Cast And Crew

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CAST

 

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Stu James* – John Dolphin

Stu James is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Morehouse College (B. A. in Finance). He performed as Harpo in Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple, 1 Theatre Award Nom. & Black Theatre Alliance Nom.). Broadway: RENT (Benny); Off-Broadway/Regional: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Adrian)Pasadena Playhouse, Hoodoo Love, (Ace), (Craig Noel Award Nom., San Diego Critics Circle), Barnstormer Workshop (Walter/Tim), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Andre), Once On This Island (Daniel/Agwe ) & Cotton Patch Gospel (Tim). Films: “Dirty Beautiful”, “Truth Be Told”, Bill Condon’s “Dreamgirls”, “Downtown A Street Tale” & “Golden Inheritance”. TV credits: “The Neighbors”, “Modern Family”, “Happy Endings”, “All My Children”, “General Hospital” and several commercials. He’s thankful for strong DETERMINATION, his family & friends for unwavering support. Stu is available at www.stujames.net, on FB & Twitter. “I AM Grateful”. This is for my Gladiators, LTD and JK!!

Eric B Anthony – Percy Ivy

Eric B. Anthony – Percy Ivy Broadway: Mary Poppins; Hairspray; The Lion King. Off-Broadway/Regional: Kiss Me, Kate; Dreamgirls;The Producers; The Wiz; RENT; Sophisticated Ladies; Jelly’s Last Jam; Damn Yankees; Grand Hotel; Bye Bye Birdie; Golden Boy; FAME; Stay on the Line; Naked Boys Singing; Hangin’ Out; Don’t Quit Your Night Job; The Difficulty of Crossing a Field; Queenie Pie; bonded; Something Happened. Film: “Waiting in the Wings: The Musical”; “Sexina”; ” Running the Code”; “G Love”; “LoveDorable”; “Camelot”; “Voodoo Doll”. TV: “Tosh.0”; “Exposing the Order of the Serpentine”; “The Interns”; “Monogamy”; “Bozos”. Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and the NAACP. YoungArts and ACT-SO Award recipient. “Thanks to my supportive family and friends for the unconditional love. Gratitude to the team at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates. Glory to GOD for everything!” www.ericbanthony.com

 

ENSEMBLE

 

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Brooke Brewer

Brooke is excited to be in the cast of Recorded in Hollywood. She is a Los Angeles native currently attending Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. Brooke started acting, dancing, and singing in 2007 with the Amazing Grace Conservatory under the direction of Wendy Raquel Robinson and an extremely talented staff who are also now her mentors. She performed with them throughout high school and went on to act in several plays and musicals around the city of Los Angeles. Brooke is a singer/songwriter, actor, dancer, and works with youth in the South Los Angeles Area. She thanks her family for their tremendous support of her and her career.

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Nic Hodges

I am making my musical theatre debut in Recorded in Hollywood. I live in Downtown Los Angeles. I graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). While at AMDA had the privilege to be in Children of Eden and Agwe in Once On This Island. I have performed in two concerts The Lyric Project and Timeless Classics. I made my t.v. debut in a special edition of Catfish: The Untold Stories. Now I am happy to be apart an amazing cast in Recorded in Hollywood. I live by this quote daily which I would like to share with you, “Know who you are,know where you come from, know where you are going.” Enjoy the show.

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Richie Ferris

Richie Ferris is thrilled to be a part of the world premiere of Recorded in Hollywood! Recent credits include Seussical the Musical (3D Theatricals), Forever Plaid (PCPA and Cabrillo), Life Could Be a Dream (Moonlight), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sustaining Sound Theatre Company), and The Pokemusical (Hollywood Fringe). When not performing in musicals, he works as the associate at Michael Donovan Casting, sings low bass in various singing groups, and manages several fantasy baseball teams. This is the first full production Richie has performed in that he has also had the honor of helping cast, so he couldn’t be more thrilled to work.

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Jenna Gillespie

Jenna is OVERJOYED to be apart of this new musical Recorded In Hollywood. Jenna has a B.A. in drama from UC Irvine. She has been an active actress throughout Southern Cali. Favorite credits include: The Music Man (MTW), Shrek: The Musial (3D Theatricals), City Beat: Acapella Group (Universal Studios) Ragtime (3D Theatricals), and Rudolf: The Musical National Tour (McCoy-Rigby Ent.) Jenna is also a full time musician where she has had the privilege to compose some of her original works as well as some theatrical ones. Music is what she lives for, so she is excited to share a true story about a man with that same passion to promote and share good music. Find Jenna on facebook where you can view some of her original works. Enjoy the show!

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Franklin Grace

Franklin Grace, AEA/SAG-AFTRA, attended Denison University (B.A.) and Miami University (Master’s of Architecture) before being awarded a Fulbright to conduct research and teach in Korea. His select credits include: Theatre: Five Guys Named Moe – Little Moe, Cabaret- Victor, Titus Andronicus – Aaron, Sleeper – Tom, The Cave Dwellers – Father, Ragtime – Coalhouse, Big River – Jim, Hairspray – Seaweed, A Chorus Line – Richie, Spinning into Butter – Patrick Chibas, Home – Cephus, Cool for Cole – Louis;TV/Film: “Extreme Forensics,” “Chicken” – NYFF&Whitney Biennial, “Oracabessa,” “Stones” – Cannes Festival Selection, “Lilith,” “Fiend,” “‘Til Death” – Dragon*Con & Idyllwild Festival, “Room 4C,” “I Owe You” – Austin Indie Fest, “A way Out,” “The Connection” “After the Date” and “The Good Kidd.” Commercials: National and Local. He would like to acknowledge and give Thanks to his Family and friends for their continued support! OH-IO!

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Philip Dean Lightstone

Philip is beyond thrilled to be a part of this show. A Los Angeles native, his theatre credits include: Wicked (1st Theatre National Tour), Fame: The Musical (North American Tour). L.A, Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera (Greenway Court Theatre), The Burnt Part Boys (Third Street Theatre), Happy Days: The Musical (dir. Garry Marshall – Falcon Theatre), bare: a pop opera (Original Cast – Hudson Theatre), and numerous shows at Disneyland, Universal Studios, and the El Capitan Theatre. TV/Film: “J.A.G.”, “Thank Heaven”, “Bad Santa”, and the music video for Mandy Moore’s “I Wanna Be With You”. Thank you to the amazing production team, crew, and cast. Thanks to Todd and everyone at ATB. Thanks to Actor’s Equity. Love to Colin, my family and friends.

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Jake Novak

Jake is so excited to have the opportunity to work on this awesome new show! Regional: Chromolume Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Millbrook Playhouse. A recent transplant from Boston and a proud graduate of Emerson College. He’s endlessly grateful to all those who support him: family, friends, and most of all, Mom and Dad. www.jakefnovak.com.

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James Simenc

James is thrilled to be a part of this phenomenal cast! Recent stage credits include the west coast premieres ofBattledrum (Sierra Madre Playhouse) and The Burnt Part Boys (Third Street Theatre). On screen, he has appeared in several TV pilots, short films, commercials, and The Asylum’s horror feature “The Bell Witch Haunting.” Six months ago he leapt headfirst into the world of voice-over, and has subsequently narrated, directed, and produced four full-length audio books, with several more coming soon. James has also produced nearly 100 video interviews and short documentaries for the LA Review of Books. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English (creative writing emphasis) and a B.S. in Applied Math. He’s currently learning to play the drums, and is training for an ultra-marathon, which is terrifying—advice welcome! For more info, visit www.JamesSimenc.com.

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Matthew Sims Jr.

Matthew L. Sims, Jr. is a native of Hammond, La. that currently lives in Los Angeles; Ca. by way of Atlanta, Ga. Matthew has received intensive training in Musical Theatre, Dance and Acting, both stage and film, at the American Musical and Dramatics Academy (AMDA) in Hollywood, Ca, where he graduated February 2013. Matthew has played Leroy in Hairspray with 3D Theatricals and is extremely overjoyed to be returning to the stage and being a part of this production. Matthew is thankful to God, his supportive parents, other relatives and friends who have helped him every step of the way. This is for you!

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Sha’Leah Nikole Stubblefield

Sha’Leah Nikole Stubblefield is a native of Los Angeles. She began her training at Los Angeles own Amazing Grace Conservatory. A graduate from Hamilton High Schools Music Academy, she earned her degree in Liberal Arts while studying Theatre and music at Alfred University (New York). Theatre Credits include Once on this Island as ASAKA, Dreamgirls as Effie, Lil Abner as Mammie Yokum, West Side Story as Anybody’s, Little Shop of Horrors as Crystal, The Wiz as Munchkin and Winkie, and Dreams Of a prophet as Dreamer to name a few. Television/Film Credits include “Lincoln Heights.” and “The Chocolate Factory.”

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Katherine Washington

Katherine Washington is certainty no stranger to the stage! A North Carolina native, she stems from a family of seasoned performers. Favorite credits include Bare: A Rock Musical (2013 Los Angeles revival/The Hayworth), The Wedding Singer (Tina Turner/Musical Theatre West), Tarzan (Kala, El Portal), Aida (Aida/The Box Theatre), Memphis (Felicia u/s /Cabrillo Music Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette/Glendale Centre Theatre), Cabaret (Fritzi/Inland Valley Rep), and new musical premiere of Genetic Eddy. Katherine also five musical instruments, the violin being her heart. She performed with The Fayetteville Symphony for years, and continues to teach privately. A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (Los Angeles), she enjoys putting all of her artistic gifts to use in a city so filled with opportunity. “I finally found a home between the clicks of a metronome and the song.”

 

CREATIVE TEAM

 

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Denise Dowse (Director)

I love being an Artist, an Actor, a Director, a Coach and a Teacher – it all allows me to entertain, to educate and to nourish the artist in me and in others. A middle child born in Honolulu, Hawaii to an officer in the US Navy and a mother who taught school, I caught the acting bug early. My love of acting grew in high school and I pursued and perfected my craft in college. Upon graduation, wanderlust captured, I explored the world living three and a half years in Bremerhaven Germany working as a Youth Sports Specialist, a Writer/Editor of the community magazine, and began an award winning theatre program; and then moved and lived for 4 years in Aschaffenburg Germany, where I was hired to assist in the design of a state of the art Music/Theatre Facility and implement an active theatre company, which grew to over 60 active duty military personnel their families and German Nationals. After my tenure in Europe, I returned to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. With as much life and work experience I have garnered, I would relish the opportunity to assist in the birth of a historical musical legand as he brings his life and story to the stage. In my work history, I have supervised staff members and volunteers; hosted major US Army-European Competitions and entertained visiting Commanders and Generals.

2010 NAACP Winner – Best Director for a Musical – “Sarafina”

2008 NAACP Winner – Best Director for a Musical – “Love & Other Social Issues”

2004 Director/1st Place – Key West Indie Festival – “Reflections: A Story of Redemption”

1995 Dramalogue Award Best Director – “Long Time Since Yesterday”

1995 NAACP Winner – Best Director – “Long Time Since Yesterday”

1985 US Army European Best Actress Award -“Wait Until Dark”

Jamelle Dolphin (Story)

Jamelle (grandson of John Dolphin), authored the book “Recorded In Hollywood: The John Dolphin Story,” published in 2011. The book is based on research in historical records, as well as, hundreds of hours of verbal interviews of family and friends — and records the true life story of John Dolphin, who was owner of the world famous record store “Dolphins of Hollywood” which began around 1948. Jamelle was inspired to write the book, as a natural outgrowth of hearing the many colorful stories about his grandfather. As Jamelle grew up in Los Angeles, having the last name “Dolphin” always seemed to be followed by “are you related to John Dolphin?” Jamelle Dolphin holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration Marketing from Sonoma State University, and he currently runs Dolphins of Hollywood Productions with siblings Ahman Dolphin and Glory Dolphin Hammes, in Los Angeles, CA.

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Andy Cooper (Music & Lyrics)

Andy is an intelligent, humorous and soulful songwriter and vocalist with ‘Ugly Duckling’, a Long Beach, California Hip-Hop group that formed in 1993 and went on to experience worldwide success. During their two-decade career, ‘Ugly Duckling’ developed a clever and satirical take on Hip-Hop culture which complimented the band’s explosively fun and upbeat musical arrangements. ‘Ugly Duckling’ music has been featured in numerous films and television programs like ‘Boiler Room’, ‘Eurotrip’, ‘Drillbit Taylor’, ‘Run’s House’ and ‘Boston Public’ and the group has toured the globe, performing in over 30 countries. Andy also has a passion for the theater and considers himself an amateur historian when it comes to recorded music so he was thrilled to be a part of the Dolphin family legacy.

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Matt Donnelly (Writer)

Matt has written for both television and film in a variety of genres, including drama, comedy, thriller, and documentary. He has written for the ABC Studios family drama “Brothers & Sisters,” as well as the relationship comedy “Mixology.” His historical drama script “Trippers” earned him a development deal at CBS TV Studios where he is currently developing cable drama projects. “Recorded In Hollywood” is his first stage production.

Cassie Crump- Choreographer

Cassie is a native of Los Angeles, California. Her interest in the performing arts began as a teenager. Cassie appeared in the film, “The Naked Cage,” as a featured dancer also toured Japan, Thailand, Korea, and China with the popular “Ladies in Charge” all girls band. She danced and choreographed “The Chocolate Nutcracker” with Debbie Allen. Through this, she was able to dance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Christmas show. In 2005, she debuted her choreography in the feature film “Sledge” starring Ben Stiller, Angelina Jolie, and Debbie Allen. She choreographed and debuted in the gospel play, “Tell Hell I Ain’t Comin”, and has many other stage choreography credits and tv as well. Cassie won the 2010 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Choreographer for “Sarafina.” She has recently choreographed the riveting movie,”Revival”. Currently, Cassie is working at Amazing Grace Conservatory as a choreographer. She is also giving back to her community by working with the Young Scholar’s Dance Camp. One of her most outstanding accomplishments is working for Celerity Schools as the Director of Performing Arts.

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Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners – General Manager

Racquel is the founder and managing director of Theatre Planners, her own theatre production firm which has been serving the Los Angeles theatre scene for almost ten years. She graduated from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and lived in NY for many years producing theatre. Theatre Planners has since developed into a very busy and successful outlet for actors, writers, producers and theatre companies. Doing everything from producing, consulting, marketing and more. Racquel loves to make productions a reality and help to keep the theatre scene in LA alive and strong. Racquel is also the owner of the LOUNGE THEATRES in Hollywood on Theatre Row. To learn more about Racquel and Theatre Planners, go to www.theatreplanners.com.

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Victoria Watson – General Manager

Victoria joined Theatre Planners after a successful career in large theater and tours. She was previously Operations Manager and Associate Producer at Pasadena Playhouse and has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pasadena Symphony & Pops. A performer from an early age, Victoria turned to production at Tulane University, and brings that merger of artist and business to all of her producing work. Victoria is also Managing Director of a Los Angeles based group called Fierce Backbone, which is devoted to developing new work by local playwrights. To learn more about Victoria and Theatre Planners, please go to www.theatreplanners.com.

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Joel Daavid – Set Designer

Texan /LA resident since 1993. Joel has become an award-winning set designer since attending AFI where he was nominated for the Kodak Scholarship in Cinematography & received the Blum-Kovler Scholarship. His career accomplishments include cinematography for film work as well as stage directing and design. Joel’s most notable awards include Ovation, LA Weekly, NAACP and LADCC Theater Awards. He directed/designed the award winning production of THE MIRACLE WORKER at the Matrix and Edgemar Theatres and the new production of Tennessee Williams’ BABY DOLL at the Lillian Theatre. Joel directed/designed FRANKENSTEIN for Tallahassee Theatre and will begin negotiations to bring it to LA.

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Mylette Nora – Costume Designer & Sound Engineer

MYLETTE NORA (Costume Designer) has won the NAACP Theatre Award for best costumes and is listed in the honors edition of the Cambridge Registry of Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women. Her work, which consists of television, film, and stage, can be seen nightly on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. The famed artist Synthia St. James noted Mylette as being the inspiration for her world renowned painting “Ensemble” which graced the cover of the best selling novel “Waiting To Exhale” by Terry McMillan. Mylette’s talents continue with her creative line of heirloom dolls called “My Mind”s Eye” and a line of designer doggie wear called “From the Heart Doggie Wear”. www.fromtheheartdoggiewear.com.

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Michael Donovan, Casting Director

Michael is the recipient of six Artios awards, given by the Casting Society of America for Outstanding Achievement in Casting. Michael casts for film, television, theatre and commercials. His theatre credits include shows produced at Pasadena Playhouse, the Hollywood Bowl, La Jolla Playhouse, International City Theatre, Ebony Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, the Falcon Theatre, the Colony Theatre, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Michael has cast numerous independent films, over 1,200 commercials, and his TV credits include the new series Blood Relatives.

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Richie Ferris – Associate Casting Director

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Christina Schwinn – Lighting Designer

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Ronn Goswick – Stage Manager

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Lucy Pollak – Publicist

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Jason Meza – Graphic Artist

 

SUPPORTER

 

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Michael Dolphin

Michael Dolphin is the proud son of John Dolphin and supporter of Recorded in Hollywood – The Musical (based on the life of John Dolphin). Michael also serve on the Board of Directors of the annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, a celebration on the legacy of Central Ave which John Dolphin and his World Famous Dolphin’s of Hollywood Record Shop was much a part of. Michael Dolphin was the Division Chief of the Los Angeles-Ventura County Workforce Services Division within the Employment Development Department (EDD). Now retired. During his tenure he has demonstrated a unique ability to facilitate, influence change and develop process plans that effectively respond to various community challenges. Michael has received many awards and recognitions for his work, including the “Workforce Leader” Award from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board (the nation’s second largest) and the “Leadership Award” directly from Mr. Richard Marriott and the Marriott Bridges Foundation. He is responsible for EDD offices and programs throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties recommending policy and procedure that affect job services on a state level. Dolphin is a National Board member of the United States Veterans Initiative, the Board Chair of the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation (EDC), co-chair of the Los Angeles Marriott Foundation’s “Bridges…from school to work” Business Advisory Committee, and also a proud member in the Porsche Club of America.

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Jerroll Dolphin

Jerroll Bahruck Dolphin, son of John Dolphin, Senior, and Ruth Stafford Dolphin. His brothers, John, and his twin brother, Erroll, lived a very happy life being love by both parents. Jerroll overcame polio which he had at age 5 and went on to become a state champion in Track and Field at Dorsey High School. He was also one of Los Angeles Unified School Districts top three scorers on SAT and ACT exam, he was top 10,000 in the United States. He went onto college at San Jose State University. At San Jose State University, he majored in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in Chemistry. Close friends with Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Lee Evans, Larry Walls, and other major members of SJSU’s track team, along with other track and field greats who trained at ‘Speed City’ for 1968 Olympics. Was prosecuted for declining to step forward to join the US Army in 1972, he was acquitted in Los Angeles Federal Court, and assigned 4H status. After graduating SJSU in 1973, he worked as a nuclear engineer for General Electric Company for 3 years. Then worked as a design engineer for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company for 3 years and then Hughes Aircraft Company for 2 years on radar systems. He worked as systems engineer on the Space Shuttle for 3 years before working as consulting software design engineer of F-14, F-15, and F-18 radar and fire control system for 4 years. Then he worked as consultant to ARCO on Graphic User. He went to medical school from 1991 through 1995, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine degree. After passing the U.S.A. medical boards, he went to Ghana and Liberia, West Africa, to establish medical schools in each country. A few years later, he also established another medical school in Nigeria. Corrupt politicians did everything they could to shut down our medical schools in Liberia and Ghana. He returned to the United States in 2009 from 12 years of health problems accumulated in Africa. He enjoyed the experience and he is thoroughly enriched from the opportunity to serve the re. Now, he is writing about his experiences in Africa, and generally, the experiences in his life. He has six children; Kelly, Ahman, Medina, Jamelle, Glory, and Clarissa.

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Erroll Dolphin

Erroll Dolphin, son of John and Ruth Dolphin, and paternal twin with his brother Jerroll. Erroll graduated from Dorsey High and attended San Jose State University and participated in Track and Field hurdles, pole vault and as a sprinter. But when his mother asked him to leave college to help run the family business he immediately left to come home. Erroll reorganized and restructured Dolphin’s Of Hollywood, the family business taking charge of business operations as mother Ruth kept charge of business administration. He also was co-promoter of very successful BERKELEY JAZZ FESTIVAL of 1974. Erroll as a 14 year old kid discovered and brought home to his Mother the million selling, #1 Rock and Roll, R & B Hit record the “Jerk” by the Larks.

 

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