Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits

Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits

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Western Reserve Playhouse presents:

Forbidden Broadway- Greatest Hits

Created and written by Gerard Alessandrini

Directed by Dawn Sniadak – Yamokoski * Musical Director – Bryan Bird 

* Choreographer – Jailyn Harris * Stage Manager – Tiffany Bird 

Event Show Dates: March 25, 26  April 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 2022

SYNOPSIS:

Back by popular demand! Experience Broadway’s greatest hits in this hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s most cherished stars and songwriters. The show parodies Broadway Musicals including Chicago, Phantom, Fiddler, and many others, with wit, charm, and hysterical lyrics. This world-renowned show will be a hit among seasoned theatergoers and newcomers alike. This musical is your one‐stop ticket to non‐stop laughs!

This special event has five showings: March 25th, 26th, April 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th  at 8:00PM; April 3rd at 2:00PM.

Cast:

Braelin Andrzejewski is a graduate of Robert Morris University with her Bachelors in Communication/Musical Theatre. Braelin is one of seven nationally recognized by the Kennedy Center, winning Distinguished Performance by an Actress in a Musical for her role as The Princess in the Regional premiere of Love’s Labour’s Lost at the American College Theatre Festival. Past credits include If/Then (Kate), It’s a Wonderful Life (Mary Bailey), Assassins (Emma Goldman), A New Brain (Homeless Lady), 1776 (Thomas Jefferson), Avenue Q (Lucy T Slut), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Little Women (Jo March), Marvelous Wonderettes (Betty Jean), and Balm in Gilead (Darlene). She thanks Julie — olives & pickles.

Don Bernardo has played many iconic roles in theaters throughout the region, including the title role in Sweeney Todd (Geauga Lyric Theatre), Max Bialystock in The Producers (Hudson Players), Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Aurora Community Theatre), Juan Peron in Evita (Brecksville Theatre on the Square), and King Arthur in Monty Python’s Spamalot, a role he played in three different productions from 2014-2016, winning local and statewide awards. Don most recently appeared at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre with the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra as Enoch Snow in Carousel. His last WRP appearance was in the 2017 production of Forbidden Broadway, and he is thrilled to be revisiting this fun show with old and new friends. Love to Kate, Luc and Vic!

Emma Figge is thrilled to be a part of Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits. Emma is a performer & choreographer and recent Cleveland transplant hailing from Quincy, IL. She received her B.A. in Music Theatre and Dance from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Emma is currently a member of the Northeast Ohio Creatives and was recently seen in the Season 8 Showcase with the Cleveland Dance Project. Favorite past shows include Sweet Charity (Charity Valentine), How to Succeed in Business… (Hedy LaRue), and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy). Emma would like to thank her family for their continued support of her crazy ideas.

Patrick Hanlon couldn’t be more excited to be sharing with you this parody/farcical musical at Western Reserve Playhouse (WRP). The last Main Stage show Patrick was in at WRP was Assassins where he portrayed the roles of James Garfield/Other ensemble characters. In case you were wondering where else you may have seen Patrick Hanlon, he is also the Cabaret Coordinator for WRP. The Cabaret Series has consisted of Villains (Feb 2020), WRP Greatest Hits Virtually (September 2020), and most recently Christmas Lights 2 Spotlights (December 2021). For more information about the series, please go to the box office after tonight’s showing of Forbidden Broadway. Patrick thanks everyone and everything in life that has led him to where he is now. Special shout out to his lovely family of Braelin and Robert. Their endless love and support is the fuel he has even when he’s running on E. Last huge shoutout to his mama for recently moving up to Ohio to support the birth of his newborn. If you happen to be sitting next to her tonight, please give her a Covid Free high five for being such a wonderful person. Enjoy the show!

Jay Hill has come to realize that talking about himself in the third person leads to self-aggrandizement and an overdeveloped sense of self-worth. Thankfully, his lovely wife and children keep his ego in check, freeing him to enjoy yet another acting opportunity at the fabulous WRP. Jay is further humbled by the talented actors, directors and technical theatre artists with whom he gets to work, enabling him to, yet again, create an autobiographical narrative only tangentially linked to reality.

Bernadette Hisey has performed in 60+ shows on 25 stages in 5 counties of Northeast Ohio. Favorite roles include Kiss Me, Kate (Kate/Lilli Vanessi), Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider), Hello, Dolly (Dolly), Footloose (Vi Moore), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), The King and I (Mrs. Anna), Hay Fever (Judith Bliss), and A Broadway Christmas Carol (Woman), which she performed at WRP this past December. After retiring from a 30+ year career as a music teacher, she is pursuing an acting career. She is an Equity Member Candidate.

Kevin Kelly (Assistant Director/Actor) is thrilled to be back after appearing in A Broadway Christmas Carol directed by WRP’s Executive Artistic Director Dawn Sniadak-Yamokowski. He has directed, performed and taught at many of the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Area professional and community theaters, including The Cleveland Play House, Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland Public Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse, Clague Playhouse, Near West Theatre, and Western Reserve Playhouse. Kevin is the former Artistic Director for Rocky River Community Theatre. He has won so many awards, they can’t be listed here, but are available upon request. As always, TPOG!

Robert Kowalewski grew up in Crucible, Pennsylvania and attended college at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, PA, where he received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting/Finance. Robert has been involved in numerous theatrical performances, in both Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Local highlights include: All Night Strut, Gift of the Magi (Jim), and It’s a Wonderful Life (Clarence) at Theatre in the Circle; West Side Story (Riff) with the Akron Symphony; Next to Normal (Henry) at French Creek; Bright Ideas (Josh) and Newsies (Crutchie) at Brecksville Theatre; Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Einstein) and Sweeney Todd (Anthony) with Blank Canvas Theatre; and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Phoebus), Chess (Molokov), and Spring Awakening (Melchior) at Near West Theatre.

Robert thanks all who made this endeavor possible. He also thanks his parents, grandparents, and partners Braelin and Patrick for supporting him both onstage and off. Enjoy the show!

Emily Sedmak couldn’t be more thrilled to be back on the WRP stage! Emily was last seen WRP’s long awaited, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman #1). An Equity Member Candidate, Emily’s select theatre credits include Assassins (Ensemble), Heathers (Heather Duke), Hairspray (Amber VonTussle), The Little Mermaid (Ensemble, U/S Ariel), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive), and The Spitfire Grill (Shelby). You can also catch her in WRP’s CaBARet Series this season! Emily would like to thank her husband, family, and friends for their continued support! Welcome back to live theatre!


Production Staff: 

Dawn Sniadak- Yamokoski (Director) is thrilled to call Artistic Director of Western Reserve Playhouse her job. Past directing credits include Forbidden Broadway, Dogfight, It’s a Wonderful Life, Lion King Jr., Little Women- The Musical, Assassins, Songs for a New World, Godspell, Beauty and the Beast, Dummies Guide to High School, Midsummer Night’s Dream, All Shook Up and the regional premiere of the opera, Game of Chance. When not directing Dawn sings and acts her way on stage. Some of her favorites to date are Bridges of Madison County (Francesca) Spamalot (Lady in the Lake), Next to Normal (Diana), Evita (Evita), Children of Eden (Eve/Momma Noah), My Mother’s Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Jane), and Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle). She has also performed at Aurora Community Theater, The Beck Center, The Player’s Guild, Huntington Playhouse, Stow Players and Olde Towne Theater, BTOTS, and Weathervane Playhouse. Dawn lives in Peninsula with her hubby Jeff, her sons Drew and Colin, her daughter Nadia, and a house full of animals.  

Bryan Bird (Music Director) has been a Forbidden Broadway fan for over 20 years, and is excited to finally be a part of this hilarious show with such an amazing cast! Previous music directing credits at WRP include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Heathers, Assassins, The Bridges of Madison County, and Tomorrow Morning. By day, Bryan does graphics work for Sherwin-Williams and is also a church organist. He sends his love to his friends for being awesome and to his parents for being supportive (and pretty awesome, too).

Jailyn Harris (Choreographer) is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she received her BAC in theater, with a minor in dance. As a performer, she has had the opportunity to perform in theatres across Northeast Ohio and beyond, with credits from Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Cassidy Theatre, Karamu House, Lakeland Civic Theatre, the Players Guild Theatre and the A.R.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Recently she appeared in a workshop production of the new musical On the Line at Rubber City Theatre, and in the world premiere of Bluesman: Never Get out of These Blues Alive. Ms. Harris has had the opportunity to serve as a director and choreographer for a few schools around northeast Ohio. She has also served as a teaching artist with Dancing Classrooms of Northeast Ohio and the Center for Inspired Learning. Jailyn has a strong dance background and extensive experience in Jazz, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. She is an inaugural member of MadJax Dance Company. Jailyn has choreographed for theatres and organizations across the northeast Ohio area and beyond, including the Sitar Arts Center in Washington, DC.

Tiffany Bird (Stage Manager) is excited to return to Western Reserve Playhouse for this fabulous production. Tiffany is no stranger to the production booth having previously managed productions of The Underpants, Bridges of Madison County, It’s A Wonderful Life, It’s Only a Play, A Christmas Carol: the Musical, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Diary of Anne Frank, And Then There Were None, Mamma Mia, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She is an attorney and avid theater goer who has been active both on and behind the stage. She has appeared most recently as Clairee Marmillion in Steel Magnolias for Miller Productions. Tiffany has also tried her hand at Directing and Props Master.  Tiffany’s children are also active both on and off the stage. She would like to thank Western Reserve Playhouse for the opportunity to be a part of the family.  She would like to thank her family for supporting her in all her crazy endeavors!

Patrick Ciamacco (Light Designer) grew up in Brunswick Ohio. Patrick spent most of his high school period performing. It was then that he found his love for theatre. Patrick also began to experiment with improv comedy, filming improv movies with his brother Joe Ciamacco as well as good friends Joe Kenderes and Chuck Klein. Shortly after graduating high school, Patrick was cast in the Cleveland production of Tony & Tina’s Wedding. Patrick was thrilled to be working as a professional actor at such a young age. During this 2 ½ year run Patrick was able to play 6 roles in the show setting a record. The show holds the record currently for being the longest running show in Cleveland. After closing T&T’s Wedding to sold out houses, Patrick continued to work as an actor in the Cleveland area. Professionally, Patrick has been seen in Shrek: The Musical (Shrek) at Mercury Summer Stock, a musical version of The Nutcracker at The Cleveland Play House, as a zany furniture salesman and bingo caller, in an improv-based show called We Gotta Bingo (Bucky Fuller) at Playhouse Square. You may have also seen him perform at The Beck Center in Putnam County’s 25th Annual Spelling Bee (William Barfee) as well as the regional premiers of Evil Dead The Musical(Jake) and Jerry Springer: The Opera (Dwight/God).

Other acting credits include 3 Guys Naked From The Waist Down (Phil), Into The Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince/Wolf), Secret Garden (Archibald), Of Mice & Men (Lennie), The Music Man (Harold Hill), Art (Marc), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Children of Eden (God), Chess (Freddie), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Eddie), Pippin (Leading Player), Baker’s Wife (The Baker) and Romeo & Juliet (Friar Lawrence). Patrick can also be seen in many different print ads and commercials.

While Patrick is the acting director for The Laughter League, he also directs all over Cleveland. Patrick is the founder and Artistic Director for Blank Canvas

Kelsey Tomlinson  (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be working on this production of Forbidden Broadway. A professional Costume Designer, she currently serves as one of two Resident Costume Designers for Ohio Shakespeare Festival, and designs on a freelance basis from Canton to Cleveland. Favorites include Emma (Western Reserve Playhouse), A Little Night Music (Lakeland), and Cinderella (Ohio Shakes). Follow her work by searching #KLuelleCreative. Much love and gratitude to family, friends, and her husband Emerson.

Makenna Bird (Dresser) is excited to be working for Western Reserve Playhouse for the first time!  She previously helped as a Dresser for Dreamgirls at Weathervane Playhouse.  Makenna has been active in theater both on and off stage for the last several years.  She is currently a freshman at Baldwin Wallace University majoring in Education. She appreciates the opportunity to work with this talented cast for Forbidden Broadway! It has been so much fun.  Thank you to WRP and Artistic Director Dawn Sniakdak-Yamokoski for the opportunity!

Gary Sniadak (Set Build) I did this because my daughter told me I was great….Thank you to my beloved wife of over 50 years for birthing my daughter who begged me to do this.  I am sure she enjoyed the time away from me. I love you, Betsy. 

Jeffery Yamokoski (Set Build) is an award winning playwright and husband to the great Dawn Yamokoski.  Father to three beautiful kids, Andrew, Colin and Nadia, and oodles of pets Dawn keeps on bringing home.  He wants to thank Justin, Jim, Gary and WRP for this opportunity.

Check out our wonderful program!

Forbidden Broadway Program 2022