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High Society (Broadway)

High Society by Cole Porter and Arthur Kopit with additional lyrics by Susan Birkenhead; Book by Arthur Kopit; Based on the play “The Philadelphia Story” by Philip Barry; Also based on the movie “High Society” owned by Turner Entertainment, opened on April 27, 1998 at the St. James Theatre on Broadway and ran for  171 paid performances

Produced by Lauren Mitchell, Robert Gailus, Hal Luftig, Richard Samson and Dodger Endemol Theatricals; Produced in association with Bill Haber; Associate Producer: Kevin C. Whitman. Originally produced by American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco

Directed by Christopher Renshaw; Musical Staging by Lar Lubovitch; Scenic Design by Loy Arcenas; Costume Design by Jane Greenwood; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Sound Design by Tony Meola; Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Dance arrangements by Glen Kelly; Music orchestrated by William David Brohn; Musical Director & Conducted by Paul Gemignani.

Starring Stephen Bogardus (Mike Connor), Melissa Errico (Tracy Samantha Lord), Daniel McDonald (C.K. Dexter Haven), John McMartin (Uncle Willie), Randy Graff (Liz Imbrie), Lisa Banes (Margaret Lord), Barry Finkel (Chester, House Man), Daniel Gerroll (Seth Lord), Kisha Howard (Sunny, Scullery Maid), Betsy Joslyn (Patsy, Cook), Anna Kendrick (Dinah Lord), Marc Kudisch (George Kittredge), William Ryall (Edmund, Major Domo), Jeff Skowron (Stanley, House Boy), Jennifer Smith (Polly, Downstairs Maid), Dorothy Stanley (Peg Upstairs Maid) and Glenn Turner (Arthur Butler)

Swings: Vince Pesce, and Sarah Solie Shannon

Standby: Stacey Logan (Tracy Samantha Lord) and Richard Muenz (C. K. Dexter Haven, Mike Connor, George Kittredge)

Understudies: Barry Finkel (Seth Lord, Uncle Willie),  William Ryall (Seth Lord, Uncle Willie),  Holiday Segal (Dinah Lord),  Sarah Solie Shannon (Tracy Samantha Lord),  Jeff Skowron (Mike Connor),  Jennifer Smith (Liz Imbrie, Margaret Lord) and Dorothy Stanley (Liz Imbrie, Margaret Lord)

Associate Choreographer: Marcia Milgrom Dodge; Assistant Director: Anders Cato; Associate Conductor: Nicholas Archer; Assistant Conductor: Thad Wheeler; Associate Scenic Design: Myung Hee Cho; Assistant Scenic Design: Emily Beck, Ann Keehbauch, Russell Parkman, Michael V. Sims and Mikiko Uesugi; Assistant to the Scenic Designer: Anthony Bishop, Andrew Sachs and Matthew Anderson; Assistant Costume Design: MaryAnn D. Smith and Jan Finnell; Associate Lighting Design: Chad McArver; Assistant Lighting Design: Les Dickert; Associate Sound Design: Kai Harada

General Manager: Stuart Thompson; Associate General Manager: Florie Seery; Company Manager: Kimberly Kelley; Assistant Co. Mgr: Thia Calloway; Production Supervisor: Steven Zweigbaum; Technical Supervisor: Gene O’Donovan; Stage Manager: Rolt Smith; Assistant Stage Manager: Tamlyn Freund; Technical Supervision: Aurora Productions; Casting: Jay Binder; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Marketing: Margery Singer; Online Marketing by Toby Simkin; Dance Captain: Vince Pesce; Assistant to the Director: Jules Ochoa; Press Associate: Amy Jacobs, Susanne Tighe and Jim Sapp

Concert Master: Suzanne Ornstein; Keyboard 1: Nicholas Archer; Keyboard 2: Paul Ford; Guitar / Banjo: Andy Schwartz; String Bass: Peter Donovan; Drums: Paul Pizzuti; Woodwind 1: Scott Shachter; Woodwind 2: Dennis Anderson; Solo Trumpet: Bob Millikan; Solo Trombone: James Pugh; Solo French Horn: Ronald Sell; Violin: Suzanne Ornstein; Violin 2: Martin Agee; Viola: Richard Brice; Cello: Clay C. Ruede; Percussion: Thad Wheeler; Music Contractor: Ronald Sell

As Founder and CEO of Theatre.com and BuyBroadway.com.  The pioneer in moving the Broadway industry onto the internet. Press branded me as “Toby is the man pushing theatre, kicking and screaming, into cyberspace.” The Broadway theatre supersite Buy Broadway OnlineWhat started in 1989 as a Broadway industry service called ShowCall via dialup BBS for members of the League of American Theatre Producers evolved onto the world wide web in 1993, and shortly after this, the vast majority of Broadway shows (starting with my production of Victor/Victoria) and theatrical organizations followed. Described by Variety Magazine as a “marketing powerhouse“, it was the single largest theatre community in the world with over 180,000 active members. The global theater supersite theatre.comFrom buying official Broadway tickets and souvenirs, providing detailed global show listings, interactive show study & educational guides, live streaming shows and events (including many Opening Nights), industry news from major theatre journalists, pictures and videos, games, messaging directly to Broadway cast’s backstage or even licensing a musical, theatre.com offered it all in a single, easy-to-use interface to theatregoers across North America and globally. The “Super site of Broadway” became a publicly traded company, prior to my re-branding it as Theatre.com at the Minskoff Theatre.

High Society

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