Lynne Shankel is an award-winning orchestrator and arranger living in the New York City area. Lynne was recently the music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator for ALLEGIANCE starring Lea Salonga and George Takei on Broadway. Her diverse musical background has led her to write orchestrations and arrangements for everyone from Chita Rivera, the New York Pops and Raul Esparza to Tony Award winner/Bon Jovi member David Bryan and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She was music director/arranger for the B?way production of CRY-BABY, as well as the resident music supervisor for the Tony-award winning revival of COMPANY, for which she conducted the Grammy-nominated cast album. She was music director/arranger for the Off-Broadway hit ALTAR BOYZ, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination for orchestrations. Lynne received a second Drama Desk nomination for her work on THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY (by Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell) in 2010. In 2012, she received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Orchestrations in San Diego for her work on ALLEGIANCE. In 2014, Lynne was orchestrator/arranger for the world premiere of CHASING THE SONG (music by David Bryan, book by Joe DiPietro ) at La Jolla Playhouse. She was orchestrator/music director for the acclaimed revival of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at the Papermill Playhouse (directed by Thomas Kail) and the music supervisor, arranger and co-orchestrator for BARE THE MUSICAL. She also collaborated with lyricist Jon Hartmere to provide the new songs for that production which are featured on her new album, Bare Naked. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan.
ANIKA JOHNSON – DRAMATURG
Anika Johnson is a Toronto based writer and performer. With her sister Britta, she has collaborated on the score for Brantwood (Sheridan College; Audience Choice Dora winner) and Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (Young People’s Theatre; 2016 Dora nominee, best new musical). They are currently developing a new musical with bookwriter Morris Panych through the Canadian Musical Theatre Project, as well as a site-specific electro-cult-musical for Outside the March/The Musical Stage Company.
With Barbara Johnston, she co-wrote book, music and lyrics for Blood Ties (Summerworks/Next Stage Festival/Edinburgh Fringe), Elly’s Emotions (Solar Stage/Theatre Collingwood; 2015 Dora nominee, best TYA production), and (together with songwriter Suzy Wilde), the Toronto Fringe hit Summerland. Johnson and Johnston rewrote and staged excerpts of Blood Ties for 3 episodes of BBC America’s Orphan Black, and are regularly commissioned to create new work for the Randolph Academy and Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts.
Anika has participated in Theatre 20’s Composium and The Musical Stage Company’s Noteworthy program and holds an acting degree from Ryerson Theatre School. Performing credits include seasons with the Stratford Festival and Drayton Entertainment and international touring with Corpus DanceProjects and Wannabe: The Spice Girls Tribute Band.