The Original Broadway Players
Jeff Bowen (Music and Lyrics/Jeff)
wrote the music and lyrics for and starred in the Broadway musical [title of show] for which he won an Obie Award, as well as a GLAAD Media nomination and, along with his cast mates, a Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance by an Ensemble. He was awarded the Jim Owles Human Rights Award and was named one of the 100 most influential people in OUT MAGAZINE. He has written music and lyrics for Villains Tonight! for the Walt Disney Company, the Easter Bonnet competition for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Actors Fund 125th Anniversary Gala, the Vineyard Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Gala, the 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, Broadway in South Africa, and Broadway Bares 18: Wonderland. He has composed music for several shows at P.S. 122 including Avant-Garde-A-Rama in Sparklevision, Hello, My Name Is Avant-Garde-A-Rama; Sparklefest 2000 at Dixon Place; The A-Train Plays; and the film Boat Mime. As an actor he has performed works at The O'Neill Center, manhattan theatre source, Ars Nova, the Vineyard Theatre and appeared in the Actors Fund benefit of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at the August Wilson. He co-wrote and starred in the web series, "the [title of show] show" as well as scoring and performing its theme song. He is currently developing a half-hour sitcom for ABC. Jeff is a proud member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Actors Equity Association, the Writers Guild Association, the Dramatists Guild of America, Yale Dramat, and National Audubon Society.
Hunter Bell (Book/Hunter)
earned an OBIE Award, a GLAAD Media nomination, a Drama League nomination, a Jim Owles Human Rights Award, and a 2009 Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical all for [title of show]. Other credits include the book for Silence! The Musical, the book for the 137th edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, Bellobration!, and the book for Villains Tonight! for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment/Disney Cruise Lines. He has contributed material to numerous benefits and events including the Easter Bonnet and Gypsy of the Year competitions as well as Broadway Bares, all for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He is also a co-creator of the web series the [title of show] show on titleofshow.com. A finalist in the Warner Brothers Comedy Writers’ Workshop, Hunter has written numerous spec scripts, pilots, and industrial films, and developed new works at the Dramatists Guild, the O’Neill Center, Irish Rep, PS 122, Goodspeed/Chester, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Neighborhood Playhouse, CanStage, and the Manhattan Theatre Source, and is currently in development with ABC television creating a new half/hour sitcom. As an actor, he has performed both on and off Broadway, at the St. Louis Rep, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, the North Shore Music Theatre, The MUNY, Dallas Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Vineyard Theatre, Stages St. Louis, Alliance Theatre, Carnegie Hall, York Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, and the Paper Mill Playhouse. In 2003, he won the Connecticut Outer Critics Award for Best Actor in a Musical. TV credits include, "Guiding Light," Disney’s "Out of the Box," and Great Performances on PBS. Film credits include: Goodbye Baby, and Men Who Stare at Goats. Born in Tuscaloosa Alabama, Hunter is a graduate of Woodward Academy, a distinguished alumnus of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts (where he earned a BFA in Musical Theatre), an honorary inductee to the Yale Dramat, and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity, SAG/AFTRA, and the Writers Guild of America.
Susan Blackwell (Susan)
recently played herself in the Broadway musical [title of show]. Susan has written and performed original material for many projects, including [title of show], the [title of show show], The 2009 NYC Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Spectacular at Carnegie Hall (guest artist), The 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, 2008 Gypsy of the Year, The Actors Fund 125th Anniversary Gala, and the Avante Garde-A-Rama series at PS122. Off-Broadway credits include [title of show] at the Vineyard Theatre, Speech and Debate at the Roundabout Theatre, Anon at The Atlantic Theatre Company, Working Title and Vilna's Got a Golem at the American Jewish Theatre, as well as playing Peter Patrone in The Heidi Chronicles. Television appearances include 'The Sopranos', 'Third Watch', 'All My Children' and various 'Law & Orders'. Films include P.S.: I Love You, Margot at the Wedding, Bun Bun, Changing Lanes, and Night Int. Trailer for the feature film Ten Minutes Older. Susan is an avid teacher specializing in creative writing and performance.
Heidi Blickenstaff (Heidi)
Broadway: The Little Mermaid (OBC, Ursula), The Full Monty (Susan Hershey, u/s Vicki Nichols). Off-Broadway: [title of show] (Heidi) at the Vineyard. NYMF: 2004 [title of show] (Stacia), 2005 The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde (Blanche Barrow). Regional: In 2008, Heidi was honored with the Helen Hayes Award for her work as Ann Mitchell in Meet John Doe at Ford's Theatre. Also, The Girl in the Frame (Laney) at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre; Bat Boy: The Musical (Meredith Parker) at Theatreworks in Palo Alto (Bay Area premiere); and Prairie (Caroline Ingalls), directed by Francesca Zambello at New York Stage and Film (world premiere). Tours: The Full Monty (Vicki Nichols), Jekyll & Hyde, Steel Pier, The Who's Tommy (u/s Mrs. Walker) and Dreamgirls. Heidi is also a part of the voiceover cast for the PBS kids series, "Word World". She is a graduate of Duke University.
Courtney Balan (Standby for Susan
and Heidi
). Broadway: original companies of Cry-Baby and In My Life. Off-Broadway: [title of show]; I Love You, You’re Perfect…; How to Save the World…; and I Love You Because. Regional: Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), Funny Girl (Fanny u/s), Fiddler (Tzeitel) and Jekyll & Hyde (Emma). She is psyched to be back battling vampires with the gang on Broadway...dreams come true!! Jersey native. Michigan musical theatre graduate. Thanks to my amazing family, CTG and Jason always. For Finn.
Benjamin Howes (Standby for Hunter
and Jeff
). Broadway debut. Benjamin hails from Australia where his credits include Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors and Grease. Off-B’way: [title of show] (Vineyard), The Charity That Began at Home (Mint Theatre Co.). Regional credits include Goodspeed, Barrington Stage and Milwaukee Rep. Recently created the role of Hal Meadows in the Bandwagon project Dancing in the Dark at the Old Globe. TV: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “One Life to Live” as Shakespeare-reciting drag queen Harvey DeWitt/Alma Children. [website]
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