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Tim is a producer, award-winning musical theatre librettist, director, and textbook co-author. Librettist credits include Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (Benj Pasek, Justin Paul), Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (Paul Williams, Christopher Gattelli), Between The Lines (Elyssa Samsel, Kate Anderson) Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley), The Big One-Oh! (Dean Pitchford, Doug Besterman) The Book Thief (Jodi Picoult, Elyssa Samsel, Kate Anderson) and Breathe (co-conceived, and written with Jodi Picoult). In 2021, BREATHE was inducted into the Library of Congress to represent musical theatre authors’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tim’s musicals are exclusively represented by Music Theatre International worldwide.

Tim is the Founder of Junior Theater Festivals Worldwide which the New York Times hailed as “a rousing celebration of Theater.” JTFs are held annually in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. McDonald is also the Founder and CEO of iTheatrics which creates and adapts Broadway and West End musicals for young people to perform in school and afterschool programs all over the globe. An estimated 36 million people attend these musicals annually in North America – that’s three times the annual audience for Broadway shows. iTheatrics adaptations are represented by Concord Theatricals (Youth Edition musicals) and Music Theatre International (Broadway Junior Collection).

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BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL & More Lead Chicago's Spring 2024 Top Theatre Shows

Chicago is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. Selections for Spring 2024 include BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL and more!

Video: Get A First Look at JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Marriott Theatre

Get a first look at The Marriott Theatre's latest production, James and the Giant Peach - now on stage from February 16 through March 30, 2024. This enchanting adaptation brings to life the classic tale by celebrated author Roald Dahl, promising audiences of all ages a magical journey unlike any other.

Andrew Barth Feldman, Taylor Iman Jones and More to Appear at 2024 Junior Theater Festival West

iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group have revealed the full lineup of performers, adjudicators, playwrights, songwriters and educators who will take part in the 2024 Junior Theater Festival West.

ITheatrics And Junior Theater Group Celebrate Record-Breaking Junior Theater Festival Atlanta

iTheatrics and Junior Theater Group are celebrating a record-breaking Junior Theater Festival Atlanta.

Arielle Jacobs, Lesli Margherita, and More Will Lead Industry Reading of New Musical AUSTENLAND

Writers' Cage Productions presents a by-invitation-only reading of Austenland, a new musical from the team behind Between the Lines and The Book Thief.

Arielle Jacobs, Adam Jacobs, Taylor Iman Jones and More To Appear at 2024 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta

iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group has revealed the full line up of performers, adjudicators, playwrights, songwriters and educators who will take part in the 2024 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta.

Paul Williams And Henson Puppeteers Post-Show Talkback This Friday Following EMMET OTTER'S JUG BAND Performance

Join legendary composer Paul Williams and the puppeteers of Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas for a post-show talkback on Friday, December 8 at Chicago's Studebaker Theater.

Photos: EMMET OTTER'S JUG BAND CHRISTMAS Opens At Studebaker Theater

Casting for the live theatrical adaptation of “Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas” is now set for the Chicago premiere production, November 15-December 31, 2023, at the Studebaker Theater at the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 South Michigan Avenue.

Review: EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS IS A GIFT at Studebaker Theater

What did our critic think of EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS IS A GIFT at Studebaker Theater?

Photos: JIM HENSON'S EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS At Studebaker Theater 

The live theatrical adaptation of “Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas” opens in Chicago on November 20, 2023 and plays through December 31, 2023, at the Studebaker Theater at the historic Fine Arts Building. See photos from the production below!

Photos: First Look At ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA At Wagnalls Community Theatre

Coming November 3-12 at the beautiful and historic Wagnalls Auditorium in Lithopolis, Wagnalls Community Theatre brings you Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka!

BETWEEN THE LINES Is Now Available for Licensing

Between The Lines is now available for licensing. The Off-Broadway musical based on the novel by international bestselling author Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer.

Review: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Hale Center Theater Orem is Fanciful

The Hale Academy Theater for Young Audiences production of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Hale Center Theater Orem is juicy fun for parents and kids to enjoy together. Fans of Roald Dahl and Pasek and Paul will find much to enjoy in this fanciful production.

Video: Check Out All New Production Footage From THE BOOK THIEF

All new production footage has been released for The Book Thief. The Book Thief opened at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre from 11 - 16 September followed by Leicester’s Curve Theatre from 29 September - 14 October.  Check out the video here!

Review: THE BOOK THIEF, Leicester Curve

With a charming libretto by Jodi Picoult and Timothy Allen McDonald, and folk-style music and lyrics by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, The Book Thief is filled with the warmth of a young girl's friendships and discoveries. But the dangers of war and Nazi rhetoric are a constant threat beneath the surface.

Andy Mientus and Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone Will Lead the Chicago Premiere of JIM HENSON'S EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS

Casting for the live theatrical adaptation of “Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas” is now set for the Chicago premiere production, November 14-December 31, 2023, at the Studebaker Theater. Learn more about the production here!

THE BIG ONE-OH! Now Available for Licensing Through MTI

The Big One-Oh! TYA joins an MTI catalogue that contains two other versions of the show including the 60-minute Broadway Junior® musical as well as an Online Edition.

Photos/Video: First Look at Photos and a New Music Video From THE BOOK THIEF

 All new production photos and a new music video have been released for The Book Thief! Check out photos, as well as the video for the track 'Hello Stars'!

Andy Mientus to Star in JIM HENSON'S EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS in Chicago

A live theatrical adaptation of “Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas” is making its Chicago debut this holiday season, November 14-December 31, 2023. Learn how to purchase tickets!

92NY Theater For Young Audiences Celebrates The Institution's 150th Anniversary With Its Most Ambitious Season Ever

In celebration of The 92nd Street Y, New York's 150th anniversary, our Theater for Young Audiences announces their most ambitious season ever with world premieres and returning favorites from our repertory of kid-sized musicals with giant-sized heart.

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