2nd Annual Festival of New Musicals
Murder On Broadway
First Comes Love
Goose! Beyond The Nursery
Love Is Spoken Here
Genre & Style:
The story of the other woman. And her mother. And her daughter. And the man. And his wife.
Writers & Artists
Music, Murder On Broadway
JAMES CAMPODONICO (Music and Lyrics) songs have been performed in Talent ’65 New York, Tanglewood, Goodspeed Opera House, The Triad, Roses’s Turn, The Duplex, and Don’t Tell Mama. Past musicals: “Flowers and Trees”, developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Festival, Waterford Connecticut and presented at Edward Albee’s Playwrights Unit and at the Whole Theater in Montclair, NJ; “Between The Lines” presented as staged readings by the York Theatre Company, Amas Repertory Theater, and as a full production by Luna Stage in Montclair. “Murder On Broadway”, developed at Musical Theater Works, presented at NAMT and produced for a twelve week run at the Show Boat Dinner Theater in Florida He has been a member of the Lehman Engel BMI Musical Theater Workshop since 1965 and has participated in the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop. He recently had a staged reading of “What Do Critics Know?” at The York Theatre, NYC.
Book & Lyrics, Captains Courageous
Patrick Cook is the Senior Director of Musical Theatre and Jazz for BMI. He was the winner of the 2001 Ed Kleban Award for outstanding lyrics.
Among his theatre credits is his musical “Captains Courageous,” written with collaborator Frederick Freyer, which was produced at Manhattan Theatre Club and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical. In his early career, Cook was an actor appearing in several Broadway productions including “A Mother’s Kisses” with Beatrice Arthur, and the National Tour of “1776.” He was a regular on the PBS series “Feeling Good.”
Mr. Cook has been associated with the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop for more than a quarter century, both as a member of the Workshop and as its Artistic Director and moderator for the past 18 years.
Music, Captains Courageous
Frederick Freyer (music) has collaborated exclusively on musicals with Patrick Cook since their meeting in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop in 1984 (see Pat’s bio for their work together). He has also written various other art songs, piano pieces and even an oratorio. A graduate of Harvard and a resident of lower Westchester County, Rick is the Administrator of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, where he is Co-Moderator of the First and Second Year Classes.
Bryan D. Leys
Book & Lyrics, Murder On Broadway
Bryan D. Leys provided the book and lyrics for Hell’s Belles (Off-Broadway 2015); Acting, the First Six Lessons (TRU Voices New Musicals selection); The Union & Crystal Ann McKay (Audience Favorite Award, Barter Theater Appalachian Festival) and TRU New Musical Voices, Feb 2018; How to Marry a Divorced Man; Kid Dakota; Vienna; The Forgotten Film of Dorian Gray (Michael Stewart Award winner); Fortune and Fate. His musicals Hoodwinked and Midsummer Nights are available through Samuel French; Murder on Broadway is available through Miracle Or 2.
Bryan’s plays include Moonshadow (TRU Voices New Plays selection);The Second Life of Gideon Finn. His musical Carolina Rising was presented by Tru New Voices in March 2018. His musical comedy How to Marry a Divorced Man was presented at the Winter Park Playhouse, Orlando, Fla in August, 2019
BFA in Drama; MFA in Playwriting and Directing.
Book & Lyrics & Music, Finale!
Biob Ost wrote book, music and lyrics for Finale!, winner of two national competitions and a finalist at the O’Nelll. His one act Beast appeared in the first season of Playwrights Horizons. The Necessaruy Disposal was a finalist at Elmira College and the Whirte-WIllis Playwrights Contests, the Sunset Festival of Firsts, and most recently the Maxim Mazumdar Competition at Alleyway Theater in Buffalo. Breeders was a finalist in three national competitions including TRU Voices Play Reading Series, and was 2010 winner of the New Works of Mertit Playwrighting Competition. The Body Shop received honorable mention ion the Turnip Festival, and an adaptation of The Mandragola was commissioned and performed by Westside Rep. His musical revue Everybody’s Gettin’ into the Act was produced off-Broadway and an all-star cast recording is available on the Fynsworth Alley label. 2004 OOBR Award for revue Songs Are Like Friends, 3-time MAC nominee.