Cast and Creatives
Nancy Levine is an actress/producer/standup comic. She’s one of the co-founders of “Hotflash, the podcast”. She is also working on a sitcom called none other than “Hotflash” Nancy started her career in showbiz in her living room, in Matawan, NJ, when she was six. She would act, tell jokes and charge admission. This was her first stab at producing! Years later, she attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where she majored in acting. She toured nationally as the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz and as the nurse in Romeo and Juliet. Off-Broadway credits include: Mrs. Crow in “A Sinful Life” at Primary Stages; Joan Collins in “Dressing Room Divas” at The Duplex, Bette Davis in “Hollywood Exposed” at Don’t Tell Mama’s among others. She was recently a finalist in the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival.
A born and raised New York native, Anthony is a graduate of NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences for English and Creative Writing. He started his career as an Intern Writer at ABC Daytime’s One Life To Live in 1996 and during his fourteen years there he worked his way up to the position of Associate Director. While in that position he earned three Daytime Emmy Awards, seven nominations and was a two-time recipient of the Directors Guild of America Award. Anthony’s original production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding started his other passion in the theatre world, when it opened Off-Broadway in 2003 at the Actor’s Playhouse and later moved to Theatre Four in the spring of 2004. In 2006, Anthony wrote and starred as “Rio La Rocca” in the Off-Broadway production of Boys Just Wanna Have Fun. Anthony restaged My Big Gay Italian Wedding in September of 2009 at the St. George Theatre for an audience of almost 2,000 people. After much discussion and huge debates with regards to the topic, its rave reviews and success prompted an explosive revival on Restaurant Row with a full out Equity cast in April of 2010. The run was expected to last six weeks, and wound up extending 14 times in the same location. During the run, the show hosted some major celebrities in efforts to help raise money and awareness for marriage equality and the Trevor Project. Aside from New York City, the show has already played in multiple cities in the US as well as Edinburgh, London, Vancouver, Hong Kong and parts of France. On March 1, 2018, the film “Puoi Baciare Lo Sposo” opened all over Italy, an Italian film version based on the play “My Big Gay Italian Wedding.” The film has been distributed with subtitles across different parts of the world and did extremely well in the box office. In June of 2013 Anthony opened the sequel to My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral. The funeral ran for over two years at St. Luke’s Theater in New York City, and has also been licensed in multiple locations by Samuel French. Wilkinson’s next chapter, “My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis” opened at the Theater Center Off- Broadway in November of 2015. My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis has also been published and has already been licensed in Kentucky, New Jersey and Michigan.
In December of 2017, Wilkinson launched the latest chapter of the series “My Big Gay Italian Christmas”, which opened in Atlantic City at the Golden Nugget Casino as a special holiday production. The show is being brought back to the Nugget for a special Christmas in July performance. Wilkinson continues to play the role he originated “Anthony Pinnunziato” in the New York and Casino productions.
Anthony currently resides in Woodbridge, New Jersey and can now be seen on Amazon Prime on the new hit series “Tainted Dreams” which landed him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Digital Drama Series. He is currently employed by Woodbridge Township and was recently appointed as the Executive & Artistic Director for the new Avenel Performing Arts Center.
Hank has been performing in professional and regional theater for over 30 years. He attended Shenandoah University and performed 5 seasons in their professional company, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. Hank appeared in numerous shows at the acclaimed Alhambra Dinner Theater in Jacksonville, FL. Favorite roles include The Secret Garden (Archibald Craven), Les Miserables (Javert and Jean Valjean) and most recently Big Fish (Edward Bloom). Hank has performed in and directed over 50 productions. Some of his favorite directing credits include Gypsy, My Fair Lady, and the smash hit Mary Poppins. Hank would like to thank Nancy and Anthony for this fantastic opportunity. Love to all friends and family who never stopped believing in him. Love to his rock, Sebi.
Anita Martini/Dance Captain
Philip McLeod, is a New York-based entertainer with a degree in music education from the College of Wooster. Some favorite roles include Gay Doubleentedre (Showgirls! The Musical), Larry Fanazzi (My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis), Melchior (Spring Awakening), and Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet). When not in a show, they frequently perform in drag under the name Shirley U. Jest in and around the city.
Ryan Stutz has been a professional actor since the age of 19 when he made his lead debut as Bat Boy in Bat Boy The Musical at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, MI. Since then he has performed all over the world. Tours: Christmas Wonderland, Dreamworks’ Madagascar, Scooby Doo: Musical Mysteries. Bobby C in Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean), Joey Primo in Rock of Ages (Norwegian Cruise Lines). Select regional: Dreamworks’ The Prince of Egypt, Matilda, (Tuacahn Center for the Arts), Murder Ballad (Bristol Valley Theatre, Broadwayworld nominee for best actor) Cats (Beef & Boards), Rent (Prather Entertainment), Hair (Lake Dillon Theatre), Our Town (Porthouse Theatre). You can also find his drag persona Tiffany Heather Samantha on Instagram under the handle ryanadamhippie. Thank you to Holly of HDB casting, my agent Dave, the HOS team and love to my friends and family!
Jacob P.S. Lemmenes
Brenda Nucci/Lighting Designer
Jake returned to the NYC theatre scene in 2019 after a five-year hiatus as the Talent Coordinator at Producer Entertainment Group (PEG), the talent management company for the top contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as the Lighting Designer & Production Stage Manager for the US premiere of Bleach. Next, he began his return to the boards in 2020 when…well we all know what happened. Now after being sidelined for the past year, he is happy to once again return as part of this exceptional Housewives ensemble and company. Off-Broadway: A Matter of Choice (Webb & Producer), Thank You for Being a Friend: The Musical (Blanchette), Aisle Six (Sidney Tagliarini/Store Man), Boylesque(Bryce), Bette & Berry: Back to the Bathhouse (Bette’s Towel Boy/Dance Captain), Twist: The Musical(Weasel, Thomas, Twist u/s (2), Dodger u/s & LD), Marat/Sade (Patient/Dance Captain), Crisis Actor(LD), Going Down Swingin’ (SM), The Robin Byrd Show Live (SM), The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode(SM), Restricted (SM) & Joan Rivers’ NYC comedy show (Asst. House Manager); Regional: A Funny Thing…Forum (Hysterium), Brigadoon (Harry Beaton/Fight Captain), The Underpants (Benjamin Cohen), Ragtime (Harry Houdini); International: Cider with Rosie (Tony Lee) & Aftershocks (LD & PSM) with NASDA in Christchurch, NZ. Thank you to Mom, Dad, Ron & Henry for all their support over the years! JacobPSLemmenes.com
Madame Viviene V (Scott Dennis)
Raised on a pig farm in Washington State and now the kitschy glittering craze of New York City, Madame Vivien V (aka, Scott Dennis) is an experience you will treasure forever! As stated in the New York Times, she is the resident Drag Queen of the House of Yes and founder of the popular drag performance delivery service, Drag n’ Drinks Delivery. She has opened for Grammy winners Diana Ross and Ke$ha, and has performed with country music sensation Kacy Musgraves. The only drag queen in history to give shows at New York City Hall, her productions have been featured at music festivals – Bonnaroo, Voodoo Festival, Electric Forrest, and Life Is Beautiful. Previous theatre work includes Alice Pencavel’s Totally Wholesome Foods, with Theater in Asylum in 2019, as well as Alice Pencavel’s Pie Shop Play at the Corkscrew Theater Festival in 2018. She is very excited to join the Housewives cast
Off Broadway debut! Favorite regional credits include LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Signature Theatre), Joseph in JOSEPH… DREAMCOAT, 42nd STREET (Prather Entertainment), THE WIZARD OF OZ (KC Starlight), Bobby in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Theatre By The Sea), A CHORUS LINE (Mill Mountain Theatre and Riverside CPA), JEKYLL & HYDE starring Constantine Maroulis, and SEUSSICAL (Virginia Musical Theatre). A JMU alum, Sam has also sailed the world as a production singer with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Thom, The Roster Agency, HDB Casting, and his amazing family and friends for their endless support. www.sambrackley.com
Mark J. Sullivan
Swing for Anita, Fessy, and Carla
An alum of American University, Mark J Sullivan has spent the last 3 years working in DC as an actor. He had his first experience working in drag when he was cast as an angel in Kinky Boots and is excited to be getting to throw on the heels again for his New York theatre debut!