Damn Yankees
A Home Run Hit!

How far would you go to help your favorite team win? Would you risk your wife, your life, your very soul? Joe Hardy is about to find out, when his despair over the state of the Washington Senators summons a sulfuric stranger with an offer Joe can’t refuse. Featuring audience favorites like, “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, MO.,” “Heart,” and “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets,” Damn Yankees is a Faustian fun-fest that celebrates love, baseball, and the importance of an escape clause.

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“Lesli Margherita’s Tony Award-caliber triple-threat star turn as Lola tops the list of reasons to celebrate Musical Theatre West’s 2022 revival of the 1955 Golden Era musical classic Damn Yankees.”

-Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA

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“It was clear from the start that this production of “Damn Yankees” was nothing but a home run!”

-Sean McMullen, Showbuzz

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“The big blessing here is the hard-hoofing ensemble: the dances are a force of joy propelled to perfection.”

-Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema

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“A truly fun-filled, ecstatically-performed iteration that is enjoyable from beginning to end, MTW’s Broadway-caliber production is a definite must-see for both fans and newbies of the classic musical.”

-Michael Quintos, Broadway World

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Meet the Cast

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Josh Alvarez is thrilled to make his MTW debut as Smokey! Recent Credits include Ren McCormack in Footloose, Bernardo in West Side Story, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Lun Tha/King Understudy in the King and I, Leading Player in Pippin, and the Dance Captain for Cirque Du Soleil’s National Tour. After Damn Yankees, Josh will be going back on tour with Cirque Du Soleil as their Principal Vocalist. Follow Josh on TikTok @officaljoshalvarez and Instagram @joshbehindthescenes to see more of his adventures!

Teri Bibb Previous MTW: She Loves Me, The Wizard of Oz and many galas. Broadway: Christine – Phantom (more than 1000 performances, B’way & National Tour); Amalia – She Loves Me (standby). LA: Rodgers & Hart & Hammerstein (Reprise) and Children of the Night (Katselas Theatre Co. – Ovation Award nom.) Featured soloist: Carnegie Hall; Radio City Music Hall; Royal Albert Hall; Belfast’s Odyssey, etc. She has guest starred on TV, been a supporting player on film, has sung on film scores including “Ice Age” and “Polar Express,” and on “Dancing with the Stars.” www.TeriBibb.com

Katie Brown is excited to make her MTW debut! Some of her favorite shows over the years include: Loch Ness: A New Musical, The Secret Garden, The Taffetas, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Working, Baby, Lucky Stiff, Quilters, A Little Night Music, Our Town, The Club, Urinetown, H.M.S. Pinafore, and many more. Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Sarah, Janey, and all her family and friends for their love and support. “It truly means the world to have you encouraging, coaching, and cheering me on.” Sending love all around!

Richard Bulda Previous MTW shows include Catch Me If You Can, Big Fish, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Elf, The Musical, and Bright Star. Recent credits include Beauty and the Beast, Annie, School of Rock and The Count of Monte Cristo in Utah. Other theater companies include The Old Globe, La Mirada, LA Opera, La Jolla Playhouse, and many others. He can also be seen in ENCORE with Kristen Bell, currently streaming on Disney Plus. Thank you Paul, Cynthia and Alexis for making this happen!

Julie Carida is so excited to be back at MTW where she was last seen as Mama in Memphis. Recent tours include, Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Les Miserables (Wigmaker/MadameThenardier understudy), the Broadway National Tour and Madison Square Garden production of Annie alongside Kathy Lee Gifford and The Music Man:In Concert, led by the iconic Shirley Jones. Julie has received awards and nominations for performances in Guys and Dolls (Adelaide) and The Secret Garden (Martha) @Stages St. Louis– Kevin Kline Award nom.), Anything Goes (Reno), @The REV Theatre – S.A.L.T Award nom., No No Nanette(Lucille)S.A.L.T. Nom., Legally Blonde (Paulette) @Moonlight Ampitheatre, Stage Scene LA Award Winner. Other credits include, Frozen @The Hyperion Theatre/Disneyland, Wizard of Oz National tour, numerous productions at Sacramento Music Circus, TUTS & Ogunquit Playhouse. Proud Cal State University, Fullerton, MFA Grad. Check out www.juliecardia.com.

Quintan Craig “Q” is so proud to be back home at Musical Theatre West! Recent Credits: Grease!, Rodger/Doody u/s (MTW), Ragtime, Dance Captain (MTW), 42nd Street, Billy Lawlor (3D Theatricals), Something Rotten!, Ensemble (MTW). He can also be heard on Musical Theatre International recordings of Chicago (Billy Flynn), West Side Story (Riff), and Newsies (Jack/Romeo). Quintan is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN. All my love to Mom, Dad, Mollie Rae, Ryan, Wyatt, Macie, and Veronica. Hangin’ a star on this for Nana. @Quintan_Craig

Cedric Dodd – Credits include: “Mysterious Benedict Society”, Neiman Marcus, Crocs, Apple, “American Horror Story” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”. Cedric is a faculty member at AMDA, LA as well as Millennium Dance Complex. He most recently choreographed a reimagined version of A Chorus Line for USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. Next, Cedric is set to return as Assistant Director/Choreographer for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer the Musical the National Tour. Cedric is represented by Go 2 Talent Agency (LA) and CESD (NY). @cedricdodd_

Matthew Henerson: Previously at MTW: Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. Matt has appeared locally at the Ahmanson, A Noise Within, Celebration, Deaf West, East West Players, Ensemble Theatre, International City Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum and South Coast Rep, regionally at ACT, Bay Street Theater, the La Jolla Playhouse, Northern Stage, New Fortune, San Jose Rep., San Diego Rep., West Virginia Public, and at Shakespeare festivals in Arizona, Colorado, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Utah.

Norman Large has enjoyed an extremely varied career from principal artist with The New York City Opera to ten LA Ovation award nominations. From symphony engagements under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa to playing more different guest starring roles on Star Trek than anyone in all of the series combined. From voicing characters in numerous Disney animated features to being recorded live at Carnegie Hall. From numerous original Broadway casts including LES MISERABLES (Bishop, Javert, Thenardier) to playing scenes with Julia Roberts in PRETTY WOMAN. From dancing as star of CATS to playing opposite Leslie Nielson in REPOSSESSED to standing by for Michael Crawford in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. From recurring as a judge on NYPD BLUE to touring Europe as Tony in WEST SIDE STORY.

Lesli Margherita, thrilled to be back at MTW, last playing Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. Olivier Award winner for her West End debut in Zorro The Musical, and originated the roles of Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda The Musical and Mona in Dames at Sea on Broadway. Off-Broadway: Who’s Holiday, Emojiland. Select recurring TV/Film: “Minx” “Fairly OddParents ,“The Many Saints of Newark”, “The Crew”, “Homeland”, “The Good Wife”, “Instinct”, “Elementary”, “Seven Seconds”, “Opening Night”. Select regional credits include leading roles in Guys and Dolls, Flamingo Kid, Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Kiss Me Kate, Man Of La Mancha, Little Shop Of Horrors, and Spamalot. Debut album Rule Your Kingdom, out now. For Pa.
@QueenLesli | leslimargherita.com

Marissa Ruth Mayer is a Los Angeles native and is grateful to be a part of this classic show! Marissa received her BA in Musical Theatre, and Dance Minor, from Point Park University. Selected Regional: Singing Revolution, Dames At Sea, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, A Christmas Story: The Musical, South Pacific. She has been the dance captain for most productions. Thank you to my manager Darlene, agents Lisa and Julie, Alexis and the entire creative team.
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Aurelia Michael-Holmgren returns to the MTW family after recently playing Cha Cha in Grease. She was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Other productions include Legally Blonde: The Musical, Ghost: The Musical, In The Heights, and the Original Broadway production of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Aurelia is also a life coach and voiceover artist and coach residing in Los Angeles, CA.

Alejandro Muller Dahlberg started dancing at the age of 14 at Gasper’s School of Dance in Fargo, ND. He has also received training from the Joffrey Ballet School, the Ailey School, and the University of Arizona, having graduated from the latter in 2020 with his BFA in dance. Alejandro has performed principal roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Swan Lake, toured with Step One Dance Company on Holland America Cruise Lines, and performed on “America’s Got Talent”. He is excited to make his debut with Musical Theatre West in Damn Yankees!

Daniel John O’Connor (Rocky) recently migrated from New York to Los Angeles. Dan is delighted to be making his west coast stage debut with the talented team at Musical Theater West. Regional: On Your Feet! (Phil, Gateway Playhouse); The Producers (Carmen, Kansas City Starlight). Dan enjoys painting, interior design, and Granma’s Italian cuisine. BFA Boston Conservatory. Favorite role: dog dad to Penny! Instagram: @D4N_OCONNOR

James Olivas is excited to be joining the cast and making his Musical Theater West debut. James just finished performing Kinky Boots onstage at the Hollywood Bowl this summer and prior to that was working with Jerry Mitchell in New York on the workshop for the new Betty Boop musical. Past TV credits include “American Horror Stories” and “Encore! with Kristen Bell”. James would like to thank his family, his manager, Kim, at Brave Artists Management, and his wonderful team over at KMR.

Monika Peña (she/her) is thankful to be returning to Musical Theatre West after making her MTW debut as Sandy in Grease this July! Recent credits include; The Sound Of Music (u/s performances as Maria, McCoy Rigby Entertainment), In the Heights (u/s performances as Vanessa, MRE), and Marvelous Wonderettes (Betty Jean, Center Stage Theatre). Favorite credits include: Lizzie, the musical (Lizzie Borden, Chance Theater), Violet (Violet, Chance), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza, Candlelight Pavilion), and Seussical (Mayzie, Candlelight). All her love to Aaron & her supportive tribe of friends & family.  www.MonikaPena.com  IG: @singingvettech

Logan Rice is thrilled to be part of Damn Yankees! Having graduated from Mira Costa High School in June 2022, he is taking a Gap year to immerse himself in the arts. Credits include: Mira Costa High School: Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf) -Covid Canceled-, Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster). Morgan-Wixson Theatre: She Loves Me (Arpad Laszlo). He sends his love and gratitude to his amazing family, friends, and mentors. @logomoto

Brandon Keith Rogers (BallPlayer, u/s Joe Hardy) is a native of Charlotte, NC and holds a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. TV/Film: Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, Hustlers; NY/Workshops: Jerome Robbins Broadway (Guggenheim/American Dance Machine), Austen’s Pride (ACT of CT); National Tours: Eoin Colfer’s Nöel (Original Cast, Dance Captain), Grease (RCCL); Regional Theatre: West Side Story (Tony at Flat Rock Playhouse & 5-Star Theatricals, Swing at Barrington Stage Co.), Matilda (Escapologist, La Mirada), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor, Palace Theatre), Rocky Horror Show (Brad, Mason Park Productions), The Producers (Lead Tenor, Pittsburgh Playhouse) and more. Many thanks to the cast and creatives and to you the audience members. We couldn’t be more grateful to you for coming out and supporting live theatre after all this time. Let’s play ball! Instagram: @bkr7793

Jeff Skowron MTW: Big Fish (Edward Bloom), Carousel (Jigger). Recent: Eddie opposite Marsha Mason in Hartford Stage’s Lost in Yonkers (Connecticut Critics Circle nomination). Broadway: Enron (Trader), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Grinch), The Lion King (Ed/Timon/Zazu), Beauty and the Beast (LeFou), High Society (Stanley). Los Angeles premieres: Clue (Wadsworth), A Gentleman’s Guide…(Dysquith Family), Skintight (Jeff) with Idina Menzel. Ovation Awards: Parade (Leo Frank), South Pacific (Billis). Ovation Award nominations: The Producers (Leo), Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Collins), Les Miserables (Thenardier). Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nomination: Into the Woods (Baker). Jeff co-starred as Dorfman opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Miramax’s “Bad Santa 2” and recently played Malcolm opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Showtime’s “Super Pumped”.

Kevin Symons has appeared in numerous theatrical productions in Los Angeles, New York and regional theaters. Most recently in The Sound Of Music at La Mirada Theatre. He and his castmates won the Best Ensemble Ovation Award for The Complete History of America (Abridged) at the Garry Marshall Theatre. On Television, he is perhaps best known for playing Councilman Bill Dexhart on NBC’s hit comedy “Parks & Recreation” for four seasons. He has been a Series Regular, Recurring and Guest Star on numerous series.

Julian Xavier is so excited to be making his MTW debut. As a Musician’s Institute alumni, he has appeared and sang on “Modern Family”, “Grown-ish”, and alongside Kate McKinnon in the Verizon Wireless “Better Holidays” commercial campaign. Previous theatre credits include Damn Yankees! & Mamma Mia, at 5-Star Theatricals. Keep up with Julian on instagram: @JulianXavier