CREATIVE TEAM

ALAN MENKEN - Composer

Has garnered 8 Oscars, 12 Grammys and a Tony for his scores, including Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, A Christmas Carol, Newsies, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted, Tangled, Sister Act, Leap Of Faith, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, King David and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz . Inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Doctorates from New York University and North Carolina School of the Arts.

GLENN SLATER - Lyrics

Tangled (2011 Grammy Winner, 2010 Oscar and Golden Globe nominee); Sister Act (2011 Tony nominee—Best Score); Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (2010 Olivier nominee—Best Musical); Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2008 Tony nominee—Best Score, Grammy nominee—Best Cast Album); Leap of Faith (Tony nominee—Best Musical, 2012); Disney’s Home On The Range (2004). Glenn lives in New York City with composer/lyricist/wife Wendy Leigh Wilf and sons Benjamin and Daniel.

CHERI & BILL STEINKELLNER - Book

Multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, Peoples’ Choice, BAFTA, Writers’ Guild, and TV Land Legend Awards for writing/producing Cheers and Teacher’s Pet. 2011 Tony-nominees for Sister Act. Bill co-wrote The PeeWee Herman Show, Cheri the award-winning Hello! My Baby, soon to be California’s first All-State Musical. Founders of Instaplay - L.A.’s original all-improvised musical, the Steinkellners teach at Stanford, USC and UCSB in Santa Barbara where they raised their favorite children/writers/artists: Kit, Teddy and Emma.

DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE - Additional Book Material

Broadway: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Nance, Lysistrata Jones (Tony nom.), Sister Act (Tony nom.), Xanadu (Tony nom.), The Little Dog Laughed (Tony nom., GLAAD Media Award) West End: The Little Dog Laughed (Olivier nom.) Off-Broadway: As Bees in Honey Drown (Outer Critic's Circle Award), Mr. & Mrs. Fitch, Music from a Sparkling Planet, The Cartells, Mondo Drama, The Country Club, Advice From a Caterpillar. Doug thanks Paul Rudnick for the original idea and Paul Downs Colaizzo for his assistance.

JERRY ZAKS - Director

has directed more than 35 productions in New York. His credits include Sister Act, The Addams Family, Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, House of Blue Leaves, The Front Page, A Funny Thing…Forum, Smokey Joe’s Café, Anything Goes, La Cage aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Foreigner, A Bronx Tale, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Sister Mary Ignatius..., Beyond Therapy, Baby with the Bath Water, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. He has received four Tony Awards and seven nominations. He is a 2013 inductee to the Theatre Hall of Fame.

ANTHONY VAN LAAST - Choreography

Theatre: Mamma Mia! (Worldwide—Dora Mavor Moore Award); Bombay Dreams (London and Broadway—Tony nomination); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide— Olivier nomination, Drama-Logue Award); Jesus Christ Superstar (U.K. and Broadway); Song & Dance (worldwide—Green Room Award); Candide (London—Olivier Award for Best Musical); Hair (Olivier nomination). Films: Mamma Mia!; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Never Say Never Again. Anthony was awarded the MBE by her Majesty, the Queen, for services to dance.

KLARA ZIEGLEROVA – Scenic Designer

Broadway: Sister Act, The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys; The Search for Signs of the Intelligent Life in the Universe. London’s West End: Sister Act, Jersey Boys. Ms. Zieglerova has designed sets for numerous Off-Broadway and Regional theatres. Interior Design: New World Stages in Manhattan. Awards: The Green Room Award (Australia), Tony Award Nomination for Jersey Boys, London’s Theatregoers’ Choice Award, Lumen Award, Drammy Award, Carbonell Award and L.A. Ovation Award.

LEZ BROTHERSTON – Costume Designer

Is an Associate Artist of Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures, as a Set and Costume Designer; productions include Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Dorian Gray, Edward Scissorhands, Cinderella. Recent credits Sister Act (West End, and worldwide); The Empress (RSC); Design for Living (Old Vic); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Umbrellas of Cherbourg (West End); My City, Measure For Measure (Almeida). Awards: Swan Lake (1998), Tony Award; Cinderella (1998), Olivier Award and Sleeping Beauty (2013), Los Angeles Critics Circle Award.

NATASHA KATZ – Lighting Designer

Has designed extensively for theater, opera and dance throughout the world. She is privileged to have designed the lighting for all productions of Sister Act. Recent Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award), Aladdin, Motown, Once (Tony Award), Sister Act, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), A Chorus Line (revival), Tarzan, Aida (Tony Award) and Beauty and the Beast. Other designs include ballets, operas, permanent installations and concert acts for Shirley MacLaine, Ann-Margret and Tommy Tune.

Peter McBoyle – Sound Designer

In a busy career Peter has had the privilege of working with artists including Des McAnuff, Christopher Plummer, Twyla Tharp, Gary Griffin, Sergio Trujillo and Stafford Arima. He lives in Stratford, Canada where he has designed over 60 productions at the Stratford Festival. Notable credits elsewhere include Come Fly Away, Barrymore (Broadway); Sinatra Dance With Me (Vegas); Arrabal (BASE Entertainment);West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, Legally Blonde (National Tours).

Binder Casting – Casting

Select Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide…, Nice Work…, Born Yesterday, Finian’s Rainbow, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, The 39 Steps, Virginia Woolf, Movin’ Out, 42nd Street, Iceman Cometh, The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast, Chicago, The King and I, Lost in Yonkers, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Film/TV/Other: "Carousel" (NY Philharmonic/PBS), "Six by Sondheim" (HBO), "So You Think You Can Dance," West Side Story (San Francisco Symphony), Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Nine. Ten–time Artios Award winner.

DAVID BRIAN BROWN – Wig/Hair Design

Broadway-Highlights: If/Then, Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth, The Nance, Death of a Salesman, Follies, Sister Act, Arcadia, A Steady Rain, Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Tarzan, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success, The Invention Of Love, Aida, The Iceman Cometh, Chicago, Sideshow and Steel Pier. Off Broadway: Far From Heaven and Giant. Film credits: Sound of Music-Live NBC, It’s Complicated, Angels In America (Emmy Nominated and Too Wong Foo…)

STEVEN BECKLER – Associate Director

Is also Associate Director of the U.K. tour of Sister Act, the U.S. 1st National and the upcoming Brazilian production. He also worked with Mr. Zaks to put out the U.S. national tours of Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, Smokey Joe’s Café and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. He’s also been the original production stage manager of more than 35 Broadway shows including: Wicked; Hairspray; Footloose; Moon Over Buffalo and Sister Act.

JANET ROTHERMEL – Associate Choreographer

Associate Choreographer for Broadway and National Tours:  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia!, Sister Act and Side Show (Kennedy Center), Mamma Mia-Mexico City, Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires. Associate Choreographer Television: “Miss USA,” “Miss Universe” Pageants and  “The Carol Burnett Show.” Grateful to be a long-standing member of Actor's Equity Association.

MICHAEL KOSARIN – Music Supervisor/Vocal and Incidental Music Arranger

Broadway 30+ years: original companies Nine, Grand Hotel, Secret Garden, A Chorus Line, Triumph of Love, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap of Faith, Newsies and Aladdin. Films: Captain America, Tangled, Enchanted, Home on the Range, Hercules, Pocahontas and many others. TV:  Emmy Award/nominations: “A Christmas Carol,” “The Music Man,” “Once Upon a Mattress.” Upcoming: “Galavant” (ABC). Composer: “Sesame Street” and “Wonder Pets.” Grammy-nominated recording and concert artist/arranger/producer.

Chris Babbage – Music Director/Conductor

Is pleased to return to Sister Act after nearly two years on the road with the first national company (Associate Conductor). Most recently, he was Musical Director at Tuacahn for Disney’s The Little Mermaid and The Wizard of Oz. He has toured with CATS (North and Latin America), Smokey Joe’s Café and Grease (Asia). Regional credits: Merry-Go-Round, St. Louis MUNY, Circa ’21, Forestburgh, Struthers Library. Master of Music from SUNY Fredonia.

DOUG BESTERMAN – Orchestrations

Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky, On a Clear Day, How to Succeed..., Elf, Young Frankenstein, Tarzan, Dracula, Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony/Drama Desk), The Producers (2001 Tony/Drama Desk), Seussical, The Music Man, Fosse (1999 Tony), Big and Damn Yankees. International: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Guys and Dolls, Der Schuh Des Manitu. Film/Television: Frozen, Winnie The Pooh (2010), Nine, The Producers, Mulan, Anastasia, “The Sound Of Music” (2013) and  “Smash.” 

MARK HUMMEL – Dance Music Arrangements

Broadway musicals: Newsies, Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway, Sister Act, Platinum, The First, Merlin, The Goodbye Girl, Legs Diamond, Guys & Dolls (1992), The Boy From Oz, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life and Radio City Christmas Spectacular 75th celebration, composer. A 3-time Emmy Award nominee, Hummel creates music with Liza Minnelli, Tommy Tune, Bernadette Peters, Rufus Wainwright, Donna Murphy, Shirley MacLaine, Julie Wilson, Amra-Faye Wright, Peter Allen, Barbara Cook, Marcia Lewis and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

TALITHA FEHR, TL MUSIC INTERNATIONAL – Music Coordinator

Strives daily to carry on the traditions of her mentor, Sam Lutfiyya. Broadway: A Christmas Story. National tours: Sister Act, Wizard of Oz, Ghost the Musical, West Side Story, Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Come Fly Away, Mamma Mia!, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Chicago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Movin’ Out. International/Other: West Side Story, Sound of Music, Swing!, The King and I, The Pirate Queen, and the 2010 Olympics Ceremonies.

MOLLY GOODWIN - Production Stage Manager

Is elated to join the Convent for her fifth year on the road! Previous National Tours: Ghost, West Side Story, Blast, and Legally Blonde. Her other credits include: Holland America Line, Celine Dion's A New Day: Live in Las Vegas. Molly holds a BA in Theatre/Dance (Luther College) and an MFA in Stage Management (UNLV). She thanks her friends and family, the roots who give her wings. For Dr. Jack, Anna, Kerry, Gregg, and Trevs... xoxo

ANDREW TERLIZZI – Company Manager

Is currently in his third season with Troika Entertainment, having previously worked on the national tours of Ghost: the Musical and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Prior to joining Troika, he was Assistant Company Manager for the first national tour of West Side Story. He has also company managed for Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. He holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

RYAN P. MURPHY – Production Manager

Is currently in his seventh season with Troika Entertainment, having worked on over 40 national and international tours with a wide range of amazing artists.  Current projects include the first national tours of Sister Act, Ghost: The Musical, and Evita, as well as tours of West Side Story, Bring It On, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz. Prior to joining Troika, Ryan spent time as a Production Supervisor, Stage Manager, and Executive Producer.  Originally from Buffalo, NY, Ryan would also like to thank his family, friends, and husband, Joe, for all their love and support.

DONALD KINDL – Chief Financial Officer

Joined Troika in 1992 as the company’s comptroller and assumed his current role in 2000.  He holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Kindl would like to thank his lovely wife Cindy and three wonderful children for their love and support over the years.

JOE CHRISTOPHER – General Manager

Broadway: Follies; Ragtime. 1st National Tours: Sister Act; Shear Madness; Evita; Joseph....Dreamcoat; The Wizard of Oz (also Toronto). Kennedy Center: Over 65 productions and special events as the Associate General Manager and Coordinator of Theater Programming, including festivals celebrating the works of August Wilson & Terrence McNally; Master Class starring Tyne Daly & Thurgood starring Laurence Fishburne. Mr. Christopher holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Niagara University where he also met his husband, Production Manager, Ryan Murphy. 

RANDALL A. BUCK – Producer, Chief Executive Officer

Has produced more than 50 productions across the globe for Troika Entertainment. Before joining Troika in 1999, Mr. Buck was Vice President and General Manager for Livent in Toronto.  Mr. Buck was a stage manager for more than 20 years. When not on the road Randy can be found in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife, Angela, and their daughter Sierra Ashley Buck.

MICHAEL J. ORSINO- Chief Operating Officer, Troika Entertainment

Has enjoyed over a decade working around the world with Troika Entertainment, touring several years as a Stage Manager and Company Manager before landing in the office. A Philadelphia native and a graduate of DeSales University, Mr. Orsino is pleased to have settled down in Maryland with his wife Anissa, a fellow tour veteran and their sons Cameron and Carson.

STAGE ENTERTAINMENT USA INC- Licensor

Headed by CEO Bill Taylor, Stage Entertainment USA re-entered Broadway in 2011 with the hit musical, Sister Act, which received five Tony Award nominations. Other credits include Rocky on Broadway. Founded in 1998 by Joop van de Ende, Stage Entertainment is one of the world’s largest theatrical producers with bases in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Russia, Italy and the US. More than ten million people visit a Stage Entertainment production per year.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG – Producer

Is one of an elite group of artists who have won Academy, Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards. She got her start on stage and was last seen on Broadway in Xanadu. She earned a Tony nomination for her return to the Lyceum Theatre commemorating the 20th anniversary of her original one-woman show. She starred in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and produced and starred in the revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. She won the Tony for producing Thoroughly Modern Millie, and produced the hit West End production of Sister Act (she also appeared as Mother Superior in the show for a special limited engagement last year). She has appeared in more than 50 films and is the moderator of ABC’s “The View.” In addition to her successful film and television career, she is also a best-selling author.

TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT – Producer

Has been the innovator in touring musical theater productions for over two decades, producing shows throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, the company is experienced in casino and leisure markets having produced for the Wynn, Caesars, Grand Casino, Hilton, Eldorado and Harrah’s. Current and upcoming productions include Annie, Dancing Pros: Live, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Sister Act. With strong ties to the Broadway community, Troika prides itself on delivering top quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at www.troika.com.