CAST

Papa Ge

Merle Dandridge is honored to return to the Broadway boards to tell one of her favorite stories: Love always wins. She currently stars in the Oprah Winfrey/Lionsgate produced television show “Greenleaf” as Grace Greenleaf which is soon heading into its third season. She has previously been seen on Broadway in Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Rent (Joanne), Aida (Aida), Tarzan (Kala) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Soul Girl, Disciple, Mary u/s). She has toured the U.S. and Europe six times, played The Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall and been featured in several regional theatre productions including multiple stints at The Geffen Playhouse and Pasadena Playhouse. Merle’s recurring television roles include Gwen Gaskin in NBC’s “Night Shift,” Vega in CW’s “Star-Crossed” and Rita Roosevelt in FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.”  Among her video game characters are her BAFTA-winning turn as Katherine Collins in “Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture,” her award-winning portrayals as Marlene in “The Last of Us,” and Alyx Vance in “Half Life 2,” “DOTA 2” and “Unchartered 4.”  For Mark Ford. www.merledandridge.com

Agwe

What a blessing to join the Once On This Island family! Broadway: CatsRagtime. Off Broadway: The Secret Garden, Lincoln Center; A New Brain, NY City Center; Lost In the Stars, NY City Center; The Roar of the Greasepaint…, York Theatre Company.  National Tours: MemphisThe Color PurpleThe Lion KingRagtime. Regional: Les Miserables, Drury Lane Theatre; Nicholas Nickleby, Orlando Shakes; Tarzan, the MUNY; Gee’s Bend, Cincinnati Playhouse; I Dream, Alliance Theatre; A Little Night Music, Sacramento Music Circus; Jacques Brel…, Straz PAC. Bert Williams, Paul Robeson, Louie Armstrong, and Sammy Davis Jr. is why… “we tell the story!”

Asaka

Alex is more than thrilled to be making his Broadway debut! Alex is best known for playing Wade “Unique” Adams, a transgender student on FOX’s “Glee.” Although the stage is where it all began, some of his favorite roles include: Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), Cinderella (Fairy Godmother), Saturday Night Fever (Candy)Alex is also a recording artist with Atlantic Records where he’s released songs with Clean Bandit (“Stronger”), Blonde (“All Cried Out”) and The Knocks (“Collect my Love”). All available now along with his debut EP entitled Power, and new single “Keep It Moving.” Also Kill the Lights (Nile Rogers and DJ Cassidy) which was featured on HBO’s “Vinyl.” Website: TheAlexNewell.com Twitter and Instagram @TheAlexNewell.

Erzulie

Broadway: Kim in Miss Saigon (Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk and OCC Awards), Allegiance, Les Miserables, Flower Drum Song. International: Fun Home, Cats, Cinderella, God of Carnage. Film/TV: singing voices of Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Les Miserables for PBS (10th and 25th Anniversary concerts), “Hey, Mr. Producer.” As a concert artist Lea has toured globally, performing in some of the world’s most iconic concert venues and in 2017 broke the record for the most consecutive performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below with her acclaimed show Blurred Lines, also an album.
www.leasalonga.com.

Tonton Julian

Phillip is a Bass-Baritone from Greenville, SC. He is a TONY, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle, Awards nominee, winner Theater World Award and I.R.N.E. for “Crown” in Porgy and Bess. He’s a graduate of The Hartt School. Performances include: “A Boatman” Sunday In The Park With George, “TW” Sondheim on Sondheim LA Philharmonic/Boston Pops, “Booker T. Washington” Ragtime, “Jim” Big River, “Pirate King/Samuel” Pirates of PenzanceOn The Town, “Joe” Show Boat, “Ken” Ain’t Misbehavin’, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and JCS Gospel. He Directs THE NYGOSPEL BROTHERS. Movies: Top FiveFreedom, Easter Mysteries. For more information, please visit www.PhillipBoykin.com.

Storyteller

Recently appeared as Simone Murphy on S5 of “House of Cards;” S5 of “Elementary” on CBS. Broadway: Lottie Gee in Shuffle Along; The Book of Mormon; Nettie in The Color Purple, Sarah in Ragtime for which she received a Helen Hayes nomination, and The Goodbye Girl! Her single release “Everlasting” appeared on MTV’s Most Wanted, VH1, Top of the Pops in London, and was nominated for a Viva Award. Television: “Law and Order SVU,” Ms. Berg in “Rescue Me,” “Nurse Jackie” and Mercy as “Adrienne Mercer” on NBC. Film Credits: Sharla in The Challenger and Rush.

Storyteller

Broadway:The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Joan of Arc, Invisible Thread, Drumstruck, Central Avenue Breakdown. Regional: Witness Uganda, Miss Saigon (Best Actor Nomination), The Brothers/Sister Plays (Best Actor Nomination); Venice, Pippin, Jelly’s Last Jam (Best Actor Nomination), In the Red and Brown Water. National Tour: Fosse. Other tours include South Africa at the renowned Baxter and Market Theatre as the lead in The Brother Size. TV: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Chappelle’s Show.” Nutrition and Fitness at Corerhythmfitness.net. Grateful to God, family, friends, Roco, and Jay. Ephesians 3:20

Little Girl

Emerson is thrilled about her Broadway debut! Recent performances: C.G. Paterson in Annie Warbucks, Sabina in Back O’Town. Emerson plays the cello and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the UN. Special thanks to her parents, Amelia, Carson Kolker and Zoom Management.

Andrea

Alysha comes directly from the Broadway company of Hamilton where she was playing the roles of Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds. She was a member of the original company both at the Public Theatre and on Broadway, where she stood by for Eliza Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler and Peggy.  Other Broadway credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Original Broadway Company) and Sister Act (Deloris u/s). She traveled with the national tour of Sister Act (Deloris standby). Regionally she was seen in Found (Denise) at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, also the St. Louis MUNY and Marriott Lincolnshire in Chicago. IG @alysha_des Twitter @alysha_d.

Storyteller

Tyler is thrilled be a part of Once On This Island! Broadway: Motown the Musical (Eddie Kendricks, Smokey Robinson u.s.); Tours: Dreamgirls (C.C. White); Motown the Musical (Norman Whitfield); New York: ACAPPELLA, the Musical (Jeremiah); Little Dancer (Gilbert); Popstar (Robby); Regional: RENT (Angel); You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy); Shrek the Musical; Hairspray. All of my love to my family and friends for your endless support! Instagram: @tylerhar  Twitter: @tylerhardwick1

Storyteller

Cassondra is delighted to be making her Broadway debut in Once On This Island.  Recent credits include The First Noel with the Classical Theatre of Harlem. As a background vocalist, she has performed alongside a wide range of artists including Christina Aguilera, Wynton Marsalis, Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Kim Burrell, Laura Izibor, Ledisi, and Gladys Knight. She is currently finishing a PhD at the Graduate Center (CUNY). Website: www.CassondraJames.com

Storyteller

David is thrilled to return to Broadway in this iconic production and once again work with Lynn and Stephen.  Broadway: After Midnight, Hands On A Hardbody, Genius of Ray Charles (West End). Tours/Regional: Ragtime (Coalhouse), Dreamgirls (Curtis), Kinky Boots (Simon Sr.), Sister Act (Eddie), Waitress w/Sara Bareilles, Disney’s Freaky Friday (Mike), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Grammy Nom. for 30th Anniversary Recording). Television: “Blue Bloods,” “The Shield,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Follow me on Instagram @djmusicbiz.

Storyteller

Emmy® Award winner and eleventh Broadway production. Recently appeared in the Grammy and Tony Award winning Best Revival The Color Purple. Favorite Broadway credits include: Motown, Leap of Faith, Catch Me If You Can, Finian’s Rainbow, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Aida. Regional: One Night In Miami (Sam Cooke, Center Stage), Dreamgirls (Curtis, North Shore). TV/film: “Mozart In The Jungle,” “Royal Pains,” “Smash,” I Am Legend. BFA, Juilliard. Thanks: creator, family, FSE, and KBK. Follow: @gray_sandy

Storyteller

San Diego native. Clark Atlanta University alumna (BA, Mass Media Arts). American Idol Top 16 in 2015. TV/Film credits include “Tales,” “The Quad,” “Greenleaf” (Season 2 Soundtrack), “Powers,” “The Game,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Tag.” Broadway and regional theatre: Motown the Musical, Broadway and National Tour (Diana Ross u/s, Gladys Knight, Esther), Ragtime (Sarah), Shrek the Musical (Fiona u/s), Once On This Island (Erzulie), Sweet Charity (Ursula/Carmen), The Princess and the Black-eyed Pea. @LorenSharice

Mama Euralie

Bway: The Color Purple (Celie), Xanadu (Erato/Kira understudy) Off B’way: Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Granny) Encores!, Bella: an American Tall Tale (Miss Cabbagestalk/Mama), Merrily We Roll Along (Encores!), Wild Party (Encores!), Langston In Harlem (Zora Neale Hurston-Drama Desk Nom./ Audelco Award), Working (Drama Desk Award), Avenue Q. Regional: Parade (Minnie McKnight, Angela/2014 Barrymore Award Outstanding Featured Actress), Once On This Island (Timoune/ Mama Euralie), Ragtime (Sarah) Film/TV: “Sesame Street,” “Hostages,” “Blacklist.” Follow me on Twitter! @miller_kenita

Daniel

Isaac is a 2017 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, he recently originated the title role of Nikola Tesla in Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat by Nikko Benson and Benjamin Halstead at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. @isaaccolepowell

Storyteller

T. Oliver is honored to celebrate show #12 with Once On This Island. BROADWAY: Sunset Boulevard, After Midnight, Sister Act, Mary Poppins, The Wedding Singer, La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, Never Gonna Dance, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Follies, Kiss Me Kate. FILM/TV: Sex & The City, “Girls”, “Mercy”. “All things come of thee, O Lord…” Thanks to JLF, CTG, CLA. Proud AEA Member and prouder #OneOfMildredsKids. http://www.Toliverreid.com

Storyteller

Past credits include B’way: In Transit; Off B’way: Sistas the Musical, They Wrote That, Ragtime(Ellis Island); Nat’l Tours: All Shook Up, Ain’t Misbehavin’; Regional: Dreamgirls (Effie White), Once On This Island (Asaka), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), Kiss Me Kate (Hattie), Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Jewel). Aurelia would like to thank her incredible family for their love and endless support!

Little Girl

Mia is so excited to make her Broadway debut in Once On This Island. She is also a pianist and has won 1st place at international piano competitions. She would like to thank her manager Peggy Becker Parkside Talent, Abrams, Bryan Wade & Julia Mendelson, Michelle Aravena, and her friends and family for making her dreams come true. Insta: @mia_mei_williamson

Ti Moune

Born in Humble, Texas, Hailey was adopted at birth and raised by her parents in the small town of Happy Valley, Oregon. Starting at age six, she was involved with a local children’s choir. While she has studied classical, jazz, opera, country, and gospel, her love has always been musical theatre. In high school, she competed at the local, state and national level for singing. She won second place in the August Wilson Monologue Competition in Portland, and competed at the National August Wilson Monologue Competition in New York. Regional credits include: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Woman, Portland Center Stage), Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs, Portland Center Stage), PWP Perfect Works In Progress (Donald Webster), Romeo and Juliet (Prince, Ensemble), Crumbs From The Table Of Joy (Ermina), The Colored Museum. Hailey was accepted into the Musical Theatre program at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. TW: @HaileyKilgore. IG: @HaileyfKilgore

CREATIVE

LYNN AHRENS won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for Broadway’s Ragtime. For Twentieth Century Fox’s animated feature film Anastasia, she was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. She and longtime collaborator Stephen Flaherty received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Broadway: Anastasia; Once On This Island (Olivier Award, Best Musical; Tony nominations, Best Book and Score); Seussical (Grammy nomination); My Favorite Year; Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life; Rocky; Madison Square Garden’s A Christmas Carol; Ragtime (2010 Broadway revival). Off-Broadway and regional: Lincoln Center Theater’s Dessa Rose, The Glorious Ones (both Drama Desk-nominated) and A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical); Lucky Stiff; Little Dancer (Kennedy Center world premiere). Film and television credits include A “Christmas Carol” (NBC-TV); Camp (IFC Films); “Schoolhouse Rock” (ABC-TV) and others. (Emmy Award and four Emmy nominations). She is a Council member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a co-founder of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, and a Lilly Award winner for Lyrics. www.ahrensandflaherty.com

STEPHEN FLAHERTY is the composer of the Broadway musicals Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Grammy nominations), Once On This Island (Tony nomination, London’s Olivier Award, Best Musical), Seussical (Grammy, Drama Desk nominations), Rocky and Anastasia. Additional Broadway credits include Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (original songs) and Neil Simon’s Proposals (incidental music). He composed the scores for four musicals at Lincoln Center Theatre: The Glorious Ones (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), Dessa Rose (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), A Man of No Importance (OCC, Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination) and My Favorite Year. Other theater includes In Your Arms (Old Globe), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), Lucky Stiff (Playwrights Horizons) and Loving Repeating (Chicago’s Jefferson Award, Best New Musical.) Film includes Anastasia (two Academy Award and two Golden Globe nominations), After The Storm and Lucky Stiff. Mr. Flaherty’s concert music has premiered at the Hollywood Bowl, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Guggenheim. In 2014, he and longtime collaborator Lynn Ahrens received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Council, Dramatists Guild of America; co-founder, Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. AhrensAndFlaherty.com

MICHAEL ARDEN (Director) is a Tony-nominated director for his revival of Spring Awakening. The acclaimed production transferred from Deaf West Theater in Los Angeles to Broadway in fall 2015. He also won the Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Director of a Musical and was nominated for a Drama Desk award for the production. Michael made his Broadway debut in Deaf West Theater and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Big River. Other directing credits include My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theater; Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles, where he is currently the Artist in Residence; LA Ronde for his company, the Forest of Arden; and For the Record: John Hughes in LA and NYC. His production of The Pride opened at the Wallis Annenberg Center in June 2017. Other theatre credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Times they are a Changin’, Ragtime (Avery Fisher), It’s Only Life, Swimming in the Shallows, Ace, Juno, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, The Secret Garden, Pippin (Mark Taper Forum), and Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Michael’s film work includes Source Code, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Bride Wars and So B It. He has also worked extensively in TV, most notably on FX and Fox’s “Anger Management.” Other TV credits include “GCB,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Royal Pains,” “Unforgettable,” “Off the Map,” “Kings,” “The Closer,” “The Forgotten,” “Bones,” “The Return of Jezebel James,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “NUMB3RS.” Concert work includes singing with Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti, and performances at 54 BELOW, Feinstein’s at the Regency and Joe’s Pub. Michael is an alum of The Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School.

CAMILLE A. BROWN: Broadway:  A Streetcar Named Desire; Off-Broadway: Fortress of Solitude (Public Theatre, Lucille Nortel Award Nominee), The Box (Foundry Theatre), Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons, June 2017).  Regional:  Bella:  An American Tall Tale and Stagger Lee (Dallas Theatre Center), The Winter’s Tale (McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company), Blood Quilt (Arena Stage); and Encores! New York City Center’s productions of Cabin in the Sky and Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM! starring Lin-Manuel Miranda.  Upcoming:  the Broadway revivals of Once on This Island (December 2017), Pal Joey (Spring 2019), and a world premiere of her new work Ink at The Kennedy Center (December 2017).

 

CHRIS FENWICK music directed the Public Theater and Broadway productions of Fun Home (2015 Tony Award, Best Musical) and is Music Supervisor of the current national tour. He also recently music directed the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. He is the founding Music Director of City Center Encores! Off-Center. He music directed the original productions of Michael John LaChiusa’s GiantLos OtrosQueen of the Mist, and See What I Wanna See. Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Rocky, The Pajama Game, Here Lies Jenny, Road Show, Mother Courage at Shakespeare in the Park, starring Meryl Streep, and more. Music Director for Patti LuPone at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival, and many more.

DANE LAFFREY (set design) Broadway: set and costumes for Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, set for Fool For Love. Recent off-Broadway: set and/or costumes for Rancho ViejoIndian Summer, The Christians, Iowa (Playwrights Horizons), Sell.Buy.Date (Manhattan Theatre Club), Homos, or Everyone in America (Labyrinth), The Harvest, (Lincoln Center), The Glory of the World (B.A.M. Harvey), Cloud 9 (Atlantic) and other work at Roundabout, Second Stage, Vineyard Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, MCC, SoHo Rep, Rattlestick, Transport Group and many others. Regional work at The Humana Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Theatre, The Old Globe, Huntington Theatre Company, The Wallis Annenberg Center, Denver Center, Goodspeed, Woolly Mammoth, Center Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, New York Stage & Film, others. International work in Tokyo, Oslo, Osaka and throughout Australia. Dane won a 2017 OBIE Award for sustained excellence in set and costume design and has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award and 4 Henry Hewes Awards along with numerous regional accolades.

 

CLINT RAMOS (Costume Designer) Notable set/costume designs include the Broadway productions of Sunday in the Park With George, Six Degrees of Separation, In TransitEclipsedThe Elephant Man (Broadway, West End), Violet. Off Broadway he designed, Here Lies Love (NY, London), Sweet Charity, Bella, Familiar and Booty Candy, He has over 200 regional and international credits. Awards: Tony Award (first person of color to win in his category), Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, 3 Lortels, TDF Irene Sharaff Award, 2 ATW Henry Hewes, Helen Hayes. Upcoming: Torch Song Trilogy, Robert O’Hara’s Mankind, Relevance, Warhol/Capote. @clintramos

Jules Fisher, founder of Fisher Dachs Associates, Fisher Marantz Stone Partners, and Third Eye Studio, is one of the world’s foremost theatrical lighting designers. In a career spanning four decades, Jules has lit hundreds of Broadway shows, including such classics as Hair, Pippin, Chicago, and Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ which he also produced, concert tours for artists such as the Rolling Stones and David Bowie, and films such as Chicago and Dreamgirls.

 

Since 1985 he has collaborated with co-designer Peggy Eisenhauer at Third Eye. They conceive and design lighting for all forms of entertainment, including stage, film, and music. Jules and Peggy have collectively been awarded Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical seven times, including Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (2004, Revival), Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (1996), Jelly’s Last Jam (1992), The Will Rogers Follies (1991), Grand Hotel (1990), Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ (1978), and Pippin (1973), and once for Best Lighting Design of a Play for Ulysses in Nighttown (1974). Together, they have been honored with nearly thirty Tony Award nominations. Their work can currently be seen in Disney’s 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Grammy, Olivier, four time Tony nominated. Selected Designs include: Anastasia, Something Rotten, Rock of Ages, After Midnight, Motown, The Scottsboro Boys, Side Show, Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Shrek the Musical, On A Clear Day, Lend Me A Tenor, Elf, Wonderland, Cry Baby, The Times They Are A-Changin’, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Little Women, Brooklyn.  Other credits: Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas, Ragtime (London), Rocky Das Musical (Hamburg, Stuttgart), King Kong (Melbourne).  International arena tours of How To Train Your Dragon and Walking with Dinosaurs.

Grammy nominated AnnMarie Milazzo’s vocal designing credits include Broadway’s Spring AwakeningNext To NormalIf/Then and Finding Neverland. She was the co/arranger/lyricist and co/composer for The Radio City Rockettes Summer Spectacular 2016. Her Off Broadway credits include, Carrie, Groundhog and Prince and the Pauper.  As a composer/Lyricist her musical short film Pretty Dead Girl won The Sundance Film festival’s Special Jury award. AnnMarie wrote the lyrics for Cirque du Soleil’s Le Reve at The Wynn hotel. She has worked with Serj Tankian on ART’s production of Prometheus Bound and Burt Bacharach on The Old Globe’s production of Some Lovers.

MICHAEL STAROBINMrs. Miller Does Her Thing, Freaky Friday, Falsettos, First Daughter Suite, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kid Victory, If/ThenAnnie, Dogfight, Leap of Faith, Queen of the Mist, People in the Picture, Sondheim on Sondheim, Next to Normal (Tony Award), Glorious Ones, Grinch, Adrift in Macao, Bernarda Alba, Spelling Bee, Assassins (Tony Award), Tom Sawyer, A New Brain, A Christmas Carol, Hello Again, Guys & Dolls (1992), My Favorite Year, In TrousersSunday in the Park with George, Once on This Island, Closer Than Ever, Legs Diamond, Romance Romance, Carrie, Birds of Paradise, Rags, Three Guys Naked, Von Richtofen.

Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George, In Transit, Eclipsed, Side Show, After Midnight, Fela!, A View From the Bridge, South PacificOff-Broadway: In the Blood, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Signature Theater), A Midsummers Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Park). Tours: Fela!, (National tour) Fela!, (European Tour) Dirty Dancing, Flash Dance (National tour).Television: Emmy nominated for make- up design for NBC, “The Wiz” Live.

JOHN BERTLES is an instrument-builder, educator, composer and environmentalist. Bash the Trash Environmental Arts (BTT) was founded by Bertles and his wife and creative partner/choreographer Carina Piaggio in 1991. BTT builds, performs and educates with musical instruments made from recycled and reused materials, bringing a message of Science, Sound and Sustainability to over 60,000 students and adults a year at schools, performing arts centers and other venues across the country. Bertles and BTT are regular performers at Carnegie Hall and the Smithsonian Institute, and at Green Festivals around the US and abroad. Among other things, Bertles has visited Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; enticed Yo-Yo Ma to perform on a cello made of styrofoam and fishing line, and Wynton Marsalis to take a solo on a cardboard tube trumpet; and designed musical instruments for bored elephants in Australian zoos. He is a former board-member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, and a three-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Music Award for Songwriting for Children.

Broadway: The Color Purple, Motown, Scandalous, Hello, Dolly!, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bandstand, Newsies, Memphis. National Tours: Memphis, Dreamgirls. Off-Broadway: Big River, Cabin in the Sky, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Featured pianist: LaChanze, Jennifer Hudson, Heather Headley, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Ragtime on Ellis Island with Brian Stokes Mitchell. Originally from DC, Alvin has performed at the Kennedy Center, White House and Capitol and has two degrees in meteorology (yes, you read that correctly) from Harvard and Georgia Tech. He sends love to his wife Rebecca and their first child Samuel, who was born in March 2017.

JOHN MILLER: Broadway (over 100 shows, including): Hello Dolly; Miss Saigon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Indecent; The Great Comet of 1812; Bronx Tale; Holiday Inn; Waitress; Something Rotten; Les Miserables; Beautiful; Pippin; Once; Jersey Boys; Newsies; Rock of Ages; Elf; Porgy and Bess; Jesus Christ Superstar; Godspell; Follies; Priscilla; Sister Act; Catch Me If You Can. Studio Musician (bass): Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bette Midler, Peter, Paul and Mary, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Carly Simon, BB King, Pete Seeger, NY Philharmonic, Mose Allison, Tommy Flanagan, Portishead, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick, Ray Charles. www.johnmillerbass.com

Dance Educator and Certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® Technique Instructor. Broadway: Hamilton: An American Musical, Motown: The Musical, Tony Award Winning In the Heights (Original Cast). Off-Broadway: In the Heights Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Other credits include: Stagger Lee A New Musical: DTC World Premiere, AIDA Nat’l Tour, Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the famous Rockettes. T.V.: Tony Awards, SMASH. Choreographer: Dreamgirls, DTC Irma P. Hall Black Theater Award for Best Choreography. Associate Choreographer: Bella: An American Tall Tale, Playwrights Horizon, Cabin in the Sky Encores! NY City Center. Faculty, Broadway Dance Center.

Broadway: Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), The Play That Goes Wrong, Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway – Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End), The Visit (Tony nomination), Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County (National Tour), Allegiance, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit (Broadway, West End and National Tour), and 13.

Off-Broadway: Daddy Long Legs, Altar Boyz (Co-Conceiver), My First Time (Author), The Awesome 80s Prom (Creator), and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage (Author). Ken’s productions have been produced internationally in over 25 countries.

Ken also serves as the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.

Ken’s unique style has garnered him two front page articles in the NY Times, features on MSNBC, Rock Center, Fox News, BBC, and a mention in Jay Leno’s monologue on “The Tonight Show.”  Ken was named one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty,” and is one of the co-founders of TEDxBroadway. Other projects include: smartphone app Did He Like It, Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star. His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more.

Upcoming projects include his original musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together (Broadway 2018), and revivals of The Great White Hope and Mass Appeal, as well as the movie, Band Dorks.

For more information, visit his blog or www.KenDavenport.com.

Broadway: AnastasiaDear Evan Hansen (Tony Award), Kinky Boots (Broadway – Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End – Olivier Award), Disaster!Allegiance, Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony Nomination), The Visit (Tony Nomination), It’s Only a PlayMothers and Sons (Tony Nomination), The Bridges of Madison CountyMacbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell and Chinglish.   He is the CEO of ARTech Holdings, a company dedicated to bringing best in class technologies to the live arts. Upcoming: Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Hello Again, A Little More Alive and “Single for the First Time.”

Broadway: Anastasia, Disaster!, Spring Awakening, The Visit, It’s Only a Play, The Bridges of Madison County and Macbeth. Has supported other productions including The Goat…, Mothers and Sons, Kinky Boots & more. Daikeler spent his teens working behind the scenes at his family’s Bucks County Playhouse, and intends to spend his 50s supporting theatre on Broadway.

Roy has produced several Broadway shows: Bandstand, It’s Only a Play and An Act of God. He has also been involved with How to Succeed…, Farinelli and the King, Sunday in the Park With George, The Play That Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day, Off-Broadway Clinton: The Musical and Gettin’ the Band Back Together.

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Sandi is a founding patron of Opera Naples and a trustee for the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Broadway credits include Anastasia, Disaster!, Allegiance and Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening.

Four-time Tony-winning brother & sister producing team, Luigi & Rose Caiola. Rose is Artistic Director of Manhattan Music & Arts Center (MMAC). Broadway: Tony Awards: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, All The Way, The Color Purple, Dear Evan Hansen. Recent: Sunday in the Park With George. Upcoming: Pretty Woman: The Musical.

H. Richard Hopper has participated in numerous Broadway productions, national tours and international productions. He produced the 2015 Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, for which he was nominated for a Tony, and will be producing the summer 2018 original Broadway musical Gettin’ the Band Back Together.

Diego is an international award-winning TV, film and theatre writer/director/producer. Spring Awakening (Broadway), American Idiot and Peter Pan (international stagings), You Only Live Once (film starring Gerard Depardieu). Diego is proud to “tell the story” with this amazing company. @Diegokol

Brian is excited to be working with Ken and everyone at Davenport Theatrical Enterprises once again, having produced It’s Only a Play, the Spring Awakening revival (Tony nomination) and the upcoming Gettin’ the Band Back Together. Brian is the proud father of Bella and Ronan, the lucky husband of Keira and the Mayor of Irvington, NY.

Ron has produced over 50 shows in New York and London in the past 25 years. He has Tony Awards and Olivier Awards to his credit for Side Man, The Real Thing, Hamlet and Spring Awakening. He is very happy to be working again with Ken Davenport on Michael Arden’s amazing new production of Once On This Island.

Rob is an Emmy-Award winning writer, director, composer and producer, and a proud alumnus of Chicago’s renowned Second City comedy theatre. He owns Chicago’s Apollo Theater, which recently hosted the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet for seven years, making it the longest-running Broadway show in Chicago’s history.

After years of being a devoted theatregoer and investor in numerous plays, Judith is proud to make her producing debut with this poignant musical! She would like to thank her supportive husband, John, and her inspiring mother-in-law, Jennifer.

Kevin has invested in over 80 Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions. Three producer credits include The 39 Steps (Off-Broadway).

Broadway: Hello, Dolly! (Tony Award); A Doll’s House, Part 2; The Glass Menagerie; Indecent; Anastasia; The Front Page; The Humans (Tony Award); Bright Star; A View From the Bridge (Tony Award); The Crucible; Skylight (Tony Award); A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Tony Award).

Jeff is the Co-Founder of Wheelhouse Theater Company, which is committed to fostering bold new work and reinventing classics. Visit www.wheelhousetheater.com.

WitzEnd partners are Michael Jackowitz, Jeffrey Grove, Marvin Kahan and Laura Dean-Koch in association with Sunshine Productions. Credit highlights: Escape to Margaritaville, Tuck Everlasting, Daddy Long Legs, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, How to Succeed…. Upcoming: Hawaiian Goddess Project and Poseidon. www.witzendtheatricals.com.

Beth Wishnie, Producing Director, The Hidden Theatre Company; and Lindsey Strasberg, Entertainment Attorney. Broadway debut!

Hailing from Zimbabwe but based in Australia for now, Mark is an entrepreneur who has built successful businesses in Japan and Australia. He has a passion for musical theatre, songwriting and producing new work that challenges and inspires audiences.

Michelle is excited to be making her Broadway producing debut with Once On This Island. Michelle is a graduate of Oxford University and Yale Law School and works in private equity. Now, more than ever, we need the power of storytelling.

Marie is a frequent theatregoer, and this is her Broadway debut. She hopes for all to enjoy the show.

Broadway: The Bridges of Madison County, Escape to Margaritaville (investor). Raymond is Chairman & CEO of Harbert Management Corporation, an alternative asset investment management firm. The couple’s philanthropy has transformed Auburn University & Red Mountain Theatre Company.

Broadway: The Bridges of Madison County, Honeymoon in Vegas (investor), Escape to Margaritaville (investor). Executive Director of Red Mountain Theatre Company, Birmingham, AL. Keith is dedicated to the support of new theatrical works centered on human rights. Please visit rmtchumanrights.org.

Through the generosity of Kathryn & Raymond Harbert, RMTC is Alabama’s preeminent professional musical theatre organization, delivering Broadway caliber performances and arts education that enriches Birmingham’s cultural landscape and transforms lives through theatre. RedMountainTheatre.org