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Ellen Mandel: Bio

Ellen Mandel has composed music for over sixty plays for the Mint, Jean Cocteau Rep, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, and Riverside Shakespeare in New York, the Asolo, Peterborough Players, Arkansas Rep, Tennessee Rep, and other regionals. She has written five film scores, and recorded five CDs: the latest, THE CAT AND THE MOON, includes songs to Thomas Hardy, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats (title track) and others. EVERY PLAY'S AN OPERA, a collection of her theatre music, A WIND HAS BLOWN THE RAIN AWAY, fifteen of her E.E. Cummings songs, and THE FIRST OF ALL MY DREAMS, new songs with lyrics by Cummings, Seamus Heaney, William Butler Yeats, and others. A fourth CD, GODOT'S BLUES: PAMELA BOB SINGS THE MANDEL & LYDON SONGBOOK includes five of new Mandel songs: Godot's Blues, music and lyrics by Mandel, two Wallace Stevens songs, a new Cummings song, and a song from Prunella. Mandel has also written music and lyrics to seven children's musical comedies: AESOP'S FABLES, LITTLE RED, PUSS IN BOOTS, THE THREE PIGS, THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES, THE TOYMAKER'S APPRENTICE, and RUMPELSTILTSKIN, with books by Kathy Menino, and the music for CINDY REILLY, music and lyrics by Gus Kaikkonen and Kraig Swartz.