JEFFREY LODIN and WILLIAM SQUIER have collaborated on the musicals Disney’s Doug Live! (Walt Disney World), 100 Years into the Heart (Village Theater Festival of New Musicals, Spirit of Broadway, NYMF), Top of the Heap (Gallery Players, SBT, NMTN “Director’s Choice”, Global Search for New Musicals, Curtain Call, New Voices in the Heartland), Rebels 1775 (Starlight Theatre, SBT), A Merry Mulberry Street Musical (Curtain Call), Baby Bumps (Curtain Call, B.T. McNicholl, dir., Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival’s The PiTCH) and their latest collaboration, Love on Ice (Book & Co-Lyrics: Bill Nabel). In 2013, the team was commissioned to write a musical stage adaptation of the successful children’s book Merrilee Mannerly, in collaboration with authors Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple. They were also commissioned by the Spirit of Broadway Theater to write the score for Benedict Arnold, in collaboration with Pulitzer-nominated playwright Richard Vetere. Their songs have appeared on television: P.B.&J. Otter; film: Doug’s First Movie; and at the International Children’s Festival. Both Jeff and Bill are members of the Dramatists Guild and BMI.
JEFF’s other theater scores include: Young Abe Lincoln (TheatreworksUSA, Miracle or 2 Prod.), About Face (BMI, DG, NAMT), Nice People, Naughty Girl (CAP21); his songs can be heard on the CD A Celebration of Life (Randy Graff & Judy Kuhn). He was awarded a Meet the Composer Grant by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Jeff is also a music director and arranger, most recently for the Off-B’way show Liberty, A Monumental New Musical. He has also served as a conductor for Chita Rivera and pianist for Andy Gibb & Mongo Santamaria.
An Emmy Award winner for writing WKYC-TV’s Unusual Phenomenon, BILL’s musicals and plays have also appeared Off-B’way: The Treatment of Doctor Love (Playhouse 91); Off-Off B’way: G-Man (Nat Horne Theatre), Babalu (Sanford Meisner, music/co-lyrics: J. Goldstein); regionally: Boywonder (Contemporary Arts, Depot Theatre), The Klemperers’ New Clothes (Actors’s Playhouse, Columbia Entertainment Co., CC., SBT, Newark Academy, L.A. Festival of New American Musicals, music: N. Weiss), Route 66 (Depot Theatre, Stamford Center for the Arts, Kansas City Musical Theater Festival, University of Maine, Village Theater co-book: J. Goldstein, music: F. Stark), The Three Scrooges (CC, Ingersoll Theatre, licensed by Miracle or 2 Prod., music/co-book: J. Goldstein); television: It’s the Weekend (ABC, music: J. Goldstein); AMAS, ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop (CA, FL & NY), CAP 21, the Directors Company, the Drama League, Ensemble Theatre (Santa Barbara), Music in a Box, the Stamford Center for the Arts, the Theatre Building (Chicago) and the York Theatre. His musical theater writing has been awarded a 2003 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the Southwest Theatre Association’s 2003 Coleman A. Jennings Script Contest, the 2003 Jackie White Memorial Playwriting Contest, a 2004 Meet the Composer grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, a 2005 Spirit Award for Best Lyrics, the 11th Annual National Children’s Festival’s new script award in 2006, the 2006 Global Search for New Musicals and the National Music Theater Network’s 2007 Director’s Choice Award. Bill’s writing for other media includes newspapers, magazines, radio and an award-winning series of home videos on parenting issues. His articles, profiles and reviews have appeared in national publications that include Newsweek Magazine. He was a contributor to the Three Rivers Press essay collection Blindsided by a Diaper. And he frequently writes about musical theater development for MusicalWriters.com.