Name: XIAOQING HU
Position: Resident Director
Central Academy of Drama (M.A. in Theatre Directing)
Peking University (B.A. in English and Art)
Little Shop of Horrors Mandarin version
Murder Ballad Mandarin version
The Noodles Show
Youth of Chaoyang, A New Musical
Mamma Mia! Mandarin version
Name: YUZHUO SUN
Position: Resident Music Director/Conductor
China Conservatory of Music (BA in Composition)
The Lion King Mandarin version
Into The Woods Mandarin version
Cats Mandarin version
Mamma Mia! Mandarin version
Composer of Musical The Adventure in Porcelain Capital
Name: ELISA MONTALVO
Position: Resident Dance Supervisor
University of Chicago (B.A. in Mathematics and Economics)
Choreographer - Shanghai Disney Resort
Choreographer - Jin Xing Dance Theater
Choreographer - So You Think You Can Dance.
In the United States, Elisa’s professional dance credits include performances with Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, and Jennifer Hudson and working as an assistant choreographer for and performing with the Black Eyed Peas for the viral “I Gotta’ Feeling” flash mob.
Name: ALAN MENKEN
Stage musicals: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Little Shop of Horrors; Beauty and The Beast; A Christmas Carol; The Little Mermaid; Sister Act; Leap of Faith; Newsies; Aladdin; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and A Bronx Tale. Film work: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast (animated), Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted, Tangled, Sausage Party, Beauty and the Beast (live version). Television credits: “Sesame Street,” “Lincoln,” “The Neighbors,” “Galavant,” “Tangled.” Awards: 2012 Tony®, Drama Desk, 8 Oscars®, 11 Grammy® Awards, 7 Golden Globes®, London’s Evening Standard, the Olivier and Outer Critics Circle. Other: Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard’s #1 single and album, Disney Legend, star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Doctorates from NYU and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Name: HOWARD ASHMAN
Best known as the pivotal creative mind behind The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast (which is dedicated to “Our friend, Howard Ashman, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul…”), Ashman’s first love was theatre. He was a founder of Off Off-Broadway’s renowned WPA Theatre, where he conceived, wrote and directed the classic musical Little Shop of Horrors as well as God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (both music by Alan Menken). A new cast recording of Rosewater will be available soon from Sh-K-Boom records. In 1986, Ashman wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Lamented as a lost treasure of the 1980’s theatre scene, Smile remains popular on high school and college campuses throughout the country. Ashman’s family is thrilled that Ashman and Menken’s original songs for Aladdin, some of which were cut in the making of the film — as well as portions of Ashman’s original film treatment — have been reinstated in the theatrical production. Howard Ashman died in 1991 from complications of AIDS. For more information, please visit howardashman.com.
Name: TIM RICE
TIM RICE has been writing lyrics for musical theatre and related enterprises for nearly 50 years. Credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita with Andrew Lloyd Webber; Aladdin, King David and Beauty and the Beast with Alan Menken; Chess with Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson; and The Lion King and Aida with Elton John. He has won numerous awards along the way, usually for the wrong things or for simply turning up. His latest musical opened in London in 2013, based on James Jones’s novel From Here to Eternity, with music by Stuart Brayson. He is currently working on a show about Machiavelli and wrote three new songs with Alan Menken for the 2017 live action film of Beauty and the Beast. www.timrice.co.uk.
Name: LINDA WOOLVERTON
While working as a development executive at CBS, Linda Woolverton wrote two young adult novels: Star Wind and Running Before the Wind. After her books were published by Houghton Mifflin, she began to write full time. She started by writing scripts for animated television shows. When one of her novels caught the attention of a Disney executive, she was hired to write the script for the animated feature, Beauty and the Beast. Upon its release in 1991, the film won the Golden Globe for the Best Comedy/ Musical and became the first animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. Woolverton was then hired to write the screenplay for The Lion King. She then rewrote the script for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey as well as wrote for the animated feature Mulan. She went on to adapt the script of Beauty and the Beast for the Broadway stage and received the Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 1994. Woolverton was also awarded the Laurence Oliver Award for Beauty and the Beast for Best New Musical in the U.K. Beauty and the Beast ran between 1994 and 2007, becoming the eighth longest running show in Broadway history. She also wrote the Book for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Musical Aida which ran for five years at the Palace Theatre. In 2008, Linda received a lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America-Animation Writers Caucus for her longtime work in the field of animation. Woolverton’s script for Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, was released in March 2010. The film grossed over one billion dollars worldwide. Woolverton went on to write the screenplay for Disney's Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie. The film was released in May of 2014 and became a worldwide success. Currently, Woolverton has returned to her first love, Feature Animation. She's writing an animated fantasy with a contemporary theme for Skydance Media.
Name: ROB ROTH
ROB ROTH was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Director for his Broadway debut, “Beauty and the Beast”. Rob went on to direct the show all over the world, where it has won many awards, including the Olivier Award for Best Musical in London. Rob went on to direct the world premiere of “Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida,” collaborating with Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice. Rob directed the Broadway musical “Lestat”, based on the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles with a score by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Rob frequently directs rock concerts, and has worked with such artists as KISS, Alice Cooper, Dresden Dolls, Cyndi Lauper, and guitar legend Steve Miller. Rob’s first play as an author, “WARHOLCAPOTE”, is being produced in 2018 and will be published by Simon & Schuster. Rob is an avid collector of rock and roll graphics, and his collection is the subject of the coffee table book “The Art of Classic Rock”. Rob is married to psychologist Dr. Patrick Meade, and they live in New York City with two Labrador Retrievers, Dash and Tag.
Name: MATT WEST
For Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, Matt received the L.A. Drama-Logue Award, the L.A. Ovation Award along with New York’s Drama Desk Award, London’s Olivier Award and the New York Outer Critics’ Circle Award nominations. Beauty and the Beast also received the Olivier Award for Best Musical. Other Broadway: Lestat with music and lyrics by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Mimi le Duck starring Eartha Kitt. International Theatre includes Little Shop of Horrors (Buenos Aires), The Wanderer (Tokyo’s Parko Theatre) The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Peter Pan for Disney Home Video, The Nutcracker for the Disney Channel. Also, more than 30 productions of Beauty and the Beast Worldwide. Matt Directed and Choreographed Fantasmic for Tokyo Disney Sea. Current Projects Include the Broadway bound Productions of Smackdown and Click. Matt continues his long love affair with the Disney Parks. Currently Matt is Directing and Choreographing productions for Disney Paris, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland in California. Film: Matt played BOBBY in A Chorus Line Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough.
Name: STANLEY A. MEYER
Position: Scenic Designer
STANLEY A. MEYER has been “Making a Career out of Coloring and Playing Pretend” for over 30 years and has more than eight dozen credits as a scenic designer, production designer and Illustrator that have earned him numerous awards and nominations. Highlights include: Peter Pan’s Neverland at Universal Studios Japan, SeaWorld’s Blue Horizons, Fiesta Parade Floats for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. His critically acclaimed work includes the World Premiere & International Sensation Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; The world premiere of Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice’s Aida, Alliance Theatre; the American Premier of Sir Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity. Current work includes The 2017 World Premiere of Rob Roth’s WarholCapote, directed by Michael Mayer, American Repertory Theatre; Stan is listed in the Library of Congress for illustrating the book 101 Things I Hate About Your House. Special thanks to his Latvian husband Arnis Robeznieks & their cat Sir Barney Bainbridge who lives within the world of Beauty and the Beast. www.stanleyameyerdesignllc.com.
Name: ANN HOULD-WARD
Position: Costume Designer
Select Broadway: The Color Purple, The Visit, The People in the Picture; A Free Man of Color (Drama Desk Nomination), A Catered Affair (Drama Desk Nomination), Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award), Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations), Falsettos, Sunday in the Park With George (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations); Saint Joan; Little Me. Off-Broadway: Pacific Overtures, Classic Stage Company; Dead Poets Society, Classic Stage Company; Notes from the Field, Second Stage; Passion, Classic Stage Company; Russian Transport; The Blue Flower, Road Show; Lobster Alice; Cymbeline. Ms. Hould-Ward’s work can be seen in over 35 International companies of Beauty and the Beast, and her other designs are featured in shows all over the world. More than 100 regional theatre credits. Recipient of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Patricia Zipprodt Award.
Name: NATASHA KATZ
Position: Lighting Designer
NATASHA KATZ has designed extensively for theatre, opera, dance, concerts and permanent lighting installations around the world. She is a six-time Tony Award® winner whose recent Broadway credits include: Frozen, Springsteen on Broadway, the recent revival of Hello, Dolly!, Cats, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, School of Rock, An American in Paris, and Once. She is thrilled to have designed the lighting for Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and throughout the world.
Name: JOHN SHIVERS
Position: Sound Designer
Credits include: Pretty Woman, Getting The Band Back Together. Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, The Muny St. Louis (2015 - 2018 seasons). Kinky Boots Worldwide (2013 Tony Award recipient), Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Bonnie & Clyde, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, In My Life and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. International: The Secret, Tarzan, Das Wunder Von Bern, The Lion King (Shanghai) and (Singapore), Regional: Hood, Born for This, Moonshine, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods. Other credits include: Savion Glover, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Gregory Hines and engineering at Electric Lady Studios. John’s proudest production however, is his gem of a daughter, Ruby.
Name: DAVID H. LAWRENCE
Position: Hair Designer
Broadway shows include: Baby Its You, Company (Revival) Anything Goes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, She Loves Me, Guys and Dolls (CLAIROL award for Outstanding Hair Design on Broadway), Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The King and I, Moliere Comedies, Night of The Iguana, On The Waterfront, Wait Until Dark, On The Town, Grease, Death of a Salesman (NY/LA and Showtime), Bells are Ringing, 42nd Street (NY, Germany, US Tour), The Full Monty (NY and Tour), Maurice Hines’ Guys and Dolls (Tour), The Crucible, Some Like it Hot starring Tony Curtis (Tour), Dance of the Vampires, All Shook Up (NY and Tour), and Souvenir. Off-Broadway his work has been seen in: Mimi Le Duck (New World Stages), Indian Blood (Primary Stages), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Dinah Was, Twelfth Night, and A Dybbuk (NYSF), Jeffrey, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (NYC and Tour). Other credits include Chicago (2nd Tour) and Elaborate Lives: the Legend of Aida (Alliance Theater), Bounce (Goodman Theatre and Kennedy Center). Lawrence also designed the hair for two seasons of Saturday Night Live (Emmy Nomination), and the Films; What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (ABC), The James Brady Story (HBO). He was the winner of the 1994 outstanding achievement award from Theatre Crafts International for work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He is happy to be working at beautiful Shanghai Disney.
Name: RICK SORDELET
RICK SORDELET is considered the most prolific fight director in America. He and his son, Christian Kelly-Sordelet, are the creators of Sordelet Inc, an exciting new Stage Combat company bringing over 30 years of action movement experience to the entertainment community. BROADWAY: 72 Broadway shows including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast. INTERNATIONAL: 56 First Class productions worldwide: Including Ben Hur Live in Rome and the European Tour. OPERA: Cyrano (starring Placido Domingo) at the Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera House and La Scalla. Don Carlo directed by Nicholas Hytner at the MET, Heart of the Soldier, at San Francisco Opera, Cold Mountain, Don Giovanni, Romeo and Juliette and La Funciulla del west for Santa Fe Opera. FILM: Ben is Back starring Julia Roberts, The Game Plan, starring Dwayne Johnson, Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell, Brave New Jersey, LIV. TELEVISION: Stunt Coordinators for the hit comedy series KEVIN CAN WAIT on CBS, 12 years as Stunt Coordinators for Guiding Light. INSTRUCTOR: Yale School of Drama, CUNY Harlem, HB Studio. AFFILIATIONS: Board member for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. AWARDS: Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence from the Lucille Lortel Off-Broadway League, Jeff Award for Best Fight Direction for Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Name: JIM STEINMEYER
Position: Illusion Designer
The New York Times calls him the “celebrated invisible man, designer and creative brain behind many of the great stage magicians.” His illusions have been featured by Doug Henning, Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Ricky Jay and many others. He created the special illusions for Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods, The Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins. He’s also the author of books on the history of magic.
Name: BASIL TWIST
Position: Puppeteer Designer
BASIL TWIST originally from San Francisco, is a third generation puppeteer who lives and works in New York City. Broadway credits include The Addams Family and The Pee Wee Herman Show. Original creations; The Araneidae Show, Symphonie Fantastique, Petrushka, Master Peter’s Puppet Show, Dogugaeshi, La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco, Behind the Lid and Arias with a Twist. Partnerships include The Spoleto Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center’s Voice and Visions Series, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Japan Society and Gotham Chamber Opera. Second opera, Hansel and Gretel, premiered with The Houston Grand and Atlanta Opera Companies. Recent collaborations include Streetcar Named Desire with Lee Breuer at The Comedie Francaise. Awards: Obie Award, five UNIMA Awards for Excellence in Puppetry, two Bessie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, New York Innovative Theatre Award, Henry Hewes Design Award, Guggenheim Fellow, and an inaugural United States Artist Ford Fellow and inaugural Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Twist is the Director of the Dream Music Puppetry Program at HERE in New York City. basiltwist.com.
Name: MICHAEL KOSARIN
Position: Music Supervision, Vocal and Incidental Music Arrangements
MICHAEL KOSARIN was the original music director/arranger of the Broadway production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 25 years ago, and has collaborated as composer Alan Menken’s music director ever since. He has worked steadily on Broadway for over 35 years, on the original Broadway productions of Nine, Grand Hotel, Secret Garden, King David, Mayor, A Chorus Line, Triumph Of Love, Little Shop of Horrors, Hunchback of Notre Dame (developed in Europe and Japan), The Little Mermaid, Leap of Faith, Sister Act, Newsies, and Aladdin, among others. His extensive film work includes the Disney animation films Pocahontas, Hercules and Home On The Range, as well as numerous live action films, including the more recent hits Enchanted, Tangled, and Captain America. Winner of an Emmy Award for Music Direction (Menken/Ahrens’ “A Christmas Carol”, starring Kelsey Grammer), he produced and arranged the music for two seasons of ABC’s “Galavant”. In bringing this collaborative relationship full circle, last year he presided over the new live-action Beauty and the Beast (Emma Watson/Emma Thompson/Dan Stevens) as conductor and song arranger/producer, and now he’s working on the new live-action film of Aladdin as well.
Name: DANNY TROOB
Film: Beauty and The Beast (twice!), Aladdin, Pocahontas, Hercules, Enchanted, Cousin Bette. Broadway: Big River (drama desk award) H2S (Matthew Broderick), Sarava, Footloose, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek the Musical, Newsies, Hugh Jackman on Broadway, Cinderella (drama desk award), Aladdin, Dr. Zhivago. Orchestral Arrangements: Boston Pops, Metropolitan Opera. Has worked with composers from every genre - Stephen Sondheim, Nat Adderly, Ray Davies, Roger Miller, and many others. Conductor, pianist, and composer - 40-year Broadway survivor. Idealist. Realist. Ready for new adventures…
Name: GLEN KELLY
GLEN KELLY was the arranger and music supervisor for The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Bullets Over Broadway, for which he also wrote lyrics. Additional Broadway arranging credits include Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Book Of Mormon, A Christmas Story, The Scottsboro Boys, Aladdin, Something Rotten!, and Mean Girls. He won the New York Drama Desk Award for his original score to The Nance.
Name: SAM SCALAMONI
Position: Associate Director
Mr. Scalamoni is proud to be celebrating his seventeenth year with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with this production here in Shanghai! As Associate Director he also supervised the show on Broadway in the UK, Brazil and Korea. He is the director of the critically acclaimed National Tours of Elf the Musical and the new musical Noel with book by Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer. Currently in development is a new musical, A Thousand Faces, based on the life of film legend Lon Chaney, Unbelievable, based on baseball legend Jackie Mitchell and a stage adaptation of the MGM musical Summer Stock. He directed Les Miserables winning the SALT Award for Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical of the Year and Agatha Christie’s An Unexpected Guest, winning the Broadway World Award for Best Director of a Play. Other tours; Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live! and The Gazillion Bubble Show. In NYC, Mr. Scalamoni directed workshops of Alan Menken’s Leap of Faith, Mulan Jr. and Sense and Sensibility at Playwrights Horizons, He is a founding member and Artistic Director of Skyline Theatre Company.
Name: CHANDON JONES
Position: Associate Choreographer
Chandon is thrilled to bring the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to audiences around the world! Since 2012, she has had the pleasure of being the Assistant Choreographer for the U.S. National and International companies of the show. Her favorite choreographic credits include: Elf The Musical (Assistant Choreographer), Theatreworks USA’s Off Broadway production of Bunnicula!(Associate Choreographer), Cornell University’s 150th Charter Day Celebration kicking off with a “Big Red Birthday Bash”(Choreographer), Tisch University’s 50th Anniversary Gala (Co-Choreographer) as well as her work with Skyline Theatre Company, in New Jersey, choreographing their productions of Cabaret, Funny Girl and Dreamgirls. Chandon is a graduate of Elon University.
Name: NATE PATTEN
Position: Associate Music Supervisor
Nate was most recently the Music Director/Conductor for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway and is currently the Music Supervisor for the Australian company. Other Broadway credits as a conductor or pianist: The Prom, Be More Chill, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, School of Rock, Catch Me If You Can, Bonnie and Clyde. Kennedy Center: Elf the Musical. Off Broadway: Silence! The Musical, The Toxic Avenger. National Tours: Flashdance, We Will Rock You, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Wedding Singer, The Wizard of Oz.