Diana Belkowski & Dan Tramon (Composer - Lyricists)
With their musicals Flyer and Rocket Boys, Diana and Dan became two-time (consecutive-year, unprecedented) winners of the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Award, participating in a workshop process under the direction of honored composer/lyricists Stephen Schwartz and Craig Carnelia. Diana and Dan are also alumni of the BMI Lehman–Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in New York, and are recipients of two Billboard Music Awards for work in musical theatre and Contemporary Christian music.
Flyer, based on the lives of the Wright Brothers, enjoyed its first full-production run in Kansas City in July 2011 (attended by an average crowd of over 1500), and its premiere Equity Regional Production in Delaware in 2009. This was followed by a presentation for invited industry at the esteemed Florence Gould Hall in NYC. Flyer was first presented in full at the Lamb’s Theatre (Mainstage) in NYC, and subsequently presented (in abridged concert form) at Oklahoma City University, selected for the Bass School of Music’s inaugural year promoting new works in musical theatre. In addition to its ASCAP workshop, Flyer was also a Finalist in Chicago STAGES, and was previously presented in part at the North Carolina Festival of Flight, sponsored by NASA and the US Air Force in conjunction with Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville.
Rocket Boys held its NY industry-read June 2010 with a cast of Broadway pros under the esteemed Musical Direction of Joe Baker. It had its full staged reading premiere in Huntsville, AL (“Rocket City”) in 2008, and also won ANMT’s Search for New Musical Voices that year, co-sponsored by NAMT and Musical Mondays. Last year the beautiful 1260-seat Theatre West Virginia hosted Rocket Boys for its “official” World Premiere. Most recently the show returned to TWV for a second successful run this past August 1-16, 2012, and the first official Cast Album of the show was recorded onsite with this season’s company.
A Juilliard alumnus, Diana has traveled nationwide as a member of the Presidential Arts Committee, and has written material for both presidential and gubernatorial campaigns. A long-time Director of Sacred Music, she has extensively written for both children and adult choirs, and won numerous awards as a classical pianist during childhood. Other solo compositions include Clarissa (Circle Rep Theatre), a 50-song educational series for Random House and TV theme and credit music. Currently, Diana is working on a sung-through version of the classic book “Vanity Fair”; and a new collaboration with author Harold Schmidt, “Coconut Road”, about the life of hobos in the 1930’s
Dan Tramon has been involved in New York musical theater for most of his life. A Juilliard Prep graduate, he performed piano recitals in Lincoln Center and boy soprano roles at the Met. After the voice changed, he attended Columbia University, where he co-wrote and performed in the Varsity Shows, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s original stomping grounds. While deciding what to do with his life, he took courses at the Institute of Audio Research, and began working Broadway sound gigs, which gave him the theater bug.
Dan composed the pre-show music for The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway. Currently Production Sound Engineer for Sister Act, he has served in the same capacity for numerous other B'way productions such as Catch Me If You Can, Bonnie & Clyde, Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out, Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5, Phil Collins/Disney’s Tarzan, as well as In The Heights and Swing. He was Associate Sound Designer for Broadway’s The Will Rogers Follies and Victor/Victoria. Dan served as Music Programmer for Paul Simon’s Capeman, and Broadway’s How To Succeed, Cats, and Beauty and the Beast. He orchestrated and performed digital music for Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Westbeth Theatre in NY and he also composed the score for an adaptation of Moliere’s The Miser.
Dan makes his home in northern NJ, with his supportive wife Kim, a brave NY School Principal, and his favorite compositions: his outrageously amazing sons, toddler Daniel Anthony and infant Gabriel Joseph.
Carl Anthony Tramon (Co-Book)
By the age of three Carl had the stage under his feet, and a relentless smile on his face ever since! Broadway, National Tours, and Equity Regional productions include: Fame, the Musical; Amadeus (as Mozart); What Makes Sammy Run (title role); Peter Pan; Gypsy (w/Angela Lansbury); Rags (directed by Stephen Schwartz); etc. Principal TV roles include Saturday Night Live, One Life to Live (recurring), Saved by the Bell (series regular, full season); Growing Pains, and over 50 national commercials. Feature films include: Pizza Palace, The Lackluster Syndrome, Aladdin (w/Barry Bostwick, Disney Channel), and Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. Carl recently received the coveted Best Actor award nomination by the Broadway League.
Carl’s major directorial and/or *Co-Book credits include: *Flyer (2009, The Freeman Stage and The Lamb’s Theatre, NY); *Rocket Boys (2010, New York City; 2008, Huntsville AL and 2005 Disney Theatricals, Workshop, NY); Einstein’s Breakfast (2008, Delaware PAC); *Coconut Road (World Premiere, Delaware PAC); Fame, the Musical (Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY); The Jeweler’s Shop (Carnegie Hall & The United Nations, NY); Szymborska (Consulate General, NY); Grease (Somerville, NJ), etc.
Original Cast albums currently available include: Fame, the Musical; What Makes Sammy Run; Coconut Road; Rocket Boys; and the albums of Bill Solly: Let Me Give You a Lift and I Could Fall in Love, the latter of which earned Carl critical acclaim.
Carl, or “CAT”, as his colorful potpourri of friends calls him, was fortunate to also be the lead member of the pop group UNETI, which recently returned from an international tour. Their music video, which airs on MTV around the globe, was chosen to be the soundtrack for The New York Yankees and Hideki Matsui in their TV & Radio promotions for NYC. UNETI can be heard on Chaka Khan’s Christmas album, and was propelled by Nelson O’Reilly Productions, who also produce Willa Ford, Donna Summer, Lucy Woodward, The Baha Men, and other chart-topping performers.
Carl is an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
Donald Feltham (Additional Book)
Donald began his love of theatre over 30 years ago when he first set foot onstage in a production of The Music Man. Since then, he has been involved in virtually every aspect of theatre from costuming to producing. For the past several years, Donald has been a very successful radio host. Starting with Showtune Spotlight on KGIL-AM in Los Angeles, he then moved on to The Broadway Radio Hour for theatre’s well-known Fynsworth Alley. Donald currently hosts The Broadway Radio Show at HainesHisWay.com and The Wicked Stage at BroadwayWorld.com. Donald has also worked as a librettist on musical versions of The Enchanted Cottage and Somewhere In Time, both with scores by Alan Wager. Donald is thrilled to be a part of Flyer working along side the very talented Diana Belkowski and Dan Tramon.