ROY O'NEIL - BOOK WRITER AND LYRICIST
ROY is a 1967 Yale grad. He studied City Planning at Cornell University and the University of Tennesee and obtained an M.B.A in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Connecticut. His career has been spent in municipal government and real estate and many of the plot points in the show are drawn from that experience. Issues include conflicts between historic preservation and economic development, eminent domain, planning and zoning approvals and Locally Unacceptable Land Uses.
As his interest in music and theater deepened, Roy became a member and director of the Connecticut Songwriters Association, an ASCAP affiliate, a member of Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and a Dramatist Guild member. He has been recognized with some small awards from Billboard Magazine, American Songwriters Magazine, Great American Song Contest and Songs Inspired by Literature. His song "Yesterday's Backstreet Cafe" was recorded by Nashville artist Tracey K. Houston on her Songbird label. CD compilations of his songs; "American Brass", "Two Blue Moons" and "Roy O'Neil's Brass City Christmas" have been released via CDBaby on the Abrigador label and are available for download and streaming.Roy is presented "Audience Favorite" award by Katy Baker, Artistic DirectorManhattan Theater Mission
His musical American Brass was performed in 2002 as part of a community theater production "Broadway on the Green". His musical Eddie and The Palaceades has been a participant in three New York City musical festivals: the 2013 First Act Feedback Festival sponsored by TRU and MusicalWriters.com; Manhattan Theater Mission's 2013 New Musicals Showcase; and the 2014 Midtown International Theater Festival. Audience and critical response has been enthusiastic and positive. The show was awarded "Audience Favorite" at the MTM Showcase and received 9 "Best of Festival" nominations at MITF, winning the award for Best Director. In 2016 "Eddie and The Palaceades" won a Director's Choice Award from MainStreet Musicals.
STEPHEN FEIGENBAUM - COMPOSER
STEPHEN is a 2011 Yale grad. He is a Whiffenpoof. He also obtained his Masters in Music from Yale Graduate School of Music in 2013. He is an award-winning composer of music for the concert hall and theater. His work has been performed and recorded by ensembles including the Cincinnati Pops with Erich Kunzel. In the musical theater category, he wrote the music for Independents, which was a New York Times Critic's Pick in 2012 and played an extended run at the SOHO Playhouse following selection as Best Production in the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival.
He has composed music for ABYSS a theatrical performance of classical music currently in development and he served as Music Director for "A Winter's Tale" 2013 performance at The Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C. In 2016 he was the arranger and co-curator for "Yeethoven" a classical orchestra mash-up concert of Beethoven and Kanye West music, performed by the 70 piece orchestra of The Young Musicians Foundation of Los Angeles.
Stephen is a multi-year winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award. He won the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble competition, which resulted in a reading of his work and mentoring by John Corigliano. The National Public Radio show From the Top has featured Stephen as a composer, and To Yale Alone (lyrics by Elisa Gonzalez, Yale '11) won the annual Fenno Heath Award of the Yale Glee Club in 2010.
Stephen receiving ASCAP Foundation's 2013 Morton Gould Young Composer Award
Stephen's music has been heard at Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Jordan Hall and the Hatch Shell in Boston, the Green Room in San Francisco, and in several international venues. Musicians who have performed his work include the JACK Quartet, TwoSense (Lisa Moore and Ashley Bathgate), and Grammy-nominee violinist Caroline Goulding. Stephen was the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Fellow at Bowdoin Intenational Music Festival and is a past fellow at the Norfolk (Connecticut) Chamber Music Festival.
Since 2013 Stephen has been creating pop music as a producer, working closely with artists such as Mr. Hudson, and as a singer in his own right. Most recently Stephen did music preparation for the score to the Oscar-winning movie The Revenant.