Tony Gibbs is a UK songwriter working on a new musical called ‘Twist and Turn’ set against the backdrop of the Isle of Man TT races. The storyline features the world superbike champion returning to the island of his birth after an absence of six years re-opening family conflict as well as dark secrets about his past being uncovered.
Motorbikes, mythology, lust, power and revenge all feature in this modern musical featuring all new rock songs.
Freelance Writer. Ginger. Broadway Fan. Featured on: Encore Atlanta, BroadwayWorld.com, and the Huffington Post.
A theatre aficionado with a passion for telling people’s stories, I have had the privilege of interviewing local theatre professionals as well as multi-award-winning celebrities including Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, Taylor Hicks, and Vanessa Williams.
My two greatest passions are theatre and writing. For the past eight years, I have written about theatre in varying capacities, which currently include theatre criticism, interviews, and theatre fan features. I love using writing as a way to celebrate theatre as a cultural necessity.
My lifelong background in and extensive study of theatre have given me a discerning eye for professional theatre criticism. Through a love for connecting with people, I have developed a propensity for quickly building rapport with and drawing authentic stories out of interviewees. My goal is to dive into what makes artists unique as people, not just highlight their accomplishments. As a self-proclaimed theatre nerd, I also have the ability to craft opinion pieces targeted at Broadway nerds like me.
Since 2011, my work has been featured in the #1 theatre news website in the world (BroadwayWorld.com), the Huffington Post, Encore Magazine, and the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival.
Bobby Cronin is an award-winning composer/writer for theatre, short film, web, dance, and more. His projects include: Mary & Max [based on the clyamation film] with bookwriter Crystal Skillman which had its World Premiere at Theatre Calgary in the fall of 2018 and will have its European Premiere at Austria’s Theatre Linz in 2019, won the 2018 MUT Critics Award in Germany, Pace New Musicals 2018, SigWorks Finalist 2018; ‘Til Death Do Us Part (World Premiere 2020, 2018-2020 SDSU New Works Award; 2017 SigWorks Finalist; 2016 Overtures Series directed by Kent Nicholson) with bookwriter Caroline Prugh; a handful of songs in Off-Bway’s Camp Morning Wood; Till Soon, Anne with bookwriter/lyricist Christine Toy Johnson which had a residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center; Concrete Jungle, commissioned in 2011 for London’s esteemed ArtsEd (President: Andrew Lloyd Webber) opened in London June 2012, had a lab presentation at West Texas A&M 2015 and made the short list for the New American Musical Theatre Prize; Daybreak (winner of the 2011 New Jersey Playwrights Contest) premiered in Wayne, NJ & London’s Tristan Bates Theatre June 2012. His latest commission PSYKIDZ was produced in concert by A Class Act NY and now ready to be produced. Bobby composed the scores and songs for several musical films, which have been in festivals all over the country. He was part of the 2015 Prospect Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway show Fright Night where his 15-minute musical My Boyfriend Is An Alien written with Christine Toy Johnson premiered. His music won “Best Score of a Mockumentary” for the webseries Thank You, Next and Best Music/Lyrics for Ten Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You in 2010’s MITF. Bobby is one of the four NEO Writers for the York Theatre Company’s 2014-2015 season with Stephen Flaherty as his mentor.
BRAD ROSS - Winner of the Richard Rodgers Award, composer Brad Ross has three musicals published by Samuel French.
The Kennedy Center commissioned and premiered Brad’s musical THE TALES OF CUSTARD THE DRAGON, based on the books by Ogden Nash. His musical, LITTLE BY LITTLE, ran Off-Broadway at New York’s York Theatre Company with Vocal Selections published by Alfred Music.
Brad is a graduate of Cornell University (Bachelor of Music) and NYU (Masters from Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program).
BARBARA CAMPBELL - Began writing for the theatre in elementary school, adapting such classics as Cinderella and Peter Pan, and creating an original “Time Tunnel” episode for a sixth grade presentation on the Incas.
Barbara was accepted into the Lehman Engel-BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where she met Just Desserts composer Brad Ross. Since then, she has written more than a dozen musicals for children and families and numerous choral pieces.
Barbara’s musicals have been presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Global Search for New Musicals, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals. Her musical adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd was optioned for Broadway.
Maisie is originally from Swindon, and is a classically trained flautist, pianist and musical theatre vocalist, with a passion for music theory. She is currently in her third year at Bath Spa University studying a BA in music specializing in performance and composition.
Billy Recce is a Billboard charting, two-time MAC and NEO award-winning writer, composer and singer/songwriter living in New York City.
One of the most prolific young musical theatre writers of his generation, Billy’s career began with the award winning and international headline making Balloon Boy: The Musical, for which he was the youngest writer ever selected for the New York Musical Theatre Festival at 17. Its World Premiere Production was featured on CBS, NBC, NPR, Colorado Public Radio, TIME.com, the LA Times, and even Fox News, and has since been produced across the country.
By the time he was a senior at Fordham University, he had already penned the music and lyrics to a hit off-broadway musical; the long running “A Musical About Star Wars,” which transferred to St. Luke’s Theatre for a year long run after an initial run at Theatre Row. It is slated to re-open once the New York Theatre Shutdown ends, and its cast album is available on Broadway Records.
JEFFREY LODIN and WILLIAM SQUIER have collaborated on the musicals Disney’s Doug Live! (Walt Disney World), 100 Years into the Heart (Village Theater Festival of New Musicals, Spirit of Broadway, NYMF), Top of the Heap (Gallery Players, SBT, NMTN “Director’s Choice”, Global Search for New Musicals, Curtain Call, New Voices in the Heartland), Rebels 1775 (Starlight Theatre, SBT), A Merry Mulberry Street Musical (Curtain Call), Baby Bumps (Curtain Call, B.T. McNicholl, dir., Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival’s The PiTCH) and their latest collaboration, Love on Ice (Book & Co-Lyrics: Bill Nabel). In 2013, the team was commissioned to write a musical stage adaptation of the successful children’s book Merrilee Mannerly, in collaboration with authors Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple. They were also commissioned by the Spirit of Broadway Theater to write the score for Benedict Arnold, in collaboration with Pulitzer-nominated playwright Richard Vetere. Their songs have appeared on television: P.B.&J. Otter; film: Doug’s First Movie; and at the International Children’s Festival. Both Jeff and Bill are members of the Dramatists Guild and BMI.
We speak with Alexander S. Bermange (composer/lyricist), Chris Whittaker (director/choreographer ), Luke Bayer (Leading Man) of the musical 'I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical'.
An award-winning comedic musical revue revealing the secrets of musical theatre; productions in London, Edinburgh, and Seoul.
Sean is the founder & managing Artistic Director of 4Score productions which was founded by in 2019.
Sean Yauk (BA, MAAL) is a professional arts manager, producer, music director, and composer from Toronto, Canada. With a combined interest in musical theatre, politics, and classical music, he spent several years exploring live performance as an actor, musician, director, researcher, arranger, and writer. He completed an academic research project exploring the impacts of commercial theatre venues in Canadian cities. This inspired him to continue to write about the commercial musical theatre industry! Currently, Sean serves as the owner and managing artistic director of 4Score. He also serves as a fund development and management consultant associated with Global Philanthropic, specializing in strategic development work for not for profit arts organizations.
We speak with the creator and stars of the short film 'Non-Eq'
Stacy and Michael dream of being in a Broadway musical, but they are still at the bottom of the industry as non-equity (non-union) actors living in New York City. Full of determination to build their careers, they race to be seen at an audition for a regional theater production currently casting in the city, but it’s not an easy life being Non-Eq!
Matthew is an artist, educator, and community leader. His artistic body of work is multi-disciplinary and some of his favorite projects are: A Christmas Carol, an eight-minute solo-performance; Read, Sing; Resist, Melania Trump; The Talking Cure Speaks; Gay Fantasia, a late-night immersive event; CHICKEN, a solo-performance journey of life, liberty, and the pursuit of healthiness in the shadow of HIV, as well as directing productions of FROST/NIXON and 1984.
As an educator he has taught at independent schools, colleges and universities across the nation. His students have gone on to careers starring in Broadway shows, television, and major motion pictures. In 2006, Matthew was a member of faculty awarded the Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award from the John F. Kennedy Center’s Alliance for the Arts Education Network.
Matthew is the Producing Executive Director at St Lou Fringe and Director of the Emerging Leaders Program & Member Relations for FOCUS St. Louis. He also owns an independent arts company named, The Drama Club STL.
Matthew was honored to be named one of the 2020 Diverse Business Leaders by the St. Louis Business Journal last year for his work with St Lou Fringe.
Originally from Swansea, South Wales, Annemarie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1989. The degree majored in music with voice & piano as joint first instruments and trumpet as her third instrument. On leaving college she co-founded the TIE Top Hat Theatre Company, writing original mini-musicals for schools on any subject the schools required.
In 2009 Annemarie opened her own drama college – The MTA. In 2012 it was named as the School of the Year in The Stage 100 Awards. In 2017 it became the only college to win the award for a second time.
Devanand Janki is an award winning Director-Choreographer based in New York City. His credits include, Off-B’way: Zanna, Don’t! (Winner Lortel, Callaway and GLAAD Awards), Junie B. Jones (Lortel nomination.), Henry and Mudge (Lortel nom.), The Yellow Brick Road (Callaway Nom.), Skippyjon Jones (Lortel Nom.), This One Girl’s Story, Cupid and Psyche, Love and Real Estate and Romantic Poetry. The All Star Broadway concerts for the Actors Fund: Hair, Funny Girl, Dreamgirls (Assoc.) and Seth Rudestky’s Broadway 101. Lincoln Center: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Babes in Toylandand Anything Goes in concert (Choreo. Assist.); 9 years as Artistic Assoc. for BC/EFA’s Broadway Bares. Regional Theatre: The Wings of Ikarus Jackson , Barrio Grrrl! (Kennedy Center), Rent, The Rocky Horror Show (Hangar Theatre) Disney’s Aladdin (Chicago Shakespeare), Asphalt Beach, Full Monty, Scarlet Pimpernel, Man of La Mancha. TYA tours: Martha Speaks, Nate the Great, If You Give a Pig Pancake, The Berenstain Bears and The Jack Sprat Low Fat World Tour at the Wharton Center. As a performer Dev has appeared on Broadway in Cats, Miss Saigon, The King and I and Side Show and tours of West Side Story and A Chorus Line. He is the Artistic Director of Live & In Color which develops new plays and musicals for diverse artists.
Set in the tumultuous political and cultural landscape of the UK in the 1980s, Billy & the Dreamerz tells the story of a small-town band presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. As winner of a national music contest, Billy & the Dreamerz are offered the ultimate prize, a tour of the USA. On the eve of their departure tragedy strikes and Billy must choose between love, fame and family.
From tender ballads to protest rock songs, Billy & the Dreamerz rides on the ‘New Wave’, telling a moving story of Love, Hope and Dreamz.
Billy & the Dreamerz arrives at a time of resurgent interest in all things 80’s, uniting music fans across multiple generations. With its emphasis on the strong bonds of friendship in the face of working class struggles, Billy & the Dreamerz is a modern Musical inspired by the Dickens classics ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ (novel) and ‘Oliver!’ (Musical).
Refracted through the lens of 1980’s music and culture, Billy & the Dreamerz explores the gulf between opportunity and obligation - a gulf that is ultimately bridged by love.
Nat has been playing piano since he was three years old. A proud native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Nat performs one-man shows and concerts across the country. Nat is also a writer/composer and recording artist. He has written music and original material for CBS’ “The Good Fight,” and his original album “Fly More Than You Fall” (not the musical) is available on iTunes! He has written three original musicals with writing partner Eric Holmes, including “Fly More Than You Fall.”
Eric’s musical Fly More Than You Fall that he wrote with Nat Zegree, premiered at the NOORDA Center in Orem, Utah in 2019 where it won nine regional Broadway World Awards, including Best Musical and Best New Work.
Marc started his own agency Premier Party Servers, Inc. in 1989. He later developed an elevated version of that staffing company - Model Bartenders, Inc. in 2001. Since then both of those agencies have staffed and produced over 20,000 events. Gemini Theatrical Investors, LLC. began in 2013 - formed to correspond with Marc's passion for investing in Broadway and West End shows. Highlighted credits include - Now: Company (Broadway) • Tina -The Tina Turner Musical (Broadway) • Hadestown - (Broadway-Tony Award ) • My Fair Lady (USA Tour) Upcoming: Fly More Than You Fall • American Buffalo (Broadway).
David Warrack was born in Calgary, and first performed on the radio when he was five. It’s pretty much been non-stop since then. He has a commanding presence in every facet of the arts/entertainment industry.
David has a varied career as a Composer, Conductor, Pianist, Vocalist, Lyricist, Librettist, Arranger, Orchestrator, Music Director, Director, Satirist, Comedian, Actor, Poet, Producer, Impresario, Bon Vivant, and Hockey Coach – he has truly done it all! And judging by his project board, “he’s only just begun”.
As a writer, he has had 66 shows produced professionally and he has been Musical Director for over two hundred productions across North America, including Shenandoah starring John Cullum on Broadway.
He won a Dora Mavor Moore Award in Toronto for his production of Toronto, Toronto, and for outstanding Music Direction on the production of Closer Than Ever.
Veteran Broadway press agent Jim Byk is the co-founder of The Press Room, a theatrical and entertainment publicity office based in New York City.
Current clients include Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Born for This, Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, Broadway Black’s The Antonyo Awards, Beyond Babel, Working Girl The Musical, Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist, Havana Music Hall, Make Some Noise: The Legend of Frankie Wilde, Out of the Box Theatrics’ The Last Five Years and Baby, Vineyard Theatre, The Wooster Group, Barrington Stage Company, Miami New Drama’s Seven Deadly Sins, Why Not Theatre’s Mahabharata for the Shaw Festival, actor/pianist Hershey Felder, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Hunter Theater Project, Theatre Row, New York Classical Theatre, Swamp Motel, Shakespeare’s Globe and Southern California’s 3-D Theatricals.
Ernest has been singing, dancing, and acting professionally since childhood. His formal training began at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. A protégé of famed vocal teacher Katie Agresta, Ernest credits her for helping him develop his critically acclaimed vocal talents. He has studied dance with the American Ballet Theater and the respected choreographers' Chuck Kelly and Drew Packolyk.
A recording artist and multi-talented performer, he has become a celebrated force within the music industry with an impressive body of international hits. With 21 consecutive “Top Ten” smash singles, seventeen of which soared to the Number One position in Dance Music Authority (DMA), Billboard, Street Sound and Dance Music Report’s (DMR) Top Fifty charts and Dance Radio charts
James is the founder of Broadway Radio, a podcast that everyday delivers all the news from the Great White Way. Their podcast can be heard on Musical Theatre Radio Monday through Friday at 8am and 8pm EST
More Info: www.BraodwayRadio.com
David Sisco and Laura Josepher run ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com a subscription website that connects voice teachers, students and musical theatre professionals with today’s best contemporary writers and songs.
More Info: www.contemporarymusicaltheatre.com
Douglas Lyons is an accomplished actor and one half of the writing team of Lyons & Pakchar. Douglas's works include Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, Five Points and Beau.
More Information: www.lyonsandpakchar.com
Craig Christie is a prolific writer with over 30 musicals to his name. A former teacher from Australia, he now makes a full time living writing musicals.
Donald Sanborn III is a copyright assistant, composer, freelance writer and theatre reviewer. He is also a founding member of the From Scratch Performance Company.
Holly Reed is the Owner/Chief Excitement Officer of musicalwriters.com. This website was created to help Musical Theatre creators develop their works as well as give them a central location for resources such as producing tips, writing tips as well as a wealth of other knowledge to help creators succeed.
Twitter: @musicalwriters @hollyreed13
jackbenny is comprised of twin brothers, Jack and Benny Lipson, a writing and performing duo based in California
Meet the creative team behind the up coming Off Broadway hit " The Green Room"
Music and Lyrics by Chuck Pelletier
Book by C. Stephen Foster and Rod Damer
Athena So and Shannon Murtagh, a couple of women in their early twenties blazing a trail in the musical theatre scene with their new theatre company, "On It's Way Musical Productions"
Stephen Cole is an accomplished lyricist and librettist and has written 15 musicals and counting. He has worked with legends in the musical theatre industry including Hal Linden, Gavin MacLeod, Chita Rivera as well as was friends with Ethel Merman. Stephen also wrote the first American musical to premiere in the Middle East "ASPIRE",
Stuart Brayson is a lyricist and librettist based in the UK who has written many shows including "From Here to Eternity" and "Pink Angora Sweater" to name just a few.
A mystery guest or guests joins Jean-Paul Yovanoff to share their love of musical theatre. Some one famous or just a lover of showtunes, you never know who's going to be on the air each week.
This week we have KayGeni and Paulina Luciani visit and talk about the new musical "The Miseducation of Man" by KayGeni.
Musical Theatre Radio attended the eSAX Networking Event in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and found out from Jarrod Goldsmith, the founder of eSAX a little about the event and then interviewed the average person to find out what their favourite musical was.
Danny Sylvan is a recent graduate of York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and alumni of the theatre company Vanier College Productions. Listen in as we talk about racial barriers to theatre as well as the future of Terminator: The musical.
Wilton and Barry Brown are the composers and lyricists to the musical called "Do You Remember Me?" which tells the story of two children in the Residential Schools system, taken from their parents to be raised as “White” in church/state run schools and their attempt to escape.
Paulina Luciani and Stefan Porfirio are both recent graduates of York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and alumni of the theatre company Vanier College Productions.
Listen in as we find out their favourite musicals as well as who won't be hiring them in the future.