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Philip Wm. McKinley

Philip Wm. McKinley directed Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. After he took the reins, the production earned the top box office record by grossing nearly three million dollars in a week. Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark also has the distinction of being one of the top 20 all-time box office grossing productions in Broadway history. Philip Wm. McKinley directed the revival of The Most Happy Fella at New York City Opera, where he was engaged as a performer for three seasons while the company was under the leadership of Beverly Sills. Other New York credits include the Drama Desk-nominated hip comedy Thwak and the cult Off-Broadway musical Zombie Prom.
In 2014 Philip Wm. McKinley directed a private event for billionaire entrepreneur Steve Wynn, bringing him back together with Hugh Jackman, whom he had previously directed in the five-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical The Boy from Oz. The event garnered such a positive response that Steve Wynn invited him to direct a second project. The multi-million dollar production Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers opened at the Encore Theater in December 2014 to fantastic reviews and has been awarded Las Vegas’s Best New Show 2014 and Best Musical 2015. CNN stated it was ‘one of the best musical show openings in Vegas history’. Philip Wm. McKinley’s next project with Steve Wynn will be a new edition of the aqua production Le Rêve – The Dream at the Wynn Theater.
Showing his versatility in the world of circus and arena spectacles, Philip Wm. McKinley has directed more editions of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey than any other living person. He also directed Ben Hur Live, an ‘operatic sports spectacular’ which had its world premiere in September 2009 at the O2 in London.
Philip Wm. McKinley co-conceived Voyage de la Vie with Mark Fisher of Stufish, a multi-million dollar theatrical rock circus spectacular which opened in 2010 at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. His direction and staging of the production was acknowledged by Time Out as the most outstanding production of the season.
Philip Wm. McKinley will direct the feature film The Man Who Saved Paris, produced by Dean Zanuck, whose credits also include Get Low and Road to Perdition. The Man Who Saved Paris is the story of a rogue, scoundrel and convict who ran the finest brothel in Paris and was regarded as one of France’s greatest heroes.

Current as of May 2016

Philip Wm. McKinley, © ohne Angabe / no details available

Philip Wm. McKinley, © ohne Angabe / no details available

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