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Set to a compelling contemporary score, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other.
The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards.
Musical theatre at its best
MIKE BACKES Original cast Jersey Boys Las Vegas (Swing), Tours: Rock Of Ages (Joey Primo), Footloose (Ren), Grease starring Frankie Avalon (U/S Danny/Ensemble). Regional: Rent (Roger), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter), My Way (Young Frank), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (White Guy) and most recently was lucky enough to become a member of The Broadway Boys of New York City. Let there be light!
LEO DAIGNAULT is thrilled to be making his FST debut. He has appeared on Broadway in Avenue Q and toured nationally with Avenue Q, The Full Monty, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Miss Saigon. Regional credits include: the World Premiere of Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas and Emmet Otter, both at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut; How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe in San Diego. Mr. Daignault originated the role of Jinx in Plaid Tidings at Pasadena Playhouse and in Forever Plaid in Boston, San Diego, Tokyo and Chicago, where he won an Ollie Award for best vocal performance by a male. His film and television credits include How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale, “The Sopranos,” “Silk Stalkings” and “Pensacola: Wings of Gold.” He was also one of Rosie’s Broadway Boys appearing on “The View” and “The Rachael Ray Show”.
STACIA FERNANDEZ is thrilled to be here playing in this prize-winning musical while on a leave of absence from the Broadway Company of Mamma Mia, where she’ll be returning late January. Other Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone performed the Tony award-winning role, Swing, Tom Sawyer, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Beauty and the Beast; Off- Broadway: Lonestar Love. National tours: Evita, Beauty and the Beast, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Heartstrings. Regional theatre: Lucky Guy, Death of a Salesman, Guys and Dolls, CATS, World Premiere of Prince and the Pauper, Kiss Me Kate, the King and I, Anything Goes, World Premiere of Alan Aykborn’s Dreams from a Summer House. Movie soundtracks: The Shaggy Dog, Enchanted. So happy to be here in this creative and supportive community!
SCOTT GUTHRIE is ecstatic about making his FST debut in such a great show! Off-Broadway: Jerome Kern’s Cabaret Girl (Jim Paradene-New York Premiere). Tour: South Pacific, Forever Plaid. Regional: Hair (Berger), The Full Monty (Jerry), Carousel (Billy), A Chorus Line (Zach), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor), and a slew of Forever Plaid and Plaid Tidings (Sparky/Smudge). MM/BM from Oklahoma City University. Proud Member of Actors’ Equity.
JAMES LAROSA Winner of the Payne Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in Music Theatre, select theatre includes: Altar Boyz (FST & Zach Scott), HMS Pinafore (City Center), The Melody Lingers On (National Tour), Wildcat starring Robert Cuccioli (Julia Miles), Singin’ in the Rain (Forestburgh), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Barter), Gypsy (Arkansas Rep), and Working (Di Capo). Select Film/TV: Primetime: “What Would You Do?” (ABC), “Fugitive Chronicles” (A&E), and “Mourning on Charlotte St.” (Freedomland Films). Graduate of NYU and the “FAME” school. www.STARRINGJAMESLaROSA.com
ASHLEY PICCIALLO is a graduate of Montclair State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Select Theatre Credits: Hair (Sheila Franklin); Side Show (Daisy Hilton); Cold As Ice (Laurie Beechman Theatre, Producer Nancy Kerrigan); NJ Premiere of See What I Wanna See (Kesa/Wife/Actress); Always... Patsy Cline (Patsy Cline); and the NY Knicks Halftime Show at Madison Square Garden. TV Credits: NBC’s America’s Most Talented Kid (Finalist). Ashley is also a singer-songwriter and has self-released two albums. www.AshleyPicciallo.com.
Matthew R. Meckes
Director | Richard Hopkins
Music Director | Aimee Radics
Choreographer | Stephen Hope
Scenic Coordinator | April Soroko
Costume Designer | Sara J. Hinkley
Lighting Designer | David M. Upton
Sound Designer | Eric Stahlhammer
Stage Manager | Kelli Karen*
* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.