MICHAEL HEITZMAN (Director) is a Chicago native who is thrilled to be making his Drury Lane debut. Recent directing credits: Big River and Legally Blonde at Sacramento Music Circus; Beauty and the Beast, SHREK and Disney's The Little Mermaid, which received seven of Boston’s IRNE Award nominations, including Best Director. He is also the director and co-writer of VICES which received eight Joseph Jefferson Award nominations, including Best Director. In addition, he has directed The Lucille Lortel Awards in New York City for the past eight years, which celebrates excellence Off-Broadway. Other credits: Associate Director Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Moscow, Paris and Amsterdam); and The Little Mermaid (Papermill Playhouse); Pittsburgh CLO, Dallas Summer Musicals and Houston TUTS. A 2009 Dramatists Guild Fellow, he and writing partner, Ilene Reid, received a Grammy nomination for their song “Throw That Girl Around” from the Broadway musical Swing! Their original musical Solana was recently chosen as part of the Tuacahn New Works Festival and they are currently writing a musical adaptation of the novel, Genius, by Patrick Dennis. www.michaelheitzman.com
JARED GRIMES (Choreographer) is a young and vibrant additive in the world of the arts where he is heavily making is mark in tap and hip-hop/street jazz. On numerous occasions, he has danced alongside legends such as Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Hines, Ben Vereen, Jerry Lewis, Fayard Nicholas, and also performed for President Obama and Ted Kennedy at the Kennedy Center. Grimes toured with Mariah Carey, under the choreography of Marty Kudelka, and danced for artists such as Common, Salt-n-Pepa, Envogue, Busta Rhymes, and the Roots. Theatre credits include: Twist (dir. Debbie Allen), Scottsboro Boys (workshop directed by Susan Stroman), Pure Country, Babes in Arms (Goodspeed), Sammy (dir. Debbie Allen), Vaudeville, and Broadway Underground (dir. by himself). Commercials: Coca-Cola, Subway, MTV, Chili’s (choreographer). TV: Star Search, Showtime at the Apollo, Dance Fever, The Jerry Lewis Telethon. Choreography: Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Schpeel. Film: The Marc Pease Experience, Little Manhattan, and First Born.
ROBERTA DUCHAK (Music Director) returns to Drury Lane after musical directing the box office sensation Saturday Night Fever. Drury Lane MD credits include: Smokey Joe’s Cafe Crazy for You, Hazel, Billy Elliot, Les Misérables (Jeff Nomination), West Side Story, White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Hello, Dolly!, Oliver, The Sound of Music (Jeff Nomination), Sweeney Todd (Jeff Nomination), Ragtime (Jeff Award), Spamalot (Jeff nomination), Gypsy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Miss Saigon (Jeff nomination). Chicago MD credits: Brigadoon (Goodman), The Story of My Life directed by Richard Maltby Jr. (Biograph); The Original Grease (ATC), The Little Mermaid (Chicago Shakespeare), and Rocky Horror (Mercury) and musical supervisor for A Little Night Music at Writers. Roberta has two busy vocal studios in the Chicago area. She was the vocal coach for Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman for the film Les Misérables. Acting credits: Broadway: Ragtime (Mother); National Tours: Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge, Magnolia and Ellie in Showboat and Rona Lisa Peretti in Spelling Bee (Chicago and national tour companies).
COLLETTE POLLARD (Scenic Designer) returns to Drury Lane where she previously designed Broadway Bound. Chicago credits include: HIR, The Fundamentals, Between Riverside and Crazy, Head of Passes, 1984, and To Kill a Mockingbird (Steppenwolf Theatre); Chicago Voices (Lyric Opera), Thaddeus And Slocum and In The Garden (Lookingglass Theatre Company); The Hunter And The Bear and Arcadia (Writers’ Theatre). Collette is a company member at The House Theatre Company of Chicago, where she has designed 20 plus productions including: Death and Harry Houdini, The Nutcracker, The Hammer Trinity, Rose & The Rime, and The Sparrow, all remounting at The Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami.Regional credits include: Hannah and the Dread Gazebo and Great Expectations (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); How I Learned to Drive (Cleveland Playhouse and Syracuse Stage),Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); The Oldest Boy (Marin Theatre Company); A Minister’s Wife (San Jose Repertory Theatre); Geller Girls, Good Peopleand The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Alliance Theatre). She is an Artistic Associate at Timeline Theatre. Collette is the recipient of several Jeff Awards, and has joined the faculty at UIC as an Associate Professor of Design at the School of Theatre and Music. Endless thanks to her family for their constant support.
EMILIO SOSA (Costume Designer) Credits include: The Radio City Spectacular; Broadway: On your Feet!: The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Story; Motown: The Musical, Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill, Porgy and Bess ( TONY nom, NAACP Theater Award ), Topdog/Underdog. Selected Off-Broadway; Meet Vera Stark ( Lucille Lortel Award, NAACP Theater Award, Drama Desk nom ) Father Comes Home from the Wars, Invisible Thread, Venus, F**cking A, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Other; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, American Theater Wing Trustee
MIKE BALDASSARI (Lighting Designer) a Tony and Two-Time Emmy nominated Designer whose work has spanned much of the entertainment industry and been seen live in 25+ countries. Broadway highlights: Cabaret (1998/2014), First Date, and Holler If Ya Hear Me. He has designed more than a dozen US National Tours. Europe: Beauty & The Beast, (in seven languages). Theatrical Lighting in film includes: Ghostbusters, Nine, Rock of Ages, Joyful Noise, Sex And The City 2, Neil Young Trunk Show. Television highlights include: The (RED) Concert/Broadcast from Times Square with U2, and Bruce Springsteen, U2’s Top of The Rock performance for The Tonight Show, Documentary Now!, pre-tapes for SaturdayNight Live, and Late Night w/Seth Meyers. Comedy specials for: Dana Carvey, John Mulaney (Chicago Theatre), Bridget Everett. Multiple NYE’s with Phish at MSG. Televised concert highlights include; Mary J. Blige, Tim McGraw, Sam Smith, Garth Brooks in Central Park. This one is for Arlene and Sophie. www.mike-o-matic.com
RAY NARDELLI (Sound Designer) Previous Drury Lane credits include: Rock of Ages, The Gin Game, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Crazy for You, Hazel, Bye Bye Birdie, White Christmas, Peter and the Starcatcher, West Side Story, Camelot, The Game’s Afoot, Spelling Bee, Les Misérables, Young Frankenstein, Hello, Dolly!, Next to Normal, Sunset Boulevard, Singin’ in the Rain, Xanadu, Hairspray, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Funny Girl, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Miss Saigon (Jeff Award), Meet Me in St. Louis, Buddy Holly, The Full Monty (Sound Designer) and Oliver, Xanadu, Sweeny Todd, and Ragtime (Associate Sound Design). Mr. Nardelli is co-owner of Aria Music Designs, LLC which provides music and sound for theatre, film, and other media ventures. Off-Broadway credits include: Lookingglass Alice at The New Victory Theatre. Regional theatres include The Goodman Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep Theatre, The Court Theatre, Hartford Stage, Congo, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, and American Girl Theatre. Memberships include USA #829, ASCAP and IATSE #2..
CLAIRE MOORES (Wig and Hair Designer) is pleased to join Drury Lane for this production of Chicago. Ms. Moores is a wigmaker and make up artist with over 35 years experience at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has worked on touring shows including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Titanic, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and Showboat. Her film experience includes Public Enemies, Road to Perdition, High Fidelity and Amityville Horror. She has designed wigs for Pine Mountain Music Festival and Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and has served as wig master for American Players Theatre.
EVERETT BRADLEY (Music Arrangements) Grammy Nominated artist Everett Bradley has a unique career spanning from multiple genres of music to theatre and TV. His vocal, percussion, keyboard work includes playing and recording with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Bobby McFerrin, and renowned producers Snarky Puppy, Quincy Jones and more. Everett wrote and sang club hit “I Luv U Baby” which can be heard on 100’s of dance compilations worldwide. Theatrically, he starred in and co-wrote the Broadway musical SWING (Theatre World Award), a featured performer in the Broadway show AFTER MIDNIGHT, NY director of the off Broadway show STOMP, created and leads his 12 y/o cult holiday show HOLIDELIC. Recently, Everett finished a stint as musical director/bandleader for NBC’s Meredith Vieira Show, wrote the theme song as well as all incidental music. Everett is currently on tour with Bon Jovi.