Tim Rice (Book/Lyrics) got the idea for Evita driving to a dinner in London in 1973, hearing part of a radio program about her remarkable life. He remembered her from his schoolboy stamp collection, and after further research realized her fantastic story might be the musical to prove that he and Andrew Lloyd Webber were not one-hit wonders. His first new stage musical in thirteen years, From Here to Eternity, based on James Jones’ 1951 masterpiece novel—music by Stuart Brayson, opened in the West End in October 2013. www.timrice.co.uk
Andrew Lloyd Webber (Music and Orchestrations) is best known as a composer. His musicals include The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Cats, Sunset Boulevard and Jesus Christ Superstar. His recent producer credits include A.R. Rahman’s Bombay Dreams, The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz. He pioneered casting for musical theatre on TV with the International Emmy award-winning “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?” His awards include an Oscar, seven Tonys, three Grammys, two International Emmys, seven Olivier Awards and the Kennedy Center Honor. His latest work is based on the life of Dr. Stephen Ward. He was knighted in 1992 and created an honorary life peer in 1997.
Nick Kenkel (Director Choreographer) returns to NSMT having directed and choreographed past productions of Dreamgirls, Chicago, and Legally Blonde, as well as choreographing Saturday Night Fever. Nick will Co-Choreograph and serve as Associate Director to Broadway’s Jerry Mitchell on the new musical, Half Time which opens at Paper Mill Playhouse in the Spring of ’18. Nick is the director/creator of each year’s installment of Broadway Bares, a burlesque show in NY that raises more than $1.5M annually for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Nick choreographs regularly for Saturday Night Live on NBC. He also is a regular choreographer for the NBA’s pro dance team, Brooklynettes, at Barclays Center. Nick was the Associate Director and Co-Choreographer for Peepshow in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood starring Holly Madison, Mel B., and Coco Austin. On Broadway, Nick was the Asst. Choreographer on Legally Blonde and Associate Choreographer on Catch Me If You Can. Nick has choreographed for television commercials, recording artists, and stage shows, but he is most proud of his work directing and choreographing, right here at his favorite regional theatre, NSMT!
Mark Hartman (Music Direction). With NSMT: Funny Girl, A Christmas Carol (2010 – 2013), 9 to 5 The Musical. Broadway: Sondheim On Sondheim, Avenue Q. Off-Broadway: Pageant, Silence! The Musical, Finian’s Rainbow, The Fantasticks. Regional/Tour: Sunday In The Park With George (Guthrie Theater), Guys and Dolls (Big League), Working (Broadway in Chicago, Old Globe, Asolo Rep), Pippin (Goodspeed/ Tour), Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (Old Globe), Frank McCourt’s The Irish (National Tour). Concerts: Something Wonderful: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein (Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy, Paulo Szot) Oliver! (Brian Stokes Mitchell), Camelot (Jeremy Irons), Brigadoon (Danieley, Errico), Rags (20th Anniversary), Pippin (Ben Vereen), Children of Eden (NYC premiere). Mark is the recipient of two MAC Awards and the Backstage Bistro Award for Music Direction. Many thanks to Bill, Kevin and Nick. Proud member of AEA and AFM.
Bert Scott (Scenic Design) is an Orlando, FL-based designer of scenery and lighting for the theatre. His credits include the Off-Broadway company Theatre Breaking Through Barriers, Stages St. Louis, North Shore Music Theatre (Boston), Florida Rep, Ocean State Theatre (Rhode Island), Triad Stage (North Carolina), Theatre West Virginia (9 seasons as resident designer), The Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Mark Twain Playhouse (Missouri), Theatre By The Sea (Rhode Island), The Orlando Rep, The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Nickelodeon, and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Bert is the coordinator of the Design & Technology training program at The University of Central Florida. Member United Scenic Artists. MFA in theatre from UNC-Greensboro, BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Christopher Oram (Original Costume Design) s the recipient of Tony, Oliver, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle, Garland and Ovation Awards for his work both here in the U.S. and in the UK. Currently the set and costume designer for the Michael Grandage Company season at the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End.
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 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 The- atre); 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 Young Frankenstein, where past credits include the recent production of 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: 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 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.
Austin Davy (Assistant Music Director) NSMT: Spamalot, Funny Girl, Billy Elliot (Rehearsal Accomp.), A Christmas Carol (Teen Caroler '07). A recent graduate of the Hartt School, Austin has subbed on the national tours of An American in Paris, Wicked and Cabaret, and spent the month of May in San Francisco assisting on the Pre-Broadway production of Roman Holiday. He is also Music Director for Boston Children's Theatre. Endless gratitude to my many loved ones and teachers!
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.