Join our Theatrical Thursday program to learn more from the experts themselves and ask any questions. This week, Beth Malone reunites with her 5-Star Theatricals’ Marvelous Wonderettes cast and director/creator, Roger Bean and conversation with NCIS and Broadway Star, Barrett Foa.
- DATE: Thursday, June 4th
- TIME: 4-6 PM
- MEETING ID: 945 6169 9474
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4 PM – 5 PM: Conversation with NCIS and Broadway Star, Barrett Foa.
5:15 PM – 6 PM: We’re reuniting with 5-Star Theatrical’s cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes and the creator/director of the show, Roger Bean! The Cast includes: Beth Malone (Tony Nominee for Best Actress in a Musical – Fun Home), Misty Cotton, Bets Malone, Darcie Roberts and Leslie Spencer. Join us at 5:15 PM for a chat with these powerhouse ladies and the creator who brought them together for this fabulous production!
Barrett Foa – Credits: Barrett Foa is a series regular on the hit CBS drama, NCIS: Los Angeles (2009). He plays tech operator/surfer “Eric Beale” alongside Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J and Oscar winner Linda Hunt. Since moving to Los Angeles in January 2009, Foa has been a recurring guest on Entourage (2004) (as Ari’s assistant), and the original NCIS (2003) and guest-starred on Numb3rs (2005) and The Closer (2005) opposite Kyra Sedgwick. On Broadway, Foa starred as the leads of both “Avenue Q” (Princeton and Rod) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), and was in the original Broadway cast of “Mamma Mia!”. He can be heard as “Jesus” on the 20th anniversary cast recording of “Godspell”. He has played leading roles at Playwrights Horizons (where he starred in the world premiere of Adam Bock’s play, “The Drunken City”, a piece he helped workshop and develop), The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The York, and John Houseman, as well as at such reputable regional venues as Hartford Stage and The Shakespeare Theatre, D.C. (starring as “Claudio” in William Shakespeare‘s “Much Ado About Nothing”), Bay Street Theatre (starring opposite playwright Charles Busch), Paper Mill Playhouse, TheatreWorks in CA, The St. Louis MUNY, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Music Theatre of Wichita, Weston Playhouse, and Maine State Music Theatre. Born and raised in New York City, Foa graduated from The Dalton School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He attended Interlochen Arts Camp for four summers, spent a semester of college at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from one of the nation’s top musical theatre programs, The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He resides in Los Angeles.
Beth Malone – Credits: Beth Malone was nominated for a 2015 Tony Award and Grammy for her game-changing role of “Alison” in Fun Home. Malone most recently starred as the titular character in the world premiere of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, directed by Kathleen Marshall at the MUNY. She originated the role of June Carter Cash in Ring of Fire on Broadway, as well as the roles of Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Alison in Bingo off-Broadway. Other off-Broadway and regional credits include Fun Home (The Public Theater), Annie Get Your Gun (CMT) and Sister Act (Alliance Theatre). On film, Malone can be seen in Taylor Hackford’s The Comedian, co-starring opposite Robert DeNiro and Edie Falco. Other film credits include Hick with Eddie Redmayne, Twist of Faith, The Interview and the upcoming Brittany Runs A Marathon opposite Jillian Bell. Her television television credits include Braindead, Bull, The Good Wife, Reno 911, Judging Amy, Laying Low, What’s On?, One Minute Soaps and the Fox pilot Second Nature.
Roger Bean – Credits: Roger Bean created the long-running hit The Marvelous Wonderettes (over 1,200 performances Off-Broadway), along with the sequels Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, Winter Wonderettes, Wonderettes: Dream On, and the new large-cast Wonderettes: Glee Club Edition. Original cast albums for all Wonderettes shows are available from iTunes and Amazon. The Marvelous Wonderettes received the 2007 LA Ovation Award for Best Musical for its record-breaking Los Angeles run and continues to be an audience favorite in theatre companies throughout the country. Mr. Bean’s do-wop hit Life Could Be A Dream had a record-breaking 12-month run in Los Angeles, receiving the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award, and the Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical. Other popular musicals created by Mr. Bean include The Andrews Brothers, Summer of Love, Route 66, Honky Tonk Laundry, and Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, all published by Stage Rights. Mr. Bean is a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, SDC and the Dramatists Guild.
Bets Malone – Credits: Bets got her start Vista, Ca. and has been working as a professional actress across the country for the past three decades. She originated the role of Suzy Simpson in the hit show The Marvelous Wonderettes and can be heard on three Wonderette albums as well as the Cast recording of Honky Tonk Laundry. Regional: Victor Victoria, Dirty Blonde, The Andrews Brothers, Next to Normal, Fun Home, Mamma Mia, Aida, Seussical, Titanic, Big Fish, Mary Poppins, Sweeney Todd, 1776, Ragtime, On the Town, Evita, Annie Get Your Gun, Once Upon a Mattress and The Rocky Horror Show. Her vocal talents can be heard in as Talulah the Monkey in Barbie as the Island Princess and the singing voice of Velma in Scooby Doo Music of the Vampire. She developed a one woman show entitled Broadway The Broad Way coming to a theatre near you! Up next, Bets has joined the Old Globe Theatre for seven consecutive years in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Most impressive credit: wife to Moonlight Stage Productions artistic director, Steve Glaudini and mom to Sami The Wonder Dog!
Leslie Stevens – Credits: Off-Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes. Regional: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou, Betty Jean, Suzy), Merrily We Roll Along (Mary Flynn), Trails (Amy), Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do (Marge), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, 1776 (Abigail Adams), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Company! (Marta), A Little Night Music (Petra), The Pajama Game (Babe Williams), Crazy for You (Polly Baker), Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide), and Funny Girl (Fanny). Leslie is a Vixen (background vocalist) in The Brian Setzer Orchestra and has toured the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan with the big band. Her powerful vocals can be heard on numerous albums recorded with Setzer. She has performed to national audiences on The Today Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show, Rachel Ray, Dancing with the Stars and FOX’s NFL Sunday. Leslie also hit the road with Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses and is the featured vocalist on their latest album, Blow. Most recently, Leslie wrote, recorded and released her first solo album, Sing Out. It can be found on all digital platforms.
Misty Cotton – Credits: Favorite roles: Ellen – Miss Saigon (Broadway & 1st National), Eponine – Les Miserables (2nd National), and the Narrator – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opposite Donny Osmond. Other roles: Missy – Marvelous Wonderettes, Margaret White – Carrie The Musical, Philia – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Sacramento Music Circus), Princess Leonide – Triumph of Love (Falcon Theatre), Lizzie – Baby, Maria – West Side Story, Patsy – Rimers of Eldritch, Sandy – Grease, Brigid Mary – Little Moon of Alban, Jenny Lind – Barnum, and Geraldine – What the Butler Saw. Misty is an American Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate.