Top Broadway, Cabaret and Disney Song Writers collaborate on
“A-5678
A Musical Revue
A World Premiere at the Welk Theatre May 24 – June 10

April 18 (Escondido, CA) — “A collection of the top writers and lyricists collaborate on a new musical for the Welk Resorts Theatre in Escondido”.  You might have heard of the original show.  It was one of the most popular shows in LA small Theatre history.  It ran at the Zephyr, the Callboard, The Beverly Hills Playhouse and The Variety Arts Roof Garden Theatre.   Got raves in LA Times, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, ABC TV (Regis P.,) etc., etc.  The original cast was 16 – 22.  The oldest in the cast ever was 28.  Many were "discovered" in the show and almost all have gone on to careers in the "biz."

We watch the young, talented cast in the last two hours of rehearsal before their opening night.  So, it's a "show before a show."  The last number of the show represents the opening number of the show we've been watching them rehearse for.  About 60% of the songs are "from their show," about 40% of the songs represent a "real moment in time."  What makes it really different is the performers play themselves.  There is even a Q & A (think Carol Burnett before her show,) with the audience half-way through the 2nd Act.  It has been cast locally from the OC & San Diego area.

What's different this time around?  The original show featured songs from Hollywood musicals and B'way shows.  This time it's all original songs from nine different songwriters:  

David Lawrence scored High School Musical 1, 2 & 3, and American Pie 1 & 2 to name a few.  He contributed songs to Disney’s High School Musical 1 & 2, Cheetah Girls 2, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, MTV’s American Mall and Holidaze.  He served as Music Director and Supervisor on the Emmy Award winning Life With Judy Garland, Me and My Shadows.  Most recently he adapted, arranged, orchestrated and produced the score for Disney’s Camp Rock for Disney Theatrical.

Faye Greenberg contributed songs to Disney’s “High School Musical 1 & 2”, Disney’s “Cheetah Girls 2”, “Life with Judy Garland, Me and My Shadows”, “The Happy Face Murders”, MTV’s “American Mall” and “Holidaze”.  She received a Quadruple Platinum CD for her work on the original “HSM” soundtrack (“Stick To The Status Quo”). Her children’s songs have also been heard on “Sesame Street.”  She adapted Disney”s “Camp Rock” for the stage with husband and collaborator, David Lawrence.

Marcy Hiesler is co-recipient of the 2009 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting.  She earned a 2009 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics for Dear Edwina and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Junie B. Jones, Other credits include Adventures in Love, Allison Under the Stars, and The Marcy and Zina Show.   Disney projects, include Johnny and The Sprites, Pooh’s Learning Adventures, and The D Show. She is the recipient of ASCAP's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Seldes-Kanin Fellowship.

Stuart K. Robinson joyously performed as a member of the original A-5678! cast for over two and a half years, and is the composer/lyricist of “Talk ‘N Roll” and “Two Hours Until The Show.”  Stuart K has enjoyed a successful career as an actor, director, composer, author and musician appearing in or composing for over 300 films, television, theater and music industry productions. He is also serves as CEO of one of the nation’s most prestigious commercial talent agencies.

Suzanne Buirgy starred in The Story Goes, which featured her songs and won the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk competition. With her partner, Judy Wieder, Suzanne has produced, written and released three CDs (available on iTunes). Her song “Quiet Place” (from the upcoming musical Edith and Willa) is featured in this production of A~5678! which is nothing short of magical since Suzanne performed a song in that exact place in the original production over 35 years ago.
Zina Goldrich is the 2009 winner of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting. Last season, Drama Desk Nomination for Best Music for Dear Edwina, twice nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award. Other scores include Ever After, Allison Under the Stars, and Adventures in Love. She has composed for Johnny and the Sprites and Pooh’s Learning Adventures.  She is the recipient of ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, among others.
John Kavanaugh has written music and lyrics that include Disney’s animated feature Winnie The Pooh – Springtime With Roo, "You’re The Dream" for the Special Olympics, Tokyo Disney’s “The Dream Goes On”, “It’ll Be Magical” and “Sea of Dreams”(#7 on the Japanese pop charts.)  With lyricist David Goldsmith: Having It All , (Ovation Award nominee, Best Musical, Best Book), With lyricist Marcy Heisler: "Joseph’s Lullaby" for Michael Crawford. With Barbara Epstein: the score for Universal’s The Flintstones and Nickelodeon’s Globe Hunters: An Around The World In Eighty Days Adventure. John is currently writing songs for Disney’s new television series Sofia The First which premieres September 2012.

David Goldsmith is credited with London, West End: Imagine This, New London Theatre (What’s On Stage nominee, Best Musical), also Theatre Royal, Plymouth.  Los Angeles: Having It All (with John Kavanaugh,) (Ovation Award nominee, Best Musical, Best Book.). Also with Kavanaugh: Dreams Are Universal (Universal Studios Japan, book & lyrics) and Goin’ Deep, A Musical of Terry Bradshaw in Four Quarters (Las Vegas).  Currently working with Berry Gordy, Jr., the founder of Motown, on Motown The Musical for Broadway.

Gerald Sternbach was the original musical director of A~5678!  for its initial run in 1976 and has continued his collaboration with Ms. Epstein, in various venues including vocal arranging/musically directing SPIDERMAN ROCKS! at Universal Studios and four star-studded benefits for the weSPARK Cancer Support Center.  He was the resident musical director for Reprise! Broadway's Best for six seasons, earning nine Ovation nominations (winning in 2006), six Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nominations and winning three Garland Awards. He made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 2005, and has conducted several shows on Broadway and on tour.  In addition to A~5678!, Gerald is composing a musical in collaboration with Elin Hampton:  WHO'S YOUR MOMMY? – A MOTHER MUSICAL.