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Douglas McGrath

Book

Douglas McGrath is a filmmaker and playwright. His play Checkers opened the 30th anniversary season at New York’s Vineyard Theatre. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for Bullets Over Broadway, for which they were nominated for an Academy Award. His first film as writer/director was his adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. He has also written and directed Nicholas Nickleby, which won the Best Ensemble Cast from the National Board of Review; Company Man; Infamous; and His Way. His essays have appeared in the New Yorker, The New Republic, Vanity Fair and The New York Times.

Gerry Goffin

Words & Music

Born in Brooklyn in 1939, Gerry Goffin met Carole King at Queens College, and their musical collaboration began almost immediately. They married in 1959, and that same year wrote their first hit song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” (The Shirelles). The duo penned over fifty Top 40 hits including “The Locomotion,” “Natural Woman,” and “Up On The Roof.”  In 1987, Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Goffin has left an indelible mark on American music.

Carole King

Words & Music

Pop music would be very different without the contributions of Carole King, who wrote her first #1 hit at age 17 with Gerry Goffin, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” for the Shirelles. The dozens of chart hits Goffin and King wrote during this period became legendary, but it was 1971’s Tapestry that took King to the pinnacle, speaking personally to her contemporaries and providing a spiritual musical backdrop to the decade. More than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by over 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles and 6 Grammys.

BARRY MANN

Words & Music

Barry Mann has written the melodies of some of the most influential pop songs in musical history. In addition to “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” most played song of the last century, and the songs heard in Beautiful, he has composed later standards like “Somewhere Out There” (winner of 2 Grammys), “Here You Come Again,” “Sometimes When We Touch,” “Just Once” and “Don’t Know Much.” Together, he and Cynthia Weil have amassed an incredible 112 pop, country and R&B awards from Broadcast Music Inc. for significant radio air play. He has been inducted into both the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

CYNTHIA WEIL

Words & Music

Cynthia Weil is known as the lyricist of classic songs such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, most played song of the 20th century. In addition to the songs heard in BEAUTIFUL, she has set the words to later standards like “Somewhere Out There,” “Here You Come Again,” “He’s So Shy,” “Just Once,” and “Don’t Know Much” to name just a few. Weil has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honored with multiple Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards for “Somewhere Out There” as Motion Picture Song of the Year and Song of the Year.

MARC BRUNI

Director

The Explorers Club (MTC), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside), Pipe Dream (Encores!), Fanny (Encores!), Ordinary Days (Roundabout), Nerds (NC Theatre), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Paper Mill), 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (PTC/Paper Mill), In the Mood (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Such Good Friends (NYMF Directing Award), High Spirits (York), Glimpses of the Moon (Oak Room) and 6 shows for the St. Louis MUNY including The Music Man, Sound of Music (Kevin Kline nominations), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Legally Blonde, My One and Only,Seven Brides. Associate on numerous Broadway shows and tours including Book of Mormon and Anything Goes.

JOSH PRINCE

Choreographer

Broadway/National Tour/West End:  Shrek, The Musical (Outer Critics Circle Nomination). Off-Broadway: The KidBunty Berman Presents (The New Group). New York City: Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Fire Island Dance Festival, Career Transitions for Dancers Befit (City Center), Bridge Project (BAM/Old Vic), The Jerry Springer Opera (Carnegie Hall), Camelot (NY Philharmonic/Lincoln Center, PBS), and All Singing All Dancing (Town Hall). London: My Fair Lady, BBC Proms 59 (Dir/Chor Royal Albert Hall), Singin’ In the Rain (Royal Festival Hall). Regional: Kennedy Center Latino Inaugural (w/Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno), Kennedy Center Spring Gala (hosted by Liza Minelli). Josh is the Founder/Artistic Director of The Broadway Dance Lab.

JASON HOWLAND

Music Director/Supervisor

Broadway: Composer: Little Women; Music Supervisor/Conductor/Arranger: Bonnie and ClydeWonderlandJekyll & HydeLes Miserables, The Civil WarThe Scarlet PimpernelTabooSpider-ManJekyll & Hyde Revival, FlashdanceWe Will Rock You. Tours: South Pacific (Revival),Beauty and The BeastLa Cage Aux FollesMemphisElfA Chorus LineShrek. Recording Projects: Handel’s Messiah RocksLittle WomenTabooMegumi Hamada Attitude; Ock Joo Hyun GOLDJekyll & Hyde (OBC, Revival); The Scarlet Pimpernel (OBC); The Civil War; Linda Eder Christmas Stays the Same and It’s Time. Proud father of Noah and Nina.

DEREK MCLANE

Scenic Design

Broadway designs include The Heiress, Nice Work, The Best Man, Follies, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business, Bengal Tiger, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, 33 Variations (Tony Award),  Little Women,  The Pajama Game, I Am My Own Wife, The Women. Off-Broadway: The Last Five Years, Ruined, Lie of the Mind, Hurlyburly, Abigail’s Party. He designed the 2013 Academy Awards. Awards: Winner of 1997 and 2004 OBIE Awards, 2004, 2005, 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards; 2009 Tony Award, 2011 Drama Desk Award, 2013 Emmy Nomination.

ALEJO VIETTI

Costume Designer

New York: Old Jews Telling Jokes (Off-Broadway); Manhattan Theatre Club; Radio City Rockettes (including upcoming Spring Spectacular); Atlantic Theatre Company; Primary Stages; MCC; The New Group; Rattlestick. Regional: Alley Theatre; Arena Stage; Cincinnati Playhouse; Cleveland Playhouse; Philadelphia Theatre (including Stars of David); Goodspeed; Guthrie; Hartford Stage; Long Wharf; Old Globe (includingAllegiance); Paper Mill Playhouse; multiple productions of Nerds. Opera: New York City Opera; Opera Santa Barbara; Minnesota Opera; Wolf Trap; Chicago Lyric Opera (upcoming).Other: Ringling Brothers Boom A Ring. Recipient of the TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.

PETER KACZOROWSKI

Lighting Design

Broadway: 50 plays and musicals including No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot, The Assembled Parties, Nice Work, Wit, Venus in Fur, Anything Goes, A View from the Bridge, Grey Gardens, The Producers, Contact, Steel Pier. Extensive Off-Broadway, resident, and regional credits. Opera: Met, San Francisco, Houston Grand, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Seattle. Abroad: Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera/North, Maggio Florence, L’Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Bonn, Lisbon. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Dramalogue, Hewes.

BRIAN RONAN

Sound Design

Brian Ronan has designed the sound for over twenty five Broadway shows. Some recent designs include Annie, Bring It On, Nice Work (Tony nomination), Book of Mormon (Tony), Anything Goes (Tony nomination, Drama Desk), American Idiot, Promises Promises, Next to Normal (Tony nomination), Grease, Curtains, Spring Awakening, Grey Gardens, Pajama Game, All Shook Up, 12 Angry Men, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Charlie Brown, Cabaret. Off-Broadway: Rent, Bug (Obie and Lucille Lortel award).

CHARLES G. LAPOINTE

Hair and Wig Design

Broadway: After Midnight, Beautiful, Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Soul Doctor, Motown, Jekyll and HydeClybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Columnist, Magic/Bird, Bonnie and Clyde, The Mountaintop, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Merchant of Venice, Memphis, Henry IV, Cymbeline, Lombardi, Fences, Looped, Miracle Worker, Superior Donuts, 33 Variations, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, The Color Purple, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Good Vibrations, A Raisin in the Sun, Radio Golf.

JOE DULUDE II

Makeup Design

Makeup designer for Wicked productions worldwide, If/Then, Jekyll & Hyde, The Jacksonian, Into the Woods (Public Theater), Follies, The Normal Heart, Catch Me If You Can, Elf, Lend Me a Tenor, Grease, The Wedding Singer, Into the Woods (key makeup Vanessa Williams). Film and television: “Smash,” E!, Style, Lifetime, PBS, “Access Hollywood.” Joe also teaches makeup for various organizations and is a fine artist.

STEVE SIDWELL

Orchestrator/Vocal & Incidental Music Arranger

Recent work includes Arranger/MD for: “The Voice” (UK), 2012 Olympics, George Michael, Robbie Williams. Musical Orchestrations: We Will Rock You, Our House, Daddy Cool. Film Orchestrations: Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Finding Nemo. Emmy nominated for his 79th Academy Awards choir performance and received numerous advertising/recording industry awards working with artists including Amy Winehouse, The Who, Oasis, Muse, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Sting, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and The Who. www.stevesidwell.com

SHERRY KONDOR

Executive Producer

Her early career included background and studio singing. She found her way into music management in 2003, launching the career of singer Jesse McCartney. In 2011, she took on management of Carole’s career. She is proud to help bring her parents’, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, story to the stage.

CHRISTINE RUSSELL

Executive Producer

Christine Russell is a partner at the leading talent agency for composers, Evolution Music Partners and Co-Founder/COO of Score Revolution, an online licensing platform for film music. She began as a recording artist at Rondor Music and transitioned from artist to agent when she began managing lyricist Gerry Goffin, whom she has represented for nineteen years.

MICHAEL CASSEL GROUP

General Management

The Michael Cassel Group is a live entertainment company formed to produce and present the world’s greatest musical and theatrical productions, live entertainment experiences, marquee events and concert attractions.

Led by Michael Cassel, the company exclusively represents theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh and his productions in Australia. In this capacity, the company produced the acclaimed new production of Les Misérables, enjoying a triumphant nineteen-month tour of Australia where the production received the Helpmann Award for ‘Best Musical’ before touring Asia with seasons in Manila, Singapore and Dubai.

In association with Disney Theatrical Productions, the Michael Cassel Group will produce the first international tour of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s The Lion King, to premiere in Manila in March 2018 followed by engagements in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and South Africa.

The company produced the Australian premiere of Kinky Boots at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne in October 2016. The production transferred to Sydney in April 2017. Featuring music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots is the winner of six Broadway Tony® Awards with direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein.

The company is producing the 10th anniversary of everyone’s favourite Aussie musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The fabulously funny, fish out of water musical is based on the Oscar-winning film about Mitzi, Felicia and former Les Girl, Bernadette – who hop aboard a battered old bus named Priscilla bound for Alice Springs. The Australian tours begins in Melbourne this January with stops in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Previously, the company has co-produced The Chichester Festival production of Singin’ In the Rain, including a national tour of Australia, along with seasons in Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan as well as the sold-out Australian tour of Lea Salonga in Concert, which saw the The Tony® and Olivier Award winning star making her Sydney Opera House debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to the group’s theatrical interests, the company represents former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, former Olympian and global sporting administrator, Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and media personality, Sami Lukis.

THE CHARLOTTE WILCOX COMPANY

Worldwide General Manager

The Charlotte Wilcox Company has managed more than 70 productions. Upcoming: Allegiance, Ever After, Houdini, Secondhand Lions. Recent Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Godspell, On a Clear Day, Catch Me If You Can, Wonderland, Elf, West Side Story, Come Fly Away, [title of show], Grease (all three Broadway productions!), Cyrano, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Bombay Dreams, The Full Monty. 

MICHAEL CASSEL

Producer

Michael formed his company, Michael Cassel Group, to produce and present prestige theatrical productions; to create and develop exciting new live entertainment experiences and to present marquee events and concert attractions.

The company exclusively represents Cameron Mackintosh and his productions in Australia. In this capacity, Michael was Executive Producer of the acclaimed new production Les Misérables which enjoyed a triumphant nineteen-month tour of Australia where the production received the Helpmann Award for ‘Best Musical’ before touring Asia.

Michael produced the Australian premiere of Kinky Boots in Melbourne in October 2016. With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots toured to Sydney and is now playing in Brisbane.

Following the Australian premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Michael will produce the 10th anniversary tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which will begin in Melbourne in January 2018 before stops in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Michael is also producing the first international tour of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s The Lion King, to premiere in Manila in March 2018 followed by engagements in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and South Africa.

Previously, Michael co-produced the Australian and Asian tour of Singin’ In the Rain and presented the sold-out Australian tour of Lea Salonga in Concert which saw the Tony® and Olivier Award-winning star make her Sydney Opera House debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his theatrical interests, Michael’s company represents former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, former Olympian and global sporting administrator, Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and media personality, Sami Lukis.

PAUL BLAKE

Producer

Mr. Blake is currently enjoying his emeritus status after 22 seasons as the executive producer of the legendary St. Louis MUNY, where he produced and/or directed more than 150 shows. His Roman Holiday (book writer), with songs by Cole Porter, played to capacity last summer at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Mr. Blake’s Tony-nominated Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (co-writer and co-producer) had two highly successful seasons on Broadway and has become the most highly requested holiday musical in theatres across the country.

SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING

Producer/Music Publisher

Established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson, Sony/ATV is the world’s leading music publisher and owns or administers more than 2 million copyrights including those from such iconic music catalogs as EMI Music Publishing, Leiber & Stoller, Mijac Music, Motown and Famous Music. Sony/ATV controls many of the best-known songs ever written, like “New York, New York,” “All You Need Is Love,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Over the Rainbow” and “Stand By Me.” In addition, Sony/ATV represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Sting, The Supremes, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder, among others.  Its ever-growing list of chart-topping artists and songwriters includes Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, P!nk, Shakira, Taylor Swift and Kanye West.

MIKE BOSNER

Producer

Mr. Bosner is thrilled to be taking Beautiful down under! Beautiful continues its highly successful run on Broadway, London’s West End, and across the US in a National Tour. Before Beautiful, he served as associate producer of the St. Louis MUNY for five seasons. At the MUNY, Mr. Bosner oversaw more than 35 productions alongside executive producer Paul Blake. He is truly honoured to be working with this legendary material, inspiring group of collaborators and his mentor and friend, Mr. Blake.


DANIEL EDMONDS

Music Director/Conductor

Daniel is a music director, composer, arranger and pianist. His musical vision has won him critical acclaim across a large range of genres and settings. In the theatre, he was the musical director and conductor for the world premiere of musicals King Kong, Strictly Ballroom and Dream Lover. For Strictly Ballroom, he worked closely with the film’s original creative team, including Baz Luhrmann. King Kong was an ambitious collaboration with an international creative team, and artists including Marius De Vries, Sarah McLachlan, Massive Attack, Guy Garvey and The Avalanches. Other theatrical credits include Chicago, Fame, and Hairspray. Recently, he was the musical supervisor for Only Heaven Knows.

He has written music and songs for screen and stage, including short films Butcherbird (directed by Dave Paterson) and The Suitor (directed by Kate Riedl), as well as Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes’ feature Super Awesome. Daniel wrote songs and an original score for La Boite’s new production of The Wind In The Willows, which will tour nationally in 2017. Daniel is also the arranger and music director for Hugh Sheridan’s international music group, California Crooners Club, which was a Best-of-Fringe Award winner at the Adelaide Fringe.

Daniel has appeared on stages in Australia, New Zealand, London and New York with acclaimed artists Meow Meow, Caroline O’Connor, Simon Burke, David Campbell, Rhonda Burchmore, Paul Capsis and, most recently, Lea Salonga. He has also recorded and produced numerous albums, and given masterclasses at home and abroad.

MICHAEL CASSEL
in association with
PAUL BLAKE & SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING & MIKE BOSNER

presents
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL