CAST (in order of appearance)
Amneris - JANINE LaMANNA*
Radames - BRAD ANDERSON*
Aida - MONTEGO GLOVER*
Mereb - DERRICK BASKIN*
Zoser - JOHN SCHIAPPA*
Pharaoh - JAMES BODGE*
Nehebka - Q. SMITH*
Amonasro - J. BERNARD CALLOWAY*
Ensemble - MARIE-FRANCE ARCILLA*, EDWARD M. BARKER*, JAMES BODGE*, J. BERNARD CALLOWAY*, LORI ANN FERRERI*, DAVID GARCIA*, DAVID W. GILLEO*, MINDY HAYWOOD*, JOHN HOFFMAN,n MICHELLE MARMOLEJO, DARIUS NICHOLS*, KRYSTLE N. PYRAM, Q. SMITH*, CULLEN R. TITMAS*, TODD L. UNDERWOOD*
Youth Ensemble - BREANNA BRADLEE, TORY BRADLEE, NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER, JOSHUA DAVID FALES, JACLYN SABOGAL
Understudies never substitute for players unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance.
For Aida - Q. SMITH*; Radames - CULLEN R. TITMAS*
Amneris - MARIE-FRANCE ARCILLA *
Mereb / Amonasaro - EDWARD M. BARKER*
Zoser - DAVID W. GILLEO
Assistant Stage Manager - JULIANA CRAWFORD*
Assistant Music Director / Rehearsal Accompanist - JOHN CONWAY
Dance Captain - TODD L. UNDERWOOD*
Associate Scenic Designers - RICHARD CORDTZ, MARC KEHOE, PHILOMENA MARANO
Assistant Costume Designers - MARY KOKIE MCNAUGHER
* Member - Actor's Equity Association
Scenic Designer BILL STABILE
Costume Designer RANDALL KLEIN
Lighting Designer KIRK BOOKMAN
Sound Designer JOHN A. STONE
Wig and Hair Designer GERARD KELLY
Casting by MATT SCHREIBER
Production Stage Manager ERIK E. HEDBLOM
Musical Direction ANDREW GRAHAM
Choreography by PATRICIA WILCOX
Directed by STAFFORD ARIMA
Andrew Graham - Conductor, Keyboard
Peggy Friedland - flute, alto flute
Andrea Bonsignore - oboe, English horn
John Aubrey - French horn
Sandy Kiefer - cello
Robert Stanton - guitar
John Conway - keyboard
Janet Hood - keyboard
David Buda - bass
James Gwin - drums
Doug Lippincott - percussion
WHO'S WHO - AIDA
MONTEGO GLOVER (Aida) With NSMT: Memphis, Footloose. Elsewhere: Broadway: Dreamgirls (20th Anniversary Concert). Off-Broadway: The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel); Radiant Baby (The Diva), directed by George C. Wolfe (Public Theatre); Me & Juliet (York Theatre Company); Roses Are Brown (Theatre for the New City). Regional credits include: Dreamgirls (Lorrell), Ragtime (Sarah), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), Ain't Misbehavin' (Charlaine), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Into the Woods (Red Riding Hood), and Cookin' at the Cookery (Narrator - IRNE Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress - Musical, and a Dora Award nomination for Best Actress - Musical). Two World Premieres: The Conservationist (Asolo Theatre Company), and Memphis which earned Ms. Glover a second IRNE Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Recordings: "Dreamgirls" (Nonesuch Records); "Festival of the Lion King and Rhythm of One" (Disney); "Pirates of Penzance." Commercial/TV include: Sony, Royal Caribbean, MTV, NBA, Kraft, Pepsi, "The Guiding Light," and "The Wonderful World of Disney". "Thanks to God."
JANINE LaMANNA (Amneris) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Broadway: The Look of Love, Kiss Me, Kate (Lois Lane), Seussical (Gertrude McFuzz) Drama Desk nomination, Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit) and Swing!. First National Tours: Chicago (Velma Kelly), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Spider Woman Stand-by). Off-Broadway: Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi (Theda Bara), What's A Nice Country..., and Pets!. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival (2004), Pioneer Memorial Theater (Evita) and the Forum Theater (Spittin' Image). Film and Television: Two Weeks Notice, "Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" PBS series. Concerts and recordings: "Candide" (New York Philharmonic-2004), "Seussical" (Grammy nomination), "Believe; The Music of the Sherman Brothers." BA in Speech and Theatre, Wagner College.
BRAD ANDERSON (Radames) With NSMT: Smokey Joe's Café. Elsewhere: Brad was just seen in the Broadway show The Boy from Oz where he played the role of Mark Herron and also understudied Hugh Jackman. Brad's other Broadway credits include Fosse (Original Cast), Kiss Me, Kate (Gremio), and Anything Goes (Lincoln Center Gala). He earned a Helen Hayes nomination for the role of Lt. Cable in South Pacific at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) and played the role of Rocky in the nation tour of Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis. Other shows include Starlight Express (Las Vegas), Actor, Lawyer, Indian Chief (Goodspeed), Hot Mikado (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta). "Thanks to Stafford and Patti! This one's for Funky Fresh and Granny!...I love you both."
JOHN SCHIAPPA (Zoser) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: John was last seen on Broadway as the Proprietor in the Tony Award winning Assassins. On Broadway has performed as Toddy Koovitz in Take Me Out, Sammy in Blood Brothers, Lord Savage/Spider in Jekyll & Hyde, Greaseball in Starlight Express, Riff in West Side Story (National tour). Regional: Take Me Out (NYSF) Laughter on the 23 Floor (Geva), Company (Huntington), Elegies.... (RAPP Arts), New Year (HGO), The Ballad of Little Jo (Lyric Fest.) Equus (Pennsylvania Stage Co.) Two into One (Birmingham), Romeo and Juliet (Goodspeed) Little Shop Of Horrors (ATC). Film: It Takes Two, Roommates. TV: "Third Watch," "Law & Order," "The Cosby Mysteries," "Monsters," "All My Children," "As the World Turns."
DERRICK BASKIN (Mereb) With NSMT: Memphis. Elsewhere: Derrick is excited to be back at NSMT where he originated the role of Gator in the World Premiere of Memphis. Some of his favorite credits include Mitch in William Finns musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Barrington Stage Co., Matthew Henson in Ragtime at the Weston Playhouse, Sundiata in Sundiata the Lion King of Mali, Adrian in Smokey Joe's Cafe at Pioneer Theatre and Wilcox in the New York Premiere of Roar, Lions, Roar! at the Looking Glass Theatre. He has a B.A. in Biology from Hampton University, and calls Yokota Air Base, Japan his home.
JAMES BODGE (Pharaoh) With NSMT: Carousel, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Macbeth. Elsewhere: James just finished Boston's Publick Theatre's productions of The Merchant of Venice and Troilus and Cressida. Other credits include Deathtrap (Worcester's Foothills) and Inherit the Wind (Boston's Wheelock Family Theatre), the New England premiere of The Drawer Boy (New Century Theatre), and the surprising Dr. Watson in Sherlock's Last Case (Pioneer Valley Theater). He has played both Aunt Augusta and her nephew in Graham Greene's Travels With My Aunt. Mr. Bodge has 15 appearances with the Huntington Theatre Company, and another 15 with the Lyric Stage of Boston, along with many other area theatres. He spent nine seasons at Maine's Shakespearean Theater at Monmouth. He continues his long service as the Boston Liaison for Actors' Equity.
MARIE-FRANCE ARCILLA (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Marie-France is a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and a proud member of Actors' Equity. Since leaving the world of embryonic stemcell research for Klieg lights and greasepaint, she has appeared in Miss Saigon (Kim), The White Rose (Traute), Company (April), Julius Caesar (Octavius), and Twelfth Night (Viola). "To my golden poem."
J. BERNARD CALLOWAY (Amanasro, Ensemble) With NSMT: Memphis (Delray Jones) Elsewhere: Musicals: Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiphus), Leila Barlow Theater, 3 Penny Opera (Macheath), Spingold Theatre, Café Society (Big Joe Turner), Tribecca Performing Arts Center. Regional Theatre: Piano Lesson (Arkansas Rep. & Trinity Rep.), A Doll's House (Spingold Theatre), Spunk (Vineyark Playhouse), A Soldier's Play (Boston Center for the Arts), Lobby Hero (Florida Studio Theatre), Twelfth Night (Laurie Theatre), King Lear (New Rep. Theatre), Julius Caesar (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.). Film & TV: "Rescue Me," "Law & Order Original & SVU," "All My Children," "One Life to Live." "I am elated to be back at NSMT!"
Q. SMITH (Nehebka, Ensemble, u/s Aida) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Originally from Omaha, NE and a graduate of Ithaca College. She recently performed the role of Dionne in Hair at Theatre Under the Stars. She made her off-Broadway debut as Mabel Washington in Fame: The Musical on 42nd Street. Other roles include the Narrator in Joseph... at Music Theatre Wichita, the Acid Queen in The Who's Tommy in Concert, and Effie in Dreamgirls. She has toured with Smokey Joe's Café starring Gladys Knight, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber in Central America and the Black Gospel Singers in Germany. Her goals are to build a school of the arts integrated with the juvenile system and finish her book. "Thank you Lord for your Grace." www.justlikewater.com
EDWARD M. BARKER (Ensemble, u/s Amanasro, u/s Mereb) With NSMT: Memphis, A Christmas Carol ‘03, Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate. Elsewhere: Millennium Man w/Andre' De Shields, It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues (Mississippi), A New Brain (The Minister), Side Show (The Boss), Floyd Collins (Reporter #2), Smokey Joe's Cafe' (Adrian), Art (Yvan), Not Now, Darling (Arnold), Parade (Jim Conley), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas, Jesus), Man of la Mancha (Sancho), Kiss Me, Kate (Paul), Candide (Candide), Sunday in the Park with George (Franz/Dennis).
LORI ANN FERRERI (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Lori Ann's credits include the First National Tour of Aida, Footloose and the National Tour of West Side Story. Other credits include La Scala Opera House (Milan, Italy), Goodspeed Opera House, City Center and national commercials. "Thanks to my family and friends."
DAVID GARCIA (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Dance credits include Liza Minelli, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Mya, Anastacia, "Saturday Night Live," "VH1 Fashion Awards," "VH1 Divas Live, Aretha Franklin," NBC's "A Night of Too Many Stars," Ballet Hispanico and Fame on 42nd Street.
DAVID W. GILLEO (Ensemble, u/s Zoser) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: David was seen in Children of Eden as a Featured Storyteller & Acrobat at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. He recently appeared in the workshop of The Man Who Would Be King in the Musical Theatre Festival! "Thanks to my managers Bree & Eileen for all your hard work! Special Thanks to The Agocs, The Taylors, Richard, Wendy & Mom. I love you! Believe in your dreams!"
MINDY HAYWOOD (Ensemble) With NSMT: Chicago. Elsewhere: A native New Yorker, Mindy has performed in, Sweet Charity with the Barrington Stage Company, the Off-B'way show Stomp! and HBO's special "Stomp Out Loud." She has performed with the Tulsa Opera Company, Clive Thompson Dance Company and Jubilation! She choreographed/performed at the Cebit (Germany) industrials Arcor & Olympus as well as Clocko in Fukoka, Japan. Other credits: "The 1996 Academy Awards," "Sex & the City," and "All My Children." "I am very excited to be back on the NSMT stage."
JOHN HOFFMAN (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: John is happy to be making his American debut at NSMT. Born and raised in Australia, John has been working in musical theatre since the age of 17. Some of his credits include Fame: The Musical (Australian and Asian Tours), They're Playing Our Song, and has also performed in Japan at Universal Studio in their Rock and Roll Live show as Dracula. "Thank you to everyone that made this possible especially mom. Xxoo"
MICHELLE MARMOLEJO (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Ms. Marmolejo hails from El Paso, TX. She is ecstatic to be performing here at NSMT. Michelle is a recipient of a BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Recent Credits include: National Tour of Saturday Night Fever (Maria), National and Japanese Tour of Swing!, Swingtime Canteen, Latin Heat, and West Side Story (Anita). "Undying thanks to God, family, and friends. I love you!"
DARIUS NICHOLS (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Darius is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in vocal and trumpet studies. After making his NY theatre debut as Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar starring Billy Porter, he joined the national tour of Fame - The Musical. He was recently seen in the Off-Broadway musical Zanna, Don't!. Darius just finished a hilarious new musical by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, titled Junie B. Jones.
KRYSTLE N. PYRAM (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Having recently graduated from AMDA, Krystle is extremely excited to perform in her first dream show at NSMT. She was last seen in Philadelphia as the writer, producer, director, and performer of Rainbow Company Cabaret entitled Strike a Chord at the Prince Music Theatre. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides there. "I'd like to thank my Lord, my mom, my sis, my brothers, my best friend, my boyfriend, and all the other people who encouraged me to be stubborn enough to pursue this career."
CULLEN R. TITMAS (Ensemble) With NSMT: Footloose, The Student Prince. Elsewhere: Most recently, Cullen was seen playing a bird in The Happy Prince for the New York Music Theatre Festival. Previously he finished playing Ren in his third production of Footloose. Cullen spent last summer playing Sparky in Forever Plaid at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago. Other favorites include the title role in Adam Guettel's Floyd Collins, The Complete History of America (Abridged), and a trio of Sondheim Shows including Assassins (Balladeer), Merrily We Roll Along (Frank) and A Little Night Music (Henrik).
TODD L.UNDERWOOD (Ensemble) With NSMT: Ragtime, Memphis (choreographer) Elsewhere: Todd is glad to be back at NSMT. He has been lucky enough to performed throughout the world on tour and regional theatres. He is the currently the Resident Choreographer for Cameron Mackintosh's national tour, Oliver! "Thanks to my family and friends for all of your support. Cameron this one is for you."
BREANNA BRADLEE (Ensemble) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol ‘02, Memphis; with Youth Performance Academy Disney's Cinderella Junior, and Disney's Jungle Book Junior. Elsewhere: Currently a home schooled third grader, Breanna's recently appeared in Annie (Wakefield Repertory Theatre). She has appeared in several national TV commercials. Breanna enjoys her three dogs, three cats, love horseback riding, singing, and dancing. She is excited to be performing with my sister Tory in this production.
TORY BRADLEE (Ensemble) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol ‘03. Elsewhere: Currently a home schooled kindergartener, Tory loves performing. She has appeared in Alice in Wonderland, and was in WRT's production of Annie. Tory is excited to be doing this performance with her sister Breana. Tory enjoys gymnastics, horses, singing, and playing the drums.
NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER (Ensemble) With NSMT: Youth Performance Academy: Ragtime: School Edition, World Goes ‘Round, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Disney's Aladdin Junior. Elsewhere: Nicholas is honored to be part of NSMT's Aida. He has performed many roles with NSMT's Youth Performance Academy. They include Booker T. Washington in Ragtime: School Edition, the Genie in Disney's Aladdin Junior and Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. "Thanks to my family and friends for your support."
JOSHUA DAVID FALES (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Joshua has spent the last two and a half years training in acting and modeling. In 2003 he was at New York's International Model Talent Awards and came away with 8 awards in various competitions. He has graduated from John Robert Powers modeling and acting school.
JACLYN SABOGAL (Ensemble) With NSMT: Carousel, Just So; with Youth Performance Academy: Ragtime: School Edition, Disney's Aladdin Junior, Disney's Cinderella Junior, Disney's Jungle Book Junior. Elsewhere: A ten year old from Peabody, Jaclyn is thrilled to be back on stage at NSMT. Favorite roles include Belinda Crachit in A Christmas Carol (Majestic Theatre) starring Stacy Keach, a Demon in The Phantom Tollbooth (Wheelock), Tiny Tim (Stoneham Theatre), and Narrator in Aladdin Junior (NSMT). "Thanks to my family, friends, Marty, Derek, and John LaRock for their continued support."
ELTON JOHN (Music) With 32 gold and 21 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, innumerable GRAMMY Awards, and more than 60 million records sold in the United States, Elton John, in a remarkable career spanning more than 30 years, is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time. Several years ago Elton John embarked on a noteworthy songwriting collaboration with the renowned lyricist Tim Rice. This resulted in the tremendously successful soundtrack to the Walt Disney Pictures smash hit The Lion King. The album produced two top-selling, award-winning singles for Elton, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." In 1997 The Lion King was presented on Broadway to great acclaim and was awarded six honors at the 52nd annual Tony Awards, including Best Musical, as well as a 1998 Grammy for the Best Musical Show Album. The success of The Lion King resulted in Aida, winner of four Tony Awards, now at the Palace Theatre. Apart from his musical projects, Elton John continues to be personally involved in the fund-raising activities for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which funds direct-care service for men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS. Since its inception in 1992, the Foundation has distributed more than $13 million in grants worldwide. In 1997, in honor of his 50th birthday, he was awarded an Honorary Membership to the Royal Academy of Music in London‹a school he attended in his junior years. And in February of 1998 the Queen of England knighted Elton John for his contributions to charity and the arts, honoring him with the title Sir Elton John CBE. Elton John is the recipient of the Grammy Legend Award.
TIM RICE (Lyrics) born 1944 in leafy Buckinghamshire, England, was first represented on Broadway as lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971, failing to win a Tony®, or frankly, many good reviews. He put this down to jealousy until his second Broadway effort, Evita, received an even worse critical mauling, which made him contemplate the ghastly possibility that he might not be any good at his job. However, he won two Tonys® for Evita and decided to carry on regardless. His first musical written with Andrew Lloyd Webber (as were those other two) was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and that finally made it to the Great White Way in 1982, doing fairly well there for a while. His fourth Broadway musical was Chess, written with Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, an unmitigated commercial disaster in 1988. But this is actually a terrific show and will return. More recently his name has been spotted on NYC marquees relating to King David, Beauty and the Beast (both with Alan Menken's music), The Lion King and Aida (both with Elton John's). The last three are still running, one of which you are presumably about to watch, and if it's Aida, note Tim won another Tony®, with Sir Elton, for the score. At one point, in 2000, he had four shows on Broadway simultaneously, but no one else noticed. He has also written the lyrics for the musicals Blondel (music by Stephen Oliver), Heathcliff (John Farrar) and Starmania (Michel Berger), but no producer has yet wanted to risk these in New York. He is very famous in England, primarily for being a cricket lover, but can stroll around the Big Apple unrecognized except by British tourists. He has three Oscars and a Knighthood, three children and a home in sunny Cornwall.
LINDA WOOLVERTON (Book) Linda Woolverton's writing credits include the screenplay for the animated feature Beauty and the Beast (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award Best Picture nominee); the screenplay (shared) for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey; the screenplay (shared) for the animated feature The Lion King; the book for the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast (Tony® Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, winner 1998 Olivier Award, Best New Musical); and the book (shared) for Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. Also, she has written two young-adult novels, Star-Wind and Running Before the Wind. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from California State University Long Beach and a Master's degree in Theatre from California State University Fullerton. Linda is currently writing for film, television and the theatre. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Lee Flicker and daughter Keaton.
ROBERT FALLS (Book) Robert directed the original Broadway production of Aida (4 Tony Awards), Long Day's Journey Into Night (three 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Revival) as well as the 1999 Tony Award-winning Death of a Salesman, for which he was honored as Best Director. His other Broadway credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Young Man From Atlanta, The Speed of Darkness, The Rose Tattoo and The Night of the Iguana. Mr. Falls received an Obie Award for his direction of Eric Bogosian's subUrbia at Lincoln Center. His work has also been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club and the Joseph Papp Public Theater. As artistic director of Chicago's Goodman Theatre, he has directed many productions, including Book of the Night, Riverview and a major revival of Pal Joey, for which he wrote a new book. His opera credits include productions for Chicago's Lyric Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Houston Grand Opera and the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
DAVID HENRY HWANG (Book) David, was awarded the 1988 Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and John Gassner Awards for his Broadway debut, M. Butterfly, which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. For his play Golden Child, he received a 1998 Tony® nomination and a 1997 Obie Award. His new book for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song earned him his third Tony® nomination in 2003. Other plays include FOB (1981 Obie Award), The Dance and the Railroad, Family Devotions, The Sound of a Voice and Bondage. His opera libretti include three works for composer Philip Glass, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, The Voyage and The Sound of a Voice, as well as The Silver River with music by Bright Sheng. Hwang penned the feature films M. Butterfly, Golden Gate and Possession (co-writer), and co-wrote the song "Solo" with composer/performer Prince. He serves on the Dramatists Guild Council.
STAFFORD ARIMA (Director) With NSMT: Smokey Joe's Café, Ragtime. Elsewhere: Stafford Arima graduated from York University, in Canada, where he received a Bachelor of Arts honors degree in Theatre Studies and was the recipient of the Dean's Prize for Excellence in Creative Work. Selected directing credits include: Ragtime (West End; Best Director 2004 Olivier Award nomination), The Altar Boyz (2004 NYMF), Children's Letters To God (off-Broadway), Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill Playhouse), Candide (San Francisco Symphony), Chef's Theater (off-Broadway), Seussical - The Musical (2nd National Tour), The Pajama Game (The Marriott Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Sacramento Music Circus) and Ragtime - In Concert (The International Festival of Musical Theatre, Cardiff, Wales). He was the Associate Director of the Broadway production of A Class Act, and assisted Harold Prince on the World Premiere production of Show Boat, and The Petrified Prince at The Public Theatre.
PATRICIA WILCOX (Choreographer) With NSMT: Smokey Joe's Café. Elsewhere: Ms. Wilcox is thrilled to return to NSMT after choreographing last season's production of Smokey Joe's Cafe. Other credits include Blues in the Night (NYC revival and the national/international companies -Drama Logue Award & NAACP Image Award nomination), Children's Letters to God (Lamb's Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill), Seussical The Musical (National Tour), Pirates of Penzance (Missouri Repertory Theatre), The Pajama Game (Marriott Lincolnshire), Jesus Christ Superstar (Sacramento Music Circus), My Fair Lady, HMS Pinafore, and Little Shop of Horrors (Arizona Theatre Company -3 AriZoni's), Die Fledermaus (Arkansas Opera), A Funny Thing... (Moscow Arts Center), FALC@ - A Cyber Show (Vienna), A Magic Night (Stockholm). She staged original works for the Kennedy Center, Houston Symphony, Minnesota Pops, and Phoenix Symphony. She teaches at Steps in NYC and is also the choreographer for ice-skating gold medalist Viktor Petrenko.
ANDREW GRAHAM (Music Director) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Originally from McArthur, OH, Andrew recently conducted Cameron Mackintosh's national tour of Oliver. Other tour include: the European tours of Hair and Grease, Seussical starring Cathy Rigby, Music Man, and Footloose. Regional Favorites include: Little Shop of Horrors, Chorus Line, Forever Plaid, Big River, and Joseph... among others. Andrew is also a member of the acclaimed BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. He holds degrees from both Capital University and Trinity College of Music in London.
BILL STABILE (Scenic Designer) With NSMT Memphis, Smokey Joe's Café, Hair. Elsewhere: Designs include the Broadway and London productions of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy; Remembrance with Frances Stemhagen and Milo O'Shea; Sam Shepard's State of Shock with John Malkovich. Among many productions for director Tom O'Horgan, Arrabal's The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria, Kirschner's LU,Y at the New York City Opera, and Starmania: Le Spectacle in Paris and Theatreworks and NSMT's co-productions of Memphis. For Ellen Stewart's LaMaMa ETC , over 20 productions in New York, Europe, and South America. He designed several concerts for jazz percussionist Max Roach To The Max( Umbria Jazz Festival ) , Ju Ju ( Alice Tully Hall ) , and Max Roach's America (featuring Tito Puente ) . Production design for television encompasses Bernstein's Mass (Kennedy Center 10th anniversary production), and the late "Mister" Fred Rogers' last television opera "Josephine: Giraffe" shown annually on PBS TV. He has also been part of the design team for "Oz" and "Law & Order."
RANDALL KLEIN (Costume Designer) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Most recently Randall coordinated the costumes for the national tour of The Full Monty. NYC credits include: Awesome 80's Prom off-Broadway, City of Dreams at Midtown International Theatre Festival, and numerous workshops of Velocity. He was also the costume coordinator for Guys and Dolls at Papermill Playhouse and the National Tour of Seussical: The Musical, both directed by Stafford Arima. Regionally, Randall has designed costumes for Syracuse Stage, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, Buffalo's Studio Arena, and Florida's Pirate Playhouse on Sanibel Island, among others. Randall has also been assistant costume designer for Dance Theatre of Harlem's St Louis Woman premier at Lincoln Center (Willa Kim, Designer); Associate Costume Designer for the national tours of Cinderella with Eartha Kitt (Pamela Scofield, Designer), and Bernadette Peters Loves Rogers and Hammerstein at Radio City Music Hall (Bob DeMora, Designer).
KIRK BOOKMAN (Lighting Designer) With NSMT: West Side Story '03, Mame, I Sent A Letter To My Love, Carousel, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Annie, The Music Man, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Elsewhere: Recent designs for Broadway include Band in Berlin, The Sunshine Boys, The Gin Game, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Tours: Cinderella, Showboat and Jekyll and Hyde Off-Broadway he has designed Shanghai Moon (Charles Busch), Force Continuum, Hope is the Thing With Feathers, As Thousands Cheer, June Moon, Havana is Waiting, Free To Be You and Me, My One Good Nerve, The Importance of Being Ernest, and Major Barbara, Eclipsed, Exactly Like You, The Green Heart, The Shawl. Regional theatres include: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Coconut Grove Playhouse, GEVA Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre. Ballet: English National Ballet, Santiago Ballet. Kirk is a member of the Off-Broadway theatre company, The Drama Dept.
JOHN A. STONE (Sound Designer) With NSMT: Swing!, Nine, Beauty and the Beast, Tom Jones: the Musical, Kiss Me, Kate, Co-designed A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996), designed A Grand Night for Singing and the 1997-2003 Shakespeare productions and musical seasons. Elsewhere: John received his bachelor's degree in physics and music at St. Lawrence University. He came to NSMT as an intern in 1995 and is now the sound supervisor and resident designer. John has also designed Bed and Sofa, The Fever, and Mere Mortals for the Nora Theatre Company in Cambridge. He now owns and runs Addison Audio, an equipment rental and design business intended to provide services to many area schools and organizations. He would like to thank his wife Nancy and step-daughter Dalya for their love and support.
GERARD KELLY (Wig and Hair Designer) With NSMT: Swing!, Nine, Beauty and the Beast, Tom Jones: the Musical, Kiss Me, Kate, The 2001 - 2003 Musical Seasons, Zorba, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Gerard's New York City credits include The New York Shakespeare Festival, The Joseph Papp Public Theater, Jewish Rep., The Illyria Theater and NYU. Regionally, Gerard has worked The Helen Hayes Theatre, The Walnut Street Theater, and The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Maine State Music Theater, The Williamstown Theater Festival, San Francisco's TheaterWorks, San Diego Rep, Sacramento Theater Co., the New Jersey and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, The Carousel Dinner Theatre, Philadelphia¹s New Freedom Theater, The Northern Stage Co., Westchester Broadway Theater, The Downtown Cabaret Theater and The Geva Theater. Gerard has also created wigs for performers such as the B-52's, Sandy Duncan, Jennifer Holliday, Lypsinka and Brini Maxwell. Gerard's wigs can be seen in the film "Girls Will Be Girls" on Varla Jean Merman.
ERIK E. HEDBLOM (Production Stage Manager) With NSMT: Swing!, Nine, Beauty and the Beast, Tom Jones: The Musical, Kiss Me, Kate, 1997 - 2003 musical seasons. "It is with great pleasure I have a place to work and grow surrounded by very talented people. Thank you to my beautiful wife Ginger for her friendship, love and support. To my son Elias, I love you."
MATT SCHREIBER (Casting) With NSMT: Swing!, Nine, Beauty and the Beast, Kiss Me, Kate, West Side Story ‘03, Memphis, Cats, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Mame, 2002 Musical Season. Elsewhere: Broadway: Avenue Q, Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Broadway and Tour), Cabaret at Studio 54, The Look of Love. Off-Broadway / Regional: Fran's Bed (Long Wharf), A Midsummer Night's Dream (ART), Oedipus (ART), The Vineyard Theatre's 2004 Season, Williamstown Theatre Festival 2004 season. Upcoming Film: "Kinsey" (starring Liam Neeson), "Duane Hopwood" (starring David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofalo), "Loggerheads" (starring Kip Pardue and Stockard Channing) TV: "Wonderfalls." Thanks to everyone at NSMT for another fantastic season.
JON KIMBELL (Artistic Director / Executive Producer) Since 1983, Mr. Kimbell, in partnership with NSMT's dedicated Board of Trustees and superior staff, has created one of the finest musical theater companies in the country. Recognized for his commitment to musical theater, Mr. Kimbell has received the New England Theatre Conference Award for Outstanding Achievement in The American Theatre, Salem State College's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 38th Annual Moss Hart Award for NSMT's adaptation of A Christmas Carol. In 2004, Mr. Kimbell accepted the 1st Annual Kay Bourne Bay State Banner Award for employing artists of color both onstage and off. NSMT also received the Actors' Equity Association's Rosetta LeNoire Award in 2003 for the theater's outstanding commitment to non-traditional casting. Mr. Kimbell is responsible for the artistic direction, administration and long range planning of NSMT, as well as the commissioning and development of new musical theater works with Associate Producer John La Rock. He has directed and produced many critically acclaimed musicals, Shakespearean works, and the premieres of 23 new musicals. Active in the theater community, Mr. Kimbell has served as an evaluator and panelist for the NEA's Access and Musical Theater Panels, the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Ohio Arts Council.
JOHN LA ROCK (Associate Producer) John supervises Musical and new musical development, along with the Celebrity Concerts. Before NSMT, he served at Houston Grand Opera producing over seventy operas, including an international tour of Porgy & Bess and world premiere productions of The Passion of Jonathan Wade by Carlisle Floyd, Desert of Roses by Michael John LaChuisa, and Four Saints In Three Acts by Robert Wilson. John was the company manager for the 1998 national tour of Carousel, produced by Troika Entertainment. He has also worked at Goodspeed Opera, Opera Omaha and Chautauqua Opera. John is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts.
ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org
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