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Meet the Cast & Creative Team for ‘Christmas in Connecticut’

With the thrills and chills of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and The Rocky Horror Show behind us, our 2023-2024 Season journey continues into the holiday season. From December 1-16, Pioneer Theatre Company will bring Utah audiences Christmas in Connecticut—a new musical adaptation of the beloved 1945 Warner Brothers Film. PTC’s production is the second-ever staging of this new holiday classic and the only production of Christmas in Connecticut in the nation this holiday season!

From the bucolic paradise of her Connecticut farm, famed Smart Housekeeping columnist Liz Lane dishes out advice on marriage, cooking, and homemaking to eager housewives across the country. There are just a few small details of which her readers aren’t aware: Liz actually lives in a tiny New York City apartment, she has never been married, and she can’t cook. When a beloved war hero (and fan of Liz’s column) is invited by Liz’s publisher to Christmas on the nonexistent farm, a musical comedy of errors ensues!

The Cast

Featured in the cast are PTC alums Gerry McIntyre* (A Christmas Carol, also Director/Choreographer for this season’s Bonnie & Clyde) as Alexander Yardley; Jamen Nanthakumar* (Mary Stuart, Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley) as Mario De Luca; as well as ensemble members Andy Frank* (A Christmas Story – The Musical, Hello, Dolly!); Tyler Symone* (A Christmas Story – The Musical); Evan Latta (The Rocky Horror Show, The Prom); Lila Prince (The Rocky Horror Show, The Prom); and Myles Tracy (Hello, Dolly!, Mamma Mia!).

Making their respective PTC debuts are David Girolmo* (Broadway’s War Paint and Candide) as Felix Bassenak; Tiffany Denise Hobbs* (Waitress on Broadway, The Lion King National Tour) as Gladys Higgenbottom; Alyse Alan Louis* (Broadway’s Amélie, Mamma Mia!) as Liz Sandor; Christian Magby* (The Flash on The CW, One Night in Miami on Amazon) as Jefferson Jones; Eric William Morris* (Broadway’s King Kong, Coram Boy) as Victor Beecham; Linda Mugleston* (Broadway’s The Music Man, My Fair Lady) as Norah O’Connor; RJ Vaillancourt* (Saint Joan at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon) as Dudley Beecham; and ensemble member Sophia Campagna (The Lighting Thief at the U).

An image featuring headshots for the Christmas in Connecticut actors.

The Creative Team

Christmas in Connecticut features lyrics by Jonathan Larson Award recipient Amanda Yesnowitz, music by Grammy and Emmy Award winner Jason Howland (composer of Paradise Square and Little Women—not to mention a PTC alum as Musical Supervisor/Orchestrator on the world premiere of Shucked), and a book by Emmy Award winner Patrick Pacheco and celebrated entertainment journalist Erik Forrest Jackson.
With over 40 Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional directing credits, Shelley Butler returns to PTC having previously directed Mary Stuart and The Dust People (2023 Play-by-Play Series). Butler is joined on the Creative Team by Musical Director/Conductor Helen Gregory; Choreographer (and PTC Artistic Director) Karen Azenberg; Scenic & Costume Designer Lex Liang; Lighting Designer Robert Aguilar; Sound Designer Aaron Hubbard; and Hair & Makeup Designer Cynthia Johnson. James O. Hansen* is Production Stage Manager.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


Tickets for Christmas in Connecticut are now on sale via the link below or by calling the Pioneer Theatre Company Box Office at 801-581-6961. Tickets for patrons in grades K-12 are half-price Monday through Thursday.

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