A Little Thing Called Broadway: UCI Drama Produces The Talent

Tony Award Nominee Beth Malone and cast in "Dancing at Lughnasa" (1998)


IRVINE, CA (June 5, 2015) - UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama is no stranger to churning out Broadway talent and the graduate program was even recently named #12 on The Hollywood Reporter list of “The Top 25 Schools for Master of Fine Arts”.  On the eve of the Tony Awards, here is a list of our Broadway standouts:

BOB GUNTON (Tony Nominations: Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd, Juan Peron in Evita, Harold Hill in The Music Man, featured in Big River, Passion, King of Hearts, Working, Happy End, Roza)

BETH MALONE (Tony Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for Fun Home, featured in Ring of Fire)

JENN COLELLA (Outer Critics nomination for Urban Cowboy, lead in Chaplin, featured in If/Then)

DONNETTA GRAYS (understudy In the Next Room, Well)

ANDREW SAMONSKY (featured in South Pacific, Scandalous, Mystery of Edwin Drood)

MICHAEL MORGAN (featured in Amazing Grace)

LUCAS CALHOUN (understudy for Bradley Cooper in Elephant Man)

TEAL WICKS (Elphaba in Wicked, Mary Barry in Finding Neverland, Emma in Jekyll & Hyde)

ALLISON CASE (Crissie in Hair, Kelli in Hands on a Hardbody, Sophie in Mamma Mia)

QUINN VAN ANTWERP (Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys)

NICHOLAS WALKER (Stephen Undershaft in Major Barbara)

JOHN LOVITZ (featured in The Dinner Party)

SARAH DACEY CHARLES (longtime understudy in Les Misérables)


DAVID GREENSPAN (featured in The Royal Family, Hairspray)

DAREN KELLY (featured in Crazy for You, Woman of the Year, Deathtrap)

ERIC KUNZE (Marius in Les Misérables, Chris in Miss Saigon, Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees)

MICHAEL THOMAS HOLMES (featured in Oklahoma!)

ALAN MINGO, Jr. (featured in The Little Mermaid, Rent, produced Glory Days)

ALICIA ALBRIGHT (featured ensemble in Wicked)

JOSHUA FINKEL (Kiss of the Spider Woman)

JENIFER FOOTE (featured in On the Twentieth Century, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Follies [Gypsy Robe Award], Rock of Ages, A Chorus Line, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dracula, Annie Get Your Gun)

DJ GRAY ([as assistant choreographer]: Sondheim On Sondheim, Xanadu, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)

ZACH REINER-HARRIS (featured ensemble/understudy in Spring Awakening)


For more info on the Department of Drama alumni, visit their Alumni page at drama.arts.uci.edu/alumni.

To read the full article in The Hollywood Repoter, view the story on their site at thehollywoodreporter.com.