CREATIVE TEAM & CREW
Stevie Holland (Book) is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and recording artist. Her CD Before Love Has Gone was chosen by USA TODAY as a Top CD of the year. Since its release, the recording has continued to chart among iTunes' top 100 Jazz CDs of all time. Her previous CDs More Than Words Can Say and Restless Willow, also charted with jazz, smooth jazz and traditional pop radio stations across the country. Ms. Holland has headlined nationally and at New York City concert halls and venues, including Dizzy's Club Coca Cola/Jazz at Lincoln Center and Iridium Jazz Club. Her dynamic performances have led to invitations to perform for the King and Queen of Norway, and have crossed over to the cabaret world, earning her the BACK STAGE Bistro Award for "Outstanding Vocalist of the Year." Ms. Holland was heard for several years singing the theme song she wrote with Gary William Friedman for Joey Reynolds, the popular Rock n' Roll Hall-of-Famer/ Radio talk show host, on his national WOR Radio program. As a book writer, Ms. Holland's current projects include Dream Mountain, a musical about Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, with lyrics by Will Holt, and music by Gary William Friedman.
Gary William Friedman (Book/Arrangements/Additional Music) is the composer of the Tony Award nominated, OBIE Award winning musical The Me Nobody Knows. Other musical theater credits include the Outer Critic's Circle Award winning Taking My Turn (presented on PBS Television's Great Performance Series) and Platinum, which starred Alexis Smith on Broadway, and was most recently presented at the 2010 NYC Fringe Festival, and Treasure Island, which received BroadwayWorld.com's Award for "Best Musical" for its world premiere at Theatre Three in October 2012. His orchestral, operatic and dance works have been commissioned and performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lancaster Music Festival, the Columbus Symphony, and Encompass New Opera Theatre. His symphonic works have been recently recorded and released on the CD Colloquy. Mr. Friedman's music also spans the genres of film, for which he has scored several features, and television, where he served as Music Director for T.V.'s "The Electric Company", for which he wrote many songs including the popular "Spider Man Theme Song". He and Holland are songwriting collaborators, and Friedman has been the arranger and orchestrator for her recordings.
Cole Porter (Music/Lyrics) was born in Peru, Indiana in 1891. His lyrics and music are emblazoned in the pantheon of the Great American Songbook, and have inspired generations of music lovers, theater-goers and performers throughout the world. He attended Yale, where his football songs are still popular today. After an initially unsuccessful foray into New York Theater, he went to Europe, where he met, and married legendary beauty Linda Lee Thomas in 1919. Returning to NY in the late 1920's, he gained renown as the composer of some of the greatest songs ever heard on stage or screen, including, "Night and Day," Begin the Beguine," "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You." The 1930's were highlighted by a string of sparkling scores to such shows as Anything Goes, Jubilee, Gay Divorcee, and Born to Dance. A crippling accident in 1937 left him in constant pain, yet he continued to write memorable scores, among them, Can Can, Silk Stockings, and his masterpiece, Kiss Me Kate. He died in 1964.
Richard Maltby, Jr. (Off-Broadway Premiere, Director) Broadway: Conceived/Directed Ain't Misbehavin (1978 Tony, NY Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards, Best Musical; Tony Award, Best Director) and Fosse (1999 Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards, Best Musical; Tony nomination, Best Director). Co-lyricist: Miss Saigon (Evening Standard Award 1990; Tony nomination, Best Score, 1991). Director/co-lyricist: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance. With composer David Shire: director/lyricist: Baby (1983 book, Sybille Pearson; seven Tony Award nominations); lyricist: Big, (1996 book, John Weidman; Tony nomination, Best Score). Off-Broadway: director/lyricist Starting Here, Starting Now (1977 Grammy nomination), Closer Than Ever (1989 two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score; 2013 York Theatre, Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical Revival). Maltby contributes devilish crossword puzzles to Harper's Magazine. He has a thirty-year association with Manhattan Theatre Club, and is the son of well-known orchestra leader, Richard Maltby, Sr.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jeremy Nelson