Brad DeLeone (Dorian Gray)
Brad is very excited to be a part of the NYMF in this thrilling piece of musical theatre. Theatre credits include: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (Anthony), DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Gaston), NEXT TO NORMAL (Henry), THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE (Edmund Pevensie), DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID (Prince Eric), FOOTLOOSE (Ren McCormack), SNYDER V. PHELPS: A NEW MUSICAL (Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder), YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Schroeder), and GUYS AND DOLLS (Nicely-Nicely Johnson). Much thanks to family for their support and to the creative team for the opportunity to bring Dorian to life!
Lee Cortopassi (Lord Henry Wotton)
Lee is very excited to be part of this year's NYMF in Dorian Gray: The Musical. He was recently seen in New York, Off Broadway, in The IMBIBLE: CHRISTMAS CAROL COCKTAILS (Jake Barley). Lee is an ensemble member of Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia, PA. Recent credits there include LOVE'S LABOR LOST (The King) and THE BROKEN HEART (Nearchus) in rep. He has also worked at The Tank, Cap 21 & The PIT in NYC. His original play, THE BIG: A FARCE NOIR premiered at the Sedgwick Theater in Philadelphia this past winter, where Lee served as producer, director, playwright & actor.
Topher Layton (Basil Hallward)
Topher is thrilled to be involved in the NYMF making his New York debut with such a wonderful production, and with a story that has always resonated with him. Most recently, he was seen as Eugene Fodor in CRAZY FOR YOU at The Candlelight Theatre. Other Regional work includes: The Media Theatre in BILLY ELLIOT and A CHRISTMAS STORY, The Walnut Theatre in MARRY POPPINS, The Candlelight Theatre in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, HOW TO SUCCEED…, SWEENEY TODD, SECRET GARDEN, SPAMALOT, CAMELOT. Favorite roles include: Zanna (ZANNA DON'T), George (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE T), Lefou and Cogsworth (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST). When Topher isn’t busy on stage, you can find him taking care of his two wonderful fur babies, or drinking too much coffee. Thank you, mother, Marcy, and husband Theo, for the love and support every step of the way.
Courtney Boches (Mrs. Vane)
Courtney is thrilled to continue with this production at NYMF after originating the role of Mrs. Vane last summer in the first reading. She has a Masters in Theatre from Villanova University and a B.S. in TV production and scriptwriting from Ithaca College. She works as a freelance costume designer, director, and teacher in suburban Philadelphia at both professional and educational theatres. On stage roles include Annie Oakley (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN), Ethel Toffelmier (THE MUSIC MAN), Mazeppa (GYPSY), Mary Bailey (IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE), Helena (A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT DREAM), and others. Thanks to Chris Dayett, Christen Mandracchia, and the team for the privilege of continuing with this project! www.courtneyboches.com
Kevin Durkin (Isaac Feinman)
Kevin is thrilled to play a part in such an exciting new production! A multi-faceted performer, Kevin has performed at various locations in the Philadelphia Area. Adept at a large range of musical styles, he particularly enjoys performing his cabaret act, where he sings everything from Jazz, to Folk, to Classical (and always throwing in a few impressions of his favorite divas!). Recent Cabaret Venues include The Mermaid Inn in Mt. Airy, Pa, and The Centre Theater in Norristown, Pa where he has had the privilege of working with his brother, Matt, and his production company Starving Artist Prevention. Kevin is the Bass Section Leader/ Soloist at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Newtown Square, Pa, where he has the opportunity to perform a wide range of Sacred and Oratorio works. Other Recent Credits Include: Albert Peterson in BYE BYE BIRDIE (Barn Playhouse), Gregory Gardner in A CHORUS LINE (King of Prussia Players), The Voice of Audrey II in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (UMLY Players) , and Chorus in LA TRAVIATA (Delaware Valley Opera Company). Kevin expresses immense gratitude to Christopher Dayett for his brilliant work, and Christen Mandracchia for the opportunity to work together again!
Carter Horton (The Portrait)
Carter is a recent graduate of the acting program at the University of the Arts and proud to be making his NYMF debut. Previous credits include: THE TEMPEST, ROMEO AND JULIET (Virginia Stage Company); GOD'S EAR, TWELFTH NIGHT, WINTER'S TALE (University of the Arts).
Tyreese Kadle (James Vane)
Tyreese is thrilled to be making his New York debut in such an amazing project. Credits include: RAGTIME (Coalhouse) King of Prussia Players, EDGES (Man 1) Playcrafters Theater, and YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Snoopy) Stars of Tomorrow Cabaret. He wants to thank his friends and family for their endless support and encouragement that has helped him flourish in his theatrical pursuits. Thank you to Christopher Dayett and team for the opportunity to bring this character to life!
Brie Knight (Madam Mientka)
Brie a theatre artist and playwright based in Philadelphia who has worked with many regional companies in a variety of capacities. Favorite roles include: BEDLAM: SHAKESPEARE IN REHAB (Kate), BY THE WAY MEET VERA STARK (Lottie/Carmen), BEAUTIFUL CHILD (Delia), FOR COLORED GIRLS (Lady in Purple), EXTREMETIES (Marjorie) and THE WOMEN (Sylvia). She has served as dramaturg with People’s Light, Villanova Theatre and 215 Productions. Her play, PANCAKE QUEEN was awarded the 2015 Sue Winge Playwriting Award and will be a part of the 2017 PlayPenn Conference. Brie is a member of the Philadelphia playwright’s collective, THE FOUNDRY. M.A, Villanova University.
Maura McColgan (Sibyl Vane/Beth Wotton)
Maura is thrilled to be apart of Dorian Gray: the Musical! She is a recent graduate from West Chester University of PA where she studied Musical Theatre. Some recent credits include Little Red and Rapunzel in Into the Woods (Limelight Performing Arts Center), Gloria Upson In Mame (Candlelight Theatre) and as a member of the ensemble in South Pacific (Annapolis Opera). Maura would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support. She would also like to thank the Dorian cast and crew for welcoming her with open arms and for this wonderful opportunity.
Samantha Solar (Mrs. Leaf)
Sam is super thrilled to be making her NYC performance debut! She was a double major in Theatre and French at Muhlenberg College. Her most recent credits include SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Lucy Steele/Gossip) with Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Verges) with Shakespeare in the Summer (Elkins Park, PA), and an original work in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival called CAT-A-STROPHE (Pussika). Samantha has also worked numerous times in original works with Luke Allen Productions, LLC., based in Philadelphia. She is also a member of The The ChaiLights A Cappella, a Jewish A Capella group. Sam would love to thank the super talented cast and production team for making this magical collaborative work come to life. Special shout out to Sam’s parents, Alexa, and Lonnie for always supporting and encouraging her as she continues on her creative journey!
Christopher Dayett (Music/Lyrics/Book)
A native Delawarean, Chris discovered a love of music and theatre at a very young age - from sitting on the kneeler and playing the pew like an organ at church to creating and performing skits with this sister. While living in Wilmington, North Carolina for 15 years, Chris performed in over a dozen local community theatre shows. His favorites include originating the role of "Julius" in the world premiere of POMPEII: A NEW MUSICAL, "Mr. Smee" in PETER PAN, "Too Darn Hot Chris" in KISS, ME KATE, "Handsome Alan" in BABES IN TOYLAND, "Ryan" in Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, and “Adam” in the world premiere read-through workshop of his first musical, FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, co-written with composer/lyricist, Barbara Gallagher. As a playwright, Chris has also written A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SLIGHTLY ABRIDGED, CHECK, PLEASE!: A TEN MINUTE MUSICAL, and THE CHRONICLES OF PERCY PICKWICK. DORIAN GRAY is his first collaboration with musician/composer, Kevin Mucchetti. As a songwriter, Chris has written over a hundred songs, psalms, Mass settings, and acclamations for churches of various denominations, many of which have been translated into Spanish. He earned his B.A. in Theatre (with a Vocal Music Minor) and B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2005. He earned his M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University in 2016. DORIAN GRAY was his thesis project in playwriting, for which he was granted "passed with distinction." Chris currently resides in Naples, Florida, and runs the Performing Arts Department at Marco Island Academy. He is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America. www.christopherdayett.com
Kevin Mucchetti (Music/Music Director)
Kevin is a Philadelphia based music director, pianist, and composer. We were so lucky to have him as the arranger, music director, and accompanist for the first reading of #DorianGraytheMusical last summer and we are beyond humbled that he has decided to join our team to collaborate further. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Music, he currently serves as Director of Music for Church of the Holy Child in Wilmington, Delaware and as an accompanist for the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. He also acts as music director and accompanist for PHIT Comedy's musical improv team, "Thank You, Places." Other recent projects include original music and accompaniment for Deep Blue Theatre Collective's production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and music direction for Upper Darby Summer Stage's production of THE FANTASTICKS.
Oscar Wilde (Author, The Picture of Dorian Gray)