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 (with co-author Rick Elice) won four Tonys including Best Musical. The Addams Family, his second theatrical venture (also with Rick), ran over 700 performances on Broadway and had national and international tours. Upcoming projects include musicals about Roy Rogers and the Woodstock Festival of 1969.
Rick co-wrote Jersey Boys (winner 2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with the great Marshall Brickman. His play, Peter and the Starcatcher, won five 2012 Tony Awards and is one of the most produced plays in North America. Also on Broadway, The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa), and The Cher Show. Coming soon: The Princess Bride for Disney, with Bob Martin and David Yazbek; and Water for Elephants, with the acclaimed theater collective, Pig Pen. Rick’s book, Finding Roger, An Improbably Theatrical Love Story, is published by Kingswell. Heartfelt thanks to those whose work in the theater makes him grateful for the day he was born: Sondheim, Stoppard, Bennett, Prince, Fosse, Robbins, Nichols, Tune, Nunn, Laurents, Stone, Kushner, Taymor, Papp, Schumacher, Schneider, David, Strong, Gaudio, Valli, McAnuff, Trujillo, Coyne, Brickman, 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 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 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, Summer, 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 theatre school. In 2012, he was awarded Canada’s Governor General’s National Arts Center Award and the Order of Canada.
Ain’t Too Proud (Tony Award winner), 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 (Chita Rivera 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 Awards nomination), and All Shook Up. Director/ choreographer; Arrabal (ART—Elliot Norton Award), Gloria Estefan on Broadway (Minskoff Theatre), Flashdance: The Musical (National tour), Cirque De Soleil's Paramour (Stage Entertainment). Other Theatre: 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: Tarzan (Disney), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), West Side Story (Stratford Festival).
Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements and Incidental Music
Forty-three years of arranging, music direction and supervision, including eighteen Broadway shows and productions spanning the world. Helpmann Award (Australia’s Tony) for music direction on Jersey Boys, music supervisor of Jersey Boys film, associate producer of Jersey Boys cast and Christmas albums. Music supervisor and arranger, A Bronx Tale (Broadway), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (La Jolla Playhouse). Composer: Fourtune (Off-Broadway), The Silver Swan (NEA Fellowship), The Missing Peace (Washington’s Capitol Fringe), Early One Morning (liturgical one-woman musical, two Harvard Hasty Pudding shows, a gospel Requiem, songs for Saturday Night Live. Education: Harvard (philosophy), Westminster (choral conducting). Thanks to Alexandra.
Broadway: Sister Act, The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Numerous Off-B’way and Regional productions: Flashdance (National Tour), Public Theater, MTC, NYTW, etc.. London’s West End: Sister Act, Jersey Boys. Ms Zieglerova designed the interior of New World Stages, NYC. Awards: the 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.
Career highlights include Jersey Boys, Newsies, On the Town, The Rivals (2005 Tony Award), The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino and Henry IV with Kevin Kline (both Tony nominated), Proof, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Buried Child, How I Learned to Drive, Tintypes, The Mineola Twins (Lortel and Hewes Awards), Il Trittico for the Metropolitan Opera and Tony Goldwyn's film A Walk on the Moon. 2015 recipient of TDF's Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award; graduate of the Yale School of Drama and has served on their faculty since 1990. www.jess-goldstein.com
Broadway: Prince of Broadway, Come From Away (2017 Tony nom), A Bronx Tale, Hamilton (2016 Tony Winner), After Midnight (2014 Tony nom), How to Succeed… starring Daniel Radcliffe (2011 Tony nom), West Side Story (2009 Tony nom), Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In The Heights (2008 Tony nom), Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Winner), Avenue Q, Parade, Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1993 Tony nom.) Co-Founder and Resident Lighting Designer for Parsons Dance. 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier and Canadian Dora Awards for Kiss of The Spider Woman. 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award for Jersey Boys. 2016 Henry Hewes Design Award for Hamilton.
Steve Canyon Kennedy
Steve 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, 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, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed..., Carousel and The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award).
Elephant Man, Dracula The Musical, Lennon, 700 Sundays, Jersey Boys, Ring of Fire (Broadway), Domesticated, Frankenstein the Musical, Burleigh Grimes (Off-Broadway), Heidi Chronicles, My One and Only, Big Maybelle, The Breakup Notebook, Villians Tonight, Sondheim Celebration (Regional and Cruise Lines) Le Denier Judgement (Cannes) Ghost The Musical (UK tour) Over 30 other productions as Associate Designer and currently forming new curriculum in Projection, Augmented and Virtual Reality at the University of Florida.
Hair and Wig Design
Over 80 Broadway shows including: Hamilton; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Anastasia; The Band’s Visit; SpongeBob SquarePants; Amélie; Motown the Musical; Memphis: The Musical; Allegiance; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; The Color Purple; Doctor Zhivago; Of Mice and Men; Violet; Sideshow; The Elephant Man; After Midnight; Clybourne Park; Newsies; Jekyll and Hyde; The Mountaintop; Superior Donuts; Bonnie and Clyde; In the Heights. Television: The Wiz Live! (Emmy Award Nomination); Bluebloods; American Crime; Maddoff; Hairspray.
Broadway: Jersey Boys, Summer, Carousel (Drama Desk Outstanding Fight Choreography), Henry IV, Guys and Dolls, Doctor Zhivago, The Farnsworth Invention, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Dracula, Bonnie and Clyde, 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, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra. Metropolitan Opera: Faust, Rodelinda, Iphigénie en Tauride.
Supervisor for all productions of Jersey Boys internationally (New York, both US Tours, Las Vegas, London, Australia, Netherlands and South Africa/Asia.) Broadway: Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Patti LuPone’s Matters of the Heart, A Delicate Balance, The Old Neighborhood, Titanic, The Phantom of the Opera, The Red Shoes, The Secret Garden. US National tours: Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story. US Regional: Jersey Boys (La Jolla Playhouse). Ten years with Patti LuPone on the road. Cofounder/ producer with Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore of Broadway Barks!, an animal adoption event in NY since 1999.
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, Paper Mill 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.
Broadway (over 120 shows, including): Once On This Island; Miss Saigon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Indecent; The Great Comet of 1812; A Bronx Tale; Holiday Inn; Waitress; Something Rotten; Les Miserables; Beautiful; Pippin; Once; Jersey Boys; Newsies; Rock of Ages; Elf; Porgy and Bess; Jesus Christ Superstar; Godspell; Follies; Priscilla; Sister Act; Catch Me If You Can; Xanadu, Grey Gardens, Drowsy Chaperone; Beauty and the Beast; Hairspray; Lennon; Sweeney Todd. Studio Musician (bass): Michael Jackson, Madonna, Portishead, Eric Clapton, BB King, Sinatra, Carly Simon, Celine Dion, Smashing Pumpkins, Tommy Flanagan, Pete Seeger, NY Philharmonic. www.johnmillerbass.com
Tara Rubin Casting
Selected Broadway: Ain’t Too Proud, King Kong, 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, Les Misérables, The Heiress, The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Spamalot, … Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway: Jersey Boys, Here Lies Love, Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Six, North American Premiere, Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Jersey Boys (Associate Choreographer / Broadway, 1st National Tour, Chicago, Las Vegas, London West End, Australia); Hairspray (Associate Choreographer / London West End, U.K. Tour, NETworks International Tour); Hairspray (Resident Director/Choreographer, Canadian Company). Charlottetown Festival Young Company (Artistic Director), The Stratford Festival (Acting Company, seven seasons - three Tyrone Guthrie Awards).
The Dodgers is a producing partnership hatched at BAM in 1978 by six friends. Migrated to NY Shakespeare Festival, then off and on Broadway. Over 150 productions in North America, London, Europe and Australasia; blessed by Broadway’s Tonys (56), London’s Oliviers, Australia’s Helpmanns. Current Broadway: A Bronx Tale. Other Broadway: Jersey Boys, Groundhog Day, Matilda, 42nd Street, Urinetown, The Farnsworth Invention, 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 original producers of Jersey Boys, and currently its production Off Broadway and tours in North America, United Kingdom and Australia. Offices in Times Square and London’s Covent Garden. Their president is Michael David.
Joseph J. Grano, Jr.
Joseph is Chairman/ CEO of JJG Family Office. 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.
Kevin J. Kinsella
Kevin Kinsella has been investing in early-stage technology companies for over thirty years, through Avalon Ventures, a venture capital fund he founded. These companies have been responsible for bringing to market several multi-billion dollar drugs for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, the Apple iPhone touch-screen, Big Data software to discover oil and gas, cloud computing, AI and Zynga. Mr. Kinsella is a MIT Life Sustaining Fellow, is on Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean’s Advisory Counsel and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Kinsella Estates winery produces one of the highest rated Cabernets in Sonoma County, regularly receiving 96 and 95 point scores from The Wine Advocate. For Jersey Boys, Kevin won the Tony, the Olivier, Green Room, Helpmann and Naledi Awards. Its Grammy-winning CD is now Double Platinum. Kevin received his second Tony nomination for the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.
The Pelican Group
A San Diego production company, is enthusiastic about supporting this production of Jersey Boys. The Group, assembled by Ivor and Colette Royston, consists of Todd and Debby Buchholz, Edward and Martha Dennis, 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, Steven Strauss and Lise Wilson. Mr. Royston co-produced the TV film Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story (w/ Cliff Robertson and Loretta Swit, 1986) and the feature film Soultaker (1990).
Four time Tony Award winning producer of 20+ Broadway, Off Broadway, touring and international shows including Come From Away, Fun Home (2015 Tony), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2014 Tony), Memphis (2010), and Jersey Boys (2006 Tony), Latitude Link shows have received 53 Tony Award® nominations and have won 22 as well as multiple Olivier, Dora, Green Room and Helpmann Awards and nominations. Currently on Broadway: Come From Away. Come From Away Toronto and Escape to Margaritaville on tour and Broadway. www.latitudelink.com
Tommy is one of the most influential music executives in the history of the industry, discovering and guiding such artists as Hall & Oates, Celine Dion, Mariah, Beyonce, Billy Joel, Shakira and jLo. He is married to Mexican superstar Thalia.
As producer, on Broadway: Jersey Boys, Matilda, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Farnsworth Invention, 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 (L.A.), Into the Woods (original cast and PBS American Playhouse) and numerous Off-Broadway, regional, television and concert appearances.
La Jolla Playhouse
The Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is internationally-renowned for creating some of the most exciting and adventurous work in American theatre through its new play development initiatives and innovative Without Walls program. Led by Artistic Director and 2017 Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, the Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, and reborn in 1983 under the artistic leadership of Des McAnuff. Jersey Boys is among the 30 Playhouse productions that have moved to Broadway, garnering 38 Tony Awards, including the currently-running hits Come From Away, Junk, and Latin History for Morons, as well as Memphis, The Who’s Tommy, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife. Visit www.lajollaplayhouse.org.