Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Musical of the Month: Floyd Collins: The Creative Team

As with most shows, Floyd Collins was brought to the stage by a team with varying levels of experience. Whether it was their first show or one of many, all of them have continued to have successful careers in the theater, on and off-Broadway, and all over the world. Here's a brief look at what they've been up to since the story of a world-famous spelunker premiered.

Musical of the Month:
Floyd Collins
The Creative Team

Writing and Direction

Tina Landau
Landau's premiere production won the 1996 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. She's gone on to direct shows at several of off-Broadway's most reputable companies, including Vineyard Theatre (Miracle Brothers, etc.), Public Theater (Space, The Brother/Sister Plays, etc.), Pershing Square Signature Theatre (Big Love, etc.), New York Theatre Workshop (A Civil War Christmas), and Playwrights Horizons (Floyd Collins, Cloud Tectonics). On Broadway, she's directed Bells Are Ringing, Superior Donuts and SpongeBob SquarePants (Drama Desk Award winner, Tony Award nominee).

Adam Guettel
Guettel's heritage brought him to the art form, and Floyd Collins brought him his first success, winning the 1996 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, and the 1996 Obie Award for Best Music. At the Public Theater, he provided the book, lyrics and score for Saturn Returns: A Concert. At NYTW, he provided the scores for the plays Love's Fire and Lydie Breeze, Parts I and II. On Broadway, he wrote the score and orchestrations for The Light in the Piazza (Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards), and was most recently Tony nominated for his score for To Kill a Mockingbird.


James Schuette
(Set Design)
Among his dozens of design credits are such off-Broadway productions as Saturn Returns: A Concert, Space, The Brother/Sister Plays, and A Civil War Christmas. His Broadway credits include The Goodbye Girl, Barrymore and Superior Donuts.

Melina Root
(Costume Design)
Ms. Root's other off-Broadway credits include The Destiny of Me and Space. She was a 1993 Drama Desk nominee for a production of As You Like It. She's also designed costumes for many television series, including Superstore and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Scott Zielinski
(Lighting Design)
Among his nearly 30 off-Broadway credits are A Civil War Christmas, Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, An Iliad, Miracle Brothers, Topdog/Underdog and Big Love. On Broadway, he designed Topdog/Underdog and the recent revival of Oklahoma! (Drama Desk nominee).

Dan Moses Schreier
(Sound Design)
With 4 decades and nearly 70 off-Broadway credits to his career Mr. Schreier has designed sound for some of theater's most acclaimed productions including Topdog/Underdog, Homebody/Kabul, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Allegro, Pacific Overtures, Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, Alice By Heart, White Noise and The Secret Life of Bees. On Broadway, he is just as prolific, with 5 Tony Award nominations (Gypsy, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Little Night Music, Act One and The Iceman Cometh). Other Broadway productions include Sweeney Todd (Cerveris and LuPone), A Gentleman's Guide..., American Psycho, The Visit, Falsettos (2016) and the upcoming Flying Over Sunset.


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