Press Room

PTC PRESENTS THE MUSIC MAN

EVENTS – THEATRE

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April 6, 2015

For: IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Sasha Patane

801-581-7222

sasha.patane@ptc.utah.edu

PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

THE MUSIC MAN

Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson.

Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey.

Salt Lake City- Pioneer Theatre Company presents the Tony Award-winning musical
The Music Man, May 1 through May 16, 2015.

Fast-talking Harold Hill sweeps into a sleepy town, and soon there’s trouble, right
here in River City. Hill is selling marching bands, despite the fact that he doesn’t
know the difference between a treble clef and a trumpet. Hill plans on skipping
town with their cash before anyone’s wiser, but he didn’t count on falling for Marian,
the town’s librarian. The show features such rousing numbers as “Seventy-Six Trombones,”
“The Wells Fargo Wagon,” and “Trouble.”

GEORGE DVORSKY makes his PTC debut playing the title role of Harold Hill. Broadway
credits include the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Gentlemen Prefer Blonds,
the Tony Award Winning Passion, Marilyn: An American Fable and The Best Little Whorehouse
in Texas. Dvorsky starred in the NYC Premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
as Prince Charming at Lincoln Center. He was featured in PBS’ Emmy Winning Passion:
Live at Lincoln starring Patti LuPone and starred with Bea Arthur and the Boston
Pops in Bernstein’s Broadway, also on PBS.

Playing opposite Dvorsky as Mariann Paroo is LIZZIE KLEMPERER. Klemperer starred
in A Christmas Story and The Most Happy Fella on Broadway. Other credits include
Fiorella at City Center Encores, Somewhere in Time at New York Theatre Workshop,
Mother Jones and the Children’s at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and Bunked
at Fringe. She has also been in the First National Tours of The Addams Family and
Little House on the Prairie – The Musical. As a soloist, she has appeared with the
Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony. This is her PTC
debut.

Local favorite MARY FANNING DRIGGS plays Mariann’s mother, Mrs. Paroo. Driggs has
appeared in numerous PTC productions, including The 25th Putnam County Spelling
Bee, Elf-The Musical, Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard, White Christmas, 42nd Street,
The Producers, My Fair Lady, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Smokey Joe’s Café.

MAX ROBINSON plays River City’s Mayor Shinn. Robinson has appeared in nearly 100
PTC productions including One Man, Two Guvnors, Much Ado About Nothing, Noises
Off, My Fair Lady, The Producers, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Misérables (Thénardier),
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Amadeus, The Importance of Being Earnest. He played
Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at The Studio Theatre
in Washington, D.C., which earned him a Helen Hayes Award nomination.

ANNE STEWART MARK plays Mayor Shinn’s wife, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn. Most recently
Mark was seen in Les Misérables and Annie. Other PTC credits include My Fair Lady,
Noises Off, Paint Your Wagon, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Macbeth, Peter Pan,
Tartuffe, The Three Musketeers, Laughing Stock, Misalliance, Arcadia, Private Lives,
Blithe Spirit and Camelot.

JESSICA BLAIR plays the mayor’s fresh-faced daughter, Zaneeta Shinn. She was last
seen at PTC in Sweet Charity and A Christmas Carol: The Musical. Her other credits
include: Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre) Hello Dolly! (Drury Lane Oakbrook) A Year with
Frog and Toad (Dorset Theatre Festival) A Christmas Carol and Disney’s Beauty and
the Beast (Alabama Shakespeare Festival).

GARETT HAWE plays Tommy Djilas, the young man courting Zaneeta. Hawe’s past Broadway
credits include Newsies (Original Cast- Albert, U/S Davey, Crutchie), Mary Poppins
(Neleus), Matilda. His TV credits include this year’s Peter Pan Live! on NBC (Lost
Boy), Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Dancing With The Stars (ABC). This is his PTC debut.

ROBERT ANTHONY JONES plays Harold Hill’s old friend Marcellus Washburn. Jones has
appeared most recently at PTC as Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol: The Musical.
New York Theatre credits include: The 101 Dalmatians Musical (National Tour, originated
the role of Jinx Baddun, director Jerry Zaks, choreography Warren Carlyle), Dorian
Gray (Sir Henry Wotton, York Theatre) and The Prince and the Pauper (Original Cast
and Original Cast Recording Lamb’s Theatre).

The Barber Shop Quartet is played by New York based equity actors KILTY REIDY, BILLY
SHARPE and DON REY, along with local actor RICKY PARKINSON. Reidy’s past credits
include Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperon and In My Life. Sharpe’s credits include
Off Broadway’s Five Course Love and Take It Easy. Rey’s credits include the National
Tours of White Chirstmas and The Sound of Music. Parkinson has recently appeared
in Les Misérables at the Hale Center Theater Orem.

The role of Mrs. Paroo’s son, Winthrop Paroo, will be shared between WALLY INKLEY
and MASON SHANKS. The role of young Amaryllis will be shared by ALYSSA BUCKNER and
ABIGAIL SCOTT. The rest of the children ensemble include MACLAYNE INKLEY, MATTHEW
REES and MAGGIE SCOTT.

The ensemble of Equity actors includes MARIA BRIGGS, HOWARD KAYE, MICHAEL MCARTHUR,
and JAKE WEINSTEIN.

Rounding out the cast is BEN ABBOTT, JARON BARNEY, MICHELLE BLAKE, ASHLEY GARDNER
CARLSON, SUSIE CARROLL, CECILY ELLIS-BILLS, LEAH HASSETT, BRIAN NELSON, LATOYA RHODES, TYLER SCHANK and FALLON SCHWURACK.

PTC’s Artistic Director KAREN AZENBERG directs and choreographs the show. This marks
Azenberg’s third season as Artistic Director here at PTC. She directed The 25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Alabama
Story this season. Last season she directed Something’s Afoot, A Few Good Men and
Sweet Charity. In previous seasons as a guest artist, she directed Next to Normal
(regional premiere), Rent and Miss Saigon. She created the musical staging for the
record-breaking 2007 production of Les Misérables. Originally from New York, her
work there includes Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Blocks (a collaboration
with Jonathan Larson), Prom Queens Unchained, and choreography for Richard Greenberg’s
The Dazzle (Roundabout).

LENNY DANIEL returns to PTC as the Assistant Director/Choregrapher. Daniels has
assisted Ms. Azenberg on such shows as The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Concert),
Sweet Charity, A Christmas Carol: The Musical (PTC), Mary Poppins, Peter Pan (Alabama
Shakespeare), Brigadoon, Carousel (Troika & NYU), West Side Story (Virginia Opera)
and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (NYC workshop). He directed and choreographed Mid-Life!
The Crisis Musical at TexArts Theater along with many others.

MICHAEL RICE returns as the show’s musical director and conductor. Rice’s past PTC
credits include Annie, Sunset Boulevard, 42nd Street and The Light in the Piazza.
He has also conducted at Sacramento Music Circus, The Muny, Ford’s Theatre, the
Alley, Signature Theatre and Trinity Repertory Company, where he is Resident Musical
Director.

Scenic design is by Resident Scenic Designer GEORGE MAXWELL. This season he also
designed Peter and the Starcatcher. Some of Maxwell’s past PTC designs include
A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Next to Normal, Rent, Sunset Boulevard, Chicago,
Les Misérables, The Importance of Being Earnest, West Side Story, Proof, Peter
Pan and Miss Saigon. He has designed the sets for Utah Opera Company’s The Coronation
of Poppea and The Ballad of Baby Doe, productions for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival
and 21 productions for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Resident designer K.L. ALBERTS is designing costumes for the show. Previous designs
at PTC include: the world premieres of Dumas’ Camille and Laughing Stock, as well
as Elf-The Musical, Of Mice and Men, Annie, White Christmas, 42nd Street, Miss Saigon,
The Producers, Les Misérables (2007 and 2013), Metamorphoses, West Side Story, Ragtime,
Proof, Phantom, Communicating Doors, and A Raisin in the Sun.

Lighting Design by by Karl Haas. Haas’ has designed shows for PTC since 1985. Previous
PTC credits include last season’s Deathtrap, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, West Side
Story, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, South
Pacific, Death of a Salesman, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the 2010 revival of
Our Town. Regional theatre designs include work at Actors Theatre of Louisville
– as Resident Designer, The Mark Taper Forum, the Utah Shakespeare Festival and
the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

Sound design is by JOSHUA C. HIGHT and hair and make up is by AMANDA FRENCH.

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MEDIA PHOTO SHOOT: There will be a media photo shoot on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
at Red Butte Gardens, 300 Wakara Way SLC, 84108. Please contact Sasha Patane at
sasha.patane @ptc.utah.edu or 801-581-7222 to RSVP for time and location.

PHOTOS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD: High-resolution color photos of this production will
be available for media use on the PTC website beginning Wednesday, April 29, 2015
after 3:00 p.m. Go directly to http://www.pioneertheatre.org/press-room/media-photos/

TV CAMERA FILMING: Filming a short segment of the production during Preview or Opening
Night for press use can be arranged. Call 801-581-7222.

INTERVIEWS: Interviews with the cast and artistic staff are available. Call 801-581-7222.

PRESS TOURS: Tours of the set for the press are available. Call 801-581-6270.

WHO:

Pioneer Theatre Company

WHAT:

The Music Man

Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson.

Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey.

WHEN:

May 1 through May 16, 2015

TIMES:

Mondays – Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday matinees, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre

300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City

PRICE:

$38 – $59 in advance and $5 more when purchased on the day of the show

Kids in grades K – 12 are half price on Mondays and Tuesdays

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT:

$5 off the cost of Main Floor and Loge seating for the first seven performances,
when tickets are purchased on or before Friday April 24, 2015.

MORE INFO:

Box Office: 801-581-6961

Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri

www.pioneertheatre.org

Cast:

Ben Abbott………………………….Charlie Cowell

Jaron Barney………………………………………..Ensemble

Jessica Blair*………………………………………Zaneeta Shinn

Michelle Blake………………………….. Maud Dunlop/Ensemble

Maria Briggs*………………………………..Ensemble

Ashley Gardner Carlson……. Mrs. Squires/Ensemble/ [u/s Marian]

Susie Carroll………………………… Ensemble/[u/s Zaneeta Shinn]

Mary Fanning Driggs*…………………………………..Mrs.Paroo

George Dvorsky*………………………………..Harold Hill

Cecily Ellis-Bills……………………… Ethel Toffelmier/Ensemble

Leah Hassett…………………………………….Ensemble

Garett Hawe*…………………………………….Tommy Djilas

Robert Anthony Jones*………………………..Marcellus Washburn

Howard Kaye*……………….Constable Locke/Ensemble/[u/s Charlie Cowell]

Lizzie Klemperer*………………………………..Marian Paroo

Anne Stewart Mark*……………………………..Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn

Michael McArthur*……………………………….Ensemble

Brian Nelson……………………………………….Ensemble

Ricky Parkinson…………………………………..Olin Britt/Ensemble

Kilty Reidy*……………………………………….. Ewart Dunlop

Don Rey*………………………………………..Jacey Squires/Traveling Salesman

Latoya Rhodes………………….. Alma Hix/Ensemble/[u/s Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn]

Max Robinson*………………………………..Mayor Shinn

Tyler Schank…………………………………..Ensemble

Fallon Schwurack…………………………….Ensemble

Billy Sharpe*…………………………………..Oliver Hix/Traveling Salesman

Jake Weinstein*……………………………Ensemble/[u/s Tommy]

Children Cast:

Alyssa Buckner………………………………. Amaryllis/Ensemble

Maclayne Inkley…………………………….Ensemble

Wally Inkley………………………………….Winthrop Paroo/Ensemble

Matthew Rees………………………………Ensemble

Abigail Scott…………………………………Amaryllis/Ensemble

Maggie Scott…………………………………Gracie Shinn/Ensemble

Mason Shanks……………………………..Winthrop Paroo/Ensemble

Artistic Team

Karen Azenberg…………………………..Director/Choreographer

Lenny Daniel……………………………….Asst. Director/Choreographer

Michael Rice………………………………..Musical Director/Conductor

George Maxwell……………………………Scenic Designer

K.L. Alberts…………………………………..Costume Designer

Karl Haas……………………………………..Lighting Designer

Joshua C. Hight……………………………..Sound Designer

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.
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Pioneer Theatre Company operates under an agreement between the League of Resident
Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of professional actors
and stage managers in the United States. Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah’s only fully
professional theatre, performs at Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial
Theatre, located on the University of Utah campus at 300 South and 1400 East in
Salt Lake City, easily accessible by TRAX light rail. Free parking is also available
and the theatre is equipped with an elevator, handicap parking, hearing assistance
devices and other easy-access features.
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