The Kid Who Would Be Pope

9/26/2011 - 10/7/2011

Billy’s the new kid at Our Lady Of Perpetual Motion and he has a lot to learn about parochial school. When he meets his drama teacher Sister Katherine, a beguiling novice who jogs and sings like Julie Andrews, he falls hopelessly in love, resolving to become Pope and change the rules of the church so that they can one day marry. A charming musical about first loves, youthful obsession, and the search for miracles.


Eric Anderson (Sister Rudy, Billy's Dad, Doorman, Ang...)

Eric recently joined the NYMF team in South Korea when 2010’s I Got Fired was presented and awarded at DIMF (Daego International Musical Festival). He made his Broadway debut as Stewpot in South Pacific at Lincoln Center. Other theatrical highlights include: Burrs in both versions of The Wild Party, Tateh in Ragtime, and Pisthetaerus in The Birds at the Getty Villa. As a member of the Troubadour TheaterCompany, his roles have ranged from the title character in OthE.L.O. to Ophelia inHamlet: The Artist Formerly Known As Prince Of Denmark. Film and television credits include: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Alias," and the upcoming Garry Marshall movie, “New Year’s Eve.” He is the singing voice of Shaggy in an upcoming Scooby Doo animated feature, and the lead singer of the greatest Shel Silverstein tributeband ever; The Freakers Ball. Visit:

Kyle Brenn (Billy McPherson)

Broadway credit in the recent revival of West Side Story as Kiddo, who sings “Somewhere.”  Recent readings of Whisper House as Christopher, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Charlie and Pan as Peter Pan. Other credits include Green Eggs and Hamadeus and Go Diego Go.  Kyle is the author and composer of two musicals.  His second, Silent Knight will be performed again at Crystal Theatre in March 2012.

Leah Greenhaus (Mary-Louise McPaulson)

is thrilled to be part of this year’s New York Musical Theatre Festival!  She made her Broadway debut as Young Fiona in the original cast of “Shrek The Musical,” and can be heard on the Original Broadway Cast recording.  She also appeared in “Meet Me In St. Louis” at the Paper Mill Playhouse, in “The Pillowman” with the Attic Ensemble, and played JoJo in “Seussical” with The Theater Company in Hoboken.  She was most recently seen in the new musical “Helen on 86th Street” at the American Theater of Actors.  Thanks to RKS Management and Barry Kolker.

Matthew Gumley (Kenny McBride)

Matthew just returned from performing The Artful Dodger in Oliver! at the Sacramento Music Circus. Broadway: Elf  (Original Michael Hobbs), Addams Family(Original Broadway Cast), Mary Poppins (Original Michael Banks), Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Off-Broadway: Distracted (Roundabout, starring alongside Cynthia Nixon) Regional: A Thousand Clowns (Nick Burns, Two River Theater Co). Film: Artie Lang’s “Beer League” and upcoming “Teresa Is A Mother.” TV: “Psych” season 6, “Law & Order: SVU,” “Drake and Josh” “Dora The Explorer” (voice of Benny the Bull, regular), “Wonder Pets” (recurring), “All My Children”. TV performances: “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The View,” “The Daily Show,” “Live with Regis and Kelly” Proud member of AEA, AFTRA, and SAG.


Alison Jaye Horowitz (Elizabeth McPetty)

is thrilled to be a part of this heavenly production! Broadway credits include Mary Poppins (Jane Banks) and Sunday in the Park with George (Louise/Bather). Recently, Alison has worked in a number of short films for Columbia University graduate students. A special thanks to Michael Cassara for always believing in me!

James Judy (Father Burns, Pope, Angel 2, Frankie)

Broadway- The Scarlet Pimpernel, Into The Woods, A Christmas Carol. Off Broadway -Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout), Fiorello (City Center Encores!), La Boheme (NYSF), Catch Me If I Fall (Promenade),1,2,3,4,5 and The Gig (Manhattan Theatre Club), Only A Kingdom (The York) . National Tours- Deaf West's Big River and South Pacific.  Regional- Ace (The Old Globe, St Louis Rep., Cincinnati  Playhouse), A Christmas Story (Kansas City Rep.), Bus Stop (The Olney), Kingdom Of The Shore (Capital Repertory). Most recently appeared in the world premier of Fly By Night at Theatreworks of Palo Alto.

Jillian Louis (Sister Katherine, Margaret, Monk)

Previous NYMF: PopArt, The Piper.  Off-Broadway: Soul Doctor; The York: Getting My Act Together…; Walnut Street Theatre (The Glass Menagerie, Crazy for You), Northern Stage (I Hate Hamlet, Laughter on the 23rd,), North Shore MT, Prince Music Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, NYGASP, Musicals Tonight; UK: Buxton Opera House. Film: Mount Joy.  Many thanks to the team!!

Ben and Noah Radcliffe (The McJohnson Twins)

are excited to be making their New York stage debut with NYMF in The Kid Who Would Be Pope.  Prior to being "discovered" recently, the boys performed primarily as an on-stage contemporary duo, both headlining as well as opening for bands at venues across CT.  Pianists and vocalists, they've honed their talents through classical competitions, orchestral accompaniment, and the CT Regional Choir program. Now bitten by the theatre bug, they are looking forward to further developing their musical act while simultaneously continuing to dive in to the fascinating world of acting. Much thanks to Steve Irlen of Inspired Artist Management for truly believing is us and getting the ball rolling!

Rachel Resheff (Alison McNally)

Age 11, is thrilled to be a part of the NYMF production of The Kid Who Would Be Pope. Broadway: The People in The Picture (Jenny, original cast, lead, cast album),Mary Poppins (Jane Banks), Billy Elliot (Julie Hope, Debbie u/s), Shrek the Musical(Young Fiona, original cast). Off-Broadway/Staged Readings/Workshops: The Eugene O’Neill Center National Music Theater Conference/Summer 2011 (invited actor),Laughing Matters (Jenny, Roundabout), Freckleface Strawberry (title role, MMAC),Suprema (Olive Ann, New Dramatists) The Big Meal (Maddie, Jacqueline, Playwrights Horizons), The Family (Emily). Feature Film: 3 Backyards (Christina, lead, Sundance 2010 winner Best Direction), Tick Tock Time Emporium (Max, lead). TV: "The Electric Company," "Wonder Pets”, "Chuggington” "Pinky Dinky Doo." Appearances/Recordings: Macy’s Day Parade (with Billy Elliot), Beaches Demo (Little Cee Cee), Carols For A Cure (Volumes 11 and 12), Evening of original works with Steven Lutvak (West Bank Café). Thanks/Love to: my family, teachers: Janine, Steve, Joan, Marc, and the creative team of The Kid Who Would Be Pope. Proud member: AEA, SAG.

Sarah Safer (Mary McDoyle)

is thrilled to be part of “The Kid Who Would Be Pope”! Credits include: National tour:Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Whistle Down the Wind. Regional: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Fox Theatre/Detroit), Gypsy (NSMT), Staged Reading: That’s Andy.  Special Appearances include: You Made This Tour (Kerrigan-Lowdermilk), andPhiladelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. Recordings: Jr Jams “Wake Up”.  Sarah has also performed with The Broadway Kids, Broadway Kids Care, and Broadway Youth Ensemble. Thanks to RKS Management, Nancy Carson, Michael Cassara, Janine Molinari and Julia Mendelsohn for your support!!!. Special thanks to Ann Gray for being a great dialect coach!!!  AEA

Tina Stafford (Sister Delmonico, Billy's Mom, Cardina...)

originally hails from Northern California, and is devoted to creating new works. Favorite recent appearances include I Married Wyatt Earp, Illyria (Prospect Theatre Company), Richard III (New York Classical), Cagney! (Florida Stage, Riverside Theatre). Other credits: Into the Woods, Moises Kaufman, dir., (Kansas City Rep),Zhivago Des McAnuff, dir., (La Jolla Playhouse),  Little Shop (Utah Shakes), Carnival(Shakespeare Theatre NJ), Sweeney ToddLizzie Borden, Dorian, (Goodspeed Musicals), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Papermill, North Shore, TUTS, TOTS),countless Christmas Carol’s, and the National Tour of Jolson, the Musical. TV:  “All My Children”.  Proud member, Actor's Equity.

Creative Team

Gabriel Barre (Director)

Gabriel Barre directed the off-Broadway production of The Wild Party by Andrew Lippa at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York city which was nominated for numerous awards, including five Outer Critics Circle Awards and thirteen Drama Desk Awards, both including Best Direction of a Musical and for which he won the Calloway Award for Best Direction. He also directed the national tours of the recent revival of Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin, which began with a three month run at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut last summer, as well as Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s, Cinderella, starring Eartha Kitt, which toured the country for three years. Other New York off-Broadway credits include: Almost, Maine at the Daryl Roth Theatre, Summer of ‘42 at the Variety Arts Theatre, Honky Tonk Highway at Don’t Tell Mama (winner of a MAC Award and Bistro Award for Best Review) Stars in Your Eyes at the Cherry Lane Theatre and john & jen at the Lamb’s Theatre, as well as the staging for the 25th anniversary of Jacques Brel at the Village Gate, three concerts at Lincoln Center as part of the American Songbook Series and a number of the Broadway by the Year concerts at Town Hall.

Michael Cassara (Casting Director)

Michael Cassara, CSA is a Casting Director and Producer based in New York City and dedicated to developing and fostering the growth of new musicals, plays, and film projects.  Since the formation of Michael Cassara Casting in 2003, Michael has worked with many of the nation's top theatres including The Old Globe, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Gulfshore Playhouse, The White Plains Performing Arts Center, and more.  Recent projects have included Fat Camp (pre-Broadway, dir. Casey Hushion), Kingdom (The Old Globe, dir. Ron Daniels), Falling For Eve (book by Joe DiPietro, York Theatre Company), A Little Night Music (starring Penny Fuller and Mark Jacoby), Cheer Wars (winner, 2009 Richard Rodgers Award, dir. Dan Knechtges), The Molly Maguires (dir. Sheryl Kaller, mus. dir John McDaniel), Stephen Schwartz's Captain Louie (National Tour), If This Hat Could Talk (National Tour, directed by Tony®-Award winner George Faison), The Gig (York Theatre Concert/Cast Recording on JAY Records), Barnstormer (by Douglas J. Cohen and Cheryl L. Davis, dir. Jerry Dixon), The Unauthorized Autobiography Of Samantha Brown (Makor, w/ Michael Arden and Celia Keenan-Bolger), Joy (off-Broadway and workshops), and countless readings and workshops. For New York's renowned Peccadillo Theatre Company, Michael was the casting director for the critically-acclaimed revival of Lillian Hellman's rarely-seen masterpiece, Another Part Of The Forest.  Michael is the resident casting director of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, where he has cast over 45 individual projects since the festival's inception in 2004. Some favorite NYMF casting credits include The Yellow Wood (dir. Tony-Award Winner B. D. Wong), All Fall Down (dir. Lonny Price), The Woman Upstairs (by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk), The Last Smoker In America (dir. Sheryl Kaller),Fat Camp (dir. Alex Timbers), Max Understood (dir. David Schweizer), The Tenth Floor (dir. Igor Goldin), and Twilight In Manchego (dir. Billy Porter).  Originally a performer, Michael is a native Clevelander and a graduate of the musical theatre program at Otterbein College. He regularly teaches and lectures on musical theatre and the entertainment industry, in New York City and throughout the world. For more information please visit his website at Member, Casting Society of America.   

Mike Cohen (Dramaturg)

is a proud graduate of UCLA, the BMI and ASCAP Workshops and the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Program.  He spent two action-packed years working atThe Public Theater's Music-Theater Initiative, won an Emmy and a half for writing,was grateful to be the Literary Manager at The York Theatre and has achieved true bliss as the current Director of Programming for NYMF.  He believes Happiness Is...dramaturging musicals.  Thanks to Lily Hung, Alastair and Perry, The Megan Brothers and, most of all, Brett and Bryson.

R Erin Craig (Producer)

David Esler (Set Designer)

designs for Gabriel Barre include tick, tick… BOOM! and Love Song (both at ATF), …Forum (Surflight) and the world-premiere musical Battlecry.  Recent: Sweeney Todd(Gateway Playhouse), Hairspray (Eldorado Showroom).  NYC: Theatre Row, PS122, HERE, Chelsea Playhouse, the Ohio, Westbeth, Algonquin and Greenwich St. Theatres, Personal Space Theatrics (resident designer), International WOW. Regional & stock: Maltz Jupiter, Cape Playhouse, Stamford Theatre Works, Princeton Rep, Stage One Wichita, Augusta Opera, and the Hangar, Bickford and Muhlenberg Summer theatres.  More than a hundred credits include designs for directors Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Stafford Arima, Dan Knechtges, Scott Schwartz, Raúl Esparza, and choreographer Doug Varone.  David holds an MFA from NYU/Tisch and is a proud member of USA Local 829.

Marcie A. Friedman (Production Stage Manager)

National Tour: Kennedy Center’s Nobody’s Perfect, a musical for children that was simultaneously sung, in American Sign Language and open captioned. Select New York credits: Saving Aimee (5th Avenue Theatre Workshop), The Germ Project (New Georges) Born Bad (Soho Rep), Lincoln Center Out of Doors, 50 Words (MCC Theater), Honor, The Blue Flower, Museum Pieces (Prospect Theater Company),  The Great Unknown and The Family Fiorelli (NYMF). Regional: Media Theatre, Vermont Shakespeare Company, Human Race Theatre Company, two seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and four seasons with the People's Light & Theatre Company. Proud member Actors' Equity.

Sarah Hall (Production Manager)

Sarah is thrilled to be back with La Vie for another exciting production. Sarah works as a freelance Stage and Production Manager for companies such as Primary Stages, The York Theater, Disney Event Productions & Disney Cruise Line, Opera Colorado, The Nashville Opera, International Radio Festival with David Ossman, Music Theater Louisville, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Stage One and AXXIS Corporate Events Inc. She would like to thank her Mom and Dad for showing her the stage door. 

Heller Highwater (Publicist)

is a communications company for a new era. Founded in December 2010 by publicist and entrepreneur Dale Heller, Heller Highwater handles public and media relations, social media management, video editing, and events planning and management. Our clients have included the Off-Broadway theatre company The Playwrights Realm; the musical revue “The Greenwich Village Follies,” Sharyn Rothstein’s “The Invested,” Vicki Vodrey’s “Hanky Panky,” the new musical “The Kid Who Would be Pope,” “Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a musical,” the new musical “Time Between Us,” the Off-Broadway revival of the play “Barriers,” and many others. At Heller Highwater, we believe that good, thorough, healthy communications is the key to success. We believe that the only way to see your business thrive is by integrating new communications techniques and tools with traditional communication practices. We believe that our communications are expressed equally through our words, our correspondence and our actions. And we believe that through good communications we can make a difference. Heller Highwater makes good communications! For more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter @HellerHiWaterPR.

La Vie Productions LLC (General Manager)

La Vie Productions is dedicated to developing, producing and managing new works, fostering new talent and attracting new audiences. Current projects include:  The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Edinburgh International Festival); LIBERTY A Monumental New Musical (opening in NYC this year); Academy (a new musical); How We Got Away With It (independent film); Taking Step Three13 (rock-musical adaptation of Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”). Recent credits: The Sphinx Winx (Off-Broadway musical); The Love Project Journey (award winning film); Vinilo (NYC Latin rock band); Above Hell's Kitchen; Cool Papa's Party; Fat Camp; GM & PM for NYMF 2008 & 2009; Irena's Vow (Assoc. Producer, Broadway); Love, Inc.Einstein's DreamsCapture Now; In The Heights; High FidelityShockheaded Peter; De La Guarda . Upcoming: a new Korean musical in development with Open the Door Musical Company; In The Summer of '68 (an original musical), Capture Now (film based on the play) and 100 Years Into The Heart (a new musical).

Jeffrey Lodin (Music Director/Arranger)

Jeffrey Lodin's recent Music Direction credits include the world premieres of GLIMMERGLASS (Cohen/Drachman/Bolt), Love, Inc. (Marc Castle). Jeff is currently Music Director and Arranger of LIBERTY, A MONUMENTAL MUSICAL, slated for a Fall Off-Broadway run in 2011. He has conducted for Chita Rivera and Greg Burge, and played piano for Andy Gibb and Mongo Santamaria, amongst others. Jeff scores include: Young Abe Lincoln (Theatreworks USA, book/lyrics: John Allen-Promenade Theatre and U.S. Tour in (1994 –1995)), Disney's Doug Live! (Walt Disney World, lyrics: William Squier), Top of the Heap (Gallery Players Production, Oct. 2009, NMTN "Director's Choice" 07, Global Search for New Musicals 06, book/lyrics: W. Squier) About Face (NAMT 08, book/lyrics: David Arthur), 100 Years into the Heart (Village Theater 07 Festival of New Musicals, Spirit of Broadway, NYMF 04, book: Richard Vetere, Lyrics: W. Squier), Rebels 1775 (Starlight Theatre, Spirit of Broadway, book: J. Allen, Mana Allen, W. Squier lyrics: W. Squier, J. Allen),Nice People (book/lyrics: Tony Tanner), Naughty Girl (CAP21, book/lyrics: Scott Hayes, co-music: Christopher Seppe). Currently working on Blindsided By A Diaper (Curtain Call Theatre '11 Production; book/lyrics: W. Squier). His songs appear on television: P.B.&J. Otter; film: Doug's First Movie; the International Children's Festival (lyrics: W. Squier); cd: A Celebration of Life (lyrics: D. Arthur; vocals: Randy Graff & Judy Kuhn). Jeff is a proud member of the Dramatist's Guild.

Taylor A. Marun (Assistant Stage Manager)

Stage Management credits: SM: Oh, What A Lovely War! (Kansas City Actors Theatre, performed at Liberty Memorial, the National World War I Museum), Premortem(World Premier, Fishtank Performance Studio, Kansas City), Nine, 42nd Street, Les Miserables (Stagedoor Manor); ASM: Killer Joe, A Midsummer Night's Dream (UMKC Theatre); PA: Farragut North (Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City), Around the World in 80 Days (Kansas City Repertory Theatre). Recently served as Production Stage Manager at Stagedoor Manor. M.F.A. in Stage Management from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Graduate of Hollins University. Thanks to my family for all their love and support. 

Tom Megan (Composer/Lyricist/Librettist)

Tom Megan is an award-winning composer, lyricist, librettist. His musical theatre work has been seen at the Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference in Connecticut, Playwrights Horizon in NYC, Boston Music Theatre Projects, New Tuner's Theatre in Chicago, and at Sacred Fools Theatre in West Hollywood, California. Several of his musicals have been presented in Boston including SURVIVING OPHELIA, A TOWN CALLED CIVILITY, and SEA CHANGE which was commissioned by the North Shore Music Theater. Tom holds an MFA from the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Program. He is the recipient of several ASCAP awards, the Yip Harburg Award from The Musical Theatre Project in New York City, grants from the National Institute for Musical Theatre and a CBS Fellowship. Musical excerpts from his work A VISION, about W. B. Yeats in the afterlife, were featured in the Yeats Festival at Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City this past Spring. (2009) Tom also performs on accordion, piano and guitar with Tin Can Caravan, The Billy Walsh Band and in a solo setting.

Jack Megan (Composer/Lyricist/Librettist)

Jack Megan is the Director of The Office for The Arts at Harvard University, having held that position since 2001. Previously, he served as director of development of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Executive Director of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. In June 1999, Jack received Longy's Distinguished Service Award, and a scholarship fund was endowed in his name. He holds a MFA in arts administration from Columbia University. Jack has co-written and composed several musicals over the past twenty years, several of which have been published by The Freelance Press. 

Maddie O'Hara (Assistant Director)

Julio Hugo Penagos (Choreography Assistant)

Guatemalan choreographer, actor and dancer. He as participated in several dance companies in Guatemala, Mexico, and USA. He obtained his BFA in Media and Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has most recently performed in various dance concerts choreographed by the French choreographer Vincent Brosseau. He recently participated in “Gameshow,” “Meatshake” and “Silence: Dancing through Fear.” Julio currently resides in New York City.

Isabel Rubio (Costume Designer)

Gabriel Barre shows: Love SongTick, Tick, Boom. Theatre: 13 NYCC Encores;Hamlet director John Gould Ruben; Peer Gynt director Andrei Serban; Billy The Kiddirector Jim Simpson; Clarice Taylor’s Moms Maibley director Walter Dallas. Dance:Beauty in MotionDiana Vishneva; Vishneva Mariisnky GalaWhite Knights Festival;Kings of the Dance Russian Tours ’08, ‘09 ; Kirov Ballet USA Tour.  Film / Television Costume Design: “Late Night With David Letterman”; “Law and Order”; “Nomadas” starring Lucy Liu; “Mattie Fresno” starring Carol Alt. Honors: juried exhibitor at thePrague Scenofest Quadrennial USA Exhibit 2007; Virginia Museum Costume Design Fellowship Dedicated to Michael Moody.

Shannon Slaton (Sound Designer)

designed the tours AerosKiss Me KateNoise/Funk, The Full MontyContactTap Dogs, Hairspray, The ProducersSweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The Wedding Singer.  Broadway mixing includes: Man of La Mancha,Bombay DreamsA Christmas Carol, Sweet Charity, Jersey BoysDirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spring AwakeningFela!Anything Goes, andLegally Blonde.  Off Broadway he assisted on Hurly Burly and on Broadway he assisted on Steel Magnolias and Barefoot in the Park and was the Advance Contract onWicked.  Regional designs include shows at George Street Playhouse, Casa Manana, and NCT.  He was also the Production Sound for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and the US National tour of Phantom.