Richard Peshkin, Composer/Lyricist
Richard began writing music as a child and studied music composition at the Horace Mann School in New York. Throughout his career as a medical doctor, Richard continued writing pop music without interruption, composing songs for a myriad of projects. Richard's musical influences include Burt Bacharach, Carole King and Jimmy Webb. After collaborating on pop songs that were evaluated by Atlantic Records and other labels, the recurring message from studio executives was that Richard's songs were "too Broadway." By the time a friend asked him to contribute a ballad to a movie screenplay, Richard had retired from medicine and was bitten by the musical theatre bug. His prowess at tennis, his other passion, earned him the nickname “Ace,” just like the character in Boca Bound.
Bonnie Logan, Librettist
Bonnie’s long, distinguished career in the field of organizational development was followed by years of building a family business in Virginia. Throughout those years, Bonnie was an avid consumer of theatre, always drawn to the stories being told onstage. In 2017, while convalescing from an injury, Bonnie was presented with the opportunity to write a story for the stage. Pulling from her lifelong knowledge of human behavior and her love of storytelling, Bonnie dove into creating and writing the story of Boca Bound. It is her hope that audiences will find something of themselves in her characters.
Chad Larabee, Director
Chad is a New York based director who works extensively in the development of new plays and
musicals. He directed the critically acclaimed off-Broadway revival of Garson Kanin’s classic, Dreyfus in Rehearsal, as well as the London world-premiere of Ain’t We Got Fun.Additional Off-Broadway credits include the world-premieres of POPart The Musical, Do Not Disturb, Molineaux, and Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island. Chad is an Artistic Associate at Northern Stage where his directing credits include Mary Poppins, Disney’s The Little Mermaid,and Clybourne Park. Chad’s award-winning short films The Ghosts of Ethan Dean, (in)rhythm and Life in Free Fall have been seen in film festivals across the country. Other regional credits include Little Women the Musical, On Golden Pond, Violet, Assassins, Big River, Singin’ in the Rain, and more. Chad was proud to work on From Broadway with Love: A Concert for Parkland, USA last spring, benefiting the victims and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Chad is a graduate of The University of Iowa, and Florida State University where he received his MFA in Directing. He is the Head of Performance at the University at Albany Theatre Program. Chad is a member of SDC.
Michael J Moritz Jr, Music Supervisor/Vocal Arranger
Michael J. Moritz Jr. is a two-time Tony Award nominated American theatrical producer, record producer, an Emmy Award winner, music supervisor, music director, arranger, Broadway music supervisor, performer and pianist. Michael's work as a pianist, music director and arranger is featured on many recordings in the pop and musical theatre genres. Michael is on the Board of Directors for The Angel Band Project. Most recently, Michael has received both TONY and Olivier award nominations as a co producer for Broadway/West End's Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Other notable Broadway producing credits include Big Fish, A Night With Janis Joplin, On The Town, and The Velocity of Autumn. Michael has musically directed 200+ theatrical productions throughout the US and UK. Known as the ‘Musical Director to the Stars,’ Michael has received high praise for his music direction and performance piano work in both Broadway and Pop arenas.
Karen Peshkin, Project Coordinator
Karen was born to be part of the world of musical theatre. She grew up in a family of artists with a mother who sang opera and Broadway music and entertained the troops with the USO, and a sister who was a pop composer and was featured in a Broadway musical. Karen herself grew up playing the piano and singing, and she has contributed many lyrics to her husband Richard’s songs over the years. Though she trained to become a math teacher, Karen spent 15 years managing Richard’s medical practice while raising their two daughters. She has provided invaluable support to both Richard and Bonnie throughout the creation of Boca Bound and is a vital part of the creative team as the coordinator of the Boca Bound project.