Gordon Greenberg is a director and writer living in New York. He has directed over 100 plays and musicals at major theatres across America and Europe, written for television and stage, and is Artistic Associate at The New Group in New York.
Greenberg recently directed the London revival of Barnum for the Menier Chocolate Factory, which the Guardian called a "Charming, toe tapping carnival," and the Independent called a "Flashy, warm-hearted, striking production." He co-wrote and directed the Broadway stage adaptation of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn at Studio 54 for Roundabout Theatre Company and Universal Pictures Stage Productions, and PBS Television's Great Performances. In its review, Variety said “Holiday inn,” the 1942 film, has gotten a complete and first-class stage redo...Director Gordon Greenberg and co-writer Chad Hodge have significantly rethought, reshaped and revitalized the script, giving the show more heart, a modern sensibility and a joyful spirit." Deadline called it "An endorphin assault, inducing warm bath pleasure like no other show since 42nd Street," The Hollywood Reporter called it "Pure joy," and the Star Ledger said "Directed with generosity and warmth, it wears down all defenses." It premiered at Goodspeed Musicals, where it had the longest run of any show in that theatre's history.
His acclaimed West End revival of Guys And Dolls was nominated for six Olivier Awards and played an extended run at the Savoy and then the Phoenix Theatre (starring Rebel Wilson.) In his review for the New York Times, Ben Brantley called it "Pure, unforced pleasure...a boozy, bawdy party." The Guardian's Michael Billington called it 'An expert revival...delivered with grace and elan,' and the Evening Standard said 'This unstoppable hit keeps getting better and better...Gordon Greenberg's delicious production of Frank Loesser's classy classic once again boasts chemistry in all the right places.' In its premiere for Chichester Festival Theatre, The Week called it "A triumphant…exhilarating staging of a golden age musical," Charles Spencer of The Telegraph wrote, "I left the theater walking on air and with a grin of pure happiness on my face…One hell of an evening," and Dominic Maxwell of The London Times wrote, "Gordon Greenberg's production leaves the whole audience purring with pleasure."
He directed and adapted (with Stephen Schwartz and Lin-Manuel Miranda) the Drama Desk Award winning production of Working at 59 E 59 in New York, Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, and the Old Globe in San Diego, which New York One said was “Delivered to near perfection under Gordon Greenberg's imaginatively resourceful direction," Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune called it "Moving and fresh,” Hedy Weiss of The Chicago Sun Times called it "Superb," and Variety called it "100 uninterrupted minutes of buoyant pleasure."
He directed and adapted the acclaimed New York revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well… (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Award noms).
For television, he co-wrote Emerald City Music Hall, an original movie musical for Nickelodeon Television and Scramble Band, an original movie musical for the Disney Channel.
Current projects include co-writing and directing The Secret of My Success for Universal Pictures Stage Productions, directing The Heart of Rock and Roll, a new Huey Lewis musical, premiering at the Old Globe, writing the new book of Meet Me In St. Louis for the St. Louis MUNY's 100th Anniversary, directing the North American premiere of The Angel and The Sparrow (Dietrich/Piaf) for The Segal Centre in Montreal, co-writing Ebenezer Scrooge's Big [Your Town Here] Christmas Show! for Bucks County Playhouse, writing The Single Girls Guide (a new musical updating Jane Austen’s Emma to 1964), which he developed at Dallas Theatre Center, Ars Nova and ASCAP, and co-writing Port-Au-Prince, a NYSCA commission for The New Group, with Kirsten Childs.
Other directing credits include Johnny Baseball (Williamstown), Tangled (Disney), Blue Sky Boys by Deborah Breevort (Capital Rep.), Jesus Christ Superstar (St. Louis MUNY), the all-female workshop of Man of La Mancha (Mirvish, Toronto), Assisted Loving based on the best selling memoir by New York Times writer Bob Morris (Capital Rep.), Luck Be A Lady (Asolo), Rags (Roundabout, workshop), Stars of David (by Jeanine Tesori, Tom Kitt, Tony Kushner, etc.) for Daryl Roth, Pirates! Or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (co-creator, Huntington, Paper Mill, Goodspeed, MUNY), Band Geeks! (also co-writer, Goodspeed< NEA grant), The Baker's Wife (Paper Mill, Goodspeed), 1776 (Paper Mill), Floyd Collins (Signature), Yentl (Asolo), Half A Sixpence (Goodspeed), Barnum (Asolo), the U.S. national tour of Guys & Dolls, Disney’s Believe, The Disney Fantasy Christening (with Neil Patrick Harris & Jerry Seinfeld), West Side Story (MUNY, Circle Award nom), Happy Days, A New Musical (Paper Mill, Goodspeed, U.S. National Tour), Vanities, A New Musical (Theatreworks Palo Alto - winner, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for Best Musical Production), Theory of Three (NY Stage & Film), Citizens Band: The Panic Is On (Spiegeltent, NY), O. Henry’s Lovers (Goodspeed), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play and Meet Me In St. Louis: A Radio Play (Bucks County Playhouse), We The People (Theatreworks USA, Lortel Nom.), 33 Variations (Capital Rep.), Cam Jansen (Lambs Theatre), the National Tour of Peter Pan (Big League), The Broadway Festival (New Amsterdam Theatre), The Broadway Divas (North and South American tours) and numerous television commercials.
Born in Texas and raised in New York, Greenberg performed in his first Broadway show at age 12. He attended Stanford University and NYU Film School before joining J. Walter Thompson Worldwide for a stint as a producer/director of commercials. He then moved back into theatre -- first performing on Broadway and on television and soon directing and writing. He was a Curator for Ars Nova and Artistic Producer at Musical Theatre Works, where he created the writers development program and the new voices workshop series. He is also deeply involved in arts education and is Co-Director of The Broadway Teaching Group, Broadway’s largest education program, in conjunction with Music Theatre International and Playbill and Artistic Associate at The New Group.
He is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, The Writers Guild of America, The Dramatists Guild, and the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab.