Jersey Boys

Meet the Cast

Justin Scott Brown
Justin Scott Brown
Tommy DeVito

Justin Scott Brown is thrilled to be returning to Capital Rep having appeared in Smokey Joe’s Cafe in 2014! Broadway: Anastasia. National Tours: Les Misérables (Marius), Spring Awakening 1st National. Off-Broadway: Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: A Little Night Music (A.C.T. SF), Next to Normal (Baltimore Center Stage), The Pin-Up Girls (Meadow Brook Theatre), Into the Woods (Westport Playhouse), Meet Me in St. Louis, Titanic (The Muny), The 85th Academy Awards. Graduate of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

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Brian Michael Henry
Brian Michael Henry
Nick Massi

Brian Michael Henry is thrilled to be making his Capital Rep debut in Jersey Boys! He was most recently seen as Monsieur Martine in Stephen Schwartz’s The Baker’s Wife at Theater Row in NYC. Selected credits include Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (Hippodrome, NCL, Majestic, Beef and Boards), Camelot (Sierra Rep.), Ragtime (The Eagle Theatre and Bristol Riverside), Sunset Boulevard, Side Show (The Media Theatre) and South Pacific (Westchester Broadway Theatre, Ivoryton). Brian is a graduate of PSU and Manhattan School of Music. His albums of original music, Remote Work and The Horror! The Horror! are available anywhere you can stream music. IG: @brianmhenry30 |  www.brianmichaelhenry.com 

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Jeffrey Kringer
Jeffrey Kringer
Bob Gaudio

Jeffrey Kringer An acclaimed American stage performer immersed in the theater and nightclub venues of Manhattan, Kringer has also enjoyed touring nationally and performing in the regional circuits: About Love (Off-Broadway), Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical (1st National Tour), Superyou (NYC Industry Reading), West Side Story (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Carousel (Riverside Theater) Catch Me If You Can (New London Barn Playhouse). This Autumn, Jeffrey will join the company of Titanic at Milwaukee Repertory Theater to take on the role of Barrett. Jeffrey holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia. IG:@jeffreykringer

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Evan Jay Newman
Evan Jay Newman
Frankie Valli

Evan Jay Newman is thrilled to join the Capital Rep family, returning to a dream role after performing in Jersey Boys NCL! Broadway: Les Miserables (Gavroche: 10th Anniversary); Paul Simon’s The Capeman (Young Salvi); A Christmas Carol (Jonathon) National Tour: Carole’s Kings (Piano/Man 3); Beauty and the Beast (Chip) Regional: Piano Men (Eagle Theatre); Nine (Papermill Playhouse); Television: Law & Order SVU; Saturday Night Live. Evan is also an accomplished music director and composer. Many thanks to his family, this team, Stephanie Klapper Casting, and everyone at ATB Talent Agency. Proud member of AEA. More at www.evanjaynewman.net. Instagram: @evanjaynewman.

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Nick Anastasia
Nick Anastasia
Joey Pesci, Frankie Valli Cover

Nick Anastasia is making his Capital Rep debut! Professional credits include: Hair (Claude, International/European Tour), Friends! The Musical Parody (Ross, Original Off-Broadway Cast/North American Tour, Voca People (Tenoro, Off-Broadway*/National/International Tours, *Lucille Lortel Award),Monster Jam (Host/Announcer, Fox Sports 1), Burt & Me (Jerry), The Love Note (Adam, Original Off-Broadway Cast), In The Heights (Sonny, Regional Premiere), Scab (featuring Alice Ripley), Little Women (Laurie), Baby (Danny),Disney Cruise Line (Disney Fantasy), bare (Jason, Licensed Premiere), & most recently, Laughing Matters Vol. 6 at Florida Studio Theatre. Overflowing with gratitude to Capital Rep for this opportunity…This one is for LA FAMIGLIA down in Jersey! Instagram: @nottherussianprincess

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Shayne David Cameris
Shayne David Cameris
Bob Crewe, Hank Majewski, 2nd ASM

Shayne David Cameris is a local boy and is THRILLED to be back with theREP. Credits include: Capital Repertory Theatre- Fly: (Reynolds), Cinderella: On the GO! (King et. al), Sleepy Hollow: On the GO! (Brom Bones), Camelot (Guilliam/Percussionist), Blue Sky Boys (CJ Caldwell); Lake George Dinner Theatre-Buyer and Cellar (Alex More) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Henry et. Al); Troy Foundry Theatre-Where There’s Smoke: Ilium Burns, The Prohibition Project: Ilium Was, Catastrophe Carnivale and New World Order; Saratoga Shakespeare –Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (Mistress Quickly et. Al), The Winter’s Tale(Clown), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Dull); Theatre Voices-The Birthday Party (Stanley). Creative Associate with Troy Foundry. Love to JSC. www.sdcameris.com  

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Kyle Garvin
Kyle Garvin
Rap Star, Barry Belson, Detective #1, Ensemble

Kyle Garvin  is so honored to be at Capital Repertory Theater! Originating from Bridgeport, CT, Kyle earned a BFA degree in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts. Kyle has toured both nationally and internationally in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Go Diego Go Live!, and Thomas and Friends Live! He’s performed regionally in theaters across the country, his favorite credits include Twist: An American Musical, under the direction of Debbie Allen (Alliance Theater, Pasadena Playhouse), Hairspray (Courthouse Repertory Theater) , Matilda (Virginia Stage Company), The Wild Party (Barrow Group Theater), and Oliver (Paper Mill Playhouse), Parable of the Sower Opera (Touring).

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Taylor Hilt Mitchell
Taylor Hilt Mitchell
Nicky DeVito, Norm Waxman, Charlie Caiello, Dance Captain, Ensemble

Taylor Hilt Mitchell is “walking like a man” because he’s back with his Cap Rep family! Audiences might remember him at Capital Repertory Theatre as Eddie/Dance Captain in MAMMA MIA! or the Chief Male Elf in A Christmas Story. National Tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Tumbling Carpet), The Wizard of Oz (Mayor of Munchkin City), Suessical: The Musical (Wickersham Brother/Vocal Captain). Regional: Actor’s Playhouse: It Shoulda Been You (Brian), Carousel (Enoch Snow, Jr.), Evita (Dance Captain), Memphis (Perry Como, Dance Captain, Associate Choreographer). Proud graduate of Catholic University and proud AEA member. www.taylorhiltmitchell.com @taylorHmitchell Thankful.

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Shannon Rafferty
Shannon Rafferty
Mary Delgado, Ensemble

Shannon Rafferty is thrilled to be back at theREP after previously appearing in The Crucible (Abigail), Man of La Mancha(Antonia), and The Marvelous Wonderettes. Most recently, Shannon appeared as The Mouth in Not I with Troy Foundry Theatre, where she is a resident company member. Some other favorite stage credits include The Damned, Where There’s Smoke; Ilium Burns (Troy Foundry Theatre); Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker (NYSTI); Sally Bowles, Cabaret (Park Playhouse); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Walnut Street Theatre/ Riverside Theatre.) Shannon is a member of Hold on Honeys, an indie-folk vocal trio and is a proud member of Actors Equity.  www.shannonrafferty.com @holdonhoneys 

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Buzz Roddy
Buzz Roddy
Gyp DeCarlo, Judge, Finney, Bowling Alley Owner

Buzz Roddy is back on stage again! It’s wonderful to see you. Before The Great Pause, Buzz last appeared at The Rep in The Oxford Roof Climbers Rebellion. A pre-pandemic selection – Theatre: national tour of Cheers, (playing Cliff Clavin); Awake and Sing, (Quintessence); A Christmas Carol, (Hartford Stage); (A)Loft Modulation, and The Show-Off (both Off-Broadway). TV: Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, The Deuce; The Blacklist, Russian Doll, Blue Bloods, Search Party, Younger, Jessica Jones, Gotham, Flight of the Conchords, 30 Rock. Movies: Passing, A Nice Girl Like You, Windows On The World. Buzz lives in The Bronx with his wife, Laurie Dawn.

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Josh DeMarco
Josh DeMarco
Stoch, Joey Pesci Cover, Ensemble

Josh DeMarco couldn’t be happier to be returning to TheRep this summer for Jersey Boys! Josh is an Albany native and has been involved with TheRep for 5 years now! Previous credits include: The Full Monty, Shakespeare in Love, She Loves Me and Mamma Mia! Other credits within the community include: In the Heights, How to Succeed…, Damn Yankees, All Shook Up and others. Please enjoy the show!

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Jake Goodman
Jake Goodman
Donnie, Joe Long, Ensemble

Jake Goodman is thrilled to be returning to the rep for Jersey Boys! First show post pandemic. Previous rep credits include Your Best One, Camelot, and A Christmas Story: The Musical. Other regional credits include Newsies, Urinetown, How to Succeed…, Grease, Mary Poppins, and Little Shop of Horrors. Endless love to my family, friends, and Sabrina for their endless love and support. Love you forever, mom. 

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Madalyn Montgomery
Madalyn Montgomery
Francine, Angel, Ensemble

Madalyn Montgomery is a Junior BFA Musical Theater major at Nazareth College and is so ecstatic to be back at theREP! Recent credits: Into The Woods (Little Red), Pippin (Swing), Chicago Workshop 360 (Ensemble), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Sally Brown) at Callahan Theater, The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Little Women (Amy March) at NHS, One Night Only Cabaret, Cady Huffman at Proctors Theatre. Love and thanks to family, friends, and Bill Daugherty for their endless support, Maggie, Freddy and Todd for this incredible opportunity and the Jersey Boys team for a memorable summer! @madalyn.a.montgomery

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Victoria Preisman
Victoria Preisman
Swing

Victoria Preisman is so excited to be back at theREP! Victoria is an NYC-based actor, singer, and dancer originally from Albany, NY. Previous credits include: The Full Monty (Ensemble/Swing) at Capital Repertory Theatre, Cry-Baby (Hatchet-Face) at Roxy Regional Theatre, It Had To Be You (Catherine) at Winnipesaukee Playhouse, and Bernarda Alba (Maria Josepha) at the New Studio on Broadway. Victoria has a BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She would like to thank her Dad, Mom, Jules, Martin, and the rest of her friends/family for their constant love and support! victoriapreisman.com

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Morgan Smith
Morgan Smith
Angel, Ensemble

Morgan Smith is an Albany native- Morgan is thrilled to spend her summer at the Rep! Smith has spent the last few years originating the role of Grete in Kafka’s Metamorphosis: the Musical. With this production, she has toured several Fringe Festivals (Montreal, Capital Fringe, NYMF), performed at 54 Below, Auburn Public Theatre, and participated in a Reading directed by Emmy award-winning, Alan Muraoka. She also originated the role of “Sam” in Weird! The Musical and toured with Peaceful Schools Productions. She is featured on the Original Cast Albums for both shows! She is thankful for the support of her family and friends, as well as the cast and crew!

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Nicole Zelka
Nicole Zelka
Lorraine, Angel, Ensemble

Nicole Zelka  is thrilled to be a part of another summer at theREP! National Tour: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Ensemble, u/s Mrs. Teavee, u/s Mrs. Gloop), Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Gabrielle, u/s Marie). Other credits at theREP include The Full Monty (Estelle), and Mamma Mia! (Lisa). Love and thanks to Maggie, Freddy, Todd, and Josh. Proud LDC Artist. Love to my family – This ones for my Four Seasons loving stepdad! nicolezelka / nicolezelka.com

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Maggie Cahill
Maggie Cahill
Director

(Capital Repertory Theatre Producing Artistic Director) has worked on and off Broadway and in numerous regional theatres, directing more than 100 productions. As Producing Artistic Director of Capital Rep since 1995, she directs plays and musicals each season, including Shakespeare in Love, Nora, Red, Ring of Fire, The Secret GardenTo Kill a Mockingbird, Grand View, Metamorphoses, Terra Nova, Syncopation and The Irish And How They Got That Way. A great proponent of history and the power of theatre to ignite young imaginations, Maggie has written and co-written several plays for Capital Rep’s On the Go Theatre for Young Audiences tours, including Pure Poe, They Built America: the Immigrants Who Built the Erie Canal, Friend of a Friend (with Jill Rafferty-Weinisch), Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella! (with Margaret E. Hall). She is the recipient of the Norman E. Rice Award for Excellence in Arts Education, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Chamber of Commerce and was named a Woman of Excellence by the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce. She holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University.

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Freddy Ramirez
Choreographer

Freddy Ramirez is an Associate Artist at The Rep and Assistant Artistic Director at The Northeast Ballet Company. A former Broadway performer and In Forward Motion Dance Company member Freddy now calls upstate NY home. He most recently choreographed  The Irish and How They Got That Way, Full Monty, She Loves Me, Mamma Mia, Camelot, A Christmas Story, Gypsy and the Secret Garden at the Rep. Other Directing and Choreography credits include Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Carousel, Bye Bye Birdie, Little Shop of Horrors & Nunsense for numerous regional and repertory theatres. Freddy has also been the Choreographer for All Shook Up, Aida, Pippin, Les Miserables and RENT at the School of Performing Arts Broadway program at Proctors Theatre. In addition to the musical theatre world Freddy has created choreography for plays including Shakespeare in Love, Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley, the Word Premieres of The Naked Influence and Some People Hear Thunder, and for national and international dance companies. His dance works have been performed in Germany, Italy and here in the US.

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Todd Olson
Music Director/Arranger

Todd Olson  first began entertaining at a young age by holding concerts in the living room, garage, and backyard. He has since performed on countless stages across the country, most of which were significantly bigger than the backyard. He is delighted to return to Capital Rep, where he first performed A Night With Janis Joplin in 2016. National Tour Credits: Xanadu (Music Supervisor), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (feat. The Coasters), A Christmas Carol. Proud recipient of the TBA Award Winner for Best Music Direction (A Night With Janis Joplin at American Conservatory Theater). Former Senior Music Supervisor at RWS Entertainment Group. Vocal Director/Arranger for Celebrity Cruises. BFA, NYU (Tisch). @toddolsonnyc

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David McQuillen Robertson
Scenic Designer

David McQuillen Robertson this is his second production at Cap Rep, previously designing Its a Wonderful Life… Newsies (La Mirada), Mamma Mia, Hunchback…, Mary Poppins, Kinky Boots (Front Row Theatrical), Peter and the Starcatcher, Sister Act, Sweeney Todd, 9 to 5, Spring Awakening (Melbourne, Florida)

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Travis McHale
Lighting Designer

Travis McHale Capital Rep: Shakespeare In Love, His Eye is On The Sparrow, Mamma Mia!, Camelot, , The Irish…, Blithe Spirit and others . Recent designs include Is There Still Sex In The City?, Mister Miss America, and #DateMe (off-Broadway), and six inaugural shows on the new Regent Seven Seas Splendor for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Regional Theatre: Alabama Shakespeare, Bucks County Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Northern Stage, Theatre Aspen, Westport Country Playhouse, Weston Theatre Company, among others. NYC: Off-Broadway, for NY Fashion Week and at Carnegie Hall. Broadway: Associate Designer for 11 shows and tours, including Sunset Boulevard and Something Rotten! Faculty: State University of New York at New Paltz. Member: USA829. www.travismchale.com

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Howard Tsvi Kaplan
Costumes

Howard Tsvi Kaplan For twenty-five seasons Mr. Kaplan has been the Resident Costume Designer for the Sarasota Opera, where he has designed over 120 productions.  His recent endeavors include designing the costumes for Blithe Spirit (Which he won Best Costume Award for Berkshire Area Broadway World Award) for Capital Rep; My Fair Lady, and Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Barter Theatre ; Streetcar Named Desire, Werther, and The Consul for Florida Grand Opera. Design credits include twelve years as the principal designer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College; THE MIKADO at Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Man of La Mancha for the Olney Theatre for which he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.He was a resident designer for both The Alley Theatre, where he designed the American Premiere of…HENCEFORWARD, written and directed by Alan Ayckborn; and The Asolo Theatre, where he designed the World Premiere of Horton Footes’ Talking Pictures. 

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Curtis Craig
Sound Designer

Curtis Craig is making his Capital Rep debut. This year he has designed The Hot Wing King (Studio Theater, Washington DC) World Premiers of Dominique Morriseau’s Confederates (Signature Theater, NYC) and Steve Broadnax’s Bayard Rustin – Beyond Ashland (People’s Light & Theatre Company, Philadelphia) in addition to composing and designing The Three Musketeers at the Cleveland Playhouse. He has recently collaborated on World Premiers of Mud Row (People’s Light) as well as Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap for the Denver Center. He has designed & composed for a wide variety of shows for Classical Theatre of Harlem, Syracuse Stage, Lantern Theatre, Denver Center, Baltimore Center Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Rep, Detroit Public Theater, Chautauqua Theater Company, Dallas Theater Center and New York Fringe. His composition & sound design for the American premier of Frankenstein will be exhibited at the World Stage Design expo in Calgary. Associate Professor of Sound Design – Penn State. www.curtiscraig.com

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David Orlando
Projection Designer

David Orlando is excited to make his Cap Rep design debut on Jersey Boys. David’s recent video work has been designing Oscar Micheaux Suite with Prospect Theater Company and programming Lizzie with Madison Theater at Molloy College. He has had the recent pleasure of working at Juilliard, Molloy College, Five Towns College, Moonbox Productions, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Capital Repertory Theater, and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. David received his BFA in Lighting Design from Boston University. He also formerly served as the resident lighting designer of the New Classics Company and former Professor of Lighting at Five Towns College.

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Stephanie Klapper
Casting Director

Stephanie Klapper  is beyond happy to return to working in live theatre with Maggie, the Capital Rep family, and the Jersey Boys cast and creative team. SKC’s award-winning work is frequently seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally, on film, television, and streaming media. Stephanie, along with her exceptional team, is dedicated to continuing to expand and champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in the business. Connecting creative, caring people to each other to make extraordinary things happen is amongst her greatest joys. With the return of live theatre, recent projects include: The Daughter in-Law (Mint), Grace, the Musical (Ford’s Theatre), The Volt Festival celebrating the plays of Karen Hartman – The New Golden Age, The Lucky Star, Goldie Max, and Milk (59 E 59th); Islander (Theatre 46), Elfquest (audio movied), Rooted (Cincinnati Playhouse). Ms. Klapper is passionate about arts education and working with creative teams to develop and expand the scope of established and new works. Ms. Klapper teaches for NYU’s New Studio on Broadway, University of Oklahoma, USC, and is a frequent guest lecturer at many colleges and universities. She is a mentor with NYU Women’s Mentorship Program as well as Fordham High School for the Arts in the Bronx, and is a member of the National Board of the Casting Society, Casting Society Cares, and New York Women in Film.  

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John Godbout
Production Stage Manager

John Godbout is thrilled to be returning to Capital Rep after eleven years.  For Capital Rep, he has stage managed Old Wicked Songs, Skylight, King O’ The Moon, Having Our Say, Cowgirls, Art, Striking 12, The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion, James Joyce’s The Dead, Boston Marriage, The Seafarer, My Fair Lady, Betrayal, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Lady With All The Answers, The Marvelous Wonderettes, 33 Variations, Cactus Flower, A Christmas Story, Shipwrecked!, Crowns, and Kingdom of the Shore.  John is currently a resident stage manager for Cleveland Play House.  He has also stage managed at North Shore Music Theatre, Weston Playhouse Theatre, Northern Stage, Shakespeare & Company, Barrington Stage, Seaside Music Theatre, Tantrum Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group and Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

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Rose Biggerstaff
Assistant Stage Manager

Rose Biggerstaff is thrilled to be back at theRep! Prior to working on Jersey Boys and The True, Rose has worked both backstage and on stage! Past credits include directing and stage managing with companies such as Northeast Theater Ensemble, SLOC, BrownBox Productions, NSCP, Proctors, as well as many others. Outside of theatre she enjoys painting, reading and going on hikes. Wishing broken legs to the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to put this show on stage!

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Marshall Brickman

(Book) Films (author or co-author): Sleeper, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery, For the Boys, Intersection; (as writer/director): Simon, Lovesick, The Manhattan Project, Sister Mary Explains it All. Television: “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” (head writer), “The Dick Cavett Show” (head writer/co-producer). He has published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy and other periodicals and was the 2006 recipient of the Writers Guild of America’s Ian McClellan Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award. Jersey Boys, his first venture into musical theatre, won four Tonys including Best Musical. The Addams Family, his second Broadway venture (with co-author Rick Elice), has played on national and international tours. He lives in New York City and hopes to die in his sleep, surrounded by his loved ones and their attorneys.

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Rick Elice

Rick Elice (Book) co-wrote Jersey Boys (winner 2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman. His play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Rick) and won five, more than any play that season. Also on Broadway, Elice wrote The Adams Family (with Marshall Brickman, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa). In 2014, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego presented the world premiere of his musical, Dog and Pony (music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker). He is currently writing a musical for Disney Theatricals with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the film Make Believe, and Super Fly (co-written with Seth Svi Rosenfeld), directed and choreographed by modern dance legend, Bill T. Jones. Heartfelt thanks to those whose work in the theatre makes him grateful for the day he was born: Sondheim, Stoppard, Bennett, Prince, Fosse, Robbins, Nichols, Tune, Nunn, Laurents, Stone, Kushner, Taymor, Papp, Schumacher, Schneider, Coyne, Brickman, Timbers and Rees. Rick thinks about them a lot. He never thought about Jersey much. He does now.

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Bob Gaudio
Composer

Bob Gaudio wrote his first hit, “Who Wears Short Shorts,” at 15, for the Royal Teens, and then went on to become a founding member of the Four Seasons and the band’s principal songwriter. He also produced the hit, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” for Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand (Grammy nomination, Record of the Year) as well as six albums for Diamond, including The Jazz Singer. Other producing credits include albums for Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and the soundtrack for the film Little Shop of Horrors. Several songs co-written with Bob Crewe have been cover hits for such artists as the Tremeloes (“Silence is Golden”), the Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”) and Lauryn Hill (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”). With his wife, Judy Parker, Gaudio produced and co-wrote the Who Loves You album for the Four Seasons and one of Billboard’s longest-charted singles (54 weeks). “Oh, What a Night.” A high point in his career came in 1990 when, as a member of the original Four Seasons, Gaudio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which hailed him as “a quintessential music-maker.” To this day, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli still maintain their partnership…on a handshake.

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Bob Crewe
Lyricist

“New York was pregnant in the fifties,” says Bob Crewe, “gestating with possibilities.” Crewe and music partner, Frank Slay, became independent writer-producers when the category hadn’t yet been invented. In 1957 they wrote and produced “Silhouettes” for The Rays, which skyrocketed to #1. Suddenly, producers in demand, they launched Freddie Cannon’s “Tallahassee Lassie” and Billy & Lillie’s “Lah Dee Da.” Crewe’s 1960s unprecedented producing success with The Four Seasons birthed a new sound, striking a major chord in American pop. “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Candy Girl,” “Ronnie” – all smashes! When lead Frankie Valli demanded a solo turn, Crewe and Bob Gaudio wrote (and Crewe produced) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” which eventually became the century’s fifth most-played song. Crewe ran hot with artists from Vicki Carr, Oliver and Lesly Gore to Mitch Ryder, co-writing with Charles Fox the soundtrack for Jane Fonda’s film, “Barbarella.” Then his own Bob Crewe Generation exploded with Music to Watch Girls By. In 1972 Bob was in L.A., where he revived Frankie Valli with “My Eyes Adored You,” by Crewe and Kenny Nolan. They also co-wrote Patti Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade” (#1, July ’75) which was a high again on the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge (#1, June ’01).

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Rebecca Benjamin
Keyboard 2

Rebecca Benjamin is a musician and an educator in the capital region. She enjoys hiking, running, and biking. She is currently preparing her hedgehog for the arrival of their human sibling. Special thanks to her wonderfully supportive husband, David Michael Benjamin Jr. 

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Ian Kerr-Mace
Percussion

Ian Kerr-Mace  holds degrees in music from Rutgers University, the University at Buffalo, and SUNY Schenectady. As a drummer, he can be heard on releases from Brave Cove Records, No Sleep Records, Z Tapes, and Fivekill Records; has toured throughout the USA + Canada. As a low brass player, he can be heard on releases from Infrasonic Press and MSR Classics; has held positions with Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Schenectady Symphony, and Imperial Brass; has also appeared in orchestras for ADDAMS FAMILY, ANYTHING GOES, BULLY NO MORE, BYE BYE BIRDIE, GUYS AND DOLLS, HELLO DOLLY!, THE MUSIC MAN, TARZAN. 

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Harry Lumb
Lead Guitar, Co-Arranger

Harry Lumb is a Schenectady-based guitarist and orchestrator specializing in musical theater; he has played at many theaters on the East Coast. This is Harry’s third production here at Capital Rep, and the third he has contributed musical arrangements to; he hopes to enjoy many more productions in the future. 

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Julie Taylor
Woodwinds

Julie Taylor has been a band teacher at Bethlehem CSD since 2007. An active performing musician, she plays clarinet with Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Glens Falls City Band, and Albany Pro Musica; and as a woodwind doubler in local pit orchestras including Playhouse Stage Company, SLOC, and numerous high school shows each year. Ms. Taylor maintains a private clarinet studio, hosts Woodwind clinics, is a NYSSMA adjudicator, conducts the ESYO Concertino Woodwinds and honor bands across NY. She and Harry are enjoying this summer playing Jersey Boys and swimming in their pool. Sending love to JDS. 

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Tim Wendt
Trumpet

Tim Wendt is very excited to be back at CapRep and especially in the new theatre. Very different than it was for “A Christmas Story” and “A Night with Janis Joplin.
Seven years – USAF bandsman. 
National tours: Opera a la Carte, The Dallas Brass, John Tesh, Michael Crawford, Brian Setzer, Ricky Fante. TV appearances: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Soul Train.  
Broadway: Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Anything Goes, Hairspray, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein, Beauty and The Beast. Lead Trumpet for Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, Rachel Zegler, Sutton Foster, Lindsey Mendez, Kirstin Chenoweth, Laura Bell Bundy, Jim Walton, Christian Borle, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers. Background musician in SMASH, The West Wing, Red Dragon, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. 

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Outreach was made to The League of Theatre Artists, a group of diverse actors, directors and playwrights, who spent summers at Art Awareness in Lexington. Working together, these artists, community leaders and an army of volunteers founded Capital Repertory Company. This initial investment of time and resources created the highly acclaimed, award-winning Capital Repertory Theatre with an annual operating budget of $2.3 million, and a history of producing more than 5,000 performances, employing more than 1,500 professional artists.

In all programs and services, theREP serves its mission by embracing the community as a source of inspiration. We embrace cast, crew and audiences from every background to expand the horizons of thought and understanding of the human condition through the power of theatre.

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