THE LIFE AND TRIALS OF AIMEE SEMPLE McPHERSON
Carolee Carmello most recently starred as Mother Superior in Sister Act, The Musical on Broadway. She also performed leading roles on Broadway in City of Angels, Falsettos, Parade (for which she received a Tony® nomination and a Drama Desk Award), 1776, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kiss Me Kate, Urinetown, Lestat (Tony® nomination, Drama Desk nomination), Mamma Mia! and The Addams Family (Drama Desk nomination and Outer Critics Circle nomination). Her Off-Broadway credits include: john and jen, I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Das Barbecü, Hello Again (Obie Award), A Class Act, The Vagina Monologues and Elegies. Ms. Carmello has also appeared on television in Law and Order, Frasier, Ed, and as Maple LaMarsh in Remember W.E.N.N. (nominated with the cast for a SAG Award—Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series). She has toured the U.S. with productions of Chess, Big River, Falsettos and Les Misérables, and her concert appearances have taken her across America and Europe, including several engagements at Carnegie Hall. SCANDALOUS marks her 12th Broadway show.
George Hearn earned Tony Awards® for his portrayals of Max von Mayerling in Sunset Boulevard and Albin in La Cage aux Folles, a role that he later reprised in London, earning an Olivier Award nomination. He received Tony Award® nominations for Putting It Together, A Doll’s Life and Watch on The Rhine. He won an Emmy Award® for his portrayal of the title role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street after having played the role on Broadway and the national tour with Angela Lansbury. Other Broadway: Wicked, The Diary of Anne Frank, Meet Me In St. Louis, I Remember Mama, Ah, Wilderness!, An Almost Perfect Person, The Changing Room and A Time For Singing. Other credits include Kismet (NYC Opera), Follies (Avery Fisher Hall), South Pacific (Lincoln Center) and many productions with the New York Shakespeare Festival. His many television appearances include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order, Homicide, Murder! She Wrote, L.A. Law, The Golden Girls, Dear John, Star Trek: The Next Generation and the television films A Fire in the Dark; False Arrest; Annie: A Royal Adventure; Durango; and Sarah, Plain And Tall: Winter’s End. His motion pictures include Barney’s Great Adventure; See You in the Morning, The Vanishing, Sneakers, The Devil’s Own and Flags of Our Fathers.
Broadway: Cabaret, After the Fall, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ring Round the Moon. Recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Achievement in Theater. Off-Broadway: Shockheaded Peter, Defying Gravity, The Petrified Prince (Drama Desk nomination), Communicating Doors, Two Noble Kinsmen, Valhalla,, Bernarda Alba, Knives and Other Sharp Objects. Ms. Buckley is an 11-year company member of the Dallas Theater Center, where she recently returned to do Next Fall; and a four-year company member of the American Repertory Theater, where her credits include Hedda Gabler, King Lear and Misalliance, among others. Regional credits include: Autumn Sonata directed by Robert Woodruff at Yale Rep, The Little Dog Laughed at Hartford TheaterWorks, A Delicate Balance at The Guthrie and Barefoot in the Park at Bucks County Playhouse. TV: Recurring role on HBO's Treme. Recent film: Bachelorette.
Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow, The Most Happy Fella (NYC Opera). Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks (El Gallo, 50th anniversary cast). Tours: Les Misérables (Enjolras), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Adam Pontipee), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston). Regional: Joe Bradley in Roman Holiday at The Guthrie Theater; Robert Semple/David Hutton in Saving Aimee and Barrett in Titanic in Concert at The 5th Avenue; Thomas Jefferson in 1776 at Goodspeed Opera; Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music at Michigan Opera Theatre; Lancelot in Camelot, Harold Hill in The Music Man, and Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened…Forum at Music Theater of Wichita; Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun at Sacramento Music Theatre; Capt. Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. TV: NBC Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda, Rescue Me, The Sopranos, As the World Turns, All My Children. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Roz Ryan is thrilled to return to Broadway with SCANDALOUS, having originated the role of Emma Jo in The 5th Avenue Theatre production last fall. She is perhaps best known to Broadway audiences for her role as the tough-as-nails prison diva Matron “Mama” Morton in the long-running hit Chicago, a role she has played on Broadway, on tour and internationally for more than ten years. Her other Broadway credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dreamgirls, One Mo’ Time, The Pajama Game and A Christmas Carol. Her national and international touring credits include Annie, South Pacific and Blues in the Night. On television, Ms. Ryan is best known for her role as Amelia Hetebrink in the long-running NBC comedy Amen, starring Sherman Hemsley. Her other television roles include Mae Palmer in Barbershop (Showtime) and Mrs. Dixon in Good News (UPN). Her many television credits as a voiceover artist include Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated, The Looney Tunes Show (Warner Bros.), Kick Buttowski: Suburban Dardevil (Disney Channel) and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (Cartoon Network). Her film credits include Went to Coney Island, Cotton Club, I Think I Love My Wife, The Invention of Lying and Waiting for Forever.
Played Lt. Joseph Cable in Lincoln Center's Tony Award®-winning production of Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, where he was also seen on the Live from Lincoln Center PBS broadcast. This year, he received a Drama Desk nomination for the role of Frank Russell in Michael John LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist Off-Broadway. Last year he originated roles in James Lapine and William Finn's Little Miss Sunshine as Joshua Rose at The La Jolla Playhouse, and in the Scissor Sisters' Tales of the City as Beauchamp Day at A.C.T. He was also seen in New York City Center's Merrily We Roll Along as Tyler. You can hear him on the cast recordings of Queen of the Mist, Merrily We Roll Along and Disney's On the Record.
Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Memphis, Baby It's You!. Off-Broadway: Avenue Q. Tours: Mamma Mia!, Rent. Also: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, All Shook Up (Lorraine) at New Theatre, High School Musical (Taylor) at Casa Mañana and The Motherline (Holly) at the Milagro Theater (NYC Fringe). Proud graduate, University of Miami. A very special thank you to the entire SCANDALOUS cast, crew and creative team, Eric Woodall and Lindsay Levine of Tara Rubin Casting and all the super awesome Rockstars at The Mine. Much love to Mom, Dad, Eva, Brian and all my friends and family. www.ericadorfler.com
Benjamin hails from Australia where his credits include Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors and Grease. Here in the U.S., his credits include Broadway (Mary Poppins, [title of show]), National Tours (Mary Poppins, Shrek The Musical), Off-Broadway (Mint Theatre Company, Vineyard, Encores!), and many regional theatres. His television credits include Flight of the Conchords, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and a small but glamorous recurring role on One Life To Live as Shakespeare-reciting drag queen, Alma Children. Full scoop at www.benjaminhowes.com. Twitter: @benjthestar
Broadway/Off-Broadway: Memphis, The Scarlet Pimpernel (original cast, all three versions), Passion, City Of Angels, featured soloist in The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Michael Crawford, The Green Heart, Hello Again, Chess. National tours: The Prisoner Of Second Avenue opposite Hector Elizondo, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Les Miserables, and Singin' In The Rain. Liz has starred in regional theaters all over the country, most recently: Lela Rogers in Backwards In High Heels (Asolo Rep); Mother Superior in Sister Act (Pasadena Playhouse, Alliance); The King And I, The Thing About Men, Kiss Me, Kate (Musical Theatre West); The Will Rogers Follies (Sacramento Music Circus, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Coconut Grove Playhouse); The Evil Queen in Snow White (Disneyland); Romeo and Juliet (Goodspeed); and as Connee Boswell in The Boswell Sisters (The Old Globe). Film/TV: Young Adult (with Charlize Theron), One Life To Live, Crumbs, The Amanda Show, 10-8, All My Children. She was honored to be chosen as Barbra Streisand’s stand-in for her 2006 tour. Liz’s acclaimed debut CD, First Harvest, was named one of BroadwayWorld.com’s Best of 2008 and is available on iTunes and at LMLMusic. For more: www.ElizabethWardLand.com.
Original Broadway cast of Ghost The Musical (Molly Jensen u/s, Ensemble.) Other Broadway/Nat'l tour credits include, Mamma Mia!. Off-Broadway: I'll Be Damned (Claire/Nell). NYC: Like You Like It (Rosalind), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie). Alison won an Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Olive Ostrovsky in Spelling Bee at Theatre Aspen. Much love and gratitude to her sweet family, Judy and Craig. Love up above.
Broadway: Mary Poppins, Good Vibrations, Mamma Mia!. Off-Broadway/Tour: Xanadu, Fame. Artistic director: The Broadway Boys, redefining the Broadway sound. www.bway-boys.com. Love you Jacob!
Betsy is thrilled to be a part of SCANDALOUS. Broadway: Leap of Faith (u/s Sam), Memphis (u/s Gladys), Wicked. Tours: Wicked (Chicago and San Francisco, u/s Nessarose), All Shook Up (u/s Natalie, Miss Sandra), Oklahoma (u/s Laurey). BFA: Dance-Juilliard. So much love and gratitude to Mom and Dad for their never-ending support.
Billie’s first professional review stated she “couldn’t be more appealing if she were a banana.” Now she’s making her Broadway debut! In the meantime, Billie has been enjoying a vibrant career in Seattle playing wonderful roles like Dot/Marie (Sunday in the Park with George), Adelaide (Guys and Dolls) and Eileen (Wonderful Town) at the 5th Avenue Theatre; Mary (Vanities) and Brünhilde (Das Barbecü) at ACT; and assorted other hippies, virgins, stewardesses, showgirls, sassy maids and waitresses, grandmothers, birds, femme fatales, princesses, milliners, prisoners and nymphomaniacal anthropologists at the 5th Avenue, ACT, Village Theatre and Seattle Children’s. Billie can be heard on the original cast recoding of A Christmas Story in the creamy radio quartet, is not at all famous for Rita’s running piano ad lib in White Christmas and played Dyanne in the first reading of Million Dollar Quartet at the coolest event of the year—the Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals. Billie is a proud founding member of The Cordless Moon Generative Artist Collective, the bands Obnoxiousaurus and Winding Stair as well as girl trio The Daffodils. Thanks to David and the whole family at the 5th Avenue Theatre for believing in me since before I could do my own pin-curls. www.billiewildrick.com.
Dan'yelle is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this beautiful production. Last seen in Memphis (Broadway), she has had the opportunity to perform at the annual Tony Awards® and events such as Broadway in Bryant Park, Broadway on Broadway and The Intrepid Museum in honor of Marine Week. Dan’yelle created and performed her very own one-woman show in March 2011 and has had the honor to perform alongside David Bryan for the Secretary of State herself, Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton! She keeps busy in the Broadway community by giving back with Broadway Serves, an organization that allows fellow actors to come together and serve in various ways. This year she raised money for and participated in the Aids Walk. Dan’yelle wants to thank GOD for yet another wonderful blessing. She also thanks her family, friends and DGRW INC. for their continued love and support! BROADWAY 2.0 baby!!!!
Matt is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in SCANDALOUS. After working regional theatre for several years, Matt spent the last decade as an actor in theatre, camera and voiceover work in Seattle, as well as working as a theatre educator for youth. At Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre he had the joy of working on pre-Broadway productions of SCANDALOUS (then called Saving Aimee), Catch Me If You Can and A Christmas Story (You can hear him on the original cast recording as Santa.) He also worked at the 5th on the world premiere production of Disney’s Aladdin. At Seattle’s Village Theatre, Matt portrayed the role of Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet as the show made its way to New York. At Village, Matt also worked on several other new musicals by New York composers including Iron Curtain and Chasing Nicolette (written by SCANDALOUS composer David Friedman). At Seattle Children’s Theatre, Matt got to fly and talk to balloons and dance with “pickle cars” as he took part in developing and debuting adaptations of children’s classics like Goodnight Moon and Richard Scarry’s Busytown. Other favorite roles include Howard in Iron Curtain, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Cosmo in Singin' in the Rain, The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Uncle Ernie in Tommy, P.T. Barnum in Barnum, Speed in The Odd Couple, and Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace. Matt extends his deepest thanks and gratitude to Kathie, David, David, David, Lauren and Joel for this opportunity. He dedicates his performances here to the brave artists and theaters of Seattle who have been working so hard for years to bring new shows to life in the American musical theatre world. Love to Bryan and his family, and love to the One who “set him free” for “such a time as this” (Romans 8:38-39).