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It Shoulda Been You at Old Library Theatre

Dates: (7/29/2022 - 8/7/2022 )

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Old Library Theatre


10-10 20th Street
Fair Lawn, 07410

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Phone: 973) 658-4420

Tickets: 15-23

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It Shoulda Been You


IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, written by Barbara Anselmi and Brian Hargrove, tells the story of two very different and comical families who have come together for a wedding ceremony. The theme of internal identities and external appearances, and the judgments that come from others, is central to the farcical musical. When it comes to wedding day insanity, it’s all relative. The culture clash of Rebecca’s Jewish family and Brian’s Catholic family takes center stage as the Bride, Groom, their families, and friends each bring their own modern spin to the traditional wedding comedy. The bride’s mother is controlling, and the groom’s mother just wants a steady flow of gin. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, chaos ensues, and it falls to the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily every after.

Cast and Creative team for It Shoulda Been You at Old Library Theatre

Cast

Evan T. Charpentier

Jenny Steinberg
Evan is honored to be playing Jenny Steinberg. She's currently serving her second year as President of Old Library Theatre, and will be directing Much Ado About Nothing this September. Visit evanmakesmusic.com for more. Previous Credits: @OLT: Vagina Monologues, Avenue Q (Lucy), Dogfight (Mama), The Best Man (Reporter), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Jeannie), Children of Eden (Mama Noah), BatBoy (Music Director), Julius Caesar (Director), Baby (Arlene), Twelfth Night (Director). @Rhino: All Shook Up (Music Director), Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), Little Shop (voice of Twoie), Little Miss Sunshine (Music Director). Beijinhos, queerida, I’m so proud of you. To all the fat kids: This one’s for all the times It Shoulda Been You.


Nicholas Culver

Marty Kaufman
Nick has been acting for over 15 years. He was a founding member of the Rockland Theatre Company, a founding member of Little Radical Theatrics, and has been acting since High School. Nick has been the RTC Kids program Director, Technical Director, and acted as Co-Producer for over 10 years and has acted in the company since its inaugural show in 2007. Nick’s previous acting credits include: Jean Valjean (Les Miz), Thenardier (Les Miz) Shrek (Shrek the musical) Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Chairman (Edwin Drood), William Barfee (25th Annual Spelling Bee) Cladwell (Urinetown), John Hinckley (Assassins), Motel the tailor (Fiddler) Scuttle/Chef Louis (The Little Mermaid) LeFou (Beauty & the Beast) other show credits include: Once Upon A Mattress; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest; Ragtime; Sweeney Todd; Forum; Damn Yankees; God Spell; I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change; Once on This Island, West Side Story, & Hunchback. Nick has done work with many Theatrical Companies both in NY and NJ. He has been seen on Youtube’s Dale Does and has recently been seen on the OLT stage as Officer Barrell in Urinetown where he won best supporting actor. Thanks to his family and friends for always supporting him even though he is never around.


Melissa Broder

Judy Steinberg
Melissa Broder (Judy Steinberg) has been performing in community, regional and off- Broadway shows since she was 9-years-old and has been featured in countless musicals, plays and cabarets. During and after college, she also performed a solo act as a folk/rock singer/songwriter/guitarist throughout the tri-state area in clubs, cafes and college campuses. Melissa is a proud Lifetime Member of the St. Bart’s Players, NYC’s longest-running community theater, and has served on its Board for more than 25 years. She also heads up staff selection for the group. Melissa is a retired book publishing Ad/Promo Director as well as a Certified Master Gardener. Some favorite acting credits include Penny Sycamore (You Can’t Take it With You), Gingy (Love, Loss and What I Wore), Rona Lisa Peretti (Spelling Bee), Madame Armfeldt (A Little Night Music) and Sister Robert Anne (Nunsense). This is Melissa’s first show with Old Library Theater, and she sends special thanks to the artistic and production teams, cast and crew and everyone involved behind the scenes for the warm welcome to the group. Melissa grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and currently resides in Hoboken, NJ with her husband, Michael. This one is for you, mom -- you woulda loved it!


Danielle C. Pennisi

Rebecca Steinberg
DANIELLE C PENNISI is thrilled to be working with this amazing cast and crew on her first production with Old Library Theatre! Recent theatre credits include: Wizard of Oz (Offstage Voice/Tree/Jitterbug), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Gargoyle/Ensemble), and Beauty and the Beast (Wardrobe). Favorite theatre credits include: Urinetown: The Musical (Hope Cladwell), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Company (Jenny), Nunsense (Sister Mary Amnesia), Master Class (Sharon Graham), One Slight Hitch (Courtney), Speed-the-Plow (Karen), Shrek: The Musical (Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy), The Secret Garden (Alice), Starmites (Hollaback), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (“Falling”), Nine (Our Lady of the Spa), and Follies (Young Heidi). Much love to Joe, her family, and friends!


Robert Russell

Murray Steinberg
Last appeared as Winthrop /Judge in “Legally Blonde” for OLT. Other OLT roles: Stan “Sweat”, Old Man Strong “Urinetown”, Alan “Baby”, Dr. Einstein “Arsenic and Old Lace”, Charlie “Bridges of Madison County”, Charlemagne “Pippin”, Charles Guiteau “Assassins”, Fagin “Oliver”, Adult Man “Spring Awakening”, Priest “Superstar”, Panch “Spelling Bee”. Bob directed “Footloose” and “Next to Normal” for OLT. and will be directing “The House of Blue Leaves” OLT’s December 2022 production. Fourth Wall Theatre: Daddy Cane “Bright Star”, Murray “It Shoulda Been You”, Nathan Detroit “Guys & Dolls in Concert”, Judge Roan “Parade”. Theatre 71 in NYC: Commuter in “Raison D’Être, An Evening of Pirandello”.


Joshua Switala

Brian Howard
Josh is so excited to be making his Old Library Theater debut in It Shoulda Been You! Josh is a recent graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey where he was part of the Alpha Psi Omega theater honor society. Some of his previous credits include Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Peter Quince), and Of Mice and Men (Curly). He also is starring in the web series Irreverend (Stephen Pantee) which is set to premiere this year. He would like to thank everyone in the production for creating such a wonderful show and is excited to have the audience enjoy it as well!


Melyssa Searcy

Annie Sheps
Is a New Jersey native born and raised in Newark Nj has been singing and dancing from a very young age primarily in church. It wasn't until the Age of 14 she discovered musical theatre and has been in love ever since performing not only in NJ but also in PA. She made her OLT debut in 2021 as Penelope Pennywise in URINETOWN and just recently performed in the OLT concert "A Night At the Movies". She has her bachelors in business management and minored in theatre and also does lighting, sound and some set design when not on the stage herself. She also has directed a musical and a few short original plays at her college Eastern University and virtually as well. Some of her most notable roles are Sally brown (you're a god man Charlie Brown), John the Baptist and Judas (Godspell) The scarecrow (The wiz) sister Mary Hubert (NUNSENSE) Penelope Pennywise (urinetown) Leading player (pippin) she is enjoying the ride and the journey and has no plans to stop any time soon!!!! Look out for her on a stage near you!!!


David Villa

Greg Madison
David is a long time performer who is very excited to be participating in his first musical since March of 2020. David is currently an archeology researcher at Montclair State, while he performs in and produces indie films in the area. David's recent credits include A Closer Look with Northstar Theater Company, Proof with West Hudson Arts and Theater Company, Closer 2 the Divine with A&M Productions, as well as 12th Night, the One Act Play Festival and the OLT concert right here at Old Library Theater. David would like to thank the cast and crew, especially Armanda and Jeff for making this such a great return to musicals.


Annette Winter

Georgette Howard
Annette Winter is thrilled to return to OLT where she appeared as Jeanette in THE FULL MONTY. She is honored to be sharing the stage at OLT with this unbelievably talented cast and crew. Some of Annette's credits include Sister Mary in SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL (Studio); Mrs Meers in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Theater League of Clifton); Dotty in NOISES OFF (Studio); Stella in LIGHT UP THE SKY (Studio); Frauline Schneider in CABARET (Smiling Rhino); Mother Superior in NUNSENSE (Brundage Park Playhouse); Mrs. Shinn in MUSIC MAN (EPI); Hattie in FOLLIES (BCP); Pennywise in URINETOWN (Allegro - Perry Nomination); Charlotte in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Allegro); Maggie Grace in AMONI (The Barn) and Queen Agravane in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (EPI); Annette appeared as Mrs. Schumacher in the Broadway production of THE PRINCE OF GRAND STREET (Directed by Gene Saks, Music & Book by Bob Merrill, starring Robert Preston) A huge thank you to Armanda, Joe, Eliah, Jeff, Dawn and Amy and the rest of the crew for all your dedication and hard work!


Mark Dacey

George Howard
Mark Dacey has misspent 50 years in bars, concert halls, studios and theater. On camera and voice overs in national radio and television commercials. Master of Ceremonies for Circle Line Blues Cruises NYC and At the Tabernacle Concerts Mt Tabor NJ. Host of “The Mark Dacey Show” cable and podcasts archived on Youtube. Credits: “Jack the Ripper” NYC; “ Vaudville I & II” @The Darress ; “Ghostlight” @ The Barn & Smiling Rhino; “A Man of no Importance” @ 4th Wall; “By Jeeves” @ Black River. He performs regularly as a solist singer/guitarist and fronts a rock band called “the NJs”. Loving this cast


Joseph Pierone

Albert
Joseph Pierone is ecstatic to be performing as Albert the Wedding planner. Some of his favorite productions to perform include Wizard of Oz, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Godspell, In Transit, South Pacific, and La Sonnambula. Joseph wishes to share his gratitude to his castmates, the Producers, and the audience for this wonderful opportunity to perform.


Michelle Ward

Aunt Sheila
Michelle Ward is thrilled to be back on the OLT stage after performing as D.A Joyce Riley/Pforzheimer/Ensemble in "Legally Blonde". A business coach from Montclair who guides women to start their own businesses, she graduated from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts with her BFA in musical theater, and has performed at La Mama E.T.C., The Duplex, Allenberry Playhouse, Weathervane Theater, The Red Barn Theater, and at sea on Norwegian Cruise Lines. You might have also seen her stuffing macaroons into her face on Saturday Night Live. Special thanks to Armanda for continuously saying "Yes! Keep it!" to all her wacky choices as Aunt Sheila, which is absolutely her favorite role to date. Much love to Team Awesome, who makes it all possible! Follow her on Instagram @heymichelleward.


Matt Cavallo

Uncle Morty
Matt Cavallo has been performing at OLT since 2016 and is very excited to be back after a 5yr hiatus. Matt would like to thank the entire cast, crew, and production team for this wonderful opportunity and will never forget this experience. Previous roles include Mark (RENT), John Hinkley JR (Assassins), Otto (Spring Awakening), Anthony (Sweeney Todd), Seth/Shem (Children of Eden).


Sam Sz

Mimsy
Sam Sz is so excited to be part of another OLT production! Previous credits include Legally Blonde (Chutney), Arsenic and Old Lace (Officer O’Hara), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), and Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes). Sam is a full-time animator and online content creator and also occasionally enjoys streaming video games. She would like to thank her fiancé, Zack, family, friends, and the amazing cast and crew for making this hilarious show possible! Break a leg everyone! IG @samantu.gif


Anthony Finke

Walt
Anthony Finke: he/him (Walt) is thrilled to be back for his 5th show with OLT! He was last seen on the OLT stage in 2019 as Bert in “Mary Poppins”. The other shows he has been here at OLT have been: “Oliver!” as Charley Bates, Eddie in “13! The Musical”, Cosmo Brown in “Singin’ in the Rain” and Jeff Knightly in “Emma! A Pop Musical”. Some other outside credits include: Disney’s Newsies (Race), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Mamma Mia! (Sky/Sam understudy), Matilda (Michael Wormwood) and most recently, A Chorus Line (Frank/Headband Boy). Thank you to my family, best friends and girlfriend for helping me reach for my dreams each and everyday. Special thanks to my great grandma, “Me-Ma” for being my #1 fan. Enjoy the show!! Everyone loves a good wedding right?! ;) Instagram: @ant.finke


Caitlin Greene

Ensemble
Caitlin Greene Coming off the heels of Hunchback of Notre Dame (Gargoyle) at Rhino Theatre Caitlin is thrilled to be in her first show at Old Library Theater. She is thankful for the unwavering support from her friends, family, and cat, Milo.


Amy Kurfist

Ensemble
Amy is excited to be back on the stage at Old Library Theater with It Shoulda Been You! She was previously seen on stage in OLT's productions of Urinetown, Legally Blonde, and A Night At The Movies Fundraising Concert. She also serves on the executive board as Communications and Membership Manager. Huge thanks to the amazingly talented cast and crew for making this such a fun and rewarding experience. Mazel tov!


Adam Mahonchak

Ensemble
Adam, who doesn't particularly like the idea of weddings, is having a blast at this one! He has had the pleasure of doing a number of shows at OLT and as a career ensemblist, who easily blends into the background, you might have seen him but not recognized him in the following productions: Side Show, The Wild Party, The Full Monty, Urinetown, and Sweet Charity. He'd like to thank the entire creative team for their wonderful work on this production!


Nyasia Legra

Ensemble
Appearing mostly in straight plays, Nyasia is excited to perform in her first musical. This is her second production with OLT, performing as Fabian, in the summer 2021 production of “Twelfth Night”. Nyasia’s most recent roles include Ginette, in WHATCO’s “Almost Maine” and Queen Catherine, in Pax Amicus’s “Slush”. Nyasia hopes to continue to build on her singing ability and perform in more musicals.


Creative Team

Armanda Cerqueira

Director
Armanda is excited to be making her directorial debut at OLT. She has been an OLT Executive Board member for the last two years. She's co-produced OLT's Shakespeare in the Park: 12th Night in 2021 and will produce this year's Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing. Armanda is honored to have had the opportunity to work with the incredible cast and production team of Shoulda. It's such a joy-filled experience to see her vision come alive on stage with such a remarkable group of folks. Mozel Tov!


Dawn Cardona

Producer
Dawn Cardona is now in her 10th year with Old Library Theatre. She has been seen on stage, has served on OLT’s Executive Board, and has been on the production team for many shows. Some of her favorites include Jekyll & Hyde, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Bridges of Madison County, and My Big Gay Italian Wedding, just to name a few. She is so blessed to work with such a talented cast and production team on ISBY and cannot wait to share this wonderful performance with all of you!


Joseph Christianson

Music Director
Joseph Christianson is excited to be working on another production with Old Library Theatre! Recent music directing credits include: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Comedy Tonight OLT Under the Stars, ASA Cabaret Revue 2022, Lion King Jr., Addams Family, and The Wizard of Oz. Recent acting credits include: Beauty & The Beast (Bookseller/Knife), The Most Incredible Thing (King’s Council/Judge), Baby (Dean Webber), Hair (Male Tribe), Tommy (Hawker), and Starmites (Ack Ack Ackerman). Much love to Danielle, the pit orchestra, and friends!


Jeff Parsons

Stage Manager
Jeff Parsons is excited to return to backstage life where he can once again say his favorite line - “Is that your prop?”. He is grateful for the opportunity to work with this phenomenal cast and creative team. Most recently, he appeared on stage in Falsettos (Antrim Playhouse), Greater Tuna (Studio Players), Urinetown (OLT), My Big Gay Italian Wedding (OLT), and the Rhino Theatre One Act Jamboree (Best Actor Winner). Jeff has spent many years producing and stage managing, for film and stage, including the first middle school pilot production of Wicked Jr at Teaneck Community Charter School. Thanks to his incredibly supportive family.


Eliah Furlong

Choreographer
Eliah James Furlong (Choreography) is thrilled to return to Old Library Theater after winning Best Choreography for his work on Urinetown last season. Eliah’s passion for story telling through movement has always shown through in his work. He has trained at many prestigious schools such as The Ailey School, Joffrey Ballet School, Milwaukee Ballet, The Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, and The Institute for American Musical Theatre. In which time he had the opportunity to tour with Bella Moxi Dance Convention working closely with Mia Michaels, Alex Little, Carlos Dos Santos, Chase Benz, and more. Eliah is so grateful for the opportunity to create and would like to thank the wonderful cast, crew and production team of It Shoulda Been You for being a great group of people to work with! @eliahjamesfurlong


Veronica Papianni

Assistant Stage Manager
Veronica is thrilled to be returning to OLT and this time behind the scenes! Veronica is currently a Program and Production Assistant for ArtsED at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and is a rising senior majoring in Theater Arts with a minor in creative writing at Rutgers University Newark/NJIT. Veronica is very enthusiastic and grateful to be a part of this production and would like to thank her family, friends, and boyfriend Lukas for all their support as she continues to pursue her love for theater and education.


Anthony Bevilacqua

Prop Master
Anthony Bevilacqua has been with OLT for 11 years now as a Musical Director, musician, volunteer, patron and friend. A lifelong resident of Bergen County, Anthony has worked as a professional violinist, violin teacher, orchestrator and studio musician for 23 years having worked in symphony orchestras, opera companies, theater, TV and film. Anthony is also on staff as Musical Director, musician and sound engineer for Rhino Theater in Pompton Lakes. Outside of his professional and union gigs, he enjoys performing with various local community orchestras and theater companies. In his years with OLT, Anthony has music directed and conducted the pits for shows such as Gypsy, Jekyll & Hyde, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, along with launching two of OLT’s major programs - the first of our annual summer benefit concerts in 2012 and our theater youth program in 2014.


Amy Kurfist

Costumer
Amy is excited to be back on the stage at Old Library Theater with It Shoulda Been You! She was previously seen on stage in OLT's productions of Urinetown, Legally Blonde, and A Night At The Movies Fundraising Concert. She also serves on the executive board as Communications and Membership Manager. Huge thanks to the amazingly talented cast and crew for making this such a fun and rewarding experience. Mazel tov!




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