EXTRAS
EXTRAS
A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR
“I have been incredibly blessed in the development of Matthew Passion, especially with regard to those who have so generously lent their talents to its development. Please enjoy many of their respective and collective achievements, pictures and biographies below.”
--Phil Hall
CAST
JAY SULLIVAN (Director [Alex Davenport]; Bartender; Jim’s roommate, Erik; Barfly at Wet; Simon Peter; Jay Tramel [passenger on cruise], Angel) originated the roles of Matt (Pigpen) in Bert V. Royal's DogSeesGod at Soho Repertory Theatre, and the Red Angel/Bob in Julia Cho's Durango at the Public Theater.  His other NY theatre credits include Afternight Seating (Abingdon Theatre), Miss Milligan's Third Grade Class Presents Animal Farm (Jean Cocteau Repertory), and Much Ado About Nothing (As Written Productions).  Film credits include The Unidentified (Fall 2007, www.theunidentified.net).  Education: B.F.A., Florida State University.
MATTHEW SHEPARD (Jim Keenan, Disciple, Mary Magdalene) has been seen on Broadway as the title characters in both Beauty And The Beast and The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Bob Baker in Wonderful Town opposite Donna Murphy and Brooke Shields, respectively. He has played Enjolras in the National Tour of Les Miserables, and the title character in the European premiere tour of the Maury Yeston/Arthur Kopit Phantom. This past season, Matthew played Bert, the cop, in The Actor’s Fund presentation of A Wonderful Life, and was part of the concert version of South Pacific at Carnegie Hall which aired on PBS. He was also part of the Roundabout’s workshop presentation of 110 In The Shade starring Audra McDonald. Regionally, he played the title character in the world premiere presentation of the Leslie Eberhard, David Levy, and Phil Hall version of Jekyll And Hyde in Ohio, as well as the title character in the world premiere of Grant Robbin’s Gauguin, The Musical in Chicago. He appeared in the highly successful Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as The Soldier/Alex in Sunday In The Park With George. Other regional credits include: Duke/Dr. Carrasco in Man Of La Mancha, Peter in Company, Gaston Lachaille in Gigi, Crosby in Swinging On A Star, The Narrator in Blood Brothers, Baron von Gaigern in Grand Hotel, Mike Bailey in Sayonara and Jim Dillingham in Gifts Of The Magi. He has also been seen numerous times on The Guiding Light on CBS. Matthew has soloed with many orchestras throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. Just last month, he soloed with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He is an active participant in the development of numerous new works at their most infant stages in New York City, in readings and workshops, and teaches at the Steinhardt School of Music of NYU as an Adjunct Professor of Voice. He holds a graduate degree from the prestigious Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
JIMMI KILDUFF (Aidan/Matthew Shepard) Jimmi Kilduff was born on April 1, 1983 at 4:03 a.m. in Overlook Hospital in Summit New Jersey. He had a real head start on a life in theatre with such a birthday, and though musicals were part of even his earliest life (his mother remains a devoted Rogers and Hammerstein and Cole Porter fan to this day), he did not become active in theater until his freshman year of high school. He was slated to assist with lighting design on To Kill A Mocking Bird, the fall play at Newark Academy, when he inadvertently stepped into the auditions. The director asked him to read for the role of Jem, and Jimmi has been acting ever since. After high school, he attended NYU's Tisch School for the Arts. Along the way Jimmi has performed in numerous shows, reviews and competitions, even winning the prestigious Donna Reed National Scholarship for Musical Theatre in 2001 and the National Association of Teaching Singers competition for all of NYC in 2002. Some of his favorite roles include Henrik in A Little Night Music, for which he won a RECT award, the Baker in Into the Woods, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, the Emcee in Cabaret and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He now spends his time balancing both acting and a photographic career. Specializing in headshot and fashion photography, view his work at http://web.mac.com/j.k.photo. A college graduate and member of Equity since 2005, Jimmi originated the role of Matthew Shepard in a staged reading of Matthew Passion during his sophomore year of college. He has been patiently waiting for a chance to return to the role and this wonderfully written show ever since, and cannot thank Phil Hall enough for continuing to trust and believe in his talent. Jimmi would like to thank the three amazing women who are responsible for all he is today: his grandmother Constance, his aunt Dorothy and especially his mother, whose selfless love and support truly make his life worth living.
JAMES ROYCE EDWARDS  (Matt, Jesus at Wet, Jesus in the play) was born and raised in San Diego, CA and went to school at Brigham Young University where he received his BFA in the Music Dance Theatre program. He took two years off school to serve a full time mission to Cordoba, Argentina for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. James got his start in professional theatre at Robert Redford’s Sundance Theatre where he did the shows Cinderella, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Fiddler on the Roof. Since then, James has been on Broadway in Hairspray and the National Tours of Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, and the recent revival of Pippin. He also starred in the roles of both Luke and Matthew in the off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz. Some of James regional favorites include: Joseph…Dreamcoat, Footloose, The Sound of Music, Forever Plaid, Children of Eden, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Miss Saigon.  In addition to his acting, James is also a Certified Personal Trainer, and has done fitness writing and modeling for various magazines including Men’s Health, Men’s Workout, and Maximum Fitness. James shares his life with his wife Karin and their two Chihuahuas, Chispita and Bandita. See lots more at www.jamesroyceedwards.com
CRAIG RAMSAY (Rob, Judas, Aaron McKinney, Dancer at Wet, Guard, Second Thief on the Cross, Angel) Originally from Harrow, Ontario, Canada. Broadway/NY: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Hilton Theatre, Adrian Noble/Gillian Lynn), Fiddler on the Roof revival (Minskoff Theatre, David Leveaux), On The Twentieth Century and Hair (New Amsterdam Theatre, Actors Fund Benefit Concerts). Regional/National Tours: original cast member of Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce (Goodman Theatre and Kennedy Center, directed by Hal Prince), original Canadian and National Tour cast member of Mamma Mia! (1st National Tour, Royal Alex Toronto/Phylida Lloyd), Rum Tum Tugger in Cats (Marriott Lincolnshire), Hot Mikado (Marriott Lincolnshire), Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival, PEI), original cast member Emily of New Moon (Charlottetown Festival, PEI) original cast member of Swingstep (Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada), original cast member Jackie O, A Musical Happening (Banff Center/Houston Grand Opera/directed by Nicholas Muni). Film/Television: Once Upon a Mattress (ABC/Kathleen Marshall), Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC), Today Show (NBC), Tonight Show with Jay Leno (CBC), Rita McNeil/Patti Labelle Christmas (CBC), Street Cents (CBC). Cast Recordings: Bounce, Fiddler on the Roof, Carols For A Cure (2005). Training: trained and danced with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Banff Center for the Arts 20th Century Opera, University of Windsor, Windsor Center for the Creative Arts High School. Currently studying voice with Liz Caplan.
www.craigramsay.com
TIMOTHY JOHN MANDALA (Mark, Disciple, Russell Henderson, Dancer at Wet, Guard, First Thief on the Cross, Angel) Tim is thrilled to be working with such an amazing group of people. He is currently performing with Naked Boys Singing (although the numerous costume changes are wearing on him). Past credits include Tarzan for Disney Cruise Line, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Curly in Oklahoma, Danny in Grease, Lun Tha in The King and I, Nicely-Nicely in Guys & Dolls among others. He would like to thank his family, especially Mom and Dad for always being there and never letting him forget that "the saddest thing in life is wasted talent." I love you guys. This is for you. www.timothyjohnmandala.com
ANDY REDEKER (Michael/Greek Chorus) Andy Redeker has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the prestigious Indiana University School of Music.  He has worked extensively for the Walt Disney Company as a performer/host and recording artist.  He has also been a recording artist for Warner Brother's Music Publishing.  Since moving to New York he has done most of his work on the road.  He was in the national tours of: Titanic, Big and Les Miserables where he played Marius.  Currently, Andy can be seen at the Improv Comedy Club as a cast member of ComedySportz New York, a competitive improvisation troupe.  He is also part of Bruised Fruits, a Gay and Lesbian Improv Comedy Group. His proudest accomplishment has been being part of an out and proud inspirational trio called passage! Their album of hymns, psalms and spiritual songs, "...for the journey" is still available!!!! He continues to sing, record and perform and is enjoying his new venture as Associate Producer of Matthew Passion.
CHAD McCALLON (Hugh/Greek Chorus) Chad, a new arrival to New York City, recently completed his training in Musical Theatre at Boston Conservatory.  This Houston, Texas native comes from a very musical family: both of his parents were directors in the arts. He grew up performing at the Tony Award-winning Alley Theater and Theater Under The Stars, appearing in such productions as Annie Get Your Gun and Damn Yankees—starring the late Tony Randall. Chad worked for three years as Technical Director and Special Effects Coordinator for the Friends Church in Houston. For four years, Chad was a member of the prestigious Texas All-State Choir, soloing in their 2004 concert and recordings, and a Blue Bonnet solo award winner in 2003. His favorite regional credits include Into The Woods (The Baker) and Damn Yankees (Mr. Applegate), earning him a Tommy Tune award nomination. Other favorite roles include Sky Masterson in Guys and DollsSmokey Joes Café, Melvin P. Thorp in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Charlie Brown in a charity event concert of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Chad is so excited to be making his New York debut in this incredible new work. Thank you Phil Hall for this incredible opportunity, and thanks and much love to my family and friends for all their love and support.
JEFF APPLEGATE (A.J./Greek Chorus) Jeff Applegate will be appearing as CIA Agent Michael Johnson in this year’s release of The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert DeNiro.  He also played a lead role in the independent feature Earthen Vessels, and has appeared in various roles in New York soaps and HBO productions.  On stage, Jeff recently created several roles in the world premiere production of Knight Life: The Girl Who Would Be King, written by Rob Sternin and Prudence Fraser (writer/producers of the Fox series The Nanny and Who’s the Boss) and composed by Songwriters Hall of Famer Jeff BarryPrior to that, he played Tony in the Pioneer Theatre’s production of West Side Story and sang the male role in The Boars Head Theatre’s Side by Side By Sondheim.  Other favorite stage roles have included playing Rocky (the Creature) in The Rocky Horror Show (Meadow Brook Theatre), Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (Lawrence Theatre), and Crook-Fingered Jake in the Threepenny Opera (NJ Shakespeare Festival).  Commercially, in the last year, Jeff can be heard in voiceovers for Burger King, McDonalds, Volkswagon, Rolaids, Malibu Rum, TomTom GPS navigators, and Maryland Lottery, and seen in print ads for Panasonic and Toshiba.
HAROLD GOLDFADEN (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: David Merrick's 42nd Street, Crazy For You, David Merrick's Oh, Kay! National tours include They’re Playing Our Song, Barnum, 42nd Street, Me And My Girl, Crazy For You, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Show Boat, Ragtime, and Evita. Directorial credits include Show Boat, Crazy For You, 42nd Street.
 
 
PRODUCTION
PHIL HALL (Author, Composer/ Lyricist, Musical Director) Throughout his career, Phil Hall has created significant achievements in just about every aspect of the musical theater industry. On Broadway, he was the conductor for Play Me A Country Song and was the associate conductor for the revival of Mame, which starred Angela Lansbury. Phil was also the musical director and conductor for dozens of productions including Phantom, the national tour of Cats, Side By Side By Sondheim, The Merry Widow, 42nd Street, The Desert Song and The Wizard of Oz. Throughout the United States his work was featured at such renown venues as the Kennedy Center, the Paper Mill Playhouse, Atlanta’s Theater of the Stars, Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars, Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre and the Michigan Opera Theatre.

On the stage, Phil played the role of Jake in Paper Mill's production of Show Boat, which aired on PBS' Great Performances series. On film, Phil played a vocal coach and pianist in the Mira Sorvino-produced, Griffin Dunne-directed film, “Lisa Picard Is Famous.”

As a vocal arranger, Phil’s credits include Some Enchanted Evening, a revue of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs now published by Samuel French and “Into the Woods My Master Went” which was published by Brentwood-Benson Music. His gospel arrangements of “Nearer, My God, to Thee” and “More About Jesus” have been published by Warner Brothers' Music.

Phil also maintains a prestigious vocal teaching and coaching studio on the upper west side of Manhattan. A short list of luminaries from the performing arts world who have worked with Phil include: Lily Tomlin, Tommy Tune, Ron Raines, Nanette Fabray, Phyllis Diller, Nancy Marchand, Madeline Kahn, Judy Kaye, J. Mark McVey, Donna McKechnie, Catherine Hickland, Gregory Hines, Nancy Dussault, Charles Shaugnessy, Teri Hatcher, Laurie Beechman and Karen Arlington.
STEVE STRINGFELLOW (Director) is pleased to be making his New York directorial debut with Matthew Passion.  Steve has been seen in many regional theatre productions including A Doll’s House, The Gamblers, Cabaret, No No Nanette, Gypsy, 42nd Street, H.M.S. Pinafore, Big River and his own cabaret, “Manhattan Madness.”  Steve would like to thank Phil Hall for allowing him to be part of Matthew Passion since the early stages of production.
JACOB BRENT (Choreographer) is thrilled be involved with Matthew Passion. Recent choreography credits include The Ticket off-Broadway and On The Town at Fordham University. As a Director/Choreographer his credits include Jesus Christ Superstar at LaComedia in Ohio, Starting Here, Starting Now with Richard Maltby and David Shire, Suessical, Children of Eden, Cinderella, and Big River at Stagedoor Manor as well as the workshops of ALICE, a musical based on Alice in Wonderland in both New York and London. He served as choreographer for Princeton University’s famous Triangle Club and has choreographed ballets for the New York City Ballet and the North Carolina School of the Arts where he is a graduate and serves as guest artist.  As a performer he is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Mistoffeles in the Broadway, London and Video productions of CATS where he worked closely with its creator Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.  He is the only performer to have appeared in all three and the only actor to have performed in both of the record breaking performances of the longest running Broadway and West End show. He also got that privilege of working with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber when he opened the original cast of Starlight Express in Las Vegas.  www.jacobbrent.com
TAMMY COLUCCI (Ass't Choreographer) Tammy has appeared numerous times on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, performed with Ricky Martin in New York City, choreographed and performed in industrials for Radio City Music Hall, Pontiac/GMC, State Farm, Microsoft, The Walt Disney Company, Lincoln Center, EMI Latin & Polygram. Ms. Colucci is constantly looking for new ways to hone her craft and continues performing and choreographing in and around New York for productions including Altar Boyz (currently running Off-Broadway), Me And My Girl, Goodspeed Opera House, Broadway Bares, The Easter Bonnet Competition, Gypsy of the Year, C&C Music Factory, Univision Network, and I Love NY & Dr. Pepper national commercials. As an instructor, Tammy continues to travel around the country with her company, New York Dance Jamz, Inc., and has taught at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Dance Educators of America.
MICHAEL ANANIA (Scenic Design) Broadway: Laughing Room Only starring Jackie Mason, A Change in the Heir, Run for Your Wife, Canterbury Tales, The View From Here, The Gathering starring Hal Linden. Off Broadway: The Spitfire Grill for Playwrights Horizons, Back on the Boulevard with Liliane Montevecchi directed by Tommy Tune; Desire Under the Elms - The Opera (City Center Theatre): Transformations (Merkin Hall); Lord Byron (Alice Tully Hull); Emma (Park Royal Theatre); The Miser and Romeo and Juliet (Equity Library Theatre); Give My Regards to Broadway (Carnegie Hall); Darlene Love: A Portrait of a Singer, A Hot Minute and Leader of the Pack (The Bottom Line). New York City Opera: H.M.S. Pinafore, The Merry Widow, La Boheme, A little Night Music. The Desert Song (all 'Live from Lincoln Center'), Wonderful Town, 110 in the Shade, The Most Happy FeIIa, Pajama Game, The New Moon ('Live from Wolftrap'). National tours: Applause (Barry and Fran Weissler Productions), The Eagles Hotel California Tour (2 years), Heartstrings and the national tour of The Wizard of Oz (star-ring Mickey Rooney). Resident Designer: The Paper Mill Playhouse (19 years): Show Boat (Great Performances), The Wizard of Oz, Windy City (Prague Quadrennial) and the critically acclaimed Follies (starring Ann Miller). Eugene O'Neill Opera Music Conference (five years), Lake George Opera (10 years), Central City Opera (10 years). Nominated for Australia's Tony Award, the 2002 Helpmann Award for Singin in the Rain and Dallas Theater League's Leon Rabin Award for My Fair Lady.
JEROME J. HOPPE, JR. (Lighting Designer) Jerome is from the east coast, where he is the Resident Lighting Designer for the Miles Square Theatre Company. He has a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University, and is currently the Head Electrician at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. Some of Jerome’s credits include: Mahler’s 3rd Symphony (Documentary at Riverside Church), All My Sons (Cross Roads Theater), Poetry Fest (The Duke Estate), The Elephant Man (Rutgers University), The Grapes Of Wrath (Western Michigan University), God’s Country, As Bees in Honey Drown, Arms and The Man (Rutgers University), and Dirty Works (Greenwich Street Theatre) which went to the Edinburgh Theatre Festival last summer.
DAVID STOLLINGS (Sound Design) David has recently been a Sound Design Assistant to Brian Ronan on Spring Awakening (Off-Broadway and Broadway) and Grey Gardens (Off-Broadway and Broadway).  David has also assisted Dan Moses Schreier on City Center's production of Gypsy.  This fall he will be designing the sound for Silence! (The Off-Broadway Silence of the Lambs Musical) at 45 Bleecker.
JIMMY JOHANSMEYER (Costume Designer) marks his NYC debut with Matthew Passion. This season, he designed the world premiere of Cinderella Skeleton, a new musical based on the book by Robert San Souci for Downtown Cabaret Theatre. His designs have been seen on the stages of the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in CT (resident designer), Stamford Center for the Arts, Gorilla Theater in Tampa, Florida, Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine, Theatreworks New Milford, The Theatre Barn in the Berkshires, the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, the Cortland Repertory Theatre in central New York, as well as, the CBS Early Morning Show. Some of his favorite projects include Zombie Prom, Hollywood Pinafore, Sugar Babies, Little Me and an original musical based on Oliver Twist, set in punk rock London. Upcoming projects include Brighton Beach Memoirs, Fiddler on the Roof, Almost Maine and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Jimmy is a graduate of Marist College and resides in southern Connecticut. He is also an actor who regularly appears with the acclaimed Downtown Cabaret Theatre Children's Company in Bridgeport.
KEVIN P. McANARNEY / KPM ASSOCIATES (Press Representative) has a varied background in public relations, casting and management.  Kevin has handled major concerts on Broadway; international dance attractions and special events at the Metropolitan Opera House, NY State Theater, and Carnegie Hall; and others including two Katharine Hepburn tributes as well as the first New York City Academy Awards benefit.  He did national press for Cirque du Soleil for four years and helped open Mysterein Las Vegas as well as tours of the Bolshoi Ballet, Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble to name a few.  For six years, he represented the Drama Desk Awards. He was honored to be the Broadway press rep for Love! Valour! Compassion!(the first show ever to win the five top New York Theatre Awards in one season including the Tony, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Obie Awards).  KPM Associates was the Broadway press agent for Dame Edna: the royal tour.  Some other NYC clients include: A.R. Gurney's Sylvia; Children's Defense League; Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Alisa Alonzo); Theater Hall of Fame, Julio Bocca and Ballet Argentino, National Dance Week; Madrid's Ballet Ullate; the musical john and jen; Moiseyev Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, Moisés Kaufman and the award-winning hits Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wildeand The Laramie Project as well as ten seasons representing Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.  He handles Career Transitions for Dancers, Les Ballets Grandiva, CTFD Galas, Alchemy Theatre Company and others.  Mr. McAnarney managed the Cape Cod Melody Tent, Beacon Theatre, and a thirteen-city tour of the musical Camelot, starring Rock Hudson. He was also a union treasurer and box office manager.  He was an organizing  member of both Broadway Cares (and helped write the mission statement) as well as B'WAY (Better Wellness And You)—the Wellness Committee for the theatre industry. Kevin has served ten terms as an elected member of the Board of Governors of ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers). He was appointed to the Broadway Alliance committee for two years.  And for the past five seasons has been a Tony Award voter.
SHERI DELAINE (Casting) Sheri has worked on both coasts in theatre including the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. In New York City, she produced and performed in a one-woman show, French Grey, as Marie Antoinette. She had the great fortune to play the lead role in the world premiere of Shavianaby Marty Martin at the Samuel Beckett Theatre. In 1989, she co-founded The Basic Theatre, a resident theatre company on Theatre Row acting as co-artistic director/producer. Some favorite roles include: Millicent in Jane, Matilda in Zastrozzi, Angelica Bianca in The Rover, Mother Marguerite in Cyrano de Bergerac (with F. Murray Abraham), Helen of Troy in Troilus and Cressida, Viola in Twelfth Night, Gertrude in Hamlet, Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Amanda in Private Lives, Hedda in Hedda Gabler. Sheri has also worked in several Independent Features and Shorts. In addition, she worked with the American Radio Theatre in Los Angeles performing in original radio plays that were broadcast throughout the country. Yet, one of her greatest adventures was not on stage.  In 2003, she headed out on a seven-month journey traveling around Europe, Scandinavia, and Britain living out of one suitcase and returning with tales to tell.  She brings her professional and life experience to casting Matthew Passion.
ROB BEVENGER (Costume Designer) Recent credits include: Henry and Mudge for TheaterWorks USA (on tour and playing the Lucille Lortel this fall), On the Twentieth Century with Marin Mazzie and Doug Sills, and The Fire Island Dance Festival. Off Broadway: The Mandala, Delusion of Angels, The Wild Party (New York Theatre Workshop) . Other New York credits include: Our Favorite Broadway (Carnegie Hall & PBS); Dance With Me (David Marquez, choreographer); All is Full of Love & A Day in the Life of Ordinary People (Josh Walden, choreographer); All’s Well That End’s Well & Julius Caesar (Judith Shakespeare Co.); Twelfth Night (Hamlet on Bank Street); Baal & Sins of The Fathers (Ohio Theatre); The Late Lamented, Yolk Life, Bachannalia, Ladies at Play, Orphan’s Dowry, & The Open Couple (HERE); The Countess (Greenwich Street Theatre); and The Kitchen of Heaven (Mint Theatre). Film: Lighter Bandits, The Life and Times of Charlie Putz, Ligeae, & Concert Joe. Rob has also designed many benefits for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS as well as numerous dance projects (including original works by David Marques, Josh Walden and Taye Diggs and Timothy Bish). He also coordinated the first national tour of Kiss of the Spider Woman as well as the L.A. premiere of The Last Night of Ballyhoo and the Narional tours of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and 12 Angry Men.
JEFF PHILIPS  (www.jeffphilips.net) and MIKE PROCHILO at Hot Sound Studios (www.hotsound.com) (“You Need A Bitch Slap” Show Version)
Photo: Dale Stine
RANDY BETTIS (“You Need A Bitch Slap” Dance Remix) 2004 was a breakout year for Randy Bettis, the New York based DJ/producer.  Spring brought the national release of his first commercial mixed CD, Centaur Entertainment’s official 2004 Orlando Gay Days CD (which he has subsequently been the mixmaster on the 2005 & 2006 version and has been offered the 2007 CD compilation as well).  The national exposure continued with Randy spinning at Denver’s A Weekend in OZ, Palm Springs’ White Party, and Austin’s Perfect Day.  July found him in Fire Island Pines manning the turntables at Bliss, a spectacular day party that he also produced with partners Michael Metts of Drury Design Dynamics and Patty Rosado.
In September, Randy spun Fairgrounds, an evening for the LGBT community at Six Flags Great Adventure.  He returned again in 2006 to share the turntables with one of his mentors, DJ Max Rodriguez.  2005 continued the momentum with Randy manning the turntables at 3 of New York City’s biggest dance events:  the Saint-at-Large Escape To Candyland; the Saint at Large Black Party–Lucha Libre: Rites XXVI; and the 19th Annual Heritage of Pride Gay Pride Pier Dance.  And things just keep getting better.  In 2006, Randy will take his third turn as mixmaster on Centaur’s annual Gay Days CD for Orlando Gay Day.  This year, Randy will be spinning at major clubs in the US and Canada in a Gay Days promotional tour.  This was also the year that Randy took his music to the sea on both the “R Family Cruise” and the “RSVP Mexican Riviera Cruise”.  Beginning May 22, Randy’s mixed sets can be heard every Monday evening on G.I.R.L. (GayInternetRadioLive.com).  Randy is proud to have been elected to the illustrious Billboard Panel, as part of a nationwide panel that ultimately is responsible for the charting of all the dance music released in the United States.  For some time now, Randy had been developing a devoted following in Manhattan nightclubs.  Over the years, Randy has played in some of New York's most legendary night spots:  Sound Factory, Limelight, Cielo, Splash, Element, Webster Hall, Avalon-NY, Life, SPA, Centro-Fly, XL, & the Fire Island Pines Pavilion—just to name a few.  Currently, he is a resident DJ at Splash Bar in NYC, with guest residencies at Pavilion/Blue Whale in Fire Island Pines and Pure in Philadelphia.  In addition to paying the rent, Randy also pays it forward, regularly donating his talents as DJ and music producer. He is a regular feature of Broadway Bares, spinning tunes between performances and providing music production and editing services for the annual spectacular benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  2004’s Bliss in Fire Island Pines, which Randy co-produced and spun, raised funds for the Stonewall Community Foundation and the Foundation for Integrative AIDS Research.  Over the years, Randy has donated his services to raise funds for a number of other organizations including Dancers Responding To AIDS, New York Theater Workshop, and VisualAIDS.  In 2001, Bettis teamed up with writer/arranger David Boyd to form BetBoyz NYC, a music/event production company.  In the fall of 2002, Emerge Records honored BetBoyz by choosing their very first remix, the "BetBoyz Vocal Dub" mix of Taylor Daynes' "How Many", to be included on the commercial release of the CD maxi single.  Recent projects include remixes for Aussie artist Karen Jacobsen, Broadway star Billy Porter, hot singing sensation Brian Kent and Junior Vasquez recording artist Jason Walker.  Additionally, BetBoyz recently completed a full-scale musical, The Groove Factory, which is being considered for various musical-theater festivals.  For more information go to DJRandyBettis.com.  Demos and additional photos are available. DJ/Producer Randy Bettis has been featured at a number of high-profile special events including:
  • Gold (2006, Phoenix Rainbow Festival After Party (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Broadway Bares (1998-2006, Webster Hall & Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY)
  • White On Time – Love Parade Productions NYC White Party (2006, Element Club, NYC)
  • Dance 19 – Heritage of Pride Gay Pride Pier Dance (2005, Pier 54, NYC)
  • Lucha Libre: Rites XXVI - The Black Party (2005, Roseland, NYC)
  • Escape To Candyland- Saint-at-Large New Years’ Day Celebration(2005, Capitale, New York City)
  • David Flower's Silver & Gold New Years Eve Celebration (2000 - 2004, Provincetown, MA)
  • Fairgrounds (2004, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ)
  • Perfect Day 2K4 / Candy (2004, Austin Music Hall, Austin Texas) - Main Event
  • Bliss...experience the journey! (2004, Fire Island Pines Community Center) - Producer/DJ
  • Jeffrey Sankers’ White Party (2004, Wyndam Hotel, Palm Springs, CA) - DJ Showcase
  • New York Theater Workshop Fundraiser (2004, The Marquee Club, NYC)
  • DRA Dance Festival - Dancers Responding to AIDS (1999-2003 Fire Island Pines, NY)
  • Summer Camp (2001-03, Provincetown, MA)
  • David Flower's Memorial Day After-Hours Cruise (2002, Provincetown, PA)
  • Red Party 2000/Epilogue (Columbus, OH)
  • Winter Party DJ Showcase (2000, Miami, FL)
  • Black & White Party (2000, Hollywood Athletic Club, Los Angeles, CA)
Photo: Dale Stine
DAVID BOYD (“You Need A Bitch Slap” Dance Remix) has had a rich and varied career in the arts.  As an actor/singer, he appeared on Broadway and national touring companies of Miss Saigon and Kiss Of The Spider Woman with Broadway legend Chita Rivera.  He has made numerous film, television and commercial appearances, including a brief stint on The Young And The Restless, and currently the voice of Arbok, the snake in the cartoon network's new Pokeman Adventure series.  As a record producer, he—along with DJ Randy Bettis,  formed BetBoyz NYC a production company that has done dance remixes for Taylor Dayne, Alicia Keys. P-1, Billy Porter, Karen Jacobsen and many other artists.  As a composer of musicals, Sign-Arella hits the stage in Rochester this spring and The Groove Factory (a dance/electronic musical fable) is currently in the development/ workshop phase. www.betboyz.com
JAMES DONEGAN (Graphic Design/Poster, “You Need A Bitch Slap” CD, and Program) is a freelance graphic/web designer in New York City whose clients range from artists and theater companies to public relations firms and bakeries. He received his formal training as a designer at Atlanta's Portfolio Center. James is also an actor whose New York and regional credits include Company (Bobby), Beauty And The Beast (Gaston), Hair (Berger), Miss Saigon, Triumph Of Love (Agis), My Fair Lady (Freddy), Lend Me A Tenor (Max), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus) and Evita (Che) among many others.  His debut solo recording, "So Much Spring," is available at www.jamesdonegan.net. He is also a co-founder of AnyMinuteNow Productions (www.anyminutenow.org).
DREAM3 DESIGN (Website Design) is a virtual multimedia studio offering a collective of talents in technology, marketing, and design to help businesses communicate with their customers.  As a virtual studio, dream3 has the freedom to select specialized teams on a per-project basis, rather than maintaining a large staff of employees.  In this way they are able to forge an ideal work environment that results in innovative and efficient creative solutions. dream3’s unique approach to each project ensures a hand-in-hand relationship with our design elements and your business objectives.  In addition, dream3 is proud to share a close relationship with the arts providing multimedia solutions for the theater, film, photography, and other creative mediums. www.dream3design.com
 
MUSICIANS
KEITH CRUPI (Drums/Percussion) Played with everyone from Marla Maples to the Pope! Long time fan of Phil Hall, always a pleasure...
JULIE FERRARA (Oboe, English Horn, Tenor Saxophone) Ms. Ferrara is a multiple woodwind performer. Her instrumental repertoire includes oboe, English horn, flutes, clarinets and saxophones. Julie was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to New York in 1997. She freelances throughout the New York/New Jersey area and subs on several Broadway shows including The Producers, The Wedding Singer, Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone, among others. She also performs with such classical ensembles as the One World Symphony, Bronx Symphony, Regina Opera, and the NYMVAE Opera Company. In November 2005, Ms. Ferrara debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with the Eastern Winds Woodwind Quintet, winners of the International Artists Competition, and continues to maintain a great interest in woodwind chamber music. She also pursues free-jazz and experimental music with the Walter Thompson Sound Painting Orchestra, and can be heard performing with this ensemble on the following CD's/DVD: Deconstructing Haydn (Novodisc), PEXO— A Soundpainting Symphony (Nine Winds) and PEXO (DVD). Julie holds a Master’s Degree in Multiple Reed Performance from New Jersey City University, where she studied with Ed Joffe, Kathy Fink and Rick Heckman. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from the University of Maryland at College Park.
SASCHA GROSCHANG (Cellist), a native of Kansas City, Missouri, is currently pursuing her Master's degree in cello performance from Mannes College of Music where she studies with Fred Sherry. Sascha holds a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music where she served as principal cellist of the Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. She has served two seasons with the Des Moines Symphony where she has had the privilege of performing with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Nadia Salerno-Sonnenburg, Johnathon Biss and Robert Levin. Currently, she holds an associate position in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Sascha has performed 10 solo recitals and has played for Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver (MO), Governor Bob Holden (MO) and has been a featured performer for the United States Department of Labor. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall twice, once under the direction of composer Lukas Foss with the National Youth Symphony (associate principal), and has participated in the Banff International Orchestra Festival. She has performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and has frequently collaborated with composer Mark Hayes. She has received scholarships from Mannes College of Music, the University of Kansas City and the Mayfield Towns Memorial Scholarhip Fund. She was also a MO-ASTA finalist in 2000, and served four years in the Missouri All-State Orchestra (associate principal). She has been a member of a professional "gig" quartet in Kansas City, MO for the past six years, where she has performed in hundreds of weddings and social functions. She also has over nine years of teaching experience and has maintained a full teaching schedule of about thirty students. Many of her students have earned "I" ratings at regional and state contests and have gone on to pursue music at colleges such as the University of Missouri and Wichita State University. In addition, she also enjoys theatre and vocal music. In 2004, she appeared and was the musical director for They Came from Just Off Broadway and appeared in the world premiere of the new musical Joan of Ark (Joan). She has also starred in Guys and Dolls twice (Adelaide and Sarah), Hello, Dolly (Dolly Levi), Dracula (Mina) and Ruthless (Judy Denmark). From 2003-2006, Sascha worked as a cantor for Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and has appeared as a soloist in some of Kansas City's biggest churches such as Unity Temple on the Plaza and Center for Spiritual Living. She has also appeared as a vocal soloist with the Kansas City Symphony. www.cellolady.com
PHIL HALL (Pianist/Musical Director)
SEAN HARKNESS (Guitars) is an artist on the guitar. His melodies, his touch, and the joy in his playing define his trademark style. A solo performer on Windham Hill Records, Sean is also a musical director and accompanist for many artists, corporate and public studio and stage productions, musical theatre, and private performances. Acoustic, electric, baritone, and bass guitars all are used by Harkness to create captivating soundscapes and tell universal musical stories. CBS Sports, ESPN, and The Worlds' Strongest Man are among his recent TV clientele. Sean is a regular substitute for the guitar chair in Disney's Lion King, has toured with the Broadway musical, Swing! (which ended with a seven week tour of Japan), and very much enjoys being a part of many emerging theatre productions and cabaret presentations. He has taken on the role of in-house Musical Director for KMA Studios [Brill Building, Times Square] and for Jimmy Norman's performing band. Harkness now travels often to Japan where there is an enthusiastic interest in his music: regular play on Japanese TV; Okinawa's Rinken Records released Sean's solo guitar CD Urakaji; and currently, there are discussions for a Japanese release of his CDs, Trio of One and Trio of One II. www.seanharkness.com
FREDDIE SIMPSON (Bass) A native New Yorker, Freddie maintains a diverse musical schedule. He has recently toured Asia with the Broadway show, Rent, and for the last few years has worked with the New York Musical Theatre Festival, helping writers and directors showcase new works. Freddie has shared the stage with artists such as Kathy Troccoli, Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), and Mark Pender (Conan O'Brian), and can be heard around town performing with Jimmy Norman and his own jazz trio, Talkin' the Talk Trio. He has recently been endorsed by 'KYDD' basses for his musical endeavors and is in the process of recording a CD of his bass material. Freddie has also worked as an actor in lead roles for Tony and Tina's Wedding and Neil Simon's Plaza Suite and hopes we can forget about him for a moment and just enjoy Matthew Passion!
KIT WILLIAMS (“You Need A Bitch Slap” Show Version Lead Vocal) Kit Williams hails from Tulsa, OK, and ever since she was three years old claimed “I want to be a singer, dancer, actress just like Miss Irene Cara from Fame.” To this day no one knows how at three she even knew what the movie was about, but the mantra stuck. A proud member of both Screen Actors Guild and Actor’s Equity Association, Kit has various film credits, national commercials, New York, regional and hometown credits: The Little Mermaid (Fish Witch), Nunsense (Sister Hubert), Kiss Me Kate (Hattie), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), and Dreamgirls (ensemble/us Effie). Currently Kit is working on writing her first musical. The first act was read this past summer at New Dance Group Arts Center, and the show is slated to go up in their new location in the spring of 2007. It is titled: Straight Girl?-- The Musical. And it’s as wacky and zany as she is. For more information on this upcoming project, you can check out  myspace.com/straightgirlthemusical (beginning November, 2006). Special thanks to Jill, Ed, Frank and Stephen H for continued love and support.  And of course to Mama and God, for without either I would not be.
LINDA SUE MOSHIER (“You Need A Bitch Slap” backup vocals) performs internationally with the USO's Liberty Belles, a nostalgic 1940's troupe reminiscent of the Andrew Sisters.  She has sung at the Paris and England (Farnborough) Air Shows, at bases across the United States, Germany and Japan, the Pro-Bowl Tailgate Party in Hawaii, the Pentagon, The Library of Congress, Constitution Hall, the Kennedy Library, onboard the Intrepid and Battleship New Jersey, for the historic moving of the Liberty Bell and rededication of the Statue of Liberty, and has performed the national anthem for the Padres and the Nationals baseball teams and DC United soccer team.  Born in Kansas and blown here by a tornado in the nineties, Linda Sue resides happily on the island of Manhattan, though she has backpacked throughout Great Britain, across Europe and most recently Norway - conquering its highest mountain, Galdhoppigen!  She has played leading roles in the musicals Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Me & My Girl, Finian's Rainbow, Song of Singapore, Annie, I Do! I Do! and Menotti's opera, The Consul.  Linda Sue has performed at the Grand Old Opry (Nashville), The Grand Palace (Bramson) and The Palace Theatre (Myrtle Beach) as Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and was the voice who celebrated Light Choices when McDonalds first introduced salads.  Linda has traveled once around the earth (throughout Asia, Africa and South America) singing on the S.S. Rotterdam's last world cruise (and the last steam ship in the world) and is a vocalist for the jazz quartet onboard the Bateaux New York out of Chelsea Piers.  In New York City, Linda narrated William Albright's Song to David at Trinity Church's Sept. 11th tribute, and has appeared as the back-up singer, "the Funky Leroys," with various singer/songwriters around town. She holds a degree in Voice/Theatre from the University of Kansas where she was an Irene Ryan finalist at the American College Theatre Festival.  Linda is the recipient of the post-graduate Kathryn Nelson Award and the Charles "Buddy" Rogers scholarship for the Arts.  She loves good food more than life itself.
ROBBYNE KAAMIL  (“You Need A Bitch Slap” Dance Remix Lead Vocal)  In addition to being an emerging diva on the dance music scene, New York City native Robbyne Kaamil is a comedian, actress and talk show host.  She is also the author of the controversial book, Get Off the Titty: Poetry That Bites and the recently released Real Divas Don’t Burn Out: A Modern Woman’s Guide to Stress, Drama and Everyday Fools.  Her electrifying off-Broadway one-woman show—Robbyne Kaamil: Raw & Real—is currently on DVD.  Robbyne’s in-your-face style has landed her appearances on numerous radio and television shows including The Howard Stern Show and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
 
 
SPECIAL THANKS
“First and foremost, I have to thank Steve Stringfellow for his time, his creative mind, his guidance and his steadfast leadership through both the staged reading a few years back as well as the Basic Showcase Code production we did this spring at the ATA Chernuchin Theatre in NYC. For the reading, we were lucky enough to assemble a cast consisting of Michael Paternostro, Byron Nease, Jimmi Kilduff, Darren Ritchie, Todd Christian Hunter, Davis Kirby, Andy Redeker, Jonathon Moon, Daniel Torres, and Danyelle Bossardet.  For the limited New York City run of twelve performances at the American Theare of Actors' Chernuchin Theatre (April, 2007), we had yet another extraordinary cast (see above). On the creative side, and in the band, any show anywhere would be lucky to have attracted the talents of those listed above. Special thanks to behind-the-scenes angels Karen Arlington, Nancy Fattorini, Frank Glass, Johnny Hall, Nora McGowan, David Morgan, Byron Nease, Sarah Polen, Nick Potenzieri, Diana Silva and Robert Vincent Smith.”

--Phil Hall


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