Most Likely To Die

10/14/2010 - 10/14/2010

Ten years ago, they were on top of the world.  The senior superlatives. The most popular kids in school.  Then something horrifying occurred.  Now it’s time for their ten-year reunion, and someone is taking their deadly revenge. In this terrifying slasher musical, only one thing is certain – few will survive, now that someone has voted them all Most Likely To Die.


Courtney Balan (Katherine)

Broadway: [title of show] (stand-by), Cry-Baby (Hatchet Face), and In My Life (Ensemble, Jenny u/s). Off-Broadway: [title of show]; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman 1); The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy Miller), How To Save the World... (stand-by) and I Love You Because (NYC Woman). Courtney has also had the opportunity to create roles in numerous readings and workshops of new musicals. Graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre department. Member of AEA. For more information please visit

Jennifer Blood (April/Jillian)

Jennifer Blood was recently seen as Sarah in Falling For Eve at the York. Other New York faves include Rosemary in Peter Mills The Flood, Jackie West in Dan and Sammy's Like You Like It, Phoebe in Suzanne Bradbeer's Full Bloom, Blossom in Susan and God with the Mint Theater Company and Desdemona in Othello at The Kirk. Elsewhere: Clara in Light in the Piazza (Maine State), Antonia in Man of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Circus), Emily in Third (Philadelphia Theater Company), Kelly in Dying City (Lyric Stage Boston), and Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Casa Manana). Jen has an imaginary boyfriend who she has thanked in bios for the last ten years and recently forgot to mention so she feels obliged to put his name here even though she doesn't usually thank him on the internets: Jake.

Alison Cimmet (Monica/Sex Kitten)

Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities (Hirschfeld Theatre), Chance & Chemistry – A CentennialCelebration of Frank Loesser (Actors Fund benefit, Minskoff Theatre). NY Favorites: FindingNemo (Disney workshop & cast recording), Taxi Cabaret (Primary Stages), Sense & Sensibility(Playwrights Horizons reading). Regional Favorites: Mame (Kennedy Center), Annie Get YourGun (Carousel Dinner Theatre), All About Eve (Portland Players), Twelfth Night (Prince MusicTheatre), Fiddler on the Roof (West Virginia Public Theatre), Cinderella (Casa Manana).Training: Brown University, Tanglewood Music Institute, Upright Citizens Brigade. Please for more.

Paul Downs Colaizzo (Freddy/Billy)

Van on As The World Turns. National Tours: Disney’s High School Musical 2 (Original Cast), High School Musical, Great Expectations. New York: Veritas, Twilight in Manchego, The Brain from Planet X, Snakebit. Regional: Fiddler on the Roof, Merrily We Roll Along. For Cubby Bernstein fans: Dyllun von Ritter (for which he was also an Associate Producer and Creative Consultant.) Paul is also a writer. His plays Really Really, Little Gives, and A Dog's Tale (or The Thing about Getting) make up the three plays in his Want/Give/Get Trilogy and have all received readings at the Kennedy Center. He’s currently writing the book to the musical Finding Robert Hutchens, music and lyrics by Nick Blaemire (commissioned by Broadway Across America).  BFA from NYU Tisch.

Brian Gallagher (Paul)

New York: The Awesome 80s Prom, The Happy Embalmer, Shakedown Street (a Grateful Dead musical), She Can't Believe She Said That, Tess: A New Rock Opera. Europe/ Tokyo: The Who's Tommy (Cousin Kevin). U.S. National Tours: The Who's Tommy, Cats (Tugger), South Pacific, The Scarlet Pimpernel. I'm honored and thrilled to be working on this new and original piece with this incredible bunch of people. 

Andrew Kober (Dave)

Andrew Kober grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  After getting his BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University, he joined the First National Tour of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. He made his Broadway debut in the Original Cast of the Tony-Winning Revival of HAIR.  With HAIR, he's performed on The Tony Awards, The View, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the last two Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades.  Last spring, he made his West End debut when HAIR opens in London.

Hayley Podschun (Cindy)

Hayley Podschun is currently starring in the off-Broadway production of Freckleface Strawberry!  Broadway: Pal Joey, Sunday in the Park with George, Hairspray (as well as the First National Tour), and The Sound of Music.  Regional: Wendy in Peter Pan (Paper Mill), Iola Stover in Parade (Mark Taper Forum), and Penny in Hairspray (Sacramento Music Circus). TV/Film: ‘Louie’ (FX), ‘Hairspray’ (New Line Cinema).

Desiree Rodriguez (Desiree)

Desiree Rodriguez most recently performed in This One Girl's Story in the role of Lourdes, and this coming January will star as Ana in the national tour of Barrio Grrrl.  She has toured in the one-woman show Tres Vidas (Core Ensemble) where she played Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Storni. She originated the role of Regina in Street Lights at MTC and has also performed the role of Marisa in the East Coast Premiere of Kingdom, Lucille Frank in Parade, and Maria in Twelfth Night.  For the recent national tour and Broadway revival of West Side Story, she worked with Director Arthur Laurents and the creative team as the language consultant/dialect coach.  She received her BFA in Acting from Montclair State University and is a member of Actors Equity Association.

Tally Sessions (Colby)

National Tours:  South Pacific (LCT), Legally BlondeDirty Rotten Scoundrels. Off-Broadway: Anyone Can Whistle (Encores!),Yank!Godspell. Other NY: Main-Travelled RoadsThe ChildrenTim and Scrooge, The Happy Prince. REGIONAL: The Old Globe,Signature Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Westport Country Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Florida Stage, Actors’ Playhouse, SpeakEasy Stage Company.  Graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Proud AEA member.

Teal Wicks (Jenny)

Wicked (Elphaba) San Francisco and Los Angeles productions, Pippin (Catherine) National Tour. NY – Encores! Stairway to Paradise, Fahrenheit 451 (Godlight Theatre Company- 59E59), The $trip (Nerve Ensemble), Justin Bond: Close to You. Regional - 1776, Pippin (Goodspeed Musicals), Turandot Rumble for the Ring (Bay Street Theatre). Graduate of the University of California Irvine, Claire Trevor School of the Arts. A California native proud to be celebrating my 5th Anniversary of calling NYC home… I totally ‘heart’ it.

William Youmans (Mitchell)

Broadway Original Casts (and cast albums): Finian's RainbowWickedThe Pirate Queen, Titanic, Baz Luhrman's La Boheme, Big River, The Little Foxes (w. Eliz. Taylor), The Farnsworth Invention.  Off Broadway: The Widow Claire, (Horton Foote), Brundibar/Giraffe (Tony Kushner), Road Show (Sondheim), Weird Romance (Alan Menken/David Spencer), Coraline, Miracle Brothers, The Orphan of Zhao  (Lincoln Center Theater).  Lots of movies and TV.

Creative Team

Christopher Barnes (Book and Lyrics)

Christopher Barnes is a graduate of both NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the BMI Engel Lehman Musical Workshop.  He wrote the lyrics to Ryan Mercy's music for JUST LIKE MAGIC, GAGE PART ONE, and the upcoming DIRT ROADS.  He also wrote the book and lyrics for GIRLS GONE WILD THE MUSICAL.  He would like to thank his family in Georgia and all of his friends for being so supportive.  Most importantly though, he would like to thank his high-school classmates for voting him Most Likely To Succeed.  If they had voted him Best Dressed, he probably wouldn't be having so much fun trying to write musicals in the hopes of one day living up to the title.

Kate Michael Gibson (Associate Producer)

Kate Michael Gibson has performed, produced, managed, crewed, designed, developed, directed, authored and co-authored in her many years in the theater. Over the pastdecade she has collaborated on varied projects with colleagues in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and New York. During her six years in Austin, Texas, she worked with Austin Shakespeare Festival, The Vortex Theatre and Austin Playhouse.  Kate has written two novels; Ageless (now being adapted for screen) and Synonymously (co-author). Last year, her screenplay Shooting Starr (co-author) was selected as a semi-finalist in L.A.’s Blue Cat Screenwriting Competition and as a Second Rounder at Austin Film Festival.  2009 also saw the completion of Kate’s first full-length play, Paramita. She is currently working on a new screenplay entitled "Switch" and is in the process of adapting for the screen Letha Albright’s novel, Bed of Stone.  She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two cats.

John Herget (Executive Producer)

John Von Herget is thrilled to be a part of the Most Likely to Die team and partnering with the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) to present the show’s first public performances.  He was a co-producer of Not-A-Penny Productions in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for two years.  Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, he has been a resident of New York City since 2003. He has appeared as an actor regionally in Joshua’s Boots (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Showboat (Natchez Festival of Music), and Christmas Carol Rag (Kalliope Stage, Cleveland, OH). In New York City, he has appeared off-Broadway with Musicals Tonight in Mademoiselle Modiste and Chocolate Soldier, as well as a number of opera and musical theatre readings and workshops. Film appearances include Manchurian Candidate, Saving Shiloh, and Good Shepherd.  Television appearances include 30 Rock, Mad Men, and Rescue Me, and several pilots.  John holds a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from the University of Arkansas. He is a development officer at Lambda Legal, the nation’s most acclaimed GLBT civil rights legal defense and advocacy organization.

Elizabeth Lucas (Director)

Elizabeth Lucas is making her feature directing debut with three feature-length genre movies about New York City: her rock movie musical, CLEAR BLUE TUESDAY, her slasher flick, RED HOOK, and her Sci-fi FADE TO WHITE. She's also made three shorts, including the multi-award-winning ISABELLA RICO, which appeared in 33 festivals worldwide and won Best Director and Special Achievement awards. A long-time stage director and a New York Musical Theatre Festival Founding Producer, Elizabeth has premiered a number of new musicals and directs regionally. She continues to direct for both stage and screen. Visit for more information.

Ryan Mercy (Music)

Ryan Mercy has been writing music for stage for as long as he can remember.  He also wrote the music for JUST LIKE MAGIC, GAGE PART ONE, and the up-coming DIRT ROADS with his writing partner, Christopher Barnes.  He is super thrilled to be involved with NYMF and sends his love and thanks to all the supportive people in his life, expecially Jamie, Steven, MJR, John, his family, and Chris.  Ryan was never voted "most likely" to be anything in highschool, and if he's learned anything from this slasher musical, it's probably for the best.

Michael James Roy (Orchestrations/Musical Director)

Michael James Roy is a pianist, music director, arranger and composer.  He has directed and musically directed across the United States, including shows for the Williamstown Theatre Festival as well as the New York Musical Theatre Festival. As a composer, Michael James’ latest musical LIFE'S A BEACH, AND THEN YOU DIE made it’s NYC premiere at the West End Theatre.  He currently can be seen playing at Marie's Crisis and The Time Out New York Lounge.