|PHILIP WM. MCKINLEY (Director). Philip Wm. McKinley directed SPIDERMAN: TURN OFF THE DARK on Broadway. After his taking over the reins, the production earned the top box office record, taking in nearly $3 million dollars in one 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.
In New York City, McKinley also directed the five-time Tony nominated Broadway musical THE BOY FROM OZ starring Hugh Jackman, the revival of THE MOST HAPPY FELLA starring Paul Sorvino at the New York City Opera, the Drama Desk-nominated hip comedy THWAK, and the cult Off-Broadway musical ZOMBIE PROM.
In 2014, McKinley directed a private event for Steve Wynn. This brought McKinley back together with Hugh Jackman. The private event for Steve Wynn garnered such positive response that Mr. Wynn invited McKinley to direct a second project. The multimillion dollar production STEVE WYNN’S SHOWSTOPPERS opened at the Encore Theater in December 2014 to fantastic reviews. STEVE WYNN’S SHOWSTOPPERS has been awarded Best New Show 2014 and Best Musial 2015. CNN stated it was… “One of the best Musical Show Openings in Vegas history.” McKinley’s next project with Steve Wynn will be a new edition of the aqua production LE REVE – THE DREAM at the Wynn Theater.
Most recently, McKinley directed WEST SIDE STORY starring Cecilia Bartoli with Gustavo Dudamel conducting at the Salzburger Festspiele 2016, better known in the U.S. as the Salzburg Music Festival, in Salzburg, Austria. The opening night of WEST SIDE STORY received a standing ovation, which is unheard of for the Salzburg Music Festival. McKinley holds the distinction of being asked to be the director of the first musical to be presented by the festival in its almost 100 year history. McKinley will direct the concert spectacle DIVAROQUE starring the world famous mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. The concert will fuse Baroque and rock music and will tour North America, Europe, and Asia.
His past projects include MOZART L’OPERA ROCK in Tokyo, which broke Tokyo’s theatrical box office records. Standing room only tickets were sold for the production and a revival of the production is being planned for the 2016 season.
McKinley directed BEN HUR LIVE, an operatic sports spectacular which had its world premiere in September 2009 at the 02 Dome in London, and was also performed in Rome in the summer of 2011. It was the largest live production touring Europe with a cast of more than 350 performers and 100 animal performers.
McKinley devised and directed Kenneth Feld’s European style one ring BARNUM’S KALEIDOSCAPE and conceived, directed and staged the 128th – 133rd and 135th editions of RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY’S THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH. He directed and conceived with Kenneth and Nicole Feld BOOM-A-RING, his tenth Ringling production, making him the person who has directed more editions of RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM AND BAILEY than any other living person. He also directed Feld’s GOLD UNIT EU, a one ring circus which opened in Rome in October 2009.
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 Resort’s World Sentosa in Singapore. McKinley’s direction and staging of the production was acknowledged by Time-Out Magazine, which named the show the “Most Outstanding Production” of the season.
He was nominated for a Barrymore Award as Best Director of the new musical NERDS://A MUSICAL SOFTWARE SATIRE, which played at the Philadelphia Theater Company and garnered seven Barrymore Awards including Best Score and Best Book for a musical.
He is also set to direct THE BIBLE: IN THE BEGINNING, a musical spectacular version of the Old Testament. Matt Rollings and Ryan Beveridge are composing music with lyrics by Maribeth Derry and a book by Shaun McKenna.