Listen to an interview with Michael Ehrenreich on CBC:
Congratulations! Join the class and follow these first year medical students in this exciting rock musical. Medicine the Musical follows a group of first year medical students through the torments of their first year on the road to medicine.
April 2017. Staged Reading Daryl Roth Theater, New York, NY
November 2018. Fully staged production, limited run, at HERE Arts Center, New York, NY
Writer, Lyricist, Composer – Michael Ehrenreich.Michael Ehrenreich is a practicing dermatologist living in South Orange, NJ. In addition to Medicine the Musical, he is also the writer, lyricist and composer for The War, a new musical in development. Previous literary credits include the novels Bang Oblivion and Amaranth, and the one act plays Men and Other Primates, and What Happened to Bobby Blake. He is also inventor of the Zigo Leader Carrier Bike and designer of the board games StartUp and Election.
Director – Joey Murray. Murray is a New York City based theatre, concert, and music video director whose work has been seen at performing art centers, regional theaters and arenas all over the United States and China. He was the Interim Artistic Director and is the current Casting Director for Jenny Wiley Theatre, eastern Kentucky’s longest operating professional theatre, where he has directed numerous productions, including: Disney’s Tarzan, Oliver!, 9 to 5, The Robber Bridegroom and Footloose. He most recently directed Hair at Pentangle Arts and The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Fordham University. Selected Regional: Godspell at ArtisTree’s Grange Theatre, Cabaret at Pentangle Arts, the regional tour and Queens Theatre production of Polkadots: The Musical, and Holidays at the Hard Rock! featuring renowned Broadway and recording artist Linda Eder at the Hard Rock Arena in Ft. Lauderdale. Murray served as Associate Director for the Broadway-bound production of CAN-CAN at Paper Mill Playhouse, and is the resident director for The Broadway Dolls, an award-winning concert experience featuring a cast of the most in-demand women on Broadway. NYC: New York Musical Festival (NYMF), New York Int’l Fringe Festival, New York Theatre Barn; Theatre at St. Clements; 54 Below; Joe’s Pub; The Triad; Birdland; Zipper Theatre. Music video debut for Element Music, an NYC-based entertainment company featuring some of the music industry’s leading musicians. He is currently directing ’68 at NYMF this summer, playing at the Acorn Theatre. Murray is a graduate of Catholic University, and studied playwriting and directing at NYU and The Barrow Group. SDC Associate.
Musical Director – Nick Wilders. Nick (Music Director) is a music director, arranger, vocalist,and producer with performance credits spanning the U.S. and abroad. He is ecstatic to be back in NYC after spending the past three years on the road with the Jersey Boys 2nd National Tour and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Recent: Power Over POTUS, Misfits (Laurie Beeckman Theatre); Footloose (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket); The Fantasticks (Lake Tahoe/Idaho Shakespeare Festivals); Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol (Northern Stage), Burn The Floor, Rock of Ages (Norwegian Cruise Lines), along with shows at 54 Below, The Green Room 42, and Rockwood Music Hall. Additional credits include work with BCEFA’s Broadway Backwards, the 2017 National High School Theatre Jimmy Awards, and collaboration with incredible artists like Alison Luff, Annaleigh Ashford, Cassie Okenka, David Alan Thornton, and Carla Stickler. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin Wallace University and is a proud member of AFM Local 802.
Choreographer – Josh Assor. Josh is a New York based award winning choreographer and performer. Some of his recent work includes Mary Poppins at the Arrow Rock Lyceum, New York Fashion Week, Audi Ottawa as well as a commercial for Modos Furniture. Josh was the associate choreographer for the Saturday Night Fever National Tour as well as Kiss me Kate at the Summer Theater of New Canaan. As a performer, some of his favorite credits include Disney’s 1st National Tour of Newsies (asst. Dance Captain), Neleus in Mary Poppins on Broadway and the 1st National Tour, Baby John in West Side Story (Stratford Festival), Wizard Of Oz National Tour (Troika), and dancing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live with Jimmy Fallon. Josh has been featured in Dance Canada Quarterly, Industry Dance Magazine and Dance Plug Los Angeles. He has taught at Edge Performing Arts Center and is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City where he has been a guest choreographer for many of their events.
AssociateChoreographer – Chloe Lafleur. Chloe Lafleur is a New York based performer, teacher and choreographer. She began choreographing at the age of 15 and has an extensive background in jazz, theater, hip hop and contemporary dance. She most recently assisted Brooke Wendle on her creation with Broadway Dance Lab as well as Josh Assor for the AIM Invitational at Broadway Dance Center. As she continues to expand her training, she has performed and worked on projects/pre-productions for choreographers such as Karla Puno Garcia, Billy Griffin, Derek Mitchell, Jennifer Jancuska and Brooke Wendle. She would like to thank Josh Assor and the Medicine team for allowing her to be a part of this production!
Orchestrations and Additional Arrangements – Matthew DeMaria. Matt is Long Island based musician. He can be currently seen around the world as the music director for the Rent 20th Anniversary tour. Before that he worked as a production assistant for the Tony nominated Come From Away. Other past music direction credits include regional productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, American Idiot, West Side Story, Spring Awakening,Sweeney Todd and many many more.
Arrangements – Andy Peterson. is a New York based composer, musical director, arranger and orchestrator originally hailing from the Land Down Under. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is currently the Associate Musical Director for David Yazbeks Broadway-Bound musical Tootsie. Composer credits: Razorhurst (Luna Stage), Stalker: The Musical (New York, Chicago, [upcoming] Sydney), Outlaw (in workshops). Selected Musical Director/Arranger/Orchestrator credits: OFF-BROADWAY: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theatre), Atomic (Theatre Row). NEW YORK/REGIONAL: More Than All The World (Theatre for the New City), Night Tide (NYMF), Shaken, Not Stirred (The Django), Thrill Me (Luna Stage), Grindr: The Opera (CMTF), Baby Fat (La Mama). INTERNATIONAL: Sinbad: The Musical (arranger/orchestrator for the Malaysian Tour), Kiss Me, Kate (conductor for the Chinese Tour), Bare (Sydney), Pippin (Sydney). FILM: Happy Yummy Chicken [starring Taryn Manning from Orange Is The New Black] http://andypetersonmusic.com.au
Projection Design – Lisa Renkel. Lisa is a projection designer based in New York City. Her passion for collaborative design has allowed her the opportunities to work on a wide variety of productions ranging from theater to music festivals. Select designs: Learn to Speak Doll (Peppercorn Theatre), Broadway Bares 28: Game Night (Broadway Cares), Merrily We Roll Along (Cape Rep Theatre), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (5th Floor Theatre Company), Magic The Play (Theatre Row), Dutchman (Secret Theatre), She Persisted (Drama League), Boundless (Cape Rep Theatre), Outside Paducah (Poetic Theater Productions), Village Orpheus (Fresh Fruit Festival). Select associate and assistant designs: JUNK (Broadway), The Stone Witch (Off-Broadway), The Spoils (Off-Broadway), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Kennedy Center), A Perfect Harmony (Smithsonian – IlluminAsia). Lisa is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Check out her work and upcoming projects at: www.lisarenkel.com
Associate Projection Design – Brian Pacelli . Brian is a Manhattan-based theatre designer. From projection, to scenic, to lighting design, his interdisciplinary work has been seen throughout New York and beyond. Selected designs include Tumbleweed (Dixon Place), Dutchman (Secret Theater), SubUrbia (Hudson Guild), and The Shakespeare Conspiracy (Theatre Row). Selected associate and assistant designs include The Revolving Cycles… (Duke on 42nd), Emojiland (NYMF), and Merrily We Roll Along (Cape Rep Theatre). He holds a certificate in Technical Design and Production from Yale School of Drama. Brian is indebted his parents, professors, mentors, and friends for their endless love, knowledge, and inspiration. See his work at: www.brianpacelli.com.
Scenic Design – Colleen Shea. Colleen is delighted to be making her debut with Startup Productions. Recent credits include Camp Halfblood with Plato Learning, and The Brothers Kahn with the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. Her work also includes Projections for Speaking As Then by Ruoxin Xu at Columbia University and Lighting for Falsettos at Truman State University. While at Truman, she served as an adjunct teacher for scenic design and technical direction. Colleen earned her MFA at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Sound Design – Ashton Michael Corey. Ashton Michael Corey is a New York City based audio designer and engineer. Recent NYC design credits include The Vanity (Theatre Row), Medicine The Musical (Daryl Roth Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marymount Manhattan College), A Chorus Line (Marymount Manhattan College), Legally Blonde (Marymount Manhattan College. Other NYC audio credits include IEM Programmer for Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Second Stage), Sound Supervisor/A1 for Tick, Tick… BOOM! (Keen Company), and A2 for The Wringer (New York City Children’s Theatre). Ashton is also on staff at Lincoln Center Education as an audio technician and engineer. www.ashtonmichaelcorey.com
Lighting Design – Jamie Roderick. Off-Brodway: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane), The Woodsman (New World Stages, PBS’s Theater Close Up), Afterglow, A Dog Story, Ken Davenport’s That Bachelorette Show, My Big Gay Italian MidLife Crisis, Liberty: A Monumental New Musical. London: It Happened in Key West. Regional: The Bikinis! – A New Musical Beach Party (Long Wharf Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) Midsummer, Macbeth, Hamlet (Shakespeare on the Sound), Billy Eliot (Ocean State Theatre Company) She Loves Me (Capital Rep). Recent credits include: Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s The Bad Years, Midnight at The Neverget, More Than All The World (Theatre for a New City) as well as six season with The Sharon Playhouse. Resident Lighting Designer: Broken Box Mime Theatre. www.JamieRoderick.com
Costume Design – Susanne Houstle. NYC: The Triumphant (Target Margin Theater), Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night (Gallery Players), Go Get the Axe (Fig Productions), Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? (Starting 5 Productions), Where Does It All Go When It Goes? (2nd Ave Dance Company). Boston: Sexyback, or What You Will (Touch Performance Art), The Importance of Being Earnest, Company, and Kimberly Akimbo (Moodbox Productions), Elemeno Pea (ART Institute). MFA, NYU-Tisch. www.susannehoustle.com
Prop Master – Joshua Barilla. Broadway (Props Intern): Head Over Heals (Hudson Theater). Off-Broadway (Props Artisan): Is God Is (Soho Rep.) What We’re Up Against (The Woman’s Project), (Props Intern): Skintight (Roundabout Theater Company), The End of Longing (Manhattan Class Company) and The Three Musketeers (Classical Theater of Harlem). (Scenic Designer): Annie (The Gallery Players). Production Design (Intern): The Common Ground pilot (DNA info), Marcel commercial (Samsung), My Idol (48 Hour Film Project). Bachelor of Science Graduate in Advertising and Marketing Communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Production Stage Manager – Kelsey Vivian. Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night and We Rise: A Celebration of Resistance (The Public Theater). NYC:The Mile-Long Opera (The High Line), Larvae (The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory), The Whale (HCLab at Stella Adler), Really Really (Wrong House). Regional: Fun Home, The Call, Blackberry Winter, Native Gardens, American Hero (Vermont Stage Company), Julius Caesar (Vermont Shakespeare Festival), Outside Mullingar, Monty Python’s Spamalot!, Fox on the Fairway, Young Frankenstein (Saint Michael’s Playhouse). This one is for Mom, who is the best musical-loving, non-nurse around!
Production Manager/Assistant Stage Manager – Justin Hsu. Justin is a New York City based stage and production manager and is very excited to be working on this production of Medicine the Musical! Originally from Claremont, California, Justin was introduced to theatre in high school as an actor, and in 2014 fell into his love and appreciation for stage and production management. Since then, Justin has worked on over 30 productions ranging in community, immersive, Off Off Broadway, and Off Broadway theatre, galas, concerts, operas, and more. Justin is currently the Production Manager at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Recent stage management credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theater Barn), She Loves Me (Theater Barn), Gypsy (The Secret Theatre), Die Fledermaus (Stony Brook Opera), and Very Bauhaus (International Burning Circus).
Wardrobe Supervisor – Ryan Ginter. Ryan is a recent graduate from Baldwin Wallace University with a B.A. in Costume Design and Technology with a minor in Studio Art. He is originally from Pittsburgh, but has recently relocated to New York. He is incredibly excited to be working on this project for so many reasons, and very thankful for the opportunity. Some of his previous work includes a design internship at Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, spending a summer designing at Timber Lake Playhouse in Illinois and also Wardrobe Managing Raison d’Être: An Evening of Pirandello.
Additional Producers – Scott Nass, Ken Kurson, Rizwana Fareeduddin
SARAH STEWART CHAPIN (Christina) is thrilled to join the cast of Medicine The Musical. Favorite credits include Tenn (Rose) at the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in L.A., Footloose (Ariel Moore) and How to Succeed… (Smitty) with the Scranton Shakespeare Festival, The Lonesome West (Girleen) and Spring Awakening (Martha) at the Keegan Theater in D.C. Yale University Class of ’17. sarahstewartchapin.com
ETHAN CRYSTAL (Blake) TV: The Sing Off, Season 3 (NBC). STAGE: For The Record: The Brat Pack (Norwegian Cruise Lines), Heathers: The Musical (Staged! / Triangle Productions), The Last 5 Years (Oregon Contemporary Theater), American Idiot (Triangle Productions), Hairspray (The Legacy Theatre), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Broadway Rose), The Wiz (Carnegie Mellon School of Drama). Vocalist/Arranger/Videographer for Apartment Sessions, Creator of Herkimer Street Variety Show, Writer of “1. Backpack” (official selection, Portland Comedy Film Festival). Ethan is a writer, musician, and meme maker from Portland, OR. BFA Carnegie Mellon. Tremendous thanks to Stinky. @ethancrystal1
EMILY ESPOSITO (Ensemble) is thrilled to be part of this new musical at HERE Arts Center. She recently performed her original two woman show Summer in the City: songs from shows we didn’t book this season, to a sold out crowd at both the Duplex and Laurie Beechman. Other favorite credits include Fame National Tour, Evita; John Engeman Theater, Hello Dolly; Riverside Theater, West Side Story; Gateway Playhouse. Thank you to Michael, Kelsey, and Josh. A special thank you to Joey who she is so happy to finally work with. Thanks to the friends that are seeing this, Mom, Dad, and Nana. www.emilyesposito.com
MATTHEW FAIRLEE (Ensemble) was most recently seen off-Broadway in The Boys From Syracuse as Dromio of Syracuse alongside his real life twin brother. He was also in the TheatreWorks USA national tour of Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School in spring 2017. Other credits include Footloose at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, Cole at the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre, Winterfest at Carowinds, and full summers at the Forestburgh, Shawnee, and Millbrook Playhouses (2013-2015, respectively). Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Ian, James, Cassidy, Auyson, Mill Hall, Carol’s, and his puppies. Rider University BFA 2016, w/ Luedtke Agency. www.matthewfairlee.com / @matthewfairlee
ETHAN KIRSCHBAUM (Eddie) is so pumped to be a part of this new production! Some of his favorite credits include the U.S. National Tour of Kinky Boots (Harry/Charlie u.s.), Biloxi Blues (Carney; Ivoryton Playhouse) and Heathers (Kurt; White Plains Performing Arts). Ethan sends huge love and thanks to his insanely supportive family. Thank you also to his agents at Bret Adams Ltd. Last and obviously not least, thank you to the creative team, cast and crew for this AWESOME experience! IG: @eth.bone.capone; ethankirschbaum.com
MARINA LAURENDI (Tiff) is so excited to be scrubbing into Medicine the Musical! She was last seen as Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet at Forestburgh Playhouse. Regional Credits: Hair at Pentangle Arts (Sheila), Tarzan at Jenny Wiley Theatre (Jane), Ghost at FLMTF (Molly US/Swing), Gypsy at MusicalFare (Louise), and Carrie: The Musical at ART of WNY (Carrie), and Shout: The Mod Musical at Forestburgh Playhouse (Red Girl). Marina holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University. She is also a singer/songwriter who is always looking to collaborate on artistic endeavors! You can check her out on Instagram: @marinalaurendz. Love and thanks to the cast, crew, and creatives!
ALAINA VI MADERAL (Ensemble) is from Austin, Texas and is super excited to be making her New York City debut in Medicine the Musical! Regional credits include: In The Heights, Singing In the Rain, Sophisticated Ladies, The King and I, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mary Poppins at ZACH Theatre; West Side Story, In The Heights at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma OTHER THEATRE: Texas’ All State Show Big Fish ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Studied Dance and Gymnastics at The Dancing Center Unlimited II. Alumni of Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester 2018 and ZACH’s Elite Pre-Professional Company.
CHASDAN ROSSS MIKE (Tyler) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Medicine the Musical! This is his 2nd time performing at the HERE Arts Center, and he couldn’t be more excited. Credits include Kingdom Come the Musical, written by Matthew Webster (HERE Arts Center) Judas in the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar with Prather Entertainment, Seaweed in Hairspray with Weathervane Playhouse, OH, and Donkey in Shrek with The Midtown Arts Center, CO. Please enjoy the show!
DAN ROSENBAUM (Prof. Crutch) is “x-static” to be a part of this amazing new production. He was most recently seen originating the role of Stompanato in Screeching Weasel‘s Punk Rock Opera, Baby Fat, at LaMama Theater in NYC. Previous credits include: Roger in Rent (North American Tour), Radames and Zoser cover in Elton John & Tim Rice‘s AIDA (North American, China, and Taiwan Tours), Miss Saigon (North American Tour), Sunset Boulevard – Regional Premiere starring Stefanie Powers (Ogunquit Playhouse), Chuck Cranston in Footloose (Tuacahn), and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (La Comedia). Dan is also the lead singer and bassist for the punk/pop band SugarDust (facebook.com/SugarDustBand). He is a proud alumni of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. All thanks to God, mom, family, friends, and teachers for their continued support and love through all these years – I couldn’t have done it without you all!”
ISAAC RYCKEGHEM(Dr. Cutter, Sr./Mr. Thanatos/Dr. Dole/Ensemble) is excited to be making his off-Broadway debut with Medicine the Musical. After graduating from the University of Idaho, Isaac attended as part of the inaugural class at The Institute for American Musical Theater. Credits include: Franz – The Sound of Music (National Tour), Dr. Frankenfurter – Rocky Horror Picture Show (Harris Theater), and Che – Evita (Lewiston Theater). Special thanks to Andrew Drost and Michael Minarik of IAMT, as well as my love Dana.
John Barry (Guitar)
Billy Smolen (Bass)
Derek Swink (Drums) received his education at Western Michigan University where he studied with Keith Hall, Judy Moonert, and Billy Hart. While studying jazz in college, he found himself playing in regional musicals productions and found a love for the pits. Since moving to NYC, you can hear Derek performing with world-class musicians in the pits, in late night jazz sessions, and on recordings with bands like Drown Your Boots and Dizzy Bats.