Final casting for Roundabout's MY ONE AND ONLY starring Sutton Foster and Gavin Creel - One Night Only

November 7, 2018

FINAL CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT!

 

 

Roxanne and Scott Bok

Susanne and Douglas Durst

Tom and Kitty Patterson Kempner

Diane and Tom Tuft

 

 

HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF, TED LOUIS LEVY,

MICHAEL PARK & LANCE ROBERTS

 

JOIN THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED STARS

SUTTON FOSTER          GAVIN CREEL

 

IN THE ONE-NIGHT-ONLY SPECIAL BENEFIT MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

OF THE AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL COMEDY

MY ONE AND ONLY

 

Music and Lyrics by GEORGE and IRA GERSHWIN

Book by PETER STONE and TIMOTHY S. MAYER

Music Direction by DAVID CHASE

Directed & Choreographed by ROB ASHFORD

 

Monday, November 12, 2018

7:30 PM

At the Stephen Sondheim Theatre

LIMITED TICKET AVAILABILITY

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is thrilled to announce that Heidi Blickenstaff (“Mickey”), Ted Louis Levy (“Mr. Magix”), Michael Park (“Prince Nicolai”) and Lance Roberts (“Rev. J.D. Montgomery”) have joined Sutton Foster (“Edythe Herbert”) and Gavin Creel (“Captain Billy Buck Chandler”) in a special one-night-only Benefit Musical Performance of My One and Only, the award-winning musical comedy by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin.

 

The cast of My One and Only will also include Darius Barnes, Joe Beauregard, Ward Billeisen, Jessica Bishop, Preston Truman Boyd, Maria Briggs, James Brown III, C.K. Edwards, Shonica Gooden, Robert Hartwell, Eloise Kropp, Ross Lekites, Kevin Munhall, Noah Ricketts, Allison Semmes, Avery Smith, Dennis Stowe and Yuka Takara.

 

The Benefit Musical Performance will take place on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

 

Gavin Creel was last seen on stage at Roundabout Theatre Company in the 2016 revival of She Loves Me. Sutton Foster has been a friend of Roundabout since her Tony Award-winning performance as “Reno Sweeney” in Anything Goes (2012), followed by her Tony-nominated performance as “Violet” in Violet (2014). Foster and Creel last appeared on Broadway together in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Lance Roberts and Michael Park also return to Roundabout’s stage, in The Robber Brideroom and Little Me, respectively. Roundabout is also thrilled to welcome back Rob Ashford to direct and choreograph this one-night-only special event. Ashford choreographed Roundabout’s first musical at the American Airlines Theatre, The Boys From Syracuse in 2002.

 

From the airfield to the aquacade, this smash musical transports you across the carefree, jazz-charged world of 1927. A songbook of 16 of George and Ira’s classics—including “Funny Face,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and “How Long Has This Been Goin’ On?”—launches the story of a heartsick aviator (Creel), a cross-channel swimmer (Foster), and the hilarious highs and lows of their unstoppable romance. He loves, and she loves, and they’ll cross land, sea and sky to find a way to be together. ’S wonderful, ’s marvelous—and ’s taking flight for one night only. My One and Only won three Tony Awards when it was originally presented in 1983 starring Tommy Tune and Twiggy. 

 

The creative team includes: Derek McLane (Sets), Jeff Mahshie (Costumes), Paul Miller (Lighting), Brian Ronan (Sound) and John Barrett Salon (Hair & Make-up Design).

 

Proceeds from My One and Only will benefit Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund which is dedicated to preserving this great American art form by bringing familiar and lesser-known works to a new generation of theatregoers, like this spring’s Kiss Me, Kate.

 

Generous underwriting support is provided by Roxanne and Scott Bok, Susanne and Douglas Durst, Tom and Kitty Patterson Kempner, Diane and Tom Tuft, Michael T. Cohen, Colliers International NY LLC, Samantha Rudin Earls and David Earls, Sylvia Golden, Kiendl and John Gordon, Stephanie and Ron Kramer, and Cynthia C. Wainwright and Stephen Berger.

 

The Post-Show Party is sponsored by TV Land’s “Younger.”

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

There is limited availability at the $150 and $500 ticket levels, by calling Audience Services at (212) 719-1300 or online at roundabouttheatre.org/myoneandonly.

 

BIOS:

SUTTON FOSTER (Edythe Herbert) currently stars as Liza in the critically-acclaimed TV Land series, “Younger.” Created by “Sex in the City's” Darren Star and styled by the iconic Pat Field, the series centers around a 40-year-old suburban single mother, Liza, who re-invents herself as a 26-year-old in order to get a job at a publishing company. Also starring Hilary Duff, Nico Tortorella, Miriam Shor and Debi Mazar, the series returned for its fifth season in June 2018. Previously, Foster starred as Michelle Simms in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s ABC Family series, “Bunheads.” The series is about a former ballerina turned Las Vegas showgirl who gets married on a whim and winds up teaching alongside her new mother-in-law at her ballet school in a sleepy costal town. Sutton earned a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in the role. Sutton recently reunited with Amy Sherman-Palladino as she had a guest starring role in the highly-anticipated Netflix revival, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” which was released on November 25, 2016. Sutton is a two-time Tony winning actress, singer and dancer who recently starred in the title role of the New Group’s 50th anniversary revival of Sweet Charity, for which she earned Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for her performance. Directed by Violet director Leigh Silverman, the show ran at the Pershing Square Signature Center in November 2016. Sutton previously starred in the title role of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Tony-nominated Broadway revival, Violet, earning Tony, Drama League, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nominations for her performance. Sutton performed the role of Violet in the acclaimed concert performance at City Center Encores! Off-Center in July 2013. Sutton also recently appeared on stage as Queenie in New York City Center Encores! Off-Center’s production of The Wild Party in July 2015. Perhaps best-known for her role as Reno Sweeney in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Anything Goes at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Foster earned a 2011 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, the Fred and Adele Astaire, and Broadway.com's Audience Favorite Awards for her performance as a former Evangelist, now nightclub singer, aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Under the direction of Michael Mayer, Sutton previously starred as Millie Dillmount, a young, modern woman from Kansas who travels to New York City intending to marry for money, in the 2002 Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Marquis Theatre. Originating the role, Sutton established herself as one of the greatest talents in the industry and earned a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards for her performance. In addition to her Tony-winning performances, Foster originated numerous notable roles, most recently, Princess Fiona in Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Shrek The Musical at The Broadway Theatre. Starring opposite Brian d'Arcy James, she won her second Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a Tony, Drama League, and Drama Desk Awards. Foster also originated the role of Inga, the yodeling lab assistant to Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, in Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s parody of the horror film genre, Young Frankenstein, at Foxwoods Theatre. Her performance as Janet Van De Graaff in Casey Nicholaw’s The Drowsy Chaperone at the Marquis Theatre in 2006 earned her Tony Award, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Ovation Award nominations. Previously, Sutton took on the role of Jo, the brassy, tomboy, and aspiring writer, in the 2005 Broadway production of Little Women, directed by Susan H. Schulman at the Virginia Theatre. For this role, she earned Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Among her other theater credits include: Les Miserable, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Annie and Grease. In addition, Foster made her Off-Broadway debut as Prudence in Paul Weitz's comedy, Trust which showed at Second Stage Theatre and starred Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale, and Ari Graynor. As a solo artist, Sutton has toured the country with her hit solo concert which featured songs from her debut solo CD “Wish” as well as her follow up CD, “An Evening With Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle.” She has also graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series and many others. Additionally, Sutton released her third solo album, ‘Take Me to the World’, through Ghostlight Deluxe, June 1, 2018. Foster was first seen on television on “Star Search” at the young age 15, and has more recently appeared in HBO’s comedy series “Flight of the Conchords,” USA Network’s “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order: SUV” and “Elementary.” She has also made guest appearances on the well-known children series Disney’s “Johnny and the Sprites,” and PBS’s “Sesame Street.” In 2014, Sutton made her feature film debut in Phil Alden Robinson’s The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. Featuring an all-star cast including Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones, the film tells the story of a physician who accidentally tells an obnoxious patient that he has a brain aneurism and only ninety minutes to live. As the patient races around the city, trying to right his wrongs, the doctor attempts to find him as he tries to find what he must do in the final moments of his life. Sutton also appeared as Kerry in James Roday’s Halloween American comedy horror film Gravy. Sutton Foster currently splits her time between New York City and Los Angeles.

 

GAVIN CREEL (Captain Billy Buck Chandler) received a Tony Award for his performance as “Cornelius Hackl” in the acclaimed 2017 revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. Gavin made his Broadway debut originating the role of “Jimmy Smith” in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he received his first Tony Award nomination. He has since created such memorable performances on Broadway as “Jean-Michel” in the 2004 revival of La Cage Aux Folles, “Claude” in the 2009 revival of Hair, which earned him a second Tony Award nomination, and “Stephen Kodaly" in the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2016 revival of She Loves Me, which was filmed live and is available on BroadwayHD. No stranger to London audiences, Gavin most notably originated the role of “Elder Price” in the West End production of The Book of Mormon, for which he received the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also starred as “Bert” in Disney’s Mary Poppins and the revival of Hair. Other stage credits include: The Book of Mormon (on Broadway and originating the First National Tour), and the world premieres of Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce at Goodman Theatre and The Kennedy Center, and Prometheus Bound at A.R.T. On television, Gavin co-starred alongside Julie Andrews in ABC’s Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime. He has released three original albums “Goodtimenation,” “Quiet” (which landed on “Billboard’s Top Heat Seekers”) and “Get Out,” and his single “Noise” raised money and awareness for marriage equality. Creel was a co-founder of Broadway Impact, the first and only grassroots organization to mobilize the nationwide theater community in support of marriage equality. A native of Findlay, Ohio, he is a proud graduate of University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

 

HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF (Mickey) recently starred in Freaky Friday on Disney Channel as Katherine Blake, a role she created for the stage with Disney Theatrical, written by Tom Kitt, and Brian Yorkey. Along with her friends and collaborators, Heidi was one of the creators and stars of Tony-nominated, Obie Award-winning [title of show]. Broadway: Something Rotten! (Bea Bottom), The Addams Family (Alice), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ursula), The Full Monty. Other New York: Most Happy Fella (Cleo) with New York City Center Encores. Select regional: Next to Normal - Weston Playhouse, Meet John Doe - Ford’s Theatre (Helen Hayes Award), First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb - The Signature Theatre/The Kennedy Center/PBS.

 

TED LOUIS LEVY (Mr. Magix). Ted's professional training began in Chicago with Mrs. Shirley Hall Bass and Mr. Finis Henderson II, Master Tap Dancer and former manager of Sammy Davis Jr.. Mr. Henderson encouraged Ted to pursue a professional career in the performing arts, beginning at The Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Mr. Levy made his Broadway debut in the smash hit Black & Blue, then collaborating with George C. Wolfe and Gregory Hines on the Choreography of Jelly's Last Jam, for which he received a Tony Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Awarded an Emmy Award for his television debut performance in the PBS Special Precious Memories, he appeared in Spike Lee's Malcolm X for his film debut. His production of Ted Levy and Friends, directed by Gregory Hines, celebrated Ted as one of America's premier Tap Dance Artists. Influenced by Mr. Hines, Ted acquired his directorial debut as Director of Savion Glover's, Dancing Under The Stars at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Delacorte Theater. He also assisted in the choreography of Broadway's Tony Award winning hit Bring In 'Da Noise! Bring In 'Da Funk! Ted appeared in the movie Bojangles with Gregory Hines. He returned to Broadway as Papa Jack in Susan Stroman & Harry Connick Jr.'s Thou Shalt Not. Ted portrayed the role of The Mikado in The Ford Theater's production of The Hot Mikado, for which he won a Helen Hayes Award, the Old Globe, Leslie Bricusse production of Sammy, based on the musical life of Sammy Davis Jr., Martha Vinyard’s salute to the Tukeegee Airman entitled Fly. The LePetit Theatre production of Jelly’s Last Jam in the role of Jelly Roll Morton afforded Ted two 2018 Big Easy Award nominations for Best Choreography & Best Leading Actor In A Musical. This NAACP, and three-time Jeff Award nominee’s most recent effort is a production entitled The Last Swinging Black Jew.

 

MICHAEL PARK (Prince Nicolai). Broadway: Tuck Everlasting (Angus Tuck), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Gooper), How to Succeed… (Bratt), Carousel (Billy), Smokey Joe’s Café (Grammy Award winner), Little Me (Lucky). Off-Broadway: Hello Again (College Boy);Violet (Monty); The Burnt Part Boys; Middletown (Copy); Bloomer Girl, Applause (Encores!); The Threepenny Opera (Macheath). Regional: Shenandoah, Good News, Dear Evan Hansen, Tuck Everlasting. TV: “As the World Turns” (two-time Emmy Award winner), “House of Cards,” “Mindhunter” (Netflix), “The Good Wife” (CBS), “Chicago PD,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “The Sound of Music Live!,” “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Gotham” (FOX). Twitter/Insta @park24hrs

 

LANCE ROBERTS (Rev. J.D. Montgomery). Broadway: My Fair Lady, Sunset Boulevard, Finding Neverland, Act One, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Ghost, Sister Act, The Pee-wee Herman Show. Off-Broadway: The Robber Bridegroom, Forbidden Hollywood, March of the Falsettos. Other Theater:  Cats (National Tour), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; All Night Strut, Ain't Misbehavin', Aladdin (Jafar - Disneyland). Regional Theater: McCarter, Old Globe, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson, Sacramento Music Circus. Film: This Is Where I Leave You, The Humbling, Jane Wants a Boyfriend. TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Nurse Jackie,” “NYC 22,” “White Collar,” “Numb3rs,” “Girlfriends,” “Strong Medicine,” “Will & Grace.”

 

DARIUS BARNES (Ensemble). Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mr. Beauregard u/s), Memphis (Gator u/s), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Sweet Charity (Off-Broadway). TV: NBC’s “SMASH”, Good Morning America, 65th TONY Awards, Estelle: “Conqueror”(music video). NY Theater: Cabin in the Sky (Encores!), Aida (Metropolitan Opera), Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: The Sting (Papermill), Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage), My Paris (Longwharf), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Guthrie), La Cage Aux Folles (Goodspeed). Companies: New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Suzanne Farrell Ballet. @dblexicon. dariusbarnes.com

 

JOE BEAUREGARD (Ensemble) is thrilled to be involved with Roundabouts production of My One and Only. Previous credits include: Broadway: Frozen (swing). First National Tour: Kinky Boots (Angel/asst. Dance Captain). Regional: The Who’s Tommy (Captain Walker u/s. Ensemble/Dance Captain. DCPA), Newsies (Spot Conlon. Pioneer). Multiple TV, Film, and Music Video productions. Catch Joe dancing alongside Rebel Wilson in the new romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic. @joejoebeau

 

WARD BILLEISEN (Ensemble) is happy to be home at the Sondheim Theatre where he was a part of the brilliant cast of Anything Goes. Other Broadway credits include Curtains choreographed by the Rob Ashford and Fiddler on the Roof 2004 (Fyedka). Other credits include Tick in Pricilla and Tony in West Side, NBC's Sound of Music Live and “One Life to Live.” A big thanks Rob and Roundabout for this experience. 

 

JESSICA BISHOP (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of My One and Only. Broadway: Phantom of the Opera (Meg), West Side Story (Revival). National Tour: Evita, Phantom of the Opera (Meg). Film/TV: Ted 2, “Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Concert.” American Ballet Theatre Scholar. Favorite role to date is Mama to Beau and Hope. jessica-bishop.com

 

PRESTON TRUMAN BOYD (Ensemble) is currently starring as Robert in The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway. He was last seen as Artie Green in the Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard. Other Broadway credits include She Loves Me and On the Twentieth Century at the Roundabout, Bullets Over Broadway, and Big Fish. 1st National: Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio), Young Frankenstein (The Monster). Regional: Of Mice and Men (Lennie), The Scarlet Letter (Beadle), at Bay Street Theatre as well as multiple shows at The Muny in St. Louis and Kansas City Starlight. TV/Film: “Going in Style,” “Alex Inc.” and “The Guiding Light.”

 

MARIA BRIGGS (Ensemble). Broadway: Anastasia, Hello Dolly, Frozen, Cats. Tour: White Christmas. NYC: Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse (West Side Story-Anybodys), Sacramento Music Circus (West Side Story-Anybodys), Ordway (A Chorus Line-Val), Goodspeed, Ogunquit. Thank you to Rob, Roundabout, Talls, Bloc, and YOU for your support!

 

JAMES BROWN III (Ensemble). Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Disney’s Frozen (King Agnarr), Rocky, Wicked, Ghost, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Memphis, The Little Mermaid, The Color Purple, The Frogs. National Tours: The Lion King, The Producers. Regional: Joan of Arc: Into The Fire, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Last Goodbye, The C.A. Lyons Project. Television: “The Wendy Williams Show,” “Barbados Billy”, “The Wiz Live!,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Forever, Mr. Robot,” “The Get Down.” Education: Brown University Social Media: JamesBrownIII.com Insta: @JamesBrownIII Twitter: @TheJBIII

 

C.K. EDWARDS (Ensemble). Broadway: Billy Elliot, After Midnight and Shuffle Along. Off-Broadway: Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope and Cotton Club Parade. National Tour: Book of Mormon.

 

SHONICA GOODEN (Ensemble). is a proud native of Atlanta, GA. While growing up in Atlanta, Shonica attended DeKalb School of the Arts, as well as trained extensively at Dance Makers of Atlanta. In 2011, she graduated from Point Park University with a BFA degree in dance.  Broadway: Cats (Broadway Revival; Rumpleteazer), Hamilton: An American Musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Bring It On: The Musical (Broadway and National Tour). First National Tour of Matilda The Musical. Other Theater: Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope; (City Center), dir Savion Glover, Sister Act (Deloris; Musical Theatre Wichita), American Dance Machine (Sweet Georgia Brown), Piece of My Heart. TV/Film: Upcoming "Fosse," “Manifest” (NBC), Ted 2 and The First Purge (Summer 2018).  shonicagooden.com.

 

ROBERT HARTWELL (Ensemble) has been seen on Broadway in Memphis, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Cinderella, Motown, and Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler. National Tours: Dreamgirls and Motown. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Broadway Collective. Proud magna cum laude graduate of The University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre Department. Member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices.  

 

ELOISE KROPP (Ensemble). Broadway: Cats (JennyanyDots), Dames at Sea (Ruby) and On The Town (Claire u/s). Past Encores! Include Me and My Girl, Hey Look Me Over, Little Me and Most Happy Fella. Regional work includes shows at Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, Music Theatre Wichita, Lexington Opera, Kennedy Center and more. All the love to my family, CGF, Liz, Amy and Jonathan, and Chloe! 

 

ROSS LEKITES (Ensemble). Broadway: Frozen, Kinky Boots. Off-Broadway: Brigadoon (Charlie), City Center Encores! National Tours: West Side Story (Tony), Kinky Boots, Joseph...Dreamcoat. London: West Side Story (Royal Albert Hall). Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Riverside Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse. TV: “Time After Time” (ABC). www.Rosslekites.com Insta: @rjlekites

 

KEVIN MUNHALL (Ensemble). Recent: pre-Broadway run of Roman Holiday. Broadway: Anastasia, Allegiance, Anything Goes. Off-Broadway: Carnegie Hall, Encores! and Avery Fisher Hall. Tour: Dirty Dancing. Regional: Hartford Stage, The Old Globe, Paper Mill, MTWichita, Walnut Street, Ogunquit. TV: “One Life to Live” and “Smash.” UMich grad. @kmunny316.

 

NOAH J. RICKETTS (Ensemble). Broadway: Frozen, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (& 1st national tour). Favorite Regional: Dreamgirls (C.C. NSMT); Hello Dolly! (Muny), Tarzan (Terk, WWT); La Cage (Jacob, Summer Lyric). BFA CCM. Dream Forward. @noahjrkts

 

ALLISON SEMMES (Ensemble). B.M: Opera (U of Illinois). M.M. Musical Theater (NYU). Broadway: Motown the Musical (Diana Ross), The Book of Mormon (Nabalungi u/s, Swing). Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (Kennedy Center), Soul: The Stax Musical, Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Candide, Sweeney Todd. TV: “Blacklist,” National Tour: Motown the Musical (Diana Ross), The Color Purple (Squeak).   

 

AVERY SMITH (Ensemble). Broadway: Beautiful (Swing). Regional/Tour: Beautiful (1st National), Damn Yankees (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Jesus Christ Superstar (Music Theatre Wichita), Kiss Me, Kate (New London Barn Playhouse). He would like to thank casting, the creative team, and producers for this amazing opportunity. Sending all the love to my friends and family, and many thanks to Stewart Talent. Ps.71. BFA: Carnegie Mellon University (Cum Laude). AEA. IG: @avezsmith

 

DENNIS STOWE (Ensemble) is currently the standby for Jafar and the Sultan in Disney’s Aladdin. Other Broadway credits: Annie, Leap of Faith, Shrek the Musical, The Wedding Singer, The Apple Tree (Roundabout), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wonderful Town and Man of LaMancha. Other NY credits: Stairway to Paradise, Faust and Cabin in the Sky at Encores and also a longtime member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices.

 

YUKA TAKARA (Ensemble). Broadway/Tours: RENT (Alexi), A Chorus Line (Connie), Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song (Mei-Li), MAMMA MIA! Other Credits: RCMH's Christmas Spectacular, City Center Encores! Hair and Bye Bye Birdie, Once On This Island (Ti Moune), The Fantasticks (Luisa). TV/Film: “Claws,” Bad Moms, Every Little Step, “Ed,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Albums: “Goin' Home,” “free to fly,” “naked voice,” “universal u.” yukatakara.com

 

ROB ASHFORD (Director & Choreographer) is a Tony Award, Olivier Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award winning director and choreographer. Broadway theatre credits include Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Frozen, Boys From Syracuse, Evita (Tony Nom.), How To Succeed (Tony Noms. Direction and Choreography), Promises, Promises (Tony Nom.), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award for Best Choreography) Shrek, John Water's Cry Baby (Tony Nom., Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Fred Astaire Awards), Curtains (Tony Nom.) and Wedding Singer (Tony Nom.). Other credits include The Entertainer (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company), Romeo and Juliet (Kenneth Branagh), The Winter’s Tale (Kenneth Branagh; Olivier Nom. Best Direction), Harlequinade (Kenneth Branagh), Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory, New York / Manchester International Festival), the Olivier Award winning productions of Anna Christie, A Streetcar Named Desire (Olivier Nom. for Best Revival), and Parade (all Donmar Warehouse, Olivier Noms. Direction & Choreography). Rob directed and choreographed “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!” for NBC (DGA Noms. for both), and directed The Barber of Seville and Carousel (Lyric Opera Chicago). He choreographed and staged the 2015 Academy Awards with Neil Patrick Harris, the 2014 Academy Awards with Ellen DeGeneres, and the 2013 Academy Awards with Seth MacFarlane. Rob won the Emmy for Best Choreography for his work on Baz Luhrmann's 2009 Academy Awards production number featuring Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé. Rob has staged the Tony Awards for eight years, and has also staged tributes at the Kennedy Center Honors for Barbra Streisand, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, Barbara Cook, Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Films include choreography for Beyond the Sea, Disney’s Cinderella, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Ted 2, and Murder on the Orient Express (Associate Director to Kenneth Branagh).

 

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