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Fabulous! The Musical: Cast, Crew, & Creative Bios

2015 Cast (in alphabetical order):

 

S Bidwell Steven Bidwell: (Sir Alfred)
Originally from Canada, Steven has been in NYC for 8 years, where he graduated from Circle in the Square Theatre School. Fabulous! marks his return to the stage after a year’s absence while producing a series of short films (www.thebenchproject.tv).  Previous credits include:  Einstein (Off-Broadway); Oliver! (Centenary Stage); A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Centenary Stage); NY:  Re-Gift of the Magi; American Clock; Urinetown; The Snow Queen.  Regional:  Forever Plaid; A Funny Thing…Forum; Hello Dolly! and Once Upon a Mattress. Various film, TV and commercials.  www.stevenbidwell.com
D Coombs Dan Coombs: (Boy 4) 
Dan Coombs is a recent graduate of the Vocal Performance - Music Theatre program at NYU Steinhardt. At NYU, Dan performed in a wide variety of shows including: West Side Story, Die Fledermaus, Sweet Smell of Success, and The Legend of New York. Regionally, Dan has performed at the Tri-Arts Sharon Playhouse in productions of Monty Python's Spamalot and Damn Yankees. Dan also studied dance at the Broadway Dance Center as a part of their Summer Professional Semester and their Training Program. You can check him out at coombsjdan.com or on Instagram @gentlemenpreferdan.
J Chambers Joel Chambers: (Boy 2)
Having recently moved to the city in August, Fabulous! marks Joel’s NYC stage debut! Since graduating from Point Park University with a degree in musical theatre in May of 2014, Joel has appeared in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear) and most recently White Christmas at Jenny Wiley Theatre. Other recent credits include Honk! (Ugly) and The Producers. Joel is very thankful for his loving and supportive family and friends. Enjoy! 
Kyle DuPree Kyle DuPree: (Boy 1)
A native of New Jersey, Kyle graduated from University of the Arts earning his BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. He is currently living in New York City. Kyle recently finished performing in the ensemble of A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre. Kyle appeared in the National Tours of both Mamma Mia! (Eddie) and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Carpet u/s). Kyle had the privilege of attending Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Dance Program in 2010 and traveled around the world performing with Holland America Line Cruises. He has also performed works by such artists as Rob Ashford, Milton Myers, Matt West, and Louis Johnson. His other credits include: Les Misérables, Aida, Cats, Dreamgirls, and the Rebecca Davis Dance Company. Kyle feels grateful and honored to have experienced all that has happened so far and is eagerly awaiting the future.
  
Jonathan Grunert Jonathan Grunert: (Rock)
Jonathan is a Texas native and summa cum laude graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he earned BFA Theatre and BA English degrees.  He was last seen in New York as Dionysus in the world premiere of Gods & Kings. Other credits include: West Side Story (Tony), Wuthering Heights (Heathcliff), All Shook Up (Chad), and Little Shop of Horrors (Orin/Others). He has also played the role of Odysseus three times: Hecuba, Olympus Records and The Odyssey: An Epic Musical. Following Fabulous!, Jonathan will join the company of The Full Monty at the Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre.

 
DaWoyne Hill DaWoyne A. Hill: (Jane Mann)
DaWoyne A. Hill is originally from Alabama. Roll Tide! He is excited to be back onboard The Queen Ethel! New York credits include: Geeks (Emerson) with Write Act Rep, Look Upon Our Lowliness (Aubry Poole) with The Movement Theatre Company and the staged reading of the new musical Merton of the Movies (Harry) at The York Theatre. Regional credits include: The All Night Strut (Tenor) at Ocean State Theatre, Hairspray (Seaweed) at Derryfield Rep, N. H. and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney) Summit Playhouse, NJ. His many other credits include: The Wild Party (Black), an Irene Ryan nomination for Amen Corner (David), Into the Woods (The Wolf), Cabaret (Emcee), Godspell (Jeffrey), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II),  Five Guys Named Moe (Little Moe), Rent (Paul), Once on This Island (Daniel) and Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Hedwig). DaWoyne is a proud EMC and is currently seeking representation.  www.dawoynealexander.weebly.com
 
Rebecca Kopec Rebecca Kopec: (Sylvia)
Rebecca Kopec is excited to be back with WAE! Her work throughout the New York stage has been called "poignant" (Beatrice Williams-Rude, NYC Stage Review), been told she "shines" (Erik Haagensen, backstage.com), and that she had "The voice of the evening" (Sarah Whalen, nytheatre.com).  She is a Contributing Artist of Project: Theater's immersive theatre show, OUR BAR, where she writes and performs brand new work once a month with some amazingly talented people such as Joe Jung (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and Drew Moerlein (V/H/S, South of Hell). On camera, she recently worked alongside 30 Rock's Kevin Brown as Lei in the film Enchantments, due to be released later this year. Rebecca is currently producing and starring in the online sitcom Just Super, premiering fall 2015. She loves pretending to be a gourmet cook but cheating by using Blue Apron, pretending she's athletic by participating in Mudderella, a 5-7 mile obstacle course in the mud to raise money for Futures Without Violence, and actually excelling at Netflix marathons. For more information and updates visit www.rebeccakopec.com.
Joel Libed Joel Libed: (Boy 3)
Joel Libed is thrilled to be making his off-Broadway debut in Fabulous! Reigning from the beautiful islands of Hawaii, Joel moved to NYC three years ago to pursue his love of performing. His theatre credits include National Tours Wizard of Oz (Tin Man) and Cinderella (Prince Fredrick). Joel was last seen in Eternal Jamnnation: Lost Souls at Kings Dominion (King of the Underworld) and he is currently part of the first American Tribute band to One Direction as Liam Payne assembled by Simon Will Entertainment. Other favorite theatre credits include Legally Blonde (Emmett Forrest), Altar Boyz (Mark), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Annie (Rooster Hannigan), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip Tolentino). www.facebook.com/joellibed @joellibedny
 
Alexander Price Alexander Price: (Harry) 
Alexander Price is thrilled to be making his New York debut! Originally from Los Angeles, he is a graduate of Chapman University and is a founding artist of Monkey Wrench Collective and managing producer at Green Card Theatre. Alexander was last seen in Billy Budd at LA Opera. Other recent regional credits include Slipped Disc for Son of Semele/GCT, the Arts Examiner Award winning Cockroach  at the Hudson Theatre/MWC, pool (no water)  at South Coast Rep/MWC and Shopping & Fucking, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?, The Normal Heart, and The Revenger’s Tragedy all for MWC. Other credits include: Seven Jewish Children, Love & Money, Chair, and Mercury Fur at Rude Guerrilla Theatre, Angels in America, for which he received a Garland Award nomination, and Hopeful Romantic at TheatreOut, Compleat Female Stage Beauty at the Costa Mesa Playhouse, and Metamorphoses at STAGES Theatre. Alexander also works as a sound designer and literary advisor for various theaters. To contact Alexander, you can email him at alexandergprice@me.com. He is currently seeking representation.    
C Schaaf Caleb Schaaf: (Male Swing)
Caleb Schaaf is excited to be working with Fabulous! He is a Perryville, MO native and graduated Southeast Missouri State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. New York theatre credits include The Pajama Game (Charley/Male Ensemble) at The Gallery Players, Much Ado About Nothing (George Seacole) with Snapped Productions, and Hairspray (Link Larkin). Select regional theatre credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Joel) with Arizona Broadway Theatre, A Chorus Line (Frank) with McLeod Summer Playhouse, Little Shop of Horrors (Orin Scrivello) with The Black Hills Playhouse and can be seen in the upcoming short film, The Morning After, expected to be on the festival circuit later this year. He is an on-going student of Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver's Actor Therapy. Caleb is currently seeking representation.   
Michael James Valvo Michael James Valvo: (Stewey) 
Michael is absolutely thrilled to be part of Fabulous! Most recently, he was seen Off-Broadway last season in Thank You for Being a Friend: The Golden Girls Musical! as the one and only Sophia Petrillo at the Laurie Beechman. Previously, he sailed the seven magical seas with Disney Cruise Line. Past New York credits include: The Deathly Ones and Darling. He is a proud graduate of SUNY Fredonia with his BFA in Musical Theatre. Much love and thanks to all my family and friends. www.michaelvalvo.com
Danni Vitorino Danni Vitorino: (Stewey understudy)
Danni Vitorino is a Theatre Arts graduate of Bridgewater State University and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s Summer Conservatory. Back in his home state of Massachusetts, he was nominated and performed for the KCACTF region 1 for his performance in William Donnolly’s Painted Alice (Vermiller) and also in BSU’s production of A New Brain (Roger). He has performed in Hello Again (the Young Thing), The Taming of the Shrew (Hortensio), The Pilgrims of the Night (Dr. Kremser), and Batboy: The Musical (Pan) with his university’s theater department. While attending college, he spent a semester as an improv actor working with undergraduate psychology majors in various counseling sessions. He also held the position of Vice President of the BSU theatre arts division for two consecutive years. During his college summers he took part in the Star Player’s Chicago (Irving/dance ensemble) and Friends of Durfee’s Urinetown (Mr. McQueen.) Some skills and hobbies of his are singing, dancing, finding new social spots in the city, student film acting experience, dialects, and obsessing over dogs. If interested, he is seeking representation. (Non-Union) Vitorinodanni@gmail.com   
Kelsey Youmans Kelsey Youmans: (Betty “Bazookas” Babcock)
Kelsey Youmans is so excited to be a part of this Fabulous! production in her hometown of New York City! She is a proud graduate of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and the American Musical and Dramatics Academy where she studied Musical Theatre. She has performed on some of NYC’s finest stages including Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, and Gotham Hall alongside recording artists such as Tony Bennett, KD Lang, and John Legend. She has headlined on Presige Cruise Lines for three years touring all over the world. Over the summer she performed in London Rocks: A Rock Musical directed by Broadway’s Sam Buntrock, Chase Brock, and Karma Camp. Over the holidays she stared in a production of Comin’ Uptown with BAMSS Theatre Works directed by Tony award winning Ben Harney. Kelsey speaks conversational French and has a killer monkey impression. www.kelseyyoumans.com 
Tobias Young Tobias Young: (Laura Lee)
Tobias Young is thrilled to be making his New York City debut in Fabulous! as the glamorous Laura Lee Handle! Tobias reigns from the Washington DC theatre scene where in 2014 he became a Helen Hayes Nominated Actor! Theatre credits such as 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), Chicago (Amos), MEMPHIS (Bobby), Les Misérables (Combferre), In the Heights (Piragua Guy), The Color Purple (African Chief/Preacher) and The Wiz (Lion) are just a few of the many shows he has done that has brought him so much love and light! He would like to thank his best friends Terrence and Bryan, family, and followers for their love and support! 

 


 

Creative & Production Team:

Dan Derby (Book & Lyrics) is originally from Massachusetts and is a graduate of Westfield State University (B.A. Theatre Arts, Blue Key Award winner ‘00). He is a playwright, actor, director and acting coach.  He has worked with numerous theaters throughout the northeast and has been a participant in the Robert R. Lehan Playwriting Awards.  He contributed additional lyrics to Michael Rheault’s The Birth and is currently working on multiple new works for stage and screen. Selected acting credits include Chicago (Amos), A Funny Thing Happened... (Pseudolous), Damn Yankees (Applegate), How To Succeed ... (Bud Frump), Crazy For You (Bela Zangler), Li’l Abner (Marryin’ Sam), All My Sons (George), Simpatico (Simms), The Glass Menagerie (Tom), Nunsense A-Men (Mother Superior), Sugar (Jerry/Daphne), Little Me (Noble/ et al). Selected directing credits include Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Scrooge! The Musical, The Birth, The Rocky Horror Show, Raised in Captivity, Noon, The Goodbye Girl, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.  He was assistant director at Bay Path University Performing Arts Department and acting instructor at Hampshire Performing Arts. He is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild.

Michael Rheault (Music) is currently Director of Performing Arts Activities at Bay Path University, Director of Music at First Park Memorial Baptist Church, piano instructor and accompanist at Springfield College, and cantor/organist at Sacred Heart Church (Agawam, MA). His most recent compositions include the theater piece, Fabulous! with collaborator Dan Derby, The Birth (A Christmas Musical), and incidental music for David Mamet's The Water Engine (Springfield College Production). Recognition includes a MAC award nomination for American Cabaret, European Roots, a Just Plain Folks Award (1st runner up) for The Birth (JPF is the world's largest independent music awards), and a PBS broadcast of Names from Home (independent documentary).  

David Goldstein (Lighting Designer) NYC: Stalking The Bogeyman, New World Stages, September. David worked on 5 Seasons and 11 productions with the New York musical theatre Festival. Wearing Black, Kraine Theatre. MISS K!M, 45th Street Theatre.  Jack and the Beanstalk, New Acting Co.  Apollo and Daphne, Riverside Church. Assisted David Korins (BWY: Pee Wee Herman Show, Chinglish, Godspell). REGIONAL: NCStage Company, Cohoes Music Hall, West Virginia Public Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse. LA: West Side Story,  ELEVATOR (Hudson Theatre)  Boomermania!, Silent Roar (El Portal Theatre). Its Top Secret!, Noho Arts Center. The Playground, MET Theatre. Rocky Horror Show, Underground Theatre.  Batboy, Whitefire Theatre.  Frankie and Johnny, Santa Monica Playhouse www.davidgoldsteindesigns.com

Maya Graffagna (Costume Designer) is a costume and graphic designer, with a BFA in Experimental Fashion with a concentration in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She is one of the founding members of Rivals of the West Theatre Company, and an in-house designer at Write Act Repertory. She most recently designed Farm Hall, with Break A Leg, at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. This is her third time working on Fabulous! and her first time designing. She is very excited that she has the chance to design the show. Visit her website at mayagraffagna.com

Rick Hamilton (Director) has directed several shows for Write Act Repertory, including Geeks! The Musical , Sophia and earlier productions of Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies. He has aided in developing shows and directed staged readings of Candy Hearts and A Retail Carol. Rick also directed the steampunk burlesque cabaret Suave and the Boner, which has been performed in Ohio and repeat engagements in NYC at The Duplex (Original Cast Album available on iTunes). He has directed and taught at the Springer Theatre Academy, but spent most of his time on the other side of the footlights, regionally and on tour. In the city, he performed with The Public, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Gallery Players and the NY Fringe Festival.

John Lant (Executive Producer) is a 35+year veteran in the entertainment industry and has been involved in over five hundred television, film, and theatrical productions as a creative entity and/or production manager. He currently lives in New York, works at Carnegie Hall, and out of producing offices here and LA. John professionally apprenticed at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, and in New York with the Lincoln Center, Julliard, Circle Rep, Circle in the Square, WPA, Hudson Guild, LOOM and Ensemble Studio Theatre. National tours include Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Singin' in the Rain, One Mo' Time, Gypsy, The Three Musketeers, Connecticut Ballet, and Aeros. He has worked with such musical touring artists as Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and The Beach Boys. An award-winning producer, director, lighting and set designer, his productions at Cal Arts, The Odyssey, Ivy Substation, Ricardo Montalban, Powerhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, the Jewel Box Theatres, and Write Act Repertory, garnered DramaLogue Awards, Diamond Awards, NAACP Awards, LA Weekly Awards, with Garland, ADA, Ethel Casey nominations and LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week/Recommends, including World Premiere LA Times Recommended Pilgrim (Associate Producer). Other notables include XM Radio’s # 1 Rated Radio Theatre Show New Frequency-Theatre of the Mind (Executive Producer – 50 Live Shows), Symphology and Carrot Talk (TV Pilots - Director), Interlochen (Resident Lighting Designer – 2 years), Bakersfield Musical Theatre Camp (Executive Director – 7 years), 3-time DramaLogue winner Out On a Whim; Best Direction, Actress, and Musical Direction (Producer), DramaLogue winners Hunchback of Notre Dame (Lighting Designer), Modigliani; Choreography (Director), NAACP Winner Reap the Whirlwind and Blues on Central Avenue (Producer), West Coast Premieres of Kafka’s The Trial (Producer of Ovation nominated Set Design), Wallace Shaw’s The Fever, Theresa Rebeck’s Loose Knit (Producer), Picks of the Week Rimers of Eldritch and Faith After Dark (Producer), Orange County’s Register’s and OC Weekly’s Pick’s/Recommended Productions of Arm’s and the Man, Master Class and Dancing at Lughnasa (Director) at Long Beach Playhouse, World Premiere starring John Aniston The Penis Monologues (Producer- 6 month sold-out run). Film and TV work include Army of Darkness, The Hard Way, Year of the Dragon, King of New York, TV Emmy The Washing Machine Man, Sundance Finalist Moment of Gracie (Producer), Upside Down, Rightside Up (Feature Film – Producer), Power Rangers (Coordinator), Renegade, Fallen Angels, Mike Hammer, and the CBS Radford Directing Workshop 2-year program under Howard Storm. John received the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000 and 2001, additionally the 2008 and 2009 California Legislative Award for Excellence and Recognition in Honor for Dedication to Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence through the Arts for Write Act Repertory. John lives with writer Joan M. Kessler and their carousel of Fabulous! house-guests and produced the sold-out limited run of Fabulous! the first time around.

Mary Lauren (Choreographer) is thrilled to be working on Fabulous! once again! She graduated from The College of Santa Fe with a BFA in Theatre/Musical Theatre. She has directed, musical directed and/or choreographed for over 30 productions in California, New York and New Mexico. Some of these companies include Write Act Rep, St. George Productions, The Secret Theatre, The College of Santa Fe, Mysterium Theatre, The Music Room, The Chance Theatre, and The Genius Factory. A few of her favorite shows to choreograph have been Sophia!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seussical and Anything Goes. She is also a singer, dancer and actress. Favorite credits include Sarah in the world premiere of Sarah Was Mine (Cherry Lane Theatre), Natalie Wood in Julie London Welcomes Natalie Wood (St. George Productions), Ginger Rogers in Home With Ginger Rogers (St. George Productions), Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mysterium Theatre), Celeste #1 in Sunday in the Park with George (The Chance Theatre), Rita in White Christmas (Sierra Repertory Theatre) and Polly Brown in The Boyfriend (C.S.F.). Mary portrays the lovely Gisele Mackenzie in her own 1960's variety show for St. George Productions. Mary and her husband Bryan recently premiered their original musical My Shadow and Me, at Cape May Stages. She is currently playing Sarah/Sally Lincoln in the Off-Broadway musical Honestly Abe and Trixie in The Jackie Mason Musical at the St. Lukes Theatre. Thank you to Bryan, my human guinea pig, Rick my partner in crime, Dan and Michael for creating such a fabulous show, all of the Write Act team and my amazing family.

Kathleen Moriarty (Set Designer) is currently working as an assistant designer for David Korins Design in theater, installation, television, interior, and event design. Past credits include assistant to the designer in The Countess of Storyville at Playwrights Horizons, scenic designer at Ogunquit Playhouse, scenic designer at Studio Theater in Blacksburg Virginia, production designer for the short film The Dream Interpreter, installation designer for the installation performance Emotional Core, scenic charge at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and assistant scenic artist at Signature Theater in Washington D.C. She holds an MFA in Scenography.

Roy Nevans (Executive Producer) has produced on Broadway and for television in New York City, Los Angeles, and London. On Broadway he produced Robert Anderson's Solitaire- Double Solitaire, and he and his then partner, Gil Cates, took that show to the Edinburgh Festitval where they gave a Royal performance. He built, and was the original owner, of the Sullivan Street Theater where the Fantasticks ran for more than 25 years. Jose Quintero directed Gandhi for Roy and that show introduced David Selby and brought Jack MacGowran to the American stage from the Abbey Theater in Dublin. Roy worked for more than a year with Richard Rodgers on the only show that Rodgers ever wrote the words to, in addition to the music, No Strings. Unfortunately, Rodgers died before his and Roy’s joint production No Strings could reopen on Broadway, thus, its Broadway return did not happen. In London, Roy produced 26 episodes of Jukebox with Twiggy hosting and another 13 episodes in Los Angeles, which was hosted by Britt Ekland.   He produced the television series The Roots of Rock and Roll, which was made part of the permanent collection of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. The 2 British hours, which Roy produced in London were hosted by Elton John and Rod Stewart, with the other 4 hours produced in New York hosted by Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Neil Sedaka, and the Doobie Brothers. In the US, his television distributors, before he moved back to the USA from London, were American International Pictures and 20th Century Fox. He has a litany of additional television shows among his credits.

Sang Oh (Prop Designer) is a creative illustrator who has worked in fashion, fine arts, and theater. She has taught college level design classes at NY Art Studio and has illustrated for Joe Fresh's design development team. She attends the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she studied with the fashion illustrator Steven Stipelman and was recognized by Gergory Nato for her design and interpretation in 2013. Sang Oh is continuing her studies as a BFA womenswear fashion design major at F.I.T., and has recently been made one of the finalists for Joe's Blackbook Scholarship project. She is currently a production associate of Write Act Repertory and has worked with the creative team for Hollywood! Hollywood!, Fabulous! and Renewal.  

Tamra Pica (Producer) Tamra's theatre work spans over 250 productions including Renewal and All Fall Down with Write Act Repertory.  She's worked as a producer, union stage manager, and lighting designer and technical director of plays, musical, dance and ice shows in Los Angeles and New York.  As a producer she's worked in theatre, film and television including the World Premiere of Antioch and America's Prince (FOX TV Studios/TBS).  Her television work includes development and casting for projects at ABC, Cartoon Network, CBS, FOX, Lifetime, MTV, and Disney. Tamra has a master’s degree from the University of Southern California and is finishing her thesis for a second master’s degree in Children's Literature from Hollins University.