Cast & Creative
Neil Diamond (Then)
Will Swenson (Neil Diamond Then) is known as one of Broadway’s most versatile leading men and has been seen on Broadway in roles across a wide character spectrum. Will received critical acclaim for his performance as the subversive hippie Berger in the 2009 revival of Hair for which he received Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Nominations. He went on to perform the role in London’s West End as well. He starred as Inspector Javert in the 2014 revival of Les Miserables, and played the conflicted drag queen Tick in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, (Drama League Nomination). In Waitress Will performed opposite the show’s creator Sara Bareilles. Other Broadway: Disaster!, Lestat, Brooklyn: The Musical, and his sentimental favorite 110 in the Shade: the production where he met his wife, actress Audra McDonald. Off-Broadway favorites include the recent revival of Assassins, Nantucket Sleighride, and Jerry Springer: The Opera for which he won an Obie Award. Will originated the role of Tom in Murder Ballad, and also created the role of Stacey Jaxx in the original Off-Broadway production of Rock of Ages. Other favorites include Little Miss Sunshine, Adrift in Macao, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Pericles. Tours and Other: Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You, Camelot with the NY Philharmonic, Pirates of Penzance, Moon for the Misbegotten, The Royal Family of Broadway. Film & Television: Will played Philo Barnum in the movie musical “The Greatest Showman”, and can be seen in the feature films “This is Where I Leave You”, “The Kitchen” and “The Switch”. Will spent a season on the Netflix series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” as the evil Professor Carcosa. He played opposite his wife in the Covid/Zombie thriller series “The Bite”. He has guest-starred on “Law & Order (SVU & CSI)”, “The Good Wife”, “No Tomorrow”, and “The Code.” He played Henry Donnenfeld on the Netflix crime drama series “Hit and Run”, and later this year will be seen as the father of the Vampire clan The Fairmont’s in the new Netflix drama “First Kill”. Some of Will’s earliest memories involve listening to his Dad’s 8-track copy of “Hot August Night”. Will can’t remember not having most of Neil Diamond’s songs permanently imprinted on his brain. And he’s super happy about that.
Neil Diamond (Now)
Mark Jacoby (Neil Diamond Now) originated the role of Father in Ragtime, earned Tony, Outer Critics, and Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for his performance as Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat, directed by Harold Prince, and is a Theatre World Award recipient for his Broadway debut as Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity, directed by Bob Fosse. Also on Broadway, he created the role of Walter Hobbs in Elf, portrayed Judge Turpin in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, was the Padre in Man of La Mancha, appeared as Baron von Gaigern in Grand Hotel, and for three years held the title role in The Phantom of the Opera. Jacoby was seen as the Wizard in the First National Tour of Wicked, received a Drama Desk nomination for his Off-Broadway performance as the Playwright in Enter the Guardsman, and was Oscar Jaffee in the Goodspeed Opera production of On the Twentieth Century (Connecticut Drama Critics’ Award). He played Guido Contini in the Chicago premiere of Nine (Joseph Jefferson Award), Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof for the Walnut Street Theatre (Barrymore Award), Mayor Dummermutt in The Visit for Signature Theatre (Helen Hayes nomination), and George in La Cage aux Folles (Carbonell nomination). Recent television guest-starring appearances include “Iron,” “Dopesick,” “The Blacklist,” “The Good Fight,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Elementary,” and “Madam Secretary.”
Robyn Hurder (Marcia) Broadway: Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Nini, Tony Award nomination), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jeannie Muldoon), Grease (Marty), Chicago (Mona, Roxie understudy), The Wedding Singer (Holly understudy), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Violet). New York City Center’s Encores!: A Chorus Line (Cassie), The New Yorkers (Lola McGee), Paint Your Wagon (Cherry Jourdell). National Tours: A Chorus Line (Cassie), Spamalot, Starlight Express (Pearl). Regional: 5th Avenue Theatre: Kiss Me, Kate (Lois Lane, Gregory Award nominee); Drury Lane: Crazy For You (Polly Baker); Shakespeare Theatre Company: Kiss Me, Kate (Lois Lane, Helen Hayes Award recipient and Emery Battis Award for Excellence in Acting recipient). Film and television: “Fosse/Verdon” (FX).
Linda Powell (Doctor) Broadway: On Golden Pond; Wilder, Wilder, Wilder; and The Trip to Bountiful (all Tony-nominated Best Revivals). Off-Broadway: Passage (Soho Rep), The Moors (Playwright’s Realm), The Christians (Playwright’s Horizons), The Overwhelming (Roundabout), Jar the Floor (Second Stage), Jitney, Angela’s Mixtape: Pericles, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Odyssey, Lucrece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Doll’s House, The Courtroom, and 12 seasons producing and performing with the Willow Cabin Theater Company. Regional: Long Wharf Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, ART, Williamstown Theater Festival, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage and Portia in Compagnia de’ Colombari’s Merchant of Venice which has been performed in Venice, Montclair, New Haven, and Dartmouth. Television: “Dopesick,” “Modern Love,” “House of Cards” (recurring), “Madam Secretary” (recurring), “Chicago Fire” (recurring), “Law & Order: SVU” (recurring), “Bull,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Good Wife.” Film: The Report, I Think I Love My Wife, The Best Man, Morning Glory, American Gangster, The Courtroom, and Draw Up and Stare. Powell is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, Circle in the Square Theater Training Program, and the school of Michael Howard. She is a proud member of Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA and The Actor’s Center.
Broadway credits: Girl in Once, Delphi in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Original Broadway Company). Regional credits include: Constellations, Of Mice and Men at Steppenwolf Theatre; Othello, Taming of the Shrew, The Heir Apparent at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Grounded at Milwaukee Repertory; The Pride at About Face Theatre; Cabaret, Frankenstein with The Hypocrites and 33 Variations at TimeLine Theatre. Television credits: “Boss,” “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Justice.” She is an award-winning composer (Barrymore Award) and co-creator of the successful variety show Erik and Jessie and Everyone You Know. Along with her business partner, Erica Elam, she has designed workshops to strengthen Emotional Intelligence for the US Army. She is a teacher, director, musician, and improviser. Over the pandemic, she completed her long-postponed college degree (University of Colorado) and became a certified Birth Doula, supporting seven incredible families. She stays curious and busy.
Fred Colby, Tommy O’Rourke
Broadway roles include: Wicked (The Wizard); Hello, Dolly! (Horace us); Chaplin (Mack Sennett); Elf (Mr. Greenway); Curtains (Oscar Shapiro); 1776 (John Adams); Kiss Me, Kate, (First Gangster); How The Grinch Stole Christmas; The Pajama Game; Gypsy (directed by Sam Mendes); Marie Christine; Kiss of the Spider Woman; and La Bete. Recent Off- Broadway: Himself and Nora, Fly By Night, Tin Pan Alley Rag, A Man of No Importance. National Tours include La Cage Aux Folles (M. Dindon), The Producers (Franz), Les Miserables (Thenardier), and Kiss of the Spider Woman. He can be heard on 18 Broadway and Off-Broadway recordings. Television credits include “The Good Wife,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “Elementary,” “Gotham,” all three “Law & Order” series, “Cosby,” PBS’s “My Favorite Broadway,” and “Candide.” He has been a member of Actor’s Equity since 1964 when he made his Broadway debut in Oliver!
Tom Alan Robbins
Bert Berns, Kieve Diamond
Tom Alan Robbins has performed in eight Broadway shows, including The Lion King in which he created the role of Pumbaa. Other Broadway shows: Head Over Heels (Dametas), Newsies, Sunset Boulevard, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Threepenny Opera, Once Upon a Mattress, Is He Dead? Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (2020 revival, Mushnick, Grammy nomination), Brooklynite, On The Verge (New York premiere), Isn’t It Romantic (world premiere), The Cradle Will Rock, The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket (world premiere), Henry V (Public Theatre), King Lear (Cornwall). Tours: Les Miserables (Thenardier). Regional: Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), The Whale (Charlie, world premiere), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), Man of La Mancha (Sancho). My Name is Asher Lev. Encores!: 1776, I Married an Angel, Music in the Air, Pardon My English, and Tenderloin. Training: the Juilliard School, the Acting Company. Listen to his podcast Twits in Love at BPN.fm/twits.
Ellie Greenwich, Rose Diamond
Chicago: Wonderful Town (Jeff Award nomination; Goodman Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Jeff Award nomination; Paramount Theatre); Oslo (Jeff Award nomination. Chicago premiere, TimeLine Theatre); The Music Man; Ah, Wilderness! (Goodman Theatre); Road Show (Chicago premiere); Emma – A New Musical (world premiere), Red Velvet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane. Regional: Asolo Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, Utah Shakespeare Festival. Television: “Shining Girls” (Apple TV), “Chicago PD” (NBC). Bri holds an MFA in Acting from The University of Illinois and a degree in Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf.
Standby for Ellie Greenwich, Jaye Posner, Marcia, and Rose Diamond
Jessie Austrian is a multi-hyphenate theater maker, educator, and parent. She is a co-founder and co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater, an ensemble company based in New York City. Broadway: The Importance of Being Earnest, Lend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, Cymbeline, Into the Woods, Measure for Measure, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Marriage of Bette and Boo. London: Into The Woods (Fiasco/Menier Chocolate Factory). Regional: Commonwealth Shakespeare, Trinity Repertory, the Guthrie, Actors Theater of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, Folger Theater, McCarter Theater, Old Globe. As a director: Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood, Playmakers Rep; Two Gentleman of Verona, Folger and Theater for a New Audience; The Imaginary Invalid, Old Globe; Imogen Says Nothing, Fiasco Without A Net. Television and film: Mistress America, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Made in Jersey.” Adjunct faculty at NYU Gallatin. BA & MFA Brown University. Proudest roles: partner to Noah and mom to Asher and Tabitha.
Standby Neil Diamond – Now
Neal Benari feels it’s kismet to be in this show. Like Neil Diamond, he is a “Neil,” born in Brooklyn, attended Erasmus Hall HS, and NYU! Recent credits: Jersey Boys (Ogunquit Playhouse), Oslo (Pioneer Theater), and Grand Hotel. Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Aida, Victor/Victoria, The Merchant of Venice, Chess, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Roza, and The First. National Tours: Aida (Zoser), The Sound of Music (Captain von Trapp), Les Misérables (Thenardier), and Annie. Regional: Lend Me a Tenor (Tito), Man of La Mancha (Don Quixote), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), Ragtime (Tateh), and My Fair Lady (Higgins). He co-starred as Boris Thomashefsky in Michael Tilson Thomas’s The Thomashefskys, appearing with the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston symphonies. Film and television: “The Equalizer,” “Law & Order,” “The Sopranos,” “And the Band Played On,” Sea of Love. Thanks to DGRW.
Broadway: Orpheus in Hadestown, Tony in West Side Story directed by Ivo Van Hove. Select Regional: Austen’s Pride, Into The Woods (ACT of Connecticut), The Wanderer (Papermill Playhouse), Cabaret, Gypsy (Arden Theatre Co.), The Color Purple (Theatre Horizon). Much love to his incredible family and Dave at Creative Talent Company! @jordandobson_
Ninako Donville is humbled to make her professional debut alongside this incredible cast and team. After moving to New York earlier this year from Los Angeles, she participated in the NYC workshop for Hi, My Name Is Ben. A 2020 Indiana University BFA graduate, she won the first-place title in the National Society of Arts and Letters musical theater competition that year. Recent credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Ordinary Days (Deb), and Pippin (Catherine). Infinite gratitude for my family, friends, professors, and Michele and Lisa at Eris Talent! @nina.donville.
Broadway: Company (understudy Bobbie, Sarah, Jenny, Susan), Miss Saigon (understudy Ellen), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cinderella), Bullets Over Broadway (understudy Ellen), How To Succeed In Business (Hedy La Rue). National Tours: R&H’s Cinderella (Cinderella), A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Women (Jo), Aida. NY: Mack and Mabel (City Center), A Taste of Things To Come (Joan; York Theatre). Regional premieres: The Heart Of Rock and Roll (Paige; Old Globe), From Here To Eternity (Lorene; The Rev), Honeymoon In Vegas (Papermill), Robin and the Seven Hoods (Old Globe), Chess (Kennedy Center). Other regional: Holiday Inn (Lila; Papermill), Seven Brides (Milly; Sacramento), Nice Work (Eileen; Sacramento), Cabaret (Sally; The Rev). Frequent soloist with New American Pops and New Jersey Festival Orchestra and founding teacher with Little Apple Arts (New Jersey). Love to my army, but especially, Hank. @paigefaure.
Standby Neil Diamond – Then
Nick Fradiani is so excited to be a part of this amazing story and continue his journey into musical theater. Fradiani was the 2015 winner of “American Idol,” and released his debut solo project, Hurricane on Big Machine / Universal Records) in 2016, featuring the hit single “Beautiful Life.” Since 2017, he has toured the country and independently released multiple singles including “I’ll Wait For You,” “Scared,” “Never Gonna,” and “Empire.” National tours: A Bronx Tale (Lorenzo.) Love and thanks to my friends and family, especially my Mom and Dad for taking me to my first concert at 3 years old…to see Neil Diamond!
Kalonjee Gallimore is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch. He is ecstatic to be joining the company of A Beautiful Noise. He wants to thank the brilliant creative team, the good peeps at Jim Carnahan Casting, and his fearless reps at Boals, Winnets, & Associates! He hopes you know how much you are loved and thanks you for watching live theatre. Off-Broadway: Common Ground (Actors Temple); Regional: Punk Rock Girl (Argyle Theatre); Rock of Ages, Chicago (Theatre Aspen); Cabaret, Mama Mia (Surflight Theatre); South Pacific, All Shook Up (Flat Rock Playhouse); A Brief History of Fire (Alliance Theatre); Dog Sees God (Out Front Theatre); In The Heights (RISPA Theatrical). Educational: Spring Awakening, Pippin, Promenade, To Pimp A Butterfly, An Experiment, The Prophet, Love Is the Message, (NYU). @Kalon.jee, kalonjee.com. BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Samantha Gershman is incredibly grateful to join the family of A Beautiful Noise. Neil Diamond’s music has always held a very special place in Sam’s heart and she couldn’t be more thankful to help share his story. She most recently was seen playing Mary Delgado in the national tour of Jersey Boys and before that, became a Helen Hayes Award winner for her work as Diana Morales in Signature Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line! National Tour: Jekyll & Hyde (understudy Lucy). Off-Broadway & New York: Bells Are Ringing (Gwynne), Okay! (Phillippa). Regional: A Chorus Line! (Diana at TUTS), The Who’s Tommy (Kennedy Center), Cinderella (MUNY), Evita (St. Louis Rep. understudy Eva Peron), Riverside Theatre: Evita (Eva Peron U/S) & West Side Story (Rosalia). Endless gratitude for her rocks of support at DGRW, Carnahan Casting and the entire creative team at ABN. Unconditional love and appreciation for her mom, her brother Blake, her Uncle Arn and as always, dedicated to her dad. “I am, I said.”
Alex Hairston is a North Carolina native who grew up working in film and television as a child. After receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre, she performed in various productions on cruise ships and at regional theaters. Favorites include West Side Story at North Shore Music Theatre, Hairspray at Flat Rock Playhouse, and Priscilla on NCL. Touring productions include the title role of Disco Donna in the First National Tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, for which earned a Black Theatre Alliance nomination; and the role of Florence Ballard/Suzanne De Passe in Motown the Musical. Broadway credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Janelle Woods), and Diana the Musical (swing, understudy Camilla). Hairston’s most recent projects include The Tap Dance Kid (principal standby) at New York City Center and Cara in season two of “That Damn Michael Che” on HBO Max. Endless thanks to my family, J, and the best at CGF! @alex_asusual.
New York workshops: I Know Where I’m Going (LCT, Scott Ellis), ¡Americano! (Amas/Quixote), Ten Brave Second (Asylum NYC). Some favorite regional productions: Proxy Marriage (Goodspeed, Adam Gwon, Igor Goldin), A Chorus Line (IRNE nomination). BFA Boston Conservatory. Proud NorCal transplant. Unbelievably stoked to be back in The Bean! Much love to the DGRW fam! @this.guy.makai.wo
Broadway: Carousel; Hello, Dolly!; Cats (Mungojerrie); On the Town; Newsies (OBC); Bye Bye Birdie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Boy From Oz. National Tour: Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker); Radio City Christmas Spectacular. World premieres: The Wanderer, A Bronx Tale (Papermill Playhouse), In Your Arms (Old Globe), American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (Joyce Theatre), Freddie Falls in Love (Signature Theatre). Film and television: Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (A-Rab), “So You Think You Can Dance” (season eight /Top Eight Finalist), The Nightfly (directorial debut), Isn’t It Romantic, “Smash,” Law & Order: SVU,” “One Life to Live,” and MTV’s “Video Music Aaward.” Pace University BFA, Musical Theatre. A special thanks to my family and to Bloc NYC. @jleprotto_offiicial
Tatiana Lofton is a New York City-based performer and Delaware native. Off-Broadway: Little Shop Of Horrors (Ronnette). National Tour: Once On This Island (Storyteller, understudy Asaka), Waitress (Nurse Norma, understudy Becky). Regional: The Wiz, Beauty and the Beast, and Merry Wives of Windsor at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. New York performances: Lincoln Center Theater, the Apollo Theater, Joe’s Pub, and 54 Below. Thanks God, Buchwald, and Jim Carnahan Casting. Pace University MT Alum. Love to my brother CJ and parents. For my grandparents and Ms. Sheraun. Instagram: @tatianalofton.
Aaron James McKenzie
Aaron James McKenzie is grateful to be back with this company and thrilled to be making his Boston debut accompanied by this beautiful company of creatives! He was seen previously in Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of Choir Boy, and on CBS’s “Bull.” He would like to give love to his support system, Link, DGRW, and this company for helping get to where he is. He loves you all dearly!
BM Music Theatre-Florida State University. IG: @aaron.j.mckenzie
Mary Page Nance
Original Broadway cast: Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812 and Finding Neverland (also at ART). First national tour: Bright Star. Off-Broadway: Black No More (The New Group), Encores!, When Change Comes, the York Theatre. Television and film includes: Dick Johnson is Dead (Netflix), “The Tony Awards,” “Broadway at the White House.” Development: A Beautiful Noise, Lempicka, Soft Power, JOY, among others. Nance also works as a director and choreographer, her most recent work We Came to Dance (collaboration with Food Tank/NASA) was seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She also produces Broadway talent for private events with her production company: Monocle Productions (monoclenyc.com, @monoclenyc) and used the pandemic to build her paper goods business: a page of mary (apageofmary.com,@apageofmary). Thank you to Eddie and my all-lady team: Ellery and Rochel, to this dream of a creative team for continuing to trust and value me in this process, and to Johnny, always. marypagenance.com, @marypagenance.
Broadway: Kinky Boots original cast (swing, understudy Richard Bailey), Miss Saigon revival (ensemble, understudy Asst. Commisar), Wicked (ensemble, understudy Boq). National tour credits: Wicked (swing, understudy Boq), Mamma Mia (Pepper), Miss Saigon revival (ensemble). Regional credits: Swept Away (swing), Kinky Boots (Referee Angel), The Heart of Rock & Roll (ensemble, understudy Fjord, understudy Eli), Flower Drum Song (ensemble), Aida (ensemble), Mame (ensemble), My Fair Lady (ensemble). Thanks goes to his husband Brian and family; Nati, Mauro and Mario for all of their love and support. And to the entire Whole Artist Management team for making this happen. Follow Robert on all social platforms @robertpendilla and robertpendilla.com.
Max Sangerman is an Indiana native, residing in Queens, New York. Off Broadway: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Blue Man Group (Blue Man). Other credits: Footloose (Kennedy Center), Airness (Geva Theatre), BEAU (ATF), The 12 (Denver Center), Rocky Horror, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Bucks County Playhouse). Film: BEAU, Lights on the Radio Tower. BFA Musical Theatre Emerson College. Much love and eternal gratitude to DGRW, his family, friends, and his dog Leo.
MiMi Scardulla is an actor, director, and choreographer in New York city. Most recently she was Belinda in Once Upon a One More Time, the Britney Spears musical. Other favorite credits include Kristin Chenoweth’s For the Girls, We Are the Tigers, Heart of Rock and Roll, and Gigantic. MiMi is a proud size inclusivity advocate. Big is beautiful! Love to DDO, my incredible family, and Ms. Rose. Follow her @mimiscardulla
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Jim Carnahan, CSA