Chris Anthony Giles
Nicole Vanessa Ortiz
Aaron Michael Ray
Tristan J. Shuler
Chris is happy to be performing in his first Forbidden Broadway parody! Regional credits include: Collins in RENT, Adrian in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Horse in The Full Monty. National tours: Memphis, Wonderful Town, Anything Goes as well as multiple shows for Disney Cruise Line. Television: co-starring on “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Mysteries of Laura”. Chris thanks his family and God for their support and blessings.
Nicole Vanessa Ortiz developed her passion for musical theater as a Vocal Major student at Arts High School of Performing Arts in Newark, NJ. In 2005 she became a Top 45 Finalist of “American Idol” Season 5! She is a 4-time winning finalist of Amateur Night at The Apollo Theater and has performed for legends such as Gladys Knight. Nicole is extremely grateful to be debuting in her first Off-Broadway performance with Spamilton. She thanks everyone for their continued support!
Aaron Michael Ray is overjoyed to join the Spamilton family! Favorite Regional: The Scottsboro Boys, The Color Purple (Speakeasy Stage Company), My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd (Lyric Stage Company) Shrek, (Wheelock Theater), Wonderful Town (Reagle Music Theatre) and more! BM in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music and MFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Special thanks to HAA and my beautiful family. XXOOJJ
Dan Rosales is thrilled to be a member of the Spamilton company! He is a California native who has been seen traveling the U.S. starring as Peter Pan on the National Tour of Peter Pan 360. Most recently, Dan originated the role of Palmer LaRue in New York City Center’s world premiere of Wringer. Proud graduate of the Boston Conservatory. Love and thanks to family, friends, 2013 and the team at BRS/GAGE. Instagram: @danrosales. Check out danrosales.net for more info.
Tristan J. Shuler is a NYC based actor, director, and playwright. Off-Broadway: Urinetown, the Musical (Tiny Tom; Fracture Theatre Co.); Faith Under Fire (Lenny; National Black Theater). National Tour: Odd Squad LIVE! (Johnny J/Male Swing). Regional: Beauty and the Beast (Beast), The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric). www.TristanJShuler.com @TristanJShuler
Cameron Amandus is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre Program. He recently performed in Aida and South Pacific at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh, and is happy to start working on his first New York credit. Amandus means giver and receiver of Love, and he wouldn’t be anywhere without the incredible love of his dazzling mother. Think happy, Go Blue!
Claudia Yanez is so excited to join the cast of Spamilton! Favorite theater credits include: Mamma Mia! and Rent. Claudia has toured singing background vocals for Grammy award-winning artists, including Jon Secada. Thanks to my beautiful family and friends, everyone at TKO, Michael Cassara, and the Spamilton team. Proud Weston Young Company & BoCo alum. www.claudia-yanez.com
Lush Budgett Productions: Producer
DKC/O&M – PRESS
Company Manager, Spamilton
Gerard is best known for creating and writing all 25 editions of Forbidden Broadway in New York, Los Angeles, London and around the world. Gerard was featured in the original 1982 cast of Forbidden Broadway and can be heard on four of the 12 Forbidden Broadway cast albums. He also sings on the soundtracks of the Disney classics Aladdin and Pocahontas. Television credits include writing comedy specials for Bob Hope, Angela Lansbury, and Carol Burnett. Directing credits include Maury Yeston’s musical In the Beginning. Recent musicals which he co-wrote and/or directed include Madame X (NYMF 2011) and The Nutcracker and I (a complete Tschaikovsky score with all new lyrics by Gerard). As a director, he’s currently working on an upcoming revue focusing on the songs of Maury Yeston entitled Anything Can Happen (In the Theatre). Gerard is the recipient of an Obie Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, a Lifetime Achievement award from the Drama League, and seven Drama Desk Awards (including two for Best Lyrics, and two Special Lifetime Achievement Awards). Gerard was also awarded an Honorary Tony Award for Excellence in the Theatre.
David Zippel is a lyricist and director. He has won the Tony Award, two Academy Award Nominations, two Grammy nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. He is one of a handful of contemporary lyricists to have achieved success on Broadway, in Hollywood and in the Pop music world. Musicals: City of Angels, The Goodbye Girl, The Woman In White, Just So, Princesses, Going Hollywood, Pamela’s First Musical. Films: Disney’s Hercules, Disney’s Mulan, The Swan Princess, The Wedding Planner. His songs appear on over 25 million CDs and have been sung by: Stevie Wonder, Mel Torme, Christina Aguilera, Barbara Cook, Michael Bolton, Ricky Martin, Cleo Laine, Nancy LaMott, Sarah Brightman and Barbra Streisand. David worked with Liza Minnelli to write Liza’s at The Palace which won the 2009 Tony Award and was recorded for PBS. David conceived and directed Princesses at Goodspeed Musicals and The 5th Avenue Theater. He conceived and directed The Best Is Yet To Come: The Music of Cy Coleman which premiered at The Rubicon Theatre and for which he won a 2010 “INDY” award for his direction and a 2012 Drama Desk Award for Best Musical Revue. He conceived and directed “They’re Playing His Songs: The Music of Marvin Hamlisch. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is delighted not to practice law.
John Freedson has been associated with Forbidden Broadway for most of its 34-year history and with his partner Harriet Yellin, has produced all editions of the show in New York since 1994. John produced the national tour of the Off-Broadway hit I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, along with Forbidden Broadway at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory (and its subsequent West End production); in LA, San Diego, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Tokyo, and on tour, as well as Forbidden Hollywood in New York, LA, Chicago and Japan. He won a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Direction for the Chicago production of FH. Mr. Freedson co-produced 12 Forbidden Broadway CDs for DRG Records, and long-ago, appeared in the Off-Broadway and Boston productions. As a composer/lyricist, he wrote three hit children’s musicals: A Swan is Born, Aesop’s Follies, and Country Mouse/City Mouse, which toured with the New England Theatre Guild. His voice has been heard on numerous radio and television spots and jingles, two Forbidden Broadway CDs and Disney’s Aladdin. Originally from Reading PA, Mr. Freedson attended the Boston Conservatory and is a graduate of Brandeis University.
Christine has a long and colorful history with Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway, (and a Drama Desk Nomination), performing in editions across the US, as well as London’s West End, and beyond. On Broadway: Mama Morton in Chicago; Little Me with Martin Short and Faith Prince, Talk Radio with Live Schreiber. Off-Broadway: NEWSical, the title role in Miss Abigail’s Guide…. Her award-winning cabaret show Great Dames has played across the country, London, and South Africa, and her annual holiday show Snow Business returns to Feinstein’s this December. She’s a daily host on SIRIUS XM Radios ON BROADWAY ch 72 and does silly voices on The Howard Stern Show. ChristinePedi.com, [email protected] , Facebook-Christine Pedi Show Biz, Instagram-ChristinePedi
Fred Barton is an acclaimed composer, lyricist, orchestrator, conductor, and actor. His arrangements are played regularly by the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and major symphonies around the country. On Broadway and national tour, Fred conducted Anthony Quinn in Zorba, Hal Prince’s production of Cabaret, Cy Coleman’s City of Angels and Robert Goulet in Camelot. He played in the Broadway pits of Cy Coleman’s The Will Rogers Follies, Tommy Tune’s revival of Grease, the 1992 revival of Guys & Dolls, and Off-Broadway’s Ruthless. Fred is co-liberettist, musical supervisor, and arranger for the new Broadway-bound Harold Arlen musical One for My Baby. Fred debuted in New York as the original arranger/pianist for Forbidden Broadway, and created the book, music, and lyrics for his one-man show Miss Gulch Returns! (Back Stage Bistro Award), performed at theaters nationwide. He wrote book, music, and lyrics for The Two Svengalis, contributed songs to the Off-Broadway productions Whoop-Dee-Doo! and Burly-Q, and in collaboration with Gerard Alessandrini, he wrote music and lyrics for Universal’s Creature from the Black Lagoon. Fred’s TV credits as composer and arranger include HBO’s Cathouse: The Musical, Olivia, Wonder Pets!, Eureeka’s Castle, and The Magic School Bus (Emmy Award). He has produced and arranged numerous CDs. Since 2011, the Fred Barton Orchestra has won acclaim for its Showstoppers concerts of songs from the Golden Age of Broadway, with Broadway stars present and future.
Pianist, arranger, vocal coach, music editor/orchestrator. Music director for cabarets, concerts and revues in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Hawaii, Montreal, Switzerland, Texas, Oklahoma. Entertained on five cruise ships, including the 1993 Rotterdam World Cruise. Performed at Carnegie Hall (twice) with actress Kim Zimmer in Broadway and Barbershop, as well as at the Cotton Club, the Friars Club and the Jolson International Festival. Worked with Pat Boone, Kathryn Crosby, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Julie Wilson, Lea Salonga, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald, and other notable Broadway performers. Music director/arranger for Gerard (Forbidden Broadway) Alessandrini’s “Tonight We Sing”, “Madame X,” “The Nutcracker and I” and “Moon Over Parador” (music by Bill Conti, composer of “Rocky”). Music directed “The George M. Cohan Revue,” “The Seven Little Foys”, “What Makes Sammy Run?,” “One Night with Fanny Brice,” “Irving Berlin’s America” “Irvin Berlin’s Ragtime Revue” and five productions of Broadway Close Up for Merkin Hall. Has also appeared numerous times at Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Performed and participated in musical theater workshops in Taiwan; Shanghai and Beijing, China. Also performed in Santa Fe, NM for the Jewish Film Festival, and in Washington, DC for the Kennedy Center Opera Ball, and three times at the Luxembourg Consulate. His orchestrations have been heard in Bulgaria, Turkey, Israel and Switzerland, as well as NYC. Long time faculty member of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
Dustin Cross is pleased to be back in the company of his Forbidden Broadway friends! Broadway: The 24 Hour Plays (American Airlines). Off-Broadway: A Class Act, Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging, The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Other Josh Cohen, Cougar The Musical, Zelda at the Oasis. Regional (select): Cinderella, Billy Elliot, Sister Act, The Witches of Eastwick (Regional premieres) Joseph…Dreamcoat (Broadway World Award: Best Costume Design), West Side Story (Irene Award), Hello Dolly (ABE Award), Buyer and Cellar, In the Car, and The Christmas Rose (Carnegie Hall). Film: The Little Button Girl (December 2016, starring Dick Van Dyke & Kate Winslet). ENJOY! www.dustincross.net @DustinCrossDesigns
Gerry McIntyre is choreographer of the current Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Ogunquit Playhouse. Once on this Island: Martin Beck Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, TheaterWorks (TBA Award – Best Director/Choreographer, Robby Award – Best Director, Ovation Nomination Best Choreographer). Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chicago – Reagle Players, Ogunquit Playhouse (Broadway World Award). Dreamgirls – National Tour, Joseph…Dreamcoat – Lyric Theater. One Man Two Guvnors – 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, Designing Women, Major Dad, and Golden Palace. Jerry is the director/choreographer of the documentary After the Storm. gerrymcintyre.net
Alex Nahon is excited to be joining Spamilton in NYC. Associate designer Spamilton (Chicago). Programmer: “Steve Harvey NBC”, Chicago, Hazel, Bye Bye Birdie at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Love and thanks to Char, Mom & Dad, John, David, Gerard, Heather, Marc, Jason, Andy, and the IATSE.
Rick Shulman has been a company manager for over 20 years for productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and National Tours. Broadway credits include SHE LOVES ME starring Boyd Gaines, GORE VIDAL’S THE BEST MAN starring Chris Noth, Spaulding Grey, Michael Learned and Christine Ebersole, THE GIN GAME starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning, THE SUNSHINE BOYS starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, THE KENTUCKY CYCLE starring Stacy Keach. National Tour credits include LEGENDS starring Joan Collins and Linda Evans, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ starring the Pointer Sisters, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
Glenn Bassett has worked Off-Broadway, in regional, and touring productions throughout the US and around the world, both on stage as a performer and backstage in management and in set design. And he was even a waiter at the Triad! He is an advanced member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and is currently writing lyrics and libretto for an original musical thriller DIG A LITTLE DEEPER with composer Adam Cohen. He is delighted to be a part of SPAMILTON and to work with this wonderful cast and production team. He would like to thank Gerard, his family and his friends for their unending love and support.
Brierpatch Productions is the partnership of Laura Janik Cronin and Scott Newsome providing general management services for theatrical productions, tours and events. Current and previous productions include: Church & State, Cagney the Musical, One Funny Mother, Dan and Phil: The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire, Phoenix, Handle With Care, Grounded, Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play, Inner Voices III & IV, Sleeping Rough, Triassic Parq, 7th Monarch, Rest In Pieces, Wallenberg, Tales From The Tunnel, Glimpses of The Moon, and The Actors’ Studio Drama School MFA Repertory Season (2011 – current). Under Development: The Stone Witch (World Premiere at Berkshire Theatre Group summer 2016).