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HIT SONGS INCLUDE:
DowntownI Know A PlaceThe In CrowdIf I Can DreamYou Don’t Own MeRescue MeThe Shoop Shoop SongI Only Want To Be With YouThe Boy From New York CityDowntownI Know A PlaceThe In CrowdIf I Can DreamYou Don’t Own MeRescue MeThe Shoop Shoop SongI Only Want To Be With YouThe Boy From New York CityDowntownI Know A PlaceThe In CrowdIf I Can DreamYou Don’t Own MeRescue MeThe Shoop Shoop SongI Only Want To Be With YouThe Boy From New York CityDowntownI Know A PlaceThe In CrowdIf I Can DreamYou Don’t Own MeRescue MeThe Shoop Shoop SongI Only Want To Be With YouThe Boy From New York CityDowntownI Know A PlaceThe In CrowdIf I Can DreamYou Don’t Own MeRescue MeThe Shoop Shoop SongI Only Want To Be With YouThe Boy From New York CityDowntownI Know A PlaceThe In CrowdIf I Can DreamYou Don’t Own MeRescue MeThe Shoop Shoop SongI Only Want To Be With YouThe Boy From New York City

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The year was 1965.

The year was 1965.

Vietnam was only part of the news. It was an era of Black Power, equal rights, and social wrongs.
Journey back to America’s most turbulent decade, as a young woman tries to make her way in New York City.

A totally original story with such classic songs as “Downtown,” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Rescue Me,” and “I Know A Place,” plus dozens more, A SIGN OF THE TIMES explodes with the music you love and the spirit that shaped a generation—and our own.

Cast


A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Chilina Kennedy

Cindy
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Chilina Kennedy

(Cindy)

most recently played Billie Jean King in Love All by Anna Deavere Smith. Broadway: Paradise SquareBeautiful: The Carole King Musical, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Film/TV: “The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors,” With Me. Other: The Band’s Visit (International Tour), This Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic Theater Company), Mamma Mia! (1st National Tour), A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder. Chilina is the composer of the new musicals Wild About You and Silk, and is Artistic Producer of Eclipse Theatre Company. chilinakennedy.com

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Ryan Silverman

Brian
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Ryan Silverman

(Brian)

has received Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for Side Show and Passion. Additional Broadway credits include Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, and Cry-Baby. Select additional credits: Into the Woods (MUNY), Camelot (The Kennedy Center), Music in the Air (Encores!), and The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera). TV and film: “Good Fight,” “Gossip Girl,” The 5 Minarets Of New York, Sex and the City 2, “True Blood.” @ryanbsilverman

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Crystal Lucas-Perry

Tanya
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Crystal Lucas-Perry

(Tanya)

Broadway: Ain’t No Mo’ (2023 Tony Award® Nomination, Dorian Award), 1776 (John Adams). Off-Broadway: A Bright Room Called Day (Antonyo Award nomination), Ain’t No Mo’ (Lucille Lortel Award), Bull in a China ShopLittle Children Dream of God. Regional: Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), A Sign of the Times (Tanya). TV/Film: “And Just Like That…,” Goodnight Mommy (Amazon), “Law and Order: SVU,” “The Last O.G.” Education: New York University’s Tisch Graduate Acting M.F.A. Program. @CrystalLucasPerry


A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Justin Matthew Sargent

Matt
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Justin Matthew Sargent

(Matt)

Broadway: Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark (Peter Parker), Rock of Ages (Drew), Bonnie and Clyde (Swing). TV/Film: “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live on NBC,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Mr. Robot,” “Delocated,” “Royal Pains,” Stormchaser, Big Exit, Apple Pie, and more! Justin has performed alongside music legends like John Legend, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles, David Byrne, Dee Snider, REO Speedwagon, and Air Supply. Justin has also toured the country singing everything from Queen to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Thanks to Hybrid Agency and Stevie Boothe Management! Instagram: @justinmsargent

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Akron Lanier Watson

Cody
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Akron Lanier Watson

(Cody)

Most recently seen in the critically acclaimed new musical The 12 as “Pete,” his credits include: Broadway: The Color Purple Revival as Bobby, The Play That Goes Wrong as Trevor, Hamilton: An American Musical as Aaron Burr. Off-Broadway: Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater), Black No More (The New Group/Signature Theater). Regional: Mr. Holland’s Opus the musical as Glenn Holland (Ogunquit Playhouse), Sister Act as Curtis (Papermill Playhouse), Dreamgirls (North Shore Music Theater), To Kill a Mockingbird (as Tom Robinson, Dallas Theater Center), The Royale (as Jay Jackson, Repertory of St. Louis). Film: Spilt Milk (as Rodney), Seasons of Gray (as Chris), Miss Juneteenth (as Bacon). TV: “Empire” (as Eric Houston, FOX), “Chicago Med” (as Trevor, NBC). Voice-over: One Piece: Heart of Gold (as Psycho P), Borderlands Pre-sequel (as Dunks Watson), The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (as Chris Brian). “American Idol” Season 7.


A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Cassie Austin

Swing
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Cassie Austin

(Swing)

First National: Hello, Dolly! (Irene u/s) with Betty Buckley and Carolee Carmello. Regional: MTWichita: Nice Work... (Eileen), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Dorothy), MUNY, Tuacahn, Gateway. Her sold-out solo show, “cASS FIRST” debuted at ChelseaTable+Stage last November. Love to Mom, Dad, James, HCKR, and ASOTT Team! BFA MT, BYU. cassieaustin.com. @classyaustin_

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Erica Simone Barnett

Ensemble
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Erica Simone Barnett

(Ensemble)

(she/her) Proud NY native! Off-Broadway debut. Broadway/NY: Matilda (OBC), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Kayla). Touring: Mean Girls (Ensemble). Regional: Evita at A.R.T and Shakespeare Theater Company. TV: “Broad City,” “Sesame Street,” “SNL.” Much love to CLA Partners, the Barnetts, and Leo. @ericasimonebarnett

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Alyssa Carol

Ensemble
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Alyssa Carol

(Ensemble)

Alyssa is thrilled to join this wonderful company! Broadway: Bad Cinderella (OBC) Regional: The Nutty Professor (Ogunquit Playhouse). Recent University of Michigan Musical Theatre alum. Lots of love to her family, friends, and everyone at HCKR for their constant support! @aalyssacarol

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Melessie Clark

Ensemble
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Melessie Clark

(Ensemble)

Melessie is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut in A Sign of the Times! Hailing from Pittsburgh with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Point Park University, Melessie’s credits include PCLO’s Once on This Island (Mama Euralie), Into the Woods (Lucinda), Pittsburgh Public Theatre’s Two Trains Running (Risa), Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Eloise), and Goddess (Grio Trio) at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Instagram: @melessieclark

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Jeremiah Ginn

Swing, Dance Captain
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Jeremiah Ginn

(Swing, Dance Captain)

NYC: The Great Gatsby: The Immersive Show, Murder For Two, Anything Goes. National Tour: Anastasia, Murder For Two, A Chorus Line. Regional: Arena Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Ogunquit Playhouse, The Muny, Cape Playhouse, NSMT, and more. Proud uncle to four nieces who are way cuter than yours. @jeremiahmginn www.jeremiahginn.com

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Kuppi Alec Jessop

Ensemble
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Kuppi Alec Jessop

(Ensemble)

(they/he) A native of Thailand, is ecstatic to be making their Off-Broadway debut! Recent credits: Tiananmen (The Phoenix Theatre Company), Oliver! (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Guys and Dolls (ACT of Connecticut). All my love to my family, friends, and agents (TPG). Go Blue! Insta: @kuppikruppom

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Lena Matthews

Ensemble
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Lena Matthews

(Ensemble)

is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut in A Sign of the Times. Her previous credits include the National Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional: CarouselAll Shook Up. She would like to thank her dad for his endless support. @_lenamatthews 

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Maggie McDowell

Ensemble
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Maggie McDowell

(Ensemble)

Broadway: Kinky Boots, Disaster! (OBC). Off-Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy Miller), Love Quirks (Lili), A Musical About Star Wars (Emily), Disaster! (Marianne). Regional favorites: 9 to 5 (Doralee), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley), Hello, Dolly! (Ermengarde), Grease (Marty), Disaster! (Sister Mary Downey). Thanks to her family, the ASOTT creatives, and Avalon Artist Group. Dedicated to the memory of her own Cindy, her mom. IG: @_maggie.mcdowell_ maggiemcdowell.com

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

J Savage

Ensemble
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

J Savage

(Ensemble)

is so excited to be part of this groovy production. Broadway: Gawain in ALW’s Bad Cinderella. Off-Broadway: David, Seesaw revival. A pandemic van-lifer, he taught preschool in Yellowstone NP to the rangers’ kids; an experience recounted in his critically acclaimed one-man show featuring original music, Farewell to the West at 54 Below and The GR42. Major thanks to the whole ASOTT team, DGRW, his family, and most importantly his partner Jared. @jasavage5

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Justin Showell

Ensemble
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Justin Showell

(Ensemble)

is breathing in the true privilege it is to share art with his community. He knows that it’s through the efforts of many that he is seeing his dreams realized. S/O to his Parents and the mentors who have supported him! Most recent credits include Buena Vista Social Club (Atlantic Theater Company) and Hamilton (National Tour). University of Michigan ’19 BFA MT. Grateful to the Divine Maker for the gift of life. Love to all.

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Michael Starr

Ensemble
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Michael Starr

(Ensemble)

TV/Film: “Encore!” (Disney+); “Bad Trip” (Netflix). National Tour: Bright Star. Select Regional: Old Globe, 5th Ave, Hollywood Bowl, Goodspeed, Hartford Stage, Sac Circus, Phoenix Theater, Berkshire Theatre, Disneyland, MTW, La Mirada, Tuacahn, LA Opera, SF Symphony, & more. Love to the Starrs, JZ Casting, DGRW, and his fiancée Lauren. @itsmikestarr

A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Edward Staudenmayer

Ensemble
A Sign Of The Times | Cast

Edward Staudenmayer

(Ensemble)

Broadway: Wonderland, Girl from the North Country, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Tours: Anastasia, The Phantom of the Opera, Anything Goes, Beauty and the Beast, Scarlet Pimpernel, Joseph…  Other: Forbidden Broadway, South Pacific, A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha, Spamalot, Addams Family, Something Rotten, Mamma Mia!, Pageant, 1776, On The 20th Century, Jane Eyre, Noises Off, A Room With A View, Cats. Film: A Thousand and One. Nominations: Helen Hayes, Barrymore, National Theater Award.

Creative Team

Richard J. Robin

Original Story

Richard J. Robin

(Original Story)

Richard Robin is the founder and president of Wells Street Productions, LLC, a Chicago-based entertainment company that creates innovative content for theatre and television. Theatrical credits include the Tony Award®-winning musical Memphis. He is also president of Robin Construction Corp., which develops luxury apartments, condominiums, and senior housing in the Chicago area.

Lindsey Hope Pearlman

Book

Lindsey Hope Pearlman

(Book)

is a playwright and director specializing in new plays and musicals. She received a NYSCA commission for her new musical ROAR!.  Co-book writer, MacGyver the Musical. Original plays: Lucy (EST/Sloan Commission), Viv is for Vengeance (American Playwriting Foundation Relentless Award Honorable Mention), Cassandra Complex. Broadway: Bandstand (Assistant Director), Leap of Faith (SDC Observer).  Associate Director, SuperYou. Selected directing: The Connelly Theater, HERE Arts Center, Mitu580, The O’Neill Theater Center and Cloud City. Drama League NY Directing Fellow.  London International School of Performing Arts, Hamilton College.  Adjunct Professor, Pace University. lindseyhopepearlman.com

Joseph Church

Music Supervision, Arrangements, & Orchestrations

Joseph Church

(Music Supervision, Arrangements, & Orchestrations)

Broadway’s The Lion King, The Who’s Tommy, Amazing Grace. Credits include In the Heights, Little Shop of Horrors (original company/tour), Sister Act, Randy Newman’s Faust, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Award-winning composer/arranger in styles from popular song to musicals to serious music. Currently: composer/lyricist on Who Is Jimmy Pants?, a satire of bio-jukebox musicals, and Music of the City, a song/dance revue about urban life. Author: Music Direction for the Stage: A View from the Podium and Rock in the Musical Theatre, Oxford University Press. Professor of composition, songwriting, conducting, and piano at NYU.

JoAnn M. Hunter

Choreographer

JoAnn M. Hunter

(Choreographer)

Broadway: Bad CinderellaSchool Of Rock (US Nat’t Tour and West End, Australia), Disaster!, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Broadway Bound. West End: Cinderella, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. National Tour/Regional: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (National Tour), Ever After (Alliance Theatre), August Rush, Beatsville by Glenn Slater, A Sign Of The Times, Harmony (Alliance/Ahmanson Theatre), and Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes’ The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis. UnMasked, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Grease, Oliver, and Curtains all at PMP. In development, Rock And Roll Refugee and SuperYou.

Gabriel Barre

Director

Gabriel Barre

(Director)

Broadway: Amazing Grace. Off-Broadway: The Wild Party, Summer of ’42, john & jen, and Almost, Maine.  National Tours: Amazing Grace, Pippin, and Cinderella. Regional: Memphis (original production), Billy Elliot (Goodspeed), Sweeney Todd (Goodspeed), Finian’s Rainbow (Goodspeed), and Here You Come Again (Goodspeed), which he also co-wrote. The production will be touring the UK and the West End this year. International credits: Sound of the Silk Road (China); Billy Elliot (Mexico); The Scarlet Pimpernel (Japan); and Beetlejuice, Holmes, The Legend, and Carmen (Czech Republic). Barre was nominated for a Tony Award® for Best Actor in a Musical.

Evan Adamson

Set Design

Evan Adamson

(Set Design)

has designed productions throughout the United States and has worked extensively abroad in Europe and Asia.  A lifelong resident of New York, he currently resides in Manhattan.  As an associate set designer, he has worked on Leopoldstadt (des. Richard Hudson) and The Music Man (des. Santo Loquasto). His design of A Christmas Carol garnered the Big Easy Award for Best Set Design in 2019. Little Shop of Horrors and Mamma Mia! were also honored with Florida’s Broadway World Awards for Best Set Design in 2019 & 2018, respectively. 

Johanna Pan

Costume Design

Johanna Pan

(Costume Design)

is a costume and scenic designer. Their artistic practice is centered around decolonizing the imagination, breaking down the notions of feminized labor and anti-racism. They continue to harbor hope for a more sustainable humankind in the face of adversity and dreams of a future filled with equity, inclusion, and diversity. MFA: NYU/TISCH, @jpandesign

Ken Billington

Lighting Design

Ken Billington

(Lighting Design)

has over 100 Broadway shows to his credit, including New York, New York, the original Sweeney ToddWaitressSunday in the Park with George (2008 & 2017), and The Scottsboro Boys, to name a few. His Tony Award®-winning lighting for Chicago has been seen worldwide. Other Projects: The Radio City Christmas SpectacularFantasmic! at Disneyland, and architectural lighting for work NYC’s 54 Below and Tavern on the Green. Ken is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Shannon Slaton

Sound Design

Shannon Slaton

(Sound Design)

Broadway: Melissa Etheridge: My Window and The Illusionists.  He has also designed more than 50 national tours including: ShrekThe ProducersKiss Me, KateThe Full MontyA Chorus LineTap Dogs, Sweeney Todd, and The Drowsy Chaperone.  Shows he mixed on Broadway include: Springsteen on BroadwayCabaret, Annie, Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, Jersey BoysDirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spring AwakeningFela!Anything Goes, Annie, Legally Blonde, and Cabaret.

Brad Peterson

Projection Design

Brad Peterson

(Projection Design)

With 59 Productions: Candide (Santa Fe Opera); Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Metropolitan Opera); Camelot (Broadway); Flying Over Sunset (Broadway); designs for Sing Street (Boston’s The Huntington); Broadway Bounty Hunter (Off-Broadway); Associate credits: Eurydice (Metropolitan Opera); Florencia en el (Metropolitan Opera); West Side Story (Broadway revival); Prima Facie (Broadway).

J. Jared Janas

Hair, Wig, & Makeup Design

J. Jared Janas

(Hair, Wig, & Makeup Design)

Broadway: Purlie Victorious, Good Night, Oscar, Sweeney Todd, Ohio State Murders, & Juliet, Kimberly Akimbo, Topdog/Underdog, How I Learned to Drive, American Buffalo, Jagged Little Pill, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Getting the Band Back Together, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, The Visit, The Real Thing, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, All About Me. Recent Off-Broadway: Buena Vista Social Club.

Britt Bonney

Music Direction

Britt Bonney

(Music Direction)

Broadway: Camelot; Sing Street. Off-Broadway: The Big One-Oh (World Premiere: Atlantic Theater). Regional: Once Upon a One More Time (World Premiere: Shakespeare Theatre); Girlfriend (Helen Hayes Award, Signature Theatre); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill Playhouse & La Jolla Playhouse). Tours: Dear Evan Hansen; American Girl Live. Film/TV: “Annie Live”; “Galavant”; Beauty & the Beast. brittbonney.com

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