Lisa and Leonardo

Music by Donya Lane; Lyrics by Ed McNamee; Book by Ed McNamee, Donya Lane & Michael Unger

Lisa and Leonardo

at The Duke  [map]

  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Monday, July 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm

a musical love story

Leonardo da Vinci’s intimate sketches of Lisa derail both her marriage and his relationship with his boy lover and protégé, bringing both of their lives - and the city of Florence - to the brink of disaster! It’s a TRUE STORY of political intrigue, love and passion, with a host of comic characters and a lush, romantic score that finally answers that 500 year old question: "Who is she?"

Running time: 2 hours.

Ed McNamee

Ed McNamee (Lyrics & Book)

Ed founded Manhattan Theatre Source where he and his partners programmed and produced hundreds of plays. Other works include a comedy, The Center of Gravity, a musical novel, Peregrin the Aeronaut and the rock n’ roll storybooks: GODS and The One-Legged Man of Porlock Bay. Ed has also created marketing promotions for Broadway shows, including Bring in da Noise, Chicago and Grease and now works at Signature Theatre on 42nd Street.

Donya Lane

Donya Lane (Music & Book)

Donya’s music is heard in TV shows: Grounded For Life, That 80s Show, 21 Jump Street. Her lush rock album: American Royalty. Keyboardist for The Duprees. Performed with legendary R&B and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers: The Chantels, The Flamingos, Frankie Ford, Leslie Gore, The Tokens, The Chiffons, Eddie Holman, Lenny Welsh, Mel Carter and Lloyd Price. As actor/musician: Swingtime Canteen and Cy Coleman’s Lawyers, Lovers & Lunatics. Graduate of Berklee College of Music.

Michael Unger

Michael Unger (Book)

Associate Artistic Director of The York and Producing Artistic Director of NewArts, which brings the performing arts to the resilient community of Newtown, CT. Directing credits include You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Big (York), My Sister in this House (Deaf West – Ovation Recommended),Two Point Oh (59E59 - NY Times Critics’ Pick) and A Christmas Carol (McCarter). World premieres include Caligula (NYMF – Audience Award Winner) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Barrington Stage).

Michelle Tattenbaum

Michelle Tattenbaum (Director)

Directed world premiere of the musical Nobody Loves You at the Old Globe (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle nomination: Best Director) and the NY premiere at Second Stage. At NYMF: Mother Jones and the Children’s Crusade (Best Director, honorable mention). Regional: O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, Hangar Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed and Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. Worked with MTC for three years, producing and developing new plays and musicals. Two-time Drama League Directing Fellow. (

Mariette Strauss

Mariette Strauss (Assistant Director)

Is thrilled to be working on Lisa & Leonardo. Other Credits: Student Body, Sarah Flood, The Shakes, #serials (Flea Theater.) Has worked in NYC at INTAR, The Wild Project, Abingdon, and Urban Stages and regionally at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. She is a proud graduate of Michigan State University. Thanks to Michelle for this opportunity. Me Ke Aloha 

Robert Frost

Robert Frost (Musical Director)

Select MD credits include We Live In Cairo and Cardboard Piano (O’Neill Theater Center); James Joyce is Dead… (Connecticut College); Jonah and the Whale and Little Shop of Horrors (7th House); Guys and Dolls (TexArts); and project élan (Arkansas Rep), which he also co-wrote. Adjunct Voice Faculty: NYU. Former Resident MD: O’Neill Theater Center’s NMTI.

Jonathan Cerullo

Jonathan Cerullo (Choreographer)

Broadway: Choreographic Consultant: Say Goodnight Gracie, Assistant Director and/or Choreo: Band In Berlin, Anna Karenina, The Three Musketeers, Original Cast: Legs Diamond, National Tour: CATS and Sweet Charity. Choreographer Big Apple Circus’ Carnivale! & Picturesque at Lincoln Center. Dir. and/or Choreo: Off-Broadway; NYMF 2015; Windywoo and 2009 Best of Fest, Under Fire, La Mama; Pins and Needles, Uta Hagen’s Tribute. Regionally: Goodspeed, Arena Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Geffen Playhouse.

Stephanie Klapper

Stephanie Klapper (Casting Director)

Stephanie is thrilled to continue her longtime collaboration with Michelle Tattenbaum. Her work is frequently seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, film and the internet. In addition to being the resident casting director for Primary Stages, in NY she works with numerous companies such as New York Classical Theatre and Pearl Theatre Company. Member of the Casting Society of America and League of Professional Theatre Women.

Reid Thompson

Reid Thompson (Scenic Design)

Recent NYC: Half Moon Bay (Lesser America), House Rules (Ma-Yi),Lucia di Lammermoor and Dido & Aeneas (Heartbeat Opera), Directorfest (Drama League), A Delicate Ship (Playwrights Realm), When I Started Dating Men (Dixon Place). Recent regional: Disgraced (Asolo Rep) Fault (Theater Squared), Merrily We Roll Along (Yale Dramat), The Homecoming , Bells Are Ringing, (Berkshire Theater Festival) Erismena (Yale Baroque Opera). BFA: School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Michael Bevins

Michael Bevins (Costume Design)

Michael has designed costumes for film, theater, and television. He is excited to be working with Ed and Donya again on this wonderful project.

Isabella Byrd

Isabella Byrd (Lighting Design)

Isabella is a Brooklyn based Lighting Designer working in theatre, opera, and experimental installation. Selected: We Remain Prepared (ARTBARN/Satori), For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday (Berkeley Rep/Humana Fest), Associate design for The Flick (The National Theatre, London), Pirates of Penzance (Amarillo Opera), Queen for a Day (St. Clements).  Contributing editor at Chance Magazine.

Ben Freedman (Assistant Stage Manager)

The SpongeBob Musical. Off B’Way: Marjorie Prime (Playwrights) RIPCORD (MTC), The Old Man and the Old Moon (Pigpen Theatre Co./New Vic). Regional: Unknown Soldier, Living On Love, (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Pittsburgh CLO, Tour: Elf. North Carolina School of the Arts. 

Lizzie Klemperer

Lizzie Klemperer (Lisa)

Lizzie was most recently seen on Broadway in the Tony nominated musical, Bright Star. Other New York credits: A Christmas Story, The Most Happy Fella, and Fiorello! First national tours: The Addams Family, and Little House on the Prairie. Regional: Marian in The Music Man (Pioneer Theater Company), Eponine in Les Miserables (North Shore Music Theater) Crissy in Hair, and Mary Jane in Big River (Sacramento Music Circus). NYMF: Mother Jones...(Jenny). Thank you to Michelle for having me along!

Timothy John Smith

Timothy John Smith (Leonardo)

Timothy John Smith is a recent NYC transplant from Boston.  NYC theatre:  On a Stool at the End of the Bar at 59E59th Street.  Regional: Bill Sikes, Oliver.  Eddie, Fool for Love.  Dan, Rapture, Blister, Burn.  John Proctor, The Crucible.  Jean Val Jean, Les Miserables.  Dan, Next to Normal.  Don Quixote, Don Quixote.  TV:  The Blacklist, Mysteries of Laura.  Film:  The Equalizer, The Judge, and out now, Central Intelligence alongside Kevin Hart, and Dwayne Johnson.

Keaton Tetlow

Keaton Tetlow (David)

Keaton Tetlow, age 8 is thrilled to be playing David! Off Broadway: Babes in Arms, As Far As The Day Goes. Other work includes commercials, tv/film and print. Special thanks to Ellyn Marsh, Eddie Rabon and Stephanie Klapper Casting for believing in me. Much love to my mom, dad, sisters and brother who are always cheering me on.

Cooper Grodin

Cooper Grodin (Machiavelli)

Cooper is thrilled to be joining the cast of Lisa and Leonardo! Tours: Phantom Of The Opera (Phantom), Les Miserables, Zorro (Zorro) New York credits: Into the Woods (Public Theater, Shakespeare In The Park ), The Golden Land (Drama Desk nominated best musical revival). Regional credits: Carousel (Billy Bigelow), 110 in the Shade (Starbuck), Fantasticks (El Gallo), Joseph (Pharaoh), Evita (Magaldi). Multiple concerts with New York Philharmonic. Original album available on iTunes. With About Artists Agency.

Dennis Holland

Dennis Holland (Francesco del Giocondo)

Dennis Holland- Broadway/National Tour- The Music Man, Peter Pan; Regional- Guys and Dolls (Guthrie), Sound of Music (Paper Mill), 1776 (Goodspeed), Parade (Arden, Barrymore nominee 2014), Winter's Tale (Folger Shakespeare), Fabulous Lipitones (Colony Burbank);_Film/TV- My Dirty Little Secret, Concurrence (Cannes 2016), Terra Incognita, Between The Fires, Slapdash Vendetta, Stardom; 175 Audiobooks (Audiofile Earphone Award); Thrilled that Lisa and Leonardo marks my 8th NYMF appearance- thanks Elyse, Annie, Claire and Will.

Marissa Miller

Marissa Miller (Isabella D'Este)

Last seen in the festival as Mary Jo in Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade. Recent credits include: Wicked (Nat. Tour), Pirates! (The Huntington Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Seacoast Repertory Theatre). Readings: Mother Eve and her Sensual Sisterhood, Elliot Ness, Tortoise and the Hare, Mother Jones. Marissa can also be seen singing with Vintage trio 'Americas Sweethearts' Thanks to Michelle, Stephanie Klapper and Lisa and Leonardo team for this opportunity! 

Samia Mounts

Samia Mounts (Fresca)

Samia Mounts is a singer, actor, songwriter, essayist, and self-love activist, and is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut in Lisa & Leonardo. Credits: The Source (BAM), We Live In Cairo (NMTC), Once Upon A Time In New Jersey (Prospect Theater Company), Les Miserables (Atlanta TOTS & St Louis MUNY), and many more. Read Samia's work on Refinery29 and check out her original music - electropop with soul - at

Ravi Roth

Ravi Roth (Salai)

Ravi Roth is stoked to join Lisa & Leonardo. Previous NYMF: A Letter to Harvey Milk, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding. NYC/Tour: Altar Boyz, Seussical, White Christmas, Moments with Ravi: Tales of a Misfit. Regional: Theatre Aspen, Pioneer Theatre, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse. TV: As The World Turns, Rules of Cool, GRIND, Ravi 'Round The World. BFA Boston Conservatory. Soloist with The Boston Pops. Love to the Fam & TKC.

Jordan Weagraff

Jordan Weagraff (Raphael)

Jordan Weagraff (Raphael) is unbelievably excited to be a part of this year's NYMF season. National Tours: Disney's Beauty and the Beast (LeFou), Elf the Musical. Other regional favorites include Billy Elliot (Gateway Playhouse), A Chorus Line (MSMT), White Christmas (Syracuse Stage), South Pacific (WVPT). BFA: Syracuse University. All the thanks in the world to his family, ATB, Spooks, and this brilliant creative team.

Perry Sook

Perry Sook (Commander)

is excited to make his NYMF debut! NATIONAL TOUR: Shrek the Musical (Shrek). REGIONAL: Two River Theatre: Camelot; Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma: Les Miserables, Spamalot (Sir Galahad), Oliver! (Bill Sikes); St. Michael’s Playhouse: Spamalot (Sir Galahad); New London Barn Playhouse: Oklahoma! (Jud Fry), Legally Blonde (Warner), HAIR, Ragtime. The Night of 1000 Stars at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Much love to the OUMT, his friends, and family for always supporting whatever he does.

Brian Owen

Brian Owen (Little Vespucci)

Brian is ecstatic to join NYMF with Lisa and Leonardo. He has performed in NYC with TinyRhino, and has been seen regionally in Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), Peter and the Starcatcher (Smee), South Pacific (Swing), Both Your Houses (Sneden), The Matchmaker (Joe Scanlon), and Things We Want (Sty). He’s been in A Midsummer Night’s Dream a lot. His favorite role is husband to his wife Nicole. MFA: FSU/Asolo. Proud member AEA and Team Boals. @bistrowen

Anne Wechsler

Anne Wechsler (Nymph Lucrezia)

Anne Wechsler is a graduate of NYU’s New Studio on Broadway, thrilled to be making her NYMF debut! Credits include: Playhouse Creatures’ premiere of A Recluse and His Guest, Merrily We Roll Along at the Astoria Performing Arts Center, Making Spirits Bright at Act II Playhouse, Michael John LaChuisa’s The Wild Party (Nadine), Girl Versus Corinth at Joe’s Pub, and White Girl Wasted at the Kraine Theater. Special thanks to Andreadis and JHA.

Jennifer Lorae

Jennifer Lorae (Nymph Cecilia)

NYC: Jane Foster in HARD TIMES (The Cell); Lucille Frank in PARADE (Gallery Players). Regional: Jane in TARZAN (Arvada Center); Ilona Ritter in SHE LOVES ME (Arvada Center); Tzeitel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (The MUNY), (Kansas City Starlight), (Atlanta TOTS) & (Wolf Trap); Anne in SHENANDOAH (Totem Pole Playhouse); Faith in RESPECT (Society Hill Playhouse) & (Act II Playhouse). Cast Recordings: Fantine in MTI's LES MISERABLES & AFTERWARDS (Playwrights Horizons). BFA Musical Theatre, University of Michigan.

Jamison Stern

Jamison Stern (Parides)

Mr. Tweed in film Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket.  Broadway: Palm Springs Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Bingo Little in By Jeeves. National Tours: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles (Goodspeed Opera House), (title of show) (Theatreworks Palo Alto); Sound Of Music(Westchester Broadway); She Loves Me. Film/TV: My Bakery in Brooklyn, Day Zero, The Entrepreneurs, Law & Order.

Owen Yost

Owen Yost (Bass)

Owen’s NYC Broadway credits: Movin’ Out, Aida, Jersey Boys. National tours: Dreamgirls, Movin’ Out. Off-Broadway: Back to Bacharach; Love, Janis; The Big Apple Circus. National Concert performances: Tommy James, Lesley Gore, Joan Rivers, James Montgomery, Pinetop Perkins, Martin Nievera, Lani Misalucha. TV recording sessions for Sesame Street, and SNL. Many thanks to the Cranshaws, and uncle Sol T. for their steady encouragement.

Glenn Gordon

Glenn Gordon (Keyboard)

Music director of "Forbidden Broadway" 2001-2004. As Associate Music Director for Bergen Performing Art Center (BPAC): Les Miserables, 42nd Street, Cats, and Aida. As composer, Glenn is currently working on Peter Rabbit, The Musical, with lyricist Amelia DeMayo. “Peter" will premiere at BPAC in 2017. Glenn's classical piece "Reminiscing by the Sea" made its premiere at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Sean Harkness

Sean Harkness (Guitar)

Sean composes music for solo guitar and small ensembles; and supports an exhaustive list of singers, musicians, and theatrical productions. Awards include: Outstanding Instrumentalist 2011 Bistro Award, 2011-2013 MAC Awards, 2014 Award. Harkness has six commercial releases on Windham Hill Records [BMG/RCA/Sony].

Alice Pollitt

Alice Pollitt (Stage Manager)

Broadway: American Psycho, Noises Off, Aladdin. Regional: Disney Theatrical Group; Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Amélie; The Public Theater: Before Your Very Eyes, The Screens; Marin Shakespeare Company. The 69th Annual Tony Awards.  

Molly Rose Corcoran

Molly Rose Corcoran (Assistant to the Choreographer)

is an NYC based performer who recently graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with her BFA in Modern Dance and minor in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include: 30th Anniversary Easter Bonnet Competition (dance captain), Rise (SM), Fictitious (performer/SM), Chicago, and Legally Blonde the Musical. Many thanks to the Lisa and Leonardo team for this experience.

Ryan Conway - DTE Mgt.

Ryan Conway - DTE Mgt. (General Management)

Under the supervision of Ryan Conway, DTE Management is an industry leader in general management services for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. DTE Management currently manages Avenue Q, Daddy Long Legs, and Trip of Love. Previous productions include Spring Awakening, My First Time, That Bachelorette Show, and the successful ten-year run of The Awesome 80s Prom.

Rachel Esman

Rachel Esman (Assistant General Manager)

Karina Vitiello

Karina Vitiello ("Mona Lisa" Show Poster Artist)

Karina Vitiello has created our Mona Lisa artwork and like Leonardo she is curious by nature and holds many crafts: painting, photography, graphic design, mosaics, interior design… Although her passport is French, she is a proud citizen of the world. She lived in DC, UK and Laos.  She now lives in Aix-en-Provence, in the South of France where she works as an artist. Facebook:

Josh Trutt

Josh Trutt (Dramaturg)

Josh Trutt is a doctor at Evolved Science NYC, and a decades-long friend of Lisa and Leonardo creators Ed and Donya. A huge fan of the show, Josh is very excited to learn that there is a word for "relentlessly criticizing your friends' work without ever having written anything yourself."  He has proudly added "Dramaturge" to his business cards.

Laura Butchy

Laura Butchy (Dramaturg)

Laura has dramaturged numerous NYMF productions, including Pope!, Somewhere with You, Castle Walk, Foreverman, Date of a Lifetime, The Incredibly Deaf Musical, My Illustrious Wasteland, The Yellow Wood, and Austentatious. Other dramaturgy credits include Welcome to the Friendly Tripbox and In Praise of Folly: The Don Quixote Project [Peculiar Works Project]; West Pier [Ohio Theater], and Herakles [Chashama]. She is a professor at Plaza College and has written for American Theatre and other publications.

Don Kelly

Don Kelly (Drums and Percussion)

Composer, producer, Educator. Musical Theatre: performed with Cy Coleman, Chita Rivera, Eartha Kitt, Lucie Arnaz, Leslie Uggams, and jazz greats Ingrid Jensen, Lenny Pickett, and Paul Carlon. TV: appeared twice on Good Morning America & Channel 11 Morning Show with Housewives on Prozac. Currently working: as a session player, the NYC Cabaret circuit, Amy Coleman Band (blues). Touring with: Jack Spann, Matou (international world music group) Studied: Hunter College (degree in music), Drummers Collective.

Tamar Friedman

Tamar Friedman (Production Assistant)

Tamar is thrilled to have her first NYMF experience this summer with Lisa and Leonardo! She is a junior at Regional Center for the Arts High School in Connecticut and is a seasoned performer. Favorite roles include Jo March in Little Women and Kate Mullins in Titanic.

Kate Testa

Kate Testa (Props Master)

A Props Artisan living and working in Manhattan with a BA in Theatre from Roger Williams University. Recently, worked with various companies including Sleep No More, The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Lincoln Center. Her favorite mediums include crafting, paper props and painting. Kate is thrilled to be a part of Lisa & Leonardo and has had a wonderful time working everyone. She would like to thank her family, Mom, U.T and Nina.  

Ien DeNio

Ien DeNio (Sound Design)

Recently with Godlight Theatre Company: The Pilo Family Circus (2013 Drama Desk Nomination and a 2013 NYIT Nomination), Deliverance (2015 Drama Desk Nomination) and Cool Hand Luke. Ien pursues a sound design career while periodically doing lighting, projections and puppet design. Ien has been active in the New York City off-off and off-Broadway circuits since 2007 and is always excited to take on a new and interesting challenge.