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Spring Awakening

Cast Biographies

Krystina Alabado | Spring Awakening

Krystina Alabado

Swing, u/s Wendla, Ilse

Debut national tour. Regional: Crazy For You (Phoenix Theatre). Thanks to Dad, Mom, Alec, Juju, Carly, Kristen, Seth and her family. Love you all! Proud Equity member.

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Christy Altomare | Spring Awakening

Christy Altomare

Wendla

is thrilled to be part of Spring Awakening. Graduate of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music 2008 (BFA musical theatre). Regional credits include Little Women (Amy), Bye Bye Birdie (Kim), The Last Five Years (Kathy). Song­writer: music at www.christyaltomare.com, www.myspace.com/christyaltomare. Thanks to the creative team, Station3, KSA, teachers, friends and family for all your support.

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Blake Bashoff | Spring Awakening

Blake Bashoff

Moritz

made his Broadway debut in Spring Awakening in December 2007 and is thrilled to reprise his performance for the national tour. TV: many guest star and recurring roles, best known for Lost and Judging Amy. Films include Bushwhacked, Big Bully, HBO’s Emmy Award-winning A Child Betrayed: The Calvin Mire Story. For Mom, Dad and Jaclyn.

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Julia Benko | Spring Awakening

Julie Benko

Ensemble, u/s Wendla, Ilse

National tour debut. Currently studying at NYU-Tisch’s CAP21. Love and thanks to all family, friends and teachers, especially Tobi, Shelli, Dina, Mom, Dad and Allison. For Aunt Sharyn.

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Todd Cerveris | Spring Awakening

Todd Cerveris

u/s Adult Men

is glad to finally be touring with his wife, Angela Reed after two years on the road with Twelve Angry Men starring Richard Thomas. Beyond that—well, ask him; he’ll be glad to tell you more.

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Steffi D| Spring Awakening

Steffi D

Ilse

A Top 5 finalist on Canadian Idol 2006, Steffi has been seen both on stage, in plays and puppet shows, and on the small screen as one of the leads in a French Canadian television series, for which she also recorded the theme song. Steffi is ecstatic to be on tour living her dream with the Spring Awakening family.

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Chase Davidson | Spring Awakening

Chase Davidson

Swing, u/s Moritz

attended The Boston Conservatory. Recent credits include Hello Again (The Young Thing), Bent (Rudy), Elegies: A Song Cycle. Thanks friends and family for their love, support and inspiration..

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Kate Fuglei | Spring Awakening

Kate Fuglei

u/s Adult Women

National tour debut. Leading roles at La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie, Arena Stage, NYSF. Television guest star roles, most recently Lincoln Heights. Admiring wife of writer Ken LaZebnik, mother to Jack and Ben.

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Gabrielle Garza | Spring Awakening

Gabrielle Garza

Anna

is thrilled to be touring with Spring Awakening! She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College. Thanks to family, friends, teachers and mentors for their faith, love and guidance. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.

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Kimiko Glenn | Spring Awakening

Kimiko Glenn

Thea

National tour debut. Kimiko would like to thank everyone at The Boston Conservatory, Tess, Toshani, Gina, Amanda, and, of course, her parents for their endless supply of love and support.

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Sarah Hunt | Spring Awakening

Sarah Hunt

Martha

a recent high school graduate, feels fortunate to make her professional debut in Spring Awakening. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Nicole, Ernie, Cyndy, friends and family.

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Anthony Lee Medina | Spring Awakening

Anthony Lee Medina

Otto

Pro­fessional debut. Currently a freshman in Pace University’s Musical Theater BFA program. Thanks to family, The Four Quadrants, The Littles, Amy Rogers, Sheri Sanders and Tom Burke.

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Andy Mientus | Spring Awakening

Andy Mientus

Hanschen

is honored to join the Spring Awakening family. Regional: Huck in Big River at Music Theater of Wichita and at the University of Michigan, where he is a senior in musical theatre. Thanks to Michael, Tom, Carnahan Casting, Michael Kirsten and the ZenDog guys. For those I’ve known and lost.

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Ben MOss | Spring Awakening

Ben Moss

Ernst

Credits include Far From Heaven (2002), commercials, voice-overs. Will attend Harvard University in 2009. Thanks to GenerationTV, family, friends, JJHS and FWF. Proud member of AEA.

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Angela Reed | Spring Awakening

Angela Reed

Adult Women

recently made her Broadway debut stepping in for Frances McDormand in The Country Girl opposite Morgan Freeman. Other N.Y. credits include Tom Stoppard’s Rock ’n’ Roll and The Rainmaker. Additionally, she has worked off-Broadway and at numerous theatres around the country. TV credits include Law & Order, Third Watch and Criminal Intent.

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Kyle Riabko | Spring Awakening

Kyle Riabko

Melchior

After debuting as Melchior on Broadway, Kyle is proud to join the touring cast of Spring Awakening. As a singer/songwriter, he released a full-length record on Columbia and toured with John Mayer, Maroon 5, BB King and others. Kyle played Milo in Instant Star and his new record, The Parkdale Sessions is available now. www.kyleriabko.com.

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Perry Sherman | Spring Awakening

Perry Sherman

Ensemble, u/s Melchior

Professional debut. Currently studying at Carnegie Mellon University. Thanks to friends, teachers but most of all family for all the support and love.

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Matt Shingledecker | Spring Awakening

Matt Shingledecker

Georg, u/s Melchior

Broadway: Spring Awakening.  Regional: 1776 (Courier), The Fantasticks (Matt), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Joseph), Bat Boy (Pan).  ALW’s Phantom (Phantom) at Elon University. TV: Barflies (series pilot).  Thanks family and friends.

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Claire Sparks | Spring Awakening

Claire Sparks

Ensemble; u/s Wendla

is excited to be a member of the first national tour of  Spring Awakening. Professional acting debut. She thanks her family and friends for all their continuous support.

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Henri Stram | Spring Awakening

Henry Stram

Adult Men

Broadway: Inherit the Wind, The Crucible and Titanic. Films: Cradle Will Rock, Illuminata, The Grey Zone. TV: Law & Order: CI, Kingpin, Enterprise. Henry is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division and is a recipient of a 1996 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.

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Lucas A. Wells | Spring Awakening

Lucas A. Wells

Ensemble, u/s Melchior, Moritz

trained at Siena Heights University. Proud to be making his professional debut. Thanks to family and friends. I love you all. For RW.

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Credits

Duncan Sheik

Music

received the 2007 Tony Awards for Best Orchestration and Best Original Score and a 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for his Broadway hit, Spring Awakening. Sheik and his collaborator on Spring Awakening, playwright Steven Sater, are developing Nero (Another Golden Rome). The pair has also been developing The Nightingale, based on the stories of Hans Christian Anderson. The two are also in talks about a contemporized film musical version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In addition, Sheik has been working with playwright Kyle Jarrow and director Keith Powell on an original musical currently titled Whisper House. The Whisper House CD, featuring Duncan Sheik, is due out on Sony/Victor in January,2009. In the mid 1990s, Sheik’s self-titled debut on Atlantic Records, was an enormous popular and critical success and spent over 50 weeks on the Billboard 200 and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Vocal. Sheik has composed for film and television, including Curious Pictures’ forthcoming animated film Little Spirit.

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Steven Sater

Book & Lyrics


won the 2007 Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score for his work on Spring Awakening, along with the Drama Desk and Outer Circle Award for Best Lyrics. His plays include the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (Rosenthal Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse), Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize), A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film), Asylum (Naked Angels), Murder at the Gates (commissioned by Eye of the Storm), and a reconceived version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, with music by Laurie Anderson, which played London’s Lyric Hammersmith and toured internationally. In addition to Spring Awakening, Sater has collaborated with Duncan Sheik on the N.Y. premiere of Umbrage (HERE), Nero (The Magic Theatre), The Nightingale (O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, La Jolla Playhouse) the critically acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch), and the songs for Michael Mayer’s feature film A Home at the End of the World.

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Michael Mayer

Director

received the 2007 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Spring Awakening. Broadway: ’night Mother, After the Fall, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Drama Desk Award and Tony nomination), An Almost Holy Picture, Uncle Vanya, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Tony nomination), The Lion in Winter, Side Man (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards), A View From the Bridge (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, Tony nomination), Triumph of Love. Off-Broadway: 10 Million Miles, The Credeaux Canvas, Stupid Kids, Antigone in New York, Baby Anger, View of the Dome, Missing Persons, America Dreaming, Hundreds of Hats. National Tour: Angels in America, Thoroughly Modern Millie. West End: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Side Man. Film: A Home at the End of the World, Flicka.

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Bill T. Jones

Choreographer

received the 2007 Tony Award for this production of Spring
Awakening. He also won the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography for the New York Theatre Workshop’s production The Seven. Mr. Jones formed the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982 with his late partner Arnie Zane. Mr. Jones has also choreographed for numerous companies worldwide. In 1994, Mr. Jones received a MacArthur “Genius” Award as well as several New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Awards; the 2005 Wexner Prize; the 2005 Samuel Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement; a 2005 Harlem Renaissance Award; and the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. In 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Mr. Jones “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure.”

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Photo Credit

The cast of “Spring Awakening.” Photo by Paul Kolnik.