Westport Country Playhouse debut. Paul is thrilled to make his Westport Country Playhouse debut in In the Heights! National Tours: Billy Elliot (Big Davey), Seussical w/ Cathy Rigby, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Papa Who/cast recording) at MSG. Regional: Evita, In the Heights (Kevin & Piragua Guy), Billy Elliot (Mr. Braithwaite), Guys & Dolls, Joseph..., Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod), The Wiz (Lion), Young Frankenstein (Victor), Twist: An American Musical (Mr. Potlatch) directed/choreographed by Debbie Allen. For more, please visit PaulAguirre.com. Paul is also the creator/owner of Broadway Dolls & Guys, custom crocheted dolls. Love to David, Nikki and Arya. Paul forever dedicates his work to Ma for her never-ending love and support.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Broadway: A Bronx Tale (OBC), Choir Boy (OBC). National Tour: The Lion King. Regional: MUNY (Hairspray); Paramount Theatre (Legally Blonde); Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; Connecticut Repertory Theatre; Virginia Musical Theatre; Virginia Stage Company. Gerald thanks DGRW Talent, TRC, the teachers that have filled his toolbox, and his family and friends for their continued support. BFA Elon University ‘16.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Blanca is a native New Yorker, NYU grad, lucky to have worked with the late Marvin Hamlisch, and proud original Broadway cast member of In the Heights where she played Camila, Daniela, and Abuela. Film: Casino, Isn’t It Romantic, The Girl on the Train, The Purge 3 & 4, The Greatest Showman, Carlito’s Way. TV: “Chicago Fire,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Sinner,” “The Deuce,” “Quantico,” “Billions,” “Nurse Jackie.” Web series: “Mrs. Maisel,” “Kimmy Schmidt,” “Happy,” “Red Oaks.” Can be heard on TV & radio commercials, film, audiobooks, animation (Ice Age, “Pinkalicious,” “Dora”) and was even the voice of Chiquita Banana! ACCA Award from Actor’s Equity. Leading Light Award from HACA.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Randy is thrilled to be part of In The Heights. National Tours: An American in Paris (Ensemble). Opera: West Side Story (Diesel, understudy Riff). Off Broadway: Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical (Ensemble). Former soloist with Compania Nacional de Danza, Dresden Ballet, Opera Ballet de Lyon. He has worked with mentors Duato, Forsythe, Lubovitch, Kylian, Peck and Millipied. Juilliard grad.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Tony is an original Broadway cast member of In the Heights and The Capeman. International/regional credits: Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), Arena Stage (Washington, DC), City Theatre (Pittsburgh), Geva Theatre (Rochester), Milwaukee Rep, Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He’s the Royal Hulamouse in “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” As a full-time voice-over artist, he’s performed on hundreds of English/Spanish commercials. Audiobooks: “The Dreamer” by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Earphones Award for narration), Ricky Martin's autobiography “Yo.” Video games: “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City,” “Bioshock,” and “Red Dead Redemption 2.” He regularly performs simultaneous translation into Spanish on HBO's “Real Sports.” www.tonychiroldes.com
Westport Country Playhouse debut. On Your Feet! 1st National Tour. Theater: In the Heights (Theater Under The Stars, Westchester Broadway Theater, Carla u/s); Disney Tokyo’s Mystic Rhythms (Aerialist), La Rondine Opera. TV: “Modern Love,” “Vinyl” on HBO, Amazon Prime’s “The Tick,” “Saturday Night Live,” “America’s Got Talent,” “40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” “The Talk,” Dutch Musical Awards, “Grease Live!” Sarita has performed for Gloria Estefan and Sofia Carson. Love and endless thanks to god and my amazing family, Sam, friends, and CTG. @sariri15
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Edward is thrilled to be a part of this production. After seeing the first National Tour it’s been a dream to be in such an iconic show that celebrates Latin heritage. Stage credits include: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Associate Choreo, Tuacahn), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). Other credits: Tokyo Disney, Universal Studios Japan, and Walt Disney World. Much love and gratitude to my family, friends, and wonderful agency LDC. @edward_cuellar55
Jonté Jaurel Culpepper
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Jonté is a graduate from the University of New Mexico with his BA in Contemporary Dance and minor in Vocal Performance. Some of his credits include: Bayside! The Musical! (AC Slater, Off-Broadway); Siren’s Den (Vulture/Garrett Understudy, Off-Broadway); Naked Boys Singing (Muscle, National Tour); "American Idol" (Final Contestant, Season 15); Altar Boyz (Luke); Epic Rock/Divas (Male Singer 2, Carnival Cruise Line). He is very thankful and blessed to be joining this amazing cast!
Melissa Denise Lopez
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Melissa Denise Lopez is an NYC girl who’s thrilled to be in In the Heights! National Tours: Spamalot. Regional: FanDance, The Producers, Will Rogers Follies, La Cage Aux Folles. Film: Better Criminal, Project Grey, Le Coeur Brise. Webseries: “The Doll.” Proud AMDA graduate. Love to my family and to my little hotdog Bentley! Mommy you are the wind beneath my wings! Go Yankees! IG: melissadlopez
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Sandra is so thankful to be in the “Barrio” and share this beautiful story! She recently filmed her first co-star TV role on “Bull” (CBS)! Favorite roles include: NYC: Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Cachita (Hatuey), Adina (Elixir of Love), Lalume (Kismet). Regional theater: Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Cinderella (Cinderella), Eponine (Les Miserables.) Proud graduate of New World School of Arts (BM), Roosevelt University (MM), UConn (PC). All my love to Kam, Mom, and Ray! Para siempre en mi corazón Abuelita! www.sandramarantesoprano.com
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Broadway: On Your Feet! The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan (Gloria Fajardo) OBC; In the Heights (Bolero Singer, Camila, Claudia, Daniela) OBC, 2007 Drama Desk Award recipient. Off Broadway/Regional: Anne Part 2 (Royal Family Productions); American Mariachi (Amalia, Denver Center/Old Globe) world premiere; Curvy Widow (Heidi, Westside Arts); Giant (Lupe, Public Theatre); The Piper (Irish Rep); La Lupe (PRTT); Havana Under the Sea (Hola Award for Best Actress); Senor Discretion Himself (Arena Stage). TV: “Madame Secretary,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” Smash,” “Tale of Timmy Two Chins (SHO),” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Law and Order,” “The View,” “One Life to Live” (Dr. Baez), “All My Children” (Chandler maid). Doreen is also featured in the PBS documentary “Chasing Broadway Dreams” a documentary about In the Heights, and “Heart and Soul,” a documentary about Frank Loesser. Doreen is a recording and cabaret artist, and can be heard on many jingles and cast recordings. CD: "American Heart/Latin Soul" on iTunes and cdbaby. Thanks to her guardian angels, Michael, her family & the “Mann Clan.” www.doreenmontalvo.com. Paciencia Y Fe!
Nina Victoria Negron*
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Nina is so excited to be making her WCP debut! A Connecticut native, Nina cannot think of a better show to bring to this community and is so thankful to be a part of it. Theatre credits: In the Heights (Vanessa); playing alongside Princess Jasmine and Pocahontas aboard the Disney Dream cruise-liner; Rent (Mimi); In the Heights (Nina). Film: Hi-Glow Retro (Katy) produced by Connecticut’s own Silvermine Productions. Endless thanks to my family, my Cupcake, the Avalon Artists Group NY team, and YOU for making this possible! Follow my journey on Instagram @NinaVNegron or visit www.NinaVNegron.com.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Ezequiel is a 17-year-old from the Bronx, NY. He attends the United Nations School. Ezequiel loves musical theater, as well as playing sports and being active. He worked on early readings of the Broadway musical On Your Feet! and Carmencita Jones. He has also appeared on “Madam Secretary” (CBS), “Central Park Five” (Netflix), and has done many commercials and voiceovers. Thanks to his family, Tara Rubin Casting, Innovative Artists, and Connecting Talent Company.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Graduate of University of the Arts. Regional: From Here to Eternity (Workshop Cast), American Mariachi (World premiere cast). She has opened multiple shows at Disney World including Elena’s Royal Welcome and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration Castle Show. She is very happy to return home to share this amazing story. For Rob and Andrea. Website: www.amanda-robles.com Instagram: @arobles43. Tened Fe.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, whether it was singing, dancing, or acting, Didi always tried her best to make people happy. She's a very well-known social media influencer back in her island, and she tries her best to inspire others in achieving their dreams with her content. Recently graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Didi Romero makes her musical theatre debut in In the Heights.
Marco Antonio Santiago*
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Marco is excited to perform alongside such a talented cast, especially in this powerful show. BFA from Auburn University, MFA from University of Central Florida. Credits: Bernardo (West Side Story, London); The Guthrie Theater; Chino (West Side Story, Stratford Shakespeare Festival); Shane (The Wedding Singer, first National Tour); Paul (A Chorus Line); Tommy (Annie Get Your Gun). All thanks to God for this opportunity—y mil gracias a Marcos—our amazing director, the WCP family, and ATB. Enjoy the show, and never lose “paciencia y fe!”
Ensemble/Dance Captain/Associate Choreographer
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Ali is thrilled to be back in el barrio after spending many hours in the studio with Andy Blankenbuehler prior to the show’s Broadway opening. She was also lucky enough to be in the ensemble on the First National Tour. Broadway/National Tours: Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Gigi, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, Billy Elliot, In the Heights, Swing! NYC/Regional: Bandstand, Sweet Charity, Bull Durham, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, City Center, the Kennedy Center. TV: “Boardwalk Empire,” Acer Electronics, NFL Super Bowl “Dirty Dancing” commercial, Lord & Taylor, “The View,” “Dora’s Explorer Girls.” Gracias Marcos! www.alisolomon.com
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Rodolfo is excited to make his Westport Country Playhouse debut. He was previously seen in TWUSA’s Spring 2018 tour of The Lightning Thief (Grover) and at The Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in Poor Boy’s Chorus (Poor Boy #1). He graduated with a BFA in Acting and a BA in Writing for the Stage from Marymount Manhattan College. His favorite quote is, “Every day has the opportunity to be the best day of your life.” IG: @therightkindofphrase
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