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 discovered on Fox’s “American Idol.” Jalen has been seen and cast for many publications, television programs, and films like Fist Fight and HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” He is also a former Simba standby actor for Disney’s The Lion King North American Broadway Tour. Jalen is the founding member alongside his brother Justin Cole, and lead singer of a prominent band based out of Memphis, TN called City Mix. Singing since the age of four, Jalen has grown into a passionate artist, always sharing his gratitude for his God given gifts.
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.
Nick Drake (Swing). From St. Louis, Missouri, they grew up performing at The Muny as a child and decided to extend their education in theatre at Baldwin Wallace University! Nick’s other professional credits include Assistant Choreographer on Hadestown (tour), Assistant Choreographer on Mrs. Doubtfire, and many more. IG: @nickxdrake #YJ4L.
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 recent 2020 BFA graduate from Austin Peay’s Musical Theatre Program and he is so glad to be making his National Tour Debut with Aint Too Proud! He would like to thank God, Mom, Stepdad, family & friends for their continued support!! IG: @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
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.
Chani Maisonet (Swing) is so excited to be joining the Ain't Too Proud fam! (National Tour Debut). She is a vocal performance graduate of Kennesaw State University. Credits: Becoming Nancy & Ever After (Alliance Theatre). All the love to my family, friends, and all the honor to God. Let's groove!
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!
Deri’Andra Tucker (Diana Ross). A New Orleans native, former NFL Cheerleader (N.O. Saints), and graduate of Dillard University. Tours (US/Int.): RENT (Mimi Marquez) and Dreamgirls. Sending love to my family & friends, Take3Talent, Tara Rubin Casting, WLP & the ATP creatives. My performance is dedicated to my late father Derrick Mushatt. IG: @Ms. Deri.
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) is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle), which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (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). Dominique is an alumna of the Center Theatre Group L.A. Writers’ Workshop, The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre, Women’s Project, South Coast Rep, People’s Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She most recently served as co-producer on the Showtime series Shameless. Following its record-breaking run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2017, her new musical Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations opened at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), the Ahmanson (Los Angeles), and the Princess of Wales Theatre (Toronto). 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, Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and being named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18.
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 Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Assassins (Tony Award nomination), set and club design for the critically acclaimed revival of Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls (Tony Award nomination), Buried Child, Design for Living, A Streetcar Named Desire, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and others. His other credits include Frozen (Disney California), as well as numerous opera World premieres, including Moby-Dick, Cold Mountain, Everest, Doubt, The Manchurian Candidate, and It’s a Wonderful Life. He has designed for the Whitney Museum of American Art, BAM, Radio City Music Hall, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and many others. Robert 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.
PAUL TAZEWELL (Costume Design) has designed Broadway shows, theatre, film and television, dance, and opera for over 25 years. Starting his Broadway career with Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk directed by George C. Wolfe, he has since designed the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Hamilton; Escape to Margaritaville; Summer; In the Heights; The Color Purple (2005); Dr. Zhivago; Memphis; Caroline, or Change; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam; Lombardi; Magic/Bird; Side Show; A Streetcar Named Desire; Jesus Christ Superstar; Guys and Dolls; A Raisin in the Sun; and On the Town. In 2016, he received both a Tony Award®, for Hamilton, and an Emmy Award, for “The Wiz Live!” (NBC). Recent television work: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO) starring Oprah Winfrey and “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC) featuring John Legend for which he received an Emmy nomination. He has been nominated for the Tony Award® six times, has received the Princess Grace Statue Award, Henry Hewes Design Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, four Helen Hayes Awards, and the TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. His costume work has been photographed for Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, and The Bloomberg Design Issue, and he is a featured artist in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s web series The Artist Project and the companion book by Phaidon. He currently lives in New York City with his husband and their dog, Harpo.
HOWELL BINKLEY (Lighting Design). Broadway: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Escape to Margaritaville, Come From Away (2017 Tony nomination), A Bronx Tale, Hamilton (2016 Tony winner/2018 Olivier winner), After Midnight (2014 Tony nomination), How to Succeed... (2011 Tony nomination), West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), In the Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Jersey Boys (2006 Tony winner), Avenue Q, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993 Tony nomination). Co-Founder/Resident Lighting Designer Parsons Dance. 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier and Canadian Dora Awards for Kiss of the Spider Woman. 2006 and 2016 Henry Hewes Design Awards for Jersey Boys and Hamilton.
STEVE CANYON KENNEDY (Sound Design) was the production engineer on such Broadway shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Carrie, and Aspects of Love. His Broadway sound design credits include 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). Peter’s Broadway credits include SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, A Doll’s House, Part 2, An Act of God, Amélie, A New Musical, Fela!, The Heidi Chronicles, and The Best Man. His other credits include Grounded and Here Lies Love (The Public Theater), Wakey, Wakey (Signature Theatre), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage Theater), Notes from Underground (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Rent (New World Stages), Real Enemies (BAM Next Wave Festival), and Blind Date (Bill T. Jones). For Nature Theater of Oklahoma, No Dice and Life & Times (Burgtheater, Vienna). His upcoming projects are the new musical Dave (Arena Stage), Beetlejuice (Broadway 18–19), and The Orphan of Zhao (Beijing International Music Festival).
CHARLES G. LaPOINTE (Hair and Wig Design). Over 85 Broadway shows including Hamilton; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Anastasia; The Band’s Visit; SpongeBob SquarePants (Drama Desk Award); Summer: The Donna Summer Musical; Amélie; Motown the Musical; Memphis: The Musical; Allegiance; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; The Color Purple; Doctor Zhivago; Of Mice and Men; Violet; Sideshow; The Elephant Man; After Midnight; Clybourne Park; Newsies; The Mountaintop; Superior Donuts; Bonnie and Clyde; In the Heights. Upcoming Broadway credits include The Cher Show, Beetlejuice, and Torch Song Trilogy. Television: The Wiz Live! (Emmy Award nomination), Jesus Christ Superstar Live (Emmy Award nomination), Bluebloods, American Crime, Madoff, Hairspray.
STEVE RANKIN (Fight Director). Broadway: Carousel (Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Fight Choreography); Summer; Doctor Zhivago; Memphis; Jersey Boys; The Who’s Tommy; Macbeth; Guys and Dolls; Twelfth Night; Henry IV; Two Shakespearean Actors; Getting Away With Murder; Anna Christie; The Real Inspector Hound; The Farnsworth Invention. Off-Broadway: Below the Belt; The Third Story; The Night Hank Williams Died. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet; Henry V; Caesar and Cleopatra; Macbeth. Metropolitan Opera: Iphigenie et Tauride; Faust; Rodelinda; Boris Godunov. Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe (Associate Artist), Berkeley Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Asolo, Geva, Center Stage, et al. Mr. Rankin plays mandolin with the Americana folk artist Susie Glaze and the New Folk Ensemble. He is a proud member of SDC.
EDGAR GODINEAUX (Associate Choreographer) was the associate choreographer for the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, which received the Olivier Award for Best Choreography for Memphis UK, and was the director/ choreographer for Memphis at Musical Theatre West and the Flashdance: The Musical national tour. His film credits include Idlewild featuring OutKast and Bolden. His TV credits include “So You Think You Can Dance” (Canada) and Motown’s 30th anniversary broadcast. He performed in “Dancing with the Stars’” Michael Jackson tribute, “Glee”, and Broadway’s Swing, Aida, and Dance of the Vampires. He has toured with Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Diana Ross. Edgar is the choreographer of the upcoming Nat King Cole musical Lights Out! Last but not least my children Pierce and Lennox for giving me the strength and courage that I need.
JOHN MILLER (Music Coordinator). Broadway (over 130 shows, including): Gettin’ the Band Back Together; Summer: The Donna Summer Musical; Beautiful; Waitress; Jersey Boys; Once on This Island; Hello, Dolly!; Rock of Ages; Miss Saigon; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Indecent; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; A Bronx Tale; Something Rotten!; Les Misérables; Pippin; Once; Newsies; Elf. Studio musician (bass): Leonard Cohen; Michael Jackson; Madonna; Bette Midler; Peter, Paul, and Mary; Eric Clapton; Frank Sinatra; Carly Simon; B.B. King; Mose Allison; Portishead; Billy Joel; Bob Dylan. johnmillerbass.com
MOLLY MEG LEGAL (Production Coordinator). Credits include Broadway: Jersey Boys; national tours of The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, the 30th anniversary tour of Annie, Oliver!, and Love, Janis. Broadway Center Stage: In the Heights (The Kennedy Center).
JIMMIE LEE SMITH (Production Stage Manager). Bio.
BRIAN HARLAN BROOKS (Tour Resident Director). Bio.
LOGAN VAUGHN (Associate Director). Bio.
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
PORT CITY TECHNICAL (Technical Supervisor). Bio.
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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