"The Ritz" - Studio 54
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This is the third Broadway production of "The Ritz" by Terrence McNally. The first two were at the Longacre Theatre. After ten previews, the Broadway production, directed by Robert Drivas, opened on January 20, 1975 and ran for 398 performances. The cast included Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, F. Murray Abraham, Stephen Collins, and George Dzundza. Moreno won the Tony and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance, and the play received a Drama Desk nomination as Outstanding New American Play.

Weston, Moreno, Stiller, and Abraham all reprised their stage roles in the 1976 film version directed by Richard Lester. Also in the cast were Kaye Ballard and Treat Williams. The film, Weston, and Moreno all received Golden Globe nominations in the comedy category. The first Broadway revival of The Ritz previewed for two weeks but then closed after a single regular performance at Xenon, formerly Henry Miller's Theatre, on May 2, 1983.


Portrait Name & Bio
RosiePerez.jpg Rosie Perez (Googie Gomez) was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her role in Fearless. Theatre: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Reckless; References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot (Theatre World Award); The Vagina Monologues; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Crazy Eights; Union City, New Jersey, Where Are You? Perez recently wrapped production on David Gordon Green's Pineapple Express and Brad Furman's The Take. Film credits include Human Nature, King of the Jungle, Riding in Cars With Boys, The 24 Hour Woman, The Road to El Dorado, Do the Right Thing, White Men Can't Jump, Untamed Heart, It Could Happen to You, Somebody to Love. Producing credits include The 24 Hour Woman, Subway Stories, Rosie Perez Presents Society's Ride. Perez recently received critical acclaim for her directorial debut, Yo soy Boricua pa'que to lo sepas!, a documentary which celebrates Puerto Rican pride. Perez was honored with a 2006 NAACP Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special, on behalf of "Lackawanna Blues."
KevinChamberlin.jpg Kevin Chamberlin (Gaetano Proclo). Broadway: Chicago, Dirty Blonde (Tony, Drama Desk nomination), Seussical (Tony, Drama Desk nomination), My Favorite Year, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Triumph of Love. City Center's Encores! Series: Stairway to Paradise, Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, One Touch of Venus. Off-B'way: As Thousands Cheer, Smoke on the Mountain, Juno. In L.A.: Reprise!'s Merrily We Roll Along, Assassins, Company, Applause and most recently directed Baby and Working. Film: Lucky Number Slevin, Road to Perdition, Die Hard With a Vengeance, Suspect Zero, In & Out, Christmas With the Kranks, Trick. TV: "Heroes." "nip/tuck." "Without a Trace," "Frasier," "Crossing Jordan," "According to Jim," "So Notorious," "CSI: NY," "Law & Order: SVU." Currently, Kevin is costarring with Lili Taylor in the Lifetime series "State of Mind."
BrooksAshmanskas.jpg Brooks Ashmanskas (Chris). Broadway: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Scott Wittman, dir.; also CD; Tony and Drama Desk nominations), The Producers (Susan Stroman, dir.), Gypsy (Sam Mendes, dir.; also CD), Little Me (Rob Marshall, dir.; also CD), Dream (Wayne Cilento, dir.), How to Succeed… (Des McAnuff, dir.), On the Twentieth Century (Peter Flynn, dir.). Off-Broadway: Wise Guys (Sam Mendes, dir.), On a Clear Day… (Mark Brokaw, dir.), London Suite (Daniel Sullivan, dir.), Songs for a New World (Daisy Prince, dir.: also CD), It Changes Every Year, (Nicholas Martin, dir.). Regional: Huntington, Hartford, Williamstown, Old Globe, Arena, Paper Mill, etc. Tours: Cinderella, Noises Off. Graduate: Bennington College.
AshlieAtkinson.jpg Ashlie Atkinson (Vivian Proclo). This is Ashlie's Broadway debut! Theatre: //Butcher of Baraboo and Fat Pig. TV "Rescue Me," various "Law & Order" and "Cashmere Mafia." Film: Margot at the Wedding, Inside Man and the upcoming Sex and the City. A member of Gotham Girls Roller Derby, aka "Margaret Thrasher." Training: the Neighborhood Playhouse, Hendrix College and Barnard. Without her parents, Dr. W. E. and Beth Atkinson, she wouldn't be here. Thanks to friends, agent and manager for the love and loans.
RyanIdol.jpg Ryan Idol (Crisco Patron) is the creation of Marc Anthony Donais, who began his modeling career as a centerfold for Playgirl magazine and rose to international fame as a star in adult films before retiring to pursue a career in business, writing and acting. He starred in Scent of Rain at the Bailiwick Repertory Theater in Chicago and Los Angeles' Tiffany Theatre and in Making Porn Off-Broadway and on tour. Marc is excited to be making his Broadway debut in this production.
PatrickKerr.jpg Patrick Kerr (Claude Perkins). NYC: original cast of Paul Rudnick's play and feature film Jeffrey, directed by Christopher Ashley; Elizabeth Egloff's The Devils at NYTW. California: Geffen, Mark Taper, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep. Directors include John Rando, Lisa Peterson, Garland Wright, Lee Breuer, Michael Engler and Liviu Ciulei. Films include Tony Scott's Domino. Just recurred in Steven Spielberg's "On the Lot." Best known as Noel on "Frasier" and the Blind Guy on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
LucasNear-Verbrugghe.jpg Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Tiger, u/s Claude Perkins). Off-B'way: Macbeth (Public Theater). New York: Stretch (New Georges). Regional: The Glass Menagerie, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest (Texas Shakespeare Festival); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). TV: "Guiding Light." Training: NYU Graduate Acting Program.
TerrenceRiordon.jpg Terrence Riordan (Michael Brick). Broadway debut. Roundabout Theatre Co.: A Naked Girl on the Appian Way. Regional theatre: The Glass Menagerie (Berkeley Rep), A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (South Coast Rep), Take Me Out (Broadway tour), Betty's Summer Vacation (Huntington Theater). Television: "Rescue Me" (pilot), "As the World Turns," "Guiding Light." Terrence also play professional lacrosse for the Los Angeles Riptide. He lives in L.A. with his wife Sarah and their son, Kellye.
SethRudetsky.jpg Seth Rudetsky (Sheldon Farenthold, u/s Chris) has appeared on "Law & Order: C.I.," as a coach on MTV's "Made," as Susan Lucci's Las Vegas choreogrpaher (!) on "All My Children" and as Arnold Bekoff in Torch Song Trilogy at the Gallery Players. He was also a comedy writer on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (three Emmy nominations) and wrote the opening numbers for the 1998 and 2000 Tony Awards. He is the daily host of "Seth's Big Fat Broadway" on Sirius Satellite Radio and the author of The Q Guide to Broadway and the recently published Broadway Nights. www.sethbroadwaychatterbox.com
AdamSietz.jpg Adam Sietz (Abe). Award-winning writer/producer turned award-winning comedian turned award-winning actor. Adam has worked with Woody Allen, David Chase, Dick Wolf, Todd Field, Spike Lee, Scott Elliot, Robert Falls and now Joe Mantello. His best work ever? "Sophie and Noah," co-created with his beautiful wife Melissa. Love and thanks PaMaLaTe'. Seymour's smiling! Broadway: Barefoot in the Park, Talk Radio. Film: Celebrity, Sweet and Lowdown, Noise, Little Children. TV: "The Sopranos," "Third Watch," "L&O," "L&O: CI," "Ed," "Chappelle's Show," "The Chris Rock Show," "UCB," "Dora," "Go Diego Go!" www.adamsietz.com
DavidTurner.jpg David Turner (Duff). B'way: In My Life, The Invention of Love. National tour: Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot (Helen Hayes nom.). Off-B'way: Gutenberg! The Musical!, The Butter and Egg Man (Atlantic), …Shakespeare (Abridged), The Last Sunday in June. Regional: the American premiere of Frank McGuinness' The Bird Sanctuary (Pittsburgh Public), five seasons at Williamstown. Mr. Turner is the writer/director of a film called The Debut. As a composer/lyricist, he received BMI's Jerry Harrington Award for outstanding creative achievement.
LennyVenito.jpg Lenny Venito (Carmine Vespucci) is making his Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Filumena, Gravity of Means, Club Soda. TV: "The Sopranos," "Rescue Me," "The Knights of Prosperity," "NYPD Blue," "Law & Order(s)." Film: The Brave One, War of the Worlds, The Honeymooners, Gigli, Duane Hopwood, Shark Tale, The Wild. Lenny is a native of Brooklyn, a proud graduate of the High School of Performing Arts and has always dreamt of performing on the Great White Way. He would like to thank his family and his mentor Len Silver.
TeddyColuca.jpg Teddy Coluca (Old Man Vespucci, Chuck, u/s Abe) would like to thank Mr. Mentello and everyone at the Roundabout for this opportunity. Also thanks to Margi, Ken, Michael and the late Bret Adams. Stage credits: Dulcy (Dorset Theatre Festival), Breaking Legs (Studio Arena, Buffalo), Museum (Keen Company NY). Recent films: The Producers, We Own the Night, The Girl in the Park. Recent TV: "30 Rock" (recurring stage manager). Ted dedicates his performance to his family.
MarkLeydorf.jpg Mark Leydorf (Patron, u/s Sheldon). Mark is thrilled to debut on Broadway with the Roundabout. NYC: countless Off Off-Broadway venues. Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, PSC and others. Vegas: Mamma Mia! Film/TV: Rock Bottom, "Law & Order: SVU." Mark wrote the book and lyrics for Citizen Ruth (premieres 2008 at Washington's Woolly Mammoth) and The Fisher King, both with music by Michael Brennan. BA: Yale. Photography: MarkLeydorf.com. Special thanks to Wendy, Jen, HCA, Mom and Dad.
BillyMagnussen.jpg Billy Magnussen (Patron, u/s Michael Brick, Tiger, Duff). A recent graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Billy is proud to be making his Broadway debut in The Ritz. He is excited and thankful to be working with fellow alum Joe Mantello. He would like to especially thank his amazing parents, Daina and Greg, for all their love and support. Also, thank you to Charles Bodner.
MatthewMontelongo.jpg Matthew Montelongo (Patron in Chaps). New York: The Mineola Twins, Arms and the Man (Roundabout); Tartuffe (NYSF/Public); Five Flights (Rattlestick); God's Ear/ (New Georges). Regional: //Vigils (Woolly Mammoth); Take Me Out (Theatreworks/Hartford and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue (Alliance); The Game of Love and Chance (Folger); Beyond Therapy (Old Globe); Black Milk, Far Away, Far East (Studio Theatre/DC), among others. Television: "Guiding Light," "One Life to Live," "All My Children."
AngelaPietropinto.jpg Angela Pietropinto (Aunt Vera, Maurine, u/s Vivian Proclo) was a founding member of the Manhattan Project Theater Co. under the direction of Andre Gregory and played the title role in their Obie-winning production of Alice in Wonderland. Career highlights include playing opposite Derek Jacobi in The Suicide on Broadway, working with Martin Scorsese in Goodfellas and creating the role of Marj Weiner in Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995 Sundance Grand Jury Prize). Ms. Pietropinto has taught acting for more than 10 years and is presently working with NYU to create the Open Arts Studio for the Special Programs Department, opening in spring 2008 under her direction.
JeffreyEvanThomas.jpg Jeffrey Evan Thomas (Snooty Patron). Mr. Thomas will refrain from using the word thrilled. Broadway debut. Theatre: 365Days/365Plays (the Public Theatre); Three Seconds in the Key (New Georges); Lennie, Of Mice and Men (Cleveland Play House). Makes his film debut next summer beating up Josh Hartnett in August ('08 release). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Gretchen and his amazing friends for the love and support. (And in case you're wondering, he's 6'8".)
AndreaBurns.jpg Andréa Burns (Standby). Broadway and Off-Broadway: In the Heights (Daniela), The Full Monty (Vicki), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Saturday Night (Celeste), Songs for a New World. National tours: Parade (Lucille), The Full Monty (Vicki). TV: "Law & Order: SVU." Solo recordings: A Deeper Shade of Red, 100 Stories.
KevinCarolan.jpg Kevin Carolan (u/s Gaetano Proclo, Carmine Vespucci, Old Man Vespucci). Broadway/national tour: Chicago, Dirty Blonde. Encores!: Pardon My English. NYMF: Have a Nice Life (winner, Best Ensemble Performance, 2006). Theatre: Morning's at Seven (Berkshire); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (George St. Playhouse); A Thousand Clowns (Studio Arena); Dirty Blonde (GSP, Wilma Theatre); Kudzu (Ford's Theater, Goodspeed). Television: "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Spin City," "Law & Order," "Trinity." Film: Taxi, The Opponent.
JoshBrenckenridge.jpg Josh Breckenridge (Patron). Broadway debut! NYC: Trip reading (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: For the Glory, Gettysburg, PA; Storyville (Butch), Galveston Island Musicals. BFA: CCM, '07. Thanks to Joe Mantello, Jim Carnahan and Roundabout; love to God, family and friends for endless faith and support!
JustinClynes.jpg Justin Clynes (Patron) is thrilled to be making his B'way debut. He has appeared regionally as Keno in The Full Monty. His movie-star looks have been the face of numerous high-fashion ads including DKNY and Express.
AndrewRCooksey.jpg Andrew R. Cooksey (Patron). This is Mr. Cooksey's Broadway debut. He has numerous credits in New York and regionally, including The Boys Next Door; The Amen Corner; and Kingfish, Amos and Andy. He thanks God, family and friends for continued support.
NickMayo.jpg Nick Mayo (Patron) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut. He is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School, where his favorite projects included As You Like It, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Realm of Chelm and Platanov directed by John Stix.
DillonPorter.jpg Dillon Porter (Patron) is a recent graduate of Northwestern University. During his stint in Chicago, Dillon appeared at the Goodman and Steppenwolf theatres. He would like to thank Tectonic Theater Project.

Production Staff

Name Position
Terrence McNally Playwright
Joe Mantello Director
Scott Pask Set Design
William Ivey Long Costume Design
Jules Fisher Lighting Design
Peggy Eisenhauer Lighting Design
Tony Meola Sound Design
Paul Huntley Hair and Wig Design
Christopher Gattelli Choreographer
Peter Sarafin Production Properties Supervisor
Tripp Phillips Production Stage Manager
Jason Hindelang Stage Manager
Jim Carnahan Casting
Denise Cooper Company Manager
Tripp Phillips Production Stage Manager
Jason Hindelang Asst. Stage Manager
Dave Solomon Asst. Director
Michael Lee Scott Asst. to the Choreographer
Seth Rudetsky Arranged Googie's Musical Numbers
Jesse Vargas Orchestrated Googie's Musical Numbers
Steve Marzullo Rehearsal Pianist
Seth Rudetsky Dance Captain
Frank McCullough Associate Scenic Design
Lauren Alvarez Associate Scenic Design
Jeff Hinchee Associate Scenic Design
Mary Charles Laird Scenic Design Intern
Tom Beall Associate Costume Design
Donald Sanders Asst. to the Costume Designer
Cathy Parrott Asst. Costume Designer
David Leonard Asst. Lighting Design
Adam Rigby Asst. Sound Design
Zach Williamson Asst. Sound Design
Dan Hoffman Production Carpenter
Josh Weitzman Production Electrician
John Wooding Asst. Production Electrician
Peter Sarafin Production Properties Supervisor
Alan Edwards Properties Assistant
Nadine Hettel Wardrobe Supervisor
Vanessa Anderson Hair and Wig Supervisor
Angelina Avallone Make-up Designer
Duane McKee Production Sound Engineer
Lawrence Jennino House Properties
Erin Mary Delaney Properties Running Crew
Paul Ashton Automation Carpenter
Steve Jones Flyman
Richard Tyndall Moving Light Programmer
Dan Schultheis Follow Spot Operator
Dorian Fuchs Deck Sound
Dan Schultheis Local One IATSE Apprentice
Susan Cook Dresser
Steven Cozzi Dresser
Joe Godwin Dresser
Vangeli Kaseluris Dresser
Jum Kim Hairdresser
Barry Mazureck Wardrobe Maintenance
John Bantay Production Assistant
Katie McKee Production Assistant
Elizabeth Olanoff Production Assistant
Jennifer Artesi Press Assistant
Craig Grigg Additional Prop Fabrication
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