Spamilton is the hilarious NY Times Critics’ Pick that Ben Brantley hails “convulsively funny!” From Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind the legendary Forbidden Broadway, comes a side-splitting new musical that roasts, eviscerates and celebrates Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical Hamilton. The Huffington Post raves “you don’t have to see Hamilton to have side-splitting fun at Spamilton!”
ERIC ANDREW LEWIS
Donterrio Johnson is an alumni of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of Los Angeles and an Artistic Ensemble Member of Pride Films and Plays. Theatre: Annie Warbucks (Theatre At The Center), Next To Normal, Urinetown (Boho Theatre), The Hundred Dresses, Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money (Chicago Children’s Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Denver Center Of Performing Arts), Murder Ballad (Cardinal Stage), Lookingglass Alice.
Michelle Lauto is so excited to have this opportunity to be in the room where…something happens. Recent credits: In The Heights (Porchlight Music Theatre), Xanadu (American Theater Co.), 35mm (Circle Theatre), The Boy From Oz (Jeff Nom.–Best Supporting Actress; Pride Films & Plays), Murder Ballad (Bailiwick Chicago). Michelle is a proud graduate of The Second City Training Center Conservatory. All the hugs for Nick, the family, the pup, and everyone at Stewart Talent. Check her out online at michellelauto.com and on instagram: @michelleryanlauto
Eric Andrew Lewis was last seen in Theatre at the Center’s production of My Way a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Previous productions: Women on the Verge, All Shook Up. He spent his holidays “under the sea” in the ensemble of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Paramount Theatre, where his previous credits include In the Heights and Tommy. Other Chicago credits: Jimmy Early in Dreamgirls at Porchlight Theatre, which earned him a Jeff Award, Once Upon a People at Black Ensemble Theater, Parade at BoHo Theatre and How to Succeed in Business…, Sister Act and Suessical the Musical at Marriott Theatre. Regional credits include work at Fireside Theatre and also a production of Dreamgirls at Milwaukee Rep. Eric would like to thank God, his family, and his lovely new wife for their continued love and support.
Yando Lopez is thrilled to be performing in the Chicago premiere of Spamilton! He was last seen in The Christians at Steppenwolf. Favorite credits: In the Heights and Sondheim on Sondheim at Porchlight Music Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors at American Blues Theatre, In the Heights at the Paramount and Barney the Elf at the Other Theatre Company. Yando has also worked with Court Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Emerald City, Brown Paper Box Black Ensemble Theatre and the Goodman. Yando is a proud Northwestern alum and new AEA member. Thanks to my familia near and far, Adrian and Kylie.
David Robbins is elated to be apart of Spamilton Chicago! I’m home! A Chicago native, alum of The Chicago Academy for the Arts and attended Baldwin Wallace University. Regional: Memphis (Bobby), Rent (Tom Collins), Once on this Island (Agwe), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), Webbers Phantom of the Opera (M.Reyer). Thank You God, Mom, Family, Anthony, B.Mack, Michael Cassara Casting, Creative Team of Spamilton. Proverbs 3:6. IG: @david.s.robbins FB: David S Robbins
Adam LaSalle is extraordinarily humbled to be working on Spamilton with this fantastic cast and creative team. Recent MD and piano credits: 24 Words (Stage 773), Nunsense (Beverly Arts Center), Rebel (Theatre Wit), Memphis’ Playhouse on the Square Musical Theatre Education Program, the Chicago Children’s Choir, ChiArts, SummerSing’s International Choral Festival in Cork City, Ireland, and an number of revues and cabarets at the Promontory and as a regular at Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret in Wicker park. Favorite roles include: Jesus (Godspell), Tommy Albright (Brigadoon), and Adam (Complete Works…Abridged). Much love and many thanks to Mom, Dad, and Dan for their endless support. www.adamalasalle.com
Incredibly honored to be a part of this brilliant team. Was recently seen as Tom Collins in the Jeff Award winning production of Rent, at Theo Ubique Theatre in Chicago! He has since had the honor of playing some of his favorite roles at Wagon Wheel Center of the Arts including, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, Curtis in Sister Act! Favorite Credits Regional: Lion in The Wiz (Kokandy Productions), Jim in Big River, and Hairspray (Timber Lake Playhouse). Received his BFA in Music Theatre Performance, from Western Michigan University.Special thanks to my family and friends. To God be the glory.
Ariel Richardson is delighted to be in the room where it happens! Ariel is from Mesquite, Tx and recently graduated with a BFA-Acting from Oklahoma City University. Some of her favorite credits include Dreamgirls, Big River, and Oliver! Ariel is proudly represented by Stewart Talent Agency! Special shoutout to her loving family, friends, and the incredible Stewart Talent Team. #werk
Production Stage Manager
Theatre: 25 editions of Forbidden Broadway (creator/ writer/ director), Forbidden Hollywood (writer/ director), Madame X: The Musical (NYMF) (co-writer/director), The Nutcracker & I (lyrics), Maury Yeston’s In The Beginning (Maine State production, director). Television: special material for Carol Burnett, Angela Lansbury and Bob Hope. Film: Aladdin, Pocahontas (vocals). Recording: 12 Forbidden Broadway cast albums, Forbidden Hollywood & Spamilton cast albums, Barbra Streisand Duets 2 (Special Lyrics). Awards: Drama League Lifetime Achievement Award, Obie Award, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, 7 Drama Desk (2 Best Lyrics, 2 Special Achievement, 3 Best Musical Revue), and a Special Tony Award for Achievement in Theatre. Special thanks to partner Glenn Bassett for contributing his many talents to Spamilton.
GERRY McINTYRE is choreographer of the recent Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Ogunquit Playhouse. Once on this Island at Martin Beck Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, TheaterWorks (TBA Award, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award for Choreography), La Mirada (Dramalogue Award– Best Director/Choreographer, Robby Award– Best Director, Ovation Nomination Best Choreographer). Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Chicago Reagle Players, Ogunquit Playhouse (Broadway World Award). Dreamgirls National Tour, Joseph… Dreamcoat at Lyric Theater. One Man Two Guvnors at Berkeley Rep, Pioneer Theater. Berkshire Theatre Festival: My Fair Lady, A Saint She Ain’t, Tommy, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, and Side-By-Side by Sondheim. Connecticut Rep: Candide, Legally Blonde, Urinetown, and Hairspray (Connecticut Critics Circle award). Television: Rosie O’Donnell Show. gerrymcIntyre.net.
DUSTIN CROSS is happy to be back in the company of his Forbidden Broadway family! Broadway: The 24Hour Plays (American Airlines). Off Broadway: Spamilton (NYC), The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Other Josh Cohen, Cougar The Musical, Zelda at the Oasis. Tours: Cheers Live, 42nd Street, A Christmas Story. Regional (select): Billy Elliot, Cinderella, Sister Act, The Witches of Eastwick (Regional premieres) Joseph… Dreamcoat (Broadway World Award: Best Costume Design), West Side Story (Irne Award), Rent and The Christmas Rose (Carnegie Hall) Film: The Little Button Girl (December 2017, starring Dick Van Dyke). ENJOY! www.dustincross.net Milo Bue (Scenic Design) is excited to be joining Forbidden Broadway. His design credits are A Promise of a Rose Garden (Babes with Blades), Resolution (PFP), dirty butterfly (The Blind Owl), Wolf at the End of the Block (Teatro Vista).
ANDY KLOUBEC is excited to be joining Forbidden Broadway for the first time. He is a Chicago native and recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago. He most recently designed Columbia College’s production of Once on This Island.
MATT REICH is thrilled to be designing Spamilton. He is a graduate of the Theater School at DePaul University with a degree in Sound Design for theatre. He is a proud company member of Cock & Bull Theatre.
Jamie Karas is excited to be working on Spamilton! In Chicago she has worked for Wolf At The End Of The Block and In The Time Of The Butterflies (Teatro Vista); Bootycandy, Apartment 3A, This, and Explorer’s Club (Windy City Playhouse); Tall Girls (Shattered Globe); Men On Boats (American Theatre Company); Nutcracker, and Death And Harry Houdini (House Theatre of Chicago); Get It All Back (Sideshow Theatre); Bobbie Clearly (Steep Theatre); Grizzly Mama (Rivendell Theatre); Mame (Light Opera Works); Once In A Lifetime, In A Word, and D.O.A. (Strawdog Theatre) and many others. She has also worked for Peninsula Players and Ashlawn Opera and is the current Prop Shop Supervisor at Loyola University Chicago.
Select Off-Broadway: Philoctetes (GK ArtsCenter, PSM), Cagney (York Theatre, Assistant Director/SDC Observer,), Clinton The Musical (New World Stages, Assistant Director), Tail! Spin! (Assistant Director/Sub-ASM), Ethel Sings (Theatre Row, PSM), Here Lies Love (Public Theatre, PA),Murder for Two (New World Stages, PA) Select NYC: A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnegie Hall, PA), Lincoln Center Out of Doors & Midsummer Night’s Swing (Lincoln Center, Stage Manager) Select Chicago: Ziryab: The Songbird of Andalusia (Silk Road Rising, PSM) Old Jews Telling Jokes (The Royal George Theatre, PA).
Ellen Rusconi has general managed and company managed numerous theater productions in New York and on tour. She was formerly Producing Director of SDC Foundation and started her career as a CPA for Price Waterhouse. She general managed Forbidden Broadway in NY, Chicago and MIami from 2001 – 2014 and is thrilled to be working with this creative team once again.