Creative Team

Eric Kornfeld (Book and Lyrics) was Bette Midler’s head writer for 14 years and wrote her record breaking, Kiss My Brass tour (Book & Original/Parody Lyrics) and her Las Vegas Extravaganza, The Showgirl Must Go On, which ran on HBO and garnered an Emmy nomination. Eric was also Emmy nominated for his work as a writer on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, where he penned many of the high-profile song parodies. He’s written for Comedy Central, HBO, VH1, NatGeo/WILD and Nickelodeon. He’s created recognized special material for Betty Buckley’s past 5 concert tours and has done the same for many performers, including Judy Gold, Tony DeSare, Janis Paige, Jane Krakowski, Carole Bayer Sager and the legendary Elaine Stritch. For Broadway Cares, Eric wrote the sketches for Broadway Bares 20th Anniversary and Deborah Voight’s Broadway debut, Opera's Leading Lady Meets Broadway's Leading Men. He currently writes/directs for network upfronts and corporate events and is working on an original Broadway musical. Eric teaches Cabaret at Primary Stages.

 

Michelangelo Sosnowitz (his real name) (Composer) has written music for children’s theater, public radio, video games, elevator muzak, aerobics music, video magazines, corporate industrials, festival trailers, YouTube, Canadian Christian talk shows, sports music, meditation music and the Jumbotron at MSG. For television, he has written music for HBO, VH1, The History Channel, Animal Planet, PBS, ABC and the Chiller Network, as well as Garnier Fructís, Acuvue, Mercedes Benz, Tervis Tumbler and Phillips Norelco. Michelangelo has scored two feature films, Allie Dvorin’s A Novel Romance starring Steve Guttenberg and Shannon Elizabeth, and Dan Fogler’s directorial debut Hysterical Psycho starring Noah Bean and Kelly Hutchinson. Michelangelo composed the music to Matthew Neff’s production of Petrouchka at 2010 NYMF and he co-wrote the music for Liz Davis’s Off-Off-Broadway musical Crazy Head Space.

 

Jeffrey Jackson (Co-Writer)  is a writer-director who straddles the worlds of film, theater, and advertising. He began his career in the ad game where he founded his own agency and wrote and directed award-winning television commercials and video programs for nationally-known clients. As a playwright, his first work for the stage was creating book and lyrics for a faithful musical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which ran off-Broadway in late 2007 and starred Tony nominee Hunter Foster. His second play, Two Point Oh,  a dark comedy, received its world premiere in Detroit in 2010 where the Detroit Free Press called it “compelling,” “gripping,” and “one of the most thought-provoking plays of the season.”  Two Point Oh made its off-Broadway New York debut in October 2013 at 59E59 Theaters.  He wrote, directed, and performed in an acclaimed short film, Our First Fight, which has toured film festivals around the world. His feature-length screenplay, White Collared, won the Best Screenplay award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and was acquired by a Sundance-winning film producer. He is currently in post-production on a hybrid movie/online game experience entitled Daemon 9, which he wrote and recently directed in Los Angeles. (Jeffrey directed the November 2013 World Premiere of Love in the Middle Ages.)

 

Lisa Shriver (Director and Choreographer) recently received a Lucille Lortel nomination for her work on Fiasco Theater's Into the Woods (Roundabout Theater Company).  Broadway credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (2012), Ring of Fire, The Farnsworth Invention and The Story of My Life.  Other credits include:  Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW), Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse), Yellow Fever (The Public), Dog and Pony (The Old Globe) and Caesar and Cleopatra (w/Christopher Plummer at Stratford Shakespeare Festival).  She directed and choreographed Motherhood: the Musical which was produced across the country. In addition to her theatre work, Lisa has worked extensively in film. Her choreography credits include the Oscar winning film, A Beautiful Mind, the critically acclaimed HBO film Hysterical Blindness, starring Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis, and the motion-capture film A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey and directed by Robert Zemeckis. She was also the Assistant Choreographer on Zemeckis’ The Polar Express, Mixed Nuts (with Steve Martin) and the dance cult hit, Center Stage. Lisa choreographed Phish’s New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden for three consecutive years. This past Christmas, she directed and choreographed a new version of A Christmas Carol entitled, Scrooge No More for Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  She also recently re-choreographed Disney Cruise Line's signature show, Disney Dreams for The Disney Magic.  Upcoming:  A Little More Alive (Barrington Stage) and In Bed with Roy Cohn (The Lion Theatre).

 

Mark Baron (Musical Director, Arranger and Orchestrator) is a multi-faceted keyboardist, bassist, composer, arranger, and orchestrator who performs with some of the greatest artist in pop, rock & roll, & R&B history. To date, he has worked with thirty-four R&R Hall of Fame Inductees across five Continents with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Ben E King, Sister Sledge, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, Mary Wilson and countless others. He is currently the musical director and arranger for the legendary Gloria Gaynor as well as the famed 1960's vocal group, The Duprees.  As a composer, Mark penned the score for Frankenstein - A New Musical which opened off-B'way in 2007 and continues to be produced around the globe. As an arranger, his work has been performed by such prestigious groups as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Netherlands's Grammy Award winning Metropole Orchestra.

 

 

 

Paul Russell is an award-winning casting director, director and the author of ACTING: Make It Your Business (Penguin Random House). His office has been involved with the casting for major studios, television networks, Broadway and regional theater: www.PaulRussell.net .

 

ABCD Productions II (Producer - Cheryl Solomon & David Rappaport)  Cheryl and David had an idea and are excited to be a part of the development of that idea into Love in the Middle Ages. Cheryl, Executive Producer, is thrilled and proud to bring Love in the Middle Ages to life. This is Cheryl’s third musical production following Songs for a New World (George Street Playhouse, 2007) and Crossroads (Laura Beechman Theater, 2009 and 2010). Her two children Ben and Ali, are her two additional productions which she brought to life and who also give her much pride. By day, Cheryl is a matrimonial litigation attorney. (David’s bio is listed under the February 2014 Cast under the role of “Dave”.)

 

Michael Kretchmar (Associate Producer) Michael is excited to join the production team of Love in the Middle Ages and looks forward to its smashing success!

 

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