Creatives

CHRIS D’ARIENZO (Book)

Chris directed the motion picture Barry Munday starring Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer, Chloë Sevigny, Jean Smart, Malcolm McDowell, Cybill Shepherd and Billy Dee Williams (www.barrymundayfilm.com). Chris also recently completed the adaptation of Rock of Ages for New Line Cinema and his band, Saint America, is releasing their self-titled debut album this fall. Chris would like to thank his family for supporting his love of theatre... and also thank those three stoners in high school who threw his Trapper Keeper in the urinal for introducing him to Guns N’ Roses. Peace!

KRISTIN HANGGI (Director)

Kristin was nominated for a 2009 Tony for Best Direction of a musical for Rock of Ages. She helmed the Toronto, Off-Broadway, Australia, First National Tour, and West End productions. She directed the LA and NY productions of the hit musical bare (Ovation, L.A. Weekly Award); Pussycat Dolls Live At The Roxy with Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and Charlize Theron. Partial credits include: And the Curtain Rises (Signature Theater) Catch the Fish (NY Fringe Best Play), Twelfth Premise (LA Times Critics Choice), Crane, Mississippi (LA Times Critic’s Choice, Backstage West Critic’s Pick) LA Premiere of Corpus Christi (Ticketholder Award). As a film director, Hanggi is preparing Dear Dumb Diary for Zucker Productions, Naomi + Ely’s No Kiss List with Hayden Panettiere, and Shopping For Boys for Paramount. MA from USC and BA from UCLA. Kristin is proud to be the creator of www.thecreativegym.com. She won’t stop believin’…

KELLY DEVINE (Choreographer)

Kelly is an internationally recognized choreographer whose work includes film, television and live performance. Broadway: Rock of Ages; Rock of Ages 1st National Tour, London,  Australia (Helpman/Green Room Award), Toronto (Dora Award nom.), Las Vegas; Jersey Boys (Assoc. Choreographer), Memphis (Assoc. Choreographer); Rocky (Germany). Opera: Faust (Metropolitan Opera House/London Coliseum). Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages; Fat Camp, American Theater of Actors; Frankenstein; Anne Wrecksick. La Jolla Playhouse: Peter and the Starcatcher; Zhivago (Australia; Helpman Nomination); Private Fittings. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Cabaret; Romeo & Juliet. Regional: Getting the Band Back Together (George Street Playhouse); Toxic Avenger (The Alley Theater); A Christmas Story (Kansas City Rep./5th Avenue Theatre); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Kirk Douglas Theatre); Sneaux (L.A. Weekly Theater Award for Best Choreography); Wozzeck (San Diego Opera); The Wiz (Assoc. Choreographer). Film/Television: Dear Dumb Diary; Happy Texas; Zombie Prom; So Little Time. Commercials: Cingular Wireless; American Idol Promo; Oldsmobile. Upcoming: Director/Choreographer Bliss, Toxic Avenger, and on Broadway: Rocky; Zhivago.

ADAM JOHN HUNTER (Direction Re-Created By)

Adam has been the Associate Director on six previous stagings of Rock of Ages and is glad to make this the seventh. He staged both tours of John Doyle's production of Sweeney Todd. Broadway: A Catered Affair, Sweeney Todd, Company, Little Shop of Horrors, DInner at Eight, 42nd Street, Swing!. Off Broadway: Road Show, Encores! Gypsy with Patti LuPone.

MARCOS SANTANA (Choreography Re-Created By)

Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Marcos has had the privilege of working with distinguished choreographers and directors such as Dianne Paulus,  Franco Dragone, Sergio Trujillo, Andy Blanckenbuehler, Des McAnuf, Hal Prince, among other. Choreography Credits:  BMP (Co-Creator/ Co-Choreographer), Fortress Of Solitude (Assoc. Choreographer), Guys & Dolls (Peter Flynn director), White Noise (Assoc. Choeographer) OKLAHOMO “The Adventures of Dave & Gary” (NYMF), My Fair Lady (John Engeman Theater) Paul Simon’s The Capeman (The Public Theater –Associate Choreographer), Guys and Dolls (2008 Revival-Asst Choreographer), The Wiz(La Jolla Playhouse), Carmen The Musical , Tarzan (Europe).. Other credits: Broadway After Dark, Broadway Underground, Ballet Hispanico, Danza Jazz P.R. Film & TV: Chasing Papi, Drug Free Alliance, “Candela“, Baño De Luna“. “Flash Mob at Washington Square Park”. Performance credits: Tony Award Winning show “In The Heights”, Guys & Dolls, Mambo Kings, Evita, West Side Story, The Wiz, Contact. He has performed with artists such as, “Missy Elliot, Paulina Rubio, Anastacia, Mary J Blige,  Chayanne, Jon Secada, among others.

ETHAN POPP (Music Supervisor, Orchestrations, Arrangements)

2013 "Best Orchestrations" Tony Award Nomination for Motown The Musical and 2014 Grammy Nomination as producer of the Original Cast Recording of Motown The Musical.  Television: Smash (music supervisor, music producer, arranger, orchestrator, A Capitol Fourth (PBS), The 2013 Tony Awards (CBS), The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (FOX), The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC), The 2009 Tony Awards (CBS), Late Night With Conan O'Brien (NBC).  Broadway/theatre:  Upcoming:  Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris.  Rock of Ages (Broadway, U.S. Tour, Toronto, Australia, and London productions as music supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator), Disney's Tarzan (Broadway), Glory Days (Broadway), We Will Rock You (German premiere), Disney's Aida (German Premiere/European Tour), Mamma Mia! (German premiere), Disney's The Lion King (German premiere), Forever Plaid (U.S. Tour), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mexico City), Fame! (U.S. Tour), amongst countless others.  He has also orchestrated for the National Symphony Orchestra.  Much love to his wife Vanessa and his entire family for their endless support.

DARREN LEDBETTER (Music Director)

Broadway: Motown: The Musical (Production Music Associate). As Musical Supervisor/Director/Arranger: Countless productions including Rock of Ages (North American Tour), Grease (North American Tour with Frankie Avalon & Istanbul, Turkey), Dreamgirls (30th Anniversary with Jennifer Holliday at The MUNY, Theatre of the Stars, Gateway Playhouse), Chicago (Sacramento Music Circus), Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver (Barter Theatre), The Last 5 Years, Pippin, Footloose. Numerous concerts throughout the US involving Carly Jibson, Natalie Weiss, Miranda Sings!, and 80ís pop sensation Tiffany, among countless others.

STEPHEN B. KANE (Executive Producer)

Stephen enjoys an open ended run in the theatrical touring industry that has now spanned some 35 years.  He has produced and managed over 100 touring Broadway musicals on four continents.  Current collaborations include Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family, Grease and Camelot.  He is CEO for Baker Park Associates, a theatrical management and consulting firm, and co-founder of both Phoenix Productions in North America and Phoenix Asia Group.  For real adventure he happily shares post-production time with partner Joe in sunny south Florida raising their 9-year old sons, Aidan and Andrew.

MICHAEL McFADDEN (Artistic Producer)

Michael is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Phoenix Entertainment. He has guided more than 100 major productions as Producer and/or Director on both the national and international stage. Productions include Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Color Purple, Camelot, Godspell, The Will Rogers Follies, Grease, Man of La Mancha, Gypsy, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Directing credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, The Pajama Game (U.S. National tours), Fame (Korea and China tours), Grease (China tour, Republic of Singapore, Malaysia, Macau and Istanbul, Turkey) and Sing Along Santa (Korea and U.S. tours). Mr. McFadden is a partner in Baker Park Associates, Inc. and founding member of both Phoenix Productions and Phoenix Asia Group. When not traveling, he shares his quiet time with his wife, LeAnne, and their sons, Sam and Liam.

PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT (Producer)

Phoenix is an independent theatrical producing and management enterprise founded and helmed by long time colleagues Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden. Its primary mission is to develop, produce, manage and present the very finest in touring Broadway musicals and family entertainment worldwide. Over the past three decades the Phoenix team has produced and/or supervised over 100 live productions on four continents.  Current and recent touring projects include Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Color Purple, Camelot and the long-running Korean language production of Grease. Its overseas affiliate, Phoenix Asia Group, brings international booking, producing, presenting, classical artist representation and theatrical investment to the collective production and management capabilities of Phoenix Entertainment. 
www.phoenix-ent.com

BEOWULF BORRITT (Set Design) Broadway

Rock of Ages, Sondheim on Sondheim, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, The Two and Only. Off-Broadway: More than 50 shows, including The Scottsboro Boys, The Last Five Years, The Toxic Avenger, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Miss Julie, Roundabout Theatre, Public Theatre, MTC, 2nd Stage, MCC, New Group. Other designs: Paradise Found in London, Reel To Real in Beijing, and two editions of The Ringling Bros. Circus.

GREGORY GALE (Costume Design)

Broadway: Rock of Ages, Tony and Henry Hewes Design award nominations; Cyrano de Bergerac with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner, Tony and Henry Hewes Design award nominations; The Wedding Singer, Drama Desk nomination; Urinetown, Lucille Lortel nomination; Band In Berlin. Off-Broadway: The Voysey Inheritance, Lucille Lortel Award (Atlantic); The Milliner, Lucille Lortel nomi- nation (CSC); The Third Story, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination; The Country Club, Drama Desk nomination; The Torch-Bearers; Uncle Tom’s Cabin; As Thousands Cheer (Drama Dept.); The Third Story (MCC); Pig Farm and The Dazzle (Roundabout); Rope (Zipper); Mary Stuart, The Infernal Machine, Night of the Tribades and The Prince of Homburg (Jean Cocteau). U.S. tours: Urinetown (and Toronto); Oh, Figaro! (National Theater of the Deaf). Regional: Rich and Famous (ACT); The Man Who Came to Dinner (Alley Theater, Houston); A Flea In Her Ear (Williamstown); High Button Shoes, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Pajama Game (Goodspeed). Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. www.gregorygale.com

JASON LYONS (Lighting Design)

Broadway: Rock of Ages, The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, Good Vibrations. Recent: Golden Age (Kennedy Center), A Christmas Story, The Musical (KC Rep), Broke-ology (LCT), White Noise, A Flea In Her Ear (KC Rep), Inked Baby (Playwrights), Uncle Vanya (CSC), Clay (LCT), Mindgame, Fault Lines (Naked Angels), Body Awareness, Scarcity (Atlantic), Sive (Irish Rep), The Piano Teacher (South Coast Rep), Vigils (Goodman), Evil Dead The Musical (NYC and Toronto), The Field (Irish Rep), Once Around The Sun, Kiki & Herb: Coup de Theatre. At The New Group: The Starry Messenger, Groundswell, Mourning Becomes Electra, Rafta Rafta, Two Thousand Years, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, A Spalding Gray Matter, Abigail’s Party, Hurlyburly, ROAR, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Comedians, The Women of Lockerbie,

CRAIG CASSIDY (Sound Design) 

Craig has been providing sound reinforcement for the theater for 25 years. Designing sound for productions in the USA and around the world. Recent productions include  A Chorus Line, Spamalot, The Color Purple, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Ring Of Fire, Gypsy, Man of La Mancha, Grease, The Will Rogers Follies, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Fame and Phantom. When he is not behind a sound console you can find him sailing the Long Island Sound with his wife Dina & daughter Kealy.

ZAK BOROVAY (Projection Design)

Zak is thrilled to continue rocking America and the rest of the world with Chris, Kristin, Kelly and the rest of the ROA gang! Recent: Lombardi (Broadway), Rock of Ages (Broadway, Toronto, off-Broadway), Let Me Down Easy (off-Broadway, national tour), To Be or Not To Be (Broadway), A Catered Affair (Broadway, Drama Desk nomination), Xanadu (Broadway, Japan, national tour), The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live! (national tour), Voyage De La Vie (Sentosa, Singapore), Peepshow (Planet Hollywood Resort Casino, Las Vegas) and The Creature From The Black Lagoon (Universal Studios Hollywood). Zak was the first projection designer to join United Scenic Artists Local 829.

TOM WATSON (Hair & Wig Designer)

TOM is head of the wig and makeup department at the Metropolitan Opera. He has designed wigs for more than 45 Broadway productions. Current and recent Broadway designs include The Addams Family; Promises, Promises; Million Dollar Quartet; Wicked; South Pacific; Sondheim on Sondheim; A View from the Bridge; and Sunday in the Park with George.

ANGELINA AVALLONE (Makeup Designer).

Angelinas' Broadway credits include A Little Night Music, The Addams Family, A Behanding in Spokane, The Royal Family, The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, 33 Variations, Young Frankenstein, Gypsy, Curtains, The Color Purple, Sunday in the Park With George, Sweeney Todd, Company, Grey Gardens, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Light in the Piazza and the pre-Broadway production of Minsky's (Ahmanson Theatre, L.A.).

DEBORAH BARRIGAN (Production Supervisor)

Deborah is thrilled to be working with Phoenix and MediaCorp VizPro to bring Rock of Ages to Singapore. Management credits include: Camelot,The Addam's Family, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Blast!, Blast! 2 MIX, and Yo Gabba Gabba Live. Deb started her theatre arts career as a dancer and has toured extensively with the USO/AFE, boosting the morale of troops serving in war zones across the world. Thank you Phoenix Entertainment!

Scott Orlesky (Technical Supervisor)

Scott has been Technical Supervision on International tours of Spamalot, The Color Purple, Fame, Grease, Peter Pan, The National ballet of the Ukraine’s Nutcracker, A Ballet Fantasy, What’s Done In the Dark, Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story and Big Comfy Couch, to name a few. His work has garnered him a Dora Mavor Moore award for theatrical design, an IALD award for architectural lighting, and an ISES award for large scale special events. In another life in the 80’s, he was in the music business, so he feels right at home in the Rock Of Ages world.

MARK MINNICK CASTING (Casting)

National Tours: Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Color Purple, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Gypsy, Ring of Fire- The Music of Johnny Cash, The Pajama Game, Grease, Fame – The Musical, The Will Rogers Follies,  Smokey Joe’s Café, Man of La Mancha, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Live!.International : Fame (2009/10 China tour), Grease (Asian tour, Macau, China  and Istanbul, Turkey), 125th Street (UK)  Sing Along Santa (Korea) .

HOPE VILLANUEVA (Production Stage Manager)

Hope is thrilled to be joining Rock of Ages, having been a part of several national tours, including My Fair Lady, Young Frankenstein and Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey's Bellobration.  Previously, she spent two years as the resident/touring stage manager for Honolulu Theatre for Youth and has stage managed at The Studio Theatre and Imagination Stage in Washington, DC, The Theatre @ Boston Court, The Zephyr Theatre, and The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, among others.  Some of her favorite projects have included The Big Meal, Theory of Mind, Courting Vampires, Into the Woods, and SHOUT the Mod Musical. For Keldon for his never ending support and love.

ARTHUR J. M. CALLAHAN (Company Manager)

Arthur is excited to join the Rock of Ages Tour and rock the country city by city. He has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia as an Actor and Company Manger. Most recently he was Company Manager for The Color Purple Tour with Phoenix Entertainment. He thanks his Family and Friends for enduring the never ending question “Where in the world is Arthur?”