EJ REYES – MUSIC/LYRICS
This show seems tailor-made for the skills and experience of EJ (Eddie) Reyes. Originally on a path to become an electrical engineer, his life took another route and he decided to study music instead. He subsequently fell in love with musical theatre. His early work was praised and encouraged by the great Stephen Sondheim, and he went on to author many pieces in the genre.
His original theatre work includes musical adaptations of the Oscar Wilde classic THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY ( http://doriangraythemusical.org ), THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO (optioned for Broadway), ESPERANZA (an original), songs for musical adaptations of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, and THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY as well as many individual songs and special material for cabaret artists.
Having called New York City his home for many years, Reyes has been musical director for many performing artists, among them the internationally acclaimed and Obie Award winning Actress/Comedienne/Satirist Maggie Soboil.
In the film/TV scoring realm, Reyes contributed music for a few of legendary writer David Milch’s HBO projects, DEADWOOD and JOHN FROM CINCINATTI. Also showcasing his work is the recent feature film THE PAINTING. In the very early days of his musical pursuits in NYC he composed most of the musical underscore for the Academy Award nominated film BLUE VELVET in which his orchestral and jazz writing is featured. Other film work includes the scores to MISSING YOU, MYRON’S MOVIE, THE CHAIR, SHELL SHOCK, and THE FIRES WITHIN (for Showtime). His music is heard as the television logo for PBS “Great Performances”, as well as the IMAX film logo for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.
Reyes is a seasoned performer on guitar and piano, and also specializes in flamenco guitar. He composed and produced the world jazz CD, LOST WORLD, utilizing percussion instruments used in sacred ceremonies, with a compositional sensibility derived from jazz and classical worlds along with a healthy dose of Flamenco inspiration. LOST WORLD is a world beat blend of Afro-Caribbean-Flamenco, a jazz cultivated in the streets of New York, Miami and Los Angeles, with textures drawn from the Middle East, the Balkans, India, and the Celtic highlands.
Reyes is a versatile composer, orchestrator, guitarist and pianist who has worked on numerous commercials and trailers. One assignment had him composing, orchestrating, and conducting a 65 piece orchestra for THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD, while at the same time another had him laying down grunge and acoustic guitar textures and soaring electric leads for the kung fu movie, CHINA WHITE, starring Coolio. He recently won a Telly Award for his music on BLUE PLANET RUN. He also won a CLIO AWARD for the Coca-Cola spot “CONTRAPTION”.
SPENCER TANDY – BOOK
Spencer has mounted theatrical productions in New York, London, and Paris for almost forty years. Among his musical credits are productions of “Bubbling Brown Sugar” in London and Paris, “Peter Pan” on Broadway, the “Peter Pan” National Tour, “The Club” in London, “The Heebie Jeebies” Off-Broadway, “Trixie True, Teen Detective” Off-Broadway and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” in London.
Spencer’s other stage credits include the London premiere of David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre” and Frank South’s “Rattlesnake in a Cooler” and “Precious Blood” Off-Broadway, both directed by Robert Altman to great acclaim.
Among his TV and feature films, Spencer’s favorite is “The Robber Bridegroom”, the Eudora Welty musical he produced for Showtime.