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LUBA MASON* (Wildcat Jackson). Broadway: Chicago (Velma Kelly), Jekyll & Hyde (Lucy), The Capeman (Mrs. Kresynski), How To Succeed In Business... (Hedy LaRue), Sunset Blvd., The Will Rogers Follies (Ziegfield's Favorite), Late Nite Comic. TV: Raines, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, One Life To Live Solo Albums: KRAZY LOVE (Sunnyside Records), COLLAGE (PS Classics) Guest vocalist on Ruben Blades' 2003 Grammy Award-winning album MUNDO.

ROBERT CUCCIOLI* (Joe Dynamite) made his Broadway debut as Inspector Javert in Les Misérables, and is best known for his critically acclaimed performance as the dual title roles in the Broadway hit Jekyll & Hyde, for which he received a Tony nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award. Off-Broadway, credits include Temporary Help, Enter The Guardsman, And The World Goes ‘Round (1991 Outer Critics Circle Award), Gigi, The Rothschilds, and Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris. Robert is currently portraying Maurice Chevalier in the Off-Broadway production of Dietrich & Chevalier at the St. Luke’s Theatre. Equally respected for his work in the Classics and Contemporary Plays as well as Musicals, Robert has performed in such notable Regional Theatres as The Guthrie (Antony & Cleopatra), Paper Mill Playhouse (1776, Oklahoma, Lend Me A Tenor, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound Of Music), The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (Amadeus, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Carnival), The Shakespeare Theatre of DC (Hamlet, Lorenzzaccio 2006 Helen Hayes Award Nomination), the McCarter Theatre and George Street Playhouse (The Seafarer, A Moon To Dance By with Jane Alexander). Robert completed a production of Nine earlier this year at The Westchester Broadway Theatre for which he received critical praise for his performance as Guido Contini. He also just directed the production of Jekyll & Hyde which is currently running at the WBT. Television: White Collar, Sliders, Baywatch, The Guiding Light. Film: Woody Allen’s Celebrity, and the independent film The Stranger. He is featured on the original cast recordings of Jekyll & Hyde (Atlantic), And The World Goes ‘Round (RCA Victor), Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris (Ghostlight), and The New Picasso (Black Forest Productions).

BETH FOWLER* (Countess Emily O'Brien). Broadway: Inherit the Wind, The Boy from Oz (Tony nomination), Beauty and the Beast (created Mrs. Potts on Broadway and in L.A. (Ovation Award)), Sweeney Todd  (1989 revival, Tony nomination).  Starring roles in revivals of Bells Are Ringing, Take Me Along, and Peter Pan, as well as Baby and Teddy and Alice.  Other original casts include A Little Night Music, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Gantry, and Over Here.  Off-Broadway: Earnest in Love (Irish Rep), Woody Allen's Second Hand Memory (Atlantic Theater Company), Riverside Shakespeare.  Regional: Williamstown, Westport, Arena Stage.  Film: Sister Act, Sister Act 2.  TV: Ed, Gossip Girl, Law & Order.  Featured soloist: Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Hollywood Bowl.

LENNY WOLPE* (Sookie) has appeared on Broadway in Wicked (the Wizard), The Drowsy Chaperone (original Feldzeig), The Sound of Music (Uncle Max), Mayor (created the role of Ed Koch), Copperfield, Onward Victoria, and Into the Light.  National tours include Wicked, Little Shop of Horrors (Muschnick), South Pacific (Billis), Guys and Dolls (Nathan), A Funny Thing ...Forum (Hysterium). Regionally he has appeared in The Producers (Max), Into the Woods (Baker), The Baker's Wife (the Baker opposite Alice Ripley) Fiddler (6 productions as Tevye) and Gypsy (Herbie opposite Betty Buckley).  On television Lenny was a regular on Baby Talk and You're the One and has guest starred on nearly 100 shows ranging from LA Law, ER, Six Feet Under to Golden Girls, Roseanne, Ally Mcbeal, The Chapelle Show and recently Law & Order SVU.

JENN GAMBATESE* (Janie Jackson) most recently played Constance Blackwood in the world premiere of We Have Always Lived in the Castle at Yale Rep.  Prior to that she starred as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun at Goodspeed Musicals for which she received a Connecticut Critics Circle award.  On Broadway she created the roles of Jane in Tarzan and  Natalie in All Shook Up (OCC nomination).  She recorded the original cast albums of both these shows, as well as Hairspray—where she created an ensemble role, and then played Penny Pingleton.  Other Broadway: Marie in Mark Twain's farce Is He Dead, Mouse in A Year with Frog and Toad, and Urleen in Footloose.  Off-Broadway credits include Stairway to Paradise (Encores!) and Reefer Madness. She also toured both Europe and North America with the musical Fame.  Her film and television credits include The Good Shepherd and All My Children. Jenn is proud to be an NYU alum, a member of AEA, Curtis Cregan's wife, and Josephine's mother.  She's grateful for all Life's "blessons"!

JUNIOR MENDEZ (Hank) is elated to be part of Wildcat! A recent Florida State graduate, he is happy to share the stage with such an amazing cast. A big thank you to Theatrical Gems and his family and friends who give him infinite support and love. This one's for you, Dad.

VINCENT D'ELIA* (Matt Tyson) is thrilled to be a part of Wildcat. A native NYer , Vincent is a proud member of this Business called SHOW! Health and Happiness to everyone in 2011!

LAWRENCE E. STREET* (Tattoo Somers) is excited to be back with the crew at Theatrical Gems. Earlier this year he performed the roles of Seargent Ed Stone and David Caldwell in Irving Berlin's Mr. President for the company. His recent New York Credits include roles in two new musicals: The Hidden Sky by Kate Chisolm and Peter Foley for The Prospect Theater Company and the AUDELCO award winning new musical Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe by Alfred Preisser for The Classical Theatre of Harlem. Other career highlights include concerts of South Pacific and Showboat at Carnegie Hall conducted by Paul Gemingiani and the Original Broadway Cast of Urinetown The Musical.

KENNETH KASCH (Oney Tate) is thrilled to be back with Theatrical Gems having been previously seen in last summer's Mr. President Benefit Concert (Pat Gregory). A graduate of Wagner College, favorite Roles include Jesus Christ (JCSS), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), Jud Fry (Oklahoma!), Julian Marsh (42nd Street) Britt Craig (Parade) and Roger Elizabeth Debris (The Producers). he would like to thank his Loving and Supportive Parents, without Whom none of this would've been possible. Also he would like to thank his Friends and extended family, whom he loves unconditionally. His performance is dedicated to the Memory of James Edward Carter and Staff Sergeant Derek John Farley.

TONY CASTELLANOS (Cisco Ruiz), originally from Phoenix, AZ is excited to be working with Theatrical Gems.  Tony toured the U.S. in Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley.  He recently played Manny Munoz in City of Angels at Gallery Players and just got back from Phoenix, AZ playing the part of the Snail in A Year with Frog and Toad.

PIERCE CRAVENS* (Sandy O'Donnell). Broadway: Ragtime; Tom Sawyer; Beauty and the Beast; Titanic; Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway: The Public/NYSF; NYMF; New York Stage and Film; NYC Fringe; and York Theatre. Film & TV: Rising Stars (Doberman/Screen Media Films); The Life Before Her Eyes (2929 Productions); Filmore! (Disney);  Finkel Files (Cartoon Network). Four albums. Grammy voter.

GREGORY COUBA* (Corky Bigelow) is very pleased to be working with Theatrical Gems again, after appearing in Mr. President this past summer. Gregory has appeared in productions both regionally and in New York City, most recently as Amiens and LeBeau in the Storm Theatre production of As You Like It. Past favorite roles include Jaquot in Carnival and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Gregory has a BFA from Hofstra University, and is a proud member of Actors' Equity. Special thanks to Max, Denise, and Lee for all their support throughout the years, and the wonderful cast and crew of Wildcat!

MICHAL SALONIA* (Sheriff Sam Gore). Graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School and the only actor to appear in every Theatrical Gems production to date, including Mr. President and Real Men Wear Pink and Sing Showtunes. 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. Special thanks to Andrea Haring and Marianne Challis.

SPENCER ANDREW TAYLOR (Luke) is honored to part of this Wildcat production. This recent graduate received his B.A. in Theatre and Speech from Wagner College and was last seen on stage in Theatrical Gems' production of Mr. President (Larry). Favorite roles include: Tommy (Cousin Kevin), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus) and Songs for a New World (Man 1).

MICHAEL PUGLIA (Barney) resides in Northvale, New Jersey, and is a proud graduate of Wagner College.  He is a recipient of a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star award.  He has been invited four times to perform holiday standards for touring guests of the White House holiday season. Michael has recently performed with the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, Cape Cod.  Favorite roles at CLOC include the Doctor in The Most Happy Fella, Heathersett in Me and My Girl, The Captain in Titanic, Omar Kayam in Kismet, and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. He was last seen in Real Men Wear Pink and Sing Showtunes, and is currently singing with the Yuletide Carolers.  Visit

LITAL ABRAHAMS (Ensemble) is truly honored to be a part of such a special benefit and is proud to call this her first NYC gig since moving here two months ago.  She recently graduated with a BA in Drama and Honors in Musical Theatre from the University of California, Irvine where she was last seen as Kate in Lippa’s The Wild Party (Best Featured Actress in a Musical by StageSceneLA).  Her other favorite roles include Christine in the NYC premiere of Train to Chicago (York Theater), Consuelo in West Side Story, Anna in the new musical e-$cape, Kate in Avenue Q, and various roles in Reefer Madness.  Lital could not do this without the constant love and support from her friends and family and will be forever grateful.

ANDREA ANDERT (Ensemble). New York: Hereafter (Marcia) Off-Off Broadway: Living in a Musical (featured Dancer/Singer)   Nat'l Tours: The Wedding Singer (1st Nat'l as Linda), Joseph...Dreamcoat (u/s Narrator).  TV: WE Channel's Unwrapping Macy's (Choreographer).  Regional: Triumph of Love (Corine) Olney Theatre Center, Radio City Christmas Spectacular.    Andrea is so excited to be a part of this amazing cast and company!  Thank you to my wonderful husband, Jason, all my soul.

KIARRI D. ANDREWS (Ensemble) feels blessed & very grateful to be part of this awesome theatrical event!  He would like to thank all his former instructors (AMDA), his mentor Nolan, & his wonderful family and friends.  For Granny, SKEW, & Mama (RIP) - Love you!

JAIME LYN BEATTY (Ensemble) is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan's BFA Acting program. She is an alumna of LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and was honored at the 51st Annual Drama Desk Awards with scholarship for excellence in performance. Jaime Lyn is a proud member of Team Starkid, the force behind the YouTube sensations "A Very Potter Musical", "MAMD ", and "A Very Potter Sequel".

CHRISTOPHER DeROSA (Ensemble) is excited to be making his Theatrical Gems debut! He is currently in Jekyll and Hyde at the Westchester Broadway Dinner Theater. Some of his past credits include Fabrizio Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and the Tenor in Master Class. Many thanks to family and friends for their endless love and support, especially Carissa.

JONATHAN JUARBE* (Miguel/Ensemble) is thrilled to be apart of this amazing cast of Wildcat and is a proud member of  AEA.  He was recently seen on the national tour of Chasing George Washington for the Kennedy Center.  Jonathan has had the pleasure of singing for the likes of Paul Simon, David Letterman, Today Show, and Elton John at the Radio City Music Hall.   Other credits include the national tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe, Fame, Altar Boyz, Grease, Gypsy, and The Boys Next Door.  He would like to thank his family and friends for all of their love and support.

JAMES LaROSA* (Ensemble). Winner of the Payne Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in Music Theatre, James most recently portrayed the First Life Guard in Utopia, Ltd. at Symphony Space.  Select theatre: HMS Pinafore (City Center), Altar Boyz (FST/Zach Scott), Singin' in the Rain (Forestburgh), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Barter), Gyspy (The Rep), WSS (Allenberry), & Working (Di Capo). Film/TV: ABC Primetime's WWYD?, Nickelodeon's Mega Music Fest, Fugitive Chronicles, The Tailor & Drama Queenz.  Proud AEA member. B.F.A. NYU (Tisch).  Thank you to everyone involved in this production, and to my family, for constant love and support.

NOLAN MUÑA* (Ensemble) holds a BFA in Stage Direction from Department of Theatre & Dance at Texas State University-San Marcos.  He is elated to be sharing the stage with great people for a great cause.  Recent roles include Van Van Dorn in HIGH TOR (High Tor State Park) and covering for Mr. Cuccioli's Guido Contini at the Westchester Broadway Theatre.

ALISON ROSE MUNN (Blonde/Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of Wildcat!  Regional credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Christine Colegate), Blood Brothers (Mrs. Johnston), and the national tour of The Taffetas (Peggy).  BM from NYU.  Love to my ever supportive family!

TARA NOVIE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing in her second benefit with Theatrical Gems!  She was featured as Princess Kyra in Mr. President in July.  New York: Jurassic Parq: The Broadway Musical (FringeNYC '10), Cocaine: The Band- The Musical (NYMF '10), Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell (Bleecker Street Theatre)  Regional: Rent, John Engeman Theater (Mimi u/s), Les Misérables, Weston Playhouse (Factory Girl), Weathervane Repertory Theatre.  Tara holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University and is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts.

ERIN O'NEIL* (Ensemble) most recently appeared in New York as Stephanie Necrophorus in Nine at the Westchester Broadway Theatre.  Other regional credits include Hello Dolly (Irene Molloy), How to Succeed… (Smitty) Guys & Dolls (Adelaide), Bye Bye Birdie (Rose Alvarez), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), and Les Misérables (Fantine) at New Bedford Festival Theatre, winner of the 2008 Moss Hart award for Best Production.

TONY RAMOS (Postman Emory/Ensemble) wants to thank Theatrical Gems for this exciting opportunity. NY credits include Babes in Toyland at Lincoln Center, The Cure in NYMF '09 (& developmental workshops since) & Busload of Blondes (workshop with Jane Krakowski, Cheyenne Jackson, Marin Mazzie, Faith Prince & Jane Carr). Upcoming: Giuseppe in The Light in the Piazza. Other performance highlights include A Little Night Music, Threepenny Opera, Scarlet Pimpernel & Cosi fan tutte (performed in Italy). He is actively performing everything from opera to concert work to rock musicals. BMVP Oklahoma City University. Love to my family and IBPO.

JILLIAN SCHOCHET (Inez/Ensemble) is honored to be joining such a talented team and supporting a great cause. Jillian has been performing in the tri state area as well as around the country and world since the age of 6. She has performed in such prestigious venues as The Paper Mill Playhouse, Madison Square Garden, The Seven Angels Theater and most recently appeared  this summer as the vocal swing for '80s pop star Deborah Gibson in Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at the MGM Grand Casino. Other favorite theater credits include Into The Woods, Brigadoon, Flashback: A Trip Through the 60's, Jane Eyre, and Smokey Joe's Cafe.

BRADLEY VILE* (Ensemble) is delighted to join this wonderful group of people!  Regional credits range from Altar Boyz (Mark) and Seussical (The Cat) to Neil Labute's bash (john) and the title role in Macbeth (no, really!).  Other favorites include The Last 5 Years (Jamie), Plaid Tidings (Jinx), and Vaclav Havel's The Memorandum (Jan Ballas).  As a playwright, his works have been produced in Chicago, Nashville, and New York State.  BA from DeSales University.  Happy Holidays!

ROXIE was rescued from New Orleans, LA where she was a stray by her guardian/trainer Bill Berloni in July 2008.  She immediately became the understudy for the role of “Bruiser” in the National tour of Legally Blonde.  She has gone on for the role many times and took a leave of absence to appear in Wildcat.  Roxie dedicates this performance to all the strays out there proving they can all be stars.

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

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