GEORGE ROSE (February 19, 1920 – May 5, 1988) was a two time Tony® Award-winning Broadway star (who had a total of five Tony® nominations, and numerous other awards and nominations). Born in England, Mr. Rose came to the US in 1946 on tour with the Old Vic, and returned fifteen years later as The Common Man in Robert Bolt’s A Man For All Seasons – and never left. His 41-year Broadway career included 25 plays and musicals.
ED DIXON (Performer/Playwright) has just received an Outer Circle Critics Nomination and a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Solo Performance in GEORGIE: My Adventures with George Rose. Ed is the author/composer/lyricist of Shylock (The York Theatre) which garnered him his first Drama Desk Nomination. He wrote Richard Cory with A. R. Gurney, on a Steinberg Grant from Playwrights Horizons. It was nominated for a Leon Rabin Award for best new work and won the NYMF Festival Award and the Audience Prize. Cloak and Dagger, his four-person musical recently opened at the Signature Theatre in DC, helmed by artistic director, Eric Schaeffer. Dixon’s Fanny Hill was presented by the York Theater where it won a Dramalogue Award, two Dean’s List Awards and was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards. Cather County which opened at Playwright’s Horizons won him a Leon Rabin Award at Lyric Stage in Dallas where it was also named best new theater work of 2000. Dixon’s grand farce, L’Hotel was given its premiere at Pittsburgh Public Theater last year by Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas. Ed’s comic thriller, Whodunit… The Musical has had countless productions all over the United States and he is the author of the highly successful book, “Secrets of Life Onstage…and Off.”
As an actor, Ed made his Broadway debut in 1971 with No, No, Nanette starring Ruby Keeler and directed by Busby Berkeley. Six months later he was opening the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as a soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, a role he reprised on the recording and at the Metropolitan Opera. Other Broadway credits include Belasco in King of Schnorrers, Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers, Thenardier in the original company of Les Miserables (a role he played more than 1700 times) the Baker in Cyrano: The Musical, Ozzy in The Scarlett Pimpernel, General Wetjoen in The Iceman Cometh (with Kevin Spacey), Senator Carlin in The Best Man (he also went on for Charles Durning as President Hockstader), Mister in Sunday in the Park with George, Max, in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins, and the Captain in Anything Goes. On tour he was Mssr. De Rougement in David Merrick’s Very Good Eddie, Charlemagne in Pippin with Ben Vereen, Max in Sunset Boulevard, the Governor of Texas in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Ann-Margret, Albert Blossom in Doctor Doolittle, the Director in Curtains, Max in The Sound of Music and Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Off-Broadway he teamed up with Leonard Bernstein again (as well as Comden and Green) for By Bernstein, played opposite Bebe Neuwirth in Here Lies Jenny, joined Len Cariou and Roberta Maxwell in The Persians, and starred in Oliver Quade, Hotel Broadway, Identity and Shylock, all of which he wrote. He has received a Helen Hayes Award, and been nominated for a Drama Desk, an Outer Circle Critics Award, a Joseph Jefferson, and an Irne.
ERIC SCHAEFFER (Director/Scenic Design) Broadway: Gigi, Follies, Million Dollar Quartet, Glory Days, Putting It Together. West End: The Witches of Eastwick, Million Dollar Quartet. Seoul: Titanic, Sweeney Todd. Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Signature Theatre in Washington, DC – 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award home to the American Musical Voices Project – the largest musical theatre commissioning program in the country as well as The Heidi Thomas Writers Initiative for women playwrights and directors. Kennedy Center: Artistic Director of The Sondheim Celebration, Sunday In The Park With George, Passion, Mame, Follies, First You Dream. Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Goodman Theatre.