An American in Paris – rencontrez le casting! (Meet the Cast!)

LAUREN ALAGNA (Ensemble) A Florida native, Lauren is thrilled to be returning to Arizona Broadway Theatre for this production of An American in Paris. Past credits include Catch Me If You Can (ABT), Spamalot, Newsies, Mamma Mia, Tarzan, Crazy for You (Polly Baker), and sailing the high seas with Holland America Line. Many thanks to Kurtis, Cass, Kyle, and the entire ABT team for this opportunity, and to her family and Daniel for their constant love and support.

EMMA BARTOLOMUCCI (Ensemble) has choreographed musical theatre and children’s touring theatre, as well as music videos for Splash n’ Boots and with production company Yeah! Films. She has taught with several different companies including Ryerson School of Performance. Her work with the bold indie theatre company, Echo Productions, has given her the chance to choreograph stories like Bonnie and Clyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Charles Manson: Son of Man. She has performed all across Canada, the United States and Europe in Hair. She worked with Norwegian Cruise Lines as a Singer/Dancer sailing Central and South America. This past October, she launched her company, Dance Fachin, with their premiere debut, Worldly Women. With lots of experience in dance and a great foundation in music and storytelling, she believes that this is her formula for creation. Very happy to be performing at ABT! Let’s go!

MATTHEW BLUM (Mr. Z) is so excited to be a part of this brilliant show and this wonderful company. Recent credits include Tour: Wizard of Oz (asst. dance captain, swing); Regional: Holiday Inn (ensemble), A Chorus Line (Al), Kiss Me, Kate (Bill Calhoun). Thanks to my parents for all their support. Enjoy the show!

MICHAEL BRENNAN (Henri Baurel) is thrilled to be returning to the Arizona Broadway Theatre for An American in Paris! He was last seen in ABT’s 14th Season premier, Titanic, as Jim Farrell. Originally from Virginia, Michael holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Liberty University and now resides in NYC. Credits include Captain Phoebus in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Mac-Haydn Theatre), Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (Mac-Haydn Theatre), Disney Cruise Line (The Disney Magic), Hersheypark/RWS Entertainment Group (Dance, Dance, Dance: America), Virginia Repertory Theatre (Mary Poppins) and other theatres regionally. All thanks to God, his family and friends for their constant love, encouragement and support. Follow him @themikebren

CHRISTOPHER CODY COOLEY (M. Baurel) is excited to back at ABT! He was last seen in Titanic the Musical. He holds a BA in Acting from Rider University: Westminster College of the Arts. Past credits: Show Boat, Grease (Prather Productions); Crazy for You, Mamma Mia (Post Playhouse); Shrek The Musical, 42nd Street, The Fantasticks (Forestburgh Playhouse); Cole (St. Vincent Summer Theatre); The Wizard of Oz, White Christmas (Toby’s Dinner Theatre); Our Town, Metamorphoses (Rider University). Love to friends and family for their support!

BEATRICE CROSBIE (Milo Davenport) is overjoyed to return to Arizona Broadway Theatre! NYC based, UCLA alumni. Tours: Beauty and the Beast International (Wardrobe/Mrs. Potts us), 42nd Street National (Diane/Dorothy Brock us), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical National (Grandma Who). Regional: Mary Poppins (Mrs. Banks), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Billie), She Loves Me (Amalia). Big thanks to the ABT team and love to my incredible family!

EVAN DOLAN (Ensemble/Jerry Alternate) is delighted to miss yet another winter to perform in sunny Arizona in both Miracle on 34th Street and An American in Paris! Some of his favorite credits include the Jeff Award-winning production of Sweeney Todd (Paramount Theatre), Disney’s Mary Poppins & Funny Girl (Arizona Broadway), Cabaret  (Thingamajig Theatre Co.), West Side Story (Woodstock Playhouse), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Broward Stage Door), Kiss Me, Kate (Alhambra Theatre). He sends a massive “THANK YOU” to his family for supporting him in all of his adventures and everyone at ABT for their continued generosity!

JAMES Du CHATEAU (Ensemble) started his career with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Nashville, Tenn. He made his Broadway debut in How the Grinch Stole Christmas as Danny Who. Recent credits: Catch Me If You Can (Arizona Broadway Theatre); Assistant Dance Captain, Saturday Night Fever; Dancer, Grand Celebration Cruise; Hanna, La Cage Aux Folles; Tommy Djilas, The Music Man; Ensemble, Mamma Mia; Ensemble, 42nd Street. James is excited to perform here at ABT!

SEBASTIAN GOLDBERG (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at ABT after making his ABT debut in Catch Me If You Can! Originally from Massachusetts, Sebastian has been performing since the age of 3 as the youngest member of a family full of dancers. Regional credits include Singin’ in the Rain (Wick Theatre), Mary Poppins (Westchester Broadway Theatre), and 42nd Street (Palace Theatre). Thanks to the whole ABT family for this amazing opportunity and of course his castmates, friends, and incredible family for their unwavering support. @sbstngldbrg

ALYSSA ISHIHARA (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her ABT debut! Recent credits include West Side Story; The Music Man; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and Mary Poppins. Graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s Dance Theatre program in New York. Big thanks to the ABT team, Mom and Dad, and my mentors for the love and support!

SCOTTY JACOBSON (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be making his ABT debut with this beautiful show. Natl. Tours: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Elf the Musical. Regional: Cats (Pouncival), The Lost Supper at the McKittrick Hotel, Mary Poppins (Robertson Ay/Swing), West Side Story (Baby John). Pace University Alum; BFA Commercial Dance. Love to his friends, family, & Mom! Insta: @scottyjacobson_official

CAROLYN McPHEE (Mme. Baurel) is excited to be back on the ABT stage! Carolyn has been kept busy by ABT, most recently with the Encore Room premiere production of Forbidden Broadway. Recent ABT Mainstage favorites include Titanic (Ida Strauss), Catch Me If You Can (Paula), Bridges of Madison County (Marge), Hands on a Hardbody (Virginia), A Christmas Story (Mother), and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Linoleum). Originally from Chicago, Carolyn attended NIU and appeared throughout Chicago including Drury Lane, Apollo Theatre, Apple Tree, Theatre at The Center, Light Opera Works, Borealis and Pheasant Run Dinner Theatre. Carolyn and her husband foster kittens and help rehome found pets. Carolyn donates her entire salary to help with spay/neuter/dental costs of cats and dogs for people who cannot afford it.

MICHAEL O’BRIEN (Adam Hochberg) is thrilled to return to ABT for this very special production. Previous credits at ABT include Sweeney Todd (at Herberger Theater Center), Les Mis, Carousel, The Man of La Mancha, and A Christmas Carol. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School of Music and has been seen around the country in various regional productions. When he is not on stage, he is a successful real estate agent in NYC. A very special thank you to his mom & dad, Cass, Kurtis, Kiel, Rob, and the entire ABT family!

LAUREN PALEY (Ensemble/Lise Alternate) is overwhelmed with gratitude to be back on the ABT stage for An American In Paris, a dream show! Last seen here as Ellie in Show Boat, she has also been a part of ABT’s A Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver, and Funny Girl. Other favorite credits include Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Ado Annie in Oklahoma, and performing in the ensembles of White Christmas, Carousel, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She’s eternally grateful to Cassandra and Kiel, and a very special thank you to Kurtis for this opportunity to dance his brilliant choreography. Thanks and big love to her teachers, family, and Will for their unwavering support.

CHARLES PANG (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to ABT. Recent credits: Catch Me If You Can (Ensemble – ABT), Pasek & Paul’s A Christmas Story: The Musical National Tour (Waiter), Romance of the Western Chamber (A-Rei Chang – TADA! Theater), Made in China (Plunger, etc. – 59E59), The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Host – Bryant Park).

ANDREW RUGGIERI (Jerry Mulligan) is a Philadelphia native with a BFA in Vocal Performance from University of the Arts. Credits include National Tour: A Chorus Line (Mike). Regional: Ghost (Sam), Miss Saigon (Chris), The Boy from Oz (Peter Allen) and Walnut Street Theatre’s South Pacific. Andrew is so honored and humbled to play this dream role. He would especially like to thank the cast and crew of An American in Paris for this amazing opportunity. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, and family for their constant love and support. @andrewnataleruggieri

MEGAN SCHWARTZ (Ensemble) is absolutely thrilled to make her Arizona Broadway Theatre debut! Favorite regional credits include: Spamalot, Mamma Mia, 42nd Street, Oliver, Cats, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Legally Blonde, Brigadoon, Hairspray, Oklahoma, In the Heights & dance captain for Norwegian Cruise Line. Point Park University graduate. Much love & many thanks to my amazing family.

REBECCA SHULLA (Lise Dassin) is thrilled to be making her Arizona Broadway Theatre debut! A proud graduate of the University of Arizona’s School of Dance, Rebecca’s favorite performance credits include Disney Cruise Line, Spirit Production’s Christmas Wonderland, and The Great American Dance Tour of China with Artifact Dance Project. Rebecca would like to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support, all of her teachers for their wisdom and guidance, and God for this enormous blessing.

DANIEL STANLEY (Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing at Arizona Broadway Theatre. Recent shows include Beauty and the Beast, NewsiesTarzanWhite Christmas, and Fiddler on the Roof. Daniel recently toured with Cirque Musica Wonderland as the associate choreographer. Thanks to his family, friends, and Lauren for the constant love and support.

EMILY STYS (Ensemble) is extremely excited to be making her Arizona Broadway debut! She recently performed in the Palace’s production of Spamalot in Manchester, NH. Emily has spent many years working for Disney Cruise line and Tokyo Disneyland singing with her “princess friends.” She was a part of the opening cast for the new imagined Beauty and the Beast. All the love to my family back in Michigan for their unending support.

LAURIE TRYGG (Ensemble) is very happy to return to Arizona Broadway Theatre! Some of her favorite ABT credits include A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Future), Cats (Cassandra), Legally Blonde (Elle’s Mom/Judge), A Chorus Line (Sheila), Joseph and the Amazing… (Potiphar’s Wife), and The Odd Couple (Gwendolyn Pigeon). Other regional credits: Avenue Q (Bad Idea Bear/Mrs. T), Elf: The Musical, Billy Elliot, Bullets Over Broadway, Chicago (Annie), Pippin (Aerialist/Player), White Christmas (Rhoda), Nine (Maria), Evita and Mary Poppins.

KARA ZIRINGER (Ensemble) graduated from Florida State University in May of 2016 and has been living in New York City ever since. Her previous ABT credits include Miracle on 34th Street (Clara/Ense.), Mary Poppins (Ensemble/ Mary Cover), Show Boat (Ensemble/Magnolia Cover), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), and A Christmas Carol (Ensemble.) Other favorite credits include A Chorus Line (Maggie), Into the Woods (Rapunzel), and Legally Blonde (Serena.) She would like to thank her family and friends for their unwavering love and support. Enjoy the show!