Currently starring in the Off-Broadway hit "My Big Gay Italian Wedding", she was most recently seen as the leading lady in the Off-Broadway production of "Bedbugs the Musical". She has toured regionally and internationally with some of her favorite credits including Jawbreaker, Grease, Legally Blonde, Bare, Footloose, Urinetown, Smokey Joe's Cafe & Into the Woods. Catch Marty and Marissa every Monday night with Marty Thomas Presents DIVA at Industry Bar & Fridays at New World Stages. www.marissarosen.com @themarissarosen @martyandmarissa
Marty Thomas is a Grammy Nominated recording artist who has appeared on Broadway in WICKED, XANADU and THE SECRET GARDEN. He has also appeared off Broadway in EMMA, BLACK NATIVITY, PAGEANT THE MUSICAL, MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING and A LOSS OF ROSES. He was named Mr. Broadway 2008, starred in the film BIG GAY MUSICAL and was an Ed McMahon's Star Search junior vocalist champion beating out a then unknown Britney Spears. Marty plays Damon' on the CBS sitcom TWO BROKE GIRLS. He toured Europe with the famed Harlem Gospel Singers as their first caucasian member and has sung with such artists as Billy Porter, Jennifer Holliday, Idina Menzel, Lari White, Trisha Yearwood, Beth Hart, The Oak Ridge Boys, Glenn Campbell and more. www.martythomas.com Music available on itunes. Follow @martythomasbway @Martyandmarissa
Contestants: Rachel Zatcoff, Hannah Kiem, Jillian Gottlieb, Mara Herman, Gretchen Wylder, Paul Ianniello, Jose Ramos, Darius Wright, Chris Pappas, and Barry Shafrin.
Recent credits include Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie, Fulton Theatre), Grease (Frenchy, Ogunquit Playhouse), Prospect Theatre Company’s Unlock’d (Belinda, The Duke on 42nd Street), Les Miserables (Cosette, Surflight Theatre), Das Rheingold (Nibelung, The Metropolitan Opera), and the NY premiere of ThanksKilling The Musical (Ali the Slut). Jillian attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University for Classical Vocal Performance. www.jilliangottlieb.com
Gretchen was most recently seen in the Off-Broadway hit, Bedbugs!!! The Musical! Earlier this year, she originated another Off-Broadway role in Til Divorce Do Us Part (Drama Desk Nom: Best Revue). Other favorite credits: Kate/Lucy in Avenue Q, Pennywise in Urinetown, Madelaine True in Wild Party. www.GretchenWylder.com
Most recently made his Off-Broadway debut in Bedbugs!!! Favorite credits include Wikimusical (NYMF), Good News (Goodspeed - Best Supporting Actor nom., CT Critics Circle ), Seussical National Tour (Cat in the Hat), Legend of Julie Taymor...(NY Fringe), Street Seen (Prospect Theater Company), Wasps (Studio 42), Broadway Bound. B.A., Harvard University. www.barryshafrin.com
Mara Jill Herman is a native New Yorker. She toured the globe with Jesus Christ Superstar and Showroom at Sea. Favorites include Rent (Maureen), Guys & Dolls (Adelaide), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Maria) and Nerds (u/s for Sally & Myrtle). Mara co-authored So You Wanna Be A Superstar? and is a YoungArts winner. www.marajillherman.com
Jose is a Chicago Academy For the Arts graduate (2011) and a CAP21 alumi. Jose made his NYC debut at The Town Hall as on of Broadway's Rising Stars (2013). This past summer Jose played the role Pinto in The Travels as part of NYMF's 2014 season. Thanks to NYMF for this opportunity and family & friends for their support!
Paul Ianniello is excited to be standing alongside these awesome performers! Favorite selected credits: ELF! The Musical (tour, Buddy u/s) and Falsettos (Marvin). All the love and thanks to my family and friends for their constant support tonight and every night! Thanks to NYMF for this opportunity!! Follow me: @paulthinks (Twitter) and @paulianniello (Instagram).
Hannah Kiem is a St. Louis native and a graduate of NYU/Tisch. Favorite credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Grandmother Tzeitel) at Stages St. Louis, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Ensemble) at Piper Theatre, and Broadway’s Rising Stars (Soloist) at Town Hall. For more information please visit www.HannahKiem.com
Rachel recently returned from the International Tour/West End production of West Side Story in the role of Maria. In February 2015, she will take on the role of Anne in A Little Night Music with Syracuse Opera. Other credits include: Street Scene (Mae Jones), Die Fledermaus (Ida & Adele u/s), The Most Happy Fella (Ensemble). Visit her website: www.rachelzatcoff.com
Originally from Arkansas and now a citizen of Brooklyn Chris has on performed stages and run box offices all over this country. Favorite credits include Twelfth Night, Cabaret, Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. As a comedian Chris has been featured on I'm From Driftwood and The Moth. His one man show Chris Pappas Presents: Chris Pappas' Facebook…Live! was an official selection of The People's Improv Theater's 2014 SoloCom. He pretty much nailed. Much love to everyone at NYMF.
A proud Houstonian, Darius is happy to have made the big move to the “Big Apple” after recently graduating from Oklahoma City University. Regional Credits: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, MTWichita. For more information visit www.DariusWright.com
NYMF's Next Broadway Sensation 2014: Heat 2
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm - doors open at 10:30 pm ($10 in advance, $15 at the door)
Contestants: Stefanie Izzo, Kathryn Allison, Janet Dunn, Melanie Burg, Chloe Tucker, David LaMarr, Bentley Black, Corey Desjardins, Magnus Tonning Riise, and Nicholas Carroll.
Chloe is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut! Credits include playing the role of Ginny in the recent La Jolla Playhouse premier of “Chasing the Song” and Sophie Sheridan in the National Tour of Mamma Mia! She is a graduate of the Hamilton academy of Music (Los Angeles) and attended the Boston Conservatory.
6 months ago, David LaMarr made a decision. With a suitcase in each hand and a dream in his heart, he boarded a plane traveling from LAX to JFK. He now lives the fabulous struggling artist life that so many have dreamed about. Proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Stefanie Izzo has performed in musicals and operas in both the US and abroad. Recent: West Side Story (Maria) and The Medium (Monica) at St. Petersburg Opera, The Medium off-Broadway, L’Elisir d’Amore (Adina) with Musica Viva Hong Kong, Mozart heroines Pamina, Susanna, and Despina, HMS Pinafore (Josephine) and Candide (Cunegonde). BM: NYU; MA: CUNY Queens College. www.stefanieizzo.com
A proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, Janet has worked in numerous productions in NYC and across the U.S. Regional credits include: North Shore Music Theatre, Casa Mañana and Theatre Under The Stars. Film/TV: SNL, Between the Lions/PBS. She has been seen in several Industry Readings of New Works, most recently "Somewhere In Time" with Davenport Theatricals. Thanks to NYMF and Good luck to all! www.janetdunn.com
Corey was most recently seen in Party Monster: The Musical at 54 Below along with Pyre Cantata at Here Arts Center. Other favorite NYC credits include Independents at the SoHo Playhouse (Winner 2012 FringeNYC Festival), Broadway Celebrates Pride Week at 54 Below and Musicals Tonight. You can catch him in the upcoming Off: The Series. BFA NYU/Tisch (CAP21 and Atlantic). Thanks to the wonderful people at NYMF and CLA!
Nicholas Carroll can currently be seen in Vital Theatre Company's Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas as Mr. Clancy. Favorite credits include the Baker in Into the Woods, Schroeder in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Lancelot in Spamalot. BFA Musical Theatre Ithaca College. www.nicholas-carroll.com
Kathryn was recently seen in The Rocky Horror Show (Phantom, u/s Columbia) at Bucks County Playhouse. Other Credits: Seussical the Musical (Yertle the Turtle) The MUNY, Dreamgirls (Effie White) Interlakes Theatre, Kiss Me Kate (Hattie) New London Barn Playhouse, Company (Marta) Flexible Theatre Company. BFA MT from Ithaca College. www.kathryn-allison.com @kathryndallison
Bentley Black is a Memphis, TN native and graduate of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). Most recently, he toured the country in the 1st National Tour of Queen's We Will Rock You. Other credits include Pippin, Rolf in The Sound of Music, Ren in Footloose, and Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show.
Melanie Burg is super excited to be here! She most recently toured the country as Velma, in Scooby Doo: Live. Previous NYMF credits include, Cruel Shoes. Proud Pace BFA MT alum. Love to my ultimate lucky charms: Dave, my family, and my friends! www.melanieburg.com
MAGNUS TONNING RIISE is originally from a small town in Norway, though he is also a proud American citizen. He is a recent musical theater graduate from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London where his favorite roles included Georg in Spring Awakening and the title role in the new musical YUSUPOV. Just before coming to NYC, he finished filming Rocket's Island for BBC/Lime Pictures. www.magnustonningriise.com