CAST and Creative
MATTHEW AMIRA (Nick Massi) is thrilled to return to the Ogunquit Playhouse! OP: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Jehan Frollo); National Tours: Dirty Dancing (Robbie Gould); Regional: Madame Defarge (Charles Darnay, Gloucester Stage), She Loves Me (Stephen Kodaly, Infinity Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik, Music Theatre of Wichita), Trees Die Standing Tall (Maurice, Bluff City Theatre), Most Happy Fella (Goodspeed Opera House), South Pacific (Asolo Repertory Theatre); BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Special thanks to Holly-Anne, Gerry, Brad, Brian, and Anthony! All the love to Mom, Dad, Lauren, and Kat.
ANDY CHRISTOPHER (Bob Gaudio) is elated to be back at the Ogunquit Playhouse where he got his start! OP: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (2012, 4th Cricket/Tommy Allsup); National Tour: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Holly); Regional: Rock & Roll Man (Bucks County Playhouse), Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Hank Williams, Flat Rock Playhouse, West Virginia Public Theatre), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Holly, The Muny, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Great Lakes CFA, Fulton Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Casa Mañana, The Barn Theatre), Godspell (Garza Theatre), Edges (Man 2, Lubbock Underground Theatre), Disney Cruise Line; Concert: Muny Magic at the Sheldon. Thanks to Brad and the Ogunquit Playhouse, Jockey, D.G.R.W., and the marvelous creative team. Endless love to my family, and Esther & Haven. Ps100.2
MATT MAGNUSSON (Tommy DeVito) is thrilled to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut in Jersey Boys. Other favorite regional credits include: Grease (Wintergarden Theatre, TO), Spring Awakening (Los Angeles), American Idiot (Los Angeles), Ring of Fire (Fireside, WI), Floyd Collins (La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts, CA), The History Boys (Stella Adler Lab, CA); Film: American Girl, The Dark Tapes, Masquerade, Lost Angeles; When not on stage and screen he and his wife, Alison, are a singer/songwriter duo known as The Bones. He would like to thank his family, Avalon Artists, Vanguard Management and Ali for their endless support.
JONATHAN MOUSSET (Frankie Valli) is thrilled to be making his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Regional: Newsies (Jack Kelly, The Fireside Theatre), In the Heights (Usnavi, Axelrod PAC, directed by original Broadway cast member Luis Salgado), Godspell (Jesus, APEX Theatre); He's also performed in concerts at prestigious venues in NYC such as 54 Below, the Times Center and the Town Hall. Proud graduate of The Florida State University (BM). Endless gratitude to my agents at Avalon Artists Group and to my mother for always supporting me come what may. IG: @jonathanmousset
SEAN BURNS (Joe Pesci) is so happy to make his Ogunquit Playhouse debut. National Tour: Jersey Boys (Joe Pesci, Frankie Valli u/s), Peter Pan 360 (Michael Darling); Regional: Titanic (Bellboy, Signature Theatre), Elmer Gantry (Will, Signature Theatre), Spring Awakening (Swing, Keegan Theatre), Defiant Requiem (Ensemble, The Kennedy Center),The Nightingale and The Rose (Rose, The Kennedy Center); Disney Cruiseline: Peter Pan. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Tina, Irene, and Rick. IG: @smichaelburns
DAVID MCDONALD (Gyp DeCarlo) David has been a proud member Actors Equity for over 35 years. He is very excited to finally be performing at the Ogunquit Playhouse having heard wonderful things over the years. David was a Musical Theatre major at the University of Cincinnati. Broadway: Les Miserables, Side Show, Mamma Mia!, Bye Bye Birdie, Memphis and Doctor Zhivago; Numerous Regional credits, too many to mention except Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Loved that role! And Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd. Off-Broadway and “All My Children” on ABC for 9 years. Love to my family, my Progressive God, Meghan, Alyssa and, of course, my wife Pilar.
DOUG STORM (Bob Crewe / Ensemble) Ogunquit Playhouse debut. Broadway: Motown (Ed Sullivan), Jekyll & Hyde, Dance of the Vampires (Herbert), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Leggett), Les Miserables (Feuilly/Enjolras), Chess in Concert; Off-Broadway: Bat Boy (Rick Taylor - original cast); National Tour: Motown (1st & 2nd Nat. original cast), Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables (3rd Nat.); Regional: Because of Winn Dixie (Jiggs), Notre Dame de Paris (Quasimodo - original Vegas cast), Urinetown, Dreamgirls, Me & Mrs Jones; Development Workshops: Heathers, Disney’s Tarzan, The Civil War; School: Second City - Chicago, HB Studios NYC.
ANDREW BERLIN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut. National Tour: A Christmas Story: The Musical; International: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; Favorite NY/Regional: The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Norbert), Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera (Shawn), Reefer Madness 10th Anniversary Reunion (Ensemble), Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Les Miserables (Feuilly), and The Addams Family (Uncle Fester); Love and thanks to my family, Rich Martino and Mike Cruz at Whole Artist Management, Holly-Anne, Gerry, Anthony C. Daniel, Ryann, Allyson, Courtney, Katie, Evan, Audra and everyone at the Ogunquit Playhouse. IG: @andrewaaronb www.andrew-berlin.com
CRAIG GLEN FOSTER (Hank/Ensemble) is very excited to be making his Jersey Boys debut with this amazing production! He has most recently been seen at Harrahs LV with The Tenors of Rock, as well as Casa Mañana as Simon Zealot in Jesus Christ Superstar. He would like to thank his mother who gave him his voice and passion for music.
COLIN CAMPBELL MCADOO (Male Swing/Dance Captain) is grateful to be returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse. OP: Hairspray (Link Larkin); Off-Broadway: We The People (George Washington), The Great Unknown (Mark Hamlin); Regional: Weathervane Theatre, The Weston Theater, MSMT, LTOTS, The Media Theatre, The Mountain Playhouse, a proud member of Transcendence Theatre Company; Disney Cruise Lines: Toy Story The Musical (Woody); Colin has preformed with symphonies all over the world. All the love to Gerry Mac, Holly-Ann, the cast and crew, family, friends, Brad Kenney and the Ogunquit Playhouse, Alejandro, love to Moo. For Ankur. @colinmca2
HILLARY PORTER (Lorraine) feels like it’s “just too good to be true” to be making her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse! Broadway: A Bronx Tale. Hillary also performed in the one-night only, sold out Reunion Concert of Thoroughly Modern Millie with Sutton Foster and Gavin Creel at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. National Tours: CATS (Rumpleteazer), Elf; Regional: Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Rosalia, The MUNY, Regional Premiere), Beauty and the Beast (Belle u/s, Tuacahn Amphitheatre), Guys and Dolls (Asolo Rep); B.A. Communication Studies, Clemson University. Infinite love and gratitude to this incredible team, her ever-supportive family, and Hybrid Agency. Follow @HillaryPorter_
BAILEY PURVIS (Mary/Ensemble) is so grateful to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse! Tours: Bring It On (Skylar), Mamma Mia! (Tanya), Legally Blonde (Norwegian Cruise Lines); Regional/NY: Mamma Mia! (Westchester Broadway), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods, Manship Theatre), Kragtar (Trisch, Theatre Now NY); Other: Happy Hour Entertainment (Prohibition, orig. Fleur), Wine Lovers (Katherine) all over the country and on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Thank you JB team, Ogunquit, Craig & Avalon, my incredible family, and finally Holly — for all you do and have done. IG: @bailey_purvis
ERIN RAMIREZ (Francine/Female Ensemble) is pleased to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Regional: Hairspray (Amber) at KC Starlight, Mamma Mia! at ACT of Connecticut, Rock of Ages, The Little Mermaid, Titanic at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. BFA Musical Theatre from Emerson College. Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association. Love to the Riley, Rydz, Leary and Kull families. www.Erin-Riley.com
STEPHANIE MICHELE TOUPS (Swing) is thrilled to make her debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Off-Broadway: Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical (Ms Square/Mama Square, Atlantic Theater Company), Island Song (Jordan, Davenport Theatre Loft), Lili Marlene (u/s Rosie, u/s Renate, St. Luke’s Theatre); Regional: The Wild Party (Lippa, Queenie, Jasmine Ensemble Theatre Co.), Big River (Mary Jane Wilkes, Tulane Summer Lyric), Evangeline the Musical (Teen Evangeline, u/s Evangeline, Theatre Baton Rouge), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown, Summer Stock Austin); Member of the USO Show Troupe and TCU graduate. Thank you Mom, Dad (and squad), Anthony, Holly-Anne, and the whole team at Ogunquit. www.stephaniemicheletoups.com
NATHAN YATES DOUGLASS (Electric Bass / Ensemble) is thrilled to make his return to Ogunquit Playhouse. OP: Heartbreak Hotel (Bill Black), Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Mr. Sanders), Million Dollar Quartet (Jay Perkins); National Tours: The Buddy Holly Story (Norman Petty, Boebe Ent.), 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), Million Dollar Quartet (Jay P, Berkshire Theatre Group); Off-Broadway: On the Bum (Harry, Chelsea Rep Theatre).
MAXEL GARCIA (Drummer/Ensemble) is happy to make his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse. His credits include Taming of the Shrew (Tranio, Arkansas Shakes), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Moth, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre), Pinkalicious (Mr. Pinkalicious, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Verges, Elon University), Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim, Elon University); Maxel would like to thank the Elon family, his squad, and his incredible mother Mabel for all the dedication and support he’s received over the years.
CONOR SCHULZ (Ensemble/Reeds) is pleased to make his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse! National Tour: Cabaret (Hans/Two Ladies/Emcee u/s); Off-Broadway: Ben, Virginia, and Me (NYMF); Regional: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Fulton Theatre), In The Heights (Hangar Theatre), Grease (Danny Zuko, Old Creamery Theatre), Spring Awakening (Moritz Stiefel); Concerts: 54 Lab Series (Feinstein’s/54 Below); Education: Syracuse/James Madison University; Only love for my parents, Steven, and Lynne Hart for years of private lessons on the clarinet.
ADAM KOCH (Scenic Design) Previously at Ogunquit: Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, Heartbreak Hotel; International: Dreamgirls (Seoul); Regional credits include: Serenbe Playhouse (outdoor Titanic), Signature Theatre (Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Helen Hayes nomination), 1st Stage (Bat Boy, Helen Hayes nomination), Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Tuacahn Amphitheatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Music Theatre of Wichita, Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Fulton Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Bucks County Playhouse, and Portland Stage. For the past five years Adam and Steven Royal have jointly designed theater, film and live events across the country including the official events for New York City Pride. Dedicated to William and Mary Koch. IG: @instadamkoch www.adamkochassociates.com
RICHARD LATTA (Lighting Design) designed this seasons' Oklahoma!, An American in Paris and Grumpy Old Men the Musical. He is currently the longest serving employee of the Ogunquit Playhouse; beginning as a crew member in 1985 and as a Lighting Designer since 1987. In that time he's designed hundreds of shows and watched in amazement as the Playhouse evolved from it's humble Summer Stock beginnings to a producing entity that presents musical classics, re-inventions of more recent musicals and gives life to brand new shows. For that he thanks the many Electricians, Programmers, Associates and Follow Spot Operators who participated in making this season great, with an extra shout out to Travis Maynard.
TRISTAN RAINES (Costume Designer) is excited to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut. Off-Broadway/New York: New York Pops Christmas Concert (Carnegie Hall ‘15/’16), Would You Still Love Me If, Stalking the Bogeyman, Bare (New World Stages), The Eternal Space (Theater Row), Moving Light (New York Theatre Ballet), Soul Doctor (Actor’s Temple), Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre), Murder in the First (59E59), Falling (Minetta Lane), AZAK, Scarcity (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Gormanzee (Flea Theater), Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus (New World Stages/National tour). Regional: Tribes (Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse), Jesus Christ Superstar, Singing in the Rain, Meet Me in St Louis (The MUNY), San Francisco Orchestra Christmas Concert 17', South Pacific (Maltz Jupiter Theater), Thieves (Rattlestick), Selkie (Rising Phoenix Rep), Treasure Island (FMT Festival), The Cottage, Once, West Side Story (Engeman Theater) One Man, Two Guvnors (Florida Studio Theater), Blue Sky Boys, Paris Time, Assisted Loving (Capital Rep). www.tristanraines.com
KEVIN HEARD (Sound Design) is delighted to return for his fifth season and 16th production at this great American theatre. OP favorites, as Sound Designer: Ragtime (IRNE Award Winner for Best Sound Design), Grumpy Old Men, An American in Paris, From Here to Eternity, Mamma Mia!, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anything Goes, White Christmas, Million Dollar Quartet, Nice Work If You Can Get It; Broadway: All The Way, The Cherry Orchard, The Country House, Sylvia; Off-Broadway: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, In & Of Itself, The View Upstairs, The Total Bent, Clinton The Musical, For The Last Time, Long Story Short, The Underclassman; Along with dozens of productions at regional theatres across the US, Kevin designed the sound for the International Premieres of Fun Home (starring Lea Salonga), Kinky Boots, and Matilda in Manila, Philippines. Kevin is the Associate Producer for BenDeLaCreme Presents and founded the sound design & consulting firm Heard Audio, LLC. www.HeardAudio.com
LEAH LOUKAS (Wig Design) Broadway: Escape to Margaritaville, Time and the Conways, Marvin’s Room, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Sweat, Oh, Hello, The Heidi Chronicles, On the Town, A Night with Janis Joplin, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, American Idiot, Irena’s Vow; Off-Broadway: Tribes, Bare: The Musical, Heathers: The Musical; The Signature Theater (Arlington, VA): Crazy for You, Freaky Friday, Jelly’s Last Jam; Williamstown Theater Festival: Lempika, Member of the Wedding, And No More Shall We Part, An American Daughter; The Public Theater: Girl from the North Country, Sweat, Plenty, Barbecue, Fortress of Solitude, Julius Caesar, Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Into the Woods. Leah has designed for Off-Broadway and regional theaters including: Papermill Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Signature Theater (NYC). The Muny (St. Louis, MO). Leah holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati’s CCM in theater design and production/makeup and wig design.
GERRY MCINTYRE (Choreographer) is thrilled to be back at Ogunquit! As performer: All Shook Up; As choreographer: 9 to 5, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; and as Director/Choreographer: Chicago (Broadway World award); Off-Broadway: Hallelujah Baby! (York Theatre), Soon of a Mornin’ (Lions Theatre); Once On This Island (Martin Beck Theatre, Virginia Stage Co., Actors’ Theatre Of Louisville, La Mirada Theatre, Robby Award for Best Director, Ovation nomination for Best Choreography and Best Musical), Ain’t Misbehavin (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville), Joseph ... Dreamcoat (starring Diana Degarmo and Anthony Federov, Lyric Theatre), the National Tour of Dreamgirls; As a Choreographer: Side by Side, Tommy and My Fair Lady at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, A Saint She Ain’t (Westport Playhouse), Laura Comstock’s Bag Punching Dog (LA weekly nomination Best Choreography). After The Storm documentary. Gerry is the choreographer of the hit Off-Broadway show Spamilton. www.gerrymcintyre.net
JACOB YATES (Associate Music Director) is a classically trained Cellist and Music Director. His most recent Broadway credit is Associate Conductor/Cello for Home For the Holidays at the August Wilson but has also been heard in the orchestra pits of Wicked, Les Miserables, and Spring Awakening. In New York City he can often be seen performing at 54 Below, The Highline Ballroom, and Rockwood Music Hall. He regularly works with Broadway and TV stars on crafting their solo concerts at various venues around the country. When he is not performing in NYC, Jacob serves as a Vocal Director for Celebrity Cruise Lines. Jacob can also be heard on many recordings with the likes of Joey Contreras, Michael Mott, and Laura Michelle Kelly. An album of his improvisational work called “Music For Meditation” can now be found on iTunes.
JONNY BAIRD (Music Director) is excited to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut. For the past 3 years he has been Music Supervisor for Norwegian Cruise Line. Shows he worked on includes Million Dollar Quartet, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, After Midnight, Wine Lovers the Musical. Broadway: Annie (Revival, rehearsal pianist); Tours: Bring It On, Sister Act (music assistant); Jonny also orchestrates and arranges music throughout New York City. He will be orchestrating for musical theatre composer Drew Gasparini for the Virginia Symphony. Favorite shows he has worked on, Ragtime, Bat Boy, The Who’s Tommy, Les Miserables. He holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at Shenandoah Conservatory. He would like to thank everyone at the Ogunquit Playhouse for having him. He’d also like to thank his family and friends for the countless support.
HOLLY-ANNE PALMER (Director) is an award winning director, writer and producer. She is the Lead Producer and Creative Director of current global hits Wine Lovers The Musical, running since 2006 and seen by over two million people, PROHIBITION and Holiday Happy Hour. Selected Broadway/Tours: Jersey Boys, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Bring It On: The Musical, Dracula, Walking With Dinosaurs, Cover Girls; Selected Off Broadway/Regional: All Shook Up (Ogunquit Playhouse), The 25th Anniversary Production of Steel Magnolias (Le Petit Theatre), Gentleman’s Wish and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Barrow Group, NYC), Platforms (TASC, NYC), City of Light (Book/Director), Autophobia (Ars Nova), Inventing Avi Aviv (Abingdon Theatre), Oklahoma! (Reagle Players); As a producer she has partnered with Norwegian Cruise Line, amusement parks, concert venues and International festivals creating innovative, interactive productions that are best enjoyed in non-traditional venues. She has been featured on more than a dozen “One To Watch” lists across North America for her work as a leading live arts entrepreneur and modern art supporter.
ANTHONY C. DANIEL (Casting Director) Casting: Ogunquit Playhouse's productions of Anything Goes, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, Victor/Victoria, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Million Dollar Quartet, Saturday Night Fever, White Christmas, Grease, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Witches of Eastwick, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and The Addams Family. He has also served as Associate Director on the Playhouseís productions of Victor/Victoria, Mary Poppins and Witches of Eastwick. Anthony is a faculty member at The Growing Studio in NYC, where he serves as the Director of Musical Theatre Showcase. As an Associate Director, Anthony has worked alongside Matt Lenz on the National Tour of Cheers: Live On Stage! and the upcoming production of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz.
KAREN PARLATO (Production Stage Manager) is very happy to return to Ogunquit for her fourth season. Credits at the Playhouse include Mary Poppins (at The Music Hall), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, White Christmas, Sister Act, Million Dollar Quartet, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia!, Ragtime, From Here to Eternity, and An American in Paris. Other regional theatres include the Fulton Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, The Gateway, and Crossroads Theatre Company. Off-Broadway productions include Silence! The Musical, Triassic Parq, The Fantasticks, Revolution in the Elbow..., Bingo: The Musical, Frankenstein, Charles Busch's Cleopatra, and others. Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera. She is also the stage manager for Denman Theatre & Dance Company. Twitter: @headsetchatter.
DANIEL EVERETT (Assistant Stage Manager) saw his first production at the Ogunquit Playhouse at the age of eleven. OP: An American in Paris, White Christmas, From Here to Eternity, Ragtime, Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Sister Act, The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Grease, Young Frankenstein, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story; Off-Broadway: Culture Project, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre; Regional: North Carolina Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, West Virginia Public Theatre. Special thanks to his family for all their support.
BOB GAUDIO (Music) wrote his first hit, “Who Wears Short Shorts,” at 15, for The Royal Teens, and then went on to become a founding member of The Four Seasons and the band’s principal songwriter. He also produced the hit “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” for Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand (Grammy nomination, Record of the Year) as well as six albums for Diamond, including The Jazz Singer. Other producing credits include albums for Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and the soundtrack for the film Little Shop of Horrors. Several songs co-written with Bob Crewe have been cover hits for such artists as the Tremeloes (“Silence is Golden”), the Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”) and Lauryn Hill (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”). With his wife, Judy Parker, Gaudio produced and co-wrote the Who Loves You album for The Four Seasons and one of Billboard’s longest-charted singles (54 weeks), “Oh, What a Night.” A high point in his career came in 1990 when, as a member of the original Four Seasons, Gaudio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which hailed him as “a quintessential music-maker.” To this day, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli still maintain their partnership…on a handshake.
BOB CREWE (Lyrics) “New York was pregnant in the fifties,” says Bob Crewe, “gestating with possibilities.” Crewe and music partner Frank Slay became independent writer-producers when the category hadn’t yet been invented. In 1957 they wrote and produced “Silhouettes” for The Rays, which skyrocketed to #1. Suddenly, producers in demand, they launched Freddie Cannon’s “Tallahassee Lassie” and Billy & Lillie’s “Lah Dee Da.” Crewe’s 1960’s unprecedented producing success with The Four Seasons birthed a new sound, striking a major chord in American pop. “Sherry, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Candy Girl,” “Ronnie” – all smashes! When lead Frankie Valli demanded a solo turn, Crewe and Bob Gaudio wrote (and Crewe produced) “‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” which eventually became the century’s fifth most-played song. Crewe ran hot with artists from Vicki Carr, Oliver and Lesly Gore to Mitch Ryder, co-writing with Charles Fox the soundtrack for Jane Fonda’s film, Barbarella. Then his own Bob Crewe Generation exploded with Music to Watch Girls By. In 1972 Bob was in L.A., where he revived Frankie Valli with “My Eyes Adored You” by Crewe and Kenny Nolan. They also co-wrote Patti LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” (#1, July ’75), which was a hit again on the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge (#1, June ’01)…David Ritz
MARSHALL BRICKMAN (Book) Marshall entered show business first as a member of the folk group The Tarriers and then, along with John and Michelle Phillips, as one of The New Journeymen, a precursor of The Mamas and the Papas. Mr. Brickman’s film work as author (or co-author with Woody Allen) includes Sleeper, Annie Hall (Academy Award), Manhattan, (AA nomination) and Manhattan Murder Mystery. As film writer/director: Simon, Lovesick, The Manhattan Project, Sister Mary Explains it All. In television: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (head writer, 1967-70), The Dick Cavett Show (head writer/co-producer, 1970-72). His first foray into musical theater resulted in Jersey Boys, which won the Tony, Olivier, Helpmann, Grammy and many other awards worldwide, is in its twelfth year on Broadway, has been seen by twenty million people worldwide and is currently the 10th-longest running show in the history of Broadway. Mr. Brickman’s other theatrical efforts include Turn of the Century, which played to capacity houses in Chicago, and The Addams Family, starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, which ran for two years on Broadway and to date has had over four thousand first and second tier productions internationally. In addition to his work in film and theater, Mr. Brickman has published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy and other periodicals. He is the 2006 recipient of the Writers’ Guild of America Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement. His current project is a stage musical celebrating the life of western star Roy Rogers.
RICK ELICE (Book) co-wrote Jersey Boys (winner 2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman. His play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Rick) and won five, more than any play of the season. It’s currently playing in New York and on tour across North America. Also on Broadway, Elice wrote The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa), currently touring North America, with productions in Europe and South America. In 2014, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego presented the world premiere of his new musical, Dog and Pony (music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker). Rick is currently writing a musical for Disney Theatricals with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the film Make Believe, and Super Fly (co-written with Seth Zvi Rosenfeld), directed and choreographed by modern dance legend, Bill T. Jones. Heartfelt thanks to those whose work in the theatre makes him grateful for the day he was born: Sondheim, Stoppard, Bennett, Prince, Fosse, Robbins, Nichols, Tune, Nunn, Laurents, Stone, Kushner, Taymor, Papp, Schumacher, Schneider, Coyne, Brickman, Timbers and Rees. Rick thinks about them a lot. He never thought about Jersey much. He does now.
ED ROMANOFF (Production Manager) Ed brings to the Playhouse an extensive career in live entertainment: lighting, scenic design, theatrical rigging, stage management, and audio; the latter amassing 20 years on television talk shows, news networks, and special events. He was most recently the Production Manager at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf, New York, overseeing the 689- and 200-seat proscenium theatres, art gallery, and 3500-seat outdoor amphitheater. As company manager, he toured with Mame starring Loretta Swit, The Sound of Music starring Debby Boone, Guys & Dolls starring Vic Damone, and New York Voices. Television Audio: Montel Williams, Sally Jessy Raphael, Robert Klein, Judge Hatchett, Dr. Joy Browne. He has been a rigging foreman for I. Weiss, and assisted Stephan Weiss in fabricating the original scenic draperies for Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera. An accomplished guitarist, he has performed with folk legends Pete Seeger, Tommy Makem, and Maine’s own Schooner Fare. Recordings: Annie: 30th Anniversary CD, The Most Happy Fella (1992 Broadway revival), Up In Arms puppet musicals: Helping Drew, Monster Intelligence, and Welcome Park. Gloriously married to (Ogunquit Playhouse Company Manger) Joyce A. Presutti, they’ve moved here to his home state for new adventures in Show Business.
GEOF DOLAN (Technical Director) is excited to be returning for his 12th 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. 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 ten seasons) has designed award-winning parade floats and designs many of the Children’s Theatre shows. His daughter Ash is an aspiring writer and artist who can definitely call the Playhouse her
CHERYL DOLAN (Resident Scenic Charge) is excited to be returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse for her 11th season. After taking over as Resident Scenic Charge eight 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 Ash, 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 of you.
KENT BRIDGES (Managing Director) is a seasoned business leader with 30 years of experience in business administration, finance and strategic planning both in the private sector and as an independent consultant. He joined Ogunquit Playhouse in the fall of 2017. Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Artistic Director, dedicated managers and staff, the community, and the organization’s business partners, Kent’s focus is to strengthen the theatre’s financial position, guide its long-term future, and ensure its rich and well-respected legacy is firmly secured. A native of Presque Isle, Maine, Kent returned to the state in late 2014 after a successful career in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He is excited to be back in Maine and to call Ogunquit
BRIAN J. SWASEY (Associate Producer) Originally from South Portland, ME and 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.
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 America's pre-eminent regional theatres with a three-season performance schedule and year round operation. 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. 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.