Cast & Creative


The Cast of BOMBSHELL BABY!



Matthew Anchel (Veronica Garland) has been called a “voice to watch” by The Wall Street Journal. For the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Anchel was a resident artist with Oper Leipzig. For the 2010-2011 season, Mr. Anchel was hired by Placido Domingo to be Doming-Thornton Young Artist with LA Opera where he worked with Domingo and James Conlon. Matthew has sung roles with LA Opera, Oper Leipzig, LA Phil, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Caramoor Music Festival, Chelsea Opera, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble and others. Mr. Anchel is the creator of Veronica Garlandwww.matthewanchel.com


Paul Kite* (Special Agent Fred Pickle) is excited to be working on this wonderful show. Selected credits include: Williamstown Theatre Festival (The Exonerated, Sweet Bird of Youth); Red Stage Theatre Company ( J.B., Spring Awakening);  The Kennedy Center (The Comedy of Errors);  Rutgers Theatre Company  (Betrayal, Love Song, Big Love, Getting Out, Merry Wives of Windsor). He has also worked with the Second Stage Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Pearl Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, The Working Theatre, and New Harmony Project. BA University of Evansville. MFA Rutgers University.



Blair Anderson (Gladys Goodby) is thrilled to be a part of this exciting new musical! She has performed around the world, including Big Band Beat in Tokyo, Patty Simcox in the international tour of Grease, and as assorted princesses and one evil (not ugly) step-sister with Disney Cruise Line. Other favorite roles include: Fiona in Brigadoon; Philia in A Funny Thing Happened...Forum; Ida in Honk!; and Amalia in She Loves Me. Look for Blair in the 2013 tour of The Addams Family. Many thanks to her parents for their support and racking up of many frequent flier miles.




Mary Orzano (Chardonee La Rue) earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Catholic University. She was seen in the ensemble of Camelot for The Irish Rep’s Gala starring Jeremy Irons.  Mary performed Bernstein’s MASS for the reopening of the Kennedy Center’s Opera House and has since returned for the world premiere of an oratorio, A Melancholy Beauty, and Souvenirs: A Cabaret to Wage Peace. She has performed in several plays and musicals in New York. Her favorites include: Pageant Princess (Bleecker Street Theatre); 4 X’mas (Workshop Theatre) and Balls (Playwrights Horizons). She has had principal roles on Food Network’s Food Detectives; Forensic Files; Extreme Forensics and several commercials. She would like to thank Christiana and Rachel for this amazing opportunity.



Tom Magill (Moody La Rue)   Tom Magill is so excited to be a part of this incredible production.  Much love and thanks to Matt, Christiana, Rachel, Robyn Mewshaw and Veronica Garland for their friendship and this opportunity.  Previous appearances with Ms. Garland include Carrie: the Musical (Tommy Ross), As If We Never Said Good-bye (Timmy), The Private Life of Veronica Garland (Nick), and Into the Woods (Jack).  Other theatrical credits include Crossing Verrazano (Trevor) at the New York Strawberry Festival, Life Unexpected All the Year Around with the St. Jean’s Players and Something Outrageous at the 45th Street Theatre. Tom will appear in an upcoming production of Matthew Freeman’s Glee Club at the Roy Arias Theater Center.  Tons of love to friends, Mom, Melissa, and John for everything.


Winston Shaw (Nazi Karl) is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. He attended college at Sarah Lawrence, where he studied theater and film. Winston currently lives in Brooklyn, studies improv at the People's Improv Theater, works in film and television as a sound recordist, and is the producer/creator of web series This Week in the World! Thisweekintheworld.com. 



Monet Julia Sabel (Dream Baby) couldn't be more excited to share the stage with the one and only Veronica Garland! Monet is just about to start her sophomore year at NYU studying Musical Theatre in the New Studio on Broadway. Earlier this summer, she starred in a workshop of the new musical Bradley Cole at NYU. Some of her favorite experiences so far onstage have been Into the Woods (Baker's Wife), Urinetown (Hope Cladwell) and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). She recently finished recording an album of swingin' big band tunes, so keep an eye out for that! Follow @monetsabel. Enjoy the show!!


Shan Agish (Max the Butler) is happy to appear in his second (third? who knows) Veronica Garland spectacle. Having recently come back from a performing hiatus, he's excited to create the role of Max in Bombshell Baby! while also filming an independent film Heads/Tails. Thanks to the team for creating this piece piece, and to the cast and crew for their tireless dedication to to bringing the true historic end of World War II to light - something the History Channel, textbooks, biographies, annals and witness accounts have kept hidden for far too long.


Ryan Morann Addario (Ensemble) is so excited to be making his NYC debut in Bombshell Baby! Regional credits include Beauty and the Beast (Northern Stage), Barnum (St. Michael’s Playhouse), Wizard of Oz (St. Michael’s Playhouse), and the world premiere of Heart Burn (Kitchen Theatre and also Armory Square Playhouse). Ryan spent the last year teaching musical theatre in Westchester County with KJK Productions, having previously taught at the Young People’s Center for Creative Arts and The Broadway Workshop.  Raised in beautiful East Hampton, Connecticut, and educated in beautiful Aurora, New York at Wells College, he now proudly resides in the most beautiful of boroughs, Brooklyn.  Big thanks to the brave creators making new theatre and a special thank you to Tom for the introduction to this show and gin martinis.



Lindsay Cook (Ensemble) Lindsay is over the moon to be performing alongside the one and only Veronica Garland!  Previous NY credit: Scheme of the Superbullies (NYCTF).  Regional credits: Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Hay Fever (Clara), The Taffetas.  B.A. in Acting from University of Northern Colorado. Many thanks to friends and family for their incredible support.




                 Chris Gwynn (Ensemble) Chris is thrilled to be a part of Bombshell Baby. Many thanks to family and friends for their love and support. 

Florianna Heun (Ensemble) Florianna Heun is a native of Kearny, New Jersey.  Her theatre credits include Cabaret (KitKat Girl), West Side Story (Maria), Big House in the Middle of the Woods (Cinderella), It's All in Your Mind (Mother). She has been involved in choral singing since 2005 as a member of the Saint Dominic Academy Choir and Chamber Choir, as well as the Rutgers University Chorus and Touring Choir.  Florianna has performed on the stages of the Lowe's Theatre, Carnegie Hall, and Radio City Music Hall as well as those of several other venues in the New York metropolitan area. Florianna was a featured soloist in the Rutgers Newark Chorus Summer 2011 Concert Tour of Spain.  She is currently working toward a double major in Finance and Political Science at Rutgers University, while teaching introductory level piano, voice and dance classes. She is thrilled to be a part of Bombshell Baby!


Shiloh Klein (Ensemble) is very excited for her first production with Veronica Garland and the rest of the wonderful company! She's from southern Louisiana, where she studied acting and dancing before moving to the big city. She most recently was seen acting and choreographing for DMTheatrics' production of Final Years: The Last of Ed Wood, most notably as Paula (Violent Years) and Mary Smith (Sinister Urge). Some of her favorite credits include Mystery Girl in The Fabulous Thunderbirds (film), Julie in Thankyou, Tommy Feinstein (film), and Sunshine D'Vine, singer/dancer in the caburlesque troupe Dames D'lish. She wants to thank her wonderful friends, family, and boyfriend Joe for all their support!

John Jeffords* (Ensemble/Mohammad/Christoph) is thrilled to have lucked into such a ridiculous/fun show.  Strangely enough, he is quite well-versed at portraying Nazis of all sorts.  Recent Nazi credits include The Producers (Lead Nazi Tenor) at The Riverside Theatre, The Forestburgh Playhouse, and Kansas City Starlight, as well as Cabaret (Ernst) at The Forestburgh Playhouse. Sometimes, to make ends meet, he must also portray non-Nazi characters.  Recent examples include Les Miserables (Enjolras), Hairspray (Corny Collins), Cinderella (Prince u/s), and Tommy (Tommy u/s).  If you have small children (which we hope you did NOT bring to this production) you may have seen him recently in productions of Babes in Toyland, and Peter and the Wolf at Lincoln Center.  Cheers!



Vincenzo Meduri (Ensemble/Franz) Vincenzo Meduri is extremely pumped to be a part of this wonderful new musical!! Mr. Meduri graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre in 2011.  His Elon Credits include Love’s Labor’s Lost (Berowne), Nine (Gigolo), Sweeney Todd (Soloist), and The Man Who Couldn’t Dance (Eric).  Mr. Meduri has also had the pleasure of working on numerous original plays and musicals including Chris Miller’s Prodigal Son, Joshua Harmon’s Love in the Time of Hannakauh (Hangar Theatre) as well as directing Lisa Carter’s Many Sparrows last April.  He worked as the Assistant Director to Sherri Eden Barber this past fall at NYU Stella Adler as well as having directed several new works at The Secret Theatre in the One Act Factor this winter.  His professional acting credits include The Bacchae (Hangar Theatre), Really Rosie: Musical (Hangar Theatre), and The Lost Colony (Waterside Theatre).



Megan Pachecano (Ensemble) received her Master of Music degree in Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music, where she performed Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. Other performances there include Meg Page in scenes from Verdi's Falstaff and Annabel Lee in Gargoyle Garden. Most recently, Ms. Pachecano sang Crobyle in Massenet's Thais with the Opera Company of Middlebury. Previous, as a Studio Artist at Opera New Jersey, Ms. Pachecano covered Pitti-Sing in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. She later returned to sing Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel with their Youth Education Program. Ms. Pachecano graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, where she performed Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Orlovsky in Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Zweite Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Miss Pinkerton in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, and Sally in Barber's Hand of Bridge




*appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.


CREATIVE TEAM

Christiana Little (Book, Lyrics, Music), a native of Austin, Texas, moved to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music where she received her Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice. Christiana was a member of the Manhattan School of Music Composer’s Forum, and studied Creative Writing at Columbia University and Southwestern University.  She wrote a guide book to her alma mater, Southwestern University, which was published by College Prowler Press. Christiana’s program notes and synopses are read by thousands of patrons every week in playbills for the Opera & Ballet in Cinema series. Christiana was the vocal coach and assistant music director on a feature film musical comedy, The Adventures of Paul and Marian, for which she also composed several songs. Christiana also directs; she previously directed Veronica Garland in a production of Into the Woods at the Bridge Theatre.

Christiana is an active performer. Favorite past roles include “Lucy” in The Beggar’s Opera, “Yum-Yum” in The Mikado, “Cinderella” in Into the Woods, and every female character in the four-person sketch comedy Off-Broadway musical Chuckleball. Christiana studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade with Tim Martin. Christiana has been praised by NYC Views and News for her "comedic genius;" also for being "great looking." Christiana plays accordion, piano, guitar, ukulele, and euphonium. Christiana teaches voice and performance technique out of her home studio in Astoria. 

Christiana Little is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Please visit www.christianalittle.com.

Rachel Felstein (Music & Director), studied classical voice at the Mannes College of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2009. She has performed with such companies as Mannes Opera, Garden State OperaPocket Opera of New York (PONY)dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and New York Lyric Opera Theatre, among others. Rachel has also studied with the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in GrazVOICExperience with Sherrill Milnes at the Player’s Club in NYC, Opera Project NYC led by William Hobbs, and Revealing the ActorSinger Within with Catherine Malfitano. A native of New York City, Rachel was an active performer as a child and young adult, performing the roles of Cosette in Les Misèrables and Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld at LaGuardia Arts High School. She has worked with such artists as Walter BobbieBoyd GainesRomulus Linney and Wendy Wasserstein.

Bombshell Baby will be Rachel's directorial debut for a full production! However, Rachel is no stranger to the creative process. Her father, Robert Felstein, is a professional music director and accompanist who plays nightly with The Fantasticks Off-Broadway. Her mother, Debra Jones is an actress who has been seen with Russell Brand in the feature film, Arthur, among other projects. Rachel has previously directed opera scenes at the Mannes College of Music, and studied theater at the New Jersey Shakespeare Company and at Ensemble Studio Theater where she has also appeared in numerous productions and readings.

Rachel studied classical music theory and composition at Mannes, and pop music writing at LaGuardia with their group, the New Music Singers. She has written two revues for Veronica Garland, "The Private Life of Veronica Garland" and "Seeing Red: A Veronica Garland Murder Mystery."

Zach Abramson (Arranger, Music Director) is a New York City based composer, arranger and producer specializing in collaborative multimedia works. With a wide range of expression but a voice all his own, Zach has contributed music to a growing number of projects in New York and throughout the country.

In 2011, Zach composed and arranged music for two feature films (The Adventures of Paul and Marian and Spirit Cabinet, both set for release in 2012), the pilot episode of the TV series World of LARP as well as four new theatre works (Mighty Five's Infinite Funk Odyssey, The Vanishing Play, The Mother's Return and The Bardy Bunch). Along with his collaborations in dramatic media, Zach also produced music for bands and songwriters such as Space Fight, Nisha Asnani, Urban Sun and The Great Apes.

With long-time collaborator Derek Muro, Zach has composer, produced and arranged music under the moniker Mighty Five since 2005.  After the release of their first LP Vortexx in 2008, Mighty FIve has gone on to compose and arrange music for choreographer Jesse Beck, collaborate with French DJ Goldenbug, remix music by Brooklyn-based duo French Horn Rebellion and compose the music for Mighty Five’s Infinite Funk Odyssey, a full-length dance party/musical, which premiered in Austin, TX during the summer of 2011. It was workshopped at the Yale Institute for Music Drama in June 2012 with Tony-award winning director John Rando, music direction by Jason DeBord (Broadway’s Rent, Urinetown, Legally Blonde, etc), and a cast of Broadway veterans.

Zach received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Composition at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Richard Danielpour and Nils Vigeland. Visit www.zachabramson.com for more.


Emily Edwards (Choreographer) has choreographed productions of Pippin, Sweeney Todd, Once on This Island, and Cabaret at NJIT/Rutgers, The Flea Theater's She Kills Monsters (NY Times' Critics Pick), Galactic Girl: Attack of the Starbarians, seen at the Brick Theater's 2011 Comic Book Play Festival and New York Comic Con, and a workshop production of Jaws: The Musical, among others. Emily is the executive director and performer with Gehring Dancetheatre, the audience favorite at the March '12 NYC10 Festival, and with whom she performed at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is an associate artist with the Obie-Award winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company, and has performed with the Bronx Opera, Nosedive Productions, Dysfunctional Theatre Company, and most recently, DM Theatrics in their Ed Wood Homage Play Series. Emily holds a bachelor's degree in dance and arts administration from Butler University. 

Madeleine McMillan, (PR, Production Assistant) Madeleine has been responsible for the scripting of several NY1 segments on “hot summer fashion ideas” and composed press releases for many brands such as Lisa Lillien’s “Hungry Girl” (The Food Network) and Dylan’s Candy Bar. She developed and coordinated distribution of creative promotional pieces for Bethenny Frankel (The Real Housewives of New York; creator, Skinnygirl Cocktails) and Beyonce (fierce queen of the universe). Madeleine has had the pleasure of handling all public relations endeavors for Veronica's past performances including "The Private Life of Veronica Garland" and "Carrie: The Musical." Madeleine is also a singer/songwriter and has written several full-length albums of her own including Simply Lovesick Songs to Live ByLaugh Myself AwakeBlue Eyes, and Unfazed. She majored in vocal studies at LaGuardia Arts High School and received a Bachelor of Music Degree in studio composition from SUNY Purchase. Madeleine grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan. She loves every moment (mostly) of working with Veronica Garland (et al) and will be forever appreciative of Veronica’s commitment to her work. It’s an inspiration to us all, especially the part about eyeshadow and Sally Hansen press on manicures. And music, generosity of spirit, and following your heart… and stuff.

Madeleine is very excited to be a part of
Bombshell Baby. Madeleine has been involved in extensive crisis management for some of Veronica's key screw-ups… like the time Veronica forgot the words to the national anthem on live television... And the time she was caught shoplifting a diamond from Tiffany's... And we can’t forget the time Veronica was escorted out of her Beverly Hills mansion by the police and checked into UCLA's psychiatric ward for "exhaustion."



Avery Jennings (Veronica's Costumes), Cheshire, CT began his career in the fashion industry in New York City working for Robert Danes and Cynthia Steffe.  While in New York he began designing costumes for the down town dance company, Mad Science Productions.  After leaving New York Mr. Jennings began constructing costumes in many theaters across the country including Good Speed Opera House, Haddam, CT; Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico and The Alley Theatre, Houston, TX.  Recently Mr. Jennings was the assistant designer for Unity Theatre's production of Charlie's Aunt in Brenham,TX.  He has designed Sweeney Todd and Dangerous Liasons for the International School of Leipzig, Germany as well as for the dance company Pappas and Dancers Berkley, CA.  He has also collaborated with the artist Jessica Segall creating costumes for a music video as well as a film project in the Arctic.  Currently living in Leipzig, Germany he is helping create a children's wear line, Toddlin Town with designer Anne-Marie Seager.  Mr. Jennings was educated in fashion design at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Polimoda School of Design, Florence, Italy and the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY.  

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