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Rick Cummins

Birth Place: Johnstown, PA

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---Member of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop from 1974-1988; ---THE LITTLE PRINCE (Composer, and co-author with lyricist John Scoullar), based on the book by Antoine de St. Exupery; developed at Playhouse by the River in 1983; opened Off-Broadway in 1993 with Daisy Eagan in the lead role; currently licensed exclusively by Dramatic Publishing in 4 versions for the stage (small or large-cast musical,small or large-cast play). One of the musical's best songs, "44 Sunsets" was chosen by Bruce Kimmel for his Varese-Sarabande album "BROADWAY BOUND: New Writers for the Musical Theatre." The small-cast play version of the Cummins-Scoullar adaptation was re-mounted as a puppetry version in 2010 with one live actor and life-sized puppets, at Cape May Playhouse and Bristol Riverside Theatre, It was selected to open Broadway's New Victory Theatre 2011 season, and is now on tour through the U.S. for the 2013-2014 seasons.

---TINY TIM'S CHRISTMAS CAROL (Composer, and co-author with lyricist Michael Harron), a unique and heart-warming adaptation of the Dickens classic tale. It was developed at East Stroudsburg University and opened in 1988 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theatre (with 9 year-old Daisy Eagan in her theatrical debut); and at the Theatre at Riverside Church, and on tour in Long Island. It has since been performed at theatres through the U.S. and is well-known in Pennsylvania as "the Pocono Christmas tradition." It recently completed a 5-week 2012 holiday run at the Shawnee Playhouse in Stroudsburg.
---THAT'S LIFE! (Composer; songs written with Greer Woodward, June Siegel, and Dan Kael, and others), a musical revue, conceived by Helen Butleroff, about the contemporary Jewish experience in America, Playhouse 91, ran for 2 years Off-Broadway, nominated as Best Musical by the Outer Critics Circle group.
---PETS (Composer; written with Greer Woodward and others), Off-Broadway musical revue conceived by Helen Butleroff, about people and their beloved pets; licensed by Dramatic Publishing.
---SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE (Composer, Co-author with John Forster and lyricist Greer Woodward), presented for 2 seasons by Theatreworks USA, Promenade Theatre, Town Hall, other venues,and on U.S. tour with Theatreworks; published and licensed by Samuel French.
---HALF THE SKY (Composer), a thematic musical odyssey about gender bias, based on true stories from the media around the world; written with lyricists Greer Woodward, June Siegel, and Luis Santeiro, and librettist Marsha Sheiness. Initially developed at Donna Trinkoff's AMAS Musical Theatre under the title A VIRTUAL WOMAN, it was later revised and then chosen as the kick-off presentation in Chicago for the 2006 Best New Musicals Festival, staged readings presented by Theatre Building Chicago. A segment of HALF THE SKY was presented in New York at a theatre festival (directed by Graciella Danielle) by the League of Women Theatre Producers.
---AMOS AND OLGA (Composer, written with lyricist-librettist William Morrison, based on a play by Lucille Hauser); a traditional musical comedy farce about the dawn of gambling in Atlantic City 1976, and a love story about Amos,a two-bit real estate dealer, and Olga, an immigrant from the Russian circus; she now owns a slice of prime boardwalk property, which she refuses to relinquish. Performed at Playhouse by the River, and renamed THE GREAT AMERICAN GAME.
---IVERNA, based on Brian Friel's THE LOVES OF CASS McGUIRE, (written with lyricist-librettist William Morrison). When Cass McGuire naively decides to return from New York to her native Ireland, she finds out her bawdy manners and hard-drinking behavior are not as welcome as she imagined.
---HURRICANE ADA (Composer, written with lyricist, librettist Eustacia Cutler), loosely based on Shakespeare's "THE TEMPEST."

Rick has also extensively written incidental music for American classics(like DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK) Sam Shepard's ICARUS'S MOTHER, WAIT UNTIL DARK, and numerous scores for Shakespeare (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, ROMEO AND JULIET, HAMLET, JULIUS CAESAR, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, MACBETH, THE TEMPEST, and more. These scores have been performed in the U.S., Canada, and in Europe.

Rick was born and raised in Johnstown, PA. He was a Phi Beta Kappa student at the University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently earned an M.D. degree from the same Ivy League institution. After practicing medicine for a year in Philadelphia, he was accepted into the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and moved to New York in 1974. From that time up to the present, he has lived a life of hard work and accomplishment as a dual-career New Yorker: writing for the theatre and practicing preventive medicine, ambulatory care, and occupational medicine. His patients have been at the Preventive Medicine Institute/Strang Clinic, at the Betances Family Medical Practice, and at the corporate headquarters of Mobil Oil Corp. and Bristol-Myers Squibb. After 38 years of medical practice, he recently retired, but continues as a composer and writer for theatre. He lives in Manhattan and in Marshalls Creek, PA.

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THE FANTASTICKS And THE LITTLE PRINCE Extended Into January At Quintessence Theatre Group

Quintessence Theatre Group extends its holiday shows, 'The Fantasticks' and 'The Little Prince,' into January. Don't miss these magical and adventurous productions for all ages.
THE LITTLE PRICE Extends Run At Synchronicity Theatre

Synchronicity Theatre has announced the extended run of its enchanting production of 'The Little Prince' now playing through December 30, 2023.
THE LITTLE PRINCE Comes to Quintessence Theatre This Weekend

This holiday season Quintessence is presenting The Little Prince - The Musical with Book and Lyrics by John Scoullar and Music by Rick Cummins.  
Synchronicity Theatre to Present THE LITTLE PRINCE This Holiday Season

Synchronicity Theatre will present 'The Little Prince,' a magical musical production. Directed by Lauren Morris, this enchanting show promises to transport audiences of all ages to a whimsical world of imagination and wonder. Don't miss this heartwarming holiday treat!
Love And War Erupt In Quintessence Theatre Group's 14th Season At The Sedgwick Theater

Quintessence Theatre Group, Northwest Philadelphia's first professional theatre company, has produced classic works of theatre for 13 years on stage at the historic Sedgwick Theater in the neighborhood of Mt. Airy. Season XIV includes six epic productions, four in repertory, on the lasting themes of love and war.
THE LITTLE PRINCE Comes to The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

 The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) presents an elaborately staged reading of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on August 12th as part of their new programming for the next generation titled Classics for Kids!
Synchronicity Theatre Announces Season 26, Featuring an Array of Unforgettable Productions and Community Programs

Synchronicity Theatre, a leading performing arts organization renowned for its commitment to diverse storytelling, community engagement, and innovative programming, announces its 26th season. 
Video: Watch the Trailer for THE LITTLE PRINCE at the Guthrie Theater

Watch the trailer for The Guthrie Theater's production of The Little Prince, adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar and based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Review: THE LITTLE PRINCE at Guthrie Theater

A downed aviator, miles of sand dunes, a beautiful flower, a charming fox, and a Little Prince fill the McGuire Proscenium Stage with a tale of love, loss, childhood wonder, and the strength to carry on when life seems to get rough.
Guthrie Theater to Present Adaptation Of THE LITTLE PRINCE, Directed By Dominique Serrand

The Guthrie Theater has announced the cast and creative team for The Little Prince, adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar and based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Under the direction of Dominique Serrand, The Little Prince will play December 10, 2022 – February 5, 2023, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.
THE LITTLE PRINCE Will Conclude Limited Broadway Engagement in May

The Little Prince will play the final performance of its limited Broadway engagement on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway at 53rd Street).
VIDEO: THE LITTLE PRINCE Begins Previews on Broadway

The Little Prince, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless novella, began previews on Broadway last night! Take a look at video from the evening, including an acknowledgement of the show’s entire company making their Broadway debuts.
THE LITTLE PRINCE on Broadway Announces Rush Ticket Policy

A limited number of $35 rush tickets for The Little Prince will be available on a first-come, first-served basis when the box office opens on the day of each performance. Rush tickets are limited to 2 per person and may be partial view.
The Guthrie Theater Announces 2022-2023 Season

The Guthrie Theater today announced 10 ambitious, full-scale productions to commemorate the theater’s 60-year legacy: Qui Nguyen’s love-and-war comedy Vietgone; the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ Sally & Tom, produced in collaboration with The Public Theater and more. See the full schedule and find out how to get tickets.
THE LITTLE PRINCE Announces New Spring Broadway Dates

The Little Prince will now begin Broadway previews on Tuesday, March 29, with opening night set for Monday, April 11 at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). The production was previously scheduled to begin performances on March 4 and open March 17.
THE LITTLE PRINCE Will Come to Broadway in March 2022

Following sold-out runs in Paris, Sydney, and Dubai, The Little Prince, one of the best-selling and most translated books ever published, will come to Broadway in a new stage production.
The Guthrie Theater to Present IN THE HEIGHTS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and More in 2020�"2021 Season

The Guthrie Theater today announced the 11 productions of its 2020-2021 mainstage season: Noël Coward's hot-blooded comedy Private Lives; Red Hot Patriot, a whip-smart one-woman show starring Kathleen Turner
Wheelock Family Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season

Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University announces its 2019-2020 Season including Roald Dahl's musical Willy Wonka (October 25-November 24, 2019), Little Women: The Broadway Musical (January 31-February 23, 2020), The Little Prince (April 8-May 24, 2020), and Bud, Not Buddy (April 28-May 24 2020). Subscription packages are now on sale. Visit www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org to view savings options and benefits. Single tickets for the 2019-2020 Season will go on sale September 3, 2019.
THE LITTLE PRINCE Comes to The Denver Children's Theatre

The JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center has been proud to produce whimsical and touching stories through its Denver Children's Theatre for 22 years. 2019 will represent the final season for this community staple and it's determined to go out with a blast through the stars. Opening on March 14 and playing through May 3 the Denver Children's Theatre will be presenting the heart-warming story for all ages, The Little Prince, written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, adapted from the literary classic by French author Antoine de Saint-Exup ry.
VIDEO: Flint Rep Presents A New Holiday Favorite THE LITTLE PRINCE

Flint Repertory Theatre presents 'THE LITTLE PRINCE,' Adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Performances begin Friday December 14 and run through Sunday December 23. Tickets are now on sale. In the middle of the Sahara Desert, a stranded aviator meets the Little Prince, who hails from a small, faraway asteroid. Their dreamlike journey unfolds across a universe sparking our imaginations along the way. The Little Prince teaches the aviator how to laugh, cry, and love again. This holiday classic for all ages, reminds us 'It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.'


How many shows has Rick Cummins written?

Rick Cummins has written 1 shows including That's Life! (Composer).

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