Play It Cool
Michael Buchanan (Will)
Broadway: The Addams Family, Cry-Baby. Other credits: White Noise (Chicago), Fat Camp (Cleveland), The Addams Family (Chicago). Hair-Woof (Arizona Theatre Co.), Cry-Baby (La Jolla Playhouse), Urinetown-Bobby (2006 Joseph Jefferson Award Winner-Best Actor in a Musical), Mame (Kennedy Center), Pirates of Penzance (Guthrie), A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (Goodspeed), The Cure (NYMF), Go Go Beach (NYMF), West Side Story-Tony, Forever Plaid-Jinx, The Fantasticks-Matt. www.MichaelBuchananOnline.com
Chris Hoch (Eddie)
Broadway: La Cage aux Folles, Shrek, Spamalot, Dracula, Beauty and the Beast. Off-Broadway: Die, Mommie, Die!; Face the Music (Encores!). Regional: Dracula, Zhivago, Palm Beach, Private Fittings (all La Jolla Playhouse); Candida (Prince Music Theater); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (City Theatre). Television: "30 Rock," "Third Watch," "Guiding Light," "All My Children," "The Good Wife."
Robyn Hurder (Lena)
is happy to return to NYC after playing "Roxie" in Mason Street Warehouse's production of Chicago this summer. Her Broadway credits include: Grease (Marty), Chicago (Mona, u/s Roxie), The Wedding Singer (Donatella, u/s Holly) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Violet). National Tours: A Chorus Line (Cassie), Spamalot (Lady of The Lake u/s) Starlight Express (Pearl). Robyn is also an original member of The Broadway Dolls, www.thebroadwaydolls.com. When she's not chirping and wiggling, she is playing her favorite roles of 'wife' to her amazing husband Clyde and 'mom' to their two beautiful Boxers Sophie and Marieila. So much gratitude to her rock star agents at Professional Artists and her endlessly supportive parents.
Sally Mayes (Mary)
Broadway: Welcome To The Club (Theatre World and Outer Critics circle nomination), She Loves Me (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Urban Cowboy (Drama Desk nomination), Steel Magnolias. Off-Broadway: Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Circle nomination), and Das Barbecue, Pete n' Keely (Drama Desk nomination), Good Ol' Girls, The Best Is Yet To Come. National Tour: Dirty Blonde. Film/Television: "City Hall," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Law and Order Criminal Intent," "Sex and the City," and "The Job." Five solo recordings and countless cast albums. www.sallymayes.net
Michael F. McGuirk (Henry)
is happy to be returning to Play it Cool and is extremely grateful to the creative team for the wonderful opportunity they have given him. Originally from Chatham, NJ, he worked as a chimney sweep before moving to NY to pursue acting. Off-Broadway credits: An Evening at the Carlyle, Sessions. Regional: Oklahoma (Jud), Oliver (Bill Sykes), Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas), Jekyll & Hyde (Stride), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Lost in Yonkers (Uncle Louie), And Then There Were None (Philip Lombard), The Dumb Waiter (Gus). TV: "As the World Turns," "One Life to Live, "Comedy Central, and MTV. He would like to thank his mother who always believed in him and Amanda for always being there. For more information go to www.michaelmcguirk.com
Jim Andron (Additional Music)
has had his songs covered by such stars as Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis and Stephanie Mills and Jack Jones. He produced and co-wrote most of the songs on Mark Winkler's first CD Jazz Life.
Joe Baker (Music Supervisor/Arrangements)
has been working on Broadway as a pianist, arranger, orchestrator, composer, and conductor for over 20 years: Shows include: SHREK, Wicked, Footloose, The Lion King, Blood Brothers, The Life, Grand Hotel, Starlight Express, Little Shop of Horrors and others. He has arranged/conducted/performed for many wonderful performers such as Carole King, Art Garfunkel, Petula Clarke, Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams, Ronan Tynan, Savion Glover, Helen Reddy, and from Broadway Mark Mcvey, Brad Little, Judy Mclane, and more. In Film and Television he's best known for his score for the film MAD HOT BALLROOM and the PBS series DITTYDOODLEWORKS. By far his best arrangements yet are his family: Singer Renae, Film/TV actor David, and Broadway Actress Rozi. www.bakerboysmusic.com.
Therese Bruck (Costume Design)
is currently the Costume Director for NYU UGD Tisch. She was recently the resident Costume Manager for the internationally renowned Blue Man Group. Therese's New York design credits include The Sum of Us (with Tony Goldwyn), Demonology (with Marisa Tomei), Arts and Leisure (directed by Joanne Akalitis) Down the Road (with Eric Stoltz), Veins and Thumbtacks (directed by Ethan Hawke), A Life in the Theater (with F. Murray Abraham) and The Suffering Colonel (directed by Matthew Broderick). Therese's regional designs include Picnic (starring Blythe Danner, Jane Krakowski and Gwyneth Paltrow), Moonstone (starring Tony Award winner James Naughton). Therese last collaborated with Director Sharon Rosen on Always Patsy Cline (starring Sally Struthers) in Las Vegas.
Carl Casella (Sound Design)
for more then twenty five years has worked as a designer and producer for some of New York's busiest recording studios and Fortune 500 companies. Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: Baby its You; Little House on the Prairie; Story of My Life, A Tale of Two Cities, American Buffalo, Xanadu; Mask, Ray Charles the Musical; Frankenstein; Moon for the Misbegotten; Ring of Fire; Once Around the Sun; Sly Fox; Little Shop of Horrors; Raisin in the Sun; Sexaholix; Adult Entertainment. A Member of Sound Associates, Inc.
Martin Casella (Co-Bookwriter)
Plays: The Irish Curse (Off-Broadway; London; Dublin; Edinburgh; FringeNYC; published by Samuel French); Scituate; George Bush Goes to Hell; Grand Junction; Desert Fire; Beautiful Dreamer; Paydirt; Mates. Musicals: Saint Heaven; Paper Moon; Happy Holidays; Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll and Doo-Dah! Films: One Night Stand, directed by Talia Shire. Daytime: "One Life To Live." Screenplays: Tom's Dad, for director Lasse Hallstrom; Busted Jesus Comix; and Free Money. Newest plays: Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead, and Miss Maude, about Life photographer Eugene Smith. New musicals: Fauntleroy, with composer/lyricist Keith Gordon; and Midsummer Night's Dream, a big band updating of Shakespeare's classic. Taught playwriting at Cal Arts; currently at the Harvey Milk School in NYC. Dramatists Guild, WGA, SAG, AEA. www.martincasella.weebly.com.
Michael Cassara (Casting Director)
recent projects include Fat Camp (pre-Broadway, dir. Casey Hushion), Kingdom (The Old Globe, dir. Ron Daniels), A Little Night Music (starring Penny Fuller and Mark Jacoby), The Molly Maguires (dir. Sheryl Kaller), Another Part Of The Forest (The Peccadillo). Regional: The Old Globe, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Gulfshore Playhouse, and more. Michael is the resident casting director of the NewYork Musical Theatre Festival, where he has cast over 45 musicals since the festival's inception in 2004, including The Yellow Wood (dir. Tony-Award Winner B.D. Wong), All Fall Down (dir. Lonny Price), and the upcoming F@!#ing Hipsters (dir. John Carrafa). Native Clevelander. Member, Casting Society of America. http://www.michaelcassara.net.
Production Core (Production Supervisor)
lendssupport and guidance to theatre companies who produce high quality theatrical performances and events,who need direction/support on the collaboration, planning and execution of the production process. The Production Core team is James E. Cleveland, Katy Yonally, Joshua Scherr, Jared Goldstein, Adrian White, Rob Reese and Ron Grimshaw. Current projects include: The Cherry Orchard at Classic Stage Company, The Ohmies at Playwrights Horizons, Septimus &Clarissa at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Invasion! at The Flea Theatre and Kithless in Paradise at Theatre Row. www.productioncore.net
Michael Cruz (Additional Music)
was a collaborator of Mark Winkler's and contributed songs for Fame the TV series and Kids Incorporated. He passed away in 1993.
Peter Fitzgerald (Sound Design)
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Ghetto Klown, tours of Burn the Floor and Wishful Drinking, Twist, in development at the Pasadena Playhouse. He is President of Sound Associates, Inc. and founding partner in GPR Records. Noted designs: Will Farrell's Your Welcome America, 2011 New York Philharmonic's broadcast production of Company, Movin' Out, Gypsy, Paul Simon's The Capeman, The Will Rogers Follies, 42nd Street, La Cage Aux Folles, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, City of Angels, and The Life. Noted plays: Blithe Spirit, The Odd Couple, M. Butterfly, The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Peter and wife Maritza are the proud parents of daughters Lori and Mallori.
Roy Gabay (General Manager)
Credits include Becoming Chaplin; Once; Rock of Ages; Fela!; The 39 Steps; The Little Dog Laughed; True West; Metamorphoses; Frozen; Side Man (Tony Award); A View From the Bridge (Tony Award); How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize); Wit (Pulitzer Prize); Three Tall Women (Pulitzer Prize); The Last Five Years; tick, tick...BOOM!
Larry Dean Harris (Co-Bookwriter and Conceived By)
is a co-founder of LA-based theatre company, Playwrights 6, which provided seed money for Play It Cool's initial development. He is a long-term board member of Celebration Theatre, which produced the world premiere of Play It Cool, earning Critic's Pick honors in the LA Times, LA Weekly and Backstage West. Harris' original book also received an Ovation nomination for World Premiere Musical. His first play, BibleStories, brought him an LA Weekly Theatre Award nomination for Best Playwriting. His most recent play, The Prodigal Father, earned a Featured Actress Ovation nomination for Josette DiCarlo. He is now the Los Angeles regional representative of the Dramatists Guild and - for the last two years - has been performing excerpts and developing his first solo show Witness to the Bizarre.
Marilyn Harris (Additional Music)
is a gold record awarded singer/composer whose last two CDs of original compositions have featured nine collaborations with Mark Winkler. She has sung on CDs with Jim Brickman and Phillip Ingram. Her voice has been heard on many national commercials and her latest recording Round Trip featuring the cream of la musicians reached #25 on the Jazz charts.
Mary's Hideaway (Producer)
has been supporting Play It Cool since 2005 and is very excited to bring it to Off Broadway.
Marc Kimelman (Choreographer)
New York City Ballet: Seven Deadly Sins (Asst. to LynneTaylor-Corbett). Stratford Shakespeare Festival/La Jolla Playhouse: Jesus Christ Superstar (Asst.Choreographer). Phish at Madison Square Garden(Assoc. Choreographer). Film/Television: Degrassi:TheNext Generation, InstantStar, Love LetterFromAnOpen Grave. Regional: ANewBrain, John &Jen, WestSide Story, High School Musical, Grease, Little Shopof Horrors. Benefit Concerts: Company, Assassins.Performance highlights: Katy Perry, Deborah Cox,Neil Young, Chaka Kahn, Hairspray (feature film) andtwo seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival(West Side Story, Cabaret, A Funny Thing... Forum,The Trojan Women). Thanks to Sharon Rosen, PamelaCooper, Steve Gaetoand Talent House. Love to familyand friends, www.marckimelman.com
David Libby (Music Director/Smokey)
Music Director credits include The Shadow Sparrow (O'Neill NMTC), That Other Woman's Child (NYMF), A Lasting Impression (East 3rd Productions), The Fantasticks (Gallery Players), Little Mary (Not For Broadway Festival) and My Way (Infinity Theatre). Keyboardist credits include Beauty and the Beast (Las Vegas) and Kiss Me Kate (First National Broadway Tour). David received his M.M. in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University, where he was Teaching Assistant to Kenny Barron. David has performed with jazz artists Bobby Watson, Sam Newsome,and Mickey Roker. He is currently arranging songs from the MGM catalog for Chasing Rainbows, a new musical about Judy Garland's early life, book by Thomas Meehan. B.A., Bowdoin College. Love and thanks to his wife, Tina Marie Casamento.
HHC Marketing (Marketing/Advertising)
Current: Jersey Boys, Silence!, Play it Cool, Judy Gold in The Judy Show, Triassic Parq, Outlaws, season two of "The A-List NewYork," The York Theatre Company, Soldier's Song, 20 at 20, BroadwayBox.com, Broadwaylnsider.com, TheMenEvent.com and street teams for a number of shows on Broadway. Previous clients include Fela, The 39 Steps, Colin Quinn Long Story Short, Lombardi, Spamalot, Xanadu, Yank, Enter Laughing, [Title of Show] and over 200 other Broadway and Off Broadway shows.
Emilio Palame (Additional Music)
is a keyboardist composer who writes music for many TV shows such as Nickelodeon's Ned's Declassified Files. He also has played on recordings with Sam Riney and Grant Geissman as well as his own CD Home Free. He was part of a new age musical group with Mark Winkler in the 90s called "Amarna" that toured Japan and the US.
Jane Pole (Production Stage Manager)
Broadway: The Addams Family, Macbeth, Tartuffe. Off-Broadway includes: On The Levee, What Once We Felt, Good Ol' Girls, Evil Dead The Musical; Measure for Pleasure; Almost Heaven; Coriolanus; Svejk; The Oldest Profession; Franny's Way; Breath, Boom. BAM: The Bridge Project - The Cherry Orchard & Winter's Tale (& International Tour), Macbeth, Happy Days; King Lear; The Seagull; Medea. NYSAF: The Boy Who Heard Music; Geometry of Fire; Jerry Christmas; Dangerous Beauty; Defiance. Over 50 productions for the RSC, working with Sir Peter Hall, Sam Mendes, Edward Hall, Matthew Warchus, David Leveaux and others.
Sharon Rosen (Director)
has been a part of the development of Play It Cool since 2005. She and Martin Casella are working on a musical based on Midsummer that takes place in a WWII Stage Door Canteen. Directing: LA premiere of Always Patsy Cline starring Sally Struthers (best production honors in Las Vegas 2000); LA premiere of Judevine (three Drama-Logue Awards); Drowning in Euphoria at the McGinn-Cazale Theatre New York; Still Photos, and The Portrait Norman Rockwell Forgot to Paint. Producing: Vanities the Musical at Second Stage, The Tricky Part (Obie Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critic's nominations); They Wrote That? The Songs of Mann & Weil; RUMI (with Paul Sills), and the American premiere of Slow Love (seven Drama-League awards). Consulting producer: off-Broadway's The Irish Curse. She and writing partner Ethan Schwartz just finished book one in the children's book series, "The Green Team." Sharon has taught Acting, Directing and Communications at various universities including NYU, Brooklyn College. Sharon and her dog, Quincy, volunteer at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital to provide pet therapy for patients.
Joshua Speed Schwartz (Hair/Wig Design)
began his theater career as a costume designer. He graduated from NYU in 2008 with a BFA in theater, and has since been freelancing as a costume and clothing designer, as well as a hairstylist and makeup artist in theater, TV, and fashion. He has been a hair stylist for Broadway and Off Broadway shows, including Catch Me If You Can, Priscilla, Chicago, Rock of Ages, and Burleigh Grimes, as well as specialty makeup for America's Got Talent. This is his first Off Broadway Design credit.
Deb Sullivan (Lighting Design)
is happy to return to Play It Cool having designed it as part of NYMF 2008. New York credits include The Public Theater/NYSF; The Ruby Sunrise and The Human Scale. Women's Theatre Project, SPF (Summer Play Festival), NY Fringe Festival. Regional Theatre: At Actors' Theatre of Louisville Ms. Sullivan designed 12 world premiers as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Berkshire Theatre Festival, City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh), Cleveland Play House, Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston), Trinity Repertory Company. Other credits include New Repertory Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Gloucester Stage Company, and Festival Ballet Providence. Deb is a member of United Scenic Artists and the proud mother of Tallula, a wicked big toddler.
Phillip Swann (Composer)
songs have been heard in television, film and recorded by numerous recording artists including: Clay Aiken, Lee Ann Womack, Blake Shelton, Neal McCoy and Lee Greenwood. For the stage, Swann is the composer of The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet -nominated for three Jeffrey Joseph Awards including Best New Musical and, DeLEARious, 2009 Garland Award winner for Best New Score. Currently, Swann teaches song writing at UCLA and sits on the Board of Advisors for the school's Music Production Program. His solo CD, Stale Scotch and Cheap Cigars was released in May. Originally from Milton, West Virginia, Phil now makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife, theatre educator, Amanda Swann. www.philswann.com
Thomas A. Walsh (Set Design)
defying all odds, he has freely migrated among the many different design disciplines of feature films, Imax, mini and episodic series, documentaries, Broadway dramas, musicals, and regional theatre. He is the winner of the Emmy Award for his designs for CBS', "Buddy Faro," and he originated the hit ABC series, "Desperate Housewives." Currently he is the designer for the popular series, "In Plain Sight." On Broadway Walsh designed the Tony Award winning production of Children of A Lesser God and the critically acclaimed production of Zoot Suit. For his mentor, designer, Tony Walton, he worked on the Broadway productions of I'm Not Rappaport, The Real Thing, My One and Only and Social Security. You can see Tom's work at thomasawalsh.net.
Mark Winkler (Lyricist)
is the platinum award winning singer/lyricist who has had over 200 of his songs recorded by Dianne Reeves, Liza Minnelli, Lea Salonga and Claire Martin. He is the co-writer of Naked Boys Singing! which is in its 12th year off Broadway. He is the creator/co-writer of Too Old For The Chorus which has played in San Diego, Los Angeles and Seattle and was recently published by Samuel French. He also is co-writer/book writer of Bark! which is now touring the country. His CD Till I Get It Right was named as one of the best Vocal Jazz CDs of 2009 by Jazz Times Magazine - and his 11th CD as an artist/writer Sweet Spot has just been released to great acclaim. www.markwinklermusic.com