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John Scherer 
Bertie Wooster
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Training: John is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University.

Theatre: Most recently worked with legendary director Harold Prince on the world premiere of 3hree at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia. He played Bertie Wooster in the US premiere of By Jeeves at Goodspeed-at-Chester, the Geffen Playhouse, and the Kennedy Center, where he received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his performance. On Broadway he appeared in Sunset Boulevard where he had the opportunity to play the role of Joe Gillis opposite Betty Buckley. He has appeared off-Broadway in Olympus On My Mind, Dames at Sea, and Preppies. Last year he received critical acclaim for his performance in the title role of George M! at Goodspeed. He received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his performance in On The Town at Washington’s Arena Stage. Other regional credits include performances at the Goodman Theater, The Cleveland Play House, St. Louis Repertory Theater, and many productions at the Paper Mill Playhouse. He appeared in the workshops of Busker Alley with Tommy Tune and I Sent A Letter To My Love by Melissa Manchester. He has toured nationally in Cats, 42nd Street, and Mame with the late Juliet Prowse. He is pleased to return to Pittsburgh where he appeared in Room Service and A History of the American Film at the Pittsburgh Public, Cabaret at CLO, and A Doctor In Spite Of Himself at the Carnegie-Mellon Theater Company.


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Martin Jarvis 
Jeeves
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Theatre: Martin Jarvis is one of Britain’s most distinguished actors. He has starred in many award-winning West End and Royal National Theatre productions of plays by Sir Alan Ayckbourn (Woman in Mind, Henceforward., Just Between Ourselves) and Harold Pinter (Other Places, Precisely); as well as Frayn, Hare, Nichols, Shakespeare, Shaw, and Wilde. He has also worked extensively with Sir Peter Hall (The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelfth Night, On Approval). He has recently appeared at London’s Almeida Theatre (The Doctor’s Dilemma), Donmar Warehouse (Passion Play), and California’s South Coast Repertory (Skylight).

Film: Movies include the new British comedy Mrs. Caldicot’s Cabbage War (just completed), Titanic, Kid With X-Ray Eyes, Buster and the cult film Taste the Blood of Dracula.

Television: Lorna Doone, Inspector Morse, Touch of Frost, Murder She Wrote, Absence of War, Space Above and Beyond, Walker Texas Ranger, Lovejoy, David Copperfield, The Bunker, and The Forsyte Saga.

Book: His recent best-selling autobiography, Acting Strangely, is now published in the States.

He was awarded the OBE last year by the Queen for his services to drama.


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Donna Lynne Champlin 
Honoria Glossop
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Training: Carnegie Mellon University (bachelor of fine arts), Oxford University.

Theatre: Donna is thrilled to be reprising the role she originated in the 1997 American Premiere of By Jeeves (Goodspeed/Geffen/Kennedy Center). Most recently featured in Hal Prince’s 3hree in Philadelphia, she also made her Broadway and Tony Awards debuts as Mary Jane in James Joyce’s The Dead this season. Off-Broadway: Carnegie Hall’s Very Warm for May (May), Reunion (Cordelia), Stars in Your Eyes (Leigh). Pittsburgh CLO audiences may remember her in The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Fame (Serena), and A Christmas Carol (Belle).

Recordings include Reunion, 3hree, and Jerome Records’ “Our Heart Sings”.

 


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Don Stephenson 
Bingo Little
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Theatre: Don created the role of Charles Clarke in the Tony Award-winning Titanic on Broadway and later returned to the show where he played radioman Harold Bride. He appeared on Broadway as Leo Frank and Mr. Peavy in the original cast of Parade at The Vivian Beaumont Theatre and Frank Lippencott in the revival of Wonderful Town at Lincoln Center. Other New York credits include Anatoly in Chess and Zach in The Tavern (E.L.T.) and Bo in Bus Stop (Maverick Theatre). Regional credits: Jim in Gift of the Magi (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Herman in The Most Happy Fella (Pittsburgh CLO), and the title role in Hamlet (Clarence Brown Theatre).

 

Film: It Had To Be You, Little Brother.

 

Television: Law & Order, Now and Again, All My Children, Another World.

 

Mr. Stephenson is married to actress Emily Loesser.


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James Kall 
Gussie Fink-Nottle
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Training: Mr. Kall is a graduate of Northwestern University and Yale School of Drama.

Theatre: Off-Broadway’s Visiting Mr. Green, opposite Eli Wallach; A Question of Mercy (Philadelphia Theater Company); Edward II and Hamlet (Yale Rep); The Cherry Orchard, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew and She Loves Me (Great Lakes Theater Festival); The Glass Menagerie (Frauenthal Theater); Carousel (Chicago Opera); Me and My Girl (Toronto); and the 30th anniversary revival tour of Fiddler on the Roof.

Film/television: Me and My Shadows: The Judy Garland Story, In a Heartbeat, Quints, Law & Order, Jack and Mike, Lady Blue, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home, and Wildcats.


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Heath Lamberts 
Sir Watkyn Bassett
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Background: Heath Lamberts has performed extensively on stage, television, radio, and cinema for well over 30 years. He is the grateful recipient of many awards for his contributions in these fields. In 1987, Mr. Lamberts was appointed a member of the Order of Canada.

 

Theatre: This is Mr. Lamberts’ second offering with the Pittsburgh Public Theater as well as appearing with The Playhouse Repertory Co. and Pittsburgh’s City Theatre. Mr. Lamberts’ spirited enthusiasm has produced his own one-person show, Gunga Heath, as well as a three-act spiritual comedy for the stage entitled Mahakala’s Drum.


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Becky Watson 
Madeline Bassett
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Theatre: Becky is delighted to join By Jeeves, having recently played Meg in the workshop of the new musical Little Women, slated for Broadway next season. Off-Broadway she has done The Cocoanuts and Romeo and Juliet. Ms. Watson has toured with Gavin MacLeod in Moon Over Buffalo and sang for Disney in Hercules World Premiere. Regional: The Snow Ball (Studio Arena); Peter Pan (Paper Mill); The Cherry Orchard, Major Barbara, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Rover, The Plough and the Stars (Alabama Shakespeare); The Miser (Indiana Rep.); Into the Woods (Arkansas Rep.); Forum (Pioneer); Oklahoma! (Arizona Theatre Co./Phoenix Symphony).   Television: Guiding Light, As the World Turns, All My Children.


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Emily Loesser 
Stiffy Byng
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Theatre: Emily Loesser played Kate Mullins in the Tony Award-winning production of Titanic on Broadway, was featured in By Jeeves and Where’s Charley at the Kennedy Center, and played the title role in Tip Toes at Carnegie Hall. Other New York credits include the title role in Yiddle with the Fiddle, Swingtime Canteen, and Together Again for the First Time. She was Liesl in The Sound of Music at the Lincoln Center and appeared as Mirele in The Witch for The Jewish Repertory Theatre, earning an Outer Critics’ Circle Award Nomination for both performances. Regional credits include Oleanna, Patient A, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Miracle Worker.

 

Recordings: “Lost in Boston”, “Unsung Irving Berlin”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Swingtime Canteen”, “The Most Happy Fella”, and “An O’Henry Christmas”.

 

Television/film: Credits include The Book of Ruth and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

 

She is married to actor Don Stephenson.


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Ian Knauer 
Harold “Stinker” Pinker
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Training: Mr. Knauer received his bachelor of fine arts in musical theater from the University of Michigan.

Theatre: Ian is thrilled to be recreating the role he originated in the American premiere at the Goodspeed Opera House. Broadway and national tour credits include State Fair, Wonderful Town, 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), The Will Rogers Follies, Sunset Boulevard, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Gideon). Regional credits include performances at A.C.T., Geffen Playhouse, Kennedy Center, San Jose Rep., Paper Mill Playhouse, and MUNY.

Recording: Ian’s voice can be heard on several recordings including the original cast recording of State Fair.


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Steve Wilson 
Cyrus Budge III (Junior)
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Training: Mr. Wilson received his master of fine arts from Penn State University in 1997.

Theatre: Regional credits include performances at the Asolo Theatre Company (Kentucky Cycle, Visiting Mr. Green, Broadway); North Shore Music Theatre (Sweet Charity, Victor/Victoria); Cape Playhouse (Visiting Mr. Green, The Lion in Winter, Something’s Afoot!); New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (As You Like It, Cyrano DeBergerac, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, Richard III); Caldwell Theatre Company (Comedy of Eros – world premiere); Ogunquit Playhouse/Westport Playhouse (Something’s Afoot!); Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas); Pennsylvania Centre Stage (You Can’t Take It With You), and others. Favourite shows there include The Lion in Winter, A Cry of Players, She Loves Me, and The Game of Love and Chance.


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Tom Ford 
Other Personages
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Theatre: Tom Ford most recently appeared as Jack Manningham in Gaslight at the Portland Stage Company. Other recent performances include Salvador Dali in Hysteria at the Florida Studio Theater and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Lincoln Center Theater’s Director’s Lab. He was Nicky in the world premiere of Once Around the City directed by Mark Linn-Baker for New York Stage and Film. He was a company member of Maurice Sendak’s The Night Kitchen and toured the country in Really Rosie, a musical written, directed, and designed by Mr. Sendak with music by Carole King. Mr. Ford has been with the By Jeeves company since the American premiere with Goodspeed Musicals and is very pleased to be in the show here at the Pittsburgh Public.


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Molly Renfroe 
Other Personages
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Theatre: Molly is thrilled to be back with By Jeeves after being with it at Goodspeed Opera House, The Geffen Playhouse, and The Kennedy Center. She most recently appeared as The Handless Maiden in The Handless Maiden with the Adobe Theatre Company, of which she is a member. Other credits include Bootsie and understudy Mallory in the National Tour of City of Angels. Favourite roles are Ophelia in Hamlet, Lemon in Aunt Dan and Lemon, and Lizzie in Goblin Market.

 

 

Film: Nurse Hillary in the Stephen King/George Romero film The Dark Half.

 

Television: She appeared as the Anchor of FTL Newsfeed on the Sci-Fi channel.


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Court Whisman 
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Theatre: Court Whisman appeared in the American Premiere cast of By Jeeves at the Goodspeed, Geffen Playhouse, and the Kennedy Center. New York credits include Little Kit at the Vineyard Theater, Pretty Baby at the American Place Theater, and Timon of Athens at the Riverside Shakespeare Co. Regional appearances include A Christmas Carol at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Mikado directed by Brian Kulick, the World Premiere of Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Other credits include productions of Company, Sunday in the Park with George, Dames at Sea, Lady in the Dark, and Oh Coward.

 

Film: Hoppin.


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