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The Music Man

Cast

John Hutton

Charlie Cowell

returns to ATC having played Tony in Outside Mullingar last season. More recently he was in Denver playing Frank in Educating Rita. TV and film: NOBEL, Murder of a President, Distance, Power, Lincoln, Bit Player and The Dwarves of Demrel. Other stage credits include work at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Pioneer Theatre, The Mint, Portland Center Stage, Hudson Stage, Northern Stage, Southwest Shakespeare Co, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and the Denver Center Theatre Co.

Armen Dirtadian

Conductor / Constable Locke

Past productions with ATC: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, Miles Gloriosus and Fiddler on the Roof, Lazar Wolf. Played leading roles in musical theatre in Tucson and various parts of The United States. Credits include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Pirates of Penzance, Peter Pan, Paint Your Wagon, Gunmetal Blues, Baby, Shenandoah and Showboat. Also known for performing at Tucson’s Gaslight Theatre for the past 35 years.

Bill English

Harold Hill

is delighted to come to River City for his ATC debut! Broadway: Anything Goes, Twentieth Century (Roundabout); NYC/Regional: Streamers (Roundabout), The Full Monty, A Christmas Carol (NSMT), The Shaggs (NYMF), The Times (Sonnet Rep), Dracula (Triad Stage), The Man Who Came to Dinner (ACC). TV: The Good Wife, Elementary, Person of Interest, Outnumbered, Cavemen, Family Guy, Melrose Place. Training: BFA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Danny Scheie

Mayor Shinn

received his Equity card playing Damis in Moliere’s Tartuffe at The Los Angeles Theater Center. Principal roles at Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Old Globe in San Diego, Yale Rep, Trinity Rep (RI), Arena Stage, Folger in DC (Helen Hayes nomination), Asolo Rep (FL), Actors Theater of Louisville, Pasadena Playhouse, A Noise Within in LA, Two River (NJ), Merrimack Rep, several theaters in San Francisco, and thirteen seasons each with California Shakespeare Theater (just played Richard III) and Shakespeare Santa Cruz (including three seasons as Artistic Director).  

Lawrence E. Street

Ewart Dunlop

Broadway: Urinetown (dir. John Rando).  National Tours: Flashdance, Joe (dir. Sergio Trujillo), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Off-Broadway: Carmen Jones (dir. John Doyle), The Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Regional: Booker T. Washington in Ragtime (Barrington Stage Company), Harry in Company (Barrington Stage Company), Satchmo at the Waldorf (Seacoast Repertory). Training: M.Mus. The University of Akron; BFA in Music. Carnegie Mellon University.

Jay Garcia

Oliver Hix

is thrilled to make his Arizona Theatre Company debut! National Tours and New York credits include West Side Story, Legally Blonde and Altar Boyz. Las Vegas: Avenue Q. Regional: Mamma Mia!, The Secret Garden, Aladdin, Fiddler On The Roof, Venice, Peter Pan. Readings: The Three Amigos!, The Man In The Ceiling. Thank you to my family for their love and continuous support as I pursue my dreams!

George Slotin

Jacey Squires

ATC Debut! Recent: Jacey Squires in St. Petersburg Opera’s The Music Man (Theatre Tampa Bay Award). NYC: A Bronx Tale (Tony Ten to Two, Broadway Lab), Radio City Music Hall, Yankee Stadium, NYMF. Regional: Carousel (Enoch Snow, Media Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Show Boat (u/s Ravenal, Shubert Theatre), Damn Yankees (Sharon Playhouse), Street Scene (Skirball Center). TV: Best Week Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. Special thanks to the creative team, Geoff, CTG, 11B6, Amy and family. 4EAA @georgeslotin georgeslotin.com

James Zannelli

Olin Britt

was last seen as Avram in ATC’s Fiddler of the Roof in 2016-17. From 2011-2013, James was featured as the Bishop of Digne in the 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables. Regional favorites: Ragtime (Tateh, Gallery Players), Les Misérables (Zoni Award Winner, Javert, Phoenix Theatre), Les Misérables (Thenardier, Casa Mañana), Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas, PCLO), Chess (Molokov, North Carolina Theatre), Jekyll & Hyde (Simon Stride, North Carolina Theatre), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Frollo, White Plains PAC), www.jameszannelli.com

John Plumpis

Marcellus Washburn

ATC debut.  National companies: The Lion King, Barrymore starring Christopher Plummer (also the 2011 film of the play), and Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor. He has appeared in multiple Off-Broadway productions, and in a wide variety of comedies, dramas, musicals and Shakespeare at many of North America’s leading regional theatres. His most recent television appearances include The Good Wife and HBO’s The Deuce. He is frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities, conducting master classes at over 50 institutions. Some of his thoughts on Theatre have been published.

 

Kyle Coffman

Tommy Djilas

ATC debut! Broadway: Original cast of Newsies (Henry), original revival casts of West Side Story (A-rab) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (u/s Deputy). Regional: Ethan Kane in Sex with Strangers (Philadelphia Theatre Co, George St. Playhouse), The Artful Dodger in Oliver (Arena Stage), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (The MUNY), West Side Story (Barrington Stage Co, The MUNY), Newsies (The MUNY). Film: The Elastic Heart (short), Someday This Pain…, Manhattan Diaries. Follow @housecoffman

Manna Nichols

Marian Paroo

Broadway/National Tour: AllegianceThe King & I (Tuptim); Off-Bway: Tokio Confidential (Sachiko), Death for Five Voices (Maria); Regional: Arena Stage (My Fair Lady – Eliza Doolittle), Goodspeed (Guys & Dolls – Sarah Brown), The Guthrie (South Pacific – Liat), Kansas City Starlight/Walnut St/Fulton (Miss Saigon – Kim), Pioneer/Maine State (Les Miserables – Eponine), Geva (Hair – Crissy); Film: Disney’s Live Action Beauty & the Beast (background vocals), Hard    Powder (2019/Minya); www.MannaNichols.com Insta: manna_nichols God is Love. For BIL Barrett & Grandma.

Peggy O’Connell

Mrs. Paroo

ATC Debut. Broadway: My One & Only (Mickey); Guthrie: Harvey (Betty Chumley), Cocoanuts (Mrs. Potter), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig/Thrive), Born Yesterday (Helen), Jane Eyre (Grace Poole), Nickel & Dimed (Gail, Marge & John); Guthrie Lab: Threepenny Opera (Lucy); Utah Shakespeare: Mary Poppins (Mrs. Brill); 5th Avenue Theater Co: South Pacific (Nellie Forbush). Film: Thin Ice, Sandbox, His Neighbor Phil.

Allison Jennings

Amaryllis

is thrilled to be making her professional debut with Arizona Theatre Company, after having performed with local theater companies over the past few years. A 14-year-old Tucson native, Allison started singing as soon as she could speak and began acting soon after that. Previous roles include the title role in Annie (Annie), Mary (Tombstone, the Musical) and Michael (Elf, the Musical).

Nathaniel Wiley

Winthrop Paroo

This is Nate’s professional acting debut. He is thrilled to be performing in his first Arizona Theatre Company production in one of his favorite musicals. Nate has performed in youth theater productions with Live Theatre Workshop in Tucson and Childsplay in Tempe. He is a Tucson native.

Leslie Alexander

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn

ATC Debut. Broadway: The Boy From Oz (w/ Hugh Jackman), Mamma Mia! North American Tour: Fiddler on the Roof (w/ Topol, Fierstein, & Bikel). Off-Broadway: The Audience (The Transport Group). Regional: The Taming of the Shrew – The Widow; A Christmas Carol – Mrs. Cratchit (both Denver Center Theatre Co.), Hello, Dolly! – Dolly; Memphis – Gladys (both Gateway Playhouse); Macbeth – Lady Macbeth (Shakespeare Festival of Dallas). Film/TV: HBO’s The Leftovers, One Life To Live. Video Games: Red Dead Redemption II, Grand Theft Auto V. www.leslie-alexander.com

Carly Natania Grossman

Zaneeta Shinn

is currently attending the University of Arizona to earn a BFA in Musical Theatre. This past summer, Carly traveled to Virginia Repertory Theatre to play the role of Anybodys in West Side Story. Regional theatre credits include: Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz), Teenager/Ensemble (Memphis), Featured Dancer/us Mistress (Evita) at Phoenix Theatre; Eponine (Les Miserables), Serena (Legally Blonde), Tootles/Jane/us Wendy (Peter Pan) at Arizona Broadway Theatre; Gladys in Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of The Pajama Game at U of A.

Amy Button

Gracie Shinn / Ensemble

ATC Debut! Previously on the North American Tour of The Wizard of Oz (Troika Entertainment). Other regional credits include Into the Woods (Little Red, Lyric Stage) and South Pacific (Ensemble, CityRep OKC.) Proud OCU Grad! Love and thanks to the creative team, Todd, ATB, Geoff, Mom, Dad, Jeff, and George. www.amybutton.net @akbutton

Brenda Jean Foley

Mrs. Squires

ATC: The Diary of Anne Frank. Additional AZ credits: By the Way, Meet Vera StarkLove Disorder (iTheatre Collaborative), Now.Here.This (A/C Theatre Company), August: Osage CountyFull MontyCarousel (MET), The Sound of Music (DBFRT). NYC: Emma (NYMF), Almost, Maine, One Thing I Like to Say Is (Access Theatre), Iolanthe (NYGASP). Regional: As Thousands Cheer (New Harmony), The Secret Garden (Fulton), Grease (Rockwell), The Mousetrap (Forestburgh). Nat’l Tour: Big. Int’l: Tokyo Disney, Norwegian Cruise Lines. Co-founder: The Bridge Initiative (bridgeinit.org).

Cydney Trent

Maud Dunlop

ATC debut! Originally from Denver, Colorado, she has lived and performed all over the US, as well as sailing the seas performing with Disney Cruise Line.  Cydney was a rotating cast member with the Off-Broadway company, Golf, The Musical and is the original voice of Princess Petunia in the animated cartoon series, VeggieTales (2005-2015).  She most recently appeared at Phoenix Theatre in Disney’s Newsies.  Regional credits also include Phoenix Symphony, Drury Lane Oakbrook and Arizona Broadway Theatre to name a few.  Endless love to her amazing Mom!

Kara Mikula

Ethel Toffelmier

ATC: Man of La Mancha (Maria/Housekeeper/musician). Off-Broadway: Allegro (understudied all 6 female actor/musicians and performed Marjorie). Pre-Broadway: Fancy – A New Musical (Fiddle Player/Pam Cupps); The SpongeBob Musical (Mrs. Puff/ensemble). National Tours: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Mrs. Snoring Man; understudied and performed Martha Watson). Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Capital Repertory Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Ogunquit Playhouse, KC Starlight and more. www.karamikula.com

Adia Bell

Ensemble

is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona BFA Musical Theatre program as of December 2018. Recent: Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier), Hands on a Hardbody (Norma), The Pajama Game (Mabel), and Doubt, A Parable (Mrs. Muller) at Arizona Repertory Theatre. Please follow her journey on Instagram: @adia_bell

EJ Dohring

Ensemble

He was raised in Phoenix, AZ and is a 2018 graduate of CCM’s BFA musical theatre program. Performance credits: Mamma Mia! at North Shore Music Theatre and Theatre By The Sea, Tarzan in Disney’s Tarzan at Fort Peck Summer Theatre, Kit Kat Boy (u/s Emcee) in Cabaret at Lake Dillon Theatre Company, and four Arizona Broadway Theatre credits. Thanks to Henderson Hogan! #ForMax IG: @ejdohring

Jules Grantham

Ensemble

enjoys bringing life, beauty, and goodness to the stage through wonderful productions such as Fiddler on the Roof (ATC), The Value of Names (Invisible Theater), and Oklahoma! (Arizona Rep. Theater). She is a company member of Stories that Soar (Literacy Connects –a non-profit group that promotes literacy through literature and theater.) She is a musical performer and stuntwoman at Old Tucson Studios. She holds Theatre and Dance degrees from the University of Arizona.

Damon Martinez

Ensemble

Damon is a 17-year-old junior at Canyon Del Oro High School. Tucson Local credits: Chad Danforth (High School Musical), Toy Maker (Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang), Schroeder (Good Man Charlie Brown), Marcellus (Music Man), Old Man (Christmas Story), Maurice (Beauty and the Beast) with CYT Tucson, Mr. Smee; Harold Hill at Cross Middle School and Baby John at CDO High School.

Gabriella Martinez

Ensemble

Gabriella is 11 years old and a 6th grader at Cross Middle School. She is excited to be doing The Music Man again having played the role of Amaryllis in CYT Tucson’s production a few years ago. She has been in 9 musicals locally. She takes voice lessons and loves gymnastics. She thanks her mom and dad for their love and help, grandparents for their support and Miss Aubrey for teaching her voice.

Jacob Martinez

Ensemble

Jacob is a 13 year old 8th grader at Cross Middle School. He has been involved in 9 local musical shows with Christian Youth Theater and CDO High School. His favorite role was Randolph MacAfee in Bye, Bye Birdie.

Conner Morley

Ensemble

is currently a senior at UofA in their BFA Musical Theatre Program. He was last seen on their stage as TJ in Sister Act and Prez/Steam Heat Dancer in The Pajama Game. He was also recently seen as Robertson Ay in Arizona Broadway Theatre and Herberger Theater Center’s production of Mary Poppins. He’d like to thank his mom, dad, brother, and friends for their support. Check out my Instagram – @connerrm

Shaun-Avery Williams

Ensemble

is a dancer from Raleigh, North Carolina who is excited to be making his Arizona Theatre Company debut this season. After obtaining his BFA in dance performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went on to perform for Norwegian Cruise Lines abroad the Pride of America as a fierce dancer. Other Shows include: Memphis at The Gateway Playhouse, Hairspray, Dreamgirls, and The Rocky Horror Show. Instagram @_shaunavery_

Tatumn Zale

Female Swing; u/s for Ms. Bell and Ms. Grossman

is thrilled to be a part of the ATC family as a swing/Zaneetta understudy! Regional credits: Damn Yankees (Gloria), La Cage Aux Folles (Bitelle/Colette), The Music Man (Mrs. Squires/ Dance Captain) with The Woodstock Playhouse. Other select credits include: Sister Act (Arizona Repertory Theatre), The Pajama Game (ART), The Addams Family (ART), Evita (ART).

Creative Team

Meredith Willson

Book, Music, and Lyrics

was born in 1902 in Mason City, Iowa. He learned to play the flute as a child and began playing semi-professionally while still in high school. After high school he left Iowa to study at the Damrosch Institute of Musical Art (later the Julliard School), receiving flute instruction from Georges Barrere, the world-renown flutist. While still attending the Institute, he was hired as principle flutist and piccolo player for the John Philip Sousa Band. He later joined the New York Philharmonic Orchestra where he was 1st flutist. He became musical director for various radio programs throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, including Tallulah Bankhead’s program, The Big Show,” for which he wrote the hit song “May The Lord Bless and Keep You.” He composed the scores for the movies The Great Dictator and The Little Foxes, as well as symphonic, band, and choral works, including The Jervis Bay: Symphonic Variations on an American Theme and Anthem of the Atomic Age. Willson wrote three Broadway musicals: The Music Man, his first and most successful; The Unsinkable Molly Brown (music and lyrics), and Here’s Love (book, music and lyrics). As an author he has published two autobiographical works (And There I Stood with My Piccolo and Eggs I Have Laid), one novel (Who Did What to Fedalia) and a memoir about the making of The Music Man (But He Doesn’t Know the Territory).

Franklin Lacey

Story

was an American playwright and screenwriter. He is best known for co-authoring the story for The Music Man (1957), together with collaborator Meredith Willson and later collaborating on the screenplay with Marion Hargeove for the 1962 film version. One of his first major works was the play Pagan in the Parlor in 1949. He also wrote the screenplay for the film Rain for a Dusty Summer (1971), which starred Ernest Borgnine. He worked closely with the author Aldous Huxley on a musical version of his novel Brave New World, but the project was eventually shelved.

Jaclyn Miller

Choreographer

ATC Debut! Regional & Other Theatre – Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Book of WillSense and Sensibility, Roe, Shakespeare in Love, Twelfth Night, The Yeomen of the Guard, Much Ado about Nothing, Fingersmith, The Cocoanuts, My Fair Lady, The Taming of the Shrew, Oklahoma! (associate choreographer), The Pirates of Penzance, She Loves Me (assistant choreographer). Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater: Mamma Mia!Pride & PrejudiceHunchback of Notre Dame. Guthrie Theater: The Cocoanuts; Portland Opera: Pirates of Penzance (assistant director). Acting: National tour: Happy Days: The Musical (Swing/Dance captain). 

Gregg Coffin

Music Director

has composed, directed, arranged, or orchestrated the music for productions in theaters throughout the U.S., Canada, China, and South Korea; including the Minetta Lane Theatre, the Duke on 42nd Street (NYC), ChungMu Art Hall (Seoul), The Stratford Festival of Canada, The Canadian Stage, The Tarragon Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theater Center, Theatre New Brunswick (Canada), Alley Theatre, American Players Theatre, Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Geva Theatre Center, The Guthrie Theatre, The Human Race Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, PCPA Theatrefest, Pioneer Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Unicorn Theatre, and the Oregon, Utah, Santa Cruz, California, Alabama, Santa Fe, Georgia, Great River, and St. Louis Shakespeare Festivals. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, the American Federation of Musicians, the Dramatists Guild of America, and the American Society of Composers and Lyricists.

Tanya J. Searle

Stage Manager

Tanya is the Festival Stage Manager at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, where she has worked on numerous shows over 13 seasons, most recently the 2018 productions of Othello and An Iliad. Tanya was a stage manager at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 15 years (the last 3 as Production Stage Manager), managing over 40 productions during her tenure. She has also worked at Pioneer Theatre Company, the Philharmonic Center for the Arts (Naples, FL), Houston Grand Opera, The Atlanta Ballet, and the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Tanya holds an MFA in Stage Management from the University of Alabama and an MA in Food Studies from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Philip S. Rosenberg

Lighting Designer

Broadway credits include Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and It’s Only a Play. Off Broadway credits include The Ruins of Civilization, The Explorer’s Club and Cactus Flower. Regional credits include productions with: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Hartford Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, The Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, The McCarter Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Goodspeed Opera, Two River Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse.

Abe Jacob

Sound Designer

returns to ATC where he was Sound Designer for Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, Snapshots, Xanadu, Next to Normal, Backwards in High Heels, Hair, The Pajama Game, The Pirates of Penzance, The Fantasticks, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, and Five Guys Named Moe, among others. His original designs for musical theatre include the Broadway productions of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Chicago, A Chorus Line, The Act, Evita, Cats, Dancin’, Big Deal, Black and Blue, and RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. A native of Tucson, his initial contribution to the performing arts was the creation of the concert sound for such legendary artists as Jimi Hendrix; The Mamas and the Papas; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and the historic rock celebration, The Monterey Pop Festival. He is the recipient of the LDI Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Sound Design. Abe also teaches sound design master classes and has mentored generations of Broadway’s top theatrical sound designers.

Glenn Bruner

Assistant Stage Manager

is in his 22nd season at ATC where he has stage managed over 65 productions. He has worked at Alley Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Studio Arena, Baltimore Center Stage, and Portland Stage Company. He has been the voice for many radio and television commercials, and worked on-air for Texas Public Radio in his hometown of San Antonio. For the past twenty summers Mr. Bruner has been a member of the entertainment production staff for Major League Baseball’s All Star FanFest. He was the 2012 recipient of the Lucy Jordan Recognition Award, presented annually by the Western Region of Actors’ Equity Association, and has been a member of AEA since 1981.