Matthew Martin (Book, Music and Lyrics/Co-Director)
Matthew has majored in Acting at Marymount Manhattan College and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School where he received the Jane Oliver Award for Excellence in the Theatre. He subsequently performed alongside Josh Groban at Madison Square Garden and in Rosie O’Donnell’s Broadway Concert Series at the Zipper Theatre. As an actor, his favorite roles include Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls; Mayhew in Witness for the Prosecution; Readymoney in The Threepenny Opera; and Godspell. He has also lent his voice to various books on tape for Simon & Schuster as well as several recordings and demos. Since then, he has worked in retail, advertising, education and food services. This is his first foray into writing for musical theatre.
Tim Realbuto (Book, Music and Lyrics/Co-Director)
Tim was born in Brooklyn, New York and fell in love with musical theatre at a very early age. He has been involved in all areas of performing arts, but obtained a B.F.A. in Acting from Five Towns College. As an actor on the New York stage, he has appeared as Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale Project (Fringe Festival- The Village Theatre); Franciscu in White Widow (Off-Broadway premiere); Boyet in Love’s Labours Lost (Shakespeare in the Parking Lot); and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Brooklyn Theatre Arts Project). Other favorite roles include Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar; Louis Ironson in Angels in America; and The Baker in Into the Woods. On film, he appeared in The Emperor’s Club(opposite Kevin Kline); Sex and the City: The Movie; Deconstructing Harry (directed by Woody Allen); One True Thing (with Meryl Streep and Renee Zellweger); Uptown Girls; Enchanted; and Fighting. He was also featured on HBO’s “The Sopranos”; “Law and Order”; “Law and Order: SVU”; “Ed”; and “Strip Search” (also for HBO). Tim’s play, Blame It on the Oysters, was produced twice, including a fully mounted production at his college (which he also directed and appeared in). He has written three screenplays, Father of Mine; The Hyde Club; and Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn. This is his first foray into writing for musical theatre. Much love and thanks to family and friends (Mom and Dad, you're the best!), and especially to Dina for starting the crusade.