XanaduMay 11 - June 9, 2012
Music & Lyrics byJeff Lynne & John Farrar
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Music Direction by Nicholas James Connell
Choreography by David Connelly
Scenic Design by Crystal Talia**
Costume Design by Gail Astrid Buckley**
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
Sound Design by Aaron Mack
Production Stage Managed by
Victoria S. Coady*
Assistant Stage Managed by
Ryan A. Anderson*
Based on the cult film of the same name, this riotous new musical follows the efforts of a magical Greek muse named Kira who descends to Earth to help a struggling artist achieve his dream of opening a roller disco. Featuring an ingenious book by Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed) and a score full of chart-topping tunes (Magic, Suddenly, Evil Woman),Xanaduis hilarity on wheels.
Estimated Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes without an intermission
Cheo Bourne*…Thalia/Siren/Young Danny/Tubes Singer/Cyclops
Kami Rushell Smith*…Euterpe/Siren/Andrews Sister/Thetis
Val Sullivan…Erato/Siren/Andrews Sister/Eros/Hera
Kathy St. George*…Calliope/Aphrodite
Patrick Connolly…Terpsicore/Siren/Tubes Singer/Hermes/Centaur
Robert Saoud*…Danny Maguire/Zeus
Cast & Crew
RYAN A. ANDERSON* SpeakEasy: The Drowsy Chaperone. Boston-area credits: Before I Leave You (Huntington Theatre Company); Ajax, The Blue Flower (American Repertory Theater); Love Song, The Island of Slaves (Orfeo Group); Speech and Debate, Laughing Wild, The Bald Soprano, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Pillowman, What The Butler Saw, Ride(Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre); Trouble and Chocolate (Boston Midsummer Opera). He received his BFA in Stage Management from Boston University.
CHEO BOURNE* SpeakEasy: Jerry Springer – The Opera. Other Boston credits:Passing Strange, Hot Mikado, Cabaret (New Rep); Of Mice and Men, Animal Farm (New Rep on Tour); Harriet Jacobs (Underground Railway Theater); HONK! (Wheelock Family Theatre); and The Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). He has studied acting at Connecticut College and the British American Drama Academy. Cheo made his NYC debut in the New York Musical Theater Festival’s production of Shine! He has recently participated in numerous readings of Shawn Cody’s The Water Dream. Cheo grew up in Boston and currently lives in Brooklyn.
GAIL ASTRID BUCKLEY** (Costume Design) SpeakEasy designs include The Motherf**cker with the Hat, Red, Xanadu, andAdding Machine: A Musical (2010 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Design). Other recent designs include:Death of a Salesman (Lyric Stage); The Cunning Little Vixen (The Boston Conservatory); Spring Awakening, North Shore Fish, This is Our Youth and Driving Miss Daisy(Gloucester Stage); Something’s Afoot, Miracle on 34th Street (Stoneham Theatre); Insignificance (The Nora Theatre); and A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre). Gail received the 2002 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Costume Design and the 2002 IRNE Award for Costume Design for Twelfth Night with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and the 2006 IRNE Award for Costume Design for her work on both Caroline, or Change and The Women for SpeakEasy Stage.
DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE has credits on Broadway that include Lysistrata Jones, Sister Act, Mr. and Mrs. Fitch, Xanadu (Outer Critics Circle & HX Awards for Best Musical, Drama Desk Award for Best Book, and four Tony nominations including Best Musical) and The Little Dog Laughed (Tony Award nomination, GLAAD Media Award & HX Award for Best Play). His other plays include As Bees in Honey Drown (Outer Critics Circle John Gassner ward), Music from a Sparkling Planet, The Country Club, Advice from a Caterpillar, The Cartells andMondo Drama. He wrote the film adaptation of his play Advice From A Caterpillar as well as the screenplay of To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar.
VICTORIA S. COADY* SpeakEasy: The Drowsy Chaperone (IRNE Award – Best Musical); Striking 12; Body Awareness; Adding Machine: A Musical (Norton & IRNE Awards – Outstanding Musical Production); [title of show]; The Wrestling Patient. Regional: afterlife: a ghost story; DollHouse (New Repertory Theatre); A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre);Uncle Vanya: Finita La Comedia (Boston Art Theatre), and three seasons as PSM at Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theater. Off-Broadway: The Merchant of Venice (NY & Royal Shakespeare Company, UK with TFANA), The Jew of Malta, Sore Throats, and All’s Well That Ends Well (TFANA). Victoria is Producer and Director of Operations for toUch Productions. A native Bostonian, she received her BFA in Stage Management from CalArts.
NICHOLAS JAMES CONNELL (Musical Director) is so happy to be back in Boston at his favorite theatre company. He is an award-winning singer/songwriter and music director from Las Vegas with a BM in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. Past SpeakEasy shows include music direction forThe Color Purple, In the Heights (IRNE Award for Best Musical Direction),Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Xanadu, Next to Normal, The Drowsy Chaperone, Nine, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Check out his original pop music on iTunes and Spotify. www.nicholasconnell.com
DAVID CONNOLLY SpeakEasy: The Drowsy Chaperone (direction and choreography — 2012 IRNE Award); Nine; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Adding Machine: A Musical; [title of show]; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The Light in the Piazza; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; and Zanna, Don’t! (Elliot Norton Award nomination). He is co-director of Dance Explosion Studio of Performing Arts in Dedham, MA; a member of the dance faculty at Boston University; and artistic director of the theater program at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA. David has worked as a master teacher, guest artist, and adjudicator for numerous organizations including Boston College, The Boston Conservatory, Dance Masters of America, and Dance Ovations Performing Arts Competition.
PATRICK CONNOLLY SpeakEasy: debut. A native of Wellesley, Mass., and a 2011 graduate of Boston College, Patrick has appeared as Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Oscar Lindquist in Sweet Charity, and Jamie in The Last 5 Years (Boston College).
PAUL DAIGNEAULT (Producing Artistic Director) was the recipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence by the Boston Theater Critics Association. Since founding SpeakEasy in 1992, he has produced over 100 Boston premieres. SpeakEasy directing highlights include: The Color Purple; In the Heights; Xanadu; Next to Normal; Nine; Body Awareness; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna, Don’t!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Midsize Company); Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production Súgán); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet; Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Jeffrey; and Love! Valour! Compassion! Regional credits: Grand Hotel and Nine (The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Rent, City of Angels, Sunday in the Park with George, and Merrily We Roll Along (The Boston Conservatory); and Into the Woods, Urinetown, and Blue Window (Boston College). Paul is also on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory where he teaches musical theatre and directing. He has also been honored with the Boston College Arts Council’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2007, and served as the 2011-2012 Rev. J. Donald Monan S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts. Outside the theatre, Paul serves on the Boards of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center and the ICU Patient & Family Advisory Council at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
SHANA DIRIK* SpeakEasy: Nine. Local credits: Chicago (Palace Theatre, Manchester, NH); Calvin’s Monster(Boston Children’s Theatre); Lettice & Lovage (Next Door Theater);A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); A Little Night Music (Metro Stage, 2010 IRNE for Best Supporting Actress in a musical); and Sweeney Todd (Metro Stage, 2009 IRNE for Best Actress in a Musical). Past credits: Man of La Mancha, The King & I, Sideman, Kiss Me Kate, Mame, Into the Woods, Follies, Blood Brothers, Cabaret, California Suite, Nunsense, and Evita. Shana can also be heard with the Colonial Radio Players on Sirius XM worldwide.
McCAELA DONOVAN* (Marcy/Peggy/Hippie) is always happy to be back at SpeakEasy, where she has appeared in Necessary Monsters, Xanadu, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Nine. Local credits: Huntington Theatre Company (A Little Night Music, Candide), American Repertory Theater, Berkshire Theatre Group, Reagle Music Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, ArtsEmerson, New Repertory Theatre, Brandeis Theater Company, Stoneham Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Lyric Stage, Bridge Rep of Boston, Fiddlehead Theatre, and Company One. New York Credits: NYMT Festival, Primary Stages. BFA – Musical Theatre (Ithaca College); MA -Theatre Education (Emerson College); MFA Acting (Brandeis University). She is also a member of Actors’ Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and SAFD, and serves as the Assistant Director of the School of Theatre at Boston University. Thanks to the SpeakEasy family, her amazing BU colleagues and students, and to JS.
JOHN FARRAR left Australia in 1970 at the invitation of the legendary English group The Shadows, with whom he recorded six albums. During a break, he began recording with Olivia Newton-John. He went on to produce 14 albums for her. After winning a Grammy (Record of the Year) for “I Honestly Love You,” he moved to LA, where he wrote and produced many of her hits: “Have You Never Been Mellow,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” (Academy Award nomination), “You’re the One That I Want” (Golden Globe nomination), “Don’t Stop Believing,” “A Little More Love,” “Magic,” “Suddenly,” “Sam,” and “Make a Move on Me.” He also produced the mega-hit “Physical.” In 1995, he co-wrote the songs for the Cliff Richard musical Heathcliff. He also co-wrote with Francis Ford Coppola songs for a musical version of the hit ’60s movie Gidget, which has been indefinitely postponed.
DANIEL H. JENTZEN SpeakEasy: served as Master Electrician since 2009 and designed lighting for The Divine Sister, Striking 12, and The Savannah Disputation. Other recent projects include The Peking Acrobats (Center at Eagle Hill), Steel Magnolias (Stoneham Theatre), and A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (WGBH). Daniel also teaches and conducts research in cognitive neuroscience, studying the psychology of theatre and design.
ASHLEY JOYCE SpeakEasy: Red and The Drowsy Chaperone. Additional credits include wigs and make-up for Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Central City Opera. She also did wardrobe for A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre) and Candide (the Huntington Theatre). Ashley is looking forward to lacing up some roller skates and working with the lovely cast and crew for Xanadu!
JEFF LYNNE formed the Electric Light Orchestra, or E.L.O., in the 1970s. The group gradually developed from cult favorites into one of the ’70s leading recording acts, scoring international success with several platinum-selling albums, including A New World Record and Out of the Blue. Lynne’s dual talents as a composer and producer ensured the group’s status but, sensing an artistic sterility, he abandoned his creation in 1986. The artist then assumed an increasingly backroom role, but won praise for his production work with George Harrison (Cloud Nine), Randy Newman (Land of Dreams), and Roy Orbison (Mystery Girl). He has also contributed his distinctive production qualities to much of Tom Petty’s recent output. Lynne’s work with Orbison coincided with his position as ‘Otis Wilbury’ in the Traveling Wilbury’s, an informal ‘supergroup’ completed by Orbison, Harrison, Petty, and Bob Dylan. This particularly prolific period was also marked by his work with Brian Wilson on the ex-Beach Boy’s first long-awaited solo album. In recent years, Lynne has produced the Beatles lost tapes, notably “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love”. He co-produced Paul McCartney’s Flaming Pie in 1997.
AARON MACK is glad to be back at SpeakEasy for his 5th season. Aaron is a freelance sound designer and composer based in greater Boston, and has two Elliot Norton Awards for Best Design for his work on The Adding Machine: A Musical at SpeakEasy, and The Aliens with Company One. Aaron is also the Titles Administrator at the Santa Fe Opera Company. Recent notable work includes: The Drowsy Chaperone (SpeakEasy), I Speak Therefore I Am (A.R.T. Institute), The Foreign Play Festival (Apollinaire Theatre Company), Nine (SpeakEasy) and Xanadu (SpeakEasy). As always, Aaron would like to thank the entire SpeakEasy family for their love and support, and his family and friends.
ERIC NORRIS SpeakEasy: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Next to Normal, Xanadu. Company One: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Eric is a Midwest native, now Brookline resident and graduate of the New England Institute of Art with a BS in Audio and Media Technology. He has experience working in studio/freelance recording (Mike Davidson Recording/Zippah Recording), live sound mixing and plays bass/electric guitar in the band Grand Resort.
AMANDA OSTROW (Wardrobe Supervisor) Amanda is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy after working on: Far From Heaven,CARRIE the musical, The Whale, The Color Purple, Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind, Tribes, In the Heights,Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Xanadu. International touring credit: The Aluminum Show. Local credits include work at: Gloucester Stage Company, Hanover Theatre, Bad Habit Productions, Lyric Stage, Reagle Music Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Nora Theatre Company, and the Publick Theatre. Amanda received her BA in Media Studies and Business at the University of Southern Maine and is an EMC in Stage Management.
RYAN OVERBERG SpeakEasy: debut. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ryan has traveled the country in the tours of Hairspray and Saturday Night Fever. Other professional credits: A Midsummer Nights Dream (Paper Mill Playhouse) Oklahoma! (Atlanta Theater of the Stars) Hello Dolly (Arkansas Repertory Theater) and the NYC premiere of Show Choir! The Musical. Film: The Big Gay Musical Movie (Scott). Ryan is a rising senior at The Boston Conservatory, where he has appeared in The Who’s Tommy and Rent. Ryan has also participated in 3 years of Broadway Bares – Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.
KAMI RUSHELL SMITH* SpeakEasy: Nine. Other local credits: Big River (Lyric Stage Company); Harriet Jacobs (Underground Railway Theater—IRNE nomination–Best Actress); Hairspray (Reagle Music Theatre); Passing Strange, Darling Divas Deck the Holidays, Dessa Rose (New Repertory Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); The Phantom Tollbooth, The Little Mermaid (Wheelock Family Theatre); Macbeth (Shakespeare Now!); and The Life (The Boston Conservatory). Kami has a BA in English from Carnegie Mellon, and a Masters in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. www.KamiRushellSmith.com
ROBERT SAOUD* (Bessie) Robert was last seen at SpeakEasy as Danny inXanadu. Prior to that, he was seeninThe Drowsy Chaperone; The New Century; Some Men; Anna in the Tropics; and Hello, Again. Nationally, Robert toured in Groucho as Chico Marx with Gabe Kaplan as Groucho.Most recently he was seen inHow to Succeed in Business without Really Tryingat Stoneham Theatre and in the spring will be featured in the Lyric Stage production ofPeter and the Starcatcher. Elsewhere in New England, he has appeared at the Huntington Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Trinity Rep, Lyric Stage, New Rep, Wheelock Family Theatre, and The Publick Theatre. Robert has also appeared in numerous cabarets, and is a Fellow of the 2000 Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Symposium. He is also a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
SCOTT SINCLAIR SpeakEasy: Striking 12; [title of show]; Jerry Springer – The Opera. Local credits: Blithe Spirit, and Lady Day (Lyric Stage Company). He currently holds the position of Audience Service/Marketing Associate at SpeakEasy. A native of New York, Scott proudly holds a BA in Arts Management and Directing from Emerson College.
KATHY ST. GEORGE* (Old Lady / HotelHooker / Bus Passenger) returns to SpeakEasy having appeared in The Divine Sister; Xanadu; Johnny Guitar; All About Election Eve; and Ruthless! Recent credits include Light Up the Sky (Lyric Stage), Closer Than Ever, and King of Second Avenue (New Rep), Dear Miss Garland, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Stoneham), 9 to 5 (NSMT), and End of the Rainbow in FL. Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Jerome Robbins (Tony Award ’91); Off-Broadway: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and five national tours. Kathy is the recipient of the 2012 Elliot Norton Award, and two IRNE Awards. BS, M.Ed. Salem State University. kathystgeorge.com
CRYSTAL TIALA** SpeakEasy: End of the World Party and Zanna, Don’t!. She has designed over a hundred theatrical productions regionally throughout the east coast and as far away as Russia. Crystal is an associate professor at Boston College and serves as both the chair of the BC Arts Council and the chair of the BC Arts and Social Responsibility Project. She works to promote the arts on her campus and establish connections between the arts and socially responsible causes. Past experiences have included work in interior design, event design, props design, scenic art, and lead construction on the films Lincoln, Pet Semetary and Heart of Dixie. She is a member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829 and holds an MFA from the University of Connecticut.
SpeakEasy: [title of show]; A New Brain; Songs for A New World; Triumph of Love; Putting It Together; A Grand Night for Singing; Schoolhouse Rock Live!; Merrily We Roll Along; and A Fair Country. Local credits:Hamlet (Publick Theatre), Measure for Measure (Theatre Cooperative), The Snow Ball u/s (Huntington Theatre), The Summer Play Festival (Boston Actors’ Theater) and many cabarets and workshops with Centastage and NOMTI. She has directed several plays for the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival includingAntigone, Xingu, Steel Magnolias, Twelfth Night and The Infernal Machine. She was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and studied at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon. She is an alumna of Boston College.
JAMES WILKINSON SpeakEasy: Next to Normal; Red; The Divine Sister; Next Fall. James is a 2010 alum of Trinity College, where he graduated with degrees in Theatre and Dance (with honors) and English. He served as prop master for Gloucester Stage Company’s 2011 season. Other recent shows include Long Day’s Journey into Night (New Rep), Art (New Rep), and Archangels Don’t Play Pinball (Trinity College). He has worked at other New England theaters including The North Shore Music Theatre, Apollinaire Theatre, Salem Theatre Company, and the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble.