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Contact: Matt Hessburg
(916) 446-5880, Ext. 124
mhessburg@calmt.com

 

INCLUDES TONY-NOMINATED BROADWAY VETERANS, STARS OF FILM AND TELEVISION, MUSIC CIRCUS AUDIENCE FAVORITES

Broadway Veterans Include Phillip Boykin, Paul Schoeffler, Jennifer Hope Wills, William Parry, Stephen Berger, Jenn Colella

Music Circus Season Begins June 9 With My Fair Lady, Followed By Big River, Bye Bye Birdie, Peter Pan, West Side Story, Hair

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre has confirmed casting for all six shows in the 65th Music Circus season.  The stellar cast for the season is loaded with Broadway veterans, some of whom are making their Music Circus debuts, Tony nominees and audience favorites from previous Music Circus productions.

The six-show season begins June 9 with a classic that is a Music Circus audience favorite, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady (June 9 – 14).  Also on the season is the Mississippi adventure Big River (June 23 – 28); the musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie (July 7 – 12); the magical journey Peter Pan (July 21 – 26); Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story (August 4 – 9); and a sixth show that will be offered as an option for season subscribers, the generation-defining Hair (August 18 – 23).  It will be the first time in the Wells Fargo Pavilion for four of the shows, Big River, Bye Bye Birdie, Peter Pan, which was last at Music Circus in 1986, and Hair, which hasn’t been at Music Circus since 1976.

Tickets for all 2015 Music Circus productions are on sale at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, by phone at (916) 557-1999, or online at www.Tickets.com.  Single-show tickets range from $40 to $83. Season tickets are still available at a savings of up to $110 on a pair of tickets.   Five-show season tickets (without Hair) range from $200 to $294, depending on performance time and seating location.  Six-show season tickets (including Hair) range from $240 to $352.80.  Discounts are available for groups of 12 or more by calling (916) 557-1198.  For more information visit www.SacramentoMusicCircus.com.

For all shows, evening performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m.  Matinee performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., with the exception of Hair, which has no Sunday matinee performance.

Music Circus is produced under the leadership of Artistic Director Glenn Casale and Executive Producer Scott Klier. California Musical Theatre President and CEO is Richard Lewis.

CAST/CREATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

My Fair Lady: June 9 – 14

Director: Glenn Casale
Choreographer: Bob Richard
Music Director: Craig Barna
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Katherine Cannon

In the Lerner and Loewe classic My Fair Lady, the role of Henry Higgins will be reprised at Music Circus by Paul Schoeffler who marks his eighth season at Music Circus, and who has performed on Broadway in Rock of Ages, Sweet Charity, Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast, among others. Eliza Doolittle will be played by leading lady Glory Crampton, who earned critical acclaim playing in The Fantasticks and Carnival off-Broadway and has a solo singing career through which she has performed for Former President Bush and the Royal Crown Prince of Luxembourg. William Parry, playing Colonel Pickering, originated roles in ten Broadway productions, including Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George and Passion, and has performed alongside powerhouses Bernadette Peters and Meryl Streep. Broadway veteran Stephen Berger, who has appeared on Broadway in Kinky Boots, The Pajama Game, Into the Woods, The Dinner Party, True West, Laughter on 23rd Street and Little Me, joins the cast as Alfred P. Doolittle.

Jason Forbach, who played Enjolras in the Broadway revival and national tour of Les Misérables and appeared in The Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas, will play the love-sick Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Playing Mrs. Pearce will be Mary Jo Mecca, who has performed in a number of regional theatre productions across the country in addition to film and television roles. Making her Music Circus debut as Mrs. Higgins, Toni Sawyer has extensive regional theatre experience and can be seen in the films “The Thirteenth Floor,” “Sweet Dreams,” “My Life” and “Mask.” Returning to Music Circus for his eighth season to play Professor Zoltan Karpathy is Shannon Stoeke, who has toured nationally in Camelot, Peter Pan and Hair.

Big River: June 23-28

Director: Michael Heitzman
Choreographer: AC Ciulla
Music Director: Andrew Bryan
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Caitlin Sapunor-Davis

In Roger Miller’s musical adaptation of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Huck will be played by Ben Fankhauser, who was an original performer in Newsies on Broadway and toured as Ernst in Spring Awakening. Phillip Boykin, who is currently starring in the Broadway revival of On the Town and who was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Porgy and Bess, joins the cast as Jim after delighting Music Circus audiences as Joe in the 2013 production of Show Boat. William Parry, playing The King, originated roles in ten Broadway productions, including Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George and Passion, and has performed alongside powerhouses Bernadette Peters and Meryl Streep. The role of The Duke will be played by Broadway’s diverse Jeff Skowron  who has performed comedic roles in  Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast and won an Ovation Award for his portrayal of Leo Frank in Parade in L.A.

Bye Bye Birdie: July 7-12

Director: Glenn Casale
Choreographer: Randy Slovacek
Music Director: Dennis Castellano
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Katherine Cannon

Broadway’s Les Misérables cast member Nathaniel Hackmann is taking us back to the sixties as Conrad Birdie in this Music Circus production of Bye Bye Birdie. His manager, Albert Peterson, will be played by Larry Raben, the off-Broadway director of Falling for Eve and Broadway/off-Broadway actor from The Producers, I Married an Angel and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Janine DiVita, seen on Broadway in Grease, Anything Goes and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and in the feature film “Boychoir,” will play Rosie Alvarez. Playing Ursula Merkle will be Sainty Nelsen, whose new FX series “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” premieres in July and whose voice can be heard in the animated series “Eureka Seven: Ao” and “Psycho-Pass.” Kim MacAfee will be played by Amanda Jane Cooper, who played Glinda in the first national tour of Wicked and had a recurring role on the ABC series “Selfie.”  Rebecca Baxter, who played Cinderella at New York City Opera, was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of Cunégonde in Candide, and guest-starred in ABC’s “The Middle” last season, will play Mrs. MacAfee.

Seen on Broadway in Newsies, Xanadu, Jekyll & Hyde, Beauty and the Beast and Cyrano – The Musical, Stuart Marland is playing Mr. MacAfee. Mary-Pat Green, playing Mae Peterson, was in the original Broadway cast of Sweeney Todd and Candide, has appeared in many television series including “The Middle,” and will soon be seen in theaters in Marvel’s “Fantastic Four.” Garett Hawe, playing Hugo Peabody, made his Broadway debut playing Neleus in Mary Poppins, appeared in Newsies and can currently be seen in Matilda The Musical. And younger brother Randolph MacAfee will be played by Hunter Clary, last season’s Mowgli in The Jungle Book, Winthrop in The Music Man and Prince Achmed in Aladdin at El Dorado Musical Theatre.

Peter Pan: July 21-26

Director: Glenn Casale
Choreographer: Patti Colombo
Music Director: Jeff Rizzo
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Caitlin Sapunor-Davis

Leading the high-flying adventure of Peter Pan in the title role is Jenn Colella, who was most recently seen on Broadway in IF/THEN opposite Idina Menzel and who played in the Joseph Gorden-Levitt film “Uncertainty.” Jennifer Hope Wills, who earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of Eileen in the revival of Wonderful Town and also performed on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera as Christine, is returning to Music Circus for her fourth season to play Mrs. Darling. Playing Wendy will be Lori Eve Marinacci, who toured in Little House on the Prairie and Kiss Me, Kate and played in the Broadway production of Hairspray. Brothers John and Michael Darling will be played by Aidan Winn, who performed earlier this year in The King and I at Dallas Summer Musicals, and Joshua Davis, a veteran at El Dorado Musical Theatre, where he also played the role of Michael. The role of Mr. Darling/Captain Hook will be played by Paul Schoeffler who marks his eighth season at Music Circus, and who has performed on Broadway in Rock of Ages, Sweet Charity, Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast, among others.

Internationally known as Anita from the West Side Story Broadway production and tour, Desiree Davar, who was a dancer for “Glee,” debuts at Music Circus as Liza/Tiger Lily. No stranger to Neverland, Korey Buecheler, playing Curly, recently played Tootles in Pittsburgh CLO’s Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby. Returning to Music Circus after her 2010 performance in 42nd Street, Sarah  Marie Jenkins, who jumped rope through the first national tour of Legally Blonde, will play First Twin, a role she performed in a previous production also directed by Glenn Casale. Michael McGurk, who has appeared on Broadway in The Wedding Singer and The Music Man, is back for his seventh season at Music Circus to play Second Twin. The role of Slightly will be played by Andy Richardson who was a member of the original Broadway casts of Newsies, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Maria Briggs, who toured in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, is making her Music Circus debut this season as Tootles/Jane. Michael Nostrand, who is reprising his Broadway and A&E’s film role of Smee at Music Circus, toured in Jelly’s Last Jam, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Dracula, and has regional credits all over the country.

West Side Story: August 4-9

Director: Bob Richard
Choreographer: Diane Laurenson
Music Director: Craig Barna
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Katherine Cannon

The timeless West Side Story has Carolann M. Sanita, who has performed all over the country in regional theaters and starred in the national tour of The Music Man, feeling pretty as Maria. Tony will be played by Justin Matthew Sargent, who has spent the past four years on Broadway, including playing the lead role in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, as well as in Rock of Ages and Bonnie & Clyde. Coming to Music Circus for the first time after a stretch on Broadway in Cinderella, Michael Callahan will play the role of Action. Maria Briggs, who toured in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, makes her Music Circus debut this season and will play Anybodys. Garett Hawe, playing A-Rab, made his Broadway debut playing Neleus in Mary Poppins, appeared in Newsies and can currently be seen in Matilda The Musical. The role of Baby John will be played by Andy Richardson, who was a member of the original Broadway casts of Newsies, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Reprising his role as Big Deal from the international tour of West Side Story is Adam Lendermon, who also toured nationally in Cats and had the privilege of singing Children of Eden in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center.

Shane Rhoades, playing the role of Riff, is an accomplished actor and choreographer, who performed on Broadway in The Boy From Oz and served as associate choreographer for the Broadway production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Jake DuPree, who danced with two acclaimed contemporary dance companies in New York City, will play Snowboy. Internationally known as Anita from the West Side Story Broadway production and tour, Desireé Davar, who was a dancer for “Glee,” reprises her role as Anita. German Alexander is making his Music Circus debut in this production as Bernardo, a role he played in the national tour of West Side Story as well. Reprising his national tour role of Chino is Miguel Angel Falcon, who also toured as Paul in A Chorus Line and in 42nd Street. Making his third appearance on the Music Circus stage as Doc, Gary Lee Reed is a seasoned regional theater actor who has toured nationally in Godspell and regionally in The Music Man. The role of Lt. Schrank will be played by Broadway veteran Rich Hebert, who was part of the original cast of Sting’s new musical, The Last Ship, which played this season on Broadway, and who previously toured in Billy Elliot, including in the 2013 Broadway Sacramento presentation of the show. Playing Officer Krupke is David Pierini who is highly active at Sacramento’s B Street Theatre and has either acted in, directed or written more than 100 shows.  Michael Dotson, who has appeared in more than 35 Music Circus productions, as well as many regional productions including 42nd Street, The Pajama Game and The Andrews Brothers, will play Glad Hand.

Hair: August 18-23

Director: Glenn Casale
Choreographer: Dana Solimando
Music Director: Dennis Castellano
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Caitlin Sapunor-Davis

Figuring out his identity in Hair, Claude will be played by Oliver Thornton who has an extensive career in London’s West End performing in Rent as Mark, The Phantom of the Opera as Raoul and Les Misérables as Enjolras. Peter Saide sang in the world premiere of William Barton’s opera Songs of the Mother Country, has performed regionally and off-Broadway, and will be joining the cast as Berger. Banzai from the national of tour of The Lion King and member of Music Circus’ Show Boat in 2013, Sacramento’s own Omari Tau returns to Music Circus as Hud. Playing Woof will be James Michael Lambert, who has performed in the national tours of Mamma Mia! and Happy Days and in a number of regional theatre productions across the country in addition to film and television roles. Member of the Hair tour Laura d’Andre, who also toured in Grease as Rizzo, is returning to Hair as Sheila at Music Circus. Stephanie Mieko Cohen, who got her start on Broadway as Young Cosette in Les Misérables and has recently been seen on ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” as Darla, is making her Music Circus debut as Jeanie. Playing Crissy in her Music Circus debut will be soloist Lizzie Klemperer, who has sung with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony, and toured in The Addams Family and Little House on the Prairie.

PRESS PHOTOS

Production photos from previous Music Circus productions of My Fair Lady and West Side Story are available now on the California Musical Theatre website, link below.  Photos of 2015 season cast will be available approximately one week before each show opens, starting with My Fair Lady, which will be available by end of day June. 2.

www.CaliforniaMusicalTheatre.com

Go to ‘Press Login’ in footer at bottom of website.
Password is:  Onstage14.
Click on the Music Circus logo to download a folder with photos, captions and show logo art.

FULL CAST/CREATIVE

MY FAIR LADY

Director: Glenn Casale
Choreographer: Bob Richard
Music Director: Craig Barna
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Katherine Cannon
Costume Designer: Marcy Froehlich
Co-Scenic Designers: Scott Klier / Jamie Kumpf
Wig and Hair Designer: Jill Lane
Lighting Designer: Brackley Frayer
Properties Designer: Laura Walters

 ACTOR/ROLE
Paul Schoeffler (Henry Higgins)
Glory Crampton (Eliza Doolittle)
William Parry (Colonel Pickering)
Stephen Berger (Alfred Doolittle)
Jason Forbach (Freddy Eynsford-Hill)
Mary Jo Mecca (Mrs. Pearce)
Toni Sawyer (Mrs. Higgins)
Shannon Stoeke (Zoltan Karpathy)
Danielle Hansen (Female Ensemble)
Angelina Sark (Female Ensemble)
Chanel Edwards-Frédérick (Female Ensemble)
Janna Cardia (Female Ensemble)
Julie Cardia (Female Ensemble)
Kristine Bennett (Female Ensemble)
Lisa Rohinsky (Female Ensemble)
Jenny Florkowski (Female Ensemble)
Mark Bradley Miller (Male Ensemble)
Joseph Spieldenner (Male Ensemble)
Omari Tau (Male Ensemble)
Dennis O’Bannion (Male Ensemble)
Kevin McMahon (Male Ensemble)
Doug Carfrae (Male Ensemble)
Sam Tanabe (Male Ensemble)
Ivory McKay (Male Ensemble)

BIG RIVER

Director: Michael Heitzman
Choreographer: AC Ciulla
Music Director: Andrew Bryan
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Caitlin Sapunor-Davis
Costume Designer: Marcy Froehlich
Co-Scenic Designers: Scott Klier / Jamie Kumpf
Wig and Hair Designer: Christine Conklin
Lighting Designer: Pamila Gray
Properties Designer: Laura Walters

 ACTOR/ROLE
Ben Fankhauser (Huck Finn)
Phillip Boykin (Jim)
William Parry (The King)
Jeff Skowron (The Duke)
Lizzie Klemperer (Mary Jane Wilkes/Female Ensemble)
Danielle Hansen (Joanna Wilkes/Female Ensemble)
Chanel Edwards-Frederick (Alice’s Daughter/Female Ensemble)
Mary Jo Mecca (Widow Douglas/Sally Phelps/Female Ensemble)
Angelina Sark (Miss Watson/Susan Wilkes/Female Ensemble)
Jennifer Leigh Warren (Alice/Female Ensemble)
James Michael Lambert (Tom Sawyer/Male Ensemble)
Sam Tanabe (Ben Rogers/Male Ensemble)
Dennis O’Bannion (Simon/Young Fool/Male Ensemble)
Andy Richardson (Dick/Andy/Male Ensemble)
Doug Carfrae (Judge Thatcher/Harvey Wilkes/Silas Phelps/Male Ensemble)
Shannon Stoeke (Mark Twain/Lafe/Counselor Robinson/Doctor/Male Ensemble)
Rich Hebert (Pap Finn/Sheriff Bell/Male Ensemble)
Ivory McKay (Male Ensemble)
Omari Tau (Male Ensemble)
Michael McGurk (Associate Choreographer/Jo Harper/Male Ensemble)

BYE BYE BIRDIE

Director: Glenn Casale
Choreographer: Randy Slovacek
Music Director: Dennis Castellano
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Katherine Cannon
Costume Designer: Mark Koss
Co-Scenic Designers: Scott Klier / Jamie Kumpf
Wig and Hair Designer: Jill Lane
Lighting Designer: Pamila Gray
Properties Designer: Laura Walters

 ACTOR/ROLE
Larry Raben (Albert Peterson)
Janine DiVita (Rosie Alvarez)
Sainty Nelson (Ursula Merkle)
Amanda Jane Cooper (Kim MacAfee)
Rebecca Baxter (Mrs. MacAfee)
Stuart Marland (Mr. MacAfee)
Mary-Pat Green (Mae Peterson)
Nathaniel Hackmann (Conrad Birdie)
Garett Hawe (Hugo Peabody)
Hunter Clary (Randolph MacAfee)
Danielle Hansen (Female Ensemble)
Ashley Anderson (Female Ensemble)
Maria Briggs (Female Ensemble)
Sarah Marie Jenkins (Female Ensemble)
Kim Arnett (Female Ensemble)
Devon Hadsell (Female Ensemble)
Angelina Sark (Female Ensemble)
Kathryn Mowat Murphy (Female Ensemble)
Dennis O’Bannion (Male Ensemble)
Andy Richardson (Male Ensemble)
Nick Adorno (Male Ensemble)
Michael McGurk (Male Ensemble)
Adam Lendermon (Male Ensemble)
Shannon Stoeke (Male Ensemble)
Brian Steven Shaw (Male Ensemble)
Steve Geary (Male Ensemble)

PETER PAN

Director: Glenn Casale
Choreographer: Patti Colombo
Music Director: Jeff Rizzo
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Caitlin Sapunor-Davis
Costume Designer: Marcy Frohelich
Co-Scenic Designers: Scott Klier / Jamie Kumpf
Wig and Hair Designer: Christine Conklin
Lighting Designer: Jared A. Sayeg
Properties Designer: Laura Walters

 ACTOR/ROLE
Jenn Colella (Peter Pan)
Jennifer Hope Wills (Mrs. Darling)
Lori Eve Marinacci (Wendy Darling)
Aidan Winn (John Darling)
Joshua Davis (Michael Darling)
Paul Schoeffler (Mr. Darling/Captain Hook)
Desireé Davar (Liza/Tiger Lily)
Korey Buecheler (Curly)
Sarah Marie Jenkins (First Twin)
Michael McGurk (Second Twin)
Andy Richardson (Slightly)
Maria Briggs (Tootles/Jane)
Michael Nostrand (Smee)
Kim Arnett (Female Ensemble)
Adam Lendermon (Male Ensemble)
Steve Geary (Male Ensemble)
Brian Steven Shaw (Male Ensemble)
Garett Hawe (Male Ensemble)
Shannon Stoeke (Male Ensemble)
Jake DuPree (Male Ensemble)
Rod Roberts (Male Ensemble)

WEST SIDE STORY

Director: Bob Richard
Choreographer: Diane Laurenson
Music Director: Craig Barna
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Katherine Cannon
Costume Designer: Mark Koss
Co-Scenic Designers: Scott Klier / Jamie Kumpf
Wig and Hair Designer: Jill Lane
Lighting Designer: David Neville
Properties Designer: Laura Walters

 ACTOR/ROLE
Michael Callahan (Action)
Maria Briggs (Anybodys)
Garett Hawe (A-Rab)
Andy Richardson (Baby John)
Adam Lendermon (Big Deal)
Tim McGarrigal (Diesel)
Shane Rhoades (Riff)
Jake DuPree (Snowboy)
Justin Matthew Sargent (Tony)
Desiree Davar (Anita)
German Alexander (Bernardo)
Miguel Angel Falcon (Chino)
Carolann M. Sanita (Maria)
Gary Lee Reed (Doc)
Rich Hebert (Lt. Schrank)
David Pierini (Officer Krupke)
Michael Dotson (Glad Hand)
Lisa Rohinsky (Female Ensemble)
Sarah Marie Jenkins (Female Ensemble)
Sarah Kay Marchetti (Female Ensemble)
Naomi Morgan (Female Ensemble)
Lauren Boyd (Female Ensemble)
Jessica Lee Coffman (Female Ensemble)
Christie Portera (Female Ensemble)
Selina Verastigui (Female Ensemble)
Christian Elan Ortiz (Male Ensemble)
Christopher Shin (Male Ensemble)
Thay Floyd (Male Ensemble)
Christopher Brian Nachtrab (Male Ensemble)

HAIR

Director: Glenn Casale
Choreographer: Dana Solimando
Music Director: Dennis Castellano
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Caitlin Sapunor-Davis
Costume Designer: Mark Koss
Co-Scenic Designers: Scott Klier / Jamie Kumpf
Wig and Hair Designer: Christine Conklin
Lighting Designer: David Neville
Properties Designer: Laura Walters

 ACTOR/ROLE
Oliver Thornton (Claude)
Peter Saide (Berger)
Omari Tau (Hud)
James Michael Lambert (Woof)
Laura d’Andre (Sheila)
Stephanie Mieko Cohen (Jeanie)
Bryonha Marie Parham (Dionne)
Lizzie Klemperer (Crissy)
Merissa Czyz (Female Ensemble)
Devon Hadsell (Female Ensemble)
Kimber Sprawl (Female Ensemble)
Danielle Mone Truitt (Female Ensemble)
Chanel Edwards-Frédérick (Female Ensemble)
Jessica Crouch (Female Ensemble)
Brittany Rose Hammond (Female Ensemble)
Lisa Rohinsky (Female Ensemble)
Callan Bergmann (Male Ensemble)
Adam Lendermon (Male Ensemble)
LaVance Colley (Male Ensemble)
Ward Billeisen (Male Ensemble)
Seth Danner (Male Ensemble)
Steven Strafford (Male Ensemble)
Leigh Wakeford (Male Ensemble)
Thay Floyd (Male Ensemble)

 

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