Greenwood’s most recent effort—an eight-performance run at The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) 2011 is now complete.
Our thanks to the amazing array of talent and expertise that comprised our cast, staff, and crew as well as to the staff of NYMF for inviting us to play with them and for making the festival run! Big thanks, too, to the wonderful members of our NYMF audience, who showed us such tremendous enthusiasm, taught us so much about our show, and pointed the way forward!
Plans are being made for Greenwood’s future and work is underway on its evolution. Please use this web site, join our mailing list, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep apprised of the developments!
We will—as quickly as we can—be updating the site with a description of the show’s history, including the credits of all those who have participated since our efforts on Greenwood began in Los Angeles in May of 2009. So please visit us again soon!
Tor Hyams & Adam LeBow
With so much heart and talent, "Greenwood" definitely feels like a show that deserves to work its way to Broadway. -Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press
Greenwood is an original musical comedy about recapturing the vitality of lost youth. It tells the story of three characters—Alex, Zoe and Sheila—and follows their journey in two timeframes: during their young teens, and a quarter-century later, in the present day. The title comes from the name of the summer camp where the three protagonists first met—a very special place whose magic is not of the supernatural variety, but, rather, comes from the power of acceptance, creative freedom, and love. The extraordinary experiences the three young people shared at that camp left an indelible impression: it showed them who they really were. The paths of their lives since that time led them not only far from each other, but also far from those true selves discovered at Greenwood. Now, the modern social networking phenomenon and the milestone anniversary of a special summer combine to bring the three of them back together so that they may reclaim their pasts and become the people they were meant to be.
The score of Greenwood draws on pop, rock, and R&B styles inflected by jazz and contemporary Broadway influences to create a fun, high-energy, upbeat soundscape that allows the full emotional range of the characters' human experiences to be expressed—from youthful passions to the complex yearnings of adulthood. The production design envisioned by the authors includes exciting choreography, advanced projection technology, and a sophisticated approach to lighting and staging that enables the action to take place in multiple locations... and even in multiple points in time. The goal is to create for the audience an electrifying evening of live theatre that has both depth and height, and to tell a compelling story that will stay with them for years to come.
Tor Hyams is a Grammy®-nominated producer and songwriter with over 20 years of experience in the music industry—from writing and performing his own material to producing world-class recording artists and composing dozens of scores for both film and television.
He has produced and written songs for Lou Rawls, Isaac Hayes, Debbie Harry, Perry Farrell, Adam Pascal, Joan Osborne, Broadway star Rachel York, Vivian Campbell and Edwin McCain, to name a few.
In the live music realm, Tor is the creator of Kidzapalooza, the family music festival within Lollapalooza, in addition to numerous other events.
Adam LeBow is a writer, director, and performer. In his teens he spent three summers at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts (along with collaborator Tor Hyams and associate producer Lisa Reich)—the experience on which the core of Greenwood is based. Thereafter he studied at institutes including HB Studios, The American Academy and Williamstown Theatre Festival. He received his BA in Theater & Film from Yale, and then embarked on a career that took him from New York to San Francisco, Michigan, Kyoto, Seattle, Edinburgh and Los Angeles. His theatrical endeavors have ranged from the commercial (Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding) to the avant-garde (his own The Mesozoans: God•••Tracks), and from the sublime (Sweeney Todd) to the ridiculous (Star Drek: The Musical). He writes and composes in his newly-returned-to hometown of New York City.
Greenwood is his first full-length original musical.
Paul is an award-winning director/choreographer who was the Resident Director for the National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King, 2006–2010 (2008 Helen Hayes nomination for Best Touring Musical). In 2007, he directed the First National Tour of The Wedding Singer and was also one of six choreographers selected for DanceBreak. He was the Assistant to Rob Ashford for the Broadway show, The Wedding Singer (Tony nomination for Best Musical and Best Choreography).
Other directing/choreographing credits include: Hairspray and Sound of Music at the John W. Engeman Theater, NY, Trav’lin the Musical at the 2010 NYMF Festival (Best Ensemble Honorable Mention). Crazy For You, Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Zombies from the Beyond, Rockshow and Heart Rising (World Premier), Einstein’s Dreams (Best Direction award New York Fringe Festival, New York Premier)
Performance credits include, Blue Man Group (Blue Man) and De La Guarda (original New York cast member/Captain). Paul is thrilled to be working with Tor, Adam and the entire company of Greenwood. Love and thanks to his wife and partner in crime, Felicia Finley and his beautiful mother Kathy.
Randy is a Tony Award-nominated producer and performer based in New York. As producer: The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nominee for 12 awards, including Best Musical), Neil Labute’s Fat Pig (coming to Broadway this fall), The Pee-Wee Herman Show (Broadway),Falling for Eve (York Theater). As a performer Randy has appeared in 11 Broadway/ National tours including: Annie Get Your Gun starring Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat, Wonderful Town, Kiss Me, Kate! Disney’s The Lion King, Grand Hotel and A Chorus Line.
Mr. Licari has been a theater, television and film professional for twenty years. At the age of eighteen, he wrote, directed, produced and starred in an original one-act play entitled “It’s Hard To Find The Right Man” with which he won Best Original Play and Best Actor at The Sears Drama Festival (Canada) in 1990 and The Village Gate Festival in 1992 which opened for Jacque Brel. He was awarded a full scholarship to study at The American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC. He went on to graduate as well as study privately with instructors from The Neighborhood Playhouse, The Actor’s Loft and Berklee College of Music.
Mr. Licari went on to perform in over forty stage productions, fifteen films and two television shows in NYC. He was a cast member of the Obie and Drama Desk Award-winning show, Blue Man Group for almost three years and one thousand shows. He also co-starred in the WWII film The Fallen, winner of the Milan and Brooklyn International Film Festivals. Additionally, Frank made guest appearances on NBC’s Law and Order and CBS’s Dellaventura starring Danny Aiello. Performances with The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab followed and he was honored to grace the stage at The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center two different times.
Mr. Licari has made guest appearances and performed at every theater on Theater Row with various companies. In 1994, he also established his own theater company—The Zolotus Ensemble—with which he produced the New York premiere of The Boogeyman by Edward Clinton and the musical Round for Four at The Arielle Theater. Along with the aforementioned, he performed at Primary Stages and Riverside Shakespeare Company, production-managed two musicals for Fred Vogel Productions at The John Houseman Theater as well as production stage-managed the film The Jeffrey Dahmer Story for Entertainment USA.
Upon leaving the cast of Blue Man Group, Frank moved to Palm Beach County, Florida and established his own performing arts school and theater. Atlantic Arts Academy and The Atlantic Arts Theater were established in August of 2000 and Mr. Licari has served as the Artistic Director and Producer for over ten years. The school has over 15 instructors and trained over 4500 students of all ages in dance, drama, musical theater, musical performance and vocal technique. With The Atlantic Theater, Mr. Licari has directed and produced over sixty productions ranging from plays to improv & sketch comedy, live music, dance, indie film, live comedy, children’s theater and more.
In 2010, he stage- and musical-directed an experimental musical theater production, Angel In The City, for producer Steve Leiber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Beatlemania, Transiberian Orchestra). He is also the founding member of The Jove Comedy Experience and is a master instructor with The Sandler Training Institute. He is currently the host of the new global talent competition television show “Recreating A Legend” which will launch to 57 countries and premieres on the new Billboard Channel in September 2011.
Mr. Licari has logged over 3500 performances as an actor, director, producer, musician and writer.
Broadway: Lysistrata Jones, Addams Family, Jersey Boys. 1st National Tour: Jersey Boys. Off Broadway: Hello Again. Regional: I Got Fired (DIMF, Korea...Hi Yoon Ji!) Damn Yankees, Lost and Found, I Love You...Now Change. Readings/workshops:Giant, Heathers, Grumpy Old Men (with F. Murray Abraham), First Date, For Two. Concerts: Aretha Franklin, Ollie Woodson, and a bunch of great people working with Broadway Cares at Broadway Backwards 6, and Easter Bonnets. Check out asteponline.org
With her new company, Chalant Productions, Lisa has produced two shows in Atlanta: Stephen Schwartz’sGodspell and the first amateur production of Rent in the southeast (in which she also played the role of Mark’s Mom). In New York, Lisa produced a revival of a production of Sweeney Todd that she had done as a teenager at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts—the camp where she, Adam LeBow and Tor Hyams had first met during their teens.
Lisa started out as a performer and has been involved in theatre for over 30 years. She was a musicial theatre major at The Boston Conservatory of Music and received her BA in Theatre from Emerson College. In the summer of 2010 she went back to French Woods, teaching acting and directing a production of Grease.
Lisa co-produced Greenwood’s demo recording and first table reading. She is extremely proud to have been the one who brought Tor and Adam together to create the magic that has become Greeenwood.
Howard is an entrepreneur and entertainment industry veteran. He began his career at age 10 as a radio disc jockey and his since become accredited with numerous gold record awards as a songwriter, publisher, producer and talent manager. He is the Chairman of the Board at Howard Perl Entertainment Corporation and is a lifetime voting member for the Grammy® Awards.
Jonathan recently designed The Sound of Music at the Engeman Theater, also directed by Paul Stancato. Other recent projects include Big Star California at the Philadelphia Fringe and Together This Time at the Lucille Lortel, both directed by Troy Miller; The Six Seeds Project: Persephone directed by Annie Levy at Space on White and curated by The Tank this season. Upcoming: Now the Cats with Jeweled Claws, at the Provincetown Playhouse and Café LaMama, directed by Jonathan Warman. Jon has worked at many theaters in the city including TBG, Theater Row, McGinn Cazale, Gene Frankel Theater, Workshop Theater and Milagro Theater. He has associate/assistant designed several broadway shows including Lysistrata Jones, Merchant of Venice, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Everyday Rapture, Next to Normal, and Superior Donuts. MFA NYU.
Broadway: Associate LD for The Story of My Life, Irena’s Vow. NYC: This Side of Paradise (Off-Bway); The Maiden’s Prayer (InProximity Theatre); Dreyfus in Rehearsal (Beckett Theatre); With Glee, The Blue Flower (Prospect Theatre); Mercy Thieves, Ride (Outhouse Theatre); Do Not Disturb (59E59); Macb**h (CSC); The Bubble, The 10th Floor (NYMF). Regional: Shipwrecked! (Penguin Rep); 42nd Street (Resorts Casino) Rent, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Hairspray (Engeman Theatre); High School Musical (Surflight); Woodloch Pines Resort, Les Miserables, ...Spelling Bee(Northern Stage) Cats, Annie (Pittsburgh Musical Theatre); Fully Committed (Syracuse Stage); Rounding Third, Our Lady of 121st Street (The Redhouse). ALD: Newsies (Papermill); Band Geeks, H2S (Goodspeed); Daddy Long Legs (Various Regional) Chicago, Wiz of Oz (US Tours); 42nd Street (TOTS Tour); Side Effects (MCC); Lost in the Stars, Where’s Charley (Encores!) Peter...Starcatcher (NYTW) Shamu’s Xmas Miracle (Seaworld); Gem of the Ocean, I Am My Own Wife (Pittsburgh Public); Essential Self-Defense (Playwrights Horizons); The Internationalist (Vineyard); Altar Boyz (Adirondack Theatre Fest); The Yellow Brick Road (Theatreworks). BFA:
Design credits: Heritage Repertory Theatre at University of Virginia: Light in the Piazza, Sunday in the Park with George, South Pacific, City of Angels, Damn Yankees. Transport Croup, NYC: All the Way Home (co-design), Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Crossing Brooklyn. Dresser on Broadway at A Chorus Line, 13, Promises, Promises, and How to Succeed. Wardrobe supervisor for Finian’s Rainbow, and currently assistant wardrobe supervisor at Memphis.
Previously at New York Musical Theater Festival: Judas & Me (’09), I Come For Love (’08), and Hot & Sweet (’06). Recently: A Chorus Line, and Singin’ In The Rain, at Ogunquit Playhouse, Miss Saigon at Virginia Musical Theater, Cactus Flower at Capitol Rep, the Off-Broadway smash De La Guarda (2yrs), 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, Aida and Footloose at Tuacahn Center for the Arts, 42nd Street, Singin’ In The Rain and Cabaret in Atlantic City, Into The Woods and Pride’s Crossing at The Fulton Opera House, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Performance Conference, Circle Rep, The Cape Cod Theater Project (6 yrs) Williamstown Theater Festival, Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theater Workshop , Playwrights Horizons, Actor’s Theater of Louisville (and its Humana Festival of New American Plays), Goodspeed Opera House, The Magic Theater in San Francisco, & The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Randy has been Script Supervisor for the live TV broadcasts of The Drama Desk Awards, and Street Coordinator for The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (3yrs). Randy worked with Director Harold Prince on Flight of the Lawn Chair Man and 3hree. As an actor, Randy created the role of the “kiss of death waiter” in John Guare’s New York Actor, Directed by Jerry Zaks.
Brian is thrilled to be working with fellow French Woods alums on Greenwood, but sad that his character was cut from the final script. He also feels a special connection with the cast, having contributed orchestrations to Disney’s Annie. Brian’s first NY music gig was subbing on bass for the 1988 Lamb’s Theater production of Godspell while attending college. He then took a short detour, attending medical school at Columbia University and receiving his medical degree in 1993 while juggling piano gigs on Broadway. Brian went on to compose and orchestrate for theater, film and television throughout the 90’s. In 1998, Brian co-founded the Internet music licensing company LicenseThis.com, soon suffering the fate of so many other entrepreneurs at the time. Not to be deterred, he continued to hone his technical skills, eventually becoming the Chief Technology Officer of Walker Digital Table Systems where he helped design and build the world’s first live gaming table that reads chips embedded with radio-frequency identification tags. Brian also co-founded Pronia Medical Systems and created the GlucoCare Intensive Glycemic Control System, which helps nurses manage critically ill patients in hospital intensive care units.
Some of Brian’s credits include:
Broadway pianist: Miss Saigon, Tommy, Big, Les Miserables, Falsettos, Putting It Together, Beauty and the Beast
Orchestrations: 1776 (Roundabout revival), Under the Bridge (Zipper Theater, NYC), Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for A New World, A…My Name Is Still Alice, Kathie Lee Gifford’s Born for You and My Way Home, Ron Bohmer’s Everyman. Contributed to: Disney’s Hercules (movie and national ad spots), Disney’s Annie, Big (national tour), Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (composed millennium theme song Beyond the Dream), Tara Lipinski (If You Believe, live performance track), Ringling Brothers' circus.
TV/Film/Video: ABC’s My Summer As A Girl (composer), A&E’s Moment of Impact (based on themes by David Shire), ABC’s Dragonflyz and Sky Dancers (based on themes by David Friedman), Shadoan video game (from the creator of Dragonslayer), Gone With the Moon (independent film).
Vincent is right out of NYC but born, raised, and trained out of LA and a proud Equity member with a career starting at Disney as a teen going into the pop world. Choreography credits include regional productions of Hairspray and Spamalot. Other choreography credits include work for artists such as Michael Jackson and Jason Durulo as well as choreography for MTV, WeTv, Disney Channel, ABC, AT&T, The Grammys, The American Music Awards and many more. He has taught dance workshops all over the world and has been on tour all over the planet. Vincent has performed professionally behind Ricky Martin, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Joss Stone and so many more. Other theater performing credits include Mamma Mia; Spamalot; A Chorus Line; recently, productions for NYC Fashion Week, Regis and Kelly, Disney Channel and, soon, Evita (North Carolia Stage). He'd love to thank Paul and Kelli for an amazing experience and truly the whole production team for what he calls a true "Dream Team." Camp has never been more fun!!
Kelli began her training at age five in ballet, jazz, tap, and gymnastics at her mother’s dance studio (The Broadway Dance Academy) in Ontario, Canada. At age 10, Kelli became a regular performer on the television show, Home Grown Café. With a growing love for the performing arts, Kelli continued her training and went on to study Music Dance Theatre at Brigham Young University (BFA). While studying at the University, Kelli was asked to become a faculty member for the jazz dance division. Upon completing her degree, Kelli traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras to start a free arts program called Danz Broadway for orphaned children. Since moving to NYC, recent choreography credits include: Savion Glover (Tap opener), Spellbound (NYC Fringe Festival), The Wheel Goes Round (NYC Film Festival), “Hate You” (Toast- music video), Kidz in the Bizz (Disney’s theme park show), Peter Pan (Groove Train Performing Company), Annie (Grenville Christian College), Hello Dolly (Cedar Grove High school), Big River (Orem High school). Kelli is a proud member of Actors Equity and is an annual performer in Broadway Backwards (a Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids benefit). Some of Kelli’s favorite performing credits include: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Broadway tour), High School Musical (North Shore Music Theatre), Into The Night Life (Cyndi Lauper- lead dancer), The bergenPAC’s Annual Spring Gala featuring, Tony Bennett, Chaka Khan and Paul Anka (lead dancer) and BARED (the new Broadway Bares Documentary). A special thank you to Paul for this opportunity and to Vince for being my other half! I am honored to be a part of the Greenwood team! Love to Sandy and my family for their never ending love and support. (www.kelligautreau.com)
New York: Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell (Vital Theatre), Ron De Jesús Dance (Joyce Soho), Burning My Dreams To The Ground (Michael Weller Theatre). Regional: John W. Engeman Theater: Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, Run For Your Wife, Miracle on 34th Street, RENT, Crazy For You, Man of La Mancha, Smokey Joe's Café. Fordham University Lincoln Center: The Rover, Twenty-One Positions, Big Love, Pericles, The Government Inspector, The Bacchae.
Scott Wasserman holds a BFA in Music Composition and a minor in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, 2010. While at CMU, Scott worked with Scotch'n’Soda Theatre as Artistic Director, Director, Music Director, and performer. In Pittsburgh Scott worked for ATC (Alumni Theater Company) as music director and taught voice lessons to their performers, at-risk high school students from inner-city Pittsburgh schools. He performed with the College Light Opera Company last summer on Cape Cod (Falmouth, MA), in ensemble, supporting, and lead roles. This summer Scott was in Chatham, NY at the Mac-Haydn Theater performing in the resident company and accompanying the Friday and Saturday night Coffee House Cabarets. In New York City, Scott is a music director for KJK Productions, works as an accompanist and vocal coach for MTCA (Musical Theater College Auditions) and worked on Broadway Backwards 6 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS as a music copyist and rehearsal pianist. As a composer, Scott was the Undergraduate Prize winner of the 2010 Carnegie Mellon Student Composers Competition with Aoede’s Dream for orchestra. In his junior year Scott was selected as one of three composers to work with Derek Bermel and Wendy Walters in association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on a composer/lyricist residency program, culminating in performances of his works at Heinz Hall and the Andy Warhol Museum in downtown Pittsburgh. His work Bopheloke Molaetsa. Thee Letsa. for marimba and choir was given an honorable mention in the 2007 Classical Marimba League Composition Contest and was performed at the University of Missouri, Columbia by Dr. Julia Gaines and the University Concert Chorale. Scott’s arrangements of folk songs for voice and piano, as well as his own song cycle Songs for Marion for Tenor and piano, are scheduled for publication within the next year. Scott is thrilled to be a part of the amazing team assembled for Greenwood! For more information please visit www.scott-wasserman.com
Sammi is a senior at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating in May with her B.A. in Acting and Musical Theatre. She has a special connection to Greenwood—Sammi comes from a long line of French Woodies and owes so much to the 7 summers that she spent as a camper. Thanks go out to Adam and the entire Greenwood team for providing her with this wonderful opportunity. She’d also like to send her love and appreciation to the Kramer family (on both coasts) and her friends from French Woods.
wojcik | seay casting is the partnership of Scott Wojcik and Gayle Seay. Using their collective and extensive industry experience, they cast both legit and commercial projects.
Our theatrical casting credits include: Broadway—Fat Pig by Neil LaBute (2011–2012 Season). Off-Broadway—666, Funny as Hell at Minetta Lane, Jurassic Parq: The Broadway Musical (Fall of 2011), The Drama Desk nominee NEWSical upstairs at Studio 54 and The NY Drama League & Outer Critics Circle Best Musical Nominee The Last Session. National Tours—Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,Oklahoma! and The Presidents, Starring Rich Little. Multiple seasons for Riverside Theatre, Stages St. Louis, The Arvada Center, as well as The Astoria Performing Arts Center, AMT of San Jose and Theatre Aspen. Multiple productions for Florida Stage, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare and Tuacahn Center for The Arts as well as individual productions for Crossroads Theatre, City Theatre on The South Side, North Shore Music Theatre, Gable Stage, Maltz Jupiter and The NY State Theatre Institute among others. They are also The resident casting directors for Midtown Direct Rep Theatre Company and cast The premiere of Rated P. Recent shows: Chix 6 and The Bikinis at Queens Theatre In The Park. NYMF—Trav’lin, Show Choir!, and Wrapped.
Jeff is a veteran webmaster, freelance web designer and online marketing consultant with almost two decades of experience in the field. He's worked with About.com, NBC Interactive, Coach, DoubleClick and Hulu to name a few. He also had the pleasure of meeting and performing with Greenwood creators Adam & Tor at French Woods camp way back in the day, and couldn't be more thrilled to have some hand in helping tell this inspirational story.