Book, Music and Lyrics Robert J. Sherman
Direction and Choreography Stewart Nicholls
Music Supervision & Arrangement Richard Healey
Design Gabriella Slade
Casting Stephen Moore
Music Direction Neil MacDonald
Lighting Design Rob Mills
Sound Design Andy Hinton
ROBERT J. SHERMAN
Book, Music and Lyrics
ROBERT J. SHERMAN comes from an illustrious line of songwriters spanning more than four generations. At 16 Sherman became one of the youngest songwriters ever invited to join BMI and is an alum of BMI’s Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. At 18 he wrote songs for the musical, A Christmas Held Captive (Beverly Hills Playhouse). Subsequently, Sherman has written songs and/or script for various film, stage and TV productions. Projects include: The Adventures of Amazon Jack (Columbia TriStar), The Magic 7 (Pulse Entertainment) and The Penguin Pirate. Current projects include Inkas the Ramferinkas (an animation musical film) and Bumblescratch which was workshopped at The Network Theatre in London. In 2014 Sherman narrated and produced A Spoonful of Sherman which celebrates 90 years of Sherman songwriting. The show received four stars from The Times. The Original Cast Recording is scheduled for release in June 2015 by SimG Records with a UK Tour planned for 2016. 2014 also saw the publication of Moose: Chapters From My Life (Sherman’s father’s posthumously released autobiography) for which Sherman served as the book’s editor. Sherman also provides the voice and music for the Moose audiobook. The audiobook is scheduled for release in the July 2015. Sherman is the CEO/President of Music World LLC and MusicWorld UK and is a Trustee of the Robert B. Sherman Family Estate and Archives which includes one half of The Sherman Brothers and Al Sherman estates. Sherman resides in London, England.
Direction and Choreography
Stewart has directed and choreographed many production including: Jewish Legends (Radlett and Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Free As Air (Finborough Theatre), A Spoonful of Sherman (St James’ Theatre Studio), Salad Days and The Biograph Girl (London College of Music), Gay’s The Word (Jermyn Street Theatre and Finborough Theatre), Dorothy Squires: Mrs. Roger Moore (White Bear Theatre and 2012 Edinburgh Festival), Lunch With Marlene (National Tour), Hetty Feinstein’s Wedding Anniversary (New End Theatre London), Beatlemania (Gothenburg Opera House), South Pacific (Birmingham Symphony Hall for BBC Radio Two), Over MyShoulder (National Tour and Wyndhams Theatre), Carousel (St David’s Hall, Cardiff for BBC Radio Three), the première of Charles Hart’s LoveSongs (Bridewell Theatre). Workshops include: Merman’s Apprentice. He has also worked in various Drama Colleges. He has directed and choreographed six pantomimes for Hall for Cornwall, Truro.
Choreography includes: Iolanthe, Princess Ida and The Mikado (Buxton Opera House and National Tour), Cowardy Custard (National Tour), Noel and Gertie (Cockpit Theatre), and Tim Rice’s revival of Blondel (Pleasance Theatre).
Stewart is the leading archivist of British Musical Theatre: directing, choreographing and restoring many forgotten musicals by major British writers, including Noël Coward’s Sail Away (his restored version is published by Warner/Chappell Music). He produced CDs of many of these productions, including The Amazons which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Stewart has lectured on the history, direction and choreography of musical theatre, is archivist for many writers of British Musical Theatre, is an Honorary member of the Noël Coward Society and an Honorary Theatre Associate of Mercury Musical Developments. Stewart has written sleeve notes for various CDs, and is a contributing author to The Oxford Handbook of The British Musical writing a chapter on Ivor Novello and British Operetta. Future productions include: Business As Usual – a new play for Cheltenham Everyman Theatre. www.stewartnicholls.co.uk
Richard has musically directed many productions including, Fame (TSE Scandanavia); Merman’s Apprentice (Landor Theatre); New Jersey Nights (UK No.1 & International Tour); Pirates of Penzance (UK Tour for Illyria); Songs To Make You Smile (UK Festivals & International Tour); Lili la Scala (Christchurch International Festival, New Zealand); The Biograph Girl (London College of Music at Waterman’s Theatre); Aladdin, Cinderella and Robin Hood (Hall For Cornwall, Hiss & Boo Co.); Rhinestone Mondays (UK No.1 Tour, Mercury Theatre); Simply Cinderella (World Premiere, Leicester CURVE); Ordinary Days (European Premiere, Finborough Theatre); Cultural Olympiad Live (BBC Kent); One Night Only (Guildford Festival, Right Note Theatre Company); The Lost Christmas (Hazlitt, Maidstone); Tess of the D’Urbervilles (New End Theatre & UK tour)
Richard’s composition credits also include, Wuthering Heights (Red Rose Chain); The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart (Pleasance Theatre, ‘Les Enfants Terrible’ Award 2012); Christmas Comes But Once A Year and Aqua Springs (Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone) Nana (LAMDA); Alice in Wonderland and A Christmas Carol (East 15 Acting School at the Corbett Theatre); Emma (King’s Head Theatre & UK Tour), Mina Laury (Brighton Arts Festival & UK Tour). Richard’s original orchestrations for Ordinary Days have been performed Off-Broadway in the Ars Nova New Composers Series. His vocal arrangements have been performed extensively, including at Birdland Jazz Club, NYC. In collaboration with Greenfingers, he has also written the music and songs for several interactive multisensory musicals for young people with additional needs.
Richard is an Associate Composer of Mercury Music Developments and an Associate Musical Director for Youth Music Theatre
Gabriella graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a First class BA (Hons) in Theatre Design.
Recent set and/or costume designs include: Alice In Wonderland (Oxford Playhouse), Richard III (Wales Millennium Centre), We Can Make You Happy (Vault Festival), Albert Herring (Dora Stouzker Hall), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Castle Theatre), How Do You Eat An Elephant? (National Youth Theatre Wales), House Of Blakewell’s House Party (Latitude & Bestival), The Miracle (Richard Burton Theatre), A Cuckoo In The Nest (Richard Burton Theatre), Cosi Fan Tutte (Dora Stouzker Hall), In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse), Just So (Wilde Theatre), The One Hundred And One Dalmatians (Castle Theatre) Dead Born Grow (Frantic Assembly & National Youth Theatre Wales), Happy Never After (Pleasance Courtyard), The Blood Is Strong (Finborough Theatre), She Loves Me and Bernarda Alba (Electric Theatre, Guildford School Of Acting), Wind In The Willows (Wilde Theatre), Steve And Then It Ended (Theatre503), Everyday Maps for Everyday Use (Finborough Theatre), People Like Us and Happy Never After (Pleasance, London), A Month In The Country (Richard Burton Theatre) and The Merchant of Venice (Richard Burton Theatre).
Recent assistant set and costume designs include: De Gabay (National Theatre Wales) and Beyond Borders (National Youth Theatre Wales). Costume design assistant productions include: Candide (Swan Theatre, RSC), The Commitments (Palace Theatre, London) and From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre, London).
Current projects include designer for Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Youth Theatre Wales) and Kommilitonen (Welsh National Youth Opera).
Gabriella was nominated for an Off-West End Award for best Costume Design for In The Heights, 2015. Gabriella was shortlisted as one of the final 20 candidates for the prestigious The Linbury Prize for Stage Design, 2013. She was also a finalist in the JMK award in association with the Young Vic, 2014.
Neil trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
As Musical Director, theatre includes: Cougar The Musical (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Carmen Disruption, (Almeida Theatre – Asst. MD), Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Royal, Winchester), Spend, Spend, Spend (Bridewell Theatre), Liza Liza Liza (Yvonne Arnaud & Theatre Royal Windsor), The Wind In The Willows (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Hot Mikado (Electric Theatre, Guildford), Allegro(Bridewell Theatre, LSMT production), Some Like it Hotter (Watermill Theatre & Touring), Bright Lights, Big City (Bridewell Theatre, London), The Rage to Live (The Mill Studio, Guildford & New End Theatre, Hampstead), Little Women (Waterloo-East Theatre), Copacabana (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Into the Woods (Crescent Theatre, Birmingham), Lunch with Marlene & Noel (UK Tour), Dracula (White Bear, London), A Little Night Music (Zion Arts Centre, Manchester), Lunch With Marlene (New End Theatre). Dep. Keys on Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre).
Neil has also performed extensively as a solo classical pianist and accompanist at venues in London such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly and St. Martin in the Fields. He has toured SE Asia, the Philippines and Hong Kong, and given recitals in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris, Nice, Barcelona, Rome and Hamburg. He has also worked as MD, vocal and repertoire coach at many leading drama schools, including LSMT, ArtsEd, Guildford School of Acting, Mountview, London Studio Centre, Birmingham School of Acting & Oxford School of Drama.
Sommer 14 [Lighting & Video Design] (Finnborough), Gay’s the Word (Finnborough, Jermyn St & Windsor); Crows on the Wire [Lighting & Video Design] (NI Tour);Romeo & Juliet (Cambridge Arts Theatre); Oedipus Retold & Making Dickie Happy (Tristan Bates), Tosca (UK Touring & Luxembourg National Cultural Centre); Salad Days, Biograph Girl & Daredevas (Watermans Theatre)); Gilbert is Dead (Hoxton Hall); Love Bites (Leatherhead Theatre); The Elixir of Love (Stanley Hall Opera); Napoleon Noir (Shaw Theatre); The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Hayton on Homicide (Edinburgh); Niceties (Cambridge Footlights).
Aida (Epsom Playhouse); Madama Butterfly (Harlequin Theatre); Venus & Adonis, Dido & Aeneas and The Magic Flute (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); The Mikado and Yeomen of the Guard (Minack Theatre), Don Giovanni & Pelléas et Mélisande (West Rd Concert Hall), Crave (Edinburgh).
Rob has also provided the lighting & event design for a large number of live and corporate events (which he does as his company Light Motif), including the 2010 ‘Floating Finale’ to the Lord Mayor’s Show, on the River Thames.
For more information see: www.robwmills.co.uk
Andy’s previous sound design credits include: Positive (Park Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Twickenham Theatre), Armstrong’s War (Finborough Theatre); The Cat’s Mother (The Courtyard, Hoxton); The Light In The Piazza, The Producers, Hello Again, The Last Five Years, Yerma, Fire Island, Trojan Barbie (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts); Hairspray, Noises Off, Crazy for You, Kiss Me Kate, In The Club, The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury).
MUSICWORLD (UK) LTD
MUSICWORLD (UK) LTD. was founded in 2013 as a UK production affiliate to Music World Corporation, an American music production and publishing company. The latter company was created in 1958 by then, future Academy Award-winning songwriter Robert B. Sherman. Within its first year, it became the first music publisher to co-brand with Wonderland Music Company, Walt Disney’s then fledgling BMI music publishing subsidiary. Some of Music World’s hit songs include: Tall Paul, Bright and Shiny and the Billboard #1 song, You’re Sixteen. Tall Paul reached #6 on the Billboard charts in 1959 making it the first top-ten single for a solo female rock and roll singer. Upon the death of founder, Robert B. Sherman, on March 6, 2012, his son, Robert J. Sherman succeeded him as CEO and President of the company. In 2013 Robert J. Sherman founded Music World LLC and MusicWorld (UK). MusicWorld (UK) has subsequently overseen the publishing of its founder, Robert B. Sherman’s acclaimed autobiography, Moose: Chapters From My Life published by AuthorHouse publishers (an affiliate of Penguin Random House Publications). In 2014 MusicWorld (UK) produced the acclaimed UK concert production of A Spoonful of Sherman, a tour of which is planned for 2016. Love Birds is the MusicWorld (UK)’s second UK based stage production.
KPS productions is a theatre production and management company that was formed by Kat Portman Smith in 2012.
Productions include: Go See by Norris Church Mailer (Kings Head Theatre), The Frida Kahlo of Penge West by Chris Larner (Bridge House Theatre & Rosemary Branch Theatre), …and this is my friend Mr Laurel by Jeffrey Holland and Gail Louw (Pleasance Edinburgh), Playing with Grown Ups by Hannah Patterson (59E59 Theaters, New York & Theatre 503), The London Jam and Improvathon (Park Theatre), Desperately Seeking the Exit by Peter Michael Marino (Leicester Square Theatre) and Impromptu Shakespeare (Underbelly, Edinburgh).
Kat’s also produced for JustJones& their Autumn 2013 tour of the new adaptation by Rebecca Manson Jones of An Enemy of the People.
Kat worked as Associate Producer for Seabright Productions from 2005 to 2012 managing and line producing a number of touring productions including Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Potted Potter and Potted Panto. Looking after all tour booking and management and marketing for the shows. She has also worked with the company on their Festival Highlights programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2005 to 2012. She has been involved in the management of West End runs of Potted Potter and Panto.
In 2012 she was awarded a Society of London Theatre’s Stage One Bursary for new producers.