Neil Bartram (Composer & Lyricist)
Neil is the composer and lyricist of Broadway’s The Story of My Life with book writer Brian Hill (four Drama Desk Award nominations including two for Neil – Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics). Prior to Broadway, The Story of My Life played at Canadian Stage Company in Toronto and Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre. Neil has also written music and lyrics for Clara’s Piano (Stratford Festival), Somewhere in the World (five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival) and The Nightingale and the Rose, and scored productions of Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio was commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater for their 2011 season. Neil and Brian’s musical Not Wanted On The Voyage received a developmental production at Northwestern University’s Barber Theatre as part of the American Music Theatre Project and was part of Goodspeed Musicals’ 2012 New Works Festival. His musical The Theory of Relativity, commissioned by Toronto’s Sheridan College and written specifically for and about college age students, was part of Goodspeed’s 2014 New Works Festival and had its London, UK premiere in May of 2014.
Current projects include Spin directed by Eric Schaeffer (premiered at the Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA), an adaptation of Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-Soeurs, a musical based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, and the stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved film Bedknobs & Broomsticks, all with book writer Brian Hill. Neil’s awards include a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and a Dora Award. Cast albums include Somewhere in the World and The Story of My Life (PS Classics). Neil is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Music Theatre Workshop.
Brian Hill (Book writer)
Brian’s work as an actor, director and writer has taken him across Canada and the United States. As an actor, he spent three seasons with the Shaw Festival, appeared as Raoul in the Toronto production of Phantom of the Opera, performed the role of Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard and won a Dora Award for outstanding performance as Frankie in the original Canadian cast of Forever Plaid. For the Stratford Festival he directed Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and was associate director of Susan H. Schulman’s acclaimed productions of Man of La Mancha and Fiddler On The Roof. For four seasons he was artistic director of the Confederation Centre Young Company and served as the Charlottetown Festival’s associate director of new play development. He was resident director of the Toronto, Vancouver and national companies of Forever Plaid and served as associate director to Susan H. Schulman for the U.S. national tour of Sunset Boulevard and the first national tour of The Sound of Music. For Disney Theatrical Productions he directed the reading of High School Musical 2, was resident director of the Toronto and Broadway companies of The Lion King, and associate director of Broadway’s The Little Mermaid.
With composer and lyricist Neil Bartram he has written the book for Not Wanted on the Voyage (Goodspeed’s New Works Festival 2012), The Nightingale and the Rose, Clara’s Piano, Somewhere in the World, The Theory of Relativity and The Adventures of Pinocchio, which was commissioned for the 2011 Chicago Shakespeare Theater season. Current Bartram and Hill projects include Spin with director Eric Schaeffer, which premiered at the Signature Theatre in 2013, an adaptation of Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-Soeurs, a musical adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and the stage adaptation of Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Brian is best known as the book writer for The Story of My Life, which was developed at Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre, premiered on Broadway in 2009 and earned four Drama Desk Award nominations for outstanding musical, music, lyrics, and book.