And the Winner Is, From the Author of Tuesdays With Morrie
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As much a cultural phenomenon as a theatrical event, Cats enjoyed a record-breaking run on Broadway and in London, thanks to its feline-inspired costumes, sets, dancing and memorable songs by famed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story, inspired by a collection of poetry from T.S. Eliot, revolves around a tribe known as the Jellicle cats, and their leader Old Deuteronomy, who'll choose one of their group to be reborn that night after their annual ball. The longest-touring Broadway musical in history, Cats features 20 of Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song "Memory," and was the winner of seven 1983 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Learn More
MITCH ALBOM (Playwright) is a best-selling author, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, nationally syndicated radio host for ABC and flagship station WJR-AM in Detroit, and television commentator. Mr. Albom is the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestseller “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”, and the phenomenal bestseller “Tuesdays With Morrie,”. Oprah Winfrey produced a major television movie for ABC based on “Tuesdays With Morrie” that aired in December 1999 and starred Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria. A phenomenon in its own right, the movie was not only the most-watched on any network for that year, it also earned four Emmy Awards in 2000, including those for “Best Actor” (Lemmon) and “Best Supporting Actor” (Azaria). With more than five million copies now in print, “Tuesdays With Morrie” is also published in 34 countries, in 30 languages, and was a bestseller in Japan, Australia, Brazil, and England. Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie” story has been featured in many national publications, including People Magazine, Life Magazine, TV Guide, and Redbook. Albom has also been featured on several national television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Today Show, the CBS Early Show, Larry King Live, the Tom Snyder Show, and the Rosie O’Donnell Show. Albom’s other books include “Live Albom I” (1987), “Live Albom II” (1990), “Live Albom III” (1992), “Live Albom IV” (1995), “BO,” the autobiography of Bo Schembechler (co-written with Schembechler and also a New York Times bestseller), and “Fab Five” the story of the University of Michigan’s famed men’s basketball recruits who all became starters as freshmen during the early 1990’s. For more than a decade, Mitch Albom has been named #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the sports editors of America (APSE), the highest honor in his field. He has also received seven first place APSE honors for feature writing. No other columnist has won the APSE award more than once.
During his storied career, Albom has received more than 100 writing awards. His work has appeared in numerous national and international publications, including Sports Illustrated, GQ, Sport, The New York Times, TV Guide, USA Today, and Germany’s popular GEO Magazine as well as on the Internet with MSNBC. MITCH ALBOM hosts two radio talk shows. “The Mitch Albom Show” which is now in its ninth year. “The Monday Sports Albom,” a sports interview program, now in its nineteenth year. Past guests have included everyone from President Gerald Ford to Wayne Gretzky to Dennis Rodman. He is also a panelist on ESPN’s “Sports Reporters,” seen every Sunday by a nationwide audience, and he’s also a regular contributing commentator. He has been profiled by ABC News, NBC’s Today Show, the CBS Early Show, and ESPN’s “Up Close.” Albom has also twice served as a network Olympic commentator, first for ABC’s Good Morning, America during the Atlanta Games and most recently for the CBS Early Show from the Games in Sydney, Australia.
An accomplished songwriter and lyricist, he wrote the song “Cookin’ For Two” for a television movie directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger that aired in the mid-1990’s. Most recently, he wrote the lyrics for a song that has just been recorded by singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, with David Crosby on backup vocals and comedian David Letterman contributing some surprise vocals as well. A Philadelphia native, he graduated from Brandeis University with a sociology major and earned Master’s Degrees in journalism and business administration from Columbia University in New York City. His background includes stints as an amateur boxer and nightclub singer and pianist. He once played as a warm-up act for comedian Gabe Kaplan. He has done hundreds of speaking engagements for numerous corporate, professional, and charitable organizations.
ANDREW BARNICLE (Director/Artistic Director) arrived as artistic director of the Laguna Playhouse in July of 1991. Since then he has directed over thirty productions for the Playhouse, including: The Sleeper, The Underpants, Bright Ideas, Tabletop, The Constant Wife, Lovers at Versailles, Rounding Third, Stella by Starlight, Wonderful World, American Buffalo, the recent World Premiere of Sherwood Kiraly’s Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, the U.S. premiere of Many Happy Returns, Kevin’s Bed, Communicating Doors, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Woman in Black, Sylvia, Laughter On The 23rd Floor, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Rumors, Othello, his world premiere adaptation of his wife Sara’s translation of Goldoni’s The Liar, the Southern California premiere of Inspecting Carol, the world premiere of John Twomey’s Teacher’s Lounge, and Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw. Andrew previously served as the Head of Theater at United States International University in San Diego, where he directed acclaimed productions of West Side Story and The Venetian Twins at the Theater At Old Town. He also served as Associate Artistic Director at North Coast Repertory Theater, where his numerous directing credits include the San Diego premiere of Torch Song Trilogy. Andrew directed Gunmetal Blues at the Colony Theatre in Burbank and the female version of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple at Michigan’s LORT Meadow Brook Theatre. He has appeared in a myriad of television and film roles, and played major roles at the San Diego Rep, Alaska Rep, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Michigan’s Meadow Brook and Hilberry Theatres. He has also appeared in several Off-Broadway productions including three at SoHo Rep and True West at the Cherry Lane Theater. Andrew appeared at the Playhouse as the Actor / Guardsman in Enter the Guardsman and also as gumshoe Sam Galahad in Gunmetal Blues, and he can also be heard on the cast recording. Playhouse audiences have also seen him as David in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Austin in True West, and David in Strange Snow.
The cast of AND THE WINNER IS will feature: Kelly Boulware as “Tyler”. Brent Schindele (The Musical of Musicals, Man of La Mancha with Robert Goulet) as “Kyle”. Anne Marie Lee (“7th Heaven,” “Nip/Tuck.,”) as “Sheri”. Emmy award-winner Nicolas Coster as “Seamus”. Annie Abrams as “Serenity” and Jeff Marlow (The Sleeper, Around the World in 80 Days) as “Teddy.”
ANNIE ABRAMS (Serenity) most recent theater credits include the roles of Sybil Vane in A Picture of Dorian Gray at The Theatre @ Boston Court, Ela in Charley’s Aunt at International City Theatre, Cecile in Les Liaisons Dangereuses with The Blank Theatre Company, Karma in Midnight Brainwash Revival with Sacred Fools Theater Company, and Myrrhine in Lysistrata at Stanford Summer Theater. Network TV credits: “Veronica Mars,” “Joan of Arcadia,” and “The King of Queens.”
KELLY BOULWARE (Tyler Johnes) In Los Angeles he performed in Apollo at the Center Theatre Groups’ Kirk Douglas stage. Also in LA he has worked with the Pacific Resident Theatre, Meadows Basement, and Crashbox Productions. In the Northwest he’s been seen at the Intiman Theatre, Seattle Rep, The Empty Space, The Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-It Rep, The Bathhouse Theatre, The Village Theatre, the Civic Light Opera and the Seattle Shakespeare Co.. Other regional Credits include the Portland Center Stage in Oregon, the City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Hit in Utah, and three National tours with Montana Repertory Theatre’s production of It’s A Wonderful Life. Among his favorite rolls are George Bailey, Vincent Van Gogh, Henry V, King Arthur, and Killer Joe Cooper. Kelly is featured in the low budget mockumentary Mulletville, and as M. Lewis in the IMAX film Lewis And Clark: The Great Journey West.
NICOLAS COSTER (Seamus) has appeared in a dozen Broadway shows and more than twice that many off-Broadway. Broadway shows include: Becket (standby for Laurence Olivier), Twigs by George Furth, opposite Sada Thompson, ( Dir. Michael Bennett), Otherwise Engaged by Simon Gray , (directed by Harold Pinter), SeeSaw (Musical, Dir. Michael Bennett, lead opposite Michelle Lee and with Tommy Tune), Happy Birthday Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut, The Little Foxes with Elizabeth Taylor, ( Dir. Austin Pendleton, also grand tour of L.A, New Orleans and London); .George Bernard Shaw’s, Getting Married at The Circle In The Square. Off-Broadway plays and musicals include: Co-lead with Roscoe Lee Browne in Benito Cereno at the American Place Theatre, ( Director, Austin Pendleton) (also tour of Europe), Jack’s Holiday (musical) at Playwrights Horizons, the original productions of Athol Fugard’s The Bloodknot as well as Hello And Goodbye (with Kim Hunter). In regional theatre: He was a founding member (along with Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy , George Grizzard and Zoe Caldwell), of The Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. He was also a founder of Boston’s Charles Playhouse, Baltimore’s Center Stage and spent two years at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage. In Los Angeles, he won the Dramalogue award for his role in Otherwise Engaged which he also co-directed from the original production directed by Harold Pinter in which he appeared on Broadway. He appeared in Julia Dahl’s Francis And The President and at the Mark Taper Forum in The Body of Bourne. He starred as George Bernard Shaw in the world premiere of Mark Saltzman’s Mister Shaw Goes to Hollywood at the Laguna Playhouse. (O.C. Register nomination, Best Actor). Coster’s 35 feature films include: All The Presidents Men, Electric Horseman, Reds, Little Darlings, Macarthur, Betsy’s Wedding, Big Business and 2 AFI, and four independent films in the last four years. On television: Guest starred in Crumbs, he is known internationally for his role of Lionel on Santa Barbara for which he received three Emmy nominations in four years, as well as The Soap Opera Digest Award. Other leading roles: Another world, As the World Turns, All My Children and One Life To Live (among others) recurring appearances on Law And Order, Third Rock From The Sun, Judging Amy and over sixty Guest Star appearances on shows ranging from Coach to Star Trek: The Next Generation. He has appeared in many Movies Of The Week including, By The Dawn’s Early Light, Friendly Fire, Incident At Dark River and etc. and he had a recurring part in the series, The Lions Den. Nicolas’s training includes: The Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, London, Lee Strasberg, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Frank Silvera and Milton Katselas. He is also a graduate of the NYU Film school and was a Visiting Artist at Florida State University, He spoke at Hunter College, NYC, Los Angeles City College and taught at Colombia University. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Drama at the University of Georgia.
ANN MARIE LEE (Sheri) is a 14 year resident actor at L.A.‘s classical theater company A Noise Within, where some of her representative roles have included: Rosalind (As You Like It), Anne (Man And Superman), Varya (The Cherry Orchard), Laura (The Glass Menagerie), Estella (Great Expectations), and Myra Arundel (Hay Fever). National Tours: Peter Pan, …Patent Leather Shoes, etc. Other theatres: Off-B’way, Regional, including: Sondheim (A Celebration At Carnegie Hall), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), with the L.A. Philharmonic, at the Hollywood Bowl (Esa-Pekka Salonen,conductor), and nearby South Coast Rep (PINOCCHIO), among many others. Film/TV: Nip/Tuck, 7th Heaven, Law And Order:Ci, E.R., Providence, Titus, HBO’s Breastmen, Any Day Now, Picket Fences, Search And Rescue, Coach, Holding The Baby, Brotherly Love, Doctor/Doctor, L.A. Law (recurring), etc. Radio Plays: Hollywood Theater of the Ear and NPR’s Beyond 2000.
JEFF MARLOW (Teddy) was last seen earlier this year at the Laguna Playhouse in Catherine Butterfield’s The Sleeper. Other theatre credits include You Can’t Take It With You (Geffen Playhouse), The Story (International City Theatre), Indoor/Outdoor (Colony Theatre), Medea (Theatre @ Boston Court – L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award nomination: Best Featured Performance), Around the World in 80 Days (Colony Theatre – L.A. Ovation Award nomination: Best Supporting Actor), and The Adding Machine (Sacred Fools – LA Weekly Award nomination: Best Supporting Actor). Jeff’s television credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Without a Trace, The Bernie Mac Show, Judging Amy, Strong Medicine, and the pilot Astronauts. Film credits include the recently-released Akeelah and the Bee, I-See-You.Com with Beau Bridges, and The Hebrew Hammer with Adam Goldberg. Brought up in Belgium, Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and the London Academy of Performing Arts.
BRENT SCHINDELE (Kyle Morgan) last summer appeared in the West Coast premiere of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). He then reprised his role as “Big Willy” at the Hal Prince Theatre in Philadelphia, and will do it again at the Colony Theatre in Burbank this fall. Thus far this year Brent has appeared in the acclaimed Reprise! “Broadway’s Best” revival of City of Angels in Los Angeles, served as orchestra pianist/ass’t. music director for a production of Kander & Ebb’s Steel Pier in North Hollywood, and co-starred on the CBS drama Cold Case. Other television credits include the TNT special Medal of Honor and the series It Is Written, and he appeared with Kevin Costner in the film Thirteen Days. Brent has done time on the road: he played the apostle Peter (plus 10 other roles and keyboards in the orchestra) in the recent Broadway touring company of Jesus Christ Superstar, and he starred as Tony in the national company of West Side Story. At home in southern California, his regional theater credits include Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret, Tommy Albright in Brigadoon, and half of the one man/one woman cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little. Brent performed from the piano in a production of Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8:30, which he also scored and conducted, winning an L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award.
The Set Design is by John Berger. The Lighting Design is by Paulie Jenkins. The Costume Design is by Julie Keen. The Sound Design is by Laguna Playhouse resident Sound Designer David Edwards. Honorary Producers are Haskell & White, CPA’s.