Tom Dawes and Ginny Redington come from successful careers in the music business as singers, songwriters, musicians, arrangers and producers. Ms. Redington wrote songs for artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Eddy Arnold and Gladys Knight, as well as performing her own material. Mr. Dawes was a member of the rock group The Cyrkle, best known for their hits "Red Rubber Ball" and "Turn Down Day." He also produced a number of records for other artists, including two gold albums for the British blues group Foghat. Together, Ms. Redington and Mr. Dawes wrote the music and lyrics for some of the most well-known worldwide advertising campaigns of the last few decades, including "We're American Airlines", "Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz" for Alka Seltzer, "You, You're the One" for McDonald's, and "Coke is It." They have since written and photographed three popular books on antiques: The Bakelite Jewelry Book, and The Victorian Jewelry Book, and Georgian Jewellery which have had multiple printings in many languages.
The Talk of the Town was their first attempt at writing for musical theater.