STUART HAMPLE (Book) is the author, illustrator or editor of over 20 books, including the book that inspired the musical. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the syndicated comic strip "Inside Woody Allen" and wrote for the CBS series "Kate & Allie" as well as The Comedy Zone, produced by the Nederlanders. His two most recent picture books for children are I Will Kiss You – Lots & Lots & Lots, and Stoo Hample's Book of Bad Manners.". Hample studied playwrighting with Edward Albee at Circle In The Square Theatre and appeared as "Mr. Artist" on the CBS TV show "Captain Kangaroo."
DAVID EVANS (Music) received a Drama Desk Nomination for his score for Off-Broadway¹s Birds Of Paradise (written with Winnie Holzman and directed by Arthur Laurents.) His musical, Love Comics, was produced at the George Street Playhouse several seasons ago. He has written songs for several hit Off-Broadway shows including A...My Name Is Alice, and for several television shows, including "Sesame Street" and "Square One TV". He has written nine musicals for Theatreworks USA and two musicals for the TADA theater company. An accomplished musical director and pianist as well, Mr. Evans has conducted and played on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at prominent regional theaters throughout the country. His credits include the recent Broadway revivals of Flower Drum Song and Bells Are Ringing, Marie Christine and Hello Again at Lincoln Center, and Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, Sills And Company and As Thousands Cheer Off-Broadway. He is currently Assistant Conductor of the hit musical, Wicked.
DOUGLAS COHEN (Lyrics) is the composer/lyricist of Broadway bound THE BIG TIME, an original musical with a book by Douglas Carter Beane which premiered in NYMF 2005 directed by Chris Ashley; and composer/lyricist/co-librettist for the off-Broadway bound new musical, THE OPPOSITE OF SEX, based on the film by Don Roos, recently produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He was awarded two Richard Rodgers Grants and the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation Award for writing NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY (recently optioned for a New York revival and previously produced twice off-Broadway with over 100 regional productions in the U.S. and abroad) and THE GIG (Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, Goodspeed, Sacaramento Music Circus, Theatre Baden-Baden in Germany, and upcoming Jay Records CD release in August 2008). Nominated for a 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics for CHILDREN’S LETTERS TO GOD (off-Broadway’s Lamb’s Theatre, recorded on Jay Records), Doug is the composer of BARNSTORMER, which was presented at Hartford Stage Company’s 2007 Brand: New Festival and received a Jonathan Larson Grant; the composer of GLIMMERGLASS (Goodspeed, Spirit of Broadway production); and the librettist/lyricist of VALENTINO’S TANGO. He contributed the original songs to off-Broadway’s BOOZY, written and produced by the Obie award-winning Les Freres Corbusier (Top 10 list New York Daily News and Time Out: New York). Douglas is currently working on a musical version of Frank Gilroy’s novel, FROM NOON TILL THREE.
STAFFORD ARIMA (Director) directed the critically acclaimed musical, ALTAR BOYZ which received the 2005 Best Musical Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Musical. He directed the West End premiere of Stephen Flaherty's and Lynn Ahrens' musical, RAGTIME (starring Maria Friedman), which was recognized in 2004 with 8 Olivier Award nominations including Best Director and Best Musical. Additional credits include: CHILDREN'S LETTERS TO GOD (Off-Broadway); BOWFIRE (PBS television special/World Tour); Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE (starring Jason Danieley, Rita Moreno and George Hearn, San Francisco Symphony); THE SECRET GARDEN (featuring Laura Benanti, Stephen Pasquale and Will Chase, 2005 World AIDS Day concert); ACE (The Old Globe); A TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN SONDHEIM (featuring Faith Prince and Marin Mazzie, Boston Pops); BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY (Prince Music Theater); GUYS AND DOLLS (starring Karen Ziemba, Robert Cuccioli and Michael Mastro, Paper Mill Playhouse); ABYSSINIA (Goodspeed Musicals); CHEF'S THEATER (The Supper Club); Disney's AIDA (North Shore Music Theater); and Christopher Hampton's TOTAL ECLIPSE (Toronto, Canada). Arima's Broadway credits as associate director include A CLASS ACT and SEUSSICAL. He is a proud graduate of York University (Canada) where he was the recipient of the Dean's Prize for Excellence in Creative Work..
PATRICIA WILCOX (Musical Staging) credits include CHILDREN’S LETTERS TO GOD (Lamb’s Theatre), BOWFIRE (current national tour and PBS Special), A MARVELOUS PARTY (co conceiver-Geva Theatre, Northlight Theatre (JEFF Award) and Laguna Playhouse (LA Drama Critics Circle Award), BLUES IN THE NIGHT for the New York revival, the national and international companies, and Thames Television in London (Drama Logue Award and also NAACP Image Award nomination), SEUSSICAL (national tour), GUYS AND DOLLS (Paper Mill Playhouse), SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, CAMELOT and AIDA (North Shore Music Theatre), THE PAJAMA GAME (Chicago’s Marriott Lincolnshire-Jeff nomination), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Missouri Repertory Theatre), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CABARET, and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Sacramento Music), MY FAIR LADY, HMS PINAFORE, and SCAPAN (Arizona Theatre Company), DIE FLEDERMAUS (Arkansas Opera), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Moscow Arts Center), HIT ME WITH A HOT NOTE (national tour), A SWELL PARTY (Kennedy Center), and BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS in Bryant Park in NYC. She choreographed the rock ‘n roll premiere of FALCO- A CYBER SHOW for the Ronacher Theatre in Vienna, the premiere of A MAGIC NIGHT for the Berns Theatre in Stockholm, and numerous tours and television shows in Europe. Ms. Wilcox staged original works for the Houston Symphony, Minnesota Pops, and Phoenix Symphony. She has also created numbers for ice skating gold medalists Viktor Petrenko, Ilia Kulik, Katya Gordeeva and two ice dancing teams for the 2006 Winter Olympics.
CAROLYN ROSSI COPELAND (Producer) was the Vice President of Creative Affairs for Radio City Entertainment, Madison Square Garden Productions where she oversaw the historic remount of The Scarlet Pimpernel. As V.P. of creative affairs she also developed new projects for the Rockettes and new musical theatre pieces. She served as Producing Artistic Director of the Lamb's Theatre Company from 1979-1996 where she developed many award winning musicals (Smoke on the Mountain, Gifts of the Magi, John and Jen) and plays (Horton Foote’s Roads to Home). She returned to the Lamb's in 2002, to produce The Prince and the Pauper and her musical Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story is currently on national tour.