Harry Warren and Al Dubin (Composer and Lyricist) were legendary tunesmiths both as a team and as individuals. Between the two, their prodigious careers spanned six decades. They wrote Broadway shows and revues and were pioneer songwriters for sound pictures. Their combined output of songs can only be described as astonishing. Al Dublin, born in Switzerland in 1891, died in NY in 1945. Harry Warren was born in Brooklyn in 1893 and passed away in 1981. His first hit song was written in 1922 and he scored his last movie in 1962. His other collaborators included Ira Gershwin, Billy Rose, Joe Young, Gus Kahn, Arthur Freed, Johnny Mercer, Mack Gordon, Mort Dixon, Bud Green and Ralph Blane.
Michael Stewart (Co-author) scored on Broadway the first time when he won a Tony for his Bye, Bye, Birdie libretto. He was the librettist for Carnival (Drama Critics’ Circle Award) and Hello, Dolly!, which won him both a Tony and Drama Critics prize. He also wrote the books for George M! (with Francine and John Pascal), Mack& Mabel, The Grand Tour and 42nd Street (with Mark Bramble), Harrigan ‘N’ Hart, I Love My Wife and the lyrics for Barnum. Mr. Stewart died in 1987.
Mark Bramble (Co-author) began his theatrical career with legendary Broadway producer David Merrick, for whom he worked on many productions. As author, his shows include Barnum, with songs by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart (ten Tony Award nominations including Best Book and Best Musical), 42nd Street, with songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin (Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Musical of The Year, Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Musical, etc.), The Three Musketeers, with the music of Rudolph Friml, Fat Pig, with songs by Henry Krieger, many collaborations with Michael Stewart including The Grand Tour, with songs by Jerry Herman, Treasure Island, with songs by Jule Styne, and the off Broadway opera Elizabeth and Essex. He directed the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Revival of 42nd Street on Broadway (Tony Award nomination for Best Director), as well as many productions of the show around the world. Mark Bramble was educated at the McDonogh School, Emerson College, New York University, and received an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Washington College, one of America’s oldest colleges. His book A Tea Caddy Collection will be published later this year.
Kelli Barclay (Director/Choreographer) NYC: Himself and Nora (Minetta Lane Theater), Pipe Dream (City Center Encores), City Center's 20 Years of Encores, Camelot in Concert and The Oscar Hammerstein Awards Saluting Carol Channing. 40 Naked Women, a Monkey and Me (Broadway Lab). Goodspeed Opera House: Anything Goes, Damn Yankees (Ct. Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Choreography), Hello, Dolly! (Ct. C.C. Award nomination for Best Choreography), My One and Only (Ct. C.C. Award Winner for Best Choreography); How to Succeed in Business... (Ct. C.C. Award nomination); and Hello, My Baby! at The Norma Terris Theatre. Other: Eugene O'Neill Cabaret Conference, Singin' In the Rain (Gateway Playhouse, St. Louis MUNY). 42nd Street (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), White Christmas (Ogunquit). Feature Film: Made for Each Other (Assoc. Choreographer) RCMH Christmas Spectacular (Detroit, MI). NYMTF: Michael Holland's Hurricane the Musical; David Shire's My History of Marriage. Kelli helped Goodspeed design and develop their Musical Theater Dance Intensive (www.goodspeed.org/pages/dance-intensive) which has been successfully ongoing for 3 years. Mastering every style of dance, she’s been on facility for numerous dance organizations. Honorary Award by Dance Educators of America for contribution in dance world. Many Original ballets: Once Upon A Wish and Angels Among Us starring NY Times Best-selling author Rev. Alma Daniel. Faculty: American Ballet Theater’s Intensive in NYC. Associate/ Asst. Choreographer Broadway credits: Ain’t Broadway Grand (TONY nom. Best Choreography), Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair, 42nd Street (2001 Award winning Revival, TONY nom. Best Choreography) and Irving Berlin's White Christmas (TONY nom. Best Choreography) Kelli has set 42nd Street in Holland, New Zealand and Germany as well as the current Nat’l tour.
Randy Skinner (Original Choreography) Broadway shows include: Dames At Sea (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire nominations), 42nd Street (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire nominations), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Ain’t Broadway Grand (Tony, Outer Critics nominations), State Fair (Outer Critics nomination), After The Night And The Music (MTC/Friedman Theatre). Other shows include Show Boat (NY Philharmonic and PBS), Do Re Mi, Of Thee I Sing, Face the Music, No No Nanette, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Lady Be Good (the last six at City Center Encores), Lone Star Love (Lucille Lortel nomination), Broadway: Three Generations (Kennedy Center), Stormy Weather (with Leslie Uggams/Pasadena Playhouse). In Los Angeles: Garry Marshall’s Happy Days, Hello, Dolly! (with Nell Carter), Pal Joey (with Dixie Carter and Elaine Stritch), Strike Up the Band (with Tom Bosley). West End: Lend Me A Tenor the Musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 42nd Street. He played Phil Dolan in On Your Toes for City Center Encores. He has received the LA Drama Critics, LA Drama-logue, Bay Area Theatre Critics, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Cleveland Times Theatre Awards. Mr. Skinner is a graduate of Ohio State University and teaches master classes at universities throughout the country.
Milton Granger (Music Director) has previously served as Music Director in NSMT productions of Young Frankenstein, The Music Man, A Christmas Carol (’14 – ’16), West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Saturday Night Fever, Anything Goes, Cats and Swing! As pianist/conductor: Broadway: Mary Poppins, The Woman in White, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cyrano the musical, and Camelot (with Robert Goulet). National tours: Sunset Boulevard, Big, The Phantom of the Opera, Only a Kingdom (with Sally Struthers). Off-Broadway: A Fine and Private Place, Fermat's Last Tango (CD and DVD), Company, Different Fields. International: West Side Story in Paris and Berlin; over one hundred productions in regional theaters. As composer/lyricist/librettist: Two first-place awards from the National Opera Association; Castle Walk a Next Link selection in the New York Music Theatre Festival; Bronze Mirror a selection of the Manhattan Theatre Mission festival; Peter Rabbit and the Garden of Doom winner of the Actors' Playhouse competition. Eight chamber operas which have been produced by 50 college opera workshops and small opera companies in U.S. and Canada. www.miltongranger.com
Kyle Dixon (Scenic Design). Kyle’s scenic artwork may be seen across the United States, from NYC to Las Vegas. Recent scenic designs include: Young Frankenstein, The Music Man, West Side Story (North Shore Music Theatre), Camelot (Westchester Broadway Theatre), The Broadway Classic Music Dance Review (Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, Beijing, China) The Producers, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Beehive, Buddy, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Sister Act, and Young Frankenstein (Theatre By The Sea, BroadwayWorld Regional Award), Growing up 70’s starring Barry Williams (Off Broadway), Angelina Ballerina, The Musical (NYC, Toronto, National Tour), Fancy Nancy, the Musical (NYC, National Tour), StinkyKids (Off Broadway Alliance Award), It Shoulda Been You (starring Kim Zimmer) and The Wizard of Oz (Gretna Theatre, BroadwayWorld Regional Award), Xanadu, Doubt, The Secret Garden and The Merchant of Venice (Williams Center for the Arts), and many more. Kyle has designed concert events for Faith Prince, Tommy Tune, Pam Tillis, and the NC Gubernatorial Inauguration Gala (Telly Award). In addition to theatre, he is the designer of NC’s historic Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights, a ten-acre holiday display. www.KyleDixonDesigns.com
Roger Kirk (Original Costume Design) is a Tony Award-winning set and costume designer for theatre, film and television. He has designed costumes for productions such as The Boy From Oz with Hugh Jackman, The King and I and King Kong the Musical. Roger was the costume designer for the film Jesus Christ Superstar, other credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down The Wind (London), The King and I (London Palladium), Hugh Jackman’s The Boy from Oz Arena Spectacular, Silver Rose, Le Corsaire for Munich Opera House, Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, and Shout!. His Broadway credits include The King & I (Tony Award), Jesus Chris Superstar and 42nd Street (Tony Award Nomination). Roger’s most recent credits include Sweeney Todd for Victorian Opera, Miracle City for Luckiest Productions and sell-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne for Hugh Jackman’s Broadway to Oz: Hugh Jackman Live in Concert.
Paula Peasley-Ninestein (Costume Coordination) has worked in the costume department at NSMT since 2008 as the costume coordinator, costume designer or wardrobe supervisor for over 50 NSMT productions. Some of her favorite productions are: Miss Saigon, Billy Elliot, Les Misérables, Sister Act and Bye, Bye, Birdie. Her costume designs for NSMT's productions of Guys and Dolls and Legally Blonde earned IRNE nominations. Other credits include Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Stoneham Theatre, Opera Carolina, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Boston, and La Jolla Playhouse. Paula enjoys volunteering at her son Tripp’s school, Rockport Elementary, and is a Co-Chair of the Rockport PTO.
Jose Santiago (Lighting Design) is happy to return after lighting Evita and last season’s Spamalot Past designs include: The entire 2016 & 2017 seasons at Theatre By The Sea, Rent, Any- thing Goes, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Sister Act The Musical, Young Frankenstein, White Christmas (Gateway), Of Mice and Men (Bay Street Theatre); Man of La Mancha, La Cage aux Folles, Mame (The Wick Theatre), Smokey Joe's Café (Merry- Go-Round Playhouse). He received his Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Florida State University. jsantiagodesign.com
Don Hanna (Sound Design) is happy to be returning to North Shore Music Theatre for 42nd Street, where past credits include the recent production of Evita, Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, West Side Story, and Billy Elliot. Up and coming projects include: Wizard of Oz 2017-2018 International Tour (Sound Design, Apex Touring). Other notable credits include: The World Premier of Heartbreak Hotel (Sound Design, Ogunquit Playhouse, Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Sound Design, Ogunquit Playhouse), Priscilla Queen of the Desert Regional Premier (Sound Designer, Gateway Playhouse/Ogunquit Playhouse), The Million Dollar Quartet (Sound Designer, Gateway Playhouse), Saturday Night Fever Regional Premiere (Sound Designer, Gateway Playhouse), Billy Elliot (Sound Designer, Gateway Playhouse), Rock of Ages Regional Premier (Sound Designer, Gateway Playhouse), Young Frankenstein Regional Premier (Sound Designer, Gateway Playhouse/Ogunquit Playhouse). Touring Credits include: Pippin (Associate Sound Designer/Head audio, Apex Touring), Fame the Musical (Sound Design), The Million Dollar Quartet National Tour (Head Audio), Smokey Joes Cafe 20th Anniversary Tour (Head Audio). Don is a freelance Sound Designer and Engineer in the NY Tristate area. Other freelance production includes Frontier Show Productions, The Engman Theatre, Shades of Buble: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Buble, among others. A special thank you to my friends, family and Bethany for their continual love and support.
Gerard Kelly (Wig and Hair Design) Broadway: Disney’s The Lion King (Tony© Award - Best Musical), Hair (Tony© Award - Best Revival of a Musical). Gerard's hair and wig design has been seen at North Shore Music Theatre since 1999 as well as many other Regional Theatre's and Shakespeare Festivals across the country. Gerard has also created many wigs for performers such as Harvey Fierstein, Felicity Huffman, Laura Linney, Marlo Thomas, The B-52's (including the cover of their album Funplex), Varla Jean Merman, Charles Busch, S.Epatha Merkerson, Jennifer Holiday, RuPaul, Woopie Goldberg, and The Lady Bunny. Gerard's work can be seen in films such as Transamerica, Girls Will Be Girls, The Ten, The Savages, King Bolden, Notorious, The Conjuring and The Other Woman.
Natalie A. Lynch (Production Stage Manager). With NSMT: Evita, Young Frankenstein, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man and the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 Musical Seasons. Other Credits Include: Capital Repertory Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, New Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, STAGES St. Louis, Stoneham Theatre and Maples Repertory Theatre. National Tours: The Magic Tree House: The Musical and A Christmas Carol. Natalie began at NSMT as the SM Intern in 2005 and is thrilled to return once again to her theatrical home. She is a graduate of University of New Hampshire and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Special thanks to her family and friends, especially her parents, for their endless love and support. For Andrew, Abigail and Devin.
Dakotah Wiley Horan (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back for the 2017 Season having worked as the Assistant Stage Manager on Evita, Young Frankenstein, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, A Christmas Carol, West Side Story, Spamalot and Singin' In The Rain, and as the Production Assistant for Mary Poppins and Funny Girl. Some of her previous Stage Management credits include: Capital Repertory Theatre: Marvelous Wonderettes, Cactus Flower, 33 Variations, Leslie Uggams in Uptown Downtown, Man of La Mancha, and Single Girls Guide. Pendragon Theatre: Clean House, Twelve Angry Men, A Christmas Story. CPS: The King and I. She is a graduate of SUNY Postdam and Universidad de Sevilla. She would like to thank her parents for instilling and encouraging her love of theatre, her very supportive friends and Natalie, Tom, and Kevin for this amazing opportunity.
Robert L. Rucinski (Assistant Music Direction). Past NSMT credits include: School House Rock Live Jr., A Christmas Carol '04-'07 & '10-'16, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain '06 & '16, Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, The King and I, Forever Plaid, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Crazy for You, Cinderella '05-'06, Ain't Misbehavin', Damn Yankees, Camelot, Fame. Robert is thrilled to be returning to NSMT after music directing last spring’s production of School House Rock Live. This past year, he was music director for shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors, and an award winning production of Godspell at the various high school and university theater programs at which he works. A native of Jersey City, NJ, he now lives in Arlington, MA.
Binder Casting (Casting) Upcoming projects include: Intermission, Austen’s Pride, When Pigs Fly, Southern Rapture. Broadway includes: In Transit, Lion King, Dames at Sea, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Born Yesterday, The Miracle Worker, Finian’s Rainbow, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, The 39 Steps, White Christmas, Is He Dead?, Inherit The Wind, Journey’s End, Butley, Virginia Woolf, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Movin’ Out, 42nd Street, Music Man, Iceman Cometh, Charlie Brown, Sound of Music, Beauty & the Beast, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Chicago, King & I, Damn Yankees, Lost in Yonkers, Jake’s Women, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, The Goodbye Girl. Film/TV: Dreamgirls, Chicago, Nine, Hairspray, Carousel (PBS/NY Phil), Six by Sondheim (HBO). Regional/Other: Hartford Stage (currently 5th season), NY City Center Encores!, Twelve–time Artios Award winner. Part of RWS Entertainment Group.
Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer) is honored and proud to have been responsible for the re-opening of the nationally renowned North Shore Music Theatre in 2010. He began his career in show business at age 19, leasing and developing movie theaters, including his first multiplex in Quincy, Massachusetts. Before long, he was booking rock shows (Jefferson Starship, Rush) and other types of live entertainment, which eventually led to the presenting and producing of Broadway productions. One such show was an appearance by the legendary mime artist, Marcel Marceau. As president of Broadway Productions, Bill presented national tours such as Annie, Amadeus, Dancin', Peter Pan, Rocky Horror Show and Mark Twain starring Hal Holbrook, throughout New England including Worcester, Springfield, Portland, Maine and Boston. Aside from his work operating North Shore Music Theatre, one of Bill's crowning achievements was the 2007 purchase and re-opening of Theatre By The Sea, a landmark 500 seat professional summer theatre and restaurant, which just completed its eleventh year of operation in Matunuck, RI (theatrebythesea.com). Throughout his career, Bill has stayed focused on his movie theatre chain having bought, built, owned, operated and sold more than 30 cinemas. His company, Entertainment Cinemas, currently operates seven movie complexes in four states. In 2009, Bill was elected President of the Theatre Owners of New England. Bill's ongoing work with NSMT inspires him to consider acquiring additional performance venues at which he plans to someday share his productions between his theatres. Bill has been named to the North Shore Top 100 by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, he was recognized by both the Beverly Chamber of Commerce and Salem Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year. He is the recipient of the 2015 Leslie S. Ray Hall of Fame Award, presented by the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce. Bill is a member of the League of Broadway Producers and was involved with the recent revival of Pippin.
Kevin P. Hill (Producing Artistic Director). Born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, Kevin began his theatrical career as dancer and actor. He appeared in National Touring companies of Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing, Leslie Uggams and Michele Lee, Anything Goes and the International Touring Company of A Chorus Line. New York audiences have seen him in the Off-Broadway production of Party. Regional credits as a performer include: West Side Story, Good News! A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady and Marvin in Falsettoland. Kevin has directed and choreographed over 100 productions across America. He has had the privilege of working with such stars as Marin Mazzie, Joanne Worley, Kathleen Turner, Josh Groban, Jonathan Groff and Tony Award winner, Cady Huffman. In New York, he was the assistant to the director of On the Twentieth Century at the New Amsterdam Theatre and assistant to the choreographer on the revival of Guys and Dolls. Most recently he directed and choreographed Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, and at Bill Hanney's Theatre By The Sea in Rhode Island, where he is also Producing Artistic Director. Kevin has been nominated as Best Director/Choreographer for his work on Smokey Joe's Café, Rent, The Full Monty, Chicago, and Edwin Drood, and was awarded the NH Theatre Award for Best Choreography for West Side Story at the Papermill Theatre. Future projects include an original danced play called Standing Still. As a Professor of Dance, Kevin has been on faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Kansas State University and most recently The Boston Conservatory of Music. He currently owns Hill Studios Dance and Fitness Center located in Newton, Massachusetts, and is a proud member of SDC, AEA and Dance Masters of New England, Chapter 5.
Tom Amos (Associate Producer) is excited to return to North Shore Music Theatre in his role as Associate Producer. Joining in 2005, Tom began in the Electrics Department and quickly moved into Company Management. Prior to working at NSMT, Tom received his Bachelor's Degree from Westfield State University and his Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University. Tom's passion for theatre and social justice issues motivated him to establish a LGBT Scholarship fund at Westfield State University where he created a Social Justice Theatre program to raise funds needed to maintain the scholarship. A big thank you to Bill, Kevin, Karen for their support and guidance.
Actors' Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org
North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) Since 1955, NSMT has become one of the most attended theatres in New England, with approximately 250,000 patrons annually. With a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement, NSMT has received numerous industry awards including Elliot Norton Awards, IRNE Awards, the Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors' Equity, and the Moss Hart Award. NSMT produced the World Premiere of Memphis in 2003, the show went on to win four 2010 Tony® Awards including Best Musical. Under the new ownership of Bill Hanney in 2010, NSMT continues to annually produce a musical subscription series and an annual production of A Christmas Carol along with celebrity concerts and children's programming.