Emilie Hanson

EMILIE HANSON (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical. She manages Wildlife Theater for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Central Park Zoo in Manhattan. Where she develops and runs conservation-based educational theater for school age children. Emilie also tours as a stage manager for Broadway's Next H!t Musical. Emilie has been living and working in New York City for 10 years and grateful for the opportunities and support BNHM has provided.

 

 

Posted on May 10, 2018 and filed under stage manager.

Paula Pickreign

PAULA PICKREIGN (stage manager) was born and raised in Syracuse NY. For 6 years she worked as a sound engineer and music producer with bands such as Summer People and New Found Glory at SubCat studios. Paula now resides in NYC and oversees many behind-the-scenes aspects of multiple productions at The People’s Improv Theater, one of the top three comedy schools in New York. Paula is also the business manager for the world’s number one Hip-Hop Improv team, North Coast. An avid percussionist herself, Paula directed and arranged Winter Drumline Programs for six years resulting in five state titles. Now touring as the stage manager with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, Paula is excited to bring her charm, technical skills, and Sweet Sweet tattoos to audiences all over the country.

 

Posted on May 10, 2018 and filed under stage manager.

Rachel Bouton

RACHEL BOUTON (Performer) is a seasoned event entertainer, with an extensive background in improv, standup comedy, musical theatre and hosting. She studied comedy at The Second City in Chicago and Upright Citizen’s Brigade in NYC, and got her degree in “singing pretty” from the University of Denver. When she isn’t on the road with BNHM, she can be seen performing weekly with VERN at the People’s Improv Theatre in NYC, hosting live trivia events for TrivWorks, and producing awesome nerd parties for Science Friday, a nationally-syndicated public radio show. She is also the founder of PowerSuit Improv – a training program for professional women that builds workplace communication skills through improvisation training. Find her at rachelbouton.com, powersuitimprov.com or on a bench in Central Park eating a bagel.


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Annie Schiffmann

ANNIE SCHIFFMANN (Cast, Social Media Manager) Annie Schiffmann knew she had to be in Broadway’s Next Hit Musical from the first time she saw it and is so pleased to call herself a cast member. In the time between when she first saw the show and when she was cast, she has performed in Chicago City Limits’ Touring Company and Resident Company, been in commercials - oh, and got married and had two kids. She mostly improvises in a corporate setting now - whether hosting an awards night, leading an improv workshop, or performing onstage for your company’s big meeting. She is fearless onstage yet is afraid of the Butterfly Room in the Museum of Natural History. She can be found on Twitter @annieschiff.


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Broadway's Next Hit Musical usually improvises songs from improvised musicals. But with this series we improvise a song from a Tony-nominated musical, WAITRESS! Sure Sara Bareilles is bursting onto the scene this season, but what if she had used these lyrics instead?. Head to BroadwaysNextHitMusical.com to find out when we'll be performing near you!
Broadway's Next Hit Musical's company members take to the streets of NYC and a rehearsal studio in Midtown to improvise the holiday songs YOU create. Check out where we'll be in 2016!
Consider our #CutSongsFromTonyNoms your official Tony Awards cheat sheet. Haven't heard anything from The Visit Musical? Have one of the actual cast members tell you what it's about. And then have Annie Schiffmann, Matt Giroveanu, and Stefan Schick give you a taste of the Kander and Ebb style.

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Posted on September 11, 2017 .

Brad Barton

Brad Barton has performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, One Life to Live, and Upright Citizens Brigade on Comedy Central.  He has also appeared on MTV, Food Network, Discovery Times, and has shot pilots for Comedy Central and Metropolis Entertainment.  Brad has conducted celebrity interviews for Fandango and hosts/emcees for corporate events and tours for clients such as AT&T, Bank of America, Pfizer, and AMC.  He also loves talking about geek pop culture and does so frequently on the podcast 1.21 Geekawatts.  Learn more at www.brad-barton.net.


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Posted on September 11, 2017 .

Becca McLarty

Becca McLarty is an actor, improvisor, singer, and teaching artist. A Pennsylvania native, she has performed in New York City and regionally with companies such as Improvolution, ComedySportz Philadelphia, Arden Theatre, Columbia Stages, Mt. Gretna Theatre and Bakerloo Theatre Project. She can also be seen in the upcoming webseries, Settling Up. Becca holds her MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and is an adjunct instructor of voice and speech and improvisation at various institutions and studios in the city. She’s delighted to be a part of BNHM! www.beccalmclarty.com


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Posted on September 11, 2017 .

Adam Chisnall

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Adam Chisnall (emcee) - is thrilled to be joining Broadway's Next Hit Musical! Adam performs stand up in NYC and has emcee'd at Caroline's, New York Comedy Club, StandUpNY, Broadway Comedy Club, 360 Comedy Festival, and TriBeCa Comedy Lounge. You can find him hosting #theOUTtalk on OutliciousTV. As an actor he has appeared off-Broadway in The Jackie Mason Musical and performed in Old Jews Telling Jokes in South Florida. Adam has a BA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University and has studied with Second City Chicago. He thanks his parents for their love and support. 


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Posted on September 11, 2017 .

Gary Adler

GARY ADLER (Pianist) served as the musical director for Broadway's Avenue Q for its entire six and a half year run.  Other NYC conducting credits include The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Kinky Boots, The Fantasticks, and Next to Normal.  He co-wrote the long-running Off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz, for which he received Drama Desk nominations for both his music and lyrics.  Gary also wrote and arranged for Disney Channel’s “Johnny And The Sprites” starring John Tartagila.  He has been playing improv piano for longer than he would care to admit.

 


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Posted on October 10, 2016 and filed under musical director, accompanist.

Ralph Buckley

Ralph Buckley (Co-Producer) has worked as an actor and director on and off Broadway, in television, film and radio.  Ralph has produced music and improvisation in diverse venues including Joe’s Pub, El Flamingo and The Triad.  He is executive director/producer of the ongoing improvisational performance workshop, The Yes Show.

Posted on October 5, 2016 and filed under co-producer.

Deb Rabbai

DEB RABBAI (Co-Artistic Director, Co-Producer, Performer) is an original member and co-creator of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical.  A native New Yorker, Deb has worked as an actor, improviser, singer and voiceover artist for the last twenty five years.  Deb became the Co-Artistic Director of BNHM in 2009 and has proudly witnessed its progress into the hilarious hit it is today.  A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, Deb spent ten years performing and teaching improvisation with Freestyle Repertory Theatre (TheatreSports New York),  five years performing with ComedySportz NY and seven years with the Chicago City Limits national touring company. Deb is a highly experienced teacher of improvisation and acting, having worked at NYU, Marymount Manhattan College, The American Comedy Institute, NY Film Academy and American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Deb successfully created programs that teach curriculum through improvisation – these programs have been integrated into public schools in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  Deb has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and in national commercials for MasterCard, Wendy’s and Zyrtec.  Deb has done countless voiceovers, ranging from radio and TV advertisements, to video games and anime films. For more information, please visit www.DebRabbai.com


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Reviews Mentioning Deb Rabbai

Deb Rabbai, who also serves as co-producer and co-artistic director for the group, creatively transported the audience to a magical world in, “I Graduated Today,” and seamlessly sang her improvised lyrics with confidence that made me honestly question whether or not this was actually made up on the spot.
— Sally Henry, Broadway World
Deb Rabbai opened the night; her song title was “Des Moines Blues.” Rabbai, also a co-creator, instantly decided the song Des Moines Blues came from a musical Snow Again, about a Des Moines model whose plane flight to bigger and better things is cancelled because of a freak May snowstorm. Rabbai has quite a set of pipes and was dropping lines that were perfectly timed.
— Brooke Bridenstine, BroadwayWorld.com
Rabbai, the most skilled and thoughtful of the cast, found herself with “A Rope and Hope.” She turned the phrase into a gleeful bit on airplane travel in the current times. In her other theatrical work she is a voice for animated features and voice-over work. It showed.
— David Siegel, DC Metro News
The comedy improv in “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” moved from excellent to inspired Friday night at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall when Deb Rabbai and Rob Schiffmann took off their shoes and socks, pressed their bare feet together and sang a love duet.
— Steve Barnes, TimesUnion

Amy Merli

AMY MERLI (Stage Manager) has worked as a stage manager since 2003. She "wears many hats" (literally and figuratively) as a stage manager, rehearsal director, professional dancer, environmentalist and an events manager. However, Amy mostly spends her time creating events with wearable art made from trash with her organization she founded called Trashion Fashion. www.trashionfashion.org

 

Posted on September 18, 2016 and filed under stage manager.

Assaf Gleizner

ASSAF GLEIZNER (Pianist) was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2007, Gleizner moved to the United States, where he received a scholarship to earn his BMus in jazz performance at SUNY Purchase. As a sideman, he performed and toured throughout Western New York and Canada, playing and arranging for the award winning singer Cyrille Aimee. As a Musical Director, Assaf worked for NYMF, Yorktown Stage, Fordham University, 92nd St. Y and many others.

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Posted on September 18, 2016 and filed under accompanist.

Robb Coles

ROBB COLES (Emcee) is an NYC based Actor/Comedian.  Regional theatre credits include: McCarter Theatre, Shawnee Playhouse, and the Armory Theatre.  He also appeared in the musical revue, Hollywood to Broadway in Shanghai, China. As a Comedian, Robb has appeared at New York Comedy Club, The Stand, and Comic Strip Live.  He’s also performed comedy for Holland America Cruise Lines, The Wendy Williams Show on TV, and The Friars Club Roast of Padme Lakshmi.

 


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Matt Giroveanu

MATT GIROVEANU (Performer ) (SAG-AFTRA) is an actor, musical improviser & voiceover artist from Astoria, NY. Matt majored in TV Production and double minored in Theatre Studies & Performance at Seton Hall University. Matt can be seen weekly in New York City on the musical improv house team VERN at the Peoples Improv Theater, who in conjunction with Audible.com, produced “A Very Improvised Holiday Musical” with Tony-winner Laura Benanti. Television credits include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, The Deuce, Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, ID’s A Crime To Remember & SyFy’s Happy!  www.MattGiro.com

 

 


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Broadway's Next Hit Musical LIVE at The Triad -- 05/26/16, WITH Rob Schiffmann, Deb Rabbai, Rachel Bouton, Katie Hammond, Matt Giroveanu, Eric March (piano), Robb Coles (emcee).
Broadway's Next Hit Musical's company members take to the streets of NYC and a rehearsal studio in Midtown to improvise the holiday songs YOU create. Check out where we'll be in 2016!
Broadway's Next Hit Musical usually improvises songs from improvised musicals. But with this series we improvise a song from a Tony-nominated musical, HAMILTON! Matt Giroveanu and Megan Reilly give Lin-Manual Miranda a run for his money. Head to BroadwaysNextHitMusical.com to find out when we'll be performing near you!

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We can’t forget Katie Hammond and Matt Giroveanu, who, in the hit song, “I Only Have One Hand” from their swashbuckling pirate musical, Before There Was Hook, utilize wordplay with aplomb.
— Matt Smith, Theater Pizzazz

Tonya Pierre

TONYA PIERRE (Stage Manager) is a California native who moved to New York City thirteen years ago. She has been in the entertainment industry as a sound and light technician for over a decade and has also worked as a stage manager for certain productions. She is a recent graduate of The City College of New York with a BFA in Classical Vocal Performance.

 

Posted on August 17, 2016 and filed under stage manager.

Robert Z. Grant

ROBERT Z GRANT (Performer) is an actor, singer and dancer who has been performing and teaching improv professionally in the US and abroad for over 15 years, most notably as a long-standing cast member with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. Other stage credits include Collective:10, Ionesco’s The Lesson, and The Amazing TED Show. Film/TV: Four seasons on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and various independent films. Robert studied acting with Bill Esper at the William Esper Studio (where he now teaches improvisation for actors), dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, clown with Christopher Bayes at Juilliard, and improvisation in the tradition of Second City. Robert is probably best known for his anonymity. www.robertzgrant.com

 

 


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Reviews of Robert Z. Grant in Broadway's Next Hit Musical

Robert Z. Grant, who ended up stealing the show with his miming, was probably the quickest of all the cast members and slipped in a handful of memorable one-liners.
— Patrick Hickey, Jr. Reviewfix.com
Robert Z. Grant, whose unusually tall stature was alluded to multiple times, employed a comedic, Dick Van Dyke-like movement vocabulary.
— Sally Henry, Broadway World

Katie Hammond

KATIE HAMMOND (Performer), a Michigan native, earned her BA in Theatre from The College of Wooster in Ohio, before moving  to Chicago to study and perform improv at The Second City, iO and The Playground Theatre(s). She relocated to Florida to improvise full-time at Disney World, and at SAK Comedy Lab. In addition to working as an HR Consultant, Katie can be found performing in NYC at The People’s Improv Theatre with the musical house team, VERN, and the two-man improvised musical What Town? The Musical, she also works regularly with The Story Pirates. www.katiehammond.com

 

 


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Broadway's Next Hit Musical LIVE at The Triad -- 05/26/16, WITH Rob Schiffmann, Deb Rabbai, Rachel Bouton, Katie Hammond, Matt Giroveanu, Eric March (piano), Robb Coles (emcee).
Katie Hammond from Broadway's Next Hit Musical shares her favorite theatre memory with her dad. Let's just say all of the mice were glad he has such excellent timing. Share your favorite theatre moment with your dad at Facebook.com/broadwaysnexthitmusical.

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We can’t forget Katie Hammond and Matt Giroveanu, who, in the hit song, “I Only Have One Hand” from their swashbuckling pirate musical, Before There Was Hook, utilize wordplay with aplomb.
— Matt Smith, Theater Pizzazz
 

Marc T. Engberg

MARC T. ENGBERG is a comedian, actor, and singer living in New York City. He has performed in NYC at Gotham, Caroline's, The Stand, UCBeast, The Bitter End, and The Duplex, in Hollywood at The Comedy Store, in Chicago at the Laugh Factory, and internationally in Sweden and Finland. He has also appeared in several off-Broadway plays including Salome (Black Moon Theatre Co.) and Love's Labour's Lost (MCTC). He holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley and an MA in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies from Stanford University. He speaks French and Russian. His favorite food is sauce.

 


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