8th Annual Festival of New Musicals
Children Of Eden
Genre & Style:
Freely based on the story of Genesis, Children of Eden is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that ‘the hardest part of love is letting go.’
Genre & Style:
After twenty years of marriage, the wealthy Sam and Fran Dodworth set out on their first European holiday. Their journey changes the way they look at the world and at each other. Based on the Noble Prize winning novel and classic film. A timeless romance set in the 1920s.
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Genre & Style:
Set in a Paris boarding house in 1899, Mirette is the story of a 10-year old girl who befriends a recluse in the basement. The recluse turns out to be the most famous highwire walker in the world who has lost his nerve. Through the musical, Mirette helps him to regain the courage to get back on the wire and ultimately becomes his partner.
The Perfect 36
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Writers & Artists
Book & Lyrics, Dodsworth
STEPHEN COLE produced musicals include AFTER THE FAIR, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Kleban Award winner, CD, NYMF 2006, Lyric Stage), SATURDAY NIGHT AT GROSSINGER’S, CASPER starring Chita Rivera, DODSWORTH starring Hal Linden and Dee Hoty. The experience of writing ASPIRE, the first American musical to premiere in the Middle East resulted in THE ROAD TO QATAR! which has played off Broadway, London and Edinburgh. TIME AFTER TIME premiered at Pittsburgh Playhouse. Stephen’s books include NOEL COWARD, THAT BOOK ABOUT THAT GIRL, I COULD HAVE SUNG ALL NIGHT, the Marni Nixon story (soon to be a major motion picture., ghosted PUT ON A HAPPY FACE (Charles Strouse memoirs). Stephen is the recipient of the 5 Dallas Theatre League Awards for After the Fair, Dallas-Ft. Worth Drama Critics Award for Road to Qatar!, Edward Kleban Award for Night of the Hunter and a Gilman-Gonzales Falla Commendation for musical theatre. Most recent produced musical: INVENTING MARY MARTIN, Off-Broadway, MERMAN’S APPRENTICE in concert at Birdland and on CD from Jay Records. Stephen is also an award winning and published short story author and has just completed his first novel.
Book & Lyrics & Music, Kudzu
Artistic Director: The Red Clay Ramblers
Music and Lyrics: Guthrie Theater, Playmakers Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Folger Theater: Pericles; Repertory Theater of St. Louis: Georama,The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, Bah! Humbug!; Folger Theatre: Hamlet; Kennedy Center: Fool Moon; Ford’s Theatre: Kudzu; Broadway: Richard Rodgers Theatre, Ambassador Theatre, Brooks Atkinson Theatre: Fool Moon. Off-Broadway: Promenade Theatre: A Lie of the Mind; Playwrights Horizons: Wilder; John Houseman Theatre: Lonestar Love; Lincoln Center: Big Apple Circus. International: Theater Company of Wales, Altoner Theater of Hamburg: A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Awards: Tony Award (Fool Moon), Kevin Kline Award (Bah! Humbug!), Lucille Lortel nomination (Lonestar Love), Drama Desk nomination (A Lie of the Mind, Fool Moon), Helen Hayes nomination (Hamlet).
In 1960, Tom Jones and composer Harvey Schmidt wrote THE FANTASTICKS, which ran for forty-two years Off-Broadway (and is now approaching its tenth year in revival) followed by the musicals 110 IN THE SHADE, I DO! I DO! , CELEBRATION, COLETTE COLLAGE and others. After the retirement of Mr. Schmidt in 2004, Mr. Jones has been working with composer Joseph Thalken on a musical version of HAROLD & MAUDE, which is expecting a London opening next year, and with composer Jacques Offenbach (abetted by Nancy Ford) on a musical version of the Anatol plays of Schnitzler called THE GAME OF LOVE. Working on LA TEMPESTA with the talented young composer Andrew Gerle represents the realization of a life long dream.
Book & Lyrics, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Daniel’s original music for theater includes scores for more than 40 NYC and regional productions with HERE Arts Center, BAX, New Dramatists, the York Theater, Shakespeare & Co., Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Imagination Stage, Manhattan Ensemble Theater, La MaMa, Dance Theater Workshop, Juilliard, and Fordham University Lincoln Center. His opera The Singing (librettist Lenora Champagne) won the Richard Rodgers Award in 1999. His full-length work includes Laughing Pictures – A Hollywood Odyssey (a rock/R&B musical, librettist Matthew Maguire) and Martian Chronicles. Artist residencies include the Hermitage Artist Retreat, and 2 years as a HARP Artist in Residence at HERE Arts Center NYC. Levy has received support from the Richard Rodgers Foundation, Loewe Foundation, Henson Foundation, The Hermitage, Jerome Foundation, New Dramatists, Goethe Institute, Vanden Heuvel Foundation, and Meet the Composer. Education: Bachelor’s in Music Composition Miami University & Master’s NYU/Tisch in Musical Theater Writing. Membership: ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.
Music, Fragrant Harbor
ED LINDERMAN….has worked On and Off-Broadway as: Composer/Author (Something’s Afoot; Broadway Jukebox); Performer (Fiddler On The Roof; The NY Shakespeare Festival’s Two Gentlemen of Verona); and Musical Director (Godspell; Scrambled Feet; Upstairs at the Downstairs; Ionescopade) to mention just a few of his shows. He began his career at Chicago’s Second City, as a Musical Director for the main company, and original cast member of their Midwest Touring Co. He has taught at Penn State, AMDA. Shenandoah, and Northwestern Universities. In addition to THE ZIMMER GIRLS, he has written music for FRAGRANT HARBOUR (book & lyrics by Dean Barrett-presented by NAMT in 1996), and A GIRL SINGER (book & lyrics by Robert Brittan, work-shopped at Musical Theater Works). Mr. Linderman is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity, and is an alum of the Lehman Engel / BMI Musical Theater Workshop.