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MARVIN LAIRD is the composer of the award-winning Off-Broadway musical, Ruthless!. His collaboration with Joel Paley, the author/lyricist of that show, has been ongoing for 25 years. Their most recent piece, The Yiddish are Coming…! The Yiddish are Coming…! is currently playing regionally throughout North America. Since the 1960s, he has conducted and/or written dance and vocal arrangements for over two dozen Broadway and West End shows, including the award-winning production of Annie Get Your Gun, and the most recent Broadway revival of Gypsy, both starring Bernadette Peters. Laird supplied the music for the Lar Lubovitch ballet, Smile with My Heart, which had its world premiere with both Lubovitch’s company and the ABT in New York. In the early ’60s, he was assistant conductor for a national tour of Gypsy, which also featured a child actress named…Bernadette Peters. The rest is history.