Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Knockhardy Productions in association with Park Theatre present the London premiere of
Little Women The Musical
BOOK I ALLAN KNEE
MUSIC I GRAMMY AWARD WINNER JASON HOWLAND
LYRICS I MINDI DICKSTEIN
DIRECTOR I BRONAGH LAGAN
MUSICAL DIRECTOR I LEO MUNBY
CASTING DIRECTOR I JANE DEITCH
LIGHTING DESIGNER I BEN M ROGERS
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER | NIK CORRAL
SOUND DESIGNER | PAUL GAVIN
FIGHT DIRECTOR | RENNY KRUPINSKI
Jason Howland, an honors graduate of Williams College (1993), is a Grammy Award winning producer, Emmy Award winning arranger, and Tony nominated producer. He is the composer of Broadway’s 2005 TONY nominated Little Women - The Musical. Howland was nominated for a Tony Award in 1999 for co- producing the The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh, and won an Emmy Award in 2007 for creating and composing the Christmas special Handel's Messiah Rocks for the Boston Pops. He is the Arranger and Music Supervisor for the smash hit Beautiful - The Carole King Musical (Broadway, West End, US National Tour, Tokyo, Australian National Tour, UK National Tour) for which he won a Grammy Award; Bonnie and Clyde, Wonderland, Jekyll & Hyde,The Civil War, The Scarlet Pimpernel, in addition to music directing the mega-hit Les Miserables, and Boy George’s Taboo. International projects as an arranger and orchestrator include Frank Wildhorn’s stage adaptation of the Japanese Anime sensation Death Note for HoriPro, and two new shows Mata Hari and The Man Who Laughs. Recent theater projects include composing and orchestrating the original score for Ikiru, a new musical based on the Kurosawa film, that premiered in Tokyo, Oct 2018, Last Days of Summer(Kansas City rep), and Paradise Square at Berkeley Repertory Theater.
Allan Knee is the author of the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan, which was the source for the film Finding Neverland (starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet), which received an Academy Award nomination for best picture, and the subsequent musical, currently touring the US. He wrote the book for the Broadway musical Little Women. Among his other works are the four-part adaptation of The Scarlet Letter for the PBS, the dance drama, Syncopation, about the passion of two workers to become ballroom champions in 1914, which was awarded for best regional play, and The Jazz Age, which currently placed at the Playground Theatre in London. His latest work, The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (music by Andre Catrini) premiered in November 2019 at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, England. Allan is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
MINDI DICKSTEIN is an award-winning lyricist, librettist, and playwright. She wrote lyrics for the Broadway musical Little Women, which has had productions across the USA and around the world, most recently in Tokyo, Japan, and Manchester, England. She is the lyricist for Benny and Joon, a new musical based on the MGM film, which had its world premiere at The Old Globe, San Diego, and east coast premiere at The Paper Mill Playhouse. Benny and Joon was developed at NAMT, Transport Group, Running Deer Musical Theater Lab, Goodspeed Johnny Mercer Colony, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, and the Rhinebeck Retreat. Among her other works are TRIP (book and lyrics), commissioned by Playwrights Horizons; Toy Story - The Musical (book), Disney Creative Entertainment; Starving to Death in Midtown (a short play), Climate Change Theater Action; Beasts and Saints (book and lyrics), Boston Music Theater Project; The Existential Gourmet, Jane Chambers Award; and Guadeloupe, Westbeth Theater Center. Mindi's songs have been performed widely, most notably as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook ("Hear and Now: Contemporary Lyricists") and at the Kennedy Center. Awards and honors include: a Jonathan Larson Grant, Massachusetts Artists and New York Foundation for the Arts playwriting fellowships, ASCAP Workshop Bernice Cohen Award, Second Stage Constance Klinsky Award, and a PEN International New Playwright Award (selected by Wendy Wasserstein). She received her MFA from New York University's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, where she was an Oscar Hammerstein Fellow.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Bronagh has been directing for 10years. She has directed around the world, working on; Classical texts, Musicals, New Writing, Physical Theatre, Outdoor Theatre and Site-Specific productions.
Most recently Bronagh directed Cruise by Jack Holden which ran for four weeks at the Duchess Theatre in a socially distanced season and was the first new play to open in the West End. She also directed a film version of the show in Shoreditch Town Hall's Ditch.
Last year Bronagh directed Rags, the musical by Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz at The Park Theatre, in London. The production received nine Off West End Award nominations, including: Best Director and Best Production. Bronagh worked closely with Stephen Schwartz in curating a cast album of her production of Rags which was released last year. Bronagh’s production of Broken Wings, the musical also performed at Dubai Opera House at the beginning of last year and previously at Theatre Royal Haymarket.
In addition to directing Bronagh is part of the From Page To Stage Literary department for Aria Entertainment and is also a regular practitioner at the top drama schools in London.
Bronagh’s Directing Credits
West End Credits: Cruise (Duchess Theatre); Umm Kulthum, the Golden Era (London Palladium); Broken Wings (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Rags, in concert (Lyric Theatre)
Other directing credits: Broken Wings (Doha Opera House & Beiteddine Festival); Rags, The Musical; Putting It Together and Little Women (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester); Children of Eden (Mackintosh theatre); A Christmas Carol (Ivy Studio); Girlfriends, in concert (Bishopsgate Institute); A Winter’s Tale (Rose Theatre, Kingston) Brexit, the Musical (C Venues, Edinburgh); tick, tick... BOOM! (Park Theatre); Promises, Promises (Southwark Playhouse); As You Like It (Jackson’s Lane); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Chipping Norton Theatre); The Pajama Game (Pleasence Theatre); Heart of Winter (Tristan Bates); James and The Giant Peach (UK & International Tour); A Man of No Importance (Pleasance Theatre); The Stationmaster (Tristan Bates); Rags - The Musical (Lyric Theatre); Portia Coughlan (The Old Red Lion Theatre); Girlfriends (Union Theatre); A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg (Greenwich Theatre); The Mistress Cycle (Landor Theatre); Expectations (Arcola Theatre); Blood Wedding (Courtyard Theatre); Newsrevue (Canal Café Theatre); Henry VI Part1 (Rose Theatre); Erris (Theatre 503); Julius Caesar (The Scoop) and The Madness of Sweeney (Lyric Theatre, Belfast).
Associate Director credits: C-O-N-T-A-C-T (London), Pippin (Southwark Playhouse); Becoming Shades (The Vaults); The History Boys (UK Tour) and Nothing Left to Lose (Purcell Rooms).
Training: Royal Academy of Music (MA, DipRAM, LRAM); Wadham College, Oxford (BA Chinese, graduate of inaugural Cameron Mackintosh Professorship/Claude-Michel Schönberg Musical Theatre Writing Programme).
Theatre credits as Musical Director include: The Last Five Years (Garrick Theatre), Candide (Mountview), BKLYN (Lambert Jackson Productions), The Last Five Years (Minack Theatre, Cornwall), Gypsy (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Guys and Dolls (Mountview), Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse), Project Broadway (Symphony Space, New York), and the Music Theatre Group New Writing Programme (National Theatre Studio).
As Music Supervisor: The Secret Society of Leading Ladies (The Barn Theatre), An Evening With Jason Robert Brown and Special Guests (Theatre Royal Haymarket).
As Music Assistant: Company (Gielgud Theatre, Marianne Elliott / Joel Fram).
As Composer: Eartha, Eddie, And The Upside-Down Tree (with Annabel Mutale Reed, winner of Aria-ALP Chamber Musical Project 2021), STOP (with Annabel Mutale Reed, winner of Musical Theatre Review award for Best Score).
Television credits include: The Sandman (Netflix/Warner Media).
As Head of Casting for BBC Drama Series, Jane was responsible for an output in excess of 500 hours of drama per year.
This included the BBC’s highest rated drama ‘EastEnders’ as well as other hit shows such as ‘Casualty’, ‘Judge John Deed’ & the Emmy-winning ‘Waking The Dead’.
More recently, Jane has run her own casting company Jane Deitch Associates and now casts for a wide variety of productions including theatre, musical theatre and films.
Casting credits include: Films: Unhallowed Ground (Best Horror Film, LIFF / 2 Supporting Actor awards, BIFAwards), Locked In with Ben Barnes, Eliza Dushku, Clarke Peters, New Years Day (Jury Prize: Raindance/Best Film: Sapporo FF), Welcome To Leathermill (short), the BAFTA-winning Shoot the Messenger with David Oyelowo and Nikki Amuka-Bird and Magnificent 7 with Helena Bonham-Carter.
Other TV: Holby City, Doctors, In Deep, Dalziel and Pascoe, the BAFTA-nominated A Respectable Trade, Drovers’ Gold, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries with Diana Rigg and Walter’s War with OT Fagbenle.
Theatre: Shirley Valentine, The Blue Room, Othello. For Jermyn Street Theatre - Flowers Of The Forest, The Green Bay Tree, The Autumn Garden, I Loved Lucy, The First Man, and The Last Ones. The Exonerated (Hope Mill Theatre)
West End: Lend Me A Tenor: The Musical, I Loved Lucy, The Toxic Avenger, Bumblescratch Gala Concert, Cruise (stand-by casting), The Last Five Years
Tours: Bouncers , Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show Live, Women On The Verge Of HRT, Gertrude’s Secret, Diary Of A Nobody, Avenue Q, Hair 50th Anniversary Tour
Musical Theatre: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Holy Crap, Pete n Keely. For Aria Entertainment - Forever Plaid, Tick Tick Boom , Promises, Promises, Some Lovers, The Toxic Avenger, Brexit The Musical, It’s Only Life, From Page To Stage 2018, Unexpected Joy, The Last Five Years, Zorro. For Hope/Aria at The Hope Mill Theatre- Little Women, The Toy Boy Diaries, Aspects Of Love (and Southwark Playhouse), The Return Of The Soldier, Putting It Together. Rags (and The Park Theatre), Mame (and tour), The Astonishing Times Of Timothy Cratchit. Night Of The Living Dead Live - for Aria/Senbla at The Pleasance. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella for The Hope Mill Theatre. Little Miss Sunshine – for the Arcola/Selladoor. Contact – an outdoor theatre experience. Hay Fever, The Musical – Workshop
On-Line: A Killer Party, Tarantula
Currently: The Addams Family - UK tour, The Rhythmics for Aria and Metta Theatre at Southwark Playhouse, Little Women at The Park 200, Broken Wings, The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice – UK Tour.
BEN M ROGERS
Ben’s international portfolio of designs includes an eclectic range of projects from contemporary circus through to concerts, exhibitions, opera, dance and of course musical theatre. He has designed shows in tents, studios, ships, arenas, outdoor amphitheatres and 2500 year old temple ruins… as well as some actual theatres.
His recent designs include The Pirate Queen at The London Coliseum, CATS, The Sound of Music and Mamma Mia! in Cyprus, DIVERSE at Dubai Opera House, Elf - The Arena Spectacular UK Tour, Quincy Jones - A Life in Song at the O2 Arena and Murphy’s Celtic Legacy - France and US Tour.
In the UK he has designed national tours of HAIR, 20th Century Boy, It’s a Little Bit Funny, Noise Ensemble, The Operababes, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Live and RENT alongside special events including Apollo Nights at Hammersmith Apollo, West End Heroes at the Dominion, Twitter Star Live at the Lyric and Children of Eden at the Prince of Wales Theatre. He was nominated for Off West End awards for his lighting designs for CHESS and Steel Pier at the Union Theatre and designed the UK premieres of Little Women and The Toy Boy Diaries at The Hope Mill Theatre.
International musical theatre designs include new outdoor stagings of The Wizard of Oz, Cats, Oliver!, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Evita, Grease, Fame, EVITA and CHICAGO. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Wizard of Oz in Dubai and Saturday Night Fever and Joseph in the Channel Islands.
Other projects include Cirque Du Soleil’s ZED in Tokyo, RED at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, Ninjago Live at Legoland Dubai, Duran Duran Live in Tokyo, Noise Ensemble (worldwide), Las Vegas Fantasy (Taiwan), Red Hot Baroque (Russia, UK and USA). For Peter Schaufuss Ballet Company he designed new touring productions of The King, Nutcracker and Noddebo Prastegard.
His lighting and visual designs for hospitality are showcased in multiple award-winning venues including Lock, Stock & Barrel, Wavehouse, BabyQ, Koyo, Bla Bla and Asia Asia in Dubai, and MusicHall in Dubai and Lebanon.
Recent projects include: Broken Wings (Theatre Royal Haymarket, The Other Palace, Dubai Opera House, Doha Opera House); Lonely Planet (Trafalgar Studios); The Adventures of Pinocchio (Ambassadors & Greenwich Theatre); Some Lovers and Forever Plaid (The Other Palace); Blue Stockings, Welcome to Thebes, Days of Significance, A Clockwork Orange, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Dying for It, Animal Farm and Love & Information (All at the Royal & Derngate); Dying for it (Teatro Odeon Romania); Mamma Mia (Pattheo Limassol Municipal Theatre Cyprus); No Sound Ever Dies (Brooklands); Company and Cabaret (ACT Aberdeen); Little Women (Hope Mill); Concrete Jungle Book (Edinburgh Festival); Tick, Tick, Boom (Park Theatre), Legally Blonde and Bad Girls The Musical (Pleasance Theatre); Battery Life and The Things People Do (Lyric Hammersmith); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Greenwich Theatre and Theatre Chipping Norton); The Who’s Tommy (Greenwich Theatre); Standby for Tape Backup (Soho Theatre and Shoreditch Town Hall); Amneasis (RSC Weekend Festival and Bush Theatre Workshop); Stationmaster (Tristan Bates); The Mercy Seat (Pleasance); Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, Whistle Down the Wind, Times Square Angel, Girlfriends (Union Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Taming of The Shrew Richard III, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Handlebards UK and International Tours).
Renny is an internationally renowned fight director, award-winning actor, director and writer. He is delighted to be back working with Bronagh Lagan and Aria Entertainment.
Theatre fight work includes: London’s West End, The RSC, National Theatre, Young Vic, National Theatre of Scotland, Shakespeare’s Globe, Glasgow Citz, Manchester Royal Exchange, Theatr Clwyd, Crucible Sheffield to name but a few. Renny will be directing the fights for the film The Latent Image followed by Aria Entertainment’s Zorro in the New Year.
TV fights include: Emmerdale (social media accolade of "Best punch ever"), Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Blue Murder, Man Like Mobeen, Blue Murder, Jamaica Inn, So Awkward, Goldies Oldies, the multi-award-winning film Tyrannosaur and most recently as stunt co-ordinator for the new 10 part BBC/NBC series Dodger on your screens next February.
As an actor he has played, among others, Salieri (twice), Banquo, Claudius, Capulet, Launcelot Gobbo and the villain Sizzler in Brookside.
As a writer his play D'Eon was a 5* critically-acclaimed sell-out at Hope Mil Theatre, Manchester, has been translated into Greek and ran for three months in Athens with fourteen 5* reviews. He has also just completed the screenplay. A Dangerous Woman also premiered at the same theatre in Manchester. Renny has written many BBC Radio 4 comedies, was a regular writer for The Bill and won a Scotsman Fringe First in Edinburgh for his play Bare.
Renny is also the voice and face of Oblivion at Alton Towers. He currently has directed the fights for The RSC’s Comedy of Errors which ran at the Garden Theatre in Stratford upon Avon over the summer, has recently finished a tour and is now at the Barbican until the end of December. www.fightdirectoruk.com