ADRIENNE WARREN made her West End debut in the World Premiere of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical in the title role of Tina Turner (Olivier, Evening Standard & WhatsOnStage Award Nominations). She was last seen on Broadway in Shuffle Along as Gertrude Saunders / Florence Mills, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. She originated the role of Danielle in the Tony-nominated Bring It On: The Musical on Broadway. She was also seen at the Apollo Theater as Lorrell in Dreamgirls, followed by the national tour. Other New York theatre credits include: The Wiz at Encores City Center. Adrienne has had the honor of performing for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the 2018 Royal Variety Show in London. She has toured and recorded with the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and is currently working on her solo debut album. Adrienne has headlined with The Virginia Symphony Orchestra and made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops. She is also a voice-over artist, in which she is currently the voice of Maybelline New York. TV credits include: CBS pilot “Perfect Citizen”, the Amazon pilot “Point of Honor”, “Orange Is the New Black”, “Blue Bloods”, “Royal Pains”, “People in New Jersey”, “The Tap”, “Quantico”, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, “Irreversible”, and “Black Box”.
DANIEL J. WATTS
DANIEL J. WATTS has appeared in eight Broadway shows including Hamilton, In The Heights and Memphis. Off Broadway he has starred in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Death of the Last Black Man in the Entire World (Signature Theatre) and the world premiere of Whorl Inside A Loop (2nd Stage). TV credits include recurring roles on Amazon’s “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” NBC’s “Blindspot,” and HBO’s “Vinyl” and “The Deuce.” “The Good Wife” (CBS), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Odd Mom Out” (Bravo), “The Night Of” (HBO), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Broad City” (Comedy Central) and “Smash” (NBC). He currently appears as “Felony” in Tracy Morgan’s new comedy series “The Last OG” on TBS. Daniel J. Watts’ The Jam, an homage to his great grandmother who made homemade jam from scratch and gave away what she couldn’t eat herself, is a spoken word/storytelling experience fusing a live band, song, dance and multimedia where Watts encourages audiences to focus on social similarities opposed to differences. www.wattswords.com @dwattswords
DR. DAWNN LEWIS
DR. DAWNN LEWIS is President & CEO of Morning Jewel Inc. – a multi-platform production company of film, television, animation, music/music publishing projects. She is also the Founder & CEO of the A New Day Foundation – a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, that provides financial & programmatic support to underprivileged youth and grassroots community organizations. She is an: NAACP Image Award, Trumpet Award, Grammy Award-winning singer, multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, film, television & stage actor, and a series TV creator/producer. She is currently co-starring with Kristen Bell in the highly anticipated reboot of “Veronica Mars” as The Chief in “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego” reboot, and recently seen recurring on three hit series: “This is Us!,” “Major Crimes” and “iZombie” or heard in: “The Simpsons,” “Futurama” and “Doc McStuffins.” Dawnn starred in two recently released award winning feature films: Revival, written & produced by acclaimed actor Harry Lennix featuring an all-star cast, and Be The Light written and directed by “iZombie” star Malcolm Goodwin. For 5.5 years, Dawnn starred as one of the original cast members of the groundbreaking TV Series “A Different World” (also composer of shows theme song) and “I’m Gonna Git U Sucka!” Stage credits include: The Wiz (Encore City Center), Intimate Apparel, Sister Act: The Musical (orig cast), The Marriage (NAACP Image award – Best Actress), How To Succeed In Business . . . (with Matthew Broderick & Megan Mullally). www.DAWNNLEWIS.com
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NKEKI OBI-MELEKWE currently stars as “Tina” in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical on the West End. She will be making her Broadway debut as Tina Turner (at some performances). She recently appeared in Alice By Heart (MCC) and Half Time (Papermill Playhouse). TV: “Bull” (CBS) and “Smilf” (Showtime). Nkeki graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018. As always, for Mom&Dad. Instagram: @nkekio
MYRA LUCRETIA TAYLOR
MYRA LUCRETIA TAYLOR Broadway: Nine (Tony Award® Best Revival), Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, MuleBone, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off Broadway: The Rolling Stone (LCT), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova; Lortel nom., Best Featured Actress in a Musical), School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (MCC; Special Drama Desk Award, Best Ensemble), Familiar (Playwrights Horizons; Lortel and OCC nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play). Regional: School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (CTG; LA Drama Critics’ Circle Best Ensemble – nomination) Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown Theatre Festival, world premiere), Our Town (Long Wharf), Mary (Goodman), The Old Settler (McCarter, Long Wharf, world premieres). National Tour: Wicked (first African American Madame Morrible). International: The Winter’s Tale, Pericles (member Royal Shakespeare Company). TV: Upcoming: “Cortex,” “The Hunt,” Previous: “Atlanta,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Girls,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” “Instinct.” Film: Ben is Back, The Big Sick, Catfight, Bushwick, Madeline’s Madeline. WEB: “Best Thing You’ll Ever Do” (Indie Web nom., best supporting actress). Ms. Taylor is a Fox Fellow.
Phil Spector/Terry Britten/Ensemble
STEVEN BOOTH Broadway: School Of Rock (Ned), Glory Days (Will), Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod u/s). Off-Broadway: Dogfight (Gibbs), National Tours: Kinky Boots (Charlie Price), Happy Days (Richie Cunningham), Recent Regional: ELF the Musical (Buddy the Elf).
NICK RASHAD BURROUGHS
NICK RASHAD BURROUGHS Broadway: Kinky Boots (u/s Lola, Angel) King Kong (u/s Lumpy, Ensemble) National Tour: Something Rotten (u/s Shakespeare, Minstrel). He also recorded the single “Ordinary Day” on Todrick Hall’s #1 pop album “Forbidden”. Nick received a Broadway World Award for his portrayal of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Other Favorite credits include James Brown in James Brown Live at the Apollo Music Cafe, Shrek the Musical (Donkey), Ragtime (Coalhouse), Company (Robert). @Nickrburroughs
GERALD CAESAR Broadway/National Tours: A Bronx Tale (OBC) Choir Boy (OBC), The Lion King. Select regional credits include: Freaky Friday (North Shore Music Theatre) Hairspray (The Muny) Aida, South Pacific (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera) Legally Blonde (Paramount Theatre) In the Heights (Sacramento Music Circus, Westport Country Playhouse). Gerald thanks Sacramento Music Circus, DGRW Talent, and his incredibly supportive family. BFA Elon University IG: gerald_caesar
HOLLI’ CONWAY is overjoyed to make her Broadway Debut with Tina! Holli’ is a Louisiana native and a proud graduate of Northwestern State University at Louisiana where she appeared in musicals such as Rent (Mimi), Hairspray (Little Inez), and Avenue Q (Bad Idea Bear). She also spent time as a production singer for Carnival Cruise Lines. Holli’ is fresh off of her reign as Miss Louisiana 2018 and was a preliminary talent award winner and 2nd Runner up to Miss America. Thank you, Bloc for continuing to believe in me. For God, my family, and my day one friends. No dream is too big; follow the cloud and trust your journey. Instagram: @welcometo_holliwood
KAYLA DAVION Broadway: King Kong (Ensemble, Ann Darrow U/S), Waitress (Ensemble, Dawn U/S). TV: “The Good Fight” (Winsome). Special shout out to Ball State University and my incredible agency Nicolosi & CO. Endless thanks to family and friends. “LEAD WITH LOVE.” And “To God be the Glory!” @KaylaDavion
LEANDRA ELLIS-GASTON is delighted to be making her Broadway debut in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Graduate of AMDA Los Angeles. 1st National: Beautiful. International: Hair. Regional: Memphis, Dreamgirls, Hairspray and Once on this Island. Endless gratitude to God, Telsey & Co., The Carry Company, friends, family and my gracious husband Kyle. Ephesians 2:8-9 Insta:@leandraellisgaston
CHARLIE FRANKLIN New York: The Book of Mormon (Broadway), The Bridges of Madison County (Original Broadway Cast), Frankie Epps in Parade (Lincoln Center), Tom Sawyer in Big River (City Center Encores!). Regional: Dickon in The Secret Garden (5th Avenue), Ralph in Lord of the Flies (Denver Center). TV: “Shades of Blue,” “The Loudest Voice.” Proud graduate of Pace University! Massive thanks to KMR and Telsey & Co. All of my love to Mom, Dad, the sibs, and DeLaney. @chazafranklin
JUDITH FRANKLIN is thrilled to join the Broadway company of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Judith’s interest in performing was sparked as a young girl while singing in her hometown of Missouri City, Texas in the Sunshine Choir at Briarchase Baptist Church. She graduated from Houston’s Grammy Award-winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as a vocal and dance major and received a music scholarship to Clark Atlanta University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. Judith traveled the USA in the National Tour of Motown The Musical in 2017, and in 2018 Judith made her Broadway debut in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. She has performed throughout the United States, Caribbean, Africa, Europe and South America. She has also been seen on TV in “Sesame Street,” Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” “Greenleaf” and several regional commercials. In 2019 Judith will be seen on the big screen in the movie Super Intelligence, starring Melissa McCarthy. She is a proud member of Broadway Inspirational Voices. Special thanks to Mama & Daddy (My Angel), Jameaka, Jennifer, Family, Friends, Telsey & Co., The Creative Team, VGP Artist Management and Hybrid Talent. Social media: @judithfranklin www.JudithFranklinOnline.com
MATTHEW GRIFFIN hails from the cornfields of Indiana, recently moving to New York to study at Circle in the Square Theatre School. A few of his recent New York credits include: The New Yorkers at Encores! City Center, Cruel Intentions the Musical (Off-Broadway), Born for This (Cutler Majestic), The Outsiders (Staged Reading, directed by Liesl Tommy), and many more. His art has also given him the privilege to do concerts all around the world, including: France, South Korea, and Ecuador. Excited to be making his Broadway debut in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. There are seldom stories like this one, that reflect such strength, triumph, and love. Grateful to The Lord, his family and close friends, KMR Talent Agency, UPAF, every teacher who saw something and helped it develop into something beautiful, Yvonne, and the Spencers.
SHELDON HENRY is a native New Yorker and has BFA from The Hartt School of Music. Some of his favorite credits: Broadway: The Prom. National Tours: South Pacific, The Little Mermaid, 20th Anniversary Riverdance International tour. Memphis, Scottsboro Boys, The Prom, Guys and Dolls, DreamGirls, Central Ave Breakdown, Five Guys Named Moe, Buddy Holly, Tommy, Parade, A Christmas Carol, and ShowBoat. Sheldon is a proud alum of Boys Choir of Harlem and would like to thank his family, friends and wonderful agents at Carson Kolker.
DAVID JENNINGS BROADWAY: Once On This Island (Armand); After Midnight (Standby for Dulé Hill & Babyface); Hands On A Hardbody. OFF-BROADWAY: The Secret Life Of Bees. WEST END LONDON: The Genius Of Ray Charles (Lead). NATIONAL: Ragtime (Coalhouse); Miss Saigon (John); Kinky Boots (Simon Sr.); Waitress (Ted); Freaky Friday (Mike); Dreamgirls (Curtis) with Jennifer Holliday; Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Grammy Award nominee for 30th Anniversary Recording). TELEVISION: “Blue Bloods” (CBS); “The Shield” (FX); “The Sinner” (USA); “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO). @djmusicbiz
ROSS LEKITES Broadway: Frozen (OBC), Kinky Boots. Off Broadway: Brigadoon (Charlie) City Center Encores! National Tours: West Side Story (Tony), Kinky Boots. London: West Side Story (Royal Albert Hall). Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Riverside Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Theatreworks Silicon Valley. Concert Soloist: (Boston Pops, Philly Pops, San Diego Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Bulgaria Symphony) TV: “Time After Time” (ABC). For Mom and beautiful wife Mandy. www.Rosslekites.com insta:@rjlekites
ROBERT LENZI Broadway: Miles Tuck in Tuck Everlasting, South Pacific. Off Broadway: Dogfight (Second Stage Theater), Hello Again (Transport Group). Regional: Cyrano de Bergerac (Guthrie Theater), Soul (Baltimore Center Stage), Assassins (Yale Repertory Theatre), A Sign of the Times (Goodspeed Opera House), Tuck Everlasting (Alliance Theater), Road Show (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Into the Woods (Baltimore Center Stage and Westport Country Playhouse). Film: The Last Airbender, Sex and the City 2, The Happening, The Village. Television: “Orange Is the New Black,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “The Good Fight,” ”Deception,” “Blue Bloods,” “One Life to Live,” “Live From Lincoln Center,” “Clubhouse.” Robert received a BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University. @bob.lenzi
GLORIA MANNING is a 6th grader at the Professional Performing Arts Schools (PPAS). Recent credits include The Lion King Broadway Tour 2017-19 (Young Nala), Nickelodeon’s “Butterbean’s Café” (Brookie Kid), and “Sprout TV” (Lead rapper). Gloria has been singing and training since age 3 and is an active member of the Young Peoples Chorus of New York (YPC). Gloria attends Grace Baptist Church, Mount Vernon. She is represented by The SquarePeg Group, Inc. and Stewart Talent.
ROB MARNELL Broadway: Beautiful (Gerry Goffin u/s), Gettin’ the Band Back Together (Joe Perry). Other/Tour: Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio in Las Vegas & Joe Long in film dir. Clint Eastwood), Rock of Ages (Stacee Jaxx, regional premiere), Madagascar Live! (Alex, Original Touring Cast) & Heritage Theatre Festival. BFA, Elon University. Rob is the drummer for Poppy’s Suitcase, an NYC cover band trio. Check out his youtube comedy channel “Foggy Joggans” & original music at www.robmarnell.com.
Young Anna Mae/Young Alline Understudy
MEHRET MARSH Singer, actor, dancer. Her first feature film, Straighten Up and Fly Right is due out soon and she just completed a short film with writer/director Jose Rivera. She was the first African born Young Nala on Broadway in The Lion King at age 9. Other credits include: “What Would You Do?” (ABC), “Super Wings,” “Sesame Street,” various voice-overs, “Sandman,” Broadway Sessions, vocal solo, 54 Below, Tree Hause Broadway Cabaret, Tunes in Times Square, “Carols For A Cure” CD, opening solo; Lion King cast, and solo on “I have a Voice” for Broadway Kids anti-bullying campaign. Her last play was Till We Meet Again by Glory Kadigan, directed by Tonya Pinkins and prior to that, Jose’ Rivera’s Fall of the Sparrow as part of Playwrights for a Cause. She is excited and honored to be part of the original Broadway cast of Tina. She is especially grateful to her family and her team, Lisa Calli, Barry Kolker, Bonnie Shumofsky and her voice coach Bryan Wade. FB mehretmarsh. Instagram @mehret_marsh.
JHARDON DiSHON MILTON
JHARDON DiSHON MILTON Broadway: A Bronx Tale. Off-Broadway: The Black Clown, Lincoln Center; If Sand Were Stone, Theatre Row. Regional: The Black Clown, American Repertory Theater; Trevor the Musical (Jack), Writers Theatre; Saturday Night Fever (Monty), Bye Bye Birdie, Drury Lane Oakbrook; Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Tantrum Theater; La Cage aux Folles, Madagascar (Marty u/s), Marriott Theatre; Cabaret, Theatre at the Center; Men of Soul (Jeff Award Nomination), Black Ensemble Theater. Education/Training: BFA, musical theater, Viterbo University. Thank you Telsey, the producers, Mom, and my best, and VB’s! Hebrews 11:6 @jhardondishon
DESTINEE REA is thrilled to be playing a Bold Soul Sister with the company of Tina! Broadway: Book of Mormon, Amelie; Regional: Sarah, Ragtime (PSF), Chiffon, Little Shop (Music Circus) Lorrell, Dreamgirls (NSMT) and Dorothy, The Wiz (Maltz Jupiter Theatre). Destinee is the Co-Founder of BOLD @iamaboldwoman. Thanks to the Mine and my amazing friends and family for dreaming with me. “And we were like those who dreamed!” @Destineerea
MARS RUCKER is a proud non-binary/trans artist and is so excited to be making their Broadway Debut in Tina. They believe in creation out of love, telling stories centered around truth, and activism through art. They sing, dance, act, write, and create artistic videos centered around breaking visual and social constructs. They want to specifically thank their parents, their family, their first director/educator that believed in them (Bobby Linhart), and their beautiful partner Isis Bruno. This is for all the weird kids out there, you can make it!!! Instagram: mars_the_mantis
JESSICA RUSH most recently completed a successful run in Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, where she stood by for both Cynthia Murphy and Heidi Hansen. Last season she originated the role of Joyce Bogart in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Jessica had the honor of closing the Broadway run of Jersey Boys as the longest running Lorraine, and prior to that, appeared in Guys and Dolls and Gypsy with Patti LuPone. Television credits include “Billions” and “White Collar”, and the award-winning web series, “Then We Got Help”. She was the recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award for her portrayal of Louise in Gypsy at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and is co-founder of the Broadway Baby Mamas. Ms. Rush is married to actor Eric Anderson, and mom to their daughter, Elliot. insta: @jessisarush
JUSTIN SCHUMAN is beyond thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical! Favorite tours and regional productions include Nice Work – First Nat’l; Ever After – Paper Mill/Alliance; Elf – Paper Mill; Hello Dolly, Legally Blonde – Sacramento Music Circus; Seven Brides – Ogunquit; Newsies – Fulton/Maine State. Grateful beyond words to Pat Goodwin/Telsey + Company, Abrams, his family, friends, and all who made this possible. As always, for Jordan. @justinmaxschuman @jshootsnyc
ALLYSA SHORTE Broadway/NY: Spongebob Squarepants; After Midnight; Zorba!. Regional Theaters: The Ordway: 42nd Street (Anytime Annie), The Muny: The Wiz, 5th Avenue Theatre: Aladdin, Kansas City Starlight Theatre: Aida (Nehebka), North Shore Music Theater: Dreamgirls; Legally Blonde (Pilar), TUTS Houston; White Christmas. Film/TV: High School Musical 3; Bring it On: Fight to the Finish; “Americas Got Talent”; Across the Universe. AEA,SAG/AFTRA. Thankful for an amazingly supportive family.
CARLA STEWART is ecstatic to return to Broadway and be a part of this legend’s story! Broadway: The Color Purple Revival (Church Lady/ Olivia). Off Broadway: Secret Life of Bees (U/S Rosaleen, August, June), If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must be a Muhfucka (The Voice of the River) 1st National Tour: The Color Purple (Shug Avery), Ghost (Oda Mae Brown) Regional: The Color Purple (Shug Avery, Paper Mill Playhouse) The Wiz (Dorothy, Arkansas Rep.) Rent (Joanne, Surflight)… Big thank you to my team at HCKR. Look what God has done! Cheers to storytelling!
JAYDEN THEOPHILE was born into a military family in Anchorage, Alaska. A naturally gifted singer and dancer, Jayden has been entertaining friends, family and classmates for over 5 years. He has appeared in a community stage play and is ecstatic that he will be making his professional Broadway debut in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Special thanks to my parents (Charlisa and Frantzy), my siblings (Aliyah and Kingston), my family, my manager Lisa Cali and agent Barry Kolker, who all supported and believed in my talent. IG: @Jaytheo_11
Young Anna Mae
SKYE TURNER is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut in TINA. Theater: Prince the Musical, An 80’s and 90’s Musical Revue and Michael The Musical (All directed by the Emmy-Award Winning Curtis King at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas, TX). TV: Featured singer with Patti LaBelle on “The Steve Harvey Show.” Other: Charles Rice Learning Center Honor Choir, Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association, Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Debate Team, 2018 Gardere MLK Oratory Competition participant.
ANTONIO WATSON is honored and excited to be making his Broadway debut at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. A New Jersey native, Antonio was most recently seen in the role of Chip at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. Off-Broadway: Charley in This Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic Theater Company). Professional Stage: Joe Thibodeaux in Caroline, Or Change (Tantrum Theater), Mandela (AEA Reading), The Preacher’s Wife (AEA Reading). Film/TV: Andrew Pierce in “Blue Bloods,” All The Little Things We Kill (in post-production), In The Field, Lily, “The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert,” Nick Jr.’s “Magic Carpet Ride” music video, “Sesame Street” Workshop, and “Sprout Sunny Side Up,” “Peanuts.” Pixie Dust Players: The People Garden (Hamilton Stage-UCPAC), Junie B. Jones (Hamilton Stage – UCPAC), Winnie the Pooh KIDS (Summit Playhouse), Seussical KIDS (Summit Playhouse), and Oliver Jr (Summit Playhouse). In his spare time, Antonio loves to create fun drawings and conduct science experiments. Special thanks go to Zoom Talent and Abrams Artists. You can find Antonio on Instagram @antonio.j.watson and Facebook.
KATIE WEBBER A California girl living in the Big Apple! Broadway: Rock of Ages, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Memphis, Catch Me if You Can, Honeymoon in Vegas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Proud mom of the best little girl, Oli.
TINA TURNER Winner of eight Grammy Awards and numerous Billboard, American Music and MTV Music Video Awards, Tina Turner is internationally recognized as one of the most successful and influential female artists of the 21st century, and the global ‘Queen of Rock and Roll’. Born in Nutbush, Tennessee, Tina began her career in the mid-1950s alongside the infamous Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm – soon catapulting the band to stardom as lead singer of the reformed group, The Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Following a string of chart topping hits around the world, Tina’s well documented tumultuous relationship with Ike led her to finally leave the duo in 1976; allowing her to relaunch an international Rock and Roll solo career in the 80’s, parallel to no other.
Alongside establishing herself as one of the most cutting-edge artists of her time, Tina also took on successful film roles, including appearing as the ‘Acid Queen’ in The Who’s musical Tommy, and starring alongside Mel Gibson as ‘Aunt Entity’ in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Tina was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in 1991, awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has three singles (“River Deep-Mountain High,” “Proud Mary” and “Simply The Best”) inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
In 2005, she was celebrated as a prestigious Kennedy Centre Honors recipient, with Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford and then President George Bush amongst the many paying tribute. The late great David Bowie and rock legend Mick Jagger are also amongst her many notable co-performers and advocates. With a career spanning five decades, Tina holds the Guinness World Record for selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history, and has sold more than 200 million albums and singles worldwide to date, making her one of the biggest selling female artists in music history.
In 2008, Tina returned from semi-retirement to embark on her critically acclaimed Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which went on to became one of the biggest selling shows of that year. An inspiration to masses across the world with her music and trailblazing career, she is still adored by fans globally and emulated by male and female contemporary pop and rock artists today.
KATORI HALL is an Olivier Award-winning playwright from Memphis, Tennessee. Her play The Mountaintop, premiering at Theatre503 in 2009, transferred to the West End in 2010 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play. Following its West End run, the play opened on Broadway in October 2011 to critical acclaim. Katori’s other work includes the award-wining Hurt Village which is currently in development as a feature film, Hoodoo Love, Remembrance, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, Our Lady of Kibeho, The Blood Quilt, and Pussy Valley, which is being adapted into a TV series for US network STARZ.
In addition to her Laurence Olivier Award, Katori’s other awards include a Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, two Lecompte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, NYFA Fellowship, the Columbia University John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, National Black Theatre’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. Katori has also been published as a book reviewer, journalist, and essayist in publications such as The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Newsweek and The New York Times; she has also been a Kennedy Center Playwriting Fellow at the O’Neill, and is currently a resident playwright at Signature Theatre in New York City. In 2016, her play Children of Killers was performed as part of the National Theatre’s Connections Festival. Katori is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, and the Coca-Cola Scholar Program. www.katorihall.com Twitter & Instagram: @katorihall
Frank Ketelaar & Kees Prins
FRANK KETELAAR and KEES PRINS have enjoyed Award-winning success during their collaborations as playwrights. Together they wrote smash hit bio musical Hij Gelooft in Mij, based on legendary folk singer André Hazes, which received rave reviews and ran for over two and half years in Amsterdam’s prolific DeLaMar Theatre. The duo also adapted Tessa de Loo’s international bestseller, De Tweeling, which toured nationally. Together, the pair’s work also extends to film and television, collaborating on the Prix Europa and International Emmy Award-winning feature film De Uitverkorene, and TV series Bij ons in de Jordaan, documenting the life of much loved Dutch solo artist Johnny Jordaan. The series won two Golden Calf Awards at the annual Netherlands Film Festival.
Individually, Kees Prins was previously a member of the international theatre group ‘Werkteater’, and has also written, starred-in and directed the successful Dutch TV Series, Jiskefet for VPRO. Kees is also currently involved in a number of soon to be announced theatre projects, set for production in the Netherlands over the next two years.
During Frank Ketelaar’s early career, graduating from the Dutch Film Academy in screenwriting and directing, he wrote over ten feature films, including the critically acclaimed In Oranje. The film won over ten international awards, including two International Young Artists Awards in LA. Frank also penned the Award-winning Dutch TV series Overspel, which was subsequently picked up by US TV network ABC, re-released as Betrayal. In addition to his later wins, Frank has been further nominated for many other Golden Calf Awards at the Netherlands Film Festival, throughout his career.
PHYLLIDA LLOYD’s West End smash hit MAMMA MIA! ran on Broadway for 10 years and 18 years on, the show still runs in the West End today and has subsequently opened globally, having now been seen by over 56 million people across 40 countries. The success of the show also led Phyllida to direct the film version of the musical for Universal Pictures, starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried – which went on to receive a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination.
Most recently she directed the critically acclaimed 5 star, all female Shakespeare Trilogy: The Tempest, Julius Caesar and Henry IV (which was nominated for the Southbank Award) for the Donmar Warehouse – all of which were also seen in New York, where she has previously directed Taming of the Shrew, at the Public Theatre and Josephine and I at Joe’s Pub at The Public, a transfer from The Bush.
Previously for the Donmar Warehouse Phyllida directed Mary Stuart – which transferred to the Apollo Theatre London and then Broadway – The Threepenny Opera and Boston Marriage. She directed Six Degrees of Separation, Hysteria and Wild East all for the Royal Court, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with Fiona Shaw at the Old Vic Tunnels, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Epidavros, The Way of the World, Pericles, What the Butler Saw, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Duchess of Malfi all for the National Theatre, and Artists and Admirers and The Virtuoso for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Phyllida’s other film credits include the Oscar Award-winning The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent, and Gloriana for the BBC. Phyllida has also directed many operatic productions including works for the Royal Opera House and English National Opera and Opera North. Her work in opera has garnered an International Emmy, a FIPA d’Or and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. In 2010, Phyllida was awarded a CBE for her services to drama.
Anthony Van Laast
ANTHONY VAN LAAST trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, later joining the company as both performer and choreographer.
His theatre credits include: MAMMA MIA! (Dora Mavor Moore award and Helpman award nomination), Sister Act (Olivier Award Nomination), Side Show (Broadway, Helen Hayes Nomination) Hair (Olivier award nomination), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance (Green Room award), Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Olivier award nomination, Dramalogue award), Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind and Bombay Dreams (Tony award nomination). Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and A Little Night Music, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (Olivier Award Best Musical).
His film work includes: MAMMA MIA! Here We Go Again, Beauty and the Beast, MAMMA MIA!, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Sex Pistols’ Great Rock and Roll Swindle, Never Say Never Again, Excalibur, Hope and Glory, Jesus Christ Superstar (Emmy award) & Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
In 1999 he was awarded the MBE for services to Dance.
Set & Costume Designer
MARK THOMPSON Theatre includes: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (London/NY), Mamma Mia! (worldwide), Raisin in the Sun (Ethel Barrymore Theatre NY), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide), God of Carnage (London/Broadway). Bombay Dreams (London/Broadway), Art (worldwide) La Bete (London/NY), Doctor Doolittle (Hammersmith Apollo), The Children’s House (Comedy Theatre, London), The Lady in the Van (Queens Theatre, London).
For the National Theatre London: Three Days in the Country, One Man, Two Guvnors (West End/Broadway), London Assurance, She Stoops to Conquer, England People Very Nice, What the Butler Saw, The Rose Tattoo, The Madness of George III, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Alchemist, The Duchess of Malfi, Life x 3, Arcadia, Once in a Lifetime, Henry IV parts I and II and The Wind in the Willows. For the Donmar Warehouse London: Welcome Home Captain Fox, The Blue Room(also Broadway), Company (also West End), Insignificance, The Front Page and Uncle Vanya/Twelfth Night (costumes only also BAM/NY). For the Royal Court: Tribes, Birthday, Mouth to Mouth, Wild East, Hysteria, Six Degrees of Separation and The Kitchen.
Other theatre includes Young Marx (Bridge Theatre), Electra (Old Vic Theatre), Rope, Betrayal and Party Time and Volpone (Almeida), The Unexpected Man, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, The Wizard of Oz, Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors (RSC), Funny Girl (Chichester). Opera includes: Macbeth and The Queen of Spades (The Metropolitan NY), The Mikado (Lyric, Chicago), Peter Grimes (Opera North), Montag aus Licht (La Scala, Milan), Hansel and Gretel (Sydney Opera House), and Carmen (Opera Comique, Paris). Films include: Costume Design for The Madness of King George. Awards: five Olivier Awards, Two Critic Circle Awards, and five nominations for Tony Awards.
Musical Supervisor, Arrangements and Additional Music
NICHOLAS SKILBECK is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, Nicholas is currently Music Director and Supervisor for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Broadway. He is also Musical Supervisor on the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical Follies, starring Imelda Staunton and Tracie Bennett, which opened at the National Theatre in September 2017.
Nicholas’ other West End credits as Musical Supervisor and Musical Director include the Olivier Award-winning productions of Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray and Billy Elliot the Musical, the Olivier Award-nominated West End premieres of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Sister Act the Musical. Other credits include MAMMA MIA!, Peepshow (Frantic Assembly and Lamb), and onstage with the late, great Victoria Wood in Victoria Wood – At It Again (Royal Albert Hall, UK tour and ITV).
Nicholas has also worked with iconic music artist Kate Bush as Musical Director for her 2014 concert, Kate Bush: Before the Dawn, at the Hammersmith Apollo. As a composer, Nicholas’ musical Quand la Guerre Sera Finie premieres at the Avignon Festival in July 2017. Nicholas had a long-standing collaboration with performer and choreographer Nigel Charnock, co-founder of DV8 physical theatre. Together, their productions include: Asylum (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Affairs of the Heart (Helsinki Theatre Dance Company) and Hell Bent (international tour).
As an orchestrator Nicholas’s credits include Travels With My Aunt by Stiles and Drewe, and re-orchestrations for Gypsy (West End). Nicholas is the co-author of the book “The Singing and Acting Handbook – Games and Exercises for the Performer” (published by Taylor & Francis).
BRUNO POET is an internationally renowned lighting designer, working extensively across theatre, opera, dance and live music events. He has won two prestigious Knight of Illumination Awards, one for his lighting on the Sigur Ros 2012/13 World Tour and the other for Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein at the National Theatre, for which he also won the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design. He has also designed the lighting for the current Sigur Ros World Tour, touring until the end of 2017.
His forthcoming theatre credits include Julius Caesar at Nicholas Hytner’s new Bridge Theatre and St George and the Dragon at the National Theatre. Other theatre includes Miss Saigon on Broadway, in the West End and on UK tour; Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, London Road, Timon of Athens, Treasure Island, From Morning to Midnight, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Travelling Light, Season’s Greetings all at the National Theatre; Fortune’s Fool, Sweet Bird of Youth, Cause Célèbre, All About My Mother all at The Old Vic; From Here To Eternity in the West End; Faith Healer, Phaedra at the Donmar Warehouse; Chaplin at Music Hall Belgium; The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Dumb Show at the Royal Court; Carousel for Théâtre du Châtelet/Opera North; Oliver! at Leicester Curve Theatre and A Prayer for My Daughter at the Young Vic.
Opera credits include Aida, Akhnaten (also LA Opera) and Carmen for English National Opera; Othello, Don Giovanni, The Rise and Fall of The City of Mahogonny at the Royal Opera House; Rinaldo at the Lyric Opera Chicago; Carmen on the lake at Bregenz Festival; Il Trovatore at the Macerata Festival; Das Liebesverbot for Madrid Teatro Real; Die Dreigroschenoper, Beatrice et Benedict at Teater an der Wein; Intimissi On Ice for Balich Worldwide/Verona Arena; Der Freischutz at the Royal Danish Opera; La Boheme for Washington National Opera; I Due Foscari for the Royal Opera House/LA Opera/Theater an der Wein. Bruno has also designed the lighting for 14 seasons at Garsington Opera.
NEVIN STEINBERG is a seasoned Broadway sound designer, Nevin provided the sound design for multiple Tony® Award-winning musical phenomenon Hamilton, receiving the Drama Desk Award and Lucile Lortel Award for his work on the original off-Broadway production at the Public Theater in 2014. Most recently, Nevins’s work on Broadway includes the 6-time Tony® Award-winning contemporary smash hit Dear Evan Hansen, Bandstand, Steve Martins Bright Star, It Should Have Been You and Terrance McNally’s Mothers And Sons.
Nevin received a Tony® Award nomination for Best Sound Design for the revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway), and has also worked off-Broadway, where his work includes the world premiere of John Kander and Greg Pierce’s The Landing at The Vineyard Theatre, and Far From Heaven for Playwrights Horizons.
Formerly, Nevin was a founding principal of the prolific sound design firm Acme Sound Partners, providing sound design services for dozens of Broadway shows, including Tony® Award winners: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Hair, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Light In The Piazza, Avenue Q and La Bohème; earning him Tony® Award nominations for Best Sound Design in each of the first five years the award was given (for The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, Bengal Tiger at The Baghdad Zoo, Fences starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, Hair, and In The Heights). Also during his tenure, Acme received six Drama Desk Award nominations and won the Drama Desk Award four times, for Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger, Ragtime and La Bohème.
Nevin is the Audio Consultant for Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium.
JEFF SUGG Select theatre credits include Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweat, Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater), Bring It On, 33 Variations. Off-Broadway: The Layover, The Fortress of Solitude, An Octoroon, Tribes, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island…. Regional credits include work at Steppenwolf, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Arena Stage. Music: Anthracite Fields (Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition), Prince’s final appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Awards: Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award, Bessie Award and two Henry Hewes Design Awards.
Campbell Young Associates
Hair, Wigs & Make Up Designer
CAMPBELL YOUNG ASSOCIATES Theatre includes: The Ferryman, Funny Girl, St. Joan, One Night in Miami, City of Angels, The Young Chekhov Trilogy, Bend It Like Beckham, High Society, Made In Dagenham, Gypsy, Guys & Dolls, The Bodyguard (West End & UK); A Christmas Carol, The Girl from the North Country, The Master Builder, The Lorax, High Society, Electra, Clarence Darrow, Sweet Bird of Youth, Richard III, Kiss Me Kate, Inherit the Wind (Old Vic); Farinelli and the King, Groundhog Day, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Les Liaisons Dangereueses, American Psycho, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Matilda, Ghost, Billy Elliot, La Bête, Private Lives, Rock ‘n’ Roll (West End / Broadway). Carousel, Three Tall Women, Hello Dolly!, Meteor Showers, 1984, Front Page, The Crucible, A Fish in The Dark, Misery, Sylvia, A Delicate Balance, The Last Ship, It’s Only A Play, Betrayal, Mary Stuart, Les Miserables, One Man Two Guvnors, Spider-Man (Broadway); Opera includes: Don Carlos, L’enfant et les sortileges (Bolshoi Opera Moscow); Anna Nicole (BAM); Elektra (Aix-en-Provence). Film and TV includes: The Americans, House Of Cards, Smash, Orange Is The New Black.
ETHAN POPP is a Grammy Award nominated music producer and Tony Award nominated orchestrator. With a career spanning over the last twenty years, his work as a music supervisor, arranger, orchestrator and music producer has been seen and heard worldwide.
Since 2013, Ethan has served as the music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator for Broadway’s Motown The Musical, which earned him a 2013 Tony® Award nomination for Best Orchestration (along with co-orchestrator Bryan Crook), and can currently be seen at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre and on a U.S. National Tour. Motown also earned Ethan a 2014 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album (as music producer of the show’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, along with co-producer Frank Filipetti).
He is currently serving as music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator for the 2008 Tony® Award nominated Best Musical, Rock Of Ages (Broadway, Toronto, U.S. Tour, Australia, London), for which he also co-produced the highly acclaimed Original Broadway Cast Recording. Ethan also serves as the music supervisor for the Broadway world premiere and 2016 Tony® Award nominated Best Musical School of Rock and for the Broadway premiere and 2015 Tony® Award-winning Best Musical Revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris.
Ethan has also served as the music director of the U.S. Tour of Forever Plaid, and as Associate Music Director of the Mexico City production of Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes.
While living in Europe from 2001 through 2005, Ethan conducted the German premiere of MAMMA MIA!, Disney’s Aida, and Queen’s We Will Rock You.
On television, Ethan’s has served as a music producer, arranger and orchestrator on NBC/Universal’s Smash and HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. Ethan’s upcoming work includes serving as Music Producer, Music Supervisor, Arranger and Orchestrator for the musical stage adaptation of the 1990’s classic film Clueless, as well as serving as Music Director and Music Production Supervisor for the upcoming 20th Century Fox film, The Greatest Showman on Earth starring Hugh Jackman.
Telsey + Company
Broadway/Tours: West Side Story, Linda Vista, Beetlejuice, Oklahoma!, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mean Girls, Frozen, Come From Away, Waitress, Hamilton, Wicked, My Fair Lady, Once on This Island, Hello, Dolly!, Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater Company, Classic Stage Company, MCC Theater, Park Avenue Armory, Second Stage Theatre. Film: The Kitchen, Mary Poppins Returns, Ben Is Back, The Greatest Showman, Into the Woods, Rachel Getting Married. TV: “Tales of the City,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “NOS4A2,” “This Is Us,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “One Day at a Time,” “Rent,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com
JAMES L. NEDERLANDER
JAMES L. NEDERLANDER President of Nederlander Organization, and son of the late James M. Nederlander. Broadway: To Kill a Mockingbird; The Band’s Visit; Mean Girls; My Fair Lady; Escape to Margaritaville; On Your Feet!; The Humans; Meteor Shower; The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper; I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler; Kinky Boots; West Side Story; Next to Normal; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Movin’ Out; as well as many others. Mr. Nederlander has also promoted hundreds of concerts, from Adele to Robin Williams, Billy Joel, U2, and Pink Floyd.
STAGE ENTERTAINMENT is a first-class theatrical production company focusing on musical theatre in Europe, with offices in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Russia and Italy. Founded in 1998 by television and theatre entrepreneur Joop van den Ende, the group owns and operates a network of more than 20 theatres, produces some of the best-known titles in musical theatre including Disney’s The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, and Phantom of The Opera, and creates original content including Tina- the Tina Turner Musical and Anastasia. Stage Entertainment employs 3,000 people worldwide, and 7 million visitors attend a Stage Entertainment production every year. The company is widely known for the exceptional quality of its shows and the warm hospitality extended to its audiences.
TALI PELMAN is Group Creative Managing Director for Stage Entertainment, overseeing original content globally across the group and producing a new development slate, of which Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is the first title to enter production. Tali joined Stage Entertainment in 2014 following over