John Tartaglia, Marcia Milgrom Dodge & More Set to Direct The Muny's 2014 Season
Muny Executive Producer Mike Isaacson announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for the Muny's 2014 Season, which opens on June 16 with Billy Elliot The Musical. "We're so happy these exciting artists are creating our 2014 season," said Isaacson. "This is a challenging season, one with incredible variety and power. We're fortunate that such extraordinary talents will be creating our 'Muny Magic.'"
Steven Minning (Director) is originally from Washington, Missouri. He comes to The Muny from New York where he has worked as a director, associate director, resident director and choreographer for Billy Elliot, The Lion King, Show Boat, The Will Rogers Follies, and Cirque du Soleil's Dralion. As a special events director, Steven directed the 1996 Coca-Cola Ceremonies honoring the International Olympic Council and The World Cup Opening Ceremonies produced by Radio City Music Hall. Co-founder of New York's "Curtain Line For Kids," providing master classes and workshop opportunities for young actors, Steven is currently the drama director at Menlo School in Atherton, California.
Alison Levenberg (Choreographer) makes her Muny debut with Billy Elliot. She was most recently the resident choreographer and then subsequent associate choreographer/dance supervisor for the national tour of Billy Elliot. Alison is originally from England where she trained professionally at the Doreen Bird College of performing arts (now Bird College) in London, graduating with distinction. Performance credits include: Broadway: Billy Elliot (dance captain/swing), 42nd Street revival (ensemble). New York: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). Regional: 3 seasons at Pittsburgh CLO (dance captain); Gershwin's An American in Paris (Janelle); Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. Film: The Producers (Tapping Brown Shirt, Pearl Girl, Little Old Lady), Macy's Day Parade, Regis and Kelly, Martha Stewart Show, E!, All My Children, Dancing With the Stars.
Colin Welford (Music Director) studied at Oxford University, Royal College of Music, University of Miami and Columbia College, in conducting and film composition. Music supervisor: The Lion King (13 companies worldwide), The Who's Tommy (Europe and UK). Music Director: Wicked, Billy Elliot, The English National Ballet. A familiar musical presence in London's West End and on Broadway, Colin also orchestrates for the New York and Boston Pops orchestras, and has recorded extensively as a conductor; from Mahler and Stravinsky with BBC Symphony Orchestra to pop and big-band albums. His original musical Strings Attached plays summer-long at American Folklore Theatre in Wisconsin.
John Tartaglia (Director) returns to The Muny after making his directorial debut with Shrek (2013). He also starred as the Genie in The Muny's Aladdin (2012). He recently directed the world premiere of Because of Winn Dixie, featuring a book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and music by Duncan Sheik. John is known as "Johnny" from Disney's Johnny and the Sprites (nomination, Daytime Emmy award, Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series) on Disney Junior World-wide. John made his Tony® award-nominated Broadway debut in Avenue Q, creating the roles of Princeton and Rod. Broadway credits include Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, and Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical, a role which he originated. John joined PBS's Sesame Street as a puppeteer when 16 years old, where he performed for more than 10 seasons. John is the creative talent behind ImaginOcean, which has enjoyed national and international tours. While off-Broadway at New World Stages, ImaginOcean was nominated for Unique Theatrical Experience by the Drama Desk Awards. It's being developed with the Jim Henson Company for television, utilizing their revolutionary Digital Puppetry Studios system. John is currently resident director for Avenue Q, playing off-Broadway. His Production Company, Gables Grove Productions, is an up-and-coming multi-media family entertainment producer.