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The World Goes ‘Round

September 5 – 16

REPRISE 2.0, in association with UCLA TFT Department of Theatre, presents The World Goes ‘Round through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman, and David Thompson
Directed by Richard Israel
Choreographed by John Todd
Musical Direction by Gerald Sternbach
Casting by Michael Donovan, CSA; Casting Associate Richie Ferris, CSA.
Scenic Design by Stephen Gifford
Costume Design by Shon LeBlanc
Lighting Design by Jared A. Sayeg
Sound Design by Jonathan A. Burke

 

In The World Goes ‘Round the audience enters the world of John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a stunning revue of the songbook from this multi-Tony award-winning team.  The original production won three Drama Desk Awards.

Filled with humor, romance, drama and nonstop melody, The World Goes ‘Round is a celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going.  The cast finds themselves careening through the world of love, babies and coffee.  From Cabaret to Chicago, the nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including “Mr. Cellophane,” “My Coloring Book,” “All That Jazz,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Money, Money,” “Maybe This Time,” “Cabaret” and “New York, New York” seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre.

Frank Rich in The New York Times said, “The evening is an unexpected delight: a handsome, tasteful, snazzily staged outpouring of song and dance that celebrates all the virtues of the Kander-Ebb catalogue.  The revue is sophisticated enough to satisfy aficionados like myself, who recently spent a week’s allowance to replace a worn copy of the out-of-print cast album of The Happy Time, and welcoming enough to convert new audiences to the Kander-Ebb fold.”

Cast

Dawnn Lewis: AEA & SAG- AFTRA. President & CEO of Morning Jewel Inc. — a multi-platform production company of film, television, animation, music/music publishing projects. She is also the Founder & President of the A New Day Foundation — a non profit 501(c)3 organization, that provides financial & programmatic support to underprivileged youth and grassroots community organizations. She is an NAACP Image Award, Trumpet Award, Grammy Award-winning singer, multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, film, television & stage actor, and a Series TV creator/producer. She can now be seen recurring on three hit series: “This Is Us,” “Major Crimes” and “IZombie,” and can be heard in: “The Simpsons,” “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego,” “Futurama” and “Doc McStuffins.” She starred as “Jaleesa” on “A Different World” (composer of the show’s theme song) and “Cheryl” in “I’m Gonna Git U Sucka!” Stage credits include: The Wiz (Broadway), Intimate Apparel, Sister Act: The Musical (original cast), The Marriage (NAACP Image award). Look for more detailed information about Dawnn at www.DAWNNLEWIS.com and www.ANewDayFoundation.net; Facebook: Dawnn Lewis Official Fan Page; Facebook: A New Day Foundation and on Twitter:@dawnn_lewis.

Valerie Perri: Award-winning singer-actress Valerie Perri’s career began under legendary director/producer Harold Prince when she starred as Evita in the Broadway National Tour, and reprised this glorious role the next 20 years. She then had the honor to work with iconic director/choreographer Jerome Robbins in the Broadway National Tour of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Recently she shared the stage with Melanie Griffith in The Graduate at the Laguna Playhouse, and Southern California audiences will remember her as Dolly Levi in 3D Theatrical’s production of Hello Dolly!, as well as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at both Musical Theater West and Moonlight Amphitheater. She is a recipient of the John Raitt Award, Drama League Award, Scenie Awards, and nominated for Chicago’s prestigious Sarah Siddons Award as well as Los Angeles Ovation Award. Valerie’s television and film credits include “Criminal Minds,” “ER,” “Another World,” “The Out of Towners,” “George of the Jungle,” “Grease,” and “Dickie Roberts.” Valerie’s compact disc, “Sweet Conversation” is available on iTunes, and you can find her on all social media platforms. valerieperri.com

Larry Cedar: Reprise!: She Loves Me (Ovation Award, “Best Featured Actor in a Musical”), On the Town, 1776: The Musical, Li’l Abner. Rubicon Theater: Sylvia. Colony Theater: The Best of Enemies, Around the World in 80 Days, Billy Bishop Goes to War, American Fiesta, and Travels With My Aunt. Geffen Playhouse:  The Gospel According to Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy: Discord (as Thomas Jefferson), Nightmare Alley. Studio Stage: King Lear (as Lear). Boston Court: American Misfit. Larry has written and performed two one-man literary stage adaptations, Orwellian and Dostoevsky’s Notes From the Underground, which won Best Solo Performance at the 2016 and 2017 NoHo Fringe Festivals. He is currently developing his next one-man stage adaptation based on the Franz Kafka novel, “Letter to my Father”. Television:  “Deadwood” (HBO), “Law & Order,” “The Menendez Murders,” “Trial & Error,” “Mad Men,” “American Horror Story,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Community.” Film: The Midnighters, The Crazies, Hollywoodland, Midnight Son, Towelhead, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, She Sings to the Stars. Visit Larry on Facebook, Twitter @larrycedar, and Instagram @larrycedaractor or his website, www.larrycedar.com

Kelley Dorney is so excited to work with REPRISE 2.0. She was recently in Annie at the Hollywood Bowl. Her L.A. credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It (Billie Bendix), Carousel (Heavenly Friend), and the Reiner Reading Series’ Pipe Dream (Suzy) and Louisiana Purchase (Marina) all with MTW. Lend Me a Tenor(Maggie) and First Date (Ovation nominated Ensemble, Woman #2) with McCoy Rigby, OKLAHOMA! (Ado Annie) at 3D Theatricals, Superhuman (Center Theatre Group), Promises, Promises and State Fair (Musical Theatre Guild), Serial Killer Barbie and Adam and Eve and Steve (NoHo Arts Center), and Nunsense (Crown City Theatre). Kelley has toured the country with Fancy Nancy and Click Clack Moo (Theatreworks USA) and Disney Cruise Lines. While living in London, she performed in the PBS Concert Special: A Tale of Two Cities (Seamstress) and the workshop of Love Never Dies (Really Useful Group). She can be heard on both cast albums. Thank you to Anthony, Richard, JT, Jerry, Michael, and the whole 2.0 Team!

Michael Starr remembers loving Reprise! productions while attending school here at UCLA, and he is beyond thrilled to be returning to his alma mater as part of the new company and team! He can currently be seen as Prince Hans in Frozen: Live at the Hyperion at Disneyland. 1st National Tour: Bright Star (Ensemble, Billy u/s). US Regional Credits: 5th Ave Theater’s Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion: The Musical (Billy), Old Globe and Hartford Stage’s Kiss Me Kate, The San Francisco Symphony’s Charlie Brown Christmas (Charlie). LA Regional: Mamma Mia! and A Chorus Line (Hollywood Bowl), LA Opera’s Wonderful Town and Salome, The L.A. premiere of Carrie the Musical (George), La Mirada Theater’s Empire: The Musical  and West Side Story (Riff), MTW’s productions of Oklahoma!and Big Fish, Greenway Court Theater’s Psyche “A Modern Rock Opera” (Eros), Norris Theater’s White Christmas (Mike), Candlelight Pavilion’s Footloose (Ren). Proud UCLA grad. Special thanks to Reprise 2.0 and the TWGR team, Michael Donovan and Richie Ferris, the ladies of BBR, the beautiful Donna and his wonderful family! @mjstarr77

Creative Team

Richard Israel (Director) Richard Israel has been a member of the Los Angeles theatre community for over 20 years and is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Milton Katselas Award for Career Achievement in Direction as well as the 2014 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Direction of a Musical.  After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Richard came to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.  After appearing in films, television and theatre, he changed the focus of his activities from acting to theatre directing and producing.  In 1995, Richard became the Managing Director of West Coast Ensemble Theatre, one of Los Angeles’ leading 99-seat theatre companies.  In 2001 he was named the Associate Artistic Director, and in 2008 he became the Co-Artistic Director of West Coast Ensemble.

During the past 10 years, Richard has directed a wide array of plays, musicals and new works.  Most recently, Richard served as the Theatrical Coordinator for the HBO series Big Little Lies in which he directed several on-screen sequences from Avenue Q.  For the past three years, he has been involved in the development of the Jeff Marx/Fat Mike musical Home Street Home, (including workshop productions at the O’Neill Theatre Center and in New York).  Recent theatre projects include Violet, 25th Annual Spelling Bee for PVPA, West Side Story and Rent for McCoy/Rigby Entertainment, Our Town and The Baker’s Wife for The Actor’s Co-op, Promises, Promises and Do I Hear A Waltz?  for Musical Theatre Guild. Richard is currently on the musical theatre faculty of AMDA-LA and is a member of the board of the Foundation for New American Musicals.

 

John Todd’s (Choreographer) most recent experiences include directing A Year of Living Dangerously at 54 Below in NYC, West Side Story and Kiss Me Kate for the Athens Epidaurus Festival and creating chorography for an IKEA National commercial and multiple episodes of Days Of Our Lives for NBC.  StageSceneLA named John Choreographer of the Year for his work on West Side Story (La Mirada Theater for the Arts) Kiss Me Kate (Cabrillo Music Theatre) and The Music Man (Musical Theater West).  Some of John’s other director/choreography credits also include Disney stage shows Coco, Star Wars Rogue One, Star Wars The Last Jedi, The Good Dinosaur, Cinderella, Tangled, The Muppets Most Wanted, Sofia The First, Monster’s University, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, The Little Mermaid and Mulan. In addition, he has choreographed Sweet Smell Of Success (Musical Theater Guild), Annie Get Your Gun (SDMT), The Music Man (MTW), Kiss Me Kate (Cabrillo Music Theatre) Sunset Boulevard (MTW), Company (Crown City), Bells Are Ringing and Anyone Can Whistle (MTW), Jasper In Deadland (PMT), Falsettos, The Full Monty, Bronies, The Musical!, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Third Street Theater), Gypsy, and Merrily We Roll Along.  John also had the opportunity to work as associate choreographer on film and television shows including SMILF, Saving Mr. Banks, Mad Men, About A Boy, Ronna and Beverly, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, as well as choreographing the movie musical Samantha Spade Ace Detective. Mr. Todd has also created 3 works for Houston Ballet John’s performed with Hungarian State Ballet, Houston Ballet (where he received the Michael Wasmund Award for most outstanding dancer), Pacific Northwest Ballet, and also as a soloist with Fort Worth Ballet and Hartford Ballet. John performed on Broadway as part of the original cast of the Tony Award winning musical Movin’ Out and The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway as well as the national tour. John has also made appearances in the television shows The Last Tycoon, Bourbon Street (series regular), Days of Our Lives, As the World Turns, Sex and the City, and Law and Order as well as films including Jack the Giant Slayer, The Muppets, Gnomio and Juliet, Alpha and Omega, Jackass Number Two, A Christmas Carol, Sironia, and Spells (with John Lithgow). Furthermore, Mr. Todd was cast as the lead in the Sundance awarded play The Studio, written by Christopher D’Amboise, and shared the stage with Tony and Emmy nominated Terrence Mann.  He has experienced the great fortune of performing in numerous venues across Europe, including England where he played the role of “Peter Quince” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Sadler’s Wells in London, and “Romeo” in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet for German Television.  In addition to John’s successful performance career, he has had the privilege of working with dance legends such as Agnes DeMille, Martha Graham, Nacho Duato, Melissa Hayden, Suzanne Farrell, and Twyla Tharp as well as the celebrated directors Robert Zemeckis and Paul Feig.

 

Gerald Sternbach (Resident Musical Director REPRISE 2.0) Resident conductor of the Reprise Theatre Company (2002-2007). Twelve Ovation nominations (winning in 2006), seven LADCC nominations (honoring him in 2007, 2008 and 2012); West End debut, London (2015); Mel Brooks (One Night Only) also Geffen Theater, L.A., (2014) filmed for HBO. Onstage pianist for Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show, Wishful Drinking (Geffen). Other Southern California credits: Grey Gardens, (associate conductor, Ahmanson Theater); I Only Have Eyes for You (musical director, Montalban Theater); Sondheim on Sondheim (West Coast premiere, International City Theater); Love, Noel; Enter Laughing (Wallis Annenberg Center): LA Philharmonic debut: Hollywood Bowl (2005) Stephen Sondheim’s 75th Birthday Concert; ongoing musical director, An Evening With Groucho, (with Frank Ferrante). Other credits: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Merlin and The Tap Dance Kid (associate conductor, Broadway); Les Misérables  (L.A. premiere); Song and Dance (national tour with Melissa Manchester); worked with Marilyn Horne, Jennifer Hudson, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Carol Burnett, Adam Lambert, Nancy Wilson, Lainie Kazan, John Lithgow and Judith Light.  As a songwriter/composer, Jerry has contributed to three Ringling Brothers’ circuses, Heartbeats (with Amanda McBroom), A-5-6-7-8! (with Faye Greenberg), Club Mom (with Elin Hampton) and Biting Broadway! (with Jordan Beck and Richard Hochberg). His song “Mary” (as a tribute to Mary Tyler Moore, with Ms. Greenberg) was sung by Eric McCormack (2004 TV Land Awards).

 

Stephen Gifford (Scenic Design) Stephen has designed over 150 productions in his 12 years living in Los Angeles.  His designs have been featured at The Chicago Theatre, Madison Square Garden, Bass Hall, Sacramento Music Circus, The Walnut Street Theatre, Juneau Lyric Opera, The Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Performing Arts Center/McCoy Rigby, 3D Theatricals. He has garnered many awards and was awarded The Bob Z Award for career achievement in set design by the LADCC.  More about Stephen at www.stephengifforddesign.com

 

 

Jonathan Burke (Sound Design) Is thrilled to be joining Reprise 2.0. Select designs include: Off Broadway: Lonesome Traveler, The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman (59E59). Regional: Chasing Mem’ries, Outside Mullingar, The Seafarer, Cookin’ at the Cookery, The Weir (Geffen Playhouse), Our Town (Pasadena Playhouse). My Fair Lady, Last Five Years (Ovation Nomination), Hello! My Baby, Daddy Long Legs (Ovation Nomination), (Rubicon Theatre Co.).Resident Sound Designer for Cabrillo Music Theatre (now 5 Star Theatricals) since 2003 and has worked on productions with the LA Opera, Mark Taper Forum, Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. jonathanburkesounddesign.com

 

Shon LeBlanc (Costume Design) celebrates 33 years designing costumes in California and across the country. He has designed shows for The Fountain Theatre, The Colony Theatre, 3D Theatricals, Odyssey, Matrix, Theatre 40, Hudson, No Ho Arts, The El Portal, Open Fist theatre co, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, Ogunquit Playhouse (ME), Sierra Madre Playhouse, The Rubicon, Actors Co-Op, Greenway Court Theatre, and Kentucky Shakespeare (KY) just to name a few. He designed the costumes for the national tours of I Love Lucy, Live on Stage. He recently designed Showboat, at Kentucky Opera, and returned to Ash Lawn Opera for a 5th season, designing South Pacific. Most recently he designed The Man for All Seasons at Actors Co-Op and The Immigrant at Sierra Madre Playhouse. Shon has taught costume design for the Academy of Art in SFO, is a multi award winning costume designer, with multiple Ovation, Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly and Garland Awards and nominations. He is the owner of The Costume House, located in North Hollywood, California where many the costumes for tonight’s show were created.

Jared A Sayeg (Lighting Design) is a four-time Ovation Award Nominee and winner of the Ovation, StageRaw & Garland Award as well as a recipient of the LADDC Kinetic Lighting Award.  His designs have been seen throughout the U.S., Broadway, Off-Broadway, West-End, Canada, Spain, Edinburgh & Las Vegas. National Tours include Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, The Who’s Tommy with Alice Ripley, Queen of Spades starring Placido Domingo (Madrid) and Rolling with Laughter at Her Majesty’s Theatre (West-End). Broadway: The Illusionists (Neil Simon & National Tour) Bravo Bernstein, Gotham Glory (Carnegie Hall) and was on the design teams for: PRIMO, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Center Theatre Group, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Sacramento Music Circus, International City Theatre, Reprise, Ensemble Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, The Colony, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  Jared is Principal Designer for the USA International Ballet Competitions and has designed Holland America & Norwegian Cruise Lines. Jared became the youngest member of the United Scenic Artists-Local 829 and serves as a trustee to the executive board. www.jaslighting.com