Shows & Tickets
January 24 - February 24, 2013
Book by Peter Stone
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
The founding of our nation comes to star-spangled life in this grand Tony Award-winning Best Musical. In 1776 you'll see the heroes of the American revolution like you've never seen them before -- in rousing songs and dances, comic encounters, and impassioned politics. The stakes have never been higher as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin wrangle to get everyone on the same page -- namely the Declaration of Independence. Directed by Ted Pappas, theatrical fireworks will fill the O'Reilly Theater in this thrilling story of how we went from 13 colonies to the United States of America.
JOHN ALLEN BILES (Lewis Morris) recently appeared as Jamie in The Last Five Years produced by The Company of Pittsburgh. Regional: Gypsy (North Shore Music Theatre); The Full Monty, Cabaret, Boy Gets Girl (Montgomery Theater); Macbeth, Twelfth Night (Pittsburgh Public Theater Young Company). Stock: Ragtime, The Producers, Big River, Singin' in the Rain, Disney's Aladdin (Peach State Summer Theatre). BFA: Point Park University, MA: New York University. John is the Artistic Producing Director of The Company of Pittsburgh and a faculty member at Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Richard E. Rauh Conservatory.
PAUL BINOTTO (Robert Livingston) Broadway credits include the original cast of Dreamgirls, Starlight Express, King of Schnorrers, One Night Stand, It's So Nice to Be Civilized, and Hair. Off-Broadway: Enter Laughing, Forever Plaid, Shindig, Ionescopade, and A Tale of Two Cities. Regional and international credits include: Candide, Miss Saigon, On the Town, Grapes of Wrath, Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show, Gypsy, and Pete 'n' Keely. At the White House Paul did a command performance of Forever Plaid for President George and Barbara Bush. His New York City Opera credits include Sweeney Todd and Candide.
JEFFREY CARPENTER (John Hancock) is thrilled to be making his debut at The Public in one of his favorite musicals! Local acting credits include Gompers, The Missionary Position, Mezullah 1946, Louder Faster with City Theatre. What the Butler Saw and The White Devil with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre. El Paso Blue, Mouth to Mouth, Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Betrayal/The Collection, Antony and Cleopatra with Quantum. Buried Child with The REP. Take Me Out with barebones. August in August with the August Wilson Theatre Ensemble. Midnight Radio, STRATA, Holler, and Wild Signs with Bricolage. He is founder and Artistic Director of Bricolage Production Company, which he runs with his wife Tami Dixon, now in its 11th season.
JEREMY CZARNIAK (James Wilson) is happy to be returning to The Public after last being seen as Snug in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Favorite performance credits include the European tour of On the Town, Ed Kleban in A Class Act, Billy in the original Off-Broadway production of Zombies from the Beyond, and the role which has earned him several mentions in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Best Actor category, Grouch Marx in Groucho: A Life in Review which will tour to the Sullivan Theatre in North Carolina this spring. Jeremy continues to perform, teach, direct, and choreograph throughout the region. See jeremyczarniak.com for more.
JARROD DiGIORGI (Rev. John Witherspoon) theater credits include Death of a Salesman, American Buffalo, and The Birthday Party (The REP); No Man's Land, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Salome, and Rock 'n' Roll (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre); The Moonlight Room (City Theatre). Film: A New York Heartbeat, My Bloody Valentine, Tunnel Vision, and Out of the Furnace.
JOSEPH DOMENCIC (Charles Thomson) returns for his third Pittsburgh Public Theater production, having previously appeared in The Comedy of Errors and Cabaret. His regional credits include The Acting Company's 2001 national tour, Sundance Theatre Lab's Kafka Songs (dir. Diane Paulus), and several Mountain Playhouse productions (The 39 Steps, Glorious, and The Glass Menagerie opposite Sandy Duncan). Other Pittsburgh productions include Unseam'd Shakespeare's The Constant Prince (title role), Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre's Three Sisters, and 20 appearances with Pittsburgh CLO (Forever Plaid, Les Miserables, 1776, and others). Also a music director, composer and teacher, Joseph has worked with Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Act One Theatre School, and Seton Hill University.
DARREN ELIKER (John Dickinson) has appeared in Pittsburgh Public Theater's productions of ART, Metamorphoses, The Comedy of Errors, Oedipus the King, The Tempest, and Broadway. Other local roles include Copenhagen (Heisenberg), Hamlet (Claudius), The Seagull (Aston), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Babbybobby), The Rivals (Jack Absolute), Translations (George), and leading roles in She Stoops to Conquer, and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre). Macbeth, All My Sons, Grapes of Wrath, and Death of a Salesman (Starlight). The Underpants and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (City Theatre). Lion in Winter (Unseam'd Shakespeare) and Take 2's Black Dahlia (VG-1998). He is a prolific voice-over artist with numerous awards for his work in radio advertising and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
JAMES FITZGERALD (Caesar Rodney) is happy to return once again to The Public. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Quantum Theatre, and Bricolage. Off-Broadway: Rose Rage directed by Edward Hall. Regional: 16 seasons with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, among numerous other Chicagoland theaters, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. James received two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Best Supporting Actor), a Jeff Citation (Best Actor). He was cited by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for his work in the "Best of Pittsburgh 2011." Film: Progression and The Mercury Men.
JUSTIN FORTUNATO (Leather Apron) is honored to be making his Pittsburgh Public Theater debut. He is a graduate of Point Park University where he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre. He has worked with the Pittsburgh CLO, Prime Stage Theater, The REP, and St. Vincent Summer Theatre. Selected credits include: The Elephant Man and The Glass Menagerie (Prime Stage), MIA (The REP), A Musical Christmas Carol (Pittsburgh CLO), Taking Steps (St. Vincent). Justin is the resident director and co-founder of Carrnivale Theatrics, which produced Next to Normal last June at the New Hazlett Theater.
ROBERT FRANKENBERRY (George Read) leads a multi-faceted career as vocalist, conductor, pianist, actor, and orchestrator. He has appeared in roles ranging from Mozart in Amadeus to The Duke in Rigoletto, including the title roles in Willy Wonka, Faust, Don Carlo, and The Tales of Hoffmann. At the piano, he performs contemporary solo and ensemble works as a member of Entelechron, Chrysalis, Phoenix Players, Ion Sound Project, and others. On the podium, Rob most recently led the premieres for Opera Theater SummerFest of The Night Caps project (to which he also contributed as a composer) and his own folk-inspired orchestration of Carmen.
TIM HARTMAN (Col. Thomas McKean) Broadway: Finian's Rainbow, A Tale of Two Cities. Regional: Don Quixote in The Man of LaMancha, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Falstaff in Henry IV, and C. S. Lewis in Shadowlands. Tim has also appeared as Merlin in Camelot, Ziegfeld in Funny Girl with Anna Gasteyer, Thenardier in Les Miz, and 24 characters in The Cotton Patch Gospel. Film: Silence of the Lambs, The Piano Lesson, The Mothman Prophecies, and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Tim has been writing and performing assembly programs for school children since 1983.
KEITH HINES (Thomas Jefferson) is happy to return to the great city of Pittsburgh for 1776! He was last seen at The Public as Lancelot in Ted Pappas' production of Camelot. Since then Keith has been seen as John Proctor in The Crucible, Buzz Adams in South Pacific, and Beralde in The Imaginary Invalid. Favorite roles include: Hal in Picnic, Bill Sykes in Oliver!, Luigi Gaudi in Lucky Stiff, and Bud in Urban Cowboy. Keith studied voice with Florence Birdwell at Oklahoma City University, where he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music, and studied acting at Jayd McCarty's The Studio/NY.
DANIEL KRELL (Dr. Lyman Hall) is happy to return to The Public for his 20th appearance with the company. His performances here have encompassed contemporary works, classics and musicals and include such favorites as As You Like It, Circle Mirror Transformation, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Metamorphoses, Amadeus, Cabaret, Oedipus the King, Much Ado About Nothing, Sweeney Todd, and most recently Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday. He has played a variety of major roles with the regions professional theaters, such as City Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Quantum, Bricolage, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, and The REP as well as with theaters around the country, including Clarence Brown Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory, and Gateway Playhouse among others. Mr. Krell is also a veteran of many films, commercials, industrials and voice-overs.
JASON McCUNE (Andrew McNair) was last seen at The Public in A Moon for the Misbegotten. Pittsburgh: The Playboy of the Western World, The Synge Cycle, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and The Shaughraun with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre; The Real Thing, Ah, Wilderness, and Criminal Genius with the Pittsburgh Playhouse; The Howling Miller with Quantum; Midnight Radio with Bricolage. Los Angeles: Stones in his Pockets at the Mark Taper Forum, The Lepers of Baile Basite (also producer) and The Lonesome West at the Celtic Arts Center, Red Noses at Theater Banshee. He has performed often in Chicago, and is a founding member of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Film & TV: Jack Reacher, Mafia, The Sibling, Unstoppable, She's Out of My League, The Call of C'thulu, "Smith," The Kill Point," "CSI: Miami," "The West Wing," "Skin," "The Guardian," and 'Thieves."
GEORGE MERRICK (John Adams) Broadway: South Pacific, High Fidelity (both original cast recordings). National Tour: Carousel (Royal National/Lincoln Center production). Regional: roles at North Shore Music Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Syracuse Stage, and the Riverside Theater. TV: "Blue Bloods," "As the World Turns," 2008 Tony Awards. George is a lyricist and proud member of the BMI Musical Theater Writing Workshop, where he was the recipient of the 2010 Harrington Award.
ERIC MEYERS (The Courier) is making his Pittsburgh Public Theater debut. Regional credits: Lord of the Flies (Barrington Stage), RENT (Syracuse Stage), Gypsy (Playhouse in the Park). Other favorites include Cabaret, The Cradle Will Rock, I Love You Because, and West Side Story. BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University.
LARRY JOHN MEYERS (Samuel Chase) moves from the Senate to the Continental Congress after having appeared as Senator Norval Hedges in The Public's season opener Born Yesterday. Other recent local productions include: The Pittman Painters, Three Sisters, and The Evils of Tobacco for Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre; The Gammage Project, a Pittsburgh Playwrights/Pitt Rep joint production; and M.I.A. for The Rep at Point Park University. This production of 1776 marks Mr. Meyers 20th show in a long and gratifying association with Pittsburgh Public Theater, which began, oddly enough, with his only other musical, A History of the American Film with John Scherer, in 1983 - still singing after all these years.
TRISTA MOLDOVAN (Abigail Adams) Broadway: Phantom of the Opera, Christine. National Tour: Phantom of the Opera (Denver Ovation nomination, San Francisco, and LA closing engagement). Favorite regional: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Maggie (Arkansas Rep); Guys and Dolls, Sarah (Riverside); White Christmas, Betty (Gateway); Les Miserables, Cosette (regional premiere at Pioneer Theatre Co), and Simeon's Gift at Bay Street Theater with Julie Andrews. Television: "Celebrity Ghost Stories," "The Guiding Light," "All My Children," "The Young and the Restless." She is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University.
SCOTT P. SAMBUCO (Dr. Josiah Bartlett) has appeared at Pittsburgh Public Theater as Protean in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and as a Sailor in HMS Pinafore. Pittsburgh CLO: Andy Lee in 42nd Street, Caesar Rodney in 1776, Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls, Jamie in My Fair Lady, Bert Healy in Annie, Junior in Crazy for You, and 13 seasons in A Musical Christmas Carol. North Shore Music Theatre: Bye Bye Birdie. Pittsburgh Musical Theater: Lefou in Beauty and the Beast, Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Big Deal in West Side Story, Dr. Parker in Batboy. West Virginia Public Theatre: Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Marcellous in The Music Man, Charles Thomson in 1776. Stage Right Theatre: M.C. in Cabaret, Al in A Chorus Line. Other credits include Houston Theatre Under the Stars and Stages at St. Louis. He has been a member of Actors' Equity Association for 19 years.
JOHN SCHERER (Richard Henry Lee) has appeared on Broadway in LoveMusik, By Jeeves, Sunset Boulevard, The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera), and Funny Girl (Actors Fund Benefit). He has played leading roles across the country in such regional theaters as the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Goodman Theater, Ahmanson Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, and many others. Television and film credits include Spinning Into Butter, By Jeeves, "The Shield," "Crossing Jordan," "Law & Order" (all three series), "Titus," and "The Guilding Light." He is thrilled to return to The Public where he has appeared in The Odd Couple, Broadway, By Jeeves, Room Service, and A History of the American Film. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
LIBBY SERVAIS (Martha Jefferson) is so excited to make her Pittsburgh Public Theater debut in 1776! Libby was recently seen on Broadway in Wicked (Glinda u/s) and in the original Broadway company of Lysistrata Jones (Lysistrata, Myrrhine, Robin, Lampito standby). She was also in the second national tour and San Francisco company of Wicked (Glinda standby). Other credits: Hairspray (Amber at Flatrock Playhouse), Pride and Prejudice (Georgiana at Rochester Opera House), Hair (Jeanie at Cain Park), Pregnancy Pact (Sansanee at Yale Rep), MTV's "Legally Blonde: Search for the Next Elle Woods." She is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music where she played Violet in Side Show and Christine in Phantom of the Opera.
GORDON STANLEY (Stephen Hopkins) appeared in seven original Broadway casts, including Beauty and the Beast and Ragtime; also the Roundabout's Cabaret. Tours: Annie and Promises, Promises. Off-Broadway: Iron Curtain, White Women Street (Irish Rep), Flamingo Court, Take Me Along (Irish Rep), Hal Prince's Diamonds, Elizabeth and Essex. Regional: Showboat (North Shore/Independent Reviewers of New England Award nomination), Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre/Aspen), Old Wicked Songs (Fulton Theatre), Golf with Alan Shepard (Seven Angels), and 12 shows for Barrington Stage, including Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls and The Crucible. Movies and TV: Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, "Law & Order: CI." Best credit/longest run: 34 years with Renee.
HAYDEN TEE (Edward Rutledge) was born in New Zealand and trained at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). Credits in the United States include King Arthur in Camelot at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Cinderella's Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods, Freddy Einsford-Hill in My Fair Lady, Captain Hook/Mr. Darling in Peter Pan. West End: Marius in Les Miserables. International: Thomas Andrews in Titanic (A.T. Award nomination); Professor Bhaer in Little Women (Glugg Award); Father Grenville in Dead Man Walking; Lt. Joe Cable in South Pacific (A.T.G. Award nomination); I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Songs for a New World; Simon Stride in Jekyll and Hyde; Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger in Cats; Grumio in Kiss Me Kate. Albums: Hayden Tee Self-Titled, Generation whY? LIVE itunes. @haydentee
LOUIS S. VALENZI (Joseph Hewes) has performed for Pittsburgh Public Theater in The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and HMS Pinafore - all directed by Ted Pappas. He is thrilled to be back on stage for this production of 1776. Louis began his professional acting career in the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Guy). He has performed throughout the United States and Canada at venues including St. Louis Muny, Wolf Trap, and on Broadway in the New York Shakespeare Festival's The Pirates of Penzance (Samuel, Frederic). Television acting credits include, "Knot's Landing," "Days of Our Lives," "The Young and the Restless," and "According to Jim."
STEVE VINOVICH (Benjamin Franklin) last appeared in Pittsburgh in Hello, Dolly! as Horace Vandergelder. Broadway: Loose Ends, Lost in Yonkers, The Magic Show, The Robber Bridegroom, Jerry Herman's The Grand Tour, David Hare's The Secret Rapture. Other highlights include Twelfth Night with Lynn Redgrave, On Golden Pond with Charles Durning, and A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Delacorte in Central Park. Steve performs often at theaters across California and is a three-time winner of the Drama-Logue Award. Films include The Santa Clause, Awakenings, Mannequin, and the voice of Puffin in The Swan Princess. He has appeared on such iconic TV shows as "LA Law," "Hill Street Blues," "Roseanne," "Star Trek," "ER," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Three's Company," "Law & Order," "Matlock," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Touched by an Angel," and yes even "Hannah Montana." Steve is a graduate of the Juilliard Acting School under John Houseman. He is married to actress Carolyn Mignini and they have two great sons.
STEPHEN WILDE (Roger Sherman) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He received rave reviews from John Simon of Bloomberg News and Howard Kissel of New York Daily News for his work in the Off-Broadway hit Talk of the Town. Education: Carnegie Mellon/Moscow Art Theatre School (MFAs). Broadway Tour: The Music Man. Broadway Workshop: The Captain's Daughter. Off-Broadway: All God's Chillun' Got Wings. Concerts: Chicago, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh Symphonies (with Marvin Hamlisch). International: The Lower Depths (Moscow Art Theatre), The Greeks. Regional: Oklahoma!, The Taming of the Shrew. Film: Bat Boy, Consequences (Indie). Twitter: @stephenwilde. Facebook: facebook.com/stephenwilde.tv. Web: stephenwilde.tv.
TED PAPPAS (Director) celebrates his 13th season as Producing Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater and his 20th year of close association with the company as a director. He has staged more than 40 productions for The Public, including the works of Euripides, Shakespeare, Schiller, Wilde, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Sondheim. Some highlights include Sophocles' Electra, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Kaufman & Ferber's The Royal Family, Peter Schaffer's Amadeus, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Kander & Ebb's Cabaret, the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's RolePlay, and the world premiere of Rob Zellers & Gene Collier's The Chief, which played The O'Reilly for seven seasons and was filmed. His career began in New York City where he worked for Playwrights Horizons, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, John Houseman's The Acting Company, New York City Opera under the leadership of Beverly Sills, and shows on and off Broadway. His regional credits are numerous and varied and include productions for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arena Stage in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center, the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto's Royal Alexandra, and Goodspeed Musicals. He staged a hip-hop concert hosted by Harry Belafonte which galvanized the Cannes Film Festival, directed a Las Vegas extravaganza for impresario Steve Wynn, and served as choreographer for NBC's legendary series "Saturday Night Live." He studied Shakespeare with Samuel Schoenbaum and modern drama with Eric Bentley, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and Manhattan's Hunter College. He is a past president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national labor union.
SHERMAN EDWARDS (Lyrics and Music) was born in New York and taught American history at James Monroe High School. After earning an undergraduate degree in history, at New York University, he later did graduate work at Cornell University. He appeared as an actor in My Sister Eileen and the Broadway revue Pins and Needles. He began working as a pianst, playing for performers Lisa Kirk, Eddie Fisher, and Mindy Carson. Later, he played in the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong. In the late 1950s, he began writing popular music, including the hit songs "Broken-Hearted Melody" (lyrics by Hal David), "See You in September" (music and lyrics co-written by Sid Wayne), and "Wonderful, Wonderful" (lyrics by Ben Raleigh). 1776 (for which he won a 1969 Tony Award) was his only Broadway score. He died in 1981.
PETER STONE (Book) graduated from Bard College and earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He began writing for CBS radio and soon moved to writing for television, including the shows "Studio One," 'The Defenders" (for which he won an Emmy Award), "Asphalt Jungle," and "Espionage." He has written the plays Friend of the Family and Full Circle. He has numerous Broadway bookwriting credits and won Tony Awards for Titanic, The Will Rogers Follies, Woman of the Year, and 1776. He has also written the liberetto for Kean, Skyscraper, Two by Two, Sugar, My One and Only, and Grand Hotel. His screenplays include 1776, Charade, Father Goose (for which he won a 1964 Academy Award), Mirage, Arabesque, Sweet Charity, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, and Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? He died in 2003.
F. WADE RUSSO (Musical Director/Conductor) returns for his 11th production with Pittsburgh Public Theater (Falsettos, Forum, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, Man of LaMancha, By Jeeves, A Grand Night for Singing, Cabaret, Camelot) Other conducting credits include, Broadway: assistant conductor, By Jeeves, (Sir Alan Ayckbourn, director). National Tour: The Boyfriend (Julie Andrews, director). Regional: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Goodspeed Musicals, Huntington Theatre, Barrington Stage, Lyric Theatre of Boston, Weston Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Juilliard School, and the O'Neill Theatre Center. He has served on the faculty of Circle in the Square Theatre School, the National Theatre Institute (O'Neill Theatre Center), the Juilliard School and currently the Boston Conservatory conducting productions including Strike Up the Band, The Apple Tree, Tommy, Chess, and The Life.
JAMES NOONE (Scenic Designer) designs for Pittsburgh Public Theater include Born Yesterday, Private Lives, As You Like It, Electra, Camelot, The Royal Family, Time of My Life, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Little Foxes, Harry's Friendly Service, Metamorphoses, The Lady With All the Answers, The Odd Couple, The Comedy of Errors, This Wonderful Life, and Amadeus. Mr. Noone's Broadway credits include A Bronx Tale, Come Back Little Sheba, Match, Urban Cowboy, A Class Act, Judgement at Nuremberg, Jekyll and Hyde (Drama Desk, American Theater Wing Design Awards), The Rainmaker, Night Must Fall(Drama Desk nomination), Getting and Spending, The Sunshine Boys, The Gin Game, and Inherit the Wind. Off-Broadway credits include Fully Commited, Full Gallop, Three Tall Women, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, The Boys in the Band, Cowgirls, Breaking Legs, The Green Heart (Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre, Atlantic Theater, Second Stage). Regional credits include Huntington Theatre Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep, Washington Opera, Canadian Opera, Portland Opera, Geffen Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Cleveland Play House. Tours include Jekyll and Hyde (1999), The Belle of Amherst, The Gin Game, Deathtrap, Three Tall Women, Stieglitz Loves O'Keefe, and also The History of Sex at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and Latin Soul in Atlantic City. He is the recipient of several design awards including the Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing, two Helen Hayes, and the LA Ovation. Mr. Noone heads the Scenic Design Program at Boston University.
MARTHA BROMELMEIR (Costume Deisgner) returns to The Public where she designed Around the World in 80 Days, Harry's Friendly Service, The World Goes 'Round, The Odd Couple, The Gin Game, Sweeney Todd, and RolePlay. Other design credits: The Kennedy Center Honors, Barbara Cook Tribute 2011. Playhouse 91 - Menopause: The Musical. The Century Theatre - The Gorey Details. LaMama - God, the Devil, and the Crackhouse. Naked Angels - Saturday Mourning Cartoons, Naked Faith, and The Stand In. Primary Stages - The Joy Solution and At the Still Point. Regional: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the Bay Street Theatre, Barrington Stage, Goodspeed Musicals. Broadway: Associate Designer for A Leap of Faith, Catch Me If You Can, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate, The Producers, Cabaret and Hairspray. www.marthab.com
KIRK BOOKMAN (Lighting Designer) Pittsburgh Public Theater: Born Yesterday, As You Like It, Electra, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Goodspeed Opera House: Funny Thing...Forum. Cincinati Playhouse in the Park: Speaking in Tongues, God of Carnage, Fantasticks. Off-Broadway: Closer Than Ever, Divine Sister (Charles Busch). Irish Rep: Bedbound, The Playboy of the Western World, The Importance of Being Earnest, Major Barbara. Drama Dept.: June Moon, Rude Entertainment. Manhattan Theatre Club: Green Heart. Broadway: The Gin Game (Julie Harris/Charles Durning), The Sunshine Boys (Tony Randall/Jack Klugman), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Other theater credits include New York Philharmonic: Company (dir. Lonny Price), San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas: Thomashefskys, A Flowering Tree (dir. Peter Sellers). www.KirkBookman.com
DAN DeLANGE (Orchestrator) has orchestrated for songwriter Paul Williams, Julie Andres, Jerry Herman (composer of Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles), Peter Link (King of Hearts), the Jim Henson Company, and more than 30 productions for Goodspeed Musicals. He also scored the premiere of You Never Know by Charles Strouse (composer of Annie and Bye Bye Birdie). Other original orchestrations and arrangements include Enrico Garzilli's Rage of the Heart, The Smart Set, The Family, and The Broadway Tenors (with Brent Barrett, Brian D'Arcy James and Alan Campbell), Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Epic Brass Symphonic Christmas Series, the American Symphony Orchestra, and compsed muisc for several comercials and documentaries. Dan has conducted the Broadway national tour of Chicago with Brent Barrett and Karen Ziemba, and was music director/conductor for Musical America's national tours of Crazy for You, Beauty and the Beast, and Singin' in the Rain. He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. DanDeLangeOrchestrations.com
ZACH MOORE (Sound Designer) mst recently designed the sound for Good People and Born Yesterday here at The Public. He has designed more than 60 productions for Pittsburgh Public, including the world premieres of The Chief, Harry's Friendly Service, The Glorious Ones, The Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn, and Paper Doll; the American premieres of The Bird Sanctuary and RolePlay (also original music); as well as Red, Electra, Circle Mirror Transformation (also original music), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Metamorphoses, I Am My Own Wife, Man of La Mancha, Tea, and Wit. Other designs include Sweeney Todd and Angels in America (Pitt Rep), House and Garden (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre), Completely Hollywood (abridged) (Reduced Shakespeare Company), Falsettos (The Huntington), Paper Doll (Long Wharf Theatre), and Fully Committed (PPT, Dallas Theater Center, McCoy/Rigby Productions). Zach also plays guitar in Hero Destroyed, and operates a small music mastering studio.
SHERRY DEBERSON (Hair & Wig Designer) has worked with Pittsburgh Public Theater for more than 25 years. Other local credits include Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Point Park University. In addition, she has traveled throughout the United States doing hair and make-up designs with Elsen Associates. One of Sherry's most memorable shows is her first with Ted Pappas: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Other favorites include The Mikado, The Lady With All the Answers, The Royal Family, and Private Lives.
DON WADSWORTH (Dialect Coach) over the past decade he has served as the dialect/voice coach for many Public Theater productions; recently he helped the actors with their Boston dialects for Good People. On Broadway he taught the Irish dialect to the full cast of the musical The Pirate Queen. Don has the distinction of coaching six Oscar-nominated actors. For the film Warrior Don taught Australian and British actors how to sound like American brothers, voted by Esquire magazine to be "the most American non-Americans"! For the ABC-TV movie "Elixir," he coached Jane Seymour. Upcoming feature films are A New York Heart Beat and Jobs, a film about Steve Jobs with Josh Gad and Ashton Kutcher. Don is a Professor of Voice and Speech for Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama where this Spring he will direct Romeo and Juliet on CMU's mainstage.
STUART HOWARD & PAUL HARDT (Casting) are happy to be working with Ted Pappas again. They have cast scores of plays and musicals on and off Broadway, in national tours, at major regional theaters across the country and in London's West End.
RUTH E. KRAMER (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to return to Pittsburgh Public Theater for her 16th season. Around the World in 80 Days, Camelot, The Royal Family, Amadeus, Cabaret, RolePlay, The Mikado, Man of La Mancha, and Forum are among her favorite, previous productions. Other credits include the Off-Broadway productions of Anne of Green Gables and Tovah: Out of Her Mind, stints at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Riverside Theatre of Vero Beach, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Goodspeed-at- Chester, Great Lakes Theater Festival, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Ogunquit Playhouse, and Trinity Repertory Company; touring with Pilobolus Dance Theatre; six seasons at Maine State Music Theatre and six at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown. Ms. Kramer lives in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, is an avid Geocacher, and proudly serves on the National Council of Actors’ Equity Association.
FREDRIC H. ORNER (Assistant Stage Manager) this season at The Public: Born Yesterday, 1776, Other Desert Cities. Other Pittsburgh Public Theater credits: Superior Donuts, The Price, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Rabbit Hole, Radio Golf. Broadway: Private Lives, The Capeman, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, City of Angels, Sunday in the Park With George, Our Country's Good. National Tours: Cats, City of Angels, Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Elsewhere: MUNY, American Repertory Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pasadena Playhouse, TheatreWorks.
MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL in 1952, composer-lyricist Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, transformed a fledgling business into what is now known throughout the world as "MTI." In the intervening years, Music Theatre International has become a leader in the theatrical licensing industry, specializing in Broadway, Off-Broadway, and West End musicals. Since its founding in 1952, MTI has been responsible for supplying scripts and musical materials to theaters worldwide and for protecting the rights and legacy of the authors who it represents. Whether it is the newest hit from the Broadway or London stage, or a timeless classic, MTI has been a driving force in cultivating new work and extending the production life of the great American musicals such as Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables Annie, Of Thee I Sing, Damn Yankees, The MusicMan, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, and the musical theatre collection of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, among others. Apart from the major Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, MTI is proud to represent youth shows, revues and musicals which began life in regional theater and have since become worthy additions to the musical theater canon.