MARSHA NORMAN (Book) won a Pulitzer Prize for her play ‘night, Mother and a Tony Award for her book of The Secret Garden on Broadway. She also wrote the book for the recent Broadway production of The Bridges of Madison County. Ms. Norman is co-chair of the Playwriting Department at Juilliard and vice president of the Dramatists Guild of America. Her other plays include Getting Out, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Trudy Blue and Last Dance. Her published work includes Four Plays, Vol. 1: Collected Plays of Marsha Norman and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has numerous film and TV credits, Grammy and Emmy nominations and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is a native of Kentucky who lives in New York City and Great Barrington with her two children.
BRENDA RUSSELL (Composer/Lyricist) Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter Brenda Russell’s music has touched fans on a global scale through millions of albums sold and songs heard on airwaves around the world. Author of “Piano in the Dark,” “If Only for One Night” and the anthem “Get Here,” Brenda has written for or collaborated with superstars such as Sting, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Michael McDonald, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, and Patti LaBelle, among many others. Nominated for three Grammys for 1988’s pop classic “Piano in the Dark,” Brenda’s compositions have also won Grammys for other artists. She has recorded eight solo albums since 1979, with her most recent, Between the Sun and the Moon, released in 2004. Brenda’s songwriting talent has been featured on television and in films such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights. www.brendarussell.com
ALLEE WILLIS (Composer/Lyricist) has sold more than 50 million records, including “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Neutron Dance” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” She has a Grammy for the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack and an Emmy nomination for the “Friends” theme song. She’s an award-winning artist, performer, multimediaist, writer and director. Willis prototyped a social network in 1992 and addressed Congress on cyberspace in 1997. Willis's opus to Detroit, "The D", premiered at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the fifth largest museum in the world, on September 28, 2017. The song and video, written, arranged, produced, directed, edited, animated, and self-financed by Willis, features 5000 lead singers and musicians, more people in history than have ever been on a record before. www.alleewillis.com
STEPHEN BRAY (Composer/Lyricist) made his Broadway debut with The Color Purple in 2005. After training at Berklee College of Music, Bray wrote and produced many top-ten recordings for Madonna including “Into the Groove,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “True Blue” and “Express Yourself.” Performing with Breakfast Club, he earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. He’s composed and produced for multiplatinum artists including Gladys Knight and Kylie Minogue. Stephen’s latest venture, Masterphonic provides storytellers with original music and reimagined classics. He would like to thank Mom and Dad for continuing to pay for the piano lessons - even when he didn’t practice.
ALICE WALKER (Original Author) won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her third novel, The Color Purple, which was made into an internationally popular film by Steven Spielberg. Her other best-selling novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages, include By the Light of My Father’s Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy and The Temple of My Familiar. Her most recent novel, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, was published in 2004. Ms. Walker is also the author of several collections of short stories, essays and poems as well as children’s books. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international journals and magazines. An activist and social visionary, Ms. Walker has been a participant in most of the major movements of planetary change, among them the Human and Civil Rights Movement in the South, the Hands Off Cuba Movement, the Women’s Movement, the Native American and Indigenous Rights Movement, the Free South Africa Movement, the Environmental and Animal Rights Movement and the Peace Movement. Her advocacy on behalf of the dispossessed has, in the words of her biographer, Evelyn C. White, “spanned the globe.”
ANN HOULD-WARD (Costume Design) Select Broadway: The Color Purple, The Visit, The People in the Picture; A Free Man ofColor (Drama Desk Nomination), A Catered Affair (Drama Desk Nomination), Beauty and theBeast (Tony Award), Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations), Falsettos, Sundayin the Park With George (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations); Saint Joan; Little Me. Off-Broadway: Pacific Overtures, Classic Stage Company; Dead Poets Society, Classic Stage Company; Notes from the Field, Second Stage; Passion, Classic Stage Company; Russian Transport; The Blue Flower, Road Show; Lobster Alice; Cymbeline. Ms. Hould-Ward’s work can be seen in over 35 International companies of Beauty and the Beast, and her other designs are featured in shows all over the world. More than 100 regional theatre credits. Recipient of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Patricia Zipprodt Award.
JANE COX (Lighting Design) Previous collaborations with John Doyle include Pacific Overtures, Peer Gynt, Allegro and Passion at Classic Stage Company; The Color Purple on Broadway and in London; Road Show; and Lucia di Lammermoor. Recent theatre includes Jitney and Amelie on Broadway; Othello at NYTW; Hamlet in London; Machinal and All the Way onBroadway. Jane has been nominated for two Tony awards, is a member of the Monica Bill Barnes Company and the director of the theatre program at Princeton University.
DAN MOSES SCHREIER (Sound Design) Broadway: Falsettos, American Psycho, The Visit, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Little Night Music, Gypsy (Patti LuPone), A Catered Affair, Radio Golf, John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd, Gem Of the Ocean, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, Into The Woods, Topdog/Underdog, Dirty Blonde, Noise/Funk. He has composed scores for the Broadway productions of Merchant of Venice (Al Pacino), Julius Caesar (Denzel Washington), The Tempest (Patrick Stewart). Awards: 4 Tony Awards nominations, 4 Drama Desk Awards. Dan is currently composing a musical with Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) based on Brian’s book, The Houdini Box commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse.
CHARLES G. LaPOINTE (Hair Design) Over 50 Broadway shows including: On Your Feet, Hamilton, Doctor Zhivago, The Color Purple, Of Mice and Men, Violet, Sideshow, Elephant Man, After Midnight, Beautiful, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Motown, Jekyll and Hyde, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Mountaintop, Memphis, Lombardi, Fences, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, A Raisin in the Sun. Emmy nominee, The Wiz Live!
TELSEY & CO. (Casting) Broadway/Tours: Pretty Woman, Straight White Menem>, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Mean Girls, Frozen, SpongeBob SquarePants, Once on This Island, Anastasia, Hello, Dolly!, Come From Away, Waitress, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Wicked, On Your Feet!, The King and I. Off-Broadway: Be More Chill, Sweeney Todd, Atlantic, MCC, Park Avenue Armory, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Second Stage. Film: Mary Poppins Returns, The Greatest Showman, Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married. TV: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “This Is Us,” “House of Cards,” “Divorce,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “One Day at a Time,” “Atypical,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com
CATHERINE JAYES (Music Supervisor) Merrily We Roll Along / Menier & West End (Olivier: Best Musical Production), She Loves Me, Roadshow/ Menier, Crazy For You, Calamity Jane/Watermill & UK tour. Was Music Director of Open Air London for 20 years - musicals conducted/ orchestrated: High Society, Lady Be Good, Boys From Syracuse (directed by Judi Dench, winner Olivier best Musical revival). As Composer: A Christmas Carol (RSC 2017/18), An Ideal Husband (Chichester), The Letter (Wyndham’s), The Mandate (National), Great Expectations (RSC), The Duchess of Malfi, Changeling, Cymbeline (Cheek by Jowl). Films: Stoker, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, De-Lovely. Catherine is an associate director at Cheek by Jowl. She was MD at the Open Air from 1987-2007.
MATT DiCARLO (Associate Director) As the Production Stage Manager, Matt helmed this production for its Broadway run. Other Broadway credits: The Play That Goes Wrong, Honeymoon in Vegas, Rock of Ages. Off-Broadway: Piece of My Heart. Regional: Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse) and over 12 productions at Paper Mill Playhouse including The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and Little Shop of Horrors. Matt is on the Board of Directors for On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program and teaches on the faculty at SUNY Purchase.
DARRYL ARCHIBALD (Music Director/ Conductor) Motown The Musical (Broadway and national tour); Wicked at the Pantages Theater (substitute conductor); Memphis Broadway tour; Dreamgirls national tour (associate conductor); Disney’s The Lion King Broadway tour (vocal coach/assistant conductor); Dear World with Tyne Daly (VPAC); Jonathan Dove’s Innocence (Banff Centre and Manhattan Theatre Club); Two By Two with Jason Alexander, How To Succeed... with John O’Hurley, The Fantasticks with Eric McCormack, Once On This Island with Ledisi, Li’l Abner with Cathy Rigby and Fred Willard (Reprise); Great Expectations, My Fair Lady, 1776, Camelot, and Forever Plaid (Utah Shakespearean Festival); “A Hollywood Holiday Celebration” (ABC - television), The Fountain Show and Christmas Trolley Show (The Grove Los Angeles).
Joseph Joubert (Orchestrator) Credits as orchestrator, arranger, conductor, musical director include Broadway’s Violet; Motown the Musical; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Leap of Faith; Caroline, or Change; The Color Purple; Billy Elliot. TV: “Smash.” Film: Nights in Rodanthe. Recording: Fantasia, Broadway Inspirational Voices, Patti Labelle, Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross. Grammy, Emmy and Drama Desk Award nominee.
Randy Cohen (Keyboard Programmer) has programmed more than 50 Broadway shows including Hamilton, On Your Feet!, Allegiance, Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon, In the Heights, Motown the Musical, Pippin, Rock of Ages, If/Then, Bring It On, Peter and the Starcatcher, American Idiot, Elf, Young Frankenstein and Grey Gardens. TV: “Sesame Street.”
MELISSA CHACÓN (Production Stage Manager) National tours: The Bodyguard, The Bridges of Madison County, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot, Contact and Rent. Off-Broadway: Avenue Q. Regional Credits include: The Iceman Cometh at BAM with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, Les Misérables and Shida. She earned her MFA in Stage Management from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.
RICHARD A. LEIGH (Stage Manager) National Tours: Jersey Boys; The Bodyguard the Musical; Hair; Bring It On the Musical; Ghost the Musical; Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical; My Fair Lady and Hello, Dolly! with Sally Struthers. Also, Elton John's Aida (Taiwan) and Guys & Dolls - National Tour (Assistant Director). Much love to my parents, my family and to Peter.
TOM SCHALL (Fight Consultant) More than 50 Broadway shows: Blackbird, The Crucible, China Doll, Allegiance, The King and I, This Is Our Youth, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, Lucky Guy, Death of a Salesman, Venus in Fur, War Horse, The Merchant of Venice, After Miss Julie, A View From the Bridge, Mary Stuart.
SCOTT SANDERS PRODUCTIONS (Producer) In addition to creating both the initial 2005 production and the 2015 Tony and Grammy Award-winning revival of The Color Purple as a Broadway stage musical, Scott Sanders Productions is the Tony and Emmy Award-winning theatre, film and television company that launched, developed and produced such shows as After Midnight (seven Tony Award nominations 2014), Evita starring Ricky Martin, The Pee-wee Herman Show (Broadway and Los Angeles) and Elaine Stritch: At Liberty. Other projects currently in development include the stage musicals Tootsie and Coal Miner’s Daughter, as well as the feature film of In the Heights. Scott Sanders Productions is a subsidiary of Westfield Corporation, a global leader in the design, development and operation of iconic retail and leisure destinations that integrate world-class fashion, dining, events, entertainment and cutting-edge technology within modern cityscapes — including in London, Milan, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City under the magnificent roof of the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center.
ROY FURMAN (Producer) Currently on Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Tony Award); Hello, Dolly! (Tony); The Book of Mormon (Tony); The Band’s Visit; Cats. Other productions: An American in Paris, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Tony), A Raisin in the Sun (Tony), Skylight (Tony), War Horse (Tony), West Side Story, The History Boys (Tony), Gypsy, Spamalot (Tony), Lucky Guy, Fosse (Tony). Mr. Furman co-founded the international investment firm Furman Selz, is now vice chairman of Jefferies LLC and chairman of Jefferies Capital Partners. Vice chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, president and chairman emeritus of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Executive Producer, General Manager, Production Manager
TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Executive Producer, General Manager, Production Manager) has been an innovator in touring musical theater productions for over two decades, producing shows throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, the company is experienced in casino and leisure markets. Current and upcoming productions include An American in Paris, The Bodyguard, Love Never Dies, On Your Feet!, School of Rock, The Color Purple, Kinky Boots and the Asian tour of Sister Act. With strong ties to the Broadway community, TROIKA prides itself on delivering top quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at www.troika.com
RANDALL A. BUCK (Producer) has produced over 50 productions across the globe for TROIKA Entertainment. Before joining TROIKA in 1999, Mr. Buck was vice president and general manager for Livent in Toronto. While working for Livent, he managed productions such as Fosse, Ragtime, Show Boat, Music of the Night, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Mr. Buck was a stage manager for more than 20 years, surviving a year with Mary Martin & Carol Channing in Jimmy Kirkwood’s Legends!, a year in Japan with Siegfried & Roy, opening The Phantom of the Opera Music Box Company and opening Show Boat! on Broadway. Since beginning as an apprentice with The Kenley Players in the late 60s, he has had the privilege of working closely with visionaries such as Twyla Tharp, Susan Stroman, Hal Prince, Joe Layton & Josh Logan, plus hundreds of stars. Mr.Buck had the privilege of recently serving on the board for the National Alliance of Music Theater. Randy is currently living happily-ever-after in the Washington, DC area with his wife, Angela, and their daughter Sierra Ashley Buck.
TOM SIRACUSA (Producer) has been the general manager of the Menier Chocolate Factory and its 14 subsequent West End transfers since 2006. Prior to that, he was associate producer for Bill Kenwright on productions including Hay Fever, starring Judi Dench (West End); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West End and Broadway); The Glass Menagerie; and Primo (Broadway). He was general manager for The Lady From Dubuque (West End), starring Maggie Smith.
MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Producer) opened in 2004 and is one of London’s most-honored producing venues. Twenty productions have transferred to the West End and four to Broadway: The Color Purple (Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical), La Cage aux Folles (three Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical), A Little Night Music (Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical) and Sunday in the Park With George (nine Tony nominations). In London, La Cage won the Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Musical as well as the Critics’ Circle Award, as did Sunday in the Park With George and Merrily We Roll Along. The Menier’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties will transfer to the Apollo Theatre in February 2018.
CAIOLA PRODUCTIONS (Producer) Is the Tony-winning brother-and-sister producing team, Luigi and Rose Caiola. Rose is artistic director of Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. Recent: Glengarry Glen Ross, Allthe Way, An American in Paris, The ElephantMan, On Your Feet!, Fiddler on the Roof. This season: Dear Evan Hansen, Les Liaison Dangereuses, Natasha, Pierre and the Comet of 1812 and BURN THIS!
JAMES FANTACI (Producer) Jim and his wife Anna were producers of the original The Color Purple when it debuted on Broadway twelve years ago. He was also involved with the successful London production. He is pleased to be a part of the effort to bring this powerful show to audiences across America.
TED LIEBOWITZ (Producer) Broadway productions include: The Book of Mormon, An American In Paris, Hamilton, On The Town, Cinderella, Rocky, The Last Ship, A Delicate Balance, Big Fish,This is our Youth, The Heiress, Lucky Guy, After Midnight, Annie, The Addams Family, The Mountaintop, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Evita, Relatively Speaking, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Mothers and Sons. Feature Films include: The Illusionist, Gray Matters and Greeting from Tim Buckley. Serial Internet Entrepreneur and Founder of The Liebowitz Entrepreneur Program at Brooklyn College. Love and thanks to my supportive family.
JAMES L. NEDERLANDER (Producer) is president of the Nederlander Organization, Inc., which operates a chain of legitimate theatres on Broadway and many landmark venues around the world. Recent credits include The Elephant Man (Bradley Cooper), An American in Paris, Kinky Boots, If/Then (Idina Menzel), The Last Ship, I’ll Eat You Last (Bette Midler), Evita, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, West Side Story, Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Movin’ Out, Million Dollar Quartet and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf among many others.
DARREN BAGERT (Producer) is a four-time Tony Award-winning producer. After producing over 20 projects, his most recent include Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway/Upcoming Tour), An American in Paris (Broadway/London/Tour), The Truth (London), Travesties (London), The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (NY/Tour), Buyer & Cellar (NY/ London/Tour), Side Show (Broadway), and upcoming Ain’t Too Proud–The Temptations Musical.
CANDY SPELLING (Producer) NY Times bestselling author, television producer and philanthropist, Candy Spelling has produced multiple award-winning productions. She began her Broadway career in 2010 as co-producer of the Tony-winning musical Promises, Promises. Soon after, she signed on to produce the Tony-winning musicals How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Nice Work if You Can Get It. Most recently in 2014 she produced the acclaimed After Midnight. She is a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, the UCLA Health System Board and the American Humane.
ADAM ZOTOVICH (Producer) Productions include Dear Evan Hansen, Of Mice and Men, A View From the Bridge, Driving Miss Daisy, All My Sons, The Addams Family, Evita and An American in Paris. Crain’s NY Business “40 Under 40,” president of New Vintage Theatricals, Ltd.
ERIC FALKENSTEIN/ MORRIS BERCHARD (Producers) Eric Falkenstein works in issue-driven theatre, film and human rights-related events. He is currently at work with associates of Martin Luther King on a play about his life’s work.
Morris Berchard's Broadway credits include Something Rotten!, Hand to God, It’s Only a Play, The Performers, Ragtime, Impressionism, The Little Dog Laughed. Currently: Ride The Cyclone (a new musical) and Counting Sheep (an immersive folk opera).
TANYA LINK PRODUCTIONS (Producer) Tanya’s Broadway credits include the Tony-winning The Curious Incident… and Drama Desk-winning Twelfth Night, starring Mark Rylance. West End productions include the Olivier-winning Sunny Afternoon, Ghosts, Merrily We Roll Along and Chimerica. www.tanyalinkproductions.com
JAM THEATRICALS (Producer) under the direction of founders Arny Granat and Steve Traxler, manages subscription series in 30 cities throughout North America, and operates the National Theatre in Washington DC. The company has produced over 50 shows on Broadway and is the recipient of 9 Tony Awards.
INDEPENDENT PRESENTERS NETWORK (Producer) is a consortium of 50 of the nation’s leading Broadway presenters who skillfully manage a subscription base of 350,000 throughout America. Recent Broadway/London/U.S. tours: An American in Paris, ON YOUR FEET!, Kinky Boots, The Bridges of Madison County, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Matilda, Cinderella, Pippin, Jekyll & Hyde, La Cage aux Folles, Wonderland, Ragtime, Frost/Nixon, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Spamalot, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty.
CAROL FINEMAN (Producer) Broadway producing credits: The Color Purple revival (Tony & Grammy Awards), After Midnight, Evita, The Pee-wee Herman Show. She led the press department at the Public under George C. Wolfe. Highlight credits: Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk, The Tempest, Elaine Stritch at Liberty (downtown and Broadway). Managed public relations for Broadway and off-Broadway productions at Carol Fineman Publicity, a firm she founded, and at Barlow-Hartman Public Relations. Producer of the Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Worth Street Theater (New York premiere of Christopher Shinn’s Four, off- Broadway revival of The Normal Heart, starring Raúl Esparza). VP Theatrical Production/Producer at Westfield. For Moose.
BESPOKE THEATRICALS (Consulting Producer) Partners Amy Jacobs and Devin Keudell manage Broadway musicals, plays and tours. Current/recent productions include Cats, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time national tour, Something Rotten! and School of Rock. General managers in the firm include Nathan Gehan, David Roth and Danielle Saks.
ANGELA ROWLES (Chief Operating Officer - TROIKA Entertainment) Angela most recently served as Managing Director of Washington D.C.'s historic National Theatre. As a 25-year veteran of the touring musical theatre industry, her work has taken her through North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Ms. Rowles has managed over 45 large scale touring Broadway Musicals, served as Vice President of Business Development for NETworks Presentations, and produced tours with such partners as Disney, DreamWorks, Blue Man Productions, Broadway Asia and Broadway Entertainment Group.
MICHELLE JONES (Chief Financial Officer - TROIKA Entertainment) joined TROIKA in 2017. In this role, she is responsible for the financial, administrative, and human resources aspects of the company. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Baltimore and a joint M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services from Towson University and University of Baltimore. Ms. Jones is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a part-time adjunct professor at University of Maryland Baltimore County.