Music Team Announced For SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical, Opens 10/7


SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical with a Book by Richard Seff; Music by Roger Dean Anderson and Lyrics by Lee Goldsmith is being presented by Other Side Productions (Peter Mercurio, Chuck Blasius - Co-Artistic Directors) as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival at The Theater at St. Clements, 423 West 46th Street. The music team has been announced Greg Anthony (Music Supervisor, Arranger, Orchestrations), Annbritt duChateau (Music Director) and the Associate Musical Directors are Danny Percefull and Sue Anschultz. The director is Peter Flynn and the choreographer is Devanand Janki. With a highly melodic, hummable and bouncy score with bright lyrics, "SHINE the Horatio Alger Musical", has tons of period atmosphere, nostalgic charm, comedy and entertainment. It is a hope and dreams musical with a touch of "Annie", a smidgen of "Oliver", a dash of "Tintypes" as well as a smattering of musical joys that will delight! A multi-talented cast of 18 makes this one of the largest of the festival productions. Performances will be: Thurs. 10/7 at 8pm; Sat. 10/9 at 5pm; Mon. 10/11, at 9pm; Fri. 10/15, at 1pm; Sat. 10/16, at 9pm and Sun. 10/17 at 3pm.

"SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical" follows the tale of Ragged Dick (Horatio Alger's first best-selling hero) in lower Manhattan (1876) as he rises from penniless bootblack to budding Wall Street entrepreneur. Dick's adventures with a little bit of luck, some charm and a whole lot of hard work bring him face to face with scheming ex-convicts, vicious comic villains, kind benefactors, and a world of colorful street characters in this charming rags-to-riches romp for everyone.

Greg Anthony (Music Supervisor, Arranger, Orchestrations) was the conductor of the world premier of the Frank Wildhorn musical "Wonderland". On Broadway, he was Associate Music Director for "The Little Mermaid" and played in the revival of "A Chorus Line". Previously, he worked as music director and conductor for the SRO run of the opera Brundibar (libretto by Tony Kushner, set design by Maurice Sendak). He served 2 years as Associate Conductor for "The Lion King" tour. He is a National Opera Association Award winner for Transformations and provided music direction and orchestrations for the premiere production of "We Tell the Story" (elebrating the songs of Flaherty and Ahrens). He has arranged and orchestrated for NYC Gay Men's Chorus (Carnegie Hall), Indianapolis Symphony, and frequently for Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops. He orchestrated the new musical, "Ace", for St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and the Signature Theatre (VA).

Annbritt duChateau (Music Director) was the Musical Director for the tour of "Mary Poppins" and Associate Conductor on Broadway for "Les Miserables", "Frogs"," Pal Joey", "Phantom of the Opera", and "Into the Woods"; as well as Assistant Conductor for the National tours of "Kiss Me, Kate", and Musical Director/Conductor of "Miss Saigon" and "Aspects of Love". Her keyboard skills have been captured on several Tony and Grammy-nominated cast albums. Her resume reflects venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Studio 54, London's Royal Albert Hall, and Lincoln Center and stars such as Vanessa Williams, Nathan Lane, and Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA).

Richard Seff (Book) has spent a lifetime in the theatre as actor, playwright, columnist, critic, agent, librettist, investor and now memoirist. He first acted professionally in 1946 and took a 22 year leave of absence from the stage to become an agent representing artists in the musical theatre on Broadway. 1974 he returned to the stage. He is the author of Broadway's "Paris is Out!" and The Whole Ninth Floor . He currently writes the New York Theatre Buzz column for Roger Dean Anderson (Composer) has been fortunate to collaborate with several legendary talents, including Michael Smuin, Joe Layton, Wally Harper, Tony Walton, Vivian Matalon and Hal Prince. In 1979 he was paired with lyricist Lee Goldsmith, more than 30 years his senior; later composing the Carbonell Award-winning "Chaplin", followed by "Quality Street". Recent projects include "Ladykiller"; "Flying Tigers" and "Abe", which is recommended by the President's Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Lee Goldsmith (Lyricist) enjoyed an early career with National Comics scripting stories for The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash. He adapted several projects for the stage, writing book and lyrics: "Come Back Little Sheba", "Golddiggers of 1633" (based on School for Wivest; and his ground-breaking Broadway musical "Sextet". Other projects include "Quality Street", "Ladykiller" and the book and lyrics for "Abe", a large-scale musical based on the life of Lincoln before he was elected President.

Peter Flynn (Director) is Artistic Director of The Hangar Theatre and staged the star-studded Broadway concerts of "On the Twentieth Century" (Douglas Sills, Marin Mazzie, & Joanne Worley); "Chess" (Josh Groban); and "Funny Girl" (Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, & Peter Gallagher, among others). Off- Broadway includes "Henry & Mudge" ,"Junie B. Jones" and the award-winning "Rhapsody in Seth". Other NYC credits include "Two Rooms"; "Broadway Musicals of 1953"; "Babes in Toyland", and the premiere of the opera "Romulus". Devanand Janki (Choreographer): directed & choreographed the award-winning hit "Zanna, Don't"! and "Junie B. Jones", "Cupid & Psyche", "Henry & Mudge" and John Patrick Shanley's "Romantic Poetry" (MTC). Broadway concerts: director of "Hair" (all-star cast, featuring Jennifer Hudson), choreographer of "Funny Girl" (16 Fanny Brices, including Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, & Jane Krakowski); associate for "Dreamgirls"; Lincoln Center: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Babes in Toyland, Anything Goes in Concert (assoc.); numerous industrials and nine years as an Artistic Associate for Broadway Bares.

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