ERIC ROCKWELL AND JOANNE BOGART (creators) ERIC ROCKWELL (music/book) and JOANNE BOGART (lyrics/book) Eric and Joanne began their collaboration in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. For The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) they were honored with a 2004 Drama Desk nomination for Best Musical, as well as individual nominations for Best Music and Best Lyrics. The show ran Off-Broadway for 583 performances and also was performed on London’s West End. In addition, the show received a 2004 Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Musical and a 2005 Drama League nomination for Best Musical. Their parody of Mickey and Judy musicals, Golly Gee Whiz, as originally produced by the TADA! Theatre, then later featured at the Lincoln Center “Reel to Real” series. Their other collaborations include productions of The Trials of Alice in Wonderlandand David and Goliath. As a lyricist, Ms. Bogart contributed several lyrics to The Book of Pooh and Bear in the Big Blue House, both for the Disney Channel. Mr. Rockwell composed the score for The History Mystery, and wrote the libretto to Everything About School, both produced by the TADA! Theatre Company in New York. They are currently working on their next project together, a traditional full-length book musical, Coney Island.You can contact Eric Rockwell at [email protected] or Joanne Bogart at [email protected]
The entire company of The Musicals of Musicals mourns the untimely passing of the divine Lovette George. Her brilliant performance night after night contributed to the success of our show, inspired us, and brought laughter and joy to our audiences. She will live in our hearts forever.
LOVETTE GEORGE (the ingenue), 2004 Drama Desk nominee: Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!) Having performed Carrie in CAROUSELat Lincoln Center (when Audra wasn’t), Pearl in STARLIGHT EXPRESS in Germany (in German), Marta in COMPANY in college, AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND at the Studio Arena and Velma in CHICAGO (never mind where), Lovette is no stranger to four of the distinct styles in this show. She also did A NEW BRAIN and MARIE CHRISTINE, both at Lincoln Center, should Eric and Joanne decide to throw in some Bill Finn or Michael John LaChiusa! Other Stuff: Broadway: UPTOWN…IT’S HOT! With Maurice Hines, STARLIGHT EXPRESS (Pearl) Germany – cast album. Off-Broadway: THE GREEN HEART, EATING RAOUL Regional: A SAINT, SHE AIN’T (Trudy) Berkshire Theater Festival/Westport Playhouse, THUNDER KNOCKING ON THE DOOR (Glory) The Guthrie, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA(Cleo) St Louis Rep/Cincinnati Playhouse, etc., etc., etc. Film: CENTER STAGE, BROADWAY DAMAGE.TV: Hope and Faith, Sex and the City.
CRAIG FOLS (Willy) has appeared most notably Off-Broadway as Kenneth Halliwell in Lanie Robertson’s NASTY LITTLE SECRETS at Primary Stages, both in the 1988 production directed by Stuart Ross and the 1998 revival directed by Casey Childs. Other dramatic credits in New York include the roles of Jim Harris in David Friedman’s cerebral palsy drama CREEPS at The Actors Collective and Max Nordau in Lanie Robertson’s CANNIBAL’S WALTZ at the Abingdon Theatre Company. After a childhood and adolescence spent in community theatre, stock and dinner theatre productions of many of the musicals being parodied tonight, he moved to New York and has worked as an actor and/or playwright on many new works in such venues as Circle Rep, the Actor’s Studio, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Sundance Institute with such creative giants as Michael Kidd, Colleen Dewhurst and Julie Taymor, among others. In 1994, he opened the season at La Mama E.T.C. THE CLUB appearing in his own first play, BUCK SIMPLE, a comedy which was subsequently published in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS 1994-95. In 1999, he appeared in a musical version of BUCK SIMPLEopposite Josie de Guzman at the Garrick Cabaret, with direction by Don Stephenson and musical staging by Emily Loesser. It was through developing BUCK SIMPLE at the BMI Workshop that he has had the opportunity to play roles in several other fine projects, including Alfred Kinsey in DR. SEX by Larry Bortniker and Sally Deering, Charon in THE FABULIST by David Spencer and MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!) by Bogart and Rockwell. He would like to dedicate this performance to the memory or his late mother, Jean.
ANNA WINTHROP (Female Stand-By) New York credits: Abingdon Theater, City Center,Symphony space and Frederick Loewe Theater; Regional:Goodspeed Opera House, PCLO, Atlanta TOTS, Kansas City, Starlight, Westchester Broadway, Artpark, SeasideMusic Theater; National and European tours. Anna is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory. Thanks to my amazing family for their love and support.