Westport Country Playhouse debut. Broadway: Beautiful. First National Tour: Sister Act. NY Theatre: Trial (Beckmann Theater); Marie Christine (3LD); Caroline, or Change (Gallery Players); Futurology (National Black Theater). Regional: Lights Out (People’s Light, Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre nomination). TV: “Younger,” “Royal Pains.” Film: Shield, Ride By Night, Chasing Taste, Jamerican. Gisela holds a B.A. in Drama and African Studies from Fordham University and is a proud member of Broadway Inspirational Voices, Broadway Serves and Vocal Ease. Thanks to my brother Eric for his unbending support. More at www.iamgisela.com, @imGisela and @GiselaAdisa on Instagram.
Ceasar F. Barajas*
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Ceasar is honored to join the Westport Country Playhouse & to be back in prison! He’s a multi-hyphenated performing threat with international credits. Some Broadway Regional faves include: Man of La Mancha (Pedro, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Helen Hayes Award Nominee); In The Heights (Graffiti Pete/Assoc. Choreographer, Walnut St Theatre); Sir Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity (Hal/Pvt. Ruiz, Ogunquit Playhouse). Film (selected): Hello Again (opposite Audra McDonald), L.A.dy Dior (opposite Marion Cotillard), TV (selected): The Last O.G. (opposite Tracy Morgan), Bull, The Good Fight, Law & Order: SVU, Gotham. Please visit www.ceasarfbarajas.com. THANK YOU Mark Lamos, mi compadre Marcos Santana & Eric Woodal! My undying Love to my Team, my ride or dies Irene & Gina at DDO Artists Agency & mi familia.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Carlos is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and studied Theatre at BYU. Broadway: Les Miserables (Feuilly), Mamma Mia (u/s Eddie/Father A), Scandalous (Ramon), Good Vibrations (u/s Jan/Class Pres.). Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Juan/Abe/Mark), Mapmaker’s Opera (Roberto). Regional: Evita (Che) at Phoenix Theatre, Christmas Story (u/s Santa Claus) at Papermill, I Am Anne Hutchison/Harvey Milk at Strathamore with Kristen Chenoweth and Andrew Lippa, world premiere of Vices: A Love Story (Man 1) at Caldwell Theatre Company, Cinderella (Prince) at Sundance Theatre. Thrilled to be a part of this unique and special piece! For Joe, Luca and Marco.
Michael Scott Gomez*
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Michael is so grateful to be making his debut at WCP! He is a Dallas native and recent MFA graduate of the ART/MXAT at Harvard University. Regional credits include: La Cage Aux Folles, Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical, and Catch Me If You Can in Dallas; Gypsy, A Chorus Line, and The Rocky Horror Show in Phoenix; The Donkey Show, Assistance, and Charlotte’s Web in Boston. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Matthew, Andrew, and Jaime Baker at Baker Management, Lisa Price and Yvan Mfuranzima at The Price Group, and wonderful friends for their support! Instagram: @mr_mikegomez
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Paola is really excited to be part of this beautiful cast! Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Proud Circle in the Square Theater School Alumna. Recent: Rent National Tour (Mimi Marquez), Rent National Tour (Swing, U/S Mimi, Maureen), Twelfth Night (Viola), Spring Awakening (Martha), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Hairspray (Dynamite), Godspell, Hair. Gracias to my familia. www.paola-hernandez.com Follow: @phtanon
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Philip is the only actor in Broadway history to play Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Les Misérables. He also played principal roles in the Original Broadway Casts of Kiss of the Spider Woman and Paul Simon’s The Capeman. TV: “Bull,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Blacklist,” “The Path,” “Gotham,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Elementary,” “Hostages,” “Damages,” “Person of Interest,” and “Law and Order.” His most rewarding role is being “Dad” to twenty-one year old Mariah and four year old Tallulah. As a coach in NYC, Philip prepares actors for work on-camera and onstage. Find him at www.PhilipHernandez.net or on Twitter & Instagram @philip24601
Sancho Panza/Prisoner/As Cast
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Tony has appeared in several productions Off-Broadway, including These Paper Bullets (Atlantic Theater Company), Timon of Athens (The Public Theater), and The Hasty Heart (Keen Company), among others. Regionally, he's appeared at the Geffen Playhouse and in several shows at Yale Repertory Theatre, including Cymbeline, Black Snow, The Taming of the Shrew, and You Never Can Tell. TV credits include: “Maniac” (Netflix), “Elementary” (CBS), “Z: The Beginning of Everything” (Amazon), “The Exorcist” (FOX), and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon). He is a proud member of New Neighborhood and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Michael was most recently seen in Hey, Look Me Over! at New York City Center Encores! featuring Joel Grey, Vanessa Williams, and Bebe Neuwirth. New York: Chaplin (Broadway), Fat Camp (Off Broadway). Regional: Damn Yankees: The Red Sox Version (Goodspeed Opera House), Peter and the Starcatcher (Weston Playhouse), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (ACT of Connecticut), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe), Billy Elliot (North Carolina Theatre), Grease (North Shore Music Theatre), Hello! My Baby! (Goodspeed-Norma Terris), The Music Man (Weston Playhouse), The Full Monty (AMTSJ), Paquito's Christmas (Kennedy Center). BFA: University of Arizona.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Most recently seen in This Ain’t No Disco at Atlantic Theatre Company (World Premiere). Broadway: Soul Doctor, Leap of Faith, Mamma Mia. The New York Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall (Dir/Chor: Mia Michaels). West End: A-rab in West Side Story (Olivier Nomination). Regional: Paul in A Chorus Line (Muny), Escape to Margaritaville (La Jolla Playhouse), How to Succeed… (Tuts), Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse), Dreamgirls (Tuts). TV: Mike Hunt on “The Queen’s Project,” “Lip Sync Battle,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “One Life to Live,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The Jimmy Fallon Show,” “Saturday Night Live.” Film: Rock of Ages, Step Up Revolution. ipaget.com @ianpaget_
Maria/Housekeeper/Prisoner/On Stage Guitar Player/As Cast
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Tours: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (First National), Listen To Your Heart (with David Friedman). Off-Broadway: Disenchanted (Lortel nomination, Best Featured Actress). Regional: 1776 (Rutledge), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Mame (Gooch), Rent (Joanne), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Eddie/Dr. Scott), Wit (Susie), South Pacific (Bloody Mary), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), I Love You Because, Edges, Hair, How to Succeed (with the Orlando Philharmonic), Finding Nemo: the Musical. Film: Frozen (Blu-Ray Featurette), Going in Style. Comedy Warehouse alum. Host of the 10k Dollar Day podcast. Connect: @lulupicart.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Jermaine is a multi-faceted theatre artist. Broadway: The Lion King, Fela! Regional: Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Noon Day Sun, Batboy.
Film: Bwoy, Freedom, and was an original cast member in the National Theatre Live Fela! Operas: Il Barber de Seville, The Tales of Horrman. Former dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem and National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. Original works include A Drema on an Isalnd, Mom’s Eulogy, The Other, Solitary, Storyteller –Musical. He holds an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, and is a CUNY Adjunct Professor in Acting.
David is pleased to make his debut with Westport Country Playhouse. Tours/Regional: European Tour of Grease (Danny), Kiss Me Kate (Fred/Petruchio), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Phoebus), Evita (Che), Chicago (Billy), All Shook Up (Chad), Urinetown (Bobby), West Side Story (Tony), Carousel (Billy), Beauty & The Beast (Beast), The Pajama Game (Sid), The Who’s Tommy (Tommy), Annie Get Your Gun (Frank), City of Angels (Stone), On The Town (Gabey), Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Miss Saigon (John), Blood Brothers (Narrator), Joseph… (Pharaoh), Children of Eden (Adam/Noah), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf), and the world premiere of Prince of Egypt.
Westport Country Playhouse: Romeo and Juliet. Clay is thrilled to return to Westport and work with such an outstanding group of artists. He recently made his Off-Broadway debut in Single Rider. Other credits include Love the Struggle (SheNYC) and Fountain (New Vic reading). He earned his BFA at Carnegie Mellon University, certificate in classical acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and his high school diploma down the street. Big thanks to the Westport Country Playhouse, Robert/Bloc, and Mom for the home cooked meals. Follow him on instagram @claybsinger
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Esteban is a Miami, FL native currently residing in New York City, with two performance degrees from the University of Miami and Oklahoma City University. Past credits include: Will Bloom in Big Fish, Che in Evita, Angel in RENT, and Lead Vocalist in the National Tour of Rockin’ Road to Dublin. He is very excited to be on this next adventure with the Westport Country Playhouse. A giant thank you to the entire team here, a warm hug with so much love to the Clear Talent Group, and endless gratitude to Tara Rubin Casting for this opportunity. @estesuero
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