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Greetings and welcome to one of eight shows this holiday season. As the new President & CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, I am excited to join the DCPA as it comes off its most successful season ever — 1.2 million guests; 25,000 subscribers; 85,000 students, and a $600 million economic impact over the past five years. Wow! Plus we’re actively gearing up for our 12th annual Colorado New Play Summit, two world premiere plays, the pre-Broadway debut of Frozen and a coveted stop on the Hamilton tour. What an amazing time to join the DCPA as only the third President & CEO in its nearly 40-year history. It is, indeed, an honor and a privilege to have been asked to lead the nation’s largest non-profit theatre organization. Mayor Hancock called the DCPA the cultural gem of the City and I could not agree more. But that recognition is not possible without your active interest and engagement. So thank you for being here today, for sharing your experience with your friends, and for helping us to attract top talent, launch world premieres and become one of the top theatre markets in the nation. In fact, the National Endowment for the Arts recently ranked Colorado third in the nation for per capita attendance at theatre, music and dance performances. Your active participation is worthy of a standing ovation. As CEO, I look forward to working alongside our artists, administrators, educators and patrons to do more together than we can separately. We want to broaden access, diversify our audience, engage with new people in new ways and, ultimately, be as vital to our community as the mountains are to Colorado. Thank you for joining us here today — whether it’s for one of our holiday shows, a returning favorite or Broadway’s newest tour. We hope that you enjoy every moment of your experience and make it a tradition for years to come. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in the coming season.

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Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ biggest stars step into the spotlight — actors, designers, students and you.

A Christmas Carol Nov 25 – Dec 24 The SantaLand Diaries Nov 25 – Dec 24 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Dec 6 – 11 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Dec 16 – 18 Finding Neverland Dec 20, 2016 – Jan 1 Fun Home Jan 10 – 22 The Book of Will Jan 13 – Feb 26

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1. DCPA welcomes Janice Sinden who joined the nearly 40-year-old organization as its third President & CEO on September 12. Sinden comes to the DCPA from her post as Denver Mayor Hancock’s Chief of Staff. 2. DEVELOPMENT’s inaugural Inside Actors’ Alley was a smashing success with donors and longtime subscribers. Guests enjoyed a scavenger hunt in a hidden hallway adjacent to The Buell Theatre, which features hand-painted show art signed by all touring casts. 3. BROADWAY welcomed the all-new engagement of The Phantom of the Opera back to the Buell where it made its Denver debut 25 years ago. Despite updates to the production, the “infamous chandelier” still made a grand appearance. 4. THE SPACE THEATRE is taking a break from its regularly scheduled programming to undergo a facelift. Funded by a generous $10 million grant from the Better Denver Bond Program, the Space will reopen next fall with increased restrooms, improved technical enhancements and its familiar in-the-round staging. 5. THEATRE COMPANY’s Set Design Team participated with more than 10,000 entrepreneurs in Denver StartUp Week — one of the nation’s largest such events. The team’s “Maker’s Wall,” a modular display that anchored registration at Basecamp, exhibited new innovations in products and design.

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FINDING NEVERLAND BY JOHN MOORE

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Acclaimed Director Diane Paulus was hooked on Finding Neverland by a line the nefarious Captain Hook says to the story’s author himself, J.M. Barrie: “You can go back to being what everyone expects you to be,” the iron-wristed pirate says. “Or you can find the courage to write your own story.” That taunting dare resonated deeply within Paulus as a director, mother and artist. “Because that could mean literally, ‘write your own story,’” she said. “Or it could mean, ‘Write the story of your life.’” Barrie stared that question down the snout of the crocodile 105 years ago when he found the courage to write the story of Peter Pan and, in doing so, essentially encrypt the spirit of the Lost Boy into the DNA of a century of children to follow. “J.M. Barrie was a visionary,” said Finding Neverland co-composer Gary Barlow. “Even in 1904, his mind was 100 years ahead of his time.” The story of Peter Pan, Paulus said, is a clarion call to anyone of any age to ask themselves: When do we wake up and live the life that we know we need to live — not the life we think we should be living? And that is the story Finding Neverland ultimately tells. The innovative Broadway musical is based on the 2004 Oscar-winning film of the same name. It follows Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer — and the man — he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration

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he’s been missing when he meets a widow and her four young sons who inspire him to conjure the magical world of Neverland. It was surprisingly risky for Barrie to present his original play to high-society London theatergoers, a twist that provides much of the dramatic spine of the musical. “At the time J.M. Barrie wrote the play in London, it was incredibly radical and actually quite dangerous,” said British book writer James Graham. “This was a postVictorian society that was very rigid. By putting children and the dog on the stage, J.M. Barrie flipped the power dynamics of the London theatre. It was quite shocking to the theatre establishment.” Paulus also loved how Finding Neverland takes the audience backstage with Barrie and his theatre company. “Finding Neverland is a complete love letter to theatre,” said Paulus, who was included in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus also helmed the launch of the national touring production of Pippin in Denver in 2014. “I love stories that take us backstage, that take us through all the trials and tribulations and the fear that go into making art,” Paulus said. “All sorts of people who have seen Finding Neverland have then said to themselves, ‘Oh my goodness — what am I doing with my life? I’ve got to wake up, do what I love and take a risk. That’s where the riches of life will lie.’”

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All sorts of people who have seen Finding Neverland have then said to themselves, “Oh my goodness — what am I doing with my life? I’ve got to wake up, do what I love and take a risk. That’s where the riches of life will lie.” — DIANE PAULUS, DIRECTOR

And that’s exactly why they all worked so well together, Michaels added. “Diane is not afraid of anything,” she said. “She likes to surround herself with really creative people and then this very powerful life force happens between them.” Kennedy and Barlow couldn’t quite believe it when they were approached by Paulus and big-shot producer Harvey Weinstein about scoring Finding Neverland. “We said to Diane, ‘Look, we’re not musical theatre writers — we’re pop-tarts,” Kennedy said with a laugh. But Paulus has worked with unconventional artists since she began writing her own theatrical story in the New York fringe scene two decades ago — and she had a gut instinct about the music she wanted for Finding Neverland. “I knew we had to explode the imagination of J.M. Barrie on that stage,” Paulus said. “And that really led me to understand how a pop score by Gary and Eliot could function in that story.” Still, when the “pop-tarts” brought their initial song ideas to Paulus, “there was only one song we thought she’d really love, because it really sounded like a musical theatre song,” Kennedy said. “But she hated it. She told us, ‘Guys, don’t think about this too much. Just do what you do.’ And so that’s what we did.” And that is why, Kennedy added, Paulus is a genius. “I think that’s probably an overused word,” he said. “But she is. She is a genius, and not in the way that those dudes in an Apple shop are geniuses. She is a visionary.” For expanded interviews with Diane Paulus and other members of the Finding Neverland creative team, go to the DCPA NewsCenter at www.denvercenter.org/news-center.

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Robert Petkoff as 'Bruce' and Kate Shindle as Alison' in Fun Home. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Laura Michelle Kelly (center). Finding Neverland original Broadway cast. Photo © Carol Rosegg.

To tell Barrie’s unconventional story on Broadway, Paulus gathered a decidedly unconventional (and trans-Atlantic) creative team. American Choreographer Mia Michaels is a three-time Emmy winner for her work on TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Barlow is the architect of the enduring British pop band Take That, which has produced 28 top-40 singles since 1989. He recently was voted the greatest British songwriter of all time — a field that includes the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John and Andrew Lloyd Webber. “Gary is furiously well-known and well-liked here in England,” said co-composer Eliot Kennedy, who has had No. 1 hits with the Spice Girls, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Aretha Franklin and more. Graham (Privacy) is known in Britain not for writing fanciful musicals but rather plays about urgent social and political issues such as how technology is eroding our privacy and sense of self. Putting them all together, Graham said, shows how Paulus has a “forensic knowledge for how to build a musical.”

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FUN HOME

Robert Petkoff, who recently headlined the DCPA Theatre Company’s DeVotchKa-infused Sweeney Todd, will return to Denver in the national tour of Fun Home (Jan 10-22). Petkoff, also celebrated for his performances in Broadway’s Ragtime, All The Way and Anything Goes, will play the troubled patriarch, Bruce.  “I was aware of the possibility of doing Fun Home when I was finishing the run of Sweeney Todd at the Denver Center and was quite pleased with the prospect of returning to Denver,” Petkoff said. “I really love the city and have had such great theatrical experiences there at the DCPA.” Robert will be joined by Susan Moniz (Broadway’s Grease) as Helen and Kate Shindle (Broadway’s Legally Blonde, Cabaret and Miss America 1998) as Alison. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces audiences to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. The show won raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


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A CHRISTMAS CAROL BY JOHN MOORE

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the world’s most beloved story of seasonal spiritual reawakening. And now in its 24th staging at the Denver Center, the production itself is undergoing its own kind of renewal. The beloved holiday tradition has a new director and star this year: Denver newcomer Melissa Rain Anderson and longtime company favorite Sam Gregory playing Scrooge. “I think there is something addictive about the journey of A Christmas Carol every year,” said Anderson. “That sense of joy and wonder and getting re-birthed every year is pretty special.” And if the Theatre Company’s most popular annual offering is not getting fully re-birthed, it is certainly getting a re-boot. Audiences again will be treated to the familiar adaptation by Richard Hellesen with music by David de Berry, and many of the DCPA’s homegrown scenic, costume and technical elements will be unchanged. “Absolutely we want to pay homage to what has come before, because obviously it’s been a huge success,” said Anderson, who thinks of this production as one she is adopting, not reinventing. Still, the newness of this staging will be as evident as the man barking out the old man’s unhappy humbuggery. Gregory, who has more than 40 Theatre Company credits to his name, will become only the eighth actor to play Scrooge since the Denver Center’s nearly annual tradition began in 1990. Gregory’s task is merely to replace a fellow actor he himself calls irreplaceable: Philip Pleasants. “Taking over Scrooge from somebody like Phil is a monumental task that I would never wish on anyone because he was such a master at it,” Gregory said. “What I so very much appreciated in his performance was how

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“I think there is something addictive about the journey of A Christmas Carol every year. That sense of joy and wonder and getting re-birthed every year is pretty special.” — MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON, DIRECTOR Anderson sees in Gregory the opportunity for this A Christmas Carol to make an even greater emotional impact on audiences, simply given the actuarial differences between Pleasants, who is 79, and Gregory, who is 53. Gregory initially worried he might actually be too young for the role until his research turned up that while Dickens never specifies the old man’s age, he plants clues that suggest Scrooge is only 54 years old. “Sam is really the perfect age to be playing Scrooge because he has a significant amount of time left,” Anderson said. “His Scrooge lives through this beautiful redemption — and then how wonderful it will be for us to consider that this Scrooge still has 20 or more years left to give all his money away. And what a gift for Scrooge to gain his family back into his life and to open his arms to Bob Cratchit again while he still has so much time to do good? This Scrooge will change lives for many years after our story ends.” Anderson and Gregory both have deep bloodlines with the Hellesen adaptation of A Christmas Carol. As an actor, Anderson has performed in it four times around the country. Gregory has previously played Bob Cratchit and six other roles. Anderson thinks it’s probably better for her that the actor playing Scrooge is changing at the same time she is becoming the first new director of this annual production in Denver since 2004. “I think it’s great that we are shaking everything up at the same time rather than in bits and pieces,” she said. For his part, Gregory isn’t aiming to simply give audiences a younger version of Pleasants’ Scrooge. How could he? “I can’t roll my R’s the way Phil can,” he joked. “I think we want to focus more on the fact that this is really an incredible play about redemption and that is the reason it stands the test of time,” he said. “This play is about how anyone can be redeemed and can change and can become a better human being.” But getting there won’t be easy. And shouldn’t be. “The Scrooge we meet is hardened and calcified,” Gregory said. “He doesn’t turn on the heat because he has no heat inside of him. That’s why poor Bob is freezing. Scrooge isn’t cold because he has ice-water in his veins. I’d like to try it so that we see him thaw — and we see him come to life.”

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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The company of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Adams Visual Communications

within 10 minutes you could hear little children in the audience giggling away at the stuff he was doing. Phil was able to present this mean old curmudgeon and yet, right away, the children could spot his good heart.” Gregory said following Pleasants feels a little like Trevor Siemien following Peyton Manning. But Anderson and Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson both say he’s up to the task. “Sam is a masterfully comic actor who can also turn scary and scared at any moment,” Thompson said. “He has a gift for the language and dialects of England — whether it’s Dickens or Shakespeare. Besides that, Sam brings great heart to his acting, making him a beloved actor in the Denver theatre scene. I’m excited to see his Scrooge.”

COSTUME COLUMN Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (playing The Stage Theatre Nov 25 – Dec 24) was first published on December 19, 1843. Now, 173 years and 24 DCPA Theatre Company productions later, audiences continue to fill the theatre, making it our most popular and most produced show. The Theatre Company has produced A Christmas Carol since 1990 (with a few gap years). The current musical version has been a Denver staple since 2005. This year marks Kevin Copenhaver’s 12th time designing costumes for the beloved holiday tradition. A Christmas Carol features more than 100 Dickensian costumes — some old, some new but always a few finishing touches to make it sparkle anew each year. This year Copenhaver gets to outfit a brand new Scrooge (Sam Gregory). “I’m really looking forward to collaborating with Sam to bring his version of Scrooge to life,” said Copenhaver. Director Melissa Rain Anderson, who is making her DCPA directorial debut with A Christmas Carol, and Copenhaver also have been discussing a new take on two of the spirits Scrooge encounters. Upon first meeting the Ghost of Christmas Past, Scrooge asks, “Good Heaven. Please madam, could you dim your glow?” Past designs for the Ghost of Christmas Past have relied on Don Darnutzer’s lighting design for that illuminating moment. This year, Copenhaver is exploring what it would look like if the spirit’s costume had the ability to be a self-contained light source. You also may see The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come rising a little higher above you. According to Copenhaver, the team is “looking into the possibility of that other-worldly spectre coming in on stilts this year.”

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 90-minute rock narrative that tells the transgender and transcontinental story of an East Berlin boy who dreams of finding his other half. But while the biographical details of this extraordinary tale are shockingly unique — the desperate boy submits to a brutal (and botched) sex-change operation to marry a soldier who takes her to Kansas and abandons her there — this underdog and largely underground phenomenon has made a profound impact on a generation of audiences seeking their own varying kinds of wholeness. For Hedwig, it was the dream of connecting with her believed soulmate, a pimply boy named Tommy Gnosis who instead grows up to steal her music — and her fame. “The most common positive effect I hear from people about our story is that it creates a space in their lives for them to find themselves,” said writer John Cameron Mitchell. “Everybody is fighting a battle. Everyone is a misfit and a loser. Or has felt that way. Hedwig’s road is particularly hard, but she laughs at it. And that’s what makes her story a communal thing.” Speaking of two sides of a whole, the fictional Hedwig is very much the two halves of her two creators — Mitchell and composer Stephen Trask. “The person looking for their other half is John,” said Trask. “And the internationally ignored song stylist is me. We just mashed her together into one.” Hedwig — both the character and the theatrical rock concert — were born after New York was gripped by AIDS, but not yet by terror. Trask was the bandleader at a new gay nightclub called Squeezebox, which fully embraced punk, newwave and glam-rock at a time when, he said, “There really wasn’t much space in the rock world for gay people, and there really wasn’t a space for rock music in the gay world. But it turned out there were a lot of people who wanted it.” Squeezebox was a hit from the moment it opened its doors. Gone were the days of drag queens lip-syncing to Streisand. In their place was a full-throated Hedwig and her band. Mitchell and Trask first began working on a show about a rock-star character loosely based on Mitchell — the now unseen Tommy Gnosis. “Frankly, and no offense to John,” Trask said, “but he really wasn’t that interesting.” So they focused instead on inventing a female character Mitchell could play. Hedwig was inspired by a babysitter Mitchell remembered having. Trask said to Mitchell: “Why don’t we take her and make her into a failed singer who used to have a relationship with our rock-star character? Now he’s famous, and she’s singing in dives, is bitter about it and is telling us about it.” Hedwig went from the club to the theatrical stage in 1998 with an off-Broadway run that led to a cult-favorite 2001 independent film. But another dozen years would pass before the theatrical gods aligned and Hedwig finally bowed on Broadway — sort of. In the film, Hedwig performs in a bowling alley, among other places. Around the country, the musical is typically presented in seedy nightclubs. A classy Broadway theatre was no place for Hedwig’s act, so this would require an anachronistic wink. When Hedwig opened on Broadway, the gag was that the host Belasco Theatre had just housed a disastrous run of The Hurt Locker, the Musical, which closed after one performance. Hedwig and Company are now essentially squatting in the abandoned theatre as Tommy performs on a legit stage across the alley.

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Yes, after rave reviews and nearly a year on Broadway, Mitchell decided to step back into Hedwig’s heels and bring his personal journey full circle. “It was just like the old days, but somehow better because there was less at stake,” said Mitchell, who said he took on the challenge as a way to shake him from the complacency he felt stuck in following the deaths of his longtime partner, Hedwig band member Jack Steeb, and father, Army Major General John H. Mitchell. The general was in charge of all U.S. military forces in West Germany in 1987 and stood behind Ronald Reagan when the president famously implored, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Mitchell’s father, who retired to Colorado Springs and died in 2013, profoundly influenced his son’s writing of Hedwig. From Broadway, Mitchell learned he was not too old to play Hedwig — nor will he ever be. “This is a story that can be told at any time, and a role you can do at any age,” Mitchell said. “The character can age. I am sure I will do it one more time when I am in my 70s, sitting in a chair. But I’m just sure the keys will be very low.” To read John Moore’s expanded interviews with John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, go to www.denvercenter.org/news-center

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“The most common positive effect I hear from people about our story is that it creates a space in their lives for them to find themselves.”

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“The whole idea of a Broadway musical based on The Hurt Locker is just so wrong, and that’s why it’s so much fun,” Trask said. “There is no end to how much you can tell that joke.” But the joke doesn’t work on the road, so the team has adopted a slight alteration for its first national tour: When Hedwig plays road houses such as Denver’s Buell Theatre, it’s a disastrous pre-Broadway run of The Hurt Locker that just tanked. It took Hedwig so long to make it to Broadway, Mitchell believes, because Broadway wasn’t ready for Hedwig. “We didn’t change. The world changed,” said Mitchell. “The idea of rock ’n’ roll on the stage, the idea of drag, the idea of this unusual story — they all became less frightening. It was just time. And we wanted to make sure we had the right person to play Hedwig.” And at age 51, the right person was no longer Mitchell, who instead happily handed the wig over to the man he calls “America’s sweetheart,” Neil Patrick Harris. He was followed by a steady stream of bankable stars including Michael C. Hall, Darren Criss, Taye Diggs, Andrew Rannells and, for three months, John Cameron Mitchell.

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CAST Hedwig............................................................................................................................................EUAN MORTON Yitzhak................................................................................................................................... HANNAH CORNEAU THE ANGRY INCH

Skszp (Music Director, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals)........................................................... JUSTIN CRAIG Jacek (Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals)............................................................................ MATT DUNCAN Krzyzhtoff (Guitar, Vocals)...........................................................................................................TIM MISLOCK Schlatko (Drums, Vocals)...................................................................................................PETER YANOWITZ STANDBYS Standbys never substitute for listed players unless a specific announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance.

For Hedwig—MASON ALEXANDER For Yitzhak—SHANNON CONLEY For Schlatko—DYLAN FUSILLO For Skszp, Jacek, and Krzyzhtoff—MATT KATZ-BOHEN

The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices such as cell phones and pagers prior to the beginning of the performance.


“Tear Me Down” “The Origin of Love” “Sugar Daddy” “Angry Inch” “Wig in a Box” “Wicked Little Town” “The Long Grift” “Hedwig’s Lament” “Exquisite Corpse” “Wicked Little Town” (Reprise) “Midnight Radio”

Orchestrations by Stephen Trask Arrangement for “Sugar Daddy” by Justin Craig and Stephen Trask

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WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST EUAN MORTON (Hedwig) originated the role of Boy George in the musical Taboo in London and New York. He was nominated for an Olivier and a Tony Award. In addition, he received a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. Additional Broadway credits include Cyrano de Bergerac and Sondheim on Sondheim. He has numerous Off-Broadway and regional credits, including a production of Measure for Pleasure at the Public Theatre that earned him an Obie Award, and Parade at the Ford’s Theatre as Leo, for which he won a Helen Hayes Award. A favorite recent collaboration was with Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak on the new musical Brundibar. Euan also has an active concert career. He’s released two solo albums and has had the pleasure of singing in many of the best concert venues around the country. Euan feels very lucky to be on the Hedwig journey. euanmorton.com. HANNAH CORNEAU (Yitzhak). OffBroadway: Daddy Long Legs (Davenport Theatre), Ethel Sings (Beckett). Regional: Evita (Marriott Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Arena Stage), Harmony (Alliance/ Ahmanson, Ovation nomination).Chicago: Les Misérables (Paramount Theatre, Jeff Award), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Bailiwick Chicago), A Little Night Music (Writers Theatre). Hannah is also a proud member of RANGE a cappella. Endless thanks to her amazing family. @hannahcorneau. SHANNON CONLEY (Yitzhak Standby). Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Lead singer of the all-female rock band Lez Zeppelin (lezzeppelin.com). Voice of several cartoon characters on “Pokémon,” “X-Men,” Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Star Kidz network. On-camera roles include “L&O: SVU,” “A.B.E.,” “Fugue” and the “Downsized” webseries. More info and heartfelt thank yous at shannonconley.com. MASON ALEXANDER PARK (Hedwig Standby) is thrilled to work on his dream show with such an incredible team. Theater: Altar Boyz (Mark), The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), Rocky Horror (Frank’nFurter), Mary Poppins (first countertenor to play Miss Andrew). TV/ film: “iCarly,” “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures,” (Nickelodeon) “Broadway or Bust,” “Becoming an Artist” (PBS). masonapark.com. JUSTIN CRAIG (Skszp, Music Director) is a Grammy-nominated record producer,

multi-instrumentalist, composer and music director based in Brooklyn, N.Y. He’s honored to be in the Angry Inch. justincraigmusic.com. MATT DUNCAN (Jacek) is a singer/songwriter, producer and bass player from Lexington, Ky. Although he’s best known for his smooth, slightly skewed take on classic R&B, he got his start in the community center basements of DIY punk. TIM MISLOCK (Krzyzhtoff) made his Broadway debut in Hedwig. For the past several years, Tim has recorded and toured with indie rock bands The Antlers and Holly Miranda. This fall he will release his first solo record, Now Is the Last Best Time. He thanks his wife, family and friends for their endless support. @timmymislock. PETER YANOWITZ (Schlatko) was a founding member of both the Wallflowers (Virgin) and Morningwood (Capitol). Other artists he has recorded/performed with include Natalie Merchant, Wilco, Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg, Nina Nastasia, Money Mark and Ryan Jarman. With Stephen Trask, Yanowitz is currently writing the music and lyrics for the upcoming Broadway musical This Ain’t No Disco! DYLAN FUSILLO (Schlatko Standby) is a musician and songwriter who has performed and recorded with Beyoncé, Patti LaBelle, Gloria Estefan, The Roots, Meshell N’Degeocello, Femi Kuti, Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Roy Hargrove, Art Neville, Taj Mahal, Charlie Hunter, Sharon Jones, The Stills, Fela! (original cast) and Antibalas, among others. He is delighted to be part of Hedwig and thanks his family for their support. MATT KATZ-BOHEN (Skszp, Jacek and Krzyzhtoff Standby) has been touring with Blondie and Deborah Harry since 2008. He has performed with Jody Watley, Theophilus London, Princess Superstar, Lady Miss Kier, Justin Vivian Bond, Mink Stole, Boy George, Tony Bennett, Ashford and Simpson, Psychic TV and Sharon Needles. Matt has co-written hit songs for Blondie, RuPaul, Raja and Manila Luzon. His current project, Pastel Confession, is Paradise Garage-inflected Italo Disco, in a dirty, unhinged, yet transcendent downtown loft party. JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL (Book). Broadway: Big River, Six Degrees of Separation and The Secret Garden (Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: Hello Again (Drama Desk nom.) and Larry

Kramer’s The Destiny of Me (Drama Desk nom., Obie Award). He starred in and wrote the book for the original 1998 OffBroadway Obie-winning production of Hedwig directed by Peter Askin. In 2001, the film adaptation won him Best Director at Sundance and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. He also directed Shortbus (2006) and Rabbit Hole (2010) starring Nicole Kidman (Oscar nom.). He is presently preparing a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s punk-era story How to Talk to Girls at Parties. STEPHEN TRASK (Music and Lyrics). As co-creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Stephen won an Obie Award; an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; a 1998 New York Magazine Award; Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Music, Lyrics and New Musical; two Grammy nominations for Best Cast Album; two GLAMA Awards; and an Entertainment Weekly Best Soundtrack Award. Hedwig won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. He was also the orchestrator for the Broadway production of Rocky. Since 2003, Stephen has been scoring films on both the independent and studio level for directors as diverse as Tom McCarthy, Paul Weitz, Todd Graff, Tamara Jenkins, Jon Kasdan, Robert Benton, Sean Anders, Bill Condon, Alan Poul, Tom Vaughn, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman. Stephen has recorded and performed with Stone Temple Pilots, Bob Mould, Sleater-Kinney, Yoko Ono, Debbie Harry and Lene Lovitch. Currently, Stephen is working on two new shows: This Ain’t No Disco! and The King of Comedy. MICHAEL MAYER (Director) was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards for this production of Hedwig. Credits this past season include Funny Girl in the West End; God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and Jamboree at Encores Off-Center; Whorl Inside A Loop (with Dick Scanlan) at Second Stage. Other Broadway: Spring Awakening (Tony Award/Best Musical and Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director, also London, Vienna, Tokyo and Seoul productions); American Idiot (Drama Desk Award for Best Director, also Great Britain and Asia productions); Side Man (Tony Award/Best Play); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award/Best Musical); A View From the Bridge (Tony Award/ Best Revival); Everyday Rapture; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Triumph of Love. Off-Broadway credits include Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street


SPENCER LIFF (Musical Staging). Broadway: Falsettos, Spring Awakening (Drama Desk, OCC nominations), Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Regional: The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed), Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Rock Opera (STC), Oliver! (Human Race Theatre). Film: Speech and Debate. Television: Eight seasons of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” (multiple Emmy nominations for Outstanding Choreography), “Dancing with the Stars,” “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” “Parks and Recreation,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Mike & Molly,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “One Day at a Time” (Netflix), The Emmy Awards, The Latin Grammy Awards. Spencer-Liff.com. @spencerliff. JULIAN CROUCH (Scenic Design). Co-director and designer of Shockheaded Peter (Cultural Industry). He co-founded Improbable, whose shows included Satyagraha (Met Opera). Other designs: Jerry Springer: The Opera and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Royal Nat’l Theatre); The Addams Family and Big Fish (B’way); Dr. Atomic, The Merry Widow and The Enchanted Island (Met Opera); Cinderella (Dutch Nat’l Ballet); Jedermann and Mackie Messer (Salzburg Festival). He is currently designing The Nutcracker for the Joffrey and King Arthur for the Berlin Staatsoper. ARIANNE PHILLIPS (Costume Design) made her Broadway debut with Hedwig, having designed costumes for the 2001 film. Her award-winning costume designs include Walk the Line (Academy Award nomination), W.E. (Academy Award nomination, Costume Designers Guild Award winner), A Single Man (BAFTA nomination). By her own design, she keeps a varied career between film, fashion and music, focusing on work that challenges her. Arianne counts herself extremely fortunate, privileged and honored to be reunited with her “creative family.” KEVIN ADAMS (Lighting Design) designed the original Off-Broadway production of Hedwig in 1998 as well as the Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, London and Edinburgh productions. He received a 2014 Tony Award for the Broadway production. Broadway: American Idiot (Tony Award), Spring Awakening (Tony

Award), Next to Normal (Tony nom.), The 39 Steps (Tony Award), Hair (Tony nom.), Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Take Me Out. Off-Broadway: Carrie, The Scottsboro Boys, Rent. Also, Metropolitan Opera, Blue Man Group (Las Vegas Luxor, Hollywood Bowl, international tour). MIKE POTTER (Wigs and Makeup Design) was born and raised in rural Delaware. He began doing wigs and makeup at a young age. He has painted, worked in the arts and done makeup ever since. B.S., resource economics, University of Delaware. He did the wigs and makeup for Hedwig since the beginning with Trask and Mitchell at the Jane Street Theatre as well as the wigs and makeup for Hedwig the film. He works in fashion, film and music and owns the cosmetics company Knock Out. Mike currently lives and works in New York City. TIM O’HEIR (Sound Design) is a Tony and Grammy-nominated producer, engineer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. A platinum-selling rock and roll producer, Tim has also recorded and mixed the soundtracks of films such as In the Land of Women, In Good Company, American Dreamz and Kids, working frequently alongside Hedwig composer Stephen Trask. The original sound recording engineer for the cinematic version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, O’Heir is thrilled to bring the true spirit of rock and roll to the open road. BENJAMIN PEARCY FOR 59 PRODUCTIONS (Projection Design). 59 Productions specializes in creating extraordinary design for performance, exhibitions and live events. Recent work includes After the Rain and Within the Golden Hour for the Royal Ballet, Morgen und Abend (Royal Opera House, Deutsche Oper), Get Carter (Northern Stage), wonder.land (Manchester International Festival/National Theatre), War Horse (world tour), Les Misérables (world tour), London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, An American in Paris (Paris and Broadway—Tony Award winner for Best Scenic Design). CALLERI CASTING (James Calleri, Paul Davis, Erica Jensen). Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Elephant Man, Of Mice and Men, Venus in Fur, Hughie, The Visit, Living on Love, 33 Variations, A Raisin in the Sun, Chicago, James Joyce’s The Dead. Select Off-B’way: Buyer & Cellar, Murder for Two, All in the Timing, Passion, Fuerza Bruta, Silence! The Musical. Casting for Actors Theater of Louisville, The Flea, Long Wharf, CSC, McCarter, Keen, Rattlestick, Williamstown,

Berkeley Rep, Playwrights Horizons (10 seasons). Much TV and film including “The Path” on Hulu. Thirteen Artios Awards for Outstanding Casting Achievement. Member CSA. callericasting.com. ETHAN POPP (Music Supervisor & Coordinator). 2014 Grammy Award nomination (Motown the Musical, original cast recording), 2013 Tony Award nomination (Motown the Musical, Best Orchestrations). Theater: School of Rock (Broadway music supervisor), Motown the Musical (Broadway, U.S. tour, London; as music supervisor, arranger, orchestrator), Rock of Ages (Broadway, U.S. tour, Canada, Australia, London; as music supervisor, arranger, orchestrator), Tarzan (Broadway), We Will Rock You (Germany), Aida (Germany, European tour), Mamma Mia! (Germany) and many others. Upcoming: The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman (20th Century Fox). Television: “Smash” (NBC/ Universal), “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS). Much love to his family, his amazing wife Vanessa and baby boy Aldrin James. STEPHEN GABIS (Dialect Coach). Selected Broadway: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Beautiful, Outside Mullingar, The Winslow Boy, Once, Man and Boy, The Book of Mormon, A View From the Bridge, The 39 Steps, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Jersey Boys, Doubt. Film/TV: Spotlight, “Boardwalk Empire,” Across the Universe, “Bernard and Doris.” JOHANNA McKEON (Associate Director). Broadway credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot and Grey Gardens. Broadway tour credits include American Idiot and Rent. Regional credits include the recent premiere of War Paint, featuring Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole at The Goodman Theatre. Directing credits include Mona Mansour’s Unseen (Old Globe, St Louis Rep and Cape Cod Theater Project workshops), Tokio Confidential (Atlantic Stage Two), I Have Loved Strangers (Clubbed Thumb), Comedy of Errors and Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Her first feature film, Auld Lang Syne, premiered in July at the Indie Street Film Festival, where it received the Audience Award for Narrative Feature. Ms. McKeon is the recipient of a Drama League Fall Directing Fellowship, Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown and a Fulbright Fellowship to Berlin. She has worked as a guest faculty member at Bard College and the Strasberg Institute. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. PAUL McGILL (Movement Associate). Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch,

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Scandalous. Off-Broadway: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Astaire Award, Lortel nomination), Steve (directed by Cynthia Nixon), School for Scandal. TV/film: Hakuna Truvada (ft. Todrick Hall), ALT Coffee Commercial, Diamond Soles. Circus: Filament (Short Round Productions), Grounded Aerial. PaulMcGill. org. @Paul_McGill_. LISA IACUCCI (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, On a Clear Day, War Horse, Contact, Not About Nightingales. Other credits: San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Manchester International Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, Shanghai Disney Resort. JOVON E. SHUCK (Stage Manager). Proud graduate of Michigan State University. Broadway: The Lion King, Noises Off and The Graduate. National tours: The Phantom of the Opera, Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Lion King. JEFF SIEBERT (Assistant Stage Manager). Broadway: American Psycho, On Your Feet, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Cabaret, Jersey Boys, How To Succeed…. Broadway performance: Chitty…, Cabaret, Miss Saigon, The Phantom…, Singin’ in the Rain. Film: Chicago. AURORA PRODUCTIONS (Production Management). Current projects: The Book of Mormon (Broadway and national tour); Matilda (Broadway and national tour); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime (national tour); School of Rock; Cats; Holiday Inn; A View from the Bridge (L.A. and D.C.); The Cherry Orchard; The Front Page; Love Love Love; Kingdom Come; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Anastasia; The Present; If I Forget; and Hello, Dolly! Aurora has been providing technical supervision and production management to the entertainment industry since 1989. auroraprod.com. 101 PRODUCTIONS, LTD (Executive Producer). Wendy Orshan and Jeffrey M. Wilson founded their company in 1994. Their associates are Ron Gubin, Chris Morey and Jeff Klein. Upcoming/recent Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, An Act of God, An American in Paris, Eclipsed, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Elephant Man. Special projects: New Island Festival (Governors Island, New York), “A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House” for PBS and IBM’s Centennial Gala. DAVID BINDER (Producer) produced the original production of Hedwig from his fifth-floor walkup for $29,000. Since then, he’s gone on to produce Of Mice and Men

starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, the first Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda and the genre-defying shows De La Guarda and Fuerza Bruta. International credits include This Is Our Youth with Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin at the Sydney Opera House. Currently, David is the Artistic Associate of London’s LIFT Festival. David produced the High Line Festival curated by David Bowie and the Dutch New Island Festival on NY’s Governors Island. His TED talk on “The Arts Festival Revolution” has been seen online by more than a half million people. David has been a teaching fellow at Princeton and for six years was on the faculty at the Yale School of Drama. He received the Tony Award for Hedwig. BARBARA WHITMAN (Producer). Current productions: The Humans and Oh, Hello. Credits include Fun Home, Red, Next to Normal, …Spelling Bee, A Raisin in the Sun. Favorite productions: her sons, Daniel and Will. PAULA MARIE BLACK (Producer). Tony Award, Olivier Award and Helpmann Award-winning producer. Currently lead producer for Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway and lead producer for Dead Funny in London’s West End. Paula dedicates her producing in the art of theater to women directors, playwrights and those who have not had a voice. LATITUDE LINK (Producer). Four-time Tony Award-winning production company with shows on stages worldwide. Currently running: Fun Home (2015 Tony), Hedwig… (2014 Tony), Matilda, Jersey Boys (2006 Tony), Come from Away (Broadway 2017). latitudelink.com. RAISE THE ROOF (Producer). Harriet Leve: Four Tony Awards, Beautiful, An American in Paris, Ann, War Horse, The Norman Conquests, La Cage aux Folles, The 39 Steps, Stomp. Jennifer Isaacson: Two Tony Awards. Executive Producer at WalkRunFly. walkrunfly.com. AH, BROADWAY (Producer). Consists of producers Neal Rubinstein (On The Town—Tony nom.; The 39 Steps; upcoming: Dangerous—fall 2017, Trojanz Not Required—spring 2018), Caleb Reese, James Simon, Mallory Whermann, Dale Young, Eric Goldman and Kari Lynn Hearn. RUTH HENDEL (Producer). Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony), A View from the Bridge (Tony), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Tony), Death of a Salesman (Tony), Fela! Documentary: Finding Fela!

JUST FOR LAUGHS THEATRICALS (Producer). CEO Adam Blanshay, Chairman Gilbert Rozon. Over 40 theater productions worldwide, including the Tony-winning play The Curious Incident… and Olivier-winning musical Sunny Afternoon. Full bio: hahaha.com/ JFLT, twitter: @JFLTheatricals. SHARON KARMAZIN (Producer). Broadway current: Something Rotten! and Dear Evan Hansen. Recent: Eclipsed (Tony nominated, starring Lupita Nyong’o), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award), Honeymoon in Vegas, Clybourne Park (Tony Award). HENI KOENIGSBERG (Producer). Broadway credits include Tony Awards for A View from the Bridge, Skylight, A Gentleman’s Guide…, A Raisin in the Sun and The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess. Upcoming: Hello, Dolly! Off-Broadway: Verso. STACEY MINDICH (Producer). This season: the Broadway debut of the new musical Dear Evan Hansen. Recent Broadway: Blackbird, The Crucible, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award), Lucky Guy and The Bridges of Madison County. Stacey is the recipient of the 2016 Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Producing. ERIC SCHNALL (Producer/Marketing Director) is a Tony Award-winning producer and marketing director. Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Of Mice and Men, Lucky Guy, Red, 33 Variations, Frost/ Nixon, The Year of Magical Thinking, A Raisin in the Sun, Rent. Off-B’way: The Vagina Monologues, De La Guarda. Eric has lectured at the Yale School of Drama and co-produced This Is Our Youth at the Sydney Opera House. He is currently finishing a novel that takes place in Berlin. JAYNE BARON SHERMAN (Producer) is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer, including It Shoulda Been You, Side Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Of Mice and Men, Kinky Boots, A Time To Kill, The Normal Heart, Elling, 33 Variations, A Raisin in the Sun, This Is Our Youth (Sydney), Carousel (West End). Film/TV: “The Accidental Wolf,” Love Is Strange, That’s Not Us, Alex & Ali, “DTLA” and “In the Life TV.” CASSANDRA DOVED SIMON (Producer) has supported a diverse set of projects (That’s Not Us; Interior. Leather Bar.; Home Street Home) and is developing her own show Why You Should Become a Fag Hag Before You Hit Menopause. STARRY NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT is a theatrical, film and television production


THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION (Producer) has produced and co-produced hundreds of plays and musicals. Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, The Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theaters and six off-Broadway venues. Information in “Who’s Who in the Cast” is provided by the production. Where opinions are expressed, they are those of the players, not necessarily those of PLAYBILL Magazine.

STAFF FOR HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH GENERAL MANAGEMENT 101 PRODUCTIONS, LTD. Wendy Orshan  Jeffrey M. Wilson Ron Gubin  Chris Morey  Jeff Klein Justin Black  Beth Blitzer  Emily Goeler Joel Glassman  Kathy Kim  Robert Nolan Steve Supeck  Holly Sutton COMPANY MANAGER Darren E. Doutt TOUR PRESS REPRESENTATIVE Phillip Aleman CASTING CALLERI CASTING James Calleri, CSA Paul Davis, CSA Erica Jensen, CSA TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR AURORA PRODUCTIONS, INC. Ben Heller Chris Minnick Ryan Murphy Geoff Quart Liza Luxenburg Anthony Jusino Isaac Katzanek Eric Casanova Luke Ricca Justin Bell Serena Monstma Allison Queen Melissa Mazdra Rebecca Habel Gene O’Donovan EXCLUSIVE TOUR DIRECTION THE ROAD COMPANY Brett Sirota Stephen Lindsay www.theroadcompany.com Associate General Manager..........................................Jeff Klein Production Stage Manager...................................... Lisa Iacucci Stage Manager....................................................... Jovon E. Shuck Assistant Stage Manager.......................................... Jeff Siebert Assistant Company Manager............................... Michael Rudd Associate Director............................................ Johanna McKeon Movement Associate....................................................Paul McGill Associate Scenic Designer.......................... Frank McCullough Assistant Scenic Designers.............................. Evan Adamson, Lauren Alvarez Assoc. Costume Designers.Valerie Marcus Ramshur, Amanda Seymour Associate Lighting Designer..................................... Paul Toben Assistant Lighting Designer....................... James E. Lawlor III Audio Consultant...........................................................Kai Harada Assistant Sound Designer..................................... Ken Goodwin Asst. Hair & Makeup Designer.....................Nicole Bridgeford Production Carpenter.................................................Keith Reese Head Carpenter.......................................................Martin Blacker Assistant Carpenter............................................ Leon Lobsinger Production Electrician......................................Gregory Husinko Head Electrician...................................................Vincent P. Goga Assistant Electricians.......................Kim Caldwell, Mark Leslie Properties Supervisor.............................................. Scott Gibson Production Props....................................Matthew Elias Hodges Production Sound Supervisors............................... Phillip Lojo, Simon Matthews Production Sound Engineer......................................... Wes Shaffer Asst. Production Sound Engineer......................Brian Kallaher Moving Light Programmer................................Benny Kirkham

Projection Programmer..................................................Scott Riley Wardrobe Supervisor............................... Antoinette T. Martinez Wardrobe Assistant......................................................... Daniel Paul Hair & Makeup Supervisor................................... Steven Kirkham Hair & Makeup Assistant.............................................. Lynn Grassy Production Assistants................................... Summer Grubaugh, Alicia Lerner, Kristin Pfeifer Assistant to David Binder.......................................... Steven Kopp 101 Productions, Ltd. Interns......Oliver Benjoseph, Laura Sisk Legal Counsel........................... Loeb&Loeb/Stefan Schick, Esq. and David Schmerler, Esq. Accountant......................................... Withum Smith & Brown PC Robert Fried, CPA and Karen Kowgios, CPA Controller........................................... Galbraith & Co./Jill Johnson Marketing Director.......................................................... Eric Schnall Social Media......................................................................................ESP Digital Marketing and Additional Tour Advertising................................... Situation Interactive/ Damian Bazadona, Jeremy Kraus, Mollie Shapiro, Kelly Sherrard Broadcast Advertising.............................................. Serino/Coyne Banking............................City National Bank/Anne McSweeney Insurance.................................................. DeWitt Stern Group, Inc. Merchandising.................................Creative Goods/Pete Milano Production Photographer.......................................... Joan Marcus Payroll Services........................Checks and Balances Payroll, Inc. Travel Agent..............................................Carlson Wagonlit Travel Housing....................... Road Concierge, An ALTOUR Company Trucking.................................................................Clark Transfer, Inc. Makeup Provided By M-A-C To learn more about the production, please visit www.HedwigTour.com Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram: @HedwigOnBway CREDITS Scenery constructed by PRG Scenic Technologies, a division of Production Resource Group, LLC. Scenery and drops painted by Scenic Art Studios. Lighting and sound equipment provided by PRG. Projection equipment provided by Sound Associates. Costumes by Eric Winterling Costumes, Tricorne Costumes, Desi Santiago, Michael Velasquez, Bill Hargate Costumes, Michael Schmidt Studios, Nano Hernandez, Geoffrey Mac. Shoes by Andre No. 1 Shoe Design, Gio Diev. Crystals by Swarovski. Military supplies by Jim Korn and Kaufman’s Army & Navy, NYC. Screen printing by Pete’s Print Shop. Fabric painting by Jeff Fender. Select props by Tom Carroll Scenery. “Hurt Locker: The Musical” Playbill® created by Mike Albo and Amanda Duarte and designed by Rogers Eckersley. PRE- AND POST-SHOW MUSIC CREDITS “Success” by David Bowie, Ricky Gardiner and Iggy Pop, used by permission of BMG, EMI and RZO. “Marquee Moon” by Tom Verlaine, used by permission of Verlaine Music. “Editions of You” by Bryan Ferry, used by permission of BMG. “Jesse” and “Wasted” performed by The Deafening, used by permission. “The Keys,” “Rube Goldberg Machine” and “Idle Hands” performed by Matt Duncan, used by permission. “A-OK” and “Walking in Soho” performed by Peter Yanowitz, used by permission. “Freaks” performed by Cheater, used by permission. SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL CONSIDERATION FURNISHED BY Blackstar Amplification, Ltd. Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc. Gibson Guitars Hoshino USA - Tama M•A•C Cosmetics Korg U.S.A., Inc. Marshall Electronics/Mogami Cable The Music Zoo Paiste America, Inc. Q Drum Co. Remo Inc. Strymon Swarovski Crystals Sweetwater Sound, Inc. Tour Supply Vic Firth Company Vox Amplification, Ltd. SPECIAL THANKS Peter Askin, Jerry Mitchell, Philip S. Birsh/Playbill, Alison Roehs, Geoff Barone, Jeremy Berman, Mike Bigel, Jim Felber, Michael Keller, John Miller, Jace McDonald, Phil Tennison, Joe Testa, Scott Uchida, Priscilla Vega, Aaron Vishria, Matt Wood/ Kenny Bergle, Mark Berger, Soo Jin Yi, Karen Reddy-Medeiros This production was rehearsed at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York City.

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The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Press Agents and Company Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians.

This production is produced by a member of The Broadway League in collaboration with our professional union-represented employees.

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Members of Denver Theatrical Wardrobe, Wigs, Hair and Make-up, Union 719 AnnSue Gunter Linda Ackerschott Judy Holabird Carrie Breidenbach Leslie Lambert Vonnie Clough Sharon Millikan-Hale Janel Clough Callie Morrow Craig Cory Yolanda Pollock Cyndie Cory Dave Poole Laura Cotugno Liz Spadi Steve Davies Amy Tepel Anne Davis Marybeth Tscherpel Carolyn Dore Barb Wilson Deborah Guess DPAC House Crew Mark Anthony Perry Elliot Randy Mitchell Maximillian Peterson

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There always has been plenty of Jersey in Colorado. The towering 14,110-foot Pikes Peak, for example, is named after a New Jerseyan named Zebulon Pike. Had to be a Jersey Boy who got to the summit first, said local public relations maven and Garden State transplant Wendy Aiello. “Who else is going to be that pushy?” Other well-known Denverites from Jersey include Nuggets strongman Kenneth Faried, top chef Frank Bonnano, CBS4 General Manager Walt DeHaven and anchor Kathy Walsh. But when the show for all seasons that is about the Four Seasons returns to Denver for a fourth time, there will be plenty of Colorado in Jersey Boys, too. Jersey Boys tells the story of the band that combined doo-wop with astounding harmonies to make enduring No. 1 hits like “Oh What a Night,” “Sherry” and “Walk Like a Man.” The current national touring cast visiting Denver includes Arapahoe High School graduate Matthew Dailey, who plays Tommy DeVito, and Pomona High School graduate Andrew Russell, who plays short-lived band member Hank Majewski while also covering for musical mastermind Bob Gaudio. Both actors saw their very first professional theatrical performances at The Buell Theatre when they were kids. For Dailey: Beauty and the Beast in 1997. For Russell: Rent, starring Anthony Rapp, in 2001. “The Buell is where I would go and see all of these people living out the dream that I hoped to achieve one day,” said Dailey. For Russell, “The Buell was my Broadway,” he said. “That was my ticket to becoming what I wanted to be in my life.”

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They both call performing at The Buell for the first time now a dream come true. “It’s really going to be meaningful to hopefully bring that same feeling to a new generation of kids in the audience who will be wanting to be up on that Buell Theatre stage someday, too,” said Dailey. The Four Seasons were the most popular band in the world before the Beatles, charting 50 hit singles and selling an estimated 100 million records worldwide. While there have been 36 members of the band, which still performs into its sixth decade, the core during the 1962-67 heyday were lead singer Frankie Valli, Gaudio on keyboards, DeVito on lead guitar and Nick Massi on electric bass. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. All of which was news to Russell when he was a student at Pomona High School — more than 40 years after “Sherry” was the No. 1 song in America. It was 2005 when the Jersey Boys Broadway soundtrack was released and found its way to Arvada. “My friends and I would be singing along down the halls of Pomona High School,” Russell said. “I had never heard these songs before. I didn’t know who the Four Seasons were. So me being able to pick up these songs at my age and really attach to them is very much attributable to Bob Gaudio’s genius in writing these iconic songs. They are just so memorable that kids generations later can snap along just as much as their parents did.” Jersey Boys is preparing to end its 11-year New York run in January after having played 4,642 shows, attracting 13 million people and winning the Tony Award for Best

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— ACTOR MATTHEW DAILEY (TOMMY DEVITO) Colorado’s Jersey Boys are where they are today, they believe, because of strong family and educational support growing up in Denver. Dailey’s mother is award-winning local Music Director Mary Dailey. Matthew has dedicated his Jersey Boys performance to his late father, Phil Gottlieb, who died in 2009. Dailey’s training began at age eight at an afterschool theatre school run by Paul Dwyer and Alann Estes Worley, whose wee students also included future TV star Melissa Benoist (“Supergirl”), Tonywinning actor Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots) and Broadway actor Jesse JP Johnson (Wicked). Russell’s theatrical mentor is Gavin Mayer, his director at both Pomona High School (Footloose) and, later, at the Arvada Center (Legally Blonde). “I was this very shy, awkward kid in high school, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life,” Russell said of his freshman-year alter ego. “Gavin was the person who inspired me to join theatre. He cast me in my first production of anything, and later he cast me in my first professional production, at the Arvada Center.” Those who come to see these local actors fulfill their childhood dreams in Jersey Boys will be treated, Dailey says, to a night like no other. “There is great music, a great story, great musicians, good-looking girls, good-looking guys and flashy costumes. It’s got something for everybody.” Including plenty of Denver Boys who don’t normally go to the theatre. “The theatre stereotype is that women have to drag their husbands and boyfriends to the theatre,” Dailey said. “For this show, it’s the other way around. This is the show that boyfriends and husbands drag their girlfriends and wives to. It’s like a Hollywood blockbuster — only it’s live.”

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Kristen Paulicelli and Aaron De Jesus. Photo Jeremy Daniel.

(l to r) Cory Jeacoma, Matthew Dailey, Aaron De Jesus and Keith Hines. Photo Jeremy Daniel.

Musical. It will end as the 12th-longest-running show in Broadway history. Not bad for a band that rose up from the gutter all the way to the street corner. “Our scrappiness comes from living in the street,” Gaudio said. “We came from the kind of areas most people strive to get out of, so that you can make something of yourself.” DeVito, played by Dailey, was the initial driving force behind the group until gambling debts put him on the outs with the mob. He was known for stealing milk off people’s porches as a kid. But he did it according to his own set of ethics, Dailey said. “First, he never stole from his own neighborhood, because those were his people. And he would never steal from a house that only had one jug of milk. If a house had two, he took one. If it had three, he took two. But he always left them with something.”

On January 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. obtained a loan of $800 from his family and founded an enterprise he called Motown. He set up his Detroit headquarters in a modest house emblazoned with an immodest sign, “Hitsville U.S.A.” The slogan was premature, but prophetic. The company had its first hit record in 1960, and between 1961 and 1971 landed 163 singles in Billboard magazine’s top 20, including 28 songs that reached No. 1. Gordy discovered, developed and launched the careers of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye — to name just a few — and Motown became the most successful business owned and operated by an African American in the United States. What Gordy accomplished had ramifications far beyond the world of music. Now his legacy is celebrated in Motown The Musical. “Berry Gordy is the Steve Jobs of the music field,” says Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment and co-producer of the show. “He’s the No. 1 creative executive in the history of the industry, an amazing American success story who changed the culture of the country.” Relive the multi-cultured vibration that changed the world when Motown The Musical returns to Denver February 15-19.


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WHEN THE CURTAIN lifts at a Shen Yun performance, what will you discover? The radiance of the dancers, the exquisite grace of their movements, and the mesmerizing display of the animated backdrops and handmade costumes. All of this gives the audience an almost overwhelming sense of amazement at the consummate beauty. It is a vision of loveliness not to be missed, and one that will never be forgotten.

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In 1939, retailer Montgomery Ward asked Robert L. May to develop a Christmas story for publication. Titled “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the story was adapted into a song by May’s brother-in-law and radio producer, Johnny Marks. Ten years later, the song was first sung commercially by Harry Brannon a month before Gene Autry’s No. 1 recording was released. Then, in 1964, Burl Ives re-recorded the song as the soundtrack to accompany the television episode that has become the longest-running Christmas TV special in history. Now, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical is delighting audiences across the nation. Enjoy these fun facts about the original TV show before the curtain rises on Rudolph, Yukon, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and, of course, Santa Claus.

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Step right up! Step right up! Don’t miss the marvelous, the magnificent, the mystifying golden age of circus when Circus 1903 comes to town. Inspired by amazing performers from a bygone era, this all-new production by the producers of The Illusionists and the puppeteers of War Horse, will delight audiences of all ages with a turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. The big top has never been brighter than when filled with unique, dangerous and awe-inspiring talent from across the globe. Through the magic of Significant Object (the award-winning puppeteers who brought audiences War Horse), Circus 1903 is able to return animals to the center ring with a fresh, innovative and humane spin. Animals are seemingly brought to life including the largestever performing African elephant through the magic of carefully constructed and realistic puppets. Don’t miss contortionists, firebreathing daredevils and ski-high balancing acts when Circus 1903 dazzles the eyes and defies gravity February 21-26 in The Buell Theatre.

• All of the human characters in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” have four fingers. • Santa’s sleigh is pulled by seven reindeer at the end of the special though, according to the song, there are usually nine reindeer. • In 2006, the original Rudolph and Santa figures were featured in an episode of “Antiques Roadshow,” at which time they were valued at $8,000 – $10,000. • Though he appears quite large on screen, the Bumble figure stood 14 inches tall and had 30 teeth in his mouth. • Hermey is the only elf without pointed ears. • It takes 24 frames to create one second of filmed animation. • All of the characters in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” were built with joints so that any part of their body could be moved, including their eyes, mouth and ears.

• Rudolph is actually voiced by a woman, Billie Mae Richards, who was 43 years old when she helped bring young Rudolph to life.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER THE MUSICAL DEC 16 – 18 • BUELL THEATRE ASL, Audio-Described & Open Captioned performance: Dec 17, 2pm

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” animated television special adapted from a story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny Marks, music and lyrics by Johnny Marks. All elements © and ™ under license to Character Arts, LLC.

• Rudolph’s signature nose, which was originally created using a 12v light bulb painted red, glows in 33 shots in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”


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Theatre Forward advances the American theatre and its communities by providing funding and other resources to the country’s leading nonprofit theatres. Theatre Forward and our theatres are most grateful to the following Educating Through Theatre funders: CURRENT FUNDERS List as of August 2016 THEATRE EXECUTIVES ($50,000-$99,000) The Schloss Family Foundation Wells Fargo BENEFACTORS ($25,000-$49,999) Buford Alexander and Pamela Farr Steven & Joy Bunson James S. & Lynne Turley

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EDUCATION Allison Watrous........................................Director of Education Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski.........................Associate Director of Education and Curriculum Manager Jessica Austgen................................................ Teaching Artist & Shakespeare Coordinator Stuart Barr.................................. Education Technical Director Claudia Carson...... Bobby G and Playwriting Coordinator Leslie Channell................................................. Business Manager Melissa Doherty...........................Office Manager & Registrar Linda Eller..............................................................................Librarian Tim McCracken..................................................... Head of Acting Michelle Patrick...................Corporate Training Coordinator David Saphier.......... Teaching Artist & School Coordinator Elizabeth Schmit...........................................Assistant Registrar Rachel Taylor...........Teaching Artist & At-Risk Coordinator Chloe McCleod, Heather Hughes, Justin Walvoord, Robyn Yamada.................................................... Teaching Artists

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MARKETING, SALES & PATRON SERVICES Jennifer Nealson..................................Chief Marketing Officer Heidi Bosk......................... Senior PR & Promotions Manager Nathan Brunetti...................................................Digital Manager Kim Conner.........................................................Graphic Designer Flora Jane DiRienzo...............Director of Strategic Projects Brenda Elliott......................................Senior Graphic Designer Brianna Firestone............Director of Customer Experience & Marketing Simone Gordon...................................................Project Manager Hope Grandon..........................................PR & Events Manager Jeff Hovorka............................. Director of Sales & Marketing Jennifer Kemps........................................Group Sales Manager Emily Kent............................Associate Director of Marketing David Lenk............................................................. Video Producer

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Emily Lozow........................................... Marketing Coordinator Adam Lundeen....................................Marketing Technologist Kyle Malone.................................................................... Art Director Carolyn Michaels...........................................................Copywriter Cheyenne Michaels............................. Marketing Coordinator John Moore................................................Senior Arts Journalist Adam Obendorf........................................... Senior Art Director Beth Osolin......................Group Sales Business Coordinator Allison Barber Pasternak..... Executive Assistant to the CMO Joseph Schurwonn......................................... Financial Analyst Jill Schwager...............Education Group Sales Coordinator Rob Silk.........................................Director of Creative Services Suzanne Yoe............................... Director of Communications & Cultural Affairs THEATRE SERVICES Carol Krueger.................................. Theatre Services Manager Adam Alberti, Ethan Aumann, Nora Caley, Samantha Egle, Hadley Kamminga-Peck, LeiLani Lynch, Aaron McMullen, Gregory Melton, Douglas Murphey, Joyce Murphey, Margaret Ohlander, Valerie Schaefer, Mica Ward..................... Theatre Company House Managers TICKETING SERVICES Jennifer Lopez.........................Director of Ticketing Services Kirk Petersen...........................................Assoc. Dir. of Ticketing Services – Patron Relations David Smith.............................................Assoc. Dir. of Ticketing Services – Subscription Services Micah White .............................................Subscription Manager Jessica Bergin, Vincent Bridgers, Katie Clow-Pollard, Tristan Jungferman ................................Box Office Managers Billy Dutton .............................................VIP Ticketing Manager Malcolm Brown, Kevin Dykstra, Molly Dougherty, Amanda Gomez, Edmund Gurule ...........................................................Show Leads Kirsten Anderson, Rebecca Hibbert, Scott Lix, Gregory Swan ......................Subscription Agents Román Anaya, Austin Lee Brown, Rena Bugg, D.J. Dennis, Jennifer Gray, Roger Haak, Noah Jungferman, Alia Kempton, Daniel Lindsey, Gustavo Marquez, Cora Marsh, Noah McDermott, Taylor Schulze, Liz Sieroslawski, Hayley Solano, Brad Steinmeyer, Tomas Waples, Cindy Yeast................................................................ Ticket Agents

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