LORY LAZARUS (Book, Music and Lyrics) received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin where he was an actor in plays (including a play chosen as one of the ten best college productions in the country, performed in Washington, D.C. as part of the American College Theatre Festival) and where he also had five of his plays produced. After a stint as a songwriter and singer for Spike Jones Jr.’s touring band, Lory moved to New York where he did commercials and voiceovers; performed as Groucho at parties and special events; as a stand-up comic and as a solo acoustic act; in a duo (Buckwheat & Lazoo); a cabaret act (The New Jew Revue) and was the leader of a “mock ‘n roll” comedy band (LaZOO). While with LaZOO he was an opening act for Henny Youngman, was a featured performer on Nickelodeon’s Livewire and was leader of the house band on LifeTime Network’s Hot Properties, for which he also wrote the show’s theme song. He wrote the first ever original song created for Barney the Dinosaur – Friends Are Forever (sung by Sandy Duncan) then co-wrote 23 other songs for Barney and Friends on PBS with his good friend, Stephen Bates. (Don’t tell Barney, but Lory and Stephen also contributed an original song to the Chicago production of Naked Boys Singing!). He’s a former staff writer for Cartoon Network’s Courage, the Cowardly Dog; contributed stories to Weird Years (YTV – Canada) and is the head writer/creator of The Bikey Tegron Show and Bodyman, two animated shows in development. As the in-house songwriter for New York’s Children’s Theatre Company, Lory has turned five stories by Dr. Seuss into mini-musicals, and his song One World, available on a CD with the same title through Live Unity, has been performed three times by the CTC kids at the United Nations, including an event honoring Nelson Mandela. Besides Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, he is the author of ten other plays and musicals and numerous comedy sketches. He’s a member of the Dramatists Guild, AFTRA, and is a writer and publisher member of ASCAP.


DON STEPHENSON (Director) directed A Comedy of Tenors at Paper Mill Playhouse; Titanic at Lincoln Center; Of Mice and Manhattan at the Kennedy Center; The Other Place at the Alley; The Producers, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Lend Me a Tenor at Paper Mill Playhouse; Guys and Dolls and The Roar of the Greasepaint… at Goodspeed; Lend Me a Tenor at Bay Street (Broadway World nomination, best director); The Cottage at Theatre Aspen; Noises Off at Pittsburgh Public Theater; Titanic at the Muny; Deathtrap and The 39 Steps at Flat Rock Playhouse; Titanic at the Hangar Theatre (Broadway World nomination, best director); Sister Act at Marriott Theatre; and I’ll Eat You Last at TheaterWorks (Hartford). He directed Oleanna, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Doctors and Diseases at the Barter Theatre. Other directing credits include A Charles Dickens Christmas (Urban Stages), Buck Simple (Garrick Gaieties), When Pigs Fly (Kaufman Theatre), Golden Voices (Symphony Space), and Old Flames (Theatre-Studio Inc.). Don directed The Desperate Hours and Through All Kinds of Weather at the Clarence Brown Theatre and Sleeping Beauty at American Stage Festival. As an actor, Don has numerous leading credits on Broadway, and he played John Adams in 1776 at Paper Mill.


MELISSA ZAREMBA (Choreographer) most recently Directed and Choreographed “Smokey Joe’s Café” in Atlanta. Her choreographic credits include: “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Sister Act” and “La Cage Aux Folles” for Marriott Theatre (Chicago), “All Shook Up,” and “Addams Family” for Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (Colorado), “Mary Poppins” for Abilene Christian University, “Funny Thing Happened….” for Northwestern University, among others.  Melissa was Assistant Director of “Showboat” with The Dallas Opera last Spring. As a performer she was a Radio City Rockette for 8 years, toured the country as Lorraine Flemming on the 1st National Tour of “42nd Street” and performed as a Principal Dancer with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and National Opera in Washington, DC.  She has performed and Dance Captained dozens of shows regionally with Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane and Ravinia (Chicago), the MUNY (St Louis), Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma as well as performed on Dancing With the Stars, and aboard Holland America Cruise Lines.  She holds a BPA in Dance from Oklahoma City University, and is currently obtaining an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University.  Proud member of SDC and AEA.

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BENJAMIN RAUHALA (Music Director) worked on the music team for both Bartlett Sher's Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof and the Broadway production of Duncan Sheik's American Psycho last season. Most recently, he worked on David Byrne and Alex Timbers' collaboration Joan of Arc: Into The Fire at The Public Theater. He also currently serves as music supervisor for the Off-Broadway revival of The Marvelous Wonderettes. He is best known for his work touring the country with Jeremy Jordan, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway's Newsies and The CW's Supergirl, and as co-creator of The Broadway Princess Party concert series with Tony-nominee Laura Osnes. He previously served as music director for Hit List, the meta-musical from the NBC television show SMASH and is an Original Programming Producer at Feinstein's/54 Below, where he has created dozens of sold-out concerts including 'Broadway Loves' Series, that has famously honored Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion and many more beloved pop icons.