Perfect Harmony was written by Andrew Grosso and developed with a group of actors who became known as The Essentials.
Andrew Grosso (Author) wrote and directed Perfect Harmony (Acorn Theatre, Stoneham Theatre (MA), Clurman Theatre, FringeNYC, FringeEncores, and NYU Grad Acting’s Studio Tisch). Credits include: Mother with Holland Taylor and Buck Henry (The Wild Project), Wrong Way Up! with the rock band, The Niagaras (The Belt Theatre), the NY Premier of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying (The Ohio Theater, Chashama) which he adapted for the stage, Taming of the Shrew (Roundtable Ensemble), and Waiting for Godot (FringeNYC/East River Amphitheater). Work with new writers includes plays by Roberto-Aguirre Sacasa, David Weiner, Jason Grote and 20 plays for for Ensemble Studio Theater’s Obie Award Winning Youngbloods. He has taught or guest directed for the NYU Dramatic Writing Program, Fordham University, the 52nd Street Project, The Dalton School, and The Shakespeare Theater. He has produced over 40 Off or Off-Off Broadway shows and was the Artistic Producer of The Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab residency at HERE. An alum of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and Duke University, he was a recipient of the SDC Traube Fellowship, and is a member of SDC and The Dramatist Guild. Most importantly, thanks to Perfect Harmony he was made an honorary member of the Beachside Express, his high school a cappella group.
The Essentials for Perfect Harmony were David Barlow, Jeffrey Binder, Drew Cortese, Meg DeFoe, Autumn Dornfeld, Alec Duffy, Cameron Folmar, Santino Fontana, Jordan Gelber, Scott Janes, Nicole Lowrance, Vayu O’Donnell, Thomas Piper, Maria Elena Ramirez, Jeanine Serralles, Marina Squerciati, Margie Stokley, Noah Weisberg, Margot White, Blake Whyte, and Marshall York.
As individuals, the actors in the Essentials have at last count, been featured in over 31 Broadway shows, numerous Off Broadway, Film and TV shows, have garnered Obie Awards, Audience Choice Awards, Tony nominations and seven Drama Desk nominations. More impressively, they are generally all on good speaking terms and two of them are now married to each other.
Adam Wachter (Vocal Arrangements) is a composer, music director, arranger, and orchestrator based in New York City. New York credits include: The Addams Family, Peter Pan, Yank!, Carrie, Old Jews Telling Jokes, Perfect Harmony, Silence!, and In Transit, as well as concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, the Minskoff Theater, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Le Poisson Rouge, Feinstein’s, and the Hammerstein Ballroom. Regional credits include work at Barrington Stage Company, Northern Stage, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre-by-the-Sea, Sea World, The O’Neill, Weston Playhouse, and the Diversionary Theater. Other work includes “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” on PBS, opening numbers for the Writers’ Guild Awards (East) and the Streamy Awards (L.A.), and web series “Submissions Only” and “The Battery’s Down.” BTA University of Michigan. Visit www.adamwachter.com for more info.
Ray Bailey (Additional Arrangements) never wanted to be anything other than a rock & roll singer. Ironically, he spends most of his time working in other genres, entertaining four Presidents (three American and one Russian) in the process. Ray holds an undergraduate degree from Yale, where he majored in theatre, with a focus on directing. Some years later, he spent a year on staff at Yale’s prestigious School of Drama as an accompanist, vocal coach, and musical director. In demand as a voice coach and accompanist, he works regularly with a number of performers on and off Broadway.
Jeremy Gussin (Additional Arrangements) is a music educator, composer, and arranger whose arrangement of Love the Way You Lie (Sam Tsui Mashup) helped earn the Acabelles first place in the Youth Division of the Voice Festival UK. Jeremy is a music graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in choral education with a double emphasis in voice and piano, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in voice at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
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