Signature Theatre announces cast and dates for ‘Simply Sondheim’ review – DC Metro Theater Arts

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StephenSondheim(Music and Lyrics) wrote the music and lyrics forRoad Show(2008, originally titledBounce),Passion(1994),Assassins(1991),Into the Woods(1987),Sunday in the Park with George(1984),Merrily We Roll Along(1981),Sweeney Todd(1979),Pacific Overtures(1976),The Frogs(1974),A Little Night Music(1973),Follies(1971, revised in London 1987 and in New York 2001),Company(1970),Anyone Can Whistle(1964), andA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum(1962); as well as lyrics forWest Side Story(1957),Gypsy(1959),Do I Hear a Waltz(1965), and additional lyrics forCandide(1973). Side by Side bySondheim(1976),Marry Me a Little(1981),Youre Gonna Love Tomorrow(1983), andPutting it Together(1992, 2000) are anthologies of his work. For film he composed the scores forStravinsky(1974) andReds(1981) and songs forDick Tracy(Academy Award, 1990). He wrote the songs for televisionsEvening Primrose(1966), co-authored the filmThe Last of Sheila(1973) and the playGetting Away with Murder(1966), and provided incidental music for the playsThe Girls of Summer(1956),Invitation to a March(1961), andTwigs(1971). He won Tony Awardsfor Best Score of a Musical forPassion,Into the Woods,Sweeney Todd,A Little Night Music,Follies, (1971), andCompany. All of these shows won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as didPacific OverturesandSunday in the Park with George, the latter also receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1985). Mr.Sondheimis on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, having served as its president from 1973 to 1981, and in 1983 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990, he was appointed the first Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University, and in 1993 was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.

David Loud(Co-Conceiver/Vocal Arrangements) SIGNATURE:The Visit, First You Dream.BROADWAY:Merrily We Roll Along, She Loves Me, Company(Roundabout revival),The Boys From Syracuse, The Look of Love, A Class Act, Master Class, Sweeney Todd(John Doyle revival),Ragtime, Curtains,SondheimonSondheim, The Scottsboro Boys, Porgy & Bess (Audra McDonald revival), The Visit.OFF-BROADWAY:And the World Goes Round, The Landing, Kid Victory, The Beast in the Jungle.REGIONAL:Little Dancer, Sense and Sensibility, Billy Bishop Goes to War.

Eric Schaeffer(Co-Conceiver) is the co-founder and was the Artistic Director of Signature for 30 years. While at Signature, he directed over 100 productions including 28Sondheimproductions. BROADWAY:Gigi,Follies,Million Dollar Quartet,Glory Days,Putting it Together. NATIONAL TOURS:Million Dollar Quartet,big. OFF-BROADWAY: City Center Encores!:Sweet Adeline,Under the Bridge. WEST END:Million Dollar Quartet,The Witches of Eastwick. INTERNATIONAL: OD Company (South Korea):Titanic,Sweeney Todd. DC AREA: Kennedy Center:SondheimCelebration Artistic Director;Sunday in the Park with George,Passion,Follies,First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb,Gigi.

Matthew Gardiner(Director/Choreographer) SIGNATURE: Director:Signature Vinyl,A Chorus Line,Billy Elliot,Passion,Girlfriend, Crazy for You,Midwestern Gothic,Jellys Last Jam,La Cage aux Folles, West Side Story,Cabaret,Soon,Sunday in the Park with George,TheThreepennyOpera,Tender Napalm,Dreamgirls, Dying City,Xanadu, ReallyReally, The Hollow, Side by Side bySondheim, Art, [title of show], See What IWannaSee;Choreographer:Blackbeard,Titanic,The Fix,Company,Sweeney Todd, Dirty Blonde. INTERNATIONAL: South Korea- OD Company:Doctor Zhivago(Director);Titanic(Choreographer). DC AREA: Director: Round House Theatre:Caroline, or Change;Ordinary Days; Fords Theatre:The Laramie Project; Kennedy Center:Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred!); MetroStage:tick, tickBOOM!; Studio Theatre:Jerry Springer: The Opera; Reefer Madness;Choreographer: Round House Theatre:The Legend of Georgia McBride;Shakespeare Theatre:The Tempest; MetroStage:JacquesBrelis Alive and Well;Studio Theatre:Grey Gardens, Adding Machine. EDUCATION: Carnegie Mellon University.

Jon Kalbfleisch(Music Director) SIGNATURE (Resident Music Director):AChorus Line, Assassins,Blackbeard(conductor),Grand Hotel, Passion,Crazy forYou,ALittle Night Music,West Side Story,Cabaret,Sundayin the Park,Gypsy,Company,Hairspray,Dreamgirls, Saturday Night, Side by Side, Sunset Boulevard, Show Boat, Les Misrables, Anyone Can Whistle, Spider Woman, Merrily, Into the Woods, Pacific Overtures, Elegies, Allegro, Follies, 110 in the Shade, Putting It Together, Forum, Sweeney Todd, Wings.BROADWAY: Ambassador Theatre:The Visit(Actors Fund), Marius Company:Les Misrables(Associate Conductor). DC AREA: Kennedy Center:First You Dream; Wolf Trap, National Theatre, Warner Theatre, Round House Theatre, Everyman Theatre. OTHER: Carnegie Hall, Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony. TV:Celebration of the Arts(Executive Producer),Good Morning America. AWARDS: Grammy nomination; Bernstein MASS, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, pianist; Anderson-Hopkins Award; ten Helen Hayes Awards and 30 nominations; Distinguished Alumni Award, Cameron University. EDUCATION: Master of Music, SMU.www.jonkalbfleisch.com

Adam Honor(Lighting Design) SIGNATURE:A Chorus Line. OFF-BROADWAY: Select: The Public:AintNo Mo; Classic Stage Company:Carmen Jones; Ensemble Studio Theatre:Behind the Sheet; Carnegie Hall:Faux-bia!. INTERNATIONAL: Austria:HaydnsThe Seasons; Manila:The Bands Visit;Kinky Boots;Fun Home(International Premiere, featuring Lea Salonga). REGIONAL: Select: Arena Stage, Capital Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Huntington Theater Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company. AWARDS: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, Helen Hayes Nominee; AUDELCO Award recipient.www.HonoreLighting.com@itsadamhonore

Ryan Hickey(Sound Design) SIGNATURE:Gun & Powder,A Chorus Line,Assassins,Blackbeard,Grand Hotel,AintMisbehavin,Billy Elliot,Passion,Scottsboro Boys,Girlfriend(Helen Hayes nomination),Light Years(Helen Hayes nomination),Crazy for You, An Act of God,A Little Night Music(Helen Hayes nomination),Jesus Christ Superstar,Midwestern Gothic, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing,Titanic. DC AREA: Olney Theatre:South Pacific;Monumental Theatre Co.: Brooklyn.REGIONAL: Drury Lane Production:Smokey Joes Caf,Deathtrap(Jeff Award nomination); Virginia Stage Company:A Christmas Carol(17-18),Oliver Twist,The Odd Couple,The Woman in Black,Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune; EDUCATIONAL: Montgomery College: Summer Dinner Theatre (17-19); Ohio Northern University:How toSucceed in Business.Assistant/Associate credits: Geva Theatre:The Humans;Drury Lane:Crazy for You,Hazel, Bye, Bye, Birdie, White Christmas,Peter and The Starcatcher, Beaches, West Side Story, Camelot;VSC:The Great Gatsby, A Christmas Carol(11-14); Sound Supervisor: Virginia Stage Company (11-14)

Alison Samantha Johnson(Hair & Makeup Design) SIGNATURE:Escaped Alone(Costume Design),Heisenberg(Costume Design),Blackbeard(Wig Assistant and Makeup Design),Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity(SFX Makeup Design);Signature in the SchoolsCostume Design Mentor from 2014 to current, Wardrobe Supervisor from 2011-2018. DC AREA: Woolly Mammoth:Collective Rage(Makeup for Ms. Diaz); Synetic Theater: Costume/Makeup:Cyrano De Bergerac(Helen Hayes nomination),The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,The Mark of Cain; Keegan Theatre: Costume/Wigs/Makeup select:Legally Blonde,Chicago,Top Girls,Next to Normal,Bridges of Madison County,Boy; Creative Cauldron: Costume/Wigs:On Air, Kaleidoscope, Monsters of the Villa Diodati;ArtsCentric:Little Shop of Horrors(Costume); Avant Bard: Costume:A Misanthrope, Ada and the Engine; FILM: Makeup/Hair:Deer Crossing;Apocalypse Kiss. EDUCATION: University of the Arts. IG: @alisonsamanthawww.alisonsamantha.com

JonathanTunick(Orchestrations) SIGNATURE:ShowBoat,Nevermore,TheHighestYellow,Allegro,110InTheShade. BROADWAY:Carousel,West Side Story,The Music Man, Company,Follies,ALittleNightMusic,PacificOvertures,SweeneyTodd,MerrilyWeRollAlong,IntotheWoods,Passion,RoadShow,Promises,Promises,AChorusLine,Titanic,Nine,TheColorPurple,AGentlemansGuide ToLove&Murder.FILM/TV SCORES: Composer/conductor, films: Mike Nichols, Franco Zeffirelli, Sidney Lumet,SweeneyTodd,BlazingSaddles,YoungFrankenstein, plus TV classicsMurder,SheWrote,Columbo,SMASH,Galavant.RECORDINGS: arranger/ conductor: Bernadette Peters, Kate Bush, Johnny Mathis, Bette Midler, Paul McCartney. Most recent:IntotheWoodsmovie. AWARDS: One of only 16 persons holding Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Awards. Elected 2009 Theatre Hall of Fame. In 2014 Tunick received Signatures fifth StephenSondheimAward.

Kelly Crandall dAmboise(Associate Director & Casting) SIGNATURE:Grand Hotel(Choreographer), Light Years(Choreographer),An Act of God(Musical Staging);Motown 2andEntirely Elvis(Director);Crazy for You(Associate Director);Billy Elliot,La Cage,Cabaret,The Studio(Associate Choreographer). TV: Director: PBSs An Ella Fitzgerald Christmas(starring Vanessa Williams), We are Family(starring Laura Osnes)WETAs National Philharmonic 2020-21 Season.LIVE CONCERTS:Director: Lincoln Center Gala(starring Patti LaBelle and Jennifer Holliday),Kravis Night of Stars(starring Chita Rivera and Brian Stokes Mitchell),Coat of Many Colors: The Music of Dolly Parton(with Morgan James), Respect: The Music ofAretha (with Michelle Williams),Cole Porter After Dark(with Liz Calloway). CHOREOGRAPHY: Olney:The Crucible,CRT:Newsies!PERFORMANCE: BROADWAY:The Boy from Oz(Original Cast),Chicago,Dirty Dancing(workshop),Last Dance(workshop). NATIONAL TOURS:Chicago, The Producers.NEW YORK:Susan StromansA Christmas Carol;NYC Opera:TheMost HappyFella.FILM:Disneys A Christmas Carol, What Women Want.TV:The TONY Awards, The Academy Awards, Penn & Tellers Sin City Spectacular, The Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

Kerry Epstein(Production Coordinator) SIGNATURE: Resident Stage Manager: Fifteen seasons and over 65 productions. Selected credits includeGun & Powder,A Chorus Line,Assassins,Blackbeard,Grand Hotel,Aint Misbehavin,Billy Elliot,Passion,The Scottsboro Boys,John,Light Years,Crazy for You,A Little Night Music,Jesus Christ Superstar,Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing,Titanic,Freaky Friday,Jellys Last Jam,West Side Story, Cabaret, Sunday in the Park with George, Miss Saigon, Company, Shakespeares R&J, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard, First You Dream, Les Miserables, The Visit, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Studio, The Witches of Eastwick, Into the Woods, Nevermore.Stage Management mentor forSignature in the Schools. INTERNATIONAL: Dublin Theater Festival. DC AREA: The Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices, Arena Stage/Georgetown University. REGIONAL: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, EDUCATION: Dickinson College.

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