BAZ – A Musical Tour de Force

LAS VEGAS MUSICAL SHOWS

BAZ – A Musical Tour de Force

LAS VEGAS MUSICAL

BAZ – A Musical Tour de Force, is concluding a two-year residency on July 28, 2018. Don’t miss your final opportunity to witness a powerful musical experience.

Set in a modern and intimate cabaret, BAZ is a celebration, a mash-up of music, and moments from the greatest love stories imagined by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award-nominated director Baz Luhrmann. Theatregoers follow the romances from Luhrmann’s iconic films: Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby as the lovers discover whether fortune is in their favor.

Beckoning to audiences with its fearless energy and storytelling, BAZ is immersive theater at its best. Expect the unexpected as the performers dance through the aisles, the music creating a momentum and rhythm they can’t resist. Drawn in and off of the stage they make eyes at one another, always in a world of their own, in and out of time. Their world fuses cabaret, rock, and Broadway as the stories collide into and just past each other for a mash-up of drama unique to Luhrmann’s films. The vocal talent of the performers will leave you breathless as you sit on the edge of your seat following their every note and step.

The intimate venue puts you in the thick of the unfolding narrative that gets you up close and personal with the actors for a thrilling spectacle that hits all your emotions as it hits the high notes. Named one of the “Best Shows to See in Las Vegas” by Condé Nast Traveler—all at once a rock concert, a nightclub cabaret act, and a Broadway-style musical—you’ll be captivated by the soul-stirring music and stunning performances from an ensemble cast of vocalists, actors, and dancers. If you love Baz Luhrmann’s romantic masterpieces, BAZ is a Las Vegas musical show that you can’t afford to miss.

Tickets and Packages can be purchased at any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo or by calling 702.414.9000 or 866.641.7469.

Information regarding Group Tickets or Experiences for 10 or more guests please call 702.414.1685 or email groupticketsales@sands.com.

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Meet the BAZ Cast

Jaclyn McSpadden
Jaclyn McSpadden (Juliet)

Jaclyn is thrilled to be joining the cast of BAZ. She is an Atlanta native and is a Musical Theater graduate of Point Park University. She has performed throughout Europe and on the seven seas with Royal Caribbean and has shared the stage with various artists, including Kristen Chenoweth and Brett Eldredge. You may have previously seen her as a lead vocalist in Vegas. The Show with the acapella group, The Sound Collage. Instagram: @jaclynmcspadden

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson (Romeo)

Paul is a long-term resident of Las Vegas, and has appeared in Rock of Ages, The World's Greatest Rock Show, Peepshow, Vegas the Show, Bite, and many others. Additionally he has performed on Holland America Cruise Lines, with Generation Band, and at Tuacahn Regional Theater. He is a graduate of AMDA in New York City. When not performing, Paul is also a student of artistic design and a creator of custom carpentry.

Allie Trimm
Allie Trimm (Daisy)

Allie Trimm is a San Diego native and so excited to be joining the company of “BAZ” in her Vegas debut.  Broadway:  Critically acclaimed Broadway debut originating the role of “Patrice” in Jason Robert Brown’s “13”;  “Kim MacAfee” in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “Bye Bye Birdie”.   Regional: “Parade” (Lincoln Center), “Home Street Home” (The O’Neill), "13” (Goodspeed), “Les Mis” (Lamb’s Players heater), "Allegiance” (The Old Globe),  Violet in the immersive production of "Violet" performed on a bus at A.R.T. in Boston. Film /TV: Disney’s PROM, “30 Rock”,  “Private Practice” and Lifetime series “Cinnamon Girl”.  Pursuing a dual degree in Psychology and Human Biology at Stanford University.

Tiffany O’Connor
Tiffany O’Connor (Myrtle)

Born and raised in Sydney Australia, Tiffany O’Connor is thrilled to be debuting on American soil with Baz. Tiffany’s success from studying in New York and Australia have given her the opportunity to appear on stage and screen, some of which include LightSeeker the multimillion dollar musical in Singapore, dancing at Australian Idol Grand Final, Universal Studios Singapore and Japan, musical tours in China and multiple shows on Carnival Cruise Lines in the Caribbean. Her love for travel and stage have always been the driving force in Tiffany’s life, even after being struck with Leukaemia whilst in New York at age 22. Even more of an accomplishment, is having much of this success all before her remission date. She looks forward to her new journey in America and hopes to continue a long fulfilled career.

Doug Carpenter
Doug Carpenter (Gatsby)

Broadway: Nick in Beautiful. National Tour: Billy in Dirty Dancing. Regional: Cable in South Pacific (Papermill Playhouse), Joey in Most Happy Fella (Goodspeed, Dallas Lyric), Lancelot in Camelot (Pasadena Playhouse), Curly in Oklahoma (Penn Shakespeare fest, FCLO), Tony in West Side Story (FCLO), Thief in See What I Wanna See (Blank), Prince in Cinderella (CLOSBC), Chris in Miss Saigon (Moonlight), Curtis in Summer of Love (MTW/Ogunquit), Billy in Carousel(MTW).  Doug is the only singer to win both the American Traditions Competition (2011) and the Lotte Lenya Competition (2013). BM in Voice from UNLV; MM in Voice from UCLA; Las Vegas Academy alum.

Alejandro Domingo
Alejandro Domingo (Scott)

Alejandro is an actor, dancer and choreographer born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In his early professional career he was part of the European Tour of the Latin Musical Baracatun.  Back in Argentina he danced with the Neoclassical Ballet of Buenos Aires. He has also performed at the renowned "Fetes de Nuit 2006” in the Chateau du Versailles (France), and sailed the high seas working for Royal Caribbean, where he met his beautiful wife Sarah Le Clear. Since moving to Las Vegas in 2012, Alejandro has been seen in shows like Donn Arden’s Jubilee, Cirque du Soleil’s  “One Night for One Drop” and Zombie Burlesque. Most recently he was also part of Vegas. The show (Dance captain). Alejandro is thrilled to join the stellar cast of Baz.

Sarah Le Clear
Sarah Le Clear (Fran)

Dancing since the age of five, Sarah has had an abundant career dedicated to the art of dancing, singing and acting. As a young dancer, Sarah was involved in dance competitions where she won top honors as well as scholarships. Sarah has been an NBA dancer for the Golden State Warriors and a dance company member and assistant director for the Lotus Dance Company based out of Los Angeles, California, where she was born. After years of teaching and studying in California, Sarah auditioned for Royal Caribbean Cruises, and became a dancer/aerial artist performing all over the world for five years. She continued her dance career at Royal Caribbean Cruises until transitioning as a Rehearsal Choreographer/Director for the company. After years of performing and traveling, Sarah was cast to appear on Season 3 of “The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search” airing on CMT, where she won the competition. Most recently Sarah was in “Vegas! The Show” where she was the lead dancer and dance captain alongside her husband and dance partner Alejandro  Domingo.  She is thrilled to join the incredibly talented cast of Baz.

Anne Martinez
Anne Martinez (Satine)

Anne Martinez (Satine) is an actor/singer/dancer/aerialist.  She holds a BFA in Acting from SUNY Fredonia and a MFA from UK’s CSSD. Past credits include: Mille in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Polly in CRAZY FOR YOU, Amneris in AIDA, Lucy Harris in JEKYLL AND HYDE, Ellen in MISS SAIGON,  Winifred in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS, Fastrada in PIPPIN, Sally Simpson in THE WHO’S TOMMY, Evelyn Nesbit in RAGTIME and Cinderella in CINDERELLA.  Las Vegas credits: BAZ: A MUSICAL MASHUP, ALICE, JUBILEE!, SHOWSTOPPERS, FANTASY, ZOMBIE BURLESQUE, PIN UP, BITE, ELECTRIC CANDY, 50 SHADES THE MUSICAL, THE WORLD’S GREATEST ROCK SHOW, DANCING QUEEN.  She has also a featured vocalist/backup singer on Englebert Humperdinck’s national tour.  Follow her on instagram at annemartinezlv.

Danny McHugh
Danny McHugh (Christian)

Danny McHugh is thrilled to be making his Vegas debut! Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, he now calls NYC home. National Tours: ROCK OF AGES, WHITE CHRISTMAS. Off-Broadway: BLUE MAN GROUP. Favorite regional credits include Don in SINGIN IN THE RAIN, Floyd in FLOYD COLLINS, Rum Tum Tugger in CATS, and Simon the Zealot in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. He has also traveled the globe in the world-premiere cast of Stephen Schwartz’s MAGIC TO DO on Princess Cruises. Find him on YouTube! “Love to family, friends and Jess!”

Randal Keith
Randal Keith (Zidler)

Randal Keith (Zidler) starred in Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers at Wynn Las Vegas and created the role of Darryl F. Zanuck in Marilyn the New Musical at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Randal is best known as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. He has appeared in Les Miserables for nearly 3000 performances on Broadway and the National Tour as well as Canada, China and South Korea. He has played The Phantom in the First National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and also played Raoul, Monsieur Andre and Piangi during his six years on tour and three years in Vegas. He moved to Las Vegas in 2007 to open the Vegas production of Spamalot as Sir Bedevere and eventually taking over the role of King Arthur. Randal also performs in a three-man show/concert called The Phat Pack and has just developed his first solo concert, The Music of Robert Goulet: Broadway and Beyond. Randal is thrilled to be a part of BAZ.

Neil Starkenberg
Neil Starkenberg (Rowdie)

Vegas Debut! Broadway: Mamma Mia! (Pepper, u/s Sky). Regional: Danny Zucko in Grease (MSMT), Ren in Footloose (Fulton Opera House), Gideon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (McCoy Rigby Entertainment), Brad Majors in Rocky Horror Picture Show (Rockwell Table and Stage), Link in Hairspray (Moonlight), Jospeh in Joseph and the Amazing… (MTW), to name a few. Television: “Instinct” (CBS), “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), as well as The Today Show, and the premiere of The Meredith Vieria Show. He has performed with artists such as Earth Wind and Fire, and The Steve Miller Band. Love to my amazing “fam”, and immense thanks to everyone at BAZ. For more charming nonsense go and follow: @njstarkenberg

Jenna Nicole Gillespie
Jenna Nicole Gillespie (Swing)

Jenna Gillespie is beyond ecstatic to be apart of this extraordinary BAZ – Musical Mash Up.  A California native, Jenna graduated with a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine.  She has performed throughout southern California. Favorite credits include: Ovation Nominated: Recorded in Hollywood  (Kirk Douglas Theater) Disney’s Frozen Live, Five and Dime and Disney Jr Dance Party (California Adventure Resort) Once on This Island (Redondo Beach Performing Arts), and Rudolph The Musical: Intl. Tour (McCoy-Rigby Ent.) 

Ron Remke
Ron Remke (Swing)

Ron Remke was in the closing cast of the iconic, “Donn Arden’s Jubilee!” and was a soloist with the renowned “12 Irish Tenors”. He is a frequent Guest Artist with symphonies throughout the United States and is also a sought after performer on the high seas having visited over 70 countries while performing on board the Silver Spirit and the Regent Voyager as their production singer. Theatrically, he’s performed in numerous regional productions and toured the US in the cast of “Kiss Me, Kate”. He is the voice of "Juan" in Sonia Monzano's No Dog Allowed! and his debut CD entitled Broadway Classics is available on iTunes.

Marisa Matthews
Marisa Matthews (Swing)

Marisa has a masters degree in Acting and Performing from The American Conservatory Theatre. Most recently, she performed as Eva Peron in Evita (San Diego Rep, dir. Sam Woodhouse) and Anna in the opening cast of Frozen: Live at the Hyperion (DCA, dir. Liesl Tommy). Regional: Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (A Noise Within), Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (A.C.T, Geary Theatre), The Little Match Girl in Striking 12 (Laguna Playhouse), Rhonda in The Bed of Rindr (workshop) (Wallis Annenberg, overseen by Stephen Schwartz), Ensemble in Tales of the City (workshop) (A.C.T, dir. Jason Moore), Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest(ANW). International: Velma Kelly in Chicago (Prima Del Teatro, San Miñato, Italy). Marisa was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for singing on the television show "Guiding Light". Follow her @marisarachell

Nicci Claspell
Nicci Claspell (Swing)

A Los Angeles native, Nicci most recently starred as Velma Kelly in Chicago, Rose Fenny in Dogfight, and is known for her role as the high-flying Extraordinary Girl in the first national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot. She studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and continued to pursue her career in Los Angeles, appearing in such shows as City Of Angels (Mallory/Avril), Chess (Florence), For The Record: Tarantino (O-ren Ishii), and Rent (Mimi - twice!). Other notable credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), The Sound Of Music (Liesle), and Once More With Feeling - The Buffy Musical (Buffy Summers). Much love and thanks to my team at Shelter and DDO, my family, and Jonesy and Eugie. Proud member of Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA. @nclaspell

Chris Fore
Chris Fore (Swing)

Chris Fore is beyond excited to join BAZ and work alongside this crazy talented cast and crew.  He started his career in Las Vegas in this very theater with Jersey Boys, and it is surreal to be back.  Most recently Chris was seen in Marilyn! A New Musical at the Paris Theater playing Bill Purcell.  Other recent credits include Born for This in Los Angeles.  A proud member of Actor’s Equity, Chris would like to thank his family, Deana, and Blair for their support.

Marci Skolnick
Marci Skolnick (Production Stage Manager)

MARCI SKOLNICK (Production Stage Manager) hails from Northern California and NYC. Her work has taken her hither and yon, Off Broadway and beyond.  She has worked on such shows as Public Enemy, Fidelis, Saturday Night, Bikeman: a 9/11 play, F#%king Up Everything (Brooklyn Crush), Bullet for Adolf, Psycho Therapy, Puppetry of the Penis, Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding, and with such companies as the Public Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, the Kitchen, Adirondack Theatre Festival, and Opera House Arts. Proud AEA member, Ms. Skolnick is a graduate of Hofstra University. "For Mom."

Meet the Band

Keith Paraska
Keith Paraska (Musical Director)

Originally from South Bend Indiana, Keith Paraska received his piano performance degree from Indiana University. His wide-ranging musical tastes were apparent from the start, simultaneously performing with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, rock bands, and jazz groups. Keith then spent five years on Princess cruise ships, playing production shows and cabaret acts, eventually visiting 61 countries. In 2004 he moved to Las Vegas to join Dian Diaz at the Bellagio playing rock, pop, Latin and dance music. In 2011 he then toured the world a second time with Cirque du Soliel’s Zarkana, which had residencies in New York, Moscow, and Madrid. Zarkana then became a resident show in Las Vegas at the Aria Resort, bringing Keith back home. He has since held associate music director/conductor roles in Vegas the Show, Rock of Ages, and now Baz, Star-Crossed Love.

Jake Langley
Jake Langley (Guitar)

Jake Langley (Guitar) has emerged as one his generation's most versatile guitarists. Originally from Toronto and then New York, Jake has been an in-demand and session guitarist for many years. Jake moved to New York in 2003 and held the guitar chair with the Grammy winning Joey Defrancesco Organ Trio for five years, performing worldwide and recording 3 award winning Cds on Concord Records including Grammy nominated "Organic Vibes" featuring Jazz legends George Coleman, and Bobby Hutcherson. As a sideman he has performed with musical Legends Roberta Flack, The Funk Brothers, Blood Sweat and Tears, David Clayton Thomas, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, K.D. Lange, Sheena Easton, and many others. He made his way onto Broadway playing in many shows such as The Color Purple, Mama Mia, Lion King, Hair, Wicked, Chicago and Jesus Christ Superstar, Newsies, and 3 Mo' Divas. He has performed with Christen Chenowith, Idena Menzel, Bernadette Peters, and Joan Rivers and many other Broadway stars.

Sage West
Crystal Yuan (Violinist)

Crystal Yuan is trained in classical violin and viola, yoga, gymnastics, and ballet and is a former Miss Chinatown pageant queen and multiple titleholder. Crystal's live performance credits include Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Stevie Wonder, Idina Menzel, Beyonce, Mötley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Richard Marx, Leann Rimes, Shakira, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Evanescence, Toni Braxton, David Foster and Cat Power. She has also been part of many Vegas musical productions including Frank: The Man The Music, featured soloist w/ Mannheim Steamroller, Phantom Las Vegas Spectacular, The Producers, The Lion King and Sgt. Pepper Live feat. Cheap Trick. You can hear Crystal’s solo violin tracks on the soundtrack for the "Cirque Éloize” touring show. Crystal is very excited to join the talented cast of Baz as the Green Fairy.

Julian Tanaka
Julian Tanaka (Key 2/ Horns)

Julian Tanaka is an alumnus of the Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He completed his B.M. in Jazz Arranging in 2013. At UNLV, Tanaka studied clarinet with Marina Sturm and jazz arranging with Joe Lano. In 2016, under the tutelage of Bill Dobbins, he received his M.M. in Jazz Writing from the Eastman School of Music. While there, he studied saxophone with Charles Pillow.

 

Tanaka's musical endeavors have included the 2012-13 international tour of the Broadway hit musical, Come Fly Away, and a 2013-14 residency with Grammy award winning R&B group, Boyz II Men, at the Mirage Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He currently teaches jazz composition and jazz piano lessons and runs the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble at UNLV as an adjunct professor. 

Jose "Pepe" Jimenez
Jose "Pepe" Jimenez (Drums)

Jose "Pepe" Jimenez (Drums) has played drums professionally since the age of 16 and is known for his versatility in different musical styles. He’s product of the Escuela Libre De Musica (Puerto Rico Performing Arts School), Musicians Institute and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. Pepe has played with Luis Fonsi, El Reencuentro, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jerry Gonzales, Mark Anthony, Olga Tanon, Elvis Crespo, Luis Perico Ortiz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Jerry Rivera, and The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Recordings include Ricardo Arjona, Olga Tanon, Armando Manzanero, Elvis Crespo, Ilan Chester, and Glenn Monroig among others. Since move to Las Vegas in 2002 has work in various production shows and bands including Storm, Mamma Mia, Cirque du Soleil Zumanity and Criss Angel Believe, Disney The Lion King, , Taylor Hicks, Latin Grammys, Nascar Awards. Currently is performing with Carlos Santana, Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns and he's solo project The Groove Culture.  

Abe Gumroyan
Abe Gumroyan (Bass Guitar)

Abe Gumroyan (Bass Guitar) Grammy Award winning Electric & Acoustic bassist Abo Gumroyan is part of the new generation of bass players crossing musical borders on a daily basis. In addition to his technical command of the acoustic and electric bass, his diverse musical background has allowed him to fit into a gamut of genres from Salsa & Latin Jazz, traditional Armenian & ethnic fusion, & his daily work in a full time symphony orchestra. He also is a strong proponent of using technology & effects for sound manipulation, which makes him a true sonic alchemist to be reckoned with. Most noted for his work in the Latin & Pop music industry Abe recorded on the Grammy winning freshman album from the San Francisco based latin big band, "Pacific Mambo Orchestra". Abe's live appearances include Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin, Carrie Underwood, & many others. Whether playing as a sideman, producer, or soloist, Abe is known for his deep groove, creative & melodic solos, and prowess of different tones and techniques for any musical outing. 

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