Greg Schreiner is the pianist, narrator and producer of Hollywood Revisited. He has appeared on numerous television programs including AMC's Hollywood Fashion Machine, A&E's The Incurable Collector, Entertainment Tonight, Hard Copy and The Montel Williams Show. All have featured various movie costumes from his vast personal collection. Some of these costumes are on display at the new Hollywood Museum in Hollywood, California. Mr. Schreiner serves on the piano faculty at Cerritos College and Santa Monica College, has several recordings in release and was composer/performer for the educational television series Masters of the Silent Screen. Greg also is an active participant in the music community of Southern California as the accompanist for the Mansfield Chamber Singers of Beverly Hills. He is also the president of Marilyn Remembered, a club devoted to preserving the memory of Marilyn Monroe. Greg Schreiner is truly a renaissance man!
Joshua Finkel is not only a lead performer but is also the director and choreographer of Hollywood Revisited. He has directed everything from cabaret to industrial film and has been fortunate enough to perform and direct all over the world. Selected directing credits include the L.A. Premiere of the musical The Spitfire Grill which received a best musical nomination from the Ovation Awards as well as the L.A. Times' Critic's Pick of the Week, Falsettoland at San Francisco's Phoenix Theater, Songs for a New World (Bay Area Premiere, The Plush Room-San Francisco), Into the Woods at the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks and The Journey of Love in Guildford England. In addition, Mr. Finkel coaches acting and public speaking privately in Los Angeles--his Creative Combustion Acting Studio accepts students of all ages and levels. Joshua heads up the Musical Theater Emphasis at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, teaches Audition Portfolio and Preparation at AMDA-LA, and has created the intensive three tiered musical theater training program for adults and teens: the ANMT Performers' Workshop in North Hollywood. Joshua has his MFA in Classical Theater from the University of Delaware. Among his many roles, he starred on Broadway and in London as "Molina" in Kiss of the Spider Woman opposite Chita Rivera and Vanessa Williams, which he then took to India twice. Josh performed the role "Thenardier" in Les Miserables in LA and on tour. Among Joshua's film roles, his favorite was creating the physical life for Prince Eric in Disney's The Little Mermaid. More info >
Jill Burke is a Los Angeles native and former Miss Anaheim. Her first professional work began performing for the Walt Disney Company, portraying such characters as Princess Jasmine, Ariel, and Pocahontas. While traveling the globe, she was the principal vocalist for Norwegian Cruise Lines, and notably opened their production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's MUSIC OF THE NIGHT. Currently, she can be heard screaming the "Priceline Negotiator!" jingle, running nationwide. Her theater credits include: LOVELACE A ROCK OPERA which won several L.A. WEEKLY awards including Best Ensemble, VIOLET (Musical Theater Guild), THE HOT MIKADO, THE THIRD FROM THE LEFT at the NYC and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD which she was nominated for a L.A. Ovation Award, and JACQUES BREL: A LIFE IN SONG, which she won a Ticket Holder Award for Best Cabaret Performance. Jill has had the privilege of singing with and for such stars as Tony-award winning Jason Robert Brown, Robert Morse, Richard Carpenter, and her "uncle" Johnny Mathis. She performs in a variety of projects: she is a member of the acappella band VYBRATION, a featured vocalist for the master percussionist C.G. RYCHE, and frequently belts out our National Anthem for the Anaheim Angels, Ducks and L.A. Lakers. For more information, please visit www.jillmarieburke.com
Mr. Engel is a two-time recipient of the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for "Best Actor in a Musical" for his performance as Bobby in Crazy For You. He is best known for playing Smudge in Forever Plaid, the role he created in the original New York production and subsequent London, and Los Angeles productions (LA Drama Critics, Drama-Logue, Ovation Awards), and reprised the role in Plaid Tidings at the Pasadena Playhouse, On Broadway David appeared opposite Carol Burnett in Putting It Together, and played the Bass Wickersham in Seussical: The Musical. Also on Broadway David created the role of Hanna from Hamburg in the original production of La Cage Aux Folles and played an Aggie in both the stage and the film versions of The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Other appearances onstage include starring roles in Never Gonna Dance, La Cage, Kiss Me Kate, Swing, Singin’ In The Rain, Children Of Eden, Dames At Sea, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, I Do! I Do! and Side By Side By Sondheim. A longtime member of LA’s Musical Theatre Guild, he has most proud of his work in Passion, Falsettos, My Favorite Year and last years triumphant The Wild Party. Recently Mr. Engel starred in a musical short film called Zombie Prom and shared an on screen romance with RuPaul.
Michelle Maves has been seen in Los Angeles at the Downey Civic Light Opera, in the new musical, Bert and Eddie, and Showtime Cabaret in Burbank. Originally from the Midwest, she has performed at Chicago theatres including Light Opera Works, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Pheasant Run Dinner Theatre, and worked with Arthur Kopit at the Chicago Theatre Building’s Stages Festival. Other credits include singing National Anthems for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, performing with Shania Twain, and finishing in the top ten at the Miss Illinois pageant in 2003 and 2004.
Brett Schindele Broadway-National Tour: Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter/Simon the Zealot); West Side Story (Tony). Regional theater: The Musical of Musicals: The Musical! (West- and East-Coast premiere companies). Los Angeles: Romeo & Juliet (Romeo); Mitch Albom's And The Winner Is... (West-Coast premiere); Anything Goes (Billy Crocker); Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph); Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw); Brigadoon (Tommy Albright); Sondheim's Marry Me A Little (The Guy). Piano/music direction: Side by Side by Sondheim, Steel Pier, Oliver!, Little Shop of Horrors, Noel Coward's Tonight at 8:30 (L.A. Drama Critics' Circle Award). Film/TV: Cold Case, It Is Written, Thirteen Days with Kevin Costner. Alumnus, Dartmouth College.
Elisa Surmont has performed in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and points between. Off-Broadway and regional highlights include A Good Swift Kick at Variety Arts, Both Barrels at Goodspeed Opera House, and The Great Gatsby at Wisdom Bridge. West Coast appearances are Both Barrels at Luna Park, Funny... You Don't Look Like a Grandmother and Dying for Laughs at the Santa Monica Playhouse, Lovesongs at the Whitefire Theater. Other favorites include roles in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Robber Bridegroom, HMS Pinafore, The Maids, and Tartuffe. Film and TV credits include the Andy Dick Show, the Art Police, the Tonight Show, One World, and Shattered Illusions. Elisa is mommy to Russell and wife to Christopher Fairbanks.
Tara Hunnewell received her BFA at Marymount Manhattan College. She has studied acting at the acclaimed Stella Adler Conservatory in NYC as well as with Tony Greco of The Actor's Studio. Tara currently lives between New York City and Los Angeles, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA and has appeared in numerous theatre productions around the country as well as many commercial, television and film productions. While working on her solo debut album, Tara wrote her first single ‘I Believe in Love’ for the children that she met during her recent visit to El Salvador as an Airline Ambassador, which made it’s world debut on MSNBC and NBC’s Nightly News. Tara balances her professional career with a commitment to humanitarian causes, and is very active with Airline Ambassadors, providing aid to children and families in need as well a international relief and development to underprivileged communities throughout the world. www.tarahunnewell.com
Mark W. Smith was born in Jonesborough Tennessee, home of the International Storytelling festival. After working at Opryland USA and the Tennessee Reperatory theater, Mark moved to La and was a staple in LA theater for 15 years. He originated the role of Mickey in Ballad of Little Mikey at the Celebration theater , and performed at Disneyland and Universal Studios. He was in the American Premier of Notre Dame de Paris as well as performing in The West End production. He also played Buddy in the West Coast Premier of SIDESHOW at the Colony Theater in Burbank. He runs the equity department at The Savage Agency and also works as an agent in the tv and film department.
Karen Morrow an award winning actress who has starred on Broadway in such productions as A JOYFUL NOISE, I'M SOLOMON; MUSIC, MUSIC, THE SELLING OF THE PRESIDENT, THE GRASS HARP and the Tony Award winning MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. Her Off-Broadway credits include her starring roles in SING MUSE, and THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE. A favorite actress of New York theater audiences, Miss Morrow appeared for five seasons with the New York City Center during it's golden years of musical revivals, and most recently she stared in the National Tour of Jerome Kern's SHOWBOAT.
Television audiences remember her from her starring role on THE JIM NABORS HOUR and her starring roles in may television shows including FRIENDS, TABITHA, GOODNIGHT BEANTOWN, SABRINA, THE TONIGHT SHOW, THE TODAY SHOW, TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT, ALICE, LOVEBOAT, MURDER SHE WROTE, TRAPPER JOHN M.D. and countless others that are too numerous to mention. Of course her musical performing skills are continually called upon by television producers as she has apperared in SONG BY SONG, GREAT PERFORMANCES FOR PBS and SINGIN'. And of course she as appeared and performed on the THE TONY AWARDS.
Karen Morrow has sung (and still does) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as The Honolulu, Pacific, Minnesota, Milwaukee and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras and can be heard on numerous albums, including the latest cast recording of WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage musical.
She has received an Emmy, Los Angeles Drama Critic's Award, the coveted Theater World Award, an Ovation nomination and five Dramalouge Awards. Along with her theater, television, commercial, concert and cabaret appearances, Karen conducts a bi-monthly Master Class in performance and audition skills. She currently is on the faculty at AMDA-LA. Karen Morrow is a well sought after teacher/performer who travels the U.S. conducting Master Classes for other Universities and Arts Conferences.
Cate Caplin and Gary Franco
Theatrical Dance Champions Cate Caplin is a thirty-four times regional and international champion in Theatre Arts Adagio and has appeared on television, in commercials, in feature films and in a variety of prestigious venues across the county and worldwide including the White House, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Opera House, Ford's Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl, the Paris Opera House, Rockefeller Center, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Orpheum Theatre, the Ritz Carlton, Caesar's Palace, the Hollywood Palladium, the Los Angeles Theatre Center, House of Blues, Shanghai China's Sports Arena, Tokyo's Hakuhinkan Theatre and the Broadway stage. She is also a theatre director and choreographer and recently wrote and directed her first feature film, "Mating Dance" produced by Cineville/Kestone, scheduled for release later this fall.
Gary Franco has an extensive theatre and dance career which includes MTV videos, television shows, movies, commercials, European tours with Chippendales and performing as the "Head waiter" in the 1st and 2nd National Tours ofthe Broadway show CONTACT, the winner of four Tony Awards including best musical in 2000. Gary is a two time Showstopper National Champion and his classical technique and partnering abilities have led him to perform in some of the most prestigious theatres in Russia, Latvia, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and throughout the United States with companies such as the Boston Ballet, LA Classical Ballet, American Folk Ballet and Disney's Symphonic Fantasy. He and dance partner Cate Caplin are World Champions and Multiple Gold Medalists in Theatre Arts Adagio and Theatrical Dance.
For more information on Cate and Gary please visit www.DanceinFlight.com.