DIANNE ADAMS (Composer, Musical Director) a native of West Virginia and former NYC resident, has a widely varied musical background. As both composer / lyricist and musical director / arranger, her credits span from Broadway shows and jingles to television and Radio City Music Hall. She is the recipient of numerous A.S.C.A.P. awards, three of which were garnered at the age of 19 for the score of her first off-Broadway musical, One and One. Dianne has participated in a multitude of NYC productions, most notably as Associate Conductor and Vocal Arranger of the Broadway Musical, Starmites, which received six Tony nominations, including Best Musical. As musical director, coach and pianist, she has worked with Grammy Award- winning artist Cleo Laine, as well as Tony-Recipient Nathan Lane (The Producers). Dianne's vocal arrangements have been performed at regional theatres and on stages throughout the country, including Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Hartford Stage in Connecticut, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, The Cleveland Playhouse, Syracuse Stage and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, among others. She was nominated for the 2002 Helen Hayes Award in the category of Outstanding Musical Direction for the production of Tazewell Thompson's Constant Star at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., which features her a capella settings of 16 traditional spirituals. She was also the recipient of the 2004 Barrymore Award. While living in Manhattan, Dianne met husband / collaborator James McDowell. As a team they have written, produced and arranged for the Broadway stage and cast recordings, including their highly acclaimed musical The Wind in the Willows (written with adapter / co-lyricist Gerardine Clark). Willows moved from Syracuse Stage for a limited run at The New Victory Theatre on Broadway, and broke all previous box office records. Dianne currently lives with her husband and two sons, Taylor and Mason, in the house they built on five wooded acres in Central New York.

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