Project Description

HOT MINUTE 2002 Celebrity Constellation Poster

A Hot Minute
(Celebrity Cruises)

A HOT MINUTE by Melanie Mintz utilizing a Broadway creative and production team as a flagship show of a 4 show repertory for the maiden voyages throughout Europe with Celebrity Cruises commencing in May 2002.  A HOT MINUTE: A musical about back up singers – the singers behind the stars – who they are and who they want to be — all hoping for a hot minute in the spotlight.

Produced by Bob Nederlander, Jr, Amy Nederlander and Toby Simkin based on a researched idea by Toby Simkin, John Daniele & Larry Alexander.

Directed & Choreographed by Wayne Cilento; Set Design by Riccardo Hernandez; Costume Design by Paul Tazewell; Lighting Design by David Grill; Projections by Wendall K. Harrington; Musical Direction by Terry Hanson; Music Supervision by Lon Hoyt; Hair Design by David H. Lawrence; Dance Arrangements by Andy Wilder and Orchestrations by Gary Musick Productions.

Wayne Cilento & Cast (2002 Celebrity Constellation)Starring Amy Connolly, Laura Dysarctck, Robyn Hurder, David Koch, Vanessa McMahon, Steve Morgan, Mary Mussberg, Declan Owens, Richard Paxton, Monica Palos, Marco Puenta, Tarita R. Reid, Tia Robinson, Irene Omer Flowers, Matt Tinker and Sandra Weinthal.

Assistant Choreographed by Corine McFadden; Associate Set Designed by Chad McArver; Drafting by Paul Weimer; Associate Costume Designed by Valerie Marcus; Assistant Costume Designed by Kate Jones & Michael McAleer; Automated Light Programming by Mathew Piercy; Conventional Light Programming by Richard J. Beck; Associate Projections by Sage Carter and Animation by David Biedny.

Celebrity Director of Entertainment Jim D’Amico; Celebrity Specialist, Entertainment Productions Leigh-Ann Thomasson; Celebrity Specialist, Interactive and Technical Systems Brian Lunsford; Celebrity Specialist, Entertainment Technical Systems William Price; General Management by Marcia Goldberg & Nancy Gibbs; Casting by Jessica Gilburne & Ed Urban; Senior Production Manager Kraig Tippee; Production Stage Managed by Thom Schilling; Assistant Stage Managed by Jason Sutton; Dance Captained by David Koch, Rehearsal Percussionist Tony Tedesco; Rehearsal Pianist Denise Puricelli; Assistant to Jim D’Amico: Amy De Varona; Assistant to the Producers: Richard Rainville and Music recorded by Tom Reeves at Westpark Sound.

For the Celebrity Constellation Theatre: Cruise Director: Ray Carr; Production Manager: Gareth Mogford; AV Manager: Amado Hernandez; Audio Engineer: Troy Wyatt; Broadcast Manager: Mark Sommise; Backstage Manager: Alex Took; Technicians: Craig Alferdson, Renante Lopez & Shaun Throndson.

Scenery built by Hudson Scenic Studio. Inc. New York. Costumes by Barbara Matera, Ltd.; Eric Winterling; Jennifer Love Costumes; Phillip Brown; Skip Stewart Design, Orlando Theatrical Supply Co. Millinery by Lynne Mackey; Arnold Levine. Shoes by Menkes Theatrical; Capezio. All Props fabricated by Prism Production Services, Rahway, NJ. Insurance by Robert A. Boyar, MARSH USA; Legal Counsel by Elliot Brown, Daniel Wasser and Jason Baruch, Franklin, Weinrib et al and Banking by Linda Dunn, Citigroup Private Bank

Special Thanks to Frank Scardino, James Merillat, Susan Weaving, Sarah Kaskel, Roland Scahill, Leah Alter, Patrick Herold, Mala Mosher, Lawrence Anderson, Morris Azouz, Jim Payne, Mike Terranova. Derek Gallan, Basil Hero, The Broadway Theatre Archive, Marcus Collins and DJ Wizniak.

The 78-minute show A Hot Minute — used songs by writers as diverse as Billie Holiday, Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane, Irene Cara and Smokey Robinson, with original numbers added among the classics — focussing on the lives of five back-up singers and their audible insistence on breaking the sound barrier.

Nederlander Worldwide EntertainmentAs Executive Producer & Senior Vice President of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment LLC since 2000, a New York based member of the Nederlander family group of companies, responsible for international development of theatrical markets, venues and shows.