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CREATIVE TEAM

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

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. 

MARISA MATTHEWS

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / HOST
 

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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 holds a degree in theatre from California State University, Northridge.

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ANTHONY MARKUS

CREATIVE CONSULTING PRODUCER
 

Anthony Markus 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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DANIEL WEIDLEIN

MUSIC DIRECTOR 
 

Daniel Weidlein is a multi-hyphenate music maker who has music directed, composed, and performed all over the world. He operates the boutique recording studio, BioSoul Music, in Los Angeles, CA and writes and produces music for a wide variety of artists including Blake McGrath, PERTA, Miss Peppermint, Ryan Amador, Luke Edgemon, Stan Taylor, and many more.

Outside of traditional theater settings, Daniel has music directed for artists such as MORGXN, Julie Craig, Ryan Amador, collaborated with the team of HADESTOWN on their holiday album, and conducted the Budapest Recording Orchestra.  

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MICHELLE ELKIN

CHOREOGRAPHER
 

Michelle Elkin’s Select Choreographic credits include Tv : Sutton Foster Live” with Jonathon Groff (PBS), “Young Sheldon” “Younger”., “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Baby Daddy”. Regional Theater Credits: Ragtime, Something Rotten, Sister Act The Musical, Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Associate Choreographer Broadway : Wonderland Marquis Theater). 

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FRANKIE ZABILKA

ENCORE! HOST
 

Originally from Chicago, Frankie graduated with a BFA from Ball State University. Select Stage Credits: SOMETHING ROTTEN! (Nigel) & NEWSIES (Davey) at 5-Star, the Nt'l tour of RUDOLPH  (Hermey), and FIDDLER  (Motel) in Kansas City. Other credits: First development reading of FORTUNATE SONGS, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN  (Frank Jr.), BIG RIVER  (Huck), and RENT  (Mark).  He  previously appeared in ABC’s “REBEL” alongside Katey Sagal. Next up: Disney+ Film, “Chang Can Dunk”  and currently in a nt'l campaign with Will Arnett. Frankie is repped by Rothman/Andrés, FireStarter, & Commercial Talent.

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JONNY PERL

ENCORE! PIANIST

Jonny Perl is thrilled to join Encore @ The Bourbon Room. As Managing Director of Shinbone Theatre Company, Jonny has developed, produced, and directed new musicals (Shel, Lorelei: I'm Coming Out), cabarets (Macabaret, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and immersive content (What Went Wrong, Welcome Back Woodchucks, Afterlife Anonymous). As an actor, he was most recently seen in Los Angeles productions of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest,Tick, Tick...BOOM!, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. As a producer for Cinemation/Little Stone Productions, he develops and produces new Broadway musicals and animated films. Most recently, Paws of Fury for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon. Upcoming: the west coast premiere of the musical Farewell My Concubine in Summer 2024. Jonny also regularly music directs, accompanies, and leads piano bar singalongs. He is best known for his interactive musical theatre content on TikTok @Jonny.Perl. He is a graduate of UCLA. 

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CAST BIOS 

Desi has performed all over the world and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with such artists as Jessica Simpson, Brian Stokes Mitchell and the legendary Dick Van Dyke, to name a few. Some of her TV credits include: Modern Family, Good Girls, NCIS and Perfect Harmony.

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ERIC PETERSEN

Eric Petersen is an actor hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, IL.  Eric has worked extensively in Television and the Broadway stage.  Television credits include: Kevin on “Kevin Can F*** Himself” on AMC,  Ant’ney on the hit children’s show “Madagascar: A Little Wild” on Hulu (EMMY Nominated for his role),and “Kirstie” (TVLand) where he played the Series Regular role of Arlo Barth alongside Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, and Michael Richards. Eric has made guest star appearances on “Big Bang Theory”, “Modern Family”, “NCIS”, “CSI”, “GCB”, and the Lifetime movie “The Brittany Murphy Story”.  Eric has many Disney channel credits including the shows “Jessie”, “Sydney To The Max”, “Kirby Buckets” and “Pair of Kings”. Eric appeared in the Oscar nominated Coen Brothers’ film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” for Netflix.  Eric has appeared in 4 Broadway shows, and countless region theatre projects.  Broadway credits include: “School of Rock” (Dewey Finn), “Shrek: The Musical” (Shrek on the 1st National Tour and Shrek Standby on Broadway), “Escape To Margaritaville” (Brick, OBC), and “Peter & The Starcatcher” (Ted).  Graduate of Bradley University.  @ericpete (insta) @theportlygentleman (insta)

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DEANNA GUILIETTI

Deanna's favorite credits being Lizzie in the rock musical Lizzie, Heather Duke in the regional premiere of Heathers, and Mary Delgado in Jersey Boys. She has recently taken to film in her most recent movie "Fuhgeddabout Christmas" on VH1. She's so excited to get back onstage- WHO'S READY TO ROCK.

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ALEKS PEVEC

Desi has performed all over the world and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with such artists as Jessica Simpson, Brian Stokes Mitchell and the legendary Dick Van Dyke, to name a few. Some of her TV credits include: Modern Family, Good Girls, NCIS and Perfect Harmony.

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MALEA EMMA

Malea Emma is an 11 year old actor and singer. As an actor, she is known for her lead role in an A24’s feature film “After Yang” opposite Oscar-nominated Colin Farrell, also for her recurring roles in “iCarly” on Paramount Plus and in “Raven’s Home” and “Coop and Cami Ask the World” on Disney Channel.

As a singer, she is known as the viral national anthem singer and the youngest Golden Ticket holder in "American Idol" history. Last month, she sang in the Johnny Cash’s Ragged Old Flag – Tribute to America video that was featured at the “Super Bowl LVII” pre-game show.

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JAMES TOLBERT

James Tolbert's recent credits include GREASE (Eugene) and CLUE (Cop) at La Mirada Theatre. Other credits include Mamma Mia! (Eddie/Sky u.s., Las Vegas and Royal Caribbean), Mary Poppins (Ensemble/Valentine u.s., Natn'l Tour), and West Side Story (Carnegie Hall). He also appeared in the final season of Better Things (FX).

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BIANCA GISSELLE

Favorite roles from stage and screen include: Eva in Peacock Original Unlocked a Tribeca Finalist, Amy Fullscreen’s Original Series Minutes directed by Jim Cummings, Extraordinary Girl American Idiot, Mimi RENT and several productions at LA’s Rockwell Table and Stage. She has also written songs with/for other artists, like Gin Wigmore, Pegasus Warning, Zoe Nash and more. She has had music placements in the Hulu original Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg, the Scarlett Johansson movie Rough Night, the TNT show Claws, Apple commercial and more. Her most recent single 10 PM is available on all music platforms.

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JULIAN XAVIER

Julian has sung on TV shows such as “Modern Family” & “Grownish” and has appeared alongside Kate McKinnon in a Verizon Wireless commercial. Musical Theatre credits include Damn Yankees at Musical Theatre West & Mamma Mia at 5-Star Theatricals. 

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DANCERS

MADISON AISANAYE

LEAD DANCER

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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MARY KATE CHAPMAN

DANCER

Mary Kate is thrilled to make her Broadway @ The debut! She studied at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy Conservatory of the Performing Arts in New York City and AMDA College in Los Angeles receiving her BFA. Recently, Ragtime 5-Star (Assistant Choreographer). Upcoming, Footloose Panic! & BarCinBoo (Ensemble/Urleen Cover/Dance Captain).

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ALMAND MARTIN JR.

DANCER

At the age of 14 Almand Martin Jr. began training in dance through the Detroit School of Performing Arts, mostly training in ballet, modern, and West African Dance. During his senior year of high school he was asked to audition as Tyron Jackson in the musical FAME, which generated his love for Broadway and Musical Theatre. As a family man he values his support system to a great deal. Therefore leaving his family in 2019 to move to LA and attend college was a very hard decision. He now performs in Tale of Lion King at Disneyland and enjoys writing poetry in his free time. 

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JUAN POSADA

DANCER

Born in Medellin, Colombia, Juan Miguel Posada discovered his passion for the performing arts at the early age of eight. After training in Latin dance, hip hop, jazz and contemporary in his native country, Juan relocated to California to attend Idyllwild Arts Academy Performing Arts Boarding School, and later  became a part of the inaugural class at the brand new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California, where he got his BFA in dance and minor in Acting. Upon graduation, Juan has had  pleasure of working with artists such as  Sam Smith, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, and the upcoming Renaissance visuals for Beyonce . Juan currently strives to work as a professional Dancer and Actor, bringing his arsenal of technique into the film and TV industry. 

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