Roundabout's Stamos and Gershon Led BYE BYE BIRDIE Announces Full Casting
After a 48 year absence, Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents the first new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie as the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller's Theatre (124 West 43rd Street) beginning Thursday, September 10th, 2009 with an official opening on Thursday, October 15th, 2009. This will be a limited engagement through January 10th, 2010.
Bye Bye Birdie will star John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez) & Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) with Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson) & Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee). The cast will also feature Matt Doyle (Hugo Peabody), Molly Ephraim (Ursula Merkle), Jake Evan Schwencke (Randolph MacAfee), Allie Trimm (Kim MacAfee) and Nolan Funk as "Conrad Birdie." Robert Longbottom will direct and choreograph Bye Bye Birdie with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.
Additional cast members include Catherine Blades, Deanna Cipolla, Paula Leggett Chase, Riley Costello, John Treacy Egan, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Todd Gearhart, Patty Goble, Suzanne Grodner, Robert Hager, Nina Hennessey, Natalie Hill, Julia Knitel, Jess Le Protto, David McDonald, JC Montgomery, Jillian Mueller, Paul Pilcz, Daniel Quadrino, Emma Rowley, Tim Shew, Kevin Shotwell, Allison Strong, Jim Walton, Brynn Williams, Branch Woodman
Roundabout is proud to welcome back six artists who have previously worked at the theatrical institution: John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin, Paula Leggett Chase and Colleen Fitzpatrick.
Bye Bye Birdie's design team includes Andrew Jackness (Sets), Gregg Barnes (Costumes), Ken Billington (Lights), Acme Sound Partners (Sound), Howard Werner (Projections), David Holcenberg (Musical Director), Howard Joines (Musical Coordinator), David BrIan Brown (Hair & Wigs), Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrations) and David Chase (Music Supervisor).
In Bye Bye Birdie, the exuberant rock n' roll musical comedy, it's 1960 and hip-swingin' teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie (Funk) has been drafted into the army. Birdie's manager Albert (Stamos) and his secretary Rosie (Gershon) have cooked up a plan to send him off with a swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fan... on "The Ed Sullivan Show"!
Bye Bye Birdie received the 1961 Tony Award® for Best Musical and features such beloved songs as "Put on A Happy Face," "Kids," "Spanish Rose," "The Telephone Hour" and "A Lot of Livin' To Do."
Major support provided by Bank of America. Lead support provided by Roundabout's Musical Theatre Production Fund partners: Perry and Marty Granoff, The Kaplen Foundation, Peter and Leni May, John and Gilda McGarry, Tom and Diane Tuft. Generous support also provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
Tickets are available online at www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or by phone at (212)239-6200. Ticket prices range from $86.50 - $136.50. To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.
All tickets for the first preview performance on September 10th will be $10, made possible through the generous support of Bank of America. These tickets will only be available for purchase at the Henry Miller's Theatre box office, beginning at 12pm on Monday, August 10.
Bye Bye Birdie will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
John Stamos (Albert Peterson). Actor/producer John Stamos continues to find success in many different areas of the entertainment world. He was recently seen starring in NBC's Emmy Award-winning drama series "ER." Stamos played Tony Gates, a maverick, hot-tempered, and flirtatious doctor and Gulf War veteran. His addition to the ensemble cast helped create a resurgence in ratings for one of the longest-running prime-time dramas on TV. Since he joined the cast, the show reached its milestone 300th episode and completed its 15th and final season on NBC. Stamos has also enjoyed tremendous success on Broadway, most recently starring in the Tony Award-winning "NINE." His Broadway debut came in 1995's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and, in 2000, he starred as the Emcee in "Cabaret," which was very well received. Through his St. Amos banner, he recently produced and starred in "The Two Mr. Kissels," a Lifetime original movie based on the true story of two multimillionaire brothers who married the women of their dreams and wound up dead. He is also co-producing a feature film version of the TV Classic "The Jeffersons" for Sony. Additional producing credits include an Emmy nomination in 2000 for co-producing the ABC miniseries "Beach Boys: An American Family" and the highly rated CBS telefilm "Martin & Lewis." Not limiting himself to behind-the-camera work, he was recently seen in Neil Meron and Craig Zadan's Emmy and Golden Globe nominated adaptation of "Raisin in the Sun" for ABC. He was also recently seen starring in the A&E original film "Wedding Wars" as a gay wedding planner who leads a nation wide strike for gay marriage rights. His additional television film credits include "The Marriage Fool" opposite Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett. Stamos also starred in ABC's 2005 comedy "Jake in Progress." In 2001, he starred in the ABC romantic comedy "Thieves" about a pair of master thieves who become covert government agents. USA Today said of his performance, "the real revelation here is Stamos." On the big screen, he made his entry into the independent film world in the black comedy Dropping Out, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and in the contemporary romantic comedy Grownups. His recent film credits include the independent films I Am Stamos and Knots. Stamos' career has spanned over 25 years, beginning with the hit soap "General Hospital." He later segued to one of the most iconic family television programs playing "Uncle Jesse" on the popular ABC series "Full House." Stamos has also displayed his musical talents over the past 20 years while touring with "The Beach Boys." John currently lives in Los Angeles.
Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez) has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in entertainment, earning acclaim as a film, television and stage actor, as a singer/songwriter/musician and most recently as an author. Gershon's prolific film career began when she made her feature debut as a dancer in the 1981 film Beatlemania. She landed her first speaking role with a memorable turn in John Hughes' box office hit Pretty in Pink. In addition to her breakout roles in Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls and the Wachowski Brothers' Bound, Gershon has appeared in such films as Red Heat opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cocktail opposite Tom Cruise, John Sayles's City of Hope, Robert Altman's The Player, the John Woo blockbuster Face/Off opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, and Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated The Insider opposite Al Pacino. Gershon was most recently in Richard LaGravenese's P.S. I Love You opposite Hillary Swank and will next be seen in Taylor Hackford's Love Ranch opposite Helen Mirren. On television, Gershon's notable credits include the CBS mini-series, "Sinatra", the TNT original movie "Legalese"' opposite James Garner, Kathleen Turner and Mary Louise Parker and David E. Kelley's action detective drama "Snoops". Gershon has recurring roles in ABC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series "Ugly Betty", Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" for HBO, and FX's "Rescue Me". She recently guest starred on the Danny McBride HBO series "Eastbound & Down", and will next be seen starring in the Lifetime mini-series "Everything She Ever Wanted". Gershon recently made a huge splash on Broadway, receiving rave reviews as the Italian flight attendant Gabriella in the 2008 Tony Award-winning revival of Boeing Boeing. She will return to the stage this fall to star in the first-ever Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie. Additional stage credits include a 2001 starring role as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes's Broadway revival of Cabaret at Roundabout Theatre Company, the stage plays Camille opposite Kathleen Turner and Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire (both at the Long Wharf Theatre), and in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. As a founding member of the New York-based theater company Naked Angels, Gershon has appeared in numerous productions with the company. Gershon also appeared in the original production of William Mastrosimone's Nanawatai, which opened the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Having always enjoyed singing and songwriting, Gershon's musical career blossomed with the independent film Prey for Rock & Roll, receiving critical acclaim for her role as singer/guitarist Jacki. Her powerful turn as a rock performer in this project led Gershon to star in the IFC documentary Rocked, which followed her on the road touring with the indie rock band Girls Against Boys. Gershon's musical career continues to thrive with her latest CD "In Search of Cleo", a compilation of original songs with a unique sound that mixes country, rock and jazz. Additionally, Gershon has also played Jew's harp on recordings for Herbie Hancock, the Scissor Sisters, Rufus Wainwright and Christian McBride. In 2007, Gershon became a first time author, co-writing a novel for young adults with her brother Dann entitled Camp Creepy Time.
Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) recently played Vladimir in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Waiting for Godot at Studio 54. He is an original member of Kraken and San Francisco's Pickle Family Circus. Original works include Fool Moon, Largely New York, The Harlequin Studies, Mr. Fox: A Rumination, The Happiness Lecture, and The Regard of Flight. Theatre: Broadway/West End revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2005 Tony Award, Helen Hayes Award), The Goat or Who is Sylvia, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, 5-6-7-8 Dance!, Waiting For Godot, Scapin, The Tempest, Garden of Earthly Delights, Texts for Nothing, A Flea In Her Ear, 2003/2004 Signature Theatre season devoted to his original work, The Seagull, A Man's A Man, 3 Cuckolds. Television: PBS Great Performances; "Bill Irwin Clown Prince," "Third Rock from the Sun," "Northern Exposure," "Sesame Street," "Elmo's World," "The Regard of Flight," Closing Ceremony 1996 Olympic Games, "The Cosby Show," "The Laramie Project," "Subway Stories," "Bette Midler: Mondo Beyondo," "Law and Order," "Life on Mars," "CSI." Film: Rachel Getting Married, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Igby Goes Down, Lady in the Water, Dark Matter, Raving, Across The Universe, Popeye, Eight Men Out, Silent Tongue, Illuminata, My Blue Heaven, A New Life, Scenes from a Mall, Stepping Out.Awards: National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship, Guggenheim and Fulbright and MacArthur Fellowships.
Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson). Broadway: Wicked; Well (2006 Tony Nomination, Theatre World Award Winner 2006). Off-Broadway: The New Century at Lincoln Center Theater (Outer Critics Circle Nominations, Drama League Nomination), The Receptionist at Manhattan Theatre Club (2008 Lucille Lortel Nomination, Drama League Nomination), The Pain and the Itch (2007 Drama League Nomination); Well, Public Theatre (2004 Obie Award and Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel Award Nominations); Much Ado About Nothing, NYSF; Fighting Words, Playwrights Horizons; True Love, Zipper Theater; Attempts on Her Life, Soho Rep. Regional Theater: The Pain and The Itch, Steppenwolf Theatre (2005 Jefferson Award); The Clean House, Wilma Theatre (2005 Barrymore Award), Yale Repertory Theater, McCarter Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Missouri Repertory Theater, Syracuse Stage, GeVa Theatre, Asolo Theater, Studio Arena Theater, Meadow Brook Theater and many others. Film: Everbody's Fine, Garden State, Changing Lanes, Trust The Man, and Things That Hang From Trees. Television: "Unorthodox", "Conviction", "Law & Order", "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Third Watch". Proud Member of Actors Equity Association.
Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee). Broadway credits include: Footloose (Tony Award Nomination); The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (Tony Award Nomination), The Will Rogers Follies (Tony Award Nomination); Mamma Mia!; City of Angels; Me and My Girl; Big River; The Five O'Clock Girl; Shakespeare's Cabaret. Los Angeles: Dr. Doolittle (opposite Tommy Tune); Mamma Mia! (Donna). Dee's National Tour credits include: Barnum (opposite Stacy Keach). Favorite Off-Broadway and regional roles include Kay Thompson in Stormy Weather at Pasadena Playhouse & Prince Music Theater (Barrymore Award); Follies at the Paper Mill Playhouse and creating roles in Lanford Wilson's Book of Days and Arthur Laurents' Two Lives. Her recent television and film credits include The Understudy, "Law & Order", "Law & Order: Criminal Intent". Dee is working on workshop productions of Dangerous Beauty and Elf: the Musical. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Otterbein College.
NOLAN FUNK (Conrad Birdie). One of Hollywood's rising stars, Nolan Gerard Funk is best known to family audiences for his starring role as Nikko in the Columbia Records/Nickelodeon movie Spectacular! Nickelodeon premiered Spectacular! in February 2009 and over 14 million viewers watched the first week it aired in the United States. With the number one soundtrack and a top ten album on itunes, Funk also had his first song
on the billboard charts, "Break My Heart". Receiving rave reviews for his performance, this showcased the former national gymnast as a unique triple threat. Spectacular! is yet to be released internationally. Funk has made numerous guest starring appearances on TV series including "The L Word", "Smallville", "Supernatural", "Lie to Me" and a recurring role on "Aliens in America". He most recently played an elitist prep school murderer on ABC's "Castle". His movie appearances include X2 and the upcoming films Triple Dog and Bereavement opposite Alexandra Daddario (Fox's Percy Jackson). A diverse performer, he played real life rapist Michael Magidson in Lifetime's The Gwen Araujo Story by Oscar nominated director Agnieszka Holland. He also played a tormented jock in Deadgirl, which screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 2008. Funk received a Leo Award nomination in 2007 for his work on the youth television series Renegadepress.com and had his first live performance this year with David Archuleta at New York City's Hard Rock Cafe. He is a spokesperson for Nickelodeon's "The Big Green Help" and has publicly supported the charity organization Champions Against Bullying.
Matt Doyle (Hugo Peabody). Broadway: Spring Awakening. National Tour: Spring Awakening. NY Theatre: The Butcherhouse (SPF), Lunch (NY Musical Theatre Festival). Film: Once More with Feeling. TV: "Gossip Girl" (recurring). Recording: "Bare: A Pop Opera". LAMDA: Titus Andronicus, The Relapse, Much Ado About Nothing, Women Beware of Women.
Molly Ephraim (Ursula Merkle). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, (Little Red Ridinghood) Drama League Nom. Off-B'way: End Days -2009 (Rachel Stein) at EST. Film/TV: Disney's College Road Trip (Wendy Greenhut); "Law and Order," and HBO Pilot "The Wonderful Maladys". Regional: Olive in The 25th
Annual... Spelling Bee at Barrington Stage Co. & North Shore Music Theatre; NYMF's College: The Musical; Arden Theater's Into The Woods, Barrymore Nomination; Gerda in The Snow Queen at the Prince Music Theater. B.A. in Religion from Princeton University.
Jake Evan Schwencke (Randolph MacAfee). Jake Schwencke, 10 is thrilled to be playing Randolph in the new production of Bye Bye Birdie. His most recent appearance was in the Cynthia Nixon hit Distracted. He has been on the National Tour of Les Miserables and Whistle Down the Wind. Jake is the voice of the Hippo and the Turtle in the 20th Century feature film Ice Age III. In addition to many commercials and voiceovers he has appeared locally in many theatrical productions.
Allie Trimm (Kim MacAfee). A San Diego native, she made her Broadway debut in Jason Robert Brown's 13, the Musical in the role of Patrice. Regional: 13 (Patrice), Goodspeed; The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox); Festival of Christmas '05, '07, Lamb's Players Theater; How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Old Globe Theatre. TV: "30 Rock". Readings: Georgia Stitt's, Water; A.D. Penedo and Marshall Pailet's On a Glorious Day. Allie will sing the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Dodgers this summer.
Catherine Blades (Ensemble) is 17 years old from Cedar Rapids, IA and is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre's revival of Bye Bye Birdie. Catherine played Amaryllis in the National Tour of The Music Man. Regional: Ruthless (Tina Denmark). Other favorites: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) and The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox).
Deanna Cipolla (Ensemble). Deanna is honored to make her Broadway Debut! Previous experience includes various soundtracks , NY Pops 25th Birthday Gala, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Sincere thanks to Roundabout Theatre, family, friends, Visitation Academy, PPAS, Locker School of Dance and Camp Broadway. Special gratitude to James Donegan, Mark Tumminelli, Mom & Dad.
Paula Leggett Chase (Gloria Rasputin, Ensemble). Broadway: Curtains, The Pajama Game, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Kiss Me, Kate, Damn Yankees, Crazy for You, A Chorus Line. Also: Cabaret (w/Joel Grey), Queen of Hearts (Princess Di), Dames at Sea (Joan; Garland, Dean B. Goodman Awards). TV: "Law & Order," "As the World Turns," PBS' "Carmen Sandiego" (Mediva). Husband: David. Sons: Kyler and Dashiell.
Riley Costello (Ensemble). Broadway: 13, the Musical. Other NY: Sick Bastard (Reading); 101 Dalmations (Broadway League Presentation). Regional: Bye Bye Birdie, The Boyfriend, Singin' in the Rain (Broadway by the Bay); The Secret Garden, Big, The Music Man, The Pajama Game (Hillbarn Theatre).
John Treacy Egan (Ensemble). Broadway: The Little Mermaid, The Producers, Jekyll & Hyde.
Off-Broadway: Batboy, When Pigs Fly! TV: "30 Rock," "Law & Order." Film: "Last Night," "The Producers." Solo CD: Count the Stars. - johntreacyegan.com
Colleen Fitzpatrick (Ensemble). Roundabout: Sunday in the Park With George, 110 in the Shade, Company. Broadway & NY: Road Show, Mother Courage w Meryl Streep, Lestat, Passion & Into the Woods (both original cast), Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and Cats (original cast). Mamma Mia! (#1 Tour as Donna Sheridan). Numerous leading roles in regional theater. Concerts & Recordings: 4 @ Carnegie Hall, 3 @ Encores!, and many more. Much tv/ film/ soaps/ PBS.
Todd Gearheart (Ensemble). Broadway debut. Off-B'way: Incident at Vichy, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Young Girl and the Monsoon, Chaos Theories, Big Doolie. Regional: Guthrie Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Film/TV: Law&Order, Law&Order: SVU, Lipstick Jungle. Member TACT (The Actors Company Theatre). CCM Graduate and studied with Utah Hagen.
Patty Goble (Ensemble). Broadway: Curtains (Jessica Cranshaw), The Woman In White, La Cage Aux Folles, Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime, and The Phantom of the Opera. NYC performances: Jerry Springer, the Opera; Show Boat; South Pacific (PBS) and Candide (PBS) with the New York Philharmonic.
Suzanne Grodner (Ensemble). Broadway: The Rose Tattoo. Off-Broadway: Sarah/Sarah (MTC), Cakewalk & Death Defying Acts (Variety Arts). Nat'l Tour: Ken Hill's Phantom. RegionalL: Many, including: Emma, World Premiere (Cincinnati Playhouse), Wintertime (ACT, Seattle), Distracted (TheatreWorks, CA). TV: All three "L&O's," "Ed," "As The World Turns."
Robert Hager (Ensemble). Broadway: Spring Awakening. Regional/Tour: Scooge The Musical, The Who's Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin. Readings: Captain Louie. Proud AEA member.
Nina Hennessey (Ensemble). Broadway: Cats, Les Miserables, Dreamgirls, Snoopy, Woman of the Year, Chess AFA Concert, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas AFA Concert. Off-Broadway: Sheba, Dali, Cummings & Goings, Close Enough for Jazz, Odyssey, Sweet Mainstreet , Radio City Music Hall. Regional: Silk Stockings, Lady in the Dark, Cinderella, Fanny, Gift of the Magi, Tintypes, Three Musketeers, Miracles in Glastonbury National Tour: Annie. Television: "Law & Order," "One Life to Live," "Another World," "All My Children," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Today Show." Recordings: Hair ,Cast Album(2006 Grammy Nomination); Out of Nowhere, The Two Siberians; The Web, Tropical Escape-Craig Peyton; Dancing with the Lion, Andreas Vollenweider; Nina Hennessey Live at the Metropolitan Room.
Natalie Hill (Ensemble). Broadway/Nat'l Tour: Grease (Cha Cha), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Narrator), Hairspray. Regional: Miss Saigon (Ellen) Pioneer Theatre Co, Romeo & Bernadette (Bernadette) Papermill/Coconut Grove; Camille Claudel & Brigadoon, Goodspeed; Footloose (Rusty); WSS (Anita); 2002 Olympic Torch Ceremony (Nat'l Anthem). Omaha Symphony Soloist. Training: Bachelor of Music, NYU.
Julia Knitel (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her Broadway debut at sweet sixteen! Paper Mill Playhouse 2009 Rising Star Best Actress award recipient and National High School Musical Theater Award nominee. Thanks to mom & dad for the vocal coaching and the endless support. Love to all family and friends! www.juliaknitel.com
Jess Le Protto (Ensemble). Broadway: Original cast of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2007 & 2007), Boy From Oz (vacation u/s); National Tours: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Broadway's Leading Men; Off Broadway: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (NY City Center Encore Series, Sugar Beats, People Garden; TV: Maury Povich, Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live. Thanks to Nancy Carson, everyone at For Dancers Only and Fine Arts Conection, and special thanks to my supportive family.
David McDonald (Ensemble). Broadway: Les Miserables, Side Show, Mamma Mia. Off Broadway: Forbidden Broadway, Perfect Crime. Regional: Man of La Mancha - Cervantes/Don Quixote, Zhivago -Komarofsky, Adrift in Macao - Mitch Boonton, Lucky Duck - Wolf. Radio City Music Hall - Santa. T.V. - All My Children - Barney Paulson. Love to Julie,Meghan and Alyssa.
JC MONTGOMERY (Ensemble). Broadway: The Color Purple, Parade, Swing, Smokey Joe's Cafe', Thou Shalt Not, The Boys from Syracuse and The Little Mermaid. National Tours of Les Miserables and Joseph ...Dreamcoat. TV: "Law and Order," recurring role of Judge Everret Mason. Numerous roles on "Law and Order CI and SVU." Numerous national and regional commercials and daytime dramas. Love to my wife Kim and our boys Trevor and Marcus.
Jillian Mueller (Ensemble) is thrilled to be part of the cast of Bye Bye Birdie. Broadway: two holiday seasons of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. New York credits: Warsaw (NYMF) and Le Corsaire with ABT at the Metropolitan Opera House. Jillian has also performed regionally at the Count Basie Theater. Many thanks to her teachers, family and Jack for their support. Special thanks to Granger and the band.
Paul Pilcz (Ensemble) Paul is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in Bye Bye Birdie. Training: Montclair State University's BFA Musical Theatre Program, The Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) in Freehold Regional High School District. Favorite Roles include: You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Schroeder), West Side Story (Big Deal). Special thanks to Dina Bogner at Generation TV, TM Talent, his teachers, friends, mom, dad, Stephanie and Shari for all of their love and support!
Daniel Quadrino (Ensemble). Daniel is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut with such an amazing cast! He would like to thank his mom, dad, and brother for all their love and support. He couldn't have done it without them! BIG thanks to Jim Carnahan Casting for such a great opportunity.
Emma Rowley (Ensemble). Singing and dancing since the age of three, Emma Rowley sang her first solo in her school's talent show at six years old. After bringing down the house with "Broadway Baby", she went on to play various roles in community theater, including an orphan in Annie and Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden. She also sang The National Anthem at RFK stadium for the Washington Nationals. In the summer of 2007, Emma was cast as Baby Louise in the New York City Center's Encores production of Gypsy. She reprised this role in the 2008 Broadway production which starred Patti LuPone, and was directed by librettist Arthur Laurents. A native Virginian, Emma loved living in New York City for seven months, taking full advantage of all that the city has to offer musical theater lovers. She trained with vocal coach Bob Marks, took classes at the Broadway Dance Center, and saw as many shows as possible. She also enjoyed playing Francine in the staged reading of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn with The Peccadillo Theater Company and singing at Carnegie Hall for the New York Pops 25th Anniversary Gala.
Tim Shew (Ensemble). Broadway: Wonderful Town (Lonagan), Les Miserables (Jean Valjean), Guys and Dolls, Sunset Boulevard, King David, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Santa @ Radio City. Natl. Tours: The Light in the Piazza, Les Miserables, Bernstein's MASS at Carnegie Hall/Kennedy Center. 1st show: Bye Bye Birdie 35 years ago. "Goin Steady"with J+J!
Kevin Shotwell (Ensemble) is honored to be making his Broadway debut in this amazing revival of Bye Bye Birdie. He is a native of Delaware who has been involved in many productions throughout the region. Favorite roles include West Side Story (Riff) , Children of Eden (Cain), and Big River (Huck) .
Allison Strong (Ensemble). Broadway debut! Currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Montclair State University, NJ. NY: The White Rose (reading), York Theatre Co. Regional: New Voices of 2006, 2007 (Paper Mill Playhouse). For her grandma, Mamita, who passed away just days before Allison received the wonderful news about Birdie casting.
Jim Walton (Ensemble). Credits include Crazy For You and Follies: In Concert (PBS), Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, And The World Goes Round, Sweeney Todd, 42nd Street, and Merrily We Roll Along. With brother, Bob, wrote Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical. Website: midlifethecrisismusical.com
Brynn Williams (Ensemble). Broadway credits: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, In My Life, ...Grinch, 13. TV/film: "The Naked Brothers Band", "Between the Lions', "Star Search', ‘'Live in Hollywood' . Other: Pittsburgh Steelers' 75th Anniversary Gala. Thanks to GOD, Mommy, Grandy, Barry Kolker, KRS Entertainment Group, Toby Orenstein, Amelia DeMayo.
Branch Woodman (Ensemble) Broadway: Crazy For You. National Tour: Big, The Musical. NY: Disappearing Act, Out of This World. Regional: Dancing in the Dark (The Old Globe), She Loves Me (Paper Mill), Call Me Madam, George M (Goodspeed).
The Durst Organization and Bank of America recently announced the completion of the Henry Miller's Theatre on West 43rd Street in Times Square. The 1,055-seat house inside the new 55-story Bank of America Tower will be New York's first LEED rated theatre. Henry Miller's Theatre is the first new Broadway theater built in over a decade and sets new standards for environmentally sustainable design and construction of performing arts venues. Henry Miller's Theatre sits behind the preserved and restored neo-Georgian façade of the original 1918 theater. The theater and the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park are an Empire State Development Corporation project and a joint venture of The Durst Organization Inc. and Bank of America, N.A.
By 1969, after being used as a Broadway theatre for 51 years Henry Miller's Theatre was abandoned as a legitimate theater. In 1998, Roundabout Theatre Company transformed, reopened and operated the venue as a Broadway theatre with their Tony award winning production of Kander & Ebb's Cabaret. Cabaret ran for nine months, closed because of a construction accident at an adjacent building, re-opened briefly, and transferred to Studio 54 for a five-year run.
The revitalization of Henry Miller's Theatre is consistent with Roundabout's history of bringing dilapidated, lost theatres back to life and programming the venues as viable, live performance spaces for the benefit of theater artists and audiences and managing them efficiently.
Henry Miller's Theatre serves the company's mission by providing more opportunities for artists as well as audiences. With Henry Miller's Theatre, Roundabout will create 80-100 new jobs each year for artists and theater staff through its activities. Beyond this project, the institution continues to employ hundreds of artists each year, including actors, designers, directors, playwrights, stage crew, front of house staff and administrators.
The new theater venue will also enable Roundabout to increase its educational outreach beyond the 6000 students currently served as well as provide a greater percentage of lower priced tickets to families and students. Education@Roundabout will be able to offer even more professional development workshops for educators and experiential learning opportunities for students through its partnerships with schools and onsite after school programs for teens.
Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country's leading not-for-profit theatres. The company contributes invaluably to New York's cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today's audiences.
Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission. The off Broadway Theatre Center, Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.
Roundabout Theatre Company productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York State Council on the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company.
Roundabout Theatre Company's 2009-2010 season includes Mark Saltzman, Irving Berlin & Scott Joplin's The Tin Pan Alley Rag, directed by Stafford Arima; Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie, starring Sienna Miller & Jonny Lee Miller, directed by Mark Brokaw; Michael Stewart, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse's Bye Bye Birdie, starring John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin & Nolan Funk, directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom; Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking, directed by Tony Taccone; Theresa Rebeck's The Understudy, with Julie White, directed by Scott Ellis; Adam Gwon's Ordinary Days, directed by Marc Bruni; Noël Coward's Present Laughter starring Victor Garber, directed by Nicholas Martin and Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, with Patch Darragh, Judith Ivey, Keira Keeley, directed by Gordon Edelstein. Roundabout's sold out production of The 39 Steps made its second Broadway transfer to the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 21, 2009.
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