the Musical

 

Windywoo and her Naughty  Naughty Pets are devastated to learn that the building, where they reside, is being sold to a New York real estate developer. Their beloved neighborhood is changing, and Hector, the building owner, wants them out! Will the power of pets move the human heart and save the day? Against all odds, Windywoo keeps her family of pets together and learns that a home isn't as important as having someone to come home to.

Windywoo and Her Naughty Naughty Pets delivers a message of human kindness, love of pets, and the importance of families of all kinds. This delightful story will appeal to audiences of all ages, with real-world situations, infectious songs, and charming humor.

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

  • JULY 2015 - Accepted in the NY Musical Theatre Festival Staged Reading Series

  • MARCH 2016 - Presented at Atlantic Theatre Company in a reading

  • JUNE 2017 - Recorded "Pets what Are They For" with Remy Zaken

  • JANUARY 2019 - Private Reading - reassembled original NYMF cast

  • FEBRUARY - MARCH 2019 - Dramaturgical work session on a new script and new song completed

  • AUGUST 2019 - Accepted into Amas Musical Theatre Dare to be Different Festival

  • NOVEMBER 2019 - Upcoming 3 Presentations ~ Nov 23 & 24 ART NY Theatres


Wendy ANN Gardner - Creator

Originally from London, Ontario, Canada, Wendy Ann Gardner began her career as a painter. She studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and in 1985 moved to New York City.

In 1997 she formed her company, SCARY STORIES INC, and began selling her plush toys, Dig Ivan Dig, Heedley Pecked Me in The Eye, and all the other Naughty Naughty Pets characters, which have been sold in boutiques, design stores, gifts shops, and art museums throughout the world. Her unique graphics have been commissioned by many companies, notably, Target, Nylabone, and Paul Frank Industries, for use as logos, branding and character art. Her illustrations of the Naughty Naughty Pets, have been licensed worldwide to create various products including, children’s clothing, books, stationery, lollipops, stickers, greeting cards, pet toys, watches, wallets, fashion bags, t-shirts and pajamas.

Her series of four Naughty Naughty Pets children’s books were published by Hyperion Books For Children in 2002, and in 2006 the animated TV series, The Naughty Naughty Pets, aired on Cartoon Network, CBC Canada, BBC UK, NHK Japan and was syndicated worldwide.

She has been featured in popular and industry publications such as In Style, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Fortune Small Business, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Playthings Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Working Mother, and Elle Décor.

Most recently, she is the author and composer of the children’s musical, Windywoo and Her Naughty Naughty Pets, which debuted at the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2015, subsequently optioned by Seaview Entertainment and is currently in development.

Currently, Wendy is writing a new musical, Yes, A Cat Named Marty Cohen, based on her own children’s book of the same name.

Wendy lives in New York City with her husband, her two children and her real life Naughty Naughty Pets.


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JONATHAN CERULLO - Director

Jonathan Stuart Cerullo has maintained a career in professional entertainment which spans 35 years to include Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, National Tours, International, Symphony Concerts and Cabaret, Film and Television and the Circus Arts.

In 2018 Jonathan had the great pleasure of directing and choreographing the critically acclaimed all male version of The Boys from Syracuse at Off-Broadway’s Lion Theatre in NYC. In 2017 he produced and directed the sold-out 30th Anniversary Concert of the Tony nominated musical Legs Diamond at Feinstein’s / 54 Below gathering back many of the original cast members. Earlier in 2017 he created, wrote and directed for Tony award winning lyricists and composer, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, The Flip Side, The Unknown Gems of Ahrens and Flaherty and No Foolin’ at Amas Music Theatre.

Prior to this he directed and choreographed the award-winning musical, Chance for the Fresh Fruit Festival and won Best Director for Fictitious, a new musical by Paul Cozby and Tom Hyndman at SOUNDBITES sponsored by Disney Theatricals and Music Theater International for Theatre Now New York.  For the N.Y. Musical Festival (NYMF) he has directed, Windywoo and Her Naughty Naughty Pets, choreographed Lisa and Leonardo, and Under Fire, which won the NYMF 2009 Best of Fest, and he produced Orphan Train directed by Emmy award winning director Patricia Birch. Off-Broadway Jonathan directed and staged Harold Rome’s musical revue, Pins and Needles at La Mama ETC | HOWL Festival, and is currently developing an independent bio-pic, Willie and Me, The Emmett Kelly Story. Earlier in his career he choreographed, Midsummer Nights for Musical Theatre Works, Wonderful Town at the Equity Library Theatre, and directed Uta Hagen’s 50-Year Tribute hosted by Matthew Broderick and Celeste Holm.

For television Jonathan has choreographed, “Orpheus in the Underworld” for, Great Performances; Evening At Pops, and “Dear Mr. Gershwin”, at Canada’s Royal Theatre for CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was assistant to the choreographer on, “The First Wives Club”, Donny Osmond's “This Is The Moment, and “Natalie Cole’s Christmas Special”. Jonathan also had the pleasure of working with Bette Midler by creating the Special Effects Movement for her in Paramount Pictures, “The Stepford Wives”. He also has directed and choreographed for Studio Festi and the New York City “2010 Columbus Day Parade” hosted by television personality Maria Bartiromo, this was broadcast live on both NBC and in Italy on RAI TV.

He also choreographed the Big Apple Circus’ Carnivale! and Picturesque at Lincoln Center and was choreography consultant for the Broadway production of, Say Goodnight, Gracie starring the late Frank Gorshin. Additional Broadway credits include, assistant director/choreographer for Band In Berlin, associate choreographer for Anna Karenina and was assistant to two-time TONY award winning director and choreographer, Joe Layton on The Three Musketeers.

As a dancer he was featured in the Broadway production of Legs Diamond, the National Tour of both CATS, and played Big Daddy in Fosse’s Sweet Charity starring Tony award winner, Donna McKechnie.

Regionally he choreographed Camelot at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, was private dance instructor to Uta Hagen in Six Dance Lessons at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Premiered as director and co-author of, The Fifth Dentist in Search of Sid’s Treasure starring comedian Mike King at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

He is a proud member of SDC, the Stage Director and Choreographers Society, Actors Equity Association, The Dramatist Guild, and the Drama League, and was honored to serve as Vice-Chair on the SDC Foundation Callaway Award Committee as well as a nominator for the prestigious Lucille Lortel Awards recognizing Off-Broadway theatre. He owns and operates, JSCTheatricals LLC, which produces galas and award shows, sits in the Associate Board for N.Y. Music Theatre Festival, is an Artistic Advisor for the Music Theatre Factory, and volunteers his time to BC|EFA. For a more in-depth profile please visit his web site at www.jsctheatricals.com.


STEPHANIE BIANCHI- MUSIC DIRECTOR

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Stephanie Bianchi is a music director, board-certified music therapist, voice over actor, and composer/lyricist. She has written and performed music and lyrics for a variety of TV and radio shows and ads, independent films, children’s videos, and educational programs. She founded Synaptic Soul - a band of music therapists created to raise music therapy awareness and serve as a platform for MT causes, and wrote all the songs on their 2011 debut album “Awake”. She is also one half of the musical theater writing duo Whiskey and Fall Weather (with Eric C. Webb). Their current projects in development include the irreverent anti-romantic musical comedy “Breakup”, a yet-to-be-titled rock musical about John Wilkes Booth, and a supernatural musical thriller based on a documented New York ghost story. Additionally, she is Music Director for The Guided Imagery Opera, an experimental immersive opera experience created by Joule L’Adara of Sounding Circles.

  


 CAROL SCHUBERG - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

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Carol Schuberg has had the great privilege to be the associate choreographer to Tony Stevens (Sweet Charity, Sheba, Promises Promises), Theodore Pappas (Cabaret, Company, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Kismet, Pajama Game, A Funny Thing...Forum), Michael Smuin (The Fantasticks movie) and Janet Watson (Gypsy, Anything Goes). Carol directed and choreographed Pippin (Stephens College), Cabaret (Concordia College - Moorhead, MN), and Godspell (Okoboji Summer Theatre). She choreographed Last Dance (York Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey), and Avenue X (Alma Theatre). She performed on Broadway in Meet Me in St.Louis, Off Broadway in Chess, in National Tours of Cats, Tap Dance Kid, Gigi, Barnum and Regionally in A Chorus Line, Oliver!, A Wonderful Life, Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Gypsy, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Late Henry Moss. She is creating a show about Man Ray and his muse Kiki, called Under the Light.


Nikolas George Brown * (Stage Manager)

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Nikolas has been professional Stage Managing for the past 10 years Credits include. Broadway: Michael Jackson The Musical, Once Upon A One More Time the Britney Spears Musical, SIX the Musical, Gatsby: The Great Gatsby Musical, The Illusionist The Magic of the Holidays. National Tours: Bring It On The Musical. Off-Broadway: The Crusaded of Conner Stephens, Little Shop of Horrors at New York City Center, Romeo and Juliet at Classic Stage Company. New York City: New York Musical Theater Festival, New York Fringe Festival and New York International Theater Festival. Regional Theater: The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, The MUNY, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and Cleveland Public Theater. Love to family and friends.





AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE

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Amas Musical Theatre is a non-profit, multi-ethnic theatrical organization founded in 1968 by Ms. Rosetta LeNoire. 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.

Amas celebrates its impact in pioneering multi-ethnic casting in the American Theatre and reiterates its commitment to this reflection of our diverse society.

Donna Trinkoff is currently the artistic producer of Amas Musical Theatre, a non-profit performing arts organization in New York City devoted the creation, development and production of new musicals and to the training and encouragement of inner-city young people. Since 1994, Donna has produced the original musicals Broadway and the Bard, starring Len Cariou, Red Eye of Love, The Other Josh Cohen, Triassic Parq! Wanda’s World, Shout! The Mod Musical, Lone Star Love, Magpie, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story, Zanna, Don’t!, Latin Heat, From My Hometown, Langston Hughes’ Little Ham, 4 Guys Named José, Rollin’ on the T.O.B.A., among others, and she has presented over 90 original musicals in the Amas Musical Theatre Lab. As Starry Night Productions, Donna presented the Off-Broadway premiere of SILENCE! The Musical (Christopher Gattelli, Hunter Bell, Jon & Al Kaplan), the unauthorized parody of the iconic film “The Silence of the Lambs” to critical acclaim, sold-out houses, and a two-year run. SILENCE! won the Off-Broadway Alliance Award and the Obie Award for Best Musical and was named as one of the 'Top 10 Plays of the Year' by TIME Magazine. The original cast album has been released on Sh-K-Boom Records. Donna was an associate artistic director at the Cabaret and Performance Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center in CT and worked with Aruba Productions on new and upcoming musicals. She holds a BA in English and Theatre from SUNY Binghamton, is a graduate of the National Theatre Institute, and she received a Certificate of Merit from the Drama Studio in London. Donna is a member of the League for Professional Theatre Women. She is a recipient of the New York Municipal Art Society Award of Merit and the Galaxy Award from the NY Women’s Association.


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Greg Nobile - Executive Producer -NYMF Production

Greg Nobile is a NYC and Connecticut based theatrical producer and entrepreneur. As Co-Executive Producer at Seaview Productions with Jana Shea, Greg has produced A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Side Show on Broadway and Gypsy on London’s West End. His investment credits include the revivals of It’s Only a Play and Of Mice and Men and the new musicals Fun Home and Something Rotten. Greg holds the distinction of the being the youngest Tony Award winning producer on Broadway for his work on Gentleman’s Guide... Greg also serves as Managing Director of the Branford based nonprofit theater company, Legacy Theatre, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Branford Community Foundation and the Honest Accomplice Theater Company. Outside of the theater, Greg is opening a BBQ restaurant in Branford, CT and runs yoga retreats on an island in the Thimbles Islands. 


SEAVIEW PRODUCTIONS - PRODUCER-NYMF PRODUCTION

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Seaview Productions is a Tony Award wining Broadway production company, committed to redefining on-stage storytelling through strategic innovation in creative development, audience experience, consumer engagement, and investment management. Our shows include:  A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Broadway), Side Show (Broadway), Gypsy (London), Witness Uganda (Off-Broadway).  Seaview Productions has also made investments in several current and past Broadway shows including Of Mice and Men, It's Only a Play, Fun Home, and Something Rotte.  Leading the Seaview production team are Executive Producers Greg Nobile & Jana Shea, Associate Producer Colin Sheehan, Creative Development Associate David Manella, and Director of New Business Maggie Moffett. www.SeaviewProds.com