Gypsy Cast and Creative Team
LAURA SKY HERMAN* (Dainty June) ) is thrilled to be making her Goodspeed debut! First National Tour: Hello, Dolly! (Ermengarde). Off-Broadway/NYC: Life Boat (The Shed), Muriel’s Wedding (Playwrights Horizons), Rock and Roll Man (Caiola Productions), The Little Dancer (Theater 71). Regional: American Repertory Theater, Sacramento Music Circus, Maltz Jupiter Theater, North Shore Music Theater, New London Barn Playhouse. She is a recent Harvard graduate, where she made history as one of the first women to perform with the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theater group in the country. Endless love and gratitude to her family! For my "Lorelai"--love you, Mommy! @lauraskyherman
PHILIP HERNANDEZ* (Herbie) is the only actor in Broadway history to star as both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Les Misérables. Other Broadway: Paul Simon’s The Capeman and Kiss Of The Spiderwoman. He won the 2019 Connecticut Critics Circle ‘Best Actor in a Musical' Award for his portrayal of Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Television: Bull, Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, The Path, Gotham, Nurse Jackie, Elementary, Hostages, Damages, Person of Interest, Law & Order and others. Philip is also a 2023 Audie-Award finalist and Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator. Find him at www.PhilipHernandez.net or on Twitter & Instagram @philip24601.
EMILY JEWEL HODER* (Baby June) is thrilled to “Entertain You” at the beautiful Goodspeed with this incredible cast! She began her professional career at the age of 7 and has since traveled the country performing and having a blast! Broadway: The Music Man (Amaryllis). Broadway National Tour: Les Misérables (Little Cosette). Regional: The Secret Garden at the Ahmanson in LA (Mary Lennox), Annie (Molly), The Jungle Book (Mowgli). Voiceover: Schmigadoon Apple TV, Panda Corner App for kids. Thank you to my family and friends for their constant support! Special thanks to Nancy Carson, Kim Pedell and Jenn Thompson for believing in me! Insta @emilyjewel7
JUDY McLANE* (Rose) Broadway credits include starring in Mamma Mia! as Donna and Tanya (over 4,000 performances), Kiss of the Spider Woman with Chita Rivera, Aspects of Love, Chess. Off-Broadway: Romeo and Bernadette (Outer Critics Circle Award), Johnny Guitar (Drama Desk Nomination and Drama League Honor). Tours: Into the Woods, Joseph…Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond, Big, Side By Side By Sondheim (dir. Rob Marshall). Select Regional: LaChuisa’s Los Otros (Everyman); Follies (Signature, Helen Hayes Nomination); Sunset Boulevard (Engeman); Next to Normal (Pioneer & Syracuse Stage, SALT Award); Master Class, Light in the Piazza (Theatre Raleigh); Evita, Victor/Victoria, Man of LaMancha (Papermill Playhouse). Film: Were the World Mine, Hiding in Daylight (Cannes Film Festival, Southampton International Film Festival Nomination). TV: Madame Secretary, Elementary, The Blacklist, The Loudest Voice. [Instagram: @judy.mclane] Judy is not wearing real fur.
CAMERON BLAKE MILLER (Baby Louise) age 11, is delighted to be making her Goodspeed debut! Credits include: A Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company); Frozen Jr (Theatre By The Sea); Shrek, Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol (Granite Theatre); Wizard of Oz Jr, Aristocats Kids (East Lyme Regional Theater); Mary Poppins (Stonington High School Drama); Aladdin Kids (Theatre Scrapbook). Many thanks to Goodspeed Musicals for this opportunity and to her family, friends and teachers for their love and support!
TALIA SUSKAUER* (Louise) is thrilled to be making her Goodspeed debut in Gypsy. Talia comes to the Goodspeed straight from NYC, where she recently completed her tenure as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. Other credits include: Be More Chill (Broadway and Off-Broadway), Wicked (National Tour). Regional: Shrek (Fiona), Little Women (Jo), The Secret Garden (Lily). Talia has performed at Carnegie Hall, and recently made her solo debut at 54 Below. BFA: Penn State University. Thank you to Jenn Thompson, Patti Wilcox, Adam Souza, HCKR, Sherry Kayne, and my family. This one’s for you, Mama. @taliasuskauer
GABE AMATO* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing at The Goodspeed this season. Tours/Regional Theatre: Cabaret (Asolo Rep ’22), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Muny ’22), R&H Cinderella (‘17-’18 Tour). Training: BFA Musical Theater from LIU Post. All the love to my Mom, Grandmother, family back home, and my girls back in the city. I wouldn’t be here without you guys. AEA Member.
ROMELDA TERON BENJAMIN* (Ensemble) is a Pittsburgh native making her Goodspeed Debut! Broadway: Brooklyn The Musical. Off-Broadway: Sistas The Musical, The Secret Life of Bees, Bare A Pop Opera (Original Sister Chantelle). Tour: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Yo’ Alice, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Select Regional: Catch Me If You Can (Pre-Broadway), Chicago. Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU, Broadway Inspirational Voices, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Pope Francis US Visit, Last Week Tonight: John Oliver Show. Blessed By The Best! Love You Mommy, Family, My Circle, & THE WAM FAM!
VICTORIA HUSTON-ELEM* (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be back at Goodspeed! Previously: The Music Man, The Circus in Winter and Meet John Doe. National Tours: The Addams Family, Finding Neverland. Other favorites: Ragtime (Bay Street), Sunset Boulevard (NSMT), Golden Boy Of The Blue Ridge (Prospect), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Recordings: Golden Boy Of The Blue Ridge, Artists In Residence, Future Demons. www.victoriahustonelem.com. This one is for Momma Huston (who would be playing Mazeppa if she had her way).
AMAHRI EDWARDS-JONES (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her Goodspeed debut! She was most recently seen in the Australian Tour of Hairspray and as Duckling Donna in the U.S. National tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Regional credits include: Virginia Musical Theatre (Freaky Friday, Mamma Mia, Chicago), Virginia Stage Company (Matilda). All thanks to God, her lovely parents, Bloc, family and friends for their unconditional support! @amahri_e_j
THOMAS GOLDBACH V (Ensemble) is 12 years old from Meriden, CT. Since the age of 2, Thomas has danced tap and hip hop. With the Whitney Players Theater Company, he has performed in: Shrek Jr, The Little Mermaid Jr., Hairspray Jr., High School Musical Jr., Help I’m Trapped in a Musical, Wizard of Oz, and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and served lead roles in Matilda, The Wiz, Into the Woods Jr., The Trial of the Wicked Witch, and Newsies.
SUNNY LAUREN HODER (Ensemble) is SO excited to be making her professional theatre debut at Goodspeed in Gypsy!! She is a singer, voiceover artist, competitive dancer, actress and animal lover. She recently recorded the theme song for a new animated show “My Friend Bada” from creator Josh Selig in NYC. Thank you to my family and friends for all their support! Special thanks to Kim at Zoom Talent, Bonnie at Stewart Talent and Jenn Thompson for believing in me! @sunnylauren5
EDWARD JUVIER* (Ensemble) Grateful to return to Goodspeed after appearing last fall in 42nd Street. Broadway/Tour: Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera. Regional/Stock: STAGES St Louis (Theater Circle award), Engeman, Tuacahn, Riverside, Meadow Brook, Theatreworks Palo Alto, Allenberry, Ivoryton, Forestburgh, Gulf Coast Symphony, Transcendence. Graduate of Boston Conservatory.
MEADOW NGUY* (Ensemble) Interstellar Cinderella at NYCCT. Ella (Cinderella) at North Shore Music Theatre, Hope Harcourt (Anything Goes) at City Springs Theatre Company, Betty Haynes (White Christmas) at The John W. Engeman Theater; Ariel (The Little Mermaid) at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre; Shelby (Steel Magnolias) at North Carolina Theatre; Awarded the 2012 High School Musical Theatre Jimmy Award Winner in Chicago. Film/TV: The Blacklist, The Artist’s Wife, Law and Order SVU, Madam Secretary, and Hunters. BFA-Indiana University. www.meadownguy.com
BIANCA BELLE PALANA (Ensemble) is elated to make her Goodspeed debut! Bianca has ten years of technical training with Dance Unlimited, an elite performing company in Hamden, CT. She holds over twenty regional and national competitive dance titles. Off stage, Bianca loves to draw, cook, and spend time with family. She would like to thank her family and mentors for their endless support!
MADDIE ROBERT (Ensemble) [she/her] is thrilled to make her Goodspeed debut! Her most recent credits include Zag Zurka in Hip Hop Cinderella (Off Broadway at The New Victory); Maggie in A Chorus Line (Weathervane Theatre NH), A Christmas Story (The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), and Singin’ in the Rain (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma). She graduated with a BFA from the University of Oklahoma in 2021.
BEN SEARS* (Ensemble) is an NYC-based actor & pizza enthusiast & is thrilled to be back at Goodspeed! National Tours: CATS (1st Nat’l), A Bronx Tale. Regional: The Music Man (Goodspeed), Catch Me If You Can (REV), West Side Story, Newsies! (The LEX), Funny Girl, Crazy for You (Forestburgh Playhouse.) Shoutout to The A Squad, gratitude to my superb reader Emily, huge thanks to Patti, Jenn, & Paul. Love to Dad, Brian, May, Kate, Emily, Abby, Anna, & Lily. As always, this is for Dad.
MICHAEL STARR* (Ensemble) Goodspeed debut! Currently can be seen in episodes of Disney+ Encore! and Eric Andre’s Bad Trip on Netflix. National Tour: Bright Star. Select past credits include Come Fall In Love (Old Globe), Romy & Michele (5th Ave), Mamma Mia! and A Chorus Line (Hollywood Bowl), and shows with Phoenix Theater Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, San Francisco Symphony, Disneyland, Hartford Stage, LA Opera, MTW, La Mirada Theater and more. Love to the Starrs, and his beautiful fiancée Lauren. @itsmikestarr
GEOFFREY WADE* (Ensemble) most recently played Snape in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. National Tours of Crazy For You and Curious Incident…Regional: Old Globe, La Jolla, South Coast Rep, Center Stage, Guthrie, Denver Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Rep of St. Louis, and Weston Playhouse. TV: NCIS, Mad Men, Numb3rs, ER, Law & Order. Film: City Hall, The Divide, and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. Teaches at the Antaeus Academy. Trained at Central, London.
VALERIE WRIGHT* (Ensemble) BROADWAY: Kimberly Akimbo, TUCK Everlasting, ELF, Annie Get Your Gun, Damn Yankees, Steel Pier, Sally Marr and Her Escorts, Song & Dance, CATS. OFF BROADWAY: Showing Off!, The World Goes ‘Round, Wanda’s World. NATIONAL TOURS: Hello, Dolly!; Song & Dance; The World Goes ‘Round (Helen Hayes nomination, Jeff Award); Damn Yankees (Helen Hayes nomination). FILM: Sleepless In Seattle, Ordinary Heroes, Second Glance. Valerie is also a director/choreographer. She has two sons and is married to actor Mark Lotito.
BRIANNA ASCIONE (Swing) is absolutely thrilled to be in Gypsy making her Goodspeed debut! Off-Broadway: The Little Match Girl: The Concert (Goose Two/Ensemble). Regional: Dames At Sea (u/s Ruby & Joan), Carousel (Louise), Grease (Sandy), West Side Story (Anybodys). TV/Film: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Marry Me. Marymount Manhattan College 2022 (BFA Dance). All the love to the entire company, LDC, Marianne Wells, Mom & Dad, family, & friends! @briannajascione
ANTHONY DaSILVA (Swing) National Tours: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Regional: The Cher Show, Elf (Ogunquit Playhouse); The Wedding Singer, Newsies (The Gateway); A Chorus Line (Weathervane Theatre); Mamma Mia, Altar Boyz, World Goes ‘Round (Forestburgh Playhouse); Grease, Camelot, Oklahoma, Sunset Boulevard (Mac-Haydn Theatre). Infinite thanks to Jenn Thompson, Patti Wilcox, The Collective, Family, Friends, and Chaz. @antthology
JENN THOMPSON (Director) is thrilled to return to Goodspeed after directing last summer’s world-premiere Anne of Green Gables, on this stage. Other Goodspeed productions include The Music Man (winner of the 2019 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical), Oklahoma! (nominated for 7 CCC Awards, including Outstanding Director and Musical) and Bye Bye Birdie (nominated for 5 CCC Awards, including Outstanding Director and Musical). Recent productions include the current National Tour of Annie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Musical at CTC and Chains for Off-Broadway’s celebrated Mint Theatre where her 2016 production of Women Without Men garnered Lortel and Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominations for Outstanding Revival as well as 5 Drama Desk Award nominations, including Outstanding Director and Revival. Regional highlights include The Secret Garden and Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Denver Center Theatre); Mary Stuart (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); as well as productions at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis Rep, Barrington Stage Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, City Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Dorset Theatre Festival and The Rev Theatre Company. Connecticut credits include A Doll's House, Part 2 and The Call at TheaterWorks Hartford as well as Abundance at Hartford Stage (CCC nomination: Outstanding Director/Revival). Jenn served as a founding member of Connecticut's award-winning River Rep at the Ivoryton Playhouse (just down the river from East Haddam), where she appeared in and/or directed over 50 productions, over 19 seasons and as Co-Artistic Director of Off-Broadway's award-winning TACT/The Actors Company Theatre. Jenn is married to actor Stephen Kunken. They live in Brooklyn, NY and Ivoryton, CT with their 13-year-old daughter, Naomi. For Mama. jennthompsondirector.com
PATRICIA WILCOX (Choreographer) is thrilled to return to Goodspeed after choreographing The Music Man (Connecticut Critics Circle Award) and Bye Bye Birdie (Connecticut Critics Circle nomination). Other credits include: Broadway: Motown the Musical (Astaire Award and NAACP Award/ Choreography), and A Night with Janis Joplin. Off-Broadway/ National Tours: Little Shop of Horrors (NY City Center Encores!), Annie, An Officer and a Gentleman, Children’s Letters to God, Bowfire, Blues in the Night (NAACP Nomination), Seussical. Regional: A Swell Party (Kennedy Center), The Secret Garden (DCPA), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (CTC), Peter and the Starcatcher (Pioneer), Aida and Camelot (NSMT), Jesus Christ Superstar (Sacramento Music), Hair (ATC), Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill), Houston Symphony, Minnesota Pops, Phoenix Symphony. Choreographer for 3 Winter Olympics/Ice Dancing. Guest Artist: Jacob’s Pillow. Pattiwilcox.com
ADAM SOUZA (Music Director) Broadway credits include Wicked, Kinky Boots. National Tours: Wicked (2nd National, original MD/Conductor), Kinky Boots (1st National original MD/ Conductor), Spamalot (1st National, MD/Conductor), The Midtown Men, and Les Misérables. Adam also served as Associate Music Supervisor for the international mountings of Wicked in São Paolo, Brazil (in Portuguese) and Mexico City (in Spanish). His regional credits include Next to Normal (Hartford TheaterWorks), North Shore Music Theatre, and over 20 productions with Goodspeed, including 42nd Street, Cabaret, A Grand Night for Singing, Because of Winn Dixie, The Great American Mousical with Julie Andrews, Snapshots by Stephen Schwartz, George M!, Brigadoon, Very Good Eddie, and Rags. Adam serves as Music Supervisor for Destination Broadway (destinationbroadway.org) and has served on faculty for the Boston Conservatory at Berklee as an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre, of which he is also an alumnus.
PAUL MILLER (Lighting Designer) The designs of Paul Miller have been seen on stage at the Stratford Festival, West End, Vienna, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), South Africa, China, Manila, and São Paulo. His lighting for television includes Live from Lincoln Center, numerous specials for Netflix, Showtime and Comedy Central, the internationally-renowned fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares, as well as every live performance from the internationally-televised New Year’s Eve Celebration from New York’s Time’s Square since 2000. Regionally, Paul has designed for Chicago Shakespeare, Idaho Shakespeare, Asolo Repertory, American Conservatory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, and Westport Playhouse.
Jason Hayes (Wig Design) is a 2016 & 2017 Drama Desk Award Nominee for Outstanding Wig & Hair Design for his work on The Legend of Georgia McBride & The View Upstairs. Hayes was the Hair Supervisor for The Present, starring Cate Blanchett. His Broadway theatrical design credits include Casa Valentina, The Realistic Jones’s, Spring Awakening, Blithe Spirit, 13 The Musical & The Radio City Christmas Spectacular for 10 years. His Film & TV credits include Imordecai, The Rise of Hollywood, The Mysteries of Laura, Smash, Hostages, 30 Rock, Mercy, Gossip Girl, SNL and his film credits include Transamerica, Camp, The Savages, and Party Monster to name only a few. His celebrity clients include Cate Blanchett, RuPaul, Angelica Huston, Debra Messing, Toni Colette, Dylan McDermott, Felicity Huffman, Jennifer Hudson, Liza Minelli, Sean Hayes, Josh Lucas, Megan Fox, Antonio Banderas, Mary Stuart Masterson, Cherry Jones, Angela Lansbury, Laura Linney, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Macauley Culkin, Marilyn Manson, Harvey Fierstein, Paul Rudd, Patrick Stewart, T.R Knight.
J. Jared Janas (Wig Design for Ms. McLane & Ms. Suskauer) Goodspeed credits include 42nd Street and Anne of Green Gables. Broadway credits include Good Night, Oscar; Sweeney Todd; Ohio State Murders; Kimberly Akimbo; & Juliet; Topdog/Underdog; American Buffalo; How I Learned to Drive; Jagged Little Pill; Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune; Gettin’ the Band Back Together; Bandstand; Indecent; Sunset Boulevard; The Visit; The Real Thing; Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill; Motown; Peter and the Starcatcher; The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess; and All About Me.
DAN DeLANGE (Orchestrator) Dan DeLange’s orchestrations have been heard on Broadway, Carnegie Hall, London’s West End, national and European tours, and at regional theaters around the world?including over 50 productions at Goodspeed Musicals. He has orchestrated for The Jim Henson Company, Julie Andrews, Rosie O’Donnell, Live Theatricals at Universal Studios, Manhattan Concert Productions, iTheatrics, Troika Entertainment, as well as for composers Jerry Herman, Harvey Schmitt, Paul Williams, Charles Strouse, and Stephen Schwartz. He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. For more information, visit DanDeLangeOrchestrations.com
WILLIAM BERLONI (Animal Director and Trainer) 2011 Tony® Honoree for Excellence in Theatre; 1977 and 2013 Outer Critics Awards and 2017 Drama League Award for Unique Contribution to the Theater. BROADWAY: Annie (1977) to The Ferryman (2018) and 25 shows in between. Animal Director for the new musical Because of Winn Dixie. Credits include hundreds of off-Broadway, regional and national tours. Television: producer and star of From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni, Annie and The Wiz Live, And Just Like That and Fleishman Is In Trouble. Author of Broadway Tails 3RD Edition. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and www.theatricalanimals.com. Bill is happy to be home where it all started.
BRADLEY G. SPACHMAN* (Production Stage Manager) Originally from Chicago, Brad has enjoyed working at both the Opera House and Terris Theaters for some time now. Some of his favorite productions include Redhead, King of Hearts, and Singin’ in the Rain. He sends a heartfelt “Thank You!” to everyone who makes our productions (as well as those who make them happen). Finally, a very special thanks to Kim, without whose patience none of this would be possible. [87/29]
NAOMI ANHORN* (Assistant Stage Manager) Goodspeed: 42nd Street, Cabaret, A Grand Night for Singing, Little Girl Blue, Billy Elliot, Passing Through, The Music Man, The Will Rogers Follies, The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rags, Anything Goes, Chasing Rainbows, Guys and Dolls, La Cage aux Folles, and A Wonderful Life, Goodspeed’s Festival of New Musicals and The Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Grove. NYC: VocaPeople (Off-Broadway); The Gig, Crossing Swords, Swing State, The Diary of a Teenage Girl (The Essentials); Sunfish (ASCAP); Snapshots (Prospect Theater); Reborning (The Public); Zombie (Fringe & Off-Broadway). Regional: A Christmas Story, Evita, Music Man (John W. Engeman Theater); Ella (Long Wharf/National Tour). Naomi also spent five seasons with the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Works presented each fall in NYC.
TREVOR PIERCE (Associate Music Director) is thrilled to join the Goodspeed family. Off-Broadway / NYC: Whiskey Pants (HERE Arts), Once Upon A Mattress (St Jean's Theater), Green Gables (DR2), Fire Island (TheatreRow). Tours/Int'l: Elf Nat'l Tour, Anything Goes Nat'l Tour, Celebrity Cruises. Regional: Barrington Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, Hartford Stage, The Gateway, Argyle Theater, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and others. Thanks to Adam for bringing me onboard. BA in Theater/Music, University of Pennsylvania. Love to Mom, Dad, and John. www.trevormpierce.com
PAUL HARDT (Casting Director)
*Denotes members of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.