CREATIVE TEAM

 

Laurence Holzman & Felicia Needleman  (book & lyrics)

Laurence Holzman & Felicia Needleman are the winners of the prestigious Kleban Award for Most Promising Musical Theatre Librettists, ASCAP’s Sammy Cahn Award for Outstanding Lyricists and the Theatre for the American Musical Prize for Most Promising Book Musical.  They have been collaborating on the book & lyrics of musicals for many years, after first meeting in Modern Drama class at Columbia College.  Their works include That Time of the Year (music by seven different composers; Off-Broadway premiere at the York Theatre Company; Original Cast Recording on JAY Records), The Jerusalem Syndrome (music by Kyle Rosen), Suddenly Hope (music by Morris Bernstein & Kyle Rosen) and I Married a Witch (music by Larry Applewhite), as well as the children’s musicals The Hudson River, We All Are America, and All the Same, with composer George Swietlicki.  They are also developing two original musical comedies, One Night (music by David Shenton) and Making Ends Meet (music by Jennifer Marks).  Laurence and Felicia are both alumni of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and members of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.   In addition to his work with Felicia, Laurence is the co-author (with Marc Goldsmith) of the original play and screenplay, The Queen is in the Parlour, and the original screenplay, Fella.  He is also a graduate of Columbia Law School and a member of the Board of Directors of the York Theatre Company.  Felicia toured in 42nd Street as a member of Actor’s Equity, and was a featured performer with the A & G Dance Company.  For several years, she was on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center, where she taught tap.  Her blog, UnwrittenRecipes.com, offering easy, delicious, family-friendly recipes, is steadily gaining in popularity.

 

BENJAMIN ROSENBLUTH  (MUSIC)

Benjamin Rosenbluth studied with Charles Wuorinen, Milton Babbitt, Kenny Baron and John Corigliano. MM Juilliard. BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Composed music for As You Like It (directed by John Rando), Herculina (directed by Christopher Durang), Six (“Composers and Choreographers” at Lincoln Center), Masada (York Theatre), The Necklace (West Bank Cafe Theatre), New Voices concert (Symphony Space, performed by Rebecca Luker & Judy Blazer). MD, Harvard Medical School. Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Chief of Radiation Oncology, Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, NJ.


MARTIN CHARNIN  (Director)

Martin Charnin is celebrating his 60th year in show business, having begun his career creating the role of Big Deal, one of the Jets, in the original company of West Side Story, and playing the part for exactly 1000 performances. Subsequently, he has been the lyricist, director, composer, librettist, or producer for over 160 theatrical productions on Broadway, off Broadway, in regional theatres, and on television, in cabarets, and concerts,---often serving in multiple capacities.  His musical theatre collaborators include Mary Rodgers, Vernon Duke, Edward Thomas, Richard Rodgers, Harold Arlen, Charles Strouse, Thomas Meehan, Joel Siegel, Peter Stone, Hugh Wheeler, Alan Jay Lerner, Marvin Hamlisch, and Keith Levenson. His Broadway credits include Zenda, Mata Hari, La Strada, Nash at Nine, Two by Two, Annie, I Remember Mama, The First, Lena Horne, The Lady and Her Music, Annie Warbucks, Upstairs at O'Neal's, The No-Frills Revue, Cafe Crown, Laughing Matters, A Little Family Business, Sid Caesar on Broadway, and the first National Lampoon show, which gave birth to Saturday Night Live in 1975. He has directed Annie (which opened in 1977, and became the 26th longest running musical in Broadway history) 19 times, in New York, London, Amsterdam, Australia, and his latest production is now in the 3rd year of its tour in the US. Annie has also been produced by Hollywood 3 times.  He has directed, and written for, among others, such luminaries as Fred Astaire, Anne Bancroft, Barbra Streisand, Bill Murray, Jack Lemmon, Shirley McLaine, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Susan Sarandon, Betty Hutton, Jane Lynch, Sutton Foster, Tony Randall, Ethel Merman, Larry Kert, Chita Rivera, Jason Alexander, Andrea McArdle, Angela Lansbury, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Catherine Zeta Jones (who made her stage debut as Molly in the first London production of Annie). He has received 4 Tony Nominations, 2 Tony Awards, 4 Drama Desk Nominations, 3 Drama Desk Awards, 6 Grammy Nominations, 2 Grammy Awards, 3 Emmy Awards, 3 Gold Records, 2 Platinum Records, the Peabody Award for Broadcasting, and the First George M. Cohan Award. He is one of the dozen or so active industry professionals who has won a Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony. He is married to Broadway singer and actress, Shelly Burch.


BEOWULF BORITT  (SET & PROJECTION DESIGN)

Upcoming: Sunday in the Park with George, Come from Away, Prince of Broadway. Broadway: A Bronx Tale: The Musical, Act One (Tony Award), The Scottsboro Boys (Tony Nomination), Therese Raquin (Tony Award Nomination), Hand To God, On The Town, Sondheim On Sondheim, …Spelling Bee , LoveMusik, Rock Of Ages, Chaplin, Bronx Bombers, GraceThe Two And Only. Off- Broadway: 100 shows including The Toxic Avenger, The Last Five Years, Miss Julie, Roundabout, Manhattan Theater Club, Public, 2nd Stage, Vineyard, Manhattan Class Company, Primary Stages, and the New Group. Other Designs: The Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Ballet) and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He received a 2007 OBIE Award for sustained excellence.  Beowulf also recently starred in Microsoft’s Bringing Ideas to Life commercial.


ANN HOULD-WARD  (COSTUME DESIGN)

Select Broadway: The Color Purple, The Visit, The People in the Picture; A Free Man of Color (Drama Desk Nomination), A Catered Affair (Drama Desk Nomination), Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award), Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations), Falsettos, Sunday in the Park With George (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations); Saint Joan; Little Me. Off-Broadway: Pacific Overtures, Classic Stage Company; Dead Poets Society, Classic Stage Company; Notes from the Field, Second Stage; Passion, Classic Stage Company; Russian Transport; The Blue Flower, Road Show; Lobster Alice; Cymbeline.  Ms. Hould-Ward’s work can be seen in over 35 International companies of Beauty and the Beast, and her other designs are featured in shows all over the world.   More than 100 regional theatre credits.  Recipient of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Patricia Zipprodt Award.


KEN BILLINGTON  (LIGHTING DESIGN)

is an international lighting designer working in theatre, television and architecture.  Almost 100 Broadway designs include original production of Sweeney Todd and the current Chicago, which is the longest running American musical in history.  Chicago has also been seen in over 20 countries all with the original lighting.  His many touring productions both in the USA and Great Britain include such shows as Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, White Christmas, Disney’s High School Musical and High School Musical 2 among others.  West End productions include the original Sweeney Todd, Chicago, High School Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, What the Butler Saw, The Scottsboro Boys and White Christmas.  Spectaculars include The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show for 27 years as well as the Las Vegas production show Jubilee!  Many nightclub and concert acts for such stars as Shirley MacLanie, Liberace and Hugh Jackman.  Also over one hundred opera productions worldwide including Porgy and Bess for Milan’s La Scalla, Madrid’s Theatro Real and Opera Bastille.  In Theme parks his work includes the original Fantasmic! at Disneyland California, Shamu Shows for Seaworld parks in Florida, California and Texas.  He currently has nine shows running at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Virginia.  His architectural work can be seen in clubs and restaurants in the US and Asia and include such landmarks as New York’s Tavern on the Green and 54 Below.  Ken is the recipient of many awards including the Tony (Broadway), Luman (architecture), Ace (television) and LDI and USITT Lighting Designer of the Year. In 2015 he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.


PETER FITZGERALD  (SOUND DESIGN)

Peter Fitzgerald designed over 100 Broadway and Off Broadway shows. Resent productions include: China Doll, Trip of Love, Sylvia, Daddy Long Legs, and the acclaimed production of Into the Woods at the Hobby Center in Houston. Mr. Fitzgerald designed the sound for: All the Way, Old Jews Telling Jokes, The New York Philharmonic’s productions of Sweeney Todd and Carousel, Will Farrell’s Your Welcome America, Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out, Swing! Gypsy, Paul Simon’s The Capeman, The Will Rogers Follies, 42nd Street, La Cage Aux Folles, City of Angles, Hello Dolly!, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas to name a few. Noted plays: Race, Glengary Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, Blithe Spirit, The Odd Couple, M. Butterfly, A Thousand Clowns, The Beauty Queen of Leenane. President of Sound Associates, Inc., a leading provider of sound and video systems to the entertainment and business communities. Peter and wife Maritza are the proud parents of daughters Lori and Mallori.


BINDER CASTING/JAY BINDER, CSA  (CASTING)

Upcoming projects include: Intermission, Austen’s Pride, When Pigs Fly, Southern Rapture. Broadway includes:  In Transit, Lion King, Dames at Sea, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, , Nice Work If You Can Get It, Born Yesterday, The Miracle Worker, Finian’s Rainbow, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, The 39 Steps, White Christmas, Is He Dead?, Inherit The Wind, Journey’s End, Butley, Virginia Woolf, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Movin’ Out,  42nd Street, Music Man, Iceman Cometh, Charlie Brown, Sound of Music, Beauty & the Beast, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Chicago, King & I, Damn Yankees, Lost in Yonkers, Jake’s Women, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, The Goodbye Girl. Film/TV: Dreamgirls, Chicago, Nine, Hairspray, Carousel (PBS/NY Phil), Six by Sondheim (HBO). Regional/Other: Hartford Stage (currently 5th season), NY City Center Encores!, Twelve–time Artios Award winner. Part of RWS Entertainment Group.


DARREN R. COHEN  (MUSICAL DIRECTOR)

Broadway/Off Broadway: A Chorus LineChicago, Fosse, Carnegie Hall w/ Michael Feinstein, Make Me A Song (New World Stages- orig cast recording), Zombie Prom(Variety Arts -orig cast recording), Carnival, Anyone Can WhistleA…My Name Is Still Alice, The Fantasticks, And the World Goes ‘Round NunsenseShow Me Where the Good Times Are. Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, Center Stage-Baltimore, Studio Theatre (DC), Goodspeed, North Shore Music Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, The MUNY, Kansas City Starlight, Asolo. Author: The Complete Professional Audition (Back Stage Books), and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. www.darrenrcohen.com 


JONATHAN TUNICK  (ORCHESTRATIONS)

Long regarded as Broadway’s preeminent orchestrator, Jonathan Tunick is known for his facility and creativity in scoring the works of others, primarily those of Stephen Sondheim. He is, however, also a skilled and versatile composer who has written in all forms; orchestral, chamber and vocal, as well as film scores for Mike Nichols, Franco Zeffirelli and Sidney Lumet, and TV classics Murder, She Wrote and Columbo.  A native New Yorker, Jonathan Tunick grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and was educated at the High School of Music and Art, Bard College and Juilliard. He has been awarded honorary Doctorates by Bard College and Oklahoma City University.  Previously holding the Emmy, Grammy and Academy Awards, in 1997, for Titanic, he was awarded the fist Tony ever given for orchestration, making him one of the very few persons holding all four major awards. In 2009 he was inducted into Broadway’s Theatre Hall of Fame. 


RICHARD FRANKEL & JOE WATSON  (EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS)

Richard Frankel and Joe Watson (Executive Producers/General Managers) have been working together for the past 20 years in New York and on tour in the U.S. Shows general managed by Richard Frankel Productions and FGTM include The Encounter, Stomp, Penn & Teller, Smokey Joe's Café, The Sound of Music, The Weir, Swing!, The Producers, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, Company, Young Frankenstein, GypsyThe Norman Conquests, Finian's Rainbow, Burn the Floor, A Little Night Music, The Rocky Horror Show, Forever TangoStanding on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, Necessary Targets, Old Jews Telling Jokes, Murder Ballad, Los Monólogos de la Vagina, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion and Flashdance. Richard and his partners Tom Viertel and Steve Baruch own and operate Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's supper club.


SERINO COYNE  (ADVERTISING/MARKETING)

Serino Coyne is the nation's longest-running theatrical advertising agency, founded in 1977. They have made it their business to sell tickets to live theatre and measure success by the longevity of the shows they handle. Current clients include: Aladdin, Beautiful, Dear Evan Hansen, Manhattan Theater Club, On Your Feet, Present Laughter, Second Stage Theater, Sunset Boulevard, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, The Tony Awards, War Paint and Wicked.


INTERNATIONAL RAOUL WALLENBERG FOUNDATION  (ASSOCIATE PRODUCER)

The mission of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation is to develop educational programs and public awareness campaigns based on the values of solidarity and civic courage, ethical cornerstones of Raoul Wallenberg and other saviors of the Holocaust.  The  Foundation, which has offices in New York, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Rio de Janeiro, is proud to be an Associate Producer of Wallenberg and is currently accepting fully tax-deductible donations earmarked for "Wallenberg the Musical".