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Bob Gale is an Oscar-nominated Screenwriter-Producer-Director, best known as co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of Back to the Future and its sequels. Gale was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern California in 1973, where he met and began his association with his longtime collaborator, Robert Zemeckis. Gale has written or co-written over thirty screenplays and his other film credits include 1941, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Used Cars, Trespass and Interstate 60, the latter which he directed. In addition to his film and television work, and being the “Gatekeeper” for the BTTF Franchise, Gale has written comic books including Spider-Man, Batman and IDW's Back to the Future title, thus proving to his father that he did not waste hours and hours reading comics in his youth. He has given talks on screenwriting in colleges across the USA,and enjoys meeting fans at Comic Conventions and Back to the Future events. He has also served as an Expert Witness in over twenty-five plagiarism lawsuits, even though this has occasionally required him to wear a suit and tie. When he’s not in production, writing, or wasting time on the internet, he actually does take out the trash, even when his wife doesn’t ask (well, sometimes he does). Gale lives in California with his wife and dog. Back to the Future The Musical is his first foray into writing for the stage.
Robert Zemeckis won an Academy Award©, a Golden Globe and a Director’s Guild of American Award for Best Director for the hugely successful and popular Forrest Gump. The film’s numerous honours also included Oscars for Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Picture. Zemeckis re-teamed with Hanks on the contemporary drama Cast Away, the filming of which was split into two sections, book-ending production on his film What Lies Beneath. Zemeckis and Hanks served as producers on Cast Away, along with Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke.
Earlier in his career, Zemeckis co-wrote with Bob Gale and directed Back to the Future, which was the top-grossing release of 1985, and for which Zemeckis shared Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Screenplay. He then went on to helm Back to the Future, Part II and Part III, completing one of the most successful film franchises in Motion Picture history.
In addition, he directed and produced Contact, starring Jodie Foster, based on the best-selling novel by Carl Sagan; and the macabre comedy hit Death Becomes Her, starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. He also wrote and directed the box office smash Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, cleverly blending live action and animation; directed the romantic adventure hit Romancing the Stone, pairing Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner; and co-wrote with Gale and directed the comedies Used Cars and I Wanna Hold Your Hand.
Zemeckis also produced House on Haunted Hill, and executive produced such films as The Frighteners, The Public Eye, and Trespass, which he also co-wrote with Gale. He and Gale previously wrote 1914, which began Zemeckis’ association with Steven Spielberg.
For the small screen, Zemeckis has directed several projects, including the Showtime feature-length documentary The Pursuit of Happiness, which explored the effect of drugs and alcohol on 20th century society. His additional television credits include episodes of Spielberg’s Amazing Stores and HBO’s Tales From the Crypt.
In 1998, Zemeckis, Starkey and Rapke partnered to form the film and television production company ImageMovers. What Lies Beneath was the first film to be released under the ImageMovers banner, followed by Cast Away, which opened to critical and audience acclaim in the Fall of 2000, and Matchstick Men.
In March 2001, the USC School of Cinema-Television celebrated the opening of the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts. This state-of-the-art center is the country’s first and only fully digital training center and houses the latest in non-linear production and post-production equipment as well as stages, a fity-seat screening room and USC student-run television station, Trojan Vision.
In 2004, Zemeckis produced and directed the motion capture film The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks. He also brought the true-life story of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson to the big screen. In addition, he served as executive producer on both Monster House, and the Queen Latifah comedy Last Holiday.
Zemeckis produced and directed his second motion capture film, Beowulf which was also produced by Rapke and Starkey. The feature starred Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie and was based on one of the oldest surviving pieces of Anglo-Saxon literature, written sometime before the 10th Century A.D.
Zemeckis released another advanced motion-capture film: A Christmas Carol, based on the celebrated and beloved classic story by Charles Dickens. Rapke and Starkey also produced the film which was released by The Disney Studios in 2009.
Zemeckis returned to live action direction with the critically-acclaimed dramatic feature film Flight, for Paramount Pictures starring Denzel Washington. Under the direction of Zemeckis, Washington received an Academy Award nomination for the role.
Zemeckis directed Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kinglsey in The Walk, the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. He then directed the romantic thriller Allied starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. The film tells the compelling story of the relationship between a Canadian Intelligence Officer and a French Resistance Fighter against the backdrop of WWII in North Africa in 1942.
Recently, Zemeckis co-wrote with Caroline Thompson the screenplay for Welcome to Marwen. The project, for Universal Pictures, starred Steve Carell as artist Mark Hogencamp who created a miniature WWII-era village as a way to recover from a violent assault. Leslie Mann also stars in the film which was released in 2018.
For Television, Zemeckis will serve as Executive Producer on Medal of Honor, a new series for Netflix and will also Executive Produce on Blue Book for the History Channel and will Executive Produce on Manifest for NBC and WB Studios Zemeckis is currently in production on The Witches for Warner Bros, studios.
In his ongoing, decades-long career as a composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. With a credit list of over one hundred films, Alan has composed some of the most recognizable and beloved themes in movie history. His efforts have been recognized with two Oscar nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, three Grammy awards, two Emmy awards, and numerous International Film Music Critics Awards, Saturn Awards, and Hollywood Music In Media Awards.
Born in New York City and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, Silvestri first dreamed of becoming a jazz guitar player. After spending two years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, he hit the road as a performer and arranger. Landing in Hollywood at the age of twenty-two, he found himself successfully composing the music for 1972’s The Doberman Gang which established his place in the world of film composing.
The 1970s witnessed the rise of energetic synth-pop scores, establishing Silvestri as the action rhythmatist for TV’s highway patrol hit CHiPs. This action driven score caught the ear of a young filmmaker named Robert Zemeckis, whose hit film, 1984’s Romancing the Stone, was the perfect first date for the composer and director. It's success became the basis of a decades long collaboration that continues to this day. Their numerous collaborations have taken them through fascinating landscapes and stylistic variations, from the Back to the Future trilogy to the jazzy world of Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? the tension filled rooms of What Lies Beneath and Death Becomes Her, to the cosmic wonder of Contact; the emotional isolation of Castaway, to the magic of the Polar Express. But perhaps no film collaboration defines their creative relationship better than Zemeckis’ 1994 Best Picture winner, Forrest Gump, for which Silvestri’s gift for melodically beautiful themes earned him an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination and the affection of film music lovers everywhere. This thirty-five year, twenty-one film collaboration includes such recent films as Flight, Allied and most recently Welcome To Marwen. Zemeckis and Silvestri are currently working on The Witches based on Roald Dahl's 1973 classic book scheduled for release in October of 2020.
Though the Zemeckis/Silvestri collaboration is legendary, Silvestri has scored films of every imaginable style and genre. His energy has brought excitement and emotion to the hard-hitting orchestral scores for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, James Cameron’s The Abyss as well as Predator and The Mummy Returns. Alan’s diversity is on full display in family entertainment films such as The Father of the Bride (1 and 2), Parent Trap, Stuart Little (1 and 2), Disney’s Lilo and Stitch, The Croods as well as Night at the Museum (1, 2 and 3) while his passion for melody fuels the romantic emotion of films like The Bodyguard and What Women Want.
Most recently, Alan has composed the music for Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame. The film is the culmination of a partnership with Marvel that began in 2011 with Alan’s dynamically heroic score for Captain America: The First Avenger followed by Avengers. Since 2011 Alan’s collaboration with Marvel helped propel The Avengers and Avengers: Infinity War to spectacular world-wide success.
Silvestri’s success has also crossed into the world of songwriting. His partnership with Six-Time Grammy Award winner Glen Ballard has produced hits such as the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated song “Believe” (Josh Groban) for The Polar Express, “Butterfly Fly Away” (Miley Cyrus) for Hannah Montana The Movie, “God Bless Us Everyone” (Andrea Bocelli) for A Christmas Carol and “A Hero Comes Home” (Idina Menzel) for Beowulf.
Alan and his wife Sandra are longtime residents of California’s central coast. In 1998 the Silvestri family embarked on a new venture as the founders of Silvestri Vineyards. Their wines show that lovingly cultivated fruit has a music all its own. “There’s something about the elemental side of winemaking that appeals to me,” he says. “Both music making and wine making involve a magical blending of art and science. Just as each note brings it’s own voice to the melody, each vine brings it's own unique personality to the wine.”
Their other great passion is the ongoing search for the cure to Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. With the diagnosis of their son at two years of age (now 29) they continue to work the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and dream of the day this disease (and all of the suffering it brings to so many) will finally become a thing of the past.
Six-time Grammy Award winner Glen Ballard is one of popular music’s most accomplished producers and songwriters, whose records have sold more than one hundred and fifty million copies worldwide.
Through his Los Angeles-based company, Augury, Ballard is currently developing a diverse slate of projects in which music plays a central role.
His most recent project is a Netflix Original series called The Eddy: a music-driven and multicultural drama about a jazz band trying to survive in chaotic modern-day Paris. Ballard will write and compose original music for the show, as well as executive produce.
Ballard wrote original lyrics and music for GHOST the Musical -- now in its eighth year of world-wide presentation. Ballard is also writing songs for the stage version of the 1979 movie The Rose, with a book by Kelly Marcel and Gail Berman and The Jackal Group producing.
In addition, Augury has a movie musical in development called Queen of Souls, an original story of Marie Laveau the Voudou Queen of New Orleans with French-based production partner, Charades.
Ballard produced and co-wrote Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” (33 million worldwide, four Grammys, and named Best Album of the Decade by Billboard Magazine), and a musical called Jagged Little Pill will debut on Broadway this fall (2019) with Diane Paulus directing and a book by Diablo Cody.
He has written and produced songs for Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Shakira, Idina Menzel, George Benson, George Straight, Wilson Phillips, Van Halen, Chaka Khan, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Andrea Bocelli and many others. His production credits include producing and arranging records for Annie Lennox, No Doubt and POD. Ballard co-wrote and arranged “Man in the Mirror” for MichaelJackson, and co-wrote and produced the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated song “Believe” (Josh Groban) for the feature film The Polar Express.
His work in film includes composing original songs for Charlotte’s Web, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol, The Croods, The Mummy’s Return and Valentine’s Day.
Broadway theatre credits include: Gettin’ the Band Back Together (Belasco Theatre); On The Town (Lyric Theatre - Tony Nomination); Penn & Teller on Broadway (Marquis Theatre); A Christmas Story (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre); The Wedding Singer; Urinetown (Tony and Outer Critics Circle Awards); A Thousand Clowns and Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party.
Off-Broadway theatre credits include: Jerry Springer – The Opera (New Group); Lives of the Saints (Primary Stages); The Heir Apparent (SDCF Calloway Award – Classic Stage Company); All in the Timing (Primary Stages – Obie Award); Carousel (New York Philharmonic) and The Toxic Avenger, among many others.
Regional theatre credits include: Because of Winn Dixie (Goodspeed); The Sting and The Honeymooners (Paper Mill Playhouse); The Royal Family of Broadway, On The Town and Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage), among many others.
City Center Encores! include: High Button Shoes, The New Yorkers, Annie Get Your Gun, Little Me, It’s a Bird... It’s a Plane... It’s Superman, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Face The Music, Damn Yankees, and others.
International theatre credits include: Jay Chou’s The Secret and The Jonathan Lee Musical (Beijing, China and Asian tours).
Tim has designed extensively for the National Theatre, West End and Broadway.
Recent credits include: Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre); Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End, Broadway); Ghosts (Almeida, West End, BAM); Little Eyolf (Almeida); Temple (Donmar); Enemy of the People, Pyjama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre); Mr. Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead, West End); The Bodyguard (West End, UK Tour, US Tour, Cologne, Korea); Shrek (West End, Broadway, UK Tour, US Tour); Spamalot (West End, Broadway, US Tour, Las Vegas); Singin’ in the Rain, My Fair Lady (Chatelet Paris) and Carmen (Royal Ballet).
Film credits include: Closer, Notes on a Scandal and Stage Beauty.
Tim is the winner of two Olivier Awards, and two Tony Awards.
Theatre credits include: Gettin’ The Band Back Together (Belasco Theatre, Broadway); Jerry Springer the Opera (New Group, 2018 Chita Rivera Award nomination); The New Yorkers and 1776 (New York City Center Encores!); The Entertainer with Kenneth Branagh (Garrick Theatre, West End); Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End); Because of Winn Dixie (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); 2013 Tony Awards opening number ‘Bigger’ (CBS); MUNY; Jerome Robbins Broadway (production supervisor); Newsies (St. Louis Theatre Circle Award); The Music Man; Into the Woods; My Fair Lady; Tarzan; West Side Story and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Chris also worked on the Academy Awards from 2013-2015 as Assistant Choreographer.
Feature film credits include: Cinderella; Ted 2; A Million ways to die in the West and Beyond the Sea.
Chris was also the movement director for the roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Cyrano De Bergerac on Broadway.
Nick is the UK Musical Supervisor for The Book Of Mormon London and UK Tour. He is also the Associate Musical Supervisor for Mamma Mia! – London and International Tour.
Previous work includes: Musical Supervisor and Conductor for Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre); Musical Supervisor for Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre); Avenue Q (UK Tour); Les Miserables (UK Tour); Associate Musical Supervisor for Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre); Musical Supervisor and Arranger for Dancing Shadows (Seoul, South Korea).
Previous Credits as Musical Director includes: The Book Of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre); Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre); Avenue Q (Noel Coward Theatre); Victoria Wood’s Acorn Antiques (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Mamma Mia! – (Novello Theatre); Tonight’s The Night (Victoria Palace); Tell Me on a Sunday (Gielgud Theatre); Rent (Shaftesbury Theatre); Stairway to Heaven (King’s Head Theatre); Kiss Me Kate (Norwich Playhouse) and the BAFTA nominated film Tomorrow La Scala!
Recording credits include: Musical Supervisor for Dreamgirls London cast album and Memphis London cast album. Musical Director for Acorn Antiques and Tell Me on a Sunday London cast albums.
He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and has a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Instrumental Studies (Piano).
Hugh has designed the lighting for over two hundred productions and worked for most of the UK’s national theatre companies, as well as extensively on Broadway. Hugh has received many awards for his work including three Olivier Awards, a Tony and a Molière.
Hugh is an associate artist at The Old Vic.
Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol, No’s Knife and Groundhog Day (Old Vic); The Height of the Storm (Wyndham’s Theatre); The Birthday Party (Harold Pinter Theatre); Venus in Fur (Haymarket Theatre); Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre); Matilda (Cambridge Theatre); Exit the King and Red Lion (National Theatre); Art and Shrek (UK Tour); Hillary and Clinton and The Boys in the Band (Broadway) and Don Quixote (Royal Ballet).
West End credits include: Fiddler On The Roof (Playhouse Theatre); Chimerica (Harold Pinter Theatre); Elf – The Musical (Dominion Theatre); Quiz (Noël Coward Theatre); The Girls – A Musical Comedy (Phoenix Theatre); The Go-Between - Staring Michael Crawford (Apollo Theatre); Close To You - Bacharach Reimagined (Criterion Theatre); Impossible (Noël Coward Theatre); Strangers On A Train (Gielgud Theatre); The Full Monty (Noël Coward Theatre & National Tours); Alan Cumming - I Bought A Blue Car Today (Vaudeville Theatre) and Megan Mullally & Supreme Music Program (Vaudeville Theatre)
RSC credits include: Timon of Athens, The Rover, Candide (Swan Theatre) and All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Theatre)
National Theatre credits include: Anthony & Cleopatra, Salome and Le Bancs (Olivier Theatre, National Theatre)
Walt Disney Imagineering credits include: Mickey & The Magician, Marvel Superheros United, The Art Of Animation and Disney Junior (Walt Disney Studios Park)
Other theatre, arena tours and events credits include: David Blaine Real or Magic (National Arena Tour); Twelfth Night (Young Vic); Philadelphia Here I Come!, Knives In Hens (Donmar, London); Fiddler On The Roof, Spamilton, What’s It All About (Menier Chocolate Factory); Destiny (MGM Theater Macau); Dynamo Live: Seeing Is Believing (Hammersmith Apollo and World Arena Tour); Tell Me On A Sunday (Majestic Theatre - Shanghai and China tour); The Crucible (Old Vic Theatre, London); Ghost - The Musical (National Tour - co-design with Hugh Vanstone); One Love: The Bob Marley Musical (Birmingham Rep); BIG – The Musical (Plymouth Theatre Royal & Dublin); Single Spies, The Winslow Boy (Chichester Festival Theatre and National Tours); Rebecca (Kneehigh Theatre, National Tour) and Calendar Girls (National Tours)
Tim is the winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design for Chimerica.
Finn Ross trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and designs video for live performance. He has won two Olivier’s, a Tony and three Drama Desk awards.
Theatre credits include: Jagged Little Pill (Broadway); Sweet Charity (Donmar); A Very, Very, Very Dark Matter (The Bridge); Frozen (Broadway); Mean Girls (Broadway); Bat out of Hell (West End and International); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End and Broadway); Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway, West End and UK Tour); Dusty (Touring); In the Body of the World and The Crossing (American Repertory Theatre & Broadway); American Psycho (Broadway and Almeida); Betrayal (Broadway); Chimerica (Almeida and West End); Closer (Donmar); The Tempest (RSC and Barbican); Master and Margarita, All My Sons and Shunkin (Complicite).
Opera credits include: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Royal Opera House); Missa Solemnis (LA Phil); Benvenuto Cellini, Death of Klinghoffer, Death in Venice, Onegin, Simon Boccanegra, Damnation of Faust, Don Giovanni (ENO); Hänsel und Gretel, Zäuberflote, A Dog’s Heart (DNO, Amsterdam); La clemenza di Tito, Mr Brouček (Opera North); Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Béatrice et Bénédict, Turn of the Screw (Theatre an der Wien) and Rinaldo, (Glyndebourne).
Dance: Anna Karenina (The Joffrey Ballet); The Nutcracker (Atlanta Ballet); Le Petit Prince (National Ballet of Canada); Frankenstein (Royal Ballet); and The Feeling of Going (Skånes Dansteater and Malmö Opera).
Sound Design Award highlights include: Olivier Award for Come From Away; Olivier Award for Memphis; Olivier Award for Merrily We Roll Along; Tony nomination for A Little Night Music; Tony nomination for End of the Rainbow; Olivier nomination for Top Hat; Olivier nomination for End of the Rainbow; Outer Critics Circle Award for Come From Away (Broadway) and Pro Sound Award for ‘Sound Engineer of the Year’.
West End Musical Design Credits Include: Come From Away (Phoenix Theatre); Bat Out Of Hell (Coliseum And Dominion Theatre); 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre); Wind In The Willows (London Palladium); Starlight Express, Mrs Henderson Presents (Noel Coward Theatre); Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre); I Can’t Sing (London Palladium); In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre); Impossible (Noel Coward Theatre); Top Hat. (Aldwych Theatre); Merrily We Roll Along (Harold Pinter Theatre); Candide, Sweet Charity, Aspects Of Love, Road Show, and Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory); Midnight Tango (Phoenix Theatre); Carousel, Shout!, Fiddler On The Roof, Little Shop Of Horrors, Forbidden Broadway, High Society, Calamity Jane, The Big Life, Tick Tick… Boom!, The Last Five Years, and La Cage aux Folles.
International Design Highlights include: Come From Away (Broadway); Bronx Tale (Broadway); Disney’s Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Worldwide); Spring Awakening (Broadway); Disney’s Little Mermaid (Worldwide); Little Prince (Abu Dhabi); Secret Garden (Broadway); Sister Act (UK, Brazil, Italy, France, Holland); Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (Worldwide); The Bodyguard (Holland, Spain); Let It Be (Broadway, London, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, Italy, Germany); Titanic (Toronto); Singin’ In The Rain (UK, Russia, Japan, Germany, Australia); Evita (Las Vegas, Slovenia, Lebanon); Hairspray (UK, China, Singapore, Malaysia); Jesus Christ Superstar (US & European Arena Tours); Moeder Ik Wil De Revue (Holland); The Rocky Horror Show (London, UK, Australia); A Chorus Line (Israel); Fame (London, International Arena Tour); Glee Live (Worldwide Arena Tour); Hair (Slovenia, Spain, Japan); End Of The Rainbow (Broadway, London, Los Angeles); A Little Night Music (Broadway, London, Hungary); Sound Of Music (Malaysia); Grease (Lebanon, Slovenia, USA); Footloose (UK, South Africa, Germany); Buddy (International Arena Tour); Time Travel (Las Vegas); Saturday Night Fever (Korea, Spain, Taiwan); Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK, South Africa, France) and Cats (International Arena Tour).
UK Tour Design highlights include: The Producers, Nine to Five, Strictly Ballroom, Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, Tell me on a Sunday, High School Musical Two, The Wedding Singer, Anything Goes, Godspell, Annie Get Your Gun, Summer Holiday and Flashdance.
Classical concerts include: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The BBC Concert Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, and The New York Philharmonic.
Rock & Roll Shows include: Def Leppard, The Rolling Stones, Geri Halliwell, Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Pixie Lott, Meatloaf, Elton John, Charlie Watts, S Club 7, Jools Holland, Isaac Hayes, Busted, Mick Hucknall, Idina Menzel, Cee Lo Green, One Direction, Pharrell Williams, McFly, The Stereophonics, Paul Young, B. B. King and many more.
Ethan is a Grammy Award nominated music producer and Tony Award nominated orchestrator. With a career spanning over the last twenty years, his work as a music supervisor, arranger, orchestrator, and music producer has been seen and heard worldwide.
Since 2013, Ethan has served as the music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator for Broadway’s Motown the Musical, which earned him a 2013 Tony Award nomination for Best Orchestration (along with co-orchestrator Bryan Crook) and can currently be seen on tour throughout the United Kingdom. Motown also earned Ethan a 2014 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album (as music producer of the show’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, along with co-producer Frank Filipetti).
Ethan served as music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator for the long-running, 2008 Tony Award nominated Best Musical, Rock of Ages (Broadway, Toronto, US Tour, Australia, London), for which he also co-produced the highly acclaimed Original Broadway Cast Recording. His work as music supervisor on the recent Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris helped garner the show a 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, and as music supervisor for the Broadway world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the show garnered a 2016 Tony Award nomination for Best Musical.
Ethan has also served as the music director of the US Tour of Forever Plaid, and as Associate Music Director of the Mexico City production of Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes.
While living in Europe from 2001 through 2005, Ethan conducted the German premiere of Mamma Mia!, Disney’s Aida, and Queen’s We Will Rock You.
His work on film can be heard on 20th Century Fox’s The Greatest Showman (starring Hugh Jackman) for which he served as Music Director and Music Production Supervisor as well as the recent 20th Century Fox hit Bohemian Rhapsody, where he served as piano and vocal coach to 2019 Best Actor Oscar Award winner Rami Malek. On television, Ethan has served as a music producer, arranger, and orchestrator on NBC/Universal’s Smash and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Ethan’s upcoming work includes serving as Music Supervisor, Arranger and Orchestrator for the musical stage adaptation of the classic 20th Century Fox film Mrs. Doubtfire.
David has been Music Director, Supervisor and/or Arranger for thirty-five Broadway productions. Most recently, David acted as dance arranger on Roundabout Theatre Company’s Kiss Me, Kate and Tootsie, currently on Broadway.
Other theatre credits include: many arrangements for the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, The Kennedy Center Honors, Radio City Music Hall (where he spent many years as music director), EssentialVoicesUSA (including the upcoming Washington Women), and TV’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Music director for several productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (including The King and I with choreographer Peggy Hickey), and for NBC’s live performances of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan (Emmy nominations for both). Grammy nomination for the cast album of Nice Work if You Can Get It.
Musical training: Biology degree from Harvard.
West End/UK Tours include: 42nd Street, Bat Out Of Hell, Beautiful Game, Bombay Dreams, Brighton Rock, Carousel (ENO), Cats, Chicago, Chorus Line, Closer To Heaven, Crazy For You, Evita, Fiddler On The Roof, Five Guys Named Moe, Ghost, Gone With The Wind, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello Dolly, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jekyll & Hyde, Jerry Springer The Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kismet, Lord Of The Rings, Mamma Mia!, Matilda, Million Dollar Quartet, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Mrs Henderson Presents, Notre Dame De Paris, On The Town (ENO), Once, Our House, Ragtime, Saturday Night Fever, School of Rock (adult casting), Shrek, Sister Act, Spend Spend Spend, Starlight Express, Stephen Ward, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd (ENO), The Commitments, The Full Monty, The Woman In White, Urinetown, Viva Forever, West Side Story, Whistle Down The Wind and Wizard of Oz.
Regional casting includes: 42nd Street; Kiss Me Kate (Theatre Du Chatelet); Ain’t Misbehavin; Chorus Line; Guys & Dolls; Oliver!; My Fair Lady; Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible); Divorce Me Darling! (Chichester Festival Theatre); Fings Ain’t What They Used To Be; The Etienne Sisters (Stratford East) and Paper Dolls (Tricycle).
Film includes: The Phantom of the Opera.
Film Ensemble Casting includes: Aladdin (Disney), Beauty & The Beast (Disney), Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Mary Poppins Returns (Disney).
UK Dancer Casting includes: Nine.
Television includes: Any Dream Will Do, How Do You Solve A Problem like Maria, I’d Do Anything, Somewhere Over The Rainbow (BBC1), Jerry Springer The Opera (BBC2), The Sound of Music Live (ITV) and The Universe (BBC2).
David Grindrod Associates are members of The Casting Directors Guild of Great Britain and have recently been appointed as associate artist of the Old Vic Theatre under Matthew Warchus’ artistic direction.
Casting Associate: Stephen Crockett CDG.
Colin Ingram has worked in the theatre industry for twenty-five years with some of the world's leading producers, directors, designers and writers.
Colin has produced: Ghost - The Musical in fifteen countries including the West End, Broadway and Australia; Breakfast At Tiffany's starring Pixie Lott, Anna Friel and Emilia Clarke in the West End, Broadway and UK Tour; Gone With The Wind and Movin' Out in the West End, as well as acting as Executive Producer on Billy Elliot in the West End. Prior to this, Colin worked for Cameron Mackintosh, Disney Theatrical and was Executive Producer for the Old Vic. During that time he managed Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma! starring Hugh Jackman, Witches of Eastwick, The Lion King, Beauty And The Beast, Hamlet starring Ben Wishaw, Aladdin starring Ian McKellen, Richard II, Philadelphia Story and National Anthems.
Colin was Executive Vice President at Madison Square Gardens in New York, heading up MSG Productions where, at Radio City Music Hall, he produced the New York Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes - a major undertaking involving over three hundred cast, crew and musicians - and produced the Christmas Spectacular, achieving the highest revenue in its eighty-five year history.
Colin has been developing Back to the Future for nearly six years and is thrilled to be working alongside such a stellar team. In addition, Colin is also developing two new musicals with music by multi-Brit award-winning British recording artists.
In 2018, Colin co-founded InTheatre Productions as a new production company to develop his slate of new musicals and produce a new version of Grease. InTheatre is also co-producing On Your Feet (London Coliseum and UK Tour).
A former entertainment lawyer, Donovan has run a successful financial advisory practice in New York City for more than 20 years. Together with Colin Ingram, Donovan's Broadway and West End productions of Ghost - The Musical received three Tony nominations and five Olivier nominations. Donovan also produced Breakfast at Tiffany's on Broadway starring Emilia Clarke which won Best New Play at the Broadwayworld.com awards. Recent work includes a brand new production of Grease that is due to tour the UK (2019). Donovan also produced the film "Prey for Rock & Roll" starring Gina Gershon which premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and the record "Punk Standards" by Deborah Dutcher. He also acted in the Oscar winning film Philadelphia.
Broadway theatre credits include: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Broadhurst Theatre); Hadestown (Walter Kerr Theatre - Tony Nomination); Pretty Woman: The Musical (Nederlander Theatre); Anastasia (Broadhurst Theatre); Dear Evan Hansen (Music Box Theatre - Tony Award); Kinky Boots (Al Hirschfeld Theatre - Tony Award and Olivier Award); Gettin’ the Band Back Together (Belasco Theatre); Head Over Heels (Hudson Theatre); Once On This Island (Circle in the Square Theatre - Tony Award); M Butterfly (Cort Theatre); Disaster! (Cort Theatre); Allegiance (Longacre Theatre); Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Brooks Atkinson Theatre - Tony Nomination); The Visit (Lyceum Theatre - Tony Nomination); It’s Only a Play (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre); Mothers and Sons (John Golden Theatre - Tony Nomination); The Bridges of Madison County (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre); Macbeth; Godspell (Circle in the Square Theatre) and Chinglish (Longacre Theatre).
West End theatre credits include: The Inheritance (Young Vic and Noel Coward Theatre - Olivier Award); The Jungle (Playhouse Theatre); Hadestown (National Theatre); Tina: The Musical (Aldwych Theatre) and Edward Albee’s The Goat, starring Damian Lewis (Haymarket Theatre).
Upcoming projects include: Moulin Rouge, Tina The Musical, and more.
Hunter also owns a film production company, with recent film-based projects including Something Like Summer, Hello Again, The Next Four Years and others. Upcoming projects include A Little More Alive, Single for the First Time and Bastard Jones. In addition to his producing projects Hunter is the founder and CEO of ARTech Holdings, LLC an incubator and holding company focused on generating technologies to support the live arts community. Amongst Artech’s offerings is the premier amateur theatrical ticketing and web presence software www.OnTheStage.com.
Hunter earned his bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurial Business from DePaul University and his Master’s in Business Administration from TRIUM, a joint program representing NYU Stern School of Business, H.E.C. Paris and the London School of Economics. He is a frequent lecturer and guest professor on entertainment trends and economics, Commercial Theater and working in the arts.
Gavin Kalin Productions is a theatrical production company that specialises in producing theatre in the West End, on tour throughout the UK and internationally.
Recent theatre credits include: Nine to Five (Savoy Theatre); On Your Feet! (Coliseum); Caroline or Change (Playhouse Theatre); King Lear (Duke of York’s Theatre); Pinter at the Pinter (Harold Pinter Theatre); The Ferryman (Gielgud Theatre); Oslo (Harold Pinter Theatre); Betrayal (Harold Pinter Theatre); Shrek (UK Tour); Crazy For You (UK Tour); An Officer and a Gentleman (UK Tour) and Priscilla (UK Tour).
Broadway theatre credits include: The Iceman Cometh, The Ferryman (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre) and Hadestown (Walter Kerr Theatre).
In 2018 Gavin Kalin Productions raised finance for and invested in fifty separate UK based productions. For information on investing in commercial theatre please visit www.gavinkalinproductions.com
Gavin is also the founder of Totally Theatre Productions Ltd, a TV/Video production company that specialises in producing Broadcast and online content for theatre and live entertainment. Clients are worldwide with many in the West End, throughout the UK and on Broadway. www.totallytheatreproductions.com
The Frankel, Baruch, Viertel, Routh Group have produced and general managed a wide range of productions for the past thirty-four years including: the original Broadway productions of The Producers; Hairspray; Young Frankenstein; Smokey Joe’s Café; Angels in America; Penn & Teller; Swing!; The Weir; The Encounter; and most recently Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman starring Uma Thurman, among many others.
Their notable revivals on Broadway include: Gypsy with Patti LuPone and Laura Benanti; the Old Vic production of The Norman Conquest; A Little Night Music directed by Trevor Nunn with Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury and later Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch; John Doyle’s ground-breaking productions of Sweeney Todd with Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris; Company with Raul Esparza; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Nathan Lane and later Whoopi Goldberg; Damn Yankees; and the first-ever Broadway revivals of The Sound of Music and Little Shop of Horrors.
Notable Off-Broadway premieres include: Driving Miss Daisy; Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Cocktail Hour; Love Letters; Oleanna; Jeffrey; Marvin’s Room; and Stomp.
They’ve mounted many national tours and productions in London, Australia, Canada, Europe and throughout Asia. Their productions have received dozens of awards including two Pulitzer Prizes, four Grammy Awards and two Olivier Awards for Best Musical. Their eight Tony Awards include all four Best categories: Play, Musical, Revival of a Play and Revival of a Musical. They own and operate the acclaimed Broadway-themed nightclub/cabaret Feinstein’s/54 Below, which presents over seven-hundred performances each year and has set a new culinary standard for New York City entertainment venues.
Bob McLynn co-owns Crush Music, a full-service music company, with his partner Jonathan Daniel. Founded in 2002 with Butch Walker as their first act, Crush has gone on to propel the careers of Fall Out Boy, Sia, Train, Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Green Day, Lorde among others. Outside of management, Crush’s additional capabilities include in-house radio promotion, content production, licensing/TV synchs, and marketing. The Crush offices are located in New York and Los Angeles.
Bob also runs Crush Ventures, an investment and advisement venture for entrepreneurs and start-ups. One of the first investments, Saint Archer Brewery in San Diego, CA, was sold to Miller/Coors in September 2015, making it the largest craft brewery sale in U.S. history at the time. Another successful investment was Motion AI, a chatbot editor, which was sold in 2017 to HubSpot. Bob is a major investor/advisor in Asbury Park Brewery in Asbury Park, NJ, which opened in Fall 2016. Current investments include Phoenix Rising, a minor league soccer team; alcohol brands Brooklyn Gin and Yola Mezcal; and SEAM, a fashion mobile app.
CJ ENM (www.cjenm.net) is Korea's leading entertainment and media company in the areas of performing arts, films, television, music, concerts & conventions and animation.
Producing and investment credits include: Moulin Rouge! (Broadway); The Cher Show (Broadway); Kinky Boots (Broadway, West End, US Tour, Korea and Australia); Hughie (Broadway); Side Show (Broadway); Big Fish (Broadway, Korea); The Bodyguard (West End, Korea and Australia); Strictly Ballroom (UK Tour, West End); Let It Be (West End); The Sound of Music (UK Tour) and The Wind in the Willows (UK, West End).
Current developments include Broadway bound August Rush a new musical based on the Warner Bros. film.
CJ ENM’s performing arts division is a Broadway League member and is based in Seoul and New York.
Teresa founded and runs a real estate advisory, management and investment firm headquartered in New York City, and has over twenty-five years of professional experience advising on, managing and investing as principal in a variety of private investment types. A long-time supporter of the arts, Teresa is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Public Theater in New York, and a member of the Production Circle of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Ricardo Marques, founder of 4Act Entertainment, started his career as a singer and actor, later becoming a director and produce, and has worked in the theatre industry for ten years.
In Brazil, Ricardo was lead producer and artistic director of Broadway and West End shows like Ghost, In the Heights, Rock of Ages, Fame, and also developed two original Brazilian shows. Ricardo also directed Disney's Newsies in a Brazilian Workshop.
Ricardo has invested in a host of US productions and is also developing four new productions in the US and UK with major lead producers. Recent productions include a UK Tour of Grease directed by Nikolai Foster and choregraphed by Arlene Phillips.
Ricardo studied Musical Theatre in New York, graduating from FAAP in Business and completed a Masters in Cinema/Filmmaking. Ricardo founded the first specialized musical theatre school in Brazil and Latin America, the 4Act Performing Arts.
Augury is a boutique production company and Hollywood atelier founded by Glen Ballard in 2011. A creative sanctuary for artists, Augury develops music-driven projects in film, television, and theatre.
For the past decade, Augury has fostered a diverse slate of projects within the entertainment umbrella, including The Eddy, an upcoming eight-part drama series with Netflix, and Back to the Future the Musical – both set to debut in 2020.
Augury also has a movie musical in development called Queen of Souls, an original story of Marie Laveau the Voudou Queen of New Orleans. Additionally, Augury is developing a stage version of the 1979 movie The Rose, with a book by Kelly Marcel and Gail Berman of Sidecar Content producing.
Augury develops projects from the ground up, often starting with music as the inspiration and predicate (i.e. The Eddy) to engender unique and vibrant works.
Augury is collaborating with both industry veterans and rising talent to cultivate projects rooted in quality story-telling.