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Hollywood Forever

Book & Lyrics by Robin Share, Music & Lyrics by Ross Kalling

Tinseltown Teens all grown up

An accidental meeting of long-ago friends stirs up some buried memories of time together during the golden age of Hollywood.

Jerry A Blackburn

Gwen Hillier

Ross Kalling

Jan Roper

Robin Share

John Sparks

Jessica Snow Wilson

1001 Minutes of New Musicals

6322 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90038


Fri, Jun 9 at 9:00 pm
Sun, Jun 11 at 3:00 pm
Thu, Jun 15 at 11:00 pm
Thu, Jun 22 at 9:00 pm
Fri, Jun 23 at 7:30 pm

To buy tickets for this show, make a note of the DATE and TIME you want, and then click the link below to go to the Hollywood Fringe Festival site. NOTE that all performances at that site will be listed as 1001 MINUTES OF MUSICAL THEATRE so you need to know the date and time of the show you want to see.


Creative Team

Jessica Snow Wilson

Music Director
Jan Roper

Stage Manager
Jerry A Blackburn

Gwen Hillier
John Sparks


Jerry A Blackburn (Stage Manager) is a production stage manager at his second fringe show and his second show at NMI.   Previously Jerry has worked with Carol Channing, Kathy Najimi, Mo Gaffney, Eden Espinosa, Toni Morrell, Alejandro Patino, Mia Xitlali , Andrew Allen, Will Shupe, Conchita Belisle Newman, Philip McBride, Kay Sedia Amir Levi and Andrew Joseph Perez.  Jerry received his Master’s of orchestral conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1987 and has been working in film and theater since 1975.  Jerry would like to thank his stage manger mentor Vernon Willet for his friendship and guidance over the years.

Gwen Hillier (Cynthia) At the Hollywood Fringe, Gwen directed the 2014 world premiere of Jon Peterson’s “He Wrote Good Songs” about the life of Anthony Newley. In the indie film world, she most recently won Best Supporting Actress from New Classics Cinema Film Festival for her performance in Nate Hapke’s “Brunch,” which will be at Cannes this summer. As a casting director Gwen was with ABC’s “General Hospital” for over 20 years. And prior to that, she appeared on Broadway and first national tours of HELLO, DOLLY!, NO, NO, NANETTE, PIPPIN, EVITA, and 42ND STREET, among others. Thanks to John Carrafa for introducing me to Jessica-Snow Wilson and this terrific group of creative people.

Ross Kalling (Music & Lyrics) Is an award-winning musical director, pianist, arranger, composer/lyricist, actor/singer and voice teacher/audition coach. As a writer his plays have been performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, London and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. In film he produced/arranged the song You Can’t Tell The Difference in the Dark in Relative Strangers, sung by the stars, Danny Devito and Cathy Bates.  He was Musical Director at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse, working with such brilliant artists as Penny Fuller, Jeffrey Tambor, and Gene Reynolds. He was the founding director of Musical Curriculum for ANMT. He currently plays for Gary Imhoff’s brilliant acting classes for singers and is available for private voice lessons and coaching.

Jan Roper (Music Director) brings more than 30 years of experience in Los Angeles as a keyboard player, singer, songwriter, and composer. Her latest musical, City of Light, is one of 2 featured musicals being produced this July with the SheNYC New Works Festival at the Connelly Theater in New York City. City of Light was also selected for the 2015 ASCAP/Dreamworks Workshop. She has music directed numerous shows, including her own original rock opera, Jerusalem A.D. In 2010 the L.A. Weekly Theater Awards nominated her for Best Musical Director for her work in Godspell. Jan’s second CD, “The Sweetest Refrain” is available on iTunes and her 3rd CD will be released later this summer. She is Music Director at Church for the Nations in Glendale, Music Director at Golden Performing Arts Center, and also teaches part-time at Coast Conservatory of Music in Hermosa Beach.

Robin Share (Book & Lyrics) bookwriter and co-lyricist of Hollywood Forever, is an associate at New Musicals Inc. Her production of Windjammers (book & lyrics by Share; music by Clay Zambo) workshopped at the ANMT Stages Festival in Los Angeles in July, 2011, and debuted in 2013 at Northern Sky Theatre in Door County, WI. Her satirical anti-war piece Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington (with music by Karlan Judd), for which she wrote book and lyrics, debuted at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NY in 2007. Other works include lyrics for The Fish Whisperer (with Scott Guy and Dan Wessels); book and co-lyrics for Glitter Balls Over Green Bay (with Colin Helford);  book and lyrics for Master of the West; book, music and lyrics for Actors Alley Rep Theatre’s popular holiday classic A Country Christmas Carol; and book for Hoboken Chicken Emergency. In 1993 she wrote and directed the one-act One Day in L.A, which was performed live and televised from the Kennedy Center as part of the presidential inaugural celebration. Member: Dramatists Guild; Stage Directors & Choreographers. Alumnus: U.C. Santa Cruz, Boston University.

John Sparks (Lawrence) was the founder/co-Director of the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Inc. (1979-2002) and was the Artistic Director of ANMT from 2002 to 2012, when he took the title Founding Director Emeritus. He founded the Writers’ Workshop at Theatre Building Chicago in 1987 and also served TBC as Artistic Director from 1999 through 2009. Between the two workshops, John has mentored the work of over 250 writers, including Mark Hollmann, composer/lyricist of Urinetown; George Gorham and Dan Sticco, A Change in the Heir; Susan DiLallo and Ken Stone (both Kleban Award winners); and several Richard Rodgers Award winners. Nearly 400 shows written by workshop members have been produced in theatres across the country. Musicals for which John wrote the music, lyrics or book have been produced in Los Angeles and Chicago, including Buddy’s Plane Is Down; Babes In Barns, Hans Brinker, On The Brink and Wanting Miss Julie.

Jessica Snow Wilson (Director) was most recently seen as Gloria on the ABC tv series THE REAL O’NEALS . With NMI: as Clara in The Max Factor Factor. On BROADWAY: Olive in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Marcella in Good Vibrations, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Opposite Joey Fatone as Seymour), Crissy in HAIR (Encores), Eponine in Les Miserables, Philia in A Funny Thing…Forum. Notable Off-Broadway: Wasps In Bed (Beckett Theatre), BINGO (St. Luke’s Theatre), Toffee in Zombie Prom/Original Cast recording (Variety Arts Theatre). TV Credits: Trophy Wife, Family Trap (Pilot), Rick and Steve (Kirsten), Conviction.