Cast & Creative

Meet the Team:

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Elijah Rhea Johnson


Elijah Rhea Johnson is a multi-hyphenate creative hailing from Detroit, MI. At 9 years old he starred as Young Simba in Disney’s “The Lion King,” Las Vegas/National Touring productions. His credits also include being a lead performer in the popular children’s group “Kidz Bop,” & joining the R&B boy-band “Mindless Behavior” as lead singer. This is a full circle moment for the young actor, as he participated in the MJworkshops as Middle Michael. Elijah is honored to be making his Broadway debut as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. @IAMElijahJ”

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Apollo Levine

Joseph Jackson / Rob

Apollo hails from Abbeville, LA by way of South Bend, IN. Theater: Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Ragtime, and originated the role of Chinese Superhero The Monkey King in Beijing, China. Television: “Let’s Stay Together,” “Criminal Minds.” Experiencing the iconic videos for “Scream” and “Remember the Time”, Apollo was captivated by the artistry of “The King of Pop.” Former lead singer of rock band SteppHeavy, Apollo is excited to be made his Broadway debut with MJ.

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Whitney Bashor


Broadway: The Bridges of Madison County (Marian/Chiara, OBC. Clarence Derwent Award). Off-Broadway: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Ordinary Days, The Fantasticks. Regional: The Bridges of Madison County (WTF), Merrily We Roll Along (Wallis Annenberg; Ovation Award Nominee), Fly By Night (Dallas Theatre Center), Light in the Piazza (PTC; Barrymore Award Winner). TV: Manifest, FBI: Most Wanted, Law & Order: SVU, Boardwalk Empire, All My Children. BFA: University of Michigan. Thank you Mom, Dad, and my incredible husband, Jared. Baby girl Luna, this is all for you.

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Tavon Olds-Sample


Tavon is ecstatic to be making his Broadway debut in MJ. Credits include, Regional: Scottsboro Boys (Beck Center for the Arts), I Sing the Rising Sea (Virginia Stage Company). Thank you to God, Family, GSA, BW and CGF! Hit me up on IG: @tavonlamontt

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Max Chambers

Little Michael

Making his Broadway debut and honored to join the cast of MJ the Musical. Max is from Shreveport, Louisiana and has been destined for superstardom from a very young age. Many thanks to God, my family, and the MJ Team! #Godisfaithful IG: @maxchambers318

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Jackson Hayes

Little Michael

Jackson went from being a future king as Young Simba on the Broadway National Tour of The Lion King to being blessed to pay homage to the King of Pop. He is a student at Cab Calloway School of the Arts. He lives to make choices his future self will appreciate. Thank you, God, Mom, Dad, Jared, Jordan, and family. IG@JustJacksonHayes

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Jace Bently

Little Marlon

At only 10, he has already made appearances in the hit “Power” spin-off: “Raising Kanan,” ABC series “For Life,” Hallmark Channel movie, Redemption In Cherry Springs and several voiceovers! Not to mention performing at the legendary Apollo theater and performing all over as a pianist. Thanks to Take 3 Talent and his amazing family for always believing in him. IG: JaceBently_

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Ayana Jackson

Katherine Jackson

Ayana is excited to be making her Broadway Debut in MJ. An accomplished Singer/Songwriter, Ayana has performed alongside names such as John Legend, Jazmine Sullivan, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Rowland, Kirk Franklin, and CeCe Winan, to name a few. Ayana recently went viral on social media with her riveting rendition of the Chaka Khan classic “Through The Fire”, as well as a heart-wrenching performance of J. Cole’s “Be Free”. Follow Ayana’s journey on IG @ayana_is.

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Ilario Grant

Standby MJ and Michael

Broadway debut! Ilario started his career in the arts at a young age in Atlanta, GA. In 2020, he was hand picked for the R&B boy band Afterours by Natarsha Garcia, with AGI Entertainment! Film Credits: Praise This as Jermaine (NBC Universal). He thanks God for everything and is very blessed for opportunity! @ilariolavon

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Matthew Frederick Harris

Tito Jackson / Quincy Jones

Broadway: the Tony Award-winning Girl From the North Country. Regional: The Color Purple at Broadway Sacramento. Major thanks to my wife Dajah and daughter Ava, CGF, my family and friends! All glory to my beautiful savior Jesus Christ! John 3:16! IG: matthewfrederickharris

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Matte Martinez

Standby MJ, Michael

MATTE MARTINEZ is a multi-talented artist, known for singing, dancing, and acting. He’s making his BROADWAY DEBUT here at MJ the Musical and couldn’t be more excited! Matte started performing on tour all across the country at age 10 with the world famous kids group Kidz Bop. He co-wrote a song for “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” Season 4 and is currently creating and starring in a new musical he created the story and music for with his writing partner. He’s also appeared on TV shows such as “The Good Doctor” and “Saturdays” on Disney Channel. You can find him on social media @mattemartinez.

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Gabriel Ruiz


Broadway debut. New York: Blood and Gifts (Lincoln Center). Chicago: Steppenwolf, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Writers’ Theatre, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and more. Film/TV: Christmas Again (Disney), “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” (NBC), “Boss” (Starz). Thanks to the whole MJ family for inviting me to the ride of my life!

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Antoine L. Smith

Berry Gordy / Nick

Antoine is an Emmy Award Winner and is excited to be bringing MJ to Broadway. Other Broadway Credits include The Tony and Grammy Award-Winning The Color Purple (Revival); Carousel; Miss Saigon; Memphis; and the First Broadway National Tour of Cinderella.

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Joey Sorge


Joey was last seen on Broadway as “Rudy The Voice” in A Bronx Tale – The Musical. Twenty-year career on Broadway also includes: Nice Work If You Can Get It, How To Succeed in Business, The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and the 2001 revival of Follies. Off-Broadway: Help (The Shed), Carmelina (York Theatre), Saturday Night (Second Stage), Summer of ’42 (Variety Arts). National Tour: Lord Evelyn in Anything Goes, The Fonz in Happy Days -The Musical, and Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Regional: Trip To Bountiful (Actor’s Ensemble); Boeing, Boeing (Gulfshore); Crazy For You (Sharon); Lend Me A Tenor (Westchester Bway); White Christmas; Singin’ In The Rain; Nice Work If You Can Get It (Ogunquit); Victor, Victoria (TUTS); When You Wish (Phoenix Theatre); Animal Crackers (Williamstown). TV: “FBI: Most Wanted,” “The Deuce,” “The Good Fight,” “Younger,” “Elementary,” “Deception,” “Person of Interest,” “The Path.” Film: Conditional, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Providence, and Audrey. Insta/Twitter: @sojoey

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Blu Allen


Off-Broadway: Titanique. Regional: The Color Purple, Five Guys Named Moe, Kill Move Paradise. A special thank you to my amazing mother. To my tribe, I am nothing without you. Thank you for lifting me. IG:HeyBluBoy

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Dasia Amos

Swing / Assistant Dance Captain

Dasia is making her Broadway debut! A current Dance major and MT minor at UNCG. Endless gratitude to God, my family, and my agency Daniel Hoff Agency!

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Lloyd A. Boyd III

Randy Jackson / Ensemble

Cleveland native, an alum of UNCSA. Has danced with Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, AAADT and Met Opera’s La Traviata. Following the international tour of An American in Paris, this is his Broadway debut. Instagram: lloydaboyd

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Nick T. Daly

Jermaine Jackson/ Ensemble

Broadway Debut! Recently in Barlow & Bear’s Unofficial Bridgerton Musical in Concert (The Kennedy Center). @nick_t_daly on TikTok and Instagram. Grateful to the Creator, Mom, Dad, Maddie, Charlotte, The University of Michigan (‘23), The LINK Program, Buchwald, and my tribe.

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Zachary Downer

Marlon Jackson/ Ensemble

Zachary Downer is thrilled to be joining the MJ company! Broadway: Hello, Dolly! revival; Cats revival (Mr. Mistoffelees). Off-Broadway: Alice By Heart. Tours: Hugh Jackman’s World Tour (TMTMTS). Television: Netflix’s “Halston,” 43rd Kennedy Center Honors, NBC’s Annie Live!, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Big City Adventure. Love to LakeyWolff&Co and family; @zachdestyn

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John Edwards

Jackie Jackson / Ensemble

Actor/Singer/Dancer/Songwriter. Last seen in NYC revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Chita Award winner, Lucille Lortel nominee). Broadway and 1st National Tour of Jersey Boys (Hal Miller/Barry Belson/others). National/International tour of Hairspray (Seaweed J. Stubbs) and In the Heights at The Kennedy Center (Domingo). And more. IG @therealjohnedwards

Tré Frazier


Broadway Debut! National Tours: Hamilton (Principal Standby) at the And Peggy Tour, Eliza Tour, and Angelica Tour. Regional: Hair (Hud) Two River Theater, Rent (Benny) the Muny. Special thanks to my family, friends, Hybrid Agency, and my fiancée Kayla! @jtfsings

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Kali May Grinder

Dance Supervisor

Broadway/NYC: Frozen (ensemble/OBC), Wicked (ensemble) and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). National Tour: Wicked. Big love and gratitude to DZ, LDC, and her ever-supportive family. @grinderkali

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Michael Harmon

Swing/ Dance Captain

is excited to be making his Broadway debut! Tour: Hairspray. Regional: Mamma Mia!, A Christmas Carol. Michael would like to thank his mother, Celeste, for her support. With God, all things are possible. @michaelharmon_

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Bre Jackson


Broadway: SIX (Catherine of Aragon), The Color Purple (Church Lady/Celie u/s), The Book of Mormon (Ensemble/Swing). Television: NBC’s “One Night Only: Best of Broadway” (Soloist), “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (Disciple), “The Good Fight” (Soloist), Dreamgirls (South Korea) (Effie). Regional: The Color Purple (NCT) (Celie), Once on This Island (CPIP) (Asaka), Oklahoma! (DCPA) (Ado Annie). IG:@bre.jackson. GO BLUE!

D. Jerome


All glory to God! Making his Broadway debut. Last seen in Disney’s Haunted Mansion and Hamilton. Special thanks to my mom, Noel, Margo, Duane, Leslie, Peter (Telsey Office), George Faison and my wonderful family and friends. Eph. 6:10 IG: @d.jerome_

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Carole Denise Jones


Thrilled to be a part of the MJ family. Broadway: The Book of Mormon.National Tours: The Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia.  Film/Television: Clifford the Big Red Dog, “The Equalizer,” “The Blacklist,” “The Americans.” Love to Darren and Gretta.

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Carina-Kay Louchiey


Carina-Kay is thrilled be making her Broadway Debut! Born in London but raised in Georgia, Carina-Kay’s a proud graduate of The University of Michigan. She was most recently seen in the LA company of Hamilton. Endless love and gratitude to her parents & RISPA, Rachel at Telsey, Baldy, A3 Artists Agency & Jaime, and BroadwayDreams. Dream, Create, Inspire…Manifest the life you desire. #BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter IG: @carinakaylouchiey

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Michelle Mercedes


Michelle hails from Miami, Florida and is excited to be returning to Broadway in MJ! Broadway: West Side Story. NYC: I Married an Angel (New York City Center), Samson et Dalia (The Metropolitan Opera). Regional: Mary PoppinsCrazy For YouFootloose (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre). She holds a B.F.A. from the Florida State University and is currently an M.B.A. candidate at the University of Florida. Immense love and thanks to God, my parents, family, friends, and CESD. IG: @michellemercedes_

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Sarah Sigman


Broadway debut! Credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (national tour), On Your Feet! (The Muny), Chicago (national tour). Regional: A Chorus Line (Cape), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (ARLT). Dance Lab NY. All my love and gratitude to God, Mom and Dad, “The Queens”, and CTG! @sarahsigman_

Ryan Steele


Grateful is an understatement. Broadway: Once Upon a One More TimeCarousel, NewsiesMatildaWest Side Story, Billy Elliot. Off-Bway/Tour: Only Gold, An American In Paris. Film/Television: MaestroI’m Thinking of Ending Things, “Fosse/Verdon,” Ted 2. IG: @rysteele

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Ryan Vandenboom


Ryan is honored to be sharing the MJ stage with some of the most talented and gracious humans he’s ever met. You may have caught him in the television series Fosse/Verdon on FX, and he also can be seen dancing in the Coen Brother’s farce Hail, Caesar! On stage Ryan has performed in the most recent Broadway revival of Annie, Something Rotten! (OBC), Bandstand (OBC), and in the Chicago company of Hamilton. Other stage work has found Ryan performing with the physical comedy troupe Parallel Exit, and in the immersive theatre show Acoustica Electronica. Ryan has been featured as a soloist with multiple symphony orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony. Special thanks to our producers and Lia Vollack for their vision and guidance in bringing this group together and this show to fruition.

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Brandon Whitmore


Broadway debut! Tour: Hello, Dolly! Film/television: “Westworld,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Regional: The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (The Muny), Newsies (Maltz Jupiter). BFA in dance (UArts). Much gratitude for Mommy, Daddy, Tanisha, Maliyah, Biscotti, CESD and friends. @brandonlwhitmore

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Kyle R. Robinson


Kyle is ecstatic to join the cast of MJ for his Broadway debut!!! Born in Massachusetts and earned a BFA from The Juilliard School, he has performed in Hell’s Kitchen Dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov; Aszure & Artists; Lar Lubovitch; and Shaping Sound Dance Company. Appeared in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” as Abe Lincoln. Off-Broadway: The Wrong Man. Broadway Tours: An American in Paris, West Side Story. Teacher @dancemakersinc / Instagram @kyrrobinson

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is one of the most beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all time. His electrifying live performances and groundbreaking use of video and fashion continue to inspire today’s performers. To date, Michael has sold more than 1 billion records worldwide and is one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His album Thriller is the biggest-selling album of all time, and his Thriller short film is the only music video to be listed on National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized him as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time. New generations of fans continue to discover his artistry making him the #1 streaming catalog artist in the global marketplace. As a compassionate and prolific humanitarian, Michael set a new standard of generosity for other entertainers.

Lynn Nottage


Plays include Sweat (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Obie Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Evening Standard Award; Tony, Drama Desk award nominations); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, New York Drama Critics Circle, DD, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel, Obie, and Audelco awards for Best Play); Floyd’s (Guthrie); Mlima’s Tale (The Public); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, DD nom); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (Obie Award; DD, Lortel award noms); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por’knockers; and POOF!; as well as the book for the musical adaption of The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic). TV: She’s Gotta Have It (writer/producer). Upcoming: MJ, the Michael Jackson musical. PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a Guggenheim Grant, Lucille Lortel Fellowship, Visiting Research Fellowship at Princeton. Associate professor at Columbia. Member of the Dramatists Guild.

Christopher Wheeldon

Director & Choreographer

Christopher trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991. In 1993, he joined New York City Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. Since then, Mr. Wheeldon has created and staged productions for many of the world’s major ballet companies. In 2007, Mr. Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an Associate Artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Mr. Wheeldon now serves as Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet. As Artistic Associate, Mr. Wheeldon has created many works for the company, including the full-length Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale, both of which were co-productions with The National Ballet of Canada. For the Metropolitan Opera, he choreographed Dance of the Hours for Ponchielli’s La Gioconda (2006) and Richard Eyre’s production of Carmen (2012) as well as ballet sequences for the feature film Center Stage (2000) and Sweet Smell of Success on Broadway (2002). Mr. Wheeldon created a special excerpt for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. In April 2016, he was the Artistic Director for the Fashion Forward exhibition in Paris at La Musee Arts et Decoratif. In 2014, Mr. Wheeldon directed and choreographed the musical version of An American in Paris, which had productions in Paris, on Broadway, and in London. 2016 was The Joffrey Ballet’s world premiere of The Nutcracker reimagined by Mr. Wheeldon and he directed and choreographed the gala presentation of Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon starring Kelli O’Hara and Patrick Wilson at New York City Center in 2017. In 2018, Mr. Wheeldon staged two pieces in Tokyo: An American in Paris and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland while in 2019, Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale was performed by The Bolshoi Ballet. 2019 was also the premiere for Corybantic Games at The Royal Ballet and a re-staged version of Cinderella for the English National Ballet at Royal Albert Hall. Among Mr. Wheeldon’s awards are a Tony Award for Best Choreography for An American in Paris, an Outer Critics Award for Best Choreography and Direction for An American in Paris, the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the American Choreography Award, the Dance Magazine Award, multiple London Critics’ Circle Awards, and the Leìonide Massine Prize for new choreography. Mr. Wheeldon’s productions of Cinderella and The Winter’s Tale won the Benois de la Danse, and he is an Olivier Award winner for his ballets Aeternum for The Royal Ballet and Polyphonia for Morphoses. In 2016, Mr. Wheeldon was named an O.B.E. and was made an Honorary Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Christopher is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom and resides in New York City with his husband, Ross Rayburn, and their dog, Hattie.

David Holcenberg

Musical Supervision, Orchestrations & Arrangements

Drama Desk Award, Tony, Grammy and Outer Critics nomina­tions for his work on MJ. Other Broadway: Groundhog DayMamma Mia!MatildaRockyGhostBye Bye BirdieThe Story of My LifeGood VibrationsSeussicalTitanic and Show Boat. Other credits include The Radio City Summer Spectacular, the U.S. premiere of Ragtime (LA Drama Critics Award), the world premieres of Come Fall in Love (The Old Globe), Newsies (Paper Mill) and Mamma Mia! at the Hollywood Bowl.

Jason Michael Webb

Musical Direction, Orchestrations & Arrangements

Special Tony Award recipient and Drama Desk winner, Jason Michael Webb is a director, composer, lyricist, musical director, producer and arranger. From conducting orchestras in Broadway pits to writing and arranging music for a President’s inauguration, Jason has dedicated his life to using music to heal, uplift and encourage. Mr. Webb’s early musical training consisted of formal classical study, playing in small churches and obsessing about pop music. By 21, he had a degree in classical piano, played in the biggest churches in New York City and made his orchestral solo debut with the Queens Symphony. He then went on to become Musical Director of the six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle, for whom Mr. Webb co-wrote and produced four albums for The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, leading to two Stellar Award nominations and a Dove Award win. His arrangement of BTC’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was featured at the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama and simultaneously heard by over one billion people worldwide. Mr. Webb is the composer for “The Ms. Pat Show” (BET+) (also produced its theme song, “Grown Ass Woman”) and wrote music/lyrics for Kenny Leon’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, which was filmed for PBS’ “Great Performances” series (Shakespeare in the Park, The Public Theater) (Music Supervisor/Incidental Music). His writing can also be heard on the hit TV series “Empire” (Fox), Netflix film “Juanita” (starring Alfre Woodard), recording projects and original musicals, including the new South African musical “WiLDFLOWER” (currently in development with National Black Theater/Apollo Theater). Mr. Webb received a 2019 Special Tony Award for “outstanding arrangements” in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s breathtaking acapella play Choir Boy (MTC). His work on Choir Boy also earned him a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Original Music. He is also currently nominated for a 2020 Tony Award for “Best Original Score Written for the Theatre” for Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo (Roundabout). Joining forces with pop music icons Stephen Bray and Harvey Mason, Jr., Mr. Webb served as Executive Music Producer of Respect (MGM), the highly-anticipated 2021 film about the life of Aretha Franklin (starring Jennifer Hudson). Mr. Webb’s directorial debut, a 2021 film of the iconic Jason Robert Brown musical, The Last Five Years, was lauded by The New York Times as “inspiring”, “robust”, and “impressively freed by its physical and creative limitations.” He also served as Musical Director of the gorgeous Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winning 2016 Broadway Revival of The Color Purple, directed by John Doyle and based on the timeless novel by Alice Walker. Upcoming projects include Disney’s upcoming revival of AIDA (Music Supervisor/Arranger), and the eagerly anticipated “Beauty and the Beast” live-action prequel series at Disney+ (Musical Director/Arranger). Other credits include Associate Production Music Supervisor for The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox); Musical Director and Arranger/Adaptor for Disney’s Frozen: Live at the Hyperion (Anaheim, CA); and Associate Musical Director of Broadway shows including Berry Gordy’s Motown: The Musical, Alan Menken’s Leap of Faith and Jeanine Tesori’s Violet (also Additional Arrangements). Mr. Webb is currently the featured vocalist on the national jingle for Smile Direct Club, and has appeared as a Pianist onstage with Dame Shirley Bassey, Michael Bolton, Cece Winans, and Chaka Khan. He has conducted live and recording orchestras from New York to LA, including internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang’s 2016 love letter to NYC, “New York Rhapsody” (PBS), which featured performances by Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor and Suzanne Vega.

Derek McLane

Scenic Design

Nearly 350 design credits including, Broadway: Moulin Rouge! (Tony Award nomination), A Soldier’s Play (Tony nomination), Burn This, American Son, Parisian Woman, The Price, Beautiful, Fully Committed, Noises Off, Gigi, 33 Variations (Tony Award), China Doll, How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying, The Heiress, Follies, Anything Goes, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, The Pajama Game, I Am My Own Wife. Off-Broadway: Buried Child; Jerry Springer The Opera; Merrily We Roll Along; The Spoils; If I Forget; Love, Love, Love; The Night of the Iguana; Sweet Charity; Into the Woods; Ruined; The Last Five Years. Television: 6 years of the Academy Awards, NBC Musicals: The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray. Derek is the Chairman of the Board of The New Group Theatre. Awards: A Tony Award, 2 Emmy Awards, 2 Obie Award, 2 Drama Desk Award, 3 Lucille Lortel Awards, and 2 Art Directors Guild Awards.

Natasha Katz

Lighting Design

Natasha designed the lighting for the Broadway production of An American in Paris directed by Christopher Wheeldon. She is honored to have designed the lighting for many new ballets choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, including The Winter’s Tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the upcoming Like Water for Chocolate at the Royal Ballet.  Recent Broadway: Springsteen on Broadway, Frozen, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and Hello, Dolly! She is a TDF Wendy Wasserstein Project Mentor and was recently inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Paul Tazewell

Costume Design

Paul has been designing costumes for Broadway, Regional Theater, Film and Television, Dance, and Opera Productions for close to thirty years. He began his Broadway career with the groundbreaking musical, ‘Bring in Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, directed by George C. Wolfe. Paul is best known for his work with both of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award winning Original Broadway productions of Hamilton, for which he received the Tony Award and In the Heights, both directed by Thomas Kail. Other Broadway credits include Ain’t Too Proud; The Color Purple; Memphis; Caroline, or Change; and Elaine Stritch at Liberty. Paul’s feature film credits include, Harriet directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Cynthia Erivo, Hamilton directed by Thomas Kail and the anxiously anticipated West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg. TV credits include the HBO Original Film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey and Lackawanna Blues, both directed by George C. Wolfe. Paul also designed costumes for “The Wiz! Live,” for which he received an Emmy Award and “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” featuring John Legend. Both were for NBC. In the United States and across the globe, Paul has designed for such renowned companies as The Metropolitan Opera, The Bolshoi Ballet, The English National Opera, Theatre du Chatelet, The Public Theater, National Theatre UK, The Kennedy Center, The Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, The Chicago Lyric Opera and many more. Paul holds an MFA from New York University and a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts.  He has been privileged instructing students as a guest artist at both New York University and North Carolina School of the Arts. From 2003-2006, he held a faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University. Paul currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Gareth Owen

Sound Design

Broadway: Diana, Summer, Come From Away (Outer Critics Circle Award, Broadway World Award, Green Room Award, Dora Award, Craig Noel Award), A Bronx Tale, Spring Awakening, End of the Rainbow (Tony Award nomination), A Little Night Music (Tony nomination). West End: Back to the Future, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, Prince of Egypt, &Juliet, Come From Away (Olivier Award, WhatsOnStage Award), Bat Out of Hell (Olivier Award nomination), Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Strictly Ballroom, 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, Wind in the Willows, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Memphis(Olivier Award), I Can’t Sing, In the Heights, Top Hat (Olivier nomination), Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier Award), and End of the Rainbow (Olivier nomination). Worldwide: Mamma Mia! The Party, Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Sister Act. Additional: The Secret Garden, Clueless (New York); Starlight Express (Bochum, Germany). Pro Sound Award winner for “Sound Engineer of the Year.”

Peter Nigrini

Projection Design

Peter Nigrini is one of Broadways pioneering projection designers. His work includes Ain’t Too Proud; Beetlejuice; Dear Evan Hansen; The SpongeBob Musical; A Doll’s House, Part 2; and Fela! He also has designed extensively other venues and forms including Here Lies Love; Ground at the Public Theater; Lucia de Lammermoor and Don Giovani for Santa Fe Opera; The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Blind Date, and Deep Blue Sea for Bill T, Jones/Arnie Zane Dance; and Real Enemies with Dacey James Argue and Secrete Society at BAM.  He was also a founding member of Nature Theater of Oklahoma.

Charles LaPointe

Hair & Wig Design

Charles is an award-winning Wig and Hair Designer based in New York, who maintains a highly successful career on stages throughout the United States and abroad.  Career Highlights: Numerous Broadway, Touring, American Regional Theatre, West End and International productions including Hamilton (Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Award for Los Angeles Company and Netflix Film); Ain’t Too Proud; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Beetlejuice; The Cher Show (Drama Desk Award); The Band’s Visit; Anastasia; The Lifespan of a Fact; SpongeBob SquarePants ( Drama Desk Award); The Donna Summer Musical;  Jersey Boys; Motown; Memphis: The Musical; On Your Feet;  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; The Color Purple; Doctor Zhivago; Of Mice and Men; Violet; Sideshow; The Elephant Man; After Midnight; Clybourne Park; Newsies; The Mountaintop; Superior Donuts; In the Heights.  Television: “The Wiz Live!” (Emmy Award Nomination); “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” (Emmy Award Nomination and Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Award); “Bluebloods;” “American Crime;” “Maddoff;” “Hairspray;” “In A Man’s World.

Joe Dulude II

Makeup Design

Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End: Wicked, Beetlejuice, SpongeBob SquarePants, Anastasia, Sunday in the Park With George, Torch Song Trilogy, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and more. Film: Don’ t Look Up, Ghostbusters, Central Intelligence. Television: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (Emmy nomination), “Annie Live!,” “The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!,” “The Gilded Age,” “Castle Rock” season two. IG: @dulude2

Dontee Kiehn

Global Associate Director

Diana: The Musical (Broadway; associate director); An American in Paris (Broadway, London, Paris, Japan; associate director/choreographer); The Addams Family (Broadway, Australia, Brazil; associate choreographer); Next to Normal (Broadway, Japan, Kennedy Center; associate choreographer); Brigadoon and Oklahoma! (Pittsburgh CLO; director); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (The Muny, directing consultant). Broadway performance credits: 42nd Street, Gypsy (starring Bernadette Peters) and The Addams Family.

Michael Balderrama

Global Associate Choreographer

Choreographer, director, producer, artist, philanthropist, Drama Desk and ACCA award winner. Global supervising choreographer for Hamilton. Part of almost a dozen Broadway shows, both on stage and on the creative side.  Favorite Broadway credits: In The Heights, Movin’ Out, Willie Lopez in Ghost. Choreographed, performed and/or worked with Michael Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Andy Blankenbuehler, Christopher Wheeldon, Thomas Kail, Twyla Tharp, Julie Taymor, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more.

The Telsey Office
Rachel Hoffman, CSA


With offices in both New York and Los Angeles, The Telsey Office casts for theatre, film, television and commercials. The Telsey Office is dedicated to creating safe, equitable and anti-racist spaces through collaboration, artistry, heart, accountability and advocacy.

Gregory T. Livoti

Production Stage Manager


Michael Jackson Movement

Legendary choreographers Rich & Tone have worked with pop music’s biggest names including Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Black Eyed Peas and many others, but working with the King of Pop from the mid 90s to now has been the highlight of their career. Starting out as dancers and working their way up to choreographing many of MJ’s projects including the critically acclaimed short film You Rock My World, Rich & Tone bring a special understanding of the style and movement of Michael Jackson for this spectacular debut on Broadway.

Strange Cranium
Billy Jay Stein
Hiro Iida

Electronic Music Design

Founder of Strange Cranium and Strike Audio. Grammy Award winner for producing and mixing Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Composer, arranger and music producer for The Radio City Rockettes New York Spectacular. Broadway credits include Caroline or Change; Diana; Tootsie; Mean Girls; The Band’s Visit; Fun Home; Beautiful; Spider-Man; Hairspray; Amélie; Tuck Everlasting; The Rocky Horror Show; and Jekyll & Hyde.

John Miller

Music Coordinator

Over 140 Broadway shows including Mrs. Doubtfire, Ain’ t Too Proud, Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, Oklahoma!, Summer—The Donna Summer Musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Waitress and Jersey Boys. Studio musician (bass) for Leonard Cohen, Madonna, Bette Midler, Eric Clapton, Carly Simon, BB King, Portishead, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson.

Carol M. Oune

Company Manager