Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical

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Stephan Elliott
Book

Entering the film industry aged 17, Stephan became Director at 26 with the Cannes 1993 entrant Frauds, starring Phil Collins and Hugo Weaving. His 2nd feature was written in 14 days en route to Cannes. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) became one of the most successful Aussie films of all time, gathering an Oscar, BAFTA, AFI Writers Guild and Golden Globe awards. After making the black comedy Welcome to Woop Woop (1996) and the thriller Eye of the Beholder (1999) he accidently skied off the French Alps, breaking his pelvis, legs and back. After 4 years of recuperation, Stephan returned with Priscilla The Musical and Easy Virtue (2008). He completed his first Aussie movie in 17 years, A Few Best Men, starring Twilight’s Xavier Samuels and Olivia Newton John and is currently shooting the feature Rio I Love You – the follow up to the hugely successful Paris, je  t’amie  in Brasil.

Allan Scott
Book & Producer

Allan Scott has written, co-written or produced over twenty feature films both in Hollywood and England, working with some of the biggest stars in the world.  He is currently preparing an adaptation of the prize-winning novel Sophie’s Choice for Broadway.  He has co-written and will co-produce a thriller The Conjuror which is due to open later this year.  His contribution to the screenplay of the recent movie Kon Tiki was acknowledged when the film received an Oscar nomination (best film in a foreign language) at last year’s Academy Awards.  He has been awarded two university doctorates and sundry writing prizes.

SIMON PHILLIPS
Director

Simon began his career in New Zealand before emigrating to Australia in 1984. He was appointed Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia from 1990-94 and Artistic Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company from 2000-11.

His directing credits range from contemporary and Shakespearean classics to musicals to opera. He has also directed the premieres of many new works by leading Australian writers.

Apart from Priscilla, Simon’s musical credits include Oliver!, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, High Society, Company, The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown the Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and a new Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, which was released internationally on DVD.

ROSS COLEMAN (1949–2009)
Co–Choreographer

Multiple Helpmann Award nominee and winner, Ross Coleman is known for his immense contribution as director/choreographer to Australia’s musical theatre. The first musical that Ross choreographed was the original Australian production of Grease in 1972. Since then a selection of his work includes Urinetown, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Rocky Horror Show, The Threepenny Opera, A Doll’s House, The Republic of Myopia, Company , The Seagull, Great Expectations, Grease, Cabaret, Chicago, and Priscilla.  International work includes Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 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.  Ross passed away in 2009 before seeing Priscilla open on Broadway, and is greatly missed by everyone involved in the production. 

ANDREW HALLSWORTH
Co–Choreographer

Andrew won the 2014 Helpmann Award for Best Choreography in a Musical for the Hayes Theatre’s inaugural production of Sweet Charity, which also toured Australia in 2015. His choreography is currently being seen in the Australian tour of Opera Australia’s Anything Goes.

Recent credits include Rupert (MTC and Daniel Sparrow Productions);Dream Song, Shane Warne the Musical (concert version); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the World Premiere musical An Officer and A Gentleman. Further MTC credits include Private Lives, Hamlet, Next to Normal, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Andrew co-choreographed the international production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert with Ross Coleman. He restaged Priscilla for Broadway followed by Italian and Brazilian season, US and UK Tours, Swedish, Korean and Spanish productions. For the Production Company he has co-directed and choreographed The Producers and Anything Goes and choreographed La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, The Boy from Oz, Carousel, Mame and The Boy Friend. He co-choreographed The Music Man and Bye Bye Birdie.

Further choreographic credits include the original Australian production of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision, which was revived for the Edinburgh Festival (West End and UK tour); Menopause – the MusicalLeader of the Pack – The Ellie Greenwich Musical (Betty Pounder Green Room Award winner for Best Choreography) and Sideshow Alley The Merry Widow for Melbourne City Opera, Wombat Stew and Prodigal.

Cabaret shows include Doris Day-So Much More Than The Girl Next Door'Tegrity, Newley Discovered; Todd McKenney-Songs and Stories of Peter Allen and Cry Me A River-The World of Julie London.
Andrew's television credits include the Australian series of So You Think You Can Dance; “Indigeridoo" and "Ja'ime's Assembly Routine" on the cult TV show We Can Be Heroes; Dead Gorgeous for ABC/BBC TV; The Librarians for the ABC and Mr and Mrs Murder for Fremantle Media (TEN).

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, Sao Paulo, the US Tour, Stockholm, Seoul, Madrid and now the second UK Tour. Spud lives happily with his wife of 33 years and their three children in Sydney.

BRIAN THOMSON
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. His Broadway credits include The Rocky Horror ShowThe King And I (1996 for which he received a Tony) and Dame Edna Back With A Vengeance. He designed the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2005 for his services to theatre and opera. Recently he designed Barry Humphries’ farewell spectacular Eat, Pray, Laugh and is currently reviving his design for The King And I.

DEAN BRYANT
Associate Director

Dean directed Sweet Charity for Hayes Theatre Company, receiving the Helpmann Award for Best Director of a Musical in 2014. This production toured in early 2015. He also recently directed Miriam Margolyes in I’ll Eat You Last for MTC and Todd McKenney and Simon Burke in La Cage Aux Folles for The Production Company. This was his 4th musical for them, after The Pirates of Penzance and (co-direction of) The Producers and Anything Goes. Other credits include Next to Normal (MTC); DreamSong (Theatreworks); Straight (Red Stitch); Hansel and Gretel (OzOpera); The Last Five Years; Prodigal; Once We Lived Here (2014 London premiere at Kings Head Theatre) and Virgins: A Musical Threesome. He created Gaybies for the 2013 Midsumma Festival and directed the Sydney premiere for Darlinghurst Theatre Company in February. He also directs a new production of Anything Goes for GFO/Opera Australia this year.

With composer Mathew Frank he wrote the musicals Prodigal (off- Broadway season at York Theatre, Green Room – Best Original Score); Once We Lived Here (Green Room – Best New Musical); Virgins: A Musical Threesome and The Silver Donkey as well as the songs for the Amy Winehouse musical episode of Channel 10’s Mr and Mrs Murder.

His cabaret credits as writer/director include Britney Spears: The Cabaret; Rhonda Burchmore’s Vinyl Viagra; Liza (on an E) (West End season 2013); In Vogue: Songs By Madonna (2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox (2014 Adelaide Fringe Award - Best Cabaret); I’m Every Woman (Sydney Theatre Award – Best Cabaret); Newley Discovered (Sydney Opera House); Experiment: Cole Porter and Josie in the Bathhouse.
 
He is Worldwide Associate Director of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical and is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

TIM CHAPPEL
Costume Designer

In 1995 Tim won an Academy Award, a BAFTA and an 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 stage show Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical which has been performed worldwide and won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Musical.

After the success of The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Tim spent many years designing for feature films including; Today You Die, Lovewrecked, Miss Congeniality, Into the Sun, Red Riding Hood, Mojave Moon and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers amongst others. His TV credits include; V.I.P, 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 TheatreCompany and Company B. Tim designed costumes for PJ Hogan’s latest film Mental earning him a Best Costume Design nomination for the AACTA awards. He also designed for the 2012 TV series I Will Survive for Channel 10 and Fremantle Media Australia, Channel 9’s Australia’s Got Talent and Channel 7’s Dancing With the Stars in 2014 and 2015. Tim’s designs can be seen on Australia’s celebrities including Christine Anu for her Rewind show (2012), Casey Donovan for The Deadleys (2012) and Trevor Ashley for Diamonds Are For Trevor as part of the 2012 Mardi Gras Festival.

In 2013 Tim designed the costumes for Gypsy, directed by Gale Edwards and starring Caroline O’Connor and co-designed the costumes for The Pirates of Penzance. Tim has continued to design costumes for the 2014 production of Guys and Dolls, directed by Gale Edwards, and the sell-out production of Sweet Charity at The Hayes Theatre.

Tim has designed the costumes for The Production Company’s season of West Side Story directed by Gale Edwards, and will do the costumes for the 2015 season of Dancing With the Stars for Fremantle Media.

LIZZY GARDINER
Costume Design

Lizzy was born in a small outback town and remained there until she was sent to boarding school for six years. After that she went onto live in Italy and studied fashion and costume design for three years at the Accademia Italiana Arte Moda Design. She returned to Australia and began working in film. At the ripe old age of 25 she and her design partner Tim Chappell 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 Awards 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. She has enjoyed a long and successful career in filmmaking around the World. Her work on Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical has garnered the Helpmann Award, the Green Room Award, the Olivier Award and the Tony Award for best Costume Design.

NICK SCHLIEPER
Original Lighting Design

Nick Schlieper has designed lighting for all the major performing companies in Australia and works regularly internationally.

Recent productions include, for Sydney Theatre Co, Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Gross und Klein (London, Paris and Vienna); Face to Face; Baal; Long Days’ Journey into Night (Sydney and Portland, USA) and War of the Roses as well as Hedda GablerUncle Vanya and Streetcar Named Desire (all in Sydney and New York); the Australian production of Love Never Dies and the Australian, West End, Broadway and Toronto seasons of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Nick’s work in Europe includes productions for the Hamburg State Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company and the State Theatres of Berlin, Hamburg and Munich as well as productions in Vienna, Stuttgart and for The National Theatre of Norway.

Nick has won six Melbourne Green Room Awards, four Sydney Theatre Critics Awards and three Helpmann Awards.

NICK RICHINGS
Tour Lighting Designer

Recent work includes: Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour); The Sound Of Music (UK tour); Forbidden Broadway (West End and The Menier Chocolate Factory); Blood Brothers (UK tour); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2014 UK tour); The Seagull; Educating Rita; Mother Courage (The Library Theatre at the Lowry, Manchester) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK tour); Sleuth; The Witches of Eastwick (The Watermill); The Rocky Horror Show (Australia and 2012 UK tour); The Mystery Of Charles Dickens (The Playhouse Theatre London); Ben Hur (The Watermill Theatre); Starlight Express (UK tour) Simply The Best –(Hackney Empire and West End); A Round Heeled Woman (Riverside Studios and West End); La Cage Aux Folles (US tour); The Marriage of Figaro (The Watermill Theatre) Hard Times (The Library Theatre Manchester); Brother Loves Travelling Salvation Show (UK tour) Spamalot (UK tour and West End); Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals; La Cage Aux Folles (West End and Broadway, Tony nomination best Lighting and Tony Award winner Best Musical 2010); Laughter In The Rain (The Neil Sedaka Story); Spend, Spend, Spend (The Watermill Theatre and UK tour); Glengarry Glen Ross; Rock and Roll and Relatively Speaking (The Library Theatre Manchester); Monkey - Journey to the West (The Royal Opera House and O2 Arena); The Rocky Horror Show (The Playhouse Theatre and UK tour); Whistle Down the Wind (The Palace Theatre); A Man For All Seasons (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – (New London Theatre); Beautiful and Damned (The Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue); Icons in London at The Venue; Wait Until Dark (The Garrick Theatre); Sleuth (The Apollo Theatre); The Mystery of Charles Dickens (The  Albery Theatre); Fallen Angels; Jesus My Boy (The Apollo Theatre); Aspects of Love; What A Show; South Pacific (The Prince of Wales Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof (West End); Scrooge (West End) and Derren Brown – Something Wicked This Way Comes (The Cambridge Theatre, winner 2006 Olivier Award best entertainment).

International work includes: Monkey: Journey to the West (Lincoln Centre NY); Farewell To My Concubine (Reignwood Theatre Beijing, China); The Secret Life of Nora (Maylaysian National Theatre); A Sigh of Love (Shanghai Ballet Company); The Rocky Horror Show (Australia, Seoul, Copenhage); Mary Poppins (Copenhagen); Monkey: Journey to the West (America and Paris); The Mystery of Charles Dickens (Broadway), Scrooge (US tour) Whistle Down the Wind (US tour); High School Musical, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, Copacabana and Chess (Copenhagen); Rent and Gaslight (English Theatre, Frankfurt); I Do! I Do!, Romeo & Juliette, and The Woman In Black (Vienna’s English Theatre); Grease (Germany and European tour) and Byblos Festival (Lebanon).

Opera credits include: Falstaff which was named Best Opera Production by the Manchester Evening News; Menotti’s The Consul (Opera Holland Park) and Il Turco in Italia (Broomhill Opera).

MICHAEL WATERS
Original Sound Design

Michael is an award winning sound designer from Sydney. His recent designs include The King And I (Helpmann Award 2014); Anything Goes; Rolling Thunder Vietnam; Hot Shoe Shuffle (Green Room 2014 nomination); A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Green Room 2013 nomination);Orpheus in the Underworld; Priscilla - Queen of the Desert (DAPA Award, Italy 2012); Annie – The Musical; An Officer and a Gentleman; Doctor Zhivago (Australia / Korea); soundscape design for ATOMIC – The Musical (Australia / Off-Broadway New York).
Previous sound designs include Little Women; The Rocky Horror Show; Company; Dead Man Walking; Grease – The Arena Spectacular; The Woman In Black (Helpmann Award 2007); Dusty – The Original Pop Diva (Helpmann Award 2006); The Boy From Oz (Helpmann & Green Room 2007 nominations); Saturday Night Fever (Green Room 2005 nomination);and Singin’ In The Rain (Helpmann 2002 nomination).
Prior to working in musical theatre, Michael toured internationally with artists including Pink Floyd; Genesis; Phil Collins: Keith Richards; Mick Jagger; and Paul McCartney.

CASSIE HANLON
Make–up Designer

Cassie Hanlon was awarded the prestigious BAFTA Award for her amazing work on the enormously successful Australian film Priscilla Queen of the Desert. For the past 30 years she has worked on big budget films such as Star Wars, Superman, Narnia, Mad Max III, Two Hands, Scooby Doo and Priscilla to name a few.

With over thirty film credits and countless television projects and commercials in her portfolio Cassie has taken on the fantastic theatrical production Priscilla onstage, along with her designs has incorporated the innovative mask system for the show.

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 La Pagila, Heath Ledger and 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.

PHILLIP SCOTT
Script Consultant

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.

MICHAEL ODAM
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.

MATT GROUNDS
Tour Sound Designer

Matt is close to his 18th year in theatre and the commercial music industry.
Matt’s theatre credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (Athens); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Athens, UK tour); Steel Magnolias (UK tour); Associate Sound Designer for Chicago the Musical (Moscow, China tour, Madrid, Netherlands tour, Korean tour, Seoul); West Side Story (Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain); Grease (Australia, Cape Town, New Zealand, Hong Kong) and Dirty Dancing (Johannesburg).
Music artists that he has worked with include: Blur; Katy B; Amy Macdonald; Lee Ryan (Blue); Gareth Gates; Pixie Lott; Iain Archer (Snow Patrol); Kubb; Elvis Costello; Super Furry Animals; London Grammar; P Money; Future Islands; One Eskimo; Frank (Totally Frank, Channel 4); Lil’ Chris (Rock School); Alex Parks; Bill Wyman; 3 Doors Down; Katie Melua; Elton John; Buena Vista Social Club; N*E*R*D; Chuck Berry and many more at venues and festivals worldwide.
His recent highlights include: touring with singer-songwriter John Grant and the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Roger Daltrey’s Teenage Cancer Trust shows in the Royal Albert Hall.
His broadcasts include: The Big Breakfast (2001-03); plus performances with many of the above artists worldwide, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson; Janice Long Show (BBC Radio 2); Ken Bruce at BBC Maida Vale; Echo Music Awards (Berlin) and The Late Late Show (Ireland).
His productions include: live recordings for album and single releases for Universal Music; Sony BMG; and iTunes.

JUSTIN NARDELLA
Associate Set Designer

Having grown up in Sydney, Justin knows the world of Priscilla a little too well and has journeyed with the production to the UK, Sweden, Spain, South Korea and the high seas. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, he has designed the set and costumes on recent productions including Legends! (Australian Tour); Where Do Little Birds Go? (UK Tour); Hansel and Gretel for Opera in Space; Tender Napalm for Brisbane Festival; Orfeo for the Brandenburg Orchestra and Before and After for Sydney Theatre Company.  He was the recipient of the BMW Young Artists award and William Fletcher Grant.  Although he still calls Australia home, Justin currently lives in London.

DEBBIE O ’BRIEN
Casting Director

Debbie’s casting for West End productions include : Sinatra, American Idiot, Dusty, Thriller Live, The Bodyguard and Kinky Boots (children’s casting), Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Grease, Flashdance, Piaf, The Snowman, Respect La Diva, The King and I, The Harder They Come, Showboat, 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 Café, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train, Rent, Always, Steaming, Ain't Misbehavin' and Disgracefully Yours.

Her UK tours include : Annie (children’s casting), Thriller Live, Dancing in the Streets, The Threepenny Opera, Our House, Soul Sister, I Was a Rat, Carnaby Street, 51 Shades of Maggie, Doctor In the House, Hormonal Housewives, Grease, Tell Me On a Sunday, Cacophony, Menopause the Musical, 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, A Chorus Line, A Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train and Wild Animus.

Regional and international productions include : Medea, Crush, Cougar, Propaganda Swing, Cats (RCCL), Midsummer Songs, The BFG, Evolution, Sweet Charity, Legally Blonde, Singin’ In the Rain, South Pacific, Sister Act, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Merry Wives of Windsor and Twelfth Night, Jackie the Musical, Hairspray, Starlight Express (Bochum and international tour), Fame, Alice In Wonderland, The Sound of Music, Chicago, Hair, The Opera Show, Soul Sister; Little Shop of Horrors, The Corstorphine Road Nativity, White Christmas, And Then The Dark, Mods and Rox, Robin Hood, Noises Off, It’s a Wonderful Life, Laurel and Hardy, Blues in the Night, My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, 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, Amadeus,  The Snowman; Side by Side by Sondheim and Only You Can Save Mankind and 100% Sex Therapy.

Recorded media casting includes: Waybuloo, Grandpa In My Pocket, What’s Your News?, Buddy Patrol, Tic Toc, Quick Quack Duck, Grease is the Word, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Planet Cook and Energy.

LIZZIE FRANKL
Props Supervisor

As Props Supervisor, Lizzie’s credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); She Stoops to Conquer (Theatre Royal Bath); Educating Rita (Chichester Festival Theatre); McQueen (St James Theatre); High Society (Old Vic Theatre); Way Upstream (Chichester Festival Theatre); Derren Brown, Miracle (UK Tour); Bodyguard the Musical (UK Tour); The Ruling Class (Trafalgar Studios); Blithe Spirit (Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles); Ideal Husband (Chichester Festival Theatre); The River (Circle in the Square, Broadway); Speed the Plow (Playhouse Theatre); Electra (Old Vic Theatre); Barnum the Musical (UK tour); Amadeus (Chichester Festival Theatre); Monty Python Live (O2 Arena); Benvenuto Cellini (English National Opera); Things We Do For Love (UK tour); Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre); Urinetown (Apollo Theatre & St James Theatre); Singin in the Rain (UK tour); Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre); Jeeves & Wooster (UK tour & Duke of York Theatre); Barking in Essex (Wyndhams Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Old Vic Theatre); Scenes from a Marriage (St James Theatre); Little Hotel On The Side (Theatre Royal Bath); Sweetbird of Youth (Old Vic Theatre); Eugene Onegin (Metropolitan Opera House); Testament of Mary (Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway & Barbican Theatre); Derren Brown, Infamous (UK tour); Ghost The Musical (UK Tour and Seoul, South Korea); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK tour); Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre); The Pilgrims 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: Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead Theatre) and The Hairy Ape (Old Vic Theatre).

Previous to this Lizzie worked as Props Assistant for 3 years on various West-End, Regional and International productions.

Lizzie trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Simon Gooding - SGPM Ltd
Production Manager

Simon Gooding is one of the UK’s most prolific theatre production managers with a career spanning over 30 years. Starting work as a stagehand at the Bristol Hippodrome in the early 1980’s, Simon soon moved on to become a production carpenter.  In the early 1990’s he ventured into production management, forming SGPM Ltd in 2007.  Since then his name has become synonymous with large-scale musicals in the UK and internationally, including Cats, Jersey Boys, Love me Tender, Spamalot  and most recently ANNIE.
Simon is also a keen fundraiser, having raised money for The Stroke Association through his sailing endeavours, and in 2014 throwing himself off The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.  Or ‘abseiling’ as The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust refers to it.

www.simongoodingltd.co.uk

TRACY LANE
Resident Director

Tracy trained at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts. She has performed in various trade shows, TV specials, fashion shows, pop videos, commercials, summer shows and pantomimes.
West End credits include: 42nd Street and Copacabana.
She has recently choreographed Peter Pan and Girls Night Out.

MATTHEW J LOUGHRAN
Musical Director

Matthew works as a musical director, conductor, arranger and pianist in London and on tour across the UK.
Matthew’s credits include Musical Director and Conductor for the International Tour of Evita playing world renowned Opera houses across Europe and Asia. Musical Director for Aint Misbehavin’ (UK tour); The Concert They Never Gave (UK tour) and Rent (Bridewell). Cover conductor for Sister Act: The Musical (UK tour). Associate Musical Director for Jekyll and Hyde (UK tour); Whistle Down the Wind (UK tour) and Cabaret (UK tour). As a pianist and rehearsal MD Matthew has worked on Les Miserables; Singin’ In The Rain and Top Hat (all in London’s West End); Dancing In The Streets; Scrooge and Doctor Doolittle (tour). Matthew also worked as musical supervisor and arranger for P&O World Cruises, working with the theatre company on the Aurora and Oriana ships.
Matthew’s arrangement and orchestration work includes Help the Hero’s (West End); Love Beyond (Wembley Arena); Dreamboats and Petticoats (UK tour & West End); Jekyll and Hyde starring Marti Pellow (UK tour); Rock N Roll Heaven (tour); Cissie and Ada (tour); Lullaby of Broadway (tour) and  Annie (Hong Kong & Singapore). Pantomime work includes the titles Aladdin; Beauty and The Beast and Cinderella (across the UK).
Matthew trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where credits include musical director/conductor for Chess; Children Of Eden; Hair; The Judy Garland Show; Songs For A New World and also MD & arranger for LIPA’s 10th Anniversary Gala Celebration, performed at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in honour of the institutes founder Sir Paul McCartney. Upon graduation Matthew was awarded the Philip Holt Trust Award for his work and dedication whilst in training.

JASON CAPEWELL
Recreator of UK Tour Direction

Jason trained at The Birmingham School of Speech and Dramatic Art and undertook further training at the Arts Educational School in London. He is a performer as well as a director.

Theatre as resident director includes: The Bodyguard (West End and UK tour); Rock Of Ages; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Ghost the Musical; Grease (UK tour); Chicago (UK tour) andTaboo(London).

As director: The Macmillan Centenary Gala (The London Palladium); The Musicals (Birmingham Symphony Hall); The West End Celebration Galas (The Palace & Queens Theatres); West End Eurovision (West End) and director at Hampstead Theatre Arts Academy.

As associate director: Grease (International, including productions in South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia).

As performer: Vince Fontaine/ Teen Angel in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre, UK tour & international tour); Dennis in Hold Tight Its 60s Night (European & UK Tour) ; Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria); Principal Vocalist in 20th Century Musicals (UK tour) ; The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); Oliver (Belgrade Theatre); Aida (NIA, Indoor Arena, Birmingham); Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Summer Season (Golightly Productions); Cinderella (The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare); Dick Whittington (Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Surrey) and Abanazar, Aladdin (Regent Theatre).

Recordings include: Lord of the Rings (Demo)and The Musicals (Symphony Hall, Birmingham).

Television includes: One By One (BBC); The Bill (ITV); Blue Peter (BBC) and a commercial for Lipton Ice Tea.

RICHARD BEADLE
Associate Musical Supervisor

Richard graduated with a degree in commercial music.
He is musical supervisor for The Bodyguard (UK tour) and orchestrator / musical director for the forthcoming The Girls musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth based on the film Calendar Girls.
Theatre includes as musical director: The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre); Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre); Hair (Gielgud Theatre); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre); Grease (Piccadilly Theatre); Fame (UK tour); Grease (UK tour); Blood Brothers (UK tour) and The Rocky Horror Show (UK and European tours).
He conducted the premiere of the orchestral suite, Triqueta at Guildford Guildford as well as conducting for X Factor recordings. His arrangements for the vocal group The Voices on Britain’s Got Talent have so far garnered over 7 million views on YouTube.
Richard’s commercial credits include: Brian McFadden (BMG) and keyboards for Westlife. He has produced the debut albums of the singers Shona White (I’ll Bring You a Song) and Chris Thatcher (Jesus Chris Superstar). He wrote & produced the album Release Me for singer Charlie Green. Additionally, he writes music for film and TV adverts including the recent Trust Two advert. Richard’s first musical, Today Is My Day, premiered in London in 2010, and his album Songs was released in 2013 to critical acclaim.

IAN OSWALD
Recreator of UK Tour Choreography

Ian's theatre credits include Dance 'Til Dawn (UK Tour); assistant choreographer on The Return of Jack Frost (Worthing Pavillion); swing, dance captain & assistant resident director in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour); Fred Casely & understudy Billy Flynn in Chicago (UK Tour); Jules in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (West End); Rote Steifel Vampire in Tanz der Vampire (Germany); Don Kerr in A Chorus Line (Lowry, Salford) and understusy Electra & Greaseball in Starlight Express (Bochum, Germany).
Ian’s other credits include Michael Flately's Celtic Tiger (International Tour); Simply Ballroom (UK Tour) and Pirates of the Caribbean (Feature Film).

RICHARD WEEDEN
Musical Director

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).

TOM GEARING
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 for Musicians UK Ltd
Orchestral Management

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 Miserables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Stepping Out,
Bat Boy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler On The Roof, 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 RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin and numerous Best of the West End concerts in the UK and Europe. Stephen co-produced and conducted sell out performances of Jesus Christ Superstar – the Concert, at The National Concert Hall Dublin, with the RTE 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, Cats, 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: Annie, The Bodyguard, Priscilla, Chicago, Ghost, The Producers, Flashdance, Cats, Starlight Express, The Sound of Music, Grease, Les Miserables, 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 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,
 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.

NULLARBOR PRODUCTIONS
Producer

Nullarbor Productions (managing partner Garry McQuinn, Executive Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse) oversees and manages all international versions of Priscilla the Musical since it’s Australian premiere in 2006.
Following successful runs in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, various productions of Priscilla have played London, Toronto, Broadway, Las Vegas, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Milan, Rome, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, Manila, Athens, Seoul and Singapore, as well as numerous UK, US and Italian cities.  Future plans include a return to Australia and New Zealand, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Berlin, Paris and Tokyo.  Also opening this year is a production aboard the Norwegian Epic, one of the largest cruise ships in the world. 

DAVID IAN
Producer

David Ian has produced theatre shows all over the world. He is the recipient of four Olivier awards and two Tony nominations. 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 (Las Vegas), My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Chicago, Dr Dolittle, Starlight Express, Seminar, Steel Magnolias, Ghost the Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Bodyguard, Jersey Boys, Annie and Xanadu.

SPECIFIC FILMS
Michael Hamlyn

Michael has worked in the film industry for longer than he cares to remember. In 1980 he established Midnight Films, and became Julien Temple’s producer for the next three years. Their credits included The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball for Amnesty International, It’s All True for the BBC and music videos for bands such as The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. With director Richard Lowenstein he produced White City and for Terry Windsor Party Party.
In 1987 Michael moved across the Atlantic to the United States to make U2 – Rattle and Hum, directed by Phil Joanou. While in America Michael established Midnight Films Inc as a leading music video producer which had a client list boasting names such as U2, INXS and Bruce Springsteen. Between the years 1987 and 1989 Midnight Films Inc won 12 MTV awards including Best Video Award for INXS’s Need You Tonight and the Viewers Video of the Year Award for U2’s With or Without You. In 1989 Midnight Films won Best Video Grammy for U2’s Where the Streets Have No Name.
In 1991 Michael returned to the UK and in partnership with PolyGram formed Specific Films. It was then that he first met Stephan Elliott who’d just written The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It took a further two years to get financed and in September 1993 the film went into production. The film was first shown at the San Francisco Film Festival in May 1994 and the rest is history. Michael’s association with Australia has continued ever since. His various Australian credits include as producer Mr Reliable directed by Nadia Tass in 1995 to most recently as Executive Producer on The Proposition directed by John Hillcoat in 2005. Current Films and Development: Love Sick and Me Cheeta.
This year will mark Michael’s 21st Anniversary on board Priscilla – may it long continue!

LATENT IMAGE PRODUCTIONS
Rebel Penfold-Russell O.A.M

True to her name, Rebel Penfold-Russell is a rebel in the world of arts. She is a rare, ideal mix of artist, producer/director and patron and has recently been awarded to Order of Australia Medal. After graduating from NIDA (acting) Rebel continued studies at the London International Film School and New York Film School before returning to Australia to establish Latent Image Productions and Rebelstudio.

She was the executive producer of the award-winning Australian feature films Frauds starring Phil Collins (Cannes Competition); The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce (Cannes Priz du Public and an Academy Award 1995); and Paws.  She directed the feature film WillFull with a slate of films and  documentaries,  and continues directing and producing  through Rebelstudio.

A fervent supporter of the visual and performing arts, she has a long history of fostering companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Dance Company, Sculpture by the Sea and those encouraging young filmmakers. She continues to tap dance through life with energetic curiosity for, and in the Arts, and lists her best productions to date as her two sons, Emrys and Jasper.

MGM ON STAGE ©
Producer

MGM continues its proud tradition of transforming some of the Lion’s most heralded theatrical films to the stage.
Past productions include:
Priscilla, The Musical
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Legally Blonde
Theatre of Blood
Minsky’s
Saved
Desperately Seeking Susan
Sweet Smell of Success
with many others in the works.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels, including MGM-branded channels.
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THE AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP LTD
Producer

Co-founded by Sir Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire OBE in 1992, the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) is the world’s number one live-theatre company with over 40 venues in Britain, in the US and Germany. ATG is also one of the most prolific and internationally recognised award-winning theatre producers in the world with co-productions in the UK, New York, across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. ATG is the market leader in theatre ticketing services through ATG Tickets, LOVETheatre and Group Line.
Current and recent ATG co-productions include The Ruling Class starring James McAvoy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown starring Tamsin Greig, East is East starring Jane Horrocks, Richard III starring Martin Freeman, Arcadia and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Robert Lindsay.
ATG is also mounting productions around the world including Legally Blonde the Musical, Thriller Live and The Rocky Horror Show in Australia, Constellations on Broadway and The King and I with Lincoln Center Theatre, New York.
ATG has a number of major production company initiatives including Jerry Mitchell Productions, Theatre Royal Brighton Productions and Jamie Lloyd Productions. ATG also has a group partner company, Sonia Friedman Productions (SFP), a major national family entertainment and pantomime company, First Family Entertainment (FFE) and is the majority shareholder of BB Group, one of the leading producers and promoters of premium live entertainment in Europe.

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