MC-Real People


c. 2018



Samuel BernsteinSAMUEL GAREZA BERNSTEIN adapted the musical of Mr. Confidential from his non-fiction book Mr. Confidential: The Man, the Magazine & The Movieland Massacre That Changed Hollywood Forever. Named a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year finalist, Liz Smith said the book, “Reads like a house afire in a sultry swamp!” Sam began his career as an actor and singer. In the early ‘90s he started writing. When his first play, The Liquidation of Granny Peterman, was produced, the Los Angeles Times said, "Bernstein's insights into what keeps families together are as rich as a holiday pudding." He has developed other plays through the Directors Company (NYC) and the Playwrights Company (LA), and his anthology Uncommon Heroes won a Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association. When Silent Lies, his dark, violent film about incest, was released, Sam was often erroneously referred to in interviews and events as an “incest survivor,” a misimpression that is not unrelated to his fascination with Bob Harrison and Confidential Magazine. Sam is a 2018 WGA Inclusion & Equity honoree for his new dramedy The Secret World of Danny Rizik. His Paramount and Showtime film Bobbie's Girl starred Bernadette Peters, Rachel Ward, and Jonathan Silverman. Ms. Peters received an Emmy nomination and the film received a GLAAD nomination and a Top Ten citation from The Advocate. He has also written for Judging Amy and the ABC Family show W.I.T.C.H., as well as his semi-autobigraphical web-series Kill Your Inner Child, produced for Hearst Entertainment. He lives in Los Angeles with Babyhead Productions partner and husband of over 20 years, Ronald Shore, and their three incorrigible dachshunds. Among other unions and guilds, he is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.




David SnyderDAVID SNYDER has travelled from the scoring stages of Hollywood to Carnegie Hall, where he's performed often with the New York Pops.  David has become familis a theater and film producer. He has served as a consultant, on advisory committees, and on the boards of many not for profit theater companies. His producing credits on stage include the 2015 Tony-Award Best Play nominee  Disgraced, The King's Speech, Grey Gardens, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Bridge & Tunnel,  and  Bat Boy The Musical.  Films include  The Hours, Unzipped, Just Cause, Dark Horse, Mother, Mother, The Root,  and  The Zookeeper. iar to U.S. symphony audiences this season as orchestrator and host of Here to Stay: The Gershwyn Experience, and has guest conducted the show, featuring Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, with the orchestras of Naples, Des Moines and Chattanooga. His film scores include the WWII documentary A Tradition of Honor, and his published works include the Christmas collection O Holy Night and Song of the Universal, commissioned by the 300-voice Essex Choral Society.  David has worked with show business legends from Carol Channing, Debbie Reynolds and Christine Ebersole, to newer stars such as Clay Aiken and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and has produced, arranged and conducted dozens of recordings, including Another Place and Time, the debut solo CD from the Manhattan Transfer's Alan Paul. Mr. Confidential is David's first theatre score, but a lifetime of listening to great Broadway musicals and swing era icons such as Sinatra and Stan Kenton paved the way for what has become a dream project. He would like to thank the whole Confidential team, but particularly Samuel Bernstein, who painted this world so vividly that writing the tunes was a cinch... "Natch!"