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Broadway credits include In Transit, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Living on Love, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Follies, Seussical, Kiss Me, Kate, 1776 and Swinging on a Star.  Off-Broadway and regional: Two Gentlemen of Verona(NYSF), Saturday Night (Second Stage), Mamma Mia! (Hollywood Bowl), Love’s Labor’s Lost (Old Globe), My Paris (Long Wharf), Ever After (Paper Mill), Diner (Signature Theatre); The Unsinkable Molly Brown (St. Louis MUNY).  City Center Encores!:  The Band Wagon, I’m Getting My Act Together…, Bells Are Ringing, Carnival and Babes in Arms; Artistic Director for four seasons.  Film: My Week with Marilyn (choreographer); TV: “Once Upon a Mattress”, “The Music Man” (Emmy nomination) and “2 Broke Girls”.  She has received three Tony Awards (out of nine nominations), three Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Astaire Award, the George Abbott Award, the Smith College Medal (her alma mater) and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts.   She is a member of the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Kathleen Marshall

Arthur Allan Seidelman

Arthur Allan Seidelman has directed some of REPRISE’s most successful shows. These include: HAIR, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, OF THEE I SING, MACK & MABEL, FOLLIES, and KISMET. Arthur’s Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: Richard Alfieri’s SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, in Los Angeles, Broadway, and London’s West End, BILLY, HAMP, THE CEREMONY OF INNOCENCE, AWAKE AND SING, and Tennessee Williams’ VIEUX CARRÉ. He directed THE MOST HAPPY FELLA for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. Features include SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS with Gena Rowlands, CHILDREN OF RAGE and THE SISTERS starring Maria Bello.  His long list of prestigious films for television includes the Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens musical A CHRISTMAS CAROL, LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON starring Mary Tyler Moore, POKER ALICE starring Elizabeth Taylor and THE KID WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS starring Sammy Davis, Jr. He is the recipient of 5 Emmy Award nominations, 2 Emmys, the Western Heritage Award, The Peabody Award, The Writers Guild Award, and numerous accolades from international film festivals.

Richard Israel has directed west coast and world premieres at regional theaters all over the United States, including the O’Neill Theatre Center and the Laguna Playhouse.  Favorite productions include the world premiere musical HOME STREET HOME, FLOYD COLLINS (LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Direction and Outstanding Musical), 110 IN THE SHADE (LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Outstanding Intimate Musical), AVENUE Q and the world premiere of ANITA BRYANT DIED FOR YOUR SINS.  Most recently, he was the theatrical coordinator for the Emmy award-winning series BIG LITTLE LIES and is the proud recipient of the LADCC Career Achievement Award for Directing.  As an actor, Richard appeared for Reprise! in 1776, ON THE 20TH CENTURY, SHE LOVES ME, COMPANY and MY ONE AND ONLY.

Richard Israel

Choreographers

As Director/Choreographer: Love Songs,Spelling Bee,Rose Bowl Queens, Bark! No Strings, Desperate Writers (off B’way /LA), Flunky, Dining Room, Nuncrackers, Judy’s Scary Little Christmas, Frog & Toad, A Chorus Line, Choreographer: Hunger, Nightmare Alley, Atlanta, Great  Expectations, Triumph of Love, Dancing at Lughnasa. Pasadena Playhouse: 110 in the Shade, Do I Hear A Waltz. Hollywood Bowl: Mame. Bernsteins’ Mass, My Fair Lady, Music Man, Camelot. Reprise!: Three Penny Opera, City of Angels, Company, 20th Century, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Most Happy Fella. (other) Los Angeles: Atlanta, Paint Your Wagon (Geffen); Grave White Way (Hudson Theatre); Dogeaters, Gaytino (Kirk Douglas Theatre); Six Dance Lessons (Falcon,Geffen,B’way) Snoopy, Blockheads (London West End). Film/TV: Country Rules, Santa Clause 3, Six Dance Lessons http://www.kaycole.net. 

Kay Cole

John Todd

John Todd, a native of the Carolina’s, received his training at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, receiving a full scholarship at the age of 16. Taking his training into the world, John has directed and choreographed numerous commercials, industrials, musicals, and has worked on many television and stage shows, garnering much attention for his unique and innovative style.  His most recent experiences include directing A Year of Living Dangerously at 54 Below in NYC, West Side Story and Kiss Me Kate for the Athens Epidaurus Festival and creating chorography for an IKEA National commercial and multiple episodes of Days Of Our Lives for NBC.  StageSceneLA named John Choreographer of the Year for his work on West Side Story (La Mirada Theater for the Arts) Kiss Me Kate (Cabrillo Music Theatre) and The Music Man (Musical Theater West).  Some of John’s other director/choreography credits also include over 25 Red Carpet Premieres and Disney stage shows Coco, Star Wars Rogue One, Star Wars The Last Jedi, The Good Dinosaur, Cinderella, Tangled, The Muppets Most Wanted, Sofia The First, Monster’s University, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, The Little Mermaid and Mulan. In addition, he has choreographed commercials for companies such as Scope with Ryan Seacrest and eyewear giant Ray-Ban, as well as musical theater shows Sweet Smell Of Success (Musical Theater Guild), Annie Get Your Gun (SDMT), The Music Man (MTW), Kiss Me Kate (Cabrillo Music Theatre) Sunset Boulevard (MTW), Company (Crown City), Bells Are Ringing and Anyone Can Whistle (MTW), Jasper In Deadland (PMT), Falsettos, The Full Monty, Bronies, The Musical!, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Third Street Theater), Gypsy, and Merrily We Roll Along. John also had the opportunity to work as associate choreographer on film and television shows including SMILF, Saving Mr. Banks, Mad Men, About A Boy, Ronna and Beverly, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, as well as choreographing the movie musical Samantha Spade Ace Detective. Mr. Todd has also created 3 works for the prestigious Houston Ballet.  John’s performing experience is comprised of working with world-renowned companies such as The Hungarian State Ballet, Houston Ballet (where he received the Michael Wasmund Award for most outstanding dancer), Pacific Northwest Ballet, and also as a soloist with Fort Worth Ballet and Hartford Ballet. John’s performance career wasn’t only within the ballet companies. He also performed on Broadway as part of the original cast of the Tony Awarded musical Movin’ Out and in Tony Award winning, The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway as well as the national tour. John has also made appearances in the television shows The Last Tycoon, Bourbon Street (series regular), Days of Our Lives, As the World Turns, Sex and the City, and Law and Order as well as films including Jack the Giant Slayer, The Muppets, Gnomio and Juliet, Alpha and Omega, Jackass Number Two, A Christmas Carol, Sironia, and Spells (with John Lithgow). Furthermore, Mr. Todd was cast as the lead in the Sundance awarded play The Studio, written by Christopher D’Ambois, and shared the stage with Tony and Emmy nominated Terrence Mann.  He has experienced the great fortune of performing in numerous venues across Europe, including England where he played the role of “Peter Quince” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Sadler’s Wells in London, and “Romeo” in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet for German Television.  In addition to John’s successful performance career, he has had the privilege of working with dance legends such as Agnes DeMille, Martha Graham, Nacho Duato, Melissa Hayden, Suzanne Farrell, and Twyla Tharp as well as the celebrated directors Robert Zemeckis and Paul Feig. All of them have taught John a tremendous amount on being well versed in all forms of the Arts, which he continues to utilize in his own career and shares with the next generation of dancers.  www.johnjtodd.com

Musical Director

Gerald Sternbach

Gerald Sternbach– resident conductor, REPRISE THEATRE COMPANY ( 2002- 2007)- twelve Ovation nominations (winning in 2006 ), seven LADCC nominations, (honoring him in 2007,2008 and 2012); West End debut, London (2015)- Mel Brooks (One Night Only), also GeffenTheater, LA,(2014) filmed for HBO. Onstage pianist for Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show, Wishful Drinking (Geffen). Other Southern California credits — Grey Gardens, (associate conductor, Ahmanson Theater); I Only Have Eyes For You (musical director, Montalban Theater); Sondheim on Sondheim (west coast premiere, International City Theater); Love, Noel , Enter Laughing (Wallis Annenberg Center ): LA Philharmonic debut— Hollywood Bowl (2005) Stephen Sondheim’s 75th Birthday Concert ; Ongoing musical director, An Evening with Groucho, (with Frank Ferrante) Other credits- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Merlin, and The Tap Dance Kid (associate conductor, Broadway), Les Miserables (LA premiere), Song and Dance (National tour with Melissa Manchester; Worked with Marilyn Horne, Jennifer Hudson, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman and Carol Burnett, Adam Lambert, Nancy Wilson, Lainie Kazan, John Lithgow, and Judith Light. As a songwriter/composer, Jerry has contributed to three Ringling Brothers’ Circuses, Heartbeats (with Amanda McBroom), A-5-6-7-8! ( with Faye Greenberg), Club Mom (with Elin Hampton). and Biting Broadway! (with Jordan Beck and Richard Hochberg). His song “Mary” ( a tribute to Mary Tyler Moore, with Ms Greenberg),sung by Eric McCormack (2004 TVLand awards)— sung to the original cast—one of the thrills of his life.