BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS
is represented by BRUCE OSTLER & ALEXIS WILLIAMS at
Bret Adams Ltd., Literary
Rosenstone/Adams LLC
448 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 765-5630
Bruce Ostler:
bostler@bretadamsltd.net
Alexis Williams:
awilliams@bretadamsltd.net

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Matthew LaBanca & Anna Aimee White


THE SHOW

A tribute to the remarkable life and times of multi-talented entertainment powerhouse. A backstage look at the public and private life of this timeless beauty, the show is a celebration of that charming dame who could dance before she could walk. Backwards In High Heels combines cherished standards with new original songs, a compelling play and stunning dance sequences to fashion a unique new way of story telling. Funny, moving, and a visual feast, the show broke box office records in its World Premiere production. Backwards In High Heels is a complete and wonderfully satisfying night of theatre that will have audiences on waiting lists and critics cheering.

2007 NAMT Producer Writer Initiative grant winner
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CAST OF 6
3 Women, 3 Men
Note: This show features several production numbers which can easily incorporate a large chorus should a production choose to use more actors in the company

ORCHESTRA of 5

Piano/Conductor, Drums, Bass, Cello,
Reed (Alto Sax, Flute and Clarinet)
Note: An expanded orchestration is available: Piano/Conductor, Drums, Bass, Trumpet, Trombone, Reed I & II, Cello, Violin/Optional Keyboard

THE CREATIVE TEAM
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CHRISTOPHER McGOVERN (Co-Creator/Book/Original Songs/Musical Arrangements) Writing credits include: "Let The Memories Begin" - featured song in the Castle projection show at all the US Disney Parks, libretto and score for Lizzie Borden (Goodspeed – starring Christiane Noll, American Stage – starring two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser, and Stoneham Theatre/Boston), Crash Club (w/Castellino & Whitefield), A Visit To Roswell, Music and Lyrics for Dr. Radio, Cagney (Off-Broadway at the York Theatre, Florida Stage, Silver Palm Award winner, 2010 Carbonell Winner: "Best New Work"), The Ugly Duck (Promenade Theatre NYC and national tour), six childrens musicals for Stages Of Imagination (two National Parents Choice awards), Holiday For Hope (Bushnell Theatre, Hartford). His songs have been featured on solo CDs he produced, arranged and conducted for original Rent cast member Gilles Chiasson (Slow Down), and Tony nominees Rebecca Luker (Leaving Home), Susan Egan (Coffee House, Winter Tracks and Live), and Alison Fraser (Men In My Life). Original incidental music and dance arrangements: The Presidents w/Rich Little seen on PBS and on tour, Lion King (Disney Worldwide - Hong Kong) directed by Tony nominee Lynne Taylor Corbett, Aladdin (Tokyo Disney). He has toured extensively with Tony nominee Susan Egan including an appearance at Carnegie Hall, and has served as Musical Director and Pianist for many other artists in concert including: Tony winners Steve Kazee and Rupert Holmes, Liz Callaway, Amanda McBroom, Tovah Feldshuh, Jason Graae, Karen Mason, and Jay Rogers (Manhattan Bistro Award for their show Eat, Drink and Be Mary at the Metropolitan Room) and had the honor of accompanying Tony and Grammy winning singer and actress Heather Headley at the star-studded christening Gala for the Disney Fantasy. He was also the Musical Supervisor and Dance Arranger for the national tour of Fame. Many World Premiere/Off-Broadway credits as Musical Director, Arranger and Pianist including: Love Linda (directed by Richard Maltby, Jr.), Marry Harry (Signature Theatre; directed by Kent Nicholson), Two By Two w/Jason Alexander & Tovah Feldshuh (directed by Martin Charnin), Ionescopade, Roadside (Tom Jones Festival) and Still Getting My Act Together starring Gretchen Cryer at the York (Musicals in Mufti), That’s Life (Outer Critics Circle nomination “Best Off Broadway Musical), The Jazz Singer, Sheba, Identical Twins, Breathe (American Opera Projects) and The Fishkin Touch (starring Mike Burstyn.) Recently he served as Musical Director for the workshops of new musicals by Nancy Ford & Gretchen Cryer (I’m Getting My Act Together) and Carol Hall (Best Little Whorehouse.) Favorite regional credits: Jolson At The Winter Garden (El Portal Theatre in LA and The Maltz, starring Mike Burstyn), Cagney (composer/lyricist), Sisters Of Swing (Carbonell nomination), I Love A Piano, The Last Five Years, Spitfire Grill, Dream A Little Dream: The Nearly True Story of The Mamas & The Papas (Carbonell nomination), Some Kind Of Wonderful (Co-Creator, Silver Palm Award winner), Hair and Pajama Game at Arizona Theatre Company (both Arizona MAC Award winners: "Best Musical") and Larry in the LORT premiere of {title of show}, Beehive (Riverside Theatre), Joseph (starring William Katt), Another Summer (World Premiere starring Marni Nixon), World Goes Round, Little Shop, Tommy, Godspell, {title of show} many others. Mr. McGovern is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Temple University and lives in New York City. He is represented by Alexis Williams and Bruce Ostler at Bret Adams Ltd.

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LYNNETTE BARKLEY (Co-creator/Director/Choreographer) Since coming to New York to work alongside Tommy Tune in the development of the Broadway musical, My One And Only, Lynnette has directed, choreographed and developed a myriad of plays and musicals from Off-Broadway, National Tours and Regional Theatre to Corporate Industrials and Award Galas. Off-Broadway credits include Leave It To Jane (director), and Gifts of the Magi, Anything Cole, and The Road To Hollywood (choreographer). Regional Theatre directing credits include a wide variety of musicals and plays including The Voice of The Prairie, Moonshadow, Golf With Alan Shepard, Puttin’ On The Ritz and Sisters of Swing (Florida Stage), Ragtime and Jekyll & Hyde (Gateway Playhouse, NY), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Godspell (TheatreFest, NJ), Nine and Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (Candlewood Playhouse, CT), Les Liaisons Dangereuses and A Little Night Music (PBDramaworks, FL). As a freelance writer, Lynnette is currently in development on the original musical, SWING SISTERS (2014 Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat w/composer, Tony DeSare) and is co-writer of Beguiled Again, (w/J Barry Lewis). As director, she has worked on the development of several highly acclaimed original shows including Mr. Abbott: A Broadway Legacy, Dancin’ With The One I Love and Prince of The Dark. Lynnette was co-founder and director of the New York Production Company, Barkley-Kalpak Agency, where she directed and wrote scripts for innumerable original business theatre shows and videos. Lynnette is a proud, long-standing member of SDC (Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers) & NAMT (National Alliance of Musical Theatre).



BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS

received its World Premiere Production at Florida Stage

LOUIS TYRRELL, Producing Director
NANCY BARNETT, Managing Director

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