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Composer

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Composer

When Sunset Boulevard joined School Of Rock, Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera on Broadway in February 2017,  Andrew Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four Broadway shows running concurrently.   Other musicals he has composed include Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Love Never Dies.

His production of School Of Rock is the first British musical to have world premiered on Broadway.   He has co-produced his own shows including Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera and as a solo producer he presented the groundbreaking Bombay Dreams which introduced the double Oscar winning Bollywood  composer AR Rahman to the Western stage.  Other productions include the Olivier Award Winning Daisy Pulls It Off and La Bete, the record breaking London Palladium production of The Sound Of Music and The Wizard of Oz.

He owns seven West End Theatres including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the London Palladium and The Other Palace which provides a unique London home for new musicals in development. Every penny of profit from his theatres is re-invested in the buildings. The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is currently the subject of a £60million refurbishment.

He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music.

As a composer and producer,  Lloyd Webber is one of an elite group of artists to have achieved EGOT status by receiving an Emmy, four Grammys including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem mass, an Oscar and eight Tony Awards including the 2018 Special Tony for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.   He has won seven Oliviers and a Golden Globe and his honours include the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, and the Kennedy Center Honor.

He was knighted in 1992 and created a life peer in 1997.    To mark his 70th birthday, his bestselling autobiography Unmasked was published by HarperCollins in March 2018.

Book

Emerald Fennell

Emerald Fennell

Book

Emerald Fennell is a writer, director and actress.

Her debut feature film, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN starring Carey Mulligan, won her the ACADEMY AWARD and BAFTA for Best Screenplay.

She was Head Writer and Executive Producer of Season Two of KILLING EVE, for which she was nominated for the 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, and the 2019 Golden Globe for Best Drama.

She has written three novels. Her first, SHIVERTON HALL, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2014 and was quickly followed by a sequel, THE CREEPER.Her most recent novel MONSTERS, called a “modern classic” by The Guardian, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal (2017), and published to great critical acclaim.

As an actress she has starred in films and series including Call the Midwife, Anna Karenina, and The Danish Girl . She most recently played Camilla Parker Bowles in Netflix’s THE CROWN.

Lyrics

David Zippel

David Zippel

Lyrics

David Zippel is a lyricist and director. His lyrics have won him the Tony Award, two Academy Award nominations, two Grammy Award nominations, and three Golden Globe Award nominations. His songs appear on over twenty-five million CDs around the world, and have been recorded by many great singers including Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Mel Torme, Ricky Martin, Cleo Laine, Barbara Cook and Nancy LaMott.

He made his Broadway debut with CITY OF ANGELS (music by Cy Coleman, book by Larry Gelbart), for which he received the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award and (in London) the Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award. In 2015 City of Angels won the Olivier Award for Best Revival.  He wrote the lyrics to the Broadway musical THE GOODBYE GIRL (music Marvin Hamlisch, book Neil Simon) for which he received an Outer Critics Circle nomination and which garnered a Tony nomination for Best Musical. With eight-time Oscar winning composer Alan Menken, he wrote the songs for Disney’s feature film Hercules. Michael Bolton recorded Go the Distance from that score, which was a #1 record and nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe. With Matthew Wilder, he wrote the songs for Disney’s animated feature Mulan, which earned him his second Academy Award nomination.  “Reflection,” from MULAN, was recorded by Christina Aguilera and is featured on her multi-platinum debut album. Christina and David collaborated again with Todd Chapman to write the song “We’re A Miracle,” which was featured as the end title song for Pokemon: The First Movie, and on its #1 soundtrack album. With Mervyn Warren he wrote the end title for the Jennifer Lopez movie The Wedding Planner. His lyrics for The Swan Princess, an animated feature with music by Lex De Azevedo, were nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, he wrote the songs for the London and Broadway musical THE WOMAN IN WHITE.  With Alan Menken, David wrote the acclaimed USO sequence, Star Spangled Man With a Plan for Captain America.

With Liza Minnelli, David wrote the script for Liza’s at The Palace, which won a 2010 Tony Award for Best Special Entertainment. The show was recorded for PBS after a run in Las Vegas.

David’s credits as a director include: Princesses at The NAMT Festival, Goodspeed Musicals and The Fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle, The Best Is Yet To Come: The Music of Cy Coleman at The Rubicon Theater for which he won a 2010 Indy Award for his direction and Off Broadway at 59E59TH Theaters which won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Best Musical Revue, Elaine Paige in concert at The American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center and The Goodbye Girl at The Marriott Lincolnshire Theater. In 2013 he conceived and directed They’re Playing His Songs: The Music of Marvin Hamlisch.

He is currently a producer of Gerard Alessandrini’s hit off Broadway spoof SPAMILTON.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, David is delighted not to practice law.

Director

Laurence Connor

Laurence Connor

Director

Director: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The London Palladium); Chess (English National Opera); Unmasked (The Other Palace); Miss Saigon (Broadway, West End); School of Rock (Broadway, West End, US Tour, Australia, China and Korea); Les Misérables (London, Broadway, US Tours, UK Tours, Australia, Japan, Korea and Spain); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and Australian arena tour); The Phantom of the Opera (UK and US tours); Oliver! (UK tour).

He directed the 25th anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall and the 25th anniversary concert of Les Misérables at the O2 in London, both of which were simultaneously broadcast in cinemas worldwide and subsequently released on DVD.

DVD credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (world arena tour); The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary concert (Royal Albert Hall) and Les Misérables (O2 Arena).

Awards: Miss Saigon on Broadway (Tony nomination for Best Revival); Miss Saigon (UK – Manchester Evening News Award for Best Touring Musical, Korea – Best New Foreign Production and Best Ensemble in a Musical, and Australia – the Green Room Award for Best Director of a Musical) and Les Misérables (UK – Best Musical at the Manchester Evening News Awards).

Choreographer

JoAnn M. Hunter

JoAnn M. Hunter

Choreographer

JoAnn M. Hunter has 20 Broadway shows to her credit as a Choreographer, Associate Choreographer and Performer.

Choreography:

Broadway – School Of Rock (Bdway, US Tour and West End, Australia), Disaster, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Broadway Bound.

National Tour/Regional: Ever After (Alliance Theatre), World Premiers of August Rush with John Doyle, Beatsville by Glenn Slater, A Sign Of The Times by Bruce Vilanch, Harmony (Alliance/Ahmanson Theatre) by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, and Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes’ The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis. Pump Boys and Dinettes , Grease, Oliver, & Curtains all at (PMP), Nat’l tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She has directed Debra Monk in her one woman show with special guest Ron Rifkin, Andrea Martin, Victor Garber, and David Hyde Pierce.

Assoc Broadway Choreographer – Spring Awakening, Curtains, The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up.

Up coming projects: UnMasked at PMP.

In development, Rock And Roll Refugee (Dir/Chor) The Story of Lady Rocker Genya Raven, Lourds Lane superhero rock musical SuperYou (Dir/Chor).

Designer

Gabriela Tylesova

Gabriela Tylesova

Designer

Gabriela Tylesova is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed designer. Her awards include: Helpmann Award for Best Set Design in 2009, 2011 and 2014; Helpmann Award for Best Costume Design in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2018; Green Room Award for Best Set Design in 2003 and 2011; Green Room Award for Best Costume Design in 2002, 2006 and 2011; Australian Production Design Guild Award for Best Set Design in 2012; Australian Production Design Guild Award for Best Costume Design in 2012 and 2014; Sydney Theatre Award for Best Costume Design in 2012 and 2013; and Sydney Theatre Award for Best Set Design in 2013. Gabriela’s work was exhibited at Prague Quadrennial in 1999 and in 2015, and in the Moscow exhibition Costume at the Turn of the Century in 2015.  Gabriela’s design work includes: Il Turco in Italia, Cosi Fan Tutte, Baroque Masterworks, Salome, Sweeney Todd, the Rabbits and L’elisir d’amore for Opera Australia; Ladies in Black for Queensland Theatre Company; The Pillowman, Tomfoolery, Urinetown, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Visit,  Blithe Spirit and Shakespeare in Love for Melbourne Theatre Company; Muriel’s Wedding the Musical for Global Creatures/Sydney Theatre Company; A Flea In Her Ear, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, This Little Piggy, Macbeth, Volpone, Attempts On Her Life and Twelfth Night for Sydney Theatre Company; Sleeping Beauty and Schéhérazade for The Australian Ballet; Boomerang and Of Earth And Sky for Bangarra Dance Theatre; Can we Afford This/The Cost of Living for DV8 Physical Theatre (Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival); Love Never Dies for Really Useful Group (Australia, Japan, Germany, US, UK); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To the Forum for Gordon Frost Organisation; and the musical adaptation of First Wives Club (USA). Gabriela also designed the sets and costumes for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. She collaborated with David McAllister on a beautiful picture book of The Sleeping Beauty, which was published in 2017. Gabriela is designing a new production of  Swan Lake for the National Ballet of Canada.

Sound Designer

Gareth Owen

Gareth Owen

Sound Designer

Sound Design Award highlights : Oliver Award for COME FROM AWAY, Olivier Award for MEMPHIS, Olivier Award for MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Tony nomination for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Tony nomination for END OF THE RAINBOW, Olivier nomination for BAT OUT OF HELL, Olivier nomination for TOP HAT, Olivier nomination for END OF THE RAINBOW, Outer Critics Circle Award for COME FROM AWAY Broadway, Pro Sound Award for SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR.

West End Musical Design highlights : PRINCE OF EGYPT, & JULIET, COME FROM AWAY, BAT OUT OF HELL, STRICTLY BALLROOM, 42nd STREET, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, WIND IN THE WILLOWS, MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, MEMPHIS, I CAN’T SING, IN THE HEIGHTS, TOP HAT, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, SWEET CHARITY, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, CAROUSEL, PALLADIUM PANTO, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and LA CAGE AUX FOLLIES.

International Design highlights : MJ (Broadway), DIANA (Broadway), BACK TO THE FUTURE (Worldwide), SUMMER (Broadway), COME FROM AWAY (Broadway), BRONX TALE (Broadway), STARLIGHT EXPRESS (Bochum, Germany), CLUELESS (New York), DISNEY’S HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Worldwide), SPRING AWAKENING (Broadway), DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID (Worldwide), END OF THE RAINBOW (Broadway, London), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Broadway, London), SECRET GARDEN (New York), SISTER ACT (UK, Brazil, Italy, France, Holland), and DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Worldwide).

Lighting Designer

Bruno Poet

Bruno Poet

Lighting Designer

Bruno Poet works extensively in opera, theatre, dance, and live music. Bruno has designed for many of the world’s leading opera houses, with Rusalka (Sydney Opera House) winning the Australian Green Room Award. He has won three Knight of Illumination Awards, one for USA Awards 2019 for Festival/One-off lighting for Björk’s Cornucopia (with Richard White), one for the Sigur Rós 2013 world tour and one for Frankenstein at the National Theatre, for which he also won the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design.

Credits include: Bjork’s Cornucopia (The Shed, New York); Billie Eilish at Steve Jobs Theatre; Apollo 11 (US Tour); TINA: The Musical (Broadway/West End/Broadway/Hamburg); The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, A Midsummer Night’s DreamJulius Caesar (Bridge Theatre); Stories, St George and the DragonLight Shining in Buckinghamshire, Treasure Island, London Road (National Theatre); Miss Saigon (West End/Broadway); Faith Healer (Donmar Warehouse); From Here to Eternity (West End); The Convert (Young Vic).

Opera includes: Carmen (Bregenz Festival); Aida, (Grand Théâtre de Genève) Otello, Don Giovanni, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (ROH); The Merry Widow (ENO); Akhnaten (ENO/ LA Opera/ Met NY); Carmen (ENO/ Den Norske Opera); L’arbore di Diana (& Gran Teatre del Liceu), Il Trovatore, Das Liebesverbot (Teatro Real, Madrid); Die Dreigroschenoper (Theatre an der Wein); Amadeus, Der Freischutz, Cunning Little Vixen, The Snow Queen. (Royal Danish Opera); Mitridate, re di Ponto (Drottningholms Slottsteater); Rinaldo (Lyric Opera, Chicago); Macbeth (Opera National du Rhin/Opera Monte Carlo); Salome (Palau de les Arts, Valencia).

Bruno has also designed the lighting for 14 seasons at Garsington Opera.

Dance includes: The Unknown SoldierConnectome (Alastair Marriott/ Royal Ballet); Material Men (Shobana Jeyasingh); Elsa Canasta (Javier de Frutos/ Scottish Ballet) and Other Stories (Royal Ballet).

Co Musical Supervisor

David Wilson

David Wilson

Co Musical Supervisor

David is the Head of Music for The Really Useful Group.

His US credits include: Musical Supervisor for Unmasked at The Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey.

Broadway credits as Head Of Music for The Really Useful Group: School Of Rock, Cats, Sunset Boulevard.

London West End credits include: School Of Rock, Sunset Boulevard, The Woman In White, Cats and Stephen Ward.

Film credits: Associate Music Producer and Additional Orchestrations: Cats

International/Touring credits include: Starlight Express (Bochum), Love Never Dies (US tour), David Graduate of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2009.

Co Musical Supervisor

John Rigby

John Rigby

Co Musical Supervisor

Dr John Rigby is a conductor, musical supervisor and musicologist who initially studied orchestral conducting at the University of Huddersfield and the Royal Northern College of Music. He gained his PhD from Kings College London having researched the cultural resonances of Franz Lehár’s ‘Berlin’ operettas during the Weimar Republic. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Arts from Edge Hill University in recognition of his work in musical theatre and conducting.

West End credits include: An American in Paris (Dominion); Beautiful and Damned (Lyric); The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello); The King and I (Palladium); The Last Empress (Apollo, Hammersmith); Marguerite (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Les Misérables (Palace and Queen’s Theatres); The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s); The Pirates of Penzance (Savoy); The Producers (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); and Sinatra (Palladium).

As Musical Supervisor, he worked on the UK Tours of The Producers and The King and I; Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary Tour of The Phantom of the Opera; the arena world tour of Jesus Christ Superstar; the new production of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre; School of Rock at the Gillian Lynne Theatre; and the Russian première of Chess (Broadway Moscow Theatre Company).

Elsewhere, he has conducted Chess for English National Opera; Carmen Jones at London’s Royal Festival Hall; Madama Butterfly for Lyric Opera, Dublin; Carousel for Opera North; and Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park. He also enjoys regular concert engagements with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Hallé, the London Concert Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.

John Rigby was nominated for Best Musical Direction for the 2019 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the 20th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards.

Musical Director

Ben van Tienen

Ben van Tienen

Musical Director

Born in Tasmania, Ben graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2007, earning first class honours and the university medal.

As Music Director: Rothschild & Sons in NYC (Lincoln Center/NYPL) and London (Park Theatre); the UK tours of Funny Girl (and worldwide cinema broadcast), Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsWest Side Story, and The Rocky Horror ShowLes Miserables in Concert (Guernsey); Chicago (Hong Kong), and Ordinary Days (Australia).

As Assistant Music Director: School of Rock (Gillian Lynne Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium), Wicked (Singapore), Doctor Zhivago (Australia, Seoul), West Side Story (Australia, Europe) and Chicago (Australia, Singapore).

On Music Staff: Phantom of the OperaThe Light in the Piazza, Topol in Fiddler on the RoofTitanic (Australia); Orpheus in the UnderworldThe Gondoliers, Richard Mills’ Love of the Nightingale (Opera Australia); Puccini’s La Rondine (Sydney Symphony); John Adams’ El Nino, Britten’s War Requiem and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms (Sydney Philharmonia).

As Cover Conductor: Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, (Savoy Theatre).

Ben’s album with Zachary Morris, Instructions for Dancing, was launched at 54 Below in 2019 and is available on all major digital music retailers.

Vocal Coach

Fiona McDougal

Fiona McDougal

Vocal Coach

Fiona has been working as a vocal coach for Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Really Useful Group for almost a decade. She continually coaches stars of the West End and Broadway, along with Oscar-winning actors and chart-topping singer-songwriters for both stage and screen. Previous credits include:

Film: Jingle Jangle (Netflix) Being the Ricardos (Amazon) CATS (Working Title)

West End: & Juliet; The Phantom of the Opera; School of Rock; Sunset Boulevard; Waitress; Bat Out Of Hell; Chess; Joseph; Starlight Express (Bochum); Beautiful; CATS; 42nd Street; Hairspray; Evita; Love Never Dies; Stephen Ward; Jesus Christ Superstar.

TV: The Voice (BBC); X Factor (ITV); Superstar (ITV).

Casting Director

David Grindrod CDG

David Grindrod CDG

Casting Director

For Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Games, The Woman in White, Love Never Dies, The Wizard of Oz, Stephen Ward, School of Rock, Cinderella.

Theatre also includes: Back to the Future, Waitress, Only Fools & Horses, Mamma Mia! (worldwide), Mamma Mia! The Party, Magic Mike Live, Matilda (Adult casting), 42nd Street, Bat Out of Hell, 5 Guys Named Moe, Sweet Charity (Donmar) Into the Woods, Local Hero Groundhog Day, Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic), Chicago, Shrek, Grease, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mrs Henderson Presents, Fat Friends, The Commitments (UK Tour), Man of La Mancha, Chess, Carousel, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd (English National Opera), Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly, Crazy for You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). The Braille Legacy, The Woman in White, Harold and Maud, Violet (Charing Cross Theatre), 42nd Street, Singing in the Rain. Kiss Me Kate (Chatelet, Paris)The Beggars Opera (Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris), Guys and Dolls (Theatre Marigny, Paris).

Film:  Musical Ensemble Casting: Matilda, Greatest Days, Mamma Mia! Here we Go Again, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, Mamma Mia! UK Dancer Casting: Mary Poppins Returns, Nine. Casting Director: The Phantom of the Opera.

Television:  Sound of Music Live, Superstar, Over the Rainbow, I’d Do Anything, Any Dream Will Do, How Do Solve A Problem like Maria, (2007 Emmy Award), Kombat Opera presents…(2008 Golden Rose Montreux Award) Hollyoaks, West End Star (TV3 Sweden).

Associate Casting Directors: Will Burton CDG & Stephen Crockett CDG

Casting Assistant: Fionnuala Hills

Hair, Wigs & Make-up Design

Campbell Young Associates

Campbell Young Associates

Hair, Wigs & Make-up Design

Theatre includes: Anything Goes, Get Up Stand Up, Leopoldstadt, Back to The Future, All About Eve, The Light In The Piazza, Rosmersholm, Company, The King & I, Funny Girl,  St. Joan, City of Angels, One Night in Miami, The Young Chekhov Trilogy, Bend It Like Beckham, Gypsy, The Bodyguard, (West End).   Present Laughter, The Master Builder, The Lorax, High Society, Electra, Clarence Darrow, Sweet Bird of Youth, Richard III, Kiss Me Kate, Inherit the Wind, A Christmas Carol, (Old Vic). TINA – The Tina Turner Musical The Ferryman, The Girl from the North Country, Farinelli and the King, Groundhog Day,  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Matilda, Ghost-The Musical, Billy Elliot (West End/Broadway). King Lear, To Kill A Mockingbird, Head Over Heels, Carousel, Three Tall Women Hello Dolly!, The Crucible, Betrayal, Les Miserables, Spider-Man- The Musical  (Broadway).

Opera includes: Don Carlos, L’enfant et les sortileges (Bolshoi Opera Moscow); Anna Nicole (BAM)

Television includes: Orange Is The New Black, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Film includes: Downton Abbey Film

Awards: Drama Desk Award 2020 – Outstanding Wig and Hair Design for: TINA – The Tina Turner Musical