AIN'T TOO PROUD: The Life and Times of The Temptations
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2 Hours, 30 Minutes (with one intermission)
NIK WALKER (Otis Williams) honored and privileged. Credits include... B’way/B’way-adjacent: Hamilton (as Aaron Burr), Motown, Peter and the Starcatcher; TV/Film: L&O SVU. NYU ’10. Love to God, Ma, Sarah, Ferris, Des and the ATP crew, all friends, fam, savages and road dogs... and a special thanks to the late Tony Stark, the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist, for making that sacrifice play, laying down on the wire so that we all could live (#whateverittakes) - @nikkywalks
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 (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.
MATT MANUEL (David Ruffin) is a singer/songwriter from Detroit, Michigan, and is excited to be making his Broadway debut in Ain't Too Proud. He was last seen making his professional acting debut as Marvin Gaye in the Touring Cast of Motown: The Musical. Prior to acting, He was a lead vocalist in the Simone Vitale orchestra, and the guest entertainer group, Evolution. Previous credits include: Akoma the short film, and American Idol.
JELANI REMY (Eddie Kendricks) A New Jersey native thrilled to be part of this show! Credits include Disney’s The Lion King (Simba), Disney’s High School Musical (Chad), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Apple Boys (Jack). Thanks to God, my family, AEA and VGP Management. @itsjelaniremy “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
ESTHER ANTOINE (Swing, Dance Captain) is grateful to be making her Broadway debut! Tours: Matilda, Catch Me If You Can. Regionals: The Wiz, Candide (New York City Opera), Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Rep). To God be the glory! To my family, friends, ATP Creatives, Di’Mon Brown, JCMI, Sue Samuels—thank you! I love you all!
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.
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.
TIFFANY FRANCÈS (Josephine). Broadway debut. Hails from Detroit, MI, and studied Music Theatre Performance at Western Michigan University. Lover of jazz and anything that serves her community. She would like to thank her loving parents Tanya and Paul for always supporting her dreams, her family, friends and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. @TiffanyFrances_
TA'NIKA GIBSON (Swing). Encores!: Me and My Girl, Call Me Madam, I Married an Angel, High Button Shoes. Denver Center (Laurey), TUTS (Lorell), The Wiz (Dorothy), Aida (Aida), "Iron Fist." Thank you to Kathy and Jennifer Olsen, Mom, Dad, Tara Rubin, Patty Forbes, Aaron and Claudia Catania. NYU. @tgibstar, tanikagibson.com
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.
MARCUS PAUL JAMES (Swing) Actor/singer/songwriter seen in Broadway’s Motown: The Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award®‐winning In the Heights, Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award®‐winning Rent, and The Public Theaters Off‐Broadway run of Miss You Like Hell. TV/film include “Collateral Beauty”, Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway and Oscar®-nominated The Greatest Showman. Music available on Itunes, CDBaby and marcuspauljames.com.
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.
DARIUS JORDAN LEE (Lamont, Paul u/s, Melvin u/s). B'way debut! Off-B'way: Clueless the Musical. Regional: Scottsboro Boys, Fences, West Side Story, Dreamgirls. TV: "POWER BOOK II: GHOST," "SNL." BFA Montclair State University. He gives Glory to God, & Love & thanks to Mom, AC, family, friends, Bloc, Tara Rubin Casting & everyone at ATP! Psalms 37:4 Instagram: @dariusjordanlee
ELIJAH AHMAD LEWIS (Otis u/s, David u/s, Eddie u/s). Award-winning singer/actor/songwriter. Broadway: Motown. Tours: Motown (First and Second National); Mama, I Want To Sing (Japan), TV/film: Mama, I Want to Sing; "America" (Rosie O'Donnell);. Grammys. Music: SZA, Chance the Rapper, Ariana Grande. Thanks: Family, Mama Foundation, all who believed in me and God for creating me to bless others! Music available on all platforms. @elijah.ahmad.lewis
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!
MORGAN McGHEE (Mama Rose, Florence Ballard, Tammi Terrell) is humbled to make her Broadway Debut. Native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and Clark Atlanta University. She would like to thank her Dad and ultra-supportive family and friends. For my guardian angel, Terry. @morgan.eli
JOSHUA MORGAN (Shelly Berger). Broadway: Les Miserables. 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: Lincoln (NBC), Law and Order: SVU, Paterno (HBO). BFA: University of North Carolina School of the Arts. @jmorganarts
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
CORREY WEST (Swing). Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific; Tours: Love Never Dies, Anything Goes, 42nd Street; NY- Showboat, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, An Evening With Jason Robert Brown; Various Regional: Oliver, Spelling Bee, Shrek, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, The Producers, Hairspray, Dreamgirls.
DREW WILDMAN FOSTER (Swing, Asst. Dance Captain, Asst. Director). Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, Sunset Boulevard, Summer and West Side Story (national tour/Hollywood Bowl). Drew has directed regionally and here in New York at Theatre Row and The Juilliard School. Drew is the current director for Shakespeare at the Manor. Education: Juilliard (Houseman Award). Husband to Jesse Wildman Foster.
CURTIS WILEY (Swing) Last seen in NYC at Lincoln Center Theater in the American Songbook concert series with Stew and Heidi. Select NYC credits: The Total Bent (The Public Theater), Rothschild & Sons, Pageant: The Musical, The Great Society, King Lear (EPBB). Curtis is an alumni of Sundance Theatre Institute, Wig Out (playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney).
JAMARI JOHNSON WILLIAMS (Swing) is too blessed to be making his Broadway debut! National tours: Motown the Musical, Memphis. Regional: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Hair, The Wiz, South Pacific, Mamma Mia! and Saturday Night Fever. So much love to my family, Jehovah, my friends, FSE and you for supporting art. Peace. @Jamarizabeast.
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.
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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 (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).
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
LIZ CAPLAN (Vocal Supervisor). Select Broadway/tours: King Kong; Frozen; SpongeBob SquarePants; Dear Evan Hansen; Hedwig; Once; The Book of Mormon; Aladdin; American Idiot; Rock of Ages. Film: Shame; Les Misérables; The Greatest Showman (supervising vocal producer); Pixar’s Coco; The Lego Movie 2. TV: “SNL,” “The Get Down” (Netflix), NBC’s “The Wiz Live!,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “Colbert,” “Tony Awards®,” “Academy Awards®.” Lizcaplan.com
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.
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.