• Meet the Cast: "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience"

    by 
    Tania Thompson
     | Feb 04, 2019
    The Cast of Naked Mole Rat

    Melody Butiu, Daniel Bellusci, Gina D'Acciaro, Joel Gelman, Nicole Cowans and Marqell Edward Clayton in ​Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience.

    Six actors transform into a colony of naked mole-rats in the fun musical Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience (through Feb. 17, Theatre for Young Audiences), adapted by Mo Willems from his book. He’s the author of other beloved books including Knuffle Bunny and the Elephant and Piggie series. The cast members love the songs, the fun costumes, the cool set that looks like an underground tunnel—and they love bringing this story about acceptance to life.


    Bellusci

    Daniel Bellusci
    Character: Wilbur J. Mole Rat Jr.
    SCR credits:
    This season, I was in another young audiences show called Nate the Great and I played Nate, a kid detective! Last season, I was in two shows here—one for young audiences, Ella Enchanted: The Musical (as a prince!) and one called Little Black Shadows, where I played a teenage boy in the American south just before the Civil War.
    What I like to wear:
    My most favorite fashion choices include light-colored Adidas soccer pants, with a button-up shirt with any kind of fun pattern. I love to combine casual with a bit of class!
    My favorite animal:
    Lions! When I was a kid, I thought they were so beautiful and majestic (I still do!).


    Butiu

    Melody Butiu
    Character: Grande
    SCR credits:
    A Christmas Carol, Ivy + Bean: The Musical, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment (where I played a mom, a sea captain, a native girl and an octopus expert!)
    Other things I’ve done include:
    “NCIS: LA,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Gotham” and “Modern Family.”
    What I like to wear:
    My fashion choice for rehearsals is usually colorful pants, my pink tennis shoes and a comfy sweater. I like comfortable clothes I can dance and rock out in.
    My favorite animal:
    I didn’t have many pets growing up but, for a brief time, I had a turtle that I named Badger because we found him on a camping trip in Badger Lake in Oregon. I brought him to school for show and tell and even shared custody of him with my friend, Bert.


    Clayton

    Marqell Edward Clayton
    Character: Venti
    SCR credits:
    I’m making my debut here!
    Other things I’ve done include:
    Disneyland and a pre-Broadway national tour of Ain’t Too Proud.
    What I like to wear:
    I love wearing boots with cuffed jeans. I wear this combo everywhere—including to parties, church, work and even on holidays! It’s my #1 g​o-to outfit. It’s often accompanied by various forms of collared shirts. My favorite collared shirt has elephants and giraffes on it and reminds me of a safari!
    My favorite animal:
    I didn’t have pets growing up, well, except for a few fish that the biggest fish in the tank ate. I’ve always loved tigers though; love their size, stripes and subtlety.


    Cowans

    Nicole Cowans
    Character: Tall
    SCR credits:
    I’m over the moon to be making my debut here!
    About me:
    I have an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and studied lots of theatre elements including acting, singing, clowning, masking and dancing. I’m Afro-Latina and speak English and Spanish.
    What I like to wear:
    My favorite fashion choice is an earth or jewel tone off-the-shoulder shirt, dark or black capris​-cut exercise pants and classic Converse shoes. I like to be comfy and active, but still feel sexy and stylish!
    My favorite animal:
    When I was a kid my favorite animal was the mythological creature called the Phoenix. Why? Because it's magical and can be reborn from its own ashes. It’s still one of my favorites!


    D'Acciaro

    Gina D’Acciaro
    Characters: Weather Mole, Potential Customer, Secret Service Mole
    SCR credits:
    The Light Princess, another young audiences show.
    Other things I’ve done include:
    “Nip/Tuck,” The Sticks, “The Agency” and “The Fur is Gone.”
    What I like to wear:
    Heels and hoop earrings shaped like hearts! If I’m wearing jeans, a fun colorful pair of high heels and my heart hoops make for a very good day!
    My favorite animal: My favorite pet as a kid was my cat named Guido. She was my best friend. She had a crooked tail and her head always tilted to the right. And she was perfect.


    Gelman

    Joel Gelman
    Character: Stark Naked Mole Rat, Grand-Pah
    SCR credits:
    Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and two young audiences shows, The Light Princess and Ella Enchanted: The Musical.
    Other things I’ve done include:
    “Modern Family” and “Henry Danger.”
    What I like to wear:
    I'm most comfortable and confident in jeans and a sweatshirt—and some wicked-cool sneakers!
    My favorite animal: I've always loved the duck-billed platypus because they look like a mythical creature, but they're real!!

    Learn more about Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience and purchase tickets.

  • Party Play: "Sweeney Todd"

    by 
    Beth Fhaner
     | Jan 29, 2019

    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece, launched the new year on the Segerstrom Stage, much to the delight of the First Night audience. Sweeney Todd captivated the attention of theatregoers and never let up, delivering dazzling performances, razor-sharp wit, a live band and extraordinary songs such as “Pretty Women,” “Johanna” and “Not While I’m Around.”

    Along with plenty of laughter, the First Night audience showed their appreciation for this musical thriller with enthusiastic applause and a full, immediate standing ovation. Led by Kent Nicholson’s expert direction, the entire ensemble created a truly memorable evening that transported First Night attendees to the seedy underbelly of Victorian London.

    The buzz was overwhelmingly favorable surrounding both the play and the performances of the talented cast: David St. Louis (Sweeney Todd), Jamey Hood (Mrs. Lovett), Devin Archer (Anthony), Erica Hanrahan-Ball (Beggar Woman), Juliana Hansen (Johanna), Conlan Ledwith (Toby), Robert Mammana (Judge Turpin), Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper (Beadle Bamford), Roland Rusinek (Adolfo Pirelli), Brent Schindele (Jonas Fogg) and Katy Tang (ensemb​le roles).

    First Night attendees and Honorary Producers Sophie and Larry Cripe found Sweeney Todd to be highly entertaining. "We loved the play--it's a tasty treat you can really sink your teeth into. A well-directed, glorious cast with rich voices and a stunning set. It's a don't-miss!" they said.

    Honorary Producers James, Kimberly and Kolby Jacobs greatly enjoyed the performance. "The show was amazing," the Jacobs said. "The combination of Sweeney's dark, tortured soul and Mrs. Lovett's melodramatic style really created a unique and special energy that worked so well! We all loved it!"

    Rick Smetanka, with Corporate Honorary Associate Producer Haskell & White, said, "I'll be sure to skip that shave next time I'm in the barber's chair! The suspense kept us on the edge of our seats and we really loved the characters, despite some of their horrific qualities. The actors and musicians clearly rose to the challenge that Sondheim put forth. Congratulations to SCR and the talented cast of Sweeney Todd!"

    Guests who attended the celebratory soiree, which was co-sponsored by The Westin South Coast Plaza, were welcomed to a stylish, romantic backdrop. Vertical buffets set with ​champagne and wine, along with floral décor ​including ​black magic roses, transformed the Westin’s rooftop Terrace Pavilion into an elegant landscape.

    Partygoers feasted on a menu inspired by the play that featured an assortment of mini pies including meat, chicken and vegetables​ and a mashed potato station, with an array of toppings such as parsley, butter, chives and sour cream​. All of the foot was a hit with the festive crowd.

    In a nod to the musical’s titular character, the evening’s signature cocktail was “The Close Shave”—a delicious drink comprised of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, cranberry juice and a maraschino cherry, garnished with a red-sugar rim.

    For a sweet finish to the evening, guests indulged in a decadent selection of miniature desserts including crème brûlées, tarts, cookies and brownies—all delicious treats that few could resist!

    First Night theatregoers were delighted to have the opportunity to meet and mingle with director Kent Nicholson and the entire cast at the rooftop Terrace Pavilion’s sophisticated setting. All the while, lively conversation and laughter continued to swirl around the worldwide phenomenon known as
    Sweeney Todd, Sondheim’s award-winning musical thriller about the “demon barber,” who plots revenge, one shave at a time.


    Learn more about Sweeney Todd and buy tickets.  

  • "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed:" A Story of Style (and Substance!)

    by 
    Andy Knight
     | Jan 25, 2019

    Naked Mole Rat Logo

    In the underground colony of naked mole-rats, two things are true. Number one: everyone is totally naked (that one should be obvious); and number two: everyone loves to rock. For most naked mole-rats, that’s enough—rocking out clothes-free means rocking out carefree. But not for Wilbur J. Mole Rat Jr. He’s grown tired of the monotony in the tunnel and wants something more. Unfortunately, he’s not quite sure what that something is.

    And then, as if in answer to his daydreams, a hat falls from the sky. And then a shirt. And then a pair of pants, a blazer, a tie! With a full outfit at his feet, Wilbur decides to do something no naked mole-rat has ever done before: Wilbur gets dressed.

    When Wilbur shows off his new outfit to his friends Grande, Venti and Tall, they are shocked, disgusted and, frankly, offended. They’ve said it time and time again: naked mole-rats DON’T WEAR CLOTHES. But Wilbur likes the way he looks, and sees nothing wrong with a tasteful ensemble. And so, against the advice of his friends, Wilbur decides to share his passion for fashion with the colony and open his very own clothing store.

    Wilbur’s store, Hats & More, causes quite a scandal. But the colony’s outrage quickly turns into full-blown panic when more clothes begin to rain from the sky. Amidst all the chaos, Wilbur realizes that his simple decision to get dressed has had serious repercussions. And yet, he isn’t sure what to do next. Will the colony ever accept a not-so-naked mole-rat? Should he just give in and go nude? Or is it, perhaps, best that Wilbur leave the colony altogether?


    Mo Willems

    ​Mo Willems

    Debora Wicks La puma

    ​Deborah Wicks La Puma

    In Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience—a new musical adapted from the children’s book by Mo Willems—a naked mole-rat who’s just a little bit different than everyone else makes the decision to stop conforming. His friends, happy with the status quo, struggle to understand why—why does Wilbur need to wear clothes? And when he can’t give them a satisfactory answer (or, rather, an answer that they understand), they dig in their heels and try to change him back into the naked mole-rat they always thought he was. But it doesn’t work; it only makes things worse. And so, it becomes clear that asking Wilbur why he needs to wear clothes is, in fact, counterproductive. Perhaps there’s a different question—a rhetorical one—that’s better suited for this situation. And posing that question just might be the key to embracing Wilbur’s decision and to establishing a better, kinder order in the colony.    

    At its core, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed is about the importance of acceptance. It’s a lesson at the center of many children’s stories, but rarely is it brought to life in such a fun, vibrant way. Author Mo Willems and composer Deborah Wicks La Puma have adapted Willems’ book into a lively musical, with equal parts humor and heart. It’s full of cheeky wordplay (with “naked” in the title, how could it not be?), eccentric characters and raucous original music—music with a distinctive sound that adult audience members might recognize.

    “The music is a celebration of classic rock,” La Puma says. “I consider it almost a primer for young audiences who might not be familiar with the sounds of some of my favorite artists. With nods to David Bowie, Queen, Heart, Pink Floyd and ​Jimi Hendrix, I hope to capture the energy of rock to tell the story of a sweet mole-rat who is a little different.”

    Naked Mole Rat’s energy delighted audiences in the spring of 2018, when the musical premiered at Seattle Children’s Theatre. And now South Coast Repertory is bringing it to the Julianne Argyros Stage (February 1-​17, 2019) in an all-new production.


    Naked Mole Rat Scenic design

    ​Designer Keith Mitchell's Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed scenic design model.

    SCR’s production of Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed is directed by Casey Stangl, who has helmed a number of productions at the theatre (in both the Theatre for Young Audiences series and in SCR’s standard subscription series). Stangl calls the story “simple, sweet and deeply moving” and one that “celebrates life, tolerance and differences.”

    With her vast experience directing productions for young audiences, Stangl knows that creating the world of the play is particularly important to the storytelling. That’s often a tough job, especially in Naked Mole Rat’s case, which is set in a series of underground tunnels. But Stangl and her imaginative design team have embraced the challenge and created something that beautifully marries the naked mole-rats’ natural habitat with a rock venue. The set, designed by Keith Mitchell, has the earth-tone look of an underground colony, but it also evokes the spectacular presence of an amphitheater, specifically the Hollywood Bowl. Jeff Polunas’ sound design plays with acoustics, juxtaposing the contained, area-specific soundscape of the tunnel with the overpowering energy of rock music. And Karyn D. Lawrence’s lighting and Angela Balogh Calin’s costumes add bursts of color to the underground’s naturally muted palette.

    Stangl has also assembled a first-rate cast for the production. Daniel Bellusci, who appeared in Nate the Great earlier this season, returns to SCR in the role of Wilbur J. Mole Rat Jr. Melody Butiu (Grande), Gina D’Acciaro (Secret Service Mole and others) and Joel Gelman (Grand-Pah and others) also return to SCR after appearing in recent productions. Marquell Edward Clayton (Venti) and Nicole Cowans (Tall) make their SCR debuts in Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed.

    Learn more about Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and buy tickets.

  • Broadway Looms Large On SCR’s Spring Theatre Trip

    by 
    SCR Staff
     | Jan 25, 2019

    New York Skyline

    We’ve got a great way for you to support South Coast Repertory: go on a trip! When you join our 2019 spring theatre trip to New York City (May 14-20), a portion of the cost of the trip will help sustain our artistry onstage and our work in the community. And, a special treat: your hosts for the trip are actors Richard Doyle and Jennifer Parsons.

    This year, you’ll enjoy four Broadway shows, as well as guided tours around the city.

    Learn more and book this trip.


    Kiss Me Kate LogoKiss Me Kate
    By Cole Porter
    Directed by Scott Ellis
    Musical director Paul Gemignani
    Synopsis: Kiss Me, Kate!centers on a cast putting on a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and the leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi.
    Cast: Kelli O’Hara, Will Chase, Corbin Bleu, Stephanie Styles, Terence Archie, Mel Johnson Jr., Adrienne Walker, James T. Lane, John Pankow and Lance Coadie Williams.
    About the venue: Studio 54 Theatre, 254 West 54th Street, is operated by Roundabout Theatre.


    Kill a Mockingbird LogoTo Kill a Mockingbird
    By Harper Lee
    Adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin
    Directed by Bartlett Sher
    Synopsis: The Alabama-set story is a memory play, with Scout recalling the 1930s trial in which her father defended a black man accused of raping a white girl.
    Cast includes: Jeff Daniels (Atticus Finch), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Scout), Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Danny Wolohan, Frederick Weller, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Stark Sands, Dakin Matthews, Neal Huff, Erin Wilhelmi and LaTanya Richardson Jackson.
    About the venue: Shubert Theatre, 225. W. 44th Street.
    Read the reviews.


    Tootsie LogoTootsie
    Book by Robert Horn
    Music and lyrics by David Yazbek
    Directed by Scott Ellis
    Synopsis: Michael Dorsey is a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime.
    Cast includes: Santino Fontana and Lilli Cooper.
    About the venue: Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway.



    The Ferryman LogoThe Ferryman
    By Jez Butterworth
    Directed by Sam Mendes
    Synopsis:
    Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.
    Cast includes:
    Dean Ashton, Paddy Considine, Charles Dale, Laura Donnelly, Justin Edwards, Fra Fee, Fionnula Flanagan, Tom Glynn-Carney, Stuart Graham, Mark Lambert, Carla Langley, Matilda Lawler, Conor MacNeill, Willow McCarthy, Catherine McCormack, Rob Malone, Dearbhla Molloy, Michael Quinto McArthur, Brooklyn Shuck, Glenn Speers and Niall Wright.
    About the venue:
    Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th Street. LINK:

  • Meet the Cast: "Sweeney Todd—The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

    by 
    Tania Thompson
     | Jan 24, 2019
    Cast of Sweeney Todd

    ​The cast of Sweeney Todd.

    To bring to life London’s seedy underbelly in Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the 11-member cast worked with dialect coaches, a choreographer and others, in addition to rehearsing the songs and the dialogue. They fell in love with director Kent Nicholson’s vision for the show, exploring both its humor and its well-known macabre elements. Read on as the cast dishes on what they love about Sweeney—and the kind of pies they like to eat (truly, not the kind baked by Mrs. Lovett!).


    St.-Louis,-David

    David St. Louis
    P​ortrays Sweeney Todd.
    My SCR debut.
    My other credits include Broadway productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jesus Christ Superstar and Rent, along with regional productions of Porgy and Bess, Intimate Apparel, Candide, and Bessie’s Blues, “NCIS: New Orleans” and “The Blacklist.”
    The best thing about Sweeney Todd: The fact that, through the years, the music and themes refuse to get stale, irrelevant or the slightest bit uninteresting.
    My favorite kind of pie: Bourbon Apple.


    Hood,-Jamey

    Jamey Hood
    Portrays Mrs. Lovett.
    My SCR credits include Theatre for Young Audiences shows including Imagine, Jane of the Jungle and Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business
    My other credits include touring productions of Hello, Dolly! and My Fair Lady, as well as the New York production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.
    The best thing about Sweeney Todd: I’m blown away by the humor packed into such a dark story filled with murder, corruption and cannibalism. Who knew eating people could be so funny?!
    My favorite kind of pie: Pumpkin, with homemade whipped cream. Yum!


    Archer,-Devin

    Devin Archer
    Portrays Anthony.
    My SCR debut.
    My other credits include national tours of Bright Star and Mamma Mia!, as well as regional productions of Les Misérables, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof and Twelfth Night.
    The best thing about Sweeney Todd: The theme of revenge as it has been the focus of playwrights for millennia. The terrific thing about Sweeney Todd is how it finds a way to weave comedy into its depiction of vengeance through ridiculous and delicious (pun intended!) violence. By offering a strong juxtaposition of young and naive versus experienced and jaded, Sweeney encourages us to remember the wondrous child inside every one of us. It reminds us to always consider forgiveness and kindness as a tool to break the chains holding us to our past. Sounds like Sondheim, huh?
    My favorite kind of pie: Shepherd’s Pie.


    Hanrahan-Ball,-Erica

    Erica Hanrahan-Ball
    Portrays the Beggar Woman.
    My SCR debut.
    My other credits include Man of La Mancha, Mamma Mia!, Cabaret, A Little Night Music, The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll and Pal Joey and “The Office” (the Sweeney Todd episode).
    The best thing about Sweeney Todd: Everything—the amazing storytelling, the incredibly intricate lyrics and music ... all of it.
    My favorite kind of pie: Banana Cream.


    Hansen,-Juliana

    Juliana Hansen
    Portrays Johanna.
    My SCR debut.
    My other credits include the national tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie, along with Mary Poppins, The Fantasticks, Les Misérables, The Wizard of Oz and West Side Story. I’m the new voice of Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins: Legacy Collection) and Cinderella (Cinderella: The Lost Chords).
    The best thing about Sweeney Todd: The score blows me away! It’s the most complex music I’ve ever worked on and the more we do it, the more intricacies and cleverness reveal themselves.
    My favorite kind of pie: Peach.


    Ledwith,-Conlan

    Conlan Ledwith
    Portrays Tobias Ragg.
    My SCR debut.
    My other credits include productions at San Diego Repertory Theatre, Marriott Theatre (Lincolnshire), Antaeus Theatre Company, First Stage, Northern Sky Theatre and Théatre du Gymase (Paris).
    The best thing about Sweeney Todd: The musical’s humor. I’ve been a big fan of Sweeney Todd since I was very young and know almost every lyric, having grown up on the cast recording. That being said, every day in rehearsal I’m finding new jokes and puns that seemingly came out of nowhere—it’s absolutely thrilling.
    My favorite kind of pie: Strawberry-Rhubarb.


    Mammana,-Robert

    ​Robert Mammana
    ​Portrays Judge Turpin.
    My previous SCR credit is Cloudlands.
    My other credits include Les Misérables, The Sound of Music, Show Boat, The Twentieth-Century Way, Man of La Mancha, Guys and Dolls, “NCIS,” “Elementary” and “The Good Wife.”
    The best thing about Sweeney Todd: The thing I find the most amazing is the language, specifically the lyrics. They are murderously difficult and insanely fun!
    My favorite kind of pie: Cherry—and now I’m hungry.


    Mongiardo-Cooper,-Nicholas

    ​Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper
    ​Portrays Beadle Bamford.
    My previous SCR credits include Once, Shakespeare in Love, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Borrowers.
    My other credits include Rothschild & Sons, Lonesome Traveler, Julius Caesar (all off-Broadway), Three Days of Rain, Side by Side by Sondheim, Words By: Ira Gershwin, “Superstore” and “Fuller House.”
    The best thing about Sweeney Todd: The sheer chutzpah of combining horror/pastiche with some of the most creative symphonic work Sondheim ever did. He learned his lessons very well from his composer colleagues Bernstein and Styne, but managed to use his own genius ability to write music in the cadence of the spoken word to create a genre-busting gothic masterpiece.
    My favorite kind of pie: I’ve had some sublime pies in my life, but a good Irish meat pie is ... just sinfully good.


    Rusinek,-Roland

    ​Roland Rusinek
    ​Portrays Adolfo Pirelli.
    My SCR debut.
    My other credits include The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway), A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, Limelight, Guys and Dolls, Candide, Lend Me a Tenor and The Producers.
    The best thing about Sweeney Todd: This will be my eighth production of the show and my first as Pirelli. I have done it in many different incarnations, with different cuts, stagings and concepts and what blows me away about this show every time is that, since it is extremely well written, the show always works! Just say the words on the page, sing the notes Mr. Sondheim wrote, tell the story and it will always work. Always. That’s why it’s a masterpiece. That blows me away.
    My favorite kind of pie: Aunt Nina’s piccadillo empanadas. Let me explain—my mother is Cuban, and I was blessed with family members who cook, and cook well, so my Aunt Nina would make empanadas—which are basically the same kind of meat pie Mrs. Lovett serves, only not human flesh, but the Latin version—that were to die for!


    Schindele,-Brent

    ​Brent Schindele
    ​Portrays Jonas Fogg.
    My SCR debut.
    My other credits include In a Booth at Chasen’s, The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), The 39 Steps, Sunday in the Park with George, End of the Rainbow and The Music Man.
    The best thing about Sweeney Todd: I’ve worked on a lot of shows by Stephen Sondheim and “blown away” has always been my response to the intricacy, the difficulty and the sophistication of his music. To me, what’s special about Sweeney Todd is that there’s such a clear reason supporting all the dissonance and apparent chaos of the score: he’s creating a thriller, trying to give you goosebumps and tingles up your spine. The story is about people whose grip on sanity is a bit tenuous, people with deliciously dark purposes in dark places, and the music suits all that - indeed, helps create all that. Then when moments of pure lyricism and musical beauty break in, they are blessedly welcome, like sunshine through the clouds, or a bird’s song amid the industrial noise of 19th-century London.
    My favorite kind of pie: Boysenberry. I’m a Southern California boy!


    Tang,-Katy

    ​Katy Tang
    ​Portrays Ensemble characters.
    My SCR debut.
    My other credits include Candide, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, Spring Awakening, The Mikado, Brigadoon, Le Nozze di Figaro and Threepenny Opera.
    The best thing about Sweeney Todd: The sheer brilliance and genius of this musical! I’m blown away by the layers and the way in which they all fit together. I think there are plenty of moments when, as a stand-alone piece of the puzzle, one can feel like they’re not even part of the same picture. Yet, when you put it all together, it makes perfect sense. Seemingly contradicting madness becomes harmonious and those moments are exciting, whether you’re creating it or experiencing it. There’s such an unexpected quality about the whole darn masterpiece!
    My favorite kind of pie: Banana Cream.

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