Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they come to life in an adaptation featuring the music of the MGM movie. The performance is followed by a meet and greet with the cast.
(Luther Billis) is so happy to be back on stage! Selected credits include: Stratford Festival (Canada – three seasons); The Wizard of Oz (National Tour); every Jet – including Tony, West Side Story (Vancouver Opera, Orlando Shakespeare, Rainbow Stage, Stratford Festival); Dear Evan Hansen (Toronto); Brian, Between the Sea and Sky (NYMF); Francis Fryer, Calamity Jane (Musicals Tonight); Tommy, From Here To Eternity (Rev Theatre); Malcolm, The Full Monty (Charlottetown Festival). TV: Law & Order. Thank you for supporting live theatre!
(Ensign Bessie Noonan) is from Burbank, CA. Tierney Rose most recently performed on Disney Cruise Line, where she donned the gown of nearly every princess in the Disney rep (but it was playing a Jedi that made her cry). Other favorite roles include Jane in Tarzan and Cosette in Les Misérables. Avid gamer with a mean R2-D2 scream. All the love to Mark, Steph,
(Lt. Joseph Cable) is so excited that live theatre is back! Broadway/1st National Tour: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Gerry Goffin) NYC: Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant, Cougar the Musical, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. Love and thanks to my family and The Mine.
(Ensign Lt. Genevieve Marshall/Ensemble) is an artist based in NYC, and is grateful to be making her debut with Plaza Theatricals this fall! Her favorite recent credits include The Pajama Game (Babe), Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), and Legally Blonde (Serena). Eriel graduated from the University of California Irvine with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She is incredibly thankful for her family and friends’ continued support
(Ensign Janet McGregor) is thrilled to be making her Plaza Theatrical Productions debut! Recent credits include Beauty and the Beast (Moonlight Amphitheater), A Christmas Carol (Westchester Broadway), Cats (Post Playhouse), and Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Weathervane Playhouse). BFA/Marymount Manhattan College. Endless gratitude to the entire Plaza team for this wonderful opportunity. All my love to mom and dad!
(Swing) is a NYbased actor and recent graduate of Brown University. Recent roles include Devin in The Catamite (Broadway Bound Theatre Festival), himself in Left & Right (Brown Arts Initiative), and YOU in a river, its mouths (Writing is Live Festival at Brown University). A Glen Cove native, he is excited to be part of a Long Island production and thankful for the opportunity.
(Ngana) is thrilled to join the cast of South Pacific. Select prior credits: Dining With Ploetz, Theater for the New City, NYC; A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Secret Theatre, NYC; Sesame Street on HBO Max; Shimmer and Shine on Nickelodeon; Sprout Kids and Saturday Night Live on NBC. Member of TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble in NYC. Big thanks to Bonnie Shumofsky Bloom at Stewart Talent, Jason Bercy and Plaza Theatrical. Thank you to family, friends, teachers and coaches, Erin Wilson and Michelle Aravena. Much love to Mom, Dad and Rebekah.
(Professor) is thrilled and grateful to be back under the stage lights. Recent credits include: Disney Cruise Line, How The Grinch Stole Christmas: National Tour, Evita (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Jesus Christ Superstar (Bristol Riverside Theatre), and Rocktopia (Broadway Theatre). Caleb is also a licensed real estate agent with Bond New York. Much love to his mom and Opa!
(Bloody Mary). Broadway credits: Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Miss Saigon, The King and I (1996, Lady Thiang u/s and performed; Lincoln Center 2015 revival), Shogun and The Red Shoes. Off-Broadway productions with: Ma-Yi Theatre Group, National Asian-American Theatre (NAATCO), Pan Asian Rep, and The Public Theatre. TV credits: The Blacklist, The Path, Late Night With Seth Meyers, The Sopranos. Education: MA in Applied Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center. Upcoming feature film: Easter Sunday, starring Fil-Am comedian JoKoy, in wide release April 1, 2022.
(Cmdr. Harbison). With stage credits spanning over 35 years, this is the first time Michael has the pleasure of taking part in a production of South Pacific. He is thankful for this opportunity and proud to share the stage with many talented actors. Michael is forever grateful to Kevin, Alex, Merete and Lisa for their patience and divine guidance. As always, love to CK, CM and SJ – you are my everything. Keep Live Music Alive!
(Jerome) is thrilled to be performing as Jerome in this production of South Pacific. Recent favorite roles include Archie in 13 the Musical, Rudolph in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Benny in Guys and Dolls and Pigeon in Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. He would like to thank the rest of the cast, directors, and staff for this amazing experience.
(Ensign Lisa Manelli) is ecstatic to be a part of South Pacific, after performing alone in their living room all year. Favorite roles include Laurie in The Tender Land (Seattle Opera Academy), Lily in The Secret Garden (The Playhouse SA), Adele in Die Fledermaus (UTSA), Meg in Little Women (The Public SA), and Lena in One Starry Night (China tour). Leidlein has sung on NPR’s From The Top, starred in Evil Lives Here, and has appeared in several national commercials.
(Henri/Sailor/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his musical debut in New York City with Plaza Theatricals and their production of South Pacific. KoDee’s most recent work was Ferdinand in Hudson Classical Theatre Company’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Other favorite roles include Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night), Henry (Next to Normal), Courier (1776), Johnny Goto (Allegiance), and Mordred (Camelot). He is honored to be doing live theatre once again.
(Captain Brackett) Off-Broadway: BABY, Tours, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music The Fulton Theatre / Sweeney Todd, Hunchback of Notre Dame, 42nd Street. Maine State Summer Theatre / The Music Man The Music Theatre of CT, Gypsy, Jekyll and Hyde, Buddy : The Buddy Holly Story, Little Shop of Horrors. Toured with The Capitol Steps. It’s a Wonderful Life / The John Engemen, and many others. As always for Paulette and the children.
(Ensign Sue Yaeger) is thrilled to be stepping back on stage after such a turbulent year without live theatre. She was most recently seen touring North America as Liesl in The Sound of Music. Buffalo native. BFA musical theatre graduate from SUNY Fredonia. Thank you to her family both at home and here in Manhattan for grounding and supporting her through the ups and downs.
(Ensign Nelli Forbush). Off-Broadway: The Fantastiks (Luisa, 400+ performances), The Day Before Spring (Katherine). Select Regional: Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown; TUTS), Kiss Me Kate (Lilli/Kate; Arts Center), South Pacific (Nellie Forbush; Rubicon Theatre Company, Harrisburg Symphony, SoCal Symphony), Oklahoma (Laurey; NSMT, MTW), Something Rotten! (Portia; MTW *Regional Premiere). Select Concerts: Rochester Philharmonic, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Thanks to cast and crew, family and friends, and Professional Artists.
(Stewpot). Favorite regional credits include Amadeus (Cook, U/S Count Orsini, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), HAIR (Margaret Mead/Ensemble, Maine State Music Theater), Avenue Q (Brian, Bristol Valley Theater), Hairspray (Edna Turnblad, Jenny Wiley Theatre), and 1776 (Robert Livingston, Biddeford City Theater). Kurt has appeared on Bull (CBS) and in several nationwide commercials. Thank you to Penny Luedtke and my friends and family for their unconditional support.
(Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey) is thrilled to be doing his first show with Plaza Theatricals. He is originally from Maryland and a recent graduate from CAP21/Molloy College. He’s been in many shows at the Madison Theatre in Rockville Centre (Across the Universe (Jude), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin), Hit The Deck (Bunny). Along with being an actor, he’s also a passionate writer and musician. Enjoy the show!
(Buzz Adams/Ensemble) is from New Orleans, LA, and graduated from Tulane University with a BFA in Theatre. National Tours: Annie (Rooster), Flashdance (Joe). Off Broadway: The Office! A Musical Parody (Dwight), The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking (Narrator). Favorite roles include Harold Hill (The Music Man), Sam Phillips (Million Dollar Quartet) and Will Rogers (The Will Rogers Follies). All my love to Kim, Ronald, and my Mom, who always holds a special place in my heart.
(Emile de Becque). Actor: Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate), A Little Night Music (Fredrik), Riverdance on Broadway, Forbidden Broadway, The Curious Incident (Ed) and many more; Recent TV: The Good Fight, Madam Secretary. Writer of Musicals: Bottle Shock! (based on the wine movie), CUBAMOR, Le Comte Noir, and Looking For Christmas with country legend Clint Black. Producer: The Great Comet. MSM/Voice, NYU-GMTWP/MFA. For Mom & Pops, and my love, Sarah. Brooklyn based. Internationally sourced.
(Marine Corporal Hamilton Steeves). Select Theatre: Jim Hardy in Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Prather Productions); Featured Male Ensemble in The Producers (John W. Engeman Theater, Dir. Igor Goldin); Sir Sagramore, Lancelot Understudy in Camelot (Prather Productions); Male Swing in Kinky Boots (Prather Productions); 41 Joel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Arizona Broadway Theater). Select Film/TV: Jaime in Triple Threat (Besties Make Movies Productions, Dir. Stacey Maltin), Jim in Stripped (PILOT, Pitch Her Productions). Black Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter.
(Ensign Connie Walewska/Dance Captain / u/s Nellie). Recent Broadway National/International Tours: Chicago (Roxie), Pippin (Fastrada). NYC staged readings: Harmony and Chasing Rainbows. Regionally: Paper Mill Playhouse (The Producers), Westchester Broadway Theatre (An American in Paris), Music Theatre Wichita (42nd Street), Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and more. She can be seen in Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, BULL, and Billions, among others. BFA in Musical Theatre from CCM. Much love to my family. Thank you Jamibeth and Merete! AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and AGMA member.
(Swing) is thrilled to be joining Plaza Theatricals for the first time. Also a Chinese and contemporary dancer, she previously choreographed and performed in Lyric Stage Company’s Pacific Overtures (Elliot Norton Award nominee, “Outstanding Musical Production”). Theater performance credits include Allegiance (SpeakEasy Stage Company), My Fair Lady (New Bedford Festival Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Hub Theatre Company of Boston), and Love’s Labor’s Lost (Hub Theatre Company of Boston). MFA Musical Theater, Boston Conservatory.
(Liat) is thrilled to be a part of amazing Plaza Theatricals cast and incredible show! Credits: Play/Metamorphoses (Eurydice), MEDEA Musical / South Pacific (Liat) at BCCPA, Avenue Q (Christmas Eve), The King and I (Simon of Legree), A Chorus Line (Connie Wong), Hisseli Harikalar Kumpanyasi at Beacon Theater, Shrek the Musical, Vocal / Sunctus, Love in The Air, Dance/Nutcracker, ACIREMA (Chor. Asst), Little Fish, YUMIKO NIIMI THEATER PERFORMANCE, Thanks, family and dear friends for your support and love!
(The Duke/ Dr. Carassco) Off Broadway: The Housewives of Secaucus.Regional: La Cage aux Folles (Signature Theatre), Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 42nd Street (Prather Entertainment), The Wizard of Oz (KC Starlight), Saturday Night Fever (Theatre By The Sea), A Chorus Line (Mill Mountain Theatre), Jekyll & Hyde starring Constantine Maroulis, and Seussical (Virginia Musical Theatre). Cruise Ships: Norwegian Cruise Lines (Production Singer). Love to family and friends for their support!
(Sancho) is so happy to finally play one of his dream roles! Thank you Plaza Theatricals for the amazing opportunity! Tony just finished playing Sagramore in Camelot at the Phoenix theatre! Favorite Roles: Pablo in Sister Act at Walnut Street Theatre, Piragua Guy in In the Heights at Wheelock Theatre, Aldopho in The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre by the Sea and Zoltan Karpathy in My Fair Lady at Lyric Stage. This is for my dad. Para ti Papi!
(Aldonza). A Texas native with Puerto Rican roots, Cristina María Castro is a sought-after performer in both classical music and musical theatre, and she is thrilled to make her role debut as Aldonza with Plaza! An avid champion of new music, she has performed in several workshops as part of the New York Theatre Festival and Broadway Bound Theater Festival. Yay for new works and yay that theater is back!
(Padre): National Tour: CATS. Favorite credits include: Evita (Juan Perón), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Into the Woods (The Baker), and First Date (Waiter/Man #3). Regional: New York Musical Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Orlando Shakes, The Goodman Theatre, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University. Many thanks to Eisen Associates. Much love to Mom, Dad, Ann McMann, Cynthia Oeck, and Matthew. Gracias por tu fe y amor. Proud AEA member! Adopt, don’t shop!
(Swing) (Ann Steele Agency) is a graduate of NYU Tisch where he earned his BFA in Drama. Malcolm is humbled to have the opportunity to work with Plaza Theatrical Productions for the first time. Credits include: Children of the Earth (dir. Mur,Victor Jeffreys), The Perfect Fit (dir. Garth Kravitz, Joshua Turchin), Now Everyone… (dir. NicHi Douglas).
(Tenario). Born and raised in Guatemala, Jorge is a multilingual and multi-disciplinary artist. International: Aladdin (Guatemala), The Little Mermaid (Guatemala), Noche Arabe (Guatemala, Artist of the Year Award). Regional: Gypsy (The Secret Theatre), A Chorus Line (Compass Theatre), West Side Story (Leonia Summer Stage). Metropolitan Opera: Aida. Other: Host of the Broadway Latino and Broadway Latino in English Podcast, Ice Cream Musical Podcast. Training: AMDA.
(Pedro, muleteer) is thrilled to be making his Plaza AEA Productions debut with Man of La Mancha! Regional Credits include: Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd (Park Playhouse), Sonny in the Chicago Premiere of In The Heights (Paramount Theater), Papa Ge in Once On This Island (Porchlight Music Theater) Ritchie Valens in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Timberlake Playhouse), Bender in Under A Rainbow Flag (Jeff Award Recipient) and Miguel in Dancing with Mirrors (Pride Films and Plays). Luis has also worked with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Revolución Latina, Pregones/PRTT, Theo Ubique, and Victory Gardens Theater. Thank you to God and family for being his foundation and inspiration.
(Anselmo) is absolutely over the moon to be back on the stage! Previous credits include Babes in Toyland (Lincoln Center), Hello, Dolly! (Riverside Theatre), and countless productions of The Producers (Paper Mill Playhouse, Kansas City Starlight, Atlanta Theatre of the Stars, and more). This show holds an extra special place in his heart, being his father’s childhood favorite, and embracing his mother’s Hispanic heritage. For Coco. Keep Dreaming!
(The Governor/Innkeeper) just finished Plaza’s inaugural production of South Pacific as Captain Brackett. Off Broadway: BABY. Tours: Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, Carousel, and Shenadoah. Regional: Sweeney Todd, Hunchback of Notre Dame , 42nd Street / Fulton Theatre, The Music Man / Maine State Summer Theatre. Gypsy, Bright Star/ TheatreZone August : Osage County, Dogfight / WPPAC. Little Shop of Horrors, Jekyll/Hyde, Wonderful Life/ Music Theatre of Connecticut. Others at John Engemen, Fords Theatre, Westchester Broadway. As always for Paulette and the children.
(Housekeeper) is so happy to be back with the Plaza “Family” after a long hiatus! Off Broadway: Barbicide, Fire, and Return to Spoon River. Favorite roles: Sister Act (Mother Superior), Calendar Girls (Annie) (with Naples Players), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), Gypsy (Mama Rose), and Master Class (Maria Callas). Happily retired, living her best “life upon the wicked stage”, and treasuring every moment of Man of La Mancha while sharing the stage with her real life love and partner Peter (Governor/Innkeeper)! Thanks to Kevin, Bruce, and the entire creative team for this opportunity. As always, for my beautiful daughters – Cristin, Caitlin, and Emily…Dream the Impossible Dream my darlings!
(Jose/Barber) is very excited to be part of Man of La Mancha at Plaza Theatricals! Most recently, Matt was Bee Gee singing and disco dancing as Bobby C in Saturday Night Fever at Derby Dinner Playhouse in Louisville. Based in NYC, Matt has been a part of the workshop for the site-specific theatre experience RAGTIME: ELLIS ISLAND (dir. Sammi Cannold).Favorite regional credits include Pan in Bat Boy, Margaret Mead/Tribe member in Hair and The Artful Dodger in Oliver. On film, Matt starred as Jack Strong in Flight to Sinai, an independent movie musical available on Amazon and iTunes. Graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Love and gratitude to his amazing Mom and Dad, fabulous agent Pantera/Murphy The Agency, and most importantly, perfect husband David.
(Cervantes/Don Quixote) ‘hurls down his gauntlet’ once again to Long Island audiences in this coveted role, 30+ years after the first time he portrayed our noble knight. Regional credits include The Golden Bride and The Sorceress with the National Yiddish Theatre (the former garnering two Drama Desk Award nominations), Hairspray, Sweeney Todd, Fiddler On The Roof, The Light In The Piazza, (Carbonell Award nomination, Best Actor in a Musical), Sunset Boulevard, Mamma Mia! Phantom, The Music Man, and South Pacific. He dedicates this performance to his beloved Mom, whose support, encouragement and love is EVERYTHING to him and brings him joyously to the ‘plains of La Mancha’ today. Annie, Dad, Tania, Nanu, Brooklyn and Positive Waves.
(Maria) has performed at some of the best theaters in the nation including Milwaukee Repertory, Walnut Street, Lincoln Center, Folger Shakespeare, O’Neill Center, and is thrilled to add Plaza Theatricals to the list. Leeanna is looking forward to an off-Broadway run of the musical, A Class Act, at Theatre Row Studios in February. She holds an MFA from the University of South Carolina. Leeanna thanks Jamibeth Casting, go-to accompanist Mark Galinovsky, her husband, mother, and Doxie!
(Swing) is stoked to be a part of her first production with Plaza Theatrical! Select past credits: NYC: Save the Palace (Theatre Row) Secrets: A Spy Musical (Feinstein’s/ 54 Below). Regional: West Side Story (Tibbitts Opera House), Footloose (Imagination Stage), Broadway Cabaret! (Infinity Theatre), Titanic (Playful Theatre). Collegiate: Oklahoma! and The Tempest. Julia has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Rider University. She would like to thank the creative and casting team for giving her this opportunity!
(Antonia) (she/her/hers) is thrilled to make her Plaza Debut! A 2021 Musical Theatre graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Maria continues performance work while at Columbia University! Past Roles: Belle, Cinderella, U/S Maria (SOM), Rapunzel, Marilyn Monroe (Mistresses), The Mother (Paperboy) and vocals in Macklemore’s newest release “Next Year.” Look for her in upcoming Netflix and Sony films and a popular crime series! She thanks her friends, family, and cat (Mozart) for their love and support.
(Fermina/Dance Captain) is so excited to be performing MOLM for you this holiday season! She grew up dancing in Clearwater, Florida and continued her training at AMDA, finding her love for live theater. Professional credits include: Beauty and the Beast at Tuacahn Amp, Oklahoma! at North Shore Music Theater, & Disney Cruise Line. Jess would like to thank her number one fans —her parents, Jim Keith and The Movement Talent Agency and Plaza Theatrical!
(Paco) is incredibly grateful to be performing live again for the first time in two years, while also making his professional theater debut! He recently graduated from Montclair State University with his BFA in Musical Theater. Previous credits include Titanic, Reefer Madness, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. ENORMOUS thanks to God, his sisters, parents, and Pantera/Murphy the Agency.
Broadway’s Carter Calvert captures Carole King’s musical stylings pitch-perfectly in mega hits including “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and “Natural Woman.” Ms. Calvert is backed by the dynamic Roger Cohen Band. Both captivating and endearing, this fast-paced show delights audiences of all ages!
Carter Calvert: is best known for originating her role in the Tony®-nominated Broadway musical It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues alongside Grammy® winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter. The New York Times wrote, “Carter Calvert effervesces: her voice echoes chimes in the night” and “Her smoldering grip on “Fever” is positively dangerous”.
She is featured on the cast recording and starred in the show’s national tour. Other tours include the title role in Always Patsy Cline opposite Sally Struthers, the featured role of ‘Grizabella’ in the Broadway national touring company of CATS, the European tour of Smokey Joe’s Café, and an international tour of Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway. She’s received accolades for her off- Broadway work in Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging and The Thing About Men. She has originated World Premiere roles in the musicals Forbidden Vegas, Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers and the Great American Trailer Park Musical.
Her regional credits include It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues at Denver Center Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Crossroads Theatre Company, New Victory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theater; Annie Get Your Gun [Title Role], Evita [Title Role] at Algonquin Arts, Sunday in the Park with George at Arena Stage, Unsung Cole (And Classics Too) and A Grand Night for Singing at Cleveland Playhouse; Honky Tonk Angels at Cincinnati.
Playhouse at the Park; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Theatre By The Sea; Kiss Me Kate at Theatre Under The Stars; and Pump Boys and Dinettes in Branson, Missouri.
Carter has opened for iconic performers including Liza Minnelli, Marilyn McCoo, Chubby Checker and The Temptations. Her television credits include The David Letterman Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and The Today Show. She is an accomplished actress, as well as a popular voice-over artist. She’s been featured in numerous national television and radio commercials. While still in high school, Downbeat Magazine named Carter Best Female Jazz Vocalist and Starsong Records has hailed her as Best Female Vocalist of the Year.
Ms. Calvert has been touring the globe as a headliner on the prestigious Crystal Cruise line as well headlining in clubs and theaters across the country with her solo shows, Viva La Diva!, Natural Woman: A Carole King Celebration & Walkin’ After Midnight: A Tribute to Patsy Cline. As a recording artist, Carter Calvert and the Roger Cohen Trio debuted at number 13 on the CMJ jazz charts (beating out Paul McCartney!). Her latest CD, It’s A Man’s World, debuted in the top 10 receiving rave reviews and extensive radio play. It is available for purchase on iTunes & Amazon. Carter is proud mother of her beautiful 16-year-old daughter, Ella, and proud wife to her handsomely talented drummer-husband, Roger Cohen.