The Big Bank
The Big Bank of Brooklyn revels in foreclosing on homes and dreams. But the bank's long-time employee, Stuart Stevens, has lost his passion for repossession and finds himself falling in love with Iris, the owner of a flower shop he's been ordered to foreclose on. Meanwhile, a radical environmentalist and his precocious 11-year old daughter, Parsley, plot their revenge. Will the bank go bust? Or BOOM!? A wacky wonderful musical for our time.
Klea Blackhurst (Sage Green)
Klea is an actress, singer and comedienne who is best known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything The Traffic Will Allow. Among many accolades, this production earned her the inaugural Special Achievement Award from “Time Out New York” magazine and the recording of "Everything the Traffic Will Allow" was named one of the top ten show albums of 2002 by Talkin’ Broadway.com. Klea next turned her passion for musical-theatre history toward the Broadway career of composer Vernon Duke and debuted Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway at New York's Café Carlyle with a subsequent sold-out engagement at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. Her most recent project, “Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael,” is a collaboration with Billy Stritch. They celebrated their CD release with a packed performance at Birdland, where she is also a frequent guest host for Jim Caruso’s infamous Cast Party. Klea has performed with symphonies, orchestras and in theatrical productions across the country and abroad including the London Palladium presentation of Jerry Herman’s Broadway with Angela Lansbury, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 10 Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Conventions, New York’s Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y Lyrics & Lyricists, (Leo Robin & Cole Porter) The Chicago Humanities Festival and as Ado Annie in the BBC Proms concert of Oklahoma! in London’s Royal Albert Hall. This January, Klea will be featured as Shelby Cross, former prosecutor and hypercritical pundit on the new IFC Channel comedy series, “The Onion News Network.” This past winter, Klea was thrilled to work with legendary comedian Jerry Lewis, Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes to help bring Miss Lemon to life in a workshop of a musical version of The Nutty Professor. Theatre credits include: New York - Bingo, By Jupiter, Radio Gals, Oil City Symphony; Regional – Call Me Madam, Chicago, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Red Hot and Blue, Anything Goes. TV and radio: “Law and Order: SVU,” “The Rosie O'Donnell Show,” “Sesame Street” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Piper Goodeve (Iris Jablonski)
Off-Broadway: Anne in Anne of Green Gables (Drama League Award nomination; Original Cast Recording; OCR named one of the Top Ten Cast Albums of 2008 by TalkinBroadway.com). Regional: McCarter, Trinity Rep, Merrimack Rep, Weston Playhouse, Hangar Theater (Syracuse Area Live Theater Award nomination for Best Actress) and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Canadian Premiere). Film: Bereft(Jill, Showtime) MFA: Brown University. Shakespeare Performance: RADA, London. Piper also narrates audiobooks for Audible. www.pipergoodeve.com
Stacey Todd Holt (Stuart Stevens)
happily returns to NYMF where he appeared as Slim Johnson in Idaho, winner 2008 Best of Fest Audience Award. Broadway appearances include Crazy for You, Big, Contact, The Producers, Cry-Baby, and Elf. Off Broadway/NYC credits include Contact, Anything Cole, and Funny Girl. National tours include Young Frankenstein, Contact, and Crazy for You. He served as Matthew Broderick's stand in for the movie The Producers. Most recently, he was a finalist in The Metropolitan Rooms "Metro Star" competition.
Bryan Hunt (Jordan Jacobs)
Bryan Hunt just moved to NYC and is excited to be making his NYMF debut. He recently graduated from the Boston Conservatory and appeared this past summer inHair and A Chorus Line at New Bedford Festival Theatre. This holiday season you can find him tapping in the Ensemble of Irving Berlin's White Christmas at Paper Mill Playhouse. Thanks to David Glenn Armstrong, this incredibly talented cast, crew, creative team, The Mine, Mom, Dad and Alicia.
Daniel Marcus (Clarence Underwood)
Broadway: Pal Joey, 1776 (cast album), Woman in White, A Christmas Carol, The Pirates of Penzance (cast album) and Urinetown! (cast album) in which he originated the role of Officer Barrel. Off-Broadway includes Public Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park (both for Joe Papp) and recently Our Town and Adding Machine (cast album), both directed by the brilliant David Cromer. And last yearParadise Found at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory co-directed by Susan Stroman and Hal Prince.
Con O'Shea-Creal (Fred Fishman)
A native Nebraskan who now lives in Brooklyn!Broadway/National Tour: Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Regional: Goodspeed Musicals, Casa Manana, Lyric Theatre,,OK, Westchester Broadway Theatre. Company member of Noah Racey's New York Song & Dance Co. BFA Univ. of Oklahoma and proud AEA member.
James Patterson (Micky McMillion)
Broadway/Tours: Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, State Fair, Cats. Other:Le Comte Ory (Metropolitan Opera), Stairway to Paradise (Encores!), Barnaby Slade inSail Away (Carnegie Hall), Mame (Kennedy Center), Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie(Northshore Music Theatre), Bert Barry in 42nd Street (Sacramento Music Circus), Gene Kelley in What A Glorious Feeling (Adirondack Theatre Festival).
Alex Puette (Greg Goodwin)
Alex is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut with The Big Bank! Most recently, Alex was seen in the First National Tours of Young Frankenstein (u/s Monster) and Legally Blonde. Regional: The St. Louis MUNY, West Virginia Public Theatre, Kansas City Starlight. Alex is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!). Thanks to friends and family for all of their love and support!
Carly Rose Sonenclar (Parsley Underwood)
Carly who is 12 years old, started singing at the age of two, and has not stopped since! She began her professional career in 2006 in The Night of the Hunter in which she played the lead role of Pearl. Carly made her Broadway debut at the age of seven in Les Miserables as Young Cosette and understudying Gavroche. Most recently Carly originated the principal role of Chloe in Wonderland on Broadway, and is a featured soloist on the cast CD. She appeared in the national tour of Little House on the Prairie with Melissa Gilbert, originating the principal role of Carrie. Big screen credits include Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and The Nanny Diaries. Carly recently made her television debut as Gilda Flip in Season Three of The Electric Company, currently airing on PBS. Vocal appearances include singing the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Dodgers, for the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden and being selected to sing at the US Open Tennis Tournament. She is proud to volunteer her time to support various charities, including performing at the K.I.D.S. Fashion Delivers benefit at which Barack Obama was the keynote speaker, and The Hillside Food Outreach benefit, accompanied by Bernie Williams. Carly is currently working with The Starlight Children’s Foundation of NY/NJ and CT.
Michael Alifanz (Assistant Stage Manager)
Broadway: The 24 Hour Plays, Broadway Backwards 5, The American Plan. Regional: A Doll's House (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Off-Broadway: Little Black Dress, The 24 Hour Musicals, The Last Castrato, Stunt Girl (Reading), Havana Journal 2004, Lotus Feet, All Fall Down, The Last Starfighter, Summer Shorts I-IV, From Up Here, Artfuckers, All Eyes and Ears,Kingdom, Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, Kissing Fidel, points of departure,Tight Embrace. Education: MFA in Stage Management from Columbia University.
David Glenn Armstrong (Director)
has staged over 150 productions/workshops seen in 49 states including work at the Public, Goodspeed Opera, Walnut Street, Manhattan Theatre Club, Library of Congress, Inge Festival, Chicago Humanities Festival, Amas, HERE, York, New Dramatists, Pacific Repertory Opera, Mason Street, Arkansas Rep, NYMF, Riverside, Anchorage Opera, Iowa Shakespeare, and NY Fringe. Favorites include the premieres of Sheldon Harnick’s A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Anthony Rapp, Burke Moses, John Schuck), Judith Steir’s Only a Kingdom (Max von Essen, Jill Paice, Donna Lynne Champlin), Joan Ross Sorkin’s (mis)Understanding Mammy (Drama Desk nominee Capathia Jenkins); Sorkin and Steven Fisher’s In the Theatre (Beth Fowler, Judy Kaye); Ed Dixon’s Scenery (Lynne Wintersteller); and Jonathan Larson’s Sacrimmoralinority (also co-writer, ASCAP Award). Favorite first/major revivals include Bock/Harnick/Stein’s The Body Beautiful (Brad Oscar, Megan Lawrence), Arlen/Gershwin/Harburg’s Life Begins at 8:40 (Faith Prince, Kate Baldwin, Rebecca Luker, Montego Glover, Jessica Stone, Christopher Fitzgerald, Graham Rowat); Lerner & Loewe’s The Day Before Spring (Hunter Bell, Ed Watts); and Joe Stein’s Plain and Fancy (Cady Huffman, Charlotte Rae). For NYMF 2011, David is directing Huckleberry Haywood, Many Happy Returns, and The Big Bank.
John Bell (Music Director)
New York credits include Tomorrow Morning (Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Musical), The Body Beautiful (cast recording), Plain & Fancy, and Knickerbocker Holiday at the York Theatre Company; Meet Me In St. Louis and A Child’s Christmas in Wales at the Irish Repertory Theatre; 27 Rue de Fleurus at Urban Stages; as well as concerts, galas, and many readings and workshops of new musicals, including four productions in NYMF. He worked with the late Oscar-winner Blake Edwards on the development of his last new musical, Big Rosemary (score by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison). Regional credits include Oklahoma, Hello Dolly!, The Fantasticks, Cats, Forever Plaid, Cabaret, The Who’s Tommy, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Phantom. John has worked with City Center’s Encores, the New York Pops, Riverside Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. His orchestrations were recently heard at the Kennedy Center, sung by Raul Esparza. John holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College, has studied at the Manhattan School of Music, and is pursuing graduate study in piano performance at CUNY. John teaches musical theatre classes and audition workshops in New York City and around the country.
Dustin Cross (Costume Design)
Dustin is pleased to be joining the "staff" here at The Big Bank. Design: Broadway: The 24 Hour Plays (American Airlines Theater) Off Broadway: SILENCE: The Musical ( Theater 80), A Christmas Carol ( The Players Theater ), The Deep Throat Sex Scandal ( 45 Bleeker), Dietrich and Chevalier (St Luke's Theater), The 24 Hour Musicals (The Zipper Theater), Sam's Romance (The Actors Temple ). Dustin also works off stage as a director, choreographer, prop designer and stage manager. When not off stage Dustin has performed in over 75 productions across the US and parts of Asia. Proud member of AEA.
Josh Iacovelli (Set Design)
JOSH IACOVELLI is originally from NJ just outside of Philadelphia. He has a BA from Stockton College with focus in acting and directing. He later attended the Actors Studio Drama School where he received his MFA in acting. Josh has successfully produced for television, theatre and film. He has been the production manager for such hits as Michael Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me (Bleeker Street Theatre), most recently for the smash hit SILENCE! The Musical (Theatre 80). He has also designed sets and lights for numerous Off-Broadway shows. Recent designs include: Teeth of the Sons (Cherry Lane Theatre), One Night with Fanny Brice, (St. Lukes Theatre),Zero Hour (St. Clements Theatre and DR2), Deitrich and Chevalier (St. Lukes), Black Angels over Tuskeegee (The Actors Temple), and the long-running hit, Danny and Sylvia.
Jacob Seligmann (Music, Lyrics, Arrangements)
Jacob has been playing the piano and writing songs since he was five years old. He majored in music theory and composition at Brown University and graduated in 1998. Since then, he has composed music for over twenty-five documentaries which have appeared on NBC, PBS, Sundance Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel and others. With all of this professional experience to his credit, he still fully believes in The Big Bank, which was his first major project as a writer. He has come to understand that there was a rare and magical confluence of events and energies which occurred at the time he wrote The Big Bank with his brother, Daniel. Since going into production with Camilla Ross of the Emerson Theater Collaborative in April of 2011, Jacob has dedicated himself full time to facilitating The Big Bank’s success on all levels. He has been operating as the composer, arranger, script doctor, fund raiser, legal coordinator, and team organizer and motivator. He has put his other professional obligations on hold in order to be completely behind The Big Bank. Jacob believes wholeheartedly that the musical will be a successful Broadway hit and is ready to do everything in his power to make it happen.
Daniel Seligmann (Book and Lyrics)
From the time he was very young, Dan has believed deeply in the power of story-telling. Dan majored in English and Writing at the University of Michigan and graduated in 1994. He received The Hopwood Award for a short story in the same year. After writing the musical, Dan focused his creativity on screenplays and had early success in Hollywood when he moved there in 2001. He now develops stories and screenplays as a creative executive for RCR Pictures, a start-up production company which is quickly becoming a major player in Hollywood. Dan is playing a pivitol role as the writer of the script and has arranged for a group of top tier writers and comedians to participate in a round-table writing session to prepare The Big Bank for Broadway before the NYMF production. Dan’s well-atuned musical ear has contributed greatly to the power and breadth of the score.
Donna Trinkoff (GM/Line Producer)
Donna’s first Off-Broadway commercial venture, SILENCE! The Musical is currently enjoying a sold-out run at Theatre 80 in New York City. She is the producing artistic director of Amas Musical Theatre, a non-profit performing arts organization in New York City. Since 1994, Donna has produced the original musicals Signs of Life, Wanda’s World, Shout! The Mod Musical, Sheba, Magpie, Dog Music, Lone Star Love or the Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas,, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story, Zanna, Don’t!, Latin Heat, From My Hometown, Langston Hughes's Little Ham, 4 Guys Named José, Reunion, Rollin’ on the T.O.B.A., Delphi or Bust, Richard Rodgers Award-winners Barrio Babies, Bobos, and The Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea; Song by Song, the Music of Michael Valenti, Galt McDermot’s Time and the Wind, an original musical revue, After Hours, and presented over 75 original musicals for the Amas Six O’Clock Musical Theatre Lab. Donna is an Associate Artistic Director of the Cabaret and Performance Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center in CT and works with Aruba Productions on new and upcoming musicals. Donna holds a BA in English and Theatre from SUNY Binghamton. She is a graduate of the National Theatre Institute, a theatre-training program at the Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, CT and she received a Certificate of Merit from the Drama Studio in London. Donna is a member of the League for Professional Theatre Women. In 1998, she received the New York Municipal Art Society Award of Merit and the 2003 Galaxy Award from the NY Women’s Association.
Andrea Wales (Production Stage Manager)
PSM: Double Falsehood (CSC), Bonfire Night (NYSAF dir. Alex Timbers), Leslie Jordan’s My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, STUCK at Theatre Row, Mother (w/Buck Henry and Holland Taylor), Dance Dance Revolution (dir. Alex Timbers), Camp Wanatachi, Artifacts of Consequence, Diving Normal, Mud Blossom, Baby Face, Hotel Oracle and The Book Play, NYMF 2009, 2010. ASM: A Little Night Music (WPPAC), The Tempest (w/Mandy Patinkin, CSC). National Tours: Julius Caesar and Catch-22. PA: Camelot (NY Philharmonic), In the Heights(Off Broadway).