Joanna Topetzes One-third of the theatre production company MarKolTop Productions, is award-winning TV and film producer Joanna Topetzes. Also in the company are fellow Greek Constantine Maroulis(Broadway star and American Idol Alum) and Diego Kolankowsky. If you look at the name MarKolTop, you’ll see a sprinkle of Maroulis, Kolankowsky, and Topetzes! In 2015, Topetzes, with MarKolTop, was on the producer team of a Broadway revival of the musical Spring Awakening. For the first time on Broadway, the entire show was performed in both English and American Sign Language. The cast included eight deaf actors, including Marlee Matlin. The production earned them a 2016 Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Musical, along with nominations for Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, all for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.
Constantine Germanacos: Broadway will soon debut the live stage production of the 1997 hit cartoon animated film, Anastasia. Currently playing the roles of both Tsar Nicholas II and Count Ipolltov is Constantine Germanacos. Anastasia played from May to June in Hartford, CT and will debut on Broadway in March. Germanacos’ other roles on stage include being in the Ensemble in Broadway’s Revival of Evita in 2012, and regional productions of The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Evan Pappas: February’s edition of “5 Greeks” featured Constantine Pappas, a young and upcoming performer, but this month we turn our attention to his theo/uncle: Evan Pappas. He’s a veteran of the stage, with both credits in performing and directing. Most recently, he directed Evita in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Pappas’ Broadway performances include: Britt Craig in Parade, Benjy Stone in My Favorite Year. This is just the tip of the iceberg though; his list of credits are extensive! For all of the big-time Broadway fans, it is critical to mention his performance in A Chorus Line. He was the replacement for Roy, and he also understudied the roles of Al, Douglas, Larry, and Paul. Pappas experience with A Chorus Line leads us to wonder… perhaps he could make it a one-man show? If anyone could do it, it would be him!
Andrea Andresakis: “Triple threats”, step aside, Andrea Andresakis holds five distinguished credits to her name… Director, Choreographer, Teaching Artist, Dance Instructor, and Performer. Andresakis has performed in Oklahoma! with Agnes DeMille’s original choreography, The Nutcracker with George Balanchine’s original choreography, The King and I with Jerome Robbins’ original choreography, and many more. Directing credits range from Regional to Off-Broadway to National Tours. She has choreographed for productions throughout the U.S. including The Fantasticks, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aida, Big River, and Brigadoon. Having worked with such stage notables as Robbins and Balanchine, it is no wonder she has such a full and successful resume. For more info, visit andresakis.com.
Jim Poulos: Just as A Chorus Line is synonymous with Broadway hits, so is Rent. A California native, Jim Poulos starred in Rent as the lead, Mark Cohen. Another special credit on Poulos’ resume is that he originated the role of Huckleberry Finn in Broadway’s production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Another seasoned performer, Poulos has also been in national tours and regional productions. To name a few, he played the lead Seymour in a national tour of The Little Shop of Horrors and Sir Robin in Spamalot and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet (both regional productions). For more information, visit jimpoulos.com.
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