MARCH 16 – APRIL 13

 
 
 

by Willy Holtzman

Directed by Peter Flynn

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New York City, star Judy Holliday records a series of tracks about her rise to fame amidst the politics of the 1950s. Memory and song converge as the “dumb blonde” with a genius IQ charts her experiences from Greenwich Village to Broadway and Hollywood and beyond with notable show business buddies, including Leonard Bernstein and Marilyn Monroe.

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Cast & Creative


 
 
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Andréa Burns

JUDY HOLLIDAY

Andréa is a Drama Desk Award winner and an Outer Critics Circle nominee for her show-stopping performance as Gloria Fajardo in On Your Feet! Broadway audiences also know her as Daniela from the original cast of In The Heights. More Broadway: The Nance, Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, and The Ritz. Off-Broadway: original cast of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World and Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night. Film: Akron TV: Blue Bloods, Kevin Can Wait, Jessica Jones, Law & Order: SVU, The Electric Company, Rescue Me, and Mindhunter. Andréa’s solo album, A Deeper Shade of Red is available at psclassics.com. For Eileen.

@theandreaburns

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Mark Lotito

ELLIOTT and OTHERS

A veteran of ten Broadway shows, Off Broadway, tours, regional theater, and one barn. On Broadway he originated the role of Gyp DeCarlo in Jersey Boys and had the great honor of performing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Max Bialystock in The Producers. Also on Broadway: Dinner at Eight, Betrayal, The Most Happy Fella, Marie Christine, Victor/Victoria, Boys From Syracuse, and Smell of the Kill. Mark works steadily in film and tv and is in many current and soon to be released hits.

 
 
 
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Andrea Bianchi

RUTHIE and OTHERS

Andrea recently appeared in Curvy Widow at the Westside Theatre. Off Broadway: Being Audrey (Transport Group), Italian American Reconciliation (Manhattan Theatre Club), Lusting After Pipino’s Wife (Primary Stages), and Cocoanuts (American Place Theatre). Regional theaters include George Street, Guthrie Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Premiere Stages, etc. TV: Law & Order: SVU, Here & Now, shows for TruTV, Disney, and Nickelodeon. Love to her family and thank you to Peter Flynn.

Andrea-Bianchi.com

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Jonathan Spivey

BERNIE and OTHERS

Broadway: The Front Page and Act One (Lincoln Center, PBS). Off Broadway: Summer & Smoke (Classic Stage and Transport Group). Regional: Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Old Globe, Milwaukee Rep, Barrington Stage, Maltz Jupiter, Syracuse Stage, and Geva. Jonathan is the playwright/performer of Rodgersandhart, a solo evening with Lorenz Hart, co-author of the play Talmadge & Ray and the musical Murphy’s Law, and the voice of Sonny in Red Dead Redemption 2. MFA: Old Globe, San Diego.

jspivey.com

 
 
 
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Garth Kravits

MALE UNDERSTUDY

Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone and Gettin’ The Band Back Together. Off Broadway: Old Jews Telling Jokes and Toxic Audio: Loudmouth. Regional: Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play and It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Bucks County Playhouse). TV: 30 Rock, Happy, Divorce, The Blacklist, Nurse Jackie, The Carrie Diaries, and Hostages. Garth is a composer and award-winning film maker.

Find out more at cutanddryfilms.com and garthkravits.com.

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Laura Jordan

FEMALE UNDERSTUDY

Broadway: In My Life and Cry-Baby. Off Broadway: Silence! The Musical, Perez Hilton Saves The Universe, Sam’s Room, Glimpses of the Moon, and .22 Caliber Mouth. Regional (selected): Noises Off! (Guthrie), Into The Woods (TUTS), Company (Bucks County Playhouse), The Great American Mousical (Goodspeed Musicals, directed by Julie Andrews), and [title of show] (Theatreworks). Film: Drunk Parents and Admissions. TV: The Other Two, The Path, Happy!, Younger, A Gifted Man, The Big C, and Glee. Writer/creator of the web series OTP: One True Pairing.

TheLauraJordan.com

 
 

 
 
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Peter Flynn

DIRECTOR

Recent credits include the Off Broadway premiere of Curvy Widow by Bobby Goldman & Drew Brody, Ragtime at Ford’s Theatre (Helen Hayes Award nominee), and Born Yesterday at Maltz-Jupiter Theatre starring Andréa Burns. New York credits include Chess with Josh Groban and Julia Murney; Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, and Sutton Foster; Our Town with B.D. Wong and S. Epatha Merkerson; On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills and Marin Mazzie; Skippyjon Jones and Junie B. Jones (two Lucille Lortel Awards nominations); and Rhapsody in Seth starring Seth Rudetsky. Other credits include Andrea Martin’s one woman show Andrea Martin: Final Days Everything Must Go, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, Gypsy at St. Louis MUNY, 1776 and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Ford’s Theatre, and Man of La Mancha for the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre (Carbonell Award, Best Direction).

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Willy Holtzman

AUTHOR

New York productions include The Morini Strad, Sabina, Something You Did, Bovver Boys (Primary Stages), and Inside Out (Theater for a New Audience). His plays have been produced regionally at City Theatre, Portland Stage Company, The Long Wharf Theater, Geva Theatre Center, Baltimore Center Stage, People’s Light and Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, The Colony Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, The Alliance Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and New York Stage and Film. He wrote and produced the Independent Film Edge of America for which he received The Peabody Award, the WGA Award, and The Humanitas Prize.

 
 
 
 

RACHEL M. STEVENS

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Rachel is a New York based director and educator. Broadway: Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Assistant Director). Assistant Directing: Preludes (LCT3) and Bandstand (Paper Mill Playhouse). Recent Directing: Quantum Theatre, NYFA New Works Festival, and City Theatre of Pittsburgh. MFA: Actors Studio Drama School. Endless gratitude to Peter.

STEVE MARZULLO

MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS

New York Credits: Music Direction for Disaster! and Once On This Island (Original Broadway Cast). Associate Conductor for Mamma Mia!, Seussical, and Grease (1994 Revival). Pianist/Keyboards for Ragtime (Original Broadway Cast), Floyd Collins, Sweeney Todd (1989 Revival), and Smile as well as the Actor’s Fund concert version of Dreamgirls and Company in Concert starring the original 1970 Broadway cast. Films: Pianist for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin as well as Fox’s Anastasia. Graduate of The Manhattan School of Music. 

STEPHANIE CLARK

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

New York: Awake (Barrow Group Theatre), The Tricky Part (Barrow Group Theatre), Unraveled (MBL Productions), Interstate (NYMF), Goldstein (Actors Temple Theater), Fall River (Penguin Rep), The Rivals (New York Classical Theater), and Daniel’s Husband (Primary Stages). BFA from Adelphi University.

JACLYN LUSARDI

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

New York: ASM on Awake (The Barrow Group), ASM on Unraveled (MBL Productions), SM on Monstersongs (NAMT), ASM on Interstate (NYMF), PSM for Sans Limites Dance Fall 2017. Regional: Tour Manager for Shakespeare Live! (STNJ). BFA from Adelphi University. 

TYLER DANHAUS

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Tyler is a proud Wisconsinite. NYC: Anne of Green Gables Part 1 and 2; Marry Me a Little; Titanique; You, Me, I, We; Danny and the Deep Blue Sea; Women on Fire; SCOOP; She Persisted; and Andromeda Speaks. Regional: Hangar Theatre, The Rose Theater, and Chester Theatre Company. BFA UW-Milwaukee. 

 
 
 

MICHAEL McDONALD 

COSTUME DESIGN

Broadway and West End: Hair (Tony, Drama Desk, and Hewes Award nominations). The Public: Hair (Delacorte Theater). Off Broadway: The Irish Curse (Soho Rep), A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theater), Jericho (59E59 Theaters), Straight (Theater Row), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Lincoln Center). Regional: La Cage Aux Folles (Goodspeed), God of Carnage, [Title of Show] (George Street Playhouse), Take Me Out (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Johnny Baseball, (A.R.T), All The Way, Dirty Blonde, Spring Awakening, Hedwig, and Crowns (Zachary Scott Theatre).

TONY FERRIERI

SCENIC DESIGNER

Feeding the Dragon (Primary Stages & Hartford Stage), The Roommate and Pipeline (City Theatre), The Double Threat Trio (Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret), Sweeney Todd (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center), Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Pittsburgh Playhouse), The Piano Lesson (Pittsburgh Playwrights), and The Master Builder (Quantum). Awards: Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement for Established Artist, New Works Lifetime Achievement, Designer of the Year, Robert Frankel Award, Fred Kelly Award for Outstanding Achievement, and Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts. 

ALAN C. EDWARDS

LIGHTING DESIGNGER

Off Broadway: Harry Clarke (The Vineyard) [Lucille Lortel Award] and Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theatre) [Drama Desk Award nominee]. Regional: Lights Out: Nat King Cole (Geffen), Man of La Mancha (Westport Playhouse), Sweeney Todd, Disaster! (Connecticut Rep), Dutchman, Antigone, Macbeth, The Tempest (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Twisted Melodies (Centerstage Baltimore), Henry IV Part 2, Fingersmith (OSF), Stagger Lee (Dallas Theatre Center), We Are Proud To Present (The Guthrie), and Jeremy McQueen’s Madiba (The Kennedy Center). Broadway: The Testament of Mary (Assoc. to Jennifer Tipton). He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama. alancedwards.com

JOANNA LYNNE STAUB 

SOUND DESIGNER

How to Catch Creation (Goodman), Mother of the Maid (Public), Annie, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mamma Mia! (5th Ave Seattle), Hatef**k, Pipeline Festival (WP Theatre), The Little Mermaid, Tuck Everlasting, Mockingbird (NCT), Wild Goose Dreams (La Jolla), Beauty & the Beast, My Fair Lady, Pirates of Penzance (OSF), and Sammy & Me (Alliance). She holds degrees from Ithaca College and the University of Illinois and teaches Sound Design at Princeton University. jlssound.com

J. JARED JANAS

HAIR & WIG DESIGNER

Broadway: Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, The Visit, The Real Thing, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, All About Me, and Next to Normal. Drama Desk nomination for Yours Unfaithfully (Mint Theatre).

 
 
 

ADDISON HEEREN 

PROP MASTER

Addison is a NYC-based prop master who is currently the Resident Prop Master at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Freelance credits include Fiddler Afn Dakh/Fiddler on the Roof (Stage 42), Jersey Boys, Havana (NCL Bliss), Ordinary Days (Keen Company), A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages), Muswell Hill, The Thing With Feathers (Barrow Group), Pericles (Public Theater), A Room of My Own (Abingdon), Street Children (Vertigo), First Love (Cherry Lane Theater), and Dolphins and Sharks (LAByrinth). @propstitutenyc

TBD CASTING

Upcoming: Passage at Soho Repertory Theatre, Nomad Motel at the Atlantic Theater, Public Servant at Theatre Breaking Through Barriers, and Fire and Air at the Zach Theatre. TBD Casting is represented internationally including collaborations with Soho Rep, New Light Theatre Project, Pipeline Theatre Company, and the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa. Upcoming films include Gunmetal Rose (Satyr Entertainment, dir. Daniel Hart Donoghue) and Birthday Suit (Official selection Tribeca Film Week, Hamptons IFF, Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab, Wr./Dir. Aemilia Scott). Member of Casting Society of America and Independent Spirit Awards voter. 

PLEIADES THEATER COLLECTIVE LLC 

PRODUCTION MANAGER & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

A family company, with a focus on production management and technical direction. Beginning in 2018, its founders believed New York’s freelance stagehands were the key to a successful production. At PTC, we strive to provide the best artisans and stagehands for your production’s needs. PTC is proud to work with companies like Ma-Yi Theatre Company, MBL Productions, and many others to deliver meaningful theater on a reasonable budget. Pleiades - Dream It. Build It. 

JANIE WILLISON

SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT

Janie specializes in social media marketing and content creation, aiming to promote the best of what is happening in and around us all; good people doing good things through the arts and through non-profit and charitable endeavors. 

DAILEY-MONDA MANAGEMENT 

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

Management and producing credits include the Broadway productions of Allegiance, Voices for the Voiceless (The St. James & The Al Hirschfeld Theatres on Broadway), and Concert for America (tour). Off Broadway credits include Goldstein, Disaster!, That Physics Show, Don’t You F*cking Say a Word, Inner Voices, Unbroken Circle, Pressing Matters, A Persistent Memory, C.O.A.L. (Confessions of a Liar), Masterworks Theater Company, The Playroom Theater. Current/upcoming/ongoing credits include New York Musical Festival, National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals, and Premieres NYC. Additional work includes projects for the Broadway League, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Actors’ Fund, and Playbill. DMMNYC.com

 
 
 

JACOB SCHOTT

COMPANY MANAGER

Jacob is passionate about discovering new creatives and producing new work. Recently he produced of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Off Broadway (The Davenport Theater) and co-produced with InViolet Theater Company on their new work, Neighbors, A Fair Trade Agreement. Jacob has also company managed for a number of new works: Goldstein, Inner Voices, Unraveled, Mike Birbiglia’s Thank God for Jokes, and MotherStruck! Additionally, Jacob has an up and coming blog about his knowledge of the industry and is committed to helping young artists define themselves, and own their craft through business savvy. jacobpeterschott.com

JUDITH MANOCHERIAN 

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Broadway: The Prom, The Lifespan Of A Fact, and Once On The Island (Tony). Off Broadway: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, RRRED, and Goldstein. Thank you to my husband, John.

JASON MATHENY

WEB DESIGN

Jason is a graphic designer based out of Cincinnati, OH. His latest credits in the entertainment industry include work for Kacey Musgraves, WALK THE MOON, and Maggie Rogers, as well as for the films Lost Radio and Chrysalis. Theatrically, he’s worked on art for Dailey-Monda Management, Daryl Roth Advertising, The Actors Fund, and the musical Normativity (NYMF 2016). He also works contractually as a production artist at P&G. For more design magic, visit jrmatheny.com.

MARY J. DAVIS 

PRODUCER

Broadway: The Cher Show, Mike Birbiglia’s The New One, Mean Girls, Angels in America, M. Butterfly starring Clive Owen, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Disaster! by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick (on and off Broadway). Off Broadway: Stephen Belber’s Joan directed by Adrienne Cambell-Holt, Pressing Matters by Jennifer Jasper, Jackob Hoffman’s A Persistent Memory, C.O.A.L. by David Brian Colbert, James Wesley’s Unbroken Circle, Susan Charlotte’s When Truth is Not Enough (also in Philadelphia), She’s of a Certain Age by Susan Charlotte, New York premiere of Tennessee Williams’s The Pretty Trap, The Shoemaker starring Danny Aiello, James Wesley’s Art and Science (Uptown Theater, Dallas), and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley (London’s Southwark Playhouse). Upcoming: Hadestown and Tim Pinckney’s Still at Risk. Pro bono lawyer for the ACLU. Visit her website at MBLProductions.net.

SMART BLONDE IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THE PHYLLIS NEWMAN WOMEN’S HEALTH INITIATIVE

The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative addresses the myriad of concerns women face when dealing with a serious medical condition. Actors Fund trustee and cancer survivor Phyllis Newman founded the Women’s Health Initiative so that women have a safe place to go to address serious medical matters and get confidential and compassionate help. 

To support these services, please visit actorsfund.org/donate-pnwhi.

 
 

SPECIAL THANKS

Carlyn Aquiline, David Lisbon, Doug Schreck, Esther Cohen, Laura Levitan, Jonah Verdon, Ann Rougle, Lisa Bostnar, Jason St Little, Reg Douglas, James McNeel, Adam Heller, Jonathan Brody, We B’Props, The Sheen Center, Franca Mulligan, Jonathan Oppenheim,  Martha Wilson, and the entire team at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA.

 
 
 

Reviews


Andréa Burns is just about perfect in portraying Holliday and in making seamless shifts between her two identities.
— Pittsburgh Tribune
It’s a smart script from playwright Willy Holtzman, but it is enhanced by kinetic direction of Peter Flynn.
— 'Burgh Vivant
Burns so immerses herself in the role. A star is re-born! She is a veritable reincarnation of the famous blonde bombshell.
— 'Burgh Vivant
 
“Smart Blonde” entertains and informs with an ingenious conceit. It asks that you use your noggin, even if you don’t boast a 172 IQ à la the actress Judy Holliday.
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Brody and Heller are fine actors who work overtime to contribute reality and nuance to a multiplicity of characters.
— Pittsburgh Tribune
But what about the production, the finished product as a whole? I’ll let the spontaneous standing ovation that came at the end of the evening speak for itself.
— Pittsburgh Owl Scribe

 
 
 
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