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For Tonight in Concert

Book by Whitney Rhodes, Spencer Williams, & Shenelle Williams; Music and Lyrics by Shenelle Williams & Spencer Williams

For Tonight in Concert

at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre  [map]

  • Friday, July 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Time stands still with melody…

When their parents die of a mysterious illness in their small Welsh village, surviving children Thomas, Haydon, and Nettie are forced to fend for themselves. Inspired by the gypsies who once shared their home, Haydon heads off to Liverpool, guitar in hand, to find what the world has to offer. There he meets Mirela who speaks to his wandering soul. When Haydon learns that his sister is ill, he is forced to choose between family and the life he left behind, or the freedom and love he has now found.

Running Time: 2 hours

Shenelle Williams

Shenelle Williams (Book/Music/Lyrics)

Shenelle is a composer/arranger, music director and music educator whose recent work includes music directing the high school premiere of Duncan Sheik's Whisper House at Pinewood School where she teaches musical theatre, music theory and choir. Her compositions and arrangements have been heard on the Moose Math app, Gavin Kaufman's debut album Aura Symphonia, and Missus & Mister EP. Graduate of the University of the Arts, MAT: Music Education. Proud member of NAMT.

Spencer T. Williams

Spencer T. Williams (Book/Music/Lyrics)

Spencer Williams is a composer, educator, director, and producer. He currently is the Performing Arts Director at Pinewood School. His most recent work includes directing Les Miserables, producing Duncan Sheik, Live at Pinewood, and the high school premiere of Sheik's new musical, Whisper House. He produced/directed five seasons of the Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Awards. Proud member of NAMT. Love to Shenelle and Thomas.

Whitney Rhodes

Whitney Rhodes (Book)

Whitney works as a theatre performer, educator and administrator in the Twin Cities area. She has been seen on the stages of Theater Latte Da, Minnetonka Theatre, Children's Theatre Company, Minnesota Fringe Festival and Park Square Theatre. She is the creator and performer of a series of one-woman cabarets including Where's My Parade, The Could Be Project, Let Hope Win, and The Songs in My Head. Proud Drake University alum and homegrown Nebraskan.

Heather Botts

Heather Botts (Mrs. Parry/Ensemble)

Heather is thrilled to be joining FOR TONIGHT at NYMF with this exceptional cast and creative team. Thank you for an amazing experience! Regional: South Pacific (Nellie), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Tarzan (Jane), Rapunzel! Rapunzel! (Lady Zaza), Grease (Sandy), Into the Woods (The Baker’s Wife), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Brother Issachar/Butler). She thanks her family and friends for their incredible love and support! Thanks to CGF and her OCU family!

Adam Theodore Barry

Adam Theodore Barry (Male Romani/Ensemble)

Adam is ecstatic to make his NYMF debut and continue work with FOR TONIGHT. Currently performing in Rock of Ages (Mayor/Ja’Keith) and Burn the Floor (vocalist) with Norwegian Cruise Lines. NY Credits: Supersoldier (Orange) with NYTB and Little House on the Ferry (Antonio). Regional: Rent (Angel), Xanadu (Sonny), Cats (Alonzo), The Secret Garden (Fakir), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston).

Hanna Berggren

Hanna Berggren (Molly)

Hanna is thrilled to make her NYMF debut and continue working on FOR TONIGHT. Hanna is a California Bay Area native currently studying Musical Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University. Recent credits include PBS' Broadway or Bust featuring Hanna at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, Legally Blonde, and Once Upon a Mattress. Many thanks to Spencer and Shenelle, family, and Jesus. Psalm 28:7

Sean Buhr

Sean Buhr (Mr. Parry/Ensemble)

Sean Buhr’s recent NYC credits: The Wild Party (Burrs); The Most Happy Fella (Tony); Sweeney Todd (Pirelli); Berlin to Broadway; Breakfast Lunch and Dinner. Regional credits: Man of La Mancha (Pedro); The Magic Flute (Tamino); Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio). Performed concerts at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, The Town Hall Theater, Laurie Beechman, and in Shanghai, Montreal, and Los Angeles. NYU Adjunct Faculty. Produced and founded Desiring The Arts Festival. Founded The McSweeny-Buhr Scholarship for the Arts.

Colin Critchley

Colin Critchley (Young Haydon)

Colin Critchley was most recently seen alongside Sirs Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart in Broadway’s Waiting for Godot. Other credits include: Kinky Boots (Broadway) and Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. Film: You Must Be Joking. TV: Superwings. Love to Mom, Dad, Coop. Big thanks to my agents Eddie & Natasha at Take 3 Talent.

Patrick Dunn

Patrick Dunn (Winn)

Recently seen in Now and Forever: The Music of ALW as the youngest Phantom in production history. NY Credits include A Christmas Carol (MSG), Goodbye Barcelona (The York Theatre), Parade (Gallery Players), Where the Lilies Bloom (Minetta Lane). Regionally at Goodspeed Opera House, BRT, The Bushnell, Ivoryton Playhouse. Graduate of The Hartt School of Music, with the student loans to prove it. Thanks to Joe, Michael, and wife Emma. Patrick is the recipient of 0 Tonys and 0 Emmys.

Hannah Elless

Hannah Elless (Mirela)

Broadway: Godspell (“Bless the Lord”). National Tours: Mamma Mia! NYC: The Other Josh Cohen (Off-Broadway), Baby Case (NYMF), The Giver (NAMT). TV: GLEE! Film: Before Winter, The Lake Effect. Many readings, workshops, & concerts! Hannah is also an accomplished musician playing several instruments. BFA, Western Michigan University. Twitter: @HannahElless

Brandon Kalm

Brandon Kalm (Haydon)

Brandon is a Dallas, Texas native who just graduated from the Musical Theater program at Pace University in May. His most recent credits include the International/2nd National tour of Green Day's American Idiot, and Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. Love to God, family, and his supportive friends.

Kate Moore

Kate Moore (Pub Hostess/Ensemble)

Recent credits include: Lyric Theater of Oklahoma: The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), Big River (Joanna Wilkes), Spring Awakening (Anna); Western Playhouse: Miss Saigon; Ruckus Rockwell Production Company: The Runaway Clone (Jules). Kate is a graduate of Oklahoma City University.

Steely Nash

Steely Nash (Female Romani/Ensemble)

Steely Nash is a solo artist, songwriter, and vocal producer based in San Jose, CA. TV: American Idol Season 10: San Francisco/Hollywood/Vegas Episodes, ABC's NIGHTLINE: Pop Star Boot Camp Episode, Winner of Cambio and AT&T's On The Spot, a global online and interactive talent search to form the next Supergroup managed by Johnny Wright. She has recorded and toured with Y6, The Bang: A 60's Girl Group Review, and Steely Nash & The Cuts.

Krista Pioppi

Krista Pioppi (Nettie)

NYMF debut! National Tours: Spring Awakening (1st Nat'l). NYC: A Lasting Impression (NYTW), The Visit (dir. John Doyle). Regional: Disney's High School Musical (Paper Mill Playhouse). V.O: The Wonder Pets (Little Airplane Prod./Nickelodeon). Krista recently graduated from Pace University with a B.F.A in Musical Theater. Love to M, D, & Gbug!

CJ Pawlikowski

CJ Pawlikowski (Thomas)

This is CJ's second consecutive summer joining NYMF. Last year he was seen as Gilbert Blythe in Bend in the Road. He recently played the title role in Pippin at Phoenix Theater. Other recent credits include Grease (Johnny Casino/Teen Angel) at Gateway Playhouse, and Kerrigan & Lowdermilk's staged-reading of Republic. Favorite roles include Claude in Hair (dir. Patti Wilcox) and Rolf in The Sound of Music. God Bless!

Joe Barros (Director)

Joe Barros is a director, an award-winning choreographer, and the Artistic Director of New York Theatre Barn. NYC Credits: Hard Times (NY IT Award Nominee/Best Choreography), I Married Wyat Earp (59E59 Theatres, Prospect/NYTB), Charlotte's Web (Theatreworks USA), Supersoldier (by HAIR co-creator Jim Rado), The Legend of Julie Taymor (Fringe NYC), McGoldrick's Thread (1st Irish Festival Award/Best Choreography). Regional: The Haunted Hotel and Brother Russia (DC’s Signature Theatre). Upcoming: Carrie (MSU), Small Town Story, and The Boy Who Danced on Air.

Drew Wutke (Musical Director)

Drew Wutke is a musical director, vocal coach, and accompanist (MM Vocal Coaching, OKCU). His work can be seen in Fiasco's upcoming Off-Bway Into the Woods, Rocky, Bridges of Madison County, Rock of Ages, and other Bway, Off-Bway, and regional/touring productions, as well as cabaret venues including 54 Below and the Beechman. Currently on staff at NYU Steinhardt/Gallatin, Pace Univ, and Rosie's Theatre Kids. Thanks to Spencer and Shenelle!

Mackenzie Meeks (Stage Manager)

This is Mackenzie’s second NYMF production. Last year, she worked on Boys Will Be Boys (directed by Joe Barros). She recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with BA in Theatre Arts: Stage Management. Other recent stage management credits include the 2014 Musical Theatre Lab at Prospect Theatre and Hard Times at the cell. She is currently on the staff of New York Theatre Barn and the cell.

Michael Morlani (Casting Director)

Assistant Director: My Mother has Four Noses (The Duke). Casting Associate: All My Children and One Life to Live. Casting Assistant Roundabout Theatre Company/Carnahan Casting: If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, Picnic, Harvey, Anything Goes, Man and Boy, Road to Mecca, Look Back in Anger. Other Broadway: Matilda, Once, Peter and the Starcatcher, On A Clear Day, The Mountain Top, as well as New York casting for Glee; CW Network.

Annie Whitacre (Production Assistant)

Annie Whitacre is honored to be participating in this reading of FOR TONIGHT at NYMF. She has been participating in theatre onstage and backstage since she was in elementary school. Her favorite roles include Fantine in Les Miserables, Female Ghost in the high school premiere of Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow's Whisper House, and Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music. She will be attending Reed College in the fall.

Talmage Wise (Production Assistant)

Talmage is thrilled to participate in NYMF and continue working with this exciting project. He can be heard singing on the demo of FOR TONIGHT. Favorite roles include Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Male Ghost in the high school premiere of Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow's Whisper House, and Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Next year, he will be attending Columbia University. He would like to thank his loving family and friends for all of their support.