A Little Night Music


3/5/2009 - 3/22/2009

Michael Cassara Casting served for two seasons as the resident casting office for the White Plains Performing Arts Center, an exciting new regional theatre just 35 minutes north of New York City in Westchester County. Following up on the success of the season’s earlier productions of Camelot and Oliver!  A Little Night Music by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim, with a star-studded cast led by Penny Fuller and Mark Jacoby.

 

Cast


Penny Fuller (Desiree Armfeldt)

has just appeared on Broadway in Dividing the Estate and in London in Sail Away at the Sadlers Wells. She received Tony nominations for Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party and Applause. Other New York theatre includes: Lincoln Center Theatre: A New Brain (Drama Desk nomination), An American Daughter, Ancestral Voices; Manhattan Theatre Club: Five By Tenn, New England, Three Viewings (Drama Desk Nomination); Vineyard Theatre: Beautiful Child; Primary Stages: Southern Comforts. Regional theatre includes: The Seagull, Betrayal, Twelfth Night, Ring Round the Moon, Glass Menagerie, Cherry Orchard. Her television work has accorded her five Emmy nominations and the Emmy Award for “The Elephant Man”. She has performed her cabaret at The Metropolitan Room, Birdland, New York at 59 E. 59 Street Theatres.


Mark Jacoby (Frederik Egerman)

recently starred in the hit Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd and Man of La Mancha and originated the role of Father in the Broadway production of Ragtime, a portrayal called "perfection” by the New York Post's Clive Barnes. He earned Tony, Outer Critics' and Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for his performance as Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat, directed by Hal Prince, and is a Theatre World Award recipient for his Broadway debut as Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity, directed by Bob Fosse. For two and-a-half years Mark played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, a role he had created to critical acclaim in the American National tour. He also appeared as Baron von Gaigern in the original Broadway production of Grand Hotel. Off-Broadway Mr. Jacoby was featured as The Playwright in Enter the Guardsman (Drama Desk nomination) and at New York City Opera as Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance. Regional theater credits include Oscar Jaffe in Goodspeed Opera House's On the Twentieth Century (Connecticut Drama Critics' Award), Guido Contini in the Chicago premiere of Nine (Joseph Jefferson Award) and the world premieres of Ken Ludwig's Leading Ladies at Houston's Alley Theatre and Critical Darling for the New Group.


Sheila Smith (Madame Armfeldt)

was born at an early age and has been performing ever since. Broadway debut: Ziegfeld Follies '56 followed by Fiorello!, Hot Spot, To B'way With Love, Mame, Follies, Company, Sugar, Five O'Clock Girl, 42nd Street and Show Boat (revival). National/International tours: Equus, Forty Carats, Mame, No No Nanette, Sound Of Music, Fade Out- Fade In (Tivoli Circuit-Australia) and La Cage Aux Folles. Notable Regional work includes: Isn't It Romantic, Present Laughter, You Can't Take It With You, Side By Side By Sondheim, Cat & The Fiddle and My Fair Lady. Sheila received the Theatre World Award - Mame, San Francisco Critics Award - Follies, Kent State University's Special Arts Achievement Award and is enjoying a grand reunion with Mark Jacoby, her favorite singing attorney and Jack Batman, her favorite producer.


Stephen R. Buntrock (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm)

has appeared in the Broadway productions of Oklahoma! as Curly, Beauty and the Beast as Gaston, original cast of Jane Eyre as St. John, Titanic as Barrett, the Tenth Anniversary Cast of Les Misérables as Enjolras, The Phantom of the Opera covering the role of the Phantom and, most recently creating the role of Teen Angel for the latest revival of Grease! He has toured extensively across the country as Rueben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond, originating the role of Arnaud du Thil in Cameron Mackintosh's production of Martin Guerre and The Phantom of the Opera. Concert appearances include, performing with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony and the LA Philharmonic to name a few and recently was honored to tour the country singing with Julie Andrews in The Gift Of Music. Stephen is the very proud Papa to Haley Paige, Anna Lou and on March 9th Stephen and his wife Erin Dilly will welcome into the world Catherine Caroline while praying for sleep.


Laura D'Andre (Petra)

is thrilled and honored to be a part of A Little Night Music, her first show with the White Plains Performing Arts Center and her NY musical debut!  She recently made the move to NY after graduating from UC Irvine with a BA in drama. Prior NY experience includes Broadways Rising Stars at Town Hall and Halfway Camp (Erica) at the York Theatre. Los Angeles Regional credits include Les Miserables (Eponine), Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy u/s), All Shook Up (Henrietta), Bye Bye Birdie, and Cinderella.  Favorite shows at UC Irvine include Urinetown (Pennywise) and Nine (Saraghina).  Special love and thanks to my supportive family, friends, Michael Cassara, and the White Plains production team. Thank you!


Erin Davie (Anne Egerman)

Broadway: Grey Gardens (Young Little Edie) - Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut, Curtains (Niki Harris). Off-Broadway: The Glorious Ones, LCT; Infertility (The musical that's hard to conceive). Encores!: Applause (Eve Harrington). National Tours: Swing!, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Some Regional: 70 Years of Muny Magic at the St. Louis MUNY, Carousel at The Olney Theatre Center, Jekyll & Hyde at Surflight Theatre, The Student Prince at Virginia Musical Theater. 


Rachel de Benedet (Countess Charlotte Malcolm)

recently appeared in the world premiere production of Turn of the Century, a new musical directed by the legendary Tommy Tune in Chicago and spent 9 months playing “Guenevere” on the National Tour of Camelot opposite Lou Diamond Phillips as “King Arthur.”  On Broadway, she played “Muriel” in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opposite both John Lithgow and Jonathan Pryce, “Diana” in Nine with Antonio Banderas, and in The Sound of Music in which she also toured as “Elsa” opposite Richard Chamberlain and won the JUDY Award for her performance.  Off Broadway, she created the roles of “Lureena” in Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick’s Adrift in Macao at Primary Stages (winning the Barrymore Best Actress Award for the original Philadelphia Theatre Company production) and “Lisa Duvall” in Tom Rowan’s new play The Second Tosca at the 45th St. Theatre.  Her regional credits include “Alexa Vere de Vere” in As Bees in Honey Drown for the Arvada Center (Denver Drama Critics’ Circle Award),  “Lilli/Kate” in Kiss Me, Kate at North Shore Music Theatre (IRNE Award Nom.) “Anna” in The King and I for Ogunquit Playhouse (opposite Lorenzo Lamas,) “Elvira” in Blithe Spirit at Riverside Theatre, “Fiona” in Brigadoon and “Nancy” in Oliver! for Theatre Under the Stars, “Florence” in Chess for Stage One, “Lily” in The Secret Garden at the Arvada Center (DDCC Award), “Milady de Winter” in 3hree Musketeers for American Musical Theatre of San Jose, “Milly” in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Sacramento Music Circus, winning the Audience Favorite Award. Her recordings include the newly released Adrift in Macao, 3hree Musketeers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Nine, and Carols for a Cure 2003, 2005 & 2006.


Eleni Delopoulos (Mrs. Segstrom)

is thrilled to be making her WPPAC debut! Favorite roles: Off Broadway: A Stoop on Orchard Street (Ruth- original cast recording); Regional/Tours: Urinetown - directed by Jen Cody (Soupy Sue), Baby (Pam), Annie (Hannigan), Phantom (Carlotta), Little Women (Jo), Almost Maine and The Kathy and Mo Show (Mo). She is the co-writer of a new musical of Lysistrata which has been seen at several theaters in NYC. She is also owns a summer camp for teens with her childhood friends. Thanks so much to her family, her crew, Jack, Sidney, Jim, Melissa, Sean, Megan, Michael and the cast and crew. Thanks for making me dance and harmonize like a lieb should- hooray!  


Eddie Egan (Henrik Egerman)

is both thrilled and humbled to be sharing the stage with such a talented group of performers. Regional credits: The Fantasticks (Matt) and A Class Act (Charlie/Hamlisch) at the Off-Broadstreet Theater, Once Upon a Mattress (Sir Harry) and Swing! at the Pocono Playhouse, Man of La Mancha (Anselmo) with the Staten Island Philharmonic, My Fair Lady (Cockney Quartet) and The Sound of Music (Rolf u/s) at the Bucks County Playhouse, and Hello, Dolly! at the Academy Theater. Most recently, Eddie served as a vocalist in the 1st national arena tour of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and has also worked as a singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines.   He holds a B.A. in Communications from Rider University and is an alum of the NJ Governor’s School of the Arts and the Paper Mill Playhouse Conservatory Program.


Katie Henney (Fredrika Armfeldt)

is so excited to be a new member of WPPAC’s family, following in the footsteps of her younger brother, Patrick, who played Young Arthur/Tom of Warwick in WPPAC’s Camelot last fall! She reprises the role of Fredrika, which she performed last year with The Boston Pops/conductor Keith Lockhart at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood. At American Girl Place NYC, she played eight roles over five years, with almost 1500 performances of the American Girls Revue, American Girls Holiday Show, and Circle of Friends. Other musicals include: Songs for a New World, Metropolis, Number the Stars, Ragamuffins, In Tune with the Universe, Sunshine, Cinderella, and Oliver! Katie’s film/TV credits include Elizabeth Cole in Felicity, An American Girl Adventure, New Amsterdam, and Naked Brothers Band. Many thanks to Maria Fattore!


Leah Jennings (Mrs. Nordstrom)

is thrilled to be returning to WPPAC after appearing in Camelot earlier this season.  National tours: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Molly), Seven Brides (Milly), Regional: Carousel (Carrie Pipperidge), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Little Women (Meg), Into the Woods (Cinderella), To Kill A Mockingbird (Mayella Ewell), and White Christmas.  Leah has a Masters Degree in musical theatre from Oklahoma City University.  Many thanks to the WPPAC creative team and Michael Cassara Casting for this incredible opportunity.  Love to my husband, Stephen. www.leahjennings.com


Michael Markham (Frid)

New York credits: Mother Courage and Her Children and Macbeth at the Delacorte Theatre. The Corn Maiden at the NYfringe festival, Giants and We Declare You a Terrorist at HERE.  And Model at PS 122.  He is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School Drama Division where his favorite roles were, Chief in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Alex in Black Russian, and The Kite in Tale of the Silly Monkey.


Jonathan Gabriel Michie (Mr. Lindquist)

is thrilled to make his White Plains debut with A Little Night Music. Off Broadway: Music in the Air (City Center Encores!). Regional: Pride and Prejudice the New Musical (Creaking Door Productions), Don Giovanni (Mercury Opera), Carmen, Gianni Schicchi, Gondoliers, Once Upon a Mattress (Chautauqua Opera), Iolanthe, Man of La Mancha, Maytime (Ohio Light Opera). Concert Appearances: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Ravinia Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Winner of the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition.  B.M. and M.M. Eastman School of Music. AEA.   www.jonathanmichie.com


Christy Morton (Mrs. Anderssen)

is proud to be making her WPPAC debut.  She has appeared in the first national tours of Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt (Queen u/s perf.) and Dr. Dolittle (Emma u/s, perf.)  Off Broadway she played Laura in A Fine and Private Place at the York Theatre.  Favorite regional credits include The Visit (Dr’s Wife) starring Chita Rivera, George Hearn and Mark Jacoby at the Signature Theatre, Annie (Grace) at Sacramento Music Circus, My Fair Lady (Eliza) at the Fulton Opera House, Little Me (Belle) at North Shore Music Theatre and The Radio City X-mas Spectacular (Mrs. Claus) in Chicago. In addition, she has shared the stage with Julie Andrews in presenting her new musical Simeon’s Gift at Bay Street. Christy holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan.


Branch Woodman (Mr. Erlanson)

Broadway debut: Crazy For You. (Mingo), New York/National Tour:  Disappearing Act (Original Cast), Out of This World (Mercury), Dear World, Patti Lupone's Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda (Carnegie debut). National: Big, the Musical (Lipton, Assistant Choreographer). Regional: Dancing in the Dark (Old Globe), She Loves Me (Paper Mill) George M, Call Me Madam (Goodspeed), The Cocoanuts (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Dames at Sea (Studio Arena, Buffalo) My Way (Milwaukee Rep) White Christmas, Chicago, Smokey Joe's Café, Tintypes (Skylight Opera Theatre), Bat Boy, (Birmingham Summerfest Theatre), HMS Pinafore, (ATC), A Chorus Line (L.A. Revival), Into the Woods, A Funny Thing…., Crazy For You (Performance Riverside), I Do! I Do! (OAT), The Musical of Musicals (Foothills Theatre). Also, credits as Director, Choreographer, Musical Director. Recordings, too!

Creative Team

James Bassi (Music Director)

A Little Night Music is James’ fourth production at WPPAC. Here, he was Musical Director for Ragtime, How to Succeed… and Camelot. His New York credits include Twelve Dreams (Lincoln Center Theater), and I and Albert (York Theatre). He was assistant conductor for the Off-Broadway revival of The Pirates of Penzance. He music directed the Asian premiere of Chicago for the International Music Festival in Macau, China. Regional credits include The Mystery Of  Edwin Drood (River Rep), Side by Side by Sondheim, Hollywood/Ukraine, As Thousands Cheer (New Harmony Theatre). James was orchestrator, music director and pianist for the world premiere cast album of the Comden and Green musical Billion Dollar Baby, starring Kristin Chenoweth and supervised by Comden and Green. He has performed in concerts with Judy Kaye, Jessye Norman and Ute Lemper. He has played numerous concerts with Deborah Voigt and written and arranged much material for her. James is also a prolific composer whose works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and other major venues. His composition Petrarch Dances was commissioned and premiered by Orchestra of St. Luke’s. His works have been performed by Judy Collins, Kristin Chenoweth, and Frederica Von Stade. James wrote the incidental music for David Brendan Hopes’ play Edward the King, produced by GAYFEST NYC in 2008.  James has received composition grants from NEA, Meet-the-Composer, and New York Foundation for the Arts. His music publisher is Oxford University Press.

Jack W. Batman (Producer)

began his New York career in the mail room at the William Morris Agency, Inc. After establishing and/or heading legitimate theatre departments for several mid-size theatrical agencies, Jack founded Theatrical Consultants, Ltd. And was casting director for over 200 Equity productions for Broadway, National tours and regional theatres. After a hiatus as one of a small team that founded and developed NYC’s sports and entertainment playground, Chelsea Piers, Jack returned to the professional theatre in2003and made his Broadway producing debut shortly thereafter with the romantic comedy, Enchanted April, starring Elizabeth Ashley and Molly Ringwald (2 Tony Nominations including Best Play and winner of 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards). For Off-Broadway, he produced Brian Dykstra: Cornered & Alone and the highly regarded environmental comedy Clean Alternatives, which then traveled to the Edinburgh Festival and won the top prize, the 2006Fringe First Award. Last winter his production of The Jesus Factor had a lengthy run Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre, and this spring he will present a limited engagement of Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan in My Trip Down The Pink Carpet. In addition, Jack is a producer of GAYFEST NYC which brings new plays and musicals to Off-Broadway. His other recent NYC productions include 12iceshowsstarring Olympic and World figure skating champions; 46 major public events (450,000 attendance) for Chelsea Piers; and workshops including The School for Trophy Wives, a new play by Freyda Thomas (starring Anne Hathaway) and Joe Hortua’s Burning (co-produced with Kyra Sedgwick). Jack is Executive Producer/Artistic Director of the White Plains Theater Institute.

Sidney J. Burgoyne (Director)

is honored to be back in White Plains as director of A Little Night Music. Earlier this season he played the leading role of Fagin in Oliver! and directed Camelot starring Robert Cuccioli. Last season Sidney played the Padre in Man of La Manchaand directed our sold-out production of Ragtime. In May he directed the Off-Broadway GAYFEST NYC acclaimed production of Edward the King by David Brendan Hopes.  Sidney has been a professional entertainer since the age of twelve, and has played leading roles in dozens of plays and musicals including tours with Betty White in Hello, Dolly!,Mickey Rooney in Show Boat and as Motel opposite Paul Lipson in a long run of Fiddler on the Roof. Throughout his eclectic career he has played everything from the lead role, Claude, in the rock musical Hair, to the Common Man in A Man for All Seasons(twice). Also a popular cabaret artist, Sidney has sung at all the major NYC clubs and for five years starred in Chelsea Piers’ annual ice extravaganza, Holiday on the Hudson, singing for Olympic and World figure skating champions. Sidney is a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, a Fellow of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Cabaret Symposium, and a proud member of SSDC and of Actors’ Equity Association since 1974.

Michael Cassara (Casting Director)

casts for theatre, film and television in New York City and is extremely pleased to be working on the third show of the 2008-2009 season with the WPPAC. They serve as the resident casting office for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), the White Plains Performing Arts Center, the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, the Kitchen Theatre Company, the Great Lakes Theatre Festival and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in addition to casting many readings, workshops and developmental productions in New York and beyond each year. NYMF credits include over thirty productions since the festival’s inception in 2004 and other recent theatre projects include A Funny Thing Happend On The Way To The Forum (Sondheim Center, starring Richard Kind), End Days (by Deborah Zoe Laufer, starring Amy Aquino and Adam Heller), Perez Hilton Saves The Universe (or at Least the Greater Los Angeles Area) and Green Eyes in FringeNYC. Upcoming: White Noise (Broadway, Fall, 2009), and Love, Incorporated (Mini-Tour and Off-Broadway, Summer, 2009.) Michael is a graduate of Otterbein College and a member of the Casting Society of America. For more information, please visit http://michaelcassara.net

Melissa Rae Mahon (Co-choreographer)

 

Choreographers Melissa Mahon and Sean McKnight return to WPPAC after having staged Oliver! earlier this season. Mr. McKnight’s work has earned him “Best Choreography” nominations for both the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and for the OVATION! Award. Ms. Matron’s extensive work has earned her a Carbonell Award “Best Choreography” nomination. As a team, they have brought a unique and exciting partnership to over thirty shows in the last decade.  Their numerous Broadway and National Touring performing credits include Chicago, The Producers, 42nd Street, Curtains, Cinderella, Annie Get Your Gun and Cats as well as performances with The Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Kennedy Center, and Radio City Music Hall. Their film and television credits include “School Ties”, “The Producers”, “Deception”, “American Dreams,” “One Life to Live,”and PBS “Great Performances,” as well as dozens of commercials. Many thanks to Michael Lichtefeld.  www.MahonandMcKnight.com

 

Sean McKnight (Co-choreographer)

Choreographers Melissa Mahon and Sean McKnight return to WPPAC after having staged Oliver! earlier this season. Mr. McKnight’s work has earned him “Best Choreography” nominations for both the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and for the OVATION! Award. Ms. Matron’s extensive work has earned her a Carbonell Award “Best Choreography” nomination. As a team, they have brought a unique and exciting partnership to over thirty shows in the last decade.  Their numerous Broadway and National Touring performing credits include Chicago, The Producers, 42nd Street, Curtains, Cinderella, Annie Get Your Gun and Cats as well as performances with The Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Kennedy Center, and Radio City Music Hall. Their film and television credits include “School Ties”, “The Producers”, “Deception”, “American Dreams,” “One Life to Live,”and PBS “Great Performances,” as well as dozens of commercials. Many thanks to Michael Lichtefeld.  www.MahonandMcKnight.com

Stephen Sondheim (Music/Lyrics)

Hugh Wheeler (Book)