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.
Co-wrote Jersey Boys (winner 2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman. His play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Rick), and won five, more than any play of the season. It’s currently playing in New York and on tour across North America. Also on Broadway, Elice wrote The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa), currently touring North America, with productions in Europe and South America. In 2014, The Old Globe Theater in San Diego will present the world premiere of his new musical, Dog and Pony (music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker). Rick is currently writing a musical for Disney Theatricals with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the film Make Believe; and Superfly (co-written with Seth Zvi Rosenfeld), directed and choreographed by modern dance legend, Bill T. Jones. 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, Coyne, Brickman, Timbers and 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 Direction, Vocal/Dance Arrangements, Incidental Music
Thirty-eight years of Broadway music directing/arranging, from The Act to Jersey Boys. Projects in development: Super Fly and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. 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. 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.
Selected New York credits include 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 and The Mineola Twins (Lortel and Hewes Awards). Opera: Jack O’Brien’s Il Trittico (Met, 2007), NYC Opera’s The Pirates of Penzance. Film: A Walk on the Moon, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Substance of Fire.
Recent Broadway: A Christmas Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, 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. Parsons Dance (co-founder), The Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards, Alvin Ailey, ABT, NYC Ballet and The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration. Five-time Helen Hayes Award recipient, 1993 Olivier and Canadian Dora Award for Spider Woman; 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Award for Jersey Boys.
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 Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk Award), Jesus Christ Superstar, Catch Me If You Can, 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).
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, Guys and Dolls, Bonnie and 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.
Supervisor for all productions of Jersey Boys internationally (New York, both US Tours, Las Vegas, London, Australia 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 annual animal adoption event in NY since 1999.
Steve Orich has worked as a successful composer, orchestrator, musical director and conductor in NY and LA for over 25 years, with numerous credits in film, television and theatre. He's written orchestrations for many shows, including Paint Your Wagon, 110 in the Shade and Cole Porter's You Never Know, and received a Tony nomination for his work on Jersey Boys. He has orchestrated and conducted albums for artists including Helen Reddy, Judy Kaye, Debbie Gravitte, Petula Clark and Deborah Gibson, and his orchestrations have been performed by the Boston Pops, at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House and around the world.
Recent Broadway: Lennon, Sweeney Todd, The Producers, Beauty & the Beast, Hairspray, Movin' Out, Sweet Charity, Good Vibrations, Dracula, Caroline or Change, Little Shop..., Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Nine, La Boheme, Big River, Boys From Syracuse, Look of Love, Urban Cowboy, Never Gonna Dance, Thou Shalt Not, By Jeeves, Follies, Oklahoma!, Jekyll and Hyde, Civil War, Rocky Horror Show, Seussical, The Music Man, Fosse, Swing!, Parade, Footloose, Kat and the Kings, Civil War, Triumph of Love. Studio Musician (bass): Michael Jackson, Madonna, Portishead, Eric Clapton, BB King, Sinatra, Carly Simon, Celine Dion, Smashing Pumpkins, Pete Seeger, NY Philharmonic.
Peter Fulbright/Tech Production Services
Recent Broadway productions and National Tours include Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Curtains, Bombay Dreams, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Into the Woods, Vampires, On Golden Pond tour, Dame Edna, 16 Wounded, Anna…Tropics, Enchanted April, Frog & Toad, Life (x) 3, Ma Rainey's, Elephant Man, Top Dog, and Blast!. Peter has supervised over 70 Broadway productions and National Tours. Favorites include Aspects of Love, Rocky Horror, Real Thing, Swing!, Amadeus, Sound of Music, On the Town, Scarlet Pimpernel, Triumph of Love, Footloose, Mattress, Forum, Smokey Joe's, Moon Over Buffalo, Crazy for You, Guys & Dolls, Joseph..., Secret Garden, Starlight Express, Drood, Singin' in the Rain, and Foxfire.
Tara Rubin Casting
Broadway: Spamalot; …Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; Phantom...; Good Vibrations; Bombay Dreams; Oklahoma!; Flower Drum Song; Imaginary Friends; Metamorphoses. National tours: Disney's On the Record; Les Miserables. Lincoln Center: The Frogs; Contact; Thou Shalt Not; A Man of No Importance; Anything Goes (concert). Off- Broadway: Second Stage. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival; Kennedy Center; La Jolla Playhouse; Yale Rep. Film: The Producers The Musical. Ms. Rubin is a member of the Casting Society of America.
Broadway Booking Office NYC
Tour booking, engagement management & marketing
Broadway Booking office NYC is a leading theatrical tour booking, marketing and press company, distributing musicals, plays and attractions internationally. Current projects include Jersey Boys, My Fair Lady, Xanadu, Matthew Bourne's The Car Man and Edward Scissorhands, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Light in the Piazza.
Jersey Boys: Broadway, 1st National Tour, Chicago, Las Vegas, UK, Canadian and Australian productions. Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Assoc. Director). New York: Big Apple Circus, Primary Stages, Ars Nova, Playwright's Horizons, The York Theatre Company, HERE Arts Center. Regional: Colony Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville. MFA from the University of California, San Diego.
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).
Choreographer: Rock of Ages (Broadway). Off Broadway: Frankenstein; Anne Wrecksick; The Happy Embalmer (Director/Choreographer). Peter and the Starcatchers; A Christmas Story; Zhivago; Private Fittings; Cabaret; Romeo & Juliet; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Sneaux, Wozzeck. Film/television: Happy Texas; Zombie Prom; 30 Days Until I Am Famous. Associate Choreographer: Jersey Boys.
Broadway: Doubt, Steel Magnolias, Dracula the Musical, Taboo, The Boy From Oz, Joe Egg, MASTER HAROLD and the boys, Present Laughter, A Doll's House. Venues: Roundabout, M.T.C., Playwrights, Atlantic, The New Group, M.C.C., The Public, Second Stage, Williamstown, Yale Rep., McCarter, Hartford Stage, Primary Stages, Lincoln Center, Long Wharf, Westport. Film contributions: Million Dollar Baby, Ballad of Bettie Page, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Boys Don't Cry.
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, Jr.
Joseph J. Grano, Jr. 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 more than two decades, primarily through Avalon Ventures, a firm he founded. Among the companies he founded are Athena Neurosciences, Aurora Biosciences, Landmark Graphics Corporation, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Synaptics, Senomyx, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Vocera Communications. 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 lifelong environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts, Kevin met Tamara in Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup. They both have been active supporting The La Jolla Playhouse and The San Diego Museum of Art. 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?
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 (1986), starring Cliff Robertson and Loretta Swit, and the feature film Soultaker(1990).
Latitude Link has been a supporter of the performing arts for many years. They are especially thankful to the Four Seasons for a compelling story, to Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice for putting it to paper, and to Des McAnuff and La Jolla Playhouse for bringing it to the stage.
Of the eleven Broadway musicals Rick has produced, Jersey Boys, Hairspray, The Producers and Big River won Tony awards for Best Musical. In 1954 at age eight Rick made his stage debut opposite Gene Lockhart in On Borrowed Time and then promptly retired. He has won six poker championships including the 1992 World Series of Poker 7- Stud Hi-Lo event. He is proud to sit on the ownership bench of the Cincinnati Reds. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his children Ace and Duke.
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.
Stage Entertainment is an international group of live entertainment companies based in Amsterdam. Its board is comprised of Joop van den Ende, who assembled and founded the company in 1998, Bart van Schriek, Maik Klokow and Caspar Gerwe. Employing more than 4,700 people worldwide, they are active in eight countries. Activities range from theatrical productions, operating theatres and ticketing to special events, ice shows and concert presentations in Europe, US, South America, the Middle and Far East and Great Britain.
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 B. 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, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, fostered as part of the Playhouse's Page To Stage New Play Development Program, and the currently running Jersey Boys, the smash hit Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Visit www.lajollaplayhouse.org.