It is with tremendous pleasure that I introduce you (in alphabetical order) to the cast of the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of The Mapmaker’s Opera. I have been listening to them for the last four days learning the words and music at Nola Studios here in Midtown Manhattan on 54th Street. It is, simply, thrilling to hear the lyrics and music under the musical direction of Daniel Rein come to life.
As many of you who know me will attest, I’m not easily impressed. So it is just so wonderful to have a cast of actor/singers in every role in this piece that are such a perfect fit. It doesn’t happen by luck of course, but through the efforts of our director (Don Brenner) choreographer (Stas Kmiec) and the savvy of our casting director on this production, Michael Cassara.
So, scroll down and check out the ‘Who’s Who’ of The Mapmaker’s Opera.
AND A REMINDER: General tickets go on sale tomorrow JUNE 16. Book early to avoid missing out.
Andrés Acosta (Ensemble/Dancer)
Andrés Acosta is delighted to be a part of NYMF and this terrific team! He recently played Bernardo in the national tour of West Side Story and performed in South Pacific at Paper Mill Playhouse. Favorite professional credits: Grease (Danny), A Chorus Line (Al), and Ragtime (Houdini). BFA Music Theatre from FSU.
Debra Cardona (Gabriela)
Debra Cardona has toured extensively across the country in Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady and worked regionally at such theaters as The Guthrie, Paper Mill Playhouse, the Denver Center, and Goodspeed Opera House. She most recently appeared as Senator Lynda Ramirez on the hit TV series Scandal.
Tony Castellanos (Don Máximo)
Tony Castellanos is a native of Phoenix, AZ, and now lives in New York. BFA Musical Theatre U of A, Tucson, AZ. Theatre Credits: In the Heights (SpeakEasy Stage), Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour), Zapata! The Musical (NYMF), The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre by the Sea), Red! Hot! and Blue! (Musicals Tonight), The Yellow Brick Road (Theatreworks USA tour), City of Angels (The Gallery Players). Grateful to be part of THE MAPMAKER’S OPERA
Tony Chiroldes (Very Useful)
Broadway: In the Heights (Piragua Guy), Paul Simon’s Capeman. TV: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Law&Order. One of NYC’s busiest voice-over performers with English/Spanish commercials; audiobooks such as Pam Muñoz Ryan’s The Dreamer; video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Bioshock; and simultaneous translation into Spanish on HBO’s Real Sports. More at www.tonychiroldes.com
Paul Cosentino (Don Victor Blanco Torres)
Off-Broadway/National Tour: American Dreams: Lost & Found, As You Like It (The Acting Company); Regional Theater: Gross Indecency, Macbeth, and Don Quixote (Denver Center); Suddenly Hope (Momentum Prod.); Oberon in Midsummer and Pericles in Pericles (Benbow Shakespeare Festival). A native of Northern California, Paul earned a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University prior to graduating with an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory. www.paulcosentino.com
Alma Cuervo (Aunt Marta)
New York credits include Weidman and Sondheim’s Road Show; Titanic; Beauty and the Beast; The Heidi Chronicles; Ghetto; Quilters; Is There Life After High School; Bedroom Farce. Most recent regional: Theresa Rebeck’s Fool (Alley Theatre). National tours: Wicked; My Fair Lady; Cabaret; M. Butterfly. OBIE for Uncommon Women and Others.
Carlos L. Encinias (Roberto)
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, studied Theatre in Utah at BYU, and has been living and working in New York City since 2000. Broadway credits include Mamma Mia (us Eddie/Father A), Good Vibrations (u/s Jan/Class President), Les Miserables (Fueilly), and Scandalous (Ramon) starring Carolee Carmello. Carlos spent some time Off-Broadway in the award-winning, Altar Boyz, (Juan/Abe/Mark). He was also seen in the world premiere of Vices: A Love Story (Man 1). For Joe, Luca and Marco!
Madeleine Featherby (Sofia)
Australian performer, Madeleine returns to New York having performed in 2011 at Birdland with John Bucchino in his revue It’s Only Life. Recently performing in Victorian Opera’s La Traviata, Madeleine’s true passion is musical theatre. She’s played numerous roles, from Eponine in Les Miserables to Maureen in RENT. Madeleine is thrilled to be involved in THE MAPMAKER’S OPERA.
Henry Gainza (Carlos)
Off-Broadway/New York: 4 Guys Named Jose… (Original Cast, HOLA Award), Broadway Idol (NYMF), Jose Limon (Symphony Space), Zapata! (Signature Theatre, NYMF). Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Arena Stage, District Stage Company, Actor’s Playhouse, Zoetic Stage, Arsht Center, Arts Garage, SMDCA. Film/Television: SNL; Throwdown with Bobby Flay; Isabella Rico. Recordings: 4 Guys Named Jose… (Original Cast Album), DRG’s 25th Anniversary Show Stopping Numbers Compilation, Tears From Heaven/Wonderland (Frank Wildhorn, Concept Albums).
Natalia Lepore Hagan (Ensemble/Dancer/Lola Fernandez)
Transplanted from Youngstown, Ohio, Natalia is trained in Music Theatre, dramatic acting, and numerous styles of dance. She has appeared as a Boardwalk Empire principal dancer; has worked closely with Patricia Birch and on many 1920’s period pieces including the premiere event for Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby. Dance: Tate Modern (London), Ballet Western Reserve; New York: Casper’s Fat Tuesday – August Strindberg Repertory Theatre.
Sean McDermott (Edward Nelson)
On Broadway he starred as Chris in Miss Saigon, Whizzer in Falsettos, Rusty in Starlight Express, and Danny Zuko in Grease, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Vittorio in Sweet Charity, the title roles in Jeckyll and Hyde, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. Off-Broadway: Hannibal Lecter in Silence! the Musical, Mike Brady in The Brady Bunch, Larry in Boys in the Band. TV: Desperate Housewives, Medium, Charmed, Freddie, Guiding Light, The Tonight Show. Sean was hand-picked by Barbra Streisand to sing alongside her on her European tour. Sean is proud to have performed at Carnegie Hall with Bernadette Peters, and at The Kennedy Center for the President of the United States. All his recordings are available on iTunes. www.seanmcdermott.com
Joel Perez (Diego)
Off-Broadway: Fun Home (The Public Theater); Tetralogy (INTAR); The Harmonious Pimps of Harmony (Ars Nova). Regional: In the Heights (1st National Tour); Stuck Elevator (A.C.T./Long Wharf Theatre); After the Revolution (Williamstown); Pirates! (Huntington Theater). Workshops: Sundance Theater Lab, Atlantic Theater Co., New Dramatists, Soho Rep. TV: The Big C, Person of Interest, Black Box. Training/Education: Tufts University, B.A.D.A., SpringboardNYC, UCB. www.misterjoelperez.com
Lorraine Serabian (Doña Laura)
Bway: Zorba! (Tony Award Nom. Outer-Circle Critics Award), Cabaret, Flowering Peach (Nat). Off-Bway: Ruthless, Silence, Blood Wedding, A My Name is Alice, The Miser. Regional/Tours: Master Class, Rumors, Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof (Austin Critics Award), Show Me Where The Good Times Are, Lucky Stiff (Helen Hayes Award & Nomination), 42nd Street. TV: Law and Order: SVU, All My Children, Tale of Cinderella (PBS Special) etc. etc.