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Madame Infamy

Book by Jp Vigliotti; Music and Lyrics by Cardozie Jones & Sean Willis

Madame Infamy

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Will scandal, surrender, or strength define them? 

At the turn of the 18th century, America stood firmly on the backs of its slaves while Paris burned as its poorest citizens revolted against the aristocracy. Two worlds united by one electrifying score, MADAME INFAMY is the dark and moving tale of Marie Antoinette, last Queen of France, and Sally Hemings, slave and mistress of President Thomas Jefferson. Fighting hardship, scandal, and loss, each must find the strength to combat a nation in hopes of protecting the ones she loves.

Running Time: 2 hours, plus one intermission

JP Vigliotti

JP Vigliotti (Book)

Jp is a life-long theatre practitioner who is committed to developing performing arts programs in urban communities. He currently serves as Associate Director of Performing Arts and Education at The Harbor Conservatory in Harlem. He has spoken to educators on a national level to engage today’s youth. He directed an acclaimed production of “Home” by Samm- Art Williams in Los Angeles and he wrote and directed The Myspace Chronicles at Theatre Row on 42nd street.



Cardozie Jones

Cardozie Jones (Music/Lyrics)

Cardozie Jones has spent his life deeply entrenched in the performing arts. A Philadelphia native, Jones moved to NYC after high school where he studied musical theater and eventually found a passion for theater education. For the past decade, he has split his time between educator and artist, teaching during the day and writing and performing at night. Jones is currently a freelance director and educational consultant. MADAME INFAMY is his proudest achievement to date.



Sean Willis

Sean Willis (Music/Lyrics)

Trained in classical piano from the age of eight, by the time he reached high school Sean Willis was playing in orchestra pits and accompanying singers from Long Island to France. After studying with the world renowned Marching 100 Band at Florida A&M University, he completed his music studies at Hunter College and began to work in the Tri-State area's Gospel and club scene, playing with a number of professional artists locally and in Europe.



Jelani Alladin

Jelani Alladin (Male ensemble)

Jelani is recent graduate of NYU Tisch's New Studio on Broadway. He is thrilled to be a part of NYMF. Past credits include Macbeth (Ensemble, dir. Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford), The Wild Party (Phil D'Armano, Tisch), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr., Tisch). Thanks to friends, family, and SW Artists!



Elijah Caldwell

Elijah Caldwell (Male ensemble)

Elijah Caldwell holds a Masters from NYU Steinhardt. Favorite roles: Mr. Chickee (Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, Atlantic Theatre), Stew (Passing Strange), & Victor (Smokey Joe's Cafe). Elijah has sung at Birdland Jazz Club, with Sheri Sanders at Rock the Audition, Live! & at Town Hall as one of Broadway’s Rising Stars! Elijah is elated to be working with the cast and crew of MADAME INFAMY! Love to my Old Man, Mom, family, PKP, & friends! www.melijahcaldwell.com.



Briana Carlson-Goodman

Briana Carlson-Goodman (Marie Antoinette)

Briana Carlson-Goodman most recently starred as Sally in Nerds at The Philadelphia Theater Company. She has also been seen on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair and as Eponine in the 25th Anniversary tour of Les Miserables. Other New York credits include Wanda's World (Off-Broadway) and workshops of Battlefield and Calvin Berger. Television: Person of Interest. www.brianacarlsongoodman.com



Bashirrah Creswell

Bashirrah Creswell (Sally Hemings)

Bashirrah got her start at The Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, which ultimately led her to New York City, where she received her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College. The day after graduating, Bashirrah landed the lead role as Nala in The Lion King on Broadway. Since her days on the Great White Way, she has had lucrative commercial and modeling success, starring in films alongside some of America's house holds names. Her music career has taken her around the globe, everywhere from Israel, to Africa, to Asia. Bashirrah's music has been influenced with sounds that inhabited her soul through her travels from Nigeria, Senegal, to Paris. Today, Bashirrah lives in LA, where she is raising two beautiful girls.



Jessica Dyer

Jessica Dyer (Marie Theresa/Others)

Jessica is delighted to continue the journey with MADAME INFAMY after performing in the 2013 Equity reading. Other credits include: Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Madeline True), Passing Strange (Marianna/Sudabey), Curtains (Nikki Harris), and various roles with Disney Cruise Lines. Proud Baldwin-Wallace Alum. Many thanks to her family, friends, and to the wonderful writing team for bringing this fascinating story to life! www.jessica-dyer.com



Samille Ganges

Samille Ganges (Female ensemble)

Samille Ganges is thrilled to make her New York debut with such a wonderful show. Samille is a recent graduate of NJCU with a Bachelors in Musical Theater. She is a 2 time 1st place winner of the NJ NATS COMPETITION, a featured singer in Carolyn Dorfman's Dance Company's production of Interior Designs scored by composer Svjetlana Bukvich. Other memorable shows are Once on this Island (Mama Eurlie), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy), Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), The Me Nobody Knows (Melba). She will also be starring in the Opera The Old Maid and The Thief in the fall in NJ. Samille would like to thank God, her parents, Morris, Liam, Dr.Connolly, and Desmond!



Joshua Silver Hughes

Joshua Silver Hughes (Male ensemble)

Joshua Silver is thrilled to be apart of this amazing production. He received his BFA in musical Theatre from Kent State University. Previous professional credits include Fiddler, Chicago, Hello Dolly, Spelling Bee, Bye Bye Birdie, and Forum, just to name a few. He would like to thank everyone involved in MADAME INFAMY, his mom, dad, family, and friends. "STG!"



Justin Johnston

Justin Johnston (James Hemings)

Great thanks and appreciation to the entire company of MADAME INFAMY. Broadway: Rent - Angel (Closing Cast and Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway), Off Broadway: Rent - Roger. Recording artist and songwriter. Twitter: @JOHNSTONATION, SoundCloud: Johnstonmusic



Jake Levitt

Jake Levitt (Louis XVI)

Jake Levitt is grateful and excited to return to the MADAME INFAMY family. Recent NYC credits: The History Boys (Gallery Players), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theater 2020), Pit (Long View at Theater for the New City), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (5th Floor). Other favorite credits include "Billy" in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? and "Mark" in Rent. Education: Vassar College. www.jakelevitt.com.



Kevin Massey

Kevin Massey (Thomas Jefferson)

Bway: Memphis (Huey u/s), Tarzan (Tarzan u/s), Deaf West's Big River, NYCO's Antony & Cleopatra (Eros); Originated Almanzo Little House... Prairie (1st Nat, Paper Mill, Guthrie) & D'Artagnan Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); NY Readings: leads in Hunchback of Notre Dame & High School Musical (Disney), White Noise, Angels the Musical, Bonnie & Clyde; Europe: Tarzan (Tarzan), Grease! (Doody). Regional: Asolo Rep's Bonnie & Clyde (Ted), Utah Shakes' & Kansas City Rep's Pippin (Pippin), MUNY's Footloose (Willard); UNC, Morehead Scholar. Proud husband to Kara Lindsay! www.kevinmassey.com @kcmassey1



Katie McMillen

Katie McMillen (Carolina/Others)

New York City Debut! Katie is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite roles have included Ms. Spider in James and the Giant Peach and Mamma Morton in Chicago. For the past two years she had worked seasonally with RWS and Associates as a singer/dancer and company manager for various theme park shows around the country. Much love to Mom!



Crystal Sha

Crystal Sha'nae (Critta/Others)

Crystal Sha'nae is thrilled to be apart of MADAME INFAMY! Favorite Credits include: Tommy at Revision Theatre; Hairspray at Walnut Street Theatre; Parade at Gallery Players. Proud AEA member. Thanks to God foremost! Thanks to my parents and my love Ryan for the continual support. Carlos and Wolf pack you are appreciated. God Bless and Enjoy the show!



Q Smith

Q Smith (Betty Hemings/Comtesse)

Graduate of Ithaca College. Just returned from Nicaragua singing with the Wanderlust Theatre Company. Broadway: Mary Poppins (Ms. Andrew), 2006 Revival of Les Miserables. Off-B'way/Concerts/Tours: Fame (Mabel) - cast album, Abbysinia with Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO (Tour and Lincoln Center), Smokey Joe's Cafe with Gladys Knight, Showboat (Carnegie Hall), Kennedy Center, Soloist at Obama's 2009 Inaugural celebrations. Thanks To God, Arnold Mungoli, Justin@BRS, and cast.



Rachel Stern

Rachel Stern (Madame Toussaud)

Graduate of NYU, original Jersey girl, and die hard Mets fan. Broadway credits include Shrek the Musical, High Fidelity, and Tarzan. She can be seen in several re-runs of Law and Order and Law and Order SVU, as well as The Big C, Louie, and Unforgettable. Rachel is the voice of several video games and spends most of her time behind a microphone. The NYMF is so important. The festival opens the door for brilliant, new talent, and shows them off to everyone. Thanks to Bill and Julia from Lava Entertainment for being awesome.



Xalvador Tin-Bradbury

Xalvador Tin-Bradbury (Count Mercy)

Theatre includes: Bartley in The Cripple of Inishmaan with Shirley Knight, Benjamin Button the Musical (Fundamental Theatre Project), Jim Rado's SUPERSOLDIER (NYTB), Dionysus in The Bacchae (Envelope Ensemble). Graduate of the Arts Educational School, Tring. Thanks to Alejandro and Jung at Lehach & Filippa LLP, Arnold Mungioli, and Sande Campbell.



Bronwyn Whittle

Bronwyn Whittle (Martha/Others)

Bronwyn Whittle graduated Wagner College with a degree in Theater Performance and a Minor in Marketing. Favorite roles include: The Drowsy Chaperone (The Chaperone), Zombie Prom (Ms. Strict), My Fair Lady (u/s Eliza), and Putting It Together (soloist). Growing up in Dublin, Ireland, Bronwyn never imagined she would play the role of a historical figure in American history! She is delighted to be part of the MADAME INFAMY cast. Thanks to mom and dad.



Carlos Armesto (Director)

Carlos Armesto is Producing Artistic Director for Theatre C. Selected Theatre C Directing Credits include Radiant Baby, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening, The Who's TOMMY (NJ Tony: Best Director), and Disoriented. Other Directing Credits: Louis Armstrong Jazz Ambassador (Making Books Sing); Kingdom (ReVision Theatre; NJ Tony: Best Musical). Princess Grace Award (2005), Princess Grace Special Project Grant (2010); BS Chemical Engineering and Theatre (M.I.T). MFA Directing (Carnegie Mellon School of Drama). SDC, NAMT.



Keith Robinson (Musical Director)

Keith Robinson is a NYC based composer, producer, sound designer, music director, author, and educator. He is VP of Sample Logic sound library company where he designs award-winning virtual instruments for film, television, and gaming industries. Keith also works as a composer for film, television, and theatre, working on projects featuring Mark Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Stipe, Miguel Bose, Beto Cuevas, Stephen Barber, and more. Recently, Keith co-composed the musical Standby at NYMF 2013.



Damon Wiggins (Scenic Design)

Damon Wiggins is honored and delighted to make his debut with NYMF and the creative team of MADAME INFAMY. He currently holds residency as the Technical Director and Set designer for the Grand Street Campus' performing arts program. He has dedicated his life to enriching young minds through the exposure of arts in the urban classroom. Damon is an experienced artist in his own right. He is currently working on his Potty Barn series, which will exhibit in 2015 around Brooklyn.



Shane Ballard (Costume Design)

Fashion Designer, Shane Ballard began costuming when Cameron Diaz wore one of his designs in the film The Mask. He designed costumes for the original Off-Broadway production of Inappropriate in 2000 and re-envisioned it last year at Odyssey Theater in L.A., for the producers of Broadway's Rock Of Ages and Heathers. He’s also designed costumes for productions of Spring Awakening (The Hayworth Theater- L.A.), Pippin, and Carnival. He’s excited to be on the MADAME INFAMY team.



Jake DeGroot (Lighting Design)

NYC: Standby, Under the Greenwood Tree (NYMF); The Crucible (The New Ohio); disOriented (Theatre C); Neither Heaven Nor Earth (PoliglotTheater); Emilie’s Voltaire (LIA, The Beckett); The Erpingham Camp (WorkShop Theatre). Regional: The Huntington, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Hayworth (LA), W.H.A.T., ReVision, Williamstown. Associate: B’way: The Performers, Born Yesterday, Time Stands Still; Mary Stuart; Old Acquaintance. Off-B’way: Here Lies Love; Roundabout; MTC; Second Stage, The Vineyard. Co-Lighting Supervisor: Williamstown Theatre Festival 08-09. www.jakedegroot.com



Paris D. Rhoad (Stage Manager)

Paris D. Rhoad graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Broadcasting and Creative Writing & Iona College with a MS in Education. She has spent her adult theatrical career as a production stage manager and is the full-time Production Manager at Theater Works (AZ). Prior to getting on a plane she closed her final production of the season: The Full Monty. To my friends & family who have come to “hate” the theatre know I LOVE you for your unwavering support of my relationship with the stage.



Arnold J. Mungioli (Casting Director)

Arnold J. Mungioli, C.S.A. is delighted to be returning to NYMF, having cast Hot & Sweet starring Alex Hanna with Lea Michele and Katie Finneran. Current/Recent Projects include: Nick Doolan Has an Awesome Back; 12.14 Foundation’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Bill T. Jones’s Super Fly and Fela!; Little House on the Prairie; Ragtime, Show Boat, Joseph…, Disney’s High School Musical, The Lion King, Aladdin; Two Artios Awards; CSA Media Access Award. www.mungiolitheatricals.com



Malini McDonald (Press Representative)

Malini Singh McDonald is a native New Yorker as well as a passionate and experienced artist. She has twenty years of practical experience in the NYC theatre scene. As a producer in the independent theatre scene, Malini mastered the skills of marketing and producing her work in this ever-growing and ever-changing world. Past clients include: The Quest of the Hero!, Allie's Appendix, and Pieces the Musical (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity); Naked in Alaska and See Jane Give Up Dick (FringeNY); The Gospel of According to Josh: A 28 Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah; The 39 Steps. Learn more about her at www.theatrebeyondbroadway.com and www.malinism.com.



Lauren Rayner (General Manager)

Lauren Rayner is an independent freelance producer and has masterminded over 70 stage, film and multi-media projects since 2005. Favorite producing credits include TAKE ME HOME, the show in a taxi (dir: Meghan Finn, extended by popular demand); My Machine is Powered by Clocks (New Ohio's Ice Factory 2013); Disoriented (Theatre C, dir: Carlos Armesto; Peter Jay Sharp Theater); and Binding (Theatre C, extended by PS 122 & winner of 3 NY Innovative Theatre Awards).



Alexandra Bishop (Assistant General Manager)

Alex Bishop spends her days as an engineer and nights and weekends as a stage manager, production manager, and AGM. She has a BS from Cornell University. She most recently was the Stage Manager for Survival Skills at the 13th St. Repertory. She is also currently the social media coordinator for Theater Resources Unlimited. Alex loves theater and plans to do a full-time internship this fall in General Management. @HopeBish



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07/01/2014 - The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers - Live from NYMF – Vol. 1

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