AIN'T TOO PROUD: The Life and Times of The Temptations
249 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
2 Hours, 30 Minutes (with one intermission)
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Five Guys. One Dream.
And a Sound That Would Make Music History.AIN'T TOO PROUD is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. The rest is history — how they met, the groundbreaking heights they hit and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. This thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal is set to the beat of the group's treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and so many more.
After breaking house records at both Berkeley Rep and The Kennedy Center, AIN'T TOO PROUD, written by three‑time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two‑time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, On Your Feet), now brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway. Get ready — 'cause here they come!
CAST / CREATIVE
DERRICK BASKIN (Otis Williams) received the San Francisco Theatre Critics Circle Award/Lead Actor for Ain’t Too Proud at Berkeley Rep. He was last seen in the Oscar‑nominated film Marshall and is best known for his role in the critically acclaimed Hulu sitcom Difficult People and his recurring role on Law & Order: SVU. Other film credits include Annie starring Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx; and Anesthesia starring Glenn Close, directed by Tim Blake Nelson. This award‐winning actor was last seen onstage in The New York Times Critic’s Pick Whorl Inside a Loop and has originated roles in the Tony Award®‐winning Broadway musicals Memphis; Spelling Bee, where he also earned a Drama Desk Award; and Disney’s The Little Mermaid working alongside Oscar‐, Grammy‐, and Tony‑winning composer Alan Menken and Pulitzer Prize author Doug Wright. Baskin’s concert experience includes performances with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Bublé, Wiz Khalifa, and Mariah Carey, and he has written songs on former Beyoncé musical director Divinity Roxx’s debut album, I’m Possible. Visit @derrickbaskin.
JAMES HARKNESS (Paul Williams). Most recently seen on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, he is a veteran of not only the stage (Aida, The Color Purple, Chicago), but also a best director nominee, an award‑winning choreographer, and a songwriter. His debut show, Fragments of Me, performed at the Metropolitan Room in New York, is available on YouTube. Harkness is proud and humbled to stand with this company to tell this story of the legendary group that is a firm part of American culture. Thanks to my manager Dave Brenner and love to my family. Instagram/Twitter: lord.harkness/LordHarkness. YouTube: jklh37.
Jawan M. Jackson
Jawan M. Jackson
JAWAN M. JACKSON (Melvin Franklin) Born and raised in the heart of Motown, Jawan M. Jackson is a native of Detroit. Jackson made his professional debut starring in Broadway’s Motown The Musical as Melvin Franklin of The Temptations. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Jackson began his career as a radio personality for Detroit’s top radio station, Hot 107.5. Upon graduation, he successfully helped instill, develop, and execute a program for high school students who had a passion for pursuing a career in acting and the arts. Film: Sparkle (2012), Love Thy Self (2014). TV: Netflix’s The Get Down (2016), PBS’s Doo Wop Generations (2018). Instagram: JawanJackson4. Big thanks to my agents at Carson Kolker, Barry and Oscar, and manager Arthur Massei.
JEREMY POPE (Eddie Kendricks) was a Drama League nominee alongside Denzel Washington for his lead role as Pharus in Choir Boy by Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, which he will reprise on Broadway this coming December. Off-Broadway credits include Invisible Thread, directed by Diane Paulus, and The View Upstairs. Pope is also a songwriter/recording artist, and his latest single “New Love” can be found on iTunes/Spotify. jeremy-pope.com/@jeremypope
EPHRAIM SYKES (David Ruffin) is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida. He was last seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s new feature film Detroit, and as Seaweed J. Stubbs on NBC’s Hairspray Live! Sykes graduated from the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program with departmental honors and toured with the Ailey II company for two years. His TV/film credits include Marvin in HBO’s Vinyl, Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes, Marvel’s Netflix series Luke Cage, Leave It on the Floor, Dance Flick, NBC’s Smash, and 30 Rock. Sykes made his Broadway debut in The Little Mermaid and was in the original casts of Hamilton: An American Musical, Memphis, Newsies, and Motown The Musical.
SAINT AUBYN (Dennis Edwards, Fight Captain) is an artist who strives to entertain his audience with hopes that they leave each and every performance feeling fulfilled. Some of his accomplishments are performing with one of his mentors, Gregory Hines, in the Showtime movie Bojangles and sharing the stage with the incomparable Ms. Patti LaBelle and Sam Smith. He was involved in the Smokey Joe’s Café 20th anniversary tour and had a featured role in the 2013 film Admissions. He also played the role of Jimmy Early in the production of Dreamgirls at The Gallery Players in Brooklyn, New York, in 2013. This resulted in his nomination for the 2013 AUDELCO Outstanding Performance in a Musical Award and the 2013 New York Innovative Theatre Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role Award. More recently he was involved in the Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Instagram: @c.st.a.
SHAWN BOWERS (Lamont, understudy for Melvin Franklin, understudy for Paul Williams, Assistant Dance Captain) is thrilled to continue his journey with the Broadway production of Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations! A native of St. Louis, he now resides in New York City. Recently, he had the opportunity to workshop and develop new original musicals both in New York and Toronto. He traveled the high seas in the Broadway production of the big band jazz-age musical After Midnight. Regional credits include Meet Me in St. Louis, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, The Addams Family at The Muny, and The Full Monty at STAGES St. Louis. Favorite roles: Rent (Benny), Parade (Newt Lee/Riley), The Little Mermaid (Sebastian), and Mary Poppins (Robertson Ay). He would like to thank The Mine and his family and friends for their continuous love and support! Follow on Instagram: @shawn_bowersnyc.
E. Clayton Cornelious
E. Clayton Cornelious
E. CLAYTON CORNELIOUS (Richard Street) is a Pittsburgh native who is a 20-year Broadway veteran. Cornelious is ecstatic to be a part of this wonderful new journey. Broadway: The Caterpillar in Wonderland, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line, The Music Man, Kat and the Kings, and The Lion King. National tours: Kinky Boots, Sister Act, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, The Lion King, A Chorus Line, The Goodbye Girl, and The Wiz. His West End credits include Sammy Davis Jr. in The Rat Pack—Live from Las Vegas. TV/film: One Life to Live and Meet Dave with Eddie Murphy. He is a proud member of BIV (Broadway Inspirational Voices) and a graduate of Point Park University. Please follow him on Twitter & Instagram: @Eclaycorn.
Taylor Symone Jackson
Taylor Symone Jackson
TAYLOR SYMONE JACKSON (Johnnie Mae, Mary Wilson). Her regional credits include Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Wiz (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Spelman College). Her New York credits include Becoming David (Playwrights Horizons) and Viva Las Vegas (AMDA). Her TV credits include My Parents, My Sister & Me; The Game; and Born to Dance. She is also trained in various styles of dance from the Atlanta Ballet and acting at The Freeman Studio. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and now lives in New York. Please follow her on Instagram @taylorsymonej.
JAHI KEARSE (Berry Gordy). His Broadway credits include Holler If Ya Hear Me (Palace Theatre) and Baby It’s You! (Broadhurst Theatre). Off-Broadway credits include The Total Bent and The Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater), and select regional credits include Passing Strange, Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Topdog/Underdog (Studio Theatre); Cool Papa’s Party (MetroStage); Dry Powder, Lungs, Satchmo at the Waldorf, and Bars & Measures (B Street Theatre); Indian Joe (Goodspeed); Maurice Hines’ Yo Alice (Radio City Music Hall); Debbie Allen’s Soul Possessed; Seussical the Musical (Alliance Theatre); and Sty of the Blind Pig and Two Trains Running (True Colors Theatre). Kearse is a proud alum of the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and Tri-Cities High School for the Visual & Performing Arts.
Jarvis B. Manning, Jr.
Jarvis B. Manning, Jr.
JARVIS B. MANNING, JR. (Al Bryant, Norman Whitfield), a native of Houston, Texas, is extremely proud to be in Dominique Morisseau’s Ain’t Too Proud. His favorite performance credits are Jackie Wilson, Eddie Holland, Billy Gordon, and Rick James. He portrayed these musical legends in the first national tour of Motown The Musical and on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre. A new favorite is Elbridge “Al” Bryant and Norman Whitfield in the World premiere of Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Rep). Graduate of the legendary High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and the American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA NY). Thanks to my first audience members Jarvis Sr., Carolyn, and Deondra! This is for you Chubby CC! You too, Barbs!
JOSHUA MORGAN (Shelly Berger). Broadway: Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: Stiff. Regional: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Theatre Under The Stars, Folger Theatre, Triad Stage, Olney Theatre Center, amongst many others. Film/TV: Paterno (HBO). BFA: University of North Carolina School of the Arts. IG/TW/FB: @jmorganarts.
RASHIDRA SCOTT (Josephine). Broadway: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (OBC, Grammy Award), Sister Act (OBC, U/S Deloris; first national tour, Deloris), Hair (U/S Abe Lincoln), Finian’s Rainbow (U/S Dolores), and Avenue Q (Gary Coleman). Select regional credits: Ain’t Too Proud (Josephine—Berkeley Rep), Anything Goes (Reno—Goodspeed Opera House), Dreamgirls (Lorrell—Marriott Theatre), Hairspray (Paper Mill Playhouse), Little Shop of Horrors (STAGES St. Louis, Kevin Kline nomination), and Hair (Dionne—Arizona Theatre Company). Walt Disney World Entertainment. TV: Rescue Me (Sony/FX) as Violet, the singing nurse. BM (music business management), Berklee College of Music. rashidrascott.com
NASIA THOMAS (Mama Rose, Florence Ballard, Tammi Terrell) was recently seen as Little Eva in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. Her other credits include the first national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Swing). Regional credits include Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations (Berkeley Rep), Hairspray (The Muny), and The Buddy Holly Story. Other credits include The Wiz (Dorothy), Les Misérables (U/S Fantine), and Dreamgirls (U/S Effie). Nasia is a graduate of Elon University, where she received her BFA in music theatre, 2015. GSA MT 2011. Instagram: @n_a_s_v. Twitter: @nasiavthomas
CHRISTIAN THOMPSON (Smokey Robinson) is so proud of this ATP family! Recent credits include Dez in Skeleton Crew (Marin Theatre/ TheatreWorks), Smokey Robinson/ Damon Harris in the World premiere of Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations (Berkeley Rep), Benny and U/S Roger with the 20TH Anniversary Tour of Rent (national and Tokyo), original De’Andre in Blood at the Root (NBT & world tour), and Tap Brother 2 in the inaugural cast of After Midnight (Norwegian Escape). Received his BFA in musical theatre from Penn State. Thanks to God, family, friends, and Crew ’15. @christianthompsonactor
Candice Marie Woods
Candice Marie Woods
CANDICE MARIE WOODS (Diana Ross). A native of Texas, she has performed all over the United States and internationally. Most recently, she appeared as Deena Jones in the Work Light Productions/OD Company Korean tour of Dreamgirls. A few of her Broadway credits include Hairspray (Dynamite and U/S Inez), Catch Me If You Can (Ensemble/featured vocalist on original cast album), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Flo), and The Book of Mormon. National tours include Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage and Legally Blonde (Pilar). She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU (Book) is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle), which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and NBT). Additional plays include Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theater), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theater), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre), and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). Dominique is an alumna of the Center Theatre Group L.A. Writers’ Workshop, The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre, Women’s Project, South Coast Rep, People’s Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She most recently served as co-producer on the Showtime series Shameless. Following its record-breaking run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2017, her new musical Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations opened at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), the Ahmanson (Los Angeles), and the Princess of Wales Theatre (Toronto). Awards include Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, AUDELCO Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, Obie Award, Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and being named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18.
Music and Lyrics From
The Legendary Motown Catalog
Based on the Book Entitled
by Otis Williams
Music by Arrangement with
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING (Music Licensing), established in 1995, is the world’s leading music publisher. It owns or administers more than 3 million copyrights, including those of EMI Music Publishing and iconic music catalogs such as Leiber & Stoller, Mijac Music, Motown, and Famous Music. In addition, it represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Hank Williams, and Stevie Wonder. Its contemporary roster includes The Chainsmokers, Drake, Calvin Harris, Lady Gaga, P!nk, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams.
ROBERT BRILL (Scenic Design). Broadway credits include Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Assassins (Tony Award nomination), set and club design for the critically acclaimed revival of Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls (Tony Award nomination), Buried Child, Design for Living, A Streetcar Named Desire, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and others. His other credits include Frozen (Disney California), as well as numerous opera World premieres, including Moby-Dick, Cold Mountain, Everest, Doubt, The Manchurian Candidate, and It’s a Wonderful Life. He has designed for the Whitney Museum of American Art, BAM, Radio City Music Hall, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and many others. Robert is a founding member of Sledgehammer Theatre, a recipient of the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, and professor of scenic design at
University of California San Diego.
PAUL TAZEWELL (Costume Design) has designed Broadway shows, theatre, film and television, dance, and opera for over 25 years. Starting his Broadway career with Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk directed by George C. Wolfe, he has since designed the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Hamilton; Escape to Margaritaville; Summer; In the Heights; The Color Purple (2005); Dr. Zhivago; Memphis; Caroline, or Change; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam; Lombardi; Magic/Bird; Side Show; A Streetcar Named Desire; Jesus Christ Superstar; Guys and Dolls; A Raisin in the Sun; and On the Town. In 2016, he received both a Tony Award, for Hamilton, and an Emmy Award, for The Wiz Live! (NBC). Recent television work: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO) starring Oprah Winfrey and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC) featuring John Legend for which he received an Emmy nomination. He has been nominated for the Tony Award six times, has received the Princess Grace Statue Award, Henry Hewes Design Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, four Helen Hayes Awards, and the TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. His costume work has been photographed for Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, and The Bloomberg Design Issue, and he is a featured artist in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s web series The Artist Project and the companion book by Phaidon. He currently lives in New York City with his husband and their dog, Harpo.
HOWELL BINKLEY (Lighting Design). Broadway: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Escape to Margaritaville, Come From Away (2017 Tony nomination), A Bronx Tale, Hamilton (2016 Tony winner/2018 Olivier winner), After Midnight (2014 Tony nomination), How to Succeed... (2011 Tony nomination), West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), In the Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Jersey Boys (2006 Tony winner), Avenue Q, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993 Tony nomination). Co-Founder/Resident Lighting Designer Parsons Dance. 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier and Canadian Dora Awards for Kiss of the Spider Woman. 2006 and 2016 Henry Hewes Design Awards for Jersey Boys and Hamilton.
Steve Canyon Kennedy
Steve Canyon Kennedy
STEVE CANYON KENNEDY (Sound Design) was the production engineer on such Broadway shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Carrie, and Aspects of Love. His Broadway sound design credits include On Your Feet, Doctor Zhivago, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Tony Award), Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk Award), Jesus Christ Superstar, Catch Me If You Can (Tony nomination), Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jersey Boys (Drama Desk Award), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Rent, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carousel, and The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award).
PETER NIGRINI (Projection Design). Peter’s Broadway credits include SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, A Doll’s House, Part 2, An Act of God, Amélie, A New Musical, Fela!, The Heidi Chronicles, and The Best Man. His other credits include Grounded and Here Lies Love (The Public Theater), Wakey, Wakey (Signature Theatre), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage Theater), Notes from Underground (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Rent (New World Stages), Real Enemies (BAM Next Wave Festival), and Blind Date (Bill T. Jones). For Nature Theater of Oklahoma, No Dice and Life & Times (Burgtheater, Vienna). His upcoming projects are the new musical Dave (Arena Stage), Beetlejuice (Broadway 18–19), and The Orphan of Zhao (Beijing International Music Festival).
Hair and Wig Design
Charles G. LaPointe
Charles G. LaPointe
CHARLES G. LaPOINTE (Hair and Wig Design). Over 85 Broadway shows including Hamilton; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Anastasia; The Band’s Visit; SpongeBob SquarePants (Drama Desk Award); Summer: The Donna Summer Musical; Amélie; Motown the Musical; Memphis: The Musical; Allegiance; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; The Color Purple; Doctor Zhivago; Of Mice and Men; Violet; Sideshow; The Elephant Man; After Midnight; Clybourne Park; Newsies; The Mountaintop; Superior Donuts; Bonnie and Clyde; In the Heights. Upcoming Broadway credits include The Cher Show, Beetlejuice, and Torch Song Trilogy. Television: The Wiz Live! (Emmy Award nomination), Jesus Christ Superstar Live (Emmy Award nomination), Bluebloods, American Crime, Madoff, Hairspray.
STEVE RANKIN (Fight Director). Broadway: Carousel (Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Fight Choreography); Summer; Doctor Zhivago; Memphis; Jersey Boys; The Who’s Tommy; Macbeth; Guys and Dolls; Twelfth Night; Henry IV; Two Shakespearean Actors; Getting Away With Murder; Anna Christie; The Real Inspector Hound; The Farnsworth Invention. Off-Broadway: Below the Belt; The Third Story; The Night Hank Williams Died. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet; Henry V; Caesar and Cleopatra; Macbeth. Metropolitan Opera: Iphigenie et Tauride; Faust; Rodelinda; Boris Godunov. Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe (Associate Artist), Berkeley Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Asolo, Geva, Center Stage, et al. Mr. Rankin plays mandolin with the Americana folk artist Susie Glaze and the New Folk Ensemble. He is a proud member of SDC.
EDGAR GODINEAUX (Associate Choreographer) was the associate choreographer for the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, which received the Olivier Award for Best Choreography for Memphis UK, and was the director/ choreographer for Memphis at Musical Theatre West and the Flashdance: The Musical national tour. His film credits include Idlewild featuring OutKast and Bolden. His TV credits include So You Think You Can Dance (Canada) and Motown’s 30th anniversary broadcast. He performed in Dancing with the Stars’ Michael Jackson tribute, Glee, and Broadway’s Swing, Aida, and Dance of the Vampires. He has toured with Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Diana Ross. Edgar is the choreographer of the upcoming Nat King Cole musical Lights Out! Last but not least my children Pierce and Lennox for giving me the strength and courage that I need.
JOHN MILLER (Music Coordinator). Broadway (over 130 shows, including): Gettin’ the Band Back Together; Summer: The Donna Summer Musical; Beautiful; Waitress; Jersey Boys; Once on This Island; Hello, Dolly!; Rock of Ages; Miss Saigon; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Indecent; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; A Bronx Tale; Something Rotten!; Les Misérables; Pippin; Once; Newsies; Elf. Studio musician (bass): Leonard Cohen; Michael Jackson; Madonna; Bette Midler; Peter, Paul, and Mary; Eric Clapton; Frank Sinatra; Carly Simon; B.B. King; Mose Allison; Portishead; Billy Joel; Bob Dylan. johnmillerbass.com
Production Stage Manager
Molly Meg Legal
Molly Meg Legal
MOLLY MEG LEGAL (Production Stage Manager). Credits include Broadway: Jersey Boys; national tours of The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, the 30th anniversary tour of Annie, Oliver!, and Love, Janis. Broadway Center Stage: In the Heights (The Kennedy Center).
HAROLD WHEELER (Orchestrations) is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical director, musical supervisor, and musician. Perhaps best known for his 17 seasons as musical director of the ABC show Dancing with the Stars, he has enjoyed many years of success over several mediums. Broadway credits include Side Show, Hugh Jackman—Back on Broadway, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Award nomination), Never Gonna Dance, Hairspray (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony Award nomination), Swing! (Tony Award nomination), Little Me (Tony Award nomination), The Life (Tony Award nomination), Dreamgirls, The Wiz, The Tap Dance Kid, and Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. He has served as conductor of the Academy Awards four times (most recently during the 90TH Academy Awards), only the second African-American conductor in the Academy’s history. He also was one of two conductors during the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2008, Harold received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP Theatre Awards. He is married to television and Broadway performer Hattie Winston.
Music Direction and Arrangements by
KENNY SEYMOUR (Music Director/Conductor/Keyboard 1/Arranger). Kenny’s Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include the Tony Award winner for Best Musical Memphis (music director/conductor), Carnegie Hall’s A Time Like This: Music for Change (music supervisor/director/arranger/ orchestrator), Amazing Grace: An Epic Musical (orchestrator), Half Time: A New Musical (dance music arranger/electronic music producer), Marley: A World Premiere Musical (music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator), Tallest Tree in the Forest (music director/arranger/incidental music), Scary Musical (orchestrator), Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues (music supervisor/orchestrator), and The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse (dance music arranger). His film and TV credits include Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha (composer), Oya: Rise of the Suporishas (composer), Talking with the Taxman About Poetry (composer, 2013 Global Music Award for Best Original Score), and music arranger/orchestrator for shows on Fox, BET, and NBC including the Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama. Kenny has performed around the world, from the legendary Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall to the Montreux Jazz Festival. Education: music & art, Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music. Visit kennyseymour.com.
SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer). Sergio’s Broadway credits include On Your Feet (Tony Award nominee, Outer Critics Circle/Astaire Awards), Memphis (Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), Jersey Boys (Drama Desk/OCC/Greenroom/Dora nominations), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Chita Rivera Award), A Bronx Tale (Chita Award nomination), The Addams Family, Next to Normal, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), Leap of Faith (Drama Desk nomination), Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nomination), and All Shook Up. Director/ choreographer credits include Arrabal (American Repertory Theater—Elliot Norton Award), Gloria Estefan on Broadway (Minskoff Theatre), Flashdance: The Musical (national tour), and White Noise (Royal George Theatre). Other theatre credits include Invisible Thread (Second Stage Theater, Astaire Award nomination), Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Musical (Olney Theatre—Helen Hayes Award nomination), Freaky Friday (Signature Theatre), and The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse). International credits include Tarzan (Disney), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), and The Sound of Music and West Side Story (Stratford Festival).
DES McANUFF (Director) is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Broadway: Summer, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event), Dracula, the Musical, How to Succeed..., The Who’s Tommy (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Director), A Walk in the Woods, Big River (Tony Awards for Best Director, Best Musical). Selected New York: Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW). Opera: Faust (Met, ENO). Film: Cousin Bette (director), Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), The Iron Giant (producer, BAFTA Award), Quills (executive producer). He is also Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure as Artistic Director, he staged more than 35 productions of classics, new plays, and musicals. Under his leadership, the Playhouse received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Raised in Canada, he was a part of the Toronto alternative theatre scene in the 70s. While at Stratford, he directed multiple productions including A Word or Two, The Tempest, and Caesar and Cleopatra (all starring Christopher Plummer), Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Twelfth Night (starring Brian Dennehy), ...Forum, As You Like It, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. In 2006, he received the prestigious Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing and in 2011, he was honoured with a doctorate from Ryerson University where he attended the Theatre School. In 2012, he was awarded Canada’s esteemed Governor General’s National Arts Center Award and the Order of Canada.