Pittsburgh CLO Announces Full Casts of Local Productions - Starring Sally Struthers, Hunter Herdlicka, Liz Callaway and More!
Pittsburgh CLO has announced casting for its summer season, which includes six shows, featuring the national tours of Come Fly Away and The Addams Family, and CLO original productions of A Chorus Line, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof and Sunset Boulevard.
Notably, A CHORUS LINE brings on board a slew of the show's national tour veterans, ANNIE stars Sally Struthers as Miss Hannigan, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF features Broadway's Lewis J. Stadlen, Susan Cella, Hunter Herdlicka, Joel Robertson, Emily Shoolin and Kay Walbye, and Liz Callaway and Walter Charles are set to star in SUNSET BOULEVARD.
A CHORUS LINE was conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, with book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban. This backstage story of 17 aspiring dancers pairs heart-stopping, toe-tapping performances with soaring ballads, all against the backdrop of the ups and downs of a life in show business. The iconic score features such classics as “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Hope I Get It” and more.
Pittsburgh CLO's A CHORUS LINE cast features many Broadway names and A CHORUS LINE revival and national tour veterans, including: Carleigh Bettiol (Val), Eric Carsia (Don), Kevin Curtis (Richie), Emily Fletcher (Sheila), Nadine Isenegger (Cassie), Bryan Knowlton (Paul), Denis Lambert (Greg), Theo Lencicki (Al), Heather Parcells (Judy), Gina Phillistine (Bebe), Shane Rhoades (Mike), Emily Rice (Maggie), Gabrielle Ruiz (Dianna), Alexzandra Sarmiento (Connie), Hillary Michael Thompson (Kristine), Grant Turner (Zach), Brandon Tyler (Larry), Hardy Weaver (Bobby), Jake Weinstein (Mark).
Pittsburgh CLO's A CHORUS LINE creative team features:
Baayork Lee (Director and Choreographer) - Lee created the role of Connie in A Chorus Line and has performed in a dozen Broadway shows. Michael Bennett’s assistant choreographer on A Chorus Line, she has directed many national and international companies. Her directing credits include The King and I and Bombay Dreams (National Tours), R&H’s Cinderella (NYC Opera), Barnum (Australia), Carmen Jones (Kennedy Center), Porgy and Bess, Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour), Gypsy and A New Brain. As a choreographer, she has choreographed productions of Cocoanuts, Camelot, Damn Yankees, Animal Crackers (Helen Hayes nomination), South Pacific, Goya, Sly, The Merry Widow, among others.
ANNIE, with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, is based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip, Annie. Join the sweet and spunky orphan Annie and her adorable dog, Sandy, in adventure after fun-filled adventure on their search for a loving home. This heartwarming family musical is a rambunctious mix of misfits, mutts, menaces and millionaires. The score features “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”
CLO's ANNIE cast features TV and Broadway vets, including: Sally Struthers (Miss Hannigan), Conrad John Schuck (Oliver Warbucks), Tim Hartman (FDR), Danette Holden (Grace), Jeff Howell (Drake), Denis Lambert (Rooster), Johanna Loughran (Annie), Paul Palmer (LT. Ward), Heather Parcels (Lily).
CLO Academy Students playing orphans include: Kieran Bartels (Duffy), Chelsea Calfo (Pepper), Victoria Huston (Kate), Allison Joyce (Tessie), Hannah Kwiecinski (July), Felicia Niebel (Molly)
Denée Benton, Callan Bergmann, Sal Bucci, Max Clayton, Sarah Ellis, Chandler Farren, Tara Geisler, Allison Griffith, Joe Jackson, Julia Johanos, Justin Lonesome, Trevor McQueen Eaton, Connor McRory, Kara Mikula, J. Alex Noble, Gabriella Sorrentino and Lauren Zapko round out the ensemble.
Other orphans: Olivia Allison, Kieran Bartels, Allison Burns, Chelsea Calfo, Victoria Carswell, Alexis DiLucia, Lexi Feldman, Jillian Ferguson, Chloe Geller, Victoria Huston, Allison Joyce, Hannah Kwiecinski, Sarah Livingston, Caroline Lucas, Kelsey Marshall, Erin McShane, Alyssa Melani, Felicia Niebel, Rhiannon Passmore, Ruby Paul, Delaney Schmidt, Halle Surgil, Stefanee Sybo, Tessie Tokash, Ellie Tongel, Lucia Williams and Julia Zoratto.
CLO's ANNIE creative team includes:
Charles Repole (Director) - Repole has directed numerous productions for Pittsburgh CLO including Jesus Christ Superstar, Curtains, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Carousel and Cinderella. He also directed the critically-acclaimed production of 42nd Street in 2008 at North Shore Music Theatre. His New York City and Broadway directing credits include the highly-acclaimed concert versions of Dubarry Was a Lady, Call Me Madam and the revival of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, among others. As an actor, Mr. Repole has appeared on Broadway in Doubles, Whoopee! and Very Good Eddie, which earned him a Tony Award® nomination and a Theatre World Award.
Michael Lichtefeld (Choreographer) - Lichtefeld has choreographed more than a dozen Pittsburgh CLO productions, including White Christmas, 42nd Street, Funny Girl, La Cage Aux Folles and Cinderella. His Broadway choreography credits include Little Women, The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Laughing Room Only and the City Center Encores production of Music in the Air. Mr. Lichtefeld has also performed in the Broadway productions of Evita, Sophisticated Ladies and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. His choreography has been nominated for Drama Desk, Ovation and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Tom Helm (Music Director) - See above.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF features book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. This award-winning musical captures the colorful story of one Jewish father's struggle to hold on to his family's traditions amidst the rebellious antics of his three independent daughters and the turmoil of an ever-changing world. The rich score includes: "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "Tradition."
CLO's FIDDLER cast is led by Lewis J. Stadlen (Tevye), known for playing Mendel in the National Company of FIDDLER, Max Bialystock in Broadway's The Producers, and more. Susan Cella as Golde has starred in The Graduate, Crazy He Calls Me, Me and My Girl, Evita and more on Broadway. The cast also features Corey Cott (Perchik), Tim Hartman (Constable), and Hunter Herdlicka (Fyedka), who recently starred on Broadway in A Little Night Music opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, followed by Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Also in the cast are Jeff Howell (Innkeeper & Moreha), Anne Markt (Chava), David Perlman (Motel), Joel Robertson (Lazar Wolfe), who has starred in Broadway's Fiddler, Cats, Les Miserables, Parade, Jekyll and Hyde and more, Gene Saraceni (Rabbi), Emily Shoolin (Tzeitel), who played Emily Osborn in Spider-Man, Kay Walbye (Yente), known for her roles in Broadway's Urinetown, Titanic, The Secret Garden and more, and Lauren Worsham (Hodel).
The ensemble features Denée Benton, Callan Bergmann, Sal Bucci, Max Clayton, Sarah Ellis, Chandler Farren, Lucas Fedele, Allison Griffith, Joe Jackson, Julia Johanos, Daniel Krell, Justin Lonesome, Trevor McQueen Eaton, Connor McRory, Kara Mikula, J. Alex Noble, Gabriella Sorrentino, Lauren Zapko.
As the children, Alexis Feldman (Schprintze) and Ellie Bryn Tongel (Bielke), with Victoria Carswell, Jake Curtis, William Davis, Lexi Feldman, Michael Kovacich, Joshua Mann, Maximus Martier, Ruby Paul, Alex Stripsky, Stefanee Sybo, Ellie Tongel and Lucia Williams.
FIDDLER's creative team features:
Jack Allison (Director) - Allison returns to Pittsburgh CLO after directing over a dozen productions between 1978 and 1987. He has directed at most of the major regional theaters in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including: The Walnut Street Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Cincinnati Opera and the North Shore Music Theatre. In New York, he has staged acclaimed productions at the Manhattan Theatre Club and The Circle Repertory Company. He premiered Cabaret at The National Theatre of Belgium.
Mark Esposito (Choreographer) - Esposito has choreographed several Pittsburgh CLO productions including The Sound of Music, Brigadoon, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, The Music Man, Tommy, Carousel and Oklahoma! He has also choreographed for North Shore Music Theatre in MA, Sacramento Music Circus in CA, Blowing Rock Stage Company in NC, The York Theatre Company and Signature Theatre Company in NYC and in LA at The Hollywood Bowl choreographing South Pacific starring Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell. He is also the choreographer for the annual holiday show Yuletide Celebration starring the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with Sandi Patti and has served as associate director/choreographer for the Radio City Christmas Show starring The Rockettes. Mr. Esposito also served as the consultant choreographer for Walt Disney Global Casting and hired talent for their shows in Tokyo Disney Resorts. He has performed in over 16 Broadway and National Tours and has assisted or worked for Jerome Robbins, Michael Kidd, Agnes De Mille, Michael Bennett, Rob Marshall and Bob Fosse.
Tom Helm (Music Director) - See above.
SUNSET BOULEVARD, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book and lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton, is based on the Billy Wilder Film and stars Liz Callaway as Norma Desmond. Having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of "talkies," silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen. By the time she meets struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis, the glitz and glamour of her Hollywood life has faded in all but her mind. Their passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic curtain call, captured by Andrew Lloyd Webber's sweeping score including "With One Look" and "As If We Never Said Goodbye."
Pittsburgh CLO's SUNSET cast features Liz Callaway (Norma Desmond), previously featured in Broadway's Cats, Baby (Tony Nomination), Miss Saigon, Merrily We Roll Along, The Three Musketeers and The Look of Love. Walter Charles (Max) is known for his roles in the Broadway Revivals of Anything Goes and The Apple Tree, The Woman in White, Big River, Boys from Syracuse, Kiss Me Kate, A Christmas Carol, La Cage aux Folles, Aspects of Love, Me and My Girl, Cats and more. Jeff Howell (Cecil B. DeMille), David Perlman (Artie) and Matthew Scott (Joe Gillis), who is featured on the Sondheim on Sondheim (Cast Album) and has performed in Broadway's Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, also join the cast.
Denée Benton, Sal Bucci, Max Clayton, Sarah Ellis, Chandler Farren, Allison Griffith, Joe Jackson, Julia Johanos, Daniel Krell, Justin Lonesome, Trevor McQueen Eaton, Connor McRory, Kara Mikula, J. Alex Noble, Gabriella Sorrentino and Lauren Zapko round out the ensemble.
SUNSET's creative team features:
Barry Ivan (Director and Choreographer) - Ivan directed Pittsburgh CLO’s first production of Les Misérables in 2010 after also directing the show for North Shore Music Theatre, where he served as artistic director and executive producer. Mr. Ivan has directed and choreographed numerous other Pittsburgh CLO shows, including Miss Saigon, Hairspray, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Full Monty, A Little Night Music, Company, Anything Goes and West Side Story.
Tom Helm (Music Director) - See above.