Janet Yates Vogt (Playwright, Composer, and Lyricist), along with her writing partner, Mark Friedman, are the authors of several musicals ranging from their critically acclaimed Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, described by Rosie’s brother, Nick, as “the perfect arc of our lives” – to their nationally toured young audience musicals including How I Became a Pirate and Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale. Janet traces her love of musicals back to a young age when she accompanied her father singing love songs to her mother – and her composing back to the first grade when her teacher taught Janet’s first compositions to the class to sing. Janet, a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is also the composer of numerous educational keyboard books and choral music published worldwide. She lives in Cincinnati and is married to her husband, George, who drove Janet to her piano lessons when she was a teenager (she owes a lot to George!)
Janet and Mark are a unique writing team, with each of them writing together the book, music and lyrics for their musicals. They are proud to have been commissioned by several theatres, including The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio) The Columbus Children’s Theatre (Columbus, Ohio), Kalamazoo Civic Theatre (Kalamazoo, Michigan), and Casa Manana Theatre (Fort Worth, Texas). Their works have played at numerous theaters – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; The Old Log Theatre, Excelsior MN; Center REP Theatre, Walnut Creek, CA; Orlando REP; Merry-Go Round Playhouse, Auburn NY; Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers; Red Barn Theatre, Key West; Wimbledon Studio Theatre, UK; Erith Playhouse, Erith, Kent; Dallas Children’s Theatre; Omaha Theatre Company, Omaha NE; SCERA Center for the Arts, Orem, Utah; San Diego Junior Theatre; Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, PA; Plaza Theatrical Productions, Lynwood, NY; Altarena Playhouse, Alameda, CA; Weston Playhouse, Weston, VT; Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton, CT; and many others.
Janet and Mark’s shows also include Sleepy Hollow, A Musical Tale; Alice in Wonderland; Anne of Green Gables; Jingle ARRGH the Way; Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Crown Jewel; Snow White & the Prince, and The Magical Adventures of Merlin which have appeared in 49 states (one more to go!) as well as Australia, Germany, New Zealand, South Korea, China, Canada, the Philippines, and England. Janet and Mark are thrilled to be represented by Theatrical Rights Worldwide and hope you will consider their riveting and surprising glimpse into the life of the legend Rosemary Clooney described by critics as “a must see” – or explore one of their many TYA musicals, including their popular pirate adventures based upon Melinda Long’s best-selling children’s books – or jump into literary classics like Alice in Wonderland and her journey down the rabbit hole – or the haunting tale of Sleepy Hollow’s Headless Horseman – or the beloved story of Anne finally finding a home at Green Gables – or take your audiences on a mystery that only Sherlock Holmes could solve – or see Snow White’s fairy tale unfold in a whimsical and fresh new way.
Janet and Mark’s literary representation is with Jonathan Mills, Paradigm Agency. Please check out their website vogtfriedmancomposers.com for more information.