THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP (RUG) (Licensor) has produced, co-produced or licensed throughout the world Aspects of Love, The Beautiful Game, Bombay Dreams, By Jeeves, Cats, Daisy Pulls it Off, Evita, The Hired Man, Jeeves Takes Charge, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, La Bête, Lend Me a Tenor, Love Never Dies, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, On Your Toes, The Phantom of the Opera, Shirley Valentine, The Sound of Music, Song & Dance, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard, Tell Me on a Sunday, Whistle Down the Wind, The Wizard of Oz and The Woman in White. RUG is wholly owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is actively involved in theatre and concert production, recording, merchandising, music publishing, television, film and video and co-owns and manages seven theatres in London’s West End. The Australian production of Love Never Dies has been recorded for release on DVD and Blu-Ray.
TIM RICE (Book & Lyrics) got the idea for a musical about Eva Peron when he was late for dinner in London one evening in 1973 and thus heard the beginning of a radio programme about her remarkable life. He remembered her name from his schoolboy stamp collection and after further research realised her fantastic story might just be the one to prove that he and Andrew Lloyd Webber were not one-hit wonders. Had he been punctual that night who knows what would be on now at this theatre? (With luck other Rice shows such as The Lion King and Jesus Christ Superstar would still have been at the Minskoff and Neil Simon respectively). He has just completed the lyrics for his first new musical in ten years, From Here To Eternity, based on James Jones’ 1951 masterpiece novel. The music is by Stuart Brayson and it is planned to début in the West End within the next 12 months (or sooner, depending on when you are reading this). His elder daughter Eva is a best-selling novelist, his son Donald’s first movie is débuting at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, and his younger daughter Zoe recently won a cup for lacrosse at school. More stuff at www.timrice.co.uk
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (Music & Orchestrations) is the composer of The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Variations and Tell Me on a Sunday later combined as Song & Dance, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, The Woman in White and Love Never Dies. He composed the film scores of Gumshoe and The Odessa File and a setting of the Latin Requiem mass. Recent producer credits include A. R. Rahman's Bombay Dreams, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and films of The Phantom of the Opera and the acclaimed Australian production of Love Never Dies. He pioneered television casting for musical theatre with the Emmy Award-winning BBC series How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and will this year search for someone to perform the title role in an arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. His awards include seven Tonys, three Grammys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers and the Kennedy Center Honor. He currently owns seven London theatres, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the London Palladium. He was knighted in 1992 and created an honorary life peer in 1997.
MICHAEL GRANDAGE (Director) is Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company in London. He was Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse (2002–2012) and Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres (2000–2005). His work has won Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. His work for the Donmar Warehouse included Richard II, Luise Miller, King Lear, Red (also New York, Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Director), Jude Law in Hamlet (also Elsinore and New York), Ivanov (Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Award Best Director), Madame de Sade, Twelfth Night, The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards for Best Director), Don Juan in Soho, Frost/Nixon (also Gielgud, New York, USA tour, Tony nomination for Best Director), Othello (Evening Standard and Critic's Circle Awards for Best Director), The Wild Duck (Critic's Circle Award for Best Director), Guys and Dolls (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Grand Hotel (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and Evening Standard Award for Best Director), The Cut, After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award Best Director), Merrily We Roll Along (Evening Standard Award Best Director), Privates On Parade, Passion Play (Evening Standard Award and Critics Circle Award for Best Director). For Sheffield Theatres he directed many productions including Don Carlos (Evening Standard Award Best for Director). He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by both Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University. He is President of Central School of Speech and Drama. Michael was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011.
ROB ASHFORD (Choreographer) Broadway — as Director/Choreographer: How to Succeed (Tony nominations Direction/Choreography), Promises, Promises (Tony nomination Choreography); as Choreographer: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award Best Choreography), Wedding Singer (Tony nom.), Cry Baby (Tony nom.), Curtains (Tony nom.). London — as Director: Anna Christie (Donmar), A Streetcar Named Desire (Donmar – Olivier nomination, Best Revival), Shrek The Musical; as Director/Choreographer: Parade (Donmar – Olivier nominations, Direction/Choreography); as Choreographer: Evita (Olivier nom.), Guys and Dolls (Olivier nom.), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Olivier nom.), Forum at The National Theatre. Other: 81st Annual Academy Awards (Emmy Award Choreography). Rob is a member of The Executive Board of SDC and a Trustee of The Joyce Theatre.
CHRISTOPHER ORAM (Scenic & Costume Design) is the recipient of Tony, Oliver, Evening Standard, Critics Circle, Garland and Ovation Awards for his work both here in the U.S. and in the U.K. His most recent work on Broadway includes the scenic and costume designs for the Donmar Warehouse productions of Red, Hamlet with Jude Law and Frost/Nixon. Also, King Lear with Derek Jacobi (BAM) and Parade (Taper, LA).
NEIL AUSTIN (Lighting Design) Recipient of the 2010 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Red at the Golden Theatre and the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for The White Guard at the National Theatre, London. Previous Broadway Credits include: Red (Golden), Hamlet (Broadhurst), The Seafarer (Booth), Frost/Nixon (Jacobs). Extensive credits in the UK for the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End.
MICK POTTER (Sound Design) has designed numerous world premiere, West End and Broadway musicals. Recent sound designs include Miss Saigon, Saturday Night Fever, Bombay Dreams, Zorro, The Woman in White, Whistle Down The Wind, Evita, Joseph, Love Never Dies, The Sound of Music, Sister Act, The Wizard of Oz, Betty Blue Eyes, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. Awards include an Olivier for The Woman in White, London, and Parnelli for Phantom of the Opera, Las Vegas.
RICHARD MAWBEY (Wig and Hair Design) Owns London’s Wig Specialities. Theatre: La Cage Aux Folles, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Frost/Nixon, Hairspray, South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Passion, End of the Rainbow, White Christmas, Piaf, Sweet Charity, Evita, Guys and Dolls, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, All New People, Donmar West End Season. Television: “Little Britain,” “Poirot.” Film: The Ghost Writer, Titanic, Star Wars, “Dumbledore” in Harry Potter. Personal Wigmaker to Sean Connery, Dame Edna, Kylie Minogue, Madonna.
ZACHARY BOROVAY (Projection Designer) Recent Broadway credits include: Elf, Lombardi (Drama Desk Nom), Rock of Ages (UK, National Tour, Australia), To Be Or Not To Be, A Catered Affair (Drama Desk Nom), Xanadu (National Tour, Japan). Additional selected credits include Ann (Chicago, DC), Limelight (La Jolla Playhouse), Peepshow (Planet Hollywood Casino, Las Vegas), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Voyage de la Vie (RWI, Sentosa, Singapore). Zachary is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. borovay.com
DAVID CULLEN (Co-Orchestrator) studied composition with Howard Ferguson and Richard Rodney Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music in the 1960s. He is best known as an orchestrator of musicals, particularly those of Andrew Lloyd Webber — Cats, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in White, Love Never Dies and most recently The Wizard of Oz.
KRISTEN BLODGETTE (Music Supervisor/Conductor) has been associated with Andrew Lloyd Webber since conducting the National Tour of Cats in 1985; The Phantom of the Opera since its New York opening, supervising (as assistant to David Caddick) the Broadway production, the North American companies and International productions in Hamburg, Australia, Mexico City, Antwerp, Copenhagen, Madrid, Buenos Aires and Stuttgart. Broadway credits include Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Woman in White, Mary Poppins, LoveMusik, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Additional credits; Annie Get Your Gun with Deborah Voigt (Glimmerglass Festival), Bounce directed by Harold Prince (Goodman, Kennedy Center), tours of On Your Toes, Jerry's Girls, Barnum; and rehearsal pianist for Carrie with Betty Buckley.
DAVID CHASE (Dance Arrangements) is thrilled to once again be part of the Grandage and Ashford team. West End (Dance Arranger): Evita, Guys and Dolls. Current Broadway: Music Director/Arranger: How To Succeed; Dance Arranger: Anything Goes; Music Supervisor/Arranger: Nice Work If You Can Get It. Music education: Harvard Biology degree.
SETH SKLAR-HEYN (Associate Director) Broadway: A Little Night Music (Associate Director), Finian’s Rainbow (Associate Director), Mary Stuart (Assistant Director), Rock’n’Roll (Assistant Director), Frost/Nixon (Assistant Director), The Coast of Utopia (Assistant to the Director), Good Vibrations (Associate Director). U.S. Tour: Billy Elliot (Resident Director). Seth directed the U.S. Tour of Frost/Nixon. Graduate of Vassar College.
CHRIS BAILEY (Associate Choreographer) Choreography – Tours: Shrek. Associate Choreography - Broadway: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Promises, Promises, Cry Baby. West End: Guys and Dolls, Evita, Once in a Lifetime, Candide (also Paris) Tours: The Wedding Singer (US), Guys and Dolls (UK, Australia), Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK). Film: Beyond the Sea.
DAVID LAI (Music Coordinator) Broadway: Mary Poppins, Bonnie & Clyde, Wonderland, South Pacific, Woman In White, Jesus Christ Superstar, Riverdance. Broadway conductor: Miss Saigon and The Phantom of the Opera for last 15 years. Producer: West Side Story (Grammy); Promises, Promises, South Pacific (Grammy noms).
STUART ANDREWS (Synthesizer Programmer) Broadway & West End: Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Woman in White, Jesus Christ Superstar. West End: The Wizard Of Oz, Betty Blue Eyes, Love Never Dies, Oliver!, Evita, The Sound of Music
TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting) Broadway/Tours: Leap of Faith, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Best Man, Newsies, Magic/Bird, Porgy and Bess, Godspell, Spider-Man, Sister Act, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Memphis, Rock of Ages, Wicked, Bring It On, The Addams Family. Off-Broadway: Carrie (MCC), Rent, Million Dollar Quartet, Atlantic, Signature. Film: The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Joyful Noise, Friends with Kids, Margin Call, Howl, Sex and the City. TV: “Smash,” “A Gifted Man,” “The Big C.” www.telseyandco.com
MB PRODUCTIONS (Technical Supervisor) Founded in 2005 by Mike Bauder, MB Productions has managed projects both domestically and abroad. Recent projects include Spider-Man-Turn Off the Dark (Broadway), Yo Gabba Gabba Live (national tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! (first national) and the Universal Studios Hollywood Attraction Creature from the Black Lagoon. MB Productions is comprised of Mike Bauder, Sonya Duveneck, Andrew Deichman and Jessica Diamond. MB Productions can be found online at www.mbproductions.com.
ANITA DLONIAK & ASSOCIATES (Press & Marketing Representative) Anita and her associates, Diane Rodes and Melissa Hazek are proud to be representing the new tour of Evita, along with Sister Act, Memphis and Chicago, which just became the third longest running show in Broadway history. In addition, they are thrilled to continue their relationship with Experience The Beatles with Rain and the holiday favorite, Mannheim Steamroller.
JOE CHRISTOPHER (General Manager) hails directly from The Kennedy Center where he presented and produced over 65 productions and special events as the Associate General Manager and Coordinator of Theater Programming. His favorite Kennedy Center credits include the Tony® nominated Broadway revivals of Follies and Ragtime, four seasons of the Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series, critically acclaimed festivals celebrating the works of August Wilson & Terrence McNally, Master Class starring Tyne Daly, Thurgood starring Laurence Fishburne; and numerous other special events and world premieres. National Tours: Sister Act, Shear Madness, Evita & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz.
HAL LUFTIG (Producer) Winner of three Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Award, producer Hal Luftig has worked on and Off-Broadway for the past 25 years. Broadway: Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, West Side Story, All My Sons, Legally Blonde, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Whoopi, Movin’ Out, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, High Society, The Diary of Anne Frank, Play On!, The King and I, Moon Over Buffalo, Angels in America, Jelly’s Last Jam, Death and the Maiden, The Secret Garden. He is currently developing three new musicals, Kinky Boots, First Date, and The Last Goodbye. Hal has an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and an ulcer from tension.
SCOTT SANDERS (Producer) is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning theatre, film and television producer. Broadway: The Color Purple, with partner Oprah Winfrey; The Pee-wee Herman Show (Broadway & Los Angeles). Additional Broadway: Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, among others. The film division is producing several movies for Walt Disney Studios, including "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," a modern fable, written and directed by Peter Hedges, starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton, with a release date of August 15, 2012. The company has other musicals in development, including Houdini, with a book by Aaron Sorkin, a score by Stephen Schwartz, directed by Jack O'Brien and starring Hugh Jackman.
TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT(Producer) has been the innovator in touring musical theater productions for over two decades, producing shows throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, the company is experienced in casino and leisure markets having produced for The Wynn, Caesars, Grand Casino, Hilton, Eldorado and Harrah’s. Current and upcoming productions include West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Wizard of Oz, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Evita, Bring It On, Ghost and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. With strong ties to the Broadway community, Troika prides itself on delivering top quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at www.troika.com.