About the Show
A DAMNED FUNNY MUSICAL
See the world’s most notorious women carry a tune. Or an axe. Or a grudge. Featuring four talented performers playing over twenty roles, HELL’S BELLES is a fast-paced, razor-sharp new musical.
In Hell’s theater district, a show-biz-loving devil hosts a revue featuring famous and infamous women from history. Hear Janis Joplin celebrate sex, drugs, booze and rock ‘n’ roll. Watch the epic showdown between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Witness Princess Diana’s surprise visit from Heaven. These are just some of the women you’ll meet in the underworld’s longest-running club. Check the video clip for a look behind-the-scenes.
Off -Broadway Cast
Thrilled to be back as Judy, Janis, Godiva, and more! Off and Way Off Broadway: The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun (NYMF Award Outstanding Performance), Hell’s Belles, Lucky Stiff, Sasquatched!, JAWS, Kaboom, Johnny on a Spot. Regional: Educating Rita (Inland Theatre League Award), Little Shop of Horrors, Frankenstein, MAME. Film: Sincerely Yours (NYU Craft Award), Laundry, Tick Tock. www.lauradaniel.net
MICHAEL KIRK LANEis a two-time MAC Award nominated performer who recently debuted his newest solo show Now You Know. He also works as a teaching artist for Wingspan Arts, and as Associate Producer for No Strings Productions. Proud member of AEA and graduate of Siena Heights University. Thanks to Tweiss and the team for bringing him along on the highway to Hell. www.michaelkirklane.com
RACHEL ERIN O’MALLEY
Welcome to your eternity! Audiences who are damned together, stay together. You can see Rachel performing all over New York as her alter ego Ladybird Finch in L’Opera Burlesque and with The Hot Box Girls. Her favorite roles include The Baker’s Wife, Cherubino in Figaro, and her highly reviewed performance as Eva Peron. A very different Eva than you will see later however.
is thrilled to be joining this underworld cabaret! Off-Broadway: THE UNDERCLASSMAN, Tours: DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST(Belle) and SHREK THE MUSICAL(Fiona). Regional favorites include THE WIZARD OF OZ (Dorothy) and LES MISERABLES (Cosette). Thanks to Friends, Mom and Dad, Michael Cassara and the awesome gals at FSE! All her love to her little family, Teddy and Steve.
ALI GORDON (u/s)
Off-Broadway debut! Other New York credits: Crossing Swords (NYMF 2013, winner Theater for the American Musical Prize), The Underclassman, Sam I Am, The Goldstein Variations. Most recently, Ali wrote and starred in The Party’s Over, which enjoyed two sold-out runs at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Ali is an improviser, and can often be found performing new characters, or creating sketch comedy with Far From Famous.
CHARLES OSBORNE (u/s)
Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway. Regional: Barry Manilow’s Harmony (Alliance Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre); The Producers (Hollywood Bowl); Cabaret (Emcee); What a Glorious Feeling (Gene Kelly); Anything Goes (Billy Crocker); The MUNY. Television: Oklahoma! 1943 recreation on PBS (Will Parker). Workshops: Lincoln Center, York Theatre, Classic Stage. Writing credits: Paris Through the Window, The Body Politic. Graduate of NCSA. www.charles-osborne.com
BRYAN D. LEYS (Book & Lyrics)
is a direct descendent of the devil, Mephistopho Leys. Musicals: How to Marry a Divorced Man, Between the Lines, Murder on Broadway, Hoodwinked, Midsummer Nights, The Forgotten Film of Dorian Grey (Michael Stewart Award) and The Union and Crystal Ann McKay (audience favorite 2015 Barter Theatre Appalachian Festival). bryanleys.com
STEVE LIEBMAN (Composer)
contributed music, book and/or lyrics to eight published shows including two based on Newbery Medal winners: The Great Gilly Hopkins, which played to sold out houses at the New Victory on 42nd Street, and Bridge to Terabithia (Kennedy Center). Steve co-authored The Wonder Years, which won 12 Drama-Logue Awards in Los Angeles, and was produced Off-Broadway and in many regional theatres. With Mr. Leys, he co-authored Hoodwinked and a musical version of Dorian Gray (Michael Stewart Award winner). He composed the score for Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol with Dr. Steven Tay.
JOHN ZNIDARSIC (Director)
has dedicated a great deal of his career to the nurturing and development of new plays and musicals: Broadway’s Future Series at Lincoln Center (Director/Producer), The National Music Theater Network (Producing Director), The Michael Stewart Musical Theater Foundation Awards (Chairman), Broadway Close-Up Series (Director), In Celebration of Life BC/EFA Concerts (Producer/Director). He has directed countless productions both regionally and in New York and has served on the theater faculties of New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and Manhattan School of Music.
MARY FEINSINGER (Music Director, Pianist, Vocal Arranger)
is music director/arranger of the Broadway at 92Y Chorus. Despite her being a graduate of The Juilliard School in voice, the Times acclaimed her as “the world’s best Yiddish scat singer.” A member of The BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, she has written many musicals, including Whatever Happened To Lolana Lamour?, with Bryan Leys. maryfeinsinger.com
EUGENIO CONTENTI (Musical Staging)
Actor, director and choreographer, Eugenio has worked in several productions both in Italy and in the US, where he is now based. Recently, Eugenio has assistant directed Evan Pappas for Lucky Stiff and choreographed the upcoming TNNY’s production of Carrie – The Musical. Eugenio is also a member of the Musical Theatre Faculty at AMDA, NY. A huge thank you to John Znidarsic, Tweiss Productions and everybody involved in this adventure! @eugeniocontenti
HEATHER ARNSON (Production Stage Manager)
National: The Acting Company (ASM); America Amerique (Staff Director); Menopause the Musical (ASM); Regional: The Hamilton Mixtape (dir. Thomas Kail, NYS&F), Off-Broadway: Brooklynite (dir. Michael Mayer, (ASM)), An Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (dir. Sarah Benson, Soho Rep.), additional productions at Vineyard, NYTW, Labyrinth, 54 Below, NYMF, The New Group. SDCF Observership 2009-2011. Master’s work – NYU Gallatin. B.A. UCLA – Theatre. Proud member of AEA. Thank you to Chris for his continuous love and support.
JOSH IACOVELLI (Scenic & Lighting Design)
Favorite projects include Honor Bound which he also directed, Ruthless! The Musical, (dir. Joel Paley), It’s Just Sex, (dir. Rick Shaw), and Broken Circle (featuring Eve Plumb), Cougar The Musical! (dir. Lynne Taylor Corbett), Miracle on South Division Street (Penguin Rep), Eric Krebs’s Greed (dir. Christopher Scott). Josh has designed several long running off-Broadway hits such as Jim Brochu’s The Zero Hour, Danny and Sylvia, Sistas the Musical, Channelling, Kevin Spacey, Dietrich and Chevalier, and Seth Rudetsky’s Disaster! Josh has also designed several productions for Amas Musical Theatre and Storm Theatre Co. Josh has a B.A. in Theatre from Stockton College and an MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School at New School University.
DUSTIN CROSS (Costume Design)
Broadway: The 24Hour Plays (American Airlines). Off Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Other Josh Cohen, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging, Cougar The Musical. Regional (select): Billy Elliot, The Witches of Eastwick (Regional premieres) Joseph… Dreamcoat (Broadway World Award: Best Costume Design), West Side Story (Irene Award), In the Blood and The Christmas Rose (Carnegie Hall) Film: The Little Button Girl (December 2015, starring Dick Van Dyke). Thanks to my parents for their never ending love and support! ENJOY! dustincross.net
ANNA WINTER (Wardrobe Assistant)
Thank you to Dustin and the Weisses for including Winter in this production. She is part of BC/EFA, and received the award for Outstanding Costume Designer for MITF 2013 for Warp Speed, under producer Ben Simpson. Check out annawinter.weebly.com for more of her work on stage and screen. Let’s go to hell.
MICHAEL CASSARA, CSA (Casting Director)
Recent credits include Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), Forbidden Broadway (most recent two editions/cast albums), The 12 (Denver Center/world premiere), I Love Lucy® Live On Stage (2014–15 national tour), dozens of regional theatres and countless readings and workshops. Resident Casting Office for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (since 2007) and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (since 2013). Film: The Hyperglot (dir. Michael Urie, Artios nomination for excellence in casting), Contest, Grantham & Rose. MichaelCassara.net / @michaelcassara
AMANDA BOHAN MARKETING (Marketing & Advertising)
ABM is a boutique full-service marketing & advertising firm specializing in theatrical productions and arts & culture, with expertise in marketing & promotions, traditional & online advertising, and creative services. Some current/recent clients includes: Standard Time: A Dance Musical, Bedlam’s New York Animals, Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility, Would You Still Love Me If…, Drop Dead Perfect, In Bed With Roy Cohn, Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes,The Imbible, A Queen for a Day, For The Last Time: A New Jazz Musical, Application Pending, Sheen Center, Urban Stages, All For One Theater, JCC Metrowest/NJ Jewish Film Festival, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. AmandaBohanMarketing.com
MERI KRASSNER (SRO Marketing)
has been “getting butts in seats” since her first job on Forever Plaid – the National Tour and its sit down productions. She has represented many off-Broadway productions including Party, all the Forbidden Broadways since 1996, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Over the River …, The Last Five Years, Menopause the Musical!, Dai, and others, most recently The Amazing Max. Producer on All Shook Up, consultant on other projects including The Toxic Avenger, on the board of AHRC, NYC FAIR and member of the OBA. srotheatrical.com
TWEISS PRODUCTIONS, LLC (Producer)
Sharon Weiss and Eileen B. Weiss. Associate Producers of Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging. Producers of A Short Wake, Between the Lines, NY revival of Goodtime Charley. In development: How to Marry a Divorced Man; Appendage. Eileen co-wrote/produced Same Difference and worked for the Shubert Organization, Cameron Mackintosh Inc., Actors Theatre of Louisville.
NICHOLAS JAMES OPALENIK/EVENT HORIZON PRODUCTIONS (Associate Producer)
was inspired to become a producer by the show business tycoons of the Vaudeville and Burlesque era. Nicholas’s extensive backstage experience includes working at New Victory Theater, Bergen Performing Arts Center, and George St. Playhouse. Nicholas is an alumnus of The William Paterson University of New Jersey, and a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).
A medley of musical genres is neatly performed and parodied — cabaret, country, rock ‘n’ roll — all resulting in a devilishly good time!
- Fern Seigel, Huffington Post
Brings to mind “Forbidden Broadway” but with historical figures and pop references — a lot of fun and pure escapism.
- Eva Heinemann, Hi! Drama
"HELL’S BELLES is a clever concept with lyrics to match. It’s a red-hot campy cabaret that is scandalously sinful and full of forbidden fun."
"One part vaudeville and two parts burlesque, "Hell's Belles" is filled with raucous fun."
- NY Theatre-wire
"If you ever feared a future in Hell, this is the show to see....Hell’s Belles is the show for a night of fun and foolery. "
"A helluva show!"
"A sure-fire hit!"