Coffeehouse Chronicles #139: HAIR 50th Anniversary

January 21


Ellen Stewart Theatre

Saturday at 2pm

Free Admisson/Suggested Donation

Curated by Michal Gamily
Educational Outreach by Arthur Adair
Moderated by Chris Kapp and Michal Gamily

Join us, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of HAIR: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical with co-creator James Rado, composer Galt MacDermot, featuring members of the original Off-Broadway cast of 1967, Broadway cast of 1968, and the cast of the 2009 Broadway revival, including Shaleah Adkisson, Debbie Andrews, Peppy Castro, Keith Carradine, A.D. Coughlan, Andre De Shields, Lauren Elder, Ellen Foley, Annie Golden, Ula Hedwig, Antwayn Hopper, Rev. Marjorie Lipari, Melba Moore, Natalie Mosco, Allan Nicholls, Jill O'Hara, Jim Rado, Robert Rubinsky, Dale Soules, and Jared Weiss. The musical director and pianist Balint Varga will lead Richard Cohen as Musical Supervisor/Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet, Aaron Drescher on drums, Dave D'Aranjo on bass, and Thayer Naples on Guitar. The event, moderated by Coffeehouse Chronicles Co-Founder, Chris Kapp, will offer a panel, performances, and archival media by Dagmar Krajnc and the HAIR private collection. The event will also feature artwork by Suki Weston and special appearance by astrologer Shelley Ackerman.
HAIR was created as an original idea by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, who collaborated on the story, text, characters, dialogue, and lyrics, beginning in 1964. In 1966, they were joined by composer, Galt MacDermot. Although, envisioned from the start as a challenge to the Broadway model, HAIR debuted Off-Broadway on October 17, 1967 as a rock musical. The old Astor Library, gutted and under fresh construction, became The New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater, and producer Joseph Papp chose HAIR to be the premiere presentation in his experimental space. The six-week run at the "Public" proved to be a perfect "out-of-town tryout." Following its close, they were joined by, then first-time, producer Michael Butler, and HAIR moved as a direct transfer to the Cheetah nightclub. After a successful four-week run, Rado and Ragni expanded their script and score; Galt put music to their 13 new songs; and the three were determined to hire a new director and production team to realize the originally intended “invasion” of Broadway. They looked to La MaMa, and the innovative artistry of resident director Tom O'Horgan. On April 29, 1968, HAIR opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre with contributions by choreographer Julie Arenal, lighting designer Jules Fisher, set designer Robin Wagner, and costume designer, Nancy Potts. It was an instant phenomenon. And the rest, as they say, is history.

James Rado | Hair Co-Author
Galt MacDermot | Hair Composer
Michael Walter Harris & Michael Butler (video)
Archival Photos by Dagmar Krajnc, Michael Butler and the Hair Private Archive

Reservations Are Open For Coffeehouse Chronicles #140: Robert Patrick in February

About the Artists

Shelley Ackerman began attending the HS of Music and Art a few weeks before HAIR made its debut OFF B'way. After graduating at age 16, She beagn singing and waitressing at the world-famous Improvisation Comedy Club. Soon, she sang regularly at Catch a Rising Star, Reno Sweeney (where she was opening act to both Peter Allen and the Reverend Al Carmines), Les Mouches, the Playboy Club and many other well-known boites. She was in Tom Eyen's "Ms Nefertiti Regrets" at LaMama at age 19 in in 1973, and starred in the 20th anniversary production of "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" in 1988 at Town Hall and The Kennedy Center. Alongside her career as a cabaret performer/actress, she studied the patterns in the heavens. Eventually, astrology took the lead and after obtaining the then candidate Bill Clinton's precise birth time from his mom (Virginia Kelley) in 1992, she turned pro and began lecturing, teaching and writing. Shelley has written for, AOL,, The Mountain Astrologer, numerous newspapers and periodicals, including The NY Post (she created the first NY Real Estate Horoscope which ran annually 2003-2010), NY Daily News, The Westchester Guardian, New Woman Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Women, and was on the cover of The Wall Street Journal (when Pluto was booted from the Solar System). Radio/TV credits include: Access Hollywood, Sirius Radio, Gayle King’s Show, WOR radio (frequent contributor) ABC, CBS, and NBC. Shelley's astrological focus is cultural, creative and humanistic. Website:
Shaleah Adkisson is a singer, actress and teaching artist living in New York City. She’s been seen on Broadway and on tour in Hair: The American Tribal Love- Rock Musical and off-Broadway in Rent, as well as in regional productions including Clybourne Park, Avenue Q, The Hot Mikado, Beehive: The 60's Musical, Ain't Misbehavin, Grease, Nunsense & Children of Eden. When not working in the theatre, Shaleah works as a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble, an organization of freelance musicians catering to school districts in upstate New York. Additionally, she performs in NYC and on tour with Soul Picnic Productions (Back to the Garden  and August 1969: A Tribute to the Women of Woodstock) and also serves as a cantor at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in NYC.
While still in high school, Debbie Andrews was cast in her hometown Detroit's production of the rock musical "HAiR."  She then toured, opened the Wash DC show after which she came to Broadway playing the role of Crissy, singing "Frank Mills." Debbie co-founded the band, Gladshot, who will soon release and tour behind their 3rd CD.  She also wrote the rock musical "Barcode" with the help of Jim Rado, featuring Gladshot songs. "Barcode" premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. You can currently catch Debbie playing pop songs and jazz standards on Cole Porter's piano in Peacock Alley at the Waldorf - Astoria.
Andy Berger thrived on special-teams and was leading kickoff tackler on his high school football team. 24yrs. ago he hitch hiked to Manhattan via Barstow CA with 11 cans of Trader Joes chili. He was born at the superclub Tunnel on the West Side Highway at MaskaRave by Scotto, Halloween 1995, with the aid of a full-moon from Dallas. At the turn of the century, was lead singer of heavy-metal band AnimalMother circa FullMetalJacket, playing CBGB and Lemores. This self described top-club-kid in NYC, met Jim Rado at the 1st NY Dance Parade, becoming his aid de camp. Performed at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as FlySwatterGuy.  Writing a musical about the SuperClubEra, NY's 1926 Caberet Laws, and the Dance Police ! . . . . .BECAUSE IT-iS FuCKiN' 1926, TRUST ME ! !
Peppy Castro is considered to be one of the early pioneers of the Psychedelic Garage band rock era has done it all. He is a successful seasoned professional with great variety in his music! His fame and 1st hit record began at the age of 17 as one of the founding fathers of the legendary rock group," The Blues Magoos”. His rock and roll status led him to a starring role in the original Broadway Production of Hair. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Diana Ross, Kiss and Cher, among others. He is also Emmy nominated and an award-winning playwright and multi-instrumentalist, having penned and or performed hundreds of well-known jingles for decades inclduing Budweiser, Chevy, Bounty, Nestlé’s Crunch, Kodak, etc. The list is endless. His potent vocals have appeared on numerous platinum records for well known recording artists. He’s enjoyed years of diverse music by being an original member of the bands, The Blues Magoos, Balance, Wiggy Bits. and the newly inducted Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Barnaby Bye. Peppy Is also an associate producer for the new off Broadway show. "The Gong Show Live" and has just completed his own solo CD titled “Just Beginning” with Long time friend Joey Kramer from Aerosmith on some cuts. Peppy, up to the minute  has been writing and partnered up with his former manager and Iconic producer Steve Leber  on a Rock Theatrical spectacle conceived by Leber called Rockin’ The Bible.  
Richard Cohen—woodwinds/keyboard musician, and composer. A member of Peter Brook’s theater ensemble including “Conference of the Birds” with Liz Swados. Played and recorded with Steve Reich’s group (“Music For 18 Musicians”, ECM), and with Laurie Anderson (“Big Science”, Warner). At Lincoln Center “The Cherry Orchard” Andre Serban/Liz Swados. At LaMama with the ETC Company (Wilford Leach) for “Carmilla”. Great Jones Rep Co. under Ellen Stewart for “Trojan Women, Electra, Medea”. Also Broadway show orchestras of “Pirates of Penzance” with Linda Ronstadt, “Marriage of Figaro” directed by Andre Serban,“Sweeney Todd”, “Follies”, “Annie”. Wrote music for “Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Theater For A New Audience/Public Theater. Co-wrote with Bryan Leys the opera/musical “La Ribalta”.
Dave D'Aranjo is an electric & upright bassist, drummer, and producer originally from Singapore. He’s toured the world as a musician: throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, and more. In 2006, he played one of the final shows at New York City's infamous punk venue, CBGB's. Dave also attended NYC’s world-famous Bass Collective, and has appeared on an instructional DVD (“Groove Workshop”, 2008) by Grammy-award winning bassist Victor Wooten. Dave is a triple-graduate of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, with degrees in Professional Music, Performance, and Contemporary Writing & Production. He is the founder of Interrobang Records, a record label and production collective that specializes in supporting the music of Berklee graduates. Dave is also a member of ASCAP and a voting member of The Recording Academy. Over the past two years, he’s had the pleasure to play bass for musicals such as “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical”, “In the Heights”, “Legally Blonde”, “AIDA”, “The Wiz”, “Avenue Q”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “The Rocky Horror Show”, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”, “The Last Five Years”, “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, and many more. He is an avid collector of tiki mugs and memorabilia.
When she was 15, Nina Machlin Dayton worked in the concession of the Biltmore Theatre where HAIR was playing on Broadway, and it changed her life. Since then she has worked as an actor, singer, director, producer, teacher, and artist, and now works as the HAIR archivist, consulting on productions of HAIR and related projects worldwide, while also designing knitting patterns and teaching design in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in western MA, where she relocated from her hometown of NYC some years ago. She lives in an old Victorian house stuffed to the rafters with yarn, books, and HAIR history, with her husband, daughter, 2 cats and an ancient Jack Russell terrier named Jenny.
Andre De Shields began his professional career in 1969 at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre in Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, directed by Tom O’Horgan.  Since then, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director and educator. A multiple Tony Award nominee, his journey as creative activist includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, Feature Films, Television, Concerts and Distinguished Visiting Professorships.  Mr. De Shields is best known for his show-stopping performances in six legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Play On!, Mark Medford’s Prymate and two directed by Jack O’Brien The Full Monty andImpressionism.  
Magie Dominic, a Newfoundland writer, artist and actress, studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and lives in New York. Her memoirs “The Queen of Peace Room” and “Street Angel”  have been nominated for the Canadian Women's Studies Award, Book of the Year Award-ForeWord Magazine, The Judy Grahn Award and received the Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Award. She was nominated for the Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award. She is one of the early members of the Off-Off Broadway movement and was co-Curator of the Astor Gallery Lincoln Center exhibition “Caffe Cino and Its Legacy” in 1985. She has established “The Magie Dominic / Caffe Cino Collection” at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Her writing and art archives are with New York University Fales Library Permanent Collection. She co-authored “H. M. Koutoukas Remembered by His Friends” a collection of stories about the pivotal playwright H.M. Koutoukas. She has one daughter Heather Rose.  Her artwork has been exhibited in Toronto and New York including a presentation at The United Nations.
Aaron Drescher (Drums) is originally from Albany, New York, Aaron is happy to be a part of this wonderful celebration of Hair!  Off-Broadway:  BedbugsHimself And Nora.  Tour: Elf, Shades of Buble.  Regional: The Lily's Revenge (American Repertory Theater), Mamma Mia, Footloose, Young Frankenstein (Maine State Music Theatre), Heathers (White Plains Performing Arts Center), In The Heights (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Car Talk: The Musical (Central Square Theater).  Film: The Choice (Novel by Nicholas Sparks), One Mississippi (Amazon Pilot Series).  "Happy 50th, Tribe!!!!!"  
Lauren Elder is an actress, singer-songwriter and whistler living in New York City. She has been seen on Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Louie (FX), Law & Order (NBC), in the Broadway and West End revivals of Hair, and the Broadway revival of Side Show. She is regularly seen performing in NYC at 54 Below, Joe's Pub, Birdland, and other local venues. Lauren also writes original music blending the sweet sounds of the ukulele with influences of folk, jazz and pop to create her unique, whimsical sound. Her debut album will be released on January 25th, 2017. Learn more at
Ellen Foley has recently returned to her Rock & Roll roots, touring the USA and Europe, performing original and classic material.  Ellen received several gold and platinum records and awards for her three solo albums, and has released a new album, About Time.  Ellen is best known as The Girl on the multi-platinum duet with Meat Loaf, "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," in which she uttered the three immortal words: “Stop right there!”  She sang with Meat Loaf again on his new album. As an actor, she starred in the TV series "Night Court," and as host of the VH-1 series, “Top 21 Countdown.”  She also played featured roles in the films "Hair," "Tootsie," "Fatal Attraction," "Married to the Mob," "Cocktail" – and two recent indie films, Lies I Told My Little Sister  and No Pay, Nudity.  Ellen also had leading roles on Broadway in Me and My GirlInto The Woods, and as Sheila in the 1977 revival of Hair.      
Merle Frimark: The original Broadway production of HAIR at the Biltmore Theatre was her first major Broadway show as a fledgling publicist. The show and its creators had a profound influence on her life and future career.  She began her career working for The Beatles United States company and today heads her own international marketing/public relations/artist representation company in New York. Her company’s diversified work encompasses theatre, music, dance, television, special events and independent and international projects. She has represented hundreds of Broadway, off-Broadway and touring productions including Riverdance, Rain-A Tribute to The Beatles, Celtic Woman, Chita Rivera-The Dancer’s Life, Jerry Seinfeld on Broadway/HBO Special, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables,  Five Guys Named Moe, Cirque du Soleil, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats, The Magic Show, Merlin, Godspell and others. Her diverse experience has included special projects for PBS (including the recent Great Performances Special Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ To Do); Dublin’s Abbey Theatre Centenary Celebration; The Interfaith Center of New York; The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute; LaMaMa ETC; The Dublin Theatre Festival; Gilda’s Club Worldwide; National Public Radio; The Grand Sumo Tournament at Madison Square Garden; American Ballet Theatre; Theatre Development Fund; WPLJ FM Radio; The Cathedral of St. John the Divine; Tribute to Stephen Sondheim; as well as various political campaigns and personalities including Chita Rivera, Grammy Award-winning Riverdance composer Bill Whelan, Sir Derek Jacobi, Supernanny Jo Frost, Angela Lansbury, André De Shields, Sir Ian McKellen, Glenda Jackson, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Michael Crawford, Mark Hamill, and more.
Annie Golden is presently wrapping Season Five as Norma Romano in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK opposite Dale Soules. Annie made her Broadway Debut as well as her big Screen debut by playing The role of Jeannie in the first revival at the Biltmore Theatre while Shooting the Milos Forman Movie of HAIR in Central  Park! The rest is history...Or her story!
Walter Michael Harris comes from a theater family that landed on Ellen Stewart's doorstep in 1963. She found them an apartment around the corner and straightaway all eight of them began to turn up in La MaMa shows. Walter's first was Lanford Wilson's "The Sandcastle" and a long list follows. In 1967, Tom O'Horgan cast him in the original Broadway company of "HAIR." Visit for his family's story.
Ula Hedwig had her beginnings in the Chicago company of HAIR, and was in the last 3 months of the Broadway run. Other theater credits include GODSPELL, Liz Swados's GROUNDHOG and LULLABYE AND GOODNIGHT, and the original production of LEADER OF THE PACK. Currently touring with Darlene Love, she has been a backup singer for many artists live shows and recordings including Paul Simon, Donald Fagan's Rock and Soul Revue, Robert Plant, and with Bette Midler as one of her Harlettes.
Antwayn Hopper credits include Broadway: Hair. Off-Broadway: Julius Caesar/X (Acting Company,NY), A Civil War Christmas(NYTW). NY: Yeast Nation (Fringe), Lesser Mercies(EPBB), Roller Derby (NYMF), RESPECT (NYS&F), Showboat (Carnegie Hall). Select Regional: Kilroy in Camino Real(Goodman), Elegba in Brothers Size (Old Globe), Benny in Rent (Syracuse),Robert E. LeeUnCivil War (ATF), Frederick in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (New Theatre), Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess (Cinn. Pops Orch.). TV/Film: The Knick, Blacklist, Royal Pains, Z: The Beginning of Everything, Bored to Death, Girl Most Likely, A Gifted Man. Readings/Workshops at Williamstown, Labyrinth, Dartmouth(NYTW), Rattlestick, Playwrights, Ars Nova, Soho Rep., NYTW, Roundabout, HBO, & EPBB. Training: Carnegie Mellon
Chris Kapp is an actress of over 50 yrs and has performed at many plays and theaters including Hot Peaches; Playhouse of the Ridiculous and so many more all over NYC and Europe. Directed a few too. Go Go Girl at bars around NJ and Murray the K. Model for 15 yrs. Assisstant to David Merrick among others. In the 60's she hung out at Ondine and Arthur and other disco's too. Met everybody: Beatles, Stones (danced with Mick) smoked dope with Jimi. "Never a groupie DAMMIT!" Most proud of creating The Coffeehouse Chronicles 2004 - 2013 for Ellen Stewart at La MaMa. Saw HAIR pre B'way and on. Thanks to Amanda at The Actor's Fund.
Galt MacDermot is best known for the music he wrote for his Tony Award winning scores for HAIR and Two Gentlemen of Verona.  His work spans the gamut of performing arts and he draws inspiration from a wealth of musical styles, crossing the boundaries of jazz, folk, gospel, reggae, classical styles and hip hop. Galt formed the New Pulse Jazz Band in 1979, which features his original music played by some of the world’s best musicians. Galt’s music has appeared on TV, in ads, in movies, on radio, and has been sampled by some of today’s best known hip hop artists. Galt MacDermot IS music.
Rev. Marjorie Lipari (Mudra) considers herself a Mystical Philosopher, as an Interfaith Minister. She has created music and lyrics for well over forty + years as a singer song writer. She does spiritual counseling, healing work, ceremony and writes daily.
Melba Moore made her recording debut on Mercury Records with "I Got Love", followed by "Look What You’re Doing To The Man". She starred in PURLIE, which earned her a TONY Award for her portrayal as “Lutiebelle". She was nominated for a Grammy Award for ‘Best New Artist.’  More recently, she starred with Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr. in the motion picture “The Fighting Temptations.” She is currently producing an album entitled, "Forever Moore" which will be released on her new label A'Moore Music, Inc.  Presently, she is working on an autobiography detailing her achievements over the span of her career. She has a deep passion for children, especially those who were abandoned, abused, and born with AIDS and addicted to crack. She is committed to giving of her time to organizations involved with children.
Natalie Mosco credits include Broadway: Hair (OBC), The Magic Show ("Charmin"), West End: Grand Hotel ("Grushinskaya" alternate), Paris: Hair ("Jeanie", in French), Australia: TV/theatre leads including Antony & Cleopatra ("Cleopatra"), Greas("Rizzo"), 2 Gentlemen of Verona ("Julia"), Dames at Sea ("Mona Kent"), Stepping Out ("Vera"), Women Behind Bars ("Blanche"), The Archbishop's Ceiling ("Maya"), Rocky Horror Show ("Magenta"), etc. plus numerous TV series (guests star and regular roles). Regional US: numerous roles -- favorites include Housewives of Mannheim ("Sophie", NJ Rep and 59E59St and Santa Barbara's Ensemble), Follies ("Emily", at Paper Mill Playhouse), A Brush With Georgia O'Keeffe ("Georgia"/author for Smithsonian Institute, St. Luke's and The WorkShop). Foundign member Shakespeare Globe Australia.  Current member The WorkShop Theater, NYC and sundry organizations in Australia.
Thayer Naples is dedicated to following this journey in music. For advanced studies, he continued to develop his education at Berklee College Of Music in Boston obtaining a degree in Performance Major with guitar of course as his principal instrument. His work experience has taken him around the world from the islands of Greece to St. Petersburg, Russia and more providing informative insights to different cultures, viewpoints and people.
Allan F. Nicholls is a BAFTA and WGA award nominated veteran of the movie industry having produced, directed, acted and written music for the past forty years. He is most noted for his collaborations with Robert Altman, Time Robbins, and John Madden. Often performing multiple roles for a film, his experiences include associate producer and assistant director on Oscar nominated Dead Man Walking (1995), assistant director on the Oscar nominated The Player (1992), executive producer and assistant director for the Palme d’Or nominated Cradle Will Rock (1999), and associate producer on the Golden Globe nominated Bob Roberts (1992). His television experience includes, amongst others, being an associate director on Saturday Night Live (1989-91) and first assistant director on Tanner on Tanner (2004). He wrote A Perfect Couple (1979) and the BAFTA nominated A Wedding (1978), both directed by Robert Altman. He has also taught screenwriting at such places as NYU’s Tisch Asia School of the Arts in Singapore and Artistic Director of New York Film Academy in the UAE. To Allan’s credit too is a five-year Broadway career in several rock musicals including Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. He also starred in such films as Nashville (1975), Slap Shot (1977), and Popeye (1980).
Jill O’Hara’s recently released CD, Jill O’Hara Alone Together, received rave reviews and was chosen by Talkin’ Broadway as one of the 10 best vocal albums of the year, receiving the highest ratings from and Her debut CD, Jill O’Hara, was chosen by Backstage as one of the 10 best CDs of the year it was released and has been reissued. Broadway credits include: Promises, Promises, (Tony Nomination, Best Actress-Musical Star, Theater World Award Award); “Agnes Nolan” in George M! opposite Joel Grey. Off-Broadway credits include: Joseph Papp’s original production of Hair; Ibsen’s The Masterbuilder; Israel Horowitz’s Alfred The Great (The Actor's Studio Theater); A.R. Gurney’s The Wayside Motor Inn. Her Onewoman musical theater piece Jill And Her Jacks, premiered in London at the King’s Head Theater to unanimous critical acclaim from London's Theater critics. O’Hara received a Bistro Award and critical acclaim for her NYC cabaret and concert appearances which include Broadway Originals at Town Hall and the 92nd St. Y Tribute to Burt Bacharach, with Burt, Dionne Warwick and Elvis Costello. She has also done extensive work in leading roles in National Tours, Regional Theater and Summer Stock.
Robert I. Rubinsky aka Robert I. somehow found himself at 19 in the original cast of “Hair” on Broadway and on the platinum selling album.   He toured with ‘Hair” ultimately playing the Holiday Inn in Africa.  After a dry spell he made his first comeback as Herod in “Jesus Christ Superstar”.  During the next dry spell he appeared in the 80’s cult musical “Dementos” he co-wrote with Marc Shaiman.  Time to reinvent again, so he became a performance artist culminating in his show ‘My Life In Bed” at LaMaMa - also at LaMaMa featured in Lisa Edelstien’s “Positive Me”.  Lots more dry spells NOW his most recent reinvention as “Bobby the middle aged celebrity” directed by Natalie Mosco from the Original Hair cast.  He recently was the Rabbi in “Fiddler” and in “Hair Retropection” multimedia concert at KC Rep – time to pump up that Actors Equity pension!
Dale Soules recently completed shooting the films Aardvark with Zachary Quinto and AWOL, an award-winning feature film which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016.  Last Spring, she reprised her three roles, including Papa, in the all-female production of I Remember Mama at Two River Theater.  In 2015, she co-starred with Patti LuPone and Michael Urie in Shows for Days at Lincoln Center Theater and reunited with Doug Wright for their third collaboration on Posterity at the Atlantic Theater Company. Her Broadway credits include Hands On A Hard Body, Grey Gardens, The Crucible, The Magic Show,  Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Dude, and her debut in the ground breaking Hair.  Her Off-Broadway, Regional, National and International work is extensive including Posterity, The Water Engine and The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite  (Atlantic Theatre Company),  2014s award-winning production of I Remember Mama (all women over 65), Marsha Norman’s Getting Out,  Candide (Guthrie), All’s Well That Ends Well (Yale Rep.), Caucasian Chalk Circle, Landscape of the Body, and her one person show Chameleons (all Seattle Rep.), Maid (Directors Lab, Lincoln Center Festival).  Television work includes “Unforgettable,” “Law & Order,” “American Playhouse,” “Sesame Street,” Maurice Sendak’s “Really Rosie,” among others. Her awards include two SAG Awards for her ensemble work on the hit Netflix series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and the New Dramatists Charles Bowden Award for her dedication to new work and extraordinary contribution to theatre. 
Charles Valentino attended classes at the New York School of Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre while a student at the High School of Performing Arts and when he danced with the Harkness Ballet, the work was choregraphed by Geoffrey Holder.  He made his acting debut in The Me Nobody Knows, played Hud in the Australian production of Hair and returned to the States for a national tour of the show.  He had a hit single “I Was Born This Way,” on Gaiee Records, released by Motown.  In Bill Turner’s version of The Ziegfeld Follies Valentino portrayed the legendary Bert Williams.  He also appeared on “Komedy Tonight” a NBC TV special.  He was the Scarecrow in the national touring company of the Wiz as well as the 84 revival on Broadway with Stephanie Mills. His more recent work was with his close friend Joni Mitchell.  He is featured on her special Painting With Words and MusicHe was also featured in her video Come In From The Cold, he sang on Ladies Man from the album Wild Things Run Fast, and Yvette In English from the album Turbulent Indigo.  He is a dance partner to Anjelica Huston who writes in her book Watch Me “He twirls me around as if I were a silk scarf.  I never sat down unless he was dancing with his other favorite girl Joni Mitchell.”
Balint Varga is an award winning composer, conductor, music director. Previous music direction credits: Broadway Dreams Foundation (US, Russia)Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wiz, Aida, I love you, you're perfect...! (China Tour), A Little Princess, West Side Story, Assassins. International credits: Oliver! (France), Jekyll and Hyde (Austria), Fiddler on the Roof (Hungary), Chess (Hungary), Jesus Christ Superstar (Hungary), They're playing our song (Hungary) and Dance of Vampires (Hungary/Belgium/Russia). He graduated from Berklee College of Music where he studied composition and conducting. He's a proud member of BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop as a composer. He lives in NYC.
Jared Weiss is a Singer/Songwriter, actor, and performer born in Manhattan. Jared recently created the role of Bob Dylan in the Off-B'way premiere of Larry Mollin's 60's folk musical SEARCH: PAUL CLAYTON (The Triad), for which he also contributed original music. Other favorite credits include Roger in RENT (Sharon Playhouse), Things To Ruin (Le Poisson Rouge), Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza (54 Below), 54 Celebrates David Bowie (54 Below). Jared can frequently be seen singing and strumming all over town with composer Joe Iconis and his merry band of musical theatre punks; "Joe Iconis & Family." 

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