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Chromolume Theatre’s name comes from the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, Sunday in the Park with George, about an artist struggling to make art meaningful in 19th Century France. Chromolume Theatre was founded by two struggling artists in 2003 with its primary mission to present the American musical on an intimate level in an entertaining, intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying way. With growth and change, Chromolume Theatre’s mission has evolved with a new dedication to presenting Broadway’s forgotten gems and off-Broadway’s undiscovered treasured, and shining a light on productions that deserve a second look. Chromolume Theatre also provides opportunity for artists to shine who have not had such an opportunity in the past, as well as a dedication to diverse and multi-cultural casts and crews.

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Love Songs

By Steven Cagan

june 22 – july 27, 2013
chromolume theatre

Love Songs is a truly extraordinary musical theatre experience, the return of romance to the stage! Believe in the healing power of love and romance once again. Steven Cagan’s glorious work expresses the truth, beauty and hopefulness that we all strive for in this journey called life through the story of three couples. Jeremy is stuck out of town on a business trip for Roy’s ad agency, trying frantically to get back in time for his nuptials. His betrothed, Gaby, is anxious for him to return. Sarah, who has been engaged to Ben for six years, is weary of his failure to commit to her. Ben has been idealizing a kind of love that does not really exist. Roy and Rose, lovers for many years, just enjoy themselves. How will their stories work out? Love Songs is timeless in its appeal. Let there be harmony evermore

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Jean Altadel, Gaby

 

Born and raised in beautiful southern California, Jean Altadel now lives in Hollywood where she is actively pursuing her career on screen and on the stage. After receiving her B.A in Theatre Arts, she decided to go back to school and received a professional certificate in Musical Theatre from the conservatory at AMDA, Hollywood. She is proud to be a part of the award winning short film Usagi San which is currently hitting the film festival circuit with much success. In addition, she currently has two short films in post production, Joe and Dr.Con, which are set to be released by the end of the year. Some of her favorite stage roles include, Kira in Xanadu(DOMA Theatre), Nellie in South Pacific(4onBroadway), Laurie in Oklahoma(MTLA), Hero in Much Ado About Nothing(East LA Classic), and a gun-slinging gold miner named Pitch Pine Billy in the Laguna Playhouse touring production of By the Great Horn Spoon.

 

Eduardo Enrikez, Jeremy

 

Born In Mexico City, but began his professional career in London after Graduation from The Royal Academy of Music London’s West End: Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Raoul in Eating RaoulLittle Me, and A Midsummer Nights Dream. European tour: Hair. Edinburgh festival: Dangerous Games. Was Nominated for best lead Actor By Broadway World for his role of Chris in last year’s award winning production of Miss Saigon at The Candlelight Pavilion. He Returned this year to the Candlelight’s Production of Sweet Charity as Vitorio Vidal, The Italian Film Star. IN LOS ANGELES: Emcee in Cabaret (Garland Award nomination); Mickey in Blood Brothers (ADA award for best actor); Houdini in Ragtime; Bat Boy in Bat Boy, the MusicalIs This Anyway to Start a MarriageHercules On NormandieSchoolhouse Rock. Film: EmilioJornada al NorteDog Tags. Currently in production filming a new series in Calgary called Bluffwww.eduardoenrikez.com.

Kurt Andrew Hansen, Roy

 

Kurt has recently appeared in two award winning productions, Sweeney Todd and Working at The Lex Theatre in Hollywood. Kurt was honored with StageSceneLA’s award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd and also nominated for an Ovation Award by LAStage for Lead Actor in a Musical for Sweeney. He has also been seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia! and Miss Saigon, as well as productions all over the world. He isthrilled to be back in Los Angeles for Love Songs!

 

Jean Kauffman, Rose

 

Jean Kauffman 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, choreographed by the wonderful Kay Cole. She has toured with CatsA Chorus LineBeauty and the BeastHairJoseph 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 in acting from Kent State University.

Craig McEldowney, Ben

 

Most recently, Craig is appearing in Aesopera, a production in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, playing this June at the Open Fist Theater. Favorite regional/tour roles: Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Younger Brother in Ragtime, Puff in We Will Rock You, Doody in Grease. Craig is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is a proud member of AEA. More info on twitter at @craigmceldowney

Sara J. Stuckey, Sarah

 

Sara J. Stuckey is thrilled to join the World Premiere of Love Songs, a Musical. THEATRE: Company (Sarah), The Full Monty (Georgie), Gypsy (Tessie Tura), Caught (Darlene), The Odd Couple (Gwendolyn Pigeon). FILM: Savaged (Hanna), Soundscape (Her), Sophocles & the Fall of Rhode Island (Gladys). TV: House, M.D.CSI: Las VegasThe Practice. WEB: Split (Cheryl), Pairings (Jenny), Alice & the Monster (Maria). In her “spare” time, she enjoys long-distance running, obstacle course races, and cooking for her friends. Ms. Stuckey is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity. www.sarajstuckey.com

Dana Shaw, Gaby/Sarah u/s

 

Dana Shaw is very excited to be a part of this world premiere production of Love Songs. Recently she was seen as Leah in the musical The Immigrant (West Coast Jewish Theatre). She is a graduate of PCPA in Santa Maria, CA, and since then has performed in many regional shows throughout California and New York. In September of 2011, Dana headlined her own cabaret show at Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s entitled How To Succeed In Show Biz While Really Trying. Favorite roles include: Joy in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s Cinderella, Pam Lukowski in The Full Monty, Julie in School House Rock Live Too!, Hope in Urinetown and Maureen in Rent. Dana is also a demo singer and children’s music recording artist. www.danashaw.com

Suzan Solomon, Rose u/s

 

Suzan Solomon started her career as an actress-singer in NYC. She appeared off-B’way in the legendary newly remounted, Let My People Come. Following she appeared as the young Sophie Tucker in the National Tour Bubbling Brown Sugar. Other Theatre credits include See What I Wanna SeeThe Full MontyFettishInternet Dating (The Musical)StiltzBelz, A Jewish Vaudeville MusicalFiddler On The RoofHouse of Blue Leaves. T.V. credits include Raising The BarMarried With ChildrenFast LanePushing Daisies. Film credits include Saturday Night FeverSchool Daze and Impact (The Short Film). Recently, she appeared as a flying witch in The Toyota Rav4 Super-Bowl commercial.

Michael Uribes, Jeremy, Ben u/s

 

On Stage credits: Around The World in 80 Days (Passeportout), Hamlet (Hamlet), The Robber Bridegroom (Little Harp), Candida (Eugene), Evita (Che), The Two Gentleman of Verona (Proteus), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Picasso), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Guildenstern). He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was nominated for The Valley Theatre League Award for his performance in the world premiere musical Musical Chairs written by the late Academy Award winning composer Joel Hirschorn. This summer Michael will be returning to the bay area to play “El Pachuco” in Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit. He had the great honor of playing the role with El Teatro Campesino directed by Luis’ son Kinan.

 

Richard Van Slyke, Roy u/s

 

Richard Van Slyke was born in Albany, NY and lived in New York City where he earned his stripes in dinner theatre, summer stock, outdoor dramas and touring the Eastern Seaboard as Scrooge in a children’s theater musical version of A Christmas Carol. LA stage credits include The Full Monty (Mercury Productions), Twelfth Night and Into the Woods (Knightsbridge Theatre), Betty’s Summer Vacation and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Long Beach Playhouse), Red Hot and Blue (The Whitefire Theatre), Pirates of Penzance (NoHo Arts Center), Side Man and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Repertory East), Murder Me Once and Ernest in Love (Fremont Centre Theatre), Secrets Every Smart Traveller Should Know and Merrily We Roll Along (Chromolume Theatre). He performed sketch comedy for four years at Acme Comedy Theatre. TV: PassionsNorth Mission Roadi and I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant. Films: Real Heroes LARepeat OffendersProject PurgatoryQ for Death and Office of the Dead. Richard has also performed his one man show, The Dick Van Slyke Show in New York and Los Angeles. Richard is the creator of The Playhouse Soap Opera a parody of two of his favorite art forms, soap operas and community theater. Check it out at http://theplayhousesoapopera.blogspot.com/

Kay Cole, Director, Choreographer

 

As a director/choreographer, Ms. Cole’s credits include: Rose Bowl Queens, The Dining Room, Ecstasy, The Flunky, Desperate Writers, American Tales, No Strings, World Goes ‘Round, Mommy Mommy! BARK! Nuncrackers, Judy’s Scary Little Christmas, A Year with Frog and Toad, A Chorus Line, I’m Getting My Act Together, Robber Bridegroom, Grass Harp, She’s A Handful, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Sing, Country, Wild Women Blues, Sony Pictures Broadway, and more. Her inventive choreography and staging credits include: It’s the Housewives, Great Expectations, Assassins, Pirates Of Penzance, Cabaret, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, South Pacific, Triumph of Love, I Do I Do, Actor, Lawyer, Indian Chief, Dancing at Lughnasa, Take Me Along, The Baker’s Wife, Chang and Eng. Pasadena Playhouse: Under One Umbrella, 110 in the Shade, Do I Hear A Waltz. Hollywood Bowl: Sound of Music, Bernsteins’ Mass, Mame, My Fair Lady, Music Man, Camelot. Reprise! Broadway: Three Penny Opera, Fiorello, City of Angels, Company, On The 20th Century, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Most Happy Fella. Geffen Playhouse: Nightmare Alley, Atlanta, Paint Your Wagon, Six Dances in Six Weeks. Hudson Theatre: Grave White Way. Kirk Douglas Theatre: Gaytino, Dogeaters. Falcon Theatre: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. Antaeus Theatre: Tonight at 8:30. Playwrights Arena: The Next Step, Songs For A New World. Shakespeare LA: As You Like It, Comedy of Errors. Broadway: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Belasco Theatre,). London West End: The Fantasticks, Snoopy, Blockheads. She recently moved into film and television, directing Country Rules, THQ, Waiting in Line, and choreographing Guidepost Junction, Ella, Jekyll, Disney’s Santa Clause 3, Awakening of Spring. Ms. Cole teaches Acting for Film and Television at Emerson College LA Annex and UCLA’s Musical Theatre Conservatory. She is the proud recipient of the 2006 Playwrights Arena Award for her outstanding contribution to Los Angeles Theatre. In 2009, she received a nomination for best choreography from the NAACP theatre Awards for her work in Atlanta, at the Geffen Playhouse.

 

Stuart Elster, Musical Director

 

Stuart is from Los Angeles and has been a professional musician for the last 42 years. He has performed or recorded with pop stars Donna Summer, Melissa Manchester, Rickie Lee Jones, Chaka Khan, Nicolette Larson, Glen Campbell, Paul Anka, and Rita Coolidge, among many others. He has performed or recorded with many jazz legends including Willie Bobo, Moacir Santos, Jimmy Witherspoon, Carmen McRae, Houston Person, James Moody, Teddy Edwards, Cat Anderson, Bill Holman, and Barbara Morrison Stuart served as Assistant Conductor and/or principal keyboardist for the national companies of DreamgirlsThe Lion King, and Wicked. He served as Music Director at Hotel Casa Del Mar for eleven years. Currently, he is performing at Shutters on the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, CA, on Sun-Tues nights. He also regularly performs at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill. His recently released jazz trio CD “Get it Right” on the Primrose Lane label received critical acclaim and enjoyed national airplay. Stuart’s song “Get it Right” is also the title track vocalist Mark Winkler’s recent CD. Currently a CD with saxophone legend Houston Person and vocalist Barbara Morrison is climbing the jazz charts! Stuart’s next trio CD is scheduled for release in Summer 2013. Information is available at stuartelster.com.

James Esposito, Scenic Design, Sound Design

 

James has done both scenic and sound design for all three incarnations of Do Lord Remember Me for Chromolume Theatre; in addition to directing (Strip), stage managing, and pretty much any other backstage/tech job around LA. He has also done sound design for Chromolume productions of Merrily We Roll Along and Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know. He is currently the V.P. of Operations at Chromolume Theatre.

Darby Shaw, Costume Design

 

This is Darby’s second time working with Chromolume Theatre, the first with Do Lord Remember Me, with hopefully many more productions to come. A native from the Bay Area of California, she came down South to study theater at Cal-State Long Beach, emphasizing in Costume Design and Performance. Since graduation in 2010, she has worked on many small projects including community theatre shows, stitching work for the Long Beach Opera, and a costume commission business run out of her living room.

A. Lynn Downey, Lighting Design

 

Happily joining Love Songs – A Musical’s production team, Lynn has been a theatre technician for the past twelve years. After attaining her MFA in Technical Direction from the California Institute of the Arts she served as an assistant scenic designer and carpenter for the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, props artisan for Knott’s Berry Farm and the University of Southern California and Props Master for the South Coast Repertory theatre. Past favorites include Jekyll & HydeMy Fair LadyLast of the Red Hot Lovers, and Romeo and Juliet.

Chad Parker, Production Stage Manager

 

Chad most recently managed Do Lord Remember Me for Chromolume Theatre. With more than ten years of experience stage managing productions for other local theater companies, including Southern California Lyric Theater and Open Gate Theatre, Chad’s most recent credits include AEsopera at the Pasadena Playhouse: Carrie Hamilton Theatre, two stagings of Oliver!, two stagings of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (one outdoors), Peter PanMusic ManTwelfth Night, and numerous live sound concerts. While a stage manager by trade, Chad has experience in lighting and sound design and in recent years has been training youth in the philosophy and practice of crew work. Chad is looking forward to an exceptional run of Love Songs.

James Esposito, Sound Design

 

James is currently the V.P. of Operations at Chromolume Theatre. Scenic design credits include all three incarnations of Do Lord Remember MeLove Songs – A Musical and Musical of Musicals, the Musical for Chromolume Theatre. Sound design credits include Do Lord Remember MeMusical of Musicals, the MusicalSecrets Every Smart Traveler Should KnowMerrily We Roll AlongCapsized FloatsamGreek Tragedy and Strip, the latter of which he also directed. On stage, his credits include Company (Bobby), City of Angels (Munoz), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Thurio), Forever Plaid (Sparky), Fiddler on the Roof (Twice!), Cinderella and Chess just to name a few.

Steven Cagan, Writer/Composer

 

From musical director for the First National Company of Dreamgirls, (starring the extraordinary Jennifer Holliday), to composing, arranging and conducting for some of the great performers of our time, including Melissa Manchester, Bette Midler, Diahann Carroll, and Georgia Brown, to his work for film, television and Madison Avenue, Steven has done it all in the music world. He has worked with some of the theatrical giants of our time, including the legendary Michael Bennett, Lester Wilson, Michael Peters, Bob Avian, and Joe Layton. He is a classically trained musician, graduating from the esteemed New College at Hofstra University. His choral works were premiered there, as well as early theater pieces, some performed by his classmate, the late theater and film star Madeline Kahn. He studied composition with Elie Seigmeister, David Diamond, Lukas Foss and George Rochberg, and arranging with Kermit Levinsky and Tommy Newsom. Steven was in the inaugural class of the famed Lehman Engel B.M.I. Musical Theatre Workshop. At the same time, he launched one of the busiest commercial music companies on Madison Avenue. He wrote and arranged many popular jingles for television and radio for Chevrolet, Ford, State Farm Insurance, Coppertone, (which launched Melissa Manchester’s singing career when she was fifteen years old), and many others. Concurrently, he composed a number of ballet scores for Tony-winning choreographer-director Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Theatre Dance Collection. Among his early film assignments was as arranger and orchestrator for Woody Allen’s classic, Take the Money and Run. Later, his original score for the film The Cat and The Canary, starring Dame Wendy Hiller, Olivia Hussey, Wilfred Hyde-White and Honor Blackman helped make it a cult favorite, and it was recently released in a ‘classic package’ DVD. He has scored countless TV series and specials, including those with Spinal Tap, Robert Klein, Michael Keaton, Lainie Kazan and Rob Reiner. He appeared as guest musical director on the famed “Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” numerous times. Steven has guest conducted the Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Houston Pops, and others.

Doug Walter, Orchestrations/Arrangement

 

Doug’s activities as pianist/music director/arranger include: Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Michael Feinstein, Connie Francis, Steve Tyrell, Suzanne Somers, Sally Kellerman, Paul Williams. As performer and/or arranger/orchestrator/music prep he has worked with the likes of Barry Manilow, Jerry Herman, Michael Crawford, Lea Salonga, Chuck Mangione, Peter Matz, Dizzy Gillespie, Daft Punk. TV work includes The Young and the RestlessThe Bold and the BeautifulThe Late Late ShowLive with Regis and Kelly, and The Today Show.

Ken Werther, Publicity


Amphitheatre, Chris Isaacson Presents. C.S.A. Artios Awards. Co-producer, 2008 Ovation Awards Ceremony; The Good Boy, (2011); producer, All Your Hard Work (2012). Assistant director, Stop The World, I Want To Get Off (Musical Theatre Guild), The Women of Brewster Place (Celebration Theatre). Personalities: Erich Bergen, Nicholas Downs, Brian Beacock, Mark Shunock, Mack & Poppy. Web series: McCracken Live! Currently: The North Plan (Elephant), Through A Glass Darkly (Collaborative Artists Ensemble), FleshEatingTiger (Highways), Rent and Private Eyes (K Boulé Pictures/2Cents Theatre), Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers (The Blank Theatre), Byron’s Theme (short film by Bennett Barbakow and Michael Grant Terry). Various benefit events. www.kenWerther.com