Directed by Spiro Veloudos
Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Choreographed by Rachel Bertone
Music Direction and Piano by Matthew Stern
Featuring: Neil A. Casey*, Aimee Doherty*, Jennifer Ellis*, Heather Gallagher, Kathryn McKellar, Karen Murphy*, Todd McNeel, Brad Peloquin, Pier Lamia Porter*, Robert St. Laurence*, Jared Troilo*
This Tony Award-winning Best Musical follows the hilarious adventures of Monty Navarro, eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, as he sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm…and a dash of murder. Of course, all will be worth it if he can slay his way into Highhurst Castle. And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind.
Scenic Design by Shelley Barish
Costume Design by Elisabetta Polito
Projection Design by Johnathan Carr
Lighting Design by Frank Meissner Jr.
Production Stage Manager: Robin Grady
Assistant Stage Manger: Nerys Powell
Props Artisan: Lauren Corcuera
Season sponsored by Lee & Diana Humphrey, Joe Richard & Rene Morrissette in Memory of Rose Rocco and Yves Morrissette, and our corporate sponsor:
Production sponsored by Sally & Richard Zeckhauser
Director Spiro Veloudos sponsored by Mary & Larry Shaw
Musical Director Matt Stern sponsored by Ron Sudol
Aimee Doherty sponsored by Paul & Liz Kastner
Cast & Crew
Spiro Veloudos – Director
Spiro Veloudos (Director, Producing Artistic Director Emeritus) has directed more than 65 productions at the Lyric Stage, including among his favorites, Nicholas Nickleby, Avenue Q, Assassins, Souvenir, Death of a Salesman, Noises Off, Superior Donuts, and Into the Woods. This season he directed Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. His widely acclaimed Sondheim Initiative had him directing ten Sondheim productions over twenty seasons. During his tenure, the Lyric Stage earned nu-merous awards and honors including Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstand-ing Musical Production. In addition to his numerous Best Director IRNE and Elliot Norton Awards, Spiro received the 2006 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Salem State College, the StageSource Theatre Hero Award (2003), and was named Best Artistic Director by Boston Magazine in 1999. He is adjunct faculty in Performing Arts at Emerson College.
Rachel Bertone – Choreographer
Rachel Bertone (Choreographer) returns to the Lyric Stage having directed and choreographed Little Shop of Horrors, Gypsy, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Direction/Choreography: Cabaret (IRNE Awards: Best Direction, Choreography, Musical), Carousel (IRNE: Best Choreography), In the Heights (IRNE: Best Musical), The Wild Party (IRNE: Best Musical), Billy Elliot, Show Boat, Barnum, Hair, Heathers, Musical of Musicals, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Brundibar, But the Giraffe, Creative License. Recent choreography: West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Les Misérables, A New Brain, Mamma Mia, Lucky Stiff, Company, City of Angels, Big River, Animal Crackers, Camelot. Bertone has served on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Emerson College, the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University, and Long Island University. Special thanks to Spiro for his continued collaborations.
Matthew Stern – Music Director/Piano
Matthew Stern (Music Director) is a Boston-based, award-winning music director and musical theater educator, and is making his Lyric Stage debut. He is a full time Assistant Professor of Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and has also served on the faculties of Boston University and Emerson College. His music directing credits include: Merrily We Roll Along (IRNE Award,Huntington Theatre), Fun Home, Allegiance, The Bridges of Madison County (IRNE Award), The Scottsboro Boys (IRNE Award), Violet, Big Fish (SpeakEasy Stage), She Loves Me, Altar Boyz, Mame, Forum, Nutcracker (Greater Boston Stage Company), Tuck Everlasting (Umbrella Stage Company), James and the Giant Peach, Shrek, Hairspray (Wheelock); Brecht on Brecht, Assassins (New Rep), Ragtime (Fiddlehead Theatre), Cabaret (Boston Conservatory at Berklee), Anyone Can Whistle, String, Runaways, Parade, The Human Comedy, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, Merrily We Roll Along (Boston University), and many productions at French Woods Festival. Matthew holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Studies from Boston University. mattsternmusic.com
Neil A. Casey* – the D’Ysquith Family
Neil A. Casey* (The D’Ysquith Family) has appeared at the Lyric Stage in When Pigs Fly, One Man, Two Guvnors, It’s All True, Assassins, Nicholas Nickleby, and Noises Off, among others. Other credits: Loves Labour’s Lost (Huntington Theatre), The Dazzle, My Fair Lady, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Woman in Black (Stoneham Theatre), Hamel, 42nd Street (North Shore Music Theatre), Theatre District, and Take Me Out (SpeakEasy Stage). Neil has also been a company member of the long-running Shear Madness (Charles Playhouse) for the past twenty years. National tours: The Diary of Anne Frank. International tours: 42nd Street. B.F.A., Niagara University. M.F.A., The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University.
Aimee Doherty* – Sibella Hallward
Aimee Doherty* (Sibella Hallward) return to the Lyric Stage having appeared in Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play, Sondheim on Sondheim, Into the Woods, On the Town, Follies, Animal Crackers, Adrift in Macao, and See What I Wanna See. Aimee has soloed with the Boston Pops under the baton of Keith Lockhart. Regional credits include As You Like It (Shakespeare & Company), Merrily We Roll Along (Huntington Theatre), and she has performed a in Boston’s Shear Madness. She is a two-time recipient of the Elliot Norton Award and a two-time recipient of the IRNE Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. aimeedoherty.net Thank you, Spiro.
Jennifer Ellis* – Phoebe D’Ysquith
Jennifer Ellis* (Phoebe D’Ysquith) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in My Fair Lady, City of Angels, 1776, and Urinetown. Most recently, Jen appeared in The Bridges of Madison County (American Theatre Group) and Showboat (Landmarks Orchestra). Off-Broadway: Shear Madness at New World Stages. Regional Credits include: The Huntington Theatre, Shear Madness, SpeakEasy Stage, Reagle Music Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Gloucester Stage, Boston Lyric Opera, and Peterborough Players. Film: Christmas à la Mode (Lifetime). Jen is a four-time IRNE Award recipient and received the Elliot Norton Award for My Fair Lady and Wonderful Town. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. Love and thanks to Ben, the Gentleman’s Guide fam and to you reading this for supporting live, local theatre. @jen_ellis JenEllis.net
Karen Murphy* – Miss Shingle
Karen Murphy* (Miss Shingle) began her career at The Charles Playhouse before Shear Madness began residence. In 1984 Forbidden Broadway burst on the scene at The Terrace Room. Karen enjoyed years of employment there while taking breaks to work at the Huntington Theatre, the Nickerson Theatre, and the Worcester Foothills Theatre. Karen’s Broadway: A Christmas Carol, Titanic, 42nd Street, All Shook Up, 9 to 5, King David And A Little Night Music (understudy to both Angela Lansbury and Elaine Stritch ). National Tours: Les Miz, White Christmas, Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, and Finding Neverland. Off Bway: Zombie Prom, L’Amour, The Merrier!, My Vaudeville Man ( Drama Desk Nomination) Showtune, 50 Million Frenchmen. Thank you, Lyric Stage, for bringing me back to my favorite US city. It feels like home.
Kathryn McKellar – Woman #3
Kathryn McKellar (Woman #3) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously appeared in My Fair Lady and The Mikado. Other credits include Le Nozze di Figaro, The Rake’s Progress, Carmen, La Traviata, I Puritani, Merry Widow, The Magic Flute (Boston Lyric Opera), Patience, Giovanna d’Arco, Lucio Silla (Odyssey Opera), The Chronicles of Nine, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Boston Modern Orchestra Project), Divas, L’incoronazione di Poppea (OperaHub), My Fair Lady, Les Misérables (Reagle Music Theater), and performances with the Boston Pops, Boston Midsummer Opera, Opera Providence, Anthem Theater Company, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. and Boston Opera Collaborative. Kathryn is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory, managing director of Opera on Tap Boston, and new mom to Tristan. KathrynMcKellar.com
Todd McNeel – Man #2
Todd McNeel (Man #2) is a versatile artist and singer of the operatic and musical theatre repertoire. He is a member of the American Spiritual Ensemble — a group whose primary mission is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive and to share dynamic repertoire that highlights the Black experience. Recent credits include Gloriana (Odyssey Opera), Norma (Boston Lyric Opera), Le Nozze di Figaro (Boston Opera Collaborative), Tuck Everlasting (Umbrella Stage Company), Freedom Ride (MassOpera/Chicago Opera Theatre), Pagliacci (Boston Lyric Opera), Assassins (Arts After Hours), Ragtime (Wheelock Family Theatre and The Company Theatre), 1776 (New Rep), Porgy and Bess (Princeton Opera), Little Women (MassOpera), Coal Creek (Hartford Opera Theatre), Brother Nat (Emerson Paramount Theatre), The Bremen Town Musicians (Wildwood Parks for the Arts), and Turandot (Cincinnati Opera). McNeel is a recipient of the prestigious Emerging Talent Artist award from the Kurt Weill Foundation/Lotte Lenya Competition for his performances in opera and musical theatre. Todd is the Digital Account Manager at Boston Magazine. Instagram: @toddy_mack
Brad Peloquin – Man #3
Brad Peloquin (Man #3) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Select New England credits include Parade (Moonbox Productions), Brecht on Brecht, Assassins, Marry Me a Little, and Moby Dick: An American Opera (New Rep), Guys and Dolls (Reagle Music Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre), Die Fledermaus (New England Light Opera), Follies (Overture Productions), and The Mikado (Huntington Theatre/North Shore Music Theatre). Regional appearances include Closer than Ever (Bristol Valley Theatre), Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Pops), and Big River, Chess, and Lies & Legends (Blackfriars Theatre). International appearances include a featured soloist at the Britten-Pears Festival in Snape, England. Brad has recorded music with Telarc International, Musica Omnia, and Harmonia.
Pier Lamia Porter* – Woman #2
Pier Lamia Porter* (Woman #2) returns to Lyric Stage after opening the season with Little Shop of Horrors. Recent credits include: Marie and Rosetta (GBSC), Caroline or Change (Moonbox Productions), Die Fledermaus (Mass Opera), Ragtime, Beauty and the Beast (Wheelock Family Theatre), 1776 (New Repertory Theater), To Kill a Mockingbird (Umbrella Stage), Most Happy Fella, and The Music Man (RMT). She most recently co-produced a staged concert of Songs for a New World with Umbrella Stage, was a featured soloist in the concert premiere of the musical Brother Nat at the Emerson Paramount Theater, and participated in a workshop reading of Diaspora through the Boston Theatre Project. A native of Las Vegas, she holds a B.M. in Opera Performance from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and is a proud member of the AEA. Instagram: @pierlamiaporter
Robert St. Laurence* – Man #1/Monty u/s
Robert St. Laurence* (Man #1, Monty understudy) is making Lyric Stage debut. A perennial performer with the Barnstormers Theatre, Robert’s regional credits include the Huntington Theatre, American Repertory Theater, New Rep, Greater Boston Stage Company, and Wheelock Family Theatre. Robert received his M.F.A. in Acting from Harvard University’s A.R.T./M.X.A.T. Institute, and is on faculty at Bunker Hill Community College.
Jared Troilo* – Montague “Monty” Navarro
Jared Troilo* (Montague “Monty” Navarro) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in My Fair Lady, Murder for Two, and Camelot. Around New England, Jared has also been seen at SpeakEasy Stage, Wheelock Family Theatre, the Palace Theatre, Barnstormers, Moonbox Productions, Company Theater, Shadowland Stages, Reagle Music Theater, Fiddlehead Theatre, and Greater Boston Stage Company. He is the recipient of an IRNE Award for best performance of a featured actor in a musical. Graduate of the Boston Conservatory. Proud member of AEA. All my love to Kira and Levi. JaredTroilo.com
Shelley Barish – Scenic Design
Shelley Barish (Scenic Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed The Wolves, Hold These Truths, Camelot, Becky’s New Car, and Dear Elizabeth, Mr. Burns, and Murder for Two. Recent Boston-area designs include Pipeline (Co-production WAM and Nora Theatre), Someone Who’ll Watch over Me, Top Girls , The Real Inspector Hound, The Real Thing (Bad Habit Productions), Mr.Burns (Northeastern University), The Irish and How They Got That Way (Greater Boston Stage Company), and EEP! Show (New Exhibition Room). Other design credits include: The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, West Side Story, Cards on the Table, Appointment with Death (Cortland Repertory Theatre), Boom!, Barefoot In The Park, Private Lives, Next Fall , Art (Bristol Valley Theatre), Assassins (Eastman School of Music), New Moon, and HMS Pinafore,(The Ohio Light Opera). She is an Associate Professor in the Theatre Arts Program at UMASS Lowell and received her M.F.A from Michigan State University. shelleybarish.com
Elisabetta Polito** – Costume Design
Elisabetta Polito** (Costume Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed Breath & Imagination, Camelot, Peter and the Starcatcher, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, City of Angels, Into the Woods, Water by the Spoonful, Stones in His Pockets, and Time Stands Still. Recent costume design work: Cymbeline (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Cyrano, The Last Schwartz, Out of Sterno (Gloucester Stage Company). Inherit the Wind (Ocean State Theater Company). Dog Fight, Big Fish, A Future Perfect, Necessary Monsters, The Color Purple, Kurt Vonnegut: Make up your Mind, In the Heights, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (SpeakEasy Stage), Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theater), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, The Addams Family: The Musical, Unbleached American, Bernarda Alba, These Shining Lives, The Nutcracker, The Rimers of Eldritch (Stoneham Theater), Pajama Game (Boston Conservatory), Blood at the Root, The Wiz, Othello, Inner City Blues, In the Heights (Boston Arts Academy), Marie Antoinette: Color of Flesh (Providence College), White Christmas (Company Theatre), L’Élisir d’amore, L’ Amico Fritz , Il Campanello, Martha, The Bartered Bride, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Boston Midsummer Opera). The Love of the Nightingale (Emerson College), Into the Woods, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Cherry Orchard, Hairspray, Metamorphoses, Imaginary Invalid (Concord Academy), Rent, Dr. Faustus (Suffolk University), Funnyhouse of a Negro, and Three Sisters (Brandeis Theatre Company). 2016 recipient of an Elliot Norton Award.
Frank Meissner Jr.** – Lighting Design
Franklin Meissner, Jr. (Lighting Designer) is pleased to return to the Lyric Stage after designing the lighting for Little Shop of Horrors, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Gypsy, Company, Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd (IRNE award), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Avenue Q, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and The Understudy. His work has also been seen Off and Off-Off Broadway in NYC, at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (IRNE Award), New Repertory Theatre (three IRNE Awards), Wheelock Family Theatre (Elliot Noton Award), The Boston Conservatory, Stoneham Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Northeastern University, Central Square Theater, the North Shore Music Theatre, the South Shore Music Circus, Sanders Theatre, various corporate events and colleges around the state, and at 40 Carnegie Hall performances. Mr. Meissner is a member of United Scenic Artists. For more information: www.FranklinMeissner.com. For Abby.
Johnathan Carr – Projection Design
Johnathan Carr (Projection Design) returns for his sixth production at the Lyric Stage after By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Into the Woods, Red Hot Patriot, City of Angels, Hold These Truths, and Kiss of the Spider Woman for which he received an IRNE Award. Design credits include: An Octoroon (Company One), HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True, Pippin (American Repertory Theater), The Man Who (Harvard University), Searching for Signal (ToUch Performance Art), and Becoming Dr. Ruth (New Rep). New York: H4 (Resonance Ensemble), Same River (Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble).
Lauren Corcuera – Props Artisan
Lauren Corcuera (Props Artisan) previously designed The Cake, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Little Shop of Horrors, and Breath & Imagination for the Lyric Stage. Other select prop credits include Cabaret (Moonbox Productions), Noire Hamlet (Centtastage), Circle Mirror Transformation (Brandeis University), The Agitators, Barefoot in the Park (Gloucester Stage), and Stupid F*ing Bird (Emerson Stage). She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology from Emerson College.
Bryn Austin – Dialect Coach
Bryn Austin (Dialect Coach) returns to the Lyric Stage where she served as dialect coach for Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, The Little Foxes, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Hold These Truths, Murder for Two, Peter and the Starcatcher, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, Intimate Apparel, Sweeney Todd, Groundswell, and Blithe Spirit, andshe appeared in Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Recent Boston area coaching credits: Cardboard Piano (New Rep), Dancing at Lughnasa (Gloucester Stage), and bare stage (Festival Theater). Selected regional credits: Cabaret (Palace Theater, Manchester, NH), The Secret Garden (Main Street Arts, VT), and Mary Poppins (New England Youth Theater, VT). Bryn serves on the Voice and Speech faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. brynaustin.com
Robin Grady* – Production Stage Manager
Robin Grady* (Production Stage Manager) has stage managed at the Lyric Stagefor over ten years, including Little Shop of Horrors, Camelot, Into the Woods, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, The Mikado, Big River, The Twenty Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Follies. Regional credits include Trinity Rep, Gamm Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, Huntington Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Reagle Music Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Ocean State Theater Company, Gloucester Stage Company, Theatre By The Sea, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Fiddlehead Theatre. Robin has a B.F.A. in Stage Management from URI and has been a proud member of AEA since 2008. #ysm2020
Nerys Powell* – Assistant Stage Manager
Nerys Powell* (Assistant Stage Manager) returns to the Lyric Stage having been the AEA Assistant Stage Manager for Little Shop of Horrors and the Production Stage Manager for Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and The Treasurer. Last season Nerys was the AEA Assistant Stage Manager for Kiss of the Spider Woman and the Production Stage Manager for Breath & Imagination, The Little Foxes, and Pacific Overtures. Nerys holds a B.A. in English Literature from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association.
* denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association
** denotes member of United Scenic Artists (USA-Local 829)
*** denotes member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)
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