42ND STREET

ORDWAY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

PRESS

“Heitzman dissects the business we call show with just the right mix of deep affection and cold-eyed realism”

-Chris Jones, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"A downright revolutionary edition of '42nd Street'” 

-Hedy Weiss, THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

“Heitzman, a Chicagoan who’s earned fame all over the country with his remarkable productions, has taken this very well-known musical and created a whole newly reimagined show.”

- Colin Douglas, CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW

CREATIVE TEAM

Director– Michael Heitzman

Choreographer – Jared Grimes

Scenic Design – Paul Tate DePoo, III

Lighting Design – Mike Baldassari

Costume Design – Emilio Sosa

Musical Supervision– David Holcenberg

 Orchestrations/Arrangements – Everett Bradley

Stage Management – Jenny Lang

Associate Director – Jesse Rob

 Assistant Director– Marty McGuire

Production Photography – Paul Tate DePoo, III

42ND STREET

DRURY LANE THEATRE

*JEFF AWARD NOMINATION, BEST DIRECTOR

PRESS

“A production for the ages. If you are thinking of conceptual innovation, Michael Heitzman’s production is the best thing I’ve seen at Drury Lane in 20 years. It’s absolutely not to be missed."

-Chris Jones, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

“The idea is fresh and strong enough it should coax some Broadway producers out to the Western ‘burbs.” 

-Chris Jones, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

CREATIVE TEAM

Director– Michael Heitzman

Choreographer – Jared Grimes

Scenic Design – Collette Pollard

Lighting Design – Mike Baldassari

Costume Design – Emilio Sosa

Musical Direction – Roberta Duchak

Orchestrations/Arrangements – Everett Bradley

Stage Management – Lucia Lombardi

NEWSIES

SACRAMENTO MUSIC CIRCUS

They sold the newspapers, until they made the headlines. Based on the hit Disney film, this Tony-winning, crowd-pleasing smash-hit features a band of spirited New York City newsboys, facing insurmountable odds and standing up to the powerful publishers. With stirring music by Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) and breathtaking dance numbers, it’s a new classic with the power to inspire.

CREATIVE TEAM

Director– Michael Heitzman

Original Choreography – Christopher Gatelli

Choreography Reproduced by– Andrew Wilson

Scenic Design – Nate Bertone

Lighting Design – Charlie Morrison

Costume Design – Rose Pederson

Musical Direction– James Olmstead

 Stage Management – Craig Horness

Projection Design – Brad Peterson

Production Photography – Char Crail

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

PITTSBURGH CIVIC LIGHT OPERA

NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE

LA MIRADA THEATRE

PRESS

"Michael Heitzman may not have fifty villagers and one hundred dancing forks but it does have a small, multi-talented ensemble and a unique directorial vision."

-Craig Kerestan, BWW PITTSBURGH

"The supreme staging and creative choreography paired with outstanding performances by the cast make this production one of the best I have seen at NSMT."

CREATIVE TEAM

PITTSBURG CIVIC LIGHT OPERA

Director– Michael Heitzman

 Choreographer – Robbie Roby

 Musical Direction– James Cunningham

NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE

Director– Michael Heitzman

Choreography – Lisa Shriver

Musical Direction– Rick Fox

LA MIRADA THEATRE

Director– Michael Heitzman

 Choreographer – Robbie Roby

 Musical Direction– Darryl Archibald

LEGALLY BLONDE

SACRAMENTO MUSIC CIRCUS

The hilarious Reese Witherspoon film is now the smash-hit musical comedy that turned Broadway and MTV hot pink. Sorority star Elle Woods is an underestimated blonde who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more “serious,” she hits the books and, with her dog Bruiser, sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before, Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself.

CREATIVE TEAM

Director– Michael Heitzman

Choreography – Mara Newbery Greer

Scenic Design – Stephen Gifford

Lighting Design – Charlie Morrison

Costume Design – Mark Koss

Musical Direction– Darren Cohen

Stage Management – Craig Horness

Assistant Director– Connor Mickiewicz

Production Photography – Char Crail

BIG RIVER

SACRAMENTO MUSIC CIRCUS

PRESS

"Director Michael Heitzman’s buoyant production embraces both the sentimentality and grit of William Hauptman’s book."

-Marcus Crowder, SACRAMENTO BEE

 

"Big River" at Sacramento Music Circus is the show to see this summer.  The production's overall aesthetic reaches beyond description with its honest staging and deep probing in issues of race, friendship and virtue

-Harmony Wheeler, BWW SACRAMENTO

CREATIVE TEAM

Director– Michael Heitzman

Choreography– AC Ciulla

Scenic Design – Scott Klier

Lighting Design – Pamila Gray

Costume Design – Marcy Froehlich

Musical Direction– Andrew Bryan

Stage Management – Craig Horness

Assistant Director– Ariella Wolfe

Production Photography – Char Crail

SHREK

NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE

PRESS

"'Shrek' at North Shore Music Theatre is brimming with boisterous, gut-busting merriment from start to finish"

-Keith Spencer, NoBo Magazine

CREATIVE TEAM

Director– Michael Heitzman

Choreography – Mara Newbery Greer

Scenic Design – Nate Bertone

Lighting Design – Dan Efros

Costume Coordinator – Paula Ninestein

Musical Direction– Michael Gacetta

Stage Management – John Godbout

Production Photography – Paul Lyden

THE LITTLE MERMAID

NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE

*IRNE AWARD NOMINATION, BEST DIRECTOR

Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

CREATIVE TEAM

Director– Michael Heitzman

Choreography – AC Ciulla

Scenic Design –Howard Jones

Lighting Design – Kirk Bookman

Costume Designs– MSMT

Costume Coordinator – Paula Ninestein

Musical Direction– Bruce Barnes

Production Photography – Paul Lyden