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Something's Afoot Cast and Creative Team

Something's Afoot Cast and Creative Team

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Ed Dixon ED DIXON* (Colonel Gilweather) Ed Dixon’s many Broadway appearances include Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, Sunday in the Park with George, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Iceman Cometh, Les Misérables, Cyrano, The Three Musketeers, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Ed is the author of the highly successful book Secrets of a Life On Stage…and Off. He is also the author/composer of Cather County, Richard Cory, Fanny Hill, Scenery, Whodunit…The Musical, and Cloak And Dagger. Helen Hayes Award, Leon Rabin Award, Steinberg Grant, two Drama Desk nominations.
Benjamin Eakeley BENJAMIN EAKELEY* (Nigel) Broadway: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever and Sweeney Todd. National Tours: Sweeney Todd, Cabaret. Regional: Sunset Boulevard (Pioneer Theatre opposite Lynne Wintersteller), You Can’t Take It With You (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Dial M for Murder (Engeman Theatre with Ed Dixon), Marry Me a Little (Cincinnati PIP), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Illyria and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). Film/TV: The Good Shepherd (dir. Robert De Niro), An Englishman in New York, “The Good Wife,” “As the World Turns.” 2010 Regional Winner, Kurt Weill Competition for Singers. Graduate of Yale.
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka

HUNTER RYAN HERDLICKA* (Geoffrey) recently starred on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, followed by Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Selected credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka) with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Othello and Fiddler on the Roof (Motel) with Utah Shakespearean Festival, as well as three seasons with the West Virginia Public Theatre. Hunter is a 2009 graduate of Carnegie Mellon. Please visit for more.

Khris Lewin KHRIS LEWIN* (Flint) is delighted to be returning to Goodspeed. Last season, he played Prince Nikki in My One And Only. Since then, he's appeared in The Music Man at Ogunquit Playhouse and A Steady Rain and Othello at Marin Theatre Company. Other recent work includes the Drama Desk-nominated Fêtes de la Nuit by Charles Mee at the Ohio Theatre, Fight or Flight’s trapeze-based Richard II at the Tank-NYC, and the title role in Macbeth at Nebraska Shakespeare. He has also appeared on NPR’s Selected Shorts and Bloomsday on Broadway at Symphony Space.
Audrie Neenan AUDRIE NEENAN* (Miss Tweed) Goodspeed debut. Broadway: Sister Act (originated Sister Mary Lazarus), Oklahoma! (Aunt Eller), The Odd Couple (female version, Florence Unger), Picnic (Roundabout), Curse of an Aching Heart (with Faye Dunaway; director, Gerald Gutierrez). Off-Broadway/Regional: Why Torture Is So Wrong (The Public; director, Nicholas Martin), Playwrights’ Horizons, Seattle Rep, Alliance, McCarter, Goodman, Yale Rep. Chicago: Second City Resident Company, Shakespeare Festivals (with Mantegna, Macy, and Mamet), and more. Jeff Award for Tintypes. Film: Sister Raymond in Doubt, The Departed, Ghost Town, Sudden Impact, Funny Farm, Somewhere in Time. TV: Judge Preston on “Law & Order: SVU,” “Doctor, Doctor,” “Not Necessarily the News,” “Gossip Girl,” “Friends,” and more.
Julia Osborne

JULIA OSBORNE* (Hope) Goodspeed: Half a Sixpence, Pirates of Penzance. First National Tour: Lincoln Center Theater's South Pacific. Off Broadway: The Blue Flower (Second Stage); Soul Doctor (NYTW). Regional: A Little Night Music (Baltimore Centerstage); Pirates!, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Baker's Wife (Paper Mill Playhouse). Other roles at TUTS, The Huntington, Fulton Opera House. BFA from Penn State where she studied musical theatre with Something's Afoot's own Ed Linderman.

Liz Pearce

LIZ PEARCE* (Lettie) Goodspeed: City of Angels (Alaura/Carla), George M! (Josie Cohan), Seven Brides...(Ruth). Broadway: Billy Elliot Original Cast (Clipboard Lady, understudy Mrs. Wilkinson/Dead Mum) Imperial Theatre. West End: Metropolis (Tan) Piccadilly Theatre. National Tours: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Jesus Christ Superstar (Soul Girl), Seussical (Bird Girl), Scooby Doo! (Velma). Regional Theatre: Peter Pan (Peter Pan) Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Jekyll and Hyde (Emma) Sacramento Music Circus, Tommy (Mrs. Walker) Bay Street Theatre, Smokey Joe’s Café (Delee) Pioneer Theatre, My One And Only (Edythe) Theatre By The Sea, A Christmas Carol (Belle) North Shore Music Theatre. CCM.

Peter Van Wagner PETER VAN WAGNER* (Dr. Grayburn) Something’s Afoot marks Peter’s third appearance at Goodspeed after having appeared in The Road To Hollywood in 2002 and On The Twentieth Century in 1999. Peter has played internationally in West Side Story at La Scala in Milan and toured Germany in the Kopin/Yeston Phantom. New York theatre credits include So Help Me God! at the Lortel Theatre with Kristen Johnston, The Chimes at the Public, The Notebook at Second Stage, A Thousand Clowns at Roundabout, Letters From Cuba at Signature, and Treason at Perry Street. Most recently Peter was the recipient of the Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble for his role as attorney Isaac “Icky” Ginsberg on season two of the HBO drama, “Boardwalk Empire.” He can also be seen in supporting roles in the recent films Tower Heist and Arthur and the soon to be released Syrup. He has guest starred on episodes of all the “Law & Orders,” “Unforgettable,” “Rescue Me,” “Third Watch,” “Made In Jersey” and “All My Children.”
Ron Wisniski RON WISNISKI* (Clive) Goodspeed: A Funny Thing...Forum, Me and My Girl, Gotham!, Finian's Rainbow, Annie, Bells Are Ringing. National Tours: Lumiere, Beauty and the Beast; FDR, Annie; Teddy Roosevelt, Tintypes. Off-Broadway credits include George Abbott's Frankie, A Most Secret War, Pillars of Society, Tom Jones. Other credits: more than 150 plays and musicals at theatres nationwide, including Sacramento Music Circus, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh CLO, Arkansas Rep, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Denver Center. Connecticut Critics Circle Award winner; three-time IRNE Award nominee. Proud member of Actors' Equity.
Lynne Wintersteller LYNNE WINTERSTELLER* (Lady Grace) Goodspeed: Bells Are Ringing (1990), Fiorello (1985). Broadway: A Grand Night For Singing, Annie. Off-Broadway:  Revisiting Wildfire, Closer Than Ever (“Drama Desk” Nomination), Richard Cory (NYMTF “Best Actress” Award), Mistress Cycle, Letter To My Love, Nunsense, Magi, Levinsky, The Grass Harp.  Regional:  Sunset Boulevard, The Light in the Piazza, Ghost & Mrs. Muir (LA “Ovation” Nomination), Circle Mirror Transformation. Television: “Law & Order: CI,” “Total Security,” “Big Brother Jake,” “Chappelle’s Show,” plus numerous commercials. Original Cast Recordings: Closer Than Ever and A Grand Night For Singing, Broadway Sings Christmas, Lost in Boston II, Unsung Musicals II (Varese Saraband label).
Madeleine Doherty MADELEINE DOHERTY* (Lady Grace/Miss Tweed understudy) Broadway/Off Broadway: original casts of Sister Act (Mary Theresa), The Producers (Hold-Me-Touch-Me), Romance/Romance, and A Christmas Carol; also Les Misérables (Mme. Thenardier, Dance Captain). National Tours: Pirates of Penzance (Edith), 101 Dalmatians (Nanny Butler), 9 to 5 (Swing). Regional: The Hollywood Bowl, The Producers (Hold-Me-Touch-Me); North Shore Music Theatre, Bye Bye Birdie (Mrs. Macafee) and Fiddler on the Roof (Yente). Goodspeed: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (Mrs. Mink). Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera: Hairspray (Female Authority Figure) and The Student Prince (Gretchen); Sacramento: Man of La Mancha (Housekeeper).
Alyssa Gagarin ALYSSA GAGARIN (Lettie/Hope understudy) is ecstatic to be making her Goodspeed debut! Regional: The Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Merry Wives of Windsor; Penn State University: The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieI Love You BecauseSunday in the Park with George. Training: BFA Musical Theatre, Penn State University. Next, Alyssa can be seen as Emily in Our Town at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. Many thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Andy, Ryan, and MTwelve!
Bronson Norris Murphy BRONSON NORRIS MURPHY (Clive/Flint/Nigel/Geoffrey understudy) Goodspeed debut!! Most recently, Bronson was seen regionally as the title roles in The Stephen Foster Story (Stephen Foster) and Faustus: The Musical (MTM’s “Best Actor” Award). Off-Broadway: Maybe One Day (“4@15” York Theatre); National Tours: Cats (Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones - 30th anniversary production), American Spirit (original cast). Regional favorites: King David (Joab - 1st NY Revival), The METropolitan Opera, John W. Engeman Theatre, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Bronson holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from NYU:Steinhardt where he served on the voice faculty. Endless thanks to Casey, Vince, Michael, Paul, and the entire team! “Lord, your gift of music is invaluable!”

Creative Team

  CASEY HUSHION (Production Conception) Associate Director of Elf, In the Heights, The Drowsy Chaperone, To Be or Not To Be. Off Broadway: Fat Camp, Associate Director; Anyone Can Whistle (City Center Encores!) Casey is the Artistic Director of North Carolina Theatre. Regional: Ahmanson Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Music Theatre of Wichita, Casa Manana, Walnut Street Theatre. She has directed workshops for NYMF and NAMT and has staged concerts for The Boston Pops. Upcoming: Associate Director of Tuck Everlasting at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. Casey is thrilled to be returning to Goodspeed, ten years later, after performing in and assistant directing George M!, Brigadoon, and Babes in Arms.
Vince Pesce

VINCE PESCE (Director & Choreographer) Goodspeed: Mame. Direction/Choreography, National/International Tours: Joseph…Dreamcoat, Victor/Victoria (Mexico City Company), ‘S Wonderful. Choreography, National Tours: Cinderella starring Lea Salonga, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Oliver!. New York: Abraham Lincoln’s BGDP (Off Broadway/Acorn Theatre), Dancing with Abandon (FringeNYC), Lucky Break. Television: “Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed” (HBO), “Clash of the Choirs” starring Patti Labelle (NBC), “Grease: You’re The One That I Want(NBC). Regional credits include The Music Man (Director/Choreographer), A Funny Thing…Forum, Little Shop of Horrors (Paper Mill Playhouse). Associate Choreographer: Tony Award for Choreography-winning Broadway productions of Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town; and Little Shop of Horrors.

  MICHAEL O'FLAHERTY (Music Director) is in his 21st season as Goodspeed's Resident Music Director. Broadway: By Jeeves, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, A Streetcar Named Desire. Also: Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Ford's Theatre, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and the Smithsonian Institution. Musical Supervisor and Cabaret Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival for 11 years. His original musical, Genesius, for which he wrote music and lyrics, was recently showcased in NYC.
  ADRIAN W. JONES (Scenic Design) Goodspeed: How to Succeed in Business, Cutman. Broadway: Looped. Recent work includes Sunday in the Park with George, Repertory Theater of St. Louis; Sufjan Stevens’ Age of Adz World Tour. Other theater includes New York Stage & Film, Cherry Lane, LAByrinth Theatre, The New Group, Baltimore Centerstage, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Theaterworks Hartford, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, Barrington Stage Company, Boise Contemporary Theater, Capital Rep, Synapse Productions.  He has received a Carbonell, a Connecticut Critic’s Circle Award, and a Kevin Kline Award. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
  TRACY CHRISTENSEN (Costume Design) designed last year’s City of Angels at Goodspeed. Recent design credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (MUNY), The Boys from Syracuse (Shakespeare Theater Company, DC), Eternal Equinox (59E59 Street), Luv (Guild Hall, East Hampton), SkippyJon (Lucille Lortel), Curtains (Paper Mill Playhouse), Company (New York Philharmonic), Souvenir (Broadway), the new whale and dolphin show Blue Horizons (Sea World, Orlando/San Diego), Annie Get Your Gun (Chicago’s Ravinia Festival starring Patti LuPone), The Ohmies (off-Broadway, Peter Jay Sharp Theater). Also, six seasons designing for the Chautauqua Theater Company. Faculty member: SUNY Purchase for costume design.
  JASON LYONS (Lighting Design) Goodspeed: The Bikinis, ...Samantha Brown, Cutman. Broadway: Bring It On, The Musical; Rock of AgesThe Threepenny OperaBarefoot in the ParkGood Vibrations. Recent: The Black Suits (Barrington Stage), So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2011; Fat Camp, The Musical; Toxic Avenger, The Musical (Alley); Medieval Play (Signature); Happy Hour (Atlantic); White Noise (Jeff Award)Broke-ology (LCT); Uncle Vanya (CSC); Clay (LCT). Designs for Atlantic, CSC, The Goodman, Irish Rep, KC Rep, Kennedy Center, Labryinth, Lincoln Center Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Naked Angels, NYTW, NYSAF, Red Bull, South Coast Rep, The New Group. Studio 42 Resident Artist. Faculty: Purchase College.

JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is proud to continue his long association with Goodspeed and is happy to be working with director Casey Hushion. Jay has been Goodspeed’s resident sound designer for many years and has designed countless productions at both the Goodspeed Opera House and Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre in Chester. His work has also been heard on Broadway, National Tours, and at regional theatres from coast to coast. Along with his design duties, Jay serves as the Lighting & Sound Supervisor for Goodspeed. He and his wife, Goodspeed’s Line Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme.



  MARK ADAM RAMPMEYER (Hair & Wig Design) is very happy to return to Goodspeed for this production. His work has been seen here in 42nd Street, A Funny Thing...Forum, Big River, and Half a Sixpence, to name a few. Broadway: West Side Story, Lysistrata Jones, The Farnsworth Invention.  Off Broadway: The Toxic Avenger, Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore with Olympia Dukakis, and, most recently, City Center Encores’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Megan Hilty.  Mark is the Associate Artistic Director at the John W. Engeman Theater on Long Island. Thanks to all for their continued support on this journey. *peep*
  DAN DeLANGE (Orchestrator) has scored music for Paul Williams, Julie Andrews, Rosie O'Donnell, Jerry Herman, Harvey Schmitt, Peter Link, and the Jim Henson Company. He orchestrated the premiere of Charles Strouse’s You Never Know, conducted the Broadway National Tour of Chicago, and was music director/conductor for Musical America's National Tours of Crazy For You, Beauty and the Beast, and Singin' in the Rain. Graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.


*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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