Cast & Crew of Queer Eye: The Musical Parody

Book by Evan Mills*
Music & Lyrics by

Evan Mills* & Heidi Joosten

Orchestrations by Heidi Joosten

 

Directed by

Stephen Schellhardt* & Evan Mills*

Choreography by Stephen Schellhardt*

Music Direction by Heidi Joosten

Stage Managed by Shannon Golden*

Production Manager:

Thomas J. Troup II (Tom2)

 

Lighting Design: Sam Macnerland

Wardrobe Stylist: Jos N. Banks

Sound Design:

Heidi Joosten, Jesse Case

& Sam Macnerland

Sound A1 / A2:

Brian Ganey & Devan Castle

Post Production Supervisor:

Chris Pagnozzi

Dance Captain: Eddie Ledford

 

Technical Director: Kyle Anderson

Casting Director: Claudia Wallace

Creative Director: Anneliese Toft

VP Production: Elizabeth Howard

Acting Head of Creative: Carly Heffernan

 

Avocado Puppets: Sam Locke

Hair Color: Xochilt M. Alcantar

Mirror Design: Stan Hicks

Additional Prop Work:

Adam Stanley & Grace Gilmore


Ensemble

Bridget Adams-King, Tina Arfaee*, Jordan Dell Harris, Bryson Howard,

Dakota Hughes, Eddie Ledford, Dominic Rescigno, Jeremy Sonkin

& Evan Starkweather

 

 

All actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers. All musicians are members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208. 

– CONTENT WARNING –  This production of Queer Eye: The Musical Parody uses water based haze

About the Artists

Bridget Adams-King

BRIDGET ADAMS-KING/ Claire/Rachel (she/her/hers) is thrilled and so grateful to be making her Second City debut! Some of the theaters she has previously worked with include Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Kokandy Productions, Northlight Theatre, and Griffin Theatre. She is a two-time Jeff-nominated performer for her portrayal of “Kate” in If/Then at Brown Paper Box Co. and “Lucy Parsons” in Underscore Theatre Company’s 2018 production of Haymarket: A New Folk Musical. She has also appeared in an episode of NBC’s hit show Chicago PD. She would like to send love and thanks to her incredible and supportive family, the wonderful team of Queer Eye: The Musical Parody, Nathan, and her agents at Gray Talent Group. www.bridgetadamsking.com | @badamsking

 

Tina Arfaee

TINA ARFAEE* / Tan (They/Any) has been writing and performing in Chicago since 2012, most notably at The Annoyance Theater with Matt Damon Improv. With MDI, she wrote and starred in the web series In-Diana. She has also appeared on an episode of Chicago Fire, Centered the web series, and short film The Sweatshirt. Tina is a graduate of The Second City/NBC Universal Bob Curry Fellowship. Please reach out directly if you are interested in starting a Dolly Parton cover band. She is repped by Big Mouth Talent. @tinatwocats

 

 

Jordan Dell Harris

JORDAN DELL HARRIS / Sam (he/his/him) is making his Second City debut! He was last seen onstage as “Donald” in Windy City Playhouse’s The Boys in the Band (Jeff Award winner, Best Ensemble). Other Chicago credits include work with Goodman Theatre, Raven Theatre, Griffin Theatre, The Story Theatre, BoHo Theatre and more. TV credits include 4400 (CW) and Next (Fox). Repped by Grey Talent Group. 

 

 

 

Bryson Howard

BRYSON HOWARD / Sam (he/him/his) is a Chicago transplant from South Carolina by way of Nashville, TN and Paris, France. After four and a half years of performing improv and scripted comedy around Chicago, the city thankfully has not yet rejected the transplant.
He has been fortunate enough to perform in several shows at The Annoyance Theatre; he was part of the cast of The Queer Eye Musical Parody at the Playground Theater; he is an ensemble member of Baby Wants Candy; and he can be found performing improv at various venues in Chicago with his comedy partner, Cassidy Russell.

Bryson loves to run, watch 30 Rock, eat cheese, wear sweaters, and experience generalized anxiety. Twitter: @BrysonHoward. Instagram: @BrysonDallasHoward.

 

Dakota Hughes

DAKOTA HUGHES / Bev/Executive Producer (they/them/theirs) is ecstatic to make their Second City debut! Dakota is a Los Angeles native and graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where they earned a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance. Some favorite credits include Kinky Boots, Cinderella (Paramount Theatre), American Idiot (The Hypocrites), Lizzie (Firebrand), Thrones! The Parody Musical! (The Apollo Theater), and [title of show] (Open Door Rep). Lots of love and thanks to their friends and family for their unwavering love and support!

 

 

 

Eddie Ledford

EDDIE LEDFORD / Bobby (he/him/his) is a Chicago-based actor, singer and comedian. He is a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory, an ensemble member of the queer comedy group Baby Wine, and has performed in theaters, festivals and digital projects around the city including The Annoyance, Rhino Fest, Chicago Sketch Fest, Ordinary Peepholes, Commercial Appeal and we series Guilty. He originated the role of “Bobby” in the show’s initial run at The Playground Theatre and is very happy and grateful to reprise it at The Second City. Instagram: @_eddele

 

 

Dominic Rescigno

DOMINIC RESCIGNO / Antoni (he/him/his) is experiencing a dream come true doing this show with these people on this stage. He is a graduate of Second City’s Comedy Studies program and is currently finishing the Conservatory. He has performed for Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Onion, ClickHole, Walt Disney World, and starred in Chicago’s long-running comedy Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding. His two webseries The Dominics and Dominic Tonight! have been critically ignored. Love and thanks to his family, Cody, Stephen, and his Conservatory cohort for all the love and support. www.dominicrescigno.com | @dominicrescigno

 

Jeremy Sonkin

JEREMY SONKIN / Karamo (he/him/his) could not be more thrilled to be returning to the stage as a member of the Fab 5! He’s had the pleasure of performing at Steppnwolf, Lookingglass, The House, Mercury Theatre Chicago, and Porchlight Musical Theatre to name a few. Jeremy also was a part of the National Tour for Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2018, Jeremy became the first openly gay and professionally ranked tennis player on the ATP Tour and currently serves as the Junior Tennis Director at Glenbrook Racquet Club! Immense gratitude to Second City and The Queer Eye team, and endless love to my family and mentors who has never stopped believing in me.

Evan Starkweather

EVAN STARKWEATHER / Jonathan (he/they) is a Chicago-based performer and writer making their Second City debut. They were last seen performing karaoke at a bar in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, but before that, they wrote and performed numerous skecth and musical variety shows at The Annoyance Theatre, The Playground, and The Second City Training Center. They are a graduate of The Second City Conservatory, and their music video “Platonic Gay Best Friend” has been feature on Funny or Die. @evanspelledevan. 

 

 

 

EVAN MILLS* / Co-Director/ Writer / Creator (he/him/his) is incredibly grateful to be co-directing the original musical he co-wrote with his writing partner Heidi Joosten, Queer Eye: The Musical Parody. He’s currently an ensemble member in The Second City’s 110th Mainstage Revue and was previously an ensemble member of The Second City Mainstage revue Together at Last. Evan has toured with Second City’s RedCo and is a recipient of the Bob Curry Fellowship Program. He spent a summer in Washington, D.C., performing at the Kennedy Center in Generation Gap and has also performed at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. You can check out his original music on Spotify (“A Little Bit Alexis” and “Sissy Boy”) and follow him on all social media platforms @awkvanmills. Thank you to Mom, Thom, Dad, Mark, and Isaac for your constant and loving support. 

STEPHEN SCHELLHARDT* / Co-Director/ Choreographer (he/him/his) is thrilled to be a part of the Queer Eye: A Musical Parody family. He is a Jeff Award-winning director and actor, as well as choreographer, producer, educator, and casting director. In Chicago, Stephen has worked with the Marriott Theater, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Mercury Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, About Face Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, The Goodman Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Northwestern University, and BoHo Theatre, where he served as a company member and Artistic Director for six years. National tours include Altar Boyz. International credits include Jane Austen’s Persuasion at The Royal Winchester Theatre in England and the Shanklin Theatre on The Isle of Wight (Chamber Opera Chicago). From 2014-2017, Stephen served as Associate Producer and Casting Director at Writers Theatre in Glencoe before becoming a visiting professor at Northwestern University and then moving to The Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he now holds the title of Head of Musical Theatre. Stephen is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama and a proud member of the Actors Equity Association. Extreme thanks and gratitude to Evan, Heidi, and the entire Second City team for this opportunity.    

HEIDI JOOSTEN / Music Director / Composer / Lyricist / Orchestrator (she/her/hers) is thrilled and grateful to be making her Second City debut with this show that is so near and dear to her heart. A multi-hyphenate performing artist, Heidi has collaborated on over 100 new theatrical, comedic, and concert works in the Chicagoland area since her arrival in 2014. Notable writing credits include: Queer Eye: the Musical Parody (The Second City), Saint Hildegard: the Rupertsberg Tour (Theo Ubique), Micro (Music Theatre of Madison), and The Bone Harp (Underscore Theatre Company). Joosten is a highly-sought after composer with over 200 works to her name, and her award-winning music has been performed across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Heidi holds a Bachelors of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Masters of Music from Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts. Proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. Heidi would like to thank Evan, Stephen, and her family – especially her adorable pandemic puppy, Ruby – for their love, laughs, and support. www.heidijoosten.com / @Heidi Joosten 

SHANNON GOLDEN* / Stage Manager (she/they) CHICAGO: I, Banquo, Short Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors, Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol, Shakespeare in the Parks production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Frankenstein, Act(s) of God, Plantation!, Hard Times, Moby Dick, Thaddeus and Slocuum: A Vaudeville Adventure (Lookingglass Theatre Company); The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Frederick (Chicago Children’s Theatre); The King of the Yees, Uncle Vanya, Carlyle, Soups Stews and Casseroles: 1976, Feathers and Teeth (Goodman Theatre); The Mutilated, Simpatico (A Red Orchid Theatre); This Wonderful Life (American Blues Theater); Betrayal (Raven Theatre). EDUCATION: BS in stage management, Ball State University. Love to Henry, Ravioli, and Mac!

UNDERSTUDIES

Music Director Understudies – ANNA WEGENER, MICHAEL OLDHAM, LISA MCQUEEN AND  PAUL THOMPSON

Ensemble Understudies – (Alphabetical order) BRADE BRADSHAW, JC BROOKS, DEREK BRIAN DEMKOWICZ, TEAGAN EARLEY, SIMON KEISER, PETER RUGER, NOLAN ROBINSON, RYAN TANG & EMMA WINEMAN

 Michael R. Oldham / Music Director Understudy  (he/him/his) (b. 1989 Braidwood, IL) is a composer and pianist who weaves artwork, story, and imagination into his work. Whether experimenting with looping videos on Instagram as the “parts” of a piece that anyone can play (Music In Segments – 2018), utilizing repeating gif images of old silent films as inspiration for a twelve-movement work (Music In Gifs – 2019), translating great works of art into music (Suggestion Box: Art – 2020, The Egon Schiele Pieces – 2021), writing art songs, musical theater, pop songs, or commercial ad work, Michael’s thirst for unusual storytelling through music is never quenched.

Continuing this trend, his work as composer-as-storyteller is ever-present in the albums, EPs, and singles he has self-released on Bandcamp and streaming. Recent albums include A Closer Look Reveals (2021), Suggestion Box: Art (2020), In Select Theaters (2019), Three Vignettes (2017), The Los Angeles Miseries (2016), Grand Delusions on a Small Scale (2015), and Fantasies for Piano (2014), which is a six-movement dissection of songs by some of his favorite indie artists. 

Michael has received the Georges Delerue Memorial Scholarship award in film scoring, and has participated in an internship with Paramount Pictures. His music has garnered awards from Berklee’s Contemporary Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition, the Music Institute of Chicago’s Generation Next Young Composer’s Competition, the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, as well as premieres at the New England Conservatory, the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s WFMT radio, and the Green Lake Music Festival in Green Lake, Wisconsin. 

Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in Film Scoring and Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied briefly at Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece. He keeps quite busy as a collaborative pianist with high schools in and around Chicago, and has performed with Chicago Fringe Opera, The Second City, The Green Mill, Candlelight Concerts by Fever Events, The Art Institute of Chicago, New Music Chicago, Marshall’s Landing, cabarets, shows, and everything in between. For more, check out: www.michaelroldham.com

INDIGO COAR / Stage Manager Understudy (They/Them) is thrilled to join the team of Queer Eye. Indigo hails from Long Island, where they received a BFA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management from LIU Post. Recent Chicago credits include productions with Jackalope (Neighborhood Narratives, Living Newspaper Festival), The House  (The Snow QueenThe Tragedy of King Christophe), and PrideArts (4000 Days, Things I Should Never Tell Steven). When not in stage blacks, Indigo can be found wearing their other black clothing.
 

 

SONG LIST

Act I

Prologue – Rachel, Executive & The Fab 5

(Gonna Be) Household Names – Rachel, Executive & The Fab 5

Nomination Song – Bev, Claire, Sam & The Fab 5

Now You’re On Queer Eye – Sam & The Fab 5

Household Names (Reprise) – Rachel

Taking Care of You – Tan & Sam

Someone Said My Name – Claire, Sam, Karamo & Jonathan

Joys of Barely Cooking – Antoni, Sam & Ensemble

Sam’s Lament – Sam & Bobby

Everything – Ensemble

 

Act II

Loft Song – The Fab 5

Bobby’s Lament – Bobby

Get Out – Bev & Sam

I Got Nothin’ – Karamo, Sam & Tan

Heartstrings – Sam, Claire & The Fab 5

Hair – Sam & The Fab 5

Bobby’s Song – Bobby & Ensemble

Goodbye (Queer Eye Reprise) – The Fab 5

Like Me Too – Sam

Finale – Ensemble

                                         SPECIAL THANKS

Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Jerry Glover, Mike & Beth Joosten, Sam Lakmann, Alex Plum, Davyd Reddyk, Anna Wegener, Michael Oldham, Devin DeSantis, Brittany Flynn, Lexi Alioto, Laurel Zoft Pelton, Evan Mulrooney, Eddie Miller, Donovan Sessions, Hananiah Wiggins, Parker Callahan, John Love, Sara Stock, Anna Wegener, Kaydee Dolan, Connor Kendall, The Playground Theater and Adam LeBlanc