2004 Season - “Fosse”

215 South Country Road • Bellport, NY 11713 • 631.286.1133
Long Island's Only Professional Musical Theatre.

August 18 - September 4
Patchogue Theatre

Another of our new releases for this year, the electrifying - Fosse ….a spectacular show with all the trademarks of the legendary showman Bob Fosse. A journey in song and dance through his extraordinary career. An integrated compilation of his amazing style from Pippin, Cabaret, Chicago, Sweet Charity, Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Dancin’, All that Jazz and more. “For sheer dance sizzle and mindless razzle-dazzle, this show is the tops”- said The Daily Telegraph.



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Choreography by
BOB FOSSE

Conceived by
RICHARD MALTBY, JR., CHET WALKER and ANN REINKING
Artistic Advisor
GWEN VERDON
Producer
PAUL ALLAN
Associate Producer
JEFF BELLANTE
General Manager
GALE EDWARDS
Company Manager
STANLEY SCHORR
Production Stage Manager
JOVON E. SHUCK
Set Designer
MICHAEL BOYER
Costume Coordinator
MARIANNE DOMINY
Musical Supervision and Arrangements
GORDON LOWRY HARRELL
Lighting Design
DOUG HARRY
Musical Direction by
JEFF HOFFMAN
Recreation of Original Production,
Directed and Choreographed by
DEBRA McWATERS
Original Choreography Recreated by
CHET WALKER
Director and Co-Choreographer
Original New York Production
ANN REINKING
Original Production Directed by
RICHARD MALTBY, JR. and ANN REINKING

CAST
(in alphabetical order)
KEN ALAN*
PHILLIP ATTMORE*
NICOLE BAKER
HARRY BAYRON
ZANE BOOKER
ROSANNE COLOSI
KRISTINA FERNANDEZ
ASHLEY FITZGERALD
NICOLE FORET*
JESSICA GOLDYN
KATIE HYLE
RYAN KASPRZAK
JAMES KINNEY*
KELLY KING*
DARREN LORENZO*
ANGELINA MULLINS
SHAUN R. PARRY*
TRAVIS PATTON
MARCO PUENTE
FREDDY RAMIREZ*
SHANE STITELY
CHRISTINA WEST
HA-CHI YU

THE ORCHESTRA

Conductor Jeff Hoffman
Keyboard I Paul Feyer
Trumpet Jon Boutin
Reeds Lou Gallo
Trombone Alex Siniavski
Bass Taylor Price
Drums Gregg Monteith 

Cast Biographies

KEN ALAN (Dance Captain) is making his Gateway Playhouse debut in their production of Fosse. Ken performed in the Broadway and 1st National Tour productions of Fosse. He has also appeared in the National Touring companies of Chicago and Grease. Regional credits include Goodspeed Musicals production of Me and My Girl. Ken was a 1992 Ruth Eckerd Hall Scholarship recipient and a 1993 Presidential Scholar. Ken is a resident faculty member of the Broadway Theatre Project, having been an apprentice of the project under his mentors Debra McWaters and Ann Reinking, the Project's Director and Artistic Director. Many thanks to Deb for this opportunity and to all his teachers, students, family, friends, and ALL THAT JAZZ!

PHILLIP ATTMORE, a native of Pasadena, CA, began his performance career at the age of three. Broadway workshops: Beehive. Tours: Fosse Int’l Tour, Fosse National Tour. International theatre: 42nd Street Moscow (Andy Lee). Film: Silent Tongue. Television: Judging Amy, Sisters, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives. After Fosse at Gateway, Phillip will begin rehearsals for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Randy Skinner. He thanks his parents for their love and support, and most importantly, God for His rich blessings and life.

NICOLE BAKER is a native of Tampa, FL, where she first began studying dance at the age of 2. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona in 2003. Her recent credits include: the National/ International tour of Fosse, Radio City Rockettes, Broadway Theatre Project, and Alice Cooper’s Annual Gala. She would like to send love to her mom, dad, Jaclyn, Danielle, and Mary Jo Scanio for all their love and support. I couldn’t have done it without you. I love you!

HARRY BAYRON is thrilled to be a part of Gateway’s production of Fosse. His
credits include No Strings at City Center’s Encores Series; Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, FL; West Side Story at the Orlando Broadway Theatre as well as Orlando productions of Fame, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Crazy For You. His directorial credits include Fame and The Last Five Years at the Studio Theatre of Orlando, FL. He is associated with OYT. He would like to thank his family W.P.B., 102, TRYBE, Debbie, BTP, and God for Guidance & Love. Peace.

ZANE BOOKER has been a member of PHILADANCO, Netherlands Dance Theater, Les Ballet des Monte Carlo and White Oak Dance Project. As a guest/freelance artist Zane has performed +with Complexions, Rhythmek, North Carolina Black Repertory Theater and New National Theater Tokyo, to name just a few. Zane received a Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowship in 2004.

ROSANNE COLOSI: When she won the coveted female lead role in her second grade play, Tom Thumb, Ms. Colosi knew she was destined for life upon the stage. After enduring countless hours of training and three years of braces, she decided to pursue her musical theater career extracurricularly while obtaining her Master’s Degree in English Literature from Boston College. Rosanne became an Editor for Scholastic children’s publishing, but hoarded her vacation days in order to attend Broadway Theatre Project. In the New York area, she has played Diana Morales in A Chorus Line and Ellie May Chipley in Show Boat, among others. She has been swingin’ low with the Fosse tour since April. Never content unless working more than one job, Rosanne has written two children’s books and continues to contribute features to Dance Spirit Magazine. Rosanne is happy to be home — there’s no place like New York!

KRISTINA FERNANDEZ (Dance Captain) of Jupiter, FL., was a BFA Music Theatre major at FL State University and has attended Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project since 1998. Most recently, Kristina has spent two years on the road training with the International Tour of Fosse, where she worked as both performer and Dance Supervisor. Thanks to her family and friends for teaching her that Anything’s Possible, and Ann and Debbie for making her dreams come true.

ASHLEY FITZGERALD is a dance major at the Boston Conservatory and is honored to be a part of the Fosse international tour. Credits include: Broadway Theatre Project (1998-02), performances choreographed by Luis Fuente, training with the American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet, and a recent workshop for The Look of Love. Much love to Mom, Dad, Amanda, and Andy.

NICOLE FORET Broadway: Urban Cowboy (Sissy/u/sPam). Pre-Broadway: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Original Cast), Harmony (with Barry Manilow). Tours: West Side Story (Rosalia). Proud to be performing for our military in the USO World Troupe The Liberty Belles. Regional: Hot Mikado (The Ford’s Theatre, D.C.), A Chorus Line (Bebe/u/s Cassie, Self FamilyArts Center, Hilton Head, SC). Also, lead dancer at the Supper Club in Manhattan for 3 years. Nicole was honored to sing with the Cab Calloway Orchestra at the beautiful Rainbow Room.

JESSICA GOLDYN is thrilled to be making her Gateway Playhouse debut in Fosse. She has trained and worked with New Jersey Ballet and Worth Tyrrell Studios. Credits include featured roles in Sweet Charity, A Chorus Line, Carousel, The Nutcracker and Giselle. When not performing, Jessica is a dance instructor and choreographer. Love to Allie, Sam, Mom, Dad, and Brad and Caroline for helping to make my dreams come true.

KATIE HYLE feels privileged to celebrate the works of Mr. Fosse. She holds a B.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she majored in Musical Theatre. Her training includes CAP21 and the Broadway Theatre Project. She has performed in West Side Story, On the Town, Pippin, as a Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and, most recently, in the international tour of Fosse. Much love to Mom, Dad, and Robyn. Thanks for believing in me.

RYAN KASPRZAK is thrilled to be making his Gateway debut after touring with the National and International companies of Fosse. He has performed and studied with Gregory Hines, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, Peg Leg Bates, and the Nicholas Brothers. Ryan trained at the British American Dramatic Academy and received a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. He also serves in the resident faculty at the Broadway Theatre Project.

JAMES KINNEY is thrilled to be back at Gateway. Credits include: Broadway: Fosse (PBS special and DVD) First Nat’l tour: Fosse, Tours: West Side Story, (Big Deal) La Cage Aux Folles (Lo Sing). Regional: Oklahoma!, A Chorus Line (Paul), 42nd St., Chicago, and Cabaret. Most recently James was working in a new musical called Harmony. Look for it on B’way in 2005. All my love to my partner Daniel.

KELLY KING is currently pursuing her business degree at Fordham University while continuing her affiliation with Radio City Music Hall as a Rockette. Kelly recently finished dancing in Exit, an independent film due out this fall at the Sundance Festival. She also completed setting two pieces for the Fauberg Ballet Company, based out of Chicago. Last fall Kelly was dance captain for A Tribute to Frank Sinatra at Radio City Music Hall and danced in several Radio City workshops, including Carnival and Thunder. Other credits include: first National Tours of Anything Goes (Chastity) and Will Rogers Follies, Gregory Hines in Concert (solo dancer), and Tommy Tune’s Busker Alley (dancer).

DARREN LORENZO is excited to be a part of the Gateway Playhouse family. Lorenzo holds a B.A. in Mass Communications. His credits include Fosse UK and Greece Tours and the European tours of the 30th Anniversary of Hair and Black Gospel Singers. National Tours: Saturday Night Fever, Smokey Joe’s Café, What a Woman Would Do For Love, A Mother’s Prayer. Regional: Once On This Island, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Other experience includes No Strings at City Center’s Encores Series, and thirteen years of dedicated work with his family, the Broadway Theatre Project. He sends his love to Debbie, Lee, Annie, and divine energy to Ben V. and Mamma Anna. Fosse Cast let’s do this. Gone.

ANGELINA MULLINS is thrilled to join the cast of Fosse. She has studied and performed at the Boston Ballet for the last ten years. Recently she performed in the Saturday Night Fever Tour, and has apprenticed for Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project. Angelina would like to offer her thanks and love to Mom, Dad, David and Ryan.

SHAUN R. PARRY joins Fosse directly from the original Japanese Broadway company of Aida (he can be heard on the Japanese Original Cast Recording). Other B’way credits include Phantom of the Opera (B’way and B’way Tour), Cats (B’way Tour), A Christmas Carol (MSG), A Few Good Men Dancing (New Victory Theater). Other: NY Theatre Ballet, Martha Graham, 2002 Olympics and National Ballroom Championships. www.shaunrparry.homestead.com. This one is for my big little brother, Todd, in Iraq. I luv ya bro.

TRAVIS PATTON would like to thank his mother and father for their immeasurable love and support. His sister, for her unforgiving knowledge and for life. Brother Jarred, whose heart is larger than any stage could hold. And, his number one fan, his grandmother, Daisy, for spanning his love for musicals. Travis feels honored and truly blessed to be working with such a talented group of professionals.

MARCO PUENTE: Just back from touring with Fosse in the UK and Greece, Marco is making his Gateway Playhouse debut. Credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Joseph/Dreamcoat, La Cage, Evita. Viva la pinky.

FREDDY RAMIREZ is thrilled to be a part of the Fosse company. He previously performed in the Holiday Spectacular here at the Patchogue Theatre. He has been seen nationally in the 2nd US Tour of Peter Pan. Internationally he toured Italy dancing with Lynn Barre (acclaimed Sanizardo Co. Member), and Europe in the European Tour of A Chorus Line. Regional credits: West Side Story (Big Deal), Amanda Dehnert, Trinity Repertory Company; Miss Saigon (GI), Papermill Playhouse; Anything Goes (Billy); Gypsy (L.A.); Forever Plaid (Sparky); Godspell (Lamar); Zorba (Mimiko); Evita (Tango Dancer) and on pointe in Cinderella (Step Sister) with The North East Ballet Company. Papi y Mami los quiero mucho. ILY.

SHANE STITELY is originally from Fairfield, Pennsylvania and in May of 2004, completed his Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Most recently, he has been a company member of the national and international tour of Fosse and will continue with the tour as a dance captain when it resumes in the fall. He has also performed at Tokyo Disney in Japan and spent three seasons with Hershey Park in Hershey, PA. He is thrilled to be performing at Gateway Playhouse for his first time and dedicates everything he does to his father. Let’s dance!

CHRISTINA WEST: A native of Nashville, TN, Christina began training with the Nashville Ballet. A recent graduate of Western Kentucky University, she participated in various productions including her favorite as Velma in Chicago. Recently she has been performing with the international cast of Fosse. She would like to thank Deb, Dave, her family and friends and express her delight to join the cast at Gateway.

HA-CHI YU (Dance Captain) was born in the Lower East Side, NYC. Ha-Chi is currently a member of the 2003-2004 International Tour of Fosse. She was formerly a principal dancer and teacher with Feld/Ballet Tech. She has also worked with New York City Ballet; rubberbanddance group; Patricia Kenny; Patricia Nicholson Parker among others. Ha-Chi is also the founding director of Venus Arts Garden a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit arts coalition dedicated to providing resources and opportunity to artists of all mediums to develop, network, and showcase new ideas for the local arts community and the community at large. She would like to thank her Mom: “Thanks Ma.”

PAUL ALLAN (Producer) For more than 20 years, Paul has produced successful shows from the East End to the Far East. Born into the theatrical family that started Gateway, Paul became involved in the theatre at an early age. In addition to his career as a producer, Paul co-founded a successful touring company, which mounted dozens of productions across the US and as far away as Taiwan and Singapore. Serving as technical director, sound engineer and master electrician for numerous productions when he first began working in the industry provided Paul with invaluable knowledge and hands-on experience. His expertise allowed him to act as consultant and advisor on the restoration and renovation of Patchogue Theatre, which under Gateway’s management, reopened in 1998 with Nutcracker On Ice. Gateway still stages shows there several times each year, with Cats and Fosse being this season’s productions.

DEBRA McWATERS (Director/ Choreographer): Debra has been Ann Reinking’s associate for 14 years. Assistant choreographer, Tony-winning Chicago: Broadway production; two National Tours; London, Australian and Vienna companies; Encores! NY City Center. National Tour: Applause, Papermill Playhouse. Associate choreographer: Legends, Joffrey Ballet in Chicago; Suite Kander, Missouri State Ballet; and Tonight at 8:30, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Co-founder of Broadway Theatre Project. Was Chair of the University of South Florida Dance Dept. Assistant choreographer on the Tony-winning production of Fosse, as well as the US and European tours, and the London Production. She was associate choreographer on The Visit at the Goodman Theatre and The Look of Love on Broadway. She was associate choreographer on No Strings, Encores! NY City Center and associate director/choreographer of Broadway Under the Stars at Bryant Park in 2003. Currently she is serving her third year as tour director and choreographer of the NETworks tour of Fosse.

JEFF HOFFMAN (Musical Director) has been a Gateway regular for the past three years. Some of the shows he has played for are Cats, Ragtime, Miss Saigon, Pimpernel, and Jekyll and Hyde. Having directed, musical directed, and performed for regional theaters for the past twenty-eight years, this show marks his 121st show. Jeff has also toured the country with the revue Tonys Tonite! and The Meritt and Moreau Show. He has also been musical director/pianist for various artists including Phyllis Diller, Joe Piscopo, David Brenner, and Rip Taylor. Jeff is very proud to be making his Gateway musical director debut with Fosse. Thank you to Paul, Robin, and the Gateway family, and of course his incredible wife Diane, and their best production, their two sons Matthew and Bobby.

DOUG HARRY (Lighting Designer) is happy to be designing another Gateway production. His past credits here include Carousel, and last year’s Miss Saigon, Scarlet Pimpernel, Ragtime, Titanic, and Dracula the Rock Opera. Doug holds a degree in Theatre Production and Stage Management from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. He is currently a freelance designer/programmer for Mohegan Sun Casino, General Motors, and Six Flags theme parks, to name a few.

MICHAEL BOYER (Set Designer/ Technical Director) has designed over 250 sets which have been seen from Stockholm to Diamond Head and from Key West to Hong Kong. Last year he designed Fiddler On The Roof, Forbidden Broadway, and Swing. This season he designed On The Town. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and United Scenic Artists, Local 829. For the past fifteen years whenever Mike has not been at Gateway, he has worked as set designer/technical director for the Tennessee Williams Theatre in Key West, Florida. A special thanks to the crew for all their hard work.

JOVON E. SHUCK (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: Noises Off, The Graduate; New York: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Seagull (NY Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre), Lyrics and Lyricists Series (92nd Street Y) and 4 seasons with the Actors’ Studio Drama School. This fall will mark Jovon’s most ambitious project yet, marriage to his patient fiancée Sheila Marie.


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