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Damn Yankees Cast and Creative Team

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Ann Arvia
ANN ARVIA* (Meg Boyd) returns to Goodspeed after appearing as the not-so-happy Marie in last season's The Most Happy Fella. Broadway: Mary Poppins (Bird Woman), Les Misérables (Mme. Thenardier), Beauty and the Beast. Off Broadway: Time and Again (MTC), Children & Art: Stephen Sondheim's 75th Birthday Celebration. National Tours: Ragtime, Les Misérables. Regional: Rose (Gypsy), Mother (Ragtime), Rebecca (Rags), Lillian (Happy End), Mother Abbess (The Sound of Music), Lady Thiang (The King & I), Carlotta (Phantom), Alice Beane (Titanic), Vi Moore (Footloose), Sarah (Company). Film/TV: Man on a Ledge, 3 Backyards (Sundance 2010), Let it Snow (Sundance 2000), Rescue Me, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Law & Order: SVU.
David Beach

DAVID BEACH* (Applegate) Goodspeed: Goldrich/Heisler/Bell's The Great American Mousical directed by Julie Andrews. Broadway:  Mamma Mia!, Urinetown (original cast), Moon Over Buffalo. Off-Broadway: We Three Lizas (Joe's Pub), Opus (Primary Stages), Message to Michael (Rattlestick Theater), The Big Time (The Drama Dept.). Regional: Room Service (Westport Country Playhouse), Ying Tong (Wilma Theater), Souvenir (Kitchen Theatre), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). TV/Film: I Hate Valentine's Day, Jonathan Parker's [Untitled], Firetrap (HBO), Submissions Only, Delocated, Law & Order, Dharma & Greg, Rescue Me, Ed, Blue Bloods, The Onion News, The Sopranos. Education: LAMDA (Reynolds Fellowship) and Dartmouth College.

Allyce Beasley
ALLYCE BEASLEY* (Doris) Played Madame Renaud/Dindon in the 2011 Tony-winning production of La Cage aux Folles. Also starred as Agnes Gooch, Mame (Hollywood Bowl); Mrs. Tottendale, The Drowsy Chaperone (Gateway Playhouse); Mrs. Harcourt, Anything Goes (Carpenter Center); Vera, The Odd Couple (National Tour). Best known for her role as Ms. Dipesto on Moonlighting, receiving Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Other credits: Taxi, Cheers, Medium, Bored to Death, Legally Blonde, Stuart Little. A twenty-year veteran of radio and voiceover work, Ms. Beasley is Miss Grotke on Recess and was heard every morning for seven years as the voice of Playhouse Disney. Love always to Wynn Handman.
Joe Castiglione
JOE CASTIGLIONE (Announcer) The 2014 season marks Joe Castiglione’s 32nd season broadcasting the play-by-play on the Red Sox Radio Network and his 35th season broadcasting Major League Baseball. Joe previously called games on TV for the Cleveland Indians and the Milwaukee Brewers.  Joe has called over 5,000 regular season games and 112 postseason games for the Red Sox including 4 World Series. He has broadcast more Red Sox games than anyone in history. Castiglione is also the first Red Sox broadcaster in history to call the final out of a Red Sox World Championship (2004). For the past 29 years Joe has taught a course in Broadcast Journalism at Northeastern University. Former students have included Don Orsillo (Red Sox TV) and Uri Berenguer (Red Sox Spanish Radio). Joe has taught at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire for 13 years as well. Joe earned his BA in History from Colgate University and his Master’s in Radio/TV from Syracuse University. He has authored two books on his tenure with the Red Sox, Broadcast Rites and Sites: I Saw it on the Radio with the Boston Red Sox and Can you believe it?: 30 Years of Insider Stories with the Boston Red Sox. Joe also works in Development for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Joe has also broadcast NBA basketball games on TV with the Cleveland Cavaliers, NCAA basketball games on the New England Sports Network (NESN) and was a sports anchor and reporter on two network TV affiliates in Cleveland prior to coming to Boston. Joe lives on the South Shore with his wife of 43 years Janice who is a retired elementary school teacher. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Lora Lee Gayer

LORA LEE GAYER* (Gloria) is thrilled to be at Goodspeed! Broadway: Young Sally in Follies, also at the Kennedy Center and Ahmanson opposite Bernadette Peters. NY credits: Phillia, A Funny Thing Happened..., dir. Marcia Milgrim Dodge; Mable, Pipe Dream, Encores!; Elektra, These Seven Sicknesses; EPBB;  Fusima/Chloe, Back to Methusala pt 2, Gingold Theater Group; various readings and workshops. Selected Regional: Carrie, Carousel, Virginia Opera; Rosemary, How to Succeed...; Roxie, Chicago; Mrs.Gottlieb, Dead Man's Cellphone. Helen Hayes nominee. Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Interlochen Arts Academy.
James Judy JAMES JUDY* (Joe Boyd) is thrilled to be returning to Goodspeed, where he was Finian in Finian’s Rainbow, Mr. Shalford in Half a Sixpence, and Jack in The Gig at Chester. Broadway: Into the Woods, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll & Hyde, A Christmas Carol. National Tours: Deaf West's Big River, South Pacific. Off- Broadway: Fiorello, City Center Encores; 1,2,3,4,5 and The Gig, Manhattan Theatre Club; Catch Me If I Fall, Promenade Theatre; La Boheme, NYSF. TV: Boardwalk Empire, Trinity, Cosby. Regional: A Christmas Story (Jean Shepard), A Wonderful Life (George Bailey). James would like to thank Kathy and Moochie for being his refuge.
Stephen Mark Lukas
STEPHEN MARK LUKAS* (Joe Hardy) has appeared as Elder Price in all three North American Companies of The Book of Mormon. Broadway/ National Tour: The Book of Mormon (Elder Price), Little Women: The Musical (Laurie). Off Broadway: My Big Gay Italian Wedding. Regional credits include Curly in Oklahoma! (IRNE and Broadway.com Award nominations); Cable in South Pacific; George Musgrove in Little Me; Link Larkin in Hairspray; Marius in Les Misérables; Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers; and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella starring Leslie Uggams. Television: Gossip Girl.  NYU/ Tisch Grad. Thanks Daniel, Nina, Abrams, and the entire Goodspeed team! GO SOX!!!
Angel Reda
ANGEL REDA* (Lola) was most recently seen as Velma Kelly in Chicago on Broadway and is currently featured in their new media campaign. Favorite credits: Wicked (Elphaba cover); FolliesSweet Charity (Ursula); Hugh Jackman in Performance; and No, No, Nanette (Flora) at City Center Encores!. Other: Pasadena Playhouse, Intimate Apparel (Mrs. Van Buren) and Dangerous Beauty (Imperia). Film/TV: Outside the Box, Zombeo & Juliecula, Aexis, Stepford Wives, Chappelle’s Show, Habit Heroes (Disney V.O.), Red Riding Hood’s Adventure, and Safe at Home. CEA award for Best Actress in a Musical as Queenie in The Wild Party. BFA-University of Cincinnati, CCM. www.angelreda.com.
Ron Wisniski
RON WISNISKI* (Coach Van Buren) Goodspeed: Something’s Afoot, A Funny Thing…Forum, Me and My Girl, Gotham!, Finian’s Rainbow, Annie, and Bells Are Ringing. National tours: Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), two tours of Annie (FDR), and Tintypes (Teddy Roosevelt). His many off-Broadway credits include George Abbott’s Frankie, A Most Secret War, Pillars of Society, and Tom Jones. His other credits number more than 150 plays and musicals at theatres nationwide including Paper Mill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, AMT San Jose, Pittsburgh Public, North Shore, Riverside Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh CLO, Dallas Musicals, Kansas City Starlight, Arkansas Rep, and Arrow Rock Lyceum. Connecticut Critics Circle Award winner and three-time IRNE Award nominee. www.RonWisniski.com
Kristine Zbornik
KRISTINE ZBORNIK* (Sister) High paying jobs: A Catered Affair, Broadway; Mamma Mia - Rosie, Las Vegas; 9 to5 – Roz, 1st National Tour. Low paying jobs: Into the Woods - Jack's Mother, Delecort Theatre, NYC; Roadshow, Public Theater; Shlemiel The First, Skirball Center, Off-Broadway; Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act; Oklahoma! - Aunt Eller, Berkshire Theater Festival; Hank Williams: Lost Highway - Mama Lily, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse; Man of La Mancha - Housekeeper, Goodspeed. I'm-paying-jobs: All the one-person shows and cabarets that I ever did by myself over the last 35 years. The love of my life is Jesus; he's a really great kisser.
Joven Calloway JOVEN CALLOWAY* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Goodspeed debut! Favorite credits—Tours: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, The New Aluminum Show; Regional/Summer: Miss Saigon, CATS, Flower Drum Song, Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Jasmine, Mallory, Brian, my amazing agents at MSA, ME Management, Paul Hardt/SH Entertainment, and the entire creative team!
Ryan Cavanaugh
RYAN CAVANAUGH* (Ensemble) After four seasons of Little League ball in the ‘90s, Ryan is pumped to play for The Boston Red Sox in this production! Favorite show credits: Damn Yankees (Tour), Phantom, Parade, Ragtime, The Wild Party, Side Show, Can-Can, The Frogs, and more. Big THANKS for all the love and support from my amazing family and friends! Proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
Sean Ewing
SEAN EWING* (Ensemble) Goodspeed debut! Broadway: West Side Story revival; N.Y. Philharmonic: Company with Patti Lupone and Neil Patrick Harris; Encores!: Fanny; Avenue X (Pasquale); numerous productions of Susan Stroman’s Contact. TV/Film: Company. Thank you to Stuart Howard, Paul Hardt, Daniel Goldstein, Michael O'Flaherty, and Kelli Barclay for this most wonderful experience, and to CGF for their guidance and continued support. Thanks to family and friends for their love and support, especially Mom and Dad for always believing in me!
Steve Geary
STEVE GEARY* (Ensemble) Broadway: The Producers (O'Riley/Sabu), Aida (Radames u/s), Contact (Headwaiter, Frenchman u/s), CATS (Macavity), Miss Saigon, and The Dreamgirls Concert. Four National Tours, most recently The Addams Family. Television: Tony Awards, Good Morning America, and several national commercials. Film: Adam & Steve (Andy), The Producers. He is excited to return to Goodspeed after last summer's successful production of Hello, Dolly!. Steve hails from the historic, picturesque seaport of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Timothy Hughes
TIMOTHY HUGHES* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Goodspeed where he was last seen in the production of Carnival!. Favorite credits include the recent Broadway production of Chaplin, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang National Tour, and Cabaret (Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Geva Theater). He has helped develop Superfly! (directed by Bill T. Jones), Josephine (with Deborah Cox), as well as Chaplin. Proud NYU grad and AEA.
Danny Lindgren DANNY LINDGREN* (Smokey, Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Goodspeed! He was here a few months ago as Jake in The Most Happy Fella. Regional: A Christmas Carol (Fred), Rent (Roger), Into the Woods (Prince), Parade (Tom Watson), Taming of the Shrew (Tranio), Romeo & Juliet (Samson), A Chorus Line (Don), and Camelot (Ensemble). Graduate of Ithaca College. Thanks to Daniel, Kelli, MOF, Joe, TKO, the Damn Yankees team, Red Sox, Mariners, his loving family, and Andie.
Michael Mendez
MICHAEL MENDEZ* (Rocky, Ensemble) is very excited to return to Goodspeed where he last appeared in Hello! My Baby at The Norma Terris Theatre. Broadway: Chaplin. Off-Broadway: Fat Camp (American Theatre of Actors). Regional: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe), Fat Camp (Playhouse Square, NYMF), The Fully Monty (AMTSJ), Paquito’s Christmas (Kennedy Center). BFA: University of Arizona. Michael would like to thank his family, friends, and Nicolosi & Co. Michael-Mendez.com
Alfie Parker, Jr. ALFIE PARKER, JR.* (Ensemble) is grateful to be making his Goodspeed debut! Broadway: South Pacific. National Tours: Miss Saigon, Memphis (1st National), Evita. Favorite shows include HMS Pinafore (Guthrie), Barnum (Maltz), The Wiz (CentreStage), Swing (Lyric). Also freelances with the world-renown modern dance company Pilobolus. Proud graduate of Penn State University. Thanks to God for constantly redeeming my life!
Victor J. Wisehart
VICTOR J. WISEHART* (Sohovic, Ensemble) New York: Pipe Dream, City Center Encores!. London: West Side Story. South Pacific, Kennedy Center and 1st National Tour. Disney’s The Jungle Book (Goodman and Huntington Theaters), My Fair Lady (Arena Stage), My One And Only (Goodspeed), Dreamgirls and Oklahoma! (The Muny in St. Louis). Reproduced Christopher Gattelli’s choreography for Ogunquit Playhouse’s South Pacific. Associate Choreographer for The Muny’s Oklahoma!, Boston’s Reagle Music Theatre’s Oklahoma! and Carousel, and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Oklahoma!. Graduate of The Boston Conservatory.
Colin Scott Cahill
COLIN SCOTT CAHILL (Swing) is enthralled to join the cast of Damn Yankees. He received a BA in Theatre from Troy University. Most recently he played Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods. Other credits include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone, and a Production Cast Principal singing aboard the Norwegian Gem. Go Sox!
Vanessa Dunleavy VANESSA DUNLEAVY (Swing) is beyond thrilled to be part of this incredible cast! A native Vermonter, she grew up in a Red Sox house, but has been living among Yankee fans in NYC since 2005. Favorite shows include Catch Me If You Can (First National Tour), Legally Blonde (NSMT), Really Bad Things (NYMF), Hair, Hairspray and Boeing Boeing. She’s currently co-writing a one-woman musical entitled My Post Traumatic Caribbean Christmas Cabaret. So much love and thanks to my wonderful friends and family!


Daniel Goldstein
DANIEL GOLDSTEIN (Director) Goodspeed: Hello, Dolly!; Snapshots; The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown; All Shook Up! (Associate Director).  Broadway: Godspell. Recent credits include:Venus in Fur, Huntington Theater Company, Artificial Fellow Traveler, Public Theater; Tamar of the River, Prospect Theater Company; Gekido (turbulence), Tokyo New National Theater; God of Carnage, Huntington Theater Company; Anna Christie, Old Globe; Golden Boy, Juilliard School. As a writer, his musical Unknown Soldier, written with Michael Friedman, was developed at the National Musical Theater Conference at The O’Neill and Manhattan Theater Club.  He also recently received a commission (with songwriter Dawn Landes) from The Public Theater to write a musical adaptation of Tori Murden McClure's A Pearl in the Storm, a memoir chronicling her journey rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the first woman in history to do so. He is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Performance Studies.
Kelli Barclay KELLI BARCLAY (Choreographer) Goodspeed: Hello, Dolly!; My One And Only (Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Connecticut Critics Circle Award nomination); and Hello, My Baby! at The Norma Terris. NYC: City Center Encore's production of Pipe Dream; City Center's 20 Years of Encores, Camelot in Concert, and The Oscar Hammerstein Awards saluting Carol Channing. Recent : Himself and Nora at Hamilton Stage; 40 Naked Women, a Monkey and Me at the Eugene O'Neill. Feature film: Made for Each Other. Faculty: American Ballet Theater's NYC Intensive and Goodspeed's Musical Theater Dance Intensive (www.goodspeed.org/pages/dance-intensive). kellibarclay.com

MICHAEL O'FLAHERTY (Music Director) is in his 23rd 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) Damn Yankees is Adrian’s 5th show at Goodspeed Musicals. Recently: The Nether at the Kirk Douglas Theater (Ovation Award). Broadway: Looped starring Valerie Harper. Other theatre: New York Stage & Film, LAByrinth Theatre, The New Group, Arena Stage, Baltimore Centerstage, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Theaterworks Hartford, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, People’s Light and Theater, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, Barrington Stage Company, Boise Contemporary Theater, Capital Rep and Synapse Productions. Other awards: Carbonell Award, Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Kevin Kline Award, and St. Louis Theater Circle Award. Adrian is a graduate of Occidental College and the Yale School of Drama. adrianwjones.com

DAVID C. WOOLARD (Costume Design) Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers, A Time To Kill, First Date, Lysistrata Jones, West Side Story, Jane Fonda’s clothing for 33 Variations, Dividing the Estate, The Farnsworth Invention, Old Acquaintances, Ring of Fire, All Shook Up, 700 Sundays, The Rocky Horror Show (2001 Tony Award nomination), Voices in the Dark, The Who’s Tommy (1993 Tony and Olivier Award nominations), Bells Are Ringing, Marlene, Wait Until Dark, Horton Foote’s The Young Man from Atlanta, Damn Yankees, A Few Good Men. Other credits include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Encores), The Old Friends and Orphans Home Cycle (Signature Theatre, Drama Desk & Hewes Awards), Toxic Avenger (off-Broadway, Alley Theatre), The Donkey Show (A.R.T.), Death and the Powers (Opera De Monte Carlo), Oscar (Santa Fe Opera). He is currently designing The Ether Dome.
  BRIAN TOVAR (Lighting Design) Selected NYC: Sex Tips (777 Theatre); When We Met (Cap21); Tamar of The River (Prospect); Eager To Lose, The Lapsburgh Layover (ArsNova); Sleeping Rough (Page73); Rapture (Play Company); Spidermusical (Mint); Accidentally Like a Martyr (The Wild Project); Perez Hilton Saves The Universe (Fringe); The Wendy Complex (MITF); The Wendigo (Medicine Show). Broadway Assistant: HAIR, Passing Strange, 39 Steps. Regional: Denver Center Theatre, Two River Theatre, Northern Stage. Selected Event Design: Bravo, Samsung, The Walking Dead, Microsoft, Porsche, Citibank, Nike, Monster, NYC Fashion Week, NYCLU, among others. Love all around. www.BrianTovarDesign.com
  JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is pleased to continue his long association with Goodspeed Musicals and to once again work with director Daniel Goldstein.  Jay has designed countless productions at both the Goodspeed Opera House and The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester. In addition to being Goodspeed’s Resident Sound Designer, Jay serves as their Lighting & Sound Supervisor. His work has also been heard on Broadway, National Tours, and at regional theatres from coast to coast. He and his wife, Goodspeed Line Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut.
  MARK ADAM RAMPMEYER (Wig & Hair Designer) 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*

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