creative team

GARY WILLIAM FRIEDMAN (Composer/Arranger) is the composer of the TONY-nominated, OBIE Award winning musical THE ME NOBODY KNOWS. Other theater credits include TAKING MY TURN (Outer Critic's Circle Award), which was presented on PBS Television's Great Performance Series, PLATINUM, TREASURE ISLAND (BroadwayWorld.com "Best Musical", premiere production at Theatre Three, Port Jefferson, NY), and LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER, co-created with Stevie Holland, for which he also wrote the arrangements and additional music. Friedman’s orchestral, operatic, liturgical and dance works have been commissioned by venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Columbus Symphony and the Lancaster Music Festival. A selection of Friedman’s symphonic works is recorded on Colloquy (150 Music). Other recorded works include “Reflections”, commissioned by the Palisades Virtuosi (Albany Records: AMERICAN MASTERS VOL. 6). In addition to scoring several feature and television films, Friedman served as Music Director for T.V.'s "The Electric Company", for which he composed many songs, including the popular "Spider-Man Theme Song".

WILL HOLT (Lyrics) Broadway credits include lyrics for THE ME NOBODY KNOWS, book and lyrics for COME SUMMER, and books for OVER HERE, ME AND BESSIE, and A KURT WEILL CABARET, in which he also performed. Other theater credits include lyrics for TAKING MY TURN, book, music and lyrics for A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, (Los Angeles Dramalogue Critics Award), and JACK, an opera about JFK, produced in Dublin, Ireland. Holt wrote English lyrics for the pop hits “Lemon Tree”, and “One Of Those Songs”, which were recorded by many artists, including Peter, Paul and Mary, and Jimmy Durante.

STEVIE HOLLAND (Book/Additional Lyrics) is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and recording artist. She recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER, created by Holland and Gary William Friedman (published by Concord Theatricals). Holland’s recordings include Before Love Has Gone  (150 Music), which was chosen as a USA TODAY Top CD of the Year and selected as an All Music Guide Album Pick. She has headlined at major venues across the country, including New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall. Holland's musical theater projects currently in development include a newly conceived PLATINUM (with Friedman, Will Holt and Bruce Vilanch), which was recently presented at the York Theatre’s Reading Series, and MERTON OF THE MOVIES, The Musical (with Friedman, Robert Lorick and Mel Shapiro).

Artwork Credit: Breanne Joseph

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