The Creative Team
DONNA MOORE (Playwright/Lyricist/Composer) has been developing Cougar The Musical for eight years. Humble beginnings from a 2 person, cabaret show called, “The Cougar Cabaret” (co-starring Danny Bernardy) which ran for a year and capped off Ms Moore’s 3 year gig at cabaret house, Don’t Tell Mama (Thanks, Sidney Myer, an angel!) Due to the amorphous, transient nature of stand-up, cabaret and whiskey…kidding, Ms. Moore has had the privilege to co-write music with a number of talented composers—just check out the ‘who’s who’. Moore started her career at age 11 when she was cast in the PBS, TV show, ZOOM, where she is the only Zoomer to have also been a contributing writer. At age nine, two years prior to being on the show, she wrote a play called ‘Ms Truitt’ which aired on the pilot of the Emmy award-winning series. (Time flies- 40th ZOOM reunion is this Aug in Boston). A graduate of NYU Drama (TSOA), Moore is currently writing, “I Need a Lawyer or a Hitman”. Proud mother to Jordan, 21 and Devon, 19. Never give up cuz you can morph to fantastic, dahling.
LYNNE TAYLOR-CORBETT (Director/Choreographer) has been nominated for Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award for Broadway’s Swing!, and received Drama Desk and Lortel nominations for My Vaudeville Man and Wanda’s World Off Broadway. This past season, she did a new production of The Seven Deadly Sins for the New York City Ballet with Patti LuPone in the role of Anna 1. She is presently working on Queen Mother and Distant Thunder, a show she wrote with son Shaun Taylor-Corbett set on the Blackfeet Reservation. Developed at The Autrey in L.A. earlier this year, it will be presented by Amas Musical Theatre in their reading series this Fall. Ms. Taylor-Corbett is a proud member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers.
MARK BARKAN (Co-Writer, Music & Lyrics: “Mother’s Love,” “Shiny & New” & “End of the Day”) has written numerous hit songs including Lesley Gore’s Top 5 hit “She’s a Fool,” the often covered “Pretty Flamingo,” which was a hit single for Manfred Mann in 1966; “I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter,” which was a hit for Connie Francis in 1963; and “The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana),” which entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969. Mark wrote “Homeboy” which was featured in artist Jojo’s recent Platinum album.
JOHN BAXINDINE (Music: “The Cougar”) Broadway: Chance and Chemistry (Orchestration Supervisor). International: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (U.S. & U.K., New Arrangements and Orchestrations), I Love a Piano (Music Director, Japan Tour). NYC: Yank (York Theatre), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (20th Anniversary Concert), The Fartiste (FringeNYC). Regional: Meet John Doe, Parade (Villanova; Barrymore nomination), Saving Aimee (White Plains PAC), Pal Joey, Great Ostrovsky, Casino Paradise, Jamaica (Prince Music Theater). Arranger for Christiane Noll, Donna McKechnie, Hampton String Quartet. Recordings: Rupert Holmes’s Swing.
ARNIE GROSS (Music: “Let’s Talk About Me”) has created the dance and/or vocal arrangements for a number of Broadway shows and motion pictures including Merrily We Roll Along, Sugar Babies, which he also co-orchestrated, and the Bob Fosse film All That Jazz. For the final three years of its run, Arnie was musical director of the original Broadway company of Annie. He also provided several arrangements and orchestrations for the revival of Funny Girl at the St. Louis Municipal Opera.
SETH LEFFERTS (Music: “On the Prowl,” “I’m My Own Queen,” “Gary’s Right” & “My Terms” ) has been composing music since the age of 12. His career has taken him into the genres of classical, rock, punk, new age, and jazz. This is the first music that he has written for theater and is looking forward to future musical endeavors. Seth can be seen performing with his bands “Sgt Lefferts Phony Hearts Club” and “The Side Effects” in CT and the greater NYC area. Learn more at SethLefferts.com.
MERYL LEPPARD (Music & Lyrics: “Julio;” additional lyrics: “Say Yes” & “Swagger;” music: “Love is Ageless” & “Say Yes”) She performs this magic at the piano, drawing us into her world with a voice that is arresting, haunting and utterly authentic. They are a sophisticated hybrid-cabaret of music, humour and performance poetry. Stylistically, her music ranges from jazz-like idiom, through blues and adult pop, to the sweet sounds of country cross-over. Apart from her own recordings, Meryl Leppard’s songs are in film, theatre, cabaret and off-Broadway shows.
JOSH IACOVELLI (Scenic and Lighting Designer, Production Manager) is thrilled to be working with such an amazing team. Most recent design credits include Miracle on South Division Street (Penguin Rep), Seussical (Amas Musical Theatre), Him (Cherry Lane Theatre), Tin Pan Alley (West End Artist). Josh has designed several long running shows including Danny And Sylvia, The Danny Kaye Musical, Zero Hour, Silence the Musical, Black Angels over Tuskeegee, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Josh has a BA in Theatre from The Richard Stockton College of NJ and an MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School at New School University. This show is for Leah~Juliet and Cali~Rose.
DUSTIN CROSS (Costume Design) Broadway: The 24 Hour Plays (American Airlines). Off Broadway/Regional: The Last Smoker in America (Assistant Costume Designer/Westside Theater), Marry Harry (AMAS Musical Theater/Foxwoods Theater), HIM (Cherry Lane Theater/SoHo Playhouse), Hairspray (Colorado Arts), Phantom of the Opera (Players Theater), A Christmas Carol (Players Theater) and others. Dustin is also a freelance director, choreographer, prop designer, stage manager and actor. www.dustincross.net