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MARK YORK (Producer/Director/Composer/Lyricist/Librettist) Executive Producer/President and Co-Founder of The Ziegfeld Society and Mark York Productions. He is Jim Dale's personal pianist and together with Richard Maltby, Jr. and Aaron Gandy, they will be opening Just Jim Dale, Mr. Dale's One Man Show about his upbringing in the British Music Halls, on London's West End at the Vaudeville Theatre from May - June 2015. They completed a limited engagement at Roundabout Theatre Company this past June - August 2014 to rave reviews. Mark has been Music Coordinator for Jerry Herman since 1992 and is the Arranger, Pianist and Musical Director for I've Got A Little Twist, the new hit revue featuring stars of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players still playing all across the US.
Mark was Cy Coleman's Music Assistant and after his passing was the Musical Director for The Cy Coleman Estate. He was the Arranger/Pianist for the Broadway bound Busker Alley which started as a Benefit Gala Concert for The York Theatre starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close, and directed by Tony Walton. Also with Mr. Walton, he has arranged and musically directed Conversation Piece and The Happy Hypocrite (World Premier), both featuring songs by Noel Coward. Mark musically directed the George White Scandals Benefit Concert for The Bandwagon Theatre Co. starring Julie Wilson, Helen Gallagher, Penny Fuller, Joel Higgins, Jane Summerhays, Sarah Rice, Meg Bussert and Martin Vidnovic and produced/directed Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic of 2007 , Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic of 2008 starring Helen Gallagher, Jane Summerhays and Anita Gillette for The Ziegfeld Club. As the Musical Representative for The Cy Coleman Estate, he worked on the recent revival of Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate.
As founder of York Productions in Oklahoma City, a children's musical theatre production company, Mark produced five editions of York's Broadway Jubilee (a Ziegfeld Follies style revue featuring a cast of 60 kids) and over 40 productions of full musicals & revues with children. He is currently working with Gail and Buddy Crutchfield as their dance arranger for Shuffles Tap. Composer/Lyricist of over 20 musicals, the World Premier of his newest musical, Galveston! opened for a sold out run in July 2003 in Galveston, Texas at The Strand Theatre and again at the Hobby Center in downtown Houston Sept 2011.
LUCY KERMAN - Vice President and Co-Founder of The Ziegfeld Society. Music and dance have always held a prominent place in Lucy's life. She fills her days taking all sorts of dance classes. She also loves to teach. At present, she is co-teaching a salsa class in Harlem, and teaching her grandchildren piano. One of her grandchildren occasionally joins her at her regular tap class, as well. During the 80s, Lucy promoted and produced social dance events in New York. Through the 90s, she managed a Latin Night Club, which featured live bands and weekly dance shows. Lucy brings a wealth of show business experience to The Ziegfeld Society. Currently she's planning events with the object of inspiring and teaching social dance to young children and teenagers. Lucy joined The Ziegfeld Society at the request of Mark York (Executive Producer), knowing that it would be an exciting adventure in exploring the magic and splendor of musical theater through its history.
WALTER WILLISON - Board of Directors - PR Director -garnered a Tony Award nomination and Theatre World Award for Richard Rodgers & Martin Charnin's TWO BY TWO. He also starred on Broadway in GRAND HOTEL, PIPPIN, NORMAN, IS THAT YOU?; WILD AND WONDERFUL, A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Madison Square Garden]; Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Schwartz's MASS [The Kennedy Center]; ANYONE CAN WHISTLE [Carnegie Hall], and in the title role of KEAN [York Theatre]. Films include: Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women, Harry and Walter Go To New York, Fantasies [lyrics and vocals]. On TV he starred in the NBC TV series McDuff, The Talking Dog, Days Of Our Lives, Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy on PBS’ The Great Novelists . He has written and directed plays and musicals from San Diego's Old Globe to Off-Broadway, and Special Events including the 2005 & 2006 Theatre World Awards at Studio 54, for which he also wrote special material for Liza Minnelli. He has sung on and/or produced 29 CDs. In 2013 he co-produced/wrote/directed and appeared with original casts alumni from GRESE, NINE and GRAND HOTEL in KATHI MOSS' RAMA-LAMA-DING DONG REUNION! for The Actors Fund, appeared in the Workshop of Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan & Peter Sipos' ROBIN HOOD: The Final Adventure, EASTER MYSTERIES [Off-Broadway, 2013 & 2014], Mr. Willison directed Steve Ross & Karen Oberlin in CHEEK TO CHEEK: The Music of Astaire & Rogers, which played to sold out house at 54 Below, at The Crazy Coqs, and will tour the Midwest in 2015. He has appeared in The Ziegfeld Society’s productions of THE DOLLY SISTERS, ERTE, and in October 2014 he premiered his work-in-progress solo show JOLSON, MY DAD & ME, with musical direction and arrangements by Mark York. He is currently producing, writing and directing 54 BELOW SINGS GRAND HOTEL, starring fellow original cast members, at 54 Below on May 23, 2015, and he can be seen with a cast of Broadway Legends in Rick McKay's new film Broadway: Beyond The Golden Age to be released later this year.
CAROL DUNCAN - Ambassadress Abroad for The Ziegfeld Society, holds a BS degree in Music Education, and 30 years experience as a private piano & voice teacher, choral director, and accompanist. She has performed in local and regional productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Mame, The King and I, and The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. Carol has also sung with the Florida Symphony Chorus and the Brandywine Singers of suburban Philadelphia. She brings Board experience having formerly served on the Boards Brandywine Singers and the Kardon Music Institute of Philadelphia. Carol served on the Board of the St. Cecilia Chorus of Manhattan which holds two Carnegie Hall concerts annually and was Choir Director of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Rye, NY. Carol is very excited about serving on the Board of The Ziegfeld Society, and is committed to helping to revive the music of the Golden Age of Broadway.
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Editorial Staff & Contributing Writers
MARK YORK - Senior Editor
MARK LORD - Co-Editor-Contributing Writer, was born in Brooklyn and raised in Puerto Rico, where his love of theater was ignited when he saw a performance of The King and I at the historic Tapia Theatre. Returning to New York, Mark attended Queens College, where he was Arts Editor of The Phoenix newspaper for two years. He began his 29-year career as a high school English teacher at August Martin H.S. in Jamaica, Queens, where he and his students won many awards for performances he directed, including three consecutive state titles in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Arts & Sciences competition. While at the school, he served as faculty adviser to the school newspaper, a role he continued when he transferred to Robert F. Kennedy H.S., where he remained for the rest of his teaching career. Today, he satisfies his love of journalism as a frequent contributor to The Queens Chronicle. He is also a director and performer in regional and community theater throughout Queens and Long Island. He is currently writing an original musical, Let's Hear It For Queens, a tribute to the borough, which will debut in May of 2013. He is pleased to be associated with The Ziegfeld Society as Stage Manager for many of the full productions.
JAMIE BROTHERTON - Contributing Writer, is an author, journalist and film historian who holds a degree in Audio/Video Production. Her featured articles and interviews have appeared in such media-themed publications as CityBeat, Classic Images, Comics Buyers Guide, Downtowner, Filmfax, Natural Awakenings, Scary Monsters, and The Big Reel. She takes great pride that she has been a staff writer for The Ziegfeld Times since its inception. She was former writer and board member of the Cincinnati International Film Festival (2000-2005) as well as hostess and lead assistant for the president of events. Her work in the fine arts has ranged from projects with the late legendary conductor Erich Kunzel of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra to the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She has worked on several independent features and commercials, multitasking in various roles of production from script supervisor, production assistant, etc. Jamie is a Jill of all trades. Her first book, Dorothy Lee, The Life and Films of the Wheeler and Woolsey Girl will be released