Disney+ star Frankie A. Rodriguez will direct CALVIN BERGER, A MUSICAL at the Colony Theatre

Disney+ star Frankie A. Rodriguez will direct CALVIN BERGER, A MUSICAL at the Colony Theatre

Disney+ star Frankie A. Rodriguez will direct CALVIN BERGER, A MUSICAL at the Colony Theatre

Cast and designers have been set for The Colony Theatre’s new production of the musical Calvin Berger, it was announced today by producer Heather Provost.

The cast will include (in alphabetical order) Corinne Miller, Jordan Quisno, Frankie A. Rodriguez and Jasmine Sharma. There will be three previews on February 16 and February 17 at 20.00 and 18 February at 2 p.m. The opening is set for Saturday 18 February 2023, at 20:00. The regular performance schedule is Thursday and Friday at 20.00, Saturday at 14.00 and 20.00 and Sunday at 3 p.m., through March 26.

Calvin Berger has book, music and lyrics by Barry Wyner and will be directed by Ovation Award winner Richard Israel with musical direction by Anthony Lucca. Scenic design is by Alex M. Calle (award-winning designer for film, television, theatre, themed entertainment, theme parks and public art installations worldwide), lighting design is by Martha Carter (Lottie Pratchett, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), costume design is by Joanie Coyote (The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables on Broadway), and sound design is by Julien Reneaud (music producer and sound engineer; credits include (Die Heart, Warrior Queen, The Drowsy Chaperone). Projection design is by Gabriele Griego (also a producer, writer and director of theater and film), property design is by John McElveney (Garry Marshall Theatre, Sierra Madre Playhouse, Academy Awards), and production stage manager is Julia Donlon.

Loosely based on the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, the musical Calvin Berger is the modern and funny story of unhappy feelings, love notes and physical insecurities among high school seniors. Infatuated with the beautiful Rosanna, Calvin is paralyzed with self-doubt due to the size of his nose. No words of encouragement from his quirky best friend Bret seem to help. Rosanna finds her head turned by the handsome new student, Matt, who is painfully shy and unable to express his mutual attraction to her. Hoping to bond with his love, Calvin offers to write Matt’s eloquent love notes to Rosanna. As deceptions unravel and truths are revealed, Calvin learns that sometimes what you’re looking for is right under your nose.

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Barry Wyner (book, music and lyrics) has written several musicals including Austin the Unstoppable, The Counselor, Sugar Plum, Stop!, and Something to Say. He has composed music for several world premiere plays, a BBC Radio play, The Actor’s Studio, AMDA, 78th Street Theater Lab and more. He has won the Kleban Award, the Jerry Bock Award, the Richard Rodgers Award and the Noel Coward Award. He is a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Workshop.

Corinne Miller (Bret) received her BFA in Musical Theater from The Hartt School. Most recently she played Nina in In the Heights at The Rubicon Theater Company. Previous credits include Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, The Last Five Years (Cathy), Hands on a Hardbody (Heather) and Spring Awakening (Martha). She also sang backup for Kristin Chenoweth at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Jordan Quisno (Matt) has a BFA in musical theater and has been seen and heard on stage, screen and voiceover. He can currently be heard on the Disney animated series Ghostforce.

Frankie A. Rodriguez (Calvin) is best known for playing Carlos on the Emmy-nominated Disney+ series, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which just wrapped production on its fourth season. Television credits include Will & Grace and Modern Family. Theater roles include Beethoven in Dog Sees God, Jack in Into the Woods and Tobias in Sweeney Todd.

Jasmine Sharma (Rosanna) is a South Asian-American actress/writer/activist based in Los Angeles. Recently, she was seen in The Wolves (McCarter Theater Center), Wives (Aurora Theater Company), and she worked with The 24 Hour Plays both as an actor and writer. Her writers have recently been produced by Jackalope Theater and Moxie Arts NYC, and the world premiere of her play Radial Gradient is currently in rehearsals at the Shattered Globe Theater in Chicago. For the 2022-23 season, she is a Reel Sisters Fellow and part of the IAMA Emerging Playwrights Lab.

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The usual running schedule is Thursday and Friday at 20.00, Saturday at 14.00 and 20.00 and Sunday at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $55. Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.colonytheatre.org or by phone at (866) 811-4111. The Colony Theater is located at 555 N. Third Street (between Cyprus and Magnolia) in Burbank, 91502. Free on-site parking is available.

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