FRANK LOESSER (Music & Lyrics) One of America’s great composer/lyricists, Frank Loesser began his songwriting career during the Depression as a lyricist, contributing songs to Broadway revues and nightclub acts. His work with composer Irving Actman in the 1936 revue The Illustrator’s Show led to a songwriting contract in Hollywood, where he spent the next eleven years working with such composers as Burton Lane, Jule Styne, Arthur Schwartz and Hoagy Carmichael. Some of his film songs from that period include “Two Sleepy People,” “Jingle Jangle Jingle” and “I Don’t Want To Walk Without You.” The first song for which Loesser wrote both words and music was “Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition,” written during his World War II service. His Hollywood work after the war included the hit songs “Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year,” “A Slow Boat To China,” and the 1949 Oscar-winning song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” In 1948 Loesser was approached by fledgling Broadway producers Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin to write music and lyrics to George Abbott’s libretto for an adaptation of the classic Brandon Thomas play Charley’s Aunt. The new musical, which starred Ray Bolger, was called Where’s Charley? and was a hit. This led to Loesser’s next show, the hugely influential and successful Guys and Dolls (1950), also produced by Feuer and Martin, with a script was by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. In 1956 Loesser wrote the libretto, music and lyrics for his next show, The Most Happy Fella, adapted from Sidney Howard’s play, They Knew What They Wanted. This impressive score contains over 30 musical numbers and makes extensive use of operatic techniques and forms, including recitative, arias, duets, trios and choral numbers. In 1960 he provided the score and was co-librettist for Greenwillow. In 1961, Loesser wrote the score for the Pulitzer Prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. His last show, Pleasures and Palaces, closed in 1965 during out-of-town try-outs.
JO SWERLING (Book) Born in Russia in 1897, Jo Swerling was a playwright, screenwriter and vaudeville sketch writer. Mr. Swerling’s long career began as a reporter and feature writer in New York and Chicago.
ABE BURROWS (Book) After studying to be a doctor and an accountant, Abe Burrows had a career in sales before becoming a successful radio scriptwriter and writer/performer of musical parody numbers. Guys and Dolls was his first Broadway liberetto. Among the musicals for which he provided librettos are Make a Wish, Can-Can and Silk Stockings (both with scores by Cole Porter), Say, Darling, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (which he also directed; score by Frank Loesser). His non-musical plays include Cactus Flower (wrote and directed) and Forty Carats (directed).
JEFFREY B. MOSS (Director) is an award winning director – both in America and around the globe – whose work includes the development of new plays and musicals such as Before The Dream by Charles Strouse and Leslie Lee, Passin’ It On by Larry Atlas and Terry Cashman, The Jazz Club by John Nassivera, Mermaids, based on the MGM film and Charles Strouse’s Real Men … as well as the staging of many national and international tours including Peter Pan, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Music Of The Night, Annie, West Side Story, 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Gun, Mame, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Damn Yankees!, Norman is That You? and The Sunshine Boys. He often directs newly re-imagined productions of classic musicals such as Golden Boy (with a new book by Leslie Lee) and the critically praised new production of Rags seen at The Coconut Grove Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse. He is currently in pre-production for the new musical, Rothschilds & Sons, (based on material by Bock and Harnick) and has directed the Big League landmark tour of My Fair Lady. In New York, he directed the hit musical Mayor by Charles Strouse and Warren Leight, the Cy Coleman/Neil Simon musical Little Me and Bill Boggs’ Talk Show Confidential. He was the conceiver / director of the New York and Kennedy Center productions of Some Enchanted Evening, now part of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Library and directed the stage and television versions of Barry Manilow’s musical, The Drunkard, starring Tom Bosley. Over 20 of the musical productions he has directed have been seen in Asia. He has just staged the recent national tours of Man Of La Mancha and Hello, Dolly! (starring Sally Struthers) and the international tour of The Sound Of Music.
BOB RICHARD (Choreographer) Broadway; How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical! (Off Broadway); The Road to Qatar! and the Co-Director and Choreographer of Inventing Mary Martin, the Review of a Lifetime! (National Tours); The 50th Anniversary National Tour of HELLO DOLLY! Starring, Sally Struthers; Cabaret and in 2015 Bob’s work will be seen in the National Tour of GUYS AND DOLLS! Bob spent the summer working on the premiere of an original new Musical which just opened in Shanghai China! SHANGHAI BUND (TV and Film); Choreographer of LazyTown Season 3; by Turner Network Television. The Tonight Show; The Today Show; and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Bob has been the Resident Choreographer for Sacramento Music Circus and over the past 16 years has staged over 36 productions. Other notable theatres include; The 5th Ave Theatre, in Seattle; The Old Globe Theatre; Madison Square Garden in NYC, North Shore Music Theatre; Theatre Under the Stars, in Houston; Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and The Pioneer Theatre, in Salt Lake City. Bob and his wife Diane are the Co-Founding Artistic Directors of The American Musical Theatre Dance Company! Dancing, teaching master classes worldwide, and choreographing encompassing over 30 plus years in show business. My Love to Diane and Robert Henry!
RANDEL WRIGHT (Scenery Designer) native Texan, has designed scenery for Singin’ In The Rain (national), Unsinkable Molly Brown (national / Debbie Reynolds), Pal Joey (Joel Grey) (Dixie Carter), The Wiz (Stephanie Mills), I Do, I Do (Sandy Duncan), Batteries Not Included (Jamie Hammerstein co-author & dir.), Coca Cola Centennial, Dr. Pepper Centennial and Yale University Tercentennial.
MICHAEL BOTTARI & RONALD CASE (Costume Design) have been a design team for over 45 years, having designed both Costumes and Sets on Broadway: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair (Producer David Merrick’s last Broadway show, Prince Of Central Park, and Marc Shaiman’s Prop 8, The Musical On Broadway.They created new designs for the South African and Fifth Avenue Theatre’s Hairspray with the original creators, and have been nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics, & American Theatre Wing Awards, and won the 2003 and 2008 Lucille Lortel Awards. In 2006 they were nominated for the Drama Desk Award and won best Set and Costume Design (Dean’s List) for Ed Dixon’s Fanny Hill. They won the 2003 Lucille Lortel Award ,and were nominated for the Drama Desk that year for their costumes for Charles Busch’s Shangai Moon and for the critically acclaimed feature film of Die Mommie Die that won a Sundance Award and several film awards. Off-Broadway: The Road To Qatar, After The Fair, Night Of The Hunter, Shine! (NYMF Design Award) Little Me, Carnival!, Richard Cory, Opal, Man Who Shot Lincoln, etc. National tours: I Do! I Do! (Lucie Arnaz), Camelot (Richard Harris), Man Of La Mancha (John Raitt , Jack Jones tours) the World tour of My Fair Lady (Noel Harrison), the 25th Anniversary Tour of The King And I (Yul Brynner returned to the role), Al Jolson, Tonight (Larry Kert), Funny Thing… Forum (Mickey Rooney), Showboat (Shirley Jones,) to mention just a few. Other Regional credits include the costume designs for the now legendary Betty Buckley Gypsy at the PaperMill Playhouse, the hit revival of Dames At Sea which they won numerous critics awards for their sets, costumes, and projections in San Francisco and played the Goodspeed Opera House, Cabaret at the Walnut Street Theatre (Barrymore Award for Best Costume Design), Barrington Stage Co., Arkansas Rep’s A Christmas Carol, and many years designing huge sets at Starlight Musicals in Indianapolis. They have designed clothes for such celebrities as LUCIE ARNAZ, BETTY BUCKLEY, LORNA LUFT, DEBORAH GIBSON, ANDREA MCARDLE, DONNA MCKECHNIE, SUSAN EGAN, JANIS PAIGE, NANNETE FABRAY,VAN JOHNSON, JOHN RAITT, JOHN DAVIDSON, LAURENCE LUCKINBILL, B.D.WONG, among others. They have designed three national tours of Fiddler On The Roof with Theodore Bikel.
CHARLIE MORRISON (Lighting Designer) National/International Tours: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miss Saigon, Aida (US, Taiwan, & China), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (NYC/Tour), Man of LaMancha, Guys and Dolls, Groovaloo (NYC, LA, Foxwoods, & US Tour), Hello Dolly!, My Fair Lady (US & Taiwan), The King and I (US Tour & Korea), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Gypsy, 42nd Street (US & Japan), Smokey Joe’s Café, The Who’s Tommy (Europe & Japan), Titanic, The Music Man, many others. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Goodspeed Musicals, Seattle Rep, Kansas City Starlight, Pittsburgh CLO, George Street Playhouse, Playmaker’s Rep, Tulsa Opera, many others. Charlie is the recipient of two Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design and has been nominated for seven Helen Hayes Awards. Website: www.cmlighting.com.
ED CHAPMAN (Sound Designer) happily joins the Guys & Dolls design team. Bringing with him over 25 years of experience on Broadway, International theatre and concert production. Design credits include; The Joker’s Game (World Premiere in China), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical National tours. Walnut Street’s In The Heights, Off Broadway’s Bedbugs, Hunter Foster’s Rocky Horror Show and American Pops Orchestra (Tokyo). Mr. Chapman sends much love and thanks to parents John and Gayle and family Kate, Mary Ann, Johnny and Eddie.
GERARD KELLY (Hair & Wig Designer) Broadway: Hair. Tour: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hair, Hello, Dolly!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical!, My Fair Lady. West End: Hair. New York: The Public Theater, The Pearl Theater, The Classic Stage Company. Regionally: Westchester Broadway Theater, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Maine State Music Theater, Carousel Dinner Theater, Phoenix Theater, Sierra Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Theater Works, Cape Playhouse, The Ahmanson Theater, Sacramento Music Theater, Down Town Cabaret, West-Port Country Playhouse, George Street Playhouse. Sheakespeare Festivals: New York, Lake Tahoo, New Jersey, Idaho, San Francisco. Movie: The Conjuring, Transamerica, Girls Will Be Girls, Notorious, The Ten, The Savages, The Other Women. TV: Law and Order SVU, The Ru Paul Show, Are We There Yet. Others: The B-52’s, RuPaul, Charles Busch, Varla Jean Merman, Lypsinka, Jennifer Holiday, Laura Linney, Felicity Huffman, Marlo Thomas, Woopie Goldburg, Lesley Mann, and William Hurt.
ALISON FRANCK (Casting Director) has been working in casting for almost 20 years. Current projects are national tours of A Christmas Story, The Musical!, Guys and Dolls, and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (for the 5th year in a row). Her recent projects include: National Tours of Hello Dolly starring Sally Struthers, Man of La Mancha, tons of commercials and the voice overs. Past tours of Hair, Dreamgirls, My Fair Lady, Ain’t Misbehavin’ starring Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Gloryana at The Public (reading and workshop), the TV series Peter Rabbit and A Moment in Time, the new John Denver songbook musical, off-Broadway plays, It’s Just Sex. & The Donkey Show (directed by Diane Paulus). Alison also worked in television casting of “Soul Man”, starring Dan Aykroyd, “LateLine”, starring Al Franken, “Talk to Me”starring Kyra Sedgewick, and pilots of “Freaks and Geeks”, and “Madigan Men.” Also was the Casting director for several films including Broke Even starring Kevin Corrigan. Alison was the Resident Casting Director for Paper Mill Playhouse for 10 years, where she cast over 50 productions, including the Broadway transfer of I’m Not Rappaport, starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Regional: Pirates! (Goodspeed/Paper Mill), Hairspray, and Les Misérables (North Shore) and 2007’s mini-tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TUTS/Paper Mill Playhouse/North Shore/TOTS). Upcoming website: www.franckcasting.com
MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (www.mtishows.com) is one of the world’s leading dramatic licensing agencies, protecting the rights and legacies of composers, lyricists and book writers. MTI’s core business is issuing licenses, scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to schools as well as amateur and professional theatres across the globe. With over 400 classic and contemporary show titles from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and London’s West End, MTI shows have been performed by 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide. MTI is dedicated to the idea of theatre as education and has created special collections for younger audiences. The Broadway Junior Collection features 70-minute adaptations of major musicals designed for middle school children to perform; the KIDS Collection, provides 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children; School Editions are musicals that have been annotated for performance by high school students; and the Theatre For Young Audiences Collection, 70-minute musicals designed for adults to perform for children.
WENDY CONNOR (Press and Marketing) Wendy is President of TRUE Marketing a full-service entertainment marketing firm based in Orlando, FL. TRUE Marketing boasts a full Marketing and Public Relations Consulting Team, Graphic Design Department, Social Marketing Strategy Team and In-House Video Production Team with capabilities in HD Field Production, Real-Time Green Screen Compositing, Voiceover Recording and Pre and Post-Production Editing. Wendy is also owner of two of the newest and most popular entertainment venues in downtown Orlando, The Abbey and The MEZZ. The MEZZ is a modern, urban-style event space boasts 7000 square feet of impeccably furnished décor featuring modern art, innovative LED lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system. The Abbey is committed to broadening the cultural offerings in downtown Orlando, and has been cleverly conceived as the ideal mixed-use venue to deliver exciting and diverse live entertainment options on a nightly basis.
BIG LEAGUE PRODUCTIONS/DANIEL SHER (Executive Producer) Led by Daniel Sher as owner and Executive Producer, Big League is celebrating its 27th season of producing, general managing and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and worldwide. Some of Big League’s significant achievements were its collaborations with Disney Theatricals on Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (North America, Taiwan and China) and with Cameron Mackintosh on a new production of Miss Saigon which toured for 4 years. Other noteworthy productions were the Japanese and North American touring production of the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of 42nd Street as well as Meredith Willson’s The Music Man as newly conceived by Susan Stroman. Others have included Footloose (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, North American tour), tours of Titanic, 1776, Peter Pan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Rip Taylor, and Blast!. Big League’s production of The Who’s Tommy was seen throughout North America, South America, and Europe, and Japan. Big League produced the Tony Award®- winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ starring “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard and the first national tour of the technically dynamic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Recent seasons included Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, an original hip-hop dance show Groovaloo (Off-Broadway), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (annual National Tour and 2012 & 2014 at Madison Square Garden), Dreamgirls (US and Japan), Hair (US and Japan), and Bring it On (US and Japan). In this current season, Big League will premier its new production of A Christmas Story, The Musical. The booking department at Big League, helmed by Vice President John Starr, is among the most respected in the industry.