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Many people and many talents have given
their time and energy to develop this Z
orro musical.

These were the very first!

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Top Left: Ron Baker & Ann Hallbrook as Zorro & Carlotta

Top Right: Leah Ganz, Toba Sherwood, Randal Stephens Weiss, Ann Hallbrook, Richard Korthaze and Ron Baker.

Bottom Right:
  Ron Sharpe, Dan Conroy and Randal Stephens Weiss.
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The following are the company bios for the first reading of "Z The Masked Musical"(at that time entitled "Zorro The Musical") which took place on March 3, 1997 at the Producers Club on West 44th Street in the heart of New York's Theatre district.  Due to future availabilities and conflicts many very talented performers were unable to continue in the concert presentations and the eventual recording of the Concept CD.  That does not diminish their contributions to this project for which I, as its creator, shall always be tremendously grateful.

Robert W. Cabell

RON BAKER (Diego Vega/Zorro) has had an international stage career, featured in over 50 leading roles. Recent highlights include Javert in "Les Miserables", Phantom in "Phantom", and the world premiere of "The Picture Of Dorian Grey" in Monte Carlo.

ROBERT BURTON (Alfredo Vega) was born an army brat in Frankfurt, West Germany and grew up in the heart of Steinbeck country in Carmel, California. Robert studied to be a Catholic priest in Fresno, CA, took a degree in economics at the university of Santa Clara, became a working actor in Los Angeles ("Lassie", "Dynasty", "Cannon"), and then a soap opera star in New York City ("One Life To Live", "As The World Turns"). He has worked on Wall Street and in real estate, but his first love is the theatre. He made his directorial debut with the production, "Of Mice and Men".

TOBA SHERWOOD (Sonia Vega) From opera to clubs, from stage to TV, I thought I'd had my druthers, but nothing has pleased me any more than being Zorro's mother!

LYNN HALVERSON (Maria Vega) is proud to be part of Zorro. This is Lynn's third production for R. W. Cabell having originated Monique in "Pretty Faces" and Gina/Joanne in "Two Hearts Over Easy". Most recently Lynn toured with Theodore Bikel in the 30th Anniversary National Tour of "Fiddler On The Roof" and recreated the role of Miss Cotton in George Street Playhouse's "Twist".

ANN HALLBROOK (Carlotta Mendez) is thrilled to be in New York and a part of Zorro after performing Christine in the national tour of Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera". Ann has also toured with Perry Como and performed in regional productions of "Brigadoon" (Fiona), "Seven Year Itch" (the Girl), "Hello Dolly"(Irene Malloy), "Into the Woods", and "Candid". She holds a B.M. from Northwestern University.

LEAH GANS (Hermina Mendez) after years of writing TV commercials, Leah decided she'd rather be saying the words than writing them. Off Broadway credits include "A Loss Of Roses", "Plaza Suite", and "Butterflies Are Free". Regional credits include "Steel Magnolias".

RICHARD KORTHAZE (Alonso Mendez) I consider myself fortunate to have had a long, happy, and successful career in the theater. I have worked on and off Broadway, in regional theater, on television, in movies, and on recordings. Most of the experiences were rewarding and fulfilling.

EUGENE PERRY (Father Domonic) performed with the New York City Opera; "La Boheme", "I Pagliacci", "Street Scene", "Turandot". At the Beaumont Theater; "Four Baboons Adoring the Sun", and Noa Aine's "The Outcast".

MICHAEL SCHILKE (Governor Juan Carlos) has premiered in over two dozen musical works Off and Off-Off Broadway at venues such as Soho Rep, Chelsea Theater Center, Golden Fleece Ltd., Downtown Music Productions, B.A.M, BMI & NYU. Film credits include: "Ransom", "First Wives Club", "Jeffrey", "It Could Happen To You", "Quiz Show", "Wold", "Boomerang", and "Hallelujah" (PBS). A graduate of The University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music, Michael is also a certified Reiki Master-Teacher.

GARY R. RAMSEY (Sergeant Gonzalez) last worked in the development and performance of "Men: The Musical" presented at the Edinburgh Festival and Off-Broadway on theater row. Regionally his favorite roles are Solyony in "Three Sisters" and Max in "Bent". New York Soaps: "One Life To Live", "All My Children", "Another World", and "As The World Turns". He is currently the head of the voice and speech department at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

TITO ENRIQUEZ (Capitan Ramerez) For a Cuban with a passion for singing and sword fighting, Zorro "the Musical" is a perfect fit. Tito's credits include the Metropolitan Opera, a national tour of "The Three Musketeers", a plethora of stunt shows around the world... and even a three month stint as Ethan Hawke's double for the upcoming feature film, "Great Expectations".

DAN CONROY (PEPI - Bandoleer) Stage film and television credits include "Grand Hotel" with Tommy Tune; "New York Crossing" for Showtime; "Sports Kabob" for MSG, and "Happy Ness" (animated series) for ABC.

RON SHARPE (Pedro - Bandoleer) is pleased to join the cast of Zorro after performing the role of Marius in "Les Miserables" for the past three years. He recently was invited to sing a concert for the Prime Minister of Singapore with the Shanghi Philharmonic Orchestra of China. He and his wife Barbara Russell have two CD's released in Asia, "Land of A Thousand Dreams" and "4 River in Time" through Naxos label of Singapore. Ron will be seen next in the Disney Spectacular, "King David", to be performed for the grand opening of Walt Disney's new theater in New York.

RANDALL STEPHENS (Miguel - Bandoleer) Off-Broadway as Rusty in "Two Hearts Over Easy", and Torpedo Bill in "Surf City". Recent appearances on "The City", and "Another World".

J. DAVID BRIMMER (Narrator) is President of the New York Fight Ensemble. David is pleased to have his own organization involved with Zorro the musical. Currently on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in Eugene, Oregon, and "Carmen", David has also performed with the New York Shakespeare Festival in their productions of "The Two Parts of Henry IV" and "Tis Pity She's A Whore". He would like to thank his wife Amy and his daughters, Caitlin and Rachel for their continued love and support.

AMY BARRETT (Ensemble) is experienced in Soaps ("All My Children", "Guiding Light") and commercials, but this is her first musical endeavor. It's been a blast. Thanks to mi amor, Caballero Miguel/Randy! P.S. Check out our Kodak billboard at 46th Street and Broadway.

CHRISTINA CORDOVA (Ensemble/Little Girl) goes to Saint Vincent's School, and wants to be an actress and a pediatric doctor.

JEFF DeROCKER (Ensemble) most recent musical credits include "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Gallery Players and Fagin in "Oliver" at The Pennsylvania State Youth Theater. Bringing new meaning to the term "Triple Threat," he is a singer, actor.....swordsman. He can also be seen as the Singing Homeless Man in the current Woody Allen Film "Everyone Says I Love You".

CHRIS LAMONTAGNE (Ensemble) New York credits: "Sheba", "Prisoner of Zenda", and "Lady Be Good". Other credits Riff in "West Side Story", European Tour, North Shore & Main State Music Theater, Starlight Express in Las Vegas and Germany, "Guys & Dolls" at Westbury and Valley Forge Music Theater, "Wizard Of Oz" at 5th Avenue Theater. He is SAFD certified and a trained fencer as well. AEA, SAG, AFTRA.

ANGELA MAIZ (Ensemble) national tour of "Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat", starring Donny Osmond; "101 Dalmatians" premiere...Radio City Music Hall; Regional & Stock, Polly in "Crazy For You", Mistress in "Evita", Ann in "La Cage Aux Folles".

BARBARA NAYHAS (Ensemble) was most recently seen in her one-woman show this past January at Don't Tell Mama here in NYC. In addition to numerous Off-Broadway and Regional Theatre credits playing such rolls as Eva in "Evita", the Beggar Woman in "Sweeney Todd" and the Witch in "Into the Woods", Barbara was a featured soloist in Jerry Herman's Broadway starring George Hearn, Lee Roy Reams and Jerry Herman at the South Coast Repertory Theater in California. She is currently represented by the Gilchrist Talent Group.

PARKER SCOTT (Ensemble) is proud to be involved with Zorro. Favorite roles include Archie in "The Secret Garden", Lancelot in "Camelot" and Wolf/Prince in "Into The Woods". Thanks Dave!!!

TAYLOR JONES (Ensemble/Little Boy) Just moved to NY from California. He will be appearing in the new movie "Uncle Sam" which will be released in July. He is 13 and is at the Manhattan School for the Performing Arts.

JOANIE WINTER (Ensemble) understudied the role of Eva in the Harold Prince National Tour of "Evita". She has performed in regional and star stock theatre around the country. Some roles include: Agnes "I Do! I Do!", Sarah "Guys & Dolls", worked in various trade shows and industrials, and even appeared as Mickey Mouse at the White House.

NICHOLAS SHERIDAN (Production Coordinator) came to America in 1981 and studied at Parsons School of Design. He has worked in the Fashion Industry and in Interior Design.

THE NEW YORK FIGHT ENSEMBLE the opening brawl sequence was provided by The New York Fight Ensemble or NYFE (pronounced "Knife"). NYFE is made up of actors, directors, choreographers and stunt people who specialize in the often overlooked art of stage combat. The credits of its members range from Broadway to television series and, commercials to major motion pictures, not to mention countless smaller productions, Renaissance Festivals, and showcases.

RICK SORDELET (Fight Director) Director for Circle Rep's "Back Woods" and "Staten Island". Fight Director for "Indiana Jones And The Temple of the Forbidden Eye", Superbowl XXIX half-time show starring Tony Bennett and Patti LeBelle. Also for Walt Disney's "Beauty And The Beast" on Broadway, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vienna, Tokyo, London, Mexico City, Stuttgart, Melbourne, Sydney and the National Tour. Action Movement Coordinator for the Broadway musical "Titanic" directed by Richard Jones, "Once Upon A Mattress" starring Sarah Jessica Parker, "Henry VI" at the Shakespeare Theatre and "As You Like It" with Kelly McGillis directed by Lawrence Bozwell, "Henry V" at the NYC Public Theater with Andre Braugher, "Riff Raff" at Circle Rep with Laurence Fishburn, "The Royal Family" with Victor Gabor, Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow at Williamstown Theater Festival, "Prisoner of Zenda" and "Jane Eyre" at Papermill Playhouse and the new CD-ROM "Jedi Knight: The Force Within" for George Lucas. Author of the play "Buried Treasure" which was produced at the George Street Playhouse second stage to tremendous critical acclaim, and named as one of the best plays of the 1996 season. Rick is married to actress Kathleen Kelly with three beautiful children, Kaelan, Christian, and Collin.

DAVID CLEMMONS (Musical Supervisor) In addition to his performance credits - Valican in "Les Miserables", Che in "Evita", Freddie in "Chess", and the Bishop in "Jekyl and Hyde", Dave served as vocal director for "Jekyl and Hyde" and concept recording of "Scarlet Pimpernel". He regularly teaches his class "Singing For the Modern Musical Theatre" here in NYC and throughout the country. He will serve as Vocal Director for the upcoming "Civil War" by Frank Wildhorn.

WAYNE ABRAVANEL (Musical Director) recently returned from a European Tour of "42nd Street", following a U.S. Tour of the new Broadway Musical "Jekyl & Hyde". On Broadway he has played in the orchestras for "Sunset Boulevard", "Passion", "Tommy", "Ain't Broadway Grand". and the Lincoln Center production of "Hello Again". Also a composer and songwriter, He has written the scores for dozens of children's videos as well as music for the Montel Williams Show and various TV commercials.

TOM GALLAHER (Rehearsal Pianist) has played over 30 shows in regional theaters before moving to NYC last fall. He was engaged last fall in the pit of the Broadway show "Big". Most recently he was the Musical Director for a new show "Little by Little" by Brad Ross, produced at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida.

RON MURRAY (Guitarist) is comfortable in styles ranging from Flamenco and classical to jazz and pop, on acoustic and electric guitars. His current working group is called VUELO (pronounced Vwayl-lo, Spanish for "flight"), a trio which performs a hybrid mix of jazz and Flamenco in concert and nightclub venues internationally, including a recent appearance at first flight clubs such as New York's Time Cafe, Boston's Scullers, Providence's Westin Hotel Jazz Room, Calgary's Kaos Cafe and Newport's Cliffwalk Manor.

ROBERT W. CABELL (Author/Composer/Lyricist) Mr. Cabell received his Equity card by the age of 19 and has performed such roles as Motel in "Fiddler", The Minstrel in "Once Upon a Mattress", Charlie Davenport in "Annie Get Your Gun" (three times) before he retired from performing at the tender age of 23 to concentrate on his writing career. His previous writing credits include the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical "Pretty Faces, The Large & Lovely Musical" and "Two Hearts Over Easy". Concert presentations of two other musicals "Dragon Myth" and "Saccharine" at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, and a children's theatre TV pilot for cable TV entitled "Hideaway Players". In 1984, he was chosen as one of the first author/composers to work with the prestigious Musical Theatre Works.

MARVIN E. GARDENS (Choreographer/Producer) Zorro reunites the dance and choreographing team of Marvin and Robert who spent their twenties dancing and choreographing together in such shows as "Oklahoma!", "Sound of Music" and "Pajama Game". Mr. Gardens is a former New Yorker who danced on Broadway in "The Magic Show" and "Pippin". He now resides in Atlanta and is on the board of The Alliance Theater. Marvin hosted the 1996 Olympic Games as special events coordinator in Atlanta. He also co-produced "Two Hearts Over Easy". His love of theatre brought him back to New York to produce "Zorro".

EVETTE STARK (Producer) with over ten years of experience in the graphic art and advertising industry, she made her Off-Broadway producing debut with R. W. Cabell's "Two Hearts Over Easy". She is an independent producer/CEO with Two Scorpios Films, Inc. Her first 35mm feature film, "Through Dead Eyes" starring James Doohan (Scotty of "Star Trek" fame) has been exhibited at the 1994 American Film Market, Cannes, MIFED show in Milan, and has been sold in over 19 countries. It is distributed domestically by S&J Video. She has also Produced her second 35mm feature "Doomsday Stew", a dark character-driven comedy due for completion in July 1998. Her newest feature in development, "Romeo Run" is a contemporary love story/road film. She and Mr. Cabell created and produced The New York Harbor Festival of Magic, special event for the Hudson River Park Conservancy and she is presently collaborating on a new comedy special for television/cable "So You Think You're a Comedian?"...Finally, Evette will be marketing and distributing personalized story book videos for young children with her new partners in Kidstar Stories, Inc. The first title is "The Adventures of Peter Pigeon in Alphabet Town" with Melba Moore narrating and performing Pete's theme music. . Evette is an elected Executive Board Member of The Greenwich Village School and is active in community and public affairs. She is a native of Greenwhich Village, where she currently resides with her husband, Richard, and twin 6 year old sons, Jake & Sam, and her chocolate Labrador, Bubba.

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