Friday, January 30, 2009

Cast Announced for Miss Saigon!

We are very excited to announce our cast for Miss Saigon! After holding auditions in New York and Raleigh, we are confident that this is going to be one of the most amazing casts ever assembled on the Raleigh Memorial stage! Under the direction of Richard Stafford, Marc Oka as the choreographer and Edward G. Robinson as conductor, this show is a one you don't want to miss! Below is the cast list with snapshot of their credits. For more information on Miss Saigon, please visit

  • Kevin Gray (The Engineer) His Broadway credits include the Phantom and Raul in The Phantom of the Opera. He is also one of three actors to star on Broadway as “The King” in The King & I. Gray also starred as “The Engineer” in the Toronto and LA productions of Miss Saigon, and can be heard in the complete symphonic recording of Miss Saigon as “The Engineer.”
  • Jennifer Paz (Kim) She is famously known for this role where she starred as “Kim” in the First National Tour of Miss Saigon.
  • Eric Kunze (Chris) He starred as “Chris” on Broadway and the First National Tour, and recently was in the production last summer at the St. Louis MUNY. ( His other Broadway credits include Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees and Marius in Les Miserables. He was last seen as Jesus in NC Theatre’s Jesus Christ Superstar.
  • Josh Tower (John) He starred on Broadway as Simba in The Lion King. He is best known to Raleigh audiences as Curtis Taylor Jr. in NC Theatre’s Dreamgirls and as the Arbitor in Chess.
  • Jennifer Shrader (Ellen) She starred as “Belle” in the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast and was the Belle understudy on Broadway. Shrader also appeared in the National Tours of Sunset Boulevard, Annie and Joseph…Dreamcoat!
  • Marc delaCruz (Thuy) Tour: High School Musical. NC Theatre's Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional: Pippin, Making Tracks, Wonderful Town, My Fair Lady, Cats.
  • Olivia Oguma (Gigi/Chorus) Broadway & National Tour of Disney's High School Musical, Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables and A Christmas Carol.
  • Francis Cruz (Owner of Moulin Rouge/Chorus) is a ten year veteran of Miss Saigon from Broadway to several regional productions.
  • Doan Mackenzie (Assistant Commissar) Broadway: You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The King & I. Off-Broadway: Nunsense A-Men!. Regional: Miss Saigon, M. Butterfly, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret.
  • Ryan Bauer-Walsh (Chorus) Broadway: Girl Crazy, Bye Bye Birdie, Side Show.
  • Todd Beasley (Chorus) NC Theatre's Chess. Theatre credits: Evita National Tour, Beauty and the Beast, Aida, Cats, Annie.
  • J. Michael Beech (Chorus) National Tour: Forever Plaid. NC Theatre's Ragtime, Pirates of Penzance, South Pacific.
  • Kristine Bendul (Chorus) Broadway: Camelot, Movin' Out, Man of La Mancha, Swing!, On The Town and The King & I. Miss Saigon at the MUNY.
  • Josie Bodie (Chorus) Theatre credits include The Music Man, Once on this Island, A Chorus Line, Annie, Hello Dolly.
  • Marcus Calderon (Chorus) National Tour: Miss Saigon. Regional: The King & I, Miss Saigon, Singin in the Rain.
  • Catherine Cheng Jones (Chorus) New York Philharmonic's Camelot. NC Theatre's Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls and Beauty and the Beast.
  • Larry Cox Jr. (Chorus) NC Theatre's Phantom. Other credits: Bat Boy, Forever Plaid, Big River, Parade.
  • Jason Durst (Chorus) NC Theatre's Peter Pan and Man of La Mancha. Other credits: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sweeney Todd, A Chorus Line, Mame.
  • Matthew Glover (Chorus) Theatre: Joseph...Dreamcoat, American Jukebox, A Chorus Line, Singin' in the Rain.
  • Natalie Griffie (Chorus) NC Theatre's Peter Pan and High School Musical. Theatre credits: A Chorus Line.
  • Tim Hunter (Chorus) Broadway/Tours: Aida, Miss Saigon, Fascinating Rhythm, The Lion King, Cats, Sarafina.
  • Johnny Kim (Chorus) Cirque De la Mar, Les Folies Bergere.
  • Achiamar Lee-Rivera (Chorus) Theatre credits include Pippin, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Once on this Island.
  • Jaygee Macapugay (Chorus) New York Theatre: Emerald Man, Children of Eden (reading). Regional: Miss Saigon, Aida, Smokey Joe's Cafe.
  • Mel Maghuyop (Chorus) Theatre: The Long Season, Honor, Miss Saigon, The King & I.
  • Aaron Pratt (Chorus) Credits include An Ideal Husband, A Christmas Carol, Chicago, The Pajama Game.
  • Enrico Rodriguez (Chorus) Broadway/Off-Broadway: Rent, Zanna Don't, FAME on 42nd Street, Big-The Musical. National Tours: Mamma Mia! and Rent.
  • Jonathan Stahl (Chorus) Broadway: Cats, Swing! National Tours: Ragtime, Cinderella, Cats. NC Theatre's Annie Get Your Gun.
  • Aaron Velthouse (Chorus) Theatre: West Side Story, Les Miserables, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Oklahoma.
  • Kiyoko Williams (Chorus) NC Theatre's Chess and The King & I starring Lou Diamond Phillips. Regional credits: The King & I, South Pacific.


Anonymous said...

I worked with Jen Shrader on the tour of "Joseph." I just love her. You are lucky to have her.

Dianna Collins

Maggi said...

Hi, I'm Maggi the creator of Eric Kunze's fansite. We've been promoting this show on the site for quite a while now. Many of his fans are traveling down to N.C. to see "Miss Saigon". It's going to be great! We wish you, the cast and crew all the best. Break a leg!

Backstage @ North Carolina Theatre said...

Thanks so much for your help! We really appreciate it!! We can't wait for the show to open!