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Disney’s Vampirina Writers Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond Have Recorded Their New Musical

Disney’s Vampirina Writers Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond Have Recorded Their New Musical

Fred Ebb Award and Jonathan Larson Grant winning writing duo Kooman & Dimond will drop the world premiere recording of their musical The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes on Friday, September 13th.  

Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond (Disney’s “Vampirina”) after completing three seasons of music for the hit Disney Junior series “Vampirina,” which airs in 115 countries to more than 100 million viewers, return to their theatrical roots with this album.  To preorder the album, visit KoomanDimond.com/store.

Photos by Tracy Martin Photography

Called “uproariously funny and surprisingly touching” by The Seattle TimesThe Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes follows Howard Barnes, a perfectly average man until the day that he wakes up to discover that his life has become a musical. Desperate to escape from the show, Howard embarks on a fantastical quest through the realm of musical theater. Equal parts satire, romantic comedy, and love letter to the American musical, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes is a musical for people who love musical theater, and their spouses who hate it.  

Photos by Tracy Martin Photography

“We’re thrilled to share the recording of this zany, joyous musical comedy with the world, and we can’t wait to receive .006 cents per play on Spotify,” said Kooman and Dimond.  “It’s a rare opportunity for writers to get the chance to bring a completely original, 16 actor, 10 musician musical to life, and we’re honored to release this album on iTunes, Amazon, and whatever new app people use to steal music.”

First staged at Seattle’s Village Theater, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes was one of the theatre’s most popular new musicals since the world premiere of Million Dollar Quartet.  The world premiere recording features Joshua Carter as Howard, Taryn Darr as Maggie, Jeff Steitzer as Stephen Lloyd Rogers Von Schwartzenheim, Jasmine Jean Sim as Grace, with Kate E. Cook, Alex Crozier, Nick DeSantis, Paul Flanagan, Danielle Kelsey, Mallory King, Greg McCormick Allen, Richard Peacock, Sarah Russell, Hannah Schuerman, John David Scott, and Brenna Wagner.  A bonus track features Heidi Blickenstaff (Disney’s Freaky Friday, Something Rotten!). 

Orchestrations are by Michael Pettry.  The album was musical directed by R.J. Tancioco with mixing and mastering by Paul Vazquez.  The original production of The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes was directed by Brandon Ivie (Jasper in Deadland) and choreographed by Al Blackstone (So You Think You Can DanceFreddie Falls in Love).  

Michael Kooman (music) and Christopher Dimond (book & lyrics) are a New York City-based writing team for the stage and screen. Their most recent musical, Romantics Anonymous, debuted to rave reviews at Shakespeare’s Globe. They also currently serve as songwriters for “Vampirina,” an animated musical TV series for which they have written more than 150 songs. The show airs on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, reaching over 100 million viewers in 115 countries. 

Michael and Chris have written songs for Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patina Miller, Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, and Wanda Sykes. 

Their stage projects include The Noteworthy Life Of Howard Barnes (Village Theater), Orphie & The Book Of Heroes (The Kennedy Center), The Enlightenment Of Percival Von Schmootz (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Judge Jackie: Disorder In The Court (Pittsburgh CLO; licensed by Samuel French), Dani Girl (Exit, Pursued by a Bear; licensed by Samuel French), Golden Gate (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Homemade Fusion (London’s Ambassadors Theater, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Junior Claus (Orlando Repertory Theatre; licensed by Dramatic Publishing).

Awards and honors include the Fred Ebb Award, a Jonathan Larson Grant, the Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award, the Samuel French Next Step Award, the Burton Lane Award, and the Harold Adamson Award. They are members of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, and are proud alumni of Carnegie Mellon University.

Their debut album, Out Of Our Heads, featuring an all-star lineup of Broadway performers, is available on iTunes.

For more information on Kooman and Dimond, visit KoomanDimond.com.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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