Creative Team Bios

ROBERT L. FREEDMAN (Book and Lyrics). Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Book of a Musical for Gentleman’s Guide. TV: ABC’s “Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows” (Emmy, Writers Guild nominations), ABC’s “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (WGA nomina­tion), HBO’s “A Deadly Secret” (WGA Award), Lifetime’s “Murder in the Hamptons.”

STEVEN LUTVAK (Music and Lyrics). Broadway debut, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Tony Awards, Best Musical). Title track, Paramount’s Mad Hot Ballroom. Other awards: Kleban, Fred Ebb Awards (with Robert L. Freedman); the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; two Jonathan Larson Foundation Grants; Johnny Mercer Emerging American Songwriting Award; NEA Grant. CDs: The Time It Takes, Ahead of My Heart. Steven is proud to be on faculty at his alma mater, the Graduate Musical Theater Program at NYU (where he first met Robert Freedman). Steven lives in NYC with his husband, choreographer Michael McGowan, and their daughter Eliot Rose.

DARKO TRESNJAK (Original Director) won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his direction of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. He won the Obie Award for his direction of The Killer with Michael Shannon at Theatre for a New Audience. Recent directing cred­its include Rear Window with Kevin Bacon at Hartford Stage, where he is the Artistic Director, The Ghosts of Versailles with Patti LuPone at L.A. Opera, and Anastasia on Broadway.

PEGGY HICKEY (Tour Direction and Choreography). Broadway: Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Astaire and Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Best Choreography); Lincoln Center: My Fair Lady (NY Philharmonic), The Most Happy Fella, Lucky to Be Me, The Music Of Leonard Bernstein (New York City Opera) Regional: Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion (5th Avenue Theatre), Hartford, Old Globe, Goodspeed, Paper Mill, Music Theatre Wichita, California Music Theatre. Opera: Most major opera houses. Film: Woodshock, The Brady Bunch Movie (MTV Nomination, Best Choreography); Television: Hansel and Gretel (Live from Lincoln Center), Die Fledermaus (Live from The Kennedy Center), Beck’s “The New Pollution” (MTV Award, Best Choreography).

ADAM CATES (Associate Director/Choreographer) has choreographed productions for Theatre Under the Stars, Music Theatre Wichita, Arkansas Rep, Gulfshore Playhouse, Theatre Aspen, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Juilliard Opera, Anchorage Opera, Bard Music Festival, New London Barn Playhouse, Nevada Rep. He is the co-book writer and choreographer of The World According to Snoopy. Associate/Asst. credits include Broadway: Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Anything Goes; Tours: Tommy Tune’s Doctor Dolittle, Wizard of Oz; Television: 90210, Live from Lincoln Center. Author of The Business of Show. @adamcatesnyc

ALEXANDER DODGE (Scenic Design). Broadway: Anastasia (Outer Critics Circle Nom.), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Noms.), Present Laughter (Tony Nom.), Old Acquaintance, Butley, Hedda Gabler. London West-End: All New People. Off-Broadway: The Liar: CSC; Ripcord: MTC; Lips Together Teeth Apart: Second Stage; also Playwright’s Horizons, Roundabout, Public, and Lincoln Center. Recent: Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame: La Jolla and Paper Mill Playhouses and tours in Tokyo and Berlin. Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles: L.A.Opera; Dinner at Eight: Minnesota Opera; An American Tragedy: Glimmerglass; Il Trittico: Deutsche Oper Berlin; Der fliegende Holländer: Würzburg; Lohengrin: Budapest. Television: Julie’s Greenroom starring Julie Andrews for Netflix. Awards: Lucille Lortel, Elliot Norton, CT Critics Circle, Craig Noel and IRNE Awards Winner. Training: Yale School of Drama.

LINDA CHO (Costume Design) has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in theatre, dance and opera on stages throughout the country and abroad. Broadway: Anastasia (Tony Nomination), Gentleman’s Guide (Tony Award); Velocity of Autumn. Selected cred­its: La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Guthrie, L.A. Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company. Education: Yale School of Drama.

PHILIP S. ROSENBERG (Lighting Designer). Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and It’s Only a Play.  Off Broadway credits include The Ruins of Civilization, The Explorer’s Club and Cactus Flower.  Regional credits include productions with: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center Theatre, The Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, The McCarter Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Goodspeed Opera, Two River Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse.

DAN MOSES SCHREIER (Sound Design). Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Radio Golf, John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd, Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, Into the Woods, Topdog/Underdog, others. Off-B’way: Passion, Road Show, Homebody/Kabul, Floyd Collins, others. Composer: The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, The Tempest. Four Tony Award nominations.

AARON RHYNE (Projection Design). Designs include Broadway: Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bonnie and Clyde. Disney: Frozen (Hyperion Theatre, Disney California Adventure), Beauty and the Beast, Tangled (Disney Cruise Lines). Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles (LA Opera), La Traviata (Wolftrap), Florencia en el Amazonas (Florida Grand, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House). Off Broadway: Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Westside), Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Appropriate (Signature), Water By the Spoonful, Lonely, I’m Not, The Blue Flower, All New People (Second Stage), Wild With Happy (The Public, Drama Desk Nomination), Graceland (Lincoln Center). REGIONAL: Hartford Stage, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkley Rep, Asolo Rep, Huntington Theatre Company, The Geffen Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre.

CHARLES G. LaPOINTE (Hair and Wig Design). Over 50 Broadway shows including: On Your Feet, Hamilton, Doctor Zhivago, The Color Purple, Of Mice and Men, Violet, Sideshow, Elephant Man, After Midnight, Beautiful, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Motown, Jekyll and Hyde, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Mountaintop, Memphis, Lombardi, Fences, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, A Raisin in the Sun. Emmy nominee, The Wiz Live!

JONATHAN TUNICK (Orchestrations). Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Passion, A Chorus Line. Composer/conductor: Films: Mike Nichols, Franco Zeffirelli, Sidney Lumet, plus Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Smash, Galavant, Into the Woods. One of eight living “EGOTS” holding Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy awards. Elected in 2009 to the Theatre Hall of Fame.

DIANNE ADAMS McDOWELL (Vocal Arranger).  A former NYC resident, Dianne’s composer/lyricist credits include The New Victory Theater production of The Wind in the Willows, and The New Jersey Repertory premiere of Bookends, both with collaborator, James McDowell. Dianne composed for Radio City Music Hall, was Associate Conductor/Vocal Arranger of Tony-nominated Starmites, and served as Vocal Arranger for the original Broadway production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which was the winner of numerous Drama Desk Awards, four 2014 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), and a 2015 Grammy Nomination. For Constant Star, her honors include the Helen Hayes Award (Nomination, Washington, D.C.), the Barrymore Award (Recipient, Philadelphia), and the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Award (Recipient). Living in rural NY, Dianne also enjoys her family, cooking, & gardening.

PAUL STAROBA (Music Supervisor) has been in charge of the Gentleman’s Guide music department since 2009 and co-wrote the show’s incidental score with composer, Steve Lutvak. Other Broadway/Off-Broadway conducting credits include: War Paint, Dear Evan Hansen, A Little Night Music (with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury), Next to Normal, Grey Gardens, Carrie, Happiness, Saved.

JOSH CULLEN (Music Director). Music Director: Pins and Needles (NYU Steinhardt), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Irvington Town Hall Theater), Truth or Lie (Fourth Street Theatre), Who Is Eartha Mae? (United Solo). Other favorite credits include My Fair Lady, Merrily We Roll Along, True Love, and Little Shop of Horrors (Sharon Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (NYU Steinhardt), The Secret Garden and Trojan Women (NYU Tisch), Rent and Smokey Joe’s Café (Manoa Valley Theater). Featured pianist with Lincoln Center Stage (Holland America Line), concerto soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. BM Michigan, MM NYU, MM Juilliard. Love to Sheldon, and thanks to Paul and Steven for making this possible!

JOHN MEZZIO (Music Coordinator) has conducted several national tours including State Fair starring John Davidson, Victor Victoria starring Toni Tennille, Seussical The Musical, Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Deborah Gibson, the Royal National Theatre’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and The Wedding Singer. Additionally, Mr. Mezzio was Associate Conductor for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton. John was Musical Coordinator for several national and international tours including Sweet Charity starring Molly Ringwald, Annie starring John Schuck and Mackenzie Phillips, Hairspray, The Producers, A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening, Elf The Musical, Memphis, Bullets Over Broadway, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Shrek The Musical.

JASON STYRES, CSA (Casting).  Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide…, Dames at Sea, The Lion King, Nice Work… Off-Broadway: Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years…, The War Boys, Money Talks, Trip of Love, iLLA: A Hip Hop Musical (NYMF), Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical. Encores: 15 different productions including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Merrily We Roll Along and On Your Toes. National Tours: A Gentleman’s Guide…, The Lion King, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Film/TV: How You Look At It, Carousel (PBS), Six by Sondheim (HBO), So You Think You Can Dance, 50 Shades of F*****d Up. Regional/Commercial/Other: Josh Prince’s Broadway Dance Lab, Hartford Stage, NY Philharmonic, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), SF Symphony, TUTS, TUTS Underground, North Shore, Infinity Theatre Company, The Prancing Elites Project, Alexander McQueen/Document Journal. Seven-time Artios award nominee.

EMILY WHITE (Production Stage Manager) Emily is excited for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder! She was also recently on the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast as the ASM. Regional credits include Stage Manager for Assassins, Shipwrecked!, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Spinning Tree Theatre, KC), Cabaret (MTH, KC), Here Lies Joyland (KC Fringe), and Rapunzel (Pensylvania Shakespeare Festival). Regional Assistant Stage Manager credits include Henry V and The Foreigner (PSF). Emily is a graduate of Kansas State University. Thanks to Andrew for all of the love and support.

JUSTIN SCHOLL (Company Manager) is proud to be returning to NETworks and joining the D’Ysquith family.  Broadway: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Assistant).  International Tours: Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Shrek.  National Tours: R&H’s Cinderella, Elf, Flashdance, Broadway Rox Concert.  Love to Gerri, Joe, Sydney & Cookie.

SETH WENIG (Executive Producer) has been with NETworks since its inception in 1995. He spearheaded the international tours of Fosse starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall. Seth has produced the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I and the National Theatre production of War Horse. Together with Cameron Mackintosh, Seth served as Executive Producer for both the U.S. and U.K. tours of the National Theatre’s My Fair Lady, Les Misérables and the new The Phantom of the Opera tour. He is most proud of his greatest productions – Marlo and Camden.

NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS (Producer), from its inception over 20 years ago, has been an industry leading producer and manager of touring musical theatre productions and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide. Having toured over 70 productions internationally, NETworks current touring productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Elf the Musical, Finding Neverland, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I.