We are excited to bring you a spectacular cast of guests spanning a wide range of ages, interests, and artistic and professional backgrounds. This group has been selected to represent the best that the New York theatre community has to offer.
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Director: The Lion King, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, "Across the Universe"
The creative force behind numerous stunning productions, including Broadway’s smash musical The Lion King, Julie Taymor has become a much-admired, innovative director in the worlds of theater and opera. She has also employed her visionary talents to create several feature films, including “Frida” (2002) and “Across the Universe” (2007). Growing up in Newton, Massachusetts, Taymor developed a love of theater at an early age. She enjoyed putting on shows at home and later joined a Boston theater company. Also interested in other cultures, Taymor spent time in India and Sri Lanka when she was 15 as part of an educational program. She then went to Paris to study mime with Jacques LeCoq after finishing high school. This trip was also an introduction to theatrical potential of masks and puppetry, two art forms that would be reappear in her later work. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1974, Taymor traveled to Asia on a fellowship. She visited Indonesia, Japan, Bali, and Java during her travels and decided to remain abroad after her program ended. In Bali, Taymor established her own theater company, Teatr Loh. She told Back Stage that she was impressed by theater’s role in society there. “I was very taken with the fact that the theatre productions there were a part of everyday life. . . . You don’t do it because . . . you’re going to be reviewed in Time magazine, but it’s part of what it is to be a living human being.” Returning to the United States in 1980, Taymor continued to pursue a career in the theater. She won the American Theatre Wing’s Hewes Design Award for Scenic, Costume, and Puppet Design for her work on The Haggadah. For Juan Darien, Taymor won the Hewes Award for Concept Puppetry and Masks in 1988. She did not only design the puppets and masks for this production, however. She directed and wrote the book for this musical, which drew its inspiration from a story by Horacio Quiroga. For the music, Taymor had turned to her life partner, composer Elliot Goldenthal. In 1996, a Broadway production of the play earned five Tony Award nominations, including one for Taymor’s direction and another for Goldenthal’s score. Propelling Taymor’s career to new heights, the musical The Lion King demonstrated her immense talents in many aspects of the theatrical arts. She helped translate a popular Disney animated film about a lion cub—and on a grander level, about the cycle of life itself—into one of Broadway’s greatest spectacles. As with Juan Darien, Taymor was deeply involved in much of the design work as well as directing the project. She even contributed lyrics to some of the songs. All of her hard work paid off. After its fall 1997 debut, the production received a lot of critical attention and netted 11 Tony Award nominations, including two wins for Taymor for Best Director and Costume Designer. The musical featured an interesting fusion of actors and puppets. “You’re getting the human and the animal simultaneously. The audience is able to follow the story and the character, but you’re also enjoying the art of it,” she explained to Back Stage. The Lion King continues to attract eager audiences today—more than a decade after its premiere. Making a leap to the big screen, Taymor directed her first film, “Titus,” which was released in 1999. It was based on one of William Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, Titus Andronicus, a violent tale about revenge. Starring Anthony Hopkins, this adaptation by Taymor was praised for its rich, vivid imagery. But some struggled with its dark subject matter. For her next film, Taymor worked with actress Salma Hayek on the biographical film “Frida” (2002). Hayek starred as the famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo who battled with chronic pain from a terrible bus accident as well as struggled with her stormy relationship with Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (played by Alfred Molina). In the film, one of Taymor’s inventive touches was to have pieces of Kahlo’s deeply personal artwork spring to life. She also collaborated with Goldenthal on one of the film’s songs, “Burn It Blue,” writing the lyrics for it. The song was nominated for an Academy Award. In total, “Frida” earned six Academy Award nominations, including two wins for Best Makeup and Best Original Score by Goldenthal. In 2007, Taymor took movie audiences on a realistic yet fantastical journey with “Across the Universe.” The film uses the music of the Beatles to help tell the story of two lovers (Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess) during the 1960s. According to Variety, this brilliant spectacle was shot at 70 locations and used “5,000 costumes, 300 dancers, giant puppets, masks, choreographed dance numbers, fanciful sets, CG effects and animation.” Taymor worked on a musical adaptation of “Spider-Man,” the beloved comic book and feature film hero, which debuted on Broadway in 2011. Bono and The Edge from the legendary rock group U2 wrote the music for the show. Taymor directed the 2014 film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
Actor: Hamilton, In the Heights
Javier Muñoz can be seen currently on Broadway in Hamilton. Other selected credits include Usnavi in In the Heights on Broadway, The Porch at Altered Stages, In the Heights at 37 Arts, Venice (Venice) at Center Theatre Group, Two Gentlemen of Verona (a rock opera) (Proteus) at Shakespeare Theatre of DC, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Richard III (Dorset) and Into the Woods (Baker).
Actor: Hamilton, In the Heights, Holler If Ya Hear Me
Christopher Jackson can currently be seen as George Washington in Broadway’s Hamilton. Other Broadway credits: Holler If Ya Hear Me, Bronx Bombers, After Midnight, In the Heights, Memphis, The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Hamilton, Bronx Bombers, The Jammer, Lonely I’m Not and In the Heights. Film/TV: “Tracers,” “Afterlife,” “Freestyle Love Supreme,” “White Collar,” “Oz,” “Person of Interest,” “Gossip Girl.” Emmy-winning composer for “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company.” Solo album “In the Name of Love” on iTunes.
Singer, Songwriter, Actor: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Chess in Concert
Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (over 35 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. The 35-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade, according to Billboard. He has appeared in the feature films Crazy, Stupid, Love; Coffee Town, and Muppets Most Wanted, as well as on CBS’ Life in Pieces, NBC’s The Office, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and CBS’ The Crazy Ones. Groban has released seven studio albums, 2001’s self-titled double-platinum debut, 2003’s multi-platinum Closer, 2006’s double-platinum Awake, 2007’s quadruple-platinum Grammy-nominated Noel, 2010’s platinum Illuminations, and 2013’s All That Echoes, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, giving Groban his first No. 1 debut and third chart-topper. The album earned Groban some of his best reviews to date. In April 2015, Groban released Stages, a collection of some of the greatest songs from musical theatre. The album was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In February 2016 Groban released a CD/DVD package, entitled Stages Live, featuring performances recorded at the historic Los Angeles Theatre in downtown L.A. for his all-new PBS special, Josh Groban: Stages Live. He is currently on an extensive North American tour to support Stages, entitled “Josh Groban: On Stage.” An active arts education philanthropist and advocate, Groban is a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee and Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness. He will make his Broadway debut this fall as Pierre in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.
Actor: West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman
Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards and received eight additional Tony nominations. She was most recently seen on Broadway in The Visit. Her career highlights include starring roles in West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), The Dancer’s Life, recent revivals of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Nine and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, and Mr. Wonderful, On tour: The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Sweet Charity, Zorba. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Kennedy Center Honor. Her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.
Hamilton, Shuffle Along,The Color Purple
Actor: Cabaret, Wicked, "Cabaret"
In a career that was launched in the early 1950’s, Joel Grey has created indelible stage roles each decade since. Stage credits include Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout); Anything Goes; Wicked; Give Me Your Answer, Do! (Drama Desk nom.); Chicago; The Grand Tour (Tony nom.); Goodtime Charley (Tony nom.); George M! (Tony nom.); Cabaret (Tony Award); Stop the World I Want to Get Off; Half a Sixpence; Come Blow Your Horn. He starred in the original Off Broadway production of Larry Kramer’s seminal play, The Normal Heart, in 1986, and co-directed the Tony Award-winning Broadway premiere in 2011. Film credits include “Cabaret” (Academy Award), “Man on a Swing”, “Buffalo Bill and the Indians”, “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins”, “Dancer In the Dark”, “Choke” and many more. TV guest appearances include: “Brothers & Sisters,” “House,” “Private Practice,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Nurse Jackie.” Joel is also an internationally exhibited photographer. He has four books of photographs, Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006), 1.3 – Images From My Phone (2009), and The Billboard Papers (2013). Joel’s work is part of the permanent collection at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His memoir, Master of Ceremonies, was released in 2016 (Flatiron Press).
Actor: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, How to Succeed..., "Glee"
Actor, musician, and Emmy-nominated songwriter Darren Criss just finished his run with the national tour of the 2014 Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as hosting duties for NBC’s “Hairspray Live.” Before his breakout role as Blaine Anderson on Fox’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award‐winning series “Glee,” Darren got his first break from YouTube, via the internet cult hit A Very Potter Musical, in which he starred and wrote songs for in 2009. The popularity of that show spawned his co-founding of StarKid Productions, a Chicago-based theatre company whose works have spurred other viral hits, multiple Billboard charting cast albums, and sold-out national tours. Criss is also the founder of NYC’s first showtunes music festival, Elsie Fest, which will be in its third year in 2017. Broadway credits include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Off-Broadway: White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Film/TV: “American Horror Story: Hotel,” “Web Therapy,” “Cold Case,” “Eastwick,” “Six by Sondheim,” “Girl Most Likely,” “Smitten.” Has also lent his silly voice to Studio Ghibli’s “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” & “The Wind Rises,” as well as TV’s “Transformers: Robots in Disguise,” “The Cleveland Show,” “Archer,” “Stan Lee’s Mighty 7.” Songwriting credits include A Very Potter Musical, Me & My Dick, A Very Potter Sequel, Starship (debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Cast Album) and “Glee” (Emmy nominated for Outstanding Original Music & Lyrics for his song, “This Time”). Darren is a San Francisco native and a proud graduate of the University of Michigan (BFA in Theater Performance). Go Blue!
Actor: Passion, The King and I, Wonderful Town
Award-winning star of stage and screen Donna Murphy has captivated audiences and critics alike with the depth and range of her work. She received the first of two Tony Awards, along with Drama Desk and Drama League Awards, for her spellbinding creation of Fosca in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapines’s Passion. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in The King and I garnered Murphy a second Tony Award, as well as a Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Award nominations. Her star turns in Wonderful Town, LoveMusik and The People in the Picture also received Tony Award nominations, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Drama League’s 2004 Outstanding Achievement Award for Musical Theater. Other theater includes: Twelve Dreams and Hello Again (Lincoln Center Theater), Helen (Public Theater),and the Witch in the Public Theater’s acclaimed production of Into the Woods. For her work in HBO’s “Someone Had to Benny,” Murphy earned a Daytime Emmy Award, and her recent TV credits include the CBS’ “Doubt,” ABC’s “Resurrection,” VH1’s “Hindsight,” “The Good Wife,” and “Royal Pains.” On the big screen, Donna was last seen in No Pay, Nudity opposite Gabriel Byrne, The Bourne Legacy, Todd Solondz’ Dark Horse and Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground. Other memorable film performances include The Nanny Diaries, Center Stage, Star Trek: Insurrection, and the voice of Mother Gothel in Disney’s hit animated feature Tangled. Murphy can currently be seen on the PBS period drama Mercy Street, and she will share the role of Dolly Levi with the legendary Bette Midler in the upcoming revival of Hello Dolly!
Actor: The King and I, The Bridges of Madison County, South Pacific
Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I recently garnered her a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations.
2014 was an exceptionally busy year. Her performance as Francesca in the musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County earned her Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Additionally, she starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of “Peter Pan” alongside Allison Williams and Christian Borle, and on New Year’s Eve, Kelli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the production of The Merry Widow with Renee Fleming.
A native of Oklahoma, Kelli received a degree in opera, and after winning the State Metropolitan Opera Competition, moved to New York and enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Institute. She made her Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde and followed it with Sondheim’s Follies, Sweet Smell of Success opposite John Lithgow, and Dracula. In 2003 Kelli committed to a production of The Light in the Piazza at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. The show landed on Broadway in 2005 and earned Kelli her first Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. She moved from one critical and commercial success to another when she joined Harry Connick on Broadway in the 2006 Tony award-winning production of The Pajama Game, for which Kelli received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations. Kelli starred in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center, enrapturing audiences and critics alike with her soulful and complex interpretation of Nellie Forbush, and garnering Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations. She later teamed up with Matthew Broderick in Broadway’s musical comedy Nice Work if You Can Get It, earning Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations, as well as the Fred Astaire Nomination for dance.
Kelli currently resides in New York City.
Actor: Kinky Boots, YouTuber
Todrick Hall is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, “American Idol” finalist, star of his own MTV Show, and viral YouTube sensation (2.4M subscribers, 400M views) who can currently be seen as Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway. Hall just released his first visual album “Straight Outta Oz” which debuted as the #2 pop album. Broadway: The Color Purple, Memphis. Hall has opened the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, been a judge on “Rupaul’s Drag Race” and “Gay for Play,” choreographed videos for Beyoncé, written and starred in the Virgin America Safety Video, Fiat Commercials, and the theme song for the new online version of “Sesame Street.” Thanks to Pat Carthel, Scooter Braun, UTA, my amazing team, fans, family, my besties (Chester, Vonzell, Blair, Drew, Sheena, Ashley), my mentors Billy Porter and Wayne Brady, and Telsey Casting and the producers for this amazing opportunity. This is dedicated to my Grandmother “Ethel” and Jill #2650, may you both watch proudly from Somewhere Over the Rainbow. @todrick
Hamilton, In The Heights,Wicked
Actor: Dear Evan Hansen, The Book of Mormon, "Pitch Perfect"
Ben Platt is ecstatic to bring Evan Hansen to Broadway after creating the role at Arena Stage in Washington,DC, and last season at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre (Obie Award, Clarence Derwent Award, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations). Platt was the original Elder Cunningham in the Chicago production of The Book of Mormon and reprised the role on Broadway. National tours: Caroline, or Change (dir. George C. Wolfe). Regional credits include The Black Suits (Barrington Stage Company), The Power of Duff (New York Stage and Film), Dead End (dir. Nicholas Martin, Ahmanson Theatre). Concerts: I’m Here (solo show, 54 Below sold-out engagement), The Secret Garden (25th anniversary). Film: Benji Applebaum in Universal Pictures’ smash hits “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Ricki and the Flash” (dir. Jonathan Demme, starring Meryl Streep), Billy Lynn’s “Long Halftime Walk” (dir. Ang Lee). Upcoming: “Drunk Parents,” “The Female Brain.”
Actor: Fiddler on the Roof, Follies, South Pacific
Danny Burstein is a 6-time Tony Award nominee whose 16 Broadway credits include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (Tony Award nomination; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Cabaret (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); The Snow Geese; Golden Boy (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations); Follies (Tony, Astaire, and Grammy Award nominations; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; South Pacific (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award); The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony and Ovation Award nominations); Saint Joan; The Seagull; Three Men on a Horse; Titanic and Company. Off-Broadway: Talley’s Folly (Lucille Lortel and Drama League nominations); Mrs. Farnsworth; Psych; All in the Timing; Merrily We Roll Along; Weird Romance; and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Films: Indignation (directed by James Schamus); The Family Fang (directed by Jason Bateman); Blackhat (directed by Michael Mann); Liv; Transamerica; Deception; Affluenza; American Milkshake; Nor’easter; Construction; Bad Dads; and Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon. TV: Lolly Steinman on Boardwalk Empire (directed by Martin Scorsese), LouieAbsolutely Fabulous, The Good Wife, all the Law & Order series, Hope & Faith, Ed, etc. In 2013, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Frosch in the Jeremy Sams/Douglas Carter Beane production of Die Fledermaus. He is married to actress Rebecca Luker and has two wonderful sons.
Actor: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots
Lena Hall won a 2014 Tony Award and was nominated for a Grammy for her role as Yitzhak in the hit Broadway revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch. She also originated and starred as Nicola in the Tony winning musical Kinky Boots. Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include The Toxic Avenger, Radiant Baby, Tarzan, Dracula, 42nd Street, and Cats. TV includes guest stars on HBO’s “Girls,” “Good Girls Revolt” (Amazon Prime), “Nature Cat” (PBS) and “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” (Hasbro).
Lena recently teamed up with global pop star Josh Groban as a special guest on his sold out North American Stages tour. Her two solo musical reviews Sin & Salvation which played the legendary Cafe Carlyle and The Villa Satori both received rave reviews and have spawned live albums. Sin & Salvation is currently available on iTunes and CDBaby.
Actor: Newsies, The Last Five Years, "Smash"
Jeremy Jordan can currently be seen on CBS’s breakout hit “Supergirl”, where he plays Winn Schott. He is a Tony nominee (Best Actor in a Musical) for his work in Newsies; he also earned a Grammy nomination for his work on the Newsies album. He is well-known to fans for his role on NBC’s hit “Smash.” He also recently starred in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, opposite Oscar and Tony nominee Anna Kendrick. He has been performing his solo cabaret show, “Breaking Character,” in clubs around the country, selling out in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Island, and Indianapolis. Jeremy is married to fellow Broadway actor Ashley Spencer.
Actor: Hamilton, Rocky, Cyrano de Bergerac
My name is Oak. I have done things. Broadway: Hamilton, Rocky, Cyrano de Bergerac. Off-Broadway: Hamilton (The Public), Luce (LCT3), Neighbors (The Public), Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment. First national tour: American Idiot. Regional: The Brothers Size, The Royale (The Old Globe), Ruined (Berkeley Rep, Huntington Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse). Film/TV: “Blue Bloods,” “NY 22,” “Thank You for Sharing.” I am here by the kindness of strangers and faith from loved ones. Shake and bake.
Hamilton, In The Heights, Rent
Actor: Rent, If/Then. BroadwayCon Co-Creator
Broadway: If/Then; Rent;
Hamilton, "Saturday Night Live"
Actor: Rock of Ages, "Big Brother"; Host: Style Code Live
Lyricist / Director: Annie, Actor: West Side Story
Martin Charnin is celebrating his 60th year in show business, having begun his career creating the role of Big Deal, one of the Jets, in the original company of West Side Story, and playing the part for 1000 performances. Subsequently, he has been the lyricist, director, composer, librettist, or producer for over 160 theatrical productions on Broadway, off Broadway, in regional theatres, and on television, in cabarets, and concerts,—often serving in multiple capacities.
His Broadway credits include Zenda, Mata Hari, La Strada, Nash at Nine, Two by Two, Annie, I Remember Mama, The First, Lena Horne, The Lady and Her Music, Annie Warbucks, Upstairs at O’Neal’s, The No-Frills Revue, Cafe Crown, Laughing Matters, A Little Family Business, Sid Caesar on Broadway, and the first National Lampoon show. He has directed Annie 19 times, in New York, London, Amsterdam, Australia, and his latest production is now in the 3rd year of its tour in the US. Annie has also been produced by Hollywood 3 times.
He has received 4 Tony Nominations, 2 Tony Awards, 4 Drama Desk Nominations, 3 Drama Desk Awards, 6 Grammy Nominations, 2 Grammy Awards, 3 Emmy Awards, 3 Gold Records, 2 Platinum Records, the Peabody Award for Broadcasting, and the First George M. Cohan Award. He is one of the dozen or so active industry professionals who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony. He is married to Broadway and television star Shelly Burch.
Book Writer: Annie, Hairspray, The Producers
Thomas Meehan won the 2003 Tony Award co-writing the book for Hairspray as well as the 2001 Tony Award for co-writing the book for The Producers. He received his first Tony Award in 1977 for writing the book of Annie, his first Broadway show, and has since written the books for the musicals Rocky, Elf, Chaplin, Cry-Baby, Young Frankenstein, Bombay Dreams, I Remember Mama, Ain’t Broadway Grand, and Daddy Warbucks. In addition, he is a long-time contributor of humor to The New Yorker, an Emmy-award winning writer of television comedy, and a collaborator on a number of screenplays, including Mel Brooks’ “Space Balls” and “To Be Or Not To Be.”
Composer: Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Applause
CHARLES STROUSE: Broadway includes: Annie (Tony and two Grammys), Bye Bye Birdie (written with Lee Adams and Michael Stewart, Tony Award), Golden Boy (starring Sammy Davis, four Tony nominations), It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman!, Applause (Lauren Bacall, Tony). Other musicals: Charlie and Algernon (Tony nomination), Dance a Little Closer (lyrics by Alan Lerner), Rags (Tony nomination), Nick & Nora (Tony nomination). Film score: “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Those Were the Days” (from “All in the Family”). Founder of ASCAP Musical theatre Workshop, married to director Barbara Siman and have four children – Benjamin (attorney and composer), Victoria (screenwriter), Nicholas (psychologist) and William (screenwriter).
Actor: The Color Purple, Once on This Island, If/Then
Broadway: If/Then, The Color Purple (Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical), Once on This Island (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Ragtime, Company and Uptown It’s Hot. Off-Broadway: Dessa Rose (Obie Award and Drama Desk Award nomination), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Drama Desk nomination) and Inked Baby. Other theater credits: The Wiz, Baby, From the Mississippi Delta and Spunk. Film credits include: The Help, Side Effects, Breaking Upwards, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Disney’s Hercules, For Love or Money and Leap of Faith. Television credits include “Handel’s Messiah Rocks” (Emmy Award), “Lucy” (CBS TV movie), “Law & Order: SVU”, “Sex and the City”, “New York Undercover”, “The Cosby Show” and the upcoming HBO miniseries “Crime”. Follow LaChanze on Twitter: @lachanze
Actor: Annie, Starlight Express, Beauty and the Beast
Andrea McArdle first captured the hearts of theatergoers everywhere in 1977 when she originated the title role in the mega-musical Annie. As “Annie,” Andrea became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She also received the Theater World and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for her performance and went on to star when the show was produced on London’s West End. Also on Broadway, Andrea starred in Jerry’s Girls, Starlight Express, State Fair, Les Miserables, and most recently, as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She toured nationally starring as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and as Eponine in Les Miserables and regionally as the title role in Mame and Hello, Dolly!.
Actor: Fun Home, Chess, Les Miserables,
Judy Kuhn is a four time Tony Award nominee who’s work on Broadway includes Fun Home (Tony & Drama League Award Nominations); the Roundabout’s 1993 revival of She Loves Me (Tony Award Nomination); Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theatre); Chess (Tony & Drama Desk Nominations); Les Miserables (Tony & Drama Desk Nominations); Rags (Drama Desk Nomination); Alan Menken & Tim Rice’s King David, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (original cast). Selected Off Bway & Regional theatre includes: Fun Home (Lucille Lortell Award, OCC Nomination/Public Theatre); The Cradle Will Rock (City Center); Passion (Drama League Award Nomination/ Classic Stage Company), the U.S. premiere of Sunset Boulevard (Los Angeles) Three Sisters (Intiman Theatre), Eli’s Comin’ (Obie Award/Vineyard Theatre), The Ballad of Little Jo (Steppenwolf Theatre Co./Jeff Award Nomination), Dream True (Vineyard Theatre), As Thousand’s Cheer (Drama Dept.); The Glass Menagerie (McCarter Theatre). Film and television includes: Disney’s “Pocahontas”, “Enchanted”, “Elementary” (CBS). “Hope & Faith” (ABC), “Law & Order” (NBC), “My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies” (PBS), “The Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS), “The Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert” (PBS), and “In Performance At The White House” (PBS). Judy has performed on concert stages around the world and can be heard on numerous cast albums as well as her solo CDs: Roders, Rodgers & Guettel (PS Classics); All This Happiness (PS Classics); Serious Playground:The Songs of Laura Nyro (SH-K-BOOM) and Just In Time: Judy Kuhn Sings Jule Styne. Judy is a member of the Actor’s Center Workshop Company. Visit Judy at judykuhn.net
Actor: Fun Home, Assassins, Evita
Michael stared as Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home, a role he originated, at the Public Theater, winning the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor. He received the Tony Award for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, and Tony nominations for his roles in Evita, LoveMusik, Sweeney Todd, and The Who’s Tommy. Other Broadway appearances include In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play), Hedda Gabler, Cymbeline, and Titanic. Known for his versatility as an actor, Cerveris also performed in Off-Broadway productions of King Lear, Macbeth, Nikolai and the Others, and Sondheim’s Road Show, among others, and brought his performance as Hedwig from Off Broadway to LA and London’s West End. Cerveris has also appeared in many films and television series, including roles on the “The Good Wife,” “Treme,” and “Fringe.” He has sung with the NY City Opera and the NY Philharmonic, and at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center to New Orleans’ JazzFest and a tour playing guitar for Bob Mould. Cerveris has recorded two solo albums, Dog Eared and the upcoming Piety. His country band Loose Cattle recently released their live debut record, North of Houston.
Hamilton, In the Heights, Sweet Charity.
Michael Cerveris, Kimberly Kaye, Lorenzo Wolff, Eddy Zweiback with Gabriel Caplan, Justin Smith, Alex Harvey
They were a couple at the time. And it was hard times. And because therapy was damned expensive, they thought if they spent more time singing in the living room, there’d be less time for fighting. The idea was pretty simple: squeeze a bunch of friends together in a living room and play through some country tunes. Good time songs and sad ones, old ones and new ones. Not too much planning, not too much drinking (well…not everything went as planned). The name was conceived at a gig with their friend Laura Cantrell downstairs at Hill Country Barbecue under a sign warning of Loose Livestock (they never could quite remember it right) and they became Loose Cattle. Southern by birth or by inclination, they gathered some like-minded friends, made some new ones, convinced them all to lower their prodigious musical skills to their commonest level and something like a band was born. Loose Cattle has appeared at Lincoln Center, on Mountain Stage live from West Virginia with Arlo Guthrie, at Jazz Fest in New Orleans and on tour throughout Louisiana, confounding expectations and moving audiences all the way to the bar and back again. Their debut Live album, North of Houston, is available on iTunes, amazon.com and through your less discerning retail outlets. The new single, Pony Girl, is available on Low Heat Records.
Actor: Next to Normal, Side Show, American Psycho
Alice Ripley just wrapped filming the role of Kathleen on the new Netflix 1/2 hour comedy “Girlboss”, season one set to premiere in April 2017. Alice earned critical acclaim and won the Best Actress in a Musical Tony and Helen Hayes awards for her work as Diana in the Pulitzer Prize winning rock opera Next to Normal. Ms. Ripley received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for her work as conjoined twin Violet Hilton in Side Show. As part of the original Broadway casts, Alice created the roles of Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Molly Ivors in James Joyce’s The Dead, Betty Schaefer in Sunset Boulevard, the Specialist’s Assistant in The Who’s Tommy, and Bathsheba in King David, as well as having a long stay at the Imperial Theatre as Fantine in Les Miserables. Other TV: “30 Rock”, “Blue Bloods”, “Hee Haw” and “Royal Pains”. In the cult hit movie musical “Sugar!”, Alice garnered two best actress awards for her portrayal of Leslie, the suburban mom whose all over 50 female “milf” rock band becomes famous by accident. “Sugar!” recently gained distribution and is making a presence on the 2016 festival circuit. Other film: “Sing Along”, “Isn’t It Delicious”, “The Adulterer”, “Bear With Us”, and “Muckland”. Ms. Ripley is an accomplished musician and has written and produced her own music. Recordings include: Daily Practice Vol 1, Everything’s Fine, Outtasite, RIPLEY EP, as well as numerous Broadway cast and compilation albums. Each fall, Alice returns to Buenos Aires for the annual Next to Casi Normales concerts, co-starring Jennifer Damiano and Fernando Dente.
Hamilton, "Grease: Live," "Teen Wolf"
Actor: Matilda, Dames at Sea, Zorro The Musical
Lesli Margherita was most recently seen as Mona Kent in Dames at Sea. She won the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for her performance as Inez in Zorro The Musical on London’s West End. Lesli currently starred on Broadway in Matilda as Mrs. Wormwood, a role she originated. Film work includes Opening Night opposite Topher Grace and Taye Diggs, and Lucky Stiff with Jason Alexander. Born and raised in California, Lesli trained at UCLA and her television credits include the upcoming “Donny!,” “Fame LA,” “Major Crimes,” “The Suite Life on Deck,” “Charmed,” “NYPD Blue,” “The District,” and “On The Lot.” Additional stage credits include The Gronholm Method at The Falcon, Aldonza in MTW’s Man of La Mancha opposite Davis Gaines for which she received an Ovation Award nomination, Kate in Reprise Theater’s Kiss Me Kate for which she won an Ovation Award, Julie in Show Boat at the Goodspeed, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at La Mirada, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot at Sacramento Music Circus, Ilona in She Loves Me at CLOSBC, the West Coast Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s See What I Wanna See at the Blank Theatre, Rated RSO at the Boston Court, and Gloria in Damn Yankees for Reprise Theater. Lesli’s book Neck Punch and Carry On: Advice from the “Queen,” a series of “inspirational” messages inspired from her Twitter feed (@QueenLesli), is available exclusively on iBooks. Lesli’s critically acclaimed nightclub act All Hail the Queen continues to play to audiences in New York and LA.
Hamilton, Motown, Fences
Writer: In Transit, Frozen, Finding Nemo, The Musical
Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote books, music, and lyrics for Broadway’s In Transit. She is an Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter. Kristen and her husband, Robert Lopez, wrote the songs for Disney’s Frozen including the quadruple-platinum hit song “Let it Go.” She and her husband also wrote and produced all songs for the Disney film Winnie the Pooh (2011) and Finding Nemo, The Musical, currently in its 10th year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She has done numerous short and full-length musical adaptations for Theatreworks USA. Other honors (for which she is truly grateful) include Lilly, Harrington, and Dramatist Guild Fellowships. Upcoming projects include a new Disney animated film, Gigantic, Frozen 2, a Broadway-bound version of an original musical, Up Here (last seen at La Jolla Playhouse) and an adaptation of Frozen for Broadway. Kristen lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two daughters.
Hamilton, Invisible Threads
Actor: The Humans, Casa Valentina, Uncle Vanya
Broadway: The Humans (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Gemini, Picnic, Casa Valentina (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award). Off-Broadway: I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard (Drama Desk nomination), You Got Older (Drama Desk nomination), Uncle Vanya (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Blasted (Drama Desk nomination), Circle Mirror Transformation (OBIE, Drama Desk Awards), Tigers Be Still, The Dream of the Burning Boy (Outer Critics Circle nomination), A Small Fire, Bug (OBIE). Television: “House of Cards” (Donald Blythe), “The Blacklist” (Tom Connolly), “Girls.” 2006 OBIE for Sustained Excellence. 2011 Drama Desk Award for Career Excellence. Richard Seff Award.
Actor: Bandstand, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Grease, Bonnie & Clyde
Laura Osnes was last seen on Broadway as the title role in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Astaire Award nominations). She also starred in Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), creating the role at Asolo Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award). She appeared as Hope Harcourt in the Tony Award winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations) and Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific, and made her Broadway debut as Sandy in the most recent revival of Grease. Other New York/regional credits include the Broadway-bound musical The Bandstand at Paper Mill Playhouse; The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination) at Atlantic Theater Company; City Center Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman’s Faust, and Pipe Dream; The Sound of Music in concert at Carnegie Hall; Carousel opposite Steven Pasquale at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center. On television, she has been seen on the CBS series “Elementary,” in the HBO pilot “The Miraculous Year,” Sondheim: The Birthday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, HBO’s documentary Six By Sondheim and “The Kennedy Center Honors” salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). Her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Boston Pops, and the Pasadena Pops, as well as appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Café Carlyle, 54 Below, Lincoln Center, NJPAC, The Smith Center in Las Vegas, and MN Orchestra Hall. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Laura has two solo albums, Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.
Actor: Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Act One, "Frozen"
Tony nominee Santino Fontana has been seen on Broadway in: Act One, Cinderella (Tony Award nomination), The Importance of Being Earnest (Clarence Derwent Award), Billy Elliot, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drama Desk Award), and Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway: Sons of the Prophet (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards), The Fantasticks, and Perfect Harmony (co-writer). City Center Encores!: 1776, Zorba! and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (upcoming). Film and television: “Sisters”, “Frozen”, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, “Shades of Blue”, “The Good Wife”, and many others.
Actor: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, The Book of Mormon
Denée Benton is currently making her Broadway debut as Natasha in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Other credits include Nabulungi in the West End and U.S. national tour of The Book of Mormon, and she currently can be seen in season 2 of Lifetime’s hit television series “UnREAL” as Ruby. She is a 2014 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, BFA Musical Theatre.
Actor: Bandstand, Newsies, Gigi
Since graduation from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Corey Cott has quickly established himself as a captivating young actor, equally at home on both stage and screen. He made his Broadway debut starring for two years as Jack Kelly in Disney’s hit musical Newsies, and went on to star opposite Vanessa Hudgens in the Broadway revival of Gigi. On television, Corey can be seen in the upcoming Amazon series “Z” as well as “My Mother and Other Strangers,” a miniseries for BBC. Other credits include the pilot “The Interestings” (Amazon), “Madam Secretary” (CBS) and “Public Morals” (TNT). He starred opposite Laura Osnes in the world premiere of Bandstand at Paper Mill Playhouse. A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Corey made his solo concert debut at The Kennedy Center’s ASCAP Centennial Celebration, and recently headlined at Elsie Fest in New York City. Twitter/Insta: @NapOnACott.
Actor: The Glass Menagerie, Peter and the Starcatcher, ...Spelling Bee
Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award Nomination, Drama Desk Award, Dorothy Loudon Award), Peter And The Starcatcher, (Tony Nom, Drama Desk Nom, Drama League Nom), Les Miserables (Drama Desk nom.), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Tony Nom, Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble, Theatre World Award). Off-Broadway: The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center Theater), Merrily We Roll Along (City Center Encores!), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons), Bachelorette (Second Stage), Saved (Playwrights Horizons), Juno (City Center Encores), Little Fish (Second Stage). Favorite regional credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration), Emily in Our Town (Intiman Theatre), and Clara in The Light In The Piazza (Goodman Theatre) Recordings: “Spelling Bee,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Bright Lights Big City,” “Summer of ‘42,” and “Broadway Musicals Of 1930.” TV: “Louie,” “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Elementary,” “Heartland.” Film: “The Visit,” “Mariachi Gringo.” Celia is a graduate of The University Of Michigan.
Actor: Anastasia, Carrie: The Musical, Mamma Mia!, Spring Awakening
Christy Altomare originated the role of Anya in Anastasia at Hartford Stage and will be seen as Anya this spring on Broadway. Broadway: Mamma Mia! Off-Broadway: Carrie (Lucille Lortel Theater). National Tour: Spring Awakening (first national tour). Regional: Daddy Long Legs (Gem Theater/Detroit); Camelot (Drury Lane/ Chicago). Television: “The Big C.” Cast Recordings: Carrie: The Musical. Original Music Recordings (singer/songwriter): “After You”; “Waiting for You.” Education: BFA Musical Theater from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Actor: Anastasia, The Bridges of Madison County, Wicked, Carrie: The Musical
Derek Klena originated the role of Dmitry in Anastasia at Hartford Stage and can be seen as Dmitry this spring on Broadway. Broadway: The Bridges of Madison County (OBC), Wicked (10th Anniversary Company). Off-Broadway: Dogfight (Second Stage, Clive Barnes Award Nom.), Carrie (MCC). Regional: Diner (Signature Theatre (D.C.), Delaware Theatre Company), Unknown Soldier (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Hairspray (Hollywood Bowl). Television: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC), “Carrie Diaries” (CW), “Tomorrow People” (CW), “One Bad Choice” (MTV).
Actor: The Secret Garden, James Joyce's The Dead, Les Misérables
At eleven years old, Daisy Eagan became (and remains today) the youngest actress ever to win the Tony Award for the Best Performance by A Featured Actress in a Musical when she dazzled New York audiences as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden. She will be returning to the garden, this time as Martha, in Fall of 2016 and Spring of 2017, in co-productions with The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, and 5th Ave. in Seattle. Her career spans more than three decades and includes multiple Broadway and off-Broadway shows, has sent her across the country in a national tour, three self-penned one-woman shows, world premieres at South Coast Rep and La Jolla Playhouse, numerous television appearances, starring roles in film, leads on Los Angeles’ most prestigious stages, and much, much more.
A published, award-winning writer with a loyal and growing audience, Daisy hasn’t left her creative talents on the stage. A fierce fighter and activist for women’s and LGBTQ rights, she is a rousing voice in political arenas, and continues to fight for change throughout her literary career.
Daisy lives in New York and she teaches and speaks across the country. In May of 2013, she welcomed her first child, Monty Harrison Eagan-Bloom. He has red, red hair and finds magic in every little thing.
Actor: In Transit, If/Then, Cry-Baby
James Snyder will be playing Nate in In Transit beginning this fall. He was recently seen opposite Idina Menzel in Broadway’s If/Then. He received a Drama League Award Nomination for the titular role in Cry-Baby and recently played Jonathon/Miranda in Casa Valentina at Pasadena Playhouse. Additional theatre credits include Carousel at Goodspeed Opera House, Fanny at New York City Center, and Broadway: Three Generations at The Kennedy Center.
Actor: My Fair Lady, Amour, High Society
Melissa Errico juggles Broadway, television, recording and writing. She has starred in seven Broadway musicals including My Fair Lady, Amour, High Society, and Dracula, and released several major solo CDs: Blue Like That (EMI/Capitol Records), Lullabies and Wildflowers (VMG/Universal), Legrand Affair (Ghostlight/Sony) and the most recent (2015) What About Today? Melissa Errico Live at 54 Below (Broadway Records) which was followed up immediately by a DVD. She has appeared on “Billions” on Showtime and “The Knick” on Cinemax. A digital release ‘More Lullabies and Wildflowers’ was released as a benefit for the tenth anniversary of her charity, The Bowery Babes, a NY 501c-3 she founded in 2005. A mother of 3, who tours with symphonies and has just completed an off-Broadway run of Finian’s Rainbow, she has served on the NEA and recently published humorous and insightful essays in magazines and for The New York Times.
Playwright: Speech & Debate, The Humans
Actor: Fun Home.
Broadway: Fun Home (Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway: Fun Home. Upcoming television: “The Son” (AMC).
Actor: Speech & Debate, The Humans, The Country House
Broadway: The Humans, The Country House. Off-Broadway: Slowgirl, Russian Transport, All-American, Speech and Debate, The Netflix Plays, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Regional: The Country House (Geffen Playhouse), Not Waving (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Film: “The Untitled Gerardo Naranjo Project,” “Trouble Dolls,” “Adult Beginnings,” “The Mend,” “Song One,” “The To-Do List,” “Please Give,” “Margaret,” “Spanglish,” “Last Kind Words,” “Man” (short). Television: “Girls,” “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Blue Bloods,” “Harry’s Law,” “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order.”
Actor: Significant Other, American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Rebecca Naomi Jones has performed on Broadway in American Idiot, Passing Strange, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. She just finished a run of the acclaimed new play Marie and Rosetta at the Atlantic Theater. Other NY work includes Murder Ballad at MTC (Lilly Award and Lucille Lortel nomination), Signature Theater’s production of Big Love (Drama League nomination), The Fortress of Solitude (Public Theater), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park), Wig Out! (Vineyard Theatre), and the recent ENCORES production of God Bless You Mr. Rosewater. Earlier this Summer Rebecca also performed at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Cost of Living. Films: “The Big Sick” (upcoming, produced by Judd Apatow), “Ratter” (2014 Slamdance Film Festival Selection), “Ordinary World” (2015 TriBeCa Film Festival Selection), “Passing Strange” (Spike Lee), and the documentary “Broadway Idiot.” Select Television: “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”, “Inside Amy Schumer”, “Limitless”, “Difficult People”, “High Maintenance” and “Blue Bloods”. Solo concerts: Lincoln Center American Songbook, Apollo Cafe. Rebecca is an Associate Artist with the Civilians Theater Company and holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Catch Rebecca back on Broadway this Winter in Significant Other.
Actor: Significant Other, Stunning
Sas Goldberg is making her Broadway debut in Significant Other! She has appeared Off Broadway in the Roundabout production of Significant Other and David Adjmi’s Stunning (Lincoln Center). Other credits include The Best of Everything and The Urban Dictionary Plays. Sas was most recently seen recurring as Janice on the 2nd season of “Odd Mom Out” (Bravo), her other TV credits include “HAPPYish” (Showtime) and the upcoming “Search Party” (TBS). Sas and her writing partner sold and developed a pilot at NBC with Will Gluck producing through Sony TV. Sas’s feature film, “Are You Joking?,” which she co-wrote, produced and stars in, premiered at the 2014 Seattle Film Festival and was distributed by New Wave Entertainment. BFA from the University of Michigan.
Actor: Significant Other, Company, California Suite
Barbara Barrie has had a distinguished career in film, television and theatre. On Broadway, Ms. Barrie has appeared in The Selling of the President, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, California Suite, Torch Song Trilogy and Company (Tony nomination). She appeared Off-Broadway in the Roundabout production of Significant Other, I Remember Mama (OCC nomination), The Vagina Monologues, Current Events, After-Play, The Crucible, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Love Letters, Isn’t It Romantic? and The Killdeer (Obie and Drama Desk awards). Barrie has also appeared in two seasons at American Shakespeare Festival in Connecticut, and three productions for Joseph Pap in Shakespeare In The Park. Television credits include “Law and Order” (Emmy nomination), “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” (Emmy nomination), “Breaking Away” (Emmy nomination), “Suddenly Susan,” “Enlightened,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Once and Again,” “Barney Miller,” “Thirtysomething” and “Family Ties.” Her mini-series and television movie credits include “Scarlett,” “Roots: The Next Generation,” “A Chance of Snow,” “My Left Breast,” “The Odd Couple: Together Again,” “Tell Me My Name,” “To Race the Wind,” “American Love Affair,” and “Barefoot in the Park.” Film credits include “One Potato,” “Two Potat”o (Best Actress Award, Cannes Film Festival), “Breaking Away” (Academy Award nomination), “Judy Berlin” (Independent Spirit Award nomination), “Frame of Mind,” “Second Best,” “Hercules,” “Private Benjamin,” “The Bell Jar” and “Thirty Days.”
Actor: Significant Other, Wicked, Dogfight
Lindsay Mendez has starred on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked, celebrating the show’s 10th Anniversary. She has also appeared on Broadway in Godspell (2011 Revival), Everyday Rapture (Roundabout) and Grease (2007 Revival). Lindsay received Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for her portrayal of Rose in the Off-Broadway world premiere of Dogfight at Second Stage Theater, directed by Joe Mantello. Her other recent credits include The Rose Tattoo (WTF), Significant Other (Roundabout), and The Winter’s Tale (The Public).
Actor: Significant Other, Spring Awakening, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark
Gideon Glick Most recently appeared in Samuel D. Hunter’s The Harvest at Lincoln Center. On Broadway, he originated roles in Spring Awakening and Julie Taymor’s Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. Off-Broadway credits include Significant Other and Stephen Karam’s Speech and Debate (Roundabout), Jack in Into the Woods (Shakespeare in the Park), Samuel D. Hunter’s The Few (Rattlestick), Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC), Peerless (Cherry Lane), and Spring Awakening (Atlantic). Film credits include “A Case of You,” “Song One,” “Gods Behaving Badly,” and “One Last Thing.” On television he has appeared on “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Man Seeking Woman,” “Margot Vs. Lily,” and recurred on “Devious Maids.” You can also hear him on the Panoply podcast “The Message.”
Playwright: Significant Other, Bad Jews
Joshua Harmon’s play Bad Jews received its world premiere at Roundabout Underground and was the first production to transfer to the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre (Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award nominations, Best Play). It has since become one of the most-produced plays in the United States and transferred to London’s West End after sell-out runs at Theatre Royal Bath and the St. James Theatre. It has been produced internationally in Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, South Africa and the U.K. His play Significant Other opened at Roundabout in the summer of 2015 and will transfer to Broadway’s Booth Theatre in February. His work has been produced and developed by Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre, Ars Nova, and Actor’s Express, where he was the 2010-2011 National New Play Network Playwright-in-Residence. He has received fellowships from MacDowell, Atlantic Center for the Arts, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and the Eudora Welty Foundation. Mr. Harmon is a recent graduate of Juilliard and at work on commissions for Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Lincoln Center Theater.
Director: Significant Other, Punk Rock, The Substance of Fire, Choir Boy
Select NYC: Simon Stephens’s Punk Rock (MCC), Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire (Second Stage), Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy (Manhattan Theater Club), Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club and Union Square Theater), Paul Weitz’s Lonely, I’m Not (Second Stage), Leslye Headland’s Assistance (Playwrights Horizons), Adam Bock’s A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nom.), Adam Rapp’s The Hallway Trilogy: Nursing (Rattlestick), Headland’s Bachelorette (Second Stage), Terrence McNally’s Some Men (Second Stage), Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God (Century Center), Bock’s The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons), Weitz’s Roulette (EST), Jonathan Tolins’s The Last Sunday In June (Rattlestick and Century Center), Bock’s Swimming In The Shallows (Second Stage), Gina Gionfriddo’s US Drag (stageFARM), and several productions with The Play Company. London: Bock’s The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, PA (Tricycle). Select regional: McCraney’s Choir Boy (Geffen and Alliance), John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation (Old Globe), Richard Greenberg’s The Injured Party (South Coast Rep), McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion (La Jolla Playhouse), Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation (Bay Street), Bess Wohl’s Touched (Williamstown Theater Festival).
Actor: An American In Paris, On The Town, Billy Elliot The Musical
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA where he began dancing a young age. Trained at The School of American Ballet and danced with the New York City Ballet from 1997 to 2010 where he had risen to the rank of principal dancer. Broadway: An American In Paris, On The Town (2014 Revival OBC), Billy Elliot The Musical (Older Billy/Scottish Dancer OBC). Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical (Dream Lecter). National Tour: Come Fly Away (Sid), The Phantom Of The Opera 25th Anniversary Tour. Regional: Chicago Lyric Opera Oklahoma! (Dream Curly).
Composer / Lyricist: Jasper in Deadland, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition
Ryan Scott Oliver was called “the future of Broadway… a major new voice in musical theatre” (Entertainment Weekly) and is “shaking up musical theater with his dark, twisted and genius work … [Oliver] could very well be musical theater’s answer to an auteur filmmaker or a gothic novelist” (Huffington Post). He is the winner of a Larson Grant, Rodgers Award, New Musicals Awards from Weston Playhouse, Pace University, and the recipient of a Lortel Award Nomination as well as numerous fellowships, residencies and ASCAP awards. He wrote the music and lyrics for Jasper in Deadland (off-Broadway; the 5th Avenue Theatre), 35mm: A Musical Exhibition; Darling; Mrs. Sharp; Otherbody, a brief musical allegory, and more. He is at work on his “Dogs Trilogy” of original musical commissions: We Foxes, Rope and Three Points of Contact. Find writings, videos, tweets, and more of his morbidly optimistic musings @ryanscottoliver on all platforms.
Actor: On The Town, Hair, "Quantico"
Jay Armstrong Johnson can be seen as Dr. Will Olsen on the hit ABC TV drama Quantico. Broadway shows include On The Town (Chip); 8 by Dustin Lance Black (Spencer), Hands on a Hardbody (Greg), Catch Me if You Can (standby for Aaron Tveit), and Hair (original revival cast Claude u/s). Off-Broadway: Working (Drama Desk Award) at the Prospect Theater Company, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, available on iTunes, Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC). Other NY: Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic filmed for PBS starring Emma Thompson. Nat’l tour: A Chorus Line (Mark). Regional: Jeff Buckley’s The Last Goodbye (Romeo) at The Old Globe; On The Town (Chip) at Barrington Stage Co, Pirates! Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (Frederick) and 42nd Street (Billy) at the Muny, Hands on a Hardbody at La Jolla Playhouse; Pool Boy at Barrington Stage Company, Hairspray (Link Larkin) at Weston Playhouse. Jay began his career in Fort Worth at the Bass Hall where he appeared in Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan as John Darling, Baby John in West Side Story, Jeffrey in Godspell, Mark in A Chorus Line, Oklahoma!, and South Pacific. TV/film: “Quantico,” “Sex and the City 2,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “The Apprentice.” Jay’s album, “Jay Armstrong Johnson LIVE at 54 Below,” is now available. @Jay_A_Johnson
Actor: Tuck Everlasting, How to Succeed..., "As the World Turns"
Michael Park is currently staring in Tuck Everlasting on Broadway. Other credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Gooper), How to Succeed… (Bratt), Carousel (Billy), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (original company), Little Me (Lucky). Off-Broadway: Original casts of Hello Again, Violet, Burnt Part Boys, Middletown. Also: Bloomer Girl, Applause Applause (Encores!), Threepenny Opera. Regional: Dear Evan Hansen at DC’s Arena Stage, Tuck Everlasting. TV: “As the World Turns” (Emmy Award), “House of Cards,” “The Good Wife,” “Chicago PD,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “The Sound of Music Live.”
Performance Coach: Rock the Audition, Author: Rock The Audition: How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Musicals
In 2004, Sheri noticed that the radio was changing the climate of Musical Theatre and created Rock The Audition, a masterclass in auditioning for Rock Musicals. The class became a cult hit in NYC, and Sheri became the worlds preeminent popular music repertoire coach. Sanders cold-called Hal Leonard Publishing, and in 2011 became the first and ONLY author to publish a book on the new relationship between popular music and Musical Theatre. Her book Rock The Audition: How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Musicals, has brought her to to 58 Musical Theatre programs in 4 years providing students and their teachers and coaches the skills to successfully research, prepare and perform all styles of popular music currently represented on Broadway- Motown, 70s Folk/Rock, Disco, 80s Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop, Rock/Punk, Country/Bluegrass, and Faeries. Sheri took her book and turned it into a new interactive On-Line Rock Musical Theatre Training Program which now makes it possible for Musical Theatre programs and individual professional performers and coaches to study directly with Sheri from every corner of the world! www.rock-the-audition.com
Musical Theater Writer: Broadway Bounty Hunter, Be More Chill, Black Suits
Joe Iconis is a musical theater writer and a fixture on the New York cabaret scene. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of a Kleban Award, a Larson Award, an ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, and a MAC John Wallowitch Songwriting Award. Joe’s songs appeared on Season 2 of NBC’s “Smash” and his writing has been featured in The New York Times and The Dramatist. He is the author of Broadway Bounty Hunter, Be More Chill, The Black Suits, the rock and roll Spaghetti Western musical Bloodsong of Love, ReWrite, Theaterworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People. Albums: Be More Chill (OCR), Things To Ruin (OCR) and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree all available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. Upcoming: The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical for La Jolla Playhouse, and a commission from Penn State School of Theater.
Playwright: M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Flower Drum Song
David Henry Hwang’s work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, and the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is America’s most-produced living opera librettist, who has worked with composers Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, and Bright Sheng, among others. Hwang is a Tony© Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is currently a writer/producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair”. Hwang won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels, the 2012 Inge, the 2012 Steinberg “Mimi”, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist, and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Awards. He heads the MFA playwriting program at Columbia University School of the Arts, and was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre. From 1994-2000, he sat by appointment of President Bill Clinton on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. David Henry Hwang serves on the Boards of Young Playwrights Inc. and the Lark Play Development Center, and was recently elected Chair of the American Theatre Wing.
Actor: Parade, Falsettos, Mamma Mia!
Carolee Carmello has appeared in 14 musicals on Broadway. Last year she was seen as Mae Tuck in Tuck Everlasting and as Mrs. du Maurier in Finding Neverland (which earned her a Drama Desk nomination). She received both a Tony nomination and Drama Desk nomination for her performance in Scandalous, where she portrayed the infamous evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. Broadway audiences also saw her as Mother Superior in Sister Act; as Mrs. Beineke in The Addams Family (for which she received a Drama Desk nomination and an Outer Critics Circle nomination); as Donna in Mamma Mia!; as Gabrielle in Lestat (Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination); as Ms. Pennywise in Urinetown; as Kate in Kiss Me, Kate; as Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel; as Lucille Frank in Parade (Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award); as Abigail Adams in 1776; as Cordelia in Falsettos; and as Oolie in City of Angels. Her Off-Broadway shows include john and jen, Das Barbecü, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Hello Again (Obie Award), A Class Act, The Vagina Monologues, and Elegies. She has been seen on television in “Madam Secretary,” “Smash,” “Law and Order,” “Frasier,” “Ed,” and “Remember W.E.N.N.” (SAG Award nomination). Her concert appearances have taken her across America and Europe, including engagements at Lincoln Center, New York’s Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall.
Actor: Hand to God, 9 to 5, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Marc Kudisch is a three-time Tony Award nominee, five-time Drama Desk Award nominee (one win), and two-time Outer Critics Circle Award nominee. His Broadway credits include Finding Neverland (Frohman/Hook), Hand To God (Pastor Greg), 9 To 5 (Franklin Hart), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Baron Bomburst), The Apple Tree (Roundabout Theatre), Assassins (The Proprietor, Roundabout Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Bells Are Ringing (Jeff Moss), LaChiusa’s The Wild Party (Jackie, The Public Theater), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), High Society (George Kittredge), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reuben). His recent performances off-Broadway include The Wayside Motor Inn at the Signature Theatre (Drama Desk Award winner), Hand to God at MCC, The Holiday Guys (co-creator) at The York Theatre, The Blue Flower at Second Stage, A Minister’s Wife and The Glorious Ones at Lincoln Center, The Pirates of Penzance and A Little Night Music at New York City Opera, Girl Crazy and No Strings at Encores!. Recent regional credits include Hamlet at Yale Rep; Tartuffe at Westport Playhouse; Terrence McNally’s Golden Age at the Kennedy Center (Helen Hayes Award nomination); Sycamore Trees (Helen Hayes Award), The Highest Yellow (Helen Hayes nomination) and The Witches of Eastwick (Helen Hayes Award) at the Signature Theatre DC; A Little Night Music at LA Opera. Film and television: “House of Cards,” “Limitless,” “Unforgettable,” “Person of Interest,” “27 East” (Pilot), “Gossip Girl,” “Blue Bloods,” “Smash,” “Sex and the City,” “Bye Bye Birdie” (Conrad) for ABC TV, “Break In” (Val) for Lifetime, “All My Children.” As a writer, Mr. Kudisch co-created and co-starred with Jeff Denman as The Holiday Guys for the York Theatre in NYC, and premiered his new show, Baritones Unbound at ArtsEmerson in Boston before runs at the Asolo Rep in Sarasota and the Royal George Theatre in Chicago.
Choreographer: Bandstand, Hamilton, In The Heights, Bring It On
Andy Blankenbuehler is proud to have won the 2016 Tony Award for his choreography in the hit musical Hamilton. Other Broadway credits include In The Heights (Tony, Lortel, Calloway, Outer Critics and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography), the new musical Bring It On (Tony nomination for Best Choreography, Drama Desk nomination for Best Director), 9 To 5 (Tony nomination), The People In The Picture, The Apple Tree, Annie and the recent revival of CATS. Other theatrical work includes the world premiere of the new musical The Bandstand at The Paper Mill Playhouse, FLY (Dallas Theatre Center), The Wiz (City Center Encores), Desperately Seeking Susan (West End), A Little Princess (Andrew Lippa) and the national tour of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Upcoming projects include the new musical Only Gold with British singer/songwriter Kate Nash. Most recently, Mr. Blankenbuehler has just finished choreographing the Lionsgate/ABC remake of Dirty Dancing, to be aired this year. He has staged concert work for both Elton John and Bette Midler and he conceived, directed and choreographed the hit Caesars Palace production Nights On Broadway. On television, his work has been seen on “America’s Got Talent,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The Sopranos,” on MTV, and “Sesame Street” featuring Janelle Monae as well as many national commercials. As a performer, he has danced on Broadway in Fosse, Contact, Man of La Mancha, Saturday Night Fever, Steel Pier, Big and Guys and Dolls. He has toured the US and internationally with West Side Story and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night. He teaches across the country with the New York City Dance Alliance.
Director: Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Grease
Actor: Wicked, Lennon, The Wild Party
Julia Murney last appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the national tour for which she received an Acclaim Award. Other New York credits include Lennon, The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), The Vagina Monologues, Falling (Drama Desk nomination), A Class Act, The Landing, Saved, Crimes of the Heart, Queen of the Mist, and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination). She’s been seen regionally all over the U.S. (Signature, Muny, Williamstown, Reprise!LA, Sacramento Music Circus, NCT, Lyric, Rubicon and Goodspeed, to name a few) and in concert, she has performed solo shows nationally as well as in NYC at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Birdland, Joe’s Pub & Ars Nova. Symphony appearances have ranged from Carnegie Hall to The Kennedy Center, Caramoor to Town Hall, from Malaysia to Maui & a lot of spots in between. Among her TV credits are “Madam Secretary,” “30 Rock,” “Sex and the City,” “Elementary,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Ed,” “NYPD Blue,” all the “Law and Orders,” “First You Dream,” and about a gazillion voiceovers. A Syracuse University graduate, her recordings include the original cast albums of The Wild Party and A Class Act, the Grammy-nominated Actors Fund Benefit of Hair and her first solo album, “I’m Not Waiting,” which is available on iTunes & on her website, juliamurney.com. Twitter: @juliamurney Instagram: @pepamama
Actor: Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Wicked
Kentucky native Laura Bell Bundy is a performer who has done it all! From appearing on the Broadway stage as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (a role that garnered her a Tony Award nomination), Glinda in Wicked, and Amber Von Tussle in the original cast of Hairspray, to the launch of her country music career with a captivating performance on the nationally televised Academy of Country Music Awards, to acting in various film and TV roles including “Jumanji,” MTV’s smash telecast of Legally Blonde, “Guiding Light,” CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” “Malibu Country,” “Home Improvement,” “Recovery Road,” and “Angie Tribeca.” Her most recent roles include the quirky Shelby on the CW’s “Hart of Dixie and Jordan Denby alongside Charlie Sheen on FX’s “Anger Management,” both of which air worldwide. Bundy’s success has followed her to the web, where she has attracted a worldwide audience with her hit comedic web series, “Cooter County” – which she created, produced, and directed. Bundy released her debut country music album, “Achin’ and Shakin’, in 2010, featuring her hit single “Giddy On Up,” which has since garnered over 11 million streams. Her most recent singles, “Two Step” and “Kentucky Dirty,” push music boundaries and answer the age-old question of what happens when you combine hot country dance tracks and hip-hop beats. Bundy’s latest album, “Another Piece Of Me” is currently available on iTunes worldwide. Her newest venture, Skits-O-Frenic, is a digital channel that fulfills the need for the classic variety show while catering to the modern digital viewer. Season one can currently be viewed at youtube.com/skitsofrenic.
Actor: An American in Paris, Evita, Les Misérables
Actor: Wicked, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, A Chorus Line
Nick Adams was the final actor to star as Fiyero in the First National Touring production of Wicked. He originated and starred as Adam/Felicia in the Tony winning Broadway musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Mr Adams was honored with a fellowship by the American Theater Hall of Fame for his “Breakthrough Performance”, received a nomination for the 2011 Astaire Award for Best Dancer on Broadway and won two Broadway Audience Choice Awards. Also on Broadway: A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles (2010 Tony Winning Revival), and The Pirate Queen. TV and Film credits include: “Sex and the City 2,” “An Englishman in New York,” “Smash,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Rosie Live,” “It Could Be Worse,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “Regis and Kelly,” “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” and multiple telecasts of “The Tony Awards.” Concerts: New York Pops 30th Anniversary (Carnegie Hall), Songs For A New World (Director Jeff Calhoun), Naples Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony , Link Larkin in Hairspray in Concert (Baltimore Symphony/Indianapolis Symphony), Erie Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Feinstein’s, Birdland. Nick has instructed master classes nation wide, has served on the guest faculty of The Boston Conservatory Musical Theatre Dance Intensive as well as The Broadway Dreams Foundation, and is regarded as a Capezio Dance Athlete. Featured in several national media outlets including Vanity Fair, DNA Magazine, Paper Magazines’ Beautiful People issue and the covers of Dance Spirit and Instinct Magazine. Recordings: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirate Queen, Dee Does Broadway. BFA Boston Conservatory. @thenickadams
Actor: Speech & Debate, Spring Awakening
Austin made his theatrical debut and his film debut in Dan Harris’Speech & Debate. He also played Melchior in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening on Broadway. Austin attended Columbia College Chicago, studying special needs teaching and ASL interpretation. He gives Camp Tatiyee, Michael and his mother and sister gratitude for awakening him.
Actor: Annie, The Children's Mass
Shelley started her career at 7 years old in commercials. At 8, she was blessed to be directed by Sal Mineo in The Children’s Mass. In 1977 at the age of 12, she originated the role of Kate in Annie, before taking over the title role in 1978 when Andrea McArdle left to open the show in London. Ms. Bruce has over 50 commercials to her credit, regional/off-Broadway credits and the movie “The Burning.” In 1981, she was diagnosed with Leukemia but even that couldn’t keep her away. Within a year, audiences got to see her along side Walter Willison in “Broadway Scandals of 1928” as Sandy McGuire, a character loosely based on Screen Legend Ruby Keeler. At the same time, Shelley penned her autobiography “Tomorrow is Today” which chronicles her life from the early days of commercials through her battle with Leukemia. Ms. Bruce now makes various public appearances, coaches young talent and spends time running her handmade crochet items business Amethyst Soteria which donates a portion of the proceeds to Pediatric Cancer Research.
Choreographer: Annie, Into the Light, "The Great Gatsby"
Mary Jane Houdina was associate choreographer for the movie “The Great Gatsby”; tap consultant for Peter Allen at Radio City Music Hall; on Broadway she was associate choreographer for the original Annie; and choreographer for Into the Light. Regional theatres have seen her work in a myriad of musicals, including Oklahoma! star Jean Stapleton, Follies star Juliette Prowse, Showboat star Gavin MacLeod. She danced in ten Broadway shows, working for choreographers Michael Bennet, Gower champion, Alan Johnson, Tony Stevens, and Peter Gennaro, as well as in Peter Gennaro’s night club act. She is the 1998 Barrymore Award recipient for her choreography for Crazy For You at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and Barrymore nominee in 2001 for Singin’ in the Rain, and in 2006 for 42nd St. On TV she choreographed “The Adventures of Slim Goodbody in Nuti-City” for Captain Kangaroo; was ass’t choreographer for the Miss America Pageant; and The Dames at Sea TV special star Ann Margaret, Ann Miller, and Ann Meara. Additional choerographic credits include opening ceremony for the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, NY (home of the Buffalo Sabres!); plus a 50’s Rock and Roll review in Seoul, Korea! As a teacher she has taught throughout the US and has been on the faculty for Northwood Institute of the arts, Texas Dance Teachers Ass., Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators, and Pace University Briarcliff, NY.
Actor: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, The Threepenny Opera
Lucas Steele can currently be seen as Anatole in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway. Broadway: The Threepenny Opera with Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper. Off-Broadway: he has originated numerous roles in varied productions including Myths and Hymns (Prospect Theater Company), the Drama Desk nominated productions of The Kid (The New Group) and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, Kazino) for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award for his portrayal of Anatole Kuragin. Television/Film: “Dangerous Liaisons” (pilot) and Photo Op. For more information visit www.LucasSteele.com Connect: @TheLucasSteele.
Actor: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Musician: Grace McLean & Them Apples
Grace McLean is making her Broadway debut in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 as Marya D. Off-Broadway: The Great Comet (Kazino), Brooklynite (Vineyard), Bedbugs!!! (Arclight), The World Is Round (BAM), Sleep No More (McKittrick), Twelve Ophelias (Woodshed Collective). Regional: The Great Comet (A.R.T.), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Weston Playhouse), La MaMa Cantata (Spoleto, Zagreb, Belgrade), From the Fire (Edinburgh 2011, MTM Best New Musical), The Last Goodbye (WTF). Grace McLean & Them Apples headlined Lincoln Center’s American Songbook in 2015 and 2016 and toured Pakistan as U.S. State Department musical ambassadors. Original music on iTunes. www.gracemclean.com
Actor: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Amber Gray can currently be seen as Helene in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and has appeared in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino, Ars Nova), Hadestown (New York Theatre Workshop), Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC), Oklahoma! (Bard SummerScape), An Octoroon (Theatre for a New Audience, Soho Rep, P.S.122), Taylor Mac’s A 24 Decade History of Popular Music: 1900’s-1950’s (New York Live Arts with Under the Radar), The TEAM’s Mission Drift (London’s National, P.S.122’s COIL, Edinburgh’s Traverse, etc.), and ongoing with Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping. M.F.A: NYU Graduate Acting.
Actor: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Gelsey Bell is making her Broadway debut Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. She originated the role of Princess Mary at Ars Nova. She is also one-fourth of Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet. As much a songwriter and creator as a performer, she has several albums, and her work has been presented internationally, including the song cycles Prisoner’s Song, SCALING, Bathroom Songs, thingNY’s opera This Takes Place Close By (co-composer) and Varispeed’s Perfect Lives (co-creator). She is also a pubished scholar and editor with a Ph.D. in performance studies. www.gelseybell.com
Actor: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Brittain Ashford can currently be seen as Sonya in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. She began her musical endeavors at the age of six, multi-tracking Simon and Garfunkel’s 59th Street Bridge Song between a Fisher Price boom box and her father’s dictaphone. Since then she’s appeared in Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet and fronts her own band, Prairie Empire. Brittain originated the role of Sonya at Ars Nova, and received a Lortel nomination for her performance during the Off-Broadway Kazino run. She is grateful/excited (and still a little surprised) to be making her Broadway debut. @brittainashford www.prairieempire.org
Actor: Natasha, Pierra, and the Great Comet of 1812
Paul Pinto can currently be seen as Balaga in Natasha, Pierra, and the Great Comet of 1812. He is a composer, writer and multi-disciplinary performer. He founded the experimental music ensembles thingNY and Varispeed. Paul released his minis/Trajectories featuring eight verbose chamber compositions. Paul is an avid interpreter of the weird, recently playing the lead in Eight Songs for a Mad King, and often arranging and performing the works of Robert Ashley. His psychedelic electronic opera, Thomas Paine in Violence, premieres at the HERE Arts Center for November 2017 starring Joan La Barbara. pfpinto.com
Actor: Spring Awakening
Kathryn Gallagher recently made her Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed Deaf West’s Spring Awakening. She is a singer-songwriter who has toured/performed with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors, The Bacon Brothers, and Little Feat. She has had music featured in film/TV and has independently released two EPs, I’m Fine and American Spirit (2015). @kathryng
Actor: Spring Awakening
Lauren Pritchard was born and raised in the small town of Jackson, Tennessee, which most people only know as a Johnny Cash lyric. She originated the role of Ilse in the 8-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening. She is the composer and lyricist of the country/folk musical Songbird (book by Michael Kimmel). It had its Off-Broadway debut at 59E59St. Theater in October 2015 and debuted as a NY Times Critics Pick. Lauren takes on the name LOLO when she is performing her original music on stage. Her new album, In Loving Memory Of When I Gave A Shit, was released September 9th, 2016 on Atlantic Records/Crush Music and you can currently catch her on the road across the USA and Canada in support of her new album. Lauren is happily published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing and she’s featured on songs with Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy and Matt Nathanson, among others. You can find all Lauren’s social things at @lolomusic.
Director: Jersey Boys, Big River, The Who's Tommy
Steve Rosen, Sarah Saltzberg, David Rossmer, Dan Lipton ...and more!
Don’t Quit Your Night Job is Broadway’s late night comedy variety extravaganza. Created and hosted by writer/performers Steve Rosen, Sarah Saltzberg, David Rossmer, and music director Dan Lipton, this after-hours happening is where Broadway goes to let its hair down. Every single Don’t Quit show boasts a different cast of Broadway luminaries, throwing themselves into improv, sketches, games, stunts and surprises. Hundreds of amazing talents from all aspects of show business have appeared on Don’t Quit, raising money for TDF’s Open Doors Program for high school students. Thanks for letting us be part of BroadwayCon again! dontquitnyc.com
Writer, Director: The SpongeBob Musical, Floyd Collins, A Civil War Christmas
Choreographer: Deaf West's Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, "So You Think You Can Dance"
Actor: It Shoulda Been You, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Lisa Howard was recently seen on Broadway starring as Jenny Steinberg in the new musical comedy It Shoulda Been You directed by David Hyde Pierce. Other Broadway roles include Diva 1 in Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, Missy Hart in the new musical 9 To 5, Head Nurse in Lincoln Center’s revival of South Pacific, and Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which she won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. She toured the US in the national company of Les Misérables, where she played many performances as Madame Thenardier. She has played leading roles regionally at St. Louis MUNY, Olney Theatre Center, Human Race Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Kansas City Starlight. Lisa made her feature film debut as Siobahn in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” Her debut solo CD, “Songs of Innocense and Experience,” is available on iTunes. Lisa is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Playwright: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Memphis, All Shook Up
Actor: Avenue Q, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, "Smash"
Ann Harada is best known for playing Christmas Eve in the Broadway and West End productions of Avenue Q and stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Other Broadway: Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables (revival), 9 To 5, Seussical, and M. Butterfly. She performed her solo concert in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series in 2014. Film: “Sisters,” “Admission,” “Hope Springs,” “Feel,” “Happiness,” “Youth in Oregon.” TV includes: “Smash” (recurring as Linda, the Stage Manager), “Lipstick Jungle,” “30 Rock,” “Doubt,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards,” “Master of None,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show.”
Actor: The Music Man, The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden
Broadway: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Mary Poppins, Nine, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Showboat, The Secret Garden, The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Indian Blood, The Vagina Monologues, Canʼt Let Go, X (Life of Malcolm X) and Brigadoon. Concerts: The American Songbook Series, The Boys from Syracuse and Whereʼs Charlie? (Encores!), No, No Nanette, Trouble in Tahiti, Gay Divorce (Carnegie Hall). Television: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Cupid and Cate,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife.” Film: “The Rewrite” and “Not Fade Away.” Recordings: “I Got Love,” “Greenwich Time,” “Leaving Home,” “Anything Goes: Rebecca Luker Sings Cole Porter.”
Actor: Come From Away, If/Then, Chaplin, High Fidelity
Jenn will be back on Broadway next month in Come From Away. Broadway credits include If/Then, Chaplin, High Fidelity, Urban Cowboy (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination). Off-Broadway: Beebo Brinker, Lucky Guy, Slut, Closer Than Ever. Regional: Annie Get Your Gun (PCLO); Peter Pan (Sacramento Music Circus); Side Show (Kennedy Center). TV: “Feed The Beast,” “Elementary,” “All My Children,” “The Good Wife,” “Rescue Me.” Film: “Uncertainty” (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). MFA Acting, UC Irvine.
Actor: If/Then, Bring It On: the Musical
Ryann Redmond is an Atlanta native and proud faculty member of the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Broadway: If/Then (OBC), Bring It On: The Musical (OBC). Television: “Younger” (TVLand). Off-Broadway: Gigantic. National Tour: Bring It On: The Musical. Regional: Hairspray (Muny), Legally Blonde (Sacramento Music Circus). NYU (CAP21) www.ryannredmond.com Twitter/Instagram: @ryannreds
Current and Former Cast Members from Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical
The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. Throughout the show DWP takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse. Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history.
Van Hughes, Brett Moses, Nick LaGrasta, Hampus Öhman-Frölund
Teen Commandments are best friends from Williamsburg, Brooklyn who throw parties, collect synthesizers and worship at the altar of pop music. According to NYLON, “Teen Commandments transport you to another, more fun world full of late nights and dance parties– more like an ’80s meets 2016 dream world, more rainbow and groovy than anything that could exist in real life.” Teen Commandments want to make you sweat, french kiss, and grin. They write soundtracks for movies unmade.
Actor: Speech & Debate, "The Way Way Back
Liam can soon be seen in the film Speech & Debate. His previous film credits include “The Way Way Back” and “2012.” Previous television credits include: “Psych” and “The Family.”
Actor: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Grease
Todd Buonopane’s Broadway credits include Jean-Michel in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Roger in Grease, Amos in Chicago (also National Tour) and many, many roles in the original company of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway, he was seen in Henry & Mudge, Click Clack Moo, Don’t Quit Your Night Job and The Butter and Egg Man. Regional favorites include Music Man (MUNY) Cake Off (Signature Theatre) Sleepless In Seattle (Pasadena Playhouse) Guys & Dolls (Old Globe, Asolo, 5th Avenue, Ordway), Carousel (Barrington Stage), Happy Days (Papermill Playhouse), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Goodspeed Opera House), Gemini The Musical (Prince Theater) and the 2001 National Tour of Godspell. On television, Todd is most recognizable as Jeffrey Weinerslav on “30 Rock.” As a cabaret artist and storyteller, Todd has performed and hosted at some of the greatest cabaret venues/comedy clubs in New York City and Los Angeles; and performed his one man show, Lying In The Driveway around the US. He is the creator and host of the show/podcast Broadway Stories. Todd received a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Michigan.
Writers: Dear Evan Hansen; Dogfight; A Christmas Story, The Musical
Benj Pasek are musical theatre composer/lyricists. Their newest musical, Dear Evan Hansen premiered at DC’s Arena Stage before a run at New York’s Second Stage Theatre. Their musical Dogfight had its world premiere at Second Stage Theatre, where it won the Lortel Award for Best New Musical. Theatre credits include A Christmas Story, The Musical on Broadway, which received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical; James and the Giant Peach; Edges. TV credits include “Smash,” “Sesame Street,” “Johnny and the Sprites.” Pasek and Paul created the song “Unlimited” for Old Navy’s 2014 back-to-school campaign, which earned them a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. Upcoming film projects include “La La Land” (Lionsgate), “The Greatest Showman” (FOX), “Trolls” (Dreamworks Animation), “Medusa” (Sony Pictures Animation), and “Tom and Jerry Return to Oz” (Warner Bros Animation). Honors: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre (American Academy of Arts and Letters), ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, Jonathan Larson Award. Both are B.F.A. Musical Theatre graduates of the University of Michigan and members of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
Actor: Fiddler on the Roof, La Bohéme, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Samantha Massell is currently playing Hodel in Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof. Past credits include Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème. Paper Mill/La Jolla: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Florika, Esmeralda u/s). Encores!: Little Me, …Superman. MUNY: Aladdin (Jasmine), Into the Woods (Rapunzel), …Birdie (Ursula). Film: “Beatbox,” “Zug.” @smassellsings
Actor: In the Heights, La Cage aux Folles, "Camp"
Broadway: In the Heights (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), La Cage aux Folles (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Wicked, Rent. Select off-Broadway and regional: Domesticated (Lincoln Center), In the Heights, Patti Issues, Mother Jones, Aladdin, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Grease, and Godspell. Select film: “Camp,” “Hairbrained,” “Gun Hill Road,” “Elliot Loves,” “11:55 Holyoke,” “Fat Girls.” Select TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “How to Make It in America.” Cabaret: Crush to Crushed and #TheStruggleIsReal (54 Below). @RobinOfJesus on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine
Librettist/Author: Tuck Everlasting, "The Great American Whatever," "Better Nate Than Ever."
Tim Federle is an award-winning writer and former Broadway dancer whose works include the novels “The Great American Whatever” and “Better Nate Than Ever”, the bestselling recipe book “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist,” and the Tony-nominated musical “Tuck Everlasting,” for which he co-wrote the libretto with Claudia Shear. Tim has written for the New York Times and been profiled in The Atlantic, The New York Times, CNN, and Entertainment Weekly. He splits his time between New York and the internet. Connect with him there at @TimFederle.
Actor: Rent, The Lion King, "The Big C"
Fredi created the role of Joanne Jefferson in the smash hit musical Rent and went on to play Rafiki in The Lion King. Most recently, she’s in Rebecca Miller’s new film “Maggie’s Plan” and was delighted to play Shay on Showtime’s Emmy Award Winning series “The Big C.” Fredi is a staunch advocate of arts education and is proud to coach professional singers and teach voice at The Music & Art Academy as well as master classes and workshops across the country.
Actor: Tuck Everlasting, Annie
Actor: Tuck Everlasting, 2016 Theatre World Award Winner Sarah Charles is twelve years old and a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She recently made her Broadway debut, starring as Winnie Foster in Tuck Everlasting (which earned her the coveted 2016 Theatre World Award.) Her natural acting chops and strong voice have been featured on Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, NBC and in the New York Times. Living in New York City and originating the touching role of young Winnie was truly an honor and a dream come true! Atlanta audiences also saw her in the World Premiere of Tuck Everlasting at the Alliance Theatre (which earned her the BroadwayWorld Regional Audience Choice Award and a Suzi Bass nomination.) Additionally, she starred as Annie in the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s production of Annie (which also earned her a Suzi Bass nomination) and performed in various other shows and venues throughout the Southeast. This past summer, Sarah Charles was a guest performer with Josh Groban, at his Find Your Light Foundation – A Celebration for Arts Education benefit gala in New York City, which helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness. According to the Associated Press “11-year-old Sarah Charles Lewis, made an auspicious Broadway debut” and she’ll be the first to tell you she can’t wait to come back to “The Great White Way!” www.SarahCharlesLewis.com.
Actor: Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Parade
Carla J. Hargrove has a BFA in Acting from Howard University in Washington DC and is a graduate of Penn State University with an MFA in Acting. She has toured regionally, nationally, and internationally with various musicals and musical groups, most notably the first national tour of Parade with Jason Robert Brown. Her first Broadway show was Little Shop of Horrors in which she played Ronnette. She is featured on the Original Broadway Cast Album, appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (2003), and appeared in the opening number for the 2004 Tony Awards. After closing Little Shop, she spent five years in the Broadway company of Hairspray as Peaches/Dynamite. She returned to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2006 backing up the legendary Darlene Love on her Christmas-themed float. Visibly pregnant, she closed the show in 2009. She is also a voice over artist and was the live announcer for the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. She is proud to return to BroadwayCon for a second year and looks forward to many more.
Actor: Hair, On the Town
Allison Guinn was born in East Tennessee on Christmas Day. She lived all her childhood and teenagedom in the tiny mountain town of Erwin with a church on every corner and a train whistle punctuating every event. Her Granny Daisy Dean taught her how to sing, and was where she developed her “dark” sense of humor. She graduated East Tennessee State University (where Bluegrass, Storytelling, or Nascar Management are among the choices of major) with a theatre degree and headed to New York City to attend Circle in the Square Acting School. After spending the first year terrified, she became acclimated to the city and went on to pursue acting professionally. She has had some luck being in the Broadway and West End productions of Hair which won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival, and most recently the 2014-2015 Broadway Revival of On The Town as “Lucy Schmeeler”. She also has acted in some television shows: “Master of None”, “Inside Amy Schumer”, “The Knick” and “Boardwalk Empire”. Allison also plays the Autoharp, was a featured artist on the cover of “Autoharp Quarterly Magazine”, and has had the pleasure of writing the jingle for “D’Aigle Autoharps”. Allison has also written a night of storytelling and old time music best described as “An Appalachian Cinderella Story, minus the shoes” about her Granny called The Legacy of Daisy Dean (legacyofdaisydean.com/). Allison was an award-winnng 4-H Biscuit Baker in the 4th grade. She is represented for Theater, Film and Television by Davis Spylios Management, (212) 581-5766. You can follow her on twitter: @A_Guinner
Actor: Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, Constellations, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Kevin DeJesus-Jones graduated from the University of Miami in 2011 with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Dance. Since then, Kevin has made his Broadway Debut in Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark. More recently, he played Roland in Constellations (Emerald Coast Theatre Company) and Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Theatre Horizon).
Writer: In Transit, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Story Books, Condensed Classics
James-Allen Ford wrote book, music, and lyrics for In Transit. He made his Off-Broadway writing debut with the production of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Story Books at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Condensed Classics, for which he wrote music, toured nationally for Theatreworks USA. A member emeritus of the BMI Lehman Engel MusicalTheatre Advanced Workshop, he received the Harrington Award for outstanding creative achievement. His music has been performed at the O’Neill Musical Theater Conference, the BMI Industry Cabaret, the Century Center’s New Artists Festival, the New York Fringe Festival, the Duplex Cabaret, the Donnell Library Songbook series, the York Theatre Developmental Reading series, the Kaufman Center’s Bound for Broadway series, nationally syndicated XM radio, as well as various other night clubs and venues around New York City. James-Allen sang a cappella in college as a member of the Yale Whiffenpoofs.
Producer: Speech & Debate, "The Way Way Back"
Writer: In Transit, Dear Albert Einstein, High School Confidential
Sara Wordsworth is a lyricist, librettist, writer, performer, and teaching artist, represented on Broadway this season with the a cappella musical In Transit. Her work in New York Theatre has been nominated for Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Off-Broadway Alliance & Lucille Lortel Awards, and she is the recipient of the BMI Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre Writing (Librettist), the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and residencies at the Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theatre Conference and CAP21. Writing credits also include the the published family musicals Dear Albert Einstein and High School Confidential (Dramatic Publishing), a collection of four 20-minute musicals, Shortstack, and the alternative rock musical Minnesota. She has also developed content for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, as well as various regional theaters, venues, educational institutions, recordings, publications, and charities. Performances include work with the Roundabout Theatre Company, Walt Disney Animation Studios (Frozen), Disney Creative Entertainment, and many others. In addition to writing and performing, Sara has served as a teaching artist for several colleges and universities. She sits on the Steering Committee for the Tony-honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and is a BMI Affiliate Artist. She lives in New York City with her husband and young daughter.
Writer: In Transit, Dear Albert Einstein, "The Ulysses Cycle"
Russ Kaplan is one of the creators of In Transit, which received eleven award nominations for its 2010 Off-Broadway production (including Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations). Other work with In Transit co-author Sara Wordsworth includes Dear Albert Einstein (New York City Children’s Theater; Off-Broadway Alliance nominee for “Best Family Show”), Shortstack (York Theatre’s 4@15 series), Vows (Marymount Manhattan College), High School Confidential (published by Dramatic Publishing), and the upcoming rock musical Minnesota. He has composed instrumental scores for Prospect Theatre Company and Third Rail Projects. His debut jazz album, “The Ulysses Cycle,” was recently released on Ropeadope Records. He holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a founding member of the a cappella group the Sound Bytes. Member Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. He lives with his wife, daughter, and cat in…New Jersey.
Actor, Writer, Musician: Disaster, Les Miserables. Host: "On Broadway"
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s “On Broadway” as well as the host of “Seth Speaks” on Sirius/XM Stars. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera. He was the artistic producer/music director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts including Dreamgirls with Audra McDonald (recorded on Nonesuch Records) and Hair with Jennifer Hudson (recorded on Ghostlight Records, Grammy Nomination). In 2007 he made his Broadway acting debut playing Sheldon (singing “Magic to Do” in a devastating unitard) in The Ritz directed by Joe Mantello for Roundabout Theatre Company. Off-Broadway he wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed Rhapsody in Seth (directed by Peter Flynn) at the Actors Playhouse and has also appeared on TV on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and had a recurring role on “All My Children.”
As an author, he penned the non-fiction Q Guide To Broadway, the novel Broadway Nights and the recently published My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan (Random House). Broadway Nights is available on Audible.com starring Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin and Jonathan Groff and My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ana Gasteyer and Megan Hiltly. Seth played himself on “Kathy Griffin; My Life on the D-List, was the vocal coach on MTV’s Legally Blondereality show and starred opposite Sutton Foster in They’re Playing Our Song for the Actors Fund. Recently, he co-wrote and starred in Disaster! (which the NY TIMES called a “triumph”), a 1970’s disaster movie musical, which is now slated to transfer to Broadway in 2015. He currently writes a weekly column on Playbill.com and tours the country doing master classes and performing his one-man show “DECONSTRUCTING BROADWAY”. His newest book, Seth’s Broadway Diary, was ranked as #1 Bestseller on Amazon.com. For more information visit www.SethTV.com.
Libby Winters, John Gallagher Jr, Lorenzo Wolf
Lakes is a grunge-pop band that formed in Brooklyn in 2015 when bf-gf bandmembers Libby Winters and John Gallagher went into a practice room to shred. Their sound combines pretty vocals and emotional lyrics with heavy distorted guitars to create their own 90’s throwback style of indie rock. Look for their new EP “J U S T T O F E E L T H E F E E L I N G” in 2017.
Choreographer: Waitress, The Curious Incident..., American Idiot
Host: "Broadway Names with Julie James" on SiriusXM Radio
Julie James is an award-winning vocalist, theatre performer, voiceover artist and radio personality. Julie is the Program Director of Sirius XM Radio’s national On Broadway and Metropolitan Opera Radio stations and hosts “Broadway Names with Julie James.” Julie has also performed internationally, recently playing sold-out engagements at New York City’s venerable 54 Below, sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park, has appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Goodspeed Opera House, Long Wharf Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, in concert in Kazakhstan for its President, and headlined at New York’s famed Central Park Summerstage, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Birdland Jazz Club and The Rainbow Room. Julie has hosted hundreds of events including ones for Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Lord & Taylor, and she was the exclusive spokeswoman for Tommy Hilfiger Woman for two years. She contributes to “The Insider”, Fox’s “Good Day New York”, New York 1, Google & AOL/Build. Julie’s personality is heard by millions each day as a host and on voiceovers, jingles and parody songs for various channels and “The Howard Stern Show.” Her “Broadway Buzz” news updates air throughout the day on SiriusXM On Broadway channel 72, and “Broadway Names with Julie James” premieres Saturdays 8 PM ET with encores Sun 12 PM, Wed 7 AM & Thu 9 PM.
Set Designer: Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Hand to God
Scenic Designer: Natasha, Pierre..., John, The Oldest Boy
Mimi Lien is a designer of sets/environments for theater, dance, and opera, who is making her Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Arriving at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. She is an artistic associate with Pig Iron Theatre Company, and co-founder of JACK, a performance/art space in Brooklyn. Recent work includes Signature Plays, John (Signature Theatre), War, Preludes (LCT3), The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center), Black Mountain Songs (BAM/Brooklyn Youth Chorus), Appropriate (Mark Taper Forum), and An Octoroon (Soho Rep/TFANA). Mimi’s designs for dance have been presented in the Netherlands, Russia, and Taiwan, and her stage designs have been exhibited in the Prague Quadrennial. Lien is a recipient of the Joan and Joseph F. Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity at Lincoln Center, Lucille Lortel Award, American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, Barrymore Award, OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, and a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship.
Director: Godspell, Librettist: Row
Daniel Goldstein is the director of the Broadway revival of Godspell. He has directed plays and musicals at theaters all over the US. Favorites include Anything Goes, Damn Yankees and Hello Dolly! at Goodspeed Musicals, Venus in Fur (IRNE Award, Best Play Production), God of Carnage and Falsettos (IRNE Award, Best Musical Production) at The Huntington Theater, Anne Christie at The Old Globe and A New Brain in Japanese at Toho’s Theater Creation, Tokyo. He has recently created a Death Eaters Attack experience at Universal Studios, Osaka and is currently working on another even cooler one. As a writer, Daniel is the winner of the 2016 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theater Librettist. His musical Unknown Soldier, written with Michael Friedman, had its World Premiere at The Williamstown Theater Festival. He was commissioned, with singer/songwriter Dawn Landes, to write Row, the story of Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, which will be seen in January at Goodspeed’s Festival of New Musicals. He recently completed his first short film, “No She Wasn’t,”, starring Katie Lowes. He is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Performance Studies. His daughter Gracie pretty much knows all the words to The School Song from Matilda and can do the little dance at the end of Naughty. www.danielgoldsteincreative.com
Actor: Waitress, Kinky Boots, Rocky
Eric Anderson created the role of Cal in the current Broadway production of Waitress. Broadway: South Pacific (Stewpot), original casts of Kinky Boots (Mutt), Rocky (Gazzo/Tommy Crosetti), The Last Ship (Freddy Newlands), Soul Doctor (starring as Shlomo Carlebach; Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor). Recipient of the inaugural Joel Hirschhorn award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre by the L.A. Drama Critics Circle. TV: “Elementary,” “The Mysteries Of Laura,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” “Alias,” and “Live From Lincoln Center.” Wife: Jessica Rush. Daughter: Elliot.
Musician: In Transit, Fun Home, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Host: Broadway Sessions. Actor: Wicked, Footloose
Ben Cameron is a sought after writer, director, teacher, performer and host in NYC. He is thrilled to be geeking out at BroadwayCon again!!! He has appeared on Broadway in Wicked (original cast), Aida, and Footloose (original cast). He has toured in productions of Sweet Charity opposite Molly Ringwald, State Fair, Fame, Footloose, and The Who’s Tommy. Ben is the creator/host of the long-running weekly hit Broadway Sessions, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (. He hosts and emcees countless theatre industry concerts, benefits, and events at NYC’s most prestigious venues, teaches master classes across the globe, and has written and directed several solo shows for some of New York’s top talent. Ben most recently hosted Masterpiece Classic’s New Years “Downton Abbey” marathon on PBS. Look for Ben’s upcoming inside look into the beautiful people of the Broadway community: BroadwayBuddy.nyc. Ben likes most everyone. @BenDoesBroadway and @Bwaysessions on Twitter, BenDoesBroadway on Instagram
Music Supervisor: Come From Away, A Christmas Story
Ian Eisendrath is the Music Supervisor, Arranger and Conductor for Come From Away. He made his Broadway debut as Music Supervisor and Conductor of A Christmas Story, and also supervised the National Tours. He is the Music Supervisor and Director of New Work at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, where he Supervised and Conducted Paint Your Wagon, Carousel, A Room With a View, Secondhand Lions, Aladdin, Vanities, Oklahoma!, On the Town, Sunday in the Park…, Cabaret, Into the Woods, West Side Story, Company, Sweeney Todd and Miss Saigon. Other regional credits include: La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, TUTS, Ordway, Casa Mañana, Banff Centre for the Arts. University of Michigan graduate.
Actor: Matilda the Musical, Doctor Zhivago
Sophia Gennusa was one of the OBC Matilda’s in Matilda the Musical, a role that earned her a Tony Honor and a Grammy nomination. She also played Young Lara/Katerina in the OBC of Doctor Zhivago. She’s featured on both Broadway cast recordings. She’s also one of the featured voices in new “Sesame Street” Theme song. This past May, Sophia debuted in her first benefit concert to raise money for children’s leukemia at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, with the help of 4 Matilda friends. She was honored to sing the National Anthem this past August at a NY Giants pre-season game.
Heidi Gray is a 12-year old from South Carolina who made her Broadway tour debut at age 11. She began singing and dancing at the age of 4 and found a great passion for acting at an early age. After playing many lead roles in The Augusta Players productions, Heidi had her sights on the Big Apple. Exemplifying her motto of never giving up, through many auditions, she landed her dream role of “Annie” in the Broadway tour directed by Martin Charnin. One of her favorite star struck moments as Annie was getting to work with Bill Berloni and his Broadway veterans, Macy and Sunny. She enjoyed sharing the stage with these canine stars in 38 states in the US. Heidi’s dream role then took her to Jakarta, Indonesia and Singapore this past summer where she was the first American to perform as Annie within the continent of Asia. Heidi is a enthusiastic and optimistic person who loves performing and exudes passion for the arts. She is very grateful for everyones support from the hometown friends to the new ones she has developed along this journey.
Actor: Tuck Everlasting, Billy Elliot, Ragtime
Broadway: Tuck Everlasting, Billy Elliot, Ragtime. National tours: Newsies, Billy Elliot. Regional: Kennedy Center, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre. TV: “30 Rock,” “Veep,” “House of Cards.” Big thanks to my parents, siblings, MSA, CESD and everyone supporting me through this wonderful journey.
Actor: 13, Bye Bye Birdie, Parade
Broadway: Critically acclaimed Broadway debut originating the role of Patrice in Jason Robert Brown’s 13. Kim MacAfee in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Bye Bye Birdie. Performed in the Parade concert presentation at The Lincoln Center with Jason Robert Brown. Regional: 13 (Goodspeed), Eponine in Les Miserables, Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden (Lambs Players), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe). Allegiance (The Old Globe) originating the role of Hannah Campbell. Film /TV: “Saints Rest”, Disney’s “Prom”, “30 Rock”, “Private Practice” and Lifetime series “Cinnamon Girl”. Concert performances at Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Le Poisson Rouge, etc. Pursuing a degree at Stanford University. www.allietrimm.com
Actor: The King and I, Newsies.
Broadway: The King and I, Newsies. Regional Tour: A Christmas Story, the Musical. Off-Broadway: Far From Heaven. Television: “Peter Pan Live.”
Actor: Matilda the Musical,
Ava made her Broadway debut as Matilda in the closing cast of Matilda the Musical, following in her sister’s footsteps as a Maggot! Regional: Gypsy (Baby June) & numerous musicals at Media Theatre. Gratitude & LOVE to Nancy Carson, Janine Molinari, Ellyn Marsh, Julia Mendelsohn, Donna Ranalli, BBDA, Media Theatre, Lisa Willson, Friends, Pumpkin Hill, Family, Movey, Daddy, Daniel & Beada! Tri-Tildas!
Actor: Annie, Smokefall
Taylor Richardson recently wrapped filming on Stephan Rick’s latest feature, “The Super”, where she stars in the role of Violet opposite Patrick John Flueger and Val Kilmer. Richardson will next be seen in Adam Kelemen’s upcoming feature “Easy Living”. She was last seen opposite Anna Sophia Robb and Famke Janssesn in Janet Grillo’s 2015 feature “Jack of the Red Hearts”, where she portrays Glory, a young girl with autism. Taylor played Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain’s daughter in J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” and also appeared in Sony’s “Annie”, directed by Will Gluck. On stage, Richardson recently starred in MCC’s Smokefall, opposite Zachary Quinto and Robin Tunney. She made her Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of Annie, where she originated the role of Duffy and later took over the lead role of Annie. Her off-Broadway and regional credits include Nelle in Irish Repertory Theatre’s A Christmas Memory and Susan Waverly in Virginia Repertory’s Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.
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