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Don Black 
Lyrics
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Don Black started out as a stand-up comedian and blames himself entirely for the death of Variety. He made his West End debut as lyricist with composer John Barry on the musical Billy, starring Michael Crawford (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).

Theatre: Most recently, together with Christopher Hampton, the book and lyrics on a musical version of Dracula scheduled to open later this year on Broadway; three collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber notably the book and lyrics for the award-winning Sunset Boulevard (with Christopher Hampton); Tell Me On A Sunday – developed to form the basis for Song and Dance – and Aspects of Love (with Charles Hart). Don Black also wrote the love duet “Next Time You Fall In Love” for the re-vamped Starlight Express.

Film: Over one hundred songs for films including The Italian Job, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, True Grit, Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa and a quintet of ‘James Bond’ theme songs – “Thunderball”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, “The Man With The Golden Gun”, “Surrender” from Tomorrow Never Dies and “The World Is Not Enough”. Other credits include Michael Jackson’s “Ben” and Lulu’s “To Sir With Love” (both US number one hits).

Recording: Don Black has worked with some of the world’s leading contemporary composers including, Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, and Charles Aznavour.

Awards: Don Black has enjoyed a career with many glittering prizes including an Oscar (for his song “Born Free”), five Academy award nominations, three Tony nominations and two Tony awards (for best book and best lyrics for his work on Sunset Boulevard), five Ivor Novello awards, a Golden Globe and many platinum, gold and silver discs.

Future Projects: Currently adapting the French musical Romeo & Juliet scheduled to open in London at the end of 2002.

Don was recently awarded an OBE in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours list.


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Matthew Warchus 
Director
Jackie Clune 
Additional Material
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Jackie Clune studied drama at Kent University before becoming a Karen Carpenter sound-a-like tribute act. After six years as an academic at London University she has since become well known as a singer, comedian, writer, radio broadcaster and actress, touring internationally with Puppetry of the Penis, and nationally as hostess of Singalonga Sound of Music. Her solo comedy cabaret shows (Chicks With Flicks, An Audience With Jackie Clune, Bitchin’, It’s Jackie!, Boy Crazy) have played annually at the Edinburgh Festival Assembly Theatre before transferring to London (Arts Theatre, Drill Hall, King’s Head, Soho Theatre).

Theatre: Credits include Taboo (The Venue); Julie Burchill Is Away for which she received a What’s On Stage award nomination (Soho Theatre); A Wedding Story (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Soho Theatre); Showstopper (Arts Theatre, Edinburgh Assembly Theatre); seven productions with Red Reg Theatre Company.

Television: Barry’s girlfriend in EastEnders, Waking the Dead, A Lump In My Throat – the John Diamond Story, Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC); The Bill (ITV); Team Captain for The Staying In Show (Channel 4); regular appearances on Night Fever (Channel 5). She has contributed sketch material to The 11 O’Clock Show (Channel 4), Comedy Nation (BBC) and Smack the Pony for which she also provides the title sequence and vocals (Channel 4).

Radio: Jackie Clune presents her own Sunday show for BBC London 94.9 and regularly contributes to Woman’s Hour and Front Row (BBC Radio 4).


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Rob Howell 
Production Design
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Theatre: Simply Heavenly (Young Vic); Our House (Cambridge Theatre – Laurence Olivier award for Best Musical); True West (Donmar Warehouse, Circle In the Square, New York); Proof (Donmar Warehouse); Sunset Boulevard (UK tour); The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre, Australia and Broadway); The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre); Betrayal (Theatre d’Atelier, Paris and Broadway); Eddie Izzard – 1998 and 2000 tours (Pola Jones); Tom and Clem (Aldwych Theatre); Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (Hampstead Theatre Club and West End); Julius Caesar (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Shakespeare Revue, The Painter of Dishonour, Little Eyolf, Richard III, The Family Reunion (RSC); The Fix, The Glass Menagerie (also Comedy Theatre), Habeas Corpus, How I Learned To Drive (Donmar Warehouse); Faith Healer, Lulu (Kennedy Center, Washington), Conversations After A Burial, Vassa, The Government Inspector, Tartuffe (Almeida); Simpatico, Real Classy Affair, Hard Fruit (Royal Court); Chips With Everything, Troilus and Cressida, Money, Battle Royal, Howard Katz (RNT).

Opera: Sophie’s Choice (Royal Opera House); The Turn of the Screw (Welsh National Opera).

Awards: Laurence Olivier award for Best Set Designer for Troilus and Cressida (RNT), Vassa (Almeida) and Richard III (RSC); Laurence Olivier award nominations for Best Set Designer for Chips With Everything, The Glass Menagerie and The Caretaker and nominations for Best Costume Designer for Troilus and Cressida and Money.


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Hugh Vanstone 
Lighting Design
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For the past ten years, Hugh Vanstone has designed the lighting for plays, musicals and operas in London, New York and around the world.

Theatre: Recent work includes The Breath of Life directed by Howard Davies (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); The Lady From the Sea (Almeida), The Cherry Orchard (Royal National Theatre), both directed by Trevor Nunn; Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya, The Blue Room, The Front Page all directed by Sam Mendes (Donmar Warehouse); Howard Katz (RNT), The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre) both directed by Patrick Marber; Mouth To Mouth directed by Ian Rickson (Royal Court and Albery Theatres); The Graduate directed by Terry Johnson (Gielgud Theatre, US tour and Australia); Dance of the Vampires directed by Roman Polanski (Vienna and Stuttgart); Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Dr Dolittle (Apollo, Hammersmith), Nathan the Wise (Chichester Festival Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (RSC) all directed by Steven Pimlott; Orpheus Descending (Donmar Warehouse), The Lady In the Van (Queen’s Theatre) both directed by Nicholas Hytner; Juno and the Paycock directed by John Crowley (Donmar Warehouse); Life x3 (RNT, Old Vic, Savoy and Broadway), Art (Wyndham’s and Whitehall Theatres, UK and US tours, Australia), Follies (New York), The Unexpected Man (RSC, Duchess Theatre, New York and Los Angeles); The Winter’s Tale (RSC at The Roundhouse) all directed by Matthew Warchus; Blast! (Apollo, Hammersmith and US tour).

Opera: Dialogues des Carmélites (ENO), Carmen (Opera North) both directed by Phyllida Lloyd; The Bartered Bride directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff (Glyndebourne).

Awards: Laurence Olivier award for 2001 for The Cherry Orchard and The Graduate and the 1999 award for The Unexpected Man and The Blue Room; National Broadway Theatre award 2002 for Blast! (Broadway and current US tour).


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Mick Potter 
Sound Design
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Mick Potter gained a BA Honours degree in Creative Design at the Central School of Art and Design in London where he was introduced to theatre sound.

Theatre: As a sound operator credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, Song and Dance and Starlight Express as well as Little Shop of Horrors and Matador. He was sound supervisor for the London production of Starlight Express and associate sound designer on many productions including Starlight Express in Las Vegas. Sound designs include the world premières of Bombay Dreams at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium as well as productions at the Minskoff Theatre, New York, Cologne, Buenos Aires and UK and North American tours. Other recent designs include New Magic of the Musicals, Dick Whittington – London’s Musical directed by Gillian Lynne (Sadler’s Wells), Black Goes With Everything – a new musical by Don Black, directed by Arlene Phillips and Last of the Mohicans in Canada.

Opera/Concerts: Extensive work as a freelance sound designer in opera and on many large scale commercial events as diverse as Purcell’s opera The Fairy Queen (Lisbon Coliseum), Arlene Phillips’ musical revue Broadway (Dusseldorf), EMI’s 100th and Elton John’s 50th birthday celebrations and The Lance Burton Show in Las Vegas.

Forthcoming Projects: Sound design for a new UK tour of Saturday Night Fever, a North American tour of Starlight Express and Bombay Dreams on Broadway.

Mick Potter lives in London with his wife Ruth and sons Joseph and William.

 


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Simon Lee 
Musical Supervision
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Theatre: Recent credits include musical supervisor for The Beautiful Game (Cambridge Theatre), Notre-Dame de Paris (Dominion Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and European tour and Broadway) and Romance Romance (Gielgud Theatre).

Concerts: Simon Lee has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras from the Tokyo Philharmonic to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at venues ranging from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to Radio City Music Hall, New York. He has worked with innumerable international artists including Björk and Kiri Te Kanawa.

Film: Musical supervisor and conductor for Jesus Christ Superstar (International Emmy award 2001), Cats starring Sir John Mills and Elaine Paige and Bjork’s Live At the Royal Opera House.

Recording: Björk’s Vespertine Live album; Primal Scream’s Some Velvet Morning; Michael Ball’s Centre Stage; Martine McCutcheon’s Musicality; José Carreras’ True Passion.


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Irene Bohan 
Costume Supervision
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Theatre: Associate costume design for Our House (Cambridge Theatre), Sunset Boulevard (UK tour), Tales From Hollywood, The Front Page (Donmar Warehouse), The Real Thing, Betrayal (Broadway, New York); costume supervision for Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria); The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre and Australia), Lulu (Almeida at King’s Cross), The Triumph of Love, The Tempest (Almeida), Juno and the Paycock, The Real Thing (Donmar Warehouse), Plenty (Albery Theatre), Jackie, The Lady In the Van (West End); costume design for Bash (Almeida); associate costume design for Dr Dolittle (Apollo, Hammersmith), Sunset Boulevard (Germany, Australia) The Phantom of the Opera (Manchester, Hamburg, Toronto), Arcadia (Broadway, New York); costume supervision for Nine (Donmar and Buenos Aires), The Provok’d Wife, King Lear, Gracenote, Playhouse Creatures, Shining Souls (Peter Hall season at the Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The White Devil, The Wind In the Willows, The Madness of George III, Arcadia, Trelawny of the ‘Wells’, Volpone (RNT), The Wizard of Oz (RSC); Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales Theatre).

Opera: Costume supervisor for Sophie’s Choice directed by Trevor Nunn and designed by Rob Howell (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); design assistant to Moidel Bickell on Peter Stein’s Pelléas et Mélisande (WNO) co-designed the costumes with Maria Björnson for Ernani (ENO).

Concerts: Costume supervision for Celebration: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th birthday concert (Royal Albert Hall).

Film: Assistant costume design for The Madness of King George; UK costume supervision for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge.


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David Holmes 
Associate Lighting Design
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Trained: Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Theatre: Credits as lighting designer include: The Secret Rapture (Minerva Theatre, Chichester), Too Far To Walk (King’s Head, Islington), Oleanna (Scottish tour), The Sleeper’s Den and The Difficult Unicorn (Southwark Playhouse), National Theatre of Brent’s The Messiah (Bush Theatre), The Troy Trilogy (RNT Studio), Arms and the Man (Orange Tree, Richmond). David Holmes has worked as associate lighting designer to Hugh Vanstone on productions including Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria Theatre), The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre London, Sydney, North American tour and Broadway), Art (Wyndham’s and Whitehall Theatres and UK tour), The Lady In the Van (Queen’s Theatre), Howard Katz (RNT), Life x 3 (RNT, Old Vic and UK tour), The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra (RSC), Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse and the Brooklyn Academy of Music), Orpheus Descending, The Blue Room (Donmar Warehouse), Mouth To Mouth (Royal Court). Other work as associate lighting designer includes: Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre London, Toronto, US tour, Australian tour, Broadway and Europe), Jackie and The Seven Year Itch (Queen’s Theatre).

Opera: Lighting designer for Cosi Fan Tutte (Guildhall School); associate lighting designer to Hugh Vanstone for Dialogues des Carmélites (ENO and WNO), Carmen (Opera North) and Macbeth (Opéra Bastille, Paris).

Forthcoming Projects: Lighting designer for Look Back In Anger (Northcott Theatre, Exeter) and The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek (Southwark Playhouse).

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Tim Clark 
Associate Sound Design
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Trained: Technical Theatre Degree from The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.

Theatre: Tim Clark has worked with Mick Potter on numerous productions over several years including Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria Theatre); Saturday Night Fever (West End, Germany and both UK tours); Dick Whittington (Sadler’s Wells); Black Goes With Everything (Churchill Theatre, Bromley); Last of the Mohicans (Canada).

Tim Clark has also mixed the sound for a number of productions in London and on tour, opening shows including Saturday Night Fever (West End and both UK tours); Tommy (UK tour); My Fair Lady (RNT); Taboo for which he also provided sound effects (The Venue) and most recently Contact (Queens Theatre, London).


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Nicolas Finlow 
Musical Director
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Nicolas Finlow graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Instrumental Studies (Piano).

Theatre: Musical director for The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre), Rent (Shaftesbury Theatre), Stairway To Heaven (King’s Head); assistant musical director for Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre), Fosse (Prince of Wales Theatre), Aladdin, Mother Goose (Oxford Playhouse); played keyboards on Chicago, Damn Yankees (Adelphi Theatre); musical director/arranger for Kiss Me, Kate (Norwich Playhouse), Dick Whittington (Oxford Playhouse).

Concerts: Nicolas Finlow plays for the contemporary music ensemble Opus 20 and is musical director for the Eclectic Voices Workshop choir.

Television: Musical director for Tomorrow La Scala! (BBC Films).


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Bill Kenwright 
Producer
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West End productions include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New London), the RSC Season (Gielgud), Home and Beauty (Lyric), Via Dolorosa (Duchess), Sleuth (Apollo), The Constant Wife (Lyric), Dangerous Corner (Garrick), Star Quality (Apollo), Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Lyric), Caught In the Net – Run For Your Wife (the sequel) (Vaudeville), Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim (Lyric), Gondoliers (Apollo), The (Female) Odd Couple (Apollo), Ghosts (Comedy), Fallen Angels (Apollo), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Lyric), Brief Encounter (Lyric), Miss Julie (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), The Chiltern Hundreds (Vaudeville), Song At Twilight (Gielgud), Waiting For Godot, The Misanthrope, Major Barbara, Filumena and Kafka’s Dick as part of The Peter Hall Company season (Piccadilly Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Gielgud Theatre, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway), Stepping Out – The Musical (Albery), Hurlyburly (Queen’s), Pygmalion (Albery), The Mysterious Mr Love (Comedy), Lady Windermere’s Fan (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), The Aspern Papers (Wyndham’s), The Odd Couple and Shakespeare For My Father (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Passion (Queen’s), Company (Albery), Chapter Two and Design For Living (Gielgud), The Roy Orbison Story (Piccadilly), The Miracle Worker (Comedy/Wyndham’s), Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Moonlight (Comedy Theatre), Dead Guilty, In Praise of Love and The Deep Blue Sea (Apollo), Present Laughter and The Winslow Boy (Globe), Travels With My Aunt (Wyndham’s and Minetta Lane Theatre, New York – Drama Desk award), Dancing At Lughnasa (Garrick and Plymouth Theatre, Broadway – Tony award), Medea with Diana Rigg (Wyndham’s and Longacre Theatre, Broadway – Tony award), My Night With Reg (Playhouse). Directed by Peter Hall: Mind Millie For Me (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), The Master Builder (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), The School For Wives (Piccadilly), A Streetcar Named Desire with Jessica Lange (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Hamlet (Gielgud), An Absolute Turkey (Globe), The Gift of the Gorgon (Wyndham’s), Lysistrata (Old Vic, Athens and Wyndham’s), Separate Tables (Albery) and She Stoops To Conquer (Queen’s). Alongside his award-winning productions of Medea, An Ideal Husband and Travels With My Aunt, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House played to packed houses at the Belasco Theatre, Broadway, winning four Tony awards, and Theatre de Complicité’s production of Ionesco’s The Chairs at the Golden Theatre, Broadway was nominated for six Tony awards.

Bill Kenwright is executive producer of the Theatre Royal, Windsor. As a director he is responsible for the record-breaking tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman’s Whistle Down the Wind and Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. He was nominated for a London Theatre Critics’ Best Director award for West Side Story at the Shaftesbury Theatre and a Tony award for Blood Brothers in New York.

Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers recently celebrated its fifteenth year in the West End at the Phoenix Theatre. It ran for nearly three years at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, receiving seven Tony nominations.

He has co-produced several films including The Day After the Fair, Stepping Out (director Lewis Gilbert starring Liza Minnelli) and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (starring Anthony Edwards, Jenny Seagrove and Charles Dance). His latest film, Die Mommie Die (written by and starring Charles Busch) recently won an award at the Sundance Film Festival. He co-produced the phenomenally successful national arena tour of Elvis – The Concert with Elvis Presley Enterprises.

He received an honorary fellowship from Liverpool’s John Moore’s University and is an honorary professor of Thames Valley University in London. He was awarded a BASCA Gold Badge award for his Contribution to the British Entertainment Industry. January 2001 brought him a CBE in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

He is deputy chairman of Everton Football Club (and an even bigger fan).


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