STEVE ALDERFER (George Goldner) technically is the boy from New York City. Raised in Manhattan by show bizparents, Steve attended Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts and studied at Marymount Manhattan College. To view Mr. Alderfer’s work,please visit: www.speedreels.com/talent/stevealderfer
GENO HENDERSON (Chuck Berry/Tommy Edwards, Male Ensemble) is a native of Los Angeles. Geno began playing guitar at the age of nine. As a guitarist, singer, songwriter he has toured, recorded and made television appearances with The Gap Band, Billy Preston, Sly Stone, The Pointer Sisters, Roberta Flack and others. As a scholarship recipient, Geno studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and in 2011 made his Broadway debut in Baby It’s You originating the roles of Jocko Henderson, Chuck Jackson, Ron Isley and Gene Chandler. At present, Geno is being featured in The Boy From New York City, the third installment of American Pop Anthology.
GREG DERELIAN (Morris Levy): Broadway: Metamorphoses directed by Mary Zimmerman. Off-Broadway: Oroonoko, Antony & Cleopatra, Oliver Twist (all 3 with Theatre For a New Audience); The Hairy Ape (Irish Rep), nominated for Drama League Award for Outstanding Performance; As You Like It, Henry V (Shakespeare in the Park, at the Delacorte); Othello (The Public Theatre); Down South (Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre);Cyrano de Bergerac (The Met); Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather (Player's Theatre); Big Trouble in Little Hazzard (SoHo Playhouse). Regional: Coriolanus and Twelfth Night (The Old Globe); Oliver Twist (American Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Rep); 10 seasons with Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (notably, Streetcar Named Desire, Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Othello, and The Tempest); The Blue Demon (The Huntington); Lover’s Leap (Fulton Opera House); The Birds (Yale Rep); also performed at The American Player's Theatre, The Elm Shakespeare Festival and The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film: The Umpire, The Pizza Boy, Blur of Insanity, Cinco De Mayo. TV: Parks and Recreation (NBC); Chuck (NBC); Order of the Serpentine (Spike TV); All My Children (ABC); Guiding Light (CBS); As The World Turns (CBS). Training: Yale School of Drama.
ERIC B. ANTHONY (Frankie Lymon/Male Ensemble) a native of Baltimore, Eric began performing professionally at age 14. He made his Broadway debut in THE LION KING and went on to the Broadway casts of HAIRSPRAY and MARY POPPINS, Scarecrow in THE WIZ (Broadway World Best Actor Award nomination), Young Jelly in JELLY’S LAS JAM, Seaweed in HAIRSPRAY, Donovan in SOMETHING HAPPENED and Asa in bonded. He gives all glory and honor to GOD for everything in his life. Stay in touch with Eric on Twitter:@EricBAnthony
TATIANA MAC (Mary Weiss/Female Ensemble) a San Diego native, Tatiana moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA's Ray Bolger Musical Theatre program where she appeared in an eclectic range of productions including CABARET, RENT and Bertolt Brecht's HAPPY END. and has had the pleasure of appearing at the Hollywood Bowl in HAIRSPRAY and blacked out several teeth for International City Theatre's production of THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM. Photos, details and updates can be found at misstatianamac.com.
JEAN KAUFFMAN (George’s mother/Reina’s mother) has played Gertrude in Hamlet, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown, Carmen in Curtains, Helene in Paul Rudnick’s The New Century, and Sara Jane Moore in the L.A. premiere of Assassins. She has toured with Cats, A Chorus Line, Beauty and the Beast, Hair, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and On the Twentieth Century. Jean was recently seen by L.A. audiences in Something of Silver, Tony Tanner’s musical adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, and as Madame Bathilde in Mark Twain’s Is He Dead? She started her career singing in rock bands, girl groups, and as a back-up singer for Perry Como. Jean has a BA in Theatre from UCLA and an MFA from Kent State University.
KURT ANDON (Understudy George’s Father/Artie’s Father) started on his acting career at the Neighborhood Playhouse under the supervision of Sandy Meisner. His first professional job was on The Guiding Light. He appeared in several films before moving to Los Angeles in 1975. Since moving to Los Angeles he has appeared in numerous television and feature films. He has known Floyd Mutrux since his arrival in California. Floyd has let him read many of his scripts years before they we produced. Kurt bumped into Floyd in a supermarket and in two minutes Floyd explained his vision for American Pop Anthology. In that two minutes, Kurt decided to help Floyd achieve his vision and has for the last seven years helped him get two productions to Broadway – Million Dollar Quartet and Baby It’s You, both running at the same time in 2011. The Boy From New York City is the first show in the American Pop catalog that he has the pleasure of acting in. Kurt is very excited for the chance to work with the terrific actors in this cast.
ALFRED JACKSON (Understudy Frankie Lymon)
PRESILAH NUNEZ (Understudy Reina, Female Ensemble)
LEXI LAWSON (Opposite Reina)
ARIELLE JACOBS (Reina until Oct. 14 returning Dec. 2) starred on Broadway as Nina Rosario in the four-time Tony & Grammy award winning musical, In the Heights. Other credits: National Touring companies of In The Heights (Nina) and High School Musical (Gabriella). Broadway workshops: MASK, GoGo Beach, It Shoulda Been You, 21. She played Julia in Shakespeare Theatre Company's Two Gentlemen of Verona: a Rock Opera. TV/film credits: Commander in Chief, Dance War; Water Lilies, Disney’s 365. She has sung onstage with Teena Marie, Stephen Schwartz, and the legendary Chaka Khan, and has also performed the National Anthem for the LA Kings, The Boston Celtics, and the Texas Rangers! Arielle founded The Girls Camaraderie Project, an organization that inspires connection, acceptance and community among middle-school girls worldwide. Starred in NYC in the one-person Off-Broadway show Farhad and the Secret of Being," by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz opening Nov 2012 and Arielle will be starring in the world-premiere production of The Boy From New York City workshopping winter 2014. For more info: www.ariellejacobs.com
CRYSTAL STARR KNIGHTON (Lavern Baker/Female Ensemble) began singing around her hometown of West Covina, CA in church. She landed her first professional gig at age sixteen singing background for pop sensation Jessica Simpson. In between classes at Santa Monica College where Crystal majored in music, she shared the stage with major artists, Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Kanye West, Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Heather Headley, Neyo, Nancy Wilson, John Legend, Babyface, Howard McCrary, Joss Stone and Smokey Robinson. She also appeared on the Fox hit American Idol. Crystal, being bilingual, recently toured as a featured vocalist with Latin superstars Joan Sebastian and Cristian Castro to audiences of sometimes 30,000. Not only has Crystal sung on stage with many legendary singers, she recently had the opportunity to open up a Tribute Concert for the amazing Stevie Wonder with headliners like Chaka Kahn, Eric Benet, Bobby Brown and Stevie Wonder at the Gibson Universal Amphitheater, singing his hit "Higher Ground" to an audience of 10,000. Crystal just returned from starring in the Broadway musical Baby it’s You. Crystal Starr is now planning her 2012/13 tour entitled Dimples "N" Curls with artist Kasi Jones. Her sophomore record is due out August 1st on itunes.
BRANDON WARDELL (Shadow Morton/Mike Stoller) is a 5-time Tony Award nominee, a 4-time Grammy Award nominee and proud member of the Recording Academy. He has performed and recorded all over the world in venues including: The Hollywood Bowl, The Merle Watson Festival, Radio City Music Hall, The Kennedy Center and Time Square New Year's Eve Celebration. Brandon is a film, theatre and album Producer with his company, Johnny Roscoe Productions, in addition to his acting and singing career. His Broadway producing credits include: PORGY AND BESS (2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical Revival), CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, EVITA (with Ricky Martin), THE BEST MAN (James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury), ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (Harry Connick Jr.) and HOW TO SUCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (Daniel Radcliff and John Larroquette). Brandon is additionally a music producer and musician. His band, Brando's Island, is based in Los Angeles. Brandon has produced and/or performed in films, on albums or onstage with a diverse group of artists including: Carol Burnett, Wayne Brady, Roger Rees, Neil Patrick Harris, Denis O'Hare, Nicole Scherzinger, Tom Wopat, Vanessa Hudgens, Daniel Radcliffe, Mario Cantone, John Larroquette, Kathy Lee Gifford, Harry Connick Jr., Sutton Foster, Matthew Morrison, Christian Borle, Richard Kind, Christopher Walken, Sally Struthers, Aaron Tveit, Ricky Martin, Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Michael McKean, Eric McCormack, Candice Bergen and Brooke Shields. For more about Brandon’s producing career, please visit: www.johnnyroscoe.com
DARRIN GLESSER (Artie Ripp) originally hails from Northern California's Bay Area where he performed in numerous regional shows including a Pre-Broadway production of Memphis at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, where he played Buck Wiley and understudied Chad Kimball who originated the lead role Huey. He also had a two year run in San Francisco's Biggest Hit Show, Beach Blanket Babylon. Other regional credits include, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Post Street Theater, San Francisco), Luke in Altar Boys (San Jose Stage Company) and Jonathan in Tick, Tick...BOOM! (Los Altos). Since moving to Los Angeles three years ago, Darrin landed a role with the Chief Executive of Fox Studios in Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman. He has also starred in several short films including Carousel which was just selected in the 2012 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL. He was last seen in a reading of Sleepless in Seattle: The Musical (Hothouse at the Pasadena Playhouse), The Buddy Holly Story (La Mirada Theatre), and a national Tide commercial. More info on his website: www.darringlesser.com.
KASI JONES (Birdie Green/Female Ensemble) got her start singing in the basement of her Seattle home. Leaving the Pacific Northwest she relocated to LA, but had a hard time keeping her feet planted there. From doing club gigs in Tokyo by night while starring in Tokyo Disney Sea’s production of Big Band Beat by day, to performing in the award winning, Lovelace: A Rock Opera at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Jones has stayed busy treading the boards. Since returning to Los Angeles, she has appeared as a finalist on NBC’s hit show The Voice, and shared the stage with some of the greatest musicians of our time, including backing rock n roll legend Roger Daltry at the world famous Hollywood Bowl, and opening for Grammy award winner Robin Thicke. Current projects include the Broadway bound musical The Boy from New York City and the upcoming release of her all original debut EP Beautiful Liar.
DAVITT FELDER (Alan Freed/Jerry Leiber) grew up in San Francisco and studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University. Since moving to Los Angeles Davitt has been working as an actor and musician, playing Ritchie Valens in numerous productions of The Buddy Holly Story, Chad in All Shook Up, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Dion Dimucci, Bob Dylan, and more in Twist and Shout, Not Fade Away and other Tribute shows. In December he directed the performance art piece Iglu at The Getty as part of their retrospective on LA Art of the 60s. He also records and performs music under the name D.W. Brandt and can be found on iTunes and various television programs and compilations. Checkout www.dwbrandt.com. Davitt is extremely excited to be a part of The Boy From New York City and working with American Pop Anthology.
NICK SANTA MARIA (George’s Father/Artie’s Father) Broadway: Tommy Tune's Grease! as Vince Fontiane, has performed in every domestic production of Mel Brooks' The Producers, and has played most of the principal roles, understudying everyone from Nathan Lane to David Hasselhoff. Off-Broadway: Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know/also co-writer/composer (soundtrack on RCA Victor). Originator of the role of the Genie in Disney's Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular (soundtrack on the Disney Label). TV: The Glades on A&E, two Disney Christmas Specials, The Buffalo Bill Show, and many, many commercials. Films include, The Producers, Holy Man, and Extra Large. Nick has co-written the book, music, and lyrics of a new show called, Real Men Sing Show Tunes and Play With Puppets, which had it's successful world premier in Miami this season.
VICTOR DEAN (Understudy Tommy Edwards/Chuck Berry)
STELLA MUTRUX (Understudy Mary K. Weiss)
KEVIN SHEWEY (Understudy George, Artie, Alan, Shadow)