Cast & Creative

CAST

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CREATIVE TEAM

JOHN RANDO (Director)¬†is the Tony and Outer Critic’s Circle Award‚Äďwinning 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‚Äďwinner 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 Fletcher Young, 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.

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.

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 excited to be making his Broadway producing debut with Gettin’ The Band Back Together. An attorney in New York City who handles sophisticated entertainment, sports, securities and employment matters, Mr. Roth began investing in 2013 with the smash hit Kinky Boots and has continued to do so in other shows. He is particularly excited about Gettin’ The Band and desired to go all in with his wife Mara and his son, Oliver by his side.