Doug Haverty, a Graphic Design Instructor at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, is also an award-winning playwright and lyricist. This weekend is the world premiere of his latest musical “The Ghost of Gershwin,” in Los Angeles.
The Ghost of Gershwin
Formerly of A&M Records and Vice President of Creative Services at All American Communications, Haverty has taught many Graphic Design courses at FIDM. He still takes on new projects, often merging his passion for music and design, through his design firm Art & Soul Design in Burbank, CA. His daughter Hartley Haverty, who is a Digital Media Alumna of FIDM, and currently a Writer/Producer and Production Manager at leading entertainment marketing agency, Pongo Productions, created the trailer seen above.
For additional information about the play, visit The Group Rep’s website.
His latest work, “The Ghost of Gershwin” set in today’s Brooklyn, focuses on a struggling young composer is haunted by the music of George Gershwin, until he meets the Ghost of Gershwin and his life is never the same. This romantic musical harkens back to the whacky world of the 1930s when the artsy tenants of an apartment building were known to burst into song and dance at the drop of the hat. The design teams include Chris Winfield and Jules Aaron for set design, and FIDM Film & TV Costume Design Alumna Angela Eads for costume design, J. Kent Inasy for lighting design, and Steve Shaw for sound design. The music was been written by Wayland Pickard, book by Doug Haverty, lyrics by Laura Manning, directed by Jules Aaron, choreographed by Michele Bernath, and produced by Richard Alan Woody.
Haverty’s award-winning plays and musicals have been produced around the world. “Could I Have This Dance?” was named “Best New Play” by The American Theatre Critics Association. His works have been presented at Cherry Lane, Charlotte Rep., Laguna Playhouse, Phoenix Theatre, Florida Studio, Theatre West, The Colony, Theatre 40, The Lyric, Here Performing Arts Center, Long Island Stage, Theatre in the Square and the Lobero, to name a few. Published works include: In My Mind’s Eye, Inside Out (A Musical), Could I Have This Dance?, Flavia & The Dream Maker (A musical). He’s been commissioned to write three musicals and one play.
Opening Night: Friday, May 9 1:00pm
Venue: Lonny Chapman Theatre – 10900 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601