About the Creators

Sundown: A Musical Fable Of The Old West

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Peter Link, Composer

Peter Link (music) won the Drama Desk Award as composer of the musical Salvation, and his scores for Joseph Papp’s Much Ado About Nothing and Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor earned him back-to-back Tony Award nominations. As composer-in-residence at the New York Shakespeare Festival, he wrote the scores for many shows, including Iphigenia, Older People, The Orphan, Comedy of Errors, and Trelawney of the Wells.

Broadway credits include Ulysses in Nightgown, starring Zero Mostel; Lysistrata, starring Melina Mercouri; The Mighty Gents, starring Morgan Freeman; and the musical King of Hearts.

Peter’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick, Peggy Lee, and even Mae West. Ronnie Dyson’s recording of Peter’s "If You Let Me Make Love to You (Then Why Can't I Touch You)" from Salvation became a Billboard #1 hit, earning Peter a gold record and selling over two million copies.

Peter Link has also scored several movies and created the award-winning PBS children’s show Vegetable Soup. Additionally, he has contributed music to Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and The Big Blue Marble.

As an actor, he has appeared in a long running role on CBS’s As the World Turns and on Broadway in Hair. Peter is CEO and Creative Director of Watchfire Music, an inspirational music company.

Joe Bravaco and Larry Rossler, Book and Lyrics

Joe Bravaco (book) and Larry Rosler (lyrics) collaborated with composer Peter Link on the musical Island, presented by Portland Stage, Virginia Stage, and 12 Miles West, and Sundown, presented by Barter Theatre, Adobe Theater, and Lyric Stage, where it won a Dallas Drama League nomination for Best New Play or Musical. They are also co-authors of The Almost True and Truly Remarkable Adventures of Israel Potter, presented by the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Meredith, New Hampshire, Oldcastle Theatre, Bennington, Vermont, and Bluff City Theatre, Hannibal, Missouri.

Israel Potter, an adaptation of a novel by Herman Melville, was also represented in the 2015 New Play Showcase at Throughline Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received developmental readings at 12 Miles West Theatre, Montclair, New Jersey, and at Heiress Productions, New York City, where it was co-winner of the Inaugural Heiress Productions Playwriting Competition.

Bravaco and Rosler are also the authors of Xmas in Las Vegas, a musical based on the play by Jack Richardson, with music by Tony Finno. The show was a semi-finalist in the Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest and winner of a MainStreet Musicals Director's Choice Award.

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