Michael P. McCarthy (Composer/Co-Librettist) is an accomplished composer, arranger and musical director. He plays piano, violin, and guitar, and is skilled in electronic music production. Besides his collaboration with Rich Buley-Neumar, Michael is also the composer for Rime, a one-act adaptation of the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (book/lyrics by Larry Harris). Arrangements and keyboard programming credits include Sandcastles at the Mazer Theater in New York, plus Joseph/Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar for Broadhollow Theaters on Long Island. Michael has also provided sound design and music supervision for productions of You Can't Take It With You, Vanities, The Good Doctor, Born Yesterday and Veronica'’s Room, for which he also composed original incidental music. Musical Direction credits include Grease, South Pacific, Pippin, Dear World, The Sound of Music, Dames at Sea, Sweet Charity, The Knights of Mary Phagan, and a reading of the musical Minnesota and Minsk (dir. Aaron Frankel) at the New School. Michael, a native New Yorker, lives on Long Island with his wife and fellow musician Susan, and their two sons, Griffin and Kyle
Rich Buley-Neumar (Lyricist/Co-Librettist), in addition to writing, has extensive experience as a performer in musical and non-musical theater. He has also directed and provided costume design for many productions. Besides his collaboration with Michael P. McCarthy, Rich was also librettist, lyricist and director for Jim and Sam, an original short form romantic musical comedy (music by Philip DiBlasi). Favorite performances as an actor include Evita (Peron), My Fair Lady (Higgins), Me and My Girl (Bill), Into the Woods (Narrator/Mysterious Man), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin, et. al), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius), Joseph/Dreamcoat (Ruben), and Oliver! (Bill Sykes), as well as dozens of characters in children's theater productions. He has also made vocal recordings of the roles of Rooster in Annie and Bellomy in The Fantasticks for Stage Stars. Rich spent a summer as Drama Director at an AHRC Camp for children and adults with physical and developmental challenges, where he adapted and directed Grease, and ran a daily theater class. Rich has directed workshop presentations of the short form musicals April Witch and Jim and Sam, as well as several productions for children's theater, including Princess and the Pea and Holiday for Toys. Rich and his husband Ken live on Long Island with their sons, Gary, John and Emil.
As writing partners in collaboration, Michael and Rich were members of the Writing for the Musical Theater workshop at the New School for Social Research, moderated by Aaron Frankel and Kenneth Jacobson. They were also members of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop under the tutelage of Skip Kennon, Richard Engquist, and Maury Yeston. Together they have written April Witch, a short form musical based on a story by Ray Bradbury, which debuted at BMI, and From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, an adaptation of the Newberry award winning novel by E.L. Konigsburg.