MTI Facts
The part of Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, was originally written for Phil Silvers. Both he and Milton Berle turned down the role, leaving Zero Mostel, to create one of the most legendary characters in musical comedy.

Join the Club
Biography

Biography of Des McAnuff

DES McANUFF received Tony Awards for his B'way stagings of "Big River" (1985) and "The Who's Tommy" (1993). He directed Lee Blessings's "A Walk in the Woods" on B'way in 1988 and in Moscow and Lithuania in 1989-90. He is Director-in-Residence of the La Jolla Playhouse where he was Artistic Director from its 1983 revival until 1994, during which time the theatre won more than 200 awards for excellence. For the Playhouse, he directed "Romeo and Juliet," "A Mad World," "My Masters," "Big River," "As You Like It," "The Sea Gull," "The Matchmaker," "A Walk in the Woods," "Two Rooms, 80 Days," "Macbeth," "A Funny Thing Happened...Forum," "Twelfth Night," "Three Sisters," "Elmer Gantry," "Much Ado About Nothing," "The Who's Tommy" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." McAnuff's play, "Leave It to Beaver Is Dead," was produced in Toronto and NY City, here it received the SoHo Arts Award. A co-founder of the Dodgers, he directed its first production, "Gimme Shelter" (SoHo Arts Award), as well as "Mary Stuart "and "How It All Began," when the theatre moved to the NYSF. McAnuff staged "Henry IV, Part I" for Joseph Papp in Central Park and was awarded a Rockefeller grant for his play, "The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed From Earth," which he directed at the Public Theater (SoHo Villager Award). He has directed for the American Rep Theatre at Harvard, Yale Rep and Stratford Festival of Canada and is a former faculty member of the Juilliard School. McAnuff is married to actress Susan Berman and they are the proud parents of Julia Violet.

Shows by Des McAnuff

Tommy, The Who's
Dracula