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BERNARD DOTSON, SANDRA BARGMAN AND ROBERT WESLEY LEAD INTERNATIONAL CAST IN THE NEW ZOOM-PRODUCED SCRIPTED SERIES, “JOYLAND” ON YOUTUBE
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:04 am EDT 04/13/21

BERNARD DOTSON, SANDRA BARGMAN AND ROBERT WESLEY LEAD INTERNATIONAL CAST IN THE NEW ZOOM-PRODUCED SCRIPTED SERIES, "JOYLAND" ON YOUTUBE

From Award-Winning Broadway Performer/Director DeMone Seraphine and Novelist/Playwright Gary Morgenstein and Emmy Award-Winning Network Executive Russell Friedman

New York, NY - Broadway veterans and cabaret stars Bernard Dotson (Finian's Rainbow, Chicago, Ragtime, Sweet Smell of Success) and Sandra Bargman (Broadway tour of Cinderella), and opera singer Robert Wesley Mason (Das Barbecu) lead an international cast in the new Zoom-produced scripted TV series Joyland, set in the tumultuous 1960s. Hailed as "gritty and real," Joyland is directed by award-winning Broadway performer and director DeMone Seraphin, primary producing partner of the Avant Bard Theater Company. We wanted check in with you to see if you are interested in speaking with any of the cast members or producers/playwrights.
The premiere episode of Joyland can be found on YouTube at JOYLAND A New Series - YouTube. A new episode will unveil at the end of each month through October.

As an actor, DeMone has appeared on Broadway, nationally, and internationally in Miss Saigon, Rent, Ragtime, Jesus Christ Superstar, Ain't Misbehavin' and Man of La Mancha. Joyland was developed by novelist-playwright Gary Morgenstein (A Black and White Cookie) and Emmy Award-winning network executive Russell Friedman.

The cast includes: Ellen Adair (Karen Lapidus); Sandra Bargman (Edna Morton); Kit L. Bromovsky (Laurie Lapidus); J. Dolan Byrnes (Kenneth Lapidus); Peter Collier (Aaron Dent); Jamyl Dobson (Julian Bass); Bernard Dotson (Elijah X); Ian Campbell Dunn (Larry Lapidus); Michelle Fahrenheim (Deb Dent); Jon Freda (Sal Cumpella); Michael A. Green (Mickey Mantle); Thomas Kane (Ray O'Brien); Jackie Kusher (LBJ, Rodney Dangerfield); Robert McKay (Red Harrison); Chris Collins-Pisano (Cop); Erich Rausch (John Kelly); Mike Roche (Cherry Donaldson); Xavier Rodney (Black Muslim); Arthur Ross (Mr. Wilt); Roslyn Seale (Tyra Bass); Alphonso Walker Jr (Marine); Tim Weinert (Marty Dent); Andrea Wolff (Secretary).

JOYLAND CREATIVE TEAM

DeMone Seraphin is a Helen Hayes Award nominee for his direction of TOPDOG UNDERDOG. Other directing credits include the Off-Broadway revivals of SPLIT SECOND and THE EXONERATED, the world premiere musical "ONCE UPONZI TIME: A Tale of An American Scheme" at the McCarter Theatre, Off-Broadway premieres of "YOURS TRULY, ELLA! A Celebration of The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook", "BACK O TOWN", the German premiere of August Wilson's JITNEY and the regional revival of the musical RUNAWAYS. As an actor DeMone has appeared on Broadway, nationally, and internationally in MISS SAIGON, RENT, RAGTIME, J.C. SUPERSTAR, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN, and MAN OF LA MANCHA. DeMone is the Founding Artistic Director of The New American Theatre Co. NY.
Gary Morgenstein's novels and plays have been featured in national media from The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Parade Magazine, New York Post, Sports Illustrated to NPR. His sixth novel A Fastball for Freedom ("the 'Empire Strikes Back' of the series"), the sequel to his critically-acclaimed dystopian baseball-science fiction A Mound Over Hell ("1984 Meets Shoeless Joe"), will be published by BHC Press on March 25. In addition to the new post-pandemic play Black and White Cookie, he is the author of the stage dramas Saving Stan and A Tomato Can't Grow in the Bronx, and the off-Broadway sci-fi rock musical The Anthem.

Russell Friedman began a 30+ year career as a television executive after graduating from the University of Maryland, where he studied Radio, TV and Film. The Emmy Award-winning Friedman has worked for the Syfy Channel, USA Network, PGA Tour Productions, ABC Sports, NBC News and Specials, and ESPN in his long and varied career.
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