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Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Matte O’Brien and Matt Vinson
Based on the famous novel by Lucy M. Montgomery, which has sold over 50 million copies and been translated into 36 languages, Anne of Green Gables tells the story of Anne Shirley, a young orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, unmarried siblings, on their family farm, Green Gables. She is an imaginative, excitable, fiercely independent, opinionated, stubborn, loving, dramatic, unintentionally hilarious girl – who’s constantly getting herself into trouble. With a score that blends folk-rock, pop, gospel, and musical theater styles; and a script that grapples with questions of family, friendship, and the bittersweet trials of adolescence, this new musical version of Anne of Green Gables is the classic story with a contemporary twist.
About the Team
Matte O’Brien (Book, Music & Lyrics) is a writer/director based in New York City. He began his theatrical career, over twenty years ago, as a performer. He is a member of The Actors Equity Association and has appeared Off Broadway, on National Tours, and at regional theaters across the country.
As a writer, he has had numerous pieces produced throughout the United States and Europe, including White Noise, a rock musical produced by Whoopi Goldberg and directed by Sergio Trujillo; which had successful commercial runs at Le Petit Theatre in the French Quarter of New Orleans and the Royal George Theater in Chicago. Mr. O’Brien received a Jeff Award nomination for the Chicago production. His musical Peter & I, written with composer Matt Vinson, was produced Off Broadway through the Araca Project at the American Theatre of Actors, and his play THE MEANING OF LIFE… and other useless pieces of information was seen at The Ken Davenport Theatre in New York City. Additional credits include workshops of Morning Has Broken and Becoming David; the latter starring Tony Award nominee, Lorraine Serabian. He is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild.
Matte has directed a wide range of plays and musicals in both the USA and UK, featuring Tony and Olivier Award winning talent. In 2013, he wrote and directed the critically acclaimed play, As Flies to Wanton Boys at The Arches in Glasgow; and staged the world premier of Catherine Grosvenor’s, The Tinderbox, which toured London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. He served for three seasons as the Artistic Director for the Colonie Summer Theatre and is a founding member and the Producing Artistic Director of Rope Swing Entertainment in New York City.
Matte holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and a Masters in Classic and Contemporary Text from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Current projects include: The Wonderful Mr. & Mrs. O’Leary, a new play that premiered at The Actors Company Theatre starring, Tony award winner, Alice Ripley; a musical adaptation of Anne of Green Gables which had workshops this spring at Syracuse University, the College of Charleston, and in New York City; CAKE, a rock concert which was featured at BC Beat 2015, choreographed by Jennifer Jancuska; and The Worst Was This, commissioned by The Wild Goose Chase Theatre Company in London.
Matt Vinson (Book, Music & Lyrics) is a New York City based composer, pianist, and arranger. His songs and compositions have been performed at numerous classical, theatrical, and cabaret venues across the US and Europe. Musical works for theatre include Peter & I, CAKE, and Anne of Green Gables with librettist Matte O’Brien; Exiles in Paradise, Doing Nothing All Day, Willie, Mickey, & the Duke, and Elfriede’s Story, written for California Repertory Company; and vocal arrangements and music coordination for Political Subversities, conceived by Elizabeth Swados. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music & Humanities from the University of Southern California, completed advanced studies in composition and conducting at New York University, and is a composing alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.