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ELTON JOHN
(Composer)
The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than three decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time with over 200 million records sold worldwide. Elton has won a wide array of industry awards including Grammys, Tonys and an Oscar and continues to add innovative work to his personal repertoire of 35 gold and 25 platinum albums.

In December of 2004, Elton received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts. Elton's most recent CD, PEACHTREE ROAD, was released on Universal Records to critical acclaim. He continues to perform his critically acclaimed RED PIANO show exclusively at Caesars Palace. It has been heralded as "the Most Exciting Show in Las Vegas 2004" by the Las Vegas Review Journal and "A Must See" by the Los Angeles Times.

Tony award-winning AIDA and long-running THE LION KING musicals have long reigned on Broadway and continue to tour the world. This May, the stage production of BILLY ELLIOT -The Musical, in which Elton wrote the music, debuted in London's famed West End theatre district to rave reviews. According to Variety magazine editor Peter Bart, "BILLY ELLIOT will clearly rank as one of the best musicals of its generation" (May 31, 2005).

Most recently, Elton and long time writing partner Bernie Taupin have completed the score for Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures' Broadway musical VAMPIRE LESTAT.

His commitment to the fight against AIDS led to the inception of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (Los Angeles and London) which has dispersed a combined total of grants surpassing $80 million to date making the Elton John AIDS Foundation one of the largest public non-profit organizations in the AIDS arena. In 1998, he was knighted by the Queen of England who honored him with the title Sir Elton John, CBE.
TIM RICE
(Lyricist)
TIM RICE (Lyricist) was born in 1944. From 1956-1965 he wanted to be Elvis. Then he met Andrew Lloyd Webber whose musical ambitions were in theatre rather than rock. They joined forces as one could knock out a decent tune, the other had a way with words. They wrote four shows together. The first, THE LIKES OF US (1965-6), was never performed, but JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (1968), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (1969-71) and EVITA (1976-78) became, and indeed remain, hugely successful all around the world, on both stage and screen. Feeling certain that they could never top this lot, the pair went their separate ways in the early eighties, whereupon ALW immediately topped that lot with CATS. TR then wrote BLONDEL (1983), a mediaeval romp, with Stephen Oliver, which ran for a year in London, but not for long anywhere else. In 1986 came CHESS, written with ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. CHESS had a healthy UK run but flopped on Broadway in 1988, the New York Times bloke simply not getting it. In 1989 Rice translated the famous French Berger-Plamondon musical STARMANIA into English which merely resulted in a hit album in France. In the nineties he worked primarily with the Disney empire, contributing lyrics to the movies ALADDIN (music Alan Menken) and THE LION KING, (music Elton John and Hans Zimmer) and to the stage shows BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Alan Menken), THE LION KING and AIDA (both Sir Elton). In lunch breaks he wrote the words for Cliff Richard's theatrical extravaganza HEATHCLIFF (music John Farrar) which toured the UK in 1995-96. He is currently reworking an operatic musical he has written with Alan Menken (KING DAVID), and on new treatments, for both stage and screen, of CHESS, the New York Times bloke having been replaced. He also has a new idea which may or may not see the light of day. He has won many awards, mainly for the wrong things, or for simply turning up. He lives in England, has three children, his own cricket team and a knighthood.
LINDA WOOLVERTON
(Book)
LINDA WOOLVERTON (Book) Linda Woolverton's writing credits include the screenplay for the animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (Golden Glove winner and Academy Award Best Picture nominee); the screenplay (shared) for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey; screenplay (shared) for the animated feature film The Lion King, the book for the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, winner 1998 Olivier Award Best New Musical). Also, she has written two young-adult novels, STAR-WIND and RUNNING BEFORE THE WIND. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from California State University Long Beach and a Master's degree in Theatre from California State University Fullerton. Linda is currently involved in writing and producing film projects for Miramax and Revolution Studios. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Lee Flicker and daughter Keaton.
ROBERT FALLS
(Book)
ROBERT FALLS (Book) Robert Falls directed Long Day's Journey Into Night (three 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Revival) as well as the 1999 Tony Award-winning Death of a Salesman for which he was honored as Best Director. His other Broadway credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Young Man From Atlanta, The Speed of Darkness, The Rose Tatoo and The Night of the Iguana. Mr. Falls received an Obie Award for his direction of Eric Bogosian's Surburbia at Lincoln Center. His work has also been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club and the Joseph Papp Public Theater. As artistic director of Chicago's Goodman Theatre, he has directed many productions, including Book of the Night, Riverview, and a major revival of Pal Joey, for which he wrote a new book. His opera credits include productions for Chicago's Lyric Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Houston Grand Opera and the Grand Theatre de Geneve.
DAVID HENRY HWANG
(Book)
DAVID HENRY HWANG (Book) David Henry Hwang was awarded the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and John Gassner Awards for his Broadway debut, M. BUTTERFLY, which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. For his play Golden Child, he received a 1998 Tony nomination and a 1997 Obie Award. His new book for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song earned him his third Tony nomination in 2003. Hwang's other plays include FOB (1981 Obie Award), The Dance and the Railroad, Family Devotions, The Sound of a Voice and Bondage. His opera libretti include three works for composer Philip Glass, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, The Voyage and The Sound of a Voice, as well at The Silver River with music by Bright Sheng and Ainadama with Osvaldo Goligov. Hwang penned the feature films M. Butterfly, Golden Gate and Possession (co-writer) and co-wrote the song 揝olo?with composer/performer Prince. His new play, Yellow Face, will premiere next season. Mr. Hwang serves on the Dramatists Guild Council.
DANIEL STEWART
(Director)
DANIEL STEWART (Director) Daniel Stewart's work in the theatre includes Broadway, Off Broadway, U.S. National Tours and international productions across Asia, Europe, North and South America. He directed the 2006-7 U.S National Tour of AIDA. He directed and choreographed THE WHO'S TOMMY (Japan, European Tour, South American Tour, U.S National Tour ); THE KING AND I (Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Atlantic City's Taj Mahal ,U.S. National Tour); TITANIC.(U.S. National Tour); FOOTLOOSE (Las Vegas Rio, Atlantic City's Harrahs, U.S National Tour). He created staging for the original productions of Harold Prince's 3HREE (Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, Prince Theatre in Philadelphia) NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY (Off Broadway); THE GIG (Goodspeed Opera); ONLY A KINGDOM (Pasadena Playhouse) and John Bucchino's URBAN MYTHS. He has been guest director and choreographer for over 100 productions at many distinguished American theatres including the Ahmanson Theatre, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, Harold Prince Musical Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, Tennessee Repertory, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cain Park, Art Park, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Festival Playhouse, and The Pasadena Playhouse. He staged A CELEBRATION OF HOLLYWOOD MUSICALES starring movie musical stars Cyd Charisse, June Allyson, and Betty Garret; CALL ME MADAM starring Leslie Uggams and OLIVER starring George S. Irving.
T.J. YOUNG
(General Manager
/ Associate Director)
T.J. YOUNG (General Manager/Associate Director) is happy to be on his 10th year with the Big League family. Some of his credits include: Associate Producer of Ain't Misbehavin National Tour, General Manager of BLAST! Japan International and US National Tours, General Manager of BLAST 2 MIX Japan International Tour, General Manager of AIDA China International Tour, Assoc. Director of Aida National Tour, Assoc. Director of 42nd Street Japan International Tour and US National Tour, Assoc. Director of The Music Man, Dance Captain and Asst. Director of Titanic, Footloose West Coast Premiere and National Tour, Lun Tha in The King and I National Tour. For Robert Redford's Sundance Theatre: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (with Maureen McGovern), Gypsy (with Karen Mason), Oliver! (with Christopher Lloyd), It Happened One Night (with Sally Field and Christopher Lloyd), Spellbound (with Sally Field and Tim Daley), One More Time (directed by Carol Burnett), Joseph in Joseph...Dreamcoat, and Closer Than Ever. T.J. is also former President of the Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors. Special thanks to Dan Stewart, Big League, the Aida cast, and?my wonderful family!!
SARITA ALLEN
(Choreographer)
SARITA ALLEN (Choreographer) In 2005, Ms. Allen, representing Complexions Contemporary Ballet, accepted an award for Artistic Achievement at the Bolshoi. As principal dancer with Alvin Ailey for 17 years, she performed at La Scala, The Paris Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, The Pyramids at Giza, The Kennedy Center and The White House.
NEIL PATEL
(Set Designer)
NEIL PATEL (Set Designer) Broadway: Ring of Fire, Sideman, 'Night Mother. Off Broadway: [title of show], The Argument, After Ashley (Vineyard), Some Girl (s) (MCC), Here Lies Jenny (Zipper), Dinner With Friends (Variety Arts Theater), Soldier's Play, Living Loud (Second Stage), McReele (Roundabout), Between Us (MTC), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Vineyard Theater), The Beard of Avon, Lydie Breeze, Quills, Slavs (New York Theater Workshop), Lobster Alice, On the Mountain (Playwrights Horizons), Dirty Tricks, Othello (New York Shakespeare Festival) Going to St. Ives (Primary Stages). Regional: Williamstown Theater Festival, Guthrie Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theater, Mark Taper Forum among many others. Opera: New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theater St. Louis, Nikikai Opera Tokyo. 2000 EDDY Award; 1996, 2000, 2003 Drama Desk Nominations; 1996 and 2001 OBIE for sustained excellence.
EMILIO SOSA
(Costume Designer)
EMILIO SOSA (Costume Designer) Broadway: TopDog Underdog (also London and various regional theatres). Off-Broadway: The Seven (New York Theatre Workshop); Crowns (Audelco Award '03), Birdie Blue, Living Out (Second Stage Theater); Caligula (Classical Theater of Harlem); The Story, Radiant Baby (Public Theater). Regional: Once On This Island (Center Stage); Cuttin' Up (Arena Stage); Senor Discretion and Himself (Arena Stage); Ain't Misbehavin' (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Pippin, Once On This Island (Bay Street Theater); Adoration of the Old Woman (La Jolla Playhouse); The Piano Lesson (Madison Repertory Theater). Upcoming productions include All That I Will Ever Be (New York Theatre Workshop). Dance: Alvin Ailey; New York City Ballet (Artist-in-Residence); Ballet Hispanico; Complexions. Mr. Sosa is Image Consultant for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis, and was the recipient of the 2006 TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.
CHARLIE MORRISON
(Lighting Design)
CHARLIE MORRISON (Lighting Designer). Charlie's lighting for theatre, national and international tours, architecture, and events has been seen worldwide on four continents and in every state in the U.S. National and international tours include: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Aida (U.S. and China); Gypsy; 42nd Street (U.S. and Japan); Miss Saigon ; Smokey Joe's Caf? The Who's Tommy (Japan and Europe); Titanic; The Music Man; Footloose; The King and I (U.S., South America, Korea); many others. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC); Papermill Playhouse; Goodspeed; Olney Theatre Center; Playmaker's Rep; many others. Charlie is the recipient of the 2006 and 2007 Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design, and has been nominated for six Helen Hayes awards over the past three years. For more information, please visit www.cmlighting.com.
LUCAS J. CORRUBIA
(Sound Designer)
LUCAS J. CORRUBIA (Sound Designer) Lucas, better known on Broadway as 揜ico? has toured the US and internationally with such acts as Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Michael Crawford and Bernadette Peters. Some of his Broadway credits include mixing The Who's Tommy, Bring in 'da Noise Bring in 'da Funk, and most recently the revival of 42nd Street. In addition to several film projects, his most recent sound designs include the International touring production of Burn the Floor, and Big League Theatrical's road tours of Footloose and Meredith Willson's The Music Man.
CHRIS WALTERS
(Sound Designer)
CHRIS WALTERS (Sound Designer) Previous Big League Productions national tour credits include Miss Saigon (Associate Sound Designer/Head Sound Engineer), Titanic (Sound Designer/Head Sound Engineer), Footloose (Head Sound Engineer), and Peter Pan (Head Sound Engineer). Chris has also designed sound for Riverside Theatre (Vero Beach, FL), Indian River Community College (Fort Pierce, FL), West Virginia Public Theatre (Morgantown, WV), Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC), University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, and Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.

BIG LEAGUE PRODUCTIONS, INC. is celebrating its 19th season of producing, general managing, and booking Broadway musicals for touring throughout North America and the world. By special permission from Disney Productions, Big League recently developed and toured extensively a brand new production of Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA to great critical acclaim (visit www.theaidatour.com) and is currently touring AIDA in China. Other recent North America tour highlights were: a new touring production of the world famous mega-musical, Miss Saigon, developed in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, which toured the US and Canada for four years; the unique spectacular BLAST; Footloose, Titanic, 1776, Peter Pan, as well as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Big League's renowned production of The Who's Tommy has been seen throughout North America, South America, Europe, and most recently in Tokyo. Current touring highlights include the 30th Anniversary National Tour of the Tony Award winning musical Ain't Misbehavin' starring American Idol alumni Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis with direction by Tony Award winning Richard Matlby, Jr. Also touring this season is the new dynamic production of the stage adaptation of the iconic renowned children's film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
DANIEL SHER
(Executive Producer)
DANIEL SHER (Executive Producer) After spending the early part of his career touring in the worlds of opera, music and dance, Mr. Sher began at Big League in 1995 as the General Manager for The Who's Tommy, Five Guys Named Moe and A Grand Night for Singing. In 1997, he took over the position of Executive Producer and is proud to have produced Big League's critically acclaimed North American tours of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The King and I, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (starring Rip Taylor), 1776, Footloose (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and National Tour), Peter Pan, Titanic and Meredith Willson's The Music Man as newly conceived by Susan Stroman. Recently, he executive produced the 4 year tour of Miss Saigon as developed with Cameron Mackintosh, 42nd Street with the Tony award winning creative team, as well as Blast! International highlights have included the European and South American tours of The Who's Tommy, The King and I in Brazil, 42nd Street in Japan, and The Who's Tommy in Europe and later Japan. Following the development of the 2006 US tour of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida , AIDA will tour extensively in China in Fall 2008. Current productions also include the premiere North American tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the 30th Anniversary tour of the Tony Award Winning musical Ain't Misbehavin' starring American Idol stars Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis directed by Tony Award winning director, Richard Maltby, Jr.

 

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