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Passing Through Cast and Creative Team

Passing Through Cast and Creative Team


Joan AlmedillaJOAN ALMEDILLA* (Ensemble/Woman 3) recently performed as Donna Sheridan in East West Player's acclaimed production of Mamma Mia!. Credits: Broadway: Miss Saigon (Kim). National Tours: Les Misérables (Fantine), LCT’s The King and I (Lady Thiang), Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional: Chess, Criers For Hire, Krunk Fu Battle Battle, Tea, It’s Only Life, Songs For A New World. She has performed at Carnegie Hall (Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love) and Disney Concert Hall. Rosalie in the feature film Commencement. Joan was discovered on Amateur Nights At The Apollo. Proud member of AEA/SAG-AFTRA and Mama Bares. Thank you, Goodspeed. To my boys! joanalmedilla.com


Reed ArmstrongREED ARMSTRONG*Ensemble/Man 3) Goodspeed debut! Reed comes straight from 1776 at The Muny. Broadway: Miss Saigon. Tours: Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom. Off-Broadway: The Great Society, Opal. Carnegie Hall. Regional: The Fourth Wall, Crimes of the Heart, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chamberlain, Baby, My Fair Lady, South Pacific. Los Angeles: Chess, The Diviners, Berlin to Broadway, Songs from the Tall Grass. Recordings: L’Histoire Du Soldat (Chesky), La Cenerentola (NPR). Television: City on a Hill, Arrest & Trial, The Young and the Restless, Capitol, Another World, Highway to Heaven, Dynasty. Film: Fracture, A Taste of Hemlock, Copperhead, Michael Jackson’s Thriller. To LJ. www.reedarmstrong.biz

Max CherninMAX CHERNIN* (Andrew) Goodspeed debut. Broadway: Bright Star, Sunday in the Park with George. New York: Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre), The Golden Apple (City Center Encores!), Bernstein’s Mass (Lincoln Center), Skittles Commercial: The Musical. Regional: Daddy Long Legs (Theatre Raleigh), Bright Star (Old Globe, Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group.) TV/ Film: Mozart in the Jungle, The Family, The Week Of. CCM Alum. Much love to the cast and creatives, Nicolosi & Co, and my family. For Toby and Mike. @maxcherns


Ryan DuncanRYAN DUNCAN* (Ensemble/Man 2) has been seen on Broadway in Gettin’ the Band Back Together and Shrek. National Tour: Man of La Mancha. Off-Broadway; Nassim, Liberty, Altar Boyz (Drama League nomination), Soul Doctor, The Yellow Brick Road, The Fifth Column, it must be him, and My First Time. Regionally, he’s appeared at Long Wharf (CT), 5th Avenue (WA), Good Theatre (ME), Signature Theatre (VA), Studio Theatre (DC), Ford’s Theatre (DC), Adirondack Theatre Festival (NY), and George Street Playhouse (NJ). TV/Film: Blue Bloods, He’s With Me, FreakMe, The Bunny Hole, In Stereo, Obits, Shrek the Musical, I Don’t Believe in That, and Stand By.


Lindedy GenaoLINEDY GENAO* (Ensemble/Woman 2) is a Connecticut native thrilled to be making her Goodspeed debut! Broadway: On Your Feet! (Original Broadway Cast, Rachel/Gloria u/s). Regional: West Side Story (Lyric Opera of Chicago and Barrington Stage, Rosalia), Havana Music Hall (Actors’ Playhouse, Ramona Calderon), A Taste of Things to Come (Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse, Agnes Crookshank), In the Heights (Olney Theatre Center, Vanessa). Awards: Helen Hayes winner (2018), Broadway World Regional Awards winner (2017), Illustrious Award nominee (2017), Astaire Award nominee (2016). Education: BA in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. Con amor a mi familia, para siempre. IG/Twitter: @linedygenao
Charles Gray CHARLES GRAY* (Ensemble/Man 1) is thrilled to be returning to Goodspeed, where he appeared four years ago in The Circus in Winter. He has performed on stages across the globe, from St. Petersburg, Russia to Carnegie Hall. Broadway: Grease as Teen Angel and The Color Purple as Mister, Old Mister, and Pa. Tours: Bill Devaney in The Bodyguard the Musical starring Deborah Cox, The Lion King as Mufasa and Scar. Internationally, he’s toured with Riverdance The Show as Baritone Soloist and as backup for Kubota Toshinobu’s Japanese Tour.



Garrett LongGARRETT LONG (Andrew’s Mom) So, so happy to be back at The Terris! Last seen here as Aviva in Cutman. Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, Fun Home, Bonnie and Clyde, South Pacific. 1st National of Seussical starring Cathy Rigby. Off-Broadway: The Spitfire Grill(Drama Desk/Drama League nominations). Good times at Pittsburgh Public, The Guthrie, McCarter, Signature, Fords, Paper Mill, George Street, MT of Wichita, and Cape Playhouse, to name a few. Thanks to Andrew Forsthoefel for teaching me to slow down and listen more. Twitter: @garrettlongnyc

Mary Jo MeccaMARY JO MECCA* (Ensemble, Woman 1) Goodspeed: Amour. Recurring as Kate in Starz’s Hightown. Regional: The Roommate (Cincinnati Playhouse). Premieres: Soul: The Stax Musical/Estelle Axton, Pride and Prejudice/Mrs. Bennett ( Baltimore Center Stage). Gypsy/Rose (Farmers Alley); Brighton Beach Memoirs/Kate (Portland Stage); Superior Donuts/Randy (Geva); Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Big River, Damn Yankees, Sister Act (Music Circus); Little House on the Prairie (Guthrie); A Christmas Carol (Westport Playhouse); Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Seven Angels); Jerry Herman’s Showtune (Pasadena Playhouse); Into the Woods (Connecticut Rep); Jonathan Larson’s Blocks (Westbeth Theatre). Recordings: Easter Mysteries, Mr. Confidential. TV: Blue Bloods, Law & Order, L&O: Trial by Jury, Frasier, Oh Baby!, Guiding Light. Film: Holes.
Celeste RoseCELESTE ROSE* (Karie) is so happy to be returning to Goodspeed Musicals in this beautiful show! Off-Broadway: We Are The Tigers, Unexpected Joy (York Theatre). Regional/Workshops: A Connecticut Christmas Carol (Goodspeed Musicals), Freaky Friday (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Lyric Theatre Of Oklahoma), Sister Act (Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse), Titanic (Westchester Broadway Theatre), The Bad Years (Gem Theatricals). BFA Ithaca College. Proud member of The BringAbout! Big thanks to this glorious team and especially to my wonderful family. Follow along: @_celeste_rose www.CelesteRose.com
Jim StanekJIM STANEK* (Andrew's Dad) returns to Chester where he played Grasshopper in James and the Giant Peach. Recently: Footloose (Lincolnshire Marriott), Fun Home (San Diego Repertory), Finks (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley). Broadway: Fun Home, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Story of My LifeLestat, Little WomenThe Rivals, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumIndiscretions. Off-Broadway includes Goldstein; Freud’s Last Session; FrankensteinJacques Brel...; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Film: BellaBorough of Kings. TV: Mr. Robot, The Good Wife, Law & Order. Recordings include Goldstein...ForumFrankenstein3hree Musketeers. Education: CMU. Inspiration: My wife and 3 boys!

Jennifer Leigh WarrenJENNIFER LEIGH WARREN* (Professor/Miss Emma) is happy to return to Goodspeed, where she previously appeared in Abyssinia. Broadway/Off-Broadway: Big River (original Alice’s Daughter, “How Blest We Are” written for her by Roger Miller), Little Shop of Horrors (original Crystal), Marie Christine (original), Lonesome Traveler (original). She starred as “The Blues Singer” in all three National Tours of A Night with Janis Joplin (streaming on BroadwayHD.com) and returns this fall. Television: Rent: Live (Mrs. Jefferson, Mrs. Cohen, Bag Lady), Pretty Little Liars, Scrubs, The Tonight Show, Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (with Broken Bells, The Kills, Trombone Shorty, Lisa Loeb, and OK GO). Film: Valentine’s Day, Grace of My Heart, The Crossing Guard, Sour Grapes. She is an Ovation Award winner and a proud AEA Member. Instagram: @Jenniferleighwarrensings www.JenniferLeighWarren.com


ERIC ULLOA (Book) is the author of 26 Pebbles, which had its world premiere at The Human Race Theatre Company. The play was featured in American Theatre Magazine and The NY Times, won the Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award for 2017, was named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2017 by Samuel French, and was one of the top-produced plays nationally of 2018. Eric is the writing assistant to Academy Award winner Alex Dinelaris on his upcoming screen adaptation of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse’s Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical. Eric is the book writer of the musical Molly Sweeney, based on the play by Brian Friel, which was a part of the Bay Street Theatre 2017 Festival of New Works. He is the author of the play Reindeer Sessions. On the other side of the footlights, Eric was in the original Broadway company of On Your Feet: The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Eric has appeared on The 2016 Tony Awards, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and A Capital Fourth. Follow the journey! Instagram: theulloa Twitter: eulloa03

BRETT RYBACK (Music and Lyrics) is an actor, composer/lyricist, and writer. He is a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award. His works include Nate the Great (licensed by TRW); Joe Schmoe Saves the World (NAMT, ASCAP/Dreamworks Workshop); The Tavern Keeper’s Daughter (“Best Musical,” Pasadena Weekly); and Liberty Inn (LA Ovation Award nomination, Best Music/Lyrics). His award-winning plays Weïrd and A Roz By Any Other Name are both published in “The Best American Short Plays 2007-2008.” His musical Passing Through was developed at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed, where it was featured in their New Musicals Festival. As an actor, he originated the role of Marcus Off-Broadway in Murder for Two and has performed at numerous regional theatres, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, South Coast Rep, The Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, and Geffen Playhouse. Film/TV appearances include Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, and Hail, Caesar! Brett is currently developing a narrative musical podcast called In Strange Woods. He created the online accompanist site PlayThisForMe.com, and he teaches musical theatre at the University of Southern California. He is @btryback on Instagram and Twitter, and please visit www.brettryback.com.
IGOR GOLDIN (Director) Previously at Goodspeed: Adam Gwon/Michele Lowe’s The Proxy Marriage (2019 Festival of New Musicals), Passing Through (2018 Festival of New Musicals). Most recent: Grease (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival), Austen’s Pride (ACT of CT), Newsies (Engeman), Matilda (w/Mara Greer, Regional Premiere, Tuacahn). NYC: Yank! (Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), With Glee and A Ritual of Faith (both New York Times Critic's Picks). 11 new musicals for the New York Musical Festival (3 NYMF Awards for Excellence in Direction). Regional: World Premiere of Eric Ulloa’s 26 Pebbles and A Christmas Story (both at The Human Race Theatre); Gypsy, Oklahoma, 1776, Memphis, West Side Story (“Encore” Theatre Award, Best Director), The Producers, Evita, The Music Man (“Encore” Theatre Award), Twelve Angry Men, South Pacific (Engeman); Crossing Swords and tick, tick…BOOM! (American Theatre Group); Sweeney Todd (SALT Award nomination, Director of the Year) and Austen’s Pride (both at Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival); Academy (Tuacahn New Works Festival); Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (La Mirada/McCoy Rigby). Coming up: Austen’s Pride (Seattle 5th Avenue) and Matilda (Engeman). Top 5 Finalist for the SDC Joe A. Callaway Award for Distinguished Direction. Proud SDC member. Thanks to Brett, Eric, Marcos, Matt, Trey, Adam, Steven, Cory, Tracy, August, Jay, Naomi, Donna Lynn, Anika, and all the good people at Goodspeed. Love to Jeff.

MARCOS SANTANA (Choreographer) is thrilled to be making his Goodspeed debut. Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Broadway as Associate Choreographer: On Your Feet and Rocky (Tony nominations), Guys and Dolls. Regional: In The Heights, Man of La Mancha (Westport Country Playhouse); Singin’ in the Rain, In The Heights (Olney Theatre Center); West Side Story, Newsies, Kiss Me Kate (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Evita (Bay Street Theatre); Iggy, Ada, Rosie (TheaterWorksUSA); Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Randy Newman’s Faust (City Center Encores!); The Pirates of Penzance (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); White Noise (Royal George Theatre); My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls (John W. Engeman Theater); Brazil Brazil (New Victory Theater); Paul Simon’s Capeman (Associate Choreographer) Delacorte Theater; Amor Cubano, 88 Keys (Playlist Productions); Fortress of Solitude (Associate Choreographer) The Public Theater/Dallas Theater Center. Film/TV: Chasing Papi, Across the Universe, The Producers, Annie, Diva Las Vegas, The Nikki Cox Show, Pop Stars, Tony Awards, Stephen Colbert Show, Good Morning America, among others. This is for Nova and Nahuel.


MATTHEW R. MECKES (Music Director) is pleased to be returning to Goodspeed after serving as Music Director for the FNM reading. He recently served as Goodspeed's Music Assistant for two years. Regional credits include Man of La Mancha, Peter and The Starcatcher, In The Heights, Sweeney Todd, Batboy: The Musical, Seussical, Always Patsy Cline, and many more. At Goodspeed, he's assisted on numerous productions including Rags and Cyrano. Currently he is serving as the Music Assistant on the new Michael Jackson musical Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, under the Music Direction of Tony Award winner Jason Michael-Webb. He would like to thank Brett, Eric, and Igor for trusting him to bring this music to life. Special thanks to John, Jane, and Dixie for providing their endless support.


ADAM KOCH (Scenic Design) Internationally: Dreamgirls (Seoul, Korea). Adam designed the immersive outdoor productions of Carousel, Miss Saigon, and Titanic at Serenbe Playhouse in Atlanta. US credits include productions at Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Westport Country Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Paper Mill Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Tuacahn Amphitheater, Great Lakes Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Ogunquit Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Portland Stage. Adam was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman (Signature Theatre), as well as Bat Boy (1st Stage) in Washington, D.C. Education: Carnegie Mellon University. For the past six years Mr. Koch and Steven Royal have worked jointly as Adam Koch Associates. See more at adamkochassociates.com.

TRACY CHRISTENSEN (Costume Design) Goodspeed: Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Good News!, Something’s Afoot, and City of Angels. Broadway: Sunset Boulevard revival starring Glenn Close, Souvenir. Recent premieres: The Prompter (Bay Street), Anne of Green Gables (Merry Go Round), Kate Hamill’s Pride & Prejudice (Cherry Lane), and All Our Children (Sheen Center). Other projects: Carousel for London’s English National Opera, Candide at Carnegie Hall with John Lithgow, Lady in the Dark starring Victoria Clark for MasterVoices, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Folger), Noises Off! (Asolo), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (HBO, starring Audra McDonald), Company (starring


CORY PATTAK (Lighting Design) Previous Goodspeed: The Fabulous Lipitones. Off-Broadway: Finales Follies, Stalking the Bogeyman, Revolution in the Elbow…, Handle with Care, Daddy Long Legs, Skippyjon Jones, This Side of Paradise, Unlocked, Nymph Errant, With Glee, The Blue Flower. Regional: Old Globe, Kennedy Center, Maltz Jupiter, Weston, Everyman, Tuacahn, Hangar, KC Rep, Syracuse Stage, Cap Rep. Helen Hayes nominee for In The Heights. International: Sunset Boulevard, Singin’ in the Rain (São Paulo), Footloose (Norwegian Cruise Line). Broadway Associate: Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher. Host and creator of “in 1: the podcast” featuring interviews with theatrical designers. www.corypattak.com

JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is pleased to continue his long association with Goodspeed Musicals and to be working on this project with such a talented creative team. Jay has designed countless productions at both The Terris Theatre and The Goodspeed in East Haddam. Over the years his work has gone on to be 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 Line Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

AUGUST ERIKSMOEN (Orchestrator) Broadway Orchestrations: Come From Away (Olivier Award, Grammy nomination), Bright Star (Tony nomination), Gigi, First Date. Other Broadway: Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway (Additional Orchestrations), The Addams Family (Dance Arrangements, Additional Orchestrations), Memphis (Dance Arrangements), Million Dollar Quartet (Associate Music Supervisor), Ring of Fire (Associate Music Director), All Shook Up (Music Director), Rent (Associate Conductor). Off-Broadway: Bare, Romantic Poetry, Walmartopia, Imperfect Chemistry. Other: A Christmas Story Live (Fox), Once Upon A Time (ABC), Disney’s Descendants (Andrew Lippa’s “Evil Like Me”), 2011 Billboard Music Awards, I Am Harvey Milk, Bull Durham, James and the Giant Peach. www.augusteriksmoen.com

NAOMI ANHORN* (Production Stage Manager) Goodspeed: 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. NYC: VocaPeople (Off-Broadway); The Gig, Crossing Swords, Swing State, Septimus & Clarissa (Ripe Time); 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. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. For Mom, C, C, L, & S.

NICOLE WIEGERT* (Assistant Stage Manager) Goodspeed: Debut. Regional (selected): Detroit '67, Henry V, A Lesson From Aloes, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hartford Stage); Spinning (Long Wharf Theatre); A Chorus Line, Grease (Ivoryton Playhouse); Beauty and the Beast, Beehive the 60's Musical (Theatre by the Sea); James and the Giant Peach, Big Fish, Our Town, Once Upon a Mattress, Anatole (First Stage Milwaukee); Hall of Final Ruin, The Sweeter The Crime, The Griots (Renaissance Theatreworks); Swan Lake (Milwaukee Ballet). Television: House Hunters, Extreme Cheapskates, Biggest Loser. Love to LC, WW, and CW.

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