JOSHUA SHERMAN [Studio Producer] Joshua Sherman began his theatrical career as an archivist and designer. His mentors include the famed caricaturist, Al Hirschfeld; Ballet Designer Peter Harvey; Production Designer Santo Loquasto; legendary costume designer Willa Kim; and Tony, Oscar, and Emmy Award-winning designer Tony Walton. As part of Tony Walton’s design team, Joshua worked on the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (starring Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat); Elaine May’s TALLER THAN A DWARF (starring Matthew Broderick and Parker Posey); Harold Pinter’s ASHES TO ASHES (starring David Straithairn); Tommy Tune’s EASTER PARADE (starring Sandy Duncan); FINIAN'S RAINBOW; and Terrence Mcnally’s and Jon Robin Baitz’s HOUSE (starring Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Rue McClanahan, and Daniel Stern). Other Design Credits include: Assistant Costume Designer on the Lincoln Center Concert Productions of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (starring Patti Lupone and Peter Gallagher) and SWEENEY TODD (starring Patti Lupone, George Hearn, and Audra Mcdonald); Scenic Designer for the New York premiere of ADMISSIONS (directed by Austin Pendleton) and Set and Costume Designer for the New York premiere of Ray Bradbury’s FLIGHT! As a producer, Joshua championed the all-star reading of the new musical, ROCKWELL (a biography of the artist Norman Rockwell) at Manhattan Theater Club, starring Tony Award winners Lillias White and Ron Holgate, Tony nominees Joel Blum, Daniel Jenkins, and Barbara Walsh, and M*A*S*H’s Conrad John Schuck. That reading was quickly followed by a renowned Off-Broadway production starring Tony Award nominees Mark Jacoby, Joel Blum, & Jane Summerhays. In 2000, Joshua illustrated a new edition of the picture book, THE ODD POTATO. Since then, he and his mom have collaborated on the all-star reading of THE ODD POTATO starring Tony Award winners Lillias White and Debbie Gravitte; the all-star concert starring TV’s Charlotte Rae (THE FACTS OF LIFE) and the late Frank Gorshin (BATMAN), and THE ODD POTATO: THE BROADWAY ALBUM, featuring 20 TONY AWARD WINNERS, including Judd Hirsch, Hal Prince, Donna McKechnie, Sutton Foster, and Elaine Stritch. Joshua recently produced the first presentation of WAITING FOR MARK, a new play by Antonio Edwards Suarez. Joshua is a proud member of the Recording Academy - and he is a Grammy voter. A proud graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and Stony Brook University Medical School, Joshua is a practicing physician in Bennington, VT. Joshua Sherman is currently developing a new TV series, entitled 100 HOSPITAL DRIVE, which uses music, animation, puppetry and real healthcare providers to distribute accurate medical information in a fun, easy format.
GAIL C. BLUESTONE [Composer] A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Gail started playing the piano at age 7. By age 16 she was playing professionally for various events around her hometown, including the famous Steel Pier with her high school friend, Harvey Mason (Fourplay). During her years at Monmouth College in the Asbury Park area, Gail studied music education and was also the leader, keyboard player, and arranger for the show group, The Gingerbread Revue, which took her to clubs up and down the East Coast as well as a tour of The British Isles. Dedicated to both music and education, Gail, as a highly admired Performing Arts Instructor, Musical Director, and Counselor, inspired self-esteem, confidence, direction, and determination in the lives of thousands of students, first in Central New Jersey and then in Southern California. She also served as a presenter for the University of Phoenix in the L.A. area., sharing her teaching methods with teaching colleagues. In May 1998, THE FULFILLMENT FUND of Los Angeles honored Gail as one of L.A.’s most respected educators in Los Angeles; she was then honored In March 2001 by the Los Angeles City Council for her contributions to the students of Los Angeles. Through the years, Gail collaborated on a variety of musical projects with her sister, Eileen, for stage, television, and CD. From live theatre at New York's prestigious Jewish Museum, to Chicago's classic T.V. series, THE MAGIC DOOR, to her first Broadway style CD starring 20 TONY AWARD WINNERS, Gail's hummable melodies, infectious rhythms, and stirring chords "wowed" audiences. In addition to completing their new album, PERFECT PICTURE, Gail and Eileen are currently working on a new children's recording, starring Broadway's incomparable Lillias White, featuring many tunes from the sisters' most popular musicals for young audiences, including highlights from their very first collaboration for Hallmark's Coterie Theatre, ROTTEN APPLES, their delightful folktale (with a feminist twist) THE SABBATH PEDDLER, and the story that started it all, FREIDA FRIEDHOPPER, AN ORIGINAL.
DEBRA ANN BYRD [Associate Producer] Debra Ann Byrd is the Founder of Take Wing And Soar Productions, Inc., where she currently serves as Chief Executive and Producing Artistic Director. She has guided this company's growth from its birth, forging a viable support organization for classical artists of color and theatre arts groups throughout New York. As an actor, producer, arts manager, and business leader Debra Ann has received more than 20 awards and citations including the 2009 Lucille Lortel Award and the 2006 Josephine Abady Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. She was recently selected for inclusion in the 2012 Editions of WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD and WHO'S WHO OF AMERICAN WOMEN. She received a B.F.A. in acting from Marymount Manhattan College, did advanced studies at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab, completed producer training at the Commercial Theater Institute, and received additional training from the Arts Leadership Institute, a unique Leadership Training Program for Arts Managers at Teacher’s College/Columbia University. Her producing credits for Take Wing And Soar include: POWER PLAY, MASSINISSA, SAVIOUR?, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, PECONG, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S MADNESS, FORGIVE ME?, KING LEAR, MEDEA, HAMLET, THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH, CORIOLANUS: THE AFRICAN WARRIOR; RICHARD III, nine seasons of the TWAS CLASSICAL LAB READING SERIES and five years of the TAKE WING AND SOAR SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS; For the National Black Theatre: HATTIE…WHAT NEED YOU TO KNOW!; ORUNMILA, DON’T PLAY THAT SONG FOR ME, BLACK MAN RISING, DOROTHY DANDRIDGE: BEFORE, AFTER AND NOW, YESTERDAY CAME TOO SOON: THE DOROTHY DANDRIDGE STORY, YESTERDAY’S, SERENADE THE WORLD: THE MUSIC AND WORDS OF OSCAR BROWN JR., and MARIAN ANDERSON: THE LADY FROM PHILADELPHIA; and for 6-10 Productions: BROADWAY SINGS THE ODD POTATO: A HANUKKAH MUSICAL. For more information about Debra Ann and Take Wing And Soar visit us online at www.takewingandsoar.org.
BENJAMIN J. ARRINDELL [Mix Engineer, BROADWAY SINGS THE ODD POTATO] Native New Yorker Ben Arrindell began his career in the late Eighties by working in the advertising industry for Look & Co, a top NY jingle house, after graduating from the Center for the Media Arts in New York City. Within 2 years he rose from Intern to Production Assistant/Staff Engineer. There his dedication and enthusiasm for mixing drew him to stay after hours many nights, working to hone his skill as a Mix Engineer. In 1991, his strong desire to work on album projects made him gravitate toward commercial recording studios. Leaving Look & Co, he went to work for Platinum Island and then Soundtrack NY, two major NYC studios, before starting his freelance career in 1997. Since then Ben has gone on to work on albums which have sold millions of copies worldwide and received the most prestigious awards in the profession. One of his first major clients was Gerald Levert with whom he has had a working relationship ever since. Ben has contributed his particular sound to most of Gerald’s projects including LSG, the trio of urban R&B stars Levert, Sweat, and Gill. Ben landed his big break by mixing LSG’s MY BODY which went multi-platinum worldwide. He then went on to mix Gerald’s next album LOVE AND CONSEQUENCES, with Mega Hits "Thinkin Bout It" and "Taking Everything" going to No. 2 and No. 3 respectively on the BILLBOARD Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles charts. This led to opportunities to mix for classic R&B icons like Aretha Franklin, the O'Jays, and The Temptations (He contributed mixes to EAR-RESISTIBLE, which won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Album in the year 2000.) His understanding of a wide range of black music would lead him to also mix urban tracks such as "Crazy" for K-Ci & Jo-Jo and the Busta Rhymes/Janet Jackson smash hit "What’s it Gonna Be". Ben’s mixes were instrumental in initiating artists such as Tyrese and 3LW into the mainstream music scene. He has lent his signature sound to diverse artists from Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Slick Rick, The Village People to Mary J. Blige, En Vogue to Kool & the Gang.... A recent high point in Ben’s career is to have mixed Yolanda Adams’ Soul Gospel Album, THE EXPERIENCE, which won Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album at the 2002 Grammy Awards.
JAY KERR [Musical Director and Arranger, BROADWAY SINGS THE ODD POTATO] Jay arranges music, works with songwriters on new projects, instructs singers for stage, cabaret, and recording, and writes songs and incidental music for the theater. He has written a catalogue of over fifty cabaret songs with the late Arthur Kirson. Being an equal opportunity holiday kind of guy, Jay's music for "Becoming Santa," written with Ed Kulkosky, is heard in cabaret every year at Christmastime. For six years, with Robert Duke, Jay was facilitator of a writers' workshop for the Princeton Triangle Club. Known by his students as a hopeless curmudgeon, Jay marvels at his ability to have worked successfully with so many different creative artists and is grateful to them all. Currently, Jay is the artistic Director and Producer of the Fort Salem Theatre in Salem, New York. Visit Jay Kerr on the web at: www.jaykerr.com
ELIUD ORTIZ [Mix Engineer, PERFECT PICTURE] Having worked in the music and entertainment business since the age of 16, Eliud has recorded some of the world's top recording artists from Luther Vandross to Kathy Lee Gifford to multi-platinum recording artist Shaggy. In addition, Eliud planned, designed, and supervised construction and expansion of Shaggy's recording studios and management company in New York and Jamaica. From Tracking and Mixing Engineer to Sound Designer and Production Manager, his love of music has found Eliud busy at work on a vast array of consoles for a variety of major labels (Red Bull, Universal, Warner, and Sony) as well as independent films and commercials.
SAM WILLMOTT [Musical Director and Arranger, PERFECT PICTURE] is an award-winning New York City-based composer/lyricist whose work has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Walnut Street Theatre, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, the Laurie Beechman Theatre and other venues across the country. His written work includes STANDARDIZED TESTING-THE MUSICAL!!!! (2009 Kennedy Center ACTF Musical Theatre Award for music and lyrics, Penn State NU Musicals Series, published through Playscripts Inc.), the mini-musical SCARLET TAKES A TUMBLE (2011 Humana Festival Heideman Award Finalist), and YO VIKINGS! with lyricist Marcus Stevens (commissioned by Upper Darby Summer Stage, 2011 Richard Rodgers Award Finalist). Marcus and Sam were fortunate enough to be selected for the 2011 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, where they performed their new work at Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall alongside theatre legends Charles Strouse and Christine Ebersole. Sam’s work as a music director and arranger has taken him from Radio City Music Hall to Key West to Abu Dhabi to Seoul, and a whole bunch of other places along the way, including 6-10 Productions' two new albums, PERFECT PICTURE and LISTEN UP!. He has been fortunate enough to work with an exciting and eclectic assortment of distinguished artists such as five-time Tony-nominee Elizabeth Swados, Dan Goggin (the creator of Nunsense), cabaret stars Will and Anthony Nunziata, and singer/songwriter Shaina Taub. He was an Associate Music Director for the Orchard Project’s 24-Hour Musicals 2011 with Emmy-winning actress America Ferrera, and a member of the music team for the sketch comedy group Political Subversities at the People’s Improv Theatre. In Summer 2012, he subbed on the Key II Book at SISTER ACT on Broadway. Sam’s additional accolades include a 2009 Music Theatre Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, a Tisch School of the Arts Trustee Scholarship, Interlochen Center for the Arts' prestigious Maddy Summer Artist Award, and two National Capital Area Cappie Awards. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and New York University, and a member of the Dramatists Guild and the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop. Sam is the 2012 recipient of the Fred Ebb Award, one of the Broadway community's most prestigious honors, recognizing excellence in musical theatre songwriting.
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