Judas & Me (2009)
It's tough keeping up with the Joneses when your neighbor's kid is the Messiah. Consumed by jealousy, Rheba Iscariot pushes her son Judas to be better than Jesus - and we all know how well that turns out. A new musical comedy by the Tony-nominated writing team of Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar, Judas & Me is a hilarious look at life with the ultimate biblical stage mom.
Approximate Running Time: 1:40; no intermission
Broadway: Pal Joey, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Never Gonna Dance, Man of La Mancha, Sweet Smell of Success, Thou Shalt Not, Chicago, Titanic. Toronto: Ragtime, Fosse, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy for You. Regional: Pippin; Pirates!; Kiss Me, Kate. Television: “Dancing With the Stars,” “All My Children,” “Grand Theft Auto IV.” KTILU!
Broadway: Cry Baby (Ensemble), Glory Days (Composer/Lyricist). Credits include Abraham in Altar Boyz (1st national). Proud Michigan graduate! Love to my wonderful family, the Nicolosi pimps, Mazzapold, GuyTunes and always, BBF.
Originated the role of Christmas Eve in the Bway and London productions of Avenue Q. Other B'way: 9 to 5 (Kathy, u/s Violet); Les Miserables revival (Mme. Thenardier); Seussical (Marshal, u/s Gertrude, Mrs. Mayor); and M. Butterfly (Comrade Chin). Film: Feel, Happiness, Hudson River Blues. Recent TV: "Lipstick Jungle" (as Victory Ford's mother), "The Electric Company," "Cashmere Mafia," "Johnny & the Sprites." For her parents, PJL and Elvis.de Chin). Film: Feel, Happiness, Hudson River Blues. Recent TV: "Lipstick Jungle" (as Victory Ford's mother), "The Electric Company," "Cashmere Mafia," "Johnny & the Sprites." For her parents, PJL and Elvis.
Doug most recently appeared regionally in the world premiere production of Rooms: a rock romance, receiving rave reviews from every critic including The Washington Post & Variety. Before that he appeared as Chita Rivera's boy-toy in the highly anticipated, sold-out and critically applauded production of Signature Theatre's The Visit. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Doug attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and RADA in London. He recently appeared on Broadway in the original revival cast of Les Miserables (Jean Prouvaire – Marius u/s) and has toured internationally as Danny Zuko in Grease and Berger in Hair. Doug's performance as Richard Loeb in Off-Bway's Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story was called "compelling" by both the New York Times & the New York Post and "riveting" by Rex Reed in The New York Observer. He has performed regionally at Arkansas Rep, Barrington Stage, Bay Street Theatre, Metrostage, Geva Theatre, and The Old Globe. Doug is most proud of his collaborations with a varied list of theatrical artists including Twyla Tharp, Chita Rivera, Terrence McNally, John Kander, Ann Reinking, Lea Salonga, Dapne Rubin Vega, Gary Beach, Michael Rupert, Ann Harada, George Hearn, Mark Jacoby, Alex Gemignani, Norm Lewis, Judy Kuhn, Chip Zien, John Caird, and Frank Galati.
Broadway: A Catered Affair (Drama Desk Nomination), Legally Blonde (Clerence Derwent Award) and Hairspray, as well as Off-Broadway and regional credits include Rooms: A Rock Romance (Outer Critic Circle Nomination), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Drama Desk Nomination), Bat Boy, Godspell, Broadway: Three Generation (Kennedy Center), Born Yesterday, the world premiere of Vanities, Urinetown (National Tour), Evita and an acclaimed “Fanny Brice” in Funny Girl.
Broadway: Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham), Annie Get Your Gun w/Bernadette Peters (Winnie Tate), Sweet Charity. Off-Broadway: How to Save the World (Violet),Have a Nice Life (Best NYMF Ensemble). National tours: tick, tick…BOOM!(Susan); Show Boat; Hello, Dolly! w/Carol Channing; Beauty and the Beast. Film/TV: “Desperate Housewives,” “All My Children,” “Reefer Madness,” Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe. www.nicolesnelson.com.
Dennis is currently playing Papa Bear/thelonius in Shrek: The Musical. Other B’way: The Apple Tree, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wonderful Town, and Man of LaMancha. Other NY: Jerry Springer the Opera (Carnegie Hall), Stairway to Paradise (Encores), and numerous benefits, including Dreamgirls and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas for the Actors Fund. Selected regional and tours: Here Lies Jenny with Bebe Neuwirth (Post St. Theatre), West Side Story (Bernardo), Copacabana, and Five Guys Named Moe. Film: Across the Universe, Preachin’ to the Choir. God bless and Enjoy!!!
Jennifer Laura Thompson received a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Hope Cladwell in the original Broadway company of Urinetown. She also originated the role of Ariel Moore in the Broadway production of Footloose. Her Off-Broadway credits include Little Fish by Michael John LaChiusa at Second Stage,Urinetown, Pardon My English and Strike Up the Band! for City Center Encores!, and Tiptoes at Carnegie Hall. She played Julie Jordan in the first national tour of Carousel. Other tours: Jesus Christ Superstar and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Regionally, she has played Laura in The Glass Menagerie and Corie in Barefoot in the Park, among others. TV: "Law & Order: SVU" (featured role). She holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre from the University of Michigan.
Broadway: Joanne in John Doyle's production of Company, Trina in Falsettos(Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Los Angeles Ovation Award), Velma in Hairspray, Mrs. Baskin in Big, Mrs. Lyons in Blood Brothers, Francesca in Nine, Grace Slick in Rock 'n Roll: the first 5,000 years, and Mother in Ragtime (Chicago company). Off-Broadway: Transport Group's Normal, Birds of Paradise, Stars in Your Eyes, and Forbidden Broadway. National tours: Falsettos, Oklahoma!,Nine, Les Misérables, and Chess (Carbonell Award). Regional: Company (Cincinnati Playhouse),Dinner With Friends (The Old Globe Theatre), The Sisters Rosensweig (George Street), Tomfoolery(Actors Theatre of Louisville), Side by Side by Sondheim (The Muny), The Most Happy Fella (Great Lakes Theatre Festival), The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre), Houdini (Goodspeed), and Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire for The Gretna Theatre, directed by her husband, Jack Cummings III. Film and television: Life With Mikey, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, andAll My Children. CDs: Broadway Unplugged, Big, Brimstone, A... My Name Will Always Be Alice, The Best Of Forbidden Broadway, and Incurably Romantic - The Songs of Martin Charnin.
CHAD BEGUELIN wrote the lyrics and co-book for The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics.) He also wrote the book and lyrics for The Rhythm Club (Signature Theater), Wicked City (American Stage Company, Mason Street Warehouse) and wrote the book for Disney’s stage version of Aladdin (Hyperion Theater). He is the recipient of the Edward Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyric Writing, the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award and the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Award. His plays have been produced at Playwrights Horizon, The Avalon Theatre Company and HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art. Chad received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
MATTHEW SKLAR received a Tony Award nomination (Best Original Score) and a Drama Desk nomination (Outstanding Music) for his work on the The Wedding Singer. He co-produced the show’s original Broadway cast album for Sony/BMG Masterworks Broadway. Matthew is a recipient of the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theatre Award and the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award. His original musicals include The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre), Wicked City (American Stage Company, Mason Street Warehouse), and various projects for Disney. Matthew has worked on Broadway as a dance music arranger, conductor, and pianist for over a dozen productions including Shrek, Caroline, or Change, Nine, 42nd Street, Titanic, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables. He has also contributed original music to the hit Nickelodeon television series, Wonder Pets.
RECENT OFF BROADWAY: INNER VOICES: SOLO SONGS (Zipper), SPAIN (MCC), ELECTION DAY (Second Stage). REGIONAL: Barrington Stage, Goodspeed, Hangar, North Shore, NY Stage and Film, O'Neill, Village. Theatreworks USA: CURIOUS GEORGE (writer/director), and PAUL REVERE. FESTIVALS: Fringe, NYMF, SPF. Jeremy has served as Artistic Associate at Second Stage, and was the Artistic Director of adobe theatre company for 13 years, for which has has written and/or directed over twenty plays. Jeremy's plays include NOTIONS IN MOTION, THE HANDLESS MAIDEN, BLINK OF AN EYE, SUPERPOWERS, ORPHEUS & EURYDICE (all adobe) and EIGHT DAYS (BACKWARDS) (Vineyard). He lives in Maplewood with his wife Beth and daughters Clea and Quinn. www.jeremydobrish.com
Dan Knechtges: B’way: Xanadu (Tony Nomination) 110 In the Shade (Roundabout), Spelling Bee (Lortel Nomination). Off B’way: Vanities, Spelling Bee. International; Der Schuh Das Manitu (Berlin, Germany). Regional: Xanadu (LaJolla) Godspell (Paper Mill), The Boys From Syracuse (Centerstage), Vanities (Theatreworks, CA), The Girl in the Frame (Goodspeed), The Wiz, Cats, My Fair Lady, Chalk Circle, Sound of Music (Hangar Theatre), Mame, Angel Street, A Funny Thing…(Surflight Theatre), Don Giovanni (Indianapolis Opera), Carousel, West Side Story (Opera Illinois), The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore (Blue Hill Troupe). TV/Film: “It’s a Wonderful Night” (Fatboy Slim), Palindromes (Todd Solondz). B.F.A. Musical Theatre: Otterbein College; Member of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, SDC. www.danknechtges.com
LEO LAUER most recently produced the critically acclaimed World Premiere of Alexander Dinelaris' Red Dog Howls starring Kathleen Chalfant (Wit, Angels in America). His company, Gang of Five-New York has teamed up with Jack Dalgleish (Spring Awakening, The Story of My Life) to bring Red Dog to London. Mr.Lauer has also produced numerous productions of award winning playwrights as Executive Director of Broken Watch Theatre Company, including Michael Weller's Split, and World Premiere's of Edward Allan Baker's "American Storage", Hunt Holman's "The Kidney", and Jim Christy's "Never Tell", to name a few.
Musical Director Fred Lassen
Returns to NYMF after PSMing I COME FOR LOVE (08) & HOT AND SWEET (Director’s Choice Award & Best Ensemble, 06). Most recently, Randy was PSM for critically acclaimed productions of A CHORUS LINE, Directed by Luis Villabon & SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, adapted by James Rocco & Directed by Jayme McDaniel at The Ogunquit Playhouse. Also MISS SAIGON at Virginia Musical Theater, 42nd STREET, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and CABARET in Atlantic City, 42nd STREET and MY FAIR LADY at Tuacahn Center for the Arts, and acclaimed productions of INTO THE WOODS and PRIDE’S CROSSING at The Fulton Opera House where he is an Associate Artist.
Randy PSMed the Eugene O‘Neill Theater Center’s National Performance Conference, (including WARRIOR by Grammy Winner Marcus Hummon; NYMF, 06). Also, The Cape Cod Theater Project (6 yrs) the Off Broadway smash DE LA GUARDA. (2yrs), The Williamstown Theater Festival, Circle Rep, New York Theater Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Actor’s Theater of Louisville (and it’s Humana Festival of New American Plays) Alabama Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed Opera House, The Magic Theater in San Francisco, and the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Randy has been Script Supervisor for the live TV broadcasts of The Drama Desk Awards, & Street Coordinator for The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.Randy worked with Director Harold Prince on FLIGHT OF THE LAWN CHAIR MAN and 3HREE.
As an actor, Randy created the role of the “kiss of death waiter” in John Guare’s NEW YORK ACTOR, Directed by Jerry Zaks.
NYC credits include: Rent (Broadway) sub; Broadway Backwards 3 and 4; The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, The Glass Cage, The Madras House – Mint Theater; Busker Alley, Fanny Hill, A Fine and Private Place, 10 Musicals in Mufti, NEO 3 – The York Theatre; De Novo – Houses on the Moon; Beauty on the Vine – Epic Theatre Center; WASPs In Bed – Om Productions; and at the Fringe Festival – Trouble in Shameland - EMPYREproductions, and Dancing With Abandon – Small Pond Entertainment and Mark Hess Productions.
Recent work includes The Master Builder (starring James Naughton) and A Child’s Christmas in Wales at the Irish Rep, Spain (MCC Theater), Election Day (Second Stage), Sir Peter Hall’s production of The Magic Flute for Los Angeles Opera (with Richard Pilbrow), and the Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities (as Associate Lighting Designer). Television: Emmy Award for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games; two additional Emmy nominations; continuing work on Saturday Night Live, Today and The Jerry Springer Show. He designs lighting for SNL Digital Shorts, including, infamously, D**k In A Box. Graduate of Vassar College and the British and European Studies Group, London. Member of adobe theatre company. http://www.mgld.com.
1. Tell Your Friends
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2. They Need To Believe
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3. Cross To Bear
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