Mary Poppins Monday: Mary Poppins Vets

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The cast of The Rep’s production of Mary Poppins. Photo by Stephen Thornton.

A new production is on our stage– Mary Poppins– and that means a brand-new blog series highlighting the various aspects of the show!

This week, we are taking a look at members of the cast are not new to the Mary Poppins musical. In fact, there are six members who have performed in a Mary Poppins production– either regionally, on the national tour or even on Broadway.

Here is a look at those who have been featured in other Mary Poppins productions:

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Elizabeth DeRosa as Mary Poppins. Photo by John David Pittman.

Elizabeth DeRosa (Mary Poppins) was the understudy of Mary Poppins– where she performed numerous times in the title role– and an ensemble member in Mary Poppins on Broadway. Additionally, she was Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins at Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Tom Souhrada (George Banks)
appeared in the original production of Mary Poppins and had several roles, including Von Hussler, an ensemble member, Policeman and the George Banks understudy. Additionally, he was a part of the ensemble in the First National Tour of the show.

Q. Smith (Miss Andrew) was last seen on Broadway in Mary Poppins as Miss Andrew and in  the First National Tour of Mary Poppins, where she played a variety of roles over the course of three
years (Mrs. Corry, Bird Woman and Miss Andrew).

Brian Letendre (Bert) originated the role of Neleus and was an ensemble member in the original Broadway production of Mary Poppins. He was also an ensemble member in the First National Tour of Mary Poppins in 2009.

Christopher Shin (Ensemble) was a featured ensemble member in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins.

Tyler Foy (Ensemble/US Bert/Dance Captain) was a performer in the First National Tour of Mary Poppins.

Check back every Monday to uncover a new aspect of this magical production and get your tickets to our biggest show ever by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org!

Whipping Man Wednesday: All About the Cast

THEREP_THE WHIPPINGMAN (no credits)-page-001With The Whipping Man taking the Arkansas Repertory Theatre stage, we are penning a new short series called “Whipping Man Wednesday” every Wednesday throughout its run.

This week, we are taking a look at the incredible actors taking center stage in the show and where you may have seen them before their performances here.

Here they are:

Ryan Barry* (Caleb DeLeon)

After appearing in last year’s production of Clybourne Park here at The Rep, he has been in several Off-Broadway productions, including In the Summer Pavilion, The Last Seder, Treasure Island (Irondale), As Wide As I Can See and The Temp. Regionally, he has been in Travesties w/ Sam Waterston (Long Wharf); Lights Rise On Grace RyanBarryWhippingManHeadshot(*upcoming world
premiere Wooly Mammoth); Red (Merrimack Repertory Theatre);
Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Shakespeare and Company); Janice
Underwater (Premiere Stages); and American Buffalo and The Winter’s
Tale (Elm Shakespeare Company).  Watch CBS’ “Blue Bloods”? He had a role in the crime drama, along with “Manhattan Love Story” (ABC), “Unforgettable” (CBS) and “Hunting Season” (LOGO). Film-wise, he has been in “The Moor”, “In The Summer Pavilion” and “All Those Sunflowers”. Commercially, Ryan is the voice of several
major national brands.

DamianThompsonWhippingManHeadshotDamian Thompson* (John)

Damian is making his debut here at The Rep for The Whipping Man! Before starring in the current production, he has appeared Off-Broadway in The Anthem, Around the World in 80 Days, By The Dawn’s Early Light and Mad Woman
of Chaillot. Regionally, he has been featured in Fly (Ford’s Theatre); The Brother/Sister Plays (Portland Playhouse); Where I Come From (Kentucky Repertory); Merchant Of Venice, Twelfth Night and As You Like It (Colorado
Shakespeare); A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Pennsylvania Shakespeare); and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Acorn Theatre). You might have also seen in him the movie “English Vinglish” or on TV in “The Player,” “Story of A Gun,” among others.

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Michael A. Shepperd* (Simon)
Currently the Co-Artistic Director
of Los Angeles’ multiple award-winning Celebration Theatre, his
producing, directing, and acting credits include: The Color Purple,
Four, The Women of Brewster Place, Take Me Out, Coffee Will Make You
Black, [title of show] and numerous others in his nine-year career at the theatre. He has also been on Broadway/Off-Broadway/National Tours, including:
Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (Starkey); Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey Two);
Caroline, or Change (Bus/Dryer); 5 Guys named Moe (Big Moe); and
Choir Boy (Headmaster).

Get your tickets now for this thought-provoking drama. Purchase yours online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405. Also check out the full lineup of engagement events for the show here. We hope to see you here!

Elfie Tuesday: All About the Cast

With Elf taking The Rep’s MainStage this week, we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the cool backgrounds of some of the actors and where you might have seen them before they made it to our stage!

JackDoyleElfHeadshotWe will start off with Jack Doyle* (Mr. Greenway), who has worked alongside many celebrated talents, including Ginger Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Tommy Tune, Sandy Duncan, Cy Coleman, Comden & Green, Charles Strouse, Kristin Chenoweth, and Susan Stroman. He has been featured in numerous Broadway productions and national tours, including Young Frankenstein (Mr. Hilltop), The Music Man (Barbershop Quartet), Beauty And The Beast (Lumiere), Crazy For You (Mingo), Tommy Tune’s Doctor Dolittle (Dolittle US), The Will Rogers Follies (Wrangler Quartet) and Funny Girl (Ziegfeld Tenor). He also has several credits Off-Broadway and regionally and has made appearances on “The Today
Show,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” The Tony Awards and “Broadway On Broadway.”

J.B. Adams* (Santa) JBAdamsElfHeadshothas several Broadway credits to his name, including Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang (Grandpa), Beauty and the Beast (Maurice), Parade (Rosser), Me and My Girl (Sir Jasper) and Annie (Drake/Bert Healy), in addition to numerous Off-Broadway and regional credits across the country. You might have also seen him in movies like “Far From Heaven” and “I Married A Strange Person”; NBC shows, including “The Michael J. Fox Show” and “Law & Order: SVU'; and as Santa in the national Verizon FiOs commerical.

 

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We are excited to bring David Hess* (Walter) back to The Rep after appearing in the 2013 world premiere of Treasure Island. He has been in Sweeney Todd (Sweeney/Judge Turpin standby) and Annie Get Your Gun (Frank Butler/Buffalo Bill standby) on Broadway and has performed on the prominent stages of Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. In addition to theatre on the Broadway and several regional stages, Hess has appeared in film and TV, including “New York Crossing” and “Tennessee Nights,” “The Americans”, “Elementary”, “The Good Wife” and “Royal Pains”

Lead Ethan Paulini* (Buddy) is a six-time veteran of The Rep, appearing previously in Compleat Wks of EthanPauliniElfHeadshotWllm Shkspr, Avenue Q, White Christmas, The Who’s Tommy and The Full Monty. National tour and regional credits
include: Spelling Bee, Side Man, Urinetown, Spider Woman, Gross Indecency, Old Wicked Songs, The Last 5 Years, Forever Plaid, tick, tick…BOOM!, A Class Act, Moon Over Buffalo, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 39 Steps and Young Frankenstein (NH Theatre Award). He has appeared in TV and on film in “The Big Headache,” “It Is What It Is,” “Here and Now” (NBC) and “The Quinn-Tuplets” (CBS, directed by Emmy Award-winner Mimi Leder), as well as numerous national commercials.

TessaFayeElfHeadshotWhile Tessa Faye* (Deb) is making her Rep debut in Elf, she is no stranger to theatre. With several regional credits to her name, including the CCC Best Supporting Actress-nominated role of Babe in Good News! (Goodspeed Opera) and NHTA Best Supporting Actress-nominated role of Inga in Young Frankenstein (Weathervane Theatre), she has also been featured on TV in shows “The Electric Company,” “Made” and “Pokemon Learning League.”
Alyssa Gorgone* (Jovie) is also making her debut here at The Rep after being featured in AlyssaGorgoneElfHeadshotLes Misérables (Eponine), Legally Blonde: The Musical (Elle Woods) and Neil Simon’s
Fools (Sophia) at the Ocean State Theatre Company, in addition to The Shadow Box at Wimbledon Studio Theatre in London. Her educational background also extends internationally, having studied at Gaeity School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland and Rose Bruford College for Performing Arts in London.
Read more about these cast members of Elf, as well as the rest of the cast here! Great seats are available for Elf after Christmas. Purchase yours online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.
* Denotes actor is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Memphis Monday: More About the Cast

With Memphis on The Rep’s MainStage right now, we thought it would be fun to showcase more of the cool backgrounds of some of the actors and where you might have seen them before they made it to our stage!

See last week’s post here.

JasminRichardsonHeadshotMemphisWebsite1We will start off with one of the stars of the show, Jasmin Richardson (Felicia). Before joining the Arkansas Repertory Theatre for our regional premiere of Memphis, she was Felicia on the national tour of the show, in addition to being Deena in Dreamgirls. She played the leading role in Aida and joined several cruise lines in her career.

Brent Michael DiRoma (Huey)BrentDiRomaHeadshotMemphis was a part of the popular Jersey Boys and Avenue Q national tours and was in West Side Story at the Gateway Playhouse in Long Island, N.Y. Off the stage, you’ll probably find him playing his guitar.

Tony Perry (Delray) has had a long career in theatre, appearing in numerous New York City productions, including Allegro (Astoria Performing Arts Center), 74 Georgia Avenue (The National Yiddish Theatre), Shelter In Our Car (Symphony Space), Martin: Before The Dream (Negro Ensemble Company), Repo: The Genetic Opera (Wings Theatre), The Groove Factory (New York Musical Theatre Festival) and The Bonus Army (Gym at Judson). Regional credits include Ain’t Misbehavin (Mason Street Warehouse), Five Guys Named Moe (Pioneer Theater), TonyPerryHeadshotMemphisDreamgirls (ReVision Theatre), Big River (Theatre Harrisburg), Me and My Girl (Capitol Theatre), Smokey Joes Café (Irving Street Rep), The Rocky Horror Show (Capitol Theatre) and A Grand Night For Singing (Ramada Express Casino). You also may have seen him in films like Mickey and Finding Oz: A Journey Home. Here is something else that is very cool that you didn’t know: He has traveled North America in a concert of Yiddish and African-American music and has three albums available on iTunes.

 

Before making his Rep debut, Gregory L. Williams (Gator) appeared in the first national GregoryWilliamsHeadshotMemphistour of Hair and Lincoln Center Production of South Pacific; Off-Broadway credits include Broadway’s Rising Stars III (The Town Hall) and The Wake (The York Theatre Company); Regional: South Pacific (Paper Mill Playhouse), RENT (Pioneer Theatre Company), A Funny Thing… (Triarts Sharon Playhouse).

Read more about these performers and the rest of the talented cast of Memphis here!

Memphis Monday: All About the Cast

With Memphis on The Rep’s MainStage right now, we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the cool backgrounds of some of the actors and where you might have seen them before they made it to our stage!

We will starDanielMcDonaldHeadshotMemphist off with Daniel McDonald (White DJ/Mr. Collins/White Father/Gordon Grant/US Mr. Simmons). While he has spent a lot of time in the theatre world, performing in national touring productions like Grease, Singin’ in the Rain and Chorus Line and a variety of regional plays, he also has a few TV credits to his name, including Sex and the City on HBO, along with The Carrie Diaries on the CW and The Affair.

BillNewhallHeadshotMemphisBill Newhall (Mr. Simmons) is another one who has played a few parts on TV. The longtime actor who has appeared on Broadway in Something Wonderful! and Off-Broadway in productions such as Wuthering Heights, Anna Karenina, Walk on the Wildwise, plus tons more, has rounded out several soap operas, including All My Children (ABC), One Life to Live (Online Network), Another World (NBC) and As the World Turns (CBS).

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Tatiana Green (Ensemble/”Someday” Backup Singer) has a long background in dance, training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ballet Hispanico. In addition to being a performer on Carnival Cruise Lines and dance instructor, she has worked with world-renowned dancer Aszure Barton on Dance Dance Revolution, named for the super-popular dance video game.

 

 

J Nycole Ralph (Ethel/”Someday” Backup Singer/Ensemble /US Felicia) has workedJNycoleRalphHeadshotMemphis on several productions, including the Broadway tour of West Side Story and the original production of Elements. Additionally, the actress has been involved in film, working alongside Chris Rock in Finally Famous and other projects with big stars such as Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Rosario Dawson, Ice-T, Deirdre Goodwin and many others.

 

JamesRobertsHeadshotMemphisJames Roberts (Ensemble/”Be Black Trio/US Gator) has crossed international lines for his theatrical performing,acting in the Diana Paulus-directed national revival of Hair in the United States, Canada and Japan. Aside from his theatre experience, he stepped out on his own when his solo cabaret show premiered in summer 2013 in New York City.

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Ryan Farnsworth (Ensemble/Perry Como/US Huey) has appeared in several Off-Broadway productions, including Candide, Never Let it Go and Zombie Strippers-The Musical. In addition to being a part of the national Jingle Bell Rock tour, Ryan has recorded several songs with Disney Records, Get Bizzy Records and Niagara Records, and has performed in several award-winning independent films.

Read more about these performers and the rest of the talented cast of Memphis here!