Cast & Creatives
Dan Manjovi (Music, Book & Lyrics) is a pianist/keyboardist, vocalist, composer, lyricist and performer. His music and arrangements have been featured in film, onstage, and television, and have been performed and/or recorded by Donna Summer, Michael Feinstein, and Grace Hightower, among others. His song, “Somethin’s Comin’ My Way” was written at the request of Oscar-Nominated Director and Filmmaker Lee Daniels, and featured in the Academy Award-winning Lionsgate Film Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire. Manjovi also produced, arranged, and recorded the song for the soundtrack recording for the Universal-Interscope label. Dan has released two solo albums Dan Manjovi (2005), Woke Up This Morning (2008), and his song “Things’ll Get Better” appears on the Compilation CD United For The Ride (2009). His latest single, “There Is No One More Beautiful” was released in early 2016. Dan is a multiple ASCAP Popular Award Winner, and a recipient of Backstage Newspaper’s Bistro Award for Outstanding Singer/Instrumentalist. Manjovi is an annual favorite at New York City’s Bryant Park Piano In The Park Jazz Piano Series, and this year, will perform August 7th through 11th.
Dan is an active member of Actors’ Equity Association, and has been featured either as performer and/or musical director at some of the country’s top regional theaters including Denver Center Theater Company, Arizona Theatre Company (Master Class), as well as notable workshop productions including George Furth (Company, Merrily We Roll Along) final musical project The End (2006) with music by Doug Katsaros. Dan has appeared in concert at many top music venues including the Beacon Theater, Bitter End, The Metropolitan Room, The Carlyle Room, and the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City. As a featured performer of his music, Manjovi has appeared either solo or with his band alongside notable artists such as Elvis Costello, Nellie McKay, Patti Griffin, John Mayer and the late Allan Toussaint. In the Fall of 2016, Dan appeared as Aaron Jefferson Levi in The York Theatre’s Off Broadway production of T. Cat Ford’s How To Be An American!
This wide range of writing and performing experience informs I AM, I WILL, I DO, for which he has written book, music and lyrics. The show was developed, in part, with Amas Musical Theatre in New York City, producing two enormously successful labs of the show, in 2015, and 2016.
Manjovi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from New York University and did post-graduate work at The Julliard School, and trained as an actor at Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is a protégé of renowned voice teacher Katie Agresta, and jazz pianist Joanne Brackeeen. As an educator, Dan served on the faculty at HB Studio in New York City for over twelve years, teaching Voice and Vocal Performance. Currently, as owner and president of DJM Studio, Dan teaches weekly group Vocal and Performance Technique classes, along with a busy private studio practice, seeing over fifty students weekly.
Thanks to AEA, AFM Local 802, The Dramatists Guild, Ann Steele Agency, husband Kermitt Brooks, family and friends!
Christopher Scott (Director) Artistic Director Masterworks Theater Company, Artistic Associate Amas Musical Theatre. Off-Broadway: THE GLASS MENAGERIE, A CLASS ACT, EDWIN...,NANCY FRIDAY'S MY SECRET GARDEN, GOLF:THE MUSICAL, FOR LOVERS ONLY, TAILS, THE BIG BANG, GREED... NYC: 1st Irish Festival; 59E59; NYCfringe ; NYMF; Actors Studio PDW. Acting: Broadway, Off-Broadway, Tours, Regional. Teaching: NYU, Baruch, Michael Howard Studio. Graduate Boston Conservatory."
Matthew Croft (Music Director)Matthew Croft recently made his Broadway debut conducting and playing keyboard for the record-breaking THE ILLUSIONISTS: TURN OF THE CENTURY at the Palace Theatre. Touring: THE PRODUCERS and GUYS & DOLLS as Associate Conductor and Keyboards. Regional: FOREVER PLAID, I LOVE PIANO, ALTAR BOYZ - Music Director and Keyboard, HAIR - Music Director and Keyboards, YOU NEVER KNOW, LYSISTRATA JONES - Keyboards. Thanks to Dan Manjovi, Jonathan Cerullo, Andrei Strizek, and the I AM, I WILL, I DO Cast, Crew, and Band. All my love to my fiancée, Aubrey. Learn more at matthewcroftmusic.com.
Deepsikha Chatterjee (Costume Designer) Deepsikha teaches at Hunter College. She grew up in India and got her MFA from FSU. She received the Best Costume Design award at United Solo 2014. Her designs have been seen at Barnard College, Women’s Project, Pan Asia Repertory Theater. She researches Indian dance and film.
Patrick LaChance (Sound Designer)Credits include: The Time Machine (NYMF), Lonely, I'm Not (West of 10th), The Winter's Tale (Amerinda), Macbeth and [gay] Cymbeline (Theatre Prometheus), Okay and The Coming World (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Fantasticks (Cider Mill Playhouse)
Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff/Artistic Producer) is New York City’s award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968. Amas (“you love” in Latin) is devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals through the celebration of diversity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of underserved young people in the New York area. In recent years, Amas has emerged as a leading not-for-profit laboratory for new musicals, including The Red Eye of Love, The Countess of Storyville, The Other Josh Cohen (Six 2013 Drama Desk Nominations, 2013 Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Musical); Triassic Parq, Distant Thunder, Casanova, Marry Harry, Me and Miss Monroe, Aesop & Company, Signs of Life, Wanda’s World,Shout! The Mod Musical, Lone Star Love, From My Hometown, Zanna, Don’t!, 4 Guys Named Jose and Stormy Weather: Reimagining Lena Horne. Amas education programs include the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy, Lens on Live Theatre and in-school theatre arts residencies designed in partnership with elementary, middle, and high schools. www.amasmusical.org