BROADWAY: PLAY ON!, DREAMGIRLS. PASADENA PLAYHOUSE: THE LITTLE FOXES, STORMY WEATHER, RAY CHARLES: LIVE, PLAY ON! (OVATION AWARD), SISTERELLA (NAACP THEATRE AWARD). REGIONAL THEATRE: SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ (LA MIRADA THEATRE), INTO THE WOODS (CLO FO THE SOUTH BAY CITIES), AIN’T MISBEHAVIN (CLO FO THE SOUTH BAY CITIES), AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND (SACRAMENTO MUSIC CIRCUS), ST. LOUIS WOMAN (CENTER THEATRE- N.Y.), THUNDER KNOCKING ON THE DOOR (SAN JOSE REP.) , STEVIE WANTS TO PLAY THE BLUES (WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL). TELEVISION: HANNA MONTANA, NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY, ER, ALIAS, BOSTON PUBLIC, JUDGING AMY, THE PARKERS, THE DISTRICT, KING OF QUEENS. FILM: DREAMGIRLS (WITH BEYONCE KNOWLES & JAMIE FOXX). EDUCATION: BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC, BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS. YVETTE WISHES TO THANK HER FAMILY, FRIENDS AND AGENT FOR THEIR CONTINUOUS LOVE AND SUPPORT.
Wilson Cruz first won the hearts of audiences playing ‘Rickie’ in the critically acclaimed series, My So-Called Life and on stage in the Broadway and LA productions of RENT for which he received an Ovation and Dramalogue award. After these groundbreaking performances he went on appear in numerous film and television productions but has recently been making a lot of waves around Hollywood. He has completed filming alongside Drew Barrymore in He's Just Not That Into You for New Line. Last year he starred in the independent feature Coffee Date, for which he received critical praise. He continued his groundbreaking role as HIV positive Dr. Junito Vargas on LOGO's original series Noah's Arc, (coming soon to a movie theatre near you). Last summer Wilson was heard as the voice of Evan Martinez in LOGO's new animated series Rick and Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in the World.
Kristoffer worked at Disneyland in the show FANTASMIC as Aladdin and in the HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. In the Fall of 1995 Kristoffer went to Japan to work at Tokyo Disney. After the tour in Japan Kristoffer joined Holland America Cruise Line and spent a little over six months touring Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean as lead singer in the on board floor shows. In March of 1997 Kristoffer joined the 1st National Tour of RENT in Boston as a member of the ensemble and understudy for both Mark and Angel, a REAL tribute to his versatility as both an actor and dancer. He went on to play the role of Angel for a period of time near the end of the tour. As his first Broadway "tour", RENT holds a special place in Kristoffer's heart. He made friendships that will last a lifetime and learned more than he ever thought possible in that two and a half years. Next stop was the Broadway production of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER as Kenny and understudy for the role of Gus. Though short lived, this was also an experience not to be forgotten, for this was his first ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST show. Cusick was one of the original understudies for Fiyero in the hit 2003 musical Wicked. He performed the role of Fiyero on Broadway starting on November 25, 2003 and ending on December 22, 2003. He created the role of Fiyero in the sit-down Chicago production of Wicked and recently reprised the role in the Los Angeles production.
FRENCHIE DAVIS recently starred as a Top 8 Finalist on NBC's mega-hit "The Voice" where she was personally selected by Grammy Award-winner and series mentor Christina Aguilera to battle it out - vocally - on Team Christina. Davis quickly became a front-runner on the series, belting out powerful renditions of hits like Kelly Rowland's "When Love Takes Over," Beyonce's "Singles Ladies," and Madonna's "Like A Prayer;" all of which have been top sellers on iTunes! Originally, Ms. Davis made her mark on Season 2 of the reality-television show "American Idol" where judge Simon Cowell predicted "Frenchie Davis could win the show!" During the filming of AI, Frechie's stage presence, charismatic performances and power-house vocals cemented her as an audience and critic favorite nationwide. After "Idol," Frenchie headed straight to The Great White Way where she starred in the hit Broadway Musical "RENT" written by Jonathan Larson. Contracted for only a six-week run, Frenchie again wowed audiences with her vocal prowess, and show producers quickly extended her contract where she starred for the next four years! Frenchie has also starred in the West Coast tour of "Dreamgirls" playing Effie White, "Sing, Mahalia, Sing" playing Gospel great Mahalia Jackson, and in the 30th Anniversary National Revival production of "Ain't Misbehavin'" (opposite American Idol winner Ruben Studdard) playing the role which won Nell Carter the Tony Award. Frenchie and the cast were honored with a 2009 Grammy Award-nomination for Best Cast Recording. Last summer, Davis performed along-side fellow Grammy-nominees Natasha Bedingfield and Taylor Dayne at the Americana At Brand's Summer Concert Series in front of an audience of over 10,000. Ms. Davis recently starred in “Cinderella” playing the Fairy Godmother at Berkeley Playhouse in Berkeley, CA and was a special guest performer at the 2010 Christmas Tree Lighting event in Sacramento for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ms. Davis was educated at Howard University in Washington DC. For more info, please visit: www.FrenchieDavis.org
SPENCER DAY (singer/songwriter) has enjoyed a musical career remarkable even for someone twice his age. He has appeared on national television four times and performed at some of the finest venues in the United States. His velvet baritone and original compositions have earned him acclaim from coast to coast. His voice inspires comparisons to Harry Connick Jr. and his compositions to those of Cole Porter, Paul Simon and Rufus Wainwright. Critics call Spencer Day “the male counterpart to Norah Jones.” Yet Spencer’s musical style is all his own, fusing jazz, contemporary and folk/country genres. Largely self-taught, Day’s work reveals the influences of composers from Gershwin to Lennon and McCartney. In his music, one can hear the vulnerability of Chet Baker or Jeff Buckley and the phrasing and swing of Ella Fitzgerald. “I want to create a passionate fusion of all the musical styles that have inspired me,” Day says. “As I grow as an artist, I hope to continue paying homage to the great artists who have shaped my style and sensibilities. I want to create music that is smooth and sophisticated but teeming with raw emotion and fire under the surface. It is in life’s contradictions where the most beautiful things are created.” A self-proclaimed perfectionist and workaholic, Day has been devoting himself to his career, and his hard work is paying off enthusiastic audiences at the Town Hall, Joe’s Pub, and the Canal Room. He has headlined at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Sheldon Concert Hall in St Louis, and the Dakota in Minneapolis. Day’s creativity also includes musical theater. In 2005, he collaborated with Rafe Chase on a full length musical, Someday, Love, which was performed at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theater. Spencer starred in the show in addition to writing its score. When he isn’t performing, Spencer is composing. A prolific and insightful songwriter, he has produced more than 50 tunes and recorded two well-received albums, Introducing Spencer Day (2004) and Movie of Your Life (2005). The song “Movie of Your Life” won San Francisco Academy of Art University’s 2005 competition for best original song. The resulting music video, produced by the school’s faculty and students, was selected by Dolby Laboratories as a demonstration video for the global launch of the Dolby 7.1 system and licensed to Buick for showcasing surround sound systems in its cars. These days, Spencer has been recording the initial tracks of his newest works with Yair Evnine, his longtime guitarist/cellist; Grammy-nominated master drummer Scott Amendola (Charlie Hunter) and renowned bassist Jon Evans (Tori Amos). Ultimately, what matters most is the music. As Spencer himself puts it, “Whatever I do, whatever I sing, my primary goal is to keep it pure and honest.”
Tim Draxl is one of Australia’s leading young actors working across film, television, theatre, musical theatre and is an accomplished singer. In theatre, Tim appeared in Nailed at the Griffin Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Company B, Belvoir. Tim recently completed filming an American independent feature In My Sleep. Other film credits include Right Here Right Now, Traveling Light, Swimming Upstream (with Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis), Dirty Deeds and the short film The Deal. Tim’s television appearances include roles in Supernova for the BBC, Dynasty – Behind The Scenes for American ABC and The Shark Net for ABC Australia for which he received a Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 2004. Tim was also nominated for a MO Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for The Sound of Music. In 2005 he received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Cabaret Production, Back For Seconds. In 2006, Tim received an ASTRA nomination for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor for Supernova. He has released two solo albums, Ordinary Miracles and Insongniac for Sony Music Australia.
Ryan Duncan has been seen on stages all over North America. National tours include: Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, and the pre-Broadway company of I'm Not Rappaport starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen. Off Broadway he originated the role of Juan in the hit, Altar Boyz (Drama League nomination, cast recording), The Body Beautiful, My First Time, theAtrainplays, Real Danger, and Hermanas (FringeNYC & Fringe Encores '06). His regional theatre credits include: tick, tick...BOOM! (Adirondack Theatre Festival, NY), 1776 & A Christmas Carol (Ford's, D.C.), Side Show (Signature, VA), Forever Plaid (Temple, NC). He has also been involved in the development workshops for productions of An Officer and a Gentleman, Believe, Cow Tipping and Other Signs of Stress, and One Way Ticket to Hell. Film and TV credits include: Stand By, Same Difference, Lower East Siders, SNL, Verizon (online broadband guy). ryan-duncan.com
Kevin Early started performing at the age of four with his three older brothers in a review entitled “Mamas Boys,” singing songs such as Yankee Doodle Dandy, Candy Man, and Give My Regards to Broadway. As you can see from an early age, Kevin had gotten a taste of the spotlight, and would subsequently never leave the stage. (Literally, in “Mamas Boys” he had to be dragged from the stage by his oldest brother, Tom.) Kevin started his professional carrier at the age of ten, as Kurt in The Sound of Music and continuing on at thirteen playing Robert, the youngest son, in Shenandoah. From that point, his heart was hooked on musical theatre. Kevin went to study his vocation at Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, where he received a BFA in Musical Theatre and met his wife, the lovely and supportive Julie Ann Emery. He then headed back to Chicago, his home town, and worked at theaters such as The Marriott Lincolnshire, Dury Lane South, Dury Lane Oakbrook, Appletree, and The Chicago Theater. While in Chicago, Kevin received a Joseph Jefferson Award for the Balladeer in Assassins. Kevin soon found himself packing for New York to join the Broadway Company of Les Miserables. Before he knew it, Kevin was playing Enjolras in the National Tour of Les Miserables. A year went by when he decided to depart the tour at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Unpacking his bags one last time to reside in good old Tinsel Town . Kevin has found LA Theater, like Chicago Theater, to be wonderfully supportive. It has been pleasure for him to have worked at such theaters as McCallum, The Hollywood Bowl, CLO South Bay, Colony Theater, El Camino CPA, Cabrillo, Reprise! and Laguna Playhouse in shows including City of Angeles, The Music Man, Carousel, Titanic, Guys and Dolls, 1776, Follies, The Most Happy Fella, Spitfire Grill, and the critically received Side Show. He has also been honored with the LA Drama Critic's Circle Award and Robby Award for Rutledge in 1776, Robby Nominations for Herman in The Most Happy Fella and Barrett/Stoker in Titanic, and an Ovation Nomination for Terry Connor in Side Show.
EDEN ESPINOSA returns to the Upright stage after completing her turn in the starring role of ELPHABA in LA’s mega-hit production of WICKED. This past fall you may have seen Eden in the special WICKED edition of ABC’s UGLY BETTY. Eden is a southern California native who began singing at the age of three, performing at five and recording at ten. She made her Broadway debut covering the roles of Elphaba and Nessarose in WICKED, then went on to rave reviews in the title role in BROOKLYN, THE MUSICAL on Broadway for which she was nominated for a 2005 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. She made her solo concert debut at New York’s Town Hall. An article that appeared August 5, 2005 in the Oakland Tribune began: “Eden Espinosa is used to enchantment. She began her career in Disneyland and is now spending a lot of time in Oz. The Southern California native is young at 27 but has blossomed into a Broadway star. Not bad for someone who played Pocahontas and the Little Mermaid in Disneyland shows and then a hip, sasy fairy godmother in the Disney’s California Adventure revue called “Steps in Time.””