Little Women: The Broadway Musical
Nov 7 – 23, 2014
Josephine Louis Theater | 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Book by Allan Knee
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Dominic Missimi
With her father away at war, the indomitable Jo March tucks herself away in the attic and begins writing a joyful and heartbreaking coming of age story while drawing inspiration from her colorful family, including her loving mother and three memorable sisters. Directed by Northwestern faculty emeritus, Dominic Missimi (The Waa Mu Show, RENT), Louisa May Alcott's famous novel is re-imagined in this lush musical featuring a powerful score soaring with the sounds of personal discovery, tragedy and hope - the sounds of a young America finding its voice and one family's astonishing journey to love and acceptance.
Join us to talk about the show with the cast after the following performances:
Opening Night: Friday, November 7
Sunday, November 9
Thursday, November 13
The Wirtz Center's production of LITTLE WOMEN: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL is sponsored, in part, by a generous grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern University.
Dominic Missimi (Director) is Professor Emeritus-in-Service at Northwestern University. Founder and former Director of the Music Theatre Program, he recently retired as Executive Director of the American Music Theatre Project, which he also founded. He also served as director of the famed WAA-MU show for 17 years. In his 32 years at Northwestern, he has directed over 100 plays, musicals and operas as well as staging 35 musicals for the Marriott Theatre at Lincolnshire, where his productions have received multiple Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and awards including his critically acclaimed production of LES MISERABLES. In addition to directing the national tour of Maury Yeston’s PHANTOM, Missimi also staged the 25th anniversary production of HAIR, produced by Michael Butler at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. He has worked for opera companies throughout the United States and has directed in regional theatre and for all of Chicago’s major musical theatres. Recently Missimi has been active with Chicago’s Sarah Siddons Society where he has produced several musical revues and arranged their gala awards celebrations for Barbara Cook and Audra McDonald.
Ryan T. Nelson (Music Director) is a Lecturer in Music Theatre for the School of Communication at Northwestern University and Music Director for Northwestern’s Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts. He also serves as Music Supervisor for the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) and the famed Waa-Mu show. Ryan is the Resident Music Director at Chicago’s Marriott Theatre, where he has music directed dozens of productions, including the world premieres of HERO, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: NOW AND FOREVER and FOR THE BOYS. His work on A CHORUS LINE and THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at the Marriott has been recognized with Jeff Award nominations for excellence in Chicago theatre. Ryan has also conducted and orchestrated productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and the Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, Florida). He has been on the faculty of Northwestern University for over a decade, formerly as an Assistant Professor of Music in Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. His Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting are from the University of North Texas, where he was a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon.
Brad Anderson (Choreographer) would like to thank David Bell, Dominic Missimi, and the amazing cast of LITTLE WOMEN: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL. It was an honor to work with you all! Brad currently resides in New York City where he has performed in numerous Broadway shows including FOSSE, KISS ME KATE, THE BOY FROM OZ, ANYTHING GOES, ALL SHOOK UP and the revival of A CHORUS LINE. He performed alongside Jerry Lewis in the National Tour of DAMN YANKEES as well as regional productions of LEAP OF FAITH, PARADE, AIDA, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, HOT MIKADO, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, and SOUTH PACIFIC, where he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the Helen Hayes Awards. He was also seen as the Spirit of Fosse at the Hollywood Bowl’s production of CHICAGO. This December he will begin rehearsals as a featured dancer in the new musical TUCK EVERLASTING at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. He is also choreographing musicals concert dance pieces for various universities, schools, and productions around the country. On the side he is a classically trained chef with private clients and food styles for television and print publications.
Caitlin McLeod (Costume Designer) is a scenographer, performance artist, puppet enthusiast, traveler, dreamer, and expert cat lover. Before relocating to Chicago to pursue her MFA degree at Northwestern, Caitlin lived in Buffalo, New York. There, she worked and assisted at venues throughout the Buffalo region, including Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The New Phoenix Playhouse, Road Less Traveled Productions, Subversive Theatre, IACE Creative Research Lab, and the University at Buffalo. Caitlin holds her BFA in Theatre Design & Technology along with a BA in Studio Art from The University at Buffalo. Outside her work in traditional theatre, Caitlin’s greatest desire is to invade the public sphere of “ordinary life” with unexpected art forms. She works to foster appreciation for the arts in all walks of life, and utilizes art as a catalyst to break the mundane through street art and interactive street performances.
Sean Mallary (Lighting Designer) grew up an Air Force brat in suburbs across the country and parts of England. He now lives in Chicago and is heavily engaged in the performing arts community. Sean has designed well over 100 live productions between theatre and dance, yet has a background in corporate production that comprised the first 10 years of his career. He is a resident designer and a proud ensemble member of the Strawdog Theatre Company where he’s been nominated twice and received a Joseph Jefferson Citation. Some of his other credits include design work with Route 66, The Goodman, The Steppenwolf Garage, Next, A Red Orchid, Collaboraction, Lifeline, Citylit, Adventure Stage Chicago, European Rep, Ballet Chicago, Hip Hop Connexion, Chicago Dance Crash and Culture Shock Chicago. Sean holds a BFA from Texas State University at San Marcos, and occasionally dabbles in personal essays or short plays as part of Strawdog’s Hit Factory writing program.
Shaun Renfro (Scenic Designer) is a second year MFA design student. He is excited to make his Northwestern debut with LITTLE WOMEN: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL. Previously in Chicago Shaun has worked with Profiles Theatre including REASONS TO BE HAPPY, DREAM OF A BURNING BOY, IN GOD’S HAT, HELLCAB, and SWEET AND SAD. Other Chicago credits include THE BOXER with Pursuit Productions, and THE BENCHMARK with Step up Productions.
Josh Horvath (Sound Design and Original Music) Chicago credits include designs at: The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, About Face, The House Theatre of Chicago, Timeline, Next, Northlight, Writers Theatre and Remy Bumppo. Regional. Lincoln Center, Long Wharf, Kennedy Center, Centerstage, The Alliance, Milwaukee Rep, Madison Rep, Great River Shakespeare, Illinois Shakespeare, Kansas City Rep, Center Theatre Group, Oregon Shakespeare, and California Shakespeare. Josh teaches sound design for theatre and film at Northwestern, is the recipient of four Joseph Jefferson awards, is an artistic associate of Lookingglass and a collaborative partner with The Goodman. Current and upcoming shows: Danny Casolaro Died For You (Timeline), Two Trains Running (The Goodman), The Secret Garden (Court), Into the Woods (The Wallis Annenberg Center, LA), An Iliad (Kansas City Rep), and Baskerville (Arena Stage/McCarter).