CHICAGO — Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce full casting for the North American tour of the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of ANASTASIA. This production features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush, new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and direction by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak. ANASTASIA will make its Chicago debut at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) for a limited two-week engagement March 26 through April 7, 2019. ANASTASIA will be part of Broadway In Chicago’s upcoming season. Subscriptions will go on sale in the fall of 2018.
The cast will star Lila Coogan as Anya, Stephen Brower as Dmitry, Jason Michael Evans as Gleb, Joy Franz as Dowager Empress, Tari Kelly as Countess Lily, Edward Staudenmayer as Vlad and Victoria Amelia Bingham as Little Anastasia. The ensemble includes Brianna Abruzzo, Ronnie S. Bowman Jr., Alison Ewing, Peter Garza, Jeremiah Ginn, Brett-Marco Glauser, Lucy Horton, Mary Illes, Fred Inkley, Kourtney Keitt, Beth Stafford Laird, Mark MacKillop, Kenneth Michael Murray, Taylor Quick, Claire Rathbun, Michael McCorry Rose, Matt Rosell, Sareen Tchekmedyian, and Addison Mackynzie Valentino.
From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA is the new Broadway musical that’s “one of the most gorgeous shows in years!” (New York Observer). This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
The creative team includes Peggy Hickey (Choreography), Alexander Dodge (Set Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Joe Dulude II (Makeup Design), Tom Murray (Music Supervision), Lawrence Goldberg (Music Direction), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations), David Chase (Dance Arranger), casting by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA.
ANASTASIA on Broadway is produced by Stage Entertainment, Bill Taylor (Sister Act, Rocky), Tom Kirdahy (It’s Only A Play, The Visit), Hunter Arnold (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening), Dan Hinde, 50 Church Street Productions, The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, Carl Daikeler, Van Dean/Stephanie Rosenberg, Warner/Chappell Music, 42nd Club/Phil Kenny, Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Broadway Asia/Umeda Arts Theater, Mark Lee & Ed Filipowski, Harriet Newman Leve, Peter May, David Mirvish, Sandi Moran, Seoul Broadcasting System, Sara Beth Zivitz, Michael Stotts, LD Entertainment/SallyCade Holmes, Jay Alix & Una Jackman/BlumeGreenspan, Carolyn and Marc Seriff/Bruno Wang, and Silva Theatrical Group/Adam Zell in association with Hartford Stage.
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Lila Coogan (Anya) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Anastasia on tour! Previous credits include Broadway: Mary Poppins (Jane Banks). Regional: Hairspray at Syracuse Stage (Penny Lou Pingleton). Television: ABC’s “What Would You Do?” with John Quinones. Lila also had the opportunity to star opposite Donna Murphy in the title role of Pamela in the Broadway Care Actors Equity Fights Aids benefit concert production of Pamela’s First Musical. The show featured a score by David Zippel and Cy Coleman, and a book by Wendy Wasserstein. Lila attended Syracuse University and received her BFA in Musical Theatre.
Stephen Brower (Dmitry) is beyond thrilled to share this show with the country after making his Broadway debut in the New York production earlier this spring. First a vacation cover, he soon thereafter joined the ensemble as a “Dmitry” understudy and was lucky enough to perform the role. This will mark his third national tour since graduating in 2015 from Texas State University. Previously Stephen bounced around the country with Pippin (swing, u/s “Pippin” and “Lewis”), then An American in Paris (ensemble, eventually assuming the role of “Adam Hochberg”). Favorite regional: Ogunquit Playhouse, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and The MUNY. Stephen was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jason Michael Evans (Gleb). NYC Stage Credits: Passion at Classic Stage Company, directed by John Doyle (Private Augenti, Giorgio u/s, cast recording), On Your Toes! with Encores at City Center (Hank J. Smith). Selected Regional Credits: Ogunquit Playhouse- Beauty and the Beast (Beast) and From Here to Eternity (Bloom), PLCO- Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Drury Lane Chicago- Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), Stages St. Louis- Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik) and 9 to 5 (Joe), Arrow Rock Lyceum- Oklahoma (Curly), and many others. TV: “Madam Secretary”, “The Good Cop”.
Joy Franz (Dowager Empress). Broadway: Les Liaisons Dangerous, Into the Woods (Original, Revival, PBS), A Little Night Music, Company, Pippin, Musical Chairs, Open Admissions, Sweet Charity, Lysistrata. Off-Broadway: Three Penny Opera (Drama Desk Nomination), God of Vengeance, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Avow, Fair Game, Brutality of Fact, Bitter Tears, Assassins, All My Sons, Tom Foolery, Jacques Brel, I Can’t Keep Running in Place, House of Bernarda Alba, Blood Wedding. Many National Tours, her favorite Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis (London). Many Regional productions including Clairee in Steel Magnolias, Polly in Other Desert Cities, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, and Grandma Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers. TV: “Royal Pains”, “Allegiance”, “The Carrie Diaries”, “Law & Order”, “Horrible People”, “Central Park West”, various Daytime Dramas. Film: “Under Red Lantern”, “No Picnic for Penny.” She’s a proud member of Actors Equity and very grateful.
Tari Kelly (Countess Lily). Broadway Credits include: Groundhog Day (Mrs. Cleveland/Naturopath/Piano Teacher), Something Rotten (Ensemble/Bea cover), Anything Goes (Ensemble/Reno Sweeney cover), Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (Mama Who), The Boy From Oz (Trio/ Liza Minnelli cover), and Show Boat (Swing/Ellie cover). National Tours: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Show Boat (Ellie), Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl). Selected Regional: End of The Rainbow (Judy Garland – Henry Award), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney – Carbonell Award), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie – Jeff Award Nomination), Damn Yankees (Lola), Triumph of Love (Leonide) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van De Graaf). She can be heard on the OBC recordings of Groundhog Day, Anything Goes, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, and The Boy From Oz. In addition, she has appeared on the “Tony Awards”, “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, “The View”, “Good Morning America”, and “The Today Show”.
Edward Staudenmayer (Vlad) has spent the last few years touring with the Phantom of the Opera as Andre. He recently starred as Emile DeBeque in South Pacific at the Guthrie. Broadway: Wonderland and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Ed spent 24 years with Forbidden Broadway, taking him Off Broadway, around the world and onto three cast recordings. Tours and regional: Anything Goes, A Room With A View, Spamalot, Spamilton, Beauty and the Beast, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Joseph…, Cats, Noises Off. Nominations: Helen Hayes, Barrymore and National Theater Awards. UCLA Graduate.
Victoria Amelia Bingham (Little Anastasia). Credits include Annie (Molly), The Sound of Music (Gretl), The Jungle Book, Christmas Carol, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Brianna Abruzzo (Ensemble). NYC native, Brianna Abruzzo, started her dance training at age 8 at the School of American Ballet in New York City. From there she joined Miami City Ballet, LA Dance Project, West Side Story with Asolo Rep (Graziella) and An American In Paris 1st National Tour. Brianna is thrilled to embark on this journey through her second 1st National Tour.
Ronnie S. Bowman, Jr. (Ensemble, Von Rothbart). National Tour: A Chorus Line. NY/Regional: West Side Story (Bernardo), 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Mitch), A Chorus Line (Richie), Kristin Chenoweth, My Love Letter to Broadway (Lunt-Fontanne Theater), Hair to Hamilton (Delacorte Theater). BFA, The Hartt School ’17.
Alison Ewing (Ensemble, u/s Dowager Empress, u/s Lily). Broadway credits include Mamma Mia! (Tanya) and Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret (Lulu). Her national tours include An American In Paris, Cabaret, Flashdance, and Mamma Mia! Alison’s regional favorites include Hand To God at San Jose Stage, Emma, Big River, Into The Woods, Harold & Maude, and Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues at TheatreWorks, Putnam County Spelling Bee at San Jose Rep, Sweet Charity at Center Rep, Jacques Brel, Beggar’s Holiday at Marin Theatre Company, The Last 5 Years, Baby and Proof at Playhouse West and 8-Track at Theatre On San Pedro Square. TV/Film: “Ally McBeal”, “Six Feet Under”, “Fractured” (DelValley Productions), and “Marbles” (Louis Tovar Films).
Peter Garza (Ensemble, u/s Gleb). A native of Abilene, Texas and recent graduate of Ithaca College. Credits include Secret Garden (The Fakir) and West Side Story (Chino/Dance Captain), choreographed by Michael Jablonski, at the New London Barn Playhouse; A Chorus Line (Paul) and The Music Man (Ensemble/Dance Captain), choreographed by Mara Greer at The Lexington Theatre Company; Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Ensemble) at The MUNY.
Jeremiah Ginn (Swing, u/s Vlad). A California native, Jeremiah is thrilled to join the cast of Anastasia! Other National Tours: Murder for Two (The Suspects) and A Chorus Line (Zach). Off-Broadway/NYC: Murder for Two (U/S The Suspects), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), The Showmen. Regional: Godspeed Opera House, The MUNY, The Cape Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, Stages St. Louis and North Shore Music Theater. Film: “Hello Again”, “The American Mall”. BFA from Brigham Young University and proud AEA member!
Brett-Marco Glauser (Ensemble, u/s Dmitry). National tour debut! Favorite credits include Mamma Mia at Walnut Street Theatre (Pepper) and Cats (Munkustrap) on Royal Caribbean International. Proud graduate of Pace University’s BFA in Commercial Dance.
Lucy Horton (Ensemble, Tsarina Alexandra, u/s Countess Lily). Tour: Bridges of Madison County (u/s Francesca), CATS (Jellylorum). Favorite regional: Mary Poppins at FLMTF (Winifred Banks), Chasing Rainbows at Goodspeed (Mary Jane Gumm), CATS. Film: “Easter Mysteries”, “Pillow Talk”.
Mary Illes (Ensemble, u/s Dowager Empress). Most recently played Golde in the National Yiddish Theater production of Fidler afn Dakh, with the New York Times calling her performance, “dignified even when henpecking, and she contributes much to the haunting beauty of the score.” Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera (Mme. Giry und/perf), The Music Man (Marian und/perf), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marie, Marguerite (und/perf), Steel Pier, She Loves Me. She played the role of Dona Lucia D’Alvadorez in Goodspeed Opera House’s Where’s Charley?, directed by Tony Walton, and at Irish Repertory Theater she was the elegant and secretive Mrs. Erlynne in Noel Coward’s After the Ball. She has appeared in three shows at City Center Encores!: Music in the Air, Lost in the Stars and Finian’s Rainbow. Concert appearances include: Bernstein’s Broadway, soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic and baritone Thomas Hampson at Innsbruck’s Summer Music Festival, Salute to Broadway with the New Haven Symphony with baritone Curt Olds, and conductor Jerry Steichen, and solo appearances with Walt Disney World’s All American College Orchestra. Cabaret: Wanderlust at the Kaplan Penthouse. She played the Gumbie Cat and Griddlebone in Cats Paris in French and Cats Vienna in German. TV: “Orange is the New Black.” Film: “Freeheld.” She teaches voice at the Joffrey Summer Musical Theater workshop, as well as in her private studio.
Fred Inkley (Ensemble, Gorlinsky, Count Leopold, u/s Vlad). Broadway: Les Miserables (Jean Valjean ’95 and ’98); Annie (FDR, Bert Healy, Drake); The Addams Family (Lurch, Mal Beineke); Company at Lincoln Center with Neil Patrick Harris (Vocal Minority); A Tale Of Two Cities (Stryver); The Boys From Syracuse (The Sergeant); TOUR: Beauty and the Beast (Beast – Chicago’s “Jeff Award” and Washington D.C.’s “Helen Hayes Award” nominations); Les Miserables (Jean Valjean – nominated for “Jeff Award”). The Little Mermaid (King Triton); REGIONAL: Les Miserables (North Shore Music Theater and Pittsburgh CLO- Jean Valjean); Ever After (Paper Mill Playhouse, Auguste); Beauty and the Beast (Reagle Theater – Beast); The Producers (Bristol Riverside Theater-Franz Liebkind) Mamma Mia (The Ogunquit Playhouse-Bill) Footloose (The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater-Rev. Shaw Moore) Disney’s High School Musical (North Shore Music Theater – Coach Bolton); Jekyll and Hyde (The Ritz Theater – Jekyll and Hyde); American Premiere and original cast recording of The Three Musketeers (Porthos); Mame (Harrah’s Lake Tahoe – Older Patrick, with the late Juliet Prowse). WORKSHOPS/READINGS: The Nutty Professor (Murray and Maury) Birdland Take Flight workshop/reading; Kristina (Fredrik Mattsen) Broadway workshop; Of Thee I Sing [Encores]; Showboat [Carnegie Hall]. In addition, Fred has appeared across the country with various symphonies as a concert soloist and has also had the privilege of performing with Keith Lockhart and The BSO for several summers in the Hyannis Pops by the Sea on Cape Cod.
Kourtney Keitt (Ensemble, Tatiana Romanov, Dunya) is pleased to make her National Tour debut in Anastasia. She is originally from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania and currently resides in New York City. She received her B.A in Dance as well as Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College. In her years post grad, she began her professional career in the commercial scene as a Knicks City Dancer, then performed repertoire with Royal Caribbean Productions for a few years while seeing the world. Her regional career/interest began a few years ago when she performed in Joe Iconis’ Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrington Stage Company). Additional regional credits include: An American In Paris (Ogunquit Playhouse), Evita (Asolo Repertory Theater), Oklahoma (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre), and Hairspray (The Palace Theatre).
Beth Stafford Laird (Swing, u/s Anya). Tours: Newsies, Beauty and the Beast (Internat’l), Ghost. Regional: Newsies (Katherine Plumber) at La Mirada Theatre and Pittsburgh CLO, Mamma Mia (Ali) at PCLO, Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt) with Musicals Tonight!, Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (Anna) at Adirondack Theatre Festival, The Little Mermaid (Ariel) and Sweeney Todd (Johanna) at WPPAC, NSMT’s A Christmas Carol (Meg/Ensemble), Sleeping Beauty (Ensemble) at People’s Light and Theatre Co. Philadelphia native. Emerson ’11.
Mark MacKillop (Ensemble, Prince Siegfried). Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Mark grew up performing in musical theatre starting in elementary school. At age 17, he started studying ballet and after summer training with Boston Ballet and ABT in NYC, he was hired by the nation’s oldest continually running company, the Atlanta Ballet. After dancing 3 seasons with the ballet, Mark moved to New York to pursue musical theater. After performing in On Your Toes as part of New York City Centers Encores series, he spent a year playing Riff on the International tour of West Side Story. Most recently Mark toured the US performing in the National Tour of Dirty Dancing.
Kenneth Michael Murray (Swing, Dance Captain). Broadway: Anastasia, Paramour. Tours: An American in Paris (First National) Regional: The Little Mermaid (The MUNY) West Side Story (PSF). He recently graduated from Adelphi University where he received a BFA in Dance.
Taylor Quick (Ensemble, Young Anastasia, Paulina, u/s Anya). National Tour debut. Credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie Dillmount, Goodspeed Opera House), Hairspray (Penny Lou Pingleton, Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Grand Hotel (Flaemmchen, Lyric Stage), Sister Act (Mary Robert U/S, Arkansas Repertory Theatre), A Christmas Carol! (Emily U/S, Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Jekyll and Hyde (Emma Carew, Onstage Bedford), The Sound of Music (Liesl von Trapp, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar, Spamalot (Casa Mañana), and Catch Me If You Can (Uptown Players). Film: “God’s Not Dead.” She was the Distinguished Young Woman of Arkansas 2012 and a TCU BFA MT graduate.
Claire Rathbun (Ensemble, Olga Romanov, Odette). Theatre credits include; BROADWAY: Cats (Victoria) OFF-BROADWAY/ LAB: Little Dancer (Chantal, Marie u/s) REGIONAL: On the Town (Ivy) Rathbun has competed and won silver and bronze in worldwide ballet competitions in 2013 and 2014. Rathbun was a member of Washington Ballet in D.C. from 2014-2016, where she performed at the Kennedy Center. Rathbun is on the permanent faculty of Syracuse City Ballet as a principal guest artist, and teacher.
Michael McCorry Rose (Ensemble, Tsar Nicholas II, Count Ipolitov, u/s Gleb) is a Broadway actor most recently seen in the Tony Award winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder. Prior to that, he starred as “Fiyero” in the smash hit musical, Wicked. He recently appeared in The Williamstown Theatre Festival debut of the new musical Lempicka, directed by Rachel Chavkin. In New York, Michael has appeared in concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, Birdland and Feinstein’s/54 Below. Along with Karl Scully and David O’Leary, Michael is part of the group TRÍ: The New Irish Tenors. He regularly appears in concert with Academy, Grammy and Tony Award winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame), their most recent concert was filmed for PBS’s Great American Songbook Concert Series at NJPAC, aired in the summer of 2016 and was recently nominated for a 2017 Regional Emmy Award. Michael has performed with symphonies and concert orchestras across the United States, most recently starring in a symphonic concert of Chess with the Temecula Valley Symphony in California. Internationally, Michael has performed in concert at the Adelaide Music Festival in Australia, for the U.S. State Department in Nairobi, Kenya and in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His theatrical credits include roles at regional theaters such as The Paper Mill Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theater, Primary Stages, Capital Repertory Theater and Project Shaw in New York City. Originally from San Diego, he holds a B.A. in Mass Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he appeared in Carol Burnett’s directorial debut of Once Upon A Mattress.
Matt Rosell (Ensemble, u/s Dmitry). Recent Credits; Theatre: Les Misérables (Bway and Natl. Tour), South Pacific (Cable), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Joseph), A Wall Apart (NYMF) music by Air Supply. TV/Film: “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Glee” (pilot).
Sareen Tchekmedyian (Swing, u/s Odette). A classically trained ballet dancer, Sareen Tchekmedyian previously danced with Sarasota Ballet, where she performed featured roles in ballets by world renowned choreographers. Some of her roles include Caroline in Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, The Secretary in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, and soloist roles in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Birthday Offering and Enigma Variations, Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved, and George Balanchine’s Jewels. Born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, Sareen began her ballet training at Southland Ballet Academy and continued her pre-professional training when she joined Houston Ballet II in 2009. Sareen has always admired Broadway shows and has dreamed of using her voice on stage one day. Anastasia will mark her debut in musical theatre and she could not be more thrilled.
Addison Mackynzie Valentino (Standby Little Anastasia) is thrilled to be making her National Tour debut at age 8! Local New York theater: Annie (Annie), The Little Mermaid Jr. (Ariel), Miracle on 34t Street (Henrika).
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