Mission

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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Putting It Together

Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim
Devised by Stephen Sondheim & Julia McKenzie
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

november 14 – december 21, 2014
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Putting It Together is a musical revue showcasing the songs of Stephen Sondheim. Drawing its title from a song in Sunday in the Park With George, it celebrates Sondheim’s incomparable career in musical theatre.

Featuring nearly 30 Sondheim tunes, Putting It Together, takes place in a Manhattan penthouse party being thrown by an older couple, with the attendance by a younger couple and an observer. With a bit of imagination, the guests transform the apartment into the stage of an abandoned theatre, an estate in Sweden, an island outside of Paris, a street off the Roman Forum, the woods of a fairy tale, and a mythical town in the Southwest.

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Kurt Andrew Hansen, Man 1

 

Kurt is excited about coming back to Chromolume after performing in Love Songs – A Musical here. He recently performed in the improv theatrical experience 2 Grooms, A Big Gay Wedding, at Crown City Theatre. He also performed in Working and Sweeney Todd for The Production Company. Kurt was honored with StageSceneLA’s award for “Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical,” for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd. He also was nominated for an Ovation Award by LAStage for “Lead Actor in a Musical” for Sweeney. Before returning to L.A., Kurt toured North America and appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia! and the Tony award winning Miss Saigon. He has appeared in small roles on 24Castle, and the films: JackA Bear’s StoryHome Invaders and the soon to be released Mera Watten. Kurt is blessed to live in Los Angeles surrounded by beauty…his amazing daughters.

Kristin Towers-Rowles, Woman 1

 

Kristin is thrilled to be onstage at Chromolume Theatre after having directed the hits: Musical of Musicals, The Musical and Altar Boyz. Ms. Towers-Rowles is a Multi-Award winning Musical Theatre Performer and Director and recently was just awarded 2014 Director/Star of the Year from StageSceneLA. She recently played Magnolia in Showboat for Opera San Luis Obispo, as her Grandmother, Kathryn Grayson, did in the MGM Film. After training at AMDA in NYC, Kristin toured the US, Europe and Asia with such roles as: Phantom of the Opera/Les Miserables in Concert (Christine/Cosette), The Mikado (Yum Yum), World Premiere National Tour of The Christmas Box (Angel). Recent LA/Regional: LA Regional Premiere of Tarzan, The Musical (Jane), Kiss Me, Kate (Kate/Lilli +BroadwayWorld Best Actress Nom), Sunday in the Park with George (Dot/Marie *Best Actress “Scenie”), Victor/Victoria (Norma *Best Featured Actress “Scenie”), Once Upon A Mattress (Fred). BroadwayWorld Nominated Cabaret show, “A Lovely Lineage” at Sterling’s at Vitellos/The Federal/Mbar/Sun City. She appears on the new cast recording of And the World Goes ‘Round, where she sings the role of Woman 2 (alongside Broadway Stars: Jason Graae, Brent Barrett, Christiane Noll and Kira da Costa produced by Bruce Kimmel/Kritzerland) Thanks to Cate, James and Richard…so much. Proud member of Actors Equity Association. www.kristintowers-rowles.com

Chris Kerrigan, Man 2

 

Chris Kerrigan is a Los Angeles native. He has done a healthy amount of theatre and musical theatre. Some of his favorite experiences have been Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), Avenue Q (Brian, the fat guy), Merrily We Roll Along (Franklin Shepard), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Thomas/Sigmund Freud), Moonchildren (Norman), Geography of a Horse Dreamer (Beaujo), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Tommy (the guy who sings “Pinball Wizard”), and the world premiere of The Underground Woman (David) with The Michael Chekhov Studio. He is an average piano/keyboard player and singer/songwriter playing in various bands around town. He currently works as an administrative assistant in the theatre department at STAR Education, delivering arts enrichment and formative experiences to the children of the greater Los Angeles area on a daily basis. He would like to thank everybody who let him be in this show for letting him be in this show.

Rachel Hirshee, Woman 2

 

Rachel Hirshee, a proud graduate of UCLA’s Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program, is thrilled to be joining Chromolume Theatre in her first Sondheim show! Earlier this year, Rachel appeared as Snookie Updegraff in 110 in the Shade at the Actor’s Co-op Theatre directed by the incomparable Richard Israel. Along with her castmates, Rachel had the distinct pleasure of accepting an Ovation award for Best Musical (Intimate Theatre) for this production. Favorite credits include: Bronies! the Musical (Third Street Theatre), Avenue Q (Kate Monster/Lucy), Dream Carver (National Tour) and Coney Island Christmas (Geffen Playhouse). Thank you to the whole team, friends, family, Todd, and my voice guru, Mary Jo Duprey. “And now, we start putting it together…”

Mike Irizarry, Man 3

 

Mike is happy to be making his debut here at Chromolume. In 2012, Mike received a Scenie award for creating the role of Gordy in the World Premiere production of A Ring in Brooklyn at the NOHO Arts Center. Here in Los Angeles, he has appeared in numerous staged readings sponsored by ANMT (now New Musicals Inc.) including In the Mind of OlympiansWindjammers, and an evening of 15-minute musicals, Love, Lust or Bust. In 2004, Mike was featured as Jimmy 1 in the Colony Theater’s highly acclaimed production of Grand Hotel, starring Jason Graae. Originally from NYC, other favorite roles include Che in multiple productions of Evita, Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Lamar in Godspell, and Simon Zealotes in Jesus Christ Superstar. His professional debute was with the cast of Charles Strouse’s Nightingale (the original Off-Off Broadway workshop production). Mike has headlined in LA at Europa and in NYC at Don’t Tell Mama, Rose’s Turn and The Duplex cabaret. Mike is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

David Callander, Man 1 u/s

 

David received his undergraduate degree in theatre from Pomona College after which time he made a career as a stage manager. His Broadway credits include: Legs DiamondOrpheus Descending (starring Vanessa Redgrave), and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. He also worked on the very first incarnation of Kiss of the Spider Woman at SUNY Purchase. As a medical consultant, David worked on “The West Wing,” “Commander in Chief,” and “Dr Vegas.” As a performer, David has appeared in Evita and A Chorus Line (Barn Theatre, August MI), The Winter’s Tale (starring HRH The Prince Edward) and more recently in the Chromolume Cabaret, directed by Joshua Finkel. David is delighted to return to the stage in Putting It Together after pursuing his other dream of becoming a physician. He wishes to thanks his angels: Carol Tingle, Judy Balsam, and Karen Morrow.

Kayre Morrison, Woman 1 u/s

 

A veteran of over 100 productions and numerous tours, Kayre is thrilled to be returning to live theatre after a hiatus where she worked as a big band singer, film and television actor, and synagogue cantorial soloist. Some of her favorite theatre experiences include Eva Peron in Evita, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Sally in Cabaret, Guinevere in Camelot, Bonnie in Anything Goes, and Anne in A Little Night Music. Voiceover work includes her take on bad opera as Baby Leela in the Emmy winning Futurama episode, “The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings”. As the female vocalist of the Dean Mora Orchestra, she has performed at Lincoln Center, The Dorothy Chandler Theatre, The Orpheum Theatre, and many other wonderful, historic venues. She is heavily involved with the NoKill Ventura County movement and is a Head Shopkeeper at TLC Small Dog Rescue in Simi Valley. Thanks to Officer Bill for his love and support!

Teresa Tracy, Woman 1 u/s

 

Teresa spent the whole first half of her life performing in musicals throughout the U.S. doing a “boat load” of productions literally on the SS Norway, then onto professional regional productions, including Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre, before moving to NYC, winding up in National Tours, including A Chorus Line and Stop The World I Want To Get Off with the fabulous Anthony Newley, and then on to a starring role on Broadway opposite Robert Lupone, before putting her career aside for a bit longer than she initially intended to raise her kids and tend to her families needs, including assisting her wonderful husband with his successful restaurant “Victor Jr’s”, right here in Culver City, while proudly jetting her kids to and from their ice hockey games with the LA Jr. Kings. Though she appreciated the priceless time with her family, she felt it was time to re-enter the glorious realm that her soul had so deeply missed. Teresa is thrilled to be getting herself back in the saddle again in this creative and poignant production of Putting It Together with its host of such terrific and talented people on and off the stage. She is very grateful to James and all of the fine folks here at the Chromolone Theatre for this fine opportunity, and hopes that it just might be “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” She he wishes to thank her loving and supporting husband Vic for helping to hold down the fort so to speak, and her wonderful kids, Jamie, Jeremy, Luke and Brianne, I love you guys! And to my dear friends (you know who you are) that continued to “Nudge” me to get myself out there again to live and enjoy my first love, thank you all, you’re the best!

Michael D’Elia, Man 2 u/s

 

Michael D’Elia is thrilled to be a part of this challenging show and to have the opportunity to sing such incredible works by Sondheim. Previous credits include DORIAN GRAY in the world premiere musical Dorian’s Descent (director Marco Gomez with DOMA), BUSINESS MAN in The World Goes Round (Robert Marra/Actor’s Co-Op) for which he received a Broadway World Nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; MIGRANT WORKER/STONEMASON in Working (director August Viverito/The Production Company); Ensemble in the Multi Award Winning Chess: In Concert (Robert Marra/MTLA). He would like to thank Cate and Richard for this incredible opportunity, Lauren and the entire production and creative team, the extraordinary cast he’s honored to be working with and his family and friends for all of their continued love and support.

Jillian Easton, Woman 2 u/s

 

Jillian Easton is excited and grateful to be making her Chromolume/Sondheim debut! A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Jillian has been spotted around Los Angeles singing Jazz at the House of Blues, showtunes at various cabarets, and in her own two-woman show that she co-wrote and produced. Jillian was seen this past summer as lead Juliette in City of Light at Beverly Hills Playhouse, and in DOMA’s production of Dorian’s Descent at the Met Theatre. Other favorite regional credits include the world premiere original musical The Baby Project (Nora Rodriguez), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Grease (Rizzo), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily) and The Sound of Music (Baroness Elsa). She’s also appeared in numerous indie features, webseries (including the two time Telly Award winning Front Seat Chronicles), and on House, M.D. www.JillianEaston.com

 

Jake Novak, Man 3 u/s

 

Jake is thrilled to be making his LA theatre debut in Putting It Together! Regional: Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Millbrook Playhouse. A recent transplant from Boston and proud graduate of Emerson College, he couldn’t be happier to call LA his new home. Thanks to the cast, crew, and all the folks at Chromolume. Much love to family, friends, and especially Mom and Dad. www.jakefnovak.com.

Cate Caplin, Director, Choreographer

 

Cate has produced, directed and choreographed over 200 productions and her work has been seen on television, in films, music videos, commercials and in theatrical venues world wide from the Paris Opera House to the Broadway Stage. Her Production company, Night and Day Entertainment, co-founded with creative partner Vernon Willet, custom designs entertainment for private parties, corporate events and industrial trade shows. Cate wrote and directed her first feature film, Mating Dance which won an Accolade Award and can be found on Amazon.com. She is also a dance coach and 34 times Regional and International Ballroom Dance Champion and has won multiple US Open and World Champion First Place titles in Theatrical ShowDance – Cate has been the recipient of a Garland Award, a Women In Theatre Red Carpet Award, multiple LA Stage Alliance Ovation and Scenie Awards and an Award of Excellence from the LA Film Commission for her work as a Writer, Director, Choreographer and Producer. She gives special thanks to James Esposito for the opportunity to work on this glorious Sondheim treasure-trove!

Richard Berent, Musical Director

 

Richard is active in L.A. as musical director, pianist, teacher, and composer. He is on the music faculty at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) working as vocal coach, choral conductor, musical director, music theory instructor, and accompanist. His children’s musical Goldilocks recently concluded a long run at Theater West. He is musical director for the annual REAF celebrity AIDS benefit in San Francisco. Recent musical director credits include The Secret GardenGirl CrazyInto The Woods, and She Loves Me. His work at the Attic Theatre includes music direction of Musical of Musicals the Musicali, Altar Boyz, and Side By Side By Sondheim.

James Esposito, Scenic Design, Sound Design

 

James is currently the V.P. of Operations at Chromolume Theatre. Scenic design credits include all three incarnations of Do Lord Remember Me and Love Songs – A Musical for Chromolume Theatre. Sound design credits include Do Lord Remember MeSecrets Every Smart Traveler Should KnowMerrily We Roll AlongBird Lives!Altar BoyzMusical of Musicals, the MusicalCapsized 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.

Michael Mullen, Costume Design

 

Michael has performed in and costume designed several productions both on stage and on film throughout Los Angeles. He has been honored with some StageSceneLA awards for his acting as well as for his costume design work including being named 2012-2013 Costume Designer of The Year and 2013-2014 Costume Design of the Year (Individual Production) for Dorian’s Descent (Requiem Media Productions). For his work on Dreamgirls, produced by DOMA Theatre Company last year, he was honored with the 2012-2013 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Costume Design- Intimate Theatre, a 2013 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Costume Design, the 2013 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Award for Costume Design (Local Production), The L.A. Weekly Theatre Award for Costume Design for 2013, and was just recently nominated for a N.A.A.C.P. Theatre Award for Best Costumes (Local). Michael would like to thank everyone involved with Putting It Together for being awesome, his parents Patrick and Celeste Mullen for their always wonderful support, and you for supporting the show!

Luc Hediger, Lighting Design

 

Originally from Austria and Switzerland, Luc Hediger is a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University, where his emphasis was placed on lighting and scenic design. Throughout his years of study at LMU, Luc designed numerous productions that were a part of the University’s main stage seasons, as well as for the Del Rey Players, the university’s student-run theatre group, for which he was also on the board of directors. Since graduation, Luc has been working as a freelance lighting designer around Los Angeles, in venues such as the Stella Adler Theatre, The Long Beach Playhouse, and South Coast Repertory. Most recent credits include Twelfth NightChekhov ShortsRentSomeone Who’ll Watch Over MeA Midsummer Night’s DreamSpring AwakeningAmerican Buffalo. For more information and portfolio, visit: www.luchediger.com

Lauren J. Peters, Stage Manager

 

A Los Angeles native, Lauren grew up as a performer in El Segundo, observing the technical team and always offering a helping hand, she switched teams and started working “tech”, in all sorts of ways. When Lauren was in High School she started assistant stage managing and worked her way up to becoming a Stage Manger. She has worked on such shows as Parade at El Segundo High School Drama, as an alumni Stage Manager, where she started helping teach the students how to work behind the scenes. Lauren has worked all over Southern California as a Stage and Production Manager, working at the Warner Grand in San Pedro with TheRelevant Stage, El Segundo’s Broadway In The park for 3 years, at the El Portal in North Hollywood for Kelrik Productions, and most recently at The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center for their production of 9 To 5 The Musical. Lauren has worked at Chromolume Theatre for the past year and has loved her time working on so many wonderful productions. As a musical theater kid she is honored to be working on such a wonderful show with such amazing people honoring her favorite musical theater composer, Steven Sondheim. Lauren would like to thank her ma, Nance, for always being by her side and raising her to be such an avid Sondheim fan. She would also like to thank, her best friend, Ksells and girlfriend, Emily, for putting up with her schedule and supporting her every day to follow her dreams.

Ken Werther, Publicity

 

Ken has been a staple in the Los Angeles performing arts community since 1982. Embassy Television, Lorimar Television; Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson and Kirk Douglas Theatres, Mark Taper Forum); Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Miramontez/Werther Company. Currently: The Whipping Man (West Coast Jewish Theatre), Shakespeare UnScripted (Impro Theatre), L.A. Deli (Marilyn Monroe Theatre), 2014 SoCal Dance Invitational (Ford Amphitheatre), The Yellow Boat (Coeurage Theatre Company), Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival, Brimmer Street Theatre Company, The Blank Theatre. Personalities: Erich Bergen, Daniel Tatar, Sean Galuszka, Sheena Metal (LATalkRadio.com), Brian Beacock, Matt Morillo, AJ Jones, Mack & Poppy. Web series: McCracken Live!. Producer: The Good Boy (2011) and All Your Hard Work (2012). Various benefit events. www.kenWerther.com.

Mike Abramson, Marketing


Mike is thrilled to be the in-house Marketing Director for Chromolume Theatre. An award winning Producer, Mike has successfully produced about a dozen shows in the Los Angeles area. Such notable productions include Jekyll and Hyde (LA Weekly Critics Pick of the Week), Xanadu (LA Weekly GO), Avenue Q (LA Times Critics Choice, nominated for six 2013 Ovation Awards including Best Musical Intimate Theatre) and Dreamgirls (LA Times Critics Choice, winner of three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival and four LA Weekly Theater Awards including Best Musical Production of the year), Is There Sex After Marriage (Recommended, Top 10 – Stage Raw), The Pokemusical (Winner DOMA sponsored award for Best Musical), Rent (Nominated for four NAACP Theatre awards) & Nocturne. As a Marketing Director, Mike has worked on such critically acclaimed hits as Altar Boyz (Scenie Award Winner), Visionary Man (Stage Raw’s Critics Pick of the Week), & Smoke and Mirrors (LA Times Critics Choice).