The Gingerbread Pimp

Book and Lyrics by Molly Reynolds; Music by Will Collyer

The Gingerbread Pimp

at The Studio at Theatre Row

  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Aspiring Broadway actress Coco thinks she’s found her perfect match in romantic leading man Charlie. But when things take an unexpected turn, she descends into a very real and dangerous world of jealousy and extreme control. Can Coco reclaim her life…or is it too late? A wry, unflinching look at the inner workings of emotional abuse, with a captivating pop-rock score.

Running Time: 2 hours with intermission.

Please Note: Platinum or Diamond Members and Patrons may book tickets online. Tickets will be released to the General Public 48 hours prior to curtain on an as available basis.

Molly Reynolds

Molly Reynolds (Book / Lyrics)

Following her work as an actress, Molly Reynolds began her writing career covering scripts for film producers and working in commercials at Tombo Films, a boutique production company that created spots for the likes of Apple, Petco, and Coca Cola. Since then, she has written anything from ads to children’s books to musical theatre, with a special emphasis on socially-conscious material. Her latest musical, Benny, (book and lyrics), has been performed in Los Angeles and New York (most recently at the Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival). Molly is currently the Director of Development at LUCID and a strong advocate for empowering women and minorities.  

Will Collyer

Will Collyer (Composer)

Gingerbread Pimp is Will Collyer's third original musical, and his first collaboration with Molly Reynolds.  A pianist, musical improvisor and vocal harmonizer all of his life, the challenge of channelling these gifts into a narrative score is, well, pretty damn cool, and he is pretty damn grateful for the opportunity.  He has also composed the music for a couple of fantastic short films, an internet commercial, an annual TV awards show, the Prism Awards, and a slew of not-yet-produced pop songs.  A graduate of UCLA with a BA in Theatre, he has, as an actor, been onstage at the Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Musical Theatre Guild, West Coast Ensemble, Theatre@Boston Court, Odyssey Theater, and Reprise, among others, and onscreen in Melrose Place, CSI:Miami, Numbers, Judging Amy, Jack & Bobby, Las Vegas, Pushing Daisies, Boston Public, and Charmed.

Reed Armstrong

Reed Armstrong (Pop/ Ensemble)

Broadway/Tours: Miss SaigonLes MisérablesBeauty & The Beast, Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Opal. Carnegie Hall. Regional: The Fourth Wall (ETC), Crimes of the Heart (BRSC), Jesus Christ Superstar (Walnut Street)Chamberlain (Maine State), Barefoot in the Park (BRSC), It’s a Wonderful Life (Jupiter), Baby (Tennessee Rep), My Fair Lady (SDCLO).  L.A.: Chess (MTG), The Diviners (ProdCo), Waiting (Tamarind), Blue Corridor (Odyssey), Berlin to Broadway (Zephyr), Songs from the Tall Grass (Falcon). Recordings: L’Histoire du Soldat (Cheske), La Cenerentola (NPR). Television: Arrest & TrialY&RAnother WorldCapitolHighway to HeavenDynastyConan. Film: Fracture, Hermanos, Throttle, Into the Night, A House DividedThriller. Reed resides in NYC, and is celebrating his 25th year as a proud member of Actors Equity.

Ally Bonino

Ally Bonino (Shelby/ Ensemble)

Ally Bonino recently graduated with a BFA from Pace University and is beyond excited to be back at NYMF. Her last run with the Festival was in 2009 with the acclaimed Fat Camp. Other credits include Myths and Hymns (Trickster - Prospect Theater Company), The Who's Tommy (Acid Queen - Schimmel Center of the Arts), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa - Schaeberle Studio Theater), Pregnancy Pact (Weston Playhouse, Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons) and Factory Girls (Harriet Farley –Schaeberle Studio Theater). "So much love to my friends, family and to Colby. I wouldn't be here today without you."

Colin Hanlon

Colin Hanlon (Charlie)

ABC's Modern Family (Steven – recurring). Mr. Hanlon also produces and plays Tim on Submissions Only ( Most recently was Frank Churchill in EMMA at Arizona Theater Company. Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include: Wicked, First National Tour (Fiyero), Rent, The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) and I Love You Because (Austin). Regional credits include: Luke in the regional premiere of Next Fall at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, two seasons at New York Stage & Film, Kansas City Repertory, Westport Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Cape Cod Theatre Festival, TheatreWorks and three seasons at the O'Neill Theatre Center. Mr. Hanlon was also featured in the original cast of Edges: A Song Cycle, and can be heard on the cast albums for Next Thing You Know and I Love You Because, available on iTunes. He holds a BFA in Drama from Syracuse University.

Sierra Rein

Sierra Rein (Monica/ Ensemble)

is thrilled to be back in New York City, having recently entertained families as Ursula, Fairy Godmother, and a sword-wielding Pirate on the Disney Cruise Line ship The Magic. Recent projects include readings at New Dramatists, Goodspeed Musical's City of Angels (as a member of the Angel City 4), and the award-winning vocal group, Marquee Five. Past credits include The Little Shop of Horrors (Utah Shakespearean Festival), Boys From Syracuse and The Pajama Game (Reprise!), Camelot and The Sound of Music (Fullerton CLO), Strange Fruit (NY City Opera), Master Class (Odyssey Theater), and bare (Hudson Theater). Love to Pete.

Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson (Coco)

is thrilled to make her New York debut in The Gingerbread Pimp. Chicago theatrical credits: Little Women, Les Miserables, and My Fair Lady at the Marriott Lincolnshire, The Boys from Syracuse at Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Dennis Deyoung's The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Bailiwick Repertory. Emily also appeared as Kat in the premiere production of Tomorrow Morning at Victory Gardens. (Check out the cast recording on iTunes!) Past workshop roles include Helen in The Boys are Coming Home at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and Hilary Faye in the musical adaptation of Saved! Emily now makes her home in Los Angeles, where she moonlights as Artistic Associate at The Broad Stage. She would like to express her heartfelt gratitude to Will and Molly for trusting her with their baby.

Leah Bonvissuto (Director)

Recent credits include: at The Brick Theater, Ye Elizabeths, winner of Outstanding Production of a Musical or Play with Music at the 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (and named #4 on’s Top Ten List of 2012), a concert version of Rachel and Leah, a new musical by Elizabeth Swados and 1 Night Only: A Hanukkah Jamboree by Rob Shapiro in the ANT Fest at Ars Nova. She won the Outstanding Direction award for Felipe Ossa’s Monetizing Emma at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Leah is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and an Associate of SDC.

Ryan Cantwell (Musical Director)

MD/Composer, A Helluva Life (George Hamilton, NYC workshop) Assistant MD, Table (David Shire, Long Wharf Theatre, NYC workshop), Associate Conductor/Keys1/Accordion, La Cage Aux Folles 1st National Tour, MD, Babes in Toyland (Pasadena Playhouse), MD, Out of My Head (R.S.O. west-coast premier, Pico Playhouse), MD Runaways (Church St. Edinburgh Fringe 2008). Awards: A.S.C.A.P. singer-songwriter grant through the Grammy Foundation, 2005 and 2006, The Robert Preston Award for Musical Theatre excellence, Stage Scene L.A. award for Musical Direction (Out of My Head). Ryan would like to thank the team of Gingerbread Pimp, his family, friends and Ashley Kate.