Theater

NEWS:

– (2018) A production of Little Tramp, a musical about Charlie Chaplin with a co-book by Steven, is slated for a Fall opening in London.

-(2017) A new musical adapted from his short story of the same name, Snowflake, has been authored.  (Book, music and lyrics by Steven.)  The demo is being recorded.

-(2017) Steven started presenting a series of short talks on creative writing, starting with how to write lyrics.  Take a look at the first brief talk!

-(2017) Steven completed fully orchestrating and mixing the demo of the score for his musical, The Wheel Turns.

– (2016) Steven, with the help of many experienced and talented actors and recording experts, just fully recorded his new Xmas/Hanukkah family musical, Oy! Humbug!, adapted from five of his short stories.  A “radio musical”, or a “musical for the ear”.  It is available NOW, along with many other works of Steven’s.  Take a look!   He is the author of the piece, and serves as co-producer, director, performer, musical director, orchestrator and arranger as well.  The fully recorded (audio) work resembles a radio style “musical for the ear”, and it features Steven, as well as Kurt Andrew Hansen (Broadway, Mama Mia, Miss Saigon, more), who is also co-producing.  Other performers in the original musical include professionals with long resumes such as Gary Lamb, Donna Pieroni and Kelly Meyersfield.

– (2014) Steve released a MASSIVE educational site for producers, directors, and other Musical Theater talent.  It discusses in great detail over 100 musicals – how to get the most out of them today, and provides a special search function to help you locate the best musical for your needs.  It’s called The Right Musical.  (No longer available as of 2017.)

– (2012) Steven’s musical version of A TALE OF TWO CITIES completed a run at the Charing Cross Theatre in London, on May 12, 2012.  With lyrics by Steven, music by multi-platinum award winning composer David Pomeranz, and a book by Steven and David Soames (author of the West End hit Time, and the upcoming Blockbuster), the production was directed and produced by Paul Nicholas, the original Jesus in Jesus Christ, Superstar, and the original Mephistopheles in Cats, both on the West End.  Featuring a terrific cast, playing to standing ovations and some very fine reviews, including this one from the current head of Dickens’ family:

April 19, 2012

“Thank you so much for inviting me and my close family to the wonderful production of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ last night and afterwards to meet many of the actors and the production team.  It was a rousing performance which captured the key elements of the book with a great balance of pathos, terror, humour, intrigue and honour and I was swept along brilliantly.  Condensing the classic novel into such a musical without diminishing the plot was a master stroke and I am sure my great great grandfather would have thoroughly approved of it and I hope the critics do too!

Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to all those involved and I wish you every success in the future.”

With very best wishes,

Mark Charles Dickens
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Reviews for A Tale of Two Cities

“5 Stars!! Dickens’ classic tale of love and sacrifice is brought to life in this stunning new Musical.”Theatre Reviews London

“A Tale Of Two Cities at the Charing Cross Theatre is a fast-moving, engaging Musical that draws you in from the very first note”–  Remotegoat.com

“Heartfelt and tender….It was the best of times”–  A Younger Theatre

”Michael Howe, as Sydney Carton, is charismatic, Jemma Alexander, as the deranged Madame Defarge, is fantastic in her musical numbers and Jennifer Hepburn is beautiful and engaging as Lucie”. – Broadway World.com

“The book by David Soames and Steven David Horwich and music by David Pomeranz have been well-crafted and the music compliments the action and the emotional undercurrents of the story beautifully. The power of the music came through…genuinely moving…a real treat!”  –  Rageoffstage.com

“5 Stars!! Of all Dickens stories this is the most appealing and told with unusual clarity and humanity. Michael Howe dominates with his humour and stage presence and his final sacrifice is almost too much to bear. The songs are tuneful and completely appropriate to the plot – especially the heartrending ‘105 North Tower’ and ‘Cry. –   Ham and High

Reviews from the 1998 British production of A Tale of Two Cities

“Musical-lovers dismayed by the reaction to Whistle Down The Wind may find solace in Windsor, where a melodic take on Dickens’ Eurostar classic IS GOING DOWN A STORM”The Independent, Dominic Cavendish

“The hit show Les Miserables pioneered a new genre, the literary musical.  But Monday saw the official world premiere at Windsor’s Theatre Royal of a new production that matches it for drama, spectacle and music.  If audience reaction was anything to go by on the opening night, A TALE OF TWO CITIES is a hit.  The shows writers Stven Horwich and David Soames have managed to skillfully balance the romance with scenes of murder and carnage…Lyricist Horwich and composer David Pomeranz have cleverly given Madame Defarge a marvelous show-stopping song that chills the spine…It is typical of their skill that even the delightfully spinsterish Miss Pross and her unwilling beau, Jarvis Lorry, get a comedy song that hits the spot,  I can’t think of a better summer treat.” Francis Batt (Windsor local paper)

“Not knowing their entire repertoire, I can’t say that A TALE OF TWO CITIES is a far, far better thing than its creators have ever done – but it must be pretty damned near it.  Certainly it promises its audiences the best of times…The entire company may be singing their hearts out but if singing and acting in a musical could ever be made easier, this is the production to be in…”The Observer, Claire Underwood

“I have a suspicion that by the time A TALE OF TWO CITIES has been sharpened and polished, it could do for Charles Dickens what Les Miz did for Victor Hugo.  The score is similarly stirring.  TWO CITIES is a great story, I soon stopped making comparisons…If it becomes a West End hit, remember, you read it here first.” News Of The World, Bill Haggerty

“When you think of Charles Dickens novel, you might not immediately believe that it could make a fantastic musical.  But it does.  It has everything a musical should have – and more.  It works quite brilliantly.  With lyrics by Steven Horwich and music by Dabid Pomeranz, you have a musical that is rousing and entertaining, with real bite.  The songs are theatrical and uplifting.  The momentum was kept up throughout.  Windsor may be the first theater this production of TWO CITIES plays at, but it won’t be the last. ”– Lindl Bilgorri (Local Windsor newspaper)

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BIO:

For over 40 years, Steven has worked in the theater.  His theatrical (legit) experience includes a vast amount of writing, directing, musical direction, choreographing and performing.

Steven started his theatrical work as a performer, appearing as a lead in his first professional productions, Animal Farm (Napoleon)  and A Thousand Clowns (Nick), at age 11.  From then, until now, he has appeared as a lead in over 100 theatrical productions.  Some of his most significant roles were in productions of:

-The Fantasticks (Matt, Mortimer)
-Stop The World – I Want To Get Off (Littlechap, opposite Stephanie Kramer)
-I Do! I Do! (Him)
-Waiting For Godot (Vladamier)
-The Man Who Came To Dinner (Banjo)
-The Zoo Story (Jerry)
-Star Spangled Girl (Norman)
-Harvey (Elwood)
-A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Hero)
-Godspell (John/Judas)
-Krapp’s Last Tape (Krapp)
-Feiffer’s People (Bernard)
-Little Tramp (various roles, various versions)
-The Depression Gaieties (Charlie)
-Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris (various)
-That’s Scrooge (The Ghosts)
-Bells Are Ringing (Sandor)
-The Warrior’s Husband (Sapiens)
-Guys And Dolls (Nicely-Nicely)
-Once Upon A Mattress (Jester)
-You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown, Linus)
-An Evening With Kurt Weill (various)
Twelfth Night (Malvolio)
-Little Tramp (many roles, numerous productions)
-Shadows (The Playwright, Mark Taper Forum)

While in High School (Chatsworth High), he won numerous acting awards, including state-wide competitions for High School-aged actors in Contemporary Comic Monologue, Group Improvisation, and Shakespearean Scenes (which he also directed).  It was at that time that he started teaching acting workshops (in 1973).  At this same time, as a member of the student board of the Los Angeles Art Museum (LACMA), he created a theatrical competition for High School students (in the Bing Theater), then wrote and staged and played the lead in a piece based on the poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and won the competition (vs. dozens of entries).

Frustrated with the quality of direction he often received, Steven rapidly had moved into directing.  By the time he’d arrived in his mid-teens, this became the main interest of his career (at that time).  To date, he has directed well over 200 stage productions.  This led organically to his focusing on writing his own projects.  To this end, he has authored over 40 musicals, 10 straight (non-musical) plays, many one-act plays, 20 screenplays, dozens of short stories, several novels and other projects.  These include My Littlest Revue, which he authored, directed, choreographed, musical directed and played the lead in, at age 17.  The piece, a short musical, was entered into a competition for original works by High School students, won first place, was taped and aired on KLCS, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s TV station, where it received a great deal of industry attention, and a student special Emmy Award.  (Steven co-authored and directed another piece the next year, and was again nominated for the same award.)  He followed that effort with his play, Shadows, which he authored, directed, played the lead in and co-produced at the Mark Taper Forum, in 1977.

In love with musicals from an early age,  Steven taught himself to read music, play piano, compose and orchestrate during his teen years.  Since then, he has authored well over 1,000 songs (music and lyrics), and hundreds 0f orchestrations and arrangements. Some of his musicals that have seen productions are:

-The Depression Gaieties (Book, Music, Lyrics, Direction, Choreography, winner of five Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards in 1983)
-That’s Scrooge (Book, Music, Lyrics, Direction, Choreography, numerous productions in Los Angeles, Florida, other)
-The Kingdom That Was (Book, Music, Lyrics, Choreography, Musical Direction, professional production in Los Angeles)
Spoon River (an adaptation of Master’s Spoon River Anthology, Book, Music, Lyrics, Direction, Musical Direction, Choreography)
-Little Tramp (Co-Book, Director, score by David Pomeranz, professionally produced in many venues in England and throughout the United States)
A Tale Of Two Cities (Lyrics (with music by David Pomeranz), Co-Book (with David Soames, author of Time), produced as a “Class A” Professional production in 1998, in Birmingham and Windsor, England, starring Paul Nicholas.  Produced again under Mr. Nicholas’ direction in 2008 and in 2012.)

While teaching at a private school in Los Angeles, Lewis Carroll Academy of the Arts, he authored and directed several successful musicals for the students there, with the intent of providing them material that was truly pro and stage-worthy.  These included WeirdoI’ve Died And Gone To Acting School Heaven, and All Of The People, All Of The Time(One of the leads of that show was Ashley Fink, who studied under Steven for years and who became a regular on Glee.)

To date, Steven has served as producer for over 50 productions for stage, directed well over 200 theater productions, choreographed over 100 musical productions (well over 1,000 numbers), musical directed at least 50 productions, orchestrated around 10 productions, and has created musical arrangements for another 25 musicals at least.  He has also served as accompanist for well over 70 productions, on piano and keyboards, including such musicals as Camelot, The Fantasticks, and many of the shows listed above,  and even played once for the Los Angeles Circus!  (A high point!  Fun!  Scary!)

Some of his directorial and writing work was charity work, to raise money for children in need.  In this capacity, he wrote for and/or  directed and worked with such talent as John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Isaac Hayes, Charles Durning, Juliette Lewis, Karen Black, Anne Archer, Nancy Cartwright, Donna Theodore, Judy Norton Taylor,  famed screenwriter Ernest Lehman (North by Northwest, West Side Story, Sound of Music, Sabrina), writer Alex Haley (Roots), and many others.

For more about Steven as a writer of Screenplays, television projects, short stories and novels, go to the Screenplays page, found in the menu to the side.

For more information on any of Steven’s plays or musicals, or to contact him regarding directing a project, please contact him at cttauthor at aol dot com.  Industry professionals only will be responded to in this regard.

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