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Des McAnuff

 
Bio:
McAnuff is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Broadway: Summer, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Billy ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
McAnuff is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Broadway: Summer, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Billy ... (read complete bio)

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[US Tour, 2021]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2021] [Replacement]
Director [Replacement]
 
[US Tour, 2021]
Original Direction
 
[Off-Broadway, 2021]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2021]
Director
 
[West End, 2021]
Director
 
[West End, 2021]
DIRECTOR
 
[US Tour, 2019]
Director
Author
 
[Broadway, 2018]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2017]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 2017]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2015]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2013]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2012]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Director
 
[Toronto, 2008]
Director
 
[Las Vegas, 2008]
Director
 
[West End, 2008]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Director
 
[Chicago, 2007]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2006]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2006]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2006]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2005]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 2005]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2004]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[New York, 2003]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2003] Cancelled
Director
 
[Broadway, 2002] Cancelled
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[Regional (US), 2001]
Director
 
[West End, 1996]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1995]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1993]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 1988]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1988]
Director
 
[West End, 1986]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1982]
Vocal Music Arranger
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[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Producer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Producer
Producer
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1977]
Director
 
[Australia, 0]
Director

Writing

Adaptation
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter

Des McAnuff Biography

McAnuff is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Broadway: Summer, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Billy Crystal√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs 700 Sundays (Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event), Dracula, the Musical, How to Succeed..., The Who√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Tommy (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Director), A Walk in the Woods, Big River (Tony Awards for Best Director, Best Musical).
McAnuff is also Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure as Artistic Director, he staged more than 35 productions of classics, new plays, and musicals. Under his leadership, the Playhouse received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater.
Raised in Canada, he was a part of the Toronto alternative theatre scene in the 70s. While at Stratford, he directed multiple productions including A Word or Two, The Tempest, and Caesar and Cleopatra (all starring Christopher Plummer), Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Twelfth Night (starring Brian Dennehy), ...Forum, As You Like It, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet.
In 2006, he received the prestigious Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing and in 2011, he was honoured with a doctorate from Ryerson University where he attended the Theatre School. In 2012, he was awarded Canada√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs esteemed Governor General√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs National Arts Center Award and the Order of Canada.

Des McAnuff Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Direction of a Musical
Des McAnuff, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and times of the Temptations
 
Olivier Awards - 2009 - Best Director
Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys
 
Drama League Awards - 2006 - Founders Award for Excellence in Directing Gold Star
Des McAnuff
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys
 
Tony Awards - 2006 - Best Direction of a Musical
Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys
 
Olivier Awards - 1997 - Best Director Gold Star
Des McAnuff, Tommy
 
Tony Awards - 1995 - Best Direction of a Musical
Des McAnuff, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1993 - Best Director - Musical Gold Star
Des McAnuff -, The Who's Tommy
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Book of a Musical
Des McAnuff, The Who's Tommy
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Des McAnuff, The Who's Tommy
 
Tony Awards - 1985 - Best Direction of a Musical
Des McAnuff, Big River
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Lyrics
Des McAnuff, Death of Von Richtofen Witnessed from Earth
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Music
Des McAnuff, Death of Von Richtofen Witnessed from Earth

Des McAnuff News

What's On Tour? A Guide to Currently Running and Upcoming National Touring Production Photo What's On Tour? A Guide to Currently Running and Upcoming National Touring Productions
by Stephi Wild - Jan 22, 2023

Favorites like Hamilton, Wicked, Anastasia, and Beetlejuice have already announced planned stops around the country. Want to know what's on tour now, or coming soon to a theatre near you? Enjoy Broadway locally with BroadwayWorld's full list of Broadway National Tours in 2023. 

AIN'T TOO PROUD to Play Portland's Keller Auditorium in February Photo AIN'T TOO PROUD to Play Portland's Keller Auditorium in February
by Blair Ingenthron - Jan 20, 2023

Broadway in Portland and the producers of the Broadway smash hit musical AIN'T TOO PROUD ‚Äď THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS will welcome the show to Portland's Keller Auditorium from February 7 - 12.

Michael Andreaus, E. Clayton Cornelious & More Join AINT TOO PROUD National Tour Photo Michael Andreaus, E. Clayton Cornelious & More Join AINT TOO PROUD National Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 19, 2023

The First National Tour of AINT TOO PROUD-THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS is welcoming a new Otis Williams, Paul Williams, and additional cast. See how to purchase tickets!

Paul Alexander Nolan, Chilina Kennedy & More to Star in NORTHERN EXPOSURE at 54 Below Photo Paul Alexander Nolan, Chilina Kennedy & More to Star in NORTHERN EXPOSURE at 54 Below
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 17, 2023

54 Below, Broadway‚Äôs Supper Club, will present ‚ÄúNorthern Exposure‚Ä̬†on Sunday, February 5,¬†2023¬†at 7:00PM.

AIN'T TOO PROUD National Tour Comes to Tulsa PAC in April Photo AIN'T TOO PROUD National Tour Comes to Tulsa PAC in April
by Stephi Wild - Jan 17, 2023

Single tickets for the twelve-time Tony nominated Broadway smash hit musical AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, went on sale Friday, January 13th at 10:30am.

Save up to 50% on JERSEY BOYS Photo Save up to 50% on JERSEY BOYS
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Jan 13, 2023

Winner of over 65 international awards, and seen by over 27m people worldwide, the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical Jersey Boys has triumphantly returned to London’s West End, playing to nightly standing ovations. 

AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS Is Coming To Seattle! Photo AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS Is Coming To Seattle!
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 12, 2023

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčPremera Blue Cross Broadway at The Paramount and the producers of the Broadway smash hit musical AIN'T TOO PROUD ‚Äď THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS will welcome the show to Seattle's Paramount Theatre from January 24 through February 5.

AIN'T TOO PROUD National Tour To Play Tulsa PAC in April 2023 Photo AIN'T TOO PROUD National Tour To Play Tulsa PAC in April 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 6, 2023

AIN'T TOO PROUD will play the Tulsa PAC April 4-9, 2023 for eight performances. Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 13th at 10:30am.

Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS at San Diego Civic Th Photo Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS at San Diego Civic Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - Jan 5, 2023

It seems appropriate that the musical AIN’T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, like the band its story tells, is consistently entertaining, and full of impressive musical performances. Playing through January 8th at the San Diego Civic Theatre by Broadway San Diego.

Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS at Ahmanson Theatre Photo Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS at Ahmanson Theatre
by Evan Henerson - Dec 22, 2022

Watching the mega-blast that is AIN’T TOO PROUD, the musical written by Dominick Morisseau based on the group’s history, this critic wanted nothing more than to be able to move like the members of Des McAnuff’s cast even for five minutes.

Des McAnuff Videos

Josh Young and Emily Padgett Will Bring VALJEAN, COSETTE AND A STRING QUARTET to the  Videoplay
Josh Young and Emily Padgett Will Bring VALJEAN, COSETTE AND A STRING QUARTET to the Green Room 42

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 29, 2022

On April 9 (7pm), join Tony Award Nominee Josh Young and his wife, Broadway Star Emily Padgett at the Green Room 42, as they celebrate the decade that gave us Les Miserables, Phantom of The Opera and Cats - the decade where Stephen Sondheim and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber reached the pinnacle of their creative mastery: the 1980’s.

VIDEO: Go Behind the Scenes With JERSEY BOYS' Return to Live Performances Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Behind the Scenes With JERSEY BOYS' Return to Live Performances

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 24, 2022

JERSEY BOYS Off-Broadway released a behind-the-scenes video celebrating the show’s return to live performances. 

VIDEO: JERSEY BOYS Celebrates 1000 Performances in New York City Videoplay
VIDEO: JERSEY BOYS Celebrates 1000 Performances in New York City

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 9, 2022

The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning musical Jersey Boys celebrates its 1000th performance at New York City’s New World Stages today, Sunday, January 9, 2022.

BWW Exclusive: Watch the AIN'T TOO PROUD Cast Honor Berry Gordy at the Kennedy Center Videoplay
BWW Exclusive: Watch the AIN'T TOO PROUD Cast Honor Berry Gordy at the Kennedy Center Honors

by Michael Major - Dec 16, 2021

The cast of Ain't Too Proud took to the stage at the Kennedy Center Honors to honor Berry Gordy. The cast, consisting of Nik Walker, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Matt Manuel, and Jelani Remy, performed 'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me' and 'Ain't Too Proud to Beg'. Watch an exclusive clip of the performance now!

VIDEO: West End Cast of JERSEY BOYS Performs on the Roof of the Trafalgar Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: West End Cast of JERSEY BOYS Performs on the Roof of the Trafalgar Theatre

by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 1, 2021

The West End cast of Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical JERSEY BOYS sang the Tik Tok sensation and classic The Four Seasons track Beggin' on the roof of the Trafalgar Theatre in London, where it is currently running, booking until 1 May 2022. 

VIDEO: John Legend Visits the Cast of AIN'T TOO PROUD Videoplay
VIDEO: John Legend Visits the Cast of AIN'T TOO PROUD

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 29, 2021

Grammy Award-winning superstar¬†John Legend¬†and producing partner¬†Mike Jackson paid a visit to¬†the cast and creative team of the Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning¬†Ain‚Äôt Too Proud ‚Äď The Life and Times of the Temptations!

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of AIN'T TOO PROUD Perform on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Cast of AIN'T TOO PROUD Perform on GOOD MORNING AMERICA

by Michael Major - Oct 18, 2021

The cast performed a medley of Temptations hits, including ‚ÄúGet Ready,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúAin‚Äôt Too Proud to Beg‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúI Can‚Äôt Get Next to You.‚ÄĚ Watch the full performance now!

VIDEO: AIN'T TOO PROUD Cast Gets Broadway-Ready at the Imperial Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: AIN'T TOO PROUD Cast Gets Broadway-Ready at the Imperial Theatre

by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 27, 2021

It's not just your imagination! Broadway is coming back and so are the Temptations!  Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations, the Tony Award-winning musical is getting ready to resume Broadway performances on October 16 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street).

VIDEO: JERSEY BOYS London Cast Performs 'My Eyes Adored You' in Rehearsal Videoplay
VIDEO: JERSEY BOYS London Cast Performs 'My Eyes Adored You' in Rehearsal

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 21, 2021

Jersey Boys opens at London's Trafalgar Theatre on 10 August, with previews from 28 July. Learn more about the production and how to purchase tickets here!

VIDEO: JERSEY BOYS in Rehearsal; Returning to London Next Month! Videoplay
VIDEO: JERSEY BOYS in Rehearsal; Returning to London Next Month!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 16, 2021

The cast is led by Ben Joyce as Frankie Valli, Adam Bailey as Bob Gaudio, Benjamin Yates as Tommy De Vito and Karl James Wilson as Nick Massi. Learn more about the production and how to purchase tickets here!


Des McAnuff Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Des McAnuff written?
Des McAnuff has written 4 shows including Tommy (Bookwriter), How It All Began (Adaptation), The Death of Von Richtofen as Witnessed From Earth (Bookwriter), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Bookwriter).

What awards has Des McAnuff been nominated for?
Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Ain't Too Proud: The Life and times of the Temptations , Best Director (Olivier Awards) for Jersey Boys , Founders Award for Excellence in Directing (Drama League Awards) , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jersey Boys , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Jersey Boys , Best Director (Olivier Awards) for Tommy , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying , Best Director - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Who's Tommy , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Who's Tommy , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Who's Tommy , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Big River Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Death of Von Richtofen Witnessed from Earth and Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Death of Von Richtofen Witnessed from Earth .

What awards has Des McAnuff won?
Founders Award for Excellence in Directing (Drama League Awards), Best Director (Olivier Awards) for Tommy Best Director - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Who's Tommy and Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Who's Tommy.