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Don Black 
Lyrics
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Don Black began his career as an office boy for the New Musical Express. He then worked in the advertising, circulation and editorial departments before embarking on a short-lived career as a stand up comedian. He played most of the famous music halls such as Collins, The Metropolitan, Edgware Road and the City Varieties, Leeds. He blames himself entirely for the death of variety!

Since he started writing lyrics he has been nominated for five Academy Awards and won the Oscar for his song “Born Free”. His many hit songs from films include “Ben”, “To Sir With Love”, “The Pink Panther Strikes Again”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, “Thunderball” and “True Grit”. He wrote the lyrics for the musical Billy, which ran for over two years at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and also Bar Mitzvah Boy with Broadway’s legendary Jule Styne. he has most recently completed the songs for the film Svengali starring Peter O’Toole which marks the singing debut of Jodie Foster. He has collaborated with Composer/Producer David Hentschel in creating a new story album for Marti Webb entitled “One Afternoon” for release this autumn. He is currently working on two musicals, Merlin, with composer Elmer Bernstein, to be produced on Broadway and Dear Anyone, with music by Geoff Stephens and book by Jack Rosenthal.

Don lives in London, is married to Shirley and has two sons, Grant and Clive.


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John Caird 
Director
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John Caird is a Resident Director with the Royal Shakespeare Company. His productions include Savage Amusement by Peter Flammery; Dance of Death by August Stringberg; Naked Robots by Jonathan Gems and Nicholas Nickleby (Co-directed with Trevor Nunn). His Stratford productions of The Twin Rivals by George Farquahar and Our Friends in the North by Peter Flannery ran at the Barbican Theatre last summer. His production of Twelfth Night is currently running at Stratford. John Caird is an Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a member of The Directors Guild of Great Britain.


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Anthony Van Laast 
Choreography
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Anthony Van Laast, who was born in Sussex, originally wanted to be a doctor, but having taken some ballet lessons in his teens, decided at 17 that what he really wanted to be was a dancer. He auditioned for the London School of Contemporary Dance and became one of its first full-time students.

In 1971, he joined the school’s associate company, the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and over the next eight years, danced many major roles. In 1979, he left the company to pursue a career as a freelance Choreographer and teacher, and quickly established a reputation in films, on television and the concert stage, and now, in the theatre. He was Choreographic Advisor to Kate Bush on her highly acclaimed concert tour in 1979, has choreographed many television shows and has a list of films to his credit, from his own ‘shorts’ Strange Behaviour which went on release with Gregory’s Girl and Cut Down, to major feature films like The Music Machine, Outland, Excalibur and, Who Dares Wins, in which he choreographed a dance sequence for award-winning Australian actress, Judy Davis.

Anthony, who is married with two young children, still dances – he recently gave his first solo performance at the Riverside Studios – and appears on television not only as a dancer but as an actor, too. He is also one of the few presenters of Playschool ever to have presented a series of programmes on Radio 3. He is a member of the faculty of the London School of Contemporary Dance, and of the Art Council’s Dance Panel.


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David Hersey 
Set and Lighting Design
Robin Don 
Costume Design
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Robin Don was born in Fife, Scotland. Since abandoning an engineering career he has designed sets and costumes for many leading ballet, theatre and opera companies in the UK and abroad. Musicals he has been involved with in London are Billy, Bar Mitzvah Boy and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance. He designed Poulenc’s Les Marmelles de Tiresias for English National Opera and English National Opera North. Also for ENON he has designed The Marriage of Figaro, the highly acclaimed production of The Flying Dutchman and is presently working on a new Madame Butterfly for them and Peter Grimes for National Welsh Opera and the National revival of Brigadoon. World premieres of opera include Alun Hoddinott’s The Trumpet Major and Thea Musgrave’s Mary Queen of Scots for Scottish opera. For the National Theatre he designed Maughm’s For Services Rendered and Ton Taylor’s The Ticket of Leave Man. At the National Theatre Iceland, Hotel Paradiso and for the Roundhouse, Bartholomew Fair. For the Aldeburgh Festival in 1980 he designed Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which produced a highly controversial production directed by Christopher Renshaw. At Aldeburgh the previous year he designed Eugene Onegin (Conductor – Rostropovich). The design for Onegin was part of the British entry at the International Theatre Design Competition in Prague which won the Golden Trophy.


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Harry Rabinowitz 
Musical Supervision
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Harry Rabinowitz tottered back to the West End theatre in 1981 to rehearse and conduct opening performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and did the same for Song and Dance (1982).

Born in South Africa, he came to study in London and started his career with BBC Radio and TV appointments; subsequently becoming Head of Music at London Weekend in the seventies. He is now freelance and divides his time between film, TV, recordings and concerts.

Films include Chariots of Fire, The Time Bandits, The Missionary, Heat and Dust; in TV Nicholas Nickleby (Channel 4), Agatha Christie Hour (Thames), Evolution of Darwin (Thames), Starburst (Central), Here Come The Classics (BBC). He gives concerts with The Royal Philharmonic, The London Symphony and the London Concert Orchestras and has just composed the score for the film Sign of Four and is similarly at work on Reilly, Ace of Spies for Euston Films. The association with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh has been very productive and pleasurable. He looks forward to more.


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David Caddick 
Musical Supervision
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After leaving the Royal College of Music in 1977 he became Principal Conductor of Jesus Christ Superstar. He transferred from there to become Musical Director of Evita in London. David has also collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber in several of his other projects – the first performance of Variations (pianist), the album of Tell Me On A Sunday (Associate Conductor).

He spent the last year as Music Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican. David is also Musical Supervisor of Cats.


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Ian McPherson 
Musical Director
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Ian McPherson studied at The Royal Academy of Music, and for many years has been Musical Director and/or Orchestrator of revues, musicals, films and television films. He has also worked with television and cabaret artistes Lulu and Dana.

His West End theatre work includes conducting The Matchgirls, I Do I Do (two London productions), Two Cities, Promises Promises, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Something’s Afoot, Privates on Parade, Annie and Worzel Gummidge. He has most recently completed assignments as orchestrator for Windy City (Stoll Productions) and Poppy (RSC).


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Andrew Bruce and Julian Beech 
Sound Design
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Andrew Bruce began his theatre career with The Gyndebourne Festival Opera Company and subsequently ran the sound department of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 1971, after encouragement by several commercial managements, he co-founded Autograph Sound Recording to supply modern sound systems specially designed for use in theatre. The Company soon became involved in plays like Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests and City Sugar.

In 1976, Autograph began its involvement in musicals with Teeth’n’Smiles followed by A Chorus Line, Annie and the London production of Evita. By 1979 when Julian Beech joined Autograph, having previously been Head of Sound for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford and The National Theatre, Autograph had established itself in the West End with shows like Ain’t Misbehavin’, Deathtrap and Flowers for Algernon as well as productions of Les Miserables, Bubbling Brown Sugar and Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Paris, Evita in Madrid and the West End transfers of Sweeney Todd, Virginia and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Currently numbered amongst the company’s shows are Cats, Evita, They’re Playing Our Song, The Sound of Music, One Mo’ Time, The Portage to San Cristobal of A H, Underneath the Arches and the touring version of Jesus Christ Superstar.


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Cameron Mackintosh 
Producer
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Cameron Mackintosh started producing shows at the age of 20 and has presented over 150 productions all over the world. In London he is currently presenting or co-presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musicals Cats and Song and Dance, Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver’s new hit musical Blondel and the award winning Little Shop of Horrors. Other London productions include Godspell, Trelawney, Anything Goes, Side by Side by Sondheim, The Card, Tom Lehrer’s Tomfoolery (which he also devised) and his new productions of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!. Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! which have gone on to be presented all over the world. Oliver! is about to open with its original star on Broadway where Cameron is also co-presenting the hugely successful New York production of Cats (1983 Tony Award for Best Musical) and Little Shop of Horrors. In America he also has National touring companies of Little Shop of Horrors, Cats and Tomfoolery and in Australia another very successful production of Oliver!. His next presentation in England will be the 30th Anniversary production of Sandy Wilson’s musical comedy of the 1920’s The Boy Friend starring Glynis Johns which is going to the Old Vic. Later this year he will present his hugely successful new musical Abbacadabra, by ABBA and David Wood. He is currently planning a musical presentation of Les Miserables in early 1985.


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