The Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater
At the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.Directions
Steve Kluger (Book & Lyrics) is an author and playwright, born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1952, who grew up with only two heroes: Tom Seaver and Ethel Merman. Few were able to grasp the concept. A veteran of Casablanca and a graduate of The Graduate, he has written extensively on subjects as far ranging as World War II, rock and roll, and the Titanic, and as close to the heart as baseball and the Boston Red Sox (which frequently have nothing to do with one another). Doubtless due to the fact that he's a card-carrying Baby Boomer whose entire existence was shaped by the lyrics to "Abbey Road," "Workingman's Dead," and "Annie Get Your Gun" (his first spoken words, in fact, were actually stolen from The Pajama Game), he's also forged a somewhat singular path as a civil rights advocate, campaigning for a "Save Fenway Park" initiative (which qualifies as a civil right if you're a Red Sox fan), counseling gay teenagers, and, on behalf of Japanese American internment redress, lobbying the Department of the Interior to restore the baseball diamond at the Manzanar National Historic Site. Meanwhile, he donates half of his spare time to organizations such as Lambda Legal Defense, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and Models of Pride, and gives the rest of it to his nieces and nephews--the nine kids who own his heart.
Jason Howland (Music) is an Emmy Award winning, Grammy and Tony nominated Composer, Producer and Arranger. Broadway: Composer Little Women – The Musical; Music Supervisor/Conductor/Arranger: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Bonnie and Clyde, Wonderland, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables, The Civil War, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Taboo, Spiderman, Jekyll & Hyde (Revival). Tours and International: Deathnote (World Premiere Tokyo 2015), Cinderella, Flashdance, We Will Rock You, South Pacific (Revival), Beauty and the Beast, La Cage Aux Folles, Memphis, Elf, A Chorus Line, and Shrek. Recording and TV projects: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (OBC – Grammy nomination), Handel’s Messiah Rocks (Emmy Award for Arrangements), Little Women – the Musical, Taboo, Megumi Hamada Attitude, Ock Joo Hyun’s Gold, Jekyll & Hyde (OBC), Jekyll & Hyde (revival), The Dreams in You, The Scarlet Pimpernel (OBC), The Civil War, Linda Eder’s albums Christmas Stays the Same and It’s Time. Guest conductor with the Atlanta, Florida, New Jersey and Memphis Symphony orchestras. Proud father of Noah and Nina.
Broadway: Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde, Grey Gardens, Deaf West's Big River (2004 Tony Honor, Excellence in Theatre), Brooklyn, Bells Are Ringing (2001 Revival), Annie Get Your Gun (1999 Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease (1994 Tony nomination, Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite!, The Will Rogers Follies. West End/International: Disney's High School Musical 1 & 2: On Stage!. Regional/National tour: Jekyll & Hyde, Upcoming National Tour; Disney's Newsies, Paper Mill Playhouse; Jane Austen's Emma: A Musical Romantic Comedy (2011 Craig Noel Award, Outstanding Resident Musical), The Old Globe; Bonnie & Clyde (2009 San Diego Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical), Asolo Rep Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse; Dolly Parton's 9 to 5: The Musical, 1st National Tour; Deaf West's Pippin, Mark Taper Forum; Disney's High School Musical: On Tour!, Disney Theatrical; The Civil War and Shenandoah, Ford's Theatre. Ford's Theatre Associate Artist.
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