In 1974, a 26-year-old virtually unknown director set out to film the number one best-selling novel of the day.
Invading a sleepy fishing island off Cape Cod to shoot on the open ocean, he battled weather, water, hostile locals, an exploding budget, endless delays, and a mechanical star named Bruce that simply refused to work.
Out of all this chaos, the world was given its first ever summer blockbuster and the career of Steven Spielberg.
Book and Lyrics
ROBERT TAYLOR began writing poetry and lyrics around the same time he picked up the violin at age eight. His love of music, languages, literature, and nature has led him to a lifetime of study and travel. A graduate of Holland’s Royal Conservatory, Union College, the University of Bonn, and Princeton University, he has taught foreign languages and ornithology in New York, English and music in China, served as music critic to the Albany Times Union, worked as a freelance musician and writer in Manhattan, a translator in Europe and Asia, and has lectured extensively on opera, literature, and art history. Mr. Taylor is the co-lyricist/librettist with Richard Oberacker of several new musicals, including ACE, (National Alliance for Musical Theater New Works Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Old Globe, Signature Theatre), JOURNEY TO THE WEST (New York Musical Theater Festival), THE PARENTING PROJECT (Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati), and THE SANDMAN (NAMT Festival of New Works, Fredericia Theatre in Denmark), their TONY Award winning musical BANDSTAND, which premiered on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in April of 2017, and their newest project BRUCE. A principal player with the New York Chamber Soloists Ensemble and the Mozart Orchestra of New York, Mr. Taylor is a member of the Dramatist's Guild, and leads Birding & Nature Tours around the world for the Audubon Society.
Music, Book, and Lyrics
RICHARD OBERACKER Conductor, composer, lyricist and librettist Richard Oberacker is the musical director for Cirque du Soleil’s “KA” in Las Vegas. Prior engagements include conductor, arranger and contributing composer for Cirque’s world tour of DRALION and conductor of the national tours of Disney’s THE LION KING. As a composer and lyricist, Mr. Oberacker’s original musicals include A LITTLE THEATER (Aurelia Theater), IN THAT VALLEY (National Alliance for Musical Theater Festival of New Works), DRACULA (CCM Corbett Theater), and THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO FISHMAN (Signature Theatre). With colyricist and co-author Robert Taylor, Mr. Oberacker has collaborated on several new musicals including ACE, (National Alliance for Musical Theater New Works Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Old Globe, Signature Theatre), JOURNEY TO THE WEST (New York Musical Theater Festival), THE PARENTING PROJECT (Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati), and THE SANDMAN (NAMT Festival of New Works, Fredericia Theatre in Denmark). Their musical BANDSTAND opened at The Paper Mill Playhouse and premiered on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Mr. Oberacker recently composed the score for a new musical adaptation of THE GREAT GATSBY which premiered in Tokyo, Japan before a Japanese national tour. Next in development, BRUCE.
Donna Feore is one of Canada’s most versatile creative talents and has been highly praised for her work with the Stratford Festival. This past season, Ms. Feore received accolades for her direction/choregraphy of both Little Shop of Horrors and a completely reimagined production of Billy Elliot the Musical. In the 2018 season, she was applauded for her direction/choreography of The Music Man and the longest running show in the Festival's history, The Rocky Horror Show. Other Festival productions include Guys and Dolls, The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Cyrano de Bergerac, Oklahoma! and Oliver!. Most recently, Ms Feore directed, 'a richer production than the original', Theresa Rebeck's Bernhardt/Hamlet at the Goodman Theatre(Chicago). At the NAC, she is the Creative Producer & Director for the multi-media collaborative production Life Reflected and Director for Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For the NAC English Theatre, Ms. Feore directed and choreographed The Hockey Sweater: A Musical(world première, Segal Centre). Other directing credits include Rock & Roll and It’s a Wonderful Life(CanStage), Lecture on the Weather and A Soldier’s Tale with F. Murray Abraham(Detroit Symphony). Selected opera credits (staging and choreography)Canadian Opera Company’s Siegfried(remounted, Opéra National de Lyon). COC: Tosca, Red Emma and Oedipus Rex(Dora Mavor Moore Award, Best Choreography). Selected film/television: Mean Girls, Eloise, Treading Water, Politics is Cruel, Martin and Lewis, Stormy Weather.
Greg Anthony Rassen
GREG ANTHONY RASSEN (Music Supervision, Arrangements, Orchestrations) Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee for Bandstand. Other Broadway credits include: An American In Paris, Bullets Over Broadway, Little Mermaid, Book of Mormon, R&H’s Cinderella, A Chorus Line (Revival). Arranger/orchestrator: Jerry Springer: The Opera (New Group), Between The Lines (Kansas City Rep.), Beast In The Jungle (Vineyard), Walk on the Moon (ACT in San Francisco). Commissions include: New York Pops, Boston Pops, Philly Pops, Indianapolis Pops; Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom, Jr., Ashley Brown, Sierra Boggess, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Darren Criss, Liz Callaway, Julia Murney, André Previn, John Williams. TV: Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The View, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. M.M. degree from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. www.greganthonymusic.com
Assistant Music Director