Tom is an Australian sound designer based in London. By day he’s an Acoustic, Audio Visual and Venue consultant for the global design firm Arup, where he works on some of the largest arts and cultural projects in the world. His sound design credits span over 10 years on shows performed from Australia and the UK to South Korea and Philippines. He is excited to be back working on Do You Hear The People Sing? for the Australian tour.
He regularly tours as a keyboardist, orchestrator and musical director for esteemed artists such as David Campbell, Rhonda Burchmore, Kate Ceberano, and Rohan Browne.
Aside from his commercial music work, Jack is an in-demand jazz musician, playing around Australia in his 2 major ensembles: The Jack Earle Big Band and The Jack Earle Trio. His extensive composition credits include 2 albums of original music, numerous jingles for television and radio, and a 1-Act dance work, choreographed by Michael Ralph, entitled “SELF” which premiered in 2017 to great acclaim. He recently returned to Australia from studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music after being awarded a full tuition scholarship.
Lyricist, English Version, Les Misérables
Herbert Kretzmer (Lyricist) was born in South Africa. In 1954 he settled in London where he has since pursued twin careers as journalist and songwriter. As a lyricist he won an Ivor Novello Award for the classic Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren comedy duet Goodness Gracious Me. In the Sixties he was a regular contributor to the celebrated BBC-TV satire series That was the Week That Was. Notable among the many lyrics he penned for French singer Charles Aznavour were Yesterday When I was Young and the chart-topping She. In 1987 he won a Tony award and a Grammy award for the lyrics he wrote for the stage hit Les Misérables. In 2009 Herbert Kretzmer was appointed OBE.
Co-Lyricist, Original French Lyrics, Les Misérables
Born in 1942, Jean-Marc Natel, who sadly passed away recently, studied art at the Beaux Arts in Toulon before turning to poetry. On moving to Paris in the late 1960’s he met Alain Boublil, who introduced him to songwriting. He co-wrote from Alain Boublil’s initial concept and framework the original French lyrics for Les Misérables which first played in Paris in 1980. Jean-Marc continued to write songs for a variety of artists as well as his poetry which is widely published.
Co-Lyricist, Miss Saigon
BROADWAY: Conceived and directed two Tony Award winning musicals: Ain’t Misbehavin’(1978: Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards — also Tony Award for Best Director); Fosse (1999: Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards); as well as Ring of Fire, (2006). With composer David Shire: director/lyricist: Baby (1983, seven Tony nominations); lyricist: Big (1996, Tony nomination: Best Score). With Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, co-lyricist: Miss Saigon (Evening Standard Award, London 1990; Tony nomination: Best Score, 1991); co-lyricist: The Pirate Queen (2007). Director: The Story of My Life (2009). Director/co-lyricist: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance (1986 Tony Award for star, Bernadette Peters.).
OFF-BROADWAY: director/lyricist Starting Here, Starting Now (1977, Grammy nomination) and Closer Than Ever, (1989, two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score; also Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Best Musical Revival 2013; and London Jermyn Street Theatre 2014,), both written with composer David Shire. Director: Just Jim Dale, Roundabout Theatre 2014, also Vaudeville Theatre, London 2015.
REGIONAL: Lyricist/conceiver, Take Flight (Menier Chocolate Factory, London 2010; McCarter Theatre 2012); book and lyrics, Waterfall, Pasadena Playhouse and Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre (2015). Director, MASK (2008, Pasadena Playhouse); director, The 60’s Project (2006, Goodspeed).
CURRENTLY: Lyricist, new musical Sousatzka, March 2017 in Toronto.
FILM: Screenplay, Miss Potter, (2007: Christopher Award, best screenplay.). Contributes cryptic crossword puzzles to Harpers Magazine.
Additional Lyrics, Miss Saigon
Michael Mahler (ASCAP) is the award-winning Chicago-based composer/lyricist of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, October Sky, Hero, The Man who Murdered Sherlock Holmes, Painted Alice, Rockne, Wonderland; Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure, and others. His songs have been featured in concerts and showcases across the globe, including an evening at the Kennedy Center. Michael served as the premiere English lyricist for Boublil and Schönberg’s La Révolution Française and contributed lyrics to Russell Watson’s album Only One Man. Visit www.michaelmahler.com
Co-Lyricist, Martin Guerre
Stephen’s plays include Stripped (Jefferson Award, Chicago, 2003), Takeaway and Making Waves. His first musical, Eyam, was followed by the Olivier award winning Martin Guerre with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. Other work includes Forbidden City and The Far Pavilions. He adapted the libretto of La Traviata for ENO’s 2006 production and wrote the music theatre adaptation of The Mahabharata. Stephen wrote the book and lyrics of Zorro and Love Story for theatre.
Co-Lyricist, The Pirate Queen
Wrote the book and lyrics for The Witches of Eastwick, The Fix, Zombie Prom, Circles and Dick Whittington. He provided lyrics for A Country Christmas Carol, The Reluctant Dragon and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Plays include One Miracle in a Lifetime, The World Today and The Greater Goode.