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 (Music) & FRED EBB (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 five Tony’s 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 ten 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 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 six 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 nine, 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, three 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 four 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 twelve 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. He serves as the Producing Artistic Director of La Mirada Theatre in the L.A. area.
MARINE JULIEN (Assistant Director). After a training in Paris with director Frederic Baptiste, Marine Julien assisted BT McNicholl for Cabaret in Northport, Long Island and in Paris at the Marigny Theater. She also worked on the following shows: Cabaret Jaune Citron (Stéphane Ly-Cuong-Christine Kandel), Edges (Pasek & Paul), The Last Five Years (Jason Robert Brown). Marine was involved in the French production of Beauty and the Beast directed by Glenn Casale. She became Resident Director of the show Timeo in Paris with the director Alex Goude and assisted on the casting of Bodyguard, the Musical and Dirty Dancing with Rabah Aliouane. She is thrilled to be part of the Cabaret team again and thanks her parents and sisters for their support. Live and let live.
JENNIFER WERNER (Choreographer). is the Associate Director of the Tony Award winning The Book of Mormon Broadway, US National Tour, West End, Australia. Also The Most Happy Fella, Follies (City Center/Encores!), and Robin and the 7 Hoods (Old Globe). Director: Spamalot and The Little Mermaid (NC Theatre). Director/Choreographaer: Spamalot, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change—Sharon Playhouse. Jennifer’s diverse body of work as a choreographer includes The Black Suits (CTG/LA), NFL National commercials; ABC’s Upfronts, As Long As We Both Shall Laugh (Roundabout); Drama League Awards, My Fair Lady (Ogunquit); Phantom (NC Theatre); A Wonderful Life (Engeman), and numerous regional/i productions of Cabaret. New work Off-Broadway: Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Lucille Lortel), ReWrite (Urban Stages), and Things to Ruin (Second Stage). Upcoming projects include Associate Directing Dreamgirls, Broadway.
PATRICK VACCARIELLO (Musical Supervisor/Vocal Arrangements). was the Conductor for the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. Recently, Patrick has just returned from an arena tour throughout Australia music directing Hugh Jackman. He has supervised and conducted the Tony Awards for the past four seasons. He is currently the Music Coordinator for the touring Broadway musical, On Your Feet. Broadway: Music Director/Arranger for Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, On Your Feet, 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 20th 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 fifteen Tony Awards, winning six 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
PEGGY EISENHAUER (Lighting Design). designs concurrently for Broadway, film and the music industry, most notably with design partner, Jules Fisher. Broadway design highlights include Ragtime, Jane Eyre, Noise/Funk, Assassins and Victor/Victoria. Music industry highlights include Tracy Chapman, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Whitney Houston and Neil Young. Film designs include Chicago, School of Rock, Dreamgirls and Beauty and the Beast. She is the recipient of three Tony Awards and nine nominations.
MIKE BALDASSARI (Lighting Design). a Tony® and Two-Time Emmy® nominated designer whose work has spanned much of the entertainment industry and been seen live in 25+ countries. Broadway highlights: Cabaret (1998/2014), First Date, Holler If Ya Hear Me. He has designed many US national tours. Europe: Beauty & The Beast, (in seven languages). Films include: Ghostbusters, Nine, Rock of Ages, Joyful Noise, Sex And The City 2, Neil Young Trunk Show. Television highlights include: The (RED) Concert/Broadcast from Times Square with U2, and Bruce Springsteen, U2’s Top of The Rock performance for The Tonight Show, Documentary Now!, pre-tapes for Saturday Night Live, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Comedy specials for: Dana Carvey, John Mulaney, Bridget Everett. Multiple New Year’s Eves with Phish at MSG. Televised concert highlights include: Mary J. Blige, Tim McGraw, Sam Smith, Garth Brooks in Central Park. www.mike-o-matic.com
DAVID TEMBY (Sound Design). is proud to design once again for APEX Touring. In addition to providing designs and management for high profile events and installations around the world, Mr. Temby is the Chief Operating Officer for Clearwing Productions. And, when not managing hundreds of employees, events, and production design responsibilities, his antics are lovingly tolerated by his awe-inspiring wife, Gretchen, his newborn son, Truman, and his loyal sidekick, Gunther. More information about Mr. Temby and his credits can be found at clearwing.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.
Erik Flaten (Music Director). Richland, Washington native, Erik is a Philadelphia-based Music Director and Concert Pianist who has been heard across the United States and abroad. Recent successes in music theater include music directing Anything Goes and Fiddler on the Roof. He has held faculty positions at New York University, Chabot College, Settlement Music School, and California State Summer Arts. He received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Central Washington University and his Master of Music in Piano Performance from San Francisco State University.
JP MEYER (Music Coordination). is the Musical Director at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, PA, and serves as the musical supervisor/coordinator for APEX Touring, most recently for the national tours of The Wizard of Oz and Pippin, the Musical. His orchestration and musical directing credits include Mary Poppins, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, A Christmas Story, A Wonderful Life, Funny Girl, Yeston and Kopit’s Phantom, Anything Goes, Les Miserables, Oklahoma!, West Side Story and White Christmas.
CALEB SPIVEY (Production Stage Manager). is ecstatic to be joining the APEX Touring team as the Production Stage Manager. He was last with APEX for the national tour of Pippin earlier this year as Head Props/ASM and with Prather Touring for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regionally, Caleb has worked at Allenberry Playhouse, Peach State Summer Theatre and RWS and Associates. He thanks his husband, Timothy, for his unending love and support!
BRIAN ENZMAN (Artistic Producer/Casting). 31 years with the Prather Company (APEX/Prather Touring/Dutch Apple- Lancaster, PA and Broadway Palm- Ft Myers, FL). He has been involved in over 200 productions from the first show at the Dutch Apple in 1987 (A Chorus Line) to the current 2018 national tour of Cabaret. As resident director, credits include Phantom, Les Miserables, The Civil War, Jekyll and Hyde, The Drowsy Chaperone, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Cabaret, Gypsy, Mame, The King and I, Damn Yankees, The Music Man and Annie to name a few. Graduate of Millersville University in Lancaster, PA.
LAUREN SOBON (Associate Producer/Casting). has been with Prather Productions for over 24 years and has either produced, directed, choreographed, cast or performed in over 85 productions for the company. Recent credits include serving as the Associate Producer/Casting Director for the recent national tour of Pippin and Director/Casting for the 2016 national tour of Million Dollar Quartet. Other National Tours: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Fiddler On The Roof, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun. Regional: A Wonderful Life, Shrek, Honky Tonk Angels, A Christmas Carol, How To Succeed …, The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music.
BOND THEATRICAL (Marketing & Publicity Direction) is a fully independent Booking, Marketing and Publicity company for live entertainment productions. Current tour booking and marketing projects include Blue Man Group; Cats; Cruel Intentions; Hundred Days; Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812. Current marketing and publicity projects include Anastasia; The Bands’ Visit; The Color Purple; Dear Evan Hansen; Dirty Dancing; Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical; Jesus Christ Superstar; Escape to Margaritaville, Fiddler on the Roof; Half Time, The Prom and marketing services for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
RUSSELL A. THOMPSON (Production Manager). has been the Production Manager for Prather and APEX Touring since their inception ten years ago. His lighting designs include the tours of Pippin, Million Dollar Quartet, Memphis, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Hair, Fiddler on the Roof, All Shook Up, Footloose, The Wedding Singer, S’Wonderful and Beehive the 60’s Musical. Prather Productions designs include Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, Rent, 9 to 5, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jekyll & Hyde, Yeston & Kopit’s Phantom, Swing, Ragtime, Peter Pan, Buddy, Legally Blonde and Cats. His designs for West Side Story, Aida and Miss Saigon have earned him three AriZoni Awards. Prior to joining PEG, Russell lived in New York where his credits ranged from Club MTV to Manhattan School of Music. Originally from Luckey, Ohio he now resides with his wife Alecia in Cape Coral, Florida. Russell hopes you enjoy his work.
DAVID C. PRATHER (Company Manager). National Tours: Million Dollar Quartet, Odd Squad Live!, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Spank! The 50 Shades Parody, Fiddler on the Roof. Owned and operated the Mesa Theater in Grand Junction, CO 1998-2012. “We are alone in this together.”
PRATHER TOURING (General Management). Past national tours include Footloose, The Wedding Singer, BLAST, Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet and most recently the Tony Award winning musical, Pippin. William T. Prather is the Executive Producer of Prather Touring and is a second-generation theatre producer following in the footsteps of his parents, Tom and Debbie Prather who produced live theatre for over 50 years. He is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and returned to the family business in 1993 after spending a couple of years in the corporate world. As Executive Producer of Prather Productions, he produces more than 32 shows each year in their regional theatres in Pennsylvania and Florida.
APEX TOURING (Producer). Highlighting their second national tour season with the tours of Wizard of Oz and Cabaret. APEX has been created to serve the ever expanding need for high quality, Broadway caliber touring productions across America. Relying on the steady producing skills of its affiliates, APEX looks forward to many years of producing Broadway’s brightest new shows.