LISA DAWN MILLER
Lisa spent the first part of her life as a successful business executive, serving as First Vice President of Investments at Morgan Stanley. Desiring a strong background and foundation in business, Lisa shunned the limelight of the entertainment industry, becoming a very successful stockbroker, financial planner, stock portfolio/wealth management advisor and retirement planning specialist focusing on 401(k) retirement plans. With this knowledge, experience and foundation in place, Miller decided to turn her interest back to her love of the arts – as songwriter, singer, producer and director.
Lisa is the President of Hackett Miller, Inc. which produces live theatrical musical productions that tour throughout the U.S. She is also the Managing General Partner of the Ron Miller Songbook Publishing Company, LLC, which manages, licenses and produces reimagined master song recordings of the Ron Miller Legacy Catalogue. She is also the Managing General Partner of LDM Publishing, LLC, which owns, manages and licenses Lisa’s growing catalogue of intellectual properties, including her own songbook of over one hundred titles.
As an artist and performer, Lisa portrays “Frank’s One Love” (a character based on Frank Sinatra’s relationship with Ava Gardner), in the hit musical she produces, “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show.” Broadway World writes, “The Best Show This Year!” for the show’s run at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts where it played to record breaking crowds. The show tours extensively throughout the U.S. to rave reviews and has earned thousands of fans across the globe. Lisa produced and directed a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the musical. Her original songs can be heard in the show on the stages of hundreds of performing arts venues across the nation.
In 2016, Lisa released two EPs entitled, “Hello You” and “My Turn Begins Today,” in which she made her pop songwriting debut. She wrote “It’s Christmas” and “My Favorite Time of Year” which premiered in “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Christmas” during its nationwide holiday tour. She also performed and produced the opening and closing theme songs for the film, “When Comedy Went to School.”
As a singer and performer, New York Cabaret Scenes writes, “Lisa Dawn Miller’s show at The Metropolitan Room was one of the best shows I have ever seen. Very rarely do you get to see a singer cast a magic spell on stage and have the audience in the palm of her hand.” Jeff Rossen, Chicago Editor/Recordings Reviewer, Cabaret Scenes Magazine said of Miller’s “Fly Away” CD debut, “Take a collection of songs of exceptional quality and breadth, set them in striking arrangements and then turn the lyrics and melodies over to a singer whose voice can cut straight through the heart, and you’ve got one heck of a dazzling debut.”
Lisa’s father was legendary songwriter, Ron Miller. Some of his hit songs include “For Once in My Life,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “A Place in the Sun,” “Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday,” “Heaven Help Us All,” “I’ve Never Been to Me,” “Someday at Christmas,” “One Little Christmas Tree,” “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time,” “If I Could” and many more. “For Once in My Life” is one of the most recorded songs in music history, having been recorded by over 425 major label artists. In 2007, “For Once in My Life” won multiple Grammy Awards for the Tony Bennett/Stevie Wonder collaboration and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009. Ron received the Heroes and Legends Award (posthumously) in 2007, a lifetime achievement award in songwriting.
Lisa has produced several music videos, including for her son, 18-year-old singer/actor, Oliver Richman – who was personally invited by Stevie Wonder to share the stage when he was just 10 years old. His performance received a standing ovation from over 7,500 people at the Nokia Theatre (now Microsoft Theater) in Los Angeles. Lisa produced Oliver’s recording and music video, “For Once in My Life – The 50th Anniversary Release.” She has also written and produced numerous songs and music videos for Oliver including “Today,” “You and I,” “Rise,” and “The Diagramming Rap.” Lisa has also produced several reimagined covers for the Ron Miller Legacy Catalogue, including several recorded by Oliver, such as, “Heaven Help Us All,” “Will I Still Be Me” and “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time,” a song which was co-written by her mother, Aurora Miller.
Lisa wrote and produced the debut single “Let’s Go!” for her daughter, 12-year-old singer/actress/dancer, Ashleigh Hackett, as well as her follow up singles, “Can You Feel It,” “Slay” and “On and On and On.”
Lisa is married to comedian/actor/producer, Sandy Hackett, son of legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett. In addition to “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show,” Lisa and Sandy launched “My Buddy,” a live theatrical production about the life of Buddy Hackett, in which Sandy stars and Lisa directs. The show opened to wonderful reviews at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida and is on tour throughout the U.S.
Lisa is the co-writer and lyricist of “Growing Older,” a new musical about men going through the change of life and she is currently developing a new musical based on the life of her father entitled, “For Once in My Life.”
Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her husband and is the very proud mom of Oliver, a freshman at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and Ashleigh, a middle schooler, also a student of the performing arts.