Ben, Virginia, and Me (The Liberace Musical)

Book by Roger O. Hirson; Music and Lyrics by Barbara Carole Sickmen; Original Concept by Barbara Carole Sickmen

Ben, Virginia, and Me (The Liberace Musical)

at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]

  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, August 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Sometimes, too much is never enough!

Before Liberace entered the world of glitz and glamour, the legendary showman crossed paths with history's most notorious gangster and his girlfriend, forming a unique bond. Featuring a lavish original score, this world premiere musical explores the phantasmagorical life of the iconic performer and his nearly career-shattering struggle to maintain privacy with respect to his sexual orientation. Friendship, love, and the quest for redemption play out for one of showbiz's most unique trios in the telling of this remarkable story.

Running time: 2 hours

Roger O. Hirson

Roger O. Hirson (Book)

Broadway: PIPPIN  WALKING HAPPY. Off Broadway: Journey to the Day. World War 2 1/2. TV: A Woman Named Jackie. Christmas Carol starring George C. Scott. Film: Demon Seed starring Julie Christie. The Bridge at Remagen.



Barbara Carole Sickmen

Barbara Carole Sickmen (Music & Lyrics)

Barbara Carole Sickmen (Lyrics/Music) is a Lyricist/Composer and recording artist who has performed onstage with Eddie Fisher, Jerry Vale, Alan King, Buddy Hackett, George Jessel, and Jackie Mason. She was a resident Playwright at Kids For Kids Theater, where she developed musicals including ALICE IN APPLELAND and THE PRINCE OF POLAND (Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis). She taught Theater Arts at Stony Brook University with John Houseman and Martin Gottfried, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild,  ASCAP, and Women in Theater.



Paul Stancato

Paul Stancato (Director & Choreographer)

Paul Stancato (Director/Choreographer) is a Director/Choreographer who works in theatre, film, and television. Broadway - WEDDING SINGER (Asst. Choreographer), National Tours - Flashdance, WEDDING SINGER, JEKYLL AND HYDE. He was the Resident Director for Disney’s THE LION KING, and worked internationally as the Artistic Director for THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER.  Recent credits include COLLECTED STORIES, LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Palm Beach Dramaworks), ICON (NYMF), POWERHOUSE (New Ohio Theater), GREASE (Engeman Theater), TRAVLIN' (Seven Angels Theatre) and EINSTEIN'S DREAMS (Fringe). paulstancato.com



Ron Sickmen

Ron Sickmen (Producer)

Ron Sickmen has been actively involved in all developmental aspects of BEN, VIRGINIA AND ME (The Liberace Musical) since its inception. As a practicing Attorney, Sickmen has participated in the legal as well as creative producing aspects of the show including obtaining IP rights, collaboration agreements, budgets, finance, technical, and developmental direction of the production. He is a Fellow of the Commercial Theater Institute and a member of the Broadway League.


Seth Weinstein

Seth Weinstein (Musical Director)

Seth Weinstein wrote the music for the Off-Broadway musical How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes. He also composed and recorded “The Chagall Suite,” eight piano movements inspired by themes of Marc Chagall’s artworks. Seth performs with the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus and in the monthly L’Opera Burlesque, and he has been the musical director of many regional productions, including the first fully produced Croatian musical in Zagreb. For more information, visit sethweinstein.com.



Sidney Erik Wright (Choreographer)

NYMF: Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty.  NYC:  Broadway Bares 24-27, Magic Trick (Capslock Theatre), Until She Claws Her Way Out…(EST Marathon-Dir/choreo), Molly Pope: A Star is Born (54 Below).  NATIONAL TOUR:  Dos Equis: Luna Rising.  REGIONAL:  Camelot (Engeman), Shrek (Sondheim Center), Hair (Woodstock Playhouse-Dir/choreo).  New work with the Gallery Players, the Dirty Blondes,tinyRhino, MITF, Planet Connections, and Musical Theater Factory.  BA in English Literature-Harvard University.  Proud SDC Member.  www.sidneyerik.com



Jordon Ross Weinhold

Jordon Ross Weinhold (Orchestrator)

Jordon Ross Weinhold began his career orchestrating the world premiere of Ed Dixon's CLOAK AND DAGGER at Signature Theatre, directed by Eric Schaeffer. His orchestrations have included SHYLOCK (Ed Dixon), THE COBALTEANS (Ben Chavez and Yianni Papadimis, NYMF ), TOULOUSE! THE MUSICAL (Josh Walker), Neil Simon's FOOLS, ANNIE (London), INTO THE WOODS (Harvard University), SWEENEY TODD (Tulane University), and GLEE'S Alex Newell in Concert. Compositions being developed include THE PRISONER OF ZENDA and SPECTRUMS.


Jesse Warkentin

Jesse Warkentin (Music Supervisor)

Jesse Warkentin has toured nationally with Wicked and Cinderella, premiered new musicals at the New York Musical Festival, music directed showcases for New York songwriters, as well as productions at North Shore Theater By The Sea, and Music Theater Wichita, as well as other regional theaters. Jesse has been featured with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. It is truly an honor to work on this very special musical. Thank you Barbara, Roger, Ron and Paul.



William Linster

William Linster (Transposer and Additional Arranger)

William Linster (Original Transposer/Additional Arranger) is completing studies at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. A multi-Instrumentalist and Vocalist, his numerous performance credits include playing Liberace's pianos at the Liberace museum in Las Vegas at the age of ten. He has an extensive background in musical theater, above and below the stage, and is currently in the process of composing a musical adaptation of an iconic film in collaboration with Hollywood veteran, Lawrence Alexander.


Stephanie Klapper (Casting Director)

Stephanie Klapper's 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 New York, she works with numerous companies such as the New York Classical Theater and Pearl Theater Company. She is a member of the Casting Society of America and League of Professional Theater Women.



Kurt Alger

Kurt Alger (Costume and Wig Designer)

NYMF credits: Caligula, Such Good Friends, Things As They Are, and Les Enfants de Paris. Regional Highlights: Mame, Miss Siagon, Hello Dolly, Beauty and the Beast,  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Crazy For You, Light In The Piazza, The Drowsy Chaperone, Chicago, The Wiz, Xanadu, 42nd Street, Gypsy, Dreamgirls, and Les Miserables. His designs have graced the stages of North Shore Music Theatre (IRENE Nomination), Maine State Music Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Orlando Shakespeare, Beef and Boards, Surflight, Theatre By The Sea, The Wick, Allenberry Playhouse, The Fulton Opera House, and Drury Lane (Jeff Nomination). Coordinator work Shrek World Tour, RENT on tour and Broadway for 10 years, Hairspray National Tour and the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Tour. Thank you to Matthew for all of your work, and the creative team for bringing me onboard!



Keith A. Truax (Lighting Designer)

Keith A. Truax (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be joining the company of BEN, VIRGINIA, AND ME (The Liberace Musical). Past credits include John W. Engeman’s JEKYLL & HYDE, Pittsburgh CLO’s PUMPBOYS AND DINETTES, THE TOXIC AVENGER, FIRST DATE, and ALTAR BOYZ. PICT Classic Theatre’s THE LION IN WINTER, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, TWO TALES OF TERROR, OLIVER TWIST, SHARON'S GRAVE, and WOMEN AND SCARECROW. NYC - WALKEN ON SUNSHINE, and OTHELLO: THE REMIX. keithtruax.com



Almeda Beynon (Sound Design)

Almeda Beynon is a New York based sound designer for musicals, plays, and alternative performance work. Recent credits include: Julius Caesar (Gallery Players), The Brain Piece (Jody Oberfelder Projects), Marathon Series B (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Lou (Theatre 4the People), Big Green Theatre (Bushwick Starr, Superhero Clubhouse). MFA: Carnegie Mellon University. www.almedabeynon.com.



Kevan Loney (Projections Designer)

Kevan Loney (Projections Designer) Recent works include PHASES: A LUNAR FANTASY (Peabody Essex Museum), TOSCA (Fort Wayne Philharmonic), THE TRIAL OF AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT (The Lion), ICON (NYMF), SHOW BOAT (CITI Shubert Theatre), GERTRUDE STEIN SAINTS! (Abrons Arts Center), MACK AND MABEL (Stages Repertory Theatre), ALTAR BOYZ (Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret), CHANG(E) (HERE Arts Center). Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama - M.F.A. in Video and Media Design. KevanLoney.com



Cheyanne Christopher (Stage Manager)

Cheyanne Christopher is excited to be at NYMF for the third year! Select credits include: Chicken Dance (national tour), Rainbow fish (National Tour), Fourscore and Seven years ago (National Tour), Pearl Diver, Children of Salt (NYMF), Napoleon (NYMF).



Lisa Dozier King (General Manager)

Lisa Dozier King (General Management) has general managed more than seventy professional productions and hundreds of special events. Upcoming Off-Broadway 2017: THE CRUSADE OF CONNOR STEPHENS and A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK. Lisa is the BFA Theatre Management Program Director at the University of Miami, the General Manager for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals, and the founding Managing Director of the new company, Miami New Drama, which operates the 400 seat Colony Theatre.



Red Rising Marketing (Advertising/Marketing)

Current clients include Cadaver Synod, A Bronx Tale, Ben, Virginia & Me, The Crusade of Connor Stephens, Cherry Lane Theatre’s The Traveling Lady, BroadwayInsider.com, Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s Van Gogh’s Ear, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Tchaikovsky: None But The Lonely Heart.  For the past 11 years, Michael Redman (founder) oversaw promotional campaigns for Jersey Boys on Broadway.  For more information, visit www.redrisingnyc.com. 



Dana Iannuzzi

Dana Iannuzzi (Assistant Director)

Dana Iannuzzi is happy to be part of this exciting production! Directing Credits include: Grease (Engeman Theatre) -Associate Dir., Jekyll & Hyde (Engeman Theatre) – Associate Dir., The Vagina Monologues (The Player’s Theatre), How to Talk to a Girl Wearing Headphones (Fresh Grind Festival) , Icon (NYMF) - Associate Dir., Flashdance (International/National Tour) - Associate Dir., The Cobalteans (NYMF) - Associate Dir., Divided - Associate Dir., Basquiat - Associate Dir. 



Olivia LoVerde (Assistant Lighting Designer)

Olivia LoVerde is a lighting designer for theater, opera, and dance. Ranging in classic plays, new works, tap, modern and more. Olivia graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Lighting Design. She is based in New York City but is available for work worldwide. Previous work includes The Rover, Horizon Three and Eurydice. 



Hai Alvarez-Millard (Assistant Stage Manager)

Hai Alvarez-Millard will be a senior at Purchase College studying Stage Management. This is her second NYMF show and she's very excited to join for another year. Other productions: Icon (ASM), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (PSM), Ben, Virginia and Me Concert (PSM), Seven Guitars (SM), The House of Spirits (SM), Three Sisters (ASM). Thank you to Paul and Dana, the SM team, and everyone in the cast and crew!



Jacob D Hoffman (Assistant Stage Manager)

Jacob D Hoffman is excited to be back working at NYMF again. Previous NYMF credits include Napoleon and Children of Salt. Other credits include The Golem of Havana (Miami New Drama), Metamorphoses, Rock Odyssey (Adrienne Arsht Center), and The Crusade of Connor Stephens (Jerry Orbach Theatre). 



Lawrence Alexander

Lawrence Alexander (Dramaturg)

Lawrence Alexander began his career contributing songs to several off-Broadway revues performed by the future producer of Beautiful, Paul  Blake.  He and composer Billy Goldenberg wrote the score for the Lincoln Center production of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, libretto by Bradbury.  Alexander wrote director Jon Avidsen’s feature The Stoolie starring Jackie Mason and over 130 episodes of major network TV series.   He is the author of Lillian Hellman in Bloomingdale’s, available through Amazon books.



Michele Kole

Michele Kole (Dramaturg)

Michele Kole recently earned her Masters Degree in Theater from Hunter College. Her performances include THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Amya), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Laura), THE TEMPEST (Miranda), PICNIC (Milly), GOD'S EAR (Lanie), and THIS US OUR YOUTH (Jessica). She has also studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and completed Brown University Theater Bridge program. In her capacity as Executive Assistant to a Tony and Emmy award-winning actress, she has been involved in various theater productions, both on and Off-Broadway.



Samuel Floyd

Samuel Floyd (Liberace)

Samuel Floyd is excited to be making his NYMF debut! Past NYC credits include Sweeney Todd (Theatre2020), Much Ado..., Hamlet (Underling Productions) and Baby Girl (FringeNYC). He has worked all over the country regionally, doing shows in VA, FL, SC, CT, and CO. Favorite regional credits include ‪Mary Poppins‬, Little Women, and Les Miserables (Greenville Little Theatre); Avenue Q, (Barter Theatre); Hamlet (Encore Barter Players); Much Ado... (Shakesperience Productions). Paul, Barbara, Ron, thanks for the ride!



Janet Aldrich

Janet Aldrich (Frances Liberace/Sophie Tucker)

Broadway: Annie; Three Musketeers; Broadway; Starmites; Me and My Girl. Tours: Annie; Cabaret in 7 countries including as Sally Bowles in French; Applause. Off Broadway: Lust; Prime Time Prophet. Regional: Music Man, Arena Stage; Annie Olney; Boys From Syracuse, Broadway directed by George Abbott, Great Lakes Shakespeare; Applause directed by Gene Saks, Papermill Playhouse; Anyone Can Whistle, Berkshire Theatre Festival; Into The Woods, Lust, Me And My Girl, Walnut St Theater. TV: Guiding Light; SNL. RIP Carole – currently seeking representation. @Janet_Aldrich www.JanetAldrich.actor



Eric Briarley

Eric Briarley (Ben Siegel)

Eric Briarley is thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with the other wonderful artists in Ben, Virginia & Me: The Liberace Musical. He recently played Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia (Royal Caribbean). Other credits include: Show Boat & Man Of La Mancha (Westchester B'way Theatre), Les Miserables (B'way Nat. Tour), My Fair Lady (Royal Nat. Theatre USA Tour), A Little Night Music (Goodspeed). Love to God, Amanda, Eli, Ava & Abi. Instagram: @eric.briarley www.ericbriarley.com



Haley Hannah

Haley Hannah (Virginia)

Broadway: Bring It On (u/s "Campbell"/"Eva"). 1st National Tours: Flashdance (u/s "Alex"), Bring It On. Selected Regional: "Annette" in Saturday Night Fever (Ogunquit Playhouse/Gateway Playhouse), Cutman: A Boxing Musical (Goodspeed). NYC: The Last Word (NYMF). TV appearances include back up singing for Demi Lovato/Jonas Brothers (ABC) and dancing for Akon/Lonely Island (Comedy Central). BFA University of Michigan. Love to Mom, Dad, and Andrew. @haleyhannah25



Buzz Roddy

Buzz Roddy (Salvatore/Seymour)

Buzz Roddy is closing in on 4 decades in show biz! Most recenttheatre: Cliff Clavin in the national tour of Cheers: Live On Stage; Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage). Past NYMFs: Dorian Gray: The Musical and Seeing Stars. Movies/TV: “Blue Bloods”; “Gotham”; “Seven Seconds” (Netflix); “30 Rock”; “Flight Of The Conchords”; “Younger” (TV Land); “Red Oaks” (Amazon); HBO's “The Deuce”; the various “Law & Order” franchises; “The Music Never Stopped”; “Quick Change”; “The Cowboy Way”. He lives in Da Bronx, yo. www.buzzroddy.com 



Alex Nordin

Alex Nordin (Rock Hudson/Ensemble)

NYMF debut! Performance Highlights: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Ogunquit/GatewayPlayhouse, Chicago (Phoenix Theatre/Ogunquit Playhouse/ Reagle Music Theatre), Billy Elliot (Phoenix Theatre)The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (TUTS), Oklahoma! (Will Parker, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra), Hello, Dolly! (starring Sally Struthers), Seven Brides…(Daniel, Alhambra Theatre), West Side Story (A-rab, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra), White Christmas, Crazy for You, The Rocky Horror Show, and Hermès of Paris. AlexNordin.com @AlexLNordin



Joel Blum

Joel Blum (Cassandra)

Broadway: Show Boat (Tony Nomination,) Steel Pier (Tony nomination). Music Man, 42nd Street, Stardust, After The Night and The Music, A Christmas Carol, The Debbie Reynolds Show. Off Broadway: Kid Victory, Golf The Musical (Drama Desk Nomination), “…And The World Goes ‘Round”, Tours: Billy Elliot,Tommy Tune’s Doctor Doolittle (associate choreographer), 101 Dalmations, World Goes Round,. Regional: @Old Globe: October Sky & Kiss Me Kate, Tin Pan Alley Rag (Barrymore Award) Meet John Doe (Helen Hayes Nom), Televison: “Ed”, “The Sopranos”, 2 “Bob Hope Specials”, “Liberace Special”, “Sonny and Cher Show”, “Tonight Show”, and 2 “Law and Order."



Heather Lea Bair

Heather Lea Bair (Ensemble)

Favorite credits include the National Tour and Las Vegas cast of Saturday Night Fever, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, White Christmas, and the 25 Anniversary of Dreamgirls. Thank you to my family for your unconditional love, support and patience through the years. 



Adriana Milbrath

Adriana Milbrath (Ensemble)

Adriana Milbrath is making her NYMF debut! Regional credits include: Footloose (Ariel) 1776 (Martha) Beauty and the Beast (Babette) Pittsburgh Premiere of Evil Dead: The Musical (Shelly) Bare (Ivy) East Coast Premiere of Fools the Musical (Sophia) Rocky Horror (Magenta.) Film credits include “Not Cool” (dir. Shane Dawson) and music videos with Arcade High and the Jacob Jeffries Band. BFA Musical Theatre from Point Park University.  AdrianaMilbrath.com @adrianagiselle 



Ashley Munzek

Ashley Munzek (Ensemble)

Ashley Munzek is a graduate of Point Park University, where she earned her BFA. She recently danced for the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center performing in Die Fledermaus and their new production of Der Rosenkavalier starring Renee Fleming. She performed Off-Broadway with Project Runway's Chris March. National Tour credits include Flashdance the Musical and The Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein. Favorite regional credits include Cassandra in Cats and Mona in Chicago. She can also be seen as a dancer in the featured films Love and Other Drugs and Sorority Row.



Mackenzie Perpich

Mackenzie Perpich (Ensemble)

National Tour: Annie;The North American premiere of Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Also has performed with the Broadway Dreams Foundation, The Atlanta Workshop Players, and The Alliance Theatre. Some favorite credits include: A Christmas Carol, Footloose, Steel Magnolias, and Legally Blonde. Love to Mike&Jean and my CTG family. Marymount Manhattan Alumni. @Mackperp. Deuteronomy30:19



Conor Schulz

Conor Schulz (Ensemble)

First NYMF show! Favorite Credits include: In The Heights (Hangar Theatre), 54 Concert Lab Series (54 Below), Danny Zuko in Grease, Moritz Stiefel in Spring Awakening, and Pinocchio in Shrek. Many thanks to those who endlessly support me including my family, friends, teachers, and the team at Across the Board Talent. Graduate of The Tepper Semester at Syracuse University and James Madison University. www.conorschulz.com. IG: @conor_schulz



Darren Bunch

Darren Bunch (Ensemble)

NYMF debut!  Darren was most recently seen as Patrick in City of Light at the SheNYC festival.  Select Regional: In The Heights (Benny) - Wheelock Theatre, The Scottsboro Boys (Andy Wright) - Speakeasy Stage, Kiss Me Kate (Paul) -Reagle Music Theatre, Dreamgirls (Ensemble) - NSMT. Darren has a BFA from The Boston Conservatory. @darrenmbunch



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