Book by Lori Jaroslow
Music by Fonda Feingold and Noriko Olling
Lyrics by Fonda Feingold and Lori Jaroslow
Additional Materials by Michael Schiralli
NYC based singer/songwriter/keyboardist, Fonda Feingold began singing and playing the piano before she could reach the pedals. Fonda hails from Winthrop, Massachusetts where she began her career with the ambition of becoming a concert pianist. Eventually her inclination to write pop music eclipsed the lure of the classics when her songs attracted the attention of the music industry resulting in a solo album on Polygram entitled Fonda Feingold. Her musical heroes Leon Pendarvis, Sid McGinnis and singers David Lasley & Arnold McCuller (James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt) collaborated on her debut solo album.
Her more recent CD, Before and After, features renowned guitarists, Steve Khan and Julio Fernandez,the late great drummer Richard Crooks and NYC’s own Uptown Horns. Fonda has performed with such distinguished artists as Angela Bofill, Peabo Bryson and Bobby Brooks Hamilton (son of Jackie Wilson). Her distinctive keyboard work and vocal arrangements can also currently be heard on several new CDs coming out of Lenox Sound in Stamford, CT and her latest originals can be found here:https://soundcloud.com/fonda-feingold
Lori Ada Jaroslow
Lori Ada Jaroslow has written plays, screenplays and musicals that have been workshopped and produced in Los Angeles, Massachusetts and New York. The Baby Project received an NEA grant in 2013 to support a developmental workshop in Los Angeles. Lori wrote the musical with collaborators,Fonda Feingold, and Noriko Olling. Other current writing projects include a play on eating disorders and bullying for Balance by Arts in Orange County, CA, a seasonal holiday musical with composer composer, Kristen Rea and In the Hall, a musical written with and for tweens with composers Morgan Hollingsworth, Kristen Rea, Carl Johnson, Ronna Dragon and Wendy Prober Cohen. A project Lori is working on with composer Morgan Hollingsworth, Mae’s Blessing, began as a fifteen minute musical produced in June of 2015 for New Musicals Inc. in North Hollywood, Ca. The piece examines Alzheimer’s and drug addiction and how they eclipse and devastate a family. Lori and Morgan are currently expanding Mae’s Blessing into a full length musical. Lori co-produced and directed the multi award-winning CD series, Tell Me a Story, which features Len Cariou and Paula Poundstone, among other distinguished actors. The final installment in the series, Women of Wonder won the prestigious 2010 Audie Award for Best Original Work.
Also an accomplished actress, Lori has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally and at sea. Broadway: Rizzo in Grease, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof (dir. Jerome Robbins) Regional theatre and Off-Broadway includes: Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral, Nunsense, Gypsy, Othello and Broads. Ms. Jaroslow toured nationally with Donna McKechnie in her act as her only BG singer/dancer.
Born & raised in Japan, Noriko Olling started playing piano at the age of five years old, studying everything from classical to jazz to R&B. She attended Jinai College in Fukui, Japan, majoring in music performance. In 1988, she moved to Los Angeles to sharpen her skills and become a force in America’s music scene. As a result, she has become one of L.A.’s best kept secrets, performing and touring with Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, P!nk, Teena Marie & Rick James, Gladys Knight, Michael Bolton, Richard Street and Ollie “Ali” Woodson (of The Temptations) and many more. Noriko’s unique background has given her the perfect combination of classical sensibilities & soulful taste.
In recent years, Noriko’s world has expanded to musical theater and film scoring, lending her talents as musical director and keyboardist for many productions, as well as composer. Some of the musical theater highlights are: Floyd Mutrux (Director, The Boy from New York City), Trini Garza (Producer, Troupe Productions) and Lori Jaroslow (Writer, The Baby Project), East West Players, Tim Dang (Director, Beijing Spring). Noriko has also been working at AMDA Los Angeles (College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts) since 2012 as an accompanist & vocal coach to help students achieve their dreams.
Ms. Olling has also worked extensively as an arranger. She has written arrangements and done transcription for Marcus Miller, Jonathan Butler, The Jacksons, Dave Coz, Candy Dulfer, Sheila E. Stewart Copeland, X-Japan, Boney James and many more. Her work ranges anywhere from making simple master rhythm charts to full orchestrations. Recently she arranged medleys for Jonathan Butler for his South African tour. Noriko strives and lives for “Creating something new from nothing.” She is also a solo artist and has released an album titled “Noriko’s Love Potions”. You can hear her smooth voice and keyboard playing on this album.https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/norikos-love-potions/id148222087 For more information, please go to: www.norikoolling.com
The Baby Project not only had me humming the tunes as I left the theater, but I found myself thinking about the show days later. The show is beautifully written, with a small ensemble of women playing a wide variety of characters that weave together in delightful ways. And the music knocked me out. I couldn’t ask for more in an evening of theater.
Laura Hall – Musical Director – Whose Line Is It Anyway?