MNM Theatre Company Confirms Casts for Next Two Musicals at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse

Marcie Gorman, Executive Producer & Artistic Director for MNM Theatre Company, today confirmed the casts for its next two major productions at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse: the witty I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and the sentimental favorite My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. Both shows will be directed by Dom Ruggiero with Caryl Fantel serving as music director.

As with its previous productions – including the highly acclaimed and Carbonell Award-recommended Avenue Q, which closed last Sunday following a successful three-weekend run – MNM spotlights Florida-based actors, both Equity and non-Equity.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

July 27 to August 12

The second-longest running Off Broadway musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is about “everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” Taking on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship,” this hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, and to those who have dared to ask, “Say, what are you doing Saturday night?” The show’s cast includes:

+ Clay Cartland

This is Clay Cartland’s third show with MNM following La Cage Aux Folles, Company and The World Goes ‘Round(Carbonell Award: Best Ensemble). He is a South Florida native and a proud recipient of a Carbonell and three Silver Palm Awards. Other recent credits include Rock of AgesPeter and the Starcatcher, and Disaster! (Slow Burn Theatre Company); Gloria and The Legend of Georgia McBride (Gablestage); Emperor of the Moon andStraight White Men (Thinking Cap Theatre); 1776 and Domestic Animals (Palm Beach Dramaworks); First Date, Godspell, and The Toxic Avenger (Actors’ Playhouse); Passion, Assassins, and Clark Gable Slept Here (Zoetic Stage); and The Trouble with Doug (Arts Garage), Cartland also works as a voiceover talent and teaches improv comedy.

+ Anna Lise Jensen 

A recurring cast member on the NBC-TV series Allegiance, Anna Lise Jensen has performed at numerous regional theatres including Zoetic Stage (Fun Home, Passion, Sunday in the Park with George); Slow Burn Theatre (The Bridges of Madison County); Actors’ Playhouse (Once, Finding Mona Lisa); Theatre Memphis (Master Class, Company) and many more.

 

+ Heather Kopp 

A co-star of two pre-Broadway premiers at Asolo Repertory Theatre (Bonnie & Clyde, A Tale of Two Cities), Heather Kopp has had leading roles at Mad Cow Theatre (Animal Crackers, The Secret Garden, The Who’s Tommy, Hair), Winter Park Playhouse (Some Enchanted Evening, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Forbidden Broadway), and more. She’s also performed in summer stock and on cruise lines.

 

+ Michael Scott Ross ‡

Last seen in MNM’s Avenue Q, Michael Scott Ross also starred in MNM productions of Hair, Spamalot, and  The World Goes ‘Round. A native New Yorker, Ross has performed throughout Florida with Zoetic Stage at The Adrienne Arsht Center, Island City Stage, Palm Beach Dramaworks, The Alhambra Theatre, The Show Palace Dinner Theatre and most recently The Winter Park Playhouse. New York credits include Twist, Edges, and Raffi On Broadway.  He can also be seen portraying Dick Van Dyke in Practically Perfect: The Music of Julie Andrews as well as his cabaret performances Some Enchanted Evening and My Broadway: The Roles I Could Play.

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

September 28 to October 14

This delightful musical revue features 56 songs recorded by “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” including All of Me, All the Way, Chicago, Fly Me to the Moon, High Hopes, It Was a Very Good Year, Love and Marriage, That’s Life, the title song and more. The cast will include a returning Clay Cartland along with:

Laura Plyler

Laura Plyler makes her MNM debut with this show after appearing in two musicals at the Wick Theatre (Singin’ in the Rain, She Loves Me); Spring Awakening at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC;  and six shows at Indiana’s Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts (Next to Normal, Grease, How to Succeed in Business, Little Women, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and West Side Story). While a student at Florida State University, Plyler appeared in A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening, Romeo and Juliet, and While the Grass Grows.

 

+ Hannah Richter 

Another MNM first-timer, Hannah Richter’s past credits include Off-Broadway: Far From Canterbury and boom;  Regional: Sweeney Todd (Palm Beach Drama Works), Lizzie (Thinking Cap Theatre), Guys and Dolls and The Game (Barrington Stage), Spelling Bee and Pride and Prejudice (Hope Summer Rep Theatre), and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Hangar Theatre). Her film work includes Boulder Buddz, I Call First and Side Swiped. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

+ Mark Sanders 

Making his MNM Theatre Company debut, Mark Sanders spent 15 years in NYC before making South Florida his home. He appeared with Theodore Bikel in the Broadway National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof. Other roles includeBridges of Madison County (Slow Burn Theatre); Carousel, Ragtime, Murder Ballad (Carbonell Award: Best Ensemble), and Next to Normal (Actor Playhouse); and Passion (Zoetic Stage) He has  performed at such prestigious theatres as Lincoln Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh CLO, North Shore Music Theatre, and Sacramento Music Circus. Additional credits include The Secret Garden, Music Man with Jeff Goldblum, Jesus Christ Superstar, Blood Brothers with Andrea McArdle, Phantom of the Opera with Bob Cuccioli, Miss Saigon, Tommy with Alice Ripley, Jekyll and Hyde, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.  His debut solo CD, This Moment, can be found on iTunes and CDBaby.com. (www.MarkSandersNYC.com)

‡ Member of Actors’ Equity Association

 

How to Get Tickets:

Tickets to both I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra are $55 per person and are available for purchase online through the Kravis Center’s official website at kravis.org; by phone at 561.832.7469; or at the Kravis Center box office, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

 

About MNM Theatre Company:

Now a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), MNM Theatre Company is presenting four shows in 2018: Avenue Q (May 25 to June 10): I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (July 27 to August 12); My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (September 28 to October 14); and Grease (November 16 to December 2). Donations to support this valuable new nonprofit organization can be sent to: MNM Theatre Company, 318 S. Lake Drive, Lantana, FL 33462. For more information, please visit www.MNMTheatre.org.