Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon
July 27 – August 2
A robust classic returns reimagined!
On Your Way to a Thrilling Night
Following our beloved productions of The Unsinkable Molly Brown and The Wiz, The Muny again serves as a birthplace to a reimagined version of an American musical classic. This Lerner and Loewe gem from 1951 is set in the California gold rush, sharing a moving tale of ambition, love and home. Featuring shimmering numbers such as “They Call the Wind Maria,” “I Talk to the Trees” and “Wand’rin’ Star,” this reimagined adaptation has a revised book by Jon Marans and is produced in association with On the Wagon Productions and Garmar Ventures.
Matt Bogart (Ben Rumson)
Muny debut! Broadway: Jersey Boys, Aida, Miss Saigon, The Civil War, Smokey Joe’s Café (TV/DVD) and Camelot (tour). Off-Broadway: Himself and Nora. TV: HBO’s Vinyl, Smash, Law & Order (SVU and original). Recent: world premieres of Jane Eyre (Cleveland Musical Theatre), Snow Child (Arena Stage), Most Beautiful Room (Long Wharf), Ace (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Carousel (Wichita Symphony). Other favorite credits include La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Goodspeed, Cincinnati Playhouse and solo engagements at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Mr. Bogart is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), an Affiliated Artist of Arena Stage in D.C., playwright, theatre and record producer with solo recordings. www.MattBogart.com
Mamie Parris (Cayla Woodling)
is thrilled to return to the Muny! Muny: Joseph… Dreamcoat (Narrator), Hello, Dolly! (Irene Molloy). Broadway/national tour: Cats (Grizabella), School of Rock (Rosalie, Patty [original]), Wicked (Elphaba), 9 to 5: The Musical (Judy Bernly), Ragtime (revival), The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde, Roundabout Theatre’s revivals of On The 20th Century (Agnes) and 110 in the Shade. Off-Broadway: Pump Boys and Dinettes (Prudie), See Rock City & Other Destinations (Dodi). Other notable credits include the acclaimed new musical Life After (Beth, Old Globe) and Dave (Ellen, world premiere, Arena Stage), as well as roles at Goodspeed Musicals and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Film/TV: The Blacklist, A Stand Up Guy and State of Affairs. Mamieparris.com, Twitter: @mamieparris, Instagram: @mamierocks
Omar Lopez-Cepero (Armando)
is honored to return to The Muny after appearing in The Unsinkable Molly Brown two years ago. He joins directly from the world premiere of the new musical The Flamingo Kid (Alejandro) at Hartford Stage. Prior, he played Perón opposite his wife in a re-imagined version of Evita at Bay Street. Broadway/NY: On Your Feet! (Warren and Emilio, Original Broadway Cast); American Idiot (Original Broadway Cast), The Capeman (Delacorte/Central Park). Regional: Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson, TUTS), Les Misérables (Marius, Fulton), The Pirates of Penzance (Frederick, Marriott Theatre). TV: The Detour, Vegas, Blue Bloods, Late Night with David Letterman, America’s Got Talent, The Grammy Awards, The Tony Awards. Proud University of Miami graduate. @omarlopezcepero
Bobby Conte Thornton (William)
Muny: Les Misérables (Enjolras), Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio/dir. Josh Rhodes) 1776 (Edward Rutledge). Broadway: A Bronx Tale (dirs. Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks). Other NY theater: My Fair Lady (Bay Street Theater/dir. Michael Arden), Starting Here, Starting Now (York Theatre Company/dir. Richard Maltby, Jr.). Regional: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), all-male A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Two River Theater), world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theatre Center/Cleveland Play House), Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse). Film/TV: If Beale Street Could Talk (dir. Barry Jenkins), Madam Secretary (CBS), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), The Code (CBS). Training: BFA, University of Michigan; RADA. @bobby_conte
Maya Keleher (Jennifer Rumson)
is excited to be making her Muny debut! Previous credits include Natalie in Next to Normal at TheaterWorks Hartford and Young Jessica in the reading of Butterflies at Barrington Stage Company. Proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Website mayakeleher.com and Instagram @mayakeleher.
Allan K. Washington (Wesley)
Muny debut! Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical (OBC), Once on This Island (2017 revival). Off-Broadway: A Man’s A Man (Classic Stage Company). Regional: The SpongeBob Musical (Nederlander Theatre), Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (Hawaii Opera Theatre), Verdi’s Aida (Glimmerglass Festival). Training: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA Acting).
Preston Boyd (Jake)
Preston is thrilled to be back at The Muny for his 5th summer! Broadway: Kiss Me, Kate (Ralph), The Play That Goes Wrong (Robert Grove), Sunset Boulevard (Artie Green), She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century, Bullets Over Broadway and Big Fish. National tour: Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio, first national tour), Young Frankenstein (The Monster). Regional: Of Mice and Men (Lennie), The Scarlet Letter (Beadle, Bay Street). Film/TV: Going in Style, Alex Inc.; Preston’s first season at The Muny was in 2009 where he performed in Annie Get Your Gun and Singin’ in the Rain. Ten years have passed and he’s back and excited to experience The Muny’s magic all over again. Preston is a proud grad of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.
Austin Ku (Ming Li)
This St. Louis native makes his Muny debut! Originated the role of Bobby Bob in the world premiere of Soft Power, by Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori (coming next to NY). Other favorite credits: Chinglish (tour), Pacific Overtures (revival), Carnegie Hall and several award-winning regional roles. Austin has received StageSceneLA, Dean Goodman, and WISE Awards; Barrymore, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, BroadwayWorld, IRNE, and LA Ovation nominations. Film: Sleeping With Other People, Creative Control, and Chinese blockbuster Detective Chinatown 2. Television: Bull, Billions, Homeland, Shades of Blue, Sneaky Pete, The Affair, Younger. Education: Rice University, UC Berkeley, Boston Conservatory, Upright Citizens Brigade. Proud AEA member. www.Austin-Ku.com. @secretaustinman.
Raymond J. Lee (Guang Li)
is so excited to be returning to The Muny! When last here in Seussical, he found out he was going to be a father on a ten minute break. Ray was most recently in the world premiere of Soft Power by David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori at Center Theatre Group. Broadway: Groundhog Day, Honeymoon in Vegas, Anything Goes, Mamma Mia!. NY: Camelot, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Wild Party. Regional: Stuck Elevator, Tiger Style!; Nerds, Spelling Bee. TV/Film: Billions, Red Oaks, Succession, Fame, Smash and an upcoming Noah Baumbach film. Ray’s voice has been heard on projects for Netflix, Dreamworks, Disney Junior and Penguin Random House. Follow @raymondjlee and visit www.raymondjlee.com.
Rodney Hicks (H. Ford)
Muny debut! Original Broadway casts of Come From Away (Bob), The Scottsboro Boys (Clarence Norris), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter in 2000 revival), Rent (Ensemble/Original cast, Benny/Closing cast/Live from Broadway DVD). A host of regional credits. Recently wrapped the independent film Mighty Oak. TV: Leverage, Grimm, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Hope & Faith, NYPD Blue. Playwright: Flame Broiled. or the ugly play (Local Theater Company, upcoming 2019/2020 season), The Singer and Ms. Pearl, Just Press Save (Semi-Finalist 2018 Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference).
Michael James Reed (Craig Woodling)
is delighted to return to The Muny! Previous appearances include: Gypsy, The Music Man, The Buddy Holly Story, Tarzan, South Pacific and West Side Story. Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: A Doll’s House, Part 2; Oslo, Hamlet, A Christmas Carol. Shakespeare Festival St Louis: over 10 productions, including Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter’s Tale. New York: La Bête (Broadway), King Lear (Roundabout), Amphitryon (Classic Stage Co.) and A Forest in Arden (New York Theatre Workshop). Regional: Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, Alley Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, South Coast Rep. Selected TV: Numb3rs, 24, JAG, Six Feet Under, The Shield, The King of Queens, That ‘70s Show and Chicago PD. Graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.
Juan Caballer is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association
JOSH RHODES (Director/Choreographer)
directed Grand Hotel (NY City Center Encores!), Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville (Old Globe Theatre), Jersey Boys (The Muny), Guys and Dolls (Asolo Rep/Old Globe), Evita (Asolo Rep), Spamalot (5th Avenue Theatre), Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Playhouse Christmas Show (Bucks County Playhouse) and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He also choreographed the Broadway productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, It Shoulda Been You, First Date and Bright Star. On London’s West End, he choreographed Carousel at the English National Opera and Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson. Other choreography credits include Company starring Neil Patrick Harris and Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (PBS), Young Frankenstein (Muny) and the current U.K. tour of Doctor Dolittle. Rhodes is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.
SINAI TABAK (Music Director/Conductor)
is an NYC-based music director, pianist and arranger, currently serving as the associate conductor of The Cher Show on Broadway. Select regional credits: Evita (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Josephine (Asolo Rep), Guys and Dolls (Old Globe), Les Misérables (Dallas Theater Center), Bells Are Ringing (Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse), Johnny Baseball (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Family Album (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Off-Broadway: Stars of David (DR2 Theatre), Goldstein (Actors Temple) and workshops of The Total Bent (Public Theater), American Psycho and Damascus Square. Film: Hello Again. Sinai received a degree in Music Composition from NYU.
JON MARANS (New Book)
shows include Old Wicked Songs (Pulitzer Prize finalist) which ran off-Broadway, in London’s West End with Bob Hoskins and has been translated/produced in over a dozen countries; The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel/Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play); A Strange & Separate People, Jumping for Joy, the book for Legacy (based on Studs Terkel’s Coming of Age), book and lyrics for The Irrationals. In film, Mr. Marans was story editor for Stonebridge, Michael Douglas’ production company at Columbia Pictures. For Universal Pictures/Tribeca, Marans and Yuri Sivo wrote a political/war screenplay based on Roy Rowan’s acclaimed book Chasing the Dragon which takes place in 1947 China, in the middle of their civil war. Marans is a graduate of Duke University in mathematics with a minor in music and is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. The Temperamentals is currently in film development at Daryl Roth Productions.
JASON DeBORD (Dance and Additional Arrangements)
Broadway conducting credits include Shrek, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, Legally Blonde, All Shook Up and Rent. He music supervised both the Broadway and world tour productions of Once: The Musical. Other New York credits include Bare: The Musical, Fat Camp, Bat Boy: The Musical, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, NY City Center Encores!; and countless developmental productions of new works. DeBord played and conducted the national tours of A Chorus Line, Rent and Urinetown. Regional credits include the Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., Alliance Theater and The 5th Avenue Theater. He is on faculty at the University of Michigan Department of Musical Theatre.
AUGUST ERIKSMOEN (Orchestrations)
Broadway orchestrations: Come From Away (Grammy nomination), Bright Star (Tony nomination), Gigi, First Date, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway (additional orchestrations), The Addams Family (dance arrangements, additional orchestrations), Memphis (dance arrangements), Million Dollar Quartet (associate music supervisor), Ring of Fire (associate music director), All Shook Up (music director), Rent (associate conductor). Off-Broadway: Bare, Romantic Poetry, Walmartopia, Imperfect Chemistry. Other: A Christmas Story Live! (Fox), Once Upon a Time (ABC), Disney’s Descendants, 2011 Billboard Music Awards, I Am Harvey Milk, Bull Durham, James and the Giant Peach.