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Hello, Dolly! Cast and Creative Team

Hello, Dolly! Cast and Creative Team

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Klea Blackhurst KLEA BLACKHURST* (Dolly) Most recent: Miss Lemon in Marvin Hamlisch/Rupert Holmes’ musical The Nutty Professor, directed by Jerry Lewis. NY: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Bingo, By Jupiter, Radio Gals, Oil City Symphony. Regional: Call Me Madam, Chicago, Red Hot and Blue, Anything Goes, 2012 critically acclaimed Drury Lane production of Gypsy in Chicago. TV/radio: "Onion News Network," "L&O," "Sesame Street," "Prairie Home Companion." Known for Ethel Merman tribute, Everything The Traffic Will Allow. Concert appearances: London Palladium (Jerry Herman’s Broadway), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to Leonard Bernstein, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BBC Proms concert of Oklahoma! in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Distinguished Alumna University of Utah and member of Trinity Boxing Club NYC.
Catherine Blades

CATHERINE BLADES* (Minnie) is so happy to be back at Goodspeed after appearing in the 2011 production of Hello! My Baby (Alice Tierney) at The Norma Terris Theatre. Broadway: Roundabout Theatre’s revival of Bye Bye Birdie (Ensemble, Kim understudy). National Tour: The Music Man (Amaryllis). Film/TV: Old 37, American Girl (short), CBS’s "Blue Bloods," Syfy’s "School Spirits." Thanks to Goodspeed, the creative team, CESD, Robert Lindsay Nassif, Elena Shaddow, and my family!

Ashley Brown
ASHLEY BROWN* (Irene) Originated title role in Broadway’s Mary Poppins (Outer Critics, Drama League, Drama Desk nominations). Other Broadway: Belle in Beauty and the Beast. National Tour: Mary Poppins (Garland Award for Best Performance in a Musical), On The Record. Lyric Opera of Chicago: Laurey in Oklahoma!, Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Show Boat. St. Louis MUNY: The Sound of Music (Kevin Kline Award for Best Actress). Symphonies: Boston Pops, New York Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl, Pittsburgh, NY Pops, Fort Worth, Cincinnati Pops, Philadelphia, Seattle, Houston. Concerts: Kennedy Center Spotlight Series, Feinstein’s, Birdland. PBS Special: Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible (PBS Telly Award). Debut album on Ghostlight/Sony.

Charles MacEachern

CHARLES MACEACHERN* (Ambrose) is honored to be making his Goodspeed debut alongside this very talented cast and creative team. Charles was born in Scotland, raised in Canada, and now calls NYC home. A singer, dancer, and songwriter, he most recently appeared in the pre-Broadway world premiere of The Nutty Professor Musical in Nashville, Tenn. Other credits include 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Crazy For You (Moose), and Altar Boyz (Luke). Currently in pre-production for his original solo swing album. Special thanks to my family, and manager, Brian Gendece.
Jeremy Morse JEREMY MORSE* (Barnaby) is incredibly excited to work at the Goodspeed Opera House. Drama Desk Nomination: Joe Iconis's Bloodsong of Love (Lo Cocodrilo/Hick) at Ars Nova. NCT: The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster # 1); Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby). TheatreWorks Palo Alto: The Trouble With Doug (Doug). Gateway: Spamalot (Patsy). Barrington: Ridiculously TalentedJoe Iconis & Family, The Niko Songbook, and Hellraisers. John W. Engeman: Camelot (Mordred), Damn Yankees (Rocky). Thanks to Daniel, Kelli, Donna Lynn, and the whole Goodspeed team! www.jeremymorse.net
Spencer Moses SPENCER MOSES* (Cornelius) is beyond grateful to make his Goodspeed debut and thrilled about going fishing! Broadway: Guys and Dolls 2009 revival, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention (both directed by Des McAnuff). Regional: June Moon (Dorset Theatre Festival); Swing Time Salute (Virginia Stage); Guys and Dolls (Theatre Under The Stars); The Farnsworth Invention, Zhivago, Palm Beach (La Jolla Playhouse); How The Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe). Spencer is best known for playing the ukulele and singing on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Other TV: Nurse Jackie and The Electric Company. Thank you for supporting the arts! Love to my family and a special thanks to The Goodspeed Guild. www.UkuleleBrooklyn.com.
Brooke Shapiro BROOKE SHAPIRO (Ermengarde) is excited to be back on the Goodspeed stage where she was last seen in the staged reading of Princesses: A New Rock Musical. Other Regional credits include Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray at Gateway Playhouse & ZACH Theatre. Brooke recently received a BFA in Music Theatre from The Hartt School. Hartt credits Include: Honk (Ida), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #2), The Cherry Orchard (Dunyasha), Company (Amy). Many thanks to Paul Hardt, Michael O’Flaherty, and the rest of the Goodspeed team; and much love to my family for all of their support.
Tony Sheldon TONY SHELDON* (Horace) began his career at the age of seven in his native Australia where he has starred in Into the Woods, The Producers, The Sisters Rosensweig, Torch Song Trilogy, Private Lives, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, I Love My Wife, Falsettos, Dames at Sea, Company, The Glass Menagerie, and I Hate Hamlet. He was nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for his first appearance on Broadway in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He recently played Pellinore in Camelot at Houston's Theatre Under The Stars and starred Off-Broadway opposite John Tartaglia in Art & Science.
Maddy Apple MADDY APPLE* (Ensemble) (Ensemble) is honored to be part of Goodspeed's 50th Anniversary Season. Recent credits: Nunsense (Sr. Mary Leo); Union Women @ Work (Dizzy); Kiss Me, Kate (Ensemble); Anything Goes (Charity); 42nd Street (Gladys, US Annie); Meet Me in St. Louis (Lucille). Recent choreography credits: Late Bloomer Promotional Video; Kiss Me, Kate (Mac-Haydn); Nunsense (MGR Playhouse); Basis of Decision (NYU Film); Broadway by the Year (Town Hall-NYC). Love and thanks to her amazing family, Kelli, and the entire Goodspeed staff and crew. Proud NYU-TISCH-CAP21 Graduate (BFA Drama). www.maddyapple.com
Will Burton WILL BURTON* (Ensemble) is pumped to be making his Goodspeed debut in Hello, Dolly! this season! Recent credits include The Music Man (Tommy Djilas) and My Fair Lady at Arena Stage, the workshop of Big Fish the musical (direction and choreography by Susan Stroman), and numerous productions at the St. Louis Muny. Many thanks to his wonderful teachers and perpetually supportive family and friends. Proud University of Michigan graduate. Hail to the victors. #goblue
Jack Doyle JACK DOYLE* (Ensemble) has appeared in four previous Goodspeed productions: Miss Liberty, Leave It To Jane (Ollie Mitchell), Annie 2, and The Pajama Game. Broadway/National Tour: Young Frankenstein (Mr. Hilltop), The Music Man (Barbershop Quartet), Beauty And The Beast (Lumiere), Crazy For You (Mingo), Tommy Tune’s Doctor Dolittle (Dolittle understudy), The Will Rogers Follies (Wrangler Quartet), and Funny Girl (Ziegfeld Tenor). Seven City Center Encores! productions. Regional: The Little Mermaid (Scuttle), Annie (Rooster), Carousel (Mr. Snow), 42nd Street (Bert Barry), and The Fantasticks (Bellomy). Recordings: Girl Crazy, Strike Up the Band, The Music Man, Young Frankenstein, Face the Music, Pipe Dream, and his first solo CD, This Heart Of Mine. www.jackdoyleonline.com
Steve Geary STEVE GEARY* (Ensemble) Steve is thrilled to be making his Goodspeed debut and spending the summer in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. He has appeared on Broadway in The Producers (O'Reiley/ Sabu), Aida (Radames u/s), Contact (original cast, Tony Award Best Musical), Cats (Macavity), and Miss Saigon. He completed his fourth national tour of the United States and Canada in December 2012, this time in The Addams Family Musical.  He has appeared on the Tony Awards, "Good Morning America," and in several national television commercials. He can be seen as hotshot dance instructor Andy in the Logo TV favorite "Adam & Steve" with Parker Posey and Chris Katan. In March and April this year he spent five weeks in Shanghai, China where he directed Thoroughly Modern Millie. Steve grew up in the historic, picturesque seaport of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Drew Humphrey DREW HUMPHREY* (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to Goodspeed where he was seen in Singin’ in the Rain! Broadway: White Christmas (Cast Recording). New York/Tours: Of Thee I Sing (Encores!), 42nd Street (1st National). Regional: Crazy For You (Bobby Child), Singin’ in the Rain (Cosmo), CATS (Skimbleshanks), The Music Man (Tommy), West Side Story (Snowboy). Performed at the Kennedy Center for the late Ted Kennedy and President Obama. University of Arizona BFA in dance. Lots of love to my wonderful wife and my dog!
Matthew Kilgore MATTHEW KILGORE* (Ensemble) Goodspeed: My One And Only, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Broadway: White Christmas. Off-Broadway: No, No, Nanette. Tours: Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street. TV: "Smash." Huge thanks to Kelli, Danny, Jim at bloc, and the entire Goodspeed gang for bringing me back to East Haddam!! Thanks to you, the audience, for supporting live theater. Here’s to the next 50 years!! Go Team 678! I’m still doin’ it, Mom! www.matthewkilgore.net
Frankie Paparone FRANKIE PAPARONE* (Ensemble) has been seen on Broadway in Shrek as the White Rabbit. Regional: The Kennedy Center, North Shore Music Theatre, St. Louis Muny, Northern Stage, Syracuse Stage, and Geva Theatre. Frankie has also traveled to Macau, China to perform in their International Music festival. He has made TV appearance dancing on "The Today Show" and Mandy Moore's Drop the Pilot music video. Thanks to Daniel and Kelli for the opportunity. Always for Mom and Dad.
Kristyn Pope KRISTYN POPE* (Ensemble) sends love to family, friends, teachers, and the Dolly company, with special thanks to Kelli, Paul, MOF, Daniel, and the Goodspeed family for this opportunity! Broadway/NYC productions include 42nd Street (Revival), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette/Swing), and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Here at Goodspeed, Kristyn has appeared in 42nd Street and My One And Only. BA Psychology, Northwestern University. PS 100.
Robbie Smith ROBBIE J. SMITH (Ensemble) is beyond thrilled to return to Goodspeed where he was last seen in the 6th Annual Festival of New Artists reading of Room 16. Recent credits: Hello, Dolly! (Fireside Theatre); 42nd Street (John W. Engeman Theater); 9 to 5, Anything Goes, and All Shook Up (West Virginia Public Theatre). Web Series: Who Could Ask For Anything More?. BFA: The Hartt School. Thanks to Paul Hardt, Daniel and Kelli, the Goodspeed team, and my family. TQMah!
Kathryn Lin Terza KATHRYN LIN TERZA* (Ensemble) is super-excited to be performing at Goodspeed! National Tour: West Side Story (Fernanda, understudy Maria). Favorite regional theater credits include CATS (Demeter), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Sarah), Curtains (Roberta), Grease (Cha Cha), Copacabana, 42nd Street, Into the Woods, and Les Misérables. Big thanks to the creative team and Paul Hardt. Much love to Mom, Dad, Ray, Lauren, and my beautiful niece Abigail!
Melodie Wolford MELODIE WOLFORD* (Ensemble) is excited to be making her Goodspeed debut understudying the role of Dolly. She most recently was seen at Westchester Broadway Theatre playing Nellie Cohan in George M! and at The Palace Theatre tap-dancing with the wonderful Karen Ziemba. Melodie has toured with La Cage aux Folles and 42nd Street and has been seen Off-Broadway as Mrs. Winemiller in Summer and Smoke and in Menopause the Musical. Her favorite role, however, has been as Mom to Alexander.
Melissa Chaty MELISSA CHATY* (Swing) is thrilled to join the Goodspeed team! Credits include Spamalot (National Tour); The Phantom of the Opera (International Tour); Hello, Dolly! (Fireside Theatre); Camelot (Engeman Theatre); and soloist for the San Diego Symphony. Melissa was honored to represent her home state, California, at the 2008 Miss America pageant, placing in the Top 8. Many thanks to Goodspeed for this opportunity and much love to family and friends.
Gregory Dassonville GREGORY DASSONVILLE* (Swing) is thrilled to be making his Goodspeed debut! National Tour: Young Frankenstein (Ensemble/ Dr. Frankenstein u/s). Regional: Funny Girl (Riverside Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical (Weston Playhouse); Gypsy, They're Playing Our Song (Ivoryton Playhouse); and The Andrews Brothers (Allenberry Playhouse). BFA Syracuse University, native of West Hartford, Conn., and proud new member of AEA! Endless love and many thanks to Daniel, Kelli, Goodspeed, Paul Hardt, GK, and his family and friends.


Daniel Goldstein DANIEL GOLDSTEIN (Director) Goodspeed: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, All Shook Up, Snapshots (upcoming). Broadway: Godspell. Off-Broadway: LowerNinth, Walmartopia, Indoor/Outdoor, But I’m a Cheerleader!. Recent credits: Ethan Sandler’s Artificial Fellow Traveler (Ars Nova, Roundabout, Williamstown), Anna Christie (Old Globe), God of Carnage (Huntington), Golden Boy (Juilliard). He has worked at countless theaters all across the country and internationally and is grateful for the writers who have made that possible. As a writer himself, Daniel was the recipient of an inaugural Calderwood Commission from The Huntington for which wrote Unknown Soldier with Michael Friedman, which was developed at the National Musical Theater Conference at the O’Neill Playwrights Center. With Michael, he is also the author of The Song of Songs, an adaptation of the Sholem Aleichem novella. He also wrote Winter Birds, an adaptation of the Jim Grimsley novel. Upcoming: Turbulence (New National Theater, Tokyo), Tamar of the River (Prospect, NYC), Venus in Fur (Huntington).
Kelli Barclay KELLI BARCLAY (Choreographer) Goodspeed: My One And Only (Connecticut Critic’s Circle Award for Best Choreography); How to Succeed in Business... (Connecticut Critic’s 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, American Ballet Theater's Intensive NYC, and Goodspeed's Musical Theater Dance Intensive. Hello, Dolly!...a true dream!

MICHAEL O'FLAHERTY (Music Director) is in his 22nd 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) At Goodspeed: Something’s Afoot, How to Succeed in Business..., and Cutman. Broadway: Looped. Recently: The Nether at the Kirk Douglas Theater. Other theater includes: New York Stage & Film, The Cherry Lane, LAByrinth Theatre, The New Group, Baltimore Centerstage, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Theaterworks Hartford, The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, Barrington Stage Company, Boise Contemporary Theater, Capital Rep, and 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. This design is dedicated to Caroline Jones. adrianwjones.com

WADE LABOISSONNIERE (Costume Design) Goodspeed: The Story of My Life, Cutman; he also danced in his first Equity show here, the 1981 production of Funny Face.  Broadway: The Story of My Life. Tours: Disney’s High School Musical (US, Australia, Spain, West End), White Christmas. Off-Broadway: Side Effects; Zanna, Don’t!; Shakepeare’s R&J. Regional Productions: Ford’s (Associate Artist), Shakespeare Theatre, The Kennedy Center, CenterStage, Delaware Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory. Published: Blueprints of Fashion book series. Yale School of Drama.

JASON LYONS (Lighting Design) Broadway: Bring It On, Rock of Ages (Vegas, Toronto, Australia, London and National Tours), The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, Good Vibrations.   Recent: Venice (Public); All In The Timing (Primary); Nerds, The Musical (NCT); Black Suits (Barrington); Fat Camp, The Musical; So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2011; White Noise (Chicago); Broke-ology (LCT); Uncle Vanya (CSC); Clay (LCT); 2 by Pinter, Scarcity (Atlantic); ten years with The New Group, including: The Good Mother, Marie & BruceThe Starry MessengerMourning Becomes ElectraRafta Rafta, Two Thousand Years, The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieAbigail’s Party, Hurlyburly. Faculty: Purchase College.  www.jasonlyonsdesign.co
  JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is proud to continue his long association with Goodspeed and wishes to congratulate the entire organization on its 50th Anniversary season. Jay has been the 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. Jay received the Broadway World Connecticut Award for Best Sound Design in 2012 for last season’s Carousel. 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. He and his wife, Goodspeed Line Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme.
  COOKIE JORDAN (Hair & Wig Design) Broadway: Fela!, Motherf**cker with the Hat, Lombardi, The Miracle Worker, A View from the Bridge, South Pacific. Off Broadway: King Lear, Neighbors, Hurt Village, Angels in America. Other: The Wiz (City Center), Cunning Little Vixen, Le Grand Macabre (NY Philharmonic); White Noise (Royal George); You, Nero (Arena); The Wiz, Joseph… (Dallas Theater Center); Liberty Smith, 1776 (Ford’s Theatre).


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