Ever Happily After

Book by Jill Jaysen, Music by Randy Klein, Lyrics by Matthew Hardy

Ever Happily After

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

  • Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

What happens when Cinderella’s zany fairy godmother is nowhere to be found? Who can possibly save her? Join Cinderella as she takes a whimsical journey into fairytale-land and discovers that real magic can be found in the most unexpected places.

Jill Jaysen (Book / Director / Producer)

Jill Jaysen, an Award-Winning Director and Playwright, founded Center Stage Theatre Company with the vision of awakening dreams for all who experience it.  Jaysen is a strong proponent of creating new works while involving her students in the creative process. Since 2005, her students have appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in Film and TV.  The company's original musicals have received multiple recognitions from the Moss Hart Memorial Award (often referred to as the Tony Award for New England), the York Theatre Company in New York City, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Jaysen comes from a diversified background encompassing both the professional world and the performing arts. She is a corporate communication's coach/strategist, the founder of Optimum Edge Communications, as well as a former stockbroker.  She is proud to be a founding producer of NYMF and currently serves on the Board of Directors. 

Matthew Hardy

Matthew Hardy (Lyrics)

Matthew Hardy hails from Houston, Texas. Matthew is a proud member of Actor's Equity, a graduate of the William Esper Acting Studio and a member of The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. Matthew has toured nationally with the Broadway production of Fosse, toured with Jane Comfort & Co., and created and performed his own cabaret act entitled Songs for the Dysfunctional. Matthew was honored to be included among twenty one other New York actors in Backstage West's "2007 Performances to Remember" for his performance as Froyim in Fritz & Froyim at the Times Square Arts Center. He has written the book and lyrics for the musical comedies Flambé Dreams (NYMF 2012), The Rubberers, Bling! and lyrics for Ever Happily After. He was awarded an honorable mention for excellence in lyric writing in the 2012 New York Musical Theater Festival. He earned his BFA and MFA in Utah from Brigham Young University and The University of Utah respectively. He has worked at numerous regional theatres, performed in amusement parks and aboard the luxury ocean liners of Crystal Cruises. This summer Matthew can be seen in Boeing Boeing at Cape May Stage. For more information about Matthew, please visit his website at www.matthewhardy.org

Randy Klein

Randy Klein (Music)

Randy Klein is an accomplished pianist, composer, educator.  Randy Klein has been awarded the Simons Public Humanities Fellowship at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas for the 2011-2012 academic year. He is the recipient of the 2009 BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre. His song cycle, Lineage won the 2009 CAP Grant sponsored by the American Music Center. He is the winner of four Southern Regional Emmy Awards: 1996 - for the original score to the 90 minute film-documentary titled Richard Wright (Black Boy) PPS/BBC. He won the 1998, 1999 and 2002 Southern Regional Emmy Awards in the category of "Outstanding Collaborative Achievement for Composer" for his work on Ticktock Minutes (PBS). Ticktock Minutes is the winner of the 1999 National Emmy Award for Best Public Service Announcement. He has been nominated for a 1998 and 2010 Jerry Boch Award for his theater composition. He is the winner of the USA Songwriting Competition 2005 in the Jazz category his composition “Data”. He is the winner of gold records for songs recorded by  recording artist Millie Jackson, and composed and produced the dance hit "Watch The Closing Doors" for the RCA group IRT. He has had songs recorded by Candy Staton, Sarah Dash (formerly of LaBelle), the rap group Black Sheep, Memphis Bleak, and Sesame Street.

His musical theater works include: Flambe’ Dreams, about a man who dreams of becoming a great maitre'd, performances –New York Musical Theatre Festival (2012), BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, BMI Showcase , Musical Mondays, TRU readings , Groundup Productions, The York Theatre.  Move!, a dance musical commissioned by the Royal Theatre Carre', Amsterdam (premiered April, 1992); I Don't Do Club Dates, staged reading at the Victory Theater September, 1991 by the National Musical Theater Network and at the John Harms Center for the Arts, Englewood, NJ, January 1994; and Capture The Moon, based on the Eastern European folklore stories of the Wise Men of Chelm. In 1989, I Don't Do Club Dates earned Randy a BMI Foundation grant for artistic promise in theater composition; Falling Apart, a chamber musical utilizing elements of both musical theater and the jazz concert; Bucky And His Friends, a full-length contemporary vaudeville show for stage

He is the composer of For My People, a song cycle featuring the poetry of American author, Margaret Walker.  For My People was featured at the Furious Flower Poetry Festival at James Madison University and the University of Kansas. The music premiere of the renowned poem by Margaret Walker ‘For My People’ was April 2, 2011 at James Madison University, Va, with a 52 voice chorale.

His documentary film scores include: National Emmy winner Free To Dance (PBS Great Performances) and National Emmy winner Beyond Tara – The Extraordinary Life Of Hattie McDaniel (American Movie Classics) and Richard Wright – Black Boy (PBS/BBC production). His music can be heard at the Burial Ground Museum in lower Manhattan and at the Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC.

He is a member of the advanced BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, The Dramatists Guild, NARAS, an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music and a music educator conducting clinics on various elements of music and the business of music to universities. Randy Klein is an exclusive Steinway artist. www.randyklein.com

Michael Schloegel (Costume & Projection Design)

Sean Beach (Lighting Design)

Travis Bell (Production Manager)

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