Producer Beth Williams, together with Mindy and Bob Rich, Jeremiah J. Harris, Darren P. DeVerna and Allan Williams, are partners in Grove Entertainment, a production company dedicated to developing, producing and presenting new work for stage and screen. Current and recent projects include: Broadway - Present Laughter starring Kevin Kline (opening April 2017), Cats, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, An Act of God starring Sean Hayes and Tuck Everlasting. US Touring - The Sound of Music and Dirty Dancing. London - An American in Paris opening in March 2017. Upcoming: The Band’s Visit and Escape to Margaritaville, a new musical featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett, which will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in May 2017, followed by pre-Broadway engagements in New Orleans (Oct 20 – 28, 2017), Houston (Oct 31 – Nov 5, 2017) and Chicago (Nov 9 – Dec 3, 2017). In Development: The Blonde Streak by David Rossmer and Dan Lipton, and a new play based on the life of Oscar Levant starring Sean Hayes. Grove has also presented Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert at Avery Fisher Hall and has launched a commissioning program for new musicals in partnership with Barbara Whitman Productions.
Ms. Williams helped launch Key Brand Entertainment in the United States and served as its COO & Head of Production and subsequently CEO – Theater Division for Broadway Across America for six years. During her tenure, Broadway Across America was a producer of more than 40 new Broadway productions including Pippin, Big Fish, Million Dollar Quartet (New York, US Tour, London), Hands on a Hardbody, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, Promises, Promises starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth and Harry Connick, Jr.In Concert On Broadway.
Prior to joining Key Brand, Beth produced Grey Gardens on Broadway in partnership with East of Doheny; was the President of Production for Clear Channel Theatrical where she was a producer of The Producers – The New Mel Brooks Musical, Hairspray, Sweet Smell of Success, Fosse (Broadway, US Tour, London) amongst others, and started a successful family division where she produced and toured Nickelodeon’s Rugrats – A Live Adventure, Blue’s Clues Live, The All That Music and More Festival and Dora the Explorer Live! Prior to producing, Beth worked as a conductor and pianist on Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, and Dreamgirls.
Sara Skolnick is the Executive Producer at Grove Entertainment where she works on Grove’s roster of shows, including Escape to Margaritaville and The Blonde Streak, as well as the commissioning program for new work that was launched by Grove and Barbara Whitman Productions. Recently, she served as Executive Producer on the Broadway production of Tuck Everlasting. She previously worked for over eleven years at Broadway Across America (formerly Live Nation and Clear Channel Entertainment), ultimately serving as VP – Production/Director of Development, producing and developing projects for Broadway and the road. During her time at Broadway Across America, she served as Executive Producer on shows ranging from Million Dollar Quartet (Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tour, Las Vegas) to Dora the Explorer – Live! (National Tour). She also oversaw Broadway Across America’s commissioning program for theatrical artists, which helped to create numerous new musicals by up-and-coming composers, lyricists and bookwriters. Prior to that, Sara worked in the industry for several not-for-profit theatres including Roundabout Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Westport Country Playhouse. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Comparative Literature and Theatre & Drama.
Leah Dagen is thrilled to join the Grove Entertainment team as Production Assistant. She is a graduate of Butler University, where she earned her degree in Arts Administration and Theatre. She previously worked at Barbara Whitman Productions, and is happy to continue working closely with them on our partnership for commissioning new musicals. Leah has worked and interned at 321 Theatrical Management, The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Asolo Repertory Theater, The Indiana Repertory Theatre, Clowes Memorial Hall, and Theater J. She is excited for the opportunity to be involved in all of Grove’s current and future projects.