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A Wall Apart | An Original Rock Musical

WHY A WALL APART It is timely, it is important and the opportunity is now! We are contemplating many of the same issues today in our country and throughout the world as Germany did more than 50 years ago when The Berlin Wall was built. Theater presents an intimate, entertaining and powerful way to tell a story that raises these timeless issues. And throughout history, we know the influence music, especially rock & roll, has had in making us think, making a statement and moving us toward action. A WALL APART, a rock musical featuring original music by Graham Russell of Air Supply and a dramatic book by Sam Goldstein and Craig Clyde does just that.

THE STORY With scars from one war, three brothers in East Berlin face another as the Berlin Wall divides their city - East from West. One an officer, another an artist and the third caught in the middle, these brothers experience the building of the wall, each from a personal perspective. As the brothers strive to find their way together, three generations of family ties, brotherhood, love, marriage and parenthood are tested. What is the price of liberty, and will the wall divide or unite this family?

New York Musical Festival 2017

Scenes From A Wall Apart

A Wall Apart Creative Team

Lord Graham Russell

Lord Graham Russell

music and lyrics
is the songwriter and a founding member of the group Air Supply. Their hit songs and twenty three albums have charted for five decades throughout the world. Billboard magazine recently honored the band in the top 100 most successful groups of all time. While still performing over 130 live shows on five continents with Air Supply every year, Graham is now dedicated to composing for the theatre, where he began his career starring in Jesus Christ Superstar in 1975. This is Graham's third musical score and first project with Sam and Craig. Graham has been a resident of Utah for 25 years.
Sam Goldstein, Ph.D.

Sam Goldstein, Ph.D.

book
has served as Executive Producer, Consultant and Writer for a number of film, documentary and industrial projects including the award winning documentary "Tough Times", "Resilient Kids", "Winslow the Christmas Bear", "Why Won't My Child Pay Attention" and "It's Just Attention Disorder". With Craig he has co-written nearly a dozen film scripts including the 2017 winner of the True Story Screenwriting Contest, "Passing Through". Sam has authored over 50 books including The "Power of Resilience", "Raising Resilient Children" and "Johnny and the Rockhounds". "A Wall Apart" is his first musical collaboration with Craig and Graham.
Craig Clyde

Craig Clyde

book
has appeared in over sixty major films and national television programs for all the major networks — as well as numerous stage roles as an actor. He was "Cornelius Hackl" in the original national roadshow production of "Hello Dolly" starring Dorothy LaMour. A member of Actor's Equity and the Screen Actor's Guild he has written and directed both feature film motion picture and television dramas. His twenty-one feature films include "Miracle Dogs" which starred a then unknown Josh Hutcherson, "The Derby Stallion" which starred the also then-unknown Zach Efron and "The Last Mustang" which starred Miranda Cosgrove of the "I-Carly" cable series. His production of "The Christmas Wish" starring Kristy Swanson was the highest rated program for the Hallmark Channel in 2012. His most recent is "Storm Rider." "A Wall Apart" marks his debut writing for the stage.
Keith Andrews

Keith Andrews

Director/Choreographer/Book
is a NYC-based director and choreographer. He directed the National Tours of The Full Monty and Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah. Keith has directed and choreographed regional theater all around the country including the Regional Premieres of Rock of Ages, The Wedding Singer, Spamalot and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Keith also directed the World Premiere of Cold as Ice, the first book-musical performed entirely on ice. His 2015 production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the New London Barn Playhouse won six New Hampshire Theater Awards, including Best Director, Best Choreographer and Best Musical. Other recent regional productions include The Full Monty, Saturday Night Fever, The Rocky Horror Show, The Drowsy Chaperone, South Pacific, Young Frankenstein, My Fair Lady, Avenue Q, Side Show, Barnum, Sweet Charity, Urinetown, The Pirates of Penzance and many more. Keith's play directing credits include The Dining Room, Dirty Blonde and The Triangle, a benefit for the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Memorial. Keith also directs musical theater showcases at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
Jonathan Ivie

Jonathan Ivie ('Jivie')

musical director/arranger
Jonathan Ivie comes to "A Wall Apart" having recently music-directed Lord Graham Russell's musicals "Lost in Love" and "Sweet Dreams". As a NYC resident since early 2012, he has performed on Broadway ("Rock of Ages" - keyboard/conductor), at the NYMF festival ("Crude: the Musical" - 2016), off-Broadway ("50 Shades: the Musical"; "Ha! the Musical"; "Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812"), and is currently the music director for the national tours of "Rock the Presidents" (Childsplay) & "Odd Squad LIVE!" (Mills Entertainment), as well as the touring music director for LA-based vocal sensations The Company Men. He is the author of "Rob Ford: Rock Star", a musical comedy about the late mayor of Toronto, and his debut album "Pisces" is currently in the final stages of production. Jivie lives with his wife Katie and Raja the Basset hound in Hell's Kitchen.
DAVID GOLDSTEIN

DAVID GOLDSTEIN

Scenic and Lighting Design
Previous NYMF: Deep Love, STUCK, Cloned, The Water Dream, Gary Goldfarb, Deployed, De Gelbe Stern, Ghostlight, Pirates of Finance, Wearing Black and more. Off Broadway: Church and State, That Golden Girls Show, Very Hungry Caterpillar, Soul Doctor, Stalking the Bogeyman, The Portal, I Know what Boys Want, Senior Moment. Los Angeles: Elevator, Around the World in 80 Days, Playground, Rocky Horror, Boomermania, Its Top Secret! Regional: NC Stage, Des Moines Playhouse, WV Public Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse. RLYcore4.
DUSTIN CROSS

DUSTIN CROSS

Costume Design
is pleased to help bring this extremely relevant story to the stage! Broadway: The 24Hour Plays (American Airlines). Off Broadway: Spamilton (NYC, Chicago/Outer Critics Circle Nom.), The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Other Josh Cohen, Cougar The Musical, Zelda at the Oasis. Tours: Cheers Live, 42nd Street, A Christmas Story. Regional (select): Billy Elliot, Cinderella, Sister Act, The Witches of Eastwick (Regional premieres) Joseph... Dreamcoat (Broadway World Award: Best Costume Design), West Side Story (Irne Award), Rent and The Christmas Rose (Carnegie Hall) Film: The Little Button Girl (December 2017, starring Dick Van Dyke). ENJOY!
SHANNON EPSTEIN

SHANNON EPSTEIN

Sound Design
is the current technical director and head designer of many off Broadway shows including the MAC award winning show of the year Spamilton. Shannon has been the technical director of the legendary Triad Theatre for the past 6 years and has worked and designed many acclaimed shows including My son the waiter a Jewish tragedy, Celebrity Autobiography and Disaster The Musical. Some of the artist that Shannon has worked with are Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Zendaya, Danny Aiello, Richard Bellzer, Joy Behar and Susie Essman to name a few. Shannon has most recently joined the video production team of the Public Theatre for their show Party People.

New York Musical Festival Cast

MADDIE SHEA BALDWIN

MADDIE SHEA BALDWIN

(Esther)
Broadway: Bright Star (by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Tony nomination- Best Musical) Favorite regional credits include: Lesher Center for the Arts: Back Home Again; Kennedy Center: Bright Star; The Old Globe Theatre; Ace and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, North Coast Rep: Little Women. Proud Indiana University MT grad of 2015. Special thanks to the “A Wall Apart” team for including me on this journey, Nicolosi & Co, and my loving and supportive family. Jeremiah 29:11
LESLIE BECKER

LESLIE BECKER

(Tante)
Broadway/National Tours: Wicked, Amazing Grace, Bonnie & Clyde, Cinderella, Nine, Anything Goes, Beauty And The Beast, Show Boat. Regional: Starring roles in Ragtime, Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, Damn Yankees, The King And I and many more. Also a writer, her musical A Proper Place recently had its World Premiere production at The Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA. Her debut single "Slow Burn" recently hit #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC Chart.
JORDAN BONDURANT

JORDAN BONDURANT

(Kurt)
NYMF debut! Broadway: "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" (Tom Copley) and "Mamma Mia!" (Sky). Off-Broadway- "The Underclassman" (Trip). TV/Film: "Law and Order: SVU", "Think Like a Man 2". Recent regional credits include "Legally Blonde" and "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Sacramento Music Circus and "Mamma Mia!" at the Tropicana Casino (Las Vegas). Proud Samford University (BFA) and UNLV (MFA) graduate. Huge thanks to this amazing cast!
EMILY BEHNY

EMILY BEHNY

(Suzanne)
Indiana girl. Off Broadway: The Fantasticks (Luisa), National Tours: Wicked (Nessarose), Beauty and the Beast (Belle). Regional: North Carolina Theatre; Gateway; Goodspeed. Thanks to the creative team, family, dear friends, and Henderson Hogan Agency. Proud Ball State University grad.
DARREN RITCHIE

DARREN RITCHIE

(Hans)
is so excited to work with this team of rockstars! He's also thrilled to be back at NYMF after receiving the Outstanding Performance by an Actor Award at their 10th anniversary festival for his work in Standby the musical. He recently wrapped filming the Indie Feature, Becks opposite Mina Suvari. He travels internationally with ‪The‬ ‪Tenors Of Rock‬ and Broadway Rox concert series. On Broadway, he originated the role of White Knight/Jack in Wildhorn's Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure, as well the role of Jonathan Harker in Dracula, the musical. Other Broadway Credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Little Shop of Horrors, Bells Are Ringing, ‪Les Misérables‬ (original cast). Regional: Bristol Riverside Theatre, Fords Theatre, Las Vegas, premiere of Re-Animator the musical, Goodspeed Opera House, TPAC, Kansas City Starlight, North Shore Music Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, Old Globe and Ogunquit Playhouse; as well as in multiple concerts, TV commercials, and voice-overs and video games including GTA-V. He has also appeared in several films and television shows as well as daytime, most notably Stroller Wars and Days of our Lives. Special thanks to Rosier Artist Management and Atlas Talent.
JOSH TOLLE

JOSH TOLLE

(Mickey)
is excited for his second NYMF experience! Josh was last seen as Harry in the First National Tour of Kinky Boots. Favorite credits include Gabe in Next to Normal at Drury Lane (Jeff Award Nom.) and Duck Commander at the Rio Las Vegas. Josh is also a singer/songwriter and regular performer in the "Broadway Loves" concert series at Feinstein's/54 Below. Proud CCM grad.
MATT ROSELL

MATT ROSELL

(Mickey Jr. / Ensemble)
is making his NYMF debut! His recent credits include Les Misérables on Broadway and National Tour. Other credits include HAIR, Ragtime, South Pacific, West Side Story and Children of Eden. He is so excited to be bringing a new musical to life in NYC. Much love to his family and friends, Michael Einfeld, and CESD.
MILI DIAZ

MILI DIAZ

(Ensemble)
is ecstatic to make her NYMF debut with such an amazing show! Past favorite credits include In The Heights (Nina), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary), and American Idiot (Ensemble). Mili would like to thank the cast & crew for this opportunity, Bob, Amy, Nicolosi & Co, and mami y papi. Pace University ‘17.
JAMAL CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS

JAMAL CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS

(Ensemble)
is thrilled to make his NYMF debut in A Wall Apart. Jamal is a recent college graduate from Pace University’s BFA Musical Theatre program. Regional: Barrington Stage Company (His Girl Friday & A Little More Alive). Educational: American Idiot (St. Jimmy), A Chorus Line (Don), Once On This Island (Gatekeeper). Special thanks to: the Creative team, McCorkle Casting, and The Mine Agency.
AMANDA DOWNEY

AMANDA DOWNEY

(Ensemble)
is excited to make her NYMF Debut! Past favorite credits: Regional Premiere of Rock of Ages; Into The Woods (Cinderella); Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), Rocky Horror; Crazy For You (Polly); Batboy (Shelley); I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change (Woman 1); Sister Act; 9 To 5; and Spamalot. Special thanks to Daniel Hoff Agency, Keith, Vince and the rest of the A Wall Apart team. Sean, I love you! Proud member of the USO Show Troupe. Galatians 6:9
LINDSAY ESTELLE DUNN

LINDSAY ESTELLE DUNN

(Ensemble)
is thrilled to be a part of this new and telling musical! International Tours: SHREK The Musical (Princess Fiona), Regional Theater: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie) Grease (Sandy), Wagner College: Spamalot (Lady of the Lake). Awards: Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Best Leading Actress.
SEAN GREEN, JR.

SEAN GREEN, JR.

(Ensemble)
is a recent Pace School of Performing Arts grad and is thrilled to be part of the New York Musical Festival! University Credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Once On This Island (Agwe), and a workshop of The Visit directed by John Doyle. He also appeared in Aida at The MUNY starring Michelle Williams. Much love to Amy Rogers, AlSilbs, Aimèe Steele, Dr. Peter Thoresen, his beautiful friends and family, and manager, Jeff Berger!
EMILY KRISTEN MORRIS

EMILY KRISTEN MORRIS

(Ensemble)
NYC debut! San Francisco native and recent CCM graduate. Regional: Mamma Mia and Schoolhouse Rock at Weston Playhouse, South Pacific (Nellie), Tartuffe, and Emma at Summer Rep Theatre, Carmelia (Gia) and Sugar at 42nd Street Moon. At CCM: Lysistrata Jones (Lysistrata), and A Chorus Line (Judy).
VINCENT ORTEGA

VINCENT ORTEGA

(Ensemble /Dance Captain)
Broadway/Tours: Mamma Mia. Off-Broadway: René in Babes in Arms. Regional: Joey in Sister Act, Black Stash in Peter and the Starcatcher, Usnavi in In The Heights, Dave in The Full Monty, Lord Farquaad in Shrek, Rocky Horror Show. Film/TV: Movie 43, Enchanted, MTV VMA’s, AMA’s, and Disney Channel. Other credits include The Black Eye Peas (Experience), Michael Jackson, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly and so much more.