JOE PATRICK WARD (Music & Lyrics)
Joe scored the entire first season of the cult television comedy Sordid Lives: The Series on the Logo Channel. Based on the popular play and film, the series starred Rue McClanahan, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Caroline Rhea, and Leslie Jordan. He scored the motion picture Blues for Willadean, starring Beth Grant, Dale Dickey and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.
Joe wrote the music and lyrics for the off-Broadway musical Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies (starring Leslie Jordan), which ran for six months at the Soho Playhouse, then played in Los Angeles, Richmond and Fort Worth (in a production he also directed). He wrote the book, music and lyrics for Fools For Broadway, which was recently workshopped by the acclaimed Director's Company in NYC. He created the cult favorite The Grave White Way at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles ( Ovation Award nominee). He wrote the songs for Del Shores' hit play with music, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife (Ovation Nominee & L.A. Drama Critics Winner), which was published by Samuel French, Inc. and is now playing in theatres all over the country.
CONNIE CHAMPAGNE ("Judy Garland")
Connie is an American singer, song-writer and actor. She won the San Francisco Weekly Wammie Award for Outstanding Cabaret/Lounge Performer. She is known for performing Judy Garland impersonations including Christmas With the Crawfords in 2001 and Imagine Judy Garland: An Evening With Connie Champagne in 2003. She won a 2007 Bay Area Critics Circle Award (BACCA) for her role in Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Champagne has also performed in 2008 Dusty Springfield tribute show Brand New Me. Connie won the coveted Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Judy's Scary Little Christmas in 2002, directed and choreographed by Kay Cole.