LESLI MARGHERITA (Cindy Lou Who) won the Laurence Olivier Award for her West End debut as Inez in Zorro the Musical. On Broadway, Lesli originated the roles of Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda the Musical, and Mona Kent in Dames at Sea. Lesli can currently be seen starring opposite Topher Grace and Taye Diggs in the feature film Opening Night on Netflix. She also recurs on the dramas “Homeland” (Showtime) and “Seven Seconds” (Netflix). Born and raised in California, Lesli trained at UCLA and was soon after chosen to star in MGM’s television series “Fame LA” directed by Kenny Ortega. Television appearances include “Instinct”, ”Donny!”, “The Good Wife”, and “Major Crimes”. Film credits include ’Lucky Stiff’ with Jason Alexander, Joel Schumacher’s ‘The Number 23’, and the Sam Raimi produced ‘Boogeyman 2’. Lesli’s voice can also be heard on Disney’s ‘Cinderella 3’ and Nickelodeon’s “Sponge Bob Squarepants”. Recent regional stage credits include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (Bucks County Playhouse), Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus), Mephistopholees in The Devil Vs. Matthew McConaughey (NYMF), Signora Psyche Zenobia in A Scythe of Time (NYMF; Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role), Lilli / Kate in Kiss Me Kate (Reprise; Ovation Award – Best Actress), The Gronholm Method (The Falcon ; Ovation nom. – Best Ensemble), Aldonza in Man of La Mancha opposite Davis Gaines (MTW; Ovation nom. & LADCC nom – Best Actress), Julie in Showboat (Goodspeed Opera), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (La Mirada), Lady of the Lake in Spamalot opposite Gary Beach (Sacramento Music Circus). Lesli has written two books: NECK PUNCH and CARRY ON: Advice from the “Queen” and Blu!. She is the creator/star of the popular backstage vlogs: “Looks Not Books” and “Ship Happens.” Lesli’s critically acclaimed solo shows Rule Your Kingdom, All Hail The Queen, and Broad continue to tour the country.
MATTHEW LOMBARDO (Playwright) Broadway: High with Kathleen Turner at the Booth Theatre and Looped starring Valerie Harper in a Tony nominated performance at The Lyceum Theatre. Off-Broadway: Tea at Five (w/ Kate Mulgrew) at the Promenade Theatre (IRNE Award Winner – Best Solo Play); Mother and Child (w/ Ann Wedgeworth) at Second Stage; End of the World Party at the 47th Street Theatre (director) and Guilty Innocence at The Actors’ Playhouse. Television: Another World (WGA Nomination for Outstanding Achievement). Film: High (currently in development with OmniMedia Arts). Regionally his work has been produced at such prestigious theaters as Hartford Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis & others and his last three plays have all enjoyed National Tours. As a producer, he has presented concerts throughout the country for Broadway legends such as Carol Channing, Patti LuPone, Tommy Tune, Billy Porter, Betty Buckley, Andrea McArdle, and Faith Prince. He is currently adapting One Hundred Million Miracles for the stage based on the book by Paul Ford.
CARL ANDRESS (Director) has directed the world premieres of several critically acclaimed plays written by and starring Charles Busch, including The Divine Sister (Soho Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse), The Tribute Artist (Primary Stages), The Third Story (MCC Theater, La Jolla Playhouse), Charles Busch’s Cleopatra, Judith of Bethulia, the annual Times Square Angel (Theater for the New City), Queen Amarantha (WPA Theatre), Shanghai Moon (Drama Dept., Bay St. Theater), as well as the New York production of Die! Mommie Die! (New World Stages). Other select credits include: the family musical Bunnicula! (DR2 Theatre, TheaterWorks USA), Douglas Carter Beane’s The Cartells (Drama Dept.), Joe Godfrey’s Romance Language (Ars Nova), Carmen Pelaez’s Rum & Coke (Abingdon Theatre Co.) and regional productions of Paul Rudnick’s I Hate Hamlet (Dorset Theatre Festival), The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Paper Mill Playhouse), My Fair Lady (Tent Theater/MSU) and Crush the Infamous Thing – The Adventures of the Hollywood Four (Coconut Grove Playhouse).
DAVID GALLO (Set Designer) is an award-winning scenic designer and visual storyteller. His work can be seen daily in more than a dozen cities worldwide. Mr. Gallo has designed over 30 Broadway plays and musicals and is the recipient of the esteemed Tony Award. He also designs media, video, and projections. Some recent Broadway credits include First Date, Stick Fly, The Mountaintop, High, Memphis, Reasons to be Pretty, A Catered Affair, Xanadu, Company, The Drowsy Chaperone (winner: Tony Award for Best Scenic Design), and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Mr. Gallo has collaborated with notable stage directors and also teamed with a bevy of directors on their first foray into theater including AI Pacino (Hughie), Jerry Seinfield (Colin Quinn: Long Story Short), and Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor). Dream Works, Nickelodeon, PBS, Scholastic, and S2BN turn to Mr. Gallo to adapt their animated features for the stage by creating living universes for their classic animated characters. Madagascar Live, Yo Gabba Gabba Live, Dora the Explorer, Blues Clues Live, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and SpongeBob Squarepants transitioned seamlessly before national and international audiences via Gallo’s vision and expertise.
KEN BILLINGTON (Lighting Designer) has designed nearly 100 Broadway productions including Act One, Chaplin, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, The Scottsboro Boys, Looped, Sondheim on Sondheim, [Title of Show], The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe starring Lily Tomlin, Footloose, Candide(1997), Annie (1997), Annie Warbucks, Inherit the Wind, Moon Over Buffalo, The Red Shoes, Fiddler on the Roof (1990, 81,76), Lettice and Lovage, Tru, Meet Me in St. Louis, On the 20th Century, Side by Side by Sondheim among others. He has been honored with seven Tony award nominations and received the 1997 Tony Award for his work on Chicago. His Tony nominations include: Sunday in the Park with George(2008), The Drowsy Chaperone (2006), End of the World (1984), Foxfire (1982), Sweeney Todd (1979), Working (1978), and The Visit (1973). Off-Broadway he has many productions to his credit including Nikolai and the Others, Fame, The Thing About Men, Sylvia, London Suite, Annie Warbucks, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, The Lisbon Traviata, Snoopy and Fortune in Men’s Eyes. Some of the great entertainers that Ken has lit include Hugh Jackman, Ann-Margret, Shirley MacLane, Liberace, Siegfried and Roy, Juliet Prowse, Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli to name just a few.
JESS GOLDSTEIN (Costume Designer) is a Tony Award-winning Costume Designer with a resume that begins with his professional New York debut, designing costumes for Sam Shepard’s landmark off-Broadway production of Buried Child in 1978. Other major credits include Jersey Boys (Broadway, West End, and all touring and international companies), the recently opened, critically-acclaimed revival of On The Town, Disney’s Newsies, High, The Merchant Of Venice, with Al Pacino, Lincoln Center’s Henry V with Kevin Kline and The Most Happy Fella, The Roundabout’s The Apple Tree with Kristin Chenoweth, The Homecoming with Ian McShane, Tintypes, Enchanted April and Daniel Sullivan’s Broadway revival of Julius Caeser starring Denzel Washington. Other credits include the original New York productions of Proof, Dinner With Friends, Tea at Five, Take Me Out, How I Learned to Drive, Love! Valour! Compassion! Stuff Happens, Sight Unseen, Corpus Christi, Collected Stories, as well as may others. In 2005 he won the Tony for his designs for The Rivals at The Vivian Beaumont Theater.He is the 2015 recipient of the Irene Sharaff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design.