Cast

CAST BIOS

COME UP 'n' SEE ME: THE MUSICAL

FRIAR'S CLUB

AUGUST 27, 2018

 

                 HALEY SWINDAL…Broadway powerhouse Haley Swindal has appeared on Broadway and on tour with "Jekyll and Hyde", "White Christmas", "Jesus Christ Superstar" opposite Ted Neeley, and at Lincoln Center in "The Secret Garden.  She has performed in concert at Carnegie Hall alongside the great standards vocalist Steve Tyrell, acclaimed Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, and under the baton of Steven Reineke with the New York Pops Orchestra.  She won a New York Emmy for her appearance on "Kids On Deck" and she recently finished filming the live-action film remake of "Anastasia", which will appear in theaters next year, and in which she played Tsarina Romanoff opposite Brandon Routh.  She is currently appearing in both "This One's For the Girls" and "Sistas" Off-Broadway, and is standing by for Mrs. Lovett in the Barrow Street production os "Sweeney Todd".
 

BRIAN CHILDER... as James Timony

 

JOEL BLUM…Currently: "Neurosis" Off Broadway. Recently: "Kid Victory" at the Vineyard and "October Sky" at the Old Globe.  Broadway: "Show Boat" (Tony nom), "Steel Pier"  (Tony nom), "The Music Man", "42nd Street" (directed by Gower Champion), "Stardust", Elaine May's "After the Night and Music", "Debbie".  Off Broadway:  "Golf: The Musical" (Drama Desk nom), "And the World Goes 'Round", "Game Show". Tours:  "Doctor Doolittle" (also co-choreographer), "Billy Elliot" (Broadway World Award), "101 Dalmatians", "And the World Goes 'Round", "Annie Get Your Gun" (with Debbie Reynolds), "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".  Regional:  "Kiss Me Kate", "Meet John Doe" (Helen Hayes nom), "Tin Pan Alley Rag" (Barrymore Award), "Damn Yankees" with (Tony Randall), "Pal Joey '78" (with Lena Horne).  TV:  "Ed", "The Sopranos", "The Tonight Show", "Law and Order".

 

TOM BOZELL…"Andrew After Dark" (New Group), "Rapt", "Swiss Family Robinson" (NYMF), "The Quick Change Room" (Circle East), Craig Lucas' "If Columbus Does Not Figure in Your Travel Plans", "Al Fresco" (Circle East), "And What I Meant Was" (EST), "Ancient Boys" (LaMaMa), Regional:  "All My  Sons", "Tartuffe", "Sugar", "Cabaret", "Man of La Mancha".  Film:  "We Pedal Uphill".  Television:  "Law and Order: CI", "Late Show With David Letterman", "NFL Today", "As the World Turns", "All My Children", "Another World".

 

JEM JENDER, aka James O'Connor Taylor…started his acting career performing numerous roles at Theatre By the Sea.  As a drag/ballet diva, he danced with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the Joffrey, and others.  Films:  "Angels in America", "Dragtime", "In Between Men", "Hitch", "Miss Congeniality 2", "Summer of Sam".  Special thanks to Tony Stevens, who got me involved in this project.

 

SIDNEY MYER…has appeared Off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in film, on radio, television, commercials, and in summer stock.  He's entertained in clubs and concert halls from Palm Springs to Philadelphia, from Boca Raton to London.  He is the recipient of the MAC, Back Stage Bistro, Broadway World, Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret Classic, and Paula Laurence Awards. He is in his fourth decade booking New York City Cabarets: Don't Tell Don't Tell Mama, Rose's Turn, and Panache.

 

AVERY ROYAL..Avery Royal's favorite credits include: Broadway Bares 28: Game Night, Mamma Mia! (Sky/Eddie/Pepper u/s), Memphis (Be Black Trio, Rev Hobson), A Chorus Line (Richie), 42nd Street (Drama Critics Circle nominee), Coming: The Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions (Off-Broadway). BFA Musical Theatre (AMDA). Proud AEA member. Much love to Take3Talent, my awesome friends and my amazing family. @averyroyal

 

KAREN SAUNDERS…as Matilda, Louella Parsons

 

ANTONIO WATTS…earned his Master's degree in voice from CCPA at Roosevelt University where he studied with David Holloway.  Mr. Watts has appeared as soloist in Handel's "Messiah", Vaughn-Williams' "Serenade to Music", Faure's "Requiem", Schubert's "Mass Non, 2 in G", and DuBois' "Seven Last Words of Christ".  He was a featured artist with Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh and the South Shore Cultural Center for several seasons.  His roles include "Benoit/Alcindoro/Sergeant in "La Boheme" at Teatro Bramante in Italy, Prince Afron in "Le Coq d'Or", Prince Torado in "Dream Lovers", Schlemil in "Tales of Hoffman", Mr. Lindquist in "A Little Night Music", Stenio in "Troubled Island", Lackey in "Ariadne aug Naxos", Samuel in "Saul and the Witch of Endor", and Le Fauteuil in "L'Enfent et les Sortileges.  Opera News critic Robert Croan, writing in the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" observed, "Antonio Watts showed a powerful and attractive voice."  David Schengold, writing in "Opera News" observed "…In all five performances…Showcased a cultivated baritone."

Mr. Watts co-founded The Chicago Opera Quartet, which debuted in the Pianoforte Studio in Chicago in 2012.  Its premiere tour ended in Batavia, Illinois, culminating with a live recording featured on public television.  In his travels abroad, Mr. Watts has visited Ghana, West Africa to perform benefit concert tours and has given masterclasses that raise disease awareness and money, to build children'w hospitals.  In Europe is concerts were published in major newspapers with an interview and performance that aired live on National Belgian Radio.  Antonio performed a brief recital tour which promoted OTP's sister program me, "SummerFest Europe", in Verviers, Belgium and adjudicated the SFE competition of European singers.  Since moving to New York in 2014, Mr. Watts has performed at the Metropolitan Opera House, The Kennedy Center, and the Kaufman Center for Performing Arts as a soloist (with Ms. Kathleen Battle), Carnegie Hall, The Bronx Opera, Loft Opera, and throughout the tristate area.  In a multifaceted musical career, Antonio has debuted as cabaret headliner in "Antonio Watts LIVE!" at the Metropolitan Room in July 2016, and returned for another show in February 2017 (with Joel A. Martin, Musical Director). He's also performed in musical theatre productions including "Hairspray", Rocktopia LIVE!" on Broadway.  In 2018, Mr. Watts performed two concerts as featured international artist with the Frick Collection Museum, and Classical Productions, respectively.  He was the featured concert soloist in the Reading Choral Society's unique production of Faure's "Requiem" and looks forward to High Holy Day engagements in Philadelphia and Queens later this year.  Antonio is delighted to work on "Come Up 'n' See Me: the Musical" at the Friar's club

 

TOMMY VANCE…is so excited to be a part of "Come Up 'n' See Me".  Having recently played in productions of "George M", "My Fair Lady", "Peter Pan", and multiple productions around the country.  "I am so pleased to be a part of this production with Crystal and all the cast and crew."  And remember…"1 and 1 is 2, 2 and 2 is 4, and 4 and 4 is 10 if you know how to  work it"--Mae West

  

KRISTYN POPEas Safronia, Ensemble

 

Tom Bozell: Narrator

Andrew After Dark (New Group); Rapt; Swiss Family Robinson (NYMF); The Quick Change Room (Circle East,); Craig Lucas’ If Columbus Does Not Figure In Your Travel Plans, Al Fresco  (Circle East) and What I Meant Was (EST);  Ancient Boys (LaMaMa):. Regional: All My Sons, Tartuffe, Sugar, Cabaret, Man Of La Mancha. Film: We Pedal Up Hill. Television: Law and Order: CI, Late Show with David Letterman, NFL Today, As The World Turns, All My Children, Another World. 

Jem Jender -aka- James O'Connor Taylor:
Bert Savoy/Ensemble

Jem started his acting career performing numerous roles at Theatre By The Sea. As a drag/ballet diva, he danced with Ballet Trocadero de Monte Carlo, The Joffrey, and others. Films: Angels in America, Dragtime, In Between Men,Hitch, Miss Congeniality 2, Summer of Sam. Special thanks to Tony Stevens, who got me involved in this project.


www.jemjender.com