Peter Mills & Cara reichel

January 2018

A celebrated emerging lyricist, composer, and bookwriter, Peter Mills has been honored to receive the prestigious Kleban Prize for lyrics, the Cole Porter Award from ASCAP, and the Fred Ebb Award, among other recognitions of his work. He received Drama Desk nominations for his original score and orchestrations of THE PURSUIT OF PERSEPHONE. His shows been performed at regional venues across the United States, and internationally.  Mills’ musicals include ILLYRIA, based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” (licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide); THE UNDERCLASSMAN, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “This Side of Paradise”; THE ROCKAE, based on Euripides “The Bacchae”; GOLDEN BOY OF THE BLUE RIDGE, based on “Playboy of the Western World”, and others.  He wrote DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES, inspired by the life and work of Carlo Gesualdo, and developed through a prestigious 2015 Bogliasco Fellowship in Italy.  Most recently, he wrote music, lyrics and co-book for THE HELLO GIRLS, about the first women to serve in the US Army during WWI. He has been a faculty member at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts.  He wrote lyrics for the musical of THE HONEYMOONERS classic television show, which premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in October 2017.  pcmills.com

Cara Reichel is a stage director and creator of new musical theater, and the founding Artistic Director of NYC’s acclaimed Prospect Theater Company (recipient of a 2016 OBIE Award grant), dedicated to the development and production of new American musicals by emerging artists. She collaborates frequently with composer / lyricist Peter Mills, bringing musicals from concept to full production including THE HELLO GIRLS, ILLYRIA, THE ROCKAE,THE UNDERCLASSMAN, DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES, and others.   She collaborated with Mills, Susan DiLallo, and Stephen Weiner on IRON CURTAIN (NYC’s 2006 Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production, NAMT Festival of New Musicals, The O’Neill Center Musical Theater Conference), and with many other writers both in NYC and across the US on other projects.  In 2015 she received a prestigious Bogliasco Fellowship in Genoa, Italy.  She has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, and taught master classes for the American Theatre Wing.  She received “New Directors / New Works” Grants from the Drama League, and the “Lucille Lortel Award” from the League of Professional Theatre Women, which honors promising artistic directors.  She is also the author and illustrator of a published children’s book, A Stone Promise.  Upcoming projects with Mills include Soldier’s Heartand The Mystery of the Somerton Man, and as director, Einstein’s Dreams(Fall 2019, 59E59).  Member:  Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society.  carareichel.com