Eric is thrilled to be making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut! On Broadway, Eric was in the original cast of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. He has also performed in the national tours of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (as Music Director/Norm Petty) and Pump Boys & Dinettes (as Jackson). Regionally, Eric has played in Million Dollar Quartet (as Brother Jay) at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Kansas City New Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre (as Music Director/Brother Jay). Additional credits include Ring of Fire (as Music Director) at Flat Rock Playhouse, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre (as Music Director); Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Westchester Broadway Theatre (as Joe Mauldin), Flat Rock Playhouse (as Music Director/Joe Mauldin) and Ogunquit Playhouse (as Music Director); Hank Williams: Lost Highway at the Riverside Theatre (as Jimmy) and at the Flat Rock Playhouse and Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (as Music Director). A native of St. Louis, Eric was a section leader and soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Zach is excited to return to his home town to make his debut at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park! Previous off-Broadway credits include the world premiere of Revolution in the Elbow… (as Mr. Elbow) and Blue Man Group (as Blue Man). His regional credits include Striking 12 (as Drums and Everyone Else) at TUTS Underground; Million Dollar Quartet (as Fluke Holland) at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Casa Mañana Theatre; Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (as Jerry Allison) at Bucks County Playhouse, Kimmel Center, North Carolina Theatre and Casa Mañana Theatre; the regional and west coast premieres of Band Geeks (as Jake) at The Human Race Theatre Company; Guys and Dolls (as Harry the Horse) at Great Lakes Theater Festival; Anything Goes (as Evelyn Oakleigh) and 9 to 5 (as Dwayne) at West Virginia Public Theatre. Thanks to MC, RC, CS and AG. Visit www.ZachCossman.com. @ZachCossman
James is delighted to be making his debut at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park! His Broadway credits include Spamalot (original cast) and Little Shop of Horrors. Off-Broadway, he’s been seen in Two Point Oh, Blue Man Group, Bubbly Black Girl... (Playwrights Horizons); De La Guarda and the original cast of john & jen (Lamb’s Players Theatre). James has played leading roles at storied regional theatres around the US including Baltimore Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House, George Street Playhouse, Arena Stage and McCarter Theatre, to name just a few. His ﬁlm and television credits include Daylight Raiders (as Jimmy Stewart, Son of a Gunner Productions), News to Me (CBS), Lipstick Jungle (NBC), Chappelle’s Show (Comedy Central) and Ghost Town (Paramount Pictures). James owns Back40 Films, which produces the wildly popular show The Happy Hour Guys (www.thehappyhourguys.com). He holds a BA from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), an MFA from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program and is a proud Actors' Equity Member. Best gigs ever: Husband to KB and Dad to 4-month old Jake. Visit www.JamesLudwig.org. @JimmyLudwigNYC
John is a singer/songwriter, musician and actor from Illinois who now lives in Brooklyn. He is thrilled to be back in Cincinnati after having last performed here with the first national tour of Million Dollar Quartet at the Aronoff Center. His current record, “The Nighttime and The Dawn”, is available on all platforms. You can catch him playing his music all over New York City. Credits include Million Dollar Quartet (first national and international tours, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Casa Mañana Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Westchester Broadway Theatre and Center REPertory Company) and The Snow Queen (New York Musical Festival). Television credits include Betrayal (ABC). John holds a BFA from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. This is his fourth production of Million Dollar Quartet as Music Director. Love to Florencia. Thanks to Robert Stein Management. See and hear more at JohnMichaelPresney.com and Facebook.com/JMPresney.
Sky has been everywhere, man! He has performed the role of Johnny Cash at Center REPertory Company in Walnut Creek; Geva Theater in Rochester; Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal; the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre; Westchester Broadway Theatre and Seven Angels Theatre in Connecticut. He was previously seen as George Berger in the Chicago re-imagining of Hair (American Theater Company, directed by P.J. Papparelli and J.R. Sullivan) and as Dylan in the off-Broadway musical Sessions (Algonquin Theatre). Sky played Sky Red Bow in The Powwow Highway (with Handmade Films and executive producer George Harrison). Sky is the co-founder of Wide Eyed Productions, a New York-based non-profit theatre collective, where he has performed in Medea; Much Ado About Nothing; Henry VI, Part 3 and others. Other favorite musical roles include Pippin in Pippin, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Fagin in Oliver! Removed “Ensemble” Sky is the composer of the youth musicals Jack and the Soy Beanstalk (published by Samuel French) and Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears. Dedicated to David Seals and Liz White.
With Million Dollar Quartet, Bligh makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut! She was most recently seen off-Broadway in the new musical Loveless, Texas (The Sheen Center) and in the New York Musical Theatre Festival's musical adaptation of The Time Machine. Other New York theatre credits include the Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages and Boomerang Theatre Company. Regionally, Bligh has performed at Paper Mill Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse (Million Dollar Quartet), Ford's Theatre in Washington DC (A Christmas Carol, Parade and Civil War), The Studio Theater (Jerry Springer: The Opera and Reefer Madness), Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (Big River), Totem Pole Playhouse (Steel Magnolias), Signature Theatre, Washington Stage Guild and more. Visit www.blighvoth.com. @blighadeline
Ari is super excited to be making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in Million Dollar Quartet! Broadway credits include Once. Regional credits include productions at Signature Theatre, Gateway Playhouse and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Television and film credits include Gotham (Fox), Vinyl (HBO) and Solitary. Love to mom and dad. Thanks to Hunter, the cast and crew. Rock and roll! @arimckay
Born in England, Colin lives near Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the first in-depth account of the Sun Records story. His book Hank Williams – The Biography has been adapted into the movie I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. His multi-CD box set, The Complete Hank Williams, won a Grammy, and another of his productions, B.B. King – King of the Blues, was nominated for a Grammy. Million Dollar Quartet received three Tony nominations, including Best Book and Best Musical. Colin was part of the writing/producing team adapting the show for CMT/Viacom. The first season aired in 2016.
Jen is making her debut at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She has performed on Broadway in many different shows including Shrek, Urinetown, Taboo, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, A Christmas Story, Pajama Game and Grease. Off-Broadway credits include The Wild Party, Henry and Mudge, and Charles Bush's Cleopatra and Judith of Bethulia. She has worked around the country doing plays and musicals. Most recently, she choreographed the world premiere of Clue at the Bucks County Playhouse. And, while she makes her living as an actress, she has directed and choreographed around the country and always enjoys being able to bring this show to new theatres and to work with her husband.
Kirk’s Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park credits include more than 70 productions, including Summerland (2017), A Delicate Ship (2014), Speaking in Tongues (2012), The Fantasticks (2010), A Christmas Carol (1991-2017), Sing Hallelujah! (2004), Proof (2003) and The Mystery of Irma Vep (2001). His Broadway credits include The Sunshine Boys (with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), The Gin Game (with Julie Harris and Charles Durning) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Additional New York off-Broadway productions include Closer Than Ever (off-Broadway), Right You Are and What Then (Ohio Theatre), The Cook (Intar 53 Theatre), Recent Tragic Events (with Heather Graham, Playwrights Horizons), Shanghai Moon (with Charles Busch, Drama Department), The Green Heart (Manhattan Theatre Club) and productions of Mondo Drama, Havana Is Waiting, Force Continuum, My One Good Nerve (starring Ruby Dee), The Shawl, Rude Entertainment, The Book of Liz (with David and Amy Sedaris), Les MIZrahi, Hope is the Thing with Feathers, As Thousands Cheer, June Moon, Bedbound, Playboy of the Western World, Eclipsed, The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara.
Bart is very happy to be making his debut at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Credits include the world premieres of Matthew Lombardo’s Who’s Holiday at Westside Theatre; Dan Rothenberg and Colleen Crabtree’s Hot Mess at Jerry Orbach Theater; David Cale’s Harry Clarke at Vineyard Theatre; Bernardo Cubria’s Neighbors at INTAR Theatre; Erica Schmidt’s All The Fine Boys at The New Group; Alex Timbers’ Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway; Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By at Second Stage and All The Ways To Say I Love You at MCC Theater; John Patrick Shanley’s Storefront Church at Atlantic Theater Company and The Danish Widow for New York Stage and Film; Martin Zimmerman’s On The Exhale for Women’s Project Theater; and Hunter Foster’s production of Clue: On Stage at Bucks County Playhouse. In New York City, he’s designed and/or composed for The Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The 24 Hour Plays, Cherry Lane Theatre, Primary Stages, The Play Company, Naked Angels, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and many others. Regionally, his work has been heard at Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Center Theatre Group, The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film and many others. Member USA829 and TSDCA.
On Dec. 4, 1956, in a small storefront recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, pop culture history was made as four singular musicians assembled for an impromptu jam session of epic proportions.CONTINUE READING>
Making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park directing debut with the show, Hunter Foster brings with him the experience of having worked on no fewer than eight previous productions of Million Dollar Quartet.CONTINUE READING>