Breaking News: DAMES AT SEA to Set Sail on Broadway in 2014; Directed and Choreographed by Randy Skinner
Jim Wise (Music) wrote the musicals Dames At Sea, Yankee Ingenuity and the children's musical Olaf. Mr. Wise founded the Allardice-Wise Scholarship at Wooster College where he received a degree in Classical Languages in 1941. During his lifetime, Wise sat in on the auditions and helped pick the scholars. The scholarship continues to be awarded, on the basis of a competitive audition to a senior Theatre major. Mr. Wise passed away in 2000, at age 81.
Randy Skinner (Director/Choreographer) was choreographer for Broadway's 2008 and 20009 Irving Berlin's White Christmas, earning him his third Tony and second Drama Desk nominations. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire award nominations for his choreography of the 2001 revival of 42nd Street. He also earned Tony and Outer Critics nominations for Ain't Broadway Grand, and an Outer Critics nomination for State Fair, which he also co-directed. His other Broadway credits include After the Night and the Music for Manhattan Theatre Club. For the West End, he choreographed Lend Me A Tenor, The Musical. Mr. Skinner has choreographed five City Center Encores! productions: Do Re Mi, Of Thee I Sing, Face the Music, No, No, Nanette and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He earned a Lucille Lortel nomination for Off-Broadway's Lone Star Love. In 2001, he choreographed the opening number for the Tony Awards. In Los Angeles, Mr. Skinner has choreographed Hello, Dolly! with Nell Carter, Pal Joey with Dixie Carter and Elaine Stritch, Strike Up the Band with Tom Bosley, and Garry Marshall'sHappy Days. His other regional credits include Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center, Stormy Weather starring Leslie Uggams at the Pasadena Playhouse, The Gershwins' An American in Paris at the Alley Theatre in Houston, and George M, Lucky In The Rain and Babes In Arms at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. He has received the L.A. Drama Critics, L.A. Dramalogue, Bay Area Critics, Connecticut Critics and Cleveland Times Theatre awards.
Rob Berman (Music Director) is an Emmy Award winning New York based conductor and music director. He is the music director of Encores!, New York City Center's acclaimed series of great American musicals in concert. In six seasons there, he has conducted fifteen productions, including the celebrated revivals of Lane and Harburg's Finian's Rainbow, Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle and Merrily We Roll Along, Weill's Lost in the Stars, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pipe Dream. For seven years, Rob has been music director of the Kennedy Center Honors, for which he won the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction. He has been nominated again in 2013 for the fifth time. Rob's association with Stephen Sondheim has included the recent acclaimed off-Broadway revival of Passion at Classic Stage Company, as well as the Kennedy Center's production of Sunday in the Park with George, for which Rob won a Helen Hayes Award for music direction. For Carnegie Hall, he was music director of Opening Doors, an original revue of Sondheim songs. Rob's many Broadway credits as a conductor include the revival of Leonard Bernstein's Wonderful Town; the Tony Award winning production of The Pajama Game starring Harry Connick, Jr.; the stage adaptation of Irving Berlin's White Christmas; and revivals of Finian's Rainbow, The Apple Tree, and Promises, Promises. He was music director of A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House, which aired on PBS and for which he accompanied Broadway performers including Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel and Brian d'Arcy James. He also conducted a concert for President Obama's re-election campaign, Barack on Broadway. Rob has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the legendary Barbara Cook, as well as the Omaha Symphony for Audra McDonald. Rob has conducted eight original cast recordings, including the Encores! productions of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and Jule Styne's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Upcoming projects include conducting a new recording of the Jerome Kern musical Roberta, and music direction of several new Broadway productions including Tuck Everlasting.
INFINITY THEATRE COMPANY (Producer) is run by Anna Roberts Ostroff and Alan Ostroff, a Tony Award winning husband and wife team currently co-producing the Broadway revival of Pippin, and serving as Producing Artistic Directors of Infinity. Their producing career began with the NYC Fringe Festival's 2006 presentation of Tradition, written by Alan, which was one of the highest-grossing shows in that year's festival. This was followed by many NYC benefits, starring such performers as Aaron Lazar and Alexander Gemignani, and Theatre for Young Audience tours, including PigPen Theatre Co.'s The Mountain Song - exclusively for the non-profit Arts For All, of which Anna is the Founder and Executive Director. Anna and Alan have associate produced two Cardinal Theatricals shows in Minneapolis, MN - the hit runs of Rent and The Rocky Horror Show staged at the Lab Theatre. In 2010, the couple formed Infinity Theatre Company, a regional theatre bringing NYC talent to Annapolis, MD for a summer season of musicals, where they have since set the standard for excellence in local entertainment, producing The Fantasticks, My Way, Little Shop Of Horrors, Sisters Of Swing, Dames At Sea, Always...Patsy Cline, and She Loves Me. Anna and Alan are graduates of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
PERRY STREET THEATRICALS (Producer) is led by Martin Platt and David Elliott, the Tony Award winning co-producers of Christopher Durang's 2013 hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. In 2011 they produced the Olivier nominated Lend Me A Tenor The Musical in London's West End. Mr. Platt's other West End credits include Nixon's Nixon, A Woman In Mind, Gumboots, and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill and the international tour of Gumboots. In New York, Platt produced Here Lies Jenny (Bebe Neuwirth/Roger Rees/Ann Reinking), and additionally, Mr. Platt was also founding Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has directed theatre and opera extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Elliott produced the multi-award winning production, The Exonerated. As Perry Street Theatricals, productions include: Treason, Shylock, an oak tree(Obie Award Winner), and In The Continuum (Obie Award Winner). Upcoming Broadway productions include Jon Marans' Old Wicked Songs.