Cady Huffman first came to Broadway as a replacement cast member in the hit musical La Cage aux Folles (1985), and was quickly cast in Bob Fosse’s Big Deal, to be followed by a Tony-Award nomination for her performance in The Will Rogers Follies (1991). In 2001, she played the role of Ulla in the original cast of the Broadwaymusical The Producers, by Mel Brooks. Huffman received the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for the role.
On television she has had guest starring roles on programs such as Frasier, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Mad About You. She appeared as herself in several guest spots on the television show Curb Your Enthusiasm during 2004. The show’s 4th season plot involved Larry David joining the cast of The Producers. Beginning in August 2005, Huffman took over for Kimberlin Brown as Dr. Paige Miller on One Life to Live. Her last episode aired on January 23, 2006. During 2011 and 2012 she has appeared in episodes of The Good Wife.
She is a regular food judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, described by host Alton Brown as “the Kitty Carlisle” of the series.
Kimberly most recently appeared Off- Broadway in Pacific Overtures. Some of her favorite credits include The Fantasticks (The Jerry Orbach Theater), Evita (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), and Waterfall (Pasadena Playhouse and The 5th Avenue Theatre). BFA, New York University. AEA Member. www.kimberlyimmanuel.com
Keri Safran(Juliette & Dialect Coach)
just moved to NYC from LA (Thank God). Member of: The Groundlings Sunday Company (Alum); The Antaeus Classical Theatre Ensemble. Recent TV: The Blacklist; The Real O’Neals. Moonlights as: Private Audition & Dialect Coach. Signature Move: Slow Split. Next Role: Lina Lamont/Singin’ in the Rain. www.kerisafran.com.
Valarie Pettiford(Madame Courcelles)
Tony nominee for ‘Fosse’ is an award winning actress dancer singer. Broadway/Tours highlights: Bob Fosse’s Dancin, Big Deal, Anita in West Side Story, Julie in Showboat, NAACP winner Queenie in The Wild Party. TV & Film: Being Mary Jane, Blacklist, True Blood, Treme, Jumping The Broom. 3 time NAACP nominee for Half & Half series.
a native Midwesterner, is thrilled to join the cast, crew, and creative team of City of Light for his first show in New York. Regional highlights include Jamie in The Last Five Years, Lieut. Cable in South Pacific, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, and Henry Hayter in Chamber Opera Chicago’s musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Keep up with him online! www.jackcotterell.com @ActorJacktor
is thrilled to be a part of CITY OF LIGHT. Anthony was recently seen in the first national tour of NEWSIES as well as NEWSIES LIVE (now available for digital download)! Select credits include 54 below sings Ed Sheeran, Toby in Sweeney Todd (Paramount Theatre), Sam in Crazy for You (Drury Lane), and Jinx in Forever Paid (Rocky Mountain Rep). Anthony is also a musician and multi instrumentalist. IG: @a_norms
is so excited to be a part of this new work! Select Regional: The Scottsboro Boys- Speakeasy Stage (2017 Elliot Norton Award – Best Musical), Dreamgirls- NSMT, The Donkey Show- ART, Kiss me Kate – Reagle Music Theatre, A Chorus Line- Reagle Music Theatre. Darren holds a BFA in musical theatre from The Boston Conservatory.
Rakel Aroyo(Keely/Ensemble/Juliette us)
is a New York-based actress from the faraway land of Istanbul-Turkey. After finishing her two-year conservatory program in Musical Theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy she transferred to the New School to complete her BFA. She is very excited that City of Light is one of the first projects she is working on after graduating college. She is very grateful for giving her this opportunity.
Katy Wilson(Laura/Ensemble/Molly us)
is thrilled to be making her NYC debut in City of Light! A recent graduate of Furman University, Katy earned a B.M. in Vocal Performance and a certificate from the Accademia dell’Arte in Tuscany for Theater and Voice. Favorite credits include: Fiona in Brigadoon, Marian in The Music Man, and Yum-Yum in The Mikado. Dedicated to Mom&Dad for their unwavering support and love! www.katywilson.org
Zachary Schanne(BACC Guy/Ensemble)
is thrilled to be a part of City of Light! Regional credits include: West Side Story (Tony, Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination- Best Actor ), Grease (Danny/Kenickie), The
Robber Bridegroom (Jamie Lockhart), Oklahoma (Ens, Curly u/s), She Loves Me (Arpad), and Royal Caribbean and Holland America Cruise lines.
Lorna Ventura(Associate Director/Choreographer)
is a performer and choreographer with a long list of credits in Broadway, Film and Television. Broadway credits include: Associate Choreographer, alongside George C. Wolfe in HARLEM SONG and Christopher Ashley in ALL SHOOK UP, SDC Observer to Kathleen Marshall in, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. Original Broadway cast: WICKED, GREASE and HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS(National) Film and TV choreography credits include, KATE AND LEOPLOD, IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY, Seasons 1-4 GOSSIP GIRL, Seasons 1-2, CARRIE DIARIES.
Anessa Marie(Music Director)
Anessa Marie is a music director, pianist, composer, educator, and orchestrator based in the NYC area. Musical Direction: NYC: An Intolerant Vaudeville, Breakup (reading), Stinky Kids, The Bully, Your Name on My Lips (TNC); Regional: 25th Annual Putnam…, Parade, Children of Eden, Oklahoma, Runaways, Godspell, Ragtime. Composer: Beautiful, Gender Boot Camp; Performer: Rocky Horror (Frankenfurter), Godspell (Jesus), MCMo40 (Helsa). Her debut album will be released in 2018. She is also an avid gender activist, and works with the Trevor Project to serve LGBTQIA youth; her book Privilege from a Dual Point of View will be released in 2018. She is the founder of Beyond Gender Love Transcends, and currently serves as the director of the organization. www.anessamarie.com
Joel Rosen(Production Stage Manager)
Most Recent: Cheers, Live On Stage (National Tour); Tours: Avenue Q, Billy Elliot, Dirty Dancing, The Classic Story Onstage, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, In The Heights, Shrek, Flashdance The Musical. Broadway: How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Musical; Imaginary Friends, Avenue Q. Off Broadway: Reasons to be Happy, Fat Pig, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well, The Thing About Men, The Exonerated; Regional: Avenue Q, Las Vegas; The Color Purple (Alliance Theatre, World Premiere); Over 30 shows Old Globe Theatre, San Diego. Proud Member of Actors Equity Association.
Margaux Maeght(Scenic Designer)
is a set designer and visual artist from Dunkerque (France). She had the chance to assist artists who influence her work including Matthew Barney and Monica Cook. Most recent credits: Macbeth, Babette’s Feats, Dream Play, Balm in Gilead, Blake Anemone. Past education at NYU Tisch (Set Design MFA), University of Peloponnese/Greece & La Sorbonne/Paris. margauxmaeght.com