Searching for Romeo

Book, Music & Lyrics by Brian Sutton

Searching for Romeo

at The Studio at Theatre Row

  • Friday, July 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm
  • Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm

After her high school boyfriend dumps her, modern-day Roz somehow finds herself in fair Shakespearian Verona, as Romeo's girlfriend Rosaline. She wanders into the balcony scene only to learn that she's been dumped again, before falling for another "loser" -- Juliet’s rejected paramour, Paris. Can Rosaline and Paris achieve that which eludes Romeo and Juliet: a happy ending?

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes 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.

Brian Sutton

Brian Sutton (Book / Music / Lyrics)

is thrilled to be bringing his musical Searching for Romeo to the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Searching for Romeo premiered in July 2012 at the Jean Weidner Theatre in Green Bay, WI. Earlier in 2012, two of Brian’s one-acts, a comedy called “Running Mates” and a music revue called “Can I Buy You a Drink?”, premiered at Venture Theatre in De Pere, WI. Nonfiction articles: Playboy, Seventeen, various regional magazines. Short stories and creative nonfiction: various literary quarterlies you probably never heard of. Three Hopwood Awards for creative writing (short stories, one-act plays) at The University of Michigan. His songs appear on three CDs by his current band, Rough Draft. He’s a member of the English faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and lives in Green Bay with his wife Jan. Proud father of daughters Molly and Chelsea, his greatest co-creations.

Chris Blem

Chris Blem (Ty/Tybalt/First Gangster/Apothecary)

Chris Blem is excited to join the cast of Searching for Romeo. Credits include Into The Woods (The Baker), Oklahoma! (Jud), HAIR (Margeret Mead), Cats (Gus/Bustopher Jones), and Sesame Street's Elmo and The Bookaneers (The Pirate Captain). Chris has performed with The Boston Pops, Walt Disney World's ENCORE series, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and most recently toured Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic in Disney on Classic - A Magical Night. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music.

Carlyn Connolly

Carlyn Connolly (Paris' Mother/Hester)

Carlyn Connolly is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut with Searching for Romeo!  She was most recently seen touring Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, singing the role of Mary Poppins for their annual Disney On Classic concert series.  Many thanks to Brian, Laura, and Anthony for this opportunity, and all the love in the world to Mom and Dad for their unwavering care and support.

Kelley Curran

Kelley Curran (Nurse/First Girl/Friend #1)

Off-Broadway: The Atmosphere of Memory (LAByrinth, dir. Pam MacKinnon), Angels In America (Signature, dir. Michael Greif), Henry V (New Victory, dir. Davis McCallum), Knives & Spoons...(59E59), Jane Eyre, The Tempest, Moby Dick - Rehearsed (The Acting Company), as well as work with EPBB and The Shakespeare Society. Regional: Portland Center Stage, Shakespeare & Company, The Guthrie, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, & the Barnstormers. Film: Dear SantaStill On the Road. Honors: 2005 Princess Grace Award Nominee.  

Greg Horton

Greg Horton (Mr. Laurence/Friar Lawrence)

Off-Broadway: With Glee, Adult Male, Prospect Theater. Other New York Credits: A Man of No Importance, Mr. Carney, Gallery Players (2012 NYIT Award, Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role); The Singapore Mikado, Ko-Ko, Theater 1010, (2006 NYIT Award, Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role). For Roxann.

Josh Kenney

Josh Kenney (Mark/Mercutio/Second Gangster/Second Male Student)

A recent graduate of AMDA NY, Josh is excited to be a part of this project. Past favorite shows include Hairspray (Link Larkin), A Man of No Importance (Robbie Faye), and Into the Woods (Rapunzel's Prince.) Love to Kelly and my family for their love and support.

Lizzie Klemperer

Lizzie Klemperer (Roz/Rosaline)

is excited to be participating in NYMF for the very first time. 1st National Tours: The Addams Family (u/s Wednesday) and Little House on the Prairie (u/s Laura). New York: Fiorello! (Encores), Bunked! and Alice: A New Musical. World premiere: Somewhere in Time (Portland Center Stage). She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.

Christian Leadley

Christian Leadley (Perry/Paris)

Christian Leadley is originally from Rochester, NY and studied Musical Theater at Syracuse University. He is currently the male swing for Rock of Ages on Norwegian Cruise Lines. New York credits include Odyssey: The Epic Musical (Telemachus) at ATA and Northern Boulevard Boys (Marty) at The Producer's Club. He was also Clifford in the national tour of Clifford The Big Red Dog: Live! …or at least half of him. The back half of him. Thank you to Brian, Laura, and the rest of the cast!

Cassie Levine

Cassie Levine (Stage Directions Reader)

Credits include: Pirates! directed by Gordon Greenberg (St. Louis MUNY), Lois in Life Could be A Dream (Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati), Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (Wagon Wheel Theatre) along with productions of State Fair and Big River, Soloist (Cincinnati Pops Orchestra), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Chloe in Out of This World, Swing in Make Me A Song, Hair, Human Comedy, Into The Woods (CCM). Recently she was in the Broadway's Rising Stars Concert at Town Hall. She is a proud member of AEA, and a graduate from University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music

Brandon Rockstroh

Brandon Rockstroh (Benvolio/First Boy)

Brandon Rockstroh is excited about performing with his wife in the New York debut of SFR, having played Paris and served as music director in the show's premiere last summer. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Tony, West Side Story; Macheath, The Threepenny Opera; u/s L'Ormindo, The Cononation of Poppea. A high school choral director from Green Bay, WI, Brandon has been named a "Teacher of Distinction" and has directed and produced numerous musicals.

Joy Rockstroh

Joy Rockstroh (The Prince/Servant in Party/Rhyming Servant)

Joy Rockstroh is honored to be a part of the New York debut of Searching for Romeo.  Last summer she played the original Rosaline opposite her husband in the SFR world premiere. Joy has been a performer, choreographer, and coach of the arts for many years.   Performing in New York is a dream come true!

Sam Tedaldi

Sam Tedaldi (Julie/Juliet)

Sam Tedaldi  has a big ol' crush on new musicals. She is a part of The Swiss Family Robinson at NYMF this summer, and has has been seen in Spidermusical!Fantasy Football: The Musical (NYMF), as well as workshops of Mrs. Sharp, The Blonde Streak, and The Nutty Professor. Sam is graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. (CAP21, Playwrights, Stonestreet)

Josh Tolle

Josh Tolle (Tony/Romeo)

Josh Tolle is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. While at school he performed as Roger in Rent and The American in Chess. Regionally Josh has been seen in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the St. Louis MUNY and looks forward to playing Gabe in Drury Lane Theatre's Next to Normal this Fall. Proud member of Actors' Equity.

Craig Waletzko

Craig Waletzko (Capulet/Friar John)

Broadway/Nat’l Tours: Guys and Dolls; Young Frankenstein; Spamalot; A Christmas Carol; Cats; Steel Pier; Gypsy (perf. Tulsa w/Tyne Daly.) Recent Regional: White Christmas at Syracuse Stage (Phil); I Do I Do at Surflight (Michael); Beauty and the Beast at Pioneer (Lumiere.) Recent TV: House of Cards w/Kevin Spacey; Alpha House w/John Goodman; Boardwalk Empire. CMU grad.

Heather White

Heather White (Lady Capulet)

Heather White is a proud AEA member, has performed in regional productions of West Side Story, Damn Yankees, Fiorello!, and White Christmas, as well as the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies. She is the co-founder of Dance Project of Washington Heights and owner of Jump Start! creative movement for early childhood education, LLC.

Laura Josepher

Laura Josepher (Director)

Workshop of Falling To Earth by Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco at Syracuse University, David Sisco's Bait n Swish at Stage Left Studios. Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston: Dirty Blonde, The Turn of the Screw and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Provincetown Rep: O'Neill's Hughie. For Rattlestick Productions: Winning and the award winning Car Pool. Associate Director for Backwards in High Heels directed by Scott Schwartz.  AD for Laurie Anderson's Songs and Stories From Moby Dick. She is an AEA stage manager, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a member of SDC. She lives in New York City with her husband, Juan; two daughters, Chelsea & Sadie; and dog, Lola.

Anthony DeAngelis (Music Director)

is thrilled to be Music Directing Searching for Romeo.  In the past he could be heard playing keyboard on and off Broadway.  As an orchestrator, his charts have been played by The Cincinnati Pops, The New York Pops, The New World Symphony, as well as The 92nd Street Y's Lyrics and Lyricists series and Broadway Backwards for the last two years.

Jana Llynn (Production Stage Manager)

NYMF: A Letter to Harvey Milk ('12); The Screams of Kitty Genovese ('06); The Big Voice: God or Merman ('04). Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone (1st Nat'l Tour); Bridge & Tunnel; Company; The Moliere Comedies. Off-Broadway: SILENCE! The Musical; Freckleface Strawberry; Masked; SHOUT!; Matt & Ben; Beau Jest (3 years Off-Broadway & director for Boston production); The Public, York, MCC, CSC, Mint, Rattlestick, Vineyard. Regional: Arkansas Rep, Crossroads, Hartford Stage Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage (4 seasons). Favorite Industrial: PSM for Pfizer-Brazil Viagra Launch.

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