Himself and Nora (2012)
One of the greatest romances of the 20th Century -- Nora, a passionate chambermaid, becomes lover and muse to the brilliant and hard-drinking novelist, Mr. James Joyce… Himself! While his writings exile them from their beloved Ireland and bring the condemnation of the Catholic Church, their bawdy partnership inspires some of the most bubbling wordplay ever written in the English language. Directed by Michael Bush, this tuneful journey launches two soulmates through three tumultuous decades of laughter and art.
Approximate Running Time: Two Hours ; with intermission
is currently on Broadway starring as Nick Massi in Jersey Boys. Past Broadway roles include Radames in Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, as Chris in Miss Saigon (after originating the 2nd National Touring "Engineer" Company), in Frank Wildhorn's The Civil War (also originated at the Alley Theatre) andas the White Guy in Smokey Joe's Cafe, which was filmed for television, video and DVD Other Film and TV include an indie feature film, Summer Nuts and Law & Order on NBC. Recently, Matt played Lancelot to Lou Diamond Phillips' King Arthur of the Round Table in the National Touring Company of Camelot. Regionally, Matt appeared as Val in Orpheus Descending,Lancelot in Camelot (Helen Hayes nomination) and Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees at Arena Stage where he is an Affiliated Artist and serves as a member of Arena Stage's alumni steering committee. Matt originated the roles of Pasha/Strelnikov (San Diego Critic's Circle Award) in Lucy Simon's Zhivago at La Jolla Playhouse under the direction of Des McAnuff, Paul Claudel, opposite Linda Eder, in Frank Wildhorn's Camille Claudel at the Goodspeed Opera House, the title character of Ace in Ace (opposite his wife, Jessica Bogart) at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre and Cincinnati Playhouse, and the role of James Joyce in Himself and Nora at the Old Globe and in Dublin Ireland for the Bloomsday Festival, in association with the James Joyce Center. In the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration, he portrayed Paul in Companyand reprised his role for the 2002 Kennedy Center Honors in praise of Elizabeth Taylor. Other credits include originating the role of Matt in People Like Us, Off-Broadway, for the the NY Musical Theatre Festival, Mat in Joe Masteroff and Ed Thomas' opera of Anna Christie at the York Theatre, Sydney Carton in Two Cities (Connecticut Critic's Circle nomination) at the Stamford Center, the title role in Phantom at Music Theatre Wichita, Alfred/Sam in Romance, Romance (opposite his wife, Jessica Bogart), Billy in Carousel and Lancelot in Camelot at Paper Mill Playhouse, Starbuck in 110 in the Shade and Terry in Side Show at Signature Theatre. In concert, Matt has sung and performed theSondheim Celebration at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, with Steven Sloane and the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, with Peter Nero and the Philadelphia Pops with Joel Levine and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. He earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Matt's first solo theatre album, “Simple Song,” was released on the Jay Records label.
is so thrilled to be a part of Himself and Nora. She was last seen as Greta Garbo in the new musical When Garbo Talks at ICT in Los Angeles. Other favorites include The Toymaker (NYMF), Lara in Zhivago(La Jolla Playhouse), Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme (The Ahmanson), The Ten Commandments (The Kodak), 110 in the Shade (Pasadena Playhouse), and Julie Jordon in Carousel. Jessica owns her own practice as a Holistic Health Coach - www.healthilluminated.com. So much love to Jonathan, Michael, James, and Kelly, my family, and my dear Christian.
Has appeared throughout the United States and Europe as Charlie with the original Broadway cast of Bubbling Brown Sugar. Other appearances have included Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Bobby in Crazy For You, The Devil in Damn Yankees, and all seven Sid Caesar roles in Little Me. In addition to writing the book and lyrics for the NYMF award winning, About Face, he has recently completed the music, lyrics and book for Saratoga Trunk Songs, which was presented in Chicago at The Theatre Building. For the concert stage he has written for Randy Graff, Judy Kuhn, Karen Mason, Marin Mazzie, Donna Murphy, and Barbara Walsh. David is the recipient of the Jerry Harrington Award, made his Carnegie Hall debut as a featured performer with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, but also has the distinction of being the only New York actor NEVER to have appeared on Law and Order.
New York: The 24 Hour Plays (American Airlines Theater). National Tour: The Lion King (original cast). Regional Theater: Three seasons at the Tony Award winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater where his credits include Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew, Cloten in Cymbeline (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), The Three Musketeers, The Two Noble Kinsmen and How Can You Run With A Shell On Your Back?; Emcee in Cabaret (Kansas City Repertory Theatre) Mozart in Amadeus (Clarence Brown Theater); Passepartout in Around The World In 80 Days (Cleveland Play House); Unlock’d (Ravinia Festival); Shear Madness (Toronto, Chicago , The Kennedy Center). As You Like it(Resurgence Theater); The Invention Of Love (Arts & Letters Theater); The Miracle Worker (Young Peoples’ Theater); You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (New Yorker Theatre); Feature film: Baby On Board, Nothing Like The Holidays, Rocky Marciano. Graduate of The Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto. Website: www.briansills.com
is thrilled to be a part of Himself and Nora after performing in a workshop of it in Dublin, Ireland. Credits: Broadway -High Fidelity, Off Broadway - Bingo, First National Tours - XANADU and Legally Blonde. Regional productions at The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Repertory, Barrington Stage, Weston Playhouse, Virginia Stage, among many others. J.B. is a member of Actors Equity, and she is represented by Cynthia Katz at the Gotham Talent Agency. She is so grateful to her wonderful parents, Peter and Eldonna. www.jbwing.com
Broadway: Jonathan wrote the songs for Foxfire, staring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. Off-Broadway: Composer in residence at Circle Rep in New York; plays included: Besides Herself (music & lyrics) The Great Grandson of Jedidiah Kohler (music & lyrics); Regional: Nightmare Alley (book, music, lyrics) at The Geffen Playhouse directed by legendary director, Gil Cates; Himself & Nora: The Old Globe in San Diego, and in further development of this musical, Jonathan performed the role of Joyce at the James Joyce Center in Dublin for Bloomsday 2007; His next musical, 40 Naked Women, a Monkey and Me (book, music, & lyrics) will premiere at The Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Festival 2012; Tours: Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus; Rugrats; Goosebumps; Las Vegas: MadHattan (book, music, lyrics); Enter The Night (book, music, lyrics) ran at the Stardust Hotel in LV for 12 years! Honors: Jonathan currently serves as the vice president of The Johnny Mercer Foundation, dedicated to celebrating and nurturing the Great American Songbook and was the former National Projects Director of the Songwriters Guild of America; For more information visit: Web: www.jonathanbrielle.com.
is currently the artistic director of the Cabaret and Performance Conference at the Tony Award winning Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. He most recently directed the off-Broadway revival of Cactus Flower and won the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Direction for the world premiere musical Hurricane produced in the 2009 New YorkMusical Theatre Festival. He is the former director of artistic production and associate artistic director for the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. He was associated with MTC for over 25 years and helped artistically guide more than 150 new plays and musicals, including the Tony® Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof, and Doubt, and the Tony® Award winning Love! Valour! Compassion!, and the musicals A Class Act (Tony Nomination for Best Musical) and Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. At MTC he most recently directed Based on A Totally True Story. He was instrumental in the rebirth of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret & Performance Conference (2010 Regional Theatre Tony Award), and has served as its artistic director since 2005. Under his guidance the conference has developed over 70 new shows, revues, and intimate musicals including Title of Show and The Story of My Life, both of which were produced on Broadway.
Mr. Bush directed Stormy Weather for the Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles and Murderers for The Philadelphia Theatre Company, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, and the Emelin Theatre in New York, and the musicals Pure Heaven: a Party with Kay Thompson at the Emelin, and The Story of My Life at Toronto’s CanStage. He also directed Stormy Weather for The Prince Music Theatre inPhiladelphia. Mr. Bush directed 6 New York Music Theater Festival (NYMF) productions including The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde (2005),and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon’s musicals Warrior (2006), and The Piper (2007). During his tenure as producing artistic director at Charlotte Repertory Theatre in Charlotte NC (2002-2004) he presented Hilary Swank in The Miracle Worker, Penny Fuller in The Glass Menagerie, and directed the 20th Anniversary production of Pump Boys and Dinettes. He also directed and co-wrote the book for the musical Let Me Sing which was co-produced with George Street Playhouse in New Jersey and Charlotte Repertory Theatre. He is currently the artistic director of ONSTAGE in New York City; an education program that teaches playwriting to high school and middle school students and he directs their annual Broadway Finale event each spring. He recently directed and conceived Leslie Uggams’ Uptown Downtown at the Pasadena Playhouse (LA Drama Critics Circle Award) and a revival of Abe Burrow’s Cactus Flower at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany where he most recently directed a production of The Sisters Rosensweig.
Broadway: Never Gonna Dance, BKLYN The Musical, The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde (arranger as well as MD). Off-Bway: Radiant Baby, Ghetto Superstar, (Public Theater) The Mistress Cycle. Regional: Sleeping Beauty Wakes (McCarter Theater, La Jolla Playhouse), In This House (Two River Theater), Being Alive (Westport Country Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Group), The Soul Of Rodgers (Reprise, Los Angeles), Most Wanted (Sundance), 8 summers as the Music Director of the Williamstown Theater Festival. West End: Legally Blonde (US music supervisor). Recordings: BKLYN The Musical, The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde, At The Corner of Broadway & Soul (Billy Porter), Love Travels (Julie Reiber), Coming To My Senses (Jaron Vesely). Arranger/MD for Billy Porter, Shoshana Bean, Patina Miller, Leslie Odom Jr. and many others.
NYC: City Center Encore's Pipe Dream, Camelot in Concert starring Jeremy Irons, Oscar Hammerstein Awards salute to Carol Channing. NYMF: Hurricane the Musical, My History of Marriage director Michael Bush. Goodspeed Opera House: My One and Only (CT Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography,) How to Succeed in Business...(CT CC Award nom.) and the new musical Hello My Baby at the Norma Terris. MUNY: Bye Bye Birdie, Singin’ in the Rain (Kevin Kline Award,) Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street, 50 Years of Muny Magic, and White Christmas. Feature film: Made for Each Other. Associate Choreographer on Broadway: 42nd Street (Revival), Irving Berlin's White Christmas, State Fair, Ain't Broadway Grand. Associate Choreographer on four City Center Encore's productions. Asst. Choreographer: Radio City's Christmas Spectacular Detroit MI. Original ballets: Angels Among Us featuring NY Times best selling author Alma Daniel, Extensive teaching in all forms of dance including as a member of the faculty of American Ballet Theater's Dance Intensive in NYC. Very happy to be working again with director Michael Bush on this amazing project.
Nathan Dame is a musician and arranger originally from Ogden, Utah. He has music directed in New York, Chicago, California, and Alaska. He has worked as music assistant on the First National Tour of The Addams Family. He is currently associate MD on Triassic Parq: The Musical (Best Musical NY Fringe 2011) at Soho Playhouse.
MICHAEL V. MOORE (Set Design) is a New York based designer, originally hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is happy to working on his first NYMF show. Credits include; The Last Word and Psycho Therapy (Off-Broadway,) A Touch of the Poet (Friendly Fire,) Life in a Marital Institution (SoHo Playhouse,) West Bank, UK (La Mama ETC,) Cipher (Summer Play Festival,) St. Crispin's Day (Rattlestick Theatre), Phenomenon (Here Arts Center), and How to be a Good Italian Daughter (The Cherry Lane.) Michael received his MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Sara is originally from Paris and currently lives in Brooklyn. Opera: Carmen, directed by Danny Pelzig, Orpheus in the Underworld, Rinaldo, Cendrillon directed by Marc Astafan (Central City Opera). TV: Levi’s: America commercial directed by Cary Fukunaga, The Exonerated directed by Bob Balaban. Theatre: The Maids (Red Bull Theatre), Absurd Person Singular (Barrington Stage Theatre), Merry Wives of Windsor, June Moon and Arcadia (all directed by Jesse Berger), Anthny & Cleopatra, The Tempest, Richard III and The Rivals (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Manuscript directed by Bob Balaban (Darryl Roth Theatre). She holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she received an Outstanding Achievement Award and is a Princess Grace Award Recipient.
Recent designs include Macbeth, Othello (Epic Theater Ensemble), Leave the Balcony Open (3LD), A Hard Wall at High Speed (APAC), White People (Ensemble Studio Theater), This Beautiful City, The Great Immensity (The Civilians), The Chimes, Miss Celia Rose (SPF), Kingdom (NYMF: Most Promising New Musical), American Jornalero (Working Theater), Wickets (HERE), Model (PS 122), Seven (World Premiere at 92nd St. Y and Deauville, FR). Cat has designed lights and sets for Epic Theater Ensemble's Shakespeare Remix Program and Roots and Branches Intergenerational Theater for the last 3 years. She has been a guest lecturer and designer at Yale, Princeton, Brown, Barnard and Bard College. Producing Credits include Binding (NY Innovative Theater Award Winner-Best Solo Performance) and 8 Track, Obama Drama (with co-producer Creative Destruction). Recipient of two architectural lighting design Lumen Awards with Focus Lighting. MFA, Yale School of Drama.
Brad Berridge’s most recent works: the off-Broadway revival of Cactus Flower with Director Michael Bush; The Best of Enemies, The Whipping Man and Pool Boy (all world premieres), The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Laramie Project: an Epilogue (composer) and To Kill A Mockingbird at Barrington Stage Company. Rewind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape, and Testimony at the 62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Brad is in the new music duo, The Night I Found Out I Was Adopted with fellow sound designer, Vincent Olivieri. Their work was a featured at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial and the 2011 Long Beach, CA SoundWalk. Brad lives in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts with his wife, Ashley and daughter, Emma. www.bradberridge.com
Theatre Management Associates (General Management) Under the leadership of President & CEO, Aldo Scrofani, TMA provides management services for live theatrical productions on a worldwide basis. For Himself & Nora, TMA is represented by Mr. Scrofani and General Manager Maria Di Dia. Ms. Di Dia’s credits include: Executive Producer/General Manager for Blue Man Group, Associate GM for Chicago, The Musical, Producer of Bebe Neuwirth in Here Lies Jenny, and most recently, GM for Gregory Charles at the Café Carlyle.
JAMESON CROASDALE – Through Odeon Productions - Spring Alive (One Healing Arts Co), Bronte, a Portrait of Charlotte (alloy Theater Company), Jesus Christ Superstar's Secret Show (Situation Interactive). At New World Stages - Production Manager from '09 to '12, supervising all on-site production operations, as well as over 150 special events annually. In addition, he also has 14 years Stage Management experience – which include Productions at Boston's Huntington Theater Company, as well as five years running the Boston Theatre Marathon with Boston Playwrights' Theatre. Mr. Croasdale holds an MFA from Boston University's College of Fine Arts, and is a Member of Actor's Equity Association. Thanks go out to Kate for her love and support.
Recent stage management credits include Off Broadway: Three Pianos (New York Theatre Workshop), Mongo (The Working Theatre) and The Magdalene (Emerald Green Productions); Regional/Other: From My Hometown and Rachel and Julio (Madison Theatre), The Breakup Notebook and Little Shop of Horrors (Revision Theatre), Murder in the Cathedral (Brooklyn Arts HQ), Five Flights (Red Stage Theatre); New York/Educational: Storm Still(PS122),The Vigil(Impetuous Theatre Group), Sea Marks(Rutgers Theater Company).
Previous NYMF: The History of War, My History of Marriage. Other credits include productions with: American Realness, Ars Nova, At Hand Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, Chase Brock Experience, Clubbed Thumb, FringeNYC, LAVA, NAMT, NYSAF, The O'Neill, One Healing Arts, Polybe + Seats, Prospect Theater Company, and Transport Group. Graduate, Skidmore College. Resident, Brooklyn. Proud member, AEA.
A musical theatre development company dedicated to fostering and exploiting new and innovative theatrical productions on a worldwide basis. Headed by producer Aldo Scrofani in collaboration with an alliance of industry veterans, Tritone’s current projects include: Himself & Nora; 40 Naked Women, A Monkey and Me; Nightmare Alley with other projects to be announced.
has general managed fifty productions in the New York area as well as hundreds of special events. Current Off Broadway: Bronte, Sistas: the Musical. Recent credits: Milk, Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Duchess of Malfi, How to be a Good Italian Daughter, F#@king Up Everything. She has been on staff at Symphony Space, Manhattan Theatre Club, New 42 and the American Repertory Theatre. 2012 marks Lisa's fifth year as the General Manager for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals. www.lisadozierproductions.com
is pleased to continue her collaboration with Michael Bush and team. Klapper Casting’s work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, film, the web, and heard on radio. Select Credits: Broadway: A Christmas Story, The Musical (upcoming); Dividing The Estate; Bells Are Ringing. Off -Broadway: Horton Foote’s Harrison, Texas (upcoming); The Morini Strad; RX; Olive and the Bitter Herbs (Primary Stages/Resident Casting Director); Twelfth Night (New York Classical Theatre); Karen O’s Stop the Virgens! (St. Anne’s Warehouse); Cactus Flower (Westside Theatre); Regional: Emotional Creature (Berkeley Rep); Nobody Loves You (Old Globe); Three Musketeers (Cincinatti Playhouse); Venice (Kansas City Rep/Kirk Douglas Theatre); God of Carnage (Capital Rep); Next to Normal (Milwaukee Rep and Adirondack Theatre Festival); The Whipping Man (Hartford Stage Company and Baltimore Center Stage),.Television: Lazytown; Film: Alice Jacobs; Roberta; Feast of the Goat. Casting Society of America, League of Professional Theatre Women.
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Himself and Nora - 3 Song Highlights