LUDO's Broken Bride

Concept, Music, and Lyrics by LUDO; Adaptation by Stacey Weingarten; Additional Story and Arrangements by Dana Levinson


at The Duke  [map]

  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, August 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm

How far would you go to save your true love?

Time-travel, dinos, and zombies, oh my! An expansion on the original concept album "Broken Bride" by alternative rock band LUDO, this is the epic tale of one man’s time-traveling journey from the Beginning of Time to the End of Time, all to save his true love’s life. Utilizing rock music from Ludo's entire discography, projections, dance, special effects, and puppetry, this rock opera has it all! So... how far would YOU go to save your true love?


Running time: 2 hours.

LUDO (Concept, Music, and Lyrics)

LUDO (Concept, Music, and Lyrics) is an alternative rock band consisting of Andrew Volpe, Tim Ferrell, Tim Convy, and Matt Palermo. Originally from St. Louis , Ludo’s trademark high-energy rock is intelligent, and imaginative. In 2003 their self-titled first album debuted on self-founded Redbird Records, followed by EP “Broken Bride” (2005). 2008’s “You’re Awful I Love You” (2008), marked the band’s major label debut on Island Records. Their popularity grew as “Love Me Dead” rose to No. 8 in the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, and the band performed on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and festivals including Warped Tour and Lollapalooza. Their most recent fare, “Prepare the Preparations” (2010) spans topics as wide-ranging as robots, pirates, and star-crossed robbers on the run.

Stacey Weingarten (Adaptation/ Co-Director/ Producer)

Stacey Weingarten (Adaptation/Co-Director) is a bookwriter, puppeteer, director, and producer (EP of Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter LLC). As a writer she’s exploring subjects as varied as the Paris and the Algerian War in 5th Republic (NYMF '11 under “Les Enfants de Paris”), 1890’s New Orleans in Jarreau's (NYMF Reading ’12 under “Madame”), and time travel and true love in LUDO’s Broken Bride (ANT Fest '13; The Cutting Room). Family works include a fairytale about her adopted dog called Rescue Rue (NYMF & NYCTF ‘14), and series Monica’s Mixing Bowl that aims to demystify allergies and dietary restrictions. Stacey originated Bubbles the Fish in John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean Off Broadway and teaches puppetry at Pace University. She was also recently the Puppet Wrangler at Avenue Q Off-Broadway. FCLC ‘10. Dramatists Guild Fellow ’14-’15.

Donna Drake (Co-Director)

Donna Drake (Co-Director) Broadway: The original production of A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies, Woman of the Year, The Wind in the Willows, 5678-Dance, It’s so nice to be Civilized and the original production of The 1940s Radio Hour.
 She directed 4 Broadway Concerts of Nothing Like A Dame for BC/EFA, and the highly acclaimed musical concert on Broadway starring Jennifer Holliday called Romance in the Dark. She was the director and co-writer for the singing string quartet, WELL-STRUNG, having debuted at London’s West End, NYC and currently on National Tour.
 Awards: Two Emmy nominations, 4 Drama Desk Nominations, A Mac Award Nomination, A Theatre World Award, an Off Broadway Alliance Nomination and Broadway World’s Best Director/Choreographer 2016. 
She choreographed Catherine Zeta Jones for the American Film Institute Awards, 2009 and The AFI 2011 honoring Morgan Freeman and starring Betty White.
 She directed/choreographed: John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean- Off Broadway, National & International tours.
TV credits:Julie’s Greenhouse, starring Julie Andrews, Disney’s Johnny and the Sprites, Monica’s Mixing Bowl, The New Fangled Variety Show, AFI Awards 09,11, ABC TV’s Dear Alex & Annie, One life to live and The Edge of Night
. Regional credits: The Wizard of Oz, All the world is a Stage at Carnegie Hall. A Chorus Line national tour, AIDA, Cats, Chicago, Hairspray, Rent, Tommy, Damn Yankees, NEWSicle, Annie, Love Always, Patsy Cline, Smokey Joes Cafe! , Sweet Charity, Honk!, Lucky Guy,, Beauty & the Beast, Anything Goes and Chess, BOOBS! The musical, Christmas with the Crawfords, Andrew Sisters Stage door Canteen, Snail Road, Across the Pond, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, The Buddy Holly Story, Mary Poppins, The Full Monty, Sister Act, The Medium, and John Tartaglia at 54 Below, NYC. 
She has written and published a new book for children called “Willow Whispers”. She will co-create and direct a new “Cirque” version of Godspell for Arkansas Rep Theatre 2017 season.
 Miss Drake is currently teaching Acting at PACE UNIVERSITY, New York City WEBSITE:

Dana Levinson (Arrangements/ Additional Story/ Music Supervisor)

Dana Levinson (Additional Story/Arrangements/Music Supervisor) is a Musical Theatre composer, arranger and orchestrator. Music and Lyrics: 5th Republic (NYMF 2011 under the title Les Enfants de Paris), Jarreau’s (NYMF Developmental Reading 2012 under the title MADAME), Báthory. Arranging and Orchestration: Gypsy of the Year: Avenue Q Presentation (Minskoff Theatre), Joanna Gleason (Provincetown Art House, 54 Below), Well-Strung (various), LUDO’s Broken Bride(Ars-Nova). Film Scoring: The Waystation in the Stars (dir. Brandon Morrissey), Monica's Mixing Bowl (dir. Jesse Averna, prod. Stacey Weingarten and Monica Willey). Dana is a graduate of The New School. She also studies Oud and Arab music with the conductor of the New York Arabic Orchestra, Bassam Saba.

Peter M. Hodgson (Musical Director)

Peter M. Hodgson (Music Director) hails from Sacramento California, and currently resides in New York City working as a writer and music director. He received both his BA in Music Theory and Composition and MFA in Musical Theater Writing from New York University. While there, he began music directing for multiple NYU student groups and in the NYC area. In addition to music directing and writing, he is the creator and founder of Wildfire Music, an all in one music service company aimed at helping new productions develop their potential. Favorite credits: Pippin (Broadway revival), Carrie: The Musical (Peregrine Theater Company), West Side Story (Skirball Performing Arts Center) Thanks to family, SF, BM, CK, E&LB

Steven Paul Blandino (Choreographer)

Steven Paul Blandino (Choreographer) is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut! BFA in Commerical Dance from Pace University, with a focus in Choreography. His choreography credits include APAP at Peridance 2015, Young Choreographer’s Festival 2015/14, Choreographer’s Canvas 2015, Hero Awards: honoring Jerry Mitchell, Alvin Ailey Dance Soiree` (Winner), and was recently nominated for Outstanding Choreography for his work on Elise: A Musical (Off Broadway/Planet Connections Festival). Recently featured in an issue of Dance Magazine, and has received numerous awards and recognition for his work. Steven continues to perform/choreograph in both the Commercial and Theatrical industries. Much thanks to Mom, Dad, and PACE Commercial Dance!

Holly Buczek (Casting Director)

Wojcik/Seay Casting (Holly Buczek, CSA) : Is Scott Wojcik & Gayle Seay. Along with Holly Buczek they cast all mediums. Tours: “Vocalosity”, “Flashdance”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, “Jekyll & Hyde” (National & Korean), “Joseph….Dreamcoat”, “Oklahoma!” and “A Chorus Line”. Off Broadway includes: Tennessee Williams’ “The Two Character Play” with Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, “Handle With Care” with Carol Lawrence, “Triassic Parq”,  “666” and more. Regional: Multiple seasons/ shows for Riverside Theatre-FL, Arvada Center - CO, The Engeman Theatre - NY, Theatre Raleigh-NC, Stages St Louis-MO, Theatre Aspen-CO and Tuacahn PAC-UT. Pilots: “Upstate” & “Stand – In”, Films: “Best Man In The Dark” “Tommy Battles The Silver Sea Dragon“, “My Prologue”, Webseries: “The Fuzz”. For NYMF: “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die! In 3D!!”, “The Groove Factory”, “The Pirates Of Finance”, and “Illa - A Hip Hop Musical”.  Currently:  The Hunt with John Walsh on CNN

Carson Higgins

Carson Higgins (Thomas Liridon - The Traveler)

Carson Higgins (Tom — The Traveler) is from Southern California and is excited to take this adventure with Ludo's Broken Bride. He appeared in a NYMF reading last summer of The Runaway Clone. Other credits include the tour of Green Day's American Idiot (St. Jimmy), Memphis (Huey Calhoun), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin). Thanks for supporting new works! @carsonshiggins

Michael Jayne Walker

Michael Jayne Walker (Thomas Liridon - The Flashbacks)

Michael Jayne Walker (Tom — The Flashbacks) is a pop-punk/time travel enthusiast and general nerd. Some favorite credits: Rent at the Edinburgh Fringe, Hair (Claude), Godspell (Jesus), Tommy (Cousin Kevin). Also plays guitar for The Manimals (on Facebook @themanimalsband). Thanks to Avalon, <3 to my family. Jessie, you take my blues away.

Gabrielle McClinton

Gabrielle McClinton (Oriel & Uchefuna)

GABRIELLE McCLINTON (Oriel & Uchefuna) NYMF Debut. Broadway: Pippin (Leading Player u/s). 1st National Tour: Pippin (Leading Player), American Idiot (Whatsername). Regional: Peter & the Starcatcher (Molly) at South Coast Rep., Zorro at the Alliance Theatre. TV/Film: “The Mentalist,” “Won’t Back Down,” “Fun Size.” Carnegie Mellon School of Drama grad. | @gabrielle.mcclinton

Brian Charles Rooney

Brian Charles Rooney (King Simius)

Brian Charles Rooney made his Broadway debut as Lucy Brown in "The Threepenny Opera" (Roundabout Theatre Co.); and won the CT Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical as Candy Darling in "POP!" (Yale Repertory). He was recently lauded by The New York Times for his performance as Dionne Salon in the hit Off-Broadway musical, "Bedbugs!!!" Brian has won two NY Musical Theatre Festival Outstanding Performance Awards: "Bedbugs!!!" (2008) & "Bayonets of Angst" (2014). He appeared with Kristin Chenoweth at Lincoln Center in Andrew Lippa's "I Am Harvey Milk," an oratorio celebrating the life of the famous activist; and in the Carnegie Hall Concert Production of "Guys & Dolls," starring Nathan Lane & Megan Mullally. Other credits include: General McClellan / Mary Todd Lincoln in "UnCivil," co-starring Tony Nominee J Robert Spencer (for The Adirondack Theatre Festival / currently workshopping for Broadway); Featured Soloist in "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" (N. American Tour); Homer in "Floyd Collins" (Actors' Playhouse; Carbonell Award Nom.).  Television credits: "Camelot, Live from Lincoln Center" & "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert" (both for PBS at Lincoln Center).  In 2007, Brian won The Kurt Weill Foundation's Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence. He has appeared in concert at Feinstein's / 54 Below & Joe's Pub, and as a soloist with the Oregon, Seattle, and Albany Symphony Orchestras.  Follow him on Twitter: BCR_Octaves


Larry Hamilton

Larry Hamilton (The Archangel Raguel)

Credits include: Off-Bway: You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie), Captain Louie. Tours: The Mystery of King Tut (Tut), Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour). Concerts: A Strange Loop (54 Below), Our Lady J (London, Berlin, NYC). Thanks Stacey, Dana, and the BB creative team! and IG: larrybpnyc

Marissa O’Donnell

Marissa O’Donnell (Mena/Mayor)

Marissa O’Donnell is thrilled to return to the NYMF stage with Ludo’s Broken Bride! Previous NYMF credits include iLLA! A Hip Hop Musical,Fable, Mint’d Inheritance and Live! Nude! Girl! Marissa originated the role of Teen Fiona in Broadway’s Shrek The Musical, and made her big screen debut costarring with Jane Fonda and Elizabeth Olsen in “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding,” directed by Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”). A BFA-MT Pace University graduate, her credits include multiple stage productions and developmental readings, most recently Lenina in the world premiere of Brave New World (North Carolina Stage Company), Chess in We are the Tigers (Over the Moon Productions) and Heather in American Idiot (Schimmel Center). Marissa is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, and is represented by Abrams Artists. Many thanks to the Ludo’s Broken Bride team for this opportunity! Love to family, friends and Stephen. 

Jamen Nanthakumar

Jamen Nanthakumar (Joe/Finn)

Jamen Nanthakumar (Joe/Finn) is a recent graduate of Pace University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. In addition to his work in theatre, television and film, Jamen also composes for the Musical Theatre and has just completed his first full length show, Elise. Thank you to his wonderful team at DBA!

Jackson Perrin

Jackson Perrin (Amzi & Others)

Jackson Perrin (Amzi & Others) is a Houston native now residing in Brooklyn. He's alumni of Texas State’s musical theater program, a member of AEA, and a proud coach of “One Voice” technique. He most recently played Roger in Princeton University’s reading of "Manuel Verses the Statue of Liberty".

Brendan Malafronte

Brendan Malafronte (Hawking & Others)

Brendan Malafronte (Hawking & Others) is thrilled to be puppeteering, while singing some Ludo tunes! Favorite credits include the National tour of Annie (Bert Healey, u\s Rooster), The Producers (Leo Bloom), Singin' in the Rain (Cosmo) and John Tartaglias Imaginocean. Wholehearted thanks to Stacey Weingarten, his parents, and Carl Rajotte.

Catherine Landeta

Catherine Landeta (Desdemona & Others)

Catherine Landeta (Desdemona & Others) is super jazzed to be here! Selected regional credits: The King and I (Lady Thiang), Avenue Q, bare, Bat Boy, The Fantasticks. BM Musical Theatre from Arizona State University. Many thanks to the creative team, Andrew, friends, and family. Learn more at

Melissa Hunter McCann

Melissa Hunter McCann (Dance Oriel & Others)

Melissa H. McCann (Female Dance Ensemble 2) is thrilled to be performing at NYMF! Recently seen in the opening number of the 2016 Tony Awards, Carnegie Hall’s West Side Story, Encores’ Paint Your Wagon, and Graciela Daniele’s workshop of The Nine Fathers of Ariel. Pace BFA Commercial Dance graduate. HUGE thanks and love to Steven for this one!!!

Spencer Clark

Spencer Clark (Dance Tom & Others)

SPENCER CLARK (Tom’s Dance Double/ Ensemble) Spencer is ecstatic to be making his NYMF debut with Ludo! He was most recently seen in West Side Story at Paper Mill Playhouse. Spencer also played Romeo in In Your Arms at the Old Globe Theatre. Other performance credits include shows at Carnegie Hall, the Joyce Theatre, 54 Below, Schimmel Theatre, and Maine State Music Theatre. Spencer recently graduated from Pace University where he received his BFA in Commercial Dance. He has received additional training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet School. Love to Steven, Donna, Stacey, Bre, Nikki, and Rebecca!

Ashley Talluto

Ashley Talluto (Featured Dancer)

Ashley Talluto (Featured Dancer) Ashley is excited to join LBB. National tour credits Flashdance The Musical (Ballerina) and West Side Story (Dance Captain, Velma.) Other credits New York Spring Spectacular and iLuminate . Ashley is a Graduate of The Boston Conservatory and proud member of Alma NYC. Many thanks to MSA, Joe, Mom, and Dad.

Devin Richey

Devin Richey (Featured Dancer)

Devin Richey (Featured Dancer) is currently studying at Pace University, earning his BFA in Commercial Dance with a concentration in choreography. Past credits include: Cats, Anything Goes, Destiny Rising, Human's Playground. He is pumped to be involved with the Broken Bride fam at NYMF, and shouts out to the fam back home! 


Christopher & Justin Swader (Scenic Design)

Christopher & Justin Swader (Scenic Designers) are New York-based scenic designers.  Past designs include collaborations with Classical Theatre of Harlem, Luna Stage, 3LD/The Tank, Columbia Stages, The New School for Drama, National Black Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, La MaMa, Manhattan School of Music, Park Avenue Armory, Trusty Sidekick, Shadowland Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Company One in Boston. Graduates of Ball State University.

Bree Perry (Costume Design)

Bree Perry is a USA 829 Costume Designer and Stylist working in theater, film, and television. A native New Yorker, she left the city to cut her teeth at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and went on to own two brick and mortar businesses in Portland, Oregon: a public sewing house and a custom clothing shop. While in PDX, she also worked on Seasons 1 and 2 of Portlandia. Bree's other credits include styling a Sam Smith music video, building clothing for Miss Piggy, tailoring Tom Ford suits for Justin Timberlake, and costume designing an art film for an installation at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. She even worked on that Miley Cyrus VMA performance. You know… the one with Robin Thicke and those dancing bears.

Andrew Scharwath (Lighting Design)

ANDREW SCHARWATH (Lighting Designer) BROADWAY: The Country House (Associate To Peter Kaczorowski). A Christmas Story National Tour (Associate To Charlie Morrison). OFF BROADWAY: The Substance Of Fire, Stage Kiss (Associate To Peter Kaczorowski). BARE (Associate to Howell Binkley).Cosmos Laurie Beechman Theatre (Starring BenDeLaCreme). REGIONAL: Black Sheep Kitchen Theatre. South Pacific Algonquin Arts Theatre. Pride In The Falls Of Autrey Mill Signature Theatre.

Emilio Madrid-Kuser (Sound Design)

Emilio Madrid-Kuser (Sound Designer) is a senior at NYU working towards Musical Theatre & Politics majors. Design credits: Carrie The Musical (Peregrine Theatre), Company (Tisch New Theatre), The Addams Family (Lakeland Theatre), Legally Blonde (New Studio on Broadway). He has worked for Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, An American in Paris, The Jimmy Awards, Serino/Coyne and is currently staff photographer for

Pauline Lu (Projection Design)

Pauline Lu (Projection Designer) is thrilled to reunite with the Broken Bride team after working on past iterations at Ars Nova: ANT Fest and The Cutting Room. Off-Broadway: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Co-Projection Design, Atlantic Theater Company). Past projections apprenticeship with IMA: Imaginary Media Artists.

Pauline Lu (Projection Design)

Pauline Lu (Projection Designer) is thrilled to reunite with the Broken Bride team after working on past iterations at Ars Nova: ANT Fest and The Cutting Room. Off-Broadway: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Co-Projection Design, Atlantic Theater Company). Past projections apprenticeship with IMA: Imaginary Media Artists.

Addison Heeren (Props Design)

Addison Heeren recently moved to New York and found a home as the Resident Prop Master at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. When not working on the 30+ productions at Stella Adler every year, he loves working at other theatres across the city. A few past prop design credits include Pericles (Public Theater), Catch the Butcher (Cherry Lane), A Room of My Own (Abingdon Theater), Pope: An Epic Musical (NYMF), and The Golden Bride (National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene).

Michael Danek (Stage Manager)

Michael Danek (Stage Manager) Broadway: Chicago, Pippin, Wicked. National Tours: Chicago, Rock of Ages, Dr. Dolittle, Little House on the Prairie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Disney’s High School Musical. Off Broadway: A Christmas Carol, The Fantasticks, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Master Class. European & Asian Tours: Grease, (Performed IN German), Evita, West Side Story, Chicago.

Michael Chase Gosselin (Line Producer/ General Manager)

Michael Chase Gosselin (Line Producer/General Manager) is a professional producer, director, and designer based in NYC. He recently produced POPE! An Epic Musical in the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival, and served as the Artistic Director/Executive Producer of Act Three Theatricals from 2006 to 2012. In 2013, he co-produced and directed a developmental reading of Moby Dick- A Whale of a Tale for Cameron Mackintosh. As a Director/Choreographer, recent credits include Disney’s Tarzan (Vermont Premiere), The Wedding Singer and South Pacific (NCT), Rock Nativity (Regional Premiere), Hairspray, Chicago, a Vermont tour of The Complete History of America (Abridged), Next to Normal (Vermont Premiere), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and A Christmas Carol at the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre, and Legally Blonde the Musical for Clark University. Last spring, he helmed the New England Premiere of Justin Moran’s The Spidey Project. Current and upcoming projects include producing Midnight at The Never Get and Line Producing Ludo’s Broken Bride in the 2016 New York Musical Festival, producing and directing the new musical How to Survive an Apocalypse Without Really Trying, as well as producing the regional premiere of POPE!. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.