"WIFE is pure physical comedy - the kind that have people howling in the aisles"
was a musician’s composer, classically trained at piano, composition, and orchestration at New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts and NY College of Music. Mr. Coleman was being groomed to be the next great conductor. Instead, he turned his passion to jazz and formed the popular Cy Coleman Trio. Born Seymour Kaufman on June 14, 1929 in the Bronx, he change his name at the age of 16 in time to use it on his first compositions with lyricists Joe A. McCarthy (“Why Try to Change Me Now,” and “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right out of My Life”). While still performing in jazz clubs and enjoying a successful recording career, Cy began writing with veteran songwriter Carolyn Leigh. Hits like “Witchcraft” and “The Best is Yet to Come” were followed by their leap to Broadway with Wildcat, starring Lucille Ball (“Hey, Look Me Over”) and then Little Me (“I’ve Got Your Number” and “Real Live Girl”). In 1966, Cy, along with legendary lyricist Dorothy Fields, triumphed in the smash hit Sweet Charity (“Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now”). Cy continued on Broadway and wrote the scores for Seesaw, I Love My Wife, On The Twentieth Century, Barnum, City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies, and The Life. In 2004, Cy returned to his roots and revived the Cy Coleman Trio, once again wowing the audiences with his amazing skill at the piano. In Mr. Coleman’s amazing career, he took home three Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, three Emmy Awards, an Academy Award Nomination, and countless honors. Cy served on the board of ASCAP for three decades.
scored on Broadway the first time when he won a Tony Award for his Bye, Bye Birdie libretto. He was the librettist for Carnival (Drama Critics Circle Award) and Hello, Dolly!, which won him both a Tony Award and a Drama Critics prize. He also wrote the books for George M!, Mac and Mabel, and The Grand Tour; both book and lyrics for I Love My Wife; and lyrics for Barnum. Mr. Stewart died in 1987.
began his career at New York’s famed cabaret Upstairs at the Downstairs and went on to appear on Broadway in numerous productions including Joe Layton's Drat! The Cat!; Neil Simon's God’s Favorite, directed by Michael Bennett; Burt Shevelove's So Long 174th Street; Gerald Freedman's The Robber Bridegroom; and Gene Saks's I Love My Wife. Moss has directed Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree (2001 Obie Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award); Michael Raynor's Who is Floyd Stearn; Richard Kalinoski’s Beast on the Moon; Jack Holmes’s RFK (Drama League Award); April Daisy White’s Sugar; Richard Vetere’s How To Go Out On A Date In Queens; Richard Hellersen’s Dos Corazones; Bo Eason’s Runt of the Litter; and the World Premiere of a new musical, Jam, starring Clint Holmes. He just finished work-shopping John Osborne’s Epitaph for George Dillon in New York for the first time in fifty years. Currently he is directing a play off-Broadway, Josh Jonas’s Capture Now. He will be directing a revival of John Patrick Shanley’s Beggars in the House of Plenty in Los Angeles, 2009. Moss coached Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets (Academy Award); Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby (Academy Awards); Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile (Academy Award Nomination), Hank Azaria in Tuesdays With Morrie (Emmy Award), Jim Carrey in The Majestic, Tobey Maguire in Seabiscuit, and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator (Golden Globe Award and Academy Award Nomination), The Departed (Golden Globe Nomination); and Blood Diamond (Golden Globe and Academy Award Nomination). Mr. Moss is one of the master teachers on Triple Sensation, whose second season begins this fall on CBC in Canada. His book on Acting, The Intent to Live, was released by Bantam Dell in 2004. Mr. Moss has been on the teaching staff of Juilliard and Circle in the Square. He is presently the Artistic Director of Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA.
Lee is thrilled to be back at Reprise after having choreographed Li’l Abner, Damn Yankees, On Your Toes, Brigadoon, and On the Town, and directed several concerts for Reprise including “Reprise Broadway’s Best,” “Broadway Babies” and “Freestyle” at the Ford Theatre. Recent work includes the world premiere of Silk Stockings at Musical Theatre West, Beehive at the El Portal Theatre The Full Monty and the critically acclaimed West Coast Premiere of Never Gonna Dance and Guys and Dolls for Musical Theatre West. Other recent credits include: I Do, I Do (Pasadena Playhouse), Wild Party (MTG), Grease for Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, Side by Side by Sondheim at the Pasadena Playhouse, direction and choreography for several large-scale dance production shows for Harley-Davidson in Denver, San Diego, and Dallas, Universal Studios’ New York Rascal Show, and Disney’s Santa Clause 3 Stage Show at the El Capitan. Other choreography highlights include: Cabaret for West Coast Ensemble, Disney’s Latin American Tour A Dream Is a Wish, IMPACT at FORD FIELD, the Gala Opening of the Lions Football Field in
In New York, Michael worked with the team of Marta Kauffman and David Crane, writing several critically-acclaimed and award-winning stage musicals that are still produced worldwide. Most notably, he composed the score to their stage musical adaptation of the hit movie Arthur. He has composed/produced the scores to a number of independent films. He’s worked for directors John Landis, Jason Gould, and Jason Alexander, among others. He co-produced and arranged Randy Newman’s songs in the Disney movie James and the Giant Peach, and vocally coached many celebrities through their singing performances in various films. For television, Michael was nominated for an Emmy Award for his theme music for HBO’s long-running hit comedy series Dream On. He went on to write the theme songs and scores to a number of TV shows; most notably, the theme song and episodic score for the hit NBC comedy series FRIENDS. His song, “I’ll Be There For You,” with lyrics by Allee Willis, received an Emmy Award nomination and was #1 in Billboard Magazine on both the Pop and Adult Contemporary charts for ten weeks. Michael most recently contributed music for score of the documentary film Blessed Is The Match, about Hannah Senesh and directed by Roberta Grossman. Michael is actively engaged in composing, conducting, songwriting, arranging, and performing primarily in Los Angeles, where he lives so happily with his wife Marta Kauffman and their three children Hannah, Sam, and Rose. Michael is thrilled and grateful to be performing once again with his dear friend Jason Alexander, with whom he’s enjoyed so many wonderful performances over their 23 year history.
Past productions for Reprise include Lil Abner, Sunday in the Park with George, My One and Only, On The Town, Pippin, Company, On the Twentieth Century, Anything Goes, Three Penny Opera and Bells Are Ringing. He has been working in and around the LA theatre scene for the past decade plus, at theatres ranging from Interact and ICT, to Tiffany and the Coronet. In addition, he has had shows open (and close) Off-Broadway, on the road and out on the open seas. Recent ones include the now-touring A Kid’s Life, Forbidden Broadway (‘95-‘05) in NYC, productions for Norwegian Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines (The Golden Mickeys), plus 2 shows for Hollywood Bowl (Mame, Mass). As a staff Art Director for Disney Creative Development, recent shows include the upcoming CELEBRATE! A Street Party for Disneyland, different versions of High School Musical street show for California, Florida, Paris and Hong Kong, along with The Golden Mickeys for Hong Kong Disneyland, with his work now being seen in both hemispheres and across the international time line, as well as out on the open seas. Acknowledgements include the LADCC’s Lifetime Achievement in Design, along with recognitions over the years from Backstage West and others. A special thanks to Ted for making living simple the way worth living.
happily returns to the theatre after several years designing sets and wardrobe for commercials and print advertising, having worked on campaigns for AT&T, Marlboro, Toyota, Morgan Stanley, Disney, Blackberry, Target, and Coca-Cola. Her work has been seen on celebrities in Vanity Fair, Premier, People, Elle, Interview, Life, and Esquire magazines. Kate has designed costumes for over 50 productions of theater, opera, and dance. For Chicago Opera Theater, she designed costumes for Albert Herring, The Good Soldier Schweik, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Summer and Smoke, and The Mother of Us All. She also designed The Diary of Anne Frank for the Steppenwolf Theater; Moon for the Misbegotten for the Victory Theater in Dayton, Ohio; and Kiss Me Kate, The Impromptu at Outremont, and Les Seours for the Northlight Theater in Chicago. She designed the Steven Carter plays produced at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago: Eden, Nevis Mountain Dew and Dame Lorraine. Other productions she has designed costumes for are The Baker’s Wife, She Loves Me, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, School for Wives, A Winter’s Tale, Richard II, and Open Heart at the Falcon Theater. Designing for theater is her first love and she is happy to be working with everyone at Reprise on this production of I Love My Wife.
has been lighting Theater, Music, and Dance in Los Angeles for over fifteen years and has been working with Reprise since the second season. Recent Reprise collaborations include Ben Vereen’s and Patti Lupone’s one-person shows. Past highlights include They’re Playing Our Song at Valley Musical Theater and Musical Theater West’s critically-acclaimed production of Anything Goes. Other credits include: the national tours of Peter Pan and Camelot with designer Tom Ruzika and Les Misérables at the Hollywood Bowl with Tom and Donna Ruzika. John is the lighting director/designer for the Los Angeles based and internationally touring dance company Diavolo. He is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks on Broadway; the 2002 to 2005 national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar; The Ten Commandments starring Val Kilmer at the Kodak Theatre; Measure for Measure, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Cinderella at the Ahmanson; The House of Blue Leaves, The Talking Cure, Like Jazz, Big River, Flower Drum Song and First Picture Show at the Taper; and all of the past eleven seasons of Reprise. Other design work includes Paint Your Wagon, Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks and Ain’t Nothin' But the Blues at the Geffen; Play On and Blame it on the Movies at the Pasadena Playhouse; Masada at the Shubert Theatre in LA; Forever Plaid and Blues in the Night at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami; and the US workshop productions of the current West End musical Zorro with music by John Cameron and the Gipsy Kings. On Broadway, he assisted long-time design partner Jon Gottlieb on 2001’s If You Ever Leave Me I'm Coming With You. He served as Production Sound Engineer for Jason Robert Brown’s 13 at the Taper, Thoroughly Modern Millie at La Jolla Playhouse, and was the head soundman for the national tours of Titanic, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Man of La Mancha. He won the 2003 NAACP award for Sound Design for Jesus Christ Superstar, the 2001 Ovation Award for Flower Drum Song, and the 1999 LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Cinderella, as well as five LA Dramalogue Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, and two Ovation Award nominations for Best Sound Design. Mr. Allen currently teaches Sound Design for Theatre at the USC School of Theatre and at Cal Arts.