Matt Merchant made the trek to L.A. from Leonardtown, MD searching for enough acting work to pay the rent. He has been seen on L.A. stages mainly as villains originating roles in Empire the musical and Garry Marshall's Happy Days the Musical with music by Paul Williams. From time to time you can see him on General Hospital and if you have kids, you can see him performing at Disneyland Parks.
Lea recently starred as Eponine in Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl and will soon star on the new Fox TV show Glee. Broadway credits include Spring Awakening (Wendla; 2007 Drama Desk Award Nomination - Outstanding Actress in a Musical), Fiddler on the Roof (Shprintze, Chava), Ragtime (Little Girl), and Les Misérables (Young Cosette). Off Broadway she has been seen in Hot and Sweet (Naleen) and Spring Awakening (Wendla), and her regional credits include The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne) at Round House Theater and Ragtime (Little Girl) at Toronto’s Ford Center. Her workshops include Nero (Octavia), Samson and Delilah (Delilah), Gypsy King (Anisette), Spring Awakening (Wendla), and Wuthering Heights (Lucy). In concert she has done Alive in the World (Phoebe) benefiting the Twin Tower Orphan Fund. She has an upcoming film, Holy Rollers, and her TV credits include The Big Ten, Third Watch, and Guiding Light. Her solo performances include Once Upon A Dream (Feinstein’s at Loews Regency) and Upright Cabaret.
Patina Miller is a graduate of Carneige Mellon University's school of Drama. West End: Sister Act, Off-Broadway: Hair, Romantic Poetry
Katy Mixon grew up in Pensacola, Florida. She attended Carnegie Mellon University's prestigious School Of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to Los Angeles in 2003. Since her move she has appeared in the films All About Steve, Finding Amanda, East Bound and Down, Blind Dating, The Quiet and Zombie Prom. This young starlet just wrapped her fourth feature film in less than a year acting alongside the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Russell Crow, Sandra Bullock, and Vince Vaughn just to name a few. In Fall of 2008 she will begin filming the highly anticipated Will Ferrell produced series for HBO.
Murney's Off-Broadway theatrical credits include originating the role of 'Queenie' in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party at the Manhattan Theatre Club, opposite Brian d'Arcy James, Idina Menzel, and Taye Diggs, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She was also seen in The Vagina Monologues, Crimes of the Heart, A Class Act, Time and Again, and First Lady Suite. She appeared in a musical version of the film Saved at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre, which had previews starting from May 9, and an opening on June 3, 2008. In August 2008, Murney portrayed the title role of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita at Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento. Murney made her debut on Broadway in 2005, in the short-lived musical Lennon. She was also seen in the Actors' Fund benefit concerts of Funny Girl, Chess, Hair, and the World AIDS Day Benefit Concert Pippin. She has also been featured on television in Sex and the City, Ed, NYPD Blue, and various episodes of Law & Order. Murney starred as Elphaba in the national touring company of the musical Wicked. She replaced Stephanie J. Block on March 8, 2006 and left the National Tour on September 3, 2006 replaced by Shoshana Bean. In that role, she won an Acclaim Award from the Cincinnati Enquirer for leading performer in a musical. She recently reprised her role as Elphaba in the Broadway production replacing Ana Gasteyer and ended her 8-month run on October 7, 2007, where she was replaced by Stephanie J. Block. Her debut solo album, I'm Not Waiting, was released in May 2006 on the Sh-K-Boom Records label. The album's title song was written especially for her by Andrew Lippa, with whom she has a strong artistic relationship. Murney also sings a jazz acoustic version of the song "I'm Not That Girl" from Wicked. She can also be heard on the original cast albums of The Wild Party and A Class Act, and the Actors' Fund recording of Hair.
Jennifer Naimo was last seen on Broadway as Frankie Valli’s wife, Mary Delgado, in the TONY award winning musical Jersey Boys. Jennifer originated the role at LaJolla Playhouse, and can be heard on the Grammy gone gold winning CD of the score. She just finished performing in the Hollywood Bowl production of Les Miserables. She played Eponine in the very 1st National Production and on Broadway. She also played Frenchy in Grease on Broadway and the Tour. And played Georgie Bukatinsky in The Full Monty at the Ahmanson , and the Kodak Theatre as well as on the road. She was in the 1rst Nat’l Tour of Big River, Bunny Bunny in NY, SUDS at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Fiddler on the Roof at The Muny, and 2 Seasons at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival featured nightly in the cabaret. Last year, Jennifer made her Cabaret debut both at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and The Triad, selling out each performance. On TV she has appeared on and Emmy award nominated episode of Scrubs, just shot an episode of NIP/TUCK and an episode of Strong Medicine. She also has a series of Children’s Videos .Jennifer is a grad of the NYU Graduate Acting Program and happily married to Tim. www.jennifernaimo.com
BECKI NEWTON can currently be seen each week on the ABC's hit series Ugly Betty. A native of Guilford, Connecticut, Becki grew up performing in plays and musical theater. After studying in Europe and South America, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in European History. She then moved to New York City, where she hosted a celebrity interview show on TBS entitled "Movie Junky". Newton has guest starred on such series as "Charmed," "Law & Order: SVU," "Cold Case", "American Dreams," "The Men's Room" and "The Commuters".
Leslie Odom Jr.
Leslie Odom, Jr. is an original member of the Upright Cabaret who recently starred in Being Alive, the all black Sondheim project directed by Billy Porter. His television credits include guest and recurring roles on CSI Miami, Gilmore Girls, Threshold, Big Day, Vanished and The Big House. West coast theater credits include Jersey Boys (La Jolla Playhouse), Applause (Reprise), and Sondheim's 75th at the Hollywood Bowl. Odom made his Broadway debut in Rent before attending Carnegie Mellon University's prestigious school of Drama.
Jason Paige is an artist / renaissance man. Jason shared the stage with Michael Jackson for his 30th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. He has performed with Enrique Iglesias on tour, television and can be heard on Enriques cd "7" and Meatloafs up and coming Bat Outt'a Hell 3 and Frankie Valli's next release. He performed with Liza Minelli, in Liza's Back at Town Hall, Ashanti at the Grammy Awards, Ray Charles, Luther Vandross, Mark Anthony, Ricky Martin, Usher and Patti LaBelle, and Aerosmith to name a few. He toured Europe and the USA with Oleta Adams. Jason sings 100 + jingles every year. His clients include Mountain Dew, Subway, Bounty and the theme to the cartoon phenomenon Pokemon which was a #1 Billboard children's single. As a writer/producer, a.k.a. "Headless", he worked with Billboards # 1 Charting Dance Artist Becky Baeling, Wicked Broadway sensation Shoshanna Bean, Michael Weaver in "The New Black", and other NYC and LA based artists. Theatrically Jason produced and starred in Orchestre Surreal's "Concerto For the Committed" at the Ford Amphitheatre and fronted their 46th Annual L.A. Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Theatre He opened the Premier of Funny Business at the Coronet theatre in L.A. to rave reviews. He was in the 25th anniversary National tour of Hair. He starred as Jesus in Steven Schwart's Godspell at the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. and Judas in Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar at Cherry County Playhouse. Jason has been in many Broadway and Off Broadway workshops. He is a member of Michael McElroy's renowned Broadway Inspirational Voices. Jasonpaige@gmail.com mad vocal reel available at www.myspace.com/headlessjason and www.headless.biz.
Hunter Parrish has appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening Television credits include Weeds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Close to Home, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Summerland. He has also appeared in the films Freedom Writers (2007), Sleepover (2004), and RV (2006).