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Craig Bohmler is a composer whose works are frequently performed in Europe and North America and Japan. Primarily a composer for the “singing theater” and the solo voice, Mr. Bohmler has four operas and eleven musicals to his credit as well as 200 art songs and numerous choral and orchestral works. He has written operas for the Houston Grand Opera, Opera San Jose, and The Arizona Opera. His musicals Gunmetal Blues and Enter The Guardsman (Olivier Award Nominee for “Best Musical”) have both played in London and Off- Broadway as well as in many regional and international theatres. He continues to enjoy a long relationship with the The 3 Redneck Tenors for whom he has arranged and composed over 80 songs. He was composer-in–residence for Arizona Opera from 2012-2017 where his western opera Riders of the Purple Sage premiered in February 2017 to sold out crowds. He has been the recipient of several grants, including three NEA grants and three “meet the composer” grants. He is grateful for his long time relationship to Phoenix Theatre, and with Michael Barnard in particular, as they have premiered five of his works. He is published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Samuel French, and Dramatic Publishing as well as recorded by Columbus, Centaur, Original Cast, Naxos, and BMS records. More detailed information and recordings may be found at craigbohmler.com and ridersopera.com.
Sally Jo Bannow
Sally Jo Bannow
Sally Jo Bannow (playwright/lyricist/composer) has worked primarily as an actor, most recently in Phoenix Theatre’s Bullets Over Broadway, Wizard of Oz, and Mary Poppins, and with Arizona Theatre Company in My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof. She has also directed and choreographed for Theater Works, Stagebrush Theatre, and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Sally Jo can be seen in the feature film Jolene, starring Jessica Chastain, as well as other independent films, voice-overs, and commercials. She is a composer/recording artist with two CDs. As a poet and writer, her work has been presented in readings at SMOCA, Space 55, Changing Hands, and in Phoenix Theatre’s Festival of New American Theatre. Sally Jo is a member of Phoenix Theatre’s hospital outreach program, Partners That Heal. She is also a member of Essential Theatre’s playback theatre company and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. Her original plays include Something On My Mind and The Boob Show. Sally Jo believes whole-heartedly that this production would not have been possible without the drive and genius of Michael Barnard and the amazing people who are Phoenix Theatre. This performance is dedicated to her writing partner, Craig, who “Is the Righty to my Lefty,” and to her son Skyler, who survived being the teenaged son of the lady who wrote The Boob Show.