David Green

David Green

David Green is the Founder and Executive Director of Musical Theatre University, a comprehensive training ground for young people with aspirations for careers in professional theatre. His alumni include Tony Nominees Matthew Morrison (TV’s “GLEE” and “The Light In The Piazza”), Susan Egan (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Stephanie Block (“Wicked”, “9 to 5”, “Edwin Drood"), Drama Desk Nominee Lindsay Mendez (“Dogfight” and “Wicked”). Krysta Rodriguez (TV’s “SMASH” and “The Addams Family”), Anneliese VanDerPol (“Vanities”, “Beauty And The Beast” and TV’s “That’s So Raven”), Columbus Short (TV’s “Scandal” and Films “Stomp The Yard” and “Cadillac Records”), and many more. He was the founder of The California Conservatory of the Arts and co-founder of The Orange County School of the Arts. He was recently named one of the top ten reasons so many “stars” come out of Orange County by Orange Coast Magazine. 

Mr. Green has staged and directed over 200 musical and theatrical productions for both educational and professional theatre and worked with stars ranging from Debbie Reynolds, John Raitt, Betty Garrett, Davis Gaines, Stephanie Zimbalist, Carol Burnett, Rachel York, Carol Cook, JoAnne Worley, Rex Smith, Carol Channing, Bruce Vilanch, Bob Hope and Liberace. He has written and directed seven PBS television specials and served as the Artistic Director for the State of California Department of Education’s Distinguished School Awards for ten years. He co-created and developed the nationally acclaimed Fashion Island Tree Lighting Ceremony in Newport Beach, CA which has grown to an event with an audience of over 25,000 patrons annually. He has staged and directed multiple staged reading of new musicals in both New York and Los Angeles.

Mr, Green is the Regional Editor for Broadway World, the nation’s leading and largest online publication on professional theatre, and he hosts a weekly radio show called The Entertainment GPS which is produced in The Coachella Valley but airs for a national audience on iHeart Radio. He served as a Director for the internationally acclaimed Young Americans before his work with the various schools of the arts. 

 




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Leonard Bernstein would have been 100 years old this year, on August 25th to be precise, and there are literally thousands of commemorative events around the globe including performances of symphonies, operas and ballets, lectures, exhibits, and filmand music festivals. Last Friday I attended the McCallum Theatre's commemoration - West Side Story In Concert - and not only was it a spectacular celebration of Bernstein and one of Broadway's greatest musical scores, it was an evening that, once again, raised the barre of excellence for The McCallum Theatre.

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March 2, 2018

The McCallum Theatre presents WEST SIDE STORY: IN CONCERT for five performances Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11. This classic musical is being exclusively produced by the McCallum Theatre as part of its Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration.Produced and directed by Chad Hilligus, the limited McCallum engagement will feature an onstage 40-piece orchestra and an all-star cast direct from the Broadway and National Tour companies of West Side Story,I had the chance to catch up with Mr. Hilligus as he was preparing for this highly anticipated concert. Here are a few excerpts from that conversation:

Award Winning Coyote Stageworks Plays Host For THE COCKTAIL HOUR At The Annenberg TheatreAward Winning Coyote Stageworks Plays Host For THE COCKTAIL HOUR At The Annenberg Theatre
March 1, 2018

Coyote StageWorks, the Coachella Valley- based award-winning Actors' Equity professional theater company will conclude its 2018 theatrical season with a production of "The Cocktail Hour," a straight-upcomedy about a family on the rocks. The play will star Lee Bryant, Jeffrey Jones, Chuck Yates, and Yo Younger, and will be directed by David Youse. "The Cocktail Hour" is a witty and perceptive play by A.R. Gurney that tells the story of a playwright who returns to his family home in 1970's upstate New York, bringing with him a new play, which he has written about his family. He wants to obtaintheir permission to proceed with production, but his very proper and wealthy parents are cautious and his sister is upset about how minor her role is in the play.

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Through the generosity of Nancy and George Croom and Diane Anderson, the McCallum Theatre presents The Midtown Men on Wednesday, March 14, at 8:00pm.They took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all-time. Now on their 8th national tour,THE MIDTOWN MENare bringing their magic to audiences everywhere, singing their favorite 'Sixties Hits' from The Beatles, The Rascals, The Turtles, Motown, The Four Seasons and more.This sensational production reunites stars from the Original Broadway Cast ofJersey Boys. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the '60s.

Something's Coming!!! Ewoldt, Hydzik, Cortez And More Star In WEST SIDE STORY: IN CONCERT At The McCallumSomething's Coming!!! Ewoldt, Hydzik, Cortez And More Star In WEST SIDE STORY: IN CONCERT At The McCallum
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The McCallum Theatre presentsWEST SIDE STORY: IN CONCERTfor five performances Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11. This classic musical is being exclusively produced by the McCallum Theatre as part of its Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration. The March 9 performance ofWest Side Story: In Concertis presented through the generosity of Annette Bloch. The March 10 performance is presented through the generosity of Richard and Julia Heyman. The March 11 performance is presented through the generosity of Edeltraud and Patrick M. McCarthy. With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins,West Side Storyis one of the most beloved and celebrated musicals in Broadway history. The original 1957 Broadway production ran for 732 performances and was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical, winning for Best Choreography and Best Scenic Design. The 1961 musical film, directed by Robert Wise and Robbins, won ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.

The Gilbert And Sullivan Players Bring A Swashbuckling PIRATES OF PENZANCE To The McCallum TheatreThe Gilbert And Sullivan Players Bring A Swashbuckling PIRATES OF PENZANCE To The McCallum Theatre
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This New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production is your chance to get carried away by pirates. Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully dotty "model of a modern Major-General" for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall.The McCallum Theatre presents the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production ofThe Pirates of Penzanceon Wednesday, March 7, at 8:00pm.

GOBSMACKED Brings Acapella At It's Best To The McCallumGOBSMACKED Brings Acapella At It's Best To The McCallum
February 13, 2018

The McCallum Theatre and Nic Doodson, producer and creator ofGobsmacked!, are delighted to announce that the sensational, next-generationa cappella show,Gobsmacked!will play for one performance only on Tuesday, March 6, at 8:00pm.Direct from sell-out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes a mind-blowing vocal show that redefines the human voice.Featuring thereigning world-champion beatboxer, Ball-Zee, and an international castof world-class vocalists,Gobsmacked!weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting-edge,multi-track live looping.



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