James Pentecost moves back east to take over as the new associate artistic director at the Manhattan Theater Club. Pentecost replaces Michael Bush, who, after 23 seasons with MTC, is the new producing artistic director at Charlotte Rep.
Through his James Pentecost Prods., Pentecost has been developing the original musical “Sleeping Beauty” for “The Wonderful World of Disney.” Based on the classic fairy tale, new teletuner is being written by composer Henry Krieger, lyricist Susan Birkenhead and writer Jule Selbo.
Pentecost previously produced the 1995 Disney feature “Pocahontas” and was exec producer on the Steven Schwartz musical “Geppetto” for “The Wonderful World of Disney.”
Pentecost’s credits on Broadway included productions of “Crimes of the Heart,” “La Cage aux Folles,” “Romance, Romance,” “Gypsy” and “Nick and Nora.”
MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove also announced other additions to their new artistic team at the not-for-profit company.
In addition to Pentecost, they include Murphy Davis, director of artistic production; Paige Evans, director of play development; and Elizabeth Bennett, literary manager.
MTC is currently represented on Broadway with “Proof” and “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.” The company’s Off-Broadway productions of Alan Ayckbourn’s plays “House” and “Garden” open later this month.