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AUSTIN COOK (Man/Music Director) is excited to be back in Chicago after relocating to NYC last year! Cook is an award-winning music director, musician, actor and producer currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Recent credits: Broadway War Paint (Piano), 1st/4th National Tour Million Dollar Quartet (Music Director/Music Supervisor), Sondheim on Sondheim (Music Director/Pianist)* Jeff Award Music Direction, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Pianist)* Jeff Award Artistic Specialization, Putting It Together (MD/Pianist) Jeff Award Nominee, Some Enchanted Evening (music director/pianist)*Jeff Award Music Direction. Ring of Fire (Piano, Guitar, Dobro, Bass), Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Hoss), Chicago Theater credits include: Goodman Theater, Writers Theater, Mercury Theater, Theater at the Center, Porchlight Theatre, American Blues Theater, American Theater Company, Second City. Music Producer credits: Billy Woodward, John Michael Presney, Yuleberry’s and Friends.  Austin’s most recently produced album “The Beast in Me” won the Independent Music Award for Best Roots EP and is featured on PBS nationally in Sun Studio Sessions. www.austinryancook.com

 

BETHANY THOMAS (Woman) is absolutely thrilled to return to the Porchlight Music Theatre stage, where she has been performing since she was a teenager (Children of Eden, In Trousers, Ragtime, Nine, Once On This Island, Into The Woods).  Regional credits include: Man of La Mancha, A Christmas Carol, The Color Purple, Ain't Misbehavin', Ragtime (Milwaukee Rep) Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu (Second City) The Tempest (Chicago Shakespeare); Porgy and Bess (Court Theater); also work with Geva Theater, Paramount Theater, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Writers' Theatre, The Inconvenience, TimeLine, Marriott Lincolnshire, About Face, and Theo Ubique. She appeared in the second season of Empire (FOX), and is the proud recipient of a Jeff Award and Black Theater Alliance Award. Bethany also writes and sings her own music- check for upcoming projects at www.bethanythomasmusic.com.

 

LIZ BOLLAR  (u/s Woman) is thrilled to work on this piece by her favorite composer at one of her favorite companies in Chicago. She was most recently featured in Porchlight Music Theatre’s New Faces Sing Broadway 1969. Since graduating from the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2012, she has been honored to work on many productions throughout Chicago. Some favorites credits include: 35MM (Circle Theatre), Hair (American Theater Company), Les Miserables (The Little Theatre On The Square), Reefer Madness (Circle Theatre), Honky Tonk Angels (Theo Ubique), Belfast Girls (Artemesia Theatre) and children's productions with Lifeline and Emerald City Theater. So many thanks to Jess, Austin, and Michael for this opportunity, to the many incredible women she has had the privilege to understudy and learn from, and my artistic soul mate for never letting me give up.

 

 

PATRICK BYRNES (u/s Man) returns to Porchlight Music Theatre after playing “Dick Dawson/Nightclub Singer” in Far From Heaven. Other recent credits include Titanic at Griffin Theatre, Assassins at Kokandy Productions, A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook at Theo Ubique, Mahal at Bailiwick Chicago, and Amadeus at BoHo Theatre. Patrick holds a BA in Acting from Illinois State University and is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.