ICON

Book by Sebastian Michael; Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Kaldor

ICON

at The Duke  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm

The Princess. Her lover. And a story that could not be told.

1928. The world is enthralled as American debutante, Constance Nielsen, marries into one of Europe’s ancient Royal Families. But when an impassioned affair with her music teacher sparks uproar, news of her tragic death turns her from living legend into timeless icon. 40 years later, a young man in search of his grandfather's past finds more than he's bargained for…

 

Running time: 2 hours.

Jonathan Kaldor

Jonathan Kaldor (Music & Lyrics)

As composer-lyricist, Jonathan’s first two musicals were funded by The Arts Council of England. His lavish fantasy, Professor Utopia, was staged at the London Palladium at the Vivian Ellis Gala and won the Mercury Development Prize. ICON, starring Susannah York, was presented at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, as part of The Works Series of New Musicals, and then went on to a full production at the Landor Theatre. Jonathan’s scores for Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant and for EarthDances were published as audio books for Happy Feet Stories, and his collection of orchestral pieces, including Parade of the Inanimate Objects, has been widely used for television in Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Israel, Taiwan and South Africa. Originally trained as baritone, Jonathan most recently sang with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in the new recording of Yves Dessca's The Count of Monte Cristo, playing Faria, a role he then sang in the subsequent staging at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. jonathankaldor.com



Sebastian Michael

Sebastian Michael (Book)

Sebastian has written several stage plays, among them The Power of Love, Love Hurts and Time After Time, which together now form the Love Trilogy, and each of which individually reached the shortlist, long list and final ten respectively of the Verity Bargate Award (UK) in separate years. His plays Elder Latimer is in Love and Top Story were staged in London at Arcola Theatre and The Old Vic Tunnels, and his latest play, Baur au Lac, is currently in development with Park Theatre London. Other plays of Sebastian’s have been performed on the London and Edinburgh Fringe.

Sebastian has written and directed two short films, and his debut feature, The Hour of Living, was nominated for the Basel Film Prize (Switzerland) in 2012, with festival screenings in New York, Italy and Australia. Sebastian has also written a novel, Angel, and most recently became a contributing author to A Quantum City (Eds. Hovestadt/Bühlmann, ETH Zürich; Birkhäuser, 2015). His current experimental online project is EDEN by FREI – ‘a concept narrative in the here & now about the where, the wherefore and forever.’ ICON is Sebastian’s second musical collaboration, following Monstersound, for which he wrote the book and lyrics, with music by David Klein, Nicky Reiss and Olivier Truan. sebastianmichael.com @optimistlondon



Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals (General Manager)

A boutique producing and general management partnership founded by Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne. As producers, Waitress on Broadway (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations). As general managers, Mother Jones And The Childrens Crusade (NYMF 2014 Best of Fest Runner Up) & The Calico Buffalo (NYMF 2015 Best of Fest), Screenwriter Dies of His Own Free Will (Davenport Theatre Black Box). Thrilled to be back at NYMF this summer with Breaking The Moon, Cookies, and Icon. Proud graduates of The Boston Conservatory. www.SimpsonLongthorneTheatricals.com.



Paul Stancato

Paul Stancato (Director)

Paul Stancato is a creative show director and choreographer who works in theatre, film and television.

He recently directed and choreographed the 2015-'16 National Tour of Flashdance the Musical, as well as the world premier of The Cobalteans- which earned 7 Nominations for the 2015 New York Musical Theater Festival including Best Direction.

He directed and choreographed the 2014-'15 National Tour of Jekyll and Hyde.

From 2012-2014, Stancato served as the Artistic Director for Franco Dragone's, The House of Dancing Water in Macau, China. He was the Resident Director for the National Tour of Disney's The Lion King,
2006 -2010 (2008 Helen Hayes nomination for Best Touring Musical). He directed the First National Tour of The Wedding Singer and was also Assistant Choreographer for the Broadway production (Tony nomination for Best Musical and Best Choreography).

Select directing/choreographing credits include: Long Days Journey Into Night (Palm Beach Drama Works, FL), Powerhouse (Sinking Ship Productions, NYC), Plaid Tidings (Flatrock Playhouse), Hairspray and Sound of Music (John W. Engeman Theater, NY), Trav’lin the Musical (NYMF Festival Best Ensemble Honorable Mention), Greenwood (NYMF starring Andrea McArdle), Crazy For You, Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Heart Rising (World Premier), Einstein’s Dreams (Best Direction Award New York Fringe Festival), Dystopia Gardens (NY Fringe Festival). He conceived and co-wrote ROCKSHOW, an interactive performance piece which ran Off-Broadway.

Performance credits include, Blue Man Group (Blue Man) and De La Guarda (original New York cast member/Captain).

Awards/ Fellowships: Mike Okrent Fellow (nominee), Society of Directors Observer Fellow (award), University of Florida Outstanding Alumnus Award,
Drama League member and a Lincoln Center Director's Lab member.

Paul is currently developing a new musical for Broadway based on the life and times of 80's art star, Jean Michel Basquiat as well as brand new spectacle show for Universal Studios Beijing, which will premier in 2020.



Jesse Warkentin

Jesse Warkentin (Musical Director)

is a Kansas-born music director and pianist. He has worked on the national tours of Cinderella and Wicked, Royal Caribbean’s Mamma Mia, and eleven summers with Music Theatre Wichita bringing to life regional premiers such as Mary Poppins and Catch Me If You Can. Jesse has also appeared as piano soloist with Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue”.


Dana Iannuzzi (Assistant Director)

Dana Iannuzzi is a New York based Actor/Director who is thrilled to be working with NYMF again, and for the opportunity assist her mentor Paul Stancato. Directing Credits include: Flashdance 2nd National Tour – Associate Dir., Fishbowl Collectives' Sink or Swim (Vol. 1 & 2) - Dir., The Cobalteans (NYMF) - Associate Dir., Divided - Associate Dir., Basquiat - Associate Dir. TV/Film Credits: The Border (Columbia Grad Film), The Leftovers (HBO), Guiding Light (CBS) Theatre Credits: The Buddy Holly Story, Horseplay, Roofless: A Hip-Hop Fable, Skippyjon Jones, The Deciders, The Vagina Monologues.


Lily Perlmutter (Stage Manager)

NYMF: Mother Jones and the Children’s Crusade, Castle Walk, Gatsby, The Great Unknown. Other NYC Credits: The Way West, Empanada Loca, Nice Girl, A Family for All Occasions, Thinner Than Water (Labyrinth), The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Westside Theatre), Billy & Ray, Gloria (Vineyard), Buyer & Cellar (Barrow Street), The Apple Family Plays, Richard III, Agony/Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Measure for Measure, Hair (The Public), Signature, Soho Rep, Civilians, Foundry, Playwrights Realm, Broadway Bares, FringeNYC.



Paul Siebold (Press Representative)

Paul Siebold (press representative) is the managing director of OFF OFF PR, a firm dedicated to publicizing developing theatrical productions. A marketing, promotions and public relations executive for over 20 years, Paul has helped to achieve significant pre-production press, reviews and post-production success for his clients. Paul has publicized NYIT Award-winning productions and winners of FringeNYC & NYMF Awards for Excellence. He represents a variety of theatrical genres. www.offoffpr.com



Kevan Loney (Projection Design)

Select recent productions: Show Boat (CITI Shubert Theatre), The Nina Variations, The Wiz, Antony and Cleopatra (CMU), Gertrude Stein SAINTS! (Abrons Arts Center), Pete ’N’ Keely, Mack and Mabel (Stages Repertory Theatre), Altar Boyz (Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret), Chang(e), This Tree (HERE Arts Center), Augmented Reality consultant for The Builders Association’s Elements of Oz (Peak Performances). Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (M.F.A). www.KevanLoney.com


Isabella Byrd (Lighting Design)

is a Brooklyn based Lighting Designer working in theatre, opera, and experimental installation. Selected: We Remain Prepared (ARTBARN/Satori), For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday (Berkeley Rep/Humana Fest), Associate design for The Flick (The National Theatre, London), Pirates of Penzance (Amarillo Opera), Queen for a Day (St. Clements). Contributing editor at Chance Magazine. 


Colin Anderson

Colin Anderson (Dr. Haitzinger/Ensemble)

NYMF Debut! New York: Sweeney Todd Live at Lincoln Center (New York Philharmonic). National Tour: Book of Mormon 2nd National Tour. Regional: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Most Happy Fella (Tulsa Opera), Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, Hairspray (Crown Uptown Theatre). Thanks to my family, friends, teachers, the entire ICON team, Michael Cassara, mkb, Leading Artists & my Water Pig.


Leslie Becker

Leslie Becker (Grand Duchess Cesara)

Broadway/National Tours: AMAZING GRACE, ANYTHING GOES, BONNIE & CLYDE, NINE, WICKED, CINDERELLA, SHOW BOAT and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Starring roles in more than 50 regional productions including Mother in RAGTIME, Mrs. Wilkinson in BILLY ELLIOT, Dolly in HELLO, DOLLY, Anna in THE KING AND I, Dorothy in 42ND STREET and many more. As a pop recording artist, her debut single SLOW BURN hit #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC charts this year. Also a lyricist/librettist, her new musical A PROPER PLACE will get its World Premiere production in March 2017. www.LeslieBecker.com


Patrick Connaghan

Patrick Connaghan (François/Ensemble)

Hailing from Astoria, Queens, Patrick is legitimately excited to be riding the subway into work for his NYMF debut in ICON! Regional houses: Florida Studio Theatre, Farmer's Alley Theatre, Mason Street Warehouse. (Much longer commute, airport required.) Favorite credits: Hairspray, Light... Piazza, Life Could Be A Dream, Sweet Charity, RENT, Chicago. BFA @ WMU. Endless thanks to Mom, Dad, Sherri, Ray and my support system. Love to TKO for always heading in the right direction.


Chase Crandell

Chase Crandell (Marcello)

is thrilled to be making his NYMF Debut with this fantastic show. Chase was recently in Crossing Swords at The American Theatre Group, and The Good Swimmer at The Prototype Festival Downtown. He has also been in regional productions in Georgia including Camelot and Hello Dolly, both at GA Ensemble Theatre. Chase is the proud owner of Fractal Productions and looks to push his career as far as he can. Thanks to the whole team of ICON. 


Chloe Holgate

Chloe Holgate (Véronique/ Ensemble)

NYMF debut! Recent credits include Anne Egerman in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Theater2020) and Second Soprano in MASTER CLASS (CPI). As a choral singer and soloist, Chloe has performed at Marble Collegiate Church, Bard Music Festival and Carnegie Hall. A member of the vocal quintet, PING, Chloe has produced sold-out concerts around the Northeast. Proud graduate of CMU School of Music! Thank you to the team of ICON and Michael Cassara Casting. Love to my incredible family. 


Donna McKechnie

Donna McKechnie (Miss Vine)

Donna McKechnie, who received a Best Actress Tony Award for her performance in A CHORUS LINE, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies, having starred in numerous musical theatrical productions in London's West End, Paris and Tokyo. 

She opened her new musical show, SAME PLACE: ANOTHER TIME, at New York’s celebrated 54 BELOW last year and a recording of that show was produced by Jay Records was just released. 

She is one of the stars in 4GIRLS4, a new concert series with Andrea McArdle , Faith Prince and Maureen McGovern. 

Last summer, Donna was featured in Chris Gatelli's highly acclaimed IN YOUR ARMS at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre with a score by Stephen Flaherty.
Besides A CHORUS LINE, Ms. McKechnie’s Broadway credits include HOW TO SUCCEED…., THE EDUCATION OF HYMAN KAPLAN, SONDHEIM-A MUSICAL TRIBUTE,(which she also choreographed),ON THE TOWN, PROMISES-PROMISES, COMPANY, STATE FAIR.(Fred Astaire Award), and John Doyle's production of THE VISIT.  

Besides her extensive work performing in concert and with symphony orchestras all over this country, Donna has starred in numerous regional plays and musicals, including FOLLIES, MACK AND MABEL, GYPSY, ...LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, THE GLASS MENAGERIE and THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES.

Bob Fosse invited Donna to play the lead in his last production, a National tour of SWEET CHARITY, for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.
She has appeared in numerous television dramatic series and musical shows including HBO Specials, Hullabaloo, the Tonight Show, Fame, Cheers, and Dark Shadows. She choreographed GUYS AND DOLLS at the Hollywood Bowl a few seasons ago, and recently choreographed Leslie Caron in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS at the Laguna Playhouse.

Ms. McKechnie’s memoir, TIME STEPS- My Musical Comedy Life, was published by Simon and Schuster. 

She was also featured in the films, THE LITTLE PRINCE and EVERY LITTLE STEP.



Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte Maltby (Princess Constance)

NYMF Debut! Select theater credits include: STARTING HERE STARTING NOW (York Theatre), EMPIRE (La Mirada Theater), THE SECRET GARDEN (Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore Centerstage), HAIRSPRAY (The Muny), LES MISERABLES (The Muny). Film credits include: Ithaca (Dir. Meg Ryan), AWOL (Dir. Deb Shoval), The Last Five Years (Dir. Richard Lagravenese), People People (Dir. Elizabeth Logan), Work It, Honey (Dir. Denny Lawrence). Television credits: Aquarius (Dir. David Duchovny/NBC). Proud University of Michigan 2015 Graduate (Go blue!). Instagram/Twitter: @cmalts


Ben McHugh

Ben McHugh (Crown Prince Cedric)

Broadway: Mamma Mia! Off B'way: Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, 50 Shades Of F****D Up, Tokio Confidential. Tour: Hairspray, The Producers, Grease. Regional: King Lear, Barefoot In The Park, No Sex Please… We’re British!, Secret Garden, Jekyll & Hyde, Titanic. Love to my girls Liz and Maddie!  www.benmchugh.com


Kalia Medeiros

Kalia Medeiros (Mrs. Haitzinger/Ensemble)

Kalia Medeiros is excited to make her NYMF (and New York!) debut. Born and raised on O’ahu, Hawaii. Graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre, c/o 2016. Thank you to Ramen noodles and Instagram -- @gingerjuice. It’s lit, fam.


Erika Peterson

Erika Peterson (Caroline/Ensemble)

Erika is thrilled to help bring this beautiful story to life! A graduate of the University of Michigan and proud member of RANGE A Cappella, she has done projects for E! News Live From the Red Carpet, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, and Billboard. She was seen last season in NYMF's concert production of 'Where All the Rivers Go to Sleep'. Huge thanks to Mom, Dad and Hunter, DGRW, Michael Cassara Casting, and this rockstar cast and creative team!


Christopher Ramirez

Christopher Ramirez (Busker/Ensemble)

Regional credits include Barrington Stage: Man of La Mancha (Pedro), Pioneer Theater: The Count of Monte Cristo, Speakeasy Stage: In the Heights, and the New York reading of Empire. He is a recent graduate of the Boston Conservatory and studied at The William Esper Studio. Deepest of gratitude to Michael Cassara, the creative team, Jenne Nelson, and my loving family for just about everything. "Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside."


Casey Shane

Casey Shane (Rico)

NYMF Debut! Past theater credits: Grease (Sonny, NC Theater, Dir. Hunter Foster) His Girl Friday (Mike Endicott, Barring Stage Company, Dir. Julie Boyd,) Jack’s Back (Herbert Wingate, Dir. John Gould Rubin.) Brace Yourself (Andy at Irish Rep. Dir. Jim Naughton). Emerson College: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aggie/Watchdog Member), Merrily We Roll Along (Frank), and Parade (Young Soldier). Thanks to the whole Icon Team, and Michael Cassara. Thank you to my team at Abrams Artist. Above all, love to Mom, Dad, V and the UWS.


Sam Simahk

Sam Simahk (Alvaro)

Sam Simahk is thrilled to make his NYMF debut with such a wonderful show, and such a lovely team of people. Sam most recently performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, in The King and I. Other credits include: Huntington Theatre Company (A Little Night Music), Lyric Stage Co. (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Sondheim on Sondheim, and Spelling Bee), Speakeasy Stage Company (Big Fish), Starlight Theatre (Miss Saigon), Ocean State Theatre (The King and I), and the Ogunquit Playhouse (Miss Saigon). Born and raised in Ashburnham MA, Sam is a proud graduate of Emerson College and member of AEA.


Tony Sheldon

Tony Sheldon (Gualtieri)

A native of Australia where his many starring roles include MAN OF LA MANCHA, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, THE PRODUCERS, PRIVATE LIVES, I HATE HAMLET, NOISES OFF, INTO THE WOODS and TORCH SONG TRILOGY, Tony won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his Broadway debut as Bernadette in PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, a role he also played in Australia, New Zealand, London (Olivier nomination) and Toronto (Dora Award) for 1750 performances. In New York he played Julius Caesar in Charles Busch's CLEOPATRA (Theater For The New City) and appeared in THE BAND WAGON at City Center Encores!, ART & SCIENCE (Bridge Theatre), A CHARLES DICKENS CHRISTMAS (Urban Stages) SAINT JOAN, THE MILLIONAIRESS, HEARTBREAK HOUSE and THE APPLE CART (Project Shaw). Regionally, he has performed in THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT-THE SMELL OF THE CROWD, (Goodspeed Opera House), EMPIRE (La Mirada), AMELIE (Berkeley Rep.), EVER AFTER (Paper Mill), MY FAIR LADY (Guthrie Theatre), VICTOR/VICTORIA (Houston TUTS), CAMELOT (Kennedy Centre) and HELLO, DOLLY! (Goodspeed) for which he won the Connecticut Critics' Award.