Films (author or co-author): Sleeper, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery, For the Boys, Intersection; (as writer/director): Simon, Lovesick, The Manhattan Project, Sister Mary Explains It All. Television: “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” (head writer), “The Dick Cavett Show” (head writer/co-producer). He has published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy and other periodicals and was the 2006 recipient of the Writers Guild of America’s Ian McClellan Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award. Jersey Boys, his first venture into musical theatre, won four Tonys including Best Musical. The Addams Family, his second Broadway venture (with co-author Rick Elice), is currently playing on national and international tours. He lives in New York City and hopes to die in his sleep, surrounded by his loved ones and their attorneys.
Rick is so proud to have written Jersey Boys with Marshall Brickman. His play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (more than any new American play in Broadway history), and won five, more than any play of the season. Also on Broadway, Elice wrote The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman and Andrew Lippa). Upcoming projects include Make Believe (with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul) for Disney Theatricals; Fifteen Minutes (with Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz); It Started on Kingly Street, a British Invasion musical directed by Jerry Mitchell; and a new version of a beloved Rodgers & Hart classic, directed by Rob Ashford. Heartfelt thanks to those he’s been lucky enough to know, whose work makes him grateful for the day he was born: Sondheim, Stoppard, Bennett, Prince, Fosse, Robbins, Nichols, Tune, Nunn, Laurents, Stone, Kushner, Taymor, Papp, Schumacher, Coyne, Brickman, Borle, Machota, Timbers and, eternally, Roger Rees. Rick thinks about them a lot. He never thought about Jersey much. He does now.
Wrote his first hit, “Who Wears Short Shorts,” at 15, for the Royal Teens, and then went on to become a founding member of the Four Seasons and the band’s principal songwriter. He also produced the hit “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” for Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand (Grammy nomination, Record of the Year) as well as six albums for Diamond, including The Jazz Singer. Other producing credits include albums for Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and the soundtrack for the film of Little Shop of Horrors. Several songs co-written with Bob Crewe have been cover hits for such artists as the Tremeloes (“Silence Is Golden”), the Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”) and Lauryn Hill (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”). With his wife, Judy Parker, Gaudio produced and co-wrote the Who Loves You album for the Four Seasons and one of Billboard’s longest-charted singles (54 weeks), “Oh, What a Night.” A high point in his career came in 1990 when, as a member of the original Four Seasons, Gaudio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which hailed him as “a quintessential music-maker.” To this day, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli still maintain their partnership…on a handshake.
“New York was pregnant in the fifties,” says Bob Crewe, “gestating with possibilities.” Crewe and music partner Frank Slay became independent writer-producers when the category hadn’t yet been invented. In 1957 they wrote and produced “Silhouettes” for The Rays, which skyrocketed to #1. Suddenly, producers in demand, they launched Freddie Cannon’s “Tallahassee Lassie” and Billy & Lillie’s “Lah Dee Da.” Crewe’s 1960’s unprecedented producing success with The Four Seasons birthed a new sound, striking a major chord in American pop. “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Candy Girl,” “Ronnie” – all smashes! When lead Frankie Valli demanded a solo turn, Crewe and Bob Gaudio wrote (and Crewe produced) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” which eventually became the century’s fifth most-played song. Crewe ran hot with artists from Vicki Carr, Oliver and Lesley Gore to Mitch Ryder, co-writing with Charles Fox the soundtrack for Jane Fonda’s film, “Barbarella.” Then his own Bob Crewe Generation exploded with Music to Watch Girls By. In 1972 Bob was in L.A., where he revived Frankie Valli with “My Eyes Adored You” by Crewe and Kenny Nolan. They also co-wrote Patti LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” (#1, July ’75), which was a hit again on the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge (#1, June ’01)...David Ritz
Des is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and the immediate past artistic director of the Stratford Festival. He is artistic director emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure he directed more than 35 productions of classics, new plays and musicals. Broadway: 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). Stratford highlights: A Word or Two, The Tempest, Caesar and Cleopatra (all with Christopher Plummer), Tommy and Twelfth Night. Opera: Faust at the Met and ENO, Wozzeck at San Diego Opera. Film: Cousin Bette, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), Iron Giant (producer), Quills (executive producer). Upcoming projects: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Dr. Zhivago, 700 Sundays revival.
Broadway: Hands on a Hardbody, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis, Leap of Faith, The Addams Family, Next to Normal, All Shook Up, Guys and Dolls. Director/choreographer: Flashdance. Off-Broadway: Saved, The Capeman, Romeo and Juliet (Public); A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Kismet (Encores!), Salome (NYC Opera). Regional: White Noise (director/choreographer); The Wiz, Zhivago (La Jolla); Mambo Kings; The Marriage of Figaro (L.A. Opera); Chita and All That Jazz. International: Disney’s Tarzan; West Side Story; The Sound of Music (Stratford); Peggy Sue Got Married (West End); Kiss Me, Kate (Japan). TV: Judging/choreographing on “So You Think You Can Dance: Canada,” “Broadway: The American Musical” (PBS).
Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements, Incidental Music
Thirty-nine years of Broadway music directing/arranging, from The Act to Jersey Boys. New projects in development, including the upcoming A Bronx Tale. Composer: Superdimensional Microbabes (anime-based chamber musical); Fourtune (Off-Broadway); The Silver Swan (National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship); three theatrical CDs (The Missing Peace, Early One Morning, Songs I Won’t Be Singing); two Harvard Hasty Pudding shows; a gospel-based Requiem; and single songs for church, choir, cabaret and “Saturday Night Live.” Education: Harvard (philosophy), Westminster (choral conducting). Now Californian. Thanks and love to Alexandra.
Broadway: Sister Act, The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. London: Jersey Boys, Sister Act, Go See, A-Z of Mrs P. Ms. Zieglerova designed the U.S. - USITT exhibit for The Prague Quadrennial 2015. She is the interior designer of New World Stages, NYC. Awards: Green Room Award 2010 (Australia) and the Best Set Design of the 2009 Theatregoers’ Choice Award London (both for Jersey Boys); 2005 Lumen Award (New World Stages); 2003 Drammy Award for Best Set Design; 2000 Carbonell Award for Best Set Design; sets for the Best Touring Production, 2003 L.A. Ovation Award.
Select NY credits include On the Town, Newsies, The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, The Homecoming, The Apple Tree, Lincoln Center’s The Rivals (Tony Award), Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, Henry IV, Take Me Out, Enchanted April, Proof, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Most Happy Fella, Dinner With Friends, How I Learned to Drive, Buried Child, The Mineola Twins (Lortel & Hewes Awards). Opera: Jack O’Brien’s Il Trittico (Met, 2007). Film: A Walk on the Moon; Love! Valour! Compassion!; The Substance of Fire. www.jess-goldstein.com
Recent Broadway: Hamilton, Allegiance, After Midnight (2014 Tony nomination), How to Succeed… starring Daniel Radcliffe (2011 Tony nomination), Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In the Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Jersey Boys, Avenue Q, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman, How to Succeed… starring Matthew Broderick. Co-Founder/Resident Lighting Designer for Parsons Dance. The Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards. 1993 Olivier and Canadian Dora Awards for Spider Woman; 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Award for Jersey Boys.
Steve Canyon Kennedy
Production engineer on Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and Carrie. Broadway design credits include On Your Feet, Dr. Zhivago, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Tony Award), Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk), Jesus Christ Superstar, Catch Me If You Can, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jersey Boys (Drama Desk), 700 Sundays, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carousel and The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk).
Michael designs film and video for live events: recently as associate designer on Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Annie, Chaplin, Ghost the Musical (Broadway Productions). As Designer on Heidi Chronicles (Asolo Center) Big Maybelle with Lillias White (Sag Harbor Theater), The Breakup Notebook (Asbury Park), My One and Only (Goodspeed), Villains Tonight (Disney Cruise Lines), Le Denier Judgement (Cannes) 700 Sundays (National Tours, Broadway and La Jolla) Dracula, The Musical (Broadway and La Jolla), Frankenstein the Musical (Off-Broadway), The Elephant Man (Broadway).
Broadway: After Midnight, Beautiful, Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Soul Doctor, Motown, Jekyll and Hyde, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Columnist, Magic/Bird, Bonnie and Clyde, The Mountaintop, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Merchant of Venice, Memphis, Henry IV, Cymbeline, Lombardi, Fences, Looped, Miracle Worker, Superior Donuts, 33 Variations, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, The Color Purple, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Good Vibrations, A Raisin in the Sun.
Broadway: Jersey Boys, Memphis, Henry IV, Macbeth, Bonnie & Clyde, The Farnsworth Invention, Twelfth Night, Two Shakespearean Actors, Anna Christie, The Real Inspector Hound and The Who’s Tommy. Off-Broadway: The Third Story, Pig Farm, The Night Hank Williams Died and Below the Belt. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Henry V, The Who’s Tommy, Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra. Metropolitan Opera: Faust, Rodelinda, Iphigénie en Tauride.
Broadway: Jersey Boys (Tony Nomination - Best Orchestrations). Off-Broadway: Snoopy, Personals, A Good Swift Kick. Tours: Annie, Godspell, A Class Act. Regional Theatre: Musical Director and/or Orchestrator at Pasadena Playhouse, PaperMill Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Hollywood Bowl, La Jolla Playhouse, Theatreworks, Goodman Theatre, Goodspeed, Asolo Rep, Dorset Theatre, Northlight, Pioneer Theatre. TV: Composer, Arranger & Conductor for documentaries, sitcoms, movies and specials. Recordings: 20 albums, including the Grammy-winning Jersey Boys cast album. His orchestrations have been performed by the National Symphony, the Boston Pops, at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House and around the world.
Recent Broadway: On the Twentieth Century, Something Rotten, It Shoulda Been You, Gigi, On The Town, Les Misérables, Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Newsies. Musician (bass): Leonard Cohen, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Carly Simon, BB King, Bette Midler. His album Stage Door Johnny: John Miller Takes on Broadway is available on PS Classics Records. www.johnmillerbass.com
Peter Fulbright/Tech Production Services
Recent Broadway Productions and National Tours include Hairspray, Bombay Dreams, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Into The Woods, Vampires, Dame Edna, Sixteen Wounded, Anna …Tropics, Enchanted April, Frog & Toad, Life X3, Ma Rainey's, Elephant Man, TopDog, and Blast!. Peter has supervised over 70 Broadway Productions and National Tours. Some favorites include Joseph…, Guys & Dolls, Starlight Express, Drood, Crazy for You, SWING!, Rocky Horror, Real Thing, Amadeus, The Sound of Music, On The Town, Mattress, Forum, Smokey Joe’s, Moon Over Buffalo, Secret Garden, Singin’ in the Rain and Foxfire.
Tara Rubin Casting
East Coast casting
Broadway: School of Rock; Les Misérables; Aladdin; Bullets Over Broadway; How to Succeed…; Promises, Promises; A Little Night Music; Billy Elliot; Shrek; Guys and Dolls; The Country Girl; Rock ’n’ Roll; The Farnsworth Invention; Young Frankenstein; The Little Mermaid; Mary Poppins; My Fair Lady; The History Boys; Spamalot; Jersey Boys; …Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; Imaginary Friends; The Phantom of the Opera; Oklahoma!; Happiness; The Frogs; Contact; Thou Shalt Not. Off-Broadway: Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Regional: Yale Repertory, Kennedy Center.
Sharon Bialy/Sherry Thomas
West Coast Casting
Theatre: Broadway; A Walk in The Woods, Regional: La Jolla Playhouse (1985-1990,2002-2006), Seattle, Goodman, Denver Center, The Globe, Hartford Stage, Geffen, Lincoln Center, Guthrie. Film: Upcoming Man About Town, Rock Star, Mr. Holland's Opus, Drugstore Cowboy, Gas Food Lodging, Indian Summer, Rudy, Point Break, The Scout. Television: Upcoming "The Unit," "Bones," "Mind Of The Married Man," "Picket Fences," "The Pretender," James Brady Story (HBO Movie). Members of CSA, Recipients of 2003 Artios Award for Tartuffe (Des McAnuff, dir).
Selected Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Once, A View From the Bridge, Lend Me a Tenor, Brighton Beach Memoirs, 110 in the Shade, The 39 Steps, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Coram Boy, …Joe Egg, A Touch of the Poet, Doubt. Film: Spotlight, Stonewall, Salt, Across the Universe, Bernard and Doris, The Notorious Bettie Page.
Jersey Boys (Broadway, US/UK tours, Vegas, London, Australia, South Africa/Asia, Netherlands). Broadway: Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, A Delicate Balance, The Old Neighborhood, Titanic, Phantom of the Opera, The Red Shoes, Secret Garden. Tours: Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story. Regional: Jersey Boys (La Jolla). Ten years with Patti LuPone on the road. Cofounder/producer since 1999 of Broadway Barks with Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore.
Production Stage Manager
Broadway: Hairspray, Little Women, Avenue Q, Wicked, A Year With Frog and Toad, Dance Of the Vampires, Sweet Smell of Success, Into the Woods, Rent, Annie Get Your Gun, Not About Nightingales, The Old Neighborhood. Several Off-Broadway and Off Off-Broadway productions.
Brendan M. Fay
Jersey Boys (Chicago). Off-Broadway/National Tours: Forbidden Broadway; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; The American Pilot (MTC); Forbidden Hollywood; Mr. President. Regional: Princesses (Goodspeed & 5th Avenue), Little Shop of Horrors, Wait Until Dark, 1776. AEA.
Assistant Stage Manager
Pamela is a former dancer and a recent convert to stage managing. She has stage managed Where’s Charley (Encores); Venus Flytrap off-Broadway; Yank, Rocky and Honeymooners workshops. In her former life, she was Associate Choreographer and/or Dance Captain for five Broadway shows. Thank you Richard & Michelle.
Dodger Theatricals is a New York producing partnership hatched at BAM in 1978 by Michael David, Edward Strong, Rocco Landesman, Des McAnuff, Doug Johnson and Sherman Warner. The Dodgers grew, migrated to the NY Shakespeare Festival, then to off and on Broadway, where their productions have garnered a host of awards from Tonys to Obies to Oliviers. Current Broadway: Matilda, Jersey Boys. Other Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Dracula, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods (’87 and ’02), The Music Man, Titanic, Wrong Mountain, Footloose, Mandy Patinkin, High Society, 1776, …Forum, The King and I, The Who’s Tommy, Ralph Fiennes’ Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, Once Upon a Mattress, How to Succeed…, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Secret Garden, Prelude to a Kiss, Gospel at Colonus, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes. The Dodgers are producers of current Jersey Boys productions in London, Las Vegas, Holland, South Africa and a North American tour.
Joseph J. Grano
Mr. Grano is Chairman/CEO of Centurion Holdings LLC, an advisor to private and public companies. From 2001-2004, Mr. Grano was Chairman of UBS Financial Services Inc. (formerly PaineWebber). While at PaineWebber, Mr. Grano chaired the Board of Governors of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD). In 2002, Mr. Grano was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He proudly served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets). Due to his commitment to education, Mr. Grano received the Corporate Leadership Award from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. Other awards include the USO Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, and The Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is also a member of the Council for the United States and Italy, a member of both the City University of New York’s Business Leadership Council and the Board of Directors at Lenox Hill Hospital.
Kevin and Tamara Kinsella
Kevin Kinsella has been investing in early-stage technology companies for thirty years, primarily through his firm Avalon Ventures. Avalon companies have been responsible for bringing to market several multi-billion dollar life-saving drugs, the iPhone touch-screen, and the fastest growing revenue company in the history of the Internet. Mr. Kinsella is a Life Sustaining Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a member of Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean’s Advisory Counsel and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Both outdoor enthusiasts, Kevin and Tamara met in Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup. The Kinsellas’ vineyard in Healdsburg, California will release the first Kinsella Estate Dry Creek Valley cabernet in 2011. Jersey Boys is their first Broadway show. Mr. Kinsella’s father, Walter A. Kinsella, was a career actor on Broadway, radio, television and cinema. He first appeared on Broadway in 1924 in What Price Glory?
The Pelican Group
A San Diego production company, is enthusiastic about supporting the Broadway production of Jersey Boys. The Group, assembled by Ivor and Colette Royston, consists of Todd and Debby Buchholz, Edward and Martha Dennis, Eric and Marsi Gardiner, Cam and Wanda Garner, Richard and Patricia Harmetz, Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Hal and Debby Jacobs, Paul and Stacy Jacobs, Jeff and Deni Jacobs, John and Angie Longenecker, Rao Makineni, Nevins and Margaret McBride, Ray Mirra, Shearn Platt, Edward Richard, Drew and Noni Senyei, and Steven and Lyse Strauss. Mr. Royston was a co-producer of the TV film Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story (Starring Cliff Robertson and Loretta Swit, 1986) and the feature film Soultaker (1990).
Led by producers Ralph & Gail Bryan, Latitude Link is a La Jolla, California based theatrical production & licensing company with award-winning shows on stages worldwide. Since 2005, Latitude Link productions have been enjoyed by over 12 million people. Their shows have received 53 Tony Award® nominations and have won 22. Currently on Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Fun Home (2015 Best Musical), Matilda, and Jersey Boys (2006 Best Musical). On U.S. stages: Matilda National Tour, Jersey Boys National Tour, Jersey Boys Las Vegas. www.latitudelink.com
Rick Steiner/Osher/Staton/Bell/Mayerson Group
Rick has co-produced eight Broadway musicals; Big River, The Producers and Hairspray won the Tony for Best Musical. Rick lives in Cincinnati with his children Ace and Duke. John and Bonnie Osher won first Tony for Hairspray. They founded Cap Toys, Inc and the Crest Spinbrush, which was sold to Procter & Gamble. Their greatest productions: Jay, Jill, Zachary, Jordan and Jesse. Dan Staton was Associate Producer of Hairspray. Former president of Duke Realty, he resides in Florida with wife Maria, children Arianna and George. Marc Bell makes his producing debut with Jersey Boys. He was Chairman/CEO of Globix; a private equity investor, he resides in Florida with wife Ruti, twins Rachel and David. Frederic H. Mayerson co-produced four Broadway musicals winning first Tony with Hairspray. Chairman of The Walnut Group he lives in Cincinnati. All the above are co-producers of The Wedding Singer.
As producer, on Broadway: Urinetown, Into the Woods ('02 revival), Wrong Mountain, High Society. Off Broadway: Barbra’s Wedding, Bare. As actress, on Broadway: The Boys from Syracuse, Me and My Girl, Nine, Annie, City of Angels (LA), Into the Woods (original cast and PBS American Playhouse); and numerous Off Broadway, regional, television and concert appearances.
Rhoda has been an associate producer of seven Broadway musicals and thanks her husband Manuel for affording her the privilege and joy of being involved in Jersey Boys.
La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Playhouse has received more than 300 awards for theatre excellence, including the 1993 Tony® Award as America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre. Located in La Jolla, California, the Playhouse is nationally acclaimed for its innovative productions of classics, new plays and musicals. Led by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff, artistic director; Steven Libman, managing director; and Shirley Fishman, associate artistic director, the Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer. More than 30 Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway, garnering 23 Tony Awards, including Big River, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Walk in the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dracula the Musical, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, fostered as part of the Playhouse’s Page To Stage New Play Development Program. Visit www.LaJollaPlayhouse.org.