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J2 SPOTLIGHT MUSICAL THEATER CO. ANNOUNCES CAST FOR “A CLASS ACT”
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 01:08 pm EST 01/19/22

J2 SPOTLIGHT MUSICAL THEATER COMPANY

ANNOUNCES CAST FOR 2022 SEASON OPENER


A CLASS ACT

Music and lyrics by Edward Kleban
Book by Linda Kline and Lonny Price

INCLUDING
ANDY TIGHE, ALAINA MILLS, ANDREW LEGGIERI,
JESSE MANOCHERAN, ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT,
AMANDINA ALTOMARE, LEEANNA RUBIN, CHRISTINA CARLUCCI, CHRISTINA JACKSON AND TIMMY LEWIS

New York, NY (January 19, 2022) - J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company (Jim Jimirro, Executive Producer/Co-Founder; Robert W. Schneider, Artistic Director/Co-Founder) today announced the complete company, along with photos from the first day of rehearsal, for the organization's 2022 season opener: the Linda Kline and Lonny Price (book) and Edward Kleban (music and lyrics) Tony Award-nominated musical A Class Act.

The company for A Class Act includes, Andy Tighe (Ed), Alaina Mills (Sophie), Andrew Leggieri (Charley, et al), Jesse Manocheran (Bobby, et al), Eric Michael Gillett (Lehman), Amandina Altomare (Mona), Leeanna Rubin (Felicia), Christina Carlucci (Lucy), Christina Jackson (Female Swing), and Timmy Lewis (Male Swing).


In A Class Act, Ed Kleban, the Tony Award-winning lyricist of A Chorus Line and one of the unsung champions of Broadway, returns to his own memorial service to set the record straight in this vibrant musical about musicals. A colorful gallery of friends and loved ones in Ed's life including the relentlessly peppy Marvin Hamlisch and stage wizard Michael Bennett all appear to celebrate Ed's life, loves, and legacy. Songs include: "Better," "Paris Through The Window," and "The Next Best Thing To Love."



A Class Act, directed by Artistic Director Robert W. Schneider and choreographed by Skizzo Arnedillo, seen in Broadway's On Your Feet!, plays February 10 - 20 at Theater Row (410 West 42nd Street - between 9th and Dyer Avenues).

In a joint statement, Kline and Price shared, "We are over the moon that A Class Act will be seen by audiences in NYC this February for the first time since our Broadway bow over twenty years ago. We are grateful to Jim, Robert, and the entire J2 Spotlight team for their passion and support of A Class Act and for sharing this story as part of their season. We look forward to seeing it on stage!"

A Class Act was scheduled to be the final production of the organization's 2020 season, but was scuttled on opening night because of COVID-19 and the impending shutting down. J2 Musical Theater Company is proud to have this show return to kick off their second season (year 3).

The 2022 season continues with Frank Lazarus (music) and Dick Vosburgh's (book and lyrics) Tony-nominated A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine (February 24 - March 6) directed by Schneider and choreographed by beloved Broadway veteran Deidre Goodwin (Chicago, A Chorus Line) and concludes with Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Joseph Stein's (book) celebrated musical The Baker's Wife (March 10 - 20), also directed by Schneider with choreography by Caitlin Belcik (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas).

Single tickets (priced at $55) and discounted 3-show subscription packages are now on sale at j2spotlightnyc.com

As previously announced, the creative team for all three 2022 productions includes Miles Plant (Music Director), Joshua Warner (Scenic Designer / Technical Director), Ethan Steimel (Lighting Designer), Matthew Solomon (Costume Designer), Daniel Huston (Production Manager), Gabrielle Giacomo and Helora Danna Santos da Rosa (Stage Managers). Casting is by WOJCIK | SEAY, Holly Buczek. J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company is producing its season under the AEA showcase code.

Led by Jimirro and Schneider, the J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company staff includes Ben Nissen (Associate Artistic Director), Ajchara Jimirro (Associate Producer), Lauren Echausse (Social Media Manager), Larisa Jiao (Event Supervisor), Russell McCook (Education Supervisor), Sarah Warrick (Community Engagement) and Zach Aaronson (Box Office Manager).

J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company, the recipient of 3 Broadway World Off-Off Broadway Awards, presents professional revivals of worthy Broadway musicals; in doing so it provides an opportunity for patrons to re-visit these shows and, in some cases, experience them for the first time. The Company chooses shows that it deems deserving of continued exposure. The company, as part of its casting, will introduce audiences to emerging artists within the New York theatrical community. The productions will include frequent lagniappes designed to enhance audience appreciation of the classic works. Honorary Board members include Lynn Ahrens, Jim Brochu, Peter Filichia, Stephen Flaherty, Randy Graff, LaChanze, Donna McKechnie, Mel Miller, James Morgan, Lonny Price, Ken Page, Robbie Rozelle, Stephen Schwartz, and Allyson Tucker-Mitchell.

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A Class Act

February 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 PM

February 12, 20 at 3:00 PM

Music & Lyrics: Edward Kleban

Book: Linda Kline & Lonny Price

Director: Robert W. Schneider

Music Director: Miles Plant

Choreographer: Skizzo Arnedillo


A Class Act is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals.




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ABOUT THE COMPANY

ANDY TIGHE ( Ed) is delighted to return to the J2 Spotlight stage after appearing in Seesaw as Jerry Ryan. Other credits: Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw / The Argyle Theatre & Ivoryton Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Fred / North Shore Music Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy / Reagle MT), Camelot (Lancelot / New London Barn), My Fair Lady (Freddy / New Bedford Festival), The Producers (Theatre by the Sea), Jekyll & Hyde (North Shore Music Theatre), among many others. Andy has performed multiple times with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall as a guest soloist. An enormous "Thank You!" to Rob Schneider for this opportunity!

ALAINA MILLS (Sophie) is so grateful and happy to be back after two years to do this beautiful show with this company. Some credits include the 1st National tour of Beautiful; York Theatre; OOTB; Papermill Playhouse; Westport Country Playhouse; North Shore MT; Weathervane Rep; FST; TUTS. Thank you to Rob, J2, DGRW, Abbey and Joseph, and especially Mom and Dad!

ANDREW LEGGIERI (Charley, et al). Broadway: Bandstand (Original Cast; Swing, u/s Jimmy Campbell). National/International Tours: Spamalot, Fame, Grease. Other credits: The Bandstand (Paper Mill), Mary Poppins (Walnut Street), Grease, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, Beauty and the Beast, Singing in the Rain, The Human Comedy and others. TV: "Unforgettable." BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn.

JESSE MANOCHERIAN (Bobby, et al) is thrilled to finally be sharing this stage with this company. Favorite credits: Cabaret, Parade (x3), A New Brain (NYIT Nomination), Marry Harry (also the film version), Evolution of Mann, The Day Before Spring (Mufti at the York), Marry Me a Little, Seussical, The Hidden Sky. Readings, workshops, and concerts at The York Theatre, Yale Rep, The Director's Co., the New York Theatre Barn, the Cell Theatre, the Actors' Temple, and the ADL, among others. A proud member of Actor's Equity and graduate of Northwestern University, he is a founding member of the Brass Tacks Theatre Collective, and represented by SW Artists. www.jessemano.com

ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT (Lehman) is best known as the former ringmaster of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (1987-1997). He has appeared in the original Broadway casts of Kiss Me, Kate (1999 revival), Sweet Smell of Success and The Frogs. Other NYC credits: Candide (NYCO), Seven Deadly Sins (NYCB), Time and Again (MTC), Dream a Little Dream (Village Theater), and the revues Big City Rhythm and Dirty Little Songs. Television/Film: "FBI: Most Wanted," "Wu Tang" "Quantico," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Kevin Can Wait," Daredevil," Maid in Manhattan, The Loudest Voice, The Mysteries of Laura, The Producers, and many others. ericmichaelgillett.com

AMANDINA ALTOMARE (Mona) is the founder and CEO of the social media agency Media A La Carte (@media.alacarte) specializing in brand messaging on Instagram and TikTok. She is also a proud performer with the USO Show Troupe which entertains military around the world. Favorite Credits: Film/TV/Commercial: Babe Rose, Il Makiage, Toyota, Little America, (Apple TV) Theatre: STIFF (Vanessa Verkamp); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmeralda), Xanadu (Kira), Gypsy (Louise), A Funny Thing…Forum (Philia), and A Chorus Line (Judy). BFA MT from the University of Miami. Love always to Luke, Tony, + Bruno. @iam_amandina

LEEANNA RUBIN (Felicia ) couldn't be happier to return to this production after a two year hiatus due to COVID! In New York she was seen as Sara Jane Moore in The Secret Theatre's production of Assassins (Love you Sondheim!). Recently, she performed in Man of La Mancha at Plaza AEA Theatricals in Long Island as Maria, however, due to COVID, she also went on several times for the role of the Housekeeper, a horse, and a prisoner sent to her death, all within the same performance. (It was so crazy, but so fun!) She holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Playing Pretend from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelors in Singing While Playing Pretend from American University. Thank you to her mother, husband, and weenie dog (named Goldie Hawn), for being there for her during this roller coaster profession. She is a strong advocate of productions hiring swings and understudies, and would like to thank our swing Christina for all her hard work. She has 200 followers on Instagram but would like to hit 250, please help her out @leeannarubi

CHRISTINA CARLUCCI (Lucy). After two years hiatus it's a gift to share this show in a central part of town, as Ed intended. NYC: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Bare. Tours: Shrek (Gingy), Disney Cruise (Belle), Annie. Regional: Maine State, Seven Angels, Riverside, Capital Rep. Outer Critics Award nominee and Ruby Griffith Award recipient. Proud member of the USO Show Troupe and AEA. NYU / CAP21 Grad, currently pursuing her MBA. Thank you to Hudson Artists Agency, Holly Buczek, Rob, and my husband Ben for encouraging and supporting me always. IG:@christina_carlucci

TIMMY LEWIS (Male Swing) is thrilled be making his New York theatre debut with such a wonderful company! BFA: Penn State. Favorite university credits include To Kill a Mockingbird (Mr. Gilmer - directed by Tony Nominee Susan H. Schulman), A Little Night Music (Fredrick), and Legally Blonde (Prof. Callahan). Regional credits include The Skinner Barn (Oklahoma, Gypsy), Vermont Stage Company (Barefoot in the Park, The Lifespan of a Fact), and Two River Theatre (The Last Day). He recently co-starred on "The Food that Built America" on The History Channel and made his feature film debut in The Line starring Alex Wolff. @limmytewis

CHRISTINA EMILY JACKSON (Female Swing) is a Cincinnati native, Penn State Musical Theater BFA Graduate, NYC resident! National/International Tours: Shrek, The Sound of Music, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Selected Regional: Penny in Hairspray (North Shore & Argyle Theater), Disney Cruise Line; Elf, An American in Paris, Legally Blonde (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Grease (Maine State), White Christmas (Jenny Wiley), and more. Currently in Rider University's MAcc program. Endless thanks to Rob, Skizzo, Holly, and my Daniel. www.ChristinaEmilyJackson.com IG:@cjackspsu @centswithsense #BevelsAroundTheWorld

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