MATT KUNKEL (Director)
is thrilled to be returning for the Muny’s 102nd season! Muny: An Evening with the Stars, A Celebration of Muny 100 with the St. Louis Symphony (staged) and has served as an Associate Director on over 20 Muny productions! Recent directing: Sunset Boulevard, Elf the Musical (Engeman Theater) and Fallingwater (reading for The Met). Recent associate credits: Footloose, Tommy, The Music Man (Kennedy Center), Candide (Carnegie Hall), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Actors Fund), Elf the Musical (MSG and national tour), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (TUTS), 17 Again (NAMT) and Renascence (Transport Group). Education: University of Michigan and Long Island High School for the Arts. Proud SDC Member. mattwkunkel.com @mattwkunkel
BETH CRANDALL (Choreographer)
returns to The Muny after choreographing Matilda last season and serving as associate choreographer for Newsies, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, An Evening with the Stars and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. She recently choreographed West Side Story for Abilene Opera. Broadway/NYC associate choreography: Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Jerry Springer the Opera, High Button Shoes, The New Yorkers and 1776. Recent associate choreography: Footloose and The Music Man (The Kennedy Center), Because of Winn Dixie and The Drowsy Chaperone (Goodspeed Opera House) and the Gucci Showtime Campaign. As a performer, Beth has been seen on Broadway, in national and international tours, in six Muny shows, on SNL and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Proud member of SDC. www.BethCrandall.com
BEN WHITELEY (Music Director/Conductor)
Muny: Singin’ in the Rain, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, The Addams Family, Spamalot, Pirates!; The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, Kiss Me, Kate; Oklahoma!; The Music Man, Meet Me In St. Louis, South Pacific, and A Celebration of Muny 100 with the St. Louis Symphony. Music Director for 1776 at NY City Center Encores! Broadway/national tours: Hello, Dolly!; A Christmas Story, The Addams Family, Spamalot, The Full Monty, Cats (conducted final original Broadway performance), Grand Hotel, Falsettos, Big. Carnegie Hall: Sail Away with Elaine Stritch. Choral direction/preparation: Carousel (New York Philharmonic/PBS) and 31 City Center Encores! productions, including: Paint Your Wagon and The Most Happy Fella. Other: Paper Mill Playhouse, 5th Avenue Theatre, Broadway Sacramento, University of Michigan. Recordings: Allegro, Boardwalk Empire (Grammy Award), Merrily We Roll Along.