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 trained in vocal performance at Indiana University and has since performed with opera and musical theatre companies across the United States. An award-winning recording artist with 3 solo and multiple collaborative albums, Jordan is frequently sought as a concert soloist. When he’s not making music, Dr. Bluth maintains a busy optometry practice in Arizona and spends time making messes and noise with his 2 sweet kids and his lovely wife, Kaitlynn. For more information on his music, visit www.jordanbluthmusic.com.
KAITLYNN KLEINMAN BLUTH graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Musical Theatre from ASU and immediately relocated to NYC. Recent local roles include Marian (The Music Man, Theatre League and Showtune Productions), Lily (The Secret Garden, Arizona Broadway Theatre), Clara (The Light in the Piazza, Phoenix Theatre), Miss Dorothy (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Phoenix Theatre), Cinderella (Into the Woods,Arizona Broadway Theatre), and Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors, Arizona Broadway Theatre). Kaitlynn resides in Mesa, AZ with the loves of her life-her husband Jordan and two children Adelynn and Owen.
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 Favorite credits: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Maria (The Sound of Music), Percy (The Spitfire Grill), Fanny Brice (Funny Girl), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Martha (The Secret Garden), Crissy (Hair), Penny (Hairspray), Pickles (Trailer Park), Annabel (Lucky Stiff), Sarah (The Toxic Avenger), Catherine (Pippin), and Enid (Legally Blonde). She has a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Arizona and is happy to call Phoenix home. www.trishaditsworth.com
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).
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
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.
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 received a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. For nearly a decade, Scott has been traveling the world performing as Johnny Cash, from his home state of Maine to Canada, Tokyo and everywhere in between. He was an original cast member of the 1st National Broadway Tour of the Tony Award winning show Million Dollar Quartet (Johnny Cash) and has reprised his role in the regional premiere of MDQ at the Ogunquit Playhouse, the Tony Award winning Papermill Playhouse, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida and the historic Springer Opera House in Columbus, GA. His original tribute show to Johnny Cash, Walkin’ The Line, has played to sold out audiences across Canada, New York State, the greater Phoenix area and at the M Casino in Las Vegas. In 2013, Scott recorded his Johnny Cash tribute album Home of the Blues at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, available for purchase from Scott following today’s performance. www.scottmoreau.com
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!
MATRAVIUS AVENT is a Phoenix-based vocalist and actor. Matravius grew up in Denver, CO where he studied music at the University of Denver. He then moved to Phoenix to attend Arizona State University where he received a Master of Music in Voice Performance. Since graduating, Matravius has been active performing on stages across the US and in Japan. Recent credits include Big Band Beat at Tokyo Disney and A Hamilton Music Review: History Has Its Eyes on You. www.matravius.com
VICTORIA FAIRCLOUGH is a native, New Yorker but has also been in and out of Arizona the last 10 years performing. Recent credits: Singin in The Rain (Kathy u/s) at The Orpheum, The World Goes ‘Round (Woman 2) at Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts, Chicago (Roxie) AriZoni nomination at FHCT, Aida (Amneris) at Hale Center Theatre, The Music Man in Concert at Orpheum (Maud Dunlop), American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl) at Stray Cat and Spelling Bee (Logainne) at The Phoenix Theatre Company. She also toured in Legally Blonde the Musical (Brooke Wyndham) with Prather Entertainment Group and sailed with Carnival Cruises as a Lead Showband Vocalist.
RENEE KATHLEEN KOHER is originally from Chicago, IL. She received her BFA in Musical Theater from the Hartt School. She is now a resident of Arizona, and so happy to be joining Showtune Productions in Darlin’ Companion, the Tribute to Johnny and June Carter Cash! Some of her favorite roles include: Arizona Broadway Theater: Disney's Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins) Kiss Me Kate (Lily/Katherine), A Christmas Carol (Ghost Of Christmas Past), Best Little Whore House In Texas (Doatsy Mae), Camelot (Nimue/Morgan LeFay), Carousel (Mrs. Mullins), Fiddler On The Roof (Fruma Sarah), Rock Of Ages, Hair, The Bridges Of Madison County, Disney's the Little Mermaid and Disney's Tarzan, Other favorite Regional credits include: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), 9 to 5 (Violet), Pippin (Fastrata), The Secret Garden (Rose), Godspell, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change and SisterAct. Renee has worked for multiple years with Disney Cruise Line and Tokyo Disney Resort as a singer and aerialist in multiple shows on the high seas and in Japan. www.reneekathleenkoher.com
MATT KRANTZ is an alumnus of Brigham Young University. His recent credits include The Little Mermaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Count of Monte Cristo, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Les Miserables, Oklahoma!, The Glass Menagerie and Best of Broadway with Showtune Productions. Still relatively new to the Phoenix area, Matt enjoys discovering the Valley with his lovely wife and newborn baby.
THOMAS STRAWSER a native of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, enjoys an extensive and diverse career as a performing artist. Tommy was a former resident artist for Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, College Light Opera Company in Massachusetts, and Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA. His professional choral experience consists of the Philadelphia Singers during the organization’s tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Manhattan Chorale, Solis Camerata, a choral residency at St. Alban's Cathedral with The Cathedral Choir at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, the Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra, and the Grammy-award winning Phoenix Chorale including their album Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil which received the 58th Grammy’s "Best Choral Performance" award. Tommy currently resides in Phoenix where he is in his sixth season as part of the acting company with Childsplay, and is one of the founding members for A/C Theatre Company who specialize in alternative/commercial musical productions. He has also been involved in other Valley productions with Arizona Opera, Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Showtune Productions, and Nearly Naked Theatre. Tommy holds a Master of Music in Opera/Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
SERGEANT EMILY WALTER was the lead vocalist singing Big Band, Jazz, and a multitude of genres with the U.S. Air Force SAC Band and is a Gulf War Veteran. She has worked with such stars as Bob Hope, Lee Greenwood and John Denver and has toured with many shows, including Church Basement Ladies with William Christopher (Father Mulcahy of M.A.S.H). Emily is thrilled to pay homage to the great Karen Carpenter in WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN with Showtune Productions. She was host of the Medora Musical from 2010-2015 in North Dakota and currently hosts the hugely popular Medora Gospel Brunch. Emily is also sanctioned to portray the legendary Patsy Cline by the Patsy Cline Estate and performed Always, Patsy Cline at the New River Valley Regional Theatre in Pulaski, VA in 2019. Emily earned a Master's degree in Acting from Mankato State University, performed with numerous Symphony Orchestras and spent a decade at sea as a Guest Entertainer performing with select cruise lines.
COURTNEY WASHINGTON is thrilled to be back on stage! Having been performing with Showtune productions for 4 years, she was most recently featured in Legendary Ladies of Soul, Rockin’ Thru the Decades and Boogie Fever. After studying musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, Courtney toured in several national tours and regional productions throughout the US and Canada. Some favorite credits include, The Wedding Singer National Tour, Hairspray, All Shook Up, Beehive: The 60’s Musical National Tour and Nuncrackers.