Larry Kass was born in Toledo, OH, and trained as a classical pianist beginning at a young age. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, he wrote, directed, and produced two prize-winning musicals. He has recorded 29 albums of solo piano and theater pipe organ music, comprising more than 1,000 songs by composers Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers to name only a few. He has also recorded 160 popular songs on seven albums for QRS Music Technologies utilizing their Pianomation technology for automated pianos. Since 2004, he has recorded more than 150 original songs in eight albums featuring professional musical theater and cabaret singers. Since 1993 he has been pianist and organist on the "Mighty Wurlitzer Radio Hour," a live musical variety show that recreates the era of radio’s Golden Age. Since 2001 he has been producer, scriptwriter, musical director, vocal arranger, pianist, and organist on this program, broadcast on WCLV 104.9 FM, Cleveland’s award-winning fine arts radio station. Celebrating the Great American Songbook, the program is a full-scale musical variety show with 13 performing professionals broadcast four times a year, coast to coast and around the world. Larry has written music and lyrics for nearly 4,000 songs — including ballads, blues, duets, show tunes, cabaret songs, political songs, holiday songs, operatic arias, operetta numbers, and theme songs for local television programs. He is a proud member of ASCAP.
Ron Newell was born in Cleveland, OH, and has been associated with the theater for more than 50 years. He started his acting career at the Halle Brothers Department Store in Cleveland, where he was a member of a theatrical troupe called the Halle Players. Soon, he learned the craft of set design and construction as an apprentice to the scenic designer of the display department. Before long, he designed and executed animated windows for the holidays for nearly 30 years. During that time, he wrote, directed, and produced many of the segments of the popular television program called The Mister Jing-a-ling Show, featuring a Christmas character associated with the department store. As he honed his skills as a scriptwriter, he began starring in many local productions at the Dobama Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Berea Summer Theater, Cleveland Opera, and Clague Playhouse to name only a few. In many of these productions, he was also set designer and director. A popular character actor, Ron has had featured roles in several Hollywood movies, including Shawshank Redemption, The Jesse Owens Story, Houseguests, and television dramas The West Wing and ABC Movie Of The Week. He has been seen on many nationally televised commercials. He has also had starring roles in many musicals over the years, and in some of these shows was also set designer and director. Two of his favorite and award-winning roles were in musical revues at the Palace Theater, both of which contributed to the saving of the historic theaters in Playhouse Square. Ron brings nearly a lifetime of skills as an accomplished actor to his present role as co-librettist for Tuning In, and is a proud member of Actors Equity, AFTRA, and Screen Actors Guild.