Wayland Pickard and Doug Haverty
Photos Haverty_Manning_Pickard

WAYLAND PICKARD (Music & Lyrics): This is the fourth original musical from this award-winning composer and headline entertainer. A national recording artist and multi-Grammy Award contender, Wayland is also a published author and playwright with Samuel French. He is an HBO Television “ACE” Award Nominee, Cine Golden Eagle Film Award Winner and a Billboard Songwriting Finalist. He’s been featured in recordings, film & television and appeared on stages around the country, from NBC’s “Tonight Show” and Carnegie Hall, to starring in his own one-man show in Las Vegas. He studied music with Henry Mancini and has been
Musical Conductor for numerous celebrities, from Andy Williams to Eartha Kitt. Wayland currently headlines several touring shows at concert halls around the country, including the 2-piano/vocal Double Grande plus his own Liberace Tribute show.

LAURA MANNING (Lyrics) began her career as a band singer, and sang (in seven languages) with such famous leaders as Meyer Davis, Lester Lanin and Jeno Bartal. Ms. Manning started writing lyrics with composer Leo Ross. She had her first song – “Busy Little Bee” – published in 1956. She has since written with composers Cass Harrison, Alan Greene, Henry Tobias, Inez James, Sidney Miller, Arnold Freed, and now, Wayland Pickard. Her musicals include Antiques (produced in New York by Dore Schary), The Fortunes of Farley (produced in L.A. at Actors’ Forum) and Go Like Sixty (produced by Ernie Glucksman). Songs from her children’s albums were performed on “Captain Kangaroo”. Robert Goulet, Guy Pastor, Dick Roman, Carol Ventura, and even Walter Matthau have recorded her songs. Prior to her death in 2017, Ms. Manning had just finished the book and lyrics for a Children’s Musical called The Animals’ Christmas.

DOUG HAVERTY (Book & Lyrics): His award winning plays and musicals have been produced around the world. Could I Have This Dance? was named “Best New Play” by The American Theatre Critics Association. His works have been presented at Cherry Lane, Charlotte Rep., Laguna Playhouse, Phoenix Theatre, Florida Studio, Theatre West, The Colony, Theatre 40, The Lyric, Here Performing Arts Center, Long Island Stage, Theatre in the Square and the Lobero, just to name a few. Published works include: In My Mind’s Eye, Inside Out (A Musical), Could I Have This Dance?, Flavia & The Dream Maker (A musical). He’s been commissioned to write four musicals and one play. Doug’s musical, The Legend of the Crystal Waters won the Deaf Drama Festival held at the Dallas Theatre Center. Doug co-moderates the Writers Workshop at Theatre West in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and NARAS.