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

Theatre: John comes to By Jeeves directly from the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard when he had the opportunity to play Joe Gillis opposite Betty Buckley. Earlier this year he appeared in Cole Porter’s You Never Know at the Paper Mill Playhouse. He received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his performance in On the Town at the Arena Stage in Washington. He won critical acclaim in the world premiere of Riverview at the Goodman Theatre, directed by Robert Falls. Off-Broadway he has appeared in Olympus on My Mind, Dames at Sea, and Preppies. Other New York credits include New York City Opera’s Cinderella, City Center’s Out of this World, and the workshop of Busker Alley with Tommy Tune. Some of his regional credits include Stand-Up Tragedy (Cincinnati Playhouse), The Dining Room (Studio Arena), Hay Fever (St. Louis Rep.), They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (Denver Center), and Room Service (Pittsburgh Public). He toured nationally in Cats and 42nd Street.


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Richard Kline 
Jeeves
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Theatre: Jeeves made his acting debut with The Lincoln Center Repertory Company. For Joseph Papp, he appeared in Troilus and Cressida at the New York Shakespeare Festival. His regional roles include Love’s Labour’s Lost and Henry V at The Folger Theatre, How I Got That Story at The Kennedy Center, and the Canadian tour of Jake’s Women. His musical roles include Do I Hear a Waltz? I Do! I Do!, and City of Angels. Known to millions of TV viewers as Larry on Three’s Company, his favorite guest roles have been NYPD Blue, St Elsewhere, Hill Street Blues, Maude and Mary Tyler Moore. Richard will be doing his one-man show, Boy-chik, written by New Haven writer Richard Krevolin, at New York’s Theatre Four in early January.

 

*Richard would like to dedicate this performance to his mother, Leah, whose courage is a testament to the human spirit.


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Donna Lynne Champlin 
Honoria Glossop
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Training: Graduated with high honors from Carnegie Mellon University and studied Shakespeare and Chekhov on scholarship at Oxford University.

Theatre: Recently appeared as Cordelia in Battle Cry of Freedom here at Goodspeed-at-Chester/The Norma Terris Theatre and is “absolutely, utterly bonkers” about returning for By Jeeves. After graduating, Donna Lynn made her NYC debut at Carnegie Hall as May in Very Warm for May (John McGlinn conducting). As a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a Princess Grace Foundation Grant recipient, she was very proud to be a soloist in a White House presentation at the Kennedy Center, and to receive a Medal of Honor from the President. Favorite regional roles include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Viola in Twelfth Night, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, and Fanny Squeers in Nicholas Nickleby.

*Donna Lynne thanks her family and friends for their unending love and support. TYMFG.


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Randy Redd 
Bingo Little
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Theatre/film/television credits: Appeared in the off-Broadway Atlantic City, and North Carolina productions of Smoke on the Mountain, the premiere of Buffalo Gals, Forever Plaid, One Man Band with James Lecesne (Coconut Grove Playhouse), Pump Boys and Dinettes, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern…, Tom Sawyer, The Miser, Landscape of the Body, The Shadow Box, The Music Man, and on television in the Wright Verdicts. His musical direction credits include Eden (Premiere: Eudora Welly New Play Series) and collaboration on numerous cabaret revues including benefit performances for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Hearts and Voices. His original musical scores include Hold, a film by Peter Phillips recently screened at The American Living Room Festival (NYC). Most recently Randy starred as Sugar Mecklin in the premiere of Mississippi Sugar, his first play, at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.


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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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Merwin Goldsmith 
Sir Watkyn Bassett
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Training: Merwin trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the Liverpool Playhouse.

 

Theatre/film credits: Merwin has appeared on Broadway in Ain’t Broadway Grand, Grand Hotel, Me & My Girl, Slab Boys, The 1940s Radio Hour, Dirty Linen, Rex, The Visit, Chemin de Fer, Trelawny of the Wells, Minnie’s Boys, and Leda Had a Little Swan, and off-Broadway in After-Play. He has appeared in the New York productions of Beau Jest, La Boheme, Yours, Anne, Chinchilla, Big Apple Messenger, The Naked Hamlet, Rubbers & Yanks, Wanted (Variety critic poll nominee), and The Greshwin Celebration at BAM. He has had film roles in Quiz Show, It Could Happen to You, Cadillac Man, Lily in Love, Lovesick, So Fine, Making Mr. Right, Broadwalk, Trading Places, Shamus and Hercules in New York. He starred in the ABC series The Goodbye Girls, as well as the Kennedy miniseries, Love, Sidney, Sessions, Law & Order, The Equalizer, and most New York-based soap operas.

 

Merwin is married to esteemed fashion consultant Barbara Parry.


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Nancy Anderson 
Madeline Bassett
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Training: A native of Boston, Nancy studied at New England Conservatory and Tufts University and spent summers at The College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA.

Theatre: Gratefully returns to Goodspeed this year after spending the spring playing Johanna in Sweeney Todd on the main stage. She recently appeared at the Pioneer Theatre (Salt Lake City) as Martha in The Secret Garden and as Goldilocks in the Theatreworks/USA production of Goldilocks.

Workshop/programs: She also enjoys performing many new works for the BMI Composers Workshop and the NYU graduated Composers and Lyricists Program.

Nancy currently lives in NYC where she practices her banjo every chance she gets!


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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: He received his B.F.A. from the University of Michigan.

 

 

Theatre: Ian made his Broadway debut this year dancing with Donna McKechnie in State Fair. His tours include the first national tour of The Will Rogers Follies with both Larry Gatlin and Mac Davis, the European and national tours of 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Gideon). His regional credits include A Chorus Line (Bobby), Jesus Christ Superstar (John), The Pirates of Penzance (Federic), and Sheldon Harnick’s Dragons (Lancelot).

 

Workshop: Ian recently completed the workshop of Kander and Ebb’s Steel Pier, which will open on Broadway in April 1997.

 

Thanks and love to family and Keith.


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Nicolas Colicos 
Cyrus Budge III (Jnr)
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Theatre: Sunset Boulevard (Adelphi Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Palladium); Born Again (Chichester Festival Theatre); Sunday In The Park with George (National Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Bristol Old Vic); Oklahoma! (National Tour); Wonderful Town (Queens Theatre); Up from Paradise (Arthur Miller New York); L’il Abner and Cyrano de Bergerac (Toronto); Roberta (Shaw Festival); Julius Caesar, Arms and the Man, The Tempest, Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard II, Macbeth, Tartuffe and As You Like It (Stratford Festival, Ontario).

 

Film: Superman IV, Iron Eagle II.

 

Television: Young Indy, The Detectives, The New Statesman, The Fall Out Guy, That’s Love, Not A Penny More…, Wodehoues on Broadway, Hot Metal, Cindee, Feelings and Galactic Pirates.


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Tom Ford 
Other Personages
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Theatre/stage credits: Tom Ford is very excited to be a member of the company of By Jeeves. Tom has spent most of the past three years as a company manager of The Night Kitchen, a theatre company founded and directed by Maurice Sendak. He has toured the country in Mr. Sendak and Carol King’s Really Rosie. Other recent appearances include Jinx in Forever Plaid and Merton in Merton of the Movies. Tom has also created and performed two oneman shows, What Jerry Said. . ., an evening of the music of Jerome Kern, and Guilty Pleasures, Songs You Hate to Admit You Love.


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Molly Renfroe 
Other Personages
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Training: Molly is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Theatre: Molly Renfroe is thrilled to be making her Goodspeed-at-Chester/The Norma Terris Theatre debut. She appeared in the first national tour of City of Angels, The Man Who Came to Dinner at The Cleveland Playhouse, and the Stephen King/George Romero film The Dark Half. Her favorite roles include Lizzie in Goblin Market, Ophelia in Hamlet, Amy in Company, and Anya in The Cherry Orchard.  She originated the role of Madeleine in The Sun Dialogues with the Adobe Theatre Company.

 

Television: Molly is the anchor of the daily show FTL Newsfeed on the Sci-Fi Channel.

 

Thanks, Dan!


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Court Whisman 
Other Personages
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Training: Court is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

Theatre: Court Whisman has appeared in the regional productions of Company at the Caldwell Theatre Co., Sugar Babies at Gateway/ Candlewood Playhouse, Dames at Sea at the Players Theatre Columbus, Kiss Me Quick Before the Lava Reaches the Village at North Shore Music Theatre, Sunday in the Park with George at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and several productions at the Skylight Opera Theatre including The Mikado, Lady in the Dark, and Oh, Coward!. Court has toured extensively in Latin and South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East with Broadway Cabaret, an original review commissioned by the United States Information Agency.


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Robert Berman 
Ozzie Nutledge
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