the Musical

 

WINDYWOO AND HER NAUGHTY NAUGHTY PETS is set in Tribeca, a downtown neighborhood of New York City and tells the story of a group of pets that live in a small, dilapidated building, with a girl named Windywoo. 

Windywoo and her beloved big fluffy orange cat, Kiefer, are devastated to learn that the building, where they reside, is being sold to a high-rolling, New York real estate developer, Jeff Hudson. Their historic Tribeca neighborhood is changing, and Hector, the building owner, wants them out, so he can retire to the tropical island of his dreams, Boca Chica.

But when the eccentric Jeff Hudson, is suddenly smitten with Kiefer the cat, will the power of the human heart save the day? Windywoo is faced with a difficult choice to keep her family together, and learns that a home isn't as important as having that special 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 irreverent humor.

 

 

 

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.


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Greg Nobile - Executive Producer

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. 


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Seaview Productions - Producer

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

 

  

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STEPHANIE BIANCHI - MUSIC DIRECTOR

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.