In November 2017, Jake broke his leg, and a musical was born…


Jake S. Friedman (book and music) is an award-winning animated filmmaker and published non-fiction author. He is also an animation historian and has contributed to several books and documentaries as a leading expert in Disney history. He wrote his first original play at age seven, titled “Baby Thundercloud Builds a Fire,” directing his six-year-old brothers as the dual leads. He began writing poems and songs at age nine (winning a county-wide award), and hasn’t stopped. He spent high school and college moonlighting in school theater and studying play-writing on the side, and has been teaching the story of Esther since 2004. His favorite musicals are Little Shop of Horrors, Pippen, Music Man, and Les Mis. He is currently earning his graduate degree in creative arts psychotherapy.

Jake has been an educator, an animator, an author, and an activist.


Josh Ehrlich (musical arrangement) is a composer and music educator in New York City. A prolific arranger for ensembles such as GQ, the Rutgers Glee Club, and Voices of Gotham, Josh has also music directed, arranged, and composed for several Off-Broadway shows, including The ImbibleHe served as the choral director at Golda Och Academy for six years, founding a chamber choir, recording three full-length albums, and developing original curricula in music theory and appreciation. Over the past seven summers, he revitalized the music program at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, arranging for and directing a large staff of musicians in weekly productions. He holds a Master's Degree in composition from Rutgers and a Bachelor's from Yale where he music directed the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus