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Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore (Book and Lyrics) 


Billy  Van Zandt and Jane Milmore are two of the most often-produced  playwrights in the world. “These two people are a riot!” New York Times.

Billy  and Jane met at a high school drama competition in their home state of  New Jersey. Together ever since, they have written and starred in  twenty-five plays, including the international hit comedy “You’ve Got  Hate Mail”; Off-Broadway’s tribute to slapstick comedy “Silent  Laughter;” cult favorite “Drop Dead;” the Marx Bros. musical “A Night at  the Nutcracker;” and the summer stock perennial “Love Sex, and the  I.R.S.” 

Billy’s solo  play “The Property Known as Garland,” starring Adrienne Barbeau, broke  house records at Off-Broadway’s Actors Playhouse.

Their  plays have been produced in over 20,000 theaters worldwide, including  two productions directed by Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis (“Billy and  Jane are funny, outrageous, off the charts writer/performers!”) 

All  plays are published by Samuel French, Inc., and translated into  multiple languages around the globe. “You’ve Got Hate Mail” continues to  be an ongoing international hit, currently playing in Poland, Hungary,  and Slovenia. “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.” is running in Warsaw; “Having a  Wonderful Time Wish You Were Her” is running in Romania; “Wrong Window”  in New Zealand; and “The Property Known as Garland” ran three years in  Warsaw with Polish icon Hanna Sleszynska.

For  television, these award-winning writers have produced over three  hundred hours of comedy, including “Newhart;” “Martin” which won them a  People’s Choice Award and two NAACP Image Awards; “The Hughleys;”  “Suddenly Susan” with Brooke Shields; “Daddy Dearest” with Don Rickles  and Richard Lewis; “Anything But Love” with Jamie Lee Curtis; “Bless  This House” with Andrew Dice Clay and Cathy Moriarty; “The Wayans  Bros.;” “Yes, Dear,” “Center of the Universe” with John Goodman and Jean  Smart, and “I Love Lucy: The Very First Show” which won them an Emmy  nomination. 

On the  big screen, Billy made his movie acting debut in “Jaws 2,” and appeared  in “Taps” with Tom Cruise and Sean Penn; Star Trek: the Motion Picture,”  and “A Wake in Providence” written by Billy and Jane, which won the  Audience Award at both the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival  and the Boston Film Festival.



Wayland Pickard (Music, music production, arrangements and orchestration) 


"The  Boomer Boys" is the fifth original musical from this award-winning  composer, actor, director, producer and headline entertainer.  A  national recording artist and four- time Grammy Award contender, Wayland  is also a published playwright with Samuel French, a Television “Ace”  Award Nominee for HBO, a Cine Golden Eagle Award winner and a Billboard  Song Finalist. 

As a performer, Wayland won the Los Angeles ADA Award for “Best Director” and  “Best Actor.” As a solo headline performer, he filled large concert  venues around the country with his symphonic tribute show to Victor  Borge and also his Dueling Pianos "Greatest Vocal Duets” show. 

Wayland  studied arranging & composing with Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle and  others, and has scored music for film and television, produced albums  and conducted symphony orchestras from Carnegie Hall to NBC’s  "TonightShow.”  

He has served as Musical  Director & Conductor for many top celebrities including Andy  Williams, Carol Channing, Mitzi Gaynor, Carol Lawrence, Phoebe Snow,  Eartha Kitt, Danny Gans and many others.   Wayland also authored a  successful book entitled, “The Complete Singer’s Guide,” used in many  colleges and now in its 4 th edition.
For more information,visit www.WaylandPickard.com.  Also visit: DoubleGrandePianos.com, TheGhostofGershwin.com,  PolyesterTheMusical.com, eLoveTheMusical.com,  LiberaceConcert.com. and   SamuelFrench.com. 

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