"Berton L. Averre" was the lead guitarist with the Los Angeles rock band The Knack. They had a No. 6 UK/No. 1 US hit with "My Sharona", which sold 10 million copies in the US. Aside from being a vocal arranger, he has toured with the likes of Robby Krieger, Bette Midler, The Cowsills and Sarah Brightman.

In the 1990s, he turned his creative energies towards the theater and developed a screenplay with Tom Schulman, screenwriter of Dead Poets Society and What About Bob?. In 1993, he joined the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles, where he met Rob Meurer. As a duo, with Berton as composer, Rob as lyricist, and both as book writers, they have written three musical comedies. The first show, The Party's Over, received productions in Chicago and La Mirada. The second show, Jungle Man!, has had two hit productions at Stage One in Wichita, in 2000 and 2002. Robin Hood: The Untold Story, the team's third effort, was the hit of the ASCAP/Disney Workshop in 2001 and has been seen in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Long Beach.

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