About the Team
Sammy & Me will be produced at the Alliance Theatre in October 2010 with a Production Team including:
Adam Zotovich/New Vintage Theatricals
Adam Zotovich is the President of New Vintage Theatricals, Ltd. Previous productions on Broadway, National Tour and London's West End include: THE COLOR PURPLE, LEGALLY BLONDE, ALL MY SONS, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, and THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Upcoming projects include SAMMY & ME, EVITA and DRIVING MISS DAISY.
Tommy James is a Pianist, Composer, Arranger and Music Director, majored in composition at the Manhattan School of Music. Over the years has worked with an eclectic group of artists in many musical genres. Among the outstanding artists and bands with whom he had performed and recorded are The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Joe Williams, Maureen McGovern, Cleo Laine/John Dankworth, Eartha Kitt, Nell Carter, Roy Ayers, The Stylistics, Melba Moore, George McCrae, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Vera, The Spinners, and The Temptations. He served as Music Director with the International Tour or the Tony-Award winning Musical Bring In 'da Noise Starring Savion Glover. He was Musical Director for Eartha Kitt, Doc Powell, Bobbi Humphrey and others. Mr James' arrangements (some published by Warner Bros.) have been performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York's Supper Club and during the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.
Soon of A Mornin', off-bwy Lions Theatre; Once On This Island, Martin Beck Theatre, Virginia Stage, Actors' Theatre of Louisville, La Mirada Theatre (Robby and Drama Logue Award for Best Director, Ovation Nominee for Choreography and Best Musical); Ain't Misbehavin', Actors' Theatre; Chicago, Ogunquit Playhouse; Joseph...Dreamcoat, Starring Diana DeGarmo and Anthony Federov, Lyric Theatre; Bells Are Ringing, Pasedena Playhouse; Anything Goes, Madrid Theatre. Choreographer: Side by Side (Berkshire Theatre Festival), A Saint Sher Ain't (Westport Playhouse), Laura Comstocks Bag Punching Dog (LA Weekly Nomination Best Choreography). TV: Rosie O'Donnell Show, Designing Women, Major Dad, Golden Palace, Performer credits: Bway; Chicago, Once On This Island, Anything Goes, Uptown It's Hot and Joseph...Dreamcoat a role for which he was one of 3 Americans chosen to be in the movie with Donny Osmond. He was also featured in the Award Winning documentary After The Storm.
Joanna Lynne Staub has served as a Sound Designer at Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYSF/The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, BAM, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Hangar Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, White Plains Performing Arts Center, National Black Theatre Festival, NYMF, SPF, and NYC Fringe Festival. She Associate Designed the Broadway Shows Promises, Promises, Exit The King, The Seagull, and August: Osage County as well as the 1st National Tour of Xanadu. Her audio engineering credits include on Broadway: Desire Under The Elms, Les Miserables ('06 Revival), Is He Dead?; National Tours: Pippin (Goodspeed Musicals), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Saturday Night Fever, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. she is a graduate of Ithaca College and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Broadway credits: The Old Masters ( Spring 2011), The Scottsboro Boys (Fall 2010), Finian's Rainbow, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, King Hedley II, One Mo’ Time, The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Footloose, The Tempest, Twilight…Los Angeles 1992, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches & Perestroika, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and Jelly’s Last Jam. Other venues, off-Broadway and regional: NY Stage & Film, The Guthrie Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, The Vineyard Theatre, Second Stage, Hartford Stage, Playwright's Horizons, Circle Rep, The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Denver Theatre Center, The Long Wharf, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Houston Grand Opera, Berkley Rep., Seattle Rep, Center Stage, The Ford's Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre Co, Huntington Theatre Co, McCarter Theatre, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Ballet Hispanico. Ms. James has also designed internationally at the Royal Court and Chitchester Theater Festival in England, Radio Dansmark in Aarhus, Denmark and the Athens Greek Festival. Television: Whoopi for NBC, five specials for WNET/13’s Great Performances, The Huey P. Newton Story, and As The World Turns (1995-1998). Awards: The 2009 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Costume Design, Tony nomination, three Drama Desk nominations, Hewes Design Award and two additional Hewes Nominations, the Connecticut Critics Circle Award, The FANY Award, Helen Hayes Award nomination, and The Irene Sharaff Young Masters Award for Costume Design Excellence. Ms. James is Director of Costumes at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Marcus Doshi designs scenery and lighting for theatre, opera, and dance as well as collaborating with artists & architects on an array of non-performance ventures. Recent lighting designs in New York include MEASURE FOR MEASURE, OTHELLO, (Lortel Nomination), & HAMLET (Drama Desk Nomination) for TFANA, A BOY AND HIS SOUL for the Vineyard, THINGS OF DRY HOURS for NYTW, QUEENS BLVD (THE MUSICAL) & THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER at the Signature. Elsewhere the lighting for ELEKTRA at Seattle Opera and the Scenery & lighting for both PAMINA DEVI at Het Musiektheatre in Amsterdam and WHERE ELEPHANTS WEEP in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Also The New Group, Soho Rep, Joyce, Lincoln Center, Chicago Shakespeare, Seattle Rep, Portland Center Stage, yale Rep, Hartford Stage Company, Virginia Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Greenwich Music Festival, Florentine Opera among others. Degrees from Wabash College and the Yale School of Drama. Further Documentation at www.marcusdoshi.com
Sammy & Me was first performed as a co-production between the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY and Musicalfare Theatre Company in Buffalo, NY from January to June 2006. The music director was Tommy James. Choreography was by Gerry McIntyre. Scenery was by Chris Schenk, Lighting by Chris Lee, Sound by Joanna Lynne Staub, and costumes by Toni-Leslie James.