DAVID KRANE arranged & produced two songs for Golden Globe Winner and Oscar nominated Michelle Williams to sing as Marilyn Monroe in the acclaimed film, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, has created the dance music & additional score adaptation for the Oscar-winning film, CHICAGO (dir. Rob Marshall), has written all new music arrangements with additional score adaptation for the film version of NINE, (dir. Rob Marshall), was Michael Douglas' NY piano coach for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, and has coached Meryl Streep for the upcoming film version of INTO THE WOODS, for which he is adapting the score with additional music arrangements. He composed ASPIRE with Stephen Cole, the first ever commissioned American musical produced in the Middle East, which premiered in Doha, Qatar in November, 2005, scored for 70 piece orchestra, and his musical comedy, THE ROAD TO QATAR, also with Stephen Cole is about his incredible experience writing ASPIRE, premiered in Dallas to rave reviews, won Best New Musical Award '09-10 from the Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum, was on three 10 best lists for the year, subsequently produced by the York Theatre in NYC, and will be produced for the 2013 Edinburgh Festival this summer. It is now licensed by Josef-Weinberger, and the original NY cast recording is on Jay Records (jayrecords.com, amazon.com). His original movie musical, THE WHEEL GOES ROUND, (www.vimeo.com/10303835) also written with Stephen Cole, premiered at the Ripfest Film Festival in New York, and was chosen for six film festivals, including The Big Apple Film Festival, and the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival. He has composed dance music and arrangements for 29 Broadway shows, including 110 IN THE SHADE, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, CABARET, MAN OF LA MANCHA, OKLAHOMA! (Hugh Jackman), KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Chita Rivera), THE MUSIC MAN, SHOWBOAT, & BIG (Susan Stroman), RAGTIME, VICTOR/VICTORIA (Julie Andrews), MINNELLI ON MINNELLI (Liza), DAMN YANKEES. Orchestrations: THE ROAD TO QATAR, SHE LOVES ME, THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND (Drama Desk Nominee). For TV: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, 2005 (Disney/ABC) starring Carol Burnett & Tracey Ullman, the award winning ANNIE (Disney/ABC) for which he received a special citation from the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences Primetime Emmy Awards, MRS. SANTA CLAUS (CBS) with Angela Lansbury, CINDERELLA (Disney/ABC) starring Whitney Houston, the 2003 OSCARS, & THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS (CBS). He is a protégé of Leonard Bernstein from whom he received grants while studying at the famed Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Bernstein began David’s Broadway career when he chose him to be a musical assistant on his last show, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Bob Richard is the choreographer of Broadway’s top selling Christmas show How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical. Off Broadway, Bob was honored to work with the York Theatre Company in The Road to Qatar!, the true new musical comedy honoring the road films of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. His work has also been seen on "The Today Show," "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, and center stage for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Bob’s choreography has also been seen in Film estivals across the country, premiering in the prestigious New York Big Apple Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Expo and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in Florida. Bob is the Resident Choreographer for Sacramento Music Circus and has staged over twenty‐nine productions there over the past 13 years. His extensive regional work has taken him to the 5th Ave Theatre, Theatre under the Stars in Houston, North Shore Music Theatre, and American Musical Theatre of San Jose, to name a few, where he has pleased audiences with classics such as The King and I, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, and Annie, as well as the world premiere production of Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow’s Footloose and the Tenth Anniversary Production of Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll and Hyde. Bob also choreographed the first productions of both Hairspray and Les Miserables to ever be staged in the round. His work can be seen every year at the Old Globe Theatre, with the long‐running family production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical, where Whoville will live forever in the hearts of the children of San Diego. Bob has wowed audiences with his jazz, tap, and musical theatre choreography, and also notably with his original, full length, character driven ballets. He has been honored to win awards for his choreography from San Jose, California and Seattle, Washington to St Paul, Minnesota and Houston, Texas. His career has encompassed 30 years of dancing, teaching and choreographing in major cities all over the world, including Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka, Nagoya and Hiroshima in Japan; Moscow, eningrad and Minsk in the Former Soviet Union; Vienna, Austria; Copenhagen, Denmark; and ours that have blanketed the United States and Canada
Stephen Cole is an award-winning musical theatre writer whose shows have been recorded, published, and produced from New York City to London to the Middle East and Australia and Edinburgh, Scotland. His off-Broadway musical AFTER THE FAIR (music by Matthew Ward; winner of 5 Dallas Theatre Awards for it's world premiere including Best New Play or Musical) was nominated for the Outer Critic's Circle Award for Best Musical and was subsequently produced in London to great acclaim. The original cast CD featuring Tony winner Michele Pawk won several awards. The NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (music by Claibe Richardson) won the presigious Edward Kleban Award and was produced in San Francisco where it was nominated for several Bay Area Theatre Awards. The musical has subsequently been produced in NYC as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2006 (where Cole won a Best Lyricist nod) and in October 2010 at Lyric Stage in Dallas featuring Davis Gaines, Julie Johnson and a 24 piece orchestra. Hunter was given a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the CD has received rave reviews from the press including Billboard Magazine, who called it "one of the best CDs ever to serve to introduce a new musical. It is blessed with an accomplished score." The CD also won the prize as best new musical on CD from the German music critics. SATURDAY NIGHT AT GROSSINGER'S (music by Claibe Richardson) has had successful runs in Dallas (Starring Gavin MacLeod and Ruta Lee), LA and Florida (starring Barbara Minkus and Barry Pearl). Broadway legend Chita Rivera toured in his show CASPER (music by Matthew Ward...this also played Australia) and Hal Linden and Dee Hoty starred in the world premiere of his musical adaptation of DODSWORTH (music by Jeffrey Saver). DODSWORTH has subsequently been workshopped with John Cullum and Christine Ebersole. Stephen has been represented off Broadway with the hilarious PIANO BAR at the Triad. In 2005 Stephen and composer David Krane were commissioned to write the first American musical to premiere in the Middle East and the result was ASPIRE, which was produced in Qatar. Their amazing and hilarious cross-cultural experiences resulted in yet another musical about the creation of the show entitled THE ROAD TO QATAR! which was produced to rave reviews at the Lyric Stage winning Best New Play or Musical from the Dallas-Ft. Worth Drama Critics Forum. THE ROAD TO QATAR! had a successful Off-Broadway run at the York Theatre Company and was recorded by Jay Records. In 2012, Qatar! was presented as part of London's Landor Theatre Page to Stage Festival and in August of 2013 played at the Edinburgh Internation Festival garnering 5 and 4 star reviews and nominations as Best Music, Lyrics, Book and Best Musical of the Festival. The show is published and licensed by Josef Weinberger Ltd. in London. Krane and Cole also wrote a short movie musical entitled THE WHEEL GOES ROUND that was accepted and shown at five International Film Festivals including The Big Apple Film Festival in NYC. Saver and Cole's musical TIME AFTER TIME had its world premiere in Feb. 2010 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse under the direction of Gabriel Barre and was subsequently produced in Connecticut under the direction of the late Kevin Gray. Other produced shows include two family musicals commissioned by Walden Media: MERLIN'S APPRENTICE (Music by Matthew Ward) and ROCK ODYSSEY (Music and Lyrics by Billy Straus). ROCK ODYSSEY has had 5 successful productions at the Adrienne Arscht Center Miami and will be produced annually then for the next ten years. Stephen is also a published author with four books to his credit including THAT BOOK ABOUT THAT GIRL and I COULD HAVE SUNG ALL NIGHT, the Marni Nixon story, NOEL COWARD and Charles Strouse's memoir PUT ON A HAPPY FACE. Stephen has written continuity, narration, and special material for twenty different Drama League Shows including all star tributes to Kander and Ebb, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Terrance McNally, Liz Smith, Peter Stone and most recently Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth and Audra McDonald. Some of the stars Stephen has written material for include Marlo Thomas, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, Christine Baranski, Hal Linden, Chita Rivera, Gavin MacLeod, Dee Hoty, Christine Ebersole, Keith Carradine, JoAnne Worley, Lauren Bacall, Matthew Broderick, Michael Rupert, Joel Grey and many others. Stephen is the recipient of a Gilman-Gonzales Falla Commendation for musical theatre. He was also named one of Variety's 50 Creatives to Watch- 2000. Liz Smith in her syndicated column has called Stephen's lyrics "brilliant and gifted." As a producer, Stephen presented Liza Minnelli, Barbara Cook, David Hyde Pierce, and many others in an 80th Birthday Tribute to John Kander. Stephen has also released a series of CD's entitled MERMANIA on Harbinger Records. These include never before released selections sung by his favorite star and friend, Ethel Merman. Besides writing the CD booklets for these and his original cast CDs, Stephen has written the DVD booklets for the box set of THAT GIRL: SEASON ONE and ANYTHING GOES. Stephen recently conceived, wrote and directed Lynne Halliday in MY HEART BELONGS TO MARY, a celebration of the career of Mary Martin, which he is now expanding into a revue to celebrate Mary Martin's centennial. The new revue is entitled INVENTING MARY MARTIN and will open off-broadway at the York Theatre in April of 2014. Cole and Saver were represented with their song "Lament for Three Jersey Girls" in the Tommy Tune musical, 54 FOREVER. Christin Dolen of the Miami Herald wrote: "The show's one original song, Lament for Three Jersey Girls (by composer Jeffrey Saver and lyricist Stephen Cole), is terrific, theatrical and funny. More like that, please." On line critic Geoff Green called the song "funny, theatrical, and highly effective. Why not an entire score like this?" Works in progress include THE BLACK AND WHITE BALL (with Todd Ellison), MERMAN'S APPRENTICE (with David Evans) and BY THE BOOK (with David Krane). Collaborators: David Krane, Todd Ellison, David Evans, Susan Kim, Claibe Richardson, Jeffrey Saver, Steve Silverstein, Billy Straus, Matthew Ward.