Funny Girl

Ana Gasteyer (Fanny Brice) is best known for her incomparable work on "Saturday Night Live." During her six year stint, she created some of the most famous SNL characters including middle school music teacher Bobbie Moughan-Culp, NPR radio host Margaret Jo, Jonette of the fictitious pop duo "Gemini's Twin" and hilarious impressions of Martha Stewart, Celine Dion and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Following her run in Eve Ensler's acclaimed Off-Broadway hit The Vagina Monologues and her triumphant Broadway debut as "Columbia" in The Rocky Horror Show, she has continued her work on the New York stage, recently starring in Manhattan Theatre Club's hit production of Kimberly Akimbo by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Other theatrical credits include the national tour of The Real Live Brady Bunch and productions of The Odyssey and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (both directed by Mary Zimmerman). Last fall, she co-starred in the one-night-only, star-studded Funny Girl Actors Fund benefit concert. Prior to joining SNL, Gasteyer honed her comedy skills at The Groundlings, the famed Los Angeles improv-sketch comedy group. On film, Ana has been seen in "What Women Want" with Mel Gibson, "Woman on Top," "Dick," "What's the Worst that Could Happen?" opposite John Leguizamo and Martin Lawrence and the upcoming Garry Marshall film "Raising Helen." Other television credits include "Frasier," "Just Shoot Me," "3rd Rock from the Sun," "NYPD Blue," "Law & Order," "Party of Five," "Seinfeld" (the 'Soup Nazi' episode), "Live with Regis" as guest host and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" as guest host. Ms. Gasteyer is a graduate of Northwestern University where she studied voice.

Robert Cuccioli (Nick Arnstein) is in his fourth season with the Pittsburgh CLO. Acting credits with the company: Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing and Guys and Dolls. In addition, he made his CLO directorial debut last season with Jekyll & Hyde. Mr. Cuccioli earned a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony® Award nomination in 1997 for his portrayal of Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego, Mr. Hyde, in the Broadway production of the musical thriller Jekyll & Hyde. Mr. Cuccioli garnered Chicago's prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award during Jekyll & Hyde's national tour. He made his directorial debut in 2001 with Jekyll & Hyde at The Westchester Broadway Theatre and recently The Glass Menagerie at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Mr. Cuccioli made his Broadway debut as Javert in Les Misérables in 1993. Off-Broadway: And The World Goes 'Round (Outer Critics Circle Award), The Rothschilds, Gigi, Enter the Guardsman, Señor Discretion and most recently Temporary Help. US and Canadian Tour: Lancelot in Camelot, starring Richard Harris. Regional credits: Funny Girl, Victor/Victoria, Oklahoma!, Lend Me A Tenor, Jesus Christ Superstar and 1776 at The Paper Mill Playhouse; Fiction (World Premiere) and The School for Scandal at The McCarter Theatre; Anthony and Cleopatra at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis; The Secret Garden, Carnival!, A Little Night Music, Sons of Don Juan, Carousel, Phantom and Dorian (World Premiere). Feature films: Woody Allen's "Celebrity" and the independent film "The Stranger." Television: "Sliders," "Baywatch," "The Guiding Light."

Diane Findlay (Mrs. Brice) has recently returned from starring in the world premiere play Beacon Hill Book Club. She is delighted to once again perform at Pittsburgh CLO for her favorite director, Richard Sabellico. Ms. Findlay has appeared on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!. Off-Broadway: Company, DuBarry Was a Lady, Gay Divorce, Minnie's Boys, Broadway Scandals. She toured in the National Company of Promises, Promises and the International Company of 42nd Street. Television credits include "Law and Order" and appearancs in several daytime soap operas. Additional credits include leading roles in Anything Goes, A Little Night Music, Mame, Pajama Game, Odd Couple, Steel Magnolias, They All Laughed, Nunsense, No, No, Nanette and Dear World. Ms. Findlay is the recipient of the Las Vegas Female Performer of the Year Award for her work at the MGM Grand Hotel in the production </>Hallelujah Hollywood. She also garnered unanimous praises for the newly released CD, "A Bag of Popcorn and A Dream." Other recent CDs include "Broadway Scandals of 1928" and "Through My Eyes."

Jim Walton (Eddie Ryan) PCLO as Harry in My Fair Lady, Rooster Hannigan in Annie, Bobby Child in Crazy For You. PBS production of same. Broadway: The Music Man (2000 revival), Sweeney Todd (1989 revival) 42nd Street, Merrily We Roll Along. Off-Broadway: Closer Than Ever, Scrambled Feet, And the World Goes's Round and Don Brockett's, Big, Bad Burlesque. Co-wrote two musicals with brother, Bob Walton: My Brother's Keeper and Double Trouble.

Tim Hartman (Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.) Favorite roles include C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands, Don Quixote in the Man of La Mancha, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Miles Gloriosus and Senex in ..Forum, El Gallo and 24 characters in the one man show The Cotton Patch Gospel. Movie credits include "Incident in Baltimore," "The Piano Lesson" and "The Mothman Prophecies." For the last twenty years, Tim has been writing and performing assembly programs for school children all over Pennsylvania. Tim is also an illustrator and award-winning editorial cartoonist. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and books nationwide. www.timhartman.com

Jan Neuberger (Mrs. Strakosh) adds Funny Girl to her list of CLO favorites: Cinderella, 42nd Street, La Cage aux folles and Mame (Agnes Gooch). She is also familiar to Pittsburgh audiences from her warmly received portrayal of Penny in </>You Can't Take It With You, the Public's inaugural production at the O'Reilly Theatre under the direction of Ted Pappas. Elsewhere, Jan has done everything from Forbidden Broadway to Shakespeare's Henry IV. She and Mr. Sabellico made their Broadway debuts and a lifelong friendship in Gypsy; twenty-nine years later, he's still bossing her around.

Paul Palmer (Tom Keeney) With his appearance in this 2003 production of Funny Girl, Mr. Palmer marks his 25th season with CLO, dating back to 1975. During that time, this veteran character actor has appeared in 44 CLO summer shows, including an earlier production of Funny Girl during the 1979 season. Other CLO shows in which Mr. Palmer has appeared more than once include two productions each of Carousel, My Fair Lady, Kismet, West Side Story and Brigadoon as well as three productions each of Guys and Dolls and 1776. This one's for you, brother. Hope you're enjoying the show from your sky box seat. People whose lives you touched truly are "lucky people." You are missed.

Kathy Lash-Fuller (Emma) is delighted and proud to be performing once again in the talented ranks of CLO. A Pittsburgh actor for over 25 years, she counts among her favorite rolls: Maggie - 42nd Street - The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Reno - Anything Goes - West Virginia Public Theatre, Miss Hannigan - Annie - Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Gretchen in CLO's 1990 production of The Student Prince and Gwynne in CLO's 2001 Bells Are Ringing. Kathy sends all her love to her boys - William, Andy and Gavan.

Terry Wickline (Mrs. Meeker) is thrilled to be part of PCLO's summer season. Past PCLO credits include My Fair Lady (Mrs. Pearce), Crazy For You (Patricia Fodor), Bye, Bye Birdie (The Mayor's Wife), A Musical Christmas Carol (Mrs. Dilber and Mrs. Fezziwig) and Gallery of Heroes. Regional credits include The Music Man (Mrs. Shinn and Mrs. Paroo), Jekyll & Hyde (Lady Beaconsfield), Big River (Widow Douglas) and The Grapes of Wrath (Ma Joad). She was most recently seen at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre as Maria in Man of La Mancha and Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing.

Scott P. Sambuco (John, Stage Manager/Adolf) PCLO: My Fair Lady, Jamie; Annie, Bundles McCloskey/Bert Healy/Louis Howe; Guys and Dolls, Harry the Horse; Crazy For You, Junior; Bye, Bye Birdie, Shriner/Quartet; Grand Hotel, Georg Strunk; A Musical Christmas Carol. Pittsburgh Public Theater: ...Forum, Protean, HMS Pinafore - Dance Captain. Pittsburgh Musical Theater: The King and I, Kralahome; A Chorus Line, Al; The Fantasticks, Bellomy; Joseph..., Issacar; Grease, Eugene; West Side Story, Big Deal; Tommy 97/2001. Stages St. Louis: A Chorus Line, Al; La Cage..., Francis; Applause, Bert. WVPT: Hello, Dolly!, Ambrose Kemper; The Music Man, Marcellus; 1776, Charles Thompson.