|American Dream Show
(Composer, Lyricist, Book Writer and
|BONNIE LEE SANDERS
has been writing her own songs and singing them since high school with her best
friend, Marian Lipps. As artists they gave themselves the name Bonnie and the
Clydes and made their first public appearance at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater
with Bobby Vinton in Alan Freed¹s live stage show singing their own
composition Ninny Bop Bop which in 1968 made the Billboard charts.
Bonnie continued from then on......writing
performing, marrying, producing two sons -- Tony, who has produced several of
her songs (she says: You have to produce your own Producer to get your songs
out there!) and Carl, who has directed her in some theater pieces.
loves to collaborate and has co-written with Deodato, Bob Dorough, Gail
Wynters, Michele V. Pomerantz Steve Allen (long distance), Joel Diamond, Juggy
Murray and others.
The famous chanteuse, Rita Dimitri, gave Bonnie her
first break in the early 70¹s and produced a show at La Chansonnette in
New York City, Songs in Review, starring Bonnie and featuring her original
Bonnie has written contemporary songs for many current
artists and rock groups as well as songs for Hank Williams, Jr., Dr. John, Gail
Wynters, Eartha Kitt, Donna McKechnie, the American Indian group Blue Water,
the legendary group Abba, Big Bird and others. Her catalog of children¹s
music includes recordings for Columbia Records and Sesame Street Records, one
album written specifically for Dinah Shore, entitled Dinah! I've Got A
She has written theme music for the films The Black Pearl,
starring Gilbert Roland, By Dawn¹s Early Light and the first rap film,
Rappin¹, starring Mario Van Peebles. Recently, four songs of
Bonnie¹s, two written with the infamous Bob Dorough, which she performed
as well, were in the Eric Schaffer movie, Never Again, starring Jill Clayburgh,
Sandy Duncan, and Jeffrey Tambor, released in the summer of 2002. She wrote the
score for the HBO film, The Secret Cave, starring Carl Anderson.
show, Split Ends, co-written with Mark Barkan, was produced by Montauk Theater
Productions at Theater East in New York City. Her musical, Come Up N See
Me, co-written with Ellen Scbwartz and Arthur Writ, won the Quest Fest
Competition for New Musicals in Buxton, England, sponsored by Andrew Lloyd
Webber and Richard Stilgoe and will be produced in the Spring of 2004. Bonnie
has also had the honor of having her material performed in a musical production
of A Midsummer Night¹s Dream at the Spoleto Festival. This coming Fall a
new show that Bonnie is involved with, both as a writer and performer, will be
presented at Guild Hall. The title is Open Call. It has had several
presentations in New York City at the Neighborhood Playhouse and is being
produced by Patti Watt.
Bonnie won the Back Stage Bistro Award for
outstanding singer/songwriter and is a fixture on the Manhattan cabaret
circuit, currently performing her show, Positive Influences. A very strong
positive influence has been Jule Styne (for whom she wrote a radio pilot,
Broadway Live, performed at Sardi¹s with Jule, Elaine Stritch, Leroy
Reams, the vocal group, Gotham and hosted by Broadway performer, Steve Elmore).
Other influences have been Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman, Peggy Lee, Cyndi Lauper,
Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waitts and Jim Croce -- to name a few.
She was asked
by the Chelsea Mountain Boys in New York City to perform in their series of
concert tributes to Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. She was featured in the
syndicated television show, Rap to Rock, a show about the lives and music of
artists such as herself.
Her CD, Bonnie Lee Sanders -- A Seasoned
Woman, on the J.Bird Record label, is available in stores throughout the
country as well as Bonnie¹s Broadway Moon Song Shoppe, a CD of her show
which began at Theater East in New York. Her new CD/Video package, With A
Country Heart is available in stores on the East End and features a Video of
the song, Montauk, an anthem in that town that is often played at the Blessing
of the Fleet.
Bonnie and her husband, Arthur Shimkin, founder of Golden
Records, have acquired together with Karen Nason, the rights to the film, The
Rose which starred Bette Midler, for a stage production.
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