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Just as we transition between seasons, so too is the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in a period of change. Dan Ritchie will step down as Chairman after guiding the organization through a tremendous period of growth and success over the past 10 years. Also, Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson will depart the DCPA Theatre Company after leading the Colorado New Play Summit, Women’s Voices Fund, a robust commissioning program and 121 productions, of which he directed 20. As Applause goes to print, teams are in place to manage the transition and identify individuals to help write the next act in our nearly 40-year history. An individual who will help guide our future is newly named Chief Development Officer, Deanna Haas. Deanna comes to us from University of Colorado Boulder and has been a loyal DCPA fan for many years. One of her earliest tasks will be to work with our Development team on The Space Theatre seat campaign and the Whole Foods Challenge — both of which we invite you to participate in. Recognize your family, business or a loved one by naming a seat in our renovated Space Theatre, or shop at Whole Foods Market on April 28. Select metro-area locations will donate 5% of that day’s proceeds to support DCPA Education. One of our many education programs that is just around the corner is the DPS Shakespeare Festival. Working in tandem with Denver Public Schools and its Foundation, we audition all participants, provide in-school workshops and host 4,000 students throughout the Arts Complex. Join us April 28 as we celebrate the Bard. And while not quite as classical as Shakespeare, Off-Center is poised to engage audiences with its newest off-site, immersive production. Travelers of the Lost Dimension, an adventure comedy of your imagination by Denver’s own A.C.E. improv troupe, will play in Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace March 16 – April 23. On a final note, the DCPA and our theatre community lost a treasured friend, colleague, teacher and artist. Bob Davidson, former Head of Movement of our National Theatre Conservatory and a choreographer with the Theatre Company, passed away in December. Noted for his aerial and trapeze work, Bob was wellknown throughout the Denver area. He will be missed.

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A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

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Wish you had seen The Beatles live? Wish you’d been born back then? Wish you hadn’t been in kindergarten when they set foot on American soil? Wish you’d gone to just one of their concerts? Wish, wish, wish… Well, wish no more. Leave it to Southern California to come up with a solution for gratifying every kind of appetite, this one included. It was not instant gratification — we’re told it took 20 years to put Rain, the concert, together — but when The Beatles hung up their guitars in 1970 and took off in four different directions, leaving thousands of fans wanting more, someone somewhere had to come up with the idea of cloning the Fab Four. And so they have. Along with founder Mark Lewis, the guys who created (and originally impersonated) The Beatles — Joey Curatolo, Joe Bithorn, Steve Landes and Ralph Castelli — came to Rain, the band, and eventually Rain, the show, via Beatlemania. Some of them had become smitten with The Beatles on the night of February 9, 1964, when those four famous boys from Liverpool, England, stepped on the stage of “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The Beatles’ revolutionary brand of rock’n’roll made a worldwide impression and their popularity went straight through the roof. They recorded 13 albums in a short eight years, made memorable films and gave concerts everywhere. So it’s no wonder that the suddenness of their breakup in 1970 sent shockwaves through the music world. Rain, the band, was formed in part out of this devastation, but even more out of a desire simply to keep the music alive. The intention was not just to mimic the Liverpudlians, but also to present some of the songs they had

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never even performed live. It was a labor of abiding love. For 20 years, the members of Rain focused on every detail and worked tirelessly to be as faithful as possible to the original Beatles and Beatles sound. They studied the songs, the gestures, the look, the dress and gradually built an impressive repertoire. Over the years, Lewis converted what had been a modest California bar band into a polished professional act, refining its musicianship, playing piano and organ himself, even inserting sounds necessary to re-creating The Beatles’ background instrumentation so as to ensure that The Beatles’ sound would be fully replicated during the shows. Rain, in fact, is more a concert than a show, with a stationary bandstand prominent center stage and a dazzling array of lighting and other perpetual motion special effects swirling around the musicians. Not only do the four performers play The Beatles’ songs including iconic favorites from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” but they also meticulously match the Fab Four’s clothing, hairstyles and facial hair at changing periods of their performing lives. In this manner the members of Rain, the show, preserve the music and the musical legacy while giving audiences the momentary illusion of “being there.” It’s the same thrill Americans felt on that February night in 1964 and at every live concert thereafter. It’s a thrill they’ll be enchanted to rediscover now.

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Disgraced Mar 31 – May 7 Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight! Apr 1 MAMMA MIA! Apr 11 – 16 Beth Malone: So Far Apr 14 – 15 The Secret Garden Apr 21 – May 28 Cult Following Apr 28 – 29 May 12 – 13 The Illusionists — Live from Broadway May 19 – 21 The Last Five Years in Concert Starring Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe May 22 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time May 30 – Jun 18 DragOn Jun 1 – 25 Frozen August 17 – Oct 1


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Political plays have illuminated politics for millennia, but recently the growing specter of worldwide terrorism — with its companion racism — have spawned a mutant variety of the species. I don’t mean worldly political events, though that too, as in John Patrick Shanley’s 2003 Dirty Story, an uncommonly personalized take on the Israeli-Arab conflict (seen at the Denver Center in 2004). What I do mean is the interior effect of politics on the privacy of our living rooms, intimate dinner parties and family conversations — events that directly affect individuals, including, as in the case of Ayad Akhtar’s galvanizing play Disgraced, the affective politics of the American home and workplace, often more cutthroat than a battlefield. Akhtar’s thoughtful dissection of five lives in Disgraced should give us all pause. True, the play was written well before the searing election that only deepened the cracks in our domestic landscape. But those cracks had been identified long before they had hardened into political reality. As the threat of terror in daily life kept spreading since that fateful 9/11, it was joined by its pernicious companion, fear. The subject only grew in the eyes and hands of playwrights, as well as in the sophistication of these writers’ approach. Lisa Loomer’s 2012 Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner, which premiered here, may have started

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the ball rolling with its quasi-comic Judeo-Islamic conflict at a Passover Seder that devolves into serious indigestion. But Akhtar’s Disgraced goes a step further: it thrusts us from the frying pan into the fire. Disgraced is a big deal. A 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winner, it was assessed the most produced play of the most recent American theatre season. Akhtar warns that, in performance, the play should not sound like Big Ideas mouthed by actors — a common pitfall — and director Carl Cofield, who staged the DCPA Theatre Company’s production was reassuring: “It’s [no] accident that the characters are drinking a lot,” he wrote back. “Sitting on festering frustration and mixing in booze is a sure way to get at the truth.” Things start out quietly enough. Amir Kapoor, a confident New York attorney, is posing in his upscale high-rise apartment for his wife Emily, a rising star in New York’s art world. She is painting his portrait. What could be more the picture of upper middle class success, comfort and bliss? The session is interrupted by Amir’s nephew, an ardent young man who recently changed his name from Hussein Malik to Abe Jensen. Yet in a spurt of identification with a jailed Imam that Abe/Hussein believes is innocent and deserves to be released, he’s here to solicit his uncle’s help.


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Like Akhtar, Amir is American-born of Pakistani/Indian descent and while he was raised a Muslim, he is neither religious nor political, and has outspoken disdain for the more stringent dictates of the Quran. He also has no desire to get involved in the Imam’s defense, since he knows the attorneys who are managing it and deems them very capable. Out of affection for his nephew, however, and thanks to his wife’s entreaties, Amir makes a small concession to Abe’s request. It alters the course of his life. One unintended thing leads to another, compounding damage at every turn. The end results are damning. More than its topicality, what makes Disgraced absorbing is that, consciously or not, it adheres rigorously to the Ancient Greek definition of tragedy — when, entirely without malice, events take over and there is no deviating from the path of destiny. No one in Disgraced does or has done anything consciously malevolent — no more than Oedipus did when he killed his father and married his mother. Some human frailty exists (doesn’t it always?), but there are no villains and no frauds here. Seemingly independent actions follow one another in an inexorable collision of fate and circumstance, multiplying and magnifying problems and ultimately rendering them fatal. “I don’t agree with or condone [Amir’s] actions,” says Cofield, “but over the course of the play, we glean a little insight into his world.... He’s trying to win at the American game of life, but has been handicapped by prejudice. That resonates loudly with me. One of the greatest things about the theatre,” he adds, “is that [it allows us to] feel empathy for other people.” The cast of characters includes Isaac, a curator who handles Emily’s artwork, and Isaac’s wife Jory, another upwardly mobile lawyer at Amir’s firm who happens to be African American. If the racial lineup is a little calculated, it serves a plot in which events take on a life of their own and overtake individual action. The grinding interaction of these five people hits and hits hard. It has been known to leave an audience gasping.

“[Amir is] trying to win at the American game of life, but has been handicapped by prejudice. That resonates loudly with me.” — CARL COFIELD, DIRECTOR Disgraced is a potent theatrical event that raises the most persistently difficult questions; that is what theatre does best. It also offers no reliable answers. But it does show us, painfully, that rancor and division kill. “As a black man and theatre-maker, my hope always is how can we begin the conversation,” offers Cofield. “I hope the audience learns something about the characters and more importantly, about themselves. “The word ‘theatre,’” he adds, “comes from the Greeks and means ‘the seeing place.’ Hopefully, we can see something of one another, learn from it and…begin talking to [instead of] at each other.” No roads will lead back home, but some may move us forward an inch or two. There are, as always, choices to be made. SYLVIE DRAKE is a translator and contributing writer to culturalweekly.com, American Theatre magazine and is a former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

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COSTUME COLUMN In Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning play, Disgraced, Isaac and Amir both work in professions that require a clean, pressed suit. Amir is a highprofile lawyer, Isaac a curator at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Costume designer Lex Liang mines the script for clues as to how they would present themselves. “Amir is an individual of Pakistani Muslim descent, who is constantly trying to prove himself in a rich, white boys’ club,” said Liang. “In a whitecollar world, there are certain rules and boundaries you don’t really cross — and you never take risks with your clothing. Statements are made by expense, not style.” On the other hand, Isaac’s creativity bleeds into his wardrobe. “There’s color, playful tailoring, and risk-taking. The art world demands that their curators take risks.” So how does a non-profit theatre afford multiple high-end suits? Liang points out: “The funny thing is, most suits aren’t worth the ticket price in the first place…. What makes a beautiful suit look good is its simplicity.” It must be made of good fabric, be impeccably tailored and accessorized perfectly. “You can easily make an expensive suit look cheap by mucking it up with a loud shirt or too many accessories.” Liang’s advice to pull off the perfect power suit? “If you’re going to wear a suit that’s supposed to have cost $6,000, you better walk the walk. No slouching.”


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“People always talk about the importance of the opening number, so I wanted to signal to the audience that there is going to be a lot of dancing, and a lot of storytelling through dance.” — CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON, DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER

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It’s deceptively challenging to adapt a beloved film for the stage. After all, the original object of people’s affection is not some distant memory, but readily available for viewing and inevitable comparisons. The stage version has to find a way to shine on its own terms. And the Broadway production of An American in Paris, the recipient of rave reviews and 12 Tony Award nominations, has done just that. This new An American in Paris has flourished for many reasons. Like the movie, the show is a valentine to the timeless music of George Gershwin, drawing on more of his concert music and more of the songs that he wrote with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin. The piece is propelled by the beautiful, vibrant, Tony-winning choreography of Christopher Wheeldon, who also directed. The book, by the gifted playwright Craig Lucas, acknowledges the film’s plot, but uses it as a starting point for a more nuanced, compelling story. An American in Paris works so well because Wheeldon and Lucas did not put the film on stage. Instead, they created a brand new piece of musical theater inspired by, but not beholden to, the movie. “We set about making our version of the story, but we didn’t want to completely turn our backs on the movie,” says Wheeldon. “We were eager to make a show that would appeal to people who love the movie, but at the same time take those who hadn’t seen it on a different kind of journey.” In a departure from the film, the show is set just after World War II ends, and Bob Crowley’s Tony-winning scenic design brings post-war Paris to life, taking the ravaged city out of the darkness and into the light. The bare bones of the story are the same as in the movie, but the characters have been rethought and fleshed out, and the narrative reconsidered and deepened for a contemporary audience.

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(Below) Garen Scribner and Sara Esty in An American in Paris Touring Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN IN PARIS


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(Below) Garen Scribner and Sara Esty in An American in Paris Touring Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

“The show is about the characters’ struggle to find life, to find love, to find happiness again after this dark period,” says Wheeldon. “The movie was made in the early ’50s and the war was still very fresh, so Paris was treated in a kind of hyper-unrealistic way. With the distance of time, there was so much more we could do. We had the freedom to place Paris in a more realistic, historical context, and talk about what the city was like after the Nazis left, and how romance and art and music were balm to the wounds. Paris behaves as a character in the show, and we see the city open up and breathe again, and take on all the beautiful qualities that we associate with it.” Wheeldon, one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world, had never directed on Broadway before. But lead producer Stuart Oken wanted a singular vision for the show. “He felt that I would be able to bring a unique quality of movement to it,” say Wheeldon, “not only to the dancing, but to the transitions and the flow of the piece as a whole.” Wheeldon was very much involved with the shaping of the show and the selection of the music. “Craig wrote a brilliant treatment that acted as a framework, and then we all jumped in – Craig, Rob Fisher [who adapted and arranged the score] and I,” he says. “Then it was really about which pieces of music best told our story. We wanted it to feel like the Gershwins had written this music specifically for our show.” The show features such classic songs as “I Got Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “But Not For Me” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” as well as numerous orchestral gems, including the lesser-known Second Rhapsody and Cuban Overture. The musical dances from beginning to end, and Wheeldon employs a variety of styles, including tap, jazz, old-fashioned Broadway and, most uniquely, ballet. He sets the tone at the very beginning, with a wordless opening sequence performed to the Concerto in F. “People always talk about the importance of the opening number,” he says. “So I wanted to signal to the audience that there is going to be a lot of dancing, and a lot of storytelling through dance. The opening tells the story of Paris and introduces characters through movement.” Wheeldon uses dance in An American in Paris much in the way that one of his mentors, Jerome Robbins, did in West Side Story. That is, it forwards the plot and helps tell the story with great clarity. “Because I’m a ballet choreographer, and the leads are ballet dancers, many people who haven’t seen the show think we’re doing a ballet,” says Wheeldon. “But it’s not a ballet. It’s a classic Broadway musical with a story told through its book, music, singing, acting and movement. And it features incredibly beautiful, talented performers doing extraordinary things.” As in the film, the culmination of the show is the American in Paris ballet. Wheeldon created a largely abstract work that includes a stunning and moving fantasy duet. “It contains the first truly romantic moment for Jerry and Lise. Earlier in the show, they have a flirtatious dance by the Seine, which marks the beginning of their romance. The pas de deux is the emotional, romantic climax of the whole show.”

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME See through the eyes of 15-year-old Christopher Boone on his journey to solve a neighborhood mystery — the murder of the dog next door. Based on the bestselling novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a coming-of-age story that challenges the way we see the world around us. Christopher is an exceptionally intelligent boy, living in England, who has difficulty coping with life’s sounds and stresses. World-class visuals and creative choreography allow you to adopt Christopher’s mathematical perspective on the world throughout his adventure. The impressive projections, set design and sound effects transport you inside Christopher’s extraordinary mind as he taps into his inner power. Prepare to have your emotional buttons pushed as you watch Christopher face obstacles on his life-changing journey. The Curious Incident is a Tony Awardwinning production that delivers an impactful message with a playful touch. Follow Christopher (and Toby, his pet rat) on his quest to solve the local murder mystery (playing May 30 – June 18 in The Ellie). After spending an evening immersed in Christopher’s world you are sure to gain a new perspective.


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CAST Jerry Mulligan....................................................................................................................GAREN SCRIBNER (Sat 3/11 mat, Sun 3/12 mat, Sat 3/18 mat, Sun 3/19 eve) RYAN STEELE Lise Dassin........................................................................................................................................ SARA ESTY (Sun 3/12 eve, Sun 3/19 mat) LEIGH-ANN ESTY Adam Hochberg........................................................................................................................ ETAI BENSON Henri Baurel...........................................................................................................................NICK SPANGLER Milo Davenport....................................................................................................................EMILY FERRANTI Madame Baurel......................................................................................................................GAYTON SCOTT Monsieur Baurel............................................................................................................................ DON NOBLE Returning Soldier.........................................................................................BARTON COWPERTHWAITE Returning Soldier’s Wife...............................................................................................CAITLIN MEIGHAN Mr. Z..............................................................................................................................................KYLE VAUGHN Olga ........................................................................................................................................... LAURIE WELLS Store Manager.............................................................................................................................. .DON NOBLE Lise’s Ballet Partner....................................................................................BARTON COWPERTHWAITE Ensemble....................................... KAROLINA BLONSKI, BRITTANY BOHN, STEPHEN BROWER, RANDY CASTILLO, JESSICA COHEN, BARTON COWPERTHWAITE, ALEXA DE BARR, LEIGH-ANN ESTY, CAITLIN MEIGHAN, DON NOBLE, ALEXANDRA PERNICE, DAVID PROTTAS, LUCAS SEGOVIA, RYAN STEELE, KYLE VAUGHN, LAURIE WELLS, DANA WINKLE, ERICA WONG, BLAKE ZELESNIKAR

UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance. For Jerry Mulligan: BARTON COWPERTHWAITE; for Lise Dassin: CAITLIN MEIGHAN; for Adam Hochberg: STEPHEN BROWER, DAVID PROTTAS; for Henri Baurel: STEPHEN BROWER, CHRISTOPHER M. HOWARD; for Milo Davenport: ALEXANDRA PERNICE, DANA WINKLE; for Madame Baurel: LAURIE WELLS, DANA WINKLE; for Olga: ASHLEE DUPRÉ, ERIKA HEBRON, NATHALIE MARRABLE; for Mr. Z: JACE CORONADO, CHRISTOPHER M. HOWARD, COLBY Q. LINDEMAN; for Monsieur Baurel: JACE CORONADO, KYLE VAUGHN; for Returning Soldier: CHRISTOPHER M. HOWARD, COLBY Q. LINDEMAN, TOM MATTINGLY; for Store Manager: JACE CORONADO, CHRISTOPHER M. HOWARD; for Lise’s Ballet Partner: CHRISTOPHER M. HOWARD, COLBY Q. LINDEMAN, TOM MATTINGLY; for Returning Soldier’s Wife: ASHLEE DUPRÉ, ALIDA MICHAL, DANIELLE SANTOS SWINGS JACE CORONADO, ASHLEE DUPRÉ, ERIKA HEBRON, CHRISTOPHER M. HOWARD, COLBY Q. LINDEMAN, NATHALIE MARRABLE, TOM MATTINGLY, ALIDA MICHAL, SAYIGA EUGENE PEABODY, DANIELLE SANTOS DANCE CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER M. HOWARD

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MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT I “Concerto in F”....................................................................................................................................Company “I Got Rhythm”........................................................................................... Henri, Adam, Jerry, Company* “Second Prelude”..................................................................................................... Lise, Female Ensemble “I’ve Got Beginner’s Luck”...................................................................................................................... Jerry* “The Man I Love”............................................................................................................................................ Lise “Liza”.............................................................................................................................................................. Jerry* “’S Wonderful”.............................................................................................. Jerry, Adam, Henri, Company “Shall We Dance?”.........................................................................................................................................Milo “Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture” ........................................................................................Company ACT II Entr’acte................................................................................................................................................ Orchestra “Fidgety Feet”........................................................................................................................Jerry, Company* “Who Cares?”.....................................................................................................................................Milo, Henri “For You, For Me, For Evermore”......................................................................... Henri, Jerry, Lise, Milo “But Not for Me”...............................................................................................................................Adam, Milo “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise”.....................................................................Henri, Adam, Company* “An American in Paris”......................................................................................................................Company “They Can’t Take That Away From Me..................................................................... Adam, Henri, Jerry

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ORCHESTRA Music Director/Conductor: David Andrews Rogers Associate Music Director/Keys 3: Brad Gardner; Keys 1/Piano: Ray Wong; Keys 2: Henry Palkes; Reed 1: Katherine Fink; Reed 2: Tansie Mayer; Reed 3: Tom Colclough; Trumpet 1: Sam Oatts; Trumpet 2: Anthony DiMauro; Trombone: Dave Grott; Violin 1: Susan French; Violin 2: Adrian Walker; Cello: Nick Donatelle; Drums/Percussion: Paul Hannah; Copying/Preparation: Emily Grishman Music Coordinator: Seymour Red Press *Dance Arrangements by Sam Davis

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SETTING Paris, 1945, at the end of the Second World War


AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST GAREN SCRIBNER (Jerry Mulligan): Garen is thrilled to bring this beautiful story across America with this incredible company of artists. Garen comes directly from the Broadway company, where he played Jerry Mulligan. A former soloist with the San Francisco Ballet and an artist of Nederlands Dans Theater I, Garen believes art has the capability of changing lives, and he is grateful for the opportunity to share his passion with the audience. He thanks his gorgeous Lise, Sara Esty, his family, Victoria Morris, Marianne Wells, and the entire cast & crew for sharing this journey. Follow Jerry, Garen, and his dog, Pilot, behind-the-scenes at @GarenScribner. SARA ESTY (Lise Dassin): Broadway: An American in Paris (OBC ensemble, Lise alternate). Théâtre du Châtelet: An American in Paris (Lise standby). Former soloist with the Miami City Ballet. Training: Maine State Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Miami City Ballet School. Sara received a Princess Grace Fellowship Award for excellence in dance, and has performed various works by Balanchine, Robbins, Tharp, Taylor, Scarlett, Ratmansky, Wheeldon, and Peck. Special thanks to the ever growing AAIP team and family, and BRS/Gage. For M, D, L, my family, and the man I love. Vive la France! @sesty5 ETAI BENSON (Adam Hochberg): Thrilled to be bringing Paris to North America! Broadway/National Tour: Boq in Wicked. Regional: Fortress of Solitude  (Premiere, Dallas Theatre Center), My Name is Asher Lev  (GableStage),  A Room With a View  (Premiere, Old Globe). Workshops: The Band’s Visit, Little Miss Sunshine. Training: University of Michigan and Moscow Art Theatre. Thanks to The Talent House, Christopher and Rachel. For my family - Je t’aime.  www.etaibenson.com  @etaibenson EMILY FERRANTI (Milo Davenport): Thrilled to be a part of the original touring company of such a beautiful production! Broadway: Wicked. National Tour: Wicked (Nessarose), Dreamgirls (Sweetheart). Radio City Spring Spectacular. Regional: Annie (Grace) at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. TV: “Forever.”

Graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Thank you to Christopher and Rachel, CGF, and John for always supporting me even if it means leaving town again! Twitter-@emfernful GAYTON SCOTT (Madame Baurel): Broadway: Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters directed by Sam Mendes, The Women starring Cynthia Nixon, Present Laughter starring Frank Langella. Other NY theater includes The New Group, The Culture Project, Here among others. TV/Film: “Law&Order: CI,” “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” “Great Performances PBS,” Forbidden Love, PS I Love You. Gayton studied acting with William Esper. NICK SPANGLER (Henri Baurel): Original Broadway casts of The Book of Mormon, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and It Shoulda Been You, in which he created the role of the best man, Greg Madison. His OffBroadway performance as Matt in The Fantasticks garnered him the Theater Hall of Fame Elaine and Jerry Orbach Fellowship Award. In 2008 Nick was the winner of the reality series “The Amazing Race” on CBS. LEIGH-ANN ESTY (Lise Alternate/ Ensemble): Leigh-Ann is thrilled to be joining the tour of AAIP! After 12 years dancing with Miami City Ballet, she is excited to take on a new adventure. Huge thanks to M, D, and S for their unconditional love and support. Let’s do this! RYAN STEELE (Jerry Alternate/ Ensemble): Broadway: Newsies (Astaire Award nom), Matilda, West Side Story, Billy Elliot. Film/TV: Ted 2, Five Dances, NBC’s “Peter Pan Live,” “Smash.” Big thanks to Laurie, Dustin and the AAIP team. All the love to family, DDPC and Char. KAROLINA BLONSKI (Ensemble): Broadway: West Side Story. National Tours: West Side Story, Movin’ Out, and Joseph...Dreamcoat. NYC/ Vegas:   Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The New York Spectacular, and Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers! Thanks to Dustin, the AAIP team, Rachel, Matthew Powell, Dr. Geiger, and love to my Drew, Glen and family :) 

BRITTANY BOHN (Ensemble): National tour debut! Regional: Anything Goes, Mame (Goodspeed), Kiss Me Kate (Barrington), Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby (PCLO). Point Park alumna & ATL native. Love to the creative team, Clear Talent Group, and my family! This is for Mom & Dad. STEPHEN BROWER (Ensemble, u/s Adam, u/s Henri): Overjoyed to hit the road with this beautiful show! Tour: Pippin (Swing, u/s Pippin/Lewis). Regional: MUNY, Connecticut Rep, Lyric Theatre, Cortland Rep. Grosses bises to Mama, Papa, Berta, Telsey, BRS/Gage, and TSU. For pics of food and boys in tights: @stephenbrower RANDY CASTILLO (Ensemble): Broadway tour debut! Born and raised in NYC. Former soloist with Company Nacional de Danza, Dresden Ballet, Opera Ballet de Lyon. Worked with mentors Duato, Forsythe, Lubovitch, Kilian and Millipied. Attended Juilliard. Love to family and teachers. Endless thanks to Lakey and Sofia. JESSICA COHEN (Ensemble): Jessica is overjoyed to be joining An American in Paris! She has danced with Northern Ballet and Sarasota Ballet. Thank you to my family and friends for the unconditional support in my dreams. @jlcballerina JACE CORONADO (Swing, u/s Mr. Z, u/s M. Baurel, u/s Store Manager): Broadway: West Side Story Nat’l Tours: WSS, Guys and Dolls Professional;  Metropolitan Opera (Aida, Stroman’s Merry Widow), Broadway-bound Can-Can, Sister Act (Pablo), Curtains! (Aaron Fox), Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio), Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim). Ballet Companies: Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Ballet Trockadero.  Instagram: @bwayjace.   BARTON COWPERTHWAITE (Returning Soldier, Lise’s Ballet Partner, Ensemble, u/s Jerry): Barton Cowperthwaite has been working as an artist in NYC since 2014. He’s danced for Lar Lubovitch, Pontus Lidberg, and recently starred in the Lifetime film “Center Stage: Dance Camp.” He’s incredibly excited about his musical theater debut! www.bartonc.com


ASHLEE DUPRÉ (Asst Dance Captain, Swing, u/s Olga, u/s Returning Soldier’s Wife): Broadway: An American in Paris. Off-Broadway: On Your Toes, Where’s Charley? (Encores!): Silence! The Musical. National Tours: Movin’ Out (Brenda Judy). Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour. NYSAF: In Your Arms. The Phantom of the Opera (Las Vegas Spectacular). Colorado Ballet. Love to my family and friends. ERIKA HEBRON (Swing, u/s Olga): St. Louis, MO Native! National Tour: West Side Story (Swing). Regional: Oklahoma!, Damn Yankees, How to Succeed, The Producers. Proud OCU Grad. Many thanks to blocNYC, Telsey, the entire AAIP creative team, and love to my family and friends! CHRISTOPHER M. HOWARD (Dance Captain, Swing, u/s Henri, u/s Mr. Z, u/s Returning Soldier, u/s Store Manager, u/s Lise’s Ballet Partner): This marks Christopher’s third US Tour following The Phantom of the Opera (Asst. DC, Swing), and Billy Elliot (Older Billy, Ensemble). Toured internationally with A Chorus Line (Larry), danced for Dayton Ballet, and trained at SUNY Buffalo and the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. Instagram: @Tut85 COLBY Q. LINDEMAN (Swing, u/s Mr. Z, u/s Returning Soldier, u/s Lise’s Ballet Partner): NYC: Wicked (swing/Chistery u/s), Trip of Love (Moon River duet), Standard Time. Tours/Regional: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (DC/swing), Urban Cowboy (Bubba), Sacramento Music Circus, Walnut St, Goodspeed. Huge thanks to the AAIP team & MSA. Proud OCU grad. Lots of love to my family & DE. NATHALIE MARRABLE (Swing, u/s Olga): Hailing from South Africa, graduate Boston Ballet School. Madonna (body double/tour), Le Crazy Horse, Natl. Tour The Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty), Vancouver Playhouse Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Asst. Choreo). NYC: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Dedicated to “Mama”. TOM MATTINGLY (Swing, u/s Returning Soldier, u/s Lise’s Ballet Partner): After

dancing with Richmond Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet, Tom became a principal dancer with Ballet West. In 2014, he joined Visceral Dance Chicago and began his freelance choreographic career. Graduate of Virginia School of the Arts. www.TomMattinglyDance.com or on Instagram @TomMattinglyDance.

DAVID PROTTAS (Ensemble, u/s Adam): A graduate of Toronto’s National Ballet School, David spent the past 10 years with the New York City Ballet, dancing a large range of classical and contemporary repertoire. He is thrilled to be joining the cast of An American in Paris!

CAITLIN MEIGHAN (Returning Soldier’s Wife, Ensemble, u/s Lise): Thrilled to be making her National Tour debut after 10 seasons dancing with the Joffrey Ballet. Film: Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance. She is honored to be joining the An American in Paris family. Special thanks to her loving husband, incredible parents, family and friends for all their support.

DANIELLE SANTOS (Swing, u/s Returning Soldier’s Wife): Previously enjoyed 9 years with San Francisco Ballet and is honored to join the cast of An American in Paris as her musical theatre debut!

ALIDA MICHAL (Swing, u/s Returning Soldier’s Wife): NY Theatre: Wonderful Town, Red Dirt/White Trash, Tours: Chicago (Hunyak), Regional: Anastasia, (Maria, Odette) West Side Story (Graziella), Victor/Victoria, Hello Dolly, White Christmas, Guys and Dolls (Mimi) BA UCLA TFT Ray Bolger MT program, Sacramento Ballet. www. alidamichal.com. @alidamichal15 DON NOBLE (Monsieur Baurel, Store Manager, Ensemble): Broadway: Once, End Of The Rainbow, National Tour of Mamma Mia! (Sam Carmichael). Regional: Jane Austen’s Emma, To Kill A Mockingbird (Atticus Finch), James Joyce’s The Dead, Funny Girl, An Ideal Husband, Blood Brothers, Henry IV, The Tempest. TV: “Zero Hour”, “The Blacklist”. www.donnoble.net SAYIGA EUGENE PEABODY (Swing): Stevensville, MI native of Liberian decent. Dance: Giordano Dance Chicago, Danceworks Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater. Theater: Cats, Anything Goes, Sister Act, Evita (Marriott). Artistic Director of Trilogy School of Performing Arts, Lake Zurich, IL. Thanks to Telsey casting and my loving friends and family. ALEXANDRA PERNICE (Ensemble, u/s Milo): National Tour: Phantom of the Opera (Meg u/s, corps de ballet). Regional: West Side Story (Graziella), The Music Man. Dance: Orlando City Ballet (Soloist) and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Point Park University Graduate. Loving thanks to Telsey Casting, the creative team, The Krasny Office, family and friends. www.alexandrapernice.com @alexandrapernice

LUCAS SEGOVIA (Ensemble): Principal Dancer with Ballet Argentino (Clarin Award - Outstanding Dancer). Also danced with The Joffrey Ballet and Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. Regional: West Side Story (Bernardo) at Drury Lane (Chicago). He is blessed to be part of this production! Thanks to Chris Wheeldon, family and mama. KYLE VAUGHN (Mr. Z, Ensemble, u/s M. Baurel): Tours: All Shook Up! (u/s Chad), FAME . World Premieres: Catch Me If You Can, The Nutty Professor. Regional: Arena Stage, Ford’s Theater (Helen Hayes Award), Paper Mill Playhouse, 5th Avenue, Santa Fe Opera, TUTS , Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Grand Ole Opry. LAURIE WELLS (Olga, Ensemble, u/s Mme. Baurel): Broadway/ Tours: Mamma Mia! (Donna), and Swing! Off- Broadway/ Regional favorites: Trip of Love, Our Sinatra, City of Angels and 42nd Street at Goodspeed, The Full Monty, Ragtime. Thrilled to be sharing the stage again with hubby (Don Noble) and in PARIS no less! www.lauriewells.net DANA WINKLE (Ensemble, u/s Milo, u/s Mme. Baurel): Tours: Pippin, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago. Regional: A Chorus Line (Sheila, Cassie), Cabaret (Kost), Damn Yankees (Gloria), Anything Goes (Bonnie), Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty). AEA member/NYU grad. Wife of Brian Ogilvie/mom to Shane. Favorite city: Paris! Infinite gratitude to family. www.danawinkle.com ERICA WONG (Ensemble): Broadway: The King and I.  Regional: In Your Arms (Old Globe).  NYC: War Paint (workshop).  Ballet: Milwaukee Ballet (Michael Pink’s  Swan Lake, The Nutcracker,  La Bohème), Ballet Theatre of Maryland (Dianna

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ALEXA DE BARR (Ensemble): First National Tour debut! Off-Bway: Trip of Love, BOMBSHELL in concert. Regional: Cabaret, Nice Work…, Singin’ in the Rain (Cyd Charisse), Anything Goes. WSS European Tour. DCL. Love to CTG and my many gems! A_DeBarr 


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Cuatto’s Firebird).  For my family, friends, and my teachers at Hawaii State Ballet. BLAKE ZELESNIKAR (Ensemble): Thrilled to be apart of this amazing production! Recent credits include Radio City NY Spectacular, Mariah Carey, Flash Dance the Musical, and Bad Boys of Ballet. GEORGE GERSHWIN (Composer) was born in Brooklyn in 1898 and began his musical training at 13. At 16 he quit high school to work for a music publisher and soon was writing songs himself. The Gershwins’ shows include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Of Thee I Sing and the folk opera Porgy and Bess. George’s classical masterpieces include “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Concerto in F” and “An American in Paris.” In 1937 George was at the height of his career. While working on the score of The Goldwyn Follies in Hollywood, he collapsed and died of a brain tumor. He was not quite 39 years old. IRA GERSHWIN (Lyricist). In 1918 Ira began a remarkable collaboration with his younger brother George that lasted until George’s early death in 1937. Their show, Lady, Be Good!, in 1924, became the first of more than 20 scores for stage and screen. In 1935, with DuBose Heyward, they wrote the opera Porgy and Bess. Ira’s collaboration with George, as well as with Vincent Youmans, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Kurt Weill, Jerry Kern, Aaron Copland, Harry Warren, Arthur Schwartz and Burton Lane, set new standards for American stage and film musicals. Ira was nominated for three Academy Awards and died in 1983. CRAIG LUCAS (Book). Plays: Missing Persons, Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude to a Kiss  (Obie, Pulitzer finalist, Tony nom.), God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy (Obie), Prayer for My Enemy, The Singing Forest (Steinberg), Ode to Joy, I Was Alive With You. Movies:  Longtime Companion  (Sundance Audience Award), The Secret Lives of Dentists (NY Film Critics Award),  The Dying Gaul. Operas: Orpheus in Love (composer Gerald Busby), Two Boys (composer Nico Muhly). Musicals: An American in Paris (Tony nom.), Three Postcards, The Light in the Piazza (Tony nom), Amélie, Sousatzka. Direction:  The Dying Gaul (film), Birds of America

(film), Saved or Destroyed (Obie), Play Yourself, world premieres of The Light in the Piazza, Ode to Joy, This Thing of Darkness, I Was Most Alive With You. CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON (Director and Choreographer) received a Tony Award nomination for Best Director and won the Tony Award for Best Choreography for this production. Born in England, Christopher danced for the Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet. He has choreographed for ballet companies worldwide and for television, film and Broadway. Awards: Astaire, Drama Desk, two Oliviers, two OCCs. Honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2016 Honours. Current Artistic Associate of the Royal Ballet, where he most recently created the full-length story ballet The Winter’s Tale. In December 2016, Joffrey Ballet premiered Christopher’s reimagined production of The Nutcracker. ROB FISHER (Musical Score Adapted, Arranged & Supervised). Internationally recognized conductor/pianist. Founding music director, Encores! series. Guest symphony conductor: Chicago, Philadelphia, L.A., Boston: Tanglewood opening with Renée Fleming. Conductor: NY Philharmonic’s My Fair Lady, Carousel (Emmy nomination); San Francisco Symphony’s Emmy-winning Sweeney Todd; Carnegie Hall’s The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls. Numerous recordings, including the cast albums of An American in Paris (Grammy nomination) and the Grammy-winning Chicago. Artistic advisor: Carnegie Hall Gershwin Centenary Celebration. Broadway: Anything Goes, Hair, The Apple Tree, Wonderful Town, The Threepenny Opera, others. Frequent guest: “A Prairie Home Companion.” BOB CROWLEY (Set and Costume Design). Current Broadway: Aladdin. Previous: An American in Paris (Tony Award), The Audience, Skylight, The Glass Menagerie, Once, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, Aida, Carousel (Lincoln Center). Nominated numerous times; winner of an Olivier Award and seven Tony Awards. Current West End/London: The Hard Problem, The Audience. Opera/dance: The Winter’s Tale, Alice in Wonderland, Don Carlos. Film: Tales of Hollywood, Suddenly Last Summer, The Crucible. Royal Designer to Industry Award and

Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design. NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Design) has designed extensively for theatre, opera and dance, and other areas of the entertainment world. Broadway credits include An American in Paris (Tony Award), Aladdin, The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award), Motown, Once (Tony Award), Follies, The Coast of Utopia: Salvage (Tony Award) and Aida (Tony Award). She is honored to have designed the lighting for many ballets choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, including The Winter’s Tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Cinderella and Carnival of the Animals. JON WESTON (Sound Design). Broadway design credits include She Loves Me; Amazing Grace; An American in Paris; On the Twentieth Century; You Can’t Take It With You; The Bridges of Madison County; Big Fish, How to Succeed…; 13 the Musical; The Color Purple; Caroline, or Change (AUDELCO Award); Nine; Thoroughly Modern Millie. Off-Broadway and regional: The Last Five Years; Death Takes a Holiday; Parade (Mark Taper Forum); A Little Night Music (L.A. Drama Critics Award); Family Guy, Live! (Carnegie Hall). 59 PRODUCTIONS (Projection Design) received a Tony Award for this production. 59 Productions specialize in design for performance, exhibitions and live events. Credits include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Broadway); Oslo (The Lincoln Centre); War Horse (NT/ World Tour); Les Misérables (World Tour); David Bowie Is (V&A); Little Dancer (The Kennedy Centre) The Enchanted Island, Satyagraha (Metropolitan Opera); Morgen Und Abend, Eugene Onegin, The Minotaur, Salome (ROH); The Harmonium Project, Deep Time (Edinburgh International Festival); and London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting). Broadway/Tours: Paramour, Waitress, Fiddler on the Roof, The Color Purple, On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Something Rotten!, Kinky Boots, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Newsies, Rock of Ages. Off-Broadway: Atlantic, Classic Stage, MCC, Second Stage, Signature. Regional: Alliance, A.R.T., Ford’s, Goodman, La Jolla, New York Stage and Film, Paper Mill, Williamstown.


TODD ELLISON (Music Supervisor) Broadway: American in Paris, Annie, La Cage, Spamalot, Lestat, Amour, 42nd Street, Wild Party, On the Town, Once Upon a Mattress, How to Succeed…, She Loves Me, also Cats, Starlight Express, Annie 2. Composer–incidental music: A Class Act, Taller… Dwarf. Encores!: Band Wagon; On the Town; No, No, Nanette. Vienna Konzerthaus; Carnegie Hall; San Diego, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Long Beach, New Haven symphonies, Philly Pops. Toddellisonmusic.com CHRISTOPHER AUSTIN (Orchestrations) is one of UK’s foremost conductors and winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for An American in Paris. Film orchestrations/arrangements: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Son of Rambow,Enduring Love, Max, Hyde Park on Hudson, Birth, A Streetcar Named Desire. Ballet orchestrations/arrangements: Chroma, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet), Elysian Fields (Rambert). For opera: Eau (Opera de Lille). Bristol University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Professor: Royal Academy of Music, London. BILL ELLIOTT (Orchestrations). Best Orchestrations Tony Award for An American in Paris. 2015 Encores! Lady Be Good; 2012 Tony and Grammy noms. for Nice Work If You Can Get It; additional orchestrations for the 2011 Broadway revival of Anything Goes. Prolific arranger for the Boston Pops; orchestra arrangements for Barbara Hannigan, Kelli O’Hara, Sutton Foster, Josh Groban’s Stages album. Arranged and produced Michael Feinstein’s Grammy-nominated album The Sinatra Project. SAM DAVIS (Dance Arrangements). Broadway: Holiday Inn, Side Show, Gigi, Big Fish, Drood. As composer: Taming of the Shrew (Delacorte Theater), Red Eye of Love, Bunnicula, Love and Real Estate (Off-Broadway). Kennedy Center: Little Dancer, Trumpet of the Swan. Film: Hail,

Caesar!, Beauty and the Beast (2017). TV: “Good Behavior.” Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award and a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music. SEYMOUR RED PRESS (Music Coordinator). Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre. More than 100 Broadway shows. Screen credits include Hunchback of Notre Dame, Birdcage, In & Out. This season: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Chicago, City Center’s Encores! DAVID ANDREWS ROGERS (Music Director/Conductor). Broadway tours: Les Misérables, Show Boat, The Phantom of the Opera (Associate Music Director). International: The Wizard of Oz (also Associate Music Supervisor), Le Magicien d’Oz (Palais des Congrès, Paris), Fiddler on the Roof, Cats, Chicago. Off-Broadway: The Vocal Lords (Chekhov Theatre Ensemble), Happy Hunting (York Theatre).  Guest Conductor:  Carnegie Hall (New York Pops), Lincoln Center, Apollo Theatre, Town Hall.  Over 150 productions in regional theatre, readings, symphony pops concerts, recordings.  Conducted for stars including Harvey Fierstein, Patti LuPone, Joel Grey, Sutton Foster, Kristin Chenoweth, Topol, Nell Carter, Debbie Gibson, and former star of the Moulin Rouge, Debbie de Coudreaux.  MaestroDAR.com DONTEE KIEHN (Associate Director/ Associate Choreographer). Previous credits include An American in Paris (Broadway: Associate Director/ Choreographer), The Addams Family (Broadway, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico City: Associate Director/ Choreographer); Next to Normal (Broadway, Japan, Korea: Associate Choreographer); The Winter’s Tale (Public Theater, Choreographer); Ten Cents a Dance (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Choreographer). Broadway performance credits: Gypsy, The Addams Family, and 42nd Street. SEAN MAURICE KELLY (Associate Choreographer/Resident Director) is very happy to be joining this company. Broadway: An American in Paris (Associate Choreographer), Movin’ Out (1st national, Dance Supervisor/ Swing), Billy Elliot (Resident Choreographer). Principal dancer and Guest Ballet Master, Houston Ballet

RICK STEIGER (Production Supervisor). Broadway: An American in Paris; Act One; War Horse; Come Fly Away; The Royal Family; 13; Frost/ Nixon; Spring Awakening; The Woman in White; Caroline, or Change; Topdog/ Underdog; Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; The Wild Party; Epic Proportions; The Civil War; Titanic; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk. KENNETH J. DAVIS (Production Stage Manager) marks his 20th year touring the world with Broadway musicals with this beautiful production. Previous national tours include The Lion King, Rock of Ages, Spamalot, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Ragtime, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Chicago, Applause and Cats.  In New York: Broadway, OffBroadway, Radio City Music Hall and Lincoln Center.   On the high seas: Norwegian, Oceania and Regent cruise lines. DONAVAN DOLAN (Assistant Stage Manager): National Tours:  42nd Street, Annie, GHOST, Catch Me if You Can, Grease, Peter Pan 360, Jesus Christ Superstar, RENT, Mame, Barbie Live, Oklahoma!, A Chorus Line, Copacabana.  International Tours: 42nd Street, The Sound Of Music, and Thomas & Friends. LAURA C. NELSON (Assistant Stage Manager). Broadway: An American in Paris. Off-Broadway: Trip of Love, Around the World in 80 Days, The Hatmaker’s Wife. Other NYC: Amélie, A Man of No Importance, various readings/workshops. Regional: Two River Theater, Florida Studio Theatre. BFA in Stage Management from CCM. KATHY FABIAN/PROPSTAR (Props Supervisor).  Recent Broadway Credits: Fiddler on the Roof, China Doll, On Your Feet, The King and I, An American In Paris, The Real Thing, The Realistic Joneses, If/Then, Rocky, The Bridges of Madison County, I’ll Eat You Last, Kinky Boots, Lucky Guy, Chaplin. UNKLEDAVE’S FIGHT-HOUSE (Fight Direction) is a team of fight directors founded by David Anzuelo. The core members are: Jesse Geguzis; Sean F. Griffin and Gerry Rodriguez. Broadway credits: An American in Paris (Palace); Tuck Everlasting (Broadhurst); Disgraced (Lyceum). Regional: Disgraced (Mark Taper Forum).

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Film: Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married, Across the Universe, Camp, Pieces of April. TV: “This Is Us,” “Grease Live!,” “The Wiz Live!,” “Flesh and Bone,” “Masters of Sex,” “Smash,” “The Big C,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com


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ALLIED LIVE (Marketing and Press) is a full-service marketing/advertising agency representing national tours, performing arts institutions and experiential entertainment entities throughout North America. Current touring clients: Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, An American in Paris, Something Rotten, RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Kinky Boots, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Mamma Mia!, Motown The Musical, Second City & Slate’s Unelectable You; Once, ELF and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. KAREN BERRY (General Manager). Most recently, Project Manager for Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker. Selected Chicago GM credits: Old Jews Telling Jokes, Million Dollar Quartet, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Bleacher Bums, Driving Miss Daisy, Shirley Valentine, Steel Magnolias, and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Broadway management credits included Carrie, Quilters, Asinamali and Showboat. 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 Broadway Productions: Dear Evan Hansen, Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Recent: An Act of God, An American in Paris, Eclipsed, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Broadway, National Tour), The Elephant Man. Special projects: Eclipsed at the Curran (San Francisco), New Island Festival (Governor’s Island, New York), “A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House” for PBS, and IBM’s Centennial Gala. STUART OKEN (Producer) leads the producing team for An American in Paris. For Elephant Eye Theatrical, his other projects include The Addams Family, Saved and Venice. As Executive VP at Disney Theatrical, he produced The Lion King, Aida and Der Glockner Von Notre Dame. Mr. Oken founded Chicago’s Apollo Theater Center and produced the motion pictures About Last Night, Impromptu and Queens Logic. He served as president of WittThomas Films at Warner Brothers and founded and served as artistic director of the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University. VAN KAPLAN (Producer), is the Executive Producer of Pittsburgh CLO, and has been involved with

twenty-one Broadway shows, including On Your Feet! The Elephant Man, Matilda, Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away and The Addams Family. In 2009, he cofounded The National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards, which he directs annually on Broadway, as seen in the 2012 documentary series on PBS titled “Broadway or Bust.” ROY FURMAN (Producer). Currently on Broadway: The Book of Mormon (Tony Award), The Color Purple (Tony), On Your Feet!, Cats, The Humans (Tony). Other Tony Award winners for Best Play or Musical: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, A View from the Bridge, A Raisin in the Sun, War Horse, Spamalot, The History Boys, Fosse and Skylight. Mr. Furman cofounded Furman Selz, an international investment firm, now vice chairman of Jefferies LLC; chairman, Jefferies Capital Partners; vice chairman, Lincoln Center; president and chairman emeritus, FilmSociety Lincoln Center. TRO I K A E NTE R TAI N M E NT  (Producer) has been the innovator in touring musical theater productions for over three decades, producing and managing shows throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, the company is experienced in casino and leisure markets having produced for the Wynn, Caesars, Grand Casino, Hilton, Eldorado and Harrah’s. Current and upcoming productions include The Bodyguard, School of Rock, The Color Purple, Love Never Dies, Annie, Cheers, Sister Act, The Wizard of Oz. With strong ties to the Broadway community, TROIKA prides itself on delivering top quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at www.troika.com. STEPHANIE P. McCLELLAND (Producer) and her company Green Curtain Productions (GCP) have won twelve Tony Awards, eleven Drama Desk Awards, nine Drama League Awards, nine Outer Critics Circle Awards, one Olivier Award for producing more than 70 theatrical productions worldwide. Current Broadway: The Book of Mormon, The Humans, The Front Page, and Fiddler on the Roof. 

DARREN BAGERT (Producer) is a three-time Tony Award winning producer with projects including An American in Paris (Bway/ US Tour/London);  The Color Purple; The Truth (London); Dear Ev a n Hansen;  Absolute Brightness; Side Side; Buyer & Cellar (NY/US Tour/London); Of Mice & Men;  Glass Menagerie;  Sweeney Todd;  Company;  Long Day’s Journey among others. CAROLE L. HABER (Producer) has produced Big Fish, Evita, The Story of My Life, Next Fall (Tony nomination), Jerusalem (Tony nomination) and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Carole has been involved in many Broadway productions over the past 15 years. She is also a published author of travel books and articles. JAMES NEDERLANDER (Producer) operates a chain of legitimate theatres including the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt-Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon, Palace, and Richard Rodgers on Broadway, and many landmark venues around the world from Los Angeles to London. Recent credits include:  The all new Broadway production of CATS, An American in Paris and On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan. FIVE CENT PRODUCTIONS (Producer). Members include The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts of Hartford, CT; Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA; Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN; Pittsburgh CLO and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (shared). In addition to An American in Paris, Five Cent has produced new musicals including The Addams Family, Saved and Venice. MICHAEL LEAVITT (Producer) is a member of Elephant Eye Theatrical. A multiple  Tony Award-winning producer and former president of Fox Theatricals, Leavitt’s Broadway productions include An American in Paris, The Addams Family; Thoroughly Modern Millie; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Death of a Salesman; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Jekyll & Hyde and others.


DOMINION PICTURES (Producers). Carl Moellenberg: six Tonys, produced 44 shows, Chairman Dominion Pictures. Wendy Federman: three Tonys, produced 43 shows. Bobby Sain: CEO Dominion Pictures, film/ theatre producer. Ricardo Hornos: Producer on B’way, West End, Buenos Aires. S IMONE GENATT HAFT/MARC ROUTH (Producer). Founders of Broadway Asia, among the largest global production, management and distribution companies; 400 cities, 40 countries, five continents including: An American in Paris, The Producers, Hairspray, The Sound of Music, King and I, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Addams Family, Legally Blonde, Stomp, Cookin’/Nanta, Fuerzabruta, Ice Age Live, China Goes Pop, Peter Pan Immersive, Amelie. Asia/Brazil Licensing House for Rodgers & Hammerstein. TRIPTYK STUDIOS (Producer) is a production company co-founded by award-winning producers Tara Smith, B. Swibel, & Adam Westbrook.  Select Broadway credits include Oh, Hello, An American in Paris, Xanadu, The Seagull, You’re Welcome America. Upcoming stage/TV: Amélie, Freedom Run with NBCUniversal & Stevie Wonder, Big Dead Place (HBO), and the new Archie comics musical with Oscar-winner Adam McKay. SPENCER ROSS (Producer) is the founder of SBR Productions LLC, www.sbrproductions.com.  Broadway: An American in Paris.  Upcoming: Amélie, Come From Away, Significant Other. EDWARD WALSON (Producer). CATV, hotel/restaurant owner. Film: City Island, Blue Jasmine, Magic in the Moonlight, Irrational Man, Time Out of Mind and Café Society. Broadway: An American in Paris, Relatively Speaking, Cinderella, Big Fish and Bullets Over Broadway.

PETER MAY (Producer) is president and founding partner of Triarc Partners. Producer of Cinderella, The Elephant Man, The Humans (Tony Award). Investor: The Book of Mormon, Matilda, West Side Story and many others.

KALLISH WEINSTEIN CREATIVE (Producer). In addition to Broadway credits, Jan Kallish and Rachel Weinstein have decades of experience in leadership positions at theatre companies in New York, Chicago and London.

MICHAEL STRUNSKY (Producer) is the trustee of the Ira Gershwin Musical Estate.

SUZANNE FRIEDMAN (Producer) is an interior designer in Chicago and very excited to be involved with An American in Paris. Other Broadway credits include Ragtime on Ellis Island and HALF TIME, opening this Spring.

THE LEONORE S. GERSHWIN 1987 TRUST (Producer) is the business entity of the Ira Gershwin Estate. ADAM ZOTOVICH (Producer). Productions include The Color Purple, Legally Blonde, All My Sons, A View From the Bridge, Dear Evan Hansen, Driving Miss Daisy, Evita, Of Mice and Men. Crain’s “40 Under 40.” President of New Vintage Theatricals, Ltd. CELIA ATKIN (Producer) is a London based entrepreneur and producer. Her activities encompass commercial theatre and not-for-profit performing arts philanthropy, striving always to support creative excellence. GENE BEARD (Producer). Chairman of WAF, Inc., past Chairman OWF, Inc., past vice chairman of Interpublic Group and served on the boards of Mattel, Brown Bros. and Marc USA. JULIE BOARDMAN (Producer). Broadway: An American in Paris, Dames at Sea, Hughie.  National Tours: Peter and the Starcatcher, Dreamgirls. Proud graduate of the University of Southern California, and member of The Broadway League. www.untitledtheatricals.com. @artonstage CAIOLA PRODUCTIONS (Producer). Tony-winning brother & sister producing team, Luigi & Rose Caiola. Broadway: All The Way, The Elephant Man , On Your Feet!, The Color Purple. Upcoming: Dear Evan Hansen, Natasha, Pierre and the Comet of 1812 and BURN THIS! STUART DITSKY (Producer). Producing partner Adam Ditsky, B’way: The Addams Family; OffBroadway: Summer ’69, Nunsense, Rantoul and Die. Family: Wendy, Meredith, Lauren, Brian, Olivia, Emmett, Ella, Benjamin, Riley, Maggie, Booboo.

INDEPENDENT PRESENTERS NETWORK (Producer) is a consortium of 40 of the leading touring Broadway presenters throughout America. Congratulations to our colleague Van Kaplan and Pittsburgh CLO. PROCTORS (Producer) is the Performing Arts Center of the Capital Region of New York working with Masie Productions and community members to support new work. SANDY ROBERTSON (Producer) is currently a producer of four Broadway shows. He is particularly interested in bringing new talent to Broadway by supporting the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. DEBORAH TAYLOR (Producer). Tony award winning Producer, representing FireMused Productions. Broadway Credits include: American in Paris, Glass Menagerie, One Man Two Guvnors, Heidi Chronicles, Hughie, China Doll, American Idiot, La Cage aux Folles, The Mountaintop, Elling. WONDERFUL PRODUCTIONS (Producers). Michael A. Alden, Dale Badway, Ken Mahoney: each winner of two Tonys, three Emmys. Sean Rudolph, Brad Blume: RudolphBlume.com. Dominick LaRuffa Jr., Rob Hinderliter: Tony winners. Marty Borell: À la vie! HARRIET NEWMAN LEVE (Producer). Credits: Beautiful, Hedwig (Tony), War Horse (Tony), La Cage aux Folles (Tony), The Norman Conquests (Tony), The 39 Steps, A Little Night Music, Ann, The Mountaintop, The Crucible, Beebo Brinker, Stomp. JANE DUBIN (Producer). Tonywinner.  Broadway: An American in Paris, Peter and the Starcatcher, Ann, Norman Conquests. Off-Broadway / Tour: Absolute Brightness, PATSC, 39 Steps, Beebo Brinker, Groundswell. 

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APPLES AND ORANGES STUDIOS, Tim and Pamela Winslow Kashani and Frank and Susan Kavanaugh (Producers). Mission: Combine Broadway and Silicon Valley to accelerate musicals with our THEatre Accelerator: www.nycoc.com. For: Timothy, Erin, Ty, Bridget, Hair, Memphis and the soon-to-arrive Higher Education.


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London: Umbrellas. Broadway League. Board: LPTW, Houses on the Moon Theater Co.

as My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Sweeney Todd. An American in Paris is the Châtelet’s first Broadway production.

SARAHBETH GROSSMAN (Producer). President, Sobelle Productions. Broadway: An American in Paris, Dames at Sea,Ann, Stick Fly, Ghetto Klown. Off-Broadway: The Report, Bend in the Road, The Irish Curse, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Ten Chimneys.

AMUSE INC. (Associate Producer) is a leading talent agency and production company in Japan. Past projects on Broadway: Kinky Boots, Evita, An American in Paris and many more.

JENNIFER ISAACSON (Producer). Credits: Hedwig (Broadway and Tour) and Of Mice and Men (Raise the Roof). Other credits: Ann, Norman Conquests, 39 Steps (NWS). Executive Producer at WalkRunFly. www.walkrunfly.com RAISE THE CURTAIN (Producer). Sharleen Cooper-Cohen: Writer/ producer, Stormy Weather; Officer/ Gentleman. Minerva Productions: Anne O’Shea and Brian Quattrini. Gabrielle Palitz: All The Way (Tony), Bandstand, 9 more. ELEPHANT EYE THEATRCIAL (Producer) is a Broadway development and production company operating under the direction of Stuart Oken, Michael Leavitt and Five Cent Productions. In addition to An American in Paris, the company has produced the musicals The Addams Family, Saved and Venice. PITTSBURGH CLO (Producer) produced the world premiere of An American in Paris, in Paris. Founded in 1946, it is one of the largest nonprofit musical theatre organizations in the country dedicated to creating and developing new work. It has launched hundreds of professional careers in the theatre, and its Academy for Musical Theater provides education and training for young students. In 2009, it co-founded the National High School Musical Theater Awards/Jimmy Awards with the Nederlander Organization. PittsburghCLO.org THÉÂTRE DU CHÂTELET (Producer), founded in 1862, is the musical theatre of Paris. The Châtelet’s eclectic program mixing opera, dance and music attracts more than 250,000 annual visitors into its 2,000-seat auditorium. Under the direction of Jean-Luc Choplin since 2006, the Châtelet has established its reputation as the home of American musicals in Paris, producing and welcoming classics such

CHINA PERFORMING ARTS AGENCY (Associate Producer) Among the largest entertainment companies in China, CPAA invests and creates productions with domestic and international partners; Turandot, Shaolin Warriors, Cats, Mamma Mia, River Dance, China Goes Pop, Era and more. LUN-YUN CHANG (Associate Producer). Artistic director, bassoonist, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra. Dean, College of Arts, Tainan University of Technology. Trustee, Kaohsiung Philharmonic Culture and Arts Foundation. IVY ZHONG (Associate Producer). Chairman and executive director, China Broadway Entertainment, the most aggressive live entertainment company in China. Extensive China/ Hollywood film and digital background. ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFLCIO, FIA. #EquityWorks

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS TOUR STAFF ____________________________________________ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER 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 ____________________________________________ GENERAL MANAGEMENT & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Troika Entertainment GENERAL MANAGER Karen Berry Assistant General Manager...................Arnie VandeBrake PRODUCTION MANAGER James Milburn Associate Production Manager.....................Anna E. Bate Assistant Production Manager....................Ártemis López ____________________________________________ TECHNICAL DIRECTOR John Ward ____________________________________________ COMPANY MANAGER DeAnn L. Boise Associate Company Manager............. Candace Hemphill ____________________________________________ TOUR MARKETING & PRESS Allied Live, LLC Laura Matalon Marya Peters Jennifer Gallagher ____________________________________________ TOUR BOOKING AGENCY THE BOOKING GROUP Meredith Blair, Kara Gebhart www.thebookingroup.com ____________________________________________ CASTING Telsey + Company Bernard Telsey CSA, William Cantler CSA, David Vaccari CSA, Bethany Knox CSA, Craig Burns CSA, Tiffany Little Canfield CSA, Abbie Brady-Dalton CSA, Adam Caldwell CSA, Karyn Casl CSA, Patrick Goodwin CSA, Rachel Hoffman CSA, Justin Huff CSA, Cesar A. Rocha CSA, Conrad Woolfe CSA Kristina Bramhall, Kristian Charbonier, Scott Galina, Rikki Gimelstob, Lauren Harris, Jaime Jaget, Ally Kiley, Rachel Nadler, Madison Sylvester, Rachel Minow, Laura Wade ____________________________________________ LEGAL COUNSEL LEVINE, PLOTKIN & MENIN, LLP Loren Plotkin, Conrad Rippy, Susan Mindell Daniel Watkins Haily Ferber ____________________________________________ PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER....... KENNETH J. DAVIS Assistant Stage Manager............................ Donavan Dolan Assistant Stage Manager........................... Laura C. Nelson Assistant to the Director................................Jackie Barrett Associate Scenic Designer................... Frank McCullough Assistant Scenic Designers...................... Jeffrey Hinchee, Jaimie Todd Model Builders......................Ben Davies, Adam Wiltshire, James Stadnyk Associate Costume Designer................................Lisa Zinni Assistant Costume Designer......................Amanda Jenks Costume Design Assistants............................... Kaitlyn Day, Courtney Irizarry


Accounting Clerk........................................ Marite Espinoza Warehouse Manager.......................................Scott Garrish Office Assistant........................................ Shaquille Stewart ____________________________________________ For TROIKA Costumes Costume Shop Administrator.......................Alison Smith Work Room Manager........................................Helen Jones First Hand...........................................................Ellouise Davis Project Assistant..................................Rachel Christensen Craft Manager............................................................ Risa Ono Crafts.................................Mary Elise Collier, Marla Parker ____________________________________________ CREDITS Production Travel................................ ROAD CONCIERGE Scenery.................................CENTER LINE STUDIOS, INC Props.......................................KATHY FABIAN/PROPSTAR Lighting Equipment.................................... PRG LIGHTING Sound Equipment...............................MASQUE SOUND & RECORDING CORPORATION Motors & Automation................................. PRG LIGHTING Keyboards.............................................STUART ANDREWS Percussion... DAN McMILLAN/HUDSON PERCUSSION Costumes Executed by...................JOHN KRISTIANSEN NEW YORK Men’s Tailoring by................... GILBERTO DESIGNS, INC Additional Costumes by........................................... TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT COSTUME SHOPTRICORNE, INC GILBERTO DESIGNS, INC, CLAUDIA DIAZ COSTUME SHOP, INC Custom Knitware by....... MARIAN GREALISH FORINO Fabric Printing by........................... GENE MIGNOLA, INC Fabric Painting by....................HOCHI ASIATO STUDIOS Masks by................................... IZQUIERDO STUDIOS LTD Millinery by................................ LYNNE MACKEY STUDIO Wigs by..........................................INDEPENDENT WIG CO Trucking by..........................................................JANCO, LTD. ____________________________________________ THANKS LaDUCA, BRA*TENDERS ____________________________________________ SPECIAL THANKS Bartlett Sher, Andrea Selby ____________________________________________ Rehearsed at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY & The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York, NY. ____________________________________________ Technical Rehearsals and Previews held at Proctors in Schenectady, NY ____________________________________________ Original Cast Recording Available on Masterworks Broadway. ____________________________________________ GERSHWIN® and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS® are registered trademarks of Gershwin Enterprises. ____________________________________________

PLEASE BE ADVISED • LATECOMERS and those exiting the theatre are seated at predetermined breaks in designated areas. • PHOTOS, RECORDING & CELL PHONE USE are prohibited. • CHILDREN 4+ are welcome in our theatres and must be ticketed. • DRINKS are allowed in provided containers. • ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES, LARGE PRINT PROGRAMS & BOOSTER SEATS are available in most theatres. Ask an usher to direct you. • BRAILLE PROGRAMS are available with 2 weeks’ notice to ckrueger@dcpa.org or 303.893.4836.

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 Press Agents employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians. United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. This production is produced by a member of The Broadway League in collaboration with our professional union-represented employees.

DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING SUPPORT IN ITS 2016/17 BROADWAY SEASON

Members of Denver Theatrical Wardrobe, Wigs, Hair and Make-up, Union 719 Linda Ackerschott Carrie Breidenbach Vonnie Clough Janel Clough Craig Cory Cyndie Cory Laura Cotugno Steve Davies Anne Davis Carolyn Dore Deborah Guess

AnnSue Gunter Judy Holabird Leslie Lambert Sharon Millikan-Hale Callie Morrow Yolanda Pollock Dave Poole Liz Spadi Amy Tepel Marybeth Tscherpel Barb Wilson

DPAC House Crew Mark Anthony Perry Elliot James R. Gralian John Kendrick

Randy Mitchell Tanya M. Rist Albert Sainz, Sr David A. Wilson

THE BUELL THEATRE is part of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, owned and operated by the City and County of Denver, Arts and Venues. CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER Michael Hancock, Mayor ARTS AND VENUES Kent Rice, Director For information call: 720.865.4220

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Production Properties Supervisor.............Kathy Fabian Associate Properties Supervisor....................John Estep Assistant Properties Supervisor.....Samantha Shoffner Associate Lighting Designer........... Craig Stelzenmuller Assistant Lighting Designer........................ Jon Goldman Moving Light Programmer.........................Marc Polimeni Production Electrician.................................... Jeremy Lane Production Video................................Preston Rounsaville Associate Sound Designer............................Josh Millican Production Sound..........................................Charlie Grieco Associate Projection Designer..................Brad Peterson Assistant Projection Designer............Amber McDonald Projection Programmer...............................Brad Peterson Production Supervisor..................................... Rick Steiger Technical Consultant............................................... Jake Bell Keyboard Programmer.............................Stuart Andrews Associate Keyboard Programmer..............David Weiser Copyist............................................................Emily Grishman Dance Captain...............................Christopher M. Howard Assistant Dance Captain.............................. Ashlee Dupré Fight Director.................................................David Anzuelo Assistant Fight Director..............................Jesse Geguzis Rehearsal Pianist.............................................. Henry Palkes Vocal Coach........................................... Dominque Plaisant Dialect Coach.....................................Guillian Lane-Plescia Production Assistants..............................Gretchen Burke, Michael Medina, Saori Yokoo Personal Assistant to Mr. Oken............Missy Greenberg Personal Assistant to Mr. Kaplan...... 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You don’t need big, technicolor hair, fishnets and fingerless gloves to know that, even at age 63, Cyndi Lauper just wants to have fun. Now the woman who puts the “sex” in “sexagenarian” wants audiences to have fun…in the live theatre. Lauper wrote the music for the 2013 Tony Award-winning best musical Kinky Boots. This feel-good musical that broke all box office records at New York’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre is based on the true story of Steve Pateman, an Englishman who was struggling to save his family-run shoe factory from closure. Under pressure from changes in fashion, increasing competition and shortness of time, Pateman received an interesting, unexpected and altogether unconventional call. The outcome? A new line of women’s shoes in men’s sizes for an entirely new clientele — drag queens. Pateman’s heartwarming story served as the inspiration for a 2005 independent film. It caught the imagination of Broadway, and a first-class creative team was called in to perform a high-heeled, glitter-filled makeover. And who could remake this fun-filled story better than ’80s pop music icon Cyndi Lauper? In this era of safe Broadway musicals largely based on popular existing titles, Lauper has a pretty good idea why this exhilarating underdog story written by Harvey Fierstein broke through. “It’s because the show has a huge heart,” said Lauper. Like small independent films The Full Monty and Priscilla Queen of the Desert before it, Broadway has welcomed

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Kinky Boots with big, accepting arms lined with spikes, sparkles and gummy bracelets. Why? “It’s a story about love and acceptance and friendship and overcoming obstacles,” Lauper said, “and everyone can relate to that.” Lauper has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, charted 16 hit singles and conquered the disparate worlds of pop, blues and Broadway. As the queen of Queens herself might say…“Oh my gwwaaaaaaaad!” But live theatre historically struggles to attract young audiences. Lauper is proud that Kinky Boots has bucked that trend. “I tried really hard to write songs that could also live outside of the theater,” Lauper said. “Before radio, Broadway music was Top 40 popular music. People bought sheet music and played the music at home with their families. I really tried hard to honor that tradition with Kinky Boots by writing songs that people would want to listen to at home after leaving the theater, or without even seeing the show.” Lauper thinks it is essential for new musicals to capture the hearts of young adult theatregoers. “If young people don’t discover Broadway, then Broadway will die with this generation, and that would be a tragedy,” Lauper said. “So it’s important that Broadway musicals and plays are written to live in the modern world.” Crossover artists like Lauper might be the key to making that happen. Not only is she working on a new musical for


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“If we all could just accept each other for who we are the world would be a beautiful place. [That’s] the message of Kinky Boots!” — CYNDI LAUPER, COMPOSER “And you know what? That’s also the message of Kinky Boots!” Lauper became the first woman in Broadway history to win the Tony Award for Best Score without a writing partner. One of the more endearing moments in recent Tony Awards history was seeing Lauper as she sat stunned in her seat as her name was called. Finally she stood and hugged Wheat Ridge, Colorado native Annaleigh Ashford, who won a Tony Award herself for playing sassy Lauren in the original Broadway cast. “I remember telling her, ‘Cyndi, you have to go to the stage now,’” Ashford said. “She was just like, ‘Oh my gwwaaaaaaaad!’ And she was crying. It was amazing.” Lauper remembers that moment as “simply incredible.” “The Broadway community is an amazing one, and to be welcomed the way they welcomed me to this very special family is something that still warms my spirit,” she said. When asked what Kinky Boots audiences are in for in Denver, she said simply: “An amazing show with a great heart that will lift you up.” Read John Moore’s entire interview with Cyndi Lauper on the DCPA’s News Center at denvercenter.org/news-center

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the live theatre, “I am thrilled to see two of my favorites — David Byrne and Carole King — with [recent] shows on Broadway,” she said. In 2013, Lauper celebrated the 30th anniversary of her breakout album, She’s So Unusual. While that album charted top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (“Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop” and “All Through the Night”), it was her next record that produced perhaps her lasting legacy: True Colors. “When I recorded that song, a very good friend of mine was dying from AIDS,” Lauper said. “He had a horrific childhood. He had been abused. And the main reason he was abused was because he was gay. He became homeless really young. When he was dying he asked me to record a song so that he would not be forgotten.” She wrote “True Colors,” which has become an anthem of hope for disaffected communities. “I sang the song for Gregory and for everyone who has been rejected for being who they are or for anyone who feels unloved,” Lauper said. “I think that it still resonates today because unfortunately we still have bias and we still have bullying. Maybe we have even more bullying because people can be cruel behind a computer instead of having the [courage] to say something ugly to someone’s face. “If we all could just accept each other for who we are the world would be a beautiful place.

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When the divas of disco return to Denver, know your bellbottoms and psychedelic polyester inside and out with these fun trivia facts from MAMMA MIA! • There are approximately 3,120 items of clothing for MAMMA MIA! in the theatre at any given time. • There are 72 principal costumes in the show — each of the principals has three understudies, making a total of 288 principal and understudy costumes. • There are 390 ensemble and swing costumes. • The principal actresses, understudies, female ensemble and swings have 121 bras between them. • There are 45 Super Troupers (principal ladies and men including understudies) in the show. Their costumes have approximately 33,000 rhinestones, all sewn on by hand. Plus these costumes require 400M of Lycra. Based solely on orders for all international productions of MAMMA MIA!, the Italian mill that supplies the material was saved from closing. • Donna’s Super Trouper costume is comprised of 24 different elements: 1. main fabric 2. sleeve & leg frills (after being cut are sent to a pleating specialist) 3. silver piping trim 4. rhinestone strip 5. eyelets 6. heavy weight zip 7. belt beads (from Australia) 8. belt backing and lining 9. perspex buckle (cut specially for the show) 10. shoulder pads 11. lining 12. Interlining to support fronts 13. sheer flesh soufflé for front panel 14. silver cord elastic for facing 15. thin Lycra to edge sleeve and leg frills 16. small star shaped rhinestones 17. large star shaped rhinestones 18. triangular iridescent stones 19. round iridescent stones 20. lozenge shaped glass stones 21. star shaped earrings 22. silver boots 23. bra 24. rhinestone hair clips See if you can count the 33,000 rhinestones as they flash by on stage when MAMMA MIA! brings its farewell tour to The Buell Theatre April 11-16.


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In a career that spans more than 70 years and ranges from regional theatre to TV and film, the world inevitably thinks of Hal Holbrook primarily as Mark Twain. This recognition is all thanks to his irrepressible solo performance in Mark Twain Tonight!. To hear Holbrook tell it, this was all an accident. Born in Cleveland in 1925 where his first role in the theatre was in The Man Who Came to Dinner at Cleveland’s Cain Park Theatre, he grew up in Massachusetts and later graduated from Ohio’s Denison University. By the time Holbrook left Denison, he was married and he and his first wife, Ruby Johnson, had developed a two-person show consisting of characters from Shakespeare to (yes) Mark Twain. They took it on the road, touring the 8am school assembly circuit in a freezing Southwest, doing 307 shows in 30 weeks and racking up 30,000 miles on their station wagon, with costumes that often had to be defrosted before they could be worn. The Twain characterization might have perished right there, but Holbrook was cast in a soap opera in New York and became sufficiently bored with it that he began to expand his repertoire of Twain material in sheer self-defense. When TV’s Ed Sullivan saw the polished one-man piece in a small New York theatre and offered Holbrook national exposure on his hugely popular variety show, there was no turning back. The down side of that success was that young Hal was being offered mostly old-man roles. The up side, though he didn’t know it at the time, was that Mark Twain Tonight! would become the singular, solo creation that he’s played all over the country (including Broadway, where it earned him a 1966 Tony® Award).

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This turn of events threatened, but was not allowed to impede, a much richer and fuller career. On stage he tackled everything — from comedy to drama, musicals to Chekhov, Miller to Shakespeare, careening from Hotspur and Shylock to the vaulting King Lear, without flinching at the sheer magnitude and range of his undertakings. “I was introduced to acting that way, playing everything,” he told this writer in 1996, when he came through Denver in the title role of Death of a Salesman. “I dove into the theatre to get behind disguises,” he confessed. “As a kid, I’d scare the neighborhood as the Hunchback of Notre Dame. If I’d learned just to play myself I might have become some kind of movie star, but I thwarted that by taking on roles that allowed me to get at the heart of a character.” Yet the most amazing of those characters remains his portrayal of the pugnacious, cigar-chomping Mark Twain, a wit and writer Holbrook deeply admires and with whom he is on very intimate terms after 60 years of being him on stage. Not only does he find Twain’s perceptions brilliant, but also extremely modern. When we met on a wintry Los Angeles afternoon in his home library, Holbrook was fired up. On cue, eyes, energy and indignation blazing, he expounded not only on the astonishing career he has made out of playing one of America’s greatest citizen-philosophers (a journey chronicled in his 2011 autobiography, Harold, the Boy Who Became Mark Twain), but also on his boundless admiration for what he sees as Twain’s prophetic vision of this country’s often rogue and difficult trajectory and uncertain future. “He was the first tremendously successful author in this country,” he said. “In the 1870s, after the Civil War, his career took off, he came east, and the country took off. The Industrial Revolution began, fed by Mr. Lincoln saying go ahead, put down the transcontinental railroad. Mark Twain, still in his thirties, became the confidant of Andrew Carnegie, of Mr. Vanderbilt — he sailed on his yacht — of young John Rockefeller: [Jay] Gould, J.P. Morgan. “In those days they all belonged to clubs — the Players Club, the Lotus Club. They all knew each other, had lunches, made fun of each other, had fun with each other. Twain watched them, looked at them, went home and wrote about them. He saw the great turn that had happened in this country, from an agrarian to an industrialized nation, which became, in a period of 30 or 40 years, an industrial giant.” Yet Twain saw an America that lost its way. To quote from the show, “It’s a civilization that has destroyed the simplicity and repose of life, its poetry, its soft romantic dreams and visions, and replaced them with a money fever, shorted ideals, vulgar ambitions and a sleep that does not refresh.” No wonder Holbrook stands in awe. “You could start the American Dream with Abraham Lincoln as the epitome of the Great American Story,” he said. “You go from Lincoln to Twain and the disintegration that he began to write about in The Gilded Age and other late works, and you know he was beginning to see the erosion of the purity of our values. “If you think that Mark Twain was just becoming a road exercise for me, think again,” he added. “I can get out there and say something that means something to me and, I believe, to the American public that may not even understand the magnitude of what is going on. It’s become my sword. We all need to think a little bit about what we are doing to ourselves, to our children and especially to our country.” The words will be Twain’s. The passion? All Holbrook.

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Adam Langdon, Maria Elena Ramirez in the touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo by Joan Marcus.

To everyone at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, thanks for reminding us what it means to make a difference.

To everyone at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, thanks for reminding us what it means to make a difference. For nearly 20 years, we have proudly partnered with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), the largest non-profit theatre organization in the nation right here in our community. At HealthONE, we’ve seen first-hand the positive impacts the arts have on our health and well-being: The soothing effect of music on people in pain; the regaining of muscle strength through drawing or painting; the stress-relieving enjoyment of live performances after a hard or emotional day. Without the programs and resources the DCPA provides, we would not be able to enjoy incredible performances. We are proud to sponsor this and many other productions, and we hope you take time to appreciate the benefits these great shows bring to your own life.

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DCPA TEAM DCPA Janice Sinden......................................................President & CEO Maggie Lamb.......................Executive Assistant to the CEO

BROADWAY & CABARET John Ekeberg........................... Executive Director Broadway Alicia Bruce......................................................... General Manager Alyssa Chacon............. Operations Business Administrator Abel Becerra.................................. Technical Director, Cabaret

DEVELOPMENT Deanna Haas................................. Chief Development Officer Shawn Bayer.................................................... Associate Director Chelley Canales...................................Development Associate Megan Fevurly.....................................Development Associate Melissa Olson........................................Development Assistant Marc Ravenhill................................................. Associate Director Valerie Taron.................................................... Associate Director David Zupancic.................................Director of Development

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 Rachel Taylor...........Teaching Artist & At-Risk Coordinator Chloe McCleod, Heather Hughes, Justin Walvoord, Robyn Yamada.................................................... Teaching Artists

FACILITIES & EVENT SERVICES Clay Courter.....Vice President, Facilities & Event Services James Babcock, Dwight Barela, Clint Flinchpaugh, Michael Kimbrough................ Engineers Quentin Crump...............................................Security Specialist Tom Duffin.....................................Manager, Event Technology Caitlin Glasgo................................................ Events Coordinator Stori Heleen.................................Event Technology Specialist Jaymes Kimbrough..................Event Technology Specialist Clint King.........................................................Security Supervisor John Lower.............................................................. Chief Engineer Brian McClain............................................. Custodial Supervisor Tara Miller, Danielle Porter, Brittany Schoede............................................. Events Managers Brook Nichols................................Director, Event Technology Will Stowe.....................................Event Technology Specialist Tara Wenger....Facilities/Event Services Business Manager Dawn Williams.....................................Director, Event Services Juan Loya, Carmen Molina, Blanca Primero, Judith Primero, Angeles Reyes Soto, Francisco Trujillo............................................................Custodians

MARKETING, SALES & PATRON SERVICES Jennifer Nealson..................................Chief Marketing Officer Eric Boone...................................................Front End Developer Heidi Bosk......................... Senior PR & Promotions Manager Nathan Brunetti...................................................Digital Manager 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 Emily Lozow........................................... Marketing Coordinator

Adam Lundeen....................................Marketing Technologist Kyle Malone.................................................................... Art Director Cassie McHale......................... Communications Coordinator Carolyn Michaels...........................................................Copywriter Cheyenne Michaels............................. Marketing Coordinator John Moore................................................Senior Arts Journalist Adam Obendorf........................................... Senior Art Director 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, DJ Dennis, Kevin Dykstra, Molly Dougherty, Amanda Gomez, Edmund Gurule............................................................Show Leads Kirsten Anderson, Rebecca Hibbert, Scott Lix, Gregory Swan........................Subscription Agents Román Anaya, Rena Bugg, Jennifer Gray, Roger Haak, Shari Hansen, Noah Jungferman, Alia Kempton, Daniel Lindsey, Gustavo Márquez, Cora Marsh, Lisa McClellan, Noah McDermott, Gunnar Reining, Taylor Schulze, Jason Scoggins, Liz Sieroslawski, Hayley Solano, Jon Squire, Brad Steinmeyer, Tomas Waples, Cindy Yeast............................... Ticket Agents

SHARED SERVICES Vicky Miles................................................ Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Jeffrey.......................................... Director of Financial Planning & Analysis Julie Schumaker.................Executive Assistant to the CFO ACCOUNTING Jennifer Siemers...................................Director of Accounting Michaele Davidson.......................................Senior Accountant Juliette Hidahl....................................................Accounting Clerk Kim Stewart........................................................ Staff Accountant HUMAN RESOURCES Regina Matthews......................... Director Human Resources Aubrey Antonsen.....................................................HR Generalist Brian Carter...................................Human Resources Manager Jamie Hawkins...................................................... HR Coordinator Sandy Hertz.........................................................Payroll Specialist Monica Robles............................................Mailroom Supervisor INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Yovani Pina.................................... Associate Vice President of Information Technology Rick Bennett............................................................... Director of IT Jim Hipp................................................. Associate Director of IT Christopher Hoge.......................VoIP/System Administrator Bobby Jiminez.........................Senior AudienceView Analyst David Tschan.............................................................. Director of IT John H. Voorheis............................ Manager of Infrastructure

THEATRE COMPANY ADMINISTRATION Charles Varin...................................................Managing Director Ryan Meisheid...........................Associate Managing Director Allison Taylor..................................................Company Manager Kerri Mirtsching.................................... Business Administrator Alie Quistberg...........................Assistant Company Manager

ARTISTIC Nataki Garrett.................................Associate Artistic Director Charlie I. Miller................................Associate Artistic Director Strategy & Innovation Douglas Langworthy..................................... Literary Director/ Director of New Play Development Chad Henry....................................................... Literary Associate Grady Soapes.............................................. Artistic Coordinator PRODUCTION Jeff Gifford...............................................Director of Production Melissa Cashion....................Associate Production Manager Matthew Campbell.............. Assistant Production Manager Julie Brou...................Production & Artistic Office Manager Scenic Design Lisa M. Orzolek................................ Director of Scenic Design Matthew Plamp, Nicholas Renaud..............................Scenic Design Assistants Lighting Design Charles R. MacLeod...................................Director of Lighting Lily Bradford.....................................Lighting Design Assistant Reid Tennis............................................... Production Electrician Multimedia Topher Blair................................................ Multimedia Specialist Sound Design Craig Breitenbach...........................................Director of Sound Tyler Nelson.......................................................... Sound Designer Alex Billman, Frank Haas..............................Sound Operators Stage Management Christopher C. Ewing................ Production Stage Manager Rachel Ducat, Corin Ferris, Kristen O’Connor, D. Lynn Reiland, Kurt Van Raden...............Stage Managers Scene Shop Robert L. Orzolek, Josh Prues.................................Associate Technical Directors Albert “Stub” Allison, Louis Fernandez III.......................................... Lead Technicians Justin Hicks, Brian “Marco” Markiewicz, Wynn Pastor, Kyle Simpson Mike VanAartsen...........................................Scenic Technicians Prop Shop Robin Lu Payne.............................................Properties Director Eileen S. Garcia......................... Assistant Properties Director Jamie Stewart Curl, David Hoth, Georgina Kayes, Katie Webster..........................................................Props Artisans Paint Shop Jana L. Mitchell...........................................Charge Scenic Artist Melanie Rentschler........................................Lead Scenic Artist Kristin Hamer MacFarlane.....................................Scenic Artist Costume Shop Janet S. MacLeod..........................................Costume Director/ Costume Design Associate Meghan Anderson Doyle........ Costume Design Associate Carolyn Plemitscher, Louise Powers, Jackie Scott............................................................................Drapers Cathie Gagnon.................................................................First Hand Sheila P. Morris........................................................................... Tailor Kelly Jones.................................................................................Stitcher Costume Crafts Kevin Copenhaver............................Costume Crafts Director Chris Campbell.................................Costume Crafts Assistant Wigs Diana Ben-Kiki............................................................... Wig Master House Crew Doug Taylor*..........................................Supervising Stagehand Jim Berman*, Jennifer Guethlein*, Stephen D. Mazzeno*, Kyle Moore, Miles Stasica*, Tyler Stauffer*, Matt Wagner* (*IATSE Local 7 Stagehands)................................ Stagehands Wardrobe Brenda Lawson........................................Director of Wardrobe Maria Y. Davis, Taylor Malott............................Wig Assistants Robin Appleton, Amber Donner, Anthony Mattivi, Tim Nelson, Lisa Parsons Wagner, Alan Richards....................................................................... Dressers


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Applause Magazine, March 8-19, 2017  

In-theater magazine produced for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts