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Robert Z Grant

ROBERT Z GRANT (Performer) (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) is an actor, singer and dancer who has been performing and teaching improv professionally in the US and abroad for nearly 20 years, most notably as a long-standing cast member with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. Other stage credits include five years of the Collective:10 play festival, Ionesco’s The Lesson, and The Amazing TED Show. Film/TV: Four seasons on Comedy Central’s "Inside Amy Schumer" and various independent films, including the comedic short “The Brazilian Dilemma,” and improvised features “The Rainbow Experiment” and “42 Seconds of Happiness” (streaming now on Amazon.com). Robert studied acting with Bill Esper at the William Esper Studio (where Robert 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

 

 



Videos of Robert Z Grant in Broadway's Next Hit Musical


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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
 
 

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


Videos of Deb Rabbai in Broadway's Next Hit Musical


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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

Rob Schiffmann

ROB SCHIFFMANN (Co-Artistic Director, Co-Producer, Performer) has worked and toured as a professional improviser and musician for over seventeen years.  As a two-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award winner and the recipient of the 2011 INNY (Improvisation News) Award for Best Improv Coach, Rob’s musical and improv talents are known across the country.  He has taught and directed improv at The School for Film and Television, Weist-Barron, and the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. A graduate of Oberlin College, Rob performed regularly with Chicago City Limits before joining Broadway’s Next Hit Musical in 2001.  BNHM’s master improvisers started their success at the famous NYC cabaret club Don’t Tell Mama as well as with the New York Musical Theater Festival. Rob became Co-Artistic Director in 2009, and continues to perform with the hysterical troupe throughout the country and at their resident theater The Triad in NYC.  Called “sharper than a pound of cheddar cheese” by reviewfix.com, Rob has showcased his skills on The Daily Download and The CBS Early Show. Rob’s musical talent is also evident with the New York based acoustic-pop band, The Hillary Step; he is the main writer, lead singer, guitarist, and Music Director. For more information, please visit www.robschiffmann.com.

 


Videos of Rob Schiffmann in Broadway's Next Hit Musical


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Reviews of Rob Schiffmann in Broadway's Next Hit Musical

Easily the highlight of the evening was co-producer/co-artistic director Rob Schiffman. His creative mind is full of rhymes and childlike creativity that was refreshing. He listened to his fellow actors brilliantly, so much so that he could sing in harmony or descant with them and (usually) successfully made a well-structured musical number. The entire time, I could not decide whether he should go into writing or acting, because the former would seem a waste of a brilliant character actor, and the latter a waste of a brilliant writer. Thus, I believe he has found his niche in improvisational musicals. I will say that his vocals were wanting at multiple times, but this is the first case in which I can genuinely say that such a flaw didn’t matter at all. Particularly, he and Grant read each other very well, to the point that their scenes together seemed rehearsed. The scenes that they shared were the highlight.
— Sally Henry, Broadway World
Deb Rabbai and Rob Schiffmann were sharper than a pound of cheddar cheese.
— Patrick Hickey Jr, ReviewFix.com
And as it turns out, a show about an Iowa model can hinge on the evil ways of a serpent like devil, hilariously played by Rob Schiffmann, whose weakness is frigid temperatures.
— Brooke Bridenstine, Broadway World

Stefan Schick

STEFAN SCHICK (Performer) has been a member of Chicago City Limits (2008 and 2009 MAC Award Winner, Best Comedy/Improv Group) since 2003, first with its National Touring Company and currently with its Resident Company.  He also performs with the longform improv group Stray, and has appeared in numerous plays, sketch shows and short films in NYC. Television credits include TBS and the NY Television Festival. Thanks to BNHM, love to AF.  Look Theo, daddy's a llama!


Videos of Stefan Schick in Broadway's Next Hit Musical

This is a video of Stefan Schick & Kobi Libii's first act song from the May 31st, 2013 performance of Broadway's Next Hit Musical at The Triad, NYC.
Broadway's Next Hit Musical usually improvises songs from improvised musicals. But with this series we improvise a song from a Tony-nominated musical, BRIGHT STAR! Stefan Schick turns on his Steve Martin in order to turn down the moon! Head to BroadwaysNextHitMusical.com to find out when we'll be performing near you!

Audio of Stefan Schick in Broadway's Next Hit Musical

 
 

Greg Triggs

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GREG TRIGGS (Co-Producer, Emcee) has performed with Disney's Comedy Warehouse, the Brave New Workshop & Chicago City Limits.  Writer/director for Disney, SeaWorld, the NFL, the Tribeca Film Festival, the World Science Festival and the Scholastic Harry Potter series.  TV includes BBC, ABC, TLC, Oxygen, the Discovery Channel & Nickelodeon. Greg’s radio show, Travels with Triggs can be heard on New York Public Radio.  Archives available at www.WJFFradio.org under Catskill Character.  Greg’s novel The Next Happiest Place on Earth is available at www.Amazon.com.  Blog entries and more at www.GregTriggs.com and www.StrategicEntertainmentNYC.com.  


Videos of Greg Triggs in Broadway's Next Hit Musical 


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Reviews of Greg Triggs in Broadway's Next Hit Musical

Equally compelling is Triggs, who not only offers a topical monologue — which touches on out-of-towners being American in a foreign country, and the presidential election — but commentary following each of the performances, in which he takes friendly jabs at several of the performers and their choices within their respective scenes.
— Matt Smith, Theater Pizzazz