DEAN SWANN..............................Hedwig/Tommy Gnosis
JAY COKER......................Hedwig (Understudy/Alternate)
"The Angry Inch"
JONEE DEE.......................................Okszana (Keyboards)
LEE BLACKSTON........................................Skszp (Guitar)
TONY ALBA...........................................Krzyzhtoff (Guitar)
BILL MOORE..................................................Jacek (Bass)
MIKE HADDOCK.............................Schlatko (Percussion)
Understudies never substitute for a listed performer unless a specific announcement is made at the time of performance.
For Hedwig/Tommy Gnosis: JAY COKER; for Yitzak: JONEE DEE.
"Tear Me Down"
"The Origin Of Love"
"Wig In A Box"
"Wicked Little Town"
"The Long Grift"
"Wicked Little Town" (Reprise)
Production Sound Design by CRYSTAL SOUNDS, INC.
Hedwig's Make-Up by COOKIEPUSS and CHANEL
Hedwig's Costumes by LEXINGTON COSTUME CO.
Hedwig's Wigs by HOT WANDA
DEAN SWANN (Hedwig/Tommy Gnosis)
I had no idea what I was getting into.
It was a Monday night in May 1999. I was performing with a national children's theatre tour. In a different city every morning, I put on a big animal head and danced around lip-syncing to the thrill of elementary school kids across the country. I was in New York City as a working actor, but as far from my dreams of Broadway stardom as I could get. I could have stayed in the hotel that night with my castmates and watched the series finale of Melrose Place. Instead, I purchased a ticket to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, one of the few shows playing on Monday night. The guy at TKTS described it as a punk rock fashion show. I had no idea what to expect. I will never forget the experience. From the box office to the final bows, I went on a transformational sonic and emotional journey. And, yes, I bought the t-shirt. So now I find myself trying to do the same for you. No pressure. If you don't know the story, expect the unexpected. If you know the story, then lift up your hands!
In addition to his time entertaining the kiddies, Dean's performance experience ranges from Rodgers and Hammerstein musical classics to a Stevie Nicks tribute band. His resume lists national tours of the United States and Japan ranging from A Christmas Carol to Jesus Christ, Superstar; regional theatre credits include favorite roles like "Charlie Brown" in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, and "Brad Majors" in The Rocky Horror Show. This time I sing for Ashley.
LORI NUTI (Yitzak)
Lori's impressive list of musical theater credits include leading roles in Grease (Rizzo), Pippin (Catherine), Nunsense (Sr. Mary Amnesia), and Godspell (Robin) among others. She has also been featured regionally in productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd, and Red, Hot, and Cole!. In addition to holding a B.M. in Music Therapy, Lori is an accomplished classical singer. Her operatic credits range from Cosi Fan Tutti (Despina) to The Telephone (Lucy). She hopes you enjoy her testosterone-infused performance!
JAY COKER (Hedwig Understudy/Alternate)
Jay's credits include productions of Mister Roberts (Ensign Pulver), The Harry and Sam Dialogues (Sam), Dracula (Renfield), The Odd Couple (Vinnie), and Death Trap (Sydney). A graduate of Boston University and also an accomplished Director, Jay has helmed successful productions of Little Shop of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Twelfth Night.
LEE BLACKSTON (Skszp-Lead Guitar/Vocals)
My interest in the music industry began at the age of 15 when I joined my first band playing the local gig scene. As a native of "MANCHESTER ENGLAND ENGLAND" I played on stages graced by such bands as the Beatles and Oasis. Before moving to America I went to University to study Sound Design and Engineering and graduated with distinction. I decided after completing this course to move to the U.S. where I pursued my career in music and more importantly theatre. Since my move to America my sound design credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Little Shop of Horrors, Nunsense, The Rocky Horror Show, and Godspell. Playing credits include The Rocky Horror Show, Tony and Tina's Wedding and various bands around southwest Florida. Special thanks go out to Jonee "Diva" Dee , Ashley "Rock on" J. , and to the guy who gave me a great deal on my first ever guitar!!!! And above all, my honey Joanne!
TONY ALBA (Krzyzhtoff-Guitars)
For several years, Tony was the guitar player for NYC's underground band The Second Coming. His guitar and musical influences range from The Ramones to Joe Satriani. He also manages his own record label, Manic Records. Now residing in Naples, Tony (aka T. Virus) is with The Party Crashers, a 60's modern psychedelic innovative rock band.
BILL MOORE (Jacek-Bass)
Originally from Southern Vermont, Bill moved to naples in 1974 and has called it home ever since. He is a recording engineer at Crystal Sounds International. He has toured the country with a wide variety of bands in various positions such as road/stage manager, sound designer/engineer, lighting designer, etc. he has played bass, guitar, and drums in many studio and live events for more than 38 years.
MIKE HADDOCK (Schlatko-Percussion)
Mike (AKA "Max Mosquito") first began playing percussion in fifth grade when his incessant tapping on household items compelled his mother to purchase his first drum set. He comes from a family of entertainers that own and operate a mobile D.J. and dance instruction service (http://celebrationsunlimited.net) in Connecticut. One of his instructors in college was the renowned jazz drummer Jim Chapin, father of the famous folk singer Harry Chapin. His first band was mosquito bus and he later joined formula 1, which now tours as Jank 1000 (www.angelfire.com/ne/Jank1000). He left both bands in 1996 to travel abroad for the summer. Upon returning to the States, Mike moved to Naples, Florida where he has resided for the last 6 years. In his free time Mike basks in the local music scene playing numerous gigs and charity functions in different bands. He has recently become the booking agent for the rock group Noah's Apathy (http://apathy.41.com). " I feel blessed to be part of this production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. We expect to bring an awesome performance to southwest Florida and ride its wake on to other areas!".
WANDA MACRAE (Wig Design)
Wanda has been a freelance make-up & wig stylist for over a decade. She is a graduate of numerous make-up & hair courses, as well as various art programs such as dramatic, visual and fashion. Wanda was the make-up & wig designer for the Toronto Canada production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. She has also worked with John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask in the feature film version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Thanks and love goes out to her family and John Cameron Mitchell.
JONEE DEE (Director/Musical Director/Keyboards)
Directing credits include regional productions of Nunsense, South Pacific, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar and A..My Name Is Alice as well as regional premieres of Blood Brothers, A...My Name Is STILL Alice, and Nunsense II. A former student of Jazz great Ellis Marsalis and an accomplished Musical Director and Conductor/Keyboardist, NYC credits include: the Broadway productions of British Rock Symphony (starring Roger Daltrey, Phoebe Snow, Peter Frampton, and Andrea McArdle), and Smokey Joe's Cafe (featuring Gladys Knight and Tony Orlando), the Off-Broadway revival of Bittersuite: Songs of Experience as well as Associate Conductor/Arranger for the world renown Boys Choir of NYC. Road experience includes gigs as Conductor/Associate Conductor for the first national tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe as well as keyboardist for tours of Jesus Christ Superstar (Starring Ted Neeley, Dennis DeYoung, Carl Anderson, and Irene Cara), and Funny Girl. Past credits include premieres of The Rocky Horror Show, Into The Woods, Five Guys Named Moe, The Music Man, She Loves Me, and The Wiz...Love and gratitude to Julie, Dean, Lee, Karen, Jay, Lori and The Inch. Very special thanks to John and Stephen for trusting us with their baby! xoxoxoxo
JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL (Playwright)
John has appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden (Drama Desk nomination), Six Degrees of Separation, and Big River. Off-Broadway credits include The Destiny of Me (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination), Hello Again (Drama Desk nomination), and Missing Persons. On TV, John was a regular on the series Party Girl. In film, he has been seen in Girl Six, Misplaced, Band of the Hand and Book of Love. John also adapted and directed Tennessee Williams' Kingdom of Earth for the Drama Dept. Theatre Co., of which he is a founding member.
STEPHEN TRASK (Composer/Lyricist)
One of the original members of the notorious Squeezebox house band, Stephen can now be seen dancing with and accompanying The Corner Store Dance Company, a 20-year-old touring modern dance company that performs with children. He has previously scored dance pieces and movies including Every Day Is a Beautiful Day, a musical film nominated for a student Academy Award.