HOLLY-ANNE DEVLIN (Née Palmer-Ruggiero) is an award winning director, writer and producer based in New York City. She has been a part of the creative teams for mega-hit Broadway shows including Jersey Boys and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays as well as dozens of National and International tours and sit down productions. She specializes in developing new musicals from inception and bringing them to a global audience as both a creative and a producer.
Recent projects include global hits Wine Lovers The Musical, the world’s first wine tasting musical, seen by over two million people after opening Off Broadway in New York in 2006, and still running globally after thirteen years; PROHIBITION, which she created, wrote, directed and designed, currently on Tour in the United States and consistently ranked at the top of global entertainment offerings for Norwegian Cruise Line; and a newly envisioned production of Jersey Boys at the Ogunquit Playhouse, the first licensed long-running regional production since the completion of the production’s Broadway run. After a successful nine week run in 2018, TRW and the Four Seasons invited the Playhouse to produce a second run of the show in the Spring of 2019, both which opened to rave reviews and sold out houses.
Her production companies, Wine Lovers LLC and Happy Hour Entertainment are currently operating 13 companies of Wine Lovers and Prohibition globally and for Norwegian Cruise Line, all of which she oversees creatively and operationally. HHE is currently developing their fourth show in the Happy Hour Series, Bottoms Up Brunch! – I Love the 90s – a new boozy brunch musical, first presented in New York in August 2019.
Selected upcoming projects include Miss Monroe, a new musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe, Cookin’ With The King, a new interactive Elvis cooking show, Battle League Royale, a new Esports gaming show being developed for Asian markets, Wanderlust, a high end food and wine pairing for a soon to be announced with a leading travel partner, Uncorked! From vine to wine on Tour, Redlight, an immersive burlesque aerial , The Storm, a new roots musical featuring the work of Australian Hall of Fame Singer-Songwriter Kasey Chambers and Two If By Sea, a rock musical featuring music from New England artists.
Selected Credits – Broadway/National Tour/West End: Jersey Boys (Broadway, National Tours); Bring It On – The Musical (Broadway, Tokyo, National Tour), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Broadway); Walking With Dinosaurs (North American Tour); Dracula; Zhivago; As You Like It; Much Ado About Nothing; Cover Girls. Selected Regional – Jersey Boys (Ogunquit Playhouse), Soul Doctor – The Musical Journey of Shlomo Carlebach (Le Petit Theatre), Dirty Pictures (NY), Oklahoma (Reagle Players), All Shook Up (Ogunquit Playhouse – Starring Sally Struthers); Steel Magnolias (Starring Loni Ackerman), The Wedding Singer (LPT). New York: Marilyn! A new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, Gentleman’s Wish; Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Barrow Group, NY); For the Love Of Christ, The Musical! (Cherry Lane Theatre), Platforms (Theatre at St. Clements); Dancing With Abandon; Inventing Avi Aviv (Abingdon Theatre); Morgan Karr: An Awfully Big Adventure (Joe’s Pub); City of Light (Book/Director). Journey to Jersey Boys; The American Dream; Autophobia; Broadway Spotlight 2005-2007; Where are you going, Where have you been?; A Happy Goy In The Shiva House; The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie; Secrets of A Soccer Mom (Associate).
As an educator, Holly-Anne has taught students of all ages at New York University, Pace University, Columbia University, Yale University, Boston University, Hunter College and theatre companies all over the world. A short list of recent awards include – 40 Under 40 – New Orleans Gambit; Top 30 Under 30/Greater Boston Arts; Best Director – MITF, New York City; Best Book – MITF, New York City.