Cast of Characters
MIKI BERG, ANDREW BLACK*, AIMEE COOK, WARREN CURTIS*,
TREVOR DOWNEY, DUSTIN FLORES, RYAN HOLLY*, CANDICE PENNEFATHER,
MACY REEVES, SARAH SCHREIBER, AMANDA LEIGH-ZEITLER
MIKI BERG (Ensemble) is a native Minnesotan and is thrilled to be back on the Gateway stage after appearing in 42nd Street this summer. 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 DisneySea. She’s a graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of NYC. Much love to her family, her “special agent” Jason, and praise to God for His faithfulness.
ANDREW BLACK (Ensemble / u/s Joe/Jerry): Gateway Debut! Andrew has performed from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the streets of Tokyo’s DisneySea. Credits include: 1st National Tour of 42nd Street, the Surflight Theater, and Dance Captain for Singing in the Rain for Carousel Dinner Theater. Andrew has choreographed over two-dozen shows for NJ community theatres and schools.
JONATHAN BRODY (Spats Palazzo) was in the original Broadway companies of Titanic, Me and My Girl, Sally Marr...and Her Escorts, and Off-Broadway in Theda Bara & the Frontier Rabbi, Eating Raoul and Pirates of Penzance. He’s toured with Funny Girl, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and appeared regionally in Hamlet, The Dybbuk and Forever Plaid. Favorites include Sterling in Jeffrey, Bobby in Crazy For You and Harpo/Chico in Groucho. TV credits include Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall; An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner, and as George Gershwin in Porgy and Bess; An American Voice, all on PBS. Proud Member of Actor’s Equity for 22 years!
AIMEE COOK (Ensemble / u/s Sugar) is thrilled to be making her Gateway debut in Sugar. She is originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada where she was a member of the Le Jazz Hot Dance Company for three years. Aimee is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She recently played the supporting role of Jamie in a short film, Untitled, that will be shown in film festivals in the New Year. Much love to Mom, Dad, Rebecca, Vahe and friends; I thank you all for your love and support.
WARREN CURTIS (Assistant Choreographer / Dance Capt. / Ensemble / u/s Spats): Regional credits include Dick in Dames at Sea,Prince Charming in Cinderella,Rooster in Annie,Tulsa in Gypsy, Will Parker in Oklahoma, Tony in The Boyfriend, Anything Goes, and The Music Man. Warren was a featured performer for UNICEF’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Metropolitan Club in NY. Other New York credits include: Metro Manhattan and UNICEF’s Bal Masque. Feature films include: Two Weeks Notice w/ Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant and Stepford Wives with Nicole Kidman. Many thanks to Robb Alverson and my teachers, especially Charles Goddertz, Peff Modelski, and Jeff Shade. Love to Rachel.
DICK DECAREAU (Sir Osgood Fielding, Jr.): This is Dick’s 4th production at Gateway. He’s played Mayor Shinn in The Music Man, Erronious in Forum, and Ozzie in Pimpernel. Dick comes directly from the Sacramento Music Circus where he played Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. He will be playing that role again at the Arkansas Rep in Little Rock in Nov. This will mark Dick’s 4th time doing this role in the past year and a half. Broadway credits include, Raggedy Ann; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Off-Broadway productions include, Jimmy Valentine; Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood; Mademoiselle Colombe; and Captain’s Courageous at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Dick has worked at regional theatres across the country, including the Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Geva Theatre, and Syracuse Stage. Dick has been on many summer stock tours including, Me and My Girl, 42nd Street, and Singin’ in the Rain. His performances on National Tours include two years on the road in Ragtime and three years with Annie. Dick is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
TREVOR DOWNEY (Ensemble) is a native of Lebanon, Ohio and is thrilled to be making his Gateway Playhouse debut. He has studied at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and trained with the Dayton Ballet where he performed Fritz in The Nutcracker and toured Canada as the Lost Boy in Dracula. Favorite roles include Mr. Mistoffelees in CATS and most recently a featured dancer aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. Trevor has danced extensively for Paramount Entertainment as well as The Kentucky Derby and the “Inventing Flight” opening ceremonies in Dayton, Ohio. He has worked with Ginger Cox, Ben Hartley, and Andy Blankenbeuhler and would like to thank his family and friends for helping him finally make the Big Apple his home!
DUSTIN FLORES (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Gateway after performing earlier this season in Aida and 42nd Street. 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 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 others. Dustin would like to thank his amazing group of friends for their constant love and support.
RYAN HOLLY (Ensemble / u/s Bienstock) is happy to be performing at Gateway again in Sugar. You may remember him from last summer’s productions of Cats and Gypsy. He would like to dedicate his performance to his B.F.F. Lauren and also to JIGS and KIGS.
DAVE KONIG (Bienstock) won three NY Emmy awards as the co-host of “Subway Q&A” (The show is currently on “hiatus”—a technical,“show business” term meaning “cancelled”). TV: host of HBO’s “Hardcore TV”, guest on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. Broadway: Vince Fontaine in Grease. As a stand-up comic, Konig has been seen on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor”, Comedy Central and the NY Friars Club. Konig made the schlep out to Gateway in ’98 as Roy in The Odd Couple (which is really all about Roy) and is happy to be back. www.davekonig.com. Alpha Centauri Mgmt. 732-583-4441.
AMANDA LEIGH-ZEITLER (Ensemble): This is Amanda’s first Gateway production, and she is thrilled by the opportunity! She is a recent graduate of Viterbo University. Her most recent role was Isabel in Pirates of Penzance. She would like to thank Mom, Dad, and Jorge for their loving support.
MICHAEL McKINSEY (Knuckles): “Tuba” is pleased to be back with the Gateway fami-ly for his third production! He most recently appeared as Tony Giordano in this season’s The Full Monty. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Tuba’s upcoming engage-ments include Songs of War and Hardship: An Evening of Kurt Weill Music (Lincoln Center) and some well deserved vacation! National Tour: Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! Favorite regional credits include: Titanic (Andrews), Forever Plaid (Smudge), Tick Tick Boom (Michael), Annie Get Your Gun (Frank). Thanks to my family (Ma, Pa & Sis), my friends, KK, Kimberly, and especially Robin and Dave for keeping me around.
KIRK MOUSER (Joe/Josephine) Kirk was last seen at Gateway as Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl and Simon Stride in Jekyll and Hyde. Broadway & National Tours include: Marius in Les Miserables (1st & 3rd National), Forbidden Broadway directed by Gerald Alessandrini, Nicholai in Chess, Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera directed by Hal Prince, the Descant in the revival of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (Carnegie Hall), a role he also performed at the Vatican City premiere. Kirk has worked with Tony Award Winning Directors Des McAnuff, Trevor Nunn, John Caird and Hal Prince and with Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer/Lyricist Sheldon Harnick in the professional premiere of Dragons as Lancelot. He received a Chicago Jeff Award for his portrayal of Che in Evita.
CYNDI NEAL (Sweet Sue): Sugar brings the number of shows Cyndi has done here at Gateway into the double digits. Last season she appeared as the ultimate stage mother Mama Rose in Gypsy. Other roles at Gateway include Eva Peron in Evita, Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Sister Hubert in Nunsense, and Maria in Lend Me A Tenor. Regional credits include: Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Lady Jacqueline in Me & My Girl, and Kate in Kiss Me Kate. Cyndi has appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables and Showboat, and in the National Tour of Ragtime as the anarchist Emma Goldman. Love to Michael, Alyson, and Rachel.
CANDICE PENNEFATHER (Ensemble / u/s Sweet Sue) is thrilled to be making her Gateway debut in Sugar. Favorite regional credits include: Cats (Jennyanydots/ Jellylorum), 42nd Street (Diane Lorimer), and Hair (Jeanie), Anything Goes, and Sweeney Todd. Originally from Grosse Pointe, MI, Candice is a recent graduate of the Indiana University School of Music where she majored in Vocal Performance. She sends much love to her fabulously supportive family and friends.
LARRY RABEN (Jerry/Daphne) is pleased to make his Gateway debut. He recently appeared on Broadway in Mel Brooks’ The Producers where he played Leo Bloom. Off-Broadway credits include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and Sparky in Forever Plaid (original company) for which he also did the LA premiere (Ovation and L.A. Drama-Critics Awards) and London West End productions. Regional favorites: Ross in Bright Ideas (Laguna Playhouse), Ens. Pulver in Mister Roberts (Old Globe Theatre), Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Man in The Thing About Men (pre-NY tryouts), Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (Pittsburgh CLO), Finch in How To Succeed In Business..., Whizzer in Falsettos (Pasadena Playhouse), and Noel Coward Tribute (Carnegie Hall). Films: Lost And Found, Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead. Television: Party Of Five, Cab To Canada, Caroline In The City, The Tonight Show, General Hospital and Sunset Beach. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Thanks Scott and Robin.
MACY REEVES (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Gateway Playhouse debut in Sugar. Macy has most recently been seen flying above the crowds on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas. A graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Dance, she would like to thank all of her friends and especially her family for their love and support of her career and dreams. Love to all!
SARAH SCHREIBER (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Gateway Playhouse debut in Sugar! She recently graduated from the University of Miami with her BFA in Musical Theatre and is happy to be back home in Nutley, NJ. Some of her past credits include As You Like It (Rosalind), 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown), Grease (Sandy), Children of Eden (Yonah), and Cats (Sillabub). She would like to thank her family for all their constant love and support!!
ELIZABETH STANLEY (Sugar Kane) is excited to return to the Gateway stage this summer, having appeared earlier as Amneris in Aida. Favorite regional and touring credits include: Cabaret (Fraulein Kost/Fritzie), Side Show (Daisy), Honky Tonk Angels (Darlene), Sound of Music (Maria), Cowgirls (Rita), and Noises Off (Brooke). This holiday season Elizabeth will play Belle in Beauty and the Beast at the Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City. She is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music. Many thanks to her supportive family and friends. Peace.
TAD WILSON (Hood) is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and is very excited to be back with the Gateway family. Gateway audiences recently saw all of Tad in The Full Monty as Dave. Off Broadway: Clara’s Christmas Dreams (Dr. Drosselmeyer). Regional: Sunday In The Park With George (George), The Civil War (Pierce), The Sound Of Music (Captain Von Trapp), Jekyll And Hyde (Simon Stride, u/s Jekyll). Tad holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Belmont University in Nashville,TN. While in Nashville Tad was privileged to be a part of several productions at Opryland, USA. His favorites include Showstoppers, a musical revue aboard the General Jackson Showboat and A Country Christmas, at the gorgeous Opryland Hotel. Tad would like to thank many people for their role in his career: Carole for her love and support and belief in me, Mom and Dad for their unconditional love and sacrifices on my behalf, Julie and Taylor for their willingness to let me pretend.
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.
SCOTT THOMPSON (Director / Choreographer) is an award winning Director / Choreographer who has worked at regional theaters all over the United States. His favorite credits include Dames at Sea at Goodspeed Musicals (and in San Francisco) for which he won numerous critical awards, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Pirates of Penzance, Grease, Damn Yankees, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Ten years ago he founded Austin Musical Theater in Austin, Texas and directed fifteen mainstage produc-tions there, including Peter Pan, West Side Story, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Music Man (with Larry Gatlin), Sweet Charity, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, and A Chorus Line. Scott also founded a highly respected performing arts school for children. At Gateway Scott directed last season’s hit musical Gypsy a show he has directed and choreographed four times previously— including productions starring Pamela Meyers (of Company fame) and Tony Award Winner Betty Buckley. Scott is delighted to be back at the fabulous Gateway Playhouse!
FRED BARTON (Musical Director) made his NY debut in 1982 as arranger / performer / pianist in the internationally acclaimed Forbidden Broadway; in 1985 the show won its first Drama Desk Award and plays on into the 21st century. Fred followed with Miss Gulch Returns!, a one-man performance of original songs that still plays to critical and popular acclaim across the country and generated a popular CD. Mr. Barton’s third off-Broadway project, Whoop-Dee-Doo!, played a season each in N.Y. and London, won two Drama Desk awards, and was recorded by RCA Records. On Broadway and on tour, Fred has conducted Anthony Quinn in Zorba, Harold Prince’s Cabaret revival, Cy Coleman’s City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies with Marla Maples Trump, and Camelot starring Robert Goulet. He has accompanied and/or arranged for Madeline Kahn, Lucie Arnaz, Andrea McArdle, Regina Resnik, Roberta Peters, Jan Peerce, Marni Nixon, Betty Buckley, Mimi Hines and Tovah Feldshuh among many others. Fred was Associate Composer of the hit series The Magic Schoolbus starring Lily Tomlin, and contributed music for Michael Moore’s The Awful Truth. Fred’s orchestrations are played by symphony orchestras around the country, and he has orchestrated a number of albums: A Bag Of Popcorn And A Dream (a collection of rare songs by Wright & Forrest), A Wrinkle In Swingtime (a big band collection with singer Elena Bennett), My Place In The World (for Broadway singer Neva Small), and Torch Goddess (for Broadway singer Karen Murphy). See www.fredbarton.com for more.
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 15th production for Gateway Playhouse. Her favorites are: 42nd Street, 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.
SUZY BENZINGER (Costume Designer), a recipient of Theater Development Funds Irene Sharoff Award, has most recently designed costumes for the successful Broadway productions of Miss Saigon, Ain’t Broadway Grand and Saturday Night Fever. Her Associate Design credits include the Broadway, London and National tours of 42nd Street, La Cage Aux Folles, and the international tour of Dreamgirls. Some of her Off-Broadway and Regional Theater credits include: I Do, I Do, The Boys In The Band, Berlin to Broadway, Taking a Chance on Love, No, No, Nannette, Dear World, Gypsy, and the World Premiere of Camila.
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, espe-cially 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.
JAMES LEONARD JOY (Set Designer) is a New York based Scenic Designer. His Broadway credits include productions of Play On!, Take Me Along, Peter Pan, State Fair, and Ned and Jack. Also in New York he has designed Blue at the Roundabout Theatre Company, Camping With Henry and Tom at the Lortel Theater (for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award) and Regina at the New York City Opera. He has designed for regional theaters across the country includ-ing The Old Globe Theatre, The Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The Cincinnati Playhouse, The Huntington Theatre, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Alliance Theatre, and The Goodspeed Opera House. Recently he has been busy with many projects for Walt Disney World Entertainment, including a production for the new park at Disneyland Paris. He also designed the 2002 Global Meeting for McDonald’s with the Jack Morton Company, and As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew for the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. James Leonard Joy’s sets for Some Like It Hot were nominated for “Outstanding Set Design” by the Dallas Theatre League. Mr Joy lives in Manhattan with his wife, Ruth, who works as a partner in his Studio.