About The Show
Guys and Dolls is a musical romantic comedy involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow, and a crap game manager who is anything but. Set in the Manhattan of Damon Runyon’s short stories,
Guys and Dolls tells of con man Nathan Detroit’s efforts to find a new life for his illegal, but notorious, crap game. When their trusty venue is found out by the police, Nathan has to find a new home for his crap game quickly – but he doesn’t have the dough to secure the one location he finds.
Enter Sky Masterson, a high-rolling gambler willing to take on any honest bet with a high enough reward attached. Nathan bets Sky that he can’t take the “doll” of Nathan’s choosing to Havana, Cuba, with him on a date. When Sky agrees to the bet, Nathan chooses uptight Evangelist Sergeant Sarah Brown, head of Broadway’s Save-a-Soul Mission. Sky thinks he’s been duped, but he’s in for even more of a surprise when his efforts to woo Sarah are so successful that he falls in love with her himself!
Guys and Dolls takes us from the bustle of Times Square to the dance clubs of Havana to the sewers of New York City as it demonstrates the great lengths to which a guy will go when he truly falls in love with a “doll.” Guys and Dolls features some of Frank Loesser’s most memorable tunes, including the hilarious “Adelaide’s Lament,” the romantic “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” the exuberant “If I Were a Bell,” and the classic “Luck Be a Lady.”
Meet The Cast
DAVID KURNOV (Sky Masterson)
is thrilled to be returning to theater after a 7 year hiatus to be a dad (that's still in progress). He was last seen as Cornelius Hackl in the Heights Players production of Hello, Dolly! He previously performed with the Village Light Opera Group in Princess Ida (Cyril), Company (Bobby), Carousel (Billy), Pirates of Penzance (Frederick) and Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik). David would like to thank his wife, Meredith, for her love and support (and taking on the lion's share of parenting duties for
Rachel Herring (Sarah Brown)
is thrilled to be back with The Heights Players! She was last seen at The Heights in Into the Woods playing Cinderella. Originally from Ohio where she attended Wright State University and earned her BFA in musical theater. Some of her favorite credits include, Jekyll and Hyde, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar and A Little Night Music. When not performing, Rachel can be found teaching Pilates around Manhattan. Many thanks to the cast and crew, it’s been delightful telling this story
Morgan DeTogne (Miss Adelaide)
DREAM ROLE! Morgan grew up watching the 1955 movie musical Guys and Dolls and is absolutely delighted to finally be old enough to play Miss Adelaide! She’s been living and performing in New York for 14 years and can confirm that’s a long time for an engagement. Select credits include: Off-Broadway: Good Morning NY (Betty), Chickflix. Off-Off-Broadway: Y2K: A Musical Cataclysmic Event, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Romeo and Juliet, Lift! The American Premiere. Regional: Oklahoma (Laurie), Little S
Joe Bliss (Nathan Detroit)
When you see a guy reach for stars in the sky, you can bet it’s Joe Bliss doing his fourth show with The Heights Players! You may have seen him previously on stage at the John Bourne Theatre in West Side Story (Riff), Crazy for You (Bobby Child), or Into the Woods (Baker). Joe has a BA in Music and Computer Science from Colgate University and a Masters in Musical Theatre Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He's grateful for the love and support of John, his family and friends,
Felisha Heng (Nicely-Nicely Johnson)
is thrilled to be on stage again at the Heights Players for a DREAM ROLE alongside so many of her friends - old and new! Favorite Credits include: Jane (Lighthouse/ Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Carmen Bernstein (Curtains), Enid Hoops (Legally Blonde),Tess (Crazy for You) and an unexpected understudy run as Jack’s Mom (Into the Woods) this past season. When not on stage, Felisha can be found directing, stage managing, or doing anything that gets her in a theater! Thanks to Marie for her guidance a
Marc A. Hermann (Benny Southstreet/Historical Advisor)
was most recently seen on our stage as Jackie in Coney Island Christmas. Past Heights credits include Dinner at Eight (Dan Packard), Gypsy (Herbie), Kiss Me, Kate (Gangster), State Fair (Pat), and many more over the decades. He can be spotted in various vintage suits in Boardwalk Empire, The Knick, ...Maisel, and others. He's delighted to tell you "what's in the Daily News," having spent 22 years in its pages as a contributing photographer. With love to Tillie, who has been preparing to play Ade
Dylan Warner (Rusty Charlie)
is excited for his Heights Players debut in this production, especially because he can now officially say he performed theatre in New York. Some of Dylan’s favorite past productions include Avenue Q (Princeton), If/Then (Josh), Spring Awakening (Georg) and the Stillmeadow Church Christmas Musical (Angel #3). When he’s not onstage, you can find him expanding his ever-growing board game collection, traveling to new places, and carefully choosing which subway car looks the least crowded before get
Gary Lizardo (Arvide Abernathy)
NYC stage credits include: Narrator (“Into The Woods”), Jerry Cohan (“George M”), Chauncey Miles ("The Nance"), Julian Marsh ("42nd St"), David Kingsley ("Stage Door"), Herr Schultz ("Cabaret"),: Zoser ("Aida"), Robert de Beaudricourt ("St. Joan"), Mr. Laurence ("Little Women"), King Marchand ("Victor Victoria"), Danvers Carew ("Jekyll And Hyde - The Musical"), Larry Renault ("Dinner At Eight"), Dennis Shepard ("The Laramie Project")
Katie Crawford (Agatha, in the Mission)
is ecstatic to be back on the stage after quite a hiatus and to be making her NYC and Heights Players debut! She has, however, had the pleasure of working backstage for four Heights Players productions this season, most recently as Stage Manager for Lost in Yonkers. By day she works at a health tech start-up and spends plenty of quality time with her two dogs. Some of her favorite credits over the years include You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally Brown), Bat Boy: the Musical (Shelley Parker),
Elisa Simone Diaz (Martha, in the Mission)
is a Venezuelan-American actor and a recent graduate from New York University’s Vocal Performance-Musical Theater program. She is beyond excited to be making her Heights Players debut in this wonderful production with an amazing cast! Some of Elisa’s past roles include Anita in West Side Story, Josephine Strong in Urinetown, and Jessica White in the off-off Broadway production of the show her friends and she wrote during the pandemic entitled Damnation! The Musical. Elisa would like to say than
Ian Barto (Harry the Horse)
is rolling the dice in his return to the Heights Players after a few year hiatus where he played Pete (cowboy) in Crazy For You! He took a gamble, reaching out to Marie and team after missing auditions but is willing to bet that all the hard work the cast and crew have put into this performance will pay off! He also likes writing show-related bios. Thanks to all my family and friends who support my many PURSUITS, I love you all!
Sam Greene (Lt. Brannigan)
has been working with the Heights Players for over twenty years. He has appeared in numerous character roles – two of his most memorable were the monstrous Gollum in The Hobbit and FDR’s political advisor, Louie Howe, in Sunrise at Campobello. His other shows include: I Hate Hamlet, West Side Story, Camelot, My Fair Lady, I Remember Mama, Follies, South Pacific, Showboat, Great Expectations, Bye-Bye Birdie (as Ed Sullivan), Funny Girl, Twentieth Century and two productions of Gypsy in 2001 and 2
Freddy Millan (Liver Lips Louie)
is happy to be back in a musical for his first show with the Heights Players. Some of his past musical theater highlights include Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Bert Barry in 42nd Street, and one of Muzzy’s boys in Thoroughly Modern Millie. You might also recognize him from his film and TV work as that guy who walks through the background of your favorite show’s crowd scenes. When he’s not singing and dancing in a musical, he can often be found either writing and performing original music or pl
Victor Gorlach (Joey Biltmore/Calvin, in the Mission)
couldn’t be more stoked for his NYC debut at the Heights Players. This infant in the body of a thirty-year-old is ready to belt his lungs out as Joey Biltmore / ensemble, as the story of all the guys and dolls out there, scrambling to find their next love in this chaotic city is told. He’s back to the stage after a 4 year hiatus, before which he played characters such as Bernarda in a brazilian production of The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca and Hovstad in An Enemy of the Peopl
Michael Andrews (The Greek/Drunk)
Hailing from exotic New Jersey, Michael has always had a love of theater, New York City and Guys and Dolls. Though this is his debut production with the Heights Players, he’s very excited to be performing in Guys and Dolls for the second time. Michael expects this production to be much higher quality than his middle school’s was.
Martha Sue Allen (General Cartwright)
is so thrilled to be back with her Heights Players Family! A recipient of her Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music in classical voice, Martha’s favorite credits include Into the Woods (Grandmother/Tree/Giant) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Chairwoman/Mayor Sapsea) with The Heights Players, scene work from Hansel and Gretel (Hansel), La Rondine (Bianca), and Akhnaten (Daughter 3) with the Manhattan School of Music, as well as featured cabaret spots with venues such as 54 Below and
Paul Ingrisano (Big Jule)
This is Paul’s first show at the Heights Players. When he is not acting he enjoys painting and making art. Previous roles include Dr. Jekyll in Jekyll and Hyde, Bernardo in West Side Story and Danny Zucco in Grease.
James Canal (Brandy Bottle Bates/Master of Ceremonies)
is thrilled to be returning to the Heights Players for his third production, after previous performances in Xanadu (Terpsichore) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Charles Lyon/Feat. Dancer). Other performance credits include Willa at Ars Nova (Storyteller/Pianist), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig), Bare: a Pop Opera (Peter), A Chorus Line (Don Kerr), Spring Awakening (u/s Hanschen/Ensemble), Clue (Prof. Plum), Mamma Mia (Eddie, u/s Sky), On The Town (Tom/Dancer), Oh No, My Leg! (Revolutionary) a
Andrea Bernardo (Good Time Charlie, Fight Coordinator)
has done many shows here both on stage and off. Her favorite roles include: Kitty Packard in Dinner at Eight, Connie in A Chorus Line and Anybodys in West Side Story. Other credits include Kate in Legally Blonde, and Rapunzel in Into the Woods. For Erin Coleman- I hope you are singing along.
Asuka Kimura (Billy Perry/ Waiter)
is delighted and proud to be back for her second show at The Heights Players, Asuka is a Japanese actor with a background in singing, who moved to New York to pursue acting. She studied at HB Studio, and has now graduated, making her transition into being a full-time working actor. She excels in areas like singing and performance and even released some of her own music under her name. Self-produced and written, she has developed her skill for the arts in many areas over the years. You can find A
Cassaundra Reed (Mimi/Hot Box Doll/Lead Havana Dancer)
is so excited to be back on the Heights Players’ stage after choreographing the fall production of Into the Woods (where she also understudied Florinda, Lucinda, and Milky White - #swinglife)! She most recently played the role of Texas in Cabaret at Rockaway Theatre Company- From the Kit Kat Klub to the Hot Box! Other notable performances include: Little Shop (Audrey), Guys & Dolls (Adelaide), and Sweet Charity (Nikki). Cassaundra is dance captain of the Brooklyn-based dance team, The Tailshaker
Rosemary Shahani (Hot Box Doll)
is excited to be making her musical debut in Guys and Dolls with the Heights Players! Originally from Los Angeles, she was previously a professional dancer with Colorado Ballet and Contemporary West Dance Theatre in Las Vegas where she performed works by the likes of George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, and Twyla Tharp. Rosemary moved to NYC last summer and is also part of the Bollywood company, AATMA Performing Arts. She is thrilled to be back on stage and in the Hot Box!
Malgorzata Jasiniak (Hot Box Doll)
is extremely proud to be making their NY theater debut with The Heights Players production of Guys and Dolls. Originally from Poland, Malgorzata graduated in May 2022 from The American Musical and Drama Academy. They performed in the NYU Tisch School of Arts Student Film Production of Mein Herr as Kit Kat Dancer as well as multiple showcases and cabaret shows in Don’t Tell Mama. Malgorzata is also a professionally trained violinist and an avid attender of film festivals. They wish to thank her
Frankie Sulla (Hot Box Doll)
is thrilled to be back on the Heights Players stage. Most recently seen in February’s production of Xanadu as a dancer, she is excited to be back and dancing in a new way for this show. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Frankie graduated with a bachelor's degree in dance performance and education. After graduating she moved out to New York City. She is a current teaching artist with Broadway Bound Kids, Mark Morris Dance Group, and the New York City Ballet. Frankie has performed in multiple sh
Anna Bencivengo (Hot Box Doll)
is thrilled to return to the Heights Players where she was most recently seen as Rapunzel in Into The Woods. She has also appeared in the Heights Players productions of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Crazy For You, George M., and Seussical as well as the St. Jean’s Players’ productions of Bye Bye Birdie (Kim MacAfee) and Curtains. Favorite past credits include Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Carousel (Julie Jordan), Li’l Abner (Daisy Mae), and A Funny Thing Happened...Forum (Philia).
Tori Crow (Hot Box Doll)
is excited to be making her Heights Players Debut! A versatile theatre artist, Tori has experience in writing, acting, singing, and dancing, and is the Associate Producer for New York Theatre Barn's Choreography Lab. Favorite NYC credits include How To Succeed in Business (Ensemble) at Brooklyn Players; Suddenly Last Summer (Catherine Holly), Dollhouse (Christine Linde), and Limbo Lounges (Lizzie Borden) at Love Creek. Regional credits include A Christmas Carol (Belle) at SecondStory Repertory;
Sam Burkard (Miss Adelaide u/s /Hot Box Doll)
is thrilled to be back at the Heights Players to book-end the season after making her debut with the company in The Crucible last fall when she understudied and stepped into the role of Elizabeth Proctor. She’s been having the best time being a part of the talented cast and crew that’s bringing Guys and Dolls to life, after taking a 4 year torturous hiatus from musical theatre!
J. Scot Cahoon (Nathan u/s/Society Max)
is thrilled to join this prodigious cast of players for a tour of Times Square when it was terribly dangerous, but somehow way cooler than it is nowadays—you may recognize this lanky boi from a few of the other musicals this season at The Heights…namely, all of them (Drood, Woods, Xanadu). Sadly they wouldn't allow roller-skates in this production because apparently "LED wheels didn't exist back then" and "with skates on you're a 6'4 OSHA violation, my dewd". Scot hails from colorful Colorado wh
Noah Chartrand (Scranton Slim/Sky Masterson u/s)
Noah can hardly contain his excitement for this performance and being welcomed back again at the Heights Players. His previous work includes: Into the Woods - Cinderella's Prince (Heights Players), And Then There Were None - Dr. Armstrong (Gallery Players), Sleepy Hollow - Henry (Players Theater), and RWS New Years Eve show - Lead Singer (RWS Entertainment), Noah Graduated from NYFA in 2019. He wants to thank his family, his wife, and his very fluffy dog, Lady.
Helora Danna (Ensemble/Sarah Brown u/s)
is so excited and honored to be in Guys and Dolls, this is her third show at the Heights players, and before this she has appeared off-broadway in A Christmas Carol, and Sleepy Hollow the musical. Other work includes The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Margot in Legally Blonde, and Chris in Carrie the musical. Much love to all her friends and family, her Loving husband and also her fluffy dog.
Alex(a) Belli (Angie the Ox/Benny Southstreet u/s)
is excited to be a part of their first Heights Players show. Alexa has recently moved to New York and is looking forward to getting to explore this wonderful city of the arts. They have been seen before as Bobby Strong (Urinetown), Tommy Ross (Carrie the Musical), Actor 5 (BootyCandy), and Michael in their self produced original play “Make Yourself at Home”. Alex wants to thank everyone who was a part of this process for being so great to work with, and their friends and family for all the suppo
Marie Ingrisano Isner (Director)
Dorea Slagle (Assistant Director)
Chris Carlson (Stage Manager)
Aurora Dreger (Choreographer)
Hilary Goldman (Production Coordinator)
Alan Sporing (Lighting Design)
Gary Vanderputten (Set Design)
Annie Rebold (Music Director)
Jan Vanderputten (Props)
Shauna Leone (Costume Design)
James Martinelli (Assistant Choreographer / Costume Tech)
Liz Ukpe (ASM / Sound Tech)
Hope Kelly (Costume Tech)
Elliot Stewart (Costume Tech)
Hannah Michelson (Costume Tech)
Marc Hermann (Historical Consultant)
Ruthie Rosenfeld (Graphic Designer)
Michelle Maccarone (Promotional Video)
Alex DiTrolio (Directors Interview Video)