Meet the cast


Betty BuckleyBETTY BUCKLEY

Betty Buckley, who has been called "The Voice of Broadway," is one of theater's most

respected and legendary leading ladies. She is an actress/singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. She is a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee and the 2017 recipient of the Julie Harris Awards from the Actor's Fund for Artistic Achievement.

She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in Triumph of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination for her critically acclaimed interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway.

Her other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Carrie. Off-Broadway credits include the world premiere of Horton Foote's The Old Friends for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination in 2014, White's Lies, Lincoln Center's Elegies, the original NYSF production of Edwin Drood, The Eros Trilogy, Juno's Swans and Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road. Regional credits include The Perfectionist, Gypsy, Threepenny Opera, Camino Real, Buffalo Gal, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Old Friends at Houston's Alley Theatre and Grey Gardens at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY and The Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles in 2016 for which she received an Ovation Award Nomination. In London she starred in Promises, Promises for which she was nominated for An Evening Standard Award and in 2013 the British premiere of Dear World.

Ms. Buckley most recently appeared in the new M. Night Shyamalan hit film Split co-starring James McAvoy, released in January 2017. She was nominated for a Saturn Award for her work in the film. Her other films include her debut in Brian de Palma's screen version of Stephen King's Carrie, Bruce Beresford's Tender Mercies, Roman Polanski's Frantic, Woody Allen's Another Woman, Lawrence Kasden's Wyatt Earp and M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening.

On television, Buckley most recently guest starred in the NBC Series Chicago Med and in the HBO series The Leftovers and Getting On. She appeared in The Pacific also for HBO and twice on the Kennedy Center Honors. She also starred for three seasons in the HBO series Oz and as Abby Bradford in the hit series Eight Is Enough. She has appeared as a guest star in numerous television series, miniseries and films for television including Evergreen, Roses For The Rich, Without A Trace, Law & Order: SVU and Pretty Little Liars.

Buckley tours in concert worldwide with her ensemble of musicians and recently was featured in the Royal Albert Hall concert of Follies in celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 85th birthday. She has recorded 17 CD's: including Ghostlight produced by T Bone Burnett released in 2014 and most recently Story Songs released in April 2017.

She received a Grammy Nomination for Stars and The Moon, Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar. She received her second Grammy Nomination for the audio book The Diaries of Adam and Eve. For over forty years Ms. Buckley has been a teacher of scene study and song interpretation, giving workshops in Manhattan and various universities and performing Arts Conservatories around the country. She has been a faculty member in the theatre department of the University of Texas at Arlington and teaches regularly at the T. Schreiber Studio in New York City, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX and in Los Angeles, Denver and Oklahoma.

In 2009, Ms. Buckley received the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Theater and was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2007. She has two honorary doctorates from The Boston Conservatory and Marymount College and has been honored with three Lifetime Achievement Awards for her contributions to theater from the New England Theater Conference, The Shubert Theater in New Haven and the Terry Schreiber School in NYC.

For more info, visit www.bettybuckley.com

 

Lea SalongaLEA SALONGA

Multiple award-winning actress and singer Lea Salonga is renown across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch. She is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Miserables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival. Many fans of all ages recognize Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. For her portrayal of the beloved princesses, the Walt Disney Company bestowed her with the honor of "Disney Legend".

Most recently, Lea starred in the critically acclaimed Sony musical-drama YELLOW ROSE which hit theaters in October. Additionally, in August, Lea released her single "Dream Again" with all profits donated to charities aiding in COVID-19 relief around the world, including The Actor's Fund. In November 2020 Lea Salonga: Live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from Sydney Opera House aired as part of Great Performances on PBS. A live album of the performance was subsequently released by Broadway Records.

Currently, Lea serves as a judge on the Philippines hit version of "The Voice" including the ratings juggernaut "The Voice Kids". Mitoy Yonting, a member of Team Lea, was named the first season winner.

Lea's 2019 The Human Heart Tour saw sold-out audiences and record-breaking sales across North America and the United Kingdom. On Broadway, Lea most recently starred in the 2018 Broadway revival of Once on This Island as the Goddess of Love, Erzulie. The show's return to the Broadway stage earned a Tony Award for "Best Revival of a Musical" and also garnered Lea and the cast a Grammy nomination for "Best Musical Theater Album."

In late 2017, Lea released "Bahaghari," an album of traditional Filipino songs. The album serves as a reflection of all the intricate and different languages found in the Philippines and aims to help preserve the island nation's dynamic culture.

Lea also released her electrifying live album "Blurred Lines" in the spring of 2017. The album was recorded during her sold-out run at Feinstein's / 54Below the year before. The original six-date showcase was received with overwhelming accolades from fans and critics alike. So well received in fact that Lea returned to the famed venue for a record-setting 15-show encore performance in the late spring (2017).

In the fall of 2015 Lea began her critically acclaimed run as Kei Kimura in the Broadway production of Allegiance. The musical, inspired and developed by legendary actor George Takei, tells the story of a Japanese American family forced into an internment camp during World War II. Lea garnered a Craig Noel nomination for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical for her performance in the Old Globe production and can be heard on the show's original cast album. Following this, Lea made a guest appearance on the hit CW television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

For much of 2014, Lea performed with legendary popera quartet Il Divo, accompanying them in Asia, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and all through Eastern and Western Europe on their A Musical Affair tour, celebrating the band's 10th anniversary. She can be seen on their latest DVD and CD bearing the same name.

Lea made her debut in the world of Cabaret in 2010, performing a sold out, three week engagement at the Cafe? Carlyle in New York City. She returned in June 2011 to delight audiences in another multi-week engagement and released a live version of her 2010 concert "Lea Salonga: The Journey So Far," her 26th career CD, in August 2011. The CD rose to the #3 spot on iTunes Jazz Charts. In 2013, she did a third engagement titled "Back to Before," which was lauded by the New York Times.

Lea has toured all over the world, performing sold out concerts in such locations as the Sydney Opera House, 02 Arena, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Singapore's Esplanade , Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Hong Kong Cultural Center ), Queen Sirikit Convention Center in Bangkok and Carnegie Hall in New York.She was also the first artist to sell out two shows at Brigham Young University's deJong Concert Hall in Provo, Utah since The Kings Singers in 2009.

In 2010, she participated in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Mise?rables to sold out crowds at the UK's O2 arena having appeared as Eponine in the show's 10th Anniversary concert. She also dazzled as the hauntingly tragic Grizabella in a limited run of CATS in her hometown of Manila. Lea also teamed up with legendary Grammy winner, Patti Austin, to perform the concert series, 'Heart and Soul,' at venues throughout the United States.

Honored with an appointment as a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Goodwill Ambassador in October of 2010, Lea vowed to act as an advocate for the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance initiative led by the FAO. The same year, she also joined forces with Avon as a celebrity judge for Avon Voices, alongside such artists as Fergie, Natasha Beddingfield and Diane Warren, in the first ever global, online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women.

In her 40-year career, Lea has performed for six Philippine presidents (from Ferdinand Marcos to Benigno S. Aquino III), three American Presidents (George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush), and for Diana, Princess of Wales and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She began her career as a child star in the Philippines, making her professional debut in 1978 at the age of seven in the musical The King and I. She went on to star in productions of Annie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rose Tattoo, The Sound of Music, The Goodbye Girl, Paper Moon, The Fantasticks and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, on Broadway, opposite Jose Llana.

An avid techie and gamer, Lea divides her time between Manila, Philippines with her family and the United States.

For more info, visit leasalonga.com

 

Stephanie J BlockSTEPHANIE J BLOCK

Stephanie has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre. She most recently won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as winning The Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Award for her STAR turn in THE CHER SHOW.  Ms.Block was also recognized for her role of Trina in Lincoln Center Theatre's 2016 revival of FALSETTOS garnering her the Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2013 she was recognized with both the Drama Desk and TONY Award nomination(s) for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Alice Nutting/ Edwin DROOD in The Roundabout Theater's production of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. That marks 3 TONY Award nominations in the last 6 years, a feat very few Broadway actors have attained. Other Broadway credits include Reno Sweeney in the 2011 TONY Award winning revival of ANYTHING GOES, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL playing the role of Judy Bernly for which she earned a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She created the roles of Grace O'Malley in THE PIRATE QUEEN and Liza Minnelli In THE BOY FROM OZ (opposite Hugh Jackman). Ms. Block is best known for her portrayal as Elphaba in the Broadway company of WICKED as well as originating the role in the First National Tour for which she won numerous awards including the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

Ms. Block has sung with numerous symphony orchestras including the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch), Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Charlotte Symphony and the Cleveland Pops among many others. Her solo concert has been critically acclaimed and continues to sell out throughout the US and in London.

Some of her Off-Broadway and regional theatrical credits include LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE(Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical), BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play), THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG (starring opposite Jason Alexander), CATS (St Louis' Kevin Kline Award Nominee- Best Actress), FUNNY GIRL, CRAZY FOR YOU (L.A. Ovation Award Nominee), OLIVER(Critics Award-Best Actress), James Joyce's THE DEAD, TRIUMPH OF LOVE, THE GRASS HARP, SOUTH PACIFIC, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES and the World Premiere of WICKED.

Stephanie's solo album, THIS PLACE I KNOW has been received with great praise, lauded by critics as "One of the best debut recordings to come out of the Broadway community in quite some time... 6 out of 5 stars". An array of award-winning songwriters assembled to help interpret their music on Stephanie's album. Composers such as Stephen Schwartz, Marvin Hamlisch and the legendary Dolly Parton join forces with Ms. Block to create a thrilling musical experience. Stephanie's voice can be heard on multiple cast recordings, including THE BOY FROM OZ, THE PIRATE QUEEN, WICKED's 5th Anniversary Album and 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL(GrammyNomination). 

Television credits include: BLUFF CITY LAW (NBC), RISE (upcoming: NBC), MADAME SECRETARY (CBS), ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix), HOMELAND (Showtime), IT COULD BE WORSE (HULU). 

For more info, visit www.stephaniejblock.com

 

Sebastian ArcelusSEBASTIAN ARCELUS

Sebastian Arcelus began a career in finance before deciding to give theater a try and was a quick success, making his Broadway debut in "Rent." Arcelus also played lead roles in the Broadway productions of "Good Vibrations," "Wicked," and "Jersey Boys." Not surprisingly, his first screen work was as a voice actor, mainly dubbing English language versions Japanese animation, including "Pokemon the Movie: Destiny Deoxys" (2004) and "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Movie" (2004). Arcelus also provided voices for "Dora the Explorer" (Nickelodeon, 2000-) and "Go, Diego! Go!" (Nickelodeon, 2005-2011). His first appearance on a series was as a guest on a 2011 episode of crime drama "Person of Interest" (CBS, 2011-). Arcelus' first major exposure was on the first season of the US version of "House of Cards" (Netflix, 2013-), when he played a reporter caught in the machinations of Senator Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. The next year, he landed in another Washington, DC political drama, "Madam Secretary" (CBS, 2014-). On the show, Arcelus plays Jay Whitman, policy advisor to Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, played by Tea Leoni.

 

 


Derrick BaskinDERRICK BASKIN

Derrick Baskin was most recently seen in Ain't Too Proud to Beg on Broadway. He was last seen in the Oscar nominated film Marshall and is best known for his role in the critically acclaimed Hulu sitcom Difficult People and his recurring role on Law & Order: SVU. Other film credits include Annie starring Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx; and Anesthesia starring Glenn Close, directed by Tim Blake Nelson. This award winning actor was last seen onstage in The New York Times Critic's Pick Whorl Inside a Loop and has originated roles in the Tony Award winning Broadway musicals Memphis; Spelling Bee, where he also earned a Drama Desk Award; and Disney's The Little Mermaid working along side Oscar, Grammy, and Tony winning composer Alan Menken and Pulitzer Prize author Doug Wright. Baskin's concert experience includes performances with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Buble, Wiz Khalifa, and Mariah Carey, and he has written songs on former Beyonce musical director Divinity Roxx's debut album, I'm Possible.

For more info, visit www.derrickbaskin.com

  


Adam JacobsADAM JACOBS

Originally from Half Moon Bay, CA, Adam Jacobs began his early performing career as a pianist studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After playing for 8 years (ages 5-13), he decided to forgo the concert pianist route and try something new.  He found his artistic outlet through art classes and musical theater.  After playing "Oliver" in Oliver! and "Curly" in Oklahoma! in 7th and 8th grade respectively, he auditioned for a role in the local community theater-Peninsula Center Stage's production of Jesus Christ Superstar.  Even though the show had been fully cast by the time of his audition, the creative team decided to foster his young talent and create a role of a "13th apostle" or "apostle wanna-be" just so he could be in the show.

While attending St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Adam was fortunate enough to be cast in the leading roles of "Billy Bigelow" in Carousel, "Drummond" in Inherit the Wind, "Marius" in Fanny (1961), and "Che" in Evita. With the help of his high-school mentor, Peter Devine, Adam discovered his love for the theater and made his decision to pursue a career in the arts.  It was also during this time that he attended the summer programs of the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in downtown SF and the California Institute of the Arts (CSSSA) in Valencia, CA.

One night after a high-school performance of Evita, a representative from the SF Opera who happened to see the show invited Adam to audition for the new upcoming documentary opera based on the life of Harvey Milk, the country's first openly gay city council member who was assassinated along with the mayor of SF in 1978.  As a result of this invited audition, he was cast as "Young Harvey" and participated not only in a powerful show performed on the anniversary of Milk's assassination, but also in a re-enactment of the historic candlelit march down Market Street just prior to the show.

At New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Adam studied with the Collaborative Arts Project Musical Theater program (CAP21) as well as the Stonestreet Film and Television Studios program.  After graduating with a BFA in Theater, he worked the regional theaters, performed on cruise ships, and toured the country as Cinderella's Prince before landing his first Equity (Actor's Union) production as Nanki-poo in Marriott Theater's Hot Mikado.

Around this time, he met his future wife while doing a Christmas show in Hershey, PA.  She was a rag-doll/ballerina and he was a well-padded, white-bearded Santa Claus (with black eyebrows).  While being paired as waltz partners might have helped the relationship blossom, it's possible the chocolate may have had something to do with it?

Adam's big break came with the opportunity to play "Marius" in the national tour of Les Miserables.  This job led to him being cast in the Broadway revival and his subsequent Broadway debut.  Within the short 14 months that the show played the Broadhurst Theater, he had the benefit of working with many Broadway veterans including Lea Salonga, Judy Kuhn, Gary Beach, Daphne-Rubin Vega, Norm Lewis, Ann Harada, Aaron Lazar (seen in photo), among many others.

Since Les Miserables, he has journeyed from the islands of Mamma Mia! to the African pridelands of The Lion King.  He's gone from the tropics of Once On This Island to the Arabian deserts of Aladdin. His mixed ethnicity has allowed him to play varied roles, and he thanks his parents for their whole-hearted encouragement to pursue a life in the arts.

Adam, his wife Kelly, and their sons Jack and Alex now make their home in Chicago. After touring for two years with the first national tour of Disney's Mary Poppins as a dance captain and swing, Kelly happily joined the Broadway company and stayed with it until its closing in 2013.

For more information, visit adamjacobs.net


Aisha JacksonAISHA JACKSON

Aisha Jackson was born and raised in College Park, GA., where she grew up singing in church with my family. She realized from a young age that she desired to use her God-given gifts to spread joy and inspiration. In high school, she developed a strong passion for musical theatre and decided to pursue a career on Broadway. In 2013, months after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado, she moved to New York City with five bags and A LOT of faith! She had about one hundred fifty dollars to her name and no job, but she was committed to making my dreams a reality. After working regionally at the Arvada Center, the American Repertory Theatre, and Olney Theatre Center, she auditioned for the National Tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and ended up booking the swing position on Broadway! Since then, she's gone on to be in the Original Off-Broadway cast of Invisible Thread, as well as the Original Broadway casts of Waitress and Frozen. In Frozen, she had the joy to standby for the role of Anna and the beautiful responsibility to show my little chocolate drops that they too can be princesses! She made history as the first Black woman to play the role on Broadway. Before the pandemic hit, she was preparing to play the role of Snow White in the new Britney Spears musical Once Upon A One More Time. During this pandemic, she has recommitted herself to fighting for much-needed change in the theatre industry and the world. She intends on returning to a new Broadway that is more equitable, inclusive, and cognizant of the role it plays in rebuilding our country.

For more information, visit www.aishajackson.com


The Four C NotesTHE FOUR C NOTES

Created by John Michael Coppola, best known for his appearance in
Chicago's long running production of the Broadway, smash hit JERSEY BOYS,
THE FOUR C NOTES are the Midwest's ONLY tribute dedicated to recreating
the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons!

The tribute features all of your favorite hits, including: "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Walk Like A Man", "Workin' My Way Back To You, (Babe)", "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", "Let's Hang On" and many, many, more?

While they call Chicago home, THE FOUR C NOTES have performed their standard concert AND their SEASONS GREETINGS HOLIDAY SHOW at private events, performing arts centers and outdoor festivals ALL OVER THE U.S and are quickly becoming the country's premier tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons!

For more information, visit www.thefourcnotes.com