Eric composes music for theater, television and film. He also writes lyrics for musical theater works and specialty television programs. One of his more recent projects is an original music-theater piece called Tokio Confidential, for which he has written the libretto, as well as the score. Broadway Records recently released a recording of the show featuring Jill Paice, Jeff Kready, Jose Llana, Telly Leung, Bruce Warren and Manna Nichols.
Eric was commissioned by Virginia Stage Company to write the score and libretto for I Sing the Rising Sea, a new musical about science, poetry and climate change that will have its premiere in Norfolk in the fall of 2016. The National Endowment for the Arts and The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project will provide funding to the production, which you can read more about here.
Eric has also composed the score for Frog Kiss, a musical based on the novel, The Frog Prince, by Stephen Mitchell. Winner of the Global Search For New Musicals, Frog Kiss, with book and lyrics by Charles Leipart, was presented by Virginia Stage Company in January 2013. It has been performed in Toronto, Cardiff and Chicago, and was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, as well as by Theatre League of Kansas City, Missouri as part of its festival of new musicals. Frog Kiss was selected by the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival as one its Next Link productions.
Eric's score for The Doctor's Wife, a musical adaptation of Flaubert's Madame Bovary, earned him an Opera-Musical Theatre Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Doctor's Wife, with book and lyrics by Charles Leipart, was performed in a staged reading at Manhattan Theatre Club and optioned for production on Broadway.
Eric composed the score for Espresso Trasho (book and lyrics by Charles Leipart), a musical adaptation of The School for Scandal, which had its world premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival. An excerpted version was subsequently presented at the Arts Theatre in London under the auspices of Mercury Musical Developments.
Eric wrote the music and lyrics for Young Tom Edison, a musical theater piece for young audiences, commissioned and produced by Theatreworks/USA. Young Tom Edison, with a book by Peter Parnell, opened at the Promenade Theater in New York City, after which it commenced a national tour. It subsequently played at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. A recording was released by Original Cast Records. Eric was also commissioned by Theatreworks/USA to write the music and lyrics for The Civil War: The South Carolina Black Regiment (book by Tanya Barfield), which also toured nationally. Eric has written specialty material for the Discovery Kids television network, and his music has been heard on television's Sesame Street.
Eric was a composer of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revue, Whoop Dee Doo!, which received two Drama Desk Awards and a recording of which was released by RCA Victor. He was commissioned to write the Fanfare and Processional Music for Unity '94, which was performed in Columbia University's Wein Stadium and at Yankee Stadium before an assembled audience of some ninety thousand.
Eric wrote vocal arrangements for the Atlantic Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum and Seattle Repertory Theatre productions of The Cider House Rules. He also wrote vocal arrangements for the Second Stage Theatre production of Uncommon Women & Others and the Broadway production of The Sisters Rosensweig, both by Wendy Wasserstein.
Eric is a member of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, from which he has received numerous awards. He studied at the New England Conservatory and holds degrees from Yale and Harvard Universities. Eric is a recipient of a Japan-United States Arts Program Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council as well as a grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust.
Eric is represented by Ron Gwiazda at the Abrams Artists Agency.
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