Errol and Fidel, A New Musical, Announce Cast and Creative Team
New York, NY (6/19/17) – The cast and creative team for the New York premiere of the new Australian musical, Errol and Fidel, with book by Boyd Anderson and Guy Anderson, music by Peter Kaldor, John Kaldor and Doug Oberhamer, and lyrics by Boyd Anderson, has been announced. Errol and Fidel, an Official Selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival, and the only international production chosen this year, will be directed by Michael Bello, with choreography by Justin Boccito and music direction, arrangements & orchestrations by Doug Oberhamer. Errol and Fidel has the honor of opening the festival on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:00pm and will play a total of five performances at Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street).
Cuba, 1958: Revolution is in the air! In his final year, Errol Flynn is looking for one last adventure. The dashing infamous star of many Hollywood blockbusters yearns to be a real hero. Fidel Castro craves fame, and who better than Errol to show him the way? At the height of the revolution, the two men are drawn together by a mysterious woman. But who is really calling the shots? Errol, Fidel the mysterious woman, or just maybe, the CIA is really pulling all the strings. Fueled by lust, vanity and envy - who knew revolution could be so much fun.
Errol and Fidel will star Jonathan Stewart as Errol and George Psomas as Fidel with Alan M-L Wager, Sydia Cedeno, Ryan Walsh, Claire Saunders, Cole Grissom, Jon Cooper, Alex Drost, Kaitlyn Frank, Rashaan James II, Maiza Miller, and Alexandria van Paris.
The creative team includes Starlet Jacobs (Scenic Designer), Heather Carey (Costume Designer), Isabella Byrd (Lighting Designer), and Shannon Slaton (Sound Designer).
Errol and Fidel will play the following performance schedule: Monday, July 10 at 7:00pm; Thursday, July 13 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm, Friday, July 14 at 5:00pm; and Sunday, July 16 at 9:00pm.
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Jonathan Stewart (Errol) Off Broadway: A Loss of Roses, Perfect Crime, A Little Night Music, Road to Hollywood, Valentino the Musical. Regional: On Golden Pond (Colony Theater Burbank); 42nd Street, By Jeeves (Goodspeed Musicals); Richard II, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night (Utah Shakespearean Festival); Dallas Shakespeare Festival; Dallas Theater Center; Bucks County Playhouse; American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T); TV: "Law & Order S.V.U.," "White Collar," "As the World Turns.” MFA, American Conservatory Theater.
George Psomas (Fidel) Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof (2015 Revival), South Pacific (2008 LCT Revival). NYC: NYMF’s Next Broadway Sensation (Season 2 Winner), Oh Lady Lady. Regional: Play It By Heart (Naji), Once Upon A Time in New Jersey (Vinnie), Godspell (Judas). Film: Jersey Shore Massacre, Family On Board, Bittersweet Sixteen. Voice-over: Pizza Hut National Commercial, The Upstate Four (Bunko Studios/Cartoon Network) Print: Vogue Magazine “Romeo & Juliet” by Annie Leibovitz. www.GeorgePsomas.com.
Alan M-L Wager (Rimmer) stood-by for three roles in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway after returning from the National Tour. Selected credits include: Ravenal in Show Boat, Pirelli & The Beadle in Sweeney Todd, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone and Santa in Radio City Christmas Spectacular. He’s sung at the White House and at Carnegie Hall with the NY Pops and is the co-founder of the multiple Emmy nominated, award winning 22Q Entertainment. www.22QEntertainment.com.
Sydia Cedeno (Mima) has graced the stage for forty years, as actress, singer and director. Co-founder of the Runaway Theater Company, where she served as Artistic Director as well as performer. Sydia was a reader for the “All Write” Selected Shorts program with Symphony Space for many years, recorded for NPR. This is her second collaboration with the incomparable Michael Bello and Justin Buccitto, who cast her as Abuela in last year’s highly successful production of In the Heights with the Gallery Players.
Ryan Walsh (Goode) Credits include: Billy Elliot (Chicago/1st National), The Most Happy Fella! (City Center Encores), ZORRO (Shanghai), Death for Five Voices (Sheen Center), Les Misérables (Maltz Jupiter, NSMT), LMNOP, The Pirates of Penzance (Goodspeed), Bye, Bye, Birdie, Side Show, Girl Crazy (Kennedy Center). You'll be able to find him soon on HBO’s upcoming show, “The Deuce.” Ryan is also a published author, an established artist, and a community activist. BFA: Hartt. RyanBauer-Walsh.com
Claire Saunders (Lola) is thrilled to be working on this new work with such a stunning group of artists. Most recently in Marry Harry at The York Theatre. Other credits: The Pirates of Penzance, (Daughter, Barrington Stage Co.), Taming Of The Shrew (Bianca, New York Classical Theatre), In The Heights (Vanessa, Gallery Players). Proud Carnegie Mellon alum.
Cole Grissom (Tony) is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut. Most recently, he played the title role in NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ Off-Broadway production of The Mikado. Previously seen as Edna Turnblad (Hairspray), Maximillian (Candide), Elomire (la bete), Neville Craven (The Secret Garden), Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods), Marcello (La Boheme), and the title roles in Macbeth, The Marriage of Figaro, and Tartuffe.
Jon Cooper (Ensemble) NYMF debut. Tour: Appasionata. Regional: Oklahoma (Trinity Rep; Dir. Richard Jenkins), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Ogunquit Playhouse), Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof (Stages St. Louis), George M!, Crazy For You (Theater-by-the-Sea). Film: Girl Most Likely (w/ Kristen Wiig). Jon's choreography has been featured at Columbia University, Classic Stage Company, and more. @jonmjcooper
Alex Drost (Ensemble) is very excited to be a part of Errol and Fidel. Regional: Fulton Theatre: Billy Elliot (Tony), Beauty and the Beast; Maine State Music Theatre: Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Mamma Mia!; Forestburgh Playhouse: The Rocky Horror Show (Frank 'N' Furter), 42nd Street (Andy Lee), La Cage aux Folles (Jean-Michel). Other favorite credits include: Gypsy (Tulsa), POP! Who Shot Andy Warhol? (Candy Darling), Les Misérables, The Drowsy Chaperone, Damn Yankees, Mary Poppins, The Music Man, Young Frankenstein. Native of Blairsville, GA and recent graduate of Western Carolina University with a B.F.A. in Theatre. www.alexdrost.net
Kaitlyn Frank (Ensemble/Dance Captain) is so thrilled to return to NYMF for her second summer! Recent credits include The Newsies Movie, Newsies - 1st National Tour (Sniper u/s Katherine), White Christmas (National Tour), What Do Critics Know? (NYMF) and NYC venues such as New York City Center, the Joyce Theatre, Signature Theatre, Joe's Pub and The Duke on 42nd Street. Emerson '14. Tap teacher at BDC. www.kaitlynfrank.com
Rashaan James II (Ensemble) went to University at Buffalo for a BFA in Musical theatre and a BA in Dance. Some of his favorite credits include touring with Dirty Dancing (Ensemble/Tito u/s), Joseph…Dreamcoat at Dallas Theater Center (Naphtali), Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holliday (Tru-Tone/5 Tuxes), Swing! (Sexy Couple), West Side Story , (International Tour), South Pacific (Swing, 1st National Tour) and 42nd Street (National Tour).
Maiza Miller (Ensemble) is thrilled to join the cast of Errol and Fidel for the NYMF! Maiza is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She was recently seen in a Co-Pro of Anything Goes at Gateway and Ogunquit Playhouse where she played the role of "Virtue". Other credits include; Tours: 42nd Street (Phyllis), Cabaret (Lulu) Regional: Guys n’ Dolls, The Producers, Crazy 4 You and The Adamm's Family. maizamiller.me
Alexandria Van Paris (Ensemble) is absolutely ecstatic to be making her NYMF debut with this fabulous team! Regional highlights: Chastity Angel in Anything Goes (Musicals Tonight!), Velma Kelly in Chicago (The Legacy Theatre), Bombalurina in CATS (Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre), and Jean Harlow in the world premiere of Chasing Rainbows: Road to Oz (Flat Rock Playhouse). @akvanparis
Michael Bello (Director) is a Cuban-American director of musical theater. NYMF: The Last Word, What Do Critics Know? Directing: We Are The Tigers (Ovation Award), Hello Again (IRNE nom), In The Heights (NYIT nom), Next to Normal (NYIT nom), Ryan Scott Oliver’s Darling, among others. Assisting: Doctor Zhivago (Broadway Theater, dir. Des McAnuff), Fly By Night (Dallas Theater Center, TheaterWorks), A Little More Alive (Kansas City Rep, dir. Sheryl Kaller), among others. www.MichaelBello.com
Justin Boccito (Choreographer) Off-Broadway: One Night With Fanny Brice, NYMF: What Do Critics Know? (Best-in-Fest winner for choreography), Count To Ten (Producer), National Tours: Dance/Speak: The Life of Agnes De Mille, Regional: Side Show (Westchester Broadway), Singin' in the Rain (MacHaydn Theatre), In The Heights (Gallery Players). Justin appeared on MTV’s “Made” and performed for several years at the Metropolitan Opera. He is a full-time faculty member at Broadway Dance Center. www.justinboccitto.com
Boyd Anderson (Book, Lyrics, Producer) Author of five novels, including the production’s source material, Errol, Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls. Other novels include “Children of the Dust” (Random House), “Amber Road” (Random House), “The Heart Radical” (Random House), and “Ludo” (UQP). Commercial writing for television has won awards in New York, Chicago, LA, London, Sydney, as well as Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions in Cannes.
Guy Anderson (Book, Producer) Graduate of the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), with proficiency in drama and directing. Currently in development with a feature project and another musical that sheds light on the meaning of ‘autism spectrum’.
Peter Kaldor (Music) Principal of Arizona Productions, creator of film and television soundtracks. Awarded by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers. Honors degree in music composition. Fluent on saxes, flute, keyboards and guitars. Has performed in and written for rock and pop bands, and played support to international acts, including Bob Dylan, Bo Diddley and BB King.
John Kaldor (Music) Songwriter, vocalist, pedal steel player and guitarist. Trained on clarinet and classical guitar. Has played in blues, roots and rock bands in Australia and US, where he recorded two albums with Roy Loney in the Phantom Movers. Currently with the Maple Trail and Tony Serio’s Ministry of Truth.
Doug Oberhamer (Music, Arrangements, Orchestrations, Musical Director). Credits range from Broadway/Off-Broadway to National and International tours working as a Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Music Producer, performer and vocal coach. Original Broadway Cast member and Associate MD of Swing! Other credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Saturday Night Fever, We Will Rock You, and Crazy for You, among many others. Most recently composed, arranged and orchestrated a new Dance theatrical show titled The Bench: “Journey Into Love” being developed for Broadway. In addition, Doug can be heard on his recent Album release - The Oberhamer Brothers "Together Again" - currently on the charts. Love to Christine, Scarlett and Natalie.
Starlet Jacobs (Scenic Designer). Credits include: Bell, Book & Candle (Naples Players), A Scythe of Time (NYMF), Disaster! (Associate, Broadway), Bright Star (Associate, Old Globe), Secondhand Lions (Associate, 5th Avenue), “Saturday Night Live!,” “The Tonight Show,” “Huffington Post Live.” She received an MFA in Scenic Design from UCLA, and a BA in Music and Art from University of Washington.
Heather Carey (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for theater, dance, tv & film, designing off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, and regionally. Most recent projects include Vimeo's web series “The Outs,” season 2, The Loading Dock Theatre's The Dudleys: A Family Game, and Marathon: Series A with Ensemble Studio Theatre. She has worked on a variety of projects ranging from live television to opera, Broadway to feature films. She received her MFA in Costume Design from Brandeis University. www.heatherjcarey.com
Isabella Byrd (Lighting Designer) Recent: Sundown Yellow Moon (ARS NOVA/WP Theatre), The Winter's Tale (Big Sky, Montana), OKAY by Taylor Mac, The Pirates of Penzance (Amarillo Opera), Remix 38 (ATL Humana). Associate: The Antipodes, Everybody (Signature); The Hairy Ape (Park Ave Armory); Othello (NYTW); A Life (Playwrights); The Flick (New York Premiere & The National Theatre), Monica Bill Barnes & Co, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and PigPen Theater Company.
Shannon Slaton (Sound Designer) has been the NYMF Sound System Designer for ten years and has designed many national tours including: Shrek, Hairspray, Bullets Over Broadway, Sweeney Todd, and Elf. On Broadway he has mixed: Man of La Mancha, Sweet Charity, Jersey Boys, Spring Awakening, Fela!, Anything Goes, Annie, Legally Blonde, and Cabaret.