Life Could Be A Dream

Created by Roger Bean

Life Could Be A Dream

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

  • Monday, July 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Meet the “Crooning Crabcakes,” a boy group hoping for fame and fortune in the Big Whopper Radio “Dream-Of-A-Lifetime Talent Search.” Trouble comes when Lois, a former Springfield High School Song Leader, arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny and Wally fall in love, Eugene falls apart, and heartthrob Skip sends the whole situation spinning. Winner of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle and L.A. Weekly “Best Musical of the Year” Awards, from the creator of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

Running Time: 2 hours with intermission.

Roger Bean

Roger Bean (Creator/Director)

Created the long-running off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes (playing for 18 months at the Westside Theatre), along with the sequels Wonderettes: Caps & Gownsand Winter Wonderettes. Original cast albums for all three shows in the Wonderettes franchise are available from iTunes and Amazon. The Marvelous Wonderettes received the 2007 LA Ovation Award for Best Musical, and in 2010 Life Could Be A Dream received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award and the Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical. Other musicals created by Mr. Bean include Summer of Love, Route 66, Why Do Fools Fall In Love? and The Andrews Brothers.

Doug Carpenter

Doug Carpenter (Skip)

Degrees: B.M. Voice UNLV, M.M. Vocal Performance UCLA. Regional: Skip in Life Could Be A Dream (LA Weekly and LADCC Winner), Curtis in Summer of Love (MTW and Ogunquit Playhouse), Lancelot in Camelot (Pasadena Playhouse), Curly in Oklahoma (FCLO), Tony in West Side Story (FCLO), Prince in Cinderella (CLOSBC), Chris in Miss Saigon (Moonlight Amphitheatre), and Joey in Most Happy Fella(Dallas Lyric Stage). New York Theatre: Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (NYMF). Doug is the 2013 Lotte Lenya Competition winner and the only performer to also be named the winner of the American Traditions Competition (2011) in Savannah, Georgia.

Ryan Castellino

Ryan Castellino (Wally)

Original Cast, Life Could Be A Dream (Hudson Theater, Laguna Playhouse, McCoy Rigby Entertainment—LADCC, Backstage Awards, Ovation Nomination). Other Regional: Mask (Pasadena Playhouse), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse), Chess(East West Players), The Real Love w/Adam Pascal and Shirley Jones. A proud graduate of UCLA’s Ray Bolger program, Ryan is very thankful his musical theatre B.A. is not, after all, useless like EVERYONE said it would be. Just to prove this, he recently wrapped up Miss Saigon (McCoy Rigby Ent., Riverside Fox) and will be traveling with the same company to Macau, China later in the year.

Eddie Egan

Eddie Egan (Understudy)

Regional: Next to Normal (Gabe, LA Premiere) / McCoy-Rigby Productions @ La Mirada Theatre, Life Could Be A Dream (Skip) / American Heartland Theatre, Joseph...Dreamcoat (Joseph) / New Candlelight Theatre, A Little Night Music (Henrik) /White Plains PAC, Bucks County Playhouse, and the Pocono Playhouse. Eddie has also toured as a vocalist with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, bringing the show to large sports arenas around the country. He earned his B.A. in Communications from Rider University. Many thanks to Actors Equity, my family and friends for their relentless support, and this wonderful cast, crew, and creative team.

Jim Holdridge

Jim Holdridge (Eugene)

A former New Yorker, turned LA transplant, Jim is thrilled to be back in NYC for NYMF. Off Broadway/US/International Tour: Stomp & Stomp Out Loud at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. Regional: South Coast Rep, Laguna Playhouse, Cincinnati Rep, St. Louis Rep, Goodspeed Opera House, Musical Theater West, Cabrillo Musical Theater. TV/Web: Don't Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23, Jon Benjamin Has a Van, Naked Eye, BANDWAGON. MTV video awards w/ Eminem, Red hot Chili Peppers "Tell Me Baby", Lordz Of Metal at the House of Blues LA. He is currently involved with CTO, a fledgling production company devoted to fostering diversity in Entertainment.

Victoria Matlock

Victoria Matlock (Lois)

Victoria Matlock was last seen on Broadway in Million Dollar Quartet as Dyanne. She's also starred in Wicked (Elphaba), Evita, The Full Monty, The First Wives Club, The Marvelous Wonderettes (original cast & cast album) & more. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a major in Musical Theatre and a minor in Computer Science. She also owns a photography business, designs jewelry, makes clothing and purses, and designs web sites.

Daniel Tatar

Daniel Tatar (Denny)

Daniel Tatar can currently be seen worldwide with the COMPANY MEN, America’s First Mashup Group, which he also co-created and produced. Other credits: original cast of Life Could Be A Dream, Walt Disney Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall concerts of Eric Whitacre's Paradise Lost: Shadows & Wings, Elegies and Baby (Reprise!, opposite Kerry Butler), Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s The Ballad of Little Jo (with Judy Kuhn), Ray Charles Live (Pasadena Playhouse, NAACP Award), The Last Five Years (Pasadena Playhouse), the original Chicago and San Francisco companies of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Television: 90210, CSI:NY, Grey’s Anatomy, Real Time with Bill Maher. Daniel can be heard as Chomp the Beaver in Leapfrog’s Scout and Friends video series and on various albums of Hal Leonard’s Broadway, Jr. series.

Lee Martino

Lee Martino (Choreographer)

Recent credits: Life Could Be A Dream”  (McCoy Rigby, The Laguna Playhouse and The Hudson Theatre), “Life Without Makeup” starring Rita Moreno, (Berkeley Repertory Theatre),  “American Misfits” (Boston Court) “Oklahoma” and “The Summer of Love” (Musical Theatre West),“ “Falling for Eve” (The York Theatre Company), “Kiss Me Kate”, (Reprise Theatre Company), NBC’s, “Shall We Dance on Ice”, Warner Bros. animated feature films Alpha and Omega in 3D, and The King And I   Lee has four Ovation awards, three Los Angeles Critic Circle Awards and the 2012 Joel Hirschhorn Award for Career Excellence In Theatre. Live Events include; several large-scale shows for Harley-Davidson; Disney International’s Latin American Stage Tour A Dream Is A Wish; the Opening of Ford Field, the Detroit Lions football stadium.

Michael Borth (Music Director)

Michael Borth is happy to be continuing his association with Roger Bean after orchestrating and music directing three of his shows; the Off-Broadway production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, Summer of Love, and Marvelous Wonderettes; Caps and Gowns.  Michael has music directed National Tours of The Will Rogers FolliesMan of La ManchaGypsy, and The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee.  Regional credits include Sacramento Music Circus, Pasadena Playhouse, Reprise, Musical Theater West, Milwaukee Rep, and Music Theatre of Wichita.  Recent projects include Ryan Scott Oliver's 35mmShubert Alley at 54 Below, and You're Gonna Hate This at Joe's Pub.

Michael Carnahan (Set Design)

Off-Broadway: The Piano Lesson (Signature Theatre);The First Breeze of Summer (Signature Theatre-AUDELCO Award); The Marvelous Wonderettes; Three Moʼ Tenors; Pygmalion; Howie The Rookie; Brando; Regional: American Conservatory Theatre, McCarter Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Two River Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Northlight Theatre, Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA), Ogunquit Playhouse, Arsht Center, Musical Theatre West, San Jose Repertory. Broadway (Associate Scenic Designer): Ann-The Ann Richards Play; Cyrano de Bergerac; Peter & The Starcatcher;The Importance of Being Earnest; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; All About Me; White Christmas; Curtains.

Bobby Pearce (Costume Design)

Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Broadway's TABOO.  Highlights include: Stage- THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES. SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (Las Vegas); THE SYRINGA TREE (New York/London); THE RED DOG HOWLS (LA); L'INCORONAZIONE DE POPPEA (Wolf Trap) and Chita Rivera's CHITA & ALL THAT JAZZ.  Television- THE ROSIE O'DONNELL SHOW, ROSIE LIVE, THE ROSIE SHOW and THE BIG GAY SKETCH SHOW.  Films- LET IT SNOW starring Bernadette Peters.  He’s designed for Liza Minnelli's, Gwen Verdon, Madeline Kahn, Elizabeth Ashley, Glenn Close, Marla Maples, and International Skating Champions - Maia and Alex Shibutani.

Grant Yeager (Lighting Design)

New York: Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre); Between Worlds (New York Stages); Chimichangas and Zoloft (Atlantic Theatre Company); Love Child (New World Stages); Designer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2009-2012; Designer for the New York Pops Orchestra 2012-2013 Season, and over 25 concerts and events at Carnegie Hall.  Regional/Int'l: Joseph... (Dallas Theater Center); ...Judas Iscariot (Yale Dramatic Association); Soul Doctor (Parker Playhouse); Backwards in High Heels(Cleveland Playhouse); Vices (Theatre Aspen); Academy (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Mormons... (Barrington Stage); Siudy Entre Mundos (Teatro Teresa Carreño, Venezuela); Central Avenue Breakdown (Suseong Artpia, Korea); The Tempest(Bermuda Arts Festival). 

Cricket S Myers (Sound Design)

On Broadway, Cricket S Myers earned a Tony Nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Her designs Off Broadway include the 16 month run of The Marvelous Wonderettes. She has also designed regionally at La Jolla Playhouse, The Mark Taper Forum, Berkley Rep, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, The Kirk Douglas Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, and the Geffen Theater. Other selected L.A. designs include The Colony Theatre, Boston Court, Ghost Road Theater Company, The Celebration Theater, Ford Amphitheater and Circle X. She has earned 13 Ovation Nominations, as well as winning an LADCC and a Garland Award in Los Angeles.

Hana Kim (Projection Design)

Hana Kim is a set and projection designer for theater and film. Her most recent design credits include: projection design for The Snake Can at the Odyssey Theater directed by Steve Robman; set design for Empanada for a Dream at LATC directed by Alex Levy; projection design for Catch Your Breath directed by Heidi Duckler; projection design for Disney’s Aladdin at the 5th Avenue theater directed by Casey Nicholaw; set and projection design for Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld at The UCLA Herb Albert School of Music, directed by Peter Kazaras. She is the recipient of 2012 Princess Grace Awards in Scenic Design. Her works were also featured in the March issue of the design magazine, and will be featured in Scene Design and Stage Lighting by Dick Block. 

Matthew Kurtis Lutz (Production Stage Manager)

Broadway: Clybourne Park, Off  Broadway: Comedy of Errors (NYSF), As You Like It(NYSF), The Piano Lesson (Signature Theatre), Neva (The Public Theater), Marry Me A Little (Keen Company), Winner Take All (FringeNYC), Outlaws (NYMF), TheatreworksUSA. Regional: The Colonial Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, First Folio Theatre, Cape May Stage and Norwegian Cruise Line. Proud AEA member. 

Samantha Levenshus (General Manager / Line Producer)

Samantha Levenshus has worked with Dream creator Roger Bean since 2008 when The Marvelous Wonderettes premiered off-Broadway. She now works both onstage as an actress and backstage as a playwright and theater administrator. New York credits include Never The Sinner at Center Stage, NY (Producer), and The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Westside Theatre (Production Assistant). As Director of Licensing at Steele Spring Theatrical Licensing she has helped publish more than half of their catalog and works with playwrights and theaters on a daily basis. Samantha holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Dale Heller (Press Agent)

President of Heller Highwater, a communications company ( - has been working in public relations for over a decade. Past and present clients include: Tony Award-winner Avenue Q, Soho Rep, Passing Strange, the PBS TV series Lomax, the Hound of Music, [title of show], Who’s Afriad of Virginia Woolf? with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, Page 73 Productions, Making Books Sing, The Shelter, Tina Packer’s Women of Will, the new theatre venue Hudson River Hub, etc. Past NYMF clients include: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a musical, The Kid Who Would Be Pope,Time Between Us, Cross That River, The Happy Embalmer,etc.

"...The program's long list of musical numbers is enough to make you fall right off your soda-fountain stool, but the stellar five-person cast tees up and hits each number out of the park in amazing rapid succession." -

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