Don Frantz is President of Town Square Productions, a theatrical management and creative development enterprise working on Broadway and beyond. On Broadway, Don was the original Associate Producer of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King”, and also General Manager for “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Soul of Shaolin” and “A Class Act.” Off-Broadway and touring productions include “Summer of ’42”, “Pirates of Penzance,” “Swango”, “Spirit – The Seventh Fire”, “All Too Human” and the upcoming “DISENCHANTED.” In theme parks and attraction, Don was the Producer/Director of Disney World’s “SpectroMagic” and the Creative Producer for two celebrated BIG-E Award winners: “KaTonga” for Busch Gardens, Tampa and SeaWorld’s Shamu show,”BELIEVE” in the Florida, Texas and California parks. Don invented the cornfield maze concept entitled the “Amazing Maize Maze.” Winning three Guinness Records for the World’s Largest Maze, it has entertained over 6,500,000 players, instigated a world-wide maze fad and as a result saved numerous family farms. In China, Don is resident artist for the Grassland Foundation of Inner Mongolian having produced and directed several original musical productions. He is a faculty member at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing where he co-produced mandarin language productions of “FAME” and “Crazy For You.” As CEO of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment’s Beijing office he was thrilled to supervise the tours of “42nd Street” and “Aida” to nine cities and over 100,000 first-time audience members of the musical theater. Don received a B.S in Music at Lebanon Valley College and an MFA in Theater Management from UCLA where he also served on the faculty of the Department of Theater, Film and Television. For Hyperion Press he authored the book A Celebration of the Broadway Musical, Beauty and the Beast.
Elliott Forrest is best known to be the host of Breakfast with the Arts on A&E Television Network for 12 years. He is currently heard on the radio in New York City on Classical 105.9FM WQXR and WNYC. He is the host and producer of the national radio broadcasts of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the award winning podcasts for the New York Philharmonic. . He also has been the ‘voice’ of LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER on PBS and for 5 years was heard on CNN. Elliott started Forrest Productions, LLC, his own production company. The first venture was to acquire the radio rights to A&E’s signature series, Biography®. Biography® for Radio can now be heard across the US and Canada. . As a producer he’s created concerts at The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Pasadena Pops and the Little Orchestra Society. And along with Partner Don Frantz, Elliott has created several theatrical events, the latest is Walkin’ Broadway™. Originally from Texas, Elliott received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Texas in Austin. He lives just outside New York City with his wife and two children. He is on the board of The New York Youth Symphony.
Rori Nogee is thrilled to be a tour guide for Walkin’ Broadway and spread her passion for all things theater. She is an actress, singer/songwriter and playwright who hails from Long Island, and began her career as a child on Broadway in Joseph…Dreamcoat. Off-Broadway: Showgirls, the Musical!(Cristal Connors), which earned her a rave review in the NY Times, Pinkalicious(New World Stages), The Berenstain Bears, Live!, Let My People Come and Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad. National Tours include: Rockband, Live!, The Wizard of Oz(Dorothy). Regional Theater: Rent(Maureen), Gypsy(Mazeppa), and the role of Watho in the world premiere of The Day Boy and the Night Girl, which earned her a Spirit Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Rori has also performed in theme parks, in the NYC Fringe and Midtown International Theater Festivals, on America’s Got Talent. As a writer, her concept musical Fragments was seen at Don’t Tell Mama, and her play, Down This Road, received numerous staged readings. She studied at NYU’s Lee Strasberg Institute, Circle in the Square Theater School, LAByrinth Theater Intensive and has a BA in theater from SUNY Cortland. She is currently the Assistant Director of Off-Broadway’s Pinkalicious.
Raina Helen Fraley is pleased to boogy down Broadway with guests from around the world! She was born and raised in Houston, Tx. She actually has a background in classical singing, having grown up with the children’s chorus at Houston Grand Opera, and studied vocal pedagogy and music at the Houston Highschool for the Performing and Visual Arts. However, she had also been bitten that pesky acting bug, so when it came time to pick a college, she chose to pursue a B.F.A in musical theatre from Syracuse University. She has been in NYC ever since graduating SU with honors, and is thrilled to be pursuing the profession. She has performed at numerous cabaret venues and off-off Broadway theaters throughout the city, and recently finished a first read of the new musical “All Fall Down”.