MARILU HENNER (“Mitch’s Mom” aka Sharon Papadopolous) has starred in six Broadway shows, two national tours, 50 films including movies for television, and two classic iconic sitcoms (“Taxi”, “Evening Shade”). She is a five-time Golden Globe Award nominee as well as a New York Times Best Selling Author with her 10 books. Marilu also performs her one woman show “A Memorable Evening with Marilu Henner” across the country.
MITCHELL JARVIS (Mitch) – A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and resident of New York City, Mitch is thrilled to once again be working with this tremendous group of artists. Broadway: Rock of Ages (Lonny, original cast), Fiddler on the Roof. Other Theater: Gettin’ the Band Back Together (Mitch, George St. Playhouse), The Threepenny Opera (Macheath, Helen Hayes Award nom), Twelfth Night (Feste), Uncivil (Ulysses S. Grant), Peter and the Starcatcher (Black Stache), Home Street Home (Renko), The Toxic Avenger (White Dude), The Ricky Horror Show (Frank N. Furter), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), West Side Story (Riff), The Full Monty (Jerry). Commercial: Kieth Stone for Keystone Light. Film: Opening Night, Fool’s Day, Resident Advisor, Happy Baby. Television: Law and Order: SVU, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Guiding Light. Co-Creator of It Could Be Worse (itcouldbeworse.tv). @mitchjarvisNYC.
JAY KLAITZ (Bart) – Jay Klaitz holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the Institute at Harvard University / American Repertory Theater / Moscow Art Theater, and BAs in Theater, Religion, and Economics from Bucknell University. Broadway credits include Rock of Ages, Lend Me A Tenor, and High Fidelity. TV credits include recurring roles on Jessica Jones (Netflix), Vinyl (HBO), Instinct (CBS), The Get Down (Netflix), Kevin Can Wait (CBS), and guest starring roles on Law & Order SVU (NBC), Limitless (CBS), Elementary (CBS), and many more. Check out Jay’s space alien folk band, Future Folk, at www.futurefolk.com, and see their film, The History of Future Folk on iTunes & Amazon. For full credits and reel, see www.jayklaitz.com. Rock on!
PAUL WHITTY (Sully) – Broadway: Amelie, Once, The Full Monty. Off-Broadway and other NYC: Once (NYTW), Bayonets of Angst (NYMF), Violet (Encores! Off-Center), Twelfth Night (Sonnet Rep). Regional: A Streetcar Named Desire (Le Petit) Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! (Old Globe) Amelie (Berkeley Rep, CTG), Peter and the Starcatcher (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Judge Jackie (Sharon Playhouse), Be More Chill (Two River Theater), Once (ART), reasons to be pretty, Art (Crescent Stage), Circle Mirror Transformation (PURE), Doubt (Village Rep). Film/TV: Song One, Law & Order SVU, Guiding Light. Education: BFA Acting UNCSA. Husband of Katie, Father of Amelie, Lover of life.
SAWYER NUNES (Ricky) – Broadway credits include the original companies of Matilda the Musical and Finding Neverland (George Davies). Other theatrical credits include The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Because of Winn Dixie at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Something Wicked This Way Comes at the Delaware Theatre Company. On television he has appeared in Madame Secretary, Alpha House, Power and Instinct and in the films Breatharians, 37 and Wonderstruck. He also composes music and has released self-produced albums entitled The 50/50 and Trumpet Boy (with his band LAUNDRY DAY) and EPs entitled February EP and Songs I Wrote in My Room. Thanks to Mara Entertainment and CESD.
BRANDON WILLIAMS (Tygen) – Brandon Williams actor/comedy writer created, wrote, and starred in the hit web series, The Stay-At-Home Dad for Comedy Central. Broadway National Tour: Blood Brothers, Off-Broadway: Game Show, Lone Star Love, Serenading Louis, and The Awesome ’80s Prom. Regional: The Guthrie Theater, The Alley Theater, George Street Playhouse, Fifth Ave Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and American Stages. TV: Deception, The Bunny Hole, Host of We Live Here, The Big C, Ugly Betty, The Kill Point, Law and Order, Third Watch, and has appeared several times on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Brandon is also a Commercial director and comedic copywriter. He was awarded the Gold Cannes Cyber Lion.
TAMIKA LAWRENCE (Roxy) – Broadway: Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen (Virtual Cast), Beautiful, If/Then, Matilda, The Book of Mormon. Off-Broadway: RENT, The Tempest (Public Theater). Television: “The Last OG”, “The Wiz Live!,” “Vinyl” (HBO), “Show Me A Hero” (HBO), “Blue Bloods,” “Law and Order: SVU.” Movies: The Greatest Showman, White Girl, Breakable You. www.tamika.nyc. Instagram: @iamtamikalawrence For Mom and Dad
JOHN RANDO (Director) is the Tony and Outer Critic’s Circle Award–winning director of Urinetown: The Musical. Mr. Rando’s other Broadway credits include A Christmas Story: The Musical, The Wedding Singer, A Thousand Clowns, and Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party. With City Center Encores!, he has directed Bernstein’s On The Town, Damn Yankees, Face the Music, Of Thee I Sing, The Pajama Game, Do Re Mi, and Strike up the Band. Last winter his production of A Christmas Story: The Musical garnered terrific success in Chicago at the Chicago Theater. His Off-Broadway credits include the 2009 Outer Critic’s Circle Award–winner for Best Musical: The Toxic Avenger, as well as productions at the Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Class Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, the Promenade, the Acting Company, and the Pearl Theatre, among others. Mr. Rando’s recent regional credits include his highly acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls at Barrington Stage Company and a revised version of The Toxic Avenger at the Alley theatre. His other extensive regional credits include productions at The Old Globe Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, American Conservatory Theatre, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and many others. John Rando was a Drama League Directing Fellow and in 2010 was the recipient of the UCLA Department of Theater, Film, and Television Alumni Achievement Award.
KEN DAVENPORT (Book) co-conceived the award-winning Altar Boyz, and also wrote and directed the Off-Broadway hits The Awesome 80s Prom, My First Time and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage! Davenport also wrote the book for Somewhere in Time, which premiered at Portland Center Stage and created the Award winning web series, The Bunny Hole. On Broadway, Davenport is the producer of Once On This Island and has also produced Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, The Play That Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day, The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth, Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Godspell, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), and others. Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone, named one of Crain’s “Forty Under 40” and he also created the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star. For film he directed and produced These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue. His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, and iMedia and has spoken about the theater and arts marketing at conferences around the world. He is currently the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. For more information, visit www.KenDavenport.com.
GRUNDLESHOTZ (Book) is a group of performers and writers comprising Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Berman, Michael Hirstreet, Jenna Coker Jones, Craig Jorczak, Nathan Kaufman, Jay Klaitz, Emily McNamara, Jennifer Miller, Bhavesh Patel, Sarah Saltzberg and Michael Tester, who helped develop Gettin’ The Band Back Together through a series of improvisational rehearsals.
MARK ALLEN (Music/Lyrics) is a composer/lyricist, songwriter and arranger. He is a 2009 recipient of the American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant, 2007 Frederick Lowe Award, 2005 ASCAP Max Dreyfus Award. He’s also an accomplished studio vocalist and voice over performer. Credits include:Tinyard Hill with Tommy Newman (Theatreworks – Silicon Valley, Red Mountain Theatre, Human Race Theatre, Goodspeed, NAMT 2007), Band Geeks! with Newman, Gaby Alter, and Gordon Greenberg (Goodspeed Musicals 2010, NAMT 2009), The Joker’s Game with Louis St. Louis and Jim Racheff. Film music – Intercession (dir. Davey Fisher, 2011), Going Down (dir. Ryan Hamelin, 2011), A Viking Saga (2008 Best Original Score – First Take Film Festival) www.markallenmusic.com. He currently works at Nylon Studios in New York and has created commercial music for companies such as Windex, Dell, Castrol and Fisher Price.
SARAH SALTZBERG (Additional Material): On Broadway, Sarah Saltzberg played Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre for two years in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She created and developed her character in C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E (upon which Spelling Bee is based), which she co-produced at the Theatorium in NYC, and appeared in both Barrington Stage productions. She most recently appeared in Fat Camp at the NYMF, and has appeared off-Broadway in JUNIE B. JONES (Lucille Lortel), in her one-woman show Dear Diary (Broadway Spotlight Series, Ars Nova), as well as throughout NYC in long-form improv comedy with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Sarah can be seen in the late-night Broadway themed improv show Don’t Quit Your Night Job, which she co-created and co-produces, at the Julia Miles Theater (www.dontquitnyc.com). She is also a co-artistic director of Stage 13, a theater/production company dedicated to cultivating new and original stage, web and film pieces (www.stage-13.com).
DEREK MCLANE (Set Design): Derek McLane has designed over 350 productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, international and regional, and television. His Broadway credits include: The Price, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Fully Committed, Noises Off, Gigi, Anything Goes, Ragtime, 33 Variations, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Follies, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, The Pajama Game & I Am My Own Wife. Off-Broadway credits include: If I Forget, Love Love Love, The Night of the Iguana, Sweet Charity, Buried Child, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Spoils, Into the Woods, Ruined, Macbeth, and Hurlyburly. Television credits include: 85th, 86th, 87th, 88th & 89th Academy Awards, and the live NBC Musicals: The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz & Hairspray. He has received Tony, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Art Directors Guild awards. He is on the board of directors at The New Group + Fiasco Theater and has been a mentor for TDF’s Open Doors program for the past 15 years.
KEN BILLINGTON (Lighting Design): Ninety-seven Broadway shows including Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Chicago, The Scottsboro Boys, Sondheim on Sondheim, White Christmas, title of show, The Drowsy Chaperone, Footloose, Sweeney Todd; revivals including Finian’s Rainbow, Dreamgirls and Sunday in the Park With George; and hundreds of touring productions. Other: SeaWorld: Shamu Rocks, Shamu One Ocean; Bally’s Las Vegas: Julibee! Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Lumen (architecture), Ace (television).
EMILY REBHOLZ (Costume Design): Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen; Oh, Hello on Broadway; If/Then; Vanya and Sonia…; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Select Off-Broadway: Indecent (Vineyard); All the Ways to Say I Love You (MCC); Dear Evan Hansen; The Way We Get By (Second Stage); The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout); The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Park). Recent: Don Giovanni (Santa Fe Opera), La Bohème (Opera Theatre of St. Louis), Another Word for Beauty (Goodman) and Disney’s Freaky Friday (Signature Theatre). MFA, Yale University.
JOHN SHIVERS (Sound Design): Credits include: Pretty Woman (in development), Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, The Muny St. Louis (2015 – 2017 seasons), Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award recipient), Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Bonnie & Clyde, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, In My Life and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. International: The Secret, Tarzan, Das Wunder Von Bern, The Lion King (Shanghai) and (Singapore), Regional: Hood, Born for This, Moonshine, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods. Other credits include: Savion Glover, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Gregory Hines and engineering at Electric Lady Studios. John’s proudest production however, is his gem of a daughter, Ruby :-).
HUNTER ARNOLD (Producer) Anastasia, Dear Evan Hansen (Tony Award), Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Disaster!, Allegiance, Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony Nomination), The Visit (Tony Nomination), It’s Only a Play, Mothers and Sons (Tony Nomination), The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell and Chinglish. He is the CEO of ARTech Holdings, a company dedicated to bringing best in class technologies to the live arts. Upcoming: Once On This Island, Hello Again and A Little More Alive.
CARL DAIKELER (Producer). In addition to his work as CEO of Beachbody.com, he is proud to work with Broadway producers of diverse projects including Anastasia, Disaster!, Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening, The Visit, It’s Only a Play, The Bridges of Madison County and Macbeth. Diakeler has also been involved with productions such as Kinky Boots, Kid Victory (Vineyard Theatre) and The Goat (West End). Upcoming: film adaptations of Hello Again and A Little More Alive.
H. RICHARD HOPPER (Producer) is a retired trial lawyer and judge with a lifelong love for the Broadway theatre. He has participated in numerous Broadway productions, national tours and London productions including Godspell, It’s Only a Play, Blithe Spirit and Kinky Boots. He received a Tony nomination for the 2015 Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, and is currently producing the revival of Once On This Island.
ROB KOLSON (Producer) is an Emmy-Award winning producer, writer, and composer. He owns Chicago’s Apollo Theater and is a founding partner of WITv, a Chicago and LA based comedy television studio. His theater producing credits in Chicago include, among others, Always Patsy Cline, Hello Muddah Hello Fadduh, The Odd Couple, Menopause the Musical, The Vagina Monologues, and Do the White Thing. In New York, credits include, off-Broadway, Patriotic Bitch and 50 Shades The Musical Parody, and, on Broadway, If You Ever Leave Me, I’m Going With You and the musical revival Once on This Island. Before producing, he was a music director for Chicago’s prestigious comedy troupe, The Second City and on the economics faculty of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
ROY PUTRINO (Producer) has been involved in several successful productions on Broadway (How to Succeed in Business, Grace) as well as A Passion Play which opened in London this year. Since 2009, he has been the chair of the Ramapo Performing Arts, and has produced over 20 shows. Earlier this year, was the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award for the success of the Performing Arts program.
RICHARD ROTH (Producer) is a producer at OHenry Productions (Escape to Margaritaville, Hundred Days, Invisible Thread). He is also an attorney in New York City who handles sophisticated entertainment, sports, securities and employment matters. Roth first ventured into the theater industry in 2013, when he invested in Tony Award-winner, Kinky Boots. www.ohenryproductions.com