Big Al Wright
Leslie Jordan stepped off a Greyhound bus in 1982 from the hills of Tennessee, said “hello” to Hollywood and has never looked back. With hundreds of television shows, films and commercials to his credit, he has become a familiar face on the entertainment scene. He is the 2006 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his delicious portrayal of “Beverley Leslie” on Will and Grace. Television audiences will also remember him for his recurring roles on Boston Legal, Ugly Betty and Reba. Feature film audiences will recognize Leslie from his performance as “Brother Boy” in Del Shores’s adaptation of his play Sordid Lives with Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke and Beau Bridges. He continued the role in Sordid Lives…The Series for cable network Logo, which starred Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea and Bonnie Bedelia, among others. He has a starring role in the upcoming Dreamworks feature film The Help, based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett. On stage, Mr. Jordan won the Ovation Award, The Garland Award and The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of “Preston Leroy,” the aging, sodden barfly in Del Shores’s hit play Southern Baptist Sissies. In addition to acting, Mr. Jordan is also an author. His book My Trip Down the Pink Carpet for Simon and Schuster formed the basis of a 90-minute, one-man show, which had a 45 city book-signing/performance tour and a successful 12 week Off Broadway run in 2010. A DVD of the show, shot during performances in Atlanta, is now available. …Pink Carpet also ran at London’s Apollo Theater in early 2011. Mr. Jordan’s other autobiographical one-man shows, Like a Dog on Linoleum, Full of Gin and Regret and From Whence I Came have been performed to audiences across the country. In 2010, he also premiered his latest creation, Deck Them Halls, Y’all, a perennial holiday piece. His play Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far ran to sold-out houses in Los Angeles and had a successful seven-month run Off Broadway at the Playhouse on Van Dam in New York City. His screenplay Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel won the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Production Grant Award, competing against six hundred other contenders, and was subsequently made into an independent feature film distributed by Northern Arts Entertainment.
Miss Jeannie Jeannine
New Orleans native Varla Jean Merman just completed shooting the feature film Varla Jean and The Mushroomheads, which she wrote, starred in and produced. She guest starred as Varla Jean in the final season ofUgly Betty. She was featured on Bravo’s Project Runway: Season 5 as the winning model for the show’s drag challenge. Varla Jean played the role of “Mary Sunshine” in the Broadway revival of Chicago and made her network television debut on All My Children in the recurring role of lady-of-the- evening “Rosemary Chicken”. She shared the Outfest Film Festival Best Actor Award and the Aspen HBO Film Festival Best Actress Award with costars Jack Plotnick and Clinton Leupp for her featured performance in the cult classic Girls Will Be Girls (Sundance 2003) directed by Richard Day. Varla Jean also appeared at the Long Wharf Theatre in the Hartford Stage production ofThe Mystery of Irma Vep directed by Michael Wilson, performing the roles originally made famous by Charles Ludlam. She recently began shooting the sequel to Girls Will Be Girls. Varla Jean has filled concert halls and cabarets around the world including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Theater, London’s Soho Theatre, LA’s Renberg Theatre, and San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre. She had the honor of being booked as the closing act of The Plush Room in 2007. Varla Jean wrote and starred in the short film Improve Your History with Varla Jean: Stonewall, for the launch of the MTV network Logo. She was the opening act at Vienna’s LifeBall, the largest European fundraiser for AIDS research, where she performed on the same bill with Sharon Stone and Catherine Deneuve. Other film and TV credits include HBO’s Dragtime, E!’s Fashion Emergency, E! Goes to Cannes, MTV’s True Life: Mardi Gras and Francesca Page with Rossy DePalma. Varla Jean has appeared in many TWEED Fraktured Classiks productions in New York City, including The Mailman Always Comes Twice, Screen Door andCAGED! with Lily Tomlin, Joan Rivers and Isabella Rossellini, Lypsinka is Harriet Craig, The Miracle Worker (with Charles Busch) and Varla Jean Merman is The Bad Seedling. Varla Jean appeared in a national tour of Shut Up Sweet Charlotte! (as director and star) in the fall of 2009. She has appeared as Varla Jean on Logo starring in shorts for Drag History Month. Recent engagements also include the title role in Auntie Mame in New Orleans at Southern Rep/Le Chat Noir. Her most recent solo show Varla Jean’s The Loose Chanteuse played at Ars Nova in New York in February. For more info please visit varlaonline.com.
Billy Ray Jackson
Broadway: Next to Normal (Gabe), Wicked (Fiyero), Xanadu (Thalia). Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Matthew). Tours: Wicked (1st National); 42nd Street (North America and Japan) (Billy Lawlor). TV: Cupid (ABC). Film: Sex & The City 2. Originally from Arkansas and a Missouri State graduate. kyledeanmassey.com.
Jenn Colella has starred on Broadway in High Fidelity and Urban Cowboy (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, Outstanding Leading Actress). Off-Broadway: Title role in Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Lily Tomlin, producer), Don’t Quit Your Night Job, and Slut. Favorite regional credits: Amelia Earhart, Take Flight (McCarter); Hedda Hopper, Limelight (La Jolla), Annie Oakley, Annie Get Your Gun (PCLO); Georgie, The Full Monty (Paper Mill, with Elaine Stritch); Peter Pan, Peter Pan (Sondheim PAC); Cleo, The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Old Globe, Twlya Tharp, director); Daisy Hilton, Sideshow (Kennedy Center). Television: Sondheim! The Birthday Concert at Lincoln Center, All My Children, The Good Wife, Cashmere Mafia, Rescue Me. Film: Lay It Down For Good, Uncertainty (with Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Stand Up Comedy: Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Jenn proudly holds an MFA in Acting from UC Irvine.
Broadway: Original companies of Curtains as Parson Tuck/Randy (cast album), Minnelli on Minnelli (cast album), Happy in Steel Pier (cast album), Sunset Boulevard and The Who’s Tommy, as well as the workshops of Pure Country, Footloose and Urban Cowboy. First National Tours: Originated the starring roles of Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate and Josh Baskin in Big!, also Levi in Joseph…Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond. Off-Broadway credits include: John Denver in Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver, George Bush/Osama Bin Laden in Newsical! and Millard in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Encores!). Regional credits include: Steve in Showboat (Signature Theatre), Rooster in Annie (MUNY), Jeff in The Pavillion (The Penguin Rep) and the Leading Player in Pippin (Paper Mill Playhouse). Television: Guest appearances on Celebrity Apprentice, Hope and Faith, All My Children, One Life to Live, The View and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Film: Out of Sync with L.L. Cool J and The Big Gay Musical.
Broadway: Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), Rock of Ages (Sherrie), Les Miséerables. Other favorites include Happy Days (Joannie), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Annie Get Your Gun (Winnie Tate), Disney’s High School Musical. Television: Gossip Girl, Law & Order: CI, Rescue Me.
Callan Bergmann is thrilled to be making his Off-Broadway debut in LUCKY GUY! Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, The MUNY, NSMT. Proud 2010 graduate of Point Park University. A million thanks to the fantastic creative team, The Mine, and most importantly his family. This one’s for you Mom!
Broadway: Grease; NYC: Paul Simon's The Capeman (Delacorte Theatre), Freckleface Strawberry (New World Stages). Tours: West Side Story's 50th Anniversary World Tour. Regional: Give It Up! (Dallas Theatre Center), Dames at Sea (Bay Street Theatre), Altar Boyz (ATF and Bristol Riverside). UMiami BM Musical Theatre/Computer Science double major. Love and thanks to Nicolosi & Co, friends, family and D-Bear.
Broadway: West Side Story (Action). National Tour: Urban Cowboy (Bud Davis). Favorite Regional: Kiss Me Kate (Paper Mill Playhouse/MTWichita), Seven Brides... (5th Avenue Theatre), Half a Sixpence (Goodspeed Opera House), Annie Get Your Gun (North Carolina Theatre), Pirates! (Huntington Theatre). Love and thanks to my family and Melissa!
Joshua Woodie is stoked to join the cast of LUCKY GUY! Favorite past credits include: Altar Boyz (national tour), I Love a Piano (national tour), Aida (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Johnny Baseball (N.Y. workshop), and a season spent singing on Azamara cruise ships. Josh hails from Dayton, OH, and he holds two degrees from Eastern Kentucky University. Many thanks to his ultra-suportive family and friends. www.joshuawoodie.com
u/s Billy Ray Jackson, G.C. Wright
Dogfight (Lincoln Center), The Cure (NYMF), new Workshop of Bare (Jason). REGIONAL: Thoroughly Modern…(RCC's Best Actor in a Musical), The Last Five Years & more. CONCERTS: Bucchino & Friends, Leading Men IV & MANY more. RECORDINGS: What I Wanna Be When I..., Thirteen Stories Down, Love Me, Love Me Not, Lullaby of Broadway. EDUCATION: CMU. For Mom, Dad, Jilly, & Loren. www.youtube.com/zakresnick.
u/s Wanda Clark, Chicky Lay
Broadway: The Apple Tree, Wicked (Galinda u/s, 1st national), Finian's Rainbow. NYC: Stacia, Shine! (2010 NYMF), Olga, Bells Are Ringing (City Center Encores!), Mary, Ocean in a Teacup (TRU Voices). Regionally: Ariel (Footloose), Penny (Hairspray) - MUNY, Jacques Brel... Riverside Theatre, Ruby Dames at Sea, American Heartland Theatre. BFA: CCM. Thanks HC, LTM. Grateful.
NYC debut! Regional favorites: Drowsy Chaperone, Miss Saigon, The Producers, Kiss Me Kate, Forum, My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, Cats, Damn Yankees (MTWichita), Beauty and the Beast, Damn Yankees, Footloose (MUNY),The Who's Tommy (Lyric Theatre OKC). BFA from The University of Oklahoma. Thanks to my family, Brian, and MTX.