Cast and Musicians
DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER
Dee Dee Bridgewater earned her first professional experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the seventies she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. Bridgewater released a series of acclaimed titles beginning with Keeping Tradition in 1993. All but one of them, including her wildly successful double Grammy Award-winning tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Dear Ella, have received Grammy nominations. She won a Tony Award® for her role as "Glinda, The Good Witch of the South" in The Wiz in 1975. Her other theatrical credits includeSophisticated Ladies, Black Ballad, Carmen and Lady Day (London) for which Bridgewater received the British Laurence Olivier Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She also became the first African-American actress to play the role of Sally Bowles inCabaret, a production staged at the Theatre Mogador in Paris. Bridgewater also hosts NPR's Award winning weekly syndicated show, "JazzSet", now in its second decade on the air; and her recordings are available worldwide as she continues to tour globally, performing to sold-out venues both domestically and internationally.
Book and Director
A seasoned writer and director, Stahl received his early training at The Hedgerow Theatre under Jasper Deeter and Rose Schulman, then moved to New York City and studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio. His production, directorial and industrial credits include numerous professional stage shows, award-winning films and a decade of writing, producing and directing the Philadelphia Music Awards. Mr. Stahl has directed, written for, produced and worked with Billy Joel, Bill Cosby, Patti LaBelle, Kathy Sledge, Sandy Duncan, Jason Bateman, Phyllis Hyman, Kitty Kallen, Hall & Oates, Grant Shaud, Julie Gold, Clint Holmes, Bobby Rydell, Divine, Peggy King, Teddy Pendergrass and many others. His Lady Day stage credits include productions featuring Ms. Bridgewater as well as Tonya Pinkins, Hattie Winston and Ann Duquesnay.
Thomas Gentile is an experienced businessman whose career has encompassed senior level corporate positions and entrepreneurial ventures. His professional career has spanned more than 30 years and he has run multiple organizations with domestic and international responsibility. He holds a Juris Doctorate(JD, Law), a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys (Tony Nomination), Chaplin, Grace, Rock Of Ages, Sondheim On Sondheim, …Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, The Two And Only. Off- Broadway: More than 50 shows including The Last Five Years, Toxic Avenger, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, Miss Julie, Roundabout, Public, MTC, 2nd Stage, Vineyard, MCC, Primary Stages, New Group, Pearl, American Place, Keen Company. Other Designs: The Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Ballet) Paradise Found(London), Reel to Real (Beijing) and 2 editions of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He received a 2007 OBIE Award.
PATRICIA A. HIBBERT
Patty's affiliation with Stephen Stahl began with Philly's Beat and continued with the Philadelphia and San Francisco productions of Lady Day. She has designed costumes for Ballets, Musicals and Children's Theater. In addition, she has designed over 40 operas at some of the country's leading companies including: Florida Grand, Glimmerglass, El Paso, Syracuse, Shreveport, Arizona and over 30 operas at McCarter Theater with Opera New Jersey. Favorite production designs include:Tosca, Carmen, Rigoletto, Little Shop, Sweeney Todd, Madama Butterfly, Barber of Seville, Faust, La traviata, Magic Flute, Eugene Onegin, Wonderful Life, La boheme, Don Pasquale, Don Giovani Charlotte's Web and her award-winning design forTurandot. Patty is grateful to her friends, family, colleagues during this wonderful journey of life.
RYAN J. O'GARA
Select credits: US Tour- The Little Prince, NY- Moses of Egypt, THE RIDE, Pinkolandia, Chix 6, Brazil Brazil, Knuckle Heads Zoo, Black Violin, Closer than Ever, Straight to Hell, Norma Doesmen plus Lincoln Center Festival, Sonnet Repertory and the Bristol Riverside Theatre. Dance: ABT, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, MOMIX, gloATL, Ballet Hispanico, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Luna Negra Dance Theatre. On Broadway- Associate Lighting Designer for: Christmas Story, Superstar, Magic/Bird, Succeed, Baby It's You, Long Story Short, Lombardi, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Cry Baby, Gypsy, In the Heights, Xanadu, LoveMusik and Avenue Q.
Recent designs: I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan (Theatre Row), Hot Mess in Manhattan (The Araca Project), I Am a Tree (St. Clement's), Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings (Carnegie Hall, Chicago, Walt Disney Concert Hall), Electra in a One-Piece (Good Company). Broadway associate designer: Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Performers, Magic/Bird, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (upcoming: First National Tour), Venus in Fur, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Lombardi, The Addams Family (Broadway, First National Tour, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Buenos Aires).
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Broadway (over 100 shows, including): Pippin; Once; Jersey Boys; Newsies; Rock of Ages; Elf; Recent Off Broadway: Far From Heaven; Nobody Loves You Musician (bass): Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Flanagan. His album Stage Door Johnny – John Miller: Takes on Broadway is available on PS Classics Records.
Thanks to Stephen Stahl for the privilege of working on this show about an extraordinary woman who was not afraid to live by her own rules. Billie Holiday found strength in hardship, light in darkness and unabashed joy in creating music that was a reflection of her life story. Please continue to support artists who inspire us.
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Broadway: End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway: Hit The Wall, Falling, Tribes, Our Town, The Toxic Avenger. Feature Film: My Man is a Loser, Premium Rush, Ghost Town, The Thomas Crown Affair, Die Hard III, School Ties. TV : "Twisted" (pilot), "Sesame Street," "Hack," "Californication"(Emmy nomination),"Chappelle's Show."
Production Stage Manager
Broadway Shows: Julius Caesar, Dracula The Musical, Hollywood Arms, The Rocky Horror Show, The Weir, Smokey Joe's Café, Once Upon A Mattress, Crazy For You, City Of Angels, Metamorphosis, Noises Off, Private Lives, Good, The Little Foxes, West Side Story, Shirley Bassey On Broadway, Wings, Hello, Dolly!, Lily Tomlin Appearing Nitely, The Merchant.
Assistant Stage Manager
Broadway: Moon For The Misbegotten, Awake and Sing!, Steel Magnolias, Blonde in the Thunderbird, Sly Fox. Off-Broadway: Golden Age (MTC), Falling (Minetta Lane), Our House (Playwrights Horizons), Speech & Debate (RTC).
Niko Companies has managed/produced numerous productions including the recent Tony Award-winning productions ofLiza's at the Palace, Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife. In addition to Lady Day, they will also be represented on Broadway this season with the final production of Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays.
With offices in New York and Palm Beach, Mr. Cromarty has represented some of New York's finest productions and performing artists, spanning Broadway and Off-Broadway to regional theater, dance, cabaret, and cultural institutions. Favorite productions include the Tony Award-winning production of Liza's at the Palace and Victor/Victoria starring Julie Andrews.
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