DOUGLAS MCGRATH (Book) is a filmmaker, playwright and essayist. His films include Emma, Nicholas Nickleby, Company Man and Infamous. He was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of Bullets Over Broadway. He has made two documentaries for HBO: His Way, about the legendary music promoter and movie producer Jerry Weintraub, and Becoming Mike Nichols for which he received an Emmy nomination. His book for Beautiful was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards. His other plays include his adaptation of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and Checkers. His essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Air Mail.
GERRY GOFFIN (Words and Music). Born in Brooklyn in 1939, Gerry Goffin met Carole King at Queens College, and their musical collaboration began almost immediately. They married in 1959, and that same year wrote their first hit song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” (The Shirelles). The duo penned more than 50 Top- 40 hits including “The Locomotion,” “Natural Woman” and “Up on the Roof.” In 1987, Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Goffin has left an indelible mark on American music.
CAROLE KING (Words and Music). Pop music would be very different without the contributions of Carole King, who at age 17 wrote her first #1 hit with Gerry Goffin, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” for the Shirelles. The dozens of chart hits Goffin and King wrote during this period became legendary, but it was 1971’s Tapestry that took King to the pinnacle, speaking personally to her contemporaries and providing a spiritual musical backdrop to the decade. More than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by over 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles and six Grammys.
BARRY MANN (Words and Music) has written the melodies of some of the most influential pop songs in musical history. In addition to “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” the most-played song of the last century, and the songs heard in Beautiful, he composed later standards like “Somewhere Out There” (winner of two Grammys), “Here You Come Again,” “Sometimes When We Touch,” “Just Once” and “Don’t Know Much.” Together, he and Cynthia Weil have amassed an incredible 112 pop, country and R&B awards from Broadcast Music Inc. for significant radio air play. He has been inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
CYNTHIA WEIL (Words and Music) is known as the lyricist of classic songs such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” the most-played song of the 20th century. In addition to the songs heard in Beautiful, she set the words to later standards including “Somewhere Out There,” “Here You Come Again,” “He’s So Shy,” “Just Once” and “Don’t Know Much,” to name just a few. Weil has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honored with multiple Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards for “Somewhere Out There” as the Motion Picture Song of the Year and Song of the Year.
MARCOS SANTANA (Direction & Choreography). Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Broadway: On Your Feet (Assoc. Choreographer). Tony® nomination Marquis Theater, Rocky (Assoc. Choreographer) Tony® nomination Winter Garden Theater, Guys & Dolls (Assoc.) Nederlander Theater, Others: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (NSMT), Sweet Charity (MJT) Anna In The Tropics (Bay Street Theatre) Next to Normal (WCP), Passing Through (Goodspeed Terris Theatre-World Premiere), Singin’ In The Rain (OTC), In The Heights (Westport Country Playhouse), West Side Story (Maltz Jupiter Theater), Evita (Bay Street Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Westport Country Playhouse) In the Heights (Olney Theater, Hellen Hayes Award, Broadway World Award), Newsies (Maltz Jupiter), Iggy, Ada, Rosie (Theaterworks USA) Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theater Company), Randy Newman’s Faust (City Center Encores), The Pirates Of Penzance (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), White Noise (Royal George Theatre), My Fair Lady (J. Engeman Theater), Kiss Me Kate (Maltz Jupiter), Brazil Brazil (New Victory Theater), Guys & Dolls (J. Engeman Theater), Paul Simon’s Capeman (Assoc.) Delacorte Theater, Amor Cubano, 88 Keys (Playlist Productions), Fortress Of Solitude (Assoc.),The Public Theater/Dallas Theater Center. Film/TV: Chasing Papi, Across The Universe, The Producers, Annie, Diva Las Vegas, “The Nikki Cox Show,” “Pop Stars,” “The Tony Awards,” “Stephen Colbert Show,” “Good Morning America,” among others.
CAMILLE VILLALPANDO ROLLA (Music Direction) is happy to be making her North Shore debut. She has spent the past decade as music director at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and is on faculty at Point Park University. Camille worked 5 seasons at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Utah serving as musical director for several regional premieres including Disney's Mary Poppins, Tarzan and The Little Mermaid, Starlight Express and a pre-Broadway run of Disney's Aladdin. She spent 4 years as resident musical director at Pittsburgh Musical Theater and 6 summers as musical director at West Virginia Public Theatre. Other regional credits: The Light in the Piazza, Godspell, Les Miserables, The Fantasticks and Menopause, the Musical. Touring credits: The Music Man, Funny Girl, Crazy For You, Hello, Dolly! and the Wheeling Symphony. Her hands made their television debut in “Legends of the Haunted Lighthouses” for the Learning Channel.
JACK MEHLER (Scenic & Lighting Design). Previous work with NSMT includes Scenery & Lighting for Jekyll & Hyde (2018, IRNE nomination), Singin’ in the Rain (2016), Billy Elliot The Musical (2015), Miss Saigon (2013), Scenery for West Side Story (2003), and Lighting for A Christmas Carol ('02-'19, ’21; 2012 IRNE nomination), Annie, Buddy, Camelot (IRNE nomination), Children of Eden, 42nd Street, Funny Girl, Gypsy, Hairspray, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, The King and I, A Little Night Music, Little Shop of Horrors, My Fair Lady, Nine (IRNE nomination), Oklahoma!, The Producers, Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story (2016), Wizard of Oz, and Young Frankenstein. He received the 2012 (Elisabeth) and 2013 (Rebecca) Korean Musical Theatre Awards (Korean Tony) for Lighting Design of the Year. Other Theatre design credits include Walnut Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, Riverside Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Weston Playhouse, The Working Theatre and WPA among many others. Dance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, San Francisco Ballet, Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Buglisi Dance Theatre, BalletMet, Ballet Memphis, Richmond Ballet and many others. Jack also provides owner's design representation for organizations building or renovating performance and rehearsal spaces and is a founding Board Member of ACT of Connecticut.
TRAVIS M. GRANT (Costume Design) returns to North Shore Music Theatre having designed last season’s production of Cinderella. Elsewhere: Steel Magnolias (Flat Rock Playhouse); It's A Wonderful Life, The Addams Family, Escape to Margaritaville (Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre); Cinderella, Annie Get Your Gun, Million Dollar Quartet (Fulton Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show, The Wizard of Oz, Singin' in the Rain, Million Dollar Quartet, Grease, Tommy (Maine State Music Theatre); Anything Goes, Cinderella (The Wick Theatre); Tuck Everlasting, Hello, Dolly!, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, Shrek, Fiddler on the Roof, Spamalot (Waterville Opera House); Equivocation (New England Premiere), Swimming in the Shallows, Topdog/Underdog, Gross Indecency (Dramatic Repertory Company); The Nutcracker (Bossov Ballet); Inook and the Sun (U.S. Premiere), Last Easter (New England Premiere, KCACTF/Barbizon Region I National Design Award) (University of Southern Maine), and many more! Travis is a frequent collaborator with RuPaul's Drag Race alum JuJubee (Huluween Dragstravaganza, PetSmart National Commercial/Instagram). Winner of five regional Broadway World Awards for Best Costume Design, including Best Costume Design of the Decade (2010 - 2020). www.travismgrant.com
ALEX BERG (Co-Sound Design) is excited to join the team at North Shore Music Theatre once again. Alex is a freelance sound designer and mix engineer in the greater Boston area. Credits include shows at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, ACT of Connecticut, North Shore Music Theatre, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Kavinoky Theatre, and Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Thank you to the team at TBTS, and to my family, friends, and Lyn for all their love and support.
DON HANNA (Co-Sound Design) is happy to be returning to North Shore Music Theatre for this production of Beautiful. He is a Sound Designer, Mixer, and Technician at Sound Associates Inc, whose work can be seen (well, heard) on Broadway, Regional Theatre, Tours, and Concert Productions alike. Touring highlights include: An American In Paris National Tour, The Wizard of Oz International Tour, A Christmas Story National Tour, South Pacific National Tour. Regional Theatre work includes designs for The Gateway, John Engeman Theatre, The Rev Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, and Theatre By The Sea among others. A special thank you to my friends, family and Bethany for your continual love and support.
RACHEL PADULA-SHUFELT (Wig & Hair Design) Previous work at North Shore Music Theatre include Little Shop of Horrors, Buddy, Cinderella, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Bodyguard, Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Freaky Friday, and Oklahoma! Broadway credits include: Glass Menagerie, Waitress. Regional: American Repertory Theatre: Macbeth in Stride, Moby Dick (Elliot Norton Award winner- Best Design), Black Clown, Waitress, Fingersmith (Elliot Norton Award winner- Best Design), Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Elliot Norton award winner- Best Design), Marie Antoinette, and Crossing Huntington Theatre Company: The Colored Museum. Rachel is the hair and makeup supervisor for Boston Ballet.
KELLY BAKER (Costume Coordination) is so happy to back for another season! Previous NSMT Costume Design/Coordinator credits include: A Christmas Carol, Kinky Boots, Little Shop of Horrors, Buddy, Cinderella, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Mamma Mia! (‘21, ‘18), The Bodyguard, Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Freaky Friday, Oklahoma!, Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, Peter Pan, as well as TYA shows The Wizard of Oz - Youth Edition, Curious George: The Golden Meatball, Frozen Jr., The Little Mermaid, Jr., A Year With Frog and Toad and. Other companies she has worked for include: The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New England Conservatory, Greater Boston Stage Company, Odyssey Opera, The Cape Playhouse, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Theatre By The Sea, and OIV’s Ouroboros Trilogy. Thank you to Kevin, Karen, Matthew and the amazing NSMT Costume Shop/Wardrobe Crew for all that they do. Hi Mama!
STEPHEN MacDONALD (Production Stage Manager) is excited to be working on another production with North Shore Music Theatre after stage managing A Christmas Carol (’21, ‘22) Kinky Boots, Little Shop of Horrors, Buddy, Cinderella, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Mamma Mia! (‘21). Other recent credits include The Inheritance, People, Places and Things and Admissions with Speakeasy Stage Company of Boston, Mamma Mia! (‘21) at Theatre By The Sea, and A Year with Frog and Toad TYA at North Shore Music Theatre. When not working professionally as a stage manager, Stephen spends his time directing and designing educational productions, teaching future generations of performing and technical theatre artists.
DAKOTAH WILEY HORAN (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back having worked as the Assistant Stage Manager on A Christmas Carol (‘16 – ’19, ’21, ’22), Kinky Boots, Little Shop of Horrors, Buddy, Cinderella, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Mamma Mia! (‘18, ‘21), The Bodyguard, Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Freaky Friday, Oklahoma!, Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, Peter Pan, Mame, 42nd Street, Evita, Young Frankenstein,Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, 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: Betrayal, Marvelous Wonderettes, Cactus Flower, 33 Variations, Leslie Uggams in Uptown Downtown, Man of La Mancha, and Single Girls Guide. Pendragon Theatre: Clean House, and Twelve Angry Men. She would like to thank her parents for instilling and encouraging her love of theatre, and to her friends and her North Shore family for always supporting her.
ROBERT L. RUCINSKI (Assistant Music Direction/Rehearsal Pianist) is thrilled to be returning to NSMT for the 2023 season. Past NSMT Music Director credits include Curious George: The Golden Meatball, A Christmas Carol (‘19), A Year with Frog & Toad, School House Rock Live Jr. Past Assistant Music Director credits include Kinky Boots, Little Shop of Horrors, Cinderella, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, A Christmas Carol (‘04 – ‘07, ‘10 – ‘18, ’21, ‘22), Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Freaky Friday, Oklahoma!, Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, Peter Pan, 42nd Street, 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 has been music director at many theaters throughout New England and teaches at several high school and university theater programs in the local area. A native of Jersey City, NJ, he now lives in Arlington, MA. More info at RucinskiMusic.com.
BILL HANNEY (Owner/Producer) is honored and proud to have been responsible for both the 2007 purchase and re-opening of Theatre By The Sea (theatrebythesea.com), the landmark 500 seat professional summer theatre and restaurant in Wakefield, RI and the 2010 purchase and re-opening of North Shore Music Theatre (nsmt.org), the 1,500 seat nationally renowned regional theatre in Beverly, MA. 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, The Rocky Horror Show and Mark Twain starring Hal Holbrook, throughout New England including Worcester, Springfield, Portland, Maine and Boston. 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, as well as developing several new musicals. Bill also produces Cape Live!, a summer entertainment series at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis.
KEVIN P. HILL (Producing Artistic Director) was born and raised in Waltham, MA and began his theatrical career as a 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 performing credits 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 and 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 and assistant to the choreographer on the revival of Guys and Dolls. Kevin has directed and choreographed A Christmas Carol, Kinky Boots, Rodger + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, and Sister Act here at North Shore Music Theatre. He has alos directed and choreographed Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, and Grease at Theatre By The Sea and has directed and choreographed A Christmas Carol, Kinky Boots, Rodger + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, and Sister Act at Bill Hanney’s Theatre By The Sea in Wakefield, RI, where he is also Producing Artistic Director. Kevin was nominated as Best Director/Choreographer for his work on Smokey Joe’s Cafe, 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. Kevin has also been awarded six BroadwayWorld awards and two Motif awards for his productions of Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, and Young Frankenstein. Future projects include an original danced play called Dance Night. As a Professor of Dance, Kevin has been on the faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Kansas State University, and most recently The Boston Conservatory of Music. He is a proud member of SDC, AEA, and Dance Masters of New England, Chapter 5.
MATTHEW CHAPPELL (Associate Producer, Casting Director) is honored to continue working with this remarkable creative team as resident Casting Director and Associate Producer for Bill Hanney’s North Shore Music Theatre and resident Casting Director for Theatre By The Sea. An accomplished performer, he is fortunate to have worked all over the world in more than 30 productions, including several shows at NSMT, as lead vocalist in Stephen Schwartz’s Magic To Do for Princess Cruise Lines, and appearances at Feinstein’s/54 Below, The Duplex, Carnegie Hall, and The Metropolitan Room. For many years, Matthew worked as a talent agent, casting associate, and photographer for Heyman Talent Agency, specializing in TV/film, commercials, runway, print and voiceovers. He is a former Associate Producer for Encore International, casting and producing shows for theme parks, cruise ships, and corporate events.
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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, children’s programming, and year-round education programs for all ages.