Marshall Brickman (Book) Marshall entered show business first as a member of the folk group The Tarriers and then, along with John and Michelle Phillips, as one of The New Journeymen, a precursor of The Mamas and the Papas. Mr. Brickman’s film work as author (or co-author with Woody Allen) includes Sleeper, Annie Hall (Academy Award), Manhattan, (AA nomination) and Manhattan Murder Mystery. As film writer/director: Simon, Lovesick, The Manhattan Project, Sister Mary Explains it All. In television: “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” (head writer, 1967-70), “The Dick Cavett Show” (head writer/co-producer, 1970-72). His first foray into musical theater resulted in Jersey Boys, which won the Tony, Olivier, Helpmann, Grammy and many other awards worldwide, is in its twelfth year on Broadway, has been seen by twenty million people worldwide and is currently the 10th-longest running show in the history of Broadway. Mr. Brickman’s other theatrical efforts include Turn of the Century, which played to capacity houses in Chicago, and The Addams Family, starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, which ran for two years on Broadway and to date has had over four thousand first and second tier productions internationally. In addition to his work in film and theater, Mr. Brickman has published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy and other periodicals. He is the 2006 recipient of the Writers’ Guild of America Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement. His current project is a stage musical celebrating the life of western star Roy Rogers.
Rick Elice (Book) co-wrote Jersey Boys (winner 2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman. His play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Rick) and won five, more than any play of the season. It’s currently playing in New York and on tour across North America. Also on Broadway, Elice wrote The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa), currently touring North America, with productions in Europe and South America. In 2014, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego presented the world premiere of his new musical, Dog and Pony (music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker). Rick is currently writing a musical for Disney Theatricals with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the film Make Believe, and Super Fly (co-written with Seth Zvi Rosenfeld), directed and choreographed by modern dance legend, Bill T. Jones. Heartfelt thanks to those whose work in the theatre makes him grateful for the day he was born: Sondheim, Stoppard, Bennett, Prince, Fosse, Robbins, Nichols, Tune, Nunn, Laurents, Stone, Kushner, Taymor, Papp, Schumacher, Schneider, Coyne, Brickman, Timbers and Rees. Rick thinks about them a lot. He never thought about Jersey much. He does now.
Bob Gaudio (Composer) wrote his first hit, “Who Wears Short Shorts,” at 15, for The Royal Teens, and then went on to become a founding member of The Four Seasons and the band’s principal songwriter. He also produced the hit “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” for Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand (Grammy nomination, Record of the Year) as well as six albums for Diamond, including The Jazz Singer. Other producing credits include albums for Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and the soundtrack for the film Little Shop of Horrors. Several songs co-written with Bob Crewe have been cover hits for such artists as the Tremeloes (“Silence is Golden”), the Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”) and Lauryn Hill (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”). With his wife, Judy Parker, Gaudio produced and co-wrote the Who Loves You album for The Four Seasons and one of Billboard’s longest-charted singles (54 weeks), “Oh, What a Night.” A high point in his career came in 1990 when, as a member of the original Four Seasons, Gaudio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which hailed him as a quintessential music-maker.” To this day, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli still maintain their partnership on a handshake.
Bob Crewe (Lyricist) “New York was pregnant in the fifties,” says Bob Crewe, “gestating with possibilities.” Crewe and music partner Frank Slay became independent writer-producers when the category hadn’t yet been invented. In 1957 they wrote and produced “Silhouettes” for The Rays, which skyrocketed to #1. Suddenly, producers in demand, they launched Freddie Cannon’s “Tallahassee Lassie” and Billy & Lillie’s “Lah Dee Da.” Crewe’s 1960’s unprecedented producing success with The Four Seasons birthed a new sound, striking a major chord in American pop. “Sherry, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Candy Girl,” “Ronnie” ñ all smashes! When lead Frankie Valli demanded a solo turn, Crewe and Bob Gaudio wrote (and Crewe produced) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” which eventually became the century’s fifth most-played song. Crewe ran hot with artists from Vicki Carr, Oliver and Lesly Gore to Mitch Ryder, co-writing with Charles Fox the soundtrack for Jane Fonda’s film, Barbarella. Then his own Bob Crewe Generation exploded with Music to Watch Girls By. In 1972 Bob was in L.A., where he revived Frankie Valli with “My Eyes Adored You” by Crewe and Kenny Nolan. They also co-wrote Patti LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” (#1, July ‘75), which was a hit again on the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge (#1, June ‘01) … David Ritz
Kevin P. Hill (Director, Choreographer, 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. He directed and choreographed A Christmas Carol, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Sister Act, and Mamma Mia! here at NSMT, and Mamma Mia!, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, and Grease 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. Kevin has also been awarded Six Broadway World awards and two Motif awards for his productions of Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins and Young Frankenstein. 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. Kevin is a proud member of SDC, AEA and Dance Masters of New England, Chapter 5.
Milton Granger (Music Director) returns to North Shore Music Theatre having previously music directed A Christmas Carol (’14 – ’18), 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; eight 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: Freaky Friday, Oklahoma!, Hairspray! Mamma Mia!, Peter Pan, Mame, 42nd Street, 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), 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 (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
Dana Pinkston (Costume Design) returns to NSMT having designed costumes for last season's Mamma Mia! She has designed costumes for theatres across the country, including Theatre By The Sea, Wayside Theatre and Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, Struthers Library Theatre and Snowmass/Aspen Rep. In 1994 Dana won the prestigious ACTF/ Kennedy Center National Award for Excellence in Costume Design for her designs for Our Country's Good, as well as Penn State University's Arts and Architecture Creative Achievement Award. As an Associate Professor of Design at Kansas State University, Dana has been privileged to work with many emerging playwrights and directors, both on campus and in New York City. Dana is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Jose Santiago (Lighting Design) is happy to return after lighting Freaky Friday, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Peter Pan, 42nd Street, Evita and Spamalot Past designs include: Love and Other Fables, Singin’ in the Rain, Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia!, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and the entire 2016 & 2017 seasons at Theatre By The Sea; Rent, Anything 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 Cafe (Merry- Go-Round Playhouse). He received his Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Florida State University. jsantiagodesign.com
Daryl Bornstein (Sound Design) is an independent Audio Producer, Sound Designer, and Sound Engineer for Televised Special Events, Recordings, and Live Performances. While specializing in Classical Music, Jazz, and Theatre, he has worked on projects ranging from the first NFL HD broadcast to the infamous and ill-fated Michael Jackson TV Special, and the Rolling Stones Shine A Light film, both shot at New York’s legendary Beacon Theatre. And just because everyone needs to do it once, he spent four days babysitting MTV VJs in a delay tower twenty feet above the unwashed multitude at "Woodstock ‘94". Daryl earned a BA in Music from Dartmouth College, survived four years as Road Manager for Lou Reed, and was fortunate to have served as Personal Assistant to Leonard Bernstein.
Rachel Padula-Shufelt (Wig and Hair Design) is a graduate of Emerson College. Some of her recent costume design credits include Macbeth and Edward II (Actors' Shakespeare Project); Frankenstein (Central Square Theater); Charlotte's Web (American Repertory Theater); S.I.N.S.OFU.S and The Owl Answers (Harvard University); Once, Shakespeare in Love and Men on Boats (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Alice in War and Little Murders (Boston Conservatory at Berklee); Rosenbergs, Lost Tempo, The River Was Whiskey, Mortal Terror, Legally Dead, Absence, Windowmen, Chosen Child, and Reconsidering Hanna(h) (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Ezio (Odyssey Opera); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Doubt, and Uncanny Valley (Stoneham Theatre); and Trad and Crimes of the Heart (Gloucester Stage Company). Shufelt’s received the Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design on Edward II at the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and received a Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design nomination for her work on Windowmen at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.
Natalie A. Lynch (Production Stage Manager). With NSMT: Freaky Friday, Oklahoma!, The 2010 - 2012, 2016 - 2018 Musical Seasons. Other Credits Include: Riverside Theatre, 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 be back at 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 parents, her family and friends, and to her fiancé Rachel, for all of the endless love and support.
Dakotah Wiley Horan (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back for the 2019 Season having worked as the Assistant Stage Manager on Freaky Friday, Oklahoma!, A Christmas Carol ’16 – ’18, Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, Mamma Mia!, 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 Director). Past NSMT credits include: Freaky Friday, Oklahoma!, A Christmas Carol '04-'07 & '10-'18, Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, Peter Pan, 42nd Street, School House Rock Live Jr., 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 this season. In the past year, he was music director for shows such as The Music Man, Once on This Island, and an award-winning production of Les Misérables 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.
Kelly Baker (Costume Coordinator) is thrilled to be returning to NSMT for her second season coordinating costumes! A graduate of Bridgewater State College, Kelly has been involved with the costume and wardrobe department at NSMT since 2010. She has previously been the Wardrobe Manager at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee (2015-2018), as well as working with New England Conservatory, Stoneham Theatre, Odyssey Opera, and OIV’s Ouroboros Trilogy. Special Thanks to Kevin for this opportunity, my family and Mark for their unwavering support, and to Kat, Joellen, and the wardrobe dream team for all of their amazing hard work! Hi Mama!
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, The 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 is in its thirteenth year of operation in Wakefield, 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, as well as developing several new musicals and he has launched Cape Live!, a new summer entertainment series at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis.
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.
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, children's programming, and year-round education programs for all ages.