Theatrical Gems presents a one-night only benefit performance of:

Irving Berlin's

LARRY DAGGETT* (President Stephen Decatur Henderson). Credits include: Ragtime (Henry Ford; original Broadway cast), Candide (New York City Opera), Red, Hot, and Cole (Cole Porter, National Tour), Damn Yankees (Applegate), Souvenir (Cosme McMoon), Follies (Benjamin Stone), My Fair Lady (Alfred Doolittle/Colonel Pickering), H.M.S. Pinafore (Captain Corcoran), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Quince), Annie (Rooster), The Full Monty (Harold), Oliver! (Fagin), Seussical (Cat in the Hat), Man of La Mancha (Dr. Carrasco), 1776 (Richard Henry Lee), Some Enchanted Evening (Lead Singer), Show Boat (Frank), Carousel (Mr. Snow), Cinderella (King), The Goodbye Girl (Mark/Ricky), at theatres which include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Repertory, Asolo Theatre, Barrington Stage Co., Capital Repertory, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Fulton Opera House, Goodspeed Opera House, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Music Theatre of Connecticut, New Harmony Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Shenandoah Music Theatre, Sierra Repertory, Theatre League of Kansas City, Virginia Musical Theatre, Wilma Theatre, among others.

KIMBERLY FAYE GREENBERG* (Nell Henderson) is currently STARRING as Sylvia Fine in the two-person Off-Broadway Hit Musical, Danny & Sylvia, The Danny Kaye Musical at St. Luke’s Theatre. Favorite credits include: Fanny Brice in One Night With Fanny Brice (a Solo Show), Sylvia Fine in The Kid from Brooklyn, Hodel/Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof and Mother Mary in Off-Broadway Revival production of Christmas Rappings by Al Carmines at Theater at Judson. TV credits include:  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, ER, Personal Best. Simultaneously, Kimberly works backstage as a Wardrobe Dresser on Broadway (Billy Elliot, Grease, Spring Awakening, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Lion King to name a few). Executive Producer/Creator of Check it out! Proud member of AEA/AFTRA/ IATSE.

ERIN MACKEY* (Leslie Henderson) was most recently seen on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company's Sondheim on Sondheim. Before that, she played the role of Glinda in Wicked on Broadway and also in the Chicago and Los Angeles companies. Film/TV: The Parent Trap, Do Over, Family Affair.

SPENCER ANDREW TAYLOR (Larry Henderson) is a recent graduate from Wagner College for Theatre and is excited to be part of this one night event. Favorite roles include: Cousin Kevin (Tommy), Jimmy (Reefer Madness), Jesus (JC Superstar) and Man 1 (Songs for a New World). May this be the beginning of a long career.

CHUCK KAREL* (Manager/Governor Harmon Bardahl) has had an extremely varied career spanning virtually every facet of the entertainment industry, including opera, the legitimate stage (musical, comedy and drama), screen, television, radio and cabaret.  In his operatic career, he has mastered 21 leading baritone roles and has performed at The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and several major operatic venues throughout Europe and this country.  On Broadway, he was featured in the original Hello Dolly with Carol Channing and Ginger Rogers, Milk and Honey with Robert Weede, Golden Rainbow with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Dear World with Angela Lansbury and Zorba, in which he understudied the great Anthony Quinn.  He has also starred and been featured in many major regional theater and Off-Broadway productions, the latest of which was the title role in Frank Loesser’s brilliant musical, The Most Happy Fella at the prestigious Sacramento Music Circus (California Music Theatre). This production, combined with several others throughout the country, totaled more than 150 performances of that role for Mr. Karel.   Vincent and American Ma(u)l were his latest efforts Off-Broadway in New York City.  On television, he has appeared with such names as Ed Sullivan, Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett, as well as in numerous soaps, radio and television commercials and voice-overs. THE KARELS, the cabaret act he does with his wife, Christine Kelley Karel, has been performed in New York City and throughout the country.  Mr. Karel was also featured in the film version of The Music Man with Robert Preston and Shirley Jones.

JOY HERMALYN* (Tippy Taylor). Broadway:  Fiddler on the Roof, Cyrano the Musical, Candide, Christmas Carol at MSG, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme, numerous Encores! at City Center.  Favorite Regional:  Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Gypsy (Rose), Into the Woods (Witch), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie).  Opera from Anchorage to Lincoln Center to Spoleto to Utah in leading roles ranging from Fanciulla del West to Hansel & Gretel to The Mikado to Tannhauser.  Recently performed Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' new rock opera Kristina at the Royal Albert Hall in London and live and on CD in Carnegie Hall in NY.  Joy is a Voice Professor at Kean University in Union, NJ and also maintains a private studio.  She enjoys performing her one-woman show "Recipe for Crossover" at Universities around the U.S.

KENNETH KASCH (Pat Gregory) is thrilled to be making his Theatrical Gems Debut. Favorite Roles include Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), Julian Marsh (42nd Street) Jud Fry (Oklahoma) Britt Craig (Parade) and Roger De Bris (The Producers). Much love to friends and family for believing in me, and helping me realize this dream.

ERIC NOONE (Youssein Davair) is excited to be returning to the stage for Mr. President.  He was last seen in the Off-Broadway show Last Jew in Europe, other NYC credits include Footloose (Ren).  Regional credits: Aladdin (Aladdin), Sound of Music (Rolfe), Joseph…Dreamcoat and Crazy for You.  Thanks Jacob and Claudia for bringing back my focus. Thanks Christina, Mom, Dad and Nee-ne for their love and Grandma for all her support.

TARA NOVIE (Princess Kyra) was most recently seen as Isabelle in Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell at the Bleecker Street Theatre.  Regional: Rent at the John Engeman Theater (Mimi u/s), Les Misérables at the Weston Playhouse (Factory Girl), Weathervane Repertory Theatre.  Other credits include Kate in Lippa's The Wild Party, Marta in Company, and Amy in the NYC premiere of College: The Musical.  BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University; Graduate of LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts.

DEEGEE BRANDEMOUR* (Mrs. Lotta Pendleton/Ensemble) - Versatility is her trademark.  She most recently can be hear on the CD of The Last Starfighter as Granny and has appeared with the Queens Oratorio Society as The Youth in Elijah.  Some of her other musical performances include Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, Meet Me In St. Louis and Annie Get Your Gun.  Her dramatic credits include Absurd Person Singular, Lion in Winter, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and a role written for her in Don Brockett’s Sweetfeet.  She would like to dedicate her performance to the Actor’s Fund in the name of Larry French and Jack Eric Williams.

TRICIA BURNS* (Barbara/Ensemble) is pleased to be included in this wonderful one night event with an incredibly talented cast!  Other New York credits include - Broadway Rising Stars at Town Hall, Eat Drink and Be Merry with the 2009 Fringe Festival, Max Understood as Peg with the 2009 NYMF, the 29-hour reading of Fat Camp, and is currently playing Maria Pinnunziato, the comedic little sister in the Off-Broadway hit, My Big Gay Italian Wedding playing at the St. Luke's Theater.  Much love to The Burns Family, Abrams and my best friend in the entire world, Douglas.  Proud member of AEA.

BRIANNE COBUZZI* (Betty Chandler/Ensemble). New York Theatre: You Could Drive A Person Crazy (Cabaret), Unconscious Collective Theatre; Christmas Rappings, Theatre at Judson. Regional Theatre: The Witches of Eastwick  (American Premiere) and My Fair Lady, Signature Theatre; Liberty Smith (Workshop), Ford’s Theatre; The New Eddie Lounge Show (Capital Fringe), Arena Stage; Nevermore, Kensington Arts Theatre; Seussical, Imagination Stage. BA Theatre, University of Maryland, College Park. AEA.

JODY COOK* (Mr. Thomas/Chester Kincaid/Russian Man/Ensemble) is excited to work on his first Irving Berlin show with Mr. President! Jody has appeared in recent NYC productions Silk Stockings, Irene, Ernest in Love, Boss in the Satin Kimono (NYC Fringe), workshops of the new musicals The Wasp Woman and I'll Be Seeing You and as a singing pepperoni for Tabasco Sauce. Next up will be Curtains (Christopher Belling) at Music Theatre of Wichita. Regional credits include A Tuna Christmas (Actors Theatre of Louisville), H2$, My Fair Lady, Greater Tuna, Smoke on the Mountain (National Tour), Anything Goes, Annie, Damn Yankees, All in the Timing, and Fully Committed.

GREGORY COUBA* (Walter O'Connor/Jim/Ensemble) is so proud to be a part of this wonderful benefit! He most recently appeared as LeBeau and Amiens in the Storm Theatre production of As You Like It. Past favorite roles include Jacquot in Carnival, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Feste in Twelfth Night. He has worked with numerous theater companies in New York City, and toured regionally. He's a native New Yorker, graduate of Hofstra University, and proud member of the Actors' Equity Association. Many thanks to the cast, crew, and great team at Theatrical Gems!

BENJAMIN FARHA (George Perkins/Radio Operator/Ali Hassoud/First Commentator/Hal/Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this production!  He was last seen in New York in "Good Morning Heartache" for The Off 8th Collection and at Symphony Space's Wall to Wall: Broadway.  He is a recent graduate of Adelphi University (BFA) where he acted in many productions including Rent as Angel and Street Scene as Lippo.

JONATHAN G GALVEZ (Charley Wayne/Ensemble) is an actor, playwright, director, and certified teacher.  His produced pieces as a writer have included Thirty Minutes or Less in the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival, Crossing Lights in Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Amazing Play Festival, and has had his one-acts premiere in The Shortened Attention Span festivals, Sundog Theatre’s Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry, and the Strawberry One-Act Festival.  He is a performer and technical director for Stuff Films Comedy troupe and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.  He received his B.A. in Theatre Education from Wagner College and is a M.F.A. Candidate for Playwrighting at Hollins University.

MAGGIE GRAHAM* (Snow Queen/Mrs. Frick/Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful benefit! Her one woman diva impressions show Carol Channeling has been performed in NYC at The Triad, Joe’s Pub and Rose’s Turn. Maggie’s impressions have also been featured in An Evening at the Carlyle and The War of the Mama Roses. Other favorite roles include Judy Garland in Revolution (Gayfest), Hope in Urinetown, The Acid Queen in Tommy, Marian in The Music Man, Evita in Evita, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. She also voiced the characters of Bunny von Schnickle and Sonya on MTV’s animated series Spy Groove. She wishes to thank her fantastic family for everything!

CHRISTINA NOONE (Andree/Ensemble/Choreographer) is excited to join the cast of Mr. President after last assistant directing JTNY's Off-Broadway production of The Last Jew In Europe. New York credits; Footloose (Ariel), I Never Saw Another Butterfly (Raja Dancer/ choreographer) Regional credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia), Kiss Me Kate (Lois/Bianca),and A Garfield Christmas (Teddy). Thank you to Mom, Sarah, Joanne and Eric. "Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art"-Stanislavski 

ROGER RIFKIN* (Arthur Blanchard/Deacon Harper/Ensemble). Off-Broadway: Max Goldstein in Finnegan's Farewell (Original Cast). Eleven shows for Musicals Tonight including: Good News (Coach), Tovarich (Gorotchenko), Mademoiselle Modiste (Hiram Bent), Paint Your Wagon (Sloane/Janney) and Oh Lady! Lady!! (Spike Mullet). Other NYC: York Theatre Company and Broken Watch Theatre Company. Numerous regional work includes: Plaza Suite (Sam/Jesse/Roy), Hello, Dolly! (Vandergelder), The Diary of Anne Frank (Mr. Dussel), West Side Story (Doc), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Anything Goes (Moonface), My Fair Lady (Doolittle) and The Sound of Music (Max) with Marni Nixon. Animation voice-overs and produced playwright.

MICHAL SALONIA* (Colonel Wilson/Spieler/Russian Soldier/Ensemble). Graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School. New York credits include Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, Ben Weeks in The Normal Heart, and Quince in Midsummer Night's Dream. Favorite regional roles include Moonface in Anything Goes, Nathan in Guys and Dolls, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma!, and Marryin' Sam in L'il Abner as well as most of the "patter" roles in the G & S canon. He is an active teaching artist and proud member of Young Educators in the Arts.

STACEY SCOTTE* (Mrs. Davis/Ensemble). Off-Broadway and other New York credits: The House of Blue Leaves (Gallery Players); The Toymaker (NYMF 2009); Stormy Weather (with Leslie Uggams); Boobs! The Musical; Eat the Runt; Strictly Personal.  Regional Favorites:  Hairspray; Ruthless! The Musical; Absurd Person Singular; Company; An Ideal Husband; Oklahoma!; Carousel. Film/Television:  Julie & Julia; Me & Will; Pretty Little Thing; Looking For Someone; The Carnivore’s Revenge; The Finalists; 30 Rock; The Practice; Unsolved Mysteries; Zoobilee Zoo; The Gong Show

LAWRENCE E. STREET* (Sergeant Ed Stone/David Caldwell/Ensemble). Lawrence's recent New York Credits include the New York Premieres of The Hidden Sky for The Prospect Theatre Company, the AUDELCO award winning musical Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe directed by Alfred Preisser for The Classical Theatre of Harlem and Fade Out/Fade In for The Opening Doors Theatre Company. He has performed in The Actor's fund Benefit Concert performance of Chess and in Original Broadway Cast of Urinetown The Musical. Special Thanks to The Actor's Fund and The Entertainer's Assisstance Program. I know, personally, about the good you all do.

JENNIFER TESKA* (Second Commentator/Cashier/Ensemble) received a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia.  Her NYC credits include Lois in Goldilocks the musical, and Notes on New York, (female swing) an original musical revue by Third Eye Theatre Company. Favorite roles include Lizzie in Baby, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and eight seasons at the Sterling Renaissance Festival where she played multiple roles and also co-wrote and performed as Ursula Minor in the show The Story of St.Veronica.

MELODIE WOLFORD* (Miss Barnes/Ensemble) most recently worked on the new musical, Friends Like These, created by the talented team of Jeffries and McMahon.  She has done the national tours of La Cage Aux Folles and 42nd Street and has been seen Off-Broadway as Mrs. Winemiller in Summer and Smoke and in Menopause the Musical.  Melodie will appear next year in the HBO mini-series, Mildred Pierce, with Kate Winslet. 

* denotes an actor appearing courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association

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