Forbidden Broadway: Alive And Kicking!
Natalie Charlé Ellis (Woman)
Natalie is so excited to be a part of this kooky family! Recently, Natalie was in the Off Broadway cast of Rated P for Parenthood. Broadway: TBA. First National Tour: 9-5 the Musical (Judy u/s). Favorite Credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie); Chicago (Roxie); Into the Woods (Cinderella); Grand Hotel (Flaemmchen); Hurricane (NYMF); Dancing with Abandon (NY Fringe Festival) and the role that started it all, her feature as THE Chipmunk in Snow White at the age of 7. “A huge thanks to the Forbidden Broadway Team and Michael Cassara for thinking I’m funny and of course The Mine and my family and friends for putting up with each one of me! xoxo www.nataliecharleellis.com
Scott Richard Foster (Man)
The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables are just a couple shows you won't see on Scott's resume. However, he was actually in Brooklyn the Musical on Broadway (Taylor understudy), the first national tour of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (Jeff), and the Off-Broadway productions of Power Balladz (Scotty), and Sessions (George). Other shows Scott really enjoyed being in are Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Man 1), Newsical (Man 2), Magnetic North (Emmet), To Paint the Earth (Chaim), and The Man That Came to Dinner (Banjo). Roles Scott did not enjoy are...wait...never mind. Aside from commercials for Heineken, Capitol One Bank, DiGiorno, and ESPN, you wouldn't know him from TV. He is also a long time company member of The National Comedy Theater in NY...and there was much rejoicing. www.scottrichardfoster.com
Jenny Lee Stern (Woman)
Jenny is thrilled to be a part of this prestigious New York tradition. She originated the role of "Mary Delgado" in the Chicago and Toronto productions of Jersey Boys as well as playing it in the First National Tour. Recently she's been seen around the city as The Little Mermaid in the Off-Broadway bound Disenchanted. Regionally, Jenny has garnered critical acclaim time and again for her portrayal of Patsy Cline in Always...Patsy Cline. Jenny is also a wife, writer, and mother of 2. Follow her hilarious adventures on Facebook, Twitter (@jennyleestern), and at www.pinneddownpinup.blogspot.com. She dedicates this performance to Craig Laurie: the greatest human being living today.
Marcus Stevens (Man)
Marcus is thrilled to be making his Off-Broadway debut! A graduate of Point Park University, Marcus has had the opportunity to work at The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Sacramento Music Circus, and many others. Recently, he received a Barrymore nomination for playing Motel in the Walnut Street Theatre's Fiddler on the Roof. Marcus is a Richard Rodgers Award winning musical theatre writer and a member of the BMI Workshop. His musical Yo, Vikings!, written with Sam Willmott, has been produced in Philadelphia, Fresno and Pittsburgh. Much love to Mom, Dad, and Rachel, who have always put up with the wacky voices and impressions! www.marcus-stevens.com
Tweiss Productions (Associate Producer)
Sharon Weiss and Eileen B. Weiss: NY productions include Hell's Belles (West End Theatre & Midtown Theatre), A Short Wake (1st Irish Theatre Festival 2009) and the NY revival of Goodtime Charley. Regional: Between the Lines (Luna Stage). Eileen B. Weiss has worked for Broadway producers Michael Harvey, Lee Guber/Music Fair Group, The Shubert Organization, and Cameron Mackintosh. She worked for HBO, the Women's Project & Productions, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. In addition to the above projects with Sharon, Eileen co-wrote and produced Same Difference (West End Theatre) and Tickets Please, a documentary demo about Broadway usherettes.
Gerard Alessandrini (Creator, Writer & Director)
Gerard is best known for writing and directing all the editions of Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood in New York, Los Angeles, London and around the world. He was also a member of the original cast of Forbidden Broadway. Gerard is from Needham, Massachusetts and is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music. In 1982, he created Forbidden Broadway, which has spawned 18 editions, 8 cast albums and a record-breaking 30-year run in New York. Television credits include writing comedy specials for Bob Hope and Angela Lansbury on NBC, Carol Burnett on CBS and “Masterpiece Tonight,” a satirical revue saluting “Masterpiece Theatre” on PBS. He can be heard on four of the eight Forbidden Broadway cast albums and on the soundtracks of Disney’s Aladdin and Pocahontas. Directing credits include many corporate industrials and regional musicals, including a production of Maury Yeston’s musical In the Beginning. Gerard also co-directed a revival of Irving Berlin’s final musical Mr. President, which he updated & “politically corrected.” Gerard is the recipient of an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drama League and three Drama Desk Awards for Best Lyrics for Forbidden Broadway. He received the 2006 Tony® Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, and this year he was awarded a Legend of Off Broadway Award from The Off Broadway Alliance. Most recently his Madame X: The Musical won acclaim and multiple awards at the 2011 NYMF Festival; his holiday extravaganza The Nutcracker and I, written with Peter Brash was a smash at the George Street Theatre, and he is currently collaborating with Paul Mazursky and Bill Conti on a musical version of Mr. Mazursky’s film "Moon Over Parador".
David Apichell (Production Stage Manager)
Recent Off-Broadway: American Jornalero and Intringulis (INTAR Theatre); Eleven National Tours with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the final four as PSM; PSM at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival for three seasons and nine shows including Hamlet, The Bomb-itty of Errors, Taming of the Shrew, Pericles & Complete Works Abridged; Fulton Opera House: Thoroughly Modern Millie and Grease; Other regional credits include: Camelot, Sisters of Swing, Closer Than Ever, Pump Boys & Dinettes.
Paul Bartz (Producer)
Paul is President of Windwood Productions: Broadway: Hair, National Tours: Hair, The Music Man, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, Bye Bye Birdie, Little Women: The Musical, Altar Boyz, Urban Cowboy: The Musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Barry Manilow's Copacabana, Big River, Crazy For You, Hello Dolly!, Meet Me In St. Louis, The Goodbye Girl, Nuncrackers, International Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker, The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged), A Christmas Carol and Miracle on 34th Street. Paul is also President of Windwood Theatricals and has booked hundreds of tours over the past 35 years, including an 18 year association with Forbidden Broadway.
Michael Cassara (Casting Director)
Recent projects include Fat Camp (off-Broadway), Dames At Sea (dir. Randy Skinner), The City Club (Minetta Lane), The Jack Cole Project (dir. Chet Walker), The Man Who Came To Dinner (Peccadillo), Kingdom (The Old Globe) and countless readings, workshops and regional theatre productions. Resident Casting Director for the New York Musical Theatre Festival where he has cast over 50 new musicals since 2004. Native Clevelander. Member, Casting Society of America. Please visit www.MichaelCassara.net | @michaelcassara
Jamie Deroy (Associate Producer)
Broadway: Peter and The Starcatcher, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Catch Me If You Can, The Addams Family, Enron, A Behanding in Spokane, Lend Me A Tenor, All About Me, Miracle Worker, Finian’s Rainbow, Ragtime, Norman Conquests (TONY Award, Drama Desk), Blithe Spirit, Impressionism, Speed-the-Plow, All My Sons, The Seagull, November, Thurgood, The Country Girl, Coram Boy, Chita Rivera, among others. Off-Broadway: The Morini Strad; Harrison, Tx; Chasing Manet; Buffalo Gal; Beebo Brinker Chronicles; Make Me a Song; Dividing the Estate; Opus; Dedication, and more. London: King’s Speech, Marguerite, and Make Me a Song. TV: “Jamie deRoy & Friends,” “CityArts.” Film: "Broadway: The Golden Age". Numerous BackStage Bistro, Telly and MAC Awards.
Robert Drimeyer (Associate Producer)
Robert is thrilled to be a part of Forbidden Broadway. Broadway shows include the 2010 Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles (Associate Producer) and Elling (Producer). He produced Slap & Tickle by David Parr, directed by Obie Award-winner David Drake, at the Provincetown Theater in Provincetown, MA. In 2004 he co-produced the pre-election event Dear George: Letters to the President, which starred Rue McClanahan and benefited the Actors’ Fund of America. Robert is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute advanced training program. He is also a stand-up comic.
John Freedson (Producer)
John has been associated with Forbidden Broadway for most of its 30-year history and has produced the Special-Tony®-Award-winning New York company and touring company since 1994. John is also producer of the national tour of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and recently presented the acclaimed Madame X: The Musical for the 2011 NYMF Festival. With his producing partner Harriet Yellin, he produced Forbidden Broadway at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, in Los Angeles, San Diego, Detroit, Denver and on tour, as well as Forbidden Hollywood in Los Angeles, Japan, Singapore and Off-Broadway, as well as Mr. Alessandrini's revisal of Irving Berlin's Mr. President. He has directed Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood to acclaim around the world, winning the Jefferson Award for Best Direction for the Chicago production of FH. Mr. Freedson has co-produced 8 Forbidden Broadway CD’s for DRG records and, long ago, starred in the Off-Broadway and Boston productions. As a composer/ lyricist, he wrote three hit children's musicals: A Swan is Born, Aesop's Follies and Country Mouse/City Mouse, which toured with the New England Theatre Guild. His voice has been heard on numerous radio and television spots and jingles, several Forbidden Broadway CD's and Disney's Aladdin. Originally from Reading PA, Mr. Freedson attended the Boston Conservatory and is a graduate of Brandeis University.
Phillip George (Director)
As a director Off-Broadway: Shout!, Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood, Whoop-Dee-Doo (Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revue), Forbidden Broadway Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back, Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey (Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revue), The Remarkable Ruth Fields (1993 Bistro Award, Best Musical Best Director), When Pigs Fly (as Assoc. Director to Mark Waldrop), Blackout (Amas), Bring Me a Dwarf (Wing & Drop Co.), Miss Pretty Hard (Dance Theater Workshop with Katherine Griffith), Forbidden Broadway 1988–93. London: Kean (nominated for Evening Standard Award, Best New Musical), Forbidden Broadway (The Albery, West End), Shout!, Frankly, Scarlet (co-author with Peter Morris); Listen to the Wind, Much Revue About Nothing, Forbidden Broadway,The Famous Five, The Arcadians, Escape from Pterodactyl Island (1999 Michael Steward Award). Regionally: Forum (5th Ave Theatre, Seattle), Best Little Whorehouse, Footloose, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Annie Get Your Gun, The Secret Garden (Paper Mill). Currently Artistic Director of the Wing & Drop Co. Club Acts: Ruben Flores, Randall Frizado, Chris DiCristo.
Katie Haggerty (Assistant Stage Manager)
Off-Broadway/NYC: 5 years with Blue Man Group; twice PSM for The New School for Drama. Regional & Tours: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; 5 national tours with Theatreworks/USA. She is also an actor, with credits in regional theatres, summer stock and national tours. Currently: founder/executive director for PowerPlays Coaching, a company providing actors for corporate and legal training program role-plays and presentation skills coaching – more information at www.powerplays-coaching.com. Manhattan native; BFA: Emerson College, Boston.
Philip Heckman (Costume Design)
Philip is an Emmy-nominated costume designer for daytime television's “As the World Turns.” He recently completed the New York run of My Big Gay Italian Wedding. Other Off-Broadway credits include SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Go-Go Beach, We're Still Hot!, Are You There God? It's Me, Ann-Margret, Marry Me A Little, I Love My Wife, Enough About Me and The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman (Garland Award). Television credits include commercials, promos and shorts for LOGO, MTV, and VH1. Philip has also worked on several Broadway productions as a costume design assistant including Born Yesterday, The Boy From Oz, Chicago, Cry-Baby, Democracy, Flower Drum Song, Follies, Frost/Nixon, The Graduate, Kiss Me Kate, Mamma Mia!, Sideshow, and Spamalot. Philip received his MFA in costume design from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Carol Ostrow (Associate Producer )
Carol is a producer, actress, dancer and choreographer. Some of the shows she has produced are the award-winning After-Play by Anne Meara, A Room of One’s Own starring Eileen Atkins, Inside Out starring Jan Maxwell, Berlin to Broadway, Greetings starring Gregg Edelman, Jewish American Princesses of Comedy starring Jackie Hoffman, Beau Jest in 10 cities across America, Scent of the Rosesstarring Julie Harris and many more. Carol also produces films, runs a group sales ticket agency and is a fund raiser for many charities. Presently, Carol is attempting to restore The Actor's Temple.
Lawrence D. Poster (Associate Producer)
Lawrence organized Asparagus Entertainment in 2012 to pursue a lifelong dream of producing theater. He has been a Member of the Amateur Comedy Club for more than twenty-five years where, in addition to his contributions backstage and in the kitchen, he was seen as Sergeant Match in Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw and as an orderly in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His Producing debut began with Rags, the 1986 Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz, Joseph Stein Musical of immigrants on the Lower East Side which Mr. Poster hopes to return to Broadway. He has a number of new Shows he is working on bringing to New York – and is thrilled to be associated with Forbidden Broadway – Alive and Kicking.
Paxton Quigley (Associate Producer)
Paxton is the author of 5 published books, including the best seller, Armed & Female. She hosted The Paxton Quigley Empowerment Hour radio show & co-hosted the Alive Radio show, KMPC, L.A. Paxton appeared on Oprah, Charlie Rose, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Larry King, etc and has been profiled on 60 Minutes and in the Wall Street Journal. She has a BS degree from Northwestern in Communications & a Masters from University of Chicago in Anthropology. A member of the NYC Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s Committee, she is also owner of Country Sun Natural Foods Supermarket, Palo Alto, CA.
Paul Rice (Associate Producer)
Paul is a technology entrepreneur who now indulges a life-long love of film, theater and arts production. He is involved in documentary film-making, development of programs and facilities for arts education, and the advancement of arts and engineering businesses. Mr. Rice has been involved in the design and development of high-tech performance and teaching spaces, and was recently an associate producer of the national tour of the Tony award winning revival of Hair. He is delighted to be a part of bringing Forbidden Broadway back to audiences.
Harriet Yellin (Producer)
Harriet has been involved with Forbidden Broadway since 1984, when she produced and managed its six-year run in Boston. With John Freedson, she co-produced the most recent run of Forbidden Broadway in New York, as well as productions of both Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood all over the U.S. and world. She was co-producer and General Manager of Forever Plaid's four-year run in Boston, and spent over 15 years with Blue Man Group, as CFO of what became an international organization with 7 shows and over 700 employees. In another long-ago life, she was a high-powered political consultant; she has worked for numerous senatorial and gubernatorial candidates and was National Media Director for the Dukakis and Tsongas Presidential campaigns.
Bobbie Cliffton Zlotnik (Wig Design)
Bobbie is more than ecstatic to be making his Off-Broadway design debut with Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking after having been a fan of the shows for years! He most recently designed and built wigs for The Marvelous Wonderettesat Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Hairspray and My Fairytale at PCPA Theaterfest, and spent seasons at The Ogunquit Playhouse, Pittsburgh Playhouse and Pittsburgh CLO. In addition to design, Bobbie is currently a hair dresser sub on the Broadway productions of Disney's Mary Poppins and Memphis. For more info, visit: www.BobbieClifftonZlotnik.com.