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Award winning composers, lyricists, and playwrights Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman have been long-standing creative partners - each of them composing the book, music, and lyrics, for all of their shows.
Their full length adult musicals have played on many Equity stages across the country. Their newest - "Tenderly: the Rosemary Clooney Musical" - has played to critical acclaim - and has been called "the perfect arc of our lives" by Rosie's brother Nick Clooney.
Recognized for their outstanding musicals for young audiences, their works have played on stages and have toured across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Their musical "How I Became a Pirate" has played in over 300 theatres around the world.
Their musicals are published by both Theatrical Rights Worldwide and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization. They are members of ASCAP, and The Dramatist Guild, and are represented by the Paradigm Talent Agency in New York City.
In 2005 the two were honored together as National Music Educators of the Year, and have won three distinguished OWEN AWARDS for outstanding music and recording sales achievement. In 2015, the duo was nominated for a prestigious Ohio Arts Council GOVERNOR'S AWARD for outstanding arts achievement.
Mark and Janet have produced digital online recordings, music for videos, and have written choral music in a variety of styles and genres which are featured in numerous music catalogs and other publications. Their music is marketed and sung throughout the world and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and many other online music sites. You can also find them on Facebook at Janet & Mark Write Musicals.
Composer, lyricist, and playwright Mark Friedman fell in love with musicals at an early age when he and his brothers built their own theatre in the basement of their home, complete with lighting grid and sound system, performing for family and friends.
A composer and studio producer, distinguished in 2005 as National Music Educator of the Year, Mark has songs and recordings published worldwide in books and industry catalogs. He has written music, scripted, and hosted events for national conventions, and is a sought after speaker at music and education seminars around the country. He co-founded and performed with Cincinnati’s first free Shakespeare Festival, Peanut Butter Theatre for Children, the Artreach Touring Theatre, and The Good News Company - an inner-city theatre group. For many years,
Mark has been successfully writing and composing book, music and lyrics with collaborator Janet Yates Vogt - their musicals playing across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
Mark is a member of ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild, and is represented by the Paradigm Talent Agency in New York City.
Grateful for his theatre successes, Mark
considers his best productions to be his children: Emily, a film and television major at New York University, and Chris, future golf pro and jazz musician.
Connect with Mark on Facebook and on Twitter @markfcomposer.
Janet Yates Vogt has been a writer, composer and lyricist all of her life. She credits her career today to her family’s support, the guidance of many wonderful directors and producers, and to her many outstanding teachers – from her first grade teacher who notated Janet's first songs and taught them to the class to sing – to her inspiring piano teachers to her professors at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where her studies were centered upon piano performance and music theory.
Janet is known nationally and internationally not only for her musical theatre works, but also for her numerous publications in many different musical genres, including vocal music for children and choral works for adults. Janet's educational keyboard books and methods have been translated into French, Japanese and German.
She has been a pit orchestra member for theatre productions, a vocal coach for the CCM Musical Theatre Institute, and has sung under the direction of Leonard Bernstein and James Levine. She has served as a faculty member of the CCM Preparatory Piano Department and the CCM Alumni Board.
A teacher at heart, Janet still coaches piano and voice students, and is a featured speaker and presenter at many national music conventions and events