Cast & Creative
Broadway: Something Rotten! (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award), Falsettos (Tony nomination), Legally Blonde (Tony nomination), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Amour, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (Drama Desk Award), Sweeney Todd (PBS’ “Live at Lincoln Center”); Angels in America (Signature Theatre); Elegies: A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center); On the Town, Little Me and Me and My Girl (City Center Encores!). Television: “Smash,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Younger,” “Masters of Sex,” “The Good Wife,” “Tangled: The Series,” Disney Junior’s “Lucky Duck,” “The Sound of Music Live!” and “Peter Pan Live!” Film: The Bounty Hunter, Michael Mann’s Blackhat. Directing: Popcorn Falls (Davenport Theater), Footloose (The Muny). Playwriting: Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play (Marvel Spotlight Plays).
J. Harrison Ghee
J. Harrison Ghee hopes to inspire, enlighten, and uplift someone in the journey of playing Jerry/Daphne. Hopefully, you will learn to free yourself to see yourself beyond any of your wildest dreams. Thank you, friends, family, fans, and my agents at Nicolosi & Co. for your love and support. Broadway/International Tour: Kinky Boots (Lola), Mrs. Doubtfire (Andre Mayem). Regional: The Color Purple (Ensemble), The Sting (Johnny Hooker). Television: “High Maintenance” (Charles), “Raising Dion” (Kwame). Industrial: Tokyo Disney Sea’s Big Band Beat, Norwegian Cruise Line. Proud graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NY) @jharrisonghee
Adrianna Hicks is a Texas native with a B.F.A degree in Musical Theatre from The University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre. Her credits include, BROADWAY: SIX, The Color Purple Revival. Aladdin. TOUR/REGIONAL: SIX (Catherine of Aragon) at Chicago Shakes, A.R.T, Citadel, and Ordway; The Color Purple Revival Tour (Celie); The Wiz (Dorothy) at Sacramento Music Circus; Ragtime (Sarah); Buddy Holly (Marlena) INTERNATIONAL: Sister Act Germany, Legally Blonde Austria, Dirty Dancing Germany. CONCERT: Michael Bublé Call Me Irresistible Tour (Backup Singer). Insta: @missadriannahicks
Kevin Del Aguila
Broadway: Frozen (Oaken), Peter and the Starcatcher (Smee), Rocky. Off-Broadway: Starcatcher (NYTW), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park), Jacques Brel, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Encores). TV/Film: “Peg + Cat,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Deadbeat.” Kevin is also an Emmy-winning writer & author of the musicals Altar Boyz and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. FUN FACT: Kevin was the voice of a Troll in the Disney blockbuster Frozen.
Natasha Yvette Williams
Broadway: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Zelma), Chicken and Biscuits (Brianna), Waitress (Becky), Chicago (Mama Morton), A Night with Janis Joplin (Aretha, Joplinaire), The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Mariah), The Color Purple (Sofia). Selected TV/Film Credits: “Harlem” (Rebecca), “FBI” (Mrs. Adamu), “New Amsterdam” (Esther), “The Good Fight”. You can catch her in the historical thriller “Alice” (Ruth), the Disney+ movie “Better Nate Than Never” (Principal) and Fall 2022 on Netflix’s “Partner Track”. Follow Insta @Natashayvettewillliams. Proud Black Theatre United and Actor’s Equity Member.
Broadway: It Shoulda Been You; Elf; Baby, It’s You; Caroline, or Change; A Class Act; Victor/Victoria; Les Miserables. National Tours: Titanic; Falsettos. Off-Broadway: Popcorn Falls (Davenport); A Letter to Harvey Milk (Theater Row); Peer Gynt (CSC); Wings (Second Stage); Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn (New World Stages); The Immigrant (New World Stages); Merrily We Roll Along (York). Regional: Chicago; 1776; Gypsy (the Muny); The Flamingo Kid (Hartford Stage); Fiddler on the Roof (Goodspeed, Connecticut Critics Circle Award/Best Actor); Rags (Goodspeed); The Chosen (Barrington Stage); My Name is Asher Lev (Arden); Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration). Television: “We Crashed;” “FBI Most Wanted;” “The Bite;” “The Good Fight;” “Elementary;” “Unforgettable;” “The Americans;” “The Sopranos; Law & Order (All);” “Oz;” “Submissions Only.”
Mark Lotito is a veteran of ten Broadway shows. Original productions include: The Most Happy Fella, Victor/Victoria, Betrayal, Marie Christine, The Smell Of The Kill, The Boys From Syracuse, Dinner at Eight, Fiddler On The Roof (performing the role of Tevye) and Jersey Boys, originating the role of Gyp DeCarlo. He also appeared in The Producers, having the opportunity to perform the role of Max Bialystock.
He is proud to have had the honor of working three times with the late, great director Gerald Gutierrez and twice with the esteemed David Leveaux. He has worked in regional theater, on national tours, and off-Broadway for over thirty-five years. Most recently he appeared in the premiers of three new American plays, including the hit Smart Blonde, Tech Support, and Drift, which was shut down by the pandemic. Mark has worked extensively in film, television, and commercials. He has made over 100 appearances as a guest or a recurring player from soap operas to “The Sopranos” and everything in between. This past year he was a guest on “Pose”, “For Life”, and the first episode of the reboot of the original “Law & Order”.
Broadway! The Prom (Angie ), The Producers (Ulla) , Something Rotten!, Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can, Young Frankenstein, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy For You, and The Will Rogers Follies. Met Opera: The Merry Widow. Regional: The Cher Show (Georgia/Lucille Ball), Annie (Lily St Regis), Disaster The Musical (Jackie), Mamma Mia (Tanya), Always A Bridesmaid (Monette), Sweet Charity (Nikki), Chicago (Roxie), Damn Yankees (Lola), The Full Monty (Vicki), Minskys (Ginger), Crazy For You (Irene), The Will Rogers Follies (Z’s Fav). TV: Rosie O’Donnell Show, Dana Carvey Show, Law and Order: CI, QueerEye, As The World Turns, Kennedy Center Honors, and Smash . Film: The Producers
TyNia René Brandon
TyNia René Brandon (she/they) is a Charlotte, NC native thrilled to be joining her first OBC. Favorite credits include: The Lion King (Rafiki Tour), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Broadway), Born For This (Arts Emerson). She thanks her family, friends, Clear Talent Group, and loving partner, Leo for their endless love and support. “Reaching back, moving forward” IG: @thetybrand
Thrilled to be back on Broadway with Some Like It Hot! Broadway: Mary Poppins Off-Broadway: Trip of Love Tour: Something Rotten!, Chicago, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Cats. TV/Film: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Lovestruck: The Musical. Regional: Arvada Center, North Shore Music Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse. BFA Shenandoah Conservatory. @icampayno
DeMarius R. Copes
Broadway- Mean Girls. National Tours- Hamilton (Philip Tour), Newsies (FirstNat’l). Regional- Mean Girls(National Theatre), The Prom (Alliance Theatre), A Chorus Line (Maltz Jupiter Theatre). TV/Film- Dear Evan Hansen, POSE. Thanks to Clear, Lynne, and Casey! Love you, mom! @demariusr_copes
Bullets Over Broadway, Disaster!, Miss Saigon, King Kong, and Doubtfire (Broadway), West Side Story (first national), Bareoff-Broadway, pre-Broadway workshops, regional theaters globally, and film/TV work. Love to Aidan and my family. @caseygarvin
A Broadway dancer, singer, and actress who made her Broadway debut in 2018 as part of the original cast of Mean Girls the Musical. She played Caitlyn Caussin in the ensemble and understudied Gretchen, Karen, and the Adult Woman. Devon is a California native and former employee in Entertainment at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA as well as Universal Studios, Hollywood. She graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton’s BFA Musical Theater program which led her to performing in many regional shows all over California. Her favorite roles were Lysistrata in Lysistrata Jones, Velma in West Side Story, Florika in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ensemble in Something Rotten, and Alice in The Secret Garden. A year after graduation, she booked the tour of The Little Mermaid as Atina in the ensemble and was able to save enough money to make the big move to New York City in 2016. Besides making her Broadway debut in New York, she has also performed on Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and The Tony Awards. Devon has also found a huge love for teaching these past few years and enjoys inspiring people of all ages and abilities to have fun while performing! You can find her on Instagram as @devonhadsell and on her website at www.devonhadsell.com
Ashley Elizabeth Hale
Ashley is a Scottish American actor and associate. Broadway & US: Leopoldstadt – Associate Movement, Frozen – OBC, Matilda – u/s Miss Honey, Mamma Mia – u/s Donna & Tanya, Carmen (HGO & Lyric) – Associate Choreographer, Frozen
Tour Remount- Associate Director & Choreographer. West End & UK: Shrek OLC, On The Town, Candide, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing, Fame, Finding Neverland, Guys & Dolls, Starlight Express, Saturday Night Fever. Film: Cinderella, Ted 2.
TV: SNL, Kennedy Centre Honors, Tony Awards. www.ashleyelizabethhale.com
Bar Manager/Man with Suitcase
Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Doubtfire OBC. West End: The Book of Mormon. National Tours: Wicked, 9 to 5, The Wedding Singer. Chicago: Something Rotten! (Marriott-Lincolnshire). Film/TV: “Blacklist,” “Sweetbitter,” “Snuggle Buddies.” Proud graduate of Wright State University. More info on Insta (@kjhippensteel) Endless love to Brooke, Josh, Mom, Dad, and my beautiful boys, Huck, Shep, and Coby.
Broadway Debut! Regional: The Karate Kid (Stages St. Louis), Hair (Asolo Rep). BFAfrom Montclair State University. Thanks to Marc, Dustin, and her friends and family. @abbyrose_m
Jarvis B. Manning Jr.
A native of Houston,Tx. Graduate of HSPVA, AMDA NY. He’s an Original Broadway Cast and World Premiere Cast member of AINT TOO PROUD (Al Bryant and Norman Whitfield). Jarvis is also involved heavily in Arts in Education (co-founder of Staged Masterclasses), and aims to help bridge the gap between underserved communities and quality lessons in the arts. Other Favorite Credits: Tv/Film – Law & Order 2022 Revamp (Andre Walker), The Purgatory of Ghost and Goblin (Del) Broadway-Motown The Musical (Jackie Wilson, Rick James), Aint Too Proud (David Ruffin understudy) This show is dedicated to Ma’, Da’, Shay, Niece C, Journey Journ, and his angels Rev. Holiday and Barbs. Thank you God! @brainart
Broadway: Mrs.Doubtfire (OBC). Nat’lTour: Bullets Over Broadway, Elf, Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Fulton Theatre. BFA Western Michigan University, RADA. Endless love and gratitude to my family and friends. ForSai. @btmartz
Amber hails from California and has appeared on Broadway in Mary Poppins and Aladdin. She was a Radio City Rockette and toured the country with Spamalot (Las Vegas Company) and 42nd Street (revival, 1st National Tour). Other credits include North Shore Music Theatre, LA’s Reprise Theatre Company, and multiple shows with Sacramento Music Circus. Favorite television and film credits include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Blacklist,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Younger,” and the Kathryn Bigelow directed Detroit. Amber has a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and recently completed a Master of Science in Marketing.
(she/her) BROADWAY: Paradise Square. TOUR: The Book of Mormon (Nabulungi), SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical (Duckling Donna), Dreamgirls (South Korea). NYC: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. REGIONAL: A Chorus Line (Maggie) at Signature Theatre. Kayla is a Louisville, KY native with a BFA degree in musical theatre from Northern KY University. Overflowing with gratitude! Agent: Avalon Artists Group. @kaylapecchioni
Richard is an Astaire Award-winning Broadway veteran of five Tony-nominated and winning musicals. He was nominated for Best Male Dancer in a Broadway Show by the Astaire Awards and has received two others. His Broadway credits include White Christmas, On The Twentieth Century, Shuffle Along, Hello Dolly, and My Fair Lady. Richard’s TV credits include Co-Starring as Conrad on Mom on CBS, featured performer on the Late Late Show with James Corden starring Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Hugh Jackman and two Tony Awards Telecasts. He can also be heard on the revival cast recordings of Hello, Dolly!, and On The Twentieth Century. He has also worked as a master tap and jazz teacher around the country when not performing. He has had the pleasure to work onstage with Julie Andrews, Billy Porter, Bette Midler, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, George C. Wolfe, Savion Glover, and Kristin Chenoweth to name a few.
Charles is honored to share this dashing story in the historic Schubert theatre! Broadway: Aladdin Nat’l/Internat’l Tours: Aladdin (OTC), Carman la Cubana (Paris Theatre du Chatelet), West Side Story (Bernardo) Regional: La Jolla, Goodspeed, Hartford Stage, Rev Theatre Other: Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony. Hartt School Grad- Nothing but love to this cast, crew, and creative team! Vamanos and eat a cookie- @Charlessouth421
Brendon is stoked to be a part of this production! Broadway: West Side Story (2009), Newsies (OBC), Honeymoon in Vegas (OBC), Something Rotten, Mean Girls(OBC). TV/Film: Prom (Netflix, Associate Choreographer), Pose, Isn’t It Romantic. BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University (’09).
Native to Detroit, MI, Raena White is a compelling Actress and Singer whose powerful voice and personality leaves her audiences wanting more. Raena made her Broadway Debut in the Internationally acclaimed musical, CHICAGO, as the iconic “Matron Mama Morton”. She has also toured the US/Canada with Disney’s The Lion King. One of her favorite regional productions was Dreamgirls at the Marriott Theatre, where she was nominated for Chicago’s prestigious Jeff Award for her portrayal of Effie White. Raena has performed in numerous concerts at the historic Birdland in NYC, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Sony Hall and GreenRoom 42 to name a few. Moreover, she has toured abroad, mesmerizing international audiences in various concerts and performances. Alumna of The University of Michigan, Raena is also a Wife and Mom to 3 incredible boys. Between her passion, captivating demeanor, and tenacity, Raena continuously raises the bar with every remarkable performance.
Julius is super excited to make his Broadway debut in Some Like It Hot. Hailing from Columbia, Missouri, Julius attended Howard University where he received his BFA in Musical Theater. Julius has recently debuted his first Off Broadway production in The Wrong Man at MCC Theatre. Regional: Chicago, Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Footloose, Crazy For You, Passing Strange, and Finian’s Rainbow. He would like to thank God, family, friends, and representation Pantera for their loving support and believing in everything he does.
Ericka Hunter Yang
Original Broadway Casts: Moulin Rouge!, American Psycho, Rock Of Ages, Miss Saigon (Revival), Doctor Zhivago, Flower Drum Song. Other credits: 42nd Street (Broadway), The Band Wagon (Encores!), The Lion King (Toronto), Chess (Kennedy Center), Radio City Rockette. TV Credits: Schmigadoon, Schmicago, Better Nate Than Ever, Modern Love. @erickahunter
Matthew López is an American playwright and screenwriter. His play The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry, premiered at London’s Young Vic in 2018, where it was hailed as “the most important American play of the century.” It transferred to the West End later that year, and opened on Broadway in the fall of 2019. The Inheritance is the most honored American play in a generation, sweeping the “Best Play” awards in both London and New York, including the Tony Award, Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Evening Standard Award, London Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Honors, Drama League Award, GLAAD Media Award, WhatsOnStage Award, and the Southbank Sky Arts Award. He is the first Latine writer to win the Tony Award for Best Play. In New York, Matthew’s work has been seen off-Broadway with The Whipping Man (Manhattan Theatre Club), and The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC Theater), productions that received Obie, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other works include Somewhere and Reverberation (Hartford Stage), The Sentinels (Headlong Theatre, London), and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding (Denver Center). Matthew is working on a reimagining of the iconic 1992 Whitney Houston box office hit, The Bodyguard for Warner Bros, as well as a feature film adaptation of the novel Leading Men for Searchlight Pictures, which centers on Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo. Matthew will be making his directorial feature debut with the LGBTQ+ romantic comedy Red, White & Royal Blue for Amazon Studios. In addition to directing the film, Matthew has adapted the script, based on Casey McQuiston’s bestselling novel. In October 2020, he signed an overall television development deal with Amazon studios.
Amber Ruffin is a writer, executive producer, and host of the WGA Award nominated series “The Amber Ruffin Show” on Peacock. She was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special). She is an Emmy and WGA Award nominee writer and performer for NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and was the first African American female to write for a late-night network talk show in the U.S. She wrote and performed on Comedy Central’s “Detroiters” and was a regular narrator on cable’s “Drunk History.” Ruffin was previously a performer at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, the iO Theater and the Second City in Chicago. In addition, she was a writer/performer for the 2018 and 2019 Golden Globe Awards and has written for the series “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” Ruffin is a New York Times bestselling author, along with her sister Lacey Lamar, of “You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories of Racism,” published by Gran Central Publishing. Last year, Ruffin was named to the 2021 TIME100 Next List, TIME’s list of the next 100 most influential people in the world.
Music & Lyrics
Marc Shaiman is a composer/lyricist/arranger/performer working in films, television, musical theater and recordings. He has won several honors, including a Tony, an Emmy, a Grammy, plus seven Oscar nominations. Recent projects include “Rogers: The Musical” for Marvel/Disney+’s “Hawkeye”, incidental music for the Broadway revival of Plaza Suite and Co-Music Producer on “Hocus Pocus 2,” due for release on Disney+, Fall 2022. He also wrote the score for Billy Eichner’s upcoming Universal romcom “Bros,” which will make history as the first gay romantic comedy from a major studio. For “Mary Poppins Returns” he was nominated for two Oscars, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. His other Oscar nominations have been for “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Patch Adams”, “The First Wives Club”, “The American President” and “South Park-Bigger, Longer & Uncut”. Other film credits include “Beaches”, “When Harry Met Sally”, “City Slickers”, “The Addams Family”, “Sister Act”, “A Few Good Men”, “Hocus Pocus”, “The Bucket List” and “Hairspray”. He and Mariah Carey were nominated for a Golden Globe for their title song for the animated film “The Star”. For Broadway, he and co-lyricist Scott Wittman have written Hairspray (Tony & Grammy Awards), Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Catch Me If You Can (Tony nomination) and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Television credits include “Saturday Night Live” (Emmy and Golden Globe nominations), “Smash” (Emmy & Golden Globe nominations), The Oscars with Billy Crystal (Emmy Award), Bette Midler (final guest with Johnny Carson) and countless appearances with Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Jennifer Hudson, Jack Black & Will Ferrell, among others. He has produced/arranged recordings and performances for Bette Midler, Harry Connick Jr., Peter Allen, Eric Clapton, Diane Keaton, Patti LuPone, Steve Martin, Barbra Streisand, Robin Williams and many more. His online opus “Prop 8 – The Musical” was a Webbie Award winner.
Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning lyricist, director, writer, and conceiver, Scott Wittman co-wrote the lyrics for the hit musical Hairspray (Tony, Grammy, Olivier Award-winner) with creative partner Marc Shaiman. Wittman also served as an executive producer on the hit film starring John Travolta. Scott was nominated for a Golden Globe, Grammy, and two Emmy Awards for the original songs on NBC’s musical drama “Smash.” While working on the show, he co-wrote songs for Jennifer Hudson, Uma Thurman, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli. Shaiman and Wittman’s original score for the Marilyn Monroe musical Bombshell was released by Sony Records. Scott & Marc’s Broadway writing credits include Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, which Scott also directed, Catch Me If You Can (Tony nomination for Best Musical), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway and the West End. Scott has created and directed two Broadway shows, three studio recordings, and three sold-out Carnegie Hall concerts for Patti LuPone. He has created solo shows for Christine Ebersole and Nathan Lane, as well as writing for Bette Midler’s 2015 Divine Intervention World Tour. Off-Broadway, he conceived and directed Jukebox Jackie starring Justin Vivian Bond, Cole Escola, and Bridget Everett at La Mama., and Bridget Everett’s Rockbottom at the Public Theatre. His notorious and legendary Downtown shows are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York Marc and Scott also wrote the score to Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” starring Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Meryl Streep, and directed by Rob Marshall. Their song, “The Place Where Lost Things Go” was nominated for an Oscar. He recently joined the Marvel Universe with his song co-written with Marc for “Rogers: The Musical” for “Hawkeye”.
Represented on Broadway as director/choreographer of Disney’s Aladdin (2014 Tony, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Choreography), and co-director and choreographer of The Book of Mormon (2011 Tony, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards for co-director and nominations in the same categories for Choreography); Olivier award-winner for Best Choreography. Represented on the West End as co-director/choreographer of The Book of Mormon. Other Broadway credits as director/choreographer: The Prom (2019 Tony nomination for Best Direction), Mean Girls (2018 Tony nominations for Best Direction and Choreography), Tuck Everlasting, Something Rotten! (2015 Tony, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Direction and Choreography) Elf: The Musical; The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony, Drama Desk nominations for Best Direction and Choreography, Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Choreography); Monty Python’s Spamalot directed by Mike Nichols (2005 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Choreography). Other West End Credits as director/choreographer: The Drowsy Chaperone, Dreamgirls, and Aladdin. Film and TV credits include, “The Prom” (choreographer), “Trolls” (choreographer), “Smash” (director, S2 E7).