The Throwbacks

Book & Lyrics by Tom Rickman, Music by Barbara Rottman

The Throwbacks

at The Studio Theatre  [map]

  • Monday, July 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm

When a cantankerous billionaire sends two greedy nephews to uncover the mystery surrounding his long-lost love, their journey takes them to a seedy pub, a “red light” district and a dilapidated Chateau. Discover what happens on the search for unfulfilled dreams in this fantastic farce with a lush score – and plenty of romantic intrigue.

Running Time: 2 hours with intermission.

Tom Rickman

Tom Rickman (Book / Lyrics)

Tom Rickman's most recently produced screenplays are The Reagans (Emmy nomination) and Tuesdays With Morrie starring Jack Lemmon (winner Writer’s Guild and Humanitas awards). Other screenplays include Coals Miner's Daughter (nominated for Academy Award and Writer’s Guild Award); Truman (Emmy and Cable Ace Nominations); EVERYBODY’S ALL AMERICAN; THE RIVER RAT (which he also directed); THE WHITE DAWN and others. His play The Collaborators was produced in San Francisco at American Conservatory Theater’s Plays-in-Progress program.  Recent movies for television include A Mother's Fight For Justice, Front Of The Class, 2008 and A Smile As Big As The Moon (2012). 



Barbara Rottman

Barbara Rottman (Music)

Barbara Rottman's TV composition credits include 8 years on “Dusty’s Treehouse” (8 LA Emmy Awards, Peabody Award), “Who Parks in those Spaces” and “Tell Them I’m a Mermaid” (Mark Taper Forum/Embassy Pictures Production – numerous awards including LA Emmy); Theater credits include Ego Ego Burning Bright, In The Forest Of The Night and original scores for Odyssey Theater productions (Water Engine; Year One Of The Empire), L.A. ARTS High (As You Like It) and various children’s musicals at Arena Stage. She is the writer/composer/producer of a children’s musical cassette series for the Los Angeles Bureau of Jewish Education.



Dianne Edson

Dianne Edson (Director)

Dianne Edson is a highly respected director whose creative background includes considerable activity in both theater and film. As an Adjunct Professor for USC she taught directing and film production. At UCLA she taught for both the Department of Theater and the Department of Film.  Ms. Haak Edson is the recipient of more than forty awards and certificates for her achievement in both film and theater. Her musical theater credits include directing Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Riverwind, Ego Ego Burning Bright, In the Forest of the  Night and Edwin Drood. She has been a part of the development of The Throwbacks and has directed several staged readings of the production. 



Richard Aleckzandar

Richard Aleckzandar (Chorus)

Richard Aleckzandar, a Denver native, has studied acting singing and dance at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He completed his BFA in Musical Theatre at the New School University and received his MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School. He has received nominations for Best Actor in a Musical for his work as Ms. Bible Belt in Pageant, Debbie in Debbie Does Dallas, and Best Actor as Arnold in Torch Song Trilogy. He was most recently seen as Arthur in Fabuloso and in The Producers.



Ed Dixon

Ed Dixon (Augustus "Black Gus" Sinclair)

Broadway appearances include Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, Sunday in the Park with George, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, The Iceman Cometh, Les Miserables, Cyrano, The Three Musketteers, King of Schnorrers, No, No, Nanaette and The Scarlett Pimpernel. Ed is the author/composer of Shylock, Cather County, Richard Cory, Fanny Hill, Whodunit... The Musical and Cloak and Dagger. Two Drama Desk Nominations, Steinberg Grant, Dramalogue Award, Helen Hayes Award, Leon Rabin Award and two Dean's Lists Awards. www.eddixon.biz



Drew Eshelman

Drew Eshelman (Pookie Ambrose)

New York: Broadway and national tours: Lord Brockhurst in The Boyfriend (dir. Julie Andrews), Max in The Sound of Music (with Richard Chamberlain), Thénardier in Les Misérables (Broadway and First National Tour, Helen Hayes nomination and Dramalogue award). Regional: Old Globe Theater (The Tempest, Taming of the Shrew), Berkeley Shakespeare Festival (Hamlet), Indiana Rep (Abe Lincoln in Illinois), Syracuse Stage (A Christmas Carol), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed Musicals (The Bakers Wife, Where's Charley?), Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Arena Stage, Ford's Theater, and six seasons with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco where he appeared in more than 25 of their productions. Film: The Right Stuff, Magnum Force.



Harvey Evans

Harvey Evans (Max von Machs)

Harvey Evans was seen in some of the finest musicals in Broadway History including West Side Story, Gypsy as Tulsa, Follies as Young Buddy, Barnaby in Hello, Dolly!, Anyone Can Whistle, Damn Yankees, New Girl in Town, Redhead and Barnum (Standby for Jim Dale). Mr. Evans also was in Broadway's Our Town opposite Henry Fonda. More recent Broadway credits include Sunset Boulevard, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and the 2002 revival of Oklahoma and Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles. Mr. Evans also has an extensive history of dancing in feature films such as Mary Poppins, The Pajama Game, Silk Stockings and Enchanted and of course West Side Story. His Television credits include "Cheers," "Applause," "Dames at Sea," and "The Judy Garland Show." Mr. Evans most recently stared in Silver Tongues.



Ashton Foster

Ashton Foster (Chorus)

Ashton Foster is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut! Originally from Louisiana, Ashton moved to New York to attend The New York Film Academy for Musical Theatre and Film and graduated in 2012. She appeared in Magic Futurebox's original cast of The Pestilence is Coming! A Super Fun New Musical About How You Will Probably Die as well as Ren Wood's Saved. She wants to thank this cast and crew for this amazing opportunity as well as her mother for being the most supportive and loving momma a girl could ask for.



Johnny Hager

Johnny Hager (Chorus)

Opera experience includes Nemorino for The Italian Operatic Experience’s production of L’elisir d’amore, Alfred in Die Fledermaus for The Liederkranz Opera Foundation in New York, and Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte. Johnny was invited as a guest artist at U. Mass in Amherst to sing Beppe in Rita. He was featured as Bill in Hand of Bridge and Mr. Gobineau in The Medium for the Metropolis Opera Project, and as Nanki Poo in The Mikado, and Ralph Hackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore for the Village Light Opera Group. Theater experience entails several roles including Barrett in Titanic, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, Man 1 in Songs for a New World and Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Ithaca College and an M.A in Spanish Literature from New York University.



Jimmi Kilduff

Jimmi Kilduff (Dick Sinclair)

Jimmi Kilduff is very excited to be making his NYMF debut with such a talented cast in such a wonderful show. Having spent the last three years seeing the world as a principal singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines, he is happy to be back and working in NYC. Off-Bway: Matthew Passion, Republic. Regional: Sweeny Todd (Tobias Ragg), Into the Woods (Baker), Hair (Woof). Thanks to Barry and Bob for always believing and to the most important believer, Mom.



Jeanne Lehman

Jeanne Lehman (Miss Iris O’Rourke)

Broadway: Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts); Sound of Music (Mother Abbess); Irene; Rodgers and Hart. Off-Broadway: Putting It Together (Julie Andrews' standby); Company; Steel Magnolias; Milk and Honey; Ancestral Voices; Grass Harp. Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 2001 acting company. National/Regional Roles: Hello Dolly (w/Carol Channing); The King and I (Augusta Opera); I Do! I Do! (w/Barry Williams); My Fair Lady; Camelot; Music Man; 1776, She Loves Me; dozens more. TV: daytime/primetime, commercials (current; Colonial Penn). Cabaret: Oak Room (w/Peter Howard/Steve Ross). Concert artist: Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Hollywood Bowl, Tokyo, Seoul, Zurich, London, Canada, US Symphony Halls. Recordings: Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (PBS); A Jerome Kern Treasury; Broadway Showstoppers; Kurt Weill Goes to Hollywood (w/Thomas Hampson); Victor Herbert Collection; Skitch Henderson at 80 (PBS). Vocal consultant: Playwrights Horizons Theatre School; Hyundai Theatre/Korea; Shiki Theatre/Japan. Favorite role: loving wife of the late Larry French. www.jeanne-lehman.com



Megan McGinnis

Megan McGinnis (Daisy O’Rourke)

Broadway: Les Miserablés-revival (Eponine), Little Women (Beth), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Parade, The Diary of Anne Frank. London: Daddy Long Legs (Jerusha). National Tours: Daddy Long Legs (Ovation Award, IRNE Award, Eliot Norton Award, Jeff Nomination), James Joyce's The Dead (Lily), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), The Sound of Music (Liesl). Film/TV: Anywhere But Here, A Goofy Movie, "Wings," "Sister/Sister," "Blossom."



Michael Minarik

Michael Minarik (David Sinclair)

Michael Minarik is currently appearing in Rock of Ages on Broadway. Past Broadway credits include Les Miserables; National tours: Urinetown, Little Women. Regional: Jekyll and Hyde, The Happy Time, The Wedding Singer, Titanic. He is the Lead Producer of Fat Camp with Carl Levin and Dodger Theatricals.



Andre Montgomery

Andre Montgomery (Clarence “Kid” Works)

Andre Montgomery is a native of Toledo, he has lived in NYC for the last 27 years. NY: No Frills Revue, The Blitzstein Project, Blessing In Disguise, Move It And Its Yours, Disgustingly Rich and The Next To The Last Revue. Regional: The Full Monty, Five Guys Named Moe, Polk County, Smokey Joe's Café, Blues in the Night, Three Penny Opera, Ain't MisBehavin, Dreamgirls, Prelude to A Kiss, Sophisticated Ladies, and Baby. Andre is proud to be a founding member of Hearts and Voices; a group of 1500 performers and volunteers who perform in different AIDS wards in NYC.



Kelly Sloan

Kelly Sloan (Chorus)

Kelly Erin Sloan, performing in the NYMT Festival for the first time, is a DePaul Theatre School Alum. She was born in Southfield, Michigan and started acting at age 13 in Mosaic Theatre of Detroit. Some of her musical credits include: Cabaret (Frenchie), Pinkalicious the Musical (Pinkalicious) and Barrio Grrrrl!: The Musical (The Amazing Voice). Kelly is currently attending the Master's Program at NYU for Educational Theatre, working on finding ways as an artist and educator to travel the world and use her craft as a means to promote unity and peace.



Christianne Tisdale

Christianne Tisdale (Violet O’Rourke)

Broadway/West End: Belle in Beauty and the Beast; the occasional Leonide in Triumph of Love; On a Clear Day...; Caroline Neville in Titanic (1st Nat'l Tour) and Molly in One Touch of Venus. Off-Broadway: MTC, 2nd Stage, The York, and Playwrights Horizons. Favorite regional: The Drowsy Chaperone (Stages St. Louis, Kevin Kline Award); Titanic (Hangar Theatre); Mornings at Seven (Berkshire Theatre Festival), and Mormons, Mothers and Monsters (Barrington Stage). Television/film: The popular web series "Wallflowers.tv," "30 Rock," "David Letterman," "Law & Order: CI," and the titular character in A Tale of Cinderella. Soprano soloist in major concert halls around the world. Debut solo CD, Just a Map—A Lullaby to the World, is available at CDBaby.com and iTunes. Acting with Sande Shurin. Hard-earned BA from Yale. Everything you never needed to know at www.ChristianneTisdale.com.



Terri White

Terri White (Gerogie St. George)

Joice Heth in Barnum, Ain't Misbehavin', Welcome to the Club, The Club (Obie Award 1976), Nunsense I & II, Nuncrackers, Stepping Out at Radio City with Liza Minnelli, Chicago, Finian's Rainbow, Show Boat, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Little Shop of Horrors (as Audrey II). Follies at Kennedy Center, DC, NYC and LA. "Boys On the Side" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Recording: Liza Live at Radio City, Barnum, Incurably Romantic, Finian's Rainbow, Follies, her own CD's The Lady's Got to Sing and Upon Request. Concerts include: Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, 92nd Street Y in NY, Tennessee Williams, in Key West, Rrazz Room in San Francisco, The Terrace Theatre, Barbara Cooke Spotlight, Kennedy Center in DC, The Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, Fl.



Dianna Folio (Choreographer)

Dianna Folio has worked on Broadway (Cats, Fossie, Best Little Whore House, Dancin') and is the protege of legendary Jazz Choreographer Luigi. She has taught and performed nationally and internationally for over thirty years including projects in Paris, Germany, Japan and Italy. Ms. Folio was awarded Choreographer of the Year by Italy's RAI. Favorite clients include: The Mercer Ellington Band, Tango Argentina, West Palm Beach Ballet, Ballet Florida, and the La Scala Opera Ballet. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Tahoe Players and is staging Reno Nugget Theatre's Les Miserables which is being presented by the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Dianna is the proud daughter of Sam Folio, International Treasure and Secretary of the American Federation of Musicians. Her favorite starring role though is being the proud Mother of stage director Lily Barron and her snowboarding son, Masxsimo!



David A. Sexton (Lighting Designer)

Selected NY Credits: The Spring Fling 2013 & 2012 (F*It Club), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Sonnet Rep), Cocaine: The Band-The Musical (NYMF), Hot Cripple (Seeing Place Theatre), The New Hopeville Comics (Commander Squish Productions), Skin Deep & Funny As A Crutch (Foolish Theatre Company). Selected Regional Credits: Blithe Spirit, Altar Boyz (1st Stage, DC), Arms and the Man, The Misanthrope, Othello (Quintessence Theatre Group, PA), How to Succeed in Business... (Theatre By The Sea, RI), The Marvelous Wonderettes, Spamalot, Das Barbecu (Herb Strauss Theatre, FL), House of Home (Williamstown Theatre Festival, MA), Survivor Live! (Six Flags New England). Winner of the New York Innovative Theater Award 2012. BFA, North Carolina School of the Arts. www.davidasexton.com



Josh Parkin-Ring

Josh Parkin-Ring (Stage Manager)

Broadway credits include Rock of Ages, Wicked, and Legally Blonde. London: Sister Act. Tours: Seussical, The break/s, Clytemnestra (Martha Graham), I Love a Piano, Cher: The Farewell Tour, The Eagles Reunion. Off-Broadway: Women of Will, Rock of Ages. Festivals: The Throwbacks, Feather, Kissless, A Short Trip, A Nasty Tempered Man, Requiem for a Lost Girl. Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Understudy (dir. Scott Ellis), Three Sisters (dir. Michael Greiff), She Loves Me (dir. Nicholas Martin), The Atheist (dir. Scott Waldman), Flea in Her Ear (dir. Justin Waldman). EAT: Perp! The Musical. Theme Park: KaTonga (2004/2008 IAAPA Awardee) (Busch Entertainment), Fantasmic (MGM Studios/Disney). TONY Award (2008), Touring Broadway Award (2008), Cirque du Soleil, The Broadway League, Theatre Row, Up with People, ClubMed, Nike, NYU, GayDays, SeaWorld Adventure Parks. Boston University; MFA, Rollins College; MS-Entertainment Business, FullSail University. This is Josh's third consecutive year and eighth project at NYMF. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Stage Managers’ Association (US/UK). Josh is from Maine and calls New York home. jpromni.com



MKA Casting

MKA Casting (Casting Director)

Representative Credits (Barry Moss, Bob Kale, John Anastasi) Include-- Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities, Souvenir, August Wilson's King Hedley II, Little Women, Titanic―The Musical and An Inspector Calls; Off-B'way: I Forgive You Ronald Reagan, Bedbugs!, Gates Of Gold, 3 Mo' Tenors, Dietrich & Chevalier; Tours: Best Little Whorehouse starring Ann-Margret, 3 Mo' Divas, Barry Manilow's Copacabana, Nunsense (25th Anniversary Tour); Films: Blood Simple, Dominick and Eugene, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Don't Mess With The Zohan, Jack and Jill. Voiceover Feature Film: Beavis and Butthead Do America, The Quest For Camelot. Television: "Cosby Show" for 10 years and "Cosby Mysteries."



Kevin Laibson

Kevin Laibson (Production Consultant)

Kevin Laibson is a director, producer, and improviser from New York City. He's the founding Artistic Director of Magic Futurebox, and the director for City Hall Comedy. Recently directed: The Pestilence is Coming! at Magic Futurebox, I Miss the City at Joe's Pub. Upcoming: Legally Blonde Starring a Mexican Guy. Faculty: NYFA. www.kevinlaibson.com



Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones (Co-Producer)

Jonathan Jones is a professor of drama education at New York University. He has conducted drama workshops in and around New York City, London, and Los Angeles in schools and prisons. As a performer, he has appeared at The Green Space, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. He has worked in various technical capacities for LAByrinth Theatre Company, Flamenco Vivo, and the Valhalla Theatre Company. His directing and dramaturgy credits include The Crucible, Woyzeck, Julius Caesar, Elsewhere in Ellsinore, Dorothy Rides the Rainbow, Bye Bye Birdie, The Laramie Project, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, and West Side Story. In 2008, he was awarded a fellowship through the National Endowment for the Humanities and participated in the Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. 



Owen Spruill (Co-Producer)

Owen Spruill has worked in a variety of capacities for top Broadway theatrical agencies including: Boneau/Bryan-Brown, where he focused on social media for theatrical productions; The Araca Group, in the Business Affairs department; as well as with Disney Theatrical Group, as the Publicity Coordinator for all of Disney’s theatrical and live productions. Currently, Owen is the associate to Broadway producer Amanda Dubois, lead producer on the critically acclaimed show Traces and the coordinator for all Traces’ social media and business development initiatives. As both an independent and co-producer, Owen has worked on theatrical projects in New York including: Girl Gone (Theresa Lang Theatre), As You Like It (Theresa Lang Theatre), and Alice: A Wonderful New Musical (ASCAP winner, NYU Black Box Theatre). Owen also assisted on the film: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Owen is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College majoring in Production Management for Theater and Film. 



Samantha Griffith

Samantha Griffith (Production Assistant)

Samantha Griffith is thrilled to be a part of The Throwbacks, her first show with NYMF. A Nevada native, She minored in theater and earned a B.A. in Music at University of California, San Diego. She is currently enrolled in the Professional Program at CAP21 Musical Theater Conservatory in New York City and looks forward to a career in musical theater. She thanks the cast and crew for this opportunity as well as her family for their relentless support.



Jay Levy (Production Assistant)

Jay Levy is honored to be doing his second show with NYMF. Recent credits include Yank! A New Musical (NYC Workshop), Sidekicks! (NYMF), Actors Fund Benefit, Festival Of The Lion King (Disney World), The Crucible, Avenue Q, Evil Dead: The Musical, Aida, Make It Happen, Company, Oleanna, Anything Goes, David Davila's 52 Songs, Misanthrope, Gypsy, The Glass Menagerie, Hercules and Mary Poppins. Much thanks to my family and friends all over the world for their unconditional love and support!



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