Book by Jane Edith Wilson & Charles Abbott; Music By Alastair William King; Lyrics by Paul Gambaccini, Alastair William King & Jane Edith Wilson; Conceived by Paul Gambaccini


at The Pearl Theatre  [map]

  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, July 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

ULTIMATE MAN! – a colorful adventure with comic overtones

The Comic World is in a state of chaos. Joe, the artist who draws the politically savvy ULTIMATE MAN! has lost control of his characters and himself. Ultimate Man, in a desperate attempt to save his beloved Cathy Cookie, confronts the cartoonist in the Real World, and is followed by Rex Ringer, a villain! Buffy, Joe’s publisher, has her own twisted agenda, so Joe is faced with the dilemma of creating edgy art or embracing mass appeal in a corporate world. For Joe, worlds collide in this comic adventure.

Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes. 

Alan Gillespie

Alan Gillespie (Joe Barino)

Alan Gillespie (Joe Barino) Is excited to be back at the NYMF after performing in "Tess: A Rock Opera" and"Wallenburg." National Tours:  Miss Saigon (Chris), ShowBoat (Steve Baker). Tokyo, Japan:  The Who's Tommy (The Specialist). Regional: Goodspeed, Westchester Bdwy, Florida Studio, Downtown Cabaret, Lion Theatre, Fallsview Casino, New Provincetown Players, and Guest Artist at Carnegie Hall. Love and thanks to my family and especially my wife, Michelle.

Michael Glavan

Michael Glavan (Ultimate Man)

Michael Glavan (Ultimate Man) NYC Readings: Ethel (prev. Presenting Ethel Merman), Power Hour, There is Something I Should Tell You. Regional: Westchester B’way (Camelot), New Harmony (Fantasticks! & Full Monty), Gretna (Murder on the Nile), Zach-Scott (Vanya...Spike), New Stage (Christmas Carol), Porthouse (Damn Yankees, Working & South Pacfic).  Love and Thanks to Lava Entertainment & JN.

Gayle Samuels

Gayle Samuels (Buffy Lamarr)

Gayle Samuels (Buffy Lamarr) Best Actress nominee (Conn. Critics Circle) for Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill. BROADWAY-Sunset Boulevard, Grind, Dancin’, Dreamgirls. OFF BROADWAY–Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Sistas, Little Shop of Horrors. REGIONAL-Fences, Seven Guitars, The Sunshine Boys, Crowns, Shrew, Beehive. TV/FILM-Madame Secretary, The Americans, Twenty Good Years, The Class, Black Nativity, The Tides That Bind, HoneyBee. www.gaylesamuels.com

Douglas Radnier

Douglas Radnier (Rex Ringer)

Douglas Radnier (Rex Ringer) In NYC, Jekyll & Hyde (Broadway), the Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist, concerts at Town Hall, 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Iridium Jazz Club, The Firebird, Eighty Eight’s, Danny's Skylight Room, and Dillons.  Additional theatre credits include his award winning portrayal of Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), Jesus Christ Superstar (Pontius Pilate), Aladdin (Jafar), Gigi (Gaston), Into The Woods (Cinderella’s Prince), Dracula (Dracula), Chess (Molokov), and Phantom (Count) www.DouglasLadnier.com

Sidney Fisher

Sidney Fisher (Cathy Cookie)

Sidney Fisher (Cathy Cookie) Recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with her BA in Theatre Performance/ Musical Theatre, Sidney is so excited to be joining the cast of “Ultimate Man!” Some of her favorite roles include Val in “A Chorus Line” and Cinderella in “Into the Woods.” She would like to thank her family, friends and boyfriend for their constant love and support and, more importantly, the creative team for giving her the chance to bring this character to life!  www.sidneyfisher.com

Joyah Love Spangler

Joyah Love Spangler (Beth J. Lamarr)

Joyah Love Spangler (Beth J. Lamarr) New York : The Bad Years (Kerrigan and Lowdermilk), Boomer (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Siren's Den (Under St.Marks);   Regional : Song for A Future Generation, Jonah: A Musical Detour (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Rocky Horror Show, Legally Blonde, The Sound of Music (Forestburgh Playhouse) Fields of Gold (A.C.T.); TV : The Following (FOX). Www.JoyahloveSpangler.com

Charles Abbott

Charles Abbott (Director, Book Writer)

Director -- Multiple productions: Alabama Shakespeare; The Alley; The Alliance (Associate AD); 5th Avenue; Fulton; MSMT (Artistic Director); Portland Stage; TUTS including Yeston/Kopit’s Phantom! World Premiere; Walnut Street (4 Premieres, 2 Barrymores, 5 nominations, Lifetime Achievement Award).  Off-B’way: I Forgive You, RR. His Oklahoma! (LA Opera) received first-ever Drama-Logue. Writer -- Games (Teller’s, Toronto); new book for Panama Hattie starring Ann Miller. Broadway/regional actor, 1000 performances as Cabaret’s Emcee beginning in Harold Prince’s 1st National. 

Paul Gambaccini

Paul Gambaccini (Conceiver, Lyrics)

Paul was born in the Bronx.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Oxford University.  A Contributing Editor of ROLLING STONE in the mid-70s, he went on to a happy career in British broadcasting.  Paul was the second Executive Secretary of the Academy of Comic Book Fans and Collectors and attended the first Comicon in 1964.  The villainous tailor Paul Gambi in THE FLASH was named after him.

Alastair William King

Alastair William King (Music, Lyrics)

Alastair was born in Glasgow, Scotland, he lives in New York City.  Co-composer/co-book writer for Outlaws (NYMF 2011), composer of The Family Fiorelli (NYMF 2007) and Christy and the Playboys (Stowe Theatre) wrote the revue Relationships (Tada Theatre, NYC).  Composer of 3 children’s musicals The Adventures of Superbunny (MIT Festival 2013), A Superbunny Christmas and Superbunny’s Pirate Vacation (The Actor’s Fund Arts Center).  His songs have been recorded by Warner Music and on Viva Records.  

Jane Edith Wilson

Jane Edith Wilson (Book, Lyrics)

Jane received a playwriting grant from The Pilgrim Project; a screenwriting fellowship from The Writer’s Guild of America.  She wrote and played the title character in the film Janeane From Des Moines (Toronto International Film Festival). As an actress, Connie on Significant Others, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld , 1600 Penn, The Crazy Ones and ER.  Film credits Catch Me If You Can, American Zombie and Eight Legged Freaks. Recipient of a Dramalogue Award for Best Performance in The Houseguests.

Steven Cuevas

Steven Cuevas (Musical Director)

Steven Cuevas is a musical director, musician, and actor. Musical Director: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (national tour, Keyboard 1 on cast recording), My Fair Lady (Marina Bay Sands). Musician: Trip of Love; Closer Than Ever, Songs for a New World (York Theatre Company); Iron Curtain (Prospect Theatre Company); Spring Awakening (national tour). Steven’s arrangement of the Philippine national anthem has been performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. BFA Musical Theatre, Emerson College.

Will Taylor

Will Taylor (Choreographer)

Will choreographed the world premiere of THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE (Denver Center), and NY premieres of RESTORATION COMEDY (The Flea) and DANI GIRL (Exit Pursued By A Bear). Directing credits: THE BEND IN THE TREE (Gallery Players), A CHORUS LINE (Timber Lake Playhouse), #serials (The Flea), HOPELESS ROMANTIC COMEDY (The P.I.T), HEATHCLIFF'S BACK, (Dont Tell Mama). HEATHCLIFF & WANDA CHRISTMAS TELETHON SPECTACULAR (Martha's Vineyard). TV: "Lip Sync Battle" (creative consultant to Josh Gad). Carnegie Mellon alum. www.willtaylorsite.com.

Andrew Joy

Andrew Joy (General Manager)

ANDREW JOY (General Manager) is an MFA candidate in Columbia University's Theatre Management and Producing Program. He is currently working at 101 Productions (An American in Paris, An Act of God, Eclipsed). He worked for the Broadway producing company Just For Laughs Theatricals (Curious Incident…, Kinky Boots). Andrew was the Company Manager for the Off-Broadway musicals The Underclassman and Long Story Short and is the Executive Producer of MOD Theatre Company. BFA from Brigham Young University.

Haley Wilson

Haley Wilson (Stage Manager)

HALEY WILSON (Stage Manager) Broadway: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening. Regional: Kinship, The Old Man and the Old Moon (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Festival of New Musicals 2014 (Goodspeed Musiicals), Underneath the Lintel (Triad stage), The Call (Theater Works), Unlimited (No Rules Thetare Co.), Much Ado About Nothing (ART-FARM). Unioversity of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Britney Miles (Assistant Stage Manager)

BRITNEY MILES (Assistant Stage Manager) recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Theatre Arts Studies. Recent stage management credits include the 2016 repertory season at the Actor's Studio Drama School and the 2016 Performance Mix Festival. Love always to her wonderful husband Cameron, without whom this would not be possible. 


Diggle (Scenic Design)

DIGGLE (Scenic Design) Hair" (Directed by Kevin Moriarty), "Molly Murphy & Neil DeGrasse Tyson..." (Ars Nova), "Why Do You Stand...In The Rain" (World & American Premiere, Edinburgh Fringe, Scotland Tour). Currently designing "Electra" for the Dallas Theater Center & is an Assistant Art Director on "The Runner." Assistant works includes designers at the Citizens Theatre of Glasgow & Pitlochry Festival Theatre.(www.diggledesigns.com)

Addison Heeran (Props Design)

ADDISON HEERAN (Prop Master/Builder) is 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), and Pope! An Epic Musical (NYMF). propstitutenyc.weebly.com

Travis Chinick (Costume Design)

TRAVIS CHINICK (Costume Design) Design credits include That Bachelorette Show (Davenport Theatricals), Destiny and the Little Man (Nightcap Riot!) the Ivy and Bean National Tour (Maximum Entertainment), The Mnemonist of Duchess County, The Tutors, Strictly Dishonorable (Attic Theatre Company). Assistant Costume Designer for the revival of Les Miserables and Costume Painter for the Metropolitan Opera. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. His work can be seen at www.tchinick.com.

Jeffrey Koger (Lighting Design)

JEFFREY S. KOGER (Lighting Design) Public Theatre, Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, Theatre For A New City, and Signature Theatre, where he won an Obie for "Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design" Regional designs include Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia), 5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle), Alley Theatre (Houston), North Carolina Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Dallas Theatre Co., Williamstown Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre and Capital Repertory (Albany). National tours include Tommy, Company, Promises, Promises, Leader of the Pack and Chess.

Spencer Carter

Spencer Carter (Sound Design)

SPENCER CARTER (Sound Design) has been designing sound for theatre and film for the past 12 years. Notable design credits include Odyssey Dance Company's Thriller for the Tuacahn Amphitheater 2014 Season and the 2012 KCACTF winning production of Elephant Man at BYU. Much love to my wife Julia for her constant encouragement.