After an assignment on the acclaimed sitcom Taxi, John Markus joined the original writing staff of The Cosby Show. Promoted to supervising producer after only six episodes, by season two he became the hit series’ head writer/co-executive producer. He remained the chief writer for five more years, penning 67 episodes, earning an Emmy, four nominations, a Peabody, and two Humanitas prizes. Markus also co-created the Cosby spin-off A Different World for NBC. With Al Franken, he created the critically acclaimed Lateline for Paramount Network Television. He was consulting producer on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, earning an Emmy nomination. Markus directed an award-winning documentary, The Kings of BBQ Barbecue Kuwait, chronicling the mission of bringing authentic-style BBQ to our troops. He created the Destination America series, BBQ Pitmasters, which takes an in-depth look at the world of competition barbecue.
Mark St. Germain
Mark St. Germain (Playwright) has written the plays Freud’s Last Session (Off Broadway Alliance Award), Camping With Henry and Tom (Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award), The God Committee, Ears on a Beatle and Forgiving Typhoid Mary, which was presented at George Street with Estelle Parsons. His play Dr. Ruth, All The Way, premiered this past summer at the Barrington Stage Company and will be playing in NYC this spring. With composer Randy Courts, Mark wrote the musicals Johnny Pye, which premiered at George Street, and The Gifts of the Magi. His musical Stand By Your Man premiered at the Ryman Theater in Nashville and has toured nationally. Television work includes writer and creative consultant for The Cosby Show. He has written the screenplay for Carroll Ballard’s film DUMA and directed and produced the documentary My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story, featuring Richard Gere, Lynn Redgrave and Glenn Close among many others. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writer's Guild East. He was awarded the "New Voices in American Theatre" award at the William Inge Theatre Festival. Mark is a board member and associate artist at Barrington Stage Company.
Michael Lichtefeld has choreographed six Broadway musicals, eight Off-Broadway and numerous national and international tours. He was at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada for nine seasons and will return this season to choreograph Carousel. He has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award, the LA Ovation Award, three Outer Critics Circle awards and four Independent Reviews Of New England Awards (IRNE) winning the IRNE for Bye Bye Birdie and 42nd Street. He is currently at work on a new musical, Stardust Road, celebrating the music of Hoagy Carmichael.
Michael Mastro has a long history with George Street Playhouse, having served as its Resident Artistic Director for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. At GSP, he has directed 2016's Nureyev’s Eyes, 2014’s The Fabulous Lipitones and 2011’s The Subject Was Roses with Stephanie Zimbalist. He has also appeared on our stage in such productions as The Sunshine Boys, The Pillowman, The Fox on the Fairway and Inspecting Carol. In recent years, he has directed Ingmar Bergman’s Nora at Delaware Theatre Company, where he was Associate Artistic Director, and appeared in Ayckbourn’s The Things We Do For Love at the Westport Country Playhouse. He has also helmed several NYC celebrity play readings to benefit various nonprofits, working with actors like Zachary Quinto, Bernadette Peters, Jean Smart, Beau Bridges, Michael McKean, Stockard Channing, Melissa Leo, Laura Benanti, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery and Cecily Strong. Other directorial assignments include associate director of the recent first national tour of West Side Story, helmed by David Saint, as well as the direction of many new American one-acts for several NYC theatre companies. As an actor, he works regularly on and off Broadway, regionally, and in film and TV, where he is currently recurring on Law & Order: SVU. Proud member: Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA, SDC, Naked Angels, The Actors Center.
Donald Corren (Phil Rizzardi) is pleased to be making his George Street Playhouse debut. His Broadway credits include originating the role of Cosme McMoon opposite Judy Kaye in Souvenir and Arnold in Torch Song Trilogy. Off-Broadway credits include The Fantasticks, Old Jews Telling Jokes, The Soap Myth, The Last Sunday in June and Saturday Night. He has appeared around the country on regional stages, including The Guthrie, Westport Country Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Capital Rep, Geva, Asolo Rep, Arena Stage and many others. On television he has been seen on ZNation, Law & Order, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Rescue Me and Martha Stewart Living. www.DonaldCorren.com
Wally Dunn (Wally Smith) was seen at GSP last season as Professor Willard in Our Town. He has also appeared on our stage in Inspecting Carol. Broadway: Spamalot, Gypsy (Bernadette Peters), One Mo’ Time, Master Class. National Tours: West Side Story, Spamalot, All Shook Up, Master Class. Off- Broadway: Roundabout, The Vineyard, Theatre for a New Audience. Regional: Goodspeed, Hangar Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Hartford Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, NewJersey Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public, McCarter Theatre, New York Stage & Film, Geva. Film: The School of Rock, In & Out, In Dreams, The Opportunists, 24 Hour Woman, The Good Shepard. TV: 30 Rock, The Carrie Diaries, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU. Actors’ Equity member since 1987. MD.
Rohan Kymal (Baba Mati Das) is thrilled to make his George Street debut with this wonderful show. Rohan is a young singer, musician, and actor based in New York, and a proud graduate of NYU Tisch and Stern School of Business. His theatre credits include All the Rats and Rags (3LD/Joe’s pub), Red Wednesday (New Ohio Theatre), Reality Show (Madison Square Garden). Favorite shows at NYU include: Therese Raquin, Company, Once on This Island, and Gone Missing. Recent film credits include Plus One, Newlyweeds, and The Way the Crow Flies. Rohan is also a vocalist for fusion music band Shrutibox founded by Shankar Tucker. He frequently records and tours around the world with his musical comrades. Thank you to my loving supportive family, my friends, the George Street Playhouse team, and this wonderful cast and crew!
Jim Walton(Gabriel) At GSP: Souvenir, The Fabulous Lipitones. Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd, The Music Man, On the 20th Century, She Loves Me and Sunset Boulevard. Off-Broadway: And the World Goes ‘Round, Scrambled Feet and Closer Than Ever. On PBS: Follies: In Concert, Crazy For You, Sondheim! The Birthday Concert and Company. With his brother, Bob Walton, he wrote book, music and lyrics for Mid-life! (The Crisis Musical), Mid-life 2 (#WhatDidIComeInHereFor?) and Double Trouble (A Musical Tour de Farce), all licensed through R&H Theatricals. Film: Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened. Hometown: Marion, Indiana. College: University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. midlifethecrisismusical.com
"The Fabulous Lipitones is pure fun. Make time to see it during the holiday season...a hit show for sure."
- Marina Kennedy, BroadwayWorld.com
"The Fabulous Lipitones is funny, it’s poignant...it’s the total package."
- Charles Paolino, Home News Tribune/Gannett
What happens when a barbershop quartet loses a key member to a heart-stopping high “B flat?” The three surviving members suddenly find themselves scrambling to find a tenor before the national competition. When the golden tones of “Bob” are heard through the phone the Lipitones are all ears … but when they meet him in person, he’s not quite what they expected. An uproarious comedy of misunderstanding, stereotypes and the path to perfect harmony.
A new musical comedy by Mark St. Germain, author of the hit shows, Freud's Last Session and GSP’s Best of Enemies, and John Markus, head writer for The Cosby Show and writer/producer The Larry Sanders Show.
Put Some Harmony in Your Holidays!
NEWS & REVIEWS
- "Lipitones" is Pure Barber-ism at GSP - [Q]onStage (12/4/2014)
- The Making of Harmony: A Review of 'The Fabulous Lipitones' in New Brunswick - The New York Times (11/28/2014)
- BWW Reviews: THE FABULOUS LIPITONES, Hilarity and Heart on the GSP Stage - BroadwayWorld.com (11/25/2014)
- THEATER: 'Fabulous Lipitones' in perfect harmony at GSP - Home News Tribune/MyCentralJersey.com (11/25/2014)
- Review: The Fabulous Lipitones - New Jersey Stage (11/24/2014)
- 'Fabulous Lipitones' delivers sweet harmonies plus a multicultural message - NJArts.net (11/23/2014)
- Review: 'The Fabulous Lipitones' fun at George Street Playhouse - New Jersey Footlights (11/23/2014)
- AUDIO: Full interview with John Markus, co-writer of The Fabulous Lipitones (23 min.) - WBGO Journal Web Extra (11/21/2014)
- AUDIO: GSP's The Fabulous Lipitones with co-writer John Markus (11 min.) - WBGO Journal (11/21/2014)
- The Fabulous Lipitones - New Jersey Stage (11/21/2014)
- Theater: 'The Fabulous Lipitones' at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick - The Times of Trenton/NJ.com (11/18/2014)
- Barbershop lives on in 'The Fabulous Lipitones' - The Star-Ledger/NJ.com (11/18/2014)
- A Different Kind of Musical: 'The Fabulous Lipitones' showcases barbershop singing - CentralJersey.com/Packet Media Group (11/13/2014)