MICHAEL KEVIN BALDWIN (Tony Whitcomb) first saw Shear Madness at The Kennedy Center while on an 8th grade class trip, and is overjoyed to now be a part of the first National Tour. Off Broadway: Twelfth Night at The Pearl, Bye Bye Birdie (Hugo/Mrs. Peterson) at The Florence Gould Theater, and The Barber of Seville (The Notary) at The Metropolitan Opera, directed by Bartlett Sher. Regional: A Tuna Christmas (Arles) at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Shear Madness (Tony) at Capital Rep.,Our Son's Wedding (Michael) at Florida Studio Theater, and Macbeth (Malcolm) at The Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Much love to Bruce and the entire cast and crew!
Nick Caruso (Eddie Lawrence) is honored to be a part of the first National Tour of Shear Madness. A member of the Madness family since 2009, Nick has appeared as Eddie, Nick & Mikey at Flat Rock Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, Las Vegas, Boston & Washington D.C. Be sure to check out Nick in an upcoming episode of "Necessary Roughness" on the USA Network this January. Love to Bruce & Marilyn, the entire cast and crew, and everyone back home in Atlanta, especially his beautiful wife Jenni, and his baby daughter Fiona. "Daddy misses you, Peanut!" For Kate, For Good: www.katecarusoltw.org | www.nickcaruso.net
MARY ANN CONK (Barbara DeMarco) is so happy being part of the first National Tour of Shear Madness. Her association began in Boston's flagship salon, and she has had the joy of performing this role over 3,000 times. Mary Ann just premiered Our Show of Shows at Flat Rock Playhouse. Off Broadway: Guilty,...Emily Brown (Emily); La MaMa: Jews & Jesus; Geva: The Underpants, also directed by Mr. Jordan; Capitol Rep: Moonlight and Magnolias; voices PBS' Click and Clack, Daria; commercials and voice overs from Airwick to Ziploc. Thank you Bruce Jordan and Marilyn Abrams for all the fun! Graduate: Emerson College, faculty NYCDA. For Mom and Dad.
TIMOTHY C. GOODWIN (Mikey Thomas) Tim is happy to be back with the Shear Madness family! This is his 7th production, the last being at Florida Studio Theatre (Nick O'Brien). He most recently appeared in American Bard Theatre Company's production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Pericles). Other credits include Measure for Measure (Duke Vicentio), Titus Andronicus (Chiron), As You Like It (Duke Fredrick), The View From Here (Arnold Palmer), Our Town (Sam Craig), Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer Brewster), and the short film Birthday Burglar (Mickey). Tim lives in New York and teaches improv.
LISA MCMILLAN (Mrs. Shubert) Broadway credits include Moose Murders (w/Eve Arden), and La Cage Aux Folles (dir. by Arthur Laurents). Her numerous Off-Broadway and regional theatre credits include Walnut St. Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse (nominated for Barrymore and Carbonell Awards), Denver Center Theatre, Rep. Theatre of St. Louis, Alabama and Utah Shakespeare Theatres, etc. Favorite leading roles include productions of August: Osage County, A Delicate Balance, Gypsy (w/Rita Moreno), Annie, and Coriolanus. Lisa has also appeared in feature films, commercials, and in a recurring role on ABC daytime "The City." Directing credits include the Ordway Theatre, and Galveston Outdoor Musicals. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
PATRICK NOONAN (Nick O'Brien) Mr. Noonan is emphatically happy to be back with Shear Madness. He has performed in this role with several different theatres including The Kennedy Center, Milwaukee Rep, and Capital Rep. He was last seen in On Golden Pond with GEVA Theatre Center. Favorite theatre credits include Almost Maine (Off- Broadway), Jewtopia (Florida Studio Theatre), and Irma Vep (FST). TV/Film: "30 Rock," Several "Law and Orders," "Life on Mars," "The Black Donnellys," "Hope and Faith," "The Guiding Light," The Princess Diaries, Frame of Mind, and Choose. He also loves Leah.
Wendye Clarendon (Assistant Stage Manager,
U/S Mrs. Shubert/ Barbara DeMarco/ Mikey Thomas) is delighted to rejoin her favorite theatrical family; having performed with Shear Madness in Ft. Worth and Chicago. Most recently, she stage managed the run and tour of A Steady Rain for Chicago Commercial Collective. Previous shows include The Four of Us (Theater Wit), Aiming for Sainthood (Chicago Dramatists), Children's Scientology Pageant (A Red Orchid) and Shear Madness (The Chicago Theatre). As an actor, Wendye is an Associate Artist at Chicago Dramatists and has worked with Stage Left, Human Race Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Goodman Theatre. Member AEA, SAG, AFTRA. Much love and appreciation to Bruce and Marilyn, and my husband Errol.
TOM WAHL (Assistant Stage Manager,
U/S Tony Whitcomb/ Eddie Lawrence/ Mikey Thomas) Tom recently appeared in the world premieres of Our Show of Shows at Flat Rock Playhouse in NC, and Moscow at Zoetic Stage in Miami. He has played Tony in Shear Madness over 1,000 times at many theatres including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Tom is a recipient of South Florida's Carbonell and Curtain Up awards. Screen credits include New in Town, Ace Ventura, and ABC's "Moon Over Miami." Tom is a proud union member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
BRUCE JORDAN (Director) discovered the core material for Shear Madness while in the founding company of the Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY where he was an actor and director working in rotating rep for four seasons. He and partner Marilyn Abrams adapted and honed this German murder mystery into a comedy-whodunit during two seasons at the Lake George (NY) Dinner Theatre, which he co-founded and where he directed or performed in over 40 shows. In 1980 he directed, co-produced and performed as Tony Whitcomb in the Boston production of the show which has gone on to become the longest running play in the history of the American Theatre. The DC version is second. Chicago is third. A graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Speech and Theatre, he has directed from coast to coast, including productions of Shear Madness in Philadelphia, Chicago, DC, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego and all over Florida. Most recently he directed Perfect Wedding at the Geva Theatre, one of the 25 shows he has been involved with there over the past forty years. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors as well as Actors Equity and Screen Actors Guild.
MARILYN ABRAMS and BRUCE JORDAN (Co-adaptors, Original Producers) are the owners and creators of Shear Madness, the longest running non-musical play in American theater history. The play made its debut in the U.S. in a summer stock production in Lake George, N.Y. Jordan directed and created the role of Tony Whitcomb, the salon proprietor, and Abrams created the role of Barbara DeMarco, the gum chewing manicurist. Abrams and Jordan oversee the Shear Madness productions in Boston and Washington, D.C. (Respectively, the first and second longest running non-musical productions in American theatre history) while serving as advisers to all of the companies across the United States and around the world. Jordan maintains the artistic quality of the productions and Abrams handles the sales and marketing. The pair are the recipients of the Mystery Writers of America Raven Award, The Boston Globe's "Best Comedy of the Year," The Chicago Tribune's "Best Play of the Year," The Philadelphia Daily News "Best Play of the Year" and a special Eliot Norton Certificate for comic excellence. Jordan and Abrams have also been honored with the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Award given by the National Comedy Hall of Fame as the creators of Shear Madness, the first play ever to receive that recognition.
KELLY JAMES TIGHE (Scenic Design) Off Broadway: The Fantasticks, Almost Heaven, Blanche Survives Katrina In A Fema Trailer Named Desire, The Time of Mendel's Trouble. Vegas: Triumph at the Las Vegas Hilton. National tours: Cats, Movin' Out, Almost Heaven, Mooseltoe. Regional: Dreamgirls, My Way, Aida, The Full Monty, Jesus Christ Superstar (Gateway Playhouse); Beauty/Beast, Grease, Titanic, The Who's Tommy, (Contra Costa Musical Theatre); Annie, Kiss Me Kate, Joseph/ Dreamcoat (Ohio's Carousel Dinner Theater); West Side Story, The Scarlet Pimpernel (Diablo Light Opera Co.); Around the World In 80 Days, The Pavilion, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, A Christmas Carol (Center Repertory Co.). Mr. Tighe served as resident Scenic designer for Michigan's Cherry County Playhouse, and Center Rep in the San Francisco Bay Area. Television: "Sunday Night Woah!" (starring Mo Rocca) for Animal Planet, several spots for Verizon, Kit Kat, Disney, and the Oxygen network. Awards and recognitions: Northern California's "Shellie," Drama-Logue, and the S.F. Bay Area's Critic's Circle.
SARAH BERTOLOZZI (Costume Designer) Off B'way: Carrie (Assistant Designer - MCC Theater); The Atmosphere of Memory (Assistant Designer - Labyrinth Theater Company). NYC: Erotica, Estreilles Verdes, Mergers and Acquisitions, Operation Istanbul, The Foreplay Play, The Push to Mate, Rank Jumping, Sausage Fest (FullStop Collective); Big Green Theatre (Bushwick Starr/Superhero Clubhouse);A Daughter of Israel (Looking Glass/Boo-Arts); Snow White Zombie, Crossing Borders, The Open Door, Wrong Planet, All Mapped Out, Little Goldie and the Shines, Fallen Leaves, Pieces, Finding the Way, Pussycat (Manhattan Theatre Source). Other: Doubt (Berkshire Actors Theatre); Hairspray (Running to Places); Neat (Kitchen Theatre Company); All Shook Up (Barrington Stage Company); Carousel and Twelfth Night at Messiah College (as Adjunct Professor of Costume Design). Sarah is a graduate of the Ithaca College B.F.A Theatrical Design program.
RENÉE BRODE (Lighting Designer) Renée has designed lighting for shows in Canada and internationally. Recently, she has designed for The Grand Theatre (Hair, The Hobbit, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Wizard of Oz, Dreamgirls, Beauty and the Beast, Anne of Green Gables, Trying), Neptune Theatre (Intimate Apparel, West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet), The Charlottetown Festival (Full Monty, Buddy, Hairspray, Anne of Green Gables), Theatre Aquarius (For This Moment Alone, Doubt, Half Life), and Obsidian Theatre/Canadian Stage Company/Citadel (Intimate Apparel). She has also designed with Canadian Opera Company and Stratford Festival. Renée was Associate Lighting Designer on the Troika production of Swing! in Japan. She is Associate Lighting Designer on the Troika production of Cats. Renée is currently at York University studying for an MFA in Eco Design for the Theatre.
COLLE T. BUSTIN (Sound Designer) The way a show sounds gets stuck in your head and before you know it you go home humming the songs, or at lest that is the hope. I have been working with the design and audio production of shows for 15 years and am proud to be a part of Shear Madness. Some of my other credits include; My Fair Lady, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Yo Gabba Gabba! It's Time to Dance!, Fiddler on the Roof, and Come Fly Away.
TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) has been the innovator in touring musical theater productions for over two decades, producing shows throughout North America and the world. Each season, Troika tours to hundreds of cities across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, Troika has produced in European markets including Russia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Central/South American and Caribbean credits include touring CATS in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. As the first U.S. production company to tour a musical in Mainland China, Troika has toured extensively across the Pacific Rim in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, with productions of The Sound of Music, Swing!, 42nd Street and Chicago. The company is experienced in casino and leisure markets having produced for The Wynn, Caesars, Grand Casino, Hilton, Eldorado and Harrah's (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Biloxi, Lake Tahoe and Branson). Current and upcoming productions include West Side Story, Catch Me if You Can, Sister Act, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and The Wizard of Oz. With strong ties to the Broadway community, Troika prides itself on delivering top quality productions to audiences worldwide.