Stevie Holland (Book) is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, performer, songwriter and recording artist. Her CD Before Love Has Gone was chosen by USA TODAY as a Top CD of the year and has been featured among iTunes' top 100 Jazz CDs of all time. Other CDs include Life Goes On and More Than Words Can Say, which charted with jazz, smooth jazz and traditional pop radio stations across the country. Holland has headlined nationally and at New York City concert halls and venues, including Dizzy's Club Coca Cola/ Jazz at Lincoln Center. Her performances have included a special invitation for the King and Queen of Norway and have crossed over to the cabaret world, earning her the BACKSTAGE Bistro Award for "Outstanding Vocalist of the Year." As book writer and additional lyricist, Holland's current musical theater projects in development include MERTON OF THE MOVIES, and a new adaptation of the Broadway musical PLATINUM.
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. 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, and the Columbus Symphony. A selection of his symphonic works has been recorded and released on the CD Colloquy. Friedman has scored feature and television films and served as Music Director for T.V.'s "The Electric Company". Among the many songs written for the show is his popular "Spider Man Theme Song". Friedman and Holland are songwriting collaborators, and he is 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 New York 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. Porter died in 1964.
Richard Maltby Richard Maltby, Jr. (Director) conceived and directed the only two musical revues to win the Tony Award for Best Musical: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' (1978: Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards, also Tony Award for Best Director) and FOSSE (1999: Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards). With David Shire he wrote the Broadway musicals BABY and BIG, and the off-Broadway hits STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW and CLOSER THAN EVER. He was director/co-lyricist for the American version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's SONG AND DANCE, (1986) starring Bernadette Peters. He was co-lyricist for MISS SAIGON (Evening Standard Award 1990; Tony nomination: Best Score, 1991). He is co-bookwriter/lyricist for THE PIRATE QUEEN (2007). He conceived and directed RING OF FIRE, a musical about Johnny Cash, which ran on Broadway in 2006 and most recently directed the new, original musical THE STORY OF MY LIFE.
Lyle Saunders (Producing Partner) is a noted New York City Creative Director and advertising/marketing executive and has been involved in all areas of media creation and production. Lyle has produced or partnered in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals and is currently represented on Broadway/Tours with KINKY BOOTS, WAITRESS, HELLO DOLLY!, DREAMGIRLS/London, NETWORK and BE MORE CHILL.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gian Andrea di Stefano