Ricky Ian Gordon ( Composer )
Composer RICKY IAN GORDON’s operas include The Grapes of Wrath (also with a libretto by Michael Korie, Minnesota Opera), Ellen West (Beth Morrison Projects, Opera Saratoga, libretto by Frank Bidart), The House Without A Christmas Tree (Houston Grand Opera), 27 (Opera Theatre of St Louis, libretto by Royce Vavrek); Morning Star (Cincinnati Opera, libretto by William Hoffman); A Coffin In Egypt (Houston Grand Opera, libretto by Leonard Foglia); Rappahannock County (Virginia Opera, libretto by Mark Campbell); Green Sneakers (Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival); The Tibetan Book of The Dead (Houston Grand Opera, libretto by Jean Claude Van Itallie); and Orpheus and Euridice (Lincoln Center, Obie Award). For theater, he has composed the music for the musicals Sycamore Trees (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award), My Life With Albertine (Playwrights Horizons, playwright Richard Nelson; AT&T Award, Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Music Theater Foundation Award) and Dream True (Vineyard Theatre, playwright Tina Landau; Richard Rodgers Award). Upcoming productions include the musical Private Confessions (playwright Richard Nelson) and the opera Intimate Apparel, with a libretto by Lynn Nottage based on her play, scheduled to open at Lincoln Center Theater in Spring 2021.
Michael Korie ( Librettist )
Librettist-lyricist MICHAEL KORIE’s librettos include: The Grapes of Wrath with music by Ricky Ian Gordon (Minnesota Opera, Saint Louis, Carnegie Hall); Harvey Milk; Hopper’s Wife; Where’s Dick,; Kabbalah (San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, BAM Next Wave; composer Stewart Wallace); and the upcoming SuperMax (Opera Saratoga; co-librettist Mark Campbell, composer Stewart Wallace). He wrote the lyrics to Scott Frankel’s music for the musicals Grey Gardens (Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical; Tony, Drama Desk, Grammy nominations; London Offie Award for Best Musical); War Paint (Drama Desk Award nomination), Far from Heaven, Happiness, and Doll (Ravinia Festival). He was also co-lyricist with Amy Powers for Doctor Zhivago (Broadway, London, Germany, Australia, Scandinavia, Hungary, Korea, composer Lucy Simon). He is the winner of a Marc Blitzstein Award, the Edward Kleban Prize, the Jonathan Larson Award, and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award. He serves on the Dramatists Guild Council where he is a mentor for their DGF Fellows Program, and teaches theater at Yale and Columbia. Upcoming projects include the lyrics for the new musical Flying Over Sunset, with a book by James Lapine and music by Tom Kitt, scheduled to open at Lincoln Center Theater in Spring 2021.
Richard Stafford ( Director and Choreographer )
RICHARD STAFFORD directed and choreographed NYCO’s productions of Antonio Literes's Los Elementos, the double bill of Rameau’s Pigmalion and Donizetti's Pigmalione, and choreographed NYCO’s world premiere production of Stonewall. On Broadway, he was the choreographer for My Life, associate choreographer for Aspects of Love, and dance supervisor for Cats. Off-Broadway, he choreographed A Tree Grows in Brooklyn at St. Clements and directed and choreographed Castle Walk for the New York Music Festival. Internationally he directed and choreographed The Full Monty and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Mexico City, Cats in Copenhagen, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro; and choreographed productions of Jesus Christ Superstar in Mexico City, Evita in Sydney; and Cats in Buenos Aires. He has also choreographed national tours of Cats, My Fair Lady and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His awards include a Barrymore Award for outstanding choreography for La Cage aux Folles at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre.