Two Time Tony Winning Director Des McAnuff has been directing on Broadway for over 30 years. His latest Broadway hit, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life And Times of The Temptations has landed him another Tony nomination for best direction of a musical. He his career includes 48 Broadway credits across a career spanning more than 37 years, he has directed and/or produced so many of the most popular Broadway shows of our lifetimes. As a duel American/Canadian citizen, Des was born in Illinois but grew up in Ontario. As a young adult, he moved to New York to pursue a career in the arts.
On this week’s episode, Rob and Jamie talk to director extraordinaire, Des McAnuff. Over nearly four decades, Des has directed such smash hits as Big River, The Who’s Tommy, Jersey Boys, and this season’s hit Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. We talk to Des about directing, running a regional theater, and how you don’t say “no” when Otis Williams asks you to direct a show about his life. Later, Rob gives a closer look into the legendary La Jolla Playhouse.