Cast of Characters
(in order of appearance)
SCOT ALLAN, MIKI BERG, COLIN BRADBURG, JOSEPH CULLINANE, DUSTIN FLORES, LISA FRECHETTE, DEUNDRE C. JAMES, JEFFREY METZLER, ANNA REBY, CYNTHIA WIENSKO, JEFFERY WILLIAMS, KATY WOOD
SCOT ALLAN (Ensemble) is excited to be back on the Gateway stage after appearing in Evita earlier this season. After traveling the country with the national tour of Grease starring Frankie Avalon (Eugene, u/s Doody), Scot came to New York and appeared in Personal Space Theatrics’ production of A Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchitt, dance captain). Originally from Boston, Scot has studied at the Boston Conservatory, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia. Other credits include; A Chorus Line (Greg), 42nd Street (Andy Lee), Me and My Girl (Bill), Footloose (u/s Ren), My Fair Lady (Harry), and The Lark (Charles). A huge thank you to DJ, Robin, and especially Mary for all of their faith in me. Cheers sister!
MIKI BERG (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of Gateway Playhouse’s 42nd Street! She recently had the pleasure of dancing for New York’s annually televised Broadway Under The Stars! Other credits include: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette), and Encore! at Tokyo Disney Sea Park. She’s a graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of NYC. Much love to her family and praise to God for His faithfulness.
COLIN BRADBURY (Ensemble) is a New Hampshire native and is thrilled to be making his Gateway debut. He was most recently seen in the Japan and North American Tour of 42nd Street. Other credits include Encore! (Tokyo Disney Sea Park), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theater), 42nd Street (Palace Theater). Much love to his incredible family, teachers, and friends.
JOSEPH CULLINANE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Gateway debut in 42nd Street. Originally from Westwood, Massachusetts, he recently graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and went off to perform in La Comedia Dinner Theatre’s production of The Music Man. This fall he will be seen portraying Mark in A Chorus Line with Cohoes Music Hall and can be seen in the National Tour of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes next year. Love and thanks to my family, Misti, and Corey.
HAL DAVIS (Julian Marsh) was last seen by Gateway audiences as Capt. E.J. Smith in Titanic, a role he also performed in the original broadway company. Hal has over 60 professional credits from: Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours to stock and regional theatres. The Sound of Music (NY City Opera), Handy Dandy with Jane Alexander (American Place Theatre), Professionally Speaking (St. Peters CitiCorp). Roles: Sweeney Todd (Theatre Virginia/CasaManana), Daddy Warbucks (CasaManana), King Arthur (MTW) and Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (NCT). National tours: Titanic as Mr. Straus, The Best Little Whorehouse with Ann-Margret, The King and I with Sandy Duncan, Grease with Jack Wagner, Joseph... with David Cassidy, and Joe in I’m Getting My Act Together... with Connie Stevens.This fall Hal will rejoin the national tour of The King and I, starring Stefanie Powers. TV:The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (PBS), One Life To Live as Detective Frank Slocum (ABC), Loving (ABC). Recordings: Best Little Whorehouse/Ann-Margret, Good News (original cast recording). The song, “To Christmas”, written by Hal, was included on the 2000 Broadway Cares album “Carols for the Cure”. Hal is a graduate of WSU and LAMDA and the proud father of Zachary and Abigail.
KARL duHOFFMAN (Andy Lee/Ensemble/ Dance Captain) is a part of the Original Broadway Cast of Saturday Night Fever. Other credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Broadway Cast, Palace Theatre), On The Town (Delacorte Theatre), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Radio City), Thoroughly Modern Millie (National Tour), Carousel (RNT Production, National Tour), the concert version of the Kern/Hammerstein musical Very Warm For May (Carnegie Hall), Where’s Charlie (Williamstown Theatre Festival), West Side Story (The Muny), A Chorus Line (National Tour), 42nd Street (Original Cast, European Tour), and Gypsy (North Carolina State Theatre). As a tap soloist Karl has appeared nationally with Brenda Buffalino and The American Tap Dance Orchestra and has had various appearances in Tap Dogs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
MICHAEL FARINA (Bert Barry) Gateway debut! He was recently in the ten-person version of My Fair Lady as Jamie/Karpathy, co-produced by Portland Center Stage and Dallas Theater Center. Last season, he was seen as Lou Levy in Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrew Sisters at the Capital Repertory Theater, as well as Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance with the Guthrie Theater. His Broadway credits include Seussical: The Musical (Richard Rogers), (Grandpa Who u/s & prof. Horton), A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden (Fezziwig), My Fair Lady (Jamie) at the Virginia Theatre and Fiddler on the Roof (Nachum the Beggar) at the Gershwin Theatre. National tours include Sunset Boulevard (Sheldrake) and Fiddler on the Roof (Avram). Regional favorites Man of La Mancha (Sancho Panza) Paper Mill Playhouse, Sweet Charity (Herman) North Shore Music Theater, Carousel (Mr. Snow) and Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely Johnson). Love to my wife, Heidi, for her continued support.
DUSTIN FLORES (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Gateway after performing earlier this season in Aida. Originally from California, he studied dance with the internationally known West Coast Performers touring with them in the United States, Asia, and Europe. After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, he performed the role of “Ricky Martin” in Royal Caribbean’s hit revue of Superstars in Concert. For the past three years he has served as head choreographer for the Theatre Arts Workshop in Westchester,New York. Other credits include Gypsy (Tulsa), Footloose (Willard), The Boyfriend (Tony), and A Chorus Line (Mike), along with countless other ensemble and dance roles in many other shows. Dustin would like to thank his amazing group of friends for their constant love and support.
LISA FRECHETTE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of 42nd Street! Regional credits include Chicago (with John Davidson), Barnum (with Peter Scolari), Copacabana, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Christmas Dreams, Guys and Dolls,A Christmas Carol, and Gypsy. Lisa is a graduate of Wagner College and wishes to thank her family for all of their support.
DEUNDRE C. JAMES (Oscar) is no stranger to the Gateway stage, having performed in Kiss Me Kate, On The Town, The Holiday Spectacular and Cabaret, as well as Evita, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Aida earlier this summer. DJ recently Asst. Choreographed the Nat’l Tour of My One and Only. A graduate of the University of Houston with a BFA in theatre, DJ is also an alumnus of Anne Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project (’99-’00). Many thanks to his family and friends for their love and support. God bless and Amor’.
LEW LLOYD (Abner Dillon) is happy to be returning to Gateway Playhouse in the role he played in the Broadway In Moscow production of 42nd Street. Gateway audiences may remember Lew as The Big Bopper in Gateway’s production of Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story. He recently appeared as Pincer in a revival of Drat! The Cat! at the 45th Street Theatre, and as Lester Atlas in the new Herman Wouk/Jimmy Buffet musical, Don’t Stop The Carnival in Nassau, The Bahamas. Regional and tour credits include,West Side Story, Fiddler On The Roof, Where’s Charley?, The Tenth Man, I Do, I Do,A Christmas Carol, and 1776. Film credits include the soon to be released The Producers: The Musical, Honeymoon In Vegas, and See No Evil, Hear No Evil. Television credits include “All My Children”, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, “America’s Most Wanted”, and “The Dana Carvey Show”. Thanks to my wonderful wife, Adelle, and my entire family for their love and support.
STEVE LUKER (Pat Denning/u/s Julian) is happy to be back home at Gateway (where he appeared in Best Little Whorehouse..., Footloose, and Funny Girl) after a three and a half year sabbatical doing 42nd Street on Broadway. He has appeared in over 75 plays including 1st National and European Tours, Off-Broadway, Regional, Dinner Theatre, Summer Stock, Cruise Ships, etc. He’s done numerous voiceovers, commercials, and industrials as well as appearing on television in such shows as Cosby and Hope and Faith. Much love to Luker and Noona families, especially wife, Susie.
NICOLE MANGI (Phyllis) is thrilled to be back at Gateway tapping her heart out in 42nd Street. You might recognize her from last season as Jennyanydots in Cats and Agnes in Gypsy. Nicole just finished an exciting run of Fame The Musical at North Shore Music Theatre (Ensemble, u/s Carmen). Favorite roles have been Peggy in 42nd Street, Amy in Company, and Peter in Peter Pan. She is a proud graduate of Webster Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre. You can look for her in the upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Much love to her sweetie pie, Michael.
ANN-NGAIRE MARTIN (Maggie Jones/u/s Dorothy) returns to the Gateway Playhouse where she appeared as Tessie Tura in Gypsy last summer. Last fall she played Dotty in Noises Off at the Lenape Performing Arts Center. She has appeared on Broadway as Patty Simcox in Grease. Off-Broadway, she created the role of Maisie in On the Swing Shift at the Manhattan Theatre Club, understudied Ellen Greene as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and played The Raven in The Robber Bridegroom at the Equity Library Theatre. She has toured nationally as Sandy Dumbrowski in Grease and as Lillie St. Regis in Annie with Martha Raye. Her regional theatre credits include Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at The Sharon Playhouse,Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Peter in Peter Pan for the Yorktown Stage and also Miss Hannigan in Annie at the Tarrytown Music Hall. At the Dorset Theatre Festival, she played Ida in Cole Porter’s You Never Know and Ginger in The 1940’s Radio Hour. For Coyote Theatre she starred as Sylvia Rosewater in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, and as Natasha Navratilova in Tom Stoppard’s Rough Crossing.
MARCY MCGUIGAN (Dorothy Brock) is happy to be making her Gateway debut with 42nd Street. She recently played Dorothy Brock in the National Tour for which she was nominated for a Carbonelle Award. Marcy also appeared at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor in Homefires. That production went on to become the Off-Broadway hit Swingtime Canteen. Marcy created the role of Jo Sterling the drumming sidekick to rave reviews and is featured on the original cast album. She also created the role of Dr. Wu in Charles Busch’s New York hit Shanghai Moon. Other credits include The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Times Square Angel; It’s Not My Fault...Smoke on the Mountain; Bye, Bye Birdie, State Fair; Radio Gals; The World Goes Round; A...My Name is Alice; A Doll’s House; Othello and As You Like It. Television credits include Ghost Stories, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Charles Grodin Show, Conan O’Brien. Marcy has performed all over NY City’s Cabaret Scene as a singer and a drummer. Marcy has a Master’s Degree in Acting from the University of Michigan, which she finally put to use this year by teaching Acting at Adelphi University and directing their production of Times Square Angel.
JEFF METZLER (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to his favorite street! Hailing from Allentown, PA — Jeff recently completed the National Tours of both 42nd Street and Fosse. Other credits include Merry Go Round Playhouse, Buck’s Co./Pocono Playhouse, Muhlenberg/SMT, Hello, Dolly! at the Walnut Street Theatre, and Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project. Jeff’s future projects include Camelot at North Shore Music Theatre and Radio City’s Christmas Across America. Love & thanks to Mom, Dad, DRJJ&M!
RYAN MURRAY (Billy Lawlor) can be seen on the W.E. Network in the commercial for Bridezillas, a new reality television show. You may also remember Ryan as Yonkers from Gateway’s Gypsy last summer. A native of northern California, Ryan is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts CAP 21. Some of his favorite credits include Doug in Masquerade (Off-Broadway), Marc in Art (Off-Broadway), Dickson in The Secret Garden, and Frankie in Forever Plaid. Ryan is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity and thanks his family, friends, “companions,” and agent, Ann Steele for their constant love and support. Enjoy the show!
ANNA REBY (Ensemble, u/s Peggy Sawyer) is excited to be making her Gateway debut. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Anna is a graduate of the University of Michigan. National tours: Crazy For You (Polly), 42nd Street (Gladys), A Wonderful Life (Mary Hatch), and Fiddler On The Roof (Schprintze). Other favorite roles include The Fantastiks (Luisa), Into The Woods (Cinderella), and Chicago (Hunyak). Many thanks to her ever-supportive family, friends and Rob.
LAURA SCHUTTER (Peggy Sawyer) has just returned from performing the role of Millie in the First National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Broadway credits include Kiss Me Kate and The Scarlet Pimpernel. National Tours include Parade, Kiss Me Kate, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Other favorites include Showboat on London’s West End, The Spitfire Grill (Human Race Theatre), Spring Awakening (O’Malley Theatre), They All Laughed (Goodspeed Opera House), 1940’s Radio Hour (Opera San Benedetto), Gypsy (Drury Lane Oakbrook), The New York workshops of Honky Tonk Angel, The Jazz Singer, and The Prince and the Pauper. She is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association. She would like to thank Andrew, her family, and friends for all the love and support.
MICHAEL SCIBILIA (Ensemble) This is Michael’s third appearance on the Gateway stage, after making his debut this year in Evita. Michael is a graduate of AMDA. Recent credits include: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (National Tour), Cinderella (National Tour),West Side Story (Asst. Director/Chorus, Riff/Action), Crazy For You (Bobby Child), Evita (Che), Pirates Of Penzance (u/s Frederick), My Way (Tenor Soloist). Michael thanks to his family and friends for their love and support, and says “Be a storyteller; the world will always need them.”
LEAH SPRECHER (Anytime Annie) is excited to join her second cast of 42nd Street here at Gateway after just completing the national tour! Regional credits include Cats, and Chicago at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and Copacabana at Mill Mountain Theatre. This fall, she will be joining the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Chicago. Special thanks to her friends and family on the west coast!
CYNTHIA WIENSKO (Ensemble) is very excited to be in 42nd Street. She has performed in previous Gateway productions such as Wizard of Oz, Christmas Spectacular, and Gypsy. She has been dancing since she was three years old. She trained with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and Stage Door School of Dance. Cynthia is also a model for Gilla Roos and Lifestyles in New York City. She is currently a company member in Push Factory Dance Company in New York City. She would like to thank everyone who believed in her and supported her throughout her career.
JEFFERY WILLIAMS JR. (Ensemble) I am happy to be a part of Gateways production of 42nd Street. It is truly a blessing for me to do what I love to do. I thank and praise God for every moment of my life. When one door closes He will open another. I send love to my Family especially my Pops, friends and castmates. Enjoy the show!!!
KATY WOOD (Ensemble) is a member of the Peggy Spina Tap Company and earned her BA in Dance from Barnard College, Columbia University. She was fortunate to have performed for our troops on a USO Tour to Italy, Turkey, and Egypt this year. Katy has performed in Guys and Dolls (Dance Captain) at Shawnee Playhouse, La Cage Aux Folles (Odette) with The Arts Trust of New Jersey, A Funny Thing...Forum (Tintinabula) at Surflight Theatre, Fiorello (Cutie) at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and in Singin’ In The Rain (Lady-In-Waiting) at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. She is excited to be making her Gateway Playhouse debut in 42nd Street.
PAUL ALLAN (Producer) Paul has been involved in theatre since before he can remember. In the early days he spent his summers following around his grandfather who had his hands full trying to make ends meet—running a theatre in the 60’s. Paul grew up at Gateway, looking forward to each summer and being able to do more each year. By the time he was a teenager he was an integral part of the back stage crew and was the self-appointed handy man as well. In the 80’s as a young Gateway producer, Paul spent part of the winter months working in NY on many off-Broadway shows serving as technical supervisor / production manager. At the same time he co-founded a touring company whose shows traveled throughout the US and other countries worldwide. The set rental company was also founded at this time and Gateway scenery is constantly being trucked to various theatres across the country. The main focus, though, is still the productions he produces here for our patrons—and this season begins with his 150th! Paul wishes to dedicate this season to his father whose presence is constantly felt as he continues to inspire and guide him—as he did while he was still here.
DJ SALISBURY (Director): A good ol’ Kentucky boy, DJ has directed and choreographed from coast to coast after having seen the nation from a performer’s perspective on four touring shows. As a director-choreographer, he has set Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, several productions of The Will Rogers Follies (including the Dallas Summer Musicals tour starring Larry Gatlin), Swinging on a Star, Into the Woods, They’re Playing Our Song, Swingtime Canteen, Grease!,The Wizard of Oz, and many other shows for various theaters nationwide including Papermill Playhouse (NJ), Riverside Theatre (FL), Artscenter of Coastal Carolina (SC) and Gateway Playhouse. (His new conception of Cats had audiences purring in Patchogue in 2004 and his production of Evita brought a New Argentina to Bellport in 2005.) Favorite experiences creating dance include Nine, Irene, Annie, the premiere of Great Expectations adapted by novelist John Jakes, and for Sacramento Music Circus, The Secret Garden, Gypsy, Paint Your Wagon and A Funny Thing/Forum. DJ has had the privilege of working on several original productions and workshops in and around New York: The Will Rogers Follies, Titanic, Time and Again, Femme Fatale, Harold and Maude (starring Estelle Parsons) and Long Road Home. Also a bookwriter/lyricist, DJ’s musical adaptation of Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King, written with Neil Berg (composer of Off-Broadway’s The Prince and the Pauper) was showcased as part of the first New York Musical Theatre Festival. Another of his shows, The Honey Boys, performs on cruise ships worldwide. Delighted to return to Gateway, DJ wishes to thank you for supporting live theater!
PHYLLIS GESSLER (Musical Director) is glad to be back for her 17th summer at Gateway. Audiences may remember her from her onstage role last year of Topeka, the piano playing and singing mother of a manic son in Swingtime Canteen. She is so relieved to be in the pit this year where she belongs, having musical directed over 30 shows here. Some favorites include Grand Hotel, Peter Pan, Kiss Me Kate and Groucho. She lives in Florida where she teaches voice to musical theatre and voice majors for the Pinellas County Center for the Arts and freelances as a musical director and pianist. This summer she has already played a production of Ruthless, directed by the author Joal Paley. She would like to dedicate this show to Stan Allan.
MARY GIATTINO (Choreographer/ Ensemble) is thrilled to return home to Gateway. As a director and choreographer she has been a creative force behind numerous Gateway Children’s Theatre productions. As a teacher Mary has educated many children in theatre and dance at the Gateway Acting School and Stage Door School of Dance. As a performer she began her career at Gateway in productions such as Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie Get Your Gun,A Chorus Line, Meet Me In St. Louis, It’s a Wonderful Life, 42nd Street, and The King & I. She has also performed at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in South Carolina, and at Hershey Park. She performed in the Broadway National Tour of 42nd Street and is currently a Radio City Rockette. She would like to extend a huge Thank You to Paul, Robin, and DJ for this amazing opportunity.
ROBIN JOY ALLAN (Casting and Artistic Director) has been the Casting Director at Gateway for the last ten years. Previous to moving back home, she was the Associate Casting Director on the feature films; Parenthood, When Harry Met Sally, Lord of the Flies, Side Out and Ghost. She also cast several television series, pilots and MOW’s, whilst in Los Angeles for five years. Along with her Artistic and Casting Director duties, she is the force behind Gateway’s Acting School Division, where she teaches the advanced classes. Her best friend is her daughter Hayley who teaches her every day. Music, her great passion, was infused into her soul by her parents. She devotes any creativity she is able to conjure up this year, to her father, Stanley Allan, who always listened and heard her voice.
MARCIA MADEIRA (Lighting Designer) is pleased to design her 14th production for Gateway Playhouse. Her favorites are: On The Town, Swing, Jesus Christ Superstar, Forbidden Broadway,West Side Story,The Will Rogers Follies, and The Wizard of Oz. She received a Tony nomination and won the Drama Desk Award for Nine directed by Tommy Tune with Raul Julia. Other Broadway designs include My One and Only with Tommy Tune and Twiggy; Marilyn, An American Fable with Allison Reed and Scott Bakula; and The Music Man with Dick van Dyke. Off-Broadway designs include: Side by Side by Sondheim at the Dicapo Opera Theatre; Cloud 9 directed by Tommy Tune; Privates On Parade with Jim Dale and Simon Jones directed by Larry Carpenter, choreography by Daniel Pelzig; and The Transposed Heads at Lincoln Center, written and directed by Julie Taymor.
ERIN KRAUS (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back at the Gateway Playhouse for her sixth season. She spent this past winter as a production assistant for Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular and as an Assistant Stage Manager at the Actor’s Studio Drama School. Some of her favorite credits include The Will Rogers Follies, Gypsy, and Cabaret. Erin would like to thank everyone at the Gateway playhouse, especially Paul and Stanley, for all their support. She would also like to thank Mom, Dad, and Brigid for their love and inspiration. Erin would like to dedicate these performances to Mom, the strongest woman she knows.