THE BROADWAY FANTASY CAMP FAMILY INCLUDES
TONY® WINNERS, NOMINEES, AND CURRENT STARS!
Tony Award® nominee Brooks Ashmanskas is a Broadway veteran whose credits include The Prom, Sunday in the Park with George, Shuffle Along starring Audra McDonald, Something Rotten, Bullets Over Broadway, Promises, Promises starring Kristin Chenoweth, Present Laughter starring Victor Garber, Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker. He earned Tony nominations for Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical as Barry Glickman in The Prom and for Best Featured Actor In A Musical as a performer in Marin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Film and TV credits include Julie & Julia, The Good Wife, and All My Children.
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.”
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 Bright Star, ‘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.”
Sierra was Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s choice to play Christine Daae on The Phantom of the Opera Anniversary Performance at Royal Albert Hall. She also starred as Christine for the 25th Anniversary performance of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Also on Broadway, she originated the role of Arielle in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as well as performing in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock and the revival of Master Class. On London’s West End, Sierra originated the role of Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies and was seen as Fantine in Les Miserables. Her concert appearances include solo shows at 54 Below, BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and Broadway by the Year at Town Hall. Sierra is featured on the symphonic recording of Love Never Dies and the original cast album for The Little Mermaid.
Ashley is best known for originating the title character in the Broadway production of the award-winning Mary Poppins. Other Broadway credits include “Belle” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. On the road, she appeared in Disney’s On the Record and reprised the role of “Mary” in the 2009 US National Tour of Marry Poppins. Other credits include “Snow White” in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – A Symphonic Retelling at The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, “Rose” in Meet Me in St. Louis and “Maria” in The Sound of Music at The Muny, “Oona” in Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin at La Jolla Playhouse, “Magnolia Hawks” in Show Boat and “Laurey Williams” in Oklahoma! at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She can also be heard on her solo album Speak Low.
Danny is an acclaimed actor, having starred on Broadway in Moulin Rouge, Fiddler on the Roof (2016 Tony® Award Nomination), Follies (Drama Desk Award), Cabaret (2014 Tony® and Drama Desk Award Nominations), 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. Film and television credits include Transamerica, Deception, Duane Incarnate, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” (directed by Martin Scorsese), and “Hope & Faith.” He has two sons and is married to actress Rebecca Luker.
LYNN COHEN (1933 – 2020)
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 has also starred as ‘Mags’ in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment in the motion picture trilogy based on the best-selling books.
Robert is most well known for originating the role of as Weselton in Disney’s FROZEN. Other Broadway credits include: THE LION KING (Timon), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Durdles), Anything Goes (Purser/Moonface), Chicago (Amos), The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Jackie Mason’s Laughing Room Only. He was co-author and star of the hit Off-Broadway musical Cagney which ran at the Westside Theatre in NYC for over 500 performances. For that role he won the Fred Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer and was nominated for the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best Lead Actor in a Musical. He was a recurring guest star on the CBS series The Good Fight, starring Christine Baranski. His debut album Ain’t We Got Fun! was released in 2012 on the LML music label.
Robert is known for his performance as the dual title characters in Jekyll & Hyde for which he received a Tony® Award nomination, a Drama Desk Award, a Fany Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Joseph Jefferson Award. Other Broadway credits include “Javert” in Les Miserables and “Norman Osborn / Green Goblin” in Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark. Robert has also been seen regionally in The Secret Garden at the Sacramento Music Circus, Enter the Guardsman and Antony and Cleopatra at The New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, and as “Victor” in Victor/Victoria, “Captain von Trapp” in The Sound of Music, “Sky Masterson” in Guys & Dolls, and “Jud Fry” in Oklahoma! at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Jennifer received a Tony® Award nomination for her performance in the critically acclaimed Broadway production Next to Normal, which she also performed in at Second Stage and Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Jennifer also originated the role of Jean in American Psycho on Broadway, and 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.”
ANDRE 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 five legendary musicals: Hadestown, for which he received the Tony® Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, 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. 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 Tony® nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other Broadway credits include Plaza Suite – starring Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker – A Christmas Story, Nice Work if you can Get It, ‘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.
BRANDON VICTOR DIXON
Brandon is most well known for playing Judas in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” He first appeared on Broadway originating the role of ‘Harpo’ in The Color Purple, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, and ‘Berry Gordy Jr.’ in Motown: The Musical. Other credits include: “Aaron Burr” in Hamilton (Broadway), ‘Eubie Blake’ in Shuffle Along (Broadway), and ‘Hayword Patterson’ in Scottsboro Boys (off-Broadway). Through his company, WalkRunFly Productions, he has co-produced the 2014 Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which won a Tony Award.
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 wrote the book for the Summer, the Donna Summer Musical as well as starring 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.
RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY
Renee originated the role of ‘Angelica Schuyler’ on Broadway in Hamilton, for which she received a 2016 Tony Award. Her other Broadway credits include “Nettie” in The Color Purple, ‘Mimi’ in Rent, and ‘Nala’ in The Lion King. She was also seen on the national tour of Dreamgirls. On television, she is best known for her recurring roles as a singer on Ally McBeal. Other credits include: The Good Wife, One Life to Live, Law & Order: SVU, The Get Down, and The Following.
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 revival of Fiddler on the Roof with Alfred Molina she earned a Drama League nomination for her portrayal of Golde. 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). 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.
Three-time Tony® Nominee Andy Karl is known for originating the roles of the Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman: The Musical, Phil Connors in Groundhog Day (Drama Desk winner for Outstanding Actor in a Musical), and the iconic underdog “Rocky Balboa” in Rocky on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include: “Bruce Granit” in On the Twentieth Century, “Neville Landless/Mr. Victor Grinstead” in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, “Joe” in 9 to 5, “Kyle” in the original cast of Legally Blonde:The Musical, “Tommy DeVito” in Jersey Boys, “Fiyero” in Wicked, and “Joey” in Saturday Night Fever. Andy also starred off Broadway as “Luke” in the original cast of Altar Boyz. Film credits include: And So it Goes; Joyful Noise; New York, I love You; On The One; This Time.
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 originated the role of Queen Elizabeth in Diana. She has also 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.
Caitlin is recognized for her Tony Award nominated originating the starring role of Emma in The Prom, alongside Broadway veterans Beth Leavel and Brooks Ashmanskas. She also originated the role of Carolyn in Jason Robert Brown’s Tony winning musical The Bridges of Madison County, performing alongside Tony winner Kelli O’Hara. She made her Broadway debut as a replacement in the 8-time Tony Award winning Best Musical Spring Awakening, performing the role of Thea. Fans across the country have seen her in the first national tour of the Tony winning musical Next to Normal, starring Tony winner Alice Ripley. Film & TV credits include The Intern, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Sweet Little Lies, Younger, American Vandal, The Knick, and Law & Order: SVU.
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. She received Tony® and Drama Desk nominations for originating the role of Dee Dee Allen in The Prom on Broadway. 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.
Norm was featured on the NBC telecast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC, starring John Legend. He was nominated for a Tony® Award for his performance as ‘Porgy’ in The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess opposite Audra McDonald. In 2014, Norm also became the first African American actor to play the title character in The Phantom of the Opera. Other Broadway credits include originating the role of ‘King Triton’ in The Little Mermaid, Agwe in Once on this Island, ‘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.”
Lesli Margherita made her Broadway debut as “Mrs. Wormwood” in the original cast of Matilda The Musical. In London, she received the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for her performance as “Inez” in Zorro the Musical on the West End. Other Broadway credits include Dames at Sea. A California native, her national tour/regional credits include Kiss Me, Kate; Show Boat; Man of La Mancha; The Grönholm Method; Little Shop of Horrors; Spamalot; Grease; Aida; West Side Story; See What I Wanna See. Television/Film credits include: “Major Crimes,” “The Suite Life On Deck,” “Fame L.A.,” “NYPD Blue,” “Charmed,” “The District,” “JAG,” and “On The Lot.” Leslie has also lent her voice to several animated films and TV shows, including Disney’s “Cinderella 3” and Nickelodeon’s “Spongebob Squarepants.” Lesli’s critically acclaimed nightclub act All Hail the Queen continues to play to crowds in New York and Las Angeles.
Constantine received Tony® and Drama League Award nominations for ‘Drew’ in Rock of Ages. 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.” 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. TV appearances include CBS’s “The Bold and The Beautiful,” “Law & Order,” “The Tonight Show,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Conan,” “Ellen,” and “Regis & Kelly”. He earned both The Gabby Award and The Elios Award, which recognize 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. 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).
Audra is a six-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, and Lady Day. She is currently the most decorated actress in Tony Award history. Other Broadway credits include 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. TV credits include ‘Dr. Naomi Bennett’ on ABC’s “Private Practice” and 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 “Annie.” Film credits include 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 and performs in concert around the country.
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 The Front Page starring Nathan Lane, Tootsie, Plaza Suite starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, “Owen O’Malley” in On the Twentieth Century, ‘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.
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.
Newell is best known for his powerful performance on "Glee" and his starring role on “Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist” on NBC. He made headlines for his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning revival of "Once on This Island." He performed his show-stopping number "Mama Will Provide" on the Tony Awards, the TODAY show, and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Newell, who is from Salem, Massachusetts, was launched into the national limelight in 2011 when he booked a guest role on "Glee" due to his success on the Oxygen competition series "The Glee Project." Since "Glee," Newell has since gone on to book several projects, including three pilots, the independent feature "Geography Club" and a guest-starring role on "Empire." He is also signed to Atlantic Records.
A 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 has returned to the Broadway stage to star in Dear Evan Hansen and 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.
Laura 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 can be seen starring in Hallmark’s Hall of Fame Musical “In The Key of Love.” She is a Tony nominee (Best Leading Actress in a Musical) for Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie & Clyde and was also nominated for her role as Cinderella in Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Other Broadway credits include “Hope Harcourt” in Anything Goes, “Nellie Forbush” in Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of South Pacific, and originating the role of Julia Trojan in Bandstand. 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. Around the country, she’s been seen in The Old Settler (Freedom Theatre [Barrymore Award Winner], McCarter Theatre, The Long Wharf Theatre), Intimate Apparel (Baltimore Centerstage, South Coast Rep), Blues For An Alabama Sky (Cincinnati Playhouse, The Old Globe), A Raisin In The Sun (Ford Theatre, Two River Theater), To Be Young Gifted and Black (The Kennedy Center) and at the Sundance Theatre Lab. Film credits include 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.
Courtney originated the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s hit Broadway musical Aladdin, directed by Tony award winner Casey Nicholaw. She also had the honor of being in the closing cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony award winning musical In The Heights, where she played Carla. She also understudied Nina & Vanessa. Courtney made her Broadway debut in Mamma Mia!
Tony Award® winner Ali Stroker found her big break starring in the talent competition, The Glee Project where she placed second and won a guest role on Fox's Glee. She made history as the first performer in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway when she originated the role of ‘Anna' in Deaf West's acclaimed 2015 revival of Spring Awakening, and she made history again when she became the first wheelchair user to win a Tony Award® for best featured actress in a musical for her portrayal of Ado Any in the Tony Award® Winning Best Musical Revival of Oklahoma.
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 “J.M. Barrie” in Finding Neverland, his Tony® Nominated turn as “Gabey” in On The Town, ‘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. 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.