Actors, filmmakers, authors, musicians blowing up in the past year (or so)
Effortlessly juggling the life stories of the seventh U.S. president (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Imelda Marcos (Here Lies Love), Peter Pan (Peter and the Starcatcher), and the Italian Stallion (Rocky) is no easy task, but Timbers has become the go-to theater director for fresh re-imaginings of famous tales. He follows up his pop-scored take on Love's Labour's Lost (in Central Park through Aug. 18) with the Jeff Buckley tribute The Last Goodbye in San Diego in September. Next February, Rocky will hit Broadway after a successful run in Germany. Timbers also has a movie in development with Disney, and hopefully (felt fingers crossed!), after a private, top-secret test presentation in NYC last May that reportedly contained over 80 puppets, we may soon see a full-scale Muppets musical on the Great White Way.
His Inspiration: ''Steven Soderbergh,'' says Timbers. ''He's someone who works in a sort of big commercial atmosphere but can do small independent work that is a little boundary-breaking.'' Jason Clark
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