JOHN FROST AM
John Frost is the Managing Director of The Gordon Frost Organisation. Born in Adelaide, he began in show business at the age of 16 as a dresser for J.C.Williamson on their production of Mame. Since then he has worked his way up the showbiz ladder: Wardrobe Master, Stage Manager, Company Manager and now Producer. In 1983 he teamed up with the late Ashley Gordon to form The Gordon/Frost Organisation.Together they negotiated the lease for Sydney’s Footbridge Theatre, where they successfully produced a range of shows including, Jerry’s Girls, Night Mother,The Venetian Twins and Women Behind Bars. The company then moved into large scale musicals such as Big River,The King and I, South Pacific, Hello Dolly!, The Secret Garden, Smokey Joe’s Café, Cabaret and Crazy for You. He co-produced Sir Peter Hall’s acclaimed productions of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband starring Googie Withers and John McCallum, and Lady Windermere’s Fan starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.
In 1998 John Frost joined forces with Sports and Entertainment Limited (SEL) to produce Grease – The Arena Spectacular! The production broke all box office records for an arena event in Australia. His production of The King and I on Broadway won the coveted Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical as well as the Drama Desk and New York Outer Critics Circle Award. John has also been the recipient of two Mo Awards and a Sydney Critics’ Circle Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 from GLUGS. In 1999 John Frost and SEL presented The Main Event, which toured to critical acclaim and huge box office success. This was followed by a production of the Tony Award®-winning play Art starring Tom Conti.
A hugely successful production of The Sound of Music starring Lisa McCune was followed by Annie with Anthony Warlow, Man of La Mancha,The Wizard of Oz and Footloose. In 2004/2005 John co-produced around Australia The Producers. This highly acclaimed production garnered five Helpmann Awards® including Best Musical for 2005. In the same year John also co-presented an arena production of Grease starring John Farnham. John was represented on Broadway with the smash hit musical Hairspray for which he won his second Tony Award®. Since January 2006 he has produced the national tours of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s celebrated production of An Inspector Calls, the Broadway theatre icon Mandy Patinkin and Hollywood and cabaret legend Debbie Reynolds.
In partnership with The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific, John presented The Phantom of the Opera Australian tour starring Anthony Warlow. In 2009 John was represented on Broadway with the play, Exit the King, starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. Also in that year, John brought Mandy Patinkin back on tour to Australia with fellow theatre icon Patti LuPone. In London, John was one of the producers of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and in 2010 he produced Julie Andrews in the concert event The Gift of Music at the O2 Arena.
John produced the Australian tours of the West End hit Calendar Girls, Fame the Musical and the Australian and Asian tour of Chicago. More recently he co-produced the Australian and Asian tours of Doctor Zhivago and the Broadway blockbuster Wicked, the Australian tour of Annie, Geoffrey Rush in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific with Opera Australia, Legally Blonde the Musical, Grease and Once. Most recently he presented An Evening With Julie Andrews, Driving Miss Daisy starring Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines and The King and I with Opera Australia.
Currently touring Australia are The Rocky Horror Show, Wicked, Dirty Dancing, Anything Goes and the comedy Legends! with Hayley Mills, Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield. John was recently represented in London’s West End with the hit shows The Bodyguard and Blithe Spirit.
In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours John was awarded an AM for his contribution to the Arts.
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world’s best known musicals including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar,The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. He is currently working on a stage version of the movie School of Rock, which will begin previews at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in November this year. As a theatre producer he has presented not only his own shows but others including the Olivier Award‐winning La Bete and Daisy Pulls It Off.
As composer, he has received many awards including seven Tonys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, two International Emmys, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem Mass which contains one of his best known compositions, Pie Jesu.
He owns six London theatres including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Palladium. He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and created an honorary member of the House of Lords in 1997. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music.
David Ian has produced theatre shows all over the world. He is the recipient of four Olivier awards and two Tony nominations. His credits include Grease, Saturday Night Fever, The King and I, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Anything Goes, The Producers, Defending the Caveman, Guys and Dolls, Daisy Pulls It Off,The Sound of Music, La Cage Aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Flashdance, Gypsy,The Shawshank Redemption,The Phantom of the Opera (Las Vegas), My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Chicago, Dr Dolittle, Starlight Express, Seminar, Steel Magnolias, Ghost the Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert,The Bodyguard, Jersey Boys and Annie.
THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP
The Really Useful Group Ltd (RUG) was founded in 1977 by Andrew LloydWebber and is wholly owned by him. At the heart of RUG’s business are the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita,Variations,Tell Me on a Sunday, Cats, Starlight Express,The Phantom of the Opera,Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard,Whistle Down the Wind,The Boys in the Photograph,The Woman in White, Love Never Dies and Stephen Ward.
In addition to his own musicals, Andrew’s productions include A.R. Rahman’s Bombay Dreams, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium and Toronto).
The Really Useful Group is an international entertainment company, with offices in London and Sydney that produce and coordinate Lloyd Webber’s works throughout the world. The company’s theatre and concert production, recording, merchandising, music publishing and licensing divisions provide specialised services for Lloyd Webber’s works and also to other producers and authors.