Addams Family

The Addams Family
Aug. 27 - Sept. 13, 2014
in Bellport
  The Addams Family  
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The Company

is thrilled to be making her Gateway Playhouse debut! She is equally excited to be returning to the role of Grandma Addams after touring the US and Asia in the 2013-14 International tour of The Addams Family Musical. Recent credits include: Billy Elliot (Ogunquit) and How Deep is the Ocean? (NYMF). Amanda is also the voice behind several commercials and audiobooks. Huge thanks to everyone at Carson-Kolker! Love to Kristen, Mom, Dad, and The Fam. @ amanda_bruton
Broadway: The Graduate; Guys & Dolls; Epic Proportions; Anything Goes; The Music Man. National Tour: Ragtime; Lend Me A Tenor, Elf. Off-Broadway: The Gig; Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show. Regional: The Great American Mousical (premiere); The Rhythm Club (premiere); Company, Pirates of Penzance; The Predators’ Ball (premiere); LUV; The Golden Land; Is There Life After High School?; Annie; Johnny Pye & The Foolkiller (premiere). Film/Television: Freedom Writers, Lost Angeles; Without a Trace, The West Wing, Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Chappelle’s Show, The Young and the Restless, Another World.
is thrilled to be back at the Gateway Playhouse after an outstanding performance in Gateway’s South Pacific! Credits include Spamalot (National Tour), The Phantom of the Opera (International Tour), Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed and Fireside), Beauty and the Beast (Gateway), Spamalot (Performance Riverside), Camelot (Engeman), and soloist for the San Diego Symphony. Melissa was honored to represent her home state, California, at the 2008 Miss America pageant, placing in the Top 8. Many thanks to Gateway for this opportunity and much love to family and friends.
Broadway: Catch Me if You Can (Paula), Astaire Award nomination; The Addams Family (Morticia); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Muriel); Nine; The Sound of Music. National Tours: Camelot (Guenevere); The Sound of Music (Elsa), Judy Award. Off-Broadway: Adrift in Macao (Barrymore Award for original Philadelphia Theatre Company production); The Second Tosca. Favorite Regional: The King and I – Ogunquit Playhouse; Kiss Me Kate – North Shore Music Theatre – IRNE Award nomination; As Bees in Honey Drown – Arvada Center – DDCC Award. Film: Creedmoria.
is thrilled to be in The Addams Family! Previously she’s been in Young Frankenstein (Saint Michael’s Playhouse), The Music Man (John W. Engeman Theater), on One Life to Live, in commercials and print ads, trained at The Paper Mill Playhouse, Lee Strasberg and won national and regional awards in dance. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English and Theater, minor in Dance. Thanks to everyone from Addams and her (other) family!
is excited to be returning to the Gateway Playhouse. Previous Gateway credits include Beauty and the Beast and Young Frankenstein. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wright State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. National Tour: Young Frankenstein Regional: Che in Evita (Algonquin Arts Theatre), Ragtime (Westchester Broadway), The World Goes Round (Broward Stage Door). Much thanks to The Gateway and Ogunquit Playhouses. Much love to my family, friends, and ‘Shley. For Charlene.
is ecstatic to be returning to The Gateway in such a fun role! Earlier this Gateway season Ethan played Michael Banks in Mary Poppins and Jaq in Cinderella; last December he played Chip in Beauty and the Beast. Other favorites include Auntie Mame (Michael), Nine (Little Guido) and Suessical (Horton). Special thanks to Keith for this terrific opportunity, to Michael and Rachel for an amazing season, and to his family for their love and support.
comes directly to The Gateway Playhouse after starring opposite Leslie Caron in the two-hander Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks at California’s renowned Laguna Playhouse. Broadway credits include Putting it Together, Seussical: The Musical and the original production of La Cage aux Folles. David created the role of Smudge in the original New York production of Forever Plaid, and again in Plaid Tidings and Forever Plaid: The Movie. David was also paired romantically opposite RuPaul in the award-winning cult musical short film Zombie Prom. He is a six-time recipient of the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and is a longtime proud member of Actors Equity Association.
most recently appeared as Wednesday Addams on the International Tour of The Addams Family for 17 months. Regional Favorites include Rent, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, Little Shop of Horrors, and Disney’s High School Musical. She would like to thank the entire company and the Gateway for this horrible opportunity and wishes you all an unpleasant evening. Snap Snap.www.
is happy to be returning to Gateway after appearing in this season’s South Pacific. He’s a proud Seattleite and Ithaca Alumni. Recent credits include; Smokey in Damn Yankees (Goodspeed), Nephew Fred in A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), and Jake in Most Happy Fella (Goodspeed). Other credits include; Camelot, Parade, Rent, Into the Woods, Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Der Fliegende Hollander. Danny would like to thank TKO, Brian, Keith, Vince, the cast, his family and Andie.
is over the moon to be part of this kooky family! This marks Kevin’s fifth show at Gateway (Hairspray, Hello Dolly, Legally Blonde, Spamalot), his third show with Keith Andrews (Spamalot, Young Frankenstein-St. Michael’s Playhouse), and his third show playing a dead ancestor. HUGE thanks to Keith and Vince, the whole Gateway crew, the Allan family for making this all possible, and love to Christopher! Proud member of Actors’ Equity. www.kevinmetzger. com, and tweet @kevmetz.
VINCENT ORTEGA VINCENT ORTEGA (Ensemble/ Dance Captain/Assistant Director/ Choreographer)
is excited to return to the Gateway Playhouse Family. He has worked and performed in Wedding Singer (Ensemble/US George), Century of Christmas, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Chorus Line (Al US Paul/ Richie), and Spamalot. Vince has had the privilege of working with the incredibly talented Keith Andrews (Director) on many projects, some right here at Gateway. Most recently South Pacific, which was critically acclaimed. Other credits include Broadway/ Tours: Mamma Mia (Pepper/ Eddie US) Evita (North Carolina Theatre), Full Monty (Tony) Babes in Arms (Peter), Young Frankenstein (Harold), Disney’s Aladdin (Aladdin), Sweet Charity, and Big River (Huck). Film/TV: Movie 43, Enchanted, Fame, Regis and Kelly, Ugly Betty, MTV Music Awards, American Music Awards, Disney Channel and Good Morning America. He has worked with many Pop artists for projects in music videos and tours including performing and choreography, (Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears and more). Follow him on twitter @ VinceOrtega. Proud member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actors Guild. Thank you Keith Andrews for being amazing, talented and a partner in crime.
is beyond delighted to join the cast of The Addams Family for his very first performances with Gateway/Ogunquit Playhouses. Strange villainous characters seem to be his forte. Previous favorite miscreants include Captain Hook, Scar, Jafar, Frollo and Hades all with Disney Cruise Line. He was also Frankenstein at Universal Studios Japan in Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Review. Lurch seems appropriate to add to the list. Enjoy, or rather (Grunt!)
is thrilled to be a member of the Addams clan once again. He has just returned from the international tour of The Addams Family where he performed the role of Uncle Fester all across the country and in Asia. Past Credits: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (National Tour), Gilligan’s Island The Musical (National Tour), Great American Trailer Park Musical, Gutenberg The Musical, I Love A Piano. Much love to Tams and Miss Scarlett. @ shaunpuffyrice
is thrilled to return to the Gateway Playhouse stage for this kooky production. She was recently on this stage earlier in the summer as Phyllis in 42nd Street. Favorite credits include Backwards In High Heels (Ginger Rogers), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ruth), Mame (Pegeen Ryan), Mack & Mabel, and multiple productions of White Christmas (one of which was with the Gateway Playhouse). Thank you Michael Baker and Keith for including me in this wonderful production. 143
Broadway: Mamma Mia! National Tours: Mamma Mia! (Donna Sheridan), Swing! Off-Broadway/ Regional: Sing For Your Shakespeare (Westport Playhouse), Our Sinatra, Swing!, City of Angels (Bobbi/Gabby, Goodspeed Opera House), 42nd Street (Dorothy Brock, Goodspeed and Riverside Theatre), Ragtime (Mother, Hangar Theatre), Dames at Sea (Mona Kent, Bay Street Theatre), My Fair Lady (Eliza Dolittle, Santa Monica CLO), I Got Merman (Stamford PAC). Premiere of Trip of Love in Osaka, Japan.
is glad to be back at the Gateway Playhouse after returning this spring from the National Tour of The Addams Family (Lucas), directed by Jerry Zaks. Bryan is a recent graduate of the NYU Steinhardt program for vocal performance and proud student of Michael Ricciardone. New York and regional credits include Sweeney Todd at the Gateway (Tobias), The Fix (Cal Chandler), Stand Tall (David), King David (Absalom). Thanks to mom, dad, Laura, Chester.
is super pumped to be returning to the Gateway for the 9th time! You may have previously seen her in Hairspray, Hello Dolly, Drowsy Chaperone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, My Fair Lady, Legally Blonde, Sunset Blvd, and her favorite Spamalot! She appeared in the 30th Anniversary National Tour of Annie and has performed at numerous regional theatres across the country. Love and thanks to Mikey, the Beans, Keith, Vince, Paul, Robin, and Baker!
KEITH ANDREWS (Director/Choreographer)
is morbidly ecstatic to be back at The Gateway. Earlier this season, Keith directed and choreographed South Pacific at the Patchogue Theater. Other productions at Gateway include Spamalot, My Fair Lady, 9 to 5- the Musical (starring Sally Struthers), The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (starring Joe Piscopo), The Wedding Singer, My Way (the Sinatra Tribute), Cold as Ice, Urinetown, 2009’s Holiday Spectacular on Ice, Happy Days, and Avenue Q. He has directed the National Tours of The Full Monty and Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh. Other recent directing/ choreography credits include: Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee, Always... Patsy Cline, Dames at Sea, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Barnum, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Little Shop of Horrors, The Pirates of Penzance, Big River, and Forever Plaid, to name just a few. As a choreographer, Keith has recently worked on The Gig at the New York Musical Theater Festival, and the world premiere of Love, Incorporated. He received an Innovative Theater Award for Best Production of a Musical and nomination for Best Choreography for his work on the show Like You Like It. On the ice, Keith has directed and choreographed Home for the Holidays- a Celebration on Ice, starring 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis, and 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist- Evan Lysacek, as well as two productions of Stars, Stripes and Skates, a benefit on ice to support survivors and families of 9/11. As a performer, Keith has toured all over the world with shows such as: West Side Story, Mame, Jesus Christ Superstar and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In educational theater, Keith directs and choreographs student industry showcases at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC as well as having directed many musicals at the USDAN Center for the Performing Arts, here on Long Island. Keith thanks Paul and Michael for their endless hard work and trust, Vince for his never-ending help and for always making me laugh, and to Amy too! Special thanks to Ruth.
NIKKI LINT (Production Stage Manager)
loves working at Gateway Playhouse! Gateway credits include 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, Grease, Cats, My Fair Lady, 9 to 5. Other Stage Management credits include Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center, Second City, Forbidden Broadway, and American Girl Theatre, among others. Nikki was a Production Assistant on the 1st National Tour of Mary Poppins, and is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Proud member of AEA.
National tours: The Addams Family, Rock of Ages, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Altar Boyz. Favorite regional credits include productions of I Love A Piano, Nuncrackers, Anything Goes, and Thoroughly Modern Millie in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maine. “We will someday be dead, but today blood pumps through our veins and breath fills our lungs and we walk the earth.”—Caitlin Doughty
DOUG HARRY (Lighting Designer)
Doug likes pies. He likes apple pie, strawberry rhubarb pie and peach cobbler but especially blackberry and apple pie with extra thick cream or custard. He is not keen on blueberry pies. (They make him burp.) He likes cherry pie but only if the cherries are fresh. He really does not like coconut creme pie and thinks pumpkin pie is vastly overrated. Being English he loves mincemeat pies at Christmas, especially the little ones. He also likes fruit cake. A lot. Thank you for your attention.
Co-wrote Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman. From 1982-1999, as creative director at Serino Coyne Inc., he produced ad campaigns for some 300 Broadway shows, from A Chorus Line to The Lion King. From 1999–2009, he served as creative consultant for The Walt Disney Studios. MFA, Yale Drama School; Teaching Fellow, Harvard University; charter member, American Repertory Theatre. Rick saw his first Broadway show when he was three. His mother said he was very wellbehaved. From that day, he dreamed of working in the theatre. Since the age of 19, he has inspired by many artists whose names will be spoken as long as people gather in the darkness.
Film (as coauthor): Sleeper, Annie Hall (Academy Award), Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery; (as writer/ director): Simon, Lovesick, The Manhattan Project, Sister Mary Explains it All. Television: “The Johnny Carson Show,” “The Dick Cavett Show” (head writer & producer). His first venture into musical theater, Jersey Boys, won an Olivier and four Tony Awards including Best Musical. In addition to his film, theater and television work, Mr. Brickman has been published in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy and other periodicals and is the 2006 recipient of the Writers’ Guild of America Ian McClellan Hunter Award for lifetime achievement in writing. He lives and works in New York and hopes to die in his bed, surrounded by his loving family and their accountants.
ANDREW LIPPA (Music & Lyrics)
In addition to the Tony-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical The Addams Family, Andrew wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical, Big Fish, the words and music to the original theatrical oratorio I Am Harvey Milk that received its world premiere in San Francisco in June, 2013 with the San Francisco Gay Mens’ Chorus, starring Laura Benanti and Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk. He also wrote the music for the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin’s play The Farnsworth Invention. Other musicals include the Drama Desk award winning musical The Wild Party (book/music/ lyrics), A Little Princess (music), jon & jen (music/ co-wrote book), Asphalt Beach (music/lyrics) and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (additional music/lyrics and arrangements). Mr. Lippa was music director for Kristin Chenoweth’s sold-out shows at the Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall and others. Accolades include a Tony and Grammy nomination, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, The Drama Desk and The Outer Critics Circle Award. Andrew Lippa serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild and is a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Music