Starring Brian Stokes Mitchell (King), Leslie Uggams (Ruby), Charles Brown (Elmore), Viola Davis (Tonya), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Stool Pigeon), Monté Russell (Mister)
Standby: Yvette Ganier (Tonya), Lynda Gravátt (Ruby) and Keith Randolph Smith (King, Mister)
Replacement Standby: Ron Dortch (Elmore, Stool Pigeon), Mike Hodge (Stool Pigeon, Elmore) and Lisa Tharps (Tonya)
General Manager: Roger Alan Gindi; Company Manager: Chris Morey; Production Stage Manager: Diane DiVita; Technical Supervisor: UNITECH; Stage Manager: Cynthia Kocher; Fight direction by David S. Leong; Casting: Barry Moss; Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Director of Marketing: Carla J. Simpson; Fight Captain: Keith Randolph Smith; Interactive Marketing: Cyber-NY and Damian Bazadona; Additional Online Marketing by Toby Simkin; Promotions: The Walton Group; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Associate Casting: Matt Schreiber
In December 1999, this production premiered at The Pittsburgh Public Theatre; In February 2000, this production premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre; Additional presentations were mounted at Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director), Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum (Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director) and The Goodman Theatre (Robert Falls, Artistic Director; Roche Schulfer, Executive Director)
As Founder and CEO of Theatre.com and BuyBroadway.com. The pioneer in moving the Broadway industry onto the internet. The theatre press branded me as “Toby is the man pushing theatre, kicking and screaming, into cyberspace.” What 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. The “Super site of Broadway” became a publicly traded company, prior to my re-branding it as Theatre.com at the Minskoff Theatre.
Described by Variety Magazine as a “marketing powerhouse“, it was the single largest theatre community in the world with over 180,000 active members (in the 1990’s this was massive). From 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 live broadcasts), 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.