Our 2013 Company
SCHEDULED TO APPEAR
JIM BAILEY was described by LA Weekly in 2002 as being one of the great entertainers of our time. He has performed at major venues throughout the world, including nine appearances at Carnegie Hall, 20 at the London Palladium and many Symphony Halls. His achievements include Command Performances for the British Royal Family and for four sitting American presidents, 16 appearances on the Tonight Show, and acting roles on 80 leading TV shows and motion pictures. He has also appeared at the Superbowl Halftime Show in 1978 and the Olympic opening ceremony pre- show in 1984.
Character actor, singer, comedian, illusionist, Jim Bailey has long specialized in bringing to life in what the Los Angeles Times calls "a startlingly evocative" way, the stage personas of some of America's most revered female performers -- including Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Peggy Lee, in concert and many others in plays. An accomplished singer with an operatic background and a degree from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, Mr. Bailey is also a consummate make-up artist, spending three hours preparing for every performance. While the uninitiated may call him merely an impressionist, audiences and critics alike favor the New York Times' assessment that "Mr. Bailey is the supreme, consummate performer and master of his own inimitable presentations."
PATRICK CASSIDY spent most of his summer at the Dallas Theater Center doing a brand new revisal/revival of It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman. Recreating the role his father Jack Cassidy originated on Broadway. He was later seen at the Ravinia Theater in Chicago doing Annie Get Your Gun with Patti Lupone and singing with the Chicago Symphony. Broadway credits include, 42nd Street, Elton John's Aida (as well as the national tour for which he won the 2002 National Broadway Theater Award for Best Actor in a Touring Musical), Annie Get Your Gun, Pirates of Penzance and Leader of the Pack. He originated the role of the Balladeer in Stephen Sondheim's Assassins at Playwrights Horizons and appeared in Lady in the Dark at City Center's Encores! National tours include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2000 and most recently in 2006. Regionally he has been seen in Conrack (Helen Hayes nomination) at Ford's Theatre, Martin Guerre at the Hartford Stage, The End of the Day at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Los Angeles appearances include: Threepenny Opera for Reprise! (Garland Award for Best Actor in a Musical); Bobby in Company with Carol Burnett; Love Letters; and Assassins (LATC). Other theatre credits include The Robber Bridegroom, Little Shop of Horrors, and Camelot. His films include Longtime Companion, I'll Do Anything, I Won't Dance and Burning Love. He starred in the TV miniseries Dress Grey (Emmy nomination) and Napoleon & Josephine. TV movies-of-the-week Oklahoma City, Something in Common, Christmas Eve, How the West Was Fun and Follow Your Heart. Series regular on NBC's Bay City Blues, CBS's Dirty Dancing, HBO's Perversions of Science and the WB's Smallville. He has Guest starred on CSI Miami, Castle, Law & Order SVU, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, According to Jim and ER, and was just seen on CSI. Perception, and The Neighbors for ABC. Patrick is both producing and starring in a new musical for Las Vegas entitled Angry Housewives. In 2014 he will produce and star opposite his mother Shirley Jones in a symphony concert version of The Music Man. This is his 14th appearance at S.T.A.G.E.
MARY JO CATLETT One of MJ’s favorite things to do is this benefit. A wonderful cast always, much schmoozing and getting re-acquainted, a fun number thanks to a handsome, great Director with a fabulous sense of humor, David Galligan, and goodie bags. It doesn’t get any better. As to a resume, she'll keep it short. In the younger years, traveling from her native Denver to New York, she landed Broadway roles in Hello Dolly, Canterbury Tales, Pajama Game, Lysistrata, Promenade and Play Me A Country Song. In the middle years, moving to Hollywood, film work came along, thank God. She may be remembered for Semi Tough, The Champ, Serial Mom, The Best Little Whore House, and the highlight of her career, a film about the exciting world of pumping septic tanks called Flush. TV viewers may know MJ from Diff ’rent Strokes, General Hospital (nominated for an Emmy),That’s So Raven, Glee and Cold Case and now the joy of voicing “Mrs. Puff” in Spongebob Squarepants. She is happy and proud to be a part of this event. She just finished shooting a pilot with Sarah Silverman and hopes it will be picked up next season and just finished shooting a Modern Family episode — working with the brilliant Eric Stonestreet — a dream come true.
Tonight is CAROLE COOK's 27th S.T.A.G.E. performance. She created the role of Maggie Jones in the New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo companies of the Tony Award winning musical, 42nd Street and originated the role of Blanche Daly in the Broadway hit play, Romantic Comedy. Carole was the second performer to play Dolly Levi in the world, playing Hello Dolly for two years in Australia and New Zealand. She is the only actress to play the title role in major productions of Auntie Mame and the musical, Mame. She co-starred in the Los Angeles and National companies of Father's Day, for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle nomination for Best Actress, and also starred in the Australian production of the play. Best Actress Awards include The Supporting Cast, Patio/Porch and The Lion in Winter, in which as Eleanor of Aquitaine she co-starred with her husband Tom Troupe at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Dallas Theatre Center. They also acted together in The Gin Game. In the National tour of Steel Magnolias, Carole was the irascible "Ouiser", for which she received the Helen Hayes Theatre Award. She has been the recipient of eight Best Actress Drama Logue and Robby Awards in Los Angeles. Her feature films include: The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Palm Springs Weekend, American Gigolo, Sixteen Candles and Summer Lovers, and is the voice of Pearl in the animated film from Disney Studio's, Home on the Range. Carole has guest starred on many major television series, and has toured extensively in her highly acclaimed one woman show, Dress Up. She starred in Follies for Reprise in Los Angeles and in the New York City Center production of 70 Girls 70. In 1995, Carole received the Baylor University's Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2002, she and Tom received the prestigious Theatre Ovation Award for Career Achievement. The first husband and wife team ever to be so honored.
Most notably, KAREN CULLIVER was Christine Daaé in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway, in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She played the part off and on for 8 1/2 years. Other Broadway credits include Rosa Bud in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD and Lucille Ballard in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS starring Betty Garrett, George Hearn, Milo O'Shea & Charlotte Moore. That fateful show is where she met her husband, Garrett Parks, Betty's oldest son. Tonight she shares the stage with her daughter and Betty's only grandchild, Madison Claire Parks. Karen is co-owner, with Teri Bibb, of The Phantom's Leading Ladies, Three Broadway Christines in Concert: www.ThePhantomsLeadingLadies.com.
TYNE DALY Tyne Daly most recently portrayed Emma Goldman in Ragtime at Lincoln Center. She appeared on Broadway, in London and in Washington, DC as the legendary Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s Master Class. Daly made her Broadway debut in 1967. Her NY accolades include the 1990 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for her work as Mama Rose in Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Daly was nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole. Her work as Mary Beth Lacey in TV’s Cagney and Lacey earned her six Emmy nominations and four awards for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She earned two Emmy nominations and the Emmy as Best Supporting Actress for her work on Christy and six nominations and the Emmy for Judging Amy. Nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2011 was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Daly appeared in cabaret for Michael Feinstein in 2009 and 2010 for which she won a Bistro Award. She has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony and the Boston Pops, and has
appeared at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.
JOELY FISHER has done lots of stuff...some of which she is proud! Highlights include Ellen... Wild Card for Lifetime... ’Til Death, opposite Brad Garrett! Inspector Gadget, starring Joely with Matthew Broderick! On the Great White Way... Rizzo in Grease and in Cabaret...Sally Bowles. Currently she is in the long running “wife and mother in Los Angeles”...opposite Christopher Duddy and Cameron, Collin, Skylar, True and Olivia Luna!!!
DAVIS GAINES Broadway/National Tours: The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul and The Phantom/over 2,000 performances), Whistle Down the Wind, Camelot (w/Richard Burton), Hello, Dolly! (w/Carol Channing), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (w/Alexis Smith). Off-Broadway: The Death of Von Richthofen (The Public), One Two Three Four Five (Manhattan Theatre Club), Assassins (Playwrights Horizons), The Boys from Syracuse (Encores), Forbidden Broadway. Regional: Spamalot, Man of La Mancha, 1776 (Musical Theatre West), Parade (Mark Taper Forum), Side by Side by Sondheim (Pasadena Playhouse), Damn Yankees (George Abbott, dir.), Arsenic and Old Lace (w/Kate Reid), The Rink (w/Lainie Kazan), Two Into One (w/Tony Randall). Other: Sweeney Todd (Reprise, NY Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony). Film: Warlock: The Armageddon. TV: Desperate Housewives, Charmed, Chicago Hope, Veronica's Closet, Bodies of Evidence, and Murder, She Wrote. Most recently, he was Hannibal Lecter in the musical parody SILENCE! The Musical, received the 2012 Ovation Award and the BroadwayWorld Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, and made his LA directorial debut with "Oklahoma!" for Musical Theater West. www.davisgaines.com
KATHY GARRICK was most recently seen as The Witch in Storybook Theatre's Hansel and Gretel at Theatre West where she also played Alice in A Very Brady Musical. Her performances as Dr. Charlotte in Falsettos include L.A. Theatre Works live broadcast for National Public Radio, the Actor's Fund Benefit and the St. Genesius production directed by David Galligan. Other credits include both the L.A. Shubert Theatre production and first national tour of City of Angels, the musical Paper Moon at the Papermill Playhouse, and William Finn's In Trousers, performing the role of Miss Goldberg off-Broadway after its extended L.A. run for which she received an L.A. Drama Critic's Nomination. She is delighted to have worked with David Galligan and John McDaniel on The Gay 90's Musical, Angry Housewives, Blame It On The Movies, along with several S.T.A.G.E. benefits. She dedicates this show to the many dear friends that she still misses so much and thinks of daily. Kathy is most proud of her 15 year old daughter Maggie.
FLORENCE HENDERSON has prospered as one of the most beloved American entertainers of the last six decades. Long before she became a television icon as Carol Brady of The Brady Bunch, Florence's talent, joy in performing and love for people were matched with an ethic of hard work and a curiosity to explore new dimensions--all dating back to the time when she literally sang for her supper at age six in the height of the Depression in Indiana.
Soon after arriving in New York at 17 where she was accepted at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Florence became a protege of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein and was cast for the last national tour of Oklahoma! in the lead role of Laurey. Other roles soon followed in Fanny, The Sound of Music, The Girl Who Came to Supper (Noel Coward's last play), South Pacific, and the King and I.
On television, Florence spent one year as an anchor on the Today Show alongside Dave Garroway. She was also a mainstay on Ed Sullivan, the Bell Television Hour, Dean Martin and Jack Paar and Johnny Carson's Tonight Show (becoming the first woman to guest host). But she is perhaps best known for mega-popular The Brady Bunch that has remarkably not left the airwaves in syndication since it ceased production in 1974 aired in over 122 countries.
Since then, Florence Henderson continued to star in major theatrical productions, headline in Las Vegas and perform live at major venues around the country, most recently in her autobiographical one-woman show All the Lives of Me. She hosted Country Kitchen on The Nashville Network for nine years, and her talk show, The Florence Henderson Show, is still broadcast on RLTV on DirecTV. She is also the national spokesperson for Bausch & Lomb's Crystalens.
Florence was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute's first permanent Entertainment History Exhibit as one of the greatest pop cultural icons of all time in November 2008 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003. Her memoir, Life Is Not a Stage, is published by Center Street/Hachette Book Group.
SHIRLEY JONES Shirley Jones caught the world’s attention when she was introduced as Laurey in the film version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! opposite Gordon MacRae. The musical’s composers had signed her to a personal contract after she appeared on Broadway in a minor role in their Me and Juliet. She went on to star in the classic film productions of Carousel, April Love and The Music Man. Shirley won an Academy Award playing against type in the role of Lulu, a prostitute in Elmer Gantry, which starred Burt Lancaster. Television beckoned, and her role as head of The Partridge Family made her a living legend. She returned to Broadway in the title role of Maggie Flynn, and went on to play Dorothy Briggs in 42nd Street. Shirley’s son Patrick Cassidy was in the show — the first time a mother and son starred together in a Broadway musical! She went back to work in television where her credits include a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show, and guest appearances on Melrose Place and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. In early 2008 Ms. Jones acquiesced to requests from the producer of Days of our Lives to make a short, but memorable, appearance in the daytime drama in which she played a 90 year old woman with an Irish brogue. Today Shirley Jones continues to delight audiences throughout the world in her personal and concert appearances.
MARSHA KRAMER Marsha is pleased to be back on the boards with the S.T.A.G.E family. Broadway/National Tour: Peter Pan (Wendy with Sandy Duncan). Theater: Mame (Gooch with Juliet Prowse, directed by John Bowab), The Grand Tour (with Jason Graae), Blithe Spirit (Violet), Stepping Out
(Lynne, at Pasadena Playhouse), Cocktail Hour (Nina), Dining Room, Company (Amy with Carol Burnett), My One and Only (Mickey), Desert Song (Susan), Blame It On The Movies (Usherette, directed by David
Galligan), Secret Garden (Martha), Showboat (Ellie). TV: General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Malcolm in the Middle, State of Grace, Titus, Frasier, Touched By An Angel, Nothing Sacred, Love & War, Cheers, Life Goes On, Newhart, Bill Cosby. Marsha is a UCLA graduate and attended the Royal Academy in London. Awards: a Robby and four Drama-Logue. She is a founding member of the Musical Theatre Guild and Classic & Contemporary American Plays with the late Bonnie Franklin, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
JANE LANIER As a performer Jane has been seen on Broadway in: Jerome Robbins’
Broadway (Tony Award Nomination), Fosse (Drama Desk Award Nomination), Guys And Dolls, Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, and On Your Toes. Film/TV — Michael (with John Travolta), Mercy, Medium
(recurring), The Shield, Murder One (recurring), Diagnosis Murder. Regional: Pippin, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, and Counsellor-at-Law (LA Drama Critics, Drama Logue, and Ovation Awards). Choreographer: Film — Spells starring John Glover and John Lithgow and Not Your Time starring Jason Alexander and Valarie Pettiford. Stage — Guys And Dolls: Broadway 2009 (Associate Choreographer), Oklahoma : Pepperdine, A Chorus Line and Cabaret: UCLA, Pippin: (Director/Choreographer) Amda La, Little Fish: The Blank Theatre Co, Wild Party: The Blank Theatre Co, (LA Weekly and Beverly Garland Awards, Ovation and NAACP Award Nominations), Johnny Guitar: The Century Theatre NYC and at La Mirada, Smokey Joe’s Café and Pippin Fifth Ave Theatre, Kiss Me Kate: MTW, Nightingale: Vineyard Theatre NYC. Director: Bad Dog by Jennifer Hoppe-House starring Valerie Harper, Jennie Garth, Anne Ramsay, and Robert Foxworth, Stoned Soul Picnic The Music of Laura Nero at Barre, Touch short independent film, Spiderman: Turn On The Dark, The Conex, Out Of My Mind, Sophisticated Broadway, Jukebox, Smell Of The Kill, The Swan and Yesterday
Quicksand. She was also blessed to have worked with the great Blake Edwards for the last year
and a half of his life as the choreographer for his new musical Big Rosemary.
VICKI LEWIS starred as Beth on the hit NBC series "Newsradio", and as Nora on "Three Sisters", (also for NBC.) She recently shot the mini series "Doll And Em" for SKY TV (London's HBO) starring Emily Mortimer ("Newsroom") and John Cusack. She currently stars as Dr. Sonya on "How I Met Your Mother". She has had recurring and guest starring roles on "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "The Middle" ,"Bones", "Dirt", "Grey's Anatomy" "Til Death", "Survivng Suburbia", "Sonny With A Chance"," Melissa and Joey", "Caroline In The City", "Norm", "The Five Mrs. Buchananns", "Phenom", "Murphy Brown","Grace Under Fire", "Sienfeld" and "Home Improvement". Her Films include "The Ugly Truth","Den Brother","Always a Bride", "Last Day Of Summer", "Californina Dreamin","Godzilla", "Mousehunt", "Pushing Tin", "I'll Do Anything" , "The Huntress", "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Breakfast Of Champions". Her voice can be heard in Pixar's animated blockbuster "Finding Nemo", the upcoming "Tom And Jerry" movie musical, "Alpha And Omega", "Wonder Woman" , "Justice League - The New Froniter", Doctor Doolittle","Scooby Doo","Ben 10", "Betsy's Kindergarden Adventures", "King Of The Hill", "Rugrats", "An Extremely Goofy Movie" , "Phineas And Ferb" and she voices Wonder woman in the "Batman" series for Warner Brothers. She starred in the Broadway productions of "Chicago" the Tony nominated "Damn Yankees", "An Evening With the Pops" at Carnegie Hall, and "Pal Joey"(opposite Patti Lupone and Peter Gallagher) for "Encores". She also performed "Chicago" in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. She received the Ovation Award for her perfomance in the world premiere of Michael John Lachuisa's "Hotel C'est L'amoure" at The Blank Theatre in Los Angeles, and was nominated for an Ovation award for her performance in "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" for Reprise! . Also for Reprise! - "I Love My Wife", "My One and Only", "City of Angels", and "Carol Burnett In Conversation". Vicki starred in "Funny Girl", "Into The Woods" and "Gypsy" for California Music Circus. Her debut album "East of Midnight" is available on ITunes. www.vickilewis.com
KIMBERLEY LOCKE Kimberley Locke gained fame with her participation in the 2003
American Idol television series where she was second runner up. Her EP, Four For The Floor, was released via her company, I AM Entertainment with a subsequent release last Fall of her single “Finally Free” as an extended mix package. She founded I AM Entertainment in 2011, allowing her to not only take full control over her own career but to aid other artists in the development of their brands and products. Immediately following American Idol, Locke was signed to Curb Records where she enjoyed a very successful career as a recording artist, having had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits and four #1 Dance hits across various Billboard charts. She has also made history as being the only recording artist to score a #1 Christmas song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart three years in a row. Last year, her #1 club hit, a remake of the Freda Payne classic “Band of Gold,” was included on Billboard’s “Top 50 Dance Songs of the Decade” list. In 2010 she released her dance single “Strobelight,” a collaboration with Idol judge and producer Randy Jackson’s Dream Merchant 21 label and INgrooves. “Strobelight,” hit Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Chart several times upon its release. For the past several years, Locke has been actively involved with One Heartland, a national non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of children and their families impacted by HIV/AIDS, where she is one of the organization’s board of directors. She has also worked with several other HIV/AIDS related charities, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, YouthAIDS, Nashville CARES, and the Davy Foundation. In 2007, Locke was presented with the Red Ribbon Award in recognition for her extensive charitable efforts as an HIV/AIDS activist. Locke didn’t stop with just her music career from the years since Idol. She has been a staple in the entertainment industry having signed a modeling contract with Ford Models wherein she landed a two-year deal with clothing retailer Lane Bryant and became the face of their national Seven7 Jeans Designer Collection campaign. She went on to appear in VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club where she lost 40 lbs. and became a national spokesperson for Jenny Craig. She maintains a healthy and fit lifestyle and inspires women across the country to focus on their weight loss and sense of empowerment. In addition to various tour dates and performances, Locke has branched out as a television personality oftentimes hosting Red Carpet events for E!, American Idol, Extra, and The Insider. She has also hosted GSN’s Word Slam, MTV’s Little Talent Show, GMC’s Gospel Dream and co-hosted several episodes of ABC’s The View as well as Chicago’s Windy City Live. Locke currently produces and stars in her web cooking show Cooking with Kimberley. She also serves as a panel expert on COZI TV’s new reality show competition, Next Great Family Band. The Nashville native attended Belmont University and received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management.
TOM LOWE starred in the London West End award winning productions of Les Miserables and Cats in the roles of "Marius" and "The Rum Tum Tugger." He also created the leading role of "Billy" in the original West End production of Boy George's Taboo.
The British born singer, actor and composer was a member of the teenage boy band NORTH and SOUTH. The band starred in the BAFTA nominated hit BBC TV series No Sweat, for which Tom composed and wrote the lyrics for the soundtrack at the age of eighteen. He makes the record as one of the youngest commercial composers in British musical history.
Besides co-starring in the Hollywood premiere of Back To Bacharch and David, and at the Hollywood Bowl in a major production of Les Mis as "Enjolras", he also opened the current Las Vegas hit, Vegas! The Show, at Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort. His sensational new CD, entitled Back To Mine, is now available on iTunes. It features a collection of Tom's original songs in Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.
He is the first non-American on American Idol, reaching the top tier of contestants. His encounter with Idol and X Factor has proved to be a source for Final Icon, a new Broadway musical he is co-writing with Michael Grace, centered on a fictitious reality show. Tom was honored to be the first non-American to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at Fenway Park. His rendition of "God Bless America" at Dodger's Stadium reached a televised audience of millions.
A 2005 graduate of Harvard University, Tom majored in East Asian Studies, and speaks fluent Mandarin along with four other languages. His ties to the emergent Chinese market are credited to numerous visits to China, many of them sponsored by the Chinese government. Tom appeared on many TV shows in China, being interviewed in Mandarin by prominent Chinese TV personalities. Tom is the Harvard cultural attaché to the famous Shaolin Temple, responsible for training such top Chinese film celebrities as Jet Li. His fellowship at Harvard enabled him to spend four months traveling the ancient Silk Road through Xinjiang and Gansu provinces in northwest and central China, as an editor for the best selling student travel guide LET'S GO. His esteemed Harvard thesis on Tang Dynasty frontier poetry won him an honors degree and was contributed to the Harvard Yenching Library following Magna Cum Laude recognition. These cultural advantages, coupled with his first hand, viable experience in the world of pop music and Broadway musicals, has afforded him a very unique expertise, for a Westerner, in the commercial Chinese and Asian entertainment scene.
Tom resides in Los Angeles and London.
JON MAHER is a two time recipient of the Carrie Hamilton Humanitarian Award, a recipient of the REAF "HERO" award, and winner of the Great Western Comedy Competition. He is also a recipient of the Los Angeles Theatre Critics Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Achievement and Contributions in Theater. Jon has made a niche for himself in the entertainment industry as a performer, actor and sign language interpreter. His film credits include Someone Had to Give (The Marilyn Monroe final moments). Navy Rescue, The Envelope, Mighty Mavericks, Baby Sitters Club, Carlton's Death, Farce, Kiss Me Later, and June. Television credits include, Switched At Birth, $h*! My Dad Says, General Hospital, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Pretender, The Red Cross Christmas Special, Twice Tried, The Marilu Show, The Mo Show, and Comedy Tonight.
His recent theater work includes the lead in The Bronze Star, originating the role of Adam Tyler in Cute...but Slow, and the west coast premiere of The Language of Flowers. Additional theatre credits include Brush Up Your Shakespeare performed at the opening of Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, Hoboland, She Had it Coming, The Gay 90's... and the West Coast premier of F.L.O.W. Jon is frequently referred to as The Sign Language Guy for his interpreted performances in productions such as Oleanna, A Chorus Line, The Mysteries, The Exonerated, The Guys, Spoon River Anthology, Master Class, Angels in America, Death and the Maiden, and numerous award shows like The Emmy's, The Actors Fund of America, Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Oscars, and The Ovation Awards.
PAT MARSHALL is a native of Minneapolis and began her professional career as a singer with Richard Himber's Orchestra. After two years with his big band, her first Broadway appearance was in the musical What's Up followed by featured roles in the first two Lerner and Loewe Broadway musicals, You'll See Stars and The Day Before Spring, which resulted in an offer from M-G-M to go to Hollywood. After fulfilling her commitment to appear in the now classic M-G-M musical Good News, she retired for a period of ten years, resuming her career when she teamed with Andy Williams, Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence on the new Steve Allen Tonight Show. However, Broadway beckoned and within a year and a half, she had replaced Janis Paige in the starring role in The Pajama Game. Ending her run in that production, she was featured in the Broadway presentation of Mr. Wonderful starring Sammy Davis, Jr. She left the show in 1956 to marry Larry Gelbart, the writer-playwright-author to whom she was married for 48 years and is the proud mother of five children. This is her 11th performance for S.T.A.G.E.
PATRICIA MORISON was born in New York City, the only daughter of playwright-actor William R. Morison and Selina Carson Morison. Her early interest in painting won her a scholarship to the Beaux Arts in Paris, but she decided to study theatre at the Neighborhood Playhouse instead. Her stage debut, at the age of 16, was a walk-on in a comedy called Growing Pains. Her first real break came when she co-starred with Alfred Drake in a Mark Connelly operatta titled Two Bouquets. In 1948 she won the coveted role "Kate" in Cole Porter's musical Kiss Me Kate, again opposite Alfred Drake. This play ran for 18 months on Broadway, after which she fulfilled engagements at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl, and the Paramount Theatre in New York. In 1954, Miss Morison stepped into the leading role opposite Yul Brynner in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I on Broadway. Then for nearly two years on tour, they played the leading cities from coast-to-coast. She has made numerous appearances on television, including Four Star Playhouse, Have Gun Will Travel, Matinee Theater, Schlitz Playhouse, Colgate Comedy Hour, Milton Berle Show, Ed Sullivan Show, Screen Director's Playhouse, and Lux Video Theatre. In 1958, she starred in Kiss Me Kate on Hallmark Hall of Fame. Her motion picture credits include Songs of Bernadette, Silver Skates, Lady on a Train, Danger Woman, Song Without End, Prince of Thieves, Song of the Thin Man, and many others. Still devoted to painting, Miss Morison carries portable easel, palette, and brushes wherever she travels. In addition, she speaks three languages besides her own - Spanish, French, and Italian. She is a record collector and loves small jazz combos and popular music. She has studied dancing with Martha Graham and works out regularly. She's a bullfight aficionado, and also loves to watch baseball. An actress of exciting range and a reigning queen of the musical comedy stage, with a warm mezzo-soprano voice, Patricia Morison is a striking beauty.
ALEX NEWELL in the last two years has gone from regular high school student, to appearing on one of the hottest series on television - putting him into the national limelight. Fierce, dynamic, and wildly talented, Newell is one of those great talents that comes around once in a lifetime. Newell can currently be seen with the recurring role of “Wade ‘Unique’ Adams” on FOX’s “Glee,” and he has quickly become a fan favorite on the show. Introduced at the tail end of season three in 2012, ‘Unique’ is back for season four and is better than ever. Newell shines as shy, timid, outcast Wade, and his alter-ego Unique, whose bold and daring personality and talent on stage demands attention in every scene she is in. The drastic change from each character has shown not only Newell’s powerhouse vocals, but also his versatility on the acting front. Newell also recently filmed a supporting role the independent feature GEOGRAPHY CLUB
[Huffington Pictures] directed by Gary Entin and appearing opposite Ana Gasteyer, and Nikki Blonsky.
JANIS PAIGE Janis Paige is the consummate entertainer, whose career spans every facet of show business, from film and theater to television and nightclubs. She’s made her mark from Hollywood to Broadway and countless cities in between, stealing the hearts of millions in hundreds of performances and appearances over seven decades. Her latest act is a one-woman show about her life and career, in which Ms. Paige shares favorite songs and recounts tales from her lifetime in the limelight — from growing up during the Great Depression to achieving her dream of Hollywood stardom to the personal and professional triumphs, losses and laughs of a long and highly successful
career in the entertainment industry. She debuted in MGM’s Bathing Beauty, but enjoyed her first major role in Warner Bros.’ smash hit Hollywood Canteen. Then under exclusive contract to Warner Bros., her next role in Of Human Bondage solidified her rise to stardom. Over the next five years she became one of the studio’s leading stars. Ms. Paige’s long film career includes her scene-stealing turn opposite Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in Silk Stockings, and a flashy role in the comedy Please Don’t Eat the Daises. She co-starred in films including Bachelor in Paradise, Romance on the High Seas, The Caretakers, and Follow the Boys, Welcome to Hard Times, starring opposite film greats like Bob Hope, Doris Day, Lana Turner, Joan Crawford, David Niven and Henry Fonda. Her first Broadway hit came in 1951, when she starred opposite Jackie Cooper in Remains to Be Seen. Three years later, she returned to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Pajama Game, followed by Meredith Willson’s Here’s Love. She then garnered rave reviews after replacing Angela Lansbury in the smash hit musical, Mame. Ms. Paige went on to wow national and international audiences in roles in diverse productions including Born Yesterday, Desk Set, Lovers and Other Strangers, Annie Get Your Gun, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Sweet Charity, Company, Ballroom, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Natural Causes, and the first international company of Applause in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a long-time performer in Bob Hope’s USO shows, Ms. Paige entertained U.S. Armed Service men and women stationed in Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Thailand, and the Bahamas, affording expression of her fervent patriotism. She also starred in several of Hope’s NBC specials, the first of which was in 1950, marking the first color broadcast from East to West coasts. Ms. Paige has always continued to win new fans through her many television roles. She starred in her own series, It’s Always Jan (1955-1956), as Dick Van Patten’s sister Auntie Vi on the beloved family series Eight Is Enough (1977-1980). Her guest turn on All In The Family (1976-1978) as the sultry waitress who almost tempted Archie Bunker into an extra marital affair created such a stir with viewers that she was called back to reprise the role. In the last season of Trapper John, M.D. (1986), she played a recurring role as the beautiful and mature hospital administrator, Catherine Hackett. For three decades, Ms. Paige appeared in countless guest starring roles on classic hits shows, including Columbo, Police Story, Charlie's Angels, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hawaii Five-O, Alice, Mission Impossible, Caroline in the City, Legacy, and Night Court. In 1987, Ms. Paige forged ahead into new television territory by creating the role of Lauren Clegg on the highly successful soap opera, Capitol. After a stint on General Hospital as a recipient of a heart transplant, she recreated the role of Minx Lockridge on Santa Barbara, and remained with the show until the show went off the air in 1993. This is her 3rd appearance with S.T.A.G.E.
MADISON CLAIRE PARKS is thrilled to be making her debut with S.T.A.G.E. She most recently starred as Laurey in OKLAHOMA! with Musical Theatre West. Most of her credits are thanks to Full Circle Opera Project. With FCOP she has played roles such as Christine Daaé in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, as well as Meg Giry in other performances, Cosette in a French concert version of LES MISERABLES, and Giulietta in THE TALES OF HOFFMANN. Other performances with FCOP include THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD, and THE SECRET GARDEN. Roles in other various productions include Luisa in THE FANTASTICKS; Mary Francis in SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS; Mary Louise in MY THREE ANGELS; and Young Jenny in ALLEGRO. She was also fortunate enough to be in the company of CINDERELLA starring Sally Struthers. Madison's grandmother was the famous actress, Betty Garrett, to whom she would like to dedicate this performance.
VALARIE PETTIFORD has illuminated stage, screen and television as one of the finest actress/singer/dancers today. Valarie is thrilled to be recurring in two Television Series; as Victorine Fornerat-Williams in the HBO’s Treme and as Maxine Owen in Golden Boy on CBS. Now in syndication, her hit TV series Half & Half earned her three NAACP Image Award nominations for her portrayal as Big Dee Dee Thorne. Out on DVD now,
She was one of the leads in the box office comedy film hit Jumping The Broom as Aunt Geneva, (Sony Pictures). Her widely successful one-woman shows has performed to sold out audiences at The Invisible Theatre in Arizona where she won The Goldie Award, Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre, The Gardenia Room, the El Portal Theater, Mark’s presented by Upright Cabaret in Los Angeles, The Rrazz room in San Francisco, The Metropolitan Room, where she received The 2007 Backstage Bistro Award and The famous supper club Birdland in New York City. Highlights in TV/Film: BunHeads, The Finder, Hart Of Dixie, Note To Self, Love That Girl, Why Did I Get Married 2, Stomp The Yard, Criminal Minds, CSI, Bones, CSI Miami, House Of Payne, The District, Frasier, The West Wing, One Life to Live, The Wiz, The Cotton Club, and Glitter. Her starring role in the AFI short film Response
(won Best Actress in Student Short award; Silent River Film Fest and nominated for best actress at the Method festival) has received numerous awards and is still wowing audiences throughout. The Indie film Why am I doing this? (recipient of several prestigious awards) as well as giving her a wonderful mention in the LA Times. The musical short Not Your Time also starring Jason Alexander (winner of the Boston International Festival) . For the last three years
she has been a Guest Artist with The Pasadena Symphony/Pops conducted by Rachel Worby. Broadway/Tour credits: Fosse, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle, Dora Mavor Moore award and recognized by the Drama League, Chicago (opposite Chita Rivera) London West End debut and she subsequently performed All That Jazz during Rivera’s tribute portion of the 2002 Kennedy Center honors. Bablu A tribute to Dezi Aranz and his music at the 92nd street Y (New York), The Adrienne Arsht Center (Miami) and The Library Of Congress where she received Glowing reviews. Sophisticated Ladies, original cast and understudy for Judith Jamison. Grind, Dancin, Big Deal, Show Boat (NAACP, LA’s Robby, and the Vancouver Sun Reader’s Choice Awards, and nominations for Ovation and Jessie Richardson Theater Awards. Des Mc Anuff ’s production of The Wiz, and The Wild Party, NAACP Theatre and The Garland Awards for Best actress in a play, Ovation nomination. Valarie continues to lend her support and talents to many charities annually and is thrilled to
have 2 albums, Hear My Soul, being sold at www.cdbaby.com and Velvet Sky on Tune Core.
Tony® Award nominee and Grammy® Award winner ANDREW RANNELLS will perform for the first time in the 29th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.).
Rannells received a Tony nomination for his starring role in "The Book of Mormon" for which he also received a Grammy Award for Best Broadway Cast Album. Andrew also appeared on Broadway in "Hairspray" and "Jersey Boys," among others. He currently stars in the Golden Globe®-winning HBO comedy series "Girls" and in NBC's hit comedy series "The New Normal."
BRUCE VILANCH is enjoying his fifteenth year as Lindsay Lohan’s sobriety coach. He has written every award show on the planet, but his favorite is one he wrote for another planet, Rings Around Uranus, which honors the winner of that heavenly body’s Amazing Race. Other upcoming projects include Leviticus!: The Musical, in which anyone who stays for the second act can lie with another man, mix fabrics, marry his brother’s widow and visit the all-you-can-eat-shrimp special at the bar; the remake of Dead Ringer with Jackie Collins playing Joan Collins or Joan playing Jackie or Joan Rivers in a black wig purchased for her at the Elizabeth Taylor estate sale playing both; a spec script for Tyler Perry in which Madea marries into the Kardashian clan; and Baz Luhrman’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Katy Perry as Mary Tyrone.
From Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert, LISA VROMAN has established herself as one of America's most versatile voices. She has been regarded as a "musical and theatrical marvel" by The San Francisco Chronicle, as well as "one of American Musical Theater's most beautiful voices" by acclaimed Broadway producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Among her extensive repertoire, Ms. Vroman starred on Broadway, in San Francisco, and Los Angeles as Christine Daa&eaute; in The Phantom of the Opera. Her many roles include: Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus; both Fantine and Cosette in Les Miserables; Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera) as Marion Paroo in The Music Man (Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy); Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate Glimmerglass Opera /St. Louis MUNY; Anna Leonowens in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Virginia). For PBS she played Johanna in Sweeney Todd in Concert (Patti Lupone, George Hearn) and was Christine (Phantom of the Opera) Hey, Mr. Producer! (London Royal Gala) Ms. Vroman is a regular guest artist with Symphonies including San Francisco, Cleveland, Hong Kong, Philadelphia, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, as well as Boston Pops (Keith Lockhart), Philly Pops (Peter Nero) and New York Pops (Carnegie Hall). Please visit www.lisavroman.com.
LILLIAS WHITE hails from Brooklyn, New York. She began performing at a young age atop her Grandmothers’ dining room table and has graced stages from New York to Singapore to Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles to Lagos, Nigeria. Lillias is certainly no stranger to the Broadway stage where she has been seen in Barnum as Joice Heth (“the oldest woman alive!”), Dreamgirls as Effie White, Cats as Grisabella, Chicago as Mama Morton, Once On This Island as Asaka, The Life as Sonja for which she received Broadway’s Quadruple Crown—the Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Friends of New York Theatre Award and The Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Most recently, Lillias thrilled audiences as Fumilayo Anikulapo Kuti in Bill T. Jones’ spectacular bio-musical FELA! for which she garnered a Tony nomination. On screen, Lillias has been seen with Katie Holmes in Pieces Of April, with Micheal Keaton in Game Six, and her distinctive vocals are featured in the Walt Disney animated movie Hercules. Ms. White has also been featured on Sesame Street and received an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Lillian Edwards. You may recognize her from a number of Law & Order episodes and audiences have enjoyed Lillias as Bloody Mary in the PBS-TV Great Performances production of South Pacific, filmed live at Carnegie Hall. As a cabaret artist she has performed at Jazz@Lincoln Center, Joes Pub, Feinsteins, The Apollo Theatre, The Venetian Room and various other venues worldwide. Lillias has appeared Off Broadway as well, in Crowns at Second Stage (Audelco Award), Romance In Hard Times at the Public Theatre (OBIE Award), The Best Is Yet To Come at 59EAST59TH Street Theatre, Nativity at The Riverside Church, The Princess And The Black-Eyed Pea at AMAS Musical Theatre Company. Last summer Lillias starred in the world premier of Big Maybelle (Soul of the Blues) at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. She is currently featured in August Wilson’s Joe Turners Comet Gone, at the Mark Taper Forum. Lillias is happy to be here with The S.T.A.G.E. Family once again!!
TERRI WHITE has been in several Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including the original Joice Heth in Barnum, Nell Carter understudy in 1978 in Ain't Misbehavin, later replacing her in the revival in 1988, Welcome to the Club The Club (Obie Award), Nunsense I & II, Nuncrackers, Finian's Rainbow ( Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nominee). Chicago. Steppin Out at Radio City with Liza Minnelli. Other show include, Showboat, Damn Yankees, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Juba, The Jungle Book, Two Gentlemen of Verona, And The World Goes 'Round, Little Shop of Horrors" (as Audrey 2), and most recently in both The Kennedy Center Broadway and LA productions of Follies, as Stella Deems, and many more. She can be seen on VHS and DVD in Nunsense I & II with Rue McClanahan, Liza Live at Radio City Music Hall, Boys on the Side, and Law and Order, Criminal Intent. Recordings include, Forbidden Broadway 25th Anniversary, Barnum, Liza Live, Finian's Rainbow (Irish Rep, Broadway), Incurably Romantic, Follies, and her own CD The Lady's Got To Sing. Concert Work: Feinsteins in NYC, New York, Philly, and Key West Pops, Rrazz Room in San Francisco, Carnegie Hall. Most recently The Barbara Cooke Spotlight Series at The Terrace Theatre, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC and many more.
JO ANNE WORLEY It was Jo Anne Worley’s crazy brand of humor which landed her a four year stint on the highly successful, innovative, television series Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in. Her instinctive comedy timing and irrepressible laugh, made her a favorite with audiences. Jo Anne is the girl with put the laugh in Laugh-in. Recently she appeared on Broadway in The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wizard Of Oz, and Grease. As well as doing Follies for the Encore series and On The Twentieth Century at the famed Ziegfield Theatre in New York City. She has starred in the National companies of Annie, Carnival, The Pirates Of Penzance, and The Wizard Of Oz. She has toured extensively with, to name a few: Mame, Hello, Dolly, Once Upon A Mattress, Anything Goes, Call Me Madam, Steel Magnolias, and Gypsy, for which she won her a 5th Drama-Logue Award. She recently appeared in Wicked in the Los Angeles production as Madam Morrible. Ms. Worley’s work runs the gamut from television, movies, and stage productions, to game shows, talk shows, commercials and cartoons, including the voice of the Wardrobe in the Academy Award winning, Beauty And The Beast. On television she recently was on The Wizards Of Waverly Place, Jessie, The View. and she was on Curb Your Enthusiasm this past season. She continues to do her one person stage show Keep Laughin. Jo Anne serves as president of Actors And Other For Animals, a charitable organization which promotes humane treatment for all animals.
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