Broadway credits include The Moliere Comedies at the Roundabout Theater. Off-Broadway credits include Merrily we Roll Along (Drama Desk Nomination, Obie Award), Two Gentlemen of Verona—New York Shakespeare Festival (Obie Award, St. Clair Bayfield Award), Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again (Lincoln Center), Juno (Vineyard Theater). Television credits include starring role on NBC series Caroline In The City, Monkey Island (BBC). He holds an MFA from Yale Drama School and a BA from the University of Florida.
has just returned from London, where she enjoyed a month-long sold-out engagement at the elegant supper club Pizza on the Park. She returns this fall to New York’s legendary Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel as part of her 10th Anniversary Tour, which includes The Gardenia in Hollywood, The Plush Room in San Francisco and major symphony concerts throughout the United States. Her recording “I’ll Be Seeing You: Love Songs of World War II,” “Just Kern,” “December Songs,” and “Always: Irving Berlin” are available on Cabaret Records. She most recently debuted the song cycle “I Am Anne Frank” at Lincoln Center, and that recording is available through the Anne Frank Center in New York. Ms. Marcovicci began her acting career on the daytime drama Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, and made her Broadway debut opposite Howard Keel in Ambassador, the musical adaptation of the novel by Henry James. She was Ophelia to Sam Waterston’s Hamlet for Joe Papp and starred in Any Given Day by Frank Gilroy. Her film credits include The Front with Woody Allen, The Hand with Michael Caine, and Someone to Love with Orson Welles. Her most recent film appearance was as Danny Devito’s wife in Jack The Bear. On television she’s appeared on Cybill, Taxi, Magnum PI.I., Hill Street Blues and Kojak, and starred in many made-for-TV movies. Ms. Marvocicci made her Carnegie Hall debut in November 1993, and sang at the White House in January 1995.
received a Tony Award nomination this season for his performance in Horton Foote’s Pulitzer Prize Winning The Young Man From Atlanta. Although born in America he made his theatrical debut in England in the original London production of William Saroyan’s The Time Of Your Life under the Artistic Leadership of Tyrone Guthrie and directed by Peter Glenville. Mr. McGuire has been a leading actor with the Guthrie Theatre and Canada’s Stratford on Avon, where he created the role of Hugh the Schoolmaster in the North America premiere of Brian Friel’s award winning Translations. He appeared in leading roles at New York’s Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Denver Theatre Center, and for the past ten years he has been a leading actor with the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Mr. McGuire has appeared in numerous leading roles on Broadway beginning with the original production of South Pacific. Other leading roles were in The Moon is Blue, King of Hearts, Catonsville Nine, View From the Bridge, Father’s Day, A Streetcar Named Desire, Portrait of a Madonna opposite Jessica Tandy, Sean O’Casey’s Bedtime Story, and Pound on Demand with Ms. Tandy and Mr. Cronyn. McGuire’s films include Serpico, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Thomas Crown Affair, Midway, The Karen Ann Quinlan Story, Station Six Sahara and many more. In 1960 he appeared in the acclaimed revival of Finian’s Rainbow opposite Jeannie Carson. They were married that year and have been singing “If This Isn’t Love” ever since. He and his wife have been members of the Seattle Repertory for over ten years and together founded the Hyde Park Festival Theatre in New York.
most recently starred as Joe Gillis in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Rex made his Broadway debut as Danny Zuko in the original production of Grease! He received the Theatre World Award for his portrayal of Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance and also starred in the show’s movie adaptation. Rex’s other Broadway credits include Spangler in The Human Comedy, The Baron in Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel and Billy Crocker in the Lincoln Center’s Anything Goes. He also starred at the Kennedy Center as Tony in West Side Story, Billy Bigelow in Carousel and Curly in Oklahoma! On TV Rex hosted the music show Solid Gold, starred as Jesse Mach in the ABC series Street Hawk, and acted in various TV movies including Daredevil, Danielle Steele’s Once in a Lifetime and Sooner or Later (also the title of his Platinum album featuring the hit “You Take My Breath Away”). Most recently he guest starred on the CBS dramatic series Jag, CBS’s Caroline in the City and UPN’s The Sentinel.
recently completed filming Primary Colors, directed by Mike Nichols. Other upcoming films include Warren Beatty’s Bulworth, Roland Joffe’s Goodybe Lover, Costa Gavras’ Mad City and Jeb Stuart’s Switchback. In addition, Kevin appears in the films Con Air, Independence Day, Dead Man Walking, Dead Poets Society, and The Trip To Bountiful. Last season’s television credits include If These Walls Could Talk, Diagnosis Murder, The Pretender, Ink and NYPD Blue. Kevin has toured nationally and appeared on Broadway in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Big River, Other People’s Money, and M. Butterfly and has numerous regional and stock credits.
has requested that in lieu of a biography, this space be utilized to celebrate the remarkable lives and honor the legacies of Brandon Tartikoff, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Rudolph Bing, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Ennis Cosby, Viktor Frankl, Dodi al Fayed, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Mother Teresa. May their extraordinary lights never be extinguished.
is here after twelve years of New York. She worked with George C. Wolfe (Jelly’s Last Jam), Des McAnuff and Michael Grief (Big River). Julie Boyd and Joan Micklin-Silver (A My Name is Still Alice, off-Broadway). Other favorite tours and shows include Ain’t Misbehavin, The Legend (director Debbie Allen), Godspell (director Glen Casale), Dreamgirls, Plaza Suite, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Insurrection (at the Mark Taper Forum II) and she just finished Is It Just me or Is It Hot In Here (director Michael Arabian). You can see her this season on Murphy Brown (X-Ray Technologist) October 1st and 8th, and on an upcoming episode of Nightmare singing “Amazing Grace.” Other TV credits include 413 Hope Street (nasty hospital receptionist), Hitz (the fat-suited Sabrina Chambers), Hangin With Mr. Cooper (Vanessa’s boss, Viva), High Incident, Wayans Brothers, and Living Single. Upcoming movies: Mousehunt (Waitress) with Nathan Lane and Touch Me (Gospel Singer). Others include Six Degrees of Separation (Lt. Price), White Lies, Rooftops and The Super. She just loves LA and is here to stay. Oh yea, she rides a 650 Suzuki, feel that fire!
is perhaps best-known as the philandering Chester Tate in the now-classic television series Soap. He originated Howard Benedict in the original Broadway production of Applause with Lauren Bacall, as well as Max Berkowitz in the hit musical Mail, at the Pasadena Playhouse. Robert also starred in regional productions of Chicago, Same Time Next Year, Born Yesterday, and four productions of Sleuth. More recently, he was seen in Michael Arabian’s A History of Shadows at the CBS/Radford Studios; the revival of How To Succeed in Business at the LaJolla Playhouse; and in Theatre Leagues’ My Fair Lady. He just recently closed the run of a new play, Just Men, at the Stella Adler Theatre. He starred in a highly successful production of Everything I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten at the Tiffany while directing an acclaimed revival of The Curious Savage at the Adler. He just closed in the West Coast premiere of Beast On The Moon, and that brings us up to date! In addition to Soap, Robert has also starred in the TV series Private Benjamin and Three’s A Crowd and has made thousands of guest appearances on everything from Playhouse 90 and Armstrong Circle Theatre to All In The Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Maude and, more recently The Golden Girls, Married With Children, Sisters, Weird Science and a run on Days Of Our Lives. Pomona College was followed by New York and studies with Strasberg, Berghof and Stella Adler. He teaches acting here in Los Angeles.
starred on Broadway, as Louise, in Nicholas Hytner’s Tony award winning Carousel. She reprised the role on the recent National tour of Carousel. Other theater credits include The Phantom of the Opera directed by Harold Prince and Brigadoon at the Papermill Playhouse. She has danced and toured extensively with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s American Ballet Theater and the San Francisco Ballet under the direction of Helgi Tommasson, working with such renowned choreographers as Agnes de Mille, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Anthony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor and Merce Cunningham. This past year she was a featured dancer in San Francisco Opera’s new production of Aida, choreographed by Donald Byrd. Her other credits include several featured roles in the critically acclaimed PBS Dance In America series and the Herbert Ross film Dancers.
is excited to be performing in Finian’s Rainbow as it was her first musical performed at age eleven. Since then, she has been performing across the U.S. in revue shows, singing with Disney, working in commercials, and entertaining on the high seas. Wendee also studies and performs opera in the South Bay. LA stage credits include Oklahoma!, The Phantom of the Opera, Die Flederamus, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Liesl in The Sound of Music and Margot in The Desert Song. Wendee would like to dedicate her performances to her mom.
has recently returned from Houston, Texas where he played Bert Barr in a wonderful revival of 42nd Street for Theater Under The Stars. In June at the Pasadena Playhouse, Ira played the role of Jacques in The Musical Theatre Guild’s staged reading of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s Colette Collage starring Susan Watson. He began this year starring as Bela Zangler in back to back productions of Gershwin’s Crazy For You here in La Mirada for McCoy/Rigby Productions and then in Houston for Theater Under The Stars. Over many years Ira toured the country with different productions of Fiddler on the Roof playing Motel the Tailor, most frequently opposite Theodore Bikel. He is a recipient of two Dramalogue Awards for outstanding performance: one for the MC in Cabaret and the other for George Cohan in George M! Other credits include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Homer in Mornings at Seven, Jacquot in Carnival and the barber in Man of La Mancha. He currently has a Pizza Hut commercial running and stars in the independent short film Bazaar, making the rounds at film festivals. Ira is a founding board member of the THEATRE OF BEING acting workshop in Los Angeles.
comes to REPRISE! having just completed the world premiere of the highly acclaimed Tin Pan Alley Rag at the Pasadena Playhouse. LA and Regional Theater: Theater League’s Camelot starring David Birney and Dale Kristien, Josie Cohan in The Welk’s George M! (for which she won critical acclaim), Sister/Young Eva in Theater League’s Evita, Burden/Ignorance in Pilgrim (Workshop), Margie in Landscape Of The Body (Court Theater), Hela in The Survivor (Estelle Harmon Theater), Ela in Charley’s Aunt, Zelda in Making Love To Zelda, Beatrice in Hubie’s Best Friend (all West Coast Ensemble), West Side Story (Opera Pacific), Phoebe in Alterations at Gene Dynarski Theater and more. TV & Film: Beverly Hills 90210, Ren & Stimpy, Head Of The Class, Say Anything, commercials, voiceovers, TV special, jingles, studio impersonator & parody singer for the Premiere Radio Network, voice of Betty Boop for Betty Boop’s Hollywood Mystery recently running on the Disney Channel. Melissa wishes to send love and thanks to her family and to her fiancée/angel Daniel. Her performance is dedicated in loving memory to the late Joanna Martin.
Broadway: Stand-up Tragedy. Off-Broadway: Insurrection: Holding History (NYSF, The Public). Regional: The World Premiere of Jelly’s Last Jam (Young Jelly) at the Mark Taper Forum, Puddin’ ‘N Pete: Fable Of A Marriage at the Old Globe as actor and choreographer (Dramalogue Award for Performance) and Co-creator and Director of the one-woman play Facing The Dinosaur (Living In The She-Hysteric Era) for Ellen Clehorne (Saturday Night Live) at the HBO Workspace. Film: LA Confidential as boxer James Bidwell (September release), Twilight Of The Golds (October release). TV: numerous guest spots including The George Carlin Show, Family Matters, The Show, Buddies, The Good Life to name a few as well as achieving fame with the 10 and under set on the Emmy-award winning children’s series Adventures in Wonderland.
is excited to be a part of Finian’s Rainbow. He was last seen as one of the featured performers in Voices Of Broadway, as well as performing as Wolfie in Beetlejuice’s Rockin Graveyard Review at Universal Studios. Some of his credits include: National Tours—Cats, Babes In Toyland (Jack); Off-Broadway—The Tail Of Mortimer Stone (Barney), Step Into My World (Lead); Regional—the award winning LA productions of Psycho Beach Party (Chicklet) and Nobody Hears A Borken Drum (Mr. Flannelly), Equus (Alan Strang), Grease (Doody), A Chorus Line (Mark), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), West Side Story (Baby John); Film/TV—Gypsy (Caroline’s Ass) starring Bette Midler, The Tattinger’s (the boyfriend), Harvest Homecoming (the window boy), Autumn Dance (symbol), Bethie’s Really Silly Clubhouse (Kodiak) and the limbo-ing Granny Putterman in the Duracell commercials. K.W. would like to thank his wonderful family, “J,” and his agents—Jeannine, Bob and Eddie—for believing in him.
most recently portrayed Rosie Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie at the West Virginia Public Theatre. She performed on Broadway in Meet Me In St. Louis and Off-Broadway in the revival of Chess and in the National tours of Cats, Tap Dance Kid, Barnum, Gigi, and Colette. She originated the role of Madame Claire in the new Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt musical Mirette, which premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. At Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, she played Shelia in A Chorus Line. For the film of The Fantasticks, she was the assistant choreographer and appears as the bearded lady. She choreographed Nine for the Abe Burrows theatre at NYU, and Two Gentlemen of Verona for the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.
an Ohio native, is currently co-starring as Nikki “the nerd” in Gramercy Pictures’ hit Summer comedy feature film How To Be A Player, which stars popular MTV host and comedian, Bill Bellamy. Miss Shearer is an actress/singer/dancer who recently co-starred in The Santa Barbara CLO’s musical Production of Little Shop Of Horrors, has starred in such mainstream productions as Jayne Kennedy’s The African-American, Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls…, Larry Hart’s Larr! Bear and The Teddy Town Kids, and Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin'. Licia received a Best Actress nomianation from the NAACP committee for her performance in the original musical stage play, A Little Meditation. LIcia also plays multiple roles as Sarah and Tranlece on The Tim Joyner Morning Show’s hit, syndicated soap opera, It’s Your World, and is a Los Angeles air-personality on KACE-FM. And Licia thanks God for her many blessings, as well as her praying mother who says “Good things come to those who wait…be patient.”
After completing the National Company of Sunset Boulevard covering Joe Gillis, backing up Bernadette Peters at the Universal Amphitheatre, followed by choreographing Damn Yankees, and playing Will Parker opposite Jodi Benson in Oklahoma! for the Sacramento Music Circus, Timothy returns to LA happy to be a part of the REPRISE! concert series. Other “road” work includes Broadway and National tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, Les Miserables, Evita, A Chorus Line, George Abbott…A Celebration, and My Fair Lady. Southern California audiences have seen Timothy as the Crook in the Ahmanson revival of Candide, featured in the premieres of Jelly’s Last Jam, and Ghetto at the Taper, the Balladeer in Sondheim’s Assassins at LATC, and in leading roles in productions of Can Can, A Chorus Line, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Hello Dolly!, On The Town, A Christmas Carol, Babes In Toyland, Blame It On The Movie, and three S.T.A.G.E. APLA Benefits, among others. On TV Timothy guest starred on Wings and created the celebrated Niles and Daphne Tango for Fraiser.
most recently toured with Bette Midler as one of the fabulous Harlettes. She has also made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman. She received her education at California State University at Fullerton as a Theatre/Dance major and has gone on to appear with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, The Righteous Brothers, Paula Abdul and Donna Summer. Favorite projects include record deals with Capitol and Virgin Records and creating a new character for Sesame Street Live. Melanie’s current projects include songwriting and pursuing a solo record deal.
was last seen as Agwe in Once On This Island at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. He was also a member of the National tour of Dreamgirls, as well as several West Coast productions. Other Regional credits include Pippin and A Chorus Line. Marvin wishes to thank his friends and family for their love and support.
a native New Yorker now residing in Los Angeles, has performed nationally and internationally with Houston Grand Opera and Virginia Opera companies. Elex made his debut at La Scala in Milan, Italy and La Bastille in Paris, France as Jake in Porgy and Bess. Elex has been seen in roles as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Germont in La Traviata, The Notary in Don Pasquale, Dr. Engel in The Student Prince, Sir Lionel in Camelot, and Jim in Big River to name a few. Elex recently completed a tour of Germany with The Golden Gospel Singers. Elex is thankful to God from which his talents and gifts come, and for the opportunity to share them around the world.