Meet The Crew
Meet The Crew
(Executive Producer, GREASE: LIVE)
Marc Platt stands among the few producers who have successfully bridged the worlds of theater, film and television. His projects have garnered a combined 11 Academy Award nominations, 18 Tony Award nominations, 16 Golden Globe nominations and 19 Emmy Award nominations.
Among Mr. Platt’s films are the critically acclaimed “Bridge of Spies,” directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks; the recent international hit “Into The Woods,” starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, directed by Rob Marshall; “Drive,” starring Ryan Gosling, which was awarded the Best Director prize at the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival; “Ricki and the Flash,” starring Meryl Streep, directed by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme; the smash hits “Legally Blonde” and its sequel, starring Reese Witherspoon; “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” directed by Edgar Wright; the critics’ favorite, “Rachel Getting Married,” helmed by Jonathan Demme and starring Anne Hathaway; the 2008 summer hit “Wanted,” starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman; Ryan Gosling’s writing/directing debut, “Lost River,” starring Christina Hendricks; the musical “Nine,” directed by Rob Marshall, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson and Fergie; “2 Guns,” starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; “Cop Out,” starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan; “Winter’s Tale,” starring Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe; “Charlie St. Cloud,” starring Zac Efron; “Song One,” starring Anne Hathaway; “The Other Woman,” starring Natalie Portman; “Honey”; “Josie and the Pussycats”; and “The Perfect Man.” Platt’s upcoming films include Billy Lynn’s “Long Halftime Walk,” directed by Ang Lee; “La La Land,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, directed by Damien Chazelle; and “The Girl on the Train,” based on the best-selling novel, directed by Tate Taylor, starring Emily Blunt.
In theater, Platt is the producer of Broadway’s blockbuster “Wicked,” which just celebrated its 5000th performance. The musical also is playing in London and on a North American tour, and recently has had productions in Korea, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia and Mexico City. Platt also is a producer of the recent Broadway musical “If/Then,” starring Idina Menzel, which is touring the U.S. In addition, he produced the Broadway debut of “Three Days of Rain,” starring Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper; Matthew Bourne’s ballet “Edward Scissorhands,” for which he won his second Drama Desk Award; and the recent revival of “Pal Joey,” starring Stockard Channing.
In television, Platt won the Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Empire Falls,” starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ed Harris, Helen Hunt and Philip Seymour Hoffman. He also executive-produced “Once Upon A Mattress,” starring Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman; the Emmy Award-winning miniseries “The Path To 9/11”; and the cable series “Taking The Stage.”
Prior to establishing his production company, Platt served as president of production for three movie studios (Orion, TriStar and Universal). He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and The Broadway League.
(Director, GREASE: LIVE)
Thomas Kail directed the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” He received the Drama Desk Award, a Lortel Award and an Obie for his Off-Broadway production of “Hamilton” at The Public Theater. He received a Tony Award nomination for his direction of “In the Heights,” the Broadway musical that won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Additional Broadway credits include the new plays “Lombardi” and “Magic/Bird.” Additional Off-Broadway credits include “The Wiz” and Randy Newman's “Faust” at New York City Center, as well as new plays at Lincoln Center and Second Stage. He is the co-creator and director of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme.
Kail's television credits include “2 Broke Girls” and 2010’s “The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special,” as well as the TV show “Freestyle Love Supreme,” on which he served as executive producer.
He currently resides in New York.
(Live Television Director, GREASE: LIVE)
Alex Rudzinski has directed more than 500 hours of live broadcasts and all 20 seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.” He is known as one of the leading multi-camera music directors in the television industry, specializing in live broadcast events, non-scripted entertainment and reality programming. The tightly scripted approach to live performances and television has won Rudzinski’s creative team three Emmy Awards for camera work and technical direction. Additional U.S. credits include “The X Factor,” “The BAFTA Britannia Awards” and the “iHeart Radio Jingle Ball Concert” at Madison Square Garden.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
(Composer, GREASE: LIVE)
Tom Kitt received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. His music for Next to Normal also received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score. He is the composer of If/Then (Tony Nom., Outer Critics Nom.); High Fidelity (Broadway); Bring it On, The Musical (co-composer with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway); The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well that Ends Well, and Cymbeline (The Public’s NYSF); From Up Here and The Madrid (MTC); Orphans (Broadway) and The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons).
Tom is also responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway, and provided additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! Tom received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, Bigger. As a musical director, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, his credits include Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang (Live and Let Die), The Kennedy Center Honors, 13, Debbie Does Dallas, Everyday Rapture, Hair, Laugh Whore, Pippin (Deaf West), and These Paper Bullets
Upcoming musical projects include SpongeBob Squarepants, The Musical; The Musical; Dave; Freaky Friday; Magic Mike; The Visitor, and Jagged Little Pill.
WILLIAM IVEY LONG
(Costume Designer on GREASE:LIVE)
William Ivey Long was recently nominated for his 15th Tony Award for On the Twentieth Century. He is currently represented on Broadway with Chicago, now in its 19th year! He also serves as Chairman of the Board for The American Theatre Wing.
Other Broadway Credits include: Cabaret (2014 and 1998 revivals), It Shoulda Been You, Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony Award), Big Fish, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Don’t Dress for Dinner; Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; Catch Me If You Can, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein; Curtains; Grey Gardens (Tony Award); The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); A Streetcar Named Desire; La Cage Aux Folles; The Boy from Oz; Hairspray (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Cabaret; Contact (Hewes Award); The Music Man; Annie Get Your Gun; Swing; Smokey Joe’s Café; Crazy for You (Tony, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Guys and Dolls (Drama Desk Award); A Christmas Carol; Six Degrees of Separation; Lend Me a Tenor (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Nine (Tony, Drama Desk, Maharam Awards). Recent Off-Broadway productions include The Belle of Amherst with Joely Richardson, Bunty Berman Presents; Lucky Guy and The School for Lies.
Mr. Long recently made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera with his designs for The Merry Widow starring Renée Fleming and Kelli O’Hara.
He has also designed for such artists as Mick Jagger, Siegfried and Roy, the Pointer Sisters, Joan Rivers, and for choreographers Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Peter Martins, David Parsons and Susan Stroman.
He serves as Production Designer for North Carolina’s oldest running seasonal outdoor drama, The Lost Colony, which was the 2013 recipient of the Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. He returned in 2015 for his 45th season with the production.
Mr. Long holds honorary degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina at Asheville, and The College of William and Mary. He was the recipient of the Morrison Award (1992), the UNC Chapel Hill Playmakers Award (1994), the National Theatre Conference “Person of the Year” award (2000), the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2001), the Distinguished Career Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference (2002), the Raleigh Medal of Arts (2010), and the 2004 North Carolina Award presented by Governor Easley.
Mr. Long earned an undergraduate degree in history from The College of William and Mary, was a Kress Fellow at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage design from Yale University School of Drama.
Upcoming projects include Grease, Live! for Fox television network, and A Bronx Tale: The Musical. Mr. Long has won 6 Tony Awards. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005, and was elected Chairman of The American Theatre Wing in June, 2012.
DAVID KORINS (Production Design)
David Korins is a multi-award-winning scenic and production designer based in New York City. He is founder and principal designer of David Korins Design – a multi-faceted firm that designs everything from theater, film, and television to rock concerts, photo shoots, custom furniture, and private, commercial and public spaces. His Broadway credits include Hamilton, Misery, Motown, Annie, Bring It On, Chinglish, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin, Magic/Bird, Godspell, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Lombardi, Passing Strange and Bridge and Tunnel. Opera credits include world premieres of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene at San Francisco Opera and Oscar at Santa Fe Opera. He has worked extensively both off-Broadway and in regional theatre. Mr. Korins served as creative director for Kanye West, designing his concerts both in North America and abroad. He has designed installations across the country for music and arts festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, South by Southwest, Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands. He is also engaged in an ongoing partnership with the Fireman Hospitality Group. As production designer, David’s credits include the feature films Winter Passing starring Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel and Ed Harris, Coach starring Hugh Dancy, and the film version of Adam Rapp’s Blackbird starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Sparks. In television David has designed multiple series and specials on networks such as NBC, CBS, HBO, Bravo TV, IFC, Comedy Central, Lifetime and the Game Show Network. His commercial work includes spots for Target, World Mastercard, McDonald’s and Friendly’s. Mr. Korins has received a Drama Desk Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, and three Henry Hewes Design Awards, and an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design. David Korins’ upcoming projects include Andrea Bocelli’s live concert experience, Mariah Carey’s Second Annual All I Want for Christmas is You Concert and Mariah Carey’s #1 to Infinity.
About the Show
Featuring a young ensemble cast, GREASE: LIVE will reintroduce and reimagine some of the show’s most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy's summer romance – until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny’s high school. Can Danny maintain his bad-boy image as the coolest member of the T-Birds, once he and Sandy start going together, and can Sandy remain a good girl after she joins the Pink Ladies? With their friends Rizzo and Kenickie pulling them in different directions, it’s up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.
GREASE: LIVE is based on the original 1971 musical “Grease,” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; and Paramount Pictures’ 1978 feature adaptation. The film, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, grossed nearly $400 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie musical ever. GREASE: LIVE will be a Paramount Television production.GREASE: LIVE is produced by Paramount Television. Acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Wicked,” “Into the Woods”) will executive-produce, Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) is the director overseeing the stage direction and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars”) will serve as the live television director. Broadway writers Robert Cary (“Anything but Love,” “Ira & Abby”) and Jonathan Tolins (“Buyer & Cellar,” “The Last Sunday in June”) will write the LIVE television adaptation. “Like” GREASE: LIVE on Facebook at facebook.com/GoGrease. Follow the series on Twitter at @GoGrease, and join the conversation using #greaselive. See photos and videos on Instagram @GoGrease.