Niko Tsakalakos (Music & Lyrics)
Janet Allard (Book & Lyrics)
Directed by Kent Nicholson
Music Direction by Emily Marshall


Nick came to Los Angeles with dreams of making it in music. Down on his luck in LA, he gets a job at the Hotel Bel-Air. What ensues is the best/worst summer ever, as Nick interacts with Hollywood’s prime elite, gets a taste of fame, and finds unlikely soul connections, all the while finally facing his own complicated demons. Inspired by the true story of composer Niko’s time as a pool boy at the Hotel Bel-Air, this concert-cabaret-musical explores ambition, love, seeking the truth in all the fake, and ultimately finding your voice.

Developed by Pittsburgh CLO through the EQT Commissioning Fund.


JANET ALLARD (Book & Lyrics) has also worked with Niko Tsakalakos on the musical Into the Wild —developed by Perseverance Theater, Berkeley Rep, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat and Encore Musical Theater. Pool Boy at Barrington Stage, Pittsburgh CLO, Provincetown Playhouse, Driving West at Ars Nova, The Unknown: Jonathan Larson Award with P73, NYMF. Her plays are published by Samuel French and Playscripts, Inc. She is a Fulbright Fellow, has an M.F.A in Playwriting from Yale School of Drama, and studied at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. www.janetallard.com

EMILY MARSHALL (Music Director) BROADWAY: Elf (MSG); Beautiful, School of Rock, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (sub); Waitress (rehearsal piano). TOURS: We Will Rock You, A Chorus Line, Flashdance, Elf.  OFF BWAY/LABS: Preludes, Head Over Heels, Clueless, Chix 6.  NAMT/NYMF: Fall Springs ('17), Normativity ('16) On The Eve ('15)

KENT NICHOLSON (Director) has directed world premiere productions of new plays and musicals for Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Sheen Center, Prospect Theater, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, South Coast Repertory, Village Theater, Theater Under the Stars, and many others. He created the New Works Initiative at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto and The Uncharted Writers Group at Ars Nova. He currently serves as the Director of Musical Theater at Playwrights Horizons.

NIKO TSAKALAKOS (Music & Lyrics) is an award-winning composer-lyricist. His new folk-rock musical, Into the Wild, based on the book by Jon Krakauer and co-written with Janet Allard, received a workshop production at Encore Musical Theatre Company in Michigan in May 2017 with developmental support from Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and Goodspeed. His coming-of-age musical Pool Boy, also written with Janet Allard, enjoyed a sold-out world premiere run at Barrington Stage Company in 2010 and was produced by NYU Steinhardt at Provincetown Playhouse in 2012.  Fall Springs, Niko's eco-conscious, rock musical, co-written with Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, was featured in the 2017 NAMT Festival of New Musicals at New World Stages. www.nikosongs.com.


CHASE DEL REY (Mr. Lopes) is a senior musical theatre student at Carnegie Mellon University and is thrilled to be making his PCLO debut here at the SPARK festival. Chase was recently seen as the "Latin lover,” Aldolpho in the Drowsy Chaperone, as well as originating the role of Mathew in the world premier of the new play Wayfinding at CMU. Thank you to family, friends, and PCLO for this incredible opportunity.

ROBYNE PARRISH (Ms. Duval​) Recent: Momentum at City Theatre, Marie Antionette in The Revolutionists at Maine Public, Elizabeth Young Frankenstein WVPT. Off B’way: The York, The Mint. NYC: Musicals Tonight!, NYMF, Arts Power.  Regional: The Arden, City Theatre, NJ Rep, Bricolage, Quantum, Theatre Raleigh, The REP, Off the Wall. BFA UNCSA.  www.RobyneParrish.com.

KEVIN WILLIAM PAUL (Nick) is a senior B.F.A Musical Theatre major at Carnegie Mellon University's school of Drama. He is also an avid musician and writer. Recently, Kevin filmed for the indie feature STANO as Young Sonny Stano, directed by Raymond De Felitta. Favorite roles include: Cornelius Hackl in The Matchmaker (CMU) Jaime in The Last Five Years and Melchior in Spring Awakening (StarStruck Theatre). He comes to Pool Boy with love and gratitude for his folks, his CMU teachers, and everyone involved in this incredible production.

RICARDO VILA ROGER (Mr. Rodney Duval) is making his CLO debut. Recent shows include Nine (UP Stages), Peribañez (Quantum), In the Next Room (Throughline), Fixing King John (No Name Players), OjO (Bricolage), The Other Place (Off the Wall). He is currently a teaching artist in theatre arts at the University of Pittsburgh.

CHRISTIAN STRANGE (The Sultan of Nubei) is excited to be making his PCLO debut. He is a graduating senior at Carnegie Mellon University. He was recently in The Drowsy Chaperone and Love's Labor's Won both at CMU. Other credits: Hamlet & Midsummer Night's Dream at Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

OLIVIA VADNAIS (April) is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she got her BFA in vocal performance and studied in the School of Drama. She was most recently seen on skates as Kira in Pittsburgh CLO’s Xanadu, and has also been seen in productions with City Theatre and Quantum Theatre.

Kevin William Paul, Chase Del Rey | Photo: Matt Polk

Olivia Vadnais | Photo: Matt Polk

Robyne Parrish, Ricardo Vila-Roger | Photo: Matt Polk

Christian Strange | Photo: Matt Polk

Robyne Parrish| Photo: Matt Polk

Kevin William Paul | Photo: Matt Polk

Mark Fleischer, Kent Nicholson, Janet Allard, Niko Tsakalakos, Emily Marshall | Photo: Matt Polk