Book by Richard Allen; Music and Lyrics by Richard Allen & Taran Gray


Would you get on the bus?

In 1961, 400 ordinary human beings put their lives on the line to bring attention to the injustice of segregation in an action that would show the world an image of the 'burning bus America,' whose existence most Americans wanted to ignore. FREEDOM RIDERS: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MUSICAL tells the true story of activists who boldly challenged the legality and optics of the Jim Crow South by riding buses in mixed groups. It features Civil Rights icons Diane Nash, John Seigenthaler, John Lewis, and other fearless pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement. FREEDOM RIDERS is a soaring portrait of the youthful and impatient voices of the Movement who used nonviolent direct action to initiate change.

Taren Gray

Taren Gray (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Taran Gray is a Songwriter / Music Producer from San Diego. The son of two long-time Lambs Players Theater professionals, Taran is honored to give back a piece of what the theater community instilled in him. Co-Writer of FREEDOM RIDERS, a new musical, the chance to create a show that is not only entertaining, but also socially necessary is a wonderful responsibility. May this musical reflect the One who first loved.

Richard Allen

Richard Allen (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Richard Allen is a film/tv writer/director and producer. He has worked in the film and television industry for over ten years. Mr. Allen recently worked with Disney/Maker Studios as a SPARK Fellow creating two new pilot TV shows for the House of Mouse. He is currently producing and directing two new feature films and a slate of new television shows. For more information visit

J. Scott Lapp

J. Scott Lapp (Director)

J. Scott Lapp (Director) recently directed the International Production of MURDER FOR TWO in Japan. Associate/Assistant Broadway: BONNIE & CLYDE. Regional: RAIN (Old Globe), THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (La Jolla, Paper Mill), INTO THE WOODS (Fiasco/Old Globe), SECONDHAND LIONS (5th Ave); NYMF: WEARING BLACK. Current: PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER (Barn Stage) and CHESS IN CONCERT (Old Town Temecula). Artistic Director of The Barn Stage Company.

Niko Rabbit

Niko Rabbit (Technical Director)

Niko Rabbit (Technical Director) is excited to be working with Allen and Gray Media Group after working with them as Production Designer for Flint’s LIPSTICK RED music video, and sitcom BATTLE STAR UNIVERSE. Niko is part of the team at Pfinix Creative Group and Go Button Productions working as a Carpenter, Scenic Charge, and Assistant Art Director. Niko earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Scenic Design from CSU San Bernardino.

Jon Rua

Jon Rua (Choreographer)

Jon Rua is currently playing Charles Lee/Hamilton u/s on Broadway in Hamilton. Other Broadway credits include Jesus Pena (Hands on a Hardbody), Sonny & Graffiti Pete (In The Heights), as well as many Off-Broadway, Regional, Film and TV credits. His choreography credits include Phish, AIDA (Muny), SpongeBob the Musical (Creative Consultant), dancer for Mariah Carey, and assistant to Andy Blankenbuehler, Christopher Gattelli, and Sergio Trujillo. Instagram @jonrua1 | Twitter @jonrua | ‪#‎NYMF‬ ‪#‎Musicalslivehere‬ New York Musical Festival.

Bill Brown

Bill Brown (Musical Director)

Bill Brown couldn’t be happier to share the bus with such an incredible team. Bill served as Music Director for new works many times at the Academy for New Musical Theatre and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, and he recently arranged and produced a brand new a cappella holiday show for Celebrity Cruises Productions, where he serves as Lead Vocal Director. Off Broadway: Naked Boys Singing! and NEWSical The Musical.