Meet the Cast of Grease

Meet the Cast of Grease

CATEGORY: Broadway
TAGS: cast Grease
(Danny) is honored to be making his Starlight Theatre debut. Recent credits include Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Joseph (Joseph), Cuff Me (Christian Grey), Grease (Danny). Special thanks to everyone at Matthew Corozine Studios!


(Sandy) is thrilled to be making her debut at Starlight Theatre. She most recently starred in Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers in Las Vegas where she resides. Heidi has a Master’s degree in Music from Arizona State University and has been working as a music therapist in hospice. She started her career singing with Holland America Cruise Lines and Tokyo Disneyland. Big thanks to Phil McKinley!


(Kenickie) makes his Starlight debut with this production. He spent his high school years not far from here in Topeka, Kan., often performing at Helen Hocker Theater. Regional credits include Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls, Hank Williams in Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty, Bernard in Boeing Boeing, Ben Hecht in Moonlight and Magnolias, and Jonny in Zombie Prom. Thanks to Jo Huseman, Phil McKinley, Mom, Dad, Dan, Amber, Oliver, his lovely fiancée Paige Salter, and God. See for more.


(Rizzo) is delighted to be making her professional debut with Starlight. Lindsey recently graduated from Northwestern University where she studied classical voice, musical theatre and theatre. Favorite credits include Wild Party (Madeline True), A Funny Thing… Forum (Hysterium) The Tempest (Stephano) and Into The Woods (Jack’s Mother). Special thanks to her sister Katie for laughs and inspiration and to her parents for undying support and love!


(Miss Lynch) is delighted to return to Starlight where she has performed in productions of The Producers and The Sound of Music. She appeared in The Dixie Swim Club at The New Theatre, How to Steal a Picasso at the Unicorn Theatre, and Musical Theater Heritage’s concert production of Sweeney Todd. Cathy has toured nationally and internationally in productions of both Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood. She also portrays the Hallmark greeting card character “Maxine.”


(Teen Angel) is thrilled to be making his Starlight Theatre debut in Grease. He is the founder/executive director of Independent Artists’ Playhouse, a new theatre company in Atlanta. He has performed for various theme parks and cruise ships, including Walt Disney World and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Atlanta performer credits: Donkey in Shrek the Musical and Judah in Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Born For This (Alliance Theatre), Apollo performer in Buddy Holly: The Buddy Holly Story (The Legacy Theatre) and Camelot in Concert (Aurora Theatre). Other credits: Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat (Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre), The Color Purple (Alhambra Dinner Theatre) and Smokey Joe’s Cafe (IceHouse Theatre). Follow him on Instagram @thequentinavery


(Eugene) is a proud KCMO native and is delighted to work with Phil McKinley once again at Starlight Theatre since his theatre debut was as the Young Fool in Big River in 1993. He has enjoyed performing recently at Coterie Theatre as Garfield and as Charlie Brown. Other local appearances have included Spinning Tree Theatre (Assassins, Hello Again), Musical Theater Heritage (Oliver, Hello Dolly), Theatre for Young America (Junie B. Jones, Velveteen Rabbit) and Worlds of Fun.


(Patty) is a Kansas City native and is ecstatic to make her Starlight debut. Her first memories of theatre are from Starlight! Off-Broadway: Ziegfield’s Midnight Frolic. New York: Mad-Scientist’s Guide to Romance… Other credits: Les Miserables (Cosette u/s), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Legally Blonde and West Side Story (Graziella). B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Webster Conservatory. Praise to God and love to Alan.


(Frenchy) is thrilled to make her Kansas City Starlight debut. She was most recently seen as Annette in Saturday Night Fever (Drury Lane Theatre). Additionally, she has worked with Paramount Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Marriott Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Circle Theatre and Adventure Stage Chicago. TV credits: “Chicago PD.” Landree is a member of comedy group Off Off Broadzway and is represented by Gray Talent. Many thanks to everyone involved!


(Sonny) is excited to return to Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre in the cast of Grease. Anthony recently appeared as Sir Galahad in The Barnstormers Spamalot! Regionally: Crown Uptown Theatre: CATS-Rum Tum Tugger, Rocky Horror Show-Riff Raff. Kansas City credits include: Starlight Theatre: XanaduCinderella; New Theatre Restaurant: ChicagoThe Addams Family; Musical Theater Heritage: Cabaret-Max, A Spectacular ChristmasHello Dolly! Also regional premiere of MotherFreakingHood!-Mr. Xanax. Additional credits: Billy Flynn in Wichita State University’s ChicagoInto The Woods-Wolf, The Dead Guy-Eldon Phelps, Crazy For YouShe Loves Me. RCCP: Legally Blonde!-Warner; Theatre in the Park: The Sound of Music-Rolf. Anthony is a graduate of WSU, B.F.A. in Musical Theatre 2016, and a proud Starlight Star!


(Roger), a Kansas City native, is thrilled to return to Starlight after making his Starlight debut in The Sound of Music. Currently he is touring with The Book of Mormon. He has a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he appeared in roles such as Marius in Les Miserables, Tommy in Carrie: The Musical and Frankie/Young Soldier in Parade. Other roles and productions include Enjolras at Cardinal Stage Company, Bobby Strong at Theatre in the Park KC, and Gypsy at Musical Theater Heritage. He would like to thank God, his family, CYT, Cathy Hardy, Kimberly De Acha, Kent Andel and Kansas City Starlight.


(Doody) makes his KC Starlight debut. National tour: Newsies. Film: Newsies Live!; Nyc: City Of Light, starring alongside Valarie Pettiford (d. Cady Huffman); Generation Me (Nymf). Chicago: Paramount (Toby in Sweeney Todd), Drury Lane (Bye Bye BirdieCrazy for You), Porchlight (Mack and Mabel), Davenport’s Piano Bar. Anthony is also a multi-instrumentalist. To my family, I love you. For Angelo.


(Marty) is thrilled to make her Starlight debut. Old Globe: October Sky (Dorothy-world premiere). Marriott Lincolnshire: Spring Awakening (Wendla), Evita (Mistress), Godspell. Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: Pericles. Village Theatre: Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat, Jesus in my Bedroom (Autumn), Spitfire Grill (Percy). Lyric Opera of Chicago: Carousel. ACT/Contemporary Classics: New Voices. Eliza’s vocal solos are featured on the CASA, Voices Only, Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award compilations, and as a winner at the ICCAs. Recent Northwestern grad! @Eliza_Palasz


(Jan) is tickled pink to be a part of this production. She graduated from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Since then, she has bopped around the Midwest working with BoHo Theatre (Urinetown), Metropolis PAC (Hair), Paramount Theatre (Mamma Mia!), Tantrum Theatre (Little Shop of Horrors), and Little Theatre on the Square (Hairspray, The Addams Family, Pinkalicious). Lots of love to her real Pink Ladies.


(Vince Fontaine) is jived to be making his Kansas City Starlight debut. Regional: Chino in West Side StoryThe Little Mermaid (Paramount Theatre); OklahomaCrazy For You (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); Elf (Fulton Theatre); All Shook UpWest Side Story (Fireside Theatre); Joseph…The Wizard of OzThe Little Mermaid (Tuacahn Amphitheatre). Ball State University alum and current student of The Second City Training Center. All the love to Mom, Dad and Elena. @anthonysullivanjr


(Ensemble) is so excited to be back at Starlight where he was last seen on this stage in The Producers. Broadway: The Book of Mormon. National tour: The Book of Mormon (Elder McKinley). He is from El Dorado, Kan., and a proud Wichita State alum! Thank you to Kent and the Starlight family.


(Ensemble) is back at Starlight after playing Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins. Off-Broadway: Judy and Me (St. Luke’s Theatre), Chautauqua (Public Theatre) and Insomnia (Abingdon Theatre). National tour: Seussical. Regional: Hello, Dolly! starring Vicki Lewis and Gary Beach (Barnaby, Maltz Jupiter Theatre), The Will Rogers Follies (Gateway Playhouse), Cabaret (Emcee), Speech & Debate (Howie) and She Loves Me (Arpad). Film: Cheerleader and The Cage. Proud graduate of Pace University. @thechrisbrick


(Ensemble) is thrilled to return home to Kansas City to perform in Grease. After earning his degree in Musical Theatre from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, Joel moved to New York City where he is now based. Soon after moving to the city, Joel spent a year on the 2015-16 national tour of 42nd Street. Other recent regional credits include Gypsy (Tulsa), Singin’ in the Rain (Cosmo U/S), and White Christmas.


(Ensemble) is excited to make her Kansas City Starlight debut. Originally hailing from St. Louis, she has appeared at various regional theatres including The Muny, Sacramento Music Circus and Indiana Festival Theater. Meghan graduated with a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Indiana University – Go Hoosiers! Much love to Mom, Dad and Nick for their undying encouragement and support!


(Ensemble) is ecstatic to return to KC in her first Starlight show; she is an alum of the Starlight Stars program (2010). Regional: Footloose (Cortland Rep), Spring Awakening (Hangar Theatre), Les Miserablés and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (TriArts Sharon Playhouse), Chicago (Music Theatre Kansas City), Uncommon Women and Others (Atlantic Acting School). TV: “SNL.” B.F.A. from NYU Tisch. Miller Marley and MTKC alum. Love and thanks to my KC friends, teachers and family. Dancing for my Grandma.


(Ensemble) is from Los Angeles and recently graduated with a B.A. in Acting from Columbia College of Chicago. Her recent productions include Mamma Mia! at The Muny and Saturday Night Fever and Chicago at Drury Lane. Michael is extremely grateful to be here and excited to have this opportunity. She looks forward to performing for the first time at Starlight Theatre.


(Ensemble) studied at the University of Kansas in the Department of Dance and also performed as a Rock Chalk Dancer. Courtney trained at Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Professional Semester where she worked with many well-known choreographers, including Hollywood, Tucker Barkley, Kristin Sudeikis, Lane Napper, Jim Cooney, Phil Orsano and Miles Keeney. Courtney has worked behind the scenes at Starlight Theatre for many years as part of the Education camp staff, and is one of Starlight’s very first Vincent Legacy Scholars. Now, she is excited to perform on stage in Grease.


(Ensemble) is excited to make her Starlight debut. A former Disney and Tampa Bay Storm dancer, she currently performs in ongoing revues at Sax DC. She enjoys working in film/television with credits including Romance Complicated and “House of Cards.”


(Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Starlight debut. Tours: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Boo Who). Regional: Joseph…(Benjamin), Shrek (Pinocchio), The Wizard of OzSister ActBuddy: The Buddy Holly StoryThe Little Mermaid and West Side Story. Temple U grad. Thanks to Kent for this opportunity, and much love to his family!


(Ensemble) is thrilled to return to Starlight. Local/regional: Chicago (New Theatre Restaurant); The Whale (Unicorn Theatre); The Effect of Gamma Rays…Marigolds (Kansas City Actors Theatre); A Christmas Carol, CarouselTo Kill a Mockingbird (KC Rep); Jesus Christ Superstar (Musical Theater Heritage); ChainsawEurydiceThe Death of Cupid, Titus Andronicus (The Living Room); West Side Story (Spinning Tree); The Miracle Worker (Denver Center); Spring Awakening (Coterie Theatre); AnnieThe Wizard of Oz (Starlight Theatre).


(Ensemble) Chicago theatre credits: Bat Boy (Griffin Theatre – Jeff Award, Actor in a Principal Role), Urinetown (BoHo Theatre – Jeff Award nomination), Hairspray (Paramount Theatre), The Addams Family (Mercury Theater Chicago), Camelot (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Carrie: The Musical (Bailiwick Chicago). Television: “Chicago Fire” (NBC). B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from CCPA at Roosevelt University. Represented by Gray Talent Group.


(Cha Cha) makes her Starlight Theatre debut. Chicago credits include Monteen in Parade (Writers Theatre), Maria in West Side StoryThe Little Mermaid (Paramount Theatre), Mamma Mia!The Velveteen RabbitElf and City of Angels (Marriott Theatre). She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University. Special thanks to the whole Grease team for this wonderful opportunity and to Mom, Dad, Amy, Lennie and Stewart Talent for their constant love and support.


(Ensemble) is pumped to be back at Starlight after appearing in 2015’s Mary Poppins. He was recently seen on Broadway hailing a taxi, but more legitimate credits include the national tour of Elf: The Musical, as well as Goodspeed, Paper Mill, MUNY, North Shore, Maine State Music Theatre, Casa Manana, Fulton Theatre and Stages St. Louis. Aside from performing, PJ spends his time demolishing pizza and cinnastix. Huge thanks to everyone at Starlight. Love to Quentin and Ulysses! @peejpalmer


(Ensemble) is very excited to be working at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre for the first time. Her most recent shows include Saturday Night Fever at Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, where she also played Teen Bertie in the new musical Beaches. Previous credits include The Bardy Bunch at The Mercury Theatre, Brigadoon at The Goodman Theatre, Cats and The Who’s Tommy at The Paramount Theatre. Olivia studied at The Chicago Academy for the Arts as a Musical Theatre major (best high school in the world), Ruth Page Center for the Arts and Point Park University. She would like to give thanks to her four sisters who inspire her with their enthusiastic hearts and to her grandparents who own Maywood Fine Arts, a nonprofit organization where it all began for Olivia! Thanks also to Gray Talent Group.


(Ensemble) is a native of Kansas City, Mo., and began his training at the age of 20. He attended The Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received his B.F.A. Regional credits: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatHairspray and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (New Theatre Restaurant), Aladdin ( Starlight), Zombie Prom (Egads Theater), Unchained MelodiesYou’ve Got a Fried (Quality Hill Playhouse). Erik has also been seen dancing with WHCDC and the Kansas City Ballet.


The Blue Star Teen Ensemble in Grease is made up of 15 talented high school performers whose schools participate in Starlight’s Blue Star Awards program. The ensemble members and their high schools are: Margaret Ahearn (Saint Thomas Aquinas), Danielle Blankenship (Oak Park), Jordan DeLeon (Olathe South), Amanda Dulny (Shawnee Mission Northwest), Jessica Haney (Lee’s Summit West), Katie Hulla (Saint Thomas Aquinas), Holly Jackson (Shawnee Mission West), Alexa Morgan (St. James Academy), J.P. O’Donnell (Blue Valley, now at UMKC), Megan Secrest (Olathe South), Fisher Stewart (formerly Shawnee Mission Northwest, now at Olathe West), Devyn Trondson (Shawnee Mission Northwest), Megan Walstrom (Shawnee Mission East), Garrett Williams (Liberty North) and Tori Wyatt (Truman).

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