"This Is NOT A Drill”-the musical
Conceived and Story by Holly Doubet
Music and Lyrics by Holly Doubet, Kathy Babylon, John Vester
Book by Joseph McDonough and Holly Doubet
Musical Director Paul Bogaev
Director Gabriel Barre
Holly is from Texas, a descendant of tenacious Native American ancestors who walked and canoed there from Florida in the Indian Removal Act of 1830. She comes from a musical lineage; her great uncle played pedal steel and piano for The Light Crust Doughboys alongside Texas icon Bob Wills; her mother sang on the European opera stage; both parents lent their talents to the music department of the BBC in London; and her mom is now a sought-after vocal coach for rock star celebrities. While currently in Dallas, Holly has also lived in London, Münich, and Los Angeles. She attended the Royal Academy of Music to study classical piano in London, and went on to double major in classical piano and voice back home in the States. After working in the Los Angeles music business for nearly two decades as a studio singer, songwriter, leader of her own band, and backup singer both in L.A. and Las Vegas, Holly returned to Dallas to raise her sons, and became the songwriter for the "Barney and Friends" children's TV show for a number of years. She had several pop songs picked up for recording and media projects while working from Dallas, including one that garnered a CableAce Award nomination. She has most recently worked on completing her first musical, “This Is NOT A Drill”
Kathy is a native of Los Angeles. Born into a musical family, Kathy has been a studio singer since the age of 12. Her parents, Sue Allen and Bill Brown, had credits ranging from the Dinah Shore Show to vocals on the iconic Batman and Flinstones themes. Kathy has continued her parents’ legacy, performing on recordings and TV appearances with The Carpenters, Frank Sinatra, Joe Sample, Nigel Olson, and numerous Disney projects. Kathy’s late husband, Guy Babylon, was the arranger and keyboardist for Elton John for many years, and she remains very close to him and his band to this day. Kathy is proud to have three talented children who are now grown, and two incredible grandchilden. We have been lucky enough to have Kathy’s youngest son, Ben Babylon, produced and arranged some of the music for "This Is NOT A Drill”. Kathy and Holly have been teaming up for over 30 years, and have been great friends for longer than that.
John started writing songs in bands in the early 70s in his original hometown of Cincinnati Ohio, signing with BMI in '74. Living & working in LA since the late 70s, John has placed songs in records, films, and in TV and stage productions, John continues to write every day (in Venice CA since '87). He has released four solo albums; in 1998, 2002, 2004 & 2008 and now working on #5. John has co-written songs with the band VENICE on all their albums over the past 20 years, including European Gold Record VENICE: 2 Meter Sessions (Universal 2000). Co-writing songs for “This Is NOT A Drill” for the first time with longtime friend Holly Doubet has led to some fiery interaction & the completion of a promising new body of work. This message was approved by Holly Doubet. :)
Joe is a playwright with a variety of experiences and interests, having written plays, adaptations and the books of musicals. His new play ORDINARY AMERICANS (about blacklisted early television pioneers Gertrude Berg and Philip Loeb) received its world premiere in a co-production by Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach and GableStage in Miami in December 2019 and January 2020. His short play SOLACE was produced in New York in October 2019 as part of the Wet Paint Festival. His plays have been developed and produced around the country and he has twice received the Kaplan New American Play Prize at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Several of the musicals he has written with composer/lyricist David Kisor are published by Playscripts and Theatrical Rights Worldwide. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and New River Dramatists.
Paul is a Grammy and Emmy Award Winning Music Director, Producer, and Arranger whose film credits include the Oscar-Winning CHICAGO, NINE, DREAMGIRLS, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, MULAN, and THE LION KING. Among his many Broadway credits are AIDA, TARZAN, BOMBAY DREAMS, SUNSET BOULEVARD, LES MISERABLES, and most recently, SPIDER MAN. For television, he was music director of CINDERELLA, ANNIE and SOUTH PACIFIC. Among the artists he has worked with are Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Sting, Phil Collins, Keith Urban, Hugh Jackman, Glenn Close, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Kathy Bates, Toni Braxton, Richard Gere, Renee Zelleger, Queen Latifah, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce' Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Evan Rachel Wood, Daniel Day Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, and Fergie. He is a true artist and his passion and respect for music is inspiring.
Gabriel Barre most recently directed the new musical Amazing Grace on Broadway. He also co-created the new musical Magic To Do with Stephen Schwartz and Mark Hartman for Princess Cruises. In Prague, Czech Republic, and directed another original musical, Carmen, now seeing a revival after its four year sold out run. His credits include nominations for 13 Drama Desk Awards and 5 Outer Critics Circle awards, both including Best Director and for which he won the Calloway Award. He directed the U.S. and Canadian tour of Pippin, as well as the national tour of Rodger and Hammersteinʼs Cinderella, starring Eartha Kitt. As an actor, he has been nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical and appears often in film and on TV.