(Book and Co-Lyrics) won two Tony Awards for co-writing Memphis. Memphis also received the 2010 TONY, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. He was nominated for a Tony Award and won a Drama Desk Award for his book for his current Broadway show Nice Work If You Can Get It starring Matthew Broderick. His other plays and musicals include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (the longest-running musical revue in Off-Broadway history); The Toxic Avenger and The Thing About Men (both winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical); the much produced comedy Over the River and Through The Woods; The Art of Murder (Edgar Award winner for Best Mystery Play); and the Broadway musical All Shook Up. His work has received thousands of productions across the country and around the world.
(Director) has served as Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse since October 2007. During his tenure, he has helmed the Playhouse’s world-premiere productions of Arthur Kopit’s A Dram of Drummhicit, Claudia Shear’s Restoration, as well as Glengarry Glen Ross, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the acclaimed musicals Xanadu and Memphis, which went on to win four 2010 Tony Awards on Broadway, including Best Musical. Prior to joining the Playhouse, he directed the Broadway productions of Xanadu (Drama Desk nomination), All Shook Up and The Rocky Horror Show (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), as well as the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration productions of Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along. Other New York credits include: Leap of Faith, Blown Sideways Through Life, Jeffrey (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla, Regrets Only, Wonder of the World, Communicating Doors, Bunny Bunny, The Night Hank Williams Died, Fires in the Mirror (Lucille Lortel Award), among others. Mr. Ashley also directed the feature film Jeffrey and the American Playhouse production of Blown Sideways Through Life for PBS. Mr. Ashley is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, the Drama League Director Fellowship and an NEA/TCG Director Fellowship.
(Choreographer). Broadway: Tony and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys (Olivier, Drama Desk, Dora, OCC Award noms.), Leap of Faith (Drama Desk, Astaire noms.), The Addams Family, Next to Normal (Lucille Lortel Award nom.), All Shook Up, Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nom.). Off-Broadway: Saved (Lucille Lortel nom.), The Capeman, Romeo & Juliet (Public), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Kismet (Encores!), Salome (NYC Opera). Regional: White Noise (director/choreographer), The Wiz, Zhivago (La Jolla), Mambo Kings, The Marriage of Figaro (L.A. Opera), Chita and All That Jazz. International: Disney’s Tarzan (World Theatre Award nom.); West Side Story; The Sound of Music(Stratford); Peggy Sue Got Married (West End); Kiss Me, Kate (Japan). TV: Judging/choreographing on “So You Think You Can Dance: Canada,” “Broadway: The American Musical” (PBS), “The 14th American Comedy Awards” (ABC), “Triple Sensation” (CBC). Ovation Award for Empire: A New American Musical, four Dora Award nominations in Canada. Upcoming: Director and choreographer for the National tour and Broadway production of Flashdance. On Broadway:Hands on a Hardbody; Venice (The Public).
(Music Producer/Music Supervisor). Orchestrations: Porgy and Bess (2012 Tony Nomination – Best Orchestrations) Les Misérables (B’way, Madrid, Netherlands, London, UK tour, U.S. tour, Dutch album, Spanish album, 25th anniversary album, O2 arena concert—also DVD/Blu-ray), Do You Hear the People Sing? (symphonic tour of Schonberg/Boublil) Dessa Rose, A Man of No Importance, Legally Blonde, Cry-Baby, Grease (2007 revival), Tom Jones (Stiles/Leigh), Chasing Nicolette, Dear World, Not Wanted on the Voyage, Just So. Assistant to William David Brohn: Sweet Smell of Success, Ragtime, The Three Musketeers, The Witches of Eastwick, Mary Poppins, Wicked.
Set Design won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for The Drowsy Chaperone. A longtime collaborator of celebrated playwright August Wilson, Mr. Gallo’s designs for Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf garnered him two additional Tony Award nominations. His designs may be seen in more than one dozen cities worldwide. Favorite Broadway credits include Memphis; Stick Fly; The Mountaintop; Colin Quinn: Long Story Short; reasons to be pretty; Xanadu; Radio Golf; Company; The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Gem of the Ocean; Thoroughly Modern Millie (also London); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; A View from the Bridge; and Hughie. Selected off-Broadway: Evil Dead; The Wild Party; Jitney (also London); Wonder of the World; A New Brain; Bunny Bunny; and Blue Man Group (New York, Boston, Chicago and Las Vegas.) Designs for numerous family productions include the very popular Super Why Live, Yo Gabba Gabba Live (Billboard Award for Creative Content), Elmo’s Christmas Countdown, The 135th Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, as well as the national tours of Dora the Explorer, Blues Clues Live, DreamWorks’ Madagascar Live and the current international tour of SpongeBob Squarepants. David was selected to design August Wilson’s Twentieth Century at The Kennedy Center as well as represent American Set Design at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial. His work is part of The National Archive at The Smithsonian. www.davidgallo.com
(Costume Design). Broadway: Memphis (Tony nomination); A Streetcar Named Desire; Jesus Christ Superstar; Lombardi; Guys and Dolls; In the Heights (Tony nomination); The Color Purple (Tony nomination); Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk (Tony nomination); Caroline or Change; A Raisin in the Sun; Drowning Crow; On the Town; Def Poetry Jam; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Fascinating Rhythm. Off Broadway: Ruined, Flesh and Blood; Harlem Song; Dina Was; City Center Encores! The Wiz; Li’l Abner and Purlie. The Met: Faust.
(Lighting Design). Recent Broadway: A Christmas Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, How to Succeed… starring Daniel Radcliffe (2011 Tony nomination), Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In the Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Jersey Boys, Avenue Q, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman, How to Succeed… starring Matthew Broderick. Parsons Dance (co-founder), The Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards, Alvin Ailey, ABT, NYC Ballet and The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration. Five-time Helen Hayes Award recipient, 1993 Olivier and Canadian Dora Award for Spider Woman; 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Award for Jersey Boys.
(Sound Design). Broadway: Memphis, A Christmas Story the Musical, Scandalous, Newsies, The ThreePenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, Steel Magnolias. Numerous New York and regional theaters and companies including: The 5th Avenue Theater, McCarter Theater, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, LA Center Theater Group, Guthrie Theater, KC Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Playwrights Horizons, The New Group, NYSF Public Theater, CSC, Signature Theater NYC, SoHo Rep, Vineyard Theater, The Civilians, Mabou Mines, and national and international festivals and tours.
(Co-Projections Design) Broadway: Memphis, Leap of Faith. Other credits include Emotional Creature (Off Broadway and Berkeley Rep), Father Comes Home From the War (Parts 1, 8 & 9) (Public Theater); Back Back Back (Old Globe); Franco Dragone’s Carmen (La Jolla Playhouse); The Adding Machine (La Jolla Playhouse); the award winning Cowboy vs. Samurai (Mo’olelo); and Dear Miss Breed (Asian Story Theater).
CHARLES G. LaPOINTE
(Hair and Wig Design). Broadway: Memphis, The Performers, Bring it On The Musical, The Columnist, A Streetcar Named Desire, Clybourne Park, Magic/Bird, Newsies, Bonnie and Clyde, The Mountaintop, 33 Variations, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, The Color Purple, Martin Short: Fame…, Good Vibrations, The Apple Tree, A Raisin in the Sun, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Radio Golf, Sight Unseen, Cymbeline, Henry IV, The Rivals, Xanadu and Superior Donuts. Jersey Boys U.S. tour, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, London and Melbourne; The Color Purple national tour; Xanadu national tour; and In the Heights national tour. Many Off-Broadway and regional credits. Love to James.
(Fight Director). Broadway: Memphis, Bonnie and Clyde, Henry IV, Parts I and II; Jersey Boys; The Farnsworth Invention; Dracula; Twelfth Night; Two Shakespearean Actors; Anna Christie; The Real Inspector Hound; Getting Away With Murder; The Who’s Tommy. Off-Broadway: The Third Story, Pig Farm, The Night Hank Williams Died, Below the Belt. Stratford
Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra, Macbeth. Metropolitan Opera: Rodelinda, Iphigénie en Tauride. Mr. Rankin is also a mandolinist with the folk/bluegrass artist Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band.
TELSEY + COMPANY
(Casting) Broadway/Tours: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Addams Family, Race, Superior Donuts, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, South Pacific, In the Heights, Wicked, Rent, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Peep Show and Bette Midler in Vegas; Off-Broadway: Atlantic, MCC, Signature; Film: Jonah Hex, Main Street, 17 Photos of Isabel, I Love You Phillip Morris, Rachel Getting Married, Sex and the City, Dan in Real Life, Then She Found Me, Across the Universe, Ira & Abby, Rent, Pieces of April, Camp, The Grey Zone, Finding Forrester, The Bone Collector; TV: “Ugly Betty” (pilot), “Whoopi,” HBO’s “Undefeated,” commercials.
(Associate Choreographer) Choreographer: Rock of Ages (Broadway). Off Broadway: Frankenstein; Anne Wrecksick; The Happy Embalmer (Director/Choreographer). Peter and the Starcatchers; Zhivago; Private Fittings; Cabaret; Romeo & Juliet; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Sneaux, Wozzeck (San Diego Opera). Film/television: Happy, Texas; Zombie Prom; “30 Days Until I’m Famous.” Associate Choreographer: Jersey Boys; The Wiz.
(Associate Choreographer) Credits: Memphis (La Jolla, 5th Avenue and Broadway), Aida, Swing!, Pajama Game, E.S., Merrily We Roll Along, Sondheim Celebration. Assistant choreography: Great Observer, Bolden, Idlewild, Five Heartbeats. Film/television: Chicago, “Glee,” “Eli Stone,” “Law & Order: CI/SVU,” “South Beach.” Tours: Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross. Thanks Brooke, PKG, LRG.
(Co-Orchestrator). Orchestrations: Memphis (TONY award), Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk; Street Corner Symphony (Broadway). Dance music arrangements: The Color Purple; Jelly’s Last Jam (Broadway). Original music: Noise/Funk (Tony/Grammy nominations), Drowning Crow (Broadway). Longtime music director for Eartha Kitt. Mr. Waters is a music graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC.
KENNY J. SEYMOUR
(Music Director/Conductor) Broadway/Off-Broadway credits: The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse), Hot Feet: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire (Hilton Theatre), Fame: The Musical. Film: The Fringe (Composer, Thalicer Entertainment). Music Arranger for shows on Fox, BET and NBC. Worked with Yolanda Adams, Dionne Warwick, Missy Elliot, Pheobe Snow, 98 Degrees, and many others. Mr. Seymour has performed around the world, from the Legendary Apollo Theatre to the Montreux Jazz Festival. www.kennyseymour.com
(Dance Arranger). Broadway: Memphis The Addams Family, Million Dollar Quartet, Hugh Jackman on Broadway, Ring of Fire, All Shook Up, Rent. Off-B’way: Bare, Romantic Poetry, Walmartopia, Imperfect Chemistry. 1st Nationals: All Shook Up, The Full Monty.
(Music Coordinator) Music Coordination for Broadway: Fela!, Next to Normal, West Side Story (2009), Billy Elliot, Shrek the Musical, In the Heights, Wicked, Mamma Mia, and The Lion King. Barbra Streisand concerts in 1994, 2001, 2006, and 2007. Life is complete with wife, Pamela Sousa, son, Zachary, and daughter, Alexis.
ARTURO E. PORAZZI
(Production Stage Manager) Xanadu; Chita Rivera, The Dancer’s Life; Marie Christine; Scarlet Pimpernel; Triumph of Love; Victor/Victoria; The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public; Jelly’s Last Jam; Me And My Girl; Singin’ in the Rain; The Three Musketeers; Zorba; Marilyn; An American Fable; 42nd Street (’80 & 2001); Angel; and Shenandoah. Thanks and gratitude to Gary & Monica for their skill and professionalism. Much love to my wife, Debora, and my daughter, Gabriella.
ALCHEMY PRODUTION GROUP LLC
(General Management) is headed by partners Carl Pasbjerg and Frank Scardino who have been responsible during their lengthy careers as general managers and producers, for dozens of live stage attractions. Their Broadway productions include Follies, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, Ragtime, 700 Sundays, The Pirate Queen, Fosse, Jekyll & Hyde, Steel Pier, Show Boat, Candide, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Guys and Dolls, to name a few, in addition to their many touring and off-Broadway shows. www.alchemyproductiongroup.com
JUNIPER STREET PRODUCTIONS INC.
(Production Manager) Selected Broadway: Impressionism, 33 Variations, Slava’s Snowshow, Cirque Dreams, Thurgood, A Catered Affair, Gypsy, Cry Baby, Xanadu, Coram Boy, Company, Grey Gardens, Martin Short, The Wedding Singer, Lestat, All Shook Up, Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers, Medea, The Sweet Smell of Success, Fosse and The Gathering. Las Vegas: Peep Show, Bette Midler, The Producers. National Tours: Little Shop…, Scrooge, The Producers, Fosse, Cabaret, Tallulah, Thomas and Friends, Barbie, Scooby-Doo, Nickelodeon’s “Backyardigans,” “Dora the Explorer,” “Blue’s Clues,” and “Rugrats.”
THE HARTMAN GROUP
(Press) The Hartman Group is a new media relations firm currently representing the Broadway productions of A Steady Rain, Billy Elliot, In the Heights, Memphis, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, West Side Story and Wicked. The firm also represents the national tour of Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Cirque du Soleil’s Wintuk, Dreamgirls at the Apollo, Broadway Across America and Second Stage Theatre. The Hartman Group is headed by Michael Hartman, a partner of Barlow Hartman Public Relations, which operated from 1999 to 2009 and represented over one hundred Broadway productions including Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, Grease, Young Frankenstein, Legally Blonde, 13, A Chorus Line, Boeing Boeing (2008 Tony Award – Best Play Revival), Macbeth (Patrick Stewart), The Color Purple , Cyrano de Bergerac, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Company, Radio Golf, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Producers (twelve 2001 Tony Awards, including Best Musical), The Vertical Hour, Sweeney Todd, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Faith Healer, Lestat, The Woman in White, 700 Sundays (2005 Tony Award – Best Special Theatrical Event), Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Sweet Charity, Gem of The Ocean, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Movin’ Out, Fiddler on the Roof, All Shook Up, The Pillowman, La Cage aux Folles (2005 Tony Award – Best Musical Revival), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony Award – Best Musical), Little Shop of Horrors; Bombay Dreams, Sixteen Wounded, The Retreat from Moscow, Taboo, Anna in the Tropics (2003 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama), Salome, The Full Monty, Medea, A Year with Frog and Toad, Bea Arthur on Broadway, Noises Off, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Hollywood Arms, Sweet Smell of Success, Dance of the Vampires, The Graduate, Dance of Death, By Jeeves, Fosse (1999 Tony Award – Best Musical), King Hedley II, Seussical, Bells Are Ringing, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Wild Party, Macbeth (Kelsey Grammer), Waiting in the Wings, Liza Minnelli’s comeback engagement at the Palace, Minnelli on Minnelli, Ragtime and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Previous Off-Broadway productions include In The Heights, Cookin’, My Name is Rachel Corrie, Secrets of a Soccer Mom, Family Secrets, Woman Before a Glass, Here Lies Jenny, Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner with Friends, Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady, Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery, Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie, Andre Gregory’s production of Wallace Shawn’s The Designated Mourner, Thunder Knocking on the Door, Cobb, The Last 5 Years, The Water Coolers, Stars in Your Eyes, Surviving Grace and Berkshire Village Idiot as well as City Center’s Encores! Series.
(Marketing) Established in London 15 years ago, aka has a team of more than 100 of the industry’s best minds delivering effective and innovative theatrical marketing, sales and advertising solutions across three continents. aka New York opened in 2008 and delivers overall campaign management and the full spectrum of marketing, promotional and sales
services. Recent and current clients: Billy Elliot the Musical, A Little Night Music, God of Carnage, Fela! and Leap of Faith.