The sold-out UK & Chicago hit arrives in Los Angeles

THE ORIGINAL GAME OF THRONES PARODY

Nov 19- May 21,2017 JUST EXTENDED!!!

 

How many spoilers will “Thrones! The Musical Parody” provide for the still blissfully unaware GoT fan? Will Tyrion’s accent ever improve?  Can Jon Snow possibly know more than nothing? Just how red can the Red Wedding get? And is Gandalf still alive?! [wait…] Find out in this hilarious send-up of HBO’s phenomenally successful Game of Thrones.

Born from the twisted minds of Baby Wants Candy, one of the most exhilarating improv ensembles in the world, “Thrones! The Musical Parody” completely sold out its entire run in 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, followed up with sold-out performances at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. This hilarious musical creation is an absolute must-see performance.

L.A. Showtimes:

Hudson Theatre
Fridays 8pm 

Saturdays 3pm and 8pm

Sundays 3pm

TICKETS $40

Matinees $35

Call now! 323.960.5770

More info at www.hudsontheatre.com.

Tickets also available on plays411.com

“Highly Recommended!” Chicago Sun-Times

★★★★★ “An appropriately profanity-laden, incest-filled version of HBO’s crown jewel”
— THE SUNDAY TIMES 

★★★★★ “Darkly humorous and beautifully vulgar… one not to miss”
— EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE

★★★★ “Hilarious… its non-stop laughter”
— MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW

★★★★ “A complete hoot”
— THE MUMBLE

photos by Jessica Verma

Cast & Crew

Producers: Emily Dorezas & Al Samuels

Book and Music By: Chris Grace, Zach Reino, Al Samuels, Dan Wessels

Director: John Flynn

Musical Director: Douglas Drew

Choreographer: Kim McVicar

Cast: Leslie Collins, Jessica Joy, Chris Grace, Meghan Park, Al Samuels, Jordan Stidham

Understudies: Joseph Martone, Katie Michels, Amber Petty, Nick Waaland

Set Designer and Build: Pete Hickok

Costume Designer: Amanda Gladu and Misha Reeves Bybee

Sound Designer: Eric Backus

Prop Designer: Patrick Ham and Misha Reeves Bybee

Stage and Production Manager: Marion Pugliesi

Cast Bios

Leslie Collins

is thrilled to be joining the cast of Thrones! in LA after performing the show with Baby Wants Candy this summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Leslie recently moved from NYC, where she performed improv, musical improv and sketch at UCB, the PIT and Magnet.  In addition to her comedy career, you can catch her in commercials, on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and MTV’s “Made” as a comedy coach. She is the director, producer and creator of We Love Bedtime Stories, a storytelling podcast for kids and grown up kids! WeLoveBedtimeStories.com 

Jessica Joy

Off-Broadway and First Nat’l tour “50 Shades! the Musical”. Baby Wants Candy, Dream Role. Film: Bad Johnson, Janie Jones. TV: “Bad Judge”, “My Life is a Joke”, “Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious”, “The Playboy Club”. Alumni of The Second City, etc and The Second City Nat’l Touring Company (RedCo), Porchlight Music Theatre, The Barn Theatre, The Huron Playhouse and Cedar Point Live Entertainment. Repped by Innovative Artists. Listen to Jessica co-host the Housewives Kiki show on iTunes JessicaJoy.com @J2thaJOY

Chris Grace

is proud to help bring Westeros to LA. He previously originated the role of Christian Grey off-Broadway in “50 Shades! The Musical”, and performs regularly with Baby Wants Candy and Magic To Do at UCB. He recently appeared in “This Is Us” and “Superstore” on NBC and “Serious Music” on ABC Digital. He also shows up briefly in “This Awkward Moment”, where all of his lines were cut, but it’s fun to imagine what he might have said. Follow him @chrisgrace! Love to Eric and the memory of Paul.

Meghan Parks

Is an LA born and raised actress and comedian.  She is thrilled to be a part fo this incredible cast adn epic show. Some of Meghans’ credits include UCB’s Quick and Funny Musicals. Fringe Fest, Freak Dance the Movie. UCB Variety Show on Seeso and NBC’s Superstore. You can also catch her in the hot new Cottonelle commercial talking about her bathroom habits. 

Albert Samuels

Performed in the 2015 and 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival casts of Thrones!, and when not with the show, Al plays with the LA cast of musical improv supergroup Baby Wants Candy (UCB LA), toured with Second City’s National Touring Company and co-wrote and performed in two critically acclaimed reviews on Second City’s Mainstage. He co-created and starred in the NBC Comedy “Sports Action Team” and “The Venue”, which won best pilot in the Comedy Central Pilot Competition, and co-wrote the horror comedy screenplay “I’m Just the Pizza Guy” which is currently in development with Montecito Picture Company.

Jordan Stidham

 

was last seen playing Alf in Raw Sill Productions Peter and the Starcatcher.  Other credits include Prince Topher in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (PCPA), Jim O’Connor in The Glass Menagerie (PCPA), Mr. Palmer in Sense and Sensibility (PCPA), Balthasar in Romeo and Juliet (Kingsmen Shakespeare), First Watch in Much Ado About Nothing (Kingsmen Shakespeare), Slim in the World Premiere of Bubble Boy: The Musical.

Joseph Martone

Understudy

is a stage and screen actor known for starring in the movie Scratch, his Fringe Festival one man show Just Another Testimony, and the T.V. show Boober. He also has done commercial work for Hasbro, FLSK, Paramount, and Studio West.

Katie Michels

Understudy

has performed in commercials, films, television shows, and on various stages throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, and Canada. In 2010 Katie started performing improv and sketch at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland OR, where she was a main stage ensemble member for 5-years before relocating to LA. You can catch Katie on the past two seasons of Portlandia (IFC), Grimm (NBC), and every 2nd Sunday on the iOWest house team June’s Cleaver.  IG: thekatiemichels

Amber Petty

Understudy

is pleased to be a part of Thrones! She’s appeared Off-Broadway in 50 Shades! The Musical, does improv at UCB, and had one non naked line in Masters of Sex. Find her at amberpetty.com and follow her fun craft blog, half-assedcrafts.com!

Nick Waaland

Understudy

is more stoked to be a part of this show than Jon Snow in that cave. Nick performed in: Ethan in THE FULL MONTY(3DT), Beast in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST(Post Playhouse) , Yukon Cornelious in RUDOLPH… REINDEER (McCoy Rigby), Bert in MARY POPPINS (Sadddleback), Ernst Ludwig in CABARET(Post Playhouse) and Rocky in DAMN YANKEES (3DT). Thank you to Mom, Dad, Bobby, and everyone else who has had a hand in shaping my life. This is for you! nickwaaland.com

Production Bios

Emily Dorezas (Executive Producer) is Co-Producer/Writer of 50 Shades! The Parody Musical. She is Executive Producer of Baby Wants Candy and Spark Creative and served as producer/writer for Second City’s Business Theater. Emily has performed stand-up comedy across the US and appeared on Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, Stand Up Live and Sports Action Team. Twitter: @Emdorezas

Albert Samuels (Writer) is as proud as Daenerys at a cookout over this amazing cast and crew.  Al is a founding member of musical improv supergroup Baby Wants Candy (with whom he currently performs at UCBLA), toured with Second City’s National Touring Company and co-wrote and performed in two critically acclaimed reviews on Second City’s Mainstage. He co-created and starred in the NBC Comedy Sports Action Team and The Venue, which won best pilot in the Comedy Central Pilot Competition.

Chris Grace (Writer/Composer) is proud to perform and collaborate with Baby Wants Candy regularly, the highlight of which was originating the role of Christian Grey in 50 Shades! The Musical Parody around the world and off-Broadway. He also co-wrote the independent pilot Actualized (NYTVF Best Writing), Star Wars: The Farce Awakens (with Jody Shelton and Tim Sniffen), and has written for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Follow him @ChrisGrace. He wishes to dedicate tonight’s show to the memory of his father Paul Shieh.

Zach Reino (Writer/Composer) is an Actor/Writer from Santa Barbara, California, and joined the long running improvised musical company Baby Wants Candy in 2014. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama from UC Irvine before moving to Los Angeles where he been a house performer with The Upright Citizens Brigade (LA) since 2010. Zach is one half of the musical sketch duo The Zach and The Jess. Acting Credits include: Party Over Here, Conan, James Corden, Comedy Bang Bang, Serious Music, Fatal Decision, Hotwives of Los Vegas, Nickelodeon, and Funny or Die. Writing Credits include: ABC, Nickelodeon, Funny or Die, Maker Studios, and Buzzfeed.

Dan Wessels (Writer/Composer) is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter and music director. Theater: 50 Shades: The Musical (Co-composer – Off-Broadway, US Tour, Las Vegas); Baby Wants Candy (music director – UCB LA, Edinburgh Fringe); Undateable & In Trump We Trust: The Musical (composer – Second City Hollywood). Film: Improvising (NYTVF award recipient). Much love to Mom and Dad for paying for all those piano lessons. Thank you for coming! www.danwessels.com

Nick Semar (Writer/Composer)  is originally from the St. Louis area and graduated from Missouri State University with a BFA in Theater Performance. He is a resident of Chicago where he has trained and performed at the iO Theater, and performed with ComedySportz Chicago and the full band improvised musical Baby Wants Candy. He was also a part of both the Edinburgh Fringe & North American touring cast of 50 Shades! The Musical. He would like to thank his family, Al, & Em. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @nicksemar.

John Flynn (Director) returns to direct Thrones! after directing the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe production. He co-wrote the Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus at Rockwell Table and Stage where he also performed the roles of  Big Papa Lebowski in the Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Big Lebowski and Miranda Priestly in the Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Devil Wears Prada. He directs, performs, and teaches at the UCB Theater in LA. He was co-creator of Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made! Ever! and directed one person shows of Jenny Slate, Jon Gabrus, Joe Mande, and many others. Every Friday he goes to a movie and live tweets during it. If you want to read those, follow him @JFly99.

Douglas Drew (Musical Director) is an active composer and music director in Los Angeles. As music director, he was involved in the acclaimed musical production,”30 Minute Musicals: Ghostbusters and Teen Witch”- written by Brooke Seguin and Dan Wessels. Douglas’ compositions have appeared in award winning films such as, “The Triple Feature,” which earned him and director, Jorgen Pederson “Best Art Film” at the Fest USA International Film Festival. He is a recent Vanderbilt University graduate, studying composition with USC Thronton School of Music Classical Composition Professor, Neal Desby. 

Kimberly McVicar (Choreographer)  has been in the entertainment business since the age of 5 when she appeared on Tiny Talent Time (Canada’s Star Search). She then went on to dance in Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, MTV Video Music Awards, and has danced for Tony Award winners such as Tommie Walsh and Dan Knechtes, P. Diddy, M.C. Hammer, and Kid Sister. Kim has over a million views on Funny Or Die videos that she  wrote and acted in. Some include The Kim Kardashian Show, TMI Hollywood, Valentine’s Day Bro, Save Parks And Recreation. You can see her performing stand-up around town at The Comedy Store, Flappers and almost every Sunday night at The Acme Theatre. IG: Kimberteh

Marion Pugliesi (Stage & Production Manager/ Lighting Design)  is a freelance Production Manager, Stage Manager and Technician. She owns a degree in Creative Producing and Management from the California Instite of the Arta. Recent work includes: UMPO: Troop Beverly Hills and UMPO Hocus Pocus (Rockwell Table and Stage); After It Happened (Invertigo Dance Theatre); Rosanna Gamson Stil/Restless (RedCat Theatre); Spring and Winter Dance Concert (Sharon Disney Lund Theatre); Almost Famous in Concert (Troubadour Theatre) Simple Shakespeare Festival (Shakespeare Center of LA); The Ovation Awards (LA Stage Alliance); American Idiot LA (Glory|Struck Production); Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Assembly Festival).

Haley Miller (Assistant Stage Manager) has just recently graduated from the University of Southern California with a BFA in Technical Direction and an emphasis in stage management and lighting design. For more on Haley, please check out her website: www.haley-miller.com!

Eric Backus (Sound Designer) is excited to join the creative team of Thrones! Eric’s recent sound design and music composition credits include The Unfortunates (SoloChicago Theatre), Savage in Limbo (Poor Theatre), Northanger Abbey (Lifeline Theatre), The Bachelors (Cole Theatre), and The Old Friends (Raven Theatre). He also designed the Off-Broadway and touring productions of SoloChicago Theatre’s Churchill. Eric has worked with many Chicago theatres including Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf, Route 66, American Blues Theater, Silk Road Rising, and Mary-Arrchie. To hear his music, please visit www.ericbackus.com.

Amanda Gladu (Costume Designer) is going in to her third year as an MFA candidate in Costume Design at Northwestern University. Amanda is originally from Texas and holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Previous work includes Equivocation (Wallis Lab Series) and Anna in the Tropics (Mainstage) at Northwestern University. Later this year and into 2017 she will be designing Sweet Charity (Mainstage) and Stick Fly (Mainstage) at Northwestern University. Amanda sends love to Logan for always supporting her. More information at amandagladu.com.

Patrick Ham (Props Designer) is an Assistant Professor at Wilbur Wright College, where he is the Production Coordinator and teaches Design & Technical Theatre. Selected Professional Design Credits include Dryland (Upstart Productions-Dallas), Dogfight, Ordinary Days, Amadeus, and Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Boho Theatre).  Patrick holds a M.F.A in Scenic Design from Illinois State University and is an Artistic Associate at Boho Theatre. He would like to thank his wife Theresa for her love and support and his amazing son Cole who, at 8 years old, always seems to have great design advice.

Misha Reeves Bybee (Costume and Prop Builder) Misha teaches art through neuroscience, can be seen in many shows around Hollywood, and is a real live redhead.

Pete Hickok (Set Designer and Build) is a scenic designer, production designer, and sculptor based out of Los Angeles.  His most recent scenic design projects include “Drama Queens From Hell”, “Grand Hotel”, “Blood From a Stone”, “The Cause My Soul”, “Weapons, My Sister”, “Father Son and the Holy Coach”, “Marriage of Figaro”, “Awake and Sing!”, and “Rio”.  He was also recently production designer for “Medicare Mermaids” among his other ventures curating and exhibiting in the contemporary art world.