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MORRIS BOBROW  (Writer, Director) - Morris has written the music, lyrics and sketches of numerous long-running shows - Foodies! The Musical (4 years), Shopping! The Musical (6 years), Party of 2 - The Mating Musical (2 years), and Party of One (7 years). Additional shows include: With Relish and Gridlock! He also co-wrote the long-running shows, New WrinklesQuirks, and And, What, Give Up Show Biz? His shows have had productions throughout the USA and Canada. In addition. he writes custom entertainment for corporations, such as Apple, IBM, Levi Strauss, PG&E, Harrah's, Del Monte, SF Travel and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has received 4 SF Theater Critics Circle Awards, 2 DramaLogue Critic's Awards and a NYC Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Cabaret Revue. Morris is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

BEN KEIM(Accompanist) - Ben has worked as a pianist in SF for 20+ years. He has been the accompanist for several other Bobrow productions, including Are We Almost There?, Shopping! The Musical, and Foodies: The Musical. Originally from Cincinnati, Ben received a bachelor's degree in piano performance from SF State University in 2003 and studied music therapy at Temple University in Philadelphia.

CAST:

DAVID GOODWIN started performing in Erie PA at the Erie Playhouse after high school. David continued to sing and perform throughout Iowa, Missouri and Illinois - performing for community theatre, David has directed and produced productions and served on numerous non-profit production companies throughout the mid-west before his move to the west coast. HIs most memorable performances include playing Harold Hill in The Music Man – in front of 3000 audience members, singing at the Iowa State Fair, playing Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at the Paddle Wheel Players Dinner Theater, and playing Felix in The Odd Couple. Upon landing in SF he enrolled at ACT and took many classes before being offered a role in AWAT’s production of Shopping The Musical which started a long run of AWAT hits including Foodies The Musical and Are We Almost There. David is currently President of the Board of the nation’s longest continuous running LGBTQ theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros in SF.

KIM LARSEN is excited to be working on another Morrie Bobrow show, having already appeared in his productions of Foodies! The Musical, Shopping! The Musical and Are We Almost There? Recent shows include Bread! The Musical at the Shelton Theater and the hit production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert with Theatre Rhinoceros which will be revived in Spring 2018. He’s been very active in the Bay Area theater scene for over 25 years and is a board member of Theatre Rhinoceros and the publisher of GayPocket SF guide.

LISA McHENRY is a SF performance artist and soprano. Lisa has been delighting Bay Area audiences in a variety of productions for more than 30 years. Lisa started performing at the Black Point Renaissance Faire in high school and has never looked back. Lisa received her voice training at A.C.T and CCSF where she was a mentor for beginning and intermediate voice students with her hero, Mrs. Judy Hubbell (Julliard). Lisa works for the SF Recreation & Parks Department and has been coordinating walks for Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) since 2013. She graduated Cum Laude from SF State University with a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration and was a full scholarship recipient for the Nat’l. Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) expedition in Alaska. When she is not working as a Parks Ambassador, Lisa can be found singing at various theatres in the Bay Area.Her debut in Bobrow Productions was in 2016 in Are We Almost There. In 2017, Lisa appeared with Theatre Rhinoceros in West Side Gang. Lisa appeared with the Redwood symphony in The Rise and Fall of Mahagonny and Sweeney Todd. She is member of the Thrillpeddlers Theatre Company and appeared in The Untamed Stage, Club Inferno and The Jewels of Paris. A favorite role was as the Fortuneteller in the Altarena Playhouse’s production of Side Show. Lisa can also be found performing at local venues such as MoonlightingSF Cabaret with Lowbrowopera, which she co-founded and is most proud of. 

DEBORAH RUSSO – Deborah is thrilled to be back with the “Morrie Family” for this show. She has been performing with Morrie Bobrow for OVER 10 YEARS beginning as a swing in “Shopping-The Musical!” and then becoming a member of the permanent cast for the remaining run. She performed the full runs of “Foodies-The Musical!” and “Are We Almost There”. She was one of the original 4 cast members in the critically acclaimed musical review “New Wrinkles”. She recently finished a stage reading of “Escaping Queens” a musical by Joe Ortiz. She has performed and participated in numerous local films, shows, fundraisers and performed her one-woman show at the Plush Room in SF.  Deborah has choreographed and co-directed numerous shows and taught Musical Theater and Drama Fun in the North Bay. She is a native of SF who currently resides in the East Bay. www.gottasingthatsong.com

SWING CAST:

GINA PANDIANI (swing) is a singer, actor, teacher, writer and director. She has a degree in Dramatic Arts and Masters in Theology. Her onstage credits include the Widow Corney in Oliver, Maria in West Side Story, Marian in The Music Man, Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, Maria in The Sound of Music, Nellie in South Pacific, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Nellie in Summer and Smoke, Grumio in Taming of the Shrew, Donazetta in The Marriage of Figaro. In 2014 she joined the cast of Foodies: The Musical! and then Are We Almost There? 

She started directing at 16 and has directed, How to Succeed Without Really Trying, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Oklahoma, Grease, Hello Dolly, Diary of Anne Frank, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Bye, Bye Birdie, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Impromtu, Black Comedy, Stage Door, Upstairs Downstairs. She has been a drama consultant for Public and Private Schools and directed Children’s Theater for the San Rafael Junior Theater and Young Performers Theater and many other school districts and youth programs. She has taught musical theater and acting for the Marin Theater Company, YMCA, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Solano Musical Theater Program, Continuing Education Programs, Recreation Departments, and other Bay Area organizations. 

She is the Artistic Director for the Fringe of Marin One-Act Play Festival and writes and works with artists and playwrights developing new one-acts, musicals and full-length plays for the Fringe of Marin, Dominican University. She is on the Ross Valley Players Alternative Works (RAW) Committee. She developed a SeniorsOnstage One Act Play Festival and is a member of Creative Aging SF.

LEN SHAFFER (swing) - Len is thrilled to be working with Morris Bobrow again, having previously appeared in Gridlock!. Len has been seen throughout the Bay Area as an actor, singer, piano/keyboard player and songwriter for rock
bands and the a cappella doo-wop group, The Starry Knights.  His experience includes West Side Story (Tony), Same Time, Next Year (George), Oklahoma! (Curly), Inherit The Wind (Brady), Cheaper By The Dozen (Dad), They're Playing Our Song (Vernon), and L'il Abner (Abner). Venues where he has performed include The Mountain Play, The Willows, Playhouse West, and Calaveras Repertory Theatre. His film acting includes Cult (at the NY Int’l. Film Festival), Fred's Lot, and The Clock Strikes Twice.  Len is currently in the process of writing the music and lyrics for an original musical, The Ordinary Me. www.LenShaffer.com

BETSY BENNETT SMITH (swing) has sung for most of her life. At Southwest Texas State University, Betsy sang in several operas and musicals. She played Mrs. Trapes in the Three Penny Opera, was the Narrator for Sweet Betsy from Pike and  played Katisha in The Mikado. Betsy has sung with several opera companies in Austin and the Dallas/Fort Worth area and worked with Golden Gate Opera in California. She sang the National Anthem at a SF 49ers game. In 2016 she appeared in Bobrow’s Are We Almost There. She is currently a choral leader at St John’s Episcopal Church.


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