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Tom Gregory Marks His Broadway Producing Debut With the American Musical Comedy Masterpiece Guys and Dolls
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Gregory Dons Producer's Hat The Southampton Press
Noted social, political and entertainment industry commentator Tom Gregory marks his debut as a Broadway producer with the American musical comedic gem Guys and Dolls opening at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre. Gregory joins Tony Award-winning producers Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group, Tulchin/Bartner/Jenkins, Bill Kenwright and Darren Bagert.
"Guys and Dolls is a theatrical message in a bottle, about hope, style, love, and music. It’s an American masterpiece beckoning the world’s most impressive talents. I’m inspired by the amazing group I’ll be working beside," said Mr. Gregory, a respected media personality who showcases a portion of his work at www.ShowBizTom.com. He has appeared on the Clear Channel Network, CNN, Fox News and as a weekly correspondent on Leeza Gibbons’ Hollywood Confidential; an internationally syndicated radio show heard in over 100 markets worldwide.
Mr. Gregory is also the face behind OVGuide.com, the leading source for indexing all online video on the web, ranging from YouTube to Truveo. In August, OVGuide.com was ranked the third-fastest growing web property in the U.S. Mr. Gregory, who has amassed a significant private collection of show business memorabilia added, "My passion for Hollywood’s best leads me to Broadway where stars shine bright every night. With Des McAnuff as our Tony Award-winning director, our production will move and shake the Great White Way like never before. Wait until you experience it."
Titus Burgess (The Little Mermaid) as "Nicely Nicely Johnson", Glenn Fleshler (Spring Awakening) as "Big Jule", Adam Lefevre (Our Country’s Good) as "Lt. Brannigan", Jim Ortlieb (Farnsworth Invention) as "Arvide", Steve Rosen (Spamalot) as "Benny Southstreet" and Mary Testa (Xanadu) as "General Cartwright" join previously announced stars Oliver Platt as "Nathan Detroit", Lauren Graham as "Miss Adelaide", Craig Bierko as "Sky Masterson" and Kate Jennings Grant as "Sarah Brown".
Also featured in the cast are: Nick Adams, Andrea Chamberlain, Raymond Del Barrio, Melissa Fagan, Kearran Giovanni, James Harkness, Lorin Latarro, Benjamin Magnuson, Joseph Medeiros, Spencer Moses, Rhea Patterson, Graham Rowat, William Ryall, Jessica Rush, Marcos Santana, Jennifer Savelli, John Selya, Brian Shepard, Ron Todorowski, Jim Walton and Brooke Wendle.
Scenic design is by Tony Award nominee Robert Brill (Assassins, Cabaret), costume design is by Tony Nominee Paul Tazewell (In The Heights, The Color Purple), lighting design is by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys, In The Heights) and sound design is by Drama Desk Award winner Steve Canyon Kennedy (Hairspray, Jersey Boys). The Music Director is Tony Award winner Ted Sperling (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific) and orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin (Grey Gardens, The Light in the Piazza).
Packed with such classic hits as "Fugue for Tinhorns," "A Bushel and a Peck," "Adelaide’s Lament," "I’ll Know," "Guys and Dolls," "More I Cannot Wish You," "Luck Be A Lady," and "Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat," Guys and Dolls features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Based on "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure," two short stories by Damon Runyon, it also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories, most notably "Pick the Winner".
The musical comedy was first produced on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre, opening on November 24, 1950. It was directed by George S. Kaufman and starred Robert Alda, Sam Levene, Isabel Bigley and Vivian Blaine. The musical enjoyed an initial run of 1,201 performances, winning five 1951 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The film version was released on November 3, 1955 starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons, with Vivian Blaine reprising her role. It was directed by Joseph Mankiewicz.
Tickets to GUYS AND DOLLS can be purchased through Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 or www.Ticketmaster.com. The Nederlander Theatre (208 W. 41st Street).
OLIVER PLATT (Nathan Detroit) returns to Broadway where he received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in Conor McPherson’s Shining City. He can be seen in the following upcoming films: Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon as Bob Zelnick; the Harold Ramis comedy The Year One opposite Jack Black and Michael Cera; Nicole Holofcener’s untitled film opposite Catherine Keener; and Roland Emmerich’s epic 2012 opposite John Cusack, Thandie Newton and Amanda Peet. Additional theatre credits include the Lincoln Center production of Ubu; Jules Feiffer’s Elliot Loves, directed by Mike Nichols; and his acclaimed performance as Sir Toby Belch in Brian Kulick’s Twelfth Night. He received Golden Globe and back-to-back Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Russell Tupper in Showtime’s Huff as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal as White House Counsel Oliver Babish on The West Wing. This year he was nominated again for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his recurring role on Nip/Tuck playing the flamboyant TV producer Freddy Prune.
LAUREN GRAHAM (Miss Adelaide) is well known for her critically acclaimed performance as Lorelai Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls," for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress in a Drama Series," two Screen Actors Guild Awards for "Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series" and two Television Critics Association Awards for "Individual Achievement in Drama and Comedy." Additionally, she has earned two Teen Choice Awards for "Choice Parental Unit" and a "Best Actress" nod from Viewers for Quality Television. Her many feature film roles include the current Flash of Genius opposite Greg Kinnear for Universal and Spyglass Entertainment, as well as Universal’s blockbuster comedy Evan Almighty, alongside Steve Carell, Because I Said So, opposite Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore, Bad Santa, opposite Billy Bob Thornton, The Pacifier, The Amateurs with Jeff Bridges, Nightwatch, and One True Thing, with Renee Zellweger and Meryl Streep. She recently starred alongside Matthew Perry and Hillary Swank in Birds of America, which premiered this January at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and completed production on The Dream of the Romans, starring Jeff Daniels. She last appeared onstage in 2002 in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Once in a Lifetime.
CRAIG BIERKO (Sky Masterson) returns to the Broadway stage after his critically acclaimed role in Thou Shalt Not and his Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award nominated performance in the title role of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. He also performed in Daniel Goldfarb’s hit off Broadway play Modern Orthodox. A beloved actor known for both his dramatic and comedic talent, Bierko recently launched a web series "Bathing with Bierko," in which he serves as star and producer. The first episode features Bierko interviewing John Malkovich while giving him a sponge bath and has been viewed well over 100,000 times. This past year Bierko starred in the Farrelly Brother’s Fox series "Unhitched," alongside Rashida Jones. He was also featured in FX’s "Nip/Tuck," as well as "Boston Legal". His other notable film & TV credits include Cinderella Man, Scary Movie 4, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Larry David's Sour Grapes, The 13th Floor, Bill, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Suburbans, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, "Ally McBeal", "Mad About You" and "Sex and the City".
KATE JENNINGS GRANT (Sarah Brown) graduated with a B.A. in English and Music Composition from the University of Pennsylvania, and the Juilliard School of Drama. Since graduating, she has appeared regularly in film, television and theater. Broadway credits include Proof and An American Daughter. Her numerous off-Broadway credits include The Beard of Avon, Radiant Baby, and a starring role in the musical Summer of '42. She has appeared on television in "Damages", "Sex and The City", "Law and Order", "JAG", "Commander-In-Chief", and "Cold Case". Kate has also appeared in United 93, When A Stranger Calls, and Kinsey. Next she will be seen as Diane Sawyer in Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon and alongside Catherine Zeta Jones in Bart Freundlich’s The Rebound. Kate recently starred as Bette Brennan in Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette and Boo for The Roundabout Theatre Company.
TITUS BURGESS (Nicely Nicely Johnson) B'way: The Little Mermaid, Jersey Boys, Good Vibrations. Regional: The Wiz (Cowardly Lion, La Jolla); soloist, Prague Philharmonic’s tribute to American composers. Narrator, United Nations tribute to Ennio Morricone. Featured in Disney World’s Festival of the Lion King and soloist for Disney conventions. TV: "The View," "The Today Show," "Late Night With David Letterman." Solo CD: Here’s to You, available on iTunes.
GLENN FLESHLER (Big Jule) Broadway credits: Spring Awakening. West End: The Lady From Dubuque with Maggie Smith. Off-Broadway: Mother Courage with Meryl Streep, Stuff Happens (Drama Desk Award), Measure for Measure (NYSF), others. Many regionals plus film and TV.
ADAM LeFEVRE (Lt. Brannigan) Broadway credits: Our Country's Good; revival of Summer and Smoke, The Devil's Disciple and Footloose. New York credits include Cyrano de Bergerac and The Doctor's Dilemma (Roundabout Theatre Company); Henry V (NY Shakespeare Festival); The Boys Next Door and The View from Here (Lamb's Theatre). Film credits include Return of the Secaucus 7, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Ref, Only You, Private Parts, Rounders, Music of the Heart, You Can Count on Me, L.I.E., Hearts in Atlantis and Tadpole. TV credits: "No Ordinary Baby" (Lifetime), "Storm of the Century" (ABC miniseries), "Law & Order," "Ed," "Hack" and "Queens Supreme.
JIM ORTLIEB (Arvide) Broadway: Farnsworth Invention (and La Jolla). Other: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Steppenwolf); Grapes of Wrath (Ford’s Theatre, DC); The Homecoming, Hughie, M (Gare St. Lazare, France/Ireland/Chicago); Only Kidding (Wisdom Bridge; Joseph Jefferson Award nominee); Scapin (American Theatre Company); Candide, The Mikado and Tartuffe (Weston Playhouse); Wasps (Getty Villa). TV: "The Closer," "Roswell," "Felicity," "The Shield," "The Watch." Film: Drunkboat, Magnolia, Home Alone, A Mighty Wind.
STEVE ROSEN (Benny Southstreet) Broadway: Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention, directed by Des McAnuff; Monty Python's Spamalot (original cast; Sir Bedevere, et. al.), directed by Mike Nichols. Off- Broadway: The Golem, The Castle. Regional: The Farnsworth Invention (La Jolla Playhouse), Enter Laughing (Berkshire Theatre Festival). TV: "Ed." Film: Storytelling, Heavy Petting. Co-creator and host: Don't Quit Your Night Job, an after-hours, improv-comedy based variety show starring Broadway actors.
MARY TESTA (General Cartwright) Broadway: Xanadu, Chicago, 42nd Street (Tony nom./cast album), Marie Christine (cast album), On the Town (Tony nom.), … Forum (cast album), The Rink, Marilyn, Barnum. Off-Broadway: Regrets Only, See What I Wanna See (Drama Desk and Drama League noms./cast album), First Lady Suite (Drama Desk nom.), String of Pearls (Drama Desk nom.), The Vagina Monologues, From Above (Obie) and others. Film: Stay, Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding, Sleepers and others. TV: "Whoopi," "Sex and the City" and others.
NICK ADAMS (Ensemble) Broadway: A Chorus Line, Chicago (Mary Sunshine standby), The Pirate Queen (Ensemble, original cast). Tour: Chicago (Mary Sunshine u/s, Fred Casely u/s, Swing). Regional: The Pirate Queen (Cadillac Palace), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the Muny St. Louis. Training: Boston Conservatory (BFA, musical theatre), Lake Erie Ballet, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. AEA, DGRW.
ANDREA CHAMBERLAIN (Ensemble) Broadway: Little Me, Opening Doors (Carnegie Hall). Off-Broadway: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Reefer Madness. Nat’l tours: The Boy Friend (Maisie).
MELISSA FAGAN (Swing) Broadway: Dracula (Ensemble) Off-Broadway: Can-Can.
KEARRAN GIOVANNI (Ensemble) Broadway: Tarzan, Sweet Charity revival (Helene), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Tour: The Lion King 1st national. Favorites include bare, Beehive with Debbie Allen, Threepenny Opera starring Alan Cumming, The Wild Party (Kate). TV: "Law & Order," "Guiding Light."
JAMES HARKNESS (Ensemble) Broadway: The Color Purple. Other projects include Aida (Broadway, first national tour), Dreamgirls 20th Anniversary Concert (Actors’ Fund), Purlie (Encores!).
LORIN LATARRO (Ensemble) Broadway: Curtains, A Chorus Line (Cassie, Diana, Sheila, Judy u/s); The Apple Tree (Nadjira); Movin’ Out (Brenda); … La Mancha (Fermina); Kiss Me, Kate (Bianca u/s); Swing! (Lead); Spamalot; Wonderful Town; Fosse; Encore’s Tree … Brooklyn; Hansel and Gretel (Gretel). Regional: Hugh Jackman at Wynn, Damn Yankees (Lola), Sweet Charity (Nicki), West Side Story (Rosalia). Also Momix, Martha Graham. TV: "Grease" (ass’t. choreo.), "Ed" (recurring). BFA, Juilliard.
BENJAMIN MAGNUSON (Swing) Broadway: Sweeney Todd, directed by John Doyle. He made his New York debut in the Carnegie Hall concert production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Favorite credits include Joe Josephson (Merrily We Roll Along), Dr. Barensteiner (A New Brain), Chairman (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), El Gallo (The Fantasticks), Barnum, Peter Pan, Old Wicked Songs and Brighton Beach Memoirs.
JOSEPH MEDEIROS (Ensemble) Broadway: Grease, Big. Tours: Big (Young Josh), Grease European tour. Other credits: Wicked Chicago company; world premiere of The Gershwins' An American in Paris/Alley Theatre; Irving Berlin's White Christmas/Detroit Fox Theatre; Seven Brides for Seven Bothers (Gideon)/Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma; Cats (Mungojerrie/Coricopat)/St. Louis Muny; Joseph … Dreamcoat (Benjamin)/Sacramento Music Circus; Crazy for You (Bobby Child)/CCM. "Ja klar!"
SPENCER MOSES (Ensemble) Broadway debut. World premieres: The Farnsworth Invention, Zhivago, Palm Beach (La Jolla Playhouse). Regional: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe), Company, Joseph…, Into the Woods, Smoke on the Mountain, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Game of Love and Chance.
RHEA PATTERSON (Ensemble) Broadway: Wicked from Midlothian, VA, received a BFA in modern dance performance from the U. of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Credits: Wicked (Chicago); Sweet Charity (1st national tour). Concert dance: Urban Bush Women. Working towards Master’s of arts administration at Goucher College.
GRAHAM ROWAT (Ensemble) Broadway: Dracula the Musical, LoveMusik, Beauty and the Beast (also Toronto). Off-Broadway: The Thing About Men, This Could Be Love (NYMF). National tours: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Bob Wallace, San Francisco and Detroit), Les Misérables (also China). Regional: Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse), 1776 (Ford’s Theatre). TV: "Six Degrees," "As the World Turns." Most Recent: Nick in the Reprise! concert staging of Baby. AEA member. Graham is husband to actress Kate Baldwin.
JESSICA RUSH (Ensemble) Broadway: Gypsy Tours: Mamma Mia!, Cinderella. Disney Cruise Line: Belle in Beauty and the Beast Regional: NY City Center, Geffen Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep., Ricardo Montalban Theatre. Television: General Hospital, Passions
WILLIAM RYALL (Ensemble) Broadway: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Childcatcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Grinch in Seussical, Me and My Girl, Grand Hotel, How to Succeed …, High Society, Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Amadeus, The Grinch. Many nat’l tours. NYC Opera: Postman in The Most Happy Fella. Upcoming film: Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York.
MARCOS SANTANA (Swing/dance captain) Broadway: In the Heights. Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Film: Across the Universe (Dancer), The Producers (Auditioner), Chasing Papi (Club Dancer #4).
JENNIFER SAVELLI (Ensemble) Broadway: The Boy From Oz, Dance of the Vampires (Dream Sarah), Fosse.Training first with her mother in Cleveland, Jennifer was a member of the Pennsylvania Ballet and a Rockette. Film/TV: Chicago, "75th Academy Awards," and numerous television performances.
JOHN SELYA. (Ensemble) Broadway: The Times They Are A-Changin’, Movin’ Out (Tony, Drama Desk nominations; TDF/Astaire, Theatre World Awards). Born in NYC. Trained at the School of American Ballet, he joined American Ballet Theatre in 1988 and Twyla Tharp Dance in 2000. Film: Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You.
BRIAN SHEPARD (Ensemble) Broadway: Young Frankenstein (Ensemble), Spamalot (Ensemble), Annie Get Your Gun (Swing), Peter Pan (Indian, Pirate). Regional: Lots, including the wonderful Music Theatre of Wichita.
RON TODOROWSKI. (Ensemble) Broadway, West End and 1st national: The Times They Are A-Changin’, Movin’ Out (Eddie), Helen Hayes Award; Broadway’s Footloose; The Wild Party (Kegs), MTC; Chess (featured dancer) Actors’ Fund; Copacabana (Bolero feature); Spirit; and Cats. Companies: Mia Michaels, David Parsons and Mark Dendy.
BROOKE WENDLE (Ensemble) Broadway: Aida. Other credits include the national tours of Aida, Spirit and Copacabana; the Radio City Rockettes; and "Saturday Night Live." Company work … Mia Michaels R.A.W.
DES McANUFF (Director) is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and was recently named Artistic Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where he is currently directing Romeo and Juliet and Caesar and Cleopatra (starring Christopher Plummer). His 2006 Broadway production of Jersey Boys garnered four Tony awards, including Best Musical, and now has additional companies in London, Chicago, Las Vegas, on tour, and upcoming in Melbourne. He is Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, which he headed for much of the past 25 years. Broadway credits (developed at the Playhouse): Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention (2007); Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (2004, Tony Award, Best Special Theatrical Event); Dracula: The Musical (2004); How to Succeed... (1995); The Who’s Tommy (director/co-author with Pete Townshend, 1993 Tony Award Best Director of a Musical; 1997 London Olivier Awards Best Director/Best Musical); A Walk in the Woods (1988); and Big River (1985, seven Tonys including Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical). Additional productions directed at the Playhouse: The Wiz (2006); Zhivago (2005); Palm Beach (2005); Private Fittings (2005); Tom Donaghy’s Eden Lane (2003); Tartuffe (2002); Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (2001). Film credits: Cousin Bette and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), Iron Giant (producer), Quills (executive producer). Upcoming: a commission with the Metropolitan Opera for a new piece with Michael Korie and Michael Torke; adapting Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots for stage with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and Aaron Sorkin.
SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer) choreographed the 2006 Tony Award Best Musical, Jersey Boys, for which he received both Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, and the Broadway musical All Shook Up. His most recent theatre credits include: Memphis (La Jolla Playhouse), Saved (Playwrights Horizons), Next to Normal (Second Stage), The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse) and Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse). In addition Sergio received critical acclaim for his dances in Mambo Kings (Golden Theatre, San Francisco). Other theatre credits; Disney’s European smash-hit Tarzan, the national tour of All Shook Up, Kismet and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (both for Encores!),the Off-Broadway Musicals Bare and The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Peggy Sue Got Married at London’s West End and the revival of the Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate in Tokyo, Japan. In Canada, Sergio choreographed the revival of the Sound of Music and the critically acclaimed production of West Side Story at the Stratford Festival. Other favorite theatre credits include; Kiss of the Spiderwoman at North Shore Music Theatre, The Wedding Banquet at The Village Theatre, a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night in Tokyo, Japan and segments of Chita Rivera’s: Chita and All That Jazz. Sergio’s Film and Television credits include: Broadway: The American Musical for PBS, The 14th Annual Comedy Awards starring Nathan Lane, Martin Short and Jane Krakowski, NBC’s Presentation at Radio City starring the casts of "Will and Grace", "West Wing", "Scrubs" and "Law And Order". He is currently a judge on BBC Canada’s Triple Sensation, which is completing its second season. He has staged musical numbers for salsa legend Celia Cruz, Los Rabanes, David Bisbal and Pilar Montenegro on Telemundo. His film credits include New Line Cinema’s Woo starring Jada Pinkett. Sergio choreographed Salome (NYC Opera, Opera pacific and Baltimore Opera), The Marriage of Figaro (LA Opera) and was commissioned to choreograph a piece for Ballet Hispanico Hoy Como Ayer. In 2000 he had the honor of choreographing The 54th Presidential Inauguration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Mr. Trujillo is the recipient of a 2003 Ovation Award for outstanding choreography in Empire: A New American Musical and three Dora Mavor Moore Award* nominations for outstanding choreography in Swingstep at the Elgin In 2000 he had the honor of choreographing The 54th Presidential Inauguration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. His upcoming projects include both The Adams Family and Memphis, both for Broadway.
FRANK LOESSER (Music and Lyrics) has been called the most versatile of all Broadway composers. His five Broadway musicals, each a unique contribution to the art of the American musical theatre, were as different from each other as they were from the theatre of their day: Where's Charley?, Guys And Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, Greenwillow and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Long before he wrote Where's Charley?, he was already known to America from the dozens of songs that had become enormous popular hits from his Hollywood career. He had supplied lyrics to the music of such greats as Jule Styne, Hoagy Carmichael, Burton Lane and Arthur Schwartz, among others, penning such standards as "On a Slow Boat to China," "Two Sleepy People," "Heart and Soul," "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," "Spring Will Be a Little Late this Year," "(See What) The Boys in the Backroom (Will Have)," "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" and his 1948 Academy Award winner, "Baby, It's Cold Outside." In a few short years, Frank Loesser forged only five Broadway musicals, but the Loesser impact continues to be seismic. In recent years, there have been major revivals of The Most Happy Fella, both on Broadway and at the New York City Opera (added to their permanent repertory); Guys and Dolls won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Revival and was a smash hit on Broadway all over again, running three years and becoming the longest running revival ever on Broadway; and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opened on Broadway in 1995, with Matthew Broderick starring, and became another long running hit.
JO SWERLING (Book) Born in Bardichov, Russia, Swerling was a refugee of the Czarist regime who grew up on New York City's lower East Side, where he sold newspapers to help support his family. He worked as a newspaper and magazine writer in the early 1920s, then launched a playwriting career, including Street Cinderella, an early comedy for the Marx Brothers. He also wrote their first movie, the unreleased silent comedy Humor Risk in 1921. He scored a major success with the book and lyrics for the 1927 musical revue The New Yorkers and the 1929 play
The Kibitzer, which he co-wrote with actor Edward G. Robinson. Swerling was brought to Hollywood by Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn to work on the screenplay for the Frank Capra picture, Ladies of Leisure, the first of several collaborations with the director. His dozens of screenplays in the 1930s and 40s include Platinum Blonde, Behind the Mask, Once to Every Woman, The Pride of the Yankees (for which he received an Academy Award nomination), Lifeboat, Leave Her to Heaven, and It's a Wonderful Life. He also provided some uncredited writing for the Gone with the Wind screenplay.
ABE BURROWS (Book) Born Abram Solman Borowitz in New York City, Burrows graduated New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn and later attended both City College and New York University. He began working as a runner on Wall Street while at NYU, and he also worked in an accounting firm. After he met Frank Galen in 1938, the two wrote and sold jokes to an impressionist who appeared on the Rudy Vallée radio program. Eventually, Burrows wrote, doctored, or directed such shows as Make a Wish, Two on the Aisle, Three Wishes for Jamie, Say, Darling, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cactus Flower, Can-Can, Silk Stockings, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Good News (1974 revival), and many others. With his collaborator Frank Loesser, Burrows won a Pulitzer Prize for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
ROBERT BRILL (Set Design) Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire, Mario Cantone: Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony nomination), Cabaret, Laugh Whore, The Good Body, Anna in the Tropics, Design for Living, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Buried Child, The Rehearsal and the upcoming revival of The Wiz. Selected New York theatre: Romance, Inky, The Story, Kimberly Akimbo, Blue/Orange, Tuesdays With Morrie, Monster, The Laramie Project, Another American, The Mineola Twins, Lillian, God’s Heart, Blue Window, Two Sisters and a Piano, A Park in Our House and The Batting Cage. Other credits include On the Record (Disney Theatrical), Sinatra… (Radio City), An American in Paris (Boston Ballet), L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Chicago Opera Theatre) and A Clockwork Orange (Steppenwolf). A founding member of Sledgehammer Theatre, he has also designed for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Feld Entertainment, Lincoln Center, McCarter, Huntington, Long Wharf, Canadian Stage, Minnesota Opera, Guthrie, Goodman, Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Mark Taper, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory, South Coast Repertory and American Conservatory Theater.
PAUL TAZEWELL (Costume Design) B'way: In The Heights, The Color Purple (Tony nom.); Hot Feet; Caroline, or Change; A Raisin in the Sun; Drowning Crow; Bring in 'da Noise … (Tony nom.); Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; On the Town; Fascinating Rhythm; Def Poetry Jam. Off-B'way: In the Heights, McReele, Flesh and Blood, Fame, Boston Marriage, Harlem Song. Three Helen Hayes Awards plus Lucille Lortel, Jefferson, Princess Grace and Irene Sharaff awards.
HOWELL BINKLEY (Lighting Design) B'way: Jersey Boys (Tony Award), In the Heights, Gypsy, Xanadu, To Be or Not To Be, Cry-Baby, LoveMusik, Bridge & Tunnel, Steel Magnolias, Avenue Q, Golda’s Balcony, Hollywood Arms, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Minnelli on Minnelli, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Olivier Award), How to Succeed …, High Society, Grease. Off-B’way: Landscape of the Body, Sinatra (Radio City), Bat Boy, Radiant Baby. Extensive regional and dance designs include Parsons Dance (co-founder), the Joffrey Ballet (Billboards) and six musicals in repertory for the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration.
STEVE CANYON KENNEDY (Sound Design) was the production engineer on such Broadway shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Carrie and Aspects of Love. His Broadway sound design credits include Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jersey Boys (Drama Desk Award), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carousel and The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award). Steve is married to actress Loni Ackerman and together they have two sons, Jack and George.
TED SPERLING (Music Director) Broadway: South Pacific LCT: The Light in the Piazza (2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards), A Man of No Importance, A New Brain, My Favorite Year. Broadway: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Titanic (as actor), Kiss of the Spider Woman, How to Succeed …, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sunday in the Park With George. Off-Broadway: Striking 12, See What I Wanna See (both as director), Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, Romance in Hard Times. Film: Everything Is Illuminated, The Manchurian Candidate, Anastasia, Love Mom (director). Conductor/music director for Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Deborah Voigt, Patti LuPone.
BRUCE COUGHLIN (Orchestrations) Broadway: The Light in the Piazza (Tony and Drama Desk co-awards), Lestat (additional orchestrations), Urinetown, The Wild Party, Annie Get Your Gun, On the Town, The Sound of Music, Triumph of Love, Once Upon a Mattress, The King and I. Off-Broadway: Grey Gardens (Drama Desk nomination), Mother Courage, See What I Wanna See, Floyd Collins, The Thing About Men, My Life With Albertine, Little Fish, Das Barbecü. Regional: Princesses, Children of Eden, Heartland, Dorian, Myths and Hymns, Candide (Royal National). Film: Fantasia 2000. Singers/CD: Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Darius de Haas. Coming up: The Grapes of Wrath and The Witches of Eastwick.