Horizontal TabsDescription Go behind the scenes with Nicky Phillips and Jen Shuber, the writers of the new musical "The Journey That Saved Curious George." Learn about the true war time escape story of Rey’s and how they brought Curious George to America despite all odds. Through the lens of the writer’s process see how a musical is developed from the ground up. Curious George, the beloved children's-book monkey, is famous for narrowly escaping danger in many of his well-known stories. However, the true story of how the mischievous monkey safeguarded his creators in times of danger is not nearly as well known. Margret and H.A. Rey were Jewish immigrants who fled Paris in 1940 with not much more than the "Curious George" manuscript in their suitcase. This workshop is the story of how they escaped Nazi-occupied Europe and brought Curious George safely to America, narrowly escaping danger. Against all odds, a husband and wife find joy in a time of despair creating their artwork and stories, determined to get to safety while protecting their life's work and ultimately bringing a little monkey to millions of children for years to come. The show has had many development opportunities including being chosen for the ASCAP Stephen Schwartz Workshop, where a 45-minute excerpt of the show was presented to a panel of Broadway writers including Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell), Joe DiPietro (Memphis, Nice Work if You Can Get It) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf). It was workshopped at the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College, and the further developed at Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed, where creators Nicky Phillips and Jen Shuber spent two weeks working on The Journey That Saved Curious George with the team at Goodspeed. Artists Jen Shuber Interlochen Arts Camp alumna Jen Shuber is a Canadian director, writer and choreographer. She helped establish the Canadian Friends of Interlochen group, and has, over the years, received critical acclaim for her work, including the 2013 Siminovitch Prize Nominee for Directing; the 2011 Dora Award "Best Musical Production" for A Year With Frog and Toad, Young People's Theatre; the 2011 Dora Nomination "Best Choreography" for A Year With Frog and Toad, Young People's Theatre and the 2010 Broadwayworld.com nomination for "Best Original Choreography" and 12 other nominations related to her productions Doc, The Last Five Years, A Year with Frog and Toad and I Move Forward. In 2009 Jen was nominated for the Mike Ockrent Theatre Directing Fellowship, and in 2010 she was nominated again for the same award. The Fellowship is sponsored by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation in New York to a new generation of gifted young directors. Nicky Phillips Nicky Phillips is an award-winning composer, lyricist and performer. She is currently a member of the BMI-Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop where she was awarded the Jean Banks Award for outstanding achievement in Musical Theatre. An alumnus of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, Nicky was mentored by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and Craig Carnelia. Her work has been showcased at 54 Below, Don't Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and The New York Theatre Barn. She has had writing residencies at CAP21, the Human Race Theatre Company and was recently awarded the artist in residence at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center. She was honored to have written an original song for Colm Wilkinson that was featured in Music of the Night - a tribute to Colm Wilkinson. As a musical theatre writer, Nicky's musical works include: The Journey That Saved Curious George (ASCAP Stephen Schwartz Workshop, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, workshopped at the Canadian Music Theatre Project); Stagefright (Prospect Theatre Musical Theatre Lab); Tussaud (In Development); Bus Trip (BMI); contributed material to Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age (Forte Musical Theatre Guild); Central Park Tango (workshopped at the inaugural season of the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College and was a finalist for best musical at the Playwrights Guild of Canada Awards); and In Flanders Fields, which was first commissioned and produced by Smile Theatre Company, and then received additional productions at Golden Apple Theatre and Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary, where it was nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Production.