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.


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 


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.


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".