JERRY MITCHELL (Director/Choreographer)
Jerry Mitchell received the Tony Award in recognition of his choreography for the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Kinky Boots, for which his direction was also recognized with a Tony nomination. In the 33 preceding years, Jerry has been involved with over 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions. His Broadway debut as a choreographer, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, was followed by The Full Monty (Tony nomination), The Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray (Tony nomination), Gypsy, Never Gonna Dance (Tony nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), La Cage Aux Folles (Tony Award), Imaginary Friends, Legally Blonde (Tony nomination), which he also directed, and Catch Me If You Can. Most recently, Jerry received the Drama League’s Founders’ Award for Excellence in Directing and the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers. Twenty-three years ago, Jerry conceived and created Broadway Bares, a comedy burlesque show performed annually for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He continues to serve as Executive Producer of Broadway Bares, with a book, website and satellite productions in Fire Island Pines, Las Vegas (Peepshow, now in its fifth year of continuous performance) and London (West End Bares).
CYNDI LAUPER (Composer and Lyricist)
Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist, who after more than 25 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 30 million, has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legions of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album, She's So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-10 singles from a debut album. Since then, Lauper has released 10 additional studio albums, with her most recent, the Grammy-nominated Memphis Blues, ruling the Billboard Blues chart for 14 consecutive weeks to become the best-selling Blues album of 2010. Overall, during her storied music career, Lauper has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards. Lauper recently captured her journey through music and life in her New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Cyndi Lauper: A Memior. As an actress, Lauper made her Broadway debut in Three Penny Opera alongside Alan Cumming in 2006. She has appeared in numerous television shows, including "Mad About You" (Emmy Award) and "Bones," and films, including The Opportunist with Christopher Walken, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Life with Mikey, Off and Running, and Vibes. Lauper returns to television in 2013, but this time as herself, in the docu-series Cyndi Lauper: She's Still So Unusual on WE TV. Lauper also continues her philanthropic work through her foundation, the True Colors Fund.
HARVEY FIERSTEIN (Book Writer)
Harvey Fierstein is the author of the current smash hit Newsies as well as Torch Song Trilogy (Tony and Drama Desk and OBIE Awards), La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), The Sissy Duckling (Humanitas Award), A Catered Affair (12 Drama Desk nominations), Safe Sex (Ace Award), Legs Diamond, Spookhouse, Flatbush Tosca, Common Ground and more. His political editorials have been published in The New York Times, TV Guide, The Huffington Post, and broadcast on PBS's IN THE LIFE. His children's book, The Sissy Duckling is now in its fifth printing. As an actor Mr. Fierstein is known worldwide for his performances in films like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day, and on stage in Hairspray (Tony Award), Fiddler On The Roof, La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy (Tony Award) and television shows such as "How I Met Your Mother," "American Family," "Cheers" (Emmy nomination), "The Simpsons" and "Nurse Jackie."
STEPHEN OREMUS (Music Supervisor/Arranger/Orchestrator)
Broadway: Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations); received 2011 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for co-orchestrating The Book of Mormon, as well as the 2012 Grammy Award for producing the cast recording. Worldwide music supervisor/arranger of Wicked; music supervisor/vocal arranger/orchestrator of The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q, All Shook Up and 9 to 5; co-producer (w/ Dolly Parton) of the Grammy-nominated 9 to 5 Broadway cast recording; music director/conductor for the Rufus Wainwright Sings Judy Garland concerts.
DAVID ROCKWELL (Scenic Designer)
David Rockwell designed the sets for Catch Me If You Can; Hairspray (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations); Legally Blonde The Musical (Drama Desk nomination); The Normal Heart; Free Man of Color; CQ/CX; The Rocky Horror Show (Drama Desk nomination); All Shook Up (Drama Desk nomination); and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He is the founder of Rockwell Group, a New York-based architecture and design firm. Projects include the Dolby Theatre, the 2010 Academy Awards (Emmy award), Imagination Playground, and the Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center.
GREGG BARNES (Costume Designer)
Broadway: Follies (2012 Tony Award, Drama Desk), Elf, Legally Blonde (2007 Tony nomination), The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Flower Drum Song (Tony nomination), Side Show, Bye-Bye Birdie. New York: The Wizard of Oz, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Merry Widow (NYC Opera), Pageant (NY and London- Olivier nomination), The Kathy and Mo Show. Regional: Robin and the Seven Hoods, Mame, Allegro (Helen Hayes Award). TDF Young Master Award.
KENNETH POSNER (Lighting Designer)
More than 45 Broadway play and musical theatre credits. Designs extensively Off-Broadway, for resident theatres and touring productions throughout the United States as well as internationally. Selected Broadway credits: Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Other Desert Cities, The Merchant of Venice, The Coast of Utopia - Shipwrecked, Side Man, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross, Charlie Brown, The Little Foxes and Wicked. Recipient of the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle, OBIE and Jeff Awards.
JOHN SHIVERS (Sound Designer)
Broadway: Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award-winner), Bonnie and Clyde, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, In My Life, and Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays. Regional: The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the Seven Hoods. Associate credits: The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Producers, Hairspray, Aida, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business…’95, The Who's Tommy, Guys and Dolls, and The Buddy Holly Story. Other credits: Savion Glover, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Gregory Hines, and engineering at Electric Lady Studios.
JOSH MARQUETTE (Hair Designer)
Broadway/Off-Broadway: Dogfight, The Best Man, The Book of Mormon, Elf, The Drowsy Chaperone (& West End), To Be Or Not To Be, Pig Farm, The… Trailer Park Musical, Altar Boyz, Mamma Mia! West Coast: Aladdin, Robin & the 7 Hoods, Peep Show, Minsky's, Vanities. Other NY: Show Boat @ Carnegie Hall, Encores! No, No, Nanette & Follies, numerous productions at Juilliard. National Tours: BofM, Drowsy, Barbie Live! Television: "30 Rock."
RANDY HOUSTON MERCER (Make-up Designer)
Broadway: Book of Mormon, Cry-Baby, Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, La Boheme, Flower Drum Song, Cabaret, Producers, Follies, Sunset Blvd, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Crazy for You, Christmas Carol, Titanic. Films - The Crazies, Little Children, Spiderman 2, Company Man, Runaway Bride, Meet Joe Black, Hearts in Atlantis, Mirror Has Two Faces. Client list includes Barbra Streisand, Glenn Close, Tina Fey, Sigourney Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Binoche, Lauren Bacall. RandyHoustonMercer.com
KATHY FABIAN/PROPSTAR (Properties Coordinator)
Broadway: Chaplin, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Streetcar Named Desire, On a Clear Day, Stick Fly, The Normal Heart, House of Blue Leaves, Anything Goes, A Behanding in Spokane, Fela!, Bye Bye Birdie, Pal Joey, South Pacific, Sunday in the Park..., and Spring Awakening.
BRIAN USIFER (Music Director)
Associate Music Supervisor: The Book of Mormon, Other Broadway/Off-Broadway orchestras: Spelling Bee, Sister Act, Wicked, Avenue Q, Altar Boyz, Burnt Part Boys. 5 years of regional theatre, including: Follies (Barrington Stage Co.). Concerts include: Clay Aiken "Tried and True" DVD, arranger/orchestrator for many readings/workshops of new musicals. B.Mus., SUNY Fredonia, M.A., NYU Steinhardt.
MICHAEL KELLER (Music Coordinator)
Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Bring It On, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King. Tours: The Addams Family, Billy Elliot, Les Miserablés, The Lion King, Memphis, Wicked. Television: "The Celebrity Apprentice," "Smash". Concert: Barbra Streisand (1994-2012). Pamela, Zachary, and Alexis make it all worthwhile.
RUSTY MOWERY (Associate Choreographer)
Thrilled/Blessed to be working with Jerry Mitchell again! Rusty is the associate choreographer of Legally Blonde in London and UK Tour. Production Dance Supervisor of Hairspray on Broadway and 1st National Tour. Rusty's danced on Broadway in Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Seussical, Ragtime, and Cats. Love to Barry and family.
DB BONDS (Associate Director)
DB Bonds is thrilled to be continuing his association with Jerry Mitchell after working with him as an actor in the national tours of Legally Blonde and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He was assistant to the director of the Troika national tour of Legally Blonde.
AMY JO JACKSON (Dialect Coach)
NYC: 2012 Drama Desk nominee These Seven Sicknesses at The Flea; Prospect Theater; The Cell; Bowery Electric. amyjojackson.com
TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting)
Broadway/Tours: Elf, Glengarry Glen Ross, Annie, Chaplin, Bring It On, Evita, Newsies, Spider-Man, Rock of Ages, Wicked, Sister Act, Jekyll & Hyde, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, The Addams Family. Off-Broadway: Bare, Atlantic, MCC, Signature. Film: The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Friends with Kids, Margin Call, Sex and the City, Rachel Getting Married. TV: "Smash," "The Big C." www.telseyandco.com
CHRIS SMITH/THEATERSMITH, INC. (Technical Supervisor)
Chaplin, Evita, Catch Me…, ELF, Wonderland, Behanding, Tale of Two Cities, Xanadu Japan, Times They Are A-Changin', Soccer Mom, August: Osage County, Legally Blonde, On Golden Pond, Scoundrels, Millie, Aida, Imaginary Friends, Disney's Hunchback, Capeman, Show Boat, Spider Woman, Kentucky Cycle. Actress wife Nancy Ringham, daughters Cady & Maddie.
FORESIGHT THEATRICAL (General Manager)
Foresight Theatrical is comprised of partners Alan Wasser, Allan Williams, Aaron Lustbader and Mark Shacket, who oversee and supervise The Phantom of the Opera and Kinky Boots on Broadway and Million Dollar Quartet on tour and in Chicago and Las Vegas. Upcoming productions include Les Misérables, The Velocity of Autumn and King Kong.
LOIS L. GRIFFING (Production Stage Manager)
Broadway: The Lyons, Lysistrata Jones, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Desire Under the Elms, Hairspray, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, All Shook Up, Aida, Chicago, Miss Saigon. National Tours: Mary Poppins, Ragtime, Carousel, Cats, Chicago, Miss Saigon. Regional: LaJolla Playhouse, The Goodman Theater, Kennedy Center, Papermill Playhouse, 5th Avenue Theater.
THOMAS RECKTENWALD (Stage Manager)
Thomas Recktenwald has spent time on Broadway with Lysistrata Jones, Sister Act, Hair, A Little Night Music, White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Grease, Spamalot, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, & Mary Poppins. National Tours: Mary Poppins. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, Buddha & Kyle for their continued support.
KENNETH J. MCGEE (Assistant Stage Manager)
Broadway: Gore Vidal’s The Best Man; The Mountaintop; Jerusalem; In the Heights; God of Carnage; Monty Python’s Spamalot; Curtains; Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Tarzan; Rent; Pacific Overtures; Jesus Christ Superstar; Seussical; On the Town; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk. Shout out to Lala and Trouble. Love ya Anth!
DARYL ROTH (Producer)
Daryl Roth holds the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony); How I Learned to Drive; Proof (2001 Tony); Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; and Wit. She has produced over 85 award winning productions including: Buyer & Cellar; Caroline, or Change; Curtains; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony); A Raisin in the Sun; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; War Horse (2011 Tony); and The Year of Magical Thinking. Love to Steven, my wonderful family, Lucy & Leo ever in my heart. www.DarylRothProductions.com.
HAL LUFTIG (Producer)
Winner of four Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Award, Hal Luftig has worked on and off Broadway for the past 25 years. Broadway: Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, West Side Story, All My Sons, Legally Blonde, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Whoopi, Movin’ Out, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, High Society, The Diary of Anne Frank, The King and I, Moon Over Buffalo, Angels in America, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Secret Garden. He is currently developing the new musical The Last Goodbye, an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet featuring the music of Jeff Buckley. Hal has an MFA from Columbia University and an ulcer from tension.
JAMES L. NEDERLANDER (Producer)
President of Nederlander Organization, son of James M. Nederlander (Chairman). Mr. Nederlander is currently represented on Broadway with Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark and the up-and-coming I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler. Other Broadway credits include Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, West Side Story, Next to Normal, ...Spelling Bee, Million Dollar Quartet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, Movin’ Out.
TERRY ALLEN KRAMER (Producer)
Incomplete listing: Sugar Babies; Me and My Girl; The Goat... (Tony Award); Movin’ Out (Tony Award); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Cyrano; Dirty Dancing; West Side Story; Fiddler on the Roof; The Addams Family; The Merchant of Venice; Race; Promises, Promises; Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Evita; and I’ll Eat You Last. Trustee, New York Presbyterian Hospital.
INDEPENDENT PRESENTERS NETWORK (Producer)
Independent Presenters Network is a consortium of 50 of the nation’s leading Broadway presenters who skillfully manage a subscription base of 350,000 throughout America. Recent Broadway/London/U.S. tours: Matilda, Cinderella, Pippin, Jekyll & Hyde, Leap of Faith, La Cage aux Folles, Wonderland, 9 to 5, Ragtime, Frost/Nixon, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Spamalot, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty.
CJ E&M (Producer)
CJ E&M is Asia’s most active entertainment company in the areas of performing arts, media, film, music and games. It has produced more than 200 theatrical productions including 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, Wicked, La Cage aux Folles (Korea), Mamma Mia! and Cats (China), Run to You and Young Werther (Japan). CJ E&M’s West End and Broadway endeavors include Kinky Boots, The Bodyguard, Let It Be, The Sound of Music and The Woman in White.
JAYNE BARON SHERMAN (Producer)
Broadway productions include The Normal Heart (Tony), Elling, 33 Variations and the Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Also, This Is Our Youth (Sydney Opera House), Carousel (West End) and It Shoulda Been You. An LGBTQ activist, her board service includes In the Life Media (co-chair), Lambda Legal (co-chair) and Stonewall Community Foundation.
JUST FOR LAUGHS THEATRICALS (Producer)
CEO Adam Blanshay, Chairman Gilbert Rozon. JFLT is a subsidiary of the Just for Laughs Festival, the largest comedy producer in the world. UK theatre credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Old Times (Harold Pinter Theatre); A Chorus Line (London Palladium); Abigail’s Party (UK tour). Thanks to Hal.
JUDITH ANN ABRAMS (Producer)
Highlights: Kinky Boots, Matilda (investor, B’way), Spring Awakening (Tony and Olivier Awards), Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Annie Get Your Gun (Tony). Producer of the famed family musical theatre co., The Broadway Pixie Judy Troupe, in association with Rodgers & Hammerstein Music Library. Tony voting member, American Theatre Wing. Full bio see: americantheatrewing.org under Advisory Committee.
YASUHIRO KAWANA (Producer)
Broadway: Legally Blonde, Come Fly Away, Catch Me If You Can, Evita. Upcoming: First Date. He has co-presented Fosse, The Full Monty, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles in Japan; and Japanese local productions of Never Gonna Dance; The Boy From Oz; The Producers; Sweet Charity; Titanic; Brooklyn; All Shook Up; Grease; Side Show; Promises, Promises.
JANE BERGÈRE (Producer)
Broadway: Annie; Clybourne Park (Tony Award); War Horse (Tony Award); Driving Miss Daisy; La Cage aux Folles (Tony Award); A Little Night Music (Tony nomination); All My Sons; 13 the Musical; Is He Dead?; Curtains (Tony nomination); Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Award); Caroline, or Change (Tony nomination); Metamorphoses (Tony nomination). www.JaneBergereProductions.com
ALLAN S. GORDON & ADAM S. GORDON (Producers)
Allan has received Tony Awards for RENT, Death of a Salesman, Hairspray and Spamalot. Allan’s career spans the fields of theatre, law, investment banking, real estate and venture capital. Together, Allan and Adam’s credits include Evita, Peter and the Starcatcher, Pippin, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Cry-Baby and Flashdance.
KEN DAVENPORT (Producer)
Broadway: Macbeth, Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit, 13. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom, My First Time, Miss Abigail’s Guide. Upcoming: the world premiere of Somewhere in Time at Portland Center Stage. Read Ken’s blog at www.TheProducersPerspective.com.
HUNTER ARNOLD (Producer)
Hunter Arnold is pleased to be a part of bringing Kinky Boots to Broadway. Other producing projects this season include Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming, as well as the world premiere of Somewhere in Time, based on the classic movie, opening at Portland Center Stage this June.
LUCY & PHIL SUAREZ (Producers)
Phil executive produced many iconic commercials; Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” video; trailers for Dreamgirls, A Chorus Line, Evita. He and Jean-Georges own numerous restaurants. Lucy’s time has been devoted to philanthropic works. She provided the impetus for venturing into Kinky Boots. Happy to be part of the KB family.
BRYAN BANTRY (Producer)
Participating in this stage adaptation of one of his favorite films marks 30 years since producing his first Broadway show, You Can’t Take It With You (1983), and his first year as a Broadway League member enthusiastically voting for another drag queen created by Harvey Fierstein in Torch Song Trilogy.
RON FIERSTEIN & DORSEY REGAL (Producers)
Ron Fierstein and Dorsey Regal are proud to help bring the great entertainment and important message of Kinky Boots to the stage. Ron is a long-time music business executive and Harvey’s brother, lawyer and business manager. Dorsey, his wife, is a partner in the NY law firm of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney.
JIM KIERSTEAD (Producer)
Broadway: Pippin. Off-Broadway: Yank!, Thrill Me (Drama Desk and Lortel noms.). In development: Unexpected Joy. Board member at York Theatre Company. Special thanks to our team!
GREGORY RAE (Producer)
Gregory Rae is a gay activist and producer. Past projects: The Normal Heart (2011 Tony), Clybourne Park (2012 Tony), Bare. Upcoming: Allegiance.
BB GROUP (Producer)
BB Group, based in Germany, is among the market leaders in developing, producing, managing and promoting premium live entertainment in Europe and beyond. www.bb-promotion.com
CHRISTINA PAPAGJIKA (Producer)
Current productions include Annie (Broadway) and the upcoming feature film, The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz.
MICHAEL DeSANTIS (Producer)
Michael DeSantis is thrilled to be bringing Kinky to Broadway, having previously backed more than a dozen Broadway, regional and West End productions. Hi Alex and Nick!
PATRICK BAUGH (Producer)
Patrick Baugh is a long-time theatre investor who has been involved in productions on Broadway, regionally and in the West End. Hi Nick and Alex!
BRIAN SMITH (Producer)
Credits include Evita (Tony nom.), Catch Me..., Harmonious Pimps, Camp Wanatachi, Yes We Can, PINK! NY Innovative Theatre Award, Outstanding Director for PINK! Down Payment Productions. Thanks to Hal.
TOM & CONNIE WALSH (Producers)
Our producing debut. Long-time supporters of the nonprofit performing arts in Seattle. Board members of the 5th Avenue Theatre and the PNB Ballet.
WARREN TREPP (Producer)
Warren Trepp has produced Evita, Legally Blonde, Movin’ Out and Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway. His proudest production is his son, Warren Edward, a credit he shares with his wife Jâlé.
JUJAMCYN THEATERS (Producer)
Jujamcyn Theaters is thrilled to welcome you to the Al Hirschfeld, one of our five Broadway theaters. Current: The Book of Mormon, Bullets over Broadway, Kinky Boots, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder and Jersey Boys. Recent: American Idiot, Clybourne Park, Fela!, Hair, How to Succeed..., The Producers and Spring Awakening. Join us at Jujamcyn.com and Givenik.com.
AMUSE INC. (Associate Producer)
Amuse Inc. is a leading talent agency and production company in Japan. In 2012, AMUSE invited Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, which was a smash hit on Broadway.
KINKY BOOTS ORCHESTRA
Conductor/Keyboard 1: Brian Usifer
Associate Conductor/Keyboard 2: Will Van Dyke
Drums: Sammy Merendino; Bass: Michael Visceglia; Guitars: Michael Aarons, John Putnam;
Trumpet: James De La Garza; Trombone: Keith O’Quinn; Reeds: Dan Willis; Concertmaster:
Hiroko Taguchi; Violin: Philip Payton; Violin/Viola: Denise Stillwell; Cello: Allison Seidner