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Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Jul 27, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018

Benedum Center

BE OUR GUEST FOR THIS TIMELESS TALE OF WONDER & LOVE!
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries! Based on the treasured Disney film, this Tony Award®-winner stars your favorite characters Belle, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth and more as they team up to teach the Beast the true meaning of kindness and love. Featuring remarkable costumes and exciting effects, the stage production is unlike anything you’ve ever seen — complete with a score of beloved songs including “Be Our Guest,” “Something There” and “Beauty and the Beast.” According to Good Morning America, “you’ll have the time of your life!” 

1/2 Priced Tickets for Kids 3-14 sponsored by Giant Eagle! Certain restrictions apply. Price Scale C only.

View the Show Content Guide.

Groups of 10 or more may call 412-325-1582 or email Groups@pittsburghCLO.org for information and reservations.

Cast

MICHAEL DI LIBERTO

MICHAEL Di LIBERTO (Cogsworth) Pittsburgh CLO debut!! Broadway: Wicked (Doctor Dillamond). National/International Tours: Wicked, Annie, Cinderella, Strike Up The Band, DOC with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Select Regional: Sweeney Todd, The Producers (Leo Bloom; Helen Hayes Nomination, Best Actor), Elf, Oliver, The 39 Steps, Around The World In 80 Days, Spamalot, LMNOP, Titanic, The Story Of My Life. BFA, Syracuse University. Thanks to CGF and the best family around. Everything Happens For A Reason. michaeldiliberto.net; @therealdi_li

JASON MICHAEL EVANS

JASON MICHAEL EVANS (Gaston) is delighted to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut! NYC credits- Passion directed by John Doyle (Private Augenti, Giorgio u/s), On Your Toes with Encores! (Hank Smith). Regionally: Ogunquit Playhouse, Drury Lane Chicago, Stages St. Louis, Tuacahn Amphitheater. TV: The Good Cop, Madam Secretary. Love to Talentworks, Telsey+Co, Kathryn, Maxime, Isabelle, and my endlessly supportive family and friends. Proud St. Louisan CG4L.

JESSICA FONTANA

JESSICA FONTANA (Babette) Broadway: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella as Cinderella alternate, Baby It’s You. Off-Broadway/Tour: Once Upon A Mattress (Transport Group), Pipe Dream (Encores!), Little House on the Prairie (National Tour). Favorite regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Signature Theatre, The Smith Center, Denver Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, as well as revivals of The Most Happy Fella and 110 in the Shade at Palm Beach Dramaworks. Fontana’s podcast, Support For This Podcast was recently featured in NY Magazine and listed on iTunes as “new and noteworthy”. @iamjessfontana @spptforthispod

DANIEL FRONTZ

DANIEL FRONTZ (Chip) is thrilled to return to the Benedum, where he has played several roles with the Pittsburgh Opera, including Trouble in Madama Butterfly. After playing Tiny Tim in Pittsburgh CLO’s A Musical Christmas Carol, Daniel is looking forward to this new opportunity to be part of Pittsburgh CLO’s Summer Season. Daniel will be a sixth grade theater arts major at Pittsburgh CAPA this fall, and will also continue his studies at Pittsburgh CLO Academy. He also sings with the Pittsburgh Boy Choir.

JESSICA GROVE

JESSICA GROVÉ (Belle) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearances as Laurey in Oklahoma! (with Shirley Jones) and Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Broadway: Les Misérables (Eponine), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy), Sunday in the Park With George and A Little Night Music. She starred as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Madison Square Garden/national tour with Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt) and as Polly in The Boy Friend (national tour, directed by Julie Andrews). Regional: Into the Woods (The Witch), My Fair Lady (Eliza), The Sound of Music (Maria), Guys and Dolls (Sarah), and She Loves Me (Amalia). For Gavin: my favorite Beast, and Lolly: my strong Beauty! www.jessicagrove.com

JEFFREY HOWELL

JEFFREY HOWELL (Maurice) was most recently seen in Pittsburgh CLO's productions of Titanic and Brigadoon. Jeff’s credits include more than 80 Pittsburgh CLO productions. Other recent projects were Citizens Market at City Theatre and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Last summer, he appeared in Damn Yankees at Sacramento Music Circus. Other: Souvenir, Choir Boy, Tigers Be Still, Worksong and Red Herring. Television: All My Children, The Young and the Restless. Films: The Dark Half, The Cemetery Club.

BENJAMIN HOWES

BENJAMIN HOWES (Lumiere) previously appeared with Pittsburgh CLO as Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical. Originally from Australia, Benjamin has performed on Broadway (Scandalous, Mary Poppins & [title of show]), Off-Broadway (most recently in The View Upstairs) and in National Tours (Mary Poppins, Shrek). Regional credits include A.R.T., The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Pittsburgh Public and Asolo Rep, among many others.  Film: Miles, Easter Mysteries. Television credits: recurring role on HBO’s The Deuce, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Flight of the Conchords, One Life To Live. Full scoop at www.benjaminhowes.com; Instagram @benjthestar

ANDREW KRUEP

ANDREW KRUEP (Lefou) is elated to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut! City Center Encores!: Grand Hotel, Big River. National Tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Elf the Musical (Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden), Rudolph (Madison Square Garden). Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Stages St. Louis, Fulton Theatre, Northern Stage, Joyce Soho in NYC. TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Huge thank you to Harold and the CLA team!. Proud small business owner: LittleBatchCandleCo.com for more info!

JAMES SNYDER

JAMES SNYDER (Beast) has cultivated a following at Pittsburgh CLO after star turns as Elvis in Million Dollar Quartet and Lt. Cable in South Pacific. Mr. Snyder is best known for his roles in Broadway’s If/Then, In Transit and Cry-Baby for which he received a Drama League Nomination. He has been seen in regional productions of Casa Valentina, Rock of Ages, Ever After, Carousel, Fanny and Johnny Baseball. Mr. Snyder has sung at Carnegie Hall with the NY Pops and with the Hartford Symphony. He has appeared on TV and the big screen in The Good Wife, Gilmore Girls, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and She’s The Man, among many others.

JENNIFER HOPE WILLS

JENNIFER HOPE WILLS (Mrs. Potts) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh CLO after starring in The Sound of Music (Maria) and Carousel (Julie).  Broadway/NYC credits include The Phantom of the Opera (Christine), Wonderful Town (Eileen) opposite Brooke Shields (Cast Recording), The Woman in White, Belle in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Della) at City Center, Encores!  Favorite regional credits include Showboat (Magnolia), Brigadoon (Fiona), Camelot (Guinevere), My Fair Lady (Eliza), The Music Man (Marian) and Aspects of Love (Rose).  Best job ever - mom to 9 year old Vincent!

KIRSTEN WYATT

KIRSTEN WYATT (Madame De La Grande Bouche) Broadway: Annie (Lily St. Regis), A Christmas Story the Musical (Crusty Elf/Mrs. Schwartz), Elf (Santa's Elf), Shrek (Shoemaker's Elf), Grease (Frenchy, 2007 Revival), High Fidelity (Anna), The Pajama Game (Poopsie), Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes), …Charlie Brown (Lucy/Sally standby). Other favorites: Born for This (Tammy Faye Bakker), …Spelling Bee (Rona), Cabaret (Sally), Mame (Gooch), Sweet Charity (Charity), Guys & Dolls (Adelaide). TV: Blue Bloods, Naked Brothers Band, All My Children, ATWT. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

KATIE ANDERSON

KATIE ANDERSON (Silly Girl, Ensemble) Pittsburgh CLO debut this summer! Favorite regional: Beauty and the Beast (Dance Captain, u/s Madame de la Grande Bouche), North Shore Music Theatre; The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), Bucks County Playhouse; Fulton Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Syracuse Stage. Syracuse University BFA. Endless thanks to everyone at Pittsburgh CLO, CESD and my loving and supportive family. All my love to Zack. 

GRACE CALIO

GRACE CALIO (Wolf, Ensemble)  Pittsburgh CLO Debut! Regional credits: In the Heights (Geva Theatre Center), Young Frankenstein (The MUNY), Legally Blonde (Sacramento Music Circus), The Donkey Show (A.R.T.), Shrek and The Little Mermaid (North Shore Music Theatre). BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Special thanks to Lucille. Gratitude to Michael and Robbie for their trust in me. For my mom, always. @thegracecalio

BEN CULLEN

BEN CULLEN (Wolf, Ensemble, Fight Captain) Chuffed to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut and racking up his 600th performance of Beauty and the Beast in the process! National Tour: Beauty and the Beast (U/S Beast & Gaston). Regional: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre (WSS; Riff), North Shore Music Theatre, Arrow Rock Lyceum (Beauty and the Beast; Gaston), Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, The Fulton. Proud Penn State Alumnus (BFAMT), WE ARE!!! @built_by_ben, bencullenwalker.com.

JEROME DOERGER

JEROME DOERGER (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut on the Benedum stage this summer. Graduate of Wright State University (BFA). National Tours include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Young Frankenstein. Regional credits include Rent (Gateway Playhouse) and The Addams Family (Ogunquit Playhouse). Much thanks to his friends and family for all of their love and support, especially Ashley. Instagram
@jromeyrome

ALEX DORF

ALEX DORF (Salt, Ensemble) is returning to Pittsburgh CLO this summer, after performing in Disney's Newsies and Mamma Mia! last year! He’s eager to spend some more time in Pittsburgh and perform on the Benedum stage. A graduate of Penn State, Alex’s recent credits include Mamma Mia! (Ogunquit Playhouse), Gypsy and Big River (Sharon Playhouse), and some performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC.

COURTNEY ECHOLS

COURTNEY ECHOLS (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Pittsburgh CLO debut! She was seen recently in Beauty and the Beast at Fulton Theatre/The Muny, Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene) and West Side Story (Rosalia) at Woodstock Playhouse. She is also a proud Penn State grad! Many thanks to her agents at The Mine, the creative teams, and CLO for this wonderful opportunity!

TION GASTON

TION GASTON (Ensemble) is an undergraduate student at Point Park University majoring in Dance. His pursuit in the dance world is what led him to Point Park University studying various different genres of dance. Tion is thrilled to make his debut in Pittsburgh CLO's 2018 Summer Season. He would like to thank the cast, company, and his family/friends on his new adventure.

JAMARY GIL

JAMARY GIL (Ensemble) is a dance major and musical theater minor at Point Park University. She has performed pieces choreographed by John Heginbotham, Julliard School alum. She is assistant Choreographer for the Scranton High School Choirs, the only competitive traveling choir in Pennsylvania. Classically trained, she studies Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, and Contemporary dance and is self-taught on guitar and piano.

CAMERON ANIKA HILL

CAMERON ANIKA HILL (Silly Girl, Ensemble) is ecstatic to return to Pittsburgh CLO! Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Alana Beck vacation cover). Regional: The MUNY, Music Theatre Wichita, Westchester Broadway & Pittsburgh CLO (In The Heights, Newsies and Mamma Mia!). CCM class of 2016. Endless thanks to her parents, Karen, Sean, Judy Boals Inc. and everyone who makes summer at CLO so wonderful! @cameronanika

JESSICA ICE

JESSICA ICE (Ensemble) Jessica, a Pittsburgh native, is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh CLO this summer! Favorite past credits include Mamma Mia! (Pittsburgh CLO), Guys and Dolls (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival) and Cabaret (Lake Dillon Theatre Company). Jessica is a proud James Madison University alum. Big thanks to Mom, Dad, Josh, Olivia, Abby, and Mrs. Miller. JessicaIceNYC.com @icejm

CAROLINE KANE

CAROLINE KANE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Pittsburgh CLO debut! Regional credits include: A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Cards on the Table (Cortland Repertory Theatre), Guys and Dolls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Utah Shakespeare Festival) and Mamma Mia! (Finger Lakes Music Festival). Otterbein University BFA. Thank you to mom and dad for all of their love and support. 

LILY KAUFFMAN

LILY KAUFMANN (Silly Girl, Ensemble) is overjoyed to be joining the Pittsburgh CLO family this summer! Originally hailing from Kansas City, she's proudly performed with MTWichita, KC Starlight and Broadway Dreams Foundation. Favorite roles include: Penny in Hairspray, Sarah in Seven Brides...Brothers (MTWichita), Cassie in A Chorus Line, Natalie in All Shook Up (Florida State University) and Mayzie in Seussical (Music Theatre KC). Go 'Noles!

CHLOE RAE KEHM

CHLOE RAE KEHM (Ensemble) a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is thrilled to be making her Pittsburgh CLO debut! She is currently pursuing a BFA in Dance and minor in Musical Theatre at Point Park University. In 2017 she received the Best Actress Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Award and attended the Jimmy Awards in NYC. Endless thanks to her family, friends and teachers for their constant love and support.

HUNTER MIKLES

HUNTER MIKLES (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh CLO’s Summer Season! National Tour: Dirty Dancing (Ensemble, u/s Robbie). Regional: Newsies (Ensemble, Morris) and Big! The Musical at Fulton Theatre; Chicago at Park Playhouse. Concert: Texture Contemporary Ballet, Neville Dance Theatre (NYC). PPU Dance ‘16 Alum. Endless love and thanks to my ever supportive family, friends and LDC fam. Follow along! @hunter_mikles.

JP Qualters

JP QUALTERS (Ensemble) is very excited to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut! Credits include Kinky Boots 1st National/International Tour, Pioneer Theatre Company, NSMT, Gateway Playhouse, Ford's Theatre, Signature Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Guild Hall. BFA - Music Theatre Hartt School. Special Thanks to my Family and Carson / Kolker! Insta: JPQ22

ALLAN SNYDER

ALLAN SNYDER (Bookseller, Monsieur D'Arque) is thrilled to be making his Summer Season debut. Allan appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables, Off-Broadway in The Fantasticks and in the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera (often in the title role). Pittsburgh credits include The 39 Steps (CLO Cabaret), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (PMT) and Daddy Long Legs, Funny Thing...Forum, and Hamlet (Pittsburgh Public Theater). For Kate and Lu!

SARAH QUINN TAYLOR

SARAH QUINN TAYLOR (Ensemble) could not be more elated to make her Pittsburgh CLO debut! A native of Wichita, KS, she now calls Pittsburgh home. National Tour: Something Rotten! Regional: Goodspeed, MUNY, STL Rep, MTWichita, Lyric OKC. BFA: University of Oklahoma. Endless gratitude and love to CTG, Mu Tau, the entire CLO family, and my Jeffrey and Harvey. @sarah_q_taylor

ben jackson walker

BEN JACKSON WALKER (Wolf, Ensemble) is a Wilmington, Delaware native and just graduated from The University of Michigan with a degree in Musical Theatre. Some of his credits include Me and My Girl, A Man of No Importance, and Mamma Mia!. He is so excited to make his Pittsburgh CLO debut and would like to thank the creative team and his family for the support!

davis wayne

DAVIS WAYNE (Pepper, Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh CLO this summer after he appeared last year in Disney's Newsies and Mamma Mia! He is a Yinzer turned New Yorker, and proud Pace MT. Favorite credits include: The Muny, North Shore, Theatre by The Sea, Chasing Rainbows and countless PMT shows. Thank you to everyone from the back of the house to the front. RKHKP. Instagram: @davis_wayne

andrew wilson

ANDREW WILSON (Wolf, Carpet, Ensemble, Dance Captain) Proudly from Grove City, PA and thrilled to be back at Pittsburgh CLO! Broadway: Cats (2016 revival). Tours: Newsies (and live film), Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, 7 Brides. Regional: MUNY, Sac. Music Circus, Riverside, La Mirada, Disney Cruise Line. Special thanks to Michael, Robbie and Lucille. For my loving bundles of joy: MJ, Meredith and Wyatt.

Creative Team

MICHAEL HEITZMAN (Director) is thrilled to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. Upcoming: Zorro in Moscow, Russia for Stage Entertainment.  Recent: 42nd Street at Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, Newsies, Big River and Legally Blonde at Sacramento Music Circus, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Shrek and Disney's The Little Mermaid, at North Shore Music Theater (7 of Boston's IRNE Award nominations, including Best Director). He is the director and co-writer of VICES (8 Jefferson Award nominations, including Best Director.) and has directed The Lucille Lortel Awards in New York City for the past nine years, which celebrates excellence Off-Broadway. www.michaelheitzman.com

ROBBIE ROBY (Choreographer) is excited to return to Pittsburgh CLO after remounting the national tour of Disney's The Little Mermaid here last year.  Choreography credits include Little Shop of Horrors (California Music Theatre), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Sugarloaf PAC), The Little Mermaid (5th Ave Seattle), Hairspray (Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and Sugarloaf PAC). Associate credits include The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Park), the world premiere of Beaches (Signature Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed), All Shook Up (MUNY), Memphis (TUTS), Crazy for You (Signature Theatre), and the Carnegie Hall Family Holiday Concert: The New York Pops. Robbie was the Audition Supervisor/Dance Captain for the Broadway productions of Hairspray and Billy Elliot. Thank You Michael, Van, and Mark for your guidance.

JAMES CUNNINGHAM (Musical Director) is thrilled to return for his second season as music director for Pittsburgh CLO. New York: Avenue Q (conductor), music director for Bunnicula (TheaterworksUSA and original cast recording) and Happy Birthday (TACT). National Tours: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Spamalot, Evita and Cats. Regionally, he has conducted productions for Arena Stage, Casa Mañana, North Carolina Theatre, Sharon Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Engeman Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Muny and Cape Fear Regional Theatre. He holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and New York University.

J BRANSON (Scenic Designer) is a Chicago-based designer who began his career as a student Apprentice at Music Theatre Wichita more than 30 years ago. Credits for MTW include: Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mary Poppins (also for the Walnut Street Theatre), Legally Blonde, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. National tour credits: The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, and Brigadoon. Recent work includes A Christmas Story at the Walnut Street Theatre.

PAUL MILLER (Lighting Designer) 3rd Season at CLO. Broadway: Amazing Grace, The Illusionists, Legally Blonde. West End: Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway: Desperate Measures, Clinton!, Pageant, Nunsense, Cherry Lane, 2econd Stage, City Center Encores! Regional: Goodspeed, Denver Center, The Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare, Great Lakes Theatre, ACT, Cleveland Playhouse, Asolo Rep, Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Ontario), NJ Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet. TV & Events: Live From Lincoln Center, Broadway Bares, Netflix, Showtime, New Year’s Eve/Time Square.

TIIA TORCHIA LAGER (Costume Designer) is the Costume Studio Manager at Carnegie Mellon University. She moved to Pittsburgh 4 years ago after spending 17 years in New York City running the Costume Shops for several Off-Broadway theaters. During summers, she spent many years at Music Theatre of Wichita in various positions including Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer for such shows as Beauty and the Beast.

JEFF KNAGGS (Hair & Make-Up Designer) Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas: Hairspray, Flight: Dare to Dream. Pittsburgh CLO: In the Heights, Mamma Mia!, Newsies, Million Dollar Quartet. TUTS: Memphis, Dreamgirls, Into The Woods, How to Succeed..., The Rocky Horror Show, Million Dollar Quartet, Heathers, Mary Poppins, Sweet Potato Queens, Bonnie & Clyde, A Christmas Story, Music Man.  Regional: Mamma Mia!, Peepshow, Young Frankenstein, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Dancing With The Stars and America’s Got Talent.

RENÉE RIMLAND (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be back at Pittsburgh CLO! Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret, Fosse, Jekyll & Hyde, Steel Pier. National Tours: 42nd Street, Beauty…, Les Misérables, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Phantom of the Opera, Savion! Footnotes, Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story, Evita, Bye Bye Birdie. She is proudest of her greatest production, her beautiful daughter, Jocelyn! Longstanding AEA member.

HEATHER ANKLEY (Assistant Stage Manager) is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and IATSE Lo. #3 for over 15 years which has provided the opportunity to work in a variety of live entertainment mediums from musical theater and opera to dance, comedy and rock n’ roll. Recent credits: Pittsburgh CLO’s SPARK, A Musical Christmas Carol, Newsies, Mamma Mia!, Scottsboro Boys, Wig Out!, Merchant of Venice, Souvenir and Man of La Mancha.

KELLY HAYWOOD (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be spending her 6th summer with Pittsburgh CLO. Past productions include: In the Heights, Disney’s Newsies, Mamma Mia, Million Dollar Quartet, Aida, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Shrek, Mary Poppins, Monty Python's Spamalot, 42nd Street and A Musical Christmas Carol. Also several productions with PICT Classic Theater, Pittsburgh Public, Ballet and Opera.

TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting) Broadway: Pretty Woman, Straight White Men, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Mean Girls, Frozen, SpongeBob SquarePants, Once on This Island, Anastasia, Hello, Dolly!, Come From Away, Waitress, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Wicked. Film: The Greatest Showman, Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married. TV: This Is Us, House of Cards, Divorce, One Day at a Time, Atypical. www.telseyandco.com

ALAN MENKEN (Music) Credits include: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Little Shop of Horrors; Beauty and The Beast; A Christmas Carol; The Little Mermaid; Sister Act; Leap of Faith; Newsies; Aladdin; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and A Bronx Tale. Film work: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast (animated), Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted, Tangled, Sausage Party, Beauty and the Beast (live version), Sesame Street, Lincoln, The Neighbors, Galavant, Tangled. Awards: Tony Award, Drama Desk, Academy Awards, Golden Globes, London Evening Standard, Olivier and Outer Critics Circle, among others.

HOWARD ASHMAN (Lyrics) Best known as a pivotal creative mind behind the renaissance of Disney animation and his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast. Ashman was a founder of Off-Off-Broadway's renowned WPA Theater, where he conceived, wrote and directed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, as well as the classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors (both music by Alan Menken). In 1986, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Lamented as a lost treasure of the 1980's theater scene, Smile remains popular on High School and College campuses throughout the country. 

TIM RICE (Lyrics) Tim Rice has worked in music, theater, and film since 1965, when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber. Their first collaboration, The Likes Of Us, was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr. Barnardo. Their future works were much more successful: Joseph…, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita. Tim has worked with other distinguished composers such as Elton John, Alan Menken, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was president of the MCC in 2002. In 2013, he wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, American Pie. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.

LINDA WOOLVERTON (Book) Writing credits include Beauty and the Beast (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award Best Picture nominee); the screenplay (shared) for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey; screenplay (shared) for the animated feature film The Lion King; the book for Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, winner 1998 Olivier Award Best New Musical); and book (shared) for Elton John and Tim Rice's Broadway musical Aida. She has written two young-adult novels, Star Wind and Running Before the Wind. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Lee Flicker and daughter Keaton. BA Theatre Arts, California State University Long Beach; MA in Theatre, California State University Fullerton.

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Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Jul 27, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018

Benedum Center

BE OUR GUEST FOR THIS TIMELESS TALE OF WONDER & LOVE!
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries! Based on the treasured Disney film, this Tony Award®-winner stars your favorite characters Belle, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth and more as they team up to teach the Beast the true meaning of kindness and love. Featuring remarkable costumes and exciting effects, the stage production is unlike anything you’ve ever seen — complete with a score of beloved songs including “Be Our Guest,” “Something There” and “Beauty and the Beast.” According to Good Morning America, “you’ll have the time of your life!” 

1/2 Priced Tickets for Kids 3-14 sponsored by Giant Eagle! Certain restrictions apply. Price Scale C only.

View the Show Content Guide.

Groups of 10 or more may call 412-325-1582 or email Groups@pittsburghCLO.org for information and reservations.

Cast

MICHAEL DI LIBERTO

MICHAEL Di LIBERTO (Cogsworth) Pittsburgh CLO debut!! Broadway: Wicked (Doctor Dillamond). National/International Tours: Wicked, Annie, Cinderella, Strike Up The Band, DOC with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Select Regional: Sweeney Todd, The Producers (Leo Bloom; Helen Hayes Nomination, Best Actor), Elf, Oliver, The 39 Steps, Around The World In 80 Days, Spamalot, LMNOP, Titanic, The Story Of My Life. BFA, Syracuse University. Thanks to CGF and the best family around. Everything Happens For A Reason. michaeldiliberto.net; @therealdi_li

JASON MICHAEL EVANS

JASON MICHAEL EVANS (Gaston) is delighted to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut! NYC credits- Passion directed by John Doyle (Private Augenti, Giorgio u/s), On Your Toes with Encores! (Hank Smith). Regionally: Ogunquit Playhouse, Drury Lane Chicago, Stages St. Louis, Tuacahn Amphitheater. TV: The Good Cop, Madam Secretary. Love to Talentworks, Telsey+Co, Kathryn, Maxime, Isabelle, and my endlessly supportive family and friends. Proud St. Louisan CG4L.

JESSICA FONTANA

JESSICA FONTANA (Babette) Broadway: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella as Cinderella alternate, Baby It’s You. Off-Broadway/Tour: Once Upon A Mattress (Transport Group), Pipe Dream (Encores!), Little House on the Prairie (National Tour). Favorite regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Signature Theatre, The Smith Center, Denver Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, as well as revivals of The Most Happy Fella and 110 in the Shade at Palm Beach Dramaworks. Fontana’s podcast, Support For This Podcast was recently featured in NY Magazine and listed on iTunes as “new and noteworthy”. @iamjessfontana @spptforthispod

DANIEL FRONTZ

DANIEL FRONTZ (Chip) is thrilled to return to the Benedum, where he has played several roles with the Pittsburgh Opera, including Trouble in Madama Butterfly. After playing Tiny Tim in Pittsburgh CLO’s A Musical Christmas Carol, Daniel is looking forward to this new opportunity to be part of Pittsburgh CLO’s Summer Season. Daniel will be a sixth grade theater arts major at Pittsburgh CAPA this fall, and will also continue his studies at Pittsburgh CLO Academy. He also sings with the Pittsburgh Boy Choir.

JESSICA GROVE

JESSICA GROVÉ (Belle) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearances as Laurey in Oklahoma! (with Shirley Jones) and Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Broadway: Les Misérables (Eponine), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy), Sunday in the Park With George and A Little Night Music. She starred as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Madison Square Garden/national tour with Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt) and as Polly in The Boy Friend (national tour, directed by Julie Andrews). Regional: Into the Woods (The Witch), My Fair Lady (Eliza), The Sound of Music (Maria), Guys and Dolls (Sarah), and She Loves Me (Amalia). For Gavin: my favorite Beast, and Lolly: my strong Beauty! www.jessicagrove.com

JEFFREY HOWELL

JEFFREY HOWELL (Maurice) was most recently seen in Pittsburgh CLO's productions of Titanic and Brigadoon. Jeff’s credits include more than 80 Pittsburgh CLO productions. Other recent projects were Citizens Market at City Theatre and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Last summer, he appeared in Damn Yankees at Sacramento Music Circus. Other: Souvenir, Choir Boy, Tigers Be Still, Worksong and Red Herring. Television: All My Children, The Young and the Restless. Films: The Dark Half, The Cemetery Club.

BENJAMIN HOWES

BENJAMIN HOWES (Lumiere) previously appeared with Pittsburgh CLO as Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical. Originally from Australia, Benjamin has performed on Broadway (Scandalous, Mary Poppins & [title of show]), Off-Broadway (most recently in The View Upstairs) and in National Tours (Mary Poppins, Shrek). Regional credits include A.R.T., The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Pittsburgh Public and Asolo Rep, among many others.  Film: Miles, Easter Mysteries. Television credits: recurring role on HBO’s The Deuce, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Flight of the Conchords, One Life To Live. Full scoop at www.benjaminhowes.com; Instagram @benjthestar

ANDREW KRUEP

ANDREW KRUEP (Lefou) is elated to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut! City Center Encores!: Grand Hotel, Big River. National Tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Elf the Musical (Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden), Rudolph (Madison Square Garden). Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Stages St. Louis, Fulton Theatre, Northern Stage, Joyce Soho in NYC. TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Huge thank you to Harold and the CLA team!. Proud small business owner: LittleBatchCandleCo.com for more info!

JAMES SNYDER

JAMES SNYDER (Beast) has cultivated a following at Pittsburgh CLO after star turns as Elvis in Million Dollar Quartet and Lt. Cable in South Pacific. Mr. Snyder is best known for his roles in Broadway’s If/Then, In Transit and Cry-Baby for which he received a Drama League Nomination. He has been seen in regional productions of Casa Valentina, Rock of Ages, Ever After, Carousel, Fanny and Johnny Baseball. Mr. Snyder has sung at Carnegie Hall with the NY Pops and with the Hartford Symphony. He has appeared on TV and the big screen in The Good Wife, Gilmore Girls, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and She’s The Man, among many others.

JENNIFER HOPE WILLS

JENNIFER HOPE WILLS (Mrs. Potts) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh CLO after starring in The Sound of Music (Maria) and Carousel (Julie).  Broadway/NYC credits include The Phantom of the Opera (Christine), Wonderful Town (Eileen) opposite Brooke Shields (Cast Recording), The Woman in White, Belle in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Della) at City Center, Encores!  Favorite regional credits include Showboat (Magnolia), Brigadoon (Fiona), Camelot (Guinevere), My Fair Lady (Eliza), The Music Man (Marian) and Aspects of Love (Rose).  Best job ever - mom to 9 year old Vincent!

KIRSTEN WYATT

KIRSTEN WYATT (Madame De La Grande Bouche) Broadway: Annie (Lily St. Regis), A Christmas Story the Musical (Crusty Elf/Mrs. Schwartz), Elf (Santa's Elf), Shrek (Shoemaker's Elf), Grease (Frenchy, 2007 Revival), High Fidelity (Anna), The Pajama Game (Poopsie), Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes), …Charlie Brown (Lucy/Sally standby). Other favorites: Born for This (Tammy Faye Bakker), …Spelling Bee (Rona), Cabaret (Sally), Mame (Gooch), Sweet Charity (Charity), Guys & Dolls (Adelaide). TV: Blue Bloods, Naked Brothers Band, All My Children, ATWT. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

KATIE ANDERSON

KATIE ANDERSON (Silly Girl, Ensemble) Pittsburgh CLO debut this summer! Favorite regional: Beauty and the Beast (Dance Captain, u/s Madame de la Grande Bouche), North Shore Music Theatre; The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), Bucks County Playhouse; Fulton Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Syracuse Stage. Syracuse University BFA. Endless thanks to everyone at Pittsburgh CLO, CESD and my loving and supportive family. All my love to Zack. 

GRACE CALIO

GRACE CALIO (Wolf, Ensemble)  Pittsburgh CLO Debut! Regional credits: In the Heights (Geva Theatre Center), Young Frankenstein (The MUNY), Legally Blonde (Sacramento Music Circus), The Donkey Show (A.R.T.), Shrek and The Little Mermaid (North Shore Music Theatre). BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Special thanks to Lucille. Gratitude to Michael and Robbie for their trust in me. For my mom, always. @thegracecalio

BEN CULLEN

BEN CULLEN (Wolf, Ensemble, Fight Captain) Chuffed to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut and racking up his 600th performance of Beauty and the Beast in the process! National Tour: Beauty and the Beast (U/S Beast & Gaston). Regional: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre (WSS; Riff), North Shore Music Theatre, Arrow Rock Lyceum (Beauty and the Beast; Gaston), Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, The Fulton. Proud Penn State Alumnus (BFAMT), WE ARE!!! @built_by_ben, bencullenwalker.com.

JEROME DOERGER

JEROME DOERGER (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut on the Benedum stage this summer. Graduate of Wright State University (BFA). National Tours include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Young Frankenstein. Regional credits include Rent (Gateway Playhouse) and The Addams Family (Ogunquit Playhouse). Much thanks to his friends and family for all of their love and support, especially Ashley. Instagram
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ALEX DORF

ALEX DORF (Salt, Ensemble) is returning to Pittsburgh CLO this summer, after performing in Disney's Newsies and Mamma Mia! last year! He’s eager to spend some more time in Pittsburgh and perform on the Benedum stage. A graduate of Penn State, Alex’s recent credits include Mamma Mia! (Ogunquit Playhouse), Gypsy and Big River (Sharon Playhouse), and some performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC.

COURTNEY ECHOLS

COURTNEY ECHOLS (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Pittsburgh CLO debut! She was seen recently in Beauty and the Beast at Fulton Theatre/The Muny, Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene) and West Side Story (Rosalia) at Woodstock Playhouse. She is also a proud Penn State grad! Many thanks to her agents at The Mine, the creative teams, and CLO for this wonderful opportunity!

TION GASTON

TION GASTON (Ensemble) is an undergraduate student at Point Park University majoring in Dance. His pursuit in the dance world is what led him to Point Park University studying various different genres of dance. Tion is thrilled to make his debut in Pittsburgh CLO's 2018 Summer Season. He would like to thank the cast, company, and his family/friends on his new adventure.

JAMARY GIL

JAMARY GIL (Ensemble) is a dance major and musical theater minor at Point Park University. She has performed pieces choreographed by John Heginbotham, Julliard School alum. She is assistant Choreographer for the Scranton High School Choirs, the only competitive traveling choir in Pennsylvania. Classically trained, she studies Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, and Contemporary dance and is self-taught on guitar and piano.

CAMERON ANIKA HILL

CAMERON ANIKA HILL (Silly Girl, Ensemble) is ecstatic to return to Pittsburgh CLO! Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Alana Beck vacation cover). Regional: The MUNY, Music Theatre Wichita, Westchester Broadway & Pittsburgh CLO (In The Heights, Newsies and Mamma Mia!). CCM class of 2016. Endless thanks to her parents, Karen, Sean, Judy Boals Inc. and everyone who makes summer at CLO so wonderful! @cameronanika

JESSICA ICE

JESSICA ICE (Ensemble) Jessica, a Pittsburgh native, is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh CLO this summer! Favorite past credits include Mamma Mia! (Pittsburgh CLO), Guys and Dolls (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival) and Cabaret (Lake Dillon Theatre Company). Jessica is a proud James Madison University alum. Big thanks to Mom, Dad, Josh, Olivia, Abby, and Mrs. Miller. JessicaIceNYC.com @icejm

CAROLINE KANE

CAROLINE KANE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Pittsburgh CLO debut! Regional credits include: A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Cards on the Table (Cortland Repertory Theatre), Guys and Dolls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Utah Shakespeare Festival) and Mamma Mia! (Finger Lakes Music Festival). Otterbein University BFA. Thank you to mom and dad for all of their love and support. 

LILY KAUFFMAN

LILY KAUFMANN (Silly Girl, Ensemble) is overjoyed to be joining the Pittsburgh CLO family this summer! Originally hailing from Kansas City, she's proudly performed with MTWichita, KC Starlight and Broadway Dreams Foundation. Favorite roles include: Penny in Hairspray, Sarah in Seven Brides...Brothers (MTWichita), Cassie in A Chorus Line, Natalie in All Shook Up (Florida State University) and Mayzie in Seussical (Music Theatre KC). Go 'Noles!

CHLOE RAE KEHM

CHLOE RAE KEHM (Ensemble) a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is thrilled to be making her Pittsburgh CLO debut! She is currently pursuing a BFA in Dance and minor in Musical Theatre at Point Park University. In 2017 she received the Best Actress Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Award and attended the Jimmy Awards in NYC. Endless thanks to her family, friends and teachers for their constant love and support.

HUNTER MIKLES

HUNTER MIKLES (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh CLO’s Summer Season! National Tour: Dirty Dancing (Ensemble, u/s Robbie). Regional: Newsies (Ensemble, Morris) and Big! The Musical at Fulton Theatre; Chicago at Park Playhouse. Concert: Texture Contemporary Ballet, Neville Dance Theatre (NYC). PPU Dance ‘16 Alum. Endless love and thanks to my ever supportive family, friends and LDC fam. Follow along! @hunter_mikles.

JP Qualters

JP QUALTERS (Ensemble) is very excited to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut! Credits include Kinky Boots 1st National/International Tour, Pioneer Theatre Company, NSMT, Gateway Playhouse, Ford's Theatre, Signature Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Guild Hall. BFA - Music Theatre Hartt School. Special Thanks to my Family and Carson / Kolker! Insta: JPQ22

ALLAN SNYDER

ALLAN SNYDER (Bookseller, Monsieur D'Arque) is thrilled to be making his Summer Season debut. Allan appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables, Off-Broadway in The Fantasticks and in the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera (often in the title role). Pittsburgh credits include The 39 Steps (CLO Cabaret), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (PMT) and Daddy Long Legs, Funny Thing...Forum, and Hamlet (Pittsburgh Public Theater). For Kate and Lu!

SARAH QUINN TAYLOR

SARAH QUINN TAYLOR (Ensemble) could not be more elated to make her Pittsburgh CLO debut! A native of Wichita, KS, she now calls Pittsburgh home. National Tour: Something Rotten! Regional: Goodspeed, MUNY, STL Rep, MTWichita, Lyric OKC. BFA: University of Oklahoma. Endless gratitude and love to CTG, Mu Tau, the entire CLO family, and my Jeffrey and Harvey. @sarah_q_taylor

ben jackson walker

BEN JACKSON WALKER (Wolf, Ensemble) is a Wilmington, Delaware native and just graduated from The University of Michigan with a degree in Musical Theatre. Some of his credits include Me and My Girl, A Man of No Importance, and Mamma Mia!. He is so excited to make his Pittsburgh CLO debut and would like to thank the creative team and his family for the support!

davis wayne

DAVIS WAYNE (Pepper, Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh CLO this summer after he appeared last year in Disney's Newsies and Mamma Mia! He is a Yinzer turned New Yorker, and proud Pace MT. Favorite credits include: The Muny, North Shore, Theatre by The Sea, Chasing Rainbows and countless PMT shows. Thank you to everyone from the back of the house to the front. RKHKP. Instagram: @davis_wayne

andrew wilson

ANDREW WILSON (Wolf, Carpet, Ensemble, Dance Captain) Proudly from Grove City, PA and thrilled to be back at Pittsburgh CLO! Broadway: Cats (2016 revival). Tours: Newsies (and live film), Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, 7 Brides. Regional: MUNY, Sac. Music Circus, Riverside, La Mirada, Disney Cruise Line. Special thanks to Michael, Robbie and Lucille. For my loving bundles of joy: MJ, Meredith and Wyatt.

Creative Team

MICHAEL HEITZMAN (Director) is thrilled to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. Upcoming: Zorro in Moscow, Russia for Stage Entertainment.  Recent: 42nd Street at Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, Newsies, Big River and Legally Blonde at Sacramento Music Circus, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Shrek and Disney's The Little Mermaid, at North Shore Music Theater (7 of Boston's IRNE Award nominations, including Best Director). He is the director and co-writer of VICES (8 Jefferson Award nominations, including Best Director.) and has directed The Lucille Lortel Awards in New York City for the past nine years, which celebrates excellence Off-Broadway. www.michaelheitzman.com

ROBBIE ROBY (Choreographer) is excited to return to Pittsburgh CLO after remounting the national tour of Disney's The Little Mermaid here last year.  Choreography credits include Little Shop of Horrors (California Music Theatre), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Sugarloaf PAC), The Little Mermaid (5th Ave Seattle), Hairspray (Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and Sugarloaf PAC). Associate credits include The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Park), the world premiere of Beaches (Signature Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed), All Shook Up (MUNY), Memphis (TUTS), Crazy for You (Signature Theatre), and the Carnegie Hall Family Holiday Concert: The New York Pops. Robbie was the Audition Supervisor/Dance Captain for the Broadway productions of Hairspray and Billy Elliot. Thank You Michael, Van, and Mark for your guidance.

JAMES CUNNINGHAM (Musical Director) is thrilled to return for his second season as music director for Pittsburgh CLO. New York: Avenue Q (conductor), music director for Bunnicula (TheaterworksUSA and original cast recording) and Happy Birthday (TACT). National Tours: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Spamalot, Evita and Cats. Regionally, he has conducted productions for Arena Stage, Casa Mañana, North Carolina Theatre, Sharon Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Engeman Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Muny and Cape Fear Regional Theatre. He holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and New York University.

J BRANSON (Scenic Designer) is a Chicago-based designer who began his career as a student Apprentice at Music Theatre Wichita more than 30 years ago. Credits for MTW include: Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mary Poppins (also for the Walnut Street Theatre), Legally Blonde, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. National tour credits: The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, and Brigadoon. Recent work includes A Christmas Story at the Walnut Street Theatre.

PAUL MILLER (Lighting Designer) 3rd Season at CLO. Broadway: Amazing Grace, The Illusionists, Legally Blonde. West End: Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway: Desperate Measures, Clinton!, Pageant, Nunsense, Cherry Lane, 2econd Stage, City Center Encores! Regional: Goodspeed, Denver Center, The Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare, Great Lakes Theatre, ACT, Cleveland Playhouse, Asolo Rep, Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Ontario), NJ Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet. TV & Events: Live From Lincoln Center, Broadway Bares, Netflix, Showtime, New Year’s Eve/Time Square.

TIIA TORCHIA LAGER (Costume Designer) is the Costume Studio Manager at Carnegie Mellon University. She moved to Pittsburgh 4 years ago after spending 17 years in New York City running the Costume Shops for several Off-Broadway theaters. During summers, she spent many years at Music Theatre of Wichita in various positions including Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer for such shows as Beauty and the Beast.

JEFF KNAGGS (Hair & Make-Up Designer) Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas: Hairspray, Flight: Dare to Dream. Pittsburgh CLO: In the Heights, Mamma Mia!, Newsies, Million Dollar Quartet. TUTS: Memphis, Dreamgirls, Into The Woods, How to Succeed..., The Rocky Horror Show, Million Dollar Quartet, Heathers, Mary Poppins, Sweet Potato Queens, Bonnie & Clyde, A Christmas Story, Music Man.  Regional: Mamma Mia!, Peepshow, Young Frankenstein, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Dancing With The Stars and America’s Got Talent.

RENÉE RIMLAND (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be back at Pittsburgh CLO! Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret, Fosse, Jekyll & Hyde, Steel Pier. National Tours: 42nd Street, Beauty…, Les Misérables, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Phantom of the Opera, Savion! Footnotes, Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story, Evita, Bye Bye Birdie. She is proudest of her greatest production, her beautiful daughter, Jocelyn! Longstanding AEA member.

HEATHER ANKLEY (Assistant Stage Manager) is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and IATSE Lo. #3 for over 15 years which has provided the opportunity to work in a variety of live entertainment mediums from musical theater and opera to dance, comedy and rock n’ roll. Recent credits: Pittsburgh CLO’s SPARK, A Musical Christmas Carol, Newsies, Mamma Mia!, Scottsboro Boys, Wig Out!, Merchant of Venice, Souvenir and Man of La Mancha.

KELLY HAYWOOD (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be spending her 6th summer with Pittsburgh CLO. Past productions include: In the Heights, Disney’s Newsies, Mamma Mia, Million Dollar Quartet, Aida, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Shrek, Mary Poppins, Monty Python's Spamalot, 42nd Street and A Musical Christmas Carol. Also several productions with PICT Classic Theater, Pittsburgh Public, Ballet and Opera.

TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting) Broadway: Pretty Woman, Straight White Men, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Mean Girls, Frozen, SpongeBob SquarePants, Once on This Island, Anastasia, Hello, Dolly!, Come From Away, Waitress, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Wicked. Film: The Greatest Showman, Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married. TV: This Is Us, House of Cards, Divorce, One Day at a Time, Atypical. www.telseyandco.com

ALAN MENKEN (Music) Credits include: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Little Shop of Horrors; Beauty and The Beast; A Christmas Carol; The Little Mermaid; Sister Act; Leap of Faith; Newsies; Aladdin; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and A Bronx Tale. Film work: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast (animated), Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted, Tangled, Sausage Party, Beauty and the Beast (live version), Sesame Street, Lincoln, The Neighbors, Galavant, Tangled. Awards: Tony Award, Drama Desk, Academy Awards, Golden Globes, London Evening Standard, Olivier and Outer Critics Circle, among others.

HOWARD ASHMAN (Lyrics) Best known as a pivotal creative mind behind the renaissance of Disney animation and his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast. Ashman was a founder of Off-Off-Broadway's renowned WPA Theater, where he conceived, wrote and directed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, as well as the classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors (both music by Alan Menken). In 1986, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Lamented as a lost treasure of the 1980's theater scene, Smile remains popular on High School and College campuses throughout the country. 

TIM RICE (Lyrics) Tim Rice has worked in music, theater, and film since 1965, when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber. Their first collaboration, The Likes Of Us, was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr. Barnardo. Their future works were much more successful: Joseph…, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita. Tim has worked with other distinguished composers such as Elton John, Alan Menken, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was president of the MCC in 2002. In 2013, he wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, American Pie. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.

LINDA WOOLVERTON (Book) Writing credits include Beauty and the Beast (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award Best Picture nominee); the screenplay (shared) for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey; screenplay (shared) for the animated feature film The Lion King; the book for Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, winner 1998 Olivier Award Best New Musical); and book (shared) for Elton John and Tim Rice's Broadway musical Aida. She has written two young-adult novels, Star Wind and Running Before the Wind. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Lee Flicker and daughter Keaton. BA Theatre Arts, California State University Long Beach; MA in Theatre, California State University Fullerton.

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