CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
BOOK - MUSIC - LYRICS
BOOK - ADDITIONAL LYRICS
BOOK - ORIGINAL CONCEPT - LEAD PRODUCER
Marc Robin is making his London debut with Key West. He is the Executive Artistic Producer at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where Key West had its workshop presentation last summer. He has been associated with the Fulton for the past 17 years creating over 50 shows there. He has staged over 400 productions all across America including Off-Broadway, Tours and several regional theatres such as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Steppenwolf, Marriott Theatre (Chicago); Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera & Walnut Street Theatre (PA) North Shore Music Theatre (Boston), Maltz Jupiter Theatre (Florida), Theatre Under the Stars (Texas) and , his second “home”, Maine State Music Theatre (Brunswick, Maine).
He was the Artistic Director at the Drury Lane Evergreen Park Theatre in Chicago for 13 years. He has been honoured to receive 16 Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago) and 56 Jefferson nominations. He has received several Broadway World, After Dark and Zoni Awards; a lifetime achievement award from Light Opera Works in Chicago and many nominations from Philadelphia’s Barrymores and South Florida’s Carbonells. He is grateful to Jeremiah, Jill, Jason, Mary Lou & Rashad for including him on this very special journey. He does believe in Undying Love and dedicates this show to Lottie, Henry, Dale, FSLM and CDC.
Known for lighting The Bikinis! - A New Musical Beach Party at many regional theatres around the US. He is the Resident Lighting Designer for Broken Box Mime Theatre. He has lit International Recording Artists Teatro at various venues around the USA. Off-Broadway he lit That Bachelorette Show. For TriArts at the Sharon Playhouse, he has lit Doubt, 13, Next Thing You Know, Tuesdays With Morrie, Spring Awakening, and Nine Wives. Other select credits from various theatres include Disney’s On The Record, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Bare: A Pop Opera, Dogfight, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Girlfriend From Hell. He lit three seasons with Aglet Theatre Co., including productions of Galatea and Madagascar. Jamie’s Broadway credits include Assistant Lighting Designer of A Time to Kill and Assistant To The Lighting Designer for Disney’s Aladdin, The Glass Menagerie, Motown: The Musical and Bring it On: The Musical.
Lisa is a New York based Costume Designer and Stylist. Broadway credits include Associate Costume Designer for School of Rock, An American in Paris, Cats, The Play that Goes Wrong, Hair and RENT. Lisa has been designing for more than 20 seasons both in New York and regionally; including The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth, Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Les Misérables, Evita) Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (Titus Andronicus, Pericles, Henry V, King Lear) and The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. www.lisazinni.com
Louise is a highly skilled Video & Projection Designer specialising in video for Theatre and Live events. She trained in Motion Graphic Design at Ravenbourne College. Her work can be seen across the UK and internationally.
Recent Theatre, Live Events includes: Friendly Fires (Brixton Academy, animator); Lava (Nottingham Playhouse); Br’er Cotton (Theatre 503); Rothschild & Sons (Park); Inside Pussy Riot (Saatchi Gallery); Bananarama (UK Tour); Luv Esther (UK Tour); Gok Wan, Naked and Bearing all (UK Tour); Legally Blonde (Korea/Monte Carlo); Rudimental (V festival); The Ugly One (Park); A Thousand Faces; Art Sung, Alma Maler (Wilton’s Music Hall); Worst Wedding Ever (Salisbury Playhouse); Dracula (Resorts World, Singapore); The Island Nation (Arcola); Merch Yr Eog (Theatre Genedlaethol, Cymru); Bugsy Malone (Curve); The Trial of Jane Fonda (Park); Ray Mears’ Tales Of Endurance (UK Tour); Box Of Photographs (Polka); Legally Blonde (Curve); Alice’s Adventures In Underground (Waterloo Vaults, animator); Chwalfa (Pontio); The End Of Longing, Animator (Playhouse); Monster In The Maze (Barbican); Fugee & Wasted (Southwark Playhouse);The Merchant Of Venic (Almeida, Associate); Flashmob (UK Tour, associate); The Waterbabies (Ed Curtis); Gods & Monsters (Southwark Playhouse); An Evening With Ray Mears (UK Tour); The Prodigals (Belgrade, Coventry); Fallujah (Cockpit); The Handyman (UK Tour), 1936 (Lilian Baylis); Romeo & Juliet (Headlong, National Tour); Opera Holland Park (Corporate Party); The Swallowing Dark (Theatre 503) Queen With Adam Lambert (World Tour 2014); The Flying Dutchman (English National Opera, associate); Aida (Royal Albert Hall, associate); Josh Groban’s Straight To You Tour (Multi Arena USA Tour); Procter & Gamble’s Hairworld (Paris); Versus Versace Spring/Summer16; Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory, animator); Reasons To Be Cheerful (Graeae and New Wolsey, animator); Nokia, Internal Communications (Internal Web Videos).
Theatre includes: Titanic (UK Tour), Harold and Maude, The Knowledge, The Braille Legacy and The Woman In White (Charing Cross); The Toxic Avenger (Edinburgh & Arts); Saturday Night Fever (Beau Sejour, Guernsey); Brexit The Musical (London & Edinburgh); 13, Pinocchio (Ambassadors; Tommy (Ramps On The Moon UK Tour); The Play That Goes Wrong (Lyceum); The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (TRSE); Death Takes A Holiday (Charing Cross); Promises Promises, Allegro, The Toxic Avenger, Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel, Dogfight, The A- Z Of Mrs P, Victor/Victoria, Mack & Mabel, Company (Southwark Playhouse); Christina Bianco - Oh Come All Ye Divas!, Ragtime (Charing Cross); Lee Mead - Some Enchanted Evening (UK tour 2016); Girlfriends (Mountview); Sinbad The Sailor (Stratford East); The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess & UK Tour 2016, 2017, 2018); The Secret Garden (New Ambassadors/British Theatre Academy); The Stripper (St James); Les Misérables (Surrey Youth Music Theatre); GSA Foundation Showcase (GSA/University Of Surrey); Titanic (Charing Cross & Southwark Playhouse); An Inspector Calls (UK tour 2016); The Witches (Curve & UK Tour); Robin Hood, Shalom Baby, A Clockwork Orange (Stratford East); Bells Are Ringing, Catch Me If You Can, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, The Concrete Jungle, Bat Boy (ArtsEd); The Smallest Show On Earth (Mercury, Colchester & UK Tour); West End Men (UK Tours, Vaudeville and Singapore); Bruce Forsyth Entertains (Palladium & UK Tour); Sleeping Beauty (Millfield); Calamity Jane (UK Tour); Let It Be (UK Tour, Moscow, Japan tour & Monaco; Head of Sound, Savoy); Rent (UK Concert Tour); Hormonal Housewives (UK Tour); The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice (UK Tour); Beauty And The Beast (SYP, High Wycombe); High School Musical 2 (SYP, Hastings); Search For A Twitter Star Live Finals (Lyric); West End Eurovision 2012 (Dominion); Midnight Tango (Aldwych and UK Tour); Snow White, Cinderella (Qdos, Hastings); Top Hat, Britain’s Got Bhangra (UK Tours); West Side Story (HQ, High Wycombe); Last Five Years (Tabard); Legacy Falls (New Players); Buddy The Musical, Cats (Channel Islands); Departure Lounge (Waterloo East); An Evening With Blake, Matt Monro Jnr, Our House, Beauty And The Beast, Hairspray, Jus’ Like That (UK Tours 2010); End Of The Rainbow (Northampton); Cats (International Arena Tour); Les Misérables Concerts, Cacophony, Noise Ensemble, High School Musical 2, Rent, Fame (UK Tours); Shout (UK Tour and Arts); The Wedding Singer (UK Tour); Little Shop of Horrors (West End & UK Tour); Footloose (UK Tours and West End); Rent Remixed (Duke Of York’s); Fiddler On The Roof (Savoy); An Epitaph For George Dillon (Comedy); Loveshack The Musical (UK Tour).
Andrew is a Project Manager and Sound Designer for Creative Technology.
A professional in the musical theatre industry for over twenty years, Robert Felstein has established himself as a pianist, orchestrator, and conductor. He has music directed over fifty professional productions at theatres around the country, conducted concerts with many of the leading singers of musical theatre, played in Broadway pits, and for the past seven years has been musical director of the world’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks. He is on the faculty of the Hartt School of the University of Hartford.
Andrew graduated from the GSA Conservatoire in 2004, where he was the Sean McGrath scholar. His first job as musical director was for the play She Stoops to Conquer at Hampton Court Palace in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex, where he also played the role of Diggory.
In 2016, he was asked to work with Dame Julie Andrews in the casting process of the 60th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady at Sydney Opera House.
As resident conductor for The Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, Andrew has conducted Direct From The West End (UK Tour), A Night At The Musicals (UK Tour), Shows and Soundtracks (UK Tour), Broadway! (UK Tour), The Mikado in Concert and The Pirates of Penzance in Concert (Congress Theatre) and An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein (St David’s Hall). He is looking forward to WMTO’s first international tour in 2019, which will include a visit to the beautiful Manoel Theatre in Valletta, Malta.
Recent Musical Director credits include: Made In Dagenham (SLP College, Leeds), Noel and Gertie (Sheringham Little), The Vera Lynn Story (UK Tour), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Bridgend College), Call Me Merman (UK Tour), Is There Life After High School (Bridgend College), A-Z of Musical Theatre (UK Tour), Robinson Crusoe and the Pirate Queen (Chipping Norton), Just A Housewife (UK Tour).
As an accompanist, Andrew has been lucky enough to play for many West End singers, including Caroline Sheen, Janie Dee, Savannah Stevenson and Rosemary Ashe.
He regularly plays for auditions and masterclasses in London, which have included working for the prestigious Watermill Theatre under the musical supervision of Catherine Jayes and Sarah Travis. He was pleased to work with Sarah again last Christmas on Scrooge! at Leicester Curve Theatre, which involved working with the legendary Leslie Bricusse.
CASTING DIRECTOR & ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC PRODUCER
Neil Rutherford is an international award-winning Casting Director, Writer, Composer, Director and Producer having worked on numerous professional musicals and plays in London’s West End, Broadway, Australia and Europe for almost 30 years.
Originally a successful actor in the West End, Neil then worked in the Production Department at English National Opera, before joining the Ambassador Theatre Group in Production and General Management, then as Head of Casting. He left ATG in 2012 to set up his own company, Neil Rutherford Productions, spending 4 years working on the musicals at the Sydney Opera House, and around Australia, as Casting Director and Director. He is Artistic Director of Polar Eclipse, an English Speaking Theatre Company in Sweden, where his recent hippy Midsummer Night’s Dream broke Box Office records. Recent casting work includes My Fair Lady directed by Dame Julie Andrews and Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth for the Royal Ballet. He is currently writing a television musical for Opera Australia. Neil is also proud to be Industry Liaison Manager for Mountview.
His book Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting is a world leader in its field, and on its 5th reprint published by Bloomsbury.
Shannon Hudson is an American born, London based director, choreographer and instructor.
A faculty member at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and director of CBS Dance for actor/singers, she is an active volunteer with trauma and dementia victims through charity Talitha Arts and a consultant with the iOpener Institute teaching at London Business School and Cambridge University. Shannon is a graduate of the University of Michigan holding a BFA in Musical Theatre.
Choreography: UK-Legally Blonde (Bournemouth and Poole College); A Comfy Kind of Christmas (Pheasantry); Dave the Less Than Average Fairy (Tristan Bates).
Director/Choreography: US-Anything Goes; Oklahoma!; Swing into the Season; Addy’s Excellent Adventure; Alice’s Wonderland; The Red Shoes; Beauty and the Beast; Journey from Aleppo.
Musical Theatre Performances: NYC/Tour/Regional: 42nd Street (Annie); 42nd Street European Tour (Lorraine); Anything Goes (Virtue); Some Like It Hot the Musical (Swing); Radio City Christmas Spectacular; The Dancer Who Wore Sneakers; Big Band Broadcast (Lead Vocalist); Zoot Suit Strut (Lead Vocalist); No, No Nannette (Dance Captain); Brigadoon; Shenandoah (Dance Captain); Strike Up the Band (Swing); The Music Man (Zaneeta); The Most Happy Fella; Dames at Sea (Ruby); Singin’ in the Rain.
Dance: UK: Scatter US: Sasha Soreff Dance Theater; Wendy Seyb Dancers; Jazz Dance Theater Ensemble; Especially Tap Chicago.
JANINE LEE PAPIO
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Specializing in artist development, branding, digital media, and creative consulting and based in NYC, Nashville, LA & London- TBP focuses on music, film, theatre, and other many artistic endeavors.
FOR SMART ENTERTAINMENT
Smart Entertainment is a team of experienced general managers, led by Peter Huntley. Peter’s career encompasses general management in the West End, off-West End, UK and international touring. Since 2009, Peter has worked on over 70 major productions worldwide.
Smart Entertainment have provided general management for some of the industry’s top producers and in recent years, our team have worked with Jamie Hendry Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Royal Albert Hall and The Really Useful Theatre Company. Smart also work closely with international producers and promoters to facilitate bringing first class productions transferring around the world.
Smart Entertainment are currently managing the international tour of Impossible, performances by London Musical Theatre Orchestra, seasons of work for Simon Friend Entertainment and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, the forthcoming UK tour of The Wind in the Willows the Musical, as well as aiding the development of new plays and musicals.
RASHAD V. CHAMBERS
Rashad is the Founder and President of Esquire Entertainment, a New York based talent management and production company. Rashad manages a diverse roster of actors, writers, directors and choreographers working in theatre, television and film. As a producer, Rashad has developed and produced various theatrical productions and staged readings. His upcoming Broadway productions include Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations and Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting. Rashad produced the world premiere of The Erlkings at the Beckett Theatre in New York. He also produced an independent romantic comedy entitled True to the Heart, which won five awards at the Long Island International Film Expo and was an official selection of the Big Apple Film Festival. In addition, his short film, Click, was an official selection at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival. Rashad is currently developing a TV series with Stacy Sutphen, Damon Sharpe, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Electus. Finally, he has developed and produced concerts series at 54 Below, 42West, Ars Nova and the 92Y in Tribeca. Special thanks to Mark, Celine and Duke!
Marylou is a theatre investor and producer. Her Broadway affiliations include Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and Dear Evan Hansen. Marylou was recently an associate producer of A Taste of Things To Come in Chicago. Other producing credits include the audiobook, Delirium Tremens and Jeremiah James’ Choose Love concert at Live at Zedel in London. She has a bachelor’s degree of fine arts from Marymount Manhattan College and studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Marylou resides in Connecticut with her husband and children.
ART LAB LLC
Founded by Meg Fofonoff, Art Lab LLC, with partners Stacey Stephens and Arthur Cuadros, is committed to producing events of all artistic disciplines. Current projects: The Cher Show, Head Over Heels and three untitled new works.
John is President/Executive Producer of Aspire Motion Pictures, has a highly regarded career as a successful business strategist, serving in a variety of senior leadership positions with several major corporations. After establishing a proven executive management track record, John went on to start his own company, which quickly grew to become a leader in the service industry, before being acquired by a Wall Street private equity firm. Always passionate about partnering with creative entrepreneurs, helping grow both their personal and professional brands, the move to independent cinema - and the pursuit of artistic excellence informed by business acumen - was a natural fit.
Jess is a New York-based producer, with over ten years of production experience in award-winning fiction and documentary short and feature films. Born in Rio de Janeiro, she’s always been passionate about musical theatre and is thrilled to be a part of this production. Film: The Ring Thing, Let Me Make You a Martyr, Knucklehead, Meadowland. TV: 2 Dope Queens, The Dangerous Book for Boys. Upcoming projects: The Honeymoon Phase, Northern.
Cameron Smith has been a patron of the arts for many years. He has produced several shows in the United States including Swing into the Season and the charitable Big Band Broadcast Concert Series which also played the UK. He co-founded the Dorothy Monagin Music Endowment, supporting international study for young musicians. A specialist in global logistics for over 25 years, Cameron is interested in cultural exchange to promote understanding and arts fuelled commerce. He is pleased to be a co-producer on this international team bringing It Happened in Key West to London for its world premiere.
Autumn Karen is a writer, producer, educator, and activist based out of North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in special education and is pursuing doctoral work in women’s studies. Her compelling first book, James Stern: Killen the KKK, was published in 2017. It Happened in Key West is a passion project for Autumn, one that she’s gratified to be a part of.
RICHARD AND BARBARA NELSON
Richard and Barbara Nelson have been avid patrons of the arts for past 35 years. They reside in Pennsylvania, USA with their two dogs Tiberius (Tie) and Sophie.
Sam Zeller is an internationally renowned actor who has been in a number of stage productions on and off Broadway and abroad such as Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Evita, The Cherry Orchard, The Time Of Your Life, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, The Foreigner, The Book Of Liz and The Wild Party as well as multiple TV/Film appearances.
Originally from Anaheim, California, Sam played semi-professional baseball with the Minnesota Twins Organization and graduated cum laude from UC Irvine. Sam dedicates his participation in It Happened in Key West to his parents, Marie and Walter Zeller.
Denise began her career as an actress in Seattle where she performed in Dan Savage’s spoof of Equus (Egguus), and Arts West’s production of Our Town. Denise now finds herself happily engaged in the exciting world of general management. Previous hats include official photographer for Neil Totton’s NY Soul Sensation at New World Stages and Outreach Director for Raquel Almazan’s La Paloma Prisoner and Porning the Planet in New York City.
Future projects include producing the contemporary theatrical fairy tale Wrapped in Pink written by It Happened in Key West’s own Jason Huza and Josh Walden (Associate Director, Ragtime Broadway Revival).
When Denise isn’t working, she is busy general managing a family of three young boys and her eccentric husband.