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The Drowsy Chaperone Cast and Creative Team

The Drowsy Chaperone Cast and Creative Team

CAST

Jennifer AllenJENNIFER ALLEN* (The Drowsy Chaperone) is thrilled to return to Goodspeed. She was last seen off-Broadway in the acclaimed production of Jerry Springer: The Opera following a year on the road as the villainess Ursala in The Little Mermaid. Broadway credits include Bridges of Madison County, Sister Act, Memphis, A Catered Affair, Cats, Little Me, Guys and Dolls, and City of Angels. She has toured in Ragtime, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, and Cabaret. Regionally, she has worked at Williamstown and the Paper Mill Playhouse. Jennifer makes her home in New York with her loving family: husband Rob, daughter Frances, and son Cedric. 
 
Clyde AlvesCLYDE ALVES* (RobertOn The Town (Ozzie) *Astaire Award nomination, Bullets Over Broadway, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, Wicked, Hairspray,Oklahoma!, The Music Man (Tommy Djilas*Astaire Award Winner. Television: The Music Man (Tommy Djilas) ABC. Off Broadway: Altar Boyz (Juan), Encores! Hey, Look Me Over! (George M.), The New Yorkers (Monahan). Regional: An American In Paris (Jerry) Ogunquit Playhouse, The New World (Tago) Bucks County Playhouse,Crazy For You (Bobby) Drury Lane *Jeff Award Nomination, Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jimmy Winter) Music Theatre Wichita, Oklahoma! (Will) The Muny, Kiss Me, Kate (Bill Calhoun) Shakespeare Theatre Company & The 5th Avenue Theatre *Helen Hayes Award Winner.
 
Tim FalterTIM FALTER* (George) Tim is excited to be retuning to Goodspeed where he was last seen as Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain and Andy Lee in 42nd Street.  Other credits include: Off Broadway/LA Companies of Cagney: Standby for Jack Warner and Bob Hope (both performed), National Tour: Some Like it Hot staring Tony Curtis. Regional: Bill Calhoun/Lucentio in Kiss Me Kate (Summer Theatre of New Canaan), Gary LeJeune in Noises Off, Bobby Child in Crazy For You, George M. Cohan in George M!, Phil Davis in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel in Grease, For Mom and Dad. www.timfalter.com
 
Ruth GottschallRUTH GOTTSCHALL* (Tottendale) Broadway: Mary Poppins (Miss Andrew), The Music Man (Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn), Laughing Room OnlyA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumCabaretLegs DiamondPrince of Central ParkThe Goodbye Girl, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Off-Broadway/Regional: Mame (Kennedy Center), Liza: Steppin’ Out (Radio City Music Hall), The Desert Song (New York City Opera), Sondheim: A Celebration (Carnegie Hall), First Lady Suite (Transport Group), 42nd Street (dir. by Hunter Foster) TV/film: Easter MysteriesLove on the RunAnnie (Disney), Everyone Says I Love You, “Law & Order: CI”.

 
Danielle Lee GreavesDANIELLE LEE GREAVES* (Trix) Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire, Rent, Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard, Show Boat. National Tours: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, The Lion King, Rent. Regional: Ain’t Misbehavin’; Fences, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; All Shook Up; Ethel Waters - His Eye is on the Sparrow; Caroline, or Change; Working; Swinging on a Star. Film: Cubby, Growing Up (And Other Lies). Television: The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, The Affair, The Americans, Elementary, Show Me A Hero, Nurse Jackie, Smash, The Big C, Rescue Me, Damages, Whoopi, 100 Centre Street. Voiceover: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Broadway Inspirational Voices 
 
Jay Aubrey JonesJAY AUBREY JONES* (Underling) Goodspeed: Anything Goes and Gotham! Broadway in How to Succeed ...and Cats. Metropolitan Opera: Porgy and Bess.  Regional:Assassins (Yale Rep), How to Succeed ... (La Jolla Playhouse), Boesman and Lena (New Jersey Theatre Forum)., seven seasons at Seaside Music Theater. Film and television:"Gotham," "The Michael J. Fox Show," “All My Children” and "One Life to Live.” A graduate of Syracuse University, he is the “laurel/yanni” guy. Mr. Jones thanks his agents, Barry Kolker and Huascar Vizcaino and dedicates his performance to the memory of his friend, teacher and very own Man in Chair, Roger Sturtevant.
 
James JudyJAMES JUDY* (Mr. Feldzieg) James is thrilled to be back at Goodspeed where he has been part of Finians Rainbow ( Finian), Damn Yankees (Joe Boyd), Half a Sixpence (Mr. Shalford), and The Gig (Jack) at the Norma Terris. Broadway: Into the WoodsThe Scarlet PimpernelJekyll & Hyde. Off-Broadway: Tin Pan Alley Rag- RoundaboutFiorello (Encores), La-Boheme (NYSF), J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation (En Garde Arts). National Tours: Deaf West’s Big RiverNewsiesSouth Pacific. James has worked extensively in Regional Theaters across the country. James would like to thank Kathy and Audrey for being his loving refuge.
 
Ruth PferdehirtRUTH PFERDEHIRT* (Kitty)  Goodspeed debut! Some favorite credits include- A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (First National Tour), Elf (Madison Square Garden), Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday, Brooke in Noises Off, and Dolly in One ManTwo Guvnors (St. Louis Rep), Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest(Flatrock Playhouse), Electra in Gyspy  (PCLO), The Blonde in Gentlemen’s Prefer Blondes (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Dan Goggin’s Johnny Manhattan (Meadow Brook Theatre), Dory in Finding Nemo: The Musical, and the St. Louis MUNY.  BFA University of Michigan. Thank you forever and always to BRSGage, the Pferds, and Michael. WWW.RUTHPF.COM  

John RapsonJOHN RAPSON* (Aldolpho) John is thrilled to be making his Goodspeed debut! He comes to The Goodspeed directly from Barrow Street Theatre’s acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd, in which he played Beadle Bamford and understudied the title role. Prior to that, John originated the role of The D’Ysquith family on the first national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Broadway: Les Misérables (Grantaire, Bamatabois, U/S Javert and Thenardier). Tour/Regional: Les Misérables, Disney on Classic (with the Tokyo Philharmonic), Sweeney Todd (Barrington Stage), Brigadoon (Wagon Wheel). Proud University of Michigan graduate. Love always to Kristen, my beautiful family, and CGF.  

 
Stephanie RothenbergSTEPHANIE ROTHENBERG* (Janet Van de Graaff) Goodspeed debut! On Broadway she starred as Rosemary Pilkington opposite Nick Jonas in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She was most recently seen on Broadway as Dorian Leigh in War Paint starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole and Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close. She originated the iconic Audrey Hepburn role of Princess Anne in the musical adaptation of Roman Holiday (Guthrie) and spent a season at The Stratford Festival as Maria in The Sound of Music. TV credits include an upcoming role on Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Master of None.
 
John SchererJOHN SCHERER* (Man In Chair) John Scherer is thrilled to return to Goodspeed where has appeared as George M (Connecticut Critics Circle Award) and as Bertie Wooster in the American premiere of By Jeeves. He subsequently starred in the Broadway and film versions of By Jeeves. Other Broadway credits: Sunset Boulevardand LoveMusik. Off Broadway: Dames at Sea, Olympus On My Mind. Tours: Cats42nd StreetWhite ChristmasMame. He has played leading roles across the country in such regional theatres as the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and many others. Television: The Shield, Crossing Jordan, Law and Order (SVU & CI), Titus. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
 
Blakely SlaybaughBLAKELY SLAYBAUGH* (Gangster 1) Blakely is elated to be at Goodspeed with his brother! Last seen in Hunter Foster’s 42nd Street as Billy Lawlor at Bucks County Playhouse. Recently, Blakely won the 2018 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Prez in The Pajama Game at the Tony winning Arena Stage. Prior to that he was seen in the original Broadway cast of Paramour and as Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins at Paper Mill Playhouse. Various credits: First National Broadway Tours of SHREK: The Musical (Pinocchio) and R+H’s Cinderella among many others. BFA: CCM. @BSlaybs
 
Parke SlaybaughPARKER SLAYBAUGH* (Gangster 2) is thrilled to be joining the Goodspeed Family for the first time! Broadway: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (OBC); National Tour: Hello Dolly! w/Sally Struthers (Barnaby Tucker), Oliver! (Charley Bates); Other: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, West Side Story (Paper Mill Playhouse), Camelot (Two River Theatre), My Fair Lady (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Cats (Mistoffelees), Grease (Eugene), The Nutcracker (Miami City Ballet). Television: ABC’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thanks to Hunter, Chris, Michael, Beth, Don, Kathy, Britney, My Family, and Blakely. It is an honor to play the part of your Brother! Now I add scene partner.

 
Abby ChurchABBY CHURCH* (Ensemble) Abby is thrilled to be back at Goodspeed, where she was last seen in Holiday Inn. Broadway: How to Succeed…, White Christmas.  Tours/NY: Billy Elliot (1st Nat’l), 42nd Street (Asia), City Center Encores, Irish Repertory Theatre. Regional favorites: Legendale (Zelayna – US premiere), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Crazy for You (Polly), Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pickles). BFA Acting, Ithaca College. Cheers to Bloc! Love to her parents and her (newlywed!) husband, Shaun. 
 
Bryan Thomas HuntBRYAN THOMAS HUNT* (Ensemble) This marks Bryans 4th production at the Goodspeed. Previous GOH credits include: Holiday Inn, Chasing Rainbows and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Tours: White Christmas and Billy Elliot. Regional: Alliance, Ahmanson, MUNY, North Shore, Ogunquit Playhouse, Paper Mill, Westchester, Berskhire Theatre Festival, and North Carolina Theatre. Thanks to CGF, the entire Goodspeed family and this amazing creative team. Love to his Drowsy Chaperone Kelly Sheehan and Team Hunt.
 
Evan MayerEVAN MAYER* (Ensemble) Evan is so excited to return to Goodspeed after performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie last spring! National/International Tours: Annie, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Story. Off-B’way: Fiddler on the Roof, Out of this World, Babes in Arms. Regional: Cape Playhouse, Fulton Opera House, Music Theatre Wichita, Bucks County Playhouse, Westchester Broadway Theatre. BFA: Indiana University. Endless thanks and love to family, friends, Avalon, Hunter, Chris and the rest of this amazing company! www.evan-mayer.com @evan.mayer
 
Gabi StapulaGABI STAPULA* (Ensemble) is delighted and grateful to be making her Goodspeed debut! Gabi recently completed the Centennial Summer Season at the Muny where she performed in their Gala, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Jersey Boys, and Gypsy. Regional: Arena Stage, Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival, Astoria Performing Arts Theater and The Muny. Training: Pace University Musical Theatre. Endless love and thanks to Hunter, Chris, Beth, her family, and MSA! @astoldbygabi
 
Hallie BrevittiHALLIE BREVETTI (Swing) Hallie is over the moon to be making her Godspeed debut! Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas! (Off-Broadway), Oklahoma and The Who’s Tommy (Berkshire Theatre Group), State Fair (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Legally Blonde and Shout! (Norwegian Cruise Lines), Chicago (Woodstock Playhouse), Annie Get Your Gun (Empire Theatre), and world premieres of Cafe Variations (SITI Company), Darling (written by Ryan Scott Oliver), and Cupcake: A New Musical in Boston. Emerson College, B.F.A. Musical Theatre. Thank you to Mom, Dad, Anna, and John. For Nana. To keep up with Hallie visit, www.halliebrevetti.com
 
James Spencer Dean JAMES SPENCER DEAN (Swing) is absolutely honored to be making his Goodspeed debut! Regional: Singin' in the Rain (North Shore); Sister Act, Music Man, and Young Frankenstein (Maine State); A Chorus Line (The LEX); Annie Get Your Gun (Westchester Broadway Theatre); West Side Story and A Chorus Line (Cortland Repertory). BFA: The Boston Conservatory. Love to friends and family, especially mom - you are my rock! Enjoy the show!! @JSpencerDean; JamesSpencerDean.com


CREATIVE TEAM

HUNTER FOSTER (Director

 
CHRIS BAILEY (ChoreographerGettin’ The Band Back Together (Broadway), Jerry Springer the Opera (New Group, 2018 Chita Rivera Award nomination), The New Yorkers and 1776 (New York City Center Encores!). The Entertainer with Kenneth Branagh (West End) Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), Because of Winn Dixie (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). 2013 Tony Awards opening number "Bigger"(CBS),Chasing Rainbows (The Goodspeed), Muny: Newsies (St. Louis Theatre Circle Award), The Music Man, Into the Woods, My Fair Lady, Tarzan, West Side Story and Thoroughly Modern Millie. 2013-2015 Academy Awards (Assistant Choreographer)
 

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. 

 

HOWARD JONES (Scenic Design) has also designed The Pajama Game, No,No Nanette, Brigadoon, Geo M!, Babes in Arms, High Button Shoes, 42nd Street, and Call Me Madam. Mr. Jones was a member of the faculty of the UNCSA for 29 years. Before that he was founder of Cobalt Studios, an apprentice painting studio. He has designed at Virginia Opera, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Royal Ballet of New Zealand, Royal Romania Ballet & Opera, Charlotte Ballet, Triad Stage, and the Coterie Theatre.  World Stage Design, 2005. Retired and traveling more!

 

GREG BARNES (Costume Design) Goodspeed: Mame, Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christams Terris Theatre: Band Geeks, Radio Girl. Broadway: Pretty Woman, Mean Girls (Tony nom.), Tuck Everlasting (Tony nom.), Something Rotten! (Tony nom.), Aladdin (Olivier Nom.), Kinky Boots (Tony nom., Olivier Award), Follies (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Bye Bye Birdie, Elf, Legally Blonde (Tony nom.), The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Award, Olivier nom.), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Flower Drum Song  (Tony nom.), Side Show. Other: Dreamgirls (Olivier nom.), Sinatra (Radio City), Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Pageant (Olivier Nom.), The Kathy and Mo Show. TDF Young Master Award. 

 

KIRK BOOKMAN (Lighting Design) first production for Goodspeed was in 1989, Madame Sherry. Broadway: The Sunshine Boys (with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), The Gin Game (with Julie Harris and Charles Durning) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Off-Broadway:  Nine CirclesCloser Than EverRight You Are Recent Tragic Events (Playwrights Horizons), Shanghai Moon (with Charles Busch), The Green Heart (Manhattan Theatre Club), My One Good Nerve (starring Ruby Dee), The Shawl, Rude Entertainment, The Book of Liz (with David and Amy Sedaris), Les MIZrahi, , As Thousands Cheer, June MoonBedbound, Playboy of the Western World, Eclipsed, The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara. Ballet companies:  English National Ballet, Santiago Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Budapest Ballet.  Most recent production: Aunt Jack.

 

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 and Macy.


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*

 

DAN DeLANGE (Orchestrator) 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

BRADLEY G. SPACHMAN* (Production Stage Manager) is originally from Chicago and has previously worked at the Goodman and Lookingglass Theatres. He brought Goodspeed’s productions of Pippin and The Boy Friend to audiences across North America. At The Terris Theatre, he last stage managed The Great American Mousical for Julie Andrews and Christopher Gattelli. Some favorite Goodspeed productions include Redhead, Fiddler on the Roof, and Singin’ in the Rain. For Kim.

NAOMI ANHORN* (Assistant Stage Manager) Goodspeed: 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 has 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.