Ken, a native New Yorker, grew up seeing and loving nearly every show on Broadway. He got into music by way of his first career, advertising, writing tunes for major brands you know: American Airlines, Holiday Inn, Coors Beer, Frito Lay, Ford Motor Company, Exxon, Sports Illustrated, Quaker Oats, Gulf Oil, Radio Shack, Levi Strauss, 7-11 Corporation, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Zale’s Jewelers and Pepsi Cola, to name a few.
His “Madison Avenue” success led to Hollywood. Composing music for motion pictures had long been a dream. His first complete score and title song was for Black Rider, starring pro- football great, Fred Williamson. After that Ken wrote songs and scores for the award-winning family film, Savannah Smiles, Papa Was A Preacher, Shadows On The Wall, Dark Before Dawn, and Big Bad John.
In 2007, Ken wrote the score for Robert O. Curry’s powerful feature length documentary, Dancing With Torah, with support from the Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Center. It continues to play Eastern European cities where Holocaust museums are and death camps were.
Now Ken is returning to his first love, musical theater, and the creation of Lippi.
When Eugene Gwozdz heard about Lippi going to the York Theatre Company, he immediately joined the production for the staged read. Based in New York City, this Music Director/Pianist/Arranger is considered one of Broadway’s best. He has worked with Broadway stars that include Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams, Shirley Jones, Will Chase, Betty Buckley, Michael Rupert, Carolee Carmello, LaChanze, Norm Lewis, Sutton and Hunter Foster, Kristin Chenowith, John Tartaglia, Laura Benanti, Karen Ziemba, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Laura Bell Bundy.
On Broadway, Eugene played keyboard for The Full Monty And Oklahoma!
Off-Broadway: Thrill Me, Scrooge, Insomnia, I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change, Time And Again, and The Prince And The Pauper. In his hometown of Fort Worth, Eugene directs music at Casa Manana Theatre and Bass Performance Hall.
Broadway National Tours: Sunset Boulevard (Petula Clark), The Flower Drum Song, Swing!, Color Purple,Phantom Of The Opera, The Will Rogers’ Follies, and West Side Story(Conducted and played keyboards).
Orchestration and music arrangement for the revival of It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman, and an original musical, Morgan Street, with Anika Noni Rose and Jeremy Alan Richards.
Music Director/Pianist/Arranger for the hit show, Thrill Me, at the York Theatre, which earned 2 Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Music, plus an Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination For Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. Also, Music Director for the critically acclaimed 20th Anniversary Revival Production of Maltby & Shire’s Baby at the Paper Mill Playhouse. He is very proud to be Music Director/Pianist for “The Princess & The Frog” star, Anika Noni Rose, and Broadway Tony Award Winners Donna McKechnie, Cady Huffman; Rachel York’s Cabaret Show.
Tod Booth is thrilled to be a part of the Lippicreative team. Tod was Executive Producer/Director of Chicago’s famed Drury Lane Theatres until he became part owner and Executive Producer/Director of The Alhambra in Jacksonville, Florida, the longest-running Equity dinner theatre in America.
During his Drury Lane tenure, Tod often staged three shows simultaneously in Chicago and several on tour throughout the country. He’s produced/directed over 350 Equity shows featuring famed stars. Musicals are his specialty. His name appears as the original producer/director on scripts licensed by both Samuel French and Dramatist Play Service. His original musicals include “Christmas Carole”, “One Shining Moment”, and “The Four Bills”.
His work on stage, television, and film illustrates his diversity in background and experience. He has staged major musicals in a concert environment with symphony orchestras and sometimes appears as a solo artist on major projects.
Tod has served as consultant to State Arts Councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
His debut as a professional actor was at the age of sixteen with Don Ameche in “Silk Stockings”. He has directed and/or performed opposite Mickey Rooney, Cloris Leachman, Forrest Tucker, Vera Miles, Sonny Bono, Elke Sommer, Carrol Baker,Ray Walston, Frank Gorshin, Nannette Fabray, Bernie Koppel, Megan Mullaly, Kevin Anderson, Kelley Jeane Grant Angelam Robinson, and James Kinney.
He considers the script-to-stage creative process the most exciting adventure imaginable Lippi is an opportunity to join an exciting creative team and bring Ken Sutherland’s dream to the stage.