Production Team


Francis J. McKenna
Executive Producer
Frank McKenna began his producing career serving three years on the executive staff of the largest student-run event in the world: UCLA’s Mardi Gras. Frank has been Executive Producer for “Dean Regan In Concert” since 1999 and has also been on the production teams of numerous concerts, films and theatrical events. Currently, Frank is also Research Director for QBI in Woodland Hills, California. Frank resides in Van Nuys, California and is the fifth oldest of fourteen siblings.


Barry Kleinbort
Director
For over twenty-five years, Barry Kleinbort has worked as a director, composer, lyricist, and librettist earning him the prestigious Edward Kleban Foundation Award for Lyric Writing, a 2002 and 2003 Gilman-Gonzalez Musical Theatre Commendation Award, the 2007 ASCAP Foundation Jamie deRoy award, two Back Stage Bistro awards, ten Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) awards, and two Cable “Telly” awards. Throughout the United States and in Europe, Mr. Kleinbort has directed and/or written material for such show biz luminaries as Kaye Ballard, Regis Philbin, Marcia Lewis, Mary Cleere Haran, John Barrowman, Penny Fuller, Karen Mason, Rita Gardner, Brent Barrett, Jeff Harnar, Heather MacRae, Jerry Hadley and many others.  He has written and directed countless cabaret shows, and has conceived and directed topical revues and intimate theater productions in this country and abroad, including Rita Gardner’s “Try to Remember-A Look at Off-Broadway” at the Sullivan Street theater, as well as lavish special event evenings including the all-star Kurt Weill Gala at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Donna Murphy and the late Jerry Orbach.  He recently adapted and directed the New York premiere of Bob Merrill’s musical “The Prince of Grand Street” starring Mike Burstyn for the Jewish Rep and John Epperson’s well received autobiographical evening “Show Trash” at the Studio Theater in Washington D.C. His new musical, “Was”, (based on Geoff Ryman’s cult classic with music by Joseph Thalken) was the inaugural production of the American Music Theater Project in Chicago.

Incidental music and songs include: the off-Broadway production of “Second Avenue” by Allan Knee and the book, music and lyrics for “Angelina”, librettist for David Levy’s “Perfect Harmony”, a musical play about the lives of the Barry Sisters and written continuity for “A Washington Opera Celebration” and the 2003 presentation of “Die Fledermaus” for PBS.  Over the past two seasons, he has written for six PBS broadcasts of Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops and, currently, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops. For the past three seasons, he has taught song performance at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference in Connecticut and also at Perry Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  A highly acclaimed revue of his theater songs, “Big City Rhythm”, which played the Triad Theater in New York City, is available on Harbinger Records.


Nick Fryman
Conductor, Musical Direction & Orchestrations
Nick Fryman has served as musical director for Dean Regan in Concert since 1996. He has arranged for Bette Midler, Howie Mandel, Holland America Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and orchestrated for feature animation and television. Nick was Musical Director/Arranger for: “The New York Alumni Show” starring Milton Berle; the University of Texas Experimental Jazz Ensemble; “The Footlight Follies Show;” the “All Nite Show;” several musical theater productions; and “Carrascolendas,” the award-winning PBS children’s bilingual television series. Mr. Fryman also tours with entertainer/actress, Ann-Margret.


Paula Kaatz (In Loving Memory, May 3, 2013)
Costume Design
Three-time Emmy Award© winner Paula Kaatz (“China Beach”, “The Letter”, “Pancho Barnes”) creates the costume design for Dean Regan’s concerts. Paula, who’s career in the costume industry spans over forty years, began working with the legendary Edith Head on “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. She is currently using her years of experience to serve with the Motion Pictures Costumers Local 705. Ms. Kaatz is also a Guest Lecturer in Costume Design, Costume Supervision and fields related to Motion Picture and Television Production.


Thomas Griep
Additional Orchestrations
Thom Griep has worked in most of the major venues in southern California, including the Shubert Theater (“Mamma Mia”), the Mark Taper Forum (“Big River”), the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (“The Dead”), Southbay (“Wizard of Oz”), and the Orange County Performing Arts Center (“Annie Get Your Gun”). His arrangements of Henry Mancini Christmas music have been performed at The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He has worked on several movies, including “Prince of Egypt,” “Pocahontas” and “Shrek.” He is currently running the business Audition Trax (auditiontrax.com) where he provides singers with quality piano tracks for their auditions.

Creative Media
Tris Beezley, Tris Beezley Photography and Design, www.TrisBeezley.com
Karchi Perlmann, Karchi Perlmann Photography, www.KarchiP.com
Mark Ciglar, Cinevative Productions, www.Cinevative.com
Alex Rothauser, Editorial Cinematographer, www.cbedit.com
Amy Kramer, Counterintuity, www.Counterintuity.com

Special Thanks
Alan Bergman, Betty Buckley, Rev. James Daly, Bruce Eckstut, Larry French, Penny Fuller, Kate Groover, Suzanne Kiechle, Barry Kleinbort, Ross Kramer, Rev. Marc Laponce, Jeanne Lehman-French, Shelly Markham, Marianne and Jim Matthews, Ann McKenna, Larry Moss, Jessica Pennington, Helen, “Peck,” Rae, Scott, Marcia, Ami and Elizabeth Regan, Calvin Remsberg, Jerry Ross and Adrienne Crane-Ross, David Rowell, Eric Rudy, Don Snyder, Eric Stevens, Lise-Marie Wertanzl, Russ Weatherford, Margaret Whiting, Crystal Cruises and The Eugene O’Neil Theater Center.

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