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Harriet

Book by Colette Call Lofgren & J. Michael Call; Music and Lyrics by Colette Call Lofgren

Harriet

at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Every great dream begins with a dreamer!

Armed with faith, humor, and a hand gun, Harriet Tubman proves that anything is possible as she leads her people to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Featuring a vibrant, soulful score, this spirited new musical brings to life the remarkable story of an American heroine – a woman they called Moses. As she triumphs over tragedy, Harriet inspires with her courage, charms with her wit, and captures the hearts of generations to come.

Please note: Platinum or Diamond Members and Patrons may book tickets online after June 2. Tickets will be released to the general public 48 hours prior to curtain on an as-available basis.

Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

J. Michael Call

J. Michael Call (Book)

J. Michael Call works as a page designer/copy editor at West Hawaii Today in Kailua-Kona. He graduated from BYU. He has worked as a reporter and editor at four other newspapers and has written stories on agriculture, education, crime, chemical weapons, books, theater, and Carol Channing. He is a huge musical theater fan. Michael was born in Palo Alto, Calif., raised in Holladay, Utah and has also lived in Idaho, London, and New York City.



Colette Lofgren

Colette Lofgren (Book/Music/Lyrics)

Master of Music, University of Utah, summa cum laude; Presidential/Presser scholar; Nina Wideman International Piano Competition; National Kochanski Award for Superior Musicianship; Utah Symphony 5000th Composition competition; Featured soloist Utah Philharmonic Symphony, BYU Chamber Orchestra, Rick's College Symphony, University of Utah Symphony; Soloist throughout Europe, Israel, USA; Three professionally released CD's; Director of Youth Enrichment Foundation; Composer/Lyricist/Cowriter for Power in His Touch, produced in multiple cities to critical acclaim and more than 10,000 viewers.



Reed Armstrong

Reed Armstrong (Lewis/Jacob/Constable/Thomas/Man on Train)

Broadway/Tours: Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Beauty & the Beast, Ken Hill’s Phantom. Off-Broadway/Regional: The Great Society, Opal, The Fourth WallCrimes of the Heart, The Diviners, Chamberlain, Jesus Christ SuperstarBarefoot in the Park, It’s a Wonderful Life, Baby, My Fair Lady, South PacificChess. L.A.: Odyssey, Zephyr, Falcon, & Tamarind & Alex Theatres. Carnegie Hall. Recordings: L’Histoire du Soldat (Cheske), La Cenerentola (NPR). Television: Arrest & Trial, Young & the Restless, Another World, CapitolHighway to Heaven, Dynasty, Conan O’Brien. Film: Fracture, Hermanos, ThrottleInto the Night, A House Divided, Michael Jackson’s Thriller.



Shira Averbuch

Shira Averbuch (Mary/Hannah/Ensemble)

Shira recently graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from The New School University. She frequently performs with The National Yiddish Theatre and most recently played the role of Esther in the new musical Warsaw (William Wade, Jamibeth Margolis). Shira is also currently working on an EP of original material, so stay tuned! http://www.shiraaverbuch.com/



Jennifer Babiak

Jennifer Babiak (Charlotte)

Jennifer Babiak made her Broadway debut in the revival of Fiddler on the Roof. National Tours include: West Side Story (Maria), Grease (Sandy), and Evita (Mistress). Favorite Regional credits include My Fair Lady (Eliza) and Jekyll and Hyde (Emma) at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, Pirates of Penzance (Mabel) at the St. Michael's Playhouse, and A Christmas Carol (Meg) at North Shore Music Theatre. She's a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and a graduate of New York University's Steinhardt School of Music and Performing Arts Professions. 



Aisha de Haas

Aisha de Haas (Rit/Ensemble)

World Premiere of Because of Winn Dixie The Musical, Nora Ephron’s Love Loss and What I Wore, and Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show. Broadway: Caroline or Change; Rent; and Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk. Television: Blue Bloods; L&O: SVU; Third Watch; The Today Show. Movies: Nature Calls; Across The Universe; Rent; The Secret Lives Of Dentists. She has toured the U.S. and Europe in Dreamgirls; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Little Shop Of Horrors; and as a backing vocalist for Patti Austin and Oleta Adams. Other appearances include Birdland, BB King’s, and Town Hall.



Eden Duncan-Smith

Eden Duncan-Smith (Soph/Child Harriet/Kessiah/Runaway Girl)

Eden Duncan-Smith debuted on Broadway as Raynell Maxson in 2010's Tony Award winning cast of August Wilson's Fences along side Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Her next Broadway role was Young Nala in Disney's Lion King. Eden was nominated for Young Artist Awards for both shows, winning Best Live Theater Actress for Fences. In 2011 she received the Audelco Rising Star Award. Currently starring in the 2014 Sony Pictures remake of Annie as the foster kid, Isabella.



Harriett D. Foy

Harriett D. Foy (Woman at Train Station/Abigail/Caroline/Southern Cook #1/Nurse #1)

Broadway: Mamma Mia!, The American Plan, Once on This Island. Off-Broadway: The Total Bent, On the Levee (AUDELCO nomination), Crowns (AUDELCO Award for ensemble), Reunion (OBCR), Inside Out (OBCR), Lone Star Love (OBCR). Regional: The House That Will Not Stand (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep, CT Critics Circle Nomination); LMNOP, Amazing Grace (Goodspeed Musicals); F2M (NY Stage and Film); The Women of Brewster Place, Polk County (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes noms); After the War (A.C.T.); Seven Guitars (Center Stage); Ambassador Satch in Dubai; My Soul Looks Back in Wonder (Fordham United Baptist Church); African American Spirituals Concert at Merkin Hall (debut). Film: Winter's Tale, All Good Things, and In the Family. Television: Onion News Empire, Hostages, Orange is the New Black, Unforgettable, Law & Order, Rescue Me. Howard University. WGATAP! harriettdfoy.com @divafoyh



Alan H. Green

Alan H. Green (Reverend Green/Nelson Davis)

Broadway: Sister Act, Play On. Off-Broadway: Happiness (Lincoln Center), Radio City Christmas Spectacular. 1st National Tours: 25th Annual Spelling Bee, Swing, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Regional: First You Dream (Kennedy Center), Johnny Baseball (Williamstown/A.R.T.), The Visit (Signature), Miss Saigon (Papermill, Pittsburgh C.L.O.), Ragtime (North Shore, Sacramento). TV: Unforgettable, 30 Rock, Law and Order S.V.U., The Guiding Light. Commercials: Chase, Time Warner Cable, Trop50, Wendys, Golden Corral, Red Lobster. Rice University Graduate. www.alanhgreen.com



Amber Iman

Amber Iman (Slave Woman with infant/Young Harriet)

Broadway: Soul Doctor (Nina Simone). Off-Broadway: A Civil War Christmas (NYTW) and RENT (New World Stages). Regional: Into the Woods (Alliance Theatre), Stick Fly (Arena Stage/Huntington Theatre), The Colored Museum (True Colors Theatre Company). BFA: Howard University. 2013 Clive Barnes Award Nominee. "We must lift as we climb." 



Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins (Elderly Slave Woman/Linah/Southern Cook #2/Nurse #2)

Broadway: Newsies, Martin Short-Fame Becomes MeCaroline or Change, The Look of Love, Civil War. Off-Broadway: (mis) Understanding Mammy - The Hattie McDaniel Story (Drama Desk Nomination), Love Loss and What I Wore, Caroline or Change, Godspell. Television: 30 Rock, The Practice, Law & Order, The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order-SVU. Film: Musical Chairs. Movie soundtracks: Nine, Chicago, Mission to Mars, Legally Blonde 2. Cathy Parker management and Lally Talent Agency. www.capathiajenkins.com



Darius Kaleb

Darius Kaleb (Jimmy/Abigail's son/Young Male Slave/Henry)

Darius Kaleb is one of the most sought after talented young actors. The 11-year-old was recently seen in the 2014 Tony Winning Revival of A Raisin In The Sun starring Denzel Washington. He was also was seen in Motown the Musical as the show-stopping young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, & Berry Gordy Jr. Kaleb also graced London's West End in Thriller Live as young MJ. TV: Tony Awards, Fox & Friends, Inside Edition, Fox5/NY, Fox5/DC, BET. Print: Baby Gap, Hechts, Strawbridges. Darius thanks God, his parents, brothers, family, and friends for their love and support, and Lee for the opportunity.



David Jennings

David Jennings (Abigail's husband/John Tubman/Runaway Slave/Walter)

Broadway/London: After Midnight, Hands On A Hardbody, Brooklyn (original StreetSinger), Once Upon A Mattress, and The Genius of Ray Charles on London's West End. National: Ragtime (Coalhouse), Sister Act (Sgt. Eddie Souther), Ain't Misbehavin' (Grammy nominee) with Ruben Studdard, Civil War (The Slave) as replacement for Bebe Winans and Dreamgirls (Curtis) opposite Jennifer Holliday. Television: The Shield (Guest Star), The Tonight Show, Christmas at the Grove. Film: The Sleepless, Burning Sands.



Connie Pachl

Connie Pachl (Sarah/Susan/Ensemble)

Sally Talley/Talley’s Folly; Artie/Eleemosynary; Mama Rose/Gypsy; Reno Sweeney/Anything Goes; Sally/Follies; & Gretchen Salzenfeffer in the MAC Award Winning Indigo Rat. Connie has performed on various cabaret stages, including with her husband, guitarist/arranger Jim Conant in their show & subsequent CD Music, Marriage & Mayhem. Her other show/CD credits include: When The Lights Go On Again, a 1940’s revue; Coming Through with Michael Brill; & TownHall’s Broadway By The Year Series: 1938, 1955 & 1956.



Gary Sorenson

Gary Sorenson (Train Conductor/Overseer/Judge)

Gary Sorenson has appeared with Utah Opera, Opera Festival di Roma, West Bay Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Hale Center Theater, and many others. Working as a music director and conductor, Mr. Sorenson has directed Sweeney Todd and The Altar Boys at the Egyptian Theater in Park City and many others throughout the intermountain west. He earned his master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is also on the voice faculty at Weber State University.



Charles E. Wallace

Charles E. Wallace (Ben/Ensemble)

Charles E. Wallace, recently from Lyon, France, appeared in Robert Wilson's chamber opera, Zinnias: The Life of Clemintine Hunter at the Grand Roman Theatre. He performed as Headmaster Morrow in the MTC and The Alliance Theatre's production of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy. Charles  played "Number Two" in the world premier of Marcus Gardley's The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry (Perseverance Theatre, AK). Broadway: Miss Saigon (John), Smokey Joe's Café, and Jekyll & Hyde



Lillias White (Harriet/Woman in White)

Lillias White is a legendary performing artist who has performed on- and off- Broadway for many years. Off- and Off-Off Broadway credits include: Crowns (Audelco Award), Romance in Hard Times (Obie Award), The Best is Yet to Come (Indy Award), Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and many others. On Broadway, she has appeared as Grisabella in Cats, Effie White in Dreamgirls, Mama Morton in Chicago, Jonesy in How to Succeed, Asaka in Once on This Island, Funmilayo Anikulapo Kuti in Fela! (TONY nomination), and Sonja in The Life, for which she was awarded the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Friends of New York, and TONY Awards for Best Featured Actress in a musical! TV: Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Sesame Street and SOUTH PACIFIC (Bloody Mary) on PBS. Film: Pieces of April; Hercules (Lead Muse). Lillias holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from CCNY.



Jared Young

Jared Young (Master Stewart/Buyer at Auction/Slave Trader)

Tours: American Idiot (Favorite Son). Regional: 110 in the Shade w/Audra McDonald (Jimmy), All Shook Up (Chad), Aida (Mereb). Film: Nephi and Laban (Nephi). Brigham Young University (Media Music/contemporary voice). YouTube Sensation "A Whole New World" w/Lea Salonga. jaredmauga on Twitter/Instagram.



Lee Summers (Director)

Lee Summers has directed readings, workshops and commercial productions in venues including Urban Stages, The Triad/Stage72, Flushing Town Hall, Theatreworks, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and for NAMT at New World Stages. Summers has performed On and Off-Broadway, on TV and in films; he is a published writer, member of the Dramatists Guild; co-writer/creator/producer of Off-Broadway’s From My Hometown (8 AUDELCO Nominations); writer of Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song (Kennedy Center 2013/Metro Stage 2014) among others. Summers is an MFA Candidate at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. www.ButterflyTheatricals.com



Michael O. Mitchell (Musical Director)

Michael is the Assistant Conductor/Key 2 at Motown the Musical. His other Broadway credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Memphis, and Baby It's You. Michael has had arrangements and orchestrations performed by the Houston Pops Orchestra. Also he arranged and recorded “Un Peu Plus Haut, Un Peu Plus Loin” for the 2010 Winter Olympics (Vancouver). Michael continues to perform, compose, arrange, orchestrate worldwide. www.michaelmitchellmusic.com



Gwendolyn M. Gilliam (Stage Manager)

Broadway and Tour stage management credits include Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Bring In Da Noise/Bring In Da Funk, Aida, Topdog/Underdog, Chicago, The Wild Party and Fela!. She is producer for Project1Voice, a national performing arts service organization, advocating on issues affecting Black theater. Ms. Gilliam has also managed events for numerous charities and corporations including the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Howl!, Merrill Lynch, New Line Cinema, NY Film Society and NMSDC.



Matt Schicker/Show Shepherd Consulting (Line Producer)

Matt Schicker has shepherded more than 40 musicals and plays since 2002 as producer and consultant. Current projects include LMNOP, Ho Ho Humbug, Got To Be There, Liberty Smith, In a Heartbeat, Opa!, Pooch, among others. Co-producer: Yank! Off-Broadway (York Theatre Company; Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Outer Critics Circle Award noms), as well as workshops co-produced with Roundabout and The Old Globe Theatre in 2011 (dir. David Cromer). Executive Producer: Yank! Original Off-Broadway Cast Album (PS Classics). As Producer for East of Doheny: Radio Girl (Goodspeed Musicals). www.shepherdingshows.com