JUNKYARD DOG PRODUCTIONS is a Tony® Award winning producing company dedicated to developing and producing new musical theatre. JYD specializes in establishing collaborative partnerships to harness the considerable energy and financial clout of the regional, national and international marketplace, building on established relationships to create producing “pipelines” for new work. JYD nurtures and develops emerging writers and projects through a new works incubation process, offering an avenue for new works to be showcased in a way that fosters both artistic and commercial success.
Since its inception in 2006, Junkyard Dog Productions has successfully helmed a variety of original musicals. It was most recently represented on Broadway by First Date (2013), and produced the 2010 Tony Award Winning Best Musical, Memphis, which enjoyed a successful three year run, as well as a multi-year National Tour and Olivier Award Winning run on London’s West End starring Beverley Knight. Other new musicals in development include Come From Away by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Kelly Devine, which was produced at La Jolla Playhouse (2015) and upcoming at Seattle Repertory Theatre (Nov/Dec 2015); Chasing the Song, from the creators of Memphis, Tony Award winners Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, which was produced at the La Jolla Playhouse (2014), directed by Chris Ashley and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo; Fly High by Steven McKinnon, Amy Sky, Marc Jordan and Marc Acito; and Take The Lead with a book by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. In addition, JYD served as Executive Producer for Doctor Zhivago (2014) on Broadway.
Past works have included Make Me A Song, The Music of William Finn Off-Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award nominations) and at The New Players Theatre in London; Vanities, A New Musical with Pasadena Playhouse (Summer 2008) as well as Second Stage Theatre (July 2009); Memphis with La Jolla Playhouse (summer 2008) and Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre (Winter 2009); Party Come Here at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and in association with The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Founding partners in Junkyard Dog are Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost.
All four partners are uniquely positioned to create this model. Sue Frost, as Associate Producer for 20 years at the world-renowned Goodspeed Opera House, produced over 50 new musicals, establishing relationships with dozens of musical theatre’s brightest stars including William Finn, Andrew Lippa, Jeanine Tesori and David Kirshenbaum. Randy Adams, former Managing Director of TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA, grew his theatre into a thriving, nationally recognized company specializing in the production of regional and world premieres of plays and musicals such as Sideshow and Everything’s Ducky by Henry Krieger and Bill Russell, A Little Princess by Andrew Lippa and Brian Crawley, and Vanities, A New Musical by Jack Heifner and David Kirshenbaum. Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff serve as producing partners of the 5th Avenue Theatre where they have championed the New Works Program. The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of the nation’s leading producers and creators of new work, having premiered over 16 original musicals in the past 10 years. Kenny and Marleen have been integral in the creation of this year round program that ‘aims to advance the art form of musical theater through the creation and production of the next generation of musicals.’
RANDY ADAMS is a Tony-award winning Producer and founding partner of Junkyard Dog Productions (JYD), a theatrical producing company dedicated to the development and production of new musical theatre. JYD has most recently been represented on Broadway with First Date at the Longacre Theatre. The National Tour of Memphis (by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan) completed a successful multi-year run following an almost three year run on Broadway. Memphis is the winner of the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical of 2010 and completed an Olivier Award Winning run on London’s West End in 2015. Since its inception in 2006, Junkyard Dog has also produced Make Me A Song, The Music of William Finn off-Broadway at New World Stages (Drama Desk nom., Outer Critics Circle nom.) and in London and Vanities, A New Musical at Second Stage Theatre, as well as served as Executive Producer for Doctor Zhivago on Broadway. Current projects include Come From Away, Chasing the Song, a new musical by the creators of Memphis which completed a developmental production at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2014, Fly High. Prior to creating JYD, he was the Managing Director at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto from 1984 to 2006. He holds an M.A from the University of Kansas and a B.A from Otterbein University.
KENNY ALHADEFF (Producer) is chairman of Elttaes Enterprises (a personal investment company), chairman of the Alhadeff Family Charitable Foundation, and owner of the Majestic Bay Theatres. Additionally, he is a board member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre, is a member of the Broadway League, served on the board of regents for Washington State University (past chair 2006-07 & 2000-01), board president of the Northwest School for Hearing-Impaired Children, trustee of Key Bank National Association, board member of the 5th Avenue Theatre Association (past chair 2004-2007) and was co-chairman of Governor Gardner’s commission for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Events. In the past, Ken has served on boards of Cornish College of the Arts, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Seattle Symphony, as an advisor for Seattle Shakespeare Company and On the Boards. In addition to his work with JYD, Ken has also produced End of the Rainbow and The Mountaintop, on Broadway.
MARLEEN MAGNONI ALHADEFF (Producer), attended the University of Utah for a dance and ballet major followed by the University of Washington for an art & interior design major. Previously working for over 30 years in interior design for both commercial and residential clients has given her many artistic and creative insights into production. Marleen has been Producing Partners of Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre since 2007 particularly focusing on the New Works Program. In 2006 she joined Junkyard Dog Productions as a partner and is a member of The Broadway League and The National Alliance for Musical Theater. Arts, youth, family and early learning education have played a primary personal focus through serving non-profit organizations as a board member of MusiComedy, the Cornish Players Club (a student scholarship program for Cornish College of the Arts), Mothers Against Violence in America, Chair of the Foundation for Early Learning and recently the Seattle Children’s Museum. Marleen, along with her husband, established The Alhadeff Family Charitable Foundation in 1997. She has been active in promoting and serving on gun safety issues, tobacco legislation, campaign finance reform, civil rights initiatives, Humanities Washington Motheread Fatheread Program and undertakings that relate to the well-being of children, seniors and homelessness. In addition to work with JYD Marleen has produced Mountain Top and End of the Rainbow.
SUE FROST is a founding member of Junkyard Dog Productions (with Randy Adams and Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff) which is dedicated to developing and producing new musicals. Broadway: First Date at The Longacre Theatre, and the 2010 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Best Musical Memphis, which completed a successful tour in the United States, as well as an Olivier Award winning run on the West End. Upcoming new musicals include Come From Away, Chasing the Song, and Fly High. Since its inception in 2006 Junkyard Dog has also produced Vanities, A New Musical, Make Me A Song, The Music of William Finn (Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk noms.) and Party Come Here as well as served as Executive Producer for Doctor Zhivago on Broadway. Sue was Associate Producer at Goodspeed Musicals for 20 years, where she produced more than 50 new musicals at both the Goodspeed Opera House and the Norma Terris Theatre. She is proud to have established, in conjunction with the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, an annual residency for composers, lyricists and librettists at the Goodspeed as well as the pilot program for Goodspeed’s Musical Theatre Institute. Prior to Goodspeed she worked as a company manager on several Broadway shows and tours including A Chorus Line, Dancin’ and The Rink. In addition to chairing two New American Works panels for the late Opera-Music Theatre Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, Sue has served as a panelist and/or site evaluator for the NEA, the Philadelphia Theatre Institute, the Connecticut Commission for the Arts and Tourism, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the TCG/Pew National Theatre Artist Residency Program. She lectures regularly at Yale University and is a member of adjunct faculty at Columbia University. A graduate of Smith College, Sue is past president of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and is currently on the Board of Governors of the Broadway League where she is a member of the Executive, Tony Administration, and Intra-Industry Committees, and co-chair of the Audience Engagement Committee.