Cast and Creative
NATHANIEL HACKMANN (Adam) is excited to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut! Broadway, New York/Nat’l Tour: Les Miserables (Valjean/Javert u/s), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Paint Your Wagon (Steve). Regional: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Adam), Oliver! (Bill Sykes), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Miles), Oklahoma! (Curly), Ragtime (Tateh), Into the Woods (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), Camelot (Lancelot), Sanders Family Christmas (Stanley), Bye Bye Birdie (Birdie). Love and thanks: God, parents, and family: Nicole (Puzzle Piece) and son Alek. Proud member AEA. Twitter: @super_n8
ANALISA LEAMING (Milly) is excited to be making her Ogunquit Playhouse debut! Broadway: The King and I (Anna, Lincoln Center Theatre), On the Twentieth Century (Anita, Roundabout Theatre). Off-Broadway/New York: Where's Charley, Pipe Dream, The Fartiste. Tours: Annie (Grace Farrell). Regional: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, Kansas City Starlight), The Sound of Music (Maria, Kansas City Starlight), Pirates! (Mabel, MUNY), The Music Man (Marian Paroo, Geva Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (Irene Molloy, North Shore Music Theatre), She Loves Me (Amalia, Infinity Theatre), Arlington (World Premier, Sarah Jane, Magic Theatre), The Game (Emilie, Barrington Stage). Eastman School of Music, B.M. Lotte Lenya Competition Winner. Many thanks to BRS/GAGE and my Beloved.
KELLY BERMAN (Alice) is pleased to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Off-Broadway: Peter Pan (Indian, Transport Group), Regional: The Music Man (Ensemble, The Muny), Anything Goes (Erma, Greater Lowell Music Theatre). A Proud Boston Conservatory Graduate. Thank you to the incredible cast, creative team and crew for a magical time here, in Maine. A special thanks to Anthony Daniel, my friends, and most importantly, Mom and Pop.
COLIN BRADBURY (Caleb) is thrilled to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut! Broadway: Come Fly Away. Off-Broadway/NYC: Trip Of Love, Heatwave: The Jack Cole Project (Queens Theater), Bombshell: In Concert, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Girl Crazy (Encores!). Nat’l Tour: The Book of Mormon (1st Nat’l), A Chorus Line (1st Nat’l), Come Fly Away (1st Nat’l), 42nd Street (Japan/U.S. Nat’l), White Christmas (LA, St Paul, Boston). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Houston TUTS, Pittsburgh CLO, Gateway Playhouse, McCarter Theater. TV/Film: Hail Caesar, "Nurse Jackie," 64th Annual Tony Awards. Originally from Nashua, NH. Olives to Brian!
CHRIS BRAND (Luke) is pleased to make his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Regional: Austen’s Pride: a New Musical of Pride and Prejudice (Redcoat, FLMTF), Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper, Wick Theatre), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hero, Wick Theatre), 110 In The Shade (Ensemble, Palm Beach Dramaworks), Mame (Patrick, Wick Theatre). Nat'l Tour: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble, Beast/Gaston u/s, NETworks). Thank you to my parents and three younger sisters.
MICHAEL CALLAHAN (Matt) is excited to return to Ogunquit Playhouse. OP: Damn Yankees (Baseball Player). Broadway: Cinderella (Raccoon/ u/s Jean-Michel). Nat’l Tour: Cinderella (Fox/ u/s Jean-Michel/ u/s Pinkleton). Regional: West Side Story (Action, Sacramento Music Circus), West Side Story (Arab, Asolo Repertory Theatre), A Chorus Line (Mike, Maltz Jupiter Theatre), A Chorus Line (Mike, TUTS). Other Regional Theatre: Hanger Theatre, Trancendence Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Derby Dinner Playhouse. BFA Elon University. Special thank you to DGRW, my family, and Jake.
NATHAN YATES DOUGLASS (Mr. Sander/Bass/Mandolin/Harmonica) is pleased to make his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Nat’l Tour: The Buddy Holly Story (Norman Petty, Boebe Ent.); Stand By Your Man, The Tammy Wynette Story (George Richey/Don Chapel, Capstone Theatricals). Regional: Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro, Endstation Theatre Company), Sanders Family Christmas (Stanley, Sierra Rep Theatre), Ring of Fire (Mark, Cortland Rep Theatre). Off-Broadway: On the Bum (Harry, Chelsea Rep Theatre).
ABE HEGEWALD (Ephraim) is super stoked to be making his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Regional: From Here to Eternity (Sir Tim Rice’s North American Premiere, G Company Ensemble, Merry Go Round Playhouse), The Little Mermaid (Swing, Tuacahn), Grease (Sonny, Tuachan), Our Town (ensemble, Porthouse Theatre), Footloose (Ren, Jackson Hole Playhouse), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Gideon, Jackson Hole Playhouse). Abe was recently a singer dancer for Norwegian Cruise Line, working in Hawaii for a year and a half. Big shout out to my family and friends for all the love and support.
DREW HUMPHREY (Joel) is pleased to make his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Broadway: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Ensemble, cast recording). New York/Tour: Of Thee I Sing (Encores!), Lady Be Good (Encores!, cast recording), 42nd Street (Ensemble, 1st Nat’l.); Regional: Crazy for You (Bobby Child, Tuacahn CFA), A Chorus Line (Don, Sacramento Music Circus), Cats (Skimbleshanks, The Muny), On The Town (Chip, FLMTF), Hello, Dolly! (Ensemble, Goodspeed Opera House). Drew also had the honor to perform at the Kennedy Center for Ted Kennedy and President Obama. Thanks to his amazing wife and family for their
BECKY GRACE KALMAN (Sarah) is tickled pink to be making her debut at the beautiful Ogunquit Playhouse! Off-Broadway: Peter Pan in Concert (Indian, The Transport Group). Regional: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Dorcas, JH Playhouse), The Fantasticks (Luisa, The Booth Theatre), Oklahoma! (Gertie Cummings/Dance Captain, Allenberry Playhouse), 42nd Street (Phyllis/Dance Captain, Allenberry Playhouse), Cats (Rumpleteazer, Ocean Professional Theatre). Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Mini, Jon, and the entire OP team! For KJS.
BRIAN MARTIN (Daniel) is thrilled to be “Goin’ Courtin’” at Ogunquit Playhouse! Nat’l Tour: Bullets Over Broadway (Aldo, u/s Cheech), Beauty and the Beast (u/s Lumiere), Guys and Dolls. Regional favorites: A Chorus Line (Bobby, Surflight Theatre), Tarzan (Tarzan, Wagon Wheel Theatre), Hairspray (Fender, Wagon Wheel Theatre). Training: BFA, Western Michigan University; RADA. Special thanks to the team at BBR, my friends, and family for their constant support. This one goes out to my big brother in real life, Derek! @btmartz
KARA MIKULA (Mrs. Hoallum/Fiddle/Violin) is pleased to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Off-Broadway: Allegro (directed by John Doyle, u/s for all six female actor-musicians/performed Marjorie, Classic Stage Company). Pre-Broadway: The SpongeBob Musical (directed by Tina Landau, Mrs. Puff). Regional: Hello Dolly! (Ernestina Money, Riverside Theatre), A Christmas Story: The Musical (Miss Shields, Capital Repertory Theatre), Judge Jackie Justice (world premiere, Jackie, PCLO), Grease (Cha-Cha, Gateway Playhouse), and many more. Favorite credit: Aunt Kara to my two nephews. For my family. www.karamikula.com
KEVIN MUNHALL (Benjamin) is pleased to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse. OP: West Side Story (Riff). Broadway: Allegiance (Pvt. Knight, Longacre), Anything Goes (Ensemble, Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Paint Your Wagon and Bells Are Ringing (Ensemble, City Center Encores!), The Sound of Music (Ensemble, Carnegie Hall), Hansel and Gretel (Dream Hansel, Avery Fisher Hall). Tour: Dirty Dancing (Johnny Castle u/s). Regional: Anastasia (Gleb u/s, Hartford Stage), Kiss Me, Kate (Bill Calhoun, The Old Globe), Ever After (Gustave u/s, Paper Mill Playhouse), Oklahoma! (Will Parker, MTWichita), The Music Man (Tommy Djilas, Walnut Street). TV: “One Life to Live” and “Smash.” UMich grad. @kmunny316. Love to my wolfpack. Alláh-u-Abhá!
LIZZ PICINI (Ruth/Assistant Choreographer) is delighted to return to Ogunquit Playhouse. OP: West Side Story (Clarice). Regional: Crazy For You (Tess, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Oklahoma! (Gertie Cummings/Dance Captain, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), On The Town (Ensemble, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble, Tuacahn Amphitheatre), Sister Act (Ensemble, Tuacahn Amphitheatre), When You Wish (Ensemble, Tuacahn Amphitheatre). Endless love and thanks to God, her unbelievably supportive family and friends, Clear Talent Group, Parker, BT and Ogunquit’s brilliant team! www.lizzpicini.com
SHELBY PUTLAK (Liza) is pleased to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Regional: Chicago (Roxie Hart, Highlands Playhouse), Xanadu (Euterpe/Thetis, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), A Year With Frog and Toad (Young Frog/Mouse, Actor's Theatre of Indiana), Legally Blonde the Musical (Elle Woods, Bigfork Summer Playhouse). Thank you to OP, and to my family and friends for their never ending support!
ROBBIE ROBY (Zeke/Dance Captain) is pleased to make his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Broadway: Billy Elliot, Hairspray, The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Park), Paint Your Wagon (Encores!, cast album), Carnegie Hall Family Holiday Concert: The NYC Pops, Empire (Lincoln Center workshop). Nat’l Tours: The Little Mermaid, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, Joseph…Dreamcoat (cast album), Starlight Express. Regional: Shrek (North Shore), Idaho! (Las Vegas Premiere), Beaches (premiere, Signature Theatre), Dreamgirls (2012, w/ Jennifer Holliday), Carol Channing’s 95th Birthday Celebration! Robbie is a native of Baltimore, MD, and holds a BS in Elementary Education from Towson University. Dare to dream!
ED ROMANOFF (Mr. Hoallum/Guitar) Ogunquit Playhouse debut. Broadway: Most Happy Fella (Joe, cast recording), Hairspray (standby George Wendt, Kevin Meaney), Children & Art: Sondheim 75th. Off-Broadway: Allegro (Classic Stage, John Doyle, Dir.). Regional: How To Succeed… (Twimble/Womper, Walnut Street & Riverside Theatres), Sunset Boulevard (Sheldrake, Pioneer Theatre), The Producers (Max, Maine State Music Theatre). Film: The Suffering Kind. TV: “Rescue Me,” “Gossip Girl,” TV LAND’s “Really Big Shows" (Host). Gloriously married to director/actress Joyce A. Presutti. www.edromanoff.info
JUSTIN SCHUMAN (Gideon) is so excited to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut! 1st Nat’l Tour: Nice Work If You Can Get It. Off-Broadway: Babes In Arms (Valentine LaMar, Musicals Tonight!) Regional: Legally Blonde, Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper, Sacramento Music Circus), Elf and the world premiere musical Ever After (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Music Man (Tommy Djilas, John W. Engeman Theatre), Mary Poppins (Bert, Wagon Wheel Theatre), My Fair Lady (Connecticut Repertory Theatre). Many thanks to Abrams and much love to his family. This one is for Jordan. Instagram: @justinmaxschuman
NANCY SLUSSER (Mrs. Sander/Autoharp/Washboard/Jug) is excited to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Off-Broadway: Menopause (all four roles/dance captain, Playhouse 91). Max & Ruby (World Premier Grandma Bunny, Lortel). Regional/Tour: Home (World Premier, Miriam, ATF), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Reba, Brown County Playhouse). RoseMarie (Original Cast Recording, Lady Jane, Media). JC Superstar (Jeff Award Best Musical, Priest, Drury Lane Oakbrook). TV: “Louie” (Marcy/Teacher). Cabaret & Duo act: The Botch-a-Cools. Love to Louis, Luna, Francesca & Scotchie.
MARIA CRISTINA SLYE (Dorcas) is thrilled to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse! Nat'l Tours: Ghost the Musical (Ensemble/Mrs. Santiago u/s), Elf the Musical (Featured Ensemble). Regional: A Chorus Line (Diana Morales, John W. Engeman Theatre), West Side Story (Rosalia/Maria u/s, John W Engeman Theatre), In the Heights (Carla, Hangar Theatre), Cats (Rumpleteaser, Cortland Repertory Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Ariel, Riverside Dinner Theatre), Pirates of Penzance (Mabel, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts). TV: “The Hunt With John Walsh” (Lucita). B.A. Musical Theatre James Madison University. Honor to God and thanks to the most supportive family imaginable!
JEFF SMITH (Frank) is pleased to return to Ogunquit Playhouse for his third season. OP: West Side Story, Damn Yankees. Other credits include: West Side Story (Hollywood Bowl/Nat’l Tour), On The Town (The Marriott Theatre), First Date (Mason Street Warehouse), Show Boat (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (TUTS), Man of La Mancha (The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Cats (Gateway Playhouse). A big thank you to CLA, and his family and friends for their unfailing support. www.jeffmsmith.net
CHLOE TISO (Martha) is pleased to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Tour: Annie (Grace). Regional: Austen's Pride, a New Musical of Pride and Prejudice (Jane Bennet, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), On the Town (Ensemble, Barrington Stage Co.), Tim and Scrooge (Swing, Westchester Broadway Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet, New London Barn Playhouse).
TIM WESSEL (Nathan) is incredibly excited make his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Nat'l Tour:Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Gad, u/s Joseph) Regional: Disney Fantasy (Bert), A Chorus Line (Paul), All Shook Up (Dennis). BFA Musical Theatre, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Thanks to my mom, dad, and siblings, and especially to Elby. Reach for the stars! Instagram: @timnop
MATT WIERCINSKI (Jeb) is pleased to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse. Regional: Anything Goes (Ensemble, Gateway Playhouse), Anything Goes (Ensemble, Ogunquit Playhouse). Matt would like to thank his family, friends and teachers for their guidance and support, for he would not be here without their help.
LAWRENCE KASHA (Book) Lawrence Kasha produced in the theater for twenty years. He won the Tony Award for the musical hit Applause starring Lauren Bacall. He received an Emmy nomination for the television version. He also received Tony nominations for Hadrian VII and the musicals Seesaw, She Loves Me and Woman of the Year. On Broadway he continued to produce Inner City, Father's Day and No Hard Feelings. He made his debut as producer Off-Broadway with Parade introducing Jerry Herman to New York. He directed a number of plays and musicals on Broadway and London, where he directed Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl. He co-produced the production of the Tony nominated stage musical of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In television, Lawrence Kasha was the co-executive producer of the top television series "Knots Landing."
DAVID LANDAY (Book) is also co-author of Heaven Sent, based on Cole Porter’s Out of This World. An attorney and theatrical producer, including Woman of the Year with Lauren Bacall, Raquel Welch and Debbie Reynolds, David also helps people with life-changing conditions. He wrote the critically acclaimed Be Prepared: The Complete Financial, Legal and Practical Guide to Living With Cancer, HIV and Other Life-Challenging Conditions (St. Martin’s Press).
JOHNNY MERCER (Lyrics) born in Savannah, Georgia, November 18, 1909. Mercer's gift for idiomatic, regional lyrics was well suited to such Broadway musicals as St. Louis Woman; Texas, L'il Darlin’; and L'il Abner. He received four Academy Awards for his lyric writing, and he collaborated with such notable composers as Henry Mancini, Harold Arlen, Robert Emmett Dolan and André Previn.
GENE DE PAUL (Music) was nominated for a Tony Award in 1983 for Best Original Score of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He also composed the music for Li’l Abner (Original, Musical Comedy; Nov 15, 1956 - Jul 12, 1958), Almost Crazy (Original, Musical Revue), and Here Comes the Blues (Jun 20, 1955 - Jun 25, 1955).
AL KASHA (New Songs) is currently working on a 60 million dollar animated musical feature The Greatest King with multi Grammy award winner David Foster. He and producer Paul Murray recently completed a pop single "You're The Only One That's Real" for the MTV group "2-Gether," which is called "2-Gether: The Series." Mr. Kasha is currently on the Board of Trustees at Regent University
(www.Regent.Edu). Currently, he heads his own production firm, "The Kasha Entertainment Company," which is a multifaceted entertainment enterprise. The company's activities include a wide variety of broadway theatrical productions including Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and Copperfield. He recently co-wrote the Broadway bound musical Ordinary Girl based on the life of and starring Donna Summer. With over thirty motion picture scores to his credit, recent success has stemmed from his scoring contributions to such films as the animated classic All Dogs Go To Heaven, Giant of Thunder Mountain, China Cry, (which won the coveted Angel Award) and Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer, an animated movie musical, starring John Goodman and Whoopi Goldberg. Heading A&R at CBS Records' Music Publishing Company, he was responsible for the signing of artists including Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Andy Williams, The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. Artists such As All 4 One, James Ingram, Melissa Manchester, Irene Cara, Gary Morris, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Wilson, Freddie Jackson, Sheena Easton, Julian Lennon, and Donna Summer are among the stars who have recorded his many songs.
JOEL HIRSCHHORN (New Songs) is a two-time Tony nominee for Best Score, as well as author of the libretto for Copperfield. Joel's Tony nominated show Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, a big hit on London's West End, has received over 2,000 productions. This makes it one of the top ten most performed musicals in the history of Musical Theatre International. In addition to his Tony nominations, Joel has also won two Academy Awards and was a nominee for two others. He has received four Golden Globes and a Dramalogue Award for Best Musical. His lyrics were performed by Liza Minelli and Charles Aznavour on the highly successful production From A to Z, and he has written eight lyrics for Aznavour's one-man Broadway show (including the internationally famous "Old Fashioned Way"). His songs have been recorded by such diverse entertainers as Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Elvis Presley, Robert Guillaume and Michael Feinstein. A graduate of Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts, Joel is the author of four best-selling books, and is known worldwide for Notes on Broadway (Simon and Schuster), in which he interviewed and wrote profiles of Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Jerry Herman, Tim Rice, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Hirschhorn's mentor, Leonard Bernstein.
SAM DAVIS (Dance Music Arrangements) Broadway as Arranger or Conductor: Big Fish, Drood, Scandalous, Curtains, and The Apple Tree. Musical Supervisor for Dreamgirls at the Apollo (also Nat’l Tour, Korea, and South Africa). Kennedy Center: Trumpet of the Swan (Orchestrator), Bill Condon's revised Side Show (Music Supervisor/Arranger), Susan Stroman's Little Dancer (Dance Music Arranger). Composer: Bunnicula (Daryl Roth Theater), Love and Real Estate (59 E 59), The Red Eye of Love (North Haven, ME) and the album Love on a Summer Afternoon (P.S. Classics). Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award for composition and a graduate of the University of Michigan. samdavismusic.com
BT MCNICHOLL (Director) is delighted to continue his long association with Brad Kenney and the Playhouse, after directing some of its most notable productions over the last 10 years, including the Moss Hart Award-winning West Side Story and Billy Elliot, as well as Cabaret, La Cage Aux Folles and Fiddler on the Roof. Protégé of the legendary director Mike Nichols, McNicholl has served on the creative team of a dozen Broadway plays and musicals with directors Sam Mendes, Rob Marshall, James Lapine, Jerry Zaks, Stephen Daldry and David Hare. Last year, he mounted Spamalot at the famous Hollywood Bowl. He won the Australian “Tony” Award for Best Direction, and staged long-running productions in Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam. Regionally, he has directed award-winning productions for Walnut Street Theatre and the Goodspeed Opera House, and created new works at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. A BMI Award-winning lyricist and published playwright, he served as a Development Consultant for MGM’s theatrical division, spent three years with the Shubert Organization, and is now the Producing Artistic Director of La Mirada Theatre in California.
PARKER ESSE (Choreographer) is thrilled to be making his Ogunquit debut choreographing Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He most recently directed and choreographed Crazy For You for The Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival where he also directed and choreographed West Side Story last season. Choreographer: Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis’ world premiere A Bed and A Chair: A New York Love Affair, New York City Center’s Encores!; 50th Anniversary Fiddler on the Roof, The Most Happy Fella, and Carousel at Goodspeed Opera House (taped/archived, NYPL, Lincoln Center Library, Connecticut Critics Circle nomination); The Music Man (Helen Hayes nomination), Oklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award, The New Yorker’s Best Performers of 2010), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Helen Hayes nomination); Fiddler on the Roof (Helen Hayes nomination) at Arena Stage; West Side Story at Signature Theatre; Bells Are Ringing and Little Shop of Horrors at Berkshire Theatre Group; Sweet Charity and Guys and Dolls at Canada's Shaw Festival. Associate Choreographer (Broadway): Finian’s Rainbow, A Tale of Two Cities. Featured Performer (Broadway): Fosse.
JEFFREY CAMPOS (Music Director) is pleased to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse! OP: Hunchback of Notre Dame, Saturday Night Fever, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Victor/Victoria, The Witches of Eastwick, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Joseph…Dreamcoat, 9 to 5, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Summer of Love, Sunset Boulevard. Nat’l Tours: Jekyll & Hyde, A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, Annie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Regional: The Prima Donnettes, Too Darn Hot (Florida Studio Theatre), Mame (Cohoes). NYC: A Stoop on Orchard Street (Off-Broadway); NYC Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture, Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating) (Ars Nova); Show Choir (NYC Fringe); A New Generation of Song (NYMF); The Secret Garden, Human Comedy, Lucky Stiff, Triumph of Love, A New Brain, Forever Plaid, Proof (Astoria Performing Arts Center); Violet, The Wild Party, Like You Like It, City of Angels (Gallery Players); Jesus Christ Superstar (Producer's Club). Orchestrations: Broadway Backwards (American Airlines Theatre). Developmental grant recipient from the Queens Council for the Arts for his musical The Man in the Iron Mask.
ANNA LOUIZOS (Scenic Design) has received Tony nominations for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, In the Heights, and High Fidelity. Other Broadway designs include: The Performers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (also UK, Toronto, and multiple US cities), Avenue Q (also UK, Toronto, Europe, Las Vegas, and Nat'l Tour), Curtains (Drama Desk, nomination), Baby It’s You, All About Me, To Be Or Not To Be, Steel Magnolias, Golda’s Balcony (also Nat'l Tour). Some Off-Broadway productions include: Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout); It Shoulda Been You (George St. Playhouse); Olive and the Bitter Herbs, In Transit (both Primary Stages); Vanities The Musical, Birdie Blue (both Second Stage); Crimes of the Heart, The Foreigner, Speech and Debate (all Roundabout); Based on a Totally True Story (MTC); Altar Boyz (NWS); Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick…BOOM! (Jane Street). Some regional productions include: Pirates of Penzance (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); Disney’s Aladdin (5th Avenue Theatre); Arsenic and Old Lace (with Betty Buckley and Tovah Feldshuh); Sarah Plain and Tall (both Dallas Theater Center); Minsky’s (Ahmanson); Disney Live Winnie the Pooh (World Tour). Art Direction Film/TV: Sex and the City (HBO). Feature Film: The Secret Lives of Dentists.
JOSE M. RIVERA (Costume Design) is thrilled to be working at the Ogunquit Playhouse during it's 84th season! A four time Carbonell and an Emmy Award winner, he's designed over 250 productions for film-theatre-television. As always, he dedicates his work to his parents, who always guide him from above, his Aunt, his mentors Ray Aghayan, Theoni V. Aldredge, Robert Fletcher and to Brian Swasey and Brad Kenney for believing in him!
RICHARD LATTA (Lighting Design) created the lighting for last season's Sister Act, Victor/Victoria, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Million Dollar Quartet, Saturday Night Fever and White Christmas (Music Hall, Portsmouth). Recent work: Sister Act (North Shore Music Theater), Ain't Misbehavin' (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), El Posada Nunca Se Termina (projections, Chicago Lyric Opera), A Christmas Story, Hasbro Toy Fair 2016 and Newark Arts Ballet 2016. Previous work includes: Cabaret (Engeman Theatre, Maltz Jupiter, Ogunquit), projection research for the opera Moby Dick (Houston, SF, Sydney, Kennedy Center), Thurgood, The People In The Picture (Broadway), Fiddler on the Roof (Engeman, Ogunquit) He proudly salutes all his Ogunquit friends who helped make the Playhouse what it is today.
JOHN EMMETT O’BRIEN (Sound Design) is pleased to make his Ogunquit Playhouse debut. Upcoming credits include: First Date (Blumenthal Performing Arts Center), Merrily We Roll Along (NYU New School on Broadway), My Fair Lady (Gulfshore Playhouse). Select designs include: The Golden Bride (Folksbiene), 1776 (NYU New School on Broadway), Happy End (The New School), Skippyjon Jones Snow What (Theatreworks USA), An Inconvenient Poop (NYIFF), Motherf*cker With The Hat (NYU Tisch), Hands Up! (National Black Theatre), Tail!Spin! (Lynn Redgrave Theater), Gods And Kings (The Other Mirror Theatre), When We Met (CAP21), Subverted (2014 NYIT nomination), Jericho (NJ Rep/The Directors Company), and Poetic License (The Directors Company). Proud member of USA Local 829.
APRIL SPAIN (Wig/Hair and Make-Up Design) is pleased to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse. OP: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anything Goes (Wig and Makeup Master), Let It Be (Wig and Makeup Master), White Christmas (Wig Assistant), Saturday Night Fever (Wig Assistant), Million Dollar Quartet (Wig Assistant). Regional: Aida (Wig/Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), Fidelio (Wig/Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), Cosi fan tutte (Wig/Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), The Battle of Legnano (Wig/Makeup Assistant, Sarasota Opera), Carousel (Wig/Makeup Artisan, Utah Festival Opera), La Boheme (Wig/Makeup Artisan, Utah Festival Opera), How to Succeed… (Wig/Makeup Artisan, Utah Festival Opera), Man of La Mancha (Wig/Makeup Artisan, Utah Festival Opera), A Christmas Carol (Hair/Makeup Artist, American Conservatory Theater), Die Fledermaus (Hair/Makeup Artist, Opera San Jose), Il Trovatore (Hair/Makeup Artist, Opera San Jose). Nat’l Tour: Rock of Ages (Local Wig Crew, San Jose Performing Arts Center), Shrek (Local Wig Crew, San Jose Performing Arts Center).
JACOB GRIGOLIA-ROSENBAUM (Fight Director) is pleased to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse. OP: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Past work includes Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (dir. Alex Timbers), Peter and the Starcatcher (A. Timbers, Roger Reese), Cyrano de Bergerac (Jamie Lloyd), On the Twentieth Century (Scott Ellis). Off-Broadway: Robber Bridegroom, Here Lies Love, Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody (all A. Timbers); The Whale, Pocatello, London Wall (all Davis McCallum); Sailorman (Best Play, FringeNY, Peter J. Cook), The Buccaneer (self). Regional: Othello (Old Globe, Barry Edelstein), Robin Hood (Williamstown, Stella Powell-Jones), Three Musketeers (CFS, Ellen Lieberman). Film: Dark Was the Night (Jack Heller, Calibre/Image). TV: "Peter Pan Live" (Rob Ashford, NBC/Universal). AB from Yale; thanks to AB&J at the 411.
ANTHONY C. DANIEL (Casting Director) Casting: Ogunquit Playhouse's productions of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anything Goes, Sister Act, Victor/Victoria, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Million Dollar Quartet, Saturday Night Fever, White Christmas, Grease, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, The Witches of Eastwick, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and The Addams Family. He has also served as Associate Director on the Playhouse’s productions of Victor/Victoria, Mary Poppins and The Witches of Eastwick. Anthony is on faculty at The Growing Studio in NYC as a Director and Coach. This summer Anthony will be directing productions of Sister Act and The Little Mermaid before serving as the Associate Director on the Nat’l Tour of Cheers: Live On Stage!
MAX FRIEDMAN (Associate Director) is an NYC based director. OP debut! Credits include: Midnight at The Never Get (NYMF 2016, Don’t Tell Mama), Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band (2016 MAC Nomination, Show of the Year), Ruby Manger Live! The Farewell Engagement, and The Longing and The Short of It (Carbonell Nomination, Best Director). Off-Broadway assisting: Jasper in Deadland and The Other Josh Cohen. Associate Director of Programming at Don’t Tell Mama. www.maxfriedmandirector.com/ Instagram/Twitter: @maxbfriedman
KAREN PARLATO (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to return for her sixth production with Ogunquit Playhouse. Previous: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mary Poppins (at The Music Hall), Sister Act, Million Dollar Quartet and White Christmas. Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway she has most recently been PSM for Len Cariou's one-man show Broadway and the Bard, and for Charles Busch's Cleopatra. Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical, Triassic Parq; Revolution in the Elbow..., The Fantasticks, and Frankenstein. Other stock favorites include Crazy for You; Carousel starring Shirley Jones; Into the Woods and Hello, Dolly! starring Rachel York; Annie starring Sally Struthers; Hairspray; and Beauty and the Beast, which she's looking forward to revisiting at The Music Hall later this year. @HeadsetChatter. headsetchatter.com
MICHAEL FRIEDLANDER (Assistant Stage Manager) Recent Credits include: Rock of Ages (Center Rep.); First Noel (Apollo Theater); Saturday Night Fever (Ogunquit Playhouse); Tail! Spin!(DRTM); Hello Dolly (Big League Productions), Romeo n Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Unavoidable Dissappearance of Tom Durnin (RoundAbout Theatre), Blood Brothers (APAC), Lovers (TACT), & Lost in Yonkers (TACT). Numerous events for the Actors Fund, Vineyard Theatre, and Dramatists Guild. Michael would like to thank his friends and family for supporting him in such a rewarding career.
MICHAEL USELMANN (Associate Music Director) is delighted to return to this beautiful place by the sea! Recent credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Nat’l Tour), Victor/Victoria (Ogunquit Playhouse), Big Fish, Young Frankenstein (Timber Lake playhouse), Hello, Dolly! (Wagon Wheel Theatre), Grey Gardens (Lawrence University). Michael recently received a Master’s Degree in musical theatre writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he wrote and premiered two original musicals: Heist! and The Great Divide. Michael thanks his friends and family for their constant inspirational and support. @MichaelUselmann
BRIAN J. SWASEY (Associate Producer) is originally from South Portland, ME, and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. After moving to NYC in 1995 and focusing on pursuing a career as an actor, he changed focus and became the Founding Artistic Director of The Astoria Performing Arts Center, followed by the Associate Producer position at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing, NY. There he was involved in producing the 20th Anniversary Revival of Closer Than Ever starring Sally Mayes and Lynne Winterstellar. Prior to coming to Ogunquit, he was the Managing Director for The New York Theatre Barn. NYC developmental projects have included: the rock musical The 12 and a new holiday musical entitled Tim and Scrooge. As a Director/Choreographer, Brian has had the pleasure of directing such shows as Pump Boys and Dinettes, Hairspray, Chicago, A New Brain, and Altar Boyz. He was the Assistant Director for the NYC Revival of Die, Mommie, Die! starring Charles Busch. At The Playhouse, Brian directed the TYA productions of The Berenstain Bears and The Cat In The Hat. In addition, Brian has been involved with booking cabaret entertainment at The Triad in NYC, as well as bringing such artists as Christina Bianco and Bruce Vilanch to MaineStreet in Ogunquit, ME.
GEOF DOLAN (Technical Director) is excited to be returning for his tenth season as the Ogunquit Playhouse's Technical Director and Scenic Coordinator. Immediately prior to Ogunquit he served as Technical Director for Worcester Foothills Theatre. He has done supplemental design work for several shows and received a 2014 BroadwayWorld Award for Best Scenic Design in Maine for his work on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Robert Kovach original design). He is also the Technical Supervisor for the Children's Theatre program. Geof began his technical career working backstage for both of his parents who are theatre directors and began his professional career at Sierra Repertory Theatre in California. For five years he split his seasons between Maine and Florida, working the same technical areas for the Orlando Shakespeare, but now stays with the Playhouse year-round. His wife Cheryl (Scenic Charge Artist at the Playhouse for nine seasons) has designed award-winning parade floats and designs many of the Children’s Theater shows. His "born-in-a trunk" 15 year old daughter Ashlynn is an aspiring actress, musician and artist who can definitely call the Playhouse her second home.
CHERYL DOLAN (Resident Scenic Charge) is excited to be returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse for her ninth season. After taking over as Resident Scenic Charge seven years ago, she has designed several Children's Theatre sets, as well as added her artistic eye to many of the main stage productions. In the off-season, Cheryl is a Scenic Charge and Prop Master for The Good Theater in Portland, Maine. Since falling in love with the Ogunquit Playhouse, Cheryl, her husband Geof Dolan (the Ogunquit Playhouse Technical Director) and their daughter Ashlynn, who is a budding writer, have made the Seacoast their home year-round. Cheryl considers the staff at OP her family and hopes that her love and passion for theater is translated through the productions to all
BRADFORD T. KENNEY (Executive Artistic Director) is an artistic director, producer, stage and film director, and artist. Since joining the Ogunquit Playhouse in 2005, the Playhouse has tripled its audience growing from a single season summer stock theatre into one of the Northeast’s pre-eminent regional theatres with a three-season performance schedule. During his stewardship, the Playhouse has garnered a number of awards and honors including the Moss Hart Trophy, Regional Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference, multiple IRNE Awards and a number of BroadwayWorld Awards including Best Musical and others. Mr. Kenney is also noted for his work at Carnegie Hall including directing the holiday special The Christmas Rose starring Jane Seymour and producing An American Christmas Carol with Tim Janis. Mr. Kenney’s film work includes the upcoming movie musical Buttons starring Dick Van Dyke, Jane Seymour, and Charles Shaughnessy. In New England, Mr. Kenney has been proud to be associated with a number of different theatre companies. Ogunquit highlights include Damn Yankees starring Carson Kressley, Sunset Blvd starring Stefanie Powers, Charles Shaughnessy and Rachel York in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Jefferson Mays in My Fair Lady, Lorenzo Lamas in The King and I, Rue McClanahan in Crazy for You, Sally Struthers in Hello, Dolly!, Andrea McArdle in Cabaret and Valerie Harper in Nice Work If You Can Get It. He was also formerly the Artistic Director of the Foothills Theatre and Wachusett Theatre Companies in Massachusetts. He is a fourth generation plein air landscape artist, having studied with Beth Ellis and at Rhode Island School of Design, Heartwood College of Art, and Maine College of Art. His artwork is represented by the Sea Bell Gallery, Shore Road,
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