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Mel Brooks (Book, Composer & Lyricist, Producer), Director, producer, writer, and actor, Mel Brooks began his distinguished career during television's "Golden Age" as a writer for Sid Caesar on "Your Show of Shows" in 1951. In 1955 and in 1957, Brooks received Emmy Award nominations (with others) for best comedy writing for "Caesar's Hour," and in 1956 he was nominated (with others) for best writing for a variety or situation comedy. In 1952, Brooks wrote sketches for Leonard Sillman's Broadway smash-hit revue, New Faces of 1952, and in 1957, together with Joe Darion, he wrote the book for the Broadway musical Shinbone Alley, which starred Eartha Kitt.  In 1962 he wrote the book for the Broadway musical All-American, starring Ray Bolger.  In the '60s, Brooks teamed up with Carl Reiner to write and perform The 2000 Year Old Man albums, which became immediate bestsellers.  Brooks and Reiner received Grammy Award nominations for the best spoken word comedy for 2000 Years and one for best comedy performance for 2000 and One Years, respectively. In 1997, Brooks and Reiner teamed up again for The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000. Both a book and a CD were released, the CD winning a Grammy Award for 1998 for the best spoken word album: comedy.  Brooks wrote and narrated The Critic, a short satire on avant-garde art films, for which he won the Academy Award for best animated short subject in 1964. In 1965, he teamed with Buck Henry and created "Get Smart," the long-running television show starring Don Adams as Agent 86. Brooks, along with others, received an Emmy Award for outstanding writing achievement in a comedy-variety in 1967 for "The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special."  In 1968, he wrote and directed his first feature film, The Producers, starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, which earned him an Academy Award for best original screenplay written directly for the screen. For three successive seasons, Brooks won the Emmy Award for his role as "Uncle Phil" on the hit comedy show, "Mad About You."  His visionary film company, Brooksfilms Limited, founded in 1980, has produced some of America's most distinguished films, among them: David Lynch's The Elephant Man, David Cronenberg's The Fly, Frances, Richard Benjamin's My Favorite Year and 84 Charing Cross Road, starring Anthony Hopkins and Mr. Brooks' wife, Anne Bancroft.

Thomas Meehan (Book) won a Tony Award in 1977 for writing the book of Annie, which was his first Broadway show, and has since written the books for the musicals I Remember Mana, Ain't Broadway Grand, and Annie Warbucks. In addition, he is a long-time contributor of humor to The New Yorker, an Emmy-Award winning writer of television comedy, and a collaborator on a number of screenplays including Mel Brooks' Spaceballs and To Be or Not to Be. Mr. Meehan is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild.

Susan Stroman (Director / Choreographer) co-created, directed and choreographed the musical Contact for Lincoln Center Theater, winning the 2000 Tony Award as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards. She won the 2000 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Direction and Choreography of a Musical for the Broadway revival of The Music Man. Her choreography for Broadway's Crazy for You won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Olivier Award for London's West End production. Her choreography was honored again with the Olivier Award for the Royal National Theatre's production of Oklahoma! Other Broadway productions include Show Boat (Tony and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Big, Steel Pier and Picnic. She choreographs Madison Square Garden's annual spectacular event A Christmas Carol, directed by Mike Ockrent.  Off-Broadway productions include co-creator and choreographer for And the World Goes 'Round (Outer Critics Circle Award), Flora the Red Menace, and several shows for the New York City Opera including Don Giovanni, A Little Night Music, and 110 in the Shade. She created Blossom Got Kissed for Ballet's 50th Anniversary season and choreographed the ballet But Not for Me for the Martha Graham Company.  Her choreography received an Emmy nomination for the HBO presentation "Liza - Stepping Out at Radio City Music Hall," starring Liza Minnelli. She directed An Evening with the Boston Pops - A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein, and co-conceived / choreographed "Sondheim - A Celebration at Carnegie Hall," for PBS.  She recently received the American Choreography Award for her work on the Columbia Pictures feature film Center Stage. Currently she is working on the new musical Thou Shalt Not for Lincoln Center Theater. Ms. Stroman is the proud recipient of two Astaire Awards.

Robin Wagner (Set Design) Broadway designs include: Kiss Me, Kate; The Wild Party; Saturday Night Fever; Side Show; The Life; Angels in America; Victor/Victoria; Big; Jelly's Last Jam; crazy for You; City of Angels; Jerome Robbins' Broadway; Chess; A Chorus Line; Dreamgirls; 42nd Street; On the Twentieth Century; Jesus Christ Superstar; Lenny; Promises, Promises, The Great White Hope; andHair. Other work ranges from regional theatre to ballet, rock & roll and grand opera, including the Metropolitan, the Swedish Royal, Vienna State, Hamburg State and Royal companies.  Honors include Tonys, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lumen and others.  He is a trustee of the NY Shakespeare Festival and a Professor of Theatre Arts at Columbia University.  He was recently inaugurated into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

William Ivey Long (Costume Design) Contact, The Music Man (Hewes Award), Cabaret, Chicago, Swing!, Seussical, Annie Get Your Gun, Smokey Joe's Café, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Big, Steel Pier, 1776, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Crazy for You (Tony, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Guys and Dolls (Drama Desk Award), Madison Square Garden's annual A Christmas Carol, Six Degrees of Separation, Assassins (1191 Obie Award), Lend Me a Tenor (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Nine (Tony, Drama Desk, Maharam Awards), Robert Wilson's Hamletmachine, Leonard Beinstein's A Quiet Place and Trouble in Tahiti, The Lost Colony, Mick Jagger's Steel Wheels Tour, Siegfried and Roy, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Peter Martins, David Parsons, Susan Stroman.

Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design) Broadway: Contact Drama Desk and OCC Awards); Kiss Me Kate (Tony nom.); The Music Man; The Rainmaker; Honour; Jackie; Steel Pier (OCC Award); She Loves Me (also West End, London); On the Waterfront; A Small Family Business. Roundabout: Three Sisters; Company; She Loves Me; Picnic; The Play's the Thing; The Show-Off; The Homecoming; Candida. Off-Broadway: Violet; Impossible Marriage; The Uneasy Chair; The Monogamist; Curtains; Below the Belt; Grandchild of Kings; Song of Singapore, among others.Many shows for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, City Center Encores!, Second Stage. He has designed exclusively fro most leading regional theatre and opera companies in the U.S. Abroad: Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Bonn State Opera, Opera/North, Edinburgh Festival. This summer, Mr. Kaczorowski is designing a new Ring Cycle for Seattle Opera.

Steve C. Kennedy (Sound Design) was the production engineer on such Broadway shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Carrie, andAspects of Love. His Broadway sound design credits include Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carousel, and The Who's Tommy, for which he received the Drama Desk Award. Steve is married to actress Loni Ackerman and has two sons, Jack and George.

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