Selected for Production
David L. Tolley
Librettist Allen Fawcett’s, LISE MEITNER: the Madam of the Atom, was a Finalist at NYMF 2020 (New York Musical Festival). It was slated for production prior to the Covid lockdown.
On Broadway, Fawcett is a veteran of three musicals, including starring above-the-title as ‘Joseph’ in the American premiere of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, alongside the great Laurie Beechman, at the Royale Theatre in 1982.
On TV, Fawcett has recently co-starred in House of Cards with Joel Kinnaman, Mare of Easttown, with Kate Winslet, and Succession, with Jeremy Strong.
In Hollywood, Fawcett starred as host and writer of Dick Clark’s wildly popular TV reality lip-sync show, Puttin’ On the Hits, scripting 134 half-hour episodes for MCA/Universal. Puttin’ On the Hits was MCA/Universal TV’s first, first-run syndicated hit. It aired nationwide on the Tribune Network.
Behind the camera, Fawcett provided creative services for Steven Spielberg at Universal Studios as comedy consultant and dialogue coach for Harry and the Henderson’s, a half-hour sit-com produced by Lin Oliver for Amblin Entertainment.
In 1986, Fawcett co-authored Kid Biz: How To Help Your Child Succeed in Show Business, a mass trade paperback published by Warner Books. His co-author is legendary New York talent agent, Nancy Carson.
Fawcett is a member of the Dramatists Guild and received commercial producer training from New York’s Commercial Theatre Institute.
Dr. David L. Tolley is Professor of Music and head of the Music Industry Program at Delaware State University (HBCU). His principal awards include: 2020 Emmy Nomination, Best Score, Alone In America; 2003 Grammy Nomination, Best Show Album, Valentine – the Musical; 2003 Grammy Nomination, Best Show song "Sweet Romance"; 2014 Excellence in Service to Students Award, National Society of Leadership and Success.
In 2018, Dr. Tolley I traveled to China as a Music Ambassador, presenting and performing as a featured Pianist at Changchun University.
As composer, Dr. Tolley has written for ABC, NBC, CBS and authored a two-hour orchestral soundtrack for DISNEYLAND, PARIS. Since 1992, his score has played eighteen hours a day, 365 days a year in DISCOVERYLAND. In addition, Steven Spielberg, contracted him to compose and produce the music and soundtrack for 'STARBRIGHT WORLD.'
Dr. Tolley was discovered by the late Johnny Carson on THE TONIGHT SHOW at the age of twenty-five. (discovery by Carson moment video available on YouTube). He has performed at The White House for three Presidents and toured Europe with Jon Anderson's group, 'YES.'
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