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Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg made this movie one of the biggest hits of all time. Now the story comes alive onstage in a smart, funny, suspenseful and very romantic musical love story for the whole family. Sam and Molly are moving into their new NYC loft when Sam is killed by a street thug. He finds himself trapped between worlds, but with a newly discovered power to communicate through select people. Enter Oda Mae Brown, a psychic claiming to have “the gift,” and the hilarious shenanigans begin. But when Sam discovers the true circumstances of his death, it’s a race against the clock to save his sweetheart from the same fate. Get ready to fall in love all over again — with a big heart and even bigger laughs, this gem of a musical is out of this world!
- Director: Stephen Brotebeck
- Choreographer: Robin Levine
- Musical Director: Jeff Theiss
- Fight Choreographer: Ceasar F. Barajas
- Assistant Musical Director: Jeff Cox
- Scenic Designer: Czerton Lim
- Associate Scenic Designer: Chad Healy
- Lighting Designer: Dan Ozminkowski
- Costume Designer: Tiffany Howard
- Sound Designer: Kevin Heard
- Wig Designer: Al Annotto
- Production Stage Manager: Laura Jane Collins
- Assistant Stage Manager: Matt Van Slyke
GHOST: THE MUSICAL
Book & Lyrics by BRUCE JOEL RUBIN
Music & Lyrics by DAVE STEWART & GLEN BALLARD
Based on the Paramount Pictures film written by Bruce Joel Rubin
Original West End Production Produced by Colin Ingram, David Garfinkle, Adam Silberman, Land Line Productions, Donovan Mannato, Michael Edwards / Carole Winter
This version of GHOST: The Musical was further developed and produced by the Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, PA: Marc Robin, Artistic Director and Aaron A. Young, Managing Director, in association with Maine State Music Theatre.
“Unchained Melody” written by Hy Zaret and Alex North, courtesy of Unchained Melody Publishing LLC
Orchestrations by David Abbinanti
“Ghost: The Musical” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. (866) 378-9758 www.theatricalrights.com
Note: GHOST runs 8/30-9/16–Please use the arrows to navigate to upcoming months.
* indicates Talkbacks § indicates Signed Performances
Artistic Staff / Musicians
Stephen Brotebeck** (Director) is excited to be making his FLMTF directorial debut with Ghost The Musical, the first Broadway show that he was fortunate to work on. Other Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher (Movement Associate). As a director, Mr. Brotebeck has helmed the Off and Off-Off Broadway productions of The Shark Play, Breaking The Shakespeare Code, St. Francis (NY Fringe – Excellence in Directing Award), The Maltese Walter, Greasemonkey, and Scenes from a Balcony. Kennedy Center: Spring Gala (Director), My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Children Of Eden (Associate Director/Choreographer). Additional credits as a director/choreographer include Lesser Known Loesser, New Musical Voices at The Old Globe; Peter and the Starcatcher, Monty Python’s Spamalot, And The World Goes ‘Round, and I Love A Piano at Farmers Alley Theatre; And The World Goes ‘Round, The Spitfire Grill at Okoboji Summer Theatre; Looking For Roberto Clemente at Imagination Stage; American Songbook Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Michael Feinstein. TV: WPSU “Music Theatre Spotlight.” BFA, Western Michigan University. MFA, Penn State. Stephen is an Assistant Professor in the MFA Musical Theatre program at San Diego State University. SDC member. www.stephenbrotebeck.com
Laura Jane Collins* (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working in Auburn at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse for the first time! She is based out of Long Island, but spends the majority of her time working in Central New York. Recent regional credits include Disgraced, How I Learned To Drive, Great Expectations, Stupid F***ing Bird, The Piano Lesson, Chinglish, and Scorched at Syracuse Stage; The Foreigner, Third, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Around the World in 80 Days, 4000 Miles, and Lend Me a Tenor at Hangar Theatre. Dance credits: Ballet on the Edge, Slightly Sinful, The Nutcracker (Rochester City Ballet, Dir. David Palmer), The Who’s Tommy – A Rock Ballet (Dir. Christopher Fleming).
Jeff Cox (Assistant Musical Director) is a pianist, arranger, and conductor based in New York City. His recent credits include Austen’s Pride (music sup. Kevin Stites), Wicked (national tour key 2 sub), and conductor/arranger for Jeremy Stolle’s “The Unreachable Stars.” Regional work includes Parade, The Girl Who, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Treasure Island, Sweeney Todd, The Light in the Piazza, West Side Story, etc. at FLMTF; Titanic at The Hangar Theatre; Cortland Repertory Theatre; Smokey Mountain Opry. Jeff is a faculty member at AMDA. He holds a master’s degree in conducting from Ithaca College. Love and gratitude to family, friends, and mentors. www.jeffcoxmusic.com
Michael Fittipaldi (Bass) is excited to be a part of MGR’s 2017 Season! Some of his favorite MGR productions include Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty, Altar Boyz, Legally Blonde, The Light in the Piazza, and Million Dollar Quartet. Michael is a member of Symphoria and the Albany Symphony. Michael enjoys free-heel skiing and practicing Parkour with his family at Rochester Parkour. Many thanks to the amazing staff and crew for always making MGR a great place to be!
Chad Healy (Associate Scenic Designer) is delighted to be returning for his third summer. This will be Chad’s seventh time working on Scenic Designer Czerton Lim’s continually impressive designs. He was Czerton’s associate for Crazy for You, Treasure Island, and Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical last season, and his assistant for West Side Story and Sweeney Todd the season before that. Last season, he also had the privilege of his first scenic design here at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse with Smokey Joe’s Café, and was just scenic designer once again for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Kevin Heard (Sound Designer) is delighted to be back at FLMTF. Previously for the Festival: Parade and From Here to Eternity. Broadway (as Associate): All The Way, The Cherry Orchard, The Country House, Sylvia. Kevin has a dozen off-Broadway design credits and has designed many productions regionally and internationally with companies including The 5th Avenue, ACT Theatre, ArtsEmerson, Asolo Rep, Atlantis (Manila), George Street, The Guthrie, INTIMAN, Ordway, Ogunquit Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Seattle Shakes, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Teatro ZinZanni, TUTS, Village Theatre, and more. Founder of design firm Heard Audio, LLC. HeardAudio.com
Heidi Hoffman (Cello) made her debut as soloist with the Seattle Symphony at the age of 17. She received her Bachelor of Music and Performers Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, and an MM and DMA from Stony Brook University. As a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center, Heidi performed under conductors Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. She has performed in North and South America, Europe, and Japan with such diverse groups as the American Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the new music group Ensemble X, as well as with the rock bands Paige and Plant, and Heart. Ms. Hoffman has been a member of the Syracuse Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, and has served on the faculties of Ithaca College, Wells College, and Cornell University. She has recorded for the Albany and Fleur de Son labels, and her teachers have included Alan Harris, Timothy Eddy, and Julius Levine.
Tiffany Howard (Costume Designer) is so happy to be designing this production of Ghost The Musical. After receiving her MFA and then teaching college for 5 years, Tiffany has had the pleasure of working at FLMTF/MGR and Youth Theatre for the last 8 years as Costume Shop Manager and a designer. Tiffany is also thrilled to be a part of the Youth Theatre program at MGR, helping to teach a whole new generation about the power of theatre. She also works occasionally with the Harlequin Players at CCC and the Auburn Players. You may have seen some of her work last season, including the SALT Award-nominated Crazy for You and Oklahoma!. Some of Tiffany’s favorite designs from past seasons include, West Side Story; Lost Highway, The Hank Williams Story; The Marvelous Wonderettes; and Cabaret. So happy to have the entire “World’s Greatest Costume Shop” return this season! And a huge shout out to the Wardrobe Team who make miracles happen every day! Couldn’t do this without all of you! As always, a huge thank you and all my love to Geoff Howard – the best darn husband a girl could ask for.
Robin Levine (Choreographer) Credits include Parade, Anything Goes, From Here to Eternity (North American Premiere), Mad Libs Live (New World Stages), Tommy, Freewheelers (World Premiere), The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee, Rock of Ages, 42nd Street, Suds, The Addams Family, All Shook Up, and Funny Girl, as well as numerous film projects and live events. Performing credits include Mamma Mia (Broadway), The Pirate Queen (Pre-Broadway), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (New York), I Love Bob (Joyce Soho), and The Tony Awards. She is an ensemble member of A Broken Umbrella Theatre, an award-winning theatre company dedicated to the creation of new works. She has also been on faculty at Steps On Broadway, Cap21, and AMDA NY. www.robin-levine.com
Czerton Lim (Scenic Designer) has designed for MGR since 2000 and is ecstatic to be back for his 14th summer season at the Finger Lakes. Recent MGR credits include this season’s Parade and last year’s productions of Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Treasure Island, and Crazy for You, along with Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, On The Town, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Man of La Mancha, The Full Monty, and Little Shop of Horrors, to name a few. His NYC credits include Storm Theatre, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, National Asian-American Theatre Company, Theatre Mitu/NYU-Abu Dhabi, and NY Musical Theatre Festival. He currently teaches Scene Design and other related topics at SUNY Fredonia. A proud member of USA Local 829, he is originally from the Philippines. www.czlimdesign.com
Carl Lovell (Guitar) was brought up in a musical family. He played guitar in his family band for weddings and dances, and he had private lessons for several years while in school. After college, he has performed with many local bands and musicals such as Salt City’s Jesus Christ Superstar; Syracuse Stage productions of Hairspray and Avenue Q; Syracuse Symphony and Symphoria Pops concerts; and Famous Artists’ Matilda. Between shows, Carl teaches guitar at the YMCA in Syracuse, and performs at festivals, the New York State Fair, Turning Stone Casino, and ceremonies and memorials throughout the region.
Tristan Marzeski (Drums) is an active drummer/percussionist based in NYC, and is thrilled to be back for his 32nd production with MGR/Finger Lakes MTF! National tours: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical. Off-Broadway: The View UpStairs (and the Original Cast Album), Clinton the Musical (and the Original Cast Album), Freedom Riders at New York Musical Festival (2017). Staff Accompanist: American Musical and Dramatic Academy NY & Molloy/CAP21 Theatre Arts Program. Tristan is a graduate of Onondaga Community College and SUNY Potsdam. Member of American Federation of Musicians locals 78 and 802.
Ann McIntyre (Violin) began playing violin in a family string quartet while growing up in Ohio. Before moving to Central New York, she attended the Tanglewood Music Institute and participated in both the Taos Chamber Music Festival and the Spoleto Festival. Ann graduated from Indiana University where she studied with Paul Biss and Josef Gingold, and currently lives in Camillus with her family. She was a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and has performed and recorded with the Society for New Music since 2007. Ann also enjoys musical theater; she has been a violinist for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse since 2005, and has performed in Syracuse with the national touring companies of Chicago and Phantom of the Opera.
Dan Ozminkowski (Light Designer) MGR: Fifteen productions, including this season’s Guys and Dolls, and From Here to Eternity and Treasure Island last summer. Regional: Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Arena Stage; Treasure Island at Arkansas Rep; Let Me Down Easy at Arena Stage, Wexner Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, San Diego Rep, Berkeley Rep. North American tour: Spirit of Uganda 2010 – 2014. Associate/Assistant: A Night With Janis Joplin, Impressionism & The Ritz (Broadway); Le Reve (Wynn, Las Vegas), Jennifer Muller/The Works (Brazil). Nominated, Barrymore Peco Award. USA 829. BFA, Purchase College; MFA, Parsons. Head of Lighting Design, Illinois State University.
Arvilla Rovit (Viola) earned Masters and Bachelors of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-yun Huang. Ms. Rovit has performed at Alice Tully Hall, with the Quartz Mountain Chamber Players and as part of the Brightmusic Chamber Music Series. Ms. Rovit was featured in the Young Artist Concert Series at the Aspen Music Festival. She has also performed at the National Conference of the Society of Composers and for the Oklahoma and Alabama Viola Societies. In the Central New York area, Ms. Rovit is a contracted member of Symphoria, and has performed for the Society for New Music, Ensemble X, Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, Civic Morning Musicals’ Live! at the Everson, Joyful Noise, and Cornell’s Mayfest. Previous appointments include Principal Violist of the Mississippi Symphony and violist of the Mississippi Quartet, and Assistant Principal Violist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. When she is not performing, Arvilla enjoys hiking, swimming and playing duets with her husband, Peter Rovit, and their children.
Matt Van Slyke* (AEA Assistant Stage Manager) has been an ASM with Merry-Go-Round Playhouse since the summer of 2013 and is thrilled to be spending another summer with the Festival. Other MGR credits include Parade, Guys and Dolls, Million Dollar Quartet, Crazy for You, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma, Saturday Night Fever, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Outside MGR, Matt has been an SM PA for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Nashville Tour 2013, 2014), stage managed many readings at The New York Theater Workshop and Lark Play Development Center in NYC, and most recently, Stage Managed Titan Theatre Company’s King Lear at Queens Theater in the Park. Matt is a graduate of Ohio University with BFAs in Acting and Stage Management. Many thanks to his team and crew for remembering the bottom of the list. Ball Change.
Jeff Theiss (Music Director) is excited to return to MGR for his 10th season after previously conducting Parade, Treasure Island, Oklahoma!, Crazy for You, Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings, The Light in the Piazza, Sweeney Todd, On the Town, Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, Cats, and Altar Boyz. Broadway: The Band’s Visit (upcoming), The Book of Mormon, Lysistrata Jones. Off-Broadway: The Band’s Visit, Clinton – The Musical, The Chocolate Show!. Jeff also enjoys teaching and has most recently taught at Ithaca College, The Dalton School, and regularly works with Broadway Classroom and The Growing Studio in NYC. He has played for such Broadway names as David Yazbek, Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Chip Zien, and Orfeh. Thanks to Brett, Corinne, Jim, Becky, and everyone else that makes the Go-Round go ‘round! BME – Baylor University, MM – Ithaca College. www.jefftheiss.com
* Members of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society