Jill Santoriello (Music / Lyrics / Book) is the award-winning author of the Broadway musical “A Tale of Two Cities” which received a 2008 Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Best Actor. "A Tale of Two Cities" also earned 3 Drama Desk Nominations and a Drama League nomination. Prior to Broadway, the world premiere production enjoyed a sold-out run at Florida's historic Asolo Repertory Theatre, winning numerous awards including Best Musical of the season. Jill is one of only two women in history to write book, music and lyrics for a Broadway musical.
Following Broadway, Jill adapted the musical and served as Executive Producer for the PBS special "A Tale of Two Cities - in Concert". The program was narrated by veteran actor Michael York, was filmed in the history Theatre Royale in Brighton, England and featured many of the stars of the Original Broadway Cast. A DVD of the concert and accompanying CD are available at Amazon.com. "A Tale of Two Cities" has been produced in Seoul, South Korea (three times) and in Tokyo, Japan as well as Germany, Canada, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England and the United States. The show continues to win awards and acclaim around the world with two NODA Awards for Best Musical for productions in Solihull, England and Tredegar, Wales and numerous nominations. The professional, stock & amateur rights to perform "A Tale of Two Cities" are available for license through Samuel French. Publications include the Samuel French Acting Edition of the Broadway script as well as Vocal Selections by Alfred Publishing.
Most recently Jill recently collaborated with Pulitzer Prize and Oscar winning writer John Patrick Shanley to write a song for “Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project”. Jill is proud to have joined Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Tom Kitt, Charles Strouse and many others in contributing material to the 17-song collection of lullabies to benefit breast cancer research. The song, “Riding A White Horse” with lyrics by Shanley and music by Santoriello is featured on the double CD and also the E-Book, both available on Amazon, I tunes and from the website: overthemoonbroadway.com. Jill also wrote music and lyrics for the song “As Long As I Have You” which premiered at the American Cancer Society Hope Gala in Honolulu sung by her friend and cancer survivor Rebecca Robbins.
Jill is a self-taught musician who began composing music in her early teens - an outgrowth of having played piano by ear from the age of six. She wrote the first notes of music for “A Tale of Two Cities” when she was fifteen – more than twenty-five years before the world premiere – and pursued the dream of production while working full-time for thirteen years in original programming at Showtime Networks. She has a BS in Journalism from Ohio University, is a 6-time Ascap Plus Award winner and an alumna of the distinguished BMI and ASCAP Musical Theater Workshops. Jill could not be happier that Jeremiah James came to her with this oddly romantic and wonderful true story idea for a new musical. Other future projects include a musical version of the New York Times Best Seller “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. Visit Jill’s website at www.jillsantoriello.com.