THE CREATIVE TEAM
Musical Book, Music AND Lyrics
Drew Lane is an award-winning composer from Melbourne Australia. His musicals have been performed throughout Australia, and have had seasons in the UK and USA.
Highlights include presenting his musical Marking Life to Stephen Schwartz as part of the Festival of Broadway in 2010, having the first professional performance of Final Words in New Mexico in 2015, and gaining an Australia Day Award for his youth musical Somewhere To Fight For in 2012. All his musicals can be found at Captivation Musicals.
Rusty Lemorande is an American screenwriter, director, actor and film producer, who created the 1989 version of Journey to the Center of the Earth. One of his first major jobs was production executive for the comedy Caddyshack. Lemorande proposed commissioning a gopher puppet in order to add, through additional shooting, a continuing story arc for the Gopher and the Bill Murray character. Lemorande soon joined up with Barbra Streisand to produce Yentl, for which they shared a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Lemorande wrote the film Electric Dreams, then followed it up by co-writing and producing with Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas the Disney 3D theme-park film Captain EO, starring Michael Jackson. It was Lemorande who proposed adding physical effects (such as smoke, strobe lights and fiber optic stars) to the film.
MUSICAL BOOK, ORIGINAL STORY and FILM
Director (GAsworks season, 2019)
Roman Berry is a Theatre Maker, Director and Movement Director who has returned to Melbourne after a decade in London. He trained in Australia with the Centre for Performing Arts (Dance) and Flinders University Drama Centre (Theatre). Career Highlights include Cameron Mackintosh's Australian Premiere of Miss Saigon and Harry Miller’s Pageant: The Musical. He was the Artistic Director II for the Commonwealth Youth Games Opening & Closing Ceremony (Australia) and created/facilitated Body and Mind Wellness Workshops (The Voice of Domestic Workers UK). He collaborated as Director, Choreographer & Movement Director with UK & London theatre companies such as Get Over It Productions, Pregnant Fish Theatre, The Bread & Roses Theatre, The Hope Theatre, Goldsmiths University, The Jack Studio Theatre, Broken Silence Theatre, Scene Gym, Arrows & Traps Theatre Company, The Write Network and many more. He recently directed Lorna Wells’ much lauded, sold out season of It Tastes Like Home: The Musical and Jamila Main’s Butterfly Kicks for 2019 Queer Quickies Festival at Theatreworks (Melbourne). Roman is delighted to be reconnected with the Music Theatre Melbourne Team, having been involved with earlier Stella Entertainment on their PARIS The Musical and RENT productions. He is currently multitasking several roles, as Creative Advisor for Narre Warren South P12 College's production of Hairspray The Musical, Production & Marketing Manager for The Bread & Roses Theatre (London) and Artistic Director for Divergent Theatre Collective, Melbourne.