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Based on the classic film, this joyous song and tap dancing musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs including “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Heat Wave,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Shaking the Blues Away” and many more! Come sing and dance with us as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary with this happy go lucky, toe tapping hit. And bring the entire family! Rated G
- Director/Choreographer: Richard J. Hinds
- Associate Choreographer: Elizabeth Picini
- Musical Director: Corinne Aquilina
- Assistant Musical Director: Jeff Cox
- Scenic Designer: Shoko Kambara
- Lighting Designer: Jose Santiago
- Assistant Lighting Designer: Kelly Martin
- Costume Designer: Tiffany Howard
- Wig Designer: Alfonso Annotto
- Sound Designer: Ed Chapman
- Production Stage Manager: Suzi Bonnot
Orchestrations by: LARRY BLANK
Vocal and Dance Arrangements by: SAM DAVIS
Additional Dance and Vocal Arrangements by: BRUCE POMAHAC
Originally Produced on Broadway by: Roundabout Theatre Company
Todd Halmes, Artistic Director/CEO; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director
Sydney Beers, General Manager; Steve Dow, Chief Administrative Officer
Produced in Association with Universal Stage Productions
Originally Produced by: Goodspeed Musicals, Michael P. Price, Executive Producer
Directed on Broadway by: GORDON GREENBERG
Holiday Inn is presented through special arrangement with
R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.com
* indicates Talkbacks § indicates Signed Performances ^ Limited Ticket Availability
Artistic Staff / Musicians
Alfonso Annotto (Wig & Makeup Designer) Wig Designer: Mamma Mia! and Anne of Green Gables: A New Folk Rock Musical at MGR. Asst. wig designer: From Here to Eternity (North American premiere) at MGR. Hair and Makeup designer: Guys and Dolls, Parade, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Ghost: The Musical, Treasure Island at MGR. Design associate: Wicked London Apollo Victoria Theatre. Broadway: The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee; Putting It Together with Carol Burnett. Off-Broadway: Shout! The Mod Musical; I Will Come Back; Putting It Together with Julie Andrews. Broadway supervisor: Wicked with Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Joel Grey, and Megan Hilty; Into the Woods revival with Vanessa Williams; Copenhagen; Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, and Raquel Welch; Stylist: My Favorite Year; The Phantom of the Opera; Jerome Robbins’ Broadway; Les Misérables; Miss Saigon; The Producers; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Putting It Together with Julie Andrews.
Corinne Aquilina (Music Director) is proud to return for another season at Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Last season she was Music Director for Guys and Dolls and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. New York and tour credits include Broadway pit of The Boys from Oz; Annie; Five Guys Named Moe; and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Arranger/Orchestrator: Menopause, the Musical. Corinne was Musical Director for the North American Premiere of From Here to Eternity and Theatrical Rights Worldwide’s Saturday Night Fever. Regional credits include: Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Full Monty, Forty Second Street, Five Guys Named Moe, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Spelling Bee, Cabaret, Chicago, Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Evita, La Cage, My Fair Lady, The King & I, The Sound of Music, Nunsense, Oliver, Tintypes, Brigadoon, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, Dames at Sea, Singin’ in the Rain, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Damn Yankees, and Daddy Long Legs. Corinne is a member of: Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and AFM Local 802. Corinne is Program Director for BFA Musical Theatre and Assistant Professor at Nazareth College of Rochester.
Suzi Bonnot* (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to be returning after working on Mamma Mia! earlier this season. Other MGR credits include: Guys and Dolls, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Always…Patsy Cline in 2017 and Austen’s Pride in 2016. Broadway: Angels in America; Groundhog Day; Old Times; Fun Home. New York: Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Fire This Time Festival, Target Margin Theater, Center for Contemporary Opera, Mannes Opera, The Drama League, Gallery Players, and NYMF. Regional: Syracuse Stage, The Hippodrome Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and six summers at The Muny. Graduate of OCU.
Terrance E. Caviness Jr. (Trumpet 2)is Director of Bands at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, New York and adjunct Professor of Music at SUNY Oswego. Mr. Caviness conducts the Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble at Syracuse University and is an active guest conductor and clinician. He maintains a very successful private trumpet studio and is an active professional musician, performing with the Syracuse Symphony, Symphoria, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and numerous other local and touring groups.
Ed Chapman (Sound Designer), Most recently an associate designer on the Tony Nominated Sound design team of Tom Stoppard’s Travisties on Broadway. Current/recent Touring Productions: Disney’s The Little Mermaid; TheaterWorks’ The Legend of Georgia McBride; and Next to Normal; A Christmas Story; How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Other notable projects: Pirates of Penzance (dir. John Rando) at Barrington Stage; The Wizard of Oz at Walnut Street Theatre; over 20 productions at Weston Playhouse (2016 Berkshire theatre awards nomination for Outstanding Sound Design for Mamma Mia!); The Joker’s Game (World Premiere in China); Bedbugs (Off-Broadway); Mr. Chapman sends much love and thanks to parents, John, Gayle, and family Kate, Mary Ann, Johnny, and Eddie.
Jeff Cox (Assistant Music Director) is a New York-based music director and conductor who has performed internationally and on Broadway. His NYC credits include The Band’s Visit (keyboard 2 sub.) and A Letter To Harvey Milk (piano/conductor sub.). He has served as music director and arranger for a number of developmental works including Far From Canterbury, a new musical by award-winning composer Danny K. Bernstein. Other labs and workshops include Crazy For You directed by Susan Stroman and Austen’s Pride (music sup. Kevin Stites). Jeff is the music director for “The Unreachable Stars,” a concert featuring Broadway actors and musicians that have performed throughout China as well as the United States. He has also played on the national tour of Wicked and is a regular music director at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, where he has conducted performances of Mamma Mia!, Ghost: The Musical, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, and Always…Patsy Cline. 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
David DiGennaro (Trombone) is very excited to be playing Holiday Inn at MGR this summer. He works for Homer Central Schools where he has taught high school band for the past twenty-one years. He also conducts the pit band there, is marching band director, and is music coordinator for the district. David attended Syracuse University and Mannes College where he earned his B.M. in Music Education and his M.M in Music Performance respectively. He is on call as a trombonist with every professional ensemble in central New York.
Richard J. Hinds (Director/Choreographer) is thrilled to be returning to the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival after having directed and choreographed Guys and Dolls last season. He is currently the Associate Choreographer for Come From Away on Broadway. He worked on the Broadway productions of Disney’s Newsies (Associate Director); Jekyll and Hyde (Associate Director/Choreographer); and Il Divo: A Musical Affair (Assistant Director). He served as the Associate Director/Choreographer for the Public Theatre and London’s National Theatre’s productions of Here Lies Love. Richard’s directing and choreography credits include Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, La Mirada Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Deaf West, Paper Mill Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Flat Rock Playhouse, RWS & Associates, OATH Newfront and BCEFA. Richard’s television credits include “Bring It!,” “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Macy’s Commercial,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Good Afternoon America” (featuring Liza Minnelli), and “The Bethenny Show” (featuring Coco Austin). Richard’s Associate credits include Up Here at La Jolla Playhouse; 9 to 5 (National/International Tours); Disney’s High School Musical (National/International Tours); The Last Goodbye and The First Wives Club at The Old Globe; and Pippin at CTG and Deaf West. Richard would like to his Associate, Lizz Picini, for her incredible work on Holiday Inn. Richard is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and is proudly represented by bloc Talent Agency. www.richardjhinds.com
Tiffany Howard (Costume Designer) is ecstatic to begin her 10th season at FLMTF/MGR! After receiving her MFA from Texas Tech University and then teaching college for 5 years in Missouri, Tiffany found a happy home here in both the summer and Youth Theatre shops where we take on the task of teaching a whole new generation about the power of theatre. You may have seen some of her work in recent seasons, including Mamma Mia!, the SALT Award-nominated Guys and Dolls, Parade, Best Little Whorehouse…, and Crazy for You. Favorite designs from past seasons include: Always, Patsy Cline; Oklahoma!; West Side Story; Lost Highway, The Hank Williams Story; The Marvelous Wonderettes; and Cabaret. Thank you to the amazing Costume Shop for all the work and laughter—and for making me look good! And a huge shout out to the Wardrobe Team (lead by Ashley Wilson) who makes 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.
John Patrick Jeanneret (Reed 1) is an accomplished musician, composer, and educator. He is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and the University of North Texas. In addition to his long career as a professional musician working in various genres, John has also performed with over 50 regional and national musical theatre productions. His compositions and arrangements have been played by various high schools, university groups, and professional ensembles. John is currently a music teacher in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. www.johnjeanneret.com
Shoko Kambara (Scenic Designer), Previous designs at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival: Guys and Dolls and Always… Patsy Cline. Other Regional Work: Chicago and A Christmas Carol at Hangar Theater; Next to Normal at Syracuse Stage. Opera: The Prince of Players at Houston Grand Opera (world premiere);The Barber of Seville at Opera Philadelphia; Opera Theatre of St. Louis (St. Louis Theater Circle Award for Outstanding Set Design); Opera Omaha; Virginia Opera; Lyric Opera of Kansas City; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Virginia Opera; Don Pasquale at Juilliard School. Other Recent Work: Carrie The Musical at Montclair State University; The Little Mermaid at Arkansas Repertory Theatre; Nice Work If You Can Get It (national tour, Worklight Productions),Animals Out of Paper at Hudson Stage Company; Shining City at Nevada Conservatory Theatre. MFA in Scenic Design from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. BA from Dartmouth College. Adjunct Faculty at Montclair State University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.shokokambara.com
Kristen Shiner McGuire’s (Percussion) performing talents run the gamut from jazz singer and drummer, jazz vibraphonist, solo marimbist, orchestral percussionist and timpanist, to contemporary chamber musician. She has performed with Clark Terry, Johnny Mathis, Mickey Rooney, Ben Folds, Josh Groban, the Pan Gaia Steel Band, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the RPO Marimba Band, The Rita Collective, and for several seasons at Merry Go Round Playhouse. Her recordings include those with the Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Dave McGrath, Linda Foster, Jon Seiger and The All Stars, the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, John Teleska, the Pop Tarts, and on her own album, Kristen Sings and Plays and Rings. Kristen has performed at the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Suncoast Jazz Festival, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and several venues in St. Thomas. A composer for Alfred Publications, Kendor Music, C.Alan Publications, Ludwig Music and ReallyGoodMusic, Kristen is well-known for her versatile percussion writing for solo marimba, timpani and percussion ensemble. Her book, Mallet Percussion Workout, is used in public schools and colleges around the country. Kristen is Associate Professor in Performance Practice and the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Nazareth College of Rochester, where she has taught since 1984. www.kristenshinermcguire.com, www.ritacollective.com and www.facebook.com/kristenshinermcguire
Lizz Picini* (Associate Choreographer) is thrilled to be back at Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival for her sixth time! She is represented by CESD Talent Agency, is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, and teaches full-time at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Recently Lizz starred in A Chorus Line (Cassie) and was just featured in Singin’ in the Rain (The Girl in the Green Dress) at The Muny’s 100th Summer Season. Around the country, Lizz has performed in Crazy For You (Tess); The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Dawn); Oklahoma! (Gertie Cummings); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ruth); West Side Story; On The Town; When You Wish; Beauty and the Beast and Sister Act. She has also had the opportunity to serve as Associate Choreographer to some of the industry’s best musicals such as Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, and more. She is so grateful to be living the dream! Endless love and thanks to God, her family, Brett, Rick and Starrr. @lizzpicini
Rob Robson (Trumpet) has played with Wayne Cochran and the CC Riders on tour; Latin, Jazz, and Blues groups in New Orleans; and with local bands Out of the Blue, Roosevelt Dean, Salt City Jazz Collective, and CNY Jazz Orchestra. Rob also performed with artists Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Frankie Valli, and Frank Sinatra Jr. Musical Theatre work includes A Chorus Line, Spamalot, Chicago, Sweet Charity, Peter Pan, Crazy for You, and Motown the Musical.
Jose Santiago (Lighting Designer) is excited to return to FLMTF. Past designs include: Mamma Mia!, Parade, Always… Patsy Cline, Smokey Joe’s Cafe at FLMTF; Evita, Spamalot at North Shore Music Theatre; Rent, Anything Goes, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, White Christmas at Gateway; Of Mice and Men at Bay Street Theatre; Man of La Mancha, La Cage aux Folles, Mame at The Wick Theatre. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Florida State University. Many thanks to Brett and the rest of the FLMTF team for bringing me back for a third summer. www.jsantiagodesign.com
Darryl Pugh (Bass) a graduate of Berklee College and Eastman School, is a longtime bassist in the Syracuse area. A founding member of Symphoria, Darryl has performed extensively with Syracuse Stage, SU Drama, CNY Jazz Orchestra, and various other musical venues in the area. Darryl holds adjunct posts at local colleges including Colgate University, Hamilton College, Syracuse University, and Onondaga Community College. He resides in Syracuse with his wife Mary Ellen and sons Colin and Daniel. Darryl is thrilled to perform again with MGR Playhouse.
James R. Spadafore (Reed 2) is excited to be playing in the pit with such outstanding conductors and musicians. As a freelance musician James has performed with the likes of Marvin Hamlish, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Ben Vareen, Bob Hope, Petula Clark, The Fifth Dimension, The Spinners, Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons, The Four Tops, and The Temptations. As a pit musician, Mr. Spadafore has performed with the national touring companies of City of Angels, The King And I, A Chorus Line, Peter Pan, Big, Chicago, The Producers, Hairspray, Spamalot, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera, Beautiful: The Carol King Story, and Motown the Musical. Mr. Spadafore is currently a member of the “Stan Colella Orchestra” and has performed at Syracuse Stage. James resides in Liverpool, N.Y. and wishes to thank his parents Pat and Fran, his three children Joel, Crista, and Samantha, and his significant other, Betsey, who inspires him each and every day.
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: Mamma Mia!, Ghost: The Musical, Parade, Guys & Dolls, Million Dollar Quartet, Crazy for You, From Here to Eternity, 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, Stage Manager for readings at The New York Theater Workshop and Lark Play Development Center in NYC, and most recently Stage Managed Leading Ladies and The Price at Gulfshore Playhouse. 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.
* 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