Judith Sapperstein

Playwright Composer Lyricist Librettist

I am one half of the writing team, Sapperstein & Murway, the other half being my partner, Gary Murway.
I started my theater career in 1981 at the Keswick Theater (A 1300 seat proscenium stage theater).  While at the Keswick I acted in several shows, Produced, Directed, and was even called upon by the theater’s Music Director to co-write a musical called “By George”, which told the story of the life of George Gershwin.  This show was extremely successful in that it was SRO for two nights and nearly filled the theater for the balance of the performances.

My partner Gary Murway has been a professional musician since 1964.  He started out in New York and grew to working at such places as “Tavern on the Green”, “Hotel Pierre”, “The Plaza Hotel”, and “The Waldorf”.  He’s worked with National Band Leaders such as “Myer and Emery Davis”, “Peter Duchin”, and “Lester Lanin”, to name a few.  Gary also had the opportunity to work as back-up musician for “The Drifters”, The Times”, ” The Dovells”, “The Crystals”, “The Shirelles”, “Leslie Uggams”, and “Tom Sullivan”.   Over the years, Gary’s performed for thousands of people all across the country in lots of venues including nightclubs and television.  He’s even performed at Steel Pier and the Franklin Institute.   Additionally, he’s worked as recording side man on guitar and bass for major studios such as Columbia, Associated, Electric Lady Land, Belle, Ultrasonic, and Sigma Sound.

We met in 1980 and started our own recording studio where we wrote and recorded audio commercials and even developed, co-produced, directed, and wrote all the music for an audio exercise program for a client located in Bucks County, PA.  It was at this time that we began writing music together.

In 2007, we reconnected and decided to pool our well-earned talents and experience and begin to formulate our catalog of Musicals and Plays.  Our inspiration to write new works is on-going and, therefore, our catalog is continually growing.   Our works have been performed in theaters throughout the country and have recently gone international.

Highlights

AWARDS:

Our work, "Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus" took first place in the 2016 Liverpool International Theatre Festival.  Our thanks to Director Ruth K. Brown and the cast who took this work up to Nova Scotia to compete!