- Behind the Scenes
NightoftheLivingDead the Musical
World Premiere Developmental Production
"...Matt Conner will be heard of many times in the future"
Six strangers are trapped in a house for eternity, reliving the last night of their lives over and over as a deadly force from the outside threatens to find its way in.
With book & lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith and music & lyrics by Matt Conner (Nevermore, Partial Eclipse, The Hollow) and based on the classic 1968 American horror film, Night of the Living Dead, NightoftheLivingDead the musical re-imagines George Romero's iconic night and examines the relationships between the six doomed individuals, who are themselves, living dead.
Karissa Swanigan, Vocalist
New York Innovative Theatre Awards
This production of NightoftheLivingDead the Musical is registered with the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. We are eligible for several awards:
- Outstanding Production of a Musical
- Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role
- Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role
- Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role
- Outstanding Ensemble Performance
- Outstanding Director
- Outstanding Set Design
- Outstanding Costume Design
- Outstanding Sound Design
- Outstanding Original Music
- Outstanding Original Full Length Script
You can vote for us at www.nyitawards.com. Just click “Cast Your Vote”.
AARON RAMEY (Harry)
Broadway: Young Frankenstein, Curtains, Thoroughly Modern Millie (orig. cast). National tours: South Pacific, Sweet Charity, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Arena Stage, Barrington Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Chicago Shakespeare, CenterStage, Ford's Theatre, AMTSJ, Paper Mill. TV: A Gifted Man, Kings, The Guiding Light, All My Children, As the World Turns, New Amsterdam. Proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
ANGELO RIOS (Ben)
is so pleased to be making his NYC debut with this show. Tours: Jesus Christ Superstar North American Tour (1st Priest, Caiaphas us), If This Hat Could Talk (John Lewis) directed by Tony winner George Faison. Theatre: Rent (Tom Collins), Dreamgirls (Curtis Taylor), Miss Saigon (John), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Cats (Old Deuteronomy), Aida and a Principal Vocalist at American Music Theatre. Performed for the US troops as part of the USO Liberty Bells, workshops for Radio City Music Hall, and as a Top 10 Finalist in NYMF'S Next Broadway Sensation. Thanks to Family and MA my constant support.
ASHLEY PICCIALLO (Judy)
is thrilled to be a part of this new musical work! Select Regional/New York Credits: Next to Normal (Natalie), Hair (Sheila), Always... Patsy Cline (Patsy Cline), Cold As Ice (Laurie Beechman Theatre, producer Nancy Kerrigan), and the NY Knicks Halftime Show at Madison Square Garden. TV Credits: NBC's America's Most Talented Kid (Finalist). Ashley is also a singer songwriter and has self-released two albums. Graduate of Montclair State University with a BFA in Musical Theater. Love and thanks to family and friends, Avalon Artists, Mike, and the creative team for this wonderful opportunity. www.AshleyPicciallo.com.
MELISSA CARLILE-PRICE (Barbara)
Muriel u/s in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2nd National tour), Medea (NYC-Mainspring Collective), The LaChiusa Project (NYC- Laurie Beechman). Regional: Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Music Theatre of CT), Olivia in Shakespeare in Hollywood and Katia in Memory House (Hope Summer Rep). Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Judy in White Christmas, Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Gloria in Boeing Boeing (Derby Dinner Playhouse). All Shook Up (Ogunquit Playhouse). 42nd Street (MUNY). BFA, Penn State. Many thanks to David for the opportunity, to Stephen and Matt for the work, and to zombiephile husband Richard for the love.
SEAN MACLAUGHLIN (Tom)
Broadway: Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (and National Tour), Lestat, The Woman In White, and Bombay Dreams. Off Broadway / NY: Tut (NYMF), Requiem for William and The Audience (Transport Group); South Pacific: in Concert from Carnegie Hall. Favorite regional credits include: The Sondhiem Celebration: Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center); Grand Hotel, Follies, Forum (Signature Theatre); Children of Eden, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Rainmaker (Flat Rock Playhouse); TV/FILM: Something the Lord Made (HBO), Trading Mom. Many thanks to Stephen and Matt for this piece and much love to my beautiful wife, Elaine.
YVONNE CAMPBELL (Helen)
Favorite New York and Regional Credits among many include: Chicago (Barrymore Nomination), West Side Story, Psycho Beach Party, 1959 Pink Thunder bird, Kiss Me Kate, She Loves Me, The Pajama Game, Lying In State, Company, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, The Secret Garden, Shooting Stars, Damn Yankees, They’re Playing Our Song and many others. Film/TV: Center Stage, Hope & Faith. She is also a Choreographer and Voice Over Artist. Studied Shakespeare at University of London. Graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Circle in the Square. Proud member AEA, SAG‐AFTRA.
STEPHEN GREGORY SMITH (Book and Lyrics)
SIGNATURE: The Boy Detective Fails (Billy Argo), Sunset Boulevard, Les Misérables (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Into the Woods (Jack), My Fair Lady, Assassins (Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald), Pacific Overtures, The Highest Yellow, One Red Flower (Billy), Allegro (Charlie), 110 in the Shade (Jimmy, 2004 Helen Hayes Award), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Grand Hotel, Gypsy. DC AREA: DCAC: High Fidelity (Rob); Studio Theatre: Adding Machine: A Musical (SHRDLU); MetroStage: tick, tick…BOOM! (Jon); Ford’s Theatre: The Civil War, Meet John Doe; Arena Stage: Damn Yankees; Kennedy Center: Regina; Wolf Trap: Street Scene (Dick); Olney Theatre Center: The Secret Garden (Dickon). CABARET: Swinging Santas, The Stephen Gregory Smith Show, Insomneioke, Ebony and Ivory, The Last Garage Hurrah, Use What You Got. Librettist/Lyricist, NightoftheLivingDead the Musical www.stephengregory.blogspot.com.
MATT CONNER (Music and Lyrics)
COMPOSITIONS: Signature Theatre Partial Eclipse: A Rock Song Cycle (2009), Girl from No Man’s Land (incidental music, 2007), Nevermore (commissioned by Signature Theatre, book by Grace Barnes, 2006), Crossing (commissioned by Signature Theatre, Signature Theatre Workshop, book by Grace Barnes, 2008 and Workshop Production at Shenandoah University, 2011); Creative Cauldron: The Selfish Giant (adapted book, music and lyrics, 2011), Martin: The King of Pizza (commissioned by Creative Cauldron, book by A.K. Brink and Ryan Dean Halbrook, 2009); GMCW: A Carol Christmas (commissioned by GMCW, book, music and lyrics, 2007). READINGS: Nightofthelivingdead: The Musical (book by Stephen Gregory Smith, 2011). RECORDINGS: Winter (2010). AWARDS: American Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation Grant Award 2008. EDUCATION: BFA Shenandoah University 1997. www.mattconner.org
ANDREW DIAZ (Scenic Design)
Design Credits Include: 12 Angry People (Theater For A New Generation), 99 Cent Tuxedo (Independent Film), La Nina Que Moria A Cado Rato (Repertorio Espanol), Bark! (Arizona Onstage) Assistant Design Credits: 3C, Lost In Yonkers, Sex Lives Of Our Parents, Edgewise. Props Designer at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater 2011-2012 Season. www.andrewdiaz.com
TRISTAN RAINES (Costume Design)
New York: Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre), Yosemite (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), YANK: The Musical (Globe Workshop), The Bilbao Effect (Center for Architecture), 83 Down (Hard Sparks), Lake Water (IRT Theater), Corner Pocket (Extant Arts), Squealer, Keep Your Baggage With You (Lesser American), B*tch (TNC), Umbrella Plays (The Tank), Gormanzee (Flea Theater), Comedie of Errors (New Lions Productions). Regional: Book of Grace, ARTiculation (Company One), My Name is Rachel Corrie, Of Mice and Men, Pieces (New Rep of Boston), Lucia di Lammermoor (Huntington Theater/Bu Opera), Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Cinderella Waltz (Shawnee Theater). Broadway/Off Broadway Assistant Design: The Merchant of Venice (Public/Broadway), HAIR (Broadway), IHO (Public), Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout). National Tour Assistant Design: Little House on the Prairie: The Musical, Bring It On: The Musical. Education: BS: Northwest Missouri State University, MFA: Boston University; Studied at Imperial College, London.
MATT ROWE (Sound Design)
SIGNATURE: Really Really, Hairspray, A Second Chance, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, The Boy Detective Fails, The Hollow, Side by Side by Sondheim, Art, And the Curtain Rises, Sunset Boulevard, Walter Cronkite is Dead., A Fox on the Fairway, Chess, Sycamore Trees, [title of show], Sweeney Todd, Show Boat, First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb, Dirty Blonde, Giant, The Little Dog Laughed, Les Misérables, Anyone Can Whistle in concert, The Visit, The Happy Time, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Glory Days, Merrily We Roll Along, The Witches of Eastwick. DC AREA: Kennedy Center: Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred!); Nobody’s Perfect.
CHRISTOPHER YOUSTRA (Orchestrations)
is an arranger, orchestrator, composer and music director throughout the Washington DC area. KENNEDY CENTER TYA – Knuffle Bunny, Chasing George Washington, Nobody’s Perfect, The Amazing Adventures of Dr.Wonderful, Teddy Roosevelt & the Ghostly Mistletoe, THE STUDIO 2NDSTAGE: Pop!, Passing Strange, Jerry Springer: The Opera. THE STUDIO THEATRE: Adding Machine: A Musical. FORD”S THEATER Little Shop of Horrors OLNEY THEATER: Triumph of Love, The Sound of Music, Charlie Brown, Camelot, Annie TOBY’S: Chicago, The Producers, Rent, Jekyll & Hyde, Titanic, Bauty & the Beast, Ragtime, Miss Saigon TOURS: European and Korean tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe with Troika Entertainment. Other local credits: Round House Theater, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theater, Signature Theater, Montgomery College, Phoenix Productions AWARDS: Seven Helen Hayes Award Nominations for Outstanding Music Direction, 2008 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Music Direction, Titanic. Chris has created original orchestrations for dozens of shows in the DC area and has also composed for area theaters, including Coming Home, The Dancing Princesses, A Tapestry of Tales, and the upcoming Adventures of Big Nate.
ARYSBELLS FIGUEREDO (Production Stage Manager)
is a recent Graduate of the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance. This spring she completed a Professional Internship with the Manhattan Theatre Club in Production. Latest credits include 35MM (Very Intense Productions) and Baby (performed at the inaugural International College Theatre Festival at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last summer). Upcoming projects include A Letter to Harvey Milk, Arnie the Doughnut, and Swing State (Lisa Dozier Productions) to be performed at the New York Musical Theatre Festival this summer. Many thanks to everyone who has welcomed her to the city so graciously, David Norwood, and of course her family and friends for their continued love and support.
KEVIN B. WINEBOLD (Music Direction)
New York: Camelot (Broadway concert w/ Jeremy Irons); The Irish...and How They Got That Way (Irish Rep); Songs For A New World (Chernuchin Theatre). National Tours: The Wedding Singer; All Shook Up; Footloose. Regional/Stock: Totem Pole Playhouse; PCPA Theaterfest; Papermill Theatre; Lakes Region Summer Theatre. International: Just For Kids in Osaka, Japan (Musical Director); Institute of Creative Arts in Seoul, Korea (Voice and Tap instructor); Joseph...Dreamcoat in Seoul (AMD, Reuben). Proud member: AEA, AFM, ASCAP, Dramatists Guild. www.kevinbwinebold.com
DAVID NORWOOD (Direction)
is the Founder & Producing Artistic Director of Musically Human Theatre Productions. He has directed & choreographed productions of Ragtime, Promises Promises, [title of show] and Nevermore. David has studied at Point Park University, The Ailey School, the Joffrey Ballet School and Earl Mosley's Institute for the Arts. He has performed on stage with Broadway legend Carol Channing and has also worked with many esteemed artists such as Milton Meyers, Sidra Bell and many others.
JOHN LANT (Associate Producer)
is an award-winning producer, director, writer, and designer, in New York and Los Angeles with over three hundred productions to his credit. Mr. Lant is the CEO of The Little Company, and the Producing Artistic Director of Write Act Repertory and Hollywood Civic Light Opera in Los Angeles and Write Act Eastside in New York. Mr. Lant currently serves as the Production Manager for Carnegie Hall.
MUSICALLY HUMAN THEATRE PRODUCTIONS (Producer)
Founded in 2010 by David Norwood, Musically Human Theatre Produtions (MHTP) aims to engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with provocative, alternative, socially relevant works of musical theatre—theatre that dares to explore politics, race, violence, drugs, sexuality, religion and other contemporary issues. MHTP nurtures and promotes the rising generation of theatre artists, provides arts education programs to diverse communities, and celebrates the essential power of musical theatre to illuminate our shared humanity.
Behind the Scenes
INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST & CREATIVE TEAM COMING SOON
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Student Rush Tickets
MHTP makes available discounted seats to every performance, open to any high school or college student with a valid student ID. Limit one seat per ID. These tickets will be available on performance nights only at the theatre box office from 7:00 p.m., when the box office opens, until 7:55 p.m. After that time, these seats may be sold.
Saturday, June 2nd, 9:30pm - Mingle with the cast and creative team of NightoftheLivingDead the Musical following the opening night performance and enjoy champagne & desserts catered by Craig Baker. Proceeds benefit Musically Human’s 2012-2013 season. Free with NightoftheLivingDead ticket purchase.
Musically Human Talks with the cast of NightoftheLivingDead
Thursday, June 7th, 9:30pm - Following the performance, gain insider's information from director David Norwood and the cast of NightoftheLivingDead the Musical on the production's unique staging and discover what the rehearsal process entailed. Free with NightoftheLivingDead ticket purchase.
Friday, June 15th, 9:30pm - In honor of Gay Pride Month, there will be a special performance for members of the LGBT community. The performance is capped off with a lively post-show cocktail party! Free with NightoftheLivingDead ticket purchase.
"NightoftheLivingDead the Musical" performance dates are:
Thursdays at 8pm (May 31, June 7 & 14)
Fridays at 8pm (June 1, 8 & 15)
Saturdays at 8pm (June 2, 9 & 16)
Sundays at 3pm (June 3, 10 & 17)