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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


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July 24 - August 14

. . . but diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Before Elle Woods, there was Lorelei Lee, a blonde from Little Rock, Arkansas, who sails to Europe with her friend Dorothy to perform in a nightclub in Paris. But make no mistake this blonde is a businesswoman of the first class. Featuring beloved songs like “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” this classic musical is sure to be your “preferred” choice for the summer.

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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Week 1 July - August 247:30pm 257:30pm 262:00pm
Week 2 297:30pm 302:00pm
17:30pm 28:00pm 38:00pm
Week 3 52:00pm 62:00pm
87:30pm 98:00pm 108:00pm
Week 4 122:00pm 132:00pm
Kyle Adkins (Ensemble) just made his debut on the MGR mainstage in Legally Blonde. He is a veteran of the MGR Youth Theatre, having appeared in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Just So Stories, and There Once Was a Longhouse, among others. He is also the Co-Playwright, along with Rachel Carrozziere, of Emilia and the Heart of the Amazon, which will return for its second touring season in the fall. Thanks to Ed, Lisa and the MGR Staff for their support.
Roberto Araujo (Ensemble) is thrilled be a part of MGR's season this year. His favorite NYC credits are: Jackson Heights 3am, Street Lights, Angelina Ballerina – The Musical and Aida at The Metropolitan Opera. Regional credits: Altar Boyz, Xanadu, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. International credits: Rent in Mexico City, Fame on tour in China, The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Germany. Film: Joseph: King Of Dreams. TV: "30 Rock". Roberto has also worked extensively with the Disney Special Events Group in Latin America. To see and hear more visit:
Molly Jean Blodgett (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Merry-Go-Round where she has previously been seen in Kiss Me, Kate and My Fair Lady! She has also previously been seen in NYU productions such as Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gloria), Violet, Sweet Charity, and Nine. Other favorite shows include A Chorus Line (Judy), Crazy for You, and 42nd St. She has just graduated from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts (Cap21) with a BFA in Drama. Much love to her ever supportive and beautiful family and friends!
Geno Carr (Gus), seen this season as RF Simpson in Singin’ in the Rain, is honored and grateful to return for his 17th musical at MGR. Favorite credits here include The Producers (Leo), The Full Monty (Harold), Forever Plaid (Sparky), South Pacific (Billis) and Peter Pan (Smee). Off-Broadway: Bush Wars. National Tours: Phantom, Buddy Holly Story, Grease. Recent Credits: Allegiance with George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Papa Who) both at The Old Globe; Assassins (Guiteau) at Cygnet Theatre; and the world premiere musical adaptation of Servant of Two Masters (Truffledino) at Lamb’s Players (Craig Noel Award nomination). Education: BA, Hartwick College; MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Geno lives in sunny San Diego with his amazing wife and adorable puggle.
Randy Charleville (Josephus Gage, u/s Beekman) is thrilled to be making his MGR debut! He toured in the South American Company of Phantom of the Opera, appeared Off-Broadway in Rasputin and Definitely Doris and has appeared in numerous roles at Broward Stage, Hollywood Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Papermill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Helen Hayes Theatre, Actor's Playhouse and Kansas City Starlight. TV/Film: "Gossip Girl", "NYC22", "Tony Awards" and "ESPY Awards." Tremendous thanks to God, Lori, Brett, Doug and the entire MGR Family for this amazing opportunity!
Andrew DiConcetto (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of the Merry-Go-Round season! Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Andrew received a BFA from NYU’s CAP21 musical theatre program. Most recently he was seen performing for Norwegian Cruise Line in the Caribbean and Hawaii. Other credits include CATS (National Tour), Babes in Toyland (Lincoln Center), About Face (NYMF festival), and West Side Story (Allenberry Playhouse). He would like to thank his wonderful family and friends for their never-ending love and support!
Elizabeth Earley (Dorothy) is blessed to return to MGR (for her 11th show!) after touring the US & Canada with the 1st & 2nd National Broadway Tours of Mary Poppins. Elizabeth’s last performance here was in 2009’s A Chorus Line as Cassie (SALT award nominee). Elizabeth is headed next to Milwaukee Repertory to perform having been part of The Kennedy Center’s production in 2009. BFA-NYU's Tisch School. For more information, please see Thanks to my loved ones & to this wonderful cast. Ed, Doug, Lori, Brett, & Corinne…so much gratitude!
Annali Fuchs (Ensemble, u/s Lady Beekman, Mrs. Spofford) is so excited to be returning to the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse! She was last seen on the MGR stage as Margaret in 9 to 5, and in My Fair Lady. She recently graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in musical theatre, and was last seen on the Cortland stage as Princess Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress. Thank you to everyone at MGR for this amazing opportunity, and much love to mom, dad, Tim, and Catie.
Amanda Funiciello (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her Merry-Go-Round debut in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes! Most recently, Amanda was seen in Talent Company’s productions of Suds (Cindy) and Grease (Patty Simcox), as well as Town of Manlius’s West Side Story (Maria). She has also performed in Syracuse Stage’s productions of The Sound of Music, Christmas Carol, and Fiddler on the Roof. Amanda would like to thank her family for their love and support, as well as the cast and crew for an outstanding show!

Abigail Gatlin (Ensemble, Gloria, u/s Dorothy) is thrilled to be making her debut at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse! Most recently she was seen performing as a Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Favorite credits include Bombalurina in CATS, Marty in Grease, and Guildenstern in Hamlet. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College. Endless thanks to her family and to God for these opportunities.
Kenney M. Green (Atkins) is thrilled to be making his MGR/Finger Lakes debut! Off-Broadway: Finks! (Drama Desk Nomination), Growing Up 70's starring Barry Williams. National/Int'l Tours: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (soloist) Smokey Joe’s Café starring Gladys Knight (u/s Victor/Dance Capt.) Ain’t Misbehavin’. Regional: Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Goodbye Girl (Elliot Garfield), Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely), My One and Only (Mr. Magix), Sugar Babies (Juvenile #2). Thanks to Brett, Doug, Lori, Corinne and always AMT!
Arlo Hill (Henry Spofford) is delighted to be making his MGR debut! Bway: The Phantom of the Opera. Encores!: Where’s Charley?, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Backstage at Encores! Lincoln Center: Carousel (NY Phil). Resident artist with Sightline: Hold Music (ARS Nova, Culture Project), One Arm and a Leg (HERE). Cabaret: Arlo’s solo show, Asking for Trouble: Frank Loesser’s life in songs recently debuted at the Triad, where he also frequently appears in Jacques Brel Returns! Harvard ’08.
Suzanne Ishee (Mrs. Ella Spofford) Since June 2012, Suzanne has been playing “Mother Abbess” in Sound of Music in productions at Stages St. Louis, The Paper Mill Playhouse and North Shore Music Theatre. She is thrilled to “break the habit” and play another kind of mother in MGR’s delightful production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Previously, she has appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, Showboat, La Cage aux Folles, Mame, national tours of Jerry’s Girls and Wizard of Oz, Off-Broadway in NYC Opera’s Merry Widow (PBS), LUST, numerous world premieres, endless regional theatre productions, as guest artist for symphonies & concert series worldwide. As playwright, she has premiered Searching for Spinoza, America’s Singing Sweethearts, Jack and Jill. Suzanne is an Emmy and Drama Desk Award winning producer. She was the Creator and for 8 years produced Broadway’s Easter Bonnet Competition and has produced events worldwide including for Carnegie Hall and two Inaugural Balls in DC. She is President of the Center for Creative Placemaking in NJ, ( and serves on Sustainable Jersey’s Arts Task Force.
Amanda LaMotte (Ensemble) has been seen at MGR in Singin' in the Rain and Legally Blonde this summer. Favorite past credits include - National tours: CATS (Kitten Swing), Dragon Tales Live (Emmy). Regional: Music Man (Agnes), A Chorus Line (Kristine), Hello, Dolly! (Ermengarde), Bye, Bye, Birdie! (Kim), Grease (Frenchy). Amanda would like to thank her Dad always being her biggest fan, MGR Playhouse for the opportunity to share this art, as well as her friends and family for their unwavering support. BFA from Florida State University.
Robert Miller (Mr. Esmond, Ensemble), SAG-AFTRA member, is appearing in his 14th role at MGR with characters ranging from the ridiculous (Dindon in La Cage aux Folles) to the sublime (Strauss in Titanic). He has performed in regional music and theater since 1976 and with his wife, Beverly, has created and produced numerous musical children’s plays. He is a member of and occasional soloist with the Masterworks Chorale, and a frequent open mic performer in the Auburn/Syracuse area.
Jeanette Minson (Ensemble) is excited to be making her MGR debut! Recent credits include George M! (Agnes) at Westchester Broadway Theatre and Big: The Musical (Miss Watson) at First Stage. Jeanette was also named one of “Broadway’s Rising Stars” and performed in concert at The Town Hall. BFA NYU/Tisch. She thanks Doug for this opportunity, the cast & team of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, her family, friends, and teachers. Up next: Jeanette will be playing the Baroness in Sound of Music at Arizona Broadway Theatre. For Granny.
Christine Mueller (Ensemble) is tickled to be returning to MGR, where she was last seen in Kiss Me, Kate. Other credits include Joseph...Technicolor Dreamcoat (Palace Theatre), American Icons (American Music Theatre), Frenchie in Cabaret (Barter Theatre), Judy Haynes in White Christmas (La Comedia), Bebe in A Chorus Line (Jenny Wiley Theatre), and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. BFA, University of the Arts. Many thanks to Ed, Lori and Brett for making this season possible for me, and love to my family, my friends and my Sammy.
Terry Palasz (Lady Beekman) is delighted to return to MGR after debuting in Singin’ in the Rain! NYC credits include: Williamsburg the Musical! and Emma! (NYMF). Regional: Damn Yankees with Carson Kressley (Ogunquit Playhouse), Hairspray, NINE and Fiddler (Westchester Broadway), Oliver, My Fair Lady (John Engeman) and she recently completed a Comedy Central pilot with Gallagher. Her one-woman show, The Polish Diva from Milwaukee, has been performed nationally and her CD is heard on polka radio stations. Thanks Ed, Doug, MGR staff!
Emily Palmquist (Ensemble) is proud to call herself a 2013 MGR Season Company Member! She was most recently seen in MGR's production of Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl), directed and choreographed by Brett Smock. Other previous productions include Gateway Playhouse’s CATS (Tantomile, u/s Bombalurina) and My Fair Lady (Ensemble). She has also had the privilege to work with choreographers such as David Marquez, Jacob Brent, Al Blackstone, Linda Talcott Lee, and Maria Torres. A special thanks to family and friends who provide so much love and support. Love you all.
Jamie Patterson (Ensemble/Coles) was last seen at Merry-Go-Round in Singin' In The Rain and Legally Blonde! Originally from North Carolina, Jamie studied dance at Wake Forest University and North Carolina School of the Arts. Now a resident of New York City, he dances with BEings Dance and Link Dance Company. He thanks his family and friends for their unwavering encouragement and support!
Ruth Pferdehirt (Lorelei Lee) A life-long blonde, Ruth could not be happier to make her Merry-Go-Round debut as Lorelei! Recent credits include Dory in Finding Nemo: The Musical, Paulette in Legally Blonde (Gateway Playhouse), Lina in Singin’ in the Rain, Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty and Audrey in Little Shop Of Horrors. Ruth has performed at the St. Louis MUNY as Mae in The Pajama Game, Ernestina Money in Hello, Dolly!, and in Godspell. She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Ruth would like to give a special thanks to Ed. Brett, Doug, and her own iconic blondes- the Pferds!
Katie Quigley (Ensemble) spent last summer at the beautiful Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in various productions and is very excited to return for the 2013 season! Her credits include: 9 to 5 (Ensemble, US Judy), My Fair Lady (Maid, Female Dance Cover), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Female Cover), Nunsense (US Sr. Amnesia/ Sr. Leo), Out of Order (Pamela), Speaking in Tongues (Sonja), and Crazy for You (Mitzi). Check out for more info. Katie would like to extend a huge thank you to the MGR family for this wonderful opportunity! Katie is grateful for her friends and family who constantly support her endeavors. AML.
Joel Robertson (Sir Francis Beekman) was featured in the Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde as the Bishop of Basingstoke, directed by Robin Phillips and the movie starring David Hasselhoff, directed by Gerry Zaks. He was in the original Production of Parade directed by Hal Prince at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center and received standing ovations for nine years in Les Miserables, and six years as an original cast member of Cats both directed by Trevor Nunn and played Fyedka in the Broadway and National touring production of Fiddler on the Roof at the NY State Theatre starring Herschel Bernardi and directed by Jerome Robbins. Recently he was Max in Sunset Boulevard at the Gateway Playhouse and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. He has also thrilled audience as Santa Claus in Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular in Chicago. With his wife and co-founder he created ATC Studios, a New Jersey non-profit conservatory for the dramatic arts in 1990 ( and continues to bring vision and quality to those programs, launching the careers of hundreds who dare to dream.
Ethan Saviet (Ensemble) is thrilled to be spending the summer working on MGR's season. He is currently a junior at Syracuse University studying musical theatre. He most recently appeared in the SU drama department's production of Violet playing various roles. He would like to thank his family and friends for their endless love and support.
Rachael Scarr (Ensemble, u/s Lorelei) just received her B.F.A. from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts in May where she studied musical theatre at CAP21 and was also an honors scholar. Rachael is a Skaneateles HS graduate and is thrilled to be returning to Auburn for her seventh show with MGR. Other credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Cinderella (Cinderella), Seussical (Mayzie). Thanks to Ed, Doug, and Lori for this absolutely incredible opportunity and much love to her family and friends for their constant support. God is good!
Shawn Smith (Ensemble, u/s Henry/Gus) is thrilled to be making his MGR debut in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes! Most recently Shawn has appeared in Almost, Maine at the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre. He was a member of Cortland Repertory Theatre's 2011 intern company, appearing in Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced. He attended the University of Buffalo where he appeared in Rent, Cabaret, The Threepenny Opera, Drood, and the world premiere of It Goes Like it Goes: The Music of David Shire. "Thank you to everyone who kept pushing me and continues to make me strive towards success. Keep pushing!"
Chaz Wolcott (Ensemble, u/s Atkins) is “a’tingle and a’glow” about this show! Previous MGR credits: Singin’ in the Rain (Dance Captain) and Legally Blonde. National Tour: 30th Anniversary Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees). Regional: Westchester Broadway, Fulton Theatre, The Gateway, Music Theatre of Wichita, The Fireside, Casa Mañana, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Gretna Theatre. OCU graduate. Chaz thanks Lori, Doug, Corinne, Ed, Brett and the MGR team for a wonderful summer of opportunity, artistic development and fun! Love & gratitude to Mom! This one’s for you Sandy & Skeeter! Check out!
Joseph Wood is so excited to perform in his first MGR Production! He will be entering his senior year of High School in the fall at AHS and plans to pursue a career in Musical Theater. Recent roles include Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Scrooge in A Yuletide Ballad, and Dean in All Shook Up. Thank you to my family, friends, and teachers for your support, especially Mom, Yvonne, Alysse, Tiffany, James, Karen, and Lisa, and everyone at MGR for the amazing opportunity!
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