Billy Porter, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Morgan James And More Join The Roster Of The Cast Digital Agency
THE CAST announced today that six additional Broadway stars have joined the roster of the new digital agency focused squarely on brokering unique partnerships between today's top brands and Broadway's most powerful influencers. Rounding out the agency's "Leading Player" board will be Tony and Grammy Award-winners Billy Porter and Marissa Jaret Winokur along with recording artist Morgan James, Christy Altomare, Josh Strickland, and Andrew Chapelle.
"Since our launch in late 2018, the agency has been welcomed by brands, talent and the greater Broadway community with much enthusiasm," said THE CAST partners Frank Spadafora, Ryan Ratelle, and Sam Ratelle in a joint statement. "The addition of these highly talented and established Broadway influencers to our agency will only further expand the opportunities we've been developing with clients. We're honored to be trusted by our talent as their representation in this new digital space."
Established in October 2018 by partners RRR Creative (Ratelle & Ratelle) and D'Marie Analytics (Spadafora), THE CAST harnesses the power of some the most devoted fanbases in all of entertainment and brokers unique partnerships between today's top brands and Broadway's most powerful influencers. Talent and brands are matched by the agenting team at THE CAST by using their internal, cutting-edge metrics system in order to ensure that each and every influencer is both a demographic fit and an authentic ambassador for each brand. THE CAST creates dynamic digital campaigns to support the brands' unique goals and achieve maximum engagement.
Billy Porter known to Broadway fans as the Tony Award-winning star of Kinky Boots, creating the role of "Lola." Since unlacing the famous red boots, Porter released an album entitled "The Soul of Richard Rodgers" and starred in the role of "Pray Tell" on the Ryan Murphy-helmed FX television series "POSE," for which he received Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations. Earlier this year he appeared on the acclaimed FX series "American Horror Story: Apocalypse" as "Behold Chablis." Later this summer, he will appear in the feature film Limited Partners, alongside Tiffany Haddish, Salma Hayek, and Rose Byrne.
Marissa Jaret Winokur created the role of "Tracy Turnblad" in the smash hit Broadway musical Hairspray and danced away with a Tony Award for "Best Actress." She later reprisd the role, reuniting with Harvey Fierstein, for a sold-out engagement at the Hollywood Bowl. Following Hairspray, Marissa played memorable roles in Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Never Been Kissed, Scary Move and American Beauty. She was crowned the winner of the inaugural season of "Celebrity Big Brother" and competed on "Dancing with the Stars." She has reoccurring roles on "A Million Little Things," "The Goldbergs," and "Crashing."
Morgan James' most recent studio album, "Reckless Abandon," is her first as an independent artist. Her full album cover of the Beatles' iconic "White Album" to celebrate the 50th Anniversary is available on CD, vinyl, digital. On Broadway, Morgan was in four back-to-back original companies: The Addams Family, Wonderland, Godspell and Motown: The Musical. Her music videos, including performances with Postmodern Jukebox, have accumulated more than 160 million views.
Christy Altomare currently stars in the title role of Broadway's hit musical, Anastasia. She made her Broadway debut as Sophie in Mamma Mia! and has also been seen Off-Broadway in Carrie and on the national tour of Spring Awakening.
Josh Strickland created the title role in Disney's Tarzan - The Broadway Musical on Broadway. Subsequently, he made his Las Vegas debut starring in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort while concurrently co-starring in the hit E! reality show "Holly's World." Strickland debuted his first single "Report to the Floor," which skyrocketed to the top five on the iTunes Dance Charts the first week of its release, followed by "Last Dance."
Andrew Chappelle was in both the original Off-Broadway and Broadway companies of the Pulitzer, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning musical, Hamilton: An American Musical. Before Hamilton, he played the role of "Eddie" in the Broadway company of Mamma Mia! before joining the first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
The roster for THE CAST also includes stage and screen star, Taye Diggs; Tony Award-winner Lindsay Mendez; two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes; Erich Bergen, Alex Newell, Sierra Boggess, Kate Rockwell, Jackie Burns, Wesley Taylor, Olivier Award-winner Lesli Margherita, Katie Rose Clarke, Nick Adams, Jenn Gambatese, Matt Doyle, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Claybourne Elder, Max von Essen, Telly Leung, Tyler Hanes, Ryann Redmond, Timothy Hughes, Gema Zarina, Adam Roberts, Mila Jam, Bret Shuford, Janine DiVita, Hernando Umana, Georgina Pazcoguin, Kyle Brown, Michaeljon Slinger, Adam Jepsen, Noah J. Ricketts, Samantha Pollino, and Roberto Morean.
For more information, please visit TheCastAgency.com.