Philip Wm. McKinley

Also Credited As: Philip William McKinley

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PHILIP WM. MCKINLEY (Director) has directed record-breaking productions from Broadway to Salzburg to Tokyo. His production of SPIDERMAN: TURN OFF THE DARK with music by Bono and The Edge is one of the top 20 all-time box office grossing productions in Broadway history. After his taking over the reins, the production earned the top box office record, taking in $2,941,974 in one week.

In New York City, McKinley also directed the five-time Tony nominated Broadway musical THE BOY FROM OZ starring Hugh Jackman, the revival of THE MOST HAPPY FELLA starring Paul Sorvino at the New York City Opera, the Drama Desk-nominated comedy THWAK, and the cult Off-Broadway musical ZOMBIE PROM.

At the Salzburg Music Festival, McKinley directed WEST SIDE STORY starring Cecilia Bartoli with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The opening night of WEST SIDE STORY received a standing ovation, which is unheard of for the Salzburg Music Festival. McKinley holds the distinction of being asked to be the director of the first musical to be presented by the festival in its almost 100-year history.

McKinley directed the multi-million-dollar production STEVE WYNN’S SHOWSTOPPERS. The show was awarded Best New Show 2014 and Best Musical 2015 in Las Vegas. CNN stated it was... “One of the best Musical Show Openings in Vegas history.”

McKinley re-imagined and directed at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas the aquatic spectacular LE REVE – THE DREAM. LE REVE was renowned for its dramatic theater-in-the-round setting and high divers and acrobats flying in and out of the 1 million -gallon 27-foot-deep pool. The show was awarded the title "Best Production Show in Las Vegas" for a record-breaking nine consecutive years.

His more recent projects include a production of THAT WOMAN - WALLIS SIMPSON, DUCHESS OF WINDSOR which was recognized as the "Pick of the Fringe" top five productions for the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

His past projects include MOZART L’OPERA ROCK in Tokyo, which broke Tokyo’s theatrical box office records and BEN HUR LIVE, an operatic sports spectacular which had its world premiere in September 2009 at the 02 Dome in London and was also performed in Rome in the summer of 2011.

McKinley devised and directed Kenneth Feld’s European style one ring BARNUM’S KALEIDOSCAPE and conceived, directed and staged 128th – 133rd and 135th editions of RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY’S THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH. He conceived with Kenneth and Nicole Feld BOOM-A-RING, his tenth Ringling production, making him the person who has directed more editions of RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM AND BAILEY than any other living person.

McKinley is presently developing the verbal-sparing dramedy THE GUEST with New York Times Best Selling Author Gregg Hurwitz; and with Pulitzer and Tony nominated playwright Anna Deavere Smith a new biographical musical about the life of Ella Fitzgerald titled ELLA.

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Photos: On the Red Carpet at Opening Night of ELF THE MUSICAL

Last night, ELF: The Musical celebrated the official opening of the show at the Dominion Theatre. Guests in attendance included Matt Lucas, Heidi Range, Samantha Spiro, Diana Vickers, Bradley McIntosh and more.  Check out photos from the red carpet here!

Matthew Wolfenden and Tom Chambers Will Star in ELF The Musical at the Dominion Theatre; Full Cast Revealed

Matthew Wolfenden will return to the stage by starring as Buddy in the smash-hit musical adaptation of ELF at London's Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited season from 15 November 2023 until 6 January 2024. He will be joined by Tom Chambers, who reprises the role of Walter Hobbs. Learn more about the cast of ELF here!

Georgina Castle, Rebecca Lock, Nicholas Pound, Kim Ismay & Dermot Canavan to Return to ELF THE MUSICAL

Marking the 20th anniversary of the original release of the motion picture featuring Will Ferrell, a worldwide success that has since become a holiday perennial, the smash-hit musical adaptation of ELF returns to London’s Dominion Theatre for a second consecutive year for a strictly limited season from 15 November 2023 until 6 January 2024.

ELF THE MUSICAL Will Return to The Dominion Theatre in November

Due to popular demand, ELF the smash hit musical returns to London's Dominion Theatre for a second consecutive year to play a strictly limited season from 15 November 2023 until 6 January 2024. After a seven-year absence from the West End, ELF's 2022 sold-out run at the Dominion was further proof of the production's public and critical success.

Alley Theatre to Host Open Auditions for Houston Actors for Its 2023-2024 Season

2023-24 Seasonal Auditions for Houston actors will be at Alley Theatre. Auditions will be for AEA and non-AEA adult actors, ages 18 and older. 

JANE EYRE, PICTURES FROM HOME, and More Are Part of the Alley Theatre's 2023-24 Season

The Alley Theatre has announced its 2023-24 season which includes classic works, world premiere plays, one world premiere musical, a murder mystery, and lots of laughter. Learn more about the full lineup here!


What did our critic think of DIRTY BLONDE at CV Rep?

Interview: Director Susan Speidel of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Chatham Playhouse

I had the honor of interviewing Susan Speidel, the director of 'A Christmas Carol' at Chatham Playhouse.

Review: ELF THE MUSICAL, Dominion Theatre

When Elf The Musical last set foot in London, the critics noted its family appeal, the syrupy content and the extortionate ticket prices. Has much changed this time around?

Interview: Director Susan Speidel and SENSE & SENSIBILITY at Summit Playhouse

The Summit Playhouse's 330th Mainstage production, Sense & Sensibility will be on stage from Friday, October 21st to Saturday, November 5th. Broadwayworld had the pleasure of interviewing the show's director, Susan Speidel.

Rebecca Lock Completes the Cast of ELF at the Dominion Theatre

Renowned theatre actress Rebecca Lock will play Emily Hobbs in ELF, the smash hit musical which returns to London in a new production at the Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited 8-week season. 

Tom Chambers Joins The Cast Of ELF At The Dominion Theatre

Tom Chambers will be playing the character Walter Hobbs, the rediscovered father of Buddy, in ELF, the smash hit musical which returns to London in a new production at the Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited 8-week season. 

Dee Dee Bridgewater & Charity Angél Dawson to Lead Industry Presentation of ELLA: AN AMERICAN MIRACLE

ELLA: An American Miracle, a new musical written by Anna Deavere Smith (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 and Notes From The Field) and featuring music from the Ella Fitzgerald songbook, is currently in development, with an upcoming work session held from August 25-September 21 to conclude with a private industry presentation.

Simon Lipkin and Georgia Castle Will Lead ELF at The Dominion Theatre

Simon Lipkin and Georgina Castle will be playing the much loved characters Buddy and Jovie in ELF, the smash hit musical, which returns to London in a new production at the Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited 8-week season. 

ELF Returns To London's West End in November

ELF the smash hit musical returns to London in a new production at the Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited 8-week season, previewing from 14 November and opening 24 November 2022, with the season finishing on 7 January 2023.

BIG APPLE CIRCUS Tickets On Sale This Sunday September 26!

Tickets are finally going on sale this Sunday for the reinvented, reimagined and reinvigorated Big Apple Circus production “Making the Impossible, Possible!'' including exciting new VIP packages where fans can learn some of the circus tricks! Tickets go on sale Sunday, September 26th  at noon EST at


You're not in Kansas anymore Toto, you're at The Starlight Theatre in Kansas City for the opening night of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Based on the 1939 film classic, THE WIZARD OF OZ opened on Monday, June 10 and runs through Sunday, June 16. Philip Wm. McKinley directs his 13th production with Starlight Theatre, an accomplishment which was celebrated before the program began.'

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Players Proudly Presents The 30th Anniversary of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Celebrate The Season With Wynn Las Vegas' New Holiday Show

This holiday season, Wynn Las Vegas will unveil The Holiday Show, its first-ever seasonal production. Created and directed by Philip Wm. McKinley with choreography by Marguerite Derricks, who were both most recently involved in the reimagination of Wynn Las Vegas' award-winning production Le Reve - The Dream, this musical production combines a score of holiday hits like "Santa Baby" and "This Christmas," festive comedy and multi-genre dance numbers that will light up the stage at the intimate Encore Theater Nov. 30 - Dec. 30, 2018. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. PDT.

GREASE is the Word at Starlight Theatre

Grease is the word at Starlight Theatre now through Thursday, Sept. 14. The beloved musical that features 1950s' high school romance and rock 'n' roll will cruise across the Starlight stage like Greased Lightnin' for six performances, opening on Friday night, Sept. 8 and continuing through Sept. 14.

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