ERIC IDLE (co-creator of Monty Python, The Rutles, PythOnline, Spamalot etc) has been working with John Du Prez for 30 years. They began collaborating on The Life of Brian, wrote several songs together for The Meaning of Life, The Contractual Obligation Album and the best selling Python CD Monty Python Sings! They wrote a Musical for BBC Radio Four called The Back Page, about sex, royalty and cricket, and a musical version of Edward Lear's The Owl and The Pussycat, which was published by Dove Books as a book and a CD under the title The Quite Remarkable Adventures of The Owl and the Pussycat. In 1999 they began performing a series of live concerts, first at The Getty Museum in LA, followed by two tours of North America ? Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python and The Greedy Bastard Tour (which became a best selling book The Greedy Bastard Diary) in 2003. They released a CD of favorite music from places that don't exist The Rutland Isles and have continued to release a series of unnecessarily rude songs for special occasions. In 1995, their musical Spamalot (directed by Mike Nichols) opened in New York and won a Tony for Best Musical on Broadway as well as a Grammy for Eric and John. Their collaboration continued with Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) an Oratorio based on The Life of Brian, which they have performed all round the world, most recently at The Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and the DVD and CD are now available. They have also collaborated on What About Dick? (2007) - a film for radio, starring Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, Tracey Ulman and Tim Curry, Rutlemania, the Tribute Concert! 2008 and most recently An Evening Without Monty Python which played to rave notices in LA and NY. Eric is proud to be playing God.
JOHN DU PREZ (Music) a Trevelyan Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, and Associate of the Royal College of Music, he entered the film industry in 1978 composing additional music for Monty Python's Life of Brian. This began a long association with Eric Idle, leading eventually to their current writing partnership. He has scored more than 20 feature films including The Meaning of Life, A Private Function, A Fish Called Wanda, Once Bitten, UHF and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II, and III. Other Python projects include the Contractual Obligation Album, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl and The Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book. He was musical director for Eric Idle's two North American stage tours, Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python (2000) and The Greedy Bastard Tour (2003).
MONTY PYTHON Is he God or Godot, an agent of the devil or an agent of the William Morris Agency, or is he, as some have argued, a fictitious character invented in 1969 by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin in a desperate attempt to find a title for their rather silly TV show? Whatever the truth, he is the eponymous impresario who fronts "The Flying Circus," The Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, And Now for Something Completely Different and who appeared live at Drury Lane, City Center and the Hollywood Bowl. He has fronted numerous books including The Big Red Book and the Papperbok as well as many CDs, DVDs and matching ties and handkerchiefs. He is currently in retirement in an old jokes home near Dover, anxiously awaiting Nighthood and a Knightnurse. Further details: www.PythOnline.com
MIKE NICHOLS (Director), formerly half of the legendary comedy team of Nichols and May, has been one of the leading directors of stage and screen for more than 30 years. Broadway directing credits include: Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Real Thing and Spamalot, for all of which he was awarded the Tony for Best Direction. Film credits include: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate (Academy Award for Best Direction), Catch 22, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl, Postcards From the Edge, Regarding Henry, The Birdcage, Primary Colors, Closer and Charlie Wilson's War, and for HBO: Wit and Angels in America. Mr. Nichols has received the George Abbott Award, the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been honored by the Museum of Television and Radio and the Lincoln Center Film Society.
BT MCNICHOLL (Re-created Direction) recently served as an Acting Coach for the Tom Hanks/Sandra Bullock film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Last year, he staged the first international production of Billy Elliott. For Disney/Feld, he directed the first stage musical of Winnie the Pooh. Recipient of the Australian “Tony” for Cabaret, McNicholl is a BMI award-winning writer and lyricist of the critical success The It Girl. Associated with MGM’s theatrical division, he has also developed new work at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. With Eric Idle, McNicholl co-directed an all-new Monty Python revue in Los Angeles and New York (2009). Other credits include 10 Broadway shows with directors Mike Nichols, Sam Mendes, David Hare, Stephen Daldry, and James Lapine, and hit productions for Goodspeed Opera House (2004 Best Musical), Dorset Theatre Festival (Best Production 2003) and Walnut Street Theatre.
CASEY NICHOLAW (Choreographer) received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for his work on The Drowsy Chaperone, and 2005 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Choreography for Monty Python's Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols. Additional New York credits: for City Center Encores!, the highly acclaimed productions of Anyone Can Whistle and Follies (direction and choreography), Bye Bye Birdie (choreography) and Can-Can (musical staging); for N.Y. Philharmonic; Candide; South Pacific at Carnegie Hall (also on PBS Great Performances), Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way at Radio City Music Hall starring the world-famous Rockettes. Current projects include Robin and the 7 Hoods at the Old Globe this summer as well as the new musicals Minsky's and Elf.
SCOTT TAYLOR (Re-created Choreography) has supervised and performed in 12 original/revival Broadway shows, including On A Clear Day, A Little Night Music, Broadway Bound, Spamalot, Contact, Thou Shalt Not, Steel Pier, Victor/Victoria, Showboat, Crazy for You, CATS, Wind in the Willows, A Christmas Carol, Sinatra at Radio City, and A Little Night Music at the NYC and LA Opera. He was recently the Associate Director of Disney’s new musical, Aladdin and has supervised worldwide productions in London, Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany; also, Paradise Found in London with Susan Stroman and Hal Prince. Scott has assisted Susan Stroman, Stephen Sondheim, Mike Nichols, Chita Rivera, Hal Prince, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Kander and Ebb, Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury, Catherine Zeta Jones, Rob Marshall, Blake Edwards, Trevor Nunn, Jerry Zachs, Harry Connick Jr., Casey Nicholaw, Dolly Parton, Lynne Page, and many more. He can also be seen dancing in the films of A Chorus Line, Center Stage, PBS Great performances of Contact and Crazy For You, the TONY Awards, and numerous television specials and commercials.
JAMES KRONZER (Scenic Design Modifications) resides in Washington DC where he has designed shows for Washington Ballet, The Shakespeare Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Signature Theater, Woolly Mammoth and Studio Theatre among others. His work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally in Philadelphia, San Diego, Atlanta, Denver, Florida, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Boston, Vermont and Knoxville. His numerous national tours include The Wizard of Oz, Thomas Live!, Backyardigans, Showboat and Barbie Live! as well as a new musical for Disney called Twice Charmed. He has been Design Coordinator for the national tours of The Pajama Game for Phoenix and The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Fosse and Annie for NETworks. He has also designed shows for Norwegian Cruise Lines. He began his career as a Design Assistant for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theater in London. Awards he has received include eight Helen Hayes Awards (DC) and two Barrymore Awards (Philadelphia). He is a member of United Scenic Artists. More of his work can be seen at www.jameskronzer.com.
MIKE BALDASSARI (Lighting Design) is a Tony and Emmy nominated Lighting Designer whose designs have been seen in more than 25 countries. Theatrical Lighting for film: Rock of Ages, Nine, Joyful Noise, Sex and the City 2, Going the Distance, Neil Young's Trunk Show. Co-designed the Broadway hit Cabaret (Tony Nomination and Entertainment Design Award). Garth Brooks Live from Central Park (Emmy nomination). International: Beauty and the Beast; Europe, Cabaret; Europe, Blast II; Japan. Family entertainment: Yo Gabba Gabba Live!, Madagascar Live!. Off-Broadway: Bare, Jewtopia, Savion Glover. Tours: Ring of Fire, La Mancha, Will Rogers, Fame, Spider-Man, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Yeston's Phantom. Concerts: multiple Alice in Chains tours. Co-designed Neil Young's Chrome Dreams worldwide. Lighting Director: Neil's Harvest Moon. www.mike-o-matic.com
CRAIG CASSIDY (Sound Design) has been providing sound reinforcement for the theater for 25 years designing sound for productions here in the USA and around the world. Recent productions include A Chorus Line, The Color Purple, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Ring Of Fire, Gypsy, Man of La Mancha, Grease, The Will Rogers Follies, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Fame and Phantom. Regional productions include: Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Crazy For You, Wuthering Heights, Jekyll and Hyde, and Follies. When he is not behind a sound console you can find him sailing the Long Island Sound with his wife Dina & daughter Kealy.
STEVEN M. BISHOP (Musical Supervisor) has composed three musicals and has written more than 50 reviews. Currently, he is the arranger/orchestrator for the upcoming Broadway show, Genius. He was the conductor for the 1st National Tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the Musical Director/Conductor for the off-Broadway run of Bingo! Other credits include: Riverview (Goodman Theatre), Arthur (Marriott Lincolnshire), Evita (Jupiter Theatre) and the tours of Ziegfeld, Gypsy, Grand Hotel and Jolson: The Musical. His arrangements have also been heard on "The Today Show," "AMC Discovery," TNT's "Nashville Now" and provided orchestrations for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Mr. Bishop has musically directed more than 125 productions, including 5 in Seoul, South Korea and is in constant demand as a vocal and audition coach.
MARK MINNICK CASTING (Casting). National Tours: The Color Purple, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Gypsy, Ring of Fire- The Music of Johnny Cash, The Pajama Game, Grease, Fame ? The Musical, The Will Rogers Follies, Smokey Joe's Café, Man of La Mancha, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Live!. International: Fame (2009/10 China tour), Grease (Asian tour, Macau, China and Istanbul, Turkey), 125th Street (UK), Sing Along Santa (Korea).
THE ROAD COMPANY (Exclusive Tour Direction) is pleased to continue its decade-long association with Phoenix Productions. Founded in 1997 by Stephen Lindsay and Brett Sirota, The Road Company's past and present representation includes Wicked, Billy Elliot, Rock of Ages, Bring It On: The Musical, 9 to 5: The Musical, Grease, David Copperfield, The Vagina Monologues, The Graduate, Fame, Man of La Mancha and Phoenix Productions' current tours of Monty Python's Spamalot and The Color Purple. The Road Company is made possible by Magaly Barone, Shawn Willett, Jenny Kirlin, Justin Pifer, Clay Baker and Kate Anderson.
NOLAN BONVOULOIR (Musical Director/Conductor). Proud New Hampshire native, proud New York transplant. National tours: Monty Python’s Spamalot, Altar Boyz, Rock of Ages. Favorite regional credits include productions of Sisters of Swing, Anything Goes, Nuncrackers and Thoroughly Modern Millie in California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Maine. Only connect.
STEPHEN B. KANE (Executive Producer) is delighted to embark on another great season of Spamalot as it continues to delight audiences throughout North America. After completing degrees in both Business and Arts Management, Mr. Kane spent the past three decades supervising every aspect of touring show business. He has mounted more than 80 Broadway musicals in North America and has produced and/or managed major productions throughout Europe, South America and Asia. Mr. Kane’s current collaborations include an all new production of the current Broadway hit Rock of Ages, The Color Purple, and long running Korean language productions of Grease and Fame. He is the CEO for Baker Park Associates, Inc., a theatrical management and consulting firm, a member of ISPA, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and was co-founder of both Phoenix Productions in North America and Phoenix Asia Group, a Singapore based theatrical think-tank dedicated to the networking of production, marketing and entertainment investment opportunities throughout the Far East. For real adventure, he spends post-production time in sunny south Florida raising his 7-year-old sons, Andrew and Aidan.
MICHAEL MCFADDEN (Artistic Producer) is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Phoenix Entertainment. He has guided more than 70 major productions as Producer and/or Director on both the national and international stage. Productions include Rock of Ages, Spamalot, The Color Purple, Godspell, Buddy, The Will Rogers Follies, Kopit and Yeston’s Phantom, Grease, Man of La Mancha, Gypsy, Ring of Fire, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Direction credits include Smokey Joe’s Café and The Pajama Game (U.S. National Tours), Fame – The Musical (Korean and China tours), Grease (China tour, Republic of Singapore, Malaysia, Macau and Istanbul, Turkey) and Sing Along Santa (Korean and U.S. tours). Mr. McFadden is a partner in Baker Park Associates, Inc. and founding member of both Phoenix Productions and Phoenix Asia Group. When not traveling, he shares his quiet time with his wife, LeAnne, and sons, Sam and Liam.
PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) is an established international theatrical producing and management enterprise founded by long time colleagues Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden. Its mission is to develop, produce and present the very finest in touring Broadway musicals and family entertainment. Throughout their three decades of theatrical success and industry partnership, the Phoenix team has delivered thousands of performances of more than 80 live productions on four continents. Beyond the ‘Land of Spam’ Phoenix is currently represented on the road with their all new production of Rock of Ages and a third season of their critically acclaimed tour of The Color Purple. These follow on the proud touring heels of Grease with Frankie Avalon, Gypsy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Pajama Game, Man of La Mancha and The Will Rogers Follies starring Larry Gatlin. Team Phoenix also represents the Korean language productions of Grease and Fame, both enjoying open-ended runs in Seoul. Under the direction of colleague Ellie Chung, their Singapore based affiliate Phoenix Asia Group brings international booking, producing, presenting, classical-artist management and theatrical investment to the collective production and management capabilities of Phoenix Entertainment. www.phoenix-ent.com