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Anything Goes Cast and Creative Team

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Desiree Davar
DESIREE DAVAR* (Erma) was last seen at Goodspeed in Half a Sixpence. Credits include the Broadway revival of West Side Story as Anita; West Side Story International Tour as Anita; Tiger Lily in Peter Pan and Anita in West Side Story at Sacramento Music Circus; Velma Kelly in Chicago at Village Theatre; Where's Charley at NY City Center's Encores!; Can-Can and Kiss Me, Kate at Paper Mill Playhouse. She was featured as a dancer in the film Annie as well as on the TV show Glee. Proud member of Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA. She is most excited about her upcoming role as wife to Nicolas this coming August! DesireeDavar.com
Stephen DeRosa
 STEPHEN DeROSA* (Moonface Martin) Broadway: On the Town, Betrayal, The Nance, Hairspray, On The Twentieth Century, Henry IV, Into the Woods, The Man Who Came To Dinner. Off-Broadway: These Paper Bullets (Atlantic Theater); Irma LaDouce, Wonderful Town, Do Re Mi (all for Encores!); Newyorkers (MTC); The It Girl (York); Love's Fire (The Acting Company/Public/RSC); The Mystery of Irma Vep. Regional credits include Westport Country Playhouse, Yale Rep, McCarter Theatre, ACT, George Street Playhouse, Berkshire Theater Group, Williamstown, and many others. Selected Film/TV: Show Me a Hero (HBO), The Good Wife, Ugly Betty, Law & Order, and HBO's Boardwalk Empire (Eddie Cantor). Upcoming: Vinyl. MFA: Yale Drama.
Hannah Florence

HANNAH FLORENCE* (Hope) Hannah is delighted to be making her Goodspeed debut! Broadway: Gigi, Scandalous. Tour: The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Tour (Meg). New York: West Side Story (Carnegie Hall), It’s a Bird…It's a Plane...It’s Superman! (New York City Center Encores!), Anna Nicole the Opera (NYC Opera/BAM). Regional: Kennedy Center, Barrington Stage Company. Thanks to Nicolosi and WBSS.

David Harris

DAVID HARRIS* (Billy Crocker) USA: Les Misérables (Valjean: Connecticut Rep). Australia: Miss Saigon (Chris: Helpmann, Sydney Theater nomiations), Wicked (Fiyero: Helpmann nominations), Legally Blonde (Emmett: Green Room Award, Helmann, Sydney Theater nominations), Into the Woods (Baker: TheatrePeople Award), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), The Boy From Oz (Greg), The Full Monty (Malcolm), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Children of Eden (Adam/Noah), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), Little Women (John Brooke), Gutenberg the musical (Bud), The Pajama Game (Prez), Mamma Mia. TV/Film: South Pacific (telemovie), Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Rescue Special Ops. Concert: Do You Hear The People Sing?, Defying Gravity, An Evening with Lea Salonga, Michael Ball in Concert, Stephen Schwartz & Friends. www.davidharrisofficial.com @DavidHarrisOz

Benjamin Howes
BENJAMIN HOWES* (Sir Evelyn Oakleigh) Favorite roles: Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain, Luther Billis in South Pacific, Lord Farquaad in Shrek, and Albin in La Cage aux Folles. Originally from Australia, Benjamin has performed on Broadway (Scandalous, Mary Poppins, and [title of show]), Off-Broadway, and in National Tours (Mary Poppins, Shrek). His regional credits include A.R.T., The Old Globe, Pittsburgh Public, and Asolo Rep, among many others. Film: Miles, Easter Mysteries. Television credits: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Flight of the Conchords, One Life to Live. Full scoop at www.benjaminhowes.com; Instagram @benjthestar.
Kingsley Leggs

KINGSLEY LEGGS* (Elisha J. Whitney) Broadway: Sister Act (original Curtis), The Color Purple (original Mister), Miss Saigon. Touring: The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (NAACP Theatre Award Nomination), Miss Saigon (Canada Asia, UK), Ragtime (Toronto, LA, Vancouver), It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues (LA), Forbidden Hollywood (Japan). Regional credits include performances at Ford’s Theatre, Main State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, North Shore Music Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 5th avenue, Seattle Rep, Geffen Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre, Civic Light Opera South Bay (2 Ovation Award nominations), The MUNY, St. Louis Black Rep. TV: The Good Wife, Law and Order SVU, One Life to Live, City of Angels.

Denise Lute
DENISE LUTE* (Mrs. Wadsworth T. Harcourt) is overjoyed to be back at Goodspeed after appearing in Mame and Show Boat. She also appeared in Show Boat at Central City Opera and Asolo Repertory. Appeared on Broadway in Monday After the Miracle. Other NY credits: Keen Company's Middle of the Night, director Wilson Milam's Anna Christie, playwright John Guare’s Lake Hollywood, and Tracy Letts’ BUG. She worked with director Joanne Woodward in The Big Knife (Williamstown) and The Constant Wife (Westport). Other regional roles include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Playboy, Vrooommm!, Communicating Doors, Copenhagen, and Doubt. TV: all three Law & Order series, Ed, The Guiding Light.
Patrick Richwood

PATRICK RICHWOOD* (Purser) Favorite Theatre roles: Seymour, Little Shop of Horrors; Goat, The Robber Bridegroom; Constantin, The Seagull; Renfield, Dracula; Smee, Peter Pan; Ellard, The Foreigner (Helen Hayes Award). 24 films, including The Princess Diaries, Dear God, Beaches, Race to Space, Runaway Bride, Streets, Armageddon, The Other Sister, Soul Surfer. Most often recognized as Elevator Operator Dennis in the film Pretty Woman; least as the White Rabbit, a 70 year-old British bunny (underneath 3 hours of prosthetic makeup), on Disney's critically acclaimed series Adventures in Wonderland.

Rashidra Scott

RASHIDRA SCOTT* (Reno Sweeney) Broadway: Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Avenue Q, Finian’s Rainbow, Hair, and Sister Act (OBC & 1st National Tour). Regional appearances include Sister Act (Deloris, Ogunquit and Gateway Playhouse), Dreamgirls (Lorrell, Marriott Lincolnshire), Hairspray (Paper Mill Playhouse), Little Shop… (STAGES St. Louis, Kevin Kline nomination), and Hair (Dionne, Arizona Theatre Company). BM in Music Business/Management from Berklee College of Music. Walt Disney Entertainment: Disney Cruise Lines (Disney Wonder), Tarzan Rocks! (WDW Animal Kingdom), and Nala in Festival of the Lion King (Hong Kong Disneyland opening team). Television appearances include Rescue Me. (Sony/FX). Rashidra gives thanks to God, Leading Artists, and family. rashidrascott.com

Brittany Bohn

BRITTANY BOHN* (Ensemble) is excited to be returning to East Haddam! She was last seen at Goodspeed in Mame, where she swung on for 56 out of 96 shows, playing Gloria and all seven female tracks. Favorite regional credits include My Fair Lady (Ensemble, Eliza Doolittle cover) at Westchester Broadway Theatre; Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby (Curly the Lost Boy) at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; The Little Theatre on the Square in Cats (Sillibub); Footloose (Urleen); Kiss Me, Kate at Barrington Stage Company. Proud member of Actors Equity. Love to Clear Talent Group, along with her family. Excited to join the 1st National tour of An American in Paris starting in the Fall!

Sy Chounhaisit

SY CHOUNCHAISIT (Ensemble) is very excited to be making her Goodspeed debut. She is a recent graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academ (AMDA). Recent credtis include Good News! (Babe) and Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood). Thanks to Mom, Ari, Allison, and the entire production team! Follow on Instagram: syasa

Alison Jantzie
ALISON JANTZIE* (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be making her Goodspeed debut. Theatre credits include: Gigi (Broadway), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, On the Town (Marriott Theatre), Mary Poppins (MUNY), Aida (Starlight Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (MTC), and The Music Man and Moby Dick (The Stratford Shakespeare Festival). Many thanks to the stellar creative team and all involved with bringing this show to life. @alisonjantz. For Mom, Dad, and Eric. I love you, TEAM!
Jay Aubrey Jones JAY AUBREY JONES (Captain, Ensemble) has been seen on Broadway in How to Succeed… (’95) and Cats. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Crab Man in Porgy and Bess. His regional credits include Gotham!, A Little Night Music, Honk!, Ragtime, To Kill a Mockingbird, Boesman and Lena, The Threepenny Opera, The Crucifer of Blood. Film and television appearances include Shortcut to Happiness, Gotham, The Michael J. Fox Show, and The Electric Company. AEA.
John Ramsey
JOHN RAMSEY* (Ensemble) is thrilled to have dropped anchor in East Haddam for his debut at The Goodspeed! A lover of classic musicals, John has enjoyed turns as Bobby in Crazy for You, Phil in White Christmas, and Cosmo in Singin' in the Rain. When he's not tapping, he can be found in the kitchen, one of his favorite places to be creative. He sends gratitude to all who made this experience possible, and happily welcomes you aboard!
Christopher Shin
CHRISTOPHER SHIN* (Ensemble) is a Connecticut native and is honored to be making his Goodspeed debut! Broadway: Mary Poppins. Regional: A Christmas Story (Walnut Street Theatre), West Side Story (Sacramento Music Circus), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ogunquit Playhouse), A Chorus Line (North Shore Music Theatre), She Loves Me (Westport Country Playhouse). BFA- NYU: Tisch/CAP21. For my nephews, Micah and Owen. Proud member of AEA. www.chrisshin.com
Karilyn Surratt

KARILYN ASHLEY SURRATT * (Ensemble) Goodspeed debut! International Tour: West Side Story (Consuelo, Anita/Rosalia understudy). NYC: Rockette (10 seasons), The Metropolitan Opera, Who Is Jordan Bishop? (Lizzie Piper), Bubbling Brown Sugar, Empire, FloBert Awards, Caston and Co. Tap Ensemble. Muny: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Martha), My One and Only, Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Other: Lustig Dance Theatre, America's Got Talent with Pitbull, Emeril's Table, Reader's Digest Cover Model Dec 2014/Jan 2015. BPA from OKCU (summa cum laude); karilynashleysurratt.com; AEA, SAG-AFTRA, AGMA.

Sam Tanabe
SAM TANABE* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be at Goodspeed for the first time! Broadway: Allegiance (Swing, u/s Sammy). Off-Broadway: Red Eye of Love. NYC: Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby) with the National Asian Artists Project. Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, Dallas Summer Musicals, and Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. TV: The Good Wife. Love to God, family, and friends. www.SamTanabe.com
James Tolbert
JAMES TOLBERT* (Ensemble) is thrilled and honored to be making his Goodspeed debut! James has appeared in Mamma Mia! (Eddie, Sky u/s; Las Vegas and Royal Caribbean), West Side Story (Juano; Carnegie Hall), Footloose (Jeter, Dance Captain, and Assistant Choreographer; Kansas City Starlight), and Mary Poppins (Ensemble, Valentine u/s; National Tour). He has also performed in summer stock at The Muny and Music Theatre of Wichita. Thanks to Paul Hardt, The Mine, and Mom & Ron!
Edward Tolve

EDWARD TOLVE* (Ensemble) is de-lighted to be a part of Anything Goes! Goodspeed: Harmony, Kansas (Festival of New Artists). Off Broadway: Sayonara (Pan Asian Rep). Regional: Reagle Theater, Cape Rep, Northern Stage, Palace Theater, Underground Railway, Nora Theater, and New London Barn. Featured tap dancer in the NYC production of Sleep No More. Training: Boston Conservatory and LaGuardia Arts. Edward would like to thank every teacher he’s ever had, his family, friends, JCWA, and Liz for their consistent love and support. www.edwardtolve.com

John T. Wolfe

JOHN T. WOLFE* (Ensemble) is very excited to be returning to the Goodspeed stage after being seen in last season’s A Wonder Life, as well as Holiday Inn and Mame. Other credits include Grease (Eugene, North Carolina Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (u/s Jimmy, Paper Mill/Maltz Jupiter); Gypsy (Yonkers, Capital Rep); Holiday Inn and Spamalot (MUNY); Hello, Dolly! (Cape Playhouse); My One And Only (Stages St. Louis); and White Christmas (Pioneer). Thanks to Jim and Maegan at bloc!

Cooper Taggard

COOPER TAGGARD (Swing) is thrilled and so grateful to be here at Goodspeed for the first time! He was born and raised in the Bay Area and recently graduated from Wright State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Other credits include Beauty and the Beast, Disney's When You Wish, Sister Act, Mame, 42nd Street, Play It By Heart, and Funny Girl. Many thanks to bloc and his amazing friends and family.

Chiara Trentalange

CHIARA TRENTALANGE (Swing) is thrilled to be making her Goodspeed debut! Recent theatre credits: Forestburgh Playhouse, Interlakes Theatre, and the Bucks County Playhouse. Favorites include Grease (Rizzo), 42nd Street (Annie), Best Little Whorehouse...(Angel), and A Chorus Line (Diana). She was born and raised outside of Philadelphia and graduated with a BFA from Emerson College. Thanks to the cast, crew, and creative team. All of my love to my family and friends!



Trixie TRIXIE (Cheeky) was part of a hoarding situation and rescued by Pet Rescue of Larchmont, NY. The Berlonis adopted her in Fall 2013.In Spring 2014, she made her Broadway debut as “Mr. Woofles” in the Woody Allan musical Bullets Over Broadway, directed by Susan Stroman. The following Spring, she returned to the Great White Way as “Poochini” in Living on Love, opposite Renee Fleming. She is excited to now take on the role of Cheeky, Mother Harcourt’s companion in Anything Goes.


Daniel Goldstein
DANIEL GOLDSTEIN (Director) Goodspeed: Damn Yankees; Hello, Dolly!; Snapshots; The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown; All Shook Up!. Broadway: Godspell. Selected credits: Venus in Fur, God of Carnage, Falsettos (Huntington Theater Company); Anna Christie (Old Globe); True West (Williamstown Theater Festival); Gekido (New National Theater, Tokyo); A New Brain (Toho Theater, Tokyo). Daniel is the winner of the 2016 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Muiscal Theater Librettist. He wrote the new musical Unknown Soldier (written with Michael Friedman) had its World Premiere this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival. He and songwriter Dawn Landes received a Public Theater/Joe’s Pub NY Voices commission, for which they have written Row, the story of Tori Murden McClure who is the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He is a graduate of Northwestern University. www.danielgoldsteincreative.com
Kelli Barclay

KELLI BARCLAY (Choreographer) Many shows at Goodspeed, including: Damn Yankees; Hello, Dolly!; and How To Succeed in Business… (all receiving Connecticut Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Choreography), My One And Only (Connecticut Critics Circle Award Winner for Best Choreography); and Hello, My Baby! at The Terris Theatre. NYC: City Center Encores production of Pipe Dream, City Center's 20 Years of Encores!Camelot in Concert. Faculty member at American Ballet Theater's NYC Intensive. Upcoming: Composer Jonathan Brielle's new musical Himself and Nora, which opens in May at the Minetta Lane Theater in NYC. Feature film: Made for Each Other. Kelli has mentored at Goodspeed's Musical Theatre Dance Intensive each summer.

Michael O'Flaherty

MICHAEL O'FLAHERTY (Music Director) is in his 25th 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.

Wilson Chin
WILSON CHIN (Scenic Design) Connecticut: Lewiston (Long Wharf), Abundance and Dying City (Hartford Stage), “I Do! I Do!” and Tartuffe (Westport Country Playhouse), Breath Boom (Yale Rep), two Connecticut Critics Circle Award nominations. Broadway: Next Fall. Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Public Theatre, Roundabout, Second Stage. Regional: ACT, Alliance Theatre, Asolo Rep, Berkeley Rep, Geffen Playhouse, Guthrie Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Eine Florentinische Tragodie and Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera, Dora Award winner), and I Am Harvey Milk (Avery Fisher Hall). Education: Yale School of Drama. www.wilsonchin.com



ILONA SOMOGYI (Costume Design) is making her Goodspeed debut. Broadway: Clybourne Park. Recent: Nice Fish starring Mark Rylance (A.R.T. & St Ann’s), Romeo and Juliet (Hartford Stage), Disgraced (Long Wharf & Huntington). Off-Broadway: Gloria, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Sleep, and The World is Round (RipeTime); A Soldier’s Tale (Carnegie Hall); My Name is Asher Lev. Regional: Grey Gardens (starring Betty Buckley & Rachel York); Body of an American, An Opening in Time (Hartford Stage); Pride and Prejudice (Center Stage Baltimore); King Hedley II, Smokey Joe’s Café (Arena Stage); Passion Play and We Have Always Lived at the Castle (Yale Rep). MFA and Faculty Yale School of Drama.

Brian Tovar BRIAN TOVAR (Lighting Design) Goodspeed: Damn Yankees. Selected Off-Broadway: Tamar of the River (Drama Desk nomination), The Wildness, City Of, The Underclassman, Sex Tips, Sleeping Rough, Spidermusical, Accidentally Like a Martyr, The Wendy Complex, The Wendigo, Regional: Signature, Denver Center, Two River, Northern Stage. Brian is the Founder/Creative Director of NYC-based design company IONIC. Client credits: NFL, Remy Martin, Audi, Bravo, Porsche, Citibank, Samsung, Jaguar, The Walking Dead, Monster, Big Buck Hunt, Refinery29, and Nike, among others. In addition to design work, Brian has also co-produced two short films in collaboration with Tony-nominated director Sam Buntrock. www.BrianTovarDesign.com | www.Ionic.nyc
  JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is pleased to continue his long association with Goodspeed Musicals. 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 also serves as their Audio Supervisor. He and his wife, Goodspeed Line Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

MARK ADAM RAMPMEYER (Hair, Wig, & Makeup Design) is very happy to return to Goodspeed for this production. His work has been seen here in The Most Happy Fella, Good News!, Something’s Afoot, 42nd Street, 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, Talley’s Folly at Roundabout Theatre Company. Mark is the Costume Rental Manager for Goodspeed Musicals and makes his home here in East Haddam. Thanks to all for their continued support on this journey. *peep*

  WILLIAM BERLONI (Animal Director and Trainer) Began as a tech apprentice at the Goodspeed in 1975. 2011 Tony Honoree for Excellence in Theatre, 2014 Outer Critics Circle. 28 Broadway shows, including  The Crucible, Annie (original and all revivals), A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Camelot, Oliver!, Anything Goes, The Wiz, The Wizard of Oz. Animal Director for the new musical Because of Winn Dixie. Hundreds of Off-Broadway, regional theatre, tours. Recent television: Toto in The Wiz Live on NBC, Mr. Robot, and Wags To Riches With Bill Berloni. Published author: Broadway Tails. Facebook and Twitter @BillBerloni. www.theatricalanimals.com.
  DAN DeLANGE (Orchestrator) has orchestrated for The Jim Henson Company, Julie Andrews, Rosie O'Donnell, Live Theatricals at Universal Studios, and composers Paul Williams, Jerry Herman, Harvey Schmitt, Charles Strouse, Peter Link, and Mark Hollman. His scores have been heard on Broadway, National and European tours, film, television, and at regional theaters around the world, including over 40 productions at Goodspeed Musicals. He’s a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. DanDeLangeOrchestrations.com

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