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Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera

Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Searle; Music by Michael Teoli

Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera

  • Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Two girls going for the gold.

Based on the Olympic skating “knee whack” scandal, TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA is the story of two girls going for the gold. Produced in Boston, LA, and Portland, OR, it's drawn strong reviews ("Brilliant and touching"; "Absurdly funny...surprisingly poignant”; "Black Swan on ice"). The show has inspired its own media madness on Good Morning America, ESPN Hollywood, NPR, CBS, the AP, and more. It's a dark comedy done with heart.

Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission.

Elizabeth Searle

Elizabeth Searle (Concept, Book, Lyrics)

Elizabeth first wrote about 'Tonya & Nancy' in her novella CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE, which the New York Times Book Review called ‘a miniature masterpiece.’ She is the author of four books of fiction, with a new novel forthcoming in 2016.  She created the concept and libretto for Tonya & Nancy: The Opera, a chamber opera which has been performed in MN, in Boson and by Opera Vista. Elizabeth's first novel is in development as a feature film. 

Michael Teoli

Michael Teoli (Music)

Before graduating from Berklee College of Music, Michael worked on Howard Shore's Music Team for The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Since then, he has scored over 60 films. Teoli has composed three musicals: Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera, CarnEvil and The Werewolves of Hollywood Boulevard. Michael provided music direction, arrangements/ additional music for Doomsday Cabaret and Exorcistic, (Hollywood Fringe BEST MUSICAL winners) and scored Absolutely Filthy (Hollywood/NY Fringe BEST OVERALL).

Jenna Leigh Green

Jenna Leigh Green (Nancy)

Jenna Leigh Green is thrilled to be returning to NYMF! Broadway: Nessarose in Wicked as well as LA and 1st Nat companies (Elphaba cover). Other NY: The Anthem, bare, Chick Flick, Standby (NYMF), Forever Deadward as well as numerous workshops and readings. TV/Film: Libby Chessler on Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Guest staring roles on Bones, Ghost Whisperer, Castle, Cold Case, ER. Features include You Again, and the upcoming My Eleventh, and I am Michael.

Tracy McDowell

Tracy McDowell (Tonya)

Tracy is thrilled to be playing her dream role of Tonya Harding, and that is not a joke. Tonya has been on her dressing station mirror since HS. BROADWAY/NYC Credits: Motown, Rent, Measure of Success (The Lark), Jawbreaker, Atlantis, Disney “New Project” REGIONAL: Hair, Godspell. Soloist for UN, Broadway in South Africa, “The Next Big Thing” on Oxygen network.

Liz McCartney

Liz McCartney (Mom)

BROADWAY: Annie, The Phantom Of The Opera (Carlotta), South Pacific (Lt. Marshall), MAMMA MIA (Rosie), TABOO (Sue Tilley), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery) The Dance Of The Vampires (Rebecca) and Les Miserables (Madame Thenardier). REGIONALLY/TOUR: Ever After (Louise), Chicago (Mama Morton), The Little Mermaid (Ursula), Wicked (Madame Morrible), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Souvenir (Florence Foster Jenkins), Into The Woods (the Witch) and PIRATES! (Ruth)

Tony Lepage

Tony Lepage (Jeff)

Selected credits: Rock of Ages (Broadway), The Last Five Years (TNB), The Boys in the Photograph (Toronto), The Boy From OZ (Australia), Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Australia/Asia Tour), The Rocky Horror Show (TNB), Urinetown (TYT), Seussical, The Decameron, The Bricklin, Canadian Explosion... TV/Film: South Pacific (Disney), The Soldier’s Sweetheart (Paramount), The Way (CBS pilot), Black Dawn (CBC), It Could Be Worse.

Andrew Aaron Berlin

Andrew Aaron Berlin (Ensemble)

Andrew is thrilled to be a part of Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera at NYMF. BFA Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts. NATIONAL TOURS: A Christmas Story: The Musical. Favorite REGIONAL/CONCERT: Reefer Madness (10th Anniversary Reunion Concert), Les Miserables (Musical Theater West), The Addams Family (The Theater Barn), Rockers on Broadway.

Heidi Friese

Heidi Friese (Ensemble)

NATIONAL TOURS: Flashdance The Musical (Gloria); How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Phyllis Who). REGIONAL: The Music Man (Zaneeta) at the Engeman Theatre and Harbor Lights Theatre Co.; Lady Windermere's Fan (Lady Agatha) at Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre; World Premiere of M33 (June Havoc) at Point Park Univ.

Chase Kamata

Chase Kamata (Ensemble)

Chase is thrilled to join the cast of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera. Chase earned her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Loyola University and an MFA from Tulane University. Regional credits include: Miss Saigon (Gigi), West Side Story (Anita), Oliver! (Nancy), Rent (Mimi), Soul Doctor, The Wiz (Dorothy), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella).

Tatiana Lofton

Tatiana Lofton (Ensemble)

Tatiana couldn't be happier to be a part of NYMF! She graduated from Pace University's Musical Theater Program in May. OFF-BROADWAY: The Lost, Or How To: Just Be. PACE UNIVERSITY: Once on This Island, Godspell, Anyone Can Whistle. READINGS: Jasper in Deadland, We Foxes, Darling. CONCERTS: Second Stage Theatre 2014 Spring Gala, RSO @ 54 Below, Hatched at Joe's Pub.

Ryan J. MacConnell

Ryan J. MacConnell (Ensemble)

National Tour: Flashdance (Andy, Nick u/s, Jimmy u/s). Regional: Glimmerglass Festival, Kitchen Theatre Company. BFA Musical Theatre from Ithaca College.

Dwayne Washington

Dwayne Washington (Ensemble)

Is thrilled to work with such an amazing cast and creative team on Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera. A Juilliard graduate, NYC CREDITS: Freedom's Song (Joshua), RENT (Tom Collins-NYIT Nominee Outstanding Actor in Featured Role) La Doriclea (Artabano-US Premier). Favorite REGIONAL AND LONDON CREDITS: Ragtime (Ensemble,Coalhouse u/s), Color Purple (Harpo u/s), One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest (Chief Bromden), Songs from the American Motel (Himself), La Boheme (Barman- Olivier Best New Opera Production).

David Alpert (Director)

BROADWAY: IF/THEN, Trip to Bountiful, Best Man, Guys & Dolls. ALSO: Roundabout, Signature, Death Note, The Moon & the Sea, Little Shop, The Wonderful...O’Leary, Do Me a Little (NY Fringe). Proudly produces the Living for Today concert series, benefiting BA Directing: Western Michigan

Paul T. Boghosian

Paul T. Boghosian (Producer)

Mr. Boghosian is the founder and CEO of HarborSide Films (Boston, MA) and has over 30 years of experience producing award-winning theatricals, public affairs programming, and feature films. Notable theatre credits include the 2008 New Repertory Theater production of According To Tip (IRNE award winner for Best New Play in New England). Mr. Boghosian earned an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Northeastern University.

Marc Kimelman (Choreographer)

Recently choreographed Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Man of La Ma Mancha, Theatre 20’s Company, directed by Gary Griffin, In The Heights, and Once on this Island (Dora Award winner for Outstanding Choreography). He was assistant choreographer for Broadway’s Jesus Christ Superstar (Tony nominee for Best Musical Revival) and the National tour of Queen’s We Will Rock You. He was associate choreographer for the Broadway workshop of Hands on a Hardbody, Paper Mill Playhouse's Once on This Island, and for Broadway-bound A Bronx Tale.

Henry Aronson (Musical Director)

Broadway: MD, Rock of Ages,Grease, The Times They Are A-Changin’,In My Life, Little Shop, Rent, Rocky Horror, Starmites; associate conductor, Cry Baby, Good Vibrations, Parade, Saturday Night Fever, Mail, Prince of Central Park; conductor, The Who’s Tommy. Has orchestrated and performed with the classical/rock fusion orchestra Rocktopia. Composer/lyricist of “Loveless Texas”, developed at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and scheduled for 2015 workshop and 2016 production by Boomerang Theatre.

Kimberly Loren Eaton (General Manager/ Creative Consultant)

Broadway Producer, Director, General Manager & Principal of Theatrum Mundi Productions, Kimberly’s passion is storytelling- she relishes dramaturgy, collaboration, and creative development of new plays/ musicals. Former Off-Broadway Artistic & Managing Director, Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater. Producing: The Velocity of Autumn (Broadway), Fun Home (Broadway). Directing: The Forgetting Curve, Wild & Willful Women, Private Lives, Once on This Island, Closer. London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art; Hofstra University.

Evan Bernardin (General Manager)

Upcoming: What Do Critics Know, We Are The Tigers, The Dodgers. Recent: The Bad Years, The Navigator, and My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life. Evan has worked with The Workshop Theatre Company, The Broadway Youth Ensemble, Born for Broadway. His collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Harvard Club, Georgetown's Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Starlet Jacobs (Scenic & Properties Designer)

Starlet Jacobs is a set designer, production designer, and art director. Credits include SNL, The Tonight Show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jim Breuer (EPIX), Bright Star (a musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickel), and Soul Doctor. She received an MFA from UCLA, and a BA from U. of Washington. She speaks beginning-level Italian, listens to reggae, and enjoys traveling, having visited 52 countries and counting. She also knows everything you could possibly know about bunnies.

Vanessa Leuck (Costume Designer)

Currently the Costume Designer for first class regional and Off-Broadway productions of Disenchanted! Past designs include: Disney on Ice, Off-Broadway, several regional theaters, colleges, dance companies and BC/EFA Broadway Bares. Past NYMF shows: Mr. Confidential, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Like You Like It!. Associate Design: Disney on Ice Frozen. Assistant Design: The Little Mermaid (Broadway), Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus (five productions), and Disney Live!. Member: USA829.

Rui Rita (Lighting Designer)

Selected Credits- BROADWAY: Velocity of Autumn, Trip to Bountiful, Present Laughter, Dividing the Estate. OFF-BROADWAY premieres: Just Jim Dale (Roundabout), Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage), Old Friends, Orphans' Home Cycle (Hewes Award, Signature), Nightingale (MTC), Carpetbagger's Children, Far East (Lincoln Center). OFF-BROADWAY revivals: Piano Lesson (Signature), Talley's Folly & Milk Train… (Roundabout) and Engaged (Obie Award, TFNA). REGIONAL: Alley, Arena, Center Theatre Group, Ford's, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington, Two River, Old Globe, Westport, Williamstown.

Alex Hawthorn (Sound Designer)

Recent sound designs include Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons) The Great Immensity (Civilians @ The Public) A Dream Play (NAATCO) Leaving IKEA (Artful Conspirators) Swoony Planet (Fordham) Old Comedy From Aristophanes’ Frogs(Target Margin Theater @ CSC) Resident Artist with Theater Mitu: Hamlet/UR-HamletJuárezMedeaDeath of a SalesmanDR.CHAIR. BROADWAY (Associate Sound Design): Aladdin, A Christmas StoryHAIRMemphisNewsies.  Alex has designed and engineered concerts, live events, and theater both nationally and internationally.

Daryl Eisenberg (Casting Director)

Casting for film, theater, television, commercials, and new media. BROADWAY: Gettin' The Band Back Together (upcoming), OFF-BROADWAY: That Bachelorette Show, The Anthem, Around...80 Days, Altar Boyz, and more. REGIONAL/OTHER: Folger Theatre, Norwegian Cruise Line, Davenport Reading Series, and more. NYMF include Baby Case (Best of Fest), Standby, F#%king Up Everything, Gay Bride of Frankenstein, Stand Tall, Street Lights, and Tully. Member, Casting Society of America.

Kelly Martindale (Production Stage Manager)

BROADWAY: Doctor Zhivago, Matilda the Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, The Farnsworth Invention, Dracula the Musical, Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème, 42nd Street (revival), The King and I (revival), The Who’s Tommy. Radio City: Sinatra: His Life. His World. His Way. OFF-BROADWAY: Let Me Down Easy (2nd Stage), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Jane Street). REGIONAL: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Memphis, The Wiz, Much Ado About Nothing, (LJP).

Tanner Alvarez (Production Manager)

Tanner is very excited to be making his NYMF debut with the team of Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera. RECENT CREDITS: Richard II (Projection Designer), Slavs (Director), Bat Boy: The Musical (Asst. Director), Wild and Willful (Production Asst.), Jack London: Sex, Love, and Revolution (Projection and Sound Designer), The King’s Whore (Production Asst.) and Waiting for Lefty (Stage Manager).

Katherine K Yip (Assistant Stage Manager)

Kat is an aspiring Production Stage Manager. Having only graduated college a year ago, she has fully embraced all that the New York entertainment scene has to offer. She has Staged managed various forms of performance art: Drama, Opera, Immersive, Dance and continues to broaden the spectrum. Her recent company credits include: Fringe NYC, Soho Repertory Theater (Soho Rep.), PunchDrunk’s Sleep No More and Opera America.

Christin Eve Cato (ASM/ Production Coordinator)

A New York artist with a background in performing arts, playwriting, and production. She is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts and of Fordham University. She is Co-Chair of Diversity of the YPAC-board of Theater Resources Unlimited, and a member of New York Women in Film & Television. She is also a member of Unit52, the ensemble company, of INTAR Theatre.

Cory Phelps (Assistant Director)

PROFESSIONAL: The Lost Colony (Choir/Ensemble). EDUCATIONAL: Les Misèrables (Ensemble and u/s Javert, Dir. Terrence Mann); 42nd Street (Bert Barry, Dir. Terrence Mann); Peter Pan, Or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (Smee); The Rocky Horror Show (Narrator); Once in Lifetime (Kammerling); Zombies On Campus! A SlaughterPocalypse! (Premiere Cast, Ernie). Directing: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. BFA, Western Carolina University, Theater Performance focus in Acting.

Monika Robbins (Production/GM Associate)

Monika is thrilled to be a part of the T&N team. Credits include: Draussen vor der Tur, Andere/Costumes, Harvard Adams Pool Theater, Cambridge MA; Ghungroo, Agassiz Theatre, Cambridge MA; The Nutcracker, the Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento CA. Currently, she is building her theater resume part-time, while working in equity research covering cable, media, and satellite companies. BA, Harvard 2013.

Kelsey Brehm (Wardrobe Supervisor)

Theater Arts Major at Loyola University New Orleans. She is currently an intern at All The Way Around Production Co. Credits: Crimes of the Heart (Prom Mistress), Endgame (Costume Designer), Alice in Wonderland (White Rabbit). While her passion is performing in Musical Theater, she has embraced costume and design. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on Toyna and Nancy: The Rock Opera with the NYMF family!

Carly Wilkins (Follow Spot Op)

This is Carly’s first production with NYMF. It has been such a wonderful experience! She is currently a senior at Hofstra University as a Theatre Arts Performance major. Her past production credits include: Assistant Stage Managing “Motherf*cker with the Hat” (Hofstra University), Stage Managing “Life Under Water” (Hofstra University), and Stage Managing “Entering the Griot Circle: a series of play readings” (Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company).

Nicholas Flinn (Associate Lighting Designer)

BROADWAY (ASST.): Honeymoon in Vegas and The Assembled Parties. NEW YORK (ASST.): Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Festival, Signature Theatre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Red Bull Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, The Juilliard School. REGIONAL (ASST.): The Kennedy Center, Geffen Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, The Old Globe (CA), Arena Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, Bard SummerScape, and Maine State Music Theatre. INTERNATIONAL: OTMF of Lucca, Italy. FILM: Birdman (2014 feature). MEMBER: USA 829. More at


Noah Smith (Follow Spot Op)

Noah is a junior at Hofstra University studying drama and dance. This is his first time working with NYMF and he is very excited. Previous New York production credits include Assistant Stage Managing How the Other Half Loves, Props Master for The Comedy of Errors, and Build Crew Head for Burial at Thebes (Hofstra).

Sara Decker (Dresser)

Sara is a Theatre Production major at Hofstra University, Sara is thrilled to be a part of the NYMF and Tonya and Nancy: A Rock Opera. Education Credits; How the Other Half Loves (Asst. Stage Manager), Assassins (Costume Designer), Bat Boy: The Musical (Wardrobe Assistant), Merchant of Venice, South Pacific (Costume Mistress).

Sara Decker (Dresser)

Sara is a Theatre Production major at Hofstra University, Sara is thrilled to be a part of the NYMF and Tonya and Nancy: A Rock Opera. Education Credits; How the Other Half Loves (Asst. Stage Manager), Assassins (Costume Designer), Bat Boy: The Musical (Wardrobe Assistant), Merchant of Venice, South Pacific (Costume Mistress).

Tracy Dryer (Special Events Producing Associate)

Tracy comes to NYMF with 21 years of theatre experience as an actor, coach, teacher and director. She is a graduate of NYU with a Master's in Performing Arts and is the founder of Centerstage Players theatre company. She is excited to be part of the NYMF team!

Chris Biesterfeldt (Guitar)

Chris is a guitarist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has performed or recorded with Stevvi Alexander, Margo Rey, Raphael Saadiq, Warren Haynes, Donald Brown, James Williams, Hector Martignon, Mandy Gonzalez, for TV shows Sesame Street, Johnny And The Sprites, ESPN, etc. Chris has also played in the orchestras for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Rent, Hairspray, Xanadu, Next To Normal, Pippin, etc. Chris has two albums of his own, Urban Mandolin and Phineas.

Andrew Zinsmeister (Guitar)

Andrew is a native of rural Wisconsin and a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Recent credits include Rocky and Mamma Mia! National Tour.

Mike Sorrentino (Drums)

A busy player and educator, Mike’s career highlights include touring and recording with Richie Blackmore and Joe Lynn Turner as well as one-off performances with Billy Joel, Sting and Stevie Wonder. He has performed, toured, conducted or subbed on Movin' Out, Grease, In the Heights, Spiderman and Kinky Boots. A world recognized drum teacher, Mike is a member of Modern Drummer Magazine’s Education Team and a featured instructor in a new iPhone app, Drum Guru.

George Farmer (Bass)

Off-Broadway Credits: Spring Awakening, Everyday Rapture, Dusty, Fun Home. Broadway Credits: Spring Awakening, Memphis, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Fun Home.

Theater: Tonya & Nancy - WGBH

Going for the Gold - Artsake

Skating Back to the Scene of the Rivalry -

Get Out: Tonya and Nancy - Stuff Boston

Tonya and Nancy Concert at King King Club - Broadway World

Tonya Harding- Nancy Kerigan: Rock Opera - Oregon Live

Second Tonya and Nancy Concert Date Added - Broadway World

Tonya Harding Rock Opera in Hollywood, 20 years later - Inquisitr

Tonya Harding Scandal Stages at Rock Opera - Newsoxy

There Is a Tonya Harding- Nancy Kerrigan Rock Opera Coming to New York - Media Ite

Musical About Tonya Harding- Nancy Kerrigan Scandal Draws Broadway Actors - Playbill

Tracy McDowell & Jenna Leigh Green to lead TONYA & NANCY - BroadwayWorld

Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera spins Harding/Kerrigan Saga into musical comedy - NY Daily News

Tonya and Nancy's ice rivalry to be performed on stage - The Telegraph

10 Musical Highlights from NYMF 2015 - Backstage

New York Musical Theater Festival Offers Innovative Works

Photo Coverage: Go Inside the 2015 NYMF Preview!

Live from NYMF 2015- Vol. 1 - Contemporary Musical Theatre

Tonya and Nancy rock opera heads to New York - The Boston Globe

Composers Offer Reasons to Take a New York Musical Theatre Staycation - Playbill

Diva Talk: Stars of Tonya & Nancy, Claudio Quest, Deep Love Discuss New Musicals, Stage Mishaps, Coveted Roles - Playbill

Musical Theatre Factory and NYMF to Present Salon-a-Thon - BroadwayWorld

Top 10 Musicals Not to Miss at 2015 NYMF - Playbill

Tonya-Nancy ice drama hits N.Y. stage as rock opera - Yahoo Sports

Tonya-Nancy ice drama hits NY stage as rock opera - Asia One

Tonya-Nancy ice drama hits N.Y. stage as rock opera - The Daily Star

BWW Interview: Jenna Leigh Green Chats Guesting on The Residuals, Tonya & Nancy at NYMF - Broadway World

Review: Tonya and Nancy the Rock Opera at NYMF - Shubert Alley Cat