Pal Joey

Pal Joey

NoV. 28 - DEC. 16, 2012
The Eureka Theatre

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Book by John O'Hara
Directed by Zack Thomas Wilde
Music Direction by Dave Dobrusky
 

Run Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

 

A B O U T

Joey Evans--"Pal" Joey, the charming heel with big plans--is back to take Chicago for  wild ride as he schemes to get to the top of the nightclub business.  John O'Hara's tough-as-nails book is based on his epistalotory stories that appeared in The New Yorker, and Rodgers and Hart's spectacular score includes many of their timeless classics--I Could Write a Book, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, You Mustn't Kick It Around, Zip, and In Our Little Den of Iniquity.

C A S T      
Johnny Orenberg Johnny Orenberg* (Joey Evans) NY Theatre: Created role of Billy in Chasing the Song (Reading - Dir. Chris Ashley, Joe DiPietro, David Bryan). Created role of William Gerrard in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Staged Reading with Sutton Foster; Dir. Kathleen Marshall). Regional Credits: Of Thee I Sing, 42nd Street Moon; I Left My Heart - Tony Bennett Tribute, My Way: Frank Sinatra Tribute, Music Theatre of Connecticut; Hairspray (Link Larkin), Woodminster; Ernest in Love (Algernon Moncrieff), Barnstormers; Disney Cruise Line (Peter Pan, Quasi); Walt Disney World: High School Musical 3, Playhouse Disney Live on Stage. Education: Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music.  
     
Deborah Del Mastro Deborah Del Mastro* (Vera Simpson) is making her debut at 42nd St Moon. In the last 20 years, Deborah has been best known for her work as Sr. Robert Anne in the Nunsense series where she originated the role of Sr. Robert Anne and toured, filmed and recorded the last six Nunsense shows. Other favorite roles have been Margaret Johnson, The Light In the Piazza (Willows Theatre) and Patsy Cline, Always, Patsy Cline (The Ordway Music Theatre, St. Paul). Offstage, Deborah lives and teaches voice in Martinez, sings with a rock & roll band and lives with her husband Paul Cicco. Thank you for supporting live theatre. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.  
     
Chloe Condon Chloe Condon (Linda English) 42nd Street Moon debut! Recent credits include Woman #2 in My Way-A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Diablo Theatre Company), Penny in Hairspray (Broadway by the Bay), Kira in the SF premiere of Xanadu (New Conservatory Theatre Center), and The Ham & Bean Variety Hour (SB Productions- revival and original cast). Chloe is a graduate of San Francisco State University and recipient of the Clarence Miller Scholarship in recognition of “outstanding work in the area of musical theatre.” www.ChloeCondon.com  
     
Ryan Drummond Ryan Drummond* (Ludlow Lowell) is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and has called the Bay Area his home for the last five years. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, he has been making a living as an actor for 19 years and counting. His next two roles will be “Cosmo” in Singin' in the Rain at Diablo Theatre Company and then “Paul” in Carnival right here at 42nd Street Moon. Please visit www.RyanDrummond.com and www.theAYUquartet.com.  
 
Ashley Rae Little Ashley Rae Little (Gladys Bumps) was last seen in 42nd Street Moon's Of Thee I Sing, playing Emily Benson. She is a California native, trained in theatre since age 3. Ashley is a proud alumni of Perry-Mansfield, San Jose State University’s Company One, and TAI & TSA at American Musical Theater. Favorite past credits include: Broadway by the Bay's The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), Cabrillo Stage's Hairspray (Penny) and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), The Retro Dome's The Fantasticks (Luisa), and American Musical Theatre's Beauty and the Beast. www.ashleyraelittle.weebly.com
   
Tony Panighetti Tony Panighetti* (Mike Spears) has performed up and down California as well as on the high seas of Alaska, Canada, Europe, and the Bahamas with Crystal Cruise Line’s Repertory Theater at Sea. Some of his Bay Area credits include Scrooge in Scrooge: The Musical (Cabrillo Stage); Man #2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Willows Theater Co.); and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (Cabrillo Stage). Tony was last seen as Jerry/ Daphne in 42nd Street Moon’s production of Sugar.
   
Becky Saunders Becky Saunders* (Melba Snyder) National Tour: Bye Bye Birdie; Regional Tour:Golf: The Musical. Regional credits include portraying Lily Harrison in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and Miss Thorn/Lita Encore/Emily Block in Ruthless: The Musical (Sacramento Theatre Company); Marilla Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables (Mainstreet Theatre Company); Martha Watson in White Christmas (Fullerton Civic Light Opera); and Louise Seger in Always…Patsy Cline (Scottsdale Performing Arts Center). A member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. www.beckysaundersaea.com.
   
Michelle Cabinian Michelle Cabinian (Claire "The Kid") Credits include: The World Goes ‘Round (Jewel Theatre Company), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), Angel in a Red Dress-Staged Reading (Impact Theatre), La Posada Magica (Hispanic Arts Theater), A Chorus Line (Broadway by the Bay), and La Cage Aux Folles (Broadway by the Bay). In January, Michelle will be performing as Rebecca in Somewhere at TheatreWorks. She is a Theatre and Marketing senior major at Santa Clara University. www.michellecabinian.com
   
Courtney Hatcher Courtney Hatcher (Valerie) was last seen in Palo Alto Players’ production of Legally Blonde as Elle Woods. Past favorite roles include: Janet Van de Graaf in The Drowsy Chaperone (Hillbarn Theatre), Mary Ann Summers in Gilligan's Island: The Musical (Theatre on the Ridge), Amber Von Tussel in Hairspray (Broadway by the Bay), Yellow Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical (Bus Barn Stage Company), and Naomi in the regional premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at San Jose Stage Company. This is Courtney’s 42nd Street Moon debut.
   
Bryn Laux Bryn Laux (Tilda) got her theatrical start 24 years ago as a tap dancer and has loved the stage ever since. After completing her Master’s in Education, Bryn returned to the stage last year as Audrey in Boxcar Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors. Most recently she was cast as Frenchy in Independent Cabaret Productions’ Cabaret, and she frequently appears in local drag performances. Additionally, she sings and arranges vocal music for FCSS, the Bay Area’s first David Bowie worship band.
 
Brendon North Brendon North (Victor/Hotel Manager) relocated to the Bay Area in September of 2011, and it has been the wonderful and thriving arts community that has kept him here! Spending many months as a performer and educator in the South Bay, he has more recently been seen as Melchior in Spring Awakening (Altarena Playhouse) and Riff in West Side Story (Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre). Selected Credits: Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors), Dr. Frankenfurter (The Rocky Horror Show), Freddy (My Fair Lady) and Charlie (Brigadoon).
   
Alex Shafer Alex Shafer (O'Brien, Ernest et al) has performed throughout the Bay Area for many years, and was last seen at 42nd Street Moon as Claggett in Destry Rides Again. His most recent roles have been The Baron in The Ghost Sonata (Cutting Ball Theatre), and Semyon in Coast of Utopia – Voyage (Shotgun Players). Some of his favorite musical theatre roles include R.F. Simpson in Singin’ in the Rain (Berkeley Playhouse), Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors (Boxcar Theatre), and Sipos in She Loves Me (Masquers Playhouse).
     
David Visini David Visini (Louis, Dance Specialty, et al) appeared with 42nd Street Moon last season in Sugar. Previous credits include A Chorus Line (Mark) at Broadway by the Bay and ensemble roles in White Christmas, Gypsy, Curtains, The Music Man, The Wedding Singer, Singin’ in the Rain, and Brigadoon. He was accepted into the Jacobs Pillow Tap Program last summer in Massachusetts under the direction of Dianne Walker. He also choreographs around the Bay Area and teaches tap classes at Geary Dance Center and Dance Arts Center.  
     
Skye Violet Wilson Skye Violet Wilson (Diane) holds a BA in Music & Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University. Pal Joey marks her fourth show with 42nd Street Moon; she was previously seen in Of Thee I Sing, Sugar and Oh, Kay! Other recent projects include new music/works, such as Cardboard Box Theatre Project's staged reading of All That Grows [a new folk musical]. Favorite credits: Witch (Into the Woods), Young Sally (Follies), Reno (Anything Goes), Fritzie (Cabaret), and Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro). www.skyevioletwilson.com  
 
C R E A T I V E  
  Zack Thomas Wilde (Director and Choreographer) directed 42nd Street Moon's hit, Strike up the Band, last year. He also choreographed four shows at Moon and appeared in Sugar, Oh, Kay!, and Jubilee. He has provided stage direction for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at Davies Symphony Hall, the Regency Ballroom, and in Miami at the Ziff Music Hall. He has coached Natalia Makarova and Alessandro Molin in London. A great-nephew of Marion Rice (of the Denishawn company) and cousin to Carolyn Brown (of the Merce Cunningham company), he's played the Palace with Les Ballets Trockadero, other various New York productions and danced principal roles with the Cape Town Ballet and Nederlands Dance Theater. His favorite musical theater coach was Helen Gallagher, who won a Tony for her role in Pal Joey!
   
  Dave Dobrusky (Music Director), is celebrating his 77th production at 42nd Street Moon! Favorites include Lady, Be Good!, Call Me Madam, High Spirits, Paint Your Wagon (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), and Leave It to Me! (recorded). Other Bay Area credits include Marry Me a Little, Tick, Tick…Boom! (Theatre Rhinoceros); The Full Monty (Ray of Light); My Fair Lady, Man of LaMancha-BATCC Award (SF Playhouse); and Connie Champagne as Judy Garland at the Rrazz Room. Dave has appeared with Karen Ziemba, Rebecca Luker, Donna McKechnie, Faith Prince, Andrea McArdle, and the late Celeste Holm, all thanks to 42nd Street Moon.
   
  Sam Young (Stage Manager) is a stage manager, production manager, carpenter and designer. She has a BA in History from UCLA and has worked around San Francisco and Los Angeles with the likes of the New Conservatory Theater Center, 42nd Street Moon, OpenTab Productions, SF Theater Festival, and the Bay One Acts Festival.
   
  Danny Maher (Lighting Designer) was the Resident Lighting Designer for the Willows Theater Company, in the East Bay where he designed the National Regional Premiere of Avenue Q and 9 to 5: The Musical. He won a Shellie Award for his design of Chicago, and is nominated again this year for The Light in the Piazza and Vaudeville. Other credits include The Fantasticks, Anything Goes, A Doll’s House, Life Could Be a Dream and The Winter Wonderettes.
   
  Hector Zavala (Sets and Costumes) Some of Hector’s recent work includes Stalking Christopher Walken (SF Fringe Festival), where he served as choreographer. He has designed costumes for Open Tab Productions’ Enron; Pear Avenue Theatre’s Mrs. Warren's Profession and for 42nd Street Moon, his recent design work includes the costumes and sets for Carmelina, Of Thee I Sing and Zorba. His work was also recently seen in City Light's production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. Zavala is also a bag designer. You can check out his latest "love Mi Bag" designs in a couple of stores in San Francisco or visit his website, www.hectorzavala.com.
   
  Erica Kimble (Prop Master) is proud to be doing props again for 42nd Street Moon. Although she has been on stage for numerous performances throughout California, Erica also loves to work behind the scenes. Some of Erica’s Stage Managing/ Prop Designing credits include: Dog Sees God, Heidi Chronicles, Assassins, Marvin's Room and 42nd Street Moon’s productions of Carmelina, Of Thee I Sing, and Nymph Errant.
   
  Stephanie Suarez (Production Management Intern) Bio coming soon.
   
  Lu Li (Set Design Intern) is currently an architecture student at California College of the Arts. He grew up in Shanghai and moved to the United States four years ago. He is very excited to work on this production of Pal Joey because he enjoys literature with wit as well as the art of performance.
   
  Annie Yang (Costume Intern) was born and raised in Taiwan. She lived and studied in Tokyo for four years before coming to the States. She received her AA from the Bunka Fashion College and currently majors in Fashion Technical Design at the Academy of Art University. An enthusiastic and passionate person, she likes to infuse her diverse cultural and travel experiences into her designs. Her inspirations are derived from a variety of aspects, including movies, architecture, interior design and life experiences. She likes to experiment with different textures of fabric multiplications that help her create some interesting shapes and patterns in her work.
   
 

* Member, Actor's Equity Association (AEA). AEA, founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org