Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark is Mamita Alvarez,
Three-Time Tony Award-nominee Dee Hoty is Aunt Alicia in the
New Broadway Production of Lerner & Loewe’s
Production also stars Vanessa Hudgens,
Howard McGillin, Corey Cott and Steffanie Leigh
Pre-Broadway Engagement at The John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.,
at the Eisenhower Theater, January 16-February 12, 2015
Re-envisioned production adapted by Heidi Thomas
Choreography by Joshua Bergasse
Directed by Eric Schaeffer
Complete principal casting has been announced for the new Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, Gigi. Victoria Clark, who won a Tony Award for her luminous performance in The Light in the Piazza and was also Tony-nominated for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Sister Act, will star as Mamita Alvarez. Dee Hoty, who has starred on Broadway in City of Angels, Me and My Girl and Mamma Mia! and is a three-time Tony Award nominee for The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and Footloose, will star as Aunt Alicia. Gigi also stars Vanessa Hudgens in the title role, two-time Tony Award-nominee Howard McGillin (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera) as Honore Lachaille, Corey Cott (Newsies) as Gaston Lachaille and Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as Liane d’Exelmans.
Gigi will be directed by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), in a re-envisioned adaptation by British playwright and BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas (“Call the Midwife,” “Cranford,” “Upstairs, Downstairs”). Emmy Award-winner Joshua Bergasse (On the Town, “Smash”) will choreograph the production.
Gigi will play a pre-Broadway engagement in the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David M. Rubenstein, chairman, Deborah F. Rutter, president) in Washington, D.C. from January 16-February 12, 2015. Opening night is January 29, 2015.
Tickets for the Kennedy Center engagement are on sale to the general public. Visit www.kennedy-center.org for further details. Gigi will open on Broadway in 2015 following the Kennedy Center engagement.
|Victoria Clark (Mamita Alvarez) won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for The Light in the Piazza. Her Broadway credits include Cinderella (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Sister Act (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Snow Geese at Manhattan Theatre Club, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Urinetown, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, A Grand Night for Singing, Sunday in the Park With George. Encores!: Follies, Juno, Bye Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway: When The Rain Stops Falling (Drama Desk nomination), A Prayer for My Enemy, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Agony and the Agony, Marathon Dancing. Follies (LA). Film: Archeology of a Woman, Harvest, The Happening, Tickling Leo, Main Street, Cradle Will Rock. Television: “Law & Order,” “Mercy,” Ma Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath” at Carnegie Hall; frequent appearances with symphony orchestras, including New York Philharmonic. She is a Master Teacher in the US and abroad and is currently Artist-in-Residence for the Musical Theater program at Pace School of the Performing Arts, where she is currently directing The Light in the Piazza, opening October 29 at the Sheen Center. Board member: New York City Center and Kurt Weill Foundation.|
|Dee Hoty (Aunt Alicia) earned three Tony nominations for starring roles in Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and The Will Rogers Follies. She starred on Broadway and in eight major U.S. cities (including at the National) as Donna in Mamma Mia! More Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie (Roundabout), City of Angels (Outer Critics nomination), Me and My Girl, Big River, The Five O’Clock Girl and Shakespeare’s Cabaret. Other highlights: Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop, Polly in Other Desert Cities, tours of 9 to 5 (Violet), Barnum (opposite Stacy Keach), Doctor Dolittle (opposite Tommy Tune), Phyllis in Follies (Paper Mill Playhouse, cast recording), Kay Thompson in Stormy Weather (Barrymore Award, L.A. Ovation Award nomination). Film and TV: “Elementary,” “Smash,” “Law and Order(s),” soaps, commercials, voiceovers, recordings, cabaret work. Most recently, Dee created the role of Eve Walker in Rich Girl at the George Street Playhouse and the Cleveland Play House, as well as Dr. Alexandra Bloomfield in The Preacher and the Shrink at the Beckett Theatre in NYC. She has discovered that coaching and giving Master Classes bring her the joy of ‘paying it forward.’ She is an Otterbein College graduate/ Honorary Doctorate and a proud Equity member.|
The cast also features Cameron Adams, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Allison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, Ian Paget, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Manuel Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater.
Scenic design is by Tony Award-winner Derek McLane, costume design is by five-time Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design is by four-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz and sound design is by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada. Hair design is by David Brian Brown. Musical director is James Moore. Orchestrations are by August Eriksmoen. Vocal and incidental music arrangement is by Matt Aument. Dance music arrangements are by Sam Davis.
Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role; then, following their success with My Fair Lady, the team of Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film, directed by Vincente Minnelli, is widely considered the last great MGM movie musical, and is beloved for its wit, charm and sumptuous costume and production design. GIGI includes such numbers as “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well” “The Night They Invented Champagne” and the Oscar-winning title song, “Gigi”. Gigi also won the Tony Award for Best Score in 1974.
This new adaptation of Gigi will feature all of the songs from the movie, including two songs, “The Parisians” and “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight,” which were dropped from the previous stage version. The production also includes four songs written and added to the score by Lerner and Loewe in 1973, “Paris is Paris Again,” “I Never Want to Go Home Again,” “The Contract,” and “In This Wide, Wide World.”
Gigi is produced by Jenna Segal. General management is by Foresight Theatrical.
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|Vanessa Hudgens (Gigi) A California native, Vanessa Hudgens began her career in musical theatre at the age of eight, performing in productions of Evita, Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King & I, The Music Man, Cinderella and Damn Yankees. She made her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwick’s Thirteen, starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, and co-starred in the action film, Thunderbirds. She is best known for her role as Gabriella Montez in Disney Channel’s breakaway hit, “High School Musical” and its follow up films, “High School Musical 2” and the theatrical release, High School Musical 3: Senior Year. She followed her “High School Musical” success with the critically acclaimed Bandslam, as well as Beastly and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Recent credits include Frozen Ground, directed by Scott Walker, Spring Breakers, opposite James Franco and Selena Gomez and directed by Harmony Korine, and Gimme Shelter, directed by Ron Krauss. In 2010, she won the ShoWest Award for “Female Star of Tomorrow” and the Trendsetter Award at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards.|
|Howard McGillin (Honore Lachaille) Broadway: The Phantom Of The Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, The Secret Garden, Anything Goes (Tony, Drama Desk Award nominations), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony, Drama Desk nominations; Theatre World Award), Sunday in the Park with George. London: Mack and Mabel, Anything Goes. Off-Broadway: It’s a Wonderful Life, I Remember Mama, High Spirits, As Thousands Cheer, La Boheme (Drama Desk Award nomination). National Tour: Peter Pan. Regional: Damn Yankees, It Shoulda Been You (George Street Playhouse), The 39 Steps (Cape Playhouse), Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce (Goodman Theatre, Chicago and Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. – Helen Hayes Award nomination). Films: South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut, The Swan Princess. Concerts: Ragtime, Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Solo CD: Howard McGillin: Where Time Stands Still, available online.|
|Corey Cott (Gaston Lachaille) Immediately following graduation from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Corey Cott made his professional debut starring on Broadway for two years as Jack Kelly in Newsies. His other stage credits include university productions of Suddenly Last Summer, Assassins, Sweeney Todd and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recently, Corey has been involved in the development of several new musicals including Anastasia (McNally/Ahrens & Flaherty), Father of the Bride (Disney) and the Untitled Radio City Project. He will make his television debut this fall in “Madam Secretary” on CBS. A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Corey made his solo concert debut in 2013 at the Kennedy Center as part of the ASCAP Centennial Celebration. He is represented by Gersh, Soffer/Namoff Entertainment and attorney Michael Mahan. Twitter/Instagram: @NapOnACott|
|Steffanie Leigh (Liane d’Exelmans) Broadway/National Tour: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins,) NYC/Regional: Dani Girl (Exit Pursued by a Bear), Venus in Fur (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Alliance Theatre), Into the Woods, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera). TV: “The Good Wife,” “Members Only.” Film: PROGRESS And Unrelated Things, They’re Out of the Business. BFA Acting/Musical Theatre: Carnegie Mellon. www.steffanieleigh.com
|Cameron Adams (Ensemble) Broadway: The Music Man (Zaneeta), Oklahoma!, Hairspray (u/s Amber), Cry-Baby (u/s Allison), Shrek, Promises, Promises (Miss Della Hoya), How To Succeed… (u/s Rosemary), Nice Work If You Can Get It (u/s Billie and Jeannie). Off-Broadway/Regional: Follies, Little Me both at NYCC Encores!, Inventing Mary Martin at The York Theater, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Maureen) at The DCPA. TV: NBC “The Sound of Music Live!”, ABC/Disney’s “The Music Man” (Zaneeta). Love to my family and my Jeremy. Twitter/Instagram: @CameronAdamsNYC
|Max Clayton (Ensemble) is excited to be making his Kennedy Center debut! Regional: On The Town (Gabey, Marriott Theatre), Footloose (Ren, Kansas City Starlight), Oklahoma! (Slim, Lyric Opera of Chicago), The MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, MTWichita, Palace Theatre. BFA, CCM. Endless love and thanks to the Gigi creative team, cast and crew, Mom, Dad, Missy, JennyBenny, the Claytons and Truncies, and CGF Talent. For Mimi and Boopa! Twitter/Instagram: @maxmclayton|
|Madeleine Doherty (Ensemble) Broadway: The Producers (Original Cast, Hold-Me-Touch-Me), A Christmas Carol (Original Cast), Sister Act (Original Cast, Sister Mary Theresa), Les Miserables (Mme. Thenardier, Dance Captain). Regional: Guthrie Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Sacramento Music Circus, Kansas City Starlight, North Shore Music Theater, Hollywood Bowl, York Theater Company and more. National Tours: Flashdance (Hannah), The Pirates Of Penzance (Edith), 25th Anniversary of Stop The World starring Anthony Newley, 101 Dalmatians, and 9 to 5. Madeleine just completed a workshop of an upcoming Broadway musical called Gotta Dance, directed by Jerry Mitchell and written by the late Marvin Hamlisch.
|Ashley Blair Fitzgerald (Ensemble) from Ellicott City, MD, most recently performed in Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Arena Stage. New York theater includes:The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Company (New York Philharmonic). National Tours include: Come Fly Away (2013 Helen Hayes nominee, outstanding actress) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Fosse. International credits include Come Fly Away, Trip of Love and Fosse. Television/Film credits: “Smash” (NBC Pilot), special guest appearances on the Tony Awards and Company. Over the past two years, Ashley has been reconstructing Bob Fosse’s work for The Verdon Fosse Estate. Ashley sends love to her always supportive family.|
|Hannah Florence (Ensemble) is delighted to make her Kennedy Center debut in Gigi! Hannah was most recently seen as Meg Giry in The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary North American Tour. Broadway/New York: Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, Anna Nicole the Opera (NYC Opera/Brooklyn Academy of Music), It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman! (NY City Center Encores!). TV: “One Life to Live”. Huge thanks to Tara Rubin Casting, Nicolosi & Co, Josh Bergasse. WBSS.
|Alison Jantzie (Swing) On the Town (Marriott Theatre), Mary Poppins (MUNY), Fiorello! (Encores! at City Center), Aida (Starlight Theatre), Cats (Theatre Calgary), The Drowsy Chaperone (Manitoba Theatre Centre), High School Musical (Drayton Entertainment), as well as one season at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Alison has also been a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall for three seasons.|
|Brian Ogilvie (Ensemble) is so excited to make his Kennedy Center debut. He was a member of the Broadway company of Mary Poppins, where he was a dancing statue, dancing chimney sweep, dancing bunny and understudy for Bert and Robertson Ay. Other credits include the title character in Tarzan (Arvada), Zach in A Chorus Line (Maltz Jupiter), Eddie in Funny Girl (Vero Beach Riverside), Buzz in South Pacific (Paper Mill) and regional productions of Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie and 42nd Street. Brian also appeared in HBO’s “True Blood”. All my love to my wife Dana and our beautiful son Shane.|
|Ian Paget (Swing) is stoked to be making his Kennedy Center debut with Gigi! Broadway: Soul Doctor, Leap of Faith, Mamma Mia! West End: West Side Story. Regional: “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” at La Jolla Playhouse (Director Des McAnuff) Film/TV: Rock of Ages, Step Up Revolution, “Mozart in the Jungle,” “One Life to Live,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live” with Miley Cyrus and Anna Kendrick. Endless love to Dad, Mom, Sacha and Alyssa! Twitter/Instagram: @ijpaget|
|James Patterson (Ensemble) has been seen on Broadway and in National Tours including Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, State Fair and Off-Broadway in The Chocolate Show!, Sail Away, Stairway to Paradise and The Iron Curtain. Other recent favorites include Ragtime (Henry Ford/Milwaukee Rep), Chamberlain (Joshua Chamberlain/ MSMT), Le Comte Ory (The Metropolitan Opera), the tour of Backwards in High Heels, What a Glorious Feeling (Gene Kelly), 42nd Street (Sacramento), Bye Bye Birdie (Albert Peterson/North Shore) and Mame (Kennedy Center). Thanks to the great folks at Henderson/Hogan and my family, especially BJH…you are my heaven.|
|Justin Prescott (Ensemble) A native of Houston, TX, Justin received his BFA in Dance (Cum Laude) from SUNY Purchase College. Shortly thereafter, he made his Broadway debut in the energetic and revolutionary Broadway hit Fela! Other credits include Broadway/Off Broadway: After Midnight, Motown, Lost in the Stars (City Center Encores!). Tour: Fela!, Memphis. Regional: The Scottsboro Boys (Ahmanson Theater), TV: NBC’s “Smash,” New York Theatre Workshop: Bacha Bazi. Justin gives all thanks to his Creator and loving family!|
|Manuel Stark (Ensemble) Broadway: West Side Story at the Palace Theatre (Chino); Off-Broadway: Venice at the Public Theatre; TV: “Smash” on NBC (14 Episodes); Regional: Footloose at Pittsburgh CLO (Ren), A Chorus Line at Paper Mill Playhouse (Paul), Aladdin at 5th Avenue Theatre (Prince Abdullah), West Side Story at Ogunquit Playhouse (Bernardo), Bull Durham at the Alliance Theatre (Kevin); City Center’s Encores!: Applause, It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, Little Me, The Most Happy Fella, and Irma la Douce. Thanks to Mom and John for all their support!|
|Tanairi Sade Vasquez (Ensemble) is excited to be performing at the Kennedy Center and to be part of this production of Gigi. Broadway credits: Wonderland, West Side Story 2009 Revival Cast (u/s Consuela). Tours: 1st National Tour of Come Fly Away 2011-2012, choreographed by Twyla Tharp (u/s Babe, Slim), Asian and European tour of West Side Story. Off Broadway: Christmas Spectacular at Radio City, Flashdance and Fly, Gigi and On Your Feet workshops, On the Town Dance Lab, The Capeman at the Delacorte Theater. Film/TV: “Orange is The New Black” (season 3) recurring role Annie Valdez, “America’s Got Talent” Season 9 dancer/choir, “Smash” Season 2 dancer, Lucille Roberts Commercial, “Dancing with the Stars,” “Good Morning America”. So much love to my family and friends for their support and my agents!|
|Amos Wolff (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at The Kennedy Center having performed there in 2011 in Follies and the Lincoln Center touring production of South Pacific. Broadway/National Tours: Chicago, A Chorus Line. Other New York: Piece of My Heart (Signature), Guys and Dolls (Carnegie Hall), Little Me and Where’s Charley? (Encores!), First Wives Club (NYC workshop). Amos holds a BFA in Musical Theater from The University of Michigan, Shakespeare Intensive Training through RADA, London and is a recent teacher-training-graduate from Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio in NYC. A million thanks to Eric, Jim and Josh for reuniting me with the good time guys. www.amoswolff.com|
|Ashley Yeater (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back performing at the Kennedy Center. Broadway/NYC: Pippin, Big Fish, Follies, On The Town (Encores!), The Producers. National Tours: A Chorus Line, Chicago, The Producers. Love and thanks to my amazing parents, H/H, and Rikki for your constant support.|
|Alan Jay Lerner (Book, Lyrics) wrote these plays with Frederick Loewe: Life of the Party, What’s Up, The Day Before Spring, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi. He also wrote Love Life with Kurt Weill, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Carmelina with Burton Lane, Coco with Andre Previn, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with Leonard Bernstein and Dance a Little Closer with Charles Strouse. He wrote the libretto and/or lyrics for the following films: An American in Paris, Gigi, The Little Prince, The Royal Wedding and film versions of his plays. He wrote two books – On the Street Where I Live and The Musical Theatre: A Celebration. Mr. Lerner died in 1986.|
|Frederick Loewe (Music), an Austrian-born musical prodigy at age four, was the youngest piano soloist to play with the Berlin Philharmonic when he made his debut at 13. He came to the United States in 1924. In 1942, Loewe approached Alan Jay Lerner in New York to say he would like to collaborate with him on a musical show. The two went on to enjoy an extraordinary partnership resulting in the stage musicals My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and The Day Before Spring, the films Gigi and The Little Prince and the stage version of Gigi. Loewe died in Palm Springs on February 14, 1988 at 88, the winner of numerous Tony, Academy and Golden Globe awards.|
|Heidi Thomas (Adaptation) is one of the UK’s top dramatists and her acclaimed career in stage, film and television drama spans 25 years. Her award-winning theatrical work has been produced by the Liverpool Playhouse, Almeida, Royal Court and Chichester Festival Theatres and by the National Theatre Studio and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her classic adaptations for the large and small screen include “Cranford,” “Return to Cranford,” “Madame Bovary,” “Ballet Shoes” and “I Capture The Castle”. Other credits include the revived “Upstairs Downstairs,” and her hit BBC show “Call the Midwife,” which is seen in 197 countries worldwide. Heidi’s work has been acknowledged and awarded by the Emmys, BAFTA, the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Christopher Society, the Broadcasting Press Guild and the Royal Television Society.|
|Eric Schaeffer (Director) On Broadway, his productions include Putting It Together starring Carol Burnett, Glory Days, Million Dollar Quartet and the Tony Award nominated Follies. In the West End/London, he has directed The Witches of Eastwick and Million Dollar Quartet. He is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Signature is an award-winning theatre that produces world premiere plays and musicals as well as reinvents new interpretations of the American musical. Signature was awarded the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award for excellence in the theatre. Signature Theatre has been awarded 90 Helen Hayes Awards along with 340 nominations for artistic excellence. Schaeffer has received six Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Direction along with 28 nominations. He also received a Drama Desk nomination for Follies. Schaeffer has directed over 80 productions at Signature and served as the Artistic Director of the Sondheim Celebration at The Kennedy Center, where he directed Sunday in the Park with George and Passion. He also directed Mame, First You Dream and Follies at The Kennedy Center. He has also directed at the Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage and Disneyland. He holds a B.F.A. and Honorary Doctorate from Kutztown University and Honorary Doctor of Arts from Shenandoah University.|
|Joshua Bergasse (Choreography) won the Emmy Award for NBC’s “Smash”. Theatre credits include On the Town (Broadway), Little Me and It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane… It’s Superman (Encores!), Guys And Dolls and The Sound Of Music (Carnegie Hall), the Off-Broadway productions of Bomb-Itty Of Errors and Captain Louie, national & international tours of Fame The Musical, NERDS (Philadelphia Theatre Company, Barrymore Nomination), Secondhand Lions (Fifth Avenue Theatre), West Side Story (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Barrington Stage Company), On The Town, Guys And Dolls, Carousel and The World Goes Round (Barrington Stage). Also for television, Bergasse choreographed for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Upcoming: Bull Durham (Broadway), Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse), The Honeymooners (Goodspeed).|
Derek McLane (Set Design) Credits include: Beautiful; Anything Goes; How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Ragtime; Million Dollar Quartet; 33 Variations; The Pajama Game; Grease; The Threepenny Opera; Little Women; I Am My Own Wife; The Women; Present Laughter; Holiday; Ruined; Lie of the Mind; Becky Shaw; Rafta, Rafta; 10 Million Miles; Things We Want; The Voysey Inheritance; Two Trains Running; Hurlyburly; Abigail’s Party. Awards: 1997 and 2004 Obie Awards; 2004, 2005, 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards; 2011 Drama Desk Award; 2009 Tony Award.
Catherine Zuber (Costume Design) Broadway: Golden Boy; How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; Born Yesterday; Edward Albee’s Seascape; Dinner At Eight; Twelfth Night (Tony Nominations); The Royal Family, South Pacific, The Coast of Utopia, The Light in the Piazza, Awake and Sing! (Tony Awards); The Bridges of Madison County, Outside Mullingar, Macbeth, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; Women on the Verge . . .; Doubt, among others. Upcoming: The King & I (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway: BAM, The Bridge Project 2009/10/11. Television: “The Sound of Music,” “Peter Pan,” NBC/Universal. Graduate: Yale School of Drama.
Natasha Katz (Lighting Design) Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award), Once (Tony Award), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Aida (Tony Award), Aladdin, Motown, Follies, Hedda Gabler, Sister Act, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Sweet Smell of Success, The Capeman, Beauty and the Beast and Gypsy. Extensive designs Off-Broadway, at American regional theatres, concerts and permanent installations. Opera and dance include Royal Opera House, Dutch National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera and NYC Opera. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Hewes Award, Whatsonstage, Joseph Jefferson Award, Ruth Morely Design Award, National Broadway Theatre Award.
Kai Harada (Sound Design) Designs include On the Town, Follies (Drama Desk & Tony Award nominations); Fun Home (Drama Desk nomination); First Date (Broadway); Million Dollar Quartet; Zorro (Moscow, Atlanta); Hinterm Horizont (Berlin); The Pirates of Penzance (Portland Opera); She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); First You Dream (Kennedy Center); Rent (5th Avenue Theatre) and Barbie Live! Associate design credits to Tony Meola include A Christmas Carol; Disney’s Der Glöckner von Notre Dame; Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha and Wicked. Audio Consultant for Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. Education: Yale University.
David Brian Brown (Wig/Hair Design) Broadway highlights: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, If/Then, Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth, The Nance, The Invention Of Love, Romeo and Juliet, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Death of a Salesman, Follies, Sister Act, Arcadia, A Steady Rain, Shrek, The Country Girl, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Butley, Tarzan, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, The Odd Couple, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Gypsy, Flower Drum Song, Sweet Smell of Success, Aida, The Iceman Cometh, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Side Show, Steel Pier. Off-Broadway: Far From Heaven, Giant. Film credits: “The Sound of Music Live,” It’s Complicated, “Angels In America” (Emmy Nominated), To Wong Foo…
James Moore (Musical Director) Broadway: On the Town, Follies (revival), South Pacific (Lincoln Center), Ragtime (revival), Steel Pier, Company. National Tours: The Producers, Kiss Me, Kate, Crazy for You, The World Goes ‘Round – The Songs of Kander and Ebb. Mr. Moore has a long relationship with The Kennedy Center, where in addition to conducting Follies and Ragtime, he has also helmed Mame (starring Christine Baranski) and concert versions of My Fair Lady (starring Jonathan Pryce) and Camelot featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell and the National Symphony Orchestra. Regional: Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, The MUNY. James holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
August Eriksmoen (Orchestrator) has worked on the Broadway productions of First Date (orchestrations), Hugh Jackman, Back On Broadway (additional orchestrations), The Addams Family (dance arrangements), Memphis (dance arrangements), Million Dollar Quartet (associate music supervisor), Ring of Fire (associate music director), All Shook Up (music director) and Rent (associate conductor). His Off-Broadway credits include Bare (orchestrations), Romantic Poetry (orchestrations), Walmartopia (orchestrations/supervision) and Imperfect Chemistry (orchestrations/supervision). His television orchestrations credits include the 2011 Billboard Music Awards and 2014 Tony Awards. He has created orchestrations for the touring and regional productions of I Am Harvey Milk, Bright Star, Bull Durham, Kristin Chenoweth (in concert), Chita Rivera (in concert), Brother Russia, James and the Giant Peach and All Shook Up (first national tour, dance arrangements/additional orchestrations). His other orchestration credits include Universal Orlando’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” Always…Patsy Cline, Honky Tonk Angels, and Winnie the Pooh (Disney Junior).
Sam Davis (Dance Music Arranger) Broadway: An American in Paris, Side Show, Big Fish, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Scandalous, Curtains and The Apple Tree. Musical supervisor for Dreamgirls (Apollo, national tour, Korea and South Africa), orchestrator for The Trumpet of the Swan (Kennedy Center). As composer: Red Eye of Love (AMAS Theatre), Bunnicula (DR2 Theatre), Love and Real Estate (59E59) and the album Love on a Summer Afternoon (P.S. Classics). Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award and graduate of the University of Michigan.
Matt Aument (Vocal and Incidental Music Arranger) is a New York-based orchestrator and music director focused on new musicals. Recent productions include Tamar of the River (Prospect Theatre Company), Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), new orchestrations for Camelot (Drury Lane Theatre) and several editions of The 24 Hour Musicals. He has arranged and played for Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Tonya Pinkins and enjoys frequent collaboration with composer Sam Willmott.