Location

Performing at the Understudy 

4609 N Clark Street

Chicago, IL

February 2020

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OH HI JOHNNY: The Room-sical

Music and Lyrics by Alex Syiek

Book and Additional Lyrics by Bryan Jager

Synopsis: Oh Hi, Johnny is the unauthorized musical parody of Tommy Wiseau's disaster-piece, The Room. Join in the fun as we watch this writer/director/producer/star turn his "sacred artist vision" (dubbed the Citizen Kane of bad movies) into a big hit Broadway musical. Filled with chocolate, doggies and playing football in tuxedos... for some reason.  

Dates and Times:

The Edge Theatre

BROADWAY SPACE

5451 N Broadway

February 5 at 8 pm

February 8 at 10 pm

February 14 at 8 pm

February 16 at 7:30

February 17 at 6 pm

February 23 at 3 pm

Creative Team

& Cast

Alex Syiek (Writer)

Bryan Jager (Writer/Director) Bryan is incredibly excited to bring The Roomsical to Chicago. With Dana Searing, he’s the creator of The RagTag Collective, and the co-producer of DanaMakes. As an actor, he’s performed with the Orlando Repertory Theatre, the Walt Disney World Resort, Odd-O-T’s Entertainment, and Universal Orlando. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College, and your ticket today may go towards his student loans. Or ramen. Probably ramen. Thanks to Dana, Jarrett, and (as always) Danielle Rudess.

Jared Poore (Producer/Choreographer/ The Stage Manager U/S): Jarrett is very excited to make his debut as a producer with a project he fell in love with seeing at the Orlando Fringe Festival. He holds a B.F.A. in musical theatre from the University of Central Florida and is currently working on his Master’s in theatre with a focus in musical theatre. Regionally he has performed with the Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Twelfth Night; Shakespeare in Love; The Mystery of Irma Vep), The Orlando Repertory Theatre (A Year with Frog and Toad; Elf: The Musical) and the Orlando Fringe Festival (Jaws: The Movie: The Musical; Jason and the Argonauts). He is currently working as a performer and teaching artist in the Orlando region. Catch him next as Walter in Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure at The Orlando Repertory Theatre. Thanks to Bryan, his mother, and to Noni, who will forever have the best seat in the house. jarrettpoore.com

Ian Rigg (Tommy Wiseau) Ian Rigg is a Jeff-nominated actor whose recent credits include Hypnosis at Towle Theater, Aspire Productions’ original web series The Collector, and playing Nicolas Cage (as Superman) at Chicago live-lit staple The Skewer. After years of throwing spoons and footballs at midnight Music Box screenings, Ian is elated to portray a man more human than anyone. With love to family, friends, cast, crew and production team, he entreats everyone to take a rocket ship to Tommy’s Planet, and remember: “if a lot of people love each other, the world would be a better place to live.”

Connar Brown (Lisa) Connar is proud to be making her Chicago debut as Lisa in Oh Hi, Johnny: The Room-sical. She is currently a senior at Columbia College Chicago with a BA in acting. Some of her favorite credits include John Quincy Adams (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Phil (The Wild Party), and Tinsley from an independent film, The Birder. She wants to say a big thank you to all that have supported her, and gotten her this far! Follow her on Instagram @JGCBrown97 or she will TEAR YOU APART! Check her website out here: https://connarbrown.wixsite.com/connarbrown.

Coleen Tutton (Claudette/Ensemble) Coleen recently had fun playing the domineering Jewish mother “Mrs. Olivier” in the true story of JACKIE MASON, THE MUSICAL at the Skokie Theatre in Chicago, and the charming “Birdy" in the reading of SMALL THINGS at The Boulevard Theatre. Other theatre credits include was “Yente" in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Sunset. THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Skylight Theatre as ‘Baroness Elberfeld and Nun’ (with three of her children!), “3rd Witch” in MACBETH at Breadline Theatre Chicago, “Maggie” in JAKES WOMEN at Sunset, and “Guitar player, singer and ensemble” in MRS. CONEY at Bailiwick Theatre Chicago. In addition, she has worked in TV and film for many years including commercials, short and feature length films. She is currently in preproduction for a Web series called STAYDREAM and just filmed two festival shorts, EXITBAG and FLY BY DAY.

Dylan Todd (Denny) Dylan Todd is beyond excited to be a part of this crazy project! His most recent role was Valene Conner in The Lonesome West at Aston Rep in the fall. Other credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Hampstead Stage Company), Psyche and Eros (Hampstead Stage Company), and A Christmas Carol (Metropolis PAC). Dylan has also taken classes at The Second City, The Artistic Home, and Shakespeare with Susan Hart and Jeffrey Carlson. It has also been Dylan’s secret dream to be a part of a musical remake of The Room. Huge thanks to Bryan, Jarrett, and the whole cast and crew! Enjoy!

Micah Hilson (Mike/Ensemble) Micah Bevis is excited to share this project and be a part of CMTF.  In the words of the great Tommy Wiseau: "You're tearing me apart Lisa." Micah recently moved to Chicago over a year ago after studying at the National Theatre Institute and is now happy to call Chicago home. He most recently was seen in the new musical "The Inheritance" at Piano Forte Studios. Other credits include, "Merchant On Venice"  with Rasaka Theatre, "Other World"  a new musical workshop at the Lyric Theatre in NYC. and "Christmas Mubarak" with Silk Road Rising. Micah is also an actor with Stewart Talent in Chicago. @micah_hilson

Natalie Rae (Michelle/Ensemble) Natalie Rae is beyond excited to be joining this production. She was last seen in Wife Material at Underscore theatre. Favorite Chicago credits include: The Last Five Years (Cathy), The Hunchback of Norte Dame (Florika), The Butler Did It (Charity Haze) with Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, The Odd Couple (female version- U/S Florence) with Oil Lamp Theatre, Standby the Musical (Samantha) with Towle Theatre, and Oliver! (Rose Seller) with Citadel Theatre. She also has a BA in Musical Theatre from University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She wants to thank her family, friends, and Robert for their unwavering love and support.

Anthony Logan Cole (Voice of the Ensemble) Anthony Logan Cole has been seen internationally as well as coast to coast as Javert in Les Miserables. He is currently starring in Frankenstein Off-Broadway as the Creature and is the Creator and Director of the acclaimed immersive production The Hidden Ones.  International: Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde) Off-Broadway: CHESS (Arbiter) Full House (Uncle Joey and Others Standby), CURIOSITIES, This Is Real, It Came From Beyond, Golden Bird, Honestly Abe. Regional: Rock Of Ages (Lonny), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin) and many others.  He is also a director and performer of immersive theatre. He has headlined at The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, Coronado Playhouse, and 54 Below. His debut album Who I’d Be is now available.

Kyle Mastellar (Mark) Kyle Masteller is making his Chicago Musical Theatre Festival debut and reprising his role in Oh Hi, Johnny! The Room-sical Parody after its successful run in Orlando. Favorite film/TV credits include Lenhart in “The Oath”, Coach Rob Moore in the feature film "Coach of the Year," ShortSTOP in the as yet untitled STOP Boys pilot, Jay Dolan in the pilot "Hot for Teacher," and Brian in the award winning short "Greed." Off Broadway credits include Graham in "Anchors" and Charlie the Baron in "Dear Mister Rosan." Favorite Off-off Broadway credits include Robert Jarrell in "Daylight Precision," Duperret in "Marat/Sade," Sergeant Match in "What the Butler Saw," Sebastian in "The Tempest," Lucio in "Measure for Measure," and Humphrey Balduc in "Club Justice." An Orlando local, he has played Caleb in the new work "Baton" at The Orlando Shakespeare Theater, performed multiple times for Odd O T's entertainment, and appeared opposite John Gruden in the Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coach commercial series.

Cynthia Hindmon (The Florist Shop Owner/Ensemble) Cynthia Hindmon is a sophomore at Columbia College Chicago. She is a BFA Musical Theatre major from Merrillville, Indiana. She was in Spamalot, Scrooge the musical, People of Color Columbia Conference Of The Birds, High Fidelity, etc. She is very excited to play the role of the Florist Shop Owner/Ensemble in OH HI JOHNNY

Sissy Anne Quaranta (The Stage Manager) With a BA in Theatre from Kansas State University, Sissy worked at Busch Gardens as a Park Vocal Swing before moving to Chicago, and studying at Second City and iO. She is a founding member of the CTAA, a unified audition dedicated to inclusion and accessibility within the Chicago Theatre community. Chicago Theatre credits: Nini (The Lost) Prop Thtr’s “Neverland;” Sissay Surging Films and Theatrics “Green Day’s American Idiot the Musical;” Ester (Daphne Moon) “Star Spangled Sitcoms: John Adams;” President Tomo The Annoyance’s “Dank Tank;” Girlfriend Profiles “Hellcab.” Regional Theatre: Wongette Host, “Wild Women of Planet Wongo;” Jordan Baker Theatre Lawrence’s “The Great Gatsby;” Mrs. Pinkerton Arkansas Children’s Rep’s “Pinkalicious. SissyAnneQuaranta.com; Instagram: MissSissyQ; MCS

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