ABOUT THE WRITERS
Harvey Edelman and Neil Fishman are the authors of the first multicast audiobook musical, entitled “Spin: The Rumpelstiltskin Musical,” distributed by HarperAudio, and featuring Jim Dale, legendary Broadway performer and the voice of the Harry Potter series. The music of Spin was composed by Mr. Fishman, who also did the musical arrangements for the audio book. Mr. Edelman wrote the book and lyrics and co-adapted his original stage play to the audio book with David B. Coe. The cast of Spin, a witty musical re-imagining of the Grimm’s fairy tale, also features a stellar list of Broadway and audiobook performers. Spin won an Audie for Most Original Work and was the recipient of two 2018 SOVAS awards including “Outstanding Production - Audiobook” and “Audiobook Narration - Children, Best Voice Over (the cast)”. Spin also won a 2018 Parents Choice Silver Medal.
Their latest audiobook musical, “Puss In Boots a Musical,” released in August 2019, also features Jim Dale as narrator, along with a stellar cast of Broadway veterans. Edelman and Fishman adapted their 1992 stage play with the help of Khristine Hvam, a veteran audiobook narrator, director, and producer.
Mr. Edelman and Mr. Fishman first collaborated on a musical adaptation of George Farquar's restoration comedy, "The Beaux' Stratagem," entitled, "To Bed a Fortune," which was produced in 1976. Since that time their writing efforts have been heard from the musical theater stage to Madison Avenue.
Mr. Edelman and Mr. Fishman have collaborated on a number of educational works including "Songsleuth" a musical to be performed by sixth graders for their classmates. Songsleuth was published in the Macmillan Publishing Educational Series, "Music and You" and a recording of the songs is part of the accompanying "Music and You" soundtrack on CBS Records. The 1995 edition of "Music and You" contains "Earthkids," a musical that teaches children about environmental concerns and what they can do about them. "Earthkids" has also been performed live in theaters in the New York area.
Mr. Edelman and Mr. Fishman have also written and produced a number of songs about hygiene, nutrition, and dental care for the national Headstart Program, sponsored by the Soap and Detergent Association, Weightwatchers, and Colgate-Palmolive, respectively.
In 1989, they were commissioned by the Pittsburgh Playhouse to write a musical version of "Puss 'n Boots," for its Spring Season and serve as Artists In Residence prior to its debut. "Puss 'n Boots, the Musical" was subsequently produced in other regional and community theaters. The genesis of that commission was the Pittsburgh Playhouse's production of an earlier Edelman/Fishman children's musical, "Rumpelstiltskin," originally produced in northern New Jersey.
Their other works include "On The Air," a musical spoof of the Golden Age of Radio, which first appeared Off-Broadway in 1984 with numerous subsequent theater productions; a musical based on Sidney Kingsley's landmark play, "Dead End," first developed in the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop that was chosen for a staged reading at the Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Workshop; and a musical about independent business people entitled, "Entrepreneurs".
“Nighlights”, is a collection of songs that recounts the true story of how people of all faiths and races came together in the town of Billings, Montana in 1993 to successfully fight a group of haters threatening the town’s tiny Jewish population and other minorities. Songs from “Nightlights” were first performed in a musical at the Passage Theatre in Trenton, New Jersey in 2005.
Under the auspices of Creative Audio Enterprises, their audio marketing company also doing business as HOLDCOM and Sammy Smile Music, their publishing company, they have also written and produced award-winning musical numbers for advertising and industrial projects out of their production facilities in northern New Jersey. Their music has been heard on stage, cabaret, television, radio, film, and the Internet. In recent years Holdcom expanded to offer video services from its sister company, Seevox.
Mr. Fishman received his formal musical education at Juilliard Preparatory Division and later earned his degree at Yale University. Beside his work as a composer and producer, he has also done extensive work as musical director, vocal coach, and arranger.
Mr. Edelman earned a degree in Journalism from Georgia State University. In addition to his work as lyricist and producer, he has written the librettos for a number of their musicals including, "Rumpelstiltskin," "Songsleuth," "Earthkids," and "Puss 'n Boots."