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Kohl, Marcus et al. Join Patinkin, Baldwin, Opel in PARADISE FOUND; Rehearsals Start 5th April; Opens 19th May

Rehearsals begin today, Monday, April 5 for the World Premiere production of PARADISE FOUND, a new musical under the combined direction of Theater legend and 21-time Tony Award winner Harold Prince (the original productions of Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, The Phantom of the Opera, Company, Follies, Evita) and 5-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Crazy For You, Show Boat, The Producers, Contact). This is their first collaboration since the landmark, Tony Award-winning revival of Show Boat. Following the New York rehearsal period, the production will open at London's acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory with performances running May 19 through June 26.

The cast and creative team of PARADISE FOUND boasts an impressive pedigree. Lead by Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin (Evita, Sunday in the Park with George, "Chicago Hope"), the cast stars Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!, Young Frankenstein), Tony Award winner Judy Kaye (The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Ragtime), 5-time Tony Award nominee John McMartin (Sweet Charity, Follies, Grey Gardens), Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (Urinetown, Toxic Avenger), Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow, Wonderful Town) and George Lee Andrews (The Phantom of the Opera, A Little Night Music).

The cast also features Amanda Kloots-Larsen (Young Frankenstein), Lacey Kohl (Carousel, Cry Baby), Herndon Lackey (Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Les Misérables), Daniel Marcus (Pal Joey, Urinetown, Adding Machine), Jim Poulos (Rent, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), Martin Van Treuren (Candide at New York City Opera, How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and Pamela Winslow Kashani (Into the Woods, Beauty & the Beast).

Based on the novel The Tale of the 1002nd Night by Viennese author Joseph Roth, PARADISE FOUND features a Book by Richard Nelson (James Joyce's The Dead, Two Shakespearean Actors), Music by Johann Strauss II, Lyrics by Tony Award nominee Ellen Fitzhugh (Grind, Herringbone) and Music adapted and arranged by Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner Jonathan Tunick (Titanic, Sweeney Todd, A Chorus Line, Nine).

The production will feature scenic design by Beowulf Boritt (LoveMusik, Spelling Bee, Rock of Ages), costume design by Tony Award winner Judith Dolan (Candide, Parade), lighting design by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Memphis) and sound design by Gareth Owen (A Little Night Music). Music Director is Charles Prince (James Joyce's The Dead).

PARADISE FOUND is being produced at The Menier Chocolate Factory by special arrangement with New York producers Jeff Berger, Apples and Oranges Productions/Tim Kashani and Pamela Winslow Kashani, Tony Ponturo, Andy Sandberg and Whitney Hoagland Edwards.

Based on a true story, the highly comic and romantic musical PARADISE FOUND is befitting of an Arabian Nights tale. It all starts with the Shah of Persia, who is feeling low. To lift his spirits, he's off to Vienna with his Eunuch in tow for new adventures. The Shah promptly falls in love with the Empress of the Empire, much to the dismay of her husband, so a resident of the local brothel - who is a double for the Empress - is substituted for a night of passion. But she's in love with a Baron, who's having an affair with the Soap Manufacturer's Wife...

For tickets and information, visit www.menierchocolatefactory.com/paradise_found or call the Menier Box Office in London at 020-7907-7060.

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Mandy Patinkin (The Eunuch) won a Tony Award for his 1980 Broadway debut as Che in Evita and was also nominated in 1984 for his starring role in Sunday in the Park with George. Other stage credits include The Secret Garden, The Wild Party, Falsettos, The Winter's Tale, The Knife, Leave It to Beaver is Dead, Rebel Women, Hamlet, Trelawney of the ‘Wells,' The Shadow Box, The Split, Savages, Henry IV Part I and The Tempest. In 1997, he played a sold-out Broadway engagement of his one-man concert, Mandy Patinkin in Concert. Patinkin's other solo concerts, Celebrating Sondheim and Mamaloshen have been presented both on and Off-Broadway, and in 2009 he presented Mandy Patinkin in Concert in London's West End. Feature film credits include The Choking Man, Pinero, Elmo In Grouchland, Men with Guns, The Princess Bride, Yentl, The Music of Chance, Daniel, Ragtime, Impromptu, The Doctor, Alien Nation, Dick Tracy, The House on Carroll Street, True Colors, Maxie and Squanto: Indian Warrior. He won a 1995 Emmy Award for his critically-acclaimed performance in the CBS series "Chicago Hope." Other television appearances include the CBS series "Criminal Minds," the Showtime series "Dead Like Me," the Showtime film "Strange Justice," the TNT film "The Hunchback" and a film version of Arthur Miller's Broken Glass for BBC/WGBH-Boston. In 1989, Mandy began his concert career at Joseph Papp's Public Theater. This coincided with the release of his first solo album Mandy Patinkin. Since then he has toured extensively, appearing to sold-out audiences across the U.S., Canada and in London. His other recordings include Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Dress Casual, Experiment, Oscar & Steve, Leonard Bernstein's New York, Kidults, Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim and Mamaloshen, which won the Deutschen Schallplattenpreis (Germany's equivalent of the Grammy Award).

Shuler Hensley (The Baron). Broadway: The Monster in Young Frankenstein, Kerchak in Tarzan, Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Olivier Awards) and Javert in Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Other Credits: All About Us (Westport Playhouse), The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Hamburg, Germany), The Most Happy Fella (American Songbook/Lincoln Center). Opera: Regina (Kennedy Center). Hensley's numerous screen credits include The Legend of Zorro, Van Helsing, Sabrina, Someone Like You, The Bread My Sweet, Opa! and Monday Night Mayhem. TV work includes Ed," "Deadline," "Gary Powers," "Law & Order: SVU," "Criminal Intent" and "The Jury."

Judy Kaye (Frau Matzner) won a Tony Award for her performance as Carlotta in the New York production of The Phantom of the Opera. She was most recently seen on Broadway stepping in for a vacationing Patti LuPone in Sweeney Todd as Mrs. Lovett, a role she previously performed at Paper Mill Playhouse and in London. Other Broadway credits include playing the vocally-challenged Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir (Tony and Drama Desk nominations) creating the role of Rosie in Mamma Mia! (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), On the Twentieth Century (Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk) and Ragtime (also L.A., Ovation Award). She appeared as the Old Lady in the New York City Opera production of Candide and Opera work includes Musetta in La Bohème, Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld and Lucy Lockett in The Beggar's Opera, all at Santa Fe Opera. She has appeared with symphony orchestras nationwide and internationally and sung at the White House twice. Her two most recent solo recordings are titled Diva by Diva and Songs from the Silver Screen and is the voice of Kinsey Milhone for the Sue Grafton/Random House Audio Book alphabet mystery series.

John McMartin (Shah) has earned five Tony Award nominations for the original Broadway production of Sweet Charity (opposite Gwen Verdon), Don Juan (Drama Desk Award), the Hal Prince production of Showboat, High Society and the revival of Sondheim/Lapine's Into the Woods. His numerous other stage credits include Ben in the original Broadway production of Follies, Grey Gardens (Drama Desk nomination), Is He Dead?, Little Mary Sunshine (Theatre World Award) and most recently, the productions Indian Blood at Primary Stages and Saturn Returns (Lortel nomination) at Lincoln Center. His many films include Sweet Charity, All the President's Men, Legal Eagles, Pennies from Heaven, Native Son and The Dish. TV includes "Oz," (HBO) "Tales From the City" and the Emmy Award-winning specials "Murrow," "Separate but Equal" and "Concealed Enemies."

Nancy Opel (The Soap Manufacturer's Wife) most recently starred Off-Broadway in the premiere of the new musical Toxic Avenge. She received a Tony Award nomination creating the role of Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown and her other Broadway credits include Triumph of Love, Anything Goes, Sunday in the Park With George, Teddy and Alice and Evita. For playwright David Ives, she's appeared in his plays Lives of the Saints, Mere Mortals, Don Juan in Chicago and All in the Timing. Other Off-Broadway credits include Barbra's Wedding, Polish Joke (Manhattan Theatre Club, Drama Desk and Lortel nominations), Wiseguys, Hundreds of Hats and Personals. TV/Film work includes "Law & Order: C.I.," "Law & Order," Marci X, The Ice Storm and Second Skin.

Kate Baldwin (Mizzi) starred this season in the critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow. She's also appeared in the Broadway casts of The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town. Kate starred in the San Francisco (2005), Detroit (2006) and Toronto (2007) productions of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, as well as Henry V at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, She Loves Me at Williamstown Theatre Festival and South Pacific at Arena Stage, earning a Helen Hayes Award nomination as Nellie. She's appeared in the Encores! productions of Finian's Rainbow, Babes in Arms, A Connecticut Yankee and Bloomer Girl and her concert work includes several appearances with Stephen Sondheim as a featured performer in his evening, A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim. She's also appeared with Broadway conductor Rob Fisher as part of Lincoln Center's prestigious American Songbook series. Her debut album on PS Classics Let's See What Happens features Lane and Harburg songs from both stage and feature films.

George Lee Andrews (The Soap Manufacturer, Grand Vizier) is an original cast member of the Broadway production The Phantom of the Opera, and the only performer who has been with the show for its entire 22-year run. For this feat, he was recognized by Guinness World Records as the record-holder for the performer with the longest time in one Broadway show. Other Broadway: A Little Night Music, On the Twentieth Century, Merlin, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (recorded live, RCA). Television: "Sondheim Gala: A Celebration of Carnegie Hall's 200th Year" (PBS Great Performances), Frederick Egerman in New York City Opera's A Little Night Music (PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center"). Recordings: Starting Here, Starting Now; 110 in the Shade; The Most Happy Fella. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. National tour: A Little Night Music, opposite Jean Simmons and Margaret Hamilton; later directing the musical for Harold Prince in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Amanda Kloots-LARSEN (Ensemble). Broadway: Young Frankenstein, Good Vibrations (Bikini Girl). Tours: Young Frankenstein, Spamalot, 42nd Street. She's also performed as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette and in the Kennedy Center production of Carnival!.

Lacey Kohl (Ensemble). Broadway: Cry-Baby, Carousel. She's also had starring roles in Grease, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Who's Tommy, the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down the Wind, Wilder, Leading Ladies and The Rocky Horror Show. She's been featured in the films How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Viva Las Nowhere and Secretary. Television: "Law & Order," "Ally McBeal," "Strong Medicine," "Hercules," "Two Guys and a Girl," "Guiding Light," "As the World Turns," "ER."

Herndon Lackey (Ensemble). Broadway: LoveMusik, Parade, Inherit the Wind, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Les Misérables, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Camelot. Off-Broadway: Sarah Plain and Tall, A Christmas Carol, Bloomer Girl, Forbidden Broadway, Bounce, 3hree, The Opposite of Sex. Regional: Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre, Prince Music Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Daniel Marcus (Mayor, General, Ensemble). Broadway shows include Pal Joey, creating the role of Officer Barrel in Urinetown, The Woman in White, 1776 and The Pirates of Penzance. National tours: Cats, The Who's Tommy. New York credits include Our Town, the celebrated Adding Machine, The Apple Tree (Encores!), A Christmas Carol, The Merchant of Venice and Sonya (with Julie Harris). Regional: title roles in Fiorello!, Kuni-Leml, The Rothschilds.

Jim Poulos (Ensemble). Broadway: originated the role of Huck Finn in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Rent (Mark Cohen). Playwrights Horizons: My Life with Albertine. Regional: Amadeus (Mozart), The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; world premiere of the musical Convenience (Vince), Geva Theater (cast recording); The Tempest (Ariel), Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Big River (Huck Finn), Casa Manana; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy), Cherry County Playhouse.

Martin Van Treuren (Ensemble). Broadway: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jekyll & Hyde, A Christmas Carol, Me and My Girl, Singin' in the Rain. New York City Opera: Candide (Voltaire/Pangloss). Off-Broadway: The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth, Major General), Blessing in Disguise. Tours: Camelot with Richard Harris, Grand Hotel, Joseph.... The Barrow Group: Uncle Vanya, Sonnets for an Old Century, Medal of Honor Rag. TV: "Law & Order: SVU."

Pamela Winslow KASHANI (Maid, Ensemble). Broadway: Into the Woods (original Rapunzel), Meet Me in St. Louis, Beauty and the Beast. Regional/Off-Broadway: Second Stage, Denver Center Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, McCallum Theater, Annenberg Theater, Santa Barbara CLO. Film: Steal Big, Steal Little; Back to Me. Television: "Star Trek TNG" (Ensign McKnight), "Arts Coast to Coast" (artsc2c.org). Co-founder of Apples and Oranges Productions (Memphis, Hair, Paradise Found). CD: Change Happens.

Harold Prince (Co-Director) directed the premiere productions of Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, The Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, Company, Follies, Candide, Pacific Overtures, Evita and Parade. Before becoming a director, Mr. Prince's productions included The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello! and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Among the plays he has directed are Hollywood Arms, The Visit, The Great God Brown, End of the World, Play Memory and his own play, Grandchild of Kings. Recent projects include a new version of Phantom, currently running in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel and the Broadway musical LoveMusik. His opera productions have been seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Vienna Staatsoper and the Theater Colon in Buenos Aires. He served as a trustee for the New York Public Library and on the National Council of the Arts of the NEA. He is the recipient of a National Medal of Arts for the year 2000 from President Clinton for a career spanning more than 40 years, in which "he changed the nature of the American musical." The recipient of 21 Tony Awards, he was a 1994 Kennedy Center Honoree.

Susan Stroman (Co-Director) directed and choreographed The Producers, winner of a record-making 12 Tony Awards including Best Direction and Best Choreography. Other Broadway credits include Contact (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel awards and a 2003 Emmy Award for "Live at Lincoln Center." Other Broadway credits include Young Frankenstein, The Frogs, Oklahoma! (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Olivier awards), Thou Shalt Not, The Music Man (Outer Critics Circle Award), Steel Pier, Big, Show Boat (Tony, Outer Critics Circle awards), Picnic and Crazy for You (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Olivier awards). Off-Broadway productions include And the World Goes ‘Round (Outer Critics Circle Award) and Flora, the Red Menace. For ten years she choreographed Madison Square Garden's annual A Christmas Carol (Outer Critics Circle Award), directed by Mike Ockrent. New York City Opera: A Little Night Music, 110 in the Shade, Don Giovanni. Ballet: Double Feature, Blossom Got Kissed (New York City Ballet); But Not for Me (Martha Graham Company). Film: Center Stage (American Choreography Award), directed and choreographed The Producers: The Movie Musical. TV: HBO's "Liza: Stepping Out at Radio City Music Hall" (Emmy nomination). Most recently, she directed and choreographed the new musical The Scottsboro Boys for the Vineyard Theatre. She is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre.

Richard Nelson's (Book) plays include Franny's Way (Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), Madame Melville, James Joyce's The Dead (with Shaun Davey, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical), Goodnight Children Everywhere (Olivier Award for Best Play), The General From America, New England, Misha's Party (co-written with Alexander Gelman), Columbus and the Discovery of Japan, Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination for Best Play), Some Americans Abroad (Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy), Left, Principia Scriptoriae (London Time Out Award), Between East and West, Life Sentences, The Return of Pinocchio, Rip Van Winkle or The Works, The Vienna Notes (Obie Award) and Jungle Coup. He has written numerous adaptations and the screenplay for the film, Ethan Frome. He is an Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC and lives in upstate New York.

Johann Strauss II (Music), October 25, 1825 - June 3, 1899, also known as the "Waltz King," became the leading composer of late 19th?century Viennese operetta and symphonic waltzes. Some of his most famous works include the waltzes The Blue Danube (1867) and Tales from the Vienna Woods (1868). Among his operettas, Die Fledermaus (1874) and The Gypsy Baron (1885) are the most well-known. Under a number of titles such as Champagne Sec and Rosalinda, Die Fledermaus enjoyed Broadway revivals throughout the first half of the 20th Century. Strauss is often referred to as Johann II, since his father (Johann I), brothers (Joseph and Eduard), and nephew (Eduard's son, Johann III) were all composers and, together, formed a musical dynasty in Vienna.

Ellen Fitzhugh's (Lyrics) musicals include Grind (Tony and Drama Desk nominations) with Larry Grossman, directed by Harold Prince (Mark Hellinger Theater); Herringbone, with Skip Kennon and Tom Cone, directed by Roger Rees (La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre); Big Blonde, with Walter Edgar Kennon (developed at Playwrights Horizons and The Public Theatre); Paper Moon, with Marty Casella and Mr. Grossman (Goodspeed to Tokyo); Muscle, with James Lapine and William Finn; and Los Otros, music by Michael John LaChiusa, directed by Jonathan Butterell (commissioned by Center Theater Group). Additionally, she contributed lyrics within Adam Guettel's Myths and Hymns, songs (with Mr. Finn) for sequels to The Brave Little Toaster; as well as songs for the films That's Dancing and The Great Mouse Detective, with Mr. Grossman and Henry Mancini. She received an Emmy nomination for a song from PBS's "Shining Time Station."

Jonathan Tunick (Music Adaptation and Arrangements). Over 50 Broadway shows include Bye Bye Birdie, A Catered Affair, LoveMusik, A Chorus Line, The Color Purple, Sweeney Todd, Titanic (first ever Tony Award for Orchestrations), Passion, Into the Woods, Nine, A Little Night Music, Follies and Company. Film scores: Mike Nichols, Franco Zeffirelli, Sidney Lumet, plus Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein. TV: "Murder, She Wrote;" "Columbo." Recordings: arranger/conductor for Bernadette Peters, Judy Collins, Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo, Johnny Mathis, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney. With his Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Awards, he is one of five living persons holding all four major awards and the only living orchestrator in the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Beowulf Boritt (Scenic Designer). Broadway: Sondheim on Sondheim, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, Rock of Ages, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only. Off-Broadway: more than 50 shows including The Scottsboro Boys, The Last Five Years, The Toxic Avenger, The Tin Pan Alley Rag, Other Side, Sleepwalk With Me, Saint Lucy's Eyes, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Miss Julie and productions at The Public, MTC, Second Stage, MCC, New Group, Pearl, American Place, Keen Company. Other designs: 137th and 138th Ringling Brothers Circus. Awards: Obie for Sustained Excellence, Audelco, Barrymore, two Lortel nominations, three Drama Desk nominations.

Judith Dolan (Costume Designer). Credits include Candide (Tony Award), LoveMusik, Parade, Hollywood Arms, The Petrified Prince (Lortel Award, Drama Desk nomination), Grandchild of Kings, The Cradle Will Rock. Regional: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It (Alley Theatre); The Miser (ART); Travesties (Williamstown, Long Wharf); Day and Night (ACT, San Francisco); Julius Caesar, Richard II (Shakespeare Theatre). Center Theatre Group: First Picture Show, Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates. International: Abbey Theatre, Theatre Clwyd, Old Vic. Opera: Idomeneo (Wolftrap); Willie Stark (Houston Grand Opera); The Magic Flute (Cleveland Orchestra); Barber of Seville, Candide (New York City Opera). Professor of Design, UC San Diego.

Howell Binkley (Lighting Designer) won a Tony Award for his work on Jersey Boys. Other Broadway works include Million Dollar Quartet, Memphis, West Side Story (Tony nomination), Guys and Dolls, In the Heights (Tony nomination), Avenue Q, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony nomination) and How to Succeed.... Extensive regional and dance works. Joffrey Ballet (Billboards), Parsons Dance (co-founder) for which he has designed more 60 pieces and the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration. Five-time Helen Hayes Award recipient, 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier Award and Canadian Dora Award for Spider Woman, 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Jersey Boys.

Gareth Owen (Sound Designer). Broadway: A Little Night Music. UK/London credits: Carousel; La Cage aux Follies; Fiddler on the Roof; Footloose; Little Shop of Horrors; Follies; Fame; Rocky Horror Show; Camelot; High Society; Calamity Jane; Side by Side by Sondheim; tick, tick...BOOM!; The Last Five Years; High School Musical 2; Flashdance; Can't Smile Without You; The Wedding Singer; Anything Goes; Godspell; Singing in the Rain; Annie Get Your Gun; Summer Holiday; Jesus Christ Superstar; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Prick Up Your Ears; Dealer's Choice; RSC winter season; Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell; Epitaph for George Dillon; Cats; Evita; Saturday Night Fever; Jesus Christ Superstar; Return to the Forbidden Planet; Chicago; Grease.

Charles Prince (Music Director) was music director of Richard Nelson's James Joyce's The Dead (Broadway, L.A., D.C.), Mr. Nelson and Ricky Ian Gordon's My Life with Albertine (Playwrights Horizons) and he conducted Mr. Gordon's Only Heaven and The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Liberation Through Hearing. He was Associate Conductor of the New York Pops from 1996 to 2003. Guest conducting appearances include the London Philharmonic (Sondheim Tonight), Munich Radio Orchestra, Verbier Festival, Utah Opera Festival, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Musiktheater der Stadt Coburg and the Oregon Symphony. Prince studied with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier and Kurt Sanderling through the Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, after earning his B.A in music history and theory from Oberlin College.

The acclaimed London theater company Menier Chocolate Factory has been a full-time producing house since 2004, and comprises a theatre, restaurant, bar and rehearsal space. The company has transferred seven productions to the West End with an eighth, the recent Sweet Charity, set to begin performances at The Theatre Royal Haymarket on April 23. Broadway transfers include the current A Little Night Music starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, Sunday in the Park with George and the upcoming La Cage aux Folles starring Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge. Its work over the last five years has garnered seven Olivier Awards, three Evening Standard Awards and nine Tony nominations. Additional productions include Talent; Forbidden Broadway; Rookery Nook; The White Devil; They're Playing Our Song; The Common Pursuit; Maria Friedman: Re-Arranged; Dealer's Choice; Take Flight; Total Eclipse; Little Shop of Horrors; The Last Five Years; Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson; What We Did to Weinstein; tick, tick...BOOM!; Murderer; Fully Committed; and Americana Absurdum. In addition to Paradise Found, the Menier Chocolate Factory's Spring/Summer 2010 season will feature the first major London revivals of Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine and Aspects of Love. For more information, visit www.menierchocolatefactory.com.

Jeff BergER (Producer) owns a New York-based talent management company whose clients have won Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Awards. A performing arts professional for more than 26 years as a talent agent with top firms including ICM and Writers & Artists, and a record company executive with BMG, Jeff is a former trumpet player and musical theater conductor who is honored to have been invited by Hal Prince to produce Paradise Found.

APPLES AND ORANGES PRODUCTIONS, TIM KASHANI AND Pamela Winslow KASHANI (Producers) create television, film, theater and Web content and have offices in New York, NY and Orange County, CA. Tim Kashani has been balancing business, technology and the arts for as long as he can remember. He is creator and founder of IT Mentors, a global technology training company. In 2008 he and wife Pamela founded Apples and Oranges Productions to harness the power of technology and emerging media to help bring fascinating stories to life. Apples and Oranges Productions made its first foray on to Broadway with the Tony-winning revival of Hair. Soon after Apples and Oranges joined the producing team on the new hit musical Memphis, which is currently "blowing the roof off Broadway" eight times a week at The Shubert Theatre. For Memphis, the Apples and Oranges team provided all online and television content. Tim's independent film Back to Me, a musical journey that follows a Broadway actress struggling to find her life's passion after the devastation of 9/11, has been screened at numerous film festivals both domestically and abroad. Apples and Oranges currently produces two television programs: an eco-minded comedic series entitled The Green Orange (www.thegreenorange.com), and Arts Coast to Coast in which host Pamela takes the audience for behind-the-scenes looks at distinctive arts organizations in New York, NY and Orange County, CA (www.artsc2c.org). For more information about Apples and Oranges visit www.nyc-oc.com.

Tony Ponturo (Producer) is currently a producer of the Broadway musical Memphis and will bring Lombardi to Broadway in Fall 2010. After 26 years as a marketing executive at Anheuser-Busch, Ponturo is the founder and CEO of Ponturo Management Group, LLC, a New York company established in January 2009 that specializes in consulting, managing, investing and producing in sports, media and entertainment properties. Ponturo is an equity partner and the chairmen of the board of the Leverage Agency, a sports and entertainment company in alliance with Ponturo Management Group

Andy Sandberg (Producer) is currently represented on Broadway and London's West End as a producer of the hit revival of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Awards). Off-Broadway: Vigil, a dark comedy by Morris Panych, starring Tony nominees Malcolm Gets and Helen Stenborg. Upcoming: Hal Prince's Paradise Found at the Menier Chocolate Factory (London); The Last Smoker in America, a new musical by Tony nominee Bill Russell and Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick; and A Perfect Future, a new play by David Hay. As a director, Andy's recent credits include R.R.R.E.D. (NYMF), Bernice Bobs Her Mullet (NYMF), and Into the Woods (Blue Hill Troupe). Upcoming: Operation Epsilon, a new play by Alan Brody; Garbo & Me, a new musical by Joanne Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum. In 2007, Andy worked with Hal Prince on the Broadway production of LoveMusik (SDC Fellowship). As an actor, some favorite credits include Huck in Big River (Mill Mountain) and Jimmy in Hot and Sweet (NYMF; opposite Golden Globe nominee Lea Michele). B.A. Yale University. Alumnus of Yale Whiffenpoofs, Alley Cats, and Dramat. Member of AEA and the SDC. For more, visit www.AndySandberg.com.

WHITNEY HOAGLAND EDWARDS (Producer) has worked as an Executive Producer with Merlion Films, producing both Nightmare and Nothing Sacred. She is excited at the opportunity to be involved with Paradise Found. She is currently residing between homes in Chicago and London with her husband Ian. B.A., Art and Music History, Lake Forest College.

 


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