JOE MASTEROFF (Book). Born in 1919 in Philadelphia, he had only one dream from infancy: to write for the theatre. After the essential lonely childhood and four-year stint in the Air Force, he came to New York to face his future: book writer or book seller? Luckily, luck intervened. Before long he had three shows on Broadway bearing his name: The Warm Peninsula starring Julie Harris, and two musicals She Loves Me and Cabaret, for which he was the book writer. Thanks to indulgent parents, the New Dramatists, Hal Prince and many others, he is now retired and living in subdued luxury.
JOHN KANDER & FRED EBB (Music & Lyrics). The Kander & Ebb collaboration of four decades created many Broadway standards and contemporary classics. Their first collaboration, “My Coloring Book,” became a hit song for Barbra Streisand, earning John and Fred a Grammy nomination. Kander & Ebb’s first Broadway show in 1965, Flora the Red Menace, produced by Hal Prince, directed by George Abbott and introducing a rising new star: Liza Minnelli. Followed by Cabaret (Tony Award music and lyrics), The Happy Time, Zorba, 70, Girls, 70, Chicago, The Act, Woman of the Year (Tony Award music and lyrics), The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award music and lyrics) and Steel Pier. Along with movies and television writing original material for the Academy Awards, “Liza With a Z” and HBO’s Liza Minnelli’s “Steppin’ Out” (both Emmy winners), “Baryshnikov on Broadway,” “Goldie and Liza Together,” Funny Lady, Lucky Lady, New York, New York, Steppin’ Out, and Chicago the movie. In 1985 the song “New York, New York” became the official anthem of New York City. At the time of Mr. Ebb’s death in 2004, Kander & Ebb had several projects in different stages of completion including the Tony-nominated Curtains in 2007, 12-time Tony-nominated The Scottsboro Boys in 2010, All About Us (an adaptation of The Skin of our Teeth) and The Visit premiering at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago followed by the Signature Theatre in Fairfax, VA and nominated for 5 Tonys including best score in 2015, all starring Chita Rivera. Mr. Kander is currently collaborating with author/playwright Greg Pierce on The Landing and Kid Victory which debuted at the Signature Theatre and The Vineyard Theatre.
SAM MENDES (Original Director) founded and ran the Donmar Warehouse in London for 10 years. He has directed many productions at the Donmar, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. He founded the transatlantic theatre company The Bridge Project for whom he directed five productions that toured the world. In London currently: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. In addition he has directed several movies including the Academy Award-winning American Beauty and the James Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre. He has won many awards for his work on stage and screen, including the Tony, the Olivier, the Directors Guild Award, the Shakespeare Prize, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. He was awarded the CBE in 2000 and the Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
ROB MARSHALL (Original Co-Director/Choreographer). Broadway: Cabaret, Little Me, Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, Damn Yankees, Victor/Victoria, A Funny Thing…Forum and Company. For his stage work Marshall has earned 6 Tony nominations, the Outer Critics Award, the Jason Robards Award and the George Abbott Award. Film: Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Into the Woods. Marshall’s films have been nominated for 26 Academy Awards and have won 9, including Best Picture. For his film work he has received the DGA Award, an Oscar nomination, National Board of Review Award, New York Film Critics Award, 3 Golden Globe nominations, a BAFTA nomination and an American Choreography Award. TV: “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” “Annie,” “Cinderella,” “Mrs. Santa Claus.” For his TV work Marshall has received 4 Emmy Awards, the DGA Award and the American Choreography Award.
BT McNICHOLL (Director) won the Australian “Tony” (the Helpmann) for Best Direction (along with Messrs. Mendes and Marshall) for Cabaret, which he also staged in record-setting runs in Paris and Madrid. McNicholl was the protégé of the legendary Mike Nichols, and has been associated with directors Stephen Daldry, James Lapine, David Hare and Jerry Zaks on 12 Broadway shows. He directed Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl, the European premiere of The Producers for Mel Brooks and the regional premiere of Billy Elliot (Moss Hart Award). A BMI-Award winning lyricist, his credits include the critically-acclaimed musical The It Girl.
CYNTHIA ONRUBIA (Associate Choreographer & Choreography Re-created by) has worked on numerous productions for “The Kennedy Center Honors,” Carnegie Hall, City Center’s Encores! and the original Broadway productions of Dame Edna: The Royal Tour (League of Producers Award nomination for Best Choreography), Cabaret (2003 Sir Robert Helpmann Award for Best Choreography, Australia), Little Me, Victor/Victoria, Damn Yankees, The Goodbye Girl, Metro, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Song and Dance, Cats, Gotta Go Disco, Dancin’ and A Chorus Line. Film choreography: Labor Day, Away We Go, Revolutionary Road, Definitely, Maybe, Connie and Carla, Big Fish, Analyze That, Chicago (2003 American Choreography Award), Center Stage, The Cradle Will Rock. She received the 1994 American Theatre Roundtable Award for Outstanding Career Performances.
PATRICK VACCARIELLO (Musical Supervisor/Vocal Arrangements). Patrick has just returned from an arena tour throughout Australia music directing Hugh Jackman. He has supervised and conducted the most recent Tony Awards (2014 and 2015). He is currently the Music Coordinator for the new Broadway musical, On Your Feet. Broadway: Music Director/Arranger for Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, West Side Story, Come Fly Away, Lend Me A Tenor, Gypsy (both Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters), La Cage aux Folles, The Boy From Oz, Cabaret, Dance of the Vampires, Jesus Christ Superstar, Victor/Victoria, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats and Take Me Along. West End: A Chorus Line. Worldwide: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Patrick has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony and conducted at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, City Center, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Kennedy Center and the Great Hall of the People (Beijing). A graduate of the Hartt School of Music, Patrick received its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.
ROBERT BRILL (Set Design). Broadway: Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Assassins (Tony nomination), Buried Child, Guys and Dolls (Tony nomination), Design for Living, A Streetcar Named Desire, Laugh Whore, The Story of My Life, The Good Body, Anna in the Tropics, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Rehearsal. Other credits include the Flaming Lips’ musical Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Christopher Plummer’s A Word or Two, Moby Dick (Dallas Opera), Faust (Met/ENO), Sinatra (Radio City), On the Record (Disney), An American in Paris (Boston Ballet), A Clockwork Orange (Steppenwolf) and The Laramie Project (BAM and others). Founding member of Sledgehammer Theatre and recipient of the Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration.
WILLIAM IVEY LONG (Costume Design). Select Broadway credits include Chicago (now in its 19th year), Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Grey Gardens, The Producers, Hairspray, Cabaret (1998 and 2014), Crazy For You, Guys and Dolls, Nine. Mr. Long has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards, winning 6 times. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005, and was elected Chairman of The American Theatre Wing in June 2012. WilliamIveyLong.com
MICHAEL GIBSON (Orchestrations). Broadway: The Boy From Oz, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Cabaret (revival, Tony Award nomination), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revival), Steel Pier (Tony Award nomination), Anything Goes, My One and Only (Drama Desk Award), The Rink, Woman of the Year, Over Here, Meet Me in St. Louis and Peter Pan (revival). Also orchestrated for Radio City, Ringling Bros. Circus and for such stars as Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Joel Grey and Chita Rivera. Film/ TV: Grease, Roseland, Still of the Night, “The Kennedy Center Honors,” Miss America Pageant, Super Bowl and Tony Awards.
DAVID KRANE (Dance & Incidental Music) created dance music and additional score for the Oscar-winning Chicago, the film of Nine, adapted the score for Disney’s Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep, produced and arranged Michelle Williams’ vocals for My Week With Marilyn and composed Aspire with Stephen Cole, the first American musical produced in the Middle East. Our musical comedy about that wild experience, The Road to Qatar!, is licensed by JosefWeinberger.com and the CD is produced by JayRecords.com. DavidKrane.com