ERIC B. ANTHONY (IMDB)
Eric began performing professionally at age 14. He made his Broadway debut in The Lion King, and went on to the Broadway casts of Hairspray and Mary Poppins. Some of his favorite theatre roles are Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, Billy in Bronco Billy: The Musical, CC White in Dreamgirls, Puck in Midsummer Night, Scarecrow in The Wiz, Young Jelly in Jelly’s Last Jam, Seaweed in Hairspray, Donovan in Something Happened, and Asa in bonded. Eric grew up performing in Baltimore City at the Arena Players Inc., the oldest African-American Community Theatre in America; and studied musical theater at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, receiving the Spirit of Carver Award upon graduating. Eric received the Eubie Award from the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center for his achievement in the Arts. He was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts finalist, after being awarded a Level 1 Theatre Award from the YoungArts foundation; also, a Gold Medal recipient in the NAACP ACT-SO competition. Eric is an Ovation, NAACP Theatre, Broadway World, Scenie, and Eddon Award winner! Since moving to Los Angeles, Eric has performed at The Wallis, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Pantages Theatre, Long Beach Opera, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Skylight Theatre, and twice at the Hollywood Bowl. His feature film credits include I’ll Be Watching, Coffee House Chronicles, Waiting in the Wings, and Sexina. Television credits include The Affair and Tosh.0. Eric believes in giving back to his community, and has partnered with programs that allow him to work with inner-city children in LA, and also in his hometown of Baltimore. He teaches acting to underprivileged students, and reads to children for the SAG-AFTRA LA BookPALS program; also, mentors with Engage The Vision.
Eric thanks his family and friends for their unconditional love and support. He gives all glory and honor to GOD for everything in his life. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and the NAACP. Stay in touch with him on all social media platforms @EricBAnthony
Patrick Batiste is an American actor, singer and performer, born and raised in Berkeley, California. At an early age he found his passion for entertainment by singing all of Michael Jackson’s songs and memorizing all of his dance moves as he had “Michael Jackson: Number Ones” on DVD. At the age of 10 he was cast as the Scarecrow in a production of the “The Wiz” at the Black Repertory Group Theater in Berkeley and in order to prepare for the role he memorized every word and mannerism of Michael’s from the movie. Patrick is Michael Jackson’s self proclaimed biggest fan!
A couple of years later, he received a scholarship to the Young Musicians Program at U.C. Berkeley where he was trained as a vocalist and musician. He went on to star in all of his high school plays and musicals and it became clear that acting and performing would be a lifelong dedication. When he was 16 years old, Patrick secured his talent representation in San Francisco and Los Angeles and began auditioning and booking jobs in both markets, juggling both High School curriculum and basketball practice with flights and trains to Los Angeles for auditions. Before High School graduation he had a couple of national commercials and a co- star on an NBC TV show under his belt, giving great momentum for when he moved to Los Angeles.
He attended California State University, Northridge to further his education and network while simultaneously pursuing his acting career; he graduated with a BA in Theatre and a Minor in Music (vocal performance focus). He has since shot over thirty union commercials, starred and co-starred in various shorts and feature films and is proud to be a working actor for the majority of his life, many thanks to SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association!
Over the past eight years Patrick has been a proud company member with the Independent Shakespeare Company and has performed in front of more than 250,000 Angelenos in the Griffith Park Shakespeare festival. Credits include: Macbeth, Knight of the Burning Pestle, Tempest, Anita Berber is Dead!, Twelfth Night, Pericles, Mid-Summer Nights Dream, Titus Andronicus, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure For Measure,Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing; he sends many thanks to David and Melissa for believing in him. Other favorite stage credits include: Ragtime (3D Theatricals), Parade (3D Theatricals) Hair the Musical (Tribe Prod) other credits can be found on his IMDB page. He is looking forward to further elevating his craft and abilities and can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Patrick sends LOVE to family and friends, especially his mother Stacey and God, without which none of the previous words would be possible. IG: PatB2Real
That HIStory music video box set had such a hold on me and my cousins. I’ll never forget that embossed golden portrait of Michael— is he a mere man? Maybe something more? Thanks to this show, I finally understand.
Dennis’s recent credits include Come Get Maggie with Rogue Machine, NCIS (CBS), and the Emmy-nominated Book of Queer (Discovery+)
ANDREW ABLESON (Official Website)
(Vikh-Tah, Indiana Citizen/KKK Leader, Frank DiLeo)
Ableson, is a U.S. T.V. regular, and English native. Resume highlights include:
TV: Oscar’s Hotel, Great News, NCIS Los Angeles, The Shield, Kickin’ It, Will & Grace, Joan of Arcadia and Las Vegas
Theatre: West coast award-winning premieres of End Days, Shopping & Fucking, Pulitzer-nominated Orsons’ Shadow, The Threepenny Opera, The Beastly Bombing, This, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Big Bang, and Haywire!.
Film: By The Soles Of Our Feet, Dirty Girl, Caffeine, The Gymnast, The Polar Express, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Thor, The Dark World
Voice: ‘Valmont’ in Jackie Chan Adventures, Gnomeo & Juliet, Speed Races, Thor, multiple Pirates Of The Caribbean movies, Get Smart, also numerous games, and commercials.
Commercial: Emmy-award winning spot for NFL Fox, National spots for Apple, Mini, Arby’s, Jack In The Box, Ford, Microsoft, Lexus, and the award-winning Cingular spot with Chewbacca.
(Jermaine Jackson, Pepsi Pyro, Understudy for Michael Jackson)
Trecey Dory has been a performer in some capacity for almost his entire life, learning how to dance and play piano when he was a child. He became interested in acting at age 12 when he took classes with instructor Jennifer Heath at John Burroughs Middle School. He then joined Amazing Grace Conservatory and studied under Wendy Raquel Robinson and Denise Dowse. Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts is where he studied the bulk of his acting, and was exposed to August Wilson, who would become his favorite playwright. He then participated in the August Wilson Monologue Competition, where he became a Regional Finalist. After he graduated in 2016, Trecey decided to venture into the professional world and landed an ensemble role in Whittier Community Theater’s Beauty and the Beast. He then became a founding member of The Wallis Youth Theater Company, (now called The Wallis Studio Ensemble) where he helps create work to promote social change. His credits with the ensemble include Word of Mouth, Thebes, Disposable, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and S.O.S. His most recent performance may have scared you at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, where he played Frankenstein’s Failed Experiment in the maze “Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman!”
DANIELE GAITHER (IMDB)
(Sann-Dhaa, Hazel, Emmanuel Lewis)
Daniele Gaither once road-tripped to Santa Maria to be a spectator for The People of the State of California v Michael Joe Jackson.
Credits include The Great North, Battle Kitty, The Woman Across The House Across the Street from The Girl in The Window, Mad About You, MADtv, The Thundermans, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Bojack Horseman, Angie Tribeca, 2 Broke Girl$, Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Soul Man, Let’s Be Real, Family Guy and American Dad.
She performs improv with The Black Version Show at the Groundlings Theatre and throughout the U.S. and Canada.
CRAIG GIBSON (IMDB)
(Second Lead Puppeteer, Puppet Technician)
Craig is an Oklahoma native and proud Chickasaw living it up in Los Angeles. He graduated with an M.F.A. in Act- ing from the California Institute of the Arts, and now gets to use his performance skills to share science and enter- tainment about extant and extinct creatures at the Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits.
JACKSON JANOWICZ (Official Website)
(Donny Osmond, Brooke Shields Tito/Marlon)
Jackson (like the Jacksons!) hails from the cornfields of Indiana. He was most recently in the Texas Premiere of the Tony Award-winning play The Inheritance (Parts 1 and 2) at ZACH Theatre. Another favorite credit of his was doing The Play That Goes Wrong at Florida Studio Theatre. Janowicz is a regular improviser at ComedySportz and FST Improv. He would like to thank his friends, family, the team, and E for their constant love and support!
PIP LILLY (IMDB)
Pip Lilly, a Scorpio from Peoria, IL is an actor and writer. This is not his first MJ send up as he parodied the singer in the Chicago production of The Roof is on Fiddler at Improv Olympic. Other credits include Frank TV, Butch Camp, Daughters of Legend, Barely Famous, and the web series Failing Upwards (which he also co-wrote). Stage credits include The Second City National Touring Company, The View Upstairs (West Coast Premiere), Showboat (National Tour, London), Joe’s Garage (World Premiere) and Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Chicago).
You can hear Pip weekly on his podcast The Shiznit on The Redrock Podcast Network.
JUSTIN ANTHONY LONG (Official Website)
(Donny Osmond, Tito/Marlon)
Justin Anthony Long (Donny Osmond) Just like the real Donny, Justin has worn Joseph’s fancy multicolored coat in four different productions of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, most recently with 3-D Theatricals. Some other credits include Mutt House (Center Theatre Group), The Brat Pack (For the Record), the musical parody of Stephen King’s It (Rockwell), and Martin Scorsese’s Oscar Nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street. Also a writer, some credits include Benjamin Franklin & the Legend of the Vajra (LiveReadLA), the musical web-series City of Dreams (NY Times, USA Today, Playbill), and the musical comedy Welcome to Shoofly (ASCAP/DreamWorks MT Workshop). Insta: @justinanthonylong
PARNELL DAMONE MARCANO
(Berry Gordy, Run-Saa; understudy for Joe Jackson)
Parnell Damone Marcano: Motown music has been a part of Parnell’s life since childhood. His family played it during household chores, at parties, etc. Fast forward to 1993, and the beginning of his years performing with Mary Wilson. He was now sharing the stage with the legends he had only seen on TV, or heard on the radio! The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas. The list goes on! Including being fortunate to also join Grammy winning legend, Thelma Houston, another Motown artist!
Parnell has worked in just about every entertainment medium there is. Film,TV, Concerts, Theater, Commercials, Print, Radio. Probably most know for his role as Carlton Cruise on the hit TV show, ” Greenleaf ” other series include: “Old Dogs and New Tricks”, “The Black Dawn”. He co-hosts the talk show “The Truth Behind The Truth ” on YouTube and Facebook Live. Theater: Dreamgirls, Ragtime, Hello Dolly, Fucking Men, Booty Candy. A long time member of AEA,SAG-AFTRA, and AGVA, Parnell is excited to join the wild ride that is For The Love Of A Glove!
JESSE MERLIN (IMDB)
(Vikh-Tah, Indiana Citizen/KKK Leader, Frank DiLeo)
Merlin was decapitated 200 times as Dr. Hill in Stuart Gordon’s “Re-Animator: The Musical” in LA, NYC, Edinburgh and Las Vegas, earning an Ovation Award nomination and rave review in the New York Times. NPR profiled him as “Mr. Horror Musicals.” Other roles include Hannibal in “Silence! The Musical,” the Old Priest in “Exorcistic” and the President in “The Beastly Bombing.” A former resident artist at Opera San José, he sang fifty roles in regional opera. He recently featured in several Panic! At the Disco videos including “Viva Las Vengeance.” Film appearances include “Beyond The Gates.”
(Berry Gordy, Run-Saa)
Daniel Mills grew up in the Capital City of Washington, DC oftentimes the only black person in his classes, having spent his childhood in schools whiter than the Osmonds. As Daniel witnessed DC change from ‘Chocolate City’ to ‘The DMV’, he decided that it didn’t matter if his hometown was black or white as long as he could beat it out of there. He talked to the man in the mirror and made like a speed demon to sing and act in NYC and NJ while telling his family to just blame it on the boogie.
The boogie came as Daniel studied at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. From there he had the honor of singing with Valery Gergiev, Childish Gambino, and the privilege of twerking for Big Freedia. Daniel went on to produce the inaugural Georgetown U Kickback music festival with headliners The Knocks. Moving off the high of festival production, Daniel went back to the stage to perform in original musicals The Four Horsemen of the Funkpocalypse, Starry, and most recently Invisible directed by Marc Kudisch. You can constantly find him on the interwebz singing for the Thumpers of Twitch’s HyperRPG or in the background of TV shows, doing daring things like laying as a dead soldier at Halle Berry’s feet in Extant and laughing uproariously at Roastmaster General Jeff Ross and Jerry Minor’s performances in Netflix’s Historical Roast Special. But not at Ryan Pigg’s. He knows why.
(Kathrine Jackson, Jackie Jackson, and Martha Quinn)
Suzanne hails from Oakland, California. When not channeling her inner Katherine Jackson, Suzanne Nichols teaches theatre to elementary students. She has studied theatre at ACT, as well as with Constance Tillotson, and has appeared in HAiR; Pope Joan; as The Lady in Red in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf; and as Eartha Kitt in My Name Is Eartha, But You May Call Me Miss Kitt. She was also in an episode of Room 104 on HBO, and is very proud to be a part of Julien Nitzberg’s amazing creation!
(Ayl-Aa, Corey Feldman; understudy for Jermaine Jackson, Hazel Gordy)
Terra Strong is an actor, singer and dancer. She started her career in entertainment at the illustrious School for Creative and Performing Arts high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since she was a pre-teen Terra has worked in professional regional and national theatre. Some of her credits include Timoune in Once of this Island, Lutiebelle in Ossie Davis’ Broadway Musical Purlie, Fats Waller’s Aint Misbehavin’, High School Musical and Hairspray. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Music at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN Terra started touring with the world-renowned Jimmy Church Showband as a headline singer and dancer for 5 years. New to LA, this year Terra received a nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series, in the 8x Emmy-Nominated web series Conversations in LA. She also starred in the feature film Zoombies 2 as the lead villain (*evil laugh*). Both titles available now on Amazon Prime.
(Donny Osmond and Ayl-Aa, Assistant Stage Manager)
Sasha Urban is a native New Yorker and recent graduate of the University of Southern California. There, he performed in productions of Cabaret, Fun Home and a staged reading of the new musical Rebel Genius from creator Matthew Puckett. He is also a drama graduate of LaGuardia High School in New York City. At USC, he directed the school’s annual drag show, in which he also performed under the name Annie Vaxxer. Outside of theater, he is a journalist with bylines in Variety, NBC and BuzzFeed News, as well as a drag artist at venues around Los Angeles. His favorite Michael Jackson song is Smooth Criminal, which is also his drag persona’s namesake.
AUSTIN LAINE WALKER
(Vikh-Tah and Sann-Dha)
Austin Laine Walker is a Southern-fried Florida Man born and raised in the dead center of the Sunshine State’s sun-drenched swamps. Since arriving to LA in 2016, this multitalented funny fat boy has produced podcasts at The Word Famous Comedy Store, portrayed the 45th President on Hollywood Boulevard, and appeared in [the background of] numerous television shows, most notably as The Stink King or Fatty in the Purple Hoodie on NBC’s Superstore. He’s presently penning his own puppet musical in collaboration with the infamously imprisoned Tiger King, Joe Exotic. Recipient of two best actor nominations for his work in the award-winning independent short film entitled Lizard, Austin is studying improv and sketch comedy at The Groundlings School in Los Angeles, where he hopes to break into the industry before going completely bald.
(Puppet Designer, Director, Lead Puppeteer)
Robin Walsh discovered puppets on her first day of college, and has never looked back. She’s on a constant search for puppet zen and loves proving that alternate realities exist – and creating them! She’s worked for Henson, Disney and the stop-motion company Screen Novelties. Commissions include puppetry for the Academy Awards, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Pacific Symphony, Stanford University’s Orchestra, and the Skirball Cultural Center. She’s performed at the O’Neill Theatre Center, both the Hollywood and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, as well as in Germany and China. Robin’s television and film work includes The Oscars, Men in Black, Team America, Captain Underpants, Family Guy, Whoopi’s Littleburg, and SpongeBob SquarePants. Other highlights include an Emmy nomination, receiving a Jim Henson Foundation Workshop Grant, working with Ray Harryhausen and decapitating the real Rudolph puppet from the Rankin/Bass classic animated holiday special. (In order to restore him!)