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DANNY BURSTEIN (Herr Schultz). Broadway: The Snow Geese (opposite Mary-Louise Parker); Golden Boy (2013 Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations); Follies (2012 Tony & Grammy Award nominations; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; South Pacific (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award); The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony and Ovation Award nominations); Saint Joan; The Seagull; Three Men on a Horse; A Little Hotel on the Side; The Flowering Peach; A Class Act; Titanic and Company. Off-Broadway includes: Talley’s Folly (Drama League and Lucille Lortel nominations); Mrs. Farnsworth; Psych; All in the Timing; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Merrily We Roll Along; Weird Romance. Film/TV includes: Lolly Steinman on “Boardwalk Empire" (directed by Martin Scorsese); Nor'easter; Construction; “Louie”; Transamerica; “Absolutely Fabulous”; “Ed”; all the “Law & Order” series; “Hope & Faith”; Deception; and the upcoming films, Cyber (directed by Michael Mann); Trust, Greed, Bullets and Bourbon; Affluenza; and American Milkshake. Danny will be making his Metropolitan Opera debut this season as Frosch in the Jeremy Sams/Douglas Carter Beane production of Die Fledermaus.
BILL HECK (Clifford Bradshaw). Heck garnered notable attention upon his return to New York to play the central role in Horton Foote's 9-hour epic The Orphans' Home Cycle (Signature Theatre), opposite his eventual wife, Maggie Lacey, and directed by Michael Wilson. His work was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards in addition to winning a Theatre World Award and Equity's Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Actor. Bill went on to star as Joe Pitt opposite Zachary Quinto in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, played opposite Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice for The Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park, and explored the world of crack addiction in the 2012 Pulitzer play Water By the Spoonful. Other NYC theatre includes Pig Farm for Roundabout, Brooklyn Boy (MTC), and Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF, The Public). Heck recently wrapped as a series regular on "Taxi Brooklyn", Gary Scott Thompson's international television series for Europacorp, directed by Olivier Megaton. Bill's other screen work this year includes Damon Lindelof's “The Leftovers” opposite Liv Tyler (HBO, dir. Peter Berg), the lead in Stephen Elliot’s upcoming independent film Happy Baby, and a featured role in summer 2014 release The Amazing Spiderman 2 (dir. Marc Webb). 2013 has also seen Heck tour the film festival circuit as the lead in Yen Tan's Pit Stop (OutFestLA award for Best Actor), which premiered earlier this year at Sundance. Other TV/film credits include: “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “Pan Am,” “The Big C,” “The Closer,” Nonames.
JOHN KANDER (Music) & FRED EBB (Lyrics). The John Kander and Fred Ebb collaboration of four decades has created what many would consider Broadway standards and contemporary classics. One of their first collaborations became a hit song for Barbra Streisand “My Coloring Book” earning John and Fred a Grammy nomination. In 1965 the pair worked on their first Broadway show Flora the Red Menace, produced by Hal Prince and directed by George Abbott. Flora also introduced a rising new star Liza Minnelli. Followed by: Cabaret (Tony Award music and lyrics), The Happy Time, Zorba, 70 Girls 70, Chicago, The Act, Woman of the Year (Tony Award music and lyrics), The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award music and lyrics) and Steel Pier. Their collaboration also transferred itself to movies and television as they wrote original material for the Academy Awards, “Liza with a Z” and HBO’s Liza Minnelli’s “Steppin Out” (both Emmy winners), “Baryshnikov on Broadway”, “Goldie and Liza Together”, “Funny Lady”, “Lucky Lady”, “New York, New York”, “Steppin Out”, and “Chicago”, the movie. In 1985 the song “New York, New York” became the official anthem of New York City. At the time of the unfortunate death of Mr. Ebb in 2004, Kander and Ebb had several projects in different stages of completion waiting in the wings, including: Tony nominated Curtains which played at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on Broadway in 2007, twelve-time Tony nominated The Scottsboro Boys which opened on Broadway in 2010, All About Us (an adaptation of Thornton Wilders “The Skin of our Teeth”) and The Visit which had a successful run at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and The Signature Theatre in Fairfax, VA starring Chita Rivera. Mr. Kander is currently collaborating with author/playwright Greg Pierce on two new projects, The Landing and Kid Victory.
PEGGY EISENHAUER (Lighting Design) is excited to be reuniting with her design partner Mike Baldassari and directors Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, along with entire Cabaret creative team. Ms. Eisenhauer designs concurrently for Broadway, film, and the music industry. She is known most prominently as design partner to renowned lighting designer Jules Fisher, a 29 year collaboration. Broadway design highlights include Lucky Guy, Jane Eyre, Gypsy, Ragtime, Noise/Funk, Assassins, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, and Victor Victoria. Highlights in the music industry include Tracy Chapman, Fishbone, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Whitney Houston, and Neil Young. Her designs for film include Chicago, School of Rock, Dreamgirls, The Producers, Neil Young Trunk Show (with Mr. Baldassari), and Burlesque. In 2010 she was selected as one of Variety’s "100 Women of Impact in Hollywood." She is the recipient of three Tony awards and eight nominations. MIKE BALDASSARI (Lighting Design) is a Tony and Emmy nominated Lighting Designer whose work has been seen live in more than 25 countries. He designed the Theatrical Lighting for Rob Marshall’s movie musical NINE, as well as Rock of Ages. Other Theatrical Lighting for film includes Joyful Noise, Sex and the City 2, Going the Distance and Neil Young Trunk Show. For this production of Cabaret, the lighting design received Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominations and received the Entertainment Design Award. Recently on Broadway Mike lit First Date and is designing the upcoming Holler If Ya Hear Me. Around the globe, he designed an all-new production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which has had ten separate companies throughout Europe, with plans for several more. Family entertainment designs included Yo Gabba Gabba, which was awarded the Billboard Touring Award for Creative Content. Some of the world premières he’s designed include; Tennessee William’s One Arm, for Steppenwolf, Somewhere in Time, 13, and NERDS://A Musical Software Satire. Mike has designed more than a dozen US national tours. In the music arena, he was the Production Designer for many recent Alice in Chains’ tours and co-designed Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams II tour worldwide in addition to being the Lighting Director for Neil’s Harvest Moon Tour. Television designs include many Digital Shorts for “Saturday Night Live” as well as concerts for Mary J. Blige and Tim Mcgraw. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his Lighting Direction of “Garth Brooks Live From Central Park”. www.mike-o-matic.com.
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