Book, Music & Lyrics
Book, Music & Lyrics
Jim Jacobs was born and raised on the mean streets of Chicago's far northwest side. During the golden era of rock 'n' roll (1956-1960) he was a guitar-playing "greaser" student at Taft High School. In 1963, Jacobs met Warren Casey when they were both cast in a local theatre production of A Shot in the Dark. Seven years later they wrote Grease, which opened in 1971 in a former trolley barn called the Kingston Mines Theatre in Chicago. A year later, Grease made it to Broadway and "Greasemania" took off, becoming what was then the longest running show in Broadway history. The 1978 movie version became the highest grossing movie musical of all time. Originally an actor, Jacobs has been seen on television, in motion pictures, regional theatre, national tours, and on Broadway. He is the co-author of several other plays and musicals including Bats In The Belfry, Remember The Night and Island of Lost Coeds, a musical spoof of the low budget sci-fi/horror/jungle movies of the 1950s, which he wrote with Warren Casey. In May 2014, Mr. Jacobs was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Columbia College in Chicago. He currently resides in Southern California and has remained active in theatre, especially with the American Theatre Company of Chicago and several theatres in the San Diego area.
Book, Music & Lyrics
Book, Music & Lyrics
Warren Casey was born in Yonkers, New York, and attended Syracuse University. During the late '50s, he learned all about "greasers" while working as an art teacher in upstate New York. He moved to Chicago in 1962, where he hoped to pursue an acting career. He appeared in dozens of productions, including creating the role of Bernie Litko in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He supported himself with jobs in retail, including working as an assistant manager of a chain of apparel stores, and as a record salesman. In the meantime, he taught himself how to play the guitar and began writing songs. Mr. Casey acted with the Chicago Stage Guild (where he met Jim Jacobs), the Old Town Players, and the Kingston Mines Theatre. The latter company staged the original production of Grease which he wrote with Jim Jacobs. After the incredible success of both the musical and the movie, the two collaborated on Island of Lost Coeds, a musical satire of the movies of the 1950s. Mr. Casey died in 1988.
Nikolai Foster is Artistic Director of Curve. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, grew up in North Yorkshire and trained at Drama Centre London and at the Crucible, Sheffield.
At Curve Nikolai has directed the world premiere productions of Riaz Khan's Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual (adapted by Dougal Irvine) & Douglas Day Stewart's An Officer and a Gentleman; Leslie Bricusse's Scrooge; Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard (& UK tour) Winner Best Musical, Manchester Theatre Awards and Best Regional Production, WhatsOnStage Awards; Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw (with Theatre Royal Bath), Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's Grease (& Dubai World Trade Centre); Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (with Birmingham Rep); Spring Awakening (with National Youth Music Theatre); Legally Blonde (Opera Garnier, Monaco & Daegu Opera Festival, South Korea - Winner Best Musical - Daegu International Musical Festival Awards); Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's (& Haymarket Theatre, London & UK tour); Roald Dahl's The Witches (with Rose Theatre Kingston, Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds & UK tour); Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire; Shakespeare's Richard III; Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good; a performance to celebrate the reveal of the tomb of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral and Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing (Nottingham Playhouse and UK tour).
Foster has also served as an Associate Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, where he directed Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Orwell's Animal Farm, Dickens's A Christmas Carol (adapted by Bryony Lavery & Jason Carr), Louise Page's Salonika and Amanda Whittington's Bollywood Jane. He trained at Drama Centre London and at the Crucible, Sheffield (supported by the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme), where he staged A Chorus Line, Sondheim's Assassins and Shaffer's Amadeus. UK tour productions have included: Tanika Gupta's Great Expectations, Calamity Jane and Coward's A Song at Twilight.
His critically acclaimed production of the Broadway musical Annie recently completed its run at the Piccadilly Theatre, London and at the Mirvish Theatre, Toronto.
Arlene Phillips is a show business legend and a household name. Since creating the revolutionary dance group Hot Gossip, Arlene has gone on to work with superstars from across the world of entertainment and she has been nominated for Emmy, Tony and Laurence Olivier awards.
Alongside Grease, Arlene has choreographed shows such as Starlight Express, Wizard of Oz, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music, We Will Rock You, Grease, Flashdance. As a director, she has worked on Saturday Night Fever, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, the Manchester XVII Commonwealth Games, and the concert tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber which featured theatre legends such as Sarah Brightman, Elaine Paige, Michael Ball and Michael Crawford.
Outside of her work in theatre, Arlene has choreographed Hollywood films including 'Annie' directed by John Huston, Monty Python's 'The Meaning of Life', 'Highlander' starring Sean Connery, and Legend directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise. Her choreography can be seen in many iconic music videos for international pop stars such as Whitney Houston, Elton John, Queen, Robbie Williams, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, Donna Summer, Cliff Richard, Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. Her insightful expertise has been broadcast to millions in her role as a TV judge on hit shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance and Strictly Dance Fever.
Arlene's recent work includes: choreographing the musical numbers in acclaimed playwright Alan Bennett's latest work Allelujah!; a new BBC production of Midsummer Night's Dream; a solo piece for Ed Watson of the Royal Ballet; and a duet for Candoco Dance Company. Arlene has also directed a contemporary new musical 'Myth'; and a staged production of 'A Little Princess' with music by Tony-nominated composer Andrew Lippa. In 2017 she toured the UK with her own show 'The Glitz, The Glamour, The Gossip' talking about her extensive career and telling stories from behind the scenes.
Trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, gaining first class honours, and is a 2003 Linbury Prize Finalist. Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts Companion.
Recent engagements include: Grease (UK Tour); Pressure (Edinburgh Lyceum/Chichester/West End); Sunshine on Leith, The Crucible, Sweeney Todd, The Wind in the Willows, Annie, Billy Liar, When We Are Married, Animal Farm (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Wendy and Peter Pan, Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew (RSC); Pinocchio (Texas Ballet Theater, National Ballet of Canada); Annie (West End/South Africa, Toronto, UK Tour); Sweeney Todd (Royal Exchange); Come on Home, Jimmy's Hall, The Unmanageable Sisters (Abbey, Dublin); Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour); Grease (Curve/Dubai); Sweeney Todd (WNO/la Monnaie Opera/Royal Danish Opera); Yer Granny, Men Shall Weep (National Theatre of Scotland); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Cherry Orchard, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep); Twelfth Night, Betrayal, Amadeus (Sheffield Crucible); All's Well that Ends Fwell, Antony and Cleopatra (The Wanamaker/Shakespeare's Globe); Spring Awakening, Restoration(Headlong); Crime and Punishment (Citizens Glasgow, Liverpool Playhouse, Edinburgh Lyceum); Les pêcheursde perles, Don Pasquale, La Bohème (Opera Holland Park); Beautiful Thing (West End); Doctor Faustus (WYP/Citizens); The Match Box (Liverpool Playhouse/Tricycle); Entertaining Mr Sloane (Costume Design, West End); Bad Girls (West End); Europe (Barbican/Dundee Rep); Breakfast with Mugabe (RSC, Soho, Duchess). For Opera North: The Magic Flute, Kiss Me Kate and the WYP/Opera North co-production of Into the Woods.
Musical Supervisor and Arranger
Musical Supervisor and Arranger
Recent Orchestrator and Musical Supervisor credits include: Miss Littlewood (RSC); Sweet Charity (Watermill); An Officer And A Gentleman (UK tour); Crazy For You (Mountview); A Little Night Music (Watermill); Scrooge, Grease and Legally Blonde (Curve, Leicester); Sister Act (UK tour); The Hired Man (NYMT); Fiddler on The Roof (UK tour); The A to Z of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse); Jungle Book (Glasgow Citizens Theatre); Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre); Chess (UK tour - Winner 2010 Touring WhatsOnStage Award); Copacabana, Spend Spend Spend (Winner 2009 Regional Theatre Award for Best Musical); Sunset Boulevard (Comedy Theatre); Martin Guerre, Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre) and Privates On Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
In 2006 she won a Tony and Drama Desk Award for her orchestrations on the Watermill Theatre Production of Sweeney Todd, which transferred to The Trafalgar Studios and Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
As Composer, credits include: The Lost Toys Big Adventure (Towner Gallery Eastbourne); Various Pantomimes (Chipping Norton); The Secret Garden (Chester); The Marriage Of Figaro (Watermill); Peter Pan (Oxford Playhouse); A Star Danced (Watermill); The Last Fattybottypuss In The World (Regent's Park); Tales My Lover Told Me (Kings Head); A Womb With A View (Radio 4) and The Challenge (The Shaw Theatre).
As Pianist: Bette Midler And Me (Edinburgh), Julian Clary, Fascinating Aida, Lily Savage, Dillie Keane, Alvin Stardust, Barb Jungr and Issy Van Randwyck.
Sound Design credits include: The Boy In The Dress (RSC); Curtains (UK tour); The Color Purple, Legally Blond, Sweet Charity, Bugsy Malone and My Beautiful Laundrette (Curve, Leicester); Amelie (UK tour); White Christmas (Dominion Theatre/Curve, Leicester); Moll Flanders (Mercury Theatre); Oklahoma! (Grange Park Opera); An Officer And A Gentleman (UK tour); The Jungle Book (UK tour); Sunset Boulevard (UK tour); Project Polunin (Sadler's Wells/ London Coliseum); Crazy for You (UK tour); Nativity! (UK tour); Flashdance (UK tour); A Little Night Music (Watermill Theatre); Working (Southwark Playhouse); Newsies, Curtains, The Life, Legally Blonde (ArtsEd); Brass (Hackney Empire); Crazy for You (Watermill Theatre); Oliver! (Grange Park Opera); Tell Me on a Sunday (UK tour); The Silver Sword (UK tour); Oliver! (Watermill Theatre); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (UK tour); Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre); The Hired Man (St. James Theatre); West Side Story (Victoria Warehouse, Manchester); My Favourite Year (Bridewell Theatre); The Tailor Made Man (Arts Theatre) and Pushing up Poppies (Theatre 503).
Tom has acted as an Associate Sound Designer on over thirty shows in the UK and Europe, including The Bodyguard, Gypsy and Mary Poppins. Prior to this, Tom worked as No.1 (Head of Sound) opening and mixing numerous large West End shows over the past two decades.
As a freelance mix engineer Tom has had the privilege of working on countless events, such as the 2012 Olympic stadium athletics and touring with many artists including; The Coral, The Bees, The Lightning Seeds, Elaine Paige, Lewis Taylor, Martina-Topley-Bird and PJ Harvey.
Douglas has worked as a designer and specialist in video for performance across the sectors of theatre, installation and education. His work and practice has been presented globally in India, China, US and UK.
His recent theatre credits include: Witches of Eastwick (Cameron Mackintosh/2Entertain, Stockholm) Pinocchio ( Texas Ballet Dallas/National Ballet of Canada) Magic Flute (Opera North)Hogarth's Progress (Rose Theatre)An Officer and a Gentleman, (UK National Tour) Sunset Boulevard, (UK National Tour) Tale of Two Cities(Regents Park) Into the Woods (West Yorkshire Playhouse)The Mystery Plays, (York Minster Cathedral)Mozart and Son: Benefit Gala (Royal Opera House) 300th Anniversary St Johns Smith Square, The 5 o’clock Slot (Iceand Fire) Letter of Last Resort (Traverse Theatre) Sticks and Stones (Polka Theatre) The Bomb Part I and II(Tricycle Theatre) Dance Marathon (Barbican Theatre) Fit and Proper People (RSC/Soho Theatre) I had a Dream (Polka Theatre) Silence ( RSC and Filter) Ballet Shoes (Phoenix Theatre) City of Angels ( London School of Musical Theatre) Behud (Coventry Theatre) Monsters (ArcolaTheatre) This isn’t Romance (Soho Theatre) 50th Anniversary Gala of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party (Lyric Hammersmith)
Richard Roe has worked for the last 20 years in a wide variety of projects ranging from the West End and UK television to projects in America, Canada and Europe.
He has appeared as a performer in some of the most iconic shows of the last 2 decades including Cats, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, Rent, Sweet Charity as well as new and leading edge contemporary theatrical events such as Sinatra, Notre Dame de Paris and the London Palladium stage version of The Wizard of Oz, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Richard has also worked closely with directors and choreographers such as Peter Darling, Arlene Phillips, Matthew Warchus, Tim Sheader, Liam Steel, Ann Yee and Jamie Lloyd on titles such as The Wizard of Oz, Urinetown, Ben Hur Live, Imagine This and The Lord of The Rings.
He has collaborated with Arlene Phillips and the Monty Python team for the Python Reunion at the O2, the 2014 Olivier Awards, the world premiere of Alan Bennett's play Allelujah! and he also worked on re-creating the Guinness world record for the largest tap troupe routine for the BBC.
Choreographer credits: Aladdin (Hackney Empire); Cinderella (Swansea Grand); A Little Princess (Royal Festival Hall); Gypsy (Mountview); Aladdin (Swansea Grand); Cinderella (Hackney Empire); Secret Garden (GSA); the world premier of the UK Tour Judy - The Songbook of Judy Garland, starring Lorna Luft; the new musical comedy Crush - The Musical (UK Tour). Restaging of the American, French, and Australian productions of The Wizard of Oz; Jackie the Musical (UK tour); Professor Brian Cox’s new BBC documentary Universe and provided choreography for the second series of The Tracey Ullman Show (BBC).
Colin has produced Ghost - The Musical in 15 countries including the West End, Broadway and Australia, Breakfast At Tiffany's starring Pixie Lott, Anna Friel and Emilia Clarke in the West End, Broadway and UK Tour, Producer of Gone With The Wind and Movin' Out in the West End and was Executive Producer on Billy Elliot in the West End. Prior to that he has worked for Cameron Mackintosh, Disney Theatrical and was Executive Producer for the Old Vic. During that time he managed Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma! starring Hugh Jackman, Witches of Eastwick, The Lion King, Beauty And The Beast, Hamlet starring Ben Wishaw, Aladdin starring Ian McKellan, Richard II, Philadelphia Story and National Anthems. Colin was Executive Vice President at Madison Square Gardens in New York heading up MSG Productions where at Radio City Music Hall, he produced the New York Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes - a major undertaking involving over 350 cast, crew and musicians and produced the Christmas Spectacular achieving the highest revenue in its 85 year history. Colin is producing a new musical version of 'Back To The Future' with the film's creators Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale with music by multi Grammy award winning Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard. In 2018, he co-founded InTheatre Productions with Peter Kane as a new production company to develop his slate of new musicals and produce this new version of 'Grease'. InTheatre will also be co-producing 'On Your Feet' which opens in London in summer 2019 and then tours throughout the UK. Colin is also developing two new musicals with music by multi-Brit award winning British recording artists.
A former entertainment lawyer, Donovan has run a successful financial advisory practice in New York City for more than 20 years. Together with Colin Ingram, Donovan's Broadway and West End productions of Ghost The Musical received three Tony Nominations and five Olivier nominations. Donovan also produced Breakfast at Tiffany's on Broadway starring Emilia Clarke which won Best New Play at the Broadwayworld.com awards. Donovan is currently producing the forthcoming production of Back To The Future, The Musical. Donovan also produced the film "Prey for Rock & Roll" starring Gina Gershon which premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and the record "Punk Standards" by Deborah Dutcher. He also acted in the Oscar winning film "Philadelphia".
Hunter Arnold is a producer, entrepreneur and the founder of the New Musical Creative Collective, an organization committed to aiding the development of works from emerging artists. West end credits include Kinky Boots and Hadestown. Broadway credits include, Pretty Woman, Getting' the Band Back Together, Head over Heels, Once on this Island, Anastasia, Dear Evan Hansen, It's Only a Play, Kinky Boots, Mothers and Sons, The Bridges of Madison County and more. Upcoming projects include Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
Almost one million people annually engage with Curve through performances and projects at our home in Leicester, across the UK and internationally. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve has developed a reputation for producing, programming and touring a bold and diverse programme of musicals, plays, new work, dance and opera. All of this presented alongside a dynamic mix of community engagement, artist development and learning programmes, which firmly places audiences, artists and communities at the heart of everything we do.
Recent Made at Curve productions include Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat (& UK tour) the world-premiere of Dougal Irvine's adaptation of Riaz Khan's Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual, the Curve Young Company and Community production of Joseph Stein's Fiddler on the Roof, the world premiere production of An Officer and a Gentleman (& on national tour), Leslie Bricusse's Scrooge, the world premiere of Amana Fontanella Khan's Pink Sari Revolution, adapted by Purva Naresh (with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, English Touring Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); a major revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard (& UK tour), Winner - Best Musical, Manchester Theatre Awards and Best Regional Production, WhatsOnStage Awards; the world premiere of Ravi Shankar's opera Sukanya (co-produced with the Royal Opera House & London Philharmonic Orchestra); the 50th anniversary production of Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw (with Theatre Royal Bath); Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey's Grease (also in Dubai) and a production of Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine, adapted by David Wood (co-produced with Rose Theatre Kingston & on tour).
Kay Magson CDG
DAVID GRINDROD ASSOCIATES CDG
ORIGINAL TOUR CASTING
DAVID GRINDROD ASSOCIATES CDG
ORIGINAL TOUR CASTING
Back to the Future (Opera House, Manchester), Cinderella, Soldier of Orange, Magic Mike Live, Back to the Future, Waitress, Only Fools & Horses, Mamma Mia!(worldwide), Mamma Mia! The Party, Sweet Charity (Donmar), Matilda, School of Rock (Adult casting), 42nd Street, Bat Out of Hell, CATS, Into the Woods, Local Hero, Ground Hog Day, Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic), Chicago, Shrek, Grease, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mrs Henderson Presents, Fat Friends, 5 Guys Named Moe, The Commitments (UK Tour), Man of La Mancha, Carousel, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd (English National Opera), 42nd Street, Singing in the Rain. Kiss Me Kate, My Fair Lady, Candide, (Chatelet, Paris), Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly, Crazy for You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). The Braille Legacy, The Woman in White, Harold and Maud, Violet (Charing Cross Theatre). The Beggars Opera (Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris), Funny Girl, Guys and Dolls (Theatre Marigny, Paris).
Musical Ensemble Casting: Mamma Mia! Here we Go Again, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, Mamma Mia!
UK Dancer Casting: Mary Poppins Returns, Nine.
Casting Director: The Phantom of the Opera.
Sound of Music Live, Superstar, Over the Rainbow, I’d Do Anything, Any Dream Will Do, How Do Solve A Problem like Maria, (2007 Emmy Award), Kombat Opera presents…(2008 Golden Rose Montreux Award) Hollyoaks, West End Star (TV3 Sweden).
Associate Casting Directors:
Will Burton CDG
Stephen Crockett CDG
Casting Assistant : Fionnuala Hills