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Posted by Songbird on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CAST

EPHIE AARDEMA (Mia) Broadway: Bridges of Madison County. Off-Broadway/NYC: Parade (Monteen, in concert at Lincoln Center), and Dear Edwina (Edwina). National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof (Chava), The Sound of Music (Leisl). Regional: The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Goodspeed, PCLO, MSMT, North Shore, Philadelphia Theatre Co, PCPA, Pioneer Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Orlando Rep, ReVision Theatre, Cortland Rep, Stoneham Theatre, Media Theatre and more. IRNE and Elliot Norton award nominated. International tap champion and recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal for Outstanding Youth. Youngest-ever graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School. Un-ending gratitude to Leading Artists, friends, family, and especially to the inspirational Songbird family who continually amaze with their talent and love. @EphieAardema

KATE BALDWIN (Tammy) earned Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic's Circle Award nominations for her starring role in the 2009 revival of Finian's Rainbow.  She went on to star in Big Fish on Broadway playing Sandra Bloom, she starred Fiorello! at City Center Encores and Giant as Leslie Lyntonn Benedict at The Public Theater, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination, and starred with Jason Daniely in Can-Can at The Paper Mill Playhouse. She recently completed a run in the Keen Company production of John and Jen, for which she has received a 2015 Drama Desk nomination.

Kate has appeared in the Broadway casts of The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town. She starred in Irving Berlin's White Christmas (San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto), The Women at The Old Globe, Henry V at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, I Do, I Do at Westport Country Playhouse, She Loves Me at the Willliamstown Theatre Festival, and South Pacific at Arena Stage, earning a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Baldwin has starred in productions of Bells Are Ringing and A Little Night Music at the Berkshire Theatre Group.

Kate has performed in concert with the Boston Pops, New York Pops, with the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and at the legendary New York nightclubs Feinstein's at the Regency, Birdland and 54 Below.  Her concert work also includes several appearances with Stephen Sondheim in his critically acclaimed evening, "A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim." She has sung as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony and the River Concert Series. Television, her work includes NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" and  the PBS filming of Stephen Sondheim's Passion.

Kate’s debut album on PS Classics, "Let's See What Happens" features Lane and Harburg songs from both stage and film.  Her second album celebrates the work of lyricist Sheldon Harnick and is entitled, “She Loves Him.” Both are available at www.psclassics.com.

ADAM COCHRAN (Dean) is an actor, musician, playwright and Drama Desk-nominated composer (2010: Outstanding Music in a Play – A Play On War, Connelly Theater), creating and performing music for companies like The Civilians, NAATCO, Theater Mitu & Built For Collapse. Performing credits include: The La MaMa Cantata (La MaMa ETC), The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Juárez: A Documentary Mythology (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Pageant (Stoneham Theater), The Apostle Project (NYTW), Minq Vaadka’s Narcischism (Robert Moss Theater), One Night Stand: An Improvised Musical (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) & A Dream Play (DTC Abu Dhabi). He has participated in residencies at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, New York Theater Workshop & NYU Abu Dhabi, taught as a guest artist at NYU & Tamagawa University, and sang for David Byrne & Alex Timbers in a staged reading at The Public Theater earlier this year. As a proud part of the Songbird family since its earliest workshop, he loves these folks to death. www.adamcochran.nyc  @adamwcochran

ERIN DILLY (Pauline) created the role of “Mother” in the Broadway musical A Christmas Story after stepping in for Kelli O’Hara as “Billie Bendix” in the Kathleen Marshall helmed Nice Work If You Can Get It. Dilly garnered Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for her performance as “Truly Scrumptions” in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other Broadway credits include: Into the Woods, The Boys from Syracuse and Follies. Off-Broadway: Fiorello (Encores!), Love, Loss, and What I WoreBabes In Arms (Encores!), Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. Regional/National Tours: Into the Woods (MUNY), Mary Poppins (PCLO), In the Mood, Leading Ladies, South Pacific, Beauty and the Beast, Martin Guerre (Helen Hayes Award Nomination). On television, Dilly has guest starred on: “Person of Interest” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Gossip Girl,” "Nurse Jackie," "Canterbury's Law," "12 Men Of Christmas,” and all 3 “Law & Orders”.  Film credits include: Julie and Julia, Too Big to Fail, Everyday People, and The Diary of Preston Plummer.

Don Guillory (Rip) is very excited to be a part of Songbird. Mr. Guillory is a veteran of stage and film. His Broadway credits include Stickfly directed by Kenny Leon and produced by Alicia Keys and Romeo and Juliet directed by David Leveaux. Most recently, he was seen at Centerstage In the world premiere of Marley directed by Kwame Kwesi Armah. Also, this year, he will portray "Louisiana Ray" in TNT's new show "Public Morals". Mr. Guillory has attained an MFA in acting from NYU and is a native of New Orleans, La. One-love.

DREW McVETY (Doc) Broadway: The Last Ship (Neil Simon) Cyrano De Bergerac (Roundabout), Billy Elliot (Imperial), Sunday in the Park with George (Roundabout), Spamalot (Shubert), Frozen (MCC Circle in the Square), Big River (Roundabout, Special Tony Award), Titanic (Original Cast), The Heidi Chronicles (Original Cast). First national tour: Cabaret, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Off-Broadway: Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick) Lone Star Love (Houseman),Corpus Christi (MTC), This Lime Tree Bower (American premiere, Primary Stages), The Substance of Fire (LCT),Twelfth Night,  A Doll's House (Public Theater/Acting Company), Rosemary for Remembrance (Atlantic Theater),Red Memories (Circle Rep), The Heidi Chronicles, Substance of Fire (Playwrights Horizons),  Pericles, Spyz(Workhouse),  Tiny Mythic/Here, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, New York Stage and Film. Regional: Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Repertory Theater), Charles Ives Take Me Home (Pittsburgh City Theater), Titanic (Hangar/Westchester), Civil War Christmas, (Long Wharf) Lone Star Love (Seattle Fifth Ave. Pre-Broadway),Scapin (Portland Stage), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Pittsburgh Public), Fathers and Sons (Long Wharf), I Hate Hamlet, Reckless (Fulton Opera House). Television: Black Box, Blue Bloods, Royal PainsUnforgettable, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: CI,  The Days and Nights of Molly DoddThe Guiding Light, Another World, All my Children, As the World Turns, and Days of )ur Lives.  Film: The Strange Case of Wilheim Reich, Henry's Crime, New York Summer ProjectRed Herring.  Drew is the recipient of a Drama Desk Nomination for his work as Composer on Corpus Christie, and, with his castmates, received a special Tony award for the Deaf West Broadway Revival of Big River.

ERIC WILLIAM MORRIS (Beck)

Broadway: Coram Boy, Mamma Mia! Eric frequently collaborates with composer Joe Iconis, starring in the Drama Desk Nominated Bloodsong of Love, Be More Chill, and Things To Ruin. TV/Film: “Blue Bloods”, “Forever”, “Golden Boy”, “Royal Pains”, “Law and Order”, “New Amsterdam” and the feature film Trust, Greed, Bullets, & Bourbon. Other regional/Off Broadway: The Last Goodbye (Old Globe, Alex Timbers Dir.), Dog and Pony (Old Globe, Roger Rees Dir.), Talk to me Like The Rain... (Theatre Row, Matthew Lillard Dir.), White Noise (Royal George, Chicago), Empire (Lincoln Center Workshop), and Mrs. Hughes (Yale Institute for Music Theatre). ANIMUS Theatre Company Member.

KACIE SHEIK (Missy) completed nearly 1,000 performances as "Jeanie" in the Public Theatre's Tony Award winning revival of Hair-The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. She played Central Park, Broadway, The West End, and traveled the U.S. on the National Tour (Helen Hayes nomination -Best Actress). Off-Broadway: February House (Gypsy Rose Lee) – The Public Theater. Las Vegas: Queen's We Will Rock You (Scaramouche) – Original American Company. Cast Albums/Recordings: Hair, February House, Chix6. Film/TV: "Blue Bloods", "Elementary", "Law and Order", Julie and Julia. Kacie grew up in NJ (exit 91), is a Scorpio, and a singer/songwriter. Twitter: @kacieanne

BOB STILLMAN (Soren) has been nominated twice for Tony awards – once as an actor, in Claudia Shear's Dirty Blonde, and once as a songwriter for Urban Cowboy: The Musical. Last season he was seen on Broadway as the standby for Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and F. Murray Abraham in the hit comedy It's Only A Play; prior to that he played Sam Harris in James Lapine's Act One at LCT. Also on Broadway, Bob created the role of Gould in Grey Gardens, played Molina opposite Vanessa Williams in Kiss of the Spider Woman, and was featured in Tommy Tune's Grand Hotel. Off-Broadway: Abe Lincoln in Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas; Husband in Transport Group's Hello Again (Drama Desk nom.) and Gideon in the cult hit The Last Session. A Juilliard-trained pianist, he has played demanding actor/pianist roles in 2 Pianos 4 Hands, Souvenir, Dirty Blonde, Act One, and The Last Session. As a singer/songwriter Bob has performed at Joe's Pub, the Cutting Room, 54 Below, Birdland, and many other New York venues. His music is available on iTunes and cdbaby.com

ANDY TAYLOR (Samuel) has originated roles on Broadway in Once (Bank Manager), Moon Over Buffalo with Carol Burnett (Howard), and Titanic (J.H. Rodgers). Also on Broadway he played Congressman Grover Lockwood in Roundabout's recent revival of On the 20th Century, and Rodney in the acclaimed One Touch of Venus at City Center Encores. National tours include The Producers (Leo Bloom) Cabaret (Ernst), and Mamma Mia (Harry). His many roles with the Guthrie, Goodman, South Coast Rep, Globe, ACT, and Intiman Theatres include Mr. Snow in Carousel at Reprise (Ovation Award Nominee). He's appeared in films and shows like Geezers, The Sunshine Boys, "Law and Order", and "CSI". The Oberlin Conservatory graduate in cello is proud to have both sung (Gershwin'sTip-Toes), and played the cello (with guitarist James Keating) at Carnegie Hall. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Taylor spent two years as music captain of Once on Broadway.

 

CREATIVE

MICHAEL KIMMEL (Author) is the creator and adaptor of The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with music and lyrics by famed singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley. TLG had its world premiere at The Williamstown Theater Festival where it went on to break box office records for WTF’s Nikos Stage. Recently TLG had an acclaimed production at The Old Globe Theater, San Diego, CA, helmed by two-time Tony-nominee Alex Timbers. Other projects include #untitledpopmusical with Drew Gasparini (LPR, 2013) and a musical adaptation of Henry James’ Turn of The Screw (Concert at Lincoln Center, 2012) also with Gasparini. Forthcoming- Wildwood, a new musical created by Kimmel and Todd and Mitzy , a new play, both debuting in 2015. @mkimml

LAUREN PRITCHARD (Music and Lyrics) was born and raised in the small town of Jackson, Tennessee, which most people know only as a Johnny Cash lyric. It’s also the home of Carl Perkins and is 120 miles from Nashville, where Songbird takes place. She originated the role of Ilse in the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Spring Awakening. She is a songwriter happily published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. In 2010 she released her debut album titled “Wasted In Jackson” on Island Records to critical acclaim. Lauren has lived in 31 apartments, 2 countries and 4 major cities since leaving her down-home roots 12 years ago. When Lauren is performing on stage she takes on the name LOLO. You can hear her singing on the radio with bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic At The Disco, Lemaitre and artists like Matt Nathanson. Her new EP titled " Comeback Queen" will be released in 2015. She is currently signed to DCD2 Records and spends her time touring and performing live with her band.

JV MERCANTI (Director) most recently directed the premier of World Famous at Theater for a New City. He served as the Associate Director/Casting Director on Romeo & Juliet starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. Numerous regional and university credits. MFA from Rutgers University. JV spent two years teaching Acting and Directing at the University of Miami and currently serves as the Director of Acting for the Musical Theater Program at PACE University. His monologue book series, IN PERFORMANCE, is published by APPLAUSE BOOKS. www.jvmercanti.com

Scenic Design by JASON SHERWOOD
Costume Design by MARK KOSS
Lighting Design by AARON PORTER
Sound Design JUSTIN STASIW
Music Director KRIS KUKUL