ROB RUGGIERO (Director)
The Muny: 1776, Gypsy (starring Beth Leavel), as well as past productions of The Music Man, Oklahoma!; Hello, Dolly!; South Pacific and The King and I. He has also directed many award-winning productions at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, including Follies, Sunday in the Park with George and the recent production of Evita. Broadway: High and Looped. Off-Broadway he conceived and directed Make Me a Song (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations). Rob also recently directed Oliver!, his 11th collaboration with Goodspeed Musicals, with whom he also adapted and directed a new version of Show Boat. He is the Producing Artistic Director for TheaterWorks in Hartford, Connecticut.
JESSICA HARTMAN (Associate Director/Musical Staging)
is thrilled to return for The Muny for her 7th show after choreographing Footloose (2019), Annie (2018), All Shook Up (2017), Mamma Mia! (2016); Hairspray (2015/Co-Choreographer) and Seussical (2014/Associate). Broadway: Lysistrata Jones (Associate Choreographer), The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman (Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain). Off-Broadway: Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! (Choreographer, New Victory Theater). Other credits include: A Chorus Line, Memphis, Mamma Mia! (Choreographer, TUTS); Norwegian Creative Studios (Choreographer), Disney Jr. Dance Party (Associate Show Director/Choreographer), Universal Studios/The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Associate). Up next: A new Mo Willems musical for The Kennedy Center and national tour/concert for the United States Air Force. Jessica is the Artistic Director of Broadway Theatre Connection and a proud member of SDC. JessHartman.com
JAMES MOORE (Music Director/Conductor)
Muny: 1776, Gypsy, The Music Man, Holiday Inn, Hello, Dolly!; West Side Story, Meet Me In St. Louis, The Producers. Broadway: Miss Saigon, Gigi, On the Town, Follies, South Pacific, Ragtime, Steel Pier, Company. National tours: The Producers, Kiss Me, Kate; Crazy for You, The World Goes ‘Round – The Songs of Kander and Ebb. The Kennedy Center: Mame (starring Christine Baranski), The Music Man (starring Norm Lewis and Jessie Mueller), Camelot (starring Brian Stokes Mitchell), My Fair Lady (starring Jonathan Pryce). Regional: Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse. Recordings: On the Town, Follies. Music Supervisor for the North American touring productions of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Upcoming: Titanic (Broadway). Mr. Moore holds master and bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.