Megan McGinnis-Led SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Begins Tonight at The Old Globe
The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon's delightfully romantic new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines returns to the show as director of the Globe production. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY will play tonight, July 6, through August 14, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Jane Austen's beloved, emotional novels inspire readers' imaginations. Now Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon (The Old Globe's Emma, Broadway's Jane Eyre) and director Barbara Gaines refashion Austen's timeless classic SENSE AND SENSIBILITY into a gorgeous, thrillingly romantic musical. After their father's untimely death, sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood lose their fortune, their home, and all their prospects for love. But fortunes can turn again. As the plucky heroines face their situation with courage and resolve, audiences will fall in love with the classic story in a whole new way, enchanted by the lush tones of Gordon's ravishing new musical score.
The cast includes Megan McGinnis (Off Broadway's Daddy Long Legs, seven Broadway shows) as Marianne Dashwood and Sharon Rietkerk (Gunmetal Blues at North Coast Rep, two-time Bay Area Critics Award winner) as Elinor Dashwood, along with Emily Berman (world premiere of Days Like Today in Chicago) as Lucy Steele, Sean Allan Krill (Broadway's Honeymoon in Vegas, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Mamma Mia!) as Colonel Brandon, Colin Morgan (Pericles and Twelfth Night at CST) as Mr. Harris, Brian Ray Norris (Pride & Prejudice the Musical) as Lord Middleton, Peter Saide (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella international tour) as Mr. Willoughby, David Schlumpf (Jeff Award for Sweet Smell of Success) as John Dashwood, Paula Scrofano (Jeff Award for Lifetime Achievement) as Mrs. Jennings, Elizabeth Telford (My Fair Lady and Guys and Dolls with Chicago's Light Opera Works) as Miss Grey, Jill Van Velzer (Craig Noel Award for The Great American Trailer Park Musical at San Diego Rep) as Fanny Dashwood, and Wayne Alan Wilcox (Bright Star at the Globe, Drama Desk Award for Broadway's The Normal Heart) as Edward Ferrars; Ensemble members Berman, Matthew Keffer (Sideshow and Sondheim on Sondheim in Chicago), Megan Long (CST's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Willy Wonka), Morgan, Norris, Schlumpf, Scrofano, Telford, and Van Velzer; and Swings Melinda Gilb (The Grinch, Suds, and The Robber Bridegroom at the Globe), James Rank (The Merry Widow and Oklahoma! At Lyric Opera of Chicago, Jeff Award winner), Connor Sullivan (The Metromaniacs and When It Comes at the Globe), and Kelsey Venter (The Grinch at the Globe, Craig Noel Award for LES MISERABLES).
The creative team includes Laura Bergquist (Music Director), Matt Raftery (Choreographer), Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Susan E. Mickey (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Ray Nardelli (Sound Design), Tony Award winners Larry Hochman and Bruce Coughlin (Orchestrations), Curtis Moore (Music Supervisor and Additional Arrangements), Harrison McEldowney (Original Production Choreographer), Bob Mason and Dale Brown (Original Casting), and Peter Van Dyke (Production Stage Manager).
"Paul Gordon's musical approach to Jane Austen yielded theatricAl Gold when Emma played The Old Globe," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "His return here is a cause for celebration. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is a very special show: lush, beautiful, romantic, and very entertaining. The eminent director Barbara Gaines has assembled a team of musical theatre performers who are as good as it gets, and I know that San Diego will delight to watch them do their thing. I can't wait to share this wonderful company with our audience."
Paul Gordon was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics to the musical Jane Eyre. He won the 2015 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work - Musical for his book, music, and lyrics for SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it had its world premiere that same year. He is also the recipient of the 2009 Ovation Award for his music and lyrics to Daddy Long Legs, which has had productions all over the world and recently completed an Off Broadway run at the Davenport Theatre, where it was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award, and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. Mr. Gordon is the recipient of the 2007 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for his book to the musical Emma, developed by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and later staged at The Old Globe. Emma's return engagement to TheatreWorks in 2015 broke every box office record in the theatre's 45-year history. Analog and Vinyl, for which Mr. Gordon wrote book, music and lyrics, premiered at Weston Playhouse in 2014 and is scheduled for an Off Broadway run in fall 2016. Being Earnest, written with Jay Gruska, premiered at TheatreWorks in 2013. His other shows include Little Miss Scrooge, Death: The Musical, The Front, and The Sportswriter. In his former life, Mr. Gordon was a successful pop songwriter who wrote several number one hits.
Barbara Gaines is the founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she has directed more than 30 of Shakespeare's plays. Her honors include Chicago Shakespeare Theater's 2008 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre; the prestigious Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her contributions to strengthening British-American cultural relations; and Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Production (Hamlet, Cymbeline, King Lear, and The Comedy of Errors) and for Best Director (Cymbeline, King Lear, and The Comedy of Errors). At Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gaines directed Macbeth and The Marriage of Figaro. She received an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Birmingham, the University Club of Chicago's Cultural Award, the Public Humanities Award from the Illinois Humanities Council, and the Spirit of Loyola Award. Gaines serves on the Globe Council of Shakespeare's Globe in London.
Rick Boynton (Creative Producer, Chicago Shakespeare Theater) led the development of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. As CST's creative producer, he focuses on artistic planning and production and the development of new work. His projects include Chicago and international tours of Cadre (co-director), Othello: The Remix, and Funk It Up About Nothin, as well as A Flea in Her Ear (CST, Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Three Musketeers (CST, Boston, London), and The Emperor's New Clothes, The Adventures of Pinocchio, and Murder for Two (CST, New York, national tour). He is the former artistic director of The Marriott Theatre and a multiple Joseph Jefferson Award-winning actor, and he has starred in productions nationally that include CST's A Flea in Her Ear. As casting director/associate at Jane Alderman Casting, his projects included the television series "Early Edition," "Missing Persons," "The Untouchables," and "ER"; the films While You Were Sleeping and Hoodlum, among others; and numerous national tours. Mr. Boynton has lectured at his alma mater, Northwestern University, and is past president of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre board.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater is a leading interNational Theatre Company and the recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Throughout 2016, CST is spearheading the international arts and culture festival Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a citywide celebration of the playwright's 400-year legacy. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, CST is dedicated to creating extraordinary productions of classics, new works, and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare's work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago's cultural ambassador through its World's Stage Series. Through a year-round season encompassing more than 650 performances, CST attracts 225,000 Audience members annually. One in four of its Audience members is under 18 years old, and today its education programs have impacted the learning of over 1 million students. CST is proud to take an active role in empowering the next generation of literate, engaged cultural champions and creative minds.
Tickets to SENSE AND SENSIBILITY are currently on sale to the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 234-5623, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on July 6 and continue through August 15. Performance times: Previews: Wednesday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 7 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 8 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m., Opening night is Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more.
Additional events taking place during the run of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY include:
Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m.
The seminar series features a panel selected from the artistic company of the current show. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE
INSIGHTS SEMINARS: AN EVENING WITH Paul Gordon
Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m.
This special event features a literary panel selected from the artistic company of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, in conjunction with the Jane Austen Society of San Diego. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE
POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, July 19 and July 26, and Wednesday, July 20
Discuss the play with members of the cast and crew following the performance. FREE
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdooR Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre's artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.
ABOUT THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM:
Emily Berman (Lucy Steele, Ensemble) makes her Old Globe debut in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. She is based in Chicago, where her credits include SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Sondheim on Sondheim (Porchlight Music Theatre), and the world premiere of Days Like Today (Writers Theatre). Her regional credits include Assassins, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Hum of the Arctic (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Ms. Berman can also be seen in the role of Jen Brenner on NBC's "Chicago Fire" and performing with Chicago band The Winchesters.
Melinda Gilb (Swing) has appeared many times at The Old Globe, where her credits include the original Mama Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Suds (also co-author), The Robber Bridegroom, and the New Voices Festival reading of Cake Off. Her other credits include Singin' in the Rain (original Broadway cast), Back to Bacharach and David (original Off Broadway cast), Suds (original Off Broadway cast), The Pirates of Penzance (first national tour), Walter Cronkite is Dead, Violet, Miss Witherspoon, and Always...Patsy Cline (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Craig Noel Award for Lead Performance in a Musical), Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! and Miss Hannigan in Annie (Starlight Musical Theatre), The Smell of the Kill and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Dirty Blonde, and The Receptionist (Cygnet Theatre Company), She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D (Diversionary Theatre), and The Melinda and Steve Show (with Steve Gunderson, in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego). She also directed Always...Patsy Cline for OnStage Playhouse. On television, she was featured on "The Full Wax" and Ruby Takes a Trip... and guest starred on "Becker."
Matthew Keffer (Ensemble) is a Chicago-based actor making his Globe debut. His recent Chicago credits include The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (Mercury Theater Chicago), Side Show and Sondheim on Sondheim (Porchlight Music Theatre), and Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party (Bailiwick Chicago). matthewkeffer.com.
Sean Allan Krill (Colonel Brandon) reprises the role he originated at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which earned him a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination. He has appeared on Broadway in Honeymoon in Vegas, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and Mamma Mia! His Off Broadway credits include Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre), A Civil War Christmas (New York Theatre Workshop), and The Brother/Sister Plays (The Public Theater). He has been seen on tour as Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Leon Rabin Award and Carbonell Award nominations) and Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia! (BroadwayWorld.com Award for Outstanding Leading Actor). Mr. Krill's regional credits include Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse), The Hot L Baltimore (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), The Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The Importance of Being Earnest and Travesties (Court Theatre), Sunday in the Park with George (Skylight Music Theatre), Tommy Albright in Brigadoon (The Marriott Theatre, Jeff Award nomination), and Sparky in Forever Plaid (Jeff Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Revue). He has also appeared on television in "Mr. Robot."
Megan Long (Ensemble) makes her Globe debut. Her Chicago theatre credits include SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, The Emperor's New Clothes, Short Shakespeare!-A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Willy Wonka (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Camelot, Sleeping Beauty, A Christmas Carol, and Meet Me in St. Louis (Drury Lane Theatre), Snapshots (Northlight Theatre), Carter's Way (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Signs of Life (Snap-Two Productions at Victory Gardens Theater), A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Theatre at the Center), Little Women (The Marriott Theatre), Married Alive! and Always...Patsy Cline (Fox Valley Repertory), A Little Night Music (Light Opera Works), My Favorite Year (Bailiwick Chicago), and The Merchant of Venice (Red Tape Theatre). Her regional credits include Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (New Theatre).
Megan McGinnis (Marianne Dashwood) originated the role of Marianne at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination). She most recently completed the Off Broadway run of the Drama Desk Award-nominated, two-person musical Daddy Long Legs, which she also played nationally and internationally (Ovation Award, Jeff Award nomination, London WhatsOnStage Award nomination). She was last seen on Broadway in the revival of Side Show as Daisy and Violet standby, playing Violet on several occasions. Her other Broadway credits include Eponine in LES MISERABLES, Beth in Little Women, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Parade. Originally from Southern California, Ms. McGinnis guest starred on several television series growing up, including "Dear John," "Sister, Sister," "Wings," and "Blossom" (recurring). She appeared in the film Anywhere But Here and voiced a character in A Goofy Movie. She can be heard on the cast recordings of Daddy Long Legs, Little Women, and Parade, as well as in the duet "Flight" on Sutton Foster's Wish.
Colin Morgan (Mr. Harris, Ensemble) couldn't be happier to be working at The Old Globe for the very first time. His Chicago credits include SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, Pericles, Short Shakespeare!-Twelfth Night, and Shakespeare's Greatest Hits (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The Jungle, No Beast So Fierce, and Romulus (Oracle Productions), The Explorers Club (Windy City Playhouse), and Bellboys, Baggage, and Bears (Redmoon). He has worked regionally at theatres in Colorado, Tennessee, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Iowa.
Brian Ray Norris (Lord Middleton, Ensemble) is making his Globe debut with SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. This makes his second musicalized Jane Austen project this year, and he is thrilled to be a part of her world here. His other favorite credits include Mr. Collins in Pride & Prejudice, Mr. Bumble in Oliver!, Jean Michel in Cinderella, Billis in South Pacific, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Bert Healy in Annie, Padre in Man of La Mancha, Roger in Grease, and Father Alexandrios, Harry Brite, and Bill Austin in the North America tour of Mamma Mia!
James Rank (Swing) has appeared as Kromow in The Merry Widow and Cord Elam in Oklahoma! (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Morrell in A Minister's Wife and Kodaly in She Loves Me (Writers Theatre), Fredrik in A Little Night Music (Indiana Repertory Theatre), Sam in The American Dreams Songbook (Next Theatre Company, Joseph Jefferson Award), Baron in Grand Hotel (Jeff Award nomination), Superman in It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Aaron in Curtains, and Cable in South Pacific (Drury Lane Theatre), Jules in Sunday in the Park with George (Peninsula Players), Billy in Carousel and the title role of Phantom (Candlelight Dinner Playhouse), and Pangloss in Candide and El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Light Opera Works). Mr. Rank has also appeared with Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Central City Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, and Chicago Sinfonietta.
Sharon Rietkerk (Elinor Dashwood) returns to SENSE AND SENSIBILITY after originating this role in the world premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Her other regional credits include Candida in A Minister's Wife (San Jose Repertory Theatre), Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac, Emma, Triangle (San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Marry Me a Little (Bay Area Award), Little Women, and The Secret Garden (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Triangle (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Bille Dawn in Born Yesterday, Rumors, and Xanadu (Center REPertory Company), Gunmetal Blues (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (San Francisco Opera Guild), Marian in The Music Man (South Coast Symphony), concerts with the Grammy Award-nominated Bay Brass, South Coast, and Bear Valley Symphonies, and her two-woman show Julie & Carol Live (Feinstein's at the Nikko).
Peter Saide (Mr. Willoughby) is making is Globe debut, reprising the role he created in Chicago. He has appeared as Bob in Jersey Boys (Las Vegas) and opposite Lea Salonga in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (international tour). His New York credits include Tom in Skin Tight (One Year Lease/59E59 Theaters) and Fabrizio in Death for Five Voices (Prospect Theater Company). His favorite regional credits include Death/Sirki in Death Takes a Holiday (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities), Berger in Hair (Music Circus), Jud in Oklahoma! (Paramount Theatre), Don Jose in Moises Kaufman's adaptation of Bizet's Carmen (Tectonic Theater Project), Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (Utah Shakespeare Festival), and Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tuacahn Center for the Arts).
David Schlumpf (John Dashwood, Ensemble) is thrilled to make his Globe debut. His Chicago credits include SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, As You Like It, and Timon of Athens (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The Who's Tommy (Paramount Theatre), Dartmoor Prison (Goodman Theatre), Days Like Today (Writers Theatre), Evita (The Marriott Theatre), Sweet Smell of Success (Kokandy Productions, Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role - Musical or Revue), Dessa Rose (Bailiwick Chicago, Jeff Award nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role - Musical), Applause (Porchlight Music Theatre), Sleeping Beauty and A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Theatre), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Spamalot (Theatre at the Center).
Paula Scrofano (Mrs. Jennings, Ensemble) makes her Globe debut in the role she performed at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2015. She recently appeared as Sook Faulk in A Christmas Memory (Theatre at the Center), Abuela Claudia in In the Heights (Paramount Theatre), Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! (Lyric Opera of Chicago), and Madame Thénardier in LES MISERABLES (Fulton Theatre). At Drury Lane Theatre she was Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein, Lily Garland in On the Twentieth Century (Joseph Jefferson Award), Julie in Showboat, and Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She's appeared at The Marriott Theatre as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Marmee in Little Women, Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, the title role in Victor/Victoria, Gooch in Mame, and Eva Peron in Evita (Sarah Siddons Award). At Theatre at the Center, she was seen as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, Rose in Gypsy, and Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Ms. Scrofano, along with her husband John Reeger, received the 2015 Career Achievement Joseph Jefferson Award in Chicago.
Connor Sullivan (Swing) previously appeared at the Globe in The Metromaniacs and the workshop production of When It Comes. His San Diego credits include Jesus Hates Me (ion theatre company), The Car Plays (Moving Arts, La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival), and readings at Cygnet Theatre Company, Intrepid Theatre Company, and Diversionary Theatre. His film credits include Thane of East County and A Life Lived. He is currently an educational tour member with both Lamb's Players Theatre and Intrepid Theatre Company.
Elizabeth Telford (Miss Grey, Ensemble) has Chicago credits that include Cinderella... After the Ball, October Sky, La Cage Aux Folles, and On the Town (The Marriott Theatre), SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), My Fair Lady and Guys and Dolls (Light Opera Works), Christmas on the Air (Provision Theater), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Porchlight Music Theatre), Myths and Hymns (BoHo Theatre), The Triumph of Love and Do I Hear a Waltz? (The Music Theatre Company), and Junie B. Jones (Northbrook Theatre). Regionally, she has performed with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage, and Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Jill Van Velzer (Fanny Dashwood, Ensemble) makes her Globe debut. Her previous San Diego performances include Myra in Hay Fever and Helen in The Vortex in repertory (Cygnet Theatre Company) and Pippi in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (San Diego Repertory Theatre, Craig Noel Award nomination). Her other Southern California credits include Cassandra Austen in Pride & Prejudice (McCoy Rigby Entertainment), Mrs. Montgomery in The Heiress (Pasadena Playhouse), Gertrude in God Save Gertrude (The Theatre @ Boston Court, Backstage Garland Award), and more. Her regional appearances include Mrs. Elton and Mrs. Bates in Paul Gordon's Emma (Arizona Theatre Company), Widow Quin in The Playboy of the Western World and Ruth in Blithe Spirit (Artists Repertory Theatre), Irene Molloy in The Matchmaker (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Gloria in Boeing-Boeing (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre), and many musicals, including Anna in The King and I (national tour), Marian in The Music Man, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, Witch and Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Guenevere in Camelot, Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, and Amalia in She Loves Me, to name just a few.
Kelsey Venter (Swing) returns to The Old Globe, where she has appeared in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! for four seasons. Her credits include A Christmas Carol, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Last Five Years, and the world premiere of Monstress (American Conservatory Theater), Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (ACT, Guthrie Theater), The Miracle Worker, LES MISERABLES (Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical), The 39 Steps, Guys and Dolls, and Trying (Lamb's Players Theatre), Respect: A Musical Journey of Women (Lyceum Theatre), I Love You Because (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Timepiece (The Active Theater), Oliver! (Woodminster Summer Musicals), She Loves Me and Boeing-Boeing (Center REP Theatre), and The Threepenny Opera and A Seagull in the Hamptons (Shotgun Players).
Wayne Alan Wilcox (Edward Ferrars) was last seen at the Globe in Bright Star. He has appeared on Broadway in Coram Boy, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Normal Heart (Drama Desk Award), and Chaplin. His Off Broadway credits include Suddenly Last Summer (Roundabout Theatre Company), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (New World Stages), Carrie and The Pride (MCC Theater), Rich Boyfriend (The Lion Theatre), and A Man of No Importance (Lincoln Center Theater). His regional credits include The Light in the Piazza (Goodman Theatre), The Last Five Years (Philadelphia Theatre Company), and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). His television and film credits include "Gilmore Girls," "Law & Order," Mania Days, Under, Interview, and Rent.
Laura Bergquist (Music Director) returns to The Old Globe and its wonderful staff and musicians for her third show; previous productions include Jane Austen's Emma by Paul Gordon and Allegiance - A New American Musical. Ms. Bergquist made her Broadway debut this season as music director and conductor of Allegiance starring George Takei and Lea Salonga. Her other regional work includes Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Center Stage in Baltimore, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Northlight Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Music Theatre Wichita, and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. As an ASCAP Award recipient for composition, her personal catalogue includes more than 60 works in print and several cast recordings. In New York she has helmed productions for National Alliance for Musical Theatre, New York Stage and Film, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and Midtown International Theatre Festival, and she has performed at Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, and Merkin Concert Hall. Ms. Bergquist maintains a large coaching studio and is regularly called on as a performer and music director.
Matt Raftery (Choreographer) has directed and choreographed Godspell; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Alice in Wonderland;Cinderella; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Guys and Dolls; Aladdin; and Sleeping Beauty (The Marriott Theatre) andAll Shook Up (Northwestern University). His credits as a choreographer include Cabaret, 9 to 5, Now and Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), The Pirates of Penzance (Jeff Award nomination), The Music Man (Jeff Award nomination), My Fair Lady, The Bowery Boys (Jeff Award nomination), and LES MISERABLES (The Marriott Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Stage Kiss (Goodman Theatre), Funny Girl (Drury Lane Theatre), The Christmas Schooner (Theatre at the Center), Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Brigadoon, The Pirates of Penzance, andOklahoma! (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre), and Side Show (The Colony Theatre Company).
Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design) is thrilled to be working for The Old Globe. He has designed for Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, McCarter Theatre Center, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago Children's Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, American Players Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum. His Broadway credits include associate designer for August: Osage County, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Of Mice and Men. His national tour credits include Camelot and Ragtime. Mr. Depinet has also designed for the National Theatre in London, Discovery Channel, Netflix, 21st Century Fox, and Disney.
Susan E. Mickey (Costume Design) is an accomplished costume designer with a career in theatre, film, and television. Most recently, her costume designs for The Marriage of Figaro opened the 2016 season at Lyric Opera Chicago. She is the winner of a Carbonell Award forDon't Stop the Carnival; two Joseph Jefferson Awards for School for Lies and The Madness of George III; and a Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Collaboration. Ms. Mickey's costumes have graced the stage in almost every major regional theatre in America. She has enjoyed extended design relationships with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and ALLIANCE THEATRE. Her work in television and film includes Miss Evers' Boys for HBO and Mama Flora's Family for CBS. Ms. Mickey is a member of the design faculty of the Department of Theatre & Dance at The University of Texas, where she is Senior Associate Chair.
Donald Holder (Lighting Design) previously designed the Globe's In Your Arms and The Times They Are A-Changin'. His Broadway credits include The Lion King and South Pacific (Tony Awards), The King and I, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy, Ragtime, Movin' Out, Gem of the Ocean, A Streetcar Named Desire, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Juan Darien (all Tony-nominated), Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, The Father, On the Twentieth Century, You Can't Take It With You, Bullets Over Broadway, Cyrano De Bergerac, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and The Boy from Oz, among others. His regional credits include La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, and many others. He also designed the NBC television series "Smash."
Ray Nardelli (Sound Design) previously served as associate Sound Designer for The White Snake at The Old Globe. His regional credits include Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Guthrie Theater, Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts, McCarter Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, Court Theatre, Hartford Stage, ALLIANCE THEATRE, Syracuse Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Congo Square, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater, and American Girl Theatre in New York and Chicago. He was also the U.S. associate on David Bowie Is.... He has recorded, mixed, and produced CDs for many new musicials. He has over 400 film, television, and video game credits worldwide. Mr. Nardelli has received nominations for Cabaret in Dallas, The Jungle Book in Boston, and Alice in Atlanta in addition to four Joseph Jefferson Awards and eight nominations. He has also done production work on the pre-Broadway engagements of The Last Ship, Bring It On: The Musical, Ann, The Addams Family, The Light in the Piazza (assistant designer), All Shook Up, Death of a Salesman, andMoonlight and Magnolias.
Larry Hochman (Orchestrations) has provided orchestrations for 15 Broadway shows, including The Book of Mormon (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), Something Rotten! (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), On the Twentieth Century, Pippin, The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nomination), Spamalot (Tony nomination), A Class Act (Tony nomination), the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof (Tony nomination), and The Addams Family. His television composer credits include "Wonder Pets!" (five Emmy Awards). At the Globe, he orchestrated Dog and Pony and Dancing in the Dark (Craig Noel Award). Mr. Hochman's regional and Off Broadway shows include Maury Yeston's Death Takes a Holiday (Drama Desk nomination) and Marvin Hamlisch's The Nutty Professor. He has 17 films to his name, including The Informant! (with a score by Mr. Hamlisch) and Disney's Lady and the Tramp 2,Annie, and The Little Mermaid 2. His recording and concert credits include work with Paul McCartney, Eric Idle, Barbra Streisand, Hugh Jackman, Audra McDonald, Barry Manilow, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mandy Patinkin, Boston Pops Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and New York Philharmonic. His classical work includes "In Memoriam" (published by Edward B. Marks).
Bruce Coughlin (Orchestrations) has several Broadway credits to his name, including Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party, TheLight in the Piazza (co-orchestrator; Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Urinetown, Grey Gardens, 9 to 5, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music, Once Upon a Mattress, and the 1996 revival of The King and I, plus additional/contributing orchestrations for Big Fish, On the Twentieth Century, Something Rotten!, and On the Town. His New York and regional credits include Mr. LaChiusa's First Daughter Suite(co-orchestrator), Rain, Giant (with Larry Hochman), and See What I Wanna See; the recent London revivals of Assassins and Urinetown; and Amélie, Floyd Collins, Children of Eden, Finding Neverland (U.K. version), A Room with a View (The Old Globe), Tales of the City(American Conservatory Theater), and Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizons). His opera credits include The Grapes of Wrath, 27, andMorning Star, all by Ricky Ian Gordon. His film credits include Hairspray ("Miss Baltimore Crabs") and Fantasia 2000 (principal arranger). He is the winner of a Tony Award (and two additional nominations), Drama Desk Award (and eight nominations), and an Obie Award. His future projects include War Paint (Goodman Theatre) and October Sky (The Old Globe).
Curtis Moore (Music Supervisor and Additional Arrangements) wrote the musical Triangle, which premiered at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and received six San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. He composed the music for Venice with Matt Sax and Eric Rosen (which had a sold-out, extended run at The Public Theater) and Nora Ephron's play Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut. With Thomas Mizer, Mr. Moore was awarded the 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant. Along with Triangle, they wrote the musicals The Legend of Stagecoach Mary (National Alliance for Musical Theatre) and The Bus to Buenos Aires (Ensemble Studio Theatre). He conducted and performed the music in The Bridge Project's critically acclaimed world tour of Richard III, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, and he composed the score for Barry Edelstein's production of Othello (The Old Globe) and Timon of Athens (The Public Theater). With Matthew Brookshire, he wrote and performed the songs for Todd Solondz's film Palindromes (Venice, Toronto, Telluride, and New York Film Festivals).
Harrison McEldowney (Original Production Choreographer) has numerous credits including television, Broadway, Off Broadway, West End, Carnegie Hall, and the Olympics. His credits at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which also include the world premiere of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, are Tug of War: Foreign Fire, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, All's Well That Ends Well, The Tempest, Henry VIII, and Sunday in the Park with George. His film credits include Sam Mendes's Road to Perdition, Mark Medoff's Children on Their Birthdays, and Vanilla City. He starred in Ruth Page's Billy Sunday (Emmy Award nomination), and his choreography is featured in several Emmy-nominated and awarded dance specials for PBS. He is the inaugural recipient of the Prince Prize and has received the Ruth Page, Chicago After Dark, and Choo-San Goh Awards for choreography. He is a recipient of the Artistic Achievement Award from Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Mr. McEldowney is a creative director for Wilson Dow Group and Under the Radar.
Peter Van Dyke (Production Stage Manager) has been a stage manager for over 50 productions at The Old Globe, beginning with Foxfirein the former Cassius Carter Centre Stage in 1984 and most recently Camp David. Some of his other notable shows include Waiting for Godot, Falsettos, Forever Plaid, Blues in the Night, Pride's Crossing, Cowgirls, and nine Shakespeare plays, including Jack O'Brien's monumental Henry IV. Born in Chicago and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Mr. Van Dyke has been a San Diegan since 1989. He has stage managed at Denver Center Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum. He has been the production stage manager ofThe Phantom of the Opera, LES MISERABLES, Wicked, Million Dollar Quartet, and Kinky Boots on tour, playing over 100 cities in 36 states and five provinces of Canada, as well as Seoul and Shanghai.
Laura Zingle (Assistant Stage Manager) is back at The Old Globe after recently working on The Metromaniacs, Arms and the Man, andDr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2014). She most recently was production stage manager for the U.S. premiere of The Little Match Girl by Helmut Lachenmann at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. Her La Jolla Playhouse credits include The Grift, Kingdom City, El Henry, Kamchatka (Without Walls Festival), His Girl Friday, and Hands on a Hardbody. At San Diego Repertory Theatre she was production stage manager of Detroit. Her other regional credits include a workshop of different words for the same thing(Center Theatre Group), AFI Fest 2013, Spoleto Festival USA, Opera NEO, and Palomar College Dance. Ms. Zingle is the stage manager of San Diego Gay Men's Chorus.
Pictured: Megan McGinnis as Marianne Dashwood and Sharon Rietkerk as Elinor Dashwood in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's 2015 production of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Photo by Liz Lauren, courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater.