Carefree: Dancin’ with Fred & Ginger
An all-new tribute – live on stage – to American cinema’s most iconic dance duo, Carefree takes us on a modern musical journey through Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ singular partnership on screen.
Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle’s innovative staging blends today’s hottest Broadway hoofers with footage from films like Top Hat and Swing Time to breathe fresh life into the pair’s famous routines. Starring acclaimed singer-dancers Jared Grimes (After Midnight) and Hayley Podschun (Hairspray), this original production also features Tony winner and theater legend Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) in a special appearance.
Carefree also showcases the talents of David Elder (Curtains), Tessa Grady (Dames at Sea) and Drew King (On the Twentieth Century).
Featuring tunes from the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals – such as “Cheek to Cheek,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and “I Won’t Dance” – and accompanied by a swinging house band, Carefree confirms that the magic of Fred and Ginger lives on!
David and Jennifer Stone and StoneBoies Entertainment, Co-Producers
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Carefree: Dancin' with Fred & Ginger program
|Sunday||November||6||Princeton, NJ||McCarter Theater||3:00pm|
|Saturday||November||12||New London, CT||Garde Arts Center||8:00pm|
|Sunday||November||13||Poughkeepsie, NJ||Bardavon Opera House||2:00pm/7:00pm|
About the Cast
Jared Grimes (Man 1) performed under Warren Carlyle's direction in Cotton Club Parade at City Center Encores! and won the 2014 Fred & Adele Astaire Award for best male dancer in Broadway's After Midnight. His other theater credits include Twist, directed by Debbie Allen, and Babes in Arms at the Goodspeed Opera. As a dancer, he has toured with the likes of Mariah Carey, Common, Salt-n-Pepa, En Vogue, Busta Rhymes and the Roots. As a choreographer, Grimes created dances for Cirque du Soleil, assisted with the Tupac Shakur Broadway musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me, and, most recently choreographed the musicalJelly's Last Jam at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Film and TV credits: the feature filmBreaking Brooklyn with director Paul Becker, Fringe (FOX) and Boardwalk Empire (HBO).
Hayley Podschun's (Women 1) numerous Broadway and national tour credits include Wicked (Glinda),Something Rotten!, Chaplin, Anything Goes, Sunday in the Park with George, Hairspray, The Sound of Music and the upcoming revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler. Her film and television credits include Hail, Caesar!, Hairspray, and Louie.
Donna McKechnie (Women 2) received the Tony Award for her performance in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line. Her other Broadway shows include The Visit, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, On the Town, Promises, Promises, Company, and State Fair, for which she received the Astaire Award. McKechnie also played the lead in Bob Fosse's last production ofSweet Charity, and has starred in numerous productions in London's West End as well as Paris and Tokyo. Her memoir, Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life was published by Simon & Schuster.
David Elder (Man 2) has appeared in the Broadway productions of Curtains; 42nd Street (Astaire and Outer Critics award nominations); Kiss Me, Kate; Titanic, Once Upon a Mattress, Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis, Beauty and the Beast, and Guys and Dolls. Film/TV: Across the Universe, Cradle Will Rock and Jeffrey.
Tessa Grady's (Women 3) Broadway credits include Dames at Sea, Annie and Cinderella (also first national tour); and off-Broadway's First Wives Club, Chasing Rainbows and The Anthem.
Drew King (Man 3) made his Broadway debut in On the Twentieth Century starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher. He was in the national tour of Elf and has been seen in productions at Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse and the Kennedy Center.
About the Creative and Design Team
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Peter Duchan (Book) wrote the book of the musical Dogfight, which premiered at Second Stage (director, Joe Mantello). Dogfight won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and was nominated for five Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Off-Broadway Musical and Book of a Musical. The London production was nominated for two Evening Standard Awards, including Best Musical. Other theater credits include writing the original musical Stu for Silverton, which had its premiere at the Intiman Theater (Seattle Times Footlight Award for Best New Musical). Film credits include co-writing the screenplays for the feature Breaking Upwards (IFC Films) and the short Unlocked (Tribeca Film Festival). Honors: Richard Rodgers Award, 2011; Dramatists Guild Fellowship, 2011-2012. Graduate, Northwestern University.
Alexander V. Nichols (Scenic/Lighting/Projections) designs lighting, scenery and projections for theater, opera, music and dance for companies across the United States and abroad. Broadway: Wishful Drinking, Hugh Jackman - Back On Broadway, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Off-Broadway: In Masks Outrageous and Austere, Los Big Names, Horizon, Bridge and Tunnel, Taking Over, Through the Night, and In the Wake. Dance credits include Resident Designer for Pennsylvania Ballet, Hartford Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, and as lighting supervisor for American Ballet Theatre and resident visual designer for the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company since 1989. Upcoming: Nixon in China (L.A. Philharmonic), Latin History for Morons by John Leguizamo (Public Theater), The Optimistic Tragedy (S.F. Ballet) and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Acorn Theater at Theater Row).
Amy Clark (Costume Design)Broadway: A Night with Janis Joplin, Chaplin (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations). Off Broadway: Stupid F*&#! Bird, The Ding Dong, Heathers: The Musical, Cagney, Unlock'd, Animals Out of Paper, All That Intimacy, Jayson With A Y, Dreams of The Washer King, Apple Cove, Dramatis Personae. Other selected designs: Vocalosity, Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus presents Circus Extreme '15 and Legend's '14, On Your Toes forCity Center Encores!. Awarded the 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame Emerging Artists fellowship. MFA from NYU. Amyclarkdesign.com
Matt Kraus (Sound Design) Broadway: Kristin Chenoweth: A Love letter to Broadway, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony; Liza's at the Palace...! Other productions: Disney's Broadway and Beyond, American Dance Machine, Dinner with the Boys, 50 Shades the Musical, Forbidden Broadway, Classic Stage Company-Man's a Man, Chalk Circle with Duncan Sheik; Super Flywith Bill T. Jones; World Goes Round (Bucks County Playhouse); Lend Me a Tenor and Newsies (Paper Mill Playhouse).
John O'Neill (Music Director/Orchestrations) Broadway/NY credits: Cabaret (Conductor), A Chorus Line (Conductor), Radio City Spring Spectacular (Composer, Arranger, Conductor), Jacques Brel... (Musical Director), Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, Curtains, Boy From Oz. Regional credits: Barry Manilow's Harmony (LA Ovation, Broadway World, Best Musical Direction),Paper Mill Playhouse (cast recording Children Of Eden), Two River Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Berkshire Theater Festival, North Carolina Theater for the Arts. Tours: West Side Story (First National), A Chorus Line (First National), Cabaret (Japan), Forever Plaid. Faculty vocal coach for Juilliard Drama Division (6 years) Rutgers University, CAP 21.
Ben Krauss (Orchestrations) Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (orchestration associate). Concerts and benefits: Kristin Chenoweth at Carnegie Hall; Westport Country Playhouse Something Wonderful Gala; Broadway Backwards 8, 9, 10, 11; Gypsy of the Year 2014, 2015; Easter Bonnet 2015. Krauss' orchestration and arrangements have been heard at 54 Below, the Metropolitan Room, and the Cutting Room. Additionally, Krauss is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.
Jason Sparks (Associate Choreographer) Broadway Assistant Choreographer Credits: Hello, Dolly! Starring Bette Midler (Spring 2017), She Loves Me (Studio 54), After Midnight (Tony Award Best Choreography Warren Carlyle) 68th and 69th Annual Tony Awards®, Cotton Club Parade (City Center Encores!). Associate Director/Choreographer After Midnight Norwegian Cruise Lines. Choreographer: Propaganda! (NYMF Best Choreography Award), The Years Between (MTF), Grand Hotel (St. Clements Theatre), Beehive (Pennsylvania Centre Stage). Penn State Graduate! @JasonASparks
David Scotchford (Assistant Director) David is a thrilled to be a part of Carefree! Credits include: Associate Choreographer, Dirty Dancing (US National Tour, West End, Germany, Canada, Netherlands). Performance: Radio City Spring Spectacular 2015. Australian performance: Dirty Dancing (Dance Captain); Kylie Minogue’s Intimate and Live tour; Singin’ in the Rain; Fame; Sweet Charity; David is an Aussie transplant to NYC where he lives with his beautiful wife.
Chistopher Munnell (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: An American In Paris, Act One, War Horse. New York: Monkey: Journey to the West. Let’s get married baby!
Aaron Simms (Company Manager) Broadway: China Doll. Off-Broadway: Small Mouth Sounds, Wrestling Jerusalem, Oresteia. National Tour: Murder for Two. Aaron has worked at New York Stage and Film, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Realm, DR Theatrical Management, and ICM Partners. M.F.A. in Theater Management & Producing at Columbia University.
Faye Armon-Troncoso (Props Supervisor) is the first Props/Set Dresser to have won an Obie—ever! Broadway: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Gin Game; Fun Home; The River; Of Mice & Men; Macbeth; Testament of Mary; Golden Boy; Clybourne Park; Warhorse; The Merchant of Venice; Enron; Albee’s Seascape. Lincoln Center: Belle Epoque; Dessa Rose; Third; House of Bernalda Alba; The Clean House; Dying City; The Glorious Ones; When the Rain Stops Falling; Grand Manner; 4000 Miles; Vanya, Sonya, and Spike; Nikolai and the Others; Domesticated; The Oldest Boy; Mystery of Love and Sex, Oslo and countless LCT3 productions!
Aurora Productions (Production Management) Current projects: The Book of Mormon
(Broadway and National Tour), Matilda (Broadway and National Tour), The Curious
Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Tour), School of Rock, Cats,
Holiday Inn, A View from the Bridge LA and DC, The Cherry Orchard, The Front Page,
Love Love Love, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, National Tour, Kingdom Come, Les Liaisons
Dangereuses, Anastasia, The Present, If I Forget, Groundhog Day, Amelie and Hello,
Dolly!. Aurora has been providing technical supervision and production management
to the entertainment industry since 1989. www.auroraprod.com.
Laura Stancsyk Casting (Casting) CSA: Broadway, Off-Broadway & Tours: Side Show, After Midnight, A Night With Janis Joplin, Follies, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Lombardi, Ragtime, Impressionism, The Seafarer, Coram Boy, Translations, Radio Golf, Master Class, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Dirty Dancing, Damn Yankees, Gate/Beckett, The Glorious Ones. Laura works with a host of regional and international theatres. Nominated for six Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting, won for Follies.
Maximum Entertainment (General Management) is a producing, developing and management company founded by Avram Freedberg, Mary Beth Dale and Eva Price; and is joined by Managing Director/ General Manager Carl Flanigan. Select credits on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on tour include Small Mouth Sounds; Verso; Carefree: Dancin’ With Fred & Ginger; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!; The Lion;The Hip Hop Nutcracker; 50 Shades! The Musical; Ivy + Bean The Musical; Voca People; and Colin Quinn: Long Story Short. www.MaximumCompany.com
Ted Hartley(Producer) Originally a movie actor who co-starred with Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Cary Grant and others, Ted Hartley had led the cast in two network TV series before moving on to directing and producing. During this last 15 years, Hartley has produced a dozen films for RKO Pictures and several Broadway musicals. Stage productions include Gypsy (2008), Big Fish (2013), Curtains (2007), Never Gonna Dance (2003) and Zhivago (2015). His most recent stage production, Top Hat, opened on London’s West End in the spring of 2012 and won the Olivier Award for the Best New Musical of 2013. He is currently developing that production for Broadway with RKO Stage Productions. He is a published writer of articles and poetry and is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) as well as the Tony Awards. Hartley is the recent Chairman of ORBIS International, an international health organization that prevents blindness worldwide through its flying eye hospital programs. He is a founding director of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute and is active on the board of the Eugene O’Neill Theater.
Eva Price(Executive Producer) Eva Price was named one of Crain’s NY 40 Under Forty Rising Business Stars and is a member of The Broadway League’s Board of Governors. Selected Broadway Credits: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!, On Your Feet!, Dear Evan Hansen, Peter and The Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards), Colin Quinn Long Story Short (Directed by Jerry Seinfeld), Annie (Tony-nominated Musical Revival), The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony-nominated Play Revival), Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, The Addams Family (starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth) as well as several other solo shows and critically acclaimed concerts starring The Temptations & The Four Tops, Kathy Griffin, Lewis Black and Hershey Felder. Recent Off-Broadway and Touring projects include the Drama-Desk Nominated Found (Atlantic Theater Company & Philadelphia Theater Company), Benjamin Scheuer’s Drama-Desk Winning The Lion and Bess Wohl’s critically-acclaimed Small Mouth Sounds, The Hip Hop Nutcracker (featuring Rap Icon Kurtis Blow), as well as The Magic School Bus, Live! The Climate Challenge and Ella: The Ella Fitzgerald Musical. For five years Eva worked as an assignment editor and coordinating producer for special projects at ABC News, spending her last year producing and reporting on stories relating to Broadway for ABCNEWS.COM.
About the Producers
Eva Price (Executive Producer) was named one of Crain's NY 40 Under Forty Rising Business Stars and is a member of The Broadway League's Board of Governors. Selected Broadway Credits: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!, On Your Feet!, Dear Evan Hansen, Peter and The Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards), Colin Quinn Long Story Short(Directed by Jerry Seinfeld), Annie (Tony-nominated Musical Revival), The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony nominated Play Revival), Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking,The Addams Family (starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth), as well as several other solo shows and critically acclaimed concerts starring The Temptations & The Four Tops, Kathy Griffin, Lewis Black, and Hershey Felder. Recent Off Broadway and touring projects include the Drama Desk nominated Found (Atlantic Theater Company & Philadelphia Theater Company), Benjamin Scheuer's Drama Desk winning The Lion, and Bess Wohl's critically acclaimed Small Mouth Sounds, The Hip Hop Nutcracker (featuring Rap Icon Kurtis Blow), as well as The Magic School Bus Live! The Climate Challenge, Ella: The Ella Fitzgerald Musical.
David and Jennifer Stone and StoneBoies Entertainment, (Co-Producers) David Stone is an experienced and accomplished complex litigation trial lawyer trained by the best trial and appellate lawyers in the world. As former general counsel of a billion dollar sports franchise, David brings a unique understanding of the many potential challenges and litigation needs of corporations. David is also extensively involved in the arts as the executive director of Drama Desk Awards, and his two theatre and film companies Merlin Productions and StoneBoies Productions which have produced theatrical events including musicals, monologue slams, and holidays cabarets and are currently developing film and theatre projects. David has been an active member of NJPAC board for over 21 years. David and his wife Jennifer are also well known philanthropists who have supported numerous charities in the Tri-State area, including NJPAC, Channel 13, the Lincoln Film Society the Metropolitan Museum and many others. David also sponsors the very popular Paley Center “After Dark” series.
About NJPAC New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.
Production Staff Credits
Aurora Productions, INC. Ben Heller with Chris Minick, Eric Casanova, Anthony Jusino, Ryan Murphy, Isaac Katzanek, Liza Luxenberg, Geoff Quart, Luke Ricca, Rebecca Habel, Melissa Mazdra, Gene O’Donovan
Maximun Entertainment Productions Eva Price, Carl Flanigan, Andrew Hartman,
Emily Snyder, Avram Freedburg, Mary Beth Dale
Ted Hartley, CEO and Lead Creative Producer
Mary Beth O'Connor, Producer
Robert Lima, Associate Producer
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