LUDO's Broken Bride - Cast & Creative

 

Meet the Cast and Creatives Behind LUDO's Broken Bride at the Cutting Room!

THE CAST

Drew Gasparini
Tom (The Traveler)

Drew Gasparini is an award winning musical theatre composer/lyricist, a performing singer/songwriter and winner of the 2006 John Lennon Songwriter’s award. He has written the music, lyrics, and book for his musical Crazy, Just Like Me (winner of “Best Of Fest” and runner up for “Best Book” in the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2011), and music & lyrics for Make Me Bad (PACE new musicals; book by Alex Brightman), Turn Of The Screw (commission by Fordham University, 2012 workshop at Lincoln Center; book by Michael Kimmel), and #UntitledPopMusical (book by Michael Kimmel) to name a few.

 

Drew was a contributing composer to the television series SMASH (season 2) on NBC- he was also seen and heard on Oxygen’s The Next Big Thing for which he also wrote music, and has contributed “The Text Message Song” to the popular one-woman, Off-Broadway show, “Hot Mess In Manhattan.”  Drew was named one of Playbill’s “Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriter’s You Should Know” and the Houston Press has called Drew’s music “deftly captivating with lyrics that pulse with vibrant poignancy and appealing wit.” His work is regularly heard at Contemporary Classics New Voices in Seattle, Cutting-Edge Composers III (NYMF 2012), and his brand of theater concerts are performed regularly at esteemed NYC venues such as Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, and 54 Below.

 

“The Music & Lyrics of Drew Gasparini” was presented at the Kennedy Center in June of 2012.  And Drew’s musical theatre album “I Could Use A Drink: The Songs Of Drew Gasparini”, featuring the vocals of some of Broadway’s biggest names, was released through Broadway Records in 2013 and spent 5 weeks on the top 100 iTunes charts. Drew is an alum of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre workshop and his sheet music is available at www.NewMusicalTheatre.com.  Currently Drew is working on several new musicals as well as the development of a variety show, and television series with The (M)orons.  

Alysha Umphress
The Angel Raguel (Archangel of the Apocalypse)

BROADWAY: Upcoming; On the Town (Hildy), American Idiot (OBC), On a Clear Day You can See Forever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Bring it On!. OFF-BROADWAY: Make Me a Song (The Music of William Finn). REGIONAL: Signature Theatre: Beaches (Cee Cee Bloom, dir. Eric Shaeffer) Barrington Stage: On the Town (Hildy, dir. JohnRando). TV: Law and Order SVU, Nurse Jackie. EDUCATION: The Boston Conservatory. Twitter @cristalzheat

Anthea Neri
Em (Lia's Sister-in-law)
Miri (Jeanne's Sister)

Anthea is a pop/rock recording artist signed with StevenHeroProductions, a Human empowerment ambassador, and AEA member. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and has worked with everyone from David Byrne, Fatboy Slim to Tony award winning director Alex Timbers, Broadway legend Baayork Lee and has also recorded with other numerous Emmy/Grammy award winning producers. Anthea is currently writing her debut EP with BxB Studios for a 2014 release. "Lead with your heart and the rest will follow" Break Legs Everyone! www.officialanthea.com

Randy Blair
The Mayor (in the Apocalypse)
Caitlin Kinnunen
Lia (The Bride)
Jeanne (The Apocalyptic Visionary)

Caitlin Kinnunen is delighted to be back with Broken Bride!  Her background includes The Bridges of Madison County (Carolyn) and Spring Awakening (Thea) on Broadway and Next to Normal, (Natalie US), 1st national tour.  Regional theatre credits include Williamstown Theatre Festival, Weston Playhouse, Village Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre.  TV/film credits include the indie feature film Sweet Little Lies (Bess), It’s Kind of a Funny Story, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Law & Order: SVU.  

Brian Charles Rooney
King Simius (The Antichrist)

Brian Charles Rooney made his Broadway debut as Lucy Brown in "The Threepenny Opera" (Roundabout Theatre Company).  He won the CT Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical as Candy Darling in "POP!" at Yale Repertory, as well as the NY Musical Theatre Festival's Outstanding Performance Award as Dionne Salon in "BEDBUGS!!!"  He recently appeared as a soloist in Martin Charnin's new theatrical revue, "Rodgers &...," a retrospective of Richard Rodgers' monumental body of work; and in the Carnegie Hall Concert Production of "Guys & Dolls," starring Nathan Lane & Megan Mullally. Other credits include: Tony in "West Side Story" (Euro Tour); Homer in "Floyd Collins" (Actors' Playhouse; Carbonell Award Nom.).  Television credits: "Camelot, Live from Lincoln Center" & "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert" (both for PBS at Lincoln Center).  In 2007, Brian won The Kurt Weill Foundation's Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence. He has appeared in concert at 54 Below & Joe's Pub, and as a soloist with the Oregon & Seattle Symphony Orchestras.  Follow him on Twitter: BCR_Octaves

Azudi Onyejekwe
Joe (Lia's Brother)
Luke (An Apocalypse Rebel)

Currently appearing in the Original Broadway Company of Violet (Flick standby). Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812(Original Company, Anatole u/s). NY Workshops/Readings: Hadestown (dir. Rachel Chavkin), Boy: a Roald Dahl Story (dir. Sam Pinkleton), Panzee (York Theatre, dir. Carlos Armesto). Regional: Guthrie Theater, NJPAC, New Harmony Theatre, Cortland Repertory Theatre. Film: HairBrained. BFA, Drama and Africana Studies: NYU Tisch. www.azudi.net

Maddy Jarmon
Ensemble

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Kate Steinberg
Ensemble

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Randy Blair is an award winning musical theatre writer and actor. He is best known for the Off-Broadway musicals Fat Camp (American Theatre of Actors), Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (Barrow Street), and Spidermusical (Mint Theatre). Other work includes Leslie Kritzer's Beautiful Disaster (Joe's Pub), Haute Mess and The Other Barrymores (Ars Nova), Ruff (#serials at the Flea). As an actor, he appeared in the world premieres of Adding Machine (dir. David Cromer), The Yellow Wood (dir. BD Wong), House of Gold (dir. Sarah Benson), and originated the role of Alf Reeves in Chaplin. Regional: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (DC), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Weston Playhouse (VT). Film/TV: Law & Order (NBC), Naked Brothers Band (Nickelodeon), Viralcom (WB), Strangers with Candy (Comedy Central), Across the Universe (dir. Julie Taymor), Afterwards (opposite John Malkovich).

Nate Begle
Hawking & Puppet Ensemble

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Dan Kohler
Ensemble

Theatre: Flashdance the Musical (Andy), Blue Man Group (NYC, Berlin, Las Vegas), Legally Blonde (Emmett), Godspell (Jesus)

TV: Law and Order SVU (S12E05), UnPakt (Host), Chef Basket (Host)

Web: www.RenegadeKitchen.com, @RenegadeKitche

Aymee Garcia
Desdemona & Puppet Ensemble
Brendan Malafronte
Raptor & Puppet Ensemble

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A graduate of A.M.D.A in NYC, Brendan has had one foot in musical theatre, and the other in professional puppetry and puppet design. Favorite credits include “John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean”, "Thomas and Friends Live!" (Mr. Conductor) , “The 39 Steps” (Clown 2), “Singin In The Rain” (Cosmo Brown), “Lend Me a Tenor” (Max). Brendan also builds puppets! for more information visit

 www.BrendanMalafronte.com

THE CREATIVES & CREW

LUDO
Original Concept, Music, Lyrics

LUDO is an alternative rock band consisting of Andrew Volpe, Tim Ferrell, Tim Convy, and Matt Palermo. Originally from St. Louis , Ludo’s trademark high-energy rock is intelligent, and imaginative. In 2003 their self-titled first album debuted on self-founded Redbird Records, followed by EP “Broken Bride” (2005). 2008’s “You’re Awful I Love You” (2008), marked the band’s major label debut on Island Records.  Their popularity grew as “Love Me Dead” rose to No. 8 in the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, and the band performed on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and festivals including Warped Tour and Lollapalooza. Their most recent fare, “Prepare the Preparations” (2010) spans topics as wide-ranging as robots, pirates, and star-crossed robbers on the run. ludorock.com

Stacey Weingarten
Adaptation/Director

Stacey Weingarten is a bookwriter, puppeteer, director, and producer (as EP of Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter LLC). This summer, her family musical Rescue Rue (with Music/Lyrics by Kate Steinberg & Joshua Zecher-Ross), will be presented at NYMF, and her concert with David Levinson, Closing the Gap, on closing the artistic gap between taste and ability, will be presented independently. Other projects include 5eme République  (NYMF 2011 under the title Les Enfants de Paris),  Jarreau's (NYMF 2012 under the title Madame), 20/42, and Monica’s Mixing Bowl. Stacey's the Puppet Wrangler/Wardrobe Head for Avenue Q Off-Broadway and Professor of Puppetry at Pace University. StaceyWeingarten.com

 

Joshua Zecher-Ross
Musical Director

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Bree Perry
Styling

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Andrew Scharwath
Lighting Design

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Shoshana Feinstein
Producer

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David Levinson
Orchestrations/Add'l Story

David Levinson is a Musical Theatre composer, arranger and orchestrator. Music and Lyrics: 5eme République  (NYMF 2011 under the title Les Enfants de Paris), Jarreau’s (NYMF Developmental Reading 2012 under the title MADAME), Báthory. Arranging and Orchestration: Gypsy of the Year: Avenue Q Presentation (Minskoff Theatre), Joanna Gleason (Provincetown Art House, 54 Below), Well-Strung (various), LUDO’s Broken Bride(Ars-Nova). Film Scoring: The Waystation in the Stars (dir. Brandon Morrissey), Monica's Mixing Bowl (dir. Jesse Averna, prod. Stacey Weingarten and Monica Willey). David is a graduate of The New School. He also studies Oud and Arab music with the conductor of the New York Arabic Orchestra, Bassam Saba. DavidLevinsonMusic.com

Pauline Lu
Projections Design

Off-Broadway: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Co-Projection Design, Atlantic Theater Company). Past projections apprenticeship with IMA: Imaginary Media Artists. Pauline is interested in various applications of experiential design. Starting this summer, she will venture into graduate studies at The Fashion Institute of Technology for a M.A. in Exhibition Design.PaulineLuDesigns.com

James Wojtal, Jr.
Puppet Design

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Ben Skinner
Public Relations

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Chinese Mother
Jewish Daughter LLC
Producer

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