TERRENCE McNALLY (Book) had a remarkably far-ranging career, including a new work on Broadway in each of the last six decades. In 2018 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a 2019 recipient of a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He also received the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. He won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. He wrote a number of TV scripts, including "Andre's Mother," for which he won an Emmy Award. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards from the Dramatists Guild. In 1996 he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He wrote the libretto for the operas Great Scott and Dead Man Walking, both with music by Jake Heggie. Other plays include Mothers and Sons; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The Lisbon Traviata; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; A Perfect Ganesh; The Visit; The Full Monty; Corpus Christi; Bad Habits; Next; The Ritz; Anastasia; It's Only a Play; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?; and The Stendhal Syndrome.
DAVID YAZBEK (Music & Lyrics). A varied career as a recording artist, Emmy-winning TV and film writer, music producer and pianist has somehow led Yazbek to a career on Broadway. His four shows, The Fully Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women on The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and The Band's Visit were all Tony nominated for Best Score. Yazbek took home the Tony for Best Score for The Band's Visit. The Fully Monty won him the Drama Desk Award for Best Music. As a recording artist, Yazbek is responsible for five albums: The Laughing Man (winner NAIRD award, Best Pop Album of the Year), Tock, Damascus, Tape Recorder and Evil Monkey Man. He also produced the original cast albums of The Band's Visit, The Fully Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Women on The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the first three of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. Yazbek scored the final season of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire,” scored and performed the music for Larry David's giant Broadway hit Fish in the Dark, and built an Ikea storage shelf. Yazbek teamed up with 13 librettist Robert Horn to collaborate on the musical Tootsie, which won the Tony for Best Book of a Musical and was nominated for a total of 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
GERRY McINTYRE (Direction & Choreography) has won widespread acclaim for his most recent choreographic credit: the Berkshire Theatre Group's production of Godspell -sold out, twice-extended, with rave reviews. He was recently made Associate Artistic Director of the York Theatre. He made his directing debut at The York with the 2018 Musicals in Mufti presentation of Hallelujah Baby. Kinky Boots — The Hangar Theatre, Soon of a Mornin - Lions Theatre. Once On This Island – Pittsburgh CLO, Martin Beck Theatre, Virginia Stage, Pioneer Theatre, Actors’ Theatre Of Louisville, La Mirada Theatre (Robby Award for Best Director, Ovation nomination for Best Choreography and Best Musical); Ain’t Misbehavin‘ - Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Gateway Playhouse, and Theatre By The Sea. The Cher Show, Jersey Boys, and Chicago - Ogunquit Playhouse; Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Diana Degarmo and Anthony Federov - Lyric theatre; The National Tour of Dreamgirls. As a Choreographer: Anything Can Happen In The Theatre and Forbidden Broadway The Next Generation at the York Theatre. Nina Simone: Four Women, Songs for a New World, A Chorus Line, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Side by Side, Tommy, and My Fair Lady at the Berkshire Theatre Festival; A Saint She Aint - Westport Playhouse; Laura Comstocks Bag Punching Dog (LA weekly nomination Best Choreography). The Color Purple, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Ragtime, and The Wiz - Broadway Sacramento, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical - Gateway Playhouse, After The Storm documentary. Gerry is the choreographer of the hit Off-Broadway show Spamilton. (ovation nomination. and Joe A Callaway Award nomination). As a performer, the original company of Once On This Island, Anything Goes with Patti LuPone, and one of the three Americans cast in the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmand. www.gerrymcintyre.net
MILTON GRANGER (Music Direction) returns to North Shore Music Theatre having previously music directed The Sound Of Music, A Christmas Carol (’14 – ’18, ’21, ‘22), Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, Cinderella, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, Mame, 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, The Music Man, 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: Phantom of the Opera, Big, Sunset Boulevard, Camelot. International: West Side Story. Over 100 regional productions at North Shore Music Theatre, Baltimore CenterStage, Westchester Broadway Theatre and others. Work as composer/lyricist: Two First Prizes in National Opera Association new chamber opera competition; nine chamber operas, performed regularly throughout U.S. and Canada. Several produced musical plays, including Castle Walk (NYMF Next Link Selection), and Peter Rabbit and the Garden of Doom (winner, Actors’ Playhouse competition). 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: Jersey Boys, The Bodyguard, The Sound Of Music, Beautiful, My Way, Kinky Boots, Cinderella, Footloose, Million Dollar Quartet, Saturday Night Fever, Newsies, Singin’ in the Rain, Love and Other Fables, Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia! (BroadwayWorld Regional Award), Ain’t Misbehavin’, 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 at Theatre By The Sea, (BroadwayWorld Regional Award), The Sound of Music, 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! Peter Pan, Mame, 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, The Music Man, West Side Story (North Shore Music Theatre), White Christmas, Rock of Ages, and A Bronx Tale (John W. Engeman Theatre), Camelot (Westchester Broadway Theatre), The Broadway Classic Music Dance Review (Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, Beijing, China), Growing up ’70s 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, Kyle accepts fine art commissions and is the designer of North Carolina’s historic Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights. KyleDixonDesigns.com @kyle_dixon_designs
KELLY BAKER (Costume Coordinator) is so happy to be back for another season! Previous NSMT Costume Design/Coordinator credits include: Escape To Margaritaville, The Sound Of Music, Beautiful, 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!
TRAVIS McHALE (Lighting Design). Los Angeles native Travis McHale has lived and worked in New York City area for the last eighteen years, in which time he has designed over 200 theatrical projects. An alumnus of North Carolina School of the Arts, he holds a BFA in Lighting Design and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, I.A.T.S.E. Local USA829. Travis is currently on the faculty at State University of New York at New Paltz. His designs have been seen on the stages of major regional theatres, Off-Broadway, on tour internationally, at Carnegie Hall, television nationwide, and around the world for Regent, Carnival, & Oceania Cruise Lines. He has an been an associate designer on Broadway shows and national tours. For IMCD Lighting, Travis has designed lighting for fashion shows & events during New York Fashion Weeks. The New York Times has praised his award-winning work as "striking...the unabashed star of the production" and "simple but very clever...inventive design work." travismchale.com
ALEX BERG (Sound Design) is excited to return to North Shore Music Theatre! 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, Theatre by the Sea, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Kavinoky Theatre, and Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Thank you to the team at NSMT, and to my family, friends, and Lyn for all their love and support.
RACHEL PADULA-SHUFELT (Wig & Hair Design) Previous work at North Shore Music Theatre include Escape To Margaritaville, The Sound Of Music, Beautiful, 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.
STEPHEN MacDONALD (Production Stage Manager) is excited to be working on another production with North Shore Music Theatre after stage managing Escape To Margaritaville, The Sound Of Music, Beautiful, 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 Escape To Margaritaville, The Sound Of Music, Beautiful, 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 a part of NSMT's 2023 season. Past NSMT Music Director credits include Escape To Margaritaville, 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 The Sound Of Music, Beautiful, 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 the re-opening of the nationally renowned North Shore Music Theatre in 2010. 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 is entering its seventeenth successful year of operation in Matunuck, RI (theatrebythesea.com). Bill is a co-producer on the new Broadway play, The Shark Is Broken, and recently co-produced a New York City workshop of The SeaView Nursing Home for the Newly Deceased. Bill is an investor in the recent Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Pippin, as well as the First National Tour. Bill is currently expanding his group of live theatres. 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. 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 six movie complexes in three states. Bill is currently Chairman of the Board of the Theatre Owners of New England. Bill has been named to the North Shore Top 100 by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. He received the Leslie S. Ray Hall of Fame Award (2015) and Businessperson of the Year Award (2012) from the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce, as well as Businessperson of the Year from the Salem Chamber of Commerce (2011).
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 recently directed The Sound of Music, and 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 also directed and choreographed Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, and Grease at Theatre By The 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 dance 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 in his 5th season as resident Casting Director and Associate Producer for Bill Hanney’s North Shore Music Theatre and resident Casting Director for Theatre By The Sea. He is a former talent agent, casting associate, and photographer for Heyman Talent Agency, specializing in TV/film, commercials, runway, print and voiceovers and, for many years, worked as Associate Producer for Encore International, casting and producing shows for theme parks, cruise ships, and corporate events. Prior to making the leap to Casting and Producing, Matthew enjoyed a 20+ year career as a professional Actor/Singer/Dancer.
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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.