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Greta Garbo

 G A R B O ...the Musical

Book and Lyrics by Buddy Kaye
Music by Mort Garson

Directed by Jules Aaron

Produced by
Richard D. Kaye & Chandler Warren

December 15 and 16, 2003

Los Angeles, California

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The Cast

Jessica Burrows as GRETA GARBO
Brad Blaisdell as LOUIS B. MAYER
Douglas Ladnier as JOHN GILBERT
Daniel Gibson as EDDIE
Peggy Billo as IDA and INGA
Noelle Richardson as SIGNE and MERCEDES


Jessica Burrows - GRETA GARBO, in "GARBO ...the Musical" Guerin Barry - MAURITZ STILLER in "GARBO ...the Musical" Brad Blaisdell -  LOUIS B. MAYER in "GARBO ...the Musical" Douglas Ladnier - JOHN GILBERT in "Garbo ...the Musical" Daniel Gibson - EDDIE in "GARBO ...the Musical" Peggy Billo - IDA and INGA in "GARBO ...the Musical" Noelle Richardson -  SIGNE and MERCEDES in "GARBO ...the Musical" Paul Avedisian -  NICK, MINISTER ANDREWS and CLARENCE BROWN in "GARBO ...the Musical"


Musical Director: Thomas Griep   Choreographer: Kay Cole   Casting: Michael Donovan


Greta Garbo and John Gilbert


Bio's / Creative Team

Buddy Kaye (1918-2002)

As his final work Buddy Kaye completed the book and lyrics to his original stage play
"GARBO …the Musical"

Buddy was a well known songwriter / lyricist and author whose career spanned six decades. As a lyricist he had more than 400 published songs. As an author his works were published by Simon & Schuster, Bantam Books, St. Martins Press and Candlewick Press.

With record sales exceeding 70 million (and sheet music sales of 20 million) some of Buddy Kaye's most popular songs were: "Till The End Of Time" (Perry Como), "Full Moon and Empty Arms" (Frank Sinatra), " A-You're Adorable" (Perry Como), "I'll Close My Eyes" (Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington), "Quiet Nights" (Tony Bennett),  "Speedy Gonzales" (Pat Boone), "The Old Songs" (Barry Manilow), "The Next Time" (Cliff Richard), and "In The Middle Of Nowhere" (Dusty Springfield). Buddy was also the co-writer of the "I Dream Of Jeannie" television theme (with a network-syndication run since 1966).

Buddy produced and directed the Grammy Award Winning "Best Children's Recording" THE LITTLE PRINCE narrated by Richard Burton.

Buddy was a Golden Circle member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (and served on the Board of Directors), he was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Hollywood Songwriters Guild, Opera America, Nashville Songwriters Association and was President of the Palm Springs Writer's Guild. Buddy also taught Method Songwriting at U.C.L.A. and College of the Desert.


Mort Garson (1924-2008)

Mort Garson composed the musical score for "GARBO . . .the Musical"

Mort attended the JULLIARD SCHOOL OF MUSIC on a scholarship where he was a composition major. Mort conducted the London Symphony Orchestra and The Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was the composer of many published songs including the number one hit "Our Day Will Come" (recorded by Ruby and the Romantics, Frankie Valli and k.d.lang), "This Is My Beloved" (Arthur Prysock - gold record), and "Zodiac Cosmic Sounds" (Grammy nomination). Mort arranged more than 20 film, TV, episodic and game show scores including the National geographic series "Untamed World" for NBC. 

Mort was a pioneer in the field of electronic music for film, TV and recordings. He composed the music for the 1974 Grammy Award Winning "Best Children's Recording" THE LITTLE PRINCE narrated by Richard Burton electronically on a Moog synthesizer and was heralded by the Los Angeles Times as the "first space-age composer."

Mort’s theater credits include: "MARILYN - the Musical" at the Adelphi Theatre, London, and "ROUGE ET NOIR” funded by the Kellogg Foundation.


Jules Aaron

Jules Aaron is the Director of "GARBO …the Musical." In August 2003, Jules signed an agreement with producer Richard D. Kaye to develop and direct "GARBO …the Musical" for stage presentation.

Jules is the recipient of 18 Drama-Logue Awards, three Los Angeles Drama Critics nominations (and a 1993 win for Equus), three Garland Awards, twelve Inland Drama Critics Awards, one L.A. Weekly Award and five Dean Goodman Awards. He has directed over 200 productions (including 25 musicals) off- and off-off Broadway, in regional theatres and for public television.

Jules has directed frequently at the Public Theatre in New York, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, The Pasadena Playhouse, New Mexico Repertory, Los Angeles Theatre Center, La Mirada Theatre of the Performing Arts, International City Theatre Long Beach and the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Most recently, Jules directed Jesus' Kid Brother at the Hudson Main Stage, All My Sons at La Mirada Theatre of the Performing Arts, The Fourth Wall at TheatreWorks, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, in Denver, Colorado.

Other shows directed  by Jules Aaron include the all-star production of To Kill A Mockingbird with Bruce Davison, Carrie Snodgress, Zelda Rubinstein and Lisa Pelikan, Same Time Next Year with Jane Carr and John Vickery, and Death of a Salesman with Richard Herd, Jason Brooks, Peter Barton and Bernie Koppel, Hard Copy with Sam Harris, Mary Me A Little at South Coast Repertory, a national tour of Zorba, a tour of The Goodbye Girl with Debbie Shapiro Gravitte and Gary Sandy, two productions of the new Company at Laguna Playhouse (LADC Nomination) and at West Coast Ensemble, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, and the world premiere of The Eleventh.

Jules has also directed at: Falcon Theatre, Musical Theatre West, Laguna Playhouse,  Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, Open Stage, Court Theatre, Victory Theatre, Second Stage, Matrix Theatre, Colony Theatre, Ventura Court Theatre, Company Rep. and Tiffany Theatre.


Richard D. Kaye

Richard D. Kaye is the Producer of "GARBO …the Musical."  In 2002 Richard formed GARBO PRODUCTIONS, LLC and in August 2003 he signed an agreement with award-winning director Jules Aaron to develop and direct "GARBO …the Musical" for stage presentation.

Richard served on the Board of Directors of BROADWAY ON SUNSET and was a music consultant for the Second annual West Coast Musical Theatre Conference, featuring keynote speaker Julie Taymor. Richard was a consultant to Sony/ATV Music Publishing for five years and his VIRGIN EAR MUSIC publishing catalog is currently administrated outside of the U.S. and Canada by Sony/ATV Music International.

Richard was the Associate Producer of the 1974 Grammy Award Winning "Best Children's Recording" THE LITTLE PRINCE narrated by Richard Burton. In 1986 he purchased the sound recording copyright from LP Ventures and has licensed distribution rights to Cassette Book Company, Newman Communications, and Warner Bros./ Music For Little People. Currently the recording is released on rdkRecords.

Doing business as VIRGIN EAR MUSIC, Richard owns and/or has administrated hundreds of licensed recordings. Richard published the Jimmy Osmond international hit song “Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.” (the record stayed at #1 on the UK pop charts for six consecutive weeks and was the New Musical Express biggest selling single of its release year). Richard was co-administrator of the entire TUBES publishing catalog, including The TUBES/David Foster #1 Billboard  rock song “She's A Beauty.” VIRGIN EAR MUSIC copyrights have recently been licensed to: Third Watch, Felicity, Dawson’s Creek, PBS, MTV, VH1 and BBC.

Prior to forming his own company Richard worked with the early BILLY JOEL song catalog, as a Professional Manager for HOME GROWN MUSIC. While living in New York City, Richard worked as an indie record producer for Capitol and Mercury Records.


Chandler Warren

Chandler Warren is the Co-Producer of "GARBO …the Musical."  

Chandler is a graduate of Rhodes College and Columbia University School of Law. He has been an entertainment lawyer since the 1970's, specializing in theatre, television and film. Based in New York City until 1980 Chandler represented numerous theatrical productions. Chandler produced MY DAUGHTER, YOUR SON by Henry and Phoebe Ephron on Broadway as well as four other theatrical productions off-Broadway. He was co-owner of the lease on the off-Broadway ORPHEUM THEATRE (2nd Avenue and 8th Street) for ten years. He also produced two low budget feature films and was associate producer on the night-time CBS series, OUR PRIVATE WORLD, a spin off from the long running daytime serial, AS THE WORLD TURNS.


Michael Donovan 

Michael Donovan is the Casting Director for "GARBO ...the Musical."

Michael is happy to continue his collaboration with director Jules Aaron, for whom he has cast numerous shows including Jesus' Kid Brother at the Hudson, The Real Thing and Triumph of Love at the International City Theatre Long Beach, Twilight Romance at the Falcon, and The Philadelphia Story at The Court. Michael received an Artios award nomination from the C.S.A. for excellence in casting for A Servant to Two Masters at I.C.T., where he is resident casting director. Michael does casting for the Falcon Theatre, The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, and recently cast the inaugural production of Romeo and Juliet at the Theatre at Boston Court and award-wining Fedunn at the Odyssey. In addition to his theater credits Michael has cast 35 films, 9 TV series, and more than 1,000 commercials.

Madison Dunaway is Casting Assistant to Michael Donovan for "GARBO ...the Musical."


Thomas Griep

Tom Griep is the Musical Director for "GARBO …the Musical."

Tom has a degree in Music Performance from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and a graduate certificate in Composition from USC. He co-directed the USC film scoring program for several years. He has played and conducted numerous shows, including the national tour of Annie Get Your Gun, Mamma Mia at the Schubert Theatre and Evita, West Side Story, Honk and Assassins. Tom is currently working on Menopause, the Musical and his music was featured on the Lion's Club float in the 2004 Rose Bowl Parade.


Kay Cole

Kay Cole is the Choreographer for "GARBO …the Musical."

Kay's fondest (director/choreographer) credits include: Judy's Scary Little Christmas currently at the Court Theatre, A Chorus Line (McCoy/Rigby), Blvd of Broken Dreams (Coconut Grove Playhouse) and (choreographer) credits: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Belasco Theatre - Broadway, Geffen Theatre, LA), My Fair Lady, The Music Man (Hollywood Bowl), On the 20th Century, Follies, 1776, Most Happy Fella, Sweeney Todd (Reprise!), Songs for a New World (Playwrights Arena), Songs of the Tall Grass (Ford's Theatre), Grave White Way (Hudson Stage), Assassins (LATC), Cabaret (EWP), She's a Handful (HBO Space), Comedy of Errors, As You Like It (Shakespeare LA), Snoopy, Blockheads (London, West End) , Guidepost Junction (Kidvid Series) and Country Rules (Director feature film.)


Kim Garfield (1934-2006)

Kim Garfield was the Publicist for "GARBO ...the Musical."

Kim's theatre clients included: Deaf West Theatre, Interact Theatre and the Fountain Theatre. Kim received the 2001 L.A. Weekly "Queen of Angels" special award.


Contact: Richard D. Kaye