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Run Time: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes (with one intermission)
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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'TTOOPROUD,
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 Award winner 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!
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NIK WALKER (Otis Williams) is an actor/writer/unqualified NYU professor/wicked thankful to be back on this stage. B'way: Hamilton (as Burr), Motown, Starcatcher. TV: “L&O,” “SVU.” Podcasts: The Chaos Twins, Little Justice. "Love to God, Mom, Sarah, the Alpha Dogs, House Buckets, G-D Stevie, & Stewart Talent.” Nik dedicates his performance to America’s sweetheart, Jordan Fisher - mainly cuz Jordan bet him that he wouldn’t do it, and that was the dumbest bet he could’ve made. @nikkywalks
JAMES HARKNESS (Paul Williams). AEA, SAG/AFTRA. Thankful to be returning to Broadway with Ain’t Too Proud! As a Broadway veteran (Beautiful, Chicago, Guys & Dolls, The Color Purple, Aida), a Handy Award Best Director nominee, an award-winning choreographer as well as film/TV credits. The significance of this moment is fully understood. Continued gratitude to our incredible creative team and Tara Rubin. Thank u Dave. Love you Mom! Instagram/Twitter: @ijamesharkness. Don’t give up.
JAWAN M. JACKSON (Melvin Franklin) is a native of Detroit, Michigan who made his professional debut starring in the original cast of Broadway’s Motown: The Musical. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Jawan successfully helped implement a program for high school students who had a passion for acting and the arts. He’s excited to continue that journey working with youth to keep the arts in education. Instagram/Twitter: @JawanJackson. 1 Timothy 4:12
MATT MANUEL (David Ruffin) is elated to be returning to Ain't Too Proud. “I cannot wait to be back with my brothers, doing what I love, and telling a story that began in my hometown of Detroit!” Matt made his acting debut in the tour of Motown: The Musical and was a contestant on “American Idol.” After this whirlwind of a year, he is ready to use his talents to amplify those Black voices that often go overlooked.
JELANI REMY (Eddie Kendricks) A New Jersey native who is blessed to be a Temp! Credits include Disney’s The Lion King (Simba), Disney’s High School Musical (Chad), Disney’s High School Musical 2, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Off-Broadway), The Apple Boys (Jack), ANJOU, Chita Rivera Award Nominee. Thanks to God, my family, AEA and DGRW. @itsjelaniremy “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
ESTHER ANTOINE (Swing, Dance Captain) Broadway debut! Tours: Matilda, Catch Me If You Can. Regional: The Wiz (Arkansas Rep), Candide (New York City Opera), Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Rep). To God be the glory! To dad, family, friends, ATP creatives, Di’Mon Brown, JCMI, Sue Samuels – thank you! I love you all! @1_estherantoine.
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. Broadway: Beautiful! Regional/Tour: Smokey Joe’s Café (20th anniversary tour). Film: Admissions! TV: Co-host of the Salute THEM Awards with Loni Love and Yo-Yo! Also sharing the stage with Miss Patti Labelle! @iamsaintaubyn
E. CLAYTON CORNELIOUS (Richard Street) Ain’t Too Proud marks E. Clayton’s eighth Broadway show! Broadway: Wonderland, Beautiful, Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line, Music Man, Kat & the Kings and The Lion King. West End: Sammy Davis Jr. in The Rat Pack. National tours: Kinky Boots, Sister Act, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing, The Goodbye Girl and The Wiz. Proud graduate of Point Park University and dedicates this show to his father, MC. Follow on IG @Eclaycorn
J. DAUGHTRY (Swing) Native of Bartow Florida. Graduate of Bethune Cookman University. Member of Anthony Brown and Group Therapy. Proud son of Sharon Holloway. I am happy to be here and to God be the Glory for the great things he has done!
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_
TAYLOR SYMONE JACKSON (Johnnie Mae, Mary Wilson) is ecstatic about making her Broadway debut at Imperial Theatre! Regional: Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Rep), The Wiz (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). TV: “Born to Dance,” “My Parents My Sister and Me,” “The Game,” and Instacart-Budweiser commercials. Thanks to friends, family and the Most High! @Taylorsymonej
JAHI KEARSE (Berry Gordy). An ATL native. Broadway: Holler If Ya Hear Me (Palace Theatre); Baby It’s You! (Broadhurst Theatre). Off-Broadway: The Total Bent; The Fortress of Solitude (The Public). Jahi is a proud alumni of The Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and Tri-Cities High School VPA. IG/FB: @jahikearse
DARIUS JORDAN LEE (Lamont, Paul u/s, Melvin u/s). Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: Clueless the Musical. Regional: The Scottsboro Boys, Fences, West Side Story, Dreamgirls. TV: “The Last O.G.,” “Modern Love,” “Power Book II: Ghost,” “SNL.” BFA: Montclair State University. He gives glory to God, and love and thanks to Mom, AC, family, friends, Tara Rubin Casting, and everyone at ATP! Psalms 37:4. Instagram: @dariusjordanlee
JARVIS B. MANNING, JR. (Al Bryant, Norman Whitfield) is a native of Houston. Graduate of HSPVA, AMDA NY. He is an Ain’t Too Proud world premiere, OBC member, and honored to portray Al Bryant and Norman Whitfield. This is dedicated to Ma’, Da’, Shay, Chubby C, Journey Journ, and his angels Rev. Holiday and Barbs. Thank you God! Chi Talent Management. imdb.me/JarvisBManningJr. www.BrainARTphotography.com
MORGAN McGHEE (Mama Rose, Florence Ballard, Tammi Terrell) is overjoyed to return home with her ATP family! 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 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. TV: “FBI” (NBC), “Lincoln” (NBC), “Law & Order: SVU,” “Paterno” (HBO). BFA: University of North Carolina School of the Arts. @jmorganarts
AARON PATTERSON (Swing). Aaron is a recent graduate of Boston Conservatory (BFA Musical Theatre ‘21). Some Regional credits include Choir Boy (SpeakEasy ‘19), Parade (Moonbox ‘19 Elliot Norton Award Winner). Aaron is overjoyed to be making his Broadway debut. To Tracy, Lance and his entire family, Thank you! To God be the glory.
CHRISTIAN THOMPSON (Smokey Robinson). This mixed race, multi-hyphenated artist from Fort Lauderdale, FL. is OVERJOYED to be back! Select Credits: Dez in Skeleton Crew (Marin Theatre/Theatreworks), Benny and u/s Roger in Rent (National Tour/Japan), and Tap Brother 2 in After Midnight (Inaugural Cast Norwegian Escape). BFA from Penn State. @christianthompsonactor
SIR BROCK WARREN (Swing) is a multidisciplinary artist. Favorites credits: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (tour), Paradise Square, The Harder They Come, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Wiz, Dundu Dole, and the film In The Heights. Sir Brock Warren would like to thank his family and friends for their undying love and CTG for their support. Stay Connected: @only1sirbrock
CORREY WEST (Swing). Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific. Tours: Love Never Dies, Anything Goes, 42nd Street. NY: Showboat (Lincoln Center), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Right Girl (Susan Stroman). Various regional: Oliver; ...Spelling Bee; Shrek; Smokey Joe’s Cafe; Kiss Me, Kate; Guys and Dolls; The Producers; Hairspray; Dreamgirls. @CorreyWest
DREW WILDMAN FOSTER (Swing, Resident Director). Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, Sunset Boulevard, Summer. West Side Story (national tour/Hollywood Bowl). Regional: D.C. and Orlando Shakes, MUNY, Asolo Rep, Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, and Dallas Theater Center. Education: Juilliard (Houseman Award). Husband to Jesse and father to Rafael.
CURTIS WILEY (Swing) Big musical credits include Diner: The Musical, The Lion King, and Jersey Boys. Select NYC credits: The Total Bent (The Public Theater); Rothschild & Sons; Pageant: The Musical; The Great Society; King Lear (EPBB); The Wild Party (Columbia Stages). Curtis is an alumni of Sundance Theatre Institute, Wig Out.
CANDICE MARIE WOODS (Diana Ross). Broadway: Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, Women on the Verge, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Book of Mormon. Tours: Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde. Regional: Smokey Joe’s Café. International: Dreamgirls, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. They sends thanks to family and friends for their never-ending love and support.
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.
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 (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.