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MAN OF LA MANCHA

Jun 23, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015

Benedum Center

DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
A celebrated Broadway hit and winner of five Tony Awards®, MAN OF LA MANCHA will leave you breathless with a score including the touching ode to romance, “Dulcinea,” the heroic, “I, Don Quixote” and the unforgettable, “The Impossible Dream.” Inspired by one of the greatest novels of all time, Man of La Mancha features Miguel de Cervantes and his faithful servant, who channel the power of storytelling to recount the legend of wannabe knight Don Quixote and his trusty sidekick Sancho as they embark on a journey full of laughter, love and unruly windmills. MAN OF LA MANCHA is a theatrical masterpiece sure to captivate all lovers of musical theater!

Adult Content

Cast

Ron Raines

Ron Raines (Cervantes / Don Quixote) Broadway: Annie, Newsies, Follies (Tony nomination), Chicago, Teddy and Alice and Show Boat. Tours: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Can-Can. He starred in Man of La Mancha at London’s Covent Garden Festival and has been featured in four “PBS Great Performances.” Mr. Raines began his career as a principal baritone in the world of opera, performing the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale. Recordings: “Broadway Passion,” “So In Love With Broadway,” “Follies” (Grammy nomination), “Annie,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Man of La Mancha,” “The Pajama Game,” “110 in the Shade” and “Wonderful Town,” among many others. For fifteen years he starred as the nefarious Alan Spaulding on CBS’ “Guiding Light.”

Danny Bevins

Danny Bevins (Pedro) is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh CLO! Audiences may remember him from last year’s Legally Blonde, as Nikos, the flamboyant pool boy. Professionally, Danny has worked at The Muny, Music Theatre of Wichita, Artpark and Pittsburgh CLO. He would like to thank his parents, Laura and Lynn, family, friends, Elon, DGRW and Emma for their constant support and guidance.

Lindsey Bracco

Lindsey Bracco (Fermina / Moorish Girl, Dance Capitan) is thrilled to be back on her dream stage! Pittsburgh CLO: Footloose, Singin’ in the Rain, Legally Blonde, Curtains, The Producers. Other credits: Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast (Babette), 42nd Street (Annie), White Christmas (Rhoda), Guys and Dolls, Joseph...Dreamcoat and Hello, Dolly! FILM/TV; ABC Family, “Lovestruck, the Musical.” PPU Graduate. Special thanks to Pittsburgh CLO, NSK, family and friends. Love to Mom, Dad and Justin. This is for you, Aunt.

Jackie Burns

Jackie Burns (Aldonza / Dulcinea) Broadway: If/Then, Wicked, Hair; Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages (original cast), Hair (original revival cast), Unlock'd (NYMF), Ripper. National Tour: Wicked (IRNE Award nomination). Regional: A Grand Night for Singing (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), The Full Monty, Singin' in the Rain, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Sweeney Todd, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Candide and Smokey Joe's Café. TV: "All My Children." Concept Albums: "Swept Away" (Disney), "Tears from Heaven," "Excalibur" (Frank Wildhorn).

Susan Cella

Susan Cella (Housekeeper) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh CLO for her 7th season. Previously seen this season as Mrs. Brill and Bird Worman in Mary Poppins. BROADWAY: The Graduate, Crazy He Calls Me, Me and my Girl, Evita, On the Twentieth Century, Allegro, Lady in the Dark. NATIONAL TOURS: Fiddler, Hairspray, 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, Me and my Girl, Can-Can. OFF-BROADWAY: Hello Muddah…, Mayor, Jacques Brel. REGIONAL: over 35 productions. FILM/TV: “Person of Interest,” “Law and Order,” “The Sopranos,” “All my Children,” “Hi Honey I’m Home,” "The Tavern," "The Astronaut’s Wife," “Follies,” “A Sondheim Celebration.” Thank you Marc.

J. Anthony Crane

J. Anthony Crane (Dr. Sanson Carrasco) is quite excited to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. He loves Pittsburgh! Recent credits include: Broadway: The Country House (MTC), The Winslow Boy (Roundabout) Sight Unseen (MTC), Butley (Booth). Off-Broadway/ Regional: Scar in The Lion King (Nat’l Tour) and Harold in The Music Man (TUTS), Spamalot (Wynn Las Vegas), The Odd Couple (Dallas Theater Center) and many others, including The Humana Festival, CATF, Papermill Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, The Old Globe, PRT and Capital Repertory. Numerous Film and TV including “The Big Easy” for USA. For Susan Ellen.

Ixchel Cuellar

Ixchel Cuellar (Maria) is a rising senior in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre Program at Penn State, and is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful ensemble! University credits: Avenue Q, Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Funk it up About Nothin’  and Into the Woods. A huge shout out to her parents, Misfits, and wonderful roommates, without whom her life would not be possible.

Tim Hartman

Tim Hartman (Captain of the Inquisition) Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities and Finian’s Rainbow. Regional Theater: C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands, Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha and Daddy Warbucks in Annie. Other favorite roles include, Thenardier in Les Misérables, Hook in Peter Pan, Falstaff in Henry IV and the Monster in Young Frankenstein. Film: “Silence of the Lambs,” “The Mothman Prophecies,” “The Piano Lesson” and  “The Fault in our Stars.” Tim is also an award-winning storyteller and cartoonist. timhartman.com

Greg Hildreth

Greg Hildreth (Sancho Panza) Broadway: Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Regional: The Old Globe, The Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington Theatre. Film/Television: "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," "The Good Wife," "Royal Pains," "Kings." Mr. Hildreth has a BFA in acting from Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Jeff Howell

Jeffrey Howell (Governor / Innkeeper) recently performed with Virginia Musical Theatre in Gypsy and with the REP in Souvenir. Some favorite Pittsburgh CLO shows include 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, A Musical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit) Beauty and the Beast, Bells are Ringing, Pajama Game, The Most Happy Fella.  Other credits include Candide, Tigers Be Still, Chicago, and Tribute to Lerner and Loewe with Marvin Hamlisch and the PSO.

Michael Misko

Michael Misko (Barber) A Moon TWP native, Michael is honored to return to Pittsburgh CLO! Last seen in Pittsburgh CLO’s Footloose as the Cop, Michael’s regional credits include Shrek the Musical (Shrek), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Big Bopper), Guys & Dolls (Nicely Nicely Johnson), Oliver! (Mr. Bumble), The Pillowman (Katurian), Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio). “Love to my family, near and far, and to my beautiful wife, Sarah.”

Gavan Pamer

Gavan Pamer (Padre) Tours: CATS (Mungojerrie), A Chorus Line, 42nd Street.  Pittsburgh CLO: 42nd Street (Andy Lee), Joseph... (Reuben), Carousel (Heavenly Friend), Me and My Girl (Bob Barking), Crazy for You (Custus Perkins), Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas), Forever Plaid (PSM), My Way (Choreographer).  PPT: A Grand Night for Singing (Martin).  LPPAC: Jesus Christ Superstar, White Christmas, My Way.  Playhouse: Big River, Drood.  WVPT: Dames at Sea, Oklahoma!, Geroge M!. PMT: Chicago, Blood Brothers, Peter Pan.

Emily Trumble

Emily Trumble (Antonia) is thrilled to be making her Pittsburgh CLO debut! A native of Berkeley, California, some favorite regional credits include: The Muny, Berkeley Rep, The Wagon Wheel Theater, and the California Shakespeare Festival. Emily is a recent graduate of the College Conservatory of Music. As always, for Mom and Maddy.

Ben Bogen

Ben Bogen (Jose, Ensemble) is beyond stoked to be performing with Pittsburgh CLO after having just played Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins. A rising senior B.F.A Musical theatre major at The University of Michigan, credits include: The Music Man (Tommy Djilas), Cabaret (Bobby). Other credits: Xanadu (Terpsicore), Spring Awakening (Georg) and A Chorus Line (Mark). Proud new member of Actors Equity! Endless thanks to friends, family, and all my teachers! GO BLUE!

Ryan Cavanaugh

Ryan Cavanaugh (Jorge, Guitarist / Horse, Ensemble) Pittsburgh native a former Pittsburgh CLO Mini Star, Ryan grew up performing as a child/teen with PCLO: Joseph...Dreamcoat, Bye Bye Birdie, Casper, The Wizard of Oz. NYC Theatre: Lincoln Center, TownHall, The Players Theatre. Regional Theatre: Goodspeed Opera House, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Palace Theatre. National: Damn Yankees, Click Clack Moo. Love to my supportive family, The NSU, Pittsburgh CLO and Jenna! www.RyanCavanaugh.net

Lucas Fedele

Lucas Fedele (Paco, Guard, Ensemble) National Tours: Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby, Ensemble), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Regional: Arena Stage’s Oklahoma! (Ike Skidmore), Drury Lane, KC Starlight, WVPT, PMT and most importantly a dozen productions right here for Pittsburgh CLO. He would like to thank his incredibly gifted and generous and loving family under the Benedum roof for another awesome summer. Toujours, á ma fleur.

Michael Graceffa

Michael Graceffa (Tenorio, Ensemble, Fight Captain) is ecstatic to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut! National Tours: Catch Me If You Can. Favorite roles: Bernardo in West Side Story, Stew Pot in South Pacific. Regional: NSMT, MTWichita, Westchester Broadway, HLTC, Palace Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre. Upcoming: Music Man, Young Frankenstein - MSMT. Vassar College Alum. Love to Mom and Dad.

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson (Ensemble) is so thrilled to be performing in Mary Poppins, Man of La Mancha, and Gypsy this summer! After that she will head to St. Louis to perform in Oklahoma! at The Muny. She is a rising senior at Penn State University, WE ARE! Thanks and love to my Mom, Dad, Mary Saunders-Barton and 708E.

 

Evan Ruggerio

Evan Ruggiero (Manuel, Guitarist / Horse, Ensemble) is a graduate of Montclair State University and holds his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Film/Stage/Television credits include: “The Ellen Show” (Los Angeles, CA), “Un Nuevo Dia`” (Miami, FL), “Quelli Che il Calcio” (Milan, Italy), “CBS Inside Edition” (NYC), The One-Legged Song and Dance Man (Solo show at 54 Below), Transcendence Theatre Company Gala: Paint The Universe (Sonoma, CA).

Joseph Sammour

Joseph Sammour (Juan, Guard, Ensemble) Pittsburgh CLO debut. Joseph is currently pursuing a B.F.A in Musical Theatre at The University of Michigan. Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Gypsy (Yonkers), Seussical (Wickersham); Additional: The Music Man, Kiss Me, Kate. Proud new member of Actor’s Equity. Go Blue!

 

Blake Stadnik

Blake Stadnik (Anselmo, Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning home to make his Pittsburgh CLO debut. Blake received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State. Credits; Marius: Les Miserablés (North Shore MT and the Fulton) and Claude: Hair (Maine State MT) Blake will be playing Billy Lawlor in the upcoming national tour of 42nd Street. Thanks to everyone at Pittsburgh CLO and his wonderful family.

Marc Robin (Director/Choreographer) is glad to return to Pittsburgh CLO where he directed last season’s production of Spamalot. As a freelance Director Choreographer he has staged over 300 shows throughout the country including theatres such as Walnut Street, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Marriott, Skylight, Maine State, TUTS and The Fulton Theatre where he has served as Artistic Director for the past 5 seasons. He has received many awards and honors. (54 Jeff nominations, 16 Jeff Awards, 13 After Dark Awards, 4 Barrymore nominations, 6 Broadway World Nominations and one Broadway World award, 3 Arizoni Awards, A lifetime Achievement Award and others.) He is honored to be a part of the Pittsburgh CLO season.

Tom Helm (Musical Director) happily returns for his 20th Pittsburgh CLO season, having conducted more than 60 productions. His other adventures include conducting the Broadway productions of the Brigadoon revival, CATS, Me and My Girl, Les Misérables and Souvenir. Tom was musical director of the first national tour of CATS, Radio City’s 5-6-7-8 Dance!, and television productions of Mornings at Seven and Crazy For You. Tom supervised touring productions of Me and My Girl, Dora the Explorer, Diego Live, Rugrats and Madagascar. He has also been music director of some 50 Paper Mill Playhouse productions, among other regional and national theatres.

Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting Designer) National credits: The Asolo, Virginia Stage, North Shore Music Theater, George Street Playhouse, Merrimack Rep., The Arden, Spoleto Festival USA, Madison Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, amongst others. International credits include productions in France, Sweden, Scotland and Ireland. Local credits: City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, PICT, Pittsburgh Ballet, Pittsburgh Opera, The REP, and many others. Andy resides in Pittsburgh and is an adjunct instructor for Point Park University and a freelance Lighting Designer for hire. www.tfpld.com

J. Jason Daunter (Production Stage Manager) Jason is thrilled to be joining the Pittsburgh CLO family this summer! Broadway Credits: Wicked, Cyrano de Bergerac (starring Kevin Kline), and Glory Days. National Tours: Wicked, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Joseph…Dreamcoat, and A Christmas Carol.  Jason is one of the nations leading advocates on Educational Theatre and speaks yearly to thousands of high school students across the country. Proud member of Actors Equity. Jasondaunter.com

Gail Baldoni (Costume Coordinator) 2015 Gail’s 10th Pittsburgh CLO season. New York City Opera’s Wonderful Town, New York Philharmonic’s My Fair Lady, Emmy nominated designer for Another World.  Regionally for Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, The Ahmanson Theater, The Boston Ballet, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Riverside Theatre and Cape Playhouse. 13 Off-Broadway shows. The Rockettes, Disney on Ice and Ringling Bros. Circus are other favorite projects.

Daniel Koye (Hair Designer) Broadway: Love Letters, Cinderella, Trip to Bountiful, Follies, Hair, Book of Mormon, Mary Poppins, Rock of Ages, Curtins, Chicago, Gypsy, and Spring Awakening.  Film/Television: "Trip to Bountiful," "Royal Pains," "Blue Bloods." Clients~ Vanessa Williams, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cicely Tyson, Mia Farrow, Carl Burnett, Candis Bergen, Cuba Gooding Jr, Dan Stevens, Jessica Chastain, Heidi Klum, Seal, Susan Lucci, Carol Channing, Elaine Paige. www.dkoye.com

Jeffrey Small (Associate Lighting Designer) returns to Pittsburgh CLO for his sixth summer season! Selected Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals, Asolo Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and City Theatre Company. Live Events: “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “New Year’s Eve in Times Square.” TV: Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars” (2015), NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!”

Alicia Reece (Assistant Stage Manager) Now entering her 5th Summer with Pittsburgh CLO, “Lish” spends her “off-season,” as the Stage Manager for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Originally from Illinois, and having worked extensively in regional theatre, Off-Broadway, and international touring, she is proud to now call Pittsburgh home. Shout out to the amazing tech staff. Love and thanks to “Jacquie!”

Mark A. Stys (Assistant Stage Manager) This is Mark’s 4th year with Pittsburgh CLO! Selected Credits: Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas, Big Fish, Act One, Newsies. Paper Mill Playhouse: Oliver!, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Sound of Music, A Chorus Line. Events: "Time Square New Years Eve Celebration" 2014 and 2015, "A Night of SeriousFun Celebrating the Legacy of Paul Newman."

TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting) Broadway/Tours: On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, The King and I, Hand to God, Kinky Boots, Wicked, If/Then, The Sound of Music, Newsies, Pippin, Motown, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet. Film: "Ricki and the Flash," "Focus," "The Last Five Years," "Song One," "A Most Violent Year," "Into the Woods." TV: “Flesh and Bone,” “Masters of Sex,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com

Fun Facts

  • MAN OF LA MANCHA’s road to Broadway began with a non-musical teleplay “I, Don Quixote,” which re-introduced Miguel de Cervantes’ story “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha” to modern-day audiences.

  • Cervantes’ novel is so enduring that it has been translated into more languages than any other book other than the Bible.

  • In the story, Don Quixote finds a true love whom he calls Dulcinea. The name "Dulcinea" means 'sweetheart'. It is taken from the Spanish word dulce (sweet).

  • The show first opened at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut in 1965. After 21 previews, it opened at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre in Greenwich Village on November 22, 1965, then moved to Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on March 20, 1968, then to the Eden Theatre on March 3, 1971, and finally to the Mark Hellinger Theatre on May 26, 1971 for its final month, a total original New York run of 2,329 performances.

  • Music for the premiere of MAN OF LA MANCHA featured an orchestra with no stringed instruments apart from a double bass, instead making heavier use of brass, woodwinds, percussion and flamenco guitars.

  • MAN OF LA MANCHA was nominated for seven Tony Awards®, and went on to win for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Scenic Design.

  • A film adaptation of the story debuted in 1973 starring Peter O’Toole, Sophia Loren and James Coco and was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

  • The show has been revived on Broadway four times, most recently in 2002, starring Brian Stokes Mitchell. This will be the first time Pittsburgh CLO has produced MAN OF LA MANCHA since 1995.

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MAN OF LA MANCHA

Jun 23, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015

Benedum Center

DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
A celebrated Broadway hit and winner of five Tony Awards®, MAN OF LA MANCHA will leave you breathless with a score including the touching ode to romance, “Dulcinea,” the heroic, “I, Don Quixote” and the unforgettable, “The Impossible Dream.” Inspired by one of the greatest novels of all time, Man of La Mancha features Miguel de Cervantes and his faithful servant, who channel the power of storytelling to recount the legend of wannabe knight Don Quixote and his trusty sidekick Sancho as they embark on a journey full of laughter, love and unruly windmills. MAN OF LA MANCHA is a theatrical masterpiece sure to captivate all lovers of musical theater!

Adult Content

Cast

Ron Raines

Ron Raines (Cervantes / Don Quixote) Broadway: Annie, Newsies, Follies (Tony nomination), Chicago, Teddy and Alice and Show Boat. Tours: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Can-Can. He starred in Man of La Mancha at London’s Covent Garden Festival and has been featured in four “PBS Great Performances.” Mr. Raines began his career as a principal baritone in the world of opera, performing the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale. Recordings: “Broadway Passion,” “So In Love With Broadway,” “Follies” (Grammy nomination), “Annie,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Man of La Mancha,” “The Pajama Game,” “110 in the Shade” and “Wonderful Town,” among many others. For fifteen years he starred as the nefarious Alan Spaulding on CBS’ “Guiding Light.”

Danny Bevins

Danny Bevins (Pedro) is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh CLO! Audiences may remember him from last year’s Legally Blonde, as Nikos, the flamboyant pool boy. Professionally, Danny has worked at The Muny, Music Theatre of Wichita, Artpark and Pittsburgh CLO. He would like to thank his parents, Laura and Lynn, family, friends, Elon, DGRW and Emma for their constant support and guidance.

Lindsey Bracco

Lindsey Bracco (Fermina / Moorish Girl, Dance Capitan) is thrilled to be back on her dream stage! Pittsburgh CLO: Footloose, Singin’ in the Rain, Legally Blonde, Curtains, The Producers. Other credits: Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast (Babette), 42nd Street (Annie), White Christmas (Rhoda), Guys and Dolls, Joseph...Dreamcoat and Hello, Dolly! FILM/TV; ABC Family, “Lovestruck, the Musical.” PPU Graduate. Special thanks to Pittsburgh CLO, NSK, family and friends. Love to Mom, Dad and Justin. This is for you, Aunt.

Jackie Burns

Jackie Burns (Aldonza / Dulcinea) Broadway: If/Then, Wicked, Hair; Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages (original cast), Hair (original revival cast), Unlock'd (NYMF), Ripper. National Tour: Wicked (IRNE Award nomination). Regional: A Grand Night for Singing (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), The Full Monty, Singin' in the Rain, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Sweeney Todd, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Candide and Smokey Joe's Café. TV: "All My Children." Concept Albums: "Swept Away" (Disney), "Tears from Heaven," "Excalibur" (Frank Wildhorn).

Susan Cella

Susan Cella (Housekeeper) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh CLO for her 7th season. Previously seen this season as Mrs. Brill and Bird Worman in Mary Poppins. BROADWAY: The Graduate, Crazy He Calls Me, Me and my Girl, Evita, On the Twentieth Century, Allegro, Lady in the Dark. NATIONAL TOURS: Fiddler, Hairspray, 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, Me and my Girl, Can-Can. OFF-BROADWAY: Hello Muddah…, Mayor, Jacques Brel. REGIONAL: over 35 productions. FILM/TV: “Person of Interest,” “Law and Order,” “The Sopranos,” “All my Children,” “Hi Honey I’m Home,” "The Tavern," "The Astronaut’s Wife," “Follies,” “A Sondheim Celebration.” Thank you Marc.

J. Anthony Crane

J. Anthony Crane (Dr. Sanson Carrasco) is quite excited to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. He loves Pittsburgh! Recent credits include: Broadway: The Country House (MTC), The Winslow Boy (Roundabout) Sight Unseen (MTC), Butley (Booth). Off-Broadway/ Regional: Scar in The Lion King (Nat’l Tour) and Harold in The Music Man (TUTS), Spamalot (Wynn Las Vegas), The Odd Couple (Dallas Theater Center) and many others, including The Humana Festival, CATF, Papermill Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, The Old Globe, PRT and Capital Repertory. Numerous Film and TV including “The Big Easy” for USA. For Susan Ellen.

Ixchel Cuellar

Ixchel Cuellar (Maria) is a rising senior in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre Program at Penn State, and is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful ensemble! University credits: Avenue Q, Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Funk it up About Nothin’  and Into the Woods. A huge shout out to her parents, Misfits, and wonderful roommates, without whom her life would not be possible.

Tim Hartman

Tim Hartman (Captain of the Inquisition) Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities and Finian’s Rainbow. Regional Theater: C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands, Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha and Daddy Warbucks in Annie. Other favorite roles include, Thenardier in Les Misérables, Hook in Peter Pan, Falstaff in Henry IV and the Monster in Young Frankenstein. Film: “Silence of the Lambs,” “The Mothman Prophecies,” “The Piano Lesson” and  “The Fault in our Stars.” Tim is also an award-winning storyteller and cartoonist. timhartman.com

Greg Hildreth

Greg Hildreth (Sancho Panza) Broadway: Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Regional: The Old Globe, The Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington Theatre. Film/Television: "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," "The Good Wife," "Royal Pains," "Kings." Mr. Hildreth has a BFA in acting from Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Jeff Howell

Jeffrey Howell (Governor / Innkeeper) recently performed with Virginia Musical Theatre in Gypsy and with the REP in Souvenir. Some favorite Pittsburgh CLO shows include 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, A Musical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit) Beauty and the Beast, Bells are Ringing, Pajama Game, The Most Happy Fella.  Other credits include Candide, Tigers Be Still, Chicago, and Tribute to Lerner and Loewe with Marvin Hamlisch and the PSO.

Michael Misko

Michael Misko (Barber) A Moon TWP native, Michael is honored to return to Pittsburgh CLO! Last seen in Pittsburgh CLO’s Footloose as the Cop, Michael’s regional credits include Shrek the Musical (Shrek), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Big Bopper), Guys & Dolls (Nicely Nicely Johnson), Oliver! (Mr. Bumble), The Pillowman (Katurian), Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio). “Love to my family, near and far, and to my beautiful wife, Sarah.”

Gavan Pamer

Gavan Pamer (Padre) Tours: CATS (Mungojerrie), A Chorus Line, 42nd Street.  Pittsburgh CLO: 42nd Street (Andy Lee), Joseph... (Reuben), Carousel (Heavenly Friend), Me and My Girl (Bob Barking), Crazy for You (Custus Perkins), Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas), Forever Plaid (PSM), My Way (Choreographer).  PPT: A Grand Night for Singing (Martin).  LPPAC: Jesus Christ Superstar, White Christmas, My Way.  Playhouse: Big River, Drood.  WVPT: Dames at Sea, Oklahoma!, Geroge M!. PMT: Chicago, Blood Brothers, Peter Pan.

Emily Trumble

Emily Trumble (Antonia) is thrilled to be making her Pittsburgh CLO debut! A native of Berkeley, California, some favorite regional credits include: The Muny, Berkeley Rep, The Wagon Wheel Theater, and the California Shakespeare Festival. Emily is a recent graduate of the College Conservatory of Music. As always, for Mom and Maddy.

Ben Bogen

Ben Bogen (Jose, Ensemble) is beyond stoked to be performing with Pittsburgh CLO after having just played Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins. A rising senior B.F.A Musical theatre major at The University of Michigan, credits include: The Music Man (Tommy Djilas), Cabaret (Bobby). Other credits: Xanadu (Terpsicore), Spring Awakening (Georg) and A Chorus Line (Mark). Proud new member of Actors Equity! Endless thanks to friends, family, and all my teachers! GO BLUE!

Ryan Cavanaugh

Ryan Cavanaugh (Jorge, Guitarist / Horse, Ensemble) Pittsburgh native a former Pittsburgh CLO Mini Star, Ryan grew up performing as a child/teen with PCLO: Joseph...Dreamcoat, Bye Bye Birdie, Casper, The Wizard of Oz. NYC Theatre: Lincoln Center, TownHall, The Players Theatre. Regional Theatre: Goodspeed Opera House, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Palace Theatre. National: Damn Yankees, Click Clack Moo. Love to my supportive family, The NSU, Pittsburgh CLO and Jenna! www.RyanCavanaugh.net

Lucas Fedele

Lucas Fedele (Paco, Guard, Ensemble) National Tours: Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby, Ensemble), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Regional: Arena Stage’s Oklahoma! (Ike Skidmore), Drury Lane, KC Starlight, WVPT, PMT and most importantly a dozen productions right here for Pittsburgh CLO. He would like to thank his incredibly gifted and generous and loving family under the Benedum roof for another awesome summer. Toujours, á ma fleur.

Michael Graceffa

Michael Graceffa (Tenorio, Ensemble, Fight Captain) is ecstatic to be making his Pittsburgh CLO debut! National Tours: Catch Me If You Can. Favorite roles: Bernardo in West Side Story, Stew Pot in South Pacific. Regional: NSMT, MTWichita, Westchester Broadway, HLTC, Palace Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre. Upcoming: Music Man, Young Frankenstein - MSMT. Vassar College Alum. Love to Mom and Dad.

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson (Ensemble) is so thrilled to be performing in Mary Poppins, Man of La Mancha, and Gypsy this summer! After that she will head to St. Louis to perform in Oklahoma! at The Muny. She is a rising senior at Penn State University, WE ARE! Thanks and love to my Mom, Dad, Mary Saunders-Barton and 708E.

 

Evan Ruggerio

Evan Ruggiero (Manuel, Guitarist / Horse, Ensemble) is a graduate of Montclair State University and holds his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Film/Stage/Television credits include: “The Ellen Show” (Los Angeles, CA), “Un Nuevo Dia`” (Miami, FL), “Quelli Che il Calcio” (Milan, Italy), “CBS Inside Edition” (NYC), The One-Legged Song and Dance Man (Solo show at 54 Below), Transcendence Theatre Company Gala: Paint The Universe (Sonoma, CA).

Joseph Sammour

Joseph Sammour (Juan, Guard, Ensemble) Pittsburgh CLO debut. Joseph is currently pursuing a B.F.A in Musical Theatre at The University of Michigan. Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Gypsy (Yonkers), Seussical (Wickersham); Additional: The Music Man, Kiss Me, Kate. Proud new member of Actor’s Equity. Go Blue!

 

Blake Stadnik

Blake Stadnik (Anselmo, Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning home to make his Pittsburgh CLO debut. Blake received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State. Credits; Marius: Les Miserablés (North Shore MT and the Fulton) and Claude: Hair (Maine State MT) Blake will be playing Billy Lawlor in the upcoming national tour of 42nd Street. Thanks to everyone at Pittsburgh CLO and his wonderful family.

Marc Robin (Director/Choreographer) is glad to return to Pittsburgh CLO where he directed last season’s production of Spamalot. As a freelance Director Choreographer he has staged over 300 shows throughout the country including theatres such as Walnut Street, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Marriott, Skylight, Maine State, TUTS and The Fulton Theatre where he has served as Artistic Director for the past 5 seasons. He has received many awards and honors. (54 Jeff nominations, 16 Jeff Awards, 13 After Dark Awards, 4 Barrymore nominations, 6 Broadway World Nominations and one Broadway World award, 3 Arizoni Awards, A lifetime Achievement Award and others.) He is honored to be a part of the Pittsburgh CLO season.

Tom Helm (Musical Director) happily returns for his 20th Pittsburgh CLO season, having conducted more than 60 productions. His other adventures include conducting the Broadway productions of the Brigadoon revival, CATS, Me and My Girl, Les Misérables and Souvenir. Tom was musical director of the first national tour of CATS, Radio City’s 5-6-7-8 Dance!, and television productions of Mornings at Seven and Crazy For You. Tom supervised touring productions of Me and My Girl, Dora the Explorer, Diego Live, Rugrats and Madagascar. He has also been music director of some 50 Paper Mill Playhouse productions, among other regional and national theatres.

Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting Designer) National credits: The Asolo, Virginia Stage, North Shore Music Theater, George Street Playhouse, Merrimack Rep., The Arden, Spoleto Festival USA, Madison Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, amongst others. International credits include productions in France, Sweden, Scotland and Ireland. Local credits: City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, PICT, Pittsburgh Ballet, Pittsburgh Opera, The REP, and many others. Andy resides in Pittsburgh and is an adjunct instructor for Point Park University and a freelance Lighting Designer for hire. www.tfpld.com

J. Jason Daunter (Production Stage Manager) Jason is thrilled to be joining the Pittsburgh CLO family this summer! Broadway Credits: Wicked, Cyrano de Bergerac (starring Kevin Kline), and Glory Days. National Tours: Wicked, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Joseph…Dreamcoat, and A Christmas Carol.  Jason is one of the nations leading advocates on Educational Theatre and speaks yearly to thousands of high school students across the country. Proud member of Actors Equity. Jasondaunter.com

Gail Baldoni (Costume Coordinator) 2015 Gail’s 10th Pittsburgh CLO season. New York City Opera’s Wonderful Town, New York Philharmonic’s My Fair Lady, Emmy nominated designer for Another World.  Regionally for Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, The Ahmanson Theater, The Boston Ballet, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Riverside Theatre and Cape Playhouse. 13 Off-Broadway shows. The Rockettes, Disney on Ice and Ringling Bros. Circus are other favorite projects.

Daniel Koye (Hair Designer) Broadway: Love Letters, Cinderella, Trip to Bountiful, Follies, Hair, Book of Mormon, Mary Poppins, Rock of Ages, Curtins, Chicago, Gypsy, and Spring Awakening.  Film/Television: "Trip to Bountiful," "Royal Pains," "Blue Bloods." Clients~ Vanessa Williams, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cicely Tyson, Mia Farrow, Carl Burnett, Candis Bergen, Cuba Gooding Jr, Dan Stevens, Jessica Chastain, Heidi Klum, Seal, Susan Lucci, Carol Channing, Elaine Paige. www.dkoye.com

Jeffrey Small (Associate Lighting Designer) returns to Pittsburgh CLO for his sixth summer season! Selected Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals, Asolo Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and City Theatre Company. Live Events: “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “New Year’s Eve in Times Square.” TV: Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars” (2015), NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!”

Alicia Reece (Assistant Stage Manager) Now entering her 5th Summer with Pittsburgh CLO, “Lish” spends her “off-season,” as the Stage Manager for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Originally from Illinois, and having worked extensively in regional theatre, Off-Broadway, and international touring, she is proud to now call Pittsburgh home. Shout out to the amazing tech staff. Love and thanks to “Jacquie!”

Mark A. Stys (Assistant Stage Manager) This is Mark’s 4th year with Pittsburgh CLO! Selected Credits: Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas, Big Fish, Act One, Newsies. Paper Mill Playhouse: Oliver!, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Sound of Music, A Chorus Line. Events: "Time Square New Years Eve Celebration" 2014 and 2015, "A Night of SeriousFun Celebrating the Legacy of Paul Newman."

TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting) Broadway/Tours: On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, The King and I, Hand to God, Kinky Boots, Wicked, If/Then, The Sound of Music, Newsies, Pippin, Motown, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet. Film: "Ricki and the Flash," "Focus," "The Last Five Years," "Song One," "A Most Violent Year," "Into the Woods." TV: “Flesh and Bone,” “Masters of Sex,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com

Fun Facts

  • MAN OF LA MANCHA’s road to Broadway began with a non-musical teleplay “I, Don Quixote,” which re-introduced Miguel de Cervantes’ story “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha” to modern-day audiences.

  • Cervantes’ novel is so enduring that it has been translated into more languages than any other book other than the Bible.

  • In the story, Don Quixote finds a true love whom he calls Dulcinea. The name "Dulcinea" means 'sweetheart'. It is taken from the Spanish word dulce (sweet).

  • The show first opened at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut in 1965. After 21 previews, it opened at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre in Greenwich Village on November 22, 1965, then moved to Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on March 20, 1968, then to the Eden Theatre on March 3, 1971, and finally to the Mark Hellinger Theatre on May 26, 1971 for its final month, a total original New York run of 2,329 performances.

  • Music for the premiere of MAN OF LA MANCHA featured an orchestra with no stringed instruments apart from a double bass, instead making heavier use of brass, woodwinds, percussion and flamenco guitars.

  • MAN OF LA MANCHA was nominated for seven Tony Awards®, and went on to win for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Scenic Design.

  • A film adaptation of the story debuted in 1973 starring Peter O’Toole, Sophia Loren and James Coco and was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

  • The show has been revived on Broadway four times, most recently in 2002, starring Brian Stokes Mitchell. This will be the first time Pittsburgh CLO has produced MAN OF LA MANCHA since 1995.