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A "CLOSING NOTICE®" CONCERT!
Sunday - Tuesday, March 11-13. All performances at 7:00PM

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$15 cover + 2-drink minimum for members of AEA

The Man of Steel made his musical debut in this rollicking Broadway tuner with a score by the men behind Bye Bye Birdie!
A Pulitzer Prize-losing mad scientist seeks to destroy Superman. A weasley newspaperman is trying to unmask him. And Lois Lane wants to marry him.

"It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Superman!" played at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon) for 129 performances.

musical direction by Steven Bednasz / choreography by Rick Delancy / produced by Holli Leggett /
fight direction by Bryce Bermingham / directed by Casey Burden

with Suzanne Adams, Bryce Birmingham*, Andrew Cao, Desireé Davar, Blayne Levin, Sarah Lilley, Eric Martin*, Ivory McKay*, Ravi Roth*, Jason B. Schmidt, Michelle Solomon*, Rob Ventre*


CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
SUZANNE ADAMS (Sydney). Suzanne is the Artistic Director and a founding member of Opening Doors Theatre Company and produced the critically acclaimed Bring Back Birdie (Closing Notice® Concert Series) in December 2006.  She just finished a run of Crimes of the Heart (Meg) with The Matthew Corozine Studio Theater, which she has been a proud member of since October 2003.  She was the Narrator cover for the national tour of Joseph with Brian Lane Green, a featured soloist in the sold out Jason Robert Brown concert at Cooper Union and has been in too many New York City readings, cabarets & workshops to list… Some regional credits include Sunday in the Park with George (Dot), Show Boat (Magnolia), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Lucky Stiff (Annabel Glick), Hello, Dolly! (Irene Molloy), Lend Me a Tenor (Diana), and A Little Night Music (Anne).  For more info visit: www.SuzanneAdams.com.
BRYCE BIRMINGHAM (Ensemble/Fight Director). Nat’l tours:  Mungojerrie in Cats (over 5,000 cartwheels), Alter Ego in Their Playing Our Song starring Erin Moran.  Regional:  Rooster in Annie, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful and Dopey in the original cast of Disney’s Snow White, Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (x6). As Fight Director Bryce has choreographed internationally and has just returned from teaching at an international stage combat conference in Banff, Canada!  Bryce has choreographed 6 productions of Beauty, a tour of Scarlet Pimpernel, Romeo and Juliette (the play twice and the opera once), 3 universities, 4 private schools and a host of theatre companies across North America.  www.ludio.com
ANDREW CAO (Max). Andrew is excited to join the Opening Doors Theatre Company on their production of ...Superman!  Recent credits include playing “Romeo” with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, dancing as “Tyrone” on Nickelodeon’s hit television series "The Backyardigans," “Tommy Keeler” in Annie Get Your Gun at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre , choreography for Joseph..., Beauty and the Beast, The Wiz, and supporting roles in two independent films with Heights Entertainment.  Many thanks to my family and beautiful girlfriend.
DESIREÉ DAVAR (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back with ODTC as a company member, who was recently seen in the first of the Closing Notice Concert: Bring Back Birdie. Recent roles include a featured perfomer in Those Fabulous Fifties, and Silly Girl #2 in Disney's Beauty and the Beast at The Fireside. Past roles include Charity in Sweet Charity, Francisca in West Side Story, Patsy in Crazy For You, and was also a featured role on the hit NBC show "30 Rock" this past fall. Desireé would like to thank her family for their love and support, and would like to dedicate this performance to her late Aunt Arleen.
BLAYNE LEVIN (Ensemble). Blayne is thrilled to once again be working with Opening Doors Theatre Company after having had a blast as part of their production of Bring Back Birdie. A recent graduate of The Hartt School with a BFA in Music Theatre Blayne’s previous roles include Mona Stangley in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Jeannie in Hair, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Madelaine True in The Wild Party, Marty in Grease as well as originating the role of Young Allie in the new musical I Married Wyatt Earp. Many thanks to my family for their upcoming monetary support. BACK TO TOP
SARAH LILLEY (Lois Lane). Sarah Lilley hails from Texas where she earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University. Regional Theater includes Die! Mommy! Die! at TheatreLab in Houston, and Vincent at Wings Theatre here in New York. Favorite roles include She Loves Me (Amalia), Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), and A Chorus Line (Maggie). She thanks the Superman production team for all their hard work and for a wonderful experience.
ERIC MARTIN (Jim Morgan). Eric is a founding member of Opening Doors Theatre Company. He recently appeared in the award-winning Coris-Johnson musical revue What's Your Problem? in NY and Montreal. In 2006, Eric premiered his solo cabaret show, Say What?!, to great acclaim. He has performed on stages across the US, Canada, and Japan. Seen on the Broadway stage in the education programs for the Chicago, Seussical the Musical, and Rent and in the title role of the off-Broadway production of Streakin!  He was also seen in This Isn’t Your Mama’s Musical Theater (also with Suzanne Adams). Favorite roles include Huck Finn (Big River), Bud Frump (How to Succeed in Business...), Matt (The Fantasticks), and Sergius (Arms and the Man). Television credits include “The View.”      
IVORY MCKAY (Ensemble). Ivory is thrilled to join the Opening Doors Theatre Company in the production It's a Bird... It's a Plane...It's Superman!! Favorite credits include Dreamgirls starring Jennifer Holliday and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Jon Secada (both at Atlanta Theatre of the Stars), Anxious in West Side Story at the MUNY in St. Louis, the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof and Ragtime (both at Sacramento Music Circus), the Judge in Chicago (Riverside Theatre) and being part of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular family. God Bless and Enjoy Life!!!
RAVI ROTH (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of Opening Doors production of ...Superman!   Regional credits include Paul in A Chorus Line, Ethan in The Full Monty, Frankenfurter in Rocky Horror, Rick in Bat Boy, john in john & jen.  Ravi has performed with the world renown Boston Pops.  Ravi has a BFA in musical theatre from The Boston Conservatory. "Thanks to my unreal Fam, my peeps at Luedtke, & BoCoRoCo friends.  Holla!" BACK TO TOP
JASON B. SCHMIDT (Abner Sedgwick). Jason B. Schmidt is a NYC actor, singer, and writer who lives comfortably in his apartment conveniently located in the Lincoln Tunnel. He most recently appeared at The Duplex as the taller, barely more masculine half of the comedy duo: The Parodivas in their most recent sketchical-comedy-extravaganza, Get by with a Little Help from Our Friends .  Other Parodivas' extravaganzas have included: These Be Ingénues, Jason B. Schmidt the B Stands for BULL, Everyday's a Holiday (show) , as well as their "Orthodox" piece A Very Merry Un-Christmas. His regional and Off-Off-Awful-Falafel credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (Frank N Furter), A Year with Frog and Toad (Frog), The Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (King Carlisle/Elder Bitchy Chorus Boy), Singin' in the Rain (Diction Coach), Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn), as well as many other fops, cops, and bell hops.   Jason B. holds a BFA in Acting from Adelphi University. He stole it, but he has it.  http://parodivas.tripod.com
MICHELLE SOLOMON (Ensemble). Michelle Solomon, a nice Jewish girl from Lawng Island, is thrilled to be making her first Equity appearance as an old male Chinese acrobat. She'd like to thank Opening Doors for un-typecasting, while extending her apologies to Asian people everywhere for this un-PC portrayal. Michelle graduated from NYU/Tisch, and has played kooky characters regionally (i.e. a daredevil with a speech impediment), on television (i.e. a wicked witch), and on the NYC stage (i.e. God). Go to michellesolomon.com so she can justify spending money on her website.
Love to her Superman, Luke.
ROB VENTRE (Superman/Clark Kent). ...Superman marks Rob's New York stage debut. Favorite regional credits include Nick, in Over the River...opposite Marion Ross (Mt Gretna Playhouse), Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Allenberry Playhouse), MacHeath in The Threepenny Opera (Open Stage), and the King in The King and I (The Mountain Payhouse). Rob also works as a personal fitness trainer for NYC Fitness Experts. He is originally from Scranton, PA, a graduate of West Chester University, and a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.   BACK TO TOP

CASEY BURDEN (Director). Casey holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Sam Houston State University. As a conductor he has led orchestras through many shows, his favorites including Funny Girl, Into the Woods, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Lil Abner. As a director, Casey has helmed regional productions for the past 13 years. Including directing long running shows as Forever Plaid and Nunsense. Landing the position of Executive Director of Riverside Theater Works in Boston, MA he founded the Riverside Cabaret Institute, which continues to provide an outlet for Cabaret Artists through out the New England area.   HOLLI LEGGETT (Producer). Holli is a native Texan who has called New York home for 9 years, has learned to be very adept at balancing her two passions: teaching voice and performing. In addition to her private studio (teaching both in Manhattan and on Staten Island), she serves on the faculty of the American Musical and Dramatics Academy (AMDA) in New York. Holli has recently traveled to the Catskills in Upstate New York, and to Houston, TX to teach Musical Theater classes in Fine Arts Workshops.  On the performing stage, she has had the pleasure of premiering three new operas in the past several years, two of which were written especially for her.  Past roles include Violetta in La Traviata, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Ida Strauss (the one who stays with her husband) in Titanic.  Holli earned her Master's Degree at Sam Houston State University with Dr. Walter Foster.
   
STEVEN BEDNASZ (Musical Director). Being an avid comic book fan, Steven is so excited to be a part of this production. Last year, Steven was assistant M.D. at NJIT's The Ghosts of Rowan Oak and FIT's Urinetown. He also has music directed numerous regional productions around the Buffalo, New York area where he is originally from. Currently, he is working on Parade by Jason Robert Brown at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU where he is a sophomore in the Drama Dept.   RICK DELANCY (Choreographer). bio tk
     
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PAST SHOWS

DECEMBER 5 & 6, 2006 at The Duplex READ REVIEWS
with Dana Barathy, Doug Chitel, Desireé Davar, Denise DeMirjian, Scott McLean Harrison, Blayne Levin, Maria Maloney, David Perlman, Jeff Pierce, Marc Tumminelli, Juson Williams
musical direction by Andrew Wheeler / pianist: Jason Sirois / choreography by Christine Schwalenberg /
produced by Suzanne Adams / directed by Hector Coris

Hear the score to this ill-fated sequel to Bye Bye Birdie - not heard on a NYC stage since 1981!
After the events of Bye Bye Birdie, Albert drags Rose into another seemingly hopeless showbiz caper. This time, Albert's trying to find missing former teen idol Conrad Birdie - with no help from his interfering mother and a gospel-singin' detective.

Bring Back Birdie ran for only 4 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre, closing on March 7, 1981.But it wasn't all bad news: Chita Rivera was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award.

 

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