Willard Beckham

Writer & Director

Willard Beckham is a native of Hominy, Oklahoma and was honored to receive a special commendation for the inaugural production of LUCKY GUY from his home state when the governor created  "Willard Beckham Day." He is also the recipient of an ASCAP Special Award for Musical Theatre for his work on the show. A graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Beckham made his debut as a composer/lyricist at Carnegie Hall. He was then commissioned to write the first musical comedy ever produced in Korea, Magic in the Mirror, directed by Baayork Lee. As a performer, he got his big break touring in the first and second national companies of No, No, Nanette performing with such luminaries as Don Ameche, Evelyn Keyes, June Allyson and Ann B. Davis and wound up back in New York “playing the Palace” hoofing in the chorus behind Carol Channing in Lorelei. Mr. Beckham went on to originate two leading roles on Broadway: Geoffrey in Something’s Afoot (co-starring Gary Beach!) and Richard Tidewell in The Utter Glory of Morrisey Hall with Celeste Holm. His last New York stage appearance was in his own one-man musical Me, Myself and I. He is thrilled to be here at the Little Shubert Theatre finally seeing his dream come true with the New York premiere of LUCKY GUY.

A.C. Ciulla

Choreography

Broadway: Footloose (Tony® & Outer Critics Award Nominations) First National & Japanese tours. Off Broadway: The Bubbly Black Girl ... (Playwrights Horizons, Lucille Lortel Nom), Ghetto Superstar (The Public Theater). Regional: Vices: A Love Story (2010 Carbonell Award Winner, Caldwell Theater), The Last Smoker In America (Catco), Chess, starring Matthew Morrison (Ford Amphitheater), Stephen Sondheim’s Being Alive (Westport Country Playhouse), The Plexiglass Slipper (Asolo Rep), Footloose (Dir/Chor, Carousel Dinner Theatre), The Yiddish Are Coming (Denver Arts), Barrio Babies, starring Sara Ramirez (Denver Theater Center). Vegas: Toni Braxton Revealed (Flamingo), Signed Sealed Delivered starring Chaka Khan (Venetian), Nights On Broadway II & III (Dir/Chor, Caesar’s Atlantic City). Multiple film, television and commercial credits including So You Think You Can Dance, UA,  Stars On Ice (Emmy Award Winner), One Life To Live-Starr X’d Lovers, The Electric Company 2010 (PBS), Viva Variety (Comedy Central), Gray Matters, 1-800-OK-Cable (Dir/Chor) among many others.

Rob Bissinger

Set Design

Broadway: Funny Girl for The Actor’s Fund. Off Broadway:  Jacques Brel...Big Time,Dr. SexRhapsody in SethMelancholy BabyStrictly PersonalTheatre of the Film Noir and Holocaust Stories. National tours include 42nd StreetThe Who's Tommy and Blast for Big League Theatricals, Scooby Doo in Stagefright for Clear Channel Family Entertainment. Regional credits include Pirates! for the Huntington Theatre as well as countless productions for The Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed, Capital Rep. and St. Louis Rep., (Garland Award for Everything’s Ducky). Additional credits include Believe for Walt Disney Entertainment and Associate Set Designer for Spiderman:Turn off the Dark.

William Ivey Long

Costume Design

Pal JoeyYoung FrankensteinCurtainsGrey Gardens (Tony®); The FrogsThe Boy From OzLittle Shop Of HorrorsHairspray (Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle); The Producers (Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle); The Music ManContact (Hewes); Swing (Hewes); Cabaret1776Steel PierChicagoSmokey Joe’s CaféGuys And Dolls (Drama Desk); Crazy For You (Tony®, Outer Critics Circle); Six Degrees Of SeparationAssassins (Obie); Lend Me A Tenor (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle); Nine (Tony®, Drama Desk, Maharam), Dreamgirls at The Apollo Theatre. Mr. Long was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005.

Kurt Fischer

Sound Design

Credits include Everyday Rapture (Roundabout Theater Company, Drama Desk Nomination), Toxic Avenger (New World Stages, Lucille Lortel Nomination), Paul Taylor Dance Company, Blue(Roundabout, Audelco Award), Macbeth (New York Shakespeare Festival) and Rent (Broadway and First National Company). Kurt is married to Shawn McNesby Fischer and has two sons, Scott and Pascal.

Todd Ellison

Musical Supervision, Orchestrations, Vocal Arrangements

Credits include La Cage aux FollesSpamalotLestat42nd StreetAmourThe Wild PartyOn the TownOnce Upon a Mattress, How to Succeed…, She Loves Me, Cats, Starlight Express, Annie 2, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, City Center Encores!:No, No, Nanette and On the Town. Incidental music: A Class ActTaller than a Dwarf. He has conducted orchestras internationally, including: Vienna Konzerthaus with Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Carnegie Hall: Jubilee, Dublin Film Orchestra, Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Mexico City. He has accompanied such stars as Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Meryl Streep, Tyne Daly, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker. He is proud to have been part of Willard and Glenn's LUCKY GUY family, since his first reading in 1994.

Mark Hummel

Dance Arrangements

Mark Hummel most recently wrote Dance Music for Sister Act. As Music Director for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Mark composed three new songs for their 75th Celebration in 2007.  Hummel has received three Emmy Award nominations and also creates music with Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli and Bernadette Peters.

Paul Staroba

Conductor, Keyboards

Conducting credits: Broadway: A Little Night Music, Next to Normal, Grey Gardens.  Off-Broadway: Happiness, Saved, Take Me Along.  Other Broadway keyboard credits: Les Miserables, A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein, Grease, Wicked, In the Heights, Spamalot, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, West Side Story and The Addams Family.

Paul Miller

Lighting Design

Broadway: Legally BlondeFreshly SqueezedLaughing Room Only; City Center Encores!: Of Thee I SingMusic in the AirLost In The StarsWhere’s Charley. Off-Broadway: NunsenseVanities: the MusicalWaiting for GodotAddictedBalancing Act. Regionally: Pasadena Playhouse, Baystreet, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodspeed, Paper Mill; Television: Camelot (Live from Lincoln Center),  New Year’s Eve/Times Square.

John Miller

Music Coordinator

Recent Broadway: Jersey Boys; La Cage aux Folles; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Sister Act; Baby It’s You; Catch Me If You Can; Rock of Ages. Musician (bass):  Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Smashing Pumpkins, Aerosmith, Jimmy Page His album Stage Door Johnny—John Miller: Takes on Broadway is available on PS Classics Records. www.johnmillerbass.com.

Sean Havens

Associate Choreographer

Sean Havens has worked in various artistic, creative and technical capacities of the theater on Broadway, Off Broadway, Regionally, Vegas & Atlantic City, including: Playwrights Horizons, Circle Repertory Company, The Irish Repertory Theater, ASOLO Rep, Michael Bennett’s 890 Theater, as well as in TV, film and commercials.

Jenn Rapp

Assistant Director

Jenn Rapp loves being part of the LUCKY GUY team. She's a Director/Choreographer with experience on national & international tours, cruise ship productions and commercials. Proud member of SDC and proud wife to Greg Pearl.  Thanks to Carl & Willard for this wonderful opportunity!  www.jennrapp.com.

Bonnie Panson

Production Stage Manager

Broadway: Over 20 productions including Chicago, Dance Of The Vampires, Private Lives, Seussical, Civil War, On The Town, Candide, Noise/Funk, Kiss Of The Spiderwoman, Starlight Express, Pirates Of Penzance, Tintypes.  Recently: John Gabriel Borkman at BAM.  Proudest of daughter Jenny Spicola, going to college!

Ryan J. Bell

Stage Manager

Broadway: Disney’s Tarzan, Rent, Sweeney Todd, Lennon, Movin’ Out and Grease.  National Tours: The Lion King and Movin’ Out. Workshops include Newsies, High School Musical 1 & 2, Dessa Rose and Barry Manilow’s Harmony. Love to Tim, Elaine, Courtney, Shannon, Dave, Joe & Ryan.

Juniper Street Productions

Production Manager

Hillary Blanken, Kevin Broomell, Guy Kwan, Ana Rose Greene, Joseph DeLuise & Alexandra Paull.  Founded in 1998, the company has helped create over 30 Broadway productions, over 20 national tours, and numerous Las Vegas productions.  Highlights include: Spider-Man, How to Succeed…, Promises Promises, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, Gypsy, Bette Midler at Caesar’s Palace, Xanadu, Company, Grey Gardens, The ProducersAll Shook Up, Blue Man Group Live at Luxor and Fosse.

Janet Foster

Casting Director

Broadway: The Light in the PiazzaLennonMa Rainey's Black BottomTaking Sides (co-cast). Off-Broadway: LucyClose TiesBrundibarTrue LoveEndpapers, The Dying Gaul and others. Playwrights Horizons: Floyd CollinsA Cheever EveningLater Life and more. Regional: Westport Country Playhouse, Centerstage, Two River Theater and many more. Other work includes TV, film and radio. C.S.A.

Alchemy Productions Group LLC

General Management

Alchemy Production Group LLC is headed by partners Carl Pasbjerg and Frank Scardino, who have been responsible during their lengthy careers as general managers and producers for dozens of live stage attractions. Current Broadway: Memphis. Upcoming tours of Memphis and A Christmas Story. Prior productions include Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, Follies, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, Ragtime, 700 Sundays, The Pirate Queen, Fosse, Jekyll & Hyde, Steel Pier, Show Boat, Candide, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Guys and Dolls, to name a few, in addition to their many touring and Off-Broadway shows. www.alchemyproductiongroup.com.

L. Glenn Poppleton

Producer

first heard LUCKY GUY in an elegant Parisian salon in 1984, where Willard Beckham was performing his one-man version of the show for a group of French theatre enthusiasts. A year later, L. Glenn moved to New York to work with Willard on the planned Michael Bennett version of LUCKY GUY, which never came to fruition, but led to the first production in Dallas, directed by Gerald Gutierrez and choreographed by Peter Gennaro. He worked with Willard in various capacities on the show for the next 25 years and this production brings their collaboration back to the New York stage. For the past 20 years, L. Glenn has been a booking agent representing national tours of Broadway shows and outstanding solo theatre performers. He was a principal in Dodger Touring Ltd./D-Tours (1991-2005) and is currently the owner of Avid Touring Group, Ltd., having started the agency in 2005 with Ron Gubin. Prior to representing touring shows, L. Glenn managed the three-year New York run of the interactive play Tamara and worked in the press office for the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater and several Broadway shows. He was part of the management team that opened and operated Boston's Citi (formerly Wang/Metropolitan) Center from 1980-83. A graduate of Northeastern University, he is the proud father of twin boys Alexander and Marc. L. Glenn is a member of The Broadway League. Selected Tour Representation (1991–present): Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (first seven touring years), Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Secret Garden, Guys and Dolls (1993), The Who’s Tommy (1994 & 2002), Angels in America, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The King and I starring Hayley Mills, Blast!, Urinetown, 42nd Street (revival), and three tours of Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (1997 & 2005 & 2011), Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!—The Musical, John Lithgow—Stories By Heart, Mandy Patinkin In Concert (19 seasons), An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Camelot starring Michael York (later starring Lou Diamond Phillips) and Deaf West’s Big River. www.AvidTouring.com