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THE ART OF MUSICALS: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Theater, film and opera director
JULIE TAYMOR's (Director, Story by) Most recent film is Frida, starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina. The film garnered six Oscar® nominations, winning two. Taymor made her feature film directorial debut in 1999 with Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. Based on Shakespeare's play, "Titus Andronicus," her adapted screenplay is published in an illustrated book by Newmarket Press.
Taymor has received numerous awards for "The Lion King," which opened at the New Amsterdam Theater in 1997, including two Tony Awards: for best direction of a musical and for her original costume designs. She also co-designed the masks and puppets and wrote additional lyrics for "The Lion King," which has been performed in eleven countries around the world. "The Lion King" most recently premiered in South Africa and opens in Paris in October 2007.
Her direction of the opera "The Magic Flute" opened in the fall of 2004, with James Levine conducting, and is now in repertory at The Metropolitan Opera.
Taymor directed Carlo Gozzi's "The Green Bird" on Broadway in 2000. It was first produced in 1996 by Theatre For a New Audience at The New Victory Theater and presented at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Taymor's original visual music-theater work, "Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass," presented at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater in 1996, received five Tony nominations including best director. Originally produced by Music Theater Group in 1988, "Juan Darién" was directed and designed by Taymor, and co-written with the composer Elliot Goldenthal. The recipient of two Obies and numerous other awards, it was also performed at The Edinburgh International Festival, festivals in France, Jerusalem and Montreal, and had an extended run in San Francisco.
In September 1995, Taymor directed Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" for the Los Angeles Music Center in a co-production with the Houston Grand Opera. She directed Strauss' "Salome" for the Kirov Opera in Russia, Germany, and Israel, under the baton of Valery Gergiev. In June 1993, she directed Mozart's "The Magic Flute" for the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Zubin Mehta conducting.
Taymor's first opera direction was of Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex" for the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa in 1992. The opera featured Philip Langridge as Oedipus and Jessye Norman as Jocasta. Her film of the opera premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Jury Award at the Montreal Festival of Films on Art. The film was broadcast internationally in 1993, garnering an Emmy Award and the 1994 International Classical Music Award for best opera production.
Fool's Fire, Taymor's first film, which she both adapted and directed, is based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "Hop-Frog." Produced by American Playhouse, it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS in March 1992. The film won the "Best Drama" award at the Tokyo International Electronic Cinema Festival.
Taymor's stage production of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" was produced off-Broadway by Theatre For a New Audience in 1994. Other directing credits include "The Tempest" (TFANA at the Stratford American Shakespeare Festival), "The Taming of the Shrew," "The Transposed Heads" (based on the novella by Thomas Mann, co-produced by the American Musical Theater Festival and The Lincoln Center), and "Liberty's Taken," an original musical co-created with David Suehsdorf and Elliot Goldenthal.
While on a Watson Fellowship in Indonesia from 1975-79, Taymor developed a mask/dance company, Teatr Loh, consisting of Javanese, Balinese, Sundanese, French, German and American actors, musicians, dancers and puppeteers. The company toured throughout Indonesia with two original productions, "Way of Snow" and "Tirai" (subsequently performed in the USA).
In 1991 Taymor received a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship. She has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, the first Annual Dorothy B. Chandler Award in Theater, and the 1990 Brandeis Creative Arts Award. An illustrated book on her career,
Julie Taymor: Playing with Fire, was recently expanded and revised by Harry N. Abrams. Her book, The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway, is published by Hyperion. An illustrated book, Frida: Bringing Frida Kahlo's Life and Art to Film, is available from Newmarket Press. A major retrospective of 25 years of Taymor's work opened in the fall of 1999 at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio and toured the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington D.C.) and the Field Museum (Chicago).
Taymor recently collaborated with Goldenthal on an original opera, "Grendel," which premiered at the Los Angeles Opera in 2006 and subsequently at the Lincoln Center Festival.

Composer
Elliot Goldenthal creates works for orchestra, theatre, opera, ballet and film. In 2003, he was honored with the Academy Award® and a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for Frida, directed by Julie Taymor. A double Oscar® nominee that year, Goldenthal also received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song ("Burn it Blue," performed by Caetano Veloso). The score was released on the Decca/UMG Label and was on Billboard's World Music Chart and Latin charts for over 40 weeks.
In 2006, Goldenthal's original 3-act opera
Grendel, directed by Julie Taymor, premiered at the Los Angeles Opera, becoming one of the most successful productions in their history. It had its east coast debut as the centerpiece of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, and was added to the Los Angeles Opera's permanent repertoire. Goldenthal was one of the two finalists for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music for his work on this opera.
Goldenthal's large-scale symphonic piece,
Fire Water Paper, a commemorative tribute created for the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam War, commissioned by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, was released in April of 1996 on Sony Classical Records featuring soloist Yo Yo Ma. It debuted at the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and was later performed in critically acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall and at The Kennedy Center, with Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Goldenthal was commissioned by the American Ballet Theater to create a new 3-act ballet of
Othello, which debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in May of 1997. Othello was co-produced by the ABT in partnership with the San Francisco Ballet and was choreographed by the world-renowned Lar Lubovitch. In June of 2003, PBS's prestigious arts series "Great Performances" broadcast a two-hour special of Othello filmed with the San Francisco Ballet and Goldenthal's original score was nominated for an Emmy. This year, ABT performed Othello at The Metropolitan Opera House, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and The Kennedy Center.
He has composed music for more than a dozen theatrical productions including
Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, directed by Taymor and first produced in 1988. Juan Darién opened the season at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center in 1996, winning rave reviews, as well as four Drama Desk and five Tony nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.
Goldenthal composed the scores for
Heat, Titus, Interview with the Vampire, Michael Collins, Batman Forever, A Time to Kill, Drugstore Cowboy, Alien 3 and many other films. He was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, two Tony Awards, and three Chicago Film Critics Awards. He received the L.A. Film Critics Award for Best Original Score for his work on Neil Jordan's The Butcher Boy.

DANIEL EZRALOW's (choreographer) latest work can be seen in Cirque du Soleil's current hit show "Love" as well as in Ezralow's own touring Dance Theatre show "Why," which premiered to glowing reviews in Milano, Italy, in spring, 2007. Ezralow's show "Aeros," created with the Romanian Olympic Gymnastic Team, continues its successful tour worldwide, while his fifth new work with the renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago premiered at Symphony Hall Chicago with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Ezralow began his career as a dancer with
5X2 Plus, Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor and Pilobolus. He was one of the original dancer-choreographers to create MOMIX and is a founding member of ISO Dance. He has also created original work for numerous pre-eminent dance companies through the world, including the Paris Opera Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, London Contemporary Dance Company, and Batsheva, to name a few. His work with ISO Dance and his multi-media one man show "Mandala" have both toured worldwide to sold out audiences receiving standing ovations and glowing reviews.
Working extensively in film and television, Ezralow has choreographed for such directors as Julie Taymor, Ron Howard, Lina Wertmuller, Marco Belocchio, Nakano Hiroyuki, Dominique Sena, and Julian Temple. He has created the award winning dance special "Windows," shown extensively on Bravo, and received an Emmy Award for his work on the PBS special "Episodes."
In the theater, he has choreographed Julie Taymor's Broadway production of "The Green Bird" and her "Flying Dutchman" for the Los Angeles and Houston Operas. He has choreographed and associate directed a new contemporary music theatre production of "Tosca: Amore Disperato," which premiered and performed extensively in Italy, including the Arena di Verona. He has also choreographed Maggio Musicale's production of "Aida" with Zubin Mehta conducting, directed and choreographed "The Adventures of Emilio Salgari" at the Filharmonic di Verona, and he created the choreography, stage movement and appeared with Vittorio Gassman in an adaptation of Melville's' "Moby Dick" at Theatre Champs Elysees.
In the music world, he has created choreography and staged shows for such artists as Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Andrea Bocelli, U2, David Bowie, Sting, Pat Metheny, Lucio Dalla, Ricky Martin, and many more.
Ezralow is also the recipient of The American Choreography Award's Innovator's award, an American Choreography Award for Outstanding Choreography in a Television Special, an Emmy nomination for the 1998 Academy Awards®, a Positano Award for Excellence in Choreography, and a Nijinsky Award, not to mention numerous other award nominations for his outstanding choreography in special events, live performance, opera, rock videos, commercials, film, and television programs around the world. He has also been a recipient of an NEA Fellowship Grant.
Ezralow's choreographic vision and performance participation have also been seen in innovative advertising campaigns for Gap Clothing, Danone Yogurt, New York Times Men's Fashion, Issey Miyake, Ermengilda Zegna, Hugo Boss, Xerox-Fuji, Ilford Film, Eveready Battery, Sapporo Beer, and Raymond-Weil Watches.
His image and movement grace the covers of and are featured throughout the best selling dance photography books
The Fugitive Gesture and Breaking Bounds. He is the subject a feature documentary film entitled The Journey of a Dancer: Daniel Ezralow, which explores in depth Ezralow's creative process, his life and his work.

Born and raised in a house dedicated to classical music in Winterthur, Switzerland, Matthias
"Teese" Gohl (Songs Producer, Supervising Music Producer) studied jazz composition at Berklee College in Boston, MA. After years of composing for and touring with local Jazz groups he turned to Theater Music and Sound Design. He has worked at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, New York University, Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, R.I., and Theater For A New Audience in NY. His theatre collaborators include Elliot Goldenthal, Anne Bogart, Oscar Eustis, Bill Alexander, Tina Landau, Brian Jucha and Andre Serban.
While in Cambridge he collaborated with Elliot Goldenthal on his score for
Pet Semetary and has since produced most of his twenty film scores, including Interview with the Vampire, Michael Collins, two Batman features, Titus, and the Oscar® winning score for Julie Taymor's Frida. Highlights of other film scores he has produced include John Corigliano's Oscar® winning score for The Red Violin and Barrington Phelong's score for Hillary & Jackie.
As a composer for documentary films, he has worked with Ken Burns and PBS on "The West", "Frank Lloyd Wright" and "Jazz", Roger Sherman's "Alexander Calder" and "The Sweetest Sound", and Stephen Ives' most recent film "New Orleans", and Michael Kantor's Emmy Award winning series "Broadway".
Teese works as musical director for Carly Simon, as arranger for Dave Stewart and other Rockers, and he is looking forward to his job as music supervisor on Julie Taymor's upcoming Broadway production of "Spider-Man: the Opera," with music by Bono & the Edge.

Writer, performer, and music producer
T BONE BURNETT (Songs Producer) was born Joseph Henry Burnett, January 14, 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where he began making records in 1965, producing Texas blues, country, and rock and roll bands, and occasionally, himself. He now lives and works in Los Angeles as a producer and recording artist.
In 1975, he toured with Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review tour before forming his own group, the Alpha Band, with others from the tour. Burnett returned to recording solo in the late 1970s and has gone on to record numerous critically acclaimed albums - including 1992's Grammy nominated "The Criminal Under My Own Hat" - under his own name. His most recent album is 2006's The True False Identity, his first album of new original songs in 14 years. Burnett also released last year "Twenty Twenty - The Essential T Bone Burnett," a 40-song retrospective spanning his entire career of music-making.
In the last nine years, he has written music for two Sam Shepard plays -
Tooth of Crime (Second Dance) and The Late Henry Moss - and in 2005 composed music for a production of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children by Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
A prolific and versatile producer, T Bone Burnett has produced highly successful recordings for Sam Phillips, Elvis Costello, Roy Orbison, Counting Crows, the Wallflowers and Gillian Welch, among others. He was musical director for the concert film Roy Orbison and Friends: Black and White Night, which featured Orbison and an all-star band of Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Burnett, and many others.
Burnett recently won a Grammy for his work on the soundtrack to the hit motion picture
Walk the Line, for which he also composed the original score. Burnett won four Grammys, including Producer of the Year, for the Coen Brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and its documentary spin-off Down From the Mountain; he also won a Grammy for his work in producing the Tony Bennett and k.d. lang album "A Wonderful World." He received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song (with Elvis Costello) for "Scarlet Tide," performed by Allison Krauss, from the acclaimed soundtrack he produced for Cold Mountain, directed by Anthony Minghella. He scored and wrote three songs for Wim Wenders' Don't Come Knockin'. Most recently, he collaborated with Elvis Costello on Steve Zaillian's All The King's Men.
In 2002, Burnett joined forces with the Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen to form DMZ Records, a joint venture with Columbia Records, and produced the new label's inaugural releases: a new album by the legendary bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley and the
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood soundtrack. DMZ has since released several critically-acclaimed soundtrack albums, produced or executive-produced by Burnett, including Cold Mountain, A Mighty Wind, Crossing Jordan and The Ladykillers (2004), which reunited Burnett with the Coen Brothers for the first time since O Brother, Where Art Thou? Burnett also served as executive roducer for the highly lauded debut album from Ollabelle, released on DMZ/Columbia Records in March 2004. He produced the debut album "Future Perfect" from experimental band Autolux for DMZ/Columbia, which was released in October 2004, as well as the new album from Cassandra Wilson, "Thunderbird," which was released in March, 2006. He produced a forthcoming project, "Raising Sand," from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and he is currently at work on albums with John Mellencamp and blues legend B.B. King.

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