The Cast

Emily McNamara
Recenty: Gettin' the Band Back Together at the George Street Playhouse. New York Credits include: NEWSical The Musical, The Awesome 80's Prom (also co-wrote), My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My First Time, Minimum Wage, The Karaoke Show, The Groove Factory (NYMF), Fantasy Football: The Musical? (NYMF), and Slut. Regional favorites include: Little Shop of Horrors, Fiddler on the Roof, Dreamgirls, Godspell, Smokey Joe's Cafe, and Chicago. Emily is also known for her various nightclub performances as a comic and host. She performs regularly at 54 Below, Joe's Pub, The Laurie Beechman Theater, an at her MAC award nominated show, Mostly Sondheim at The Duplex. More at

Laura D'Andre

Laura D'Andre is thrilled to be getting a sugar rush in The Chocolate Show! Broadway National Tours: HAIR, GREASE! (Rizzo), Favorite regional credits: Oliver!- Harbor Lights (Nancy), Legally Blonde-Ognquit (Vivienne), A Little Night Music-White Plains (Petra), Les Miserables-San Diego (Eponine). Native Californian, B.A. from UC Irvine.

Talene Monahon

Talene Monahon: Professional credits include Emily in  Our Town and Julie Jordan in Carousel (New London Barn Playhouse), Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Northern Stage), and Masha in The Seagull (Peterborough Players). Talene’s solo show, All in Good Fun, was a bestseller at the 2013 United Solo Festival in New York. She is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College.

Andrew Pandaleon

Andrew Pandaleon is thrilled to be returning to Off-Broadway with The Chocolate Show! NY Theater: The City Club (Chaz), The History Of War. Regional: Forever Plaid (Frankie), Sunset Blvd (Artie), Happy Days (Richie) at The Gateway, Romeo & Juliet (Paris), Laughter on The 23rd Floor (Brian), History Boys (Scripps), Play It Cool (Will). Andrew is a graduate of UCLA and teaches theater at The Gateway.

James Patterson

Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, State Fair. National Tours: Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, Cats. Other: Henry Ford in Ragtime (Milwaukee Rep.), Le Comte Ory (Metropolitan Opera), Albert Peterson in Bye, Bye Birdie (NSMT), Gene Kelly in What a Glorious Feeling (ATF), Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls (Ogunquit Playhouse), Barnaby Slade in Sail Away (Carnegie Hall), Bert Barry in 42nd Street (Sacramento Music Circus). Thanks to friends and family, especially B.J.

The Creative Team

Laura Goldfader

Laura Goldfader has a diverse musical background, having worked in film, popular music, and the world of contemporary classical music.  After being music coordinator for Michael Bennett's last two shows, she became inspired to write for the theatre. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Boston Conservatory of Music, graduated from Bennington College, and earned her Master's degree from the Yale School of Music.  She is an alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a member of the Dramatists Guild.  Laura is very happy to be married to a chocoholic.

Alan Golub

Alan Golub has worked with such artists as Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Phoebe Snow, and Sir Tim Rice.  He composed the score to an award-winning short film, Revenge of the Occupant, and has written commercial music for numerous companies including Zales Diamonds and Major League Baseball.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, Alan continued his musical studies at the London College of Music.  He is an alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, where he met his choco-musical collaborator, and is thrilled to be pursuing his lifelong dream of someday playing softball in The Broadway Show League.

Dan Foster

NY/regional directing credits include Stones in his Pockets, 4000 Miles, Sunday in the Park with George, Murderers, Mary’s Wedding, The Molly Maguires, Twelfth Night, Rabbit Hole, Sibling Revelry, Boston Marriage. Recent projects: The Festival of Broadway in Tasmania and Sydney, Australia, and Seven starring Meryl Streep. International: Donmar Warehouse (London), Gran Teatre del Liceu, (Barcelona), Theatre Estradi (Moscow.) Member of the Circle Rep Directing Lab and  co-founder of Hudson Stage Company. Appeared on Broadway in City of Angels, off-Broadway in Cymbeline, the Chicago production of Baby (JEFF nomination), and on TV in “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,” “Against the Law,” “Lemon Sky,” and “All My Children.”

Grady McLeod Bowman

Grady served as the Associate Choreographer on Dogfight at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre as well as Assistant Director/Associate Choreographer on The Great American Mousical at Goodspeed Opera House. As choreographer, his work has been seen at the NY Fringe Festival, Gateway Playhouse, Northern Stage, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, and UNC School of the Arts. He has been seen on Broadway in Billy Elliot, South Pacific, Wonderland, and The Pirate Queen, as well as on tour with Fosse and Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Assistant Artistic Director/Associate Choreographer of Mark Stuart Dance Theatre and founding faculty member of The Performing Arts Project.

Jeffrey Klitz

Broadway Conductor/Music Director: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Guys and Dolls, Lennon, Hot Feet, Song and Dance, On Your Toes. Other Broadway: Chicago, Grand Hotel, and Stardust. Joseph Jefferson Award, music direction: The House of Martin Guerre. Music Director/Pianist (selected): Judy Collins, Tyne Daly, Christine Ebersole, Joanna Gleason, Joel Grey, Paulo Szot, Tommy Tune, Lari White, Chip Zien. Producer/Arranger/Orchestrator (selected): NY Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Disney, Paul McCartney’s MPL Music Publishing. Film/Television (selected): arrangements/orchestrations for Lucas, One Life to Live, All My Children; conductor on The Late Show with David Letterman, Fox Sports 1, America’s Got Talent. Yale graduate. Love to Celeste, Isabella, Sophia, Juliette.

Steven C. Kemp

Off-Broadway: Philip Goes Forth, Love Goes to Press (Mint), Middle of the Night, The Film Society, The Old Boy, Marry Me a Little (Keen), Carcass (New Worlds Theatre Project), Extinction(Cherry Lane), Wildflower (Second Stage), Dov and Ali (The Playwrights Realm).  International:Ain’t Misbehavin’ (European Tour). The Physicists (Hungarian Theatre of Cluj).  Regional and Opera: Falstaff(Opera Santa Barbara/OSJ), Faust, Idomeneo, Anna Karenina, Il Trovatore(Opera San Jose), A Streetcar Named Desire (Opera Grand Rapids), Most Wanted (La Jolla Playhouse), Dixie’s Tupperware Party (Royal George Theatre, Chicago) MFA UCSD.

Jimmy Lawlor

Jimmy Lawlor is thrilled to be part of The Chocolate Show!. OFF BROADWAY: The Man Who Came to Dinner, Peccadillo Theatre Co. Measure for Measure, Epic Theatre Co. NEW YORK: Theatre Row, HERE Arts Center, NYU, PS 122, LA MaMa ETC, among others.  REGIONAL: The Kennedy Center, Hartford Stage, Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, and The Shakespeare Theatre. TRAINING: MFA from NYU Tisch. Upcoming projects: Hedwig & The Angry Inch on Broadway.

Orli Nativ

Orli Nativ is a mixed media artist and costume designer recently returned to New York after completing her MFA at UC San Diego. New York credits include: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Pilo Family Circus (Godlight Theatre). Othello (NY Shakespeare Exchange), and The Murder of Venus Xtravaganza 1988 (Live IN Theatre). She is thrilled to be a part of this delicious production—dark chocolate please! BA: Hampshire College

Nick Kourtides

Nick Kourtides designs for musical theater and creates sound environments for collaborative ensemble works. New York: Elephant Room (St. Ann's), Carson McCullers Talks About Love (Rattlestick), Jomama Jones (Soho Rep). International: Lublin Konfrontacje Teatralne, Paris Quartier d’Ete, London Barbican, Edinburgh Festival. Regional: Center Theater Group, Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Flat Rock Playhouse, Wilma, PTC, Walnut Street, Prince Music Theater, Arden Theatre, and many others. With Pig Iron Theatre Company: Cankerblossom, Isabella, Chekhov Lizardbrain, Mission to Mercury. With Rainpan43: Object Lesson, Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl.

Karin White

Opera: La Perichole, Moses in Egypt, Turn of the Screw, Powder Her Face, Orpheus, Cosi Fan Tutti, A Quiet Place, Don Giovanni, Margaret Garner, Semele, Cappriccio, Daphne, Alcina, Il Trittico, Lilith, The Flying Dutchman, Rinaldo, Roberto Deveraux (New York City Opera); Off Broadway: Small Engine Repair, Reasons To Be Happy, Don't Go Gentle, Carrie, Wild Animals You Should Know, The Submission (MCC Theatre); I Call My Brothers (Play Co.) Craving For Travel;  Regional:  Room Service, The Show Off (Westport Country Playhouse).

B. D. White

B.D. has worked in professional theater in NYC for 20 years.  His credits include: Broadway: Frozen, and Reasons to be Pretty.  Over the course of his career he has worked on numerous Off Broadway productions with MCC Theater, Red Bull Theater, Soho Rep, TFANA, Classic Stage Company, Elevator Repair Service Theater, Working Theater, NATCO, National Yiddish Theater, Barrow St. Theatre and numerous independent productions.  He would be delighted to speak to you about your upcoming production as well.

Jason Weixelman

NYC Credits: RIO: A New Musical (NYMF); Princes of Waco (EST). Regional Credits: Les Miserables (Skylight Music Theatre); The Chosen (Barrington Stage Company); Kunstler, Talley’s Folly, God of Carnage (Hudson Stage Company); Boeing Boeing (John W. Engeman Theater). Love to Staci Jo. Proud AEA Member.

Kelly Ruth Cole

Credits include: In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel (Media at Large); The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (MaYi/Vampire Cowboys). Twilight: the Musical (DreamCatcher Entertainment/Ulmer Theatricals); The Sluts of Sutton Drive (EST); Cut  (The Management); Zarkana: Cirque du Soleil Workshop (StudentsLive); My Heart in a Suitcase (National Tour – Artspower); Tommy (Baystreet Theatre).

Kelly Ruth Cole

The Pekoe Group is a full-service advertising and marketing company for theatrical events and attractions. Clients include Mint Theater Company, Second Stage Theatre, TACT, Peter And The Starcatcher, Nothing To Hide, The Preacher And The Shrink, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and more.

Kelly Ruth Cole

A life-long theater geek, Candy is thrilled to be providing social media for THE CHOCOLATE SHOW!. When she’s not blogging, tweeting, writing mysteries and dancing Tango, she can be found sitting in the audience of Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.

Cesa Entertainment / Jamie Cesa

Broadway producing & general management: Pippin (Tony Award), Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld), Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking, Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway (Tony Award nom), Lombardi, Godspell. West End: Hair. Off-Broadway producing and general management: Bullet for Adolf (written & directed by Woody Harrelson); CELIA: The Life & Music of Celia Cruz; La Barberia; Los Big Names (Drama Desk nom), The Women of Lockerbie (starring Judith Ivey); 21 Dog Years; Love, Janis; Love Child; Criss Angel Mindfreak and many more.

Sharon Fallon

Current clients: NY Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Les Freres Corbusier, Transport Group, The Joyce Theater, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and MOMIX. Past productions include Fela!, Hairspray, Rent, I Am My Own Wife, Death of a Salesman.

Michael Cassara

Recent credits include Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking! (off-Broadway and cast recording), Bubble Boy: The Musical (world premiere), Fat Camp (off-Broadway and regional), and hundreds of productions, readings, tours, and film projects throughout the US and abroad. Resident Casting Director for NYMF (since 2007) and NAMT (since 2013). Native Clevelander. Member, Casting Society of America. Please visit | @michaelcassara

Golly Gee Productions

Golly Gee Productions is dedicated to developing and presenting new musicals, and is proud to bring The Chocolate Show! to New York City for the first time. Many heartfelt thanks to the cast, crew, and creative team for their immeasurable contributions to this production.

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Evan Azriliant is a principle with S & E Azriliant, P.C., a New York based law practice specializing in taxation, trusts and estates. He is an adjunct professor of mathematics at Bernard Baruch College and a partner in numerous businesses, including real estate, oil & gas, private equity, and novelty items. Evan has also been involved in the production of several plays, as well as the restaurant business as an equity partner. He and his wife, Deborah, have two children: Jake, 10 years old, and Matthew, 9 years old.

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