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Music & Lyrics
Brett Ryback is an actor, composer/lyricist, and playwright based in LA. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award. His plays and musicals include Nate the Great; Joe Schmoe Saves the World (National Alliance for Musical Theatre 2016, ASCAP/Dreamworks Workshop); Liberty Inn: The Musical (Ovation Award nominations: Best Book, Best Music/Lyrics); Darling (Weston Playhouse New Musical Award); The Tavern Keeper’s Daughter (Best Musical, Pasadena Weekly), and Just a Little Critter Musical (First Stage). His plays Weïrd and A Roz By Any Other Name are both published in The Best American Short Plays 2007-2008. His musical Passing Through was developed at the Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat and the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, where it was recently featured in their New Works Festival.
As an actor, he originated the role of Marcus off-Broadway in Murder for Two. His SCR appearances include the world premieres of Shrew!, The Prince of Atlantis and Doctor Cerberus. His recent TV and film appearances include “Mom,” “Modern Family,” “How I Met Your Mother,” Hail, Caesar!, and the Lifetime movie, The Assistant. Ryback is currently writing a musical podcast called In Strange Woods. He created the online accompanist website PlayThisForMe.com, and he teaches musical theatre at the University of Southern California. brettryback.com
Book & Lyrics
John Maclay is a playwright who specializes in adapting works for young audiences. His plays and musicals include Nate the Great, Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium(with Danny Abosch), Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space, Just a Little Critter Musical (with Brett Ryback), Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case Ever (with Jeff Frank), Anatole(with Lee Becker and James Valcq) and a new version of Robin Hood (with Joe Foust). His upcoming projects include writing words for the new musical, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, and a new play about Greek mythology.
In addition to a busy schedule as playwright and adaptor of literature for the stage, Maclay proudly serves as director of artistic development at First Stage in Milwaukee, Wis., one of America’s largest and most respected theatres for young audiences. Maclay has been working with First Stage in one form or another since 2000 and has directed or appeared in more than 25 First Stage productions (from classics to world premieres), as well as having produced more than 50 productions for the First Stage high school programs. His work as an actor or director has also been seen at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, Defiant Theatre, Bunny Gumbo, Bialystock and Bloom, Skylight Opera Theatre and others. When not doing all of that, he is busy teaching theatre at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.
Kevin F. Harrington has been producing and directing musicals for over 35 years! While a student at New York University, he studied with such notable theatre veterans as Agnes DeMille, Alfred Drake, Marni Nixon, and Larry Fuller.
Sponsored by the League of American Theatres, Mr. Harrington was selected to participate in the Commercial Theatre Institute’s certification program and produced the equity showcase production, Go Go Beach for the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
An associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, he has directed over 250 musicals including Ragtime, Evita, Funny Girl, Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha, Into the Woods, Carousel, West Side Story, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, The Sound of Music, Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut, Hairspray and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Along with his wife Phyllis, they are the proud parents of Alex and Emma and enjoy spending time with their Wheaten Terriers, Millie and Sophie!
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About Plaza Theatrical Productions
Since 1983, the Plaza Organization, under the direction of Kevin F. Harrington, has been presenting highly acclaimed musicals, children’s theatre, and arts-in-education productions throughout the tri-state area. Their productions have been featured at the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, The Tilles Center for The Performing Arts, Live Nation’s NYCB Theatre (formerly Westbury Music Fair), Live Nation’s Wellmont Theatre, New Jersey, The Long Island Children’s Museum, The Cradle of Aviation Museum, and the St. George Theatre, Staten Island. More...