RICHARD HOCHBERG (BOOK, LYRICS AND MUSIC)
Writing credits: TOWN WITHOUT PITY the love songs of Gene Pitney, GOOD BAD BUT BEAUTIFUL the music of Shirley Bassey, Peggy Lee and Vicki Carr. Currently working on new musical BITING BROADWAY.
Regional directing credits include: RENT, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, THE FULL MONTY, BEEHIVE, AN INSPECTOR CALLS, LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.
Los Angeles directing credits include: THE NORMAL HEART (nominated by GLAAD as Production of the Year and . Also at HOUND DOG a hip hOpera nominated for 5 LA Weekly Awards including Musical of the Year and Direction of a Musical. A BICYCLE COUNTRY by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz , COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME JIMMY DEAN, CHRISTMAS WITH THE CRAWFORDS His stage production of Mayo Simon’s WALKING TO WALDHEIM received 8 Drama Logue Awards including Production and Direction. He directed a short based on it starring Doris Roberts, John Randolph and Kaye Ballard. It has been screened in numerous Film Festivals including the Hollywood Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival and The American Film Institute.
Richard has staged readings for GLASS and The Victory Fund, THE BOYS IN THE BAND with Michael Jeter,Greg Louganis, Bruce Villanche and VALLEY OF THE DOLLS with Joely Fisher, Larraine Newman, Donna Mills, Wilson Cruz, Alec Mapa, Douglas Sills and Sharon Lawrence.
Mr. Hochberg studied both as a director and actor with Jose Quintero, Elizabeth Swados, Andrei Serban, Wilford Leach, Viveca Lindfors, Estelle Parsons, Julie Bovasso and John Braswell.
As an actor he has appeared in numerous plays and musicals including tours of THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE PERINES, and END OF THE WORLD PARTY
MICHAEL PATERNOSTRO (LYRICS AND MUSIC)
Michael Paternostro has had a full career as a Broadway performer as well as a Musical Director/ Conductor.
On Broadway he has performed in the 93’ Revival of GUYS AND DOLLS staring Nathan Lane, the original company of FOSSE (Tony Award Best Musical), SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, both with the brilliant John Lithgow, DJ Monty in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, Greg in the 2006 Revival of A CHORUS LINE, and mostly recently Moisheleh/ Milt in SOUL DOCTOR. In Los Angeles he played both Lumiere and LeFou in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with the original leading cast. He has done numerous productions of THE PRODUCERS as Carmen Ghia including the 1st National Tour (Ovation Award). He played Frank in SHOWBOAT at the Hollywood Bowl with the wonderful John Mauceri conducting and sang at Carnegie Hall in SONDHEIM: A CELEBRATION AT CARNEGIE HALL for Paul Gemignani. These are just some of the highlights of his acting career.
Musical Director/Supervisor credits: Havok Theater Company’s KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, STORY OF MY LIFE, and the Los Angeles Premier of THRILL ME. In Los Angeles, the launch of Roger Bean’s LIFE COULD BE A DREAM for which he won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award and Backstage’s Garland Award. At Musical Theater West, RENT and played their debut of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY. At Cabrillio Music Theater’s BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO, he had the privilege to play for Neil Sedaka as he joined the band after the show! SUDS and BINGO for Sacramento Music Circus. Bernstein’s TROUBLE IN TAHITI at New York University Reprise’s KISS ME KATE staring Tom Hewitt and Lesli Margherita (LA Drama Critics Circle Nomination).
In 2010, Michael Conducted the LA WEEKLY AWARDS.
Pianist/Actor credits: Oscar in 42nd ST, Sidney Cohn in ON YOUR TOES, and in John Guare’s LANDSCAPE OF THE BODY.
Asst. Director credits: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at the Old Globe for Benjamin Endsley Klein VICES at the Zipper NYC for Glenn Casale
JAMES MELLON (DIRECTOR)
James is the Artistic Director for the award winning Los Angeles theatre company, NoHo ACE (Arts Center Ensemble). For NoHo ACE, he directed JERUSALEM, A BOY CALLED LIZARD (Ovation nomination - Original Musical), FEED (LA Weekly nomination – Direction), THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (Ovation nomination, LA Weekly nomination – Original Musical), BUSH IS BAD (LA Weekly Award – Acting Ensemble, nomination – Best Musical) and PEST CONTROL (LA Weekly Nomination – Best Musical).
He is also the director/writer/co-composer of ACE’s seasonal yuletide hit, YO HO HO, A PIRATE'S CHRISTMAS and the award-nominated, A BOY CALLED LIZARD.
As a writer, James adapted Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” into the World Premiere Musical, DORIAN, which premiered at The Denver Center’s Buell Theatre in the fall of 2004. It subsequently opened The NoHo Arts Center’s first season in 2005 and went on to receive Ovation, LA Weekly, Backstage and Drama Critics nominations. James adapted THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR from the novel of the same name as well as A BOY CALLED LIZARD from the Dennis Covington novel, “Lizard.”
His original musical, AN UNFINISHED SONG, was nominated for numerous awards and has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Maine and Sydney, Australia.
Two of Mr. Mellon’s original musicals have recently been published by Samuel French: YO HO HO, A PIRATE'S CHRISTMAS! and A BOY CALLED LIZARD
Michael casts for film, theatre, television and commercials.
His credits include 45+ films, nine TV series, and over 1,200 commercials.
Michael is a 6-time winner of the Casting Society of America's Artios award, given for Outstanding Achievement in Casting.
MICHAEL DONOVAN (CASTING DIRECTOR)
BRENT CRAYON (MUSICAL DIRECTION)
Brent has had the privilege to work with such notable artists as Stephen Schwartz, Daisy Prince, John Caird, Scott Schwartz, John Bucchino, and Richard Maltby, Jr.. Favorite theatrical productions include the West Coast premieres of SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD and TICK, TICK... BOOM! and the world premiere productions of Stephen Schwartz’s SNAPSHOTS, John Bucchino’s IT'S ONLY LIFE, and BUBBLE BOY, THE MUSICAL. An accomplished and multi-faceted musician, Brent has been a featured soloist in ensembles throughout Southern California, including Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Ventura Chamber Orchestra.
Broadway/Off-Broadway: Tony Award Winning Best Musical, MEMPHIS (Music Director/Conductor), AMAZING GRACE (Orchestrator),TALLEST TREE IN THE FORREST (Music Director/Arranger/ Incidental Music), THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER (Co- Composer & Lyricist, Orchestrations), BIG MAYBELLE: SOUL OF THE BLUES (Music Supervisor/Orchestrator), THE WIZ (Dance Music Arranger), HOT FEET: THE MUSIC OF EARTH, WIND & FIRE (Synth Programmer). Film/TV: TALKING WITH THE TAXMAN ABOUT POETRY (Composer & Recipient of the 2013 Global Music Award for Best Original Score),OYA: RISE OF THE SUPORISHA (Composer) THE FRINGE (Composer). Music Arranger/Orchestrator for the Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama. Mr. Seymour has performed around the world, from the Legendary Apollo Theatre and Carnegie Hall to the Montreux Jazz Festival.
KENNY SEYMOUR (ORCHESTRATOR)