Pzazz 101

Cast and Creatives

Pzazz 101

Wade Dooley (Writer/Mary Shennanbargger)

Thanks to all the crazy, kooky, funny people that have helped to bring Mary to life.  As a performer, some favorite credits include: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular(Tour); Scott Alan’s Monday Night New Voices (NYC), Forever Plaidand Over the Pub (Saint Michael’s Playhouse) along with regional productions of Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, CATS, and Crazy for You.  Also, Wade is the creator and book writer of a new musical,Sunset City, with lyrics by Brett Teresa and music by Bobby Cronin. Wade is a graduate of Bradley University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.  Proud member of Actors’ Equity.  Find out more at thewadedooley.com.

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Isaac Klein (Director)

Isaac Klein is delighted to be developing the curriculum for Pzazz 101: How to Make it BIG in Show Biz with Wade Dooley and Mary Shennanbargger. He assistant directed the recent Broadway revivals of West Side Story and GYPSY for his late mentor, Arthur Laurents. Most recently he directed Assembly Required: “Comedy A to Y” for No Rules Theatre Company. This past summer, he assisted Sir Peter Shaffer as he reworked Equus for its Guild Hall revival starring Alec Baldwin and directed by Tony Walton. Isaac is currently writing the book and lyrics for a new mythic musical entitled Legend of the Word, with music by James Stewart. He is also the co-writer of the original children’s musical Dream Machines, which recently concluded its premiere tour with the Open Dream Ensemble. Other New York directing credits include: Mike Anderson’s Mr. Sasquatch Goes to Washington (9Thirty); the prophecy of isaiah (MUDasMAN); dreamscape (MUDasMAN); HOT CRIPPLE (NYC Fringe, Winner: Outstanding Performance); Actors With Day Jobs (Where Eagles Dare); Camp Wanatachi (LaMaMa, Associate Director); Sondheim: The Birthday Concert with the New York Philharmonic (Associate Producer); Camelot with the New York Philharmonic (Assistant Director); and a workshop production of Nate Weida’s The New Hopeville Comics (45th Street Theatre). Isaac holds a BFA in Drama from UNCSA.

Isaac KLein

James Jackson, Jr. (Mary’s Pianist)

Deposited in New York City over a decade ago, James has hit the road with some angry Brits in Whistle Down The Wind (Nat’l Tour), sung his little heart out for a few years with the Rockettes in Radio City Christmas Spectacular (New York), maybe won an award for some work back in his native Boston in Dreamgirls (Massasoit Theater), had inappropriate relations on a piano bench a few times in The Wild Party (Columbia Stages & SpeakEasy Stage Company – regional premiere), played a few women in Henri Gabler (Exigent Theater), and possibly spent some time dressed as a poinsettia tree in Christmas Dreams (Branson), all before embarking on a solo-concert career, where he’s been playing all over NYC in Other Lies and I Love Myself When I’m Laughing (Joe’s Pub). Oh, and he thinks Wade is just hysterical.

Andrew Zachary Cohen (lyricist)

Andrew Zachary Cohen – is a songwriter, playwright, musical theatre geek, Broadway lover, and stage manager. He has written many songs with composer Steven Silverstein and is delighted to be a part of Wade Dooley’s Pzazz 101: How to Make It BIG in Show Biz! He holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Some of his stage management credits are as follows: Broadway: Lombardi, Finian’s Rainbow. Off-Broadway:Tricks the Devil Taught Me, The Tin Pan Alley Rag, The Trip to Bountiful. Regional: How to Succeed…, Miss Saigon. Off-off Broadway: Caroline, or Change, Twelfth Night. Andrew is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and finally a resident of Manhattan.

Pzazz 101

Steven Silverstein (composer)

Most recently was music director/arranger for John Treacy Egan’s one man show: Rudolph Unplugged (The Laurie Beechman Theater). Pianist: Broadway: Blood Brothers, Swinging on a Star. Off Broadway: A Naughty KnightThe Jazz Singer, When Pigs Fly, The Green Heart, and Annie Warbucks. Vocal coach and pianist playing for Martha Stewart, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally, Harry Connick, Jr., John Raitt, Deborah Gibson, Neva Small and Carole King. Pianist: 2008 NYC Cabaret Convention. Regional: Goodpseed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse . Onstage pianist for The Gossip Girls. Composer: Human Heart (Billy Rose winner) andBoss in the Satin Kimono (2008 NYC Fringe Festival). The Path You Choose on John Egan’s CD, Count The Stars. Creator of The Fearless Audition. With lyricist Andrew Zachary Cohen, Steven has written songs that have premiered as part of Lincoln Center’s Songbook series. Steven holds an MA in Music Education from NYU and a B.A. in Theatre and B.S. in Finance from University of Bridgeport.www.stevensilverstein.com.

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