A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
November 14, 2015 - December 13, 2015
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally Produced on Broadway by Harold S. Prince
Choreography by Denis Jones
Directed by Jessica Stone
Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater
"head-bangingly funny" - The Wall Street Journal
"Laugh-out-loud funny" - Two River Times
"simply a blast" - The Star-Ledger
"extraordinarily entertaining" - Michael Musto, OUT Magazine
"a top-notch cast" - TheaterMania.com
an "uproarious gem" - BroadwayWorld.com
"a tour de force" - NJ Arts Maven
"proudly silly" - NJArts.net
"Two River Theater’s 'Forum' isn’t just funny, it’s hysterical, hilarious, uproarious, delirious, crazy" - TheaterCues.com
Something for everyone…a Comedy Tonight! Kick off your Holiday Season with Broadway’s greatest musical farce, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Director Jessica Stone (Absurd Person Singular) takes audiences on a hilarious romp through Ancient Rome with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and an all-male troupe of gifted comic actors. Join us for loads of laughter and chaos when Pseudolus, an ambitious (but somewhat lousy) slave, tries to win his freedom by playing matchmaker for his innocent young master. With blustering generals, anxious sidekicks and courtesans to contend with, it won’t be an easy task!
Cast: Paul Castree, Eddie Cooper, Tom Deckman, Christopher Fitzgerald, Kevin Isola, David Josefsberg, Max Kumangai, Graham Rowat, Manny Stark, Bobby Conte Thornton, David Turner & Michael Urie.
Approximate runtime including one 15-minute intermission: 2 hours, 20 minutes.
Sponsored by Riverview Medical Center.
Protean/Geminae Twin/Artistic Associate
Paul Castree (Protean/Geminae Twin/Artistic Associate) Broadway: Original cast member of 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein, High Fidelity, All Shook Up, Movin’ Out, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Grease. Off-Broadway, Los Angeles, and Toronto productions of Forever Plaid (L.A. Ovation Award, Canada’s Dora Award). National Tour: Joseph...Dreamcoat, Bye Bye Birdie. New York City Opera: The Most Happy Fella. Virginia Opera: Carousel. Regional: My Paris at Goodspeed, ...Forum at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pop! at Yale Repertory Theatre. Television: Nurse Jackie, Lea Thompson’s brother on Caroline in the City. Paul was featured in The Actors Fund concerts of Dreamgirls and Hair and their subsequent Grammy-nominated recordings.
Domina / Panacea
Eddie Cooper (Domina/Panacea) was recently seen in the Encores! Off-Center production of Little Shop of Horrors playing the role of Audrey II. Audiences will also recognize Eddie from his television work: ABC’s Forever, recurring on Cinemax’s Banshee as Fat Au, and the soon-to-be released HBO series Crime. Raised in Hell’s Kitchen, Eddie is a proud graduate of LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and holds a BFA from Ithaca College. A big thank you to everyone at Judy Boals Inc.! Love and thanks to his amazing family and friends. @MrEddieCooper
Tom Deckman (Geminae Twin/Erronius) made his Two River debut as Mole in the 2012 production of A Wind in the Willows Christmas and most recently appeared in the star-studded cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl. He has appeared on Broadway in Spamalot and Good Vibrations. His other New York City credits include The Merry Widow, directed by Susan Stroman, at the Metropolitan Opera; South Pacific at Carnegie Hall; and Bye Bye Birdie at City Center Encores!. Notable regional credits include shows at Bay Street Theater (Hair and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Goodspeed Opera House (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), George Street Playhouse (world premiere of It Shoulda Been You, directed by David Hyde Pierce), Fulton Opera (Into the Woods), and the Orpheum theatre in San Francisco (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas). His television work includes guest spots on Sex and the City, Law & Order: SVU, Hope & Faith, and Blue Bloods.
Prologus Act I/Pseudolus
Christopher Fitzgerald (Prologus Act I/Pseudolus) recently wrapped a starring role opposite Steven Pasquale in the new DirecTV series, Almost There. Broadway: An Act of God, The Merchant of Venice, Finian’s Rainbow (Drama Desk Award, Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Young Frankenstein (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), original cast of Wicked, Amour, (Drama Desk nomination), Chicago. Off-Broadway: The Winter’s Tale (Public), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Actors’ Playhouse), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Lincoln Center), Saturday Night (Second Stage, Drama Desk nomination), Wise Guys (New York Theatre Workshop), Corpus Christi (Manhattan Theatre Club), Fully Committed (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Public), Stairway to Paradise, Babes in Arms and Broadway Bash (City Center Encores!), the title role in Barnum at the Chichester Festival (UK), and 13 seasons with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. TV: The Good Wife (CBS), Elementary (CBS), Twins (series regular, WB), Next Caller (NBC), The Electric Company (PBS). Film: Opposite Kristin Wiig and Annette Bening in Girl Most Likely, Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant, Personal Velocity, and Dedication. MFA American Conservatory Theater.
Senex/Vibrata/Prologus Act II
Kevin Isola (Senex/Vibrata/Prologus Act II) Broadway: Brooklyn Boy. Off-Broadway: Almost, Maine and The Boys in the Band (Transport Group), Ethel Sings (Beckett), Jericho and New House Under Construction (59E59), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage), Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project), Trust (The Play Company), The World Over and The Water Children (Playwrights Horizons), Twelfth Night, Venus, WASP and Other Plays (all for NYSF/The Public Theater), Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center), The New Bozena (Cherry Lane). Regional: My Wonderful Day (Two River), Twelfth Night (McCarter), The Liar, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, King Lear, As You Like It (all Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), The Glass Menagerie (The Old Globe), Brooklyn Boy (South Coast Rep), The Rainmaker (Baltimore Center Stage), The New Bozena (Tiffany Theatre), Venus (Yale Rep). Film: Miles, Blumenthal, Frank the Rat, The New Bozena, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Uninvited, 24 Nights, The New Yorker. Television: Deadbeat, Smash, Fringe, Damages, Boston Legal, Law & Order, The Summer of Ben Tyler (Hallmark Hall of Fame), All My Children, Viva Variety. MFA NYU Graduate Acting Program.
David Josefsberg (Protean/Marcus Lycus) recently starred as Roy Bacon/Buddy Rocky in Broadway’s Honeymoon in Vegas. Other Broadway: An Act of God, Motown, The Wedding Singer, Grease, Les Miserables. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Drama League nomination), Rated P, Slut, Joys of Sex. Regional: Honeymoon in Vegas and Lend Me a Tenor (Paper Mill Playhouse); It Shoulda Been You, The Toxic Avenger (George Street Playhouse); The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Kennedy Center); The Who’s Tommy (National Tour); The Last Five Years (Florida Stage); The Drowsy Chaperone (NC Theatre); And the World Goes ‘Round (Bucks County). TV: The Mork and Mindy Story (The Fonz), Made in Jersey (Ballistics Tech). Comedy: David’s comedy album Manhood is on Comedy Central Records. Other Comedy: The Stephen Lynch Tour (Carnegie Hall, Comedy Central, HBO Festival and of course Schenectady). Love to Lizzie, Cooper and Ben! ILYEJCJBJ
Max Kumangai (Protean/Gymnasia/Roman Soldier) is so excited to be joining the Two River Theater family. He recently finished Andy Blankenbuehler’s US Tour of Joseph….. Broadway National Tour: Hair. West Coast premiere: The Scottsboro Boys. Encores!: It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, Bells Are Ringing, Anyone Can Whistle, and Where’s Charley?. Off-Broadway: What’s That Smell?, The Civil War, and Lysistrata Jones. TV: Boardwalk Empire. Michigan grad! Big thank you to Jess, Adam Caldwell, and my amazing agents at Nicolosi & Co. Love to Michael and my family in Spokane, WA.
Graham Rowat (Miles Gloriosus/Eunuch) has appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Guys and Dolls (2009), LoveMusik, Dracula, and Beauty and the Beast. Off-Broadway credits include The Blue Flower (Second Stage), The Boys in the Band (Transport Group), and The Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center Theater). He has appeared nationally and abroad in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto), and Les Miserables (US and China). Regional theater credits include Bells Are Ringing, A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Arcadia (Yale Rep), The Game (Barrington Stage), Saved (Kansas City Rep), A Funny Thing…Forum (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV: The Good Wife, Law & Order, As the World Turns. Recordings: LoveMusik (Broadway Cast Recording), Life Begins at 8:40, Sweet Bye and Bye (PS Classics), multiple audiobooks. grahamrowat.com @grahamny
Manny Stark (Protean/Tintinabula) is excited to be a part of this all-male production! TV: Smash (14 episodes). Broadway: On the Town (Uperman, Lyric Theatre); Gigi (Bonfils, Neil Simon Theatre); West Side Story (Chino, Palace Theatre). Off-Broadway: Venice (Public Theater). Regional: Footloose (Ren, Pittsburgh CLO); A Chorus Line (Paul, Paper Mill Playhouse); Aladdin (Prince Abdullah, 5th Avenue Theatre); West Side Story (Bernardo, Ogunquit Playhouse); Bull Durham (Alliance Theatre); Cats (Coricopat, Theatre Under the Stars). Encores! at City Center: Applause, It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, Little Me, The Most Happy Fella, and Irma la Douce. Love to Mom and John!
Bobby Conte Thornton
Bobby Conte Thornton (Hero/Roman Soldier) is humbled to make his Two River debut! Regional: A Comedy of Tenors (Cleveland Play House & McCarter Theatre Center), Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse), Les Miserables (The Muny), The Light in the Piazza (Farmers Alley Theatre), 8 (A.C.T.), Equus (Boxcar Theatre). Solo concert: Blame It on My Youth at Venetian Room, San Francisco Fairmont and Feinstein’s/54 Below (upcoming). Training: B.F.A. University of Michigan ’15, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Thanks to Jessica and the entire creative team, Innovative and Soffer/Namoff. Everything’s for Mom. @bcontethor
David Turner (Philia/Roman Soldier) Broadway: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Arcadia, Sunday in the Park with George, The Ritz, In My Life, The Invention of Love. TV: Lipstick Jungle, The Good Wife, The Leftovers. David is a commercial pilot affiliated with Angel Flight East, providing medical transport to patients in need. He owns the Flying Dollar Airport in Pennsylvania with his fiance, Aaron.
Michael Urie (Hysterium/Eunuch) Broadway: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Off-Broadway/National Tour/London: Buyer & Cellar (Drama Desk, Lortel, Clarence Derwent, LA Drama Critics Awards). Off-Broadway: Shows for Days, The Cherry Orchard, Angels in America, The Temperamentals (Drama Desk, Lortel, Theatre World Awards). Other New York Theater: Red Bull, Foundry, HERE. Regional: Old Globe, South Coast, Seattle Rep, PlayMakers Rep, Folger Shakespeare, Barrington Stage. Film: Beverly Hills Chihuahua, He’s Way More Famous Than You (also director),WTC View, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Decoy Bride, Petunia, Such Good People, Thank You for Judging (co-director/producer). TV: Gavin Sinclair on Modern Family, Workaholics, The Good Wife, Younger, Hot in Cleveland, Partners, Marc St. James on Ugly Betty. Web series: Stage17’s What’s Your Emergency (director). Training: Juilliard.
Geoffrey Allen Murphy
Understudy, Pseudolus and Hysterium
Geoffrey Allen Murphy (Understudy, Pseudolus and Hysterium) Broadway: The Nance, War Horse. New York: The Tempest (Porpentine Theatre Company). Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, Barrington Stage Company, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film: The Jew of Malta, Gotham, Forever, The Blacklist, Orange Is the New Black. Training: Juilliard. www.geoffreyallenmurphy.com
In alphabetical order:
Alan Brady (Reed 2) performed at Two River Theater in their successful run of Camelot last year, as well as The Music Man at Two River and NJPAC. Other recent projects include a well-reviewed run at 54 Below in NYC with Emily Bergl and an upcoming performance at the legendary Deer Head Inn with the Derwyn Holder Ensemble, as well as performing with Don Rickles at the Bergen PAC. He is also a frequent performer with the Garden State Philharmonic, Westfield Symphony (NJ Festival Orchestra), and the NE PA Symphony Orchestra; recently played with the Verismo Opera Company (La Boheme); and has played on many shows at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. He has performed with legendary performers such as Ray Charles, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, and many others.
Simon Hutchings (Reed 1) made his Two River debut with last season’s Camelot. Originally from London, he now resides in New York. Previously, he was one of the most in-demand woodwind performers in Florida, where he performed with visiting entertainers and touring Broadway musicals including Marie Osmond, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Chicago, Wicked, and Spamalot. Simon has enjoyed a diverse career to date, having performed with groups such as the Phoenix Symphony, USAF Falconaires, and Naples Philharmonic. He is also an accomplished chamber musician, having performed for six years with the Joseph Wytko Saxophone Quartet, and as a founding member of both the Arete Woodwind Doubling Quartet and the Helios Saxophone Quartet. Simon has both completed coursework towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and holds a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. Simon has seen success in several national and international music competitions including the Fischoff (Gold Medal,) Coleman (1st Prize,) and Monterey Bay (1st Prize) Chamber Music Competitions, and the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician Competition (runner-up.) He can be heard on several CD recordings including EnTangoment (Joseph Wytko Saxophone Quartet), Trinity Fair (Trinity College of Music Big Band), and Big Band Classics (Craig Turley Orchestra.)
Adam Machaskee (Trombone) is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, where he studied with such locals as Mark Russo, Mike Shively and Paul Ferguson. He then completed a Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies from University of Cincinnati’s College–Conservatory of Music, where he studied with professors Marc Fields, Tim Anderson, and Kim Pensyl. While earning his Master of Music degree studying with New York-area professionals Conrad Herwig and Andy Hunter at Rutgers University, Adam had the privilege of performing in the school’s top ensembles including the Scarlet Knights Jazz Trombones, winners of the 2011 International Trombone Association’s (ITA) Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition. Adam has also appeared with the Mingus Band, Birdland Big Band, Blue Wisp Big Band, Mike Dease Big Band, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, the Valery Ponomarev Big Band, and The US Army Blues Band. He has performed professionally with such artists as Jon Faddis, Bill O’Connell, Rufus Reid, Andy Martin, Ken Peplowski, Bobby Selvaggio, Jon Von Ohlen and Dr. John the Night Tripper. Adam was the winner of the 2012 Eastern Trombone Workshop’s Jazz Soloist Competition and the 2011 ITA J.J. Johnson Jazz Soloist Competition and was awarded the grand prize of a Rath Trombone. He is an active performer, composer and teacher in the New York, New Jersey, and surrounding areas.
Robert Marriner (Bass) studied with Ed Jones, Richard Davis and Bob Cerulli at Glassboro State College. He has played with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, the Duprees, the Drifters and Oldies Acts. He teaches at the Peddie School and Monmouth Academy of Musical Arts.
John Morrison (Trumpet/Flugelhorn) holds a Bachelors of Arts from the Hartt School of Music and a Masters from Rutgers University. He received private trumpet instruction from Roger Murtha, William Babcock and William ‘Prof’ Fielder. Mr. Morrison enjoys a varied performance career. He has played locally with the Premier Theatre Company, Phoenix Productions, RTG Productions and most recently at the Algonquin Theatre. He is also a member of St. Peter’s Orchestra by the Sea and the Billy Lawlor Band. For 28 years, Mr. Morrison taught instrumental music in the Metuchen and Rumson-Fair Haven school systems. He currently is the Director of Music at Lincroft Presbyterian Church.
Joe Mosello (Trumpet/Flugelhorn) is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. After Eastman, Joe played lead trumpet with the Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. He then toured with Maynard Ferguson’s Band for the next five years. Joe was a member of the band when they recorded the hit song from the Academy Award-winning movie Rocky. He then settled in New York City and has been one of the most respected trumpet players around today. Joe is a veteran of over a dozen Broadway shows, and has played lead trumpet with every jazz band in NY. Joe has performed with Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Julie Andrews, Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Mathis, Jerry Lewis, Wayne Newton, Vic Damone, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Ashford and Simpson, Chuck Mangione, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Blood Sweat & Tears, among others.
Scott Neumann (Percussion) Since arriving in New York City in 1988, percussionist/composer/bandleader Scott Neumann has been involved in a diverse and creative mixture of musical experiences. Scott leads and composes for his three acclaimed bands, Spin Cycle (Origin Records), Neu3 Trio (Origin Records) and Osage County (Chicken Coup Records), which perform music from very different corners of the creative music spectrum. As a performer, Scott has performed and toured with such artists as Ann Hampton Calloway, Marilyn Maye, Madeline Peyroux, Lesley Gore, James Naughton, Ann Harada and the Woody Herman Orchestra. Since moving to New York City he has performed on over 60 CDs as a sideman. Scott has also performed in the orchestras of over twenty Broadway productions ranging from the classic shows Gigi and 42nd Street to the more modern productions of Avenue Q and Xanadu. Scott is excited to be rejoining Jessica Stone, Christopher Fitzgerald and Gary Adler in this production of Forum, which had its debut run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2010. Scott is an exclusive artist/educator for GMS drums, Sabian cymbals and Aquarian drumheads. www.scottneumannmusic.com
Lynette Wardle (Harp) is principal harpist of the Richmond Symphony and the Albany Symphony. As a freelance musician she performs with New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, and New York City Chamber Orchestra. For the holiday seasons, she has been the harpist for A Christmas Story: the Musical and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She also performs regularly at Wicked, The King & I, The Fantasticks, and with her husband Chad Smith in Sax-O-Philm: Sounds and Sights of the 20’s. Lynette was the harpist for the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Light in the Piazza. She has performed with many artists, such as Pavarotti, Josh Groban, Johnny Mathis, Neil Sedaka, Marvin Hamlisch, David Burnham, Megan Hilty, Bjork, Olivia Newton-John, Ann Hampton Callaway, Deborah Voigt, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Phillippe Quint, Gil Shaham, and Joshua Bell.
Larry Gelbart (February 25, 1928 – September 11, 2009) wrote for radio, television, film, and the stage. His radio credits include material for Duffy’s Tavern, Jack Paar and Bob Hope, and for television he wrote for The Bob Hope Show, Caesar’s Hour, The Danny Kaye Show, for which he received a Peabody Award, and the Art Carney specials, for which he received a Sylvania Award. He developed and co-produced (with Gene Reynolds) the television series M*A*S*H, which earned him an Emmy Award, Peabody Award, Humanitas Award and several Writers Guild of America Awards. His screenplays include The Notorious Landlady (1960); The Wrong Box (1966, co-authored with Burt Shevelove); Oh, God! (1977), for which he received the Writers Guild of America Award and Edgar Allen Poe Award and an Oscar nomination; Movie, Movie (1981); and Tootsie (1982), which received the Los Angeles and New York Film Critics Circle Awards, National Film Critics Award and nominations for the Oscar and British Academy Award. For the stage he wrote the book for the musicals The Conquering Hero (1961), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962, in collaborations with Burt Shevelove) and City of Angels (1989), and his plays include Jump (1971), Sly Fox (1976, based on Ben Jonson’s Volpone) and Mastergate (1989). He received Tony Awards for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and City of Angels, and a second Edgar Allen Poe award for the latter.
Burt Shevelove (September 19, 1915 - April 8, 1982) made his Broadway debut as the director and co-author of the revue Small Wonder (1948). He co-authored (with Larry Gelbart) the book for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), for which he received a Tony Award; directed the award-winning productions of Hallelujah, Baby! (1968) and No, No Nanette (1971), for which he also restructured the long and involved book of the original 1925 production; adapted and directed William Gillette’s play Too Much Johnson (1964) for Off-Broadway; wrote the book for and directed the musical The Frogs (1974, adapted from the comedy by Aristophanes, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim); and wrote and directed the musical Happy New Year (1980, adapted from Philip Barry’s play Holiday). For the screen he co-authored with Larry Gelbart and co-produced The Wrong Box (1966), and for television he produced, directed and wrote hundreds of shows starring, among others, Jack Benny, Art Carney, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand, for which he received numerous awards, including Emmy, Sylvania and Christopher Awards, and the Peabody Award for Art Carney Meets Peter and the Wolf. At the time of his death in 1982 Mr. Shevelove was preparing a musical version of The Front Page.
Stephen Sondheim (Music & Lyrics) wrote the music and lyrics for Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1986), Assassins (1990), and Road Show (2008); the lyrics for West Side Story (1957, music by Leonard Bernstein), Gypsy (1959, music by Jule Styne) and Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965, music by Richard Rodgers); and additional lyrics for a new production of Candide (1973, music by Leonard Bernstein). He provided incidental music and lyrics for the television production Evening Primrose (1966), composed the film scores for Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981); wrote songs for the motion pictures The Seven Percent Solution (1976) and Dick Tracy (1990); and co-authored the film The Last of Sheila (1973). He won Tony Awards for his scores for Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, and all of these musicals won the New York Drama Critics Circles Award for Best Musical, as did Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George, the latter also receiving the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. Among his many honors and awards, he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1983, received the London Evening Standard Award in 1989 for his contribution to the musical theater, and in 1993 was honored with a Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jessica Stone (Director) has worked as an actress on and off-Broadway, in television and film, for the last 20 years. Her Broadway credits include Anything Goes with Sutton Foster, Butley with Nathan Lane, The Odd Couple with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, The Smell of the Kill with Claudia Shear, Design for Living with Alan Cumming and Dominic West, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with John Stamos, and Grease with Rosie O’Donnell. Her Off-Broadway credits include Crimes of the Heart (directed by Kathleen Turner), Krisit, The Country Club, June Moon, Tenderloin, and Babes in Arms. She has performed in regional theaters across the country including Huntington Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Geva Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, and eight seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her favorite productions include She Stoops to Conquer, She Loves Me, Springtime for Henry, Betty’s Summer Vacation, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Cherry Orchard. Concurrently, she was an assistant/associate director on and Off Broadway to Nicholas Martin, Joe Mantello, David Warren, and Christopher Ashley. Jessica’s directing career began in earnest with her 2010 production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Main Stage which was met with critical acclaim. Directing credits now include Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Williamstown); Charlotte’s Web (TheatreWorks); Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (The Old Globe and Huntington Theatre Company); June Moon (Williamstown); Arms and the Man (The Old Globe); and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse). Workshops and readings include Huntington Theatre Company’s Breaking Ground series, the Hourglass Theater Group’s Hot Buttons: A Political Vaudeville, and collaborations with artists such as Joy Behar and Claudia Shear. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
Denis Jones (Choreographer) Recent projects include Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical (Dallas Theater Center), Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Goodspeed Opera House, The Muny), The Tempest (New York Shakespeare Festival), Paint Your Wagon (City Center Encores!), Luck Be a Lady (Asolo Rep), Honeymoon in Vegas (Broadway), Johnny Baseball, She Loves Me (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Pirates! (Huntington), The Sound of Music (Chicago Lyric Opera), and Damn Yankees (Paper Mill Playhouse/5th Ave).
Gary Adler (Musical Director/Conductor/Keyboard) hails from the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he studied Music Composition with William Bolcom and accompanying with Martin Katz. He has been a working theater musician in New York City for over 20 years. As a pianist and conductor, his credits include Avenue Q, Kinky Boots, Next to Normal, Urinetown, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. As a writer, Gary wrote both music and lyrics for the long-running Off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz, for which he received two Drama Desk nominations. Other writing credits include Disney Channel’s Johnny and the Sprites and a number of contributions to the Carols for a Cure album series.
Alexander Dodge (Scenic Designer) Two River: Debut. Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations, and National Tour), Present Laughter (Tony nomination), Old Acquaintance, Butley, Hedda Gabler. West End: All New People. Off-Broadway: Ripcord (Manhattan Theatre Club); Lips Together Teeth Apart, All New People, Trust, Water’s Edge: (Second Stage); Rapture Blister Burn (Playwrights Horizons); The Understudy (Roundabout); Measure for Pleasure (Public Theater); Observe the Sons of Ulster… (Lortel Award), Chaucer in Rome (Lincoln Center). Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles (LA Opera); An American Tragedy (Glimmerglass); Il Trittico (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Der fliegende Hollander (Wurzburg); Lohengrin (Budapest). Recent: Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill & La Jolla Playhouses); Rear Window (Hartford Stage). Upcoming: Anastasia—The Musical (Hartford Stage). Training: Yale School of Drama.
Clint Ramos (Costume Designer) designed the scenery for A Wind in the Willows Christmas at TRT in 2013. Recent designs include the Broadway productions of The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper (also West End) and Violet (Roundabout), Eclipsed and Barbecue (Public), Here Lies Love (New York and London). He is the principal costume designer for Encores! Off-Center, where he recently designed A New Brain, Little Shop of Horrors (with Jake Gyllenhaal and Eddie Cooper) and The Wild Party. More than 100 New York, regional and international design credits. Honors include the Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, three Lucille Lortel Awards, the TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, two American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Awards, and a Helen Hayes Award. Upcoming: sets and costumes for Eclipsed with Lupita Nyong’o on Broadway. www.clintramos.com
Jeff Croiter (Co-Lighting Designer) Broadway credits: Something Rotten!, Penn & Teller on Broadway, Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award), Mothers and Sons, A Time to Kill, Soul Doctor, Jekyll & Hyde, The Anarchist, The Performers, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Next Fall, Kiki & Herb. Other NYC: Parade; Fly By Night; Last Five Years; Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Rapture, Blister, Burn; A Lie of the Mind; Ordinary Days; The Voysey Inheritance; The Internationalist; Jacques Brel; Almost, Maine; Jennifer Muller The Works. Jeff is a producer of Submissions Only.
Jake Degroot (Co-Lighting Designer) Recent designs include SeaWife (Naked Angels), Here’s Hoover! (Les Freres Corbusier); Company and National Pastime (Bucks County Playhouse);, Ars Nova; The Griffin, The Linney (NYMF); The New Ohio; The Peter J. Sharp (Theatre C); The Beckett; The Lion; 3 Legged Dog; Huntington; The Geffen; Cincinnati Playhouse; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; New York Stage and Film; Williamstown; W.H.A.T.; ReVision; Yale Dramat. Associate: Broadway: A View from the Bridge, Skylight, The Performers, Born Yesterday, Time Stands Still, Mary Stuart, Old Acquaintance. International: Theatre de la Ville, Paris; The National Theatre, London; National Theatre of Norway; TheatreWorks Singapore; Norwegian Cruise Line; Holland America Line; Regent Seven Seas; Shanghai Centre Theatre. Co-Lighting Supervisor: Williamstown Theatre Festival 08-09. USA Local 829. BFA, Carnegie Mellon. www.jakedegroot.com
Drew Levy (Sound Designer) Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas (Drama Desk nomination), Chaplin (Drama Desk Award), The Winslow Boy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Present Laughter. Off-Broadway: One Day the Musical, The Weir, Why Torture Is Wrong…, Emergence-See!, Dutchman, The Mistakes Madeline Made. Regional: Bard SummerScape, Williamstown, 5th Avenue Theatre, The Old Globe, Two River Theater, Arena Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, McCarter, Huntington, Long Wharf. Other: Reconfiguration: An Evening with Other Lives; Drama Desk Awards Ceremony; Metropolitan Opera 125th Anniversary Gala; holiday installs for Saks 5th Avenue, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston.
Aaron Rhyne (Projection Designer) Designs include: Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Drama Desk Award), Bonnie and Clyde. Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles (LA Opera), La Traviata (Wolf Trap), Florencia en el Amazonas (Opera Colorado, Utah Opera), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House). Off-Broadway: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Westside), Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Appropriate (Signature), Water By the Spoonful; Lonely, I’m Not; The Blue Flower; All New People (Second Stage), Wild with Happy (The Public, Drama Desk nomination), Graceland (Lincoln Center). Regional: Hartford Stage, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Asolo Rep, Huntington Theatre Company, The Geffen Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre. www.aaronrhyne.com
Joshua Clayton (Orchestrator) made his Lincoln Center American Songbook debut earlier this year orchestrating Judy Kuhn's concert: Rodgers, Rodgers, and Guettel, which was subsequently recorded and released by PS Classics. He provided additional orchestrations for last season's Broadway revival of Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town. Last year, he orchestrated the Goodman Theatre of Chicago’s award-winning production of Brigadoon. He provided new orchestrations for New York City Center’s production of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock. Recently, he has written orchestrations for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, as well as the Irish Repertory Theatre’s productions of New Girl in Town and Donnybrook!. He provided additional orchestrations for the 2008 Tony and Grammy-nominated Gypsy, starring Patti LuPone. He has orchestrated for Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, Nathan Lane, Faith Prince, Kate Baldwin, Cheyenne Jackson, and Denyce Graves. Josh currently serves as Assistant Musical Director for the New York City Center Encores! Series.
David Bova (Hair and Makeup Designer) Broadway: Violet, The Real Thing. Off-Broadway: Little Miss Sunshine; Here Lies Love; Booty Candy; The Killer. Other: Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical (Dallas Theater Center); Marie Antoinette, Last of the Boys (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Guys and Dolls, The Taming of the Shrew (Great Lakes Theater Festival). Opera: Central City Opera Company 2012-15, Bard SummerScape 2014, and Sarasota Opera Fall 2014. Tours: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; The Addams Family; Camelot; Rock of Ages; Spamalot.
Adam Caldwell (Casting) works with Cindy Tolan. Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Betrayal, Cinderella, The Performers, Lysistrata Jones, Relatively Speaking, That Championship Season, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, Avenue Q, and Xanadu. Previous productions with Vineyard Theatre, Bay Street, Dallas Theater Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, and Lincoln Center Theater. Film: This Is Where I Leave you, The Place Beyond the Pines, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Winter’s Tale, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Blue Valentine, Another Happy Day, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Letters to Juliet, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Starting Out in the Evening, Death of a President, The Darjeeling Limited. Upcoming films: Katie Says Goodbye, Breakable You. Television: Odd Mom Out, Deadbeat, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords, Fringe, The Return of Jezebel James, and multiple HBO pilots. Member of CSA.
Kristin M. Herrick (Assistant Stage Manager) Two River: Much Ado About Nothing, Honk!, Jitney, In This House, My Wonderful Day (Production Assistant). Off-Broadway: Hamlet, The Heir Apparent, Ivanov (Classic Stage Company), Honky (Urban Stages), All in the Timing (Primary Stages), Cymbeline, Macbeth (Theater for a New Audience). National Tour: Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Regional: Pal Joey (Arkansas Rep), Much Ado About Nothing (McCarter Theatre Center). New York/Other: Benny and Joon (Transport Group), Lincoln Center Directors Lab 2015, TEDI 2013-2015, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Walnut Hill), Next Edition Festival, INK’D (Playwrights Realm), One-Minute Play Festival, Fool for Love (Anthill Productions), Anti-Holiday Spectacular (Etchasketch). B.F.A Rutgers University. Proud AEA Member.
Libby Unsworth (Production Stage Manager) Two River: Absurd Person Singular. Broadway: The Visit; Scandalous; Promises, Promises; 33 Variations; The Country Girl. Off-Broadway: Murder for Two (New World Stages), Anthem (Baryshnikov Arts Center), Bunnicula (DR2), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSC), Next Fall (Naked Angels), Jailbait (Cherry Lane), Unconditional (LAByrinth), Speech & Debate, The Overwhelming (Roundabout), Our Leading Lady (MTC). Regional: 5th Avenue, Geffen, Williamstown (eight seasons), Goodspeed, Goodman, Hangar, Huntington. Touring: Prince of Broadway (Japan), The Old Man and the Old Moon (Boston), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Arena Tour), White Christmas (Boston & Toronto). BFA, Boston University.
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Original Broadway Cast Recording of FORUM:
October 22, 2015 - THE ROMANS ARE COMING! TWO RIVER THEATER CONTINUES ITS 2015/2016 SEASON WITH AN ALL-MALE PRODUCTION OF A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, WITH MUSIC DIRECTION BY GARY ADLER AND CHOREOGRAPHY BY DENIS JONES, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF JESSICA STONE