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John Anthony Lopez (Morris Finsbury)
John Anthony Lopez is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, where he studied voice with Ms. Patricia Misslin. Regional credits include: Beast (Beauty and the Beast/Park Playhouse), Emile (South Pacific/Park Playhouse), Rochester (Jane Eyre/SLOC), Ben (The Sunshine Boys/Gretna Theatre), Alfredo (La Traviata/Opera Excelsior), and Tamino (The Magic Flute/Opera Excelsior). Metro area credits include Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof/VLOG), Old Deuteronomy (Cats/WPPAC), Fagin (Oliver!/WBT), King Arthur (Spamalot/Yorktown Stage) Joshua (The Seed of Abraham/FringeNYC), Aramis (The Man in the Iron Mask/WVMTF), the Baal Shem Tov (Secret of Our Souls/FringeNYC), The Baker (Into the Woods/DeBaun Theatre) and Broadway concert appearances in Chess (Actor's Fund), Camelot and Oliver! (Irish Repertory). John owes much to the support and patience of his son, Corey... thanks kiddo!
John Anthony Lopez


Bill Hickman (Uncle Joseph)
Bill Hickman has appeared in at least 150 or more Capital Region productions (including for Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady Light Opera Company, Riverview Entertainment, Cohoes Music Hall, New York State Theatre Institute, Theater Voices and Proctors.) Favorite roles include Elyot in Noel Coward's Private Lives, Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer, Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor, Tobias in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, Gardner Church in Tina Howe's Painting Churches, Kent in King Lear and John Adams in Martin Kelly's A Marriage of True Minds based on the correspondence between John and Abigail Adams. Musical comedy favorites include Ben Franklin in 1776, Mr. Bigley in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Erroneus (a TANYS Outstanding Acting Award) for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Bill originated the role of Count Frontenac in the acclaimed Proctors two-season production of Hearts of Fire some years back, has impersonated General George Patton for industrial sales meetings, portrayed Symon Schermerhorn (Schenectady's Paul Revere) for Stockade walk-abouts and area presentations, and played John Adams for corporate functions as well as for Martin Kelly's Riverview Entertainment productions of A Marriage of True Minds.
Bill Hickman


Adam M. Coons (John Finsbury)
Adam M. Coons is excited to have been part of his first (and hopefully not last) Kit Goldstein Grant recording. He has had a wonderful time. Onstage credits include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Wedding Singer, Rumors, The Farnsworth Invention, The Bible (abridged), History of America (abridged), Shakespeare (abridged), Hollywood (abridged), Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, Godspell, Hello Dolly! (TANYS Award), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, As You Like It, All in the Timing, Curtains, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (TANYS Award). He is currently the Technical Director and co-founder of Class Act Productions, where he won a TANYS Award for directing Picasso at the Lapin Agile last season. Next, he will be seen as Dr. Neville Craven in The Secret Garden for Not So Common Players. Thanks to everyone that has made this CD possible. Enjoy!!
Adam Coons


Lesley O'Donnell (Julia Hazeltine)
Lesley O'Donnell is thrilled to be singing the part of Julia Hazeltine on the Wrong Box Studio Recording. Lesley recently moved back to the capital region from NYC and is happy to return to this thriving performing arts community! While in New York, Lesley studied at TVI Actor's studio and NYU's CAP21. She has performed across the country in various regional theaters and touring companies including The Kennedy Center, Surflight Theatre, and the national tours of Camelot and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Albany area credits include Cohoes Music Hall, Park Playhouse and NYSTI. Lesley received a BM in Musical Theatre from Catholic University's Rome School of Music in Washington DC and now teaches voice lessons at Rock School Music in Clifton Park. Lesley's next project is at Home Made Theatre in Saratoga Springs, playing the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone. Thanks to Kit for writing such fun music to sing!!!
Lesley O'Donnell


Brendan P. Dwyer (Michael Finsbury)
Brendan P. Dwyer is a composer, vocal/piano performer, archaeologist and tutor. Brendan possesses years of formal training in Music Theory, History and Vocal/Piano performance. Brendan has performed in dozens of musicals and hundreds of live shows across the U.S. over the past 20 years and is a Bass/Baritone who very much enjoys character acting. Brendan would therefore never miss a chance to perform such a choice role and is thrilled to be involved in another of Kit Goldstein Grant's terrific musicals. Brendan is of the opinion that The Wrong Box is expertly scored, masterfully scripted, and (naturally), that the studio recording was well-cast; rarely has he had this much fun in the recording studio!
Brendan Dwyer


David Michael Benjamin (William Dent Pitman)
David Michael Benjamin, Jr. has been performing as both musician and actor in community and professional theater in New York's Capital District for the past few years, playing with Steamer No. 10 Theater, the Classic Theater Guild, and C-R Productions at the Cohoes Music Hall. During the day he is a computer programmer, multi-million dollar philanthropist, and sometime-liar. His hobbies include electronics, motorcycle maintenance, and rock climbing. He extends his grateful thanks to his family, friends, and beautiful wife for all of their love and support.
David Michael Benjamin


Eric Shovah (Gideon Forsyth)
Eric was thrilled to be a part of The Wrong Box cast album and is excited to be collaborating with Kit Goldstein Grant once again as The Burgomaster for the cast recording of The Mermaid of Edam. Eric works as a teaching artist and performer through his business Performing SmArts. Eric is featured as the leading role in the soon-to-be-released feature film Lawn Mowers from the Future and was seen as the host of local Walmart commercials for the last five months. Some favorite stage credits include Frank Cioffi (Curtains). John Wilkes Booth (Assassins), Lawrence Jameson (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Robert (Company), Max Prince (Laughter on the 23rd Floor), Albert Einstein (Picasso at the Lapin Agile), Max Bialystock (The Producers), Chauvelin (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Baker (Into the Woods), Billy Crocker (Anything Goes), Father (Ragtime), Pseudolus (A Funny Thing... Forum), as well as various roles in Shakespeare Abridged, America Abridged, The Bible Abridged, and Hollywood Abridged. This fall, Eric will be directing The Importance of Being Earnest for RPI Players, directing The Wizard of Oz for the Woodland Hill Montessori School, and will be co-starring and co-producing The Complete World of Sports (Abridged) with Performing SmArts. For more information on upcoming shows, classes, or workshops, visit www.PerformingSmArts.com. Thanks and love to his wife Heather and he looks forward to his next (and most challenging role) - Dad!
Eric Shovah


Joe Phillips (White/Bellicose Pub Patron)
JOE PHILLIPS is a veteran of hundreds of performances in summer stock and regional theater in six states, and in local community and college theater for over 30 years, from Schenectady Light Opera to Albany Civic to Spotlight Players to RPI Players to Schenectady Civic; favorite roles include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, for which he won a TANYS Outstanding Performance citation. He has also participated in several previous original-cast recordings, notably The Trial of Bat Shea and Hearts of Fire, and has appeared in a previous Kit Goldstein Grant production, as P.T. Barnum in The Giant Hoax for Classic Theater Guild. Professionally he has been seen in Man of La Mancha and King o' the Moon at Cap Rep; as a frequent guest artist of the New York State Theatre Institute, including Arsenic and Old Lace, Idiot's Delight, King Island Christmas and 1776; in several Park Playhouse productions, most recently as Charlie Davenport in Annie Get Your Gun; at Lake George Dinner Theater, The Egg, Proctor's and Cohoes Music Hall. A freelance writer, Joe is also a director of over fifty productions; he will direct Pack of Lies next month for Alpha Psi Omega, the theater honorary, at RPI, and John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath for Ghent Playhouse next May.
Joe Phillips


Allison McArdle (Evelyn)
Allison is pleased and proud to be a part of this brand new recording. She's thankful for the chance to partake in such a unique opportunity, and congratulates everyone involved on their hard work and dedication. Allison has worked with several area theaters, including the April run of Leading Ladies at the Saratoga Spa Little Theatre and the Off-Broadway touring production of Finnegan's Farewell at Proctors in March. Past theatre credits include Company (April), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), Rumors (Cassie Cooper) and Jekyll and Hyde (Nellie). Allison also works with The Puppet People, a touring puppet company, performing professionally for children in theatres, libraries, schools and festivals.
Allison McArdle


Richard Cross (Conductor)
Richard Cross is happy to be involved in this new project of Kit Goldstein Grant, having had the recent opportunity to originate the lead role of "Hector" in the Schenectady Theater for Children's debut of Kit's musical folk tale It's Raining Tamales!. A thirty year veteran of area theater groups, Rich has had the good fortune to appear onstage with his wife Denice and son Colum. His favorite roles include "Big Daddy" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, "The Old Man" in A Christmas Story, "Sheriff Heck Tate" in To Kill a Mockingbird, "The Captain" in Mister Roberts, "Slim" in Of Mice and Men, and "Owen Musser" in The Foreigner. In addition to Kit, his thanks goes out to Barret, Maria, and Brian for all their help.
Richard Cross


Laura Darling (Ensemble)
Laura was born in Dolgeville, NY. She has a B.A. from Siena College and a J.D. from Albany Law. Currently, she is a partner in her own law firm, Darling & Wesdorp, PLLC in Delmar, NY. In her spare time she sings in a band. Recent credits include directing TCT's award winning show Guys and Dolls, The Giant Hoax (CTG), Cafe Noir, The Trial of Ebeneezer Scrooge (TCT) and and other miscellaneous tech credits. She lives in Albany with a wonderful guy and two spoiled cats.
Laura Darling
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Marc Andrzejewski (George Wickham)
Heather D'Arcy (Rosie / Mrs. Watts)


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