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Kim Rich, Lyrics & Libretto

Kim Rich is a professional libretist/lyricist and a musician. She has written lyrics for several operas, musicals and song cycles. She graduated from ChoirCollege in Princeton, New Jersey and she’s a member of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Kim Rich contributes music, lyrics, poetry and sketches to various singers, performance artists, and cabaret acts. She is also seen on stage as a cabaret performer herself. Kim Rich has worked with Gregg Smith and Heikki Sarmanto for a long time.

 

 

 

Heikki Sarmanto, Music

Heikki Sarmanto has worked with top names in jazz, including Sonny Rollins, Art Farmer and Helen Merril (she recorded also with Quincy Jones) and performed at top venues like Carnegie Hall and Queen Elisabeth Hall (critic Ed Martin). Concerto for tenor saxophone, composed by Sonny Rollins was arranged & orchestrated by Mr Sarmanto. Premier was in Tokio, Japan in 1986 with TV broadcasting and videos, conducted by Mr Sarmanto with Nippon symphony orchestra. 

He collaborated closely with choir stalwart Gregg Smith and New York based Opera Ebony. He has contracts also with EMI and Warner. He has studied in Sibelius Academy Helsinki and he also studied in Berklee College of Music in Boston (having the same teacher as Herbie Hancock had).   

The University of Minnesota arranged The Heikki Sarmanto Festival, a week of Sarmanto's music and master classes. In 1997, the university established the Heikki Sarmanto Fund to give grants to budding American composers. Mr. Sarmanto has been recognized as a top professional receiving countless accolades, top prize for pianist at Montreux Jazz festivals and having his works performed internationally around the world, for example Suomi-Symphony at Carnegie Hall, New Hope Jazz Mass in New York (New York Times was giving exellet statements of it, it is dedicated John Coltrane and Duke Ellington) and in South Africa. Like a Fragonard and Counterbalance were chosen the best Jazz albums in England. In 2009, Heikki Sarmanto received the PRO FINLANDIA medal from President Tarja Halonen. He has toured the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa and continues to actively expand his musical horizons.

 

Andrew Frank, Director, Playwright

Andrew Frank is a director, writer and producer who has been working on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally since 1997. Since 2010 he’s held the Executive Director position for New York City Children’s Theater, and recently the Interim Executive Director of Queens Symphony Orchestra.

His producing credits include among the 29hour Reading of Manon in Feb 2018: Associate Producer for Lombardi on Broadway, Ghetto Babylon at 59E59 Theaters and dozens of shows as the Founding Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Source (from 2000 to 2005). His writing and directing work has been seen at numerous theaters in New York and regionally, including Dodger Stages, The Duke Theatre on 42nd St, The Berkshire Theatre Festival and Glimmerglass Opera.

Selected Off-Broadway, NY Directing Credits and Reviews include:

  • The Greenwich Village Follies-A Musical Revue of the History of Greenwich Village; “It plastered an insuppressible smile on this critic's usual professionally impassive face.” – Backstage
  • Sidd, a new musical based on the classic novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse; “Deserves a standing ovation - that’s what the audience gave it the night I attended” - Broadway.com
  • Isadora Duncan: No Apologies; “Ingeniously told . . . heartfelt” - NYTimes
  • Three Sisters; “A timeless play in an absorbing production . . . directed by Andrew Frank it sweeps in its understated way across a panorama of yearning, frustrated dreams and ambition . . .”  - NYTimes

 

 Andy Peterson, Musical Director

Andy is a New York based composer, musical director, arranger and orchestrator originally hailing from the Land Down Under. He was directing the 29hour Reading of Manon in February 2018 at Theatre Row. Composer credits: Razorhurst (Luna Stage), Stalker: The Musical (New York, Chicago, [upcoming] Sydney), Outlaw  (in workshops). Selected Musical Director/Arranger/Orchestrator credits: OFF-BROADWAY: Red Roses, Green Gold (currently playing Minetta Lane Theatre), Atomic (Theatre Row). NEW YORK/REGIONAL: More Than All The World (Theatre for the New City), Night Tide (NYMF), Shaken, Not Stirred (The Django), Thrill Me (Luna Stage), Grindr: The Opera (CMTF), Baby Fat (La Mama). INTERNATIONAL: Sinbad: The Musical (arranger/orchestrator for the Malaysian Tour), Kiss Me, Kate (conductor for the Chinese Tour), Bare (Sydney), Pippin (Sydney).  FILM: Happy Yummy Chicken (starring Taryn Manning from Orange Is The New Black)  http://andypetersonmusic.com.au

 

 

 

Howard Cherpakov, Casting Director

Howie Cherpakov is an Artios Award winning independent casting director based in New York City and member of the Casting Society of America. His Broadway credits include: Next Fall (2010 Artios Award Nomination-Outstanding Casting/Broadway Drama), The Seafarer, Coram Boy, Chicago, and Annie Get Your Gun (2000 Tony Award-Best Revival of a Musical). Off Broadway / Regional /  International credits include: Found (Atlantic Theatre Co.-Artios Award Nomination), Bright Star (Old Globe Theatre-Artios Award Nomination), Fault Lines (Winner 2009 Artios Award-Outstanding Casting Off-Broadway Comedy) (Naked Angels/Cherry Lane Theatre), This Isn’t Romance (Soho Theatre/London), the world premiere of Ahrens’ & Flaherty’s The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theatre & Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Rock Doves, A Tribute to Brian Friel, A Terrible Beauty (Irish Arts Center) & The Opposite of Sex (Magic Theatre).  Mr Cherpakov has also cast over 65 new plays & musicals for the Powerhouse Theatre season at New York Stage & Film, including new works by Eric Bogosian, Richard Nelson, John Patrick Shanley, and for such directors as Judith Ivey, David Schwimmer, Alex Timbers, Michael Wilson, Sam Gold, Barry Edelstein, Kate Whoriskey, Scott Elliott, Peter DuBois, David Esbjornson, Daniel Aukin and Doug Hughes, among others.

 

 

 Amanda Pekoe & The Pekoe Group, Key art work 

-Broadway and Off Broadway works

Amanda Pekoe is the owner and President of The Pekoe Group, a full-service advertising agency for theatre and institutions. “We create 360-degree plans designed to speak to each client's individual needs and target audience. At The Pekoe Group, our dedicated, cutting-edge team is always looking for new ways to elevate the standard of delivering lucrative and inventive marketing and media solutions to our clients.”

 

 

 

Manon in Manhattan 29 Hour Reading (2 performances) in February 2018 was featuring:

Jillian Gottlieb as Manon, Dan Tracy as David,

P.J. Griffith as Lescaut, Matt Hetherington as David Grey Senior,

Charissa Hogeland as Madalena, James David Larson as Jonathan

Terrance Johnson, James David Larson, Tara Martinez, Joseph Redman and Chloe Tucker. 

 

The Band: 

  • Andy Peterson - keyboard / arranger / music director
  • Derek Swink - Drums
  • Joe Tucker - Percussion
  • Sarah Favinger - Bass
  • David Salter - Guitar