Stéphane Ly-Cuong: Book & Lyrics (original director)
Stephane is a writer, director, and journalist.
He studied film-making in Paris and New York and has directed several short films, including the award winning Paradisco (2002) starring Anthony Rapp and Jérôme Pradon, which has been screened in film festivals around the world, from Los Angeles to Manila.
In Paris, he has directed several musical shows, including Les Nouveaux Romantiques (2005), C'est toujours ça de pris! (2007-2011), and Vilaines Filles Mauvais Garçons (2009). He has also staged two Christmas shows in Tokyo (2006).
He wrote and directed Cabaret Jaune Citron, which has had two successful runs in Paris (Vingtième Théâtre, 2011 and Auguste Théâtre, 2012). In 2013, he directed the French premieres of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years and Pzsek & Paul's Edges at the Auguste Theater in Paris.
Stephane is currently writing a new musical: 24 heures de la vie d'une femme, based on the short story of the same name by Stefan Zweig. The piece has been commissioned for Isabelle George and is scheduled to premiere in Paris in the fall of 2013.
He writes regularly for Playbill Online and is editor-in-chief for www.regardencoulisse.com, the pre-eminent French musical theatre website.
Christine Khandjian: Lyrics & music
Christine is a writer, composer and performer.
She studied songwriting and theater in Paris with prestigious teachers and began singing in 1997 while accompanying herself on the piano. Since then, she has sung many of her own compositions in venues in France, as well as in Japan…
She co-wrote the book for Brassens Ou Les Chansons D’abord, a musical based on the songs of Georges Brassens (Théâtre Bobino, Paris), and worked with Monsieur Nô on five children’s music albums. She also wrote the music and book for Sally Mc Laureen, (Théâtre Mouffetard, Paris), which received an award from the SACD (Society of dramatic authors and composers).
As a performer, she has been seen in The Little Shop of Horrors (Théâtre de Ménilmontant, Paris), Les nouveaux romantiques (Essaïon, Paris), Jonas (Théâtre St Léon), as well as in Paradisco, Stéphane Ly-Cuong's short film and in several television sit-coms.
She is currently collaborating with Stéphane Ly-Cuong on their new project: 24 heures de la vie d'une femme.
An Ton That: Additional Music
An (孫仕安) is a French born Vietnamese singer, composer, songwriter and pianist, now based in Taipei. He developed as a composer for the stage in the late 90’s, first for the theatre, then more significantly for dance: Régine Chopinot for W.h.a. (2003), Gang Peng for Sur le Fil (2007) and with the Japanese choreographer Jo Kanamori. This encounter was the start of a fruitful artistic collaboration: NINA - materialize sacrifice (2005) and PLAY 2 PLAY (2007), his most ambitious work so far. He also composed the score of Auntie (2008), a musical play by the Taiwan based “Theatre Company of Lee Qing Zhao the Private” which was reprised the following year in Beijing.
As ‘Aaken’, he released his first solo effort, Circlesong (2005), which blends alternative pop, classical music, electronic, rock, Indian music, his Asian roots and a cinematographic approach to music. In 2010, he once again teamed with Jo Kanamori for Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann). Current projects include: Symphony Project, a dance piece with Taiwanese choreographer Huang-yi, Chuyện kể những chiếc giày (The Story of the Shoe), a play in dance by Tân Loc at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, the soundtrack of Oriental Pearls a film by Cuong Ngo, and the release of a second album entitled Hyperbody.
Alyssa Landry: English Adaptation
Alyssa is a writer, actress and singer.
An "American in Paris" for many years, Alyssa enthusiastically adopted the French way of life from the moment she took that first fateful hop across the Atlantic. From Les Miz to Nine, by way of La Vie Parisienne and She Loves Me, she has become a regular figure on the French musical theater stage...
Alyssa is co-author of the musical, Jusqu'aux Dents, winner of the Prix SACD 2007 (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers). Her English adaptations include: Crime of Passion by Pierre Philippe and Astor Piazzolla, performed in Edinburgh and London by Jerome Pradon, Cruisin’ (Panique à Bord) by Stephane Laporte and Patrick Laviosa, for which she has received an award from the Beaumarchais Foundation, and most recently, President... or Not by Hervé Devolder.
She works regularly for Disneyland Paris, writing scripts for live entertainment in the park, including several for the main Castle stage.
Anthony Rapp: Director
Anthony is an actor, writer and director.
Anthony has appeared in many plays, musicals, films, and television shows. Favorites include: the Broadway productions Precious Sons (for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Award), Six Degrees of Separation, and the revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; the films Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Dazed and Confused, Six Degrees of Separation, David Searching, Man of the Century, Road Trip, A Beautiful Mind, Open House, Winter Passing, Danny Roane: First Time Director, and Scaring the Fish; and the television shows The X-Files, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Kidnapped. But above all else, he's best known for creating the role of Mark Cohen in Jonathan Larson's landmark rock opera Rent. He took the show from Off-Broadway to Broadway to Chicago to London, and finally reprised his role in the 2005 Sony Pictures feature film. He wrote a book about his experiences on and offstage during the original run of Rent, entitled Without You: a Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent, which was released in 2006 by Simon & Schuster and became a national bestseller. He went on to turn it into a successful one-man show.
As a director, he has staged the South African premiere of Rent in Johannesburg, and the world premiere of Born Blue in New York.