Diedre Murray is an American cellist and composer specializing in jazz, improvised music, opera, and contemporary classical music. She is also active as a producer, and curator. She was born November 28, 1951 in Brooklyn, New Yorkand lives in Queens, New York.
Henry Krieger (born February 9, 1945 in New York City) is an American composer. Krieger wrote the music for the Broadway shows Dreamgirls (1981, with lyrics and book by Tom Eyen), The Tap Dance Kid (1983), and Side Show (1997), as well as other works of musical theatre. He was nominated for the Tony Awards for Best Score for both Dreamgirls and Side Show, won a Grammy Award for the cast album of Dreamgirls and received three Academy Award nominations for the songs he wrote for the 2006 film.
Edward Barnes (born December 16, 1958) is an American composer and producer. Edward Barnes studied music composition at the Juilliard School with composers Vincent Persichetti and David Diamond and at the Dartington Hall in Great Britain with composer-conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Early in his career he established himself as an opera composer, working in Boston as resident composer of Sarah Caldwell's Opera Company of Boston and later at the Los Angeles Opera.
John M. Blackburn (October 19, 1913, Massillon, Ohio – November 15, 2006 Newport, Oregon) was a lyricist, perhaps best remembered for writing the lyrics to "Moonlight in Vermont". He was raised in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. He traveled with a puppet theater that brought him to Vermont, inspiring the lyrics to "Moonlight in Vermont", the music was composed by Karl Suessdorf. It was introduced by Margaret Whiting in 1944.
Gerard Alessandrini (born November 27, 1953) is an American playwright, parodist, actor and theatre director best known for creating the award-winning off-Broadway musical theatre parody revue Forbidden Broadway. He is the recipient of Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, an Obie Award, four Drama Desk Awards, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and two Lucille Lortel Awards, as well as the Drama League Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre.
Herbert Stothart (September 11, 1885 – February 1, 1949) was a song writer, arranger, conductor, and composer. He was also nominated for nine Oscars, winning for his background music for The Wizard of Oz.
Bernard J. Taylor is the writer and composer of six stage musicals that have been produced around the world and translated into German, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian, Spanish and Italian. He is also the writer of 14 novels. Taylor was born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa. His forebears included John Taylor, the first British missionary to southern Africa.
J. T. Buck (born 6 June 1978) is the Director of Arts for First Grace United Church of Christ in Akron, Ohio. He is also a composer, lyricist, stage director, vocalist, and pianist. Born and raised in Akron, Buck graduated from Central-Hower High School in 1996. He spent his first few years post high school working as a freelance pianist, actor and director and music director.
Morris Taylor "Buddy" Sheffield is an American comedy writer, producer and composer. He is probably best known as Emmy-nomiated head writer on Fox TV's breakthrough sketch comedy series, In Living Color, having written such favorites as "Homey Claus", "Homeboy Shopping Network", "This Old Box" and "Men On Books". Sheffield, who is white and was raised in the rural south, won an NAACP Image Award for his work on the show.
James Thornton (December 5, 1861 — July 27, 1938) was an American composer and lyricist. He was born of Irish parents in Kew Street, Liverpool, England, emigrated to the United States in 1869, became a US citizen in 1931, and died in New York City. Thornton is primarily remembered today as the composer of the 1898 song, When You Were Sweet Sixteen. The song was a favorite of Barbershop Quartets at the turn of the century and was recorded by Harry McDonagh around 1904.
Zina Goldrich (born 1964) is a musical theater composer. She is most known for her work with lyricist Marcy Heisler. Goldrich and Heisler are currently working on the musical adaptation of Ever After, which was scheduled to have its world premiere at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco in November 2009, but has been indefinitely postponed. The duo has performed at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, and other venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Lin-Manuel Miranda (born January 16, 1980) is a Tony Award winning American composer and lyricist, and a Tony Award nominated actor. He is most famous for writing and starring in the Broadway musical In the Heights, which opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2008.
Richard Besoyan (July 2, 1924 – March 13, 1970) was a singer, actor, playwright, composer and director especially of operetta and musicals. He is best remembered for writing the successful satirical musical Little Mary Sunshine.
Steve Schalchlin is widely regarded as one of the first HIV/AIDS bloggers, beginning his in 1996 to keep family and friends updated on his failing health. When he responded well to a last ditch effort in treatment by his doctor, he found out that his little "AIDS blog" had garnered a net following. A respected songwriter, Steve put his miraculous rebound into music that his partner, playwright Jim Brochu, turned into the critically acclaimed and much-beloved The Last Session.
Joe Jordan (11 February 1882, Cincinnati, Ohio - 11 September 1971, Tacoma, Washington) was an African American musician and composer. Jordan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and received musical training at the Lincoln Institute in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Murray Grand (August 27, 1919 - March 7, 2007) was an American singer, songwriter, lyricist, and pianist best known for the song "Guess Who I Saw Today". Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Grand played piano as a teenager. During World Ward II, he served as and infantryman in U.S. Army and played piano accompaniment for USO Tour stars including Gypsy Rose Lee and Betty Grable.
Charlie Smalls (October 25, 1943 in Queens, New York – August 27, 1987 in Belgium) was an African-American composer and songwriter, best known for writing the music for the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz. A musical prodigy, Smalls attended Juilliard at age eleven in 1954, staying until 1961. After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts, Smalls toured as a member of the New York Jazz Repertory Company before beginning work on The Wiz. An African-American retelling of L.