COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD PREMIERE PRE-BROADWAY ENGAGEMENT OF BEETLEJUICE
Tony Award Nominee
ALEX BRIGHTMAN as ‘Beetlejuice’
Two-Time Lortel Award Nominee
SOPHIA ANNE CARUSO as ‘Lydia’
Tony Award Nominee
KERRY BUTLER as ‘Barbara’
Tony Award Nominee
ROB MCCLURE as ‘Adam’
Obie Award Winner
ADAM DANNHEISSER as ‘Charles’
Two-Time Drama Desk Award Nominee
LESLIE KRITZER as ‘Delia’
as ‘Maxine Dean’
as ‘Maxie Dean’
KELVIN MOON LOH
TESSA ALVES, JOHNNY BRANTLEY, RYAN BRESLIN, BROOKE ENGEN, ABE GOLDFARB, ERIC ANTHONY JOHNSON, ELLIOTT MATTOX, MATEO MELENDEZ, GEORGE MERRICK, RAMONE OWENS, DEVIN ROBERTS, PRESLEY RYAN, KIM SAVA AND DANA STEINGOLD
AT WASHINGTON D.C.’S NATIONAL THEATRE
PERFORMANCES BEGIN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018
OFFICIALLY OPENS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2018
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018
MUSIC & LYRICS BY EDDIE PERFECT
BOOK BY SCOTT BROWN & ANTHONY KING
CHOREOGRAPHED BY CONNOR GALLAGHER
DIRECTED BY ALEX TIMBERS
BASED ON THE GEFFEN COMPANY PICTURE,
WITH STORY BY MICHAEL MCDOWELL AND LARRY WILSON
(New York, NY) Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (Mark Kaufman) and Langley Park Productions (Kevin McCormick) announce today that the world premiere Pre-Broadway engagement of the new musical comedy Beetlejuice will star Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman (School of Rock) as ‘Beetlejuice,’ two-time Lortel Award nominee Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus) as ‘Lydia,’ Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler (Mean Girls) as ‘Barbara,’ Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Something Rotten!) as ‘Adam,’ Obie Award winner Adam Dannheisser (Rock Of Ages) as ‘Charles,’ two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Leslie Kritzer (The Robber Bridgegroom) as ‘Delia,’ Jill Abramovitz (Fiddler on the Roof) as ‘Maxine Dean,’ Danny Rutigliano (Holiday Inn) as ‘Maxie Dean’ and Kelvin Moon Loh (SpongeBob SquarePants The Musical) as ‘Otho’ with an ensemble that includes Tessa Alves (Escape to Margaritaville) Johnny Brantley (The Book of Mormon National Tour), Ryan Breslin (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Brooke Engen (Hairspray), Abe Goldfarb (“Pokémon”), Eric Anthony Johnson (Cinderella), Elliott Mattox (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Mateo Melendez (iLuminate: Artist of Light), George Merrick (Honeymoon In Vegas), Ramone Owens (Motown the Muiscal), Devin Roberts (The Lion King), Presley Ryan (Fun Home), Kim Sava (Matilda National Tour), Dana Steingold (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).
Directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!, Peter and the Starcatcher), with choreography by Connor Gallagher (The Robber Bridegroom), an original score by Eddie Perfect (King Kong) and a book by Scott Brown & Emmy Award nominee Anthony King (Broad City), Beetlejuice begins performances on Sunday, October 14, 2018 and officially opens on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the National Theatre in Washington D.C.
It’s showtime, folks! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellent than ever in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits.
Beetlejuice features scenic design by two-time Tony Award nominee David Korins (Hamilton), costume design by six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long (The Producers), lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (Kinky Boots), sound design by four-time Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Frozen), projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini (Dear Evan Hansen), puppet design by Drama Desk Award winner Michael Curry (The Lion King), special effects design by Jeremy Chernick (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), illusions by Michael Weber (Forrest Gump) musical direction by Kris Kukul (Joan of Arc: Into the Fire), music producing by Matt Stine, dance arrangements by David Dabbon, casting by Telsey + Company and Rachel Hoffman, CSA; Associate Director Catie Davis, Associate Choreographer Nancy Renee Braun and Line Producer Jenny Gersten.
Beetlejuice is based on the 1988 Academy Award-winning Warner Bros. motion picture with story by Michael McDowell and Larry Wilson. The smash hit comedy was directed by Tim Burton and starred Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder.
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THE NATIONAL THEATRE
Managed and programmed by Jam Theatricals since 2012, the National Theatre is located on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House. The National Theatre opened in 1835 and is one of the country’s oldest continuously operating theaters. During its storied history, the National has served as one of the country’s leading pre-Broadway venues, hosting legendary world premieres such as Show Boat, West Side Story and Crazy For You. Many of the world’s leading performers have graced the “Stage for a Nation,” including Washington, D.C.’s own Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Eartha Kitt, Ian McKellen, Sir Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Chita Rivera, Will Rogers, and George C. Scott to name but a few. Jam Theatricals, under the direction of Steve Traxler and Arny Granat, introduced Broadway at the National, a new and exciting subscription series. In addition to the world premieres of If/Then and Mean Girls, recent theatrical presentations include Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables and the Washington premieres of Motown The Musical, American Idiot, Fun Home, Something Rotten! and Newsies. In addition, the National has recently presented many special events and concerts, including Kacey Musgraves, Dave Koz, Bryan Adams, Bill Burr, Eddie Izzard, Savion Glover, The Irish Tenors and ThePianoGuys.
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ALEX BRIGHTMAN (Beetlejuice) is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Dewey Finn in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical School of Rock, for which he received a 2016 Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award nomination as well as an Outstanding Actor in a Musical Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. Ben Brantley of The New York Times called his performance “as notable for its generosity as its virtuosity,” and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter raved “a star-making performance.” Alex’s Broadway debut was in James Gardiner and Nick Blaemire’s Glory Days. He since appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Big Fish and Matilda. Off-Broadway he starred in Encores! City Center’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, and in The Old Globe’s world premiere musical, Nobody Loves You. Alex will next be seen starring in the title role of the National Theater’s Pre-Broadway run of Beetlejuice, under the direction of Alex Timbers. On television, Alex most recently appeared on the Showtime series “SMILF” and “The Good Fight” with Christine Baranski. He has also appeared on USA’s “Royal Pains,” and on Comedy Central’s “Important Things With Demetri Martin.” He can next be seen on IFC’s “Documentary Now!” opposite Bill Hader. Alex has established himself as a playwright. He and his writing partner, Drew Gasparini, premiered a new musical thriller called “Make Me Bad” at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in 2013. Their next production was the one-man show Everything In Its Place: The Life And Slimes Of Marc Summers, starring Marc Summers. The duo are currently developing several other projects, including a musical adaptation of The Whipping Boy, based on the Newbery medal-winning children's book and a musical adaptation of Universal’s It's Kind Of A Funny Story, which was workshopped this past year at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Alex enjoys teaching music and for several years has taught at Broadway Artist Alliance, Camp Broadway and in his own class, "Alex Brightman Teaches You How to Kick Auditions in the Ass." Alex currently resides in New York City.
SOPHIA ANNE CARUSO (Lydia) began her professional career at age 9, in the role of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, directed by Patty Duke. She played Young Norma Jean alongside Bernadette Peters in NBC-TV’s hit series, “Smash.” Sophia's regional credits include the world premiere of Second Hand Lions directed by Scott Schwartz at the 5th Ave Theater in Seattle, and Charlotte Van Goethem in the world premiere of Little Dancer, directed by Susan Stroman at the Kennedy Center. Sophia was Brigitta Von Trapp in NBC-TV’s first live TV musical, “The Sound of Music Live!.” Her first off-Broadway stage show was The Nether directed by Anne Kaufman at MCC where she received her first Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Following The Nether, Sophia began work on her first feature, a multi-award winning film about autism called Jack of The Red Hearts, directed by Janet Grillo. Sophia was also featured in the film 37 The Kitty Genovese Murder. Caruso’s love for the stage brought her back to off-Broadway, when she was cast as “The Girl” in the David Bowie / Enda Walsh world premiere musical, Lazarus, directed by Ivo van Hove, at the New York Theater Workshop. She received her second Lucille Lortel nomination, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical and was also nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress. After a record breaking sold out run in New York City, Lazarus transferred to London's West End in 2016. Sophia received her first West End nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical from the prestigious "What’s on Stage Awards”. She is also prominently featured on the Lazarus cast album, most notably in “Life On Mars.” Her first Broadway credit came in the Tony-nominated production of Blackbird, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels. That same summer she also appeared in New York City Center’s production of Runaways. Sophia appears in the first episode of Season 2, in the Facebook hit series “Strangers” that is currently streaming on Facebook Watch. Next year she will be seen in the new Showtime series, “City on a Hill,” co-starring opposite Kevin Bacon, as his teenage daughter.
KERRY BUTLER (Barbara) most recently received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for playing three roles in Mean Girls on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include: Xanadu (Tony and Drama League nominations for Best Actress); Penny in Hairspray (Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations); Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Dora nomination); Disaster!; Catch Me If You Can (Drama Desk nomination); Sherrie in Rock of Ages; Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Outer Critics nomination); Eponine in Les Miserable; Blood Brothers; and The Best Man. Off-Broadway: Batboy, The Call, and Clinton: The Musical. Television: “30 Rock,” “The Mindy Project,” “Rescue Me,” “Law and Order,” “Elementary,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “White Collar,” “Blue Bloods,” “One Life to Live", “Gilmore Girls” and the film The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Her album “Faith Trust and Pixie Dust” is available on iTunes.
ROB MCCLURE (Adam) received Tony, Drama League, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle nominations and won Theatre World and Clive Barnes awards for his performance in the title role of Chaplin: The Musical. Rob’s other Broadway credits include Nick Bottom in Something Rotten!, Tim in the recent Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Noises Off, Jack Singer in Honeymoon In Vegas, I'm Not Rappaport, and the roles of Princeton and Rod in Avenue Q. He later received a Helen Hayes nomination for his performance in the Avenue Q national tour. He delighted 92nd Street Y audiences in Kathleen Marshall’s salute to MGM musicals Going Hollywood and similarly charmed crowds at New York City Center Encores! in Where’s Charley? and Irma La Douce. Regionally, he appeared in the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s Comedy Of Tenors and The Game’s Afoot both at the Cleveland Playhouse and Robert and Willie Reale’s Johnny Baseball at the American Repertory Theatre. A fan favorite at St Louis’s Muny, Rob has been seen there in Jerome Robbin’s Broadway, Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins, Shrek, The Addams Family, Hello, Dolly!, Beauty & The Beast, and Into the Woods. Particularly active in the Philadelphia theater scene, Rob has collaborated with the Arden Theatre Co. (A Funny Thing…, Flea and the Professor), The Walnut Street (Mozart in Amadeus, Carmen Ghia in The Producers), and many more, winning him two Barrymore Awards for Best Actor. Other regional work includes; Paper Mill Playhouse, The Old Globe, Delaware Theatre Co., Flat Rock Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. Rob recently made his film debut in the Award winning short film Recursion, directed by Sam Buntrock for which Rob won Best Actor at both The Queen’s World and Williamsburg Independant Film Festivals. He can be seen recurring on “The Good Fight” as Judge Trig Mullaney and recently shot the pilot “Drew” for CBS.
ADAM DANNHEISSER (Charles) last appeared on Broadway in Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning production of Oslo (Obie Award Winner). Prior to that he played 'Lazar Wolf' in the Tony-nominated revival of Fiddler on the Roof, also directed by Bartlett Sher. Adam was thrilled to create the role of 'Dennis Dupree' in Chris D’Arienzo’s long-running, Tony-nominated Rock of Ages. Other Broadway credits include: Cymbeline, The Coast Of Utopia, Twelfth Night, Proof and The Tempest. Adam was an Ovation Award Nominee for Contact The Musical (1st National Tour). Film and Television credits include: Nine Minutes, Down To Earth, 5 Doctors, A Price Above Rubies, “Elementary,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Damages,” “Law & Order,” “Brotherhood,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Sex And The City,” “Mad About You.” Adam received his BFA from Boston Conservatory of Music and his MFA from NYU.
LESLIE KRITZER (Delia) recently starred as Alice Kramden in the world premiere musical, The Honeymooners at Paper Mill Playhouse. Broadway: Something Rotten, Elf, Sondheim on Sondheim, Legally Blonde (Clarence Derwent Award), A Catered Affair (Drama Desk nomination) and Hairspray. Off-Broadway credits include The Roundabout Theatre’s production of The Robber Bridegroom, which earned her a Lucille Lortel Award as well as Drama League and Astaire award nominations. Off-Broadway: Gigantic (Lucille Lortel Nomination), Nobody Loves You at Second Stage, The Memory Show at Transport Group,Rooms: A Rock Romance, (Outer Critics Circle nomination) and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Drama Desk nomination). Leslie received a TimeOutNY award for her solo show, Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, TV: “Difficult People,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “Younger,” “VINYL,” “Law and Order: SVU.” Instagram/Twitter @lesliekritzer.
JILL ABRAMOVITZ (Maxine Dean) has been seen on Broadway in Bartlett Sher’s Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella, 9 to 5, and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Also: Sweeney Todd at Avery Fisher Hall, Ever After and Damn Yankees at The Papermill Playhouse, Emmet Otter and Band Geeks at Goodspeed Opera House, and shows at Barrington Stage, Kennedy Center, Westchester Bway (Fanny Brice in Funny Girl) White Plains PAC (Hedy LaRue in How To Succeed). TV credits include upcoming seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Last OG as well as Kimmy Schmidt, Madam Secretary, Braindead, Good Wife, Ugly Betty, 30 Rock, Hostages, Z-Rock and Civil. Also an award-winning writer, Jill is a contributing lyricist on Broadway’s It Shoulda Been You and the lyricist of Martha Speaks for TheatreworksUSA, as well as a bunch of other projects you can see on her website: Jillaonline.com
DANNY RUTIGLIANO (Maxie Dean) last appeared on Broadway as Danny Reed in Roundabout Theatre’s Holiday Inn. Other Broadway includes the original Broadway and Los Angeles casts of The Lion King as Timon (L.A. Ovation Award, Best Featured Actor), Billy Elliot, Born Yesterday and The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public. National tours include How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, two tours of Elf The Musical, which also played Madison Square Garden, and the starring role in Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Schpeel. He has appeared in five productions at N.Y. City Centre’s ENCORES! including the title role in Fiorello! He’s performed in numerous shows Off-Broadway as well as extensive appearances in regional theatre and countless commercials and voiceovers. He has many TV/Film appearances including “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” all the “Law & Order’s,” Goodfellas, 13, The Producers among others. Favorite role: husband to Jacqueline Monroe.
KELVIN MOON LOH (Otho) Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants, The King and I (Lincoln Center), Side Show (Kennedy Center, Helen Hayes Award), Here Lies Love (Public Theater), Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Company), American Idiot (1st National Tour).
TESSA ALVES (Ensemble) Ummmm, A BEETLEJUICE MUSICAL!!! Yes please. Favorite theatre credits include: Rock of Ages, and Escape to Margaritaville on Broadway, West Side Story, Cabaret and Trojan Women at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, as well as the role of "Stephanie" in the North American tour of Saturday Night Fever. I love you all!
JOHNNY BRANTLEY (Ensemble) is a Dallas native and Texas State University Musical Theatre Graduate (‘16). He's so excited to be a part of this amazing team. "In this world there is much to be sad about but in the theatre one is transported and is able to sit in an experience. So grateful to be able to story tell. Thank you to my wonderful supportive family. Love is the way. Love is the way. Love is the way."
RYAN BRESLIN (Ensemble). Newsies OBC (Racetrack) The Book of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory OBC (Mike Tevee U/S). Film: Hail, Caesar!. TV: “Person of Interest.” Thanks to Telsey, the creative team, and HCR. Love to mom, dad, and Hills.
BROOKE ENGEN (Swing) is excited to “turn on the juice” in Beetlejuice the Musical! Broadway/National Tours/Vegas: Gypsy, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Rock Of Ages & Surf the Musical. TV/Film: “Hairspray Live,” Hairspray Movie as Doreen, “Raising Hope,” “Smash,” “Hart Of Dixie,” “Code Black,” “Marvel’s Runaways,” Tony Awards, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She is a co-creator, writer, and performer at Skits-o-Frenic.com. Special thanks to Telsey & Co, Connor Gallagher, Nancy Renee Braun, Alex Timbers, and the entire Beetlejuice team! “It’s Showtime.” @Brookethat
ABE GOLDFARB (Ensemble) is an actor, writer and director who lives in Brooklyn. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. You can hear his voice in Pokemon, World of Winx and a host of computer games. His first feature film as a director, The Horror at Gallery Kay, is currently on the festival circuit. He plays stages from New York to Helsinki as the burlesque emcee and drunken reprobate Bastard Keith. Deepest thanks to Rosebud and to my incredible mother.
ERIC ANTHONY JOHNSON (Swing). STOKED AF TO BE HERE! Broadway Tours: R+H’s Cinderella, EVITA, Elf, West Side Story, Miss Saigon. An obscene amount of thanks to Alex, Connor, Nancy, Kris and Team Telsey. Love to Chippers, B, and the Johnson tribe. B.F.A. Boston Conservatory @ERICANTHONYJOHNSON
ELLIOTT MATTOX (Ensemble) Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Regional: Asolo Rep, MUNY, Riverside Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Lyric Theatre Oklahoma, Music Theatre Wichita. Stay tuned @elliottmattox and listen in @equityonepodcast - available on iTunes!
MATEO MELENDEZ (Ensemble) got his start at his mother's dance studio at the age of two. He would go on to receive a BFA in Dance from the University of Hartford. After graduating, he toured with the dance crew, iLuminate, in their Off-Broadway show Artist of Light. Mateo has also performed at The Fulton Theatre (Newsies, Guys and Dolls), Maine State Music Theatre (Newsies), and Broadway at Music Circus in Sacramento (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Newsies).
GEORGE MERRICK (Swing). Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas, South Pacific, High Fidelity. Off-Bway: Ring Twice for Miranda, Clever Little Lies. TV: “Madame Secretary,” “Rise,” “The Blacklist,” “Blue Bloods.” Film: The Intern, So Good to See You.
RAMONE OWENS (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this amazing show and company! Broadway/Nat’l tours: Motown The Musical; Off Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow (Irish Rep); Regional: The Sting (World Premier), PaperMill Playhouse; The Prince Of Egypt (World Premier), TheaterWorks; Singing In The Rain, Seven Brides..., Newsies; Sacramento Music Circus. Many thanks to Renee and the About Artists Agency Team and to Rachel Hoffman/Telsey Co. BFA, The Boston Conservatory.
DEVIN L. ROBERTS (Ensemble) Companies: The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco!) Broadway: The Lion King (Minskoff Theatre), Cabin In The Sky (City Center Encores), Do I Hear A Waltz? (City Center Encores), Candide (Carnegie Hall). Off-Broadway: Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope (York Theatre Company), Venice (The Public Theater), Soul Doctor (NY Theatre Workshop). Regional: West Side Story (Guthrie Theater), Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center), Chicago (North Shore Music Theatre), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Theatre Under The Stars), Hairspray (Walnut Street Theatre). TV: "Smash," Tony Awards 2012, “America's Got Talent” (BG Vocalist).
PRESLEY RYAN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of Beetlejuice! Favorite theatre: Fun Home (Broadway), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Cindy Lou Who, Madison Square Garden), Beaches (Little Cee Cee, Drury Lane Theatre and Signature Theatre), Annie (Annie, Engeman Theatre). TV: “Orange is the New Black,” “Difficult People,” “Sound of Music: Live!” Many thanks to Ellyn Marie Marsh, Adrienne McKeown, Mallory Tucker, David Doan, Sherry Kayne, Rachel Hoffman, Telsey and the entire Beetlejuice team. Love to family and friends! @prezryan
KIM SAVA (Ensemble) is currently making a fool of herself as Lina Lamont in Singing in the Rain at Maine State Music Theatre. Other credits: Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda (Toronto/Ed Mirvish); Acrobat/ us Mrs Wormwood & Miss Honey, Matilda (1st National tour); Lily St. Regis in Annie (Papermill Playhouse); Barry Manilows Harmony (The Alliance, Ahmanson); Cutman (Goodspeed); Guys and Dolls (Goodspeed); Ilona in She Loves Me (Montana Opera); Pegeen in Mame (Goodspeed); Fiddler on the Roof, Rocky Horror (Pioneer Theatre); Rizzo in Grease (Tuacahn); Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theatre NJ); Annie (The Fulton); A Christmas Carol (NSMT); Special thanks to The Hybrid and to my hubs Michael.
DANA STEINGOLD (Ensemble) Broadway/National Tours: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway/New York: Avenue Q, The Visit; Saturday Night (York), Anyone Can Whistle (City Center Encores!). Regional Highlights: Grease (Papermill Playhouse), Into the Woods (KC Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Westport Country Playhouse); Hairspray, High School Musical 2, Ordinary Days, World Premieres of Wind in the Willows (Two River), Pregnancy Pact (Weston Playhouse), Calvin Berger (George Street). Voice of Saraline Timbers on Nickelodeon's “Welcome to the Wayne.” BFA: New York University.
ALEX TIMBERS (Director) is a two-time Tony-nominated director and writer and the recipient of Golden Globe, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two OBIE and Lortel Awards. Directing credits include Jonathan Groff in The Bobby Darin Story, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s Oh Hello on Broadway (also aired on Netflix), Moulin Rouge! at the Emerson Colonial Theater, David Byrne’s Here Lies Love (Lortel Award- Best Director, Drama Desk and OCC nominations - Best Director, London Evening Standard Award), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also book writer; Drama Desk Award - Best Book, Lortel and OCC Awards - Best Musical, Tony nomination - Best Book), Peter and the Starcatcher (co-director, OBIE Award- Best Director, Tony nomination - Best Director), The Robber Bridegroom (Lortel Award - Best Revival), Rocky (Drama Desk and OCC nominations - Best Director), The Pee-wee Herman Show (also aired on HBO), Gutenberg! (Drama Desk nom. - Best Director), Hell House (Drama Desk nom.), A Very Merry Unauthorized Pageant (OBIE Award). TV: “Mozart in the Jungle,” “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Tour at Radio City Music Hall.” Recipient of the 2016 Jerome Robbins Award.
CONNOR GALLAGHER (Choreographer). Selected work includes the first New York revival of The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre Company, Astaire Winner and Calloway Nominee), the national tour of Elf, the world-premiere stage adaptation of Disney's Tangled, Robert Schenkkan and Neil Berg's The Twelve (Denver Center), FOUND (Philadelphia Theatre Company), a new adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Director, Disney Creative Entertainment), The Magic School Bus (Director, Theatreworks), Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse), The Fabulous Lipitones (Goodspeed), Bunnicula (DR2), Fat Camp (NYMF & Playhouse Square, Best Choreography Award), Spidermusical (The Mint), Perez Hilton (Fringe, Barrow Street Theatre, Joe’s Pub), and numerous events for Broadway Cares. Connor has created choreography for Glidden Paint, Luxxotica Eyewear, Hanky Panky Underwear, The Writers Guild Awards, and the HIFA Festival in Zimbabwe. Associate: Into the Woods (Public Theater), Beauty and the Beast National and International Tours. Connor is a graduate of The Cincinnati Conservatory. connorgallagher.com
EDDIE PERFECT (Music & Lyrics) is one of Australia’s most diverse, respected and prolific writer/composer/performers, having made his mark in the fields of comedy, music theatre composition, playwriting, screenwriting, classical music, jazz and acting for stage and screen. As a composer/lyricist, Eddie’s credits include The Big Con (Malthouse Theatre), Shane Warne The Musical (Token), Drink Pepsi Bitch (Malthouse Theatre), Angry Eddie, Misanthropology (Sydney Festival), "Songs From The Middle" with The Brodsky Quartet, Strictly Ballroom (Global Creatures) and Vivid White (Melbourne Theatre Company). Eddie is currently writing and developing both King Kong (Global Creatures) and Beetlejuice (Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures) in the U.S. Eddie also wrote the stage play The Beast for Melbourne Theatre Company, the screenplay for the absurdist comedy “The Future Is Expensive” for ABC television, and co-artistically directed the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2016 and 2017. Eddie can be seen on Australian television’s “Playschool” where he is a presenter, and on Netflix as Mick Holland in the Australian Drama/Comedy series “Offspring.”
SCOTT BROWN (Book) wrote/composed the Off-Broadway musical comedy Gutenberg! The Musical (dir. Alex Timbers) with childhood friend and Beetlejuice collaborator Anthony King. He started his career in journalism, writing for Entertainment Weekly (senior writer), Wired (columnist), GQ and Time, among others. He was chief drama critic for New York Magazine from 2010 to 2014, and received the 2012-13 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. He saw Spider-man: Turn off the Dark three times, two of them sober. Lately, he's written for HBO's “Sharp Objects,” based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, directed by Jean Marc Vallee and starring Amy Adams. He's also written for WGN's critically acclaimed “Manhattan” and is currently a writer-producer on Stephen King's “Castle Rock” for Hulu, executive produced by J.J. Abrams. He’s also at work on a new project for Amazon, but then, isn’t everyone? His young-adult novel ‘xL’ will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2019. Scott was born in Alabama, and spent most of his childhood in North Carolina. He lived for seventeen lovely years in New York, until it got too expensive, and then moved to Western Massachusetts, where he is politically irrelevant
ANTHONY KING (Book) is an Emmy-nominated writer, director, and performer. He co-wrote the Off-Broadway show, Gutenberg! The Musical!, which also enjoyed a run Off-West End in London and is now being performed all over the world. The show received Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle & Drama Desk Award Nominations, and won a NYMF Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing (Book). Anthony has developed television projects for CBS, HBO, Comedy Central, A&E & AMC and has written/produced for shows like “Silicon Valley” (HBO), “Broad City” (Comedy Central), “Search Party” (TBS), “Playing House” (USA), “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” & “Ten Years Later” (Netflix), “Wrecked” (TBS), “Best Friends Forever” (NBC) and more. He was the Artistic Director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC from 2005-2011 and still performs often at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles where he lives now with his wife and two wonderful daughters. And also a weird little dog.
DAVID KORINS (Scenic Design) is the award-winning founder and principal designer of David Korins Design – a multidisciplinary creative firm developing and designing innovative experiences. His Broadway credits include Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, War Paint, Bandstand, Misery, Motown, Annie, Bring It On, Chinglish, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin, Magic/Bird, Godspell, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Lombardi, Passing Strange and Bridge and Tunnel. He has worked extensively both off-Broadway and in regional theatre. His opera credits include world premieres of Bel Canto at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene at San Francisco Opera and Oscar at Santa Fe Opera. He has worked extensively as a Production Designer in TV, film, & award shows including Fox's “Grease: Live” for which he won an Emmy award. As a Creative Director, he collaborates with a vast variety of artists and institutions from Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and Gagosian, to Andrea Bocelli, Sotheby’s, Equinox, Michael Kors, and Google. He has received two Tony nominations, an Emmy Award, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards, three Henry Hewes Design Awards, and an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design.
WILLIAM IVEY LONG (Costume Design) has over 70 Broadway design credits. Select Broadway: The Prince of Broadway, A Bronx Tale: The Musical, On the Twentieth Century, Cabaret, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray, The Producers, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Nine. Recent television work includes: “A Christmas Story: Live!,” “Grease: Live!” (Emmy nomination) and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s do the Time Warp Again” - all for the FOX television network. He has designed for such artists as Mick Jagger, Siegfried and Roy, the Pointer Sisters at Caesar’s Palace, and Joan Rivers. Mr. Long has won 6 Tony Awards, with 15 nominations. He recently completed a 4 year elected term as Chairman of the American Theatre Wing, and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in January 2006.
KENNETH POSNER (Lighting Design) has more than 60 Broadway play and musical credits. He designs extensively off-Broadway, for resident theatres and touring productions throughout the United States as well as internationally. Selected Broadway credits: War Paint, Tuck Everlasting, Disgraced, On Your Feet, If/Then, Kinky Boots, Pippin, Cinderella, Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can, The Coast of Utopia - Shipwrecked, Other Desert Cities, The Merchant Of Venice, The Little Foxes, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, Finding Neverland and Wicked. He is the recipient of the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle and OBIE Awards.
PETER HYLENSKI (Sound Design) is a Grammy, Olivier, and four time Tony-nominated Sound Designer for theater, film, television and special events. Selected designs include: Frozen, Anastasia, Something Rotten (B’way, US Tour), Rock of Ages (B’way, London, Toronto, Melbourne, Las Vegas, US Tour), After Midnight, Motown (Broadway, London, US Tours), The Scottsboro Boys, Side Show, Rocky (B’way, Hamburg, Stuttgart), Bullets Over Broadway, Shrek the Musical (B’way, London, US Tour), On A Clear Day, Lend Me A Tenor, Elf, Wonderland, Cry Baby, The Times They Are A-Changin’, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Little Women (B’way, US Tour), Brooklyn, Annie (US Tours). Other credits: Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas, Ragtime (London), King Kong (Melbourne). International arena tours of How To Train Your Dragon and Walking with Dinosaurs. Architectural projects include 54 Below, the Plaza Hotel (NYC), Lake of Dreams at Wynn Las Vegas, Big Bang Theatre at the American Museum of Natural History. He’s engineered music in ads for companies such as Sony, Levi’s, General Mills, Kia and Mercedes Benz He was the re-record mixer and sound supervisor on his fifth film for the American Museum of Natural History titled Dark Universe.
PETER NIGRINI (Projection Design). Broadway: SpongeBob Squarepants, Dear Evan Hansen, Amelie, A Dolls House Part 2, An Act of God, The Heidi Chronicles, The Best Man, Fela!, 9 to 5. Elsewhere: Grounded and Here Lies Love (Public Theatre), Wakey Wakey, (Signature), Real Enemies (BAM Next Wave), Lucia di Lammermoor (Santa Fe Opera), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (2nd Stage), Notes from Underground (Yale Rep), The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Blind Date (Bill T. Jones). He is also one of the founders of Nature Theatre of Oklahoma and designs every aspect of their productions which include, No Dice, and Life & Times (Burgtheater, Vienna). Currently: Ain’t Too Proud, The Temptations (Touring) and Orphée et Eurydice (Opera Theatre of St. Louis).
MICHAEL CURRY (Puppet Design). Michael’s approach is unique, as he chooses to design and fabricate with a long-term team in his Oregon studio. The scenic designs, puppetry, and performance effects from Michael Curry Design have been the cornerstone of shows for the past 30 years. He has received multiple awards from his peers in theater, television, and film. Michael is best known for his work with The Lion King on Broadway, FROZEN the Musical on Broadway, multiple Olympic opening ceremonies, the Metropolitan Opera, Cirque du Soleil, and other worldwide spectacles.
JEREMY CHERNICK (Special Effects Design). Broadway: Frozen the Musical, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, American Psycho, Aladdin The Musical, You Can’t Take It With You, & Rocky. London’s West End: Harry Potter and The cursed Child, Let the Right One In. Off-Broadway and other: Angels In America (Berkley rep) A Christmas Carol (The McCarter Theater) Joan of Arc (The Public Theater) Guards at the Taj (The Atlantic) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney Theatrical Group), Parsifal (Metropolitan Opera). “Jesus Christ Superstar Live,” “The Wiz Live” & “Peter Pan Live” for NBC Universal. Chernick serves as Head designer for J&M Special Effects in Brooklyn www.jmfx.net. In 2014, his work was featured at the Museum of Art & Design in New York.
MICHAEL WEBER (Illusions) inhabits a unique position in the world of the professional wonder worker: He creates his own magic. He has spent a lifetime inventing and performing new and original magic effects, many of which have become modern classics. Weber and co-conspirator Ricky Jay founded the consulting company Deceptive Practices which provides "Arcane Knowledge On a Need-To-Know Basis” to film, theater and television. Weber has collaborated with a veritable “Who’s Who” of writers and directors including Daren Aronofsky, Wes Craven, David Hare, David Mamet, Errol Morris, Mike Nichols, Christopher Nolan, Aaron Sorkin, Martin Scorsese, George Wolfe and Robert Zemeckis. Weber's work has appeared in dozens of Broadway productions and feature films such as Forrest Gump, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants, Sneakers, Angels in America, Congo, The Parent Trap, Wolf, On The Stem, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Faustus, The Illusionist, Leap of Faith, Top Dog Underdog, Rogues Gallery, The Prestige, In and Of Itself, A Year of Magical Thinking, and Ocean's 13. As magic consultant for the original David Blaine “Street Magic” television special, Weber helped redefine Magic for his generation. He served as a writer and magic creator for the television series, The Carbonaro Effect, is a consulting producer of Derek Delgaudio's remarkable In and Of Itself, was the director and co-creator of the live touring show Brain Candy, and directed a magic show for the blind that took place entirely in the dark.
KRIS KUKUL (Music Direction) is a New York City based Orchestrator/Arranger/Music Director and Composer. Recent Projects: Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Public Theatre - Music Supervisor/Arrangements), Runaways (NY City Center - Arrangements), American Songbook: Elizabeth Swados (Lincoln Center - MD/Arrangements), Shakespeare In Love (east coast premier - STNJ), Kate Baldwin - Extraordinary Machine (MD/Arrangements), The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Songbird (59E59), Darko Tresnjak’s Kiss Me Kate (The Old Globe/Hartford Stage), The Heart of Robin Hood (A.R.T/Royal Alexandria Toronto). Williamstown Theatre Festival 10 seasons; resident music director. 12 years as Elizabeth Swados’ Music Director/Orchestrator. He has written the music for Beauty Queen, Dash Dexter, Oliver Twist and the family musicals Camp Monster and Wing It!, both produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. International work: Andrei Serban’s Heracles (Epidaurus/National Theatre Greece), The LaMama Cantata (Japan, Serbia, Turkey, Italy, Croatia, Macedonia), Bokan (Bogota), From The Fire (Edinburgh), Bacchae (Warsaw). Adjunct faculty NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.
WARNER BROS. THEATRE VENTURES (Producer). Continuing Warner Bros.’ mission of presenting the finest entertainment across all media platforms to global audiences, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (WBThV) is the company’s live stage play division, which develops and produces first-class musicals and other stage productions based on Warner Bros.’ vast library of iconic film and television properties. The division is currently preparing two World Premiere new musicals set to debut in 2018. Dave, directed by Tina Landau, with music by two-time Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt and lyrics by Tony nominee Nell Benjamin and a book by three-time Tony winner Thomas Meehan and Nell Benjamin will make its world premiere at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage in July 2018. In addition, directed by two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers, with an original score by Eddie Perfect and a book by Scott Brown and Emmy nominee Anthony King, the new musical comedy Beetlejuice will have a World Premiere Pre-Broadway engagement at Washington D.C.’s National Theatre in October 2018. WBThV is also currently readying both the North American tour and an Australian production at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre of the Olivier Award-winning musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was previously represented on the West End (Director: Sam Mendes) and Broadway (Director: Jack O’Brien). WBThV is presently developing A Star is Born (Director: Bill Condon), Dog Day Afternoon (Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis) and 17 Again for the stage.The division’s other Broadway productions include Oscar-winner William Goldman’s adaptation of Misery directed by Will Frears, starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf, the record-breaking holiday hit Elf, the Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County and Tony Award Best Play winner The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The division also co-produced the original musical Secondhand Lions at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. WBThV also licenses third-party stage rights to the various properties held within the studio’s vast media library, including such productions as Hairspray, The Bodyguard, Top Hat, Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, The Color Purple and 42nd Street.
LANGLEY PARK PRODUCTIONS (Producer). Kevin McCormick currently serves as Executive Vice President Production & Senior Advisor, Warner Bros. Pictures. (He previously served as President of Production, leaving the studio in 2010 and starting his Warner-based production company Langley Park Pictures.) Kevin is currently overseeing the films The Goldfinch, Motherless Brooklyn, and The Mule, along with Clint Eastwood’s latest theatrical release, 15:17 to Paris. Kevin continues to supervise numerous features in development, while serving as a producer on Beetlejuice and an advisor to Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.