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Meet the Creative Team 
 

Alan Jay Lerner
Book and Lyrics
Alan Jay Lerner wrote these plays with Frederick Loewe: Life of the Party, What’s Up, The Day Before Spring, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi. He also wrote Love Life with Kurt Weill, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and Carmelina with Burton Lane, Coco with Andre Previn, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with Leonard Bernstein, and Dance a Little Closer with Charles Strouse. He wrote the libretto and/or lyrics for the following films: An American in Paris, Gigi, The Little Prince, The Royal Wedding, and film versions of his plays. He wrote two books – On the Street Where I Live and The Musical Theatre: A Celebration. Mr. Lerner died in 1986.

Frederick Loewe
Music
Frederick Loewe, a child prodigy at four, made his concert debut with the Berlin Symphony at
13. He came to America in 1923. In 1942, Loewe approached Alan Jay Lerner in New York and said he would like to collaborate with him on a musical show. The two went on to enjoy a notable partnership resulting in the stage musicals Day Before Spring, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot and the films Gigi and The Little Prince and the stage version of Gigi. Mr. Loewe died on February 14,1988 at 88, the winner of several Tony and Oscar awards.

David Lee
Book Adapter
David most recently directed the west coast premiere of Casa Valentina at the Pasadena Playhouse. Previously he directed Camelot (his eight-person adaptation) and Present Laughter (Two River Theater); his revisal of Can-Can (Paper Mill Playhouse); Light Up the Sky, Do I Hear A Waltz?,
110 in the Shade, Diva, Can-Can (Ovation Award-Best Director), Camelot, Art (Pasadena Playhouse); the world premiere of How I Fell In Love (Williamstown Theatre Festival); On the 20th Century, Assassins, Company, A New Brain, Applause, Working, Forum, Zorba, (Ovation nominee-Best
Director), Elegies, Two by Two, Gigi (Reprise); South Pacific with Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Hollywood Bowl). David is also a 9-time Emmy Award-winning director, writer, and producer for television. He is the co-creator of “Wings” and “Frasier,” and served as writer/producer for “Cheers” as well as directing multiple episodes of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” 19 Emmy nominations, Directors Guild Award, Golden Globe, Producers Guild Award, GLAAD Media Award, British Comedy Award, Television Critics Association Award (three times), the Humanitas Prize (twice), and the Peabody.

Mark Lamos
Director/Artistic Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Artistic Director since 2009. Broadway: Our Country's Good (Tony nomination); The Rivals, Cymbeline, Seascape (Tony nomination, best revival) for Lincoln Center Theater; The Deep Blue Sea; The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm. Off-Broadway: Tiny Alice, Measure for Measure (Lortel Awards for both); productions at Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Signature Theatre, The Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park (As You Like It). He was Artistic Director of Hartford Stage for 16 seasons (1989 Tony Award). Other theater: Kennedy Center, Canada's Stratford Festival, Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre (Associate Artist), A.C.T., The Old Globe, Delaware Rep, Ford’s Theatre, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and others. He was the first American to direct a company in the former Soviet Union (Moscow's Pushkin Theatre - Desire Under the Elms), and the first to act as dramaturge in the creation of a ballet, Alexei Ratmansky's The Tempest for American Ballet Theatre. His work in opera is extensive. For the Metropolitan Opera: New productions of I Lombardi with Luciano Pavarotti, and Wozzeck (both televised for “Great Performances”), as well as the world premiere of Harbison's The Great Gatsby, and Adriana Lecouvreur with Placido Domingo. He created many productions for NYC Opera, including televised productions of Paul Bunyan, Tosca, Central Park, and Madam Butterfly (Emmy Award). Other opera: Glimmerglass, Bergen National, Gothenberg, Munich Biennale, London's Barbican, L'Opera du Montreal, Chicago Lyric, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Dallas, San Francisco, and others. Lamos began his career in the theater as an actor on and Off-Broadway and in regional theater and made his film debut in Longtime Companion. He was awarded the Connecticut Medal for the Arts as well as honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford. In October 2016, he will be the recipient of the John Houseman Award.

Connor Gallagher
Choreographer
Selected work: The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre Company, dir. Alex Timbers, Astaire Award), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse), Tangled (Disney, dir. Gordon Greenberg), The Twelve (Denver Center), Elf the Musical (National Tours, MSG, Kennedy Center), …Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse), The Fabulous Lipitones (Goodspeed), Bunnicula (Off-Broadway), Fat Camp (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Best Choreography Award), Spidermusical (Mint Theater Company), Perez Hilton (Barrow Street Theatre), Lincoln Center, York Theatre, Northern Stage, Lucille Lortel Theatre, and numerous events for Broadway Cares. Associate: Into the Woods (The Public Theater). As a performer: Carpet in Beauty and the Beast (Broadway). Upcoming: Found (Philadelphia Theatre Company) and a new musical with Disney Creative Entertainment. CCM graduate. www.connorgallagher.com

Michael Yeargan
Scenic Design
Westport Country Playhouse: Broken Glass, Love & Money, The Dining Room, The Breath of Life, Of Mice and Men. Designs for America's regional theaters, London's West End, Broadway, and Off-Broadway productions, including The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific (Tony and Drama Desk awards for both), and The King and I. Opera credits include world premieres of A Streetcar Named Desire and Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera, The Great Gatsby for Metropolitan Opera, Cold Sassy Tree for Houston Grand Opera, and Central Park for Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera. He is a professor of Stage Design at the Yale School of Drama.

Wade Laboissonniere
Costume Design
Westport Country Playhouse: Room Service. Broadway: The Story of My Life. Tours: Disney’s High School Musical (US, Australia, Spain, West End), White Christmas. Off-Broadway: Side Effects; Zanna, Don’t!; Shakespeare’s R&J. Regional: Ford’s Theatre (Associate Artist), Shakespeare Theatre, Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, 5th Avenue Theatre, Delaware Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Goodspeed, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Alliance Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse. Published Work: Blueprints of Fashion book series. Yale School of Drama.

Robert Wierzel
Lighting Design
Westport Country Playhouse: Sing for Your Shakespeare; Into the Woods; Twelfth Night, or What You Will; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The Breath of Life; Of Mice and Men; The Turn of the Screw; Sedition; Constant Star; Jam & Spice; On the Verge; The Immigrant. Broadway: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, starring Audra McDonald; FELA! (Tony nomination); David Copperfield’s Dreams and Nightmares. Multiple Off-Broadway productions as well as regional theater companies including A.C.T. San Francisco, Center Stage, Arena Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum. Opera: The Paris Opera, Tokyo Opera, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Chicago (Lyric Opera/Chicago Opera Theater). Dance work includes 31 years with choreographer Bill T. Jones (Bessie Awards). Future: Silent Night (Atlanta Opera), A Thousand Splendid Suns (A.C.T. San Francisco), Dinner at Eight (Minnesota Opera).

Domonic Sack
Sound Design
Westport Country Playhouse: Designed and assisted on many productions including Sing for Your Shakespeare, She Loves Me, I Do! I Do!, Hot 'n’ Cole, Street of Dreams, and Love Letters. Designs and consults on Broadway musicals, opera, movie premieres, and concert reinforcement. Recent credits include Camelot, Sinatra, Sweeney Todd, and Carousel with the New York Philharmonic, Live at Lincoln Center, Trip of Love, A Tale of Two Cities, The Fantasticks, Three Mo' Tenors, Movin' Out, Ring of Fire, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Rocky Horror Show. He was also a lyric tenor with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus.

Wayne Barker
Music Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Sing for Your Shakespeare, She Loves Me, Into the Woods. Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher (composer; Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance (composer, lyricist, performer). Off-Broadway: Sisters’ Follies (for Basil Twist), Chicago City Limits, Aunt Chooch’s Birthday. Regional: A Little Night Music (American Conservatory Theatre); A Confederacy of Dunces (Huntington Theatre); Caroline, or Change, A Little Night Music, The Boys from Syracuse (Center Stage Baltimore). International/Tours: Dame Edna: The Royal Tour; A Night with Dame Edna. Composer: Hollywood (La Jolla Playhouse); Laugh (Studio Theatre); The Primrose Path, The Great Gatsby (Guthrie Theater); The Three Musketeers, Twelfth Night (Seattle Repertory Theatre); HBO Family: A Little Curious; 2006 Commonwealth Games; 75th Royal Command Variety Performance. Concert: Raymond Scott Orchestrette; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic; NY Pops; Chicago, Indianapolis, San Francisco, St. Louis, Pittsburgh symphonies; many others. 

Michael Rossmy
Fight Director
Westport Country Playhouse: The Invisible Hand, Art, Red, Broken Glass, The Liar, Nora, Room Service, Harbor, Loot, A Raisin in the Sun, Tartuffe, Into the Woods. Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities. Michael's work was most recently featured in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Troilus and Cressida. Regional: The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Primary Stages, Delaware REP, SoHo Repertory Theatre, The MUNY, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Rattlestick Theater, Pace University, Cherry Lane Theatre, Smith Street Stage, and others. Michael is a faculty member at the Yale School of Drama where he teaches Stage Combat, and the Stage Combat Supervisor for all undergraduate productions at Yale College. He is also the Creator/Coach of the physical training program, "The Actor as Athlete.”

Shane Ann Younts
Dialect Coach
Westport Country Playhouse: Bedroom Farce. Broadway: Newsies, Clybourne Park, Bonnie & Clyde, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jekyll & Hyde, Mamma Mia!, Spamalot, Tarzan. Off-Broadway & Regional: Permission, Stunning, Luck of the Irish, Winter’s Tale, Midsummer (Hudson Valley Shakespeare). Tours: War Horse, Mary Poppins, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Misérables; All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Macbeth (all Shakespeare in the Park); Timon of Athens; Edward II; Duchess of Malfi; The Miracle Worker; 1776; Steel Magnolias; Cyrano; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Antony & Cleopatra (Guthrie Theater). Faculty – NYU Graduate Acting Tisch. Co-creator of the Shakespeare Pronunciation audio app https://www.shakespearepronunciation.com/

Karin White
Props Master
Westport Country Playhouse: What the Butler Saw, The Invisible Hand, Broken Glass, Bedroom Farce, And a Nightingale Sang, The Liar, Intimate Apparel, Things We Do for Love, Nora, Sing for Your Shakespeare, Room Service, The Show-Off. Off-Broadway: The School for Scandal, ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Red Bull Theater); Rimbaud in New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music/ The Civilians); Petrol Station (New York University); Posterity (Atlantic Theater Company); Indian Ink (Roundabout Theatre); Punk Rock, Village Bike, Small Engine Repair, Reasons to Be Happy, Don't Go Gentle, Carrie, Wild Animals You Should Know, The Submission (MCC Theatre); Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre); The Chocolate Show, Craving for Travel, I Call My Brothers. Opera: L’Enfant et les Sortileges and Persee et Andromede (Manhattan School of Music); La Perichole, Moses in Egypt, The Turn of the Screw, Powder Her Face, Orpheus, Cosi Fan Tutti, A Quiet Place, Don Giovanni, Margaret Garner, Semele, Cappriccio, Daphne, Alcina, Il Trittico, Lilith, The Flying Dutchman, Rinaldo, Roberto Deveraux (New York City Opera).

Tara Rubin Casting
Casting
Fourth Season at Westport Country Playhouse. Selected Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (upcoming), A Bronx Tale (upcoming), Falsettos (upcoming), Miss Saigon (upcoming), Cats, School of Rock, Disaster!, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, How to Succeed.., A Little Night Music, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love; Old Jews Telling Jokes; Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Sundance Theatre Lab, Yale Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Old Globe.
Tara Rubin CSA, Laura Schutzel CSA,
Merri Sugarman CSA, Eric Woodall CSA,
Kaitlin Shaw CSA, Lindsay Levine CSA,
Claire Burke, Emma Atherton

Frank Lombardi
Production Stage Manager
Broadway: A Behanding in Spokane, Hamlet (w/both Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes), Spamalot, Disney’s Tarzan, Hairspray, The Sound of Music, Steel Pier, Side Show, Footloose, The Red Shoes, The Secret Garden. Regional: Idaho (Smith Center, Las Vegas); The Will Rogers Follies (Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Florida); World Premieres of Catch Me If You Can (Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre) and Randy Newman’s Faust (La Jolla Playhouse); The Lion King (original L.A. Company). For the past six years, Frank has served as the Director of the Stage Management Program at UNC School of the Arts.

Garrett Rollins
Assistant Stage Manager
Westport Country Playhouse: The Invisible Hand, Art, Red. Recent credits include Broadway: Our Mother’s Brief Affair (Manhattan Theatre Club), Wolf Hall Parts One & Two, Wicked. 1st National Tour: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Off-Broadway: Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story. MFA in Stage Management from Columbia University; B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maine.

Michael Barker
Managing Director
Michael Barker joined Westport Country Playhouse in September 2016 from Mill Valley, CA, where he was the managing director of Marin Theatre Company. Previously, Barker was general manager of Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA, and managing director for the Los Angeles classical theater ensemble The Antaeus Company. Before moving to California, Barker was associate managing director at Yale Repertory Theatre and managing director of Yale Summer Cabaret, where he produced the first annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays. He was Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2008 Managing Director Fellow. Barker holds an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management. At Yale, he was the recipient of the Daniel and Helene Sheehan Scholarship for theater management and a Kosciusko Scholarship for outstanding students of Polish descent. He currently serves as vice president of the board of the Yale School of Management Alumni Association. Prior to graduate school, he was associate director of marketing for Court Theatre in Chicago, and also worked with Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Sansculottes Theater Company, and The Playground Theater.

Westport Country Playhouse
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus. The Playhouse creates this relationship with the community and provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, from May through October; educational and community engagement events and opportunities to further explore issues presented by the work on stage; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings throughout the year to deepen relationships with audiences and artists alike; the renowned Woodward Internship Program training program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations from November through April to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. The value of the Westport Country Playhouse to all it touches is immeasurable.

For This Production:
Assistant Director:
Assistant Scenic Design – Adam Rigg
Assistant Costume Design –
Assistant Lighting Design –
Assistant Sound Design –
Wardrobe Supervisor – Sarah Murphy
Scenic Artist – Michael Leon
Production Assistant – Katherine Hustmyre
Wig Supervisor –

Musicians
Wayne Barker
Alan Brady Piano
Reeds
Simon Hutchings Reeds
Deane Prouty Percussion
Fred Rose Cello
Marshall Sealy French Horn
Joseph Russo String Bass
Violin



Rehearsed at Roundabout Theater Company


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Special Funding
Maureen & Edwin Schloss

Production Sponsors
Howard J. Aibel;
Czekaj Artistic Productions;
Barbara & John Samuelson

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Carol & Peter Seldin

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