Dear Fellow Theater Lovers,
We dedicate ourselves to musical theater, a true American art form, and the thrill of delivering heartfelt entertainment. Musicals of all genres provide, at once, escape, wonderment, heartbreak, and inspiration. If we as producers get it right, our creations can be transformative for audiences. Sets, costumes, lights, sound, cast, all come together in synergistic magic to produce live events like no other – the Broadway musical. The road is where we thrive – trucking our productions city to city, country to country with pride. We live to do what we do; we always strive to do it better. As Harold Hill says, “I always think there’s a band kid….”
Under Dan’s leadership as President and Executive Producer, Big League has been an industry leader for 29 seasons in general managing and booking top Broadway musicals and special attractions for tours throughout North America and worldwide. Among Big League’s significant achievements were its collaborations with Disney Theatricals on Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (North America, Taiwan and China) and with Cameron Mackintosh on a new production of Miss Saigon which toured North America for 4 years. Other noteworthy productions were the Japanese and North American touring production of the Tony®- Award winning Broadway revival of 42nd Street as well as Susan’s Stroman’s new production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. Others: Footloose (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, North American tour), Titanic, 1776, Peter Pan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Rip Taylor, and Blast!. Big League’s The Who’s Tommy was seen throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Japan. Other past noteworthy: the Tony Award®-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ starring “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard and the first national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – flying car and all. More recent: The Producers (Susan Stroman’s original direction and choreography), Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady (US Tour and historical China premiere), original hip-hop dance show Groovaloo (Off-Broadway),
In 2017, Big League will launch a new touring production of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical A Chorus Line, and will continue touring its acclaimed production of A Christmas Story, The Musical. In 2018, Big League will premiere its new production of Legally Blonde – The Musical in China and Singapore. The booking department at Big League is helmed by legendary booking agent John Starr who helped launch the company 29 years ago.
One of the most respected and well known theatrical booking agents in the US with close to 40 years of experience. John has represented musicals ranging from Miss Saigon, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, The Who’s Tommy and Guys and Dolls to one-man shows with Hal Holbrook, Julie Harris, Kevin McCarthy, Vincent Price, Zoe Caldwell and Laurence Luckinbill–and pop theatricals including Spirit of the Dance (which he introduced into the United States), BLAST! and Groovaloo.
John’s previous tenures have included NAMCO Booking, Kolmar-Luth Entertainment (VP and Co-Owner), Group One Booking Services and for the past 20 years as Vice President and Director of Booking for Big League Productions, Inc. He began his career as a professional actor for over 10 years and also served as a Production Stage Manager and General Manager before developing his skills as a Booking Agent. When asked recently when he was going to retire…he replied “what…and give up show business!”
For over 25 years, L. Glenn has been working as a booking agent representing national tours including Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (three tours over 18 years), the first seven seasons of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Who’s Tommy, four seasons of Blast! and currently John Lithgow: Stories By Heart, Mandy Patinkin In Concert (since 1991), Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, and A Christmas Story, the Musical.
Prior to becoming a booking agent, L. Glenn managed the three-year New York run of the interactive play Tamara and worked in the press office for the Public Theater and a dozen Broadway shows. L. Glenn is a graduate of Northeastern University and was part of the management team that opened Boston’s Wang Center.
Originally from New Hampshire, Shawn is a recent graduate of New York University’s Sten School of Business. At NYU Shawn studied Economics, Management and Politics, but he has always been passionate about theatre. He has previously interned in the Marketing Department of the York Theatre Company, and in the Executive and Accounting Departments at Jujamcyn Theaters.
Alison Franck has been working in casting for 20 years. Current projects are A Christmas Story, The Musical (4th year in a row), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8th year in a row) plus upcoming national tours of A Chorus Line, and Legally Blonde, the Musical in China and My Fair Lady in China.
Past projects include: National Tours of Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, The Producers, Saturday Night Fever, Hair, Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin’ starring Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The TV series “Peter Rabbit and A Moment in Time”, the new John Denver songbook musical, off-Broadway plays, It’s Just Sex. & The Donkey Show (directed by Diane Paulus). Alison also worked in television casting of “Soul Man”, starring Dan Aykroyd, “LateLine”, starring Al Franken, “Talk to Me” starring Kyra Sedgewick, and pilots of “Freaks and Geeks”, and “Madigan Men”. Also she was the Casting director for several films including Broke Even starring Kevin Corrigan. Alison was the Resident Casting Director for Paper Mill Playhouse for 10 years, including the Broadway transfer of I’m Not Rappaport, starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen, directed by Daniel Sullivan: www.franckcasting.com
Ashley is a proud graduate of Pace University where she studied Arts and Entertainment Management. Prior to her role as Office Manager at Big League, she was Hartford Stage ‘s Arts Administration Apprentice as well as a general management intern with RCI Theatricals.
Tim Hurley has been a producer and theatrical manager in New York for two decades. He has worked with numerous NYC-based organizations including the Dodgers, Groundswell Theatricals Inc., The Wooster Group and the York Theatre Company. As a member of the Dodger Management Group, Tim worked on the Broadway productions of Music Man, Blast!, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Into The Woods, Dracula, and Good Vibrations, the Off-Broadway productions of Barbra’s Wedding and BARE, the National Tours of Blast!, 42nd Street and Urinetown, and the international production of 42nd Street in Stuttgart, Germany. Tim recently produced the short film Counterpoint.