Storming Heaven: The Musical

Book by Katy Blake, Peter Davenport; Music by Katy Blake, Flip Anderson, Tracy Lawrence, Peter Davenport; Lyrics by Katy Blake, Flip Anderson, Tracy Lawrence, Peter Davenport

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In the dangerous world of early 20th century West Virginia coal country, Carrie Bishop, a mine nurse, is torn between love for her husband and a union organizer. All three are swept up in the fight for their lives, as the war between mine-owners and striking workers rages on around them. Miners struggle to attain basic human rights while Carrie fights to discover her true purpose.

Running Time: 105 minutes

The Studio Theatre @ Theatre Row

Katy Blake

Katy Blake (Book & Music)

Katy Blake has toured nationally as Eva in Evita, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, and Whistle Down the Wind. She has performed at the York Theatre, Signature Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl in South Pacific, and in Sunday in the Park With George at Reprise! She created the roles of Pam in CATCO’s and Off Broadway’s The Last Smoker in America and Sirroco in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Mask. She sings and writes country music.


Peter Davenport

Peter Davenport (Book & Music)

Peter Davenport is an IRNE nominated actor and award-winning filmmaker. He has performed in the National Tour of The Sound of Music (Captain von Trapp,) in Regional Theatre, and Off-Broadway. He studied Shakespeare at BADA in London and acquired his BA/MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College. His solo album, Clear Day, is distributed by LML music, and he was part of the cast recordings of Follies and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Papermill Playhouse.


Flip Anderson

Flip Anderson (Music)

Flip Anderson has worked with Tracy Lawrence for many years as a writer and producer on several of his albums. He has collaborated with other artists such as John Anderson, Rich McCready, and Kenny Hess, and also produced Civil War: The Nashville Sessions for Frank Wildhorn. He now lives mostly in Gatlinburg where he and his wife, Diane, own and run The Gallery at Gatlinburg featuring works by artists from the Smoky Mountains.


Tracy Lawrence

Tracy Lawrence (Music)

Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in country music with songs such as Paint Me a Birmingham, Time Marches on, Alibis, and Find Out Who Your Friends Are. He has enjoyed 22 songs on the Billboard Top Ten chards with 18 number one singles, selling over 13 million albums. The CMA/ACM award-winning recording artist has helped shape the sound of country music for two decades, inspiring a new generation of entertainers and fans.


Samantha Saltzman

Samantha Saltzman (Director)

Resident Director: Matilda the Musical (1st National Tour). Assistant Resident Director: Matilda the Musical (Broadway). Director: The Drama League Gala Honoring Steve Martin, Letters from the Sender (Poway Center for the Performing Arts), The Arkadina Project, Urinetown, 210 Amlen Ave, and Madam Fury's Traveling Show. Associate/Assistant Director: Southern Comfort (The Public Theatre), Sarah Brightman's Dreamchaser World Tour, On the Town (Barrington Stage), An Iliad (National Tour), Academia Nuts, NYMF, and FringeNYC. Drama League Directing Fellow.



Emily Otto

Emily Otto (Musical Director)

Music director, arranger, performer, dramaturg, and educator. Music directing: Southern Comfort (Barrington Stage/CAP21), The Water Dream (NYMF), Incredibly Deaf Musical (NYMF), and the cabaret Shells at Joe's Pub. Co-creator of eight original productions with NYC's Stolen Chair Theatre Company. Dramaturgy for directors Martha Clarke, Neil Bartlett, and Robert Woodruff at the American Repertory Theatre and the San Francisco Opera. MFA in dramaturgy from ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard University, BA in theatre and music from Concordia College.


Liana Hunt

Liana Hunt (Carrie Bishop)

Liana Hunt just finished touring the country as Margo Crawford in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical Bright Star. Broadway: Newsies (Katherine), Mamma Mia! (Sophie). Other National Tours: Wicked (Nessarose), Mamma Mia! (Sophie). Regional: Private Lives (Sibyl, Riverside Theatre), Jekyll & Hyde (Emma, Engeman Theatre), Grease (Sandy, Engeman Theatre), Les Misérables (Eponine, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). BFA: NYU. Proud AEA member. Instagram/Twitter @lianamariehunt.


Sam Cieri

Sam Cieri (Albion Freeman)

Starting out as a songwriter spending years playing for rent in the NYC subways, Sam has gone from busker to mechanic to Vegas pianist to motorcycle salesman and everything in between. Joining the theatre world was a beautiful accident that has been a fantastical ride! Sam is thrilled to be involved in this reading and his 2nd NYMF year. Previous credits: Rock Of Ages (Drew), Once National Tour (Guy), Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis), NYMF The Demise (Harry).


Aaron LaVigne

Aaron LaVigne (Rondal Lloyd)

Aaron LaVigne is an NYC based actor/singer/songwriter originally from Cincinnati, OH. Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Off-Broadway: RENT. National Tour: RENT. Regional & Concerts: Jesus Christ Superstar, Civil War; tick,tick…BOOM!, The Beatle Brothers, Broadway Sings, KY Symphony; Original Music available on iTunes. Instagram @Aaron_LaVinay. aaronlavigne.com BFA Northern Kentucky University.


Jane Blass

Jane Blass (Aunt Jane)

Jane Blass is a real Southerner originating from Tennessee. She most recently played "Mazeppa" in Gypsy at Cape Playhouse 12 years after playing the role with Patti Lupone at Ravinia in Chicago. Broadway: Annie - “Mrs. Greer/Miss Hannigan u/s”. Broadway Tours: Hairspray “Prudy/Female Authority Figure”; 9 to 5 - “Margaret/Violet u/s”. Recent credits: "Aunt Eller" in Oklahoma! at John Engeman Theater and "Gladys Calhoun" in Memphis at Mason Street Theater in Saugatuck, MI. You may have killed her in Grand Theft Auto 3.


Patrick Cummings

Patrick Cummings (Miles Bishop)

Broadway: Bright Star. New York: This is How it Ends (59E59), New Girl in Town , Donnybrook, Transport (Irish Repertory), It Must Be Him (Peter J. Sharpe), Happiness (Mitzi Newhouse). Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Fest, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Kansas City Starlight, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Musical Theatre West, and more. TV/Film: Hostages (Robert Harper), Madame Secretary, The Blacklist, Pittsburgh! BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon. Thanks to CGF, Alessa and my family for their steadfast support.


Cedric Cannon

Cedric Cannon (Doc Booker)

How to Use a Knife, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Sweetee, In Dahomey, Cats, Goddess, Mikado, Carmen Jones, Three Willies, Man of LaMancha, The Pirates of Penzance, Camelot, Porgy and Bess. Regional: Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Opera, Frankfurt Opera, New Orleans Opera, Atlanta Opera, Edmonton Opera, Concert: Carnegie Hall, Israel Kibbutz Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Pushkin Festival, Polish Radio Orchestra, Filarmonica De Montevideo Pittsburgh Symphony and Reykjavik Symphomy. TV/film: Blind, The Slap, Good Funk, Right of Way, Moon and Sun, Seven Lovers, Old 37 Know Your Logic, Raw Nerve, Cosby, Oz, All My Children, As the World Turns, Jon Benjamin has a Van and Porgy and Me.


Larkin Bogan

Larkin Bogan (Isom)

Larkin Bogan is currently performing in the Broadway company of Wicked (Boq u/s). Broadway: HAIR (Claude/Woof u/s). National Tours: American Idiot (Johnny u/s), HAIR (Claude/Woof u/s). Various indie and college humor films. NYU/Tisch. Proud Broadway Green Alliance captain. Instagram @larkinbogan


Brandon Ellis

Brandon Ellis (Arley)

Broadway: Bandstand, Once, Company. West End: Once. T/V: 30-rock, Vinyl, Dietland, Iron Fist. Commercials: a bunch. UNCG: BFA in acting.


James Brown III

James Brown III (Johnson)

Broadway: Disney’s Frozen “King Agnarr”, Rocky, Wicked, Ghost, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Memphis, The Little Mermaid, The Color Purple, The Frogs National Tours: The Lion King, The Producers Regional: Joan of Arc: Into The Fire, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Last Goodbye, The C.A. Lyons Project Television: The Wendy Williams Show “Barbados Billy”, The Wiz Live!, Peter Pan Live!, The Mysteries of Laura, Forever, Mr. Robot, The Get Down Education: Brown University JamesBrownIII.com Instagram @JamesBrownIII Twitter @TheJBIII


Jacob Smith

Jacob Smith (Ensemble)

Broadway credits include Disney's Frozen (Ensemble/Bishop/Kristoff and Oaken U/S) and Doctor Zhivago (Ensemble). Other credits include The Spongebob Musical (Swing/Patrick U/S), Spamalot (Galahad) and Rock of Ages (Dennis). Instagram @LumberJakeSmith


Teddy Toye

Teddy Toye (Ensemble)

Teddy has appeared on Broadway in Lystrata Jones (Harold), Bring It On and the upcoming production of The Prom directed by Casey Nicholaw. Regional: Newsies (Maltz Jupiter), The Prom (Alliance Theatre), Seussical (MUNY), The Last Smoker in America (Jimmy). Love to Katy Blake for letting me be a part of her work. Social Media @TeddyToye


Joie Bauer

Joie Bauer (Ensemble)

Joie was born and raised on a farm in Nebraska. After receiving his BFA from the University of South Dakota he moved to New York and has been acting professionally ever since. Recent New York credits include: I'll Never Love Again by Clare Barron (The Bushwick Starr / Michael Leibenluft), Uncle Vanya (The Pearl / Hal Brooks), Sex In A Coma (HERE Arts Center / Lee Breuer). joiebauer.com


Darryl Winslow

Darryl Winslow (Ensemble)

Darryl Winslow is excited to explore this new work with this wonderful team. Broadway: Avenue Q (U/S Brian); Off-Broadway: Good Person of Szechwan, The Public (Cop/Carpenter); Evil Dead: The Musical (Jake); Shlemiel the 1st (Chaim Rascal). He has been in 6 NYMF shows, many readings, workshops and concerts. Regional: Arkansas Rep, O'Neill, Barnstormers, Fireside Theatre, and North Carolina Theater


Kaye Tuckerman

Kaye Tuckerman (Ensemble)

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Kaye is a director, performer, and designer. She is currently performing in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Broadway). Highlights: Les Miserables, The Boy From Oz, Mamma Mia!, Wild Party, John & Jen. Multiple awards for her performances of her solo shows, and can be seen onscreen in 'The Matrix', 'The Characters', 'Royal Pains'. Degree from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Alumni Hugh Jackman), and directing at the National Institute of Dramatic Art - Sydney (Alumni Cate Blanchett). www.kayetuckerman.com


Carole Denise Jones

Carole Denise Jones (Ensemble)

Carole Denise Jones is so happy to be working on this project with everyone. She is currently in the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon. She has also toured with The Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia, and Whistle Down the Wind. Much love to her husband Darren and little Gretta (the dog).


Allison Maldonado

Allison Maldonado (Ensemble)

Allison Maldonado is thrilled to be a part of this new work! A proud AMDA alum, Allison is most known for her starring role and creation of the award nominated Amazon series, The Vintage Voyageur, a reality show on vintage shopping. Described by Artswire Weekly as 'fierce and full of spitfire energy', other favorite projects include multiple National Tours, Off Broadway and Regional Productions. allisonmaldonado.com. For Betty. @thevintagevoyageur @singularsensation


Ty Gaines

Ty Gaines (Ensemble)

Ty Gaines is excited to be working with the amazing cast and production team of Storming Heaven: The Musical. She thanks the team for entrusting her with an opportunity to make more art with everyone. Past credits: Dorothy, The Wiz (McCree Theatre); Julie B, The Jules (The New School); Swing, Addy & Uno (The Kirk Theatre).