About the Authors
first play, Threads, premiered at New York City's famed
Circle Repertory Company. To Culebra and The Whore and the
h'Empress premiered at
Actors Theatre of Louisville. His experience directing a Communist
Bulgarian theater company led to his romantic comedy, Oh! Dubrovnik! He
is the book author of the musical Glimmerglass, recently
produced at the Goodspeed Opera House and of six plays and musicals
by Theatreworks USA, America’s largest producer of theatre
for young audiences. He made his professional acting debut in the
Broadway production of Look Homeward, Angel and
has since appeared on and off-Broadway, on television and in films.
In addition, he
has worked extensively at major regional theaters around the country,
playing leading roles in more than 100 productions and directing
over 30, including premieres by Arthur Miller, Edward Bond and Paul
Zindel. In addition, he is a principal director at the American Academy
of Dramatic Arts in New York and head of the third year production
company. He is a recipient of grants from the New York State Creative
Artist, Program, the Pilgrim Project, the Berilla Kerr Award and
a New York Drama League Award for Playwriting.
Thomas composed the music for Narnia, based on C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which played at The City of London Festival and Off-Broadway as well as many theatres throughout the US, Canada, Australia and Great Britain. His Narnia Suite for orchestra and four singers was performed at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. He wrote both music and lyrics for Jungle Queen Debutante which was produced for New York’s NYMF Festival, the Broadway Dozen as well as at Seattle’s Village Theatre and the National Alliance Festival of New Musicals. He wrote several songs for Off-Broadway’s Pets! and the music for Tommy Tune's one-man show Ichabod and for The Dream Team at Connecticut’s Goodspeed Opera House (also with lyricist John Forster). Eleanor has played at Virginia’s historic Barter Theatre as well as the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC and many others throughout the US. His new projects include a stage adaptation of Summer Stock, the MGM film starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, and a family musical based on the syndicated comic strip Zack Hill. He is also writing a musical based on the classic novel At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald (see www.NorthWindMusical.com). Theatreworks/USA has toured six of his shows nationally, including First Lady which was performed at the White House and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, now in its 19th season. Other young audience musicals are The Fabulous Fable Factory, The Tuesday Afternoon Regulars, Lincoln & Son and Olympic Spirit for ArtsPower. For television, he composed scores for two episodes of NBC's Emmy Award winning series Unicorn Tales, and the theme music for We Remember Eleanor narrated by Margaret Truman Daniels. His many corporate projects include AT&T's theme song at Disney's EPCOT Center (www.TwinsunMusic.com). Seven of his plays are published and he is listed in Who's Who In Entertainment. Tom has won numerous ASCAP awards, is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the NY Television Academy, for which he has served on the Board of Governors.
JOHN FORSTER (lyrics) is an award-winning songwriter, humorist, performer and record producer whose work encompasses the worlds of Broadway, comedy and children’s entertainment. Among over a dozen theater scores, John wrote the songs for Delia Ephron’s perennial How To Eat Like A Child, one of the most widely produced children’s shows in the country, as well as book & lyrics for Freaky Friday (with composer Mary Rodgers) and lyrics for Into the Light on Broadway. As a writer and producer of bright, sassy music for children John has been nominated for four Grammy Awards. His collaborations with Tom Chapin include Family Tree, This Pretty Planet and a dozen other albums, as well as witty satirical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition, collected on their recent duet album Broadsides. His songs have been recorded by a wide range of artists, including Faith Hill, Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk and Christine Lavin. He co-authored the recent The BSAT Official Study Guide, an extremely rude parody of the SAT test. John’s satirical debut album Entering Marion garnered a 1994 Indie Award for Best Comedy album and prompted legendary satirist Tom Lehrer to remark, “You don’t need me anymore. Now you’ve got John Forster to kick around.”