"AND THEN THERE WERE NONE" AT NYC'S SECRET THEATRE
Since I'm always trying to keep my skills honed and fresh, there's nothing like doing good old-fashioned British melodrama to get back to basics. And this, Agatha Christie's original whodunit, has been a blast. From a fabulous cast - including Broadway's David Engel and PierStudios co-teacher Peggy Lewis - to a great director (the always fabulous Christopher Noffke), this experience has been a BLAST. And audiences are squirming in their seats! The show runs until April 28th in Long Island City! Get Tickets HERE.
"FREE TO BE" AT NYC'S MARTHA GRAHAM STUDIO THEATRE
After working on last year's "On the Town" (see below), Elizabeth Troxler asked me to be a part of this great evening of dance. Ms. Troxler is, perhaps, one of the most up-and-coming choreographers in Musical Theatre and she has made this piece in benefit of Heidi Latsky Dance - a dance company integrating people with disabilities. LOTS of styles and LOTS of Fun. 2 performances only on April 29th - at 2:30 and 7:00.
"ALL SHOOK UP" AT NORTH CAROLINA'S FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE
So excited to get cast at one of my bucket list theatres, the Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina. I previously directed and choreographed "All Shook Up" at the Riverside Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia back in 2011. So it's gonna be a BLAST to strap on my Blue Suede Shoes and check into the Heartbreak Hotel! Come and see us here: https://purchase.flatrockplayhouse.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=1984
"ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER" AT FLORIDA'S THEATREZONE
I'm back to my favorite theatre to play Sir Hubert Insdale in one of my favorite under-produced musicals - "On a Clear Day." In fact, I loved this musical so much growing up, I once named my goldfish Mark and Daisy. (I was 12.) So come see me, and my sun-kissed skin, in March. Tickets here: https://theatre.zone/show/on-a-clear-day-you-can-see-forever/
"FOREVER PLAID" AT WISCONSIN'S PALACE IN THE DELLS
I returned to Plaid-Land for the 5th time, this time as Director! After spending a month in Naples, Florida (see below), I switched to Sweaters and Scarves for blustery Wisconsin! I had the privilege of working with the new Plaids, this time: Bryan Dougherty, Scott Duell, Rory Dunn and Sean Widener. Audiences loved it and Broadway World called it "engaging," "captivating" and "fantastically performed." I can't wait for Forever Plaid #6!
"HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2018" AT FLORIDA'S THEATREZONE
Having previously done Home for the Holidays back in 2016, I was back for more FELIZ NAVIDAD. You can bet that I chewed the scenery, while sashaying through costume change after costume change. giving Ricky Martin a run for his money.
"CLOSET CASES" PODCAST EPISODE
I had the immense opportunity to perform in a live "Closet Cases" show at the historic Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of Gay Rights, as well as get interviewed by the dashing Shawn Hollenbach (Netflix's "Mortified Guide," A+E Networks) for a podcast episode. The show explores the humorous side of coming out of the closet: dramatic then, hilarious now. And past guests have included Willam Belli ("Rupaul's Drag Race", "A Star is Born"), Keith Price (Siruius XM Radio Host) and Eliot Glazer ("Broad City", Exexutive Story Editor on TV's "New Girl"). Shawn and I had a Faaaabulous time recounting my exploits as Enfant Gay-rible. Take a listen below and be sure to Subscribe HERE.
"ON THE TOWN" FOR NYC'S WAXLER PRODUCTIONS
New York, New York, a helluva show! Indeed this undertaking was behemoth. Directed by Richard Stafford (who directed me a decade ago in "Beauty and the Beast" at Westchester) and choreographed by the ferocious Elizabeth Troxler, this NYC showing wowed everyone with a cast of 33! I, of course, played a cornucopia of larger than life Manhattan denizens and even got to dance a little with ballet pros like Deanna Doyle.
"JOSEPH...TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT" AT THEATRE BY THE SEA
I was back for the third year at TBTS to associate direct and co-choreograph "Joseph" with the infamous Richard Sabellico. This non-traditional production was set in 1967 and featured Jacob & Sons Traveling Salvation Show - a touring troupe of players - who pulled costumes and props out of trunks to tell the Biblical tale. It was a huge hit for the theatre and the Providence Journal gave it a rave calling the show a "sizzling production."
NYTB CHOREOGRAPHY LAB
Working as a Creative Consultant over the last 4 years with the Lab has been a rewarding experience of mentoring young and up-and-coming choreographers as they learn new choreography skills and present new works. This time, I switched to the other side of things to present a new work - "Searching" - featuring 4 awesome dancers: Daniel Lynn Evans, Liam Johnson, Marty Lauter and Kevin Nietzel.
"FOREVER PLAID" RETURNS TO NYC FOR 30th ANNIVERSARY SHOWS
I was very honored to be included with the "Plaid" family as Production Supervisor for this set of 30th Anniversary shows. Back in 1988, Stuart Ross presented a little skit called "The 4 Plaids" and little did he know that'd grow into the most performed Off-Broadway musical of all time! To celebrate in style, Stuart rounded up 4 new (read: young) Plaids who meet their vintage Plaid brothers (read: old). The cast was fabulous with the original Smudge, David Engel, returning joined by Paul Castree (10 Broadway shows), Nick Cearley (The Skivvies) and more!
DAVID BAIDA'S "UNEXPECTED SURPRISE" WINS BIG AT THE MAC AWARDS
After winning the prestigious MetroStar Cabaret Competition in late 2016, David Baida (Broadway's "On Your Feet") made his Cabaret debut in 2017 with "Unexpected Surprise." I coached David for the competition and then, subsequently, directed this gem which Cabaret legend Roy Sander called "clever, funny, inventive and very entertaining." The MAC Awards thought so as well and awarded David a MAC award for Best NYC Debut Male. That was QUITE a feat with a season fraught with debuts!
"ME AND MY GIRL" AT THEATREZONE
I was back to one of my favorite gigs, TheatreZone, for a silly departure with this decidedly British period piece - "Me and My Girl." Cast as the uppercrust family solicitor with a penchant for cookies, Mr. Herbert Parchester was pleasing to both crowd and critics. The Naples Daily News commented on my "memorable portrayal," saying that my "timing prove[d] impeccable." Thank you Mark Danni for allowing me to play!
"MIRACLE ON 34th STREET" AT THE NAPLES PLAYERS
Got the chance to direct and choreograph this somewhat forgotten musical for TNP at the Sugden! Formerly known as "Here's Love" when it debuted on Broadway in 1963, this version features music and lyrics by Meredith Willson ("The Music Man") and includes the holiday hit "It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas." The show came to life in dazzling colors, bringing the holiday spirit to even the most cynical of New Yorkers - ME.
"NEWSIES" AT MAINE STATE MUSIC THEATRE
After playing a 17 year old in "Grease" at MSMT, I would naturally be cast as a stuffy, syncophantic, non-dancing 40-something accountant in Disney's "Newsies." (Obvi.) Thank you Marc Robin for let me stretch my versatility in the acting department. Those Newsies boys, however, earned their paycheck much to the delight of our audiences. Check out the video!
"GREASE" AT MAINE STATE MUSIC THEATRE
I returned to Rydell High for another Hand Jive in "Grease", which I previously did at both the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach and Walnut Street in Philadelphia. It was beyond exciting finally getting to work with the fabulous Mark Martino and, of course, giving my falsetto a work-out (and eating a few Twinkies along the way!). Roger and the Burger Palace Boys Forever!