team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, 1991 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, and the longest running creative partnership in theatre history, began writing and performing their own satirical comic material in a group called The Revuers, which included the late Judy Holliday. They went on to collaborate with Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins on what was the first show for all of them, "On The Town." Also with Mr.

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Roderick Cook was born on the 9th February 1932 in London, England and died on the 17th August 1990 in Los Angeles, California, USA (apparent heart attack, age 58). He was nominated for Broadway's 1987 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Oh, Coward! The production of which, he also devised.
Cheri Coons has co-written ten musicals which have received professional productions. Her newest project, River s End, was selected for the 2004 Eugene O Neill Theater Center s National Music Theatre Conference, as well as Chicago Disney/ASCAP Workshop. Along with composer Michael Duff, she wrote At Wit s End, which received Florida s 2001 Carbonell Award for Best New WorK, and has been produced by Florida Stage and Chicago s Northlight Theatre.
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JEROME COOPERSMITH (Author) is a prize-winning dramatist whose musical play BAKER STREET (Sherlock Holmes set to music) earned him a Tony Nomination as Author of Best Musical. Also on Broadway: THE APPLE TREE, well remembered for its Diary of Adam and Eve starring Alan Alda.. Off-Broadway: THE MYSTERY OF ANNA O, MATA HARI, and the York Theatre s concert revival of BAKER STREET.
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Rosie performed in "Six Women" productions in Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago and the Midwest including The Unicorn Theatre of Kansas City, MO where the show premiered in 1986. It's been a long road of successful productions since then, but none of it could have been done without the talent of author / composer, Mark Houston. It was his vision along with 7 other wacky artists that created this wonderful roller coaster ride of insanity!
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Bruce Coughlin, a 2002 Tony Award® Nominee for Best Orchestrations for the musical URINETOWN.
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Randy Courts has collaborated with playwright/lyricist Mark St.
NOEL COWARD was born on December 16, 1899 in Teddington. By July 23, 1907 he had made his first public appearance in an end of term concert at St. Margaret's in Sutton. In January 1911, Noel made his professional debut when he was given a part in a musical co-written by his employer, Miss Lila Field, and her sister Ayre O'Naut. The children's show was called The Goldfish, and it premiered at the Little Theatre, then went on to the Crystal Palace Theatre and the Royal Court during April of that year.
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David Crane, along with Marta Kauffman was one of the creators and executive producers of the top-rated and Emmy Award nominated series FRIENDS and VERONICA S CLOSET. David and Marta have been writing partners for over 20 years. Previously they created and co-executive produced the comedy series DREAM ON, which received an Emmy Award nomination and a Cable Ace Award for writing. They also created the comedy series THE POWERS THAT BE and FAMILY ALBUM for which they also served as executive producers.
Writer, musician, recording artist, actor. New York credits include Oil City Symphony (Circle in the Square Downtown) co-author and original cast member with Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk and Mary Murfitt; and Radio Gals (John Houseman) co-authored with Mark Hardwick; Wilder (Playwrights Horizons) co-author and musician; Diamond Studs (Westside Arts); and Sam Shepard s A Lie of the Mind (Promenade); Oil City Symphony received a Drama Desk and an Outer Critics Circle Award; Radio Gals, LA Ovation Award.

Brian Crawley is a playwright and screenwriter. He wrote the book and lyrics for A LITTLE PRINCESS (composer Andrew Lippa) which debuted at Theatreworks of Palo Alto in the summer of 2004. He also wrote the book and lyrics for VIOLET (composer Jeanine Tesori) which was mounted Off-Broadway by Playwrights Horizons in 1997, then remounted in a concert version in 2003 to help inaugurate their new theater. Other musicals he has written include EVANGELINE with Ted Dykstra, and DOWN THERE with composer Lewis Flinn.

Judy Craymer graduated from the Guildhall School of Music in 1977 and has since worked extensively in the theatre, film, television and music industries. Judy originated the idea of MAMMA MIA! and, in 1996, formed Littlestar Services Limited with Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Richard East, to produce the stage musical in London. Since then, she has produced 38 productions of MAMMA MIA! in 14 languages around the world.
Barry Creyton is best known for his work on shows like "The Barry Creyton Show" and "Carson's Law" in England and his native country, Australia. On stage he has starred in "Noises Off" and "Absurd Person Singular". He wrote the farce, "Follow that Husband" and his recent play "Double Act" has been produced in 18 languages. Barry received the Kessell Award in 1988 for his contributions to Australian theater as an actor, director and playwright.
HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE in partnership, wrote books for The Sound of Music, Call Me Madam, Happy Hunting, Anything Goes and Red, Hot and Blue; and the plays Life with Father and The State of the Union (Pulitzer Prize). Producing credits include The Hasty Heart, Detective Story and Arsenic and Old Lace. Born in New York in 1889, Mr. Lindsay made his Broadway acting and directing debut in the Kaufman hit, Dulcy, and wrote and directed many plays before teaming up with Mr. Crouse. Mr.
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Steve Cuden - writer, director and producer.

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Homer Curran - Producer, Writer, Source Material was born around 1885 in Springfield, MO, USA and died on the 18th of July 1952 in Beverly Hills, CA, USA. Among the plays and musicals he produced are: TONIGHT AT 8:30 (Feb 1948 - Mar 13, 1948), MAGDALENA - Book by Homer Curran (Sep 20, 1948 - Dec 4, 1948), LADY WINDERMERE S FAN - (Oct 14, 1946 - Apr 26, 1947), OBSESSION - (Oct 1, 1946 - Oct 26, 1946), SONG OF NORWAY - Based on the play by Homer Curran - (Aug 21, 1944 - Sep 7, 1946) and REFLECTED GLORY, produced in association with Homer Curran Sep 21, 1936 - [unknown].
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Stanley Edwin Daniels (July 31, 1934 April 6, 2007) was a Canadian-American screenwriter, producer and director, who won eight Emmy Awards for his work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi.
Joe Darion's collaboration with Kleinsinger extended beyond Shinbone Alley. Together they wrote several cartoon shorts as well as a Christmas opera for the Little Orchestra Society. His greatest success came in the 1965-66 season with Man Of La Mancha (with a score by Mitch Leigh) winning the Drama Critics Circle Award as well as five Tonys. In 1967 came Illya Darling based on the popular Jules Dassin film Never On Sunday (with a score by the movie's soundtrack composer Manos Hadjidakis) bringing the Greek film star Melina Mercouri to Broadway.
Mack David 1912 - 1993 , (composer/lyricist) was born in New York city.

Before his career as a composer/songwriter, David studied law at Cornell University, where he encouraged his brother, lyricist Hal David, to choose a more stable profession. Not following his own advice, David soon started writing songs on Tin Pan Alley, where his career in the entertainment industry took off.

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Elliot has written the script, music and lyrics for Loserville, collaborating with James Bourne, with whom he has also written Out There (Youth Music Theatre UK, Riverside Studios 2012). Recently, Elliot co-wrote the book of Soho Cinders with Anthony Drewe (music by George Stiles), which premiered in concert form in the West End in 2011 and recently played a six-week run at the Soho Theatre. Elliot has just received a major commission from BBC Films to write his first feature film.
Luther Davis (author). In collaboration with Robert Wright and George Forrest, Luther Davis wrote KISMET, TIMBUKTU and two singular productions based on Vicki Baum s novel Grand Hotel: AT THE GRAND for Los Angeles and San Francisco Light Opera Association and the famous Broadway musical version, GRAND HOTEL-The Musical.

Among the plays he has written are: KISS THEM FOR ME, THEY VOTED YES and CHANGING THE WORLD. He has written fifteen movies, many television specials and co-produced Stephen MacDonald s play, NOT ABOUT HEROES, Off Broadway.

Broadway as arranger or conductor: Big Fish, Drood, Scandalous, Curtains, and The Apple Tree, Musical supervisor for Dreamgirls at the Apollo (also national tour, Korea, and South Africa). Kennedy Center: Trumpet of the Swan (orchestrator), Bill Condon's revised Side Show (music supervisor/arranger), Susan Stroman's Little Dancer (dance music arranger). As composer: Bunnicula (Daryl Roth Theater), Love and Real Estate (59 E 59), The Red Eye of Love (North Haven, ME) and the album Love on a Summer Afternoon (P.S. Classics).
Lesley Davison has written songs for a myriad of revues including twelve revues for Julius Monk, "Coconuts!" at the Coconut Grove Playhouse (Florida) and "Varieties!" at Rainbow & Stars in New York City. She has written for such noted television shows as "Laugh-In", "The Dean Martin Show", "The Today Show" and "The Tonight Show."

GREEN DAY - vocalist/guitarist BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG bassist MIKE DIRNT, and drummer TRÉ COOL - were kids from working-class backgrounds who came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley. Even though they had released two records prior (1039 / Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk), they announced their arrival with 1994's Dookie, a dynamic blast of exuberant punk-pop that sold 15 million copies and earned the band its first Grammy® Award forBest Alternative Music Performance.

David De Silva (Concept and Development) is known as "Father Fame." He conceived, developed and produced the MGM motion picture Fame. The film received four Academy Award nominations. He was Consulting Producer on the television series which ran for six years on network television and in syndication, received numerous Emmy Awards, and has been seen in sixty-eight countries. Mr. De Silva believes that Fame will have its greatest success in the theatre. Its youth-oriented idealism and "live" performance energy will be an inspiration to young people everywhere.
John Dempsey wrote both book and lyrics for ZOMBIE PROM, THE FIX (Olivier Award Nomination, Helen Hayes Award Nomination), and THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK (Olivier Award Nomination) and lyrics for THE RELUCTANT DRAGON, A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL, and the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. Plays include ONE MIRACLE IN A LIFETIME (Ohio Arts Council Award), THE WORLD TODAY and THE GREATER GOODE.
Gene de Paul - Composer

He was nominated for a Tony Award® in 1983 for Best Original Score of SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS. He also composed the music for LI'L ABNER [Original, Musical, Comedy]- (Nov 15, 1956 - Jul 12, 1958), ALMOST CRAZY[Original, Musical, Revue]and HERE COMES THE BLUES(Jun 20, 1955 - Jun 25, 1955)

Jeremy Desmon is an award-winning musical theatre bookwriter whose stories have played to audiences around the world. The Girl in the Frame, seen in over a dozen productions, earned him the prestigious Edward Kleban Prize as America s most promising musical theatre bookwriter. Pump Up the Volume, his adaptation of the 1990 film, has been developed at Goodspeed Musicals and The Human Race Theatre.
Scott DeTurk has co-written music and lyrics to the musicals: DORIAN,
Jacques Deval, writer and director. Born:27 June 1895. Died:19 December 1972 Paris, France.


[Original, Musical, Comedy] - Based on the comedy by Jacques Deval (Mar 18, 1963 - Nov 9, 1963)

Tonight in Samarkand
[Original, Play, Melodrama] - written by Jacques Deval (Feb 16, 1955 - Mar 12, 1955)

[Original, Play, Drama] Written by Jacques Deval (Mar 26, 1947 - Apr 19, 1947)

Oh, Brother!
[Original, Play, Comedy] Written by Jacques Deval (Jun 19, 1945 - Jul 7, 1945)

Jacques Deval, writer and director. Born:27 June 1895. Died:19 December 1972 Paris, France.


[Original, Musical, Comedy] - Based on the comedy by Jacques Deval (Mar 18, 1963 - Nov 9, 1963)

Tonight in Samarkand
[Original, Play, Melodrama] - written by Jacques Deval (Feb 16, 1955 - Mar 12, 1955)

[Original, Play, Drama] Written by Jacques Deval (Mar 26, 1947 - Apr 19, 1947)

Oh, Brother!
[Original, Play, Comedy] Written by Jacques Deval (Jun 19, 1945 - Jul 7, 1945)

Jacques Deval, writer and director. Born:27 June 1895. Died:19 December 1972 Paris, France.


[Original, Musical, Comedy] - Based on the comedy by Jacques Deval (Mar 18, 1963 - Nov 9, 1963)

Tonight in Samarkand
[Original, Play, Melodrama] - written by Jacques Deval (Feb 16, 1955 - Mar 12, 1955)

[Original, Play, Drama] Written by Jacques Deval (Mar 26, 1947 - Apr 19, 1947)

Oh, Brother!
[Original, Play, Comedy] Written by Jacques Deval (Jun 19, 1945 - Jul 7, 1945)

MINDI DICKSTEIN wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical Little Women, with music by Jason Howland and book by Allan Knee. Her songs have been performed widely, most notably as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook ("Hear and Now: Contemporary Lyricists”) and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

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Joe s current Broadway hit Memphis won the Tony Award for Best Musical and two additional Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (with David Bryan).
Adam Watts and Andy Dodd have been writing and producing music together for over 6 years and have enjoyed a great deal of success from their combined efforts. Recently, they wrote and co-produced the RIAA Platinum selling breakout hit for Jesse McCartney, Beautiful Soul . A huge hit on radio, Beautiful Soul reached the top 5 on Billboard s Top 40 Mainstream chart, as well as spending 50 days in the top 10 on MTV s TRL.
Walter Donaldson (February 15, 1893 - July 15, 1947) was a prolific United States popular songwriter, producing many hit songs of the 1910s and 1920s.

His first record album (Devil May Care, released on Bethlehem in 1956 and still available) caused quite a stir. The buzz has continued over nearly five decades since then, with Dorough recordings issued on a variety of labels, both large and tiny. Along the way, Bob became the first and the last halfway decent singer to appear on a Miles Davis record. Among Bob's more illustrious songwriting collaborators over the years have been Fran Landesman and Dave Frishberg.

Joseph Dougherty s plays have been produced at Manhattan Theatre Club and Lincoln Center Theater, receiving Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. His Emmy winning work in television includes the groundbreaking series thirtysomething and the HBO movies Cast a Deadly Spell and Attack of the 50 Ft.

In their 30-year collaboration, the multi-award winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have written the musicals: BETTY BLUE EYES, SOHO CINDERS, HONK!, JUST SO, PETER PAN - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, TUTANKHAMUN and the new songs, dance and vocal arrangements for the world-wide smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of MARY POPPINS. Their current projects include SOAPDISH for Broadway, WIND in the WILLOWS with Julian Fellowes for the West End, and a new adaptation of Graham Greene's TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT.

Matt Dubey - Writer, Lyricist, Composer.


[Original, Musical]- Music & Lyrics. Book also by Matt Dubey (May 19, 1973 - Jun 2, 1973)

Happy Hunting
[Original, Musical, Comedy]- Lyrics. (Dec 6, 1956 - Nov 30, 1957)

New Faces of 1956
[Original, Musical, Revue] - Music for "The Greatest Invention" Lyrics for "What Does Dream Mean?" and "The Greatest Invention"

Al Dubin (June 10, 1891 - February 11, 1945) was a Swiss-born lyricist. He was born in Zurich, Switzerland and died in New York City.

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Dubin was responsible for lyrics to several Broadway shows.

Peter Duchan wrote the book of the musical, Dogfight (based on the 1991 film), which had its world premiere in 2012 at Second Stage Theater, in a production directed by Joe Mantello and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli. Dogfight, which features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, won the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and was also nominated for five Outer Critics Circle Awards (including New Off-Broadway Musical and Book of a Musical) and two Drama League Awards (including Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical).

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In 1994 Michael Duff wrote the music for Phantom of the Country Opera, (lyrics by Cheri Coons, book by Sean Grennan and Kathy Santen) which was presented at Marriott s Lincolnshire Theatre, and nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work. Phantom of the Country Opera was published by Music Theatre International in 1996. He and Cheri Coons were then commissioned by the Joseph Jefferson Committee to create a song (Lucky To Be Doing What We Love) for the 27th Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards. The Phantom team was commissioned to try their hand at a new version of Cinderella.

Fred Ebb (April 8, 1933 - September 11, 2004) was a lyricist for a series of musical theatre successes as part of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb. Ebb graduated from New York University and Columbia University. In 1962 he teamed with John Kander to write Flora the Red Menace, produced by Hal Prince, directed by George Abbott, and with book by George Abbott and Robert Russell, in which Liza Minnelli made her Broadway debut. Kander and Ebb wrote material for Minnelli and Chita Rivera, and produced material for their appearances live and on television.

Sherman Edwards was born in New York taught American history at James Monroe High School. After earning an undergraduate degree in history, at New York University, he later did graduate work in history at Cornell University. He appeared as an actor in My Sister Eileen and the Broadway revue Pins and Needles. He began working as a pianist, playing for performers Lisa Kirk, Eddie Fisher and Mindy Carson. Later, he played in the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong.
Credits include THE BURNT PART BOYS (New York Stage and Film, Vineyard Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Theatreworks Palo Alto, University of Nebraska: Lincoln, National Endowment of the Arts Grant, American Critics New Play Finalist); THIS SIDE OF PARADISE (Theater for a New City, Bank Street Theater, Hudson Backstage Theater, Manhattan Theatre Source, published Estrogenius Sourcebook); RUN TEDDY RUN (Electric Pear, NYU/Playwrights Horizons, Musical Theater Works, Ensemble Studio Theatre Rusty Magee Fellowship, Daryl Roth Aw
Sir Edward William Elgar, Bt OM GCVO (June 2, 1857 February 23, 1934) was a British composer, born in the small Worcestershire village of Broadheath to William Elgar, a piano tuner and music dealer, and his wife Ann.


B'way: Peter and the Starcatcher, Jersey Boys (with Marshall Brickman, Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe; directed by Des McAnuff:Tony Award, Best Musical); The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman, Andrew Lippa; directed by Jerry Zaks). Regional: Turn of the Century (with Marshall Brickman; directed by Tommy Tune); Double Double (directed by Roger Rees); Dog and Pony (with Michael Patrick Walker); Studio 54 (with Stephen Trask, Peter Yanowitz; directed by Christopher Ashley).
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Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (Born: April 29, 1899 in Washington, DC - Died: May 24, 1974 in New York City) was an American jazz composer, pianist and bandleader. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 and in 1973, the Legion of Honor by France. Both are the highest civilian honors of each country. He was known as "The Duke" (see: Jazz royalty).

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Scott Ellis is an American stage director and television director. Ellis has directed numerous Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, including the New York City Opera Company revivals at the New York State Theatre. He has been nominated for the Tony Award as Best Director five times and received the 1991 Drama Desk Award for AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND.
John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 - June 27, 2002) was the bass guitar player for The Who.

John Alec Entwistle was born in Chiswick, a London suburb, in 1944. He joined Roger Daltrey in a pre-Who band, The Detours, in the early 1960s.

Sometimes known as "Ox", he was generally regarded as the quiet person in The Who. Bill Wyman described him as "the quietest man in private but the loudest man on stage."

John Entwistle was a talented songwriter and artist.

He wrote several well-known Who songs including:

Sheldon Epps conceived and directed the Duke Ellington musical Play On! which received three Tony Award nominations and was produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where it received four Jefferson Awards including Best Musical. The Pasadena Playhouse production was taped by PBS for broadcast as part of the Great Performances series. He also conceived and directed the highly acclaimed musical revue Blues in the Night.
Julius J. Epstein graduated from Penn State University in 1931. With his twin brother, Philip G. Epstein, he wrote plays and screenplays. Their plays include: CHICKEN EVERY SUNDAY and FRONT PORCH IN FLATBUSH (which the musical SATURDAY NIGHT is based on). Their films include: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944), CASABLANCA (1942), THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS (1954), THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER (1942), MR. SKEFFINGTON (1944), and SATURDAY S CHILDREN (1940). The Epstein brothers won the Academy Award for CASABLANCA. Other screenplays by Julius J.
Philip G. Epstein, born Aug. 22, 1909, New York, N.Y. died, Dec. 30, 2000, Los Angeles, CA, had a long career, most noted for the adaptation in partnership with his twin brother, Julius, and others of the unproduced play, EVERYBODY COMES TO RICK'S that became the screenplay for the film Casablanca (1942), for which its team of writers won an Academy Award.

Following his brother's death (1952), he continued writing, garnering two more Oscar nominations and, in 1998, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association career achievement award.

David Evans received a Drama Desk Nomination for his score for Birds of Paradise (written with Winnie Holzman and directed by Arthur Laurents), which ran Off-Broadway in 1987 and has since had many regional productions. His Drama Desk nominated musical, Children's Letters to God (written with Doug Cohen and Stuart Hample), recently completed an Off-Broadway run at the Lamb’s Theater, and has had subsequent productions around the world.

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Robert Falls directed LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (three 2003 Tony® Awards, including Best Revival) as well as the 1999 Tony® Award-winning DEATH OF A SALESMAN, for which he was honored as Best Director. His other Broadway credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA, THE SPEED OF DARKNESS, THE ROSE TATOO and THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA. Mr. Falls received an Obie Award for his direction of Eric Bogosian's SUBURBIA at Lincoln Center. His work has also been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club and the Joseph Papp Public Theater.
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Nina Faso made her directorial debut with Peter Ustinov's, THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER AND HIS WIFE. Following a stint with the improvisational comedy group: The Committee, she became one of the creators of GODSPELL and directed most major productions of the show in America and Europe. She then took THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW from Los Angeles to Broadway. She co-adapted and co-directed the musical, WORKING based on Studs Terkel's book, for the Goodman Theater in Chicago and for Broadway. She co-wrote the teleplay for WORKING for the PBS series AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE.
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Michael Feingold - Writer, Lyricist.


1977 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical - HAPPY END [nominee]
1977 Tony Award® Best Original Score - HAPPY END [nominee]


3 Penny Opera
[Revival, Musical, Drama] - Translator - Original Production: Nov 5, 1989 - Dec 31, 1989

Happy End
[Original, Musical] - Book & Lyrics adaption - Original Production - May 7, 1977 - Jul 10, 1977

He has written music and lyrics for theater, film, television and pop records. His vast number of works include the lyrics for Disney s Newsies (music by Alan Menken). THUMBERLINA, OLIVER & COMPANY, TRIBUTE, HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK and THE LION KING II: SIMBA'S PRIDE.

He has written dozens of pop songs, including the Grammy award-winning "Copacabana" and the top 10 hit, "I made It Through the Rain". For the theater, he wrote the score for Ted Tally s, COMING ATTRACTIONS, Wendy Wasserman s, ISN'T IT ROMANTIC and the score for the musical, MIAMI, which he wrote with Mr.

Rebecca Feldman is the conceiver of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE for which she won a Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk and Tony Nomination for Best Musical. She directed its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in the summer of 2004. Rebecca conceived, directed, and performed in C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, the play upon which Spelling Bee is based, with her company The Farm.

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James Fenton was educated at the Durham Choristersi School, Repton and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry. He has worked as a political and literary journalist on The New Statesman, was a freelance reporter in Indo-China, spent a year in Germany working for The Guardian, was theatre critic for The Sunday Times for five years, chief book reviewer for The Times 1984-86, South East Asian correspondent for The Independent 1986-88, and a columnist for them until 1995. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books.
Scott's background covers it all: director, actor, teacher and writer. THE MAIN STREET KIDS' CLUB was first workshopped at Northwestern University, which is also his alma mater. Scott is a veteran teacher and director for the NU National High School Institute.

José Fernandez began his theatrical career as an actor. On Broadway, THE ME NOBODY KNOWS, for which he received The Variety Critic's Poll Nomination for Best Actor, as well as HAIR, TRUCKLOAD and TWO GENTLEMEN of VERONA. José's turns as a writer includes the Off-Broadway musical, EL BRAVO!, produced by Kenneth Waissman and has co-authored several comedies. In 1984, with David De Silva, he began the task of transforming FAME into a new and timeless musical. Born in Cuba and raised in New York City, he died at 46, but not before he saw FAME in Stockholm, in 1993.

The late Addy Fieger wrote the scores of DEAR OSCAR, CHANGES and PUNCINELLO. Her songs, many written with Danny Apolinar and Francesca Blumenthal, have been sung by such fine singers as Sylvia Syms, Marlene VerPlanck, K.T. Sullivan, Daryl Sherman and Ronny Whyte.
Dorothy Fields was born in 1905 into a lively theatrical environment. Her father Lew Fields was an enterprising Broadway producer and at the turn of the century had been one-half of the famous vaudeville team of Weber and Fields. Her brother and co-librettist was Herbert Fields. In those days few women embarked upon the rough and tumble world of Tin Pan Alley or Broadway song writing. Her first show with Arthur Schwartz was 1939's Stars In Your Eyes.
Herbert Fields, Dorothy's big brother, was born in 1897. He started his writing career doing the librettos for a string of Rodgers and Hart musicals during the 1920s, shows such as Dearest Enemy, The Girl Friend, and A Connecticut Yankee. Later he provided the books for musicals by Cole Porter and enjoyed his greatest success in 1946 with the libretto for Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun which ran 1,147 performances. He died in 1958.

Harvey Fierstein is the author of the current smash hit Newsies as well as Torch Song Trilogy (Tony and Drama Desk and OBIE Awards), La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), The Sissy Duckling (Humanitas Award), A Catered Affair (12 Drama Desk nominations), Safe Sex (Ace Award), Legs Diamond, Spookhouse, Flatbush Tosca, Common Ground and more. His political editorials have been published in The New York Times, TV Guide, The Huffington Post, and broadcast on PBS's IN THE LIFE. His children's book, The Sissy Duckling is now in its fifth printing. As an actor Mr.

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Mr. Finn is the writer and composer of Falsettos, for which he received two Tony Awards, Best Book of a Musical (with James Lapine) and Best Original Score. He has also written and composed In Trousers, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, two Los Angeles Drama Critic's Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, the Lucille Lortel Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship in Musical Composition). Mr.

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Robert Fisher - Arranger, Conductor, Musician.


3 Penny Opera
[Revival, Musical, Drama] - Associate Conductor - (Nov 5, 1989 - Dec 31, 1989)

Little Johnny Jones
[Revival, Musical] - Vocal arrangements and additional dance arrangements - (Original Production - Mar 21, 1982 - Mar 21, 1982)

A History of the American Film
[Original, Musical, Revue] - Pianist - (Original Production - Mar 30, 1978 - Apr 16, 1978)

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STEPHEN FLAHERTY is the composer of the Broadway musicals Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Awards, two Grammy nominations), Seussical (Grammy, Drama Desk nominations), Once on This Island (Tony nomination, Olivier Award, Best Musical) and Rocky. Additional Broadway includes Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (original songs) and Neil Simon's Proposals (incidental music).

A member of the creative team behind Showtune since it was first presented as Tune the Grand Up in San Francisco in 1985. For that production, in which he was also featured pianist and vocalist, James received a Drama-Logue Award for Best Musical Direction. He took on an expanded performing role in Jerry Herman's The Best of Times, the retitled review's 1998 London West End incarnation, and most recently served as the musical director and arranger for the New York Off-Broadway production at the York Theatre.
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George Chet Forrest (born July 31, 1915 (Brooklyn) - died Oct. 10, 1999 (Miami)and Robert Wright (born September 25, 1914 (Daytona Beach) - died Wednesday August 2, 2005 (Miami)wrote together in the longest continual partnership in the history of musical theatre. They got their start in Hollywood and were equally comfortable writing for the screen or stage.
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Bill Francoeur has been composing for the stage for well over twenty-five years. In addition to co-writing music and lyrics for THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR, he is co-composer and lyricist for the musical WESTERN STAR, with book by Dale Wasserman,(MAN OF LA MANCHA, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST) for which he won California s
Arthur Freed (September 9, 1894 - April 12, 1973) was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a lyricist and a Hollywood film producer.

Freed began his career in vaudeville, and he appeared with the likes of the Marx Brothers. He soon began to write songs, and was eventually hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. For years, he wrote lyrics for numerous films.

ROBERT L. FREEDMAN won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Book of a Musical for the Tony-winning Best Musical of 2014, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. He was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Score, with composer and co-lyricist Steven Lutvak, with whom he shared the 2014 Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics.

Stan Freeman was awarded an Emmy for his work as a lyricist and composer for "The Carol Burnett Show". As a musician he has recorded with jazz legends Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman, and Ella Fitzgerald. He has also recorded more than fifteen solo albums for Columbia and Epic records. He won the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for Best Actor in his critically acclaimed one-man show "At Wit's End".
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Gary William Friedman - Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator.

Awards and nominations:
1971 Tony Award® Best Original Score - THE ME NOBODY KNOWS [nominee]


The Survivor
[Original, Play, Drama] Incidental music - (Mar 3, 1981 - Mar 8, 1981)

[Original, Musical] - Musical arrangement - (Nov 12, 1978 - Dec 10, 1978)

The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
[Revival, Play] Musical arrangement, orchestration and, featuring songs by Gary William Friedman - (Jan 26, 1972 - Jan 29, 1972)

Composer and Lyricist for The Fortress of Solitude; Love's Labour's Lost and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Here's Hoover; Saved, The Brand New Kid, The Blue Demon, and, with The Civilians, for Canard Canard Goose, Gone Missing, Nobody's Lunch, This Beautiful City, In the Footprint, The Great Immensity, Pretty Filthy, as well as music for Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns and music and lyrics for the company's 2012 TED Talk.

Dave Frishberg has become best known for writing and performing his own songs including favorites "My Attorney Bernie" and "Van Lingle Mungo". Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall and Mel Torme are some of the exceptional performers who have chosen to record his music. Dave also wrote "I'm Just A Bill" about the forlorn legislative writ in the ABC Schoolhouse Rock series subsequently transformed into the popular revue "Schoolhouse Rock Live" available with MTI.
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George Furth was born in Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University; he did postgraduate work at Columbia University. He has worked extensively as an actor, appearing in many feature films, including The Best Man, Oh God!, Doctor Detroit, Young Doctors In Love, The Man With Two Brains, Cannonball Run, Hooper, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Blazing Saddles, Shampoo, Sleeper, The New Interns and Myra Breckinridge; he has also acted in many major television shows.
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David Galligan, a native San Franciscan, began his career at the famed Opera Ring under the guidance of Irma Kay to whom he owes an eternal debt of gratitude.

He is currently the director of REAF - The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. He has staged MADLY IN LOVE at the Odyssey Theatre as well as SING HAPPY, THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF KANDER AND EBB for The Actors Fund of America. Other productions include ROD McKUEN IN CONCERT at New York s Carnegie Hall as well as the new musical play THE LATEST OF THE HONKY TONK ANGELS in Los Angeles.

Larry Gelbart, a Chicago-born writer and producer who has achieved success for his work in radio, television, film and theater.

Bruce Geller, Born, October 13, 1930 and died, May 21, 1978. He was an American composer, screenwriter, and television producer.

Phillip George's credits include 14 editions of Forbidden Broadway in New York, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Toronto and the national tour.  These editions have won 5 Drama Desk Awards, 4 Outer Critics Circle Awards, The Jefferson Award, and a special 2006 Tony.  He also Directed Forbidden Hollywood in L.A. and New York.  He created and directed Shout!

* wrote & produced three songs for the #1 Album High School Musical for Disney, including 2 gold singles We re All In This Together and Start Of Something new
* wrote the #1 single and title track Breakaway for Kelly Clarkson s multiplatinum album
* wrote Underneath for Jessica Simpson s triple platinum current album In This Skin
* produced and wrote songs and singles for multi platinum artist Hilary Duff including Why Not I Can t wait & Do You Want Me
George Gershwin, born in Brooklyn, New York on September 26, 1898, began his musical training at thirteen. At fifteen he left high school to work as a Tin Pan Alley song plugger and within three years he had seen his first song published. Although When You Want Em You Can t Get Em, When You ve Got Em You Don t Want Em created little interest, George s Swanee, popularized by Al Jolson in 1919, brought Gershwin his first real fame.
Ira Gershwin, the first lyricist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize -- Of Thee I Sing, 1932 -- was born in New York City on December 6, 1896. (His brother, George, with whom he was to make of Gershwin a hallmark for distinguished musical-comedy songs, was born twenty-one months later in Brooklyn.) While attending the College of the City of New York, Ira began demonstrating his lifelong interest in light verse and contributed droll quatrains and squibs to newspaper columnists.
Richard Gibbs, composer and lyricist was born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in Florida. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, he moved to California to work as a keyboardist, collaborating with several popular artists during the 1970's and early 1980's, including Oingo Boingo (1980-84). Gibbs shifted to work in the film industry, first as an orchestrator and arranger for Danny Elfman, then on his own projects by the early 1990's. He scored the first season of THE SIMPSONS, which launched his successful career as a comedy composer.
SIR WILLIAM SCHWENCK GILBERT is best remembered for his Savoy operas (produced at the Savoy Theatre in London) created in collaboration with Sir Arthur Sullivan. Before he began his association with Sullivan in 1871, Gilbert had made a repputation for himself with his Bab Ballads (1869) and several plays. His partnership with Sullivan began with Thespis; Or The Gods Grow Old (1871) and lasted twenty-five years through The Grand Duke; Or, The Stat;utory Duel (1896). Their collaboration finally collapsed after a long separation brought on by financial disagreement.
Willie Gilbert, who came from Cleveland, Ohio, received a B.S. in education, but pursued a career as a comedian. Together Gilbert and Weinstock won Tony Awards as co-writers of How to Succeed... Subsequent stage credits include the 1963 musical comedy Hot Spot and the 1965 hit comedy mystery Catch Me If You Can. TV credits range from science fiction to classic children's shows like Howdy Doody," and sketches for comedian Jackie Gleason. Willie Gilbert died in 1980.
An Architect and playwright. He is Project Architect for Hedgpeth Architects of Santa Rosa, California. Paul was Project Architect for George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic Film Studios in Marin County. He prepared conceptual designs for Disney/MGM Studios in Tokyo. With Nomad Productions Scenic Studios, Paul designed sets for Madonna, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Alabama, Whoopi Goldberg and Anthony Newley. He has designed over 100 sets for television broadcasts, theatre companies and universities throughout the United States. He resides in Sonoma County, California
Hamilton "Terry" Gilkyson (1916 - 1999) composer and lyricist born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

In his early twenties, Gilkyson worked on a ranch in Tucson, Arizona, before joining the military during World War II. He married in 1947 and moved to California to pursue a career as a folk singer. In the 1950's he joined Rich Dehr and Frank Miller to form the folk group THE EASY RIDERS, whose song "Marianne" became an instant hit.

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Gerry Goffin (born February 11, 1939) is an American lyricist.

Born in Brooklyn, New York he enlisted with the Marine Corps Reserve after graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School. After spending a year in the Annapolis Naval Academy he resigned from the navy to study chemistry at Queens College.

Marrying Carole King in 1959, he and his wife together pursued a successful songwriting career. Although divorcing in 1968, the two continued to work together for some years afterwards.

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James Goldman was born in Chicago and graduated from the University of Chicago; he did postgraduate work at Columbia University. He has written numerous plays, including Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole (1961; co-written with his brother, William Goldman), They Might Be Giants (1961) and The Lion In Winter (1966).

William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, screenwriter, and playwright.

Bookwriter/Lyricist Marcy Heisler and Composer Zina Goldrich have been collaborating since 1993. They were recently voted "Best Knocking on Broadway's Door Songwriting Team" in the Village Voice Best of NYC edition, and were the 2002 recipients of ASCAP's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Theatre Award. For Theatreworks USA, they have just completed Top Secret Personal Beeswax: The Life and Times of Junie B Jones, which will begin 2 national tours, and be featured Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel in July 2004.

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Neil first appeared on stage at the age of 6 - and has been involved in Theatre in some capacity almost ever since.   As a performer, he has appeared in the regional Queensland tour of Chicago in which he understudied the role of Mary Sunshine at the age of 18, as well as Glamalot - Knights In White Satin at the Lyric Theatre.  Other shows include Into The Woods, The Boyfriend, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing
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Paul Gordon was nominated for a 2000 Tony Award for his score to Jane Eyre which ran at the La Jolla Playhouse in Summer of 1999 and opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in December of 2000. Co-authored and directed by multiple Tony Award winning director John Caird, (Les Misarables, Nicholas Nickleby, Stanley) the musical was first presented at the Royal Alexandra Theater in Toronto in December of 1996.

Ronny Graham, (also known as: Ronald Montcrief Stringer [Birthname]). Born - Aug 26, 1919 Philadelphia, PA, USA. Died - Jul 4, 1999 Los Angeles, CA, USA
Writer, Lyricist, Composer, Director, Performer

Awards and nominations:
1963 Tony Award® Best Composer and Lyricist - BRAVO GIOVANNI [nominee]

1952 Theatre World Award Leonard Sillman's NEW FACES OF 1952 [winner]


Directed [Original, Play] (Apr 18, 1970 - Apr 18, 1970).

Director (Mar 16, 1970 - Mar 28, 1970).

Murray Grand has written songs for many major stars including Eydie Gorme, Nancy Wilson and Carmen McRae. Sarah Vaughan's rendition of Murray's "Guess Who I Saw Today" is among the collection of the twenty-five most important night club songs of all time in an anthology recorded by the Smithsonian.
Micki Grant
Lyricist, Composer, Writer, Performer.

The National, founded in 1963, and established on the South Bank in London in 1976, is central to the creative life of the UK. In its three theatres the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe it presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics from the world repertoire, with seven or eight productions in repertory at any one time. And through an extensive programme of amplifying activities Platform performances, backstage tours, foyer music, publications, exhibitions and outdoor events it recognises that theatre doesn t begin and end with the rise and fall of the curtain.

The team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, 1991 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, and the longest running creative partnership in theatre history, began writing and performing their own satirical comic material in a group called The Revuers, which included the late Judy Holliday. They went on to collaborate with Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins on what was the first show for all of them, "On The Town." Also with Mr.

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Paul Green, born - Mar 17, 1894 Illington, NC, USA. Died - May 4, 1981 Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
Writer, Lyricist.

Awards and nominations:

1927 Pulitzer Prize for Drama - IN ABRAHAM'S BOSOM [winner]


Book & Lyrics [Revival, Play, Play with music, Comedy] (Apr 11, 1971 - Apr 11, 1971).

adapted Book [Revival, Play] (Jan 28, 1951 - Feb 24, 1951).

Author [Revival, Play, Drama] (Oct 23, 1942 - Jan 2, 1943).

Faye Greenberg along with composer/husband David Lawrence contributed songs to Disney's "High School Musical 1 & 2", Disney's "Cheetah Girls 2" and MTV's "American Mall". Their song "Stick To The Status Quo" was part of the best selling CD of 2006 and continues to be performed all over the world. "New York's Best Kept Secret", their latest Disney song, is featured in "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure".
Gordon Greenberg is a writer, director and producer living in New York and, occasionally, Los Angeles.

Tom is a Creative Director at Spotco, a theatrical advertising and marketing company. Some of his current clients include RENT, CHICAGO, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, AVENUE Q and ALL SHOOK UP.

Tom's first screenplay, SWEET EMOTION, was optioned by Jeffrey Seller and Kevin McCollum, the producers of RENT, and he is currently at work on a second.

He lives with his wife and three sons in Connecticut.

Sean Grennan. As a book writer, Sean often teams with his wife, Kathy Santen and has had the pleasure of collaborating on several projects with her including PHANTOM OF THE COUNTRY OPERA ( 95 , MTI), MS. CINDERELLA and
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Heather received 2007 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her work on Legally Blonde. Graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, School of Journalism. Worked at The New York Times Denver Bureau as a research assistant and Sports and Fitness Publishing in Boulder, Colorado, as a magazine editor. Member of Denver's Comedy Sports improv comedy troupe. Worked on the TV shows "Caroline in the City" and "Dilbert." Won Walt Disney Screenwriting Fellowship in 1999.

Hal Hackady - Writer & Lyricist


Lyrics - [Original, Musical] (Nov 12, 1987 - Jan 17, 1988)

Lyrics [Original, Musical] (Mar 3, 1975 - May 31, 1975)

Lyrics [Original, Musical] (Nov 19, 1972 - Nov 25, 1972)

Lyrics [Original, Musical] (Mar 26, 1970 - May 30, 1970)

Lyrics for "But It's Love" & Most sketches [Original, Musical] (Jun 20, 1955 - Jun 25, 1955)

Albert Hague - Also known as: Albert Marcuse [Birthname]. Born Oct 13, 1920 Berlin, Germany. Died Nov 12, 2001 Marina del Ray, CA. Husband of Renee Orin
Composer, Arranger, Musical Director.

Awards and nominations:
1959 Tony Award® Best Musical Redhead [winner]

Featuring songs [Original, Special, Solo, Play with music] (Feb 21, 2002 - May 27, 2002)

Music [Original, Musical] (Jan 2, 1969 - Jan 6, 1969)

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Evans Haile has served as the Producing Artistic Director of North Shore Music Theatre and currently serves as Artistic Director of Cape Cod's Cape Playhouse, America's oldest professional summer theatre. Haile continues to prepare and develop an American series of concerts titled "SalonSoiree" and has helped launch the H.A.I.L.E. Fund (Helping Arts in Local Education). The fund is dedicated to providing support to Public School Arts Education. Haile has also worked with the Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach and continues to aid many different Arts Organizations as a consultant.
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Lee Hall was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1966 and studied English Literature at Cambridge University. He has worked as a writer in theatre, TV, radio and film. He has been writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Live Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Marvin Hamlisch is the composer of the Broadway musicals A CHORUS LINE (Pulitzer Prize) and THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG. He is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin's music for The Sting, for which he received a third Oscar. Recognized as an accomplished interpreter of other composers' works, Hamlisch holds the position of principal pops conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Mr.
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Eleanor Harder is an author, composer/lyricist, has written over 20 plays and musicals, many with her husband, Ray. A graduate of UCLA in theatrer and music, she has received numerous awards for her work and a grant from the state of Michigan for a new musical. A member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity, AFTRA, ASCAP and PEN, Harder has also written a children's novel, stories for Hanna-Barbera TV Productions, filmstrips for CBS and stories and music for Mattel Toys.
Ray Harder has shared creation of scripts for a dozen plays with his wife, Eleanor. Their joint efforts have been produced throughout the world for many years and have been translated into several languages. During his career in advertising, Harder's campaigns were seen worldwide in every medium. He also lectured in marketing management and creativity for UCLA for several decades. His free-lance articles have appeared in many national publications and he has recently written a novel.
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Brian Hargrove received a BFA from the UNC at Chapel Hill and went on to graduate from the Julliard Theatre Center.

Born: April 30, 1924 - Chicago Portage Park Grammar School 1930-1938 Started studying violin while in grammar school. Carl Schurz High School 1938-1942. (Continued violin studies and music theory at the Boguslawski Musical College). During junior and senior years at Schurz began to write parodies, sketches and some original songs with collaborator Stanley Orzey. Drafted 1943. Honorable discharge 1946 (Rank: T-4). While stationed at Robins Field, Georgia, worked as a performer and wrote songs for shows put on by our volunteer Special Service Group.

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From head chorister at all souls, Langham Place, London and a musical education firmly rooted in the classics and church music, Tony left school in 1955 and took a job as tea boy in a small London music publishing company. Thus began a career which has established him as one of today s leading composers of popular songs and music for television.

John Hawkins (composer), has been in the music business most of his working life. From 1953 to 1960 he wrote many shows for the Moulin Rouge and Lido in Paris and he has been musical director for many London records, culminating in his collaboration with Mr. Richard Hill in their successful theatrical venture and album recording of CANTERBURY TALES.

Bookwriter/Lyricist Marcy Heisler and Composer Zina Goldrich have been collaborating since 1993. They were recently voted "Best Knocking on Broadway's Door Songwriting Team" in the Village Voice Best of NYC edition, and were the 2002 recipients of ASCAP's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Theatre Award. For Theatreworks USA, they have just completed Top Secret Personal Beeswax: The Life and Times of Junie B Jones, which will begin 2 national tours, and be featured Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel in July 2004.

Lillian Florence Hellman (June 20, 1905 - June 30, 1984) was an American playwright and left-wing activist, romantically involved for thirty years with pulp writer Dashiell Hammett. She was also a long-time friend of poet Dorothy Parker.

Her feud with fellow writer Mary McCarthy went on in public for years, and formed the basis for the play Imaginary Friends by Nora Ephron.


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The only composer/lyricist in history to have three Broadway musicals run more than 1500 performances: Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles. Jerry first burst upon the Broadway scene with Milk and Honey in 1961. then came Hello, Dolly! (1964), Mame (1966), Dear World (1969), Mack and Mabel (1974), The Grand Tour (1979), and La Cage aux Folles (1983). He contributed songs to A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine (1980) and a revue of his life's work, Jerry's Girls, played on Broadway and in every major American city.
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In collaboration with composer/lyricist Neil Bartram, Brian has written the book for a number of musicals including an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and the Rose and Somewhere In the World, which was a hit for five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival. Not Wanted on the Voyage, an adaptation of the provocative Timothy Findley novel, is in development with the AMTP and Northwestern University under the direction of Amanda Dehnert. Clara's Piano, conceived and directed by Susan H. Schulman, was developed by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Richard Hill (composer), began his career at the Royal College of Music, where he became affiliated with the Gabrieli Brass and established an impressive reputation with them. Mr Hill s successful collaboration with John Hawkins on CANTERBURY TALES marked his first venture into the theatrical field.
Joel Hirschhorn is two-time Tony nominee for Best Score, as well as author of the libretto for Copperfield. Joel's Tony-nominated show, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, a big hit on London's West End, has received over 2,000 productions. This makes it one of the Top Ten most performed musicals in the history of Musical Theatre International. In addition to his Tony nominations, Joel has also won two Academy Awards and was a nominee for two others. He has received four Golden Globes and a Dramalogue Award for Best Musical.

Roger O. Hirson - Writer. Father of David Hirson Awards and nominations: 1973 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical Pippin [nominee] 1967 Tony Award® Best Musical Walking Happy [nominee] Productions: PIPPIN Book [Original, Musical, Comedy] (Oct 23, 1972 - Jun 12, 1977). WALKING HAPPY Book [Original, Musical] (Nov 26, 1966 - Apr 22, 1967)

Al Hoffman was born in Minsk, Russia. A composer and lyricist.

His family emigrated to the United States in 1908 and settled in Seattle, Washington. In 1928, Hoffman moved to New York, where he started his career as a composer. He wrote a number of hits in the early 1930's before moving to England to start writing for theatre and film. In 1949, he began collaborating with Mack David and Jerry Livingston on the score for Disney's CINDERELLA.

Mark Hollmann received the Tony Award®, the National Broadway Theatre Award, and the Obie Award for his score to Urinetown the Musical, which had its start in the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival. It won Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Awards for best musical in addition to garnering 10 Tony Award® nominations.

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Winnie Holzman is the writer (with acclaimed songwriter Stephen Schwartz) of the hit musical Wicked. She got her start writing for the TV drama thirtysomething, and went on to create the series My So-Called Life starring Claire Danes. She also executive produced (again with Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick) the series Once and Again and (with her daughter, Savannah Dooley) the ABC Family Series Huge. Film credits: ’Til There Was You.

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Murray Horwitz - Writer, Lyricist, Director


Associate Director, Based his original idea & featuring songs with additional lyrics [Revival, Musical, Revue] (Aug 15, 1988 - Jan 15, 1989)

Book & Direction [Original, Musical, Revue] (Nov 18, 1984 - Dec 30, 1984)

Associate Director, Based on his original idea & featuring songs with additional lyrics [Original, Musical, Revue] (May 9, 1978 - Feb 21, 1982)



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JASON HOWLAND is a 1993 graduate of Williams College with an Honors degree in Music Composition. Last Season, Howland's play written with Larry Pellegrini, BLESSING IN DISGUISE, premiered Off-Broadway. He was the musical supervisor for Wildhorn Productions, serving as musical director and conductor for the long running Broadway hit JEKYLL & HYDE, and musical supervisor for Broadway's THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL and THE CIVIL WAR.

Alison Hubbard is the recipient of the 2002 Harrington Award from BMI for THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE and the 1998 Richard Rodgers Development Award for LITTLE WOMEN. Her lyrics have been featured in PETS! A MUSICAL REVUE, and Theatreworks/USA shows WHEN THE COOKIE CRUMBLES, THE SECRET GARDEN, CLASS CLOWN, HARRIET THE SPY, TOM SAWYER, LITTLE WOMEN (play), and BABES IN TOYLAND. She wrote the libretto for THE COP AND THE ANTHEM, produced by the Lake George Opera Co. and the NYU Opera Theatre.
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Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902, - May 22, 1967) was an African American poet, novelist, playwright, and newspaper columnist. He was born in Joplin, Missouri. He was raised by his grandmother, and when he was thirteen years old he began to write poetry.

Hughes's grandmother influenced his life and imagination deeply. She took him to Oswatomie where she shared the platform as an honored guest of Teddy Roosevelt. (She was the last surviving widow of the 1859 John Brown raid.)

David Henry Hwang was awarded the 1988 Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and John Gassner Awards for his Broadway debut, M. BUTTERFLY, which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. For his play GOLDEN CHILD, he received a 1998 Tony® nomination and a 1997 Obie Award. His new book for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical FLOWER DRUM SONG earned him his third Tony® nomination in 2003. He was also a book writer on Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA. Hwang's other plays include FOB (1981 Obie Award), THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD, FAMILY DEVOTIONS, THE SOUND OF A VOICE and BONDAGE.

has multi-hyphenated his way through life assiduously avoiding a proper job, from a writer and actor in the legendary "Monty Python" TV series and movies, to the creator and director of "The Rutles," the pre-fab four, whose legend will last a lunchtime. He has appeared on stage in drag singing rude songs at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl as well as performing in two highly successful tours, Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python (2000) and The Greedy Bastard Tour (2003), for which he journeyed 15,000 miles across North America in a bus.

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The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than three decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums and more than 250 million records sold worldwide. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has awarded Elton multiple GRAMMY® Awards, including the GRAMMY® Legend Award. In the early 1990s, Elton collaborated with lyricist Tim Rice on the soundtrack for The Lion King, winning him an Academy Award®.
Theatre: Rag Doll, Renegades, Suspension (Bristol Old Vic); Too Much Too Young (Bristol Old Vic and London Bubble); Boys Mean Business, Dead Sheep, Little Baby Nothing (Bush Theatre, London); Shang-a-Lang (Bush Theatre and national tour); and Mamma Mia! (worldwide); Through the Wire and A Letter to Lacey for NT Connections. Creative consultant on ABBA the Museum, Stockholm.

Born and raised in Roswell, NM, he was drawn to bright lights and moved to NYC in 1993. He studied at Eastern New Mexico University, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the Sande Shurin Acting Studios. He currently resides in Jackson Heights, NY with his family and pets. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild. As an actor/singer/dancer, he has performed in all fifty states and nine countries. Mr.

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Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt wrote THE FANTASTICKS for a summer theatre at Barnard College. After its Off-Broadway opening in May 1960, it went on to become the longest-running production in the history of the American stage and one of the most frequently produced musicals in the world. It is currently running in a successful revival in New York. Their first Broadway show, 110 IN THE SHADE, was successfully revived a few years ago by the New York City Opera and is scheduled for a new Broadway production this April, produced by the Roundabout Theatre, starring Audra MacDonald. I DO!

Musicals: Murder Ballad (book and lyrics); Sarah, Plain and Tall (book); The Mice (book, 1 act of Hal Prince's 3hree). Plays: Boy, Tatjana in Color, St. Scarlet, Smoking Lesson, Dark Yellow, Astrological Quit Claim Deeds , Jones. The Kleban Award for librettist, Francesca Primus Prize, Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, Manhattan Theatre Club Fellowship, Jonathan Larson Award, Heideman Award and two time LeComte Nouy Award, AT&T OnStage Award, The American Spirit Award, three times shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.

Louis Jordan Born - July 8, 1908 Brinkley, AR. Died February 4, 1975 Los Angeles, CA.
Lyricist, Composer. Husband of Fleecie Moore



Music & Lyrics [Original, Musical, Revue] (Apr 8, 1992 - May 2, 1993)

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Norton Juster is an American architect and author. He is famous primarily for having written two children's books: THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH and THE DOT AND THE LINE. Biography Juster was born on June 2, 1929, and wanted to be an architect from childhood on. His father was an architect, and Juster's brother became an architect as well. He served in the United States Navy before settling into his architectural career. Juster wrote THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH (ISBN 0394815009) in the early 1960s while living in Brooklyn, New York. Jules Feiffer, a neighbor of Juster's, did the illustrations.

John Kander (born March 18, 1927) is the composer of a series of musical theatre successes as part of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb. John Kander graduated from Oberlin College. He began his Broadway career as rehearsal pianist for GYPSY, for which he also did the dance arrangements.

Richard Kapp - Composer

Original Music & Musical adaptions [Original, Musical] (Nov 12, 1987 - Jan 17, 1988).

Harold Karr - Lyricist, Composer.

Music [Original, Musical, Comedy] (Dec 6, 1956 - Nov 30, 1957)

Music for "What Does Dream Mean?" and "The Greatest Invention" Lyrics for "The Greatest Invention" [Original, Musical, Revue] (Jun 14, 1956 - Dec 22, 1956)

Al Kasha, a renaissance man, is rare in today's entertainment industry. During his career, Mr. Kasha has reached the top in every field to which he has lent his talents as a writer, producer,
Lawrence Kasha produced in the theater for twenty years. He won the Tony Award for the musical hit Applause starring Lauren Bacall. He received an Emmy nomination for the television version.

He also received Tony nominations for Hadrian VII and the musicals Seesaw, She Loves Me and Woman of the Year. On Broadway he continued to produce Inner City, Father s Day and No Hard Feelings.

Marta Kauffman along with David Crane was one of the creators and executive producers of the top-rated and Emmy Award nominated series FRIENDS and VERONICA S CLOSET. They have been writing partners for over 20years. Previously they created and co-executive produced the comedy series DREAM ON, which received an Emmy Award nomination and a Cable Ace Award for writing. Marta and David also created the comedy series THE POWERS THAT BE and FAMILY ALBUM for which they also served as executive producers.
George Simon Kaufman (November 16, 1889 - June 2, 1961) was a playwright, director, producer, and drama critic most noted for his many collaborations with other writers. He co-authored MERTON OF THE MOVIES and BEGGAR ON HORSEBACK with Marc Connelly; JUNE MOON with Ring Lardner; THE ROYAL FAMILY, DINNER AT EIGHT and STAGE DOOR with Edna Ferber; a stage adaptation of Marquand's novel THE LATE GEORGE APLEY with John P. Marquand and THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC with Howard Teichmann.
John Kavanaugh is currently serving as songwriter/musical director for Disney s brand new princess, Sofia the First. He took home the Daytime Emmy Award® for Outstanding Song: Main Title for Sofia the First. His music can also be heard in several animated features Disney s hit Winnie the Pooh Movie, Springtime with Roo, and the Nickelodeon musical , Globe Hunters, and Around the World in 80 Days Adventure which includes the song Be Where You Are featuring Chaka Kahn.
Hereward Kaye was born in Middlesbrough in 1953. After completing his formal education, he attended drama college and sang for a local blues band, before washing up in London (literally) and forming a band with Middlesbrough chum Tom Robinson, called Café Society. They were signed by Ray Davies to his Konk label, the first of the independent record companies. Café made two albums and toured the U.K. between 74 and 76. Then it did what bands do best broke up.

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An internationally acclaimed writer, with plays performed in more than 30 countries.
Glen Kelly's broadway credits include writing the dance music for STEEL PIER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Madison Square Garden's A CHRISTMAS CAROL and DANCE A LITTLE CLOSER, also writing the incidental music for STEEL PIER and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Other Broadway credits include THE TAP DANCE KID, GUYS AND DOLLS and SUGAR BABIES.

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Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer and songwriter, most active as a singer during the early to mid 1970s, and active as a successful songwriter considerably longer; both before and after her period as a popular singer.

Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, Carol Klein (as she was then known) started out playing the piano and then moved on to singing, forming a vocal quartet called the Co-Sines in high school. While attending Queens College, King befriended Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka and Gerry Goffin.

TOM KITT (Composer) received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. His music for Next to Normal also received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score.

George Kleinsinger - Composer, Orchestrator

Music & orchestration [Original, Musical] (Apr 13, 1957 - May 25, 1957)

Featuring songs by Kleinsinger [Original, Musical, Revue] (Feb 11, 1942 - Apr 25, 1942)

Allan Knee has written for the stage and film. His play, THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN, was released by Miramax Films as FINDING NEVERLAND in October 2004. It costars Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet and Dustin Hoffman. SYNCOPATION won an American Critics Theater Award after premiering at the Long Wharf Theater and George Street Playhouse. It will open this fall on Broadway, produced by Vaud Massarsky, directed by John Tillinger and choreographed by John O'Connell (Strictly Ballroom). His musical version of LITTLE WOMEN won a Richard Rodgers Musical Theater Award.

Arthur Kober - Producer, Writer, Source Material, Press.


Author [Original, Play, Comedy] (Jan 6, 1960 - Jan 9, 1960)

Book Based his play "Having Wonderful Time" [Original, Musical, Comedy] (Jun 25, 1952 - Nov 28, 1953)

Author [Original, Play, Comedy] (Feb 20, 1937 - Jan 8, 1938)

Press Representative [Original, Special, Sketches] (Apr 14, 1929 - [unknown])

[Original Play]

Martin Koch received his musical training at The Royal College of Music. He was the musical director for a number of shows including Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Cats (New London Theatre), The Pirates of Penzance (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Blondel (Aldwych Theatre), The Boy Friend (Shaftesbury Theatre), and Follies (Shaftesbury Theatre).

Ted Koehler (July 14, 1894 January 17, 1973) was an American lyric writer. He was born in Washington, DC.

Koehler started out as a photo-engraver but was attracted to the music business, progressing from silent film accompaniest to song plugger to professional songwriter. He moved from Vaudeville to Broadway to Hollywood.

Koehler died in Santa Monica, California.


Greg Kotis wrote the book and co-wrote the lyrics for URINETOWN THE MUSICAL, for which he won two Tony Awards in 2002. His new play, PIG FARM, opened at The Roundabout Theatre in New York City and at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2006. Currently, he is developing two new musicals with Mark Hollmann: YEAST NATION (the triumph of life), an original story that tells the tale of the dawn of life on Earth, and THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT, a musical version of the 1951 Alec Guiness film.

Herbert Kretzmer was born in South Africa, where he began a career in journalism writing the commentary for a weekly cinema newsreel. He came to live in London in 1954, and has since pursued twin careers as newspaperman and songwriter. He was feature writer on The Daily Sketch and a profile writer on The Sunday Despatch. He joined The Daily Express in 1960 and later became its drama critic, a post he held for 18 years, covering about 3,000 first nights. From 1979 to 1987, he wrote television criticism for The Daily Mail, winning, in this capacity, two national press awards.
No biography available.

graduated from Bronx High School of Science and majored in acting/theater at Boston University. As a singer/songwriter, he released "Shoot for the Moon", on Polydor Records backed by Van Morrison's band. Recently released a CD of children's songs entitled "Songman and the Songland Band". As a keyboardist he has backed and appeared with many rock and blues legends, including Chuck Berry, whom he has played with for 20 years, appearing all over the world, most recently in Rome and on tour in Russia.

Tony Kushner's plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels In America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; and Caroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori. He has written adaptations of Corneille's The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky's The Dybbuk, and Brecht's The Good Person of Sezuan and Mother Courage and Her Children; as well as the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibar by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplay for the Mike Nichols' film of Angels In America and for Steven Spielberg's film Munich.
Mary Kyte - Writer, Choreographer.

Awards and nominations:
1981 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical Tintypes [nominee]


Musical Staging [Original, Musical] (Nov 24, 1986 - Jan 3, 1987)

Conceived & Musical Staging [Original, Musical, Revue] (Oct 23, 1980 - Jan 11, 1981)

Franklin Lacey - Born 1917 - Died 1988
Writer, Source Material.

Awards and nominations:

1958 Tony Award® Best Musical THE MUSIC MAN [winner]


Story [Revival, Musical, Comedy] (Apr 27, 2000 - Dec 30, 2001)

Story [Original, Musical, Comedy] (Dec 19, 1957 - Apr 15, 1961)

Jenny Laird was a long-time Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, where her first play BALLAD HUNTER premiered and earned a Joseph Jefferson Nomination for Outstanding New Work and won Chicago s Cunningham Prize for Playwriting. Her play SKY GIRLS was originally commissioned and produced by Northlight Theatre, received Developmental andProduction grants from the NEA and subsequently had its West Coast premiere at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
No biography available.

David S. Landay, co-author of the book, is also co-author of Heaven Sent, based on Cole Porter s Out of This World. An attorney and theatrical producer, including Woman of the Year with Lauren Bacall, Raquel Welch and Debbie Reynolds, David also helps people with life changing conditions. He wrote the critically acclaimed BE PREPARED, The Complete Financial, Legal and Practical Guide to Living With Cancer, HIV and Other Life-Challenging Conditions (St. Martin s Press.)
No biography available.

Jeffrey Lane Jeffrey Lane was most recently represented on Broadway by his work with David Yazbek for the musical version of Pedro Almodóvar's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." His work for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" earned him both Tony and Drama Desk nominations, as well as the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
No biography available.

has also worked with Stephen Sondheim on SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and PASSION as well as the recent Broadway show, SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM. He also directed the first revival of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at LaJolla Playhouse in 1985. With William Finn he has collaborated on FALSETTOS, A NEW BRAIN, 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE and the soon to be produced LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Other Broadway credits: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, GOLDEN CHILD, and AMOUR. He has written the plays: TABLE SETTINGS, TWELVE DREAMS, LUCK, PLUCK & VIRTUE, THE MOMENT WHEN, FRAN'S BED and MRS.

Jonathan Larson received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for RENT. He also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1994 Richard Rodgers Award for RENT and twice received The Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theatre Foundation's Comendation Award. In 1989 he was granted the Stephen Sondheim Award from American Music Theatre Festival, where he contributed to the musical "Sitting on the Edge of the Future". In 1988 he won the Richard Rodgers Development Grant for his rock musical "Superbia", which was staged at Playwrights Horizon. He composed the score for the musical "J.P.

Brian Alan Lasser Born, February 8, 1952, Chicago, Illinois. Died - November 20, 1992, New York, New York

Composer, Lyricist, Musical Director, Arranger, Pianist, Actor

Studied at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

John Latouche - Writer, Lyricist, Performer.


[1964] Performer [Original, Musical, Revue] (Jun 2, 1964 - Nov 14, 1964)

Lyrics for "Takin' a Chance on Love" and "Cabin in the Sky" [Original, Special, Revue]
(Sep 22, 1953 - Oct 10, 1953)

Book [Original, Musical, Revue] (Nov 27, 1937 - Jun 22, 1940)

Various Lyrics [1973]

Additional Lyrics [1999]

Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist, who after more than 25 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 30 million, has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legions of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album, She's So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-10 singles from a debut album.

An award-winning playwright, screenwriter, librettist, director and producer, Arthur Laurents has been responsible for creating the librettos of many Broadway shows including Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle, Do I Hear A Waltz?, Hallelujah, Baby! and Nick & Nora. He wrote the screenplays for The Snake Pit, Anna Lucasta, Anastasia, Bonjour Tristesse, The Way We Were and The Turning Point. He also wrote the plays Home Of The Brave, The Time Of The Cuckoo and A Clearing of The Woods.

David Lawrence scored and/or contributed songs to Disney's "High School Musical 1, 2, & 3", "Cheetah Girls, 2 & 3", " "Starstruck" and MTV's "American Mall". He is proud to be one of the songwriters (along with writer/wife Faye Greenberg) on the original "High School Musical" soundtrack, the best selling CD of 2006.
David Lawrence was most recently part of Disney s television musical High School Musical as the writer (with Faye Greenberg) of the song Stick to the Staus Quo and composer of the original underscore. He has also composed the scores to American Pie , American Pie 2 , Van Wilder , as well as Ambulance Girl , Pop Rocks , and the soon to be seen Cheetah Girls 2 , to name but a few. His songs have been recorded and/or performed by Earth Wind & Fire, Diane Schuur, Catherine Cox, Ann-Margaret, Faith Prince and Raven.
No biography available.

Paul Lazarus is a director and producer of theater, film, and television projects. He recently directed and produced his first feature film, "Seven Girlfriends," starring Tim Daly, Mimi Rogers, Jami Gertz and Elizabeth Peña. Produced independently, "Seven Girlfriends" was released by Castle Hill Productions and is currently playing on Comedy Central. For Dreamworks SKG, he voice directed the animated musical feature, "Joseph," starring Ben Affleck.

No biography available.

Charles Lederer - Born: Dec 31, 1911 New York, NY, Died: Mar 5, 1976 Los Angeles, CA.
Husband of Anne Shirley, nephew of Marion Davies, son of Reine Davies & George W. Lederer.
Producer, Writer, Source Material.

Awards and nominations:
1954 Tony Award® Best Musical Kismet [winner]


Based on the musical by Lederer [Original, Musical] (Mar 1, 1978 - Sep 10, 1978)

Book by & Produced [Original, Musical] (Dec 3, 1953 - Apr 23, 1955)

Michael Leeds - Writer, Director.


Book / Directed [Original, Musical, Revue] (Oct 22, 1995 - Jan 13, 1996)

Thomas Andrew (Tom) Lehrer (born April 9, 1928) is an American songwriter, satirist, pianist, mathematician, and singer.

As a graduate student at Harvard University, he began to write comic songs to entertain his friends. Those songs later became THE PHYSICAL REVUE. Influenced mainly by the musical theater, his style consisted of parodying the then-current forms of popular song. For example, his appreciation of list songs (à la Danny Kaye's "Stanislavski") caused him to set the names of the chemical elements to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Major General's Song".

Lyricist Carolyn Leigh was born in New York City on August 21, 1926. After attending Queens College in New York she worked as a copyrighter for radio stations and advertising agencies. Collaborating with composers such as Cy Coleman and Moose Charlap, Leigh also wrote the Broadway stage scores for Peter Pan, Wildcat and Little Me.

Side Man (1999 Tony Award® for Best Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist). Other plays: James and Annie (ATCA Nomination), No Foreigners Beyond This Point (Drama Desk nomination), Fame Takes a Holiday, Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine (ATCA nomination) and the book to the musical Mayor (Drama Desk nomination). Also many one-acts for 24-hour Play Festival and Naked Angels. Warren is currently Executive Producer/Showrunner of Law & Order: SVU (NAACP Image Award, Outstanding Drama).
Jay Leonhart is an acclaimed bassist, poet, songwriter and performer. He has thrice been awarded the Most Valuable Bassist by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. He has played bass for many of the jazz greats of the last thirty years; from Judy Garland to Carly Simon, from James Brown to James Taylor. In addition to composing such catchy tunes as "Customs" for "Secrets..." he was also the original bassist for the Off-Broadway production.
Alan Jay Lerner (born August 31, 1918 in New York City, died there on June 14, 1986) was a Broadway lyricist and librettist. The son of a wealthy dress chain store owner (the Lerner Shops), he was educated at Choate Rosemary Hall and Harvard; one of his school chums was John F. Kennedy. Lerner wrote for the Harvard annual musicals, and produced radio scripts after college.

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Mel Leven composer and lyricist, was born in Chicago on November 11, 1914. He began writing songs at an early age, but took a break in 1941 to serve in the U.S. Air Corps. One of Leven's assignments was in Nome, Alaska, teaching Russian pilots from Siberia about the instruments on P39 fighter planes.

After World War II, Leven settled in Los Angeles and returned to songwriting. During the 1950s, he wrote songs for the small animations studio, United Productions of America (UPA), which created the beloved Mr. Magoo cartoons.

Jacques Levy has written lyrics with and for many well-known recording artists. He wrote Bob Dylan's album Desire with Dylan, and it became one of Dylan's biggest-selling albums ever, with the single Hurricane" released from it. Levy has written a half dozen albums with Roger McGuinn... for the Byrds, the Thunderbyrd Band, and McGuinn's solo works, including the hit single "Chestnut Mare." His lyrics have also been recorded by Carly Simon, Crystal Gayle, Joe Cocker and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Michael J. Lewis - composer, pianist and producer, was born in Aberystwyth, Wales. He was a choirboy at six and church organist at ten. Later, he studied harmony, counterpoint and composition in London. His numerous film score credits include JULIUS CAESAR, THE MEDUSA TOUCH, THEATRE OF BLOOD, HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES and SPHINX. He won the Ivor Novello Award (Britain's premier music prize) for his first film score, THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, starring Katharine Hepburn. His Broadway show, CYRANO, earned Christopher Plummer a Tony Award and the writers a Grammy nomination.
No biography available.

HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE in partnership, wrote books for The Sound of Music, Call Me Madam, Happy Hunting, Anything Goes and Red, Hot and Blue; and the plays Life with Father and The State of the Union (Pulitzer Prize). Producing credits include The Hasty Heart, Detective Story and Arsenic and Old Lace. Born in New York in 1889, Mr. Lindsay made his Broadway acting and directing debut in the Kaufman hit, Dulcy, and wrote and directed many plays before teaming up with Mr. Crouse. Mr.

DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist. His most recent play, Ripcord, opens this fall at Manhattan Theatre Club. His previous play Good People premiered on Broadway, was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. His play Rabbit Hole received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award.

Peter Link - Composer, Arranger, Performer.

Awards and nominations:
1974 Tony Award® Best Original Score - THE GOOD DOCTOR [nominee]
1973 Tony Award® Best Original Score - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING [nominee]


Music [Original, Musical, Comedy] (Oct 22, 1978 - Dec 3, 1978)

Incidental music [Original, Play] (Apr 16, 1978 - Apr 23, 1978)

Incidental music [Revival, Play, Comedy] (Oct 15, 1975 - Nov 23, 1975)

No biography available.

Jerry Livingston 1909-1987(composer/lyricist) was born in Denver, Colorado. In 1932, he moved to New York City to try and "make it" in the music industry. Within a year he had written three hit songs and grew even more popular on the road in the midst of the Big Band craze. But when he married in 1940, he decided to quit the touring life and focus on a career in songwriting. He joined songwriters Mack David and Al Hoffman in the late 1940s to write the music for Disney's CINDERELLA. His efforts earned him an Oscar® nomination for the song "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo".
During his distinguished career Arnold Lobel wrote and/or illustrated over 70 books for children. To his illustrating credit, he had a Caldecott Medal book -- Fables (1981) -- and two Caldecott Honor Books-his own Frog and Toad are Friends (1971) and Hildilid's Night by Cheli Duran Ryan (1972). To his writing credit, he had a Newbery Honor Book -- Frog and Toad Together (1973). But to his greatest credit, he had a following of literally millions of

One of America's great composer/lyricists, Frank Loesser began his songwriting career during the Depression as a lyricist, contributing songs to Broadway revues and nightclub acts. His work with composer Irving Actman in the 1936 revue THE ILLUSTRATOR'S SHOW led to a songwriting contract in Hollywood, where he spent the next eleven years working with such composers as Burton Lane, Jule Styne, Arthur Schwartz and Hoagy Carmichael.

Joshua Logan (1908-1988), a director and writer, was best known for Broadway and Hollywood shows such as MISTER ROBERTS, PICNIC, and SOUTH PACIFIC.

Joshua Lockwood Logan III was born October 5, 1908 in Texarkana, Texas and attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana before enrolling at Princeton. As a student, Logan helped form the University Players with Henry Fonda and James Stewart. Before graduating in 1931, he went to Moscow on a scholarship to study "method acting" with Konstantin Stanislavsky at the Moscow Art Theatre.

Robert Longden trained at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he won the John Gielgud Award.

Robert Lopez shared a Tony Award and Grammy nomination for AVENUE Q, the 20th longest running Broadway musical, which he co-wrote and conceived. More recently he collaborated with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker to write and compose the smash Broadway comedy THE BOOK OF MORMON. With his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he wrote FINDING NEMO: THE MUSICAL (Playing in Orlando since 2006), the Broadway-bound original musical UP HERE, and songs for WINNIE THE POOH (Disney Feature Animation 2011).

Bryan Louiselle (KIDS music adaptation and arrangement) adapted the scores and wrote additional music and lyrics for Disney’s stage adaptations of High School Musical and High School Musical 2.

David's association with Philip George began in 1993 when he created musical staging and tap choreography for the Drama Desk Award winning Howard Crabtree's WHOOP-DEE-DOO! Most recently they mounted a critically acclaimed revival of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS at the famed Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, Long Island. In between David's choreography has been featured in such varying projects as Vanessa Williams' Christmas Special, produced by Ken Ehrlich for ABC television, and the HBO documentary DRAGTIME, produced by Fred Rydel.
In the last year, he won the Obie for Best American Play for Small Tragedy and the New York Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay for The Secret Lives of Dentists. His plays include Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude to a Kiss, God s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Missing Persons and Stranger. He wrote the screenplay for Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss and Reckless, and has just completed filming The Dying Gaul, which he also directed. In 2001 he received an Obie for his direction of Harry Kondoleon s Saved or Destroyed.

KEN LUDWIG is an internationally-acclaimed playwright whose work has been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. He has had 6 shows on Broadway and 6 in the West End. He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic.

Jim Luigs wrote SPREAD EAGLE, which was produced at the WPA Theatre in New York, starring Brian Murray. He was commissioned by the Seattle Opera to create the book and lyrics for DAS BARBECÜ, a country- western spoof of Wagner s RING CYCLE, which was subsequently produced off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre, where it received three Drama Desk nominations and was also nominated as Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical by the Outer Critics Circle.
No biography available.

In The New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote An upper-middlebrow Billy Joel crossed with a lower-highbrow Tom Lehrer with a pinch of Debussy: that's how you might place the music of the singer, songwriter, pianist and raconteur Steven Lutvak in the artistic hierarchy of contemporary songwriters. Steven made his Broadway debut as Composer and Co-Lyricist of A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, which won the Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony Awards for Best Musical. He and his collaborator on A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, Robert L.

Jeff Lynne formed the Electric Light Orchestra, or E.L.O., in the 1970 s. The group gradually developed from cult favorites into one of the 70s' leading recording acts, scoring international success with several platinum-selling albums, including A New World Record and Out Of The Blue . Lynne's dual talents as a composer and producer ensured the group's status but, sensing an artistic sterility, he abandoned his creation in 1986.
Lebo M is known as the voice and spirit of The Lion King. Once a teenage singer in Soweto, the GRAMMY® Award winner and TONY® nominee s music brings audiences to tears with hauntingly inspiring African rhythms and melodies. Lebo s talents have been hailed by the worldwide press in superlatives that might describe the most delightfully poetic of musical deities. Since his arrival in America, Lebo has attracted music industry giants such as Quincy Jones, Jimmy Cliff, and Hans Zimmer as mentors, allies, and collaborators.
No biography available.

For nearly 45 years Cameron Mackintosh has been producing more musicals than anyone else in history, including the three longest-running musicals of all time,Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, which are still running extraordinarily successfully across the world. Mary Poppins, his co-production with Disney, is now also dispersing its magic globally with smash hit productions in North America, Australia and Holland, with further productions soon to open in Mexico, China, Germany and Japan.

No biography available.

James Magruder. In addition to his work as Resident Dramaturg of Center Stage, he has translated or adapted several works for the stage, including Mari vaux's The Triumph of Love, which premiered at Center Stage in 1993, and was subsequently produced by Classic Stage Company in New York, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Cleveland Playhouse. Triumph and his translations of Lesage's Turcaret and Labiche's Eating Crow are included in Three French Comedies, which Yale University Press published in 1996. He holds degrees in French Literature and a doctorate from the Yale School of Drama.
Michael has written music, lyrics and/or book for a number of productions, including: Knute Rockne - All American and How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? (Aesop's Fables), along with over 40 songs for Northwestern's
Richard Maltby, Jr., a graduate of Yale University who is also a director, wrote lyrics for Starting Here, Starting Now (1977, directed also), Ain t Misbehavin (1978, provided additional lyrics, conceived and directed - Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award for Best Musical, Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Musical), Baby (1983, directed also - nominated for seven Tony Awards), Song and Dance (1985, co-lyricist and director), Miss Saigon (1989, co-lyricist - London Evening Standard Award for Best Musical), Closer Than Ever (1989, directed also - Outer C
A TONY® nominee and multi-platinum, three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning composer, he was an obvious choice to produce the music for the stage production of The Lion King,having arranged and produced songs for the blockbuster animated feature film, for which he received both GRAMMY® and American Music Awards in 1994. The film also spawned the hit album Rhythm of the Pride Lands, for which Mr. Mancina co-wrote, arranged, and produced three tracks, including He Lives in You and Shadowland, which are featured in the stage production.
No biography available.

(Co-author Book and Music Copacobana), has triumphed in every facet of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. This Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner s discography has yielded an unprecedented 38 Top 40 hits including classics such as Copacabana, I Write the Songs, This One s For You, and Weekend in New England and his record sales exceed 58 million. Mr. manilow s successful theatrical career ranges from his Tony Award-winning Broadway debut in 1977 to an SRO eight-week run on Broadway in 1989.

Steve Margoshes in collaboration with David De Silva has composed orchestrated and recorded new symphonic works for symphony orchestra under the banner,"SYMPHONIC FAME" (a double CD) and "SYMPHONIC FAME" for violin and orchestra. These recordings were made with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra with Laszlo Kovacs conducting and Barnabas Kelemen as virtuoso violinist. His newest recording is a CD, Sawing to New Heights With Steve and Dale," a new work for saw and piano with Dale Stuckenbruck on saw and Steve on piano.

Denis Markell has contributed to a number of successful revues including "The No-Frills Revue" (available through MTI) and "A My Name is Still Alice." He has collaborated with Douglas Bernstein for the musicals, "A Backer's Audition" and "Gotham!". His updated narration of "La Vie Parisienne" was performed by Tony Randall and the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in 1995.
Howard Marren s most recent work is the musical version of Jean Anouilh s THE WALTZ OF THE TOREADORS, entitled PARAMOUR, which he wrote with Joe Masteroff (book and lyrics). Starring Len Cariou and directed by Joe Hardy, it had its premier at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. PARAMOUR was given a staged reading at the Eugene O Neill Theater Center/National Music Theater Conference.

BOB MARTIN has been working as an actor and writer in Canadian theatre, film and television for over 3 decades. He has had a long association with the Toronto Second City, where he co-wrote and performed in four Second City revues, directed three, and had a stint as Artistic Director. He is a co-creator of The Drowsy Chaperone, and has performed in many of its incarnations including Ahmanson Theatre (Los Angeles), Marquis Theatre (Broadway), Novello (London). Bob has won a number of awards for his work including an LA Drama Critics Circle Award, an L.A.

Received a Tony nomination as a co-author of "Tintypes" and wrote the music for the Broadway productions of "Yentl" and "A History of the American Film." He has 9 shows produced Off-Broadway (including "The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show"), and he has served as composer or director of scores of productions in most of America's major regional theatres, including Hartford Stage Company (where he wrote the music for many of Mark Lamos's Shakespeare productions), Lincoln Center Theatre, Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theatre, ART, La Jolla Playhouse and the Mark Taper Forum (where he was an associat

JEFF MARX met Robert Lopez at the the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. It was there that AVENUE Q was born. Originally from Hollywood, FL, Jeff attended the workshop as a as a young lawyer, looking for clients, and ended up leaving law and becoming a songwriter. Forever grateful to the BMI Workshop, he has worked on such projects as NBC's SCRUBS and Disney's BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE.

Joe Masteroff is best known as the book writer for the Tony Award-winning Cabaret. Coming to New York from Philadelphia after attending Temple University and serving in the U.S. Air Force, he has been represented in New York City by the play The Warm Peninsula, the libretto for an operatic version of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms and the book and lyrics for a recent production of Six Wives at the York Theatre Company.
No biography available.

Mr. Mayer made his Metropolitan Opera debut with a celebrated new production of Rigoletto. Broadway: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever;American Idiot (Drama Desk Award, Best Director); Everyday Rapture; Spring Awakening (Tony Award, Best Director/Best Musical); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award, Best Musical); Side Man (Tony Award, Best Play); A View From the Bridge (Tony Award, Best Revival); Uncle Vanya; night, Mother; After the Fall; You re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Triumph of Love.
DES McANUFF received Tony Awards for his B'way stagings of "Big River" (1985) and "The Who's Tommy" (1993). He directed Lee Blessings's "A Walk in the Woods" on B'way in 1988 and in Moscow and Lithuania in 1989-90. He is Director-in-Residence of the La Jolla Playhouse where he was Artistic Director from its 1983 revival until 1994, during which time the theatre won more than 200 awards for excellence.
No biography available.

Timothy Allen McDonald is an award-winning playwright (Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jim Henson's Emmet Otter, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach) adaptor of over 65 musicals (highlights include Guys and Dolls JR., Getting to Know...The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz YPE, and Les Miserables School Edition). McDonald is also an accomplished director (Dear Edwina produced by multi-Tony award winner Daryl Roth, and The Phantom Tollbooth at the John F.

Jimmy McHugh (July 10, 1894 - May 23, 1969), was one of the greatest and most prolific songwriters during the 1920s-1950s.

James Francis McHugh was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of a plumber. However, his mother was an accomplished pianist, and McHugh quickly fell in love with music.

No biography available.

TERRENCE McNALLY was awarded the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He is the winner of Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his books for the musicals Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman. In 2010 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera, a three-play festival of his work.

Irene Mecchi began her association with Disney in March 1992, when she wrote Recycle Rex, an animated short, which won the 1994 Environmental Media Award. Irene is a co-writer of Disney s animated features The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hercules. Along with co-author Roger Allers, she received a 1998 TONY® nomination for writing the book for The Lion King. Irene wrote the teleplay for Annie, directed by Rob Marshall, and shares a writing credit on Disney Pixar s Brave. She is adapting the Warner Bros.

THOMAS MEEHAN (Book) received the Tony Award for co-writing the book for THE PRODUCERS in 2001 and in 2003 for co-writing the book for HAIRSPRAY. He received his first Tony Award in 1977 for writing the book of ANNIE, which was his first Broadway show, and has since written the books for the musicals I REMBEMBER MAMA, AIN'T BROADWAY GRAND and ANNIE WARBUCKS.

No biography available.

ALAN MENKEN (Composer). Theater: God Bless You Mr Rosewater, Little Shop Of Horrors, Real Life Funnies, Atina: Evil Queen Of The Galaxy, Kicks, The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz, Beauty And The Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, Der GlÃckner Von Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap Of Faith, Aladdin and Newsies. Film: Little Shop Of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Hercules, Life With Mikey, Lincoln, Home On The Range, Noel, Enchanted, Shaggy Dog, Tangled andMirror Mirror.

Johnny Mercer b. Savannah, Georgia, November 18. 1909. Mercer's gift for idiomatic, regional lyrics was well suited to such Broadway musicals St. Louis Woman, Texas, L'il Darilin' and L'il Abner. He received four Acdemy Awards for his lyric writing, and he collaborated with such notable composers as Henry Mancini, Harold Arlen, Robert Emmett Dolan and André Previn.

James. Merillat, an award-winning composer, has been working professionally in the theatre since his teens. He was an adjunct faculty member in the Drama Department at Catholic University in Washington D.C. James studied under Lehman Engel and Maury Yeston in the BMI Workshop for Musical Theatre composers and lyricists. Collaborating with Dick Pasqual, James’ show EXIT MUSIC, based on a short story by Noel Coward, was the winner of the first Bernice Cohen ASCAP Workshop Award and was produced off-Broadway by the Village Theatre Company in 1992 earning rave reviews.

Bob (Robert) Merrill (born Henry Lavan May 17, 1921 or 1923- February 17, 1998) was an American composer and lyricist. His most famous works included "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?"

The IMDb says that Merrill was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Others sources say that he was born and raised in Philadelphia in 1923. In any case he moved to New York City and later to Hollywood.

Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics) have written THE BURNT PART BOYS (Book by Mariana Elder, finalist for the American Theatre Critics New Play Award, co-produced by the Vineyard Theatre and Playwrights Horizons Spring 2010), and THE MYSTERIES OF HARRIS BURDICK (Book by Joe Calarco, world premiere at Barrington Stage Co., Boston Globe Top Ten Pick of 2008).

Musician, comedian, actor and writer. He wrote his first theatrical score at 17, and spent the next decade composing, acting, making theatre and playing pianos. In 2005, his comic cabaret, Dark Side, launched him onto the international stage. In 2010, Tim Minchin vs the Orchestra sold out some of the world's most prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the star-composer-lyricist of Broadway's 2008 Tony Winner for Best Musical In The Heights. In The Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Lin-Manuel receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Off-Broadway, In The Heights received 9 Drama Desk Nominations (including Best Music, Best Lyrics) and an award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

Katie founded Classics on a Shoestring on the London Fringe in the late 1980s, directing Gorki s Vassa Zheleznova, Arden of Faversham and Euripides' Women of Troy (Gate Theatre, both won Time Out Awards); Live Like Pigs (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), and The House of Bernarda Alba (Gate Theatre).

Debra Monk: Writer, Lyricist, Composer, Director, Performer. She was born Feb 27, 1949 Middletown, OH, USA.

Awards and nominations
1997 Tony Award ® Best Featured Actress in a Musical STEEL PIER [nominee]
1994 Tony Award ® Best Featured Actress in a Play PICNIC [nominee]
1993 Tony Award ® Best Featured Actress in a Play REDWOOD CURTAIN [winner]


[Original, Play, Comedy]Performance - (Oct 14, 2004 - Dec 19, 2004)

Thou Shalt Not
[Original, Musical] Performance - (Oct 25, 2001 - Jan 6, 2002)

Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 - September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. He was born in London in 1946, although he would later claim to have been born a year later.

JASON MOORE (Director). Broadway: Avenue Q, Steel Magnolias. Carnegie Hall: Jerry Springer: The Opera. Off-Broadway: Speech and Debate (Roundabout), Avenue Q (the Vineyard), Guardians (the Culture Project), The Crumple Zone. Associate directing: Les Misérables (Broadway, national tour), Ragtime (Vancouver). Writer: The Floatplane Notebooks (Charlotte Repertory Theatre). TV directing: episodes of Dawson s Creek, Everwood, One Tree Hill and Brothers and Sisters. Jason has a BS in performance studies from Northwestern University.
In addition to writing the best-selling Freckleface Strawberry , Moore is author of the book series which also includes Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully . A third book is due out in 2011. She currently can be seen starring along with Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right and will soon be seen in Shelter , an independent psychological thriller, in which she stars with Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Next year she will be seen in Crazy Stupid Love opposite Steve Carrel. Julianne is happy to see her book brought the stage and hopes families of all ages will enjoy it.

Wrote the Musical Revue LOOSE CONNECTIONS and lyrics and book for the Musical ROCK CAROL with B.J.LEIDERMAN.

Peter Charles Morris is a playwright and lyricist. He is the co-author and co-lyricist of Howard Crabtree's WHOOP-DEE-DOO!, winner of the 1994 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revue. ESCAPE FROM PTERODACTYL ISLAND, a sci-fi musical adventure for which he wrote book and lyrics, premiered in London in 1999 and had its first American production at the 2003 NY International Fringe Festival.

Richard Henry Morris was nominated for the 2002 Tony Award (Best Book) and the 2002 Drama Desk Award (Best Book) for his work on THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE the Tony and Drama Desk award winning Best Musical of 2002. THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE played on Broadway for over two years followed by a U.S. national tour which ran for almost three years. MILLIE played in London's West End at the historic Shaftsebury Theatre and was nominated in England for the 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Musical of 2003. The show then toured extensively in the United Kingdom.

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MARY MURFITT was a co-author (with Debra Monk, Mark Hardwick and Mike Craver) and original cast member of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical, Oil City Symphony. Oil City Symphony received the Outer Critic s Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway musical of 1988 and Ms. Murfitt received a Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award and Joseph Jefferson Award citation for her work as an actor in Oil City.
Jack Murphy has worked on a wide variety of projects as both lyricist and composer. Collaborating with Frank Wildhorn, he wrote lyrics for Linda Eder's EMI album "And So Much More", as well as ten songs for her latest Atlantic album "It's Time". He has written and performed on albums for many record companies and was a staff writer for United Artists Music. In collaboration with Mary Bracken Phillips, Mr. Murphy composed the score for the musical "Silver Dollar", which debuted last year at the Goodspeed Opera House.

Stuart J. Murphy is the author of the award-winning MathStart series: 63 books that teach mathematical concepts to young children through a combination of stories and visual learning strategies (HarperCollins).

GOODSPEED MUSICALS has achieved international acclaim for its dedication to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre. Under the direction of Michael P. Price since 1968, Goodspeed produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, 17 of which have gone to Broadway (including Man of La Mancha, Shenandoah, and Annie), receiving more than a dozen Tony Awards, In addition, Goodspeed produces three new musicals each year at The Norma Terris Theatre, opened in 1984 in Chester, Connecticut, for the development of new musicals.
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Juliana Nash was the rhythm guitarist, and singer-songwriter for the band Talking to Animals, which was signed to Columbia and Velvel Records. Her work has been featured in films such as Rob Morrow's Maze and Eric Schaeffer's Fall. She is the proud recipient of an MTC/Sloan commission.
Frederic Ogden Nash (August 19, 1902 - May 19, 1971) was an American poet best known for writing pithy, funny, light verse.

Nash was born in Rye, New York. His father owned and operated an import-export company, and because of business obligations Nash's family relocated often.

In 1920 Nash entered Harvard University, only to drop out a year later. He worked his way through a series of jobs, eventually landing a position as a copywriter at a Doubleday publishing house, where he first began to write poetry.

Jean-Marc Natel was born in 1942. He studies art at the Beaux Arts in Toulon before turning to poetry and has published two volumes of his poems. In 1968 he moved to Paris where he met Alain Boublil, who introduced him to songwriting with the daunting task of co-writing the lyrics for LES MISERABLES. Since then, he has written songs for a variety of artists and, recently, some of his poetry has been set to music by Franck Pourcel.
Ashley Simpson, Jesse McCartney ,Jessica Simpson W/ Destiny s Child, Smash Mouth, Mark McGrath, , Melissa Ethridge, Miley Cyrus aka Hannah Montana ,Cheetah Girls 2, Raven, High school Musical Sundtracks including , The Pacifier, Princess Diary 2
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George Anthony Newley (September 24, 1931 - April 14, 1999) was a British actor, singer and songwriter.

His first major film role was as the Artful Dodger in David Lean's 1948 OLIVER TWIST.

Tommy Newman, originally from Georgia, is a book writer/composer-lyricist and a commissioned songwriter. Tommy graduated summa cum laude from Troy University in the Spring of 2003 with a degree in Music Education and a minor in Business Administration. He received a Lois Garren award for composition and was nationally recognized for his work at Troy University by the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center, receiving a summer fellowship at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center.

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Marsha Norman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and co-chair of Playwriting at Juilliard. She won a Tony for The Secret Garden, and another nomination for The Color Purple. Her first play, Getting Out, received the John Gassner Playwriting Medallion, the Newsday Oppenheimer Award, and a citation from the American Critics Association. Other plays include The Laundromat, The Pool Hall, Loving Daniel Boone, Trudy Blue, and her newest play, Last Dance. Published collections of her works include Four Plays, Collected Works of Marsha Norman, Vol. 1, and a novel, The Fortune Teller.

MARK O'DONNELL. Mark O'Donnell's plays include That's It, Folks!, Fables for Friends, and The Nice and the Nasty (all produced at Playwrights Horizons), and Strangers on Earth and Vertigo Park (both produced by Zena Group Theatre). He wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Tots in Tinseltown. Mr. O'Donnell collaborated with Bill Irwin on an adaptation of Moliere's Scapin. and he co-authored a translation of Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear, both for the Roundabout. For Manhattan Theatre Club he translated Jean Claude Carriere's La Terrasse.

Laurence O'Keefe received 2007 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his work on Legally Blonde. Larry thanks all Blonde producers and creative team. He won the Ed Kleban Award, the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and a Jonathan Larson award for his music and lyrics. Off-Broadway credits: Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel, Richard Rodgers, Outer Critics' Circle awards), which has received 100+ productions worldwide; music for Sarah, Plain and Tall, lyrics by Nell Benjamin (touring with TheatreWorksUSA).

MIKE OCKRENT (1946-1999) was born in London and received a B.Sc. in Physics from Edinburgh University. In 1969 he won an Independent Television Award and was appointed Assistant Director at Perth Repertory Theatre in Scotland. During the three years he was there he directed over 20 plays. In 1973 he was appointed Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh where he stayed for three years. Many of the plays he produced and directed then transferred to London.

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Internationally produced and published playwright and book author and respected director, teacher, and actor, Will Osborne s career in professional theatre spans four decades. His play Smoke & Mirrors, a comic murder mystery co-authored with Anthony Herrera, has been produced in theatres throughout the United States, as well as in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Seoul, Korea.
Alan Parker is a world renowned film director and writer. In addition to Bugsy Malone (1976), Parker is responsible for such cinematic blockbusters as Fame (1980), Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), Birdy (1984), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Commitments (1991), and Evita (1996). Parker said of filming Bugsy Malone with a cast of 200 kids, "I said from the beginning we weren't making just a kid's film. I treated them like adults and so expected them to behave like adults. And, all in all, it worked out very well.
Dorothy Parker (born Dorothy Rothschild) (August 22, 1893 June 7, 1967) was an American writer and poet best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles.

Dolly Parton is considered to be the most successful female country music artist, having released 42 top-10 country albums and earned 25 number-one singles. She has won seven Grammy® awards and received 42 Grammy® nominations. She has also received seven awards from the Academy of Country Music and 10 Country Music Association awards, and is one of only five female artists to win the CMA's highest honor, "Entertainer of the Year." Dolly is also an acclaimed movie and television actress, and her literacy program, Dolly Parton's "Imagination Library," is now in 566 counties in 36 states.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony/Emmy-nominated songwriting team behind the Broadway musical A Christmas Story, The Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Dogfight, (Lucille Lortel Award winner, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, London Evening Standard Awards nominations), James and The Giant Peach, and Edges. TV credits include Smash, Sesame Street and Johnny and the Sprites.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony-nominated songwriters of the critically-acclaimed and record-breaking Broadway musical A Christmas Story, The Musical, which was named one of the Top 10 Shows of 2012 by Time Magazine, shared recognition as the Best Musical of 2012 in USA Today, and received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical.

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Sybille Pearson - is the librettist of the musical Baby, for which she received a Tony nomination. She is the author of the plays Sally and Marsha, Phantasie, Watching the Dog, and Unfinished Stories, which was selected for publication in American Theatre Magazine. She won the Berrilla Kerr Award for Playwriting in 1994, has been a recipient of a Rockefeller Playwrights Fellowship, a participant at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Sundance Playwrights Conference and is a founding member of The Playwrights Circle at The New York Theatre Workshop.
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Clarke Peters - Writer, Performer.

Played the role of Billy Flynn in CHICAGO, both on Broadway and in the West End productions.

A native American living in London, Mr. Peters was last seen on Broadway as Joe Mott in THE ICEMAN COMETH, a role which he also played in the Almeida production.

London credits include: Royal National Theatre GUYS AND DOLLS, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, THE PASSION AND DESPATCHES; additional


Emmy nominated songwriter, arranger and producer, Randy has composed the theme songs for Sister, Sister, Disney s Goof Troop, Recess, Bonkers, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Fired Up, and Nearly Departed. He has composed featured songs for Disney s High School Musical, Teacher s Pet-The Movie, The Proud Family, Kronk s New Groove, Lion King II: Simba s Pride, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, The Return of Jafar, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.
is the illustrator of over fifty children's books, with titles including the best-selling "Freckleface Strawberry" series with Julianne Moore, God's Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as her own self-authored Big Sister, Little Sister. Born in Vietnam, LeUyen came to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War when she was only two. She studied illustration at the Art Center College of Design, and worked for a short period of time at Dreamworks Feature Animation as a layout artist, before turning to illustrate picture books full-time.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint since 1998, George Street Playhouse is a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.
LEE POCKRISS has written pop songs, film scores and Broadway shows.

He is currently working on the musical of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, with book by Henry Farrell and lyrics by Hal Hackady. With lyricist Anne Croswell he has written the songs for the Broadway musical Tovarich starring Vivien Leigh (Tony Award winner), which received a Grammy nomination for Original Cast Album. Mr. Pockriss and Ms.

Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 - October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. His works include the musical comedies KISS ME KATE, (1948) (based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew), FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN and ANYTHING GOES, as well as songs like "Night and Day," "I Get a Kick Out of You," and "I've Got You Under My Skin." He was noted for his sophisticated lyrics, clever rhymes, and complex forms. Irving Berlin used to refer to "Night and Day" as "that long, long song."

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HAROLD PRINCE (Director/Producer) Last season Mr. Prince directed the
Kevin began his career writing songs that were used nation wide as popular ad campaigns for Target Stores and featured such artists as Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Michael W. Smith, Betty White, and the Muppets.

He went on to compose theme songs, with collaborator Randy Petersen, for a number of television series including Sister, Sister, Bill and Ted s Excellent Adventures, Fired Up, Nearly Departed, Gravedale High, Disney s Goof Troop, Recess, Bonkers, 101 Dalmatians, and Brandy and Mr. Whiskers for which he received an Emmy nomination.

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff, also Sergey Rachmaninov or Serge Rakhmaninov (Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов), (April 1, 1873 March 28, 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor.

Born in Semyonovo, near Novgorod into a wealthy family with a strong military background, Rachmaninoff had his first piano lessons with his mother at the family estate at Oneg.

James Raitt - Arranger, Musical Director, Orchestrator, Musical Supervisor.


Musical & Dance Arrangements (Mar 3, 1994 Aug 6, 1995)

Dance Arrangements (Nov 2, 1989 - Jun 10, 1990)

Vocal & Dance arrangements (Oct 15, 1987 Oct 17, 1987)

Musical Supervisor/Director/Orchestration, Vocal & Dance arrangements ( Feb 19, 1987 May 17, 1987)

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Robin Ray (1935-1998) was an actor, musician and broadcaster, the son of comedian Ted Ray. Educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art,(RADA), he first appeared as a professional actor in 1960, then took up teaching drama, also at RADA. He married children's TV presenter, Susan Stranks.

Andy Razaf (1895-1973), (born Andriamanantena Paul Razafinkarefo also Razafkeriefo) African American composer, poet, and lyricist for such well-known songs as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose". Born in Washington, D.C. December 16, 1895, the son of Henry Razafkeriefo a Malagasy nobleman and Jennie (Waller) Razafkeriefo the daughter of John L. Waller, the first African American consul to Madagascar. He was the nephew of Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar.

Robert Reale, (Composer): Musicals-Broadway: A Year With Frog And Toad (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: Once Around The City (2nd Stage), Quark Victory (Williamstown Theater Festival). Music for plays: Richard Dresser s Rounding Third (directed by John Rando) Diva, (WTF), Salvation s Moon. Film: Ten-13, Passing Over, Wigstock, Dealers Among Dealers, The Victim, others.

Willie Reale is a free-lance writer, living in New York. He has collaborated with his brother, Robert, on a musical called Once Around The City, which was produced by New York Stage and Film and at the Second Stage Theatre in New York. Quark Victory, another musical written with his brother, was produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Other plays have been produced at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Circle Repertory Company.

John Reeger is a Chicago actor and playwright. Reeger and collaborator, Julie Shannon received the 1996 Chicago After Dark Award for outstanding new work when THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER premiered at Bailiwick Repertory Theater.

A six-year continuing seasonal run and a CD have followed, as have numerous productions in the Midwest, Texas and California.

Jay Reiss is playwright. He is a Julliard graduate and provided additional material to the book for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. Reiss appeared in the original workshops, Off-Broadway cast, and Broadway cast of the musical as Vice Principal Douglas Panch.
Norman René - Director


[Original, Play, Romantic Comedy] - Director. May 1, 1990 - May 19, 1991

[Original, Play] Director - (Mar 20, 1986 - May 10, 1986).

Ms. Resnick has enjoyed a successful and varied career in film, television, and theatre. She wrote the original screenplay for the film 9 to 5, a comedy classic and one of the top-grossing films of all time. Under the tutelage of her mentor Robert Altman, she co-authored A Wedding (British Academy Award and Writer's Guild nominations) and Quintet starring Paul Newman. Other films include Maxie (Glenn Close) and Straight Talk, which reunited her with Dolly Parton.

Tim Rice has worked in music, theater, and film since 1965, when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim's ambitions to write rock or pop songs, they turned their attention to Andrew's obsession - musical theater. Their first collaboration, The Likes Of Us (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew), was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr. Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist. Their next three works together were much more successful: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita.

The GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, together with producing and composing partner Hans Zimmer, created Media Ventures, a multifaceted entertainment group that includes music, new media, film, and television. Their partnership has earned them numerous awards and nominations, including Academy Award® nominations, for the film scores of Driving Miss Daisy, Rain Man, and The Lion King. Following the success of The Lion King, Jay conceived and produced the gold-selling follow-up album Rhythm of the Pride Lands. He is also chairman of Media Ventures Pictures.
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Cindy Ripley, a nationally recognized educational consultant, is known for her hands-on and high-energy approach to make musical theater come alive for teachers and students alike.  Seemingly everywhere, Cindy wears a multitude of hats.

JEROME ROBBINS is world renowned for his work as a choreographer of ballets as well as his work as a director and choreographer in theater, movies and television. Although he began as a modern dancer, his start on Broadway was as a chorus dancer before joining the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in 1939, where he went on to dance principal roles in the works of Fokine, Tudor, Massine, Balanchine, Lichine, and de Mille. His first ballet, Fancy Free (1944) for ABT, still in many repertoires, celebrated its fiftieth birthday on April 18, 1994.

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Mary Rodgers' credits as a composer began with the B'way production of Once Upon a Mattress in 1959 and continued with Hot Spot, The Mad Show, Working, The Griffin and the Minor Canon, and scores for the Bil Baird Marionettes and Theatreworks/ USA. Her musicals have also been celebrated in a revue, Hey, Love. She is a popular author of fiction for young people, most notably the 1972 novel Freaky Friday, which was made into a Disney Studios motion picture (with a screenplay by Rodgers), a Theatre Works/USA musical (composed by Rodgers) and an ABC TV remake.
Richard Rodgers (June 18, 1902 - December 30, 1979) was one of the great composers of musical theater, best known for his song writing partnerships with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. He received countless awards including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys. He wrote more than 900 published songs, and forty Broadway musicals.

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Harold J. Rome, Born - May 27, 1908 Hartford, CT, USA. Died - Oct 26, 1993 New York, NY, USA ) He was a Lyricist, Writer, Composer also known as: Harold Rome.


[Original, Special, Dance] Featuring songs by H.R. (Jun 14, 1978 - Dec 3, 1978).

[Original, Musical] Lyrics by H.R (Dec 14, 1965 - Dec 18, 1965)

[Original, Musical] Music & Lyrics (Nov 10, 1965 - Apr 16, 1966).

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Philip Rose. Born - Jul 4, 1921 New York, NY, USA. He is a Producer, Writer, Director and married to Doris Belack .

Awards and nominations:

1975 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical SHENANDOAH [winner]
1975 Tony Award® Best Musical SHENANDOAH [nominee]
1970 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical PURLIE [nominee]
1970 Tony Award® Best Musical PURLIE [nominee] 1960 Tony Award® Best Play A RAISIN IN THE SUN [nominee]


Jerry Ross wrote the musical scores for two of the most popular and enduring musicals in Broadway Theater, "The Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees," two shows which personify the innocence and exuberance of the Golden Age of Broadway. Jerry Ross was born Jerold Rosenberg on March 9, 1926, to Russian immigrant parents, Lena and Jacob Rosenberg, in the East Bronx, New York City. As a child and young teen, he was the "hottest young property on the Jewish stage," singing and acting professionally and billed as the "Boy Star" in Yiddish stage and movie productions.

Stuart Ross staged the premiere of The Boswell Sisters a new musical, which he co-rote with Mark Hampton at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Conference for the Nation Music Theatre. Prior to this he directed his new play Tea With Bea at Chicago's Royal George Theatre and Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theatre. He directed three productions for HBO's New Writers Project. Also this season, he won Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Director of a Musical. Stuart wrote and directed the musical phenomenon Forever Plaid.

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Dana P. Rowe - Composer

Credits include:THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK Olivier Award Nominee, with productions in London, Moscow, Tokyo and Melbourne. He is also co-producer of the Original London Cast Recording available on First Night Records, UK; ZOMBIE PROM Off Broadway and in Germany. Co-producer of the Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording released by First Night Records, UK; and THE FIX Olivier Award Nominee, directed by Oscar winner, Sam Mendes, at London's, Donmar Warehouse (also a Helen Hayes Nomination). The Original London Cast recording released by First Night Records, UK.

Rob Ruggiero is a freelance professional director who has directed at numerous regional theaters around the country as well as off-Broadway. He conceived and directed the world premiere musical portrait of Ella Fitzgerald entitled ELLA (starring Tina Fabrique). A popular and critical success, Ella has been or will be seen on 22 regional theater stages from 2005-2010. Ella recently won three Kevin Kline Awards, including Outstanding Director of a Musical for the St. Louis Production and the Chicago production won three 2008 Joseph Jefferson Awards including Best Director Revue. Mr.
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Morrie Ryskind, Born - Oct 20, 1895 New York, NY, USA. Died - Aug 24, 1985 Washington, DC, USA.
Writer, Lyricist, Director.

Awards and nominations:
1932 Pulitzer Prize for Drama OF THEE I SING [winner]


[Revival, Musical, Comedy] Book (May 5, 1952 - Jul 5, 1952).

[Original, Musical] Production & Supervised by (Jan 9, 1942 - Jan 10, 1942).

[Original, Musical, Comedy] Book (May 28, 1940 - Jun 14, 1941).

Fred Sadoff, Born 1926. Died - May 6, 1994 Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Producer, Director, Performer.


[Original, Play, Solo] Produced in association with Fred Sadoff (Mar 14, 1961 - Apr 8, 1961).

[Original, Play] Assistant to Mr. Redgrave (Nov 1, 1956 - Dec 22, 1956).

[Original, Play, Drama] Performer (Mar 17, 1953 - May 9, 1953).

[Original, Musical, Comedy] Performer (Jun 25, 1952 - Nov 28, 1953).

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received back-to-back Academy Award nominations for his screenplays to NO WAY OUT and ACE IN THE HOLE. GREENWILLOW is is only musical. Samuels passed away in 1980 at the age of 86.
Nick Santa Maria has served as writer and composer for various revues and for children's television. Also an accomplished actor, he was one of the performers of "Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know" at the Triad Theatre, Off-Broadway.
Kathy Santen As a book writer, Kathy often teams with her husband Sean Grennan and has had the pleasure of collaborating with him on several projects including PHANTOM OF THE COUNTRY OPERA ( 95 , MTI), MS. CINDERELLA and THE HO HO HO SHOW. Their musical RODEO was a finalist at the L.A. ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Festival in 2002 and subsequently was the sole ASCAP sponsored work in the Perry-Mansfield New Noises festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

As actors, Kathy & Sean have collectively performed in over 100 professional productions, regionally, on Broadway and off. Ms.

Plays include the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (Rosenthal Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse), Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize), A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film, The Miniature Theatre of Chester), Asylum (Naked Angels), Murder at the Gates (commissioned by Eye of the Storm), In Search of Lost Wings (Sanford Meisner) and a reconceived version of Shakespeare's The Tempest, with music by Laurie Anderson, which played London's Lyric Hammersmith and toured internationally.

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Dick Scanlan co-wrote and co-directed Whorl Inside a Loop Off-Broadway at Second Stage, inspired by his experiences volunteering at a men's prison. He co-authored Everyday Rapture, a critically acclaimed musical written with and for Sherie Rene Scott, produced on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre by The Roundabout Theatre Company, and Off-Broadway at Second Stage. Mr. Scanlan received 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Lortel nominations for his work on Rapture.

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Herb Schapiro, Lyricist, Writer.

Awards and nominations:
1971 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical - THE ME NOBODY KNOWS [nominee]

THE ME NOBODY KNOWS - Original idea, additional lyrics & adapted by Herb Schapiro
(Dec 18, 1970 - Nov 14, 1971)

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Don Schlitz - Born Aug 29, 1952 Durham, NC, USA.
Lyricist & Composer.

[Original, Musical, Comedy] Music & Lyrics (Apr 26, 2001 - May 13, 2001)

Harvey Schmidt (born Texas, 1929) is a writer of musical theatre, best known for the longest running musical in history, THE FANTASTICKS, which has been running off-Broadway since 1960. All of Schmidt's major musicals were written with lyricist Tom Jones whom he met at the University of Texas. Shows o Shoestring '57 (1957) o Demi-Dozen (1958) o The Fantasticks (1960) o 110 In The Shade (1963) o I Do! I Do!

Born in 1944 of Hungarian parents, Claude-Michel Schönberg began his career in France as a singer, writer and producer of pop songs. In collaboration with Alain Boublil he is the book co-writer and the composer of La Révolution Française, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre and The Pirate Queen. In 2008 his new musical, Marguerite, in collaboration with Alain Boublil, Michel Legrand and Herbert Kretzmer opened at the Haymarket Theatre in London. Claude-Michel has supervised overseas productions and co-produced several international cast albums of his shows.

Arthur Schwartz (1900-1984) was the son of a lawyer who had his first contact with show business playing piano for the silent films.

He went through college and law school and worked as a teacher and as a lawyer, while writing songs for college shows and later with a professional career as a composer in mind.

Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City on March 6, 1948. He studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School of Music while in high school and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968 with a B.F.A. in Drama. Upon coming back to live in New York City, he went to work as a producer for RCA Records, but shortly thereafter began to work in the Broadway theatre. His first major credit was the title song for the play BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE; the song was eventually used in the movie version as well.

David Scott was born in Cambridge, England, in 1947. He was educated at Solihull School, then studied Theology at Durham University and at Cuddesdon College. After ordination he spent two years as curate at Harlow, then was appointed chaplain at Haberdashers' Aske's School. In 1980, he became vicar of Torpenhow and Allhallows in Cumbria, and in 1991 moved to Winchester to become rector of St. Lawrence with St. Swithun-upon-Kingsgate.
Robert Owens Scott (librettist) received a New York Emmy as producer/writer of the children's television special, "How to Get Blessed without Sneezing." He wrote the teleplay for the Trinity Playhouse adaptation of Alice Elliot Dark's "In the Gloaming" (CableAce nomination for best drama). He was founding editor of the magazine Spirituality & Health (Folio: Gold Award for Editorial Excellence) and is currently the director of Trinity Institute in New York City.
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Actor/Musician, Drew Seeley, was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and spent most of his childhood in the suburbs of Toronto. At 12, he was cast in Hal Prince s revival of Showboat, and stayed with the show for a year. This is when Drew really discovered music, and decided it was what he wanted to do.

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MARC SHAIMAN has been writing music, lyrics, arrangements, orchestrations and very lengthy Emails since entering show business at the age of 16, at LaMama, in 1976.

Julie Shannon, (composer, lyricist) is a Chicago songwriter, pianist and singer. In addition to their award-winning musicals, THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER and STONES, Shannon and John Reeger have collaborated on a commissioned new musical about Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers' struggle for justice.

Shannon won the 1999 "A Parent's Choice Award" for her CD: LET'S FILL UP TEH HOUSE WITH STORIES AND SONGS with storyteller Rives Collins.

David Shaw


Book [Original, Musical, Comedy] (Mar 18, 1963 - Nov 9, 1963).

Book [Original, Musical, Comedy] (Feb 5, 1959 - Mar 19, 1960).

Author [Original, Play] (Feb 13, 1942 - Feb 21, 1942).

In addition to writing the music for Spring Awakening, which received a critically acclaimed Lincoln Center American Songbook Concert staging, Grammy award nominated singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik collaborated with Playwright Steven Sater on The Nightingale, a musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic which premiered during the 26th annual O'Neill Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.

Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Tony, Drama Desk awards); Off Broadway: Striking 12 (Lucille Lortel nomination), Off-Off: Serenade. Regional: Guthrie, Little House on the Prairie; Center Theater Group, Sleeping Beauty Wakes(Los Angeles Ovation Award); London: Blood Drive. Residencies, fellowships, commissions include: Eugene O'Neill National Theater Center, Baryshnikov Dance Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Manhattan Theatre Club, Deaf West, McCarter Theatre, Playwrights Horizons.

Sidney Sheldon, born February 11, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, is an American screenwriter and novelist.

Sheldon's career began in 1937 in Hollywood, California where he reviewed scripts and collaborated on a number of B-movies. After a stint in the military during World War II, Sheldon returned to civilian life and began writing musicals for the Broadway stage while continuing to write screenplays for both MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures.

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The Sherman Brothers’ career as leading composer/lyricists in family entertainment spans almost 50 years and includes two Academy Awards Best Score and Best Song for Mary Poppins.

The Sherman Brothers’ career as leading composer/lyricists in family entertainment spans almost 50 years and includes two Academy Awards Best Score and Best Song for Mary Poppins.

Ned Sherrin (born 18 February 1931 in Somerset, England) is a broadcaster, author and stage director.

Although he trained as a lawyer at Oxford University he became involved in theatre and joined British television at the founding of independent television in 1956, producing shows for ATV in Birmingham.

Burt Shevelove was born in Newark, New Jersey, graduated from Brown University and received a Master's degree in theater from Yale. While at Yale, he wrote lyrics for a musical version of Plautus's Mostellaria and later became the resident director for the Yale Dramatic Association. After serving as an ambulance driver in World War II, he began a career as a writer, director and producer for radio and television, working with such stars as Judy Garland, Red Buttons, Jack Paar, Cyril Richard, Nancy Walker and Victor Borge; his work won him Emmy and Peabody Awards.

DAVID SHIRE wrote the music for Baby (Tony nominations for Best Score and Musical) and Big (nominated for Best Score). Off-Broadway credits include Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nomination), Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Award for Best Musical and Score), Urban Blight (MTC), The Sap of Life, and incidental scores for As You Like It (NYSF), The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, The Loman Family Picnic, Shmulnik's Waltz and Visiting Mr. Green.

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Michael Silversher is a Grammy Award winning songwriter (Elmo in Grouchland), with three primetime Emmy nominations, including two for Winnie-the-Pooh and one for The Muppets who collaborated with Joy Sikorski to create SingBabySing ® s exclusive prenatal and infant music singing CD for moms, dads, grandparents, nurses and early childhood educators.

NEIL SIMON has been represented on Broadway by Come Blow Your Horn; Little Me; Barefoot in the Park; The Odd Couple; Sweet Charity; The Star-Spangled Girl; Plaza Suite; Promises, Promises; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; The Gingerbread Lady; The Prisoner of Second Avenue; The Sunshine Boys; The Good Doctor; God's Favorite; California Suite; Chapter Two; They're Playing Our Song; I Ought to Be in Pictures; Fools; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Biloxi Blues (1985 Tony Award); the new version of The Odd Couple; Broadway Bound; Rumors; Lost in Yonkers (1991 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award); Jake's Women; The Goo
is a playwright whose work been presented at theatres around the country, including NYC Town Hall, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the New York Theatre Workshop, English National Opera, the Boston Conservatory of Music and Franklin Furnace.  Using the safety net of comedy to explore life-and-death issues, his work examines man's struggle to claim his place in a chaotic universe.  Having written for the stage, film, television and the concert stage, David was commissioned by the Brave New World Festival at Town Hall.
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Matthew Sklar is a Tony®, Emmy®, and Drama Desk Award-nominated composer. His works include the Broadway musicals Elf and The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Music). He also wrote the music for The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre), Judas & Me, and Wicked City (American Stage Company).

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Glenn Slater (Lyrics) co-created Disney's 2010 worldwide smash Tangled (2011 Grammy Winner, 2010 Oscar and Golden Globe nominee), as well as the Broadway and international hit musicals Sister Act (2011 Tony nominee - Best Score) and The Little Mermaid (2008 Tony nominee - Best Score, Grammy nominee - Best Cast Album), and, most recently School of Rock (2015).

Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 - September 26, 1937) was an early American blues singer born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Initially hired as a dancer, she landed her first job with the Moses Stokes company, a show that also included Ma Rainey, who did not teach Bessie to sing but probably helped her develop a stage presence. Smith began developing her own act around 1913, at Atlanta's "81" Theatre and by 1920 she had gained a reputation in the South and along the Eastern Seaboard.

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STEPHEN SONDHEIM wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (1962), ANYONE CAN WHISTLE (1964), COMPANY (1970), FOLLIES (1971), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (1973), T

John Philip Sousa (November 6, 1854 - March 6, 1932), is probably the most famous marching band conductor (although his band rarely marched) and composer in history. He wrote well over 100 marches; some of his most popular are:

" Semper Fidelis (1888)
" The Washington Post March (1889)
" The Thunderer (1889)
" The Liberty Bell (1893)
" Manhattan Beach March (1893)
" King Cotton (1895)
" The Stars and Stripes Forever (1896)
" El Capitan (1896)
" Hands Across the Sea (1899)
" Fairest of the Fair (1908)

Fred Spielman - composer, pianist. Born Fritz Spielman, 20 Nov 1906, Vienna, Austria, died 21st March 1997. He was educated at the Academy of Music, Vienna where he studied with Josef Meyer, Josef Marx & Franz Schmidt and received the Master Degree. He came to USA in 1939. He changed his name to Fred, rapidly mastered the English language and embarked on a successful career. Spielman enjoyed a career as a concert pianist and composer for films and musical theatre.

Martin Starkie was born in London. Educated at Oxford University where he was a pupil of Nevill Coghill. Trained for the theater at LAMDA, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In England he has been an actor, writer and director for the theater, radio, and TV. The idea of making a stage play and musical of CANTERBURY TALES originated with him. He directed his own dramatization at the Oxford Playhouse in England in 1964. This formed the basis for the present musical.
specializes in writing for children s and family audiences. He received a Southern Regional Emmy nomination for his scripts for educational science programming. His Pinocchio and the Land of Toys, a musical story (in the tradition of Peter and the Wolf), commissioned by the Bronx Arts Ensemble, with music by Johannes Somary, premiered in the fall of 2004. He also authored American Tales and Legends, a theatrical concert, for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
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Joseph Stein started his career in television and was one of a noted group of writers on Your Show of Shows and The Sid Caesar Show. His first work for the theatre was as co-author of Plain And Fancy, the hit musical about the adventures of a pair of sophisticated New Yorkers living among the Amish in Pennsylvania. His next show was Mr. Wonderful, starring Sammy Davis, Jr. He created the libretto for the Bock and Harnick musical The Body Beautiful. His next librettos were for Take Me Along, based on Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness.;and Juno, with score by Marc Blitzstein.

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Cheri Steinkellner has won four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, The People s Choice, BAFTA, Writers Guild Award, Parents Choice and TV-Land Legend Awards, for writing and producing Cheers (recently named one of the Top 10 Best Written Comedies in TV history), and The Jeffersons, Facts of Life, Family Ties and Who's The Boss, and for creating the acclaimed Disney animated Saturday morning TV series and feature film, Teacher s Pet.
David I. Stern began his career working on the Broadway productions of MISS SAIGON,Nick & Nora, and BIG. He was soon infected with the desire to put pen to paper and wrote the plays Dreams & Stuff and Finders of Lost Luggage. After a small detour into directing with the New York revival of Starting Here, Starting Now (nominated for a MAC Award) and a stint with The American Project at Circle in the Square, he transitioned into radio by writing for NPR's The 1990's Radio Hour and a Half.

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have been writing musicals together since they met at Exeter University over thirty years ago. During that time they have written the scores for the Olivier-Award-nominated BETTY BLUE EYES, SOHO CINDERS, HONK!, JUST SO, PETER PAN - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, TUTANKHAMUN and the new songs, dance and vocal arrangements for the world-wide smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of MARY POPPINS.

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Jeffrey Stock is the recipient of a 2001-02 Guggenheim Fellowship for music composition and the 2003 Jonathan Larson Musical Theater Foundation Award. He composed the music for the Tony-nominated Broadway musical TRIUMPH OF LOVE, starring Betty Buckley, F. Murray Abraham and Susan Egan, named by USA Today as the best new musical of 1997-98. Original Broadway Cast album released by Jay Records. In 1998 he composed LULIE THE ICEBERG, a symphonic and choral narrative based on a story by HIH Princess Takamado of Japan. LULIE was premiered at Carnegie Hall by the Orchestra of St.
Michael Stockler received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to complete the musical arrangements for Quilt, and "Victim of AIDS," from Quilt, was featured in Here's To Our Friends (MAC award winner 1992-best revue). At Playwrights Horizons, Michael worked on six productions, including She Loves Me, Company, Survival Kitsch, Four Jews in a Room Bitching and March of the Falsettos. Other credits as musical director include Little Mary Sunshine with Jean Stapleton, club acts at The Ballroom, Mickey's and Onstage, and numerous productions at summer theatres.
Peter Stone: One of the most accomplished Broadway bookwriters, Stone graduated from Bard College and earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He began writing for CBS Radio and soon moved to writing for television, including the shows Studio One, The Defenders (for which he won an Emmy Award); Asphalt Jungle and Espionage. He has written the plays Friend of the Family and Full Circle.
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SUSAN STROMAN (Choreographer) won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography for "A Christmas Carol." Her Broadway credits include, "The Producers", "Contact", "The Frogs", "The Music Man", "Thou Shalt Not", "Oklahmoma!", "Crazy For You", "Big", "Steel Pier", "Show Boat" and "Picnic." Off-Broadway credits include "And The World Goes 'Round" and "Flora The Red Menace." Susan is the recipient of five Tony Awards, ten Outer Critic Circle Awards, six Drama Desk Awards, two Olivier Awards and a record four Astaire Awards.

A long-standing member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in January 2002, an inductee into The Theater Hall of Fame, Charles Strouse's first Broadway musical, BYE BYE BIRDIE (1960), won him a Tony® Award and the London Critics Best Foreign Musical Award. In 1970, APPLAUSE, starring Lauren Bacall, achieved the same honors and his smash hit, ANNIE (1977), also won a Tony® for Best Score as well as two Grammy Awards®.

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JULE STYNE made B'way sing for 50 years as composer of High Button Shoes; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Two on the Aisle; Hazel Flagg; Gypsy; Peter Pan; Bells Are Ringing; Say Darling; Do Re Mi; Subways Are for Sleeping; Funny Girl; Fade Out-Fade In; Arturo Ui (the dramatic score); Hallelujah, Baby!; Red Shoes; Darling of the Day; Lorelei; and Sugar. His many film scores include Anchors Aweigh and My Sister Eileen as well as the title song of Three Coins in the Fountain.

SIR ARTHUR SEYMOUR SULLIVAN was the first holder of the Mendelssohn scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. His principal ambition was to be a serious composer -- thus the success of his collaboration with Gilbert did not satisfy him. Despite many serious compositions (the oratorios such as The Golden Legend and Kenilworth, and the grand opera Ivanhoe ), only the operettas remain popular, and two of his songs ( Onward Christian Soldiers and The Lost Chord ) continue to be sung
Bruce Sussman is the co-author of well over 150 published and recorded songs written for dozens of artist, films, television programs and stage musicals. The majority of these projects were written with his collaborator of more than 25 year, Barry Manilow. His impressive stage credits include authoring the book and/or lyrics for such shows as Harmony, Wendy Wasserstein s Miami, and Ted Tally s Coming Attractions (Obie Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist), and many of his songs have been featured in stage revues. Mr. Sussman s songs have been recorded by an array of artists including Mr.
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Jeffrey Sweet writer, graduated from NYU with a BFA in film in 1971, Jeffrey is a prolific and award winning writer. His works have been produced on television and stage. His Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of Hugh Whitemore s play PACK OF LIES was Emmy nominated for best TV movie and best script and won the Peabody Award. He has written pilots for Norman Lear, the Charles Brothers/Paramount, Columbia Television, Hearst Entertainment and a teleplay, THE VALUE OF NAMES for HBO (production pending).

Jo Swerling: Born in Russia in 1897, Jo Swerling was a playwright, screenwriter and vaudeville sketch writer. Mr. Swerling's long career began as a reporter and feature writer in New York and Chicago.

George Tabori (born May 24, 1914, Budapest) is a Hungarian writer and theatre director. He lives in Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria.

As a young man Tabori went to Berlin but left Germany in 1935 because of his Jewish descent. He went first to London, where he worked for the BBC, and after the Second World War (1947) to the United States, where he became a translator (mainly of works by Brecht and Max Frisch) and a screenwriter (for example for Hitchcock's 1953 movie, I CONFESS).

Jeff Tambornino

Book [Original, Musical] (Oct 22, 1986 - Oct 26, 1986)


James Taylor, born Mar 12, 1948 Boston, MA, USA. Husband of Carly Simon (1972 - 1983)
Lyricist & Composer.

Awards and nominations:
1978 Tony Award® Best Original Score - WORKING [nominee]

Music & Lyrics [Original, Musical] (May 14, 1978 - Jun 4, 1978).

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John Michael Tebelak originally wrote Godspell as his Masters Thesis project at Carnegie-Mellon in 1971. Subsequently, he directed productions of Godspell at La MaMa Theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Promenade Theatre, and on Broadway. He received the 1971 Drama Desk award for Most Promising Director. In 1972, Mr. Tebelak directed the play, Elizabeth I on Broadway, and off-Broadway staged The Glorious One in 1975 and Ka-Boom in 1980. He is also co-writer of the 1973 film of Godspell with David Greene. He was dramaturg for the Cathedral Church of St.

JEANINE TESORI won the Tony Award for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for the musical Fun Home, which is currently playing on Broadway. She has also written Tony-nominated scores for Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center; Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics, Dick Scanlan); Caroline, or Change (lyrics, Tony Kushner); and Shrek The Musical (lyrics, David Lindsay-Abaire). The production of Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre in London received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

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David Thompson, co-conceiver of AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND. His work was seen on London s West End with the new book for the smash hit revival of Kander and Ebb s 70, GIRLS, 70. Other Kander and Ebb projects include the book for the successful New York revival of FLORA, THE RED MENACE. For Public Television, he wrote the Boston Pops acclaimed BERNSTEIN ON BROADWAY with Bea Arthur. Other projects include a new adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, which was seen at the McCarter Theatre in the early 1990s.

David is a graduate of Northwestern s Medill School of Journalism.

James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 - November 2, 1961) was a U.S. humorist and cartoonist. Thurber was best known for his contributions (both cartoons and short stories) to The New Yorker.

Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio. He joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1927 and continued to contribute to the magazine through the 1950s.

Alex Timbers is a writer and director. Broadway: Peter and The Starcatcher (OBIE Award- Best Director, Tony nomination- Best Director), Rocky (Drama Desk and OCC nominations- Best Director), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also book writer, Tony nomination- Best Book, Drama Desk Award- Best Book, Lortel and OCC Awards- Best Musical), and The Pee-wee Herman Show.

Tom Toce (lyricist) is a NYC-based songwriter who has written several children s musicals as well as cabaret songs for some of the top nightclub artists, including Andrea Marcovicci and Tovah Feldshuh. He has written lyrics to three children s musicals for Theatreworks USA, and his adaptation of CURIOUS GEORGE (for which he also wrote the libretto) toured for eight years.

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Janice Torre - author. Born New Orleans, LA, attended Tulane University, Yale Drama School and University of Texas. She wrote the film score for TOM THUMB and contributed songs to such films as: LUXURY LINER, BIG CITY, IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME, NIGHT SONG, GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!

She wrote the book and lyrics for the first Dickens musical, THE STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN, (SCROOGE) (music by Fred Spielman) for NBC TV in 1956, which featured opera stars, Robert Weedy and Patrice Munsel; Walter Matthau played Scrooge in the 1978 stage production.

Pete Townshend was a member of The Who from 1962-82; the group's first recording was in 1964. He has written hundreds of songs, many of which have been chart hits. He has written and composed several major collections that have won international recognition; Tommy is the best known. Awarded the Ivor Novello Award by his songwriter peers in 1981 and the British Phonograph Industry Award in 1983 for service to the British music industry. In 1990, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He has been nominated for two Grammys and an Academy Award (for the Tommy film score).
Jackie Trent, born Yvonne Burgess in Newcastle-under-Lyne September 6 1940.

Jackie appeared in the pantomime "BABES IN THE WOOD" at the age of ten, her professional career started five years later, several years of cabaret in Britain and around the world, two record companies and a string of televison appearances.

By the time Jackie met Tony Hatch she was already writing material for her own stage act.

In 1965 Jackie topped the charts with "Where Are You Now".

SUSANA TUBERT's extensive background as a theatre director includes: the recent Off-Broadway premiere at the Directors' Company of "Bad Girls" by award winning author, Joyce Carol Oates; the world premiere of the critically acclaimed musical, "Four Guys Named Jose & and Una Mujer Named Maria!" co-produced Off-Broadway by Enrique Iglesias and Dasha Epstein and its subsequent run at the Actors' Playhouse in Miami, Florida; "Santa Concepcion" at the Joseph Papp
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Nathan Tysen (lyrics) and Chris Miller (music) have written THE BURNT PART BOYS (Book by Mariana Elder, finalist for the American Theatre Critics New Play Award, co-produced by the Vineyard Theatre and Playwrights Horizons Spring 2010), and THE MYSTERIES OF HARRIS BURDICK (Book by Joe Calarco, world premiere at Barrington Stage Co., Boston Globe Top Ten Pick of 2008).
Peter Udell is the co-author of the Broadway musicals PURLIE (two Tony nominations), SHENANDOAH (Tony Award for best book), ANGEL COMIN UPTOWN and AMEN CORNER.

A protégé of Frank Loesser, he has worked successfully in the music business since 1960, producing records and writing lyrics for such pop hits as Sealed With A Kiss, Save Your Heart for Me, Hurting Each Other and Warmed Over Kisses/Left Over Love.

Alfred Uhry has the distinguishing honor of being the only American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar award and a Tony award. A graduate of Brown University, Uhry left his native Atlanta for the bright lights of New York City as a newlywed in 1959 to become a lyricist. Struggling to make ends meet for almost twenty years, he hit success in 1976 with "The Robber Bridegroom"- a bawdy Southern fairy tale based on a Eudora Welty story for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical.

Björn Kristian Ulvaeus was born in Gothenburg on April 25, 1945. When he was six years old the family moved to the small town of Västervik, and this is where Björn grew up. In the mid-Fifties Björn fell in love with rock'n'roll and skiffle. By the early Sixties he was a member of a folk group called the West Bay Singers. In 1963 they entered a talent contest arranged by Swedish radio. This led to discovery by songwriter and publisher Stig Anderson and his partner, Bengt Bernhag. Stig and Bengt had recently started a record company called Polar Music.

Jack Urbont's work spans the realms of theatre, film, radio, and television. Growing up observing his father's work on Broadway and in broadcasting, he would later act on Broadway (Decision, Showboat), produce (All in Love, Juno and the Paycock) and compose (Livin' the Life, All In Love). Selected film credits include the themes to Iron Man I & II, Supercops, and the scores to Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Singles, and Young Doctors in Love. Mr.

Will Van Dyke is a New York-based composer/lyricist and music director. Will is the composer of Pages (CAP 21), Winnie the Pooh KIDS (Disney), and The Girls I ve Like Liked (Ars Nova). His songs have been performed at venues all over the country from Joe s Pub to Lincoln Center. Other works include Magnificent Climb (with Rick Elice) and The Gospel According To Stevie B (with Josh Halloway). Music direction credits include Kinky Boots (associate MD), Rent (MD), The Addams Family (keyboards), Grease (associate MD), and Wicked (keyboards).
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(1887-1959) was the first South American composer to become internationally famous. As a young man he was an orchestral player: on a fellowship from the Brazilian government he visited Paris from 1922 to 1926; and in 1931, he became superintendent of Musical Education in schools of Rio de Janeiro, and was founder of Orfeao de Professores, a teacher s training college. Owing to the huge number of his works, his devotion to his country s folk music, and his reform of Brazilian music education, Villa-Lobos became his country s leading composer of the first half of the twentieth century.
Robert Waldman has written primarily for the theater. Beginning his career as a protégé of Frank Loesser, his music has been heard in the World Premiere and Tony Award-Winning production of Alfred Uhry s THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, and also for the Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York and National Productions of DRIVING MISS DAISY, for which he won Chicago s Jefferson Award for Best Music in a Dramatic Work.
Chris Walker

For over twenty years, Chris has been associated with many West End and Broadway shows including GODSPELL, OLIVER!, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, MY FAIR LADY, TOMFOOLERY, ME AND MY GIRL, CABARET, FOLLIES and HOT SHOE SHUFFLE, as either Musical Director or Orchestrator. He has provided orchestrations for the movies SHIRLEY VALENTINE and IMPROMPTU. He is also a prolific composer and record producer.

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Fats Waller (May 21, 1904 - December 15, 1943) was an African-American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer. He was born Thomas Wright Waller in New York City.

Waller studied classical piano and organ before apprenticing himself to legendary Harlem stride pianist James P. Johnson. Johnson introduced Waller to the world of rent parties (a party with a piano player, designed to help pay the rent by charging the guests), and soon he developed a performing career.

John Douglass Wallop was the 17th John Douglass Wallop from an old Eastern Shore family. His love of baseball began when he was 5 years old, when his father took him to a Senators' game. A newspaper reporter by profession, he was the author of 13 novels, the second of which, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, was published in 1955 and became his best known work. Wallop died in 1985
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Dale Wasserman has served the theatre for over 50 years. In earlier days he roamed America as a hobo, riding freight trains and thereby avoiding any formal education whatsoever. At nineteen he gravitated into the theatre where he cut his teeth on every conceivable job - stage manager, lighting designer, director and producer among them. At age 33 he walked off the Broadway musical he was directing, abruptly deciding to become a writer. Since then, he has produced a continuous body of work for the theatre, film and television.
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Adam Watts and Andy Dodd have been writing and producing music together for over 6 years and have enjoyed a great deal of success from their combined efforts. Recently, they wrote and co-produced the RIAA Platinum selling breakout hit for Jesse McCartney, Beautiful Soul . A huge hit on radio, Beautiful Soul reached the top 5 on Billboard s Top 40 Mainstream chart, as well as spending 50 days in the top 10 on MTV s TRL.
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Jerome Weidman, (April 4, 1913-Oct 6,1998) made his debut as a novelist at 22 with I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE. He went on to publish more than 30 novels and volumes of short stories, among them THE ENEMY CAMP, THE SOUND OF BOW BELLS and THE FOURTH STREET EAST. Many were published in the magazines: Story, American Mercury and The New Yorker.

He made his debut in the theater with FIORELLO!

JOHN WEIDMAN has written the books for a wide variety of musicals, among them Pacific Overtures (Tony nomination, Best Book), Assassins (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), and Road Show (Lucille Lortel nomination, Best Musical), all with scores by Stephen Sondheim; Contact (Tony nomination, Best Book; Tony Award, Best Musical), co-created with director/choreographer Susan Stroman; Happiness, score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; Take Flight and Big (Tony nomination, Best Book), scores by Richard Maltby Jr.

Kurt Weill (1900-1950) began his career in the early 1920's, after a musical childhood and several years of study in Berlin. By the time his first opera, THE PROTAGONIST (Georg Kaiser), was performed in April 1926, he was an established young German composer. But he had already decided to devote himself to the musical theater, and his works with Bertolt Brecht soon made him famous all over Europe. He fled the new Nazi leadership in March 1933 and continued his indefatigable efforts, first in Paris (1933-35), then in the U.S. until his death.
Arnold Weinstein - Writer, Lyricist.


Translated Lyrics [Original, Musical, Revue] (Nov 5, 1979 - Jun 1, 1980)

Lyrics/Translated /Book adaption [Original, Play, Play with music]

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Jack Weinstock, a native New Yorker who attended Columbia College and was a graduate of NYU's Bellevue Medical College, was in private life a doctor. He did not start to write professionally until he met his collaborator Willie Gilbert, first as a patient and then as a friend. In addition to his successful writing career, "Dr. Jack" (as Weinstock's friends called him) successfully lived two lives, one as author and one as doctor. He was medical director of a life insurance company, surgeon at two hospitals, and had a Fifth Avenue medical practice. Jack Weinstock died in 1969.
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Hugh Wheeler was a novelist, playwright and screen writer. He wrote more than thirty mystery novels under the pseudonyms Q. Patrick and Patrick Quentin, and four of his novels were transformed into films: Black Widow, Man in the Net, The Green-Eyed Monster and The Man with Two Wives. For films he wrote the screenplays for Travels with My Aunt, Something for Everyone, A Little Night Music and Nijinsky.

JEFF WHITTY (Book) won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Avenue Q. Plays include The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, The Hiding Place, The Plank Project, Suicide Weather, and Balls. Theaters presenting his work include the Atlantic Theater Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Upcoming: Tales of the City: The Musical with music by Jake Shears and John Garden of the pop group Scissor Sisters, as well as Bring It On: The Musical with music by Tom Kitt, Amanda Green, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Deborah Wicks La Puma is a composer, music director and orchestrator. Her work for adults and children has been seen by thousands around the world, from Australia to Bahrain to the East Room of the White House, enjoying both popular and critical success. She is delighted to be working with Mo Willems again after the world premiere of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at the Kennedy Center.
Richard Wilbur (born March 1, 1921, in New York City) is a United States poet. He graduated from Amherst College in 1942, then fought in Europe during World War II. After a teaching stint at Harvard, he moved to Wesleyan University as Professor of English, a position he occupied there for the rest of his career. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and in 1987 was the second poet, after Robert Penn Warren to be named U.S. Poet Laureate.

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Frank Wildhorn's works span the worlds of popular, theatrical and classical music.

#1 New York Times Bestseller Mo Willems began his career as a writer and animator for PBS' Sesame Street, where he garnered 6 Emmy Awards for his writing. During his nine seasons at Sesame Street, Mo also served as a weekly commentator for BBC Radio and created two animated series, Nickelodeon's The Off-Beats and Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City. While serving as head writer for Cartoon Network's #1 rated show, Codename: Kids Next Door, Mo began writing and drawing books for children. His debut effort, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Paul Williams is the Oscar nominated composer and lyricist of a legendary string of world wide number one smash hits. His work includes such classic songs as The Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays" and "We've Only Just Begun," Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World," Three Dog Night's "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song" and Barbra Streisand's phenomenal "Evergreen". Williams is an accomplished musical performer and actor in his own right and scored films such as the 1970's remake of A Star is Born and The Muppet Movie.

Meredith Willson was born in 1902 in Mason City, Iowa. He learned to play the flute as a child and began playing semi-professionally while still in high school. After high school he left Iowa to study at the Damrosch Institute of Musical Art (later the Julliard School), receiving flute instruction from Georges Barrere, the world-renown flutist. While still attending the Institute, he was hired as principle flutist and piccolo player for the John Philip Sousa Band. He later joined the New York Philharmonic Orchestra where he was 1st flutist.

Peggy Pharr Wilson was born and raised in Dallas, Texas (6th generation Texan) where she received her BFA from Baylor University, but missed her college graduation ceremony to begin her first professional job with the Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado. Wilson was in the acting company there for three years, met a really cute techie boy named Tristan Wilson and had a summer romance that has lasted over 25 years.
Sandy Wilson was born in Sale, Cheshire, and educated at Harrow and Oxford. His career in the theatre began with contributions to Hermione Gingold's revue Slings and Arrows and Laurie Lister's Oranges and Lemons. In 1953 he wrote the celebrated pastiche The Boy Friend, for the Players' Theatre, which went on to become a hit in London, at Wyndham's (running for five years), on Broadway, and all over the world. Since then it has been revived, highly successfully, in the West End: at the Comedy in 1967 and in 1984 at the Albery.
Ben Winters has written the book and/or lyrics for three musicals: Slut which ran Off Broadway in the autumn of 2005; Spread the Word, the story of Paul Revere, currently touring the United States; and Breaking Up is Hard to Do, a musical comedy based around the songs of Neil Sedaka. His plays include Circus Music which Winters wrote and directed productions in Chicago (1999) and Los Angeles (2001); Marry Me Jo! which appeared at Manhattan's Open Plus Arts Lab in 1999, and Maryland which was given a staged reading by the Barrow Group in 2003.

Scott Wittman co-wrote (with Marc Shaiman) the lyrics for the Olivier Award wining musical "Hairspray", for which the pair received Tony and Grammy Awards. He also served as an executive producer on the hit film starring John Travolta. They teamed up again on Broadway for "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me", which he also directed, and "Catch Me If You Can", which received a Tony nomination for Best Musical. For their original songs on NBC's musical drama "Smash", Scott & Marc were nominated for two Emmy Awards, a Grammy and a Golden Globe.

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Linda Woolverton's writing credits include the screenplay for the animated feature film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award Best Picture nominee); the screenplay (shared) for HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY; screenplay (shared) for the animated feature film THE LION KING; the book for the Broadway musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, winner 1998 Olivier Award Best New Musical); and book (shared) for Elton John and Tim Rice's Broadway musical AIDA.

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Robert Wright born September 25, 1914 - (Daytona Beach) - died Wednesday August 2, 2005 (Miami) and George Chet Forrest born July 31, 1915 (Brooklyn) - died Oct. 10, 1999 (Miami) wrote together in the longest continual partnership in the history of musical theatre. They got their start in Hollywood and were equally comfortable writing for the screen or stage.

A varied career as a recording artist, Emmy-winning TV and film writer, music producer and pianist has somehow led Yazbek to a career on Broadway. His three shows, THE FULL MONTY, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, and WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN were all Tony nominated for Best Score. THE FULL MONTY won him the Drama Desk Award for Best Music.

Sherman Yellen, librettist, was nominated for a Tony Award for his book for The Rothschilds. His contribution to musical theatre includes his libretto for Rex, music by Richard Rodgers, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, recently revised and presented at The York Theatre in New York. He made his debut as a lyricist with his new World s Fair musical, Say Yes!, (music by Wally Harper), which premiered at The Berkshire Music Festival in the summer of 2000. Mr.
In addition to winning the Tony Award for Best Score for Titanic (which won the Tony for Best Musical), Maury Yeston also won the Tony and two Drama Desk Awards for his music and lyrics to Broadway s NINE (which won five other Tonys, including Best Musical, and was nominated for a Grammy Award and London s Olivier Award) when it first appeared on Broadway in 1982. The revival of NINE, starring Antonio Banderas, won the Tony Award for Best Revival in 2003, with a cast album released by PS Classics.
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BRIAN YORKEY (Librettist/Lyricist) received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the 2009 Tony Award for Best Score, for Next to Normal. Brian was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Next to Normal, and his work on the show earned him the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Score. He partnered again with the Next to Normal team on If/Then (Tony Award Nominee for Best Score) starring Idina Menzel. Brian co-wrote the libretto for The Last Ship with John Logan, with a score by Sting.

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Hans Zimmer received the Oscar®, Golden Globe, and two GRAMMY® awards for his original film score for the film version of The Lion King. He started his film-scoring career with My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985, and his other credits include six Oscar®-nominated film scores, among them Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, As Good as It Gets, and Rain Man. Additional credits include the GRAMMY®-winning score for Crimson Tide, Driving Miss Daisy, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down, and The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise. Mr. Zimmer also heads the film music division for DreamWorks SKG studios.
David Zippel, lyricist for THE GOODBYE GIRL. He wrote the lyrics for CITY OF ANGELS, with music by
Cy Coleman and book by Larry Gelbart, for which he received the 1990 Tony, NY Drama Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards.

With Marvin Hamlisch, he has written songs for the films FRANKIE AND JOHNNY and MISSING PIECES, and the text to his symphonic suite ANATOMY OF PEACE. With Wally Harper, he wrote numerous songs for Barbara Cook. A revue of his songs entitled IT S BETTER WITH A BAND played Off-Broadway and in London s West End.