Meet the Cast of 42nd Street

Meet the Cast of 42nd Street 2018-03-29T12:20:12+00:00

The Fireside auditions and hires professional singers, dancers and actors from all over the United States. Many come with Broadway and National Tour experience. All of them come with great talent and a passion for their craft.

Danielle Behrens (Peggy Sawyer) is absolutely thrilled to be returning to the Fireside Theatre after recently playing Belladova in PHANTOM. She is a California native with her BFA in musical theatre from Marymount Manhattan College. Some of her other favorite credits include SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Kathy), THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Clara), and the North American Tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ (Swing). She gives all her love to her family, friends, and darling, Adam.

Ronald L. Brown (Julian Marsh) recently brought Fireside audiences to tears as Gerard Carriere in Yeston & Kopit’s PHANTOM, and previously appeared as Daddy Warbucks in ANNIE and Juan Peron in EVITA.  National Tours: THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MY FAIR LADY, and EVITA.  Other favorites include Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA, Harold in THE FULL MONTY, Old Deuteronomy in CATS, Maurice in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Merlyn/Pellinore in CAMELOT, and Mark Rothko in the play RED.  Ron is a proud and active member of Actors’ Equity Association).

Stacey Harris (Dorothy Brock) Broadway: BELLS ARE RINGING. National Tours: CINDERELLA, SHOW BOAT, DREAMGIRLS. Off Broadway: PARDON MY ENGLISH, THE MEGILE OF ITZIK MANGER, THE GOLDEN LAND, LONE STAR LOVE. Favorite Regional: Sally Bowles in CABARET (Wilde Award, Best Actress in a Musical), Velma and Roxie in CHICAGO, Lola in DAMN YANKEES, Morticia in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Tanya in MAMMA MIA, Anita in WEST SIDE STORY, and Rosie in BYE BYE BIRDIE. Northwestern University graduate.

Gerrianne Genga (Maggie Jones) is so thrilled to be making her Fireside Theatre debut! Favorite Credits: 42ND STREET National Tour (Maggie Jones), HAIRSPRAY (Velma), LEND ME A TENOR (Maria), 42ND STREET (Dorothy Brock). Thank you Ed Flesch and Fireside Theatre, and Lucille DiCampli. All the love to Rick, Jordan, Jade, family and friends.

Brendan Malafronte (Bert Barry) is pleased as punch to be making his Fireside debut! Favorite credits include Disney Cruise Line (Bert, Lumiere), ANNIE National Tour (Bert Healy), THE PRODUCERS (Leo Bloom), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Cosmo), LEND ME A TENOR (Max), and THE 39 STEPS (Clown 2). Thanks go out to his parents, Alice and Bob, for their support, his girlfriend Andrea Dotto for her love, and Ed for the opportunity.

Nathan Mittleman (Billy Lawlor) Fireside debut! Chicago/regional credits: 42ND STREET (Paramount); THE LITTLE MERMAID, SHREK (Chicago Shakespeare); NICE WORK…, SPAMALOT, BIG FISH, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 42ND STREET (Theatre at the Center); MARY POPPINS (Dells Palace); ANNIE (Cardinal Stage); ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S…, FANCY NANCY, JUNIE B. JONES (Northbrook TYA). Directing/choreography: THE LITTLE MERMAID (Round Barn Theatre). BFA: Indiana University. Proud member of AEA. IG: @nathanmittleman

Olin Davidson (Abner Dillon) is thrilled to be making his Fireside debut while performing in his 5th production of 42ND STREET.  Credits include MY FAIR LADY (Henry Higgins), MARY POPPINS (Bert), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Lumiere), THE LITTLE MERMAID (Scuttle), OKLAHOMA! (Will Parker), CATS (Skimbleshanks), MAMMA MIA (Harry), FOREVER PLAID (Smudge).  He has also performed with Debbie Gibson as a backup dancer and Barry Manilow as a vocalist.  Many thanks to Ed and the folks at Fireside for this opportunity, and my loving family for their never ending support.

Melissa Buriak (Anytime Annie) is thrilled to be back at the Fireside after appearing as Cheryl Finfer in MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET this Christmas season.  She most recently performed with the Tulsa Ballet as a guest tap dancer in the US Premiere of Strictly Gershwin. Favorite regional credits: 42ND STREET (Phyllis), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Rhoda), ANYTHING GOES (Purity), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Christmas Future).  She is a proud member of Guilty Pleasures Cabaret. Love to Mom, Dad, and Matty B.

Doug Reed (Andy Lee) is happy to reprise the role that first brought him to The Fireside. He is now a proud veteran of 30 years and 128 shows. Some of his favorite roles include Gideon in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Cosmo in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Tommy Djilas in THE MUSIC MAN, Paul in KISS ME KATE, Zebulan in all three productions of JOSEPH, and Wes Warnicker in FOOTLOOSE. Doug is also active as a choreographer and director for high schools, universities, and community theatres across Southern Wisconsin and is a proud six time Tommy Award winner!

Jason Plourde (Pat Denning) is a versatile performer with nearly 20 years experience in opera, theatre and musical theatre. Most notable credits have included Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI, Verdi’s FALSTAFF and MACBETH, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (JEKYLL AND HYDE), Henry Higgins (MY FAIR LADY), Dr. Craven (THE SECRET GARDEN), Padre (MAN OF LA MANCHA), Tom (THE NORMAN CONQUESTS), Tony Wendice (DIAL M FOR MURDER), and Eddie (LOST IN YONKERS). For upcoming performances, videos and more, visit

Annie Jo Ermel (Phyllis) is delighted to make her Fireside Theatre debut! She is a Chicago-based educator, choreographer, performer, but a PROUD Cheesehead! Regional Credits: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, MADAGASCAR, ANYTHING GOES, THE NUTCRACKER at The Marriott Theatre; WHITE CHRISTMAS, ROCK OF AGES (Constance), 42ND STREET (Phyllis) at Drury Lane Oakbrook; and HAIRSPRAY (Tammy) at The Paramount. So many thanks to Ed and Shanna for this opportunity, Brenda for her support, and her family and friends for their constant love.

Colleen Roberts (Lorraine) is overjoyed to be returning to 42ND STREET! Favorite credits: daughter to Mom and Dad; sister to Steve, Mike, and Ryan; niece and cousin to many; friend to countless others. She has also been seen in the national tour of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS, WEST SIDE STORY, and the premier of Intaglio Productions’ THE STORM in NYC. Love to Jersey and Rider MT!

Elise Kowalick (Diane) is thrilled to be making her Fireside debut! Favorite credits include 42ND STREET (National Tour), CRAZY FOR YOU (Signature Theatre), and OKLAHOMA! (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma). Elise is a proud graduate of Oklahoma City University. Originally from Northern Virginia, she sends endless love and gratitude to her parents for their unwavering support. Many thanks to the entire Fireside team!

Amanda Sylvia (Ethel) is thrilled to be making her Fireside debut! Favorite credits include: The National Tour of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (Alexander), PETER PAN (Peter), LITTLE WOMEN (Amy), and WEST SIDE STORY (Anybodys). Amanda holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from California State University, Fullerton and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. She thanks Ed Flesch for this wonderful opportunity and sends much love to her ever-supportive family, friends, and MTF13RCE!

Aubrey Cheek (Gladys) is thankful to be making her Fireside debut! Originally from Florida, Aubrey is a New York City based dancer and actor. She most recently performed in the 29th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Aubrey is an alumna of the 2017 Tap Program at Jacob’s Pillow. Thanks to Mom, Baxter, and her friends and teachers for their love and support, and to Ed and The Fireside Theatre for this wonderful opportunity!

Alex John Johnson (Frankie) is thrilled to be back at The Fireside after performing in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN! He is originally from Kansas City, KS and is a proud graduate from Oklahoma City University with a degree in dance performance. He most recently toured the country in 42ND STREET. Special thanks to Ed, Shanna, Mary, and MJ for putting him on his feet again and his wonderful family, friends, and Nick for their endless love and constant support.

Bradlee Laight (Willard, Doctor) is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up dancing at his family’s dance studio where  he won numerous regional and national dance competitions! A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, his musical theatre credits include CATS (Mungojerrie), HAZEL FLAGG (Off-Broadway), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Carpet) and ELF National Tour! He is thrilled to be joining the cast of 42ND STREET and wants to thank his family and friends for the endless support! @bradleelaight

Carlos Morales (Oscar, Thug) is making his Fireside debut with 42ND STREET. From “La Isla del Encanto” Puerto Rico to the American stage! After having played Andy Lee in the most recent National Tour of 42ND STREET, he is thrilled to be a part of this magical show one more time. “Shut up, we can’t hear the mime!” Love you, Mom!

Luke Rose (Danny, Thug) is elated to tap it out in 42ND STREET! Regional: ELF (Buddy) at Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse; THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES (Wrangler) at Pioneer Theatre Company; Ensembles for multiple shows at The Little Theatre On The Square and Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. Upcoming: Returning to LTOTS for DAMN YANKEES (Joe Hardy), YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (The Monster), and for the holidays heading to Cumberland County Playhouse for Holiday Inn (Ted Hanover). Romans 1:16

Michael Persson (Gene) is thrilled to make his Fireside Theatre debut with 42ND STREET. Recently, he finished his contract with Disney Cruise Line as a main stage performer. National Tour: 42ND STREET (Andy u/s)  Favorite Regional Credits: FOOTLOOSE (Ren), WEST SIDE STORY (Big Deal), OKLAHOMA!, CRAZY FOR YOU, and CATS. Graduate of CAP21: America’s Musical Theatrical Conservatory in NYC. Michael would like to thank his family, and Lauren for their love and continuous support. Follow me! @michaelpersson

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