MARJA HARMON (Aida) is thrilled to be a part of this amazing cast. Regional: Narrator/Joseph and the Amazing..., Jekyll and Hyde, Ragtime, and the ovation award winning Dreamgirls. Graduate of USC. Much love to mom, dad, Chasten and Luke.
CASEY ELLIOTT (Radames) Casey's favorite roles include Radames in Aida, Tony in West Side Story, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing..., Archibald in Secret Garden. Theatrical studies: AMDA-Hollywood and WSU. Thanks to my precious wife for allowing me to follow my dream.
LEAH ALLERS (Amneris) is delighted to make her National Tour debut in her dream role of Amneris. Favorite credits: Ragtime, Importance of Being Earnest, Jesus Christ Superstar, Secret Garden, Pride and Prejudice. Love and thanks to my faimily and voice coach Calvin Remsberg.
DJ RUDD (Zoser) is thrilled to make his American theatrical debut. He has performed in clubs throughout Europe and Las Vegas. Favorite role as father to Chrissy.
DANE HARRINGTON JOSEPH (Mereb) A Detroit native, Dane's favorite roles include Uncle Vanya, Othello, and Macbeth. Special thanks to mom, dad, family, friends, Big League, CSCM, and God. Training: Interlochen, Seton Hall.
MICHAEL JOHNSON (Pharoah/Ensemble) Family and friends are the most important things in life - don't ever forget it.
EBONY BLAKE (Nehebka/Ensemble) Ebony recently completed Wright State University's Acting/Musical Theatre program. She's like to thank God, her family and friends for being constant and amazing!
EDWARD C. SMITH (Amonasro/Ensemble) Edward has been a disciple of the theatre all his life and truly enjoys his role as King Amonasro with the touring cast of Aida.
TONY BOSS (Ensemble) is 26 years old and has been entertaining audiences for most of his life. He recently finished a four year tenure as a member of Blast!
SOPHIA BRION-MEISELS (Ensemble) graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, was the recipient of the 1999 Bob Fosse National Scholarship and danced for Donald Byrd/Spectrum. Sophia's performance is dedicated to the memory of Gwen Verdon.
MICHELLE BRUGAL (Ensemble) graduated of the Fordham/Alvin Ailey School. Commercials: NFL Network and Coca Cola. Has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Jane Comfort, Pascal Rioult, Abdur Rahim Jackson, Alexander Proia, Robert Battle, Jacqulyn Buglisi and Dwight Rhoden.
ALIA K. CRUTCHER (Ensemble) graduated from Fordham University in 2004 and subsequently joined Ailey II. Her concert credits also include Genesis Dance Company, Nathan Trice/RITUALS and Creative Outlet.
PAIGE FAURE (Ensemble) This is Paige's debut National Tour. Attended Marymount Manhattan College (Theatre Major) performing in such shows as The Wild Party and Shadow Box. Thanks to mom, KH, and my homes (ATL & NYC). Eph 3:20-21
KIMBERLY SHAY HAMBY (Ensemble) Aida is Kimberly's professional theatre debut. She'd like to thank her mother for believing in her wholeheartedly and always insisting she shoot for the stars.
KATHERINE A. HINDS (Ensemble) A native New Yorker, she's has studied at the Ailey school. Received her BFA from LIU, has performed and choreographed works that are now part of the school's archives. Love to family and friends who push her to greatness daily. Keep pushing!
JERONE KEITH (Ensemble) Jerone has shared his passion of performing in various shows around the world. He wishes to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support.
KENNETH PORTER (Ensemble) graduated from SMU in Dallas with a BFA in Dance Performance then moved to Hollywood and has since done videos and commercials. There is no telling where he will pop up next.
SCOTT PRAEFKE (Ensemble) is making his national tour debut. He recently traveled around the world singing on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Love and thanks to my friends and family.
DAN ROSENBAUM (Ensemble) National Tours: Roger in Rent and Miss Saigon. Regional: Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Schools: Wright State University and AMDA. Thanks to God, family, friends, teachers, and April for their continued love and support. www.sugardust.com.
NEIL TOTTON (Ensemble) Ballet Black in London, and Fame the Musical at The Cork Opera House. Trained at London Studio Center, Steps on Broadway, Missouri State University. Blessings to all.
KAMILAH S. TURNER (Ensemble) Kamilah started training at Diggs School of Dance. She attended college at NC School of the Arts but received her BFA at Alvin Ailey/Fordham University.
DAVID WALKER (Ensemble) National tours - Music Man and 42nd Street. Much love to my family and friends. For Syd, who inspires me from her place in the eternities.
TONI WHITE (Ensemble/Swing) A recent graduate, Toni is pleased to be making her professional musical theatre debut. Educational training includes The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and The Joffrey Ballet School.
STEPHEN WILLIAMS (Ensemble) a native of Kansas City, MO, feels blessed to be a part of this production. Thanks and love to God, family, friends, Virginia and Big League for this incredible opportunity. Mom, this is for you!
ANYA SULIMONI YOUNG (Ensemble) Credits include: Nehebka in Aida, Marian in Music Man, Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress. Anya is studying Music Dance Theatre at BYU and toured with the Young Ambassadors.
ANDRE MACHARI ZACHERY (Ensemble) hails from Chicago and is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. He has danced in New York with Elisa Monte Dance Company.
ELTON JOHN (Composer) The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than three decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time with over 200 million records sold worldwide. Elton has won a wide array of industry awards including Grammys, Tonys and an Oscar and continues to add innovative work to his personal repertoire of 35 gold and 25 platinum albums. In December of 2004, Elton received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts. Elton's most recent CD, PEACHTREE ROAD, was released on Universal Records to critical acclaim. He continues to perform his critically acclaimed RED PIANO show exclusively at Caesars Palace. It has been heralded as "The Most Exciting Show in Las Vegas 2004" by the Las Vegas Review Journal and "A Must See" by the Los Angeles Times. Tony award-winning AIDA and long-running THE LION KING musicals have long reigned on Broadway and continue to tour the world. This May, the stage production of Billy Elliott - The Musical, in which Elton wrote the music, debuted in London's West End theatre district to rave reviews. According to Variety magazine editor Peter Bart, "Billy Elliott will clearly rank as one of the best musicals of its generation" (May 31, 2005). Most recently, Elton and long time writing partner Bernie Taupin have completed the score for Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures' Broadway musical, Vampire Lestat. His commitment to the fight against AIDS led to the inception of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (Los Angeles and London) which has dispersed a combined total of grants surpassing $80 million to date making the Elton John AIDS Foundation one of the largest public non-profit organizations in the AIDS arena. In 1998, he was knighted by the Queen of England who honored him with the title Sir Elton John, CBE.
TIM RICE (Lyricist) was born in 1944. From 1956-1965 he wanted to be Elvis. Then he met Andrew Lloyd Webber whose musical ambitions were in theatre rather than rock. They joined forces as one could knock out a decent tune, the other had a way with words. They wrote four shows together. The first, The Likes of Us (1965-6), was never performed, but Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1969-71) and Evita (1976-78) became, and indeed remain, hugely successful all around the world, on both stage and screen. Feeling certain that they could never top this lot, the pair went their separate ways in the early eighties, whereupon ALW immediately topped that lot with Cats. TR then wrote Blondel (1983), a medieval romp, with Stephen Oliver, which ran for a year in London, but not for long anywhere else. In 1986 came Chess, written with ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. Chess had a healthy UK run but it flopped on Broadway in 1988, the New York Times bloke simply not getting it. In 1989 Rice translated the famous Frency Berger-Plamondon musical Starmania into English which merely resulted in a hit album in France. In the nineties he worked primarily with the Disney empire, contributing lyrics to the movies Aladdin (music Alan Menken) and The Lion King, (music Elton John and Hans Zimmer) and to the stage shows Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken), The Lion King and AIDA (both Sir Elton). In lunch breaks he wrote the words for Cliff Richard's theatrical extravaganza Heathcliff (music John Farrar) which toured the UK in 1995-96. He is currently reworking an operatic musical he has written with Alan Menken (King David), and on new treatments, for both stage and screen, of Chess, the New York Times bloke having been replaced. He also has a new idea which may or may not see the light of day. He has won many awards, mainly for the wrong things, or for simply turning up. He lives in England, has three children, his own cricket team and a knighthood (that's Sir Tim to you).
LINDA WOOLVERTON (Book) writing credits include the screenplay for the animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award Best Picture nominee); the screenplay (shared) for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey; screenplay (shared) for the animated feature film The Lion King, the book for the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, winner 1998 Olivier Award Best New Musical). Also, she has written two young-adult novels, STAR-WIND and RUNNING BEFORE THE WIND. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from California State University Long Beach and a Master's degree in Theatre from California State University Fullerton. Linda is currently involved in writing and producing film projects for Miramax and Revolution Studios. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Lee Flicker and daughter Keaton.
ROBERT FALLS (Book) directed Long Day's Journey Into Night (three 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Revival) as well as the 1999 Tony Award-winning Death of a Salesman for which he was honored as Best Director. His other Broadway credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Young Man From Atlanta, The Speed of Darkness, The Rose Tatoo and The Night of the Iguana. Mr. Falls received an Obie Award for his direction of Eric Bogosian's Surburbia at Lindoln Center. His work has also been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club and the Joseph Papp Public Theater. As artistic director of Chicago's Goodman Theatre, he has directed many productions, including Book of the Night, Riverview, and a major revival of Pal Joey, for which he wrote a new book. His opera credits include productions for Chicago's Lyric Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Houston Grand Opera and the Grand Theatre de Geneve.
DAVID HENRY HWANG (Book) was awarded the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and John Gassner Awards for his Broadway debut, M. BUTTERFLY, which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. For his play Golden Child, he received a 1998 Tony nomination and a 1997 Obie Award. His new book for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song earned him his third Tony nomination in 2003. Hwang's other plays include FOB (1981 Obie Award), The Dance and the Railroad, Family Devotions, The Sound of a Voice and Bondage. His opera libretti include three works for composer Philip Glass, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, The Voyage and The Sound of a Voice, as well at The Silver River with music by Bright Sheng and Ainadama with Osvaldo Goligov. Hwang penned the feature films M. Butterfly, Golden Gate and Possession (co-writer) and co-wrote the song "Solo" with composer/performer Prince. His new play, Yellow Face, will premiere next season. Mr. Hwang serves on the Dramatists Guild Council.
DANIEL STEWART (Director) Most recently directed & choreographed The Who's Tommy in Tokyo in March 2006 as well as the European touring production in 2005. Original association with Big League Theatricals began in 1995 when he staged the long running North & South American touring productions of The Who's Tommy. Since, he has directed and choreographed many U.S. and International touring events for Big League Theatricals including The King and I (North American Tour/ South American Tour/Taj Mahal-Atlantic City); Titanic (Conceived, directed and designed a new production for U.S. National Tour); Footloose (U.S. West Coast Premiere- Las Vegas Production/ North American Tour/Harrah's-Atlantic City); 1776 (U.S. National Tour); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (U.S. National Tour); Guys and Dolls (U.S. National Tour). He has served as guest artist and artist in residence for over a hundred productions at many of the most distinguished American theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, The State Theatre of New Jersey, Goodspeed Opera, Tennessee Repertory, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Great Lakes Shakespeare Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre, Harold Prince Musical Theatre & The Pasadena Playhouse.
T.J. YOUNG (Staging) is happy to be on his 8th tour with the Big League family. Some of his credits include: Assoc. Director of The Music Man, Dance Captain and Asst. Director in Titanic, Chuck in Footloose, Lun Tha in The King and I. For Robert Redford's Sundance Theatre: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (with Maureen McGovern), Gypsy (with Karen Mason), Oliver! (with Christopher Lloyd), It Happened One Night (with Sally Field and Christopher Lloyd), Spellbound (with Sally Field and Tim Daley), One More Time (directed by Carol Burnett), Joseph...Dreamcoat, and Closer Than Ever. T.J. is also former President of the BYU Young Ambassadors. Special thanks to the family, Randy, Syd, and his incredible wife Adrian.
SARITA ALLEN (Choreographer) In 2005, Ms. Allen, representing Complexions Contemporary Ballet, accepted an award for Artistic Achievement at the Bolshoi. As principal dancer with Alvin Ailey for 17 years, she performed at La Scala, The Paris Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, The Pyramids at Giza, The Kennedy Center and The White House.
NEIL PATEL (Set Designer) Broadway: Ring of Fire, Sideman, 'Night Mother. Off Broadway: [title of show], The Argument, After Ashley (Vineyard), Some Girl (s) (MCC), Here Lies Jenny (Zipper), Dinner With Friends (Variety Arts Theater), Soldier's Play, Living Loud (Second Stage), McReele (Roundabout), Between Us (MTC), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Vineyard Theater), The Beard of Avon, Lydie Breeze, Quills, Slavs (New York Theater Workshop), Lobster Alice, On the Mountain (Playwrights Horizons), Dirty Tricks, Othello (New York Shakespeare Festival) Going to St. Ives (Primary Stages). Regional: Williamstown Theater Festival, Guthrie Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theater, Mark Taper Forum among many others. Opera: New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theater St. Louis, Nikikai Opera Tokyo. 2000 EDDY Award; 1996, 2000, 2003 Drama Desk Nominations; 1996 and 2001 OBIE for sustained excellence.
EMILIO SOSA (Costume Designer) Broadway: TopDog Underdog (also London and various regional theatres). Off-Broadway: The Seven (New York Theatre Workshop); Crowns (Audelco Award '03), Birdie Blue, Living Out (Second Stage Theater); Caligula (Classical Theater of Harlem); The Story, Radiant Baby (Public Theater). Regional: Once On This Island (Center Stage); Cuttin' Up (Arena Stage); Senor Discretion and Himself (Arena Stage); Ain't Misbehavin' (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Pippin, Once On This Island (Bay Street Theater); Adoration of the Old Woman (La Jolla Playhouse); The Piano Lesson (Madison Repertory Theater). Upcoming productions include All That I Will Ever Be (New York Theatre Workshop). Dance: Alvin Ailey; New York City Ballet (Artist-in-Residence); Ballet Hispanico; Complexions. Mr. Sosa is Image Consultant for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis, and was the recipient of the 2006 TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.
LUCAS J. CORRUBIA (Sound Design) Lucas, better known on Broadway as "Rico", has toured the US and internationally with such acts as Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Michael Crawford and Bernadette Peters. Some of his Broadway credits include mixing The Who's Tommy, Bring in 'da Noise Bring in 'da Funk, and most recently the revival of 42nd Street. In addition to several film projects, his most recent sound designs include the International touring production of Burn the Floor, and Big League Theatrical's road tours of Footloose and Meredith Willson's The Music Man.
CHARLIE MORRISON (Lighting Design) is excited to be part of the creative team for Aida. Charlie's lighting for theatre, national and international tours, architecture, and events has been seen worldwide on four continents and in every state in the U.S. Charlie was the recipient of the 2006 Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Lighting Design for his work on The Tempest at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Other recent projects include Hamlet, Richard III, Enemy of the People and Othello (2006 Helen Hayes nomination) at Shakespeare Theatre Company; The Underpants (directed by Gene Saks) at Playmaker's Rep; Hello Dolly! at Papermill Playhouse; The Foreigner, The Elephant Man, Anything Goes, and Oliver! (2006 Helen Hayes nomination) at Olney Theatre Center; The Who's Tommy (Europe and Japan); 42nd Street (U.S. Tour and Japan); U.S. National tours of Miss Saigon, Titanic, Footloose, The Music Man, and many others. For more information, please visit www.cmlighting.com.
CHRIS WALTERS (Associate Sound Designer) Previous Big League Theatricals national tour credits include Miss Saigon (Associate Sound Designer/Head Sound Engineer), Titanic (Sound Designer/Head Sound Engineer), Footloose (Head Sound Engineer), and Peter Pan (Head Sound Engineer). Chris has also designed sound for Riverside Theatre (Vero Beach, FL), Indian River Community College (Fort Pierce, FL), West Virginia Public Theatre (Morgantown, WV), Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC), University of Florida /Gainesville, FL, and Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.
P.D. SELTZER (Company Manager/Business Manager) produced over 35 shows in South Florida including The Music Man with Jane Kean; Sweeney Todd with Bill Hayes; H.M.S. Pinafore with Peggy Cass and Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. Seltzer has company managed national tours of Blast!, Miss Saigon, Meredith Willson's The Music Man, Footloose, 1776, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Rip Taylor), Cinderella, The St. Petersburg (Russia) State Ice Ballet, Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Florida engagement) and the national and international tours of The Sound of Music with Marie Osmond. Seltzer founded the acclaimed Fort Lauderdale Players, producing its first ten seasons and has staged productions of Bad Seed, Mame and performed in/directed numerous Gilbert & Sullivan operas.
BIG LEAGUE THEATRICALS, INC. is celebrating its 18th season of producing, general managing, and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and the world. They were granted the rights by Cameron Mackintosh to produce a new touring production of the world famous mega-musical, Miss Saigon, which completed its 4-year tour last year. Last season also included their ongoing Japanese and North American touring production of 42nd Street utilizing a creative team from the recent Tony Award winning Broadway revival. Another notable production was the three-year tour of Meredith Willson's The Music Man as newly conceived by Susan Stroman. Other recent successes include Footloose (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, North American Tour), tours of Titanic, 1776, Peter Pan, as well as The King and I (North American and Brazilian tours), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Rip Taylor. Their renowned production of The Who's Tommy has been seen throughout North America, South America, Europe and most recently in Tokyo. By special permission from Disney Theatricals, Big League is premiering its new production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida in the fall of 2006. Future highlights will include Singin' in the Rain and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Booking Department at Big League Theatricals is among the most respected in the industry representing musical attractions such as I Can't Stop Loving You, Drumstruck, and Havana Night Show. Visit their website at www.bigleague.org.
DANIEL SHER (Executive Producer) After spending the early part of his career touring in the worlds of opera, music and dance, Mr. Sher came to Big League Theatricals in 1995 as the General Manager/Associate Producer for The Who's Tommy, Five Guys Named Moe and A Grand Night for Singing. In 1997, he took over the position of Executive Producer and is proud to have produced Big League's critically acclaimed North American tours of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The King and I, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (starring Rip Taylor), 1776, Footloose (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and National Tour), Peter Pan, Titanic and Meredith Willson's The Music Man as newly conceived by Susan Stroman. Most recently, he executive produced the 4 year tour of the new Miss Saigon as developed with Cameron Mackintosh, 42nd Street with the Tony award winning creative team, as well as Blast! International highlights have included the European and South American tours of The Who's Tommy, The King and I in Brazil, 42nd Street in Japan, and last season's production of The Who's Tommy in Europe and later Japan. Development of this new exciting production of Elton John and Rice's Aida will be the highlight of the 2006 season.
AWA TOURING SERVICES is a leading theatrical tour booking and marketing company, distributing musicals, plays and attractions internationally. Current projects include The Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, The Light in the Piazza, My Fair Lady, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Scissorhands, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Go Diego, Go!, Scooby Doo Live! and Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage. www.awatouringservices.com
MUSIC THEATER INTERNATIONAL www.mtishows.com is one of the world's leading dramatic licensing agencies, protecting the rights and legacy of composers, lyricists and book writers and supplying scripts and musical materials to theatres around the world. With over 275 titles in its catalogue, MTI has been the driving force in perpetuating such great musicals as Disney's Beauty And The Beast, Guys And Dolls, West Side Story, Fiddler On The Roof, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, and Aida. Additionally, MTI is the home of The Broadway Junior Collection, 70-minute adaptations of Broadway musicals designed for middle school aged children to perform Annie, Jr; The Music Man, Jr; Disney's Aladdin, Jr. and many others and the Kids Collection, 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children, Disney's Cinderella and The Jungle Book among others.
MATT JAMESON (Technical Supervisor/Production Manager) has been with Big League Theatricals since 2003. His previous BLT shows include: National Tour of 42nd Street (Production Manager/Head Carpenter), Japan Tour of 42nd Street (Carpenter), and National Tour of The Music Man (Electrician). A few of his other credits include: The Japan Tour of BLAST! (Head Carpenter), Horn in the West- Boone, NC (Technical Director), Company (Technical Director). Matt received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Technical Direction from The North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Design and Production in Winston-Salem, NC.
JAY McMANIGAL (Production Stage Manager)
STEVE KNUTH (Production Manager)
ERIC STEELE (Carpenter/ Flyman) National Tours: 42nd Street (2nd Carpenter/ Flyman) Eric has worked regionally as an electrician, carpenter, rigger, and flyman for 12 years. He also works as a Production Specialist for Vincent Lighting Systems out of Pittsburgh, PA where he consults on theatrical productions, trade shows, concerts, and architectural lighting projects. Eric attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he studied Industrial Design Technology and he is a proud member of IATSE local #101.
JON 'Jon Boy' RODRIGUEZ (Carpenter/ Spot Operator) Jon is ecstatic about his second year touring with Big League Theatricals. Previous professional theatre experience includes: The 42nd Street National Tour and Tuacahn Center for the arts in St. George, Utah. While there Jon worked on Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Peter Pan, and South Pacific. Jon would like to thank his parents for giving birth to him and for their love and support.
PETE HULIN (Head Electrician) World Tours: West Side Story (First Electrician). National Tours: Crazy For You (Head Electrician). Regional: Utah Shakespearean Festival, 2001-2004 Seasons (TD, ME, and Lead Electrician). Pete is a recipient of the Excellence in Light Design award from the Rocky Mountain Theater Association and was a semi-finalist with the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) for his lighting design of The Crucible. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Design/Technical Theatre from Southern Utah University.
JESSICA HARRIS (Assistant Electrician)
JONATHAN JACKSON (Head Props/ASM)
CHRIS WALTERS (Associate Sound Designer/Head Sound) Previous Big League Theatricals national tour credits include Miss Saigon (Associate Sound Designer/Head Sound Engineer), Titanic (Sound Designer/Head Sound Engineer), Footloose (Head Sound Engineer), and Peter Pan (Head Sound Engineer). Chris has also designed sound for Riverside Theatre (Vero Beach, FL), Indian River Community College (Fort Pierce, FL), West Virginia Public Theatre (Morgantown, WV), Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC), University of Florida /Gainesville, FL, and Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.
F. WESLEY WARREN (Assistant Sound) Wes is happy to be joining Big League Theatricals again after two years of audio support for "42nd Street". Previous experience includes eight seasons as Resident Sound Designer for the Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Sound Engineer for the Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh, PA, and Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC. Wes has also been involved in Broadcast Audio for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Carolina Hurricanes, ESPN, NBC, and the Golf Channel. When not living life as a gypsy on the road, Wes consults with Audio/Video design firms in Pittsburgh and Raleigh.
HEATHER YERRICK (Wardrobe Supervisor) 6 years on the road w/ Dragon Tales Live (Korea & USA), Music Man, 42nd Street (Japan & USA), and Aida. Other theatrical work; Cedar Point Amusement Park, Croswell Opera House, The Shakespeare Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, and Turkeyville Dinner Theatre.
MEGAN MERRITT (Assistant Wardrobe/ Hair) Megan is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Previous professional theatre credits includes: The 42ND Street Second National Tour, Utah Shakespearean Festival, and Lucca Opera Theatre in Lucca Italy. She would like to thank her parents and friends for their continual support.
DANIEL BAILEY (Musical Director/ Conductor/ Keyboard 2) beginning piano lessons at the age of 5, Daniel's training is deeply rooted in the classical realm, holding a degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. He later began to explore the worlds of jazz and rock music. He has a new found appreciation for the I-IV-V chord progression... thank you, "GREASE!" Dan is from Kent, OH and would like to thank his family for all their support. Tours: GREASE! (US and Canada), The Who's Tommy (Europe and Japan), Miss Saigon (US and Canada). Other credits include: Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, and Charo.
JOEY JOSEPH (Associate Conductor/ Keyboard 3) Born in Monroe, Louisiana, Joey started playing piano at age 3. Since then he has played for many shows including Into the Woods, Godspell, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He is very excited to be a part of AIDA. Much love to friends and family, and especially David for being so supportive. Special thanks also to Rob Mikulski. www.myspace.com/joeypiano25
JOHN CONWAY (Keyboard 1) John began playing piano in his early teens, spending fifteen minutes a day on the prescribed lesson material and two hours in Elton John songbooks. After seeing A Chorus Line more than twice, he added Theatre Orchestras as a way to make a buck. Prouder moments include: world premiere of Memphis (Boston, MA), Children of Eden (San Jose, CA), the Who's Tommy (Europe and Japan).Less proud moments include playing in the men's suits and furnishings foyer of west coast dept stores.
TOM GOSLIN (Guitar) has worked on Broadway, in regional theater, and as a chamber musician. He has been on many musical theater tours throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Far East.
CLIFF KIMMERLING (Bass Guitar) was born in Anderson, Indiana and began his musical journey playing trumpet at the age of twelve. At fifteen, he began playing the guitar and shortly after began playing bass. In college, Cliff worked frequently as a freelance musician in the central Indiana area as well as all over the Midwest. Although he has performed and toured with a very wide range of ensembles on both bass and trumpet, "Aida" is his first national tour playing for a musical. In addition to his work with numerous solo artists and regional touring acts, Cliff also enjoys teaching private lessons and high school jazz band rhythm sections when he is not on the road. He would like to thank his parents, extended family and friends for always being supportive of his musical endeavors.
DREW SIMPSON (Drums) Drew Simpson has been playing drums since the age of five. He grew up just outside of Atlanta, GA in a town called Snellville. His father, a music teacher and freelance musician in the Atlanta area gave him the unique opportunity to work professionally as a percussionist before the age of ten. Simpson attended the University of Georgia, studying under Dr. Thomas McCutchen, Dr. Arvin Scott, and pursuing a degree in music education. While in school, Simpson was an active freelance musician and percussion instructor in the Atlanta and Athens areas. Upon graduating, Simpson became one of the percussionists for the 2005-06 national tour of BLAST!, specializing in drum set and acting as a swing for one of the snare drum soloists. This is Simpson's second national tour.
MATTHEW FINGER (Percussion) Matthew Finger, from Anderson, IN, is a versatile percussionist drawing influence from his parents who are both musicians. Matt graduated from Butler University with departmental honors in 2004 with a degree in music performance. He was a student of Jon Crabiel. Before attending Butler, he spent his freshman year at Eastern Illinois studying with Johnny Lee Lane. While in school Matt worked frequently as a freelance musician in Indianapolis and throughout central Indiana, performing with ensembles such as the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Brass Choir, American Cabaret Theater, and Anderson Area Youth Chorale. Matt was also in high demand as an educator and arranger with several high schools, working with marching bands and percussion ensembles. Before joining the AIDA tour, Matt was a member with the 2005-06 national tour of Blast. As a cast member, Matt's primary responsibility was mallet percussion as well as being the featured marimba soloist.
ALLISON SEIDNER (Cello) Born and raised in New York City, Allison has enjoyed exploring the rest of the country while on tour for the past 8 years. At home, she has performed on and below the stage at venues from Joe's Pub and The Knitting Factory to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Favorite pastimes include spending time with her amazing family and friends
and eating NY bagels and sushi. National Tours: The King and I, Jekyll and Hyde, The Music Man, Miss Saigon.
BRIAN LEVELS (Reeds/ Horns) a graduate from the University of North Texas with a BM and MM in Multiple Woodwind Performance along with minors in conducting and vocal performance. Prior to Aida, Brian performed as the Reed 2 musician in the 2005 - 2006 National Tour of 42nd Street. If not found in the pit he is seen on a stage somewhere! Brian has acted in regional musical theater shows such as 42nd Street, West Side Story, Oklahoma, Ain't Misbehavin' and many other shows. He thanks his many friends and family for their help and support, but most importantly God!