Blue Cross Blues

Book  |  Ed Levy

Music & Lyrics  |  Neil Radisch

 

CAST

Bill Kornspan  |  Lance Roberts

Michelle Kornspan  |  Karen Mason

Operator  |  Ann Harada

The Bill Collector  |  Alan H. Green

Jack/Hold Voice  |  Andy Roninson

Alice  |  Sierra Rein

MUSICIANS

Digital Instruments  |  Andrew Fox

Flute  |  Mitzy Colletes

Saxophones  |  Robby Wingfield

Trumpets  |  Pierce Yamaoka

Trombone  |  Kenneth Johnson

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director/Casting/Editing  |  Christopher Michaels

Music Supervisor/Music Director/Host  |  Jonathon Lynch

Orchestrator/Sound Design/Tracking/Editing |  Andrew Fox

Assistant Audio Engineer  |  Evan Feist

Mixing & Mastering  |  Jay Rosen

Executive Producers  |  Christopher Michaels & Jeremy Terry

General Manager  |  Jeremy Terry

RELEASE DATE

Monday, October 19th, 2020

SYNOPSIS

Bill and his wife, Michelle, are just a normal American couple who must go up "against the man" to get what they are owed... a reimbursement check for his insurance claim. But as anyone who has had insurance knows, that's anything but easy! In this charming and hilarious satirical send-up of our healthcare system, we journey with Bill as he attempts to get through to customer service, navigate billing codes, and dodge bill collectors all in hopes of one day receiving that $10,000 check!

MUSICAL NUMBERS

"How Hard Can It Be?"  |  Bill

"Waiting #1"  |  Bill, Michelle

"Billing Codes"  |  Operator, Jack, Alice, Ensemble

"Waiting #2"  |  Bill, Michelle

"Pay The Bill"  |  Supervisor

"Waiting #3"  |  Bill, Michelle

"Government Healthcare"  |  Bill, Michelle, Ensemble

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WRITER PHOTOS & BIOS

ED LEVY - (Book - Blue Cross Blues)
ED LEVY - (Book - Blue Cross Blues)

Ed wrote the book for BLUE CROSS BLUES and has also written the libretto and lyrics for BYSTANDER (Hudson Guild Theater, 2017). He wrote the book and lyrics for UNCOMFORTABLE SEX (Players Theater Short Play Festival, 2017). He has had 3 short musicals produced at Lincoln Center Across a Crowded Room, 2017 and 2015). And he wrote PICKET LINE, 1936 (2018), produced by the ATHE. Ed studied lyric writing at the BMI Workshop. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild and BMI.

NEIL RADISCH (Music/Lyrics - Blue Cross Blues)
NEIL RADISCH (Music/Lyrics - Blue Cross Blues)

Neil is a composer, songwriter, arranger and orchestrator. Credits include sequencing engineer for THE WITCHES OF VENICE by Phillip Glass, composer for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Players Club of Swarthmore), composer for THE DON JUAN AND THE NON-DON JUAN (Vineyard Theater), orchestrations for Kit Goldstein's THE NOSE (Master Theater, Brooklyn) and THE WRONG BOX (Theater for the New City), and songwriting, arranging and orchestrating for The Mask and Wig Club of The University of Pennsylvania.

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CAST & MUSICIAN PHOTOS & BIOS

LANCE ROBERTS (Bill)
LANCE ROBERTS (Bill)

Original Bway Casts: PEEWEE HERMAN ON BROADWAY (King of Cartoons), SISTER ACT, GHOST, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF w/ Scarlett Johansson, ACT ONE, SUNSET BOULEVARD, and MY FAIR LADY. Also the closing cast of FINDING NEVERLAND. He co-starred with Steven Pasquale and Leslie Kritzer in THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM (cast album available). TV/Film: THE GOOD FIGHT, POSE, FBI: MOST WANTED, NEW AMSTERDAM, ELEMENTARY, THE AFFAIR, LAW & ORDER: SVU, NURSE JACKIE, WILL & GRACE and more. YouTube.com/broadwayscalling

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KAREN MASON (Michelle)
KAREN MASON (Michelle)

Bway: HAIRSPRAY (Velma von Tussle), WONDERLAND (Queen of Hearts), SUNSET BOULEVARD (Norma Desmond; Broadway/Los Angeles), JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY, TORCH SONG TRILOGY, PLAY ME A COUNTRY SONG, and MAMMA MIA (Original Tanya; 2002 Drama Desk nom). Other Theatre: LOVE NEVER DIES (Mme. Giry; North American Premier Tour), CARNIVAL (Drama Desk nom). 14-time MAC Award Winner; 2006 Nightlife Award Winner (Major Female Vocalist); Three Bistro Awards. TV: Law & Order: SVU; Law & Order. KarenMason.com

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ANN HARADA (Operator)
ANN HARADA (Operator)

Bway: AVENUE Q (Christmas Eve; also West End. CINDERELLA (Charlotte) LES MISERABLES, (Mme. Thenardier), 9 TO 5, SEUSSICAL, and M.BUTTERFLY. Off-Bway: EMOJILAND, PACIFIC OVERTURES, BROOKLYNITE, DROPPING GUMBALLS ON LUKE WILSON. TV: SMASH, BLUE BLOODS, HOUSE OF CARDS, MASTER OF NONE, YOUNGER, 30 ROCK, THE GOOD WIFE, JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW. Nominated: 2020 Indie Series Award (Best Guest Supporting Actress) for INDOOR BOYS. Film: SISTERS, HOPE SPRINGS, ADMISSION. Twitter: @annharada Insta: @iamannharada

ALAN H. GREEN (The Bill Collector)
ALAN H. GREEN (The Bill Collector)

Broadway: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, SCHOOL OF ROCK, SISTER ACT, PLAY ON!. First National Tours: 25TH ANNUAL...SPELLING BEE, SWING!, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE. International: MISS SAIGON. TV: ALMOST FAMILY, UNFORGETTABLE, MURPHY BROWN, 30 ROCK, LAW AND ORDER SVU, THE GUIDING LIGHT. And lots of National Commercials. He is a proud graduate of Rice University where he received a B A in Vocal Performance. He is also a Deacon at Metro Baptist Church NYC. IG:@alanhgreen | www.alanhgreen.com

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ANDY RONINSON (Jack, Hold Voiceover)
ANDY RONINSON (Jack, Hold Voiceover)

Andy Roninson is a composer-lyricist. 2019 Jonathan Larson Grant, 2019-2020 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, 2017 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project participant. BMI Workshop: Harrington Award, Robert B. Sherman Scholarship. Creator/Host/Co-Writer of TAKE A TEN, the all-original ten-minute musical podcast, featuring Broadway talent like Laura Osnes, George Salazar, Rob McClure, and more. TakeATenMusicals.com for all episodes. For more, AndyRoninson.com.

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SIERRA REIN (Alice, Ensemble)
SIERRA REIN (Alice, Ensemble)

Sierra appeared in IndieWorks’ SAXE & THE CITY in 2019 and has been seen waving wands, swords, and tentacles for Disney Cruise Line, and as a villainous singing Russian in the film BETTER DEAD THAN RED. She is a founding member of vocal group Marquee Five and her solo show RUNNING IN PLACE garnered her Bistro and MAC Awards. Regional: WHITE CHRISTMAS (Mrs. Snoring Man; Ogunquit Playhouse), CITY OF ANGELS (Angel City 4/Donna-Oolie u/s; Goodspeed Opera). AEA/SAG-AFTRA. sierrarein.com | @sierrarein

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ANDREW FOX (Ensemble)
ANDREW FOX (Ensemble)

Andrew has a number of acting credits, including this episode.

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CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Ensemble)
CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Ensemble)

NYC: THE CHRISTIANS (Ensemble), Casper the Not-So-Friendly Ghost (Casper), THE WRONG BOX (Porter), THE NOSE (Cheif Crookakoff); Regional: BEAUTY & THE BEAST (LeFou), MY FAIR LADY (Zoltan Karpathy/Quartet), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Seymour), Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Nathan Leopold), The Boys In The Band (Emory), Damn Yankees (Rocky), H2$ (Gatch, Bud Frump U/S), BARE: A POP OPERA (Alan), SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, and CLOSER THAN EVER. @itscmikes | www.christophermichaels.nyc

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ERIN OECHSEL (Ensemble)
ERIN OECHSEL (Ensemble)

Erin is an actor, singer and comedy writer. Regional: CAMELOT, LES MISERABLES, THE LITTLE MERMAID (Drury Lane Theatre), THE WHEEL (Steppenwolf Theatre), MY FAIR LADY (Actors Theatre of Indiana). In 2012, she received the Kennedy Center Distinguished Acting Award for her performance in the musical, THE CIRCUS IN WINTER. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ball State University and is represented by Stewart Talent. AEA. erinoechsel.com | newbthewebseries.com | Instagram: @erin_oechsel

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JONATHON LYNCH (Ensemble)
JONATHON LYNCH (Ensemble)

A Chicago native and Northwestern University alum. Credits include DAMN YANKEES (Mickey, Young Joe u/s), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Ripper), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Nephew) w/ Metropolis Performing Arts Center; 1776 (Jefferson), JCS (Simon), and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Joseph) w/ American Eagle Productions; GREASE (Teen Angel) and SCROOGE! (Young Scrooge, Nephew) w/ Theatre at the Center as well as roles in LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE and THE CITY CLUB in NYC. jonathonlynchmusic.com

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YVETTE MONIQUE CLARK (Ensemble)
YVETTE MONIQUE CLARK (Ensemble)

The NYC native was recently seen in IndieWorks’ THE GIANT HOAX (Theatre Row). International Tour: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell); National Tour: HAIRSPRAY (Motormouth Maybelle; NETworks), SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (BJ; Gateway Playhouse). Regional: THE WIZ (Aunt Em, Evillene, Glinda; Oregon Shakespeare Festival), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Calpurnia; Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre), GUN AND POWDER (Sissy; Signature Theatre). SAG-AFTRA and AEA. yvettemoniqueclark.com | IG: @divaofthedemic

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PRODUCTION TEAM PHOTOS & BIOS

CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Executive Producer/Director/Casting/Editing)
CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Executive Producer/Director/Casting/Editing)

Founder/Artistic Director of IndieWorks Theatre Co. Select directing credits: CASPER, THE NOT-SO-FRIENDLY GHOST, SONGS FROM A HAT, EMPTY FRAMES, THE GIANT HOAX, THE COMMUTERS... (nom: Best Musical; Winner: Best Director, Strawberry Theatre Fest), CLOSER THAN EVER, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, VANITIES, OKLAHOMA!, INTO THE WOODS, TWO BOYS IN A BED ON A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT, SAXE AND THE CITY. Film: VALLEY HIGH (based on the song by Drew Gasparini).

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JONATHON LYNCH (Producer/Music Supervisor/Host)
JONATHON LYNCH (Producer/Music Supervisor/Host)

Credits include music director and dance arranger for The City Club (Minetta Lane), assistant music director and copyist for FINDING NEVERLAND (NYC workshop), faculty music director at AMDA, and music director for several Chicago venues. He wrote words and music for THE BAROQUE CYCLE (Bruno Walter Auditorium) and THE TURING TEST (Gallery Players), and music for NEWB (webseries score), and ¡CANTA! (album). Jonathon is a Northwestern University and BMI workshop alum. jonathonlynchmusic.com.

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ANDREW FOX (Producer/Orchestrator/Sound Design/Tracking/Editing)
ANDREW FOX (Producer/Orchestrator/Sound Design/Tracking/Editing)

Andrew's theatrical and concert orchestrations include STARKID: HOMECOMING (featuring Darren Criss), Matthew Hardy’s VIRTUOSO (premiering in Poznan Fall 2020), Justin Roberts' HANSEL AND GRETEL, Starkid's TWISTED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF A ROYAL VIZIER, and FOREVERMAN (Winner 2012 NYMF Awards for Excellence, Outstanding Orchestration). Andrew has co-produced multiple cast recordings, including TWISTED and HANSEL AND GRETEL. www.AndrewFoxMusic.com

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JAY ROSEN (Mixing & Mastering)
JAY ROSEN (Mixing & Mastering)

Audio engineer and music maker who plays piano, guitar, pedal steel guitar, and other instruments. He honed his craft as an engineer at Ithaca College and as a freelance engineer around Philadelphia, then added work as a musician for theater and other media in New York, Philadelphia, and more. He can be heard on IndieWorks' studio recording of VALLEY HIGH, on record with Rachel Andie and the V Element (Tu Me Manques), Emily Drinker (Run the Race EP, more in 2020-21), and more. jrosen476.com

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EVAN FEIST (Assistant Audio Engineer)
EVAN FEIST (Assistant Audio Engineer)

Evan ran the audio production company Stacks of Wax, spontaneous songwriting & vocal improv courses (Creative Vocal Lab), was Content Director for the world’s first all-vocal TV channel, FloVoice, coached for NBC’s THE VOICE, and scouted for AMERICA’S GOT TALENT. Evan teaches a cappella, runs sound for a cappella groups, and produces content/digital media strategies for bands/ festivals. Awards: “Best Arrangements/Orchestration”, “Best Musical Direction” for A CAPPELLA: THE MUSICAL (NYMF 2015).

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JEREMY TERRY (Executive Producer/General Manager/1st AD)
JEREMY TERRY (Executive Producer/General Manager/1st AD)

Jeremy serves as the Managing Director for IndieWorks, whose inaugural mainstage production premiered this past year with THE GIANT HOAX (Theatre Row). Jeremy has also served as a Producer and GM for IndieWorks’ Annual Summer Cabaret Series. Additional producing and management work includes THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING at Minnesota Fringe Festival, the D&D inspired improv show THE CAMPAIGN, and the short film VALLEY HIGH, based on the song by Drew Gasparini.

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