The Big Gay Cast
Jordan Bass (Gym Boy) is happy to return to the world of performing with this project! He recently returned to NYC after spending 2 years in LA as a casting associate for film and television projects including the recent Dance on Sunset and One for All for Nickelodeon Studios, the family film Eloise in Paris directed by Charles Shyer starring Uma Thurman, the romantic comedy Weather Girl and Kalamity. As a performer, Jordan’s credits include, Film: Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe; Broadway/Tour: Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby; Off-Broadway: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Schroeder); Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, Syracuse Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Musical Theatre West. Thanks to Fred, Jason, Krasner, and the entire BGM team—and Lauren, big sis and best friend.
Celina Carvajal (Eve) was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She traveled the world performing and received her first big break singing for Pope John Paul II at Candlestick Stadium for over 50,000 people at the young age of 7. Carvajal was a member of the Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company in San Francisco and the age of 17, left home to join the national tour of Cats. Celina went on to appear in the films Sex and the City, The Stepford Wives and The Graduates as well the TV shows All My Children and Legally Blonde, the search for the next Elle Woods on MTV. Broadway: Tarzan (Original Cast), Dracula (Original Cast), 42nd Street (Anytime Annie) and Cats (Demeter). Off Broadway: Bed Bugs at NYMF, Green Eyes at the NYC Fringe Festival and Radiant Baby. Other Credits: Pinky Tuscaderro in the workshop of Happy Days directed by Garry Marshall. Celina’s favorite thing is being a rock star as the lead singer in her band Cocaine. www.celinacarvajal.com & www.cocaineband.com
Brent Corrigan (Hustler) is more widely known for his exploits of a more adult nature and doesn’t intend to hide it. Now 22, he has developed two adult companies of his own as a producer, director and even a model. He entered into the adult industry at a very young age purely working to make ends meet. Acting on camera and working in theatre have always been an amateur pursuit for him. He believed entering into adult media would forever mar his chances of becoming a legitimate actor. In the past few short years, the entertainment world has pleasantly surprised him. He worked on two gay Sci Fi short films as the antagonist for writer/director Jody Wheeler; both are featured at Doorq.com. In late 2007 he was asked to take a notable role in Another Gay Sequel as Stan the Merman. A credited one-liner in Milk followed that. Since then, his publicly elevated status in the adult industry has jogged interest from all levels of the mainstream film world. He has signed on for a major role in the forthcoming Judas Kiss and is rehearsing for the lead in The Masseur (a two-man play about the art of seduction). However, much of his time is devoted to creating and directing award-winning films for his adult company and blog: www.BrentCorriganInc.com
Joshua Cruz (Sebastian) – Off B’way: Wig Out! (Vineyard Theater) Rubirosa (Playwrights Hor.) Nat’l Tours: West Side (Ensemble, U/S), Diva Diaries (Y.Damsel), Mouse Cookie (Mouse), Regionally: Altar Boyz (Juan), LOUD (Parker), A Chorus Line (Mark) , Streakin’ world premiere (Donny), Working (Emilio), Lil’ Shop of Horrors. (Seymour) TV: Rescue Me. After attending the BFA program in Music and Theater at the Univ. of Florida and the Conservatory for Music and Theater at the Florida School of the Arts, Joshua ventured his way to Tokyo Japan, working for Disney Entertainment and various Television networks.
Joey Dudding (Eddie) Broadway: A Chorus Line (Swing, u/s Mark/Paul), La Cage aux Folles (Cagelle, Jean-Michel cover), Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters. Other credits include Yank! (NYMF), Anne E. Wrecksick (Ars Nova), the Muny St. Louis, Kansas City Starlight, Fulton Opera House. Equity is Hot!
Steve Hayes (God) won Oustanding Actor at the International New York Fringe Theatre Festival in 2006 for The Penguin Tango by Stephen Svoboda. He starred in the Fine Line Features motion picture trick directed by Jim Fall and starring Tori Spelling and Christian Campbell. trick was nominated for Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival and Steve can be heard singing a solo number on the soundtrack CD. He appeared to great acclaim in the 2008 GAYFEST production of his one man show Steve Hayes Hollywood Reunion and appeared with his comedy partner Tom Cayler in Parental Indiscretions at the 2008 New York Fringe Festival. As a comedian, Steve is a nine time nominee and three time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs MAC Award for Outstanding Comedian and Characterization. He is also the recipient of the Backstage Bistro Award for Comedy Performer of the Year. He is a six time recipient of the ASCAP Popular Music Award and is the author and co-lyricist of the musical Kiss Me Quick Before the Lava Reaches the Village and the co-lyricist of Girl Of My Dreams. Both with music by Peter Ekstrom and developed by Musical Theatre Works in New York. Lava was produced at The Citicorp Center in New York, The Northshore Music Theatre in Boston and The Village Theatre in Seattle. Girl Of My Dreams was produced at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia and the Village Theatre in Seattle. Recently he has taught comedy at The Cabaret Convention at Yale University and served as a professor of theatre arts at Cazenovia College in upstate New York.
John Hillner (Benny) created the role of Lank Hawkins in the Tony Award winning Best Musical Crazy For You and performed the lead role of Georges in the Broadway revival of La Cages Aux Folles Other Broadway credits include They’re Playing Our Song, Little Me, Footloose, The Graduate, Woman of The Year, Big, Zorba opposite Anthony Quinn, and the 25th anniversary production of Company at the Roundabout Theatre. Off-Broadway and Regional: Dinner With Friends, Michael Weller’s At Home (Split, Part One) at the Actor’s and Director’s Lab, To Whom It May Concern by Carol Hall, Angry Housewives at The Minetta Lane Theatre, I Do! I Do! opposite Donna McKechnie, John Adams in 1776 at Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars, and was a member of the improvisation group The Proposition at The Wooster Street Garage. Television: Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl, Cold Case, Numbers, Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Law and Order, As The World Turns, and was a series regular on We Got It Made. Film: Mission Of The Shark, Money For Nothing, Say Anything, and Friendly Fire. Love to wife Wendy Waring and children Amy, Nicholas, and Jackson.
Matthew J. Kilgore (Dancer) is thrilled to join the cast of The Big Gay Musical! Off-Broadway: No, No, Nanette at City Center Encores!. Tours/International: Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol, 42nd Street (Moscow), Evita (25th anniversary tour directed by Hal Prince), Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional: Gypsy, Hairspray, White Christmas (LA and Toronto companies), and A Chorus Line. In addition, he has performed in numerous benefits for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization close to his heart. He would like to thank his wonderfully supportive family and friends to whom he owes everything! Check him out online at: www.matthewkilgore.net
Michael Lazar (Hot Dancer) – 2006 BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Tours: Inside Broadway’s You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Shroeder), original cast of Seussical the Musical with Theatreworks/USA (Mr. Mayor/Wick #1). NY theatre: Michael John LaChiusa’s Wild Party at the Culture Project (Jackie), The Full Monty (Ethan), The Jocker (Shakespeare), Titus Andronicus (Lucius). Other roles: Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Billy Crocker in Damn Yankees! Michael is an aspiring contemporary visual artist and painter as well, with the aim of one day being a strong force in both artistic communities in NYC. Check out Michael-Lazar.com. For my fam. Proud member of AEA.
Timothy J. Mandala (Bartender) is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful cast. Past credits include Off-Broadway: Naked Boys Singing (Bobby Baker), Matthew Passion (Original Cast), Unsung; Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), A Streetcar Named Desire, Oklahoma!; TV and Film Credits include: As The World Turns, All My Children, Law and Order. Love to my parents.
Liz McCartney (Patty) – Broadway: South Pacific, Mamma Mia!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Taboo, Dance of the Vampires, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables. Several Off-Broadway and touring companies. Regional: Asolo Repertory Theatre (Working), Paper Mill Playhouse (Pirates!), George Street Playhouse (Souvenir), Ordway (Into the Woods), Pittsburg Public (Fifty Million Frenchmen), Goodspeed (Paint Your Wagon). TV: Law & Order: SVU, The Prosecutors, Saturday Night Live. Also currently appearing in Rosemary and Time in and around NYC.
Michael Musto (as himself) writes the popular, long-running column “La Dolce Musto” for the Village Voice. He’s a regular commentator on MSNBC and other cable channels and is the author of three books, including his latest collection, La Dolce Musto: Writings By The World’s Most Outrageous Columnist.
Jim Newman (Bruce) – Broadway: Original companies of Curtains as Parson Tuck/Randy (cast album), Minnelli on Minnelli (cast album) and Happy in Steel Pier (cast album), also Sunset Boulevard and The Who’s Tommy, as well as the workshops of Footloose and Urban Cowboy. 1st National Tours: Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate (orig.) and Josh Baskin in Big! (orig.), Levi in Joseph…Dreamcoat w/ Donny Osmond. Off-Broadway: John Denver in Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver (Promenade), George Bush/Osama Bin Laden in Newsical! (Studio 54), Millard in On a Clear Day… (Encores), Destry in Destry Rides Again (York) and A Good Swift Kick (Variety Arts) and Up Against It (NYSF/Public). Regionally: John Denver: a Christmas Concert (Rubicon Theatre), Jeff in The Pavillion (The Penguin Rep), Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty ( AMTSJ and Arvada Center), the Leading Player in Pippin (Papermill Playhouse) and Henry in Kander and Ebb’s Over and Over (Signature Theatre) and Cole! (Theatre on the Square-Dramalogue award for best actor). TV: Guest appearances on Celebrity Apprentice, Hope and Faith, All My Children, One Life to Live, The View, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, 20/20 and The Magic of Music on NBC. Commercials for American Express, Diet Coke, Crest, Pizza Hut, AT&T, Subway, A-1 Steaksauce, KMart Film: Out of Sync with L.L. Cool J.
Kate Pazakis (Kate) – Upcoming debut album recording at the Zipper Theatre Factory 12/9. Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas concert. She plays herself in the upcoming The Big Gay Musical movie. Off Broadway – A Broadway Diva Christmas, Newsical, The Sexless Years (nominated for Best Musical Comedy). Other credits include performing on NBC at the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, The Rosie O’Donnell Family Cruise and many readings, recordings and workshops of new musicals. Kate co-hosts Mostly Sondheim a weekly musical theater night at the Duplex every Friday night. www.katepazakis.com
Daniel Robinson (Paul) currently “ponies” 8 times a week as Fender (Link, Corny cover) in Hairspray on Broadway. Recent Credits include Oklahoma! (Will Parker), 1st National Tour, Rocky Horror Live (Brad Majors), Gypsy (Tulsa), Cabaret (Cliff), and How to Succeed… (Bud Frump). Daniel attended the University of Arizona for Dance and AMDA for Musical Theater in NY. Big Thanks to everyone, but especially the Ma and the Pa for all of their amazing support.
Tommy Scrivens (Dancer) graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in dance performance in 2005. Tommy is a Florida native, where he trained at New Tampa Dance Theatre. While training, he has had the opportunity to work with many world-renowned choreographers and dancers. He has performed with Columbus Dance Theater contemporary ballet company, in the United Kingdom tour of Tap Fusion, as a guest artist with BalletMet, Columbus, Collide, and most recently Parsons Dance. He is currently dancing with dre.dance, Nicholas Andre Dance, and AM Dance Project.
Rick Skye (Slice O’Minnelli) is a multi-award winning performer who has enjoyed success both on Broadway and the West End. Training with the Joffrey Ballet and the famed Stella Adler, Rick toured the US with Ann Reinking and Sandy Duncan in The American Dance Machine Show and in the Kennedy Center Production of Miss Liberty. He acted with Dorothy Louden in a role written especially for him by Paul Zindel in Danny and Della. He danced in Merlin (with Nathan Lane and Chita Rivera) and again with Chita in Bring Back Birdie. He did a stint on “All My Children” and appeared in the film The Cater Waiter starring David Drake. His friendship with Neil Sedaka led to his writing and starring in The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka (the tribute with a twist), which got him nominated as Best Newcomer by The Manhattan Association of Cabarets. His revue, “MaCabaret – a tabloid fable” ran for nine months in New York, followed by his hit show “A Slice O’ Minnelli” which has enjoyed successful seasons at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End, The Dublin and Edinburgh Festivals, and from cities New York to Chicago. Critics called it “Masterful…Astonishing…Brilliant” (Chicago Sun Times) and it has earned him a MAC Award for Best Impersonation – 2006, the “Best Achievement in Performance” Award at the 2007 Dublin Theatre Festival and the Terrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. This year he created a new revue entitled “The War of the Mama Roses – the Ultimate Audtion for GYPSY” starring some of the world’s foremost impersonators and which enjoyed a successful run in New York. His new show, “Madame with an E” has Rick starring opposite the legendary Madame of “Wayland Flowers and Madame” fame. That show recently played to sold out houses at Resorts International Hotel and Casino and is currently on tour in cities throughout the United States.
Brian Spitulnik (Michael) – Broadway: Chicago (Swing) New York: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, NYMF. BFA, University of Michigan. Enormous thanks to Walter Bobbie, Duncan, The Mine, my fantastic family and TJMac.
Jeremy J. Sullivan feels very privileged to have been a part of The Big Gay Musical since its first New York staged reading where he played the role of Eddie. Previous regional theatre credits include Titanic (Fleet), Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince), Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff), Once Upon a Mattress (Sir Harry) and Chicago (Mary Sunshine). Television and film credits include The Sopranos, Hope and Faith, The Nanny Diaries, The Producers, and The Good Shepherd where he can be seen mud wrestling Matt Damon. He thanks his family and friends for their never-ending support and Fred, Rick, Jack, and Casper for making him a part of something so smart, so funny, so poignant, and so GAY!!!
Marty Thomas has been featured the Broadway musicals Xanadu, Wicked and The Secret Garden (Colin). He is a Grammy-nominated and Billboard Magazine-charted recording artist and an Ed McMahon’s Star Search Champion, beating out a then unknown Britney Spears. He has also been featured on MTV, VH1, Oxygen Network, 20/20, Fox, The Today Show, Jay Leno, The View, Inside Edition and the Tony Awards. www.CDBaby.com/martythomas, www.myspace.com/martythomas, www.martythomas.com.
André Ward (Jose) – Broadway: Xanadu, Saturday Night Fever, The Producers, The Apple Tree (City Center Encores). National Tours: Pippin (leading player) The Producers, Dreamgirls and Cinderella. OFF-BROADWAY: God’s Ear (workshop) REGIONAL: Ragtime (Chicago Company), Kept (Theatreworks, Palo Alto), Lucky Duck (Old Globe), Jelly’s Last Jam (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta), Elegies (Barrington Stage). TV/Film: One Life to Live, Lipstick Jungle (pilot), Without A Trace, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center and Lifelines. Andre would like to thank his family, friends and Nicolosi & Co. for their support.