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Darling Grenadine Cast and creative Team

Darling Grenadine Cast and creative Team

CAST

BRIAN FENKARTKelli Barrett* (Harry) Goodspeed: A Sign of the Times. Broadway/1st National Tour: Memphis (Huey) Regional Credits: These Paper Bullets! (World Premiere @ Yale Rep & Atlantic Theatre Company), Diner (World Premiere @ Signature), Piece of My Heart (Signature), Nobody Loves You (2ST). TV/Film: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Red Hook, You Tell Me. Solo Albums: Imperfect Man, Simple & Grey. BFA from MGSA (@ Rutgers). Thanks to Stewart/Whitley. CE & BD. The 'Rents, Bro, & Cub. www.bryanfenkart.com; @BryanFenkart
 
Danyel FultonDANYEL FULTON* (Ensemble) is so excited to make her Goodspeed debut! Off-Broadway: Jasper in Deadland (Ammut, Prospect Theater Company). National Tour: Hair (Dionne, 2nd National Tour). Selected credits: Broadwaycon Opening Number 2016 (Dani, Mischief Management), Beehive (Tina/Aretha, Flat Rock Playhouse), A Night With Janis Joplin (Blues Singer, Capital Repertory Theater/Barter Theater), The Wiz (Dorothy, Harlem Repertory Theater), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlayne, Harlem Repertory Theater), A Time To Love (Aisha, National Black Theater), The Trip To Bountiful (Thelma, Capital Repertory Theater). Danyel received Audelco nominations for her performances as Dorothy, Charlayne, and Aisha. www.danyelfulton.com 
 
Phillip HuberPHILLIP HUBER* (Paul, the dog) An internationally-recognized "artist with marionettes," known for his work in the 3-time Academy Award-nominated film Being John Malkovich and the on-screen performance of “China Girl” in Disney’s Oz, The Great And Powerful. Goodspeed patrons may remember his dog performance of “Baby” in The Road To Hollywood. Featured onstage in Tommy Tune’s Busker Alley, Harry Anderson’s It's Magic, Sandy Duncan’s That's Christmas, Jim Nabor’s Christmas With Friends & Nabors. Phillip's production of Suspended Animation is seen worldwide touring theaters including LIDO in Paris, Casino de Monte Carlo, Hansa Theater Hamburg, and the Magic Castle in Hollywood.
 
Nikko KimzinNIKKO KIMZIN* (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be joining the Goodspeed fam! Credits include Bernardo in West Side Story (Engeman Theater), Pablo in Sister Act, Jacob in La Cage aux Folles (North Shore Music Theatre), Ritchie Valens in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Casa Mañana, TX), Chino in West Side Story (International Tour), and more. More info: www.nikkokimzin.com. Producing Director of Epoch Creative NYC: www.epochcreativenyc.com
 
Ben MayneBEN MAYNE* (Paul, the human) is thrilled to be making his Goodspeed debut with this fantastic team! Off-Broadway: The View Upstairs, Edwin. National Tours: South Pacific. Select Regional Theatres: Bucks County Playhouse, Riverside Theatre, Zachary Scott, New Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse. Television: Vinyl. Ben wouldn't be able to pursue this crazy life if it weren't for the support from his family, his friends, his fiancé Jess, and their two dogs, Zoey and Buddy.
 
Leah Sprecher LEAH SPRECHER* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Goodspeed after performing in Pirates of Penzance and Happy Days at The Goodspeed many moons ago. She is an alumni of the renowned Groundlings Sunday Company as well as a current member of the premiere top 40 vintage trio, the Beverly Bombshells www.thebeverlybombshells.com. National Tours: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, 42nd Street, Happy Days. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Falcon Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Gateway Playhouse. TV: Maron, Jimmy Kimmel Live, black-ish. Leah loves this show and would hands-down marry it if she could.
 
Emily WaltonEMILY WALTON* (Louise) is thrilled to be making her Goodspeed debut with this very special show. She is a New York-raised actor, singer, and writer. Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, August: Osage County. Off-Broadway: Ride the Cyclone (MCC), Drama Desk-nominated Women Without Men (Mint Theatre Co.), Eager to Lose: A Burlesque Farce in Rhyming Verse (Ars Nova), The Shagg and Saved (Playwrights Horizons), Cactus Flower (West Side Theatre), and The Deepest Play Ever (New Ohio Theatre). Favorite regional credits include The Secret Garden (Denver Center), A Little More Alive (Barrington Stage), The Wizard of Oz (Sacramento Music Circus), Third (Two River Theater), and The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep). Film/TV: Search Party (TBS), Hack My Life (TruTV), and indie films 5 Doctors and Submission (starring Stanley Tucci). Upcoming: the release of her debut album of original music, titled "Little Longings"! Endless love and thanks to Daniel Zaitchik. ladyemilywalton.com
 
Kevin ZakKEVIN ZAK* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing at Goodspeed! Off Broadway: Clinton the Musical (Ken Starr, Lucille Lortel Nomination), Silence! the Musical (Buffalo Bill). Workshops: Intermission!, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Citizen Ruth, Good Times Roll. Regional: The Little Mermaid and Mamma Mia! at the MUNY, First Date, Chicago, Life Could Be a Dream, Forever Plaid.  Kevin is also the creator and co-librettist of Bloody Bloody Angela Lansbury: Murder, She Wrote Live! Many thanks and love to the creative team/cast and to husband JR. @kevinjzak
 

CREATIVE TEAM

Daniel ZaitchikDANIEL ZAITCHIK (Music, Book, and Lyrics) is a composer-playwright, singer-songwriter, actor, and pianist. He is the recipient of the 2017 Kleban Prize for most promising musical theatre lyricist. His stage works include Picnic at Hanging Rock (book/music/lyrics), Darling Grenadine (book/music/lyrics), Ula (book/music/lyrics), and Suprema (with playwright Jordan Harrison). Zaitchik’s musicals have been selected three times for development at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference. His work has also been developed at Lincoln Center Theater, Ars Nova, New Dramatists, The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Goodspeed’s Festival of New Musicals, and others. As a singer-songwriter, Zaitchik has played NYC/LA venues including Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Bootleg Theater. He was the frontman and writer for the 11-piece, multi-voiced band Blue Bottle Collection. His recording projects include the concept album Summer of the Soda Fountain Girls (with Blue Bottle Collection) and Bad Dancer. As an actor, Zaitchik has worked at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theater Club, Williamstown Theater Festival, Barrington Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, and others. Honors include the Ester B. Kahn Career Entry Award from Boston University, the Frederick Loewe Award from New Dramatists (for Suprema), and the Georgia Bogarduz Holof Lyricist Award (for Picnic at Hanging Rock.) Up next: Picnic at Hanging Rock at Princeton University and a new solo musical for the 2018 edition of Premiere’s Inner Voices in NYC. This production of Darling Grenadine is dedicated to his dog Puddle.
 
Kristen HanggiKRISTIN HANGGI (Director) is best-known for the international smash-hit Rock of Ages (five Tony Award nominations, including Best Direction of a Musical) She directed multiple productions, including Broadway, West End, Australia, Toronto, and Las Vegas. Other stage productions include Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater; the original Los Angeles and Off-Broadway productions of the pop opera bare (Ovation Award for Best Musical, LA Weekly Award for Best Musical); Pussycat Dolls Live at the Roxy with Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, and Charlize Theron; Atlantic Theater’s Pirate La Dee Da (Alliance Award); Catch the Fish by Jonathan Caren (New York Fringe Festival Winner Best Play); Los Angeles premiere of Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi (Ticketholder Award - Best Production and Best Director); and Timothy McNeil’s Crane, Mississippi (LA Times Critic’s Choice, Backstage West Critic’s Pick.) As a film director, Kristin recently directed Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List, an adaption of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's popular novel of the same name, starring Victoria Justice. She made her feature directorial debut in 2013 with the indie Grantham & Rose, starring Jake T. Austin and Marla Gibbs. For television, Ms. Hanggi adapted and directed the hit book series Dear Dumb Diary into a musical movie under Executive Producer Jerry Zucker for Walden Media. Kristin graduated with her Masters from USC after receiving her Bachelors from UCLA in Theater. In June of 2013, Kristin returned to her Alma Mater to received the UCLA School of Theater, Film, & Television Distinguished Alumni Award. Ms. Hanggi also has a passion for connecting artists with holistic tools, and she teaches ongoing workshops with Natalie Roy in both New York and Los Angeles (www.thecreateseries.com). www.kristinhanggi.com.
 
Chase BrockCHASE BROCK (Choreography) Broadway: Picnic, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Off-Broadway: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, First Daughter Suite, The Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Venice (Public); The Wildness (Ars Nova); Gigantic (Vineyard); Tamar of the River (Prospect, Callaway finalist); The Blue Flower (Second Stage, Lortel nomination). International: Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (American, German, Japanese companies). TV: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Video Games: Dance on Broadway (Wii, PlayStation). Opera: Roméo et Juliette (Metropolitan Opera). Dance: The Chase Brock Experience (30 dances). Upcoming: Directing Luna and the Gold River Docks, Bringers and Immaculate Conception. chasebrock.com
 
David GardosDAVID GARDOS (Music Director) Goodspeed: My Paris (The Terris Theatre). Broadway: Falsettos, Finding Neverland, Chaplin (Associate Conductor); Side Show, Big Fish (Assistant Conductor). Off-Broadway/Regional: The Boy Who Danced On Air (Abingdon Theatre); My Paris (Long Wharf Theater), Ever After (Paper Mill Playhouse), Nickel Mines (NYMF), Finding Neverland (American Repertory Theater, Associate Conductor), Animal Crackers (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Associate Conductor), In The Heights (First National Tour, Associate Conductor). Concerts: Deb Monk’s Birthday Bash (BC/EFA), Kristin Chenoweth at Carnegie Hall. Master of Music (Orchestral Conducting), University of Cincinnati (CCM); Bachelor of Music (Music Education), University of Sydney.
 
Edward T. MorrisEDWARD T. MORRIS (Scenic & Projection Design) has designed for Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, La MaMa, Cherry Lane Theatre, The Barrow Group, Atlantic Theater Company, Opera Memphis, Infinity Theatre Company, Princeton University, Connecticut College, and Columbia University, among many others. Education: BFA, University of Michigan; MFA, Yale School of Drama. Faculty: New School for Drama. Member: United Scenic Artists Local# 829 and Wingspace Theatrical Design. Portfolio: www.edwardtmorris.com.
 
TILLY GRIMES (Costume Design) is an English theatre designer based New York. Goodspeed: Deathless. Recent credits: Lightning Rod Special’s Underground Railroad Game, Bess Wohl's Small Mouth, Sounds (directed by Rachel Chavkin), Kingdom Come (written by Jenny Rachel Weiner, directed by Kip Fagan). New York work includes Roundabout, Ars Nova, The Foundry, Red Bull Theatre, Cherry Lane, The Pearl, Clubbed Thumb, Here Arts Centre, The Barrow Group, The Pearl, New Georges, and La Mama Theatre. Region work includes The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Wilma, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, and Westport County Playhouse. Guest artist credits include Juilliard, NYU, DUKE, Fordham, Rutgers, and University of Rochester. She has taught at Brown University. MFA from NYU. tillygrimes.com instagram: mistygrimes #TeamCostumes
 
BEN STANTON (Lighting Design) Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation, Fully Committed, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), Fun Home (Tony nomination), An Enemy of the People, Seminar. Recent Off-Broadway: Yen (MCC Theater); The Outer Space (Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater); Incognito (Manhattan Theater Club); Dot (Vineyard Theater); The Christians, Marjorie Prime (Playwrights Horizons); I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Atlantic Theater). Designs for Live Music: Bang on a Can, Beirut, Other Lives, Regina Spektor, St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens. Obie Award winner in 2015 for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design.
 
JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is pleased to continue his long association with Goodspeed Musicals and to be working with director Gabriel Barre once again, along with the rest of this talented creative team. Jay has designed countless productions at both The Terris Theatre and The Goodspeed in East Haddam. His work has also been heard on Broadway, National Tours, and at Regional Theatres from coast to coast. In addition to being Goodspeed’s Resident Sound Designer, Jay serves as their Audio Supervisor. He and his wife, Goodspeed Line Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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