GAME ON

Marcus Stevens (Book & Lyrics)
David Dabbon (Music)
Directed by Jen Wineman
Music Direction by Robert Neumeyer

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An ambitious group of contestants compete to win it all on everyone’s favorite TV show, “Game On!” And at today’s taping, with two exes facing off as contestants, there’s more than just money on the line. Cheer the players on from the audience – or, if you’re lucky, play against them onstage – in this high-stakes, high-fun musical comedy.

Commissioned by Pittsburgh CLO through the EQT Commissioning Fund.

CREATIVE TEAM

DAVID DABBON (Music) returns to Pittsburgh CLO where he started as a 2007 Summer Season intern and went on to work on both the Gene Kelly Awards and subsequent Summer Seasons at the Benedum Center. Broadway: Sondheim on Sondheim (Additional Orchestrations), Disaster (Dance Arranger). Film/TV: HBO's Last Week Tonight, (Arranger/Co-Composer), Six by Sondheim, (Arranger). Disney Cruise Line: Live Action on Stage Beauty and the Beast (Dance Arranger). Off-Broadway: Playwrights Horizons The Christians (Music Supervisor) NYTW: The Events (Music Supervisor) Regional: Goodspeed’s A Sign of the Times (Dance Arranger). Broadway Asia Workshop: Golden Lotus (Composer).  The Flea: The Mysteries (Composer/Music Director). Albums: Audra McDonald: Go Back Home (Orchestrator). M.M. Carnegie Mellon University, B.M. Hartt School of Music.  www.daviddabbon.com

MARCUS STEVENS (Book & Lyrics)  is a member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. He has written the book and lyrics to Persephone (2017 NAMT Festival Winner), Red (Richard Rodgers Award), Eastburn Avenue and Yo, Vikings! (published by Samuel French, Inc). He recently contributed material to Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories for Theaterworks USA. Marcus is also an actor who was seen Off-Broadway in two editions of Forbidden Broadway and in many productions throughout Pittsburgh, including the inaugural production of the CLO Cabaret, FOREVER PLAID.

JEN WINEMAN (Director) is a Brooklyn-based director/choreographer. Her work has been seen Off Broadway in NYC and at regional theaters including Asolo Rep, Playmakers Rep, Virginia Rep, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Tantrum Theater. Education: BA Vassar College, MFA Yale School of Drama. www.jenwineman.com

CAST

CHANTELLE GUIDO (Gillian Van Ness/Deborah) is from Buffalo, New York. Currently a senior at Carnegie Mellon University, her most recent performances in their main stage season were Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker, and Drowsy in The Drowsy Chaperone.

RYAN PATRICK KEARNEY (Roy) is overly excited for the opportunity to be a part of this talented cast and production team of Game On! Ryan’s past credits include the Pittsburgh CLO, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Off the Wall Theater, Prime Stage and more.

CHRISTINE LAITTA (Grace) past cabaret credits include: Up and Away, I Love You Your Perfect Now Change, Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Broadway SVU. Favorite roles include: Maria in Sound of Music, Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird, Carrie, Carousel, Female Authority Figure, Hairspray and Ms Frizzle. She continues to perform her very successful original cabaret Chris Laitta's TV TUNES Sing-A-Long. Chris is the co-author of, The Dramatically Different Classroom (Kagan Publishing). This book is an interdisciplinary hands-on book that enables teachers to infuse Drama and Music into all classroom activities. 

CONNOR McCANLUS (Felix) Previous CLO Credits: Disney's Newsies. CLO Cabaret: First Date, Boeing Boeing, Judge Jackie Justice. You can find Connor performing improv comedy with Well Known Strangers and in the monthly musical comedy The babyGRAND Show at Arcade Comedy Theater.

JASON SHAVERS (Monty Price) is ecstatic to be a part of Spark! He last appeared with CLO in First Date. Regional credits: The Fantasticks (Mute)/PPT, Wild With Happy (Terry)/City Theatre, Dreamgirls (Marty)/PMT. Many thanks to my family, friends and Mark Fleischer.

SANDY ZWIER (Natalie) is so excited to join SPARK! She has a BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University, and previously toured the country with Ragtime (Emma Goldman). Sandy gives her love and thanks to CLO and the amazing theatre community of Pittsburgh.

Rehearsal for GAME ON | Photo: Pittsburgh CLO

Jason Shavers | Photo: Matt Polk

Sandy Zwier | Photo: Matt Polk

Chantelle Guido | Photo: Matt Polk

Christine Laitta | Photo: Matt Polk

Connor McCanlus | Photo: Matt Polk

GAME ON | Photo: Matt Polk

Jen Wineman, David Dabbon, Marcus Stevens, Olivia O'Connor| Photo: Matt Polk