BROADWAY’S SONG AND DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA TO PLAY PANAMA CITY AT MARINA CIVIC CENTER
JANUARY 18, 2016 @ 7:30PM
BROADWAY’S SONG AND DANCE
TO PLAY PANAMA CITY AT MARINA CIVIC CENTER
JANUARY 18, 2016 @ 7:30PM
The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will celebrate a one night engagement at Marina Civic Center with a sparkling new production, January 18, 2016. 42nd STREET will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival.
42nd STREET is the song and dance fable of Broadway, with an American Dream story and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”
With book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42nd STREET is based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie and tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.
The original production of 42nd STREET was produced in 1980 on Broadway by David Merrick and featured direction and dances by Gower Champion. It played on Broadway for 3,486 performances, winning 1981 Tony Awards® for Best Musical and Best Choreography. The Broadway revival, which opened in 2001, played for 1,524 performances and earned two Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.
Mark Bramble (Director/Co-Author) began his theatrical career working for legendary producer David Merrick on many Broadway productions. He directed the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival of 42nd STREET on Broadway for which he received a Tony Award® nomination, and has staged productions of the show in London, Sydney, Tokyo, Berlin, Amsterdam, Shanghai, and Vienna. Randy Skinner (Choreographer) choreographed the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival of 42nd STREET on
Broadway for which he received a Tony Award® nomination. He also received Tony Award® nominations for his choreography of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Ain’t Broadway Grand.
The design team includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® winner Roger Kirk (The King and I, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas) and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald (Movin’ Out, Will Rogers Follies, 42nd Street). Musical supervision is by Todd Ellison (American in Paris, La Cage Aux Folles, 42nd Street). Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Annie, Wonderland, 42nd Street). The tour is produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC.
The national tour will star Matthew J. Taylor as notorious director Julian Marsh, Kaitlin Lawrence as Broadway leading lady Dorothy Brock and introduces Caitlin Ehlinger as newcomer Peggy Sawyer. Also featured in the production are Britte Steele (Maggie Jones), Steven Bidwell (Bert Barry), Mark Fishback (Abner Dillon), DJ Canaday (Pat Denning), Blake Stadnik (Billy Lawlor), Natalia Lepore Hagan (Annie), Carlos Morales (Mac/Doc/Thug), Lamont Brown (Andy Lee), Rob Ouellette (Oscar), Vanessa Mitchell (Lorraine), Sarah Fagan (Diane) and Mallory Nolting (Phyllis).
The ensemble will feature Matthew Alexander, Emily Blake Anderson, Brittany Bigelow, Allison Blanchard, Molly Jean Blodgett, Stephanie Brooks, Taylore Burke, Mitchell Canfield, Joel Chambers, Kahlia Davis, Tricia DeSario, Lucia Foster, Kelly Gleason, Patrick Heffernan, Tommy Joscelyn, Brady Miller, Mandy Modic, Georgina Moore, Courtney Moran, Jocelyn Moss, Alicia Newcom, Tanner Outly and Michael Persson.
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MARK BRAMBLE (Director/Co-Author) began his theatrical career working for legendary producer David Merrick. As author, his shows include Barnum, starring Jim Dale, which introduced Glenn Close as a leading actress, with songs by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart (ten Tony Award nominations including Best Book and Best Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical); 42nd Street, with songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, produced by David Merrick with direction and choreography by Gower Champion (Tony Award for Best Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Musical of The Year, Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Musical, Plays and Player Citation For Musical Of The Year, etc.); The Three Musketeers with the music of Rudolph Friml; many collaborations with Michael Stewart including The Grand Tour, with songs by Jerry Herman; Treasure Island, with songs by Jule Styne; the Off-Broadway opera
Elizabeth & Essex, based on Maxwell Anderson’s play Elizabeth The Queen, with music by Doug Katsaros; and Pal Joey ’78, which he adapted for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera production starring Lena Horne. At the Haymarket Theatre, in Leicester, Mr. Bramble and Henry Krieger (composer of Dreamgirls) created Fat Pig, a rock and roll extravaganza about health. He directed the 2001 Tony Award winning Best Revival of 42nd Street on Broadway for which he received a Tony Award nomination, and has staged productions of the show in London, Sydney, Tokyo, Berlin, Amsterdam, Shanghai, and Vienna. Mark Bramble was educated at the McDonogh School, Emerson College and New York University. He received an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Washington College.
RANDY SKINNER (Choreographer) Shows include: 42nd Street (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire nominations), Ain’t Broadway Grand (Tony, Outer Critics nominations), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), State Fair (Outer Critics nomination), After The Night And The Music (MTC/Friedman Theatre), Do Re Mi, Of Thee I Sing, Face The Music, No No Nanette, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Lady Be Good (the last six at City Center Encores), Lone Star Love (Lucille Lortel nomination), Broadway: Three Generations (Kennedy Center), Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (West End), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (West End), Stormy Weather (with Leslie Uggams/Pasadena Playhouse). In Los Angeles: Garry Marshall’s Happy Days, Hello, Dolly! (with Nell Carter), Pal Joey (with Dixie Carter and Elaine Stritch), Strike Up The Band (with Tom Bosley). Choreographer for the Lincoln Center/PBS concert of Show Boat with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra. He played Phil Dolan in On Your Toes for City Center Encores and choreographed and performed in Cole Porter’s long lost Ambassador Revue at New York’s Town Hall. He has received the LA Drama Critics, LA Drama-Logue, Bay Area Theatre Critics, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Cleveland Times Theatre Awards. Current: Dames At Sea on Broadway at The Helen Hayes Theater.
MATTHEW J. TAYLOR (Julian Marsh) earned a BM from Westminster Choir College and an MM from Oklahoma State University. Favorite credits include Guys and Dolls (Sky), Cats (Tugger), Damn Yankees (Joe), Oklahoma! (Curly), and The Music Man (Harold). Thanks to family, friends, and teachers.
KAITLIN LAWRENCE (Dorothy Brock) National tour: California Dreaming (Mama Cass). Select Regional: Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Mary Poppins (Mrs. Banks) and Alaska Cabin Nite (Amber). BFA Musical Theatre – University of Florida. Endless gratitude for Joy Dewing Casting, Troika, and my family. Namaste. www.kaitlinlawrence.com
CAITLIN EHLINGER (Peggy Sawyer) is thrilled to be making her tour debut with 42nd Street! Favorite credits include Chicago (Roxie) and West Side Story (Anita). Special thanks to her family, Suzanne Semans, Jack Beetle, and David Kent. www.caitlin-ehlinger.com