Original Creative Team
Roger O. Hirson
Roger O. Hirson wrote extensively for the theatre, movies and television. Broadway: Pippin, Walking Happy, both nominated for the Tony. Off-Broadway: Journey to the Day, World War 2½. He won the Emmy for his six-hour television miniseries A Woman Named Jackie. His adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring George C. Scott, was honored by a Royal Command performance. Film: Demon Seed, starring Julie Christie and The Bridge at Remagen.
Music & Lyrics by
Theatre: Wicked and Godspell are best-known. Films: Lyrics for Disney’s Enchanted, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and songs for DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt. Awards/Honors: Theatre Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, Tony Award.
Scenic Design by
Scott Pask has designed over 50 Broadway shows, receiving three Tony Awards for The Book of Mormon, The Coast of Utopia and The Pillowman. Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, Met Opera’s Peter Grimes. He has received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel, BroadwayWorld, Bessie, Hewes and Garland awards. Honorary Doctorate, University of Arizona.
Lighting Design by
Kenneth Posner has designed more than 50 Broadway productions as well as extensive off-Broadway, resident theatre and touring productions throughout the world. Selected Broadway credits: Beetlejuice, Mean Girls, War Paint, Tuck Everlasting, On Your Feet, Kinky Boots, Pippin, Cinderella, Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can, The Coast of Utopia – Shipwreck, Other Desert Cities, The Merchant of Venice, Side Man, Finding Neverland, Wicked.Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, Lucile Lortel and OBIE Awards.
Costume Design by
Dominique Lemieux designed the costumes for all Cirque du Soleil productions between 1989 and 1998, plus Corteo in 2005, Zaïa in 2008, Banana Schpeel in 2010, Septimo Dia in 2016, and the return of Alegria in 2019. Every show she has worked on bears her unique imprint. She also signed the costumes of Celine Dion’s A New Day in 2002, has worked on the Broadway show Pippin in 2013 and on Magic to Do in 2015.
Sound Design by
Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm
Jonathan's Sound systems and production designs can be heard in New York, London, Montreal, Macau and many other cities including Las Vegas with touring productions in North America and around the world.
Garth is a sound designer and audio consultant for various live music and performance spaces throughout North America. He has worked on Broadway musicals in Toronto, New York, London, Sao Paulo Brazil, Seoul South Korea….. for over 25 years. His active musicianship (Drummer) have brought a unique style to his sound designs.
Theatre: Groundhog Day, Matilda, Ghost – Drama Desk Award (West End/Broadway), The Lord of the Rings, Our House, The Invisible Man (West End), An Act of God, Finding Neverland, Pippin, Side Show (Broadway), Macbeth (Armory NYC), The Phantom of the Opera (UK/USA tour), Before the Dawn (Hammersmith Apollo). Film: Hugo, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Television: Cranford. Consultant to David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Derren Brown and Dynamo. He received The Magic Castle, Hollywood Creative Fellowship, and Magic Circle Maskelyne Award. Associate Artist at The Old Vic.
Broadway: 18 shows including The Prom, Hello, Dolly! (Outer Critics Circle), The Book of Mormon (Tony Award, Drama Desk), She Loves Me (Drama Desk), Something Rotten!,The Addams Family, Pippin, Scottsboro Boys, Spamalot. 8 Tony nominations, 7 Drama Desk nominations, MSM Distinguished Alumni. Television: Nickelodeon’s Wonder Pets! (Five Emmys as composer). 18 Films including Marvin Hamlisch’s The Informant! Recordings, Concerts: Paul McCartney, Eric Idle, Audra McDonald, Barry Manilow, Boston Pops, NY Philharmonic.
Music Arranged by
Nadia Digiallonardo is currently playing/conducting Diane Paulus’s production of Waitress on Broadway, and oversees its touring and West End productions. She previously worked with Diane Paulus on the Broadway revivals of Hair and Pippin. Nadia and her sisters were frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, which led them to release their live CD, Shout, Sister, Shout! Nadia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College with a degree in Urban Planning.
Circus Creation by
of Les 7 doigts de la Main
Cofounder and Codirector of The 7 Fingers, Gypsy Snider directed and/or co-directed SisterS, Réversible, Intersection, Amuse, Traces and Loft. She has choreographed televised feature performances for America’s Got Talent, the illusionist Darcy Oake and a Bench Denim Fashion Show.
Gypsy is the daughter of the founders of The Pickle Family Circus (San Francisco). After receiving her degree in physical theatre in Switzerland in 1993, she performed internationally for 18 years, with Cirque du Soleil and many others. Gypsy’s work on PIPPIN earned her a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. In 2015, she also received the Evolving Circus Award in New York City.
in the style of Bob Fosse
50 years in 100 words or less: Broadway: Pippin (Choreographer) Nominated for Tony Award, received Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Astaire Award; Fosse (Co-Conceiver/Co-Choreographer), Tony Best Musical. As Broadway performer: On the Town,Lorelei, Ambassadors, The Pajama Game, Dancin’, Sweet Charity, Pippin. Other Director/Choreographer: Cole (Queens Theatre), Sweet Charity (West End, Japan, Norway, Mexico City, Holland), The Producers (Argentina, Tel Aviv, Brazil), Cabaret (Serbia, Norway), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Mexico City). Upcoming: Maddie and Me, Thinking Too Loud, Valentino, The Return of Peter Pan, Being Jack Cole.
Diane Paulus is the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. Broadway: Waitress (also West End and US national tour), Pippin (Tony Award, Best Revival and Best Director), Finding Neverland, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award, Best Revival; NAACP Award, Best Direction), HAIR (Tony Award, Best Revival), Jagged Little Pill. Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. Paulus was selected for the 2014 Time 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
John Frost AM
John Frost is Australia’s most prolific and successful theatre producer, having produced almost 200 productions around the world. He began his career at age 16 as a dresser on the J.C. Williamson tour of Mame and worked his way up through the ranks. Early productions included Jerry Girls and Night Mother. The company moved onto national tours of large-sale musical such as Big River, The King and I, South Pacific, Hello, Dolly!, The Secret Garden, Smokey Joe’s Café, Cabaret and Crazy For You. In 1996, The Gordon Frost Organisation’s production of The King and I won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical on Broadway. Two years later, John co-produced Grease – The Arena Spectacular!, then came The Sound of Music and The Man of La Mancha. In 2003, he won his second Tony Award as co-producer of Hairspray on Broadway. John subsequently co-produced The Producers and presented the Australian tour of The Phantom of the Opera, starring Anthony Warlow and was one of the original producers of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. In recent years, John producer Australasian tours of Chicago, Doctor Zhivago and Wicked. In Melbourne, he produced A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Geoffrey Rush and Once. In London, he co-produced the West End productions of The Bodyguard and Blithe Spirit, starring Angela Lansbury, while in the US he produced An Act of God, Exit the King and Fiddler on the Roof. In partnership with Opera Australia, he co-produced South Pacific, The King and I, Anything Goes and Evita. In 2015, John toured The Rocky Horror Show, Dirty Dancing and The Sound of Music. Recent productions have included We Will Rock You, Dream Lover, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews, The Wizard of Oz and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Over the years, John has presented many plays including, the Tony Award-winning Art, National Theatre of Great Britain’s celebrated production of An Inspector Cals, Lady Windermere’s Fan starring Vanessa Redgrave, Goodie Withers, Joely Richardson and John McCallum at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Driving Miss Daisy starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones. He was awarded the prestigious J.C. Williamson Award for his outstanding contribution to the Australia live entertainment and performing arts industry at the 2014 Helpmann Awards. For his contribution to the Arts, John was awarded an Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours and in 2016 received an honorary doctorate from Griffith University.
Melbourne born Suzanne set off in the direction of a career in main stage theatrical productions via degrees in both economics and music. She got her start in the entertainment industry in 1998 as a Sound Engineer at Arts Centre Melbourne, then very quickly went onto become head of sound for System Sound, touring large-scale music theatre productions around Australia and Asia. In 2006 she left the industry for several years, expanding her skills in other areas however her love of live entertainment saw her return to the industry and join the team at The Gordon Frost Organisation in 2013. She has been involved in producing the Australian tours of the London Palladium production of The Sound of Music, the Queen musical We Will Rock You, the Australian premiere of the 8-time Tony Award-winning production of Once, The Wizard of Oz and most recently she was the Executive Producer of the Australia tour of Chicago the Musical. Alongside this, in 2016 Suzanne established her own production company, Jones Theatrical Group (JTG). JTG works in Australian and internationally both producing and investing in live entertainment. She has been involved in An Act of God with Jim Parsons and Sean Hayes (Broadway), Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway and US Tour), Fully Committed with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Broadway), School of Rock (West End), Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill with Audra MacDonald (West End), Long Day’s Journey into Night with Jeremy Irons and Leslie Manville (West End), King Lear with Sir Ian McKellen (West End), Caroline or Change (West End), Heathers (West End), Summer and Smoke (West End), Home, I’m Darling (West End), Glengarry Glen Ross (UK Tour), Pinter at the Pinter (West End), Betrayal with Tom Hiddleston (West End), The Price with David Suchet(West End), Bitter Wheat with John Malkovich, 9 to 5 The Musical (West End), Hairspray (West End), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (West End), #Date Me – An Ok Cupid Experiment (Off-Broadway). It is also under this banner that Suzanne produced the Australian tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Wizard of Oz in 2017/2018. She is currently producing the Australian tours of 9 to 5 The Musical and Waitress.
Barry and Fran Weissler
Barry and Fran Weissler are the recipients of seven Tony Awards: Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun, La Cage Aux Folles, Pippin and Chicago, the longest-running American musical in the world, presented in over 25 countries in over a dozen languages, celebrating its 24th Anniversary on Broadway this year! In addition to Chicago and Pippin, they currently license internationally the 2012 Tony Award-winning musical Once, as well as Waitress, the musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 Sundance film favorite, with an original score by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, Sara Bareilles. After four years on Broadway and one year on the West End, Waitress plans to resume its North American tour and embark on a UK Tour in 2021. Many international productions of the show are also on the horizon.
Howard and Janet Kagan
Maxolev Productions, the New York-based production company of Howard and Janet Kagan, produces entertaining commercial shows with atypical heroes, especially strong independent women. The Kagans won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2013 for Pippin and in 2012 for The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and were nominated in 2017 for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and in 2014 for On The Town.
First performed at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, December 5, 2012.
Diane Paulus, Artistic Director and Diane Borges, Producer.
Special thanks to American Repertory Theater and Les 7 doigts de la main for their help in developing this production.