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Wicked Creative Team

GREGORY MAGUIRE (Author of Original Novel) - Although he was not involved in shaping the musical, his book was the inspiration. See full page on Gregory Maguire: Gregory Maguire.

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (Music and Lyrics). It was Stephen Schwartz's idea to develop Wicked as a stage musical. He helped structure the show and wrote all the songs. See the Stephen Schwartz page for bio, photo, links, etc. Stephen chose Winnie Holzman as the book writer for the musical, and together they were the author team for this musical.

WINNIE HOLZMAN (Book). See full page about Winnie: Winnie Holzman

JOE MANTELLO (Director). See full page on Joe: Joe Mantello

Musical supervisor/director Gareth Valentine has also joined the WICKED creative team for the London Production.

GARETH VALENTINE was musical supervisor and a judge on the acclaimed Channel 4 series Musicality. His most recent credits include musical supervisor and new musical arrangements for Sinatra at the London Palladium; musical supervisor, dance arranger and musical director for Anything Goes at the National Theatre and Drury Lane; composer of the original score and musical supervisor for Aladdin at The Old Vic and musical supervisor and dance arranger for Victoria Wood's musical Acorn Antiques. Gareth has served as musical director and/or musical supervisor on over 20 London shows, including Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre. His Requiem was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released in 2001 and has subsequently been performed all over the world. For more see: About Gareth Valentine's work

WAYNE CILENTO (Musical Staging). Broadway: Aida; The Who's Tommy (Tony, Drama Desk, Astaire awards); How to Succeed (Tony nom.); Dream: The Johnny Mercer Musical (director and choreographer - Tony nom., Best Choreography); Jerry's Girls; Baby (Tony nom.). West End: The Who's Tommy (Olivier nom.). Other credits: Off-Broadway's A Hot Minute and Angry Housewives; the national tour of Spirit (director and choreographer); Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at La Jolla (San Diego Drama Critics and Drama-Logue awards). Mr. Cilento's credits as a performer include A Chorus Line (Mike, original cast), The Act, Seesaw, Perfectly Frank, Irene, Big Deal, Rachel Lily Rosenblum and his Tony-nominated performance in Bob Fosse's Dancin'. His career as a choreographer was launched by his work in over 100 national commercials. Mr. Cilento has done musical staging for Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Chita Rivera, Billy Joel, Donna Summer and Pete Townshend.

EUGENE LEE (Scenic Designer) has been Resident Designer at Trinity Rep since 1967. He has a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, an MFA from Yale Drama School, and an honorary Ph.D from both DePaul University and Rhode Island College. Mr. Lee has won three Tony Awards, for Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Wicked. He was also nominated for a Tony for his work on Ragtime. He is the production designer for "Saturday Night Live" on NBC. Other New York theater includes: Slaveship, Alice in Wonderland, The Normal Heart, Agnes of God, Grandchild of Kings and Uncle Vanya. Film credits include Easy Money, Francis Ford Coppola's Hammett, John Huston's Mr. North, and Louis Malle's Vanya on 42nd Street. Recent projects include Stephen Sondheim's Bounce at the Kennedy Center. An adjunct professor at Brown University, he lives in Providence with his wife Brooke and son Teddy.

SUSAN HILFERTY (Costume Designer) has designed over 200 productions for theaters across America from Broadway to the Bay Area, and internationally from London to South Africa. She has worked with such directors as Athol Fugard, Robert Falls, Robert Woodruff, JoAnne Akalaitis, the late Garland Wright, Mark Lamos, Frank Galati, Des McAnuff, Sharon Ott, David Petrarca, Richard Nelson, Chris Ashley, David Warren, Marion McClinton, Laurie Anderson, Tony Kushner, Carole Rothman, Mark Linn-Baker, Garry Hynes, David Jones and Emily Mann. Recent work includes: Assassins, Into the Woods, James Lapine's Fran's Bed, Kander and Ebb's The Visit, Jitney, Dirty Blonde, In the Penal Colony, Helen, My Life With Albertine, Franny's Way, and Sorrows and Rejoicings. She designs for opera, film, TV, dance and is chair of the Department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU Tisch. Her many awards include 2002 Tony and Drama Desk nominations and a Hewes Award for Into the Woods, and 2004 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Wicked.

KENNETH POSNER (Lighting Designer). Broadway: Hairspray (Tony nomination); Imaginary Friends; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle noms.); Swing!; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Goat; Uncle Vanya; Side Man (Lortel Award); The Lion in Winter; Little Me; A View From the Bridge (Drama Desk nom.); The Last Night of Ballyhoo; The Little Foxes and The Rose Tattoo. Off-Broadway: The Wild Party (Lortel Award, Drama Desk and Outer Circle Critics noms.); The Play About the Baby; tick, tick... BOOM!; The Waverly Gallery; Pride's Crossing (Lortel Award); As Bees In Honey Drown; Cowgirls; The Food Chain; subUrbia; and numerous productions for Playwrights Horizons, the Public, MTC, Second Stage, the Vineyard and Classic Stage Company. Opera credits include designs for the New York City Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Recipent of the OBIE for sustained excellence in lighting design.

TONY MEOLA (Sound Designer). Broadway shows include Man of La Mancha, Sweet Smell of Success, The Wild Party, Copenhagen, Kiss Me, Kate, Footloose, High Society, The Lion King (Drama Desk Award), The Sound of Music, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Juan Darien, A Christmas Carol (MSG), Steel Pier, Forum, The King and I, Company, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Moon Over Buffalo, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Face Value, Guys and Dolls, A Month in the Country, Picnic, Five Guys Named Moe, She Loves Me, Whorehouse Goes Public, The Red Shoes, Anything Goes, A Grand Night for Singing. London's West End: Kiss Me, Kate, The Lion King, Smokey Joe's Café and Anything Goes. International work includes: Driving Miss Daisy, Les Misérables, Mozart!, Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. Off Broadway includes Love, Janis, A New Brain, Violet, Durang, Durang and One Man Band. Tony is a graduate of Ithaca College's Department of Theatre Arts.

ELAINE J. McCARTHY (Projection Designer). Recent designs include: Broadway: Urban Cowboy (consultant), Man of La Mancha, Into the Woods, Judgement at Nuremberg, The Green Bird. Off-Broadway: The Thing About Men, Speaking In Tongues, Underneath the Lintel, Red Frogs: a slapstick mirror for the summer purgatorio, The It Girl, Boys Don't Wear Lipstick, Goodbye My Friduchita. Regional: Cobb, Songs From the Tall Grass, Eleanor, Blue Man Group: Tubes (Chicago). National tours: Forgiveness (Chen Shi Zheng), Spirit (Back Row). Opera: Dead Man Walking, War and Peace (Kirov and Metropolitan Opera), Tan Dun's The Gate, Peter Sellar's The Peony Pavilion. Dance: Remote (White Oak), Philip Glass and Susan Marshall's Les Enfants Terribles.

TOM WATSON (Wig and Hair Designer) is head of the wig department at the Metropolitan Opera. He designs hair and wigs for many theatres including Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, New York Theatre Workshop and the Goodman in Chicago. He has also designed wigs for the Broadway productions of Dirty Blonde, Jane Eyre, Into the Woods and Amour. This season, his work can be seen in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Violet Hour and Anna in the Tropics.

STEPHEN OREMUS (Music Supervisor) music directed/arranged/orchestrated Avenue Q on Broadway and Jonathan Larson's tick.tick.BOOM! (Assoc. Producer, Original Cast Recording) Off-Broadway, the national tour, and in Seoul, Korea. He was vocal arranger and music supervisor for Signed, Sealed, Delivered - The Music of Stevie Wonder (w/ Chaka Khan, Melissa Manchester, and Peabo Bryson) at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas. He served as music director for Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party at Manhattan Theatre Club (original cast recording) and was music director of the national tour of Rent. Regionally: Into the Woods (Ordway); Dorian (World Premiere, Goodspeed); A Little Night Music; Jesus Christ Superstar (w/ Billy Porter and Emily Skinner); Nite Club Confidential (w/ Barbara Eden); The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular in Myrtle Beach and Nashville. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston.

WILLIAM DAVID BROHN (Orchestrations) On www.iclassics.com read an interview with Brohn about WICKED orchestrations

William David Brohn received the 1998 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Ragtime. He's been heard globally for his work on Miss Saigon, The Secret Garden, Show Boat, Crazy For You and Carousel; in London's West End with Oliver!, The Witches of Eastwick, My Fair Lady and South Pacific; and recently in New York with Sweet Smell of Success, A Man of No Importance and Oklahoma!. He has provided arrangements for Marilyn Horne, James Galway, Placido Domingo and for Joshua Bell's recent recording on Sony Classical of Bernstein's West Side Story Suite for Violin and Orchestra.

ALEX LACAMOIRE (Music Director/Music Arrangements BROADWAY) has served as music director and arranger/orchestrator for Bat Boy: The Musical (Off-Broadway) and the 2001 tour of Godspell (DRG Records). After working with Stephen Schwartz on regional productions of Working (Long Wharf) and Pippin (Paper Mill), Alex is proud to be collaborating with him on Broadway. [Feature article about Godspell and photo with Alex]

JAMES LYNN ABBOTT (Dance Arrangements). Broadway: Aida, Rent, Footloose, Joseph..., Cats, Sunset Boulevard, and Miss Saigon. National tours include Starlight Express, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Who's Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar, among others. He has performed with Aretha Franklin, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Shirley Bassey, Bob Hope, Vanessa Williams and with Elton John in "Greatest Hits Live" at Madison Square Garden. Clients include Dr. Pepper, Frito Lay, American Airlines and General Electric.

MARC PLATT (Producer) is producing the forthcoming Broadway debut of Richard Greenberg’s play Three Days of Rain,starring Julia Roberts, directed by Joe Mantello; and Matthew Bourne’s ballet Edward Scissorhands currently in London. His films include the hits Legally Blonde and its sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde; Honey; Josie and the Pussycats and The Perfect Man. For television: The Emmy Award winning “Empire Falls” (HBO); “Once Upon A Mattress” starring Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman (ABC); and an upcoming ABC miniseries based on “The 9/11 Commission Report” starring Harvey Keitel. Mr. Platt has served as president of production for three movie studios (Orion, TriStar and Universal) during which time he developed and guided the production of such films as Silence of the Lambs; Sleepless In Seattle;Philadelphia; As Good As It Gets; My Best Friend's Wedding and Jerry Maguire.

UNIVERSAL PICTURES (Producer) is a world leader in the production, marketing and distribution of motion pictures, including such franchises as The Mummy, American Pie, The Fast and the Furious, Meet The Parents, and the Oscar® winners Shakespeare in Love, Gladiator, Erin Brockovich, A Beautiful Mind and Ray. Universal's upcoming films include Inside Man, a thriller starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster; The Break-Up, a comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; You, Me and Dupree, a comedy starring Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon and Michael Douglas; The Good Shepherd, a drama directed by Robert DeNiro and starring Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie; and director Michael Mann's Miami Vice, starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell.

THE ARACA GROUP (Producer). Matthew Rego, Michael Rego and Hank Unger are principals of The Araca Group, LLC, a theatrical and film Production Company formed in 1997. Currently they are represented on Broadway by Wicked. Recent Broadway includes: 'night, Mother; Eve Ensler's The Good Body, Urinetown The Musical, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and Match; Off-Broadway: Debbie Does Dallas, The Vagina Monologues, The Laramie Project and David Auburn's Skyscraper; and the film 30 Days. Upcoming projects include the musical film versions of Urinetown and Debbie Does Dallas.

DAVID STONE (Producer) is currently represented by The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He has produced Man of La Mancha directed by Jonathan Kent; Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues directed by Joe Mantello; Becky Mode's Fully Committed directed by Nicholas Martin; Lifegame by the Improbable Theatre; Wendy Kesselman's new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank directed by James Lapine; Mary Louise Wilson's Full Gallop directed by Nicholas Martin; David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries directed by Joe Mantello; and Sherry Glaser's Family Secrets. David has lectured on theatre at the Juilliard School, NYU, Yale, Columbia and his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.

JON B. PLATT (Producer). Tony Awards: Copenhagen; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Pulitzer Prize for Drama); Perestroika. Tony Award nominations: Damn Yankees; Peter Pan; Hello, Dolly!; The Diary of Anne Frank; Lonesome West; Man of La Mancha; Wicked. National: The Sound of Music; Sunset Boulevard; Hair; Jesus Christ Superstar; Fiddler On The Roof; Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; A Chorus Line; The Graduate; Blue Man Group "Tubes." Off Broadway: Forbidden Broadway: SVU Special Victims Unit.

 

Official info from press release:

Based on the novel 'Wicked' by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting by Kenneth Posner, sound by Tony Meola, projections by Elaine J. McCarthy, wig and hair designs by Tom Watson, music supervision and arrangements by Stephen Oremus, orchestrations by William David Brohn, dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by Joe Mantello.

WICKED is presented in London by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. UK General Management: Act Productions / Nick Salmon, Executive Producer: Michael McCabe.

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Carol's Wicked UK Site. Carol is also webmaster for the official fan site for Wicked's composer Stephen Schwartz