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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Broadway/National Tour/West End: Shrek, The Musical (Outer Critics Circle Nomination). Off-Broadway: The Kid, Bunty 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.
Broadway: Composer: Little Women; Music Supervisor/Conductor/Arranger: Bonnie and Clyde, Wonderland, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables, The Civil War, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Taboo, Spider-Man, Jekyll & Hyde Revival, Flashdance, We Will Rock You. Tours: South Pacific (Revival),Beauty and The Beast, La Cage Aux Folles, Memphis, Elf, A Chorus Line, Shrek. Recording Projects: Handel’s Messiah Rocks; Little Women; Taboo; Megumi Hamada Attitude; Ock Joo Hyun GOLD; Jekyll & 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.
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.
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.
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 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
Broadway: After Midnight, Beautiful, Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Soul Doctor, Motown, Jekyll and Hyde, Clybourne 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 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.
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
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 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
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.
Lead 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 which toured Asia with seasons in Manila, Singapore and Dubai, where the musical officially opened the Dubai Opera House. This followed a triumphant nineteen-month tour of Australia where the production received the Helpmann Award for ‘Best Musical’.
The company produced the Australian premiere of Kinky Boots at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne in October 2016. Kinky Boots is the winner of six Broadway Tony® Awards including Best Musical, as well as Best Direction and Best Choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein. Kinky Boots will transfer to Sydney in April 2017.
The company will produce the Broadway smash-hit, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which will premiere in Sydney in September 2017 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. The true story of the legendary singer’s journey from schoolgirl to international superstar features a book by Tony® and Academy® Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince and a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. The Broadway production won two Tony® Awards and the 2015 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
The company is co-producing The Chichester Festival production of Singin’ In the Rain, which completed a year-long tour of Asia with seasons in Hong Kong, Singapore and Manila along with New Zealand and South Africa, and a current tour throughout Australia.
In February 2017, the company will present Lea Salonga in Concert. The Tony® and Olivier Award winning star will make her Sydney Opera House debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and will join Orchestra Victoria for concerts at Hamer Hall at The Arts Centre Melbourne.
In addition to the group’s theatrical interests, the company represents former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard, Olympic legend, Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and media personality, Sami Lukis.
THE CHARLOTTE WILCOX COMPANY
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 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 Michael is Executive Producer of Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production Les Misérables which, following triumphant seasons in Australia and having won the prestigious Helpmann Award for ‘Best Musical’ is now on tour in Asia. Following a year-long tour of Asia, Michael is co-producing the Chichester Festival production of Singin’ In the Rain, is currently playing in Sydney after a successful premiere in Melbourne before touring the country. Michael will produce the Australian premiere of Tony and Olivier-Award winning ‘Best Musical’ Kinky Boots, featuring Grammy-Award winning music by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne opening in October 2016. The following year, Michael will produce the smash-hit musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which will premiere in Sydney in September 2017 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. In February 2017, Michael will present Lea Salonga in Concert. The Tony® and Olivier Award winning star will make her Sydney Opera House debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and will join Orchestra Victoria for concerts at Hamer Hall at The Arts Centre Melbourne.
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
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.
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.
in association with
PAUL BLAKE & SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING & MIKE BOSNER
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL