Jenni Barber (Tina) Broadway: Wicked (Glinda); The Nance (Joan); Annie (Grace Farrell); The Performers (Sundown LeMay) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky). New York and regional: Private Lives (Hartford Stage); As You Like It and The Tempest (Sam Mendes, The Bridge Project); From Up Here (Manhattan Theatre Club); Paint Your Wagon and A New Brain (Encores!); Oklahoma! (The Muny), and 9 to 5 (Music Theatre of Wichita). Television: Master of None; Elementary; Smash; Law & Order: SVU and the Emmy Award-winning The Electric Company. Graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music.
Michael Rupert (Lance) At BSC: On the Town. New York: On the Town; Legally Blonde The Musical (Broadway, as well as the MTV Presentation); Ragtime; Falsettos (Tony nomination); City of Angels; Mail; Sweet Charity (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award); Shakespeare’s Cabaret; Pippin; The Happy Time (Tony nomination, Theater World Award); Putting It Together; Falsettoland; March of the Falsettos. Regionally:On the Town at Barrington Stage Company; Dangerous Beauty; Elegies (Barrymore Award); A New Brain (Helen Hayes nomination); Falsettos (LA Ovation Award). As a composer: Mail (LA Drama Critic’s nomination) and 3 Guys Naked From the Waist Down (Drama Desk nomination).
Jarrod Spector (Michael) Barrington debut! Jarrod was nominated for both Tony and Outer Critics Circle Awards for originating the role of Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He previously ended his tenure as Frankie Valli in Broadway’s Jersey Boys after a record 1,500 performances. Other credits: Broadway—Les Miserables (Gavroche); Nat’l. Tours—Les Miserables and Jersey Boys; Off-B’way—Hamlet (Hamlet); Regional—Piece Of My Heart (Bert Berns—NYS&F). Jarrod grew up in Philadelphia, attended Princeton and trained at the Atlantic Theater Company in NYC. Check for concert dates and info on Facebook/twitter/instagram (@jarrodspector), and albums on iTunes. For Kelli, always.
Barbara Walsh (Mary) At BSC: A…My Name Will Always Be Alice. Broadway: Falsettos (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League nominations, LA Ovation Award); Company (Drama Desk, Drama League nominations); Rock ‘N Roll—The First 500 Years; Nine; Big; Blood Brothers; Hairspray; Ragtime (Chicago). Off-Broadway:First Daughter Suite (Public Theater); Three Days To See (Transport Group); Reading Under the Influence; Normal; Birds of Paradise; Forbidden Broadway. Regional: Master Class (Papermill); Dinner With Friends (Old Globe); Carrie (Studio Theatre, Helen Hayes Award); Vanya; Sonia…(KC Rep); 33 Variations (Capital Rep); A Little Night Music (Center Stage); Grey Gardens (Studio Theatre). Film/TV: Life With Mikey; Law & Order; One Life to Live.
Bob Walton (Arthur)Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone; 42nd Street (revival); The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936; Once Upon A Mattress; Show Boat; City of Angels. Off-Broadway:I Love You/Perfect/Change; Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back; Preppies. TV: The Good Wife; The Americans; Person of Interest; Nurse Jackie; and Law and Order: SVU. With his brother, Jim, they have written: Mid-Life! (The Crisis Musical); Mid-Life 2! (#What Did I Come In Here For?); Double Trouble (A Musical Tour de Farce); A Day In Gloucester and My Brother’s Keeper. Bob is co-author of the Off-Broadway play Game Show, and also wrote Can You Dig It? Married to Laurie Walton, they have two actor children, Emily and Alex.
Lenny Wolpe (Sheldon) Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway; Wicked (Wizard); Drowsy Chaperone; Sound of Music; Mayor; Copperfield; Into the Light; Onward Victoria. Off-Broadway: Old Jews Telling Jokes; Company. Radio City Spring Spectacular (2015). National Tours: Wicked; Little Shop; Guys & Dolls; …Forum; South Pacific. Regional:Kansas City Rep, St. Louis Rep, Papermill, Westport, Goodspeed, McCarter, Sacramento, Denver Center, Pasadena Playhouse, Coconut Grove, Delaware Rep, Pioneer, Pittsburgh CLO, La Mirada, Reprise LA, Hollywood Bowl. TV: Series regular Baby Talk; You’re The One. 100 guest appearances ranging from LA Law; ER; Ally McBeal; Six Feet Under; And the Band Played On to Roseanne; Golden Girls and Chapelle’s Show.
Eric Price(Book and Lyrics)has written the book and lyrics to Presto Change-O; Radioactive; Emma!; Hello Out There; Around the World and The Sixth Borough. Eric was the assistant to 21-time Tony Award-winning director/producer Hal Prince and has worked with him on the development and premiere of several new musicals and plays in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Tokyo, and London. Eric was a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, and received an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. www.ericpriceonline.com
Joel Waggoner (Music)BSC: Southern Comfort. Joelholds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and currently works as a composer, performer, vocal coach, musical director and violinist. Joel was a 2012 Dramatist Guild Fellow and his work has been performed in New York at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and Merkin Recital Hall. He was recently featured as an actor and orchestrator at the Public Theatre in Southern Comfort. www.joelwaggoner.com
Marc Bruni (Director)is currently represented on Broadway with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, also playing London’s West End and on a U.S. Tour. Other directing credits include The Sound of Music (Chicago Lyric Opera); Paint Your Wagon; Pipe Dream and Fanny (NY City Center Encores!); The Explorers Club (Manhattan Theater Club); Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside Theatre and Royal George in Chicago—Jeff Award nom. for Direction); Ordinary Days (Roundabout Underground); Nerds (NC Theatre); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Paper Mill Playhouse); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Paper Mill Playhouse and Philadelphia Theatre Company), and 7 shows for the St. Louis MUNY including My Fair Lady; The Music Man and The Sound of Music (2 Kevin Kline nominations). He won the NYMF Award for Best Direction for his production of Such Good Friends.
Chris Bailey (Choreographer) The Entertainer with Kenneth Branagh (West End, upcoming); Cyrano de Bergerac (Roundabout); Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory); the Kennedy Center Honors; and the 2013 Tony Awards. Regional credits include Into the Woods; My Fair Lady; Tarzan; West Side Story and Thoroughly Modern Millie (all MUNY); and Dancing Shadows (Seoul Arts Center). Film: Ted 2; Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella; and A Million Ways to Die in the West. As associate choreographer: Promises, Promises; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Evita; and Cry Baby (all Broadway); and Guys and Dolls; Evita; and Once in a Lifetime (all West End).
Joseph Wartnerchaney (Illusion Designer) is a nationally-recognized film and live performance consultant and creator. Broadway: Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama. Selected live performances: Survivor Live! and The Amazing Race Live! (CBS television); Rock Band Live! (MTV); Séance: A Multi-Sensory Experience; Cirque Innosta; Carnaval de Fuego and Bailamos. Joseph has consulted for many live productions and special events, including several secretive-but-well-known magicians, direction for select performances at the world famous Magic Castle, the “Miss Colorado” and “Miss America” pageants, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to his work with live and interactive performances, Joseph is a highly-respected creative and technical advisor in the film industry. In 1999, Joseph co-founded the Emmy™-nominated and Academy Award™-winning production company Homewrecker Films with partners Ben Smith and Rich Volp. His illusion show “Conjure” created with Handsome Little Devils is currently on national tour.
Vadim Feichtner (Music Director)At BSC:Spelling Bee (Ver. 1.0); A Little More Alive; Things You Think About When You’re Falling Asleep; Ridiculously Talented….;The Memory Show; See Rock City…; Falsettos; Mormons, Mothers, and Monsters; Surviving The Avalanche; Mysteries of Harris Burdick; Leslie Kritzer: Hello, Gorgeous. New York:The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Fly By Night; A New Brain (Encores); Little Miss Sunshine; Nobody Loves You; The Other Josh Cohen; Elegies: A Song Cycle; The Memory Show; Infinite Joy; The Burnt Part Boys; Ordinary Days; Long Story Short; I Sing!. TV: Last Week Tonight. Upcoming:1st Broadway revival of Falsettos; Bull Durham—The Musical.
Derek McLane (Scenic Designer)At BSC: The Black Suits. Derek’s Broadwaydesigns include Noises Off; Fully Committed; Beautiful; Gigi; The Heiress; Nice Work; The Best Man; Follies; Anything Goes; How to Succeed; Bengal Tiger; Million Dollar Quartet; Ragtime; 33 Variations; The Pajama Game; I Am My Own Wife. Off-Broadway:Into The Woods; Two Gentlemen; The Spoils; Sticks and Bones; The Last Five Years; Ruined; Lie of the Mind; Hurlyburly. He designed the Academy Awards from 2013-2016. Awards: Winner of 1997, 2004 OBIE Awards; 2004, 2005, 2007 Lortel Awards; 2009 Tony Award; 2011 Drama Desk Award; 2015, 2016 Art Directors Guild Award; 2014 Emmy Award.
Alejo Vietti (Costume Designer)BSC: Follies; Guys and Dolls; Sweet Charity; The Human Comedy; Travels With My Discontent. New York/Broadway: Allegiance (Drama Desk nomination); Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (West End, Olivier nomination, and U.S. national tour). Off-Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, MCC, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, City Center’s Encore, Irish Rep, New Group, Cherry Lane, Rattlestick, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and many more. Regional: Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage Company, Long Wharf Theatre, Old Globe, Colorado Ballet, Centerstage, Pasadena Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Co DC, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Guthrie, New York Stage and Film, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh Public, Saint Louis Repertory, Goodspeed Opera House, Philadelphia Theatre Company, 5th Avenue Seattle, and many more. International: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Donetsk Opera (Ukraine). Opera: Chicago Lyric, New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap, Opera Santa Barbara. Recipient of the 2010 TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. Other: Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Gold Unit 07/09.
Ken Billington (Lighting Designer)has almost 100 Broadway shows to his credit including such theatre milestones as Sweeney Todd and the longest running American musical in history, Chicago. Other Broadway productions include Amazing Grace; Sondheim on Sondheim; The Drowsy Chaperone and Footloose, to name a few. Many touring productions have included Chicago (worldwide); Riverdance (lighting supervisor); White Christmas and Annie. Other projects: Hugh Jackman in Concert, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (1979 to 2006), Fantasmic! at Disneyland and New York’s Tavern on the Green. Ken’s many awards include the Tony and the Lumen for his architectural work. In 2015 Ken was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Brad Berridge (Sound Designer)Over a dozen shows at BSC. Highlights: The Best of Enemies; The Crucible; A Streetcar Named Desire; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Whipping Man; Pool Boy. Off-Broadway: 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti (world premiere); Loot; Cactus Flower. Locally, many shows at Capital Repertory Theatre;highlights: Gypsy; The God Game (world premiere); A Christmas Carol; Other Desert Cites; The Secret Garden. Brad is an Associate Artist with WAM Theatre and has designed and composed music for nearly all of their local productions. Brad lives in the Berkshires with his wife, Ashley Berridge and their two children. www.bradberridge.com
Michael Andrew Rodgers (Production Stage Manager)At BSC: Best of Enemies; Pool Boy; Memory Show; Breaking the Code; The Other Place; Romance in Hard Times; Going to St. Ives; Zero Hour; 10X10; Lost in Yonkers; Butler.International Tours of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; Burn the Floor and Blue Man Group. NYC premiere of Tony Kushner’s Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… directed by Michael Grief (Public). World premieres of Terrence McNally’s Golden Age directed by Walter Bobbie (Kennedy Center). A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Anne Bogart (SITI), over 20 productions at the Prince Music Theater. As well as work for Lincoln Center, Drama Desk, Legends in Concert. A proud member of Actors Equity. BA Flagler College, MFA University of Alabama.
Heather Klein (Assistant Stage Manager) At BSC: Man of La Mancha and His Girl Friday last season. New York: Who’ll Save the Plowboy (Davenport Theatre); Theatre C’s Radiant Baby (Joe’s Pub); alloy theatre company’s The Mushroom Pickers; Vertical Player Repertory’s A View From the Bridge, an Opera; Clubbed Thumb’s Enfrascada. Regional: 14 productions at Goodspeed Musicals (favorites include world premieres of Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter and Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn; Fiddler on the Roof; 42nd Street); Long Wharf; Hartford Stage; Fusion Theatre; McCarter Theatre Center; Yale School of Drama; Berkshire Theatre Group. BA Brandeis University.
Pat McCorkle (Casting)(C.S.A.) McCorkle Casting LTD is pleased to be named “Associate Artist” and has been casting actors for Barrington Stage for 14 years. Broadway:Over 50 productions including On the Town; Amazing Grace; End ofthe Rainbow; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; One Flew OverThe Cuckoo’s Nest; Amadeus; She Loves Me; A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway: highlights—Clever Little Lies; Sheer Madness; Tribes; Our Town (Barrow Street); Freud’s Last Session; Toxic Avenger; Almost Maine; Driving Miss Daisy. Feature film: Premium Rush; Ghost Town; The Thomas Crown Affair; Die Hard with a Vengeance; School Ties; etc. Television:Twisted; St. George; Sesame Street; Hack; Californication; Max Bickford; Chappelle’s Show; Strangers with Candy; Barbershop; etc. www.mccorklecasting.com
The cast of PRESTO CHANGE-O! (Photo credit Scott Barrow)
Presto Change-O is a World Premiere from BSC’s acclaimed Musical Theatre Lab
Book and Lyrics byERIC PRICE Music byJOEL WAGGONER Choreographed byCHRIS BAILEY Illusions byJOSEPH WARTNERCHANEY Directed byMARC BRUNI
This exciting new musical tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family.
Starring: Michael Rupert, Jenni Barber, Jarrod Spector, Barbara Walsh, Bob Walton, and Lenny Wolpe
Sponsored in part by Carole and Dan Burack & Carrie and David Schulman
Presto Change-O was commissioned through the generosity of Carole and Dan Burack.
May 18 – June 11, 2016
St. Germain Stage
36 Linden Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201