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 Award-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, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 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.
DES MCANUFF (Director) is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former artistic director of Canada's Stratford Festival. He is also director emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where as artistic director he staged over 30 productions of classics, new plays and musicals. He's co-founder of Broadway's Dodgers. Broadway: Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys (Tony and Olivier awards: Best Musical), Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays (Tony Award: Best Special Theatrical Event), Dracula the Musical, How to Succeed..., The Who's Tommy (Tony and Olivier awards: Best Director), A Walk in the Woods, Big River (Tony Awards: Best Director, Best Musical). Selected New York: Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW); multiple productions at The Public and BAM. Stratford highlights: A Word or Two, Caesar and Cleopatra, The Tempest (all with Christopher Plummer). Opera: Faust (The Met, ENO). TV: "700 Sundays" (HBO). Film: Cousin Bette (with Jessica Lange, director), The Iron Giant (producer, BAFTA Award) and Quills (executive producer). In 2011, he was honored with a doctorate from Ryerson University where he attended theater school. In 2012, he was awarded Canada's Governor General's National Arts Center Award and the Order of Canada.
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 Award-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.
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
SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer) is the recipient of a Tony Award for Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations and an Olivier Award for Memphis: The Musical. Broadway: Ain't Too Proud (Tony/NAACP Award, Outer Critics Circle/Chita Rivera nominations), On Your Feet! (Tony Award nominee, Outer Critics Circle/Astaire awards), Memphis: The Musical (Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), Jersey Boys (Olivier/Drama Desk/OCC/Greenroom/Dora nominations), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Chita Rivera/NAACP Award), A Bronx Tale (Chita Rivera 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: Cirque du Soleil's Paramour (Stage Entertainment), Arrabal (A.R.T., Elliot Norton Award), Gloria Estefan on Broadway (Minskoff Theatre), Flashdance: The Musical (national tour). Other theater: Invisible Thread (Second Stage, 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: Disney's Tarzan (Stage Entertainment), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), West Side Story (Stratford Festival). TV credits: "Annie Live" for NBC, Kennedy Center Honors, 2021 Tony Awards, "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (Emmy nominee).
KENNY SEYMOUR (Music Supervisor and Arrangements). Broadway/Off-Broadway: Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis (music director/conductor), Amazing Grace (orchestrator), Marley (music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator), Carnegie Hall's A Time Like This: Music For Change (music director, music supervisor, and arranger/orchestrator), Half Time: The Musical (dance music arranger/ electronic music producer), Tallest Tree in the Forest (music director/arranger/incidental music), Scary Musical (orchestrator), Hot Feet: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire (synth programmer), The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse, dance music arranger). Film/TV: Talking With the Taxman About Poetry (composer, Global Music Award winner for Best Original Score). Music arranger/orchestrator for television shows on Fox, BET and NBC, including The Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama. Education: Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music. Kennyseymour.com.
HAROLD WHEELER (Orchestrator) is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical director, musical supervisor and musician. While he may be best known for his 17 seasons as musical director of the ABC show "Dancing With the Stars," Wheeler has received six Tony Award nominations for his Broadway orchestrations. Select Broadway credits include Side Show, Hugh Jackman—Back on Broadway, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Never Gonna Dance, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dreamgirls, The Wiz, The Tap Dance Kid and Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. Wheeler was the second African-American to conduct the Academy Awards and has done so on four occasions. He earned an Emmy nomination in 2018 for his work on the 90th Academy Awards. Wheeler was also one of two conductors during the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. Wheeler received a NAACP Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He is married to television and Broadway performer Hattie Winston.
ROBERT BRILL (Scenic Designer). Broadway credits include Thoughts of a Colored Man, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Assassins (Tony nomination), set and club design for the critically acclaimed revival of Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls (Tony nomination), Buried Child, Design for Living, A Streetcar Named Desire and others. His other credits include Frozen (Disney California), The Laramie Project (BAM and others), as well as 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.
RYAN O'GARA (Associate Lighting Designer). Thoughts of a Colored Man—Broadway, Clue, Night with Janis Joplin, MDQ Christmas, Juke Box Hero, Cirque's Paramour in Germany, NBCU upfront at Radio City Music Hall. Various productions for NYC Opera, Paper Mill, TUTS, Walnut Street, Drury Lane, Cleveland Play House, Syracuse Stage, Baltimore Center, Signature D.C., New Victory, Capital Rep, Lincoln Center Festival and Bristol Riverside. Associate lighting designer for over 25 Broadway productions, currently: Ain't Too Proud, Come from Away and Hamilton. O'Gara graduated from NCSA. ryanogara.com.
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 and forms, including Here Lies Love and Grounded at the Public Theater; Lucia de Lammermoor and Don Giovanni for Santa Fe Opera; The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Blind Date, and Deep Blue Sea for Bill T Jones & the Park Avenue Armory and Real Enemies with Darcy James Argue & Secret Society at BAM. Also a founding member of Nature Theater of Oklahoma and is currently designing MJ and 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 theater, West End and international productions, including Hamilton (Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Award), Beetlejuice, The Cher Show (Drama Desk Award), 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).
ASHLEY RAE CALLAHAN (Associate Wig/Hair Designer) is an Emmy nominated hairstylist. Her design work includes Once Upon a One More Time at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Evita at New York City Center, Mamma Mia! and Ebenezer Scrooge's Big Playhouse Christmas Show at The Buck's County Playhouse and Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors at The Maltz Jupiter. Broadway and television associate/assistant designer credits include: Beetlejuice, Jersey Boys Live, Ain't Too Proud, NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!," Summer, Six Degrees of Separation, The Color Purple revival, Holiday Inn, Beautiful and Allegiance. She has over 30 Off-Broadway and regional associate design credits, including Jersey Boys (Off-Broadway & tour), Anything Goes (Arena DC), Amy and the Orphans (Roundabout), Sweet Charity (New Group), Sousatzka (Toronto) and Frozen (Disneyland).
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.
TARA RUBIN CASTING (Casting). Selected Broadway and national tours: Six, King Kong, 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, Disaster!, School of Rock, Bullets Over Broadway, Les Misérables, Big Fish, The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Spamalot, ...Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway: Gloria: A Life; Smokey Joe's Café; Here Lies Love; Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Trevor the Musical. Selected regional: Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Joe's Café, Old Globe, Westport Country Playhouse, Asolo. Rep. tararubincasting.com
EDGAR GODINEAUX (Associate Choreographer) nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Director/Best Choreography for Memphis the Musical (regional larger theater). His choreography can be seen in Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole at Geffen Playhouse. Comedy Central pilot starring A wkwafina, "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 Badd 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, B.B. 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."
STEVE ALPER (Music Preparation). Broadway: The Lion King; Young Frankenstein; Spring Awakening; Spider-Man; Caroline, or Change; Ain't Too Proud and many others. He is the composer of the Drama Desk-nominated The Immigrant, and other musicals, incidental scores, film scores and commercials. Author of Next! Auditioning for the Musical Theatre, and a conductor, music director, vocal arranger and orchestrator, and is now the proud owner of North Port Music & Bird's Eye Studio in Fla. He thanks his team! knappalper.com.
JONATHAN "Smitti" SMITH (Music Director Keys 1, Conductor). 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, Ala., he trained as a jazz pianist in NOLA with jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis. Thanks to Sheila, Ian and Emmet for constant, soulful support. In memory of Bill, who would've loved this.
PORT CITY TECHNICAL (Production Management) is a 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 Rent Tour and Jesus Christ Superstar.
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.
DORA JANE TRENBEATH (Stage Manager) is thrilled to join the Ain’t Too Proud family! Favorite workplaces include The York Theatre Company, Primary Stages, The Muny, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Children’s Theatre Company, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Dora is a proud graduate of The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. For Peter.
BIZ CHICA MEDIA (Social Media) is a black and woman-owned full service digital marketing agency founded 14 years ago by Tracy Chapman-Nolan. Select clients include: Disney Theatrical Touring: Frozen and The Lion King, The Pulitzer Prize winning musical A Strange Loop (Broadway 2022), Wicked, Jagged Little Pill, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, MJ: The Musical, Disney/ABC Television Group, The Theatre Leadership Project, Black Theatre United, Google, The RLJ Companies, The McBride Sisters and Williamstown Theatre Festival. www.bizchica.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 Haves 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.
ALLIED GLOBAL MARKETING (Tour Marketing & Press) is a full-service integrated marketing agency working with the world's largest entertainment, sports, consumer and lifestyle brands, including 75+ Broadway shows over two decades. Current tours: Hadestown, Charlie/Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Mean Girls, The Play That Goes Wrong, Pretty Woman, Rent, Tootsie.
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.
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.
Work Light Productions (Producer/General Management). 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, N.J. and Charleston, S.C. WLP regularly employs over 200 actors, musicians, managers and technical crews on productions throughout North America and internationally. WLP is led by founding partners Stephen Gabriel and Nancy Gabriel. worklightproductions.com.
IRA PITTELMAN & TOM HULCE (Producers) are thrilled to launch the first national tour of Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations. Ain't Too Proud opened on Broadway in March of 2019, receiving rave reviews and 12 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. Ira and Tom joined in partnership in 2005 to develop and produce the musical Spring Awakening, first at Atlantic Theater Company, then moving to Broadway in 2006, winning eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Spring Awakening went on to great worldwide success and acclaim and won the Grammy for Best Broadway Cast Album. Their next show was the 2009 smash hit production of Green Day's American Idiot, directed by Michael Mayer. Following a sold out run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Idiot opened on Broadway, where it won two 2010 Tony Awards and earned a third nomination for Best Musical and won the Grammy for Best Broadway Cast Album. In 2011, Ira and Tom joined Liza Lerner and Broadway Across America for the Broadway revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, starring Harry Connick Jr. and Jessie Mueller. They have supported the development of a number of new musicals, including 10 Million Miles by Patty Griffin and Keith Bunin at Atlantic Theater Company, The Fortress of Solitude by Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses at Dallas Theater Center and The Public Theater. In 2018, Ira and Tom collaborated on The Kennedy Center's concert staging of Chess, directed by Michael Mayer with a new book by Danny Strong. They respectively executive produced and produced the film adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Michael Mayer and adapted by Stephen Karam, starring Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll and Elisabeth Moss. Ira and Tom would like to especially thank Berry Gordy, Shelly Berger, Suzanne de Passe, Nansci Neiman-Legette and the one and only Otis Williams.
BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE (Producer) has grown from a storefront stage to an international leader in innovative theater. Known for its ambition, relevance and excellence, as well as its adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided a welcoming home for emerging and established artists since 1968. Over 5.5 million people have enjoyed nearly 500 shows at Berkeley Rep, which have gone on to win six Tony Awards, seven Obie Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards, one Grammy Award, one Pulitzer Prize and many other honors. Berkeley Rep received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1997. Learn more at berkeleyrep.org.
GET LIFTED FILM CO. (Producer) is led by Emmy and Tony Award-winning producer Mike Jackson, EGOT recipient and award-winning producer John Legend, and Emmy Award-winner and CEO of the entertainment management and social-impact company Friends At Work, Ty Stiklorius. Their productions include Jitney on Broadway, La La Land, "Jesus Christ Superstar Live," "Rhythm + Flow," Monster, The Legend of the Underground, A Crime on the Bayou, Jingle Jangle, "Atlanta's Missing and Murdered" and "Sherman's Showcase."
SHELLY BERGER (Executive Producer) has been part of The Temptations' career for 55 years. In a 60-year career he's managed Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Billy Dee Williams and The O'Jays. Shelly co-produced "The Temptations" miniseries, was creative consultant for Berry Gordy on films Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany.
JOSH BERGER (Producer). This is Josh's first adventure on Broadway and was, until recently, the president of Warner Bros. U.K./Spain, president of the Harry Potter franchise globally and chairman of the British Film Institute. He is currently executive producer of Fantastic Beasts 3; the chairman of the Brit School (the U.K.'s high school of performing arts); on the boards of RADA and the International Television Academy; and a member of BAFTA. In 2012 he was appointed commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. And, most importantly, he is Shelly Berger's son and Berry Gordy's godson.
KEN SCHUR (Producer). Ain't Too Proud is Ken's fourth Broadway show. His first show Waitress is now in its fifth year on Broadway. He was also a producer on Burn This and Network, for which Bryan Cranston won the Tony for Best Actor. His fifth Broadway show is MJ the Musical. Ken has also produced two Off-Broadway shows Ruthless! the Musical and Motherstruck. He is producer on the feature films Dead Sound and The Bellmen. Ken first heard The Temptations while he was in college and has loved their music ever since. He thanks his wife, Janet, for her encouragement, support and for her intuition.
RON SIMONS (Producer) is a multiple Tony award-winning producer and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment, whose mission is to Tell Every Story. Broadway: Thoughts of a Colored Man, Jitney (Tony Award), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award), The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (Tony Award), Vanya and Sonia... (Tony Award), The Gin Game (Cicely Tyson/James Earl Jones), Hughie (Forest Whitaker) and A Streetcar Named Desire. Join us in bringing more untold stories to the world: simonsaysentertainment.com.
STEPHEN C. BYRD (Producer). Five-time Tony Award nominated, and Olivier Award winner, founded Front Row Productions, Inc. along with his partner Alia Jones. They have produced non-traditional productions of Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; A Streetcar Named Desire; Romeo and Juliet; A Trip to Bountiful; Paramour with Cirque du Soleil; American Son; Eclipsed; Ain't Too Proud; Smokey Joes Café; The Iceman Cometh; the upcoming MJ the Michael Jackson Musical; Get Up, Stand Up! (the Bob Marley musical); and Black Orpheus Musical, which is in development.
ALIA JONES-HARVEY (Producer) celebrates producing on Broadway and London's West End with Front Row Productions for 11 years. With focus on great works featuring diverse casts, creative teams and management, very proud to be part of Dominique Morriseau's Broadway debut and that of the many talented people elevating this show! Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Trip to Bountiful (Tony nom.), Romeo and Juliet, Paramour, Eclipsed (Tony nom.), Iceman Cometh (Tony nom.), American Son. Olivier Award for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on the West End. Get Up, Stand Up!: The Bob Marley Musical now on the West End. @accessFrontRow.
RUTH AND STEPHEN HENDEL (Producers). Fela! (Broadway, London's National Theatre, national and international tours); Finding Fela (documentary film). Ruth: Burn This; Beetlejuice; Mean Girls; The Band's Visit; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; A Raisin in the Sun; Of Mice and Men; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; American Idiot; Caroline, or Change; Metamorphoses. Off-Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Exonerated. Upcoming: A Walk on the Moon, Monsoon Wedding, Open Road, The Devil's Arithmetic. Love to our family.
CHERYL WIESENFELD (Producer) has been in the communications field as an editor, writer, photographer and producer. Tony Awards: All the Way, Vanya and Sonia..., The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; plus The Great Society; The Heidi Chronicles; Rocky; A Steady Rain; Legally Blonde; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; 'night, Mother; Caroline, or Change; Hedda Gabler. Off-Broadway: Play Dead, In the Continuum, Shockheaded Peter, The Exonerated, Talking Heads, The Waverly Gallery. Cheryl curates The Global Theatre Performance Series at The Quick Center at Fairfield University. Thanks to family, especially Jerry and Mom.
HARRIET NEWMAN LEVE (Producer). Four-time Tony Award winner: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; An American in Paris; Anastasia; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Of Mice and Men; Ann; One Man, Two Guvnors; War Horse; Norman Conquests; Mountaintop; La Cage aux Folles; A Little Night Music; 39 Steps; Diary of Anne Frank; Crucible; Hedda Gabler; Lieutenant of Inishmore; Ma Rainey's Black Bottom; Burn the Floor; The Good Body; Twilight: Los Angeles. Off-Broadway: Stomp, Beebo Brinker, Family Secrets, Shockheaded Peter, Necessary Targets, Communicating Doors. Films: Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey, Radium Girls, A Call to Spy. Board of directors of New York Stage and Film for four years.
JEFFREY FINN (Producer) is a five-time Tony nominated Broadway producer and recipient of The Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theater Producing. At the Kennedy Center, he is the Vice President & Executive Producer of Theater, a position created to produce, curate, and commission theater there, including programming and presenting of the Broadway national tours. Jeffrey is the creator and artistic director of Broadway Center Stage at the Kennedy Center, producing musicals with stars and talent direct from Broadway, exclusive for D.C. audiences. Jeffrey is a proud member of the Broadway League. Upcoming Broadway shows this season include: Company and Plaza Suite.
Gabriel Creative Partners (Producer) is dedicated to supporting the development of new work. Broadway investments: Mrs. Doubtfire, Ain't Too Proud, Jagged Little Pill, Waitress, Cinderella 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.
DARREN BAGERT (Producer) has produced over 25 productions, including the Broadway hits Moulin Rouge! (Tony Award winner for Best Musical), Dear Evan Hansen (Tony Award winner for Best Musical) and The Color Purple (Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival). Darren has won every major theatrical award and continues to develop new projects both large and small. He also directs immersive projects for Ralph Lauren, including the 50th Anniversary Celebration in Central Park.
WENDY FEDERMAN (Producer). Eleven Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, ten Drama Desk Awards, 18 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 16 Drama League Awards, GLADD Media Award for over 90 co-productions. Current and upcoming: Hadestown, Moulin Rouge!, Jagged Little Pill, Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, Little Shop of Horrors, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Play That Goes Wrong, Thoughts of a Colored Man, Fairycakes, Company. London: Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical. Film: Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston, The God Committee starring Kelsey Grammar, Lilly starring Patricia Clarkson. Recipient: 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Boards served: Kennedy Center NCPA, The Foundation for Gender Equality, MCC. Love to Bob, Heather and Max. With gratitude to Ira and Tom.
SUSAN QUINT GALLIN (Producer) has been producing in New York and London for over 30 years. Career highlights include first play on Broadway, Burn This; first play Off-Broadway, Other People's Money; and being part of the producing team of Angels in America in 1993, a play that proved theater can change lives. First recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Producing. She is currently developing a series for Apple TV based on the books of Batya Gur.
MICKEY LIDDELL (Producer) is the founder and CEO of LD Entertainment, a film development and production company that also produces live theater on Broadway, national tours and in London. Select film credits include Peter Hedge's Ben is Back starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, Jackie starring Natalie Portman, Sean Ellis's Anthropoid starring Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy, Joe Carnahan's The Grey starring Liam Neeson and Doug Liman's Go. Broadway credits include Dear Evan Hansen, (Tony), Angels in America (Tony), Sunday in the Park with George, Anastasia, Hadestown and Oklahoma!
ROBERT AHRENS (Producer) presented The Temptations and The Four Tops on Broadway at Palace Theatre over the 2014-15 New Year's holiday. He developed and produced Xanadu (Tony nom.) and Disaster!, and executive produced Finding Neverland in the U.K. He also presented Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Broadway, and together with Chris Aniello, he general managed My Love Letter to Broadway starring Kristin Chenoweth. Additional Broadway credits include Angels in America (Tony), Sunday in the Park with George, Evita, Anastasia, Hadestown and Oklahoma!
CHRISTOPHER MARING (Producer). Additional producing credits include Green Day's American Idiot (Broadway and national tour), On a Clear Day... starring Harry Connick Jr. (Broadway) and the new musical Futurity (A.R.T. and Walker Art Center). Member of the management team for the original Tony-winning production of Spring Awakening (Broadway, national tour, West End). Associate producer of the 2018 film adaptation of The Seagull, starring Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan. Recipient of the T. Fellowship co-founded by Hal Prince, which recognizes creative producers. In 2016, Maring founded CM Stage Productions to develop and produce new work for the stage. cmstageproductions.com.
DAVID MIRVISH (Producer) is a theatrical producer based in Toronto where he owns and operates four theaters: the Princess of Wales, the Royal Alexandra, the CAA Ed Mirvish and the CAA. Mirvish Productions, founded by Mr. Mirvish in 1986, is Canada's leading commercial theater company and has produced plays and musicals for these and other venues throughout Canada, on Broadway and in London's West End. The Toronto theaters have been home to many outstanding productions, including Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, War Horse, Kinky Boots and Come From Away. In addition, Mirvish Productions has presented over 800 touring productions in the city of Toronto.
MARIANNE MILLS (Producer). Co-producer of shows, including All My Sons, 33 Variations, Catch Me If You Can, Lysistrata Jones and Of Mice and Men. Currently on tour: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. In development: The Secret Life of Bees. Board member of MCC Theater.
LORAINE ALTERMAN BOYLE (Producer). Detroit Free Press columnist covered Motown mid-'60s. N.Y. editor at Rolling Stone, freelancer at The New York Times, Melody Maker and Billboard. Broadway credits include Tony winner Memphis, Mothers and Sons, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Chairs Peter Boyle Research Fund International Myeloma Foundation Gala. myeloma.org.
DEROY-WINKLER (Producers). Jamie deRoy: Seven Tonys. Richard Winkler: Five Tonys. Together: Thoughts of a Colored Man, Lehman Trilogy, Inheritance, Ferryman, Be More Chill, Three Tall Women, Act of God, Vanya and Sonia..., China Doll, 1984, Sunday in the Park..., Cinderella. Nice Work..., Catch Me..., Turn Me Loose, Norman Conquests.
KARMAZIN-McCABE (Producers). Sharon Karmazin is a four-time Tony Award-winning producer of 30 shows on Broadway and the West End. Current: Dear Evan Hansen. Coming: Sing Street. McCabe Productions is a two-time Tony Award nominee for Ain't Too Proud and The Inheritance.
ZELL-KIERSTEAD (Producers). Adam Zell is a Tony Award-winning producer whose productions have garnered 40 Tony nominations and four wins. Recent productions: Anastasia, Company, The Lehman Trilogy, Indecent, The Inheritance and Slave Play. Jim Kierstead is a Tony, Emmy and Olivier winning producer (Hadestown, Mrs. Doubtfire, Company).
DEBORAH BARRERA (Producer). Firemused Productions. Broadway highlights: Freestyle Love Supreme; Pass Over; Sweat; American in Paris; One Man, Two Guvnors; American Idiot; La Cage aux Folles; Mountaintop; Hello, Dolly!. Producer, Club Fugazi SF. Founder, Women Independent Producer Group. Broadway League, Tectonic Theatre, Theatre Accelerator, Broadway Advocacy Coalition.
ROBYN & LARRY GOTTESDIENER (Producers). Principals of Sand Point Productions. Ain' t Too Proud, Mean Girls, A Walk on the Moon.
THE ARACA GROUP (Producer). Founded by Matthew Rego, Michael Rego and Hank Unger, the Araca Group produces and merchandises live entertainment and theatrical events worldwide. Please visit araca.com.
RASHAD V. CHAMBERS (Producer) is a producer, talent manager and lawyer: Broadway: American Son; Betrayal; The Inheritance; Caroline, or Change. B.A. degree from Morehouse College and J.D./M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. esquireentertainment.com.
MIKE EVANS (Producer) is an entrepreneur, private equity investor and philanthropist. Founder of award-winning U.K. wealth management company Ten Financial, he is a passionate supporter of the arts and has invested in over 60 U.K. companies and charitable projects.
JOHN GORE ORGANIZATION (Producer).
The family of companies includes BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com under the supervision of 13-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (chairman and CEO). Productions include Company, Dear Evan Hansen, Diana, Girl from the North Country, Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge!, Tina—The Tina Turner Musical and Waitress.
MIKE KARNS (Producer). Ain't Too Proud (Tony nom.), Hadestown (Tony), Frankie and Johnny...(Tony nom.), The Great Comet... (Tony nom.), Allegiance. Founder/CEO, Marathon Digital, social media for Hamilton, Ain't Too Proud, Hadestown, Freestyle Love Supreme, Slave Play, Diana, Jujamcyn, The Drama Desk Awards and more. MarathonDGTL.com. @MKarns_Presents.
WILLETTE & MANNY KLAUSNER (Producers).
Broadway: Ain't Too Proud; Hadestown; Mrs. Doubtfire; MJ the Musical; The Band's Visit; Latin History for Morons; Eclipsed; Mountaintop; Trip to Bountiful; Kat and the Kings; Get Up, Stand Up! (London). Off-Broadway: Caroline, or Change; Desperate Measures; Three Mo' Tenors.
GABRIELLE PALITZ (Producer). Proud to be part of this joyful musical! Eighteen other critically acclaimed shows, including Bandstand, Thoughts of a Colored Man, Beetlejuice, The Prom, American Son, Three Tall Women, Heidi Chronicles, American in Paris, Lady Day, All the Way (Tony). Proud Second Stage Trustee.
NO GUARANTEES (Producer) is a theatrical production company founded by Christine Schwarzman to champion ambitious artists and relevant stories like Ain't Too Proud, Hadestown, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Beetlejuice, Mean Girls, Come From Away and more.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC THEATRICAL (Producer)
is part of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music based entertainment, which is engaged in recorded music, publishing, merchandise, live events, theater and film production.