Oliver! Cast and Creative Team
|BRANDON ANDRUS* (Bill Sikes) is buzzed to be back at Goodspeed where he was previously in Camelot (Sir Lionel) and Annie Get Your Gun (Ensemble, Frank u/s). Broadway/Tours: Side Show (Terry/Buddy cover) Jersey Boys (Nick Massi), Oklahoma! (Curly). Others: Roman Holiday (Joe cover), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Liberty (F. Walker), SPAMalot (Galahad), Wedding Singer (Glen), Austen's Pride (Mr. Darcy), Xanadu (Sonny), All Shook Up (Chad), South Pacific (Cable). TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Power, Madam Secretary, The Blacklist. Special thanks to the entire creative team! P.S. If you ever want to "Boo" at me, please do. ;-)|
|DONALD CORREN* (Fagin) previously appeared at Goodpseed in the musical review Noël. On Broadway, originated the role of Cosmé McMoon in Souvenir and replaced Harvey Fierstein in the original production of Torch Song Trilogy, for which he won both the San Francisco and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards while on tour. He appears frequently Off-Broadway (The Fantasticks, Old Jews Telling Jokes, The Soap Myth, The Last Sunday in June, Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night, Tomfoolery, and this season’s Balls), as well as in leading roles at regional theatres across the country. Television credits include nine seasons on NBC’s Law & Order and two on Syfy’s Z Nation. www.donaldcorren.com|
|ELIJAH RAYMAN* (Oliver) found his passion for music and
theatre at a very early age. He has been in productions ever since he was 5
years old, including the latest role of Mamillius in TFANA's The Winter's Tale. He is so honored to
be a part of Oliver!. Many thanks to
Stewart Whitley Casting, Parkside Talent, Carson Kolker, Badiene Magaziner,
Trapper Felides, Sofya Palma, Vlad Andreyev, Janine Molinari, Acting Out, and
Adam Sterrie from Oxford, England, all of whom helped Elijah find his Oliver!
|GAVIN SWARTZ* (Artful Dodger) Gavin, a 13 year old from
Massachusetts, is honored to be making his debut at The Goodspeed. Other
credits include: Broadway, Matilda
(Nigel); Paper Mill Playhouse, A
Christmas Story (Grover Dill); The Palace Theatre, Oliver! (Oliver); North Shore Music Theatre, Les Misérable (Gavroche). If he is not performing, you can find him
on the golf course, watching The Cooking Channel, or cheering on any New
England sports team. He would like to thank all his family and friends for
their ongoing support, especially David Doan, Michael Dunn, Doug Jabara, Anna
Loveys, and his brother, Jared.
OWEN TABAKA (Charley Bates) is excited and honored to join the Oliver! family! Recent credits: A Christmas Story (Grover Dill, National Tour), A Raisin in the Sun (Travis Younger, Two River Theater), Sesame Street (Tapper, HBO), Waiting for Godot (NYTW), and the 2015 Petite Mr. World Dance Champion. Owen wishes to thank God, his family, friends, and all his teachers for giving up so much of their time so he can pursue his dreams. Special thanks to Connecting Talent Company, Carson-Adler Agency, Badiene Magaziner, Bob Marks, the entire team of Oliver!, and Goodspeed Musicals, without whom none of this would be possible.
|EJ ZIMMERMAN* (Nancy)
Goodspeed debut! Broadway: Les Misérables (Eponine u/s, Ensemble).
National Tour: Avenue Q. Other favorites: Kim in Miss Saigon
(Riverside Theatre, Arvada Center - Henry Award, and others); Stuck; Sundance
Institute Theatre Lab; South Pacific (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); and
especially all the roles originated and developed in readings and festivals.
Proud Terp and AEA member. “Love and enormous gratitude to my family and
friends, Avalon Artists Group, Rob for this dream opportunity, and Josh most of all.” @ejzimmerman47 www.ejzimmerman.com
|MIRANDA GELCH* (Charlotte, Bet, Ensemble) is so grateful to be a part of this gorgeous production. Goodspeed debut! Regional: Shrek The Musical, The Sound of Music (North
Shore Music Theatre); Grey Gardens (The
Cape Playhouse and The Lyric Stage Company of Boston); Franca in The Light in the Piazza, Philia in A Funny Thing… Forum (PSU). Recent BFA
graduate of Penn State University. Many thanks to the entire team here, Rob,
James, Paul, TPG, my wonderful family, and Ben.
|JORDANA GROLNICK* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to
the Opera House! Goodspeed: Chasing Rainbows. National Tour: Rodgers
and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Other Regional: Sacramento Music Circus,
The Muny, Arvada Center, Ogunquit Playhouse. BFA University of Michigan. Big
thanks to the Judy Boals ladies, the Goodspeed team, and YOU, for supporting
the arts! @jordanagrams
|RICHARD R. HENRY* (Mr. Bumble, Ensemble) Off-Broadway: Fiorello
(Encores!), Two Gentlemen of Verona the Musical (Public Theatre).
Regional: Assassins (Yale Rep), Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame
(La Jolla, Paper Mill), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Shakespeare), The
Music Man (Guthrie), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Old Globe), Twelfth
Night (Pig Iron Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Milwaukee Rep), 1776
(Connecticut Rep). National Tours: Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ
Superstar, Urinetown, and
|JOY HERMALYN* (Mrs. Corney, Ensemble) is thrilled to
return to Goodspeed! Fun fact - first role at age 7 was Oliver!. Broadway/Off-Broadway:
Fiddler, Cyrano, Candide, Christmas Carol, La Boheme, Encores!. Opera
from Alaska-Italy-Utah. Faves: Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic/PBS); Sound
of Music Live! (NBC); 7 Deadly Sins (NYCB); Into the Woods (Witch); Gypsy (Rose); Hamlet (Gertrude);
Beauty and the Beast (Wardrobe); Baby
(Arlene, BroadwayWorld Best Actress). Joy teaches Voice/Audition technique:
Yale; Kean University, NJ; and Private Studio in NY/Skype. Love always to the
drummer and the violinist. Visit www.JoyHermalyn.com!
|SHANNON LEE JONES* (Old Sally, Ensemble) Goodspeed debut.
Other theater credits include La Cage aux
Folles (original Broadway); A Chorus
Line; Hello, Dolly! (Carol
Channing); Funny Girl (The Muny); and
La Cage aux Folles (First
National). Regional: Guys and Dolls (Long Wharf Theatre); Cabaret (Barrington Stage); Mamma Mia, Gypsy, Drowsy Chaperone, Anything
Goes, Hairspray, Mame (Arts
Center of Coastal Carolina); Working,
Road Show (Lyric Stage, Boston); Billy Elliot (Ocean State Theatre);
Into the Woods (Reagle Music Theatre).
|JAMIE LaVERDIERE* (Mr. Sowerberry, Dr. Grimwig, Ensemble)
Goodspeed debut. Most recently, Jamie was a part of the critically acclaimed
Encores! production of Grand Hotel. Broadway: The Producers (St.
James), Pirate Queen (Hilton), and Motown (Lunt Fontannne).
Tours: Urinetown and Motown
(First Nationals), and A Chorus Line (Europe). Off-Broadway includes Rothschild
and Sons (York); Closer Than Ever (York); I Love You, You’re
Perfect, Now Change (Westside); and This Side of Paradise (St.
Clements). Film: The Producers, Hell Is Other People, and The
|MEGAN LOOMIS* (Ensemble) recently finished a successful
run of the new musical The Other Josh
Cohen at GeVa Theatre in her hometown of Rochester, NY. North America/Asian
tours: War Horse, Cabaret, A Gentleman’s
Guide to Love and Murder, and Sweeney
Todd. Off-Broadway credits: The Dead,
1904, Woody Sez at Irish
Repertory Theatre; the critically-acclaimed production of John Doyle’s Allegro at Classic Stage Company. Regional:
Ogunquit, Flat Rock, Merry-Go-Round, Ivoryton, Stages Houston, Maltz-Jupiter
Theatre. Proud graduate of Eastman School of Music.
|ANDREW MAYER* (Noah, Ensemble) Happy to be making his Goodspeed debut being as mean to
Oliver as possible! Some credits - Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great
Comet of 1812. Appoggiatura (Indiana Rep), Prince of Egypt (Dreamworks
Theatrical), The 12 (Denver Center), Dying for It (Atlantic
Theater Co.), Fiddler on the Roof (Barrington Stage). Recent Screen: 71st Annual Tony Awards, The Hunted: Encore. Andrew is a member
of top NYC event band - The Michael
Hart Band. Training: BU School of Theatre, Manhattan School of Music,
LAMDA (UK). Instagram: @AcMusikman
|KAREN MURPHY* (Mrs. Sowerberry, Mrs. Bedwin, Ensemble) comes to Oliver! directly from the 1st National Tour of Finding Neverland. 16 months on the road. Lived to tell about it. Previous Goodspeed: Show Boat, Guys and Dolls. Broadway: A Little Night Music (stepping in for Angela Lansbury), 42nd Street, Titanic, A Christmas Carol, 9 to 5, All Shook Up, King David. Off-Broadway: My Vaudeville Man (Drama Desk nomination), Showtune, Zombie Prom, Forbidden Broadway, L'amourThe Merrier!. Tours: Finding Neverland, Mary Poppins, Les Misèrables, White Christmas, The Wizard of Oz. Her CD Torchgoddess is available on iTunes and @CDBABY.
|RUSSELL RINKER* (Ensemble) A Virginia native, Russell is thrilled to make his Goodspeed debut! He has performed all over the US and the world as a long-time member of Blue Man Group. Other: Amazing Grace First National Tour (Capt. Newton), Los Angeles Opera, Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Favorite roles: Harold Hill, Emile de Becque, the Pirate King. TV: Arrested Development, The Tonight Show, Disney Channel. BA: The College of William & Mary. Love to Mom and Dad. (Still.)|
|ALEX STEWART* (Ensemble) is
thrilled to return to The Goodspeed, where he was recently seen in Oklahoma!
(Ensemble/ Will Parker U/S). Other credits: Elf: the Musical! (National
Tour); Oklahoma! (PCPA, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Garbeau’s Dinner
Theatre); Pirates of Penzance, Cinderella, My Fair Lady (PCPA); Nice
Work If You Can Get It, Boeing Boeing (Summer Repertory Theatre);
Sacramento Ballet Company Member 2010-2014. Training: School of the Sacramento
Ballet, Boston Ballet School, Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Thanks to the whole
Stewart Clan, BBR Talent and Mr. Paul Hardt.
|JAMES YOUNG* (Mr. Brownlow, Ensemble) continues a 40-year career doing what he loves, thanks to
his family. He is extremely lucky and grateful to have worked with and learned
from so many amazing artists, and had so many magical moments in a career that
includes Broadway, Regional Theatre, National and International Tours, Film,
and Television. The production for which Mr. Young continues to be most proud are
his daughters Kristina and Alessandra.
|BRENDAN REILLY HARRIS (Oliver understudy) Goodspeed: James Rogers, The Will Rogers Follies. Connecticut: A Christmas Carol 2016/2017 (Boy
Scrooge), Hartford Stage; Joseph...
Dreamcoat, ACT; The Who’s Tommy (Young
Tommy), Mary Poppins (Michael Banks),
Warner Stage Company. Selected favorite roles: The Jungle Book (Mowgli), My
Son Pinocchio (Pinocchio), Peter Pan (Michael Darling). Big thanks to Goodspeed for another super fun opportunity
and to Dan and the TBS administration for continued support. Luck and love to
little sister MaddieKay, performing as Annie at Thomaston Opera House this
|JESSICA CRILLEY (Swing) Goodspeed and swing debut! Recent credits include: National Tour of A Christmas Story. Regional: Newsies, Mamma Mia, Shrek (Tuacahn Center for the Arts); Memphis (Jon W. Engeman Theatre); Oliver!, Ragtime (Westchester Broadway). Upcoming: US Premiere of Noël the Musical (National Tour). BA University of Nevada. Thanks to ATB Talent! Follow: @jcrilley
|DACE McNALLY (Swing) is excited to be
making his Goodspeed debut this summer! Dace spent the last three years with
Disney Cruise Line, sailing as a Mainstage Performer. His other credits include
the featured ensemble at the Utah Festival Opera and Guildenstern in a revival
of Rockabye Hamlet. He'd like to
thank the creative team and the cast for a wonderful experience. Dace would also
like to thank his incredibly supportive family and dedicates his work to his
|EMMA ROSE ARELT (Kids Company) Emma’s previous shows have included a production of The Lion King and her school plays. In her free time, Emma likes to ride her bike with her mom and explore new places while biking. She also loves reading about historical events and reading biographies about famous people. She likes being in Oliver! because there are a lot more people who do what she likes, acting! She’d like to thank her parents for encouraging her to try out for Oliver! Emma is a 5th grade student at Lyme Consolidated School.|
|GORDON BECK (Kids Company) This is Gordon’s second show with the Goodspeed, having understudied the role of David Hershkovitz in Rags last season. In his free time, Gordon likes playing hockey, dancing (modern, hiphop, and breakdancing), playing lacrosse, and reading. He likes the Kids Company because he’s met other kids and learned accents, songs, and choreography. Gordon would like to thank his mom, the kid wranglers and teachers at Kids Company, and his sister Kate for getting him interested in musicals. He’d like to thank his dad and brother Calvin, too. He can’t wait for Opening Night so he can see all of the people in the audience and for his family to see how much he’s learned. Gordon is a 4th grade student at Tolland Intermediate School.|
|OWEN BRYAN (Kids Company) Owen has participated in a few theater workshops at Chester Elementary, but this is his first ever show! In his free time, Owen likes playing tag and reading his favorite books, Narwhal and Jelly. He likes being in the Kids Company of Oliver! because it gives him the chance to sing. He’d like to thank his mom and dad for their support. Owen is a 1st grade student at Chester Elementary School.|
|ALEXA CALEGARI (Kids Company) The first time Alexa did theatre was last year at a theatre camp at Community Music School. This year she was in her school shows: The Lion King and James and the Giant Peach. In her free time she likes to sing, read, shop, and hang out with her friends. She loves being in the Kids Company of Oliver! because she likes learning about theater and meeting new friends. She would like to thank her very supportive family for believing in her and for driving her. Alexa is a 7th grade student at John Winthrop Middle School.|
|AVA CANNAN (Kids Company) Ava’s previous credits include The Frog Prince, Peter and Wendy, Arf, Bah Humbug, and Cinderella. In her free time, Ava enjoys running, sleeping, playing Roblox, and reading. She’s enjoyed the Oliver! Kids Company because she’s been able to meet new people and have fun. She’d like to thank her great grandpa. Ava is a 4th grade student at Essex Elementary School.|
|LOGAN ERWIN (Kids Company) Some of Logan’s previous shows include Cinderella at the Kate, Scrooge with WISP Productions, The Addams Family with Community Music School, and Chorus for Ethan Bortnick Benefit Concert. Logan likes to spend her free time playing with her dog Bella and playing with her best friends, including Ava C in this show! Logan likes being in the Kids Company because she likes meeting new people, especially the cast. She also likes learning new ways to act. She’d like to thank her family for encouraging her and supporting her. She’d also like to thank WISP Theatre Productions for helping her on her journey to acting. Logan would like to tell the audience to believe in their dreams and to achieve the impossible! Logan is a 4th grade student at Essex Elementary School.|
|AVITAL GOLDBERG-CURRAN (Kids Company) Avital is so happy to be making her debut at the Goodspeed Opera House! She would like to thank everyone at Goodspeed for this wonderful opportunity. Some favorite past credits include, Ngana in South Pacific and Avital in I’ll be Home for Christmas both at the Ivoryton Playhouse, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat under the direction of Bryan Perri, Daniel C. Levine and Katie Diamond at The Ridgefield Playhouse with ACT of CT, and Seussical the Musical at the Chestnut Street Playhouse. Local performances include, Rapunzel in Rapunzel, Dragon in Shrek, a Broadway Revue at The Granite Theater and Nautical Nightmares and Lantern Light tours at the Mystic Seaport. Avital has been playing the violin since she was 5 years old. She would like to thank her incredible family and friends for their continued love and support. Avital is dedicating her performances this summer to her grandfather who was her most avid supporter. Avital is an 8th grade student at Pine Point School.|
|LAUREN GRECO (Kids Company) Lauren has performed as Gollum in The Hobbit at Oddfellows Playhouse, was Orphan Kate in Annie with the Podium Players, and at school she was Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man. Her musical theatre experience began very early with The Young People’s Center for Creative Arts (YPCCA). Her film experience includes the main role in Buried Treasure, a Senior Thesis short film at Wesleyan University and in the short film No Costume, No Candy. Lauren enjoys reading, learning the ukulele, singing, improvisation, acting, and film. She says Oliver! has been a wonderful experience because she learns from professionals who work in theatre every day. She also has fun working with the other Kids Company students! Lauren would like to thank The Goodspeed for this amazing opportunity. Love and appreciation to her parents and sister, Caroline. Sincere thanks for friends and family for seeing this show. She is so excited and blessed to be a part of Oliver! She hopes you enjoy the show as much as the kids do! Lauren is a 6th grade student at East Hampton Middle School.|
|RILEY KUEVER (Kids Company) Riley played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and was in the ensemble of She Loves Me, Aladdin, Guys and Dolls, and more. She likes to sing, play basketball, play piano and guitar, bake, and hanging out with her friends. She also loves animals and has 2 dogs named Sophie and Frito. She’s enjoyed being in the Kids Company because she liked being with the kids as well as meeting the cast, the director, and choreographer. Riley would like to thank her mom, dad, Lauren, Sarah, and Nana. She would also like to thank her music teachers that have inspired her to work hard. Riley is a 6th grade student at Jared Eliot Middle School.|
|AVA ROSE LOUGHLIN (Kids Company) This is Ava’s Goodspeed Debut. She had done 11 shows with the Whitney Players Theater Company in Hamden, CT. Her favorite roles include Annie (Annie Jr), Jojo (Seussical), Little Red Riding Hood (Into the Woods Jr), Young Fiona (Shrek), and Chip (Beauty and the Beast.) Ava likes to dance, sing, act, play piano, and hang out with her friends. She loves the beach and her family vacations. She loves going to Walt Disney World, and her favorite character is Donald Duck. What she loves about being in the Kids Company of Oliver! is meeting new people that have the same passion for theater that she does. She also likes learning and growing as an actress and improving on her skills. She would like to thank her mom, dad, and family for loving and supporting her. She’d also like to thank her dance teachers Sandee and Linda Juilano, her vocal coach Billy DiCrosta, Cindy Simell-Devoe and The Whitney Players for everything she knows today. Ava is a 5th grade student at Haddam-Killingworth Middle School.|
|MEGHAN PRATT (Kids Company)
Meghan has done two productions at Hartford stage, 1 at Carriage House Theater, 14 at NCTC, 4 at CAST, and this is her first at Goodspeed! She enjoys playing with her dolls, rollerblading, bike riding, swinging on the swing and imagining things, watching movies and walking her dog Skye. She’s loved being in the Kids Company of
Oliver! because she’s met new people, danced, sang, acted, and got to perform at a new theater. She’d like to thank Mr. James for choreographing, Miss Catherine and Miss Lynnea for running the Kids Company and making work fun, and Mr. Ruggiero for casting her as Nipper. She hopes you enjoy the show, it will be awesome! Meghan is a 4th
grade student at Nayaug Elementary School.
|COLIN SOTO (Kids Company) Colin’s past credits include 42nd Street, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland Jr. and Annie Jr. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and going outside and playing with his brother. Something Colin enjoys about being in the Kids Company of Oliver! is that he’s able to make new friends that are like him. He’s also liked learning the songs and choreography; he’s happy that he got the opportunity of a lifetime. He would like to thank Kristin Burrows, Kelsey DeCarlo, Laura Kenyan, Dorothy Lance, and all of Broadway Kids and Company School of Performing Arts. Colin also wants to thank his mom and dad, he couldn’t have done any of this without their love and support. He’d like to say that hopefully this is just the beginning. Colin is a 6th grade student at Old Saybrook Middle School.|
ROB RUGGIERO (Director) is thrilled to be returning to Goodspeed for his eleventh season, after directing past productions of Rags, La Cage aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof, The Most Happy Fella, Carousel, Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, Camelot, Big River, and 1776. Rob has won multiple Connecticut Critic’s Circle Awards for Best Direction, including last season's highly-celebrated production of Next to Normal at TheaterWorks, where he is the Producing Artistic Director. His Broadway credits include High (starring Kathleen Turner) and Looped (starring Valerie Harper in a Tony-nominated performance). Off-Broadway, he conceived and directed the original musical revue entitled Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn. The production received nominations for both the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Rob has earned national recognition for his work on both plays and musicals. Regionally, he has directed a number of critically-acclaimed musical productions including Follies; Oklahoma!; Hello, Dolly!; South Pacific; The King & I; and Sunday in the Park with George, among others. In addition, he conceived and directed the highly successful Ella (Kevin Kline and Joseph Jefferson Awards) at TheaterWorks. His work has been seen at many other major regional theaters around the country, including Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Northlight Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, among others. Future projects include a production of Gypsy with Tony-winner Beth Leavel for The Muny’s 100th season, followed by a revival of Evita at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
JAMES GRAY (Choreographer)recently choreographed the movie Humor Me, staged the Emmy Award-winning special AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks, and directed and choreographed Peg O’ My Heart, the Musical for MITF. James has worked closely with Susan Stroman as her associate choreographer/director on many projects, including The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Bullets Over Broadway, The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville at ART, and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Fatwa the Musical starring Lin-Manuel. For the past two years, he has worked with Hal Prince and Susan Stroman on Prince of Broadway (Tokyo and Broadway). www.jamesgray.biz. This production is dedicated to Margery Beddow and Todd Jackson.
MICHAEL O'FLAHERTY (Music Director) is in his 27th 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 A Connecticut Christmas Carol, for which he wrote music and lyrics, will be presented at Goodspeed’s Terris Theatre in Chester again this fall. Michael has recently received the Tom Killen Award for Lifetime Achievement—the highest honor given by the Connecticut Critics Circle.
MICHAEL SCHWEIKARDT (Scenic Design) Selected Off-Broadway productions include: The Bus and the American Premiere of Frank McGuinness’ Gates of Gold (59 E 59); Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova); The Black Suits (The Public Theater). Selected Regional Credits include productions at Portland Center Stage, Theaterworks Hartford, Ford’s Theatre, The Old Globe, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Sarasota Opera, The MUNY, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Goodspeed Musicals. Tours: James Taylor’s One Man Band, ELLA, Motherhood the Musical. Michael recently designed productions of Marie Antoinette The Musical and Phantom for EMK International in Seoul, South, Korea. www.msportfolio.com
ALEJO VIETTI (Costume Design) Goodspeed: 1776, Meet John Doe, Big River, Camelot, Annie Get Your Gun, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, and Holiday Inn (CT Critics Circle Award). New York: Holiday Inn, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (West End – Olivier Nomination, National tour, Japan and Australia), Allegiance (Drama Desk Nomination), Nightingale (MTC), Grace (MCC), Tryst, John Patrick Shanley’s Storefront Church, Old Jews Telling Jokes. City Center Encore’s. Regional: Alley, Guthrie, Hartford Stage, Paper Mill, Shakespeare Theatre, and Old Globe among others. Opera: NY City Opera, Chicago Lyric, Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap and Donesk Opera (Ukraine). Other: Radio City Rockettes, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey’s . TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.
JOHN LASITER (Lighting Design) Goodspeed: Rags, La Cage aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof, Most Happy Fella, Hello! My Baby, Carousel, City of Angels (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, Carnival, Camelot, Big River, 1776. Mr. Lasiter won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award in 2017 for Next to Normal at TheaterWorks in Hartford. His lighting for theater, modern dance, ballet, and opera can be seen at numerous regional theaters across the country.
JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is pleased to continue his long association with Goodspeed Musicals and is happy to be working on his eleventh production with director Rob Ruggiero. Other productions include Show Boat, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage aux Folles, and last season’s Rags. Jay has designed countless other productions at both The Goodspeed and The Terris Theatre in Chester. 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 Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut with Cookie.
MARK ADAM RAMPMEYER (Hair & Wig Design) has designed more than 20 productions for Goodspeed Musicals including 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, and Oklahoma!. As a stylist he was fortunate enough to be a part of the Broadway productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sunset Boulevard, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and 42nd Street. Other design credits include Broadway: West Side Story, Lysistrata Jones, The Farnsworth Invention. Off-Broadway: The Toxic Avenger, Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle, and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore with Olympia Dukakis. Regional: The Legend of Georgia McBride and Christmas on the Rocks for TheaterWorks and many productions for Hartford Stage Company. He is the recipient of a 2010 Drama Desk Award for Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle at Signature Theatre Company. Thanks to all for their continued support on this journey. *peep*
ROBERT DAVIS (Dialect Coach) Recent projects as dialect coach include Relativity starring Richard Dreyfus at Theatre Works of Hartford and Feeding the Dragon starring Sharon Washington at Hartford Stage, which later played at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York. As an actor, he appeared in Goodspeed’s Show Boat, Theatre Works of Hartford’s The Exonerated (CT Critics Circle Award Best Ensemble), and numerous roles at Hartford Stage, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Romeo & Juliet; Kiss Me, Kate; Our Town; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; and A Christmas Carol. He is a professor in The Hartt School Theatre Division at the University of Hartford.
) Goodspeed credits: Oklahoma!. Broadway credits: Escape to Margaritaville (Marquis), Tuck Everlasting (Broadhurst), An American in Paris (Palace), Disgraced (Lyceum). Off-Broadway: The Zoo Story (Signature Theater). Oedipus El Rey (Drama Desk nomination for Best Fight Choreography, Public Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Public Theater). Downtown Race Riot, Sticks & Bones (New Group). Alligator (New Georges/Sol Project). The Hill Town Plays (Rattlestick, Axis, Cherry Lane). National Tour: An American in Paris. Regional: Macbeth (Northern Stage); Disgraced (Mark Taper Forum, Goodman). London: Buried Child.
DAN DeLANGE (Orchestrator) This is Dan's 20th year and 50th show at Goodspeed Musicals. His work was heard in the West End's production of Show Boat and was nominated for Best Musical Revival at the 2017 Olivier Awards in London. He has orchestrated for Manhattan Concert Productions at Carnegie Hall, The Jim Henson Company, Julie Andrews, Rosie O'Donnell, Live Theatricals at Universal Studios, and composers Paul Williams, Jerry Herman, Harvey Schmitt, Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Link, and Mark Hollman. His scores have been heard on Broadway, London's West End, National and European Tours, film, television, and at Regional Theaters around the world. 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