THE NEW THEATRE PRESENTS
COME BLOW YOUR HORNNov 23rd 2022 - Feb 5th 2023
You’ll enjoy this show because:
Are you kidding? Hal Linden won 7 Emmy Award nominations for his work on BARNEY MILLER, one for each season the series ran. He can claim three Emmys and a Tony Award for BEST ACTOR. Sally Struthers won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her unforgettable role as Gloria Stivic in the groundbreaking sit-com ALL IN THE FAMILY. Rarely do you get the opportunity to see two timeless, legendary television icons on stage, in person in a classic stage comedy. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, theatrical comedy event!
With Four Tony’s, Four Academy Award nominations and a Pulitzer Prize, Neil Simon is the most prolific, celebrated and awarded playwright in the history of Broadway. This semi-autobiographical comedy was his first hit and launched his unprecedented career. COME BLOW YOUR HORN is about family and all the crazy, hilarious and wonderful things that happen when parents and their adult children get together.
It’s 1961, the era of The Twist and swinging bachelor pads. Alan Baker, a 30-ish single guy with time, money and women to spare, welcomes his
innocent and naïve baby brother Buddy into his den of iniquity while their horrified parents can only watch and overeat.
“A slick, lively, funny comedy” – NY Times
“explosively hilarious” – NY Post
Hal Linden* (Mr. Baker) is an American actor, singer and musician whose career has spanned more than 65 years. Linden is perhaps best known for his portrayal of police precinct captain Barney Miller in the hit series that aired on ABC from 1975-1982, earning multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his work.
Linden made his Broadway debut in 1957 in BELLS ARE RINGING. He later starred in the 1962 revival of ANYTHING GOES. He has performed in more than 20 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. His numerous stage credits include PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, ON GOLDEN POND, CHICAGO, CABARET, and THE ROTHSCHILDS, for which he won the 1971 Tony Award for Best Actor In A Musical.
Feature film credits include: Bells Are Ringing (1960), When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? (1979), Starflight One (1983), Out To Sea (1997) with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, A New Life (1988) with Alan Alda, and Time Changer in 2002. His most recent feature film, The Samuel Project, premiered in 2018. Linden starred in several more series for network television: Blacke’s Magic (1986), Jack’s Place (1992-93), and The Boys Are Back (1994). Numerous guest appearances include: Two Broke Girls, Hot In Cleveland, Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace, The Drew Carey Show, The Nanny, The King of Queens, Touched By An Angel, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: SVU. Linden has spent considerable time traveling the country with his show, Hal Linden In Concert. The set is an entertaining combination of songs and theatrical musings highlighting memorable moments from his life and career. He recently starred in the off-Broadway play Two Jews Talking, which was a Fall 2022 hit at the St. Clement’s Theatre. In 2011 Hal released his first CD, titled It’s Never Too Late. The disc, a labor of love that Linden recorded over a period of three decades, includes 14 tracks that range from classic pop to jazz standards, Broadway and feature film tunes and favorites from the American Songbook.
A classically trained clarinetist (he joined the musician’s union at 15), Linden played in dance bands before being drafted into the Army, where he sang and provided entertainment for the troops. He enrolled at New York’s American Theatre Wing where he trained in voice and drama. Linden was married for 52 years to his wife Frances, until her passing in 2010. They have four children.
Linden serves as spokesman for the Jewish National Fund.
Sally Struthers* (Mrs. Baker) is a two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner for her performance in the groundbreaking TV series ALL IN THE FAMILY. She starred in the Fox television series 9 TO 5 and her own CBS series GLORIA. She also recurred on the CBS comedy STILL STANDING and the CW network’s highly acclaimed GILMORE GIRLS. She joined the Gilmore cast for Netflix’s four movie limited revival, which premiered in the fall of 2016. She recently guest starred in the acclaimed IFC comedy series MARON. Ms. Struthers’ television movies include: A GUN IN THE HOUSE, AND YOUR NAME IS JONAH, THE GREAT HOUDINIS, HEY… I’M ALIVE, IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN, DEADLY SILENCE, MY HUSBAND IS MISSING, and INTIMATE STRANGERS. Sally co-starred in two legendary motion pictures in the 70s: FIVE EASY PIECES with Jack Nicholson and THE GETAWAY with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw. Sally’s first two Broadway forays were in WALLY’S CAFÉ with Rita Moreno and Jimmy Coco and Neil Simon’s female version of the ODD COUPLE with Brenda Vaccaro. For three years she starred as “Miss Mamie Lynch” on Broadway and on tour in the Tommy Tune production of GREASE. In the 20th Anniversary National Tour of ANNIE, Sally played the coveted role of “Miss Hannigan”. Sally was named Best Actress by the Los Angeles Artistic Director Theatre Awards for her role as “Louise Seger” in the musical ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE, a true story based on the relationship between Seger and Cline. She won the Ovation Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as “Agnes Gooch” in the Los Angeles production of MAME, and won a second Ovation Award for CINDERELLA. She also won a plaque for “Best Actress” in her 7th Grade Class Play. Additional starring theatre roles include regional productions of HELLO, DOLLY!, ANYTHING GOES, THE FIFTH OF JULY, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, THE FULL MONTY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, CHICAGO, ALL SHOOK UP, DROWSY CHAPERONE, 9 TO 5, BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, LEGALLY BLONDE, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, WITCHES OF EASTWICK, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, GRUMPY OLD MEN: THE MUSICAL, 42ND STREET, and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. For thirty years, Sally Struthers worked to help hungry children living in poverty. She visited these children in many developing countries, and filmed numerous public service announcements and documentaries on their behalf.
Craig Benton* (Alan Baker) joins his NTR family for another fun romp. For over 28 years, he’s been very blessed to work and play here with such stars at Don Knotts, Marion Ross, Jack Klugman, Michael Learned, Gavin MacLeod, Barbara Eden, George Wendt, Cindy Williams, Mike Farrell, Jamie Farr, Richard Kline, Garrett Morris, Marla Gibbs, Morgan Fairchild, Gary Sandy, Jim O’Heir, and Richard Karn among others. And of course some local KC legends too, including T. Max Graham, Kip Niven, Gary Holcombe, Jim Korinke, Deb Bluford, and the unsinkable Dodie Brown. Throw in Thomason, Brand, Rensenhouse, Robbins, Johnson, Cordes, Fritts, Errington, Blalock, Greer, Crawford, Weaver, Van, Vivian, Wright, Mays, Raider-Wexler, Megee, and Cathy Barnett and it’s basically a life-long master class in the craft! Hennessy, Carrothers, Fox and the Good Lord Above deserve Praise for making it all happen! If only he would have learned something from them… Thanks for being here and enjoy the show!
Tyler Ross* (Buddy Baker) COME BLOW YOUR HORN marks Tyler’s return to the stage in several years and he is honored to be among such an amazing cast. Film Credits: AMERICAN MILKSHAKE (Sundance), THE LOVERS (Tribeca), OFFICER DOWNE, HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY, HUM, PRINCESS CYD, NATE & MARGARET, THE WISE KIDS, LITTLE MEN, and SEARCHING FOR DAVID’S HEART. Television Credits: FBI: MOST WANTED, BATTLE CREEK, NCIS (CBS); WHAT/IF, THE KILLING (Netflix); 9-1-1 (FOX); VIDEOSYNCRAZY (HBO); ZOMBIELAND (Amazon Prime); BOSS (Starz); and MAJOR CRIMES (TNT).
Teagan Earley (Connie Dayton) is a passionate storyteller based out of Chicago. Recent acting credits include a residency at The Second City, Helena in MIDSUMMER, Judas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Lucille Frank in PARADE, and a co-star role on NBC’s CHICAGO FIRE. Concert credits include features alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno, and Todd Rundgren. And through her company, Sisters First, she is a proud investor on Tony Award winners SIX and CLYDE’S. She’d like to thank her family, partner, and representation Gray Talent Group for their fierce advocacy, and Claire Simon Casting, for introducing her to the fabulous New Theatre family. www.teaganearley.com
Kayla Frischkorn (Peggy Evans) is thrilled to be returning to her roots in the theatre after spending years in front of the camera! A native of Barrington Illinois, Kayla trained at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy before going on to work in feature film, commercial, and video productions throughout the United States and Canada. Kayla’s most recent work is in the upcoming Christopher Nolan film I GOT PROBLEMZ, premiering in New York this November. Kayla would like to thank her agents, Dorothee & Michelle, Mom & Dad for their endless love & support, and the entire cast and crew of COME BLOW YOUR HORN!
"u/s Mrs. Baker"
Jan Rogge* (u/s Mrs. Baker) is happy to be back working at NTR, where she was last seen in YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU. Other KC credits: world premiere of MOTHER/SON by Lewis Murrow (KC Melting Pot); THE PRICE, THE PESTS, NIGHT MOTHER, BLITHE SPIRIT, A LIE IN THE MIND, MY OLD LADY, GOOD PEOPLE, MARION BRIDGE, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (artistic member-Kansas City Actors Theatre); Queen Elizabeth in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, HAMLET and A WINTERS TALE (Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival); a world premiere, UNRELIABLE, (KC Repertory Theatre); SWEAT, TRIBES and OTHER DESERT CITIES (Unicorn Theatre); CASA VALENTINA (Spinning Tree Theatre).
"u/s Mr. Baker"
Evan Gamsu (u/s Mr. Baker) is excited to rejoin the New Theatre family for his 20th production. You may have seen him in FIDDLER, GUYS AND DOLLS, HELLO DOLLY, SOUTH PACIFIC, SOLID GOLD CADILLAC, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, CASH ON DELIVERY, GYPSY, and others. A former Stage Manager at Theatre For Young America, he has performed in three of their productions since Covid, as well as making his debut with Music Theatre Heritage in COMPANY, TITANIC, and CABARET. He has been in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE for Spinning Tree, and looks forward to his 26th year with the Dicken’s Carolers.
"u/s Buddy Baker"
Alec Bridges (u/s Buddy Baker) is thrilled to continue his work with New Theatre! Alec was last seen as Ensemble (Adam u/s) in NTR’s FREAKY FRIDAY. Other recent roles include Brad (double) in Padgett Production’s ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Tobias Ragg in Padgett Productions’ SWEENEY TODD, and The Cat in the Hat in LSC’s SUESSICAL. He would like to dedicate his work in this show to his Grandmother, Terry.
Leah Dalrymple (u/s Peggy) is a new KC resident and is honored to be welcomed by NTR in this wonderful production. Theatre credits: ALMOST, MAINE and KING LEAR (Rubicon Theatre Co.) THE WINTER’S TALE, THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN (American Studio Theatre), CARRIE: THE MUSICAL (M&W Theatre Co.), MEASURE FOR MEASURE (New American Theatre), THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, THE WINTER’S TALE (Shakespeare by the Sea), JULIUS CAESAR, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, HENRY V (Kingsmen Shakespeare Co.), MR. BURNS: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, CHAMBER MUSIC (California Lutheran University), PROMISES, PROMISES, and DRACULA (Moorpark College). She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from California Lutheran University.
"u/s Connie Dayton"
Mandy Morris (u/s Connie Dayton) Most recent KC credits: NTR: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, MAMMA MIA, SISTER ACT, CHICAGO, HAIRSPRAY, BUDDY HOLLY, SPELLING BEE, JOSEPH…, and GREASE; Coterie Theatre: BEAT BUGS and SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL; EGADS! Theatre: LYSISTRATA JONES, ROCKY HORROR SHOW; KC Rep: CABARET, CHRISTMAS CAROL. Mandy has directed/choreographed for Winterfest at Worlds of Fun, FOREVER PLAID and SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS at Music Theatre Heritage, and had the pleasure of choreographing THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY here at NTR. When not onstage, Mandy and her husband run their own plant-based restaurant called The Tree Hugger Kitchen, in Riverside, MO!
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