MEL HOWARD

Artistic Advisor

Mel Howard has produced and staged more than 150 plays, musical comedies, and music and dance shows around the world. After founding the literary cabaret ‘La Contrescarpe’ in Paris in 1957, and producing and directing plays by avantgarde writers Dubillard, Arrabal, Ionesco, and Obaldia, he returned to the United States where he produced the living theatre, the Comédie Française, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and worked with Maurice Béjart, Rudolf Nureyev, and experimental dance troupes from around the world. During a period in his career spent between Paris and New York, Howard brought Martha Graham to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. In the United States he created the Afro-Asian festival and conceived and produced Africa Oye, 1000 ans de Jazz, and staged Anthologia de la Zarzuela with Placido Domingo. He brought Broadway to Paris with West Side Story, Hello Dolly, 42nd Street, and Chorus Line, performing at the Théâtre de Châtelet. Howard also brought Cats to the Théâtre de Paris, which won the Molière Award for Best musical in 1989. He has produced numerous Broadway shows, notably Flamenco Puro, Tango Argentino (nominated for three Tony Awards), Black and Blue (nominated for 13 Tony Awards), Wonderhouse, and Tango Pasión. Howard created Tango Pasión, and since its inception, the popular production continues to tour to some of the world’s most prestigious theatres. Howard also wrote the show Wild Woman Blues, featuring Linda Hopkins, and has brought it to Paris twice. He is about to produce a new dance show — Rock the Ballet — and has written a musical comedy about Mistinguette entitled La Guerre des Plumes.