Shoshana Bean (Fanny Brice) made her NYC debut in the Off-Broadway revival of Godspell, her Broadway debut in the original cast of Hairspray, and starred as Elphaba, the green-skinned witch, in the Broadway and touring companies of Wicked. She appeared in the new musical Beaches as CeeCee Bloom, and inked a deal with ABC Signature for a musical pilot she co-created and for which she will compose the music. Her 3 solo albums charted in the top 5 on the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in both the US and the UK, including the peak position of #1! She has sold out solo concerts around the globe, amassed millions of views on YouTube, performed alongside artists such as Brian McKnight, Bebe Winans and sang back up for Michael Jackson for his 30th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. Her music has been featured in television shows on NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Bravo and Showtime. Getting to play the role of Fanny Brice is a lifelong dream fulfilled. www.shoshanabean.com
Bradley Dean (Nick Arnstein) has appeared on Broadway in A Little Night Music, The Last Ship, Company, Spamalot, Evita, Dr. Zhivago, Jane Eyre, The Story of my Life, and Man of La Mancha. Other NYC credits include A New Brain (Encores), The Most Happy Fella (Encores), Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic), Walmartopia and The Fantasticks. He has toured nationally as Che in Evita directed by Hal Prince and internationally as Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show performing that role in 15 countries. Regional Highlights: A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theater), Camelot (Goodspeed), Falsettos (Barrington Stage) Fly (Dallas Theater Center). Up next: Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit), Follies (St. Louis Rep.) and the International tour of Jekyll and Hyde.
Susan Cella (Mrs. Brice), a native of Revere, is thrilled to return to NSMT, having played in Anything Goes, and 2 productions of 42nd Street. Broadway: The Graduate (Mrs Robinson), Crazy He Calls Me, Me and My Girl (Lady Jacqie opposite Robert Lindsay, Jim Dale) Evita (Eva), On the Twentieth Century, and Allegro, as well as Lady in the Dark for ENCORES!. National Tours; Fiddler on the Roof (Golde opposite Theo Bikel, Topol, and Harvey Fierstein) Hairspray (Velma), 42nd St (Dorothy) La Cage aux Folles (Jacqueline) Me and My Girl (Lady Jacqui opposite Tim Curry), Can Can. Regional: Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, Other Desert Cities (4 productions), Witness for the Prosecution, Noises Off, Gaslight, Sideman, La Mancha, Mary Poppins, Gypsy, Mame, Bye Bye Birdie, Hollywood/Ukraine, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Company, White Christmas, Time and Again. Film/TV: “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order” (2 episodes) “The Sopranos,” “Hi Honey I'm Home” (series regular), “Tavern on Jane,” The Astronaut's Wife, “All My Children,” and ”Follies and A Sondheim Celebration” for PBS. Thank you Jimmy and Bill.
Rick Faugno (Eddie Ryan) was recently seen in American Dance Machine at the Joyce Theater and as a soloist for The Gershwin Experience with the Wichita and Phoenix symphonies. He is a veteran of 6 Broadway shows, most recently an Astaire Award winner for his work in On The Twentieth Century. He was also recently featured on PBS in Show Boat, at Lincoln Center. Rick received the Best Singer in Las Vegas award for his portrayal of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. He also performs his one man shows throughout the country and his album "Songs My Idols Sang" is available on iTunes. On TV, he has been seen in: 'The Following', 'The Newsroom', 'Conan O'Brien', 'American Dreams', America's Got Talent, The Tonys and others. Love to his wife, Joyce and to his little girl, Lena.
Brittney Morello (Emma, u/s Fanny Brice) was last seen at NSMT in 2014 in another musical comedy- Les Miserables. She feels like the luckiest person to be back in Beverly! Favorite credits include Elizabeth Benning (Young Frankenstein), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady) and Betty Jean (The Marvelous Wonderettes). Regional: MSMT, Huntington Theatre Co, Theatre By The Sea, New Repertory Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Co. Next up, Brittney will be teaching at her alma mater, Emerson College. Special thanks to Kevin P Hill! www.BrittneyMorello.com
Sandy Rosenberg (Mrs Strakosh, u/s Mrs. Brice) is thrilled to make her NSMT debut. Most recently she appeared as Mary Lazarus in Sister Act at Fulton Theatre. Last October, Sandy performed in Vienna in the Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre’s production of The Golden Land. Broadway credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel (original cast), Mamma Mia! and NYC Opera’s production of Candide. She has often appeared as Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, most recently at Theatre-by-the-Sea. Sandy was a member of the 1st National Tour of Les Miserables, the pre-Broadway tour of Jekyll and Hyde and Menopause the Musical. Regional favorites include Mame (Gooch), Phantom (Carlotta), Lend Me a Tenor (Maria), Nunsense (Mother Superior), Mary Poppins (Bird Woman/Miss Andrew) and The Wedding Singer (Grandma Rosie). Love my Sid.
James Van Treuren (Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.) returns to NSMT where he performed in Anything Goes and Kiss Me Kate. He recently appeared in the regional theatre debut of Death Takes a Holiday at the Arvada Center in Colorado. On Broadway and in national tours James appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Camelot starring Richard Harris, and Singin’ in the Rain. Regional theatre roles include: Georges in La Cage Aux Folles, Don Quixote / Cervantes in Man of La Mancha, Emile de Becque in South Pacific, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, and Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Television credits: “Law & Order SVU,” “The David Letterman Show” and “Another World.”
Richard Vida (John The Stage Manager, Tom Keeney, Stage Director, Mr. Rinaldi, Ensemble u/s Florenz Ziegfield Jr) has just toured the Nation as Thenardier in the 25th Anniversary Production of Les Miserables. His many other Broadway and National Tours include: The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Miserables, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Busker Alley, Play Ball (LCT), 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Singin’ in the Rain, My One and Only. Off-Broadway: Langston Hughes’s Little Ham. Regionally: Everywhere! Television: “Sex and the City,” “Law and Order,” “Now and Again,” as well as numerous commercials and recordings. Films: Chasing Bansky, The Stepford Wives, Little Manhattan, Disney’s Geppetto. Richard is also one of the Emmy winning team who produced “The Mole People: Life in the World Below” (Discovery), “The New Sideshow” (TLC) and “Repoman” (USA Networks).
Purdie Baumann (Mrs Meeker, Show Girl, Ensemble; Dance Captain, u/s Mrs Strakosh) is beyond ecstatic to return to her role as Mrs. Meeker, and thrilled to be at NSMT after her exhausting hiatus traveling the world as a “Tour Wife” on the Book of Mormon with her Bass Player boyfriend. Purdie was the center Rockette at Radio City Music Hall for eight years! Her Broadway tour credits include Young Frankenstein choreographed by Susan Stroman. Purdie Baumann can been seen dancing in NBC's hit series "Smash," as well as Martin Scorsese's film The Wolf of Wall Street. Look out for Purdie in the made for Netflix movie A Very Murray Christmas, starring Bill Murray. An artist both onstage and off, Purdie Baumann is the creator of Birdcage Beanies, a line of whimsical winter hats featured in Time Out Magazine. Purdie owes her talent and acting skills to her momma who is back home in Chicago re-building a magnificent non-for-profit Arts Academy for underprivileged children. Go Mom! Thanks to James Brennan for giving me my first character role ever!!! Here’s to many more!
Courtney Brady (Keeney Girl, Jenny, Ziegfeld Girl, Ensemble) is delighted to be joining the NSMT family, amongst such an outstanding company of people! Favorite credits include Crazy for You (Riverside Theater--also directed by the incredible James Brennan!), Wizard of Oz (Fireside Theater), and most recently, the National Tour of The Producers. Courtney is grateful to have traveled the world performing on cruise ships, and she is a proud member of the USO Show Troupe. Sincere gratitude to Binder Casting, Jimmy and creatives, Lisa Price (TPG!), and my incredible family. Thankful for God’s grace!
J.D. Daw (Lead Ziegfeld Tenor, Stage Hand, Paul, Ensemble) has played North Shore Music Theatre before as Jinx in Forever Plaid. He also played Jinx in Forever Plaid for the inaugural productions of both the Cosmopolitan Cabaret in Sacramento and the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret. Other regional credits: Funny Girl (Ziegfeld Tenor) and Music Man (Jacey Squires), Sacramento Music Circus; Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Michael), PACS; Forever Plaid (Jinx), Casa Mañana. J.D. has also been singing Frankie Valli tribute concerts all over the country including a couple sit-downs at the Flatrock Playhouse in North Carolina.
Brandon Haagenson (Stagehand, Workman, Ensemble, u/s Zigfied Tenor/ Mr. Renaldi/ Tom Keeney) is making his NSMT debut. Tours: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Lumiere u/s), A Christmas Carol (Dick Wilkins). Off-B’way: My Big Gay Italian Wedding. World premieres at NYCFringe, Manhattan Repertory, 47th Street Theater. Favorite regional credits: 42nd Street, Ocean State; Gypsy, Chicago Shakes; A Chorus Line, Stages St. Louis; The Fantasticks, La Comedia; Gateway Playhouse; Disney Cruise Line. All the thanks to About Artists, James and the team! My love to Mom, Dad, Jen. www.brandonhaagenson.com
Kimber Hampton (Keeney Girl, Ziegfeld Girl, Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of Funny Girl and the NSMT family! Favorite credits include; Sugar Babies (NY Workshop), The Will Rogers Follies (Arrow Rock Lyceum), Holland America & Carnival Cruise Lines, Spirit Productions, and Sesame Street Live (National/International tour). Endless gratitude to Binder Casting, James and the entire creative team! Loads of love & thanks to God, my family, beloved husband, and Grandpa - who started it all!
Brooke Lacy (Keeney Girl, Ziegfeld Girl, Ensemble) is absolutely thrilled to be making her North Shore debut with such a talented group of people! Favorite credits include: The Will Rogers Follies (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Mary Poppins, Gypsy, The Wedding Singer (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Laker Girl in Spamalot and Mrs. Potiphar in Joseph...Dreamcoat (Music Theatre Wichita), and Julie Jordan in Carousel (University of Oklahoma). A big thank you to Binder casting, Jimmy, and Kevin for this opportunity, and as always, endless love and gratitude go out to her families (biological, Harden-Curtis, OU, and MTKC). Be the Sun!
Kathleen LaMagna (Keeney Girl, Mrs. Nadler, Ziegfeld Girl, Ensemble) is so excited to be making her NSMT debut! Boston Conservatory '13. A huge thank you to Jimmy, Kevin Hill, and Jay Binder. Special thanks to the best family and friends she could ask for especially Mom, Dad, Aunt Eileen and Uncle Tim. For Grandma.
Con O'Shea-Creal (Stage Hand, Heckie, Ensemble, u/s Eddie Ryan/Nick Arnstein) most recently portrayed Gremio in the Shakespeare Theatre Company production of Kiss Me, Kate. His Broadway credits include the revival production of Side Show and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. He toured the country playing Bert in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins. His regional credits include performances at The Kennedy Center, 92Y, Goodspeed Opera House, Casa Mañana, Lyric Theatre Oklahoma and Red Mountain Theatre. TV/Film credits include Royal Pains and the upcoming movie Rebel In The Rye. Originally from Lincoln, NE he holds a BFA from the University of Oklahoma.
Ellen Peterson (Mrs O' Malley, Ensemble) is so excited to return to NSMT this season! (Last season - Mrs Manero in Saturday Night Fever and Sister Mary Theresa in Sister Act.) Ellen has performed in and around Boston at Huntington Theatre Co., Speakeasy Stage, Worcester's Hanover Theatre, Fiddlehead, Wheelock Family Theater, Reagle Music Theatre, Lyric Stage, Boston Playwright's Theatre and Stoneham Theatre, not to mention the magical Theater By the Sea! Ellen has twice been nominated by the IRNE Awards for Best Supporting Actress. Next up, Mary Poppins at NSMT and Sister Act at TBTS!
Emily Jeanne Phillips (Show Girl, Ensemble, s/c Mrs.Meeker; Mrs. O'Malley) is thrilled to be making her North Shore debut in Funny Girl. National Tours: Elf, the Musical. Regional Credits: Rent (Mimi Marquez), West Side Story (Conseulo), A Chorus Line (Cassie), Hairspray (Penny Pingleton), Grease (Rizzo), Crazy For You, Gypsy, The Producers. Television: "So You Think You Can Dance Season 9." A huge thank you to James and everyone involved at North Shore for such a wonderful experience. Love you Dad and Becca! emilyjeannephillips.com
Robbie Smith (Adolph, Ensemble) is insanely thrilled to be making his NSMT debut! Recent credits include: West Side Story (Actors’ Playhouse), The Little Mermaid (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Mary Poppins (Westchester Broadway Theatre) and Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed Musicals). BFA: Hartt School. Endless thanks to Jimmy, Kevin, the NSMT staff, Binder Casting, Irene at DDO, my family and Frankie. www.RobbieSmith.net
David Visini (Ensemble) is excited to make his NSMT Debut! Previously he has worked with Forestburgh Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse (42nd Street), and 42nd Street Moon (CA). Recently he received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Rider University in New Jersey. Tremendous thanks to family, Rider University Faculty and Class of 2016, and Binder Casting for this incredible opportunity. Looking forward to working with NSMT later this season in Singin’ in the Rain!
Jule Styne (Music) With the scores of such Broadway classics as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Peter Pan, Bells Are Ringing, Gypsy and Funny Girl to his credit, composer Jule Styne ranks as one of the undisputed architects of American musical theatre. Born in London’s East End, Styne’s family moved to the United States in 1912. Young Julius showed such a talent for the piano that he had performed with the Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit Symphonies by age 10. He developed his feel for popular music working with the jazz bands of 1920s Chicago, and as vocal coach to such 1930s Hollywood stars as Shirley Temple and Alice Faye. Teaming with lyricist Sammy Cahn in the 1940s, he created a string of Hit Parade leaders including the Oscar-winning “Three Coins In The Fountain.” In addition to Sammy Cahn, Styne’s collaborators include Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Stephen Sondheim, Bob Merrill, Leo Robin and E.Y. Harburg, and their combined efforts have produced such showstoppers as “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “The Party’s Over,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, “People,” and “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” Jule Styne was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972, the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981, and became a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1990. On his 25th anniversary in show business, the following tribute was read into the Congressional Record: “The lives of Americans throughout our land, as well as the lives of people throughout the corners of the world, have been enriched by the artistry and genius of Jule Styne.”
Bob Merrill (Lyrics) was an eclectic composer, lyricist and screenwriter who found acclaim in the world of popular music, Broadway musicals, television and film, having created a long list of durable classics in all arenas. In the 1950s, his melodies and words captured the radio audiences with such top-ten standards as “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?”, “Mambo Italiano” and “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake”. Merrill provided lyrics for beloved television musicals including Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962), The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood (1965), and The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer (music and lyrics, 1998). His screenplays for Hollywood include Mahogany (1975) and W.C. Fields and Me (1975). Merrill also wrote five songs for the 1962 film The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm. It was in Broadway musicals, however, that Bob Merrill would leave his most indelible stamp, crafting music and lyrics for New Girl in Town (1957), Take Me Along (1959), Carnival! (1961), and Henry, Sweet Henry (1967). Merrill’s partnership with composer Jule Styne would lead to his greatest artistic success, Funny Girl (1964), conjuring the lyrics for the iconic score that includes “People”, “I’m The Greatest Star” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” He would partner with Styne again on Sugar (1972) and The Red Shoes (1993). Other stage musicals include Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1966), Prettybelle (1971), and The Prince of Grand Street (1978). Born in Atlantic City, and raised in Philadelphia, Bob Merrill could not read a note of music. Undaunted, he would generate his melodies using a xylophone to plunk out catchy tunes that would, despite their simplicity, become standards of radio, television and Broadway. Merrill died in 1998, leaving behind a legacy of timeless songs that spoke to both his whimsy and his gentle poetry.
Isobel Lennart (Book) was born Isobel Fredrika Hochdorf on May 8 1915, in Brooklyn. Her father was a dentist working out of their home on Crescent Street. Her mother, Victoria Lennart Livingston, died when Isobel was five years old. Her father later married his cousin, Hattie Satz. Afflicted by polio as a girl and in leg braces, Isobel became an avid reader, especially of movie magazines. She dreamed of escaping Brooklyn and becoming a film director. After attending Smith College and NYU, she moved to Los Angeles in 1937 and worked as a script girl for MGM. As a screenwriter, her first movie for MGM, The Affairs of Martha, opened in 1942, followed by A Stranger in Town, and her personal favorite, Lost Angel. Some twenty-five more scripts were made into popular movies over the next thirty years, among them, Two for the Seesaw, the Oscar-nominated Love Me or Leave Me, and The Sundowners. She married actor John Harding in 1946 and had two children, Joshua (1948–1971) and Sarah (1951–). Despite her trials and tribulations with the House Un-American Activities Committee, she was never prevented from working. She ventured into playwriting with the stage adaptation of her screenplay Funny Girl for Ray Stark. Several plays were written for her husband’s Los Angeles theater, The Stage Society. Lennart received many awards and nominations during her career; the 1966 Laurel Award was her most treasured. She died mid-career in a car accident in January 1971.
James Brennan (Director/Choreographer) has directed productions of Student Prince, Into The Woods, Sound Of Music, and I Love You, You're Prefect, Now Change for Pittsburgh CLO, Regrets Only, Moonlight and Magnolias, On Your Toes, Noises Off, Don't Dress For Dinner, Hollywood/ Ukraine, Boeing Boeing, Unnecessary Farce and A.R.Gurney's The Dining Room for The Cape Playhouse on Cape Cod, and a Call Me Madam for the Goodspeed Opera House. He staged the off-Broadway premiers of two musicals by Ed Dixon: Fanny Hill at the York Theatre, and Richard Corey at the Lion Theatre. Jim was responsible for the first full NYC area production of the musical A Wonderful Life by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo, and the New York Philharmonic's acclaimed production of My Fair Lady with Kelli O'hara and Kelsey Grammar. For the Paper Mill Playhouse he has created productions of Kiss Me Kate, She Loves Me, Oklahoma!, Noises Off, Sound Of Music, Boeing Boeing, and Crazy For You (which was telecast on PBS). He directed Where's Charlie? in Wichita, 42nd Street and Hello, Dolly! in Sacramento, productions of Crazy For You in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Westchester, and Wichita, a Drowsy Chaperone at The Surflight Theatre, She Loves Me in Philadelphia and Maine, Annie at North Shore Music Theatre, and a Boeing Boeing, a Funny Girl, a Funny Thing…..Forum, ands a Miss Saigon at the Riverside Theatre in Florida. On Broadway he directed the revivals of Cole Porter's Jubilee, and Jerome Kern's Sally. Over the years, in stock and dinner theatre he has directed productions of Chicago, Cabaret, The Merry Widow, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Bells Are Ringing, Goerge M, The Apple Tree, High Button Shoes and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, among others. Recently he has been an artist in residence at both Otterbein College and Oklahoma University. As an actor he has appeared on Broadway in Good News, Rodgers and Hart, So Long 174th Street, I love My Wife, Little Me, 42nd Street, Singin' in the Rain, Me And My Girl, and Crazy For You. He toured North America in No No Nanette, Good News, Me And My Girl, and Crazy For You. He was Elyot Chase in Private Lives in Houston, …Henry Higgins in Philadelphia, Sacramento, Wichita and Winnipeg (and Alfred P. Doolittle in Portland and Dallas),… King Arthur in San Diego, Sacramento, Philadelphia (Barrymore Award nom.), Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and at Paper Mill Playhouse, …John Adams in Sacramento, Rochester, and Philadelphia (Barrymore Award). He has played both the Devil in Damn Yankees and Pseudolus in Forum in both Sacramento and Wichita. When he's been directing for a while, he misses acting, and vice versa.
Mark Hartman (Music Direction). With NSMT: A Christmas Carol (2010 – 2013), 9 to 5 The Musical. Broadway: Sondheim On Sondheim, Avenue Q. Off-Broadway: Stars of David, Silence! The Musical, Finian’s Rainbow, The Fantasticks. Regional/Tour: Guys and Dolls (Big League), Working (Broadway in Chicago, Old Globe, Asolo Rep), Pippin (Goodspeed/ Tour), Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (Old Globe), Frank McCourt’s The Irish (National Tour). Concerts: Something Wonderful: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein (Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy, Paulo Szot) Oliver! (Brian Stokes Mitchell), Camelot (Jeremy Irons), Brigadoon (Danieley, Errico), Rags (20th Anniversary), Pippin (Ben Vereen), Children of Eden (NYC premiere). Mark is the recipient of two MAC Awards and the Backstage Bistro Award for Music Direction. Many thanks to Bill, Kevin and James. Proud member of AEA and AFM. www.markhartman.net
Stephen Dobay (Scenic Design) is thrilled to be making his NSMT debut. Boston credits include: Come Back Little Sheba (Huntington), Our Town (Huntington, Almeida Theatre London, Broad Stage, Kansas City Rep) New York Credits include: Miracle on 34th Street, God of Carnage (Engeman) Under My Skin (Little Shubert Theatre), Adult (Abrons Arts Center), The Realists (HERE), The Cottage, To Kill a Mockingbird (Queens Theatre in the Park), Gidion’s Knot (59E59 Theaters), Holy Crap!! (La MaMa), Allegro, The Cottage, Blood Brothers, A Hard Wall at High Speed, and The Pillowman (APAC). Upcoming: Fiddler on the Roof (New Rep), 1776 (Engeman) Murder for Two (Mason Street Warehouse) www.stephendobay.com
Mark Nagle (Costume Coordination and Additional Costume Design) NSMT debut. Off Broadway: Belleville (New York Theatre Workshop) New York: Bird in the Hand (Fulcrum Theater). Regional: Memphis the Musical (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Shrek the Musical, Cabaret, Macbeth (Red House Arts Center), Orlando (Colby Sawyer), Some Girl(s) (Salve); Belleville (Yale Rep); Julius Caesar, JIB, Passing (Yale School of Drama); An Incident, Close Up Space (Chautauqua Theater); Rose Mark'd, The Tempest (Yale Cabaret). Assistant: Broadway: Rebecca, The Assembled Parties (Manhattan Theatre Club). Off Broadway: Nikoli and the Others (Lincoln Center) Regional: Assistant Costume Designer at American Conservatory Theater. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama. www.marknagledesign.com
Jack Mehler (Lighting Design). Previous work with NSMT includes Scenery & Lighting for Billy Elliot The Musical and Miss Saigon 2013; Lighting for A Christmas Carol ('02-'15; 2012 IRNE nomination), Annie, Camelot (IRNE nomination), Children of Eden, 42nd Street, Gypsy, Hairspray, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, The King and I, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, Nine (IRNE nomination), Ragtime, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wizard of Oz; and Scenery for West Side Story 2003. He received the 2012 (Elisabeth) and 2013 (Rebecca) Korean Muscial Theatre Awards (Korean Tony) for Lighting Design of the Year. Other Theatre design credits include Walnut Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, Riverside Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Weston Playhouse, The Working Theatre and WPA among many others. Dance: Joffrey Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Jose Limon, Ballet Memphis and others. Jack also provides owner's design representation for organizations building or renovating performance and rehearsal spaces.
Charles Coes (Sound Design) is happy to be back at NSMT, he has designed shows at Yale Rep; Seattle Rep; Berkeley Rep; South Coast Rep; Guthrie Theater; Shakespeare Theatre Company; ArtsEmerson; Wilma Theatre; Two River Theater; North Shore Music Theatre; Williamstown Theatre Festival; HERE Arts Center; Ford's Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Roundabout Theater Company, the Huntington and the Old Globe. Tour: Phoenix Entertainment and The Acting Company. He has also designed aerial and aquatic spectaculars for Royal Caribbean, an immersive show, Queen of the Night, at the Diamond Horseshoe, and collaborated on installations with artists Anne Hamilton, Abelardo Morel and Luis Roldan. He has worked as an associate on more that 10 Broadway shows including Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award winning Sound Design); In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play); and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Fully Committed (currently at the Lyceum). He has a very sweet dog named Max whose bark may appear in the show. He teaches at the Yale School of Drama.
Kurt Alger (Wig Design). Maine State Music Theatre: Costume Designer: Les Misérables, Gypsy, Mary Poppins,42nd Street, Legally Blonde, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Xanadu, The Wiz, Always…Patsy Cline, Chicago, Spamalot, JCS, Light in the Piazza and Drowsy Chaperone. Wigs: Producers, All Shook Up, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Grand Hotel, Hairspray. Kurt has traveled the country and the world as head of Wardrobe on RENT, Hairspray, and the 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Misérables. Resident theaters include Fulton Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Orlando Shakespeare, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Riverside Theatre, Beef and Boards and Drury Lane. NYC credits include NTMTF Best of Fest winners Caligula, Such Good Friends, Things As They Are, and Les Enfants de Paris, and work on the Off-Broadway smash hit Shockheaded Peter! Kurt designed and produced the world premiere of Born Blue. Other: A graduate of Wagner College in NYC he has also worked designing at the academic level at Julliard, NYU, Wagner College, and University of Southern Maine.
Natalie A. Lynch (Production Stage Manager). With NSMT: the 2010, 2011, 2012 Musical Seasons. Other Credits Include: Capital Repertory Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre Lyric Stage Company of Boston, New Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, STAGES St. Louis, Stoneham Theatre and Maples Repertory Theatre. National Tours: The Magic Tree House: The Musical and A Christmas Carol. She is a graduate of University of New Hampshire and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Natalie would like to thank Bill, Karen, Kevin and Tom for welcoming her back to NSMT. Special thanks to her family and friends, especially her parents, for their endless love and support.
Zachary Tucker (Assistant Stage Manager) is pleased to be making his NSMT debut this season! Touring: Pippin (1st national), Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage; Regional: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Smart People, The Seagull, A Raisin in the Sun (Huntington Theatre), The Heart of Robin Hood (A.R.T.), Violet, Other Desert Cities (SpeakEasy Stage); Circus: Cirque of the Dead, Speakeasy Circus (Boston Circus Guild); Opera: Acis and Galatea (Boston Early Music Festival); Graduate of Emerson College. Proud member of Actors' Equity. Much love and thanks to my family.
Austin Davy (Assistant Music Direction) With NSMT: Billy Elliot (Rehearsal Accomp.), A Christmas Carol (Teen Caroler '07). Austin is excited to be working on Funny Girl after having played Out Nights for years and Music Directing the Spotlight Awards at NSMT. A recent graduate of the Hartt School, he is also Music Director for Boston Children's Theatre. Thanks to my many loved ones and teachers!
Binder Casting (Casting) with Jay Binder, CSA, Jack Bowdan, CSA, and Mark Brandon, CSA have cast over 70 Broadway shows including Dames at Sea, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Born Yesterday, The Miracle Worker, Finian's Rainbow, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, 39 Steps, White Christmas, Is He Dead?, Inherit The Wind, Journey's End, Butley, Virginia Woolf, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Movin' Out, 42nd Street, Music Man, Iceman Cometh, Charlie Brown, Sound of Music, Beauty & the Beast, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Chicago, King & I, Damn Yankees, Lost in Yonkers, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, The Goodbye Girl and every City Center Encores! production since its inception in 1994. Film/TV/Other: Carousel (NY Philharmonic/PBS), Six by Sondheim (HBO), So You Think You Can Dance, West Side Story (San Francisco Symphony), Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Nine. Ten-time Artios Award winner.
Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer) is honored and proud to have been responsible for the re-opening of the nationally renowned North Shore Music Theatre in 2010. He began his career in show business at age 19, leasing and developing movie theaters, including his first multiplex in Quincy, Massachusetts. Before long, he was booking rock shows (Jefferson Starship, Rush) and other types of live entertainment, which eventually led to the presenting and producing of Broadway productions. One such show was an appearance by the legendary mime artist, Marcel Marceau. As president of Broadway Productions, Bill presented national tours such as Annie, Amadeus, Dancin', Peter Pan, Rocky Horror Show and Mark Twain starring Hal Holbrook, throughout New England including Worcester, Springfield, Portland, Maine and Boston. Aside from his work operating North Shore Music Theatre, one of Bill's crowning achievements was the 2007 purchase and re-opening of Theatre By The Sea, a landmark 500 seat professional summer theatre and restaurant, which is entering its tenth successful year of operation in Matunuck, RI (theatrebythesea.com). Throughout his career, Bill has stayed focused on his movie theatre chain having bought, built, owned, operated and sold more than 30 cinemas. His company, Entertainment Cinemas, currently operates eight movie complexes in four states. In 2009, Bill was elected President of the Theatre Owners of New England. Bill's ongoing work with NSMT inspires him to consider acquiring additional performance venues at which he plans to someday share his productions between his theatres. Bill has been named to the North Shore Top 100 by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. In 2012 he was recognized by both the Beverly Chamber of Commerce and Salem Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year. He is the recipient of the 2015 Leslie S. Ray Hall of Fame Award, presented by the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce. Bill is a member of the League of Broadway Producers and was involved with the recent revival of Pippin.
Kevin P. Hill (Producing Artistic Director). Born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, Kevin began his theatrical career as dancer and actor. He appeared in National Touring companies of Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing, Leslie Uggams and Michele Lee, Anything Goes and the International Touring Company of A Chorus Line. New York audiences have seen him in the Off-Broadway production of Party. Regional credits as a performer include: West Side Story, Good News! A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady and Marvin in Falsettoland. Kevin has directed and choreographed over 100 productions across America. He has had the privilege of working with such stars as Marin Mazzie, Joanne Worley, Kathleen Turner, Josh Groban, Jonathan Groff and Tony Award winner, Cady Huffman. In New York, he was the assistant to the director of On The Twentieth Century at the New Amsterdam Theatre and assistant to the choreographer on the revival of Guys and Dolls. Most recently he directed and choreographed 2 record-breaking musicals, Grease and Disney's Mary Poppins, at Bill Hanney's Theatre By The Sea in Rhode Island, where he is also Artistic Director. Kevin has been nominated as Best Director/Choreographer for his work on Smokey Joe's Café, Rent, The Full Monty, Chicago, and Edwin Drood, and was awarded the NH Theatre Award for Best Choreography for West Side Story at the Papermill Theatre. Future projects include an original danced play called Standing Still. As a Professor of Dance, Kevin has been on faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Kansas State University and most recently The Boston Conservatory of Music. He currently owns Hill Studios Dance and Fitness Center located in Newton, Massachusetts, and is a proud member of SDC, AEA and Dance Masters of New England, Chapter 5.
Tom Amos (Associate Producer) is excited to return to North Shore Music Theatre in his role as Associate Producer. Joining in 2005, Tom began in the Electrics Department and quickly moved into Company Management. Prior to working at NSMT, Tom received his Bachelor's Degree from Westfield State University and his Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University. Tom's passion for theatre and social justice issues motivated him to establish a LGBT Scholarship fund at Westfield State University where he created a Social Justice Theatre program to raise funds needed to maintain the scholarship. A big thank you to Bill, Kevin, Karen for their support and guidance.