About The Show
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed and Choreographed by Josh Rhodes
“Hands down this is the most cohesive, well-rounded, fully conceptualized staging of this musical that I have seen to date. My friends, this is how you do Cabaret.”
- Broadway World
In here, life is beautiful.
Willkommen to Kander and Ebb’s iconic CABARET, which transports us to 1931 Berlin and the dynamic and pleasure-filled Kit Kat Klub. As a dark shadow falls over the city and the power of the Third Reich begins to mount, the Klub’s performers and patrons must decide if they’ll wake up to the evil on their doorsteps or continue to escape to the alluring fantasy world of the cabaret.
Since its debut in 1967, this classic musical has won countless awards, including the Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Revival of a Musical. Packed with vibrant and beloved songs like “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” and, of course, “Cabaret,” this timely masterwork will burst to life on stage under the direction of Broadway and Asolo Rep favorite Josh Rhodes.
Contains mature content and sexual situations.
Cabaret Style Table Seating
Join us at the Kit Kat Klub! Special table seating is available at the edge of the stage for each performance of Cabaret. These four premium tables with seating for two are at placed at ground level and are sold as a table.
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In the News
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Review: Exhilarating ‘Cabaret’ packs a punch to open Asolo Rep season in Sarasota
Broadway World Sarasota - Review: A Dazzling, Haunting, and Relevant CABARET Opens at Asolo Repertory Theatre
Broadway World Tampa - Review: Kander & Ebb's Brilliant, Terrifically Terrifying CABARET at the Asolo Rep
Sarasota Magazine - Asolo Repertory Theatre Opens Its Season With an Often Stunning Cabaret
The Observer - Asolo Rep Director Josh Rhodes brings new take to 'Cabaret'
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - ‘Wilkommen’: Asolo Rep opens new season with a fresh take on ‘Cabaret’
Suncoast View - Going inside Asolo's new rehearsal space
Meet the Cast
GABE AMATO*, they/them
FIRST SEASON (Victor) is thrilled to be performing at Asolo Rep this year. Tours/Regional Theatre: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Muny), R&H Cinderella (17-18 Tour) Training: BFA Musical Theater from LIU Post. All the love to my Mom, Grandmother, family back home, the city girlies, and Ben. I wouldn’t be here without you guys. AEA Member
ANNELISE BAKER*, she/her
FIRST SEASON (Texas) is ecstatic to be a Kit Kat Girl at Asolo Rep! She was recently in the workshop for the new Outsiders musical directed by Danya Taymour. As a performer, Annelise made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Jagged Little Pill in 2019 and opened with it again on Broadway in 2021. Her previous credits include Opera: The Merry Widow (The Metropolitan Opera and The Lyric Opera of Chicago) directed by Susan Stroman. Off-Broadway: Speakeasy (Bond45). Regional: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Merry-Go-Round), Chicago (Riverside), Oklahoma (Paramount), and West Side Story (Drury Lane).
IRIS BEAUMIER*, she/her
FIRST SEASON (Sally Bowles) is excited to debut at Asolo Rep with this amazing show. She recently made her Broadway debut as The Narrator alternate in The Little Prince and previously played Josephine Baker in The Dark Star from Harlem at LaMaMa Theatre (AUDELCO Best Lead Actress Award). Select Regional: Ragtime (Theatreworks Silicon Valley), Godspell (Theatre Aspen), Marvelous Wonderettes (St. Louis Rep), and Dr. Rees Ziti’s Pageant (ArsNova ANTFest). TV/Film: Modern Love (Amazon), Blindspot (NBC), Alternatino (Comedy Central), and Mariannes Noires (Round Room Image), a documentary about Black French womanhood. Carnegie Mellon University, proud NYC native. @iris.beaumier
EMILY BORDLEY, she/her
FIRST SEASON (Frenchie) graduated from Point Park University with a BFA in Dance & a minor in Musical Theater. She has performed works by Lisa Stevens, Marc Robin, and Kiesha Lalama. Immediately after graduation, she was cast in Engeman Theater’s Aida, Fulton Theater’s Evita, and Axelrod Theater’s production of Grease as Frenchy. Making her Asolo Repertory Theatre debut, she is excited to bring this show to life. Keep up with her at @emily.bordley on all social media platforms!
ALAN CHANDLER*, he/him
SECOND SEASON (Clifford Bradshaw) Regional Theatre: Knoxville (Asolo Repertory Theatre); Time Stops! (The Kravis Center - FL); Gruesome Playground Injuries, Lone Star, Oliver! (HART Theatre - NC); Pretty Theft (COW Theatre - NYC); Coriolanus, Arcadia, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Great God Brown, The Drowsy Chaperone (Loessin Playhouse - NC). Grateful to Mom, Hannah, and family. I love you, Kyra!
ABBY CHURCH*, she/her
FIRST SEASON (Fräulein Kost/Fritzie) Broadway: How to Succeed... (Rosemary u/s), White Christmas. Tours/NY: Billy Elliot (1st Nat’l), 42nd Street (Asia), multiple City Center Encores, Irish Repertory Theatre. Regional favorites: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Matilda (Miss Honey), Into the Woods (Cinderella), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), Crazy for You (Polly), Legendale (Zelayna – US premiere), Great American Trailer Park (Pickles), and many more. Currently featured in commercials/print/VO for Delta, Disney, Bowflex, Zicam, Dave & Busters, Wren, Riunite wine, and Sling TV. BFA in Acting, Ithaca College. Cheers to Bloc and special thanks to Audrey and Silke. Love to the Church-Phillips-Lang-Hunt-Smith family and her cat, Dr. Anthony Meowci. For Shaun, always.
LINCOLN CLAUSS*, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Emcee) is thrilled to be making his Asolo Rep debut. Select credits include Bat Out of Hell (NYC/Toronto), FLY (La Jolla Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (The Muny), Burn All Night (American Repertory Theater), Evocation to Visible Appearance (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival of New Plays). He recently starred as Evan Blake/Wolf Spider on the CW’s Batwoman. Training: Ball State University. Gratitude to Josh and the entire Asolo Rep team, with Big Love to his folx back in Indy and New York. @lincolnclauss
CHRISTIAN DOUGLASS, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Max) is overjoyed to make his debut on the Mertz stage and is a third-year student at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Previous credits include Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods, Pharaoh/Jacob in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Glen in The Wedding Singer at The Bigfork Summer Playhouse. He enjoys long car rides and quick walks on the beach. Big thanks to Jolene, Mom, Dad, Ryan, Katelyn, and Aunt Rose.
YONI HALLER, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Herman) is thrilled to be making his Asolo Rep debut, and in such an iconic show! Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse, The Lexington Theatre Company, Theatre by the Sea, Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, Hartford Stage. BFA The Hartt School, proud alum of Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Rep: Ann Steele Agency. Thanks to everyone at Asolo Rep for this incredibly special opportunity! All the love to my friends, family, and Tanner.
LEEDS HILL*, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Hans) is thrilled to be back at the Kit Kat Klub. Broadway: Cabaret (Bobby/“Two Ladies”/Emcee u/s). He understudied Alan Cumming and played the Emcee 7 times on Broadway. National Tours: Cabaret, Mary Poppins (Neleus). Select Regional: Lumiere u/s (understudying Gavin Lee) in Beauty and the Beast (Paper Mill Playhouse), Greg in A Chorus Line (TUTS), Ozzie in Jerome Robbin’s Broadway (The Muny). Immense gratitude and love to my family for all of their support! @leedshill
PHILIP HOFFMAN*, he/him
SECOND SEASON (Herr Schultz) was last seen at Asolo Rep 30 years ago, in Frank Wildhorn’s Svengali. A veteran of 12 Broadway shows, including Into the Woods, Falsettos, Is There Life After High School?, Baby, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Catered Affair, and Cabaret (2014). Off-Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, A Letter to Harvey Milk, All in the Timing. Regionally: Angels in America, Perestroika, Speed-the-Plow, Hairspray, Lend Me a Tenor, Jekyll & Hyde, and three productions of Titanic. TV: Billions, Bull, Law & Order, The Blacklist, FBI: Most Wanted, Madoff, Orange Is the New Black, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Plot Against America (HBO). 1philiphoffman.com
EMILY KELLY*, she/her
FIRST SEASON (Rosie) is thrilled to be performing at Asolo Rep for the first time in Cabaret! Favorite credits include Grand Hotel (Encores! City Center), Jersey Boys (Francine, Maine State MT & The Fulton), Matilda (Acrobat, Engeman Theatre), A Chorus Line (Maggie, Westchester Broadway), and Mamma Mia! (Ali, Maltz Jupiter & Broadway at Music Circus). Originally from Sacramento, CA; proud Indiana University grad, go Hoosiers! Big thanks to Josh Rhodes and The Collective Talent. All my love to Alex, my amazing fam, and ever-supportive friends! @emckelly
KELLY LESTER*, she/her
FIRST SEASON (Fräulein Schneider) is originally from Los Angeles but is now based in NYC. Theatre: Denise in The Baker’s Wife (off-Broadway), Old Lady in Candide (Bangor Symphony Orchestra, ME), Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (CT Repertory Theatre), Mame (Mame), Urinetown (Pennywise), The Spitfire Grill (Hannah), The Boy from Oz (Marion). TV: Law & Order season 21, Sprung, City on A Hill, Halston, Law & Order: SVU, Angie Tribeca. Film: Your Place or Mine, Becoming Bond, Mr. Church, J. Edgar. Married to actor Loren Lester, parents of 3 actress-daughters: Jenny, Lily, and Julia. kellylester.com and @kellylesternyc
CORINNE MUNSCH*, she/her
FIRST SEASON (Helga) is thrilled to be making her Asolo Rep debut! Previous credits include Cheek to Cheek with Randy Skinner (off-Broadway), The Nutty Professor (Ogunquit Playhouse), Judy in A Chorus Line (Signature Theatre), Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins (Paper Mill Playhouse). Nat’l Tours: Bullets Over Broadway, Elf, Seven Brides… TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Mountains of gratitude to Josh Rhodes and this beautiful cast, crew, and team. She’s sending love to her family at CESD- Rebecca and Sofia, and to her family at home- Avery and their pup Pearl. corinnemunsch.com
NATALIA NIEVES-MELCHOR*, she/her
FIRST SEASON (Lulu) was born in Puerto Rico and raised in South Carolina. Her TV credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. On stage, Natalia has appeared in On Your Feet! at the Westchester Broadway Theatre and at The Muny. Also, at The Muny, she appeared in Legally Blonde and worked as a Swing and Assistant Choreographer for Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat during the 104th season. Natalia attended Pace University as a Commercial Dance BFA major. She is represented by CESD Talent Agency in New York City. @natalianievesm
BLAKE PRICE*, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Ernst Ludwig) is exhilarated to be making his Asolo Rep debut! NYC: NYMF, Freedom Summer (Mickey Schwerner). US National Tours: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Monty Navarro). Regional: Florida Studio Theatre - Maytag Virgin (Jack Key), North Shore Music Theatre - Oklahoma! (Curly McLain), Palm Beach Dramaworks - The Spitfire Grill (Joe Sutter), Texas Shakes - Carousel (Billy Bigelow). TV/Film: FBI: Most Wanted (Officer Tillman), Land of the Outlaws (Bobby Ames), Duress (Kurt). Education: BFA Music Theatre Performance, Western Michigan University. Rep: The Price Group, NYC. Twitter/IG: @blakewprice, blakewprice.com
MICHAEL SELTZER*, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Bobby) is thrilled to be making his Asolo Rep debut. Based in NYC, he made his Broadway debut in West Side Story as a principal cover for The Jet Boys. He has performed regionally in venues such as The Muny (Jersey Boys and Paint Your Wagon), and The Weston Playhouse (Hair, Lost in Yonkers, Mamma Mia, and Guys and Dolls). Michael received his BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Much love to Josh, Lee, Angela, and his family.
UNDERSTUDIES AND SWINGS
JOE AYERS, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Swing) has had the pleasure of working on and off stage at companies such as ACT, Asolo Rep, San Francisco Playhouse, Cal Shakes, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Playhouse, 6th Street Playhouse, and Center REP. He holds three BA degrees from UC Berkeley in Theater and Performance Studies, Dance and Performance Studies, and English. He is currently an MFA Acting candidate at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota, FL.
SYLVIA DAY, she/her
THIRD SEASON (u/s Fräulein Schneider) is thrilled to be back at Asolo Rep, where her credits include Fountain (Adelaide/Ensemble), Grand Horizons (u/s Nancy), Sweeney Todd (u/s Mrs. Lovett - performed), Sweat (u/s Tracey), and A Doll’s House, Part 2 (u/s Nora). Off-Broadway credits include 50 Shades of DAY, which she wrote and directed. Locally, she has performed at Florida Studio Theatre, Hermitage Artist Retreat, and SaraSolo Festival. Sylvia has also performed extensively in Europe and speaks five languages. sylvia-day.com
GABRIEL KEARNS, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Swing) is overjoyed to be a part of this fantastic cast and community here at Asolo Rep! Previous Regional: The Cher Show, Newsies, A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever. National Tour: Hairspray as Sketch and u/s Link Larkin. He is from Houston, TX, and graduated with a BFA from Montclair State University. He would love to thank his entire family, Tara Rubin, Jack, and Dana! @gabrielkearns
MARK KONRAD, he/him
EIGHTH SEASON (u/s Herr Schultz) is delighted to be back again with the Asolo Rep family. Past Asolo Rep credits include u/s Tim, The Cake; Wingblatt, Both Your Houses; Ensemble, The Grapes of Wrath; Senator Dugan, Philadelphia Here I Come; Head G-Man & u/s Martin (performed), You Can't Take it With You; Wirtz, Operation Epsilon. TV/Film credits include 30Rock, One Life to Live, and the award-winning Blue Collar Boys. And numerous independent films, short films, music videos, and industrial films.
LIZZIE MARKSON, she/they
FIRST SEASON (Swing) is honored to be here. Huge thanks to Josh, everyone at Asolo Rep, JWS, TR Casting. Select Credits: Farewell National Tour of Mamma Mia! (Sophie), West Side Story at IHI Stage Around Tokyo (Anybodys), Next to Normal (Natalie). Love to my family and close circle. For my resilient queer siblings, Jewish ancestors, and the descendants of millions of people who, without hate, could’ve been here to laugh and cry next to you in the theatre. lizziemarkson.com
KAITLYN MAYSE, she/they
FIRST SEASON (Swing) In honor of Sally Bowles (and so many people who find themselves in similar situations), Kaitlyn has donated to the NNAF. National Tour: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cinderella), Bandstand (Julia u/s). Select Regional: The Little Mermaid (TUTS), Oklahoma! (The Engeman), Beauty and the Beast (Belle, Variety St. Louis), 1776 (Martha Jefferson, Cardinal Stage). Thank you to Josh, Lee, Danny & Meghan, Tara Rubin Casting, and Bryan. For Edie and Sharon, always. @kaitlynmayse
PETER S. RAIMONDO, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Swing) is a third-year student with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. He is from Buffalo, NY, and holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University. His Conservatory credits include Belleville (Zack), The Learned Ladies (Clitandre), Twelfth Night (Antonio), and Asolo Rep’s BardWired: Much Ado About Nothing (u/s perf., Claudio). Peter is grateful for the love and support of his family, and thrilled to be alongside his cohort, beginning their first season with Asolo Rep.
JOHN VISO, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Swing) is a New York City based performer who was born and raised in Kansas City. He is a Ball State University BFA Musical Theatre alumnus. He would like to thank his friend and family for always supporting his dreams. John is represented by The Price Group. His credits include: MSC Cruises (RWS Entertainment); A Chorus Line, Newsies (The Lexington Theatre Company); Anything Goes, Newsies (Porthouse Theatre); Bright Star (Phoenix Theatre). @visoinlights
Meet the Creative Team
DRAYTON ALEXANDER, he/they
FIRST SEASON (Dramaturg) is thrilled to be joining Asolo Rep this year as Literary Associate, following a decade working in play development in New York, London, and Singapore. Some dramaturgy highlights include world/NYC premieres of Taylor Mac’s The Fre, Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday, Nsangou Njikam’s Syncing Ink, Idris Goodwin’s Hype Man: a break beat play, Geraldine Elizabeth Inoa’s Scraps, The Q Brothers’ Liz Estrada, and Catya McMullen’s Locked Up Bs. He led The Flea Theater’s Serials Writers Room for two years and developed plays by Amy Ng, Tuyen Do, and Joyce Julie Lee for New Earth Theatre. Drayton has received an Olwen Wymark Award from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and holds an MFA from NYU Tisch Asia.
TIJANA BJELAJAC, she/her
FIRST SEASON (Scenic Design) is a New York/Los Angeles based set designer and visual artist. Most recently she has designed sets for Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors at Capital Repertory Theater, Disney's The Little Mermaid at Sierra Repertory Theatre, and she has been one of the design assistants on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella (Broadway, spring 2023). Her set designs include Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Othello; Glass Menagerie; Blood Wedding; Three Penny Opera; Kiss Me, Kate; Amadeus; My Fair Lady. She was associate set designer on the off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors, Signature Theater’s Course of the Starving Class, and Julie Taymor’s The Magic Flute at the Sydney Opera House. Additionally, she worked on set designs for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
PATRICIA DELOREY, she/her
TWENTIETH SEASON (Resident Voice and Dialect Coach) Asolo Rep favorites include: Knoxville, Sweat, Sweeney Todd, The Cake, The Crucible, Gloria, Ragtime, Rhinoceros, Roe, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, The Great Society, Josephine, All The Way, Living on Love, West Side Story, Sotto Voce, Other Desert Cities, South Pacific, The Grapes of Wrath, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Clybourne Park, The Innocents, Twelve Angry Men, Bonnie & Clyde, Doubt, A Few Good Men, A Tale of Two Cities, Equus. Other credits include Pitmen Painters (American Stage Theatre), Studio Six’s production of Plasticine (The Baryshnikov Arts Center), Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean International Cruises), Stone Cold Dead Serious (American Repertory Theatre), and the world premiere of Nocturne (American Repertory Theatre).
FIFTIETH SEASON (Managing Director) has served as Asolo Rep’s managing director since 1989. Prior to that time, she held other positions with Asolo Rep, including director of touring programs and stage manager. During her 12-year tenure with the touring programs, Linda orchestrated 26 regional and national tours for Asolo Rep’s mainstage and educational companies. She has served several terms on the board of directors for the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), a national organization of regional not-for-profit professional theatres. Linda has been an advisory panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts and, for five years, the John F. Kennedy Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences. She is a past president of the Florida Professional Theatre Association and has served the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs as a member of various panels including the Grant Awards Task Force, Theatre Grants, Arts in Educations Grants, and the Cultural Institution Programs review committee. Other boards of directors’ appointments include ASSITEJ/USA, an international theatre organization for young audiences, the Florida Cultural Alliance, and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. A graduate of Florida State University, Linda’s professional theatre experience includes acting and directing. She is honored to have been recognized by the Florida Professional Theatre Association’s Richard G. Fallon Award for Excellence in Professional Theatre and the Florida Theatre Conference’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
(Lyrics) was an award-winning lyricist, librettist, and director who frequently and successfully collaborated with composer John Kander. Theatre: Flora the Red Menace; Cabaret; The Happy Time; Zorba; 70, Girls, 70; Chicago; The Act; Woman of the Year; 2x5; The Rink; And the World Goes ’Round - The Kander and Ebb Musical; Kiss of the Spider Woman; and Steel Pier. Film: Cabaret; Norman Rockwell: A Short Subject; Lucky Lady; New York, New York; Funny Lady; Kramer vs. Kramer; A Matter of Time; Places in the Heart; French Postcards; Stepping Out; and the 2003 Academy Award® winner for best picture, Chicago. TV: Liza with a Z; Goldie and Liza Together (starring Goldie Hawn and Liza Minnelli); Ol' Blue Eyes is Back (starring Frank Sinatra); Baryshnikov on Broadway; An Early Frost; and Liza in London. His last projects included a musical version of The Skin of Our Teeth and Curtains, with book by Rupert Holmes.
MICHAEL DONALD EDWARDS
EIGHTEENTH SEASON (Producing Artistic Director) has served as producing artistic director of Asolo Rep since 2006. He was previously the associate artistic director of Syracuse Stage and served as artistic director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz. A Garland Award and Drama-Logue Award winning director, Michael has directed at Cleveland Play House; Indiana Repertory Theatre; Geva Theatre; Syracuse Stage; The Shakespeare Theatre; San Jose Rep; Opera San Jose; the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; the Old Globe in San Diego; Virginia Stage Company; the Virginia Opera; the State Theatre of South Australia; Opera Australia; Victoria State Opera; and the Metropolitan Opera, where he staged revivals of Aida, The Barber of Seville, Porgy and Bess, and Phillip Glass’ The Voyage. In previous seasons for Asolo Rep, Michael has directed Disgraced; Our Betters; The Grapes of Wrath; Clybourne Park; My Brilliant Divorce; Hamlet, Prince of Cuba; Las Meninas; La Bête; The Last Five Years; The Life of Galileo; Perfect Mendacity; The Winter’s Tale; Equus; A Tale of Two Cities; Darwin in Malibu; Nobody Don’t Like Yogi; Amadeus; The Smell of the Kill and, most recently, The Crucible.
MICHELLE HART, she/her
TWENTY-FIRST SEASON (Resident Hair/Wig & Make-up Designer) designs for Asolo Repertory Theatre and FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Other credits: Sarasota Ballet, Palm Beach Drama Works, freeFall Theatre, Urbanite Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Banyan Theatre, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Venice Theatre, Dorset Theatre, Barrington Stage, and Open Stage Theatre. She has also done hair and/or make-up for Joan Rivers, Doris Roberts, Martin Short, Jane Russell, Arlene Dahl, Soledad Villamil, Jane Pauley, Richard Dreyfuss, Castille Langdon, Christopher Higgins, Mary Mara, Heather Robb, Lauren Sweetser, Justin Long, Paul Downs, Douglas Sills, and Nia Hills. Music videos: “Second Chance” by Shinedown, “Reverse Cowgirl” by T-Pain. Film/TV: Lady of the Manor; Paradise, FL; and The Real Stephen Blatt.
CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD was a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, autobiographer, and diarist. He was homosexual and made this a theme of some of his writing. He was born near Manchester in the north of England in 1904, became a US citizen in 1946, and died at home in Santa Monica, CA, in January 1986.
(Music) is a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy-winning composer, a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award, and a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame. With frequent collaborator Fred Ebb, he composed the score to dozens of Broadway musicals, including Cabaret, Zorba, Chicago, The Act, Woman of the Year, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Steel Pier.
JACLYN KANTER*, she/her
THIRD SEASON (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to Asolo Rep, where she previously worked on The Sound of Music and Knoxville. Select credits include Cheek to Cheek (The York Theatre Company), A Beautiful Noise (AEA Tier Three Work Session), On Sugarland (New York Theatre Workshop), and various productions at The Muny and The Santa Fe Opera. Lots of love to the friends and family who support her every step of the way.
(Book) was born in 1919 in Philadelphia and had only one dream from infancy: to write for the theatre. After the essential lonely childhood and four-year stint in the Air Force, he came to New York to face his future: book writer or book seller? Luckily, luck intervened. Before long he had three shows on Broadway bearing his name: The Warm Peninsula starring Julie Harris and two musicals, She Loves Me and Cabaret, for which he was the book writer. His other work included the libretto for 70, Girls, 70 and Desire Under the Elms and book and lyrics for Six Wives and Paramour. Thanks to indulgent parents, the New Dramatists, Hal Prince and many others, Joe retired and lived in subdued luxury until his death in 2018.
FIFTY-FOURTH SEASON (Director of Production & Operations) is a graduate of Carnegie Tech and worked at New York Shakespeare Festival, Brandeis, University of California Institute of Repertory, APA, American Conservatory Theater, and again in New York. As head of production and technical staffs, he is responsible for the overall technical operation of Asolo Rep and its facilities. He wrote the architecture program for both the Center for the Performing Arts and the Koski II expansion and is the owner’s representative on both projects. He has been a member of the Asolo Rep family since 1969.
NATALIA NIEVES-MELCHOR, she/her
FIRST SEASON (Associate Choreographer) was born in Puerto Rico and raised in South Carolina. Her TV credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. On stage, Natalia has appeared in On Your Feet! at the Westchester Broadway Theatre and at The Muny. Also, at The Muny, she appeared in Legally Blonde and worked as a Swing and Assistant Choreographer for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat during the 104th season. Natalia attended Pace University as a Commercial Dance BFA major. She is represented by CESD Talent Agency in New York City. @natalianievesm
ALISON NOVELLI, they/them
FIRST SEASON (Intimacy Coordinator) is an intimacy professional, facilitator, and consultant. They are passionate about decreasing stress and co-creating alchemically resilient artistic spaces. Credits include Stephen King’s The Stand (CBS), Cursed/Too Bad (King Princess), numerous shorts: Save the Date, Pair, Pillow Talk... For stage: Much Ado About Nothing (Hudson Shakespeare Company), The Easiest Thing (dir. Daniel Rattner). Alison is dedicated to creating dynamic stories of intimacy for stage and screen with an emphasis on authenticity, dignity, and compassion. cheektocheekintimacy.com
SECOND SEASON (Lighting Designer) Previously at Asolo Rep: The Sound of Music. New York: The Lucky Star (59E59), Final Follies (Primary Stages), Stalking the Bogeyman (New World Stages), The Eyes of the World (Carnegie Hall), Handle with Care (Westside Theatre), Freddie Falls in Love (Pershing Square), Unlocked, The Blue Flower (Prospect Theatre). Regional: Resident LD for the Broadway Center Stage series at the Kennedy Center, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Weston Playhouse, Olney Theatre, Old Globe, Portland Stage, Goodspeed, Kansas City Rep, Ogunquit Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Miami New Drama, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, and the National Tour of Flashdance. International credits include Singing in the Rain, Sunset Boulevard (São Paulo, Brazil), shows with Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises. corypattak.com IG: @corypattak
JOSH RHODES, he/him
NINTH SEASON (Director/Choreographer) is thrilled to be back in Sarasota. At Asolo Rep, Josh directed Hair, Ana Isabelle and Friends, The Sound of Music, Evita, and Guys and Dolls, and choreographed the world premiere of Knoxville, Barnum, Working, My Fair Lady, and Yentl. Other directing credits include Mack & Mabel, Grand Hotel (NY City Center Encores!); The Who’s Tommy (Kennedy Center); Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville (Old Globe Theatre); Paint Your Wagon, Jersey Boys (Muny); Guys and Dolls (Old Globe); Spamalot (5th Ave.); Showboat (Bucks County Playhouse); and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He also choreographed the Broadway productions of Cinderella, It Shoulda Been You, First Date, and Bright Star. On London’s West End, he choreographed Carousel at the English National Opera and Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson. Other choreography credits include Company starring Neil Patrick Harris, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (PBS), and the U.K. tour of Doctor Dolittle. Josh is forever grateful to Michael Donald Edwards for so many years of friendship, leadership, and vision.
MARK ROSE, he/him
THIRD SEASON (Violence Coordinator) is a NY based fight choreographer, actor, and stuntman. His previous Asolo Rep credits include fight choreographing Rhinoceros, Lifespan of a Fact, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Romeo & Juliet, and The Tempest. Mark’s work has also been seen at Trinity Rep, Opera North, Legoland NY, and Walt Disney World.
CELINE ROSENTHAL, she/they
SIXTH SEASON (Local Casting; Associate Artistic Director) is a Tony-nominated producer and "Key" member of The Ring Of Keys and New Georges Affiliate Artist. They are in their sixth season at Asolo Rep, having directed Camelot, The Lifespan of a Fact, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and co-directed We Need A Little Christmas with Michael Donald Edwards. Celine has developed new work with NYMF, The New Georges, The Musical Theatre Factory, The Kidoons, Tamasha, and National Queer Theatre, as well as creating Asolo Rep’s premiere new work series, Asolo Rep: Ground Floor. Other Recent Projects: Trayf (New Rep); Drowning in Cairo (N.Q.T); A Doll’s House, Spike Heels (Studio Theatre); Motherf**ker with the Hat (FSU/Asolo Conservatory); the Award Winning short film Wildflower. Celine was a member of the 2018/19 MTC Directing Fellowship class, and was awarded an SDC Observership and Asolo Rep Directing Fellowship. They are an alumnus of the Commercial Theatre Institute, BMI Lehman Engel Workshop, NYU Tisch (BFA), and The New School for Drama (MFA). celinerosenthal.nyc
NIA SCIARRETTA*, she/her
ELEVENTH SEASON (Production Stage Manager) Favorite Asolo Rep credits include stage manager for Knoxville, The Great Leap, The Sound of Music, Into the Breeches, The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, Sweat, Shakespeare in Love, Roe, and the 2020-21 Terrace Stage season, as well as assistant stage manager for Rhinoceros, Guys and Dolls, All the Way, South Pacific, and Hero: The Musical. Previous off-Broadway credits include work on Jesus Hopped the A Train, In the Blood, and The Wayside Motor Inn at the Signature Theatre. Nia has also worked with Creede Repertory Theatre, the Hangar Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the Flea Theatre, and Penguin Rep.
DeWANDA SMITH SOEDER, she/her
SECOND SEASON (Cultural Competency Coordinator) is an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) strategist whose cultural competency process is based on her research thesis, “Theatre as a Diversity Intervention.” At Asolo Rep, DeWanda has provided cultural competency coordination for the world premiere of Knoxville and facilitated affinity spaces for Our Town, Eureka Day, and Hood. Other credits include cultural competency coordination for Confederates, Once on This Island, and King John (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). She holds the following credentials: MA in Psychology, BS in Health and Human Services, Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), Prosci Certified Change Practitioner (CCMP), Instructional Design, OD/Human Interaction (NTL), Emotional Intelligence (The Hay Group), and Adjunct Professor of Psychology.
ANGELA STEINER, she/her
SECOND SEASON (Music Director and Additional Arrangements; Conductor) is a Denver based music director, pianist, composer, voice coach, and orchestrator/arranger. Originally from Wichita, KS, she has music directed at theatres all over the United States. Creating and collaborating on new musicals is her favorite. She most recently music directed the Colorado premiere of Futurity. In the past year, she helped bring to life Neyla Pekarek’s (formerly of the Lumineers) Rattlesnake Kate at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Other favorite productions include Indecent, Oklahoma, and The Who’s Tommy (Denver Center), Hair (The Old Globe), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and Sweeney Todd (Asolo Rep). Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in piano from Wichita State University and a master’s in collaborative piano from the University of Northern Colorado.
FIRST SEASON (Sound Design) Broadway: In Transit, Aladdin (and all international companies and tours), Jekyll and Hyde, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Scandalous, Newsies, Memphis, The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, and Steel Magnolias. Regional and off-Broadway: Annie National Tour, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, The New Group, The Civilians, Atlantic Theater Company, Soho Rep, Classic Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theater, Mabou Mines, Old Globe, Alliance Theater, Shakespeare Theater Company, ACT Seattle, 5th Avenue Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, LA CTG, The Guthrie Theater, McCarter Theater, and Paper Mill Playhouse.
JOHN VAN DRUTEN was an English playwright and theatre director. He began his career in London, and later moved to America, becoming a US citizen. He was known for his plays of witty and urbane observations of contemporary life and society.
THIRD SEASON (Costume Designer) Originally from Argentina. New York: Broadway’s Allegiance, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (also West End - Olivier Nomination, National Tour, Australia, and Japan), and Holiday Inn, as well as works for the Radio City Rockettes, Roundabout Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC Center Encores!, Atlantic Theatre Company, NYC Opera, Primary Stages, and MCC, among others. Has also extensively designed for regional theatres across the US, commercial projects, and dance. Other credits: Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Japan, Germany, and Austria, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Opera, Donetsk Opera (Ukraine), Colorado Ballet, and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Recipient of the 2010 TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. @alejo_vietti_costume_design
FIFTH SEASON (Associate Director) is thrilled to be back at Asolo Rep after working on Ana Isabelle and Friends, The Sound of Music, Evita, and Guys and Dolls. Most recently directed the Disney Branded Television showcase at D23 as well as working with his husband Josh on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The MUNY. Lee has worked on many shows in many theatres across the country and could list them here, but he’d rather take this space to celebrate the beauty that is Asolo Rep and its incredible artistic leader Michael Donald Edwards. Thank you, Michael, for 17 glorious seasons! “Darling” you are loved. It is always a pleasure to return to home.
TARA RUBIN CASTING
(Casting) Asolo Rep: Hair, Eureka Day, Grand Horizons, Camelot, The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Evita, Guys and Dolls, Beatsville, Living on Love (New York Casting), Luck Be A Lady, HERO: The Musical. Selected Broadway and National Tours: KPOP, Mr. Saturday Night, Six, Ain’t Too Proud, King Kong, The Band’s Visit, Prince of Broadway, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, Cats, Falsettos, School of Rock, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Spamalot, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera. Selected off-Broadway: Sing Street, Trevor, Between the Lines, Clueless, Gloria: A Life, Smokey Joe’s Café, Here Lies Love. Film: Here Today.
Meet the Musicians
DAVID A. DEWITT
THIRD SEASON (Trombone) is in his third season at Asolo Rep. David moved to Sarasota in July 2016 after retiring. He taught for 35 years in the Rochester and Buffalo, NY, public schools. He performs with The Manasota Trombone Consort and The Sarasota Jazz Project Big Band, to name a few.
EIGHTH SEASON (Reeds) Asolo Rep: Luck Be a Lady, West Side Story, Josephine, Guys and Dolls, Beatsville, Evita, Ragtime, The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Hair. National Tours - 42nd Street, Pippin, Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon, Chicago. Leader of local Big Band Sophisticated Swing. Member of local Motown group the Soul Sensations; Bachelor of Music from SUNY Fredonia (New York State).
CARL HAAN, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Piano 2) is originally from Chicago but recently relocated to Sarasota from NYC and is super excited to join the Asolo Rep family so soon after moving. He has been blessed to play on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally, all around Chicago, for a national tour, and on the high seas. He is most proud of teaching at Wagner College and with Rosie’s Theater Kids. Much love to Tugba. XOOX
FIRST SEASON (Drums) is the former Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma and originally from Richmond, IN. He has played and/or recorded with numerous world-class musicians, including jazz artists Phil Woods, Bill Watrous, Nat Adderley, and the Woody Herman Band, and pop acts Aretha Franklin, Yes, Ray Charles, and Barry Gibb. He is a member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek and has performed with several symphony orchestras.
ISAAC MINGUS, he/him
FOURTH SEASON (Bass) is a double bassist, cellist, and electric bassist based in Sarasota. He studies neuroscience, psychology, and music at the New College of Florida and is expecting to graduate in January 2023. He intends to pursue a career in clinical neuropsychology following completion of his graduate studies. As a music educator and performer, Isaac has performed, taught, and conducted ensembles in a variety of venues for jazz, classical, rock, and other genres.
MATTHEW OTTE, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Trumpet) is originally from Manchester, NH, and an established freelance musician and educator in the Dallas - Ft. Worth Metroplex and Central Texas area. He has performed with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of New Spain, Allen Philharmonic, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Waco Symphony, and several other ensembles. Matthew received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and his master’s degree from Baylor University.
FIRST SEASON (Violin) was born in Singapore. He received his degrees in violin performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was the first prize winner of the 1987 National Music Competition in Singapore and has performed with many orchestras and theatres in the US. From 2004 to 2017, he was the concertmaster of The Lion King national tour, before retirement.
SECOND SEASON (Guitar) has toured the world as a jazz guitarist, as a reader in orchestras for various Broadway shows, and performed throughout Asia as a guitarist and singer. After graduating from Rutgers University in 2001 with a bachelor’s in Music Performance, he moved to New York City, where he performed extensively in jazz clubs such as Blue Note, Smoke, and Smalls. He recently moved back to the US after performing extensively throughout Asia, and began performing in the greater Tampa area with well-known musicians including James Suggs, Chiara Izzi, and Mark Moultrup.
KELSEY BANNON, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Sub Drums) is a Tampa Bay local and freelance musician who recently graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, OH, with a Performance Degree in Classical Percussion, and from the University of South Florida with a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance. Throughout his time in school, Kelsey continues to establish his name, having performed with world-class ensembles such as The Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Opera, and Sarasota Opera.
CHRISTINE ALLEN BRUNO, she/her
SEVENTH SEASON (Sub Keys 2) is thrilled to be back at Asolo Rep. Previous shows include Oh What a Lovely War, Jane Eyre, A Tale of Two Cities, Ragtime, and The Music Man. She is also a music educator and church musician. Music is the Bruno family business (The Bruno Connection). Christine regularly performs with her husband Joe, son Nick, and father Joe Bruno, Sr.
DON BRYN, he/him
FIRST SEASON (Sub Keys 2) is a composer but spent a large part of his career visiting over 120 countries playing, conducting, and writing. He is Music Program Manager for SCF, author of a music textbook, works as a singing coach for the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, and his orchestrations were recently performed by the Sarasota Orchestra. This year, Don completed a graduate diploma in Film and Game Scoring from the European Academy of Fine Arts and is studying full-stack development.
SIXTH SEASON (Sub Reeds) is a local woodwind musician and music educator. She has performed at theatres in the Sarasota area for the past 10 years. This is her 6th year subbing for shows at Asolo Repertory Theatre. Past shows have included West Side Story, The Music Man, Evita, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd, and Hair. Thanks to Tom for trusting me to play!
FIRST SEASON (Sub Trombone) is an acclaimed jazz and show trombonist who has played with Frank Sinatra, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., Natalie Cole, Billy Eckstine, Carl Fontana, Frank Rosolino, The Temptations, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, Jerry Lewis, The Spinners, The O'Jays, The Four Tops, Michael Feinstein, and Bob Hope. He has played on numerous jazz and new age recordings, and played many Broadway shows, including Hairspray, Hair, Victor/Victoria, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, and numerous other plays.
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