- Book by Iris Rainer Dart & Thom Thomas
- Lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart
- Music by David Austin
- Based on the novel Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart
- Directed by Eric Schaeffer
- Assistant Director Nick Martin
- Music Supervisor Mary-Mitchell Campbell
- Orchestrator Lynne Shankel
- Vocal Arrangements by David Austin
- Choreographer Dan Knechtges
- Associate Choreographer Jessica Hartman
- Set Designer Derek McLane
- Costume Designer Frank Labovitz
- Lighting Designer Chris Lee
- Sound Designer Lane Elms
- Production Stage Manager Kerry Epstein
- Assistant Stage Manager Stephanie Junkin
Extended by popular demand – now thru March 30!
- Pride: March 7
- Student Night: March 21
- Discussion: March 5 & 11
- ASL Interpreted Performance: March 22, 2PM. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and more information.
World Premiere Musical
Based on the beloved book, Beaches follows two extraordinary friends through 30 years of camaraderie, laughter and sorrow. Vivacious, outlandish Cee Cee and beautiful, privileged Bertie meet as children and become fast friends. From pen-pals to roommates to romantic rivals, Cee Cee and Bertie’s oil-and-water friendship perseveres through even the most tragic trials. With a touching vulnerability, Beaches exemplifies the triumph of the human spirit and the bonds of sisterhood.
“Dart’s snappily paced tale is spiced with spot-on doses of black humor, while her insight into female friendships, as always, rings reassuringly true.”
— Publishers Weekly
The Creative Team takes to the blogosphere and gives an inside peek at rehearsal.
Michael Bunce (Arthur/Melman) SIGNATURE: Urinetown, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd. NATIONAL TOURS: The Scarlet Pimpernel, Victor/Victoria (with Toni Tennille). INTERNATIONAL: 42nd Street (Troika Moscow). DC AREA: Ford’s Theatre: A Christmas Carol, 1776, Liberty Smith, Meet John Doe, One Destiny; Olney Theatre Center: 1776, Anything Goes; Kennedy Center: Regina (with Patti LuPone); Cumberland: Dirty Blonde, The Full Monty, Camping with Henry and Tom. REGIONAL: Geva: Camelot; Barrington: South Pacific.
Maya Brettell (Teen Bertie) DC AREA: Woolly Mammoth: Appropriate; Studio Theatre: The Big Meal; Synetic Theatre: Macbeth; ATMTC: Goodnight Moon, Big The Musical, Winnie the Pooh (u/s), A Little House Christmas (2013 Helen Hayes nominee for Outstanding Theater Production for Young Audiences); Compass Rose: Eleemosynary; Toby's Dinner Theatre: Annie; Theatre Lab: Batboy, Pippin, Parade; Rockville: Annie (Washington Area Theater Community Honors nominee for Lead Actress in a Musical and Outstanding Production nominee). EDUCATION: Signature Theatre Stage One; Metropolitan School of the Arts Academy.
Heather Brorsen (Ensemble) BROADWAY: Avenue Q. REGIONAL: Adirondack Theatre Festival: Avenue Q; Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma: Oklahoma!, Grease, Rocky Horror Show, Gypsy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Casa Manana: Camelot; Theatreworks Palo Alto: Writing Arthur; Surflight Theatre: Miss Saigon, Grease, Man Of La Mancha, The Boys From
Mara Davi (Bertie) BROADWAY: Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, A Chorus Line (Original Revival Cast). TOUR: 42nd Street. NEW YORK: Roundabout: Death Takes A Holiday; Baryshnikov Arts Center: Give Me Up; City Center Encores!: No, No, Nanette; Of Thee I Sing. DC AREA: Kennedy Center: Irving Berlin's White Christmas. REGIONAL: Williamstown Theatre Festival and Goodman Theatre: Animal Crackers Alley Theatre: The Toxic Avenger; Sacramento Music Circus: Thoroughly Modern Millie; Old Globe: Dancing in the Dark. TV: Taxi Brooklyn, Smash, Blue Bloods. FILM: Kensho at the Bedfellow, New Year's Eve, Musical Chairs, Every LIttle Step.
Jamie Eacker (Ensemble) SIGNATURE: Spin (Latrissa Washington), Company (Kathy, D.C.), The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (Ruby Rae, D.C.), Xanadu (Euterpe, Kira u/s, D.C.), Hairspray (Tammy, Amber u/s), Chess (Ensemble/Assistant Choreographer), Revenge of the Understudies, A Matt Conner's Christmas. NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL TOUR: The Kennedy Center: The Phantom Tollbooth; Phoenix Entertainment: Grease (China). DC AREA: Shakespeare Gala as Elizabeth McGovern; Artscentric: Delilah (Delilah); Teatro101: The Wild Party (Queenie); Ford's Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Studio Theare: Grey Gardens, Totem Pole: Leader of The Pack; Washington Savoyards: The Music Man; Olney Theatre Center: Joseph…, Fiddler On the Roof; Keegan Theatre: DMLRR – The Oresteia; Toby's Dinner Theatre: Hairspray, Aida, The Wizard of Oz, George M!; Imagination Stage: Miss Nelson Is Missing. EDUCATION: AMDA of NYC. UPCOMING: Signature: The Threepenny Opera
Davis Hasty (Ensemble) DC AREA: Studio Theatre: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Rock’n’Roll; Arena Stage: Ah, Wilderness!; Adventure Theatre: Charlotte’s Web, The Little Engine that Could; Bay Theatre: Becky’s New Car; Round House Theatre: A Wrinkle in Time; Forum Theatre: One Flea Spare. EDUCATION: Duke University, 2008, The National Theatre Institute at the O’Neill Theatre in CT.
Helen Hedman (Rose White) SIGNATURE: The Sex Habits of American Women (Agnes), Show Boat (Mrs. O’Brian), My Fair Lady (Mrs. Higgins), 21/24’s I Capture the Castle (Mrs. Cotton). DC AREA: Studio Theatre: The Year of Magical Thinking; Arena Stage: A Delicate Balance, The Women, many others; Shakespeare Theatre: A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Camino Real, Romeo and Juliet, others; Ford’s: Sabrina Fair, A Christmas Carol; MetroStage: Ghost Writer; Olney Theatre Center: Piaf (Helen Hayes nomination), Triumph of Love, Omnium Gatherum, others; Rep Stage: The Seagull (Baltimore Theatre Awards nomination), Kimberly Akimbo (Best Actress, Baltimore City Paper); Everyman Theatre: August: Osage County (Violet), Pygmalion, School for Scandal. REGIONAL: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma: The Glass Menagerie (Amanda), Contemporary American Theatre Festival; St. Louis Repertory; many others.
Svea Johnson (Nina) DC AREA: Imagination Stage: Seussical (Jojo); Olney Theatre Center: The Sound of Music (Gretl, 2012 Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Ensemble); Sandy Springs Theater: Les Miserables (Gavroche); Damascus Theatre: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Children’s Chorus). EDUCATION: Genesis Arts LLC, Studio of Ballet Arts, Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC.
Gracie Jones (Teen CeeCee/Ensemble) DC AREA: Olney Theatre Center: Spring Awakening, Cinderella, The Sound of Music; Toby’s Dinner Theatre: The Wizard of Oz, Anything Goes. EDUCATION: University of Maryland College Park, 2011.
Dan Manning (Ensemble) SIGNATURE: Gypsy, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 110 in the Shade, Allegro. BROADWAY: Ragtime. OFF-BROADWAY: Lamb’s Theatre: Smoke on the Mountain; St. Peters Citicorp: The Majestic Kid. DC AREA: Kennedy Center: Ragtime; The Golden Age; Ford’s Theatre: Big River, 1776; Studio Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Round House Theatre: Camille, Murder, Mystery, and a Marriage; Maryland Stage: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Rep Stage: Lie of the Mind, A Shayna Maidel. REGIONAL: CENTERSTAGE : The Murder of Isaac; Court Theatre (Los Angeles): Ray-Bud (Dramalogue award), Dearly Departed; National Symphony Orchestra: Narrator, Le Histoire du Soldat. FILM: Gods and Generals, State of Play, Renaissance Man, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Marie. TV: Veep, House of Cards, The Wire, West Wing, X-Files.
Donna Migliaccio (Leona) SIGNATURE: Gypsy (Mazeppa), Assassins (Sara Jane Moore), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Pacific Overtures (the Reciter), Urinetown (Pennywise), A Little Night Music (Charlotte). BROADWAY: Ragtime (Emma Goldman, 2009 revival). NATIONAL TOUR: Guys & Dolls (General Cartwright, 50th Anniversary production). DC AREA: Kennedy Center: Sunday in the Park with George (Nurse/Missus); Ford’s Theatre: Liberty Smith (Betsy Ross); Arena Stage: The Music Man (Mrs. Paroo); Olney Theatre Center: Cinderella (Stepmother); MetroStage: The Musical of Musicals (Abby). REGIONAL: Totem Pole Playhouse: Ruthless! (Sylvia St. Croix); Arden Theatre: The Dinosaur Musical (Mrs. Gapp/Mama Lucredzia); Theatre on the Square: Dirty Blonde (Jo/Mae West). AWARDS: two Helen Hayes Awards; an additional ten nominations; 2005 Barrymore Award nomination. UPCOMING: Signature: The Threepenny Opera (Mrs. Peachum). www.donnamigliaccio.com.
Ryah Nixon (Ensemble) NATIONAL TOUR: 9 to 5 the musical. OFF-BROADWAY: Another Part of the Forest, Fat Camp. REGIONAL/OTHER: 5th Avenue Theatre: RENT, Titanic, Secondhand Lions, Pirates of Penzance. RECORDING: Lizzie for Broadway Records. EDUCATION: Carnegie Mellon University, BFA Musical Theatre.
Robbie Roby (Ensemble) BROADWAY: Billy Elliot, Hairspray. NATIONAL TOURS: The Little Mermaid, Monty Python's Spamalot, Billy Elliot, Fiddler on the Roof (with Topol), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hairspray (LV), Starlight Express. ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS: Lincoln Center Workshop: Empire; Flatrock Playhouse: Zelda: An American Love Story; Pirates! Gilbert and Sullivan's Plunder'd. OTHER: Dreamgirls (w/Jennifer Holliday); Fulton Theatre: A Chorus Line (Mike); Casa Manana: 42nd Street (Andy Lee); TUTS’ American Musical Theatre Awards; Wallas Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Opening Gala. CHOREOGRAPHY/AS. CHOREOGRAPHY: Papermill Playhouse, Royal Caribbean International, Broadway Dance Center, Pioneer Theatre. EDUCATION: BS Elementary Education, Towson University.
Presley Ryan (Little Cee Cee) OFF-BROADWAY: Freckleface Strawberry. REGIONAL: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cinderella, Beatlemania, Rapunzel, Willy Wonka Kids. TV: The Sound of Music Live on NBC with Carrie Underwood, Celebrity Ghost Stories. FILM: Veda and the Frog, Heaven. LIVE PERFORMANCES: 9/11 Foundation Benefit, Broadway Sings for Newtown.
Cliff Samuels (Michael Barron) BROADWAY/BROADWAY TOURS: Follies (with Bernadette Peters), A Chorus Line, Urban Cowboy: The Musical. OFF-BROADWAY/NYC: The York Theatre Company: Storyville, New World Stages: Twilight The Musical; UnSung Musicals: Bless You All; Workshop: Sugarbabies (with Beth Leavel & Michael McGrath). REGIONAL: Kennedy Center/Ahmanson: Follies, A Chorus Line; Goodspeed: Carnival (u/s Paul); Northshore: Guys & Dolls; Palace: West Side Story. TV: Boardwalk Empire, Stalked. FILM: Annie (with Jamie Foxx & Cameron Diaz), Moved. www.cliftonsamuels.com.
Matthew Scott (John Perry) SIGNATURE: Company, First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb, Ace, Side By Side By Sondheim. BROADWAY: Sondheim on Sondheim, Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair, The Best Little Whorehouse…(Actor’s Fund). DC AREA: Kennedy Center: First You Dream. REGIONAL: Philadelphia Theatre Company: The Light in the Piazza (Barrymore Award); La Jolla Playhouse: Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin (San Diego Theatre Critics nomination); Goodspeed: Snapshots; O’Neill: Eden, Unknown Soldier; Paper Mill Playhouse: Ragtime, My Fair Lady, Carousel; Alliance Theater: Tick, Tick…Boom!; MUNY: West Side Story (Kevin Kline Award nomination); Pittsburgh CLO: Sunset Boulevard, 1776, Les Misérables, Swing!; PMT: Bat Boy. TV: All My Children. RECORDINGS: Sondheim on Sondheim, Jerome Kern: The Land Where the Good Songs Go, Noel and Cole (PS Classics). EDUCATION: Carnegie Mellon University. www.matt-scott.com.
Brooklyn Shuck (Young Bertie) BROADWAY: Annie (Kate). REGIONAL: University of Kentucky (ACE): Seussical, Jr (Baby Kangaroo); Alltech Celebration of Song (soloist); National Underground Railroad, Music of Change Exhibit Opening (soloist) . TV: Team Umizoomi, The View. NATIONAL COMMERCIAL: Time Warner Cable.
Alysha Umphress (Cee Cee) BROADWAY: American Idiot (OBC), On a Clear Day You can See Forever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Bring it On!. OFF-BROADWAY: Make Me a Song (The Music of William Finn). REGIONAL: Barrington Stage: On the Town (Hildy, dir. John Rando). TV: Law and Order SVU, Nurse Jackie. EDUCATION: The Boston Conservatory. Twitter @cristalzheat
Bayla Whitten (Nurse/Chorus) SIGNATURE: Chess (Ensemble/us Florence), Saturday Night, The Boy Detective Fails, Merrily We Roll Along (Beth). LONDON: West End: Les Misérables (Ensemble/Fantine). NEW YORK: Lady, Hurricane, In The Ebb. REGIONAL: My Fair Lady, Enchanted April, Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Two Gentlemen of Verona (a rock opera), Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred!), Christmas Carol 1941, No One in the World. WORKSHOPS: The Lord of the Rings, Tamar and the River. EDUCATION: Royal Academy of Music; London School of Musical Theatre. AWARDS: Broadway World's 'Best Actress In A Musical' for Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. For you, Aunt Harriet. www.baylawhitten.com.
Iris Rainer Dart (Lyrics & Book) is a best-selling writer of nine novels, notably Beaches, which was made into a film starring Bette Midler. She received her degree in theater from Carnegie Mellon University, where she won the Lehman Engel BMI award for the book and lyrics of two musicals written with composer Stephen Schwartz. Iris has written TV variety shows, sitcoms, miniseries and film scripts, and was the first female writer on The Sonny and Cher Show. In 2010 The People in the Picture, for which Iris wrote the book and lyrics, was produced on Broadway by Roundabout Theatre Company. The show was co-written by composers Mike Stoller and Artie Butler and starred Donna Murphy, who was nominated for a Tony Award® for her role. Iris also served for eight years as a governor's appointee to the California Arts Council.
Thom Thomas (Co-librettist) OFF-BROADWAY: Direct Theatre: The Interview; Hudson Guild: Without Apologies; Playwrights Horizons: The Ball Game; LaMaMa: Approaching Zero. REGIONAL: A Moon To Dance By (The New Harmony Theatre in IN, The Pittsburgh Playhouse starring Jane Alexander, The George Street Playhouse in NJ, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Best Play of Year, Pulitzer nomination); Without Apologies (world premiere at The Pittsburgh Playhouse, The Portland Repertory, The Oregonian Press Best Play of Year); The Interview (The Pittsburgh Playhouse starring/directed by José Ferrer, The Academy Festival Theatre in Lake Forest, IL starring Gordon Chater and Keir Dullea); Set In Motion (Group Rep in L.A., ADA Best Play nomination). OTHER: The Open Space, London: The Ball Game; Edinburgh Theatre Festival: The Interview; numerous TV series; Associate Director/Playwright American Conservatory Theatre; member of The Actor's Studio in L.A.; The Young Vic in London under Sir Laurence Olivier. PUBLISHING: Samuel French, Inc.: The Interview, Without Apologies. AWARDS: National Endowment for the Arts, Shubert Fellowship, Ford Foundation Grant, Cameron Overseas Grant, MCA Fellowship, GLAAD Award. MEMBER: The Dramatists Guild, The Writer's Guild, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. EDUCATION: Carnegie Mellon University, BFA Playwriting.
David Austin (Composer and Vocal Arrangements) MUSICALS: Over 25 musicals including Beaches, Writing Arthur Danby, (re)visionist, Every Little Vow, On Common Ground, A Christmas Carol, Jebediah Glitch. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse (US tour with TheatreWorks/USA). COMMISSIONS: Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. TV: Adventures with Travis and Presley. TV: Development with Dick Clark Productions. FILM: See You In September. RECORDINGS: songs sung by Kelli O'Hara, Megan Mullally, Ana Gasteyer and Sutton Foster. PERFORMANCE: Off-Broadway: I Love You Because (Jeff Bennet, original cast recording). AWARDS: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Foundation (The Little Prince), Signature Theatre 2013 Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation. MEMBER: BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
Eric Schaeffer (Director) SIGNATURE: Co-founder and artistic director; Miss Saigon, Spin, Company, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard,Chess, Sweeney Todd, Show Boat, First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb, 21/24: The Hollow, Les Misérables, ACE, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Glory Days, The Witches of Eastwick, Saving Aimee, Into the Woods, My Fair Lady, Nevermore, The Highest Yellow, One Red Flower, Allegro, Twentieth Century, 110 in the Shade, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Gospel According to Fishman, Grand Hotel, The Rhythm Club, Over & Over, The Fix, Working, The Rink, Cabaret, First Lady Suite, Wings, Poor Superman, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, and Sondheim musicals Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George (Arena Stage coproduction), Passion, Into the Woods, Company, Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Follies, and Pacific Overtures. BROADWAY: Follies, Million Dollar Quartet, Glory Days, Putting It Together. NATIONAL TOURS: Million Dollar Quartet, big, Barbie™ Live in Fairytopia™. OFF-BROADWAY: Sweet Adeline (City Center Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert), Under the Bridge. LONDON: Noel Coward Theatre: Million Dollar Quartet; Royal Drury Lane & Prince of Wales Theatres: The Witches of Eastwick. DC AREA: Ford’s Theatre: Meet John Doe; Kennedy Center: First You Dream, Follies starring Bernadette Peters, Mame starring Christine Baranski, Sondheim Celebration (artistic director), Passion, Sunday in the Park with George. NEW YORK: Avery Fisher Hall: Sondheim Concert. REGIONAL: Goodman: Million Dollar Quartet; Apollo Theatre: Million Dollar Quartet; Mark Taper Forum: Putting It Together (w/ Carol Burnett); Chicago: Elmer Gantry; Los Angeles: Disney’s Snow White. TRAINING: Honorary Doctorate/Humane Letters, BFA -KutztownUniversity; extended studies, Crewe and Alsager College of Visual Arts,Crewe,England. AWARDS: 2002 Washingtonian of the Year, six Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Direction, six Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Musical, 2007 Arts Founder Award.
Nick Martin (Assistant Direction) SIGNATURE: Crossing (Assistant Director). EDUCATIONAL: Attempts on Her Life, Linda Her, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Assistant Director), Night of the Iguana (Assistant Director). EDUCATION: The College of William and Mary.
Lynne Shankel (Orchestrations) BROADWAY: Cry-Baby, Company, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. OFF BROADWAY: Bare: The Musical, The Memory Show, The Extraordinary Ordinary (Drama Desk nomination) Vanities, Altar Boyz (Drama Desk nomination), Summer Of ’42. REGIONAL: Allegiance (Craig Noel Award); Goodspeed: LMNOP, Band Geeks!, Princesses, Summer of ‘42; Papermill: Once On This Island; Yale Rep: Pop! ; La Jolla: Cry-Baby; Williamstown: Party Come Here, Opposite Of Sex; Pasadena Playhouse/Theatreworks: Vanities; Theatreworks: Vanities, Summer of ’42; 5th Avenue: Princesses; NSMT: Tom Jones (NSMT), Summer Of ’42 ; Hartford Stage: Rough Crossing, Camino Real. OTHER: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. CONCERTS: Chita Rivera: A Legendary Celebration, Lea Salonga: Playlist 35, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. RECORDINGS: Allegiance, Summer of ’42, Altar Boyz, Vanities, Lauren Kennedy: Here And Now, Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell: Sorta Love Songs, Michael Patrick Walker: Out Of Context, Jonathan Gealt: Thirteen Stories Down, New York City Christmas: A Benefit Album For ASTEP.
Dan Knechtges (Choreographer) BROADWAY: Lysistrata Jones (Direction & Choreography), Xanadu (directed by Chris Ashley, Tony Award® nomination, Drama Desk nomination), Sondheim on Sondheim, 110 in The Shade (starring Audra McDonald), The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (directed by James Lapine). OFF-BROADWAY: Transport Group: Lysistrata Jones; Encores: Merrily We Roll Along; Second Stage: Vanities, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (Lucille Lortel Award nomination). FILM/TV: Dark Horse, Palindromes, Fatboy Slim's music video "It's a Wonderful Night," White Collar, 2011 TVLand Awards (starring Liza Minnelli). www.danknechtges.com.
Jessica Hartman (Associate Choreographer) BROADWAY: The Boy from Oz (Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain/Swing), Lysistrata Jones (Associate Choreographer). OFF-BROADWAY/NYC: Give It Up! (Associate Choreographer), Showtune (Assistant Director/Choreographer), Citizen Ruth (Associate Choreographer), Break Out in Song (Director/Choreographer). DC AREA: Kennedy Center: Elephant and Piggie: We Are In A Play (Choreographer); Ford's Theatre; Olney Theatre Center. REGIONAL: Goodspeed Opera House, Hangar Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center. OTHER: Broadway Theatre Connection (Artistic Director/Co-Founder). UPCOMING: NY Lab: Behind The Painting; Arena Stage: Smokey Joe’s Cafe.
Derek McLane (Set Design). BROADWAY: over 30 Broadway shows, including: Beautiful, the Carole King Musical; The Heiress; Follies; Anything Goes (Broadway & US National Tour); How to Succeed…; Nice Work If You Can Get It; The Best Man; Bengal Tiger…; Million Dollar Quartet (Broadway and current US Tour); Ragtime; 33 Variations; I Am My Own Wife; Man and Boy; The Pajama Game; The Women; The Threepenny Opera; Present Laughter; Holiday; Marie and Bruce; A Lie of the Mind; Ruined; Becky Shaw; Rafta, Rafta…; The Voysey Inheritance; Intimate Apparel; Hurlyburly; Modern Orthodox; Aunt Dan and Lemon. TV: NBC: The Sound of Music Live, 2013 Academy Awards. AWARDS: 1997 and 2004 Obie Awards; 2004, 2005, 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards; 2009 Hewes Award; 2009 Tony Award®; 2011 Drama Desk Award, 2013 Emmy Nomination.
Chris Lee (Lighting Design) SIGNATURE: Over 25 productions including Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Shakespeare’s R&J, The Witches of Eastwick, Saving Aimee, Into The Woods, Assassins, Follies, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, … in the absence of spring … , Side Show, Urinetown, Elegies: A Song Cycle, and Xanadu. BROADWAY/WEST END: Fame Becomes Me, Linda Eder Live At The Gershwin, Shakespeare’s R&J (Tokyo/London/UK Tour). OTHER: Peep Show for Planet Hollywood, the feature film Camp and over 200 National and International Tours, Off Broadway and Regional Theatre productions. Disney’s Believe, Disney’s Wishes, Twice Charmed and facility design for The Disney Dream and The Disney Fantasy and an upcoming spectacular for Tokyo Disney Seas all for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. His studio, Unit #10, conceives lighting for clients such as Coca Cola, Ford, Sony, Cannon, and Microsoft. AWARDS: 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Frank Labovitz (Costume Design) SIGNATURE: Company, Dreamgirls (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Costume Design), Dying City. DC AREA: Round House Theatre: I Love to Eat, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Next Fall, Pride and Prejudice; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: You For Me For You, Mr. Burns: a post electric play, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Fever/Dream; Studio Theatre, lab series: Dirt; Studio Theatre, 2nd Stage: Astroboy and the God of Comics, Mojo; Theater J: Boged: an Enemy of the People, The Religion Thing; Something You Did, Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears; Imagination Stage: Suessical; Rapunzel; Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells; Callisto 5; No Rules Theatre Company: Stop Kiss; Forum Theatre: Mad Forest.
Lane Elms (Sound Design) SIGNATURE: Gypsy, Crossing, Spin. REGIONAL DESIGN: Brother Wolf, Sisters, Rage Is Not A One Day Thing, Cosi Fan Tutte, A Raisin in the Sun, The Waiting Room, Big River. ASSISTANT DESIGN: Tobacco Road, Jelly’s Last Jam. BROADWAY ENGINEER: Hair (tour). NATIONAL TOUR ENGINEER: Sister Act, Mary Poppins, Hair, The Color Purple, Go Diego Go Live!. REGIONAL ENGINEER: A Christmas Carol, Next To Normal, I Dream, Class Of 3000, Smart Cookie, Sleuth, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, Degas’ Little Dancer, Sophisticated Ladies, Gem of The Ocean/Radio Golf, Seussical, In The Red and Brown Water, Curvy Widow, The Women of Brewster Place. EDUCATION: UNCSA 2006 (Sound Design).
Kerry Epstein (Production Stage Manager) SIGNATURE: Eight seasons and over 35 productions. Selected credits include Gypsy, Crossing, Miss Saigon, Company, Shakespeare's R&J, Dreamgirls, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Brother Russia, Hairspray, The Hollow, Side By Side By Sondheim, Sunset Boulevard, Chess, Sycamore Trees, First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb, Les Misérables, The Visit, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Studio, The Witches of Eastwick, Into the Woods, Assassins, Nevermore. INTERNATIONAL: Dublin Theater Festival. DC AREA: The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage/Georgetown University. REGIONAL: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. EDUCATION: Dickinson College.
Stephanie Junkin (Assistant Stage Manager) SIGNATURE: Production Assistant: Gypsy, Miss Saigon, Shakespeare’s R&J, Dreamgirls, The Hollow; Crew: Hairspray, The Boy Detective Fails, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. DC AREA: Stage Manager: Forum Theatre, The Hub Theatre, The Inkwell, WSC Bard, Source Festival. INTERN: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.