Mississippi the Musical

Book, Music & Lyrics; Gregory James Tornquist

Mississippi the Musical

at The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Studio

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm

How does real change come about? From within.

With a soulful, bluesy, soundtrack, Mississippi the Musical is a mixed race, gothic tale of a troubled white girl, Kitten, acknowledging her racism, evolving, and embracing the reality that change is required of her and everyone in Hope River.  The music will draw you in, the story will make you think.  Recommended for theater-goers aged 17 & over.

Gregory James Tornquist

Gregory James Tornquist (Book, Music, Lyrics)

A prolific songwriter, Gregory James Tornquist is from California. 
As a musician, he joined the band, The Peppermint Trolley Company, recorded the hit record “Baby You Come Rollin’ ‘Cross My Mind,” and recorded the theme song for the tv show: “The Brady Bunch.” 
He also co-wrote two children’s musicals: “More Than A Miracle” and “Christmas From Scratch” which were performed worldwide for three decades. 
A die-hard Yankee fan, Gregory James Tornquist resides in Nashville.

Gayle Samuels

Gayle Samuels (Director)

She appeared on Broadway in CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. Worked alongside Emmy Award winner Peter Dinklage in CYRANO. Television credits include a court judge on Michael Weatherly's BULL, Tim Daly's attorney on MADAM SECRETARY, Matthew Rhys and Alison Wright's social worker on THE AMERICANS, a zany receptionist on SOON BY YOU and a cougar mom on the award winning comedy web series Q's ONE NIGHT STANDS.

Jeannine Otis

Jeannine Otis (Music Director)

A graduate of Wellesley College (Presser Music Scholar), the only African-American to win that award with a Masters Degree from Emerson College in Boston, Anthony Tomassini, NY TIMES critic described Ms. Otis as a “show-stopper” in the role of Ella Worker in Downtown Music Production’s staging of The Cradle Will Rock.
She has toured as a vocalist with many distinguished artists including Donald Byrd, Grover Washington Jr., Vishnu Wood, and Arthur Prysock.

Noreen Crayton

Noreen Crayton (Producer)

Also the show's producer, she’s an Independent Music Award winner from Long Island. She and Gregory James Tornquist wrote the lead single 'Up To Zion' on Ronnie Milsap’s Dove award nominated album “Then Sings My Soul.’ Also seen on Fox TV’s GOTHAM, she released 4 albums including, I’M A MIRACLE currently in rotation on gospel radio all available on iTunes/Amazon. Credits include, National Tour of RENT & Goodspeed/Arena Stage productions of ABYSSINNIA.

Renee Jackson

Renee Jackson (Justine)

Tyler Miclean

Tyler Miclean (Toby)

LA Regional: Parade, The Full Monty, Ragtime (3D Theatricals), Man of La Mancha, King Lear, A Christmas Carol (A Noise Within), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Cabrillo Music Theatre) Bay Area: 1776 (San Jose Stage). Readings: Vera Laughed with Jo Beth Williams and Alfred Molina. Miclean is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts and the Music Theatre Conservatory at Notre Dame de Namur.



Malcolm Jamal King

Malcolm Jamal King (Moses)

From Atlanta, Georgia, Malcolm is a triple threat, chasing his passion one day at a time. 
His television commercial credits include for Google, Addidas, Tombstone, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, and most recently Sierra clothing. Onstage, he appeared in; A Sketch of New York at the Producers' Club, "Northbound" at the Theatre for the New City, Off Broadway’s Pharma Bro and the role of Luz in Columbia University production of Feather at Signature Theatre.


Mon'Quez Deon Pippins (Rev. Luther Davis)

Mon'Quez Pippins is a very high energy, skilled, seasoned performer experienced in many productions from theatre and stage to tv and film. Mon’Quez has entertained audiences from all over the globe at well known venues such as Disney, Universal Studios, Carnival Cruises and The Apollo Theatre. He has also appeared on television shows such as ER and NCI. Also currently finishing his first Original EP recording entitled Soul Resurrection. Mon’Quez is a fireball on stage and he is ready to entertain you!

Alexa Freeman

Alexa Freeman (Kitten)

Alexa Freeman is very excited to be a part of NYMF this year. Past credits include; Le Nid (Broadway Cares), MYPLATE Musical, Meet Me in St. Louis (Musical Theatre West), Annie (Tuacahn Center for the Arts). She would like to thank Noreen, Greg, Jeannine, and GPS casting. Special thanks to her teachers at Stella Adler, BDC, and Kimberly. Love to family and friends. 

Kat Council

Kat Council (Hattie)

Uriel Menson

Uriel Menson (Mr. Frank)

Daria Hardeman (Resident Dramaturg)