Creatives

MARSHALL BRICKMAN (Book). Film (as co-author): Sleeper, Annie Hall (Academy Award), Manhattan (Academy Award nomination), Manhattan Murder Mystery; (as writer/director): Simon, Lovesick, The Manhattan Project, Sister Mary Explains It All. Television: The Johnny Carson Show (head writer), The Dick Cavett Show (head writer and producer). His first venture into musical theater, Jersey Boys, won an Olivier and four Tony Awards including Best Musical. In addition to his film, theater and television work, Mr. Brickman has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy, and other periodicals and is the 2006 recipient of the Writers’ Guild of America Ian McClellan Hunter Award for lifetime achievement in writing. He lives and works in New York and hopes to die in his bed, surrounded by his loving family and their attorneys.

RICK ELICE (Book) co-wrote Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman. His new Broadway play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Rick), and won five, more than any play this season. From 1982-1999, as creative director at Serino Coyne Inc., he produced ad campaigns for some 300 Broadway shows, from A Chorus Line to The Lion King. From 1999-2009, he was creative consultant for The Walt Disney Studios. MFA, Yale Drama School; Teaching Fellow. Harvard University; charter member, American Repertory Theatre.

ANDREW LIPPA (Music and Lyrics) received a 2010 Tony nomination for Best Original Score and 2010 Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics for The Addams Family. New York theatre credits include The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club); the score for Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention (Broadway); new songs for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Broadway); john & jen (co-written with Tom Greenwald). Regional: A Little Princess (book/lyrics by Brian Crawley); Jerry Christmas (book by Daniel Goldfarb); Asphalt Beach (book by T.C. Smith and Peter Spears). Recordings: The Wild Party, john & jen, ...Charlie Brown, A Little Princess, The Addams Family, Bat Boy (Producer). Awards: 2000 Grammy nomination; winner of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, ASCAP/Richard Rodgers and Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Awards. Andrew is a graduate of the University Of Michigan School Of Music. andrewlippa.com

JERRY ZAKS (Director) is currently represented internationally by Sister Act and The Addams Family. Mr. Zaks has directed more than 30 productions in New York and has received four Tony Awards, four Drama Desks, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, and an Obie. His credits include Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, House of Blue Leaves, A Funny Thing...Forum, Smokey Joe’s Café, Anything Goes, La Cage aux Folles, The Foreigner, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, A Bronx Tale, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Assassins, Sister Mary Ignatius... and Beyond Therapy. He directed the award-winning film Marvin’s Room, starring Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton and Who Do You Love which was featured in the Toronto Film Festival. For TV, he has directed episodes for the long-running hit comedies Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier and Two and a Half Men. Jerry is a founding member, and serves on the board, of Ensemble Studio Theater. He received the SSDC’s George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in 1994 and an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Dartmouth, his alma mater, in 1999.

PHELIM McDERMOTT (Original Direction; Set and Costume Design) has been directing and performing since 1984. His initial shows include Cupboard Man (Fringe First Award), Gaudete (Time Out Director’s Award), The Vinegar Works and The Sweet Shop Owner. He co-directed Shockheaded Peter (West End and Off-Broadway), winning an Olivier Award. His company Improbable’s award-winning shows include 70 Hill Lane, Lifegame, Spirit, Theatre of Blood and Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at the English National Opera. With Julian Crouch, he directed the Metropolitan Opera’s 125th Anniversary Gala. Improbable were awarded the Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award for their work in theatre including their Open Space events “Devoted & Disgruntled: What are we going to do about theatre?” Phelim improvises with The Comedy Store Players and is an honorary Doctor of Middlesex University.

JULIAN CROUCH (Original Direction; Set and Costume Design). With Phelim McDermott, he designed and associate directed Philip Glass’ Satyagraha, at the English National Op- era and the Met, the Met’s 125th Gala and The Enchanted Island. As co-founder of London’s Improbable Theatre he co-directed and de- signed the international sensation Shockheaded Peter. Other Improbable productions include Animo, 70 Hill Lane, Lifegame, Coma, Spirit, Sticky, Cinderella, The Hanging Man, and The Wolves in the Walls. Designs include Dr. Faustus, Improbable Tales, The Servant of Two Masters, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the multi award-winning Jerry Springer The Opera, A Funny Thing... Forum for the National Theatre and Dr. Atomic at the Met. He is currently de- signing Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella for the Dutch National and San Francisco Ballet, and La Traviata for the Chicago Lyric Opera.

CAMERON HOLSINGER (Direction Recreation) 1st National Tours: The Addams Family, 9 to 5, Wicked, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Grinch. New York: Fuerza Bruta. Regional: Wicked (Chicago), The Grinch (L.A.), Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater. A graduate of Wright State University.

SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer). Broadway: Leap of Faith (Drama Desk, Astaire noms), Tony Award winning Best Musical Memphis (OCC Award, Astaire, Drama Desk Award noms.), Tony and Olivier Award winning Best Musical Jersey Boys (Olivier, Drama Desk, Dora, OCC Award noms.), The Addams Family, Next to Normal (Lucille Lortel Award nom), All Shook Up, Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nom.). Off-Broadway: Saved (Playwrights Horizon, Lucille Lortel nom.), The Capeman, Romeo & Juliet (Public), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Kismet (Encores!), Salome (NYC Opera). Regional: White Noise (director/choreographer), The Wiz, Zhivago (La Jolla), Mambo Kings, The Marriage of Figaro (L.A. Opera), Chita and All That Jazz. International: Disney’s Tarzan (World Theatre Award nom.); West Side Story; The Sound of Music (Stratford); Peggy Sue Got Married (West End); Kiss Me, Kate (Japan). TV: Judging/choreographing on So You Think You Can Dance: Canada, Broadway: The American Musical (PBS), The 14th American Comedy Awards (ABC), Triple Sensation (CBC). Ovation Award for Empire: A New American Musical, four Dora Award nominations in Canada. Upcoming: Director/ Choreographer: Flashdance, Arrabal.

JONATHAN RITTER (Choreography Recreation) Jonathan trained on Scholarship at Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, Ca and feels honored to be making his debut “on the other side of the table,” having been an original cast member of The Addams Family 1st Nat’l Tour, where he acted as Dance Captain and covered the role of Lucas. Favorite performing credits include Sweet Charity, starring Christina Applegate (Broadway), Wicked (1st/2nd nat’l, LA, San Francisco), West Side Story (A-rab), Tales of the City, Fiddler on the Roof, The Act, and Tokyo Disneyland. TV/Film: A Cinderella Story, NBC’s “American Dreams.” Many thanks to Sergio Trujillo and Telsey + Co. Love to my family. Grandma Katy, this one’s for you up there! jonathanritter.com

NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Designer) has designed extensively for theatre, opera and dance. B’way credits include  The Coast of Utopia (2007 Tony Award), The Little Mermaid, A Chorus Line (revival), Spelling Bee, Tarzan, Aida (2000 Tony Award), Sweet Smell of Success, Twelfth Night, Beauty and the Beast, The Capeman and Gypsy. Other designs: Sister Act (London), Buried Child (National Theatre, London), Cyrano (Metropolitan Opera); ballets for the Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival.

CRAIG CASSIDY (Sound Design) has been providing sound reinforcement for the theater for 25 years designing sound for productions in the USA and around the world. Recent productions include Rock of Ages, A Chorus Line, Spamalot, The Color Purple, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Ring Of Fire, Gypsy, Man of La Mancha, Grease, The Will Rogers Follies, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Fame and Phantom. When he is not behind a sound console you can find him sailing the Long Island Sound with his wife Dina & daughter Kealy.

BASIL TWIST (Puppetry) received a Drama Desk Award for his work on The Addams Family. Credits: The Pee Wee Herman Show, Symphonie Fantastique, Petrushka, La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco, Dogugaeshi, Hansel and Gretel, Red Beads, Behind the Lid, Arias with a Twist and Beauty and the Beast on tour. He has received numerous awards and has partnered with the Spoleto Festival, Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Atlanta and Houston Grand Operas and The Comedie Francaise. www.basiltwist.com

TOM WATSON (Hair and Wig Design) is head of the wig and makeup department at the Metropolitan Opera. He has designed wigs for more than 50 Broadway productions. Current and recent Broadway designs include An Enemy of the People, Harvey, Million Dollar Quartet, Rock of Ages, Wicked, How to Succeed..., The Addams Family, On a Clear Day..., Promises, Promises, South Pacific, Sondheim on Sondheim, A View from the Bridge and Sunday in the Park with George.

ANGELINA   AVALLONE  (Make-up Designer). Broadway: Rock of Ages, Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story, The Little Mermaid, 9 to 5, Guys and Dolls, 33 Variations, Young Frankenstein, Gypsy, Curtains, The Color Purple, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, Company, Grey Gardens, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Light in the Piazza and the national tour of Dreamgirls.

GREGORY MEEH (Special Effects Designer) designs, builds and supplies special effects for theatre, opera, dance, events, television, film and print. Recent: Ka for Cirque du Soleil. Broadway: Spamalot, Nine, Into the Woods, Aida, Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center (Eddy Award), Ragtime, An Inspector Calls (Drama Desk Award), Damn Yankees, Angels in America, Tommy, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Lord of the Rings (Toronto and London). TV: Fool’s Fire for American Playhouse, Late Show, SNL and One Life to Live.

JASPER GRANT (Musical Direction) Jasper Grant almost had his music career cut short when his third grade music teacher, Miss Gladdin, mistakenly identified him as being "tone deaf". Since then Jasper has musically directed over 70 productions from New York to Shanghai. National Tours: The Color Purple, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Altar Boyz, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers andFame. Favorite regional credits include: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse) Saved! (Kansas City Rep) A Chorus Line (San Diego Civic Light Opera) The Music Man (Starlight Theatre) The Wizard Of Oz (Theatre Of The Stars) Jasper is grateful for a decade long partnership with Phoenix Entertainment and thanks Mike Norman, his first piano teacher, who really didn't believe Miss Gladdin anyway.

MARK MINNICK (Casting) has cast exceptional talent in over 25 touring productions including this season tours of The Addams Family, Monty Python’s Spamalot and Rock of Ages. Previous credits include tours of  The Color Purple, The Pajama Game, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Ring of Fire. International: Fame (2009/10 China tour), and Grease (Asian tour, Macau, China and Istanbul, Turkey).

STEVE BEBOUT (Associate Director) proudly continues his association with Jerry Zaks, after working with him on Sister Act, Harps and Angels, 101 Dalmatians and Girl Crazy. Regional/stock credits include Buddy, The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors and Very Good Eddie and for NYU, Urinetown and Bye Bye Birdie. Steve worked in various capacities on the Broadway productions of Billy Elliot, Cabaret and Epic Proportions.

DONTEE KIEHN (Assoc. Choreographer). The Addams Family, Next to Normal (Broadway/Tour associate), The Winter’s Tale (NY Public Theater), A Doll’s House, 10 Cents a Dance (Williamstown Theater Festival), Toxic Avenger (Alley Theater, associate), Pride and Prejudice (Eastman Theater), Fat Camp (Associate Director/Choreographer), Fire Island Dance Festival (DRA).

TYPE A MARKETING (Press and Marketing) is an independent, full-service marketing company specializing in Broadway and national tours. New York: Bring It On The Musical TM, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Scandalous. Tours: The Addams Family, American Idiot, Anything Goes, Flashdance, Million Dollar Quartet, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Porgy and Bess. www.typeamktg.com

PHILLIP ALEMAN (Press Consultant) has been working as a publicist and marketing director for Broadway national tours for over 15 years. In addition to the National Tours of Wicked, Spamalot, Next to Normal, and Bring It On: The Musical, Phillip has worked on 2005's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt, starring Cherry Jones; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Producers; The Full Monty; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; The Graduate; Proof; Dr. Dolittle; Annie and Stomp, to name a few.

JOSH DANIELS (Production Stage Manager) most recently Josh was production stage manager for Cirque Dreams Holidaze tour and Cirque Du Soleil’s resident shows VIVA Elvis and ZAIA in Macau, China. Josh completed his MFA in Theatre Arts Stage Management at the University of Iowa and BA in Theatre and Electronic Media with honors from Morehead State University in May of 2004. Josh’s other professional experiences include Assistant Company Manager for Sesame Street Live! 123 Imagine with Elmo and Friends.  Josh would like to dedicate this show to his parents for all of their love and support.

DEBORAH BARRIGAN (Company Manager) is thrilled to be working with Phoenix Entertainment and The Addams Family! Past management credits include: the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Blast!, Blast! 2 MIX, and Yo Gabba Gabba Live. In 2011, she co-produced Facing East, which was nominated for a 2011 BroadwayWorld Chicago award. Deb started her theatre arts career as a dancer, performing as the lead in Blast!, Blast 2 MIX, and as a Washington Redskins professional cheerleader. As a cheerleader, she toured extensively with the USO/AFE, boosting the morale of troops serving in war zones across the world. She is happy to be celebrating her 16th tour with this talented company!

STEPHEN B. KANE (Executive Producer) enjoys an open ended run in the theatrical touring industry that has now spanned some 35 years.  He has produced and managed over 100 touring Broadway musicals on four continents.  Current collaborations include Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family, Grease and Camelot.  He is CEO for Baker Park Associates, a theatrical management and consulting firm, and co-founder of both Phoenix Productions in North America and Phoenix Asia Group.  For real adventure he happily shares post-production time with partner Joe in sunny south Florida raising their 9-year old sons, Aidan and Andrew.

MICHAEL McFADDEN (Artistic Producer) is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Phoenix Entertainment. He has guided more than 100 major productions as Producer and/or Director on both the national and international stage. Productions include Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Color Purple, Camelot, Godspell, The Will Rogers Follies, Grease, Man of La Mancha, Gypsy, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Directing credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, The Pajama Game (U.S. National tours), Fame (Korea and China tours), Grease (China tour, Republic of Singapore, Malaysia, Macau and Istanbul, Turkey) and Sing Along Santa (Korea and U.S. tours). Mr. McFadden is a partner in Baker Park Associates, Inc. and founding member of both Phoenix Productions and Phoenix Asia Group. When not traveling, he shares his quiet time with his wife, LeAnne, and their sons, Sam and Liam. 

PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) is an independent theatrical producing and management enterprise founded and helmed by long time colleagues Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden.  Its primary mission is to develop, produce, manage and present the very finest in touring Broadway musicals and family entertainment worldwide. Over the past three decades the Phoenix team has produced and/or supervised over 100 live productions on four continents.  Current and recent touring projects include Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Color Purple, Camelot and the long-running Korean language production of Grease. Its overseas affiliate, Phoenix Asia Group, brings international booking, producing, presenting, classical artist representation and theatrical investment to the collective production and management capabilities of Phoenix Entertainment. 
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