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Old Globe Theatre Annouces Full Cast & Creative Team For SAMMY, Runs 9/19-11/8, Opens 10/2

Old Globe Theatre Annouces Full Cast & Creative Team For SAMMY, Runs 9/19-11/8, Opens 10/2

Old Globe Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced the complete cast and creative team for the world premiere of Sammy, a new musical based on the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, and additional songs by Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Directed by Keith Glover with choreography by Keith Young and music supervision by Ian Fraser, Sammy will run in the Old Globe Theatre Sept. 19 - Nov. 8. Previews run from Sept. 19 - Oct. 1. Opening night is Oct. 2 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to Sammy are currently available by subscription only. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 23 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

"The opportunity to work with Leslie Bricusse and tell the story of the great Sammy Davis, Jr. was something we couldn't pass up," said Spisto. "Bricusse contributed to Sammy's canon of hits more than any other individual songwriter. Who better to give us an insightful book and a new score which includes the classics that helped shape this legendary entertainer? Though Sammy crossed many boundaries throughout his multifaceted career, there was much more to him than his iconic public persona. Our aim with this new work is to both honor Sammy Davis, Jr. for those who knew and loved him, and to also introduce this one-of-a-kind performer to a new audience."

Sammy moves from Sammy Davis, Jr.'s beginnings in vaudeville through the Rat Pack years with Frank Sinatra to ultimate recognition of his lifetime contribution to American culture. Featuring the classic tunes that helped to make Davis an icon - "The Candy Man," "Mr. Bojangles" and "What Kind of Fool Am I" - Sammy traces the highs and lows of the ultimate triple-threat singer, actor and dancer. Davis was one of the greatest performers of his generation, paving new ground while struggling with issues of identity, race and a turbulent personal life.

As previously announced, Broadway veteran Obba Babatundé headlines as Sammy Davis, Jr. The cast also features Heather Ayers (May Britt/Ensemble), Ann Duquesnay (Rosa Davis), Mary Ann Hermansen (Kim Novak/Ensemble), Adam James (Frank Sinatra), Troy Britton Johnson (Dean Martin/Cohn/Jennings/Ensemble), Ted Louis Levy (Sammy Davis, Sr.), Keewa Nurullah (Lola Folana/Ensemble), Perry Ojeda (Eddie Cantor/Ensemble), Victoria Platt (Altovise Gore/Ensemble), Lance Roberts (Will Mastin), Alonzo Saunders (Murphy/Ensemble) with Jenelle Engleson, Stephanie Girard, Lauren Haughton, Anise Ritchie and Sarrah Strimel (Ensemble).

The Sammy creative team also includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Fabio Toblini (Costume Design), Chris Lee (Lighting Design), John H. Shivers (Sound Design), David Patridge (Sound Design), Ned Ginsburg (Orchestrator), Rahn Coleman (Music Director/Conductor), Dominique Kelley (Assistant Choreographer), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting) and David Sugarman (Stage Manager).

The multitalented Keith Glover returns to The Old Globe having previously directed his own work, Thunder Knocking on the Door, winner of the American Theatre Critics Association's Osborn Award. He authored a new adaptation of the Sammy Davis, Jr. vehicle, Golden Boy (based on the original by Clifford Odets and William Gibson) and has directed many of his own plays including In Walks Ed which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Dancing on Moonlight, produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Coming of the Hurricane, a finalist for the American Theatre Critics Award for Best Play, The Rose of Corazon, Jazzland, Dark Paradise, Shooting Star, Clandestine Crossing and The Sword of Kazaran. As an actor, he has appeared on stage, television and film. Glover received an Outstanding Writing in a Feature Film/Television Movie Image Award nomination for Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story.

Keith Young choreographed the recent Broadway revival of On the Town. His regional credits include Crowns, Thunder Knocking at the Door and Cheer. His film credits include Nancy Meyer's upcoming feature It's Complicated with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin, The Baster with Jennifer Aniston, Rent, Something's Gotta Give, What Women Want, Dark Streets, The Holiday, Rat Race, Affair of the Necklace and The Parent Trap. On television, his work has been seen on The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, The Grammy Awards, The NAACP Image Awards, "Pushing Daisies," "The Unit," "So You Think You Can Dance," "The Drew Carey Show" (Emmy Award), "Seinfeld" and "Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope" (American Choreography Award). Young has staged both live concerts and music videos for Madonna, Babyface, Bette Midler, Josh Groban, Outkast, Phil Collins, Clay Aiken, LL Cool J, Talking Heads, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole.

Like his mentor Sammy Davis, Jr., Obba Babatundé has been entertaining audiences since he was a child. A skilled actor, singer and dancer, Davis once said of Babatundé that "I feel safe knowing that with cats like Obba, when I get out of this business I am leaving it in good hands." Babatundé was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as C.C. White in the original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls. His additional Broadway credits include the revival of Chicago, Grind and Timbuktu! He also created the role of Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly's Last Jam. On television, Babatundé delivered an Emmy-nominated performance in Miss Ever's Boys, received a NAACP Image Award nomination for his performance as Harold Nicholas in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and has appeared in 60 made-for-television movies. His theatrical films include Philadelphia, That Thing You Do, After the Sunset, The Manchurian Candidate, The Notebook and the upcoming Moneyball opposite Brad Pitt.

An accomplished showman and songwriter, Adam James was chosen by Tina Sinatra to portray her father, Frank, in Sinatra Remembered, the first-ever musical theater production about his life. James also co-starred Off Broadway in Our Sinatra at New York's legendary jazz venue, Birdland, and covered the role of Sinatra in the North American premiere of London's West End production of The Rat Pack. James replaced fellow Canadian crooner Michael Bublé as the vocalist/emcee for the American tour of Forever Swing. He performs internationally with symphonies and big bands starring in A Toast to Ol' Blue Eyes, a show he co-created with conductor/arranger David Martin. He has also appeared in concert with Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett and Ray Charles. James was named "Best Vocalist" by Jazz Report Magazine, was a finalist at the Montreal Jazz Festival and was nominated for a 2004 Genie Award (the Canadian "Oscar") for singing and co-writing the theme song for the film, Mambo Italiano. Following the autumn release of his debut solo recording, Adam James, he will perform in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and compose songs for Twyla Tharp's Come Fly With Me.

Tony Award winner Ann Duquesnay most recently starred in Sheila's Day in Johannesburg, South Africa and at Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J. Her Broadway credits include Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk (Tony Award, Drama League Recognition Award and Grammy nomination (co-composer/lyricist)), Hot Feet, It Ain't Nothin But the Blues, Jelly's Last Jam, revival of The Wiz, and Blues in the Night. She has appeared Off Broadway in Our Leading Lady (Manhattan Theatre Club - AUDELCO Award nominee), Cookin' at the Cookery (Melting Pot Theatre - Drama Desk nominee and Drama League Recognition Award), and Spunk (New York Shakespeare Festival - AUDELCO Award).

Emmy Award winner Ted Louis Levy's professional training began in Chicago with Finis Henderson II, Master Tap Dancer and former manager of Sammy Davis, Jr. Levy collaborated with George C. Wolfe and Gregory Hines on the choreography of Jelly's Last Jam, for which he received a Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Levy also appeared on Broadway in Black and Blue and as Papa Jack in Susan Stroman and Harry Connick, Jr.'s Thou Shalt Not. He received a Helen Hayes Award for his portrayal of The Mikado in The Ford Theater's production of The Hot Mikado. He directed Savion Glover's Dancing Under The Stars at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Delacorte Theater and contributed to the choreography Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk on Broadway. Levy made his film debut in Spike Lee's Malcolm X, appeared with Gregory Hines in Bojangles and received an Emmy Award for his television debut performance in the PBS Special "Precious Memories." He is the recipient of the 2008 Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award.

Double Oscar and Grammy winner Leslie Bricusse has written more than 40 musical shows and films, and has collaborated with an array of musical talents, including Anthony Newley, Henry Mancini, John Williams, John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith, Jule Styne, Quincy Jones, Andre Previn, Frank Wildhorn and Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky (whose Nutcracker Suite he adapted into a song score). He has been nominated for ten Academy Awards, nine Grammys and four Tonys, and in addition to his Oscars and Grammy, has won eight Ivor Novello Awards. His stage musicals include Stop the World - I Want to Get Off, The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd, Pickwick, Harvey, The Good Old Bad Old Days, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Henry's Wives, Scrooge, One Shining Moment, Sherlock Holmes, Jekyll and Hyde and Victor/Victoria. Bricusse has also written songs and/or screenplays for such films as Doctor Dolittle, Scrooge, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Superman, Victor/Victoria, Santa Claus - The Movie, Home Alone I & II, Hook, Tom & Jerry - The Movie, and various Pink Panther films. His better-known songs include "What Kind of Fool Am I?," "Once in a Lifetime," "Gonna Build a Mountain," "Who Can I Turn To?," "The Joker," "If I Ruled the World," "My Kind of Girl," "Talk to the Animals," "You and I," "Feeling Good," "When I Look in Your Eyes," "Goldfinger," "Can You Read My Mind?" (the Love Theme from Superman), "You Only Live Twice," "Le Jazz Hot!," "On a Wonderful Day Like Today," "Two for the Road," "The Candy Man," "This Is the Moment," "Crazy World," "Pure Imagination" and "Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-Dee-Doo." In 1989, Bricusse received the Kennedy Award for consistent excellence in British songwriting, bestowed by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and was inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame - only the fourth Englishman to be honored - after Noel Coward, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Anthony Newley garnered three Tony Award nominations (Best Actor, Best Musical Author and Best Composer and Lyricist) for Stop the World-I Want to Get Off and two Tony Award nominations (Best Director and Best Composer and Lyricist) for The Roar of the Greasepaint-The Smell of the Crowd, both written with his longtime collaborator, Leslie Bricusse. After the worldwide success of these two hit musicals, Newley ventured into film with roles in Doctor Dolittle and Sweet November. Other film credits as director, actor or producer include Summertree, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, Mr. Quilp and Can Hieronymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? His collaborations with Bricusse also produced the score to the television production of Peter Pan which starred Danny Kaye and Mia Farrow, the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and the London stage production of the Good Old Bad Old Days. Together they created such standards as "What Kind of Fool Am I?," "Who Can I Turn To?," "Goldfinger," "Once in a Lifetime" and Sammy Davis, Jr.'s international hit record "The Candy Man." In television he played opposite Joan Collins in the "Tonight at Eight Thirty" series, "Red Peppers" and "Fumed Oak." His final television appearances were in "Eastenders" and "The Lakes." Newley devoted his time in later years to personal appearances in nightclubs and cabarets around the world performing his highly acclaimed one man show. During the last five years of his life he achieved enormous success in the musical version of Scrooge culminating in a record breaking season at London's Dominion Theatre.

Ian Fraser came to New York from England in 1962 with Anthony Newley's and Leslie Bricusse's Stop the World - I Want to Get Off, where he was Musical Director and Arranger of both the original London and Broadway productions. He has conducted Pickwick on Broadway, served as Vocal Supervisor for Doctor Dolittle and was John Williams' associate on Goodbye, Mr. Chips. For the musical film Scrooge, starring Albert Finney, both he and Bricusse received Academy Award nominations. He and Bricusse have now worked together for over fifty years. His association with Sammy Davis Jr. began in 1961, when he wrote Davis' first arrangement of "What Kind of Fool Am I," and continued for many years on Television Specials and Mr. Davis' revival of Stop the World. In 1977, he received his first Emmy Award for the Musical Direction of "America Salutes Richard Rodgers," beginning what was to become the longest run of individual Emmy nominations in the history of the Television Academy. In 2009 he received his thirtieth nomination, and was awarded his eleventh Emmy in 1993 for the 52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala. In December 2008, he was once again the Musical Director for TNT's 26th "Christmas in Washington," which he has conducted every year since its inception in 1982, and for which he has received three of his Emmy awards. His 2009 Emmy nomination was his tenth for this show. His film and television scores include Torn between Two Lovers, Hopscotch, First Monday in October, and Zorro the Gay Blade. His 1995 and 1997 Broadway albums with Julie Andrews on Philips Classics were both Grammy Nominees. In 1992, he made his debut as a guest conductor with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He is the past President of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers and recently completed his eighth two-year term as a Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

TICKETS to Sammy are currently available by subscription only. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 23 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on Sept. 19 and continue through Nov. 8. Ticket prices range from $54 to $89. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 1 at 8:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

The Old Globe is located in San Diego's Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10). For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for 74 years. Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 580-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 227-seat Arena Stage at the San Diego Museum of Art's James S. Copley Auditorium (an interim second stage during construction of the new 250-seat Conrad Prebys Theatre Center) and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education programs and outreach services. Numerous Broadway-bound premieres and revivals, such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs in New York and at regional theaters across the country.

HEATHER AYERS (May Britt/Ensemble) THE OLD GLOBE: The Women, Ace. BROADWAY: Megan Mullally's understudy in Young Frankenstein. OFF BROADWAY: Five Course Love, Sarah, Plain and Tall, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back, and four City Center Encores! productions. REGIONAL: Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Eugene O'Neill Festival, George Street Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Geva Theatre Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Hasty Pudding Theatre and others. RECORDINGS: Young Frankenstein and Face the Music.

OBBA BABATUNDÉ (Sammy) Like his mentor Sammy Davis, Jr., Obba Babatundé has been entertaining audiences since he was a child. A skilled actor, singer and dancer, Davis once said of Babatundé that "I feel safe knowing that with cats like Obba, when I get out of this business I am leaving it in good hands." Babatundé was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as C.C. White in the original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls. His additional Broadway credits include the revival of Chicago, Grind and Timbuktu! He also created the role of Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly's Last Jam. On television, Babatundé delivered an Emmy-nominated performance in Miss Ever's Boys, received a NAACP Image Award nomination for his performance as Harold Nicholas in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and has appeared in 60 made-for-television movies. His theatrical films include Philadelphia, That Thing You Do, After the Sunset, The Manchurian Candidate, The Notebook and the upcoming and the upcoming Moneyball opposite Brad Pitt.

ANN DUQUESNAY (Rosa Davis) mostly recently starred in Sheila's Day in Johannesburg, South Africa and at Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J. BROADWAY: Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk (Tony Award, Drama League Recognition Award and Grammy nominee (co-composer/lyricist)), Hot Feet, It Ain't Nothin But the Blues, Jelly's Last Jam, revival of The Wiz and Blues in the Night. OFF BROADWAY: Our Leading Lady (Manhattan Theatre Club - AUDELCO Award nominee), Cookin' at the Cookery (Melting Pot Theatre - Drama Desk nominee and Drama League Recognition Award), Spunk (New York Shakespeare Festival - AUDELCO Award). REGIONAL: Hallelujah Baby (Arena Stage - Helen Hayes Award), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Denver Center Theatre), Lady Day (Theatre on the Square - Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Porgy and Bess (Houston Grand Opera), Betsey Brown (McCarter Theatre). NATIONAL TOURS: The Civil War, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz. OTHER: Narrator of Aretha Franklin's autobiography audiobook, Aretha from These Roots; historical voices in Ken Burns TV documentaries.

MARY ANN HERMANSEN (Kim Novak/Ensemble) BROADWAY: Chicago, Weissler Productions; Carrie, Royal Shakespeare Company. NATIONAL TOURS: Chicago, Smokey Joe's Café. FILM: Blast from the Past, That Thing You Do, Forrest Gump, Forget Paris, A Hollywood Story. TV: "Strong Medicine," "General Hospital" (recurring), "Alien Nation," "Doogie Howser, M.D."

ADAM JAMES (Frank Sinatra) An accomplished showman and songwriter, Adam James was chosen by Tina Sinatra to portray her father, Frank, in Sinatra Remembered, the first-ever musical theater production about his life. James also co-starred Off Broadway in Our Sinatra at New York's legendary jazz venue, Birdland, and covered the role of Sinatra in the North American premiere of London's West End production of The Rat Pack. James replaced fellow Canadian crooner Michael Bublé as the vocalist/emcee for the American tour of Forever Swing. He performs internationally with symphonies and big bands starring in A Toast to Ol' Blue Eyes, a show he co-created with conductor/arranger David Martin. He has also appeared in concert with Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett and Ray Charles. James was named "Best Vocalist" by Jazz Report Magazine, was a finalist at the Montreal Jazz Festival and was nominated for a 2004 Genie Award (the Canadian "Oscar") for singing and co-writing the theme song for the film, Mambo Italiano. Following the autumn release of his debut solo recording, Adam James, he will perform in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and compose songs for Twyla Tharp's Come Fly With Me.

TROY BRITTON JOHNSON (Dean Martin/Cohn/Jennings/Ensemble) BROADWAY: The Drowsy Chaperone, Damn Yankees, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, The Will Rogers Follies. NATIONAL TOURS: Hairspray, The Full Monty. OFF BROADWAY: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. REGIONAL: She Loves Me, Huntington Theatre; The Drowsy Chaperone, Ahmanson Theatre; Violet, Laguna Playhouse; Strike Up the Band, Bells Are Ringing, Reprise Theatre Company; A House in the Woods, Goodspeed Opera; That's Christmas, Shubert Theater. FILM: Blood Night, Life in Flight, Calling it Quits. TV: "The Drew Carey Show," "Beverly Hills 90210," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."

TED LOUIS LEVY's (Sammy Davis, Sr.) professional training began in Chicago with Finis Henderson II, Master Tap Dancer and former manager of Sammy Davis, Jr. Levy collaborated with George C. Wolfe and Gregory Hines on the choreography of Jelly's Last Jam, for which he received a Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Levy also appeared on Broadway in Black and Blue and as Papa Jack in Susan Stroman and Harry Connick Jr.'s Thou Shalt Not. He received a Helen Hayes Award for his portrayal of The Mikado in The Ford Theater's production of The Hot Mikado. He directed Savion Glover's Dancing Under The Stars at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Delacorte Theater and contributed to the choreography Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk on Broadway. Levy made his film debut in Spike Lee's Malcolm X, appeared with Gregory Hines in Bojangles and received an Emmy Award for his television debut performance in the PBS Special "Precious Memories." He is the recipient of the 2008 Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award.

KEEWA NURULLAH (Lola Folana/Ensemble) NATIONAL TOUR: On the Record (Disney Theatricals). REGIONAL: Monty Python's Spamalot (Las Vegas), Peter Pan (The MUNY), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The MUNY and Kansas City Starlight Theatre). FILM: Save the Last Dance. TV: "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show."

VICTORIA PLATT (Altovise Gore/Ensemble) BROADWAY: Original Broadway production of Jelly's Last Jam directed by George C. Wolfe. REGIONAL: Pippin, Mark Taper Forum; Atlanta, Geffen Playhouse; Asphalt, REDCAT; Smoke, Lilies and Jade, The Public Theater; All Night Strut, Fullerton CLO Music Theatre; Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Black Dahlia Theatre; The Hot Mikado, Ford's Theatre; Hope Runs Eternal (NAACP nomination), Nate Holden Performing Arts Center; Dreamgirls, Westchester Broadway Theatre; Women of Plums, The Kennedy Center. She was last seen in Matt Sax & Eric Rosen's hip-hopsical Venice at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and in 2010 will appear in the feature films Jonah Hex starring Josh Brolin and My Girlfriend's Back. FILM: Cover, Flip the Script, Winchell (HBO), True Grits (Cannes Short Film Corner) and 'Round Midnight. TV: "CSI: Miami," "Crossing Jordan," "Strong Medicine," "The Guiding Light," "Barbershop" and "All My Children."

LANCE ROBERTS (Will Mastin) Originally from New York, Roberts now makes his home in LA where he has appeared in almost 100 professional shows including the original LA casts of Cats, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change, Forbidden Hollywood, The All Night Strut, Once on This Island and most recently Ain't Misbehavin' at the Music Center's Ahmanson Theater. San Diego audiences have seen him at San Diego Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Moonlight, Welk and Gaslight Theatres. NEW YORK: Forbidden Hollywood (original casts); Radio City's America and the revival of The Me Nobody Knows. TOURS: Ragtime, Dreamgirls, Five Guys Name Moe and many others. REGIONAL: Anthony and Cleopatra, Driving Miss Daisy, I'm Not Rappaport and many other original works. TV: "Numbers," "Related," "The Drew Carey Show," "Girlfriends" and "Zoey 101," as well as DVD classics such as "Knots Landing," "Dallas," "The Colby's," "My Two Dads" and more. He has been playing Jafar at Disney's California Adventure since the beginning of its 7000 performance run in Aladdin, The Musical Spectacular.

ALONSO SAUNDERS (Murphy/Ensemble/understudy Sammy) LONDON WEST END: The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas. BROADWAY: Chicago, Showboat. NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL TOURS: The Rat Pack, Chicago, The Wizard Of Oz. REGIONAL: Ragtime (Maine State Music Theatre), La Cage Aux Folles (Stages St. Louis), Oliver! (Paper Mill Playhouse), A Chorus Line (Theater By The Sea). FILM: My Father's Will. TV: "30 Rock."

SARRAH STRIMEL (Luella/Hedda/Ensemble) BROADWAY: Young Frankenstein (Inga u/s), The Producers (Ulla u/s), Encore Theatre Company's Stairway to Paradise. NATIONAL TOURS: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Jolene u/s), The Producers (1st and 2nd tours). REGIONAL: Minsky's (Mary u/s), Ahmanson Theatre; Lil Abner (Stupifyin' Jones), Goodspeed Opera Hose; Cats (Bombalurina), Houston Theatre Under the Stars; 42nd Street (Anytime Annie), Atlanta Theater of the Stars and Wolf Trap; as well as many shows at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, St. Louis' The MUNY and Starlight Theatre (Kansas City).

 

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