CAST

Victoria Clark

(Madame Sousatzka)

Montego Glover

(Xholiswa)

Judy Kaye

(Countess)

Jordan Barrow

(Themba)

Ryan Allen

(Jabulani Khenketha)

Rebecca Eichenberger

(Madame Sousatzka at certain performances)

Sara Jean Ford

(Jenny)

Fuschia!

(Naledi)

John Hillner

(Felix Manders)

Virginia Preston

(Sarah)

CHRISTIANNE TISDALE

(Mrs. Manders)

Nick Wyman

(Mr. Cordle)

JEWELLE BLACKMAN

(Ensemble)

BENJAMIN BOGEN

(Swing)

KAREN BURTHWRIGHT

(Dance Captain/Swing)

MARK CASSIUS

(Ensemble)

LEROY CHURCH

(Ensemble)

JANELLE COOPER

(Ensemble)

REJEAN COURNOYER

(Ensemble)

ALVIN CRAWFORD

(Ensemble)

SACCHA DENNIS

(Ensemble)

BERNARD DOTSON

(Ensemble)

SHILOH GOODIN

(Ensemble/Assistant Dance Captain)

KIRA GULOIEN

(Ensemble)

MARY GUTZI

(Ensemble)

TEVYN HILL

(Ensemble)

ERIN LAMAR

(Ensemble)

ERYN LeCROY

(Ensemble)

JAMES LEVESQUE

(Ensemble)

HAILEY LEWIS

(Ensemble)

DAVID LINDO-REID

(Ensemble)

ALLISON McCAUGHEY

(Ensemble)

CORY O’BRIEN

(Ensemble)

REBECCA POFF

(Ensemble)

TRAVIS PRATT

(Ensemble)

MYA ROSE PURYEAR

(Ensemble)

JACK RENNIE

(Ensemble/Fight Captain)

TIMOTHY SHEW

(Ensemble)

JAMAL SHURIAH

(Ensemble)

DAVID SILVESTRI

(Ensemble)

ISAIAH SLATER

(Young Themba)

KADEN STEPHEN

(Young Themba)

EVA TAVARES

(Swing)

TRYPHENA WADE

(Ensemble)

CHARLES E. WALLACE

(Ensemble)

J.D. WEBSTER

(Ensemble)

JONATHAN WINSBY

(Ensemble)

Victoria Clark

(Madame Sousatzka)

VICTORIA CLARK is delighted to be making her Canadian debut with this remarkable company! Broadway: The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Gigi (Tony, Helen Hayes nominations), Cinderella (Tony, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Sister Act (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Snow Geese at Manhattan Theatre Club, Titanic, How to Succeed…, Urinetown, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, A Grand Night for Singing, Sunday in the Park With George. Off-Broadway: When the Rain Stops Falling (Drama Desk nomination), A Prayer for My Enemy (by Craig Lucas), The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Agony and the Agony, Marathon Dancing, Follies (LA), Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall. Film: “The Enchanted Forest”, “Archeology of a Woman”, “Harvest”, “The Happening”, “Tickling Leo”, “Main Street”, “Cradle Will Rock”. Television: “Law & Order/SVU”, “The Good Wife”, “Mercy”, and Carrie Mathison’s mother Ellen on Showtime’s “Homeland”. Director: Newton’s Cradle, NAMT Festival (Best Director Award). Upcoming: The Trouble With Doug, Fredericia Theater, Denmark. Master teacher in U.S. and abroad; Artist-in residence, Pace School of the Performing Arts, where she directed The Light in the Piazza. Thank you to my teachers, especially Beret Arcaya and Michael Howard. Boundless gratitude to T.L. and Tom! www.victoriaclark.me

Montego Glover

(Xholiswa)

Tony Award Nominee, Drama League Nominee, Drama Desk Award Winner and Outer Critic’s Circle Award Winner for Memphis. Other Broadway: Les Misérables (Fantine), It Shoulda Been You (Annie); The Color Purple (Celie & Nettie); The Royale (Nina) for which Ms. Glover earned her second Drama Desk Award. Guest Artist at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, Huntington Theatre, the Old Globe among others, earning an IRNE Award for the role of Aida, a Helen Hayes Nomination for Once On This Island, and a Craig Noel Nomination for The Royale. Concert work: New York Pops, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Caramoor Music Festival, the Delacorte Theatre, New York City Center, Smith Center. TV/Film: “The Following”, “Black Box”, “Hostages”, “Smash”, “Golden Boy”, “The Good Wife”, “White Collar”, “NYC 22”, “Law & Order”, “Made In Jersey” and the independent feature “Alone”. Numerous commercials, voiceovers, and animated characters. Ms. Glover has served as a member of the Artists’ Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors, is a New York PopsEd Ambassador, and a Dora Award Nominee. @montegoglover www.MontegoGlover.com

Judy Kaye

(Countess)

Two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye recently starred on Broadway as Madame Morrible in Wicked, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and in Nice Work If You Can Get It for which she won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards. She won her first Tony for The Phantom of the Opera. Other highlights include Souvenir (Tony nomination, Theatre LA Ovation Award Best Actress), Mamma Mia (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Ragtime (Theatre LA Ovation Award), On the Twentieth Century (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk nomination), Mrs. Lovett in a number of productions of Sweeney Todd including the most recent Broadway production and National Tour, and in London with the original Sweeney, Len Cariou. Dramatic credits include Souvenir in ten U.S. cities, Lost in Yonkers at the Old Globe in San Diego and Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson and Phoenix, Maggie in The Man Who Came To Dinner, Penny in You Can’t Take it With You, Shirley Valentine, and Kitty Dean in The Royal Family. Opera credits include La Boheme, Orpheus in the Underworld, and The Beggars Opera for Santa Fe Opera, and Brigadoon, Candide, and The Pajama Game for New York City Opera. Ms. Kaye is the voice of Kinsey Millhone for Random House’s audio recordings of the Sue Grafton Alphabet Mysteries, of which “X” is the most recent release. Judy Kaye is celebrating her 50th year as a proud Actors Equity member. www.judykaye.com

Jordan Barrow

(Themba)

JORDAN BARROW (Themba Khenketha) is thrilled to finally bring Sousatzka to the world after having worked on the reading and workshop production stages. His off-Broadway credits include The Tempest (Public Theater’s NY Shakespeare Festival) and Held Momentarily (NY Fringe Festival Encore Series). TV credits include “Broad City”. Workshops include Sweetie (directed by Patricia Birch). Regional credits include Peter Pan, The Miracle Worker, The New Voices Concert Series (Paper Mill Playhouse), Finian’s Rainbow, The Little Mermaid (Music Theatre Wichita), and Hairspray (Charleston Stage). Training: BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support, Jamie and Victoria at Abrams, Garth, and the entire cast and creatives of Sousatzka for making this a journey to never forget. Instagram/Twitter: @JordanT_B

Ryan Allen

(Jabulani Khenketha)

RYAN ALLEN made his Broadway debut in 2013 as the General in The Book of Mormon, but his career began playing Viola Davis’ son in the film “Get Rich or Die Trying” (Paramount). Ryan then pursued classical music studies as a singer at the University of Toronto and The Glenn Gould Conservatory. Eventually he made his European debut at Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Festival Boccherini in Lucca, Italy. As a theatre actor, Ryan proudly performed across Canada in regional theatres, including two seasons as a member of the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre Company. Most recently, he can be found playing a leading role on the Netflix series “Between” (seasons 1 and 2, and recurring roles on “Rogue” (Direct TV), “Coming In” (CBC Comedy), and “21 Thunder” (CBC). Ryan would like to thank his awesome family and friends for their ongoing support and love. @ryallen44

Rebecca Eichenberger

(Madame Sousatzka at certain performances)

Most recently Rebecca created the role of Olga in An American in Paris on Broadway and in Paris. She has starred on Broadway as Carlotta and Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera and received the Helen Hayes Award nomination for her portrayal of Mother in the National Tour of Ragtime. She played Nettie in the critically acclaimed National Tour of Carousel, directed by Nicholas Hytner, and was also in the Tony Award winning Lincoln Center production. Other Broadway credits include Evita (with Ricky Martin), 1776, The Frogs, It’s a Grand Night for Singing, and created the role of Ruth’s Mother/Susannah in Dessa Rose at Lincoln Center, directed by Graciela Daniele. Regional credits include Little Edie in Grey Gardens, Margaret in The Light in the Piazza, Sharon in Master Class, and Dot in Sunday in the Park with George.  Film/TV appearances include “The Object of My Affection”, “Law and Order: C.I.”, and “The Good Wife”. Rebecca can be heard on multiple cast recordings and she has sung in major concert halls across the world including Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall.

Sara Jean Ford

(Jenny)

SARA JEAN FORD  was most recently seen playing Jellylorum in the Broadway revival of CATS. Other Broadway credits include Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera, Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Little Night Music and Finian’s Rainbow. Sara holds the unique distinction of performing in two Broadway shows at the same time and completely by happenstance—“Say whaaat?!?” Off-Broadway: Sara starred in The Fantasticks and can be heard on the original revival cast recording. National Tours: Wicked and Phantom of the Opera. Sara has starred in Regional Theaters all over America. Concerts: Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings at Carnegie Hall and Disney Hall. Star soloist with The Rochester Philharmonic, The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and The New West Symphony. Graduated with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious Drama program. Love to my Mom and spirited daughter, Annie “Bannoo”.

Fuschia!

(Naledi)

Daughter of Letha, mother of Jacquel, wife of Dontey, an entrepreneur, singer, actress, non-trained dancer that moved extremely well, born and raised in Baltimore, grew up in NY, now resides in California. Broadway: 1st African-American Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables, Julie Taymor’s Juan Darién, Once On This Island, Dreamgirls. Los Angeles: Rafiki in The Lion King (Ovations & NAACP nominee). Film: “Cordially Invited”, “Bringing Out the Dead”, “Harlem Aria”, “The Next Step”. TV: “Pretty Little Liars”, “Review”, “The Young and the Restless”, “Scandal”, “Body of Proof”, “Partners”, Nickelodeon’s “How To Rock”, “Hannah Montana”, “Days of Our Lives”, “Ugly Betty”, “Boston Public”, “Law & Order”.  Animation: “Zootopia”, “The Cleveland Show”, “The Life & Times of Tim”, “Little Bill”. Numerous TV commercials and radio voice-overs. To God be the Glory!

John Hillner

(Felix Manders)

JOHN HILLNER (Felix Manders) has starred on Broadway as Georges in the Tony Award winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles. He also created the critically acclaimed role of Lank Hawkins in the original Broadway production of Crazy For You. Other featured Broadway roles include They’re Playing Our Song, Woman of the Year, Little Me, Zorba, The Graduate, Mamma Mia, Footloose, and the Roundabout Company’s 25th anniversary production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Among his many off-Broadway portrayals John is especially proud of starring in the Pulitzer Prize winning production of Dinner With Friends directed by Daniel Sullivan. Television Audiences will be familiar with his guest starring roles in “The Good Wife”, “Person of Interest”, “Body of Proof”, “Gossip Girl”, “Damages”, “Cold Case”, “Numbers” and “Seinfeld”. John’s other passion is being the owner and president of the custom carpentry design company JMH Woodcraft Inc. What keeps him grounded is his family which includes wife Wendy Waring and children Amy, Nicholas and Jackson.

Virginia Preston

(Sarah)

A native Tennessean, Virginia recently graduated summa cum laude from the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program. 1st US National Tour: Dirty Dancing (ensemble, u/s Penny). Thanks to my family, friends, and agents at The Mine for the endless support! Instagram: virginia.preston

CHRISTIANNE TISDALE

(Mrs. Manders)

Broadway: Original cast of Les Misérables (2nd revival), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Triumph of Love, as well as Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables, Belle in Beauty and the Beast , Molly in One Touch of Venus (West End) and Caroline in Titanic (1st national). TV/Film credits include: “30 Rock”, “Law and Order, CI,” “David Letterman,” the title role in “A Tale of Cinderella” and Janice in the award-winning “Wallflowers” which she also produced. Christianne has soloed in such famed halls as New York’s City Center, Avery Fisher, Weill Recital and Alice Tully Halls, Joe’s Pub, Camden Yards, the Hermitage’s Ekaterina Teatr and the Hofburg Redoutensaal. Her CD, “Just a Map” is available on CDBaby and iTunes. She’s a proud winner of the Kevin Kline Award, a published author, graduate of Yale and studies acting with the indomitable Sande Shurin. Everything you never needed to know at www.ChristianneTisdale.com and IG @baxandthecity.

Nick Wyman

(Mr. Cordle)

Broadway: Catch Me If You Can, Phantom of the Opera (Original Cast), Les Misérables (six years as Thénardier), My Fair Lady (with Rex Harrison), Sly Fox (with Richard Dreyfuss), Doubles, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Tale of Two Cities, On the Twentieth Century, Very Good Eddie, five others. Feature films: “Die Hard With a Vengeance”, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”, “Funny Farm”, “Maid in Manhattan”, five others. Television: “Veep”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “One Life to Live” (as Todd Manning’s abusive dad), “The Good Wife”, “Elementary”, many others—plus numerous voice-over and on-camera commercials. Regional theaters: Shakespeare to Coward to Orton at the Guthrie, Arena Stage, Goodman Theater, Hartford Stage, Pittsburgh Public, and, most recently, Asolo Rep, where his portrayal of LBJ in All the Way earned him a Best Actor award. The former President of Actors’ Equity Association, he is a proud forty-year member.

JEWELLE BLACKMAN

(Ensemble)

JEWELLE BLACKMAN (Ensemble) is a Toronto based actor, singer-songwriter, playwright and violinist. Credits include Canadian casts of The Lion King (Nala & Shenzi), Dreamgirls (Deena Jones), We Will Rock You (Teacher), Caroline or Change. Stratford: Tommy (Acid Queen) and Jacques Brel is Alive Workshop: All-female Man of La Mancha (Aldonza). Film: “Nine Lives”. TV: “Shadowhunters”, “Copper”, “Rogue”, “Shoot The Messenger”. Special thanks to D, Zi, J and the Blackmans. @jewelleblackman

 

BENJAMIN BOGEN (Swing) Toronto debut! Regional: Pittsburgh CLO, Center REP. A bay area California native, Ben is a recent graduate from The University of Michigan with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre. Endless gratitude to this entire brilliant creative team, DGRW, Mom, Dad, Miranda, Barrett, Jennifer Denison, and all my teachers! Proud AEA member. This one’s for Grandma and Grandpa who are now both watching over me. @benmbogen

BENJAMIN BOGEN

(Swing)

Toronto debut! Regional: Pittsburgh CLO, Center REP. A bay area California native, Ben is a recent graduate from The University of Michigan with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre. Endless gratitude to this entire brilliant creative team, DGRW, Mom, Dad, Miranda, Barrett, Jennifer Denison, and all my teachers! Proud AEA member. This one’s for Grandma and Grandpa who are now both watching over me. @benmbogen

KAREN BURTHWRIGHT

(Dance Captain/Swing)

Broadway/Off-Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Revival), Disenchanted (Westside Theatre); Chicago: Sweet Charity (Writers’ Theatre), Ragtime, Hot Mikado, and Aida (Drury Lane Oakbrook). Regional/Canada/1st National Tours: Cabaret (Cape Playhouse), Legally Blonde (Drayton Ent.), Smokey Joe’s Café (FST), Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla Playhouse/Stratford Festival), Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, Mamma Mia! Rocky Horror (Canadian Stage/MTC). Love you mommy!

MARK CASSIUS

(Ensemble)

Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar, Ragtime, Shenandoah. Other Credits: My One and Only, Oklahoma, The Grapes of Wrath, Damn Yankees, The Little Mermaid, Sweet Charity, Dance Legends, A Starbright Christmas, The Musical of Musicals: The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Showboat, Miss Saigon, Cats. Member of The Nylons. “When the curtain goes up, it’s all about you, me and our telling of this story.” @TheMarkCassius

LEROY CHURCH

(Ensemble)

LEROY CHURCH is a Baltimore, MD native and UArts BFA graduate. Credits include: Cirque Du Soleil, The Lion King (North American Tour), “Jennifer Hudson: SMASH,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” L’ORÉAL Redken, NASCAR Awards, Moncler NY Fashion Week, Disney “Feel Alive” Commercial, Vivitrol Ad Campaign, Philadanco, Western Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, HX Magazine, Cal Ripken PAL Billboard. Facebook/IG/Tweet/Snap: @LeroyChurch

JANELLE COOPER

(Ensemble)

Janelle is an actor, producer, AD of Ellipsis Tree Collective (www.ellipsistree.ca), and member of the 2015/2016 National Arts Centre Ensemble, playing Viola in Twelfth Night. Theatre: Ruined (Canadian premiere), Waiting for the Parade, Adventures of a Black Girl, John Ware Reimagined, Charlottes Web, Penelopiad. Film: “The Right Kind of Wrong”, “High Noon”, “Snow 2: Brain Freeze”. This one’s for my dearest…Grey.

REJEAN COURNOYER

(Ensemble)

Selected theatre credits include Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Javert in Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd, Bill Sykes in Oliver!, Sam in Mamma Mia, Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, and The Beast in Beauty and the Beast.  His work in French includes lagie, Don Quixote in L’Homme de la Mancha, and Émile Nelligan (Glenn Gould Studio).

ALVIN CRAWFORD

(Ensemble)

Broadway: The Lion King, Lost in the Stars, Candide, Miss Saigon and The Buddy Holly Story. National Tours: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Crown) and Martin Guerre. Regional: A Raisin in the Sun, The Odyssey. TV/Film: “Law and Order SVU”, “Nurse Jackie”, “And So It Goes”, “It Runs in the Family”. Graduate of Juilliard. Love always to Audrey, Ramon and Marquiez.

SACCHA DENNIS

(Ensemble)

SACCHA DENNIS is thrilled to be a part of this new epic journey! Her acclaimed credits include Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act (Rainbow Stage), Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (Citadel) as well as the 1st U.S National tour of We Will Rock You! Four seasons at the Shaw Festival in such shows as Ragtime, My Fair Lady, Sunday in the Park with George to name a few. This show is dedicated to her family, especially her daughter Ellis. www.sacchadennis.com

BERNARD DOTSON

(Ensemble)

Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow, Chicago (Billy Flynn), Sweet Smell of Success (Original Cast), Imaginary Friends (Original Cast), Jesus Christ Superstar (2000), and the original cast of the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime. With a host of national, international tours and concerts, Bernard was nominated for a MAC and Broadway World Awards on the east and west coasts for his critically acclaimed one-man show “Unexpected Songs”. www.bernarddotson.com

SHILOH GOODIN

(Ensemble/Assistant Dance Captain)

Off-Bway: The Screwtape Letters, The Anthem, Babes in Toyland. Select regional: South Pacific, Anything Goes, Hairspray, Rigoletto (Santa Fe Opera), My Fair Lady, Camelot. Shiloh has worked with creatives such as Lorin Latarro, Josh Bergasse, Alex Timbers, Marcia Milgrom-Dodge, Peggy Hickey, Joanne Hunter, and is thrilled to add this team to the list. Avid tree-climber and proud AEA/CAE member. www.shilohgoodin.com

KIRA GULOIEN

(Ensemble)

Selected credits: Doctor Zhivago (Broadway), Young Edie in Grey Gardens (Acting Up Stage, Dora nomination), Mrs. Walker in Tommy (Stratford), Jacob Two-Two (YPT), Lola in Damn Yankees (Drayton), Delee in Smokey Joe’s Café (Drayton), Top 12 finalist on the 1st season of “Triple Sensation” (CBC). Love and gratitude to my family, Oliver, Jess and Garth. This one is for Dunbar. @kiraguloien

MARY GUTZI

(Ensemble)

Broadway: Les Misérables (Fantine). American Premiere: Ragtime (Emma Goldman). National Tour: Cats (Grizabella), Ragtime (Emma Goldman). Regional: Sunset Boulevard (Norma Desmond), Mary Poppins (Miss Andrew), Fiddler (Golde), The Light in the Piazza (Signora Nacarelli), Forum (Domina), La Mancha (Aldonza), Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch). TV/Film: “Hawaii Five-0”, “Last Resort”, “The Fishing Club”. Proud member of AEA, CAEA, SAG/AFTRA.

 

TEVYN HILL

(Ensemble)

Tevyn is from Southern California. Toronto debut. He is thrilled to be part of the cast of Sousatzka! Shows performed include Dreamgirls, Bat Boy and Jesus Christ Superstar. Graduated from Oklahoma City University with a B.A. in Music and an M.M. in Opera Performance. Thanks his family for their love and support. To God be the Glory!

ERIN LAMAR

(Ensemble)

ERIN LAMAR is a NYC based actor who has performed in 30+ theatrical productions in over 18+ countries. He has collaborated with some of the theater’s best creators, including Andy Blankenbuehler, Alex Lacamoire, Stew, Christopher D’Amboise, Karma Camp, Lisa Shriver, Ben Vereen and more. Many thanks to Avalon, Mom, Dad, Garth, cast and creatives and to all whom spread love and not hate!

ERYN LeCROY

(Ensemble)

National Tour: Jekyll and Hyde (Emma Carew). NYC Workshop: Flying Over Sunset (Anne Brokaw) with Second Stage Theatre. Regional: My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle) and Nice Work If You Can Get It (Eileen Evergreen) at MacHaydn Theatre. BM, Oklahoma City University. Many thanks and love to my family, TalentWorks, Matt, and Mrs Shippey. @erynlecroy

JAMES LEVESQUE

(Ensemble)

Select Theatre: The Crucible, The Boyfriend, Beauty and the Beast. Select Opera: title roles in Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi; Giulio Cesare, Frobisher (World Premiere), War & Peace, Le nozze di Figaro. James has worked with the COC, Calgary Opera, the Aldeburgh Festival and is a member of Bravura—Canada’s only professional Baritone Trio.

HAILEY LEWIS

(Ensemble)

A recent graduate and two-time recipient of the Triple Threat Award from the Sheridan College Musical Theatre BA Program, Hailey made her professional theatre debut as Tiff in the Segal Centre’s production of Prom Queen: The Musical. Honoured to be a part of the Sousatzka team, Hailey would like to thank her family, friends and The Talent House for encouraging her to reach for the stars.

DAVID LINDO-REID

(Ensemble)

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, David is exhilarated to be making his Toronto debut in Sousatzka! David will complete his Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance from Sheridan College in April. Credits: Assistant Choreographer, Shrek the Musical and ensemble in Damn Yankees (Theatre Sheridan), Seaweed in Hairspray, Theatre Under The Stars (Vancouver) and four seasons with the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company.

ALLISON McCAUGHEY

(Ensemble)

Stratford: A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Tour: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Regional: Spamalot, Moon Over Buffalo, Crazy for You, Chicago, The Producers, Cabaret, Mary Poppins, Singin’ in the Rain. Film/TV: “Warehouse 13”, “Arranged”. Training: Sheridan College, Musical Theatre; York University, Masters of Fine Arts. Honored to premiere Sousatzka in her hometown of Toronto, Allison dedicates this to the memory of her Omi.

CORY O’BRIEN

(Ensemble)

CORY O’BRIEN has appeared in shows all over North America, including 7 seasons at the Stratford Festival. Selected credits include: Ernst in Cabaret, Pedro in Man of La Mancha, Gus in Cats, Jerry in Full Monty, Mitch Albom in Tuesdays with Morrie, 1st National tour Mary Poppins, World Premiere of The Lord of the Rings. Cory has a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor.

REBECCA POFF

(Ensemble)

Phantom of the Opera (Canadian National Tour), Show Boat (U.S. National and Broadway tours), 42nd Street (Moscow), First Wives Club (Chicago). Favourite roles for Drayton Entertainment include Mother Abbess, Aldonza, Patsy Cline. Rebecca holds an Honours Bachelor of Musical Arts from UWO and is a University of Toronto Opera Division graduate. Thank you Aaron, Adam, Bruce, Jonathan, Alex and D2. The arts rule!

TRAVIS PRATT

(Ensemble)

TRAVIS PRATT is a man of many disciplines. His broad intellectual interest and many talents make him a true quintessential renaissance man. He possesses the rare ability to easily navigate contrasting musical styles and has a chameleon personality to accompany it.

MYA ROSE PURYEAR

(Ensemble)

MYA ROSE PURYEAR is an American performing artist and graduate of the prestigious Ailey School. Her theatre credits include Kiss Me Kate, Memphis, Guys and Dolls and Dreamgirls. Mrs. Puryear was principal dancer in the development of the musical God Lives in Glass and performed as guest artist with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at New York City Center. Proverbs 31:26.

JACK RENNIE

(Ensemble/Fight Captain)

JACK RENNIE is an actor, dancer, and theatre creator from Toronto, Canada. He has worked as a performer and fight director across Asia, Europe, and the U.S., including performances at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, the Glimmerglass Festival in New York, and the Chateau de Versailles in France. Jack trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and is a recent graduate of George Brown Theatre School.

TIMOTHY SHEW

(Ensemble)

Recently, Kander and Ebb’s The Visit with Chita Rivera/Roger Rees. Les Misérables (Jean Valjean) on Broadway—more than 2200 performances, including 10th Anniversary production in Australia. Numerous symphonies including the 35th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center w/Marvin Hamlisch. Movie soundtracks of “Chicago” and “Tangled”  as well as soloist on Grammy winning Bernstein’s Mass. Blessed to have J&J in my life!

JAMAL SHURIAH

(Ensemble)

JAMAL SHURIAH graduated from the Hartt School with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Recent credits: Dance Captain, Seasons of Love soloist, Mr. Jefferson in Rent; Gator in Memphis at Ivoryton Playhouse; and understudy for Favorite Son on the international tour of American Idiot. He is very excited to be a part of this amazing production and thanks his family and friends for their love and support! Instagram: 2Journey5

DAVID SILVESTRI

(Ensemble)

Selected credits include: Kinky Boots, Prom Queen (Lonni Wynn), Les Misérables (Mirvish), Les Misérables in Concert (Valjean), Fiddler On the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Valentin), Little Shop of Horrors (Dentist), A Funny Thing Happened…, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd in Concert (Sweeney), Aladdin the Panto, Noises Off, Death of a Salesman, The King and I (King). Stratford Festival: 42nd Street, Pirates of Penzance. Disney: Toy Story (Buzz Lightyear), Hercules the Musical (Hades), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston). Much love to family and friends for all their support.

ISAIAH SLATER

(Young Themba)

Isaiah is thrilled to be back on stage in this new exciting Canadian production. Recent credits:Young Lola in Kinky Boots (Mirvish Productions), and Hal in the animated series Dot. Isaiah realized his passion for acting at a young age and has been building his career with lm, TV, commercial and voice work. Thanks  to my family and friends for their love and support.

KADEN STEPHEN

(Young Themba)

Kaden feels blessed to be joining Sousatzka! Kaden made his professional debut last year in Kinky Boots (Mirvish Productions), and there’s been no stopping him since! Most recent credits include the animated series “Magic School Bus” (Net ix), and “PJ Masks” (Disney), and upcoming episodes of “OddSquad”(PBS), and “Black Mirror” (Net ix). Lots of love to his family and friends who help him soar!

EVA TAVARES

(Swing)

A graduate from UBC Opera and the Banff/Citadel Theatre Professional Training Program, Eva is thrilled to be a part of Sousatzka! Credits include Maria in West Side Story at the Citadel Theatre, Out of a Dream with Patrick Street Productions, Anne in A Little Night Music with TCMTP, and Mi in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s concert of Land of Smiles.

TRYPHENA WADE

(Ensemble)

TRYPHENA WADE is thrilled to be part of this beautiful and timely production. Credits include the North American tour and Broadway productions of The Lion King, Trojan Women, Black Nativity, Dreamgirls and Ragtime. Tryphena has traveled the world as an actor and singer and also writes a travel blog sharing her adventures. Proud graduate of Howard University. All thanks and praise to God. Isaiah 43:19 www.wedontsitoncouches.com

CHARLES E. WALLACE

(Ensemble)

Broadway credits include Amazing Grace, Miss Saigon (John), Smokey Joe’s Café, and Jekyll & Hyde. Other credits include All The Way (Roy Wilkins/Aaron Henry); Choir Boy (Headmaster Morrow); The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry (Number Two); A Soldier’s Play (Davenport). Charles appeared at the Grand Roman Theatre of Lyon in Robert Wilson’s chamber opera, Zinnias: The Life of Clemintine Hunter.

J.D. WEBSTER

(Ensemble)

Broadway: Mingo in Porgy and Bess, Wonderful Town, Ragtime, Show Boat. Other theater: Pericles, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Public Theater), New York City Center ENCORES! (18 productions), multiple regional theater roles. Concert: Bernstein’s Mass (BSO/Phil. Orch.), VA Symphony Pops, My Fair Lady (NY Phil.) and Carousel, South Pacific, Ira Gershwin at 100 all on PBS. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, J.D. also appears as Simon in the musical film “Easter Mysteries”.

JONATHAN WINSBY

(Ensemble)

Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar. Stratford Festival: Carousel, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pericles, South Pacific. Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla Playhouse), Les Misérables (Mirvish/Mackintosh, Toronto), Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Into the Woods (Neptune, Halifax), Les Misérables, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, Miss Saigon, Company, My Fair Lady (Arts Club, Vancouver). Proud Vancouverite, love to the entire family. Instagram/Twitter: @jonathanwinsby

THE PRODUCER

GARTH H. DRABINSKY

(Producer)

GARTH H. DRABINSKY

(Producer)

Born in Toronto in 1949, Garth Drabinsky is the only Canadian to have achieved international success in almost every facet of the entertainment business including motion picture production, distribution and exhibition; live theatre; television; music recordings and the presentation of both popular and classical music.

He began his career as an entertainment lawyer in 1975. Since then he co-founded Cineplex Odeon, where he was also responsible for creating a chain of cinemas with over 1,800 screens throughout North America.

From 1993 to 1998 Mr. Drabinsky was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Livent Inc. Under Mr. Drabinsky’s producing leadership, the corporation’s Broadway productions were nominated for 61 Tony Awards and have collectively won 19 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Fosse and “Best Musical Revival” for Show Boat.

His award-winning Broadway productions also include Candide, Barrymore, Parade and the internationally acclaimed Ragtime, which earned four Tony Awards, including “Best Score” and “Best Book for a Musical.”Mr. Drabinsky was also responsible for the Canadian productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and The Phantom of the Opera, which remains the longest running musical in Canadian history and the North American productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Other works originally developed by Mr. Drabinsky for Livent, but subsequently staged on Broadway by different producing entities, include the musical adaptation of the 1957 breakthrough, film noir drama, The Sweet Smell of Success, Parade, directed by Harold Prince and score by composer, Jason Robert Brown which received 9 Tony Award nominations and 2 Tony Awards as well as the 1998 Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; and Seussical, a musical inspired by the works of Dr. Seuss written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

In addition to developing state-of-the-art legitimate theatres in both Toronto and Vancouver, Mr. Drabinsky has been devoted to the restoration and historic preservation of North America’s most acclaimed theatres, including the Pantages in Toronto, the Lyric and Apollo Theatres in New York and the Oriental Theater in Chicago. A recipient of two Honorary Doctorate Degrees, Garth Drabinsky is an ardent spokesman on behalf of individual liberty.

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Craig Lucas

(Book)

Richard Maltby, Jr.

(Lyrics)

David Shire

(Music)

Graciela Daniele

(Choreography)

Adrian Noble

(Director)

Anthony Ward

(Scenic Design)

Paul Tazewell

(Costume Design)

Howell Binkley

(Lighting Design)

Jon Driscoll

(Cinematographer, Lighting and Projection Designer)

Martin Levan

(Sound Design)

Jonathan Tunick

(Orchestrations)

David Caddick

(Music Supervisor)

Brad Haak

(Music Director)

Lebo M

(Additional Vocal and Music Arrangements)

Marius de Vries

(Additional Music Arrangements)

Mungioli Theatricals, inc.

(Casting)

DAYTON/WALTERS CASTING, CSA, CDC

(Casting)

Craig Lucas

(Book)

is a thrice Tony Award-nominated American playwright, screenwriter, theater director, musical actor and film director. In 1973, Mr. Lucas left Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in theater and creative writing. His mentor, Anne Sexton, urged him to try his luck in New York City as a playwright. He worked in many day jobs while performing in Broadway musicals including, Shenandoah, On the Twentieth Century, Rex, and Sweeney Todd. Mr. Lucas met Norman Rene in 1979. Their first collaboration was Marry Me a Little in 1981. The two wrote a script incorporating songs that had been written for, but discarded from Stephen Sondheim musicals, and Rene also directed. They followed this with the plays Missing Persons (1981) and Blue Window (1984); Three Postcards (1987), an original musical by Mr. Lucas and Craig Carnelia; and another play, Reckless (1983). In 1990, they joined forces for what would prove to be their biggest commercial and critical success, Prelude to a Kiss. They also joined forces for the film Longtime Companion (1990), the 1992 film adaptation of Prelude with Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan, and the 1995 film version of Reckless with Mia Farrow and Mary Louise Parker. Following his early work on romantic comedies, Lucas began to write more serious works about AIDS, including The Singing Forest and The Dying Gaul, the latter of which was made into a film that Lucas also directed. Mr. Lucas also authored the book for the musical The Light in the Piazza, and directed the world premiere at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle. The Lincoln Center production, directed by Bartlett Sher, garnered him a Tony Award nomination. In late 2008, Mr. Lucas’ play Prayer for My Enemy made its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons. In 2014, Mr. Lucas was the book writer of the universally lauded restoration of Gershwin’s An American in Paris, which opened on Broadway in the spring of 2015 and garnered 14 Tony nominations and 4 Tony Awards.

Richard Maltby, Jr.

(Lyrics)

is a Tony Award-winning American theater director, producer, lyricist and screenwriter. While attending Yale in the mid-50’s, he met composer David Shire, a fellow student, and they formed a partnership to write songs for musicals. Their musical version of Cyrano de Bergerac was produced by the Yale Dramatic Association in 1958, then mounted by the prestigious Williamstown Summer Theatre. One song from the score, “Autumn,” was recorded by Barbra Streisand on her number one album People in 1964. On subsequent albums, Streisand recorded the Maltby/Shire compositions “No More Songs for Me;” “Starting Here, Starting Now;” and “The Morning After.”  Mr. Maltby and Mr. Shire worked throughout the 1960’s on musicals and revues that played Off-Broadway or in regional theater, or went unproduced. Their first Broadway credit came on May 2, 1968, when their song “The Girl of the Minute” was used in the 1968 revue New Faces.  Meanwhile, Mr. Shire composed film scores, and Mr. Maltby developed a career as a stage director. In 1977, at the behest of the Manhattan Theatre Club, Richard directed a revue of songs that he and David Shire had written for a variety of projects. Staring Here, Starting Now ran for 120 performances, resulting in a cast album that earned a Grammy® nomination. Maltby and Shire finally reached Broadway with their own musical, Baby, directed by Mr. Maltby, which opened on December 4, 1983, and ran 241 performances. They returned to Off-Broadway with the musical revues Urban Blight (which had a limited run at the Manhattan Theatre Club beginning June 19, 1988) and Closer than Ever (which began a 288 performance run on November 6, 1989). Their second Broadway musical, Big, an adaptation of the successful film, opened in April 1996 and ran 193 performances. Apart from his work with Mr. Shire, Mr. Maltby conceived and directed the revue Ain’t Misbehavin’, which used the songs of Fats Waller, and he wrote new lyrics to some of Waller’s tunes for the production. It opened Off-Broadway on May 9, 1978, and eventually transferred to Broadway, running a total of 1,632 performances. Mr. Maltby won the Tony Award for Best Director of the show. Richard Maltby also helped Andrew Lloyd Webber and British lyricist Don Black Americanize the lyrics for the musical Song and Dance, and also directed the Broadway production. It opened August 30, 1985, and ran for 474 performances. Mr. Maltby adapted the French lyrics of Alain Boublil into English for the musical Miss Saigon, which opened on Broadway on April 11, 1991, and ran for 4,125 performances. Mr. Maltby also conceived the dance revue Fosse, which opened on Broadway January 14, 1999, and ran for 1,100 performances. All of these efforts produced cast albums.

David Shire

(Music)

an Academy Award® and two-time Grammy Award winner and multiple Tony Award and Emmy® nominee, has composed prolifically for the theatre, films, television and recordings. On Broadway, he and lyricist Richard Maltby wrote the scores for the musicals Baby (Tony Award nominations for Best Score and Musical) and Big (Tony nomination for Best Score). His Off-Broadway scores, also written with Mr. Maltby, include Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nomination); Closer Than Ever (Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Musical and Score); Urban Blight at the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Off-Broadway musical The Sap of Life. Mr. Shire also wrote the incidental scores for As You Like It (NY Shakespeare Festival), Peter Ustinov’s The Unknown Soldier and His Wife (Lincoln Center), Donald Margoli’s The Loman Family Picnic (MTC), Schmulnick’s Waltz and Visiting Mr. Green. Maltby and Shire’s most recent project, the musical Take Flight with book by John Weidman, has been workshopped at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, presented in concert versions in Russia and Australia, and at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre. Mr. Shire is currently at work on an adaptation of a hit Thai musical, Behind the Painting, for Broadway. David Shire’s many feature film scores include Norma Rae (Academy Award for Best Song, lyrics by Norman Gimbel), Francis Coppala’s The Conversation; All the President’s Men; The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3; Short Circuit; 2010;, Farewell, My Lovely; The Hindenberg; Return to Oz and Saturday Night Fever, for which his work earned him two Grammy Awards. Mr. Shire most recently scored David Fincher’s Zodiac and Peter Hyam’s Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. His numerous television scores have garnered five Emmy nominations and include Glenn Close’s Sarah Plain and Tall, Christopher Reeve’s Rear Window on Entebbe, Oprah Winfrey’s The Women of Brewster Place, The Kennedy’s of Massachusetts, Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, and Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women and Broadway Bound. Mr. Shire also composed the theme song with lyrics by Marilyn Bergman for the long-running Linda Lavin NBC series Alice.

Graciela Daniele

(Choreography)

was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ms. Daniele is known for her work on Woody Allen’s films: Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Mighty Aphrodite (1995) and Everyone Says I Love You (1996). Daniele began her dance training at the age of seven at Teatro Colón, Argentina’s equivalent of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. She later moved to Paris to continue her ballet studies, and while living there attended a performance of West Side Story, with Jerome Robbins’ original choreography. Overwhelmed by the way dance was an integral part of the storytelling, Daniele decided to move to New York City to study jazz and modern dance, styles she felt were best for expressing human emotions on stage. As a performer, Daniele made her Broadway debut in What Makes Sammy Run? in 1964. She studied with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham while working with such luminaries as Bob Fosse, Agnes de Mille and Michael Bennett, who hired her to assist him with Follies in 1971. Her first credit as a full-fledged choreographer was the 1979 revival of The Most Happy Fella.  In addition to her work in New York City, where she has choreographed for Ballet Hispanico and served as a director-in-residence at Lincoln Center, Daniele has directed and/or choreographed theatrical, opera, and dance productions throughout the United States. Ms. Daniele has directed and/or choreographed several musicals of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, including The Glorious Ones (2007) and Dessa Rose (2005) as well as Ragtime (1998). In 2005, Daniele was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Ms. Daniele has been nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award ten times.

Adrian Noble

(Director)

A world renowned Director, in 1991 Adrian Noble became the Artistic Director of the RSC, where he produced more than 200 productions and directed over 40. His productions have won many awards and have been seen regularly at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center and around the world. Mr. Noble has directed more than half of the Shakespeare cannon with many leading British actors, including Derek Jacobi, Ralph Fiennes, Kenneth Branaugh, Tom Courtenny, Helen Mirren, and Johnathan Price. He won the Grand Pris des Critiques for his opera work in France. Mr. Noble is an Honorary Director of the British Universities, and an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple. His London West End credits include; The Importance of Being Earnest, The King’s Speech, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Secret Garden, and the adapted Henrik Ibsen play Brand for the London theatre in 2003. In 2007 he took Jean-Paul Sartre’s Keen to Malvern, Bath and Brighton before it transferred to the West End. In 2008 he directed Hamlet for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and in 2010 Alcina for the Vienna State Opera. More recently, Mr. Noble produced and directed the Metropolitan Opera’s 2014 powerful production of Macbeth. During his career, Mr. Noble has received 20 Olivier Award® nominations. In 1980 he became assistant director at the RSC where his first production was Alexander Ostrovsky’s The Forest. In 1988 he was promoted to director of the RSC, but in 1989 he took a break and left the company. He then worked for the Peter Hall Company, directing The Fairy Queen. He also worked at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Kent Opera and directed a production of Giovanni in a Paris circus tent. He returned to the RSC in March 1991, this time as artistic director. In 1993 he won the Globe Award for Best Director for The Winter’s Tale. His Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1994) was popular enough to be revived two years later, and Mr. Noble also turned it into a film adaptation in 1996. He resigned from the RSC in 2002, stating that “it is now time for me to seek new artistic challenges.”

Anthony Ward

(Scenic Design)

is a Tony Award and Olivier award-winning theater designer whose critically acclaimed work spans the worlds of theater, opera and dance. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the University of Arts London in 2014. Specializing in set and costume design, Mr. Ward has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Opera House, Opera North and Royal Ballet. His many awards include the 2009 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play for Phyllida Lloyd’s Broadway production of Mary Stuart, following its transfer from the West End, the 1996 Olivier Award for Set Design (Oklahoma!), and the 1999 Olivier Award for Costume Design for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Grande Magia and The Way of the World.  Mr. Ward studied theatre design at Wimbledon School of Art. He designed Assassins, Oliver and King Lear for Sam Mendes, My Fair Lady for Trevor Nunn at the National Theatre, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for Adrian Noble at the London Palladium and Sweeney Todd and Gypsy for Jonathan Kent.  Mr. Ward also designed Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! for Sadler’s Wells and UK Tour, and Gloriana and Peter Grimes for Phyllida Lloyd at Opera North.

Paul Tazewell

(Costume Design)

is a Tony Award-winning costume designer for the theatre, dance, and opera. He most recently won the Tony Award® for Best Costume Design of a Musical for Hamilton. Mr. Tazewell received five Tony Award® nominations for costume design, four Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design, and two Lucille Lortel Awards (for On the Town and Hamilton). Mr. Tazewell has designed costumes for over a dozen Broadway productions, starting with Bring in‘ Da Noise, Bring in‘ Da Funk in 1996. Other musicals include On the Town (Revival), The Color Purple, and, in 2009, Guys and Dolls (Revival) and Memphis. Recent Broadway work includes the acclaimed Hamilton, On the Town, Side Show, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Plays on Broadway have included Lombardi, The Miracle Worker (Revival), Magic/Bird and the Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Mr. Tazewell’s Off-Broadway work as a costume designer includes Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2001), Boston Marriage (2002), Ruined, One Flea Spare, Flesh and Blood, and Harlem Song. In regional theater Mr. Tazewell has designed costumes for the Guthrie Theater, the Goodman Theater, and La Jolla Playhouse. His work for ballet companies includes the Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Bolshoi Ballet. Mr. Tazewell’s Opera credits include work at Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, ENO and the Metropolitan Opera.

Howell Binkley

(Lighting Design)

Broadway works include:  A Bronx Tale, Hamilton (2016 Tony Winner), After Midnight (2014 Tony nomination), A Christmas Story, Magic/Bird, Jesus Christ Superstar, How To Succeed… starring Daniel Radcliffe (2011 Tony nomination,) Lombardi, Million Dollar Quartet, All About Me, Memphis, West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), Guys and Dolls, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In The Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Crybaby, Xanadu, LoveMusik, The Farnsworth Invention, Bridge & Tunnel, Jersey Boys (Tony Award Winner), Steel Magnolias, Dracula, Avenue Q, Golda’s Balcony, Hollywood Arms, The Look of Love, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Minnelli on Minnelli, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1993 Tony nomination/Olivier & Dora winner), Sacrilege, Taking Sides, How To Succeed… with Matthew Broderick, High Society and Grease.

Off-B’way works include: The Kid at The New Group, Tin Pan Alley Rag, Never The SinnerLandscape of The Body at The Signature Theatre, Sinatra at Radio City Music Hall, Radiant Baby at The Public Theatre and Batboy-The Musical.

Extensive Regional and dance works include over seventy pieces for Parsons Dance which he co-founded with David Parsons, Whistle Down The Wind at The Kennedy Center, Kander and Ebb’s Over and Over, The Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards, Alvin Ailey, MoMix, Peter Pucci Plus, Hubbard Street Dance, and ABT, six musicals in repertory for The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration and the lighting design for pieces at The LaJolla Playhouse, The Alley Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie, The McCarter Theatre, The Hartford Stage, The Old Globe and The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C.

Mr. Binkley is a five time Helen Hayes Award recipient and was awarded the 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier Award and Canadian Dora Award for Kiss of The Spider Woman.

2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Award winner for Jersey Boys. 2016 Henry Hewes Design Award for Hamilton.  

Jon Driscoll

(Cinematographer, Lighting and Projection Designer)

Jon studied theatre design at the Croydon College of Art and went on to work as a lighting technician for the National Theatre, before studying cinematography at the National Film and Television School. He is the director of post-production company Cinelumina and a technical associate of the National Theatre.

His many theatre projection designs include: Mack & Mabel (Chichester Festival Theatre), Frost/Nixon (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway), Enron (Headlong and Broadway), 3 Winters, King Lear, The Effect and People (National Theatre), Midnight’s Children (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Lightning Play and Whistling Psyche (Almeida), Richard III (Old Vic), Brief Encounter (Kneehigh and international tour), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, From Here to Eternity, Ghost the Musical, The King’s Speech, The Wizard of Oz, Love Never Dies and Dirty Dancing (West End) and Chaplin the Musical and Finding Neverland (Broadway).

His opera and ballet projection designs include: Alice The Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet), A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Royal Opera House), Genoveva (Opera North), Carmen (Santa Fe Opera) and Arthur (Birmingham Royal Ballet). Other credits include The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall) and Kate Bush: Before the Dawn (Hammersmith Apollo).

Driscoll’s awards include the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Paul Pyant.

Martin Levan

(Sound Design)

is a music producer and sound engineer who, during the 1980’s and 1990’s, designed the sound for many of the major musicals in the West End of London. With Andrew Lloyd Webber, Martin worked on the original 1984 London production and 1987 Broadway production of Starlight Express, the 1985 Broadway production of Song and Dance, the 1986 London and 1988 Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, the original 1989 London production of Aspects of Love, the 1991 revival of Joseph and the Amazing Tecnicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, the original 1993 London production and 1994 Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard, the original 1998 London production of Whistle Down the Wind, the original 2000 London production of The Beautiful Game and international productions of Cats. Mr. Levan’s other credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Blondel, Carrie, The Baker’s Wife and Hal Prince’s Show Boat and Lautrec. His original Broadway cast recording of Cats won a Grammy Award. Other awards include a NAACP Theatre Award for Best Sound Director for The Phantom of the Opera, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Sound Design for Sunset Boulevard and a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Design Team Achievement for Show Boat.

Jonathan Tunick

(Orchestrations)

holds degrees from Bard College and the Juilliard School. Much of his work has arisen from his involvement in theatre. He is associated with virtually every musical of Stephen Sondheim, including Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. Sondheim said of Tunick’s work, “I think he’s tops…” and further noted that “Tunick is a standout in his field not only because of his musicianship and imagination, but primarily because of ‘his great sensitivity to theatrical atmosphere.’ “Tunick won the first Tony Award for Best Orchestrations that was awarded, in 1997, for Titanic. In addition to the other numerous awards, he has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations three times and a Drama Desk Special Award in 1982. Mr. Tunick has also won an Academy Award (A Little Night Music). Emmy Award (Night of No Stars) and an Emmy Award (No One is Alone, performed by Cleo Laine). Mr. Tunick was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2009.

David Caddick

(Music Supervisor)

has been the music director for numerous Broadway and London West End musicals including Evita, Cats, Song & Dance, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard. He was the executive producer for the Broadway production of Oklahoma! and music director for the world premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce.  Mr. Caddick has also been the music director for the film of Evita starring Madonna. He won a Grammy Award® for producing the complete symphonic recording album of Les Miserables and also produced the cast albums of Oliver!, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins and the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line.

Brad Haak

(Music Director)

Broadway credits include 6 years as the music director for Disney’s Mary Poppins, Elton John’s Lestat, and, most recently, An American in Paris for acclaimed director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Mr. Haak has conducted national tours of Disney’s The Lion King and Miss Saigon.  Highlights of the more than 30 regional productions Brad has helmed include his critically acclaimed collaborations with director Gary Griffin at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, which garnered a Jeff Award for music director (2011’s Follies) and a nomination (2012’s Sunday in the Park with George). Concert highlights include collaborations with Audra McDonald, Kristen Chenoweth, Dick Van Dyke and Sir Paul McCartney. He has also provided orchestrations to the New York Pops, Boston Pops, National Symphony and LA Philharmonic.

Lebo M

(Additional Vocal and Music Arrangements)

Grammy Award winner, Tony-nominated producer and songwriter, UK’s Ivor Novello songwriter’s winner, two SAMA award-winner, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador 2010/11. Lebohang Morake, also known as Lebo M. wears various hats, but is commonly known worldwide as “The voice and spirit of The Lion King.” A native of South Africa, Lebo M was first recognized as the only African working on Disney’s smash feature film and musical sensation, The Lion King. Lebo M co-produced The Lion King South Africa as lead producer. Shattering all local theatre records, The Lion King South Africa was seen by over 550,000 people in South Africa and over 75 million people around the world with a worldwide gross earnings of nearly $7 billion in 2016. Ironically, it was Lebo M that brought the insatiable spirit of Nelson Mandela’s endurance of a 27- year prison sentence to rule his country, through the music that told the same story about a lion returning to Pride Rock.

Marius de Vries

(Additional Music Arrangements)

 

has been involved in some of the most culture-defining recordings and soundtracks of the past three decades, and has won two BAFTAs and an Ivor Novello award for his film composition work, as well as five Grammy Award nominations for soundtrack and record production. Mr de Vries has written, arranged and produced across a wide range of styles and genres for artists such as Madonna, David Bowie,  Rufus Wainwright, Bjork, Massive Attack, Annie Lennox, and U2, among many others. In the film and theater world, his work includes music direction, score composition and song productions for Baz Luhrmann, George Lucas, Matthew Vaughn, Andrew Lloyd Webber, A.R. Rahman,  and Daniel Kramer. He served as Music Director and Composer on Moulin Rouge (2001), George Lucas’ 2015 animated fairytale musical Strange Magic, and as Musical Director and Music Producer on Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, which was the top prize winner at the recently completed 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

Mungioli Theatricals, inc.

(Casting)

Arnold J. Mungioli, C.S.A. and Lindsey Bristol, Casting Associate, are delighted to be working with this esteemed Creative Team, and old friends. Credits include: Bill T. Jones’ Fela!, Disney’s High School Musical, The Lion King, and Aladdin, Ragtime, Hal Prince/Susan Stroman’s Show Boat, Joseph… with Donny Osmond, Sunset Boulevard with Diahann Carroll, Hal Prince/Rob Marshall’s Kiss of the Spiderwoman with Chita Rivera and with Vanessa Williams; Most recently Robert Wilson’s Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter, and Last Year’s Off-Broadway Premier of Tennessee Williams 1982, as well as Off Broadway’s Hit Revival of Closer Than Ever and shows in development including Open Road, A Walk on the Moon, and Bill T. Jones’ Super Fly. Other: Candide, Little House on the Prairie starring Melissa Gilbert, 12.14 Foundation’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Trinity Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, PCLO, North Shore Music Theatre. TV/Film: Spectacular!, One 4 All (Nickelodeon), The Entertainer (E!). Member: Casting Society of America; Two Artios Awards; CSA Media Access Award. www.mungiolitheatricals.com

DAYTON/WALTERS CASTING, CSA, CDC

(Casting)

Sherry Dayton and Michael Walters first met and worked together in the casting office of Livent, Inc. on projects that included Ragtime, Show Boat, Phantom of The Opera, Suessical, Fosse, and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Since forming their partnership, they have gone on to cast premiere Canadian productions of Matilda the Musical, Once,Hairspray, The Producers (all for Mirvish Productions), Jersey Boys, The Toxic Avenger (Dancap Productions) and The Book of Mormon (Canadian Casting Consultants). Selected animated television credits include: Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Paw Patrol, Mysticons, Abby Hatcher Monster Catcher, Donald Sutherland’s Pirate’s Passage and Subconscious Password for the NFB. www.daytonwalters.com