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Creative Team Biographies

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (Composer, Book and Orchestrations) is the composerof The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Variations and Tell Me on a Sunday (later combined as Song & Dance), Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game (nowcalled The Boys in the Photograph), The Woman in White, Love Never Dies and Stephen Ward which opens in London in December 2013. Hecomposed the film scores of Gumshoe and The Odessa File and a setting of the Latin Requiemmass. As well as many of his own shows, hisproducer credits include Daisy Pulls It Off, Lend Me a Tenor, Shirley Valentine, La Bête, the groundbreakingBollywood musical, A. R. Rahman’s Bombay Dreams, his smash hit productions of The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz at theLondon Palladium and the films of The Phantom of the Opera and the acclaimed Australianproduction of Love Never Dies. He pioneeredtelevision casting for musical theatre with theEmmy Award®-winning BBC series How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?. His awards includeseven Tonys®, three Grammys® includingBest Contemporary Classical Compositionfor Requiem, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe,an Oscar®, two International Emmys®, thePraemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Awardfor Excellence in Musical Theatre and the KennedyCenter Honor. He currently owns six Londontheatres, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Laneand the London Palladium. He was knighted in1992 and created an honorary life peer in 1997. 

 

CAMERON MACKINTOSH (Producer). For nearly 50 years Cameron Mackintosh has been producing more musicals than anyone else in history, including the three longest-running musicals of all time, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, which are still running extraordinarily successfully across the world. Uniquely, Cameron, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of both Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, has mounted new versions of both shows which are now proving as successful as the original.  His spectacular new production of Miss Saigon, which was the fourth of his great hits of the 1980s, has now opened to enormous acclaim at London’s Prince Edward Theatre, as well as several productions around the world.  Other productions of Mary Poppins, continue to disperse its magic globally. As well as original musicals, Cameron enjoys producing new versions of such classics as My Fair Lady and Oliver! – which all continue to be successful.  Other musicals he has created, include Little Shop of Horrors, Side by Side by Sondheim, Martin Guerre, The Witches of Eastwick, Betty Blue Eyes and currently Barnum. He also produced the most successful production ever of Stephen Sondheim’s legendry Follies in London.

 

Les Misérables remains the longest-running musical in the world and is now going into its 30th year in London and has just opened to phenomenal success on Broadway and in Australia with other productions currently in Spain, Japan and Korea.  His spectacular new version of The Phantom of the Opera, is also currently touring North America.  Over the next three years he has over 30 new productions of his musicals due to open around the world.

 

In 2013 Cameron, in conjunction with Working Title Films and Universal, produced his first hugely successful musical film, the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning Les Misérables.

 

Cameron owns nine historic theatres in London’s West End – the Prince of Wales, Gielgud, Queen’s, Wyndham’s, Noël Coward, Novello and Prince Edward, all of which have undergone spectacular refurbishment, giving him the opportunity to indulge his passion for architecture and the restoration of old buildings. In May 2014 Cameron announced the acquisition of two major West End theatres - the Victoria Palace Theatre and the Ambassadors Theatre which will be renamed The Sondheim Theatre. Both theatres will be extensively refurbished in 2015 and 2016 respectively.  He is also the co-owner of Music Theatre International, the world’s largest library of secondary rights of the great musicals.

 

Cameron was knighted in the 1996 New Year’s Honours for his services to British theatre and he has recently been the first British producer elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame on Broadway. (431 words)

 

CAMERON MACKINTOSH (Producer), for nearly 50 years, has been producing more musicals than anyone else in history, including the three longest-running musicals of all time: Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats.  His new hit production of Miss Saigon is breaking box office records in London.  Later this year, his successful new production of Barnum (co-produced with Chichester and Michael Harrison) will begin a UK tour, and in the autumn he will also produce a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together.  Other worldwide successes include Mary Poppins (co-produced with Disney), Little Shop of Horrors, Side by Side by Sondheim, Five Guys Named Moe, The Witches of Eastwick and his re-inventions of Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma! and Carousel, Cameron, with Working Title and Universal, produced the hugely successful award-winning film version of Les Misérables.  He owns nine West End theatres: Prince of Wales, Gielgud, Queen’s, Wyndham’s, Noël Coward, Novello and Prince Edward, all of which have been spectacularly refurbished, and the newly acquired Victoria Palace and Stephen Sondheim.  He’s also the co-owner of Music Theatre International, the world’s largest library of secondary rights of the great musicals.  Cameron was knighted in the 1996 New Year’s Honours for his services to the British Theatre and has recently been the first British producer elected to the Theater Hall of Fame. (219 words.)

 

CHARLES HART (Lyrics) was born in London and educated in Maidenhead and Cambridge. He has written words for musicals (The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, The Kissing-Dance, The Dreaming); opera (The Vampyr - BBC TV); and miscellaneous songs; as well as both words and music for television (Watching, Split Ends - Granada TV) and radio (Love Songs – BBC Radio). His Two Studies for String Quartet was performed by the Sacconi Quartet in February 2005 at London’s Purcell Room. Charles Hart’s photographs have appeared on posters and in playbills, as well as publications ranging from Attitude to the Daily Telegraph, and, in 2003, he was one of three photographers to feature in an exhibition organized by UNICEF to celebrate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. He lives and works in London.

 

RICHARD STILGOE (Additional Lyrics and Book) has spent fifty years as a performer and writer in all forms of the performing arts. He wrote lyrics for Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, The Magistrate and Road Rage, and music and lyrics for Bodywork, Brilliant the Dinosaur and Orpheus – the Mythical. His broadcasting work has earned him the New York Radio Festival Gold Award, three Monaco Festival Prizes and the Prix Italia. In 1997, he founded the Orpheus Centre in Surrey, where young disabled people prepare for independent living through a series of performing arts courses. He was High Sheriff of Surrey in 1998, during which year he was awarded the OBE. He owns and drives a JCB, and has five children and eleven grandchildren. In the Jubilee honours list of 2012, Richard was knighted for charitable service through the Alchemy Foundation.

 

LAURENCE CONNOR (Director). Credits include: Les Misérables (Broadway and Australia), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and Australian Arena Tour), the entirely new stage production of The Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour), Oliver! (UK Tour) and the new version of Miss Saigon (West End, UK Tour and Worldwide). Laurence is also the Co-Director of the new version of Les Misérables (Worldwide). He directed the 25th Anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall and the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Misérables at the O2 in London both of which were simultaneously broadcast in cinemas worldwide and subsequently released on DVD. DVD credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (World Arena Tour), The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Les Misérables (O2 Arena). Awards include: Miss Saigon - UK/Manchester Evening News Award for Best Touring Musical, Korea/Best New Foreign Production and Best Ensemble in a Musical, Australia/The Green Room Award for Best Director of a Musical; Les Misérables - UK/Best Musical at the Manchester Evening News Awards.

 

SCOTT AMBLER (Choreographer). As a member of Matthew Bourne’s company since 1991, Scott created many roles including The Prince in Swan Lake. Choreography includes The Hostage (RSC); Mrs Hartley and the Growth Centre (BBC); I Giganti della Montagne and La Calisto (Musica nel Chiostro - Batignano); Who’s Who Die Stein der Weisen (Garsington); Time and the Conways (National Theatre); Enron (Chichester/ RoyalCourt/West End/Broadway); Sondheim’s Passion (Donmar Warehouse); Earthquakes in London (National Theatre/UK Tour); Lord of the Flies (New Adventures - Theatre Royal Glasgow); The Merchant of Venice (RSC); Decade (Headlong); The Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour); Chariots of Fire (Hampstead/Gielgud - Olivier Nominee); Richard II (BBC); Der Zigeunerbaron (Stadttheater Klagenfurt); This House (National Theatre); #AIWW (Hampstead); Candide (RSC). TV and film appearances include Nutcracker!, The Car Man, Swan Lake, Mrs Hartley and the Growth Centre, Roald Dahl’s Red Riding Hood, Late Flowering Lust, Drip – A Love Story and OK2. Scott is an Associate Artist with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

 

PAUL BROWN (Set Design). Born in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, Paul trained under Percy Harris, Motley design course. Theatre credits include: As You Desire Me, The Country Wife, The Sea, Marguerite (West End); The Tempest, Naked, Richard II, Coriolanus, King Lear, Platonov (Almeida); Emperor and Galilean, The False Servant, Oedipus (National Theatre); Hamlet (Tokyo); Giselle (La Scala). Opera credits include: Otello (Zurich); Aida (Bregenzer Festspiele); Die Gezeichneten (Teatro Massimo, Palermo); The Fairy Queen, Pelleas et Melisande, Lulu, The Turn of the Screw, Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Mitridate, re di Ponto, Falstaff, Tosca, I Masnadieri, The Midsummer Marriage (Royal Opera, Covent Garden); King Arthur (Chatelet); Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Moses und Aron (Metropolitan Opera, New York); Die Zauberflöte (Salzburg); Peter Grimes, Parsifal (Paris Opera); Don Carlos (Sydney); Tristan und Isolde (Deutsche Oper, Berlin); Rigoletto (Madrid); Thais (Chicago); Katya Kabanova, Lucio Silla, The Tempest, The Marriage of Figaro (Santa Fe); L’incoronazione di Poppea (Bologna); La Traviata (Arena di Verona); Anna Bolena (Verona); Mephistopheles (Amsterdam); The Magic Flute (Bolshoi); Die Frau ohne Schatten, Elektra (Mariinsky, St Petersburg); He Had It Coming, Fidelio (Birmingham Opera Company); Tannhauser (San Francisco); Zemire et Azor, Tom Jones (Drottningholm Court Theatre); Vanessa (Los Angeles). Films include: Up.

 

MARIA BJÖRNSON (Costume Designer). In 1990, she was awarded The Observer’s Experts’ Expert, the Theatre Designers’ Designer and in 1999, the 19th Franco Abbiati Prize. She received numerous awards for The Phantom of the Opera designs, two Tony® Awards, two Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, two Drama Critics’ Awards, for Best Costume and Set. Musical theatre also includes: Aspects of Love (London and Broadway) and Follies (Shaftesbury). Theatre includes: The Cherry Orchard (RNT), The Blue Angel, Camille, Hamlet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Way of the World (RSC); Plenty, Phèdre, Britannicus, The Lulu Plays, (Almeida), Hedda Gabler (Duke of York’s). Opera includes: Don Giovanni, Sleeping Beauty, Kátya Kabanová, Der Rosenkavalier (ROH), Macbeth (La Scala), Cosi fan tutte (Glyndebourne), Carmen, Die Walkure, Toussaint L’Ouverture (ENO), The Queen of Spades (Netherlands Opera), The Janá’ek Cycle (WNO/Scottish Opera). Winner 1979 and 1988, Golden Troika Quadrennial awards Prague. Maria died in 2002. MariaBjornson.com

 

PAULE CONSTABLE (Lighting Designer) Recently: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Peter and Alice for the Michael Grandage Company; The Light Princess for the National Theatre; the new production of Les Mis. She has received Olivier Awards for His Dark Materials (NT, 2005), Don Carlos (West End, 2006), The Chalk Garden (Donmar, 2009) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night in 2013 plus the 2011 Tony® Award for Best Lighting for War Horse on Broadway and an LA Critics Circle Award 2011 for Les Mis and in 2013 for War Horse. Her opera designs have been seen all over the world; recently Figaro, Die Meistersinger and Billy Budd (Glyndebourne); Medea (ENO) and Anna Bolena, Don Giovanni, Satyagraha and at the Metropolitan Opera. Dance: Sleeping Beauty and Dorian Gray for Matthew Bourne.

 

MICK POTTER (Sound Designer). Saturday Night Fever (London, New York and 10productions worldwide), Starlight Express (LasVegas, US/UK/Scandinavian Tours), Tell Me On a Sunday (London/UK Tour), Scrooge The Musical (London, US/ UK Tours), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour), Bombay Dreams (London,New York), The Woman in White (London, NewYork, 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for bestSound Design), Hair (London), Whistle Down the Wind (London), Revival of Evita (London), The Sound of Music (London/Toronto/UK Tour), Joseph ... Dreamcoat (London), Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular (Las Vegas, 2006 ParnelliAward best Sound Design), Ich war noch niemals in New York (Hamburg, Stuttgart), Der Schuh des Manitu (Berlin), Zorro (London/Paris/Japan), Sister Act (London, Hamburg), Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary production (O2 Arena, UK/Spain/Tour), Love Never Dies (London).

 

CHRISTINE ROWLAND (Costume Coordinator for the late Maria Björnson) hasworked in both subsidized and commercialtheatre. She was resident costume supervisorat the National Theatre for several years andwas head of costume at the Royal ShakespeareCompany. Work for Cameron Mackintoshincludes: Carousel (London, New York, Japan); Oliver! (London, Toronto, Sydney); The Witches of Eastwick (London, Melbourne); My Fair Lady (London, US Tour) and Mary Poppins (London,New York). Other musicals include: The Secret Garden (RSC, London); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London, New York) and Gypsy (New York).

 

NINA DUNN (Video & Projection Design, for Knifedge). Recent projects for theatre and opera include: Aida (Royal Albert Hall); Backbeat (Duke of York’s Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mariinsky Theatre); Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre); Northern Ballet’s Cleopatra; The Armstrong and Miller Live UK comedy tour and Katy Brand’s UK comedy tour (Mick Perrin); and this production of Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten (Mariinsky Theatre) that won Golden Mask Awards for Best Opera Production and Best Design. Recent live events include: Wella’s ITVA Awards and trend catwalk show in Paris; illuminations at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, for the new St John’s Bible launch; projection design for the opening ceremony of the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha; and a courtyard installation for Hermes in the Musee de la Chasse in Paris. Forthcoming projects include: The Flying Dutchman (ENO) and La Boheme (WNO).

 

DAVID CULLEN (Orchestrations) is best known as the orchestrator of musicals in London and New York, particularly those of Andrew Lloyd Webber: Cats, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in White, Love Never Dies and, most recently, The Wizard of Oz. Other musicals he has orchestrated include: Abbacadabra, Children of Eden, Shogun the Musical, Stepping Out, Edna - the Spectacle and some London revivals: Can-Can, The Baker’s Wife, Carmen Jones and the Donmar production of Parade. Records which he has arranged include: the America album by the King’s Singers, Christmas With Kiri by Kiri Te Kanawa, I Am What I Am by Shirley Bassey and A Different Hat with Paul Carrack and the RPO. He provided orchestrations for Geppetto and Cinderella and the movie of The Phantom of the Opera.

 

JOHN RIGBY (Musical Supervisor). As a musical director/conductor his credits include: the German productions of Miss Saigon and Starlight Express; the West End productions of Beautiful and Damned, Carmen Jones, Carousel (Opera North), The Drowsy Chaperone, The King and I, Sinatra at the Palladium, The Last Empress, Marguerite, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Peter Pan, The Pirates of Penzance and The Producers. As musical supervisor his credits include the UK Tours of The Producers, The King and I, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Poor Soldier, Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary UK Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and the arena world tour of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Tim Minchin and Melanie C. He regularly conducts many of the UK’s major orchestras and future plans include being co-supervisor of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Miss Saigon set to open in London in early 2014.

 

Production Overseen by MATTHEW BOURNE. Matthew Bourne is widely hailedas the UK’s most popular and successfulChoreographer/ Director. He is the creator of theworld’s longest running ballet production (SwanLake), a five-time Olivier Award winner and theonly British director to have won the Tony® Awardfor both Best Choreographer and Best Director ofa Musical. He has been Artistic Director of NewAdventures (formally Adventures in MotionPictures) since 1987. During this time, Bournehas created new audiences for dance with groundbreakingwork both at home and internationally,including Nutcracker!, Highland Fling, SwanLake, Cinderella, The Car Man, Play WithoutWords, Edward Scissorhands, Dorian Gray andSleeping Beauty. Bourne choreographed severalmajor revivals of classic musicals includingCameron Mackintosh’s productions of Oliver!(1994 and 2009), My Fair Lady (2002). In 2004,Bourne co-directed (with Richard Eyre) andchoreographed (with Stephen Mear) the WestEnd and Broadway musical, Mary Poppins.

 

THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP (Producer) was founded in 1977 by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is wholly owned by him. At the heart of RUG’s business are the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Variations, Tell Me on a Sunday, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Boys in the Photograph, The Woman in White, Love Never Dies and Stephen Ward. In addition to his own musicals, Andrew’s productions include A. R. Rahman’s Bombay Dreams, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium and Toronto). The Really Useful Group is an international entertainment company, with offices in London and Sydney that produce and coordinate Lloyd Webber’s works throughout the world. The company’s theatre and concert production, recording, merchandising,

music publishing and licensing divisions provide specialized services for Lloyd Webber’s works and also to other producers and authors.

 

SETH SKLAR-HEYN (Associate Director). Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera (Production Supervisor), Evita (Associate Director), A Little Night Music (Associate Director), Finian’s Rainbow (Associate Director), Good Vibrations (Associate Director), Mary Stuart (Assistant Director), Rock’n’Roll (Assistant Director), Frost/Nixon (Assistant Director), The Coast of Utopia (Assistant to the Director). US Tour: Billy Elliot (Resident Director). Seth directed the US Tour of Frost/Nixon and the current US Tour of Evita. Seth serves as Executive Producer for Cameron Mackintosh Inc. in N.Y. Graduate of Vassar College.

 

NINA GOLDMAN (Associate Choreographer). Broadway: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Contact, Swan Lake, The Red Shoes, The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Belle Epoque, The Dybbuk, Bloomergirl. Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands, The Car Man. Regional: The Shape She Makes (ART). Royal Opera House, Great Lakes Theater Festival, National Ballet of Canada, Feld Ballets, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. Film/TV: Swan Lake 3D, The Metamorphosis, Fame. Sarah Lawrence faculty. Upcoming: Fall 2014 The Little Dancer (Kennedy Center). Hunter College Arnhold Dance Education Graduate student.

 

RICHARD CARSEY (Musical Director). Tours: La Cage Aux Folles, Little House on the Prairie. Broadway: The House of Blue Leaves. Lincoln Center: Joshua Schmidt’s A Minister’s Wife. Music Direction: Marriott, Utah Shakespeare, Syracuse Opera. Eight seasons Artistic Director Skylight Opera Theatre. Conductor: Mikado (PBS), Richard Wargo’s Ballymore (world premiere). Actor/pianist: 2 Pianos, 4 Hands (Milwaukee Rep, Actors’ Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Hartford Stage Company - Conn. Critics Circle Award); Souvenir, Old Wicked Songs. Love to Jurg. For my Dad.

 

DAVID RUTTURA (Resident Director) has worked extensively as an Associate Director on Broadway (Spider-Man (Resident Director), Follies, Lombardi, Million Dollar Quartet, White Christmas, A Man For All Seasons), Off-Broadway (Atlantic Theater Company, Roundabout), regionally (Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Old Jews Telling Jokes) and internationally (Ben Hur Live). Directing credits include projects with Gateway Playhouse, Araca Project, Ars Nova, 2g, Joe’s Pub, Fordham University, Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. Film Credits include the Web-series Dick Punch and stalkTALK. davidruttura.com.

 

TARA RUBIN CASTING (Casting). Upcoming Broadway: Les Misérables; Aladdin; Bullets Over

Broadway Selected Broadway: Big Fish; A Time to Kill; The Heiress; One Man, Two Guvnors (US

Casting); How to Succeed..; Promises, Promises; A Little Night Music; Billy Elliot; Shrek; Guys and Dolls; The Farnsworth Invention; …Young Frankenstein; The Little Mermaid; Mary Poppins; Spamalot; Jersey Boys; …Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; The Phantom of the Opera; Contact. Off-Broadway: Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Old Jews Telling Jokes. Regional:Yale Repertory.

 

JOEL T. HERBST (Company Manager). Go Goslings!

 

ERIC SPROSTY (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: Fosse, Movin’ Out, Jekyll and Hyde. National Tours: Contact, Movin’ Out, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spring Awakening, West Side Story, Jekyll and Hyde. Selected Regional: Ten seasons at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, three seasons at Paper Mill Playhouse including the PBS filming of Crazy for You.

 

HEATHER CHOCKLEY (Stage Manager) is a proud member of AEA and IATSE. She has toured

extensively, both nationally and internationally, with The Sound of Music, Cats, Sweet Charity, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, and the 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables among others. Much love to her husband, family and friends.

 

NICOLE OLSON (Assistant Stage Manager). National: Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Original Company). Regional: San Jose Repertory (6 seasons including: By the Bog of Cats… with Holly Hunter), TheatreWorks, Portland Center Stage. B.A., Theatre: Univ. of Southern California.

 

MICHAEL G. MORALES (Assistant Stage Manager). BFA: Theatrical Stage Management.1st National Tour: Rock of Ages, National Tour: Mary Poppins, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Movin’ Out. Pre-Broadway: Wonderland and Miss Abigail’s Guide… Regional: My Fair Lady (TheAsolo), West Side Story (The Fulton), A Year with Frog and Toad, The Threepenny Opera (Seaside).Special thanks to his family and his beautiful wifefor their love and support. Proud AEA Member.

 

BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC (Tour Booking, Engagement Management, Press& Marketing) is a leading theatrical tour booking, marketing and press company, representing musicals, plays and theatrical productions. Currently: Jersey Boys, War Horse, CameronMackintosh’s spectacular new production ofAndrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of theOpera, The New 25th Anniversary Productionof Les Misérables, Matilda, NETworks presentsDisney’s Beauty and the Beast, Matthew Bourne’sSleeping Beauty, Do You Hear the People Sing,Holland Taylor in Ann, Backbeat, 50 Shades! TheMusical, The Rat Pack is Back!, MJ Live, ScoobyDoo Live! Musical Mysteries, and Magic TreeHouse: A Night in New Orleans. bbonyc.com

 

SETH WENIG (Executive Producer) has been with NETworks since its inception in 1995. He spearheaded the international tours of Fosse starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall. Seth has produced, The Lincoln Center Theatre’s Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast and The National Theatre’s War Horse. Together with Cameron Mackintosh, Seth served as Executive Producer for both the US and UK tours of the National Theatre’s My Fair Lady, The 25th Anniversary US tour of Les Misérables and the new The Phantom of the Opera tour. He is most proud of his greatest productions—Marlo and Camden.

 

NETworks PRESENTATIONS, LLC (Producer). Since 1995, NETworks has producedand managed over 80 touring productionsin the US, UK and internationally. Currentproductions include Disney’s Beauty and theBeast, Blue Man Group, Elf, We Will Rock You,Memphis, Flashdance, War Horse and CameronMackintosh’s Spectacular New Production ofAndrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of theOpera.

 

The Phantom of the Opera FAQ's

Cameron Mackintosh’s Spectacular New Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

  1. 1.       How is the new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ‘new’?

Following the 25th Anniversary of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, producer Cameron Mackintosh chose to honor PHANTOM’s worldwide success and its many fans with a new production. He chose a new creative team, including director Laurence Connor (co-director of the New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables) and allowed them the freedom to tell this beloved story utilizing advances in theatrical wizardry. The production retains the beloved music, script, lyrics, and the Tony Award-winning costume design by Maria Björnson. Critics have hailed this new PHANTOM as “bigger and better than ever before.”

 

Theatrical technology has advanced significantly since 1986, when the original production of PHANTOM began. This new production was an opportunity for the creative team to utilize these innovations that were not available or imagined in 1986. These new advances can be found in the lighting, scenic design, pyrotechnics and sound in this production.

 

  1. 2.       Is this new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA still the PHANTOM I know and love?

Absolutely! The show, from original producer Cameron Mackintosh, retains the beloved story and score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The sets, lighting, and sound have been redesigned for this new production, while retaining the original Tony Award-winning costumes. This PHANTOM is as grand and enormous a spectacle as the original and brings a fresh, new design to the stage. This production travels in 20 trucks with a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest touring productions of a Broadway musical.

 

  1. 3.       Is the new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA appropriate for my family? What is the running time? Age recommendation?

The new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is suggested for audiences aged 6+.

The production is 2 hours and 45 minutes (including a 20 minute intermission), and includes gun shots and pyrotechnics.  We encourage parents to consider these factors when making their decisions about attending the performance.

 

  1. 4.       Is there a chandelier? What will it do? Will it fall?

YES - There is a chandelier which incorporates advances in theatrical technology since 1986, when the original London production opened.

The chandelier and the scene where the Phantom exacts his revenge have been conceived in an exciting new way, utilizing elements on the stage and in the theater house, including the famous plunge over the heads of the audience, but with new surprises.

 

 

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  1. 5.       Are there other special effects in the new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – such as the boat, candles, etc?

Christine’s journey into the Phantom’s lair has been completely redesigned and will incorporate a boat and candles in a brand new way. The new set design is by Paul Brown, a well known opera designer. He has created an authentic Paris Opera House environment with unique surprises and thrills for the audience, including the use of pyrotechnics and theater magic throughout the show.

 

  1. 6.       Is this new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA playing elsewhere?

This new production toured the UK from February 2012 through May 2013 and was a tremendous success, selling out many performances. The North American tour is currently the only place to see the NEW production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

 

  1. 7.       Is this the same production as “The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall” televised on PBS?

No. This tour of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is an all-new, fully staged production that has never been televised.

 

  1. 8.       What will the music be like in this new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA?

The entire original score and all the songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber (including “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade”) remain completely intact – no changes have been made. The orchestrations have been updated with a fresh and modern feel and have been implemented in all other productions of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA worldwide.

 

  1. 9.       Who directed this new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA?

Director Laurence Connor provides the direction in this production. Audiences will find the new direction has an edge and mystery fitting for the subject matter. Other members of the creative team include a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, the original Tony Award-winning costume design by the late Maria Björnson, new lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, and new choreography by Scott Ambler. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh.

 

  1. 10.   Is this new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA affiliated with the theatrical unions?

YES - the cast, crew and musicians are all members of the theatrical unions that represent actors (Actors’ Equity Association), crew members (IATSE) and musicians (AFM).

 

  1. 11.   What about the original PHANTOM – where is it playing?  

The original production of PHANTOM is currently running in five productions around the world: the flagship London production (since 1986 – 27 years and counting), on Broadway in New York (since 1988- 26 years and counting), Sapporo (Japan, 25 years and counting, in repertory), Budapest (Hungary), Hamburg (Germany) and the Asian Pacific Tour. The next international opening will be in Taipei, China in September 2014.

 

  1. 12.   Is anyone from the original production associated with this new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA?

Producer Cameron Mackintosh and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber are the driving forces behind both the brilliant original production, as well as the spectacular new production. In addition, the original Tony Award-winning costumes by the late Maria Björnson are featured in the new production.

 

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  1. 13.   Please describe this new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA?

Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will come to [CITY] as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before.” This PHANTOM features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

 

Official Show Review Quotes

OFFICIAL SHOW REVIEW QUOTES

 

‘TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND PREPARE TO BE DAZZLED.’

THE SCOTSMAN

 

‘stunning, intense and spectacular.’

sunday express

 

‘extraordinarily opulent. this phantom’s storytelling and relationships have an electrifying tension.’

Chicago sun-times

 

‘Spectacular, powerful, captivating voices and a remarkable set.’

Boston.com

 

‘Powerful, gorgeous…and better than ever.’

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

 

‘EXQUISITELY SUNG WITH BREATHTAKING EFFECTS.’

the dallas morning news

 

‘re-imagined phantom is as engaging as ever.’

daily herald (chicago)

 

‘phan-tastic! THIS MASTERPIECE WHICH REDEFINED BROADWAY MUSICALS IS BACK with A VENGEANCE…and better than ever!’

PAUL LISNEK, COMCAST (CHICAGO)

 

‘THIS PHANTOM IS FOR A NEW GENERATION.’

ROY LEONARD, CHICAGO NOW 

 

‘PHANTASTIC

NEW PRODUCTION’

PLYMOUTH HERALD

 

‘A GREAT THEATRICAL

EXPERIENCE’

PLYMOUTH HERALD

 

‘PHENOMENON OF THE OPERA

SWEEPING, MAJESTIC AND MOVING

THE ENORMOUSLY TALENTED LEADS – JOHN OWEN-JONES,

KATIE HALL AND SIMON BAILEY

LAVISH THEATRICAL SPECTACLE –

THE AUDIENCE LEAPT TO ITS FEET’

WESTERN MORNING NEWS

 

‘A GREAT THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S LUSCIOUS MUSIC

RICHLY ROMANTIC AND SPECTACULAR STAGING’

PLYMOUTH HERALD

 

BEAUTIFUL!

THIS IS THE BEST NEW STAGING OF A PRODUCTION

I HAVE EVER REVIEWED

SIMPLY EPIC – A TRUE WORK OF GENIUS’

THIS IS SOUTH DEVON

 

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ANDREW LLOYD-WEBBER’S RAVISHING SCORE INTENSE & SPECTACULAR

A STUNNING NEW DESIGN’

FRESH DRAMA AND ADDED MOMENTUM

MARK SHENTON – SUNDAY EXPRESS

 

 

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Delight at the Opera

THIS NEW PHANTOM SOARS TO INCREDIBLE HEIGHTS

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

 

 

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it's breathtaking - It feels like a new show

Owen-Jones had the audience on their FEET - The entire company are on top form

WHATSONSTAGE.COM

 

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I would give this production six stars if I could

JULIA TAYLOR – SALE AND ALTRINCHAM MESSENGER 

 

‘CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S FLAWLESS NEW PHANTOM LIGHTS UP THE STAGE AND IS THE BEST PRODUCTION OF THIS MUSICAL I HAVE EVER SEEN. 10/10’ EMILY BUIST, BRISTOL POST

 

‘Spectacular! THE AUDIENCE WILL BE BLOWN AWAY BY THE SHEER SCALE’

Edinburgh evening news

 

'TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND PREPARE TO BE DAZZLED –

THIS KIND OF GORGEOUS ESCAPISM IS EXACTLY WHAT AUDIENCES NEED'

JOYCE McMILLAN - The Scotsman

 

‘IMPECCABLE... SIMPLY OUTSTANDING. A MUST-SEE’

MILTON KEYNES NEWS

 

‘A VISUAL FEAST THAT IS HAUNTING

AND BEAUTIFUL IN EQUAL MEASURE’

South Wales Evening Post

 

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