Reactions: "It was really terrific! The sounds were really beautiful."
"That was fantastic! The cast was really good and we all enjoyed it."
"I absolutely loved 'Banjo Boys'! I found myself totally enthralled with the story. I loved the words to the songs.'Banjo Boys was sophisticated, yet tender and endearing to the heart."
Cast photo, joined by Patti Mariano and Randy Hobler
Randy Hobler with special guest Patti Mariano, from the original cast of "The Music Man".
Barbara Anselmi, the talented musical director for the November, 2006 reading of "Banjo Boys". A graduate of NYU and currently a member of the BMI Workshop and the Dramatists' Guild, she wrote "All Join Together" in the wake of 9/11, which ended up being the title song of a CD that raised over $30,000 for the NY Times 9/11 Fund.
Ryan Strand is thrilled to be a part of the "Banjo Boys" reading! He is a recent graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre where he was seen as Buddy in "Side Show" and Homer in "Floyd Collins" among others. He has worked regionally at the Little Theater on the Square in Illinois and is a proud member of Actor's Equity.
Theresa Finamore is a singer, actor, director, producer and writer. She's been seen performing on such NYC stages as La MaMa, HERE, MTC, Century Center, Bank Street and Abingdon. Recently she directed and produced "How To Go Out On A Date In Queens" at the Player's Theater. Currently she has her sights sest on publishing her children's book entitled "The Fantastically Fanciful, Full Of Fun Bedtime Book." Read her blog and listen to her recordings at www.theresafinamore.com.
Kenneth Cavett's New York credits include: "Take Me Along" and "Johnny Johnson" (York Theatre); "The Country Girl" (Trilogy Theatre); "Talking Pictures" (Signature Theatre Company). Regional credits: "Twelfth Night" (Princeton Rep); "Sweeney Todd" (CCSN Productions); "Evita" (Houston TTS); "The Hidden Sky" (Prince Music Theatre). He is currently in rehearsals for a new production of "Macbeth", playing Banquo, opening in January.
Elissa Goldstein holds a BFA in musical theater from CSUF. Favorite credits: Petra in "A Little Night Music", Yonah in "Children of Eden", Delee in "Smokey Joe's Café", Cordelia in "Falsettos", Marta in "Company", Joanne in "Godspell", Marty in "Grease" and Nellie in "Jekyll and Hyde". Elissa recorded the voice-over for Rizzo in Disney's "Grease on Ice", was the lead singer for the MGM Grand Hotel in Vegas and was a guest-featured soloist on NBC's "The Today Show".
Courtney Wagner just finished performing in her first opera entitled "Rain" at the Abington Theater. She also performed the role of Amy in "How To Go Out On A Date in Queens" at the Players Theater earlier this year. When not acting, Courtney spends her time photographing and writing. Her first screenplay, "Weeded", co-written with Nicole Whelan, won awards at both the Rhode Island and Century City film festivals.
Juson Williams is excited to be working on "Banjo Boys". Some credits include the Broadway concert of "Raisin" with an all-star cast; Broadway-bound "Stormy Weather" with Leslie Uggams, as well as "Juice" a pop opera in which he originates the role of O.J. Simpson. Juson toured nationally and internationally with "Smokey Joe's Café", starring Gladys Knight, "Five Guys Named Moe", with N'Sync, Gloria Estefan and Quincy Jones. To God be the Glory.
Allison Ford is a graduate of the CAP21 Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Regionally, her favorite roles include Diana in "A Chorus Line", and Sister Robert Anne in "Nunsense!" She has been seen in the movie "My Super Ex-Girlfriend", Discovery Channel's Sensing Murder and a recent episode of "Law & Order: SVU."
Christopher Lengerich most recently appeared onstage in the national tour of "The Will Rogers Follies" starring Larry Gatlin. Regionally, his favorite roles include Billy in "42nd Street" and Sparky in "Forever Plaid". He has been seen also at the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Theatre and Forestburgh Playhouse. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Music from Catholic University.
Brent Thiessen is thrilled to be making his New York City debut with "Banjo Boys". Originally from Canada, he was last seen in the world premier musical "Come Fly with Me". Other credits include "Forever Plaid", "Einstein's Gift", 'The Music Man" and "Into the Woods". A graduate of Sheridan College's Music Theatre Program, Brent is a proud member of Actors' Equity.
Paul Lane is excited to be a part of "Banjo Boys". Credits include, "But I'm a Cheerleader" (NYMF), "Hair", "Starlight Express" (National Tour), Evita (European Tour), "The Producers" (film). Thanks, Mom, Brian Leder Talent and CESD.
Michael Rosenthal has been acting professionally for the last five years. In that time, he has had principal roles in many commercials and industrial films. His television appearances include "Law & Order" and "The Chapelle Show". He appears in the feature film "Mona Lisa Smile" and had a featured role in the Indie "Taffie was Born". His stage appearances include "The Golem of Gavah" and the male lead in "Generations Apart". He has also appeared across the country as a bluegrass and folk music singer and guitarist. His writing credits include "The Twilight Zone".