Director Paul F. Gurgol brought intense professionalism and a vibrant creative signature to America's regional musical theater. Recognized with an L.A. Drama-Logue Award, his sold-out productions of classics "Carousel" and "Cabaret" both earned citywide "best musical" awards, and his Philadelphia production of "Nite Club Confidential" received five Barrymore award nominations, including best director.
Mr. Gurgol was an avid champion of new and undiscovered musicals. He worked with Joseph Stein to present a hit regional remake of "Rags." During his five-year tenure as founder and artistic director of Cleveland's Kalliope Stage, he presented five regional premieres and the world premiere of new musical "Coming To America".
He was particularly proud of his productions of "Sweeney Todd" at Cain Park, "My Fair Lady" and "Fiddler on the Roof" at Beck Center for the Arts, and "A Little Night Music" at Opera Cleveland. He found great joy as rehearsal director for Dancing Wheels. Mr. Gurgol died in 2012, but is remembered as a consumate artist by all he had the good fortune to work with.
- "At some point in the future, Cleveland audiences may well look back at Opera Cleveland's production of "A Little Night Music" as the new opera company's 'coming-of-age' party. Director Paul F. Gurgol exhibits his genius at casting. Opera Cleveland has really hit the mark with this production! Bravo!"
- -Cool Cleveland
- "Paul Gurgol's incisive, clear direction helped the singing actors capture the precise timing that all Sondheim comedies demand. The performance was a triumph."
- -Opera News