Cast & Crew:
LAURA GRIFFITH (Lucy Honeychurch) Broadway: South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, Sweet Smell of Success, and Oklahoma! Europe: West Side Story. First National Tour: The Light in the Piazza (Helen Hayes Award nomination for her performance at the Kennedy Center). 5th Avenue: Spamalot, The Music Man, Candide, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, A Little Night Music, Rocky Horror Show, The Secret Garden. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Signature Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Utah Shakespeare Festival, California Music Theatre. Griffith has sung on three original Broadway cast recordings and appeared on the David Letterman Show, Live from Lincoln Center, and three Tony Awards broadcasts. www.lauragriffith.net
LOUIS HOBSON (George Emerson) Original Broadway casts of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning Next To Normal (Dr. Madden), Bonnie & Clyde (Ted Hinton), The People in the Picture and Leap of Faith. NYC Workshops: A Room with a View (George), Addams Family (Lucas), Bare, Carrie, Allegiance. 5th Avenue: Spamalot, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, Cabaret, Pippin, Hair, Rocky Horror, My Fair Lady, Wizard of Oz. Film: Laggies (dir. Lynn Shelton/Sundance 2014), C.O.G. (Sundance 2013), Lucky Them (dir. Megan Griffiths/opposite Toni Colette). Hobson is a PLU graduate, a student of Michael Howard Studios NYC and Artistic Director of Seattle's award winning Balagan Theatre. For Jeff, PPTF.
PATTI COHENOUR (Charlotte Bartlett) originated the following Broadway roles: Signora Naccarelli and Margaret (Alternate) in The Light in the Piazza, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Christine in Phantom (also Canada), Rosabud in Drood (also London), and Mary Jane in Big River. Additional: Sweet Adeline for NYC Encores! Magnolia in Hal Prince’s Showboat, Mimi in La Boheme and Isabel/Mabel in Pirates for the NY Shakespeare Festival, and Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir for Seattle’s ACT and San Jose Repertory Theaters. She’s a recipient of a Tony nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, a Jeff Award nomination, AEA’S Clarence Derwent Award, a Theatre World Award, and a Gregory Award for 5th Avenue/ACT’s co-production of Grey Gardens.
ALLEN FITZPATRICK (Mr. Emerson) Broadway: Les Misérables, 42nd Street, Driving Miss Daisy, Memphis, Sweet Smell of Success, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Damn Yankees, Scarlet Pimpernel, Passion. National Tours: Six Degrees of Separation, Aspects of Love, Guys and Dolls, Sunset Boulevard. 5th Avenue: King Arthur in Spamalot; Sweeney in Sweeney Todd; Oliver!, Grey Gardens, ELF the Musical, Damn Yankees, Titanic, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, Candide, On the Town, Sunday in the Park, Cabaret, Memphis, Into the Woods. Other Seattle: Mary Stuart, Opus, Romeo and Juliet, Private Lives, Clean House, Christmas Carol, Uncle Vanya, Richard III. Extensive Film/TV & commercials. Twelve Off-Broadway plays. Regional: 200 roles. Artistic Director of Icicle Creek Theater Festival. www.allenfitzpatrick.weebly.com
RICHARD GRAY (The Reverend Mr. Beeber, Dance Captain) has performed in 19 productions with The 5th Avenue Theatre, most recently Spamalot, The Music Man, ELF and the pre-Broadway run of First Date. At the Village Theatre, favorite roles include Max Bialystock in The Producers, The King in Big River, Albin/ZaZa in La Cage Aux Folles, Bud Frump in How To Succeed… and Amos Hart in Chicago (2013 Gregory Award nomination). As a composer/lyricist, he was a finalist in both 2005 and 2006 for the Fred Ebb Award. Current writing projects include Dick Whittington and The Light Princess for SCT and a new musical in 2015 for The 5th Avenue Theatre Writer’s Group.
SUZY HUNT (Miss Lavish, Mrs. Vyse) is thrilled to sobs to be able to perform in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of A Room with a View. The composer, writer, director, conductor, designers, crew and the most wonderful castmates make this particular journey utterly rewarding. Working on this new project has challenged and stretched her skills and she frankly couldn’t be prouder of what they all have created. Like Mr. Forster’s heroine, she has discovered the virtue of the everlasting YES. She’s worked in Seattle in nearly all the theaters, toured, played on and off Broadway, but to be able to perform this piece in Raintown for its wonderful audiences is, as the Italians say, “piacere.”
MATT OWEN (Freddy Honeychurch) was most recently seen at The 5th as Sir Robin in Spamalot and Buddy in ELF. Other roles at The 5th include Oklahoma! (Will Parker), On the Town (Chip), Mame (Older Patrick), and Sunday in the Park… (The Soldier). Regional: Yankee Doodle Dandy at TUTS Houston, Joseph... at North Shore. As a writer, Owen's play The Girl in the Park premiered in the 2010 New York Fringe Festival to great acclaim. Owen also created the web series Every Other Wednesday. He would like to thank David, Bill, and Ian for the opportunity. Love to his wonderful parents and brilliant sisters! www.mattowenonline.com
WILL REYNOLDS (Cecil Vyse) NY: Count Ludovic in Sondheim's Passion at Classic Stage Company (dir. by John Doyle, cast album by PS Classics), The Illusion by Tony Kushner (Signature Theater,), A Wonderful Life (George Bailey) at the Engeman. Tour: Mamma Mia! Selected regional: US premiere of Love Story (Oliver) at Walnut Street, Emma (Frank Churchill) and the world premiere of A Room with a View (Cecil Vyse) at The Old Globe, Big River (Huck) at Goodspeed. Film: The Good Shepherd (dir. Robert De Niro). As a composer: "Tavern" on Audra McDonald's latest album, Go Back Home. Carnegie Mellon graduate. www.willreynoldsonline.com
JADD DAVIS (The Italiano, Albert, Fight Captain) is happy to return to The 5th after 3 years away. Previously, he appeared in A Christmas Story, The Musical (Quartet), The Sound of Music (Rolf), Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Candide, Miss Saigon and others. From 2011-2014, Davis worked at Village Theatre as Casting Director and/or Company Manager, and in many capacities with The Inverse Opera, which he co-founded in 2011. After A Room with a View closes, he will move to Coeur d'Alene, ID where he has recently been named Artistic Director for CDA Summer Theatre. Much love to his beautiful wife Kasey and baby kiddo Eddie.
JENNY SHOTWELL (The Ragazza, Agnes), a cross-over artist between musical theater and opera, is excited and humbled to bring her two worlds together in this beautiful new musical. 5th Avenue Theatre: The Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man, Titanic, A Christmas Story. Other favorites include Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Selden); Showtunes!, HMS Pinafore (Josephine); Seattle G&S Society, and Jane Eyre (Blanche Ingram); Seattle Musical Theater. Favorite operatic roles: Marie in La Fille Du Regiment, Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte (Tacoma Opera), and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Shotwell has sung the national anthem for the Seahawks, Mariners and Seattle Storm. Love and gratitude to my favorite, Dalton. www.jennyshotwell.com
MARC ACITO (Book & Conception) won the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play with his comedy Birds of a Feather. He is the head writer of the musical Allegiance, which won the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Musical and broke the all-time box office record at the Old Globe. With Tony Award-winning producer Dede Harris, he is developing a one-man “monologsical” adaptation of his first novel How I Paid for College, which won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and was an Editors' Choice for The New York Times. Translated into five languages the author cannot read, the novel inspired a sequel, Attack of the Theater People. A former opera singer, he performed numerous character roles at Seattle Opera. Now a regular contributor to Playbill, Acito teaches Story Structure to writers of all mediums at NYU. He owes everything to the patient guidance of Floyd Sklaver. www.marcacito.com
JEFFREY STOCK (Music & Lyrics) composed the music for the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Triumph of Love, starring Betty Buckley and F. Murray Abraham. Triumph has received over 100 productions around the country as well as in Europe and Japan. His symphonic and choral work Lulie the Iceberg premiered at Carnegie Hall, narrated by Sam Waterston and featuring renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Stock contributed music to Songs From an Unmade Bed, the Off-Broadway musical produced at New York Theatre Workshop. He wrote the words and music for The Voice of Temperance, a musical based on Prohibition texts, commissioned by New York’s Public Theater. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for music composition, a Jonathan Larson Grant for achievement in musical theater, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant to write the music and libretto for a new opera. He has recently been commissioned to compose a musical about the Jewish ghetto of Shanghai. www.jeffreystock.net
DAVID ARMSTRONG (Direction & Musical Staging) is the executive producer and artistic director of The 5th Avenue Theatre where he has directed acclaimed productions of Candide, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd, Hair, Hello, Dolly!, Mame, White Christmas, A Little Night Music, The Secret Garden, Company, The Rocky Horror Show, Pippin, Vanities and Anything Goes. On Broadway, he directed the musical Scandalous, which he staged at The 5th under the title Saving Aimee. His direction and choreography have been seen in New York, Los Angeles and at many leading regional theaters including The Kennedy Center, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ordway Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Ford’s Theater and Paper Mill Playhouse. In 2012, Armstrong made his Broadway debut as director of Scandalous. As a playwright, he created the book for The 5th’s world premiere musical Yankee Doodle Dandy!, and for two musicals for Theatreworks/USA: Gold Rush!, which premiered at New York’s Kaye Playhouse, and A Christmas Carol, which ran Off-Broadway at New York’s Lucille Lortel Theatre.
IAN EISENDRATH (Music Supervisor) is The 5th Avenue’s Music Supervisor and Alhadeff Family Director of New Works. 5th Avenue: Secondhand Lions, Aladdin, A Christmas Story, Vanities, Oklahoma!, On the Town, Sunday in the Park With George, Cabaret, Into the Woods, West Side Story, Company, Sweeney Todd and Miss Saigon. Broadway and national tours: A Christmas Story. Other regional: Cabaret (Theatre Under the Stars, Ordway Center, American), Miss Saigon (Casa Mañana). Concerts: Titanic, My Funny Valentine (featuring Mimi Hines). Recordings: A Christmas Story (Sony Broadway Masterworks). Other credits include guest conductor for three seasons of The Nutcracker and Susan Stroman's Take Five (More or Less) at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, guest artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and guest professor of musical theater performance at the University of Washington. Eisendrath has a degree in conducting music theater and choral repertoire from the University of Michigan. Love to my sweet Annie.
WALT SPANGLER (Set Designer) Broadway: Desire Under the Elms, Hollywood Arms, Scandalous, A Christmas Story, The Musical and the upcoming Tuck Everlasting. New York: The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre Company, New Group and Lincoln Center Festival. Regional: Steppenwolf, Guthrie, Goodman, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Centerstage, Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory, Long Wharf, American Conservatory Theater, 5th Avenue Theatre and Alley Theatre. Spangler received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
DEBORAH TROUT (Costume Designer) A Northwest designer, recent works include Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Hound of the Baskervilles, ACT’s Sugar Daddies and Intiman Festival’s We Won’t Pay, We Won’t Pay! Other theaters include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Houston’s Alley Theatre, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, The Denver Center Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Juneau’s Perseverance Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Syracuse Stage. Degrees and affiliations include Co-founder of NYC millinery company Mackey and Trout; Yale School of Drama; United Scenic Artists; Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Drama.
TOM STURGE (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to continue his 30+ year collaboration with David Armstrong. Recent designs at The 5th include sets and lights for The Pirates of Penzance and Oliver! (Footlight Award), lighting for Spamalot, Oklahoma!, Cinderella (Gregory Award), Candide and over thirty others. Seattle area designs: The Foreigner, Les Misérables, and Chicago (Gregory Award) at Village Theatre, ACT, Seattle Children's Theatre, Spectrum Dance. New York: Those Were the Days and Gypsy Passion on Broadway, NY Public Theatre, Circle Rep, Circle-in-the-Square, Irish Arts, LaMama ETC. Regional: Denver Center, Papermill Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Pittsburgh Public, Goodspeed Opera House, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alvin Ailey Dance and Spoleto Opera Festival. Sturge lives in Issaquah with fine artist Istara Freedom and son Dylan.
KEN TRAVIS (Sound Designer) Broadway: 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: 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 & Wig 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.
BRUCE COUGHLIN (Orchestrator) 5th Avenue: Princesses, Saving Aimee, Candide. Broadway: Big Fish (additional orchestrations), 9 to 5, Light in the Piazza (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Wild Party, Urinetown, Grey Gardens, Annie Get Your Gun, Guys and Dolls (2009 revival), Sound of Music, Once Upon a Mattress, and The King and I. Off-Broadway: Floyd Collins, Giant, See What I Wanna See. Regional: Urinetown (London), Tales of the City, Children of Eden, Finding Neverland (UK), Esaura (Denmark), Grapes of Wrath (opera), Candide (London). Film: Hairspray (“Miss Baltimore Crabs”) and Fantasia 2000 (principal arranger). Winner, Tony (+2 nominations), Drama Desk (+6 nominations), Obie. More info: www.brucecoughlin.com
JUDITH SHAHN (Dialect Coach) coached A Secret Garden and Oklahoma at 5th Avenue Theatre; dozens of productions at Seattle Repertory, most recently Hound of the Baskervilles, Boeing, Boeing, American Buffalo; 20 years coaching at Intiman including The Kentucky Cycle, Angels in America and The American Cycle; dialect coach and actor at ACT; vocal coach for Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Utah Shakespearean Festival; Faculty for the University of Washington, PATP since 1990; public speaking consultant. www.vibrantspeaking.com
MAKAELA POLLOCK (Associate Director) has worked with The 5th Avenue, New Century Theatre Company, Seattle Shakespeare, Village Theatre, Book-It Repertory, Cornish College of the Arts, W.E.T., Intiman Theatre, Trinity Repertory, Lookingglass and Steppenwolf. Favorites include ELF, Trails, Twelfth Night, Sense and Sensibility, Figaro, The Music Man, Godspell, Love Horse, The Shaggs. She is adjunct faculty at Cornish College, an affiliate artist with NCTC, and New Works Associate at The 5th Avenue. Pollock holds an MFA from Trinity Rep/Brown University.
DANIEL BUTMAN (Associate Music Director) Professional composer, violinist, and pianist, Butman's gifts and passion as a musician and leader have taken him from representing the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University on the Kennedy Center stage (Washington, DC) to directing and founding orchestras in Atlanta, Georgia. Now a Grammy board member in Seattle, he arranges/performs for top tier artists and labels. Recent credits include PBS, Cirque Du Soleil, Shaprece, and Spamalot (at The 5th). www.danielbutman.com
KENT CUBBAGE (Assistant Lighting Designer) This is Cubbage’s second assist at the 5th Avenue, following ELF. This year, his designs have been onstage with Steppenwolf Garage Rep, Seattle Shakespeare, Taproot Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and On the Boards, and his large-scale interactive art displayed at two galleries. He also assisted at ACT and Village Theatre.
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.
AMY GORNET (Production Stage Manager) Broadway/National Tour/5th Avenue: A Christmas Story, The Musical. 5th Avenue: Spamalot, The Music Man, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, On the Town, Sunday in Park with George, Catch Me If You Can, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Mame. Other credits: Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT Theatre, Intiman, Village Theatre, The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and Stages St. Louis.
JESSICA C. BOMBALL (Assistant Stage Manager) is proud to have worked on seventeen 5th Avenue productions over the past 12 years. Favorites include Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Music Man, Aladdin, A Christmas Story, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and Sweeney Todd. Regional: Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Village Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Seattle Shakespeare Company.
MICHAEL B. PAUL (Assistant Stage Manager) 5th Avenue: First Date (with ACT Theatre), ELF The Musical, The Sound of Music, Smokey Joe’s Café, and White Christmas. Other credits: The Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Theatre, and Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Most recently, Venus in Fur and The Hound of the Baskervilles at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.