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This eagerly anticipated work is a swashbuckling, funny and deeply moving musical, set in 17th Century Brazil. It’s the magical tale of two Brazilian brothers- one black and one white, one a slave and one free- bound by love, on a journey of freedom and self-determination. With an unforgettable cast of characters, MIRACLE BROTHERS is a powerful and exhilarating show, set to a captivating Samba-inspired score.

Miracle Brothers

August 26 - July 2, 2005

Book, Music & Lyrics by Kirsten Childs
Directed by Tina Landau
With Kerry Butler, Cheryl Freeman, Jay Goede, Anika Larsen, Nicole Leach, Tyler Maynard, Darrell Moultrie, Clifton Oliver, Karen Olivo, Devin Richards, Gregory Treco, William Youmans
This eagerly anticipated work is a swashbuckling, funny and deeply moving musical, set in 17th Century Brazil. It's the magical tale of two Brazilian brothers- one black and one white, one a slave and one free- bound by love, on a journey of freedom and self-determination. With an unforgettable cast of characters, MIRACLE BROTHERS is a powerful and exhilarating show, set to a captivating Samba-inspired score.

Kerry Butler

(Isabel) Broadway: Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Outer Critics Nom), Penny in Hairspray (Clarence Derwent Award, Outer Critics and Drama Desk Nom.), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Dora Nom.), Eponine in Les Miserables, Ms. Jones in Blood Brothers. Off-Broadway: Shelley in BatBoy, Maddy in Prodigal, EST marathon, workshops of The Man in the White Suit, Amore, and Bright Lights, Big City. Television: Fox pilot Twins, Second Honeymoon (CBS movie), One Life to Live. Film: Borough of Kings, and Campfire Stories. Cast recordings: Little Shop (revival), Hairspray, BatBoy, Prodigal.

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Kirsten Childs

(Playwright / Composer) The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Playwrights Horizons) – Obie, Kleban, Audelco, Richard Rodgers and Gilman Gonzalez-Falla awards; Rockefeller and Jonathan Larson Grants; Lucille Lortel and three Drama Desk nominations. Rumpelstiltskin (concert version) – American Songbook series at Lincoln Center. House Of Flowers (adaptation) – City Center Encores! This year, she will be part of a composers’ evening at the Guggenheim Museum honoring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. Wasted – George Street Playhouse. Kirsten has written songs for Dianne Reeves, and is working on original musicals with playwright Charles Randolph-Wright as well as novelist Walter Mosley. Um milhão de beijos para Esquilo, Jelon e Rick Sordelet. To the cast and crew, um milhão de vezes obrigado. Miracle Brothers is dedicated to the axé of the Brazilian people, the mother goddesses Mary and Yemanja, and my own personal mother goddess, Mable Childs.

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Mark Dendy

(Choreography) Artistic Director of Mark Dendy Dance and Theater from 1983 to 2000, touring the world and performing in NYC at The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop and Performance Space 122. Recipient of the 2000 Alpert Award in the Arts, numerous National Endowment, NYSCA and foundation fellowships, and the 1997 New York Dance and Performance Award, “The Bessie” for sustained achievement with his company. Broadway: Taboo, The Pirate Queen (upcoming). Off-Broadway: The Wild Party (Lippa, MTC), 2000 Obie Award, Joseph Calloway Award, Drama Desk Nomination, best choreography. Regional: Baptiste, The Dybbuk, Hartford Stage. Camille, Goodspeed. Carnivale at Radio City Music Hall (Graciella Danielle). The Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera (Julie Taymor).

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Cheryl Freeman

(Felicidade) Original Broadway Cast: The Who’s Tommy (Acid Queen), Play On (Vy), The Civil War (Bessie – Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Nominations). Off–Broadway: Fame on 42nd Street (Ms. Sherman), Living in the Wind (Sarah) – American Place Theater. Regional: A Night in Tunisia (George Street Playhouse) Constant Star (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Arena Stage), Slide Glide the Slippery Slope (ATL Humana Festival). Film & TV: Disney’s Animated Feature & Cartoon Series Hercules (Muse-Melpomere), Fresh, Dead Presidents, Dear Diary (Oscar for Best Short), New York Undercover, Prince Street, One Life to Live, Miracle Boys, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

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Jay Goede

(Lascivio/Xavier) Broadway: A Year with Frog and Toad, Angels in America, The Play’s the Thing, Sex and Longing. Off-Broadway: A Letter from Ethel Kennedy (MCC Theater), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Gross Indecency, and Shopping and Fucking (NYTW) and at PUBLIC/NYSF: Pericles, Othello, The Merchant of Venice. National Tour: “Cliff” in Roundabout’s Cabaret. Regional: The Dying Gaul, The Singing Forest, Three Sisters (Intiman). Other: The Shakespeare Theatre/D.C, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Ghosts opposite Joanne Woodward (Woodstock River Arts). Film/TV: A Year with Frog and Toad (PBS), 54, Girl 6, Ethan Frome, Breaking and Entering, Over Here (BBC), Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and One Life to Live. Jay is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Yale School of Drama.

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Kit Ingui

(Stage Manager) Off-Broadway Stage Management credits: People Are Wrong!, Beautiful Child, Funky Ceili workshop (Vineyard Theatre), Hot ‘N’ Throbbing (Signature Theatre), Savannah Bay (Classic Stage Company), Light Years (Playwrights Horizons). Other SM credits: Peter Pan, Oliver Twist, The Mystery of King Tut (Theatreworks USA). Other New York production credits include Beckett/Albee (Century Center), The Argument, Where Do We Live (Vineyard Theatre), The Winters Tale (Classic Stage Company), Chinese Friends, Juvenilia, I Am My Own Wife, Franny’s Way, Breath Boom!, Lobster Alice (Playwrights Horizons). Regional credits include Goodspeed Opera House and five seasons with the Georgia Shakespeare Festival.

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Tina Landau

(Director) Tina Landau is a writer/director whose original pieces include Theatrical Essays (Steppenwolf), Beauty (La Jolla Playhouse), Space (NYSF/Public, Taper, Steppenwolf), Floyd Collins (Playwrights Horizons, Goodman, Old Globe, AMTF), Dream True (Vineyard Theatre), States of Independence (AMTF), Stonewall (En Garde Arts) and 1969 (Humana Festival).  Other productions include Midsummer Night’s Dream (McCarter/Papermill), Miracle Brothers (Vineyard), Bells are Ringing (B’way), Saturn Returns (Public), Orestes and Trojan Women (En Garde), as well as Cherry Orchard, Time of Your Life, and many other productions at Steppenwolf theater in Chicago where she is an ensemble member.  Tina has written, with Anne Bogart, The Viewpoints Book.

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Anika Larsen

(Juan) Anika Larsen comes to the Vineyard from the cast of All Shook Up. She created the role of Roberta in the Off-Broadway musical Zanna, Don’t!, for which she was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. She has performed with the Broadway and touring companies of Rent. Anika continues to develop her one-woman show, Shafrika, The White Girl, about growing up with 9 brothers and sisters of different races and nationalities. She majored in theater at Yale University, and she is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.

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Nicole Leach

(Ginga) Broadway: Dangerous Games. Off-Broadway: Carmen in Fame, Princess Katherine/Boy in Henry V (starring Liev Schreiber)/NYSF, Ukimwi/EST, Crumbs from the Table of Joy/Second Stage, Bring in the Morning/Variety Arts. Regional: Nefertiti (starring)/Parker Playhouse, Limonade Tous Les Jours (w/Alan Alda)/Bay Street, Betsey Brown/Crossroads, Conrack/Fords Theatre. TV: Shining Time Station (w/Ringo Star), The Babysitter’s Club/HBO-Disney series, MOW: The Vernon Johns Story and Summertime Switch, Guest & recurring roles: Law & Order: Trial by Jury & SVU, Third Watch, NYPD Blue, The Cosby Show, Clarissa Explains it All. Film: Tales From the Darkside, The Life, Someone Like You. Education: Brown University, BA in Linguistic Anthropology.

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Tyler Maynard

(Fernando) Tyler Maynard hails from New Carlisle, Ohio… a far cry from Brazil. Tyler recently played Mark in Altar Boyz where he received nominations for the Drama Desk Award, the Lucille Lortel Award and won a Theater World Award. Other New York credits include Mamma Mia, Bye Bye Birdie (Encores), and the National Tour of Disney’s On the Record. Tyler also can be seen in Palindromes, a new Todd Solondz film and Red Doors. He would like to thank his home-dog, Washington, for pushing him, and his Miracle Sisters, Ashley and Brooke.

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G.W. Mercier

(Set Design) G.W. Mercier is privileged to work at the Vineyard where previous shows include: People Are Wrong!, Eli’s Comin’, Dream True (Drama Desk Nomination), True History and Real Adventures, You Don’t Miss the Water, The Waiting Room, Bed & Sofa (Drama Desk Nomination), Por' Knockers, Lady Bracknell’s Confinement, The Pary, and Hannah,1939. For Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass at the Vivian Beaumont, he was honored to receive a Tony Nomination for Scenery; as well as two Drama Desk Nominations for Scenery and Costumes. Current NY work includes Five Course Love at the Minetta Lane. Regionally, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Long Wharf in Connecticut, Measure for Measure at the Denver Center, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chao for Portland Stage and San Jose Rep, Vigil and Splitting Infinity for Geva Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, and Flock which he wrote and directed for Dell’Arte in Blue Lake, CA. While working in film, television, opera, dance, musical theatre, as well as plays, over 350 of his set, costume, and puppet designs have been realized. He thrives in collaboration with significant writers, composers, directors, partner designers, and actors creating original work or making established shows seem new. G.W. Mercier and his family live in Connecticut.

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Darrell Grand Moultrie

(Pato) Born in Harlem NYC. Graduate of The Juilliard School. Broadway: Aida and Hairspray. He was also seen in The Color Purple at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Darrell is an emerging choreographerwith works commissioned by Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Ailey 2, North Carolina Dance Theater, Cincinnati Ballet, and Colorado Ballet where he was recently named Guest Resident Choreographer. He has also choreographed commercials for Shick Razor, Mastercard, and Dave Chappelle’s Show. Thanks BK Rowser Gwendolyn McLoud. “When life dishes you a blow, be a filter, purify it and then use it as fuel to push forward.” Thanks Abdur.

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Clifton Oliver

(Ms. Nina) Broadway: The Lion King (Simba); Wicked (Fiyero). Off-Broadway: Miracle Brothers (Vineyard Theatre). LA/1st National Tour: Rent (Benny, Australian Tour); Grease (Teen Angel); Smokey Joe`s Café (Victor); Regional: Godspell (North Shore, “Judas”); Ragtime (MUNY); Pippin (Papermill). TV&Film: Law & Order; Making The Band Season 1; The Oprah Winfrey Show; The Tonight Show; Side Effects; Whirlwind. Upcoming recording. www.myspace.com/cliftonolivermusic.

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Karen Olivo

(Jeca) Broadway: Brooklyn the Musical, Rent. Regional: Children of Eden (Ford’s Theatre). TV: All My Children, As The World Turns. This is for Matthew. Nil Magnum Nisi Bonum.

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Devin Richards

(Henrique) Broadway: The Life, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Carousel, Victor/Victoria, Seussical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wonderful Town. Tour: Starlight Express, Joseph and the Amazing..... Regional: Dracula, Sound of Music, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Orphans, Hamlet. TV: Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Law and Order, Another World, Passion (by Stephen Sondheim): Live at Lincoln Center, Great Performances. More info: www.devinrichards.com

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Brett Torbeck

(Production Stage Manager) National Tours: Proof, The Phantom of the Opera. West Coast Tours: Take Me Out (directed by Joe Mantello), Topdog/Underdog (George C. Wolfe, director). Regional: seven seasons at Seattle Repertory Theatre including The Constant Wife, The Time of Your Life (directed by Tina Landau), The Triumph of Love (Stephen Wadsworth, director), When Grace Comes In, Spinning Into Butter, In Real Life (World Premiere directed by Daniel Sullivan), Jar the Floor, Wit, Sisters Matsumoto (World Premiere directed by Sharon Ott), and Nixon’s Nixon. Also, American Conservatory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre (Seattle), Pittsburgh Public Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Industrials: Microsoft, Seattle Mariners and Apple Computer.

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Gregory Treco

(Maroto) Gregory Treco, originally from Nassau, Bahamas, is most excited to be back on stage. (You have no idea!) Gregory created the role of Zanna in Zanna, Don’t! and made his Broadway debut last season in Rosie O’Donnell’s Taboo in which he played the Producer and understudied Boy George. Most recently, Gregory played Che in Evita at the Gateway Playhouse; starring the wonderful Lisa Brescia. He would like to thank his family: (Dad, Mom, Eb, Math and Danielle; Hero for everything, Mark Dendy, Kirsten Childs, and Tina Landau for their inspiring vision). Enjoy the show. Really.

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Daryl Waters

(Orchestration) orchestrated and co-composed George C. Wolfe’s musicals Bring in ‘Da Noise/Bring in ‘Da Funk and Harlem Song. He composed the music for Charlayne Woodard’s one-woman show, In Real Life and Regina Taylor’s productions, Drowning Crow and The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove. He is Eartha Kitt’s music director. Mr. Waters is a music graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

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Anita Yavich

(Costume Design) Recently designed costumes for: Beast On The Moon (Century Center Theatre), Raw Boys (Wilma), Coriolanus and Svejk (TFANA). Tibet Through a Red Box (SCT), Anna in the Tropics (Broadway), Aladdin for Disneyland, Steve Reich's Three Tales International tour, Orphan of Chao Lincoln Center, Snow in June (ART), and Peach Blossom Fan (Frank Gehry Museum Center). Opera: Les Troyens and Cyrano (MET), Fidelio And Die Walkure (Washington Opera), Arsace II (San Francisco Opera); Madame Butterfly (Houston Grand Opera and Grand Theatre de Geneve); Ainadamar (Tanglewood), Der Fliegende Hollander, and The Silver River (Spoleto Festival). Upcoming: Der Ring Des Nibelungen at Washington Opera and San Francisco Opera, The Gambler at Opera Zuid, Holland.

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William Youmans

(Rancor) Broadway Original Casts: Wicked – Dr. Dillamond, Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme – Alcindoro, Titanic, Big River, Little Foxes (with Elizabeth Taylor). Off-Broadway: Henry V (NYSF), Widow Claire (by Horton Foote), Weird Romance (by Alan Menken), Flux (Public Theatre), Orphan of Zhao (Lincoln Center Theater), Bombs Over Baghdad (Lincoln Center at HERE). Film: Mrs. Soffel (Diane Keaton, Mel Gibson), Nadine (Robert Benton), Compromising Positions, Fresh Horses, A League of Their Own. TV: Little Match Girl, Separate But Equal, Private History of a Campaign..., NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, and others.

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Scott Zielinski

(Lighting Design) New York: Topdog/Underdog (Broadway), Lincoln Center, Public Theater, Theater for a New Audience, Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, Signature, Classic Stage Company, among others. He has also designed extensively at Regional theaters throughout the U.S. International: includes productions in London, Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, Zurich, Vienna, Adelaide, Singapore, Luang Prabang, and Fukuoka. Dance: includes The Joyce, Kennedy Center, American Dance Festival, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco, Boston and Kansas City Ballets. Opera: New York City, Houston, Minnesota, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Arizona, and Berkshire Operas, Opera Colorado, Spoleto USA, Brooklyn Academy of Music, among others.

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Darrell Moultrie, Gregory Treco, and Karen Olivo in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Darrell Moultrie, Gregory Treco, and Karen Olivo in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Clifton Oliver in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Tyler Maynard in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Jay Goede and William Youmans in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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William Youmans in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Clifton Oliver and Tyler Maynard in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Jay Goede, Gregory Treco, and Clifton Oliver in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Karen Olivo, Clifton Oliver, Gregory Treco, Devin Richards, and Tyler Maynard in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Kerry Butler in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Kerry Butler and Jay Goede in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Clifton Oliver and Tyler Maynard (foreground) and Gregory Treco, Darrell Moultrie, and Karen Olivo in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Karen Olivo and company in MIRACLE BROTHERS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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MIRACLE BROTHERS Review Quotes

"EXOTIC! SEXY! ATTRACTIVE!

The score is filled with infectious Brazilian-inflected rhythms."

- David A. Rosenberg, Backstage.com

"MIRACLE BROTHERS has the immense potential to entrance theatergoers.

Kirsten Childs' rhythmic melodies beautifully capture the spirit of its exotic locale."

-Andy Propst, American Theatre Web

"INFECTIOUS AND EXUBERANT!

A quirky, colorful, ambitious show!"

- William Stevenson, Broadway.com

"IMPRESSIVE, AMBITIOUS AND WILDLY IMAGINATIVE!

Kirsten

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