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Neil Klein – Lyricist-Composer, Librettist

Neil is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he studied at the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Klein first started writing songs and performing in bands as a teen. During the 1980s and 90s, he played Metro New York clubs as the lead member of bands such as Dogma Eye, Sunspots and True Faux. Klein’s varied musical influences include Queen, early Genesis, Klaatu, classic American musical theatre, Tin Pan Alley and The Beatles. Holding On is Klein’s first musical work for the theater, to be followed by Welcome to the Monkey House, an exploration of madness and social injustice. Neil Klein lives in Westchester County with wife Susanne and sons Joshua and Jeremy. The lyricist-composer is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

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Jay Blotcher – Librettist

Jay became friends and roommates with Neil Klein in freshman year at Syracuse University. Their first collaboration was a 1979 song called “Flunk Out,” with Blotcher providing lyrics and Klein the music. It would be 28 years before their next project, the musical Holding On. A veteran journalist, Blotcher has written for The New York Times, Backstage and The Advocate. His nonfiction pieces appear in eight anthologies. He was co-director of the documentary “Heroes,” about Eagle Scout James Dale’s landmark court case. Blotcher appears in the 2011 documentary “Vito,” which premiered at the New York Film Festival. Blotcher lives in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York with husband Brook Garrett and Scout the Wonder Dog. The librettist is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

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Bill Magaliff – Musical Director

Bill Magaliff has been involved in live theatre and music for the past 35 years as
a musical director, director, conductor/arranger, accompanist, teacher and performer. Past work includes the Jerusalem English Speaking Theatre (The Fantasticks, Witness for the Prosecution), Cider Mill Playhouse (Joseph… Technicolor Dreamcoat), City Island Theatre Group (Sweet Charity) and Palistage Youth Theatre. Currently Magaliff directs and arranges contemporary and liturgical works for the a capella choir SHTYX and arranges folk classic cover songs for the band New Relics. Magaliff leads community singing through Come Let’s Sing, performs regularly at Croton Creek Steakhouse, and is producing his second series of parodies that interpret the Bible humanely and humorously. Billmagaliff.net

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DJ Salisbury – Director

DJ Salisbury has set shows in theaters across America, among them Paper Mill Playhouse, Dallas Summer Musicals, TOTS-Atlanta, Sacramento Music Circus, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Favorite productions include Man of La Mancha, Into The Woods, La Cage Aux Folles, The Full Monty, Evita, Ragtime, and nine productions of The Will Rogers Follies. NYC. Salisbury has served as director of numerous readings/workshops/concerts including a revised Drood (featuring Sally Struthers), the Lincoln Center concert of composer Alan Menken, and CHIX 6, headed for Broadway in 2012. DJ choreographed Femme Fatale (starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Sara Ramirez). DJ has worked on several new musical projects with Broadway heavyweights Jerry Mitchell, Kathleen Marshall, Lynne Taylor Corbett, Susan Stroman, Jeff Calhoun, and Tommy Tune. He wrote the book and lyrics for The Man Who Would Be King; the 2010 New York play Perfect European Man, which garnered best director, best actor and best production awards; and he was head writer and lyricist for the Emmy-winning “Oklahoma Centennial” TV special starring Reba McIntyre, Vince Gill, Kelli O’Hara and Shirley Jones. djsalisbury.com

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