Meet the Company of Broadway's ON THE TOWN- Opens at the Lyric Theatre Tonight!
The new Broadway revival of On The Town, directed by John Rando (Tony Award for Urinetown) and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse (Emmy Award winner for "Smash") officially opens tonight, Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). BroadwayWorld wants you to get to know the talented cast of Broadway's latest revival. Meet the company below!
The Bronx is up, the Battery's down, and three sailors are hoping to get just a little bit lucky on their one day of leave in the Big Apple. From the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Coney Island to Times Square and Carnegie Hall, On The Town zigzags through New York City as the sailors and the three high-spirited young women they meet chase love, dreams, and each other during an unforgettable day in the city that never sleeps. The classic score features the standards "New York, New York," "I Can Cook Too," "Lonely Town," and "Some Other Time" and is played in this production with their original orchestrations, performed by the largest orchestra on Broadway, with 28 musicians led by musical director James Moore (Follies, Ragtime).
TONY YAZBECK (GABEY)
Broadway: Chicago (Billy Flynn), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Phil Davis), Gypsy w/ Patti LuPone (Tulsa, Outer Critics Circle nom.), A Chorus Line (Al), Oklahoma!, Never Gonna Dance, Gypsy w/ Tyne Daly. Off-Broadway: Fanny Hill (at the York). For City Center Encores!: Little Me, On the Town, Gypsy, The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Pardon My English. Regional: Alliance, Barrington, Williamstown, Hartford Stage, Goodman, St. Louis MUNY, Goodspeed (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Signature (Helen Hayes Award), Trinity Rep., Paper Mill, Old Globe. Starred in Kiss Me Kate at the Royal Albert Hall in London. TV/Film: NBC's "Smash," the feature documentary Every Little Step. Tony also stars in his own song and dance show, The Floor Above Me. tonyyazbeck.net.
JAY ARMSTRONG JOHNSON (CHIP)
Broadway/NY: Most Happy Fella for Encores! (Herman); Sweeney Todd/NY Philharmonic (Anthony); 8 (Spencer), Hands on a Hardbody (Greg), Catch Me If You Can (Frank Jr. Standby), HAIR (Original Revival Cast, Claude U/S). Off-B'way: Working (Drama Desk Award, Prospect Theater Company), Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC). First Nat'l Tour: A Chorus Line (Mark). Regional: The Last Goodbye (Romeo), Old Globe; On The Town(Chip), Barrington; Pirates! Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder'd (Frederick), MUNY; Hands On A Hardbody, La Jolla; Pool Boy, Barrington; Hairspray (Link Larkin),Weston Playhouse. 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (on iTunes). TV/Film:Sex & the City 2, "Law & Order: SVU". Vocal Training: Jeremy Aye. Love to family, friends, and Mike. For Dian. @Jay_A_Johnson.
CLYDE ALVES (OZZIE)
Clyde Alves is thrilled to be reprising the role of Ozzie from Barrington Stage Company's acclaimed production. Credits include - Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Anything Goes, Wicked, Hairspray, Oklahoma!, The Music Man (Tommy Djilas, 2000 Astaire Award Winner). T.V: ABC Disney's "The Music Man" (Tommy Djilas). Off-Broadway/ Encores: Altar Boyz (Juan), Bells Are Ringing, Anyone Can Whistle, Follies (Kevin). National/ International tours: A Chorus Line (Mike), West Side Story at The Stratford Festival (Action), Fame The Musical and Beauty And The Beast. Clyde is an avid songwriter and a new father whose greatest achievements will forever be Robyn and Hudson. Enjoy!
MEGAN FAIRCHILD (IVY SMITH)
Broadway debut! Principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Featured Roles: George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Coppélia, Donizetti Variations, Duo Concertant, Jewels, Raymonda Variations, Serenade, Tarantella,Theme and Variations, Tschaikovsky Pas; Jerome Robbins' Andantino, Dances at a Gathering, The Four Seasons; Peter Martins' Barber Violin Concerto, The Sleeping Beauty, Zakouski; Alexei Ratmansky's Russian Seasons,Namouna; Susan Stroman's Double Feature; Christopher Wheeldon's DGV. TV/Film: Sugar Plum Fairy in PBS' Live From Lincoln Center telecast of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (2011) also screened in movie theaters worldwide, AOL Original Series city.ballet. Collaborating with Cole Haan on a ballet flat collection, launching this Fall. Love to Andy, Mom, Dad and Rob. www.meganfairchild.com
ELIZABETH STANLEY (CLAIRE DE LOONE)
Elizabeth Stanley returns to Broadway having originated the roles of Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, Allison in Cry-Baby, April in the Tony Award-winning revival of Company, and Kira in the First National Tour of Xanadu. Off-Broadway, she played Gussie in James Lapine's production of Merrily We Roll Along (City Center Encores!) and The Nurse in Hello, Again (Transport Group). TV: "Black Box," "Think Tank," "Made In Jersey," "Fringe," "The Chappelle Show," and "PBS Great Performances: Company." Graduate of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. For my dad, my granddads, Lt. Col. Matthew Stanley, SSA Johnny, and all who serve. www.elizabethstanley.net.
ALYSHA UMPHRESS (HILDY)
BROADWAY: American Idiot (OBC), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Bring it On!. OFF-BROADWAY: Make Me a Song (The Music of William Finn). REGIONAL: Signature Theatre: Beaches (Cee Cee Bloom) Barrington Stage: On the Town. TV: Law and Order SVU, Nurse Jackie. RECORDINGS: American Idiot, Bring it On!, Fugitive Songs, Alysha Umphress Live at the Laurie Beechman. Graduate of The Boston Conservatory. HUGE thanks to John Rando and Howard & Janet Kagan. Love you TD! Twitter @cristalzheat.
JACKIE HOFFMAN (MADAME DILLY)
Broadway: Addams Family, Xanadu, Hairspray. Off-Bway: Chanukah Charol, Gingerbread House, Book of Liz (Obie Award), Straightjacket, LCT Festival & One Woman Shoe. Regional: MUNY, Old Globe, Second City (Jeff Award). Films: Birdman, Sitter, Extra Man, How to Seduce Difficult Women, A Dirty Shame, Garden State, Legally Blonde II, Kissing Jessica Stein, Mo' Money. TV: "Girls," "Six by Sondheim," "New Normal," "Family Guy," "Good Wife," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Raising Hope," "Melissa & Joey," "On We Go," "30 Rock," "Starved," "Hope & Faith," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Strangers w/ Candy," "Dilbert," "TV Funhouse," "Conan," "Cosby." CD: Live at Joe's Pub. www.jackiehoffman.com; Twitter: @jackiehoffman16.
MICHAEL RUPERT (JUDGE PITKIN)
New York: Legally Blonde The Musical (Broadway, as well as the MTV Presentation), Ragtime, Falsettos (Tony nomination), City of Angels, Mail, Sweet Charity (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Shakespeare's Cabaret, Pippin, The Happy Time (Tony nomination, Theater World Award) Putting It Together, Falsettoland, March of the Falsettos. Regionally: Dangerous Beauty, Elegies (Barrymore Award), A New Brain (Helen Hayes nomination), Falsettos (LA Ovation Award). As a composer: Mail (LA Drama Critic's nomination) and 3 Guys Naked From the Waist Down (Drama Desk nomination).
ALLISON GUINN (LUCY SCHMEELER)
Broadway, West End and National Tour: Hair (Mother, Buddahdalirama); Regional Theater: Noises Off (Poppy) Arena Stage, On the Town (Lucy Schmeeler) Barrington Stage. Film and Television: Angelica, "Boardwalk Empire," and recurring roles on "Inside Amy Schumer" and "The Knick." Allison has also been on the cover and the featured story of Autoharp Quarterly Magazine. Love and thanks to her family both urban and rural, and especially to Bear.
PHILIP BOYKIN (ENSEMBLE)
Philip Boykin is a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards nominee, for his work as "Crown" in Porgy & Bess. He also received the 2012 Theatre World Award. Studied at The Hartt School, SCSU, NCSA, and Howard University. Movies include, Freedom and Finally Famous. Other roles, "Joe" in Show Boat, "Ken" in Ain't Misbehavin', "Caiaphas" in Jesus Christ Superstar, and "Fred" in Smokey Joe's Café. He is the director of the NY GOSPEL BROTHERS. For more information, visit www.phillipboykin.com.
STEPHEN DEROSA (ENSEMBLE)
Broadway: Betrayal, The Nance, Hairspray, Twentieth Century, Henry IV, Into the Woods (2002), The Man Who Came to Dinner (filmed live for PBS). Off-Broadway: DoReMi, Wonderful Town, Irma LaDouce (all for Encores!),Love's Fire (The Acting Company/RSC), The Mystery of Irma Vep. Regional Credits include Westport Country Playhouse, Yale Rep, George Street Playhouse, Berkshire Theater Group, Williamstown and many others. Televsion: "Law & Order," "Ugly Betty," HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" (Eddie Cantor). MFA: Yale.
CHIP ABBOTT (ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER, DANCE CAPTAIN, SWING )
Chip Abbott is humbled by his Broadway debut with one "helluva" cast! Recent credits: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Nat Tour), River North Chicago Dance Company, and original cast of On the Town (Barrington). Love & thanks to Josh, John, Greg, Mom, Dad and MSA! Proud OCU Grad!
TANYA BIRL (ENSEMBLE )
Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Christmas Story, Chaplin (Associate choreographer), How To Succeed..., Memphis, Finian's Rainbow. Encores!: Most Happy Fella, Cotton Club Parade, Anyone Can Whistle, The Wiz,Finian's Rainbow, On The Town. Nat'l Tours: The Lion King, West Side Story (West End). Love to Wilson and sweet Noemi.
ANGELA BRYDON (ENSEMBLE, U/S HILDY)
Broadway: Memphis (Teenager, u/s Gladys), Wicked, Footloose. Off-Broadway: Fame. National Tours: Memphis, Rock of Ages (waitress #1, u/s Sherrie), Wicked. TV: Bye Bye Birdie (Sad Faced Girl). Film: Rock of Ages. Love to my HELLUVA mom, family, MSA, Marianne Wells and hubby Tommy for their support.
HOLLY ANN BUTLER (ENSEMBLE)
Broadway/Off-Broadway: How to Succeed... (Hedy, Smitty U/S), Grease (Rizzo U/S), Happiness, Anyone Can Whistle (Encores!). Tours: Evita (Eva U/S), Flashdance (Alex U/S), Shrek (Fiona U/S), Jersey Boys (Lorraine). Regional: ...Millie - Millie (Drury Lane), Urinetown - Hope (Carousel). Film/TV: Looking for Trouble, "Seaquest2032," "Figure It Out." Thanks: The Mine, Jeff Halpern, & my family.
JULIUS C. CARTER (ENSEMBLE)
Julius C. Carter loves this company of artists. Broadway/National Tours: SPIDER-MAN: Turn Off the Dark, Movin Out (u/s Tony), The Color Purple (u/s Harpo). Regional: Follies (Dir: Gary Griffin), The Full Monty. Film/TV: "Orange is the New Black", "Law & Order: SVU", Public Enemies (Dir: Michael Mann, Universal), I Will music video (Lead actor). Love Dad-R, Mum-G, all my friends/family. Special thanks to Benton Whitley and the Kagans!
PETER CHURSIN (SWING)
After recently wrapping season one of the new Starz TV show "Flesh and Bone," Peter is excited to join On The Town. B'way/Off/tours/workshops: West Side Story, Nikolai and the Others (LCT), Wicked (Chistery) and An American in Paris. Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Much love and gratitude to Brooke and family for their support.
KRISTINE COVILLO (ENSEMBLE)
From Overland Park, KS. Favorite credits include - Broadway: West Side Story, Evita. Regional: A Funny Thing... Sweet Charity. TV/Film: "Smash,"Enchanted. Other: Radio City Rockettes, Ballet Hispanico, Metropolitan Opera. Special thanks to a Helluva cast and creative team, Donna Reid, Marianne Wells, DDO, & my family. Love you, Liam Lynch! www.kristine-covillo.com.
LORI ANN FERRERI (ENSEMBLE)
Broadway/1st National Tours: West Side Story (Anita u/s, Consuela), Wicked, Aida, Footloose. Recent credits include: A Chorus Line (Cassie) at CRT, Secondhand Lions (The 5th Avenue), and performances at City Center and La Scala Opera House. Special thanks to this incredible team. This performance is dedicated to my family! JP- in it together!
PALOMA GARCIA-LEE (ENSEMBLE)
Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Phantom of the Opera (Meg). Other: Guys and Dolls (Carnegie Hall), West Side Story (Ravinia). NCSA graduate. Immeasurable love and thanks to my brilliant and supportive parents, CTG, Josh, and my husband Paul. www.palomagarcialee.com @PGarciaLee
STEPHEN HANNA (ENSEMBLE)
Broadway: Billy Elliot (Older Billy) OBC. New York City Ballet (Principal Dancer). Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical (Dream Lecter). National Tour: Come Fly Away (Sid), Phantom Of The Opera (Slave Master). Regional: Chicago Lyric Opera's Oklahoma! (Dream Curly. TV/Film: "All My Children," "Boardwalk Empire," 2009 Tony Awards, Centerstage. @Stephenrhanna
ELOISE KROPP (ENSEMBLE)
Broadway debut!! NY: City Center Encores, Little Me (Ramona), Most Happy Fella. Regional: Carousel (Louise) Goodspeed Opera House, Hello Dolly (Minnie Faye) MUNY, and Gypsy (Dainty June) Music Theatre Wichita. Thanks to her family, CGF, ARR and JBR, Peggy, and Parker!
BRANDON LEFFLER (ENSEMBLE)
Broadway: Cinderella (Assistant Dance Captain), Wicked (Lover). Tours: A Chorus Line (Larry), Cats (Tumblebrutus), Wicked (Lover). NYCC Encores!: Fanny, Anyone Can Whistle. Concert Dance: Ballet Austin, dre.dance, Met Opera Ballet. TV: "30 Rock" (Werewolf Bar Mitzvah), "SNL." Huge thanks to John, Josh, James and CGFTalent. Love to Kev.
JESS LEPROTTO (ENSEMBLE )
Jess LeProtto is thrilled to be in On The Town! B'way: Newsies, Bye Bye Birdie, The Grinch (2006-2007), The Boy From Oz. TV: "So You Think You Can Dance," "Smash." Nat'l Tour: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, SYTYCD Tour 2011. Thanks to my family, Bloc, Pace University and this great OTT team! www.jessleprotto.net
CORY LINGNER (ENSEMBLE)
Cory Lingner is exhilarated to be making his Broadway debut in On The Town! Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, MUNY, MTW, Lyric Theatre OKC, & City Rep. BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Oklahoma. BIG thanks to our producers, creative team, Duncan Stewart Casting for this incredible opportunity, Nicolosi, & my supportive family & teachers!
SKYE MATTOX (ENSEMBLE)
Skye Mattox is so incredibly excited to be a part of such a beautiful production! Broadway/First National tour: West Side Story. NY: Superman (Encores), Little Me (Encores!). TV: "Smash." So many thanks to John Rando. Also to Josh Bergasse, whom I truly wouldn't be here without, thank you for everything!
MICHAEL ROSEN (ENSEMBLE)
Broadway: West Side Story. Off-Broadway: Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center Theater), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Avery Fisher Hall). Guest appearances with the New York City Ballet. Regional: Somewhere (Hartford Stage, TheatreWorks). TV/Film: "Taxi Brooklyn," "The 63rd Annual Tony Awards," The Empty Building. For my family.
SAMANTHA STURM (ENSEMBLE)
Samantha Sturm is elated to be a part of On The Town! Broadway: The Addams Family Musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Matilda the Musical. Thanks to John, Josh, Jim, & everyone involved for this opportunity! Special shout out to Marianne Wells. And yes, thanks mom, for making me take ballet, even though I complained. A lot. Twitter/Instagram: @samanthasturm.
CHRISTOPHER VO (ENSEMBLE)
Broadway debut! Dallas native. Television: "Smash." National Tour: Come Fly Away. Off-Broadway: Kung Fu. Regional: Flat Rock Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre. BFA: Juilliard. Awards: Princess Grace Award, Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Dance Magazine's "25 to watch" 2009. Love & thanks to J. Bergasse, Jasper, MSA, family, cast, and mentors.
CODY WILLIAMS (ENSEMBLE)
Broadway: R+H's Cinderella (Raccoon, Prince Topher/Jean-Michel u/s), Memphis. Other Credits: Helen Hayes Nomination for Oklahoma! (Will Parker) at Arena Stage, Yank! (Cohen) with Roundabout and Old Globe, Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall, Singin' in the Rain (Cosmo), Atlanta Ballet, PCLO. BFA from CCM. I love you TD! @odyilliams.
MIKEY WINSLOW (ENSEMBLE)
Mikey Winslow is ecstatic to sail on Broadway with OTT. B'way/Tours: West Side Story (Big Deal); American Idiot (Swing); Wicked (Boq u/s). Regional favorites: Ogunquit Playhouse, TUTS, and PCLO. Thanks to Mikey and the gang at TKO, Josh Bergasse, the Kagans, John Rando, and special thanks to Jenny and Winnifred!!!
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