Osnes & Jordan to Lead BONNIE & CLYDE at Asolo Rep; Full Cast Announced
Asolo Repertory Theatre announced the complete cast of its upcoming production of Bonnie & Clyde a thrilling new musical with book by Ivan Menchell (The Cemetery Club, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang); music by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel); lyrics by Tony Award-winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard, Song and Dance); Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by John McDaniel; and direction and musical staging by Tony Award- winner Jeff Calhoun (Deaf West's Big River and Pippin, Grease!). The production runs from November 16 - December 19, 2010 on the Asolo Rep mainstage-The Mertz Theatre. The press opening is November 19, at 8 p.m.
Rehearsals begin in Sarasota on October 19th for the company of 20 that includes several cast members from the acclaimed 2009 La Jolla Playhouse production in San Diego, complemented by some of the hottest talent from Broadway and popular regional artists.
Bonnie Parker is played by Laura Osnes, who originated the role in the World Premiere at La Jolla Playhouse last fall, and won a San Diego Theater Critics Circle Award for her performance. She recently starred as Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center's Broadway revival of South Pacific and made her Broadway debut as Sandy in Grease!, having won the role on NBC's reality competition "Grease: You're The One That I Want." Her partner in crime is Jeremy Jordan, who takes on the role of Clyde Barrow following his Broadway performances in the revival of West Side Story (Tony) and Rock of Ages.
Osnes and Jordan are joined by Melissa Van Der Schyff (Deaf West's Big River) as Blanche Barrow, Mimi Bessette (Little Shop Of Horrors) as Emma Parker, Kevin Massey as Ted Hinton, Claybourne Elder as Buck Barrow, Wayne Duvall as the Sheriff, Leslie Becker as Cumie Barrow/Governor Ferguson, Zach Rand (Les Misérables and Mary Poppins) as Young Clyde, Kelsey Fowler (Mary Poppins) as Young Bonnie. Ensemble members include Daniel Cooney, FSU/Asolo Conservatory MFA student Dane Dandridge, Victor Hernandez, Laura Hodos, Heather Kopp, Michael Lanning, Kevin Rose, Casey Shea and Tim Shew; and local performer Holly Rizzo as the Young Bonnie understudy.
In addition to Menchell, Wildhorn, Black, McDaniel and Calhoun, the creative team includes Tobin Ost, Scenic and Costume Designer; Michael Gilliam, Lighting Designer; Kevin Kennedy, Sound Designer; Aaron Rhyne, Projection Designer; Carol Doran, Wig and Hair Designer; Stephen Landau, Music Director/Keyboards; Coy Middlebrook, Associate Director, Patricia Delorey, Vocal Coach; Steve Rankin, Fight Director; Paul J. Smith*, Production Stage Manager; Kelly Borgia*, Stage Manager; and Jeff Tanski, Associate Music Director. (Additional credits/bios to be included in the full media kit.)
According to director, Jeff Calhoun, "this may be the most true-to-life account of their story to date. Ivan's book is based on the factual accounts of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, their lives and circumstances, and their own words. Frank has written songs with beautiful melodies reminiscent of the times but with a current appeal. Don's lyrics speak to the heart of the piece and the emotion. I have tried to take all that and create a show that's as truthful as it is entertaining."
The show did very well in its World Premiere at La Jolla, in 2009. According to the production team, coming to Asolo Rep is an important step in taking the show to the next level. Book writer Ivan Menchell explained, "We learned a great deal from the La Jolla production. That show was an intimate look at a fractured love story. But audiences and critics wanted to know more about Bonnie & Clyde. What made them who they were? We also needed a more dynamic point of view. Working with Michael Donald Edwards, we discovered that the next step was to involve adding a new layer to the story-social context-to help us better understand why these two kids ended up on the path they did. And so a new point of view (and song) were born: "Made in America." Bonnie & Clyde were the end products of a uniquely American decade defined by poverty, greed, unemployment, violence and desperation. Since La Jolla, the piece has grown and the story developed to accommodate that point of view. We've added six new songs, the Young Bonnie & Clyde characters who enrich the story, new artists are involved, and the staging has fresh elements. It's all very exciting!"
"The story of Bonnie & Clyde is uniquely American. What happened with these two kids and the extent to which the public and politicians turned them into heroes and outlaws, that wasn't just about them. Their lives and the legend were influenced by the economics and political climate of the times. They were also young, in love and driven by an intense desire to achieve fame and fortune," added Asolo Rep Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards. "This is a timely and fascinating story being told to us through the eyes and talents of a brilliant creative team and performed by a gifted group of artists. Asolo Rep, our audiences and the Sarasota community are fortunate to be involved with this project."
Bonnie & Clyde had its World Premiere in 2009 at The La Jolla Playhouse in California. The musical is based on the lives of Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, whose notorious exploits captured the country's imagination. Everybody had a dream. They had a plan. This seductive and cinematic new musical examines how a troubled Texas teen and a love-sick waitress became America's most infamous couple, with a thrilling new score that combines rockabilly, blues and gospel music.
Nov. 16-Dec. 19, 2010 (Previews Nov. 12-15; Press Opening Nov. 19, 2010) Tickets ($17-$65) on sale now at the box office, by calling 941-351-8000, 800-361- 8388 or online at www.AsoloRep.org.
Ivan Menchell (Book) Theatre credits include The Cemetery Club (Broadway), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Broadway), The Prince & The Pauper (US tour), The Surprise Party (UK Tour), and Smiling Through (Off-Broadway). For the screen, Mr. Menchell wrote an adaptation of his play, The Cemetery Club, starring Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd, Olympia Dukakis; is co-writer of Samuel Goldwyn's Napoleon; and served as a writer on Universal's animated feature, Curious George. He is an Emmy nominated television writer, created the critically acclaimed Showtime series, Bedtime and has served as Writer/Co-Executive Producer on Disney Channel's Phil of The Future and JONAS, starring the Jonas Brothers. He was also a writer/producer on the long- running CBS comedy The Nanny, and the FOX dramatic series Time of Your Life, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Ivan is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for his playwriting and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Frank Wildhorn (Composer) became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Civil War, which altogether garnered eight Tony nominations. Wildhorn also wrote additional songs for Broadway's Victor/Victoria and was a producer and co-creator of Harlem Song at the legendary Apollo Theater. Most recently in the United States, Wildhorn's For the Glory: The Civil War Musical opened at the Majestic Theater in Gettysgurg, PA. He has enjoyed International success with Never Say Goodbye (written with Shuichiro Koike) performed by Takarazuka Revue in Takarazuka, Japan; Rudolf - The Last Kiss (written with Jack Murphy & Nan Knighton) opening in Budapest, Hungary and in Vienna, Austria; Wonderland; and multiple productions of Jekyll & Hyde: In Concert.
Don Black (Lyricist) received two Tony awards for best book and lyrics of a musical for his work (with Christopher Hampton) on Sunset Boulevard. This marked his third collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber. They first joined forces to write the song cycle Tell Me on a Sunday which developed to form the basis of the stage show Song and Dance. They were reunited with Aspects of Love. He also wrote the lyrics for the Andrew Lloyd Webber produced Bombay Dreams. Awards include an Oscar for his song "Born Free," five Academy Award nominations, two Tony Awards and three Tony nominations, five Ivor Novello awards, a Golden Globe and many platinum, gold and silver discs. He has worked with some of the world's leading composers, including Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, among others. Black has written a quintet of James Bond theme songs: "Thunderball," "Diamonds Are Forever," "The Man with the Golden Gun," "Surrender" and "The World Is Not Enough." He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, and recently honored in London with a BMI Icon Award.
John McDaniel (Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations) Television: Rosie O'Donnell Show (2 Emmy Awards), Friar's Roasts '99-'02, Tony Awards '97-'00, A Rosie Christmas. Broadway: Brooklyn (also Producer), Annie Get Your Gun, Taboo, Chicago, Grease, Patti LuPone on Broadway. Recordings as Producer: Annie Get Your Gun (Grammy Award), The Maury Yeston Songbook, Brooklyn, Taboo, The Journey Home (Malcolm Gets), John McDaniel at the Piano (Broadway, Christmas, Compositions and Live at Joe's Pub). Recent: Catch Me If You Can (Seattle), Happy Days (National Tour), Nightclub debut of Tyne Daly, Guest Conductor at Major Symphony Orchestras, including San Francisco and his hometown St. Louis Symphony. www.JohnMcDaniel.com.
Jeff Calhoun (Director/Choreographer) is proud to direct the Asolo Repertory Theatre production of Bonnie & Clyde, following an award winning run at La Jolla Playhouse (Craig Noel Awards for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical). Jeff recently directed and choreographed the first National Tour of the stage musical adaptation of the hit Dolly Parton Film 9 to 5. He directed the world premiere productions, domestic and international tours of Disney's High School Musical: On Stage and Disney's High School Musical 2: On Stage. Jeff directed and choreographed the Deaf West Theatre production of Pippin at the Mark Taper Forum. He directed and choreographed the award-winning Deaf West Theatre production of Big River (Tony awards and Drama Desk nominations, Best Revival; Drama Desk nomination for Best Director of a Musical; Ovation and L.A. Drama Critics Circle awards for Direction and Choreography). Jeff was a producer as well as director/choreographer for the Broadway production of Brooklyn the Musical. He directed and choreographed the 1994 Broadway revival of Grease! (Tony nomination, Best Choreography) and co-choreographed the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun (Tony Award, Best Revival). His Broadway directing debut was Tommy Tune Tonight, and his collaboration with Mr. Tune led to the 1991 Tony for Best Choreography for the Will Rogers Follies. Jeff is an Associate Artist at Ford's Theatre.
Michael Donald Edwards (Asolo Rep Producing Artistic Director) is in his fifth season as producing artistic director of Asolo Repertory Theatre. He was previously the associate artistic director for Syracuse Stage and served as artistic director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz. A Garland Award and Drama Logue Award winning director, Mr. Edwards has directed at Indiana Repertory Theatre; GeVa Theatre; Syracuse Stage; The Shakespeare Theatre; San Jose Rep; Opera San Jose; the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Old Globe in San Diego; Virginia Stage Company; the Virginia Opera; the State Theatre of South Australia; Opera Australia; Victoria State Opera; and the Metropolitan Opera. In previous seasons for Asolo Rep, Mr. Edwards has directed The Smell of the Kill, Amadeus, Nobody Don't Like Yogi, Darwin in Malibu, A Tale of Two Cities, Equus, The Winter's Tale, Perfect Mendacity, The Life of Galileo, The Last Five Years, and pieces in the first annual Unplugged festival of new plays. This year he is directing La Bete, Las Meninas, and pieces in the second annual Unplugged.
Asolo Repertory Theatre is Florida's premier professional theatre and one of the most important cultural forces in the Southeastern United States. As a center for theatrical excellence, Asolo Rep crafts the highest quality productions of classical, contemporary and newly commissioned work all performed in the rarest form of rotating repertory. Featuring an accomplished resident company - complemented by distinguished guest artists - Asolo Rep offers audiences a unique and dynamic theatre experience. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards and Managing Director Linda DiGabriele, this world- class institution has taken bold steps toward the future, building landmark partnerships and collaborations which will add to its success for generations to come.
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Cast bios (in alphabetical order)
*Members of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Leslie Becker* (Cumie Barrow/Governor Ferguson) is thrilled to be re-creating the roles she originated in the World Premiere of Bonnie & Clyde at La Jolla Playhouse (2009). Broadway and National Tour credits include Wicked (the Midwife), the Tony Award-winning revival of Nine, Cinderella (The Queen), Show Boat and Beauty and the Beast. Regionally she's been seen in The King and I (Anna), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Gypsy (Tessie Tura), 42nd Street (Dorothy Brock), Hairspray (Velma), Carousel (Mrs. Mullin), Baby (Arlene) and many more. Also a writer, she is the author of The Organized Actor®, the #1 selling organizational tool for actors for 15 years. www.LeslieBecker.com and www.OrganizedActor.com
Mimi Bessette* (Emma Parker) was last seen in the Off-Broadway production of Good Ol' Girls. Her Broadway credits include the workshop of A Christmas Story with Beau Bridges; and Dawn in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Off-Broadway she played Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Denise in Smoke on the Mountain. Mimi appeared in the National Tours: Parade, Big River, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas as Angel and Keep On the Sunny Side as Maybelle Carter. Regionally she has played roles such as: Patsy in Always...Patsy Cline, Mama Lilly and The Waitress in Hank Williams Lost Highway, Young Woman in Woody Guthrie's American Song and Lee in Cowgirls. She is the producer and singer on her album Lullabies of Broadway. (www.mimibessette.com)
Daniel Cooney* (ensemble) appeared on Broadway in 9 to 5 (Dick) and Les Misérables. National tours include Evita (Che), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), and The Civil War. Regional credits include the World Premiere of Nevermore (Poe) and Into The Woods (Baker) at The Signature Theatre, and the World Premiere of Bonnie & Clyde at La Jolla Playhouse (2009). As Founder and Artistic director of the Encore Musical Theatre Co in Dexter, Michigan, Dan is ever so excited and grateful to be marching on into their third season. Dan is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama.
DANE DANDRIDGE (ensemble) was last seen in The Game of Love and Chance, Blue/Orange, Machinal and The Mystery Plays. The Banyan Theatre: Fat Pig (Carter), Great River Shakespeare: Cymbeline (Posthumus Leonatus), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio/Tybalt). Hope College: School for Scandal (Joseph Surface), Love's Labour's Lost (Berowne), Candide (Maximilian). Dane is very excited to be a part of such an exciting year for Asolo Rep and thanks Charlie, his parents, Gma and Gpa D, and Brad and Lex.
Wayne Duvall* (Sheriff) is happy to be reprising his role as the Sheriff which he performed in the original production of Bonnie & Clyde at The La Jolla Playhouse. Other credits include Of Thee I Sing (Encores!), Working at The Old Globe, Happy Days-The Musical (dir. Garry Marshall), Homegrown, Antigone, Baal, The Dinner Party, The Rainmaker, and The Robber Bridegroom. Film credits include Edge of Darkness, Duplicity, Star Crossed, Pride and Glory, Leatherheads, In the Valley of Elah, Love Liza, Evolution, O'Brother Where Art Thou?, Hard Rain, My Fellow Americans, Suckers, Unstrung Heroes, The Fan, Apollo 13. His upcoming projects include Homerun Showdown, 13 and The Mulberry Tree. Television credits include four years as Sgt. Phil Brander on The District, Law & Order (all), K-Ville, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The West Wing, CSI, CSI:NY, and NYPD Blue.
Claybourne Elder* (Buck Barrow) made his New York debut in the World Premiere of Sondheim's Road Show, in which he originated the role of Hollis Bessemer; he can also be heard on the original cast recording. He was also featured at the recent 80th Birthday Celebration Concert for Sondheim at City Center. Claybourne also originated the role of Charles Lindbergh in the US premiere of Maltby and Shire's Take Flight. Recent credits include Wolf/ Cinderella's Prince in Moises Kaufman's acclaimed revival of Into the Woods (Kansas City Rep), Buck in Bonnie & Clyde (La Jolla 2009); Tony in West Side Story (Tuacahn Amphitheatre); and developmental workshops of Tennessee Williams' One Arm (Tectonic Theatre Project). www.claybourneelder.com
Kelsey Fowler* (Young Bonnie) is 14 years old. Her Broadway credits include 22 months in Mary Poppins (Jane Banks), seven months in Sunday in the Park with George (Louise/Bather), 11 months in Grey Gardens (Lee Bouvier). She also performed for seven months in the US National Tour of: Mary Poppins (Jane Banks). Television credits include the Mary Poppins National Commercial, CBS -The Early Show; ABC - The View; the PBS Documentary - Grey Gardens, From East Hampton to Broadway, and ABC - Chicago Festival of Lights. CD recordings include: The Sound of Music (Marta), the original cast recording of Grey Gardens (Lee Bouvier), and on DVD the Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition - Broadway "Step in
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VICTOR HERNANDEZ* (ensemble) most recently appeared as Corny Collins in Hairspray with San Diego Repertory, in Sweeney Todd with Musical Theatre West , and in the World Premiere of Bonnie & Clyde at The La Jolla Playhouse (2009). Other regional credits include Farleigh in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Everybody Else in SUDS, Charles F. Maude in Bye Bye Birdie, Big Bopper in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Markovitch in Silk Stockings, Stewpot in South Pacific, Jeff Douglas in Brigadoon and Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Additionally, he has toured the US doing theatre for young audiences (including the island of Maui & New York City) and studied improv/sketch comedy with The Groundlings in Los Angeles.
Laura Hodos* (ensemble) Ms. Hodos recently starred at American Stage as Sheila in Hair (winner of a Best of the Bay Award) and Blithe Spirit as Elvira. She was seen in Ellis Island with the Sarasota Orchestra, as well as having performed as Marian in The Music Man with both the Orlando Philharmonic and the Jacksonville Symphony, and as the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Faith Prince and Davis Gaines and the Orlando Philharmonic. She has received three Carbonell Award nominations for her work in south Florida and premiered in Martin Charnin's new musical Love Is Love at Maltz Jupiter Theatre with Andrea McArdle and Shelly Burch. A New Jersey native, she has performed at Lincoln Center with Donna Murphy and Radio City with Maureen McGovern. www.LauraHodos.com
Jeremy Jordan*(Clyde Barrow) performed on Broadway in West Side Story (Tony) and Rock of Ages. His regional theatre credits include Big River (Goodspeed) and The Little Dog Laughed (Hartford Theatreworks) where he received a Critics' Circle Nomination. His New York credits include Sing But Don't Tell, and The Greenwood Tree. He has also appeared on television in Law and Order: SVU. Jeremy received his BFA from Ithaca College.
HEATHER KOPP (ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Asolo Rep for such an exciting show. Heather was also in the cast of the Pre-Broadway engagement of A Tale of Two Cities at Asolo Rep in 2007, before it made its Broadway debut. Other regional credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator- Best Actress, Sarasota Curtain Call), The Producers (Ulla- Best Actress in a Musical, Saraosta Magazine), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), Li'l Abner (Daisy Mae), Chicago (June), Nunset Boulevard (Sister Mary Amnesia), Shout! (Blue-Directed by Gary John LaRosa) and Forbidden Broadway. Much love to her family and friends. She is excited to be playing her next role, which will be ‘Bride', when she gets married to the love of her life, Craig!
Michael Lanning* (ensemble) began his career in theatre at age nine with the San Bernardino Civic Light Opera and Junior University. Michael has recorded and/or toured with such musical greats as George Harrison, Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Rockpile, Frank Wildhorn, Larry Gatlin and Mike Post. Michael's distinctive, yet versatile style made him a top session vocalist for national television and radio commercials for over a decade. A songwriter and a music publisher, Lanning's songs have been recorded by producer/guitar legend Dave Edmunds, ‘The Stray Cats,' French recording star Slyvie Vartan and many others. As a musician, Michael has mastered guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo and percussion. He also toured with The Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a lead vocalist for 6 years. Broadway, National tour and regional: The Civil War. Regional: Mask, Pasadena Playhouse (2008); Bonnie & Clyde, La Jolla Playhouse (2009). Love to my daughter Lauren. For more info: www.michaellanning.com
Kevin Massey* (Ted Hinton) is making his Asolo Rep Debut. On Broadway he performed Tarzan in Tarzan (Disney Theatricals), Big River (Roundabout Theater/Deaf West and US tour), Eros in Antony & Cleopatra (NYCO/Carnegie), and Almanzo in Little House on the Prairie (1st National Tour, Papermill, Guthrie). European credits include Tarzan Tarzan (Stage Entertainment/Disney) and Doody Grease! (Wolfgang Bocksch Tour). His New York readings include White Noise, High School Musical, Angels the Musical, and Bonnie & Clyde. Regional credits include D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Pippin in Pippin (Utah Shakespearean Festival), Willard in Footloose (MUNY), Dickon in Secret Garden and Charlie Dalrymple in Brigadoon (Utah Opera Festival), 2nd French Lord in All's Well That Ends Well (Utah Shakespearean Festival), Beppe in Pagliacci and Malcolm in Macbeth (Opera Memphis), and Nanki-Poo in The Mikado (Fargo-Moorhead Opera). He is a graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill (Morehead Scholar). www.kevinmassey.com
Laura Osnes* (Bonnie Parker) originated Bonnie Parker in the World Premiere of Bonnie & Clyde at La Jolla Playhouse last fall, earning a San Diego Theater Critics Circle Award for her performance. She recently starred as Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center's Broadway revival of South Pacific and made her Broadway debut as Sandy in Grease!, having won the role on NBC's reality competition "Grease: You're The One That I Want." Favorite regional roles include Kim McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and the title role in Peter Pan. She's also done several commercial voiceovers, NY workshops, concerts, and recordings.
Zach Rand* (Young Clyde) began his Broadway career at age 9 as Gavroche in the revival of Les Misérables. He then played Michael Banks in Disney's Mary Poppins both on Broadway and in the National Tour. Zach can be seen on the 45th anniversary DVD of Mary Poppins performing Step In Time and in the national television commercials. He just wrapped the feature film The Woman with director Lucky McKee. Zach sends his love to his siblings Liv, Ava, Elijah and especially Chloe, whose love and support has always guided him through. Thank you to Amelia DeMayo, Nancy Carson and especially to mom.
HOLLY RIZZO (Young Bonnie understudy) is an eighth grade student at King Middle School in Bradenton, Florida. A native of Anna Maria Island, she was most recently seen as Liat in South Pacific at the Manatee Players. She has also appeared in numerous productions at Sarasota Players and Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. She is thrilled to be part of this production and cast. Holly sends many thanks to Alan J. Corey for his musical and baking talents, and to Trina for her inspiration.
KEVIN ROSE (ensemble) appeared last year in the Asolo Rep production of The Life of Galileo as a featured singer/dancer, and is thrilled to be returning for Bonnie & Clyde. Kevin recently graduated from the University of Miami with a BM in Musical Theatre. Professional credits include The Life of Galileo (Asolo Rep), A Grand Night for Singing and Something's Afoot (Schoolhouse Theatre), Songs for a New World (Reflections Theatre) and Forbidden Broadway (Man 1/2 understudy) with the New York cast at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.
Casey Shea (ensemble) is thrilled to make her Asolo Rep debut. Her New York credits include An American Tragedy (Julia) written and directed by Charles Strouse. Her favorite regional credits include Will Rogers Follies (Z's Favorite), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Jolene Oakes), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ruth), Joseph..Dreamcoat, Evita and The Who's Tommy. A Massachusetts native, she studied dance and musical theatre at Marymount Manhattan College. She would like to thank her family and friends for their continuous love and support.
Timothy Shew* (ensemble) just completed Sweeney Todd in the role of Beadle Bamford as part of the 80th Sondheim Birthday celebration. His Broadway credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Wonderful Town, Les Misérables (Jean Valjean), Guys and Dolls w/Nathan Lane, Sunset Boulevard w/Betty Buckley, Disney's King David and Frank Wildhorn's The Scarlet Pimpernel. New York credits include Encores, Juno, Face the Music, Tenderloin, and Radio City's Christmas Spectacular as Santa. National Tours include The Light in the Piazza, Les Misérables, Evita, Showboat, Chicago, Shaggy Dog, and Tangled. Movie soundtracks include Bernstein's Mass at Carnegie Hall/Kennedy Center. Tim is ever so grateful for his family and friends and their never-ending support. He is thrilled to be reunited with Frank and Jeff. Proud AEA member. www.timothyshew.com Thanks J+J!
Melissa Van Der SCHYFF* (Blanche) is delighted to be making her Asolo Rep debut in Bonnie & Clyde. Broadway/National Tours include Mary Jane in Big River (American Airlines Theatre), for which she earned a 2003 Tony Honor for "Special Achievement in Theatre" along with her cast mates. Regional credits include Blanche in Bonnie & Clyde (La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress), Catherine in Pippin (Mark Taper Forum, L.A.), Virginia/Clara in An Italian Straw Hat (South Coast Rep, World Premiere), Yelenka in Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse, World Premiere), Mary Jane in Big River (Deaf West, Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre, L.A.), Kayla in Ballad (Theatre Geo, Ovation Nomination, Dramalogue Award), Pud in Laura Dennis (Zephyr Theatre, west coast premiere). Film and TV credits include A Lot Like Love, The Great Commission, Chicago Hope, Love and Marriage, The Whitey Show, National Lampoon's Lemmings Sketch Comedy Series (writer & series lead).
Asolo Repertory Theatre (AKA: Asolo Theatre Company, Inc.) is funded in part by the Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Department of State, the Florida Arts Council, the City and County of Sarasota and The Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax through the Board of County Commissioners, The Tourist Development Council, The Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Sarasota County Arts Council. Funding is also received through efforts of support groups and the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations.