Voices across the Moors: The Jane Eyre Alumni Website

Cast Biographies

(These biographies were current at the time of the Broadway production of Jane Eyre.
Information on recent and current projects is available elsewhere on this site.)

Cast: Marla Schaffel | James Barbour | Mary Stout | Michael Babin | Nell Balaban | Sandy Binion | Andrea Bowen | Stephen R. Buntrock | Bradley Dean | Elizabeth DeGrazia | Bruce Dow | Gina Ferrall | Andy Gale | Bonnie Gleicher | Rita Glynn | Gina Lamparella | Marguerite MacIntyre | Carissa Massaro | Lisa Musser | Bill Nolte | Jayne Paterson | Don Richard | Christeena Michelle Riggs | Erica Schroeder | Lee Zarrett
Creative team: Paul Gordon | John Caird | Scott Schwartz | John Napier | Keith Gonzales | Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer | Lisa Podgur Cuscuna | Andreane Neofitou | Steven Tyler | Larry Hochman | Mark Menard | Tom Clark

Marla Schaffel

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Marla Schaffel
(Jane Eyre)

Broadway: Titanic (Caroline Neville), Les MisÚrables (Fantine/Swing). National tour: Evita (Eva). Off-Broadway: includes Christina Alberta's Father (Christina Alberta). Film: I Love You...Don't Touch Me!, Cradle Will Rock (Mrs. Beaver). Radio: A Prairie Home Companion (NPR). TV: Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical), The Prince of Egypt (soundtrack), A Prairie Home Companion Christmas.

James Barbour

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James Barbour
(Edward Rochester)

Broadway: Beauty and the Beast (Beast in LA and NY), Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Cyrano the Musical (Jodelet). National tour: The Secret Garden. Off-Broadway: Merry Wives Of Windsor, Milk and Honey, A Spinning Tale. Television credits include HBO's Sex and the City, PBS' Great Performances: Some Enchanted Evening, and CBS' Beauty and the Beast: A Concert on Ice. Films include Tell Tale Heart, Waiting for Lefty, Twinkle Toes with Sally Kirkland, and the upcoming Adam Sandler film Whitey and Davey [Eight Crazy Nights]. Recordings: Lerner, Loewe, Lane & Friends; The Gift (original cast recording); Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical).

Mary Stout

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Mary Stout
(Mrs. Fairfax)

Broadway work includes Me and My Girl, My Favorite Year, Copperfield, A Change in the Heir, and A Christmas Carol. National tours: Nine, Pirates of Penzance, and Beauty and the Beast. TV: Eugenia Bremer on AMC's Emmy and Cable-ACE winning series Remember WENN. Recent regional work: The Night Governess (McCarter) and HONK! (North Shore). Films include Disney's Aladdin and Hunchback of Notre Dame. Recordings: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical). Mary was Mrs. Santa in Radio City Christmas Spectacular for 1998 and 1999.

Michael Babin

Michael Babin
(Swing)

Broadway: Marie Christine directed by Graciela Daniele. National tours: Falsettos, Les MisÚrables, The Who's Tommy. Regional: Sunday in the Park with George (George; BATCC and Garland Awards), Passion (Giorgio), Burn This! (Larry), The Secret Garden (Archibald; BATCC nomination), Almost September (Eustace; BATCC Award), Evita (Che), and Lend Me a Tenor (Max).

Nell Balaban

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Nell Balaban
(Grace Poole, Amy Eshton)

Broadway: The Crucible, A Little Hotel on the Side. Other various and assorted: Kindertransport at Manhattan Theatre Club; Dracul at San Diego Rep.; La Jolla Playhouse production of Jane Eyre; Agnes of God; Guys and Dolls; March of the Falsettos at the Edinburgh Festival; Anne Bogart's production of South Pacific. Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical). Film and television: I Love You...Don't Touch Me!, Dirk and Betty, Law & Order, The Sopranos.

Sandy Binion

Sandy Binion
(Swing)

Broadway debut. National tours: Julie Andrews' understudy in Victor/Victoria (slated for tour in '97), Sunset Boulevard, Anything Goes. Regional: No Way to Treat a Lady, Sleeping Beauty—The New Jerome Kern Musical, Smile, Hall/Levy's Jekyll & Hyde (originated Lily), Falsettos, Sunday in the Park, The Rocky Horror Show. Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical).

Andrea Bowen

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Andrea Bowen
(Adele)

Credits: The Sound of Music (Broadway and national tour with Richard Chamberlain, Marta). Les MisÚrables (Broadway, Young Cosette). Feature films: Highball, New York Crossing. TV: Law & Order, All My Children, Rosie, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien. Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast album, Sony Classical), The Sound of Music ('98 revival), Night of the Hunter, Broadway Kids, Sugar Beats, Z: The Masked Musical.

Stephen R. Buntrock

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Stephen R. Buntrock
(Mr. Eshton, St. John Rivers)

Stephen recently originated the role of Arnaud du Thil in the American premiere of Martin Guerre. Broadway: The Stoker in Titanic, Enjolras in the much acclaimed 10th Anniversary production of Les MisÚrables. Tour: Joseph... starring Donny Osmond. Regional: Sweeney Todd, Hot Mikado, Phantom. Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical).

Bradley Dean

Bradley Dean
(Swing)

Broadway debut. Europe: The Rocky Horror Show (Frank). Regional: No Way to Treat a Lady (Kit), The Secret Garden (Archibald), The Caretaker (Mick), Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate), Avenue X (Chuck), Macbeth (Macbeth). Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical).

Elizabeth DeGrazia

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Elizabeth DeGrazia
(Blanche Ingram)

Elizabeth played Blanche in the La Jolla production of Jane Eyre and Christine in the Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera. She has sung with the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, Portland Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic and the Glimmerglass Opera Company. Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical). This past October Elizabeth took on another role of mother as she and her husband Callum welcomed their son into the world.

Bruce Dow

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Bruce Dow
(Robert)

Broadway debut. Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical). Toronto: Beauty and the Beast, Les MisÚrables, Napoleon. Stratford Festival: Man of La Mancha (Sancho Panza), Patience, The Mikado (Nanki-Poo). Regional: The Glass Menagerie (Tom), Dangerous Corner (Gordon), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), Love's Labour's Lost (Biron), Waiting for Godot (Vladimir).

Gina Ferrall

Gina Ferrall
(Mrs. Reed, Lady Ingram)

Broadway credits include Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music, Domina in ...Forum, and Madame Thenardier in Les MisÚrables. Tours: Les MisÚrables (first, second, and third!). Regional: Everything's Ducky. Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical). Graduate and company member of The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Andy Gale

Andy Gale
(Robert)

Originated the role of the Bearded Lady in the Broadway premiere of Side Show and can be heard on the original cast recording. Mr. Gale's previous Broadway appearances include Rags, directed by Gene Saks, and the revival of The World of Sholem Aleichem. On tour, audiences have seen Andy in the international company of The Secret Garden, in which he played the Fakir; the first national company of Les MisÚrables (original cast), as Feuilly; and as Gus/Growltiger in the national tour of Cats.

Bonnie Gleicher

Bonnie Gleicher
(Schoolgirl, Young Jane Eyre understudy)

From Armonk, NY, Bonnie performed in the Broadway tour of Annie (Kate/understudy Annie), Other roles: Applelemando's Dreams (Dorma), King Island Christmas (Oomiak), The Real McCoy (Lilly Pearl Hatfield). Recordings: Jane Eyre (Young Jane), (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical), King Island Christmas (Oomiak).

Rita Glynn

Rita Glynn
(Schoolgirl, Adele understudy)

Broadway debut. Rita recently completed the national Broadway tour of The Sound of Music (Marta). Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical). Numerous regional productions in her home state of North Carolina include Ghost of Christmas Past in Theatre in the Park's A Christmas Carol.

Gina Lamparella

Gina Lamparella
(Louisa Eshton)

Gina made her Broadway debut with the 10th anniversary company of Les MisÚrables where she understudied and performed the roles of Cosette and Fantine. National tour: Miss Saigon (u/s Ellen). Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical). Graduate of Syracuse University.

Marguerite MacIntyre

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Marguerite MacIntyre
(Miss Scatcherd, Bertha Mason, Mrs. Dent)

New York credits include Avril/Mallory in City of Angels, Grace Farrell in Annie Warbucks, Sarah Stone in No Way to Treat a Lady, and Delphi in Weird Romance (Drama-Logue Award, L.A. production.). Sample regional credits: The Threepenny Opera and Bloody Poetry in L.A., South Pacific at Paper Mill, Das Barbecu! at Goodspeed. Recordings include 4 original cast albums including Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical). TV guest stars include Seinfeld, Ally McBeal, ER, The Pretender, Two Guys, a Girl..., and Veronica's Closet.

Carissa Massaro

Carissa Massaro
(Schoolgirl)

Carissa, an 11-year-old from Trumbull, CT, is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut. Credits include Fatima (Jacinta), Connecticut Choraliers, and Barnum Festival Road Show. Carisse has won many national awards for her vocal and dance performances. Thanks to God, Lisa, Stan, Barry Kolker, RKS Management, Mom, Dad, and family for all your love and support. Special thanks to Brandon.

Lisa Musser

Lisa Musser
(Young Jane)

Lisa is thrilled to be returning to Broadway to be a member of the Jane Eyre family. Lisa most recently appeared in the Broadway tour of The Sound of Music, starring Richard Chamberlain. She also performed in Les MisÚrables as Young Cosette.

Bill Nolte

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Bill Nolte
(Richard Mason)

Bill made his debut as Old Deuteronomy in Cats and has also appeared on Broadway in Me and My Girl and The Secret Garden. Other notable roles include Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (Goodspeed Opera) and the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance (Pittsburgh Public). Recordings: Joseph...Dreamcoat (revival), A Christmas Carol, King David (Golliath), 1776 (revival), and Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical).

Jayne Paterson

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Jayne Paterson
(Helen Burns, Mary Ingram, Associate Director, Dance Captain)

Broadway debut. A Canadian citizen, Jayne has performed across Canada and abroad. Sample productions: A Clockwork Orange, Anne of Green Gables, The Wizard of Oz, The Tempest, Gun Metal Blues, Godspell, A Little Night Music, and Orisons. Film and TV credits include feature film The Drive and numerous animated series, including The Cramp Twin. Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical). Jayne studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Don Richard

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Don Richard
(Brocklehurst, Colonel Dent, Vicar)

Don rejoined the Jane Eyre journey in La Jolla from the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Sunset Boulevard, starring Petula Clark. He has been honored for his work in Falsettoland, Phantom, and The Lisbon Traviata, and has performed as a soloist for the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Camerata, and pianist Doug Montgomery. Film work: Mr. Farley in Stephen Sonderberg's King of the Hill. Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical).

Christeena Michelle Riggs

Christeena Michelle Riggs
(Louisa Eshton)

Christeena is thrilled to join Jane Eyre. Broadway: Les MisÚrables 10th Anniversary (Cosette), Les MisÚrables (Eponine). National tours: Cinderella (Cinderella/ensemble), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marguerite/Marie), Sunset Boulevard (Betty Schaefer). Credits: Candide (Cunegonde), Die Fledermaus (Adele), Carousel, The Sound of Music, and many more. She has performed with the Utah and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras in concert and can be heard as the voice of Mary on the CD recording of Lex de Azevedo's Gloria. Thank you family and friends for your love and support. Thank you God for the gift.

Erica Schroeder

Erica Schroeder
(Swing)

Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: After the Fair, Summer (York), The Forty-Nine Years (Actors Studio). Regional: The Cleveland Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, San Jose Rep., HHPAC, FST. Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical).

Lee Zarrett

Lee Zarrett
(John Reed, Young Lord Ingram)

Broadway debut. New York: Mr. Toad in The Wind in the Willows (New Victory Theatre), Appelmondo's Dreams (Vineyard Theatre). Recordings: Jane Eyre (original Broadway cast recording, Sony Classical). Regional: Jane Eyre (La Jolla Playhouse), Syracuse Stage, Hangar Theatre.

Paul Gordon

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Paul Gordon
(Music and Lyrics)

Paul Gordon's songs have been recorded by such artists as Bette Midler, Amy Grant, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBell and Vonda Shepard, among others. He has written two number-one hits, "Next Time I Fall in Love" and "Friends and Lovers." Paul is collaborating with John Caird to turn the Jean Webster novel Daddy-Long-Legs into a musical. He is the recipient of nine ASCAP Awards.

John Caird

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John Caird
(Book and Additional Lyrics, Co-Director)

John Caird's productions of Les MisÚrables and Nicholas Nickleby, both with Trevor Nunn, have won him awards world-wide, including two Tony Awards. Other recent work for the Royal National Theatre includes The Seagull with Dame Judi Dench, Pam Gem's play Stanley with Anthony Sher (which transferred to Broadway), a new version of Leonard Bernstein's Candide (Olivier Award), and his version of Hamlet with Simon Russell Beale. With designer John Napier, he wrote and directed The Siegfried and Roy Spectacular, currently running in Las Vegas. He is an honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Scott Schwartz

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Scott Schwartz
(Co-Director)

Scott Schwartz co-directed Jane Eyre at the La Jolla Playhouse with John Caird. He directed No Way to Treat a Lady off-Broadway at the York Theater and at Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C. Recent work includes Lavender Girl at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia, the national tour of Godspell, and The Prisoner of Second Avenue (starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason) for L.A. Theatre Works Radio Broadcast. Mr. Schwartz is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and is a graduate of Harvard University.

John Napier

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John Napier
(Set Designer)

John Napier has designed over 150 productions and has won five Tony Awards (for Broadway's Nicholas Nickleby, Cats, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard, and Les MisÚrables) as well as Society of West End Theatres (SWET) and Olivier Awards for his theatrical designs in London. He is an Associate Designer of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Notable productions include Nicholas Nickleby (RSC), Equus, Peter Pan, and Candide (Royal National Theatre), Lohengrin and Macbeth (Royal Opera House), and the forthcoming Nabucco (the Met, New York). He designed and co-directed The Siegfried and Roy Spectacular at the Mirage, Las Vegas, and also designed Steven Spielberg's film Hook.

Keith Gonzales

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Keith Gonzales
(Associate Set Designer)

For the past 30 years, Keith has designed for Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, ballet and modern dance, television, and feature films throughout the U.S. and abroad. The recipient of several Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards and a Canadian DORA Award, Keith is proud to have been an Associate Designer with John Napier on three of his most recent Tony Award-winning musicals.

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Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer
(Lighting Designers)

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer received the 1996 Tony Award for Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. Mr. Fisher designed the lighting for over 150 Broadway shows, including six additional Tony Award-winning designs for Pippin, Dancin', Ulysses in Nighttown, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, and Jelly's Last Jam, the latter three with Ms. Eisenhauer. Recent collaborative designs include Marie Christine, The Wild Party, Ragtime, and Cabaret. In the music industry they have designed for artists such as Whitney Houston, Tracy Chapman, Fishbone, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Linda Ronstadt. To launch the new century, they designed the concert production America's Millenium live from the Lincoln Memorial/Washington Monument, as well as the New Year's Eve 2000 Times Square ball drop. Their studio, Third Eye, designs lighting for all forms of entertainment.

Lisa Podgur Cuscuna

Lisa Podgur Cuscuna
(Projections Designer)

Lisa Cuscuna's Broadway career began with Beatlemania. Other credits include Bob Fosse's Dancin' (Boston), Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday (Adelaide Festival Center, London), ABBA's Chess (national tour), and Hal Prince's Merrily We Roll Along and End of the World (both Broadway) as well as his off-Broadway musical Diamonds. Her work for John Napier on Las Vegas' The Siegfried and Roy Spectacular has been running for a decade. Her film, Black Holes, is at The American Museum of Natural History.

Andreane Neofitou

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Andreane Neofitou
(Costume Designer)

Andreane Neofitou designed Martin Guerre (2000) and the Metropolitan Opera's Nabucco (2001). Among other credits: Les MisÚrables (Tony Award nomination) and Miss Saigon, both worldwide. For the Royal Shakespeare Company: The Merchant of Venice, Fair Maid of the West, Peter Pan, Nicholas Nickleby, Once in a Lifetime, and Hedda Gabler. For the Royal National Theatre: Peter Pan. Films include Still Life and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard.

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler
(Musical Director, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements)

Broadway conducting credits: The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, and Guys and Dolls. Off-Broadway credits include: Jack's Holiday (also arranger), Violet, and Merrily We Roll Along. Film: Cradle Will Rock (directed by Tim Robbins). Current projects include Nicolette and Aucassin, King Island Christmas, Suburb, True Home, and a new project with Caird and Gordon.

Larry Hochman

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Larry Hochman
(Orchestrations)

Composer: Little Mermaid II (additional music) and Spielberg's Amazing Stories. Film orchestrations: Lady and the Tramp II, Dead of Winter. Broadway: 22 credits including Pippin, Pacific Overtures, Fascinating Rhythm, and Late Nite Comic. Additional orchestrations: King David, Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie (ABC-TV), and Disney's Cinderella, Annie and Geppetto. Recordings: Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, and Dawn Upshaw. Arrangements: A Sondheim Medley (authorized by Mr. Sondheim) and arrangements for Michael Feinstein. Original music broadcast daily: AMC, CNN, HBO, Nickelodeon.

Mark Menard

Mark Menard
(Sound Designer)

Mark Menard collaborated with Andrew Bruce on The Witches of Eastwick. Design credits include A Class Act, Putting it Together, Martin Guerre, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, and The Wizard of Oz. Mark is associate designer for the New York and national companies of Les MisÚrables, as well as associate designer for the world-wide productions of Miss Saigon. Mark is a founding member of ACME Sound Partners.

Tom Clark

Tom Clark
(Sound Designer)

Tom Clark's credits include The Full Monty, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (with Mark Bennett), the Tony-winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun, Side Show, Proposals, Seven Guitars, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Goodbye Girl, Two Trains Running, The Piano Lesson, and A Walk in the Woods. Other designs include Radio City Christmas Spectacular (1999 and 2000), and the New York Philharmonic production of Sweeney Todd. Tom is a founding member of ACME Sound Partners.

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