Karen is an Olivier Award-winning choreographer and director, working extensively in theatre and television both in the UK and abroad.
Director credits include: Dance ‘Til Dawn (UK tour/Aldwych); Midnight Tango (UK tour/Phoenix); Strictly Come Dancing: the Professionals (Stage Entertainment tour); Love Me Tender (UK tour); Saturday Night Fever (Spain, South Africa, Victoria Apollo, UK tour, Australia, Singapore, Scandinavia and Korea); Oliver! (Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Bermuda); Footloose (Novello, UK tour and South Africa) and The Wedding Singer (UK tour).
Choreographer credits include: The Bodyguard (UK tour); Dance ‘Til Dawn (UK tour); Starlight Express (Joburg Theatre, South Africa); The Last Horseman (Madrid); Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates (Birmingham Hippodrome); Chess (Margitsziget Open Air Theatre, Budapest); Never Forget (Savoy/UK tour); Doctor Dolittle (UK tour); Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse); The Producers (Spain); The Far Pavilions (Shaftesbury); Brighton Rock (Almeida); Annie Get Your Gun (number one tour); Footloose (Theatre Royal Plymouth/ number one tour); When Harry Met Barry (the Venue – try-out) and A Chorus Line and Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible).
Television credits include: Strictly Come Dancing (BBC – seven seasons); So You Think You Can Dance (BBC – two seasons); Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV); Toast (BBC Films); Children in Need (BBC); ‘Believe in Me’ – the UK entry in The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest; The Voice, Waking the Dead, The Paul Daniels Magic Show, The Les Dennis Laughter Show and The Lisa Maxwell Show (BBC) and Head Over Heels (Carlton). Other events include: the opening ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games (Manchester); devising a piece based on music in war for Fiona Laird (National Theatre) and several commissions for Princess Cruises.
Awards and nominations: Olivier Award nomination for Best Family and Entertainment for Dance ‘Til Dawn (Aldwych); Olivier Award for Best Choreography for Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse); TMA Best Musical Award for Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible); Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment for Midnight Tango and WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice nomination for Best Choreographer for Never Forget.
Simon Lee’s theatre credits includes, as music supervisor and/or orchestrator: The Little Prince (both its theatre premiere in Canada, and its symphonic concert premiere in Abu Dhabi); Grey Gardens; Grand Hotel(Southwark Playhouse); Tell Me on a Sunday (Duchess / Gielgud); Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory); Love Never Dies; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Evita (Adelphi); The Woman in White(Palace and Broadway); The Sound of Music (Palladium); The Beautiful Game (Cambridge); Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway and globally) and Romance Romance (Gielgud). He is also the music supervisor on The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium 2017) and The Braille Legacy (Charing Cross Theatre 2017), for which he is also the orchestrator.
Film, as conductor and music supervisor: the yet to be released Broadway 4D; The Phantom of the Opera (3 Academy Award nominations, including best song, for which Simon composed the orchestration); Bjork: Vespertine Live at the Royal Opera House; Jesus Christ Superstar (International Emmy Award); Cats.
Recording: has conducted around 50 albums ranging from the more classical (Jose Carreras, Sarah Chang), through musical theatre (Elaine Paige, Maria Friedman, Michael Ball), to pop/rock (Primal Scream, Boyzone). Also many soundtracks and cast albums.
Simon has conducted many of the world's greatest orchestras, from the London Symphony Orchestra to the Tokyo Philharmonic. He conducted Bernstein's On The Town, The Mikado and Kismet at English National Opera, Porgy and Bess at Regents Park and, most recently, Tosca. Simon also conducts the symphonic Disney, Pixar and Frozen concerts with the CBSO.
Bretta Gerecke is an international award-winning Set, Lighting and Costume Designer who works in Theatre, Musicals, Circus and Opera. She is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre (Canada) where she creates and tours new work throughout the world. Bretta designs for companies such as The RSC, Cirque du Soleil, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Edmonton Opera, Vancouver Opera and The National Arts Centre. She is the recipient of over twenty-five awards including a nomination for the Lucille Lortel Award (costume design Off - Broadway) and three times short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize. Last year she represented Canada in Prague at the Scenography Quadrennial and her costume designs were exhibited in Moscow and Beijing. She is a marathon runner and continues her work as an Archaeological Illustrator.
Nick’s West End Designs include Nell Gwynn, Forbidden Broadway, Spamalot, La Cage Aux Folles, Olivier award winner Best musical revival 2009 which transferred to Broadway (Tony nomination best lighting and Tony award winner Best Musical); Damon Alburn’s Monkey:
Journey to the West, at the Royal Opera House (also New York, Paris and the O2); Whistle Down the Wind at the Palace Theatre and U.S. Tour; The Rocky Horror Show at the Playhouse Theatre; Soul Sister, the Tina Turner Story at the Savoy Theatre: Beautiful & Damned at the Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue; Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the New London Theatre; Simon Callow’s The Mystery of Charles Dickens at the Albery Theatre, which also transferred to Broadway; Aspects of Love, Prince of Wales Theatre; 42nd Street, Barnum, Dominion Theatre; Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol, and Scrooge starring Tommy Steele both at the London Palladium, A Slip of the Tongue, with John Malkovich at Shaftesbury Theatre; Sleuth: The Hot Mikado, and Derren Brown – Something Wicked This Way Comes.
UK tours include Cilla the Musical, Blood Brothers, Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Ghost the Musical, Starlight Express, Joseph, Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals, Armstrong and Miller - Live, The Rocky Horror Show, and Laughter in the Rain. International work includes Ghost, Moscow, A Sigh of Love, Shanghai Ballet, The Rocky Horror Show, in Korea, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, Grease, which is playing major cities across Europe, Cinderella in Japan, Mary Poppins, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, and Chess in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.
Sound Design Award highlights: Olivier Award for Memphis, Olivier Award for Merrily We Roll Along, Tony nomination for A Little Night Music, Tony nomination for End of the Rainbow, Olivier nomination for Top Hat, Olivier nomination for End of the Rainbow,
Outer Critics Circle Award for Come From Away on Broadway and Pro Sound Award for Sound Engineer of the Year.
West End musical design highlights: Bat Out of Hell, 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, The Wind in the Willows, Starlight Express, Mrs Henderson Presents, Memphis, I Can’t Sing! – the X Factor Musical, In the Heights, Impossible, Top Hat, Merrily We Roll Along, Candide, Pippin, Midnight Tango, Road Show, Aspects of Love, Sweet Charity, Carousel, Shout!, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors, Forbidden Broadway, High Society, Calamity Jane, The Big Life, tick, tick…BOOM!, The Last Five Years and La Cage aux Folles.
International design highlights: Come From Away (Broadway and Toronto); A Bronx Tale (Broadway); Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (worldwide); Spring Awakening (Broadway); Disney’s The Little Mermaid (worldwide); The Little Prince (Abu Dhabi); The Secret Garden (Broadway); Sister Act (UK, Brazil, Italy, France and Holland); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (worldwide); The Bodyguard (Holland and Spain); Let It Be (Broadway, London, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, Italy and Germany); Titanic (Toronto); Singin’ in the Rain (UK, Russia, Japan, Germany and Australia); Evita (Las Vegas, Slovenia and Lebanon); Hairspray (UK, China, Singapore and Malaysia); Jesus Christ Superstar (US and European arena tours); Moeder, ik wil bij de revue (Holland); The Rocky Horror Show (London, UK and Australia); A Chorus Line (Israel); Fame (London and international arena tour); Glee Live (worldwide arena tour); Hair (Slovenia, Spain and Japan); End of the Rainbow (Broadway, London and Los Angeles); A Little Night Music (Broadway, London and Hungary); The Sound of Music (Malaysia); Grease (Lebanon, Slovenia and USA); Footloose (UK, South Africa and Germany); Buddy (international arena tour); Time Travel (Las Vegas); Saturday Night Fever (Korea, Spain and Taiwan); Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK, South Africa and France) and Cats (international arena tour).
Stephen Crockett CDG for David Grindrod Associates