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MAMMA MIA!

Jul 28, 2017 - Aug 06, 2017

Benedum Center

“ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS!” - Daily Mail
Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with MAMMA MIA!, the ultimate feel-good show! On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. ABBA's timeless songs infuse this enchanting tale of family, friendship and love, with non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers that make MAMMA MIA! a smash hit. “The Winner Takes It All,” “S.O.S.,” “Take a Chance on Me” and more will have you dancing in the aisles like a “Dancing Queen!"

Cast

MATT BOGART (Sam Carmichael) is pleased to return to PCLO where he last played Curly in Oklahoma alongside the illustrious, Shirley Jones. Other credits: Broadway: Nick Massi in Jersey Boys, Radames in Aida, Chris in Miss SaigonThe Civil War, Smokey Joe’s Café (also filmed for television and DVD) and Lancelot in Camelot (National Tour). Off-Broadway: James Joyce in Himself and Nora and in Dublin Ireland. He has premiered leading roles at La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Goodspeed, and Cincinatti Playhouse. A proud Affiliated Artist with Arena Stage, roles there include Val in Orpheus Descending, Lancelot in Camelot (Helen Hayes Award Nom.), Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees and the upcoming new Georgia Stitt musical, Snow Child. Mr. Bogart has sung solo roles at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and with the Oklahoma City, Philly Pops, Columbus, Wichita and Kentucky Symphony Orchestras. TV credits include HBO’s Vinyl as Robert Goulet, Smash as JFK, and Law and Order & L&O: SVU. He earned his BFA from Cincinnati Connservatory of Music. Love to his wife Jessica and two boys, Easton and Trulane. Matt’s solo album “Simple Song,” and other recordings are available on iTunes and on CD. www.MattBogart.com

WILL BRANNER (Pepper) is thrilled to be joining the team at PCLO. Recent credits include OCTOBER SKY (The Old Globe), NIKOLA TESLA DROP THE BEAT (Adirondack Theatre Festival), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (MTW), and DOGFIGHT (Farmers Alley). Along with acting Will is an aspiring director. Recent directing credits include JOHN BARRETT SALON (Film), GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, and ROCK OF AGES. B.F.A. University of Michigan. www.willbranner.com. @lordbranner

MICHELLE DAWSON (Tanya) Broadway: Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark (Arachne/Emily/Aunt May s/b), Mamma Mia! (Donna & Rosie u/s), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), Showboat (Magnolia u/s), Cyrano, The musical. National Tours: Mamma Mia! (Donna & Tanya), Seven Brides ...(Milly), The Secret Garden, The Music Of ALW. Pre-Broadway: First Wives Club (Elise & Annie u/s) Regional: Lucy -Jekyll & Hyde, Rizzo- Grease, Petra - A little Night Music ( PCLO), Eva -Evita (Pioneer ), Aldonza - Man Of LaMancha among others (WBT)  TV: Law & Order, All My Children, Tony Awards 2009 (featured performer), Carnegie - Mellon (BFA)

LORI HAMMEL (Rosie) Broadway: Mamma Mia. National Tours: Mamma Mia; 9 to 5; I Love Lucy Live (Ethel Mertz). Off Broadway: Forbidden Broadway; I Love You, You’re Perfect…; Unbroken Circle; Bardy Bunch. NY Fringe Acting Award (2015)Regional: The Bikinis (Goodspeed/Long Wharf); Happy Days; Forbidden Hollywood  (Jeff/After Dark Award); Little Me (Jeff nomination), Singin’ in the Rain (Jeff nomination/After Dark Award) TV: 30 Rock; Colbert Report; The Following; Master of None.  Film: Coen Brother's Burn After Reading; She's Lost Control; Coney Island Queen (Cannes). Visit:LoriHammel.com

Erika Henningsen

ERIKA HENNINGSEN (Sophie Sheridan) is ecstatic to be back at the Benedum and on another island this season! She was last seen at Pittsburgh CLO as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. Broadway: Les Miserables (Fantine). New York: Show Boat: PBS Live from Lincoln Center w/ the NY Philharmonic (Kim Ravenal). Dear World (Nina) starring Tyne Daly at the York Theatre. Regional: Originated the role of Beth in the world premiere of Barry Levinson’s Diner at Signature Theater; Found (Becka, Philadelphia Theater Company) Hairspray (Penny, Woodminster Amphitheater). Recordings: THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY. Concerts: 54 Below, Jazz at Lincoln Center. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan, recipient of the Alan Eisenberg Actors’ Equity Award.

George Merrick

BETH LAIRD (Ali) was last seen playing Katherine in PCLO's Newsies, and is elated to be returning for Mamma Mia. Tours: Newsies 1st Nat'l (Female Swing), Beauty and the Beast Internat'l (Belle u/s), GHOST 1st Nat'l (Molly u/s). Regional: Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat (Anna/White Pigeon), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Sweeney Todd (Joanna), NSMT's A Christmas Carol (Meg/Ensemble). Film: Newsies Live! (Nun/Bowery Beauty) Now available on iTunes. Emerson '11. Endless love and thanks to her family, Matty, and The Mine. @staffordlaird

BILLY MASON (Eddie) is thrilled to spend another summer at Pittsburgh CLO! Most recently Billy has been seen at CLO as Black Dude in The Toxic Avenger, and last summer in Aida and as Henri in South Pacific. Other favorite roles include Judas in “JCS”, Shrek in Shrek the Musical and Horton in Seussical. Billy Thanks God, his family and friends for strength and wisdom. Blessings! Corinthians 13:13. LDTB! Follow me: billy-mason.com

GEORGE MERRICK (Harry Bright) CLO debut. Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas, South Pacific, High Fidelity (all original cast recordings). Off-Broadway: Ring Twice for Miranda, Clever Little Lies (with Marlo Thomas). Recent regional: Albert in Bye Bye, Birdie! (Goodspeed), John Adams in 1776 (Pittsburgh Public), Thenardier in Les Mis (NLB Playhouse) and many others at North Shore, Paper Mill, Sacramento Music Circus, and the Riverside Theatre. TV: The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Tony Awards telecast. Film: The Intern, So Good to See You (2016 Sundance selection).

Sally Ann Triplett

SALLY ANN TRIPLETT (Donna Sheidan) Broadway: Finding Neverland (Mrs Du Maurier), The Last Ship (Peggy White), Carrie (Sue Snell). West End: Follies (Young Phillis), Grease (Rizzo), Jolson (Ruby Keeler), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney and winner of What’s On Stage), Chicago (Roxy), Guys and Dolls ( Miss Adelaide), Mamma Mia! (Donna), Viva Forever (Lauren), Cats (Grizabella). International: Life Of The Party with Andrew Lippa, Next To Normal (Diana Goodman with Pangdemonium in Singapore), My Judy Garland Life (nominated for best actress for regional UK awards), Damsel In Distress (Chichester Festival). TV: Eastenders, Holby City, Doctors, Down To Earth.

ZURIN VILLANUEVA (Lisa) is thrilled to be a part of this production. Originally from Brooklyn, NY. Broadway: Shuffle Along, Book of Mormon. Regional: Ruined (Everyman Theater) Josephine Tonight! (Metrostage) Good News (Goodspeed Opera House) Aint Misbehavin' (Crossroads), and Crowns (Arena Stage). BFA: Howard University. Thanks to Telsey and BRS Gage Agency.
Love before all else!

Ryan Vona

RYAN VONA (Sky) makes his Pittsburgh CLO debut with Mamma Mia! A native of Boston, MA, he has been seen on Broadway as Andrej in Once and this year creating the role of Joey Green for Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour. Also a singer/songwriter, you can find his debut album, Somebody, on iTunes & Spotify and updates on RyanVona.com. Thanks & love to Caitlin, SMS, Moony & Joe Magarac. For mostly photos of his dog, follow @ryanvona

Christian Whelan

CHRISTIAN WHELAN (Bill Austin) Broadway/National Tours: Flashdance, Mamma Mia!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Aida, Ragtime, Little House On The Prairie, Camelot. Off B'way: Ministry of Progress, Trolls, Emerald Man. Regional: Little Mermaid, Oliver!, Little Shop of Horrors,110 In The Shade, Footloose, Johnny Guitar, Pollock, The Miracle Worker, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Working, Utah! Film/TV: Beach Ratz(Sundance Award winner), Nowhere Ever After, Celebrity, TomCats, Angel Town, Blacklist,General Hospital, Guiding Light, All my Children, Delaventura. BFA from University of Southern California. Proud member of AEA. 

 
Sky

SKY BENNETT (Ensemble) is titillated to be making his CLO debut this summer! Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he is a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School and the Pittsburgh Musical Theater Pre College Program. He has just finished his freshman year as a BFA Musical Theater major at Pace University in New York City. Love to Dad, Joseph, PMT, and CLO!

KELLYANN COYLE (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her debut here at the Pittsburgh CLO. She just recently graduated from Point Park University with a major in dance and a minor in musical theatre. She would like to thank her friends and family for all of their love and support! Kellyanncoyle.com

Lydia Ruth Dawson

LYDIA RUTH DAWSON (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her PCLO debut! Favorite regional credits: Mamma Mia! (Lisa), West Side Story (Anybodys), Rent (Alexi Darling), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), The Sound of Music (Liesl). Grand Rapids Ballet, the Moscow Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet in NYC. Hope College BFA. Thanks to Joey. Love to Eric, my heart, my light! For you, Grammy.

ALEX DORF

ALEX DORF (Ensemble) is thrilled to join PCLO for the first time this summer! Alex was raised in Lancaster, PA, and has recently graduated from Penn State (BFA Musical Theatre).  Recent credits include Mamma Mia! at Ogunquit Playhouse, Gypsy (Tulsa) and Big River (Tom Sawyer) at Sharon Playhouse, and Falsettoland (Whizzer) at Penn State. Thanks to my family and mentors!

HAILIE HAGEDORN

HAILIE HAGEDORN (Ensemble) is currently a Junior Musical Theatre Major at Point Park University where she has performed in Sweet Charity and The Who’s Tommy. Other favorite credits include West Side Story (Anita) and Anything Goes (Reno). She is ecstatic to be making her Pittsburgh CLO debut! She is grateful for her supporters and to God for making all things possible.

CAMERON ANIKA HALL

CAMERON ANIKA HILL (Ensemble) PCLO debut! Last seen as Lisa in Mamma Mia! at WBT & MTW! Credits- MTW: Aida (Aida u/s), Big Fish, Oklahoma, Pinocchio (Viola), Jesus Christ Superstar. Gretna: Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon). CCM: American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl), 110 In the Shade (Lizzie u/s). CCM class of 2016. Thanks to everyone at CLO, Mom & Dad, and Judy Boals Inc.

JESSICA ICE

JESSICA ICE (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Pittsburgh CLO debut! Credits: Cabaret (Rosie), Bat Boy (Shelly), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Cora). Jessica would like to thank her Mom, Dad, brother and sister for their constant support and Abby and Mrs. Miller for years of life (and dance) lessons. Jessica is a graduate of James Madison University. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Mamma Mia!. JessicaIceNYC.com

michael james

MICHAEL JAMES (Ensemble) is a proud Point Park Alumni and is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh this summer! He was last seen as Matthew in Altar Boyz at the CLO Cabaret. Recent credits include Bye Bye Birdie (Goodspeed) and the world premiere of Back Home Again (featuring music by John Denver). Special thanks to Barry, Tony, Keven, and his family. @mjbrown815

CASSIE LEVINE

CASSIE LEVINE (Ensemble) is so excited to make her PCLO debut. She just returned from a four month concert tour in Japan with Disney On Classic. Favorite credits include Stars of David with Daryl Roth Productions, and Pirates at the Muny. CCM grad. Endless thanks to Barry for this opportunity! Shout out to T, and love to my family. BBZC.

Carina

CARINA-KAY LOUCHIEY (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to CLO for her second season after appearing as The Fairy Godmother in Shrek, along with Aida, Damn Yankees, and South Pacific! Carina-Kay is a rising Senior B.F.A Musical Theatre major at The University of Michigan. Endless thanks to PCLO, her supportive parents, RISPA, and BDF! Go Blue! Instagram: carinalouchiey

JAVIER MANENTE

JAVIER MANENTE (Ensemble) is very excited to be performing at the Benedum! Born and raised in Argentina. Recent credits: The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Phoebus,) Spring Awakening (Melchior), Oklahoma (Joe, Ali Hakim u/s), Altar Boyz (Juan). He was last seen at the CLO Cabaret playing Paco in Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage. B.F.A: Point Park University. Follow his adventures @JavierManente

NKEKI OBI-MELEKWE (Ensemble) is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan. School credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone (The Chaperone), American Idiot (Rebecca). Other credits: All Shook Up (MUNY), Shrek, Aida, South Pacific, (Pittsburgh CLO). Proud member of Actor's Equity. Endless love to her family. Thank you Barry butters! @nkekio

KEVIN PAUL

KEVIN PAUL (Enemble) is a rising senior at Carneige Mellon University's School of Drama, where he is studying Musical Theatre. He had the opportunity of training at StarStruck Theatre in Stuart, FL, before making the treck up to the 'Burgh where he is appearing in his second Summer Season at Pittsburgh CLO. He loves tennis and writing music on piano and guitar. Much love to his family, teachers, friends and mentors!

Isaac Powell

ISAAC POWELL (Ensemble) was recently seen as Nikola Tesla in Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (Adirondack Theatre Festival) UNCSA BFA Acting Class of 2017. Native of Greensboro, North Carolina. Thrilled to be at PCLO for the first time!

TAYLOR WARREN

TAYLOR WARREN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be taking part in his very first season with Pittsburgh CLO! He is a 2016 graduate of Point Park University’s BFA Musical Theatre Conservatory. Recent regional credits include Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf), West Side Story (Bernardo), Urinetown (Caldwell B. Cladwell), and The Boyfriend (Pepe/Dance Captain). He would like to thank his family for their unyielding love and support!

davis wayne

DAVIS WAYNE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be at CLO! Davis is a Pittsburgh native and recent graduate of Pace’s musical theatre program. Favorite credits include: North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre by the Sea, The World Premiere of Chasing Rainbows the Musical, and countless PMT productions. Thank you and love to the entire team at CLO from the back of the house to the front.RKHDKP Instagram: @Davis_wayne

BARRY IVAN (Director/Choreographer) National and International directing credits range from Yale to the German State Opera. Highlighted PCLO credits: Sunset Boulevard, Company, A Little Night Music, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Footloose, Aida, West Side Story. Mr. Ivan’s regional premiere production of Hairspray won the Best Musical IRNE award, as did his The Full Monty; and he is IRNE nominated as Best Director for Nine and Les Miserables. As producer, his production of Showboat received the Elliot Norton Award for Best Musical. New development works include the US Premiere of Dracula: A Chamber Musical; #Love is Love featuring the music of Bobby Cronin at Broadway at the W; at the Dramatist Guild: the new play Power Plays;  and TV Pilots: Nightstand and Fan Girl. Barry is thrilled to be working with the incredibly talented PCLO staff, cast and crew! 

JAMES CUNNINGHAM (Music Director) New York credits include Avenue Q, music director for Bunnicula (TheaterworksUSA and original cast recording), Hot Mess In Manhattan (The Araca Project) and Happy Birthday (TACT) for which he also provided original music. His National Tour credits as pianist/conductor include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Spamalot, Evita and Cats. For the past three seasons he has been a frequent music director for Casa Mañana where his credits include: Million Dollar Quartet, Spamalot, Rent, Fiddler On The Roof, Les Misérables, Buddy…The Buddy Holly Story, Always…Patsy Cline and Cats. Regionally, he has also conducted productions for 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.

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MAMMA MIA!

Jul 28, 2017 - Aug 06, 2017

Benedum Center

“ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS!” - Daily Mail
Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with MAMMA MIA!, the ultimate feel-good show! On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. ABBA's timeless songs infuse this enchanting tale of family, friendship and love, with non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers that make MAMMA MIA! a smash hit. “The Winner Takes It All,” “S.O.S.,” “Take a Chance on Me” and more will have you dancing in the aisles like a “Dancing Queen!"

Cast

MATT BOGART (Sam Carmichael) is pleased to return to PCLO where he last played Curly in Oklahoma alongside the illustrious, Shirley Jones. Other credits: Broadway: Nick Massi in Jersey Boys, Radames in Aida, Chris in Miss SaigonThe Civil War, Smokey Joe’s Café (also filmed for television and DVD) and Lancelot in Camelot (National Tour). Off-Broadway: James Joyce in Himself and Nora and in Dublin Ireland. He has premiered leading roles at La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Goodspeed, and Cincinatti Playhouse. A proud Affiliated Artist with Arena Stage, roles there include Val in Orpheus Descending, Lancelot in Camelot (Helen Hayes Award Nom.), Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees and the upcoming new Georgia Stitt musical, Snow Child. Mr. Bogart has sung solo roles at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and with the Oklahoma City, Philly Pops, Columbus, Wichita and Kentucky Symphony Orchestras. TV credits include HBO’s Vinyl as Robert Goulet, Smash as JFK, and Law and Order & L&O: SVU. He earned his BFA from Cincinnati Connservatory of Music. Love to his wife Jessica and two boys, Easton and Trulane. Matt’s solo album “Simple Song,” and other recordings are available on iTunes and on CD. www.MattBogart.com

WILL BRANNER (Pepper) is thrilled to be joining the team at PCLO. Recent credits include OCTOBER SKY (The Old Globe), NIKOLA TESLA DROP THE BEAT (Adirondack Theatre Festival), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (MTW), and DOGFIGHT (Farmers Alley). Along with acting Will is an aspiring director. Recent directing credits include JOHN BARRETT SALON (Film), GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, and ROCK OF AGES. B.F.A. University of Michigan. www.willbranner.com. @lordbranner

MICHELLE DAWSON (Tanya) Broadway: Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark (Arachne/Emily/Aunt May s/b), Mamma Mia! (Donna & Rosie u/s), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), Showboat (Magnolia u/s), Cyrano, The musical. National Tours: Mamma Mia! (Donna & Tanya), Seven Brides ...(Milly), The Secret Garden, The Music Of ALW. Pre-Broadway: First Wives Club (Elise & Annie u/s) Regional: Lucy -Jekyll & Hyde, Rizzo- Grease, Petra - A little Night Music ( PCLO), Eva -Evita (Pioneer ), Aldonza - Man Of LaMancha among others (WBT)  TV: Law & Order, All My Children, Tony Awards 2009 (featured performer), Carnegie - Mellon (BFA)

LORI HAMMEL (Rosie) Broadway: Mamma Mia. National Tours: Mamma Mia; 9 to 5; I Love Lucy Live (Ethel Mertz). Off Broadway: Forbidden Broadway; I Love You, You’re Perfect…; Unbroken Circle; Bardy Bunch. NY Fringe Acting Award (2015)Regional: The Bikinis (Goodspeed/Long Wharf); Happy Days; Forbidden Hollywood  (Jeff/After Dark Award); Little Me (Jeff nomination), Singin’ in the Rain (Jeff nomination/After Dark Award) TV: 30 Rock; Colbert Report; The Following; Master of None.  Film: Coen Brother's Burn After Reading; She's Lost Control; Coney Island Queen (Cannes). Visit:LoriHammel.com

Erika Henningsen

ERIKA HENNINGSEN (Sophie Sheridan) is ecstatic to be back at the Benedum and on another island this season! She was last seen at Pittsburgh CLO as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. Broadway: Les Miserables (Fantine). New York: Show Boat: PBS Live from Lincoln Center w/ the NY Philharmonic (Kim Ravenal). Dear World (Nina) starring Tyne Daly at the York Theatre. Regional: Originated the role of Beth in the world premiere of Barry Levinson’s Diner at Signature Theater; Found (Becka, Philadelphia Theater Company) Hairspray (Penny, Woodminster Amphitheater). Recordings: THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY. Concerts: 54 Below, Jazz at Lincoln Center. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan, recipient of the Alan Eisenberg Actors’ Equity Award.

George Merrick

BETH LAIRD (Ali) was last seen playing Katherine in PCLO's Newsies, and is elated to be returning for Mamma Mia. Tours: Newsies 1st Nat'l (Female Swing), Beauty and the Beast Internat'l (Belle u/s), GHOST 1st Nat'l (Molly u/s). Regional: Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat (Anna/White Pigeon), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Sweeney Todd (Joanna), NSMT's A Christmas Carol (Meg/Ensemble). Film: Newsies Live! (Nun/Bowery Beauty) Now available on iTunes. Emerson '11. Endless love and thanks to her family, Matty, and The Mine. @staffordlaird

BILLY MASON (Eddie) is thrilled to spend another summer at Pittsburgh CLO! Most recently Billy has been seen at CLO as Black Dude in The Toxic Avenger, and last summer in Aida and as Henri in South Pacific. Other favorite roles include Judas in “JCS”, Shrek in Shrek the Musical and Horton in Seussical. Billy Thanks God, his family and friends for strength and wisdom. Blessings! Corinthians 13:13. LDTB! Follow me: billy-mason.com

GEORGE MERRICK (Harry Bright) CLO debut. Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas, South Pacific, High Fidelity (all original cast recordings). Off-Broadway: Ring Twice for Miranda, Clever Little Lies (with Marlo Thomas). Recent regional: Albert in Bye Bye, Birdie! (Goodspeed), John Adams in 1776 (Pittsburgh Public), Thenardier in Les Mis (NLB Playhouse) and many others at North Shore, Paper Mill, Sacramento Music Circus, and the Riverside Theatre. TV: The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Tony Awards telecast. Film: The Intern, So Good to See You (2016 Sundance selection).

Sally Ann Triplett

SALLY ANN TRIPLETT (Donna Sheidan) Broadway: Finding Neverland (Mrs Du Maurier), The Last Ship (Peggy White), Carrie (Sue Snell). West End: Follies (Young Phillis), Grease (Rizzo), Jolson (Ruby Keeler), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney and winner of What’s On Stage), Chicago (Roxy), Guys and Dolls ( Miss Adelaide), Mamma Mia! (Donna), Viva Forever (Lauren), Cats (Grizabella). International: Life Of The Party with Andrew Lippa, Next To Normal (Diana Goodman with Pangdemonium in Singapore), My Judy Garland Life (nominated for best actress for regional UK awards), Damsel In Distress (Chichester Festival). TV: Eastenders, Holby City, Doctors, Down To Earth.

ZURIN VILLANUEVA (Lisa) is thrilled to be a part of this production. Originally from Brooklyn, NY. Broadway: Shuffle Along, Book of Mormon. Regional: Ruined (Everyman Theater) Josephine Tonight! (Metrostage) Good News (Goodspeed Opera House) Aint Misbehavin' (Crossroads), and Crowns (Arena Stage). BFA: Howard University. Thanks to Telsey and BRS Gage Agency.
Love before all else!

Ryan Vona

RYAN VONA (Sky) makes his Pittsburgh CLO debut with Mamma Mia! A native of Boston, MA, he has been seen on Broadway as Andrej in Once and this year creating the role of Joey Green for Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour. Also a singer/songwriter, you can find his debut album, Somebody, on iTunes & Spotify and updates on RyanVona.com. Thanks & love to Caitlin, SMS, Moony & Joe Magarac. For mostly photos of his dog, follow @ryanvona

Christian Whelan

CHRISTIAN WHELAN (Bill Austin) Broadway/National Tours: Flashdance, Mamma Mia!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Aida, Ragtime, Little House On The Prairie, Camelot. Off B'way: Ministry of Progress, Trolls, Emerald Man. Regional: Little Mermaid, Oliver!, Little Shop of Horrors,110 In The Shade, Footloose, Johnny Guitar, Pollock, The Miracle Worker, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Working, Utah! Film/TV: Beach Ratz(Sundance Award winner), Nowhere Ever After, Celebrity, TomCats, Angel Town, Blacklist,General Hospital, Guiding Light, All my Children, Delaventura. BFA from University of Southern California. Proud member of AEA. 

 
Sky

SKY BENNETT (Ensemble) is titillated to be making his CLO debut this summer! Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he is a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School and the Pittsburgh Musical Theater Pre College Program. He has just finished his freshman year as a BFA Musical Theater major at Pace University in New York City. Love to Dad, Joseph, PMT, and CLO!

KELLYANN COYLE (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her debut here at the Pittsburgh CLO. She just recently graduated from Point Park University with a major in dance and a minor in musical theatre. She would like to thank her friends and family for all of their love and support! Kellyanncoyle.com

Lydia Ruth Dawson

LYDIA RUTH DAWSON (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her PCLO debut! Favorite regional credits: Mamma Mia! (Lisa), West Side Story (Anybodys), Rent (Alexi Darling), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), The Sound of Music (Liesl). Grand Rapids Ballet, the Moscow Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet in NYC. Hope College BFA. Thanks to Joey. Love to Eric, my heart, my light! For you, Grammy.

ALEX DORF

ALEX DORF (Ensemble) is thrilled to join PCLO for the first time this summer! Alex was raised in Lancaster, PA, and has recently graduated from Penn State (BFA Musical Theatre).  Recent credits include Mamma Mia! at Ogunquit Playhouse, Gypsy (Tulsa) and Big River (Tom Sawyer) at Sharon Playhouse, and Falsettoland (Whizzer) at Penn State. Thanks to my family and mentors!

HAILIE HAGEDORN

HAILIE HAGEDORN (Ensemble) is currently a Junior Musical Theatre Major at Point Park University where she has performed in Sweet Charity and The Who’s Tommy. Other favorite credits include West Side Story (Anita) and Anything Goes (Reno). She is ecstatic to be making her Pittsburgh CLO debut! She is grateful for her supporters and to God for making all things possible.

CAMERON ANIKA HALL

CAMERON ANIKA HILL (Ensemble) PCLO debut! Last seen as Lisa in Mamma Mia! at WBT & MTW! Credits- MTW: Aida (Aida u/s), Big Fish, Oklahoma, Pinocchio (Viola), Jesus Christ Superstar. Gretna: Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon). CCM: American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl), 110 In the Shade (Lizzie u/s). CCM class of 2016. Thanks to everyone at CLO, Mom & Dad, and Judy Boals Inc.

JESSICA ICE

JESSICA ICE (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Pittsburgh CLO debut! Credits: Cabaret (Rosie), Bat Boy (Shelly), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Cora). Jessica would like to thank her Mom, Dad, brother and sister for their constant support and Abby and Mrs. Miller for years of life (and dance) lessons. Jessica is a graduate of James Madison University. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Mamma Mia!. JessicaIceNYC.com

michael james

MICHAEL JAMES (Ensemble) is a proud Point Park Alumni and is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh this summer! He was last seen as Matthew in Altar Boyz at the CLO Cabaret. Recent credits include Bye Bye Birdie (Goodspeed) and the world premiere of Back Home Again (featuring music by John Denver). Special thanks to Barry, Tony, Keven, and his family. @mjbrown815

CASSIE LEVINE

CASSIE LEVINE (Ensemble) is so excited to make her PCLO debut. She just returned from a four month concert tour in Japan with Disney On Classic. Favorite credits include Stars of David with Daryl Roth Productions, and Pirates at the Muny. CCM grad. Endless thanks to Barry for this opportunity! Shout out to T, and love to my family. BBZC.

Carina

CARINA-KAY LOUCHIEY (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to CLO for her second season after appearing as The Fairy Godmother in Shrek, along with Aida, Damn Yankees, and South Pacific! Carina-Kay is a rising Senior B.F.A Musical Theatre major at The University of Michigan. Endless thanks to PCLO, her supportive parents, RISPA, and BDF! Go Blue! Instagram: carinalouchiey

JAVIER MANENTE

JAVIER MANENTE (Ensemble) is very excited to be performing at the Benedum! Born and raised in Argentina. Recent credits: The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Phoebus,) Spring Awakening (Melchior), Oklahoma (Joe, Ali Hakim u/s), Altar Boyz (Juan). He was last seen at the CLO Cabaret playing Paco in Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage. B.F.A: Point Park University. Follow his adventures @JavierManente

NKEKI OBI-MELEKWE (Ensemble) is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan. School credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone (The Chaperone), American Idiot (Rebecca). Other credits: All Shook Up (MUNY), Shrek, Aida, South Pacific, (Pittsburgh CLO). Proud member of Actor's Equity. Endless love to her family. Thank you Barry butters! @nkekio

KEVIN PAUL

KEVIN PAUL (Enemble) is a rising senior at Carneige Mellon University's School of Drama, where he is studying Musical Theatre. He had the opportunity of training at StarStruck Theatre in Stuart, FL, before making the treck up to the 'Burgh where he is appearing in his second Summer Season at Pittsburgh CLO. He loves tennis and writing music on piano and guitar. Much love to his family, teachers, friends and mentors!

Isaac Powell

ISAAC POWELL (Ensemble) was recently seen as Nikola Tesla in Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (Adirondack Theatre Festival) UNCSA BFA Acting Class of 2017. Native of Greensboro, North Carolina. Thrilled to be at PCLO for the first time!

TAYLOR WARREN

TAYLOR WARREN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be taking part in his very first season with Pittsburgh CLO! He is a 2016 graduate of Point Park University’s BFA Musical Theatre Conservatory. Recent regional credits include Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf), West Side Story (Bernardo), Urinetown (Caldwell B. Cladwell), and The Boyfriend (Pepe/Dance Captain). He would like to thank his family for their unyielding love and support!

davis wayne

DAVIS WAYNE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be at CLO! Davis is a Pittsburgh native and recent graduate of Pace’s musical theatre program. Favorite credits include: North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre by the Sea, The World Premiere of Chasing Rainbows the Musical, and countless PMT productions. Thank you and love to the entire team at CLO from the back of the house to the front.RKHDKP Instagram: @Davis_wayne

BARRY IVAN (Director/Choreographer) National and International directing credits range from Yale to the German State Opera. Highlighted PCLO credits: Sunset Boulevard, Company, A Little Night Music, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, Footloose, Aida, West Side Story. Mr. Ivan’s regional premiere production of Hairspray won the Best Musical IRNE award, as did his The Full Monty; and he is IRNE nominated as Best Director for Nine and Les Miserables. As producer, his production of Showboat received the Elliot Norton Award for Best Musical. New development works include the US Premiere of Dracula: A Chamber Musical; #Love is Love featuring the music of Bobby Cronin at Broadway at the W; at the Dramatist Guild: the new play Power Plays;  and TV Pilots: Nightstand and Fan Girl. Barry is thrilled to be working with the incredibly talented PCLO staff, cast and crew! 

JAMES CUNNINGHAM (Music Director) New York credits include Avenue Q, music director for Bunnicula (TheaterworksUSA and original cast recording), Hot Mess In Manhattan (The Araca Project) and Happy Birthday (TACT) for which he also provided original music. His National Tour credits as pianist/conductor include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Spamalot, Evita and Cats. For the past three seasons he has been a frequent music director for Casa Mañana where his credits include: Million Dollar Quartet, Spamalot, Rent, Fiddler On The Roof, Les Misérables, Buddy…The Buddy Holly Story, Always…Patsy Cline and Cats. Regionally, he has also conducted productions for 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.