Meet the Broadway Class of 2014- Winter Edition!
Winter usually isn't the busiest time of year for incoming Broadway shows, but that doesn't mean that there is any lack of fresh talent making their debuts! The Broadway Winter has arrived, and while a solid number of new faces are treading the boards, dozens more are on their way in the coming months. Meet all of Broadway's newest stars below!
Ephie Aardema (Ensemble in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY)
Tours: Fiddler (Chava), Sound of Music (Liesl). Off-Broadway: Dear Edwina (Edwina). Regional: Room with a View/Old Globe, Daddy Long Legs, among others. Youngest-ever graduate of Circle in the Square, and an international tap champion.
Whitney Bashor (Marion/Chiara in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY)
Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks. Regional Theatre: WTF, Goodspeed, Dallas Theatre Center, Kennedy Center. Tours: Happy Days, Whistle Down the Wind. Film: Off The Black. TV: "Boardwalk Empire", "All My Children." Education: U of Michigan.
Ashley Bell (Company in MACHINAL)
Bell made her feature film debut in The Last Exorcism and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and an MTV Movie Award nomination, while the film grossed nearly $70 million worldwide. The New York Post praised Bell's acting as "Oscar-worthy" and one of the 10 best performances of 2010 for her extraordinary portrayal of the possessed Nell Sweetzer. She reprised her role in The Last Exorcism Part II, released in March, and yet again received critical acclaim. She can currently be seen in the third season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" webisode series, entitled "The Oath." Earlier this year, Bell co-starred in the WWE's The Marine: Homefront alongside Mike The Miz Mizanin and Neil McDonough.
Jeff Biehl (Company in MACHINAL)
Jonathan Demme film Fear of Falling premiering at the 2013 Rome film festival. Made from Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory's adaptation of Ibsen's The Master Builder in which Jeff plays Ragnar Brovik. Off-Broadway: Lucas Hnath's Issac's Eye (EST), Thomas Bradshaw's Burning (The New Group), Women Beware Women (Red Bull), American Jornalero(Working Theater), and The Misanthrope (NYTW). Other NYC: Ann Washburn's I Have Loved Strangers, Jason Grote's Civilization, and Karl Gadjusek's Greedy, all with Clubbed Thumb. Ken Urban's The Awake (Kef Productions), Thomas Bradshaw's Lecture On The Blues (Whitney Museum) and Southern Promises (PS122), Anna Ziegler's Novel (SPF), and Les Freres Corbusier's production of Hell House directed by Alex Timbers. Regional/International: Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (A.R.T. and Edinburgh International Festival), also Shakespeare Theatre, South Coast Rep, Westport and Long Wharf. TV: "Southland", several episodes of "Law & Order CI", "Law & Order S.V.U." and "Law & Order." Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist. NYTW Usual Suspect. Juilliard.
Paige Brady (Matilda in MATILDA)
Age ten, from the Philadelphia area. Regional: The Music Man (Walnut Street Theatre). Paige also amuses her creative mind through art, writing, and reading.
Chris Henry Coffey (Joe DiMaggio in BRONX BOMBERS)
Most recently Chris was seen in A.R. Gurney's The Dining Room at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Mark Lamos and in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful at Second Stage, directed by Davis McCallum. Most recent film and TV credits include The Little Tin Man (which will release 2013) and Epilogue (which premiered at Tribeca FF 2013). Also Neil LaBute's BFF and David Schwimmer's feature Trust. Recurring roles on "Law & Order: CI", guest-stars on "The Good Wife", "Cupid", "Law & Order", and others. Coffey is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Josh Davis (Ensemble in BEAUTIFUL)
Off-Broadway: White's Lies, My First Time (New World Stages). Regional: LES MISERABLES (Pioneer Theatre and Flat Rock Playhouse) ; Guys and Dolls, Little Women (Engeman Theater); Beauty and the Beast (Oklahoma Lyric). TV and film: "Law & Order ," "The Beautiful Life," "As the World Turns," The Graduates.
Ryan Dinning (Company in MACHINAL)
After receiving a B.A. in Acting from the University of Northern Colorado, Ryan got his start in NYC with the national tour of Charlotte's Web and has recently been seen in a recurring role on The Carrie Diaries.
Fran Drescher (Madame in CINDERELLA)
Drescher is a two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for the title role in The Nanny, which she also created and executive produced. Followed by Living With Fran, The Fran Drescher Tawk Show, Fran, most recently starred in and created Happily Divorced, a show based on her real life relationship with her gay ex-husband. She won Esquire'sFive Minute Oscar for her performance in the mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap. Among her many films, Ms. Drescher is most proud of her starring role in Beautician and the Beast and most recently the animated film Hotel Transylvania as the Bride of Frankenstein. Her theatre credits include Nora & Delia Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore, LCT'sCamelot for PBS, Neil La Bute's Some Girl(s) and The Exonerated. Fran has authored New York Times Best Sellers, Enter Whining and Cancer Schmancer. Most recently, she penned a children's book, Being Wendy, which celebrates a child's uniqueness.
Scott Drumond (Company in MACHINAL)
Off Broadway: A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane), Hamlet (Theatre for a New Audience). Other New York credits include The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The Play Company. Regional: Arena Stage (Other Desert Cities, Well), George Street Playhouse (One Slight Hitch by Lewis Black,Twelve Angry Men), South Coast Rep (Pride and Prejudice), La Jolla Playhouse (Mother Courage), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage, the O'Neill (5 seasons). Film: Not Fade Away (Dir. David Chase). Television: "Boardwalk Empire", "Black Jack" (pilot, Comedy Central), "All My Children". Training: M.F.A., UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse; B.F.A., Southern Methodist University/Meadows School of the Arts.
Charlie Franklin (Swing in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY)
Regional: SCKBSTD (Virginia Stage Company). Pace University BFA MT class of 2014!
Rebecca Hall (Young Woman in MACHINAL)
Most notably, Hall has performed in productions such as Mrs Warren's Profession, which earned her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003, As You Like It (Ian Charleson nomination), Man and Superman,The Fight for Barbara, Galileo's Daughter, Don Juan, A Winter's Tale (Ian Charleson Award winner), The Cherry Orchard (Evening Standard Theatre Award nomination) and Twelfth Night. Ms. Hall has also established an award-winning film and television career. On screen, Hall can currently be seen as Claudia Simmons-Howe in the international suspense thriller, Closed Circuit, and most recently starred in Marvel's Iron Man 3. Hall received critical acclaim for her starring role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, receiving Golden Globe, BAFTA Orange Rising Star, London Critics Circle and Gotham Award nominations. She can also be seen in Lay the Favorite, The Awakening, The Town,Everything Must Go, Please Give, Dorian Gray, Frost/Nixon, The Prestige, and Starter for 10, which marked her feature film debut. Hall also recently starred in Susanna White's "Parade's End," for which she won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress, as well as received a BAFTA Television Nomination for Leading Actress, and a Critics Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series. Additional television credits include: Julian Jarrold's "Red Riding: 1974," for which she received a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress; "Einstein and Eddington"; "Joe's Palace"; "Wide Sargasso Sea"; "Don't Leave Me This Way"; and "The Camomile Lawn." Ms. Hall will next star in Wally Pfister's directorial debut, Transcendence, and Patrice Leconte's A Promise.
Carly Rae Jepsen (Cinderella in CINDERELLA)
Multi-platinum recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen has taken America by storm after bursting onto the scene in the US with her hit single "Call Me Maybe." Unforgettably catchy, the hit song which she co-wrote quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart where it remained for nine consecutive weeks. The song is also an international sensation, climbing to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries while the song has sold over 17 million singles worldwide to date. Jepsen began performing in musical theater in high school, starring in Annie, The Wiz andGrease before attending the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She released her debut album Kiss in 2012 via 604 Records/School Boy Records/Interscope Records, and won the American Music Award for Best New Artist along with two GRAMMY nominations that same year for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. After supporting multi-platinum pop/R&B artist Justin Bieber on tour in the U.S and Europe, Carly hit the road on her first headline tour of the US, which wrapped earlier this year and she is now working on her new album for release in 2014.
Rebecca Lachance (Ensemble in BEAUTIFUL)
NYC: Central Avenue Breakdown, Broadway by the Year and Broadway Rising Stars concerts at Town Hall, Fringe Festival. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Olney Theatre Center. BFA, NYU.
Jason Loughlin (Company in MACHINAL)
A NC native and graduate of UNC-Charlotte, Jason recently returned from the 1st national tour of War Horse, having played Lieutenant Nichols and Paddy. He has worked regionally at The Alliance and Georgia Shakespeare in Atlanta; Charlotte Repertory, NC Shakespeare Festival and Children's Theater of Charlotte in NC.
Luke Marinkovich (Ensemble in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY)
Credits include: The Bridges of Madison County (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Sleep No More; Lord of The Flies; The Rehearsal, Playing The Dane; Marat/Sade; A Bright Room Called Day; Cymbeline; The Who's Tommy; Twelfth Night. BFA: NYU.
Syesha Mercado (Nabulungi in THE BOOK OF MORMON)
She was second-runner up on Season 7 of "American Idol". Nationally recognized for her work, Syesha received South Eastern Theatre Conference's Best Supporting Actress Award. She majored in theater at Florida International University and made several commercial spots while studying in Miami. National: Deena Jones in Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theatre (Black Theatre Alliance Award nominee); Dreamgirls U.S. and Japan; The Book of Mormon (Black Theatre Alliance Award nominee). Regional: Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the prestigious Paper Mill Playhouse. Film: Mia in Dreams.
Debra Messing (Rosemary in OUTSIDE MULLINGAR)
Messing is best known for her role on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series "Will & Grace," captivating television audiences worldwide for eight seasons with her comedic talents as Grace Adler. For her role, Messing won the 2003 Emmy Award, has earned a total of seven Golden Globe nominations, seven Screen Actors Guild nominations, winning the ensemble award in 2001, five additional Emmy nominations, two American Comedy Award nominations, and one individual People's Choice Award nomination. Messing was most recently seen for two seasons on NBC's "Smash" (executive producer Steven Spielberg), which followed the process of putting on a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. Following "Will & Grace," Messing starred in USA Network's, "The Starter Wife," with Joe Mantegna, Miranda Otto, and Judy Davis. The six-part miniseries, based on Gigi Levangie Grazer's bestselling novel, picked up 10 Emmy nominations, including Messing's for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. She also earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television. Afterwards, Messing reprised her role as Molly Kagan in "The Starter Wife" regular series on the USA Network. Debra received a nomination for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her work on the series. Messing's film credits include Overture Films' Nothing Like the Holidays alongside John Leguizamo and Alfred Molina, as well as The Women, alongside Annette Bening, Meg Ryan, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Eva Mendes. She starred in the romantic comedy The Wedding Date, opposite Dermot Mulroney, and appeared in Along Came Polly, with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.
Gabriella Pizzolo (Matilda in MATILDA)
Ben Platt (Elder Cunningham in THE BOOK OF MORMON)
Platt originated the role of Elder Cunningham to critical acclaim in the show's Chicago production (BroadwayWorld Chicago Award- Best Actor in a Touring Production). Platt made his onscreen debut last Fall as Benji Applebaum in Universal Pictures' smash hit Pitch Perfect (dir. Jason Moore, Teen Choice Award Nomination "Movie Scene Stealer"). National Tours: Caroline, or Change (dir. George C. Wolfe, Tony Kushner). Regional Credits: The Black Suits (Barrington Stage Company), The Power of Duff (New York Stage and Film, Stephen Belber), Dead End ( dir. Nicholas Martin, Ahmanson Theatre), The Music Man, Mame, Camelot, and The Sound of Music (Hollywood Bowl, dir. Gordon Hunt). Workshops/Readings: Murder at the Gates (dir. Peter Dubois, Steven Sater), Alice By Heart (Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik), Irma La Douce (dir. Rob Ashford, starring Katie Holmes), Bridges of Madison County (dir. Bartlett Sher, Jason Robert Brown).
Ava Ulloa (Matilda in MATILDA)
Theatre Credits: Numerous community productions.
Jessica Vosk (Swing in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY)
San Francisco Philharmonic: West Side Story (Anita), NYC: Company (NY Philharmonic), Kristina (Carnegie Hall), She Loves Me, Death Takes A Holiday, Merrily We Roll Along, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Michael Warner (Company in MACHINAL)
Theater: Most recent, Lucy Thurber's Scarcity at The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Others, The Language of Trees, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Distracted(Roundabout), Wings (Second Stage), Almost an Evening, Arrangements (Atlantic), Pullman Car Hiawatha (Keen Company), Missed Connections (Ars Nova), Monstrosity (13P), Engaging Shaw(Old Globe) among many others. Television and Film: "House of Cards", "Boardwalk Empire", "Law and Order", "Law and Order: Criminal Intent", Breaking Upwards, Almost in Love and the upcoming A Lotus til Reckoning and A Queen Without His Crown. MFA Rutgers.
Tim Wright (Swing in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY)
Theatre: Bridges of Madison County (Williamstown), 3 Kinds of Exile (Atlantic Theatre Company). TV: "Smash," "Do No Harm," "Blue Bloods." Film: My Man is a Loser, Ned Kelly.