Rock Star, Once Around The Sun, White Noise. Artist releases (Morris Brothers): Stand Out, Pop The Trunk, One Less Dream. Guitarist in the orchestras of numerous Broadway shows to include Hairspray, Kinky Boots, and Mamma Mia; and with legendary musicians like Sting, Stevie Wonder, Darius Rucker, Robin Thicke. To my collaborators. To the Robertson family. To my wife Colleen and daughters Anastasia and Lorelei. Thank all y’all!
Steven Morris has written music, lyrics and orchestrations for Rock Star (Off Off Broadway), Once Around The Sun (Off Broadway), White Noise (New Orleans, Chicago), and What You Will (Philadelphia). His artist releases include Stand Out, Pop the Trunk, and One Less Dream (Morris Brothers). His songs have been featured on television, most recently with the song “Christmas In West Monroe” from the 2014 Duck Dynasty Christmas Special. He has played bass for numerous artists (Stevie Wonder, Sting, Darius Rucker, Natalie Cole, Robin Thicke, Kristen Chenoweth) and in the orchestras of Broadway shows to include Hairspray, Hot Feet, Baby It’s You, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar. He was nominated for Chicago’s Jeff Award in the category of Outstanding New Work-Musical or Revue for the Royal George Theater production of White Noise (Whoopi Goldberg, Executive Producer). Steven has also composed sacred music for, and performs with, the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Wallace Hall Choir. For a time, he and his twin brother could be seen as the “Mad Cloning Scientists” on The Late Show With David Letterman. He is a member of Local 802 American Federation of Musicians and the Dramatists Guild of America. Eternal love and thanks go out to his collaborators, to Willie and Korie Robertson and the extended Robertson family, and most of all to Dayna, Steven Jr., Elizabeth, Alysse and the extended Morris family. Amen!
Along with his writing partners Robert Morris and Steven Morris, Joe wrote the music and lyrics for White Noise, a Jeff Award nominated musical, produced by Whoopi Goldberg and directed by Sergio Trujillo (Royal George in Chicago, Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans). In NYC, their work includes Once Around The Sun (Zipper Theatre) and Rock Star (Trilogy). Their song “Christmas In West Monroe” was featured on the 2014 Duck Dynasty Christmas special. Joe has collaborated with major label and independent artists and producers, including James Stroud, Steve Thompson and Brad Albetta, to name a few. Joe was born and raised in New York City and is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild Of America. Thank you, Kellie. Thank you, David Friedlander and Susan Weaving. For Anne, Sid and Steve. You are missed.
ASA SOMERS is a New York City-based writer who grew up on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, and graduated from Yale University. Duck Commander Musical is Asa’s first show in Vegas, and he’s thrilled! Other pieces include real-life murder musical Something as Big as This (book, music, and lyrics) and the play God Particle, as well as two TV projects currently in development – the hour-long sci-fi series “Arc” and the half-hour comedy “House of Lords.” As an actor, Asa appeared on Broadway in Next to Normal, Grey Gardens, Taboo, Dance of the Vampires, and The Rocky Horror Show, and starred opposite Alice Ripley in the First National Tour of Next to Normal. He played the title role in the original NYC and San Francisco productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; starred in Dallas Theater Center’s production of Fly by Night and the off-Broadway musical Once Around the Sun; and has appeared on TV in “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order,” and “The Sopranos.” He has consumed gator, boar, frogs, and moonshine (just a little) – but has yet to try squirrel. HK OPG! RYSA FTW! www.asasomers.com.
Broadway: Disney’s Newsies (8 Tony nominations including Best Director), Jekyll & Hyde (2013 Revival), Bonnie & Clyde (Tony nomination, Best Score), Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination, Best Musical), Deaf West’s Big River (Tony Honor, Excellence in Theatre), Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun (Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease (Tony nomination, Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite!, The Will Rogers Follies (Tony Award, Best Musical). US National Tour/West End/International: Mata Hari (World Premiere in South Korea Fall 2015), Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Thru Life, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical, Disney’s High School Musical. Regional: Noah Racey’s Pulse, Asolo Rep.; Jane Austen’s Emma (Craig Noel Award, Outstanding Resident Musical), The Old Globe; Deaf West’s Pippin, Mark Taper Forum; Disney’s High School Musical: On Tour!, Disney Theatrical; The Civil War, Freedom’s Song, Shenandoah, and Violet, Ford’s Theatre. Jeff is an associate artist at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. Jeff loves to hear your thoughts on Twitter at @thejeffcalhoun.
Tommy Mottola is one of the highest-profile and Influential executives in the history of the music industry who currently heads the Mottola Media Group, a global media and entertainment company in New York City. He is credited with discovering and guiding the careers of many of the world’s most iconic artists such as Hall and Oates, Carly Simon, John Mellencamp, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and Aerosmith, as well as forging a new brand of global superstar by creating what TIME Magazine called the Latin Explosion. Signing and developing Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Marc Anthony. Starting as a musician and an Epic Records recording artist at the age of eighteen, he returned twenty years later to run that very company as Sony Music Entertainment’s global CEO. He revitalized Sony Music’s publishing division by making such acquisitions as the Beatles catalogue along with Michael Jackson and enabled Sony to become one of the first major music company to make available commercial digital downloads. In his tenure, he is credited with tripling the company’s revenue, selling an estimated 8 billion CDs resulting in nearly 65 billion in sales and expanding its operation to over 60 countries around the world.
Tommy has produced numerous television specials and has an upcoming documentary for HBO films entitled, “The Latin Explosion. “He is also a NY Times best-selling author for his memoir, “HITMAKER, the Man and His Music” (HACHETTE 2013) and is penning forthcoming titles, “The Latin Explosion” and The Bronx School of Business.” On a personal note, he is married to Mexican superstar, THALIA.
Dodger Properties is a producing partnership hatched at BAM in 1978 by Michael David, Edward Strong, Rocco Landesman, Des McAnuff, Doug Johnson and Sherman Warner. From the initial foothold in Brooklyn, the Dodgers grew, migrated to the NY Shakespeare Festival, then to off and on Broadway, where their productions have garnered a host of national (Tony, Drama Critics Circle, Obie) and international (Olivier, Helpmann and Dora) awards. Current Broadway: Jersey Boys and Matilda. Other Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Dracula, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods (’87 and ’02), The Music Man, Titanic, Wrong Mountain, Footloose, Mandy Patinkin, High Society, 1776, …Forum, The King and I, The Who’s Tommy, Ralph Fiennes’ Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, Once Upon a Mattress, How to Succeed…, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Secret Garden, Prelude to a Kiss, The Gospel at Colonus, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes.
Led by Louisianan Bill Busbice, Ollawood operates across a variety of entertainment related verticals: marketing services and technology, finance and production infrastructure. This unique combination helps Ollawood projects to achieve the greatest level of success. Over the past thirty-five years Bill has successfully built numerous companies across multiple sectors from trucking to sporting goods. His passion for his family and the outdoors helped extend his talents into two television shows, “Wild Game Nation” on the Outdoor Channel and “Country Buck$” on A&E. The core values of faith and family are at the center of everything he does.
Broadway: Newsies (set design – Tony nomination for Best Set Design of a Musical); Jekyll & Hyde (set and costume); Bonnie & Clyde (set and costume design); The Philanthropist (costume design) and Brooklyn – the Musical (costume design). Off-Broadway: Nightingale (set design); Grace (set design); The Overwhelming (costume Design); Zanna–Don’t! (co-set and costume design); Almost Heaven (costume design) and Fighting Words (set design). Selected Regional: Harmony (set and costume design – Ahmanson and Alliance Theaters); Emma and Himself and Nora (set design – Old Globe Theatre); Freedom’s Song, Violet, The Civil War and Shenandoah (set design – Ford’s Theatre); Nightingale and Pippin (Mark Taper Forum); Sleeping Beauty Wakes (set design – Kirk Douglas Theater). Future productions include Kiss Me, Kate and a musical adaptation of the film Monsoon Wedding.
Broadway: Bonnie and Clyde, Brooklyn, Big River, Stand-Up Tragedy. The West End: Gershwin Alone. Off-Broadway: The Best is Yet to Come, Striking 12, Blue, End of the World Party, Zooman and the Sign, Menopause the Musical. National Tour: Looped, Peter Pan, Brooklyn, Guys and Dolls, Big River. His work has been seen in many of the countries regional theatre including Arena Stage, The Alley Theatre, The Globe Theatres, Mark Taper Forum, The La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory, The Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Geffen Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Prince Music Theatre, Denver Center, Arizona Theatre Company. Among his awards are Los Angeles Ovation Awards, Dramalogue Awards, Garland Awards, San Diego Critics’ circle awards and the 1999 Career achievement award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.
Ebbing audio related anxiety, since 1982! Sound designer for Hugh Jackman In Time, Always Patsy Cline, Charlotte’s Web, The Venetian Showroom. Currently sound designer for the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Nevada Ballet Theatre, at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Happy, Happy, Happy to be part of this team, and much love to all at “Traceland’!
Broadway: Glory Days (Music SPV, Arrangements & Orchestrations); The Ritz (Orchestrations); Off-Broadway: Rooms-A Rock Romance (Music SPV, Arrangements & Orchestrations); Saved; bare-A Pop Opera (MD, Vocal Arr.-2004); National Tour Music Direction: Xanadu; Barry Manilow’s Copacabana; Other: A Little More Alive (Music SPV, Arr & Orch-Kansas City Rep); White Noise (MD, Arr & Orch-Chicago); Dreamgirls; Bright Lights, Big City (both Prince Music Thtr); and more. Orchestrations: Asphalt Beach (Andrew Lippa); Bright Lights, Big City; Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway 101; Hair 2004; Junie B. Jones; Chess; BC/EFA Easter Bonnet (4 years); Pippin (Dance Arr.-2006 Tour). TV: The Tonight Show; Good Morning America; The View; ABC’s Extreme Weightloss; PBS’ Great Performances. Music Director/Arranger for Clay Aiken from 2004-2007. Upcoming-Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion; The Mary’s. Jesse has been the keyboardist/arranger/music supervisor of the funk/soul band Nick Blaemire and The Hustle, whose debut EP can be found on iTunes. Other recordings- Clay Aiken’s Tried & True (2010) and Steadfast (2012), Glory Days (OBC), Rooms-A Rock Romance”, Out Of Our Heads-The Music of Kooman and Dimond, Hair (2005 Grammy Nominated Recording), Dreaming Wide Awake-The Music of Scott Alan, Keys, What I Want To Be When I Grow Up, and bare-The Album. www.shouthollermusic.com
Duncan Stewart CSA & Benton Whitley CSA. Broadway/New York: On The Town, Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, The Band Wagon, Carnegie Hall Sings, Pageant; West End/U.K.: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; Tours: Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, Elf, We Will Rock You; Upcoming: Waterfall, August Rush, Nerds, Hadestown; Regional: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Royal Caribbean; Casting Associate Andrea Zee CSA. stewartwhitley.com
J. Allen Suddeth has worked professionally for the past 35 years out of the New York area. Allen is a Broadway veteran of twelve shows, ranging in style from Angels In America, to Disney’s Aladdin, and Newsies. Further, he has staged action for over 150 Off-Broadway shows, and hundreds more Regional Theater shows from Seattle to Denver to Baltimore and Miami. For television, Allen stunt coordinated over 750 episodes, on sound stages in New York, and on locations such as Jamaica, Arizona, and Buenos Aires. Allen is the author of “Fight Directing For The Theatre” and holds Fight Master rank in the Society of American Fight Directors. He also has taught stage combat at Juilliard, Rutgers, SUNY Purchase, and The Lee Strasberg Institute.
Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, Hamilton, Of Mice and Men, Violet, Sideshow, Honeymoon in Vegas, Piece of My Heart, The Elephant Man, Radio Golf, The Radio City Spectacular, The Performers, The Apple Tree, After Midnight, Beautiful, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Soul Doctor, Motown, Jekyll and Hyde, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Columnist, Magic/Bird, Bonnie and Clyde, The Mountaintop, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Merchant of Venice, Memphis, Henry IV, Cymbeline, Lombardi, Fences, Looped, Miracle Worker, Superior Donuts, 33 Variations, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, The Color Purple, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Good Vibrations, A Raisin in the Sun. Upcoming: Hunchback, Mozart, On Your Feet.
Composer of Fame – The Musical, which continues to play worldwide (13 languages so far). Steve has orchestrated many Broadway shows including Tommy, Aida, Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Big River, receiving 2 Drama Desk Awards (Tommy & Big River, both Dodger productions). Steve’s orchestrations for the long running Jim Steinman/Roman Polanski Tanz Der Vampire (18 years in Germany & Austria) are currently playing in Paris. Upcoming is his soundtrack for Hey Moe, Hey Dad!, the 9-part documentary about The 3 Stooges. Recently Steve performed his ballet This Is Forever at the Joyce Theater, NYC with Jacqulyn Buglisi Dance Theatre.