Cast Bios

Vivian Jett - Armelia

Vivian made her splash debut onto the Broadway stage in 1980 when she replaced Armelia McQueen in Ain't Misbehavin'. It was the thrill of a lifetime for the young diva and she learned from the likes of Nell Carter and Debbie Allen what Broadway was all about.

She went on to star in many regional productions of Ain't Misbehavin', as well as, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Sing Mahalia Sing and The Hattie McDaniel Story, in which she starred.

When not performing, Vivian gives back to her native Brooklyn, NY by teaching theater to underprivileged children.


Inger Burton – Charlaine

Inger is also a director, pianist and composer.

Her theatrical credits include Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, which was performed at New York's Lincoln Center, the national tour of On Sunday, I Am Somebody, as well as regional productions of Leader Of The Pack, Pippin, Grease and Godspell, her favorite musical.

Her television credits include The Guiding Light, Everyday With Joan Lunden and New York At Night With Clint Holmes. She currently travels the country with the pop/jazz/Motown vocal group, All Four Fun, who have opened for Gregory Hines, The Four Tops and Donna Summer...

Inger splits her theatrical career with her long term commitment to young people in the arts. She is proud of her six years as the theatre chairman at the famed Harlem School of the Arts.


Ron Lucas - Associate Producer - Andre

In addition to supervising all aspects of the day to day operations of Irving Street Rep., Ron has been instrumental in organizing the 2000 through 2005 productions of the McDonald’s Gospelfest.

As an actor, Ron performed the role of John in Miss Saigon in Stuttgart, Germany and just returned from performing in Madame Butterfly and has been seen across the country in countless productions of Jesus Christ Superstar as Judas. He also starred in the world premiere production of Bingo Long, a musical version of the movie about the Negro baseball leagues.

Ron has been in films, videos and soap operas. His other credits include regional productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Five Guys Named Moe, The Elegance Of Ellington, Hair, Godspell, Sophisticated Ladies and as Billy Eckstein in Mr. B. Changed The Key.

Ron also tours his one-man show, The Nat King Cole Songbook.


Martine Allard - Nell

Martine appeared on Broadway for the first time at age 13 in The Tap Dance Kid. She received a 1984 Theatre World Award and 1984 Tony Award nomination for her role. In 1986, the Helen Hayes Foundation and the NAACP Image Award nominated Martine for Best Supporting Actress in a touring musical theatre show.

Martine studied at the Boston Conservatory and The University Of Nevada Las Vegas, where she majored in Classical Voice, Opera Theatre and Jazz Performance. She is an accredited vocal instructor and a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Fraternity.


Derrick L. Baker – Ken

A native of Rahway, New Jersey, and a graduate of Westminster Choir College, Derrick has been seen across the country in productions of Ain't Misbehavin’, Five Guys Named Moe, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Cotton Club, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Chorus Line and The Wiz.

His talents have taken him all over Europe touring in A MUSICAL REVUE. A gifted dancer, Derrick is also co-founder of New Jersey’s Mystic Vision Players, which brings dance to local schools.


Darius Frowner, Musical Director

Darius Frowner is a musical director and pianist from New York City. He is an award winning cabaret performer and plays regularly at the Duplex in Greenwich Village. Darius frequently collaborates with Broadway performers from shows, such as, “Rent”, “The Lion King” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Often donating his talent for worthy causes, he recently performed at The United Nations, and appears with Joan Rivers at benefit engagements. He has taught children at a performing arts school and works regularly at NYU.

Many audiences in the United States and Europe have seen his work on Broadway tours of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and in various projects with Irving Street Rep. Other shows include “A Chorus Line”, “Chicago”, “Fame” and “Jelly’s Last Jam”, which will be filmed for HBO.

Along with performing, Darius enjoys the whole process involved in creatively entertaining the audience. He is a member of Artbeat’s Board of Directors. Darius’ wish – you have a good time!

 

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