CAST

Papa Ge

Merle Dandridge is honored to return to the Broadway boards to tell one of her favorite stories: Love always wins. She currently stars in the Oprah Winfrey/Lionsgate produced television show “Greenleaf” as Grace Greenleaf which is soon heading into its third season. She has previously been seen on Broadway in Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Rent (Joanne), Aida (Aida), Tarzan (Kala) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Soul Girl, Disciple, Mary u/s). She has toured the U.S. and Europe six times, played The Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall and been featured in several regional theatre productions including multiple stints at The Geffen Playhouse and Pasadena Playhouse. Merle’s recurring television roles include Gwen Gaskin in NBC’s “Night Shift,” Vega in CW’s “Star-Crossed” and Rita Roosevelt in FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.”  Among her video game characters are her BAFTA-winning turn as Katherine Collins in “Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture,” her award-winning portrayals as Marlene in “The Last of Us,” and Alyx Vance in “Half Life 2,” “DOTA 2” and “Unchartered 4.”  For Mark Ford.

Agwe

What a blessing to join the Once On This Island family! Broadway: CatsRagtime. Off Broadway: The Secret Garden, Lincoln Center; A New Brain, NY City Center; Lost In the Stars, NY City Center; The Roar of the Greasepaint…, York Theatre Company.  National Tours: MemphisThe Color PurpleThe Lion KingRagtime. Regional: Les Miserables, Drury Lane Theatre; Nicholas Nickleby, Orlando Shakes; Tarzan, the MUNY; Gee’s Bend, Cincinnati Playhouse; I Dream, Alliance Theatre; A Little Night Music, Sacramento Music Circus; Jacques Brel…, Straz PAC. Bert Williams, Paul Robeson, Louie Armstrong, and Sammy Davis Jr. is why… “we tell the story!”

Asaka

Alex is more than thrilled to be making his Broadway debut! Alex is best known for playing Wade “Unique” Adams, a transgender student on FOX’s “Glee.” Although the stage is where it all began, some of his favorite roles include: Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), Cinderella (Fairy Godmother), Saturday Night Fever (Candy)Alex is also a recording artist with Atlantic Records where he’s released songs with Clean Bandit (“Stronger”), Blonde (“All Cried Out”) and The Knocks (“Collect my Love”). All available now along with his debut EP entitled Power, and new single “Keep It Moving.” Also Kill the Lights (Nile Rogers and DJ Cassidy) which was featured on HBO’s “Vinyl.” Website: TheAlexNewell.com Twitter and Instagram @TheAlexNewell.

Erzulie

Broadway: Kim in Miss Saigon (Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk and OCC Awards), Allegiance, Les Miserables, Flower Drum Song. International: Fun Home, Cats, Cinderella, God of Carnage. Film/TV: singing voices of Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Les Miserables for PBS (10th and 25th Anniversary concerts), “Hey, Mr. Producer.” As a concert artist Lea has toured globally, performing in some of the world’s most iconic concert venues and in 2017 broke the record for the most consecutive performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below with her acclaimed show Blurred Lines, also an album.
www.leasalonga.com.

Tonton Julian

Phillip is a Bass-Baritone from Greenville, SC. He is a TONY, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle, Awards nominee, winner Theater World Award and I.R.N.E. for “Crown” in Porgy and Bess. He’s a graduate of The Hartt School. Performances include: “A Boatman” Sunday In The Park With George, “TW” Sondheim on Sondheim LA Philharmonic/Boston Pops, “Booker T. Washington” Ragtime, “Jim” Big River, “Pirate King/Samuel” Pirates of PenzanceOn The Town, “Joe” Show Boat, “Ken” Ain’t Misbehavin’, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and JCS Gospel. He Directs THE NYGOSPEL BROTHERS. Movies: Top FiveFreedom, Easter Mysteries. For more information, please visit www.PhillipBoykin.com.

Storyteller

Recently appeared as Simone Murphy on S5 of “House of Cards;” S5 of “Elementary” on CBS. Broadway: Lottie Gee in Shuffle Along; The Book of Mormon; Nettie in The Color Purple, Sarah in Ragtime for which she received a Helen Hayes nomination, and The Goodbye Girl! Her single release “Everlasting” appeared on MTV’s Most Wanted, VH1, Top of the Pops in London, and was nominated for a Viva Award. Television: “Law and Order SVU,” Ms. Berg in “Rescue Me,” “Nurse Jackie” and Mercy as “Adrienne Mercer” on NBC. Film Credits: Sharla in The Challenger and Rush.

Storyteller

Broadway:The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Joan of Arc, Invisible Thread, Drumstruck, Central Avenue Breakdown. Regional: Witness Uganda, Miss Saigon (Best Actor Nomination), The Brothers/Sister Plays (Best Actor Nomination); Venice, Pippin, Jelly’s Last Jam (Best Actor Nomination), In the Red and Brown Water. National Tour: Fosse. Other tours include South Africa at the renowned Baxter and Market Theatre as the lead in The Brother Size. TV: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Chappelle’s Show.” Nutrition and Fitness at Corerhythmfitness.net. Grateful to God, family, friends, Roco, and Jay. Ephesians 3:20

Andrea

Alysha comes directly from the Broadway company of Hamilton where she was playing the roles of Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds. She was a member of the original company both at the Public Theatre and on Broadway, where she stood by for Eliza Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler and Peggy.  Other Broadway credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Original Broadway Company) and Sister Act (Deloris u/s). She traveled with the national tour of Sister Act (Deloris standby). Regionally she was seen in Found (Denise) at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, also the St. Louis MUNY and Marriott Lincolnshire in Chicago. IG @alysha_des Twitter @alysha_d.

Storyteller

Tyler is thrilled be a part of Once On This Island! Broadway: Motown the Musical (Eddie Kendricks, Smokey Robinson u.s.); Tours: Dreamgirls (C.C. White); Motown the Musical (Norman Whitfield); New York: ACAPPELLA, the Musical (Jeremiah); Little Dancer (Gilbert); Popstar (Robby); Regional: RENT (Angel); You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy); Shrek the Musical; Hairspray. All of my love to my family and friends for your endless support! Instagram: @tylerhar  Twitter: @tylerhardwick1

Storyteller

Cassondra is delighted to be making her Broadway debut in Once On This Island.  Recent credits include The First Noel with the Classical Theatre of Harlem. As a background vocalist, she has performed alongside a wide range of artists including Christina Aguilera, Wynton Marsalis, Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Kim Burrell, Laura Izibor, Ledisi, and Gladys Knight. She is currently finishing a PhD at the Graduate Center (CUNY). Website: www.CassondraJames.com

Storyteller

David is thrilled to return to Broadway in this iconic production and once again work with Lynn and Stephen.  Broadway: After Midnight, Hands On A Hardbody, Genius of Ray Charles (West End). Tours/Regional: Ragtime (Coalhouse), Dreamgirls (Curtis), Kinky Boots (Simon Sr.), Sister Act (Eddie), Waitress w/Sara Bareilles, Disney’s Freaky Friday (Mike), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Grammy Nom. for 30th Anniversary Recording). Television: “Blue Bloods,” “The Shield,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Follow me on Instagram @djmusicbiz.

Storyteller

Emmy® Award winner and eleventh Broadway production. Recently appeared in the Grammy and Tony Award winning Best Revival The Color Purple. Favorite Broadway credits include: Motown, Leap of Faith, Catch Me If You Can, Finian’s Rainbow, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Aida. Regional: One Night In Miami (Sam Cooke, Center Stage), Dreamgirls (Curtis, North Shore). TV/film: “Mozart In The Jungle,” “Royal Pains,” “Smash,” I Am Legend. BFA, Juilliard. Thanks: creator, family, FSE, and KBK. Follow: @gray_sandy

Storyteller

San Diego native. Clark Atlanta University alumna (BA, Mass Media Arts). American Idol Top 16 in 2015. TV/Film credits include “Tales,” “The Quad,” “Greenleaf” (Season 2 Soundtrack), “Powers,” “The Game,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Tag.” Broadway and regional theatre: Motown the Musical, Broadway and National Tour (Diana Ross u/s, Gladys Knight, Esther), Ragtime (Sarah), Shrek the Musical (Fiona u/s), Once On This Island (Erzulie), Sweet Charity (Ursula/Carmen), The Princess and the Black-eyed Pea. @LorenSharice

Mama Euralie

Bway: The Color Purple (Celie), Xanadu (Erato/Kira understudy) Off B’way: Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Granny) Encores!, Bella: an American Tall Tale (Miss Cabbagestalk/Mama), Merrily We Roll Along (Encores!), Wild Party (Encores!), Langston In Harlem (Zora Neale Hurston-Drama Desk Nom./ Audelco Award), Working (Drama Desk Award), Avenue Q. Regional: Parade (Minnie McKnight, Angela/2014 Barrymore Award Outstanding Featured Actress), Once On This Island (Timoune/ Mama Euralie), Ragtime (Sarah) Film/TV: “Sesame Street,” “Hostages,” “Blacklist.” Follow me on Twitter! @miller_kenita

Daniel

Isaac is a 2017 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, he recently originated the title role of Nikola Tesla in Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat by Nikko Benson and Benjamin Halstead at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. @isaaccolepowell

Storyteller

T. Oliver is honored to celebrate show #12 with Once On This Island. BROADWAY: Sunset Boulevard, After Midnight, Sister Act, Mary Poppins, The Wedding Singer, La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, Never Gonna Dance, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Follies, Kiss Me Kate. FILM/TV: Sex & The City, “Girls”, “Mercy”. “All things come of thee, O Lord…” Thanks to JLF, CTG, CLA. Proud AEA Member and prouder #OneOfMildredsKids. www.Toliverreid.com

Storyteller

Past credits include B’way: In Transit; Off B’way: Sistas the Musical, They Wrote That, Ragtime(Ellis Island); Nat’l Tours: All Shook Up, Ain’t Misbehavin’; Regional: Dreamgirls (Effie White), Once On This Island (Asaka), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), Kiss Me Kate (Hattie), Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Jewel). Aurelia would like to thank her incredible family for their love and endless support!

Ti Moune

Born in Humble, Texas, Hailey was adopted at birth and raised by her parents in the small town of Happy Valley, Oregon. Starting at age six, she was involved with a local children’s choir. While she has studied classical, jazz, opera, country, and gospel, her love has always been musical theatre. In high school, she competed at the local, state and national level for singing. She won second place in the August Wilson Monologue Competition in Portland, and competed at the National August Wilson Monologue Competition in New York. Regional credits include: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Woman, Portland Center Stage), Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs, Portland Center Stage), PWP Perfect Works In Progress (Donald Webster), Romeo and Juliet (Prince, Ensemble), Crumbs From The Table Of Joy (Ermina), The Colored Museum. Hailey was accepted into the Musical Theatre program at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. TW: @HaileyKilgore. IG: @HaileyfKilgore

CREATIVE

Broadway: Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), The Play That Goes Wrong, Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway – Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End), The Visit (Tony nomination), Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County (National Tour), Allegiance, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit (Broadway, West End and National Tour), and 13.

Off-Broadway: Daddy Long Legs, Altar Boyz (Co-Conceiver), My First Time (Author), The Awesome 80s Prom (Creator), and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage (Author). Ken’s productions have been produced internationally in over 25 countries.

Ken also serves as the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.

Ken’s unique style has garnered him two front page articles in the NY Times, features on MSNBC, Rock Center, Fox News, BBC, and a mention in Jay Leno’s monologue on “The Tonight Show.”  Ken was named one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty,” and is one of the co-founders of TEDxBroadway. Other projects include: smartphone app Did He Like It, Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star. His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more.

Upcoming projects include his original musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together (Broadway 2018), and revivals of The Great White Hope and Mass Appeal, as well as the movie, Band Dorks.

For more information, visit his blog or www.KenDavenport.com.

Broadway: AnastasiaDear Evan Hansen (Tony Award), Kinky Boots (Broadway – Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End – Olivier Award), Disaster!Allegiance, Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony Nomination), The Visit (Tony Nomination), It’s Only a PlayMothers and Sons (Tony Nomination), The Bridges of Madison CountyMacbeth 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: Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Hello Again, A Little More Alive and “Single for the First Time.”

LYNN AHRENS won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for Broadway’s Ragtime. For Twentieth Century Fox’s animated feature film Anastasia, she was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. She and longtime collaborator Stephen Flaherty received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Broadway: Anastasia; Once On This Island (Olivier Award, Best Musical; Tony nominations, Best Book and Score); Seussical (Grammy nomination); My Favorite Year; Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life; Rocky; Madison Square Garden’s A Christmas Carol; Ragtime (2010 Broadway revival). Off-Broadway and regional: Lincoln Center Theater’s Dessa Rose, The Glorious Ones (both Drama Desk-nominated) and A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical); Lucky Stiff; Little Dancer (Kennedy Center world premiere). Film and television credits include A “Christmas Carol” (NBC-TV); Camp (IFC Films); “Schoolhouse Rock” (ABC-TV) and others. (Emmy Award and four Emmy nominations). She is a Council member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a co-founder of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, and a Lilly Award winner for Lyrics. www.ahrensandflaherty.com

STEPHEN FLAHERTY is the composer of the Broadway musicals Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Grammy nominations), Once On This Island (Tony nomination, London’s Olivier Award, Best Musical), Seussical (Grammy, Drama Desk nominations), Rocky and Anastasia. Additional Broadway credits include Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (original songs) and Neil Simon’s Proposals (incidental music). He composed the scores for four musicals at Lincoln Center Theatre: The Glorious Ones (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), Dessa Rose (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), A Man of No Importance (OCC, Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination) and My Favorite Year. Other theater includes In Your Arms (Old Globe), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), Lucky Stiff (Playwrights Horizons) and Loving Repeating (Chicago’s Jefferson Award, Best New Musical.) Film includes Anastasia (two Academy Award and two Golden Globe nominations), After The Storm and Lucky Stiff. Mr. Flaherty’s concert music has premiered at the Hollywood Bowl, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Guggenheim. In 2014, he and longtime collaborator Lynn Ahrens received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Council, Dramatists Guild of America; co-founder, Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. AhrensAndFlaherty.com

DANE LAFFREY (set design) Broadway: set and costumes for Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, set for Fool For Love. Recent off-Broadway: set and/or costumes for Rancho ViejoIndian Summer, The Christians, Iowa (Playwrights Horizons), Sell.Buy.Date (Manhattan Theatre Club), Homos, or Everyone in America (Labyrinth), The Harvest, (Lincoln Center), The Glory of the World (B.A.M. Harvey), Cloud 9 (Atlantic) and other work at Roundabout, Second Stage, Vineyard Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, MCC, SoHo Rep, Rattlestick, Transport Group and many others. Regional work at The Humana Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Theatre, The Old Globe, Huntington Theatre Company, The Wallis Annenberg Center, Denver Center, Goodspeed, Woolly Mammoth, Center Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, New York Stage & Film, others. International work in Tokyo, Oslo, Osaka and throughout Australia. Dane won a 2017 OBIE Award for sustained excellence in set and costume design and has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award and 4 Henry Hewes Awards along with numerous regional accolades.

 

CLINT RAMOS (Costume Designer) Notable set/costume designs include the Broadway productions of Sunday in the Park With George, Six Degrees of Separation, In TransitEclipsedThe Elephant Man (Broadway, West End), Violet. Off Broadway he designed, Here Lies Love (NY, London), Sweet Charity, Bella, Familiar and Booty Candy, He has over 200 regional and international credits. Awards: Tony Award (first person of color to win in his category), Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, 3 Lortels, TDF Irene Sharaff Award, 2 ATW Henry Hewes, Helen Hayes. Upcoming: Torch Song Trilogy, Robert O’Hara’s Mankind, Relevance, Warhol/Capote. @clintramos

Jules Fisher, founder of Fisher Dachs Associates, Fisher Marantz Stone Partners, and Third Eye Studio, is one of the world’s foremost theatrical lighting designers. In a career spanning four decades, Jules has lit hundreds of Broadway shows, including such classics as Hair, Pippin, Chicago, and Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ which he also produced, concert tours for artists such as the Rolling Stones and David Bowie, and films such as Chicago and Dreamgirls.

 

Since 1985 he has collaborated with co-designer Peggy Eisenhauer at Third Eye. They conceive and design lighting for all forms of entertainment, including stage, film, and music. Jules and Peggy have collectively been awarded Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical seven times, including Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (2004, Revival), Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (1996), Jelly’s Last Jam (1992), The Will Rogers Follies (1991), Grand Hotel (1990), Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ (1978), and Pippin (1973), and once for Best Lighting Design of a Play for Ulysses in Nighttown (1974). Together, they have been honored with nearly thirty Tony Award nominations. Their work can currently be seen in Disney’s 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Grammy, Olivier, four time Tony nominated. Selected Designs include: Anastasia, Something Rotten, Rock of Ages, After Midnight, Motown, The Scottsboro Boys, Side Show, Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Shrek the Musical, On A Clear Day, Lend Me A Tenor, Elf, Wonderland, Cry Baby, The Times They Are A-Changin’, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Little Women, Brooklyn.  Other credits: Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas, Ragtime (London), Rocky Das Musical (Hamburg, Stuttgart), King Kong (Melbourne).  International arena tours of How To Train Your Dragon and Walking with Dinosaurs.

Grammy nominated AnnMarie Milazzo’s vocal designing credits include Broadway’s Spring AwakeningNext To NormalIf/Then and Finding Neverland. She was the co/arranger/lyricist and co/composer for The Radio City Rockettes Summer Spectacular 2016. Her Off Broadway credits include, Carrie, Groundhog and Prince and the Pauper.  As a composer/Lyricist her musical short film Pretty Dead Girl won The Sundance Film festival’s Special Jury award. AnnMarie wrote the lyrics for Cirque du Soleil’s Le Reve at The Wynn hotel. She has worked with Serj Tankian on ART’s production of Prometheus Bound and Burt Bacharach on The Old Globe’s production of Some Lovers.

MICHAEL STAROBINMrs. Miller Does Her Thing, Freaky Friday, Falsettos, First Daughter Suite, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kid Victory, If/ThenAnnie, Dogfight, Leap of Faith, Queen of the Mist, People in the Picture, Sondheim on Sondheim, Next to Normal (Tony Award), Glorious Ones, Grinch, Adrift in Macao, Bernarda Alba, Spelling Bee, Assassins (Tony Award), Tom Sawyer, A New Brain, A Christmas Carol, Hello Again, Guys & Dolls (1992), My Favorite Year, In TrousersSunday in the Park with George, Once on This Island, Closer Than Ever, Legs Diamond, Romance Romance, Carrie, Birds of Paradise, Rags, Three Guys Naked, Von Richtofen.

CHRIS FENWICK music directed the Public Theater and Broadway productions of Fun Home (2015 Tony Award, Best Musical) and is Music Supervisor of the current national tour. He also recently music directed the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. He is the founding Music Director of City Center Encores! Off-Center. He music directed the original productions of Michael John LaChiusa’s GiantLos OtrosQueen of the Mist, and See What I Wanna See. Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Rocky, The Pajama Game, Here Lies Jenny, Road Show, Mother Courage at Shakespeare in the Park, starring Meryl Streep, and more. Music Director for Patti LuPone at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival, and many more.

Broadway: The Color Purple, Motown, Scandalous, Hello, Dolly!, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bandstand, Newsies, Memphis. National Tours: Memphis, Dreamgirls. Off-Broadway: Big River, Cabin in the Sky, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Featured pianist: LaChanze, Jennifer Hudson, Heather Headley, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Ragtime on Ellis Island with Brian Stokes Mitchell. Originally from DC, Alvin has performed at the Kennedy Center, White House and Capitol and has two degrees in meteorology (yes, you read that correctly) from Harvard and Georgia Tech. He sends love to his wife Rebecca and their first child Samuel, who was born in March 2017.

JOHN MILLER: Broadway (over 100 shows, including): Hello Dolly; Miss Saigon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Indecent; The Great Comet of 1812; Bronx Tale; Holiday Inn; Waitress; Something Rotten; Les Miserables; Beautiful; Pippin; Once; Jersey Boys; Newsies; Rock of Ages; Elf; Porgy and Bess; Jesus Christ Superstar; Godspell; Follies; Priscilla; Sister Act; Catch Me If You Can

Studio Musician (bass): Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bette Midler, Peter, Paul and Mary, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Carly Simon, BB King, Pete Seeger, NY Philharmonic, Mose Allison, Tommy Flanagan, Portishead, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick, Ray Charles. www.johnmillerbass.com

CAMILLE A. BROWN: Broadway:  A Streetcar Named Desire; Off-Broadway: Fortress of Solitude (Public Theatre, Lucille Nortel Award Nominee), The Box (Foundry Theatre), Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons, June 2017).  Regional:  Bella:  An American Tall Tale and Stagger Lee (Dallas Theatre Center), The Winter’s Tale (McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company), Blood Quilt (Arena Stage); and Encores! New York City Center’s productions of Cabin in the Sky and Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM! starring Lin-Manuel Miranda.  Upcoming:  the Broadway revivals of Once on This Island (December 2017), Pal Joey (Spring 2019), and a world premiere of her new work Ink at The Kennedy Center (December 2017).

 

MICHAEL ARDEN (Director) is a Tony-nominated director for his revival of Spring Awakening. The acclaimed production transferred from Deaf West Theater in Los Angeles to Broadway in fall 2015. He also won the Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Director of a Musical and was nominated for a Drama Desk award for the production. Michael made his Broadway debut in Deaf West Theater and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Big River. Other directing credits include My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theater; Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles, where he is currently the Artist in Residence; LA Ronde for his company, the Forest of Arden; and For the Record: John Hughes in LA and NYC. His production of The Pride opened at the Wallis Annenberg Center in June 2017. Other theatre credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Times they are a Changin’, Ragtime (Avery Fisher), It’s Only Life, Swimming in the Shallows, Ace, Juno, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, The Secret Garden, Pippin (Mark Taper Forum), and Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Michael’s film work includes Source Code, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Bride Wars and So B It. He has also worked extensively in TV, most notably on FX and Fox’s “Anger Management.” Other TV credits include “GCB,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Royal Pains,” “Unforgettable,” “Off the Map,” “Kings,” “The Closer,” “The Forgotten,” “Bones,” “The Return of Jezebel James,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “NUMB3RS.” Concert work includes singing with Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti, and performances at 54 BELOW, Feinstein’s at the Regency and Joe’s Pub. Michael is an alum of The Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School.