Bronson Norris Murphy*: Tony
Bronson Norris Murphy is delighted to debut with the Norwalk Symphony singing this beautifully timeless score. Recognized for his “prodigious acting abilities” and a voice that has been acclaimed as “masterful, passionate and soaringly beautiful,” Mr. Murphy is best known to American audiences for premiering the role of The Phantom in the first North American production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns. Previously, Mr. Murphy made his principal Broadway debut as Raoul in the long-running production of The Phantom of the Opera. Notable performances include the 30th Anniversary company of CATS as Gus, Growltiger and Bustopher Jones, multiple US productions of West Side Story as Tony (twice previously with Ms. Ortiz!), New York City developmental productions of: Faustus, the Musical (MTM’s Best Actor Award), I Hate Holmes, Catch the Wind, Alan Menken & Tim Rice’s King David and Maybe One Day: A Fable for the York Theatre. His work in regional theatres include Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, The Skirball Center, John W. Engeman Theatre, The Players’ Theatre, The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, West Virginia Public Theatre and two seasons as Stephen Foster in The Stephen Foster Story in the US and Japan. Concert work includes I Am Harvey Milk at The Avery Fisher Hall, The Ocean City Pops’ tribute to the American Songbook and as a soloist for Bach’s Cantata No. 140, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ. In addition to his work onstage, Mr. Murphy is an advocate for music education and maintains regular classroom hours as an active voice and acting teacher in NYC. For more information, follow @BronsonBiz or visit www.BronsonNorrisMurphy.com – Many thanks to the wonderful team at Uzan International Artists. For my family, always. “Te adoro, mi Taria”
Evy Ortiz*: Maria
Evy Ortiz is excited to be returning to one of her favorite roles! She has toured throughout the USA as Maria in the 1st National Broadway Tour of West Side Story (Broadway revival), and debuted that production in Canada and Japan. She has played the role at numerous regional theaters including the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, North Shore Music Theatre and Theatre by the Sea. Other favorite theater credits include Luisa in the off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks (dir. Tom Jones), Philia in A Funny Thing…Forum, Masha in The Seagull and Other World (dir. Gabriel Barre.) She has appeared as a featured concert soloist in Inside Broadway: Musicals at the Movies, Inside Broadway: Leonard Bernstein Centennial, the West Point Holiday Show and her NYC solo concert at the Metropolitan Room. She is a native New Yorker and studied classical singing for many years as a lyric coloratura. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from Pace University and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from New York University. Much love to her supportive Mom, family and friends! Next up: West Side Story at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Florida. www.evyortiz.com
Paola Fernandez: Anita
Really excited to be part of this beautiful performance! Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Proud Circle in the Square Theatre School Aumna. Recent: Man of La Manch (Antonia), Rent National Tour (Mimi Marquez), Rent National Tour (Swing, U/S Mimi, Maureen), Twelfth Night (Viola), Spring Awakening (Martha), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Harispray (Dynamite), Godspell, Hair. Gracias to my familia: www.paola-hernandez.com. Follow: @p_vhernandez
Naysh Fox: Riff
Naysh Fox is thrilled and honored to be making his Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and New Paradigm Theatre debut. Naysh was recently on the North American Tour of “Pippin” as Pippin, a role that truly changed his life, and has just finished touring Europe in “Grease” as Danny Zuko, with RCCL. Favorite roles include Woof (HAIR), Will Parker (Oklahoma), and Warner (Legally Blonde). Lastly, Naysh would like to thank his family, especially the holy cow crew, Jacobs Pillow, and the one and only Chet Walker!
Jared Starkey: Action
Jared is thrilled to be joining the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and the New Paradigm Theater’s collaborative production of West Side Story! Credits include: National Tour: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Young Max), New York: Two by Two; feat. Chip Zien & Christine Pedi (Japheth - Feinstein’s/54 Below), Regional: Peter and the Starcatcher (Peter), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Grease, A Chorus Line (Frank, U/S Mark/Larry) Wittenberg, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Spring Awakening, Oklahoma!. Love and thanks to my family, Julio, Neil, Bartoli, DePoto, Eric, Megan and the O’Callaghans, and Nancy. Carson-Adler Agency. @JaredStarkey www.JaredStarkey.com
Legna Cedillo: Rosalia
Legna Cedillo is thrilled for her first performance with New Paradigm Theatre. She is a Recording Artist with her band, Lumos and Voice Actor for various Disney and Hasbro commercials. Legna’s musical theater experience began in her home town of Kansas City where she performed in shows such as Jekyll & Hyde, and Big River. After a few years of a focus on writing and recording music, Legna is excited to be back on stage! She would like to thank her family and friends for their unyielding support and love! All glory to God.
Christian Cardozo*: Bernardo
Christian is so excited to be working with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and New Paradigm Theatre in this exciting production! He last appeared at Music Theatre of Connecticut as Simon Stride in Jekyll & Hyde. Other regional credits include Clopin in The Hunchback of Notre Dame with New Paradigm Theatre, Che in Evita at Downtown Cabaret Theatre and Billy Bigelow in Carousel at Summer Theatre of New Canaan. Cheers! Instagram @cardozocm
Michael Miller: Baby John
Mikey Miller is excited to be returning to this classic after playing aRab his junior year of high school. Last May, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with his B.A. in English and a minor in theatre arts. Regional credits: Spring Awakening (Ernst), Junie B. Jones (Sheldon). University credits: Ruddigore (Robin Oakapple), Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh), High School Musical (Ryan Evans), Once on This Island (Papa Ge), How to Succeed (J. Pierrepont Finch). Thanks to all in his life for the constant support and all involved for putting on an awesome concert. Twitter/Instagram: @mikeyemiller
Nicholas Rylands: Diesel
Nicholas is thrilled to be joining the New Paradigm Theater and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for this amazing concert event. Previous credits include: Playhouse on Park: Captain Robert Falcon Scott PETER AND THE STARCATCHER; Hartford Stage: 18th Century Apparition A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals: Ensemble PASSING THROUGH; Monomoy Theatre: Romain Tournel A FLEA IN HER EAR, Frid A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Don Carney BILOXI BLUES; The Hartt School: Juan Peron EVITA, Joseph Cardin CHILDREN'S HOUR, Doctor Carasco/The Duke MAN OF LA MANCHA. "To my Mom and Dad: without you, I would not be living this dream. I love you so much. Thank you."
Carolyn Savoia: Francisca
Carolyn Savoia is a Ridgefield, CT native who is thrilled to be part of this production! She was previously seen in The New Paradigm Theatre’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame last summer. Other regional credits include: Jekyll & Hyde (Music Theatre of Connecticut), Joseph…Dreamcoat (ACT of CT); Hairspray, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid (STONC), Seussical (Westchester Broadway Theatre). Carolyn holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Wagner College. Endless thanks to Kristin Huffman, Claire Kelly, Jonathan Yates, and all at The New Paradigm Theatre and The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for this incredible opportunity. Follow: @csavs32 and www.carolynsavoia.com
Yarden Barr: Consuela
Yarden Barr is ecstatic to be returning to West Side Story after performing the fully staged version at Barrington Stage Company (Maria u/s) and Square Foot Theatre (Maria). Other previous credits include: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy Van Pelt), Carrie (Sue Snell), and A Chorus Line (Diana Morales). She is currently a Sophomore at the Hartt School pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre and is an Equity Membership Candidate.
Miles Messier: Arab
Miles Messier is making his New Paradigm Theatre debut! Credits include The Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart), Assassins (Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald), Into the Woods (Wolf/Rapunzel’s Prince), and West Side Story (Action). Miles is currently studying at The Hartt School, pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre with a minor in Composition. He also plays keyboard in pit orchestras and has experience with music direction.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.