CUTMAN: A Boxing Musical


Cory Grant (Ari Hoffman / Co-Author)

New York City: Mick in BROKEN HANDS (Fringe 2006, The Lion Theater, Winner: Best Actor Fringe 2006), Andy in THE LIGHTNING FIELD (Fringe 2005), Uri in BORDER (HERE Arts Center), Paul Hilbert in EROSTRATUS (Gene Frankel Theater). Regional theatre: Seymour in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Freddy in MY FAIR LADY (Northern Stage 2004), Homer Collins in FLOYD COLLINS (Berkshire Theater Festival 2004), Tommy in THE WHO'S TOMMY (Berkshire Theater Festival 2003), Romeo in ROMEO & JULIET (Nat'l Tour 2002). New York University: THE MAN OF INFINITE SADNESS, GODSPELL, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, and Iago in OTHELLO. NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, B.F.A.

Ana Nogueira (Olivia)

is so excited to be working on her second NYMF show this season! She can also be seen as Julie in The Boy in the Bathroom at the 45th Street Theatre. Ana is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory. She would like to thank her family, friends,

Allen Hidalgo (Moe Green)

was most recently seen on Broadway starring as Louie, in the Earth Wind & Fire musical Hot Feet! His portrayal of this storytelling Devil received rave reviews in N.Y.C and Washington More Broadway and National productions include: Kiss Of The Spiderwoman as Molina opposite Chita Rivera, Chicago as Fred Casely and Billy Flynn, Candide as Governor opposite Jim Dale, Starlight Express as Greaseball, Fame as Joe Vegas, A Chorus Line as Paul, West Side Story as Bernardo and Ain't Misbehavin' as Viper. Off-Broadway: Four Guys Named Jose, Blessing In Disguise, Temptation and Eating Raoul. Mr. Hidalgo has worked under the direction of: Hal Prince, Trevor Nunn, Steven Spielberg and Rob Marshall, to name a few. He received a "Best Featured Actor" nomination from the Star Ledger and he was awarded "Best Actor" in Florida. Roles for Film and Television include: "To Wong Foo", "Guiding Light", Tony Awards and Numerous National Commercials. In addition Mr. Hidalgo appeared as Alberto Famma on "Law and Order C.I." His Carnegie Hall debut received critical acclaim and his single, "The Message on Moonshine Records", remained on top of the Billboard's ChartsĀ for 8 consecutive weeks. Much gratitude to: Actors' Equity, The American Theatre Wing, S.G.I., The Cutman Company, NYMTF, Chita Rivera and Bill Applegate. Look for Mr. Hidalgo's upcoming concert Breaking The Mold. His production company "Esho-Fun", along with Mr. Applegate, is currently involved in producing the Broadway revival of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enough, due to open next season. Visit: &

Gisela Adisa (Boxer Girl/Ring Girl)

was born and raised in the US of A. She moved from her hometown of South Orange, New Jersey to New York to study Drama and received her B.A. in the Arts from Fordham University. For the past four years she has traveled the world over, performing for people from all walks of life, from the former President of the United States to children in a gymnasium, and she is

Michael Andrew Baker (Orthodox Jew/Boxer)

Michael is happy to be working with the fine folks of Banner NY once again. Theatre: Crazy For You (Ogunquit Playhouse), Hang Like A Star (New Look Theatre), Assassins! (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Bleecker Street (Actors’ Playhouse-NY), The Who’s Tommy (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Fartiste (New World Stages), Freedom Train (TheatreWorks tour).

Jessica Carter (Cantor Aviva)

Jessica is excited to be a part of the NYMF. Selected credits include: Iowa 08 (Vineyard), Bus to Buenos Aires (EST), Godspell (National Tour), Grease (DCT), Jekyll and Hyde (DCT). She holds a BFA in Acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Miguel Cervantes (Boxer/Luis/Doctor)

Miguel is happy to be part of team Cutman. Most recently he was Chip Tolentino on the first National Tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Some favorite roles have been Bat Boy in Bat Boy: The Musical, in Boston; Jack in Into The Woods (New Repertory Theater) and Robbie Fay in A Man of No Importance (Speakeasy Stage).

Nigel Jamaal Clark (Quincy)

is thrilled to join the cast of CUTMAN, and to take part in the NYMF. New York debut! Regional credits include Urinetown at the Carousel Dinner theatre in Ohio, and the national tour of ArtsPower's Fourscore and Seven Years Ago. Nigel is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and a proud member of AEA. All thanks to God, and my family

Stan Lachow (Rabbi Roseman)

BROADWAY: Awake And Sing; What's Wrong With This Picture: The Sisters Rosensweig; On Golden Pond; Children Of A Lesser God.(National Tour) Lincoln Center: The Substance Of Fire; The Tenth Man. OFF BROADWAY: Howard Katz (Roundabout Theatre) Jest A Second;(Playhouse 91); Vilna's Got A Golem (A.J.T.) Crossing The Bar (Playhouse 91): Today I Am A

Eric Miller (Narrator)

Eric is thrilled to be working on Cutman with this extremely talented cast and team of collaborators. Most recent theatre credits include Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (FST), George in Broken Hands (Fringe Festival Encore Series), Abi Hoffman in My Father's Name ... (Metropolitan Playhouse) and Dan in Waiting (Naked Angels @ the FLEA). Eric works

Jerold Solomon (Lincoln)

Credits include: NATIONAL TOURS: big river, ragtime, annie. REGIONAL: smokey joe's cafe, sweet charity, you're a good man charlie brown, the lost colony, gross indecency..., olympus on my mind, henry v, merry wives of windsor, orphan train, king island christmas, christmas on mars, 7-11 franchised. Jerold has a bfa in theatre performance from virgina commonwealth university.

L. Steven Taylor (Karim Karver)

Broadway: Lion King - Ensemble/Mufasa, National Tour: The Lion King- Mufasa. Regional/New York Credits include: Songs For A New World, Smokey Joes Cafe, Ataria, Miss Saigon. Film: Expiration Date, Made For Each Other. Thanks to Nicolosi and Co. and love to Erin and Boogs. Praise Him!

Eileen Tepper (Dolores)

recently played the roles of Aunt Annie and Mary the Tart in the critically acclaimed premiere of Bookends at New Jersey Rep. Eileen has performed the role of Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof over 800 times throughout North America on tour and in regional theaters starring Theodore Bikel. More recently she played the role of Golde at the Fireside Dinner Theatre.

Mariand Torres (Shoppe Girl/Ring Girl)

So excited to be involved with the New York Music Theatre Festival and Cutman! Mariand was last seen at the Abingdon Theatre playing Mona in the NYC premiere of The People Vs. Mona, a new musical by Pump Boys and Dinnettes composer Jim Wann. Other credits inclue: My Way-A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Falsettos, As You Like It, Violet, and the first reading of

Maria Vassallo (Jo/Ring Girl)

This is Maria's second time being a part of the NYMF. She was last seen in the NYMF production of "Hot and Sweet". Favorite credits include: Broadway tour of "Cabaret", National tour of "Grease" with "Laverne and Shirley" stars Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka, National tour of "The Full Monty", European tour for "Panasonic", and "Grease" at the Carousel Dinner

Emily Zacharias (Edie Hoffman)

has been on Broadway in three musicals and three plays. One was directed by Mike Nichols and one by Joe Mantello. One opened and closed on the same night. One featured her name above the title. One had fans known as 'jekkies' and one was directed by a 'trekkie'... all had their moments. Off-broadway winners were

Stuart Zagnit (Eli Hoffman)

On Broadway, Stuart created the roles of The Mayor of Whoville in SEUSSICAL and Goldberg in THE WILD PARTY (also original cast recordings). National tour credits include Bela Zangler in CRAZY FOR YOU, Buzz Richards in APPLAUSE, Mendel in FALSETTOS,The Baker in INTO THE WOODS and Charlie in TINTYPES. Off-Broadway appearances

Creative Team

Drew Brody (Composer/Lyricist)

Drew Brody is a NYC-based singer/songwriter and self taught piano player. Brody composed the score for BANNER NY's production of THE LIGHTNING FIELD, PRECIOUS, EROSTRATUS, and composed original music for the score of the feature film SEX FARCE. He is also the lead singer of M-LAB, the rock-drama quintet. Currently, Brody is recording a solo album and performs regularly in and around New York City with M-LAB.

Michael Cassara (Casting Director)

recent credits include The Molly Maguires (Pre-Broadway workshop, dir. Sheryl Kaller, mus. dir. John McDaniel), Clear Blue Tuesday (feature film, dir. Elizabeth Lucas), The Gig (benefit concert and cast recording), Breaking In (internet series), If This Hat Could Talk (national tour, dir. George Faison), Stephen Schwartz's Captain Louie (national tour), and countless readings and workshops. Regional credits include Goodspeed Musicals, the Paper Mill Playhouse, the Kitchen Theatre Company and the Hinton Battle Theatre Laboratory. Michael Cassara Casting is the resident casting office of the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Upcoming: 11 shows in this year's NYMF and the inaugural 2007-2008 season of the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield, Iowa! For more information, please visit

Jared Michael Coseglia (Writer/Director)

NY Directing Credits Include: THE LIGHTNING FIELD (Fringe 2005/Flea Theater: Winner, Best Play Fringe 2005; GLAAD Award Best Off-off B'way Play 2005), DUB A HOLE IN THE GROUND (LaMaMa, Etc.), HANG LIKE A STAR (NYU-DWP), NOCTURN IN URSA MAJOR (UG10 '04), MAHOGANY (Joe's Pub & The Triad), PRECIOUS (Pelican & Creative Place), EROSTRAUS (Gene Frankel), IS THAT YOU OR IS THAT ME? (HERE), THE VALENTINE FAIRY (Atlantic Theatre Co.). Jared has been the assistant director on SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS starring Polly Bergen and Mark Hamill on Broadway, RAGTIME: The Musical (NETWorks Nat'l Tour), MACK & MABLE (Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (RoundAbout), ROCKWELL, The Musical (Blue Heron), and HURRY! HURRY! HOLLYWOOD! (MTC). Regional Credits include FLOYD COLLINS, The Musical (Berkshire Theatre Festival '04) & The Who's TOMMY (BTF '03). Jared also sound designs most of his work and has been designing Off-Broadway in such venues as The Mint Theatre Company, DR2, The Cherry Lane, SoHo Playhouse, The Century Center, Chelsea Playhouse, The Zipper, NYU/ETW, and more. Jared is a resident director at the NYU Department of Dramatic Writing where he develops new work with emerging playwrights & screenwriters. Jared is the co-artistic director of BANNER NY, and holds a B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Jared Fine (Associate Producer)

Jared graduated from Hofstra University with a BFA in Performing Arts in 2001. Since then he has worked in various realms of PR, Marketing, and Events in New York and Los Angeles. He was the Director of Project Development at PLUS Entertainment and a producing associate on SHOUT! The Mod Musical. He is also one of the founders of Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater and serves on the board as Associate Artistic Director.

Ashley Kosier (Stage Manager)

New York: On the Verge (20% Theatre Company), Clinically Negative: A Viral Comedy (Manhattan Theatre Source), Kidnapping Laura Linney (Stella Adler Studios), Invisible Messages (Proto-Type Theatre at PS 122), The Adventures of Margaret the Brave (Lady Cavalier Theatre Company). National Tour: Encore!! (Chamber Theatre Productions). Regional: A Little Night Music, Steel Magnolias, Joseph...Dreamcoat (Weathervane Playhouse, OH), Little Shop of Horrors, Private Lives, The Diary of Anne Frank, My Fair Lady (Northern Stage, VT). Connecticut College, BA in Theatre and Zoology.

Andrew Sotomayor (Music Director)

is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut with Cutman. Andrew holds a BA in Music from Stetson University, Florida. Previous stage credits include serving as Orchestra Apprentice for Dear Edwina, and Five Guys Named Moe, Music Directing Tapestry, and The Spitfire Grill; and performing in Merrily We Roll Along, and Songs for A New World. He would like to thank his Father and Mother for their unending love and support.