The Broadway Fantasy Camp family includes Tony® winners, nominees, Broadway veterans and current stars-
Brent made his Broadway debut as ‘Tony’ in the 1980 revival of West Side Story, and other Broadway roles include ‘Frank Butler’ in the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, ‘Charles Castleton’ in Dance a Little Closer, ‘Baron Felix Von Gaigern’ in Grand Hotel and ‘Maximilian’ in Candide. He frequently reprises his role on Broadway as ‘Billy Flynn’ in Chicago, for which he received a LA Drama Critics Award. Brent opened and starred in the Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for his starring role in the London premiere of the Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate. On television and in film Brent was featured in The Producers, “Hercules,” “Longtime Companion,” “All My Children,” “Another World,” and “Guiding Light.”
Theodore, a Broadway musical theatre legend, received a Tony® Award nomination for ‘Captain von Trapp,’ a role he created in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of ‘Tevye’ in Fiddler on the Roof, a role that he has played over 2,000 times! An Emmy award winner, he has been seen on TV and in such films as The Defiant Ones (for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), The African Queen, My Fair Lady, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, See You in the Morning,and Shattered. He has appeared in opera productions across the United States and frequently performs with large symphony orchestras or as a solo musician around the world. He is actively working to produce a film version of Sholom Aleichem; Laughter Through Tears, which he authored and starred in on stage, receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance.
Harolyn began her career on Broadway in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and starred in the 1997 Broadway revival of Candide. She is a critically acclaimed Soprano who has performed with many of the major national and international opera companies, and at festivals around the world, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Colon de Buenes Aires, Seattle Opera, Opera de Nice, Miami Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Opera Orchestra of New York and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. She has appeared in several productions at the Metropolitan Opera, including Un Ballo in Mascara, Le Nozze di Figaro, Manon, Die Fledermaus, Werther and La Fille du Regiment. Her television appearances have included the Grammy Awards, Tony® Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, PBS Live from Lincoln Center and PBS Fourth of July and Memorial Day Concerts.
Stephen Bogardus first appeared on Broadway in the 1980 revival of West Side Story, and has been seen frequently on the Great White Way ever since. He was nominated for a Tony Award® for his performance in Love! Valour! Compassion!, and other Broadway credits include ‘Grantaire’ in Les Misérables, Safe Sex, The Grapes of Wrath, King David, High Society, James Joyce’s The Dead, Man of La Mancha and Old Acquaintance. He starred as ‘Bob Wallace’ in both the Broadway and U.S. tour productions of White Christmas. He has performed extensively at a variety of regional and off-Broadway theatres and has appeared on television in “Another World,” “All My Children,” “Guiding Light,” “Cagney and Lacey,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Ed,” “Monk,” and “Conviction.”
Danny is an acclaimed actor, having appeared on Broadway in Follies (Drama Desk Award), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, South Pacific (2008 Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations), The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony® & Ovation Award Nominations), A Class Act, Titanic, Company, Saint Joan, The Seagull, Three Men On A Horse, A Little Hotel on the Side and The Flowering Peach. Off-Broadway selected credits include A.R. Gurney’s Mrs. Farnsworth, Psych, All In The Timing, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Boys From Syracuse, Li’l Abner, Merrily We Roll Along, Weird Romance, The Rothschilds and Sail Away. Across the country, he has been seen in Harmony At The La Jolla Playhouse (Drama-Logue Award), Time And Again at The Old Globe and Harold & Maude at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Film and television credits include Nor’easter, Construction, Transamerica, Deception, Duane Incarnate, ‘Lolly Steinman’ on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” (directed by Martin Scorsese), “Absolutely Fabulous,” “Louie,” “Ed,” all the “Law & Order” series, and “Hope & Faith.” He has two sons and is married to actress Rebecca Luker.
Lynn is known for her work on stage, in film, and on television. She is well remembered for her role as ‘Magda’ in HBO’s “Sex and the City.” She appeared on Broadway in Ivanov and Orpheus Descending and other stage credits include performances at Lincoln Center and the New York Shakespeare Festival. She made her feature film debut in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery, and appeared in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe, Thomas McCarthy’s The Station Agent, Louis Malle’s Vanya on 42nd Street, Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, NY, and Steven Spielberg’s Munich. On television, she’s appeared in Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” and FX’s “Damages.” She was the recipient of the Richard Seff Award from Actors’ Equity in 2009 for outstanding work as a character actress. Lynn will star as ‘Mags’ in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment in the motion picture trilogy based on the best-selling books.
Jennifer received a Tony® Award nomination for her performance in the critically acclaimed Broadway production Next to Normal, in which she also performed at Second Stage and Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Jennifer also starred as ‘Mary Jane’ in the original cast of the Broadway production Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, with music/lyrics by U2. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Spring Awakening as the youngest cast member, at the age of 15. She started performing at the age of 10 in community theatre in Westchester, NY and began working professionally in NYC when she was 12, performing in The American Girl Revue (original cast), the role of ‘Alice’ in Inner Voices Solo Musicals Alice Unwrapped, and TV’s “Gossip Girl.”
André De Shields
André has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator in a career spanning more than forty years. He is best known for his show stopping performances in the original Broadway productions of four legendary musicals: The Full Monty, for which he received Tony®, Drama Desk and Astaire Award nominations, in addition to both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards; Play On! (Tony® nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award) and The Wiz (title role). In the classical tradition, he has distinguished himself in the title role of King Lear at both the Classical Theatre of Harlem and the Folger Shakespeare Library and in the Red Bull Theater’s production of The Witch of Edmonton. His performance in Tennessee William’s Camino Real at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago was critically acclaimed by The New York Times.A native of Baltimore, Maryland, who then went to college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, André is the recipient of the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the coveted Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. Photo by Lia Chang.
Erin received a 2005 Tony® nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other Broadway credits include ‘Cinderella’ in Into The Woods, ‘Luciana’ in The Boys From Syracuse and ‘Young Phyllis’ in Follies. Encores!: Babes in Arms. Erin starred in Ken Ludwig’s original play Leading Ladies. Off-Broadway she appeared in Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight. She appeared in the national tours of South Pacific, Beauty and the Beast and Cameron Mackintosh’s Martin Guerre (Hayes Award Nomination for Best Actress). Erin has been seen on television in “Law & Order” “Criminal Intent,” The Jury” and HBO’s “Everyday People.” Audiences have seen her at a variety of regional theatres, including Guthrie Theater, the Alley Theatre, the Cleveland Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House and the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Colman, a Tony Award® nominee for The Scottsboro Boys, is also well known for his performances in the Broadway musical Passing Strange and as ‘Billy Flynn’ in the Broadway revival of Chicago. He also starred in the 2012 off-Broadway revival of Blood Knot. His autobiographical solo show A Boy and His Soul won the Lucille Lortel (Best Solo Show) and GLAAD Media Award (Best Theater Broadway or off-Broadway) and was nominated for the Drama Desk, Audelco and Drama League Awards. His regional and off-Broadway credits include The American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, The Guthrie, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Sundance Theater Lab, San Jose Rep, California Shakespeare Theater and Manhattan Class Company. He has a few films slated for release: Newlyweeds, Hairbrained, Culling Hens, Lucky Dog directed by Phil Morrison, Red Hook Summer directed by Spike Lee and Office Seekers directed by Steven Spielberg.
In a career spanning over 25 years, Bruce has appeared on Broadway 4 times in: Jane Eyre – The Musical, The Music Man, Anything Goes, and as ‘King Herod’ in 2012’s revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. He has performed at the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival for more than 12 seasons, where he has appeared in Shakespeare, contemporary drama and musicals. A highlight of Bruce’s experience at Stratford was appearing in The Tempest with Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer. The production was filmed and shown in movie theatres across North America. Born in Seattle, WA, and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Bruce is truly a North American performer. Having studied drama in high school, he decided to pursue acting as a career by auditioning for the University of British Columbia’s BFA in Acting program. With this broad spectrum of training under his belt, Bruce decided never to act again – Oh, No! He applied and was accepted into the school’s MFA in Directing Program. Upon graduation with both a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Directing, Bruce auditioned for the Original Canadian Company of Les Misérables- and the rest is history.
Beth received a Tony® Award nomination as ‘Mrs. Lovett’ in the 1989 revival of Sweeney Todd, and a Tony® nomination for her work in The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman. She is well remembered as ‘Mrs. Potts’ in the original Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, a role for which she received the Ovation Award in L.A. Additional Broadway credits include Inherit the Wind, starring roles in revivals of Bells Are Ringing, Take Me Along, and ‘Mrs. Darling’ in Peter Pan, as well as Baby and Teddy and Alice. Other original casts include A Little Night Music, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Gantry, and Over Here. Off-Broadway: Woody Allen’s Second Hand Memory (Atlantic Theater Company), Riverside Shakespeare. Regional audiences have seen her in Williamstown, Westport and Arena Stage. Film: Sister Act, Sister Act 2. TV: “Ed,” “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order.” She has delighted audiences as a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Hollywood Bowl.
Randy received a Tony® Award and a Drama Desk Award for her work in City of Angels and nominations for Tony® and Drama Desk awards for her performance in Class Act. In the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof with Alfred Molina she earned a Drama League nomination. Also on Broadway, she thrilled audiences in Moon Over Buffalo, Laughter On The 23rd Floor, High Society, Falsettos, and Les Misérables (original company- Helen Hayes nom.). Other New York appearances include Motherhood Out Loud (Primary Stages), Damn Yankees, Do Re Mi (Encores!), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Vineyard Theater, Drama League nom.), Hotel Suite (Roundabout Theater), Coming Attractions (Playwrights Horizons), and A My Name is Alice (Village Gate). Across the country audiences have seen her in Edgardo Mine (Hartford Stage World premiere), A Little Night Music (Kennedy Center Sondheim Festival), The Lady With All the Answers (Old Globe Premiere, one woman show), The Threepenny Opera (Williamstown), and Rough Crossing (McCarter Theater). T.V and film credits include “Law and Order,” “Notes From The Underbelly,” Keys To Tulsa, “Cashmere Mafia,” “Mad About You,” Rent, “Ed,” “Love and War,” and “The Tonight Show.” Hear her album “Randy Graff Sings Cy Coleman.”
Cady is well known to theatre audiences for her Tony® Award winning performance as ‘Ulla’, the Swedish bombshell who made life so interesting for Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in The Producers. Her other Broadway credits include The Will Rogers Follies where she received a Tony® nomination, La Cage aux Folles, Steel Pier and Bob Fosse’s Big Deal. She was unforgettable in her appearances on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and has been a regular judge on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” for ten years. She has done films with some of the greats including Dustin Hoffman (Hero), Chris Cooper (The Company Men), and John Turturro and Christopher Walken (Romance & Cigarettes). On television her guest starring roles include “Frasier,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Mad About You” as well as a recurring roll on “The Good Wife.” As an advocate for the arts, she has lobbied in Washington and spoken on panels at the Sundance Film Festival, and Brown and Harvard Universities.
Judy has been a star of the theatre on Broadway and across the country for over 40 years, receiving multiple awards and critical acclaim. She has appeared on Broadway as ‘Madam Carlotta’ in The Phantom of the Opera (Tony® Award), ‘Rosie’ in Mamma Mia (Tony® Nomination), ‘Emma Goldman’ in Ragtime (LA Ovation Award), ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ in Souvenir (Tony® Nomination), Grease, On the 20th Century, Sweeney Todd and Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony® Award) with Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara. She has also played such memorable roles as ‘Rose’ in Gypsy, ‘Maria’ in The Sound of Music, ‘Nellie’ in South Pacific, ‘Annie’ in Annie Get Your Gun, and ‘Sally’ in Follies. She starred as ‘Mrs. Madrigal’ in the new musical Tales of the City at A.C.T in San Francisco and in Saving Aimee in Seattle. Judy has performed at the White House, sung with major orchestras around the world, and recorded numerous albums, both cast and solo. She has recorded all of Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Mystery Series for Random House Audio, of which V Is For Vengeance is the latest.
Beth lights up the Great White Way. She received Tony®, Drama Desk, NY Outer Critics Circle and L.A. Drama Critics Awards for her performance as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone. As ‘Florence Greenberg’ in Baby It’s You she earned Tony® , Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations. Other Broadway roles include ‘Emily’ in Elf, ‘Donna’ in Mamma Mia!, ‘Frau Blucher’ in Young Frankenstein, ‘Dorothy Brock’ in the revival of 42nd Street, ‘Tess’ in the original company of Crazy For You, ‘Mrs. Bixby’ in The Civil War, ‘Ellie’ in Hal Prince’s Showboat, and ‘Anytime Annie’ (her Broadway debut) in 42nd Street. Beth was also seen in New York City Center Encores! production of No, No, Nanette as ‘Lucille.’ Numerous off-Broadway, commercials, TV, and regional theatre. MFA from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Proud mom to T.J. and Sam.
An actress, dancer, director, teacher, Sondra hasn’t stopped working since being discovered by legendary choreographer Gower Champion over fifty years ago. Champion took the “fearless kid from Newark” and turned her into a Broadway Baby in High Button Shoes. Then she went on to win hearts as ‘Tiger Lily’ in the original Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin. She also shined as the shop assistant ‘Minnie Fay’ in the original Hello, Dolly (with both Carol Channing and Ginger Rogers). She reprised her role as ‘Tiger Lily’ in Peter Pan, on television. In film, she worked with the great Federico Fellini in La Dolce Vita. In 2009, her autobiography, I’ve Slept with Everybody, a vivacious document of her many romantic and platonic friendships, was published to great acclaim. In it, she recalls motorcycling with a young Marlon Brando through Rockland County, meeting Lee Grant on the afternoon of her big break, and tagging along on Ella Logan’s date with Frank Sinatra.
Norm is known as a versatile performer who has been seen on Broadway, across the country and around the world. He was nominated for a 2012 Tony® Award for his performance as ‘Porgy’ in The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess opposite Audra McDonald. Other Broadway credits include ‘King Triton’ in The Little Mermaid, ‘Javert’ in Les Misérables (Drama League Nomination), ‘Billy Flynn’ in Chicago, ‘Eddie’ in The Wild Party, ‘Jake’ in Side Show, ‘John’ in Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Amour and Sondheim on Sondheim with Vanessa Williams and Barbara Cook. Norm was featured in The Actors Fund concerts of Dreamgirls, Chess and Hair, in concerts of Children Of Eden, Bright Lights Big City, and City Center Encores! Golden Boy as ‘Eddie Satin.’ In London he played ‘Javert’ in Les Misérables and performed the role for The 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena, now on DVD. Regionally, Norm has been seen in Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holliday, Ragtime, The Fantasticks, Baby, Company, and Sweeney Todd (Helen Hayes Award Nomination). His film and television credits include: Mystery Woman, ‘Asst. DA Keith McClean’ in “All My Children,” Detective Hale on “As the World Turns,” and guest starring roles on “Cosby” and “Strong Medicine.”
Constantine received Tony® and Drama League Award nominations for the lead role of ‘Drew’ in Broadway’s Rock of Ages, a role he played for three years. He made his Broadway debut in Tony® nominated The Wedding Singer. He is well remembered as a finalist on the fourth season of “American Idol.” In 2012, he portrayed the title role in The Toxic Avenger at The Alley Theatre in Houston. Constantine played ‘Roger Davis’ in the national tour of Rent and co-starred in the critically acclaimed Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris off-Broadway. He is a series regular on the CBS’s “The Bold and The Beautiful,” which featured original songs from his debut album “Constantine.” Other television appearances include “Law & Order,” “The Tonight Show,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Conan,” “Ellen,” and “Regis & Kelly”. In 2011, he was presented with both The Gabby Award and The Elios Award, which recognizes the excellence Greek Americans have achieved. Constantine appears in the feature film, Rock of Ages starring Tom Cruise. Across the country and on Broadway he will headline in the brand-new Jekyll & Hyde. Constantine graduated from the Boston Conservatory and apprenticed at The Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Karen is well known for her work on Broadway and beyond. She originated the role of ‘The Queen of Hearts’ in Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland and of ‘Tanya’ in the original Broadway company of ABBA’s Mamma Mia!, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Supporting Actress. In NY and LA, she was the Standby for the role of ‘Norma Desmond’ in Sunset Boulevard; and was ‘Velma von Tussel’ in the closing Broadway company of Hairspray. She’s slated to return once again to the Great White Way as ‘Mrs. Danvers’ in Rebecca. Her television appearances include the hit dramas “Ed” and “Law & Order: SVU,” and film credits include Sleeping Dogs Lie and A Chorus Line. A world-class concert performer, she has shared concert stages with such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Rosemary Clooney, Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Jerry Herman, and John Kander and Fred Ebb. Karen has 6 Award-winning CDs (produced by her husband, Paul Rolnick), has won 10 MAC Awards, and 2 Bistro Awards.
John is a Grammy and Emmy award-winning music director. On television he was seen and heard as the bandleader on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (2 Emmy Awards). Other TV credits include “Friar’s Roasts” ’99-’02, “Tony® Awards” ’97-’00 as arranger, “A Rosie Christmas” (ABC), and “A Family is a Family” (HBO). His Broadway credits include Bonnie & Clyde (Drama Desk Nominated Orchestrator), Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn (also Producer and Orchestrator), Annie Get Your Gun, Taboo, Chicago, Grease, and Patti LuPone on Broadway. Around the country, audiences have heard his work in The Daughter of the Regiment (Opera Theatre of St. Louis), Happy Days (National Tour), Bonnie & Clyde (La Jolla Playhouse and Asolo Theatre), and Pirates! (Goodspeed, Paper Mill & Huntington Theatre, Boston, St. Louis MUNY). He produced the recordings of Annie Get Your Gun (Grammy Award), The Maury Yeston Songbook, Bonnie & Clyde, Brooklyn, Taboo, The Journey Home (Malcolm Gets), and John McDaniel at the Piano (Broadway, Christmas, Compositions and Live at Joe’s Pub). He was the music director/arranger for Tyne Daly nightclub act, NYC and LA, as well as concert appearances with Cab Calloway, Shirley MacLaine, George Burns, Al Jarreau, Joel Grey, Carol Burnett and Frederika von Stade. He has been a guest conductor at Symphony Orchestras, including San Francisco, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Baltimore and his hometown St. Louis Symphony.
Audra is a five-time Tony® Award winner for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, and for her starring role in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Marie Christine (Tony Nom.), Henry IV and 110 in the Shade (Tony nom.). The Juilliard-trained soprano’s opera credits include La Voix Humaine and Send (who are you? I love you) at the Houston Grand Opera and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at L.A. Opera. On television, for the past four seasons she has played ‘Dr. Naomi Bennett’ on ABC’s “Private Practice” and received Emmy nominations for “A Raisin in the Sun,” and “Wit.” Other TV credits include “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years,” “The Bedford Diaries,” “Kidnapped” and the 1999 remake of “Annie.” On film she appeared in She Got Problems, The Best Thief in the World, It Runs in the Family, The Object of my Affection, Seven Servants and Rampart. A two-time Grammy Award winner, Audra has released four solo albums on Nonesuch and maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist.
Michael is a Broadway veteran and a Tony® award winner, for his role as ‘Cookie McGee’ in Nice Work If You Can Get It. Other Broadway credits include ‘Patsy’ in Spamalot (Tony® nomination), Born Yesterday, Memphis, Is He Dead?, Wonderful Town, Little Me, Swinging on a Star (Theater World Award, Drama Desk nomination), The Goodbye Girl, and My Favorite Year. Encores! performances have included Follies, The Boys From Syracuse, DuBarry Was a Lady. Off-Broadway, audiences have seen him in The Butter and the Egg Man, Game Show, The Cocoanuts, Louisiana Purchase, and Forbidden Broadway. On television he played the side man to Martin Short on “The Martin Short Show,” and he can be seen in the films The Interpreter, Changing Lanes and Ira and Abby.
The Tony® Award winning star of A Chorus Line, Donna is regarded as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. Besides inspiring and performing the role of ‘Cassie’, she appeared on Broadway in Company (also choreographed by Michael Bennett), the original How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Education of H*Y*M*A*N-K*A*P*L*A*N, and Sondheim- A Musical Tribute, which she also choreographed. She has starred in numerous productions in London’s West End, including Promises Promises, No Way to Treat a Lady (which she choreographed), and Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Bob Fosse, who choreographed her in How to Succeed, invited Donna to play the lead in his last production, a national tour of Sweet Charity, for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. Seasoned television watchers will remember her as the beautiful young woman in the very first L’eggs stocking commercial (when L’eggs were packaged in plastic eggs) and her memoir, Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life, was published and released by Simon and Schuster. She was featured in the documentary film, Every Little Step.
Olga is best known to Broadway audiences for originating the role of ‘Claudia’ in In the Heights for which she received a Tony® Award nomination. She played the role for the show’s entire Broadway run. Olga has also appeared on Broadway in Reckless, Man of La Mancha, Les Misérables, and as the role of ‘Rosie’ in Mamma Mia!. Her off-Broadway credits include Women Without Men, The Human Comedy, and The Public Theatre’s The Taming of the Shrew in Central Park. TV audiences have seen her on “Pan Am,” “Blue Bloods,” “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order,” “The Jury,” “Hope & Faith,” and “George Lopez.” On film, she has appeared with Jim Carrey in Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Robert Pattinson in Remember Me, John Leguizamo in Fugly, Meryl Streep in Music of the Heart, Madonna in Evita, Kevin Spacey in K-Pax, and Samuel L. Jackson in Changing Lanes. Olga won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for the off-Broadway run of In the Heights, as well as a HOLA Award from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.
“Cousin Brucie” Morrow
Long before making cameo appearances on Broadway in the hits Grease and Memphis, Bruce Morrow was well known as “Cousin Brucie,” the popular radio host who had been introducing songs since 1959. Cousin Brucie took on his nickname when one night between records, an elderly woman found her way into the studio from which Bruce was broadcasting and asked, “Hey Cousin, can you give me fifty cents to get home?” He complied and the endearing moniker Cousin Brucie stuck. In 1965 it was Cousin Brucie who introduced The Beatles during the first of their historic Shea Stadium concerts. Cousin Brucie’s voice can also be heard in the film Across the Universe (directed by The Lion King’s Julie Taymor) and he appeared in Dirty Dancing. He can be heard regularly on Sirius XM radio’s ‘60’s on 6.
A 2010 Tony® and Drama Desk Nominee for her performance in the acclaimed Kennedy Center revival of Ragtime, Christiane made her Broadway debut in the role of ‘Emma’ in Jekyll & Hyde. She returned to the Broadway stage to star in It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. Christiane has toured extensively as ‘Sandy’ in the Tommy Tune production of Grease, as ‘Ellen’ in Miss Saigon and as ‘Mallory’ in City of Angels. She appeared on the London stage with the legendary Julie Andrews in The Gift of Music, and regionally has appeared in the title role of Mack & Mabel at the Goodspeed Opera and as ‘Carrie’ in Carousel at Paper Mill Playhouse. She has guest soloed with symphonies and orchestras around the country, and released three solo CDs. She can be heard as the singing voice of ‘Anna’ in the animated feature The King and I produced by Warner Bros./Morgan Creek.
Broadway audiences know Kerry from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, the new musical stage production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (she originated the role of ‘Betty’), Into the Woods, Billy Elliot, Annie Get Your Gun, Cyrano, Translations and The Baker’s Wife, for which she received 2002 Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations. Her off-Broadway credits include Dublin Carol, How I Learned to Drive, Finian’s Rainbow, Flight, and Promises, Promises (Encores! opposite Martin Short). Regionally Kerry has appeared in such shows as South Pacific, Ragtime, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She has also been featured on film and television in Case 39, The Happening, Rounders, Certainty, “Shameless,” “Brotherhood,” “The Mentalist,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: LA,” “Cold Case,” “Detroit 1-8-7,” “Monk,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Criminal Minds,” “Bones,” and “Without a Trace.”
Laura, the star of Broadway’s Cinderella, made her Broadway debut as “Sandy” in the most recent Broadway revival of Grease, having won the role and the hearts of America on NBC’s reality competition “Grease: You’re The One That I Want.” She was a 2012 Tony nominee (Best Leading Actress in a Musical) for Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie And Clyde on Broadway, after creating the role of “Bonnie” in the world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse and reprising the role at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. She recently appeared as “Hope Harcourt” in Anything Goes on Broadway, as “Nellie Forbush” in Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of South Pacific, and has performed regionally at the Kennedy Center as “Kim McAfee” in Broadway: Three Generations. Other favorite regional credits include “Elizabeth Bennet” in Pride and Prejudice, “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz, “Jasmine” in Disney’s Aladdin, and the title role in Peter Pan. Laura recently filmed the HBO pilot “The Miraculous Year,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and performed in “Sondheim: The Birthday Concert” at Avery Fisher Hall, now on DVD.
Christine has appeared on Broadway in Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio starring Liev Schreiber, and Little Me starring Martin Short and Faith Prince. She is well known for her work in the off-Broadway smash revues Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood, for which she earned a Drama Desk nomination, an LA Ovation award and, as she likes to say, “lots of frequent flyer miles.” Audiences in South Africa, London and across the U.S. have been delighted by her award winning cabaret show Great Dames. In New York, she is spoofing a whole new stable of characters in NEWSical the Musical, and her show There’s No Bizness Like Snow Bizness has become a beloved annual holiday tradition. She also doles out advice off-Broadway in Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage. Fans of HBO’s The Sopranos may recognize her as the dearly departed ‘Mrs. Bobby Baccala.’ She is the proud host of The Broadway Breakfast on Sirius XM Radio where she plays the music of the stage & screen and interviews show-biz legends, as well as co-host of Dueling Divas. She has also become a YouTube sensation with her spot-on impersonations of memorable divas, including Liza Minnelli.
Dancer extraordinaire, Valarie received a Tony® nomination for her role in the Broadway production of Fosse. Other Broadway credits include Sophisticated Ladies (where she understudied Judith Jamison), Harold Prince’s Grind, and Bob Fosse’s Big Deal. On screen she has appeared in The Wiz (with Diana Ross), The Cotton Club (with Richard Gere and Gregory Hines), Glitter, and the hit comedy Jumping the Broom. Valarie performed alongside Chita Rivera in Chicago in the West End, and subsequently performed All That Jazz as a tribute to Rivera at the Kennedy Center Honors. She has also performed with Lucie and Desi Arnaz Jr. in the musical tribute to their father, called Babalu, and has been a regular guest soloist with the Pasadena Symphony for their annual Pops program. She is also known for her role as ‘Big Dee Dee Thorne’ on the UPN sitcom “Half & Half” and ‘Sandra Lucas’ on Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne.”
Brenda made her Broadway debut as an original cast member of Michael Bennett’s Dreamgirls and a year later was an original cast member of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. Her other Broadway credits include The Lyons, The American Play, and The Mooney Shapiro Songbook. Off-Broadway audiences have seen her in The First Breeze of Summer, Mom How Did You Meet the Beatles?, Seven Guitars, Marvin’s Room, And The World Goes ‘Round-The Songs of Kander and Ebb (Outer Critics Circle Award), and Blues In The Night. Around the country, she’s been seen in The Old Settler (Freedom Theatre [Barrymore Award Winner], McCarter Theatre, The Long Wharf Theatre), Intimate Apparel (BaltimoreCenterstage, South Coast Rep), Blues For An Alabama Sky (Cincinnati Playhouse, The Old Globe), Jar The Floor (Syracuse Stage), A Raisin In The Sun (Ford Theatre), To Be Young Gifted and Black (The Kennedy Center) and at the Sundance Theatre Lab. Film audiences have seen her in Detachment,16 Blocks, Cradle Will Rock (written and directed by Tim Robbins), Twisted, and It Could Happen To You. Television appearances include “Body of Proof,” “Law and Order,” “Deadline,” “Law and Order-SVU,” “New York Undercover,” “Daddy’s Girl,” “Harambee,” “Educating Matt Waters,” HBO’s “Lifestories,” and “Brewster Place” (with Oprah Winfrey).
Ron has had a long and illustrious international career that spans the worlds of musical theater, opera, cabaret, classical music, and television. He most recently appeared as “Joseph Pulitzer” in Disney’s Newsies and as “Ben” in the critically-acclaimed revival of Follies at the Kennedy Center, Broadway, and Los Angeles, for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. He was a three-time Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Award nominee for his role as the villain “Alan Spaulding” on CBS’s “Guiding Light.” He has starred on Broadway in shows such as Chicago and Show Boat, and has soloed with over 50 major American and international orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Philedelphia Pops, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Israeli Philharmonic. Ron has also performed at Carnegie Hall, the London Palladium, and the Royal Festival Hall, and has appeared on four PBS “Great Performances” specials.
Tamara starred on Broadway with Denzel Washington in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Before that she shared the stage with Lena Horne in the legendary musical Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, and starred in David Merrick’s revival of Oh Kay! with Brian Stokes Mitchell. Tamara toured Europe with Bubblin’ Brown Sugar and played Maggie in the first all-African American production of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Additionally Tamara has begun producing on Broadway, helping to bring the Tony® Award winning musical Spring Awakening to the stage, as well as August Wilson’s Radio Golf and Eric Simonson’s Magic/Bird. She is well recognized for her roles as attorney ‘Jessica Griffin’ on the popular soap “As the World Turns,” and as ‘Medical Examiner Melinda Warner’ on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” a role she’s played for 12 years. From 2000 to 2007, she appeared in both shows simultaneously. She has also made guest appearances on “24,” “Sex and the City,” and “NYPD Blues.”
Leslie began her esteemed show biz career at the age of 6 portraying Ethel Waters’s niece on the TV series Beulah. At the age of 9, she performed at the legendary Apollo Theater, opening for such musical legends as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. As a teenager she became the first African American performer to be featured on a weekly national primetime television series, “Sing Along with Mitch”. In 1970 she hosted her own primetime variety series “The Leslie Uggams Show”. On Broadway Leslie earned a Tony® and Theater World award for her musical theater debut in Hallelujah, Baby!. Since then she has starred on Broadway in Blues in the Night, Jerry’s Girls, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and On Golden Pond opposite James Earl Jones. 2012 Encores! audiences were treated to seeing her appear in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream. She is well remembered for her stirring portrayal of ‘Kizzy’ in the landmark TV mini-series Alex Haley’s Roots. An inspiration to all, Leslie performed before 300,000 people during the Memorial Day Concert on the Washington Mall which was also broadcast live by PBS to millions of viewers nationwide.
Jim was seen in the New York Philharmonic’s star-studded concert of Company, by Stephen Sondheim, playing ‘Larry’ opposite Patti LuPone. The film version played in movie theatres across the country. He has appeared in other Sondheim shows, including Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along. During auditions for the latter, Jim was asked for his age by the composer. Although he was older than the teenager the parts called for, he told Sondheim the truth. He was subsequently cast and, during previews, took over the lead role of ‘Franklin Shepard’. He has also appeared in Bye Bye Birdie, Guys & Dolls, 42nd Street, The Music Man, Stardust and Perfectly Frank, a musical revue based on the music and lyrics of Frank Loesser, in which he made his Broadway debut. With his brother Bob, he has written a number of musicals, including Mid Life! The Crisis Musical.
Ruth has made us laugh watching her in theatre, television and film. Her many stage credits include the Broadway productions of La Cage Aux Folles, Music Man (Outer Critics Nom), Epic Proportions, Little Me, Guys & Dolls, Smile, Musical Comedy Murders, and Annie. Off-Broadway shows include The Green Heart (Drama Desk Nom), Queen Amarantha, and The Good Times Are Killing Me. She has been seen regionally at Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre, Old Globe, and in productions of The Music Man and Les Misérables (Hollywood Bowl). Her films include Evan Almighty, The Producers, Legally Blonde II , Family Man, Malcolm X, Foreign Student, Psycho Beach Party. TV audiences know her from “Monk,” “Medium,” “The O.C.,” “The Practice,” “Kingpin,” “ER,” “What I Like About You,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Law & Order,” “Hannah Montana” and recurring as Mrs. Grubman on “Nip/Tuck.”
Audiences know Carol from stage and screen. Her Broadway credits include Chicago, One Mo Time, the 2001 revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, Smokey Joe’s Café, Stepping Out directed by Tommy Tune, Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl, Grind, Big River and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Off-Broadway, she starred in One Mo’ Time, Taking My Turn, and First Lady Suite at the Public Theatre. Carol has toured the United States with the first national companies of The Full Monty and Chicago and she received an Olivier Award nomination for her performance in the London production of Blues In The Night. Carol has been seen on film in Across The Universe directed by Julie Taymor where she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her performance. Other films include The Honeymooners, Steam, Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown, Raw, Night And The City, Stepping Out (opposite Liza Minnelli), and Copland. Television audiences know her from “The Big C,” “The Practice,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order,” and as a series regular on “The Parent ‘Hood.”
Tony is a true triple threat performer (singer/dancer/actor) whose Broadway credits include ‘Billy Flynn’ in Chicago, ‘Phil Davis’ in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, ‘Tulsa’ in Gypsy with Patti LuPone (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), ‘Al’ in the revival of A Chorus Line, Never Gonna Dance, Oklahoma!, and Gypsy with Tyne Daly. He was in the feature film documentary Every Little Step and can be seen in the inaugural season of “Smash” on NBC. He also received critical acclaim as ‘Gabey’ in On The Town at City Center Encores! Tony has appeared regionally at The Goodman, Paper Mill, Goodspeed, Trinity Rep, Hartford Stage, The Old Globe, and The Signature Theatre.
John Lloyd Young
John Lloyd Young originated the role of ‘Frankie Valli’ in Broadway’s Tony® Award winning Jersey Boys, for which he too won a Tony® Award. He went on to also win the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, becoming the only American actor in history to win all four leading actor awards for a Broadway debut. Now a resident of Los Angeles, John played to sold-out crowds of over 17,000 as Marius in Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl and was the first-ever guest star to appear on “Glee”. Before his Broadway debut in Jersey Boys, John was in The Drawer Boy with Frasier’s John Mahoney. He also appeared in Chaim Potok’s adaptation of The Chosen opposite Theodore Bikel. TV appearances include “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Celebrity Jeopardy.” John is a frequent guest on NBC’s “Today Show,” including Katie Couric’s farewell.
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