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Meet Chana

Welcome to my website!

I am an LA based lyricist/librettist specializing in musical theatre. I have written both book and lyrics for Mary Marie (2015 Richard Rodgers Award finalist, NAMT Festival 2014), Tinseltown Christmas, (numerous productions in Southern California) Bagels! (2015 Neil Simon Playwriting Contest finalist, TRU Voices finalist) and the short musical film “The Coffee Quintet”, all with music by Carl Johnson. I wrote lyrics for Cardinal Sins, Centerstage Theatre, Spring 2017, The Max Factor Factor, NoHo Arts Center 8/2014, Earthbound, an electronica musical, SkyPilot Theatre, Summer, 2012, and The Island, SkyPilot Theatre, Summer, 2013.

I also write lyrics for Pop, Adult Contemporary, as well as some singer-songwriter songs, (although I try not to perform them myself!)  My holiday songs have been featured in concerts by both the Dubuque and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestras. You can check them all out, on my “What’s New” page.

Currently, I am working on a new musical, All You Can Eat, which is a musical exploration of one of my favorite subjects, food!

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"Working with Chana and Carl was one of the best experiences of my professional career. Tinseltown Christmas is still being talked about by our patrons today."

~Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair, Department of Drama, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine

"...Nobody writes a sweetly wistful, romantic ballad like the composer-lyricist team of Jonathan Price and Chana Wise."

~Bill Raden, LA Weekly

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