John Banvard portrait by Matt Schatz
In the 1850s, John Banvard did more to elevate fine arts than any American artist before him. Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world and the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile-long moving panorama celebrating the majesty of the Mighty Mississippi. Today, an examination of reference books will not turn up a single mention of his name. John Banvard, the greatest artist of his time, has been utterly obliterated by history. This musical tells his story.
JILLIAN LOUIS (Elizabeth) is delighted to be back @NYMF & back on the Mississippi with this marvelous team! Previous NYMF: 6 productions, 2 workshops, 2 Outstanding Performance awards. Bway: It Shoulda Been You (Rebecca/Annie u/s), Off-Bway: Soul Doctor (Ruth); Tour: Cheers (Diane); NYC/ Regional: Walnut Street/Tour: Glass Menagerie (Laura), Ars Nova, Theatre for the New City, American Theatre Group, St. Louis Rep, The York, Symphony Space, North Shore, Denver Center, TheatreWorks, The Prince, The Arden, Florida Studio Theatre, many others! TV/film: Show Me A Hero, Mount Joy, Louie, Ophelia Descending ('17). IG:@JillianLouski FB:@JillianLouisArtist jillianlouis.com
P.J. GRIFFITH is thrilled to return to NYMF, where he was previously seen in A Scythe Of Time and But I'm A Cheerleader. Broadway: American Idiot (St. Jimmy). Off Broadway: Giant at The Public (Jett Rink), Sleep No More, Romeo & Juliet at La Mama. Tours: We Will Rock You and Mamma Mia. Regional: Assassins at Yale Rep, World Premiere of Georama at Repertory Theater of St. Louis, the Donmar Warehouse/Mark Taper Forum Revival of Parade, Rent at Musical Theatre West, Giant at DTC, the LA Revival of The Who's Tommy, the World Premiere of Setup and Punch at The Blank Theater (for for which he received the 2010 LA Drama Critics Circle Award) and Macbeth at LATC. Film & TV: Jessica Jones, Gotham, The Good Wife, The Mysteries of Laura, The Dark Knight Rises, Without A Trace, House MD, Easter Mysteries. Graduate of NYU's Tisch School of The Arts.
RANDY BLAIR (Taylor): Broadway: Amelie. Off-Broadway: The Black Crook (Abrons Arts Center), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), Adding Machine (Minetta Lane), Haute Mess (Ars Nova), Spidermusical (Mint Theater), Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (Barrow Street). Regional: Berkeley Rep, St. Louis Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Weston Playhouse, New York Stage and Film. Film/TV: "Law & Order," "Strangers with Candy," "Naked Brothers Band," Afterwards, creative consultant on "Billy on the Street." Training: NYU.
NICK SULLIVAN (Chapman) has worked extensively on Broadway and at many theaters throughout the U.S. His television credits include The Good Wife, The Affair, Madame Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, BrainDead, Alpha House, Royal Pains, All My Children, Reading Rainbow, and all three Law and Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother, Prison Song, and Puccini for Beginners. Nick has recorded over four hundred audiobooks, is an Audie winner, and has received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.