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Charles Kirsch, 14-year-old critic, blogger, actor, director and man-about-town in front of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York. Photo by Kym Fajardo.

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nd to think that he didn’t even want to go. Remy and Adam Kirsch told their seven-year-old son Charles that they were taking him to the 2014 Broadway revival of On the Town. He agreed to accompany them only after they made a promise: “Candy at intermission,” he recalls.” The merch man lost a sale, for, “Once I was there, I forgot about that entirely,” he says. “I loved the songs as well as, of course, the big opening dance number.” Up till then, Charles had been interested in cars and United States

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presidents. After that night, automobiles were kicked to the curb and chief executives had served out their terms. Yet the On the Town cast album didn’t immediately enter the Kirsch home. “I didn’t even know that was an option,” he says. “I just thought that you saw a show and had to remember it.” A return trip to the production informed him otherwise (and cost his parents money).

Once upon a time And yet, the recording that truly made Charles fall in love with show music was All American—not even the cast album of the 1962 flop, but a recording of a backers’ audition where the songwriters warbled their score. “I have consistently tried to learn songs from it, make other people in my family sing songs from it, talk about it and listen to it as much as I can,” he says. Still, Charles says the CD that he’s played the most is The Drowsy Chaperone. As he says, “I relate to Bob Martin’s character”—the “Man in Chair” who loves old musicals. Charles, now 14, may be evidence of reincarnation. When asked a Broadway Radio trivia question—“Who had roles in three Rodgers and Hart musicals and then reprised one of them for a revival?”—he said, without hesitation, “Vivienne Segal.” Well, he does say that “the hits I love are mostly golden age: Fiddler on the Roof; Gypsy; Kiss Me, Kate; A Chorus Line and all the Rodgers and Hammerstein shows except,” he cautions, “Oklahoma!” Lady in the Dark at the New York City Center Encores! series caused Charles to be “swept away by the wonderful production and performances.” Now he’s just getting around to Chicago and Cabaret, because Remy had thought him too young for their salaciousness. But his recent bar mitzvah ushered him into manhood, so she’s issued permission.

His opinion counts Conversely, Charles was less impressed with Wicked (“very disappointing”) and Rock of Ages (“somewhat dizzying, very intense and abrasive on the eyes and ears”). If that last statement sounds as if a critic said it, indeed one did. Since 2015, Charles has been one of three “Kid Critics” for BroadwayWorld.com, where he raved about Something Rotten and The Prom. This post also got him invited to a Sunday brunch sponsored by the 2016 Fiddler on the Roof revival, where Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht warmly greeted him. “We got to talk,” he adds, “and eat bagels.”

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10 | encore However, Charles isn’t a mere observer. He recently launched his own podcast: “Backstage Babble” (podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ backstage-babble/ id1526353692), named for the opening number of Applause. Shakespeare’s ill-wind quotation comes to mind when Charles says, “I realized how ideal a quarantine was to start a podcast; everyone has a lot of time.”

Theatre in the blood His first guest was Harold Holzer, a 42nd Street Redevelopment Project board member who was also New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug’s press secretary (which is why Harvey Fierstein mentioned him in his play Bella Bella). Holzer is also Charles’ maternal grandfather and has given his grandson Playbills from the ’70s and ’80s, when he was a frequent theatregoer. “My mom and dad would see a lot of theatre before I was born,” Charles says. “So both my parents are very supportive.” Despite Holzer’s appearance on “Backstage Babble,” Charles doesn’t rely on sheer nepotism for guests. Others who’ve participated and chimed in with fun facts include Anita Gillette (“she told me the writers of Kelly were barred from rehearsal and actually put on disguises to sneak in”), Chuck Cooper (“extremely honest about the flaws of people he worked with”) and Joshua Bergasse, whose On the Town choreography got the ball rolling for Charles. (Tune in Mondays and see who’s his guest this week.)

His favorite things Charles has picked up a few pointers along the way. “People don’t like to be asked reverentially about other people who they consider to be their peers,” he says. “I’ve learned to write a lot of questions about all areas of their careers so I will be armed once I figure out which thing they really want to talk about. I don’t want to be caught off-guard with no more questions, so I’ve gone from 40 questions to almost 80. It does lead to some long interviews,” he admits before adding “which is my favorite thing.” It’s rivaled, however, by collecting theatrical memorabilia. “I have two shelves in my room with theatre books, one for coffee-table books,” he says. If that doesn’t sound like much, give Charles a chance to continue: “And there are nine shelves in the living room for the same purpose.”

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Manhattan apartments are hardly McMansions. Hence Charles must “sometimes use the floor for books I can’t accommodate elsewhere.” Let’s get to the CDs: “On the shelves directly outside my room, I have nine binders of musical theatre CDs as well as four large binders of cabaret and miscellaneous ones.” My Playbill collection is overflowing. I have five binders, and also a giant bin. The bookshelf under my Kirsch on West 45th Street near Broadway. bed is also stuffed full of them.” So that Photo by Kym Fajardo. bedroom may be forced to sacrifice its bed one day. “It gets more and more packed,” he admits. “I have bins for old program books and one for theatre magazines—where Encore Monthly will go soon!” And if that isn’t enough, there are “two boxes filled with little theatre oddities such as pins, postcards, the flyers that you get handed in Times Square,” and last, and probably least, “confetti tossed to the ground at shows.

He Also Acts At school and camp, Charles has appeared in productions of 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast and Annie. “I found a lot more layers to Daddy Warbucks than were on the surface of the cut-down script,” he says. As a result, Charles has made “a lot of friends who love to perform, so they understand.” Although some kids may know that Dominic Smith was the Mets’ best hitter last season and don’t know, as Charles does, that Alexis Smith won a Tony for Follies, he says he’s never been bullied because of his interests. However, he admits that “I remember excitedly exclaiming to one of my friends ‘They’ve just cast Santino Fontana in 1776 at Encores!’ and not getting any kind of reaction.” We may eventually see Charles stage shows rather than star in them; his email address includes the word “directing.” (He did, at age eight, cast relatives in his own production of On the Town.) Whatever the case, expect Charles Kirsch to continue to be entranced by Broadway even after he gets his own car or becomes—don’t bet against it— president of the United States.

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2021 National Tour TROIKA Entertainment and Running Subway present

Dr. Seuss’

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Based on the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss Book and Lyrics by

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Additional music and lyrics by ALBERT HAGUE and DR. SEUSS Starring

James Schultz W. Scott Stewart Xavier McKnight and

Christine Aziz John Anthony Lopez Ashley Morton Eduardo Uribe Sofie Nesanelis Quinn Titcomb Hinano Hannah Lea Kuzukawa Sadie Mae O’Sullivan with

Sia Arvinger Samm Carroll Taylor Anne Drumwright Caleb Funk Joey Donoian Mariela Dorado Riley Fisher Ethan James Lynch Katie McConaughy Jonathan Nadolny Ellen Peterson Justine Rappaport Neely Scott Meredith Aleigha Wells Set Designer

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MATT AUGUST Original Production Conceived and Directed by


Based on the production produced by The Old Globe, San Diego California Originally commissioned by and produced at The Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota Produced by permission of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

Marketing and Publicity Direction: MARC VISCARDI for Bond Theatrical Exclusive Tour Direction: L. GLENN POPPLETON


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CAST (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE) Old Max . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W. SCOTT STEWART Cindy-Lou Who (Alternating) . . . . . . . . SOFIE NESANELIS/QUINN TITCOMB Papa Who . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EDUARDO URIBE Mama Who . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ASHLEY MORTON Grandpa Who . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOHN ANTHONY LOPEZ Grandma Who . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHRISTINE AZIZ Annie Who (Alternating) . . . . . . . . . . . HINANO HANNAH LEA KUZUKAWA SADIE MAE O’SULLIVAN Citizens of Whoville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SIA ARVINGER, JOEY DONOIAN, MARIELA DORADO, RILEY FISHER, KATIE MCCONAUGHY, ELLEN PETERSON, JUSTINE RAPPAPORT Who Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SAMM CARROLL, CALEB FUNK, ETHAN JAMES LYNCH, KATIE MCCONAUGHY, NEELY SCOTT, MEREDITH ALEIGHA WELLS Young Max . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XAVIER MCKNIGHT The Grinch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JAMES SCHULTZ UNDERSTUDIES For The Grinch: JOEY DONOIAN, CALEB FUNK; For Old Max: CALEB FUNK, JOHN ANTHONY LOPEZ; For Young Max: JONATHAN NADOLNY; For Mama Who: SAMM CARROLL; For Papa Who: ETHAN JAMES LYNCH; For Grandma Who: ELLEN PETERSON; For Grandpa Who: JOEY DONOIAN SWINGS TAYLOR ANNE DRUMWRIGHT, JONATHAN NADOLNY

16 | encore MUSICAL NUMBERS “Who Likes Christmas?”.............................................................................. Citizens of Whoville “This Time of Year” ...................................................................... Old Max and Young Max “I Hate Christmas Eve” ......................................... The Grinch, Young Max,Papa Who, Mama Who, Grandma Who, Grandpa Who, Cindy-Lou Who, Danny Who, Annie Who and Boo Who “What Cha Ma Who”...........................................................................The Grinch, Who Kids “Welcome, Christmas*” ....................................................................... Citizens of Whoville “I Hate Christmas Eve (Reprise)” .......................................................................The Grinch “It’s the Thought That Counts”.................................... Grandma Who, Grandpa Who, Mama Who, Papa Who, Citizens of Whoville and Who Kids “One of a Kind” ..........................................................................................................The Grinch “Now’s the Time” ............................................................................ Papa Who, Mama Who, Grandma Who, Grandpa Who “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch*” ......................... Old Max, Young Max, The Grinch “Santa for a Day” ................................................................... Cindy-Lou Who, The Grinch “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch* (Reprise)” ........................................................Old Max “Who Likes Christmas? (Reprise)” ..................................................Citizens of Whoville “One of a Kind (Reprise)” ............................................................Young Max, The Grinch, Cindy-Lou Who “This Time of Year (Reprise)” .................................................................................. Old Max “Welcome, Christmas* (Reprise)” ....................................................Citizens of Whoville “Santa for a Day (Reprise)” ................................................The Grinch, Cindy-Lou Who and Citizens of Whoville “Who Likes Christmas? (Reprise)”..........................The Grinch, Young Max, Old Max and Whos Everywhere * Music by Albert Hague and lyrics by Dr. Seuss. Published by EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will be performed without an intermission ORCHESTRA Music Director/Conductor—PETER LEIGH-NILSEN Associate Music Director, Keys 1—LENA GABRIELLE Keys 2—WENDY FEAVER Reed 1—MARYBETH KERN Reed 2—BRETT MCDONALD Reed 3—CHRIS SMUCKER Trumpet 1—KURT MARCUM Trumpet 2—DUSTIN BEARDSLEY Trombone—ERIC SPENCER Bass—ETHAN CHIAMPAS Drums/Percussion—ASHLEY BAIER

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JAMES SCHULTZ (Grinch) is ecstatic to be playing the furry green icon himself in this show that is dear to him. All love to my family and friends for their support. For Dad, Always. Learn more about James on his website (www.jamesschultz.net) or follow on Instagram @jamesdschultz. W. SCOTT STEWART (Old Max) lives with dogs, Rufus & RC, near Nashville on a farm that’s been in his family over 200 years. Favorite roles include “Sam the Snowman” - National Tour of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer along with “Tevye”, “Caiaphas” and “Edna Turnblad”. XAVIER MCKNIGHT (Young Max) is psyched to be back in Whoville this winter! National Tours: How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band. Regional: Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), Bring It On: The Musical (Twig). Much love to my family, friends and the man upstairs! Insta: @xaviermcknight CHRISTINE AZIZ (Grandma Who) is thrilled to be back on stage after touring with the Grinch in 2019. Recent credits: virtual shows with Live in Theater NYC, Chucky 2021 (SyFy), and The Homemade Sketch Show (TubiTV). www.christineaziz.com JOHN ANTHONY LOPEZ (Grandpa Who, u/s Old Max) is an actor, director, artist and educator working out of the NYC area. Regional appearances: Tevye (Fiddler), Jean Valjean (Les Mis), Deuteronomy (Cats), Dan (Next to Normal), Fagin (Oliver!) and King Arthur (Spamalot). Find him at johnanthonylopez.com. ASHLEY MARGARET MORTON (Mama Who) is thrilled to return to Whoville this year! Regional: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), The 39 Steps

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(Woman). Big love to her family and pals who rock so hard! EDUARDO URIBE (Papa Who) is excited to return to Whoville! Other national tours: Legally Blonde (Nikos), Jesus Christ Superstar (Swing), Sweet Charity (Vittorio). Regional credits: A Chorus Line (Paul), She Loves Me (Kudaly), La Cage (Cagelle), Kinky Boots (Angel). Familia, los amo. insta: eduardouribe92 SOFIE NESANELIS (Cindy Lou Who) is happy to be part of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Regional Theatre: The Sound of Music (Gretl) and Annie (Molly). Thanks to my team: Leorah Haberfield, Stewart Talent, Amelia Demayo, Ethan Haberfield, Kelli Gautreau. Love to my family! @sofienesanelis QUINN TITCOMB (Cindy Lou Who), age 9, is thrilled to be a Who! Previous Broadway Tours include Les Misérables, Sound of Music and Waitress too. This wouldn’t be possible without family and friends everlasting. Special thanks to Melissa Hahl, Connecting Talent, Innovative Artists and Binder Casting. SADIE MAE O’SULLIVAN (Annie Who, u/s Cindy Lou Who) is thrilled to be making her national tour debut! Credits: Law and Order SVU, Siwas Dance Pop Revolution. Special thanks to CP Talent, Amelia DeMayo, Mom & Dad, Nanny & Poppy, Libby and all of my family, friends and teachers for making this dream come true! Insta: @sadiemaeosullivan MEREDITH ALEIGHA WELLS (Punky). (they/them) National tour debut! Favorite Credits: Dysfunctioning Just Fine (Underdog Project Theatre, Triskelion Arts, Purple Skies Playwright Award), Shrek (Beck Center), Luminous Festival (Beijing, China), CounterBalance, Rec Room Arts, Cleveland Public Theatre. UMass

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Amherst alum. @meredithaleighawells, www.meredithaleighawells.com SIA ARVINGER (Betty Who) is an up and coming performer, her most recent live show being Kinky Boots with 3D Theatricals. She has also been featured in a few new virtual musicals for the Hollywood Fringe Festival and virtual cabarets with the Cabaret Corner. Instagram: @siamichal SAMM CARROLL (Trixie Who u/s Mama Who) is ecstatic to be returning to the Grinch tour this year! Credits: Violet (Violet), Gypsy (Louise), South Pacific (Nellie). Love to my family, Jeremy, and Stanley. JOEY DONOIAN (Buzz Who, u/s Grinch, u/s Grandpa Who) is thrilled to be returning to Whoville! Regional: Hair (Margaret Mead/Tribe - Dallas Theater Center), Buyer & Cellar (Alex More - Uptown Theater). “Love to my family & friends!” joeydonoian.com @joeydonoian MARIELA DORADO (Boo Who) is originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico and a graduate of Rutgers University. Favorite credits include: Evita (Fulton Theatre), Sueños: Our American Musical (NYTB), A Christmas Carol (Crossroads Theater Company, and West Side Story (20th Century Fox). Much love to Jamie and her family. Sí se puede! TAYLOR ANNE DRUMWRIGHT (Female Swing) is thrilled to be celebrating her 5th year on tour with her loving Grinch family! Credits: Chuggington Live! (Wilson-National Tour), Smurfs Live! (Host-National Tour), Next to Normal (Natalie-Gov School) and Mamma Mia (Dance Captain/Associate ChoreographerVMT). Love you Mom and Dad! RILEY FISHER (Danny Who). National Tour debut! Previous credits: Tobias, Sweeney Todd and LeFou, Beauty and the Beast. UNCO Alumni. Thank you

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to Baker Entertainment and Colten Blair. Special thank you to Mom, Dad, Jake, the Reddy’s, and everyone who helped get Riley to this moment. www.rileyfisherofficial.com CALEB FUNK (Timey Who, u/s Grinch, u/s Old Max) is filled with holiday cheer to be back in Whoville. Selected credits: Disney Cruise Line, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Forestburgh Playhouse, much more. Much love to his mom and Opa! @funkc1 calebfunk.com JUSTINE HORIHATA RAPPAPORT (Scallops Who) is thrilled to be celebrating the holiday season with How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Justine is a Los Angeles native turned New Yorker with a B.F.A from Syracuse University. Previous credits include: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (tour), Instinct (TV). HINANO HANNAH LEA KUZUKAWA (Annie Who) is honored and thrilled to make her Broadway National Tour debut! Hinano was born in Hawaii and now lives in New York City. Recently she was part of two new musical readings New Mother and When Zaydeh Danced on Eldritch Street and was part of the We’re Gonna Come Back music video celebrating Broadway coming back 2021. Special thanks to Carson Adler, Connecting Talent Company, Badiene Magaziner, Janine Molinari, Allen Fawcett, Minda Larsen, and her family and friends. @hinano_kuzukawa ETHAN JAMES LYNCH (Palm Spring, U/S Papa Who) is thrilled to be back in Whoville! Audiobook narrator, commercial and voiceover artist. Favorite roles include: Leaf Coneybear (25th Annual... Spelling Bee), Waiter (She Loves Me), Freddy (My Fair Lady), Courier (1776). My thanks are plentiful! Theater lives! ethanjameslynch.com

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24 | encore KATIE MCCONAUGHY (Reno/Phyllis) is so grateful to be back on stage and in Whoville! Credits: My Crazy Ex (Lifetime), Hairspray (Brenda), My Fair Lady (Anchorage Concert Association), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Les Misérables (MTW). @katiekay224 JONATHAN NADOLNY (Male Swing, u/s Young Max) is thrilled to be returning for his 7th tour in Whoville. You can catch Jonathan as George Pig in the upcoming National Tour of Peppa Pig’s Big Adventure in 2022! Thanks for coming back to support live theatre! ELLEN PETERSON (Auntie Who, u/s Grandma Who) is thrilled to be spreading Christmas cheer with The Grinch Tour! Based in Boston/MA, she has worked with North Shore Music Theatre, the Huntington Theatre, Reagle MusicTheatre, Speakeasy Stage and RI’s Theatre By the Sea to name a few. Merry Christmas! NEELY SCOTT (Bugsy) is overjoyed to be returning to Whoville. Credits: Scooby-Doo Live! (Velma - Saudi Arabian Nat’l Tour), Annie (Duffy/ Child Wrangler - Fireside Theatre), Alice Between (Alice-Alliance Theatre), Chicago (Hunyak-Nashville Repertory). Peace & love to all. @neelyescott DR. SEUSS (Writer) was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, changing the world of children’s literature forever. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, two Emmy awards and three Academy awards, Seuss was the author and illustrator of 44 books, many of which have been made into audio cassettes,

animated television specials and videos. His books include The Cat in the Hat, which infused 236 simple words with rhythm, rhyme and humor, and Green Eggs and Ham which used only 50 words. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the world’s best-selling author of children’s books. DR. SEUSS ENTERPRISES, L.P. is a leading children’s entertainment company focused on protecting Theodor Seuss Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) legacy and thereby ensuring that each generation can experience the genius of Dr. Seuss. The company was established in 1993 and is based in San Diego, CA. Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ global endeavors complement Dr. Seuss’ iconic books and include films, TV shows, stage productions, exhibitions, digital media, licensed merchandise, and other strategic partnerships. Ted Geisel once said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges” – a guiding principle at Dr. Seuss Enterprises. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit seussville.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook. JACK O’BRIEN (Original Director) Broadway: The Hard Problem; Carousel; The Front Page; It’s Only A Play; Macbeth; The Nance; Dead Accounts; Catch Me If You Can; Impressionism; The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award®); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nominations); Henry IV (Tony Award®); Hairspray (Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award); Imaginary Friends; The Invention of Love (Tony nomination; Drama Desk Award); The Full Monty (Tony nomination); More to Love; Getting Away With Murder; Pride’s Crossing; The Little Foxes; Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award); Damn Yankees (Tony nomination); Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony

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nomination); Porgy and Bess (Tony Award®, Most Innovative Revival); St. Louis Woman; The Most Happy Fella. For the Metropolitan Opera, Il Trittico. London: Love Never Dies; Hairspray (Olivier Award); His Girl Friday (National Theatre). Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, from 1981-2007. Six productions for PBS’s “American Playhouse.” Actor (film): “Sex and the City”. Awards: Artserve Michigan 2008 International Achievement Award; 2008 Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee; 2005 John Houseman Award; 2007 and 2001 Joan Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity; 2004 Thomas Degaetani Award (USITT); 2002 “Mr. Abbott” Award (SDCF); 2001 Joe A. Callaway Award (SDCF). Member, College of Fellows of the American Theatre; Honorary Doctorate, University of San Diego; Honorary Doctorate, University of Michigan. Author: Jack Be Nimble (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

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Guthrie, A.R.T., Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, McCarter, etc.) to Kushner (Angels in America, Mark Taper Forum), Musicals for young audiences: Little Miss Hollywood, Madeline’s Rescue, Strega Nona Meets Her Match, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, A Cricket in Times Square, Gold. Opera: Guest From the Future, premiered at Bard Summerscape in 2004, and Buwalsky, Opera Spanga, Holland, Yale, the Skirball Center, NYC (2004). Recently: Elmer Gantry at D.C.’s Signature Theatre, Truth and Reconciliation at the O’Neill Theater Center, workshops of Perfect 36. Head Faculty Composer and Director of Production, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

TIMOTHY MASON (Book & Lyrics) Broadway: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (2006 & 2007). Off-Broadway: Levitation, Only You, Babylon Gardens (with Timothy Hutton and Mary-Louise Parker) and The Fiery Furnace (with Julie Harris), all produced by Circle Rep. Regional: the Old Globe, San Diego; Actors Theatre of Louisville; South Coast Rep; Seattle Rep; Victory Gardens, Chicago; the Jungle Theatre and the Guthrie Theatre Lab, Minneapolis; and the Royal National Theatre, London. Tim’s historical thriller, “The Darwin Affair”, is now available from booksellers everywhere.

ALBERT HAGUE (Original Composer of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas”) His music for the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas, especially the songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” are instantly recognized worldwide by young and old alike. His Broadway career includes the standard “Young and Foolish” from the hit show Plain and Fancy as well as Redhead, for which he won the Tony in 1959. His film and TV career started when he was in his late 50s with the role of Professor Shorofsky in the movie Fame and the “Fame” TV series, and continued with many small roles in movies such as Space Jam and The Story of Us. Born in 1920 in Berlin, he escaped the Nazis via music scholarships in Rome and Cincinnati and settled in NY. The music from The Grinch is his most enduring achievement.

MEL MARVIN (Composer) Bway; Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, Cymbeline, A History of the American Film, Tintypes (Tony Award® nom.), Yentl, Fascinating Rhythm. Innumerable scores for productions of plays, from Shakespeare (Lincoln Center Theater,

MATT AUGUST (Director) is a theatre and film director whose productions have broken box-office records on Broadway (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!), played Off-Broadway, in many major regional theatres, in festivals, on National Tours, at the Grand Ol’ Opry and three holiday

28 | encore seasons at Madison Square Garden. They have been featured on television, radio and been performed at the White House for President Bush and several veterans organizations. He has directed world premieres, American premieres, regional premieres that have been recognized with nominations and awards from L.A.’s Ovation, Washington DC’s Helen Hayes, Arizona’s MAC, San Francisco’s Bay Area Critics, Broadway World, Utah’s Audience Choice and Australia’s Helpmann Awards. His work has appeared on year end top-ten lists for the L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Arizona Republic, Oakland Tribune, Tucson Sun, San Jose Mercury News and NPR/KQED. He has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Old Globe Theatre, Drama League, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Acting Company, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, the Julliard School, and San Francisco’s Zen Center. In addition to theatre, he was awarded the Panavision New Filmmakers Grant and directed the Award Winning short family film How to Get to Candybar which has played at festivals around the world. He recently directed the American regional premieres of King Charles III and In the Heights; the world premiere of Discord-The Gospel According to Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and Norris’ Clybourne Park. He was the Associate Director to Jack O’Brien on three Broadway shows and is currently in pre-production for both the feature film and play LP/OP, produced by Freestyle Picture Company. JOHN DELUCA (Original Choreography) Currently producing the live-action feature The Little Mermaid. Old Globe: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Film: Mary Poppins Returns, Into the Woods, Pirates of the

Caribbean, On Stranger Tides, Nine, Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago, The Terminal. TV: “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” “75th Annual Academy Awards,” “Kennedy Center Honors.” Broadway/ New York theatre: Minnelli on Minnelli, Broadway Sings Elton John, Deborah Voigt on Broadway, Sweet Adeline (City Center Encores!), Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Public Theater). National tour: The Boy Friend, Chita & All That Jazz, Music of the Night, Brigadoon. Two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe nominations, two AFI Top Ten Films, American Musical Theatre Award, Choreography Media Honors, two American Choreography Awards, Hamilton Behind the Camera Award, and the Chita Rivera Award. BOB RICHARD (Choreographer) has worked on the Broadway and touring productions of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! for the past 14 years. Off Broadway he directed and choreographed Inventing Mary Martin: The Revue of a Lifetime (Joe A. Callaway Award nomination) and The Road to Qatar. He has directed at North Shore Music Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and Theatre By The Sea, including productions of Peter Pan, The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, and Chicago. He just choreographed West Side Story at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars, and Pioneer Theatre Company, and internationally in Shanghai, Beijing, and Singapore. Bob is a guest master instructor at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He has received a Footlight Award, Gypsy Rose Lee Award, Ivey Award, Ernie Award, and San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. Most recently his work has been seen in Tokyo, Japan and soon to open the new national tour of An American in Paris. JOHN LEE BEATTY (Scenic Designer) His 115 Broadway productions include:

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Junk, Disgraced, Other Desert Cities, Venus in Fur, Chicago, Good People, Proof, Doubt, The Color Purple, The Sisters Rosensweig, A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Talley’s Folly, Burn This, Fifth of July, Rabbit Hole, Penn & Teller and more. Education: Brown, Yale School of Drama. Awards: Tony, Obie, Outer Critics, Drama Desk, Theater Hall of Fame. ROBERT MORGAN (Costume Designer) Broadway: The Full Monty, Imaginary Friends, I’m Not Rappaport and Sherlock’s Last Case. OffBroadway: Saturn Returns and Pride’s Crossing, Lincoln Center; The Loves of Anatol, Circle in the Square. 101 Dalmatians. Forty years of designing for regional theatres across the U.S; founding Associate Artist, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego. PAT COLLINS (Original Lighting Designer) Broadway: Doubt (Tony nomination), Proof, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Heidi Chronicles, I’m Not Rappaport (Tony® Award), Execution of Justice (Drama Desk Award), Sherlock’s Last Case, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Baby, Steaming, Orphans, Good People. Lincoln Center: Dying City, An American Daughter, A Delicate Balance, The Sisters Rosensweig, Threepenny Opera (Tony nomination). CHARLIE MORRISON (Lighting Designer) National/international tours: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (NYC, Grand Ole Opry, US Tour), A Chorus Line (U.S., Japan, and China), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miss Saigon, Aida (U.S. and Asia), The Producers, Man of La Mancha, Guys and Dolls, Groovaloo (N.Y.C., L.A., U.S. Tour), Hello, Dolly!, My Fair Lady, The King and I (U.S. and Korea), Spelling Bee, Gypsy, 42nd Street (U.S. and Japan), Smokey Joe’s

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Café, The Who’s Tommy (Europe and Japan), Titanic, The Music Man and many others. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company (D.C.), Goodspeed Musicals, Seattle Repertory, Seattle 5th Avenue, Broadway Sacramento at Music Circus, Theatre Under the Stars, Dallas Summer Musicals, Kansas City Starlight, Pittsburgh CLO, George Street Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory, Tulsa Opera and many others. Charlie is the recipient of two Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design. www.cmlighting.com. JOSH DANIELS (Production Stage Manager) Tours: How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical, The Addams Family, Sesame Street Live. Cirque du Soleil: ZAIA, VIVA Elvis, Varekai. Show Operations Director for Cirque du Soleil at Sea. Other credits include: Disney Cruise Line and MSC Cruise Line. Josh holds a BA in Theatre from Morehead State University and MFA from University of Iowa. Josh would like to dedicate this season to his family for all of their love and support. CHEYENNE SPLINTER (Assistant Stage Manager) is ecstatic to return to Grinch for her second year. Before Grinch, Cheyenne worked on both Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines as well at the La Jolla Playhouse. Cheyenne would like to thank her boyfriend for all his support. MICHAEL ANTHONY GREMO (Company Manager) has over 20 years of music, theatre, and dance management experience. Select credits: The Wizard of Oz, Hip Hop Nutcracker, Part of the Plan, Developmental Production, and the 10th Anniversary Tour of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.

30 | encore JOHN N. FORTUNATO (Assistant Company Manager) is ecstatic to join the Grinch family! Tours: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bat Out of Hell, Kinky Boots, The Color Purple, Disney’s The Lion King, The Office: A Musical Parody. Other Credits: Syracuse Opera, Nevada Ballet Theatre. Ithaca College alum. HEATHER CHOCKLEY (Production Management) joined the TROIKA team after having toured, both nationally and internationally, for 15 years. After that lifetime on the road she finds she likes not living out of a suitcase the whole time. Now based in the DC metro area, she also does a bit of political event work, and shares the crew member recruiting responsibilities at TROIKA. JOSHUA REID (Additional Sound Design) is a dual sound and systems designer, based in New York City. He holds dual citizenship with the United States and Canada, and has worked extensively on Broadway, OffBroadway, National Tours, International Productions and Sound System Installations. Recent design selections include The Louder We Get (Theatre Calgary), Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Film & Geffen Playhouse, LA Ovation Award, LA Drama Critics Circle Award), The Color Purple (National Tour), Girlfriend (TheatreWorks Hartford, Connecticut Critics Circle Award), The Royal Family of Broadway (Barrington Stage), and Jerry Springer: The Opera (New Group/Signature). Broadway Associate Design credit selections include: Flying Over Sunset, The Ferryman, The Iceman Cometh, Falsettos, American Psycho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, The Visit, Act One, and House of Blue Leaves. Joshua is also the faculty Instructor of Sound at Western Michigan University. A full credentials list, contact information and current projects can be found at www.ReidSoundDesign.com.

MICHAEL STAROBIN (Orchestrator) Once on This Island, Sunday in the Park with George, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, Freaky Friday, Kid Victory, Falsettos, First Daughter Suite, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, If/Then, Annie, Dogfight, Leap of Faith, Queen of the Mist, The People in the Picture, Sondheim on Sondheim, Next to Normal (Tony Award), The Glorious Ones, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Adrift in Macao, Bernarda Alba, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Assassins (Tony Award), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A New Brain, A Christmas Carol, Hello Again, Guys and Dolls (1992), My Favorite Year, In Trousers, Closer Than Ever, Legs Diamond, Romance/ Romance, Carrie, Birds of Paradise, Rags, Three Guys Naked, and Von Richthofen. His film credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Goofy Movie, Life with Mikey, Home on the Range, Tangled, Lucky Stiff, Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Mary Poppins Returns. DAVID KRANE (Dance Music Arrangements) created the dance music and additional score for the Academy Award–winning Chicago and the film of Nine; created the musical score adaptation for Disney’s Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep; produced and arranged Michelle Williams’s vocals for My Week with Marilyn; and composed Aspire with Stephen Cole, the first American musical produced in the Middle East. Their musical comedy about that incredible experience, The Road to Qatar!, was produced in Dallas, New York City, and the Edinburgh Festival. It is licensed by josef-weinberger.com, and the album, produced by jayrecords.com, is available on iTunes. Mr. Krane’s many Broadway credits include Cabaret, On the Twentieth Century, and She Loves Me. His latest work is in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns and his own new original

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musical, Goin’ Hollywood (goinhollywood.com). davidkrane.com PETER LEIGH-NILSEN (Musical Supervisor, Music Director) National/ International Tours: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (U.S.), My Fair Lady (China), The Producers (U.S.), Guys and Dolls (U.S.), Bring It On: The Musical (U.S./Tokyo), and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (Taiwan). Regional: Peter Pan (North Shore Music Theatre), She Loves Me (The Princeton Festival), Chicago (Theatre By The Sea). He recorded keyboards for the Original Broadway recording of How The Grinch… (Sony Masterworks), and teaches with The Broadway Experience (Tokyo/NYC) and The American Musical Theatre Dance Company. Love to Richard and Maggie. ALISON FRANCK (Casting) has been a casting director in NYC for over 25 years. She started as an assistant for many Broadway productions, then she worked in film/TV for several years. From 2000-2010, she was the Resident Casting Director at Paper Mill Playhouse. 2011-2014 she joined the team at Liz Lewis Casting Partners, where she cast commercials, voice overs, film/TV and theatre. Alison now runs her own company, Franck Casting, where she has currently cast several tours of well-known musicals including A Christmas Story, the Musical!, Dreamgirls and My Fair Lady. Upcoming tours of An American in Paris, South Pacific, Legally Blonde and A Chorus Line. Also casts the current tour of The Simon and Garfunkel Story and the upcoming The British Invasion Live. BINDER CASTING (Casting) was founded by Jay Binder nearly 40 years ago and has been a part of RWS Entertainment Group since 2016. The office has cast 150+ Broadway, OffBroadway, and National Touring productions, in addition to countless national and international projects

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spanning both stage and screen. Binder was featured prominently in the Broadway documentary, Every Little Step, and is a proud twelve-time recipient of the Artios Award for Excellence in Casting. The office infuses its work with both a deep respect for their roots and a commitment to growth. www.bindercasting.com BRIAN SCHRADER (General Manager) is beginning his tenth season with TROIKA Entertainment. GM Tour Credits: Tootsie, Cats, School of Rock, The Bodyguard, Escape to Margaritaville, Kinky Boots, The Color Purple, and Annie. Select Associate GM Credits: An American In Paris, 42nd Street, Annie (US, Jakarta, Singapore), Bring It On (US, Japan), Ghost, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Priscilla, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can. Graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Theatre Arts. TEGAN MEYER (Associate General Manager) is thrilled to join this production of Grinch and the TROIKA team. As Company Manager she toured with Elf, We Will Rock You and the First National Tour of Memphis. On Broadway she was the Associate Company Manager for Bright Star, and the 2010 Tony Award winning production of Memphis. Additional credits include, Off-Broadway: What’s That Smell, Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew, The Immigrant and Slut, Broadway: Guys & Dolls, Jackie Mason’s Laughing Room Only, and The Pirate Queen. NEURO TOUR (Physical Therapy). Carolyn Lawson PT, founder and CEO of NEURO TOUR and Neurosport, leaders in performing arts medicine. We are honored to be part of the Grinch. Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Cher Show. Tours: On Your Feet!, Hamilton.

32 | encore DON S. GILMORE (Technical Supervisor) has provided production management and technical services for over 300 entertainment projects in the U.S. and abroad. Notable projects include Broadway: An American in Paris, Pippin, Rocky Broadway, 700 Sundays, Guys and Dolls, Grinch, The Pirate Queen, Dracula the Musical, Sinatra. Road: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Grinch, The Producers, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Phantom of the Opera, Tallest Tree in the Forest, Guys and Dolls, Hair. Las Vegas: Magic Mike Live, Puppet Up-Uncensored, Paul Zerdin-Mouthing Off, Frankie MorenoUnder the Influence, Mat Franco-Magic Reinvented Nightly. International: Magic Mike Live London, Berlin and Australia. Other: The Laramie Project, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex, Times Square New Years Eve. Don lives in NYC with his wife, actress Rebecca Holt, and their three children: Luke, Max and Ruby. RUNNING SUBWAY (Producer) is a NYC based entertainment company founded by James Sanna with Joshua Rosenblum. Grinch: Broadway & all Tours. Other productions include Sinatra at the London Palladium, Peter Pan at Madison Square Garden (Cathy Rigby), Judy Garland In Concert. Projects include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC, Bodies- the Exhibition, as well as the venue Discovery Times Square which featured, “Star Wars”, “Vikings”, “The Hunger Games”, “Titanic”, “DaVinci”, “King Tut”, “Terra Cotta Warriors”, “Harry Potter the Exhibition,” “Spy”, “CSI”, “Pompeii” and “The Avengers”. Current exhibitions include Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience (New York City), Art of the Brick (Los Angeles, San Francisco), and touring productions of DaVinci’s Workshop and The Dead Sea Scrolls. Upcoming productions include the new circus/ musical, Dr. Seuss’ Circus McGurkus and RISE NY opening in Times Square

in December. RISE NY is a first of its kind attraction designed to connect audiences to New York City through an incredible multimedia journey. More information available at riseny.nyc. THIS TIME OF YEAR COMPANY LP (Original Tour Producer) a partnership formed in 2007 to produce the national tour of Grinch. Comprised of Running Subway, Shorenstein Hays Nederlander Theaters (SHN), EMI Music Publishing, Michael Speyer & Bernie Abrams, Dancap Productions, Janet Pailet, Spark Productions, and Eva Price/Maximum Entertainment. THE OLD GLOBE (Original Producer) The Tony Award®-winning The Old Globe, now in its 85th year, is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and San Diego’s flagship performing arts institution. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 16 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works, including its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement initiatives, which provide an array of participatory programs that make theatre matter to more people in neighborhoods throughout the region. Numerous world premieres have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to successful runs on Broadway and across the country. CHILDREN’S THEATRE COMPANY (Original Producer) Founded in 1965, the Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis) is one of the United States’ largest regional theatres and regarded as America’s flagship theatre for young people and families, setting standards of excellence in the quality of its productions, commitment to new work, rigorous theatre arts training

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programs and innovative education and community partnerships. CTC premiered the first stage version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical in 1994. CTC is ed by Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius and Managing Director Kimberly Motes. In 2003, CTC was honored with the Tony® Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. L. GLENN POPPLETON (Exclusive Tour Direction) also represents the tours of A Christmas Story—The Musical; Mandy Patinkin in Concert; and An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. Past tours include Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; and Monty Python’s Spamalot. BOND THEATRICAL (Marketing & Publicity Direction) is an independentlyowned booking, marketing and publicity company for live entertainment productions. Current marketing and publicity shows include 1776, Anastasia, Dear Evan Hansen, Diana, Escape to Margaritaville, Fiddler on the Roof, Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, The Band’s

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Visit, The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, The Prom and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. Current tour marketing and booking shows include 9 to 5: The Musical, A Soldier’s Play, An Officer and a Gentleman, Annie, Blue Man Group, Cats, Clue, Clueless, Company, Diana, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Rockin’ On, Girl from the North Country, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice, Lempicka, Love Actually Live, The Lehman Trilogy, May We All, Spamilton, The Brat Pack and What the Constitution Means to Me. TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Producer & Tour Management) has been an innovator in touring musical theater for over three decades. TROIKA Entertainment brings the Broadway experience to communities around the world; uniting, inspiring and celebrating our audiences, our employees, and our partners through the magic and energy of live theater. Current productions include Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Escape to Margaritaville, Tootsie, My Fair Lady, Annie, and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. Please visit us at www.troika.com.

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34 | encore TOUR STAFF FOR DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL DR SEUSS ENTERPRISES, LP President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Brandt Legal Representation . . . . . . . .Millie Basden, Karl Zobell, Esq, DLA Piper GENERAL MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT TROIKA Entertainment GENERAL MANAGEMENT BRIAN SCHRADER Associate General Manager . . Tegan Meyer PRODUCTION MANAGER HEATHER CHOCKLEY TECHNICAL DIRECTOR DAVE BURCH COMPANY MANAGER MICHAEL GREMO Assistant Company Manager . . . .John Fortunato EXCLUSIVE TOUR DIRECTION L. Glenn Poppleton MARKETING & PUBLICITY DIRECTION BOND THEATRICAL www.bondtheatrical.com Marc Viscardi, DJ Martin, Bailey Ford, Phillip Aleman, Melissa Cohen, Steph Kelleher Dree McKissick, Adrienne Richards, Simon RosalesJaniya Wade CASTING BINDER CASTING Mark Brandon, CSA; Chad Eric Murnane, CSA; Amber Snead, CSA; Kyle Coker; Anthony Pichette; Jarrett Reiche; Part of RWS Entertainment Group; Ryan Stana CEO PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER . . Josh Daniels Asst. Stage Manager . . . . . . . Cheyenne Splinter Asst. Director . . . . . . . . . . . Abigail Watts Assoc. Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . John Burkland Production Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason O’Neal Costume Coordinator . . . . . . . . . Sarah Smith Hair Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April Spain Keyboard Programmer . . . . . . . . . Jim Harp Production Carpenter . . . . . . Wendy Joy Beckwith Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Bogaev Asst. Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . Robert DiCandia Asst. Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . Simmons Falk

Production Electrician . . . . . . . Mitch Fenton Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . Matthew Brehm Asst. Electrician . . . . . . . . . . Brian Pearson Asst. Electrician . . . . . . . . . . Amanda Short Head Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collin Caston Assist. Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Merckx Head Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shadow Gilmore Assist. Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christina Daly Asst. Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aaron Mastin Head Hair & Makeup . . . . . . . . . .April Spain Dance Captain . . . . . . . . Katie McConaughy Tutor/Wrangler . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Balun ProductionAssist . . . . . . . . . John Fortunato Wheelchair spoke guard provided by All Terrain Medical Rehearsal Pianist . . . . . . . . Jordan Jones-Reese Physical Therapy . . . Neuro Tour Physical Therapy Physical Therapist . . . . . . . . . . . Kennedy Gray Medical Director . . . . . . . . . . Craig E. Weil, MD Employee Benefits . . . . . . . . . . . . . People, Inc. Insurance . . . . . The Arts Insurance Program, LLC. Tour Housing & Transportation provided by Road Rebel FOR TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT Chief Executive Officer . . . . . .Angela Rowles Chief Operating Officer . . . . . . . . . . Kori Prior General Manager . . . . . . . . . . Brian Schrader Assoc. General Managers . . . . . . .Madeline M. McCluskey, Tegan Meyer Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Burch Production Managers . . . . . Heather Chockley, Gregg Damanti Production Coordinator . . . . . . Drew Neitzey Director of Engagements . . . Barrett Newman Operations Manager . . . . . . . . Melanie Cahill Director of Marketing . . . . Michael Yuen-Killick Director of Finance . . . . . . . . . . Brian Jacob Production of Accounting Mgr . . . Sheila Lewis Accounting Clerk . . . . . . . . . Electra Walker Office Manager . . . . . . . . . Shaquille Stewart FOR RUNNING SUBWAY President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Sanna Executive Producer . . . . . . . . .Jayna Neagle VP Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Collins Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Lach VP Marketing . . . . . . . . . . Katie Vance Forte Marketing Director . . . . . . . . . .Jeanna Chin Assoc. Producer . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Collins Manager of Exhibitions . . . . . . . Jillian Clarki Director of Sales . . . . . . . . . . Renee Wilson Production Assoc. . . . . . . . . . .Lucy Leggett Exhibition Content Writer . . . . Audra Lambert Chief Financial Officer . . . . . . Thomas Travor General Council . . . . . . . . . . . . Ken Munoz

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CREDITS Lighting Provided by 4Wall Entertainment, Inc. Sound Provided by Masque Sound. Show control and motion control featuring stage command systems by PRG-Scenic Technologies, a division of Production Resource Group, LLC., New Windsor, NY. Trucking by Janco SPECIAL THANKS Jay Johnson, Zoe Szcotka, Terra Troxell, Jemila Swaby

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Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.).

The Director and Choreographer are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.

United Scenic Artists represents designers and scenic artists for the American Theatre.

Production Travel & Housing Janice Kessler, Carlson Wagonlit Travel & Road Concierge, an ALTOUR Company


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A CHRISTMAS CAROL Alliance Theatre November 12-December 24 on the Alliance Theatre’s Coca-Cola Stage, streaming online December 17-January 9 The Alliance Theatre’s beloved production of A Christmas Carol will return to the Coca-Cola Stage this year with an elaborate new staging, including a completely reimagined set design and stunning new costumes. Audiences will be transported to the streets of London to revisit the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to redemption, told with beautiful live music and an all-star cast. For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/christmas. For tickets and information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/christmas. THE NUTCRACKER Atlanta Ballet December 4-29 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre One year past its intended Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre debut, Atlanta Ballet will make its longanticipated return to the theatre stage to present Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker. This innovative production features larger-than-life sets and bold costumes enhanced by striking video projections, created by a world-class creative team that includes Tony Award-winning and -nominated designers. Visit www.CobbEnergyCentre.com to purchase tickets.

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LESLIE ODOM, JR., “THE CHRISTMAS TOUR” Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE December 15 Delta Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE and Zero Mile Presents are bringing multi-talented star Leslie Odom, Jr. back to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for “The Christmas Tour.” Famous with Broadway fans for his Tony Awardwinning portrayal of Aaron Burr in Hamilton ,his career span all performance genres. He has also received recognition with Emmy and Grammy Awards and, most recently, two Academy Award nominations, for his excellence and achievements in Broadway, TV, film, and music. Visit www.ASO.org to purchase tickets. CLUB HERTZ LIVE Alliance Theatre December 8-24 on the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage Experience a special concert series featuring some of Atlanta’s most exciting performers and musicians in a relaxed lounge atmosphere. Each night of CLUB HERTZ LIVE will feature a new act from a variety of performance genres ranging from comedy to music. Chosen by a panel of music-industry professionals, each act has been selected as part of Alliance Theatre’s initiative to lift up new and diverse voices. Learn more about each act and purchase tickets at www.AllianceTheatre.org. Visit EncoreAtlanta.com for even more performing arts happenings in Atlanta!

etiquette 38 | encore 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. T ake care of personal needs (water, restroom use) before the performance begins. 3. P lease silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cellphones, beepers and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience via social media but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances. The glow from your device is distracting. 4. M ost shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theater is never allowed. It distracts those around you and endangers the performers. 5. T he overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. D ear lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of those behind you. Please consider those seated behind you when choosing whether to wear a hat or what hairstyle you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artists or show.

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STAFF Allan C. Vella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . . . . . . VP of Sales and Marketing Steve Moore. . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Lucy Lawler-Freas . . . . . . Director of Programming Shelly Kleppsattel. . . Booking & Contract Manager Faustina Brooks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli . . . . . . . . . Sr. Director of Operations David Simpson. . Director of Ticket Sales & Service Aly Knight Grubb . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing Leigh Burns . . . . . Director of Fox Theatre Institute Milissia Johnston. . . . . . . . . . Marquee Club Manager Craig Phillips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of F&B Amy Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Lisa Marie Malovoz. . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projectionist Rodney Amos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Audio

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Mark C. Adams, Latanza Adjei, Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Renee Dye, Ryan Halpern, Larry Hanson, John Holder, Doug Hooker, Walt Huntley, Edward Hutchison, Craig Jones, Dr. Richard Kannwischer, Lauren Koontz, Sonjui Kumar, Jay Myers, Glen Romm, Howard Smith, Scott Taylor

EMERITUS MEMBERS Tony Aeck, John Busby Jr., Beauchamp Carr, Rodney Cook, Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts, Jere Drummond, Richard Flinn, Julia Grumbles, Sheffield Hale, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edgar Neiss, Carl Patton,Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens, Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills

8. P lease wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. G o easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. I f you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed, the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Y es, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Please wait until the bows are over and exit with the rest of the audience.

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encore 40 | foryourinformation THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “movie palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multipurpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballets, comedies, concerts, movies and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, accommodating 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404-881-2057 or send an email to affairsatthefox@affairs.com. TICKET OFFICE HOURS Ticket Office hours are Friday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. The ticket office will open approximately 3 hours before doors on show days. Doors to the Fox Theatre open one hour before showtime. Tickets for all performances may be purchased online at www.foxtheatre.org, or by calling 855-285-8499, or visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office during the times listed above. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to groups for most Broadway shows. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 404-881-2000 or email sales@foxtheatre.org CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the main lobby (downstairs), mezzanine lobby levels and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are in the Spanish Room; accessible/ Family restrooms are located through the office door in the main lobby. TOURS Tour schedules vary – please visit the Fox Theatre website for updated information regarding tour dates at www.foxtheatre.org. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the event staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days. EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff.

SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you need assistance during your visit please ask for one of our Event Staff members. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance or more information, please call the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2100. ACCESSIBLE TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call 404-881-2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A Ticket Office associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org. ELEVATORS Elevators are at the north end of each lobby and are available during all performances. They make it possible to access each lobby without using the stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted to the theater. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/ performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance. •L atecomers will be seated at the discretion of management in conjunction with the wishes of the producers. • Please turn off all pagers and cellphones before each performance. • Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited. Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) MARQUEE CLUB PRESENTED BY LEXUS A stunning 10,000 square feet of exclusive space located on the northeast side of the theatre, the Marquee Club has access to the fabulous rooftop terrace overlooking the iconic Fox marquee and Peachtree Street. The Marquee Club is the perfect way to elevate your experience at the Fox. The club can be accessed through one of the annual membership options or on a per-event basis, as space allows. Entry to the club must accompany a ticket to the proceeding performance. For more information on club access, visit foxtheatre.org/MarqueeClub or call 404-881-2024.

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Members of the Fox Theatre’s Friends of the Fox program help support the Fox Theatre Institute, the theater’s community engagement arm. The Fox Theatre’s legend lives on through their generosity, supporting the theater, the city of Atlanta and communities across Georgia. To learn more about the Friends of the Fox membership program, please visit www.foxtheatre.org/support-us, email membership@foxtheatre.org, or call 404.881.2023.

The Fox Theatre would like to thank the following Friends of the Fox who have given at the Legend ($10,000), Marquee ($5,000), Encore ($2,500) and Entourage ($1,000) levels: LEGEND The Allard Family Drew Eckl & Farnham

Sheri Hays & Gary Martin Hays Ripple IT MARQUEE

Diana Blank Michelle Love & Matt Chambless Jamie Medalie Longhurst

Joseph McLaughlin Margaret Ross

ENCORE Melinda & Christopher Barber Erin & Douglas Borenstein Budget Rent a Car of Atlanta Mary Ann & John Busby George E. Butler II Michael & Brad Colasso Colgate Crib Mattress Ira & Talmer Curry, Jr.

Susan Atkinson Gregory Lowery & Associates Land Surveying, LLC Adam Malone Carole Cole Musarra Renee Dye & Shyam Reddy Nicole & Allan Vella ZIBEX, Inc.

ENTOURAGE Latanza & Solomon Adjei Dr. Laura Braswell DDS Cindy & Steve Ensor Nick Ginsberg David M. Green Holder Properties

Harold Brody & Donald Smith Patricia Phelan Anita Sprayberry Douglas Walker Dorothy B. Ziemer

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•T he Rolling Stones have performed at the Fox twice, to date. In June 1978, the show was first billed as “the Cockroaches,” so as not to reveal too early the true identity of the performers. •T he Stones next appeared Oct. 26, 1981, playing for a standingroom-only crowd. As history has it, the bandmates traveled to Savannah for a day-trip and, due to dense fog in Atlanta, their return flight was rerouted to Macon. The show began 90 minutes late. •B ette Midler was scheduled for a three-night gig in February 1983. According to longtime Atlanta concert promoter Alex Cooley

(who died in 2016), when she reached her dressing room she claimed that someone had died there, that it was haunted and she would not perform. The Divine Miss M was moved to another dressing room and, apparently content enough, agreed to go onstage. • On New Year’s Day 2005, Broadway on Ice ice-skating pros Nancy Kerrigan and Rudy Galindo took to the stage, along with Broadway’s Leslie Uggams (a Tony Award winner for Hallelujah, Baby!). Creating an impromptu ice rink was an overnight process that called for spraying the stage with water and quickly freezing it. Again and again and again.

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Atlanta’s Fox Theatre has played host to many world-renowned artists, from the Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to Bette Midler and Widespread Panic. In July 1976, in fact, Lynyrd Skynyrd performed for three consecutive nights, recording the album One More From the Road and donating $5,000 toward the Save the Fox campaign. In February 1993, the band played another three nights, one of which was broadcast on pay-per-view television. Here are a few other rockin’ fun facts:


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