A Country Christmas Carol

ALBERT EVANS

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Mr. Evans wrote the music for the off-Broadway hit Pageant, chosen by TIME magazine as one of the  Year's 10 Best. Other New York shows include The Texas Chainsaw Musical and the cult favorite Nite Club Confidential. As composer-in-residence at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, he wrote lyrics for Mikado Inc. and music for Great Expectations, Jane Eyre and A Tale of Two Cities. Evans also wrote the lyrics for New York City Opera's new performing version of The Merry Widow, broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center (PBS). With writer Ron Kaehler, he reimagined a Christmas classic as the Dickens-goes-Nashville fantasy A Country Christmas Carol. Since 2000, he and Kaehler have adapted favorite children's stories for the traveling musical revue Story Salad. In 2003, New York Fringe Festival audiences heard his lyrics in composer Edmund Cionek's Tri-Sci-Fi. Evans reworked the song catalogue of George M. Cohan (and added a few songs Cohan forgot to write) for the stage musical biography Yankee Doodle Dandy. Recently, Evans and Jamie Rocco wrote the outrageous '70s revue Streakin'!, which premiered at Manhattan's Babalu Theater.


RON KAEHLER

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Mr. Kaehler's career as a performer has encompassed theater, television, and the concert stage. He began his writing career as executive story editor at Abrams/Gentile Entertainment (NYC), where he wrote and developed many projects for children including the internationally syndicated television series Van-Pires. In addition to A Country Christmas Carol (Dramatic Publishing), his works for the stage include Stage Fright: A Ghost Story and the operatic farce Under the Overture. Kaehler has written six popular children's musicals based on the Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy and Herman Parrish as well as stage adaptations of books by Maurice Sendak, Kevin Henkes, Martha Brenner, Bernard Waber, Tomie de Paola and Eric A. Kimmel, among  others. These theatrical versions, written in collaboration with Albert Evans, tour the country under the auspices of Theatreworks USA. Other works for young audiences include I Feel Great! The Health & Nutrition Show for Sweet Youth Productions. On the educational front, he served as editor of David Kaplan's highly praised text Five Approaches to Acting (West Broadway Press). He is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.














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