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Marsha Norman

Book & Lyrics

Marsha Norman

Book & Lyrics

Marsha Norman won a Pulitzer Prize for her play ‘night Mother. The play has been translated into 23 languages, performed around the world and won four Tony nominations, the Dramatists Guild’s prestigious Hull-Warriner Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She received a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for The Secret Garden. Her first play, Getting Out, received the John Gassner Playwriting Medallion, the Newsday Oppenheimer Award and a special citation from the American Theatre Critics Association. Her two one-act plays, Third and Oak, The Laundromat and The Pool Hall premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Marsha Norman’s first novel, The Fortune Teller, was published in 1987. She has worked in television and film, most recently Face of a Stranger, starring Gene Rowlands and Tyne Daly. Having received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation and the American Academy and Institute of Letters, she has been playwright-in-residence at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and a member of the American Academy of Achievement. She serves on the boards of the New York Foundation for the Arts and the independent committee for Arts policy and is a recipient of the Literature Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

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Lucy Simon

Music

Lucy Simon

Music

Lucy Simon made her Broadway debut with The Secret Garden, for which she received both Tony and Drama Desk nominations. Her musical Fanny Hackabout Jones, written in collaboration with Susan Birkenhead and Erica Jong, was produced at The Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. She also contributed a song to the off-Broadway hit A..My Name is Alice. In addition to her musical theatre work, Lucy Simon has won two Grammy Awards for her In Harmony albums, which she produced and co-wrote, and has recorded two solo albums for RCA Records. Lucy Simon began her composing career at age 16, when she set Eugene Field’s Wynken, Blynken and Nod to music. She and her sister Carly recorded the song and the resulting hit single ushered in the early career of the Simon Sisters.

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SUSAN H. SCHULMAN

Director

SUSAN H. SCHULMAN

Director

Susan H. Schulman’s Broadway credits include the premiere of the Tony Award-winning® musical The Secret Garden as well as its highly successful US and Japanese national tours and the 1995 Australian premiere. She directed the first revival of Sweeney Todd at the Circle in the Square, for which she received a Tony Award® nomination, the revival of The Sound of Music (Tony nomination for Outstanding Revival) and the musical Little Women and its successful national tour. For her direction of the premiere of the highly acclaimed musical Violet, winner of The New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Musical, Susan received her second Drama Desk nomination for Best Director. She received an Obie Award for directing Sondheim and Furth’s musical Merrily We Roll Along at the York Theatre, a production which also received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival as well as several Outer Critics and Drama Desk nominations. For the prestigious Stratford Festival of Canada, she has directed nine productions, including To Kill A Mockingbird and The King and I. Amongst her many regional and national tour productions is Sunset Boulevard with Petula Clark. For five years Susan was Resident Director of Pittsburgh’s Civic Light Opera, directing over 20 productions. She also recently co-conceived and directed the new Hoagy Carmichael musical Stardust Road. Ms Schulman is a member of SDC, the professional labor union for directors and choreographers and its past President. She is currently a tenured Professor at Penn State University, heading its Graduate Program in Directing. A graduate of the Yale Drama School, Hofstra University and New York’s famed High School of Performing Arts, she holds an honorary Doctorate from her Alma Mater. In Australia, she also directed The Man of La Mancha with Anthony Warlow and The Sound of Music with Lisa McCune. She is delighted to be back in Australia and excited to revisit The Secret Garden.

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MICHAEL LICHTEFELD

Choreographer

MICHAEL LICHTEFELD

Choreographer

Michael Lichtefeld has choreographed six Broadway musicals - Little Women, The Sound Of Music, The Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Laughing Room Only – as well as working Off-Broadway choreographing eight musicals and ten national/international tours. For The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, he choreographed nine musicals, and directed and choreographed South Pacific and My One And Only. At the Shaw Festival he choreographed One Touch Of Venus, and for Drayton Entertainment, he has directed/choreographed 12 musicals including the Canadian Premiere of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn and this season’s holiday show, Elf. For the North Shore Music Theater, he directed and choreographed Bye Bye Birdie and choreographed 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, La Cage Aux Folles, Anything Goes, Hello Dolly and Mame. Michael has been nominated for the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award five times for choreography and once as director. He won the IRNE for Best Choreography for Bye Bye Birdie and 42nd Street. He has also been nominated for the Drama Desk Award and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. It is a thrill to be in Australia and to walk once more in The Secret Garden.

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GUY SIMPSON

Musical Director

GUY SIMPSON

Musical Director

Guy Simpson has been working all over the world as a Conductor, Orchestrator, Musical Director and Musical Supervisor for 40 years. For Opera Australia he has been Musical Director of West Side Story (on the Harbour), Evita (Australia and international tour) and the 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady (directed by Julie Andrews). Guy was Musical Supervisor of the premiere season of the new Australian musical Muriel’s Wedding and recently was Musical Supervisor/ orchestrator of the new musical Dream LoverThe Bobby Darin Musical. He produced the cast recordings of both of these shows, and also recently orchestrated two more new musicals, Ladies in Black and Smithy. He conducted concerts of the opera Prima Donna and the show Rufus Does Judy with Rufus Wainwright at the Adelaide Festival and the Auckland Festival. Guy’s work on The Phantom of the Opera began in Australia in 1990 and has continued for the past 29 years with productions in Auckland, Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore, Guangzhou, Beijing, Istanbul and Seoul where he produced two cast recordings in Korean. He has had a similar long association with Miss Saigon since the original production, conducting or supervising productions in Australia, Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Seoul, The Netherlands and Japan. His other international productions include Cats (Australia, New Zealand), Chicago (Australia, Hong Kong) and We Will Rock You (Australia, Japan). His productions in Australia include Passion, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Geoffrey Rush, Love Never Dies - the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera,  Les Misérables, Cabaret, Company, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Pirates of Penzance, Snoopy, Seesaw, Zorba, Funny Girl, Call Me Madam, Mack and Mabel, The Music Man, They’re Playing our Song, Carousel, Oklahoma!, Camelot, Little Me, Follies, Promises Promises, Gypsy and Guys and Dolls.

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HEIDI ETTINGER

Scenic Designer

HEIDI ETTINGER

Scenic Designer

Heidi Ettinger made theatrical history when she became the first woman set designer ever awarded a Tony for the musical Big River, which she co-produced as well. Her work for that show was followed by a third Tony as designer of The Secret Garden and her fourth nomination for producer. When Heidi first conceived of the idea of making a musical of The Secret Garden and assembled the first all female creative team, she had no idea that all these years later, it would be reconvening for an anniversary production with Opera Australia and John Frost. It was a ground-breaking production then, and continues to be one now. Heidi has been nominated for seven Tony Awards® and has designed sets for opera and theatre across the US and internationally. Her awards include those from the Drama Desk, Lily, Maraham and Village Voice. Her artwork has been shown at the Lincoln Center Library, at the Bruce Museum and is part of the collection of the Museum of the City of New York. She is currently producing a musical based on the Russian film Stylagi, which deals with the themes of the impact of music on the transformation of politics in Stalinist Soviet Union. Heidi sits on the boards of the Educational Foundation of America, where she acts as president, as well as on the advisory boards of Storm King Arts Center and the Yale School of Drama.

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Catherine Zuber

Costume Designer

Catherine Zuber

Costume Designer

Catherine’s Broadway credits include Moulin Rouge, My Fair Lady (Tony Award®, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Oslo, Junk, The Father, War Paint (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), The King & I (Olivier Award, Tony Award®), Fiddler on the Roof, Golden Boy, South Pacific (Tony Award®), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award®), The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award®), Awake and Sing! (Tony Award®), The Royal Family (Tony Award®), Edward Albee’s Seascape, Gigi (Drama Desk Award), Doubt and Dinner at Eight. For the Metropolitan Opera, she has designed Porgy and Bess, Il Barbieri di Siviglia, Les Contes d’Hoffman, Comte Ory, L’elisir d’Amore, Otello, Dr. Atomic and Roméo et Juliette. In 2016 , Catherine was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

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Trudy Dalgleish

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Trudy Dalgleish

LIGHTING DESIGNER

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Michael Waters

SOUND DESIGNER

Michael Waters

SOUND DESIGNER