CREATIVE TEAM

Corey Brunish

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Terrence L. Cranert

Corey Brunish - Director/Producer

Twelve time Tony nominee and four time Tony Award winner

 

As a Producer, Corey’s Broadway productions have garnered 56 total Tony awards, including Tonys for Best Musical Revival in 2012 for "Porgy and Bess" and Best Musical Revival in 2013 for “Pippin,”  for which he also received the 2013 Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award and the Outer Critic's Circle Award. Clearly, Corey Brunish has a talent for recognizing and aligning himself with Broadway hits.

 

Most notably, Corey produced the original Broadway musical “Beautiful The Carole King Musical,” which has now become one of the longest running shows on Broadway and for which the Cast CD won a Grammy Award. Most recently Corey received his twelfth Tony Nomination  and fourth Tony award for “Company” for Best Musical Revival of 2022, which also won the Outer Critics' Circle and Drama Desk Awards.

 

Corey Brunish is a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC). He made his directorial debut at the helm of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."  He directed Stephen Sondheim's "Company" in 2009 and was the assistant director of the Broadway original musical "Bonnie and Clyde.”
 

Terrence Cranert Book, Music, Lyrics

Originally from Cincinnati, Terrence Cranert worked as an Equity actor in New York and Los Angeles after receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Theatre and Music from Indiana University. After leaving Indiana, Terrence and fellow classmate Howard Ashman attended the BMI Musical Theatre workshop under the tutelage of the Dean of the Broadway Musical, the late Lehman Engel.

Terrence was an associate producer of the Broadway productions of “A Night With Janis Joplin,” “On The Town” and “The 39 Steps”. He also continues to perfect his craft as a member of the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop at Dreamworks under the direction of Stephen Schwartz.

In addition to “The Lincolns of Springfield” Terrence has composed the musicals “Joan of Arc” “Pinocchio in Tin-sel Town” and “When The Fat Lady Sings.” A graduate of Loyola Law School, He is Chief Trial Counsel for Zurich Insurance Company at the offices of Mavredakis Cranert in Pasadena, California, where he currently lives with his wife and two sons.

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Maria Del Bagno
(Choreographer)

Los Angeles Jazz Dance Foundation listed Del Bagno one of LA’s top choreographers. She worked with renowned Choreographer Alan Johnson where she co-wrote and produced “Alan Johnson – Let Me Entertain You!” A retrospect of his life’s work. She collaborated with actress Alicia Silverstone on a new project and her choreography for other musical theatre productions include Les Miserables, Fiddler On The Roof, Legally Blonde, Grease, Peter Pan, Shrek the musical, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Little Shop of Horrors.

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Chris Wade
(Musical Director)

Chris is thrilled to be back as vocal director for this beautiful and historical musical, once again joining fellow BMI Musical Theater Workshop alum Terry Cranert and fellow Iowa-born producer Rebecca Cranert (what a Team!) Chris produces the Gospel Choir RAISE and has been the vocal producer and arranger for: REVIVE LA (current), AGT’s Game of Talents 2021, Oprah's 2020 Vision Tour, CW’s Christmas Caroler Challenge 2020. As well as: Miracle Workers (2022), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 (Toys R Us), GEICO, LinkedIn, Comedy Central, Letterman, 30 Rock, KFC, Mazda. Music Director/Accompanist: Altadena Music Theater (HAIR, 2022), Curtis Theater (All Shook Up), Sierra Rep (Wizard of Oz), Children’s Acting Academy NYC, RUSD (Such Sweet Sorrow, A Chorus Line), Valley Opera Performing Arts.

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Becca Cranert

(Chief Development Officer, Premiere Theatrical Productions, Madame Mentelle)

Becca Cranert brings a multifaceted background to our production team, having served in leadership positions in The Arts, Education and Business. Currently Chief Development Officer for Premiere Theatrical Productions out of New York and Los Angeles, Becca served as Director of Theater Programs for the Los Angeles County Arts Counsel supervising all professional theaters throughout Los Angeles County, including those at the Los Angeles Music Center. She also produced and directed professional theatrical productions throughout California.  Becca first arrived in LA when she was invited to join the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera where she appeared as a lead singer and actress at theaters such as The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Ahmanson Theater and many other Southern California regional theaters. As a professional singer, Becca headlined at major venues throughout the West Coast with her ten-piece, Grammy winning show band for which Becca served not only as Lead singer but as Manager and Contractor, and whose members recorded and toured with such luminaries as The Eagles, Foreigner, Boz Skaggs, Seales and Crofts, and Toto. Becca developed the Multi-Cultural Theater Enrichment Program for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was also a school administrator serving as Principal of a K-12 private Arts Emphasis school

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David Murakami

(Projection Designer)

David Murakami is a projection designer and film director focused on the union between the cinematic and theatrical. Recent productions include Everest at Dallas Opera, Elektra at Minnesota Opera, Luis Valdez’ Zoot Suit and Valley of the Heart at the Mark Taper Forum, Singin’ in the Rain with McCoy Rigby, Sense and Sensibility at South Coast Repertory, and Gordon Getty’s Scare Pair at LA Opera Off Grand. Other design credits include Opera Parallèle's Dead Man Walking, Champion, Les Enfants Terribles, Heart of Darkness, and Little Prince; Minnesota Opera’s Das Rheingold, and Flight; the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s Daphnis et Chloé, and several musicals aboard Princess Cruises’ flagship Royal-class vessels. Other companies include Opéra de Montréal, San Jose Repertory Theater, SFJazz, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Atlanta Opera, Presidio Theatre, Arizona Opera, Skylight Theatre, and Riyadh Season. David is a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829 and teaches projection design at the University of California, Irvine. 

CAST

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Michael Halling
(Abraham Lincoln)

Michael Halling was most recently seen on Broadway as the understudy for Henry Higgins in the Lincoln Center production of "My Fair Lady". He has also appeared in Broadway productions of "Tale of Two Cities", "The Pajama Game" and the "The Boy from Oz".

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Deborah Robin
(Mary Todd Lincoln)

Along with playing Mary Todd Lincoln, Deborah has also played the lead character of Doris Day in "Day After Day - The Life and Music of Doris Day" for which she was named Best Actress in a Musical by the Orange County Theater Guild. She also played Mary Poppins at Center Theater Group, Christine in Phantom of the Opera and Belle in Beauty & the Beast among others. 

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Rosemary Blankson
(Elizabeth Keckley)

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Michal Connor
(William Henry Johnson)

Mr. Connor’s Broadway credits include featured performances in the Tony-Award winning productions of “RAGTIME” and “SHOWBOAT”, as well as starring roles in productions of “THE MOST HAPPY FELLA”, “BIG RIVER”, and “PORGY AND BESS”. In addition to soloing on multiple occasions for President Ronald Reagan, he’s immensely proud of performing for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Reverend Billy Graham, and Elizabeth Dole.

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Kevin Michael Moran
(Tom Lincoln)

(Kevin Michael Moran) Kevin was last seen at the Ophelia Jump Theatre as Geroge in " Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."    Over the course of his career he has toured in several musicals and plays working regionally and in summer theatres on the east coast.  Other favorite productions he has performed in include, Ah, Wilderness, The Miracle Worker, A Little Night Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Carnival, and She Loves Me.  He has a leading role in a feature film soon to be released on Amazon entitled "Tiny Cinema" which is also premiering at the Belgium science fiction festival this fall.  Having taught high school English for 20 years, he is thrilled to be back on stage.  

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RAISE Gospel Choir