Meet Bookwriter/Lyricist DJ Salisbury
DJ Salisbury (Bookwriter/Lyricist) co-founded the Musical Writers’ Playground, a peer support organization for writers of musical theater. It was during the group’s sessions that he and Neil Berg began writing The Man Who Would Be King. DJ’s first produced musical was based on characers from the novels of P.L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins) and was entitled Search for the Sparkle. He co-wrote the book and lyrics for The Music City Christmas Spectacular which debuted in Nashville in 2004, and he co-wrote and directed yet another Christmas spectacular, Holiday Century, which had it’s third production in 2008. Currently, he is working on a new project with composer Todd Almond based on an award-winning Belgian film, and a musical based on the novel Where the Lilies Bloom. The short musical film for which DJ wrote book and lyrics (composer: Matt Gould), “Only Time Will Tell,” was a crowd favorite at NYC’s 10th RIPFest in the spring of 2009. He also wrote the book and lyrics for an adaptation of Truman Capote's Children on Their Birthdays. DJ writes industrial shows for Overland Entertainment in NYC, Creative Innovation Team NYC, and CorporateMagic, a division of Gaylord International based in Dallas and Nashville. Major clients for which he has written songs and comic sketches include Rite Aid, Suzuki, Computer Associates, J.C. Penny and Girl Scouts of America. His original children’s musical magic show, Merlin’s Magicademy, has been produced in Six Flags theme parks nationwide. In fall 2007, he wrote the telescript (and lyrics for the original songs) for the state of Oklahoma’s Centennial Celebration featuring Reba McIntyre, Vince Gill, Shirley Jones, Carrie Underwood and Kelli O’Hara. The special won a 2008 Emmy award. DJ's play Perfect European Man won Best Production, Best Actor and Best Direction awards in the Fresh Fruit Festival NYC of 2010.
As a director-choreographer, DJ has worked nationwide at theaters that include Papermill Playhouse, California Musical Theatre, ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina, West Virginia Public, Gateway Playhouse, Dallas Summer Musicals, Riverside Florida. Montana’s Alpine Theatre Project and Lyric Theater of Oklahoma. Favorite director-choreographer experiences include Man of La Mancha, 9 productions of The Will Rogers Follies (including the 2003 tour starring Larry Gatlin), Evita, The Full Monty, La Cage Aux Folles, Ragtime and The Wizard of Oz. DJ was fortunate to work as dance assistant on the original Broadway production of The Will Rogers Follies with Tommy Tune and Jeff Calhoun. Of new musicals which DJ had a hand in crafting, highlights are Femme Fatale starring Sara Ramirez (Grey's Anatomy), a staged reading of the revised chamber version of The Mystery of Edwin Drood starring Sally Struthers, and Harold and Maude starring Estelle Parsons. Expected for production Off Broadway in 2011, DJ will direct the rock musical Chix 6 by Lourds Lane. He recently directed a reading of the zany, interactive musical by Randy Courts and Bobby Houston entitled Viva la Diva!. As Choreographer and Artistic Director for the “Dancing with the Stars 2007” promotional “Road Trip,” DJ enjoyed his national television choreographic debut on the Rachael Ray Show. In NYC,