CREATIVE TEAM

MARISA MATTHEWS

CREATOR/ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
HOST of B@TBR

"Bringing people together for the purpose of shining their light"

ROCK OF AGES Hollywood, BAZ: Star Crossed Love, Eva Peron in EVITA (San Diego Rep), Anna (FROZEN LIVE AT THE HYPERION).  Most recently  co-produced "Seasons of Love" Pandemic Edition (YouTube) and developed/ produced/ directed  AMBUSH CABARET. Currently the Lyricist for a  new musical project.

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ANTHONY MARKUS

CREATIVE CONSULTING
PRODUCER

Anthony Markus was born in Los Angeles, California on November 9th, 1984. He earned his breakthrough into motion pictures after having played significant roles behind various productions within the realm of digital media. With over 15 years of "on set" experience (having worked nearly every position below-the-line) he's transitioned into an above-the-line role where he continues to flourish as a respected producer and writer.

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BOBBY BRADER

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Composer, Orchestrator, Pianist, and Music Director. Bobby has worked on a number of film, television and game projects, assisting respected musicians such as: Tim Davies, Jeremy Levy and Michael Orland and talent icons including: Jason Alexander, Andrew Lippa, Pauly Shore, Audrey Landers and the New York Yankees. Credits: Dreamwork's "Trolls", "The LEGO Ninjago Movie", Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children", "American Idol" (Seasons 15-16), "Godless" (Netflix series) and Marvel's "Spider-Man" for PS4. Feature Film Original Scores: "Dead List", "Intrusion", and "Wild Boar". Bobby teaches Piano, Composition, Songwriting, Music Theory, and Vocal Coaching at AMDA. He is a freelance Pianist for Ballet and Musical Theatre and is currently composing a new musical. 

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CHRISTOPHER HESTER

BACK-UP VOCALIST

Christopher Hester is an actor, print model, and singer new to the Los Angeles area. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Performance degree from East Carolina University and a Masters's Degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Chris was featured in Sound of Music at La Mirada Theatre and will premier a new musical “Camille” in August with the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival. This fall, Hester will have his LA Opera debut in “Omar”. Chris currently sings at Disneyland as a tenor soloist in “Philly Phonics”. You can also see Chris in a national ad campaign for Torrid.

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TIANNA COHEN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Tianna has worked in production for the last few years alongside Flightless Bird Creative, most notably for campaigns starring Jenny McCarthy for Blackheart Rum and Will Arnett for commercetools. In addition to her commercial work, Tianna directs a live musical theatre concert series every summer in Chicago at The Forge, a first-of-its-kind adventure park. In Southern California, Tianna has performed with companies such as McCoy Rigby Entertainment, Rockwell Table & Stage, and Theatre Unleashed. She grew up in Ventura, CA, and holds a degree in theatre from California State University, Northridge.

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JODI MARKS

BACK-UP VOCALIST

Jodi Marks is thrilled to be making her Broadway at the Bourbon Room debut. Credits Include: In The Heights (LaMirada), Sound of Music (LaMirada), Once On This Island (Moonlight), Ragtime (Moonlight), Evita (P3 Theatre). Most of all she would love to thank her family and friends for their continuous support and love. 

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JASON DAUNTER

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

Broadway Management Credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Meteor

Shower, Shuffle Along, Wicked, Chicago, and Cyrano de Bergerac. His work in the world of cabarets has included large scale benefits for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Educational Theatre Foundation. His current theatrical home is the Geffen Playhouse. He is thrilled to be collaborating with Marisa and Ashley.

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TRAVIS KELLEY

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Travis is currently a researcher at the University of Iowa exploring the intersection of virtual reality, augmented reality, and live theatre. He was part of the Projects with Jason team, which helped high schools navigate theatre during the pandemic. In his spare time, Travis enjoys projection mapping, video editing, and exploring the boundary between art and technology.

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PETER ALLEN VOGT

ENCORE! HOST

GRUMPY OLD MEN (La Mirada Theatre), Sam Gamgee/The Balrog in the Award winning FELLOWSHIP! PARODY OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS, HANNAH MONTANA (Disney Channel), THE PRINCESS DIARIES. Host ROCKWELL.

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ANDY ARENA

ENCORE! ACCOMPANIST

Andy is an Actor/Accompanist making his debut at the Bourbon Room! Andy was last seen MDing for the “Rockwell Sings Disney,” a long standing monthly show at Rockwell Table and Stage. LA Theater credits include: Found, Mean Girlz, Home Alone, A Star is Born, and Dreamgirls. 

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MICHELLE ELKIN

CHOREOGRAPHER

Michelle Elkin’s Select Choreographic credits include: “Sutton Foster Live” with Jonathon Groff (PBS), “Young Sheldon” with Jason Alexander (CBS), “Younger” with Sutton Foster, Miriam Shor and  Martha Plimpton (TV LAND), “The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel” (AMAZON), “Me And My Grandma” with Rhea Perlman, “Baby Daddy” (ABC FAMILY), TNT pilot “Dawn” directed by Sam Raimi, Lifetime’s reality show “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, “Kristin” starring Kristin Chenoweth, and tap sequences in ABC Family's “Bunheads”. Theater: Something Rotten (Regional), musical numbers featuring Tony Award winner Sutton Foster with special guest Joshua Henry for the NSO at Kennedy Center, New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Houston Symphony, Sister Act The Musical (Broadway World Nominee), Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Broadway World Nominee) Children Of Eden (Broadway World Nominee), Little Shop Of Horrors (Straz Center), The Goodbye Girl (MTG). Feature films “Wild Hogs”, “What Just Happened”. Associate Choreographer credits include; “Dancing With The Stars”, “Sister Act” at Pasadena Playhouse, “Emmy Awards” with Jane Lynch, “Academy Awards” with Hugh Jackman and the Broadway show, Wonderland (Marquis Theater). www.michelleelkin.com 

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CAST BIOS

TODD ADAMSON

Todd Adamson won the 2015 LA Ovation Award for playing Huey Calhoun in Memphis. Todd was honored to be a featured vocalist for Backstage at the Geffen for the 25th Anniversary of The Geffen Playhouse, where he paid tribute to Rita Moreno. Todd has shared the stage with numerous Grammy winning recording artists such as Boyz II Men, Martina McBride, and Joss Stone.  Past Credits:  Beast in Beauty and the Beast at McCoy/Rigby's La Mirada Theatre, Frank Wildhorn's Freedoms Song at Fords Theatre, and the Broadway National Tour of Queen’s We Will Rock You. Todd co-hosts the NEXT PAGE podcast. 

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ALISON ALLWINE

Alison Allwine is an LA based actress, writer, singer, producer, and proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and ASCAP. Originally from Los Angeles, she was raised in Fresno, California, but made her way back to LA in 2007, and completed her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at AMDA. Since then, she has traveled and performed all over the world. Some favorite roles include: Velma Kelly in Chicago, Maureen Johnson in RENT, Cathy Hiatt in The Last 5 Years, and most recently, the Netflix film, Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal.

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BRIAN CALÌ

 Brian Calì is happy to be joining this awesome cast of saaaaangers for Broadway at the Bourbon Room’s Disney Night concert. An Actor/Singer from NYC, performing both on stage and screen, Brian was recently seen in the Hollywood Bowl/LA Phil's production of Kinky Boots. Look out for Brian on this upcoming season of “Manifest," on Netflix, and "The Gilded Age," on HBO. Broadway: Pretty Woman, Master Class. TV: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Blacklist,” “Bull,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “Boardwalk Empire.”

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MALIA CIVETZ

Malia Civetz began her career with the independent single “Champagne Clouds” debuted by Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM show “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” and championed by Taylor Swift on her Apple Music and Spotify "Favorite Songs" playlists.Malia made her major label debut on Warner Records in 2020 with her hit single “Broke Boy” –garnering praise from Paper Magazine, Billboard, Flaunt, REVOLT, and many others. Malia most recently unveiled her latest EP Heels In Hand. Surpassing 70 million total streams, Malia is now independently taking charge of her next era of music and is back in the studio working on her next project.

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MALEA EMMA

Malea Emma is an 11 year old actor, known for her lead role on A24 Film’s “After Yang”, opposite Colin Farrell; and also for her recurring role in “iCarly” (Paramount+) and “Raven’s Home” & “Coop and Cami Ask the World” (Disney Channel). As a singer, she went viral after singing the national anthem at LA Galaxy soccer game. She is the youngest Golden Ticket holder on “American Idol” after performing in front of the judges (Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan). She was also invited to sing a duet with the Tony and Grammy award winner, Jennifer Holliday, on GMA.

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GWEN HOLLANDER

Gwen has appeared in recurring roles on Showtime’s Kidding (w/Jim Carrey) and Hulu’s Future Man (w/Seth Rogen and Josh Hutcherson). Other TV: Sydney to the Max (Disney), Partners (FX, w/Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence), The Thundermans (Nickelodeon). Film: Marriage Material (Searchlight Pictures - Best Actress, Florida Comedy Film Festival), and the upcoming T-R-O-U-B-L-E! starring Anthony Rapp. Favorite theatre: Bway/Natl. Tour of Little Women (Amy, Carbonell Award), Les Miserables (Eponine, Carbonell Award), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Avenue Q (Kate Monster). Her parody videos have been regularly featured on Whohaha.

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TICKWANYA JONES

A Richmond, VA native, Jones attended Henrico High School's Center for the Arts Musical Theater. She has a Bachelor of Music in Music Business/Management from Berklee College of Music. Jones is represented by Nicole Dernersesian at Firestarter Entertainment and Atlas Talent. In 2019, Jones made her professional theater debut as Chiffon in the star-studded cast of Little Shop of Horrors at the Pasadena Playhouse! As a Background Vocalist Jones has performed with Kanye West Sunday Service Collective, Kiana Ledé, Bryce Vine, etc. Her voice can be heard on Netflix as Spirit Queen in L.O.L. Surprise! The Movie.

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DARRELL MORRIS JR.

Monparnasse, u/s Enjolras ( Les Miz Nat’l Tour), Edward Ferrars (Sense & Sensibility), FTR’s Love Actually Live!, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, WeCrashed (Apple TV)

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JAMES OLIVAS

Recent Creidts: Kinky Boots at the Hollywood Bowl. Before that, James was helping to develop the new Jerry Mitchell project, Betty Boop, in the workshop over in New York. When not paying the expensive airline fees, James can be found at Disneyland working on several shows including the Dr. Strange show, Musical Celebration of Coco, and Castle Fantasy Faire.

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HAYLEY ORRANTIA

Hayley Orrantia, known for her role as Erica Goldberg in ABC's "The Goldbergs", originally got her start after competing as a contestant on The X Factor USA. Since the decade-long sitcom began, Hayley has starred in movies such as "God’s Not Dead 2" and "Christmas Is Canceled", both of which have featured her original music. Recently, Hayley was the runner up on The Masked Singer disguised as the Ringmaster. She made her musical theater debut on The Hollywood Bowl stage in July playing Nicola in Kinky Boots. Between filming, Hayley continues to release original music as an independent pop artist.

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T.J. WILKINS

In 2009, He won the L.A. Young Star Competition sponsored by ‪Stevie Wonder‬. In the spring of 2014 he was named in the Top 12 overall and a member of Team Usher on the Sixth Season of the NBC musical reality competition The Voice. Since 2015 T.J. has been a touring band member of the Legendary group, The Jacksons. He became a Grammy nominated vocalist for the 2019 song “Spirit” from Walt Disney Pictures', The Lion King as a backing vocalist for Beyoncé once again. As an actor he has been featured on television, stage and screen for such networks as FOX, ABC, and Nickelodeon to name a few. Stepping out on his own, T.J. recently released his debut album, Feature Presentation (2022) which has already been met with acclaim and is available on all digital outlets

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DANCERS

MADISON AISANAYE

Something Rotten! - 5 Star Theatricals (Ensemble/Assistant Choreographer), Superstore - NBC (Featured), I Feel Bad - NBC (Featured).

Choreographed a show for Grammy Award Winner Abigail Barlow (Writer of the “Unofficial Bridgerton Musical”)

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HANNAH YOSEF

From Fort Worth, Texas, Hannah comes from a background of dancing, singing, and acting. With her BFA in Performing Arts from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy, she has had the pleasure of diving into the entertainment & modeling industry. Favorite dance styles include Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. She also enjoys meeting new people, exploring new cities, and reading inspirational novels. Hannah pays this performance as tribute to her family in Tigray, Ethiopia who are fighting for their lives in a civil war.

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NICK SIGNOR

Nick Signor, began his dance journey at the age of 8 years old in his hometown Des Moines, IA. Attended AMDA college receiving his BFA Dance Theatre. Nick is a well-rounded dancer who has trained in Los Angeles and New York. His dance credits include Femuline World Tour with Todrick Hall, FYC event for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, His film and television credits include: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Regret to Inform You short film Dr. Yusuf Nasir and Ellen’s Game of Games. . Nick Continues to choreograph and judge around the Midwest.

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LAURA LEO KELLY

Laura Leo Kelly (they/them) is a non-binary artist based in Los Angeles. Favorite credits include: ONCE (Andrej) CCAE Theatricals, GREASE (Sonny) Musical Theatre West, STRIKING 12 (Drummer) Chance Theater, CLUE Live! (Mrs. Peacock/Mr. Green). Winner of OCTG Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical 2022. Protect Trans Kids.

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SCOTT SPRAAGS

Originally from Chicago, Scott has lived across several state's , training in many dance styles

including Ballet, Tap, and Jazz just to name a few. After graduating from high school in Texas, he made the big move to California. Traveling around the world for 6 years he has seen, met & walked the lifestyle of so many different cultures & people, learning to never take what you have for granted, but to also never settle for less than you are. You can find him performing, choreographing, and spreading love and joy all over Southern California.

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MORGAN LAVIN

Morgan is a LA born and raised dancer and singer. Selected Credits: Viva Las Vegas, Los Angeles Kings, 13 the Musical (Assistant Choreographer), Finding Freedom in Restraint, and Babylon Cabaret.

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