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UM MUSICAL THEATRE DEPARTMENT

NEWS OF GRADUATES

2012 - 13

 

Congratulations to our Alumni on their 2013 TONY Nominations!

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul- 2013 Tony Nominees for A Christmas Story: Best Musical and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre.


HIGHLIGHTS


Note:  This listing is by no means complete.  These examples are merely highlights of the activities of the graduates.  This list doesn’t include the countless workshops, readings, and industrials in which the graduates appear, and does not include all of their regional theatre and television work.

Emily Albrink (04) has sung with the Kentucky Opera as Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, and the Washington National Opera as Frasquita in CARMEN with Denyce Graves, conducted by Julius Rudel.  Emily also played Despina in COSI FAN TUTTE at Tanglewood, conducted by James Levine.

Andrew Arrington (07) recently finished a long run in THE LION KING in Las Vegas.  He was in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS in Boston, along with another Michigan graduate, Andrew Keenan-Bolger (07).

Mark Ayesh (10) recently played Roger in RENT at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. 

Stanley Bahorek (03) recently played Mozart in AMADEUS at the Alley Theatre.  Stanley played Candide in CANDIDE at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle.  He played Jack in INTO THE WOODS at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, along with Brynn O’Malley as the Baker’s Wife and Hunter Foster as the Baker.  Stanley played Leaf Coneybear in the San Francisco and Boston companies of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, receiving a nomination for Best Supporting Actor by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.   Stanley later joined the Broadway company of SPELLING BEE, again in the role of Leaf Coneybear.

Courtney Balan (00) recently starred as The Baker’s Wife in INTO THE WOODS at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.  She had a long run off-Broadway in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE.  Courtney was the standby on Broadway for TITLE OF SHOW and was also in the Broadway companies of CRY-BABY and IN MY LIFE.

Jenni Barber (05) was recently featured on NBC’s SMASH.  She was in the new Burt Bacharach/ Steven Sater musical SOME LOVERS at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and played Audrey/Iris in The Bridge Project staging of Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT at the Brooklyn Academy of Music directed by Sam Mendes, touring Asia and Europe before opening in London at The Old Vic.  She played the role of Olive Ostrovsky in the San Francisco and Boston companies of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and she later joined the Broadway company of SPELLING BEE, again in the role of Olive Ostrovsky.

Whitney Bashor (05) played Clara in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at Theatreworks in Palo Alto and at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, for which she received a Barrymore Award.  Whitney played Luisa in the revival of THE FANTASTICKS off-Broadway, directed by the playwright/lyricist Tom Jones.

Katy Basile (04) was in the 25th anniversary tour of LES MISERABLES.  Katy was in the Broadway run of THE LITTLE MERMAID, and an understudy on Broadway for two roles in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.  She was also in the national tour of MAMMA MIA.

Etai Benshlomo (09) played Boq in WICKED on Broadway after a long run in the San Francisco company. He just finished A ROOM WITH A VIEW at The Old Globe in San Diego.

Tommy Berklund (05) recently finished a long run in THE ADDAMS FAMILY on Broadway. He is in rehearsals for THE NORMAL HEART at Arena Stage, playing the role of Grady/Craig.  Tommy was in the new Alan Menken/Glenn Slater musical LEAP OF FAITH at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.  He played Greg in the revival of A CHORUS LINE on Broadway and was a dancer on the Academy Awards.

Danny Binstock (06) recently graduated from the Yale graduate acting program.  Danny appeared in the Andy Warhol-inspired musical POP! at the Yale Repertory Theatre.  Danny played the title role in THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE directed by Oskar Eustis at the American Musical Theatre Project in Evanston, IL, as well as appearing in MY FAIR LADY at the Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C. 

Nick Blaemire (06) is currently on Broadway in GODSPELL.  Nick played a leading role in the new musical BRING IT ON at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.  Nick was on Broadway in CRY-BABY when his new musical GLORY DAYS also played on Broadway (and the original cast recording is available on Ghostlight Records and on ITunes).  Before that he had a long run as Abraham in the national tour of ALTAR BOYZ.

Ashley Blanchett (09)  recently finished a run in the Broadway company of MEMPHIS covering the role of Felicia. She is currently playing Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Kansas City Rep.

Tyler Brunsman (11) was a vocalist in the new Radio City Christmas Show in New York City.

Todd Buonopane (00) played Nicely-Nicely in GUYS AND DOLLS at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle.  He has a recurring role in the television series “30 Rock” and was a guest star on “Grey’s Anatomy.”  Todd played Roger on Broadway in the revival GREASE.   Todd was the understudy for 4 roles in the Broadway production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, having performed over 150 performances.

David Burtka (97) is a correspondent for E! News, on such programs as Live from the Red Carpet and other E! specials.  David played Tulsa in the Broadway revival of GYPSY with Bernadette Peters.  He has appeared on the CBS series “How I Met Your Mother.”

Will Burton (11) is playing Tommy in THE MUSIC MAN at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.  Will was in the recent workshop of BIG FISH, with a score by UM graduate Andrew Lippa, and directed by Susan Stroman. 

Gavin Creel (98) is starring in the national tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, which began in the summer of 2012.  He recently starred in PROMETHEUS BOUND, a new rock musical with libretto by Steven Sater premiering at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA.  Gavin starred on Broadway and in London as Claude in HAIR (Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical).  Gavin appeared for over a year as Bert in the London production of MARY POPPINS.   He also received a Tony nomination for THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE.

Jim Daly (98) is an agent at Bloc Talent Agency in New York City.   

 

Jeremy Davis (99) is currently on Broadway in GHOST after a lengthy run in the national tour of SOUTH PACIFIC.  He was on Broadway in NINE TO FIVE, THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, BILLY ELLIOT and in SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center.  He was also on Broadway and on tour in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS.

Erin Dilly (94) can be seen in recent episodes on both "Law & Order: SVU" and "Criminal Intent".  Erin played Judith Jones in the film JULIE AND JULIA.  She starred in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Tony nomination) and also appeared on Broadway as Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS.

Janine DiVita (07) starred as Elizabeth in the national tour of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and is currently covering Reno Sweeney in the revival of ANYTHING GOES. Janine played Rizzo in GREASE on Broadway.   She played Little Edie Beale in GRAY GARDENS at Portland Center Stage, and then Nancy in OLIVER! at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, for which she received a Barrymore Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

Ted Ely (08) is in the national tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, after a long run in the national tour of WEST SIDE STORY, understudying Tony.  Ted played Boq in the national tour of WICKED.

Marjorie Failoni (08) was in the national tour of NINE TO FIVE.   Marjorie spent a year as dance captain of the national tour of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL.  She was also the Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer of the world premiere of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 at Atlanta’s Theatre of the Stars.

Barrett Foa (99) is featured as Eric in the popular CBS series NCIS – Los Angeles.  Barrett starred on Broadway as Princeton/ Rod in AVENUE Q, as well as THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, in the role of Leaf Coneybear.   On television Barrett recently had major roles in THE CLOSER and ENTOURAGE.

Hunter Foster (92) played legendary record producer Sam Phillips in the Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  He’s currently starring in HANDS ON A HARDBODY at La Jolla Playhouse. He starred on Broadway as Leo Bloom in THE PRODUCERS, as Seymour in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Tony nomination) and Bobby Strong in URINETOWN.  Hunter wrote the libretto for the musical SUMMER OF ’42.   His new musical CLYDE AND BONNIE has its recent premiere at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, GA, directed by Lonny Price, and choreographed by another Michigan graduate, Josh Rhodes.

Nick Gabriel (02) is a company member of ACT in San Francisco.  This spring he will be co-starring with David Strathairn in SCORCHED and with Bill Irwin in ENDGAME.

Nick Gaswirth (06) was in the recent national tour of A CHRISTMAS STORY. 

Alexander Gemignani (01) played the Boatman in the Broadway revival of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.  In other recent Broadway revivals Alex played Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES, the Beadle in SWEENEY TODD, and John Hinckley in ASSASSINS.  He also starred in Sondheim’s ROAD SHOW at the Public Theatre in New York. 

Kelcy Griffin (09) was recently in the national tour of DREAMGIRLS, and OKLAHOMA! at Portland Center Stage.   

Danny Gurwin (94) recently directed LITTLE WOMEN for Michigan’s Musical Theatre Department.  Danny teaches at AMDA in Los Angeles.  His Broadway credits include Laurie in LITTLE WOMEN and Malcolm MacGregor in THE FULL MONTY.   He recently played Seymour in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Music Theatre West, and he appeared in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at the Pantages in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Hammond (92) originated the role of Houdini in the Broadway revival of RAGTIME.  He was also an Obie Award winner for his role in THE BOYS IN THE BAND at The Transport Group.

Haley Hannah (10) is in the national tour of BRING IT ON.

Laurel Harris (07) is in the Broadway revival of EVITA, understudying Eva Peron.  Laura understudied Elphaba in the national tour of WICKED.

Robert Hartwell (09) is currently on Broadway in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT.  Prior to that he was in MEMPHIS on Broadway and toured for a year with DREAMGIRLS.

Laura Heisler (97) recently guest starred on "Bones," "Numb3rs," "The Middle," and "Ugly Betty."   She won a Drama League Award for her role in KIN at Playwrights Horizons.  She was on Broadway in CORAM BOY. 

Leslie Henstock (02) was in the recent tour of A CHRISTMAS STORY.  She was the understudy for Clara in the national tour of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA.  Leslie had a lengthy run as Cosette in the national tour of LES MISERABLES.

Jessica Hershberg (08) was recently in the new musical IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, directed by David Hyde Pierce.  Jessica was in BABY, IT’S YOU on Broadway, as well as the national tour of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRARIE, and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at the Goodspeed Opera House.

Adam Hess (97) is general manager of the Daryl Roth Theatre off-Broadway.

 

Brian Hissong (04) played Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS at the Marriott-Lincolnshire in Chicago. He appeared in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia.  Brian also played a leading role in the new musical WINESBURG, OHIO at the Arden Theatre, for which he won a Barrymore Award.  He toured as Tony in WEST SIDE STORY in Japan, and Thailand, and in Europe.

Rachel Hoffman (99) is a Casting Director in the New York office of Telsey + Company.

Anne Horak (06) played Inga in the national tour of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.  Anne played Rita in WHITE CHRISTMAS on Broadway, and was in OKLAHOMA! and BOEING BOEING at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, as well as MUSIC IN THE AIR at the Encores City Center Series. She just finished playing Shelby in STEEL MAGNOLIAS at the North Carolina Theatre.

David Hull (07) understudied Daniel Radcliffe and Darren Criss as J. Pierpont Finch in the Broadway revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. Prior to that he was in the Broadway and touing companies of WICKED.  David also played Mark in the national tour of A CHORUS LINE.

Laura Irion (11) is in the national tour of WEST SIDE STORY. 

Eric Jackson (00) was in the revival tour of DREAMGIRLS.  He was in the Broadway production in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN as well as in the Irish Rep production of FINIAN’S RAINBOW, and he can be heard on the cast recordings.

Andrew Keenan-Bolger (07) is currently on Broadway in NEWSIES. He was in ALADDIN at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and played Robertson Ay on Broadway in MARY POPPINS, a role he also did on the national tour.  Andrew played the role of Leaf Coneybear in the national tour of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.  He toured with HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.

Celia Keenan-Bolger (00) is currently on Broadway in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, for which she recently received a Tony nomination.  She played Mary Flynn in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at City Center Encores directed by James Lapine.  Celia created the role of Olive Ostrovsky in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, for which she received a Tony nomination.   She also performed on Broadway as Eponine in the revival of LES MISERABLES. 

Marc Kessler (94) was in ELF on Broadway.  Marc was responsible for the original concept of ALTAR BOYZ, with a score composed by another Michigan graduate, Gary Adler.   Marc was a long-time member of the Manhattan Rhythm Kings.

Justin Keyes (06) recently finished a run in the Broadway revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, understudying Daniel Radcliffe and Darren Criss.  Justin recently played Benny in RENT at the Westchester Broadway Theatre.  Justin was in the national tour of MARY POPPINS, prior to doing the new musical GIVE IT UP at the Dallas Theatre Center.

Bruce Kiesling (95) is conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s YOLA orchestra training program. He also serves as music director of the Tulare County Symphony in Visalia, California.  Bruce was music director for the Reprise production of THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, starring Jason Alexander.

Lizzie Klemperer (10) is in the national tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. 

Ian Knauer (90) was recently on Broadway in MAMMA MIA! after several years in the national tour.

Chelsea (Krombach) Packard (05) starred in LEGALLY BLONDE at the Linconshire Marriott in Chicago.  Chelsea was on Broadway in PROMISES, PROMISES.  She had a long run in WICKED, understudying Elphaba, a role she played numerous times.

Max Kumangai (08) was in the national tour of HAIR.  He played Richie in the Lincolnshire Marriott production of A CHORUS LINE last fall.  Max was in the Encores concert production of ANYONE CAN WHISTLE and WHERE’S CHARLEY?

Doug LaBrecque (88) is appearing with orchestras throughout the world as a featured soloist in pops concerts.  Highlights of his 2009 – 10 season include performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, Prague Music Festival, Minnesota Orchestra, NJ Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic (Soloist/host Christmas Pops, directing and producing South Pacific in Concert).  Doug has performed numerous times with such orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, and the Israel Philharmonic, along with countless others.  Doug appeared on Broadway as Ravenal in SHOW BOAT, and played both The Phantom & Raoul in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Toronto.

Bryan Langlitz (09) is currently on Broadway in MEMPHIS.  Prior to that he toured in A CHORUS LINE. 

Jeremy Leiner (03) is an agent at Nicolosi & Company.  

Andrew Lippa (87) wrote music and lyrics for Broadway’s THE ADDAMS FAMILY as well as music for Aaron Sorkin’s play THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION.  He won the Drama Desk Award for best music for his musical THE WILD PARTY.  Andrew’s new musical BIG FISH will be directed by Susan Stroman. 

Logan Lipton (03) recently completed a long run on Broadway in WICKED playing Boq, a role which he also played in the national tour.

Kate Loprest (05) was on Broadway in Frank Wildhorn’s WONDERLAND.  Kate toured recently in a featured role in the national tour of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.  She was in the closing company of HAIRSPRAY on Broadway as Amber. Kate also appeared on Broadway in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and XANADU.  

Taylor Louderman is currently on leave from Michigan to tour in the leading role of the new musical BRING IT ON. 

Michael Lowney (08) is playing Jean-Michel in the national tour of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, a part he understudied on Broadway. 

Jody Madaras (93) toured in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.  Jody played Bobby Child in CRAZY FOR YOU at the Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.  Last winter he played Phil Davis in WHITE CHRISTMAS, a role he also played in Virginia Beach, VA, at the Virginia Musical Theatre. 

Anne Markt (10) was recently on the national tour of HAIR after a long run in THE FANTASTICKS off-Broadway. This summer she’ll play the role of Chava in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

Paul Martinez (87) performed in the premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s opera SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON at Opera Santa Barbara.  He played Bun Foo in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at Drury Lane Oakbrook.

Cara Massey (07) was in OKLAHOMA! at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., directed by Molly Smith.  Cara was on Broadway in LEGALLY BLONDE, and also in the national tour.

Brian Mazzaferri (06) is the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band “I Hate Dragons,” which has signed with Atlantic Records, and will be touring nationally.

Marisa Meyer (04) is the Manager of Global Recruitment for Sony Pictures in Culver City, CA. 

Andy Mientus just finished a run in MCC’s revival of CARRIE Off-Braodway.  He was also in the national tour of SPRING AWAKENING in the role of Hanschen.

Eric Millegan (95) played Zach Addy in the Fox TV series BONES.  He played the title character opposite Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons in the world premiere of the musical HAROLD AND MAUDE at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.

 

Justin Miller (01) was recently Jud Fry in OKLAHOMA at the Portland Center Stage, after touring in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  Before that he was in KISMET in the City Center Encores series, and performed in Germany and Austria in PORGY AND BESS as well as with the Chicago Lyric Opera.

Lauren Molina (03) won a Helen Hayes Award for playing Cunegonde in a new production of CANDIDE directed by Mary Zimmerman in Washington D.C., and at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.  Lauren was in the original cast of ROCK OF AGES on Broadway.  Lauren starred on Broadway in the revival of SWEENEY TODD as Johanna, a role which she played in the national tour.

Sydney Morton (08) is on Broadway in EVITA, after completing a long run on Broadway in MEMPHIS.  Sydney recently played Gabriella in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.

Jesse Nager (03) toured in XANADU and was in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND in the LA Reprise series.  Jesse had a long run on Broadway in MARY POPPINS.   He was also on Broadway in GOOD VIBRATIONS and MAMMA MIA, as well as in Andrew Lippa’s new musical THE LITTLE PRINCESS at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA.

Mara Newbery (07) was in the recent tour of A CHRISTMAS STORY after touring in SHREK.

Brynn O’Malley (03) recently toured in WICKED as well as performing in the show on Broadway.  She played the Baker’s Wife in INTO THE WOODS at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.  Brynn played Celeste and was the Dot understudy in the Broadway revival of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.  She was Kate Monster in AVENUE Q in the Las Vegas production, as well as Broadway’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Belle understudy).  She recently played Amalia in SHE LOVES ME at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., for which she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination as Best Actress in a Musical.  This season, she was seen on television in “The Big C,” “Royal Pains,” and “A Gifted Man.”

Shina Morris (08) is on Broadway in ANYTHING GOES.  Shina played Consuela in the Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY, produced by another Michigan graduate, Jeffrey Seller.

Kevin Munhall (10) is on Broadway in ANYTHING GOES.  Kevin was in the Encores BELLS ARE RINGING. 

Desi Oakley (11) is on Broadway in WICKED. 

Kent Overshown (10) is in the national tour of MEMPHIS.

Susan Owen (93) has played Christine (alternate) in the Broadway production of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, a role which she also played in the national tour.

Benj Pasek (06) and Justin Paul (06) won the 2011 Richard Rodgers Award for their new musical DOGFIGHT, and the 2007 Jonathan Larson Award for New Writers in the Musical Theatre.  DOGFIGHT will be produced this summer at Second Stage, directed by Joe Mantello.  They have written the scores for two new musicals, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, presented last fall at the Goodspeed Opera House, and A CHRISTMAS STORY, which premiered at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and was nominated for a 2013 TONY award for Best Musical and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre. Their musical EDGES (which premiered in Ann Arbor at the Kerrytown Concert House) in now in the catalog of Music Theatre International (MTI).

Mary Michael Patterson (10) is on Broadway in ANYTHING GOES, understudying Hope Harcourt.   She played Liesl in the recent concert of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Carnegie Hall.

Alex Puette (09) was in the recent tour of A CHRISTMAS STORY after touring in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and LEGALLY BLONDE.

John Rapson (09) is in the 25th Anniversary tour of LES MISERABLES.  John was also in SWEENEY TODD at the Barrington Stage Company.

Matthew Rego (92), is a producer with the Araca Group, one of the producers of WICKED, ROCK OF AGES, and more.   He also produced the Tony Award-winning URINETOWN.

Dan Reichard (00) created the role of Bob Gaudio in JERSEY BOYS, both on Broadway and at the La Jolla Playhouse.  He played Candide in the New York City Opera production of CANDIDE, and is in the film production of FOREVER PLAID.  His group, THE MIDTOWN MEN, performs internationally.

Corbin Reid (09) is currently in RENT off-Broadway after a run in Broadway’s SISTER ACT.  She was recently in AMERICAN IDIOT, and toured in XANADU.  

Megan Reinking (03) appeared on the HBO series BOARDWALK EMPIRE.  She was in HAIR in London, after a long run on Broadway. 

Josh Rhodes (93) choreographed the recent concert production of COMPANY with the New York Philharmonic, as well as THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG with Jason Alexander at the Reprise Theatre Company in LA.  Josh choreographed and directed JOSEPH/DREAMCOAT at Casa Manana, and he choreographed WORKING at the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota and the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, as well as 1776 at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Josh was the assistant choreographer for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Broadway and in London. His other Broadway credits include CHICAGO, BELLS ARE RINGING, URBAN COWBOY & THE BOY FROM OZ. 

Natalie Ross (02) performed at the Sacramento Music Circus in THE SOUND OF MUSIC and MY FAIR LADY, the latter directed by another UM grad, Marcia Milgrom Dodge.  Natalie also toured in EVITA.

Josh Rouah (07) was on Broadway in WICKED and in the national tour of SOUTH PACIFIC.  He was also on Broadway in GREASE, understudying Danny Zuko.  Last spring he played Chris in MISS SAIGON at the Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City. 

Paul Schaefer (01) is currently on Broadway in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, covering Raoul.

Darryl Semira (01) was in the national tour of SPAMALOT for many years, conducted by Michigan graduate Ben Whiteley.  His Broadway credits include MAMMA MIA! and BOMBAY DREAMS.

Jen Sese (06) just finished MCC’s production of CARRIE.  Prior to that, she was in the Broadway company of HAIR.  She also played Lisa in MAMMA MIA! in Las Vegas and Marcy Park in the Chicago company of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. 

Erika Shannon (98) was recently the Dance Coordinator and assistant to choreographer Michael Rooney on the new movie musical ELIXIR for Disney/ ABC Family Channel.  Before that, Erika was in the national tour of ROCK OF AGES.

A.J. Shiveley (08) played Jean-Michel in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES starring Kelsey Grammer. 

Tara Siesener (03) was the standby for Tracy Turnblad in the Las Vegas production of HAIRSPRAY.  She was in the Kennedy Center revival of CARNIVAL.

Alexis Sims (05) performed in Cirque du Soliel’s BANANA SHPEEL, both in Chicago and in New York.  Alexis was in THE 60’S PROJECT at the Goodspeed Opera House, as well as FINIAN’S RAINBOW at the Walnut Street Theatre and DREAMGIRLS at the Prince Music Theatre, both in Philadelphia.

Kendal Sparks (09) was in the City Center Encores WHERE’S CHARLEY.

Dani Spieler (07) is in the national tour of WEST SIDE STORY.  Dani was in the Broadway company of LEGALLY BLONDE. She performed in Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars production of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS.

Brian Spitulnik (05) is currently a swing in the Broadway production of CHICAGO, and is completing a graduate degree in English at Columbia University.

Eddie Sugarman (94) received the 2006 Jonathan Larson Award, recognizing excellence in musical theatre writing.  His musical MEET JOHN DOE was presented at the Goodspeed Opera House (Connecticut) and at the Ford’s Theatre (Washington, D.C.).

Cary Tedder (09) was in the national tour of WEST SIDE STORY as well as MEMPHIS on Broadway.  He was in THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ directed & choreographed by Twyla Tharp, during his junior year.   Recently he was in the workshop of BIG FISH, with a score by Andrew Lippa.

Jennifer Laura Thompson (91) is featured in the new Gershwin musical NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT on Broadway.  Jennifer co-starred recently with Anthony LaPaglia and Tony Shalhoub in the Broadway revival of Ken Ludwig's LEND ME A TENOR directed by Stanley Tucci.   Jennifer starred on Broadway in FOOTLOOSE, URINETOWN (Tony nomination), and WICKED (Glinda).

James Tolbert (11) is in the national tour of MARY POPPINS.

Matt Toronto (98) is on the faculty of Penn State University, teaching theatre and musical theatre courses.

Toni Trucks (03) recently was featured in STORMY WEATHER with Leslie Uggams at the Pasadena Playhouse.   She has a featured role in STARSTRUCK on the Disney Channel.  She is in the new TWILIGHT film.

Maddy Trumble (11) is on Broadway in NEWSIES after traveling in the national tour of MARY POPPINS, understudying the title role.

Carlos Valdes (11) is in the national tour of JERSEY BOYS, understudying Frankie Valli. 

Jake Wilson (07) is the creator and star of the online series THE BATTERY’S DOWN.  He recently appeared in HAIR at the Arizona Theatre Company, and in HAIRSPRAY at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.

Amos Wolff (08) is in CHICAGO on Broadway, after performing in FOLLIES on Broadway.  He recently completed a long run in the national tour of A CHORUS LINE.

Cortney Wolfson (07) is playing Wednesday in the national tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a role she understudied on Broadway.  She played Serena in the national tour of LEGALLY BLONDE.  Cortney was in the Broadway company of LES MISERABLES, understudying Eponine. 

Helene Yorke (07) played Glinda in the national tour of WICKED.  Recently on Broadway she played Marty in GREASE and before that was Sharpay in the national tour of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL.  Helene is in the new Showtime series about Masters and Johnson.

 

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