Stephan’s career kicked off shooting hundreds of weddings from the age of 13 to 18 and now he turns green with the first bars of a bridal waltz. He entered the film industry as an assistant director/editor on a series of dreadful Australian films before stepping up to the director’s chair at 26 with the comedy caper Frauds, starring Phil Collins and Hugo Weaving. This first feature was selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993. He announced his second feature - a script to be churned out in 12 days en route to the south of France; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce. Priscilla went on to become one of the most successful Aussie films of all time, racking up an Academy Award, BAFTA and AFI awards for Best Costume Design and a Best Make-Up/Hair. Other nominations include a Writers’ Guild Award and Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical. Stephan then committed career suicide when he was talked into screening his unfinished black comedy Welcome to Woop Woop, starring Rod Taylor, Barry Humphries and Rachel Griffiths, in Cannes, 1997. It was booed out of the festival. The film has since grown into a massive underground cult. He countered with a change of genre - the thriller Eye of the Beholder (1999) starring Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd, k.d lang and Jason Priestley. The film premiered at Venice that year winning the Brussels Sci-Fi and Fantasy Festival - an award also shared by Frauds.
Stephan then took an interesting career turn by looking for inspiration in the French Alps - and promptly skiing off them. He broke his pelvis and fractured his legs and back. After four years of recuperation, Stephan got back on the horse with Priscilla the Musical and a Noël Coward film adaptation, Easy Virtue, starring Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas. Stephan then shot his first Australian comedy in almost two decades - a ‘wedding- gone-wrong disaster movie’ aptly titled A Few Best Men in conjunction with the team who created Death at a Funeral. Starring Twilight’s Xavier Samuels, Kris Marshall and Olivia Newton-John, the film had its world premiere at the Rome Film Festival in October 2011.
He still skis - it’s not as dangerous as filmmaking.
Book & Producer
Allan Scott conceived the notion of turning Priscilla into a musical while atop a rain-drenched hill in his native Scotland. Go figure. He has written, co- written, produced or co-produced over 20 feature films, four of which were with his long-time collaborator, Nicolas Roeg. The first of these was the Venice- set thriller Don’t Look Now (co-written with Chris Bryant and starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland), which was recently voted one of the top ten British films ever made. Other credits include: The Preacher’s Wife (Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington, director Penny Marshall); The Witches (starring Anjelica Huston, Rowan Atkinson and Mai Zetterling) and In Love and War (Sandra Bullock, Chris O’Donnell, directed by Richard Attenborough). He was executive producer of the cult thriller Shallow Grave, and has produced two films which he also wrote: Regeneration (Jonathan Pryce), which was nominated by the British Academy for Best Film, and The Fourth Angel (Jeremy Irons, Forest Whitaker and Charlotte Rampling). His contribution to the screenplay of the forthcoming movie Kon Tiki was acknowledged when the film received an Oscar nomination (in the Foreign Language category) at this year’s Academy Awards. He has won a Mystery Writers of America Award and a Writers’ Guild Award. If encouraged, he can sing the scores of three dozen musicals. If provoked, he will.
Simon began his career in New Zealand before emigrating to Australia in 1984 to take up a position as lecturer and director at the West Australian Academy for Performing Arts. In 1987 he joined Melbourne Theatre Company as associate director and in 1990 he was appointed artistic director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia. After freelancing nationally and internationally between 1994 and 1999, he returned to MTC as artistic director from 2000 to 2011.
His directing credits range from new works to contemporary and Shakespearean classics, and from musicals to opera. He has directed works by most of the great contemporary writers: Albee (A Delicate Balance), Beckett (Happy Days), Brecht (Arturo Ui), Churchill (Cloud Nine/Serious Money), Hare (The Blue Room), McDonagh (The Pillowman), Orton (What the Butler Saw/Entertaining Mr Sloane), Shepherd (Buried Child, A Lie of the Mind) and Stoppard (Arcadia, Rock’n’Roll). He has also directed the premieres of many new works by leading Australian writers, including David Williamson, Hannie Rayson, Stephen Sewell and Joanna Murray–Smith.
Apart from Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Simon’s musical credits in Australasia include the new Australian version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (recently filmed and released on DVD by Universal), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Oliver!, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown the Musical, Company, Cabaret and High Society (in an adaptation by his wife, Carolyn Burns, which also toured regionally in the UK).
Among his many classical productions: The Tempest, Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors and The Importance of Being Earnest all toured nationally in Australia. Simon’s opera credits include: La bohème, Falstaff, L’Elisir d’amore and Lulu for Opera Australia; The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni for Opera New Zealand and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Billy Budd for Hamburg State Opera.
His many awards include: Green Room Awards for Best Direction: Richard III (MTC 2010), Best Direction August: Osage County (MTC 2009), Best Musical: Priscilla (2008), Best Direction and Best Production of an Opera: Lulu (Opera Australia 2004), Best Direction: Proof (MTC 2002), Best Direction of a Musical: Company (MTC 2001) and Helpmann Awards for Best Direction: Richard III (MTC 2010), Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (MTC 2006), Best Play and Best Direction of a Play: Inheritance (MTC 2004) and Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production and Best Presentation: Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish (Windmill Performing Arts 2003).
ROSS COLEMAN (1949–2009)
The first musical that Ross choreographed was the original Australian production of Grease in 1972. Since then a selection of his works includes plays for the Sydney Theatre Company: I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, Chicago, Stripper, The Conquest of Carmen Miranda, Summer Rain (1996, 2005), Jonah Jones, Company, The Threepenny Opera, Merrily We Roll Along, Miracle City, A Doll’s House and The Republic of Myopia. For Melbourne Theatre Company Ross has choreographed: High Society (including an Australian tour), Company (Green Room Award nomination), The Seagull, Great Expectations, Urinetown (Helpmann Award nomination 2005) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Helpmann Award nomination 2006). Other musicals include: Side by Side by Sondheim, The Rocky Horror Show, Jerry’s Girls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cabaret, Grease – The Arena Spectacular (Green Room Award nomination), Follies in Concert, Love Burns, Trouble in Tahiti, Funny Girl, Call Me Madam, Naked Boys Singing, The Merry Widow (Australian Opera 2005), Shout (2001 Green Room Award Best Choreography), Dusty – The Original Pop Diva (2006 Helpmann Award Best Choreography) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. International work includes High Society (UK tour), The Demon (Bregenzerfestspiel, Austria), The Demon (Zurich Opernhaus), The Merry Widow (Metropole Theatre and Friedrichstaadtplast, Berlin, St Petersburg Music Hall) and Pomp, Duck and Circumstance (Berlin and New York). Also, productions in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
As a performer Ross is best remembered for his portrayal of Paul in the original Australian production of A Chorus Line.
As a director, work includes: Turandot and Norma (Canterbury Opera, New Zealand), The Music Man and Bye Bye Birdie (Production Company, Green Room Award nominations), Shout (2003 regional tour), Merrily We Roll Along (2004, WAAPA) and Shout (2005, MS Society, Adelaide). Since Priscilla opened in Sydney, Ross has co–directed Tom Foolery with Simon Phillips (MTC), and directed and choreographed Pippin (inaugural production for Kookaburra in Sydney, three Helpmann Awards nominations). Ross was also nominated for a Helpmann for Priscilla. Most recently, he choreographed Sweet Charity (Production Company). Ross won the Green Room Award for Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical in 2007. Ross was nominated for two Helpmann Awards in 2008, for his work on Sweet Charity and Shout – The Legend of the Wild One. Ross died suddenly in July 2009 and will be greatly missed by everyone involved in Priscilla.
Andrew’s recent choreographic credits include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Geoffrey Rush, the world premiere musical of An Officer and a Gentleman, the Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Melbourne Theatre Company’s productions of Next to Normal, Hamlet and The Drowsy Chaperone.
For the Production Company he has co–directed and choreographed The Producers and Anything Goes, with other choreographic credits including The Boy From Oz, Carousel, Mame and The Boy Friend. Also for the Production Company he co–choreographed The Music Man and Bye Bye Birdie with Ross Coleman.
Further choreographic credits include: the original Australian production of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision, which was revived for the Edinburgh Festival, West End and UK tour; the smash hit Menopause – the Musical, Leader of the Pack – The Ellie Greenwich Musical (Betty Pounder Green Room Award winner for Best Choreography); Sideshow Alley, The Merry Widow for Melbourne City Opera, Wombat Stew, Prodigal, and the cabaret shows Doris Day – So Much More Than the Girl Next Door, ‘Tegrity and Newley Discovered.
Andrew’s television credits include: Channel Ten’s new drama series Mr and Mrs Murder, So You Think You Can Dance Australia, ‘Indigeridoo’ and ‘Ja’ime’s Assembly Routine’ on the cult TV show We Can Be Heroes, Dead Gorgeous for ABC/BBC TV and The Librarians for the ABC.
STEPHEN ‘SPUD ’ MURPHY
Musical Supervision, Direction, Arrangements and Orchestrations
Spud began his musical training in the country town of Lithgow at the age of six under the tuition of the Josephite nuns. He and his bruised knuckles survived the experience, and he moved to Sydney in 1969 to continue his tuition at the Conservatorium of Music. After his training, Spud began writing arrangements for local artists and soon found himself working with international legends as diverse as Marlene Dietrich and Slim Whitman. He entered the music theatre world in the 1970s as assistant musical director of Godspell. He moved to London’s West End to work on various productions and returned to Australia in the 1980s as assistant musical director of Evita. He later joined Channel 10 as musical director, then moved to the Nine Network as musical director of In Sydney Today with Ernie Sigley and Denise Drysdale. Spud returned to theatre as musical director of Reg Livermore’s Firing Squad and later as co–composer of Reg’s production of Big Sister. He continued working in various Australian theatre productions such as Buddy and Shout. In 2006 Spud was musical director and arranger for Dusty, for which he received the 2006 Helpmann Award for Best Musical Direction. In 2008, he received his second Helpmann Award nomination and won the Green Room Award for his work on Priscilla. Spud musically directed the return season of Shout and was musical consultant for the Australian film Thunderstruck. In 2008, he also composed and orchestrated music for His Holiness Pope Benedict’s arrival in Sydney for World Youth Day. Spud has recently returned to television as musical director of Starstruck for the Nine Network, and is currently musical director for The Pam Ann Show on the Comedy Channel and Magical Tales on the Nine Network.
He has received a Mo Award and an award from Rotary for his contributions to the Australian music industry. Spud is an avid supporter of the future of the Australian music industry and has recently dedicated his time to nurturing new talent. He is an artistic director of Sydney’s CaSPA (Catholic Schools Performing Arts) and is also a lecturer at the Australian Institute of Music. He is the Musical Supervisor for past Priscilla productions including Australia, the West End, Broadway, Milan, Säo Paulo and current productions including Rome, the US tour and now the UK and Ireland tour. Spud lives happily with his wife of 33 years and their three children in Sydney.
Bus Concept and Production Design
Born and educated in Sydney, Australia, Brian studied architecture before venturing into theatre design. He was invited to London to design sets for Jesus Christ Superstar at London’s Palace Theatre, then designed the original productions of The Rocky Horror Show in London and around the world, and the movies The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment, before returning to Sydney as associate director of the Sydney Theatre Company. For Broadway he designed The Rocky Horror Show (at the Belasco, 1975); The King and I (1996, for which he won a Tony) and Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance!. He designed the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and recently designed Barry Humphries’ farewell entertainment Eat, Pray, Laugh, and La Traviata, the first opera performed on a floating stage on Sydney Harbour. He was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2005 for his services to theatre.
Dean directed Next to Normal for Melbourne Theatre Company, Hansel and Gretel for Oz Opera, and co–directed The Producers and Anything Goes for the Production Company. Other directing credits include: The Last Five Years (45DS, Stables, NSW tour – Green Room and Helpmann Award nominations – Best Director of a Musical); Prodigal (45DS); Once We Lived Here (45DS) and Virgins: A Musical Threesome (CUB Malthouse).
He is worldwide associate director of Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical (Australian, West End, Broadway, Italian and Brazilian seasons) and completed the same job on the world premiere of An Officer and a Gentleman, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and the MTC productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Spelling Bee, Hitchcock Blonde and Urinetown.
His cabaret credits as writer/director include Todd McKenney’s Songs and Stories of Peter Allen, I’m Every Woman (2013 season at the Spiegeltent, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Award – Best Cabaret); Britney Spears: The Cabaret (Green Room nominations – Best Cabaret/ Best Director of a Cabaret – Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney); Liza (on an E), Newley Discovered (Sydney Opera House/Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Sydney Theatre nomination – Best Cabaret); Experiment: Cole Porter (Adelaide Cabaret Festival); Josie in the Bathhouse (Spiegeltent and Adelaide Cabaret Festival) and In Vogue: Songs by Madonna (Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Midsumma, NZ, Sydney and NYC seasons).
With composer Mathew Frank he has written the musicals Prodigal (Off– Broadway season at the York Theatre, Green Room – Best Original Score); Once We Lived Here (Green Room – Best New Musical); Virgins and The Silver Donkey, as well as the songs for Channel Ten’s Mr and Mrs Murder, premiering in 2013.
Tim won an Academy Award (Oscar), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award and Australian Film Institute Award (AFI) for his costume design for the feature film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He revisited this work in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Musical, which has been performed in Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, Canada, London, USA, Italy and Brazil. The Australian version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Musical won the 2007 Helpmann Award for Costume Design and the 2008 Green Room Award for Best Costume, while the international productions have won him the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume, the 2011 Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Musical, the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Costume Design for a Play or Musical, the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design, as well as the 2010 BroadwayWorld.com Toronto Award for Best Original Costume Design. After the success of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Tim spent many years designing for feature films, TV and music video clips in the USA. Feature film credits include: Today You Die, Love Wrecked, Miss Congeniality, Into the Sun, Red Riding Hood, Mojave Moon and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers amongst others. For TV his credits include: VIP, High Society and Kathy and Mo, as well as a number of music video clips for popular artists such as Missy Elliott, Cher and Matchbox 20. Since returning to Australia, Tim designed for the encore presentation of The Sapphires produced by Black Swan Theatre Company and Company B, consulted for a children’s TV series, and lectured costume design at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Tim designed costumes for PJ Hogan’s latest film Mental earning him a Best Costume Design nomination for the ACCTA Awards. He also designed for the TV series I Will Survive for Channel 10 and FremantleMedia Australia, which aired in 2012. Tim’s designs can be seen on Australia’s celebrities including Christine Anu for her Rewind show (2012), Casey Donovan for The Deadlys (2012) and Trevor Ashley for Diamonds Are for Trevor as part of the Mardi Gras Festival (2012).
Lizzy was born in a small outback town and remained there until she was sent to boarding school for six years for crimes never discussed. After that she went onto live in Italy and studied fashion and costume design for three years at the Acadamia di Italiana. She returned to Australia and began working in film. At the ripe old age of 25 she won the British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA), the Australian Film Industry Award (AFI) and the Academy Award (Oscar) for her costumes on Stephan Elliott’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. For the Academy Award ceremony, Lizzy designed and wore a dress made completely out of American Express Gold Cards, which has been exhibited across the globe and has become an iconic piece of Oscar history. Lizzy’s other feature film credits include: John Woo’s Mission Impossible II, Mark Steven Johnson’s Ghost Rider, Rob Cohen’s Stealth, John Dahl’s The Great Raid, the Wachowski Brothers’ Bound, Stephan Elliott’s Welcome to Woop–Woop and, more recently, Carter Smith’s The Ruins. Her work on Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Musical has garnered the Helpmann Award for Costume Design and the Green Room Award for Best Costumes.
Original Lighting Design
Nick Schlieper has designed lighting for all of the major performing arts companies in Australia, and works regularly in Europe.
Nick’s 2012 engagements include returning to Opera Australia (The Marriage of Figaro), Sydney Theatre Company, including the tour to Paris, London, and Vienna of Big and Little (Gross und Klein), and the New York season of Uncle Vanya (Belvoir Street Theatre) and Death of a Salesman, as well as Love Never Dies (Sydney) for the Really Useful Company and Priscilla the Musical in Europe and South America. He will design sets and lighting for Face to Face (Sydney Theatre Company) and Pompeii, LA (Malthouse, Melbourne).
Nick’s 2011 engagements included: The White Guard (Sydney Theatre Company); Love Never Dies (the Really Useful Company, Melbourne); Hamlet (Melbourne Theatre Company); No Man’s Land (Sydney Theatre Company/ Queensland Theatre Company) and the Broadway season of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Nick also lit STC’s production of Uncle Vanya at the Kennedy Center in Washington and designed both set and lighting for the Malthouse/STC co– production of Baal.
During recent seasons he has worked with the major Australian theatre and opera companies including MTC and STC (notably Long Day’s Journey Into Night in Sydney and Portland, USA; War of the Roses, Dissocia, Elling, The City and A Streetcar Named Desire), Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir Street, and the West End, London and Toronto seasons of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Musical.
His theatre credits include: The Serpent’s Teeth, Blackbird, The Season at Sarsaparilla, A Kind of Alaska/Reunion, Hedda Gabler, Victory, Endgame, A Doll’s House, Volpone, The Three Sisters, Don Juan, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Delicate Balance, Les Parents Terribles, The Life of Galileo, Pentecost, As You Like It, The Threepenny Opera, King Lear, Racing Demon (Sydney Theatre Company); Ninety, The Glass Soldier, The Visit, Inheritance, Great Expectations, Proof, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, Poor Boy, Richard III and Measure for Measure (Melbourne Theatre Company); ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marat/Sade and The Idiot (State Theatre Company of South Australia); Good Works (and set design) and XPO (Queensland Theatre Company); Lulu, Black Mary, The Unexpected Man and Measure for Measure (Belvoir Street Theatre); and Priscilla the Musical (Back Row Productions in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland).
Nick has also designed lighting for Scheherazade for the Australian Ballet, the acclaimed Cinderella for Royal New Zealand Ballet and several works for Bangarra Dance Company including Bush, which has toured around the world.
His extensive work in opera includes: Don Giovanni, Nabucco, Tannhäuser, Il trovatore, L’Elisir d’amore, Andrea Chenier, Freischütz, Falstaff and Seraglio (Opera Australia); Salome (and set design) and Parsifal (State Opera of South Australia); The Flying Dutchman, Don Giovanni and Ken Russell’s Madam Butterfly for (Victorian State Opera); Macbeth (and set design) for Opera New Zealand and Don Giovanni (and set design) for Opera Queensland. He was also lighting and associate set designer of the first Australian production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Adelaide in 2004.
His international work includes: Billy Budd and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hamburg State Opera); The Hostage (the Royal Shakespeare Company); The Government Inspector (Theatr Clwyd, Wales); Blackbird (New Zealand and at the Ruhrfestspiele, Germany); Armut, Reichtum, Mensch und Tier and The Ginger Man (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg); Kasimir und Karoline and Lea’s Hochzeit for (Theater in der Josefstadt, Vienna); UFA Revue (Berlin, and Kennedy Center, Washington); Michael Kramer and Ein Florentinerhut (Schillertheater, Berlin); Michael Bogdanov’s productions of Macbeth and Peer Gynt (the State Theatre of Bavaria); Aristokraten (Stuttgart); Tales of Hoffmann (Wiesbaden); Away and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (the Summerfare Festival, New York) and Hedda Gabler and A Streetcar Named Desire, both with Cate Blanchett in New York.
Nick has received six Green Room Awards, four Sydney Critics Awards, as well as Helpmann Awards in 2004, 2009 and 2011.
Original Sound Design
Michael is an award–winning sound designer from Sydney. His recent theatre work includes: High School Musical (Australia), Little Women, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Mum’s the Word 2, Tell Me on a Sunday, Altar Boyz, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (China/Asia), The Rocky Horror Show, We Will Rock You (Asia/New Zealand), Company, Pippin, The King and I (China/ Asia), Priscilla – Queen of the Desert (world premiere), The Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman (2007 Helpmann nomination), The Woman in Black (Australia/Hong Kong/New Zealand – 2007 Helpmann Award), Dusty – The Original Pop Diva (world premiere, 2006 Helpmann Award), Grease – The Arena Spectacular, Saturday Night Fever (Australia/New Zealand/Asia – 2005 Green Room nomination), Dirty Dancing (world premiere, 2005 Green Room Award) and The Full Monty. Sound co– designs include Singin’ in the Rain (2001 Helpmann nomination) and The Boy from Oz with Todd McKenney (2000 Helpmann nomination). Recent work encompassing opera, symphonic and rock concerts throughout Australia and internationally includes: Dead Man Walking, Live Earth – Concert for Climate Change (Sydney), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Lesley Garrett and Anthony Warlow with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Anthony Warlow with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and, in a former life, Michael toured with acts such as Genesis, Crowded House, Peter Allen, Keith Richards, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, The Bee Gees, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Pink Floyd.
Cassie Hanlon was awarded the prestigious BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) for her amazing work on the enormously successful Australian film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. For over 25 years she has worked on big budget films such as Star Wars, Superman and The Chronicles of Narnia. With over 30 film credits and countless television projects and commercials in her portfolio, and nominated for many awards both here and overseas for her creativity and professional body of work, Cassie was commissioned by the producers of the fantastic theatrical production of Priscilla onstage. Cassie designed and incorporated the innovative mask system for the show, which is now playing all over the world having already completed seasons in Sydney, New Zealand, Toronto, London and New York. Her career in the make–up artistry has seen her work on most of the iconic Australian films like Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Two Hands, Peter Pan and Scooby–Doo! to name a few. Cassie has worked as the personal make–up artist for actors such as Ray Liotta, Rowan Atkinson and Australian actors like Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, Anthony LaPaglia and Heath Ledger and, most recently, Australia’s favourite, Olivia Newton–John. Cassie has her certificate 4 teaching accreditation and often lectures and shares her wealth of industry knowledge and experience with aspiring young make–up artists. She is an accomplished and experienced artist with a broad vision to create any look. Cassie is available for consultation on new projects and continues to work on film, theatre productions, television and fashion with great passion.
His list of credits as musical director and/or arranger include the premiere stage productions in Australia of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dusty the Musical, FloorPlay, Saturday Night Fever, Hair, Footloose, Leader of the Pack, Shout!, Oh! What a Night, Fame, Jesus Christ Superstar, Burn the Floor, Rasputin, Big Sister and Great Expectations.
Charlie was musical co–ordinator of two albums for Marcia in the UK and co– produced the album Jokers and Queens for Jon English and Marcia in Australia. He is currently musical director for all Marcia’s live performances.
His international credits include: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, London West End – from 2008–2010; Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Toronto 2010, Broadway NYC 2011; Burn the Floor, 2000–2013 in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Arranging for television includes all productions of Australian Idol, Starstruck and Magical Tales.
Phillip has forged a career as one of Australia’s most versatile artists – performer, musician, novelist and satirist. Phillip began his theatrical career as musical director on such shows as Tarantara! Tarantara!, Tom Foolery and The Rocky Horror Show, as well as co–writing and appearing in Zen and Now at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. His work with Max Gillies on A Night of National Reconciliation and The Gillies Summit led to working for ABC Television as a writer, composer and musical arranger. Phillip is a founding member of Three Men and a Baby Grand, a musical revue that toured Australia and travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe and London. He has also performed on The Today Show and written film scores including Those Dear Departed, which earned him an AFI nomination. He has worked as musical director for David Campbell, and appeared as Liberace in the specially commissioned Sydney Theatre Company show Wunnerful Liberace, directed by Richard Wherrett. Phillip toured Australia with the revue Abroad with Two Men (which he co–wrote and composed), as well as appearing in his solo cabaret shows across the country. Phillip has worked as a script consultant for numerous shows, including Man from Snowy River, Oh What a Night and Orpheus in the Underworld, as well as working as a full– time writer for television’s Good News Week. In 1995 he made his literary debut with his first novel, One Dead Diva. Gay Resort Murder Shock, Get Over It!, and It’s About Your Friend soon followed; they were published in Australia and the USA. He also co–wrote and composed The Republic of Myopia for STC as well as creating and performing in over 18 enormously successful Wharf Revues. He writes a weekly column for Sydney’s free gay paper The Star Observer and reviews classical CDs for Fanfare.
Tour Lighting Designer
As an international lighting designer, Michael has been lighting productions worldwide since he started his career in 1972 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in
Guildford. Working with some of the top international designers, he has a vast experience of all types of venue for live events, small regional theatres to vast international stage, convention rooms to theme parks, concert halls to open–air arenas.
Recent corporate designs have kept him busy in London, Birmingham, Manchester as well as Saint Petersburg and Cape Town.
International theatre designs include: a new version of Wicked in Copenhagen, 2011; Saturday Night Fever, Stage Holdings in the Netherlands; Hurrem Sultan dance project for Hurrem Sultan Produksyion, Istanbul; Guldestan for the State Opera and Ballet Company of Turkey; Footloose (Germany tour); the opening concert of the 30th Hellenic Festival in Athens 2005.
Recent UK designs include: six productions for East 15 Acting School; Mr Maugham at Home and The Bespoke Overcoat, both at the New End Theatre in Hampstead; the 30th anniversary production of The Rocky Horror Show (ATG Ltd); theatre lighting consultant for We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Dr Livingstone...I Presume? (Riverside Studios); the regional tour of Smokey Joe’s Cafe; The Rocky Horror Show (Birmingham Rep and national tour); Richard O’Brien’s musical Disgracefully Yours in London and New York; Great Expectations (UK tour); Smoking With Lulu (Soho Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Bouncers (Churchill Theatre and national tour) and Blithe Spirit (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Michael has lit many high–profile events including the stage presentations of Mulan in Disneyland Paris, and the stage presentation which also preceded the movie’s European launch. He also lit the millennium event at Disneyland Paris and events at Alton Towers.
He has been associate LD on The Phantom of the Opera since the show originally opened in London. He has worked on 45 productions of this show worldwide including the 25th anniversary production at the Royal Albert Hall that was beamed live to cinemas worldwide.
Other credits as associate LD include: Priscilla in London; Wicked in London and Stuttgart; for Disney Theatrical:
Beauty and the Beast in the UK, Germany, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina; Aida twice in Seoul, South Korea and once in Germany; Tarzan in Hamburg.
Tour Sound Designer
Matt has been working in theatre sound for the last 15 years, providing sound design, associate sound design and production sound services for a variety of shows in the UK and around the world. These have included: various international productions of Chicago – the Musical, Grease, West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, High School Musical, Dirty Dancing and Steel Magnolias. Matt has also mixed, recorded and produced live recordings for major artists and television shows all around the world.
Associate Set Designer
Having lived in Sydney for the last 10 years, Justin Nardella knows the world of Priscilla a little too well. He has worked solidly in the entertainment industry since graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Sydney, in 2008. Theatre credits: Brisbane Festival: Tender Napalm and L’Orfeo; Ensemble Theatre: Circle Mirror Transformation; Sydney Theatre Company: Before and After; Downstairs Belvoir: Ladybird, Bliss and Whore; Darlinghurst Theatre: Macbeth and Glace Chase; Griffin Theatre Company: Porn.Cake and Silent Disco; NORPA: Engine; Glen Street Theatre: Every Single Saturday – the Musical. As an assistant, he has worked on the arena show How to Train Your Dragon, King Kong, and Dame Edna’s Eat Pray Laugh. Film credits: Jim Sharman’s short film Andy X; the Scare’s ‘Could Be Bad’ music video. Event clients: Audi, UBS, ghd, Cloud 9, Mount Gay Rum, Cointreau, Aveda, Priceline, Shiseido, Sydney Film Festival and Brisbane Festival. For Brisbane Festival, he was site designer for two years; highlights include the Festival Theatre – a temporary 500–seat outdoor amphitheatre and design and direction of the 2011 programme launch (which involved four semi–trailers). Awards include: BMW Young Artist Award and William Fletcher Grant. Justin has recently relocated to the UK and is thrilled that his first production here is about an Australian adventure.
DEBBIE O ’BRIEN
Debbie’s casting for West End productions include: Thriller Live, Grease, Soul Sister, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Snowman, Santa Claus Adventure, Flashdance, The King and I, The Harder They Come, Show Boat, Dancing in the Streets, The Rat Pack: Live From Las Vegas, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Peter Pan, The Pirates of Penzance, Mum’s the Word, Daisy Pulls It Off, Napoleon, Madame Melville, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, La Cava, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train, Rent, Always, Steaming, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Disgracefully Yours.
Her UK tours include: Top of the Pops Live, I Was a Rat!, Thriller Live, Dancing in the Streets, Doctor in the House, Hormonal Housewives, Grease, Menopause – the Musical, Mum’s the Word, Flashdance, Defending the Caveman, The Rat Pack: Live From Las Vegas, Mahabharata, Sweet Soul Music, Starlight Express, Anything Goes, What a Feeling, Dirty Dusting, Mack and Mabel, The Misanthrope, The Threepenny Opera, A Chorus Line, A Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train and Wild Animus.
Regional productions include: Hair (Germany); Soul Sister (Hackney Empire); Fame (Ireland); Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham Rep); The Corstorphine Road Nativity (Edinburgh); White Christmas (Sunderland, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Plymouth and Southampton); Mods and Rox, Robin Hood, Noises Off, It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Shop of Horrors, Laurel and Hardy, and Blues in the Night (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich); The Sound of Music, Me and My Girl, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Crazy for You, Oklahoma!, The Opera Show and The Pirates of Penzance (Kilworth House); Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Twelfth Night (Stafford Festival Shakespeare); Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington, Aladdin and Jack and the Beanstalk (Stafford
Gatehouse Theatre); Cinderella and Aladdin (Leeds City Varieties); The Snowman (Cardiff, Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh); Side by Side by Sondheim (Stevenage); Santa Claus – the Musical (Birmingham, Liverpool and Southampton); Only You Can Save Mankind and 100% Sex Therapy (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).
Recorded media casting includes: Waybuloo, Grandpa in My Pocket, What’s Your News?, Buddy Patrol, Tic Toc, Grease Is the Word, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Planet Cook and Energy.
As props supervisor, Lizzie’s credits include: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK tour); Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre); The Pilgrim’s Progress (English National Opera); The Little Mermaid (Tokyo, Moscow and Netherlands); Blue/Orange (UK tour); Hedda Gabler (Old Vic Theatre); Timon of Athens (National Theatre); Steel Magnolias (UK tour); The Death of Klinghoffer, Eugene Onegin (English National Opera) and Legally Blonde (UK tour).
Upcoming shows include: The Testament of Mary (Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway); Ghost – the Musical (UK tour) and Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic Theatre).
Previous to this, Lizzie worked as props assistant for three years on various West End, regional and international productions.
Lizzie trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Simon Gooding is one of the UK’s most prolific production managers, with a career spanning over 30 years. His technical knowledge and appreciation of nearly all UK and many international theatres is immense, and he enjoys the challenges that putting together each new show brings – despite what he says during the fit–up. He is delighted to be involved with the UK tour of Priscilla.
Jason trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Dramatic Art and undertook further study at Arts Educational Schools, London.
Jason is currently resident director for the new UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Previous to this he was resident director for both UK tours of Grease and Chicago in 2012. Other recent theatre credits include resident director for Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre, London, and associate director of the international tour of Grease.
Jason is also resident director for the Boy George musical Taboo, which is currently playing in London.
In 2010 he directed a new production of Grease in South Africa, which was subsequently seen in New Zealand and Hong Kong.
He has over 15 years experience of producing and directing musical theatre gala concerts, including The Macmillan Centenary Gala (the London Palladium) and The Musicals at the Birmingham Symphony Hall (hosted by David Jacobs), also the West End Celebration Galas at the Palace and Queen’s Theatre, London, which ran annually from 1999 to 2009. He is also the director for West End Eurovision, which is now in its sixth year.
Jason was the director of the Hampstead Theatre Arts Academy and has over 20 years experience of directing shows and arranging lessons in dance, singing and drama for schoolchildren.
Jason’s performing credits include: the role of Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre, UK tour and international tour); the role of Dennis in Hold Tight It’s 60s Night (European tour); Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria, London) as swing and covered and performed 12 roles, including Poppa (alternate), Greaseball, Electra and Dustin; 20th Century Musicals (national tour) as principal vocalist; The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); Oliver! (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Aïda (NIA, Birmingham); Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Summer Season (Golightly Productions); Cinderella (the Playhouse, Weston–Super–Mare) and Dick Whittington (Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Surrey).
Jason’s recording credits include: The Musicals (Symphony Hall, Birmingham) as principal singer with Clive Rowe and Claire Moore; A Musical Theatre Gala (Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham) and the demo recording of The Lord of the Rings.
Jason has appeared on television in One by One (BBC); The Bill (ITV); Blue Peter (BBC) and a commercial for Lipton Ice Tea.
Richard trained in the UK as a classical pianist with Dr Anne Holmes MBE. He gained diplomas from the Trinity College of Music and the London College of Music at the age of 15 and became a professional freelance musician, performing worldwide at the age of 16.
For three years, Richard was musical director for P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean and TUI, and spent much of this time in Italy, Greece and the Caribbean.
Theatre credits include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, Spamalot, Fame, Grease, Bugsy Malone, Little Shop of Horrors, Blood Brothers, Cinderella and Oliver!.
More recently, Richard was assistant musical director on the original UK tours of 9 to 5 – the Musical and Sister Act, and was arranger, orchestrator and musical supervisor for Craig Revel Horwood’s critically acclaimed Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show, starring Brian Conley and Darren Day.
Artist credits include: Jeff Beck (Royal Albert Hall, O2 Arena), Michael Ball, Tony Hadley, Tony Christie, Joss Stone (O2 Arena) and Imelda May (Royal Albert Hall).
Assistant Musical Director
Tom studied music at the University of Manchester and took instrumental lessons at the Royal Northern College of Music. Theatre and touring credits include: Avenue Q (2012 UK tour, assistant
MD); Jersey Boys (deputy keyboards and vocals, Prince Edward Theatre, 2011–12); Oliver! (deputy UK tour, 2012); Spend Spend Spend! (musical director, Watermill UK tour, 2010); Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (UK tour, assistant MD, 2010); Singin’ in the Rain UK tour (second assistant MD, 2009); musical director for Extravaganza (Aladdin, 2007); Evolution (Jack and the Beanstalk, 2008, and Aladdin, 2009) and Jordan Productions (Snow White, 2010, and Beauty and the Beast, 2011) pantomime companies. Tom is a regular audition and rehearsal pianist for the National Theatre as well as for West End and regional theatre companies. His work as a session musician includes: Louise (Eternal), Westlife, Rihanna (World Music Awards 2008); UK tours supporting Simon Webbe (Blue), 2007, and Journey South (The X Factor), 2006, and new UK artists Daniela Brooker and Scarlette Fever.
STEPHEN HILL Musicians UK Ltd
Stephen studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and has been musical director/musical supervisor for an extensive range of both West End and touring theatre productions. These include: Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Stepping Out, Bat Boy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, The Pirates of Penzance, Barnum, Evita, My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly!, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. His concert work includes: The Magic of the Musicals starring Marti Webb, Tell Me on a Sunday and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin, and numerous Best of the West End concerts in the UK and Europe. Recently, Stephen co–produced and conducted two sell–out performances of Jesus Christ Superstar – the Concert, at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He has been musical director to several international artists including Charles Aznavour, with whom he recorded several albums and toured worldwide.
Stephen now devotes all his time managing Musicians UK Ltd. one of the country’s foremost orchestral management companies. London productions include: The Bodyguard, Flashdance, Spamalot, Grease, The Sound of Music, The Producers, Saturday Night Fever, By Jeeves, Bat Boy, Stepping Out and Aladdin for The Old Vic.
UK tours include: Cats, Ghost, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Producers, Flashdance, Starlight Express, The Sound of Music, Grease, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Peter Pan, Saturday Night Fever, Bat Boy, Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, Dr Dolittle, Oliver!, Evita, Black Goes With Everything, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello, Dolly! and The Pirates of Penzance.
Stephen produces alongside many leading corporate and concert managements.
He provides orchestras and artists for events such as Best of the West End, Another Kind of Magic: Queen Symphonic, Grease – the Concert, An Evening of James Bond, Elaine Paige in concert, A Touch of West End and Three Phantoms.
Stephen contracted the orchestra for The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium for the BBC. He is executive music supervisor for the Performing Arts Academy at Harlequin Hotels and Resorts.
Cast albums include: Saturday Night Fever, Jesus Christ Superstar (20th anniversary), Stepping Out and Bat Boy – the Musical
Nullarbor Productions was formed by producers Garry McQuinn and Liz Koops, by scriptwriter and co–author of the musical Allan Scott, and by Michael Hamlyn who was one of the producers of Priscilla the Film.
Garry McQuinn is the managing partner and oversees all international productions. He began his career in Australia and has been lucky enough to work around the world for quite a few years with many wonderful shows and fine people. Michael Hamlyn has been a film producer for longer than he cares to remember. In 1990 he met Australian director Stephan Elliott and became involved in the project The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. This film was made three years later, the rest is history.
Allan Scott has written and produced more than 20 feature films, some of which have won awards and some his children praised. He graduated from McGill University and the CBC. He has been chairman of a public company and a trade union at the same time. This probably led him to Priscilla.
Recently voted the 2012 Australian UK Woman of the Year and founder of Back Row Productions, former Nullarbor partner Liz Koops has produced shows internationally around the world for 20 years. During her tenure as Managing Director of the International Booking division at Clear Channel Entertainment she was instrumental in consolidating the European and Asian touring circuit for first class musicals. Liz has produced countless shows spanning over 37 countries, was one of the original lead producers on PRISCILLA and is now CEO of the Broadway Entertainment Group.
Nullarbor oversees and manages all international versions of Priscilla the Musical since 2006, including successful runs in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, London, Toronto, Broadway, Sao Paulo, Milan and Rome. The year–long US and UK tours now on the road, future plans include a return to Australia, Stockholm, Seoul, Berlin and Tokyo.
DAVID IAN PRODUCTIONS
David Ian has produced theatre shows all over the world. His credits include: Grease, Saturday Night Fever, The King and I, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Anything Goes, The Producers, Defending the Caveman, Guys and Dolls, Daisy Pulls It Off, The Sound of Music, La Cage aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Flashdance, Gypsy, The Shawshank Redemption, The Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, The Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Chicago, Dr Dolittle, Starlight Express, Seminar, Steel Magnolias, Ghost – the Musical and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
His most recent production is The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre, London.
THE AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP LTD
Co–founded by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire in 1992, the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) is the largest owner/operator of theatres in the UK with 39 venues, an internationally recognised award–winning theatre producer with co– productions in New York, across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and is a leader in theatre ticketing services through ATG Tickets. Current and recent ATG co–productions include Macbeth starring James McAvoy, Passion Play starring Zoë Wanamaker, Posh, Jumpy and Constellations (Royal Court at the Duke of York’s), Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Legally Blonde the Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show, Maurice’s Jubilee, Goodnight Mister Tom, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, South Pacific starring Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot, All New People starring Zach Braff, Dandy Dick, Blue/Orange, Ghost the Musical, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, Being Shakespeare, The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley, West Side Story, Elling, Guys and Dolls starring Ewan McGregor, The Mountaintop starring Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett and Exit the King starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon.