In 2011, Brisbane will host the brand new musical DOCTOR ZHIVAGO,
starring acclaimed musical star Anthony Warlow and produced by John
Frost, in a strictly limited season at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 6th
July 2011. Tickets for this tantalising, lush and epic production go on sale on 14th March 2011 from qpac.com.au or 136 246.
Joining Anthony Warlow as the ardent young Doctor Yurii Zhivago will be Lucy Maunder as the alluring Lara, and Taneel Van Zyl in the role of his wife Tonia. Martin Crewes plays political radical Pasha Antipov, Bartholomew John is Viktor Komarovsky, and in the roles of Alexander and Anna are Peter Carroll and Trisha Noble.
Based on the famous novel by Boris Pasternak, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO hit the big screen in 1965 as an epic, drama romance by David Lean and created a star of Omar Sharif in the title role. The film remained popular for decades, and as of 2010 was the eighth highest grossing film of all time. Now this epic tale comes to the stage as a powerful and moving musical.
"After the famous film version what remains exciting about this iconic novel is its personal story of love, loss and dreams. The stage intensifies the personality of this story with the musical focusing on the people at its centre," John Frost said.
One of the most breathtaking love stories ever told, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO will be directed by Broadway's Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Tommy), with music composed by Lucy Simon, lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, and book by Michael Weller.
In the early 90's composer Lucy Simon was in Australia attending rehearsals for her hit musical, also a famous novel, The Secret Garden. As she watched Anthony Warlow engagingly portray the tortured Archie, she said to producer John Frost, "There is my Zhivago." Simon claims, "Anthony commands a stage, a rare leading man -- he gets behind the character and with that unique voice enriches the story being told. I knew in my heart that here was the man to tell this love story."
With its lush, unforgettable melodies, lavish costumes and sets suspenseful story, and internationally renowned Anthony Warlow in the title role, this Premiere of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO introduces the world to a bold new musical in the grand tradition.
An explosive new musical romance based on Boris Pasternak's 20th-century Russian masterpiece gives us Doctor Yurii Zhivago as a man divided against himself ---a dedicated husband, father and healer while in his secret heart a poet, dreamer and passionate idealist.
Reflecting his private struggle the story swirls around our hero in a panoramic portrait of a nation in upheaval, telling a story at once epic and personal, funny and heartbreaking, impetuously romantic and bitingly political. We move breathlessly through the final glory days of Czarist Russia and into the chaos and upheaval of the Russian Revolution where a new and unprecedented tyranny makes every day a test of the human spirit.
Through these volcanic upheavals, three passionate men --- the ardent young Doctor Zhivago, the fiery political radical Pasha Antipov, and the cynical bourgeois magistrate Viktor Komarovsky---compete for the love of one woman, the alluring and enigmatic Lara, as if vying for the very soul of Russia itself.
Music by Lucy Simon, Lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, Book by Michael Weller
Director Des McAnuff
Music Supervisor Eric Stern
Choreographer Kelly Devine
Musical Director Kellie Dickerson
Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Costume Designer Teresa Negroponte
Producers John Frost and Anita Waxman
Starring Anthony Warlow
Lucy Maunder Taneel Van Zyl
Peter Carroll Martin Crewes Bartholomew John Trisha Noble
BIOGRAPHY -- ANTHONY WARLOW (Yurii Zhivago)
Anthony has forged an enviable reputation on the operatic and commercial theatre stage. He made his debut with the Australian Opera aged 19 as a guest artist in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He was awarded the Joan Sutherland Scholarship and asked to prepare the role Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute which he performed in 1984 to critical acclaim. He remained with the company as a principal artist and his repertoire included roles in La Boheme, Tosca, Otello, The Tales of Hoffman (with Dame Joan Sutherland), Romeo & Juliet, La Fanciulla del West and Don Giovanni. 1987 saw his return to The Australian Opera after success in Guys and Dolls and his one man show A Song to Sing O, for a season of Countess Maritza as well as his signing to play the role of Enjolras in the Australian production of Les Miserables directed by Trevor Nunn. His performance is featured on the Grammy Award winning international Cast Recording of the production.
In 1990 Anthony was chosen by Hal Prince to play the role of the Phantom in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, his portrayal of which earned him several industry awards. In 1991 he was the recipient of the prestigious Advance Australia award for contribution to Music Theatre. The following years saw Anthony battle lymphoma, record successful albums and receive a myriad of industry awards, as well as perform in his national sell-out tour Back in the Swing.
In 1993 he was invited to play the role of Henry Higgins in the Victoria State Opera's production of My Fair Lady, a sell-out season for the company and a role he has enjoyed performing in several seasons around the country. Anthony made a long awaited return to The Australian Opera in 1995 in Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta Patience. Later that year he went on to star in the multi-award winning musical The Secret Garden produced by John Frost. In 1996 he released The Best of Act One, a compilation of his recordings to date which achieved platinum status, and performed with Sarah Brightman in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. This was followed by his debut solo tour of Japan. In 1997 Anthony returned to the role of Henry Higgins at Sydney's Capitol Theatre. With the newly formed Opera Australia, he revived his role of Eisenstein in a new production of Strauss's Die Fledermaus. In 1998, Anthony was honoured by the nation and the National Trust, being elected Living National Treasure.
He starred in the smash hit Australian tour of Grease - The Arena Spectacular, receiving critical acclaim for his portrayal of Teen Angel. Anthony recorded his two show-stopping hits from Grease on his Skylark Records label, with the proceeds of the CD donated to The Sydney Cancer Centre and The Heart Research Institute. Anthony joined Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham in The Main Event, which outsold all international acts in Australia in 1998 and produced a #1 album.
In 1999, Anthony returned to opera as Papageno in Opera Australia's The Magic Flute, and in 2000 starred as Daddy Warbucks in the hit musical Annie. A new song, Why Should I Change a Thing, was written for him creating music theatre history and changing Annie forever. 2002 saw Anthony performing the dual roles of Cervantes & Don Quixote to critical acclaim in the Australian production of Man of La Mancha. The following year he returned to the recording studio to produce his first solo album in ten years -- Face The Music, a celebration of Big Band Swing from the 50's & 60's. He has also produced a narrated work based on Paul Gallico's classic tale The Snow Goose with the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2004 Anthony joined Lesley Garrett for the 20th anniversary celebrations at Leeuwin Estate as well as revisiting Opera Australia for their Melbourne season of G&S's Mikado.
In 2005 Anthony returned to the world of Gilbert & Sullivan with Opera Australia, performing in two new productions of HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury, then in 2006, placing his inimitable stamp on G&S's Pirate King in a new production of The Pirates of Penzance. In 2007 he recreated his critically acclaimed performance of the Phantom in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of The Opera. He donned the mask for over two years and his performances were acclaimed both critically and publicly. He returned to the Opera this year in his first Sondheim musical, A Little Night Music and will finish the year with a healthy serving of piratical romping once more as the Pirate King.
LUCY MAUNDER (Lara)
Lucy Maunder is a rising star of the Australian theatre industry. She graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006 after received the Bill Warnock Award for Most Promising Student and the Lesley Anderson Award for Best Showcase Performance. Immediately she was cast as the young Mary O'Hara in Harp on the Willow and after winning the ASCAP/TDP "Bound for Broadway" scholarship she travelled to New York and performed her own cabaret entitled Give me Gold. Her roles have included the ABC/Channel 4 UK feature film The Eternity Man, and through 2008 Lucy understudied and performed the roles of Columbia and Janet in Gale Edwards' new The Rocky Horror Show. Recently Lucy played Anne Egerman in the Opera Australia production of A Little Night Music, and had the leading role of Emma Carew in Jekyll and Hyde, in a five-month tour of South Korea.
TANEEL VAN ZYL (Tonia)
Since graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre), Taneel has steadily established herself as one of Australia's most versatile performers. She made her professional theatre debut in the original production of Mamma Mia!, understudying and performing the lead role of Sophie. Other theatre credits include Eureka (Alicia cover) directed by Gale Edwards, Eurobeat the Eurovision Musical (Sweden), Hello Again (The Actress) and Sideshow Alley directed by Gary Young. In 2008, Taneel featured in the Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls (Martha), followed by the Melbourne season of The Rocky Horror Show. In 2009, she performed in the Sydney season of Guys and Dolls as the alternate Sarah Brown and most recently, Taneel featured in the John Frost production of Wicked, where she covered and performed the role of Glinda.
PETER CARROLL (Alexander)
Peter is a distinguished actor whose career has spanned all aspects of theatre, film and television. His musical theatre credits include Mother Courage with Germaine Greer, Caucasian Chalk Circle the year the Sydney Opera House opened and during the 80s he performed in national tours of Evita, Sweeney Todd, and Les Miserables, while the 90s saw him in Saint Joan of the Stake, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Cats, The Threepenny Opera, Into the Woods, Simply Weill and Crazy for You. Peter's theatre work comprises well over 60 productions for the major theatre companies. Some personal favourites are The Christian Brothers, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Across Lake Constance, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, King Lear, Hamlet. Peter's television and film roles number over 30 and include The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Grass Roots and Changi. He is the recipient of many awards including the Penguin, Variety and Mo Awards, the Sydney Theatre Critics' Circle Award for Significant Contribution to Sydney Theatre, two Victorian Green Room Awards and a Glug.
MARTIN CREWES (Pasha Antipov)
Since graduating from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Martin has performed leading roles in Australia, the UK and Asia. His theatre credits include Hugo in Aspects of Love, China in West Side Story and Lt Joe Cable in South Pacific. He played the Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and in 1996 Martin played Marius in Les Miserables, performing in Asia, South Africa and the West End. His work in the UK includes The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Pal Joey and The Woman in White, directed by Trevor Nunn, for which he received a What's On Stage Award nomination. In 2007 he performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Merry Wives the Musical in Stratford Avon. He is an accomplished television performer appearing in many Australian and British series. He won a Greenroom Award for Hair and a nomination for his work in The Man from Snowy River Arena Spectacular. He performed the Opening Number of the Royal Variety Performance in London and sang the role of Marius in the Scandinavian Concert Tour of Les Miserables and he has performed in orchestral concerts throughout Europe and the UK
BARTHOLOMEW JOHN (Viktor Komarovsky)
Bartholomew has been a professional actor, singer and presenter for over 30 years evolving into an accomplished and admired leading man and screen actor. He has worked with Australia's leading theatrical producers and theatre companies including JC Williamson, Michael Edgley and the Victorian Arts Trust to name a few. Theatre credits include Jekyll and Hyde, Fiddler on the Roof, Titanic, A Little Night Music, Oliver, Man of La Mancha, The Sound of Music and I Love My Wife. Bartholomew's repertoire further includes Side by Side, Company, Arsenic and Old Lace, Private Lives, Faces in the Street, Playbox and Mary Lives. Bartholomew has considerable television drama credits include some of Australia's most popular classics, including Always Greener, All Saints, Heartbreak High, Murder Call, The Young Doctors, Skyways, Matlock, The Sullivans, The Challenge, Number 96, Tales of the South Seas, and Tough Nuts. Bartholomew's film credits include Space and Beyond, Dynasty Behind the Scenes, Lucy - The Lucy Ball Story, Australia, Daybreakers and Mao's Last Dancer.
TRISHA NOBLE (Anna)
Trisha has gained huge success in theatre, film and television in Australia, America and the UK. Her starring theatre roles in Australia have included Little Women (The Broadway Musical), Pippin (for which she received a Helpmann Award nomination), Dusty, Leader of the Pack, Footloose and Shout -- The Musical, in which she created the role of Thelma O'Keefe and received both a MO Award nomination and Green Room Award Nomination for Best Performer of the Year. Feature films have included Star Wars: Episode 111 and Star Wars 11, and The Private Eyes. Her television career has included starring roles in drama, comedy and crime for Universal TV, CBS, Aaron Spelling and MGM. And Trisha has performed in over 25 television variety specials in the United States, Great Britain and France.
BIOGRAPHIES -- CREATIVE TEAM
DES McANUFF (Director)
Des McAnuff is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and Artistic Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. His 2006 Broadway production of Jersey Boys earned four Tony awards including Best Musical, and now has seven companies across the world. He is Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his time as Artistic Director he headed more than 30 productions. Broadway: Guys and Dolls (2009), Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention (2007); Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays (2004, Theatrical Event Tony); Dracula: The Musical (2004); How to Succeed... (1995); The Who's Tommy (director/co-author with Pete Townshend, 1993 Tony, Best Director of a Musical; 1997 London Olivier Best Director/Best Musical); A Walk in the Woods (1988); Big River (1985, seven Tonys including Best Director of a Musical, Best Musical). Stratford: Macbeth and Sondheim's ...Forum (2009); Caesar and Cleopatra starring Christopher Plummer and Romeo and Juliet (2008). Additional Playhouse productions: The Wiz (2006); Zhivago (2005); Palm Beach (2005); Private Fittings (2005); Tom Donaghy's Eden Lane (2003); Tartuffe (2002); Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (2001). Film: Caesar and Cleopatra (filmed for CBC theatrical and national broadcast), Cousin Bette, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (director); Iron Giant (producer); Quills (executive producer). Upcoming: The Tempest with Mr. Plummer and As You Like It at Stratford; a commission with the Metropolitan Opera/English National Opera for a new piece with composer Michael Torke and librettist Michael Korie; adapting Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots for stage with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.
LUCY SIMON (Composer)
Lucy Simon made her Broadway debut in 1991 as the composer of The Secret Garden for which she received Tony and Drama Desk nominations, The Drama Loge Award, and a Grammy nomination for the recording of the score. The Secret Garden was produced in Australia in 1995 by the Gordon Frost Organization and starred Anthony Warlow and Philip Quast. The Secret Garden had a new production for the Millennium under the auspices of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre. It broke box office records during its run at Stratford before it transferred to the West End. Ms Simon wrote and produced the songs and soundtrack for the multi-award winning HBO movie, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom. Ms Simon received two Grammy Awards for her In Harmony albums, which she co-wrote and produced. Ms Simon began her professional career at age 16 with her sister Carly as part of The Simon Sisters. Doctor Zhivago began its development with Des McAnuff in 2005 at the La Jolla Playhouse. It is now a great honour to be reunited with John Frost and Anthony Warlow for the world premiere of Doctor Zhivago in Australia.
MICHAEL KORIE (Co-Lyricist)
Michael Korie was nominated for the Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards as lyricist for Grey Gardens composed by Scott Frankel with a book by Doug Wright. After opening at Playwrights Horizons, it moved to Broadway and has since been produced throughout the USA and in Japan. It was awarded The American Academy of Arts Richard Rodgers Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding musical of the year. Also with composer Frankel, Korie wrote the lyrics to Happiness, book by John Weidman and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, produced by Lincoln Center Theater in 2009. Korie and Frankel's upcoming musical is Finding Neverland, with book by Allan Knee and direction and choreography by Rob Ashford, scheduled for Broadway in 2011.
For opera, Korie wrote the libretto to composer Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath, which premiered to acclaim at Minnesota Opera followed by productions at Los Angeles Disney Concert Hall, Utah Opera and Pittsburgh Opera. An abridged concert version was presented at Carnegie Hall in 2010 narrated by Jane Fonda with the American Symphony Orchestra. Korie's libretto to The Garden of the Finzi Continis, a new opera based on the novel by Giorgio Bassini with music by Ricky Ian Gordon premieres at Minnesota Opera in 2011. Korie has been co-commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera to create the libretto to Senna with music by Michael Torke and direction by Des McAnuff, to premiere in London in 2012. Librettos by Korie to operas composed by Stewart Wallace include Harvey Milk, Hopper's Wife, Kabbalah and Where's Dick?.
AMY POWERS (Co-Lyricist)
Emmy-nominated lyricist Amy Powers creates songs for film, television, theater, pop and country artists, animation, theme parks and children's brands. Amy's work has been featured in Oscar and Tony winning productions and recorded by #1-selling and multi-platinum artists worldwide, including Barbra Streisand, Katharine McPhee, Alabama, RBD, Patti LuPone, Avalon, Diamond Rio, Brian McKnight, Elliot Yamin, Ashley Tisdale and Tina Arena. Her songs can be found in such films as Sweet Home Alabama, When We Were Kings, Aquamarine and Ella Enchanted. She writes frequently for Mattel's Barbie movies, as well as for Hasbro, Disney, The Jim Henson Company, Activision, Film Roman and Nickelodeon. Upcoming releases include The Little Engine That Could (Universal Family Ent.) and the Disney Channel's Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. Amy's theatre credits include 'As If We Never Said Goodbye' and 'With One Look' from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Blvd.; Lizzie Borden (Goodspeed), and The Game (Barrington Stage), starring Sara Ramirez. She is also a co-producer of the upcoming Heathers, The Musical, by Lawrence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, directed by Andy Fickman.
MICHAEL WELLER (Book)
Michael Weller studied classical composition at Brandeis University under Irving Fine, Harold Shapiro and Martin Boykin and earned his living as a jazz pianist before taking his graduate degree in theatre at the University of Manchester, England. His work has been performed at major theatres in America and around the world. Best known are his plays Moonchildren, Loose Ends, Spoils of War and What the Night Is For, which played on the West End starring Gillian Anderson and Roger Allam. His films include Hair and Ragtime (for Milos Forman) and Lost Angels (for Hugh Hudson) and a teleplay of his Broadway drama Spoils of War, starring Kate Nelligan. He was a writer-producer on the critically acclaimed series Once & Again. Michael's play 50 Words (starring Elizabeth Marvel and Norbert Leo Butz) enjoyed a highly acclaimed run at the Lucielle Lortel Theatre in 2008, directed by Austin Pendleton. Side Effects, the final play of his trilogy Loving, Longing, Leaving will open at the Lucielle Lortel Theatre in 2011. His controversial Beast enjoyed a much discussed run at the New York Theatre Workshop in the fall of 2008, and along with 50 Words, is now published by Dramatists Play Service. Michael recently completed the book for a Broadway musical Rumors about the making of Fleetwood Mac's two legendary breakthrough albums, to be directed by Taylor Hackford.
His work has won an Academy Award nomination, an N.A.A.C.P. Outstanding Contribution Award, Critics Outer Circle Award, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant and a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, and most recently (October 2009), he received a Helen Merrill Award for distinguished mid-career playwright.
JOHN FROST (Producer)
John Frost is the Managing Director of The Gordon Frost Organisation.
Born in Adelaide, he began in show business at the age of 16 as a dresser for J.C. Williamson on their production of Mame. Since then he has worked his way up the showbiz ladder: Wardrobe Master, Stage Manager, Company Manager and now Producer. In 1983 he teamed up with the late Ashley Gordon to form The Gordon/Frost Organisation. Together they negotiated the lease for Sydney's Footbridge Theatre, where they successfully produced a range of shows including, Jerry's Girls, Night Mother, The Venetian Twins and Women Behind Bars. The company then moved into large scale musicals such as Big River, The King and I, South Pacific, Hello Dolly!, The Secret Garden, Smokey Joe's Caf, Cabaret and Crazy for You.
He co-produced Sir Peter Hall's acclaimed productions of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband starring Googie Withers and John McCallum, and Lady Windermere's Fan starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.
In 1998 John Frost joined forces with Sports and Entertainment Limited (SEL) to produce Grease -- The Arena Spectacular! The production broke all box office records for an arena event in Australia. His production of The King and I on Broadway won the coveted Tony Award for 'Best Revival of a Musical' as well as the Drama Desk and New York Outer Critics Circle Award. John has also been the recipient of two Mo Awards and a Sydney Critics' Circle Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 from GLUGS.
In 1999 John Frost and SEL presented The Main Event, which toured to critical acclaim and huge box office success. This was followed by a production of the Tony Award-winning play Art starring Tom Conti. A hugely successful production of The Sound of Music starring Lisa McCune was followed by Annie with Anthony Warlow, Man of La Mancha, The Wizard of Oz and Footloose.
In 2004/2005 John co-produced around Australia The Producers. This highly acclaimed production garnered five Helpmann Awards including Best Musical for 2005. In the same year John also co-presented an arena production of Grease starring John Farnham. John was represented on Broadway with the smash hit musical Hairspray for which he won his second Tony Award. Since January 2006 he has produced the national tours of the National Theatre of Great Britain's celebrated production of An Inspector Calls, the Broadway theatre icon Mandy Patinkin and Hollywood and cabaret legend Debbie Reynolds.
John Frost, in partnership with The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific, presented The Phantom of the Opera Australia Tour starring Anthony Warlow. In 2009 John was represented on Broadway with the play, Exit the King, starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. Also in that year, John brought Mandy Patinkin back on tour to Australia with fellow theatre icon Patti LuPone.
John produced the Australian and Asian tour of Chicago which recently finished in Hong Kong. John is currently producer for the Julie Andrews World Tour of Gift of Music and is also one of the producers of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert -- The Musical, which is now playing in London.
In Australia, John is currently co-producing the Broadway blockbuster Wicked as well as producing Calendar Girls and Fame the Musical.
In the 1999 Australia Day Honours, John was awarded an OAM for his contribution to the Arts.
ANITA WAXMAN (Producer)
Anita Waxman is a multiple Tony Award-winning producer. As CEO of Alexis Productions, Ms. Waxman has garnered 71 Tony Nominations and 16 Tony Awards. She has served on the boards of The Melting Pot Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, The Roundabout Theatre Company and The Donmar Warehouse in London. Anita Waxman/Alexis Productions is currently working in conjunction with John Frost Productions on the new musical An Officer and a Gentleman as well as Doctor Zhivago. This season's Broadway productions include: A Little Night Music, Enron and American Idiot. Currently in the West End: Love Never Dies, the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.
Alexis Productions was founded in 1985. With Alexis Productions, Ms Waxman produced Horton Foote's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Young Man from Atlanta, starring Rip Torn and Shirley Knight; Present Laughter starring Frank Langella; Mrs Klein starring Uta Hagen; and Wild Honey starring Ian McKellen. In addition, along with the Roundabout Theatre Company, Anita Waxman/Alexis Productions produced the wildly successful revival of Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. The production won several Tony Awards and ran for many years at Studio 54. Other notable productions include David Hare's The Vertical Hour starring Julianne Moore, and the off-Broadway production of Marie Jones' Rock Doves. In London, Alexis Productions was involved in producing Breaking the Code with Derek Jacobi, Mr & Mrs Smith with Dame Judy Dench, and Long Day's Journey Into Night, starring Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey and Peter Gallagher.
Anita Waxman/Alexis Productions began collaborating with Elizabeth Williams/Four Corners Productions in the mid 90's. Together, they were involved with Susan Stroman's revival of The Music Man, the Tony Award-winning One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest starring Gary Sinise, the Public Theater's The Wild Party, Kenneth Lonergan's The Waverly Gallery, A Moon for the Misbegotten starring Gabriel Byrne, the highly-acclaimed Electra starring Zoe Wanamaker, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues; and, A Night in November. In London, they produced the West End productions of The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard (winning several Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor in a Play Stephen Delane, and Best Actress in a Play Jennifer Ehle), Boston Marriage by David Mamet, Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan, Mind Games by Marc Salem and Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats.
In 2001, Anita Waxman and Elizabeth Williams formally established Waxman Williams Entertainment. Past Waxman Williams productions include: Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of A.R. Rahman's Bombay Dreams on Broadway, the Tony-nominated Broadway-revival of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters, the West End productions of Ragtime and Hitchcock Blonde, the Broadway-revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, Zhivago the Musical at the La Jolla Playhouse, rock-legend Robbie Robertson's Native American-themed musical Pow Wow, a touring production of Lerner & Loewe's Camelot starring Michael York, an off-Broadway satire of the adult film classic Debbie Does Dallas, Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, the hit-revival of Noises Off starring Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher, and The Elephant Man starring Billy Crudup. Additionally, Waxman Williams is currently involved in the stage version of Dirty Dancing, which is enjoying successful runs in Australia, Germany, and the UK.
Through Waxman Williams, Ms Waxman was executive producer of an unscripted reality series entitled The Scholar, which aired on ABC-TV in Spring 2005 with partners Jaye Pace Fenderson, Shannon Meairs, Carsey Werner, and Martin/Stein Productions (Steve Martin and Joan Stein). Additionally, she founded the film company We3 Productions, with her partner Karen Arthur, through which they are developing the erotic thriller Bitten.
From 1998 through 2003, Anita Waxman partnered with Sam Mendes and Caro Newling of London's Donmar Warehouse. During this time, The Donmar brought many classic and new works to the stage, garnering numerous accolades and worldwide recognition.
Through her various endeavours with both Alexis Production and Waxman Williams Entertainment, Anita Waxman has had the pleasure of being creatively involved, both as a producer and investor, with multiple leaders in the industry today. Notable collaborations include those with Cameron Mackintosh (Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Martin Guerre), Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake) and Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Really Useful Group (Bombay Dreams).
Ms Waxman established the Anita Howe-Waxman Foundation and Noah's Ark Foundation, dedicated to serving the needs of women and children worldwide. Through Noah's Ark, she created the Passin-Waxman Center for children in Moscow, which cares for homeless orphans, aged 2-16, from around the former Soviet Union.
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