GUYS AND DOLLS
A Musical Fable of Broadway
Based on a Story and Characters of Damon Runyon
CAST AND CREATIVE
Jared is insanely happy to be returning to New Jersey, where it all started for him! He is best known for playing Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon on Broadway, on the first national tour and in London (Olivier Award nomination- Best Lead Actor). In New York, Jared has also been seen as William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway), Warren in the premiere of Ordinary Days (Off-Broadway, Roundabout), and as one of the core cast of improvisers in Don’t Quit Your Night Job (Off-Broadway). Regionally, he has starred in shows at Paper Mill Playhouse, The Muny, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Goodspeed, The Fulton, Cape Playhouse and Sacramento Music Circus. Jared’s television credits include Mom, Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, Supernatural, Superior Donuts, How I Met Your Mother, Marvel's Agent Carter, Ugly Betty, The Good Wife and the popular Broadway-themed web series, Submissions Only. You can hear his voice in several television and radio commercials; in the films Smallfoot and Pup Star; and as a bunch of characters on American Dad, Family Guy and Bojack Horseman. Jared starred in the NBC pilot How We Live and can currently be seen in the horror film Nightmare Cinema. Education: NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Twitter: @JaredGertner, Instagram: @Jaredgertner1
Stephen Mark Lukas
Stephen Mark Lukas is making his Axelrod debut with the role of Sky. Broadway: Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. National Tours: The Book of Mormon (Elder Price), Little Women (Laurie). In addition, Mr. Lukas has appeared in starring roles at several of the country’s leading regional theatres. Highlights include: Gaston in Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees at Goodspeed Opera House (CT critics circle award nom.), Curly in Oklahoma! at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Reagle Music Theatre (IRNE nom), and Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Lancelot in Camelot opposite Robert Sean Leonard, and productions of Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), Hairspray (Link Larkin), South Pacific (Lt. Cable) and Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike (Spike). Television credits have included Gossip Girl and HBO’s Empire Falls. Stephen is an alumnus of Phillips Exeter Academy and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Follow: @smlukas
Lisa Stevens, international, Emmy-nominated director-choreographer, makes her Axelrod debut with Guys and Dolls. She was recently honored with an induction into UNESCO'S CID (Conseil International de la Danse), the official umbrella organization which recognizes the most prominent federations, organizations and selected individuals in all forms of dance worldwide.
She has also been recognized by the Broadway World Awards for her work on The Witches of Eastwick, Mary Poppins, and Spamalot; received a NYMF Award of Excellence (Common Grounds); Ovation Awards for Xanadu, Spamalot, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; 17 nominations by the Canadian Theater Critics Awards (Mary Poppins); Betty Mitchell Awards (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Anne of Green Gables, and Cats); and Jessie Richardson Awards (Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly!). Most notably, the West End production of Bombay Dreams, for which she contributed as Associate Choreographer, was recognized with an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (to its choreographers, Anthony Van Laast and Farah Khan), and a Tony nod for its Broadway run.
Following Broadway, Lisa choreographed the US tour of Bombay Dreams then spent the next 6 years with Disney Theatrical choreographing the World Premiere, and subsequent companies, of Disney's High School Musical. Disney's High School Musical 2 followed with companies in both the US and UK. Dolly Parton's musical adaptation of 9 to 5 came soon afterward with tours in both the UK and US.
As a performer, Lisa was in the original West End cast of Chicago, as well as D.C. and Associate Choreographer for the West End/Broadway companies of Bombay Dreams. She is prominently featured in the films Phantom of the Opera and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and danced/sang five seasons on the BBC series Star For A Night. As an actress, Lisa co-starred in the films Rumble In The Bronx and Blood Ring 2. Her favorite achievement thus far was performing for Her Majesty The Queen at the Palace Theater in England.
Jenny is so happy to be making her Axelrod debut in Guys and Dolls as Miss Adelaide. She feels honored to have been given this opportunity to share this special moment with her friend Jared Gertner. At 17, Jenny got her start in regional theatre at Red Oak Music Theatre, which was in Lakewood, New Jersey. This is something she is incredibly proud of and considers a highlight of her career.
Since then Jenny has been seen performing numerous roles in the original Broadway companies of Seussical The Musical, directed by Rob Marshall, as Gertrude McFuzz with Rosie O’Donnell; Spamalot (which won the Tony Award for Best Musical), directed by Mike Nichols, as The Lady of The Lake opposite Tim Curry; Elf The Musical, directed by Casey Nicholaw, as Jovie; Something Rotten as Bea and Portia; and Wonderful Town at City Center, directed by Kathleen Marshall, as Helen. Just last season on Broadway Jenny was the cover for Marilu Henner in Getting’ The Band Back Together.
She has also toured extensively through the US and Europe. Jenny had the pleasure of playing Lois/Bianca in the first National Tour of Kiss Me Kate, directed by Michael Blakemore, with Rex Smith and Rachel York. She was also the Eva cover on the European tour of Evita and performed the role of Sally Bowles in the European Tour of Cabaret. Jenny also had the incredible honor of working with Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice in the original company of Disney’s Aida with Heather Headley. She has also been seen at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and The Roundabout Theater in Burt Bacharach’s What The World Needs Now, directed and choreographed by the late, beautiful Gillian Lynne. Jenny has also been seen at The Metropolitan Opera as Margot in The Merry Widow with Placido Domingo. Her recent TV credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She can also be heard on numerous Broadway cast recordings and as a soloist on Carols For A Cure Volume 9 singing “It Was Simple Then” and as a background vocalist for Clay Aikens’s album On My Way Here. Most recently Jenny was seen as Karen Holmes in the workshop of Sir Tim Rice’s new Broadway musical From Here To Eternity. Love and heartfelt thanks to everyone at Axelrod. This career has been a wonderful wild ride, but there will never be any place like home.
Evan thrilled to make her Axelrod Performing Arts Center debut in Guys and Dolls! Evan is celebrated for her comedic chops, wide vocal range, and wealth of dance experience. She performs in regional theatres across the country, most recently Flat Rock Playhouse and Timber Lake Playhouse. Some of her favorite credits include Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), The Witch & Rapunzel (Into the Woods), and Brooke Ashton (Noises Off). She was also featured in productions of Mamma Mia!, Aladdin, Joseph…, Annie, The Little Mermaid, Man of La Mancha, and Chicago. She also performed in concert at the Kennedy Center on a program celebrating up-and-coming theatre writing duo Sam Carner and Derek Gregor. Evan is originally from Charlotte, NC, and recently graduated from James Madison University with her B.A. in musical theatre. Follow her: www.evanbertram.com; Instagram: @evbertram; Facebook: @evbertram