March 2013 Workshop

(in alphabetical order)

Lisa Asher (Sandy) Most recently, Lisa appeared in Motherhood, The Musical.  Other theatrical credits include Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Drama Desk Nomination for Best Musical), Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Henry Award for Best Musical), Nunset Boulevard, I Married Wyatt Earp (world premiere), Almost Heaven, Songs and Stories of John Denver (world premiere) and New York Musical Theatre Festival: Austentatious, Heaven in Your Pocket. National tours: The Who's Tommy and Woody Guthrie’s American Song. Cast recordings: Almost Heaven and Woody Guthrie’s American Song.  Lisa is the recipient of a New York Nightlife Award, a MAC Award and a Back Stage Bistro Award for her work on the cabaret stages of NYC. She also has two solo recordings, Let The Mystery Be and Lisa Asher Live At The Duplex.


Jenny Ashman (Lindsey) Originally from Alaska, Jenny has performed in Los Angeles and New York since receiving her BFA from UCF Conservatory Theatre. She is thrilled to be joining the cast of Love in the Middle Ages! Past credits include: Sleep No More (Off-Broadway), Sweeney Todd (Ovation Award Nomination), Side by Side by Sondheim, Little Women the Musical, As You Like It, Carousel and A New Brain.


Rob Bartlett (Richard) is a comedian, actor and writer who gained widespread fame as a comedian on the radio and television show Imus in the Morning. Bartlett is also an accomplished stage actor. He made his Broadway debut in More to Love, which he wrote and starred in, with Dana Reeve and Joyce Van Patten. In 1999 he starred in Tabletop, for which he received a Drama Desk Award. His other roles include Amos Hart in Chicago and Herman in Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate. He originated the role of Mr. Mushnik in the Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors, and played Speed in the Nathan Lane/Matthew Broderick revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. In 2011, Bartlett was also in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying playing the roles of Twimble and Wally Womper.


Michael Givens (Michael) After a hiatus, Michael is getting back into the game with Love In The Middle Ages. This is Michael's second outing with ABCD Productions and he is thrilled to be jumping back into the deep end with this new musical. Michael's past credits include Crossroads and many NYC and regional productions. Michael has been featured in numerous voice-overs and commercials including Levi's, McDonalds, Karlsberg Beer and Domino’s.


David Rappaport (Dave) David 's NYC credits include Crossroads, Saddamn the Musical, Godspell and Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Regional credits include Songs for a New World, One Way Ticket to Hell (world premiere), Ragtime (Father and Houdini), Two by Two, The King and I, The Secret Garden, My Fair Lady, Bye, Bye Birdie, The Sound of Music and Mack & Mabel. David played Pontius Pilate in A/E Biography of Pontius Pilate, and was in Court TV’s Forensic Files, Comedy Central’s holiday commercial and principals in a number of independent films. Thanks and love to the A, B and C of ABCD Productions for helping D make this happen.





Natalie Toro (Nina) Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables and A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway: Zapata!, The Yellow Brick Road, Zombie Prom and The Audience. National Tours: In The Heights, Evita (Jeff Award nomination), Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats and West Side Story. Regional: Everything’s Ducky, The Fix, Frances of Guernica, Blood Brothers and Zorba. TV/Film: Elementary, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU and Santa Baby. Performances: Carnegie Hall, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Symphony Orchestras. CD:  Natalie Toro. New Christmas single/video, Just In Time For Christmas December 2012.


Lisa Shriver (Director) recently choreographed the Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Her other Broadway credits include Ring of Fire and The Story of My Life. She was also an assistant choreographer on 10 Broadway shows including: Oklahoma!, The Producers, Titanic and the 2002 production of Into the Woods. She directed and choreographed the premiere of Motherhood: the Musical in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida which has since seen 7 productions in other cities. In addition to her theatre work, Lisa has worked extensively in film. Her choreography credits include the Oscar winning film, A Beautiful Mind, the critically acclaimed HBO film Hysterical Blindness, starring Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis, and the motion-capture film A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey and directed by Robert Zemeckis. She was also the Assistant Choreographer on Zemeckis’ The Polar Express, Mixed Nuts (with Steve Martin) and the dance cult hit.  Lisa also had the privilege to choreograph Phish’s New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden for the 3rd year in a row.


David John Madore (Musical Director/Keyboard) recently worked on the Broadway workshop of All That Glitters (A Liberace Musical) as a pianist. Musical directing/accompanist credits: Prison Dancer (NYMF), Off-Broadway concert of Twilight: A Musical Parody (Featured on CNN/Entertainment Weekly), Sorvino Sings (with Paul Sorvino), Battlecry: the Musical by Paul Bogaev (directed by Gabriel Barre) and Cross That River (staged by Donna McKechnie) at the Kennedy Center/O’Neill/NYMF. Other music department credits include:  Seussical (Broadway), Man of La Mancha (Nat’l Tour, conducting Jack Jones), Dear World (with Jerry Herman), Red, Hot & Blue, On the Twentieth Century (Goodspeed), Sweet Charity (Barrington Stage), The Game (Barrington Stage) and Man of La Mancha, The Sound of Music, Smokey Joe’s Café (Music Circus).



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