CREATORS

JEFFREY HADDOW
is a 2009 winner of the BMI Harrington Award for Creative Excellence. He co-authored the musical revue, Scrambled Feet, which ran two years Off-Bway at the Village Gate. It was also produced as a Showtime TV special starring Madeline Kahn and published by Samuel French. Haddow also co-wrote the play, Chekhov in Yalta, which had its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Distinguished Playwriting Award, and was included in Otis Guersey’s “Best Plays” anthology. In addition, Chekhov was produced as a special by Thames Television starring Tom Courtenay and is published by Samuel French. Other produced plays include Ducks (co-book and lyrics), Musical Theatre Works, NYC. Thin Ice (play) WPA Theatre Off- Broadway, Scully & Royce (play) Detroit Repertory Company, and The Drunken Boat (play) Circle Repertory Co., NYC.

In addition to Diamond and the North Wind (book and co-lyrics), Haddow has also written the book and lyrics to a musical of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, which was the final production of The Denver Theatre Center’s 2013 season. He is currently developing a musical based on The Year of Living Dangerously (book and co-lyrics with Thomas Tierney), which had a developmental reading at the York Theatre in NYC and was featured in the inaugural season of the Harrisburg New Works Festival.

Jeffrey is a graduate of Northwestern University and a member of the Dramatists Guild and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.

 

GEORGE MACDONALD  -  (1824-1905), Scottish novelist and poet

In addition to At the Back of the North Wind (1871), George MacDonald’s best-remembered works are Phantastes, The Princess and the Goblin, The Light Princess, Lilith, and The Golden Key. He was a mentor to C.S. Lewis and a friend of Mark Twain, G. K. Chesterton, Henry Longfellow, and Walt Whitman. In the 1870s he toured and lectured in America where he was well-received by huge audiences and by writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson. Note on our adaptation: In order to connect more readily with contemporary audiences, we have updated the story of At the Back of the North Wind from Victorian England to Depression-era New York City.

THOMAS TIERNEY
is a composer, lyricist and music producer. He has written for theatre, television, corporate events and theme parks, and his songs have been performed and recorded by artists such as Tommy Tune and Marlene VerPlanck. His musical ELEANOR - An American Love Story has played in many U.S. theatres, including Ford’s Theatre in Washington, Chicago's Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Musical Theatre West in LA and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. ELEANOR is published by Rodgers & Hammerstein and the original cast CD is available at www.EleanorTheMusical.com or at CD Baby.

He composed the music for NARNIA, based on C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, which has played in The City Of London Festival, Off-Broadway in New York and in more than 800 productions throughout the US and worldwide. His Narnia Suite for symphony orchestra and 4 singers premiered at New York's Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. He wrote music and lyrics for Jungle Queen Debutante, produced by Hell’s Kitchen Musicals for NYMF ’07 Festival and by Seattle’s Village Theatre. He wrote several songs for Pets! (Off-Broadway) and the music for The Dream Team (Goodspeed Opera) and Tommy Tune’s one-man musical Ichabod (Boston and New York). With Jeffrey Haddow he is also writing the musical The Year of Living Dangerously based on the novel that became the film starring Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hunt (Oscar winner for her role). His 6 musicals for Theatreworks/USA have toured nationally, including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2016 marks its 24th season). Other musicals for young audiences are The Fabulous Fable Factory and The Tuesday Afternoon Regulars (with writer Joseph Robinette). For television, he wrote scores for NBC's Emmy Award winning series Unicorn Tales, and the theme music for We Remember Eleanor, narrated by Margaret Truman Daniels. His theme song for AT&T's pavilion at Disney's Epcot Center played 144 times a day for 10 years. He has performed his own music at Lincoln Center in New York and at the White House in Washington. Thomas has won numerous ASCAP awards, is listed in Who's Who In Entertainment and is a member of the N.Y. Television Academy, for which he has served on the Board of Governors.