Meet the Broadway Class of 2014- Spring Edition!
With Broadway's 2014 season now in full swing, there's a solid group of performers making their Broadway debuts this Spring.
Whether it be well-versed movie stars like Zach Braff, James Franco or Michelle Williams, stage stars from around the world like Ramin Karimloo, or newcomers getting their big break, this year is chock-full of Broadway babies.
Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage!
Adrian Aguilar (Reporter in Rocky)
is pumped to be making his Broadway debut with Rocky! This Chicago boy has been in the Windy City's theatre scene for the last five years.
Alex Ammerman (u/s Bud Ogden-Porter in MOTHERS AND SONS)
is excited to be making his Broadway debut. When Alex isn't on stage he's working hard in acting and music lessons. He loves to build with legos, listen to music, write books and is an avid outdoor sportsman.
Julie Benko (Ensemble, u/s Cosette in LES MISERABLES)
Broadway debut! National Tour: LES MISERABLES ("Cosette"),Spring Awakening (u/s "Wendla," "Ilse"). Regional: LES MISERABLES ("Cosette"); ...Spelling Bee ("Olive"); The Wizard of Oz ("Dorothy"). BFA: NYU-Tisch.
Broadway debut. He most recently starred in the London premiere of his own play All New People. New York stage experience includes roles in Paul Weitz's play Trust at Second Stage and Public Theater's productions of Twelfth Night and Macbeth directed by George C. Wolfe. His feature film writing and directorial debut, Garden State, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and earned him a coveted WGA nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film also received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature as well as a nomination for Best First Screenplay. In addition, Braff was awarded Best Directorial Debut by the National Board of Review, Breakthrough Director by the Hollywood Film Festival and Most Promising Filmmaker by the Chicago Film Critics Association. Braff was recently seen in the Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful and is currently shooting the independent film Wish I Was Here, which he wrote (with his brother Adam Braff) and will star in alongside Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad. Braff was nominated for a 2005 Primetime Emmy Award® and a 2005, 2006 and 2007 Golden Globe Award® for his portrayal of "Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian" in NBC's comedy Scrubs. Film credits include roles in The Broken Hearts Club, Getting To Know You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Dreamworks' The Last Kiss and The Weinstein Company's The Ex. Zach is a native of New Jersey and graduate of Northwestern University's Film Program. His world premiere play All New People debuted at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre and on The West End.
Will Brill (Dore, George, Ensemble in ACT ONE)
Off-Broadway: Tribes, Our Town (Barrow Street). Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical, Stanford Summer Theatre, Theatre Works Palo Alto, Bus Barn Stage Company, Wingspread Theatre, Open Up Productions. Film: Not Fade Away, Beside Still Waters, King Kelly, Muckland, Up the River, Girls Against Boys, Crazy Glue. TV: "Louie." Education: BFA, Carnegie Mellon.
John Brink (Swing in LES MISERABLES)
Credits: LES MISERABLES (Ensemble, U.S. Tour), The Transiberian Orchestra, The Music Man (Ensemble, The Bushnell/Hartford), West Side Story ("Tony," The Bushnell/Hartford), Life on the Mississippi ("Henry," Goodspeed Opera House). Hartt School grad. Hails from the great state of Minnesota.
Will Carlyon (Swing in CABARET)
Will is from Larchmont, NY and is a recent graduate of Northwestern University. He couldn't be more excited to be making his Broadway debut in this wonderful show! Will started playing cello at 10 years old and played in various orchestras through high school but in college his focus shifted to theater. Some credits include All Shook Up (Chad), The 25th... Spelling Bee (Chip), Henry V (Henry V), Godspell and Parade.
Laurel Casillo (Roz, Mary in ACT ONE)
New York: Bryan and Kim, The Custodian, Don't Step on the Cracks (NY Fringe Festival); In Naked Time (The Beckett); The Kitchen Plays (HB Playwrights Theater); What a Life (Center Stage). Regional: Miracle on South Division Street, The Diary of Anne Frank, A Shayna Maidel (Chenango River Theatre); Black Comedy (Shadowland). Film: Evil Things, Trials of a Scientific Mind, Merry Christmas, The Call. Education: BA, Marymount Manhattan College.
Helen Cespedes (Understudy for Helen McCormick in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN)
Helen is thrilled to join this production and make her Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: A Picture of Autumn (Mint). Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest dir. David Hyde Pierce (Williamstown), Tribes (Studio Theatre), Love's Labour's Lost, Elijah (CTC). Training: Juilliard.
Lauryn Ciardullo (Swing in ALADDIN)
Last seen in The Little Mermaid (Paper Mill). Tours: The Addams Family, West Side Story (Maria u/s), A Chorus Line, Wizard of Oz, The Wedding Singer (Holly).
Erin Clemons (Ensemble, u/s Éponine in LES MISERABLES)
Broadway debut! National tour: LES MISERABLES. Regional: Music Theatre of Wichita, OKC Repertory Theatre. UCO alum.
Vincent Corazza (Swing in ROCKY)
Broadway debut. I'm honored to be in Rocky! For an Italian kid Rocky and Stallone were a huge inspiration.
Kaleigh Cronin (Lulu, Two Ladies Dancer, u/s Fräulein Kost in CABARET)
Kaleigh Cronin is thrilled to be making her Bway debut! Nat'l Tour: Jersey Boys (Lorraine). TV: ZOOM. Proud Carnegie Mellon alum.
Joshua Dela Cruz (Ensemble in ALADDIN)
Caleb Damschroder (Swing in CABARET)
Caleb is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut with Roundabout Theatre Company and in such an iconic show. Favorite regional credits include Miss Saigon, Maury Yeston's Phantom, Cinderella, Burt and Me, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Caleb is a member of the Tony Honored BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and his first musical, an adaptation of Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney, is slated to have a workshop this coming summer.
Marc DeLacruz (Swing in IF/THEN)
Credits: Allegiance (The Old Globe), Prison Dancer (NYMF), High School Musical (Tour). International: Where Elephants Weep, The Wedding Banquet. Regional: Village Theatre, 5th Avenue, San Jose Rep.
Pádraic Delaney (Babbybobby Bennett in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN)
Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Michael Grandage Company), Doubt (Tricycle), Hamlet (Cork Opera House), The Parking Space (Dublin Fringe Festival), The Leaving (Barnstorm Theatre Company), The Hollow In The Sand (Blue Raincoat). Film: Dark Touch, What Richard Did, Blackthorn, Perrier's Bounty, Eden and The Wind That Shakes The Barley. Television: Raw, When Harvey Met Bob, Single-Handed, The Tudors, Legend and Pure Mule.
Natalie Charle Ellis (Wigmaker, u/s Factory Girl in LES MISERABLES)
Jason Forbach (Feuilly, u/s Enjolras in LES MISERABLES)
Broadway debut! National tour: 25th Anniversary LES MIZ ("Enjolras"), Phantom (Vegas). Off-Broadway: Music Teacher (New Group), A.W.O.L. (59e59). Regional: Paper Mill, SMC, Kennedy Center, North Shore, Carnegie Hall. Three albums on iTunes.
James Franco (George in OF MICE AND MEN)
James Franco's metamorphosis into the title role of the TNT biopic James Dean earned him career-making reviews, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture made for Television. He also received nominations for an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for this memorable performance. Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and recognition from numerous critics' associations for his starring role in Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed drama 127 Hours. His performance alongside Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant's Milk earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in David Gordon Green's comedy Pineapple Express, in which he starred opposite Seth Rogen. He is also known for his starring role as Harry Osbourne in Sam Raimi's Spider-man trilogy. Franco most recently starred in the comedy This Is The End with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride as well as Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful and Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. He will again co-star with Jonah Hill in True Story for New Regency and will also star in Paul Haggis' Third Person. He just wrapped production on Wim Wenders' Everything Will Be Fine and is currently shooting The Interview, again with Seth Rogen. Franco's additional credits include Ryan Murphy's Eat, Pray, Love starring opposite Julia Roberts, Shawn Levy's comedy Date Night, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl, where he played the famous poet Allen Ginsberg, George C. Wolfe's Nights in Rodanthe; Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah; Karen Moncrieff's ensemble drama The Dead Girl; Tommy O'Haver's drama An American Crime; John Dahl's The Great Raid; Robert Altman's The Company; as well as City By The Sea opposite Robert DeNiro and the Martin Scorsese produced Deuces Wild. On television, he starred in the critically acclaimed series "Freaks and Geeks." Aside from his acting accomplishments, Franco has also established himself as a director in several films. He wrote and directed The Feast of Stephen, which premiered and won a Teddy award at the Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Franco directed Saturday Night, a documentary on the week-long production of a "Saturday Night Live" episode, which originally premiered at SXSW and The Clerk's Tale, which premiered at Cannes. Franco also wrote and directed a biography on poet Hart Crane called The Broken Tower which premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. He recently produced Kink, a documentary that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Recently, he directed and starred in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying based on the classic novel, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and directed Sal, a bio-pic based on the life of Sal Mineo, which screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Both films were released this fall. He starred in, co-wrote and directed the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, which premiered at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. He is also working on an adaptation of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, which he stars in and directs.
Bradley Gibson (Swing in ROCKY)
Broadway debut! NYC: Love's Labour's Lost (Public Theater). Regional: The Last Goodbye (Old Globe). BFA in musical theatre from Boston Conservatory.
Sarah Greene (Helen McCormick in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN)
Theatre: Alice in Funderland (Abbey), Big Maggie, Playboy of the Western World, The Year of the Hiker, Empress of India (Druid), Between Foxrock and a Hard Place (Landmark Productions), Phaedra, Peer Gynt (Rough Magic), Little Gem (Guna Nua), Brian Friel Celebrations, The Death of Harry Leon, (Ouroboros), Danti Dan (Gallowglass), Titus Andronicus (Siren Productions) Ellemenope Jones (Randolf SD). Film: The Guard, My Brothers, Love and Savagery, Eden, Noble and Standby. Television includes: Raw (RTE), Vikings (History Channel/MGM), The Assets (ABC).
Joel Marsh Garland (Carlson in OF MICE AND MEN)
Joel Marsh Garland is making his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men. He has previously appeared Off-Broadway in Checkers at the Vineyard Theatre and Essential Self Defense at Playwrights Horizons. Film credits include: Limitless, The Bounty Hunter, The Night Listener, Lady in the Water, and The Believer. Television credits include: "Louie", "Boardwalk Empire", "Bored to Death", "Justified", "The West Wing", "Law and Order: SVU", "Law and Order", "Kings", "Blue Bloods", "Life on Mars", "The Big C", and "Kidnapped". He can be seen regularly on Netflix's original series "Orange is the New Black" as C.O. O'Neill.
Casey Garvin (Ensemble in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY)
Beyond thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY. Past performances include West Side Story First National Tour ("Diesel," "Riff" U/S), Bare Off-Broadway ("Zack") and numerous regional performances.
Anney Giobbe (Understudy in THE REALISTIC JONESES)
Credits include Post Office, New Ohio Theatre;Period of Adjustment, Berkshire Theatre Festival; God of Carnage, White Heron Theatre; The Pavilion, One and The Glass Menagerie at Cincinnati Playhouse; Proof, Coconut Grove Playhouse, directed by David Auburn (Carbonell Award); The Molière Comedies, Roundabout Theatre Co. at Stamford; suBurbia, Lincoln Center; Baton Rouge, EST. TV/film: Damages, Law & Order, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, Patient 001, Fear of Fiction, Pieces of April. MFA, NYU/Tisch.
Kelcy Griffin (Ensemble in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY)
Kelcy is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut! Chicago native and University of Michigan graduate. Off-Broadway: The City Club (Minneta Lane). Tours: Dreamgirls ("Michelle" U/S), Memphis ("Felicia" U/S). Television: Power (Starz), Blue Bloods (CBS).
Ben Gunderson (Swing, Dance & Fight Captain, u/s Bamatabois, u/s Grantaire in LES MISERABLES)
Broadway debut. LES MISERABLES (North American Tour and Toronto Company). Regional: Fiddler on the Roof(Engeman), Cabaret (Coastal Carolina), West Side Story(Ravinia). New York: The Hidden Sky (Prospect).
Nathaniel Hackman (Constable, Foreman, Courfeyrac, u/s Jean Valjean, u/s Javert in LES MISERABLES)
National tour: Beauty & the Beast("Gaston"), LES MISERABLES ("Valjean" u/s). Regional: Sweeney Todd ("Anthony"), A Funny Thing . . . ("Miles"), Oklahoma! ("Curly"),Ragtime ("Tateh"). Opera:Barbiere, Zauberflöte, Bohème.
Charles Hagerty (Swing in IF/THEN)Broadway debut! Tours: Wicked, Chicago and 2nd National; Les Miserables. London: A Class Act. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks. Regional: Mame, Goodspeed Opera House; Aspects of Love, Walnut Street Theatre; Signature Theatre; NSMT. Education: Catholic University.
Gillian Hanna (Eileen Osbourne in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN)
Forty years acting in theatre, films, television, radio. Royal National Theatre, Royal Court, West End, repertory in England and Ireland. Founder member Monstrous Regiment Theatre Company. Translations from French and Italian include plays by Dario Fo, Franca Rame, Dacia Maraini, Camus. Best Supporting Actress joint nominee What's On Stage Awards 2014.
Leeds Hill (Bobby, Two Ladies Dancer, u/s Emcee in CABARET)
Hill recently played Neleus in the National Tour of Mary Poppins. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from CCM. Credits include Hanna in La Cage aux Folles (North Shore Music Theatre), Dickon (US/Performed) in The Secret Garden (Stages St. Louis), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Paper Mill Playhouse), Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project (Queens Theatre in the Park). This will be his Broadway Debut.
Daisy Hobbs (Ensemble in ALADDIN)
Broadway debut! National tours: Memphis (Felicia u/s original company). Regional: Disney's Aladdin (5th Ave), Pittsburgh Public, Baltimore CenterStage, Paper Mill Playhouse, MUNY, NYMF '13. B.F.A Carnegie Mellon.
Charlie Hudson III (Understudy for Moving Man, Asagai in A RAISIN IN THE SUN)
Charlie Hudson III, making his Broadway debut, appeared in Baltimore Center Stage's The Raisin Cycle, a presentation of A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park performed in repertory. Off-Broadway credits include Hurt Village (Signature Theater), White Woman Street (Irish Repertory Theatre), Bike Wreck (EST), Old Comedy (CSC) and Mother Courage (Public Theater). Additional regional theater credits include productions at the Trinity Repertory Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre and the Portland Stage Company. Charlie has appeared in the films Newlyweeds, The Rosa Parks Story, Waterfront, and Sylacauga and on TV in Criminal Justice and Unforgettable. He is a graduate of Alabama State University (BA); Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium (MFA).
Bryce Clyde Jenkins (Travis Younger in A RAISIN IN THE SUN)
Bryce Clyde Jenkins, 13 years old and making his Broadway debut, will appear with his father, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, in the upcoming film Off the Grid. Previous film credits include leading roles in Santa Paws II: Santa Pups and My Homework Ate My Dog; as well as roles in The To Do List, Easy A, The Legends of Nethiah, and An incident in the Life of a Slave Girl. Bryce's TV credits include a lead role in The Watsons Go to Birmingham, as well as roles in The Mentalist, Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith, CSI: Miami, and Outlaw.
Mia Sinclaire Jenness (Ensemble, u/s Little Cosette, u/s Young Éponine in LES MISERABLES)
Broadway debut! Age 8. Recent:The Sound of Music: Live! (NBC), LES MISERABLES (national tour).
Donald Jones, Jr. (Ensemble in ALADDIN)
This New Orleanian recently worked with Donald Byrd at Seattle's Spectrum Dance Theater. Second national tour of The Color Purple, Rent (Benny), A Chorus Line (Richie), and The 5th Avenue Theatre's Oklahoma!.
Adam Kaokept (Ensemble in ALADDIN)
Broadway debut! National tours: Mamma Mia!, Flower Drum Song, Bye Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway: Zanna, Don't!; Radiant Baby. Regional: Cloudlands (South Coast Repertory), Pacific Overtures (Arden Theatre Company), and the title role in Peter Pan. Ithaca College grad.
LCT: debut. Theater: Lost in Yonkers (Old Globe); Book Club (LPTW); Terrible Infant (NY Fringe); The Flaw, What I Learned in School Today (Young CT Playwrights); Godspell, Into the Woods (White Plains PA Center); A Man of No Importance, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Playgroup). Film: The Reluctant Professor (upcoming), Beware the Gonzo, Bart Got a Room, Flutter Kick. TV: "Smash," "What Would You Do?," "Law & Order," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Education: Tisch School of the Arts/NYU.
Ramin Karimloo (Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES)
Ramin Karimloo is currently starring to great acclaim as "Valjean" in the Toronto production of LES MISERABLES, a role he also played in London's West End, where he also received the Theatregoers' Choice Award for his performance. In London, he also performed as "The Phantom" in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as the show's 25th Anniversary production at the Royal Albert Hall. He was personally selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play "The Phantom" in the London world premiere of the show's sequel, Love Never Dies, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Musical. His association with LES MISERABLES and The Phantom of the Opera also includes having played "Enjolras" and "Raoul," respectively, in the West End productions of each show. He was also honored to have performed the role of "Enjolras" in the LES MISERABLES 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena in London. He also performed in the U.K national tours of Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard. He has toured extensively performing his own special genre of music, Broadgrass. His solo album Human Heart is available from Sony Records. Ramin is Iranian-born and was raised in Canada.
LCT: debut. Theater: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Bus Stop, Sonia Flew, The Rivals, The Cherry Orchard, The Corn Is Green, Love's Labour's Lost (Huntington); Nocturne (Drama Desk nomination/NYTW); The Merchant of Venice, The Birthday Party, Full Circle, We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ubu Rock, The Tempest, Henry IV, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Uncle Vanya, Animals and Plants, Romance, Duck Variations, Marvelous Party (ART); Once in a Lifetime (A.C.T.); Glengarry Glen Ross, Twelfth Night (Merrimack Rep); Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Lear (Boston Shakespeare); Abduction from the Seraglio, Ariadne auf Naxos (Boston Lyric); Porgy and Bess (Boston Symphony Orchestra); Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Boston Pops). Film: What Doesn't Kill You, Second Sight, Next Stop Wonderland. TV: "Home Movies," "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist."
Gary Lilburn (Doctor in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN)
Gary trained at the Drama Centre London. Theatre: Three Sisters (Field Day), The Beggars Opera, Famine (Druid), Well Of the Saints (I.T.C.). Recent: Dr Faustus (Glasgow Citizens Theatre) The Kingdom (Soho), The Hairy Ape, (Southwark Playhouse), Buried Child (Leicester Curve), Donmar, Hampstead Theatre, The Abbey, Shakespeare's Globe, Royal Court. Film: Philomena, Garage, Eden, Veronica Guerin. He plays Fr. Quinn in the hit T.V. comedy Mrs. Brown's Boys.
Conor MacNeill (Bartley McCormick in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN)
Theatre: Philadelphia; Here I Come!; Half a Glass of Water; Static; Yes, so I said Yes!; Plasticine (Irish Theatre Award nomination); The Beauty Queen of Leenane; The Absence of Women; Strandline; The Old Curiosity Shop; Antigone; Scenes from the Big Picture; Chatroom; Massage; The Indian Wants the Bronx. Film: Orthodox; Stand Off; Good Vibrations; Parked; Five Minute's Of Heaven; Fifty Dead Men Walking; Peacefire; Cherrybomb; City of Ember. TV: Scup; Call It a Night; Privates; Saving The Titanic; Crisis (Nymph D'Or nomination); Pulling Moves.
Stanley Martin (Ensemble in ALADDIN)
Credits: international tour of West Side Story (Indio/Chino u/s), tour of Smokey Joe's Café (Ken, Dance Captain). Regional credits: Aladdin (5th Avenue Theatre), Hairspray (Fulton Opera House), King and I, Show Boat (Sacramento Music Circus), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, White Christmas (Walnut Street Theatre).
Brandt Martinez (Ensemble in ALADDIN)
Disney debut! National tours: Flashdance the Musical. Dance companies: Bad Boys of Dance, City Ballet of San Diego.
Chris McCarrell (Laborer, Fauchelevent, Joly, u/s Marius in LES MISERABLES)
Broadway debut. Regional theatre:Bubble Boy ("Bubble Boy"), Summer of '42 ("Hermie"), Next to Normal ("Gabe"), Sweeney Todd ("Anthony"), Pippin ("Lewis"). Proud Baldwin Wallace graduate.
Leighton Meester (Curley's Wife in OF MICE AND MEN)
Leighton Meester, a South Florida native, began performing in regional theatre at the age of nine. As a teenager, she and her family relocated to New York City so Meester could pursue a career in acting. Her television career began with guest appearances on "Law & Order," "Boston Public" and recurring roles on "24," "Entourage" and "House." In 2007, Meester rose to fame as "Blair Waldorf" on the long-running television series "Gossip Girl," a role for which she received acclaim from such publications as Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and was named one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful. Meester's film credits include starring roles in in Country Strong (opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, and country legend Tim McGraw), The Roommate, That's My Boy, Monte Carlo, and The Oranges (opposite Allison Janney, Oliver Platt and Hugh Laurie); as well as cameo appearances in the films Going the Distance and Date Night (opposite Tina Fey and Steve Carell). Meester is also a singer/songwriter, who has showcased her vocal talents and lent her original music to many of her film and television projects. With an ever-evolving sound and distinct vision, she continues to tour the country performing her music. Meester is active in DKMS organization's "Get Swabbed" campaign to battle blood cancer.
Andy Mientus (Marius in LES MISERABLES)
Andy Mientus will be making his Broadway debut in LES MISERABLES. A Pittsburgh native, he toured the country in the first national tour of Spring Awakeningand appeared in MCC Theater's production of Carrie. On television, he was a series regular on the NBC musical drama Smash, and this season has recurring roles on both the FX comedy Anger Management and the ABC Family drama Chasing Life.
Melissa Mitchell (Ensemble, u/s Cosette in LES MISERABLES)
Broadway debut! Off-Broadway:Giant (Public Theater). Regional:Beauty & the Beast ("Belle"),Camelot ("Guenevere"). Film:Anger Management, Holes. B.A. Psychology, UCLA, cum laude.
Alex Morf (Curley in OF MICE AND MEN)
Broadway debut. Tours: War Horse (Albert Naracott); Off-Broadway: Women Beware Women, (Red Bull); Viva Los Bastarditos; Regional: The Rainmaker, Government Inspector, Christmas Carol, (A.C.T.); Cymbeline, The Alchemist, (Shakespeare Theater D.C.); Dracula, (Actor's Theatre of Louisville); The Walworth Farce, (Studio Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Pericles, (CalShakes); Servant of Two Masters, (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey); The Cradle Will Rock, Sicilian Nights (Frank Theater); Hansel and Gretel, Monkey King (Children's Theater of Minneapolis); The Just, Much Ado About Nothing, The Cherry Orchard (Chautauqua Theater Company). TV: "The Good Wife." St. Olaf College, M.F.A, American Conservatory Theater.
Angeli Negron (Little Cosette/Young Éponine in LES MISERABLES)
Angeli is honored to make her Broadway debut.
Chris O'Dowd (Lennie in OF MICE AND MEN)
Chris O'Dowd will next be seen in the Untitled Lance Armstrong Project for Working Title directed by Stephen Frears opposite Ben Foster. Theatre credits include the critically acclaimed and sold out Druid production of The Playboy of the Western World directed by Garry Hynes and the Royal Court production of Under the Blue Sky. Chris was most recently seen starring in Wayne Blair's The Sapphires. Chris plays Dave, the manager of four young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls as they learn about love, friendship, and war when their singing group "The Sapphires" entertains the US troops in Vietnam. The film, already released in Australia breaking box office records, garnered Chris the AACTA Award (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) for "Best Lead Actor" and The Sapphires won the award for "Best Film." The film screened at various film festivals throughout the world and received several awards and nominations for Best Feature. The Sapphires will be released in the US by The Weinstein Company on March 22nd. Chris is well known for his starring role in Bridesmaids opposite Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. For his role in the film, Chris was nominated for a BAFTA "Rising Star Award," a Screen Actor's Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" and won the Irish Film and Television Award for "Best Supporting Actor - Film." Bridesmaids, directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, received two Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe Award nomination for "Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical," and was recognized by AFI as "Movie of the Year." The film also won a Critics' Choice Movie Award for "Best Comedy Movie," a People's Choice Award for "Favorite Comedy Movie" and was recognized by individual critics' groups throughout the country for "Best Acting Ensemble." Bridesmaids was also a box office success making almost $300 million worldwide. Chris' other upcoming features include John Michael McDonagh's Calvary opposite Kelly Reilly and Brendan Gleeson and James Griffiths' Cuban Fur opposite Rashida Jones and Ian McShane. Chris also stars in the HBO/BBC series "Family Tree" which was created by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. Chris wrote and produced a TV series based on his childhood titled "Moone Boy." The series revolves around a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky, small-town Irish family in the 1980s. The series was recognized by the Irish Film and Television Awards as "Best Entertainment Programme" and Chris was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor - TV" and "Best Script Drama." Additionally the show was nominated for "Best New Comedy Programme" by the British Comedy Awards. "Moone Boy" premiered on Sky One in the UK and will air on Hulu in 2013. The show has been picked up for a third season and in addition to writing and producing, Chris will direct all the upcoming episodes. Chris was recently seen starring in Lena Dunham's HBO series, "Girls" and Judd Apatow's This is 40. His other film credits include Thor 2 opposite Natalie Portman; Chris Wedge's animated film Epic opposite Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Seyfried, and Aziz Ansari; Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends with Kids opposite Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph; Jay Roach's Dinner for Schmucks opposite Paul Rudd and Steve Carell; Rob Letterman's Gullivers Travels starring opposite Jack Black, Jason Segel, and Emily Blunt; Richard Curtis' FOX, The Boat that Rocked opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman; and Gareth Carrivick's Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel opposite Anna Faris. Chris also starred in Festiva which was nominated for two BAFTA Awards including "Best British Film," and won him a BAFTA Scotland Award for "Best Actor in a Scottish Film." Chris' other television credits include starring in the cult comedy series, "The It Crowd" for Channel 4 Television and the critically acclaimed series "Crimson Petal & The White", a four part adaptation of Michael Faber's best-selling novel directed by Marc Munden for BBC. He is well known in Ireland for having starred in the popular RTÉ One drama "The Clinic", which earned him a nomination for an Irish Film & Television Award in 2003.
Sophie Okonedo is an Academy Award nominee for her performance in the film Hotel Rwanda. A regular on the English stage where her credits include productions at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Old Vic. Her many film credits include acclaimed performances in Skin (Best Actress British Independent Film Award nomination), The Secret Life of Bees (NAACP Image Award nomination), Dirty Pretty Things (Best Supporting Actress, British Independent Film Awards). For her performance in Hotel Rwanda, Sophie was also nominated for the Screen Actors Guild and NAACP Image Awards. Her TV credits include HBO's Tsumani: The Aftermath (NAACP Image Award, Golden Globe Award nomination, Best Actress), and, for the BBC, "Criminal Justice" (BAFTA nomination, Best Supporting Actress) and Winnie Mandela in Mrs. Mandela (BAFTA nomination/Best Actress). A Raisin in the Sun is her New York stage debut.
Weston Wells Olson (Swing in LES MISERABLES)
Broadway debut. New York:Camelot (Lincoln Center), Where's Charley? (Encores!). Touring: LES MIZ 25th Anniversary. Regional:Sweeney Todd (Geva Theater), LES MIZ (Hollywood Bowl, North Shore). Readings: Tuck Everlasting. BM, Chapman University; MM, Boston Conservatory.
Brandon O'Neill (Kassim, Voice of the Cave, Spooky Voice in ALADDIN)
Stage: The Pirate King, Pirates of Penzance (5th Avenue Theatre - Gregory Award nomination); Hanuman, Ramayana (world premiere, Act Theatre - BWW Award, Seattle Footlight Award); Gabe, First Date (5th Avenue/Act Theatre - Gregory Award nomination). Screen: The Hit List (Dom Estacado); Give 'Em Hell, Malone.
Azudi Onyejekwe (Understudy for Flick in VIOLET)
Broadway and Roundabout Debut. Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino, original company). Film: HairBrained. BFA in Drama, NYU Tisch.
Kelly Paredes (Swing in CABARET)
Paredes is proud to make her Roundabout and Broadway debut in Cabaret. She has previously toured with this show all over the USA, Canada, Korea, and Japan. (Kelly would like you to know she is famous... in Japan.) Kelly has been seen Off Broadway in The Great Conjurer.
Jim Parrack (Slim in OF MICE AND MEN)
Jim Parrack is from Allen, TX. He studies and teaches acting at Playhouse West and is proud to announce the opening of The Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab in Ft. Greene this March. This is his Broadway debut.
Dylan Paul (Victor in CABARET)
Dylan Paul recently appeared as a resident company member of the American Shakespeare Center, playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Bertram in All's Well That Ends Well, and Hastings in She Stoops to Conquer, among other roles. Regional credits include multiple seasons with Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Award, and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association Clyde Vinson Award. Dylan holds an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Houston, and a BFA in Theatre & Voice from the University of Kansas.
Khori Michelle Petinaud (Ensemble in ALADDIN)
Broadway debut! Credits: The Color Purple, Mary Poppins, Evita, Sweet Charity, The Broadway Dance Lab.
Max Quinlan (Jean Prouvaire, u/s Enjolras in LES MISERABLES)
Broadway debut! National tours: LES MISERABLES ("Marius," BWW Award), Ragtime. Off-Broadway: York Theatre. Regional: The Light in the Piazza ("Fabrizio," Jeff Award), Jesus Christ Superstar("Jesus," BWW Award), Ragtime("Younger Brother"), Joseph . . .("Joseph").
Gayle Rankin (Fraulein Kost in CABARET)
Originally from Scotland, Gayle Rankin made her Off-Broadway debut in Tony Kushner's adaptation of The Illusion at the Signature Theater Company. She was next seen in Tribes, directed by David Comer, which had a long and successful run at the Barrow Street Theater before transferring to the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Since her graduation from Juilliard, Gayle has continued to work intermittently at Lake Lucille, developing the role of "Nina" in Brian Mertes' production of The Seagull. Crossing over to television and film and after roles in "Law & Order: SVU" and the indie film East of Acadia, Gayle was cast as a series regular in the HBO pilot "The Missionary". Cabaret marks Gayle's Broadway debut.
John Rapson (Bamatabois, Grantaire, Major Domo, u/s Thénardier, u/s Bishop of Digne in LES MISERABLES)
Broadway debut! Tours: LES MISERABLES, Disney on Classic(Tokyo Philharmonic). Regional: Barrington, Papermill. BFA, University of Michigan.
Aidan Redmond (Understudy for Johnnypateenmike, Bobby, Doctor in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN)
Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Temporal Powers, Wife To James Whelan (Mint Theater), Sive (Irish Rep), Off-Off Broadway: The Real Thing (Boomerang, NYIT Lead Actor Nomination), Anna Christie (Boomerang). Film: '79 Parts, Daylight, I Sell The Dead.
Rachel Rincione (Swing, u/s Factory Girl in LES MISERABLES)
Broadway debut! Credits: LES MIZ 25th Anniversary Tour/Toronto Production (Swing, "Factory Girl" u/s). New York: Camelot("Nimue," WPPAC), Suor Angelica("Cercatrice," Chelsea Opera). Regional: Camelot ("Nimue" u/s, Goodspeed), Figaro ("Countess"),Manon ("Manon"), La Bohème ("Musetta").
Don Darryl Rivera (Iago in ALADDIN)
Rivera is ecstatic to be making his Broadway debut! He originated the role of Iago at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, his hometown. He attained his BFA from Cornish College of the Arts.
Josh Salt (Understudy for Billy, Bartley in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN)
Broadway and NY debut. Select Chicago credits: 4000 Miles (Northlight, dir. Kimberly Senior), Teddy Ferrara (Goodman, dir. Evan Cabnet), Yellow Moon (Writers, dir. Stuart Carden), and Spring Awakening (Griffin, dir. Jonathan Berry). TV: Chicago Fire.
Trent Saunders (Ensemble in ALADDIN)
Broadway debut. Trent just finished touring internationally with Green Day's American Idiot (St. Jimmy). Graduate of UMiami '12.
Kyle Scatliffe (Enjolras in LES MISERABLES)
Kyle Scatliffe was born in Washington, D.C. and trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY. His theater credits include Ragtime(Zach Theatre), Oklahoma (5th Avenue Theatre), A Christmas Carol: The Concert (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/PBS), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and "Haywood Patterson" in the London premiere of The Scottsboro Boys.
Margo Seibert (Adrian in ROCKY)
Margo Seibert will make her Broadway debut as Adrian. She was seen in the Off-Broadway production of Tamar of the River at Prospect Theatre Co. Regionally she has performed in Candide at the Goodman Theatre/ Shakespeare Theatre Co.; In This House, Orestes: A Tragic Romp at Two River Theatre Co.; Arcadia at the Folger Theatre; The Boy Detective Fails at Signature Theatre; Next to Normal and Pregnancy Pact at the Weston Playhouse; as well as new work development at Playwrights Horizons, the O'Neill, New Dramatists and NAMT. She has appeared on television on "Boardwalk Empire."
Pat Shortt (Johnnypateenmike in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN)
Theatre: Boss Grady's Boys (Gaiety Theatre), D'unbelievables, D'ats Life, One Hell of a Do (Southern Comedy Theatre Company), The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre Company), Pat Shortt Live, You Won't Get Away With That Here and Pat Shortt in the Hall (Short Comedy Theatre Company). Acting: Calvary, breakfast wine, Life's a Breeze, Angela Mooney Dies Again, This is My Father, The Closer it Gets, Man About Dog, Strength and Honour, Garage, Spaceman 3, Inside I'm Dancing, Wild About Harry. TV: Moon Boy, Mattie, Exit File, Father Ted, The Fitz, Killinaskully.
Evan D. Siegel (Hans, Rudy in CABARET)
Broadway debut! Regional favorites: All Shook Up (Chad), Brigadoon (Tommy Albright), The Great Gatsby (Tom Buchanan), Witness for the Prosecution (Leonard Vole); Film/television: War Dead, Ithaca, "Law & Order", "The Boys who Brunch". Evan is also a member of Teatro, a London-based vocal quartet that has sold over a million records and has a #1 album in South Africa, and he has performed as a saxophonist throughout the US and Europe. Harvard BA Magna cum Laude in linguistics.
Jonathan Spivey (Ensemble in ACT ONE)
LCT and Broadway: debut. New York: Myra (American Globe), The Medicine Showdown (Flying Carpet), The Last Chanukah (Dixon Place). Regional: Death of a Salesman (dir. Pam MacKinnon); The Tempest (dir. Adrian Noble); Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Inherit the Wind, Amadeus (Old Globe); Dogpark: The Musical (Milwaukee Rep); Pump Boys and Dinettes (Geva Theatre); Around the World in Eighty Days (Sierra Repertory); Black Gold (Phoenix Theatre); The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet (Richmond Shakespeare); Souvenir, Cyrano de Bergerac, Anything Goes (Virginia Rep); Shakespeare in Hollywood, Room Service, The Foreigner (Hope Summer Rep). Education: MFA, Old Globe/USD.
Emerson Steele (Young Violet in VIOLET)
Steele is elated to make her Broadway debut. She returns to the role of Young Violet after the New York City Center Encores! Off-Center concert production last year. Emerson has since performed in NYC in the Songs for Story Shifters cabaret and the Broadway Dreams' Fall Showcase. Although she had an early television appearance at age 3 in a Barney commercial and began her love of solo singing in church as a 7 year old, Emerson's passion for musical theater started at age 8. By the time she was 9, Emerson was cast in her first professional theater production and at age 11, she won Miss Access Broadway in the Junior Division for her entries in the triple threat competition. As a native Atlantan, Emerson has played roles in regional professional theaters in A Christmas Carol, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and Gypsy.
Jenny Lee Stern (Joanne in ROCKY)
A Philly area native, Jenny is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut with this phenomenal company. NYC: A Christmas Story (Madison Square Garden). Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking (original cast recording).
Grayson Taylor (Bud Ogden-Porter in MOTHERS AND SONS)
is thrilled to make his Broadway debut in Mothers and Sons after originating the role of Bud at Bucks County Playhouse. Other credits: "Blue Bloods", "Colbert Report", commercials, voiceovers.
Sean Patrick Thomas (Joseph Asagai in A RAISIN IN THE SUN)
Theatre: Arin Arbus' Othello (Intiman Theatre), Timon of Athens, Much Ado About Nothing with Jimmy Smits (NYSF), Paul in Six Degrees of Separation (Hanger Theater). Film: Deep in the Darkness, Honeydripper (Black Reel Award nomination), Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, Barbershop, Ba