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Mike Ockrent

Date of Death: December 02, 1999

Birth Place: London, ENGLAND

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Mike Ockrent was a British stage director and choreographer who left an indelible mark on the world of theater. Born on June 18, 1946, in London, Ockrent began his career as a stage manager before transitioning to directing and choreography. He went on to become one of the most sought-after directors on both sides of the Atlantic.
Ockrent's Broadway debut came in 1984 with the musical "Me and My Girl," which he directed and choreographed. The show was a huge success, running for over 1,400 performances and earning Ockrent a Tony Award nomination for Best Choreography. He followed this up with another hit musical, "Crazy for You," which he directed and choreographed in 1992. The show won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for over 1,600 performances.
Ockrent continued to work on Broadway throughout the 1990s, directing and choreographing shows such as "Big," "The Music Man," and "The Scarlet Pimpernel." He also directed the London productions of "Crazy for You" and "Me and My Girl," as well as the West End premiere of "Grand Hotel."
In addition to his work in theater, Ockrent also directed several television specials and films. He directed the 1992 television adaptation of "Crazy for You," as well as the 1999 made-for-TV movie "Annie." He also directed the 1992 film "Dennis the Menace," starring Walter Matthau.
Tragically, Ockrent's career was cut short when he was diagnosed with leukemia in 1999. He passed away on December 2 of that year at the age of 53. In his memory, the Mike Ockrent Fellowship was established to support emerging theater directors in the UK.

Mike Ockrent Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2018]
[West End, 2004] Cancelled
Additional Material
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
[Broadway, 1997]
[Broadway, 1996]
[West End, 1993]
[Broadway, 1992]
[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 1990]
Additional Material
[West End, 1987]
[Broadway, 1986]
[Broadway, 1986]
Additional Material
[West End, 1985]
Additional Material
[Broadway, 1979]



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Narrows Community Theater's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Begins Performances

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Review: CRAZY FOR YOU at Asolo Repertory Theatre

What did our critic think of CRAZY FOR YOU at Asolo Reperatory Theater?

Bergen County Players Ring in the Holiday Season with A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL

Bergen County Players will ring in the holiday season with Broadway heavy-hitters Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens's musical adaptation of the timeless Charles Dickens tale 'A Christmas Carol.'

Second Street Players Perform A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL Beginning Next Month

Second Street Players presents 'A Christmas Carol: The Musical' at the Riverfront Theater in Milford, DE. Don't miss this joyful family production from November 24 - December 3. Tickets are on sale now!

Chris Carver to Direct A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Narrows Community Theater

Get into the holiday spirit with Narrows Community Theater's production of 'A Christmas Carol.' Directed by award-winning LA director Chris Carver, this classic tale comes to life on stage to close NCT's historic 50th season. Don't miss this festive and heartwarming performance in Brooklyn. Book your tickets now!

Which Shows Had the Biggest Overhaul From Out-of-Town Tryout to Broadway Opening?

This time, the reader question was: which Broadway shows had the biggest overhaul from their out-of-town tryout to their Broadway opening?

Second Street Players To Hold Auditions For A CHRISTMAS CAROL Musical This Weekend

Second Street Players has announced audition dates for its 2023 holiday show, 'A Christmas Carol: The Musical.'

Audition Dates Set for A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL at Second Street Players

Don't miss your chance to audition for 'A Christmas Carol: The Musical' at Second Street Players. Be part of this beloved Christmas tale and join the cast for a festive and entertaining holiday show.

RENT and More Set For Bergen County Players 2023-24 Season

The Bergen County Players, one of America's longest-running little theater companies, is proud to announce its 2023/24 season with an ambitious, joyous, and playful year of audience-pleasing musicals and innovative plays for its 91st season.

Review: CRAZY FOR YOU at Georgetown Palace Theatre

Georgetown Palace Theatre brings to life the timeless musical comedy, Crazy for You, written by Ken Ludwig and featuring the beloved songs of George and Ira Gershwin. With its rich history and enchanting plot, this production proves to be a delightful and entertaining experience for theatergoers of all ages.

TWELVE ANGRY MEN: A NEW MUSICAL & More Set for Asolo Repertory Theatre 2023-24 Season

Asolo Repertory Theatre has announced its 2023-2024 season. See the full programming, and learn how to purchase tickets!

What Are the Longest Running Musicals That Haven't Been Revived (Yet)?

This month, the reader question was: 'What are the longest running musicals that haven't been revived?'

Review: Scrooge and the Gang Sing and Dance their way through A CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MUSICAL at The Royal Theatre

What did our critic think of A CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MUSICAL at The Royal Theatre?

Shá Cage Completes Residency At Cornerstone Theater Company With World Premiere Of 36 YESSES

This week, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) shared that one of the inaugural SDCF Lloyd Richards New Futures Resident Artists, Shá Cage, is completing her residency with Cornerstone Theater Company by directing Michael John Garcés's play, 36 Yesses.

Full Cast Announced for A CHRISTMAS CAROL, The Broadway Musical At Gateway Theatre

A Christmas Carol, The Broadway Musical was originally staged at the famous Madison Square Garden and was brought to life by Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), with a book by Mike Ockrent & Lynn Ahrens.

The Royal Players To Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL At The Historic Royal Theatre

Celebrate the season at the Historic Royal Theatre as The Royal Players present A Christmas Carol: The Musical, December 1st-4th and 8th-11th. The production is sponsored by Everett Buick GMC.

The Public Theater Announces Cast and Creative Team for A CHRISTMAS CAROL The Musical

A Christmas Carol The Musical is back by popular demand at The Public Theater of San Antonio, the longest running theatre company in Texas.

The Royal Players Announces 2022-2023 Season Featuring HELLO, DOLLY!, A CHRISTMAS CAROL & More

The historic Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton is preparing for its 2022-2023 season. This 29th season for The Royal Players is filled with an eclectic group of musicals ranging from a retelling of an iconic literary tale, a musical theater classic, and a Disney favorite, just to name a few.

Cast Announced for A CHRISTMAS CAROL at White Plains Performing Arts Center

The White Plains Performing Arts Center has announced the cast for its upcoming Mainstage production of A Christmas Carol the musical, playing December 3-30.

Stage Directors And Choreographers Foundation Announces New Board Members

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, announces the election of Justin Emeka, Doug Hughes, and Seema Sueko as the newest members of the SDCF Board of Trustees. They join President Mark Brokaw, Vice President/Secretary Anne Kauffman, Sheldon Epps, Linda Hartzell, Dan Knechtges, Laura Penn, and Victoria Traube as Trustees of the Foundation. Hughes will serve as the Foundation's Treasurer.


Mike Ockrent has written 3 shows including Crazy for You (Conceiver), A Christmas Carol (Bookwriter), The Night They Raided Minsky's (Conceiver).

Mike Ockrent has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Best Director of a Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Crazy For You," Outstanding Director - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Crazy for You," Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Crazy for You," Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Crazy for You," Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production at the Olivier Awards for "Me and My Girl," Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Me and My Girl," and Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Me and My Girl."

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