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A collage of photos of Leigh Barrett*, Mala Bhattacharya, Maritza Bostic, Christopher Chew*, Aimee Doherty*, Davron Monroe*, Sam Simahk* and Patrick Varner.
From top left: Leigh Barrett*, Mala Bhattacharya, Maritza Bostic, Christopher Chew*, Aimee Doherty*, Davron Monroe*, Sam Simahk* and Patrick Varner.

The cast of Sondheim on Sondheim is a group of Boston’s best musical theatre performers. All of the actors you’ll see performing Sondheim’s greatest hits have called the Lyric Stage home before.

Did you have the chance to see any of these great performances? Don’t miss their next great show — Sondheim on Sondheim runs January 15-February 20, 2016 at the Lyric Stage. Tickets at: https://tickets.lyricstage.com/

Aimee Doherty

Aimee Dohert surrounded by a cloud of smoke with John Ambrosino and Erica Spyres sitting on the sides watching.
John Ambrosino*, Aimee Doherty*, and Erica Spyres* in Into the Woods. Photo: Mark S. Howard
Aimee Doherty holding a notebook and pointing at Zachary Eisenstat in On the Town
Aimee Doherty* and Zachary Eisenstat in On the Town. Photo: Mark S. Howard

Aimee Doherty returns to the Lyric Stage after performing in One Man Two Guvnors, On The TownAnimal CrackersGrey GardensSee What I Wanna See, and Adrift in Macao. Previous Sondheim roles include Into the Woods (Lyric Stage and New Rep), Follies (Lyric Stage), A Little Night Music (Huntington Theater), Company (Company Theater and SpeakEasy Stage), and the review Marry Me A Little(New Rep). Television and radio credits include The Makeover(ABC) and The Making of a Monster: Whitey Bulger(Discovery) as well as various radio spots for D’Angelos, Papa Gino’s and the Museum of Science. Aimee received Elliot Norton Awards in 20013 and 2014 for Best Actress in a musical for Hairspray(Wheelock Theater), Far From Heaven (SpeakEasy Stage), On the Town and Into The Woods (Lyric Stage) and an IRNE Award in 2011 for Best Actress in Nine(SpeakEasy Stage). Next up: Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play with the Lyric Stage opening April 8.

Tiffany Chen, Aimee Doherty*, and McCaela Donovan in One Man, Two Guvnors
Tiffany Chen, Aimee Doherty*, and McCaela Donovan in One Man, Two Guvnors. Photo: Mark S. Howard

Christopher Chew

Christopher Chew kneeling and holding a knife with Amelia Broome watching in the background
Christopher Chew* and Amelia Broome* in Sweeney Todd. Photo: Mark S. Howard
Christopher Chew in a construction workers outfit with Phil Tayler and Shannon Lee Jones working in the background
Phil Tayler*, Christopher Chew*, Shannon Lee Jones* in Working. Photo: Mark S. Howard

Christopher Chew returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in Sweeney Todd, Working, Man of La Mancha, Urinetown: The Musical, Shakespeare in Hollywood, A Little Night Music(IRNE Award, Best Actor), Sunday in the Park with George, It’s All True, Side Show, and The Spitfire Grill. Other Boston area credits include productions at SpeakEasy Stage, Wheelock Family Theater, Hanover Theater, Stoneham Theater, Worcester Foothills Theater, the American Stage Festival, North Shore Music Theater, the Huntington Theater, CentaStage, and the Village Theater Project, of which he was a founding member. Christopher earned his B.F.A. in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.A.T. in English from Fitchburg State University, and an Ed.D. from Northeastern University.

Christopher Chew* with his arm around Remo Airaldi in My Fair LAdy
Christopher Chew* and Remo Airaldi* in My Fair Lady. Photo: Mark S. Howard

Leigh Barrett

Leigh Barrett* in The Mikado.
Leigh Barrett* in The Mikado. Photo: Mark S. Howard
Leigh Barrett* in City of Angels
Leigh Barrett* in City of Angels. Photo: Mark S. Howard

Leigh Barrett has been seen at the Lyric Stage in City of Angels, Grey Gardens, Souvenir, Nicholas Nickelby, Big River, Animal Crackers, Follies, A Little Night Music, Mikado, Nuncrackers, and Sunday in the Park with George. Recently, Leigh directed and starred in Closer Than Ever at the New Rep where she also appeared in Ragtime, Threepenny Opera, Indulgences, Side by Side by Sondheim, The World Goes ‘Round and Wild Party. Other local credits: PassionGreat American Trailer Park Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Drowsy Chaperone, Elegies, A Class ActAdding Machine(SpeakEasy Stage), Marry Me a LittleJacques Brel (Gloucester Stage), Alice, Sound of Music (Wheelock Family Theater), Company(Moonbox Productions), Gypsy, Picnic, John & Jen, You Never Know, Pal Joey (Stoneham Theatre), and the long-runningCar Talk, the Musical! (Central Square Theater). She is the proud recipient of two Elliot Norton Awards and two IRNE Awards. She is an independent vocal/acting coach and vocal wellness consultant in Reading.

Sam Simahk

Sam Simahk* and Maurice Emmanuel Parent* in Into the Woods
Sam Simahk* and Maurice Emmanuel Parent* in Into the Woods. Photo: Mark S. Howard

Sam Simahk returns to the Lyric Stage, having performed in Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Previous credits include: Big Fish (Speakeasy Stage), Miss Saigon (Starlight Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse), the King and I (Ocean State Theatre), Grease (Seacoast Repertory Theatre), and Carousel, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre). Born and raised in Ashburnham MA, Sam is a proud graduate of Emerson College and member of AEA.

Cast of Sweeney Todd with Sweeney shaving someone in the backgroun, Anthony standing in the middle of the photo and Johanna off in the background
Cast of Sweeney Todd. Photo: Mark S. howard

Davron Monroe

The cast of City of Angels standing around a microphone singing
Cast of City of Angels. Photo: Mark S. Howard
Davron Monroe dancing in the middle of the stage with  Harry McEnenerny and Chuong Plham in the background in One Man, Two Guvnors
Davron Monroe*, Harry McEnenerny and Chuong Plham in One Man, Two Guvnors. Photo: Mark S. Howard

Davron S. Monroe is returning to the Lyric Stage after having appeared in My Fair Lady, City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mikado, Avenue Q, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Musical theatre credits include: Godspell (Moonbox Productions), Hairspray (Reagle Music Theatre), DreamgirlsJesus Christ SuperstarChildren of EdenSongs for a New World(premiere, Key West Symphony, Broadway Across America), Smokey Joe’s Café, Cinderella, Streakin’!, a ’70s musical revue, Sweet Charity, Brigadoon, and Show Boat. Cabaret: The All Night Strut. Opera: fully staged or concert/scene productions of CarmenTreemonishaPorgy and BessLa finta giardinieraRigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, La fille du régiment, L’élisir d’amore, Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, The Tailor of Gloucester, The GondoliersAida, and Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Monroe premiered the role of Thomas Edison in Juventas’s New Music Group production of Light and Power. He has also appeared with many orchestral and vocal organizations, such as Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Lost in the Stars — a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and The Chariot Jubilee), the First Church UU, Belmont, the Brevard Music Center (finalist, Orlando Opera’s Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards), Disney Entertainment’s Voices of Liberty, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony (young artist), Houston Ebony Opera Guild, the New England Spiritual Ensemble, New England Voices, the Longy School Orchestra, and many other organizations throughout the greater Boston area. Davron is the first recipient of the Bob Jolly Award for up-and-coming local actors.

The Cast of Sweeney Todd with Pirelli standing in the middle
Cast of Sweeney Todd. Photo: Mark S. Howard

Mala Bhattacharya

Mala Bhattacharya, Kenneth Harmon and Ellen Peterson kneeling and praying in Man of La Mancha
Mala Bhattacharya, Kenneth Harmon and Ellen Peterson in Man of LaMancha. Photo: Spiro Veloudos

Mala Bhattacharya was last seen at the Lyric Stage in Man of La Mancha and previously in Miss Witherspoon. Other area credits include The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin(SpeakEasy Stage), and The King and I, Into the Woods (Fiddlehead Theatre)New York City credits include The Ghost Dancers (Stone Soup Theatre), Shakuntala (The Authentic Theatre), Forbidden Office(Turnstyle Theatre). In Atlanta, Mala appeared in Guys and Dollsand Sondheim on Sondheim(Act3 Productions). Mala is an active voiceover artist, most recently lending her voice to projects for Jimmy Choo, Turner Broadcasting, PBS, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She has been a resident artist with Berkshire Opera and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. She holds an M.M. from the Longy School of Music.

Maritza Bostic

Maritza Bostic standing with a basket looking confused with Maurice Emmanuel Parent in the background watching
Maritza Bostic and Maurice Emmanuel Parent* in Into the Woods. Photo: Mark S. Howard

Maritza Bostic is returning to the Lyric Stage after being seen in Into the Woods. Her recent credits include Shaping the World (Bad Habit Productions), Creative License the Musical (NYC Fringe 2015), Alice the Musical and Hairspray (Wheelock Family Theatre), A Little Princess (Fiddlehead Theatre), and School House Rock Live! (Boston Children’s Theatre). A Reading, MA native, she participated in the Lyric First Stage summer program prior to attending college for two years. Maritza is a proud member of Salem State’s graduating class of 2014 with a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts Performance. She is also an enthusiastic two-year touring cast member of Speak About It, Inc.

Patrick Varner

Samantha Richert laying down with her leg on Patrick Varner in CIty of Angels
Patrick Varner and Samantha Richert* in City of Angels. Photo: Mark S. Howard

Patrick Varner returns to the Lyric Stage after appearing in City of Angels, and understudying the one-man-show Buyer & Cellar. Recent credits: Human Comedy (Boston University), Assassins (New Rep), Translations (Bad Habit Productions),Brundibar, But the Giraffe! (Underground Railway), Born for This: The Bebe Winans Story (ArtsEmerson Workshop). Other credits: Shining City, Buried Child, Camille (Boston University), Hamlet, Richard II (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). Patrick received his B.F.A. in Acting from Boston University in 2013, and has also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and CAP 21 in New York.

Great seats available! Get your tickets now at: https://tickets.lyricstage.com/

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by James Lapine
Directed by Spiro Veloudos

2015/16 Season sponsored by Stephen & Stephanie Wasser
Production sponsored by Glenda & Bob Fishman
Director Spiro Veloudos sponsored by Francine & Bill Crawford
Music sponsored by Jo-An Heileman

Box Office: 617–585–5678 | boxoffice@lyricstage.com

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