A New Musical
Book and Lyrics by Tony Award Winner Richard Maltby, Jr.
Music by Academy Award Winner David Shire
Co-Directed and Choreographed by Tony Award Nominee Dan Knechtges
Directed by Tak Viravan
"Be one of the first to see 'Waterfall'. You'll be glad you did!"
- Pasadena Star-News
"STUNNING...refreshing to hear a new work...(Bie) Sukrit is utterly winning. Beautiful!"
- LA Weekly
The World Premiere Musical WATERFALL is set in Bangkok and Tokyo between the turbulent years of 1933 and 1939, as a monarchy falls in Thailand and Japan is on the brink of war. A young Thai student named Noppon (Thai superstar Bie Sukrit) falls in love with Katherine (Emily Padgett, 2014 Broadway Revival of Side Show), the American wife of a Thai diplomat, and the story of their forbidden love parallels history as the new democracy of Siam moves into the vortex of Japan prior to WWII. With a gloriously romantic score from Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby Jr. (Miss Saigon) and Academy Award-winner David Shire, WATERFALL is a modern love story of timeless scale.
Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (including a 15-minute intermission).
TALKBACK TUESDAYS at The Playhouse is a post-show series in which a panel of community experts and esteemed guests discuss and explore selected themes of the show with the audience.
June 23, 2015.
POST-SHOW at The Playhouse: A series of post-show talk-backs immediately following a performance on the Mainstage including members of the cast and crew, as well as any creative or design team members who are present. POST-SHOW at The Playhouse acts as a question and answer session between the audience and the participating members of the production.
June 21, 2015, following the 2:00 pm performance.
This project is supported in part by an award from
the National Endowment for the Arts.
EMILY PADGETT (Katherine) Broadway: Side Show (Daisy Hilton), Rock of Ages (Sherrie Christian), Legally Blonde, and Grease. Regional: Side Show (La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award; Kennedy Center, Helen Hayes nomination), White House (Royal George Theatre). First National Tour: Grease (Sandy) and Flashdance: The Musical (Alex Owens). TV: “Louie” and “America’s Got Talent.” New York Theatre Workshop: Nobody Loves You (director Pam MacKinnon) and Diner (director Kathleen Marshall). Love and thanks to my incredible family, Soffer/Namoff, Barry McPherson, and Jack Dalgleish. Follow me on Twitter at @missempadgett.
BIE SUKRIT (Noppon) one of Thailand’s most accomplished singers and actors, and biggest stars. His credits include starring roles on stage, screen, and television, including Sunset at Chao Phraya, Love Through Time and Teacher’s Diary. In 2008, he created the role of Noppon in the musical Behind the Painting, on which Waterfall is based. In the pop world, Bie has released six solo albums, with several chart-topping songs, such as “I Need Somebody,” “Jungwa Huajai,” and “Na Bud Now,” as well as performing several sold-out concerts across the country. With his charming personality and exceptional talents, his fan base has expanded not only in Thailand, but in China as well.
THOM SESMA (Chao Khun Atikarn) has appeared in leading roles in numerous productions on Broadway, in National Tours, and regionally, most notably in The Times They Are A-Changin’, Disney’s The Lion King, Miss Saigon, and Titanic. Among his many TV and film credits are recent guests appearances in “Violet,” “The Good Wife,” “Single Ladies,” “Person of Interest,” “Over/Under,” and “Law & Order.” Thom is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and lives in NYC with his wife, Penelope Daulton.
J. ELAINE MARCOS (Nuan) was last seen as Lily St. Regis in the Broadway revival of Annie. Other Broadway shows include Priscilla Queen of the Desert, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, Wedding Singer, Wonderful Town, Flower Drum Song, and Miss Saigon. Favorite TV credits include “30 Rock” and “Law & Order: SVU.” Film credits include “St. Vincent,” “Before I Disappear,” and “Morning Glory.” J. Elaine also coproduces a show with comedian Kevin Yee called the Super Gay Asian Cabaret, which was last performed at Second City Hollywood. www.jelainemarcos.com.
EYMARD CABLING (Siamese Ambassador/Ensemble) is humbled and grateful to be a color in this painting. Tours include Miss Saigon (The Engineer) in North America and the International Tour of The King and I (The Kralahome) in Asia. Regional productions include The King and I (Lun Tha), Once on This Island (Daniel), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), Mary Poppins, Starlight Express, and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Bun Foo) at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre; Jane of the Jungle at South Coast Repertory; and The Romance of Magno Rubio (Atoy), Year Zero (Glenn), and She Loves Me (Arpad) at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Dedicated to the memory of Mamma. B.F.A from Carnegie Mellon University.
MARCUS CHOI (Japanese Attache/Thai Minister/Ensemble) is happy to return to The Pasadena Playhouse with Waterfall. Broadway credits include the original companies of Flower Drum Song, Wicked, and The Times They Are A-Changin’. He was also in Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate. TV: TNT “The Last Ship,” Disney Channel “Jesse,” ABC Family “The Fosters,” and USA “Graceland.” Film: Disney’s “Enchanted,” Netflix “Project Drew,” and the overnight cult classic “Sharknado.” Visit Marcus Choi at IMDB.com. Marcus would like to thank God, family, and friends for all their love and support over the years. www.MarcusChoi.net
JORDAN DE LEON (Santi/Ensemble) is excited to make his Pasadena Playhouse debut in Waterfall. Regional: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip Tolentino) at Drury Lane Theatre, Hands on a Hardbody (Jesus Pena) at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Footloose (Bickle) at Kansas City Starlight Theatre, and The King and I (Interpreter) at Music Theatre of Wichita. Proud University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music grad. Jordan would like to thank Stewart/Whitley, the creative team, Sean, his family, and Lisa at The Price Group for their unending support. Special thanks to Carrie Marcotte. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. For Jennie and Gram.
STEVEN ENG (Foreign Minister Takamoto/Ensemble) Highlights: The King and I (West End), Pacific Overtures, As You Like It, Richard II, Henry IV Parts One and Two, Honor, and Miss Saigon. Other: New York Philharmonic, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Red Bull Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, ShakespeareNYC, Prospect Theater Company and more. Also in Germany, Austria and Cambodia. Co-founder of National Asian Artists Project, where he also recently directed Oliver!. New York University Tisch Faculty. Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. M.F.A. in classical acting, George Washington University/Shakespeare Theater; B.F.A. in theater, Southern Methodist University.
RONA FIGUEROA (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Pasadena Playhouse debut in Waterfall. Broadway: Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Nine (Revival), Lennon, Les Misérables (Revival). Regional: Rent, Weston Playhouse; Boys From Syracuse, Center Stage; Jesus Christ Superstar, North Shore Music Theatre; and We Will Rock You, Paris Las Vegas. Off-Broadway: Dogeaters, Public Theatre; Female Heart, Clurman Theatre; Caucasian Chalk Circle, Vineyard Theatre; and Turandot (play), La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. Film: “Dragonheart, A New Beginning” and “Slow Jam King.” Recent TV: “Mysteries of Laura,” “Eye Candy,” and “Gossip Girl.” Rock band: Quasilulu, albums on iTunes. Love to Mom.
KIMBERLY IMMANUEL (Pree/Ensemble) is thrilled to be working on this production of Waterfall! She is currently a student at New York University Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway studying musical theatre. Previous credits include Crazy for You (Polly), Love’s Labour’s Lost: The Musical (Princess), Lysistrata Jones (Lampito) and 42nd Street (Lorraine). Big thanks to this incredible team for the opportunity, and also New York University Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway, SW Artists, and her family, friends, and mentors for all of their unwavering love and support.
LISA HELMI JOHANSON (Kumiko/Ensemble) is delighted to be part of this beautiful production. She toured with Avenue Q as Christmas Eve before joining the cast at New World Stages. Select New York credits: Three Sisters (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Woman Beware Women (Red Bull Theatre), and Rue in Rescue Rue (Signature Theatre). Favorite regional credits: Taming of the Shrew (Virginia Stage Company), 4,000 Miles (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Broadwayworld nomination), and Spelling Bee (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). Lisa is exceedingly grateful to the entire creative team, Stewart/Whitley, and Harden-Curtis. She sends love to her family, friends, and J. Micah 6:8. www.lisahelmijohanson.com @lisahelmi.
KENWAY HON WAI K. KUA (Ensemble) is happy to be back in California in his Pasadena Playhouse debut. He has performed on Broadway in Wicked and The Frogs. He has also toured the country with Mary Poppins and Flower Drum Song. Regional productions include Aladdin, Cinderella, Pacific Overtures, and Miss Saigon. Film: “Generation Um.”
LEON LE (Ensemble) is very excited to be a part of Waterfall. As a dancer/singer/actor, his credits include theme parks, dinner theater, national/international tours, summer stock, regional theatre, and Broadway. Leon is also a photographer and award-winning filmmaker. His most recent short films are “Dawn” and “Talking to My Mother,” which he wrote/directed/edited and for which he won several awards in the film festival circuit including Best Director, Best Short Film, Best Editing, and Best Ensemble Cast. Leon will be directing his first feature film in the fall. As always, this one is for Mom.
COLIN MIYAMOTO (Surin) Pasadena Playhouse debut! National Tours: Beauty and the Beast and How I Became a Pirate. Regional highlights: Pageant, M. Butterfly, Drood, Seussical, She Loves Me, and A Christmas Carol. Education: Ithaca College, B.A. in drama.
KOH MOCHIZUKI (Ensemble) Pasadena Playhouse debut! Broadway: Mary Poppins and Aida. National Tours: Anything Goes (Roundabout Theatre Company), Mary Poppins (1st National Tour), and Disney’s On the Record. Regional: Bull Durham (world premiere, The Alliance), Carnival! (Kennedy Center), Grendel (LA Opera), Seussical (The Muny), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Cape Playhouse). Workshops include Empire and Behind the Painting. Film/TV: “The Last Five Years,” “Little Manhattan,” “Saturday Night Live,” “DWTC,” and “Conan.” With deep gratitude to CTG and David. For my wonderful parents.
CELIA MEI RUBIN (Ensemble) is very excited to be making her Pasadena Playhouse debut in Waterfall. Broadway: Matilda The Musical (original Broadway cast, Shubert Theatre). London’s West End: Parade (original London cast, Donmar Warehouse), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New London Theatre), and Candide (London Coliseum). Regional/Touring: Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean), West Side Story (UK Tour), Guys and Dolls (UK Tour), and Miss Saigon (UK Tour). Recordings: “Matilda” (original Broadway cast) and “Parade” (original London cast). Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Joyce, Tommy (happy Panda), and The Hybrid Agency. www.celiameirubin.com.
DARRYL SEMIRA (Ensemble) is honored to be a part of the Waterfall family. Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Bombay Dreams, and Monty Python’s Spamalot (first National Tour). Regional: You Never Know (world premiere), In the Beginning (world premiere), and the For the Record series in Los Angeles. Television: “The Protector” (Lifetime) and “Free Agents” with Hank Azaria (NBC). Darryl is also an acting teacher and coach at the renowned Margie Haber Studio in Los Angeles as well as an owner of the Electric Dusk Drive-In in downtown Los Angeles. Thanks and love to his husband, Eric, for his constant support and love.
RIZA TAKAHASHI (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Pasadena Playhouse debut in Waterfall. Regional productions include The King and I and Throughly Modern Millie (The Muny); The King and I, Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Les Misérables, and Betty Blue Eyes (Music Theatre of Wichita); Macbeth and La Dispute (Hartford Stage); A Chorus Line (Connecticut Repertory Theatre); and A Chorus Line, Hair, and Anything Goes (Woodstock Playhouse). Reading: A Proper Place (Goodspeed Musicals). Love and thanks to my family, friends, the Hartt School, and Patrick.
KAY TRINIDAD (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Pasadena Playhouse debut in Waterfall. Broadway: The Little Mermaid (Aquata/original Broadway cast). Off-Broadway: BARE (Diane Lee/original New York cast), and Roar of the Greasepaint (York Theatre). Regional/Tours: Allegiance (Wendy/The Old Globe), Bye Bye Birdie (Alice/Casa Mañana Theatre), Children of Eden Concert (Aysha/The Kennedy Center), The King and I (Tuptim/Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Musical Theatre Wichita), Seussical (Bird Girl), and The Addams Family (Ancestor/ The Muny). Upcoming: Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl/The Muny). Love and gratitude to family, friends, DGRW, the Waterfall family, and Mike Karns (my rock and love). www.kaytrinidad.com.
MINAMI YUSUI (Ensemble) is delighted to make her Pasadena Playhouse debut in Waterfall. Tour productions include Mary Poppins and Miss Saigon. Regional/international productions include James and the Giant Peach (Goodspeed musicals), Chicago (Flat Rock Playhouse), The King and I (Walnut Street Theatre), Wicked (Japan), Cats (Maine State Music Theatre), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Weston Playhouse), and Lysistrata Jones (Meadow Brook Theatre). Minami was also Assistant Director and Translator for the Japanese premiere of Spring Awakening. A native of Kanazawa, Japan. Many thanks and much love to family, friends, teachers, TPG, and Dan.
RICHARD MALTBY, JR. (Book and Lyrics) The Pasadena Playhouse: Director of Mask and Closer Than Ever. Broadway: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (several Tony Awards including Best Director; also N.Y. Critics, Outer Critics, and Drama Desk Awards); Fosse (Tony, Outer Critics, and Drama Desk Awards); and Ring of Fire. Work with composer David Shire: Director/lyricist of Baby (seven Tony nominations); lyricist of Big (Tony nomination); and lyricist of Take Flight (Menier Theatre, London; McCarter Theatre). Co-lyricist of Miss Saigon (Evening Standard Award, Tony nomination, and WhatsOnStage: Best Musical); director of The Story of My Life; and director/co-lyricist of Song and Dance (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: Director/lyricist of Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nomination) and Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics: Best Musical and Best Score; Best Musical Revival). Director of Just Jim Dale (Roundabout Theatre). Film: Screenplay for “Miss Potter” (Christopher Award).
DAVID SHIRE (Music) is an Academy Award and two-time Grammy winner, and multiple Tony and Emmy nominee. He has composed prolifically for the theatre, films, television and recordings. On Broadway, he and lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr. wrote the scores for the musicals Baby (Tony nominations for Best Score and Musical) and Big (Tony nomination for Best Score). His Off-Broadway scores, also written with Maltby, include Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nomination), Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and Score), Urban Blight at the Manhattan Theater Club and the Off-Broadway musical The Sap of Life. He also wrote the incidental scores for As You Like It (NY Shakespeare Festival), Peter Ustinov’s The Unknown Soldier and His Wife (Lincoln Center), Donald Margulis’ The Loman Family Picnic (MTC), Schmulnick’s Waltz and Visiting Mr. Green.
TAK VIRAVAN (Director) A prominent director and producer from Bangkok, Thailand, Tak is one of the most influential figures in Thailand’s entertainment industry. He has been credited for building and sustaining the Thai theatre industry. He has produced 21 and directed 14 original Thai musicals and plays, including Four Reigns, Lady Chinatown, Mae Nark of Phra Kanong, 11 Scenes of Soul Mates, and Behind the Painting (on which Waterfall is based), and the Thai production of Miss Saigon. He is the Managing Director and Artistic Director of Scenario Co., Ltd., which owns and operates Muangthai Rachadalai, a 1,500 seat theatre that has housed many international touring productions, such as The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, and Cats. For Broadway, he was a producer for Nice Work If You Can Get It; How To Succeed in Business; Promises, Promises, among others. In addition to theatre, Tak has also produced and directed top- rated television dramas, sit-coms, variety shows, and concerts. In 2014, he became the CEO of ONE, a new digital television channel in Thailand. He studied in the United States for 12 years, receiving his B.A. in Communications and Theatre from Boston College and an M.S. in Broadcasting from Boston University.
DAN KNECHTGES (Co-Director and Choreographer) Broadway: Lysistrata Jones (Director/Choreographer), Xanadu (Tony nomination), Spelling Bee, Sondheim on Sondheim, and 110 in the Shade. Off-Broadway: Clinton the Musical, Tail! Spin!, Merrily We Roll Along (Encores), and Vanities. Other credits include Der Schuh Das Manitu (Berlin, Germany). Regionals: The Muny, Theatreworks Palo Alto, Dallas Theatre Center, Goodspeed, Centerstage Baltimore, Paper Mill Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, and Opera Illinois. Concert Choreography: BalletMet. TV/Film: “It’s a Wonderful Night” (Fatboy Slim), “Palindromes” (Todd Solondz), “Dark Horse” (Todd Solondz), and 2011 TVLand Awards. Dan proudly serves on the board of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.danknechtges.com
JOHN McDANIEL (Music Supervisior, Additional Arrangements) is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning Music Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, and Theatrical and Record Producer, and is an Artistic Director at the Tony Award winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Broadway: Bonnie and Clyde (Drama Desk Nomination, Best Orchestrations), Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn (Producer and Orchestrator), Annie Get Your Gun (Grammy Award), Taboo, Chicago, Grease, Patti LuPone on Broadway, and Company – The Original Cast in Concert at Lincoln Center. TV: “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (Emmy Awards). John has enjoyed collaborations with Cab Calloway, Shirley MacLaine, George Burns, Tyne Daly, Joel Grey, Carol Burnett, Betty Buckley, and Bette Midler, and guest conducted at 15 symphony orchestras coast-to-coast.
SASAVAT BUSAYABANDH (Scenic Designer) For almost twenty years, Sasavat’s works have raised the standards for Thai stage production design. He has designed 23 stage productions, most notably Behind The Painting, Lady Chinatown, Four Reigns and the Thai production of Miss Saigon. In addition, he has been the production designer for several television dramas, sitcoms, variety shows and concerts. Sasavat has a Bachelors degree in Architecture, and pursued his education in Stage Design at Brooklyn College, New York.
WADE LABOISSONNIERE (Costume Designer) Broadway: The Story of My Life. Tours: Disney’s High School Musical (US, Australia, Spain, West End); and White Christmas. Off-Broadway: An Octoroon, The Outgoing Tide; Side Effects; Zanna, Don’t!; and Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Regional Productions: Ford’s (Associate Artist;) Shakespeare Theatre; The Kennedy Center; Cincinnati Playhouse; Baltimore CenterStage, Portland Center Stage; Goodspeed; Berkshire Theatre Festival; Delaware Theatre; Hangar: Dallas Theater Center; Alliance Theatre; Papermill Playhouse; and Westport Country Playhouse. Published Work: Blueprints of Fashion book series. Yale School of Drama.
KEN BILLINGTON (Lighting Designer) has almost 100 Broadway shows to his credit including such theatre milestones as Sweeney Todd and the longest running American musical in history, Chicago. Other Broadway productions include The Scottsboro Boys, Chaplin, Sondheim on Sondheim, Side by Side by Sondheim, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Footloose, to name a few. Many touring productions have included Chicago (worldwide), Riverdance (lighting supervisor), White Christmas, High School Musical, and Annie. Other projects include “Hugh Jackman in Concert,” the Radio City “Christmas Spectacular” (1979 to 2006), “The Shamu Shows” at Seaworld Parks, “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland, and “Jubilee” at Bally’s Las Vegas. Ken’s many awards include the Tony, New York Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Awards, and the Lumen for his architectural work.
DAN MOSES SCHREIER (Sound Designer) Broadway: The Visit with Chita Rivera, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Act One, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Little Night Music, Gypsy with Patti Lupone, Radio Golf, John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd, A Catered Affair, Gem of the Ocean, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Into the Woods, Topdog/Underdog, Dirty Blonde, The Tempest with Patrick Stewart, and Bring in ‘da Noise/Funk. Off-Broadway: Road Show, Homebody/Kabul, Floyd Collins, and others. Broadway/Composer: The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, and The Tempest with Patrick Stewart. Dan Hurlin’s Disfarmer at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Awards: 4 Tony Awards nominations, 3 Drama Desk Awards, Obie Award for sustained excellence, and 2013 Dreyfus Fellow at The MacDowell Colony.
CAITE HEVNER KEMP (Projection Designer) designs scenery and projections for live theatre. Off-Broadway (selected): Tail! Spin!, Lynn Redgrave Theater; My Mother Has 4 Noses, The Duke on 42nd Street; Honky, Urban Stages; Triassic Parq, Soho Playhouse; Jukebox Jackie, La MaMa; and Son of a Gun, Theatre Row. New York (selected): Parade, Avery Fisher Hall; Game Play, Ars Nova; Tales from My Parents’ Divorce, The Civilians; La Scala di Seta and Il Cambiale di Matrimonio, The Juilliard School; The Recommendation, The Flea Theater; and resident artist at Studio 42. Regional (selected): Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, Round House Theater, Marin Theatre Company, Theater J, Playmakers Repertory Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Northern Stage, ArtsEmerson, and Chautauqua Theater Company. Member of Wingspace Theatrical Design. www.caitekemp.com
J. JARED JANAS (Hair, Wig & Makeup Designer) Broadway designs include The Visit (Makeup), The Real Thing (Makeup), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Wigs and Special Makeup Effects), Motown the Musical (Makeup), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Wigs and Makeup), Peter and the Starcatcher (Hair), All About Me (Wigs), and Next to Normal (Wigs). Recent off-Broadway designs include A Month in the Country, Allegro, and Passion at Classic Stage, Father Comes Home from the Wars and Detroit 67 at the Public Theatre, Pretty Filthy, While I Yet Live, Lady Day, Bad Jews, and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Regional theater designs include Marley at Center Stage, Can-Can, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, and Peter Pan at Paper Mill Playhouse, and The Cherry Orchard, Fences, and Seven Guitars at People’s Light Opera. TV/Films include “Inside Amy Schumer,” “The Ed Bassmaster Show,” “30 Rock,” “Lola Versus,” “Gilded Lilys,” “Six by Sondheim,” “God’s Pocket,” and “Angelica.”
STEWART/WHITLEY (Casting) Duncan Stewart CSA/Benton Whitley CSA. BROADWAY/NY: On The Town, Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, The Band Wagon, Carnegie Hall Sings, Pageant; WEST END/UK: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; TOURS: Duck Commander Musical, Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, Elf, We Will Rock You; UPCOMING: August Rush, Nerds, Hadestown; REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Seattle’s 5th Avenue, Pasadena Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Royal Caribbean. Casting Associate: Andrea Zee CSA. Members of the Casting Society of America. stewartwhitley.com
JONATHAN TUNICK (Orchestrations) Long associated with Stephen Sondheim (Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Into The Woods, Passion, The Frogs, Road Show). Other Broadway credits: Promises, Promises, A Chorus Line, The Color Purple, Titanic and Shire & Maltby’s Baby. Currently: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder (Tony Nomination), Galavant and the film Into The Woods. Composer/Arranger/Conductor, Film/TV: Mike Nichols, Franco Zeffirelli and Sidney Lumet, plus Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Murder, She Wrote and Columbo. Records: Arranger/ Conductor, Bernadette Peters, Kate Bush, Judy Collins, Johnny Mathis, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney. One of only eight living persons holding Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Awards. Elected 2009 to the Theatre Hall of Fame.
GREG JARRETT (Dance Arrangements) is thrilled to be working with such a wonderful team on Waterfall. Broadway: Gigi (Music Director) and Side Show (Associate Music Director.) Off-Broadway: Red Eye of Love at Amas Musical Theatre (Music Director) Passion at Classic Stages, and Death Take a Holiday at Roundabout (Associate MD). Numerous City Center Encores! shows including the Cradle Will Rock and I’m Getting My Act Together at Encores! Off-Center...( Associate MD) Regional: Side Show at La Jolla Playhouse/The Kennedy Center (Associate MD), The Producers at The Hollywood Bowl (Associate MD), and two 92Y Lyrics and Lyricists Concerts. Education: The University of Michigan.
MARK HARTMAN (Associate Conductor) Broadway: Sondheim On Sondheim*, Avenue Q*, Miss Saigon, 1776 (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Pageant!*, Stars of David, Silence! The Musical*, Finian’s Rainbow* (Irish Repertory Theatre), and The Fantasticks. Tour: Guys and Dolls, Pippin (Goodspeed), and The Irish…and How They Got That Way. Regional: Asolo Repertory Theatre, Broadway in Chicago, Goodspeed, North Shore Musical Theatre, The Old Globe, and PlayMakers Repertory Company. Concerts: Oliver! (Brian Stokes Mitchell), Camelot (Jeremy Irons), Brigadoon (Danieley, Errico), Rags (20th Anniversary), Pippin (Ben Vereen), and Children of Eden (NYC premiere). Mark is the recipient of two MAC Awards and the Backstage Bistro Award for Music Direction. *denotes cast album www.markhartman.net
ANDREW NEAL (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Cyrano de Bergerac, Wicked, Fosse, Les Miserables, Sly Fox, and La Cage aux Folles. National Tours: Chicago and Wicked. Off-Broadway: A Night with Janis Joplin, In Transit, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Power Plays, All in the Timing, and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre (34 productions), and Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas. Andrew is beyond thrilled to be a part of Waterfall.
LUCY KENNEDY (Assistant Stage Manager) trained at the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne. She worked extensively in Australia including - The Original Pop Diva (National Tour) Titanic (Sydney), King Lear (Melbourne Theatre Company), and Criminology (Malthouse Theatre Company) before embarking on the International Tours of Global Creatures’ Walking with Dinosaurs and Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon. She now resides in New York where Broadway credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and The Lion King. She recently returned from Cairo where she toured with An Iliad with Denis O’Hare. Lucy is a proud Actors’ Equity Association member.
HEATHYR “RED” VERHOEF (Production Manager/Assistant Stage Manager) Born in Southern California, Hethyr has been working as a Stage Manager and Flyman since the early ‘90s. Hethyr continues to be deeply invested in the worlds of theatre and art, and all the elements it takes to create them. Hethyr has enjoyed touring the country regionally, as well as doing many fantastic productions here at The Pasadena Playhouse. “Para mí sólo recorrer los caminos que tienen corazón.” Proud Actors’ Equity Association member, Local 33.
KENNETH FERRONE (Associate Director) Recent Broadway credits include Love Letters and Wonderland, for which he served as Associate Director. Kenneth directed the world premiere musical Sistas, now playing its fourth year Off-Broadway. The show aired nationwide on BET and was released on Netflix and DVD by RLJ/Image Entertainment. Other recent stage credits include productions at Primary Stages, the Alley Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theater, and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Kenneth was Associate Producer of the musical series “SMASH” on NBC. Additional TV/Film: “Deception,” “Ironside,” and “Poor Behavior.” He is thrilled to be collaborating with The Pasadena Playhouse, Tak, and this inspiring team.
JESSICA HARTMAN (Associate Choreographer) Broadway: Associate Choreographer for Lysistrata Jones, and the Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain/Swing for The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman. Off-Broadway: Associate Choreographer for Somewhere in Time, Give It Up!, Showtune, Citizen Ruth, and Break Out in Song. Other credits include Elephant and Piggie: We Are In A Play (Choreographer/Kennedy Center), Seussical (Associate Choreographer/The Muny), Beaches (Associate Choreographer/Signature Theatre), Next to Normal (Co-Choreographer/Centerstage), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Assistant Choreographer/Arena Stage), and Carousel (Assistant Choreographer/Goodspeed). Jessica is the Artistic Director of Broadway Theatre Connection. Love and gratitude to Jason, my parents and EHL. www.BroadwayTheatreConnection.com
CHRISTINE PETERS (Associate Scenic Designer) Design Credits: 2012-2015 Elf Tour. Broadway (associate designer): Les Misérables, The Testament of Mary, Jekyll & Hyde, The Book of Mormon, Newsies: The Musical, The Addams Family, Elf, Bonnie and Clyde, The House of Blue Leaves, Elling, Enron, Mary Stuart, The American Plan, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life. National Tours (associate designer): Newsies: The Musical, Dirty Dancing, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz, The Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll & Hyde, Mary Poppins, Les Misérables, and Beauty and the Beast. Regional theater (designer): Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Cats (Zoni Award), and My Fair Lady (Zoni Award).
JACK M. DALGLEISH (Producer) is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer of theater and film. Mr. Dalgleish garnered the Tony®, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards for Spring Awakening, written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, directed by Michael Mayer, and choreographed by Bill T. Jones. On Broadway, he also produced No Man’s Land (which earned two Drama Desk nominations) and Waiting for Godot in repertory starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart, The Story of My Life, which earned four Drama Desk nominations and the Tony-nominated Time Stands Still, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner, Donald Margulies. Off-Broadway, Mr. Dalgleish produced the award-winning production of Zanna, Don’t! and was an Associate Producer on Shakespeare’s R&J, the longest running production of Romeo & Juliet in New York City history. Currently, Mr. Dalgleish is developing a new musical about Charlie Chaplin’s mother, Hannah Hill, entitled Up God’s Ladder, written by Roberto Bolanos Gomez (aka Chespirito) and Florinda Meza Garcia, and Waterfall, a Thai musical that is being adapted for the New York stage by the Tony and Oscar-winning writing team of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire.
In film, Mr. Dalgleish is currently producing the animated feature film, Lazy Jack, written by Q. Allan Brocka and based on the short story “Nureyev’s Dog” by Elke Heidenreich, and the live action films, The Candymakers based on the New York Times’ bestseller by Wendy Mass, Some of Tim’s Stories by S.E. Hinton, the bestselling author of The Outsiders and The Last Christmas of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a sequel to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, based on the novel by Marvin Kaye. He is an Executive Producer of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, based on the young adult novel by Wendy Mass and written and directed by Tamar Halpern with a cast that includes Mira Sorvino, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Urie and Betsy Brandt. As an experienced attorney and tax accountant in the entertainment industry, specializing in film and theatrical production, Mr. Dalgleish has provided consulting services internationally to producers wishing to produce American theater in their home territories. Mr. Dalgleish has also lectured worldwide on the development of original theater, is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute, and is a Tony voting member of the Broadway League.
Scenario Company Limited (Producer) is one of Thailand’s most active entertainment companies. Scenario made its mark on Thailand’s television industry with quality productions of primetime television dramas and sit-coms. For more than 10 years, Scenario has developed widespread popularity among viewers, producing over 10 hours of television programs each week. Following its television success and through the passion and dedication of Managing Director and Artistic Director Tak Viravan, the company began to produce stage plays and musicals. In 2007, Scenario built Muang Thai Rachadalai Theatre, Thailand's most equipped 1500 seat proscenium theatre, which the company owns and operates. The theatre has housed several big scale original musicals and plays, including Four Reigns, The Throne of Clouds, Lady Chinatown, Mae Nark of Phra Kanong, 11 Scenes of Soul Mates and Behind the Painting, making the company the pioneer of live theatre on a commercial scale. The company also presented international touring Broadway and West End musicals, including Cats, Cinderella starring Lea Salonga, Chicago, Mamma Mia! and The Phantom of the Opera. Other businesses under the Scenario banner include live concerts and state of the art production studios.
JOE WITT (General Manager) is in his fourth season at The Pasadena Playhouse. Other credits include Eric Idle’s An Evening Without Monty Python (Los Angeles and New York), Mr. Idle’s What About Dick?, and the original production of Baby It’s You! (before it moved to The Pasadena Playhouse, then Broadway). He helped develop Will Ferrell’s Broadway debut in You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush and was involved with the incredibly puppeteered Stuffed & Unstrung with the Jim Henson Company (Los Angeles and New York). Stage Management credits include George Gershwin Alone (Broadway) and the original New York productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Los Angeles credits include The Pee-wee Herman Show Live, The Vagina Monologues, Culture Clash’s Zorro in Hell, Mask (The Pasadena Playhouse), Lydia (Mark Taper Forum), Much Ado About Nothing (featuring Lyle Lovett and Helen Hunt), and the original Los Angeles production of the Off-Broadway hit Jewtopia.
KRISTEN HAMMACK (Producing Associate/Company Manager) is in her fifth season at The Pasadena Playhouse. Kristen holds her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, San Bernardino, and has stage managed in Hollywood and Los Angeles. Credits include RENT: Downtown L.A. (Over the Moon Productions), Room Service (Open Fist Theatre Company), The Limitations of Genetic Technology (Theatre of NOTE), The Position (Asylum Lab), and Phenomenon of Decline (Son of Semele). Other productions include The Woman in Black, Expressions, Scapin, The Wiz, and Barefoot in the Park. In memory of William R. Hammack Sr., who worked for The Pasadena Playhouse for 15 years (1944–1959). To The Dash!
SEATTLE'S 5TH AVENUE THEATRE is one of America’s leading musical theatre companies. Under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine C. Griffin, and Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, The 5th Avenue is acclaimed for both its vibrant new productions of classic musicals and its extensive commissioning, development, and production of new musicals. Since 2001, The 5th has premiered 17 new works, 9 of which have subsequently moved to Broadway including Best Musical Tony winners Hairspray and Memphis. Their celebrated Education Programs serve over 74,000 young people and adults each season through a variety of innovative initiatives. Built in 1926, this historic venue features a breathtaking design inspired by the architecture of China’s Forbidden City. www.5thavenue.org
SHELDON EPPS (Artistic Director) has been Artistic Director of the renowned Pasadena Playhouse since 1997. Before beginning his tenure at The Playhouse, he served as Associate Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre for four years. He was also a co-founder of the Off-Broadway theatre The Production Company. Mr. Epps has directed both plays and musicals at many of the country’s major theatres, including Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Guthrie Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, and Goodman Theatre. He conceived the highly acclaimed musicals Play On! and Blues In the Night, which both received Tony Award nominations. He directed productions of both of those shows on Broadway, in London, and at theatres throughout the world. Mr. Epps also has had a busy career as a television director, helming episodes of shows such as “Frasier,” “Friends,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Girlfriends,” and many others. For more than a decade, he has served as a member of the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Mr. Epps received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for his efforts and accomplishments at The Pasadena Playhouse. Under his leadership, The Playhouse has earned distinction for productions of artistic excellence, critical and box office success, and highly praised theatrical diversity. He also Co-Directed the Broadway production of Baby It’s You!, which premiered at The Playhouse.
SEEMA SUEKO (Associate Artistic Director) joined The Pasadena Playhouse staff in January 2014 as Associate Artistic Director, where she directed Stop Kiss earlier this season. For the past nine years, she served as the Executive Artistic Director of Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company, a community-focused, socially conscious Equity theatre company she cofounded in San Diego. In addition to directing at Mo'olelo, Seema developed Mo'olelo’s greening initiative and consensus organizing methodologies. She led the company to its selection as the inaugural Resident Theatre Company at La Jolla Playhouse and to awards from the American Theatre Wing, the National Endowment for the Arts, Actors’ Equity Association, and the N.A.A.C.P. San Diego Branch, among others. Other directing and acting credits include The Old Globe, Yale Repertory Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and Native Voices at The Autry, among others. She was the recipient of the inaugural Leadership University grant from Theatre Communications Group/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which took her to Arena Stage in 2013 as a Visiting Artistic Associate in mentorship with Molly Smith. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.
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