2018 Summer Season Casting
TITANIC • June 22 - July 1
BRADLEY DEAN (Thomas Andrews) is grateful to return to the town of his alma mater (CMU) and Pittsburgh CLO where from he has performed in over a dozen shows including 1776 (John Dickinson), The Desert Song (Sid El Kar), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter). Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, A Little Night Music, Spamalot, Doctor Zhivago, Evita, The Last Ship, Company, Jane Eyre, The Story of My Life, and Man of La Mancha. NYC: The Most Happy Fella, A New Brain (City Center Encores), Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic), and The Fantasticks. www.bradleydean.net
CHRISTOPHER GURR (Captain Edward J. Smith) starred as Gus in last season’s Trevor Nunn/Andy Blankenbuehler Broadway revival of Cats. Other Broadway credits: Tuck Everlasting, Kinky Boots, Amazing Grace, and All The Way with Bryan Cranston. First National Tours: Memphis, Spamalot. Regional: The Sting (Paper Mill), Copenhagen, 1776, Twelve Angry Men (Geva), Tommy, Oklahoma! (Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Lion in Winter (Indiana Rep), The Drowsy Chaperone (Human Race). TV: Madam Secretary. Proud union member: Actors’ Equity, SAG/AFTRA, and Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. ChristopherGurr.com
CHRIS PELUSO (Frederick Barrett) has starred in productions all over the world and now returns to Pittsburgh CLO where he last appeared as Peter Cratchit in A Musical Christmas Carol fresh off his 2001 Gene Kelly Award win for Best Actor. His Broadway/NY credits include: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (original cast, Stephen Sondheim Theatre); Assassins; Sky in Mamma Mia!; Elton John’s Lestat and The Glorious Ones. West End/UK credits: Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat; Chris in Miss Saigon; Death in Death Takes a Holiday; Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl (U.K. Tour) and Sir Percival Glyde in The Woman in White. Other theatre credits: Fiyero in Wicked (US National Tour); Tony in West Side Story; Marius in Les Misérables; Ted Hinton in Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie and Clyde; Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard. BFA in Musical Theatre, University of Michigan.
THE FULL MONTY • July 6 - 15
ANDY KELSO (Jerry) Broadway: Kinky Boots (Charlie, Harry), Mamma Mia! (Sky). National Tour: Wicked (Fiyero). Regional: Rent, Two Rooms, Jacques Brel..., The Drawer Boy, Fiddler on the Roof. Film/TV: Good Girls Revolt (Amazon Video), Mr. Robot (USA Network), The Producers, Thank You…Next. Andy is originally from Denver and studied acting at the University of Northern Colorado. Thanks to the team, my many teachers over the years, and my Sheila. For my boy, Jude. Proud member of AEA. www.andykelso.com
JOHN HICKOK (Harold) Broadway: originated Governor Slaton in Parade, Professor Bhaer in Little Women, Zoser in Elton John’s Aida (he’s on all three cast albums), was seen opposite Frank Langella in Roundabout’s Man and Boy, and in Our Country’s Good. Regional favorites: Beauregard opposite Michelle Lee in Mame and Gerald in Me and My Girl (PCLO), John Adams / Frank Galati’s 1776 (ACT). He’s directed on London’s West End, and taught at Queens and Bard Colleges, and Western Connecticut State University. johnhickok.net.
ANITA GILLETTE (Jeanette) may best be known as Tina Fey's mom on 30 Rock, Miss Mona in Moonstruck, Miss Mitzi in Shall We Dance, as Jack Klugman's wife on Quincy or many game shows such as Pyramid and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She has appeared in 14 Broadway shows and received a Tony Award® nomination for Chapter Two. Regional and Off-Broadway shows include: A Confederacy Of Dunces, The Big Meal (Lortel nomination), Shirley Valentine, My Fair Lady, The Seagull, Skin Of Our Teeth and The Great Waltz (recorded for Capitol). She recently began performing her one-woman shows at Birdland and 54 Below, for which she has won both a MAC and Bistro Award.
BRIGADOON • July 17 - 22
JEFF KREADY (Tommy Albright) Broadway: Monty Navarro in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Tony in Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George and Les Misérables (Jean Valjean u/s). Regional: Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Paper Mill Playhouse), Mr. Snow in Carousel (Connecticut Critics Circle award nomination, Goodspeed Opera House) and David Sedaris’s one-man-show Santaland Diaries (Hartford TheaterWorks). TV: The Good Fight (CBS), Elementary recurring (CBS), Boardwalk Empire (HBO).Follow @JK_Ready and jeffkready.com.
JASON BABINSKY (Jeff Douglas) is happy to be returning to Pittsburgh CLO where he was last seen in Dr. Dolittle. Broadway: Billy Elliot (also First National Tour), and Ghost. Off-Broadway: Caucasian Chalk Circle (Classic Stage Company) and A Man's a Man (Classic Stage Company). Select Regional: Three Seasons in repertory at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Alley Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theater, Stageworks Hudson, Syracuse Stage, North Shore Music Theater, Theatre Under the Stars, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Paper Mill Playhouse. Film: You Were Never Really Here, A Cure for Wellness, The Wizard of Lies (HBO), Contagion, You Don't Know Jack (HBO), and Law Abiding Citizen. Television: The Good Wife, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, House of Cards, Billions, Law & Order SVU, Madam Secretary, Shades of Blue, Blue Bloods, The Knick, Person of Interest, Unforgettable, American Odyssey, and Forever.
LENNY WOLPE (Mr. Lundie) returns to Pittsburgh CLO for his 18th production with the organization. Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Wicked, Drowsy Chaperone, Sound Of Music, Mayor, Into The Light, Copperfield, Onward Victoria. Off-Broadway: Old Jews Telling Jokes, Marry Harry, Radio City Spring Spectacular. National Tours: Wicked, Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls, Forum. Regional: Paper Mill, Goodspeed, St Louis Rep, McCarter, Muny, Denver Center, Pasadena Playhouse, Barrington, Coconut Grove, TUTS, Hollywood Bowl, Sacramento, Westport, Cape Playhouse, Dtc, Bucks County, KC Rep. Nearly 100 TV guest spots ranging from ER, LA Law and The Band Played On to Roseanne, The Golden Girls and Chapelle’s Show.
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST • July 27 - August 5
JESSICA GROVÉ (Belle) is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh CLO after first appearing here as Laurey in Oklahoma! (with Shirley Jones) and Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Broadway credits include Les Misérables (Eponine), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy), and the recent revivals of 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). Favorite 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
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 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 (Mrs. Potts) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh CLO after starring as Maria in The Sound of Music (2011) and Julie in Carousel (2005). Broadway: Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Eileen opposite Brooke Shields in Wonderful Town, The Woman in White and “‘The Broom” and Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Numerous leading roles in top regional theatres across the country and frequent symphony concert soloist. BATB is very special as her Broadway run led to the best job ever - mom to 9 year old Vincent.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE • August 7 - 12
LAURIE VELDHEER (Millie) is overjoyed to be making her Pittsburgh CLO debut! Broadway: Mamma Mia! (Sophie Sheridan); Disney's Newsies (Hannah/Smalls; u/s Katherine) OBC. Tours: Fiasco Theater's Production of Into The Woods (Cinderella/Granny); Hairspray (Brenda, u/s Penny and Tracy). Select Regional: Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Disney's Newsies at the Paper Mill Playhouse; A Little Night Music at ACT (Anne Egerman); Hero at the Asolo Rep (Jane Foster); Next to Normal at the Milwaukee Rep (Natalie). BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University. All glory to God, special thanks to DGRW, and love and gratitude to my incredible family and friends!
BOBBY CONTE THORNTON (Jimmy) Pittsburgh CLO debut! Broadway: A Bronx Tale (directors Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks). Other New York theatre: My Fair Lady (Bay Street Theater); Starting Here, Starting Now (York Theatre Company). Regional: all-male A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Two River Theater); Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theatre Center/Cleveland Play House, world premiere); Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse); Jersey Boys, Les Misérables (Muny). Film/TV: If Beale Street Could Talk, Madam Secretary, The Code (pilot). Training: BFA, University of Michigan; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Everything’s for Mom.
LESLIE UGGAMS (Muzzy) last appeared at Pittsburgh CLO as the Witch in the 1996 production of Into the Woods. She is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer whose career has brought her from Harlem (The Apollo Theater) to Broadway (Hallelujah, Baby!), the big screen (Deadpool, Skyjacked) to television (Empire, The Leslie Uggams Show). Perhaps best known for her stirring portrayal of Kizzy in the landmark TV mini-series Alex Haley’s Roots (Critics Choice Award, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations), Leslie has performed to critical and popular acclaim ever since her first professional appearances at the age of nine at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City. There she opened for such musical legends as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. Now, after six decades on stage and screen, Leslie is a legend in her own right. She is on the Board of Directors of the Apollo Theater, and she was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. She is also the recipient of an American Artist Award from Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Currently Leslie can be seen as Leah Walker in the hit television series Empire. She also stars as Blind Al in the blockbuster 20th Century Fox film Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds and co-starred in the HBO original movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks with Oprah Winfrey. Other recent television appearances include Nurse Jackie; The Good Wife; Memphis Beat and NYC 22.