Larry Daggett to Headline Fiddlehead Theatre's PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens, Producing Artistic Directors of Fiddlehead Theatre Company, today announce the cast and production team for the exclusive Boston premiere of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT: The Musical. Priscilla will run for 10 performances from September 30- October 9, 2016, at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre (265 Tremont Street, Boston).
This spectacular production will star Broadway's Larry Daggett (Ragtime) as Bernadette, the dignified "Mother" figure leading a trio of glamorous drag performers on the ride of their lives across the Australian Outback. Rounding out the cast are Broadway veterans Andrew Giordano (Sunset Boulevard) as Tick and Matthew Tiberi (Finding Neverland) as Adam.
Original Costumes and Direction by Stacey Stephens, Choreography by Arthur Cuadros, Music Direction by Jose Simbulan and Makeup Design by Broadway veteran Joe Dulude II (Etsy Design Award Winner for Wicked).
Priscilla is Fiddlehead's second production in the heart of Boston's theater district in partnership with Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre and Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO.
Based on the 1994 hit film, Priscilla is a glitzy dance party with wildly outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including "It's Raining Men"," I Will Survive"," Hot Stuff" and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." This fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Book by Stephen Elliott and Alan Scott, Based on Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture and Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
To purchase tickets visit citicenter.org, call (866) 348-9738, or visit the Citi Center Box Office, open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 - 6 pm.
ABOUT THE STARS:
*Denotes members of Actors Equity Association
Larry Daggett* (Bernadette)
Larry Daggett makes his Fiddlehead debut with Priscilla. New York credits include: Ragtime (Henry Ford; original Broadway cast), Candide (NYC Opera). Regional: My Fair Lady (Doolittle/Pickering), Man of La Mancha (Quixote/Carrasco), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), A Little Night Music (Fredrik), Follies (Ben Stone), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Quince), Peter and the Starcatcher (Mrs. Bumbrake), Souvenir (Cosme), This Wonderful Life (36 characters), Damn Yankees (Applegate), Sunset Boulevard (Max), The Full Monty (Harold), Big River (Duke), Show Boat (Frank), Annie (Rooster),The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Crisparkle), 1776 (Lee), Oliver! (Fagin), H.M.S. Pinafore (Corcoran), Carousel (Mr. Snow), and more, at theatres which include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Repertory, Barrington Stage, Barnstormers, Cape Fear Regional, Cleveland Play House, Fulton Opera, Goodspeed Opera, Lyric Stage Co. of Boston, Music Theatre of Connecticut, New Harmony, North Shore Music Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, Pittsburgh Public, Portland Center Stage, Sierra Repertory, Tennessee Shakespeare, Theatre League of Kansas City, White Plains PAC, Wilma Theatre, among others. Graduate of the Asolo Theatre (M.F.A.), the Grove School of Music (Piano/Composition major), and the Lehman Engel Workshop for the development of new musicals. Up next: A More Perfect Union. Visit www.larrydaggett.com
Andrew Giordano* (Tick/Mitzi)
Andrew has performed on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, nationally, internationally and on television. He returns to Fiddlehead Theatre Company where he was last seen as KING TRITON in DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID. Some credits: EDWARD RUTLEDGE(1776); JAVERT(LES MIS?RABLES -3 different productions); TREVOR GRAYDON (THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE- BROADWAY WORLD AWARD, BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL); BRUCE GRANIT(ON THE 20th CENTURY- opposite TONY Award winner, Alice Ripley); ADOLPHO(THE DROWSY CHAPERONE), VITTORIO VIDAL (SWEET CHARITY ). MORITO, THE HUSBAND, A CPA (SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE), PAUL(A CHORUS LINE), WOLF/PRINCE (INTO THE WOODS), GASTON (DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) SOUTH PACIFIC (With Reba McEntyre, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lilias White and Alec Baldwin.) TONY CANDOLINO (MASTER CLASS. Opposite TONY and EMMY award winner, Leslie Uggams). In NYC, under the name STEP IT UP CLASSES, Andrew produces musical theatre audition classes taught by Broadway casting directors, Broadway resident/associate directors and agents. Owner of the musical act TENORS UNDERCOVER (tenorsundercover.com) . He's a group exercise and ZUMBA instructor. Training: Boston Conservatory, Westminster Choir College. Alumnus of the International program, UP WITH PEOPLE and Treble Chorus of New England.
Matthew Tiberi* (Adam/Felicia)
Broadway: Finding Neverland (Swing, Mr. Henshaw); National Tour: Joseph... Dreamcoat (Issachar/Ensemble); Regional: Mary Poppins (Von Hussler/Enemble/NCT); Mary Poppins (Policeman/Ensemble/MGR), CATS (Mungojerrie/WPPAC); NYC Lab/Workshop: Fighting Gravity (DJ) with Sonya Tayeh & Michael Counts. @matthew_tiberi
The Priscilla cast also includes: Val Moranto* as Shirley/Marion, Bob Knapp* as Bob, Lynn Craig* as Cynthia, Cameron Levesque as Benji, Andrew Berlin* as Frank/Jimmy, Christopher Pittman* as Miss Understanding, and Tamala Baldwin*, Lindsay Roberts* and Onyie Nwachukwu* as The Divas.
ABOUT THE ARTISTIC TEAM:
MEG FOFONOFF (Founding Producing Artistic Director) and STACEY STEPHENS (Associate Producing Artistic Director/Director and Costumer):
MEG FOFONOFF: Meg Fofonoff founded Fiddlehead Theatre Company in 1993 and continues to produce performances that align with the mission of Fiddlehead while driving the artistic direction of the company. Over its 20+ year history Meg has established Fiddlehead as an IRNE Award-winning theater company and one of the top regional theaters in the Boston area. Meg has directed such shows as: Ragtime, A Little Princess, AIDA, To Kill A Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Meet Me in St. Louis, Fiddlehead Theatre: The Best of Broadway, Pirates of Penzance and The Fantasticks. She has also directed a staged reading of Spring Fling (a new work she has co-authored based on The Snow Ball by A.R. Gurney).
STACEY STEPHENS: Stacey Stephens has worked on the Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Five Guys Named Moe and toured extensively with The Lion King, Wicked, Les Miserables and most recently with Memphis. Stephens worked for over 3 years as Fiddlehead Theatre Artistic Director where he directed, designed and created costumes for Funny Girl, Odd Couple, Fiddler on the Roof, Crazy for You, Into the Woods, Gypsy, The King and I, A Christmas Carol, Barefoot in the Park, Singin' in the Rain, My Fair Lady , and Steel Magnolias among others. Stacey is a six time IRNE Award Winner for both his direction as well as his costume design. Stacey is a 1987 graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
Joe Dulude II (Makeup Design)
Joe Dulude II is probably best known for his makeup designs for the Tony Award-- winning hit musical Wicked. He has won both an Etsy Design Award and Local 706 Makeup and Hair Guild Award for this work. Since Wicked, Joe has moved on to do such productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and the West End as, Spongebob the Musical, Holiday Inn, Anastasia, Allegiance, Dr. Zhivago, On the Town, If/Then, Beautiful, The Wedding Singer, Grease!, Follies, Jekyll & Hyde and many more. He is a teacher of theatrical makeup at Pace University, Muhlenberg College and the Hartt School. He is the recipient of the 2017 Baker Grant for Artist in Residence at Muhlenberg. He teaches and presents worldwide for The Powder Group, Kryolan, The Makeup Show, as well as teaching his unique and creative classes in Sao Paulo, London and throughout the US. He has most recently added makeup for film to his resume on such productions as The Discovery, Ghostbusters and Central Intelligence. In his spare time Joe is also a fine artist and photographer and has recently added playwright and director to his list of accomplishments. www.joedulude2.com
Tickets for Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical at Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre can be purchased at citicenter.org, by calling (866) 348-9738, or by visiting the Citi Center Box Office, open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 - 6 pm.
Fiddlehead Theatre Company has been dedicated to producing professional theater experiences for the greater Boston community since 1993. Fiddlehead's unconventional takes on contemporary and classic Broadway musicals have earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, as well as the company's "out of the box" marketing style ranging from highway billboards to offering a free theater trolley for patrons. Fiddlehead's productions have earned multiple IRNE awards and a reputation for bold, high-level concept and design. Named after the fantastical fiddlehead fern found in fairy-tales and symbolic of imagination, Fiddlehead Theatre Company is committed to producing theater that uplifts the spirit while engaging audiences in provocative social issues and energizing their audiences into a renewed sense of community. Visit fiddleheadtheatre.com for more information. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/FiddleheadTheatreCompany and on Twitter @FiddleheadTC.
Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation's foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiatives present the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historic Theatre District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations; and, acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For more information, visit www.citicenter.org.