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Rick Cummins

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Rick Cummins is an author and composer originally from western Pennsylvania. He went to Philadelphia for formal education earning his B.S. and M.D. degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. He has lived in Marshalls Creek, Pa., and on the Upper West Side of Manhattan since 1975. He is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. Cummins’ favorite work entitled Half the Sky: True Stories of Women Around the World is based on the Chinese quote “Women hold up half the sky.” This unusual theatre piece is a compilation of true stories from various news media around the world, documenting shocking gender bias still in practice today using song and dance and humor and pathos. This project was chosen as the headliner for the Festival of New Musicals at Theater Building Chicago. As a long-time member of New York’s BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Cummins had the opportunity to develop his theatre craft under the leadership of its founder, Lehman Engel. His music, lyrics and libretto are represented in productions of The Little Prince (New Victory Theater), That’s Life! (Outer Critics Circle nominee), Sherlock Holmes and the Red-Headed League (Promenade Theater, published by Samuel French), Amos and Olga (Playhouse by the River), Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and Pets! (Theatre East, published by Dramatic Publishing). Cummins has written incidental music for many Shakespeare plays and American classics, performed at theatres across the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has written television scripts, movie theme songs, children’s songs and cabaret.

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