Creative

Creative Team

THOMAS MEEHAN (Book) won the 2003 Tony® Award for co-writing the book for Hairspray after having won the 2001 Tony® Award for co-writing the book of The Producers. He received his first Tony® Award in 1977 for writing the book of Annie, which was his first Broadway show, and he has since written books for the musicals I Remember Mama, Ain’t Broadway Grand, Annie Warbucks and the American version of Bombay Dreams. His most recent works are Annie, Chaplin, Elf, Young Frankenstein, for which he co-wrote the book with Mel Brooks, and Cry-Baby, co-written with Mark O’Donnell. 
BOB MARTIN (Book). The Drowsy Chaperone (Book, Man in Chair), Tony® Award, Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, NY Drama Critics’ Circle Award. Selected regional: The Drowsy Chaperone (L.A., Toronto, London), L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award, L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, Olivier nomination; Minsky’s (Book, L.A.); Second City Toronto (performer 1994-2000, artistic director 2003-2004). Selected television writing. Canada: “Slings and Arrows” (writer, creative producer), “Michael, Tuesdays and Thursday” (writer, actor), “Made in Canada,” “Twitch City.”
MATTHEW SKLAR (Music) is a Tony®, Emmy®, and Drama Desk Award-nominated composer. His works include the Broadway musicals Elf and The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Music). He also wrote the music for The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre), Judas & Me, and Wicked City (American Stage Company).  Matthew received a 2015 Primetime Emmy® Award Nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the critically-acclaimed NBC stop-motion animated TV special “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas”, starring Jim Parsons. He adapted and arranged the music of Marvin Hamlisch for the Emmy Award-winning documentary film Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love, seen on PBS/American Masters. Matthew has contributed original songs/music to Sesame Street, Wonder Pets!, and the NBC Broadcast of The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His music has been performed by major orchestras, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras.  As an 18-year-old freshman at New York University, Matthew began playing keyboards for the Broadway production of Les Miserables, eventually conducting the show at 21. He has also been a keyboardist, conductor, and/or arranger for many Broadway productions including Shrek, Caroline, or Change, Nine, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Putting It Together, Annie Get Your Gun, On the Town, Titanic, Guys and Dolls, Sunset Boulevard, and Miss Saigon. Matthew also appeared onstage as “Oscar” in the Broadway revival of 42nd Street.  Awards include the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Award, and the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award.  Matthew is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802. His music is published by Warner/Chappell Music. Matthew was educated at The Juilliard School of Music (Pre-College Division), the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and New York University. 

CHAD BEGUELIN (Lyrics) is a four-time Tony® nominee. His works include Disney’s Aladdin (Tony Award nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Best Book and Outstanding Lyrics) and The Wedding Singer (Tony Award nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Lyrics). His play Harbor premiered Off-Broadway at Primary Stages. Chad also wrote the book and lyrics for Judas & Me (NYMF Award for Excellence in Lyric Writing), The Rhythm Club (Signature Theater) and Wicked City (American Stage Company). He is the recipient of the Edward Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyric Writing, the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Awards, the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Award and the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. Chad is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Dramatic Writing Program. He currently lives in New York with his husband Tom and their Yorkshire Terrier, Bailey. 

SAM SCALAMONI (Director). Mr. Scalamoni is a freelance New York based director of theatre across the US and worldwide. He is proud to be the director of the critically acclaimed National Tours of Elf the Musical which celebrates its 10th and 11th company in 2017 with two tours crossing the U.S., one playing The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in December! Currently in development is a new musical, 1000 Faces, based on the life of film legend Lon Chaney, Unbelievable, based on baseball legend Jackie Mitchell and a stage adaptation of the MGM musical Summer Stock. Most recently he directed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for the Ogunquit Playhouse and North Carolina Theatre. Mr. Scalamoni served as the Associate Director of the most recent National and International Tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which he also supervised on Broadway and mounted multiple companies worldwide. He will be working on a new version of the show in Mandarin opening in Shanghai in 2018. He also directed Les Misérables winning the SALT Award for Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical of the Year and Agatha Christie’s An Unexpected Guest, winning the Broadway World Award for Best Director of a Play both at Cortland Repertory Theatre. Other tours directed; Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live! which broke box office records at Radio City Music Hall and the National Tour of The Gazillion Bubble Show. Mr. Scalamoni is a proud member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. For Tricia, Spencer and Mia 

CONNOR GALLAGHER (Choreographer). Selected Credits: The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre Company, 2016 Astaire Award); Found (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Beauty and the Beast (director and choreographer, Disney Cruise Line); Camelot (Westport); Tangled (Disney Cruise Line); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse); The Twelve (Denver Center); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse); The Fabulous Lipitones (Goodspeed); Spidermusical (The Mint); Perez Hilton… (FringeNYC, Barrow Street Theatre, Joe’s Pub); Babes in Toyland (Lincoln Center); and over a dozen shows for Theatreworks USA. Connor has created choreography for Glidden Paint, Luxxotica Eyewear, Hanky Panky underwear, The Writers Guild Awards, and the HIFA Festival in Zimbabwe. Associate: Into the Woods (Public Theatre), Beauty and the Beast National and International Tours, Meet Me In St. Louis (Papermill Playhouse). Upcoming: Beetlejuice (Broadway); The Magic School Bus (director, Theatreworks). Connor is a graduate of The Cincinnati Conservatory and made his Broadway debut as a performer in Beauty and the Beast. www.connorgallagher.com 

CHRISTINE PETERS (Scenic Design). Design Credits: 2012/ 2017 Elf Tour, First Date, Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic. Broadway (Associate Designer): Paramour, Les Misérables, Testament of Mary, Jekyll & Hyde, The Book of Mormon, Newsies The Musical, The Addams Family, Elf, Bonnie and Clyde, The House of Blue Leaves, Elling, Enron, Mary Stuart, The American Plan, Cyrano de Bergerac, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.  National tours (Associate Designer): Waterfall, Aladdin, Newsies, Dirty Dancing, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Wizard of Oz, The Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll and Hyde, Mary Poppins, Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast. Regional theater (Designer): Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, Cinderella, Cats (Zoni Award, Set Design) Miss Saigon, The Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady (Zoni Award), The Music Man.  Midtown International Theater Festival (Designer): Tallish Tales: A Cautionary Fable for Children and Adults (MITF Award, Set Design). 

GREGG BARNES (Original Costume Design). Broadway: Something Rotten! (2015 Tony® nomination), Aladdin, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony® nomination), Follies (2012 Tony® Award, Drama Desk Award), Elf, Legally Blonde (2007 Tony® nomination), The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony® Award, Drama Desk Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Flower Drum Song (2003 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. 

PAUL MILLER (Lighting Design). Broadway: Amazing Grace, The Illusionists, Legally Blonde (also, West End, Australia & Vienna), Freshly Squeezed, Laughing Room Only, as well as Irma La Duce, Where’s Charley, Lost in the Star, Of Thee I Sing and Music in the Air (Encores). Off-Broadway: Marry Harry, Desperate Measure, Clinton – The Musical, Lucky Guy, Vanities – the Musical, Waiting for Godot (50th Anniversary Production), Nunsense, Addicted, Balancing Act, and others. Also on Broadway as Associate Designer: Macbeth, Three Days of Rain, Company, Sweeney Todd, Little Women, Hairspray, The Producers, Life x3, The Music Man, The Price, Saturday Night Fever, The Civil War, On The Town, The Sound of Music and Titanic. Regional: The Old Globe, Denver Center, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare, Cleveland Playhouse, Asolo Rep, Riverside Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Baystreet Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodspeed Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse among others. International: Sâo Paulo, Manila, Johannesberg, Beijing, Toronto, Montreal, Milan (La Scala) and London. National Tours: Shrek, Story Time Live, Wizard of Oz, Legally Blonde, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, The Producers, Nunsense 20th Anniversary, Scooby Doo in Stage Fright, The Sound of Music. On television his work includes Live from Lincoln Center, numerous  Showtime and Comedy Central specials and the internationally televised New Year’s Eve Celebration from New York’s Time’s Square for the last 18 years including concert appearances by Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber, Cindy Lauper and others. 

SHANNON SLATON (Sound Design) has designed many national tours including Bullets Over Broadway, The Illusionists, Turn of the Century, Shrek, Hairspray, The Producers, Kiss Me, Kate, Noise/Funk, The Full Monty, Contact, A Chorus Line, Tap Dogs, Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz, The Drowsy Chaperone and The Wedding Singer. He was also the Advance Sound on Wicked and the Production Sound for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and the U.S. National Tour. Shows he has mixed on Broadway include: Man of La Mancha, Bombay Dreams, Sweet Charity, Jersey Boys, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spring Awakening, Fela!, Anything Goes, Annie, Legally Blonde and Cabaret. 

BERNIE ARDIA (Hair and Wig Design) has enjoyed a 37-year career, starting in television. He has designed over 75 productions including the currently running NETworks’ tours of The Sound of Music, Elf the Musical and Dirty Dancing. A few past highlights include Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables (U.S. and Canada), Ragtime at The Kennedy Center, Kiss of the Spider Woman with Chita Rivera, Starlight Express at The Las Vegas Hilton, Cinderella with Eartha Kitt and Debbie Gibson, and ABC-TV “Happy Birthday, Hollywood”. It has been a thrill working with so many talented performers throughout his career including, Jeanne Cooper, Toni Tennille, Anita Gillette, Mary Wilson, Makenzie Phillips, Lynda Carter, Melody Thomas Scott and even Judge Judy! This production is dedicated to his sister. Mr. Ardia is also the author of Barbra Streisand in New York City. 

DOUG BESTERMAN (Orchestrations). Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky, On a Clear Day…, Elf, How to Succeed … , Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, Tarzan , Thoroughly Modem Millie (2002 Tony/Drama Desk), The Producers (2001 Tony/Drama Desk), Seussical, Music Man, Fosse (1999 Tony®) Big, Damn Yankees and others. Also: Carrie (Off-Broadway), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Guys and Dolls (London). Film/Television: Frozen, Nine, The Producers, Winnie The Pooh (2012). Chicago, Mulan, Anastasia, “Smash,” “Scrubs.” Arranged for; Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Mandy Patinkin, the Boston Pops Orchestra. 

NATE PATTEN (Music Supervisor). Currently on Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Other Broadway: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, School of Rock, Catch Me If You Can, Bonnie and Clyde. Kennedy Center: Elf the Musical. Off Broadway: Silence! The Musical (also in L.A.), The Toxic Avenger. Tours: Flashdance, We Will Rock You, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Wedding Singer, The Wizard of Oz. Music Director/Conductor for The Midtown Men. Nate is also the creator/host of a podcast called #BookedIt: a Broadway Musician’s Guide to Theatre, Facebook and Being #Grateful. @BookedItpodcast
MICHAEL WHITNEY (Associate Director, Fight Coordinator) currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director at Skyline Theatre Company located in Bergen County New Jersey. He has also served as the Assistant Director for both the International and National Company’s of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Michael has been very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with many regional theaters across the country. Some include: The North Carolina Theatre,  Theatre Institute at Sage, The Geva Theatre and Ogunquit Playhouse. 

NANCY RENEE BRAUN (Associate Choreographer). Favorite associate choreographer credits include Beauty and the Beast and Tangled for Disney Cruise Lines, The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre), Found (Philadelphia Theatre Co). On TV, Nancy has choreographed for Blue Bloods (CBS) and assistant choreographed on Limitless (CBS). She is also assistant choreographer for the movies The Week Of (starring Adam Sandler) and Rebel In The Rye, in which she is also featured. Nancy performed on Broadway in Gypsy. Northwestern University graduate. Best credit is mommy to my son Max! 

TRINITY WHEELER (Executive Producer). Broadway: Les Misérables (Production Stage Manager). National Tours: Bullets Over Broadway (Executive Producer), Elf the Musical (Executive Producer), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Executive Producer), The Phantom of the Opera (Supervisory Production Stage Manager), Les Misérables (Production Stage Manager), Mary Poppins (Production Stage Manager), Young Frankenstein starring Roger Bart and Rent starring Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp. Trinity currently works on the national tours of Les Misérables, Finding Neverland, Dirty Dancing and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Instagram: @trinityonbroadway

 

STEWART/WHITLEY (Casting) Duncan Stewart CSA & Benton Whitley CSA. BROADWAY/NY: The Great Comet, A Clockwork Orange, As You Like It, On The Town, Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side Story, The Band Wagon, Pageant; West End/U.K.: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory, West Side Story; Tours: Finding Neverland, Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, The Bodyguard, Chicago The Musical, Once, Shrek, Elf, Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, We Will Rock You; Upcoming: Prince of Egypt, Hadestown, The Man in the Ceiling, Back Home Again, Waterfall, August Rush; Regional: American Repertory Theater, Alley Theatre, Bay Street, Goodspeed, Theatre Under the Stars, Aslo Rep, Hollywood Bowl, TheatreWorks, Royal Caribbean. The Casting Society of America. Artios Award Winning. stewartwhitley.com 

MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTI) mtishows.com, is one of the world’s leading dramatic licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical material and dynamic theatrical resources to over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide. 

ALLIED TOURING (Tour Marketing & Press) is a full-service engagement management agency representing Broadway tours and other live touring events across North America. Current tours: An American in Paris, The Book of Mormon, Bright Star, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Elf the Musical, The Humans, Kinky Boots, Motown the Musical, RENT, School of Rock, Something Rotten!, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Upcoming tours: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Groundhog Day, and The Scenario

THE ROAD COMPANY (Tour Booking) was founded in 1997 by Stephen Lindsay and Brett Sirota. In addition to multiple companies of Elf The Musical, current representation includes Wicked, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, War Paint, The Band’s Visit, SpongeBob SquarePants, Rock of Ages, Clue, The Choir of Man, The Lightning Thief, The Illusionists, Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music and Kinky Boots. The Road Company is made possible by Magaly Barone, Shawn Willett, Jenny Kirlin, Justine Spingler, Joe Reed, and Josh Cape. 

WARNER BROS. THEATRE VENTURES (Producer) develops and produces first-class musicals and stage productions from the company’s expansive catalogue. WBThV is currently represented on Broadway with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and was previously represented on the West End by Olivier Award-winning musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and on Broadway by the stage adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf and Tony Award Best Play winner The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Other Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County and the holiday hit Elf The Musical. The division is readying productions of 17 Again, Dave, Beetlejuice, Night ShiftA Star is Born and Dog Day Afternoon for the stage. WBThV also licenses third-party stage rights including such productions as The Bodyguard, Singin’ in the Rain, Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz, The Color Purple and 42nd Street. 

JOHN MEZZIO (Musical Coordinator) has conducted several national tours including State Fair starring John Davidson, Victor/Victoria starring Toni Tennille, Seussical The Musical, Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Deborah Gibson, the Royal National Theatre’s revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and The Wedding Singer. Additionally, Mr. Mezzio was Associate Conductor for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton. John was Musical Coordinator for several national and international tours including Sweet Charity starring Molly Ringwald, Annie starring John Schuck and Mackenzie Phillips, Hairspray, The Producers, A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening, Elf the Musical, Memphis, Bullets Over Broadway, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Shrek The Musical.
PATRICK HOAGLAND (Music Conductor)
JACK STEPHENS (Company Manager) has hit the road for national tours of Blue Man Group, Miss Saigon, Dora the Explorer LIVE, Sweeney Todd, Annie, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Chorus Line (US/Tokyo), and The Magic of David Copperfield, among others.
NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS LLC (Producer) from its inception over 20 years ago, has been an industry leading producer and manager of touring musical theatre productions and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide. Having toured over 70 productions internationally, NETworks current touring productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Elf the Musical, Finding Neverland, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I.