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The Diamond as Big as the Ritz Creative Team


Composer and Lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh is a prolific, versatile and award-winning composer/lyricist and performer. In addition to this show, his musicals include LOVE QUIRKS, (St. Luke's Theatre in NYC, 2020), STANLEY'S PARTY (Manhattan Children's Theatre, 2010), MORE TO LOVE (2014 Winner: Best Lyrics, West Village Musical Theatre Festival), THE SPICKNER SPIN (2004 Fringe NYC Audience Favorite Award), and MEANINGLESS SEX (2003 Fringe NYC Audience Favorite Award).  He has also written and starred in 9 cabaret song cycles of his work: AND THEN SHE DUMPED ME, THE GAYEST STRAIGHT MAN ALIVE, MEANINFUL SEX, NEUROTIC TENDENCIES, WHY AM I NOT FAMOUS YET?, WRITERS BLOCK: a cabaret that was hard to write, I'LL RELAX WHEN I'M DEAD: a reluctantly prolific cabaret, IF ADELE CAN DO IT, SO CAN I: an evening of mostly sorrow and NOT YOUR GRANDMA'S CABARET (unless she’s really naughty) and his Self-Isolation Song Cycle during the 2020 pandemic.  For 10 years he produced two annual charity concerts of his work featuring Broadway performers (Broadway Meows and Broadway Can!), wrote/starred in the 5 seasons of the web series "Every Day a Little Seth," co-wrote/co-starred in the TV pilot version and has emceed, produced and accompanied over 650 musical theatre talent showcases at Don't Tell Mama.  In addition, he has published 3 books: a memoir, "Sleep. Write. Now. Emerging from a dark year of insomnia, anxiety and depression from loss" and two books of essays: "Every Page a Little Seth" and "Millennials are Ruining the World!", the latter which he turned into an audiobook and podcast. Also, he was a winner of a 2019 and 2020 ASCAP Plus Award.  He has two Bachelors from MIT (Computer Science & Engineering and Music Composition) and a Masters in Music Technology from NYU.   Twitter/Instagram: @sethbhdotcom

Book Writer R.C. Staab is a New York-based playwright, librettist and lyricist whose musicals and plays have been produced in New York, San Francisco, the Midwest and England.  In 2017, his musical, DUMB LUCK, in collaboration with Michael Sansonia, won the TRU Voices Musical Series and was one of three shows featured at the Music Theatre of Madison's Festival of New Musicals.  Also, in 2017, his show with composer Aaron Latina, HOW THE WESTONS WON, was featured at an industry reading at the cell theatre.  In collaboration with Daniel Sturman, he wrote ZOMBIE WEDDING, featured at FringeNYC.  ONE WAY TICKET: A Musical Murder Mystery, written with Daniel Sturman, was part of Fisher Taylor-Gaunt's Under Construction project in London in 2015.  In 2014, a song he co-wrote with Dave Ogrin was a finalist for Broadway Producer Ken Davenport's Song Writing Contest and the Stiles-Drewe Songwriting Contest in England.  With Kelsey Mathes, he wrote SIGNAL MALFUNCTION, a contemporary farce, which was featured at the 2013 at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Valari, and his dog, Jack.

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