Two Singular Sensations: Michael Bennett & Marvin Hamlisch (to open a PDF)
Click here to watch Chryssie Whitehead discuss her role as Cassie and her experience working on the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.
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Cast & Creative Bios:
ANDREW PALERMO (Zach) Direction and/or choreography highlights: Allegiance (The Old Globe), The Other Josh Cohen (Papermill, SoHo Playhouse), Kristin Chenoweth/Carnegie Hall, The Frank Loesser Songbook/New York Philharmonic (Lincoln Center), The Mikado (Carnegie Hall), Ace (The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Miss Julie (Geffen Playhouse), Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater), Vices (Theatre Aspen), The Aluminum Show (international tour), Aida (Music Theater Wichita), Man of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Circus). Conceiver/director/choreographer of Nickel Mines (UC Irvine), Let Loose The Horses (in development). Past life performing highlights: Original Broadway companies of Wicked and Annie Get Your Gun (Tommy Keeler in the Bernadette Peters revival), as well as How To Succeed…(Matthew Broderick revival), national/international tours of West Side Story, Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish (2nd Stage), numerous regional and concert productions. Andrew is the Co-founding Artistic Director of dre.dance (with Taye Diggs) and an Assistant Professor of Drama at UC Irvine.
CHRYSSIE WHITEHEAD (Cassie) is excited to be back performing in Seattle after playing Lola in The 5th's Damn Yankees. Broadway/NY Theatre: A Chorus Line (Kristine, Broadway Revival/Cast Album/Every Little Step Documentary), Company filmed live with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center now in PBS Great Performances (Kathy with Neal Patrick Harris, as Bobby) Television: Grimm, Private Practice (recurring), Warehouse 13 (recurring), Happy Endings, Switched at Birth, Castle, The Mentalist, Melissa and Joey, In Plain Sight, Grey’s Anatomy, Two and a Half Men (choreographer). Regional Theatre: Cats (Bombalurina), A Chorus Line (Cassie), Gigi (Liane), The Studio (Lisa), The Producers, All Shook Up, Fosse, The Radio City Rockettes, Paul McCartney’s Driving Rain tour. Film: Lucky Stiff (releasing soon with Jason Alexander), Revenge of the Bridesmaids (ABC Family movie with Raven Simone), Save the Last Dance (Julia Stiles' dance double). "God, I'm a dancer! My heart on the dance floor... for you, Momma." www.chryssiewhitehead.com
GREG McCORMICK ALLEN (Larry) is thrilled to be performing A Chorus Line at the 5th again. Most recently, he portrayed Mr. Braithwaite in Billy Elliot with the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and Patsy in The 5th Ave's production of Monty Python’s Spamalot! This holiday season, Greg will be traipsing through England for the fourth time in 2014, this time as Bert in Mary Poppins at the Village Theatre. Love and thanks to friends and family!
KATRINA ASMAR (Diana) is absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of A Chorus Line at the glorious 5th Avenue Theatre! She recently toured Australia and the US with In the Mood! (Nurse), a 1940’s musical revue. Hippodrome State Theater credits include Carrie, a Comedy (Norma) and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy-Lou). University of Florida credits include Chicago (Velma Kelly), Damn Yankees (Lola), City of Angels (Alaura Kingsley), and Baby (Pam) presented at Edinburgh FRINGE Festival.
SCOTT BRATENG (Greg) is the luckiest man alive. After acting all around the world, it's his dream come true to portray this role, in this show that he's wanted to do since he started performing! Additionally, that this opportunity came at home, in a theater that is as much "home" as Seattle, is nothing short of incredible. Many thanks to his family in life and at The 5th, including David and Bill, for allowing me to grow and making my dreams possible.
GABRIEL COREY (Mike) is honored to be part of the amazing cast of A Chorus Line! Corey is also excited about being a founding member and teaching at the Studios, opening this fall in downtown Seattle. Recent 5th Avenue shows include Hello, Dolly; ELF – The Musical; Damn Yankees; Guys and Dolls; Oliver!; Spamalot (Minstrel, Mime) and The Music Man (Tommy Djilas). Love to Rianna, family and friends.
TARYN DARR (Val – Sept. 3-13) Honored to once again stand on the line! 5th Avenue favorites: Tapping on snowflakes as Judy Haynes in White Christmas, ruining a different Christmas as Charlotte Dennon in ELF – The Musical, and completely breaking up laughing onstage with the cast of Spamalot. Village Theatre: Chicago (Roxie Hart, 2013 Gregory Award Nomination). Love and appreciation to my family and to family here at the beautiful 5th Avenue Theatre. UW grad, AEA proud, and "Go Hawks!" www.taryndarr.com
SARAH ROSE DAVIS (Maggie) is thrilled to be playing Maggie! Davis recently starred as Fanny Brice in Village Theatre's production of Funny Girl. Davis is a Seattle native with a BFA from The Boston Conservatory. This will be her 13th production at The 5th Avenue Theatre! Favorites include A Christmas Story, Cinderella, Oklahoma!, ELF – The Musical, RENT, Guys and Dolls, Hairspray in Concert, Pirates of Penzance, and Spamalot. Next up - A Christmas Story (again!) Thank you to Mom, Dad, Calvin and The 5th!
STEPHEN DIAZ (Paul) Broadway: West Side Story (Revival, dir. Arthur Laurents), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (dir. Linda Haberman). Regional: Disney’s Aladdin (Hyperion Theatre), Cats (West Coast Premiere). Choreographers worked with: Patrick Delcroix (NDT), Stephen Petronio (NY), Donald McKayle (CA). As well as danced the works of: William Foresythe, Alonzo King, Matthew Bourne. Thank you Polaris Dance Theatre and Cami Curtis PAC. To You who sit there reading this, this is For You.
ERIC ESTEB (Don) is honored to join the cast of A Chorus Line once again. This show has a special place in his heart, as it was the first show he performed on The 5th Ave stage back in 2003. When not performing with 5th Ave, he performs as part of the aerial duo, The Innamorati, with his partner and true love, Quynbi. You can see their aerial work at www.TheInnamorati.com.
PAUL FLANAGAN (Al, Dance Captain) is humbled and thrilled to be reprising his role from the Broadway revival national touring company of A Chorus Line. You might remember him from Oliver! at The 5th, Fiddler on the Roof and Chicago at Village Theatre. Flanagan is so excited for the Studios opening this fall: www.thestudios.org. I love you mom and dad. I couldn’t do this show without your support.
MEAGHAN FOY (Val – Sept. 14-28, Tricia, Maggie/Val Understudy) is pleased as punch to be back home at The 5th! Previous 5th Ave credits: Memphis, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Alice), and Mame. Other credits: Cloaked, Bye Bye Birdie, The Music Man, Annie at The Village Theatre, The Producers and Evita at Point Park University. Meaghan graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park and now lives in New York City. Love to Mom & family. For Dad, as always.
CHARLIE JOHNSON (Bobby) is thrilled to be returning to The 5th Avenue stage! His past credits here include Spamalot, ELF – The Musical, and Hairspray in Concert. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theater, North Carolina Theater, and Flat Rock Playhouse. He recently debuted his one-man show, Charlie, or Change, in New York to critical acclaim (His parents loved it). BFA: Elon University. Thanks to David and Bill for this incredible opportunity, and thank YOU for supporting live theater!
MALLORY KING (Kristine) is honored to be a part of this show. King grew up training at PNB with summers in NY at SAB. She received her BFA in musical theatre from BYU. Theatre credits include Oklahoma!, Music Man, Oliver! (5th Avenue) Funny Girl (Village) Singin' in the Rain, High Society (Showtunes Theatre Company). Favorite roles include Mary Poppins, Dorothy Gale and Olive Ostrovsky (CST). Grateful to call this dream her job. Many thanks to those that helped along the way!
McKAYLA MARSO (Judy, Cassie Understudy) is originally from Pierre, SD and excited to make her 5th Avenue debut! National tours: Monty Python’s Spamalot (Ensemble/us Lady of the Lake), The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble/us Glinda). Regional: Swing! (Lead Singer), Chicago (Velma Kelly), Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl), My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle), Norwegian Cruise Lines. Thanks to my mentor and friend Kerry Casserly for this opportunity, and love to mom, dad, Nick and Liz.
TRINA MILLS (Sheila) is beyond ecstatic to have been given the opportunity to play Sheila on The 5th Avenue stage! From Seattle, Mills started studying ballet at British Dance Academy when she was 3. Mills earned her BA in acting from WWU. 5th Avenue: West Side Story, Mame, Joseph..., White Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Cinderella, RENT, ELF, Oliver!, Spamalot. Thank you 5th Avenue Theatre, David Bennett and the A Chorus Line creative team for this honor! Love to Josh.
TAYLOR NIEMEYER (Bebe) is ecstatic to be a part of this wonderful production! She was last seen on the 5th Avenue stage as Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man. Other favorite roles include Mary Jane Wilkes (Big River) and Winnie Tate (Annie Get Your Gun) at Village Theatre and Janet Van De Graaff (The Drowsy Chaperone) at SMT. Next up Mary Poppins at Village Theatre! Love and hugs to The Adams family and Tim!
RICHARD PEACOCK (Richie) is ecstatic to be making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut. Previous regional theatre credits include Terpsichore in Xanadu. Peacock has recently received his BFA in Dance at Cornish College of the Arts, where he has worked with esteemed choreographers Camille A. Brown, Iyun Ashani Harrison, Timothy Lynch and Wade Madeson. He is honored to work on A Chorus Line with such a wonderfully talented group of people!
CONNOR RUSSELL (Mark) Credits include Disney’s Aladdin, Music Man, Hairspray in Concert (5th Avenue), Funny Girl, 42nd Street, The Who’s Tommy (Village Theatre), Gypsy (Capital Rep), White Christmas (Arkansas Rep), A Christmas Carol (Pittsburgh CLO), High School Musical (Seattle Children’s Theatre), and Zanna Don’t! (Contemporary Classics). Readings: Jasper in Deadland (RSO Fest at 54 Below). Film: Paul in The Hinterlands (IAWTV Award nomination Best Leading Actor), The Brand Upon the Brain. Russell is a BFA graduate from Point Park University. www.connorrussell.net
MOMOKO SUGAI (Connie) is thrilled to be making her debut at this beautiful theater in her favorite city! Previous credits: Olney Theater Center: A Chorus Line (Connie) [2014 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical], The King and I (Little Eva), Seacoast Repertory Theater: HAIR (Crissy/Dance Captain), Performance Riverside: How to Succeed in Business… (Dance Captain), Mysterium Theater: The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), Godspell (Gilmer), Nunsense (Amnesia), Once on this Island (Erzulie), Theme Parks: Disneyland (Fantasmic!), Knott’s Berry Farm. Much thanks and love to my family.
KYLE BERNBACH (Butch, Richie/Mike/Larry Understudy, Dance Captain) is proud to join the cast of A Chorus Line in his first season with The 5th Ave since bringing Memphis (1st NTL) here as its Dance Captain. Other credits: Memphis (Broadway). Instructor at Urban Yoga Spa. Namaste!
SYDNEY BUCKLEY (Swing, Connie/Kristine Understudy) is thrilled to be back at The 5th in A Chorus Line following her theater debut, Secondhand Lions. Recently married and a 2013 UW graduate, Buckley teaches dance nationally. Love to God, her family, and friends!
ETHAN CARPENTER (Swing, Mark/Al Understudy) 5th Avenue debut! Seattle credits: Combeferre in Les Misérables and John in Funny Girl (Village Theatre). Regional favorites: Grantaire in Les Misérables, Freddy in My Fair Lady. Proud graduate of Indiana University. Enjoy!
CARLY HEBERT (Swing) couldn't be happier to be a part of this phenomenal cast! Favorite credits: Elle in Legally Blonde, the title role in Peter Pan, Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Amber in Hairspray. Love to John & Boo.
ULYBER MANGUNE (Tom, Paul Understudy) Trained by Sheri Lewis at Westlake Dance Center and Marianni Magnuson through Core Theatrics, "UJ" would like to thank them, the cast, his parents, Sierra, and The 5th Avenue Theatre for this opportunity.
NICK PERRY (Frank, Don Understudy) is overjoyed to be making his 5th Avenue debut in A Chorus Line! Nick is studying dance and kinesiology at Western Washington University. Thanks to Mom, Dad and Adrienne for all their support.
SARAH SHEPLER (Vicki, Sheila/Judy Understudy) Thrilled to be back at The 5th Avenue Theatre and in this amazing show! Broadway Tour: Chicago (Swing/Hunyak). 5th Avenue: Spamalot (Ensemble). Other favorites: A Chorus Line (North Shore Theatre, Lois), How to Succeed…(Depot Theatre).
MICHAEL STUMPFIG (Roy, Bobby/Greg Understudy) is way too excited to be performing in A Chorus Line! This is Stumpfig’s first show in Seattle since moving here last year. He would like to thank Tom and Kathy for their massive support.
INDEAH THOMAIER (Lois, Diana/Bebe Understudy) is excited to be back with 5th Avenue, previous productions include Secondhand Lions, Oliver!, Cinderella (5th Ave), Chicago, and Big River (Village)“ Thank you family, friends, the Lord and my wonderful husband, Ryan Harris.”
DAVID BENNETT (Director) Previously directed Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, The Most Happy Fella and Buddy for The 5th Avenue. Other favorite Seattle productions include Man of La Mancha and Once On This Island (Village Theatre), Neverending Story, Bunnicula and June B. Jones (Seattle Children’s Theatre) and Osborn New Play Award winner, Torso, by Keri Healey (Printer’s Devil). His work has also been seen at Casa Mañana, Peterborough Players, North Carolina Theatre, Gateway Playhouse and Ordway Theatre, among others. Upcoming projects: The Fantasticks with Showtunes Theatre Co. at Benaroya Hall, and Sarah Rudinoff’s new solo piece, Is This Real Life?, recently part of On The Board’s Northwest New Works Festival. No relation.
KERRY CASSERLY (Choreographer) is honored to be joining the production team at The 5th Avenue Theatre to restage Michael Bennett’s choreography for A Chorus Line with David Bennett and Angelique Ilo. She is a veteran of the Broadway National and International companies of A Chorus Line. Casserly played the role of Kristine in the record-breaking Broadway gala performance. Other credits include Pippin with Bob Fosse; My One and Only with Tommy Tune; Annie and Annie Warbucks with Martin Charnin and Peter Gennaro. TV and film credits include Baryshnikov on Broadway and All That Jazz. Casserly has directed and choreographed for Music Theater Wichita; Casa Mañana Theatre; University of Michigan; and serves as artistic director at Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts in Minneapolis. She considers it a unique opportunity to pass on this classic, inspiring, and timeless piece, and share her memories of working with Michael Bennett with this wonderful talented cast.
W. BRENT SAWYER (Music Director) This native Texan is thrilled to be back at 5th Ave after music directing A Chorus Line and The Most Happy Fella here previously. Broadway: Annie Get Your Gun (starring Bernadette Peters), A Chorus Line (2006 Revival). Off Broadway: Seussical The Musical! (Drama League Award & Lucille Lortel Award nominated best revival), Junie B. Jones, Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey, Anne of Green Gables, and the acclaimed revival of William Finn’s Falsettoland. Regional: the regional premiere of Titanic, Blood Brothers, Hairspray, Always Patsy Cline starring Sally Struthers, Jekyll & Hyde, Big River, The Who’s Tommy. Workshop: IN TRANSIT, at the renown O’Neill Theater Center and The York Theater in Manhattan. Teacher: Marymount Manhattan College, The Actor’s Studio Drama School at The New School, NYU Playwrights Horizon’s Studio, The American Music and Dramatic Academy. As a private vocal coach, he has worked with many of Broadway’s top talents. Big thanks to David Bennett, David Armstrong and Bill Berry.
TOM STURGE (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to work with director David Bennett having previously collaborated on Most Happy Fella, Miss Saigon, Buddy! and My Fair Lady at The 5th. Other 5th Ave credits: A Room with a View, The Music Man, Oklahoma!, Cinderella (Gregory Award), A Chorus Line (2003), Oliver! (Footlight Award), Pirates of Penzance, Cabaret, Hair. Village Theatre: The Foreigner, Les Misérables, Chicago (Gregory Award). ACT: Mojo and the Sayso. Seattle Children's Theatre: A Tale of Two Cities. Broadway: Those Were the Days, Gypsy Passion. NY Public Theatre, Circle Rep, Circle-in-the-Square, Irish Arts, LaMama ETC, Huntington Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Pittsburgh Public, Goodspeed Opera House, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alvin Ailey Dance, Spectrum Dance, Denver Center, Papermill Playhouse and Spoleto Opera Festival.
KEN TRAVIS (Sound Designer) Broadway Designs: Aladdin; Jekyll and Hyde; A Christmas Story, the Musical; Scandalous; Newsies; Memphis; The Threepenny Opera; Barefoot in the Park; Steel Magnolias. At The 5th Avenue: A Room with a View; Oklahoma; Saving Aimee; Aladdin; Vanities; A Christmas Story, the Musical; Guys and Dolls; Candide; White Christmas; Sunday in the Park with George; Hello, Dolly; Memphis; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Mame; and Into the Woods. Old Globe, KC Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, LA CTG, Seattle Rep, Guthrie Theater, Dallas Theater Center, McCarter Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The New Group, NYSF Public Theater, CSC, Signature Theater NYC, Vineyard Theater, The Civilians and Mabou Mines.
MARY PYANOWSKI JONES (Hair & Makeup Designer) World premieres of Secondhand Lions (hair design), Aladdin (make-up design), Catch Me If You Can, Shrek, Lone Star Love, Princesses, Memphis, Hairspray, The Wedding Singer. Twenty-four seasons of 5th Avenue Theatre production designs, including the Ivey Award-winning Cabaret. Design credits for national and international productions of opera, operettas, ballet, theater, and musicals. U.S. wig supervisor for the Madness of George III tour. Memorable film and TV credits include Northern Exposure, Orleans, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Rose Red, Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, Assassins, White Dwarf, and Book of Stars. IATSE member Local 706 and 488.
ERIK HOLDEN (Scenic Coordinator) has toured with Cirque du Soleil, built shows for Richard Foreman and the Center for New Performance, created sculptures for PepeJeans/Sienna Miller storefronts and production managed Erik Ehn’s Soulographie Cycle at LaMama Theatre in New York. His work with Lillienthal|Zamora has been seen at The Frye Museum, The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and On the Boards. He is most proud of his amazing wife Echo, who still manages to put up with him.
MICHELLE TERESE GRIMM (Costume Coordinator) grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since relocating to Seattle she has worked in the costume shops at the Intiman, Seattle Opera, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Grimm has also been a technician and design advisor at Cornish College of the Arts since 2011. Recent 5th Avenue credits include the role of costume design assistant for ELF, The Music Man, Secondhand Lions, Oliver!, and A Room with a View in addition to working in the costume shop on Spamalot.
ANGELIQUE ILO (Associate Choreographer) Broadway: A Chorus Line, Crazy For You, Steel Pier, Contact, The Wedding Singer. Ilo is pleased to be back at the 5th Ave Theatre where she was the Dance Captain and understudy for the pre-Broadway run of The Wedding Singer. It is a special honor to collaborate on this production of A Chorus Line. I tip my hat to you Michael Bennett. XOX.
ELISABETH ELLIS (Associate Music Director), a newcomer to Seattle, is a versatile pianist who loves working with vocalists. Her most recent experience includes Seattle Opera, Vespertine Opera, Vashon Opera, and 5th Avenue, with ongoing engagements with Kirkland Choral Society, Seattle Opera BRAVO Club, Bainbridge Chorale, and several other local opera, choral and ballet groups. She also is organist at First United Methodist Church in downtown Seattle. She’s a Michigan State graduate with a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano.
KELSEY THORGALSEN (Assistant Director) is thrilled to be working with this awesome team! Thorgalsen is also the Casting Associate and Artistic Assistant at The 5th. Most recent credits include Carrie at Balagan Theatre (AD), and Les Misérables at Village Theatre. Endless thanks to DB, The 5th Avenue staff, and her family.
TRISTAN ROBERSON (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a theatrical designer based in Seattle, and is delighted to be returning to The 5th Avenue Theatre! Past designs across Seattle include Edge of Our Bodies, Third, Little Dog Laughed, Bat Boy: The Musical, Failure: A Love Story, Fifth of July, and Shirley Valentine.
JEFFREY K. HANSON (Production Stage Manager) Previously at The 5th, Hanson was the production stage manager for Little Shop of Horrors, Oliver!, The Pirates of Penzance, Grey Gardens, Oklahoma!, Candide, Mame, Hello, Dolly! and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Hanson has also been stage manager for more than 70 productions at ACT Theatre since 1990. Other regional credits include productions at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, and the Arizona Theatre Company.
SHELLIE STONE (Assistant Stage Manager) Credits include Oliver!, Secondhand Lions, The Music Man, RENT, Cinderella (5th Avenue Theatre); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Venus in Fur, Boeing Boeing, Clybourne Park, Red (SRT); Lyle the Crocodile (SCT); The Lion in Winter, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Santa Cruz).