was born in New York City in 1921. Mr. Adler co-composed the music and lyrics for numerous musicals including Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, both of which won Tony Awards for the best musical and the best score. Recordings of his biggest hit songs: You Gotta Have Heart, Whatever Lola Wants, Steam Heat, Hernando's Hideaway, Rags to Riches, Another Time, Another Place have sold over 30 million copies. Between 1978 and 1993, Mr. Adler composed numerous symphonic works, including four Pulitzer Prize nominees: Retrospectrum (Premiered July 1979, Carnegie Hall Soveit Emigre Chamber Orchestra), Yellowstone Overture (premiered November 1980, American Philharmonic Orchestra, Carnegie Hall), Wilderness Suite (premiered February 1983, Utah Symphony), and The Lady Remembers (premiered October 1985, Detroit Symphony at Kennedy Center, Recorded on RCA Red Seal, commissioned by Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation, celebrating the statue's centennial). In 1993, Mr. Adler was commissioned to write a celebratory bicentennial symphonic work honoring the 200th birthday of the first State University, the University of North Carolina. The piece entiteld The UNC Bicentennial Suite was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Adler was commissioned to compose two ballets for the Chicago City Ballet; Emmy Award winning Eight by Adler in 1984, which starred Prima Ballerina Suzanne Farrell (currently being presented anually by the Fort Worth/Dallas ballet), and Chicago, a jazz ballet. Mr. Adler is the recipient of numerous other award and honors including two Donaldsons, two Variety Critics, the London Evening Standard, as well as the coveted National Park Service Honorary Ranger Award (1984), for which he became the eighth recipient. President John F. Kennedy was the first to receive it (posthumously) in 1964.
sang and acted as a child, then began writing songs as a teenager. It was not until he began collaborating with Richard Adler in 1950 that he made a breakthrough. Together they attracted the attention of Frank Loesser, hit Broadway with the revue John Murray Anderson's Almanac in 1953, and very quickly wrote the scores for The Pajama Game (1954) and Damn Yankees (1955), two of the most successful shows in the 50's. Their partnership ended when Mr. Ross died of a lung ailment at the age of twenty-nine.
began writing plays and acting in his 20s and, for several years, focused on his acting. His theatre career spanned 81 years and 120 productions. With a variety of collaborators, including Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Frank Loesser, Bob Merrill, and Guy Bolton, he wrote, produced, directed, and/or play-doctored On Your Toes, The Boys from Syracuse, High Button Shoes, Where's Charley?, Call Me Madam, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Once Upon a Mattress, Fiorello! and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, among others. He was the recipient of six Tony Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement, a Pulitzer Prize for the book and direction of Fiorello!, and a Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award. His last production, which he wrote and co-directed at the age of 102, was Frankie in 1989. He was also the producer for the movie versions of The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees.
was former superintendent of his father's pajama factory in Dubuque, Iowa, and turned his observations into the novel 7 1/2 Cents, upon which The Pajama Game is based. He followed that with another novel about his adventures in musical theatre called Say Darling, which was turned into a play with songs with the same title. Among other things, he was a Mississippi River riverboat pilot and a salesman for Polaroid. His published works, many of which focus on middle Americans, include A Stretch on the River, You Can Always Tell a Harvard Man, My Life on the Missisippi, and 1776 - And All That.
received three Emmy nominations and three Directors Guild Awards for outstanding direction of the TV series Family Ties and Moonlighting. In addition to several TV movies, he recently directed Dharma and Greg, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Caroline in the City. Will directed Gershwin's Funny Face at the Goodspeed Opera House, the critically acclaimed revival of I Do! I Do! in New York City starring Karen Ziemba and David Garrison and the REPRISE! production of Finian's Rainbow. Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, he graduated from Brown University and received a Fulbright Scholarship to the London Academy of Music and Drama. As an actor he appeared on Broadway as Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly with Carol Channing, Ginger Rodgers, Betty Grable, and Martha Raye, Half a Sixpence with Tommy Steele, Art Buchwald's Sheep on the Runway, Shakespeare productions for Joseph Papp and the tours of Promises, Promises and The Apple Tree. He appeared in the recurring role of Larry Bondurant in the original Bob Newhart Show which led to his first directing assignment in television. He lives with his talented wife, librarian/choreographer Patricia Cope Mackenzie, and enjoys occasional visits from grown children.
was orchestrator/conductor on Broadway for Noel Coward's Sail Away and Richard Rodgers' No Strings. He created orchestrations for Jule Stein's Hallelujah Baby and more recently Tommy Tune's Grand Hotel. On records Matz has arranged, conducted, and produced albums for Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick, Melissa Manchester, Kiri te Kanawa, Nancy LaMott, Barbara Streisand, and most recently he arranged Barbara Cook's recording of songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. On TV Peter was arranger/conductor for Carol Burnett's long-running series, and composed scores for feature films (Sidney Lumet's Bye Bye Braverman is still Matz' favorite). Peter and his wife actress/singer/psychotherapist, Marilynn Lovell are active fund-raisers fo APLA, Shanti Foundation, Aid for AIDS, and other local AIDS organizatons, as well as the GMHC in New York.
Some of Patti's choerography credits include the Inaugural Galas for both President Bush and President Clinton at the Kennedy Center, Radio Gals at the Pasadena Playhouse (for which she received the Ovation award as Best Choreographer of 1996); the '97-'98 National Tour of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby which is headed for Broadway in the Fall of 1998; the West Coast premiere of Drood with George Rose, On the Town, Wizard of Oz with Cathy Rigby, 100 episodes of the Emmy award-winning Adventures in Wonderland for the Disney Channel, sixty-five episodes of Old Macdonald's Farm for Lifetime television; the Radio City Music Hall production and National and International tours of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Coming Out of Our Shells Rock Concert. Patti's television credits also include Cybill, Caroline in the City, The Muppet Show, and Unhappily Ever After, where she had the pleasure of choreographing David Hyde Pierce, Chistine Baranski, Martin Short, and Terri Garr. She also choreographed for many regional theatres, industrial shows, and her personal favorite, the San Francisco and Los Angeles hit show Dance Between the Lines (winner of five Drama-Logue Awards) with her mentor, Ann Garvin.
began his career in the theatre with productions of two acclaimed Off Broadway plays, Monopoly and Saturday Night. He then came to Hollywood, where he wrote the feature, The Black Stallion Returns, the mini-series Evergreen, and a long list of highly-praised movies of the week, including A Brand New Life, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, My Old Man, The Fighter, Scorned and Swindled, Crossing to Freedom, Last Wish, The Only Way Out, and Secrets. Queen of the Stardust Ballroom won him an Emmy Nomination and a Writer's Guild Award. It also brought him back to New York theatre, when Michael Bennett asked him to adapt it to the stage. It was presented as the musical Ballroom and won him a Tony nomination. In August of this year, a new adaptation of Queen of the Stardust Ballroom by Mr. Kass with Marilyn and Alan Bergman (lyrics) and Billy Goldenberg (music), will have an eagerly awaited revival at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre just outside Chicago. Mr. Kass adapted last season's REPRISE! production of Finian's Rainbow.
has designed scenery and lighting for the theatre in New York and regionally before moving to Los Angeles and expanding into television and film. Despite his now busy career in Hollywood, he continues to design for the live theatre when possible. Davis is pleased to return to REPRISE! after designing the set for their last productions of Finian's Rainbow and Wonderful Town. His other recent credits include the London production of Our Town, with Alan Alda, and the Tokyo production of Slab Boys. His production design work in television can currently be seen on Home Improvement, Soul Man, The Jamie Foxx Show, and Over the Top. His work has also been seen in the film Mother Mother and the American Playhouse production of Mrs. Cage. His past screen design credits include Tom, Alf, Mr. Belvedere and Carol & Co—for which he received an Emmy nomination. His leisure time is spent composting and controlling the fleas on his four West Highland Terriers.
has enjoyed creating lighting for many varied productions and architectural spaces. Tom designed Finian's Rainbow for REPRISE! last season. He has created lighting designs for over seventy productions at South Coast Repertory Theatre and at the Mark Taper Forum including Children of a Lesser God, Julius Ceasar and A Christmas Carol. Other noted productions include The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies and Forbidden Hollywood. At Universal Studios his designs include Backdraft, Earthquake and Back to the Future. His lighting can also be seen at Boomtown Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, MGM Grand Hotel, Sam’s Town Casino Resort and theme parks in Japan, Korea, Australia and Germany. His architectural lighting can be seen at Santa Monica Place, South Coast Plaza Mall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, The Los Angeles Music Center and many shopping malls, restaurants, churches and residences. Other professional associations include the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Theatre, International City Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Sacramento Music Theatre. Mr. Ruzika is a member of the Design Faculty at UC Irvine.
has designed for divas (Madame Butterfly at Opera Delaware), dames (Dames at Sea at Pennsylvania Stage), and dancers (The Unknown Cyclist with Lea Thompson), as well as dallied with devils (Associate Designer on The Phantom of the Opera). She has traveled extensively: to Vienna to design West Side Story, back to the Victorian age for Unbowed, and to outer space for Walking on the Moon. She is the proud co-author of the book Shopping LA: The Insiders' Sourcebook for Film and Fashion. In her spare time she is a painter and photographer.
currently the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre's resident sound designer, has been herad on and off Broadway, most recently with Terrence McNally's Tony Award winning Master Class, starring Zoe Caldwell, Patti Lupone, Dixie Carter, and now Faye Dunaway in the national tour and Bermuda Avenue Triangle off Broadway with Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna. He designed the sound for all three REPRISE! productions last season and looks forward to doing the same this season. For the Taper his recent designs include Gross Indecency, Neat, Room Service, Nine Armenians, Master Class for which he received an L.A. Theatre Ovation Award, and Blade to the Heat for which he received his seventh Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award. Other recent designs include The Heiress and Candide at The Ahmanson Theatre; The Old Settler and Moon Over Buffalo at the Pasadena Playhouse; and at the Geffen Playhouse Four Dogs and a Bone, under the direction of Lawrence Kasdan. Jon has received seven LADCC Awards, Career Achievement Awards from The Los Angeles Theatre Alliance, the L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Theatre Center, and was recently presented with the Distinguished Artist Award from the Los Angeles Music Center Club 100. He currently heads the sound design program at California Institute of the Arts and has been a member of the teaching faculty at both USC and the UCLA Schools of Theatre, and for Disney Imagineering, he created original sound effects and design for two attractions at Walt Disney World in Florida.
has designed over seventy theatrical shows, including the premiere season of RERISE! Other design work includes Forbidden Hollywood at the Coronet Theatre, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Picnic for Denver's Arvada Center for the Arts, Forever Plaid, Blues in the Night, and Sweet & Hot at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, The King and I, South Pacific, Company, and Into the Woods for the Long Beach Civic Light Opera. As a mixer he recently finished two national touring productions, Man of La Mancha, with Robert Goulet, and Ain't Misbehavin' starring The Pointer Sisters, as well as the gala production of Saturday Night at the Summit attended by Bill Clinton and the leaders of the G-7 countries, which featured performances by Michael Bolton, Amy Grant, Crystal Gayle, Chuck Berry, Kool and the Gang, and Ronnie Spector. His theatrical work has earned him five LA Drama-Logue Award for outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, and an Ovation Award nomination for Best Sound Design in a Large Musical.