CAST

NIKITA BURSHTEYN (Romeo) - Nikita is honored and excited to be making his Off-Broadway debut as Romeo in Romeo & Bernadette. A San Francisco Bay Area native, his recent regional credits include: Newsies (Woodminster Summer Musicals), Saturday Night (42nd St. Moon), La Cage Aux Folles (San Francisco Playhouse). Huge thank you to Amas Musical Theatre for this amazing opportunity! I love you Mom, Dad, Danila, Grandma, and Liz! Website: www.nikitaburshteyn.com | Instagram: @livinnikitaloca
ANNA KOSTAKIS (Bernadette Penza) is thrilled to be making her NYC debut having just graduated from Nazareth College’s BFA Musical Theatre program. Recent/favorite credits: Axelrod Performing Arts' Joseph...Dreamcoat (Naphtali), NYC FLMTF workshop From Here to Eternity (Ensemble), Nazareth's Bonnie and Clyde (Bonnie), Company (Marta), Sweet Charity (Charity). Love to her beautiful family, friends, teachers, and Pantera/Murphy, the Agency. annakostakis.com / @annakostakis
CARLOS LOPEZ (Sal Penza) Recently The Spongebob Musical (Krabs), A Bronx Tale (Billy Baba), Addams Family Musical (Gomez), Guys and Dolls (Nathan), South Pacific (Billis), Anything Goes (Moonface) and in Urinetown (Hot Blades). Broadway: Man of La Mancha (Barber), Grease (Sonny), Annie Get Your Gun (Tommy Keeler), Wonderful Town (Speedy), A Chorus Line (Mike and Paul). Eight Broadway shows including Pajama Game, Grand Hotel, Guys and Dolls. Film: Brooklyn Sonnet, Stepford Wives. Losman212@instagram
JUDY McLANE (Camille Penza) is a Broadway veteran with a Drama Desk Nomination and  Drama League Honor for Johnny Guitar. Broadway: Mamma Mia! (over 4000 performances as Donna & Tanya) Kiss of the Spider Woman, Aspects of Love, Chess. Favorite roles: Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife, National), Sunset Boulevard (Norma, Engeman), Next to Normal (Diana, Syracuse & Pioneer), Los Otros, (Lillian, Everyman), Follies (Phyllis, Signature, Helen Hayes Nom), Master Class (Maria, Raliegh), Evita (Eva), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza, Paper Mill), Film/TV: Were the World Mine,  Hiding in Daylight (Cannes Film Festival) “Madame Secretary”, “Elementary”, “The Blacklist”,  “The Loudest Voice”. Instagram: judy.mclane, Twitter: @RealJudyMclane
MICHAEL NOTARDONATO (Dino Del Canto/Brooklyn Guy) is thrilled to be making his Off-Broadway debut with this company! Select Credits: Several turns as Tony in Saturday Night Fever, including Engeman Theater and Ivoryton Playhouse (Connecticut Critics Circle nom. Outstanding Actor). Danny in Grease (Finger Lakes), Link in Hairspray (Wheelock), Berger in Hair, Gypsy, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins (MSMT). BFA Musical Theatre, the Boston Conservatory. Special thanks to The Roster Agency, and all my love to my family & friends! www.michaelnotardonato.com Instagram: @mnotardonato1
ARI RASKIN (Donna Dubachek) is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut in Romeo & Bernadette! She previously appeared as Sally in the National Tour of A Charlie Brown Christmas. She is a recent graduate of Pace University with a BFA in Musical Theater. Her thanks to everyone at Avalon Artists Group, her parents for all their love and support, and her sister Noa for keeping her humble. www.arimraskin.com
TROY VALJEAN RUCKER (Multi-Character) August Rush (premiere), The Scottsboro Boys (Haywood), Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin), Angels In America (Belize), Shrek (Donkey), Oklahoma! (Ike Skidmore), Little Bunny Foo Foo (premiere), Buddy Holly Story. National Tour: Jesus Christ Superstar. Europe: International Symphony Orchestra. Select Regional: Actors Theatre, Muny, Walnut Street, Portland Center Stage, Paramount Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Ogunquit PH, Maine State MT. Opera/Concerts: Carnegie Hall, NYC Opera, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Aretha Franklin and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Onscreen: Film, Television, Commercials, Print, Web Series. TroyValjeanRucker.com 
ZACH SCHANNE (Tito Titone) NYC/World Premiere: City of Light (with Valarie Pettiford/Cady Huffman), Days of Rage, Mambo Italiano. Select Regional/Touring: West Side Story (Tony, Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Actor), Pippin (Pippin), Stacee Jaxx (Rock of Ages), Grease (Danny, Kenickie), The Robber Bridegroom (Jaime Lockheart). Zach is a private voice/acting instructor and certified personal trainer. Rider University grad/proud AEA member. Many thanks to Kathy and Jen at Encompass Arts and Carol Hanzel! @zach.schanne
VIET VO  (Lips) is grateful to be back working with Amas Musical Theatre. Theatre: Vietgone, Carousel (NAAP), Fishing for Sives, Mikado, Evita, Songs for a New World. TV/FILM: The Blacklist, A Crime to Remember, Manifest, “Tales of the City”, “Lost”. Thank you to the cast and crew. Mahalo Nui Loa to Jonathan and Wendy Lina, Hope you're watching.

CREATIVE

MARK SALTZMAN (Book and Lyrics) began his career in New York with the Muppets. His Sesame Street sketches and songs (including “Caribbean Amphibian”) earned him seven Emmy Awards, but behind Bert and Ernie’s back, Mark was writing shows for Soho Rep, 13th Street Theater, and the Village Gate, where he co-wrote the long-running revue A, My Name is Alice. Mark collaborated with Jerry Herman on the CBS holiday movie Mrs. Santa Claus starring Angela Lansbury. For the movies, he wrote The Adventures of Milo and Otis, Three Ninjas Kick Back and screenplays for SONY, Universal, and Disney. His TV movie, The Red Sneakers, directed by and starring Gregory Hines, was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. In 1997, Mark’s musical, The Tin Pan Alley Rag opened at the Pasadena Playhouse, received five Ovation Award nominations, including Best Musical, and went on to play at New York’s Roundabout Theater. Other stage works:  Falling for Make Believe, Lorenz Hart’s Life Story, (Colony Theater), and Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood (Laguna Playhouse), optioned for the movies by the Little Film Company. Mark is a graduate of Cornell University.  More information at www.msaltzman.com.
JUSTIN ROSS COHEN (Director/Choreographer) Film and theater director won an Audience Favorite nod for Waiting for Yvette, starring Wendie Malick, at both the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and on LOGO/TV. Off-Broadway: I Could Go On Lip-Synching!, starring Lypsinka (Provincetown Playhouse, NY/Callboard Theater, L.A.), About Time, by Paulette Attie (Jose Quintero). Los Angeles: Nocturne, by Adam Rapp (The Other Space), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, by Bill Russell, starring John Rubinstein (Interact), Women Behind Bars, by Tom Eyen, starring Lainie Kazan, Jennifer Tilly, Niecy Nash, Lesley Ann Warren, Ellen Greene and Peter Facinelli (Pico Playhouse), Romeo and Bernadette by Mark Saltzman (Wyoming Theater Festival). Acting credits include Broadway: A Chorus Line, Pippin, The Magic Show, and the film A Chorus Line.
JOSEPH SHROPE (Costume Design) is grateful to be designing alongside his friend and mentor Fabio Toblini, whom he has assisted on productions with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Ballet and as the associate for Pips Island (Off-Broadway). Recent design credits include Steel Magnolias, Cabaret, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Gallery Players) and The Floorshow (Combustion Collective). Joseph is currently working with Martha Graham Dance Company overseeing the rebuild of their costume collection lost in Hurricane Sandy. 
FABIO TOBLINI (Costume Design) Broadway: Romeo and Juliet. Off-Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Batboy the Musical, The Divine Sister, Pip’s Island. Recent credits include: Murder on the Orient Express (Resident Ensemble Players), The Firebird (Ballet Arizona). Fabio has designed at many regional theaters and opera companies across the country and abroad. Online portfolio and credits can be viewed at: www.fabiotoblini.com. Awards: 2018 Craig Noel Award, 2015 Craig Noel Award Nom., 2015 Connecticut Critics Circle Award Nom., 2012 and 2016 Connecticut Critics Circle Award, 2008 Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, 2001 Lucille Lortel Nomination.
WALT SPANGLER (Set Design) designs for theater, opera and dance across the nation and around the globe. Broadway: Tuck Everlasting, A Christmas Story, Escape to Margaritaville, Scandalous, Desire Under The Elms, Hollywood Arms. Off-Broadway: More than two decades of work for Atlantic Theater Company, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, The Signature, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Classic Stage. Walt is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. walt@waltspangler.com
KEN BILLINGTON (Lighting Design) creates lighting for the theatre, television and architecture.  Among his 100 Broadway shows are the original production of Sweeney Todd, the current Chicago, the longest-running American musical in history. Ken’s craft has illuminated many spectacular events and venues including such landmarks as New York’s Tavern on the Green and 54 Below, Awards include the Tony, the Lumen (architecture), and the Ace (television). In 2015, he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. 
STEVE ORICH  (Music Supervision/Arrangements/Orchestrations) Broadway: Jersey Boys (Tony Nomination - Best Orchestrations), The Cher Show. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Hollywood Bowl, La Jolla Playhouse, Theatreworks, Asolo Rep, The Goodman, Goodspeed. TV: Composer for numerous documentaries, sitcoms, movies and specials. Recordings: dozens of albums, including the Grammy-winning Jersey Boys cast album. His orchestrations have been performed by the National Symphony, the Boston Pops, at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House and around the world.
AARON GANDY  (Music Director, Keyboard) NY: The Lion King, Urinetown, Just Jim Dale, The Shaggs, Dora the Explorer Live! (Radio City Music Hall), Principal Pops conductor for South Shore Symphony. Other concert appearances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Paley Center, Chicago's Grant Park and the Hollywood Bowl.
CAROL HANZEL (Casting Director) Broadway: Swing!, Sally Marr and Her Escorts. National Tours: The Great Divorce, Swing!, Defending the Caveman, Girl’s Night. Off-Broadway: Lolita, My Love, The Day Before Spring, Christmas in Hell, Desperate Measures, Cagney, Marry, Harry, Shadowlands, The Screwtape Letters, Martin Luther on Trial, Red Eye of Love,  Hellman v. McCarthy, Mardi Gras/The Last Word, Cougar: The Musical, Ionescopade, My Vaudeville Man, Wanda’s World, Signs of Life, Dr. Sex. Regional credits: The Wake, Linger, Brick City, Skeleton Crew, Las Cruces, Water by the Spoonful, People Before the Park, By the Water, Soldier’s Heart, Janice Underwater, Clybourne Park, Farragut North, Divorce Party, Backwards in High Heels, Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods, Dracula, Hats!, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, The Good  Counselor, The Tin Pan Alley Rag, Lizzie Borden. TV: Pinkalicious & Peteriffic, Peg+Cat, The Wonder Pets, Hi-5 and countless commercials.
CHRISTINE VIEGA (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Memphis.  Off-Broadway: God Shows Up, A Class Act, Our Town, Adding Machine, Shout!, Homer’s Odyssey, Close Ties, Masked.  Tours: Fly, Footloose, Color Me Dark, Romeo and Juliet, One-Man Star Wars Trilogy.  Regional: Vermont Shakespeare Company, Studio Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Caldwell Theatre Company
 
ALEX MURPHY (Assistant Stage Manager) is a recent transplant to NYC. Alex has worked on the Off-Broadway production of Two's A Crowd, starring Rita Rudner, a staged reading of On Every Link a Heart Does Dangle, as well as the Off-Broadway Lab of I Spy A Spy. Previous stage management credits include: Death and the Maiden, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Blithe Spirit, (Kansas City Actors Theatre). AEA member.  
MICHAEL MAROTTA (Don Del Canto) is delighted to be in the Romeo & Bernadette family! He just directed An Inspector Calls at Florida Rep and spent most of the last 5 seasons playing all the men in Rosemary Clooney’s life: Tenderly. A proud alum of the Mrs. Maisel family, Michael loves being the Eliquis Hero of 2019 on some of your nightly TV screens. Cincinnati Playhouse, the MUNY, St. Louis Rep, NYMF, the York, Carnegie Hall. 2 Mac Awards, 3 Bistro’s. AEA, SDC. Grazie to Saltzman & Justin!
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