Gordon Greenberg

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Gordon Greenberg (born July 7, 1969) is a stage director, a theater and television writer, and an Artistic Associate at The New Group.


Greenberg attended Stanford University and NYU Film School Tisch School of the Arts, as well as The Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and Stagedoor Manor.[citation needed]


Greenberg directed the Broadway adaptation of Irving Berlin's film Holiday Inn. Greenberg also co-wrote the adaptation (with Chad Hodge). Produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and Universal Pictures Stage Productions, the show was well received by critics,[1][2][3][4] with Variety noting that "the 1942 film has gotten a complete and first-class stage redo [...] turning this shaky fixer-upper into prime property."[5]

His revival of Guys And Dolls received extensive critical praise[6][7] and was nominated for six Olivier Awards.[8] It premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre,[9] then ran in London's West End at the Savoy Theatre[10] then at the Phoenix Theatre, where it starred Rebel Wilson.[11] In his review for the New York Times, Ben Brantley called it "Pure, unforced pleasure...a boozy bawdy party."[12]

Greenberg directed and adapted the revised production of Working (adapted and revised with composers Stephen Schwartz and Lin-Manuel Miranda). The revival was presented at Broadway in Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, as well as the 59 E 59 Theatre in New York, the Old Globe in San Diego and Asolo Repertory Theatre.[13] It received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performances[14][15] and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival.[16][17][18] It was well-reviewed by critics,[19][20][21][22] with New York One writing that "the revisions, under Gordon Greenberg's imaginatively resourceful direction, hit all the right notes."

Greenberg revised and directed the Drama Desk Award-winning revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Drama League nominations for Best Revival of a Musical),[23][24][25] which garnered positive reviews.[26] Charles Isherwood of the New York Times called it a "powerful revival"[27] and Elysa Gardner of USA Today wrote that Greenberg "captures what made Brel's oeuvre at once distinctly of a certain place and time and enduringly universal."[28]

He recently directed the new stage adaptation of Tangled for Disney.[29][30]

His other work includes Johnny Baseball at Williamstown Theatre Festival,[31] a workshop of a newly revised Rags for Roundabout Theatre Company,[32] Pirates!, or Gilbert & Sullivan Plunder'd, conceived with Nell Benjamin and John McDaniel;[33][34][35] the U.S. national tour of Guys & Dolls,[36] Floyd Collins for Signature Theatre,[37] Stars of David based on Abby Pogrebin's book for producer Daryl Roth, Farewell My Concubine (China) and several television projects, and 1776 for Paper Mill Playhouse.[38] He co-wrote and directed the show Band Geeks [1] [2] for Goodspeed Musicals, supported by grants from the NEA and NAMT. He worked with Kirsten Childs on Disney's Believe, a new musical for Disney Creative Entertainment,[39] the launch show for the Disney Fantasy with Neil Patrick Harris and Jerry Seinfeld, the U.S. National tour of Happy Days (by Garry Marshall);[40] and worked extensively with Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein to revise The Baker's Wife in a critically acclaimed production at Paper Mill Playhouse starring Alice Ripley,.[41] Further work includes Half a Sixpence,[42] the South African-inspired production of Jesus Christ Superstar,[43] the U.S. National tour of Peter Pan, We The People: America Rocks at the off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Theater, and contemporary dramas including 33 Variations.[44]

Formerly an actor, Greenberg has appeared in the Broadway productions of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Grease; The Little Prince and the Aviator; and Off-Broadway in Peacetime; Names; City Suite; Show Me Where the Good Times Are; and on television in Shaky Ground, Knots Landing, Living Single, Step By Step; and on film in New York City Serenade directed by Frank Whaley.

Greenberg produced and directed commercials for J. Walter Thompson from 1991 to 1993. He served as the Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Works in New York City from 1997 to 2000, and currently serves as Artistic Director of the Broadway Teachers Workshop.[45] and Artistic Associate at The New Group.

Current projects[edit]

Greenberg is currently adapting The Secret Of My Success into a stage musical for Universal Pictures, co-writing an original movie musical for Nickelodeon called Emerald City Music Hall and another for The Disney Channel currently titled Scramble Band, with Michael Weiner, writing a new musical updating Jane Austen's Emma to the Helen Gurley Brown 1960s New York, The Single Girls Guide which he developed at Seattle Fifth Avenue Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Ars Nova, Goodspeed Musicals, ASCAP and a developmental production at Capital Rep and then NAMT. He is co-writing Port-Au-Prince as a NYSCA commission for The New Group with Kirsten Childs.


Greenberg has noted that "I’d had a long-standing love for Gilbert and Sullivan. Gilbert and Sullivan, in their day, were the Saturday Night Live or the Jon Stewarts, the social and political satirists that people looked to for a good laugh."[46]

On re-working Working, Greenberg said: "Stephen [Schwartz] gave me free rein to go back to the original book. So I brought him a big stack of index cards and I spread them all out over his living room and I said, 'How about this?' And then he reshuffled them and said, 'How about that.' And I reshuffled them, again and said, 'How about this and that?'"[47]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (2016-10-06). "Irving Berlin's 'Holiday Inn' Sleighs 'Em In Times Square". Deadline.
  2. ^ Kelly, Christopher (2016-10-06). "'Holiday Inn' Broadway review: This Musical Is Worth Checking Into". Star Ledger.
  3. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Goodspeed Extends HOLIDAY INN Again Through December 28".
  4. ^ Rizzo, Frank (2014-10-17). "Connecticut Theater Review: Movie Musical 'Holiday Inn'". Variety.
  5. ^ Rizzo, Frank (2016-10-06). "Broadway Theater Review: 'Holiday Inn'". Variety.
  6. ^ "Guys and Dolls, Chichester Festival Theatre: 'An unfaultably fine show". 22 August 2014.
  7. ^ Spencer, Charles (2014-08-22). "Guys and Dolls, Chichester Festival Theatre, review: 'one hell of an evening'". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  8. ^ . 2016-01-07 https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/29/olivier-awards-2016-complete-list-of-nominations. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Guys and Dolls -reviews of 'triumphant' musical revival".
  10. ^ . 2016-01-07 https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jan/07/guys-and-dolls-review-jamie-parker-savoy. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Rebel Wilson gets bombarded by fans in London".
  12. ^ Brantley, Ben (2016-08-16). "Summertime, and the Revivals in London are Breezy". New York Times.
  13. ^ Handelman, Jay (2008-05-20). "Theater Review: Working - Theater and Musical Production Reviews". Variety.com. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  14. ^ "matilda pippin top winners list at 2013 drama desk awards - Broadway.com".
  15. ^ "'Giant', 'Hands On A Hardbody', Bette Midler Nab 2013 Drama Desk Nominations". Deadline Hollywood. April 29, 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  16. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy. "The 58th Annual Drama Desk Award Winners Are Announced!". Theater Mania. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  19. ^ Weiss, Hedy (2011-03-02). "Superb 'working' explores what we do, who we are". www.suntimes.com. Archived from the original on 2011-03-06. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  20. ^ Jones, Chris (2011-03-02). "'Working' at the Broadway Playhouse: Finding the resonance in working lives in Chicago". leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  21. ^ "Working Reviews".
  22. ^ Verini, Bob (2009-03-16). "Theater Review: Working - Theater and Musical Production Reviews". Variety.com. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  23. ^ "The Drowsy Chaperone Leads 2006 Drama Desk Nominations - Playbill".
  24. ^ "2006 Drama League Award Nominees Announced - Broadwayworld".
  25. ^ "pajama game grey gardens lead outer critics circle award noms new score award added - Playbill".
  26. ^ "Resurrecting Jacques Brel - March 28, 2006 - The New York Sun". Nysun.com. 2006-03-28. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  27. ^ Isherwood, Charles (2006-03-28). "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris - Review - Theater - New York Times". Theater2.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  28. ^ Gardner, Elysa (2006-04-04). "Curtains rise on off-Broadway, regional fare". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  29. ^ "Disney's Tangled Stage Musical Opens at Sea Tonight! - Playbill".
  30. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Disney's TANGLED: THE MUSICAL Live-Streams Onboard the Disney Magic Cruise!".
  31. ^ "Another turn at bat for 'Johnny Baseball' - The Boston Globe".
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-11. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  33. ^ Daniels, Robert L. (2007-06-14). "Theater Review: Pirates! - Theater and Musical Production Reviews". Variety. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  34. ^ Rizzo, Frank (2006-11-05). "Theater Review: Pirates of Penzance - Theater and Musical Production Reviews". Variety. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  35. ^ Gates, Anita (2006-11-26). "Pirates of Penzance - Review - Theater". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  36. ^ Stewart, Perry (21 July 2011). "Review: Guys and Dolls - Dallas Summer Musicals - Music Hall at Fair Park".
  37. ^ "Down in a Hole".
  38. ^ "Despite an Arduous Start, '1776' Educates and Entertains". The New York Times. 26 April 2009.
  39. ^ Healy, Patrick (2012-03-13). "disney-taps-new-york-stage-talent-for-cruise-line-theater". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  40. ^ Siegel, Naomi (2007-10-07). "Give Me an 'Aaaayy'". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  41. ^ Siegel, Naomi (2005-04-24). "THEATER REVIEW; Heartbreak and Baguettes in Provence". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  42. ^ Teachout, Terry (2008-08-29). "This Time His Higgins Sings". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  43. ^ "Theater Reviews".
  44. ^ "33 VARIATIONS @ CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATRE, 9/15/10". 16 September 2010.
  45. ^ "About Us". Broadway Teachers Workshop. Archived from the original on 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  46. ^ "404 Error - Huntington Theatre Company" (PDF). www.huntingtontheatre.org.
  47. ^ "Working the Musical Reworked - 2008-2009". Musicalschwartz.com. 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2009-06-14.

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