Pre-Broadway Run: PARADISE SQUARE, A NEW MUSICAL (Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre)

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by Lamont Williams on June 7, 2021

in Theater-Chicago,Theater-New York

Paradise Square, A New Musical,
sets pre-Broadway run in Chicago
November 2-December 5, 2021
at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre;
opens March 20, 2022 at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre

Paradise Square is an original musical from a creative team that includes Moisés Kaufman, Bill T. Jones, Craig Lucas and Black 47 singer Larry Kirwan. It will be the first major pre-Broadway show to open in Chicago after the pandemic shutdown. Single tickets on sale June 8 at Broadway in Chicago. For groups of 10 or more, call (312) 977-1710 or email GroupSales@BroadwayInChicago.comParadise Square will be a part of the new BIC subscription which launches in August. For more info, visit Paradise Square.

The newly announced cast includes Tony Award nominee for Slave Play, Joaquina Kalukango, who stars with Chilina Kennedy (over 1200 performances in Beautiful on Broadway), Tony Award nominee John Dossett (Pippin, GypsyRagtime), Sidney DuPont (Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; National tours of Memphis, A Chorus Line), A.J. Shively (Broadway’s La Cage aux FollesBright Star), Nathaniel Stampley (Broadway’s The Gershwins’ Porgy and BessThe Color Purple), Gabrielle McClinton (Broadway’s PippinChicago), Jacob Fishel (Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof), and Kevin Dennis (Canadian productions of Young FrankensteinAssassins). Full cast and credits below.

Sidney Dupont, A.J Shively, Jacobi Hall, (back) Shiloh Goodin, Clinton Roane,
Hailee Kaleem, Karen Burthwright, (top) Erica Spyres, Bernard Dotson, Brendan Wall
in Paradise Square at Berkeley Rep. Photo by Kevin Berne.

New York City. 1863. The Civil War raged on. An extraordinary thing occurred amid the dangerous streets and crumbling tenement houses of the Five Points, the notorious 19th-century Lower Manhattan slum. For many years, Irish immigrants escaping the devastation of the Great Famine settled alongside free-born Black Americans and those who escaped slavery, arriving by means of the Underground Railroad. The Irish, relegated at that time to the lowest rung of America’s social status, received a sympathetic welcome from their Black neighbors (who enjoyed only slightly better treatment in the burgeoning industrial-era city). The two communities co-existed, intermarried, raised families, and shared their cultures in this unlikeliest of neighborhoods.

(front) Jacobi Hall, (back) Garrett Coleman and Jason Oremus in Paradise Square at Berkeley Rep.
Photo by Alessandra Mello.

The amalgamation between the communities took its most exuberant form with raucous dance contests on the floors of the neighborhood bars and dance halls. It is here in the Five Points where tap dancing was born, as Irish step dancing joyously competed with Black American Juba.

But this racial equilibrium would come to a sharp and brutal end when President Lincoln’s need to institute the first Federal Draft to support the Union Army would incite the deadly NY Draft Riots of July 1863.

The Company of Paradise Square at Berkeley Rep. Photo by Kevin Berne.

Within this galvanizing story of racial harmony undone by a country at war with itself, we meet the denizens of a local saloon called Paradise Square: Nelly Freeman (Joaquina Kalukango), the indomitable Black woman who owns it; Annie O’Brien (Chilina Kennedy), her Irish-Catholic sister-in-law and her Black minister husband, Rev. Samuel Jacob Lewis (Nathaniel Stampley); Owen Duignan (A.J. Shively), a conflicted newly arrived Irish immigrant; Washington Henry (Sidney DuPont), a fearless freedom seeker; Frederic Tiggens (John Dossett), an anti-abolitionist political boss, and Milton Moore (Jacob Fishel), a penniless songwriter trying to capture it all. They have conflicting notions of what it means to be an American while living through one of the most tumultuous eras in our country’s history.

Gabrielle McClinton and Sidney Dupont in Paradise Square at Berkeley Rep. Photo by Kevin Berne.

The world premiere was produced in January 2019 by Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The musical is based on Hard Times, conceived by Mr. Kirwan, which was originally presented at the intimate Off-Broadway theatre, Nancy Manocherian’s the cell, in 2012.

With visceral and nuanced staging and choreography that captures the pulsating energy when Black and Irish cultures meet, Paradise Square depicts an overlooked true-life moment when hope and possibility shone bright.

(front) Sidney Dupont and A.J. Shively, (back) Jacob Fishel, Daren A. Herbert and Madeline Trumble
in Paradise Square at Berkeley Rep. Photo by Kevin Berne.

The musical is produced by Garth H. Drabinsky, marking a return of the once ubiquitous Canadian theater executive following years of legal and financial woes around his former company Livent. Drabinsky, whose previous Broadway productions included Kiss of the Spider Woman, Show Boat, Ragtime and Fosse, is teamed on Paradise Square with longtime colleague Peter LeDonne, who co-produces.

The creative team features direction by Kaufman (I Am My Own Wife, The Laramie Project), choreography by Jones (Spring Awakening, Fela!), book by Christina Anderson, Marcus Gardley, Lucas and Kirwan. Graciela Daniele (Ragtime, Once on This Island) will provide the musical staging, in collaboration with Kaufman and Jones.

Jason Oremus & Garrett Coleman and the company of Paradise Square at Berkeley Rep.
Photo by Kevin Berne.

The score is by the team of Jason Howland (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting), with additional material provided by Masi Asare and Kirwan. The musical features original songs as well as a reimagining of the songs of Stephen Foster, who was writing and living in the Five Points at the time.

The world premiere of Paradise Square was produced in January 2019 by Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The musical is based on Hard Times, originally conceived by Mr. Kirwan, which was originally presented Off Broadway in 2012.

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THE CAST

Joaquina Kalukango (Nelly Freeman) received a 2020 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her performance as Kaneisha in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Slave Play. For that production, she also received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and Broadway.com listed her as one of the top five performers (male or female) of the year. Joaquina is a 2021 SAG Award nominee for Cast in a Motion Picture for her role as Betty X opposite Kingsley Ben-Adir in Regina King’s directorial debut, One Night in Miami. Additionally, she recently recurred on the HBO series, “Lovecraft Country.” Other TV credits include Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series, “When They See Us,” and “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia,” directed by Kenny Leon. Recent Broadway credits include: The Color PurpleHoller If Ya Hear Me and Godspell.


Chilina Kennedy (Annie O’Brien) recently played Elle in the one-woman play The Human Voice (filmed for Toronto’s Ontario International College) and starred as Dina in the International Tour of The Band’s Visit opposite Sasson Gabay (Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award). Broadway: Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (over 1200 performances) and Mary Magdalene in Des McAnuff’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Off-Broadway: originated the role of Binky in Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz’s This Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic Theater Company). 1st National Tour: Sophie in Mamma Mia! Film: With Me (BravoFact, NY Shorts and Whistler Film Festivals). Selected Regional: Phoebe in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (CT and San Diego Critics’ Circle Nominations), Evangeline in Evangeline (original production and album), Philia in Des McAnuff’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Toronto/Mirvish), Ross Petty’s Pantomime The Little Mermaid (Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award)three seasons at the Stratford Festival, three seasons at the Shaw Festival and The Lord of the Rings (World Premiere Mirvish/Toronto). Chilina is currently developing a show that she composed and co-wrote with Eric Holmes, Call It Love. She is also the Artistic Producer of Toronto’s Eclipse Theatre Company. www.chilinakennedy.com

John Dossett (Frederic Tiggens) has been a professional actor in NYC since 1979. He has appeared in 18 Broadway productions. Among them War PaintNewsiesPippinThe Constant WifeGypsy (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), RagtimeDemocracyPrelude to a Kiss. Off-Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Second Stage), Giant (Public Theater, Drama Desk nomination), Saved (Playwrights Horizons), The Clean House and Hello Again (LCT), Dinner with Friends. As a Company Member of Circle Rep: RecklessThe DivinersChilde ByronDalton’s BackSunshineEl Salvador, others. TV/Film: “Madam Secretary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “Law & Order(s),” “Sex and the City,” and HBO’s “John Adams.”

Sidney DuPont (Washington Henry) is humbled to bring this character and powerful story to the stage. DuPont was last seen in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway, as well as the 1st National Tour and Australian Company. Some other favorite National Tours include Memphis: The Musical and A Chorus Line. DuPont has also appeared in regional productions including the world premiere of Paradise Square (Berkeley Rep.), Man of La Mancha (The Shakespeare Theater), In the Heights (The Geva Theater), and Gypsy (North Carolina Theater). Television: “FBI: Most Wanted” (CBS). In recent years, DuPont has also stepped behind the scenes as a director, editor, cinematographer and award-winning screenwriter. A gigantic thank you to my incredible family, friends and agents, you all inspire me daily. Who am I?…I am the conclusion of my Ancestors’ story and I am the prologue to my descendants wildest dreams. You can continue to follow Sidney’s journey on Instagram: @SidneyDuPont.

A.J. Shively (Owen Duignan). Broadway: Bright Star (Drama Desk Nomination); La Cage aux Folles. National Tour: Bright StarThe Sound of Music. Off Broadway/New York: February House (The Public); Brigadoon (Irish Rep); The Suitcase Under the Bed (Mint); Unlock’d (Prospect); A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage (Cherry Lane); Things To Ruin (Second Stage); Little Airplanes of the Heart (Ensemble Studio Theatre); ReWrite (Urban Stages); NYMF; Fringe NYC. Regional: Berkeley Rep.; Kennedy Center; Old Globe; CTG; McCarter; Pioneer; CenterStage; TUTS; George Street Playhouse; Long Wharf; TheatreWorks – Silicon Valley. TV/Film: “Hunters”; “Homeland”; “Madam Secretary”; “The Blacklist”; “Younger”; “The Daily Show”; Nobody Walks In LAFrom NowhereSyrupHairBrained. Training: University of Michigan; RADA.

Nathaniel Stampley (Rev. Samuel Jacob Lewis). Broadway: CatsThe Gershwins’ Porgy and BessThe Color Purple (original and revival), The Lion King (Broadway, West End). Off-Broadway: The Secret Life of Bees, Atlantic Theater Company; Big Love, Signature Theatre NY; The First Noel, Classical Theatre of Harlem (AUDELCO nomination). Regional: Paul Robeson, Crossroads Theatre Company; Man of La Mancha (Jeff Award), The Bridges of Madison County (Jeff nomination), Marriott Theatre; Pacific Overtures, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; VioletOnce on This Island and Big River (Jeff nomination), Apple Tree Theatre; Dreamgirls, Milwaukee Repertory Theater. He is a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow (Ten Chimneys Foundation) www.nathanielstampley.com


Gabrielle McClinton (Angelina Baker) originated the role of Angelina Baker in Paradise Square at Berkeley Rep. Gabrielle recently starred as the Leading Player in the Australian debut of Pippin after playing the role on Broadway & 1st National Tour. She originated the role of Anita in Francesca Zambello and Julio Monje’s West Side Story at Houston Grand Opera. Broadway: ChicagoPippin. 1st National Tour: PippinAmerican Idiot. Regional: South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, St. Louis Muny, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. TV/Film: “86’D,” “The Mentalist,” Won’t Back Down, Fun Size. BFA Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. www.GabrielleM.com


Jacob Fishel (Milton Moore). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway: King LearThe Broken Heart (TFANA), The Common Pursuit (Roundabout Theatre Company), Titus Adronicus (Public Theater), Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theater), Macbeth (NYSF). Off-Off Broadway/Regional: Paradise Square (Berkeley Rep.), Henry VAs You Like It (Two River Theater Company), Our American Hamlet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Sense and Sensibility (The Folger Theatre), The Real Thing (Intiman Theatre Company), What Happened When (Rising Phoenix Rep). Television: “Elementary,” “Cold Case, “Medium,” “Without a Trace,” “Numb3rs.” Film: A Night Without Armor, Across the Sea, How I Got Lost.


Kevin Dennis (‘Lucky’ Mike Quinlan). Kevin is honored to create this role, marking his Chicago and Broadway debuts. Canadian Theatre: Frederick in Young Frankenstein (Stage West); Assassins (TIFT/Birdland); Sweeney ToddRomeo and Juliet (Neptune Theatre); Touchstone in As You Like It (Citadel); A Year with Frog and Toad (YPT); The Beard of AvonHair (Canadian Stage); GypsyFloyd CollinsWidowers’ HousesHappy End (Shaw Festival); Forever Plaid (Charlottetown Festival). Film/TV: 8-Bit Christmas (Warner Bros.); Titans (DC Comics); “Murdoch Mysteries” (Ovation); “11.22.63” (Hulu); “Reign” (CBS); “Orphan Black” (BBC America); “The Strain” (FX). Love to Adrienne and all my friends and family back home in Canada! Twitter/Instagram/TikTok: @gottabekdee

Karen Burthwright (Ensemble). Theatre credits include Leading Player in Pippin (Nebraska Repertory Theatre – contract cut short during rehearsals due to Covid-19), Shug Avery in The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre, 2020 Merritt Award Best Supporting Actor, The Citadel/RMTC), Paradise Square (Berkeley Rep.), Woman 2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (George Street Playhouse), Janet in Play Like A Winner (NYMF 2017). Broadway/Off Broadway: Soul Sister in Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Revival), Princess Who Kissed the Frog in Disenchanted US/Dance Captain (Westside Theatre); Chicago: Nickie in Sweet Charity (Writers’ Theatre), RagtimeThe Hot Mikado, and Aida (Drury Lane Oakbrook). Regional/Canada: Sousatzka Swing/Dance Captain (The Elgin Theatre); Cabaret (Cape Playhouse); Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (FST); Soul Sister in Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla Playhouse/Stratford Festival). National tours: Featured female vocalist in Dirty Dancing; Dynamite in Hairspray; Lisa in Mamma Mia! @kburth and karenburthwright.com.


Kennedy Caughell (Ensemble) is a Broadway performer and voice over artist, who is based out of New York City. She got her BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University. Shortly after graduating, she performed across the nation and abroad as Heather in American Idiot. Kennedy then traveled the country by broomstick in the national tour of Wicked, covering the role of Elphaba. She performed on Broadway in The Great Comet with Josh Groban and was most recently seen playing Carole King in the Broadway and National Touring production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical before the shut-down. Some of her favorite regional roles include Mary Poppins (Mary), White Christmas (Betty), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Peter Pan (Peter) and Into the Woods (Little Red). Catch her on TV in “Law & Order: SVU,” “Parked For Love,” and “The Outlier.” Twitter/Insta: @KennedyCaughell. www.kennedycaughell.com Psalms 9:1


Dwayne Clark (Ensemble). Broadway: The Emmy and Tony Award-winning cast of The Color Purple revival, Spider Man: Turn Off the DarkIn The HeightsCry-BabyTarzan The MusicalUrinetown The MusicalSmokey Joe’s Cafe. New York City Opera: Porgy and Bess(Sportin’ Life). National Tour: Rent. Regional: Ain’t Misbehavin’Smokey Joe’s CafeShrekTick, Tick… Boom! Dwayne has done many voice over commercials, audiobooks, and TV commercials. Dwayne is an author and motivational speaker. Youth: Motivator.com. Podcast: Inspirations by Dwayne.


Garrett Coleman (Ensemble) is a two-time solo World Champion in Irish dance and has won 17 other national and international titles. In addition to Irish Step, he has trained in hip hop, tap, African stepping, contemporary movement and martial arts. Garrett toured professionally with Riverdance, Trinity Irish Dance Company, Cherish the Ladies, The Chieftains, and others. He is the cofounder of Hammerstep, a NYC-based dance company fusing Irish step with hip hop, stepping, and martial arts. Garrett has starred in Hammerstep performances worldwide from NYC’s Lincoln Center to London’s West End Palace Theatre to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Garrett is thrilled to return to the production while also making his choreographic debut on Broadway with Paradise Square.


Colin Cunliffe (Ensemble). Original Broadway companies of Finding NeverlandPippin (2013 Tony Award, Best Revival), Evita (revival), The Addams Family and John Waters’ Cry-Baby. Other NY productions include Cats (revival), Evita and High Button Shoes at New York City Center, I am Harvey Milk at Avery Fisher Hall and Colin Cunliffe Presents… at Pangea. Productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Barrington Stage Company, A.R.T and La Jolla Playhouse. National Tours of Sweet CharityThe Boy Friend (dir. Julie Andrews) and Fame. TV/Film: “The Good Wife,” “Do I Sound Gay?,” “Folsom Street.” Co-founder of The Fête Arts. BLM.


Chloe Davis (Ensemble). Theater: Paradise Square (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (Kennedy Center); The Wiz (Muny); Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera). TV/Film: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix); “Tell Me A Story” (CBS); Harlem (Amazon). Additional credits: Camille A. Brown and Dancers; Philadanco; Late Night with Seth Myers (Choreographer); For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (Associate Choreographer). Chloe’s debut book, The Queens’ English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases, is a celebration of the spectrum of identity and promotes important conversations around inclusivity, sexuality, gender expression and gender identity.


Bernard Dotson (Ensemble). A native of Los Angeles, Bernard began performing nationally and internationally, singing the Walt Disney Songbook. Concerts: the music of Frank Loesser with The New York Philharmonic, Merrily We Roll Along, Live Arts Maryland’s “One Singular Sensation: The Music Of Marvin Hamlisch,” and “Dreamgirls.” Broadway: Finian’s RainbowChicagoImaginary FriendsSweet Smell of SuccessJesus Christ Superstar and Ragtime. Regional, National and International Tours: Smokey Joe’s CafeFive Guys Named MoeKiss Me, KateJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Paradise Square. Bernard can be seen performing his critically acclaimed one-man show, “Unexpected Songs.”


Jamal Christopher Douglas (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in Paradise Square. His previous theatre credits include Paradise Square at Berkeley Rep., A Wonderful World at Miami New Drama, His Girl Friday, and A Little More Alive at Barrington Stage Company. A huge thanks to God, his amazing mother, his incredible friends and The Mine agency for their support. @iamlamaj


Sam Edgerly (Ensemble). New York credits include A Bronx Tale (Broadway) and The Wild Party (Barrow St. Theatre). He toured nationally with the 1st National Tour of Dirty Dancing. His regional credits include Paradise Square (Berkeley Rep.), Ordinary Days (Round House Theatre and Helen Hayes Award Nomination), Saturday Night Fever (Merry-Go-Round Theatre), My Fair Lady (The Kennedy Center), Orphie and the Book of Heroes(The Kennedy Center). Sam’s TV credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” “Manifest” and “Inventing Anna.” He is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in Musical Theatre.


Shiloh Goodin (Ensemble). Off-Broadway: The Screwtape LettersThe AnthemBabes in Toyland. Select regional: Paradise SquareSousatzka (world premiere), South PacificAnything GoesHairsprayRigoletto (Santa Fe Opera), My Fair LadyCamelot. Choreography: Cabaret, Spring Awakening (Gallery Players), Aida (Weathervane). Pandemic: Danced for Prince Dance Theatre Co, started a community supporting mental wellness for creative professionals (joincollectus.com). Shiloh has worked with creatives such as Victoria Clark, Lorin Latarro, Michael Mayer, Josh Bergasse, Marcia Milgrom-Dodge, Peggy Hickey, Joanne Hunter and is thrilled to add this team to the list. Avid tree-climber. @shilohlovesyou.


Jacobi Hall (Ensemble) is delighted to be back with Paradise Square after appearing as Levi Butler in Berkeley Rep.’s production. Most recently, Hall appeared as Nick & Billy Ivy Zippers in the world premiere of Pamela’s First Musical at Two River Theater. Prior to that, Jacobi was a nominee for the Connecticut Critics Circle Award (Trav’lin) and on the winning team of The KCACTF Musical Theatre Award (Single Girl’s Guide). Notable roles include Sebastian in The Little Mermaid and Kerchak in Tarzan. Blessed to be performing, Hall is determined on breaking into show business and leaving a mark on the arts and entertainment industry forever.


Sean Jenness (Ensemble). Broadway: The Last ShipJekyll & HydeBonnie & Clyde. Tours: Rock of Ages (1st National), Jekyll & HydeTommyHair. NYC: Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall, many Off-Broadway productions. Regional: Ford’s Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, O’Neill Theatre Conference. Bands: The Doug Flutie Band, Done Dirt Cheap, The Kootz, Angry Kickin’ Feet, Anything for Loaf, many others. Jingles and voiceovers for dozens of products that you eat in the morning, drive to work, or drink at night. Voice of “Written In My Face,” ring entrance music for WWE superstar Sheamus.

Lael Van Keuren (Ensemble). Broadway: Sister Act (original cast). 1st National: Finding Neverland (Sylvia Davies), Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert). Select regional: Paradise Square (Berkeley Rep.), The Will Rogers Follies (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Mary Poppins (North Shore Music Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (Paper Mill Playhouse). TV: “The Tony Awards,” “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Dancing with the Stars.” In Him.


Jay McKenzie (Ensemble) A Springfield, Massachusetts native and a singer/songwriter, Jay is most at home behind a microphone, collaborating with incredible musicians. Previous credits: Memphis (National Tour), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Closing Broadway cast), Unknown Soldier (Off-Broadway). TV: “America’s Got Talent” (NBC), “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS). Love to family and friends and his dog, Lucas. Much gratitude to Michael Rodriguez and The Roster. @onejaymckenzie


Ben Michael (Ensemble) is an original cast member of Paradise Square at Berkeley Rep. Other credits include An American in Paris (Henri, National Tour); Beauty and the Beast (The Beast, North Carolina Theatre); Daddy Long Legs (Jervis, George Street); South Pacific (Lt. Cable, Walnut Street).


Jason Oremus (Ensemble). Former lead of Riverdance, co-creator of the award-winning dance company Hammerstep, and five-time national Irish dance champion, Jason is a multidisciplinary creative. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Jason’s tenure in Riverdance spanned over 40 countries and venues such as London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Palais des Congrès de Paris, and The Kremlin State Palace in Moscow. Most recently, Jason has been developing choreographic materials for Paradise Square, contributing as both a choreographer and featured performer for the show’s world premiere at Berkeley Rep.


Eilis Quinn (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of the company of Paradise Square. Regional credits: Saturday Night Fever at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. She has toured with the Andy Cooney Irish Band and performs with an Irish dance troupe around New York City. She is a graduate from Marymount Manhattan College.


Sara Sheperd (Ensemble). Broadway/ National Tours: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, (u/s Carole, swing, Dance Captain, OBC); Cry-Baby: The Musical (ensemble); Legally Blonde: The Musical, (Kate/ Chutney, u/s Vivienne and Enid). Other favorite credits: Funny Girl (Fanny Brice), Drury Lane Theatre; Oliver! (Nancy), Human Race Theatre; Little Women (Jo March), John W. Engeman Theatre and CCM. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Beyond thrilled to be here and a part of live theatre again! Thanks to everyone who made this possible!


Sir Brock Warren (Ensemble). First National: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. The A.R.T/New York: Personality. Berkeley Rep.: Paradise Square (Ensemble). The Public: The Harder They Come. Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Weston Playhouse: Oklahoma! (Dream Curly); Muny: The Wiz (GateKeeper); American Stage: In The Heights; NCL: After Midnight (The Mooche). Film/TV: In The Heights (Warner Bros.) Awards: Project Gen Yes grant recipient by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Training: Saint Leo University: MBA concentration in Marketing; Full Sail University: MS in Entertainment Business; The Boston Conservatory: BFA in Dance. Follow: @only1sirbrock. Agent: Clear Talent Group (CTG).


Hailee Kaleem Wright (Ensemble) has appeared in regional musicals such as The Black Clown at the American Repertory Theatre/ Lincoln Center and Paradise Square at Berkeley Repertory Theater. Other credits include the National tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and a long list of national commercials for IKEA, Samsung, and Book of the Month Club to name a few. Hailee is a singer-songwriter, and her original music can be streamed under the pseudonym Sapphire Hart. A native of Houston Texas and raised in Tennessee, Hailee is now happily bicoastal in NYC or LA. Look for Hailee on Instagram: @sapphire_hart  or on her website at www.sapphirehart.com.

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