Chana Wise - book/lyrics
is a playwright and lyricist born and raised in Southern California. She has written both book and lyrics for Mary Marie (Richard Rodgers award finalist (2015), (NAMT Festival, 2014), Tinseltown Christmas, which received its academic premier at the University of California, Irvine, in December, 2012; The Coffee Quintet - a short musical film, and is currently developing Bagels! the musical, all with music by Carl Johnson. Chana also wrote lyrics for The Max Factor Factor, (music - Joe Blodgett, book - Adrian Bewley) produced by NMI at the NoHo Arts Center in August, 2014, Earthbound, (book by Adam Hahn, music by Jonathan Price) and The Island, (book and music by Jonathan Price), both were produced by SkyPilot Theatre and premiered at T.U. Studios in Hollywood, June 2012 and July 2013, respectively, and for Cardinal Sins, which opened at Centerstage Theatre in Washington, May, 2017.
Carl Johnson - music
is an Emmy Award-winning film and television composer living and working in Southern California. In addition to composing for Musical Theatre, (Mary Marie, Tinseltown Christmas, The Coffee Quintet, Bagels), he has written and orchestrated numerous pieces of music for feature films, television, and stage. Carl has recorded his music with symphonies around the world, conducting in London, Canada, Japan, Los Angeles, and Bulgaria.
Carl grew up in suburban Kansas, enjoying a thoroughly all-American childhood. He entered the University of Kansas intending to study medicine and be a physician like his father, but after two years changed his course of study to music. After graduating with
honors from the University of Kansas, he was accepted into the USC film-scoring program and after completing his studies there began writing music professionally. As a freelance Hollywood composer, he has written music for numerous feature films, including Disney's Piglet's Big Movie, Hunchback of Notre Dame II, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and Winnie the Pooh's Grand Adventure. Carl has also composed over 48 hours of music for numerous television projects, including Animaniacs and Batman: the Animated Series for Warner Brothers, Gargoyles and The Mighty Ducks for Disney, and Invasion America and Toonsylvania for DreamWorks SKG. Among his accolades are Emmy Awards for his musical scores for Invasion America and Aladdin: the Series, as well as three other Emmy Award nominations.