Ain’t Too Proud played its final Broadway performance on January 16, 2022.
AIN'T TOO PROUD is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. The rest is history — how they met, the groundbreaking heights they hit and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. This thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal is set to the beat of the group's treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and so many more.
JALEN HARRIS (Eddie Kendricks) is an accomplished singer, actor, and model, first being discovered on season ten of Fox’s “American Idol.” Jalen has been cast and seen for various television programs, national publications, and films like Fist Fight (Warner Bros) and most recently Jordan Peele’s LoveCraft Country (HBO). He is a former Simbastandby actor for the Tony Award winning and critically acclaimed Disney’s The Lion King North American Broadway Tour. Jalen is also a latin/rnb crossover recording artist with records produced by Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Mack Woodward (Beyonce). Jalen is thankful and considers himself blessed to portray the Icon Eddie Kendricks. “Thanks to God, my family, WLP, and my incredible management”. @jalenuniversal
HARRELL HOLMES JR. (Melvin Franklin). A native of Saginaw, MI. This triple threat is a graduate of AMDA. Making his tour debut, Harrell is a true throwback to the days of charismatic live bands and legendary soul artistry. His credits include “Star Search”, “American Idol”, and The Watching (film). He is a Motown Scholarship & Stevie Wonder Scholarship Winner. "Ever since I was 8 years old, I've wanted to be a Temptation, to now have that opportunity to bring their story to life is a dream come true."
MARCUS PAUL JAMES (Otis Williams) has been seen in Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, MOTOWN: The Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning In The Heights, Jonathan Larson's Tony award-winning RENT. TV/Film credits include Collateral Beauty, "RENT : Filmed Live,” "The WIZ LIVE,” Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning The Greatest Showman, tick tick… Boom Netflix, Dear Evan Hansen, In The Heights. As a recording artist, his albums are available on iTunes, CDBaby, and all streaming platforms. For more info visit www.marcuspauljames.com.
JAMES T. LANE (Paul Williams). West End: The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line (Palladium, revival). Broadway: Kiss Me, Kate (Paul), King Kong, The Scottsboro Boys (Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates), Chicago and A Chorus Line (Richie). National tours: Jersey Boys, Cinderella, Fame. Regional: Mary Poppins (Bert) Drury Lane Chicago, The Wiz (Tin Man), Chicago (Billy Flynn) Muny, James Conceived. Wrote and performed his one man show Triple Threat: A Play That Moves and Sings. Streaming information, booking, as well as performance dates available at www.jamestlane.com. Mr. Lane teaches music, theatre, and dance when and wherever anyone will let him! IG: @jamestlane.
ELIJAH AHMAD LEWIS (David Ruffin). Multi-award-winning singer, actor, songwriter and arranger. Broadway: Motown, Tony Award®-winning Ain’t Too Proud. Tours: Motown (First and Second National), Mama, I Want To Sing (Japan). TV/Film: “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” B-Boy Blues, Mama, I Want to Sing!, America (starring Rosie O'Donnell), The Grammys. Music: SZA, Chance the Rapper, Ariana Grande, James “JT” Taylor, Cissy Houston, Madonna. Thanks to family & my team. To my mentor/friend Cicely Tyson, this is for you! IG: @elijah.ahmad.lewis. elijahahmadlewis.com.
Michael Andreaus (Berry Gordy). Broadway: A Soldier's Play (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Love and Yogurt (NY Theatre Barn). NY: Savage (NYMF). Regional: Ragtime (Theatre Aspen), Rock of Ages (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma). Film/TV: Finding Carlos, When They See Us (Netflix). BM: University of Central Oklahoma. Thanks to his family and friends, his agents at Headline Talent and his manager LK. IG: @michael_andreaus.
Gregory Carl Banks Jr (Lamont) is elated to be making his national tour debut! Previous credits include After Midnight (singer/dancer), In The Heights (Benny Laredo-Theater Guild), Dreamgirls (Wayne), Toby’s Dinner Theater. Education: Howard University BFA musical theater 2017. Thank you, Mom and Dad, we did it!
Brian C. Binion (Swing) is overjoyed to be a part of the ATP family telling the story of such an iconic group. His show credits include Broadway: Disney’s The Lion King. Regional: Kinky Boots, West Side Story, After Midnight, A Soldiers Tale, Man of La Mancha (UNCSA 2013) IG: @Bbinion13.
Reed Campbell (Shelly Berger) Born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Theater: Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare In The Park), Important Hats Of The Twentieth Century (MTC), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Nat’l Tour), Bullets Over Broadway (Ogunquit). TV/Film: “Orange Is The New Black,” “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Co-creator, “BrOdway.” IG: @iamreedcampbell.
Lawrence Dandridge (Smokey Robinson/Damon Harris). Lawrence has a long list of performance credits headlined by his role of TJ in the second national Sister Act tour. Dandridge writes and directs original works with Aurway Repertory Theatre in NJ which he is the Co-Founder/Creative Artistic Director.
Shayla Brielle G. (Mama Rose, Florence Ballard, Tammi Terrell). Shayla Brielle G. is thrilled to be bringing this incredible story around the country. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, Ohio and studied Music Theatre at Baldwin Wallace University. Thank you to Mom, Dad, Tara Rubin Casting, Lakey Wolff & Co, and the entire support system. Glory to God!
Treston J. Henderson (Swing) is a 2020 BFA Musical Theatre graduate from Austin Peay State University and he is so excited to be making his National Tour debut with Ain’t Too Proud. He would like to thank God, his mom, stepdad, family, friends, and LG Talent Management for their continued support! Wear ya mask. @treston.henderson
Najah Hetsberger (Josephine). Najah is thrilled to be joining her first national tour! She is a recent graduate of Montclair State University (BFA MT 21). Professional credits include Berkshire Theater Group (Godspell, All Good Gifts, Nina Simone: Four Women, Sweet Thing). She thanks her family, DGRW, LINK, and God.
Devin Holloway (Richard Street) is grateful and honored. A native of New Orleans, Devin Holloway has performed across the United States and Internationally. Tours: Tap Brother 1 in After Midnight (Norwegian Escape), Minstrel in Something Rotten, Jackie Wilson in Motown, Margaret Mead in Hair (European tour), 42nd Street, and Sesame Street LIVE: MNF. Much Love to my family and friends, Work Light Productions, Tara Rubin Casting, FSE, and the ATP creatives. www.devinholloway.net. IG: @thedevinholloway.
Antwaun Holley (Swing). Cleveland, Ohio native delighted to return to the stage in this production of Ain’t Too Proud. Credits include: Book of Mormon (International/National tours), Lin Manuel’s 21 Chump Street, Youth’s Passing Strange and Jackie and Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. Training: Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. #MAKTUB #REDBALLON
Kyshawn Lane (Swing) is thrilled to be sharing this iconic story. Past fav credits include: Junie B. Jones (Tour), Hairspray (Papermill Playhouse/Tour/NV), Memphis (Tour), Personality (Regional Premiere), Dreamgirls, All Shook Up, and Joseph…Dreamcoat. Special thanks to Tara Rubin casting, family, friends and Matthew for your continuous love and support. Mom, you’re gonna love this one!
Traci Elaine Lee (Johnnie Mae, Mary Wilson). National Tour: Beautiful. Off-Broadway: Safeword. Select Regional: Dreamgirls, In the Heights, Fortress of Solitude (Dallas Theater Center), A Wonderful World (Miami New Drama), Les Misérables (ZACH Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Cape Playhouse). Voiceover: Whataburger, Indeed. BFA MT SHSU. Thanks to AAG! For Daddy, Ma, & my village. With everlasting love for my Papa Lee. IG: @tracelaine.
Brett Michael Lockley (Al Bryant, Norman Whitfield). A Baltimore, MD native, is thrilled to be a part of Ain’t Too Proud! Credits; National Tour: CATS, Motown the Musical. Regional: Beauty and the Beast (PaperMill), My Fair Lady (Fireside Theatre). INTL: A Chorus Line (Shanghai). Thanks to God, my family, friends, & agents at Avalon! IG: @Brett.Lockley.
Harris Matthew (Dennis Edwards) is making his national tour debut and thrilled to take The Temptations across America! Broadway: SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, Frozen. International: HAIR (Sydney Opera House), Vegas the Show. He is thankful for God, Mother Dearest, love, boobas, and LDC!
Amber Mariah Talley (Diana Ross) is a proud Atlanta native and a recent alumna of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BFA MT 2022). She is so excited to make her National Tour Debut with Ain’t too Proud. Thank you to my wonderful family for everything, we did it!
Nazarria Workman (Swing) is a proud Native New Yorker and couldn’t be more ecstatic to be joining Ain’t Too Proud! National Tours: Motown the Musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Regional: Hairspray. Thanks to God, my family, and friends. I love you all. IG: nazarria_twerkman
Andrew Volzer (Swing, Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making his National Tour debut. Recent Credits: The Secret Garden (CCM), Glory Denied (Kentucky Opera), Junior Theater Festival (iTheatrics). He's a graduate of CCM with a BFA in Stage Management. He is grateful to his family and friends for all their love and support.
DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU (Book Writer) is the author of The Detroit Project (a three-play cycle): Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre) and Detroit ’67 (The Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theater), Sunset Baby (Labyrinth Theater), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me to Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the Tony-nominated book writer on the Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). TV/film projects: she most recently served as co-producer on the Showtime series “Shameless.” She’s currently developing projects with Netflix, HBO and A24, and wrote the film adaptation of the documentary Step for Fox Searchlight. Awards include Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, Obie Award (two), the Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and was named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017–18 and a recipient of the 2018 MacArthur Genius Grant.
OTIS WILLIAMS (Original Temptation/Author of The Temptations/Executive Producer) is a five-time Grammy A ward-winning singer, and a songwriter, author, producer and executive producer, born in Texarkana, Texas and raised in Detroit. Recognized as the founding and sole surviving original member of The Temptations, one of the most prolific musical institutions of all time. Williams, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, rose to superstardom after the group released the Grammy Hall of Fame mega-hit “My Girl” in the ’60s. Today, The Temptations are one of the greatest brands worldwide and their presence across multi-media platforms has never been more vivid. Williams’ life story was originally chronicled in his critically acclaimed autobiography, Temptations, and then sourced for the Emmy Award-winning television “The Temptations,” which he co-produced and is still on air or streaming every day somewhere in the world. Now, Williams’ personal story is the source for the Broadway theatrical release, Ain’t Too Proud and he serves as an executive producer. Named the #1 R&B Artists of All Time (Billboard), The Temptations throughout their evolution, have released countless chart hits, many American masterpieces. The Temptations are celebrating their 60th anniversary with a global concert tour, and Williams executive produces, writes and sings for a new TEMPTATIONS 60 album, coming next year.
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING (Music Licensing), established in 1995, is the world’s leading music publisher. It owns or administers more than 3 million copyrights, including those of EMI Music Publishing and iconic music catalogs such as Leiber & Stoller, Mijac Music, Motown, and Famous Music. In addition, it represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Hank Williams, and Stevie Wonder. Its contemporary roster includes The Chainsmokers, Drake, Calvin Harris, Lady Gaga, P!nk, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams.
ROBERT BRILL (Scenic Design). Broadway credits include Thoughts of A Colored Man, Ain’t Too Proud, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Assassins (Tony nomination), Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls (Tony nomination), Buried Child, Design for Living, A Streetcar Named Desire, and others. Other credits include Frozen (Disney California), The Laramie Project (BAM and others), and numerous opera world premieres, including Moby-Dick, Cold Mountain, Everest, Doubt and The Manchurian Candidate. He is a founding member of Sledgehammer Theatre, a recipient of the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, and professor of scenic design at University of California San Diego. Visit robertbrilldesign.com
PAUL TAZEWELL (Costume Design) designed costumes for original Broadway productions of Hamilton (Tony Award); MJ; In the Heights; The Color Purple; Summer…; Escape to Margaritaville; Doctor Zhivago; Memphis; Caroline, or Change; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; ‘Bring in Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk; Lombardi; and Magic/Bird. Revivals: Side Show, A Streetcar Named Desire, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, A Raisin in the Sun and On the Town. Designed The Wiz Live! (NBC - Emmy Award 2016), Jesus Christ Superstar Live! (NBC), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO) starring Oprah Winfrey, Harriet ( Focus Features) and West Side Story (Walt Disney Pictures) directed by Steven Spielberg.
HOWELL BINKLEY (Lighting Design). Come From Away (2017 Tony nom), A Bronx Tale, Hamilton (2016 Tony winner/2018 Olivier Award winner), After Midnight (2014 Tony nom), How to Succeed... (2011 Tony nom), West Side Story (2009 Tony nom), In the Heights (2008 Tony nom), Jersey Boys (2006 Tony winner), Avenue Q, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993 Tony nom/Olivier and Dora Award winner). Co-founder/resident lighting designer Parsons Dance. 2006 and 2016 Henry Hewes Design awards for Jersey Boys and Hamilton.
STEVE CANYON KENNEDY (Sound Design). Broadway sound design credits: Ain’t Too Proud, (Tony nomination), On Your Feet!, Doctor Zhivago, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Tony Award), Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk Award), Jesus Christ Superstar, Catch Me If You Can (Tony nomination), Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jersey Boys (Drama Desk Award), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Rent, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carousel and The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award).
PETER NIGRINI (Projection Design) is one of Broadway's pioneering projection designers. His work includes Beetlejuice; Dear Evan Hansen; The SpongeBob Musical; A Doll’s House, Part 2; and Fela! He has also designed extensively in other venues & forms including Here Lies Love & Grounded at the Public Theater; Lucia de Lammermoor & Don Giovanni for Santa Fe Opera; The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Blind Date, & Deep Blue Sea for Bill T Jones & the Park Avenue Armory & Real Enemies with Dacey James Argue & Secrete Society at BAM. Also a founding member of Nature Theater of Oklahoma & is currently designing MJ, & KPOP for Broadway.
CHARLES G. LaPOINTE (Hair and Wig Design) is an award-winning Designer who maintains a highly successful career on stages throughout the United States and abroad. Numerous Broadway; Touring; Regional Theatre; West End and International productions including Hamilton (Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Award); Beetlejuice; The Cher Show (Drama Desk A ward); The Band’s Visit; Anastasia; SpongeBob SquarePants (Drama Desk Award); Jersey Boys; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; In the Heights. Television: The Wiz Live! (Emmy Award Nomination); Jesus Christ Superstar Live! (Emmy Award Nomination and Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Award).
RYAN O’GARA (Associate Lighting Designer). Thoughts of a Colored Man on Broadway, Cirque's Paramour Hamburg, NBCU upfront at Radio City Music Hall, CLUE, Night with Janis Joplin, MDQ Christmas, Juke Box Hero. NYC Opera, Paper Mill, TUTS, Walnut Street, Drury Lane, Cleveland Play House, Syracuse Stage, Baltimore Center, Signature DC, New Victory and Bristol Riverside. Associate for over 25 Broadway productions, currently: Ain’t Too Proud, Come from Away and Hamilton. O’Gara graduated from UNCSA. www.ryanogara.com
STEVE RANKIN (Fight Director). Broadway: Carousel (Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Fight Choreography), Summer, All My Sons, Memphis, Jersey Boys Worldwide, The Who’s Tommy, Henry IV, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Two Shakespearean Actors, Getting Away with Murder, Anna Christie, The Real Inspector Hound, The Farnsworth Invention, Doctor Zhivago, Dracula, Guys and Dolls. Off-Broadway: Below the Belt, The Third Story, The Night Hank Williams Died, Pig Farm. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Caesar and Cleopatra, Macbeth, The Who’s Tommy.
EDGAR GODINEAUX (Associate Choreographer) nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Director/Best Choreography for Memphis the Musical (regional larger theatre). His choreography can be seen in Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole at Geffen Playhouse. Comedy Central pilot starring Awkwafina, “Dancing With the Stars” with Jason Taylor and Edyta, “SYTYCD” Canada, Nona Gaye videos/tour BET Entertainment, The Five Heartbeats in collaboration with the legendary Michael Peters, Color Me Bad tour, Jersey Boys the movie and Motown 30th anniversary. He was associate choreographer for the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis the Musical (Olivier Award for Best Choreography in the U.K.) and Leap of Faith on Broadway. Big thanks to LexikatArtists and WME. Mom, this one’s for you. @egoconcepts.
JOHN MILLER (Music Coordinator). Broadway (over 130 shows, including): Oklahoma!; Gettin’ the Band Back Together; Summer; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Waitress; Jersey Boys; Once on This Island; Miss Saigon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Studio musician (bass): Leonard Cohen, Madonna, Bette Midler, Eric Clapton, Carly Simon, BB King, Portishead, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan. Johnmillerbass.com.
RANDY COHEN (Keyboard Programmer) has programmed over 80 broadway shows including Hamilton, Book of Mormon, Dear Evan Hansen, Jagged Little Pill, Pretty Woman, Summer, Anastasia, In The Heights, and Kinky Boots among others. TV includes HBO/PBS Sesame Street, Electric Company.
MOLLY MEG LEGAL (Production Supervisor). Credits include Ain't Too Proud (Broadway), Jersey Boys (Broadway, national tour and Chicago company); the national tours of SIX, the Musical; The Lion King; Mary Poppins; Billy Elliot, the Musical; the 30th anniversary of Annie; Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver!; and Love, Janis. Love and dedication to Mom-Mom, Pop-Pop, Mom and Dad.
Nicole Olson (Production Stage Manager) she/her. National Tours: What the Constitution Means to Me, Waitress, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Regional: San Jose Repertory (6 seasons including: By the Bog of Cats... with Holly Hunter), TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. B.A.: Theatre, Univ. of Southern California
JONATHAN “Smitti” SMITH (Music Director) Jonathan joined Ain’t Too Proud on Broadway’s opening. Co-creator of Tony/Grammy nominated musical Swing! Other: A Bronx Tale, Jersey Boys, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Imaginary Friends. Originally from Auburn, Alabama, he trained as a jazz pianist in NOLA with jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis. Thanks to Sheila, Ian & Emmet for constant, soulful support. In memory of Bill, who would’ve loved this.
LOGAN VAUGHN (Associate Director) is a New York based artist and director of new work. In 2008 Logan was awarded the Goodman Theatre’s prestigious Joyce Arts Fellowship in Casting and subsequently worked as a casting director in the Tony A ward-winning theater’s casting department for five seasons. In addition to the Goodman, she led casting for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory, Cardinal Stage and Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Logan was Playwrights Horizons Director in Residence 2012–2013. In 2012 Logan was also named a member of the Director’s Lab, Lincoln Center. As a director she has worked with The Public Theater, MCC Theater, Sundance, Kansas City Rep Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Apollo Theater, Geva Theatre, Playwrights’ Center, The Playwrights Realm, Mosaic Theater, National Black Theatre and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her work in film includes assisting the Academy Award-winning producing team behind Precious and Monster’s Ball as well as serving as head of casting for several award-winning independents. Logan received a 2019 Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Direction of a Play for the New York Premiere of Loy A. Webb’s The Light at MCC Theater and won Broadway World’s 2019 Outstanding Play Production for the world premiere of America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro by Stacey Rose. And most recently directed the world premiere of Legacy Land (The Kilroys List 2020) by Stacey Rose at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Logan is a professor of acting at the University of Missouri Kansas City. In 2019 Logan was named Associate Artistic Director of Ojai Playwrights Conference.
WORK LIGHT PRODUCTIONS is dedicated to creating and producing live entertainment. Formed in 2005 for purposes of developing new work for young audiences, WLP has since grown into a full service producing, investment, general management, and technical supervision company with offices in Summit, NJ and Charleston, SC. WLP regularly employs over 200 actors, musicians, managers and technical crews on productions throughout North America and Asia. Broadway Investments: Mrs. Doubtfire, Ain’t Too Proud, Jagged Little Pill, Waitress, and Hamilton. Touring Productions: Ain’t Too Proud, Rent 25th Anniversary Tour, and the Olivier Award winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Original Productions: Clue, a new comedy based on the Paramount movie, and the new musical An Officer and a Gentleman. Produced Julie Andrews, The Gift of Music at The Hollywood Bowl and London’s O2 Arena. Other recent touring productions include Motown, Something Rotten!, Bandstand, White Christmas, Mamma Mia!, R+H Cinderella, the Tony Award- winners American Idiot, In the Heights, and Avenue Q. WLP is led by founding partner and President Stephen Gabriel and Vice President Nancy Gabriel. www.worklightproductions.com
Arthur J.M. Callahan (Company Manager) Recent national/international tours: Jesus Christ Superstar 50th Anniversary Tour, Something Rotten!, Motown the Musical, 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT, Ragtime, Peter and the Starcatcher, Rock of Ages, The Color Purple, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Grease with Frankie Avalon. Special thanks to the Fam, JCB and my Guardian Angel for never-ending support.
BRIAN HARLAN BROOKS (Tour Resident Director). Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., raised in Teaneck, N.J. Training: Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Ailey School; acting at William Esper Studios. Performing in dance companies, theaters and TV/film productions: Philadanco, Deeply Rooted Chicago Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/The Group, Earl Mosley’ s Diversity of Dance, Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple first national tour, “Boardwalk Empire,” “Tormenting the Hen.” Dir. Ailey Camp Missouri. Assoc. choreographer: Motown: The Musical on Broadway and all U.S./U.K. tours. Assoc. choreographer: Born For This, First Noel. Co-dir.: One Harlem Night. Dir.: While I Have the Floor. Assoc. dir. of Jesus Christ Superstar tour. Res dir: Ain’t Too Proud tour. Dir. Work Equity Action for Work Light Productions.
TARA RUBIN CASTING (Casting) Selected Broadway and national tours: SIX, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Band’s Visit, Prince of Broadway, Indecent, Bandstand, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Falsettos, School of Rock, Bullets Over Broadway, Les Miserables, Big Fish, The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Spamalot, ...Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway: Smokey Joe’s Cafe; Here Lies Love; Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Trevor the Musical. Selected regional: Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Smokey Joe's Cafe; Old Globe, Westport Country Playhouse, Asolo. Rep. tararubincasting.com
LINDA J. STEWART (Press and Marketing Outreach/Associate Producer) Broadway/ touring: The Color Purple, Fela!, Porgy and Bess, After Midnight, Gin Game. Touring: Motown the Musical, Dreamgirls, Je’Caryous Johnson’s Set It Off, Redemption of a Dogg, Married But Single, Tyler Perry’s The Have and The Have Nots, Madea’s Big Happy Family, David E. Talbert’s What My Husband Doesn’t Know. Touring: Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx. Film: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Almost Christmas, Baggage Claim, 12 Years a Slave. IG @ljstewartprpro.
PORT CITY TECHNICAL (Production Management) is production management company based in Charleston, S.C. Also referred to as “Work Light South,” PCT was initially started in 1993 as Technical Theater Solutions by Rhys Williams. TTS worked with WLP on many shows, including American Idiot, Nice Work If You Can Get It, In the Heights and Avenue Q. Since the conception of PCT, tours with WLP have included Mamma Mia!, Vocalosity, Motown: The Musical, R&H’s Cinderella, Something Rotten!, Bandstand, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and the pre-Broadway Ain’t Too Proud: The Temptations Musical. Current and upcoming tours include Ain’t Too Proud, An Officer and A Gentleman, The 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour of Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar.
BIZ CHICA MEDIA (Social Media) is a black and woman-owned digital marketing agency founded 14 years ago by Tracy Chapman-Nolan. Select clients include: Disney Theatrical Touring: Frozen, The Lion King, Aladdin, The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop, New York City Center, Macbeth, MJ: The Musical, Disney/ABC Television Group, The Theatre Leadership Project. www.bizchica.com
ALLIED GLOBAL MARKETING (Tour Marketing & Press) is an integrated marketing agency working with the world's largest entertainment, sports, consumer, and lifestyle brands, including 75+ Broadway shows over two decades. Current tours: Ain’t Too Proud, Charlie/Chocolate Factory, Hadestown, Mean Girls, The Play That Goes Wrong, Pretty Woman, RENT, Tootsie. Upcoming tours: Beetlejuice, The Book of Mormon, Elf The Musical.
THE ROAD COMPANY (Tour Booking) Founded in 1997 by Stephen Lindsay and Brett Sirota. In addition to Ain’t Too Proud, current representation includes Wicked, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Jagged Little Pill, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Oklahoma!, The Prom, Beetlejuice, The Band’s Visit, and more.
HAROLD WHEELER (Orchestrations) is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical director, musical supervisor, and musician. Perhaps best known for his 17 seasons as musical director of the ABC show Dancing with the Stars, he has enjoyed many years of success over several mediums. Broadway credits include Side Show, Hugh Jackman—Back on Broadway, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Award nomination), Never Gonna Dance, Hairspray (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony Award nomination), Swing! (Tony Award nomination), Little Me (Tony Award nomination), The Life (Tony Award nomination), Dreamgirls, The Wiz, The Tap Dance Kid, and Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. He has served as conductor of the Academy Awards four times (most recently during the 90TH Academy Awards), only the second African-American conductor in the Academy’s history. He also was one of two conductors during the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2008, Harold received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP Theatre Awards. He is married to television and Broadway performer Hattie Winston.
KENNY SEYMOUR (Music Supervision and Arrangement). Kenny’s Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include the Tony Award winner for Best Musical Memphis (music director/conductor), Carnegie Hall’s A Time Like This: Music for Change (music supervisor/director/arranger/ orchestrator), Amazing Grace: An Epic Musical (orchestrator), Half Time: A New Musical (dance music arranger/electronic music producer), Marley: A World Premiere Musical (music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator), Tallest Tree in the Forest (music director/arranger/incidental music), Scary Musical (orchestrator), Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues (music supervisor/orchestrator), and The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse (dance music arranger). His film and TV credits include “Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha” (composer), “Oya: Rise of the Suporishas” (composer), “Talking with the Taxman About Poetry” (composer, 2013 Global Music Award for Best Original Score), and music arranger/orchestrator for shows on Fox, BET, and NBC including the Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama. Kenny has performed around the world, from the legendary Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall to the Montreux Jazz Festival. Education: music & art, Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music. Visit kennyseymour.com.
SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer). Sergio’s Broadway credits include On Your Feet (Tony Award nominee, Outer Critics Circle/Astaire Awards), Memphis (Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), Jersey Boys (Drama Desk/OCC/Greenroom/Dora nominations), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Chita Rivera Award), A Bronx Tale (Chita Award nomination), The Addams Family, Next to Normal, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), Leap of Faith (Drama Desk nomination), Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nomination), and All Shook Up. Director/ choreographer credits include Arrabal (American Repertory Theater—Elliot Norton Award), Gloria Estefan on Broadway (Minskoff Theatre), Flashdance: The Musical (national tour), and White Noise (Royal George Theatre). Other theatre credits include Invisible Thread (Second Stage Theater, Astaire Award nomination), Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Musical (Olney Theatre—Helen Hayes Award nomination), Freaky Friday (Signature Theatre), and The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse). International credits include Tarzan (Disney), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), and The Sound of Music and West Side Story (Stratford Festival).
DES McANUFF (Director) is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Broadway: Summer, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event), Dracula, the Musical, How to Succeed..., The Who’s Tommy (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Director), A Walk in the Woods, Big River (Tony Awards for Best Director, Best Musical). Selected New York: Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW). Opera: Faust (Met, ENO). Film: Cousin Bette (director), Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), The Iron Giant (producer, BAFTA Award), Quills (executive producer). He is also Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure as Artistic Director, he staged more than 35 productions of classics, new plays, and musicals. Under his leadership, the Playhouse received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Raised in Canada, he was a part of the Toronto alternative theatre scene in the 70s. While at Stratford, he directed multiple productions including A Word or Two, The Tempest, and Caesar and Cleopatra (all starring Christopher Plummer), Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Twelfth Night (starring Brian Dennehy), ...Forum, As You Like It, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. In 2006, he received the prestigious Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing and in 2011, he was honoured with a doctorate from Ryerson University where he attended the Theatre School. In 2012, he was awarded Canada’s esteemed Governor General’s National Arts Center Award and the Order of Canada.
Effective Date: January 1, 2020
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