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Songs from the musical FAMILY MUSIC, a musical co-written by Marian Hannah Weiner & Fred Landau
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Songs from the musical FAMILY MUSIC, a musical co-written by Marian Hannah Weiner & Fred Landau WRITER BIOS FRED LANDAU (co-bookwriter, lyrics) - Fred’s writing got h im a Finalist slot (top 6 from over 100 applicants) in the Ebb Award competition for theater writers; and two Midtown Int’l Theatre Festival Award nominations for the production and book/lyrics for the MITF award-winning I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical (NYC’s Roy Arias Theater). Other musical theater productions: book for The Last Starfighter (full production at the non-profit Storm Theatre, NYMF production at Theatre at St Clements, workshop at Seattle’s Village Theater); book/score for The Happiest of Times (NYC’s Triangle Theater, workshops BMI, ASCAP, Circle Rep). Fred’s lyric writing was excerpted on CNN (AC360, Situation Room). Noah Remnick in the New York Times called him “lyrically gifted” (New York Today column, Feb 3, 2016), and his online humor writing has been called “a local treasure” by Broadway’s Lin-Manuel Miranda (on Twitter, Nov. 24, 2015). Critic/theatre historian Martin Gottfried said Fred's theater work “was defined by the invention of its creators. It sounded like itself and like nothing else...They invented their own language for musical theater and it had nothing to do with anything else that I’ve seen, really, in terms of musical theater.” Graduated from Harvard Law School & received masters degrees from NYU and Brooklyn College.-------------- MARIAN HANNAH WEINER (co-bookwriter, music, lyrics) is primarily an essayist and pop and classical composer-lyricist. Her CD credits include music and lyrics for two numbers on the acclaimed album “Power Sharing” by David Wright and the Wright Touch Horns, and her lyrics have been performed by notable performers like Andrea Ross-Greene and Mark Wade. Marian started writing songs at age nine, and was composing duets for flute by junior high. While performing in dozens of local events and concerts, she studied music theory at the Performing Arts High School, and also composed many flute duets while studying with famed Harold Bennett, first flautist at the Metropolitan Opera. Orchestra performance experience includes the Japanese rock musical “Golden Bat,” and five years playing flute, alto and tenor saxophone, on lounge jobs around the country. She temporarily put aside performing and composing to raise her two sons, with her husband, Frederic Weiner, musician, and owner of their family music business. She then started intensive study of songwriting with award-winning Billboard Top Five songwriter Harriet Schock (where she first met her writing collaborator on this project). During this time, and drawing on elements of Marian’s family and professional experience, this hopeful and original musical about a family in the pop music business torn by war in the 21st century began to develop.
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