Meet the Cast:
The following is a list of some of the performers that will be entertaining your audiences with SHOWTUNE PRODUCTIONS (upon availability)
JORDAN BLUTH has performed with opera and musical theatre companies across the United States and he is regularly sought after as a concert soloist. Some of his credits include Utah Festival Opera, Gilmmerglass Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Metropolitan Opera, Northshore Musical Theatre, Chattauqua Opera and Hale Centre Theatre. In addition to performing on stage Jordan is an award-nominated recording artist. He has released multiple albums with the JUMBO label, which have earned multiple award nominations, and he is frequently sought on collaborative recording projects. When he is not performing or recording Jordan teaches voice lessons at his private studio in Mesa, Arizona. Jordan is grateful for his loving wife and family for always supporting and understanding his love of performing and his ‘addiction’ to music. www.jordanbluth.com
KAITLYNN KLEINMAN BLUTH graduated summa cum laude with her BA in Musical Theatre from ASU in 2008 and relocated to New York City, where she was privileged to perform frequently as a soloist with Sarah Rice and Broadway Concerts Direct. Some recent and favorite credits include: “Clara” (The Light in the Piazza- ariZoni nomination, Phoenix Theatre), “Audrey” (Little Shop of Horrors), “Miss Dorothy Brown” (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Phoenix Theatre), “Ado Annie” (Oklahoma!), “Marian” (The Music Man, Phoenix Symphony), “Grace Farrell” (Annie), “Aurora” (Disney’s Sleeping Beauty), and “Cinderella” (Cinderella). She also originated the role of “Anne” in Rob Gardner’s production of Blackbeard: A New Musical in September 2009 at Herberger Theatre Center. She has also lent her voice to the character of “Princess December” in the animated film, 12 Princesses, currently a finalist for Best Test Film at Amazon Studios. She won the ASCAP Jerry Herman Legacy Scholarship in 2006 for her participation in master classes with Donald Pippin, Jason Graae and Paige O’Hara. You can hear her on the cast recordings of The Price of Freedom and Blackbeard: The Musical. She now resides in Mesa, with the love of her life and favorite duet partner—her husband, Jordan Bluth.
NIKKI RENÉE DANIELS is currently starring in the Broadway hit BOOK OF MORMON. She has appeared on Broadway as Clara in Porgy and Bess, Les Misérables as Fantine, Nehebka in Tim Rice and Elton John's Aida, Renata in Nine starring Antonio Banderas, Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, Eleni in Bernie Taupin, Elton John's Lestat, and Burt Bacharach's The Look of Love. Other Broadway credits include Anything Goes and Promises, Promises.Nikki toured nationally as the Aida Standby in Aida, and as Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors. Ms. Daniels made her New York City Opera debut in 2002 as Clara in Porgy and Bess. Regionally, she created the role of Ray Charles' wife Della B in Ray Charles Live! at the Pasadena Playhouse and has been seen as Belle in Beauty and the Beast at North Shore Music Theatre, American Musical Theater of San Jose and Sacramento Music Circus; Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes at Williamstown Theatre Festival under the direction of Roger Rees; Sarah inthe first regional production of Ragtime at North Shore Music Theatre; Aida in Aida at ArtPark and Celia Vane in Dorian at the Denver Center. Ms. Daniels recently made her Carnegie Hall solo debut with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Reba McIntyre, Phylicia Rashad and Heather Headley and her solo cabaret debut at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. She has performed in cabarets in New York at the Duplex, the Triad, and Joe's Pub and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
MARIE DANVERS is best known for her starring turn as Christine in the Broadway and National Touring production of The Phantom of the Opera. She has sung all over the world as Maria in West Side Story and appeared in the National and International Tour of The Fantasticks with Robert Goulet. In concert she has sung with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, with the Broadway by the Year Series in New York, and with the City Center Encores. She acted Off-Broadway with the Manhattan Theater Club and on television on "As The World Turns." Across the country she has played starring roles in A Chorus Line, Company, The Mikado, Brigadoon, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and many more. She is currently preparing to create a new Musical Theater program for Suffolk County Community College in Long Island New York, where she has directed productions of The Fantasticks, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Arabian Nights. Marie lives in Long Island with her husband Rob Gallagher and daughter Karina.
TRISH HART DITSWORTH is happy to be working in Arizona, the place she now calls home. Favorite Regional credits include THE SPITFIRE GRILL (Percy), SEUSSICAL (Gertrude), HAIRSPRAY (Penny), FUNNY GIRL (Fanny Brice), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey), GUYS AND DOLLS (Sarah Brown), and THE FANTASTICKS (Luisa). She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Arizona and has lived and worked out of both New York and Chicago. She has been blessed with cruise ship contracts, regional theatre work and touring Asia with the first musical version of SpongeBob Squarepants. Love to Mom, Dad, and Ryan- thank you for you.
KRISTEN DRATHMAN is a Phoenix based actor, singer, teacher and concert performer, and has sung in venues all over the world including the '92 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain and the Brooklyn Conservatory Summer Opera Festival. She has also performed in many Phoenix Theatre productions over the years and has been honored with numerous AriZoni Awards for her performances; favorite Phoenix Theatre credits include: Swing! (AriZoni Award), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (AriZoni Award), Cole! (AriZoni Award), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (AriZoni Award), I Love A Piano (AriZoni Award), Guys and Dolls (AriZoni Award) and The Full Monty. Other favorites include, Schoolhouse Rock, Live! (Childplay), Still Life with Iris (Childsplay), Phenomenal Smith (Childsplay), Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! (Theater League), Blues in the Night (Black Theater Troupe) and Tapestry (Actors’ Theatre and Theatre League).
JASON FLECK is a Phoenix native and an Arizona State graduate. Favorite credits include Show Boat, West End, London, directed by Hal Prince, Soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra traveling throughout Japan, touring productions including Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Tommy (Capt Walker), Show Boat (Ravenal), It’s A Grand Night For Singing, The Secret Garden, and Evita (European Tour- Che Alternate). Regional credits include Kiss Me Kate (Fred/Petruchio - Arizoni Award), Chicago (Billy Flynn), Phantom (Phantom), The Secret Garden (Archibald), Carousel (Billy Bigelow) and The Music Man (Harold Hill). Jason has performed in every state in the U.S., as well as many international engagements including productions in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, and Basil, Switzerland. After moving to Chicago for graduate school, he ended up in New York City where he worked as a professional actor for 15 years. He recently moved back to New York City with his wife, actress Jeannie Shubitz. www.jasonfleck.com
ROB GALLAGHER has performed on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival of Roger’s and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, and starred as Javert in Les Miserables. He appeared off Broadway in Forbidden Broadway and Reefer Madness (choreographed by Paula Abdul). He has sung in concert with the Broadway by the Year series at New York City’s Town Hall, Ashville Lyric Light Opera, and City Center Encores Coffee House Orchestra. He appeared as the title role on the international tour of Yeston/Kopit’s Phantom. Regional Credits include leading roles in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Oklahoma, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Wonderful Life, Sound of Music, Barnum, etc. Television credits include All My Children and One Live to Live. Rob is based out of New York City and lives in Long Island with his wife Marie Danvers and daughter Karina.
MONICA HEUSER is proud to be sanctioned by the estate of Patsy Cline since 1998 and has performed the title role in the U.S. National Tour of the musical play A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE, and in the musical play ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE in regional theaters across the country (including a 7+ month run of ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE at Chanhassen Dinner Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the largest dinner theater in the country)! Other notable credits: "Janis Joplin" in the 2007 IVEY Award-winning LOVE, JANIS at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; 9 years of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL national tours, Singapore, regional productions, and Las Vegas (all 4 principal roles); 2005 Addison Award-winning THE SUNSHINE BOYS U.S. National Tour + Canada (starring Dick Van Patten & Frank Gorshin); Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT at The Guthrie Theater (a Tony Award-winning regional theater); World Premieres at American Folklore Theatre; and "Mavis" in CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES 2: A SECOND HELPING. "Moe" also produces her own one-woman cabarets and tribute concerts such as “Falling to Pieces: A Tribute to Patsy Cline”; “Under the Covers: A Pop/Rock Cabaret” (a tribute to her music influences); and “Patsy, Linda, Dolly, & Me: A Tribute to the Great Women of Country Music”. Moe earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Directing/Performance/Dance from Northern Kentucky University, and was a fellow of the 2005 Cabaret Conference at Yale. Monica is currently in-residence at Harrah's Improv Showroom in Las Vegas performing in the longest-running (10 years!) book musical in Vegas history: MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL. To learn more about Monica and to purchase her CD, please visit www.monicaheuser.com
KATE HOWELL spent many years as a professional Equity actress, singer, and musician based in NYC and Chicago. She has performed at regional theatres across the country and on several national and international tours. Musical theatre credits include Eva in Evita (over 300 hundred performances, most notably alternating in the role with the legendary Florence Lacey), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Marian in The Music Man, Lalume in Kismet, Nancy in Oliver!, Grace Farrell in Annie, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Oolie/Donna in City of Angels, and Emma in Song & Dance. Kate may be familiar to Prescott audiences from her portrayals of Rose and Christine Colgate in Prescott Fine Arts Association's well-received 2010 productions of Gypsy and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
JEFF KREADY has the distinction of being the youngest person, at age 24, to perform the role of Jean Valjean on Broadway, as understudy in the 2006 revival of Les Miserables. In 2008, he was seen in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, a production that was nominated for nine Tony Awards. Later that year he would go on to be an original cast member in Elton John's Billy Elliot the Musical, a production that would win 10 Tony Awards, the second most in Broadway history. In 2010 he began playing the role of Tony Elliot, Billy's older brother, both on Broadway, and then originating the role on the national touring production. Regional credits include Jesus in Godspell, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rum Tum Tugger in CATS, and Billy Crocker in Anything Goes. He can be heard as the voice of Umpqua Bank in the Northwest. He holds a BA in Vocal Performance and in Music Education from Washburn University, and at one time was a music teacher in his home state of Kansas.
CULLEN LAW graduated with a BM in Music Theatre Performance from ASU last year where he made his Directorial debut with the musical Cabaret. He assistant Directed ASU’s production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Tregoney Shepherd; Director) last year, where he also played the role of Dawn. Cullen has recently been seen in numerous Theatre for Young Audience shows, which include Charlotte’s Web (Wilbur) with Phoenix Theatre’s Cookie Company and Arizona Broadway, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (5 different characters) with Arizona Broadway Theatre, and Alice in Wonderland (Numerous characters) at Broadway Palm. Cullen recently recorded demosfor the new musical PLOP! which premiered in New York City in May of 2012. He recently also provided the voice of Iggy for Rob Gardner's animated movie, 12 Princesses, which won “Best Test Film” of June in Amazon Studios Movie Competition and eventually won “Best Test Film of the Year”. He can also be heard on the cast album of Rob Gardner’s Lamb of God (performed live at Gammage Auditorium) with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the cast recording of Gardner’s Blackbeard: The Musical. Recent show credits: The Secret Garden (Dickon; AriZoni Recipient; Best Supporting Actor) at ASU, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown) at ASU, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip Tolentino) at ASU (understudied at Phoenix Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Rusty Charlie/Joey Biltmore) at Hale Theater, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Ensemble) at ASU.
ELIZABETH LOOS has performed in over 30 productions at the Broadway Palm Theatre in Mesa. Favorite roles include “Dolly Levi” in Hello, Dolly!, “Miss Hannigan” in Annie, “Mama Rose” in Gypsy, “Reverend Mother” in Nunsense and “Mrs. McGlone” in The Unsinkable Molly Brown.. Elizabeth has toured the country on the national tour of Footloose and the national tour of Anything Goes where she first met her husband David Jolley (percussionist). Other regional credits include The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Little Theatre On The Square, Galveston Island Musicals and Derby Dinner Playhouse. Elizabeth is currently touring the United States and Canada with the International tour of Avenue Q with her husband.
CAROLYN MCPHEE attended Northern Illinois University and appeared throughout Chicago including Drury Lane in 1776 (Martha), Apollo Theatre in Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Sheila), Apple Tree in Applause (Bonnie), Theatre at The Center in How to Succeed…(Hedy), Light Opera Works in Rose Marie (Ms. Brander),Borealis in Man of LaMancha (Aldonza)and Pheasant Run in Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide, Best Actress by ATA&F). Carolyn has been seen on the Broadway Palm Theatre’s stage in Meet Me in St. Louis (Mrs. Smith), Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse, Honky Tonk Angels (Sue Ellen), Oliver! (Mrs. Sowerberry/Lizzie), Anything Goes as Reno (AriZoni Nomination), Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Margaret in (Holidazzle), Glinda/Aunt Em in The Wizard of Oz and The Prather Entertainment Group tour of CATS (Grizabella). At Arizona Broadway Theatre in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman 2) Lend Me A Tenor (Julia), Bye, Bye Birdie (Mrs. MacAfee), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Rhetta), LaCage Aux Folles (Mme. Dindon), And The World Goes ‘Round (Woman 1). That Holiday Feeling! At The Herberger and received an AriZoni Nomination at Phoenix Theatre for Smokey Joe’s Café (Pattie). She has sung jingles for MMG&P, Quality House and commercials for Montgomery Wards & The Bedroom.
TODD MEREDITH born in Buffalo and now living in New York City, played guitar and sang in bands throughout high school and college. Upon graduating with a degree in theatre in 2007, he first assumed the role of Buddy Holly in the jukebox musical BUDDY: the Buddy Holly Story and fell in love with the legendary rock and roller’s music and story. Since then, Todd has starred as Buddy in 20 productions of the musical in regional theatres including 2 National Tours. Todd has also starred in four productions of the Johnny Cash musical, RING OF FIRE, as well as the Beatles Live Request Tribute Concert YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!, for which he learned over 100 Beatles songs. Todd has released two Buddy Holly tribute albums. The first, NOT FADE AWAY, includes six updated Buddy Holly covers as well as six original songs Todd wrote with fellow Buddy Holly impersonator, Anthony Rand. The second, ROCK, RHYTHM, and BLUES, includes 15 of Todd’s favorite Buddy Holly tunes in Buddy’s original style. You can learn more about Todd or purchase these albums at www.toddmeredith.com.
SCOTT MOREAU is from Litchfield, ME and holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. Scott is currently starring as Johnny Cash at Harrah's Las Vegas in the hit Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. For the past 5 years Scott had been touring the United States, Canada and Japan with the National Touring Company of the show. He is a lifelong Johnny Cash fan, having done numerous concerts, cabarets and over 200 performances of Ring Of Fire (the Johnny Cash musical) as the man in black. He even recorded a Johnny Cash tribute album, Drive On: A Tribute To The Man In Black. Favorite roles include: Johnny in Johnny Guitar the Musical (Cortland Repertory Theatre, Barn Theatre), John Dickinson in 1776 (Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre), Johnny "Leadville" Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre), Willy Conklin in Ragtime (Seaside Music Theatre), and making his professional directorial debut with Ring Of Fire at the Round Barn Theatre in Indiana. www.ScottMoreau.com
JEANNIE SHUBITZ has performed at regional theaters throughout the country from New York to Alaska. NYC credits: Mary/Elizabeth in Creation: A Ghost Story; Soprano soloist in MISIA at Playwrights Horizons. Regional credits include: Fiona in Brigadoon, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Marian in The Music Man, Sarah in Guys & Dolls and Christine in Phantom (ariZona Award winner), Emily in A Christmas Carol, Peggy in The Taffetas, Margaret in The Light in the Piazza at Phoenix Theatre, Philia (Funny Thing...Forum), Evelyn Nesbit (Ragtime), Miss Dorothy Brown (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Monica (The Medium), and Despina (Cosi fan tutte). www.jeannieshubitz.com A native of Tucson, AZ, Jeannie holds a Master's Degree in Musical Theatre/Opera Performance from Arizona State University. She, along with her husband, actor Jason Fleck, recently returned to New York City as a professional singer/actor.
MITZI GRESHAWN SMITH has recently returned home to AZ from living and working in New York City. While in NY, Mitzi got to expand her wings and work in several different industries including: the Midtown International Theatre Festival, singing backup for internationally know artist such as Jason Mraz and Elton John, and performing in a European Gospel tour. Mitzi is also a proud member of the New York’s elite Broadway Inspirational Voices under the direction of Michael McElroy. Shows/tours include: Bingo the musical, Once on the Island, Unanswered Question, USA Gospel Tour, Best Lil Whorehouse in Texas, Hot Mikado, Smokey Joe’s Café, Nunsense, Buddy Holly, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Bubbling Brown Sugar.
JILLIAN NYHAN ZYGO has been on multiple touring productions which have allowed her to travel to 49 of the 50 United States (Alaska next!). Tours: The Wedding Singer (Julia), Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), I Love A Piano (Ginger), and Beehive 60's Musical. Jillian was a founding member of the NYC Child Guardian Union on Broadway. She has spent the last couple years working with young performers backstage in Broadway shows such as ONCE, Annie, and Les Miserables. Favorite credits include Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (Arizoni award winner), Nancy in Oliver, and Georgie in The Fully Monty. The most rewarding role she has played recently is that of “MOM” to a beautiful 18 month old girl!
J. MICHAEL ZYGO Currently on the Broadway National Tour of the hit show BRIDGES OVER MADISON COUNTY, Mike was an original cast member/musician in the 8 TONY Award winning musical Once on Broadway. He is also featured on the Grammy Award winning Cast Album. Prior to that, he completed the 1st National Tour of Rock Of Ages (Swing, u/s Drew/Stacee Jaxx/Franz/Dennis/Hertz) where he had the opportunity to open as Drew in Houston to rave reviews. He is also a featured dancer in the feature film version of Rock Of Ages. Arizona credits include The Full Monty (Malcolm), All Shook Up (Chad), The Last Five Years (Jamie). Other Tours include The Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart), Annie (Rooster), and Oklahoma! 1st Nat. (Will Parker), most of which he was blessed to play opposite his talented wife Jillian. He is also a songwriter and has 2 original Country music albums with his band “Zygo & The Deuce” available on iTunes. www.zygoandthedeuce.com. Check out www.thezygos.com!