Phillip Palmer My Heart Is the Drum musical
Phillip Palmer
Concept & Music

Stacey Luftig, Lyrics

Stacey was awarded the 2016 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Lyricist and the 2015 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting, and My Heart Is the Drum was a finalist for the 2016

Phillip is the winner of the 2015 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theater Songwriting and a finalist for the 2016 Richard Rodgers Award for My Heart Is

Jennie Redling, Book

Jennie is a playwright, librettist, and screenwriter. She is the national recipient of the Stanley Drama Award, the Arlene R. and William P. Lewis Playwriting Award for Women, and BMI’s Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement as a Librettist. Ms. Redling’s plays have been read or produced in Manhattan and nationally at Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mint Theater, New York Fringe Festival, Urban Stages, and The Barrow Group, among others. Her screenplays include ZONE ONE with HBO series, “Big Love” creator, Mark V. Olsen. She is a certified rape crisis counselor with The Center for Safety and Change in Rockland County, NY and a member of the BMI Librettist's Workshop, the Dramatists Guild, AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

Richard Rodgers Award. Her lyrics were also featured Off-Broadway and on tour in That's Life (Outer Critics Circle nom.). She wrote book and lyrics for Understood Betsy (Winner, Jackie White Memorial National Children's Playwriting Award and the National Children's Theatre Festival Award). Story of an Hour, her operetta, premiered with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and her play Jinxed, an O'Neil NPC Finalist, won first place and audience favorite at Dayton Playhouse FutureFest. Stacey is currently writing lyrics for a family musical, The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez. She is an alumnus of UVA and the BMI Workshop; a five-time fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and a member of the BMI Librettists Workshop, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild.

the Drum, his first musical. Mr. Palmer wrote the music for The Weatherman (book and lyrics by Alisa Klein Hauser, Clear Space Productions, and Network One-Act Festival). His dance compositions have been choreographed and performed at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the ImageMovementSound Festival in Rochester, NY. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and has studied traditional drumming and choral music in Ghana and South Africa. Mr. Palmer is also commissioned Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In his capacity as a diplomat, he lived and worked for five years in Southern Africa and Haiti, where he managed programs to help small farmers and businesses. He holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.