Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Meet the cast of BEING AUDREY...

Tuesday night was a very exciting next step in the making of BEING AUDREY: the first readthrough and meet and greet with the cast! It’s a completely new experience for everyone to hear the script being read for the first time with the people who will bring it to life on stage. The enthusiasm for the script was palpable, the laughs were plentiful! Read on as we introduce you to the actors who are making it possible. More soon from behind the scenes!

Lori Fineman, Executive Director

Cheryl Stern (Claire, additional book and lyrics) A proud Transport Group veteran, Cheryl is thrilled to be back with Being Audrey. She received critical acclaim as Mamie Eisenhower in Transport Group’s Drama Desk nominated First Lady Suite and was also featured in Requiem for William. Cheryl contributed lyrics for TG’s Requiem for William, the Drama Desk nominated musical The Audience, and the 2005 production of Normal, starring Barbara Walsh (Normal, with music by husband, Tom Kochan and book by Yvonne Adrian, received the Jonathan Larson Award and is now touring the US as the centerpiece of the Normal in Schools program, Broadway credits include The Women (Roundabout; filmed for PBS) Candide (NY City Opera), Laughing Room Only. Off-Broadway, Cheryl recently starred as Alice B. Toklas in 27 Rue De Fleurus. Other credits include: I Love You, You’re Perfect…, Game Show, That’s Life! and The Immigrant. National tours: Grand Night for Singing, Les Miserables, Evita, and Fiddler on the Roof. Regional: starring roles in Hats (New Denver Civic: original cast recording), The Sisters Rosensweig (Geva/Studio Arena), Lost in Yonkers (Tennessee Rep), Light Up The Sky (Seattle Rep.), Closer Than Ever (San Jose Rep.), The Times (Long Wharf), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Cape Playhouse.) TV: Guiding Light, All My Children, As The World Turns, Sondheim at Carnegie Hall, Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Film: Brooklyn Lobster with Jane Curtin and Danny Aiello. Additional writing credits: Are We There Yet? (Westchester Broadway and regional theatres; written with Jim Hindman, Ray Roderick and John Glaudiini), That’s Life! (Outer Critics nominaion), Buffalonia (E.S.T. one woman show), A Christmas Survival Guide, The Littlest Light on the Christmas Tree (Vital Theatre, also with Hindman), Famous, written with Yvonne Adrian and Tom Kochan had its premiere reading at Ensemble Studio Theatre in November. Cheryl is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Brian Sutherland (Man) Mr. Sutherland has played leading roles on Broadway in The Sound of Music, 1776, Victor/Victoria, Steel Pier, Cats, Dance a Little Closer, A Change in the Heir, and 110 in the Shade (NYC Opera). National tours include The Light in the Piazza, Disney’s On the Record, Guys and Dolls (with Maurice Hines), Cabaret (with Joel Grey), and 42nd Street (European tour). Numerous regional theatre includes Kiss Me, Kate (St. Louis Rep), Shenandoah (Fords Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Pittsburgh Public), The Pirates of Penzance (Guthrie Theatre), Breaking Legs (Coconut Grove Playhouse), She Loves Me (Cincinnati Playhouse), and Enter the Guardsman (Indiana Repertory Theatre). Many concerts with orchestras worldwide- frequently alongside his wife, Diane Sutherland.
Stephen Berger (Dr. Givenchy and others) Broadway: Little Me, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Wonderful Town, True West, The Dinner Party, Into The Woods and The Pajama Game. Off-Broadway: A New Brain, That’s Life, Beau Jest, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, Isn’t It Romantic, and Nite Club Confidential. National tours: Annie, Rumors, and Ken Hill’s The Phantom of the Opera. Regional: Denver Center Theatre Company, Fulton Theater, Dallas Theatre Center, Cleveland Playhouse, Stage West, George Street Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Cincinnati’s Playhouse In The Park, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Walnut Street Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Television: Law and Order. A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association since 1975, Stephen is married to the beautiful and talented actress Jan Leigh Herndon.

Andrea Bianchi (Dr. Leraby and others) Andrea is so pleased to be part of Being Audrey and thanks Jack Cummings and Transport Group for the opportunity. New York credits include original casts of The Cocoanuts at American Place Theater, Italian-American Reconciliation at Manhattan Theater Club, Lusting After Pipino’s Wife at Primary Stages and The Bubbly Black Girls Sheds Her Chameleon Skin for NAMT. Regional work includes The Guthrie, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center, Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, Stamford Center for The Arts-Rich Forum, Syracuse Stage, Maltz Jupiter, The Barter, Riverside Theatre, Premiere Stages and others. Also, twice named “Best Actress” of the New Jersey theater season by The New Jersey Star Ledger. Television work includes multiple episodes of Law and Order, As The World Turns, Here and Now, as well as shows for The Disney Channel, Court TV, and Nickelodeon.

Valerie Fagan (Trina and others): Forbidden Broadway 25th Anniversary: Rude Awakening (original cast, cast recording, 2008 Drama Desk Award), Forbidden Broadway SVU: Boston’s Elliot Norton Award nominee and Forbidden Vegas (“Vegas At Its Best” Entertainer). National tours: Man of La Mancha opposite Robert Goulet (Aldonza) and Les Miserables (Fantine). Regional: Hairspray (Prudy) at North Shore Music Theatre. Published co-author of award-winning musical 6 Women with Brain Death (New York Musical Theatre Festival). Valerie was honored to sing “God Bless America” for NBC which started the New York City Marathon. Recently, Elaine Paige chose Val’s “On My Phone” as a “Broadway Essential” for BBC Radio.

Mark Ledbetter (Dr. Williams and others) Mark is thrilled to be working with Transport Group again after appearing in their inaugural production of Our Town as well as Requiem for William. New York and touring credits include Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone (First National), Phil Davis in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (San Francisco, Detroit and St. Paul companies), the Policeman in Mary Poppins (Broadway), Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (First National), Willie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Of Thee I Sing (City Center Encores!). Favorite regional credits include Leo Hubbard in Regina (Kennedy Center); Cosmo in Singin’ In The Rain (NSMT); Riff in West Side Story (Pioneer Theatre Company); Romance, Romance and Miss Saigon (Paper Mill Playhouse). Film/TV: It Runs In The Family, The Producers, The Job, and South Pacific at Carnegie Hall. Graduate of Northwestern University. Love and thanks to family, friends, BRS and JT.

Michael Maricondi (Pablo and others) A recent graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts who is addicted to Japanese pop music and Scrabble, has just finished a critically acclaimed run as “Mercury” in New Jersey Rep’s production of Cupid & Psyche. In New York, he has appeared in many new musicals including Be Like Joe, Rainy Day People, Extraordinary, Welcome to New Jersey, and others as well as the Northeast tour of I Feel Great! (Kevin) and has performed with Pacific Opera Encores at Carnegie’s Weill Recital hall and in Il Tabarro (Tinca). In addition to performing, Michael is a playwright and composer—his What Fairy Tale is This, Anyway?! The Musical played a sold-out run at The Producers Club and his newest children’s musical, When Push Comes to Shove (with collaborator Rachel Bloom) is set to premiere sometime this coming year. He is also a voice teacher and acting coach. Michael would like to thank Robin and Dana for their support and wisdom, Caitie for making him laugh, “Boopsie” for those late night inspirational talks, and, most of all, Mommy for being his angel.

Blair Ross (Dr. Think Pink and others) Miss Ross most recently appeared in The Women at The Old Globe in San Diego directed by Darko Tresnjak. Broadway: 42nd Street (and National Tour). Off-Broadway: Exactly Like You, Hysterical Blindness, Smoke on the Mountain, Berlin to Broadway, etc. Regional: CenterStage, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ford’s, Walnut Street, Denver Center, McCarter Theatre, St. Louis MUNY, etc. Writer: The History, Discovery and Travel Channels (story producer) as well as the upcoming musical Touché with composer Randy Redd. Education: Vassar College

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