“The Apple Boys have managed to
REINVENT THE BARBERSHOP FORM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY!
They’re HILARIOUS, CLEVER, and, of course, SOUND BEAUTIFUL!”
– Alan Cumming
In Coney Island at the turn of the 20th century, Jack Chapman III (Johnny Appleseed’s grandson) sets out to save his family apple orchard with the help of Nathan Handwerker (founder of Nathan’s Hot Dogs), Warren Lincoln Travis (“The World’s Strongest Man”), and Lina “Hank” Beecher (designer of the first looping roller coaster). Together this diverse group of friends discovers the magic of a new kind of music: barbershop harmony.
Four actors (Jelani Remy, Teddy Yudain, Amanda Ryan Paige, and Jonothon Lyons) play over forty characters in this fast-paced musical comedy featuring entirely original music and lyrics by Ben Bonnema (recent recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant).
The Apple Boys is an old-fashioned, new-fangled adventure for everyone!
Book Writer/Performer: Warren Lincoln Travis
Jonothon Lyons is a New York based writer and performer. Written works include The Tenement (produced at HERE Arts Center in 2009, recipient 2010 NY IT Award for Outstanding Original Short Script) and Ensō (recipient 2013 Jim Henson Foundation Seed Grant). Performance credits include Blue Man Group, Sleep No More, Off the Main Road (WTF), Moisés Kaufman’s El Gato con Botas, Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique, and Anthony Minghella’s Madame Butterfly (The Met). He is a proud member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, The Dramatists Guild, and AGMA. jonothonlyons.com @jonothonlyons
Amanda Ryan Paige
Performer: Lina “Hank” Beecher
Off-Broadway: Zanna Don’t! (Houseman); Charlie Brown, Henry and Mudge (Lortel). Other NYC Credits: Trailer Park the Musical (NYMF); Awesome 80’s Prom (workshop/co-writer); Lucky Stiff (APAC); Dreams This Way/Raw Impressions (TADA!); Babes In Toyland (Avery Fisher). National Tour: Fiddler, Water Coolers. Regional: Sister Act, Ring of Fire, Arsenic and Old Lace, Rumors, Shout!, Unnecessary Farce, Nunsense, Boeing Boeing, Marvelous Wonderettes, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Perfect/Change (St. Michael’s Playhouse); Spitfire Grill, Nunsense, Boeing Boeing, Spelling Bee (Northern Stage); Into The Woods (Ocean State Theatre); Pump Boys and Dinettes, Ring of Fire (Fireside); Ring of Fire (Alhambra); Boeing Boeing, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Trailer Park the Musical (Mason Street); Pump Boys and Dinettes, Trailer Park the Musical (Willows); Pump Boys and Dinettes, Stand By Your Man (Mtn. Playhouse); Noises Off!, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Leatherstocking); Urinetown (Carousel); Das Barbecü (Arvada); No, No Nanette (Goodspeed); Carousel, Over Here! (Conn. Rep).
Performer: Jack Chapman III
is a New Jersey native who was most recently seen Off Broadway in the revival of Smokey Joes Cafe! Broadway credits include Simba in The Lion King. Other recent shows include Disney’s High School Musical and High School Musical 2.
Performer: Nathan Handwerker
is fulfilling a lifelong dream of being in a barbershop quartet. Credits include the U.S. premiere of The Little Match Girl with Improbable and Blind Summit Theatre at Spoleto Festival USA (dir. Phelim McDermott), Madama Butterfly at The Metropolitan Opera (dir. Anthony Minghella), El Gato Con Botas with Gotham Chamber Opera and Tectonic Theatre Project (dir. Moisés Kaufman), One Man, Two Guvnors at Florida Studio Theatre (dir. Joe Discher), and many summers at the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. He received his BFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut. www.TeddyYudain.com
Rona Siddiqui is a NYC-based composer/lyricist. Musicals: Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan, One Good Day, The Tin, Treasure in NYC. Music direction: Bella: An American Tall Tale, Who's Your Baghdaddy? Or How I Started the Iraq War. Orchestration: Broadway Backwards, Gay Mens Chorus, Broadway Records. Commissions: 24 Hour Musicals, Prospect Theater Company, The Civilians, the NYC Gay Men's Chorus, 52nd St Project. Original scores: The Vagina Monologues, Middletown, The Good Person of Szechuan. Awards: ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the ASCAP Foundation/Max Dreyfus Scholarship. www.ronasiddiqui.com
Understudy Lina “Hank” Beecher
Kelly Letourneau is thrilled to be back with The Apple Boys after previously performing with them at The Public Theatre. Favorite credits include: Ruby in Dames at Sea (Roxy Regional Theatre), Laura in LAURA INGALLS WILDER (ArtsPower National Touring Theatre), Hermia in MIDSUMMER (Tiltyard), Penny in Hairspray (Roxy), and Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma! (Roxy). Kelly is a graduate of New Studio on Broadway at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. www.kellyletourneau.com
Ben Roseberry Broadway/ National Tours: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, The Lion King, Rent. Off-Broadway: Fugitive Songs, Emma. Regional: Geva Theatre, Barrington Stage, The O'Neill, Arrow Rock Lyceum, North Shore Music Theater, Sacramento Music Circus, TUTS, Weston Playhouse. Countless workshops and readings. Ben is also an award winning composer and singer-songwriter. His band, The Fractured Years, released a self titled debut in 2016. It is available on all formats. Endless love to Sarah, the family, Jason Styres, Professional Artists, and the entire Apple Boys team. Instagram: @thefracturedyears Twitter: @fractured_yea
Ben Bonnema is a composer-lyricist whose work has been featured in Variety, Wired and the New York Times. He was awarded a 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant by the American Theatre Wing. Ben wrote book, music & lyrics to Adult Swim's PETER PANIC, a musical video game that's been played by over a million people (developed by James Marion). His slumber party musical, BOYS WHO TRICKED ME, was called "heart-healing musical theatre" by Joshua Barone of the New York Times, and had a three-week showcase production at the Musical Theatre Factory.
Other full-length: ONE WAY with Christopher Staskel (Goodspeed Writers Colony, Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat, 2017 Yale Institute Finalist, reading at Playwrights Horizons via the Musical Theatre Factory), and THE LOST GIRL with Arianna Rose (Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival). He contributed additional sound design and composition to Punchdrunk's award winning show SLEEP NO MORE and supplied additional orchestrations for Ana Gasteyer's album I'm Hip.
Ben holds an M.F.A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and a B.A. in Music Composition from Whitworth University. He's a proud member of ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild, and Local 802.
David Alpert is a New York City based director (SDC), most recently represented on Broadway as the Associate Director on If/Then written by the Pulitzer Prize winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, directed by Michael Greif. On Broadway he served as the Associate Director for the Tony-Award winning production of The Trip to Bountiful (also at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles), and assisted on The Best Man as well as Guys and Dolls. At the Guthrie Theater, Alpert assistant directed the world-premiere of The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide… Alpert is the Artistic Director of Headline Programming for BroadwayCon, a convention for thousands of Broadway fans held in New York City (www.broadwaycon.com), and is the proud producer of the “Living for Today” concert series, the main fundraiser for Gilana's Fund (www.gilanasfund.org).
Heart On Sleeve Productions
Heart On Sleeve Productions is a new company producing theater works that amaze, delight, are unabashedly sentimental and well, fully ‘Heart on Sleeve.’ Executive Producer Johnnie Moore Hawkins is proud to present The Apple Boys: A Barbershop Quartet Musical as the first of many new-fangled, old-styled works to come. Hawkins’s love of theater is lifelong, as performer, maker, and producer. He performed in Bill Irwin’s Largely New York; danced with Doug Elkins Dance Company at Dance Theater Workshop and The Public Theater; narrated AMOVEO, choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, at Opéra Garnier in Paris, under the baton of Nico Muhly; and co-hosted 27 Gnosis at dOCUMENTA (13) with Michael Portnoy. Having produced Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique in San Francisco in 1999 and shepherded Joey Arias and Basil Twist’s Arias with a Twist at HERE Arts Center in 2009, Hawkins has had a rich range of experience which sets the stage for The Apple Boys, a perfect combination of original music and wordy whimsy, theatrical intimacy and heartfelt humor that sets the bar for all future Heart On Sleeve Productions.