Guys and Dolls
June 10 – 16
First Muny Production in 15 years!
Luck Be a Lady Tonight!
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls gambles with luck and love during a time when Broadway was rampant with wise guys, mission girls and Lindy’s cheesecake. This all-time Broadway classic features a high-rolling score, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “If I Were a Bell” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.” With this Muny favorite, everyone’s a winner!
Run Time: 2:50 including intermission (estimate)
Ben Davis (Sky Masterson)
Muny: Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate), Oklahoma! (Curly); South Pacific (Emile), Spamalot (Galahad). Ben was most recently seen as Cosmo Constantine in New York City Center’s Encores! Call Me Madam, opposite Carmen Cusack. Broadway: 2003 Tony Honor for La Bohème (Marcello), Dear Evan Hansen (Larry), Violet (Preacher), A Little Night Music, Les Misérables (Javert and Enjolras), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon). Tours: The Sound of Music (Georg von Trapp), Spamalot (Galahad). Regional: Kiss Me, Kate (Fred/Petruchio) at The 5th Avenue Theatre. UK: BBC Proms Kiss Me, Kate (Fred/Petruchio). Concerts: Philly Pops, Boston Pops, LA Philharmonic, RTÉ and many others. Film/TV: Blue Bloods, A Hand of Bridge, The Magic Flute, 30 Rock, Numb3rs. www.benjaminjaydavis.com
Brittany Bradford (Sarah Brown)
Muny debut! Brittany was recently seen in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Merrily We Roll Along, staged by the critically-acclaimed Fiasco Theater. She made her Broadway debut last fall as Ophelia in Bernhardt/Hamlet opposite Janet McTeer. Additional credits: For Colored Girls… (Public Theater), Flyin’ West (Westport Country Playhouse), Family Resemblance (Eugene O’Neill), The Profane and Taming of the Shrew (Chautauqua Theater Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ten Thousand Things Theater), Neighbors, Avenue Q and Next to Normal (Mixed Blood Theatre), Ragtime and Stick Fly (Park Square Theatre). 2018 graduate of The Juilliard School, Group 47. Credits: Father Comes Home from the Wars, Hoodoo Love, Triumph of Love, King Lear, Cymbeline, Christina Martinez and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Co-Founder of HomeBase Theatre Collective. www.brittany-bradford.com
Jordan Gelber (Nathan Detroit)
Muny debut! Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George, Elf the Musical (Buddy), All My Sons, Avenue Q (original cast, special Outer Critics Circle Award). Off-Broadway: John Guare’s Nantucket Sleigh Ride (Lincoln Center Theater), Mike Leigh’s 2000 Years, Avenue Q, The Joke, Birth and After Birth. TV: Elementary, Mr. Robot, Mindhunter, Insatiable, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Rescue Me, Ugly Betty, first three Law & Order series (recurring on SVU), The Sopranos, 100 Centre Street. Film: (upcoming) The Kitchen, Bleed for This, Dark Horse, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Everyday People (IFP/Gotham Award nominee for Breakthrough Acting), Riding in Cars With Boys, Changing Lanes. BA, Stanford University; MFA, NYU Tisch Graduate Acting (2000 Laura Pels Award). www.JordanGelber.com
Kendra Kassebaum (Miss Adelaide)
Muny: A Chorus Line (Val). On Broadway, Kendra originated the role of Janice in the Tony-nominated production of Come From Away as well as Sam in Leap of Faith. She played Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, in San Francisco and on the first national tour (Helen Hayes nominee). Other New York: The Receptionist (MTC) and the Tony Award-winning, Grammy-nominated production of Assassins, both directed by Joe Mantello. Kendra made her Broadway debut in Rent. For the Roundabout, she performed the role of Petra in A Little Night Music starring Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson. Kassebaum’s regional appearances include Actors Theatre of Louisville, The 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT, Ordway and Florida Stage. Film: The Other Woman (with Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow).
Ken Page (Arvide Abernathy)
is proud to be part of the 101st season of The Muny. This will be his forty-first show on the stage and his fourth year as “the voice” of the theatre. Ken made his Broadway debut as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the all-black revival of Guys and Dolls, receiving the Theatre World Award for his performance. This year, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The St. Louis Arts & Education Council and directed a sold-out run of Love, Linda with Max & Louie Productions. Upcoming, live to film concerts of The Little Mermaid (Sebastian) at the Hollywood Bowl, Grumpy Old Men, La Mirada Theatre and the UK, live to film tour re-creating his role of Oogie Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Zoe Vonder Haar (General Cartwright)
is always delighted to be on The Muny stage! Favorite Muny: An Evening with the Stars, Into the Woods (Jack’s mother), My Fair Lady (Mrs. Higgins), Meet Me In St. Louis (Katie). Stages St. Louis: A Chorus Line (Cassie), Hello, Dolly! (Dolly), Gypsy (Rose). Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: Follies (Hattie), Urinetown (Ms. Pennywise).
Orville Mendoza (Nicely-Nicely Johnson)
is thrilled to be back at the Muny where he got his Equity card 25 years ago in The King and I. Other Muny: Miss Saigon (2001), The King and I (2006), Godspell (2009). Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Pacific Overtures. Most recently, the world premiere of The Heart of Rock and Roll (Old Globe, coming to Broadway). Previously, he toured with Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova). Off-Broadway: Found (Atlantic Theater Company), Pacific Overtures, Passion (Classic Stage Company); Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens and Road Show all at The Public Theater/NYSF. He’s worked all across the U.S. from La Jolla Playhouse to Long Wharf Theater. TV: The Blacklist, Law & Order: CI and many commercials. Drama Desk nominee and Barrymore Award winner. www.orvillemendoza.com
Jared Gertner (Benny Southstreet)
is best known for playing Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon on Broadway, on the first national tour and in London (Olivier nomination). Other New York: …Spelling Bee (Broadway) and Ordinary Days (off-Broadway, premiere). Regional: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Goodspeed, The Fulton, Cape Playhouse and Sacramento Music Circus. Television: Mom, Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, Supernatural, Superior Donuts, How I Met Your Mother, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Ugly Betty, The Good Wife, American Dad, Family Guy and the popular Broadway-themed web series, Submissions Only. Jared also starred in an NBC pilot called How We Live. Film: Nightmare Cinema (upcoming), Smallfoot and Pup Star. Education: NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Twitter: @JaredGertner Instagram: @Jaredgertner1
Brendan Averett (Big Jule)
is excited to make his Muny debut. Off Broadway: Hamlet (Waterwell), Sam and Dede (Custom Made Theatre/59E59), Titus Andronicus (NY Shakespeare Exchange), The Killer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA), As You Like It (Shakespeare in the Park), Massacre: Sing to Your Children (Rattlestick), Hamlet (Gallery Players), Passion Play (Epic Theatre Ensemble). Tours: Guys and Dolls. Regional: The Comedy of Errors, Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), Romeo and Juliet (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Of Mice and Men (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Cyrano de Bergerac, The Tempest (Theatricum Botanicum), Henry V (California Shakespeare Company), Bloody Poetry, The Alchemist (Everyman Theatre), Measure for Measure, Guys and Dolls, The Swanne: Pt. III (Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada). TV/Film: Law & Order: SVU, Trapped in the Closet, Blossom. Former Associate Producer for NYSX’s The Sonnet Project.
Kevin Cahoon (Harry the Horse)
Muny: The Wizard of Oz and Spamalot: Broadway: The Wedding Singer, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lion King, The Rocky Horror Show revival and The Who’s Tommy (debut). Off-Broadway: original Hedwig and The Angry Inch, How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage), The Foreigner (Roundabout, Lortel nomination), The Shaggs (Playwrights Horizons), The Wild Party (MTC), Hair and Babes in Arms, (NY City Center Encores!). Regional: The Old Globe, Guthrie, Williamstown. TV: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Glow (upcoming), Nurse Jackie, Elementary, NCIS, Modern Family, The Mentalist, The Good Wife, CSI, Odd Mom Out, Six Degrees, Black Box, The Royale, Law & Order (original/CI). Film: I Am Michael, Mars Needs Moms, The Thing About My Folks, Curse of The Jade Scorpion. Debut album: Doll (OutMusic Award).
Rich Pisarkiewicz (Lt. Branningan)
Muny 101 marks Rich’s 38th season on the Muny boards, appearing in over 80 productions, including last season’s An Evening with the Stars and Annie. He has appeared regionally with The Fox Theatres (Atlanta and St. Louis), Dallas Summer Musicals, Kansas City Starlight, and locally with Stages St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Black Rep, Westport Playhouse and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He has also enjoyed working with the Variety Theatre in several productions, most recently The Wizard of Oz. Upcoming: Man of La Mancha (Stages St. Louis). 2019 is his 41st year in professional theatre beginning with 1776 at Summerstage in 1979. Rich proudly dedicates this season of musical theatre to his wonderful grandchildren, Dylan, Drew, Rhyan and Alexander.
Erin N. Moore
Amy Van Norstrand
GORDON GREENBERG (Director)
co-wrote and directed the Broadway stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn for Roundabout, Universal and PBS Great Performances. Recent work includes Barnum (London), Heart of Rock and Roll (Old Globe), the acclaimed West End revival of Guys and Dolls, nominated for six Olivier Awards (Savoy Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Chichester, UK and international tour), the Drama Desk Award-winning NYC revivals of Working and Jacques Brel, the stage adaptation of Tangled for Disney, and writing TV musicals for Disney and Nickelodeon. Muny: Meet Me In St. Louis (revised book), Jesus Christ Superstar, Holiday Inn, West Side Story, Pirates! Upcoming: The Secret of My Success (Universal), Mystic Pizza (MGM), Dracula (Maltz). He attended Stanford University and NYU and is a member of SDC, WGA and the Dramatists Guild.
LORIN LATARRO (Co-Choreographer)
Broadway: Waitress, Les Liasions Dangereuses, Waiting for Godot. Curious Incident of the Dog… and American Idiot (Associate). Additional choreography: La Traviata (The Met), Chess (Kennedy Center), Twelfth Night (The Delacorte), Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street (BAM), Heart of Rock and Roll (Old Globe), Assassins, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Encores!), Between The Lines (KC Rep), Queen of The Night (Drama Desk Award), Kiss Me, Kate (Barrington); The Best Is Yet To Come (59E59, Drama Desk Award). Director: Taste of Things to Come (Chicago). Lorin performed in 12 Broadway shows and danced for Tharp, Momix, Graham. Juilliard graduate. Upcoming: Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout), SuperHero (Second Stage), Waitress and Home Street Home (West End).
PATRICK O’NEILL (Co-Choreographer)
is so grateful to be at The Muny for such a celebratory season! As a choreographer, he had the pleasure of staging an evening with Kelli O’Hara and The Boston Pops as well as musical numbers for Mario Cantone on The View celebrating Barbara Walters. He served as the Associate Choreographer for School of Rock (Broadway, US. national tour, Australia and Korea), The Heart of Rock & Roll (Old Globe), Ever After (Alliance), and as an assistant choreographer for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Broadway), Harmony (Ahmanson, Alliance) and The Nutty Professor (directed by Jerry Lewis).
BRAD HAAK (Music Director/Conductor)
Muny: A Funny Thing…Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, South Pacific, The King and I and Gypsy. Broadway: An American in Paris, Mary Poppins, Lestat and Il Divo – A Musical Affair. National tours: The Lion King, Miss Saigon. Music supervision and orchestrations: Daddy Long Legs (Off-Broadway, London, Tokyo, Seoul and 19 US productions) and John Caird’s A Knight’s Tale (Tokyo, 2018). International: Sousatzka (Toronto), An American in Paris (Paris), Honk! (Singapore and Philippines); Jane Eyre (Tokyo). Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Sunday in the Park with George and Follies (Jeff Award for music direction), Children of Eden (Kennedy Center). Orchestrations for New York and Boston Pops, National Symphony, L.A. Philharmonic.
PAUL TATE dePOO III (Scenic Design)
Recent and upcoming productions include: An Evening with the Stars, Singin’ In the Rain, Jersey Boys, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Jesus Christ Superstar, Young Frankenstein (Muny); Titatnic (Broadway, Signature Theatre, original design for Seoul); The Who’s Tommy, The Music Man (Kennedy Center), Cosi fan tutte (Santa Fe Opera); Selected regional: 42nd Street, Grand Hotel, A Little Night Music, Blackbeard, Crazy for You, Camille Claudele, The Big Apple Circus, Don Giovanni, Dr. Atomic, Impressions of Pelléas, Demon, Turandot, Trouble In Tahiti, Alcina, Orlando, Porgy and Bess, Bridges of Madison County, The Sound of Music, Murder on the Orient Express, Evita, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Sign of the Times, Guys and Dolls Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Christmas Show and The Rocky Horror Show. pauldepoo.com
TRISTAN RAINES (Costume Design)
is excited to be returning to the Muny for his third season! Off-Broadway/NY: New York Pops Christmas Concert (Carnegie Hall ‘15/’16), Would You Still Love Me If, Stalking the Bogeyman, Bare (New World Stages), The Eternal Space Theatre Row), Moving Light (New York Theatre Ballet), Soul Doctor (Actor’s Temple), Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre), Murder in the First (59E59), Falling (Minetta Lane), Convent, AZAK, Scarcity (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Gormanzee (Flea Theater), Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus (New World Stages/national tour). Regional: Jump (Playmakers), Jesus Christ Superstar, Singin’ in the Rain, Meet Me In St Louis (The Muny), Crazy for You (Signature Theatre), Tribes (Mark Taper Forum & La Jolla Playhouse), South Pacific (Maltz Jupiter), Blue Sky Boys, Assisted Loving (Capital Rep). www.tristanraines.com
ROB DENTON (Lighting Design)
is thrilled to be back for his eighth season. Select Muny designs include: An Evening with the Stars, Jersey Boys, Meet Me In St Louis, A Chorus Line and Seussical. Regional design credits include: The Will Rogers Follies (Goodspeed Musicals), Oslo and The Humans (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and South Pacific (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Girlfriend and The Wolves (TheaterWorks), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (TUTS), Red Maple (Capital Repertory Theatre), La bohème and The Barber of Seville (Opera San Antonio), The Daughter of the Regiment (Atlanta Opera). Upcoming lighting designs include: Tosca (Opera San Antonio), The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula (Maltz Jupiter Theatre) and The Buddy Holly Story (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). www.rdentex.com
JOHN SHIVERS (Sound Design)
Credits: Pretty Woman, Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, The Muny 2015 – 2019 seasons, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award), Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Bonnie & Clyde, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, In My Life and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. International: The Secret, Tarzan, Das Wunder von Bern, The Lion King (Shanghai, Singapore). Regional: Rock of Ages, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Moonshine, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods. He’s enjoyed collaborations with Savion Glover, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Gregory Hines and engineering at Electric Lady Studios. John’s proudest production, however, is his gem of a daughter, Ruby.
DAVID PATRIDGE (Sound Design)
Broadway: Holler If Ya Hear Me, Soul Doctor. US tours: Flashdance, Mamma Mia!; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat. Regional: Rock of Ages, 42nd Street, The Heart of Rock & Roll, The Muny 2015-2019 seasons, First Wives Club, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Sammy, Ace, Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, Miss Saigon. International: Das Wunder von Bern. Associate Sound Design: Pretty Woman, Paramour, Kinky Boots, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Leap of Faith, Bonnie & Clyde, We Will Rock You, Sister Act, Come Fly Away, 9 to 5, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!; Tarzan, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and In My Life.
NATHAN W. SCHEUER (Video Design)
Thrilled to be back for Season 101. Muny: Jerome Robbins Broadway, Gypsy, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, Holiday Inn, Seussical, Spamalot. Other select credits: Oslo (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Tosca (NY Opera Society), A Taste of Things to Come (Broadway Playhouse), Halcyon Days (Oberon), Sister Act, Have You Met Miss Jones? (New Theatre), Lord Tom (The York), The Evolution of Mann, Shoes and Baggage (Cell), Spamalot (Arkansas Repertory), Water by the Spoonful (TheatreSquared). Nathan has also had the pleasure of working with Barry Manilow, Toby Keith, Alice Cooper and Selena Gomez, as well as for Center Theatre Group, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and Paris Opera Ballet. USA 829 Proud Member.
LEAH J. LOUKAS (Wig Design)
Muny: The Wiz, Gypsy, Singin’ in the Rain, Meet Me In St. Louis, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Newsies, The Music Man, 42nd Street, The Wizard of Oz, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Hairspray, My Fair Lady. Broadway: Hadestown, Escape to Margaritaville, Time and the Conways, Marvin’s Room, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Sweat, Oh, Hello; The Heidi Chronicles, On the Town, A Night with Janis Joplin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, American Idiot, Irena’s Vow. Off-Broadway/Regional: The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, La Jolla Playhouse, The Signature Theatres (NY and VA). Leah holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati’s CCM in theater design and production/makeup and wig design.
NANCY UFFNER (Production Stage Manager)
is really happy to be back at The Muny for her second summer. Thank you, Muny management! Nancy is a proud, long-time member of Actors Equity Association and leads the Stage Management Program at the University of Michigan. Regional: Weston Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Music Theatre Wichita, University of Michigan Festival of New Works, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chicago Opera Theater, Virginia Stage Company, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Granbury Opera House, Cherry County Playhouse. National tours: All Shook Up, Fame, Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific (with Robert Goulet), Camelot (with Richard Harris). Other: various dance, music, and corporate events. Unbelievably blessed with amazing colleagues, alums, students, family, husband Scott and daughters Kaley and Tessa. Go Blue!