Enter the world of Oscar, Tony and Grammy Award winners Kander and Ebb's impeccably woven, high voltage AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND... a stunning revue of two of Broadway and motion picture's most prolific songwriters with direction by Los Angeles multiple theatre award winner Gary Lee Reed and musical direction by the acclaimed Joshua Kranz. This true-to-the-original Broadway production will be presented February 2 through March 10, 2013 by Be Wild About Music in association with Kevin Bailey and the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA. Racquel Lehrman of Theatre Planners serves as Producer. An all-star cast will be announced January 2, 2013.
Featuring such unforgettable treasures as "Cabaret," "Maybe this Time," "All That Jazz," "New York, New York" and many others... from Kander & Ebb's extraordinary career, AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND is filled with humor, romance and drama embraced by a string of nonstop melodies and insightful lyrics which celebrate life with an indefatigable fighting spirit.
AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND had its world premiere March 18 at Manhattan's off-Broadway Westside Theatre where it played for 408 performances. It received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (Robert Cuccioli). Additional honors included Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Musical Revue, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Karen Ziemba), and Outstanding Director of a Musical (Scott Ellis). The production also launched the careers and longtime collaboration of Ellis and the show's choreographer Susan Stroman.
John Kander (Music) and Fred Ebb (Lyrics). The John Kander and Fred Ebb collaboration of four decades created what many would consider Broadway standards and contemporary classics: Flora, the Red Menace; Cabaret (Tony Award); The Happy Time; Zorba; 70, Girls, 70; Chicago; The Act; Woman of the Year (Tony Award, Best Score); The Rink; Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award, Best Score); and Steel Pier. Their collaboration also transferred itself to movies and television as they wrote original material for the Academy Awards; "Liza With a Z" (Emmy Award); HBO's "Liza Minnelli's Stepping Out" (Emmy Award); Funny Lady (Oscar nomination for "How Lucky Can You Get"); Lucky Lady; New York, New York; Stepping Out; and Chicago (Oscar nomination for Best Song). In the mid '80s the song "New York, New York" became the official anthem of New York City. At the time of the unfortunate death of Mr. Ebb, Kander and Ebb had several projects in different stages of completion waiting in the wings: The Visit, All About Us, Curtains and Minstrel Show.
GARY LEE REED (Director) - most recently directed HahNah at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. For the 50th year anniversary of the novel Gary directed To Kill A Mockingbird (Critic's Pick) for Actors Co-op. His critically acclaimed Hollywood production of Godspell garnered 22 different nominations and awards including Critic's Choice in the LA Times, Pick of the week in the LA Weekly and Critic's Pick in the Daily Variety. Other directing credits include My Way: A Musical Tribute To Frank Sinatra, Bonnie & Clyde - the two fisted six gun musical (Innovation Theatre Works) The Most Happy Fella, (LA Weekly best musical nominee) 1776, Jerry's Girls, The Woman In Black, Sentimental Journey and the world premieres Lights, Dancing With The Bad Man(ARC theatre company) and Soldiers Song. His production of Falling Lightly by D. Bennett Nelson won first place at the Annual Jerome Lawrence One Act Play Festival in Los Angeles. He has also directed a national tour show of the Comedy Improv Duo Theatre Off The Cuff . As director and actor Gary has had the honor of working with talent such as Sir Ian McKellan and The National Theatre of London, Alfred Molina, Alan Young, Barry Williams and John Schuck and his wife Bonnie Bailey Reed who was a series regular on ABC family's State of Grace. He is an Emmy Award winning Art Director for a cable show called Pioneer Women. He has also written a book of theatre games that was published by Lillenas Publishing oddly enough called The Little Book of Theatre Games.