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Jim Steinman 
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Though Jim began his career in theatre, he is best known as a songwriter/producer whose records have sold more than 100 million copies, described by the Los Angeles Times as “the Richard Wagner of rock.”

At Amherst College he wrote and starred in an epic musical, The Dream Engine. It caused a sensation and New York Shakespeare Festival’s Joe Papp bought the rights during the interval.

Jim’s first professional musical was More Than You Deserve, presented at Joe Papp’s Public Theater where he worked for five years.

When a singer named Meat Loaf auditioned for him, Spin magazine called the meeting “one of the top ten most important moments in the history of rock and roll.” Then came his first record, the legendary Bat Out of Hell with Meat Loaf, the biggest selling debut album ever and third best selling album of all time, selling well over 30 million. The sequel Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell topped the album charts in 38 countries 16 years later in 1993.

No. 1 songs include: Total Eclipse of the Heart (1983 and 1995); Paradise by the Dashboard Light; Dead Ringer; Making Love Out of Nothing at All; Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad; Holding Out for a Hero; I’d Do Anything for Love, But I Won’t Do That (best selling rock single ever) and It’s All Coming Back to Me Now which was named the 1997 Song of the Year by BMI, for having had the most broadcasts worldwide. He won a Grammy award as producer for Best Album of the Year for Celine Dion’s Falling Into You. Jim also made one platinum album as a singer, Bad for Good.

Film music includes: Footloose; Streets of Fire; The Shadow and the forthcoming Mask of Zorro.

He is currently writing Neverland and Lulu, two new musicals. He is excited by the possibility of doing music and lyrics for Batman, a large-scale stage musical being developed by Warner Brothers, as well as an American network television presentation of a musical based on The Little Prince.

He has written the score for Dance of the Vampires, a rock opera staged by Roman Polanski, which opened in Vienna in October 1997 to rave reviews and record box office. It is scheduled to open next year in London or New York.

Patricia Knop 
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Patricia Louisianna Knop is a Santa Monica, California based sculptor/writer.

Screenplays: Over 50 screenplays including 9½ weeks with Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke; Lady Oscar directed by Jacques Demy; Silence of the North starring Ellen Burstyn; The Siesta with Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne and Jodie Foster and Delta of Venus which her husband, Zalman King directed.

Theatre: Patricia has written several musicals with Jim Steinman, who introduced her to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Whistle Down the Wind is the result of that meeting and their subsequent collaboration.

Peter J Davison 
Set Design
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Peter J Davison worked at the Royal Opera House from 1977 to 1986 as a design assistant.

Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and European tour and Broadway); The Boy from Oz (Sydney); When We Dead Awaken, All for Love, The Rules of the Game (Almeida Theatre); Medea (Almeida, Wyndham’s and Broadway); Hamlet (Hackney Empire and Broadway); Bed, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Le Cid, Copenhagen (Royal National Theatre); The Liar (Old Vic); Saint Joan (Theatr Clwyd, UK tour, Strand Theatre); The White Devil for the RSC (Swan Theatre); Fortune’s Fool (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Opera: Mary Stuart (ENO); Mitridate (Wexford Festival); Peter Grimes (Dublin Grand Opera); L’ajo Nell Imbarazzo (Batignano); Tosca (Hong Kong Arts Festival); Le Nozze di Figaro (Vienna Festival, Ferrara, Tokyo and a new production for 55 Maggio Musicale, Florence); Falstaff (English Touring Opera); Die Gezeichneten, Falstaff (Opernhaus, Zurich); Capriccio (Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin); Lucia Di Lammermoor, The Yeoman of the Guard (Welsh National Opera); Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen (ENO); Anna Bolena (Bayerische Staatsoper); Katya Kabanova (New Zealand International Festival, Wellington); Mitridate (Salzburg Festival); Manon Lescaut (Opera Australia); The Rake’s Progress (Metropolitan Opera).

Dance: Strange Fish (DV8 Physical Theatre); Edward II (Stuttgart Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet); Nutcracker Sweeties (Birmingham Royal Ballet).

Film: Production designer for Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful Films).

Awards: 1992 Time Out award for Strange Fish; nominated for a Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier award for Medea; 1994 Martini/TMA Regional Theatre award for Medea and Saint Joan; Olivier award nomination for Le Cid and Saint Joan.

Mark McKullough 
Lighting Design
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Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and European tour and Broadway); The Boy from Oz (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sydney); Pulitzer Prize winning play How I Learned to Drive (Off-Broadway); Fortune’s Fool (Chichester Festival Theatre); The White Devil (Royal Shakespeare Company); productions at Dallas Theatre Center, Yale Rep., Center Stage.

Opera: Eugene Onegin (Opera North); Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, The Yeoman of the Guard, Don Pasquale, La Calisto, L’Italiana in Algeri (Glimmerglass Opera); productions at New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Skylight Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts.

Forthcoming projects: Le Nozze di Figaro for Metropolitan Opera; Intermezzo for New York City Opera; Travels with My Aunt for Center Stage.

Martin Levan 
Sound Design
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Theatre: After 10 years as a recording engineer and record producer, Martin Levan began his theatrical career in 1982 when he supervised the sound for Song and Dance in London. Since then Martin has been responsible for designing the sound for many worldwide productions including Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Show Boat, Sunset Boulevard and Whistle Down the Wind.

Recordings include :the original Broadway album of Cats which won him a Grammy award.

Martin and his wife Karen live in Wales and have three children, Remy, Toby and Kim.

Michael Reed 
Musical Supervision
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Michael’s work takes him from the world of symphonic music to musical theatre, television and recording.

Conducting: Michael Reed has conducted over 20 West End shows including: The Phantom of the Opera; Singin’ in the Rain and Barnum. Michael has been guest conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Halle, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Concert Orchestra with whom he has devised and conducted symphonic gala concert specials with artists such as James Galway, Eartha Kitt and Randy Crawford, and conducted concert specials presenting the music of Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Alan J Lerner, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Kander and Ebb. Michael conducted the Royal Albert Hall series Classical Spectacular with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Musical Supervision and Direction: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday Celebration (Royal Albert Hall); supervised and arranged the new musical Dance of the Vampires by Jim Steinman; the worldwide productions of Aspects of Love and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the theme concert The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Orchestrations/Composition: Orchestrated and arranged many shows including Mr Cinders, Wonderful Town, Bitter Sweet and Ziegfeld. He composed the dance music for the film Victor/Victoria and created a new performing version of The Beggar’s Opera and has composed two musicals in collaboration with Warner Brown: The House on the Corner and Six for Gold. He composed and orchestrated “Extravaganza” for Holiday on Ice which is currently touring the world.

Radio: Conducted the broadcast recordings of Guys and Dolls (with Mandy Patinkin); A Little Night Music (with Betty Buckley); The Dancing Years, Bitter Sweet and Jesus Christ Superstar (with Roger Daltry and Tony Hadley) with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Radio 2.

Television: For television Michael has supervised and conducted The Laurence Olivier Awards, The Children’s Royal Variety Show, The Royal Variety Show, The Eurovision Song Contest, the Showstoppers series hosted by Gary Wilmot (BBC); Andrew Lloyd Webber’s This is Your Life (Thames); The Michael Ball Show (Carlton) and The Royal Gala for the Prince’s Trust.

Recording: His recording credits include a double album Classical Spectacular with the RPO; producing a special 20th anniversary recording of Jesus Christ Superstar; conducting Michael Crawford’s Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber album; Sarah Brightman’s album Surrender; José Carreras’ album Passion; Betty Buckley’s album The London Concert and “Time to Say Goodbye” with Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.

Christopher Nightingale 
Musical Director
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An organ scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge, Chris was musical director for the Cambridge Footlights for three years before graduating and joining the RSC.

Theatre: Musical director of Oliver! (London Palladium); assistant musical director on Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); musical director for The Plantagenets, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, A Clockwork Orange, The Plain Dealer, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV Part I, Singer, Some Americans Abroad, Playing with Trains, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Changeling, Romeo and Juliet, Tamburlaine (RSC).

Concerts: Children’s musical director for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday Celebration (Royal Albert Hall).

Film: Coaching, recording and latterly conducting the cast on the set of Alan Parker’s Evita.

David Cullen 
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Theatre: David Cullen has worked mainly as an orchestrator of musicals, most notably those of Andrew Lloyd Webber – Cats, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and By Jeeves. Other musicals which he has orchestrated include Abbacadabra, Jeeves, Shogun the Musical (in New York), Children of Eden, Edna – The Spectacle, Stepping Out and three London revivals – Can-Can, The Baker’s Wife and Carmen Jones.

Recording: Records which he has arranged include the America album by the Kings Singers, Christmas with Kiri by Kiri Te Kanawa, and I Am What I Am by Shirley Bassey. He both arranged and produced the albums Music of the Night for Cantabile and Lloyd Webber Plays Lloyd Webber for Julian Lloyd Webber.

Film and Television: Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful Films). David has orchestrated much film and television music for Carl Davis – Show People, The Crowd, The Thief of Baghdad, Our Hospitality and Champions. He provided the orchestrations for the Disney production of Cinderella. He has contributed original themes and incidental music to three television series – The Bretts, Relative Strangers and Surgical Spirit.

Awards: He won the New York Drama Desk award for his orchestrations of The Phantom of the Opera and was nominated again the following year for Aspects of Love.

David lives in East Sussex with his wife Jessie and children Poppy and Richard.

Anthony Van Laast 
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Anthony Van Laast trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, later joining the Company as both performer and choreographer.

Theatre: Mamma Mia (Prince Edward Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and European tour and Broadway); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat worldwide (Laurence Olivier award nomination); Song and Dance worldwide (Green Room award, Australia); Blondel; The Hired Man; Radio Times; Annie Get Your Gun; A Little Night Music; Hair (Laurence Olivier award nomination); Into the Woods, My Fair Lady (USA tour) and The Boy from Oz (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sydney). For the Royal Shakespeare Company: The Maid’s Tragedy; Peer Gynt; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Camille; Romeo and Juliet; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Beggar’s Opera (Laurence Olivier award nomination).

Concerts: Elaine Paige, Sarah Brightman, Wayne Sleep, Kate Bush, Cleo Laine; The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Australian and USA tours); Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday Celebration (Royal Albert Hall); Kiri Te Kanawa’s 50th Birthday concert (Royal Albert Hall); Jonathan Altaras’ 50th Birthday Extravanganza (Roof Gardens).

Opera/Operetta: The Mikado (English National Opera); The King Goes Forth to France (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); The Pirates of Penzance (D’Oyly Carte); Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci (Di Staatsoper, Berlin); A Midsummer Marriage (Thames).

Television: Several Royal Variety Performances and Children’s Royal Variety Performances; HM The Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday; Absolutely Fabulous; The Two Ronnies; Bluebell; the award-winning Hot Shoe Show.

Film: Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful Films). The Sex Pistols’ Great Rock and Roll Swindle; Who Dares Wins; Princess Caraboo; Never Say Never Again; Excalibur and Hope and Glory.

Direction & Choreography: Candide (Old Vic – Laurence Olivier award for Best Musical); Chess (UK and European tours); EFX (MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas); Barry Humphries’ Look at Me When I’m Talking to You (UK tour); The Siegfried and Roy Show (Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas).

Gale Edwards 
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Gale is a graduate of Flinders University, Adelaide University and NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Sydney. She has been associate director of the South Australian Theatre Company and the Melbourne Theatre Company and held the position of acting lecturer and resident director at NIDA for four years

Theatre: Productions in the UK over the past 5 years include Don Carlos (RSC); Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyceum Theatre, UK tour – also European tour and Broadway); Fortune’s Fool (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew, The White Devil (RSC); Saint Joan (Strand Theatre); Aspects of Love (UK tour). Australian premières of Sweeney Todd and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love and the world première of several Australian musicals including Summer Rain, Boojum!, Miracle City and, most recently, The Boy from Oz (Her Majesty’s Theatre). For the Australian subsidised theatre she has directed The Real Thing, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, The Glass Menagerie, Absurd Person Singular and The Rover (all for the South Australian Theatre Company); The Tempest, Racing Demon, Present Laughter, Uncle Vanya and Another Time (all for the Melbourne Theatre Company); All My Sons, Arcadia and Coriolanus (Sydney Theatre Company); The Shaughraun (Queensland Theatre Company); A Doll’s House (Belvoir Street Theatre); M. Butterfly for Melbourne Theatre Company and Harry M Miller (national tour). In 1985 Gale was associate director to Trevor Nunn on Les Misérables in Australia and later mounted the first German-speaking production in Vienna.

Opera: Mary Stuart (ENO); Manon Lescaut (Opera Australia, Sydney Opera House); Katya Kabanova (New Zealand Festival); Nixon in China (Adelaide Festival); The Magic Flute (Victorian State Opera).

Film/Television: Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful Films). Assisted international film-maker George Miller on the feature film Lorenzo’s Oil and subsequently directed a television drama for the ABC, The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride.

Awards: In Australia, she has been honoured with a Sydney Critics’ Circle award three times for Best Director and Best Production and with a ‘Mo’ award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre, as well as two Melbourne Greenroom awards.

Nichola Treherne 
Assistant Choreographer
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After initially training to be a classical dancer, Nichola’s performing career spanned nearly 15 years, including Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet, Wayne Sleep’s Dash, The Hot Shoe Show, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, Annie Get Your Gun, Peter Pan – The Musical as well as numerous galas and television appearances.

Directing: Resident director for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium) and for the same production, assistant director (Canadian tour and Australian tour); associate director (Broadway, USA tour, UK tour and Essen, Germany); artistic supervisor with Starlight Express (London); resident director with Starlight Express (Japan); directed and staged The Ricky Nelson Story (Sydmonton Festival), assistant director on By Jeeves (Scarborough and London) and associate director for Magic of Broadway (Oslo ’96 and ’97).

Choreography: Her Benny (Empire Theatre, Liverpool); musical staging for Yusopov (Sydmonton Festival), The Barber of Seville (Opera Europa) and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Sudely Castle and Kiev, Ukraine). Associate choreographer with Anthony Van Laast on several productions including Mamma Mia (Prince Edward Theatre); the revival of Hair (Old Vic), Carmen Jones (German tour); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Shall We Dance (Oslo), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and European tour, Broadway and film). Nichola assisted Anthony with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday Celebration at the Albert Hall and on the film of Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful Films).

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