“As a professional musician and theatre producer, plus having studied martial arts for over 30 years, I wanted to create something that brought together my love of music and love of martial arts. I spent a year or more trying to think of something that would interest both theatre lovers and martial artists. I needed to write a show and create a concept that would appeal to the typical theatre audience, the martial artist and their partners, possibly those that are not fans of martial arts.
None of my ideas excited me. That was until I went straight back to what interested me and countless others studying martial arts whether it be Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu or any other martial arts. I went back to the one primary source, or really the one truly inspirational person, BRUCE LEE. Why I didn’t think of this from the start, I don’t know. But since I started working on Jun Fan – The Bruce Lee Musical, I can hardly wait to see the final production.”
Brian Hill - Creator of Jun Fan the Musical
Brian Hill started his career as a trumpeter and conductor. He earned his undergraduate degree at Kingston University, later achieving a master's degree in performance, analysis and composition. After performing as a professional musician, conductor and band leader for the past 20 years, he turned toward theatre production to establish his reputation as a musical fixer, arranger and director. Now, having created and toured a number of theatre shows over the last 10 years, Hill is committing all his talent and experience into this new and original musical.
One of Brian's Musical Shows
Christopher Barreca has designed over 200 productions on Broadway and in Theater, Opera, and Dance internationally.
His Broadway premiers include the musicals; Rocky (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics circle Awards), Marie Christine and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold (American Theater Wing Award) - both for Lincoln Center Theater; The Violet Hour; Our Country's Good (Prague Quadrennial Selection) and Search and Destroy (Drama-Logue Award).
Off-Broadway: Richard Greenberg's Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (Drama Desk Nomination) and the musical Bernarda Alba; Bernard-Marie Koltes's Roberto Zucco; Skarmeta's Burning Patience and Eric Overmeyer's In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe.
Regional: Howard Korder's In A Garden; Kate Robin's What They Have; Christopher d'Amboise's The Studio; Lucinda Coxon's Vesuvius; Culture Clash's The Birds; The Karamazof Bros. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Labs L'universe; Eric Overmeyer's Dark Rapture and The Heliotrope Bouquet; Charles Ludlum's Hedda Gabler; Eric Ehn's Wolf at the Door; the new musicals Herringbone and Captains Courageous and Anna Deavere-Smith's tour of her Twilight: Los Angeles.
Opera: Matsukaze, Lincoln Center and Spoleto Festival, Stephin Merritt's, Peach Blossom Fan (Prague Quadrennial), both directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, Leon/Soyenka's Scourge of Hyacinths, Munchener Biaennale, (BMW award nomination).
Dance: at the Joyce, Susan Marshall's Solo, Roman Oller's Good Night Paradise and Tears for Violeta.
Mr. Barreca has designed at theaters throughout the US including The Gutherie, Hartford Stage, ACT in San Francisco, Baltimore Center Stage, The Ford Theater in Washington, D.C., The Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Dallas Theater Center, The Yale Repertory Theater, The Roundabout and Lincoln Center in NYC.
Chris' work on Rocky the Musical
Anthony LaMolinara is a multi-talented sculptor, cameraman, and animator, nominated for an Academy Award® on the international hit SPIDER-MAN (2002) as well as for the record-breaking sequel, SPIDER-MAN 2 (2005). LaMolinara, along with Sony Pictures Imageworks visual effects supervisors John Dykstra and Scott Stokdyk, was awarded the Academy Award for his work on the latter film for Achievement in Visual Effects.
LaMolinara began his peripatetic entertainment career in 1976 as a freelance lighting cameraman and animator working on documentaries, commercials and independent films in Florida, Atlanta, New Zealand, Seattle, and Toronto. His first break came in 1988 at Will Vinton Productions where he was the animator/director for the California Dancing Raisins commercial. In addition, he served as animator/director on the Emmy® Award winning TV special "Claymation Christmas Celebration."
In 1991, LaMolinara began another phase of his career by opening Clay Pigeon animation studios in Montreal and Toronto. These five studios produced commercials and the half-hour TV special "Johann's Gift to Christmas."
LaMolinara then moved to Pixar where he served as an animator on TOY STORY (1995). This was followed by stints as an animator at Shanghai Animation Studio working on THE MONKEY KING, animation director at Digital Domain on the development of AVATAR and a Bud Bowl commercial and on the CG feature "Final Fantasy" for Square USA. LaMolinara was also an animation director at VIFX (Twentieth Century Fox Digital Effects) where he worked on PLANET ICE, BLADE and T-REX.
While working at Imageworks, LaMolinara also served as lead animator on STUART LITTLE (1999, Academy Award nominee, Achievement in Visual Effects), and animation director on HOLLOW MAN (2000, Academy Award nominee, Best Visual Effects).
Montage of Anthony's work
Matthew Howorth is a versatile and prolific songwriter, musician, lyricist and writer and has recorded songs as a solo artist as well as a band member. His plays have been performed in a number of venues, and he is a published author with Bloomsbury. Jun Fan is his second collaboration with Brian Hill, after the successful children's book How Lion Became King of King of Tinga Tinga Land, a wonderful story illustrated by a Disney artist. Howorth lives in Twickenham with his wife and son.
Jonathan Fletcher was short listed for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre's 2015 Song Competition. His setting of Shakespeare's 'Orpheus with his Lute', from Henry VIII, was selected by the RSC from over 100 entries. Being a UK-based music composer, orchestrator, producer, and sound designer, he has composed music for a variety of genres and media, including: film, documentary, corporate, commercial, theatre, and contemporary dance projects. His work has been screened internationally, including Cannes and Hollywood. Jonathan studied music at the University of Surrey, majoring in Composition. He later attended the University of Bristol, where he obtained a Masters Degree in Composition of Music for Film & Television.
Jonathan was asked to work on Jun Fan as Brian Hill wanted a modern film style orchestration to the musical. Staying away from the traditional 'Oklahoma' and 'Annie get your Gun' in order to reach the modern day film and theatre goer.