Timothy A. McDonald, Paul Williams and Christopher Gattelli at an early rehearsal for Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.

Christopher Gattelli is a theatrical choreographer and director. Gattelli has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Choreography for South Pacific, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography for Altar Boyz and is a Star Search grand champion. He won the same Tony Award in 2012 for choreographing Newsies.

Gattelli co-adapated the book Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas into a stage musical, which he also directed and choreographed.

Of adapting the show, Gattelli said the original television special was, "A holiday tradition at my house. I just remember bawling to ‘Emmet Otter.’ It was such a beautifully –told tale with great songs and strong character. I remember thinking as a kid that I’d love to do a holiday show like this someday.”[1]

On Broadway, Gattelli has choreographed Martin Short: Fame Become Me, Stephen Sondheim's revival of Sunday in the Park with George and 13. Among Gattelli's other choreography credits are a benefit performance of Hair, Bat Boy: The Musical and tick, tick...Boom! (based on the life and music of Jonathan Larson), directing an off-Broadway production of Silence! The Musical (a musical spoof on The Silence of the Lambs), playing Pouncival in CATS on Broadway and the resident choreographer for The Rosie O'Donnell Show.


  1. "Tune Thursday: “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” returns to the Goodspeed Opera House," Jim Hill Media, December 10, 2009, Jim Hill

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