JOHN WATERS (Performer - Australia engagements/Writer) was born in London; the son of Scottish actor Russell Waters. As a teenager he was singer and bass-player with blues band 'The Riots', before traveling to Australia, where he landed the lead role of Claude in the 1969 Sydney production of Hair. He moved into work as a film and television actor in Australia, and became known for his varied performances both as character actor and leading man in TV series such as "Rush" for the ABC network, and "All the Rivers Run" for HBO. John featured in the "New Wave" of Australian cinema of the seventies in movies that included "Summerfield", "The Getting of Wisdom", "End Play" and "Breaker Morant". John remained in music through his theatre work; in Godspell, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Little Night Music, Jacques Brel, They're Playing Our Song with Jacki Weaver, as well as the classic leading roles of Henry Higgins, Captain Von Trapp and Fagin. He also starred in a highly successful tour of The Woman in Black. John currently appears on Australia's TEN Network as "Darcy", the patriarch of an eccentric family of big personalities in the hugely successful comedy/drama "Offspring". He was most recently seen as psychopathic criminal Edgar Thompson in ABC TV's hit "dramedy", "Rake". In 1992 John and Stewart D'Arrietta devised and first performed Looking Through a Glass Onion, later named Lennon: Through a Glass Onion,as a theatrical interpretation of John Lennon's life and music. It has continued to be reprised for extensive and successful tours, including a season in London's West End, and most recently in an award-nominated run at the Union Square Theatre in New York City. Further seasons in Edinburgh, Tokyo and Liverpool have established this show on the International calendar of must-see music/theatre. John begins a season in Aukland with great anticipation of breaking into a happy trans-Tasman relationship.
STEWART D’ARRIETTA (Keyboard, Vocals and Co-Creator - UK, Canada, Ireland, USA and Australia engagements)
is well known as ‘the piano guy’ in Lennon Through A Glass Onion. He and John Waters co-created the show in 1992, and it remains one of Australia’s best loved musical theatre productions, performing both Australia and worldwide. Stewart has also been musical director of a number of other major productions, including The White Album Concert and Beatles Back To Back. His recent show, My Leonard Cohen was a smash hit at the 2016 and 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival, as well as selling out at the Sydney Opera House. D’Arrietta’s voice has a signature graveliness, bursting with emotion. His homage to the music of Tom Waits, Belly of A Drunken Piano got rave reviews from The New York Times, Variety and Village Voice. In 2018 he took the show to The Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals where it got all 5 star reviews. In 2019, D’Arrietta returns to the Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe with both Lennon Through A Glass Onion and My Leonard Cohen. D’Arrietta’s other musical director/performer/composer credits include Cafe Brel, Reunion and Satango. Satango, (the devil’s tango), opens in June 2019 in Las Vegas. Stewart has also composed and conducted soundtracks for features, short form drama and documentaries including Easter In Jerusalem for the ABC’s Compass, Sugar Inc, Blood Oath, Colour in The Creek, Emmy Award winning Faces In the Mob and award winning Moeder. He received the Drover’s Award from 'Arts On Tour' for his production of The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead, starring Academy Award nominee, Jacki Weaver. D’Arrietta writes and performs his own music. His latest CD, My Magnificent Narcotic is available on limited release.
ADAM BURBURY (Sound Designer/ Engineer). Adam Burbury has been a sound engineer for 28 years, working on musicals and touring with many Australian and international acts. Musicals include Dancing Man, Hot Shoe Shuffle, A Chorus Line and many more. He has acted as sound engineer and production manager for large music festivals in the Pacific Islands for over 20 years. His involvement with Lennon: Through a Glass Onion started 16 years ago and he has done many other productions for Stewart D'Arrietta and John R. Waters.
SOPHIE PEKBILIMLI (Lighting Designer). Graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in 2010 (one of the leading performing and visual arts schools in Australia). Sophie spent four years as an active member of the technical company run by David Ferguson, a highly respected Lighting Designer and educator for young theatre practitioners. During the past few years, Sophie has also designed shows for the Sydney Aerialize Theatre, The Pacific Opera and the Arts Unit of NSW; Sophie was also the Second Assistant Stage Manager for Belvoir Street Theatre's “Angels in America” which won the Helpmann Award for Best Play in 2014.
HARLEY MEDCALF (Lead Producer). In a career spanning 40 years, Harley has produced shows in over 300 cities worldwide and worked with a diverse range of artists from Elton John, Michael Crawford, Michael Flatley and Shirley Bassey to Meat Loaf and Billy Connolly. Broadway producing credits and US regional tours are Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance (2004–2006), and Burn the Floor (2009–2011). Off- Broadway: Standing on Ceremony (2012). Harley’s latest production is the Brazilian- inspired dance story Brazouka.
MICHAEL A. JENKINS (Producer). President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc., which produces more than 20 productions annually. Credits include tours of Annie Get Your Gun, Flower Drum Song, The Music Man, South Pacific, My Fair Lady and Brooklyn. On Broadway: Boeing-Boeing (Tony), Jay Johnson: The Two and Only (Tony), Memphis (Tony), Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Legally Blonde. Current productions in NYC are Matilda, Cinderella and A Christmas Story. Jenkins is developing the one-woman play All About Bette for 2015 season.
ORIGIN THEATRICAL (Producer). Origin Theatrical manages rights to many of the world's most recognizable musicals. It is the market leader in Australia and New Zealand for theatrical exploitation of plays and musicals into stock and repertory productions, community, schools, pro-am, equity, non-equity as well as fringe and regional touring. Its representation in Australia includes Rodgers and Hammerstein, Really Useful Group, Samuel French and TRW.
JON B. PLATT (Producer). Credits include Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Angels in America: Perestroika, Copenhagen, Clybourne Park, God of Carnage, The Book of Mormon, Death of a Salesman, A Raisin in the Sun, A View From the Bridge, Wicked, Venus in Fur , Jerusalem, Exit the King, I'll Eat You Last..., Betrayal, Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land, This Is Our Youth, A Delicate Balance, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Robert Whitehead Award for Distinguished Producing on Broadway. Winner of eight Tony Awards.
RICHARD FRANKEL (Producer/General Manager) has produced with Tom Viertel, Steve Baruch and Marc Routh since the first Penn and Teller production Off-Broadway in 1985. Their 80 productions, managed by Frankel Green Theatrical Management, on and off Broadway, on tour, in London and in Asia include Smokey Joe's Café, The Sound of Music, The Weir, Swing!, The Producers, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, Company, Young Frankenstein, Gypsy, The Norman Conquests, Burn the Floor, A Little Night Music, Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, Old Jews Telling Jokes, Murder Ballad, Flashdance and many others. They have won Tony Awards in all categories including Best Play, Best Revival of a Play, Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical. They own and operate 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club.
JOE WATSON (Producer/General Manager). Shows with Frankel Green Theatrical Management include Stomp, Stomp national tour, Stomp Out Loud (Las Vegas), Los Monologos de la Vagina, Old Jews Telling Jokes, Murder Ballad, Standing on Ceremony (Executive Producer); Necessary Targets, Family Secrets, Burn the Floor (Producer/General Manager); Forever Tango, (Associate Producer/General Manager); Swing!; and The Rocky Horror Show. He also was an Associate Producer of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in London.
PHILIP C. WALKER (Associate Producer). Philip Walker is a founder of the Origin Music Group with over 30 years in the entertainment business. He has worked in music, theatre and touring. He currently is a non-executive Director of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners' Society Limited (AMCOS) and Australasian Music Publishers' Association Limited (AMPAL).
PHILIP MORTLOCK (Associate Producer). Co-founder of the Origin Music Group; Philip Mortlock has had a 40-year career in the entertainment industry and has been responsible for many major Australian artists as either music publisher or record company executive, including INXS, Cold Chisel, Gotye and Washington. Philip released the cast recording of the first production of Lennon: Through a Glass Onion on the Origin label in the 1990s.
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