Oh What a Beautiful Morning! Meet the Cast of OKLAHOMA!- Now in Previews!
The new Broadway production of Oklahoma! begins previews at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway) on tonight, March 19, 2019 ahead of an official opening on Sunday, April 7, 2019. It will play a limited engagement through Sunday, September 1, 2019.
The production will star the St. Ann's original cast members including (in alphabetical order): Anthony Cason as Cord Elam, Damon Daunno as Curly McLain, James Davis as Will Parker, Gabrielle Hamilton as Lead Dancer, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Laurey Williams, Will Mann as Mike, Mallory Portnoyas Gertie Cummings, Ali Stroker as Ado Annie, Mitch Tebo as Andrew Carnes, two-time Tony Award-nominee Mary Testa as Aunt Eller and Patrick Vaill as Jud Fry. Joining the cast for the Broadway run is star of screen and stage Will Brill ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", You Can't Take It With You) as Ali Hakim.
Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
Will Brill (Ali Hakim): Broadway: You Can't Take It With You (dir. Scott Ellis), Act One (Lincoln Center, adapted & dir. James Lapine); Off-Broadway: Illyria (The Public, written & dir. Richard Nelson), Tribes (Outer Critics Circle Nom), Our Town (dir. David Cromer), and Nassim (all Barrow Street Theatricals). Film/TV: "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", "OA", Ride, Slice (with Chance the Rapper), Not Fade Away. He has two dogs.
Anthony Cason (Cord Elam u/s Will Parker/Ali Hakim): Off-Broadway & NYC: Oklahoma! (St. Ann's Warehouse); Is God Is (World Premiere Soho Rep); Arden Everywhere (BPAC). Regional: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love's Labour's Lost (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). TV: "Law & Order: SVU", "The Breaks", "Jessica Jones".Training: Otterbein University.
Damon Daunno (Curly McLain): is a Brooklyn based actor and musician. Recent theater: The Bengsons' THE LUCKY ONES (Lucille Lortel Award Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Nom.), Daniel Fish's Oklahoma! (St Ann's, Bard), Dave Malloy's BEARDO, Anais Mitchell's HADESTOWN (nytw). With UK based Kneehigh Theater Co. BRIEF ENCOUNTER (Bway, Int'l Tour), WILD BRIDE, TRISTAN AND YSEULT, THE TIN DRUM. He has performed with orchestras on behalf of the US State Dept throughout Russia and Europe. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has scored feature and short length films. Graduate of NYU's Tisch SOA.
James Davis (Will Parker): Broadway: The House of Blue Leaves (dir. David Cromer). Off-Broadway: Oklahoma! (St. Ann's Warehouse, Bard SummerScape); We Are Proud to Present... (Soho Rep); The Mother of Invention (Abingdon); The More Loving One (LaMama); Hamlet (The Pearl). Regional: King Richard II in Richard II, Long Day's Journey into Night, As You Like It (Quintessence, ensemble member); Clybourne Park (Long Wharf); American Buffalo (Studio Theatre); Juliet opposite Finn Wittrock in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre). Training: The Juilliard School
Gabrielle Hamilton (Lead Dancer): A Harlem native, Gabrielle is ecstatic to reprise her role in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. In addition to performance, Gabrielle also models for campaigns such as the Aerie Real and Sabika Jewelry. A 2018 Point Park graduate with a BFA in dance, her training also includes the Martha Graham School, Uptown Dance Academy, and the Bolshoi Academy. Gabrielle would like to thank her family and friends for the unconditional love and support.
Rebecca Naomi Jones (Laurey Williams): has performed on Broadway in Significant Other, Hedwig and The Angry Inch, American Idiot, and Passing Strange. Her Off-Broadway performances include Big Love (Drama League nomination), Murder Ballad (Lilly award and Lucille Lortel nomination), Describe the Night (2018 Obie Award for Best Play), Marie and Rosetta, Fire In Dreamland, The Fortress of Solitude, Love's Labour's Lost, Wig Out!, As You Like It, and Daniel Fish's acclaimed production of Oklahoma! at St. Ann's Warehouse. Films: Someone Great (upcoming), The Outside Story (upcoming), French Fries, Most Likely To Murder, The Big Sick, Ratter, Ordinary World, Passing Strange, and the documentary Broadway Idiot. Select Television: Strangers, High Maintenance, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Inside Amy Schumer, Limitless, Difficult People. Solo concerts: Lincoln Center American Songbook, Apollo Cafe. Rebecca holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Will Mann (Mike): is amazed at how full circle it is to come home to OK! Broadway: Memphis (Bobby). Off-Broadway: Oklahoma! (Mike at SAW) National Tours: Billy Elliot (Mr. Braithwaite), Wonderful Town (Speedy Valenti), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Judah, dir/cor. by Andy Blankenbuehler), and Elf (SM and Santa u/s). Regional: Shrek (Shrek), Prince of Egypt (Hotep, World Premiere), Ragtime (Coalhouse), and A Chorus Line (Richie). High School: Oklahoma! (Jud Fry). Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma City University. For Beebop! @UUILLMANN
Mallory Portnoy (Gertie Cummings): New York Credits: Oklahoma! (St. Ann's Warehouse, Bard SummerScape); Privacy (The Public Theater in association with The Donmar Warehouse); A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park). Regional: Denver Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company. TV: "Grace and Frankie" (Netflix). Mallory is co-creator of the comedy series "Roger, The Chicken" and "Human Interest". Training: University of Illinois, Juilliard.
Ali Stroker (Ado Annie): Made her Broadway debut in Deaf West's revival of Spring Awakening, becoming the first actor in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway. She was a finalist on "The Glee Project" and guest starred on Fox's "Glee". Other TV: "Ten Days in the Valley", "Charmed", "Lethal Weapon", "Drunk History" and "Instinct". Love to her home team and D. Make your limitations your opportunities.
Mitch Tebow (Andrew Carnes): Mitch makes his Broadway debut in Oklahoma! having portrayed Carnes in the previous productions at Bard Summerscape and St. Ann's Warehouse. NYC credits include Plaza Suite (Gallery Players-NYIT Awards nomination), The Tempest (Inwood Shakespeare), Moses The Author (NY Fringe Festival), Fix Me Jesus (Abingdon), Passion of Dracula (Cherry Lane), The Great Society (York Shakespeare), Moby Dick Rehearsed(Brave New World Rep), Richard III (HB Ensemble), Waiting For Godot (New Rude) and Revenger's Tragedy (CSC Rep). Reg'l: All The Way (New Stage and TheatreSquared), Three Musketeers (Syracuse Stage-SALT Awards nomination), The Christians (Riverside Theatre), Henry V (Arkansas Rep), Christmas Carol(Palace Theatre) and Macbeth (Arkansas Rep). TV: Divorce, ABC 20/20.
Mary Testa (Aunt Eller): Broadway: Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, Chicago, 42nd St., Marie Christine, On the Town, Forum, The Rink, Marilyn, Barnum. Off-Broadway includes: Portuguese Kid, Government Inspector, First Daughter Suite, Queen of the Mist, See What I Wanna See, A New Brain. Much film and television. Twelve original cast albums. Multiple Tony, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League nominations and a special Drama Desk award celebrating 'Three Decades of Outstanding Work.'
Patrick Vaill (Jud Fry): Broadway: Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater). Off-Broadway: Oklahoma! (St. Ann's Warehouse) Peter Pan (Bedlam); Edward The Second (Red Bull); When In Disgrace, among others. National Tour: Cabaret(Roundabout). Regional: Oklahoma! (BardSummerScape); Camelot, Othello, Henry IV Parts 1&2, Henry V, Richard II, As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC); and work with Bay Street Theatre, Capital Rep, and others. Education: MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program (Laura Pels Award for Acting); BA from Bard College where he originated the role of Jud in Daniel Fish's Oklahoma! as a student before playing the role at Bard Summerscape and St. Ann's Warehouse.
Chris Bannow (Understudy Ali Hakim/Curly McLain, Jud Fry, Mike): Broadway: The Elephant Man (also Theatre Royal Haymarket, London). Off-Broadway: The Hairy Ape (Park Avenue Armory), Sleep No More (Punchdrunk). Regional: Williamstown, Yale Rep, McCarter, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Huntington. Film: Three Christs, #Screamers, Not Fade Away. Chris is a graduate of Boston University and the Yale School of Drama. For Hollie and Hart.
Demetia Hopkins-Greene (Understudy Lead Dancer): is proud to be making her Broadway debut with this revival of Oklahoma! Dance Credits: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Dianne McIntyre, Francesca Harper Project, Project Inc. Ailey/Fordham BFA graduate. She is grateful for the support of her family, mentors and for the source, the Orange School of Performing Arts.
Sasha Hutchings (Understudy Ado Annie, Laurey Williams, Lead Dancer): Sasha Hutchings is thrilled be a part of Oklahoma!. Sasha is notably a member of the original cast of Hamilton. Additional Broadway credit include: My Fair Lady, Rocky, Motown, Memphis. Off-Broadway: Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster. Her television guest stars include Jessica Jones (Marvel), Master of None (Netflix), Blue Bloods (CBS), and The Dangerous Book for Boys (Amazon), Fosse/Verdon (FX), SMASH (NBC). Sasha is honored to be a member of the Arthur Miller Foundation Master Artist Council and Epic Theatre Ensemble's Artists Advisory Council. She is a teaching artist with New York City public school theatre programs, Syracuse University, and Broadway Bound Kids. Thanks to The Hybrid Agency. My love to Mom, Daddy, and Kayla. "I am the dream and the hope of the slave..." Twitter/Instagram: @sashahutchings #equitystrong
Denver Milord (Understudy Curly McLain, Cord Elam, Jud Fry, Mike): Broadway Debut! Off-Broadway: Terms of Endearment 59E59 Meaningful Conversation New Light Theatre Project. Regional: Minor Fantastical Kingdoms, Delaware REP. FILM: Jack Reacher, The Last Witch Hunter, Like You Mean It TV: Blue Bloods, Blacklist, Southland, Outsiders, Full Circle. Carnegie Mellon BFA. Thank you to my lovely reps, my family, teachers and friends. IG: @notfromcolorado
Kristie Dale Sanders (Understudy Aunt Eller, Gertie Cummings): Broadway Credits: Cabaret, Evita, Next Fall, Phantom of the Opera, Urinetown & The Sound of Music. National Tours: Phantom, Labor of Love. Off-Broadway: Dream of the Burning Boy, Johnny Guitar, A Class Act, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh. Over a hundred regional productions throughout the US. TV: "All My Children", "The Wire". Check out her websites: EarthPowerStones.com , KristieDaleSanders.com Love&Laughter.
Chelsea Lee Williams (Understudy Ado Annie, Laurey Williams, Gertie Cummings): Broadway Debut! Credits: Girl From The North Country (The Public), X or Betty Shabazz V. The Nation (The Acting Co.), Unknown Solider (WTFestival) Film: Strive, Opera of Cruelty. Special thanks to my supportive family, team at HCKR, and manager Doreen. Training: Florida A&M University, The Juilliard School (MFA) www.chelsealeewilliams.com @chelsea_in_hd
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