11th Annual Festival of New Musicals
Everybody Loves My Baby
Genre & Style:
From the creator of Forever Plaid comes a celebration of Martha, Connie, and Helvetia — the famed Boswell Sisters! Before the Andrews Sisters, the “Bozzies” blended harmonies with angelic precision and blew open the doors of jazz for all women. Born in New Orleans, the Boswells became an international phenomenon, touring the U.S. and Europe to earn the title “World’s Foremost Harmonists.” Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, and Ella Fitzgerald all sang their praises — now you will too. Featuring “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Stormy Weather” and nearly 20 other hits from the ’20s and ’30s, THE BOSWELL SISTERS is a musical revue for music lovers of every generation.
The 3hree Musketeers
Genre & Style:
Set in the 17th century, this adventure revolves around young D’Artagnan’s desire to become one of the King’s noble Musketeers. Amidst a war brewing between France and England, D’Artagnan falls in love with the lovely Constance, fights off Cardinal Richelieu’s men, and rejects the desires of the dangerous Milady de Winter. Against a backdrop of political intrigue, deception, and loyalty in the French court, D’Artagnan learns the true meaning of being a Musketeer.
The Big Bang
Birth Of The Boom
Eliot Ness... in Cleveland
Chauncey Allen Bellamy, J. Bernard Calloway, Michael Genet, Ben Harney, William Jackson Harper, Marcie Henderson, Tyrick Wiltez Jones, Arbender Robinson and C. Kelly Wright
Genre & Style:
An updated and stylish retelling of the Ugly Duckling story, Honk! entertains both children and adults. Winner of the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Musical in 2000.
In That Valley
The Princess And The Black-Eyed Pea
Summer Of '42
Genre & Style:
This new musical explores the exhilaration and pain of first love. Hermie (age 15) and his friends spend the summer of 1942 together on a New England island, where Hermie meets Dorothy, a young bride whose husband has been shipped off to serve in the war. Although he tries to ignore his feelings for her by dating other girls, Hermie falls for Dorothy, a love she cannot return. However, when Dorothy’s husband is killed in battle, she fills the void briefly with Hermie’s affection. By summer’s end, however, they all must go their own way, and Hermie’s first love becomes nothing but a memory.
Writers & Artists
Andrew M. Chukerman
Lyrics & Music, The Princess And The Black-Eyed Pea
Winner: Richard Rodgers Award, the Jonathan Larson Award, and the Edgerton Award as composer/co-lyricist of “The Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea,” presented in the NAMT Festival. World-premiered: San Diego Rep, Fall, 2008, starring Tony-winner Lillias White. Alabama Shakespeare Festival commissioned his original score for “Twelfth Night.” Currently working on a new film written/directed by Warren Beatty. Recording credits: Rod Stewart’s “Great American Songbook” series, and Carly Simon’s “Moonlight Serenade.” Live performances: Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes, Carole King, Stephanie Mills, David Foster, David Hyde Pierce, Andrea Bocelli. Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 with the New York Pops Orchestra for his work, “My Only Son.” Commissions/original works performed by the Ravinia Festival, Atlanta Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Cincinnati Pops. Film/TV credits: “Glee,” “Frasier,” “Murphy Brown,” “The Wonder Years,” “Charmed”, “Best Score”-2006 Rhode Island International Film Festival, and Toronto’s 2006 ReelHeART International Film Festival for the feature, “Le Chase.”
Conceived, Eliot Ness... in Cleveland
Nick Corley – is a writer, director and actor. Writing credits include the award winning musical WOODY SEZ (co-author and director) which has played all over the world including London’s West End, Vienna, Israel, China and across the U.S., the play A YOUNG LADY OF FASHION (co-author and director) which premiered at The Fulton Opera House, the musical ELIOT NESS…IN CLEVELAND (director and “Co-Adaptation and Additional Material”) which premiered at the Denver Theatre Center, and many other projects. He has directed plays and musicals in NYC and in many of our country’s finest theaters. He served as Artistic Director for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and was recently named associate Artistic Director of the newly formed Savannah Rep. As an actor he has appeared in films, television, and theater including six Broadway shows. He is a long-time member of the Dramatist Guild.
Book & Lyrics, Honk!
With composer George Stiles: Cameron Mackintosh/Disney’s stage production of MARY POPPINS; HONK! (Olivier Award for Best New Musical, NAMT Festival 1999); HALF A SIXPENCE; THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS; TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT; SOHO CINDERS (NAMT Festival 2016); BETTY BLUE EYES; PETER PAN – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE; JUST SO and their trilogy THE THREE LITTLE PIGS (NAMT Festival 2013), GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS and THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF.
In development: SOAPDISH; BECOMING NANCY
With composer Tony Hatch: THE CARD.
With composer Dick Lee: A TWIST OF FATE
Music, Heading East
LEON KO received a Master’s degree in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. His musical HEADING EAST, with book and lyrics by Robert Lee, won a Richard Rodgers Development Award in the US. For his Cantonese musicals, including THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN, FIELD OF DREAMS and THE PASSAGE BEYOND, he won eight awards for music at the Hong Kong Theatre Awards. His music in the film PERHAPS LOVE garnered a Golden Horse Award in Taiwan and a Hong Kong Film Award. He won Best Original Song at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards for the title song in the movie THE LAST TYCOON. He was nominated for Best Original Score again in 2008 for his work in the movie WARLORDS. Other film scores include MR. CINEMA, THE GREAT MAGICIAN, DEAREST and MONSTER HUNT.
Book & Lyrics, Heading East
Robert Lee is a lyricist and librettist whose musicals with composer Leon Ko include HEADING EAST, CHINESE HELL and an adaptation of Jean Kerr’s PLEASE DON’T EAT THE DAISIES, developed with East of Doheny and La Jolla Playhouse. Their original musical TAKEAWAY opened at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East and is the first major musical production in the UK to deal with the British East Asian experience. Most recently, he created ALICE CHAN, a play for young audiences written with BD Wong for La Jolla Playhouse, and songs with Ko for the Chinese film LOVE IS A BROADWAY HIT. Robert is an alumnus and faculty member at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a visiting professor at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Musical Theatre Advisor for Leviathan Lab in NYC.
Lyrics & Music, Eliot Ness... in Cleveland
On Broadway, Rob composed the score for Carol Burnett’s play, HOLLYWOOD ARMS. He arranged the dance and instrumental arrangements for Stephen Sondheim’s musical BOUNCE which premiered at the Kennedy Center and the Goodman Theatre, all directed by Harold Prince.
Rob’s Off-Broadway musicals are FLIGHT OF THE LAWNCHAIR MAN (directed by Hal Prince and Lynne Taylor-Corbett), OPAL, and HONKY-TONK HIGHWAY.
Regionally, his musicals include ELIOT NESS (directed by David Esbjornson) and FLIGHT OF THE LAWNCHAIR MAN (3HREE), (directed by Harold Prince) which played in Denver, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.
He is the recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award, the AT&T Award, and the Gilman Gonzalez-Falla Award given at Lincoln Center.
He has also collaborated with Arthur Miller on an operatic adaptation of DEATH OF A SALEMAN, Joss Whedon, and written five projects for Disney Feature Animation.
His work is published by Samuel French, Inc., Theatrical Rights Worldwide, and Hal Leonard.
Book & Lyrics & Music, In That Valley
Richard Oberacker is the conductor of CIRQUE’S “KA”. Prior conducting: CIRQUE’S “DRALION”, THE LION KING, CATS. Original musicals as composer and co-lyricist & author: A LITTLE THEATER (Aurelia Theater), IN THAT VALLEY (NAMT Festival), DRACULA (CCM Corbett Theater), THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO FISHMAN (Signature Theatre), ACE, (NAMT Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Old Globe, Signature Theatre), JOURNEY TO THE WEST (NYMF Festival), THE PARENTING PROJECT (Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati), and THE SANDMAN (NAMT Festival, Fredericia Theatre in Denmark). Their TONY Award winning musical BANDSTAND opened at The Paper Mill Playhouse and premiered on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, was filmed for release in cinemas nationwide, and launched a National Tour. Mr. Oberacker composed the score for a new musical adaptation of THE GREAT GATSBY which premiered in Tokyo, Japan before a Japanese national tour. Upcoming, BRUCE (Seattle Repertory Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse).
Music, The 3hree Musketeers
With lyricist Anthony Drewe: Cameron Mackintosh/Disney’s stage production of MARY POPPINS; HONK! (Olivier Award for Best New Musical, NAMT Festival 1999); HALF A SIXPENCE; THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS; TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT; SOHO CINDERS (NAMT Festival 2016); BETTY BLUE EYES; PETER PAN – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE; JUST SO and their trilogy THE THREE LITTLE PIGS (NAMT Festival 2013), GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS and THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF.
In development: SOAPDISH; BECOMING NANCY.
With lyricist Paul Leigh: MOLL FLANDERS, THE THREE MUSKETEERS (NAMT Festival 1999), and TOM JONES.