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.