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BroadwayCon and You are There With The Prom

BroadwayCon and You are There With The Prom
Bob Martin, Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Level, Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer

Back Row Michael Potts, Courtenay Collins Josh Lamon, front row Bob Martin, Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Level, Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Casey Nicholaw, Caitlin Kinnunen

Casey Nicholaw, Caitlin Kinnunen Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Break out your tuxedos and corsages, members of The Prom‘s cast and creative team made BroadwayCon wanna dance. We learned about their trials, happinesses and pride on the making of this brand new original musical.

Dave Quinn

Dave Quinn Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Dave Quinn from writer/reporter for PEOPLE Magazine and a huge Prom fan boy moderated.

Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Level, Christopher Sieber

Back Row Michael Potts, Courtenay Collins Josh Lamon, front row Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Level, Christopher Sieber Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Courtenay Collins Josh Lamon,  Brooks Ashmanskas

Courtenay Collins Josh Lamon, front row Brooks Ashmanskas Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Brooks Ashmanskas starred on Broadway in The PromSunday in the Park With George; Shuffle Along…; Something Rotten!; Bullets Over Broadway; Promises, Promises; Present Laughter; The Ritz; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Tony, Drama Desk noms.); The Producers; Gypsy; Little Me; Dream; How to Succeed…. Off-Broadway: Wise Guys, On a Clear Day…, Clive, LaborDay, Songs for a New World, It Changes Every Year, Fit to Be Tied. Regional: Ford’s,Mark Taper, A.C.T., Huntington, Williamstown, Old Globe, McCarter, Two River, Kennedy Center, Hartford, etc. Tours: Cinderella, Noises Off. Film: Julie and Julia. Television: “Tales of the City,” “Love You More,” “The Miraculous Year,” “The Good Wife,” “All My Children.” BA from Bennington College.

Beth Level, Josh Lamon

Beth Level, Josh Lamon Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Beth Level originated this role of Dee Dee Allen in the world premiere of The Prom at the Alliance Theatre. This is Beth’s 13th Broadway show. Together with Brooks made BroadwayCon laugh. Beth won a Tony, Drama Desk, OCC, L.A. Drama Critics award winner for her performance as the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone. Other Broadway credits include The PromBaby It’s You! (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC award nominations), Bandstand, Elf, Mamma Mia!, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street, Crazy for You, The Civil War, Show Boat. Beth originated this role of Dee Dee Allen in the world premiere of The Prom at the Alliance Theatre. This is Beth’s 13th Broadway show. Numerous television, commercials and Off-Broadway. MFA UNC-G.

Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer

Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer

Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer

Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Brooks and Beth’s co-horts are Christopher Sieber and Angie Schworer.  Christopher started performing shows in his parents living room where he was a triumph at age 7 in The Christopher Comedy Cavalcade of 1976 seen by both his parents and unsuspecting neighbors driving by. On Broadway The Prom, Matilda, Pippin, La Cage Aux Folles, Shrek (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League,Outer Critics noms) Monty Python’s Spamalot (Tony Nom and West End Production) Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love. Television: “Law and Order SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “The Good Fight,” “Elementary,” “Ed,” “Sex and the City,” “Pushing Daisies,” “It’s All Relative,” “Two of a Kind,” and lots of daytime TV such as “Guiding Light,” “All My Children,” “Another World,” where his many recurring characters never went anywhere….

Bob Martin, Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Level, Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer

Back Row Michael Potts, Courtenay Collins Josh Lamon, front row Bob Martin, Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Level, Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Angie’s credits include The Prom (Angie), The Producers (Ulla), Something Rotten!, Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can, Young Frankenstein, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy for You, The Will Rogers Follies. Recent regional: Always a Bridesmaid (Monette), Mamma Mia! (Tanya), Disaster! (Jackie). TV: “Law & Order: CSI,” “Queer Eye,” “As the World Turns,” “Kennedy Center Honors,” “Smash.” Film: The Producers.


The girl at the center of it all is Caitlin Kinnunen who’s credits include: The Prom (Emma), The Bridges of Madison County (Carolyn), Spring Awakening (Thea). 1st national tour: Next to Normal (Natalie US). Regional theatre: Alliance Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Weston Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Film/TV credits include “The Intern,” “Sweet Little Lies,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Younger,” “American Vandal,” “The Knick,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

 Caitlin Kinnunen

Caitlin Kinnunen Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

 Caitlin Kinnunen

Caitlin Kinnunen Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Her girlfriend is played by Isabelle McCalla. Credits include Broadway/1st national tour: Alyssa in The Prom; Jasmine in Aladdin. Regional: Alliance Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, TUTS, Actors Playhouse, the Munyand PCLO. Television: “Bull” (CBS). BFA University of Michigan.

Bob Martin, Isabelle McCalla

Bob Martin, Isabelle McCalla in the background Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

 Caitlin Kinnunen

Casey Nicholaw, Caitlin Kinnunen Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Also on the panel were cast-mates Josh Lamon, Courtenay Collins and Michael Potts, director/ choreographer Casey Nicholaw, Bob Martin (book) and Matthew Sklar (composer).

Bob Martin

Bob Martin in the background Michael Potts Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The cast
Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The panel also talked about The Prom –  originalBroadway Cast recording available on CD today from Sony Masterworks Broadway.  The album is also available to stream and download everywhere now.


The Prom which is about so much more than just a dance had BroadwayCon approval.

Bob Martin, Michael Potts

Bob Martin in the background Michael Potts Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Bob Martin, Isabelle McCalla

Bob Martin, Isabelle McCalla in the background Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

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