The NYC Cast
Dmitry Chepovetsky (MAVERICK)
Dmitry has worked in theatres across Canada and has appeared in
television episodics, independents, pilots and feature films.
Select stage credits include: Remnants (2004 Dora Award -
Best Production, Tarragon Theatre), Top Gun! The Musical
(Dora Award nominated - Best Performance, Factory Theatre),
Zadie's Shoes (Alberta Theatre Projects), The Danish
Play (Nightwood Theatre), David in Unidentified Human
Remains... (Vancouver Fringe 2001), Jacques Brel is Alive
and Well... (Prairie Theatre Exchange), Major Barbara
(Neptune Theatre), Picasso in the Canadian premiere of
Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Manitoba Theatre Centre /
National Arts Centre), Orphan Muses (Touchstone), and
Brad in The Rocky Horror Show (Kaleidoscope). Select
film/TV credits include: K-19: The Widowmaker (with
Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson), Master Spy: The Robert
Hanssen Story (William Hurt and Mary-Louise Parker),
Chain of Fools (Steve Zahn), Blue Murder,
Stargate, and The X-Files. He has created and
produced his one-man show FETCH! with Liesl Lafferty and
collaborated as writer/performer/producer on Bloodline
with Foursight Theatre in England.
Dmitry can also be seen as
Bob Melnikov in Shaftesbury Films' new series ReGenesis,
coming to The Movie Network/Movie Central in October.
David Collins (THE GENERAL)
David is a Dora-nominated actor, who has performed extensively
throughout Canada on stage and in film, television and radio.
Most recently he was featured in El Paso (Factory
Theatre), Orsino in Twelfth Night (CanStage), and the
Mirvish Productions remount of Djanet Sears' The Adventures
of a Black Girl in Search of God.
David can be seen in upcoming episodes of Odyssey 5, Doc,
Soul Food and the feature film Owning Mahoney.
Steve Gallagher (ICEMAN)
Steven just finished the successful run of the Canadian Premiere
of Urinetown, directed by Tony winner John Rando. He has
been involved with Top Gun! The Musical since its
inception at the Toronto Fringe Festival and again for the
remount in Toronto in 2003. Most recently in New York, he
performed a new musical version of The Nightingale and the
Rose by composer Neil Bartram and writer Brian Hill at the
Broadway Institute. He was a member of the original Vancouver
company of Forever Plaid and played Sparky in the
Canadian National Tour of that show. Other recent roles include
Phil in Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh at the Jewish Theater
of New England and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
He has been seen on Queer as Folk and Showtime's The
He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
Sharon Heldt (CHARLIE)
Sharon is thrilled to be a part of the Top Gun! The
Musical cast for the inaugural NYC Musical Theatre Festival.
She has just come off the hit Toronto Fringe musical,
Sleepless, the second collaboration between the
TG!TM creators Denis McGrath and Scott White. Selected
credits include Wrong For Each Other (Cambridge Theatre),
Chapter Two (Port Mansion Theatre), Mono (Buddies
in Bad Times Theatre), U.I. Or Die (Factory Studio),
Emerald City (Manitoba Theatre Centre), the bittergirls'
Flush (Factory Theatre), Twelfth Night directed by
the infamous William Hutt (Banff, Alberta), and two seasons at
the Stratford Festival, which included Richard III,
All's Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing,
Troilus And Cressida, My Fair Lady and
Cabaret. Sharon has also tackled Lady Macbeth in
Macbeth (Annex Theatre), playing opposite her husband,
Adam Large. Selected musical theatre credits from Toronto
include: Gypsy, Evita, Kiss Me Kate,
Oklahoma, Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and
Pal Joey, which toured to the Grand Theatre (London) and
National Arts Centre (Ottawa).
Selected film and television include Queer As Folk
(Bravo), 1 800 MISSING (Showtime), King Of The
Volcano (HBO), Rememberance (NBC), Phunkee Zee
(YTV), More Tears (CBC), Borrowed Hearts (CBS),
Code Named Eternity and Avenging Angelo (both
Alison Lawrence (WENDY)
Alison Lawrence is an actor, writer and director who has been
flying with Top Gun! The Musical since its maiden flight
at the 2002 Toronto Fringe. Her play bittergirl,
co-written with and co-starring Annabel Griffiths and Mary
Francis Moore, has played to sold-out houses in Toronto, London,
England and throughout Ontario. The book version of
bittergirl is to be published by Penguin Canada for
Valentine's 2005 and the bittergirls are currently in
development for the television series Get Over It.
Brett McCaig (BILLY)
Brett McCaig is delighted to be joining the Top Gun crew,
especially here in NYC where he was last seen graduating from
AMDA. He just debuted a new musical satire, co-wrote with his
wife, called Waiting for Trudeau: The Return of the King.
He spent the early part of this summer playing Max in Race
Day a new musical by Norm Foster and has recently been seen
on tour playing the King himself, the Pharaoh, in Joseph and
the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Drayton
Entertainment. Some favourite roles include Hysterium in A
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Beast in
Beauty and the Beast, Kirk in Dads! The Musical,
Flute in A Midsummer's Night's Dream, Ebenezer in A
Christmas Carol, and just about everybody in The Compleat
Wrks of Wm Shkspr (Abridged), to name a few. But his
favourite roles are husband to his lovely wife Racheal and dad
Next up: George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life for the
Grand Theatre in London.
Racheal McCaig (GOOSE)
Racheal is thrilled to be stepping back into her flight suit.
Since creating the role of Goose in the Dora-nominated Top
Gun! The Musical, Racheal has gone on to have a baby, create
the role of Leslie in Home and Away for Theatre
Orangeville, co-produce Upstairs at Bluma's, a cabaret
series at the Bluma Appel Theatre, and create the role of Nurse
Bridget in Sleepless, a new musical from the creators of
TG!TM. Some of her favourite roles include Philia in
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The
Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,
Woman 1 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, wife
to the fabulous actor Brett McCaig, and mom to beautiful Molly.
Racheal, an alumna of the American Academy of Dramatic Art, is
also a singer-songwriter and can be found playing in clubs
around Toronto, London and Miami.
The NYC Crew
Denis McGrath (Books and Lyrics)
Denis was born in New York City, where his first-ever address
was on Broadway (up in Riverdale, but still...). He now lives
and works in Toronto, where he writes for television, film, and
theatre. Credits include many Canadian documentary, drama, and
comedy series you've never heard of, and the one act plays
American Without Tears, Press'd and
Shooter. In 2000, Denis produced and wrote a short film
based on Shooter, which placed third in the Houston Film
Festival, and aired nationally on Canadian TV. He recently
returned from South Africa, where he was writing the
internationally syndicated sci-fi show Charlie Jade,
which will premiere in 2005. Top Gun! The Musical has
been produced commercially in Toronto, where it was nominated
for two Toronto theatre Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and in Houston,
Texax. Denis and Scott White's follow up show,
Sleepless, premiered to enthusiastic crowds at the 2004
Toronto Fringe Festival.
Denis is a graduate of Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre,
and a part time professor at Toronto's Ryerson University. He's
thrilled to be bringing TG!TM – a little show that
could – to New York.
Scott White (Composer and Music Director)
Scott has written hundreds of songs for theatre, film and
television including three full-length musicals. Top Gun!
The Musical was Scott's first collaboration with writer
Denis McGrath., and their work was rewarded with a Dora Mavor
Moore Award nomination (Best New Musical). Their latest show,
Sleepless, showcased in July at the Tarragon Theatre in
Toronto. Scott's other credits include The Dance of the
Dead, which premiered in Toronto at the Berkeley Street
Theatre in January of 2002. Favorite musical direction credits
include productions of The Pirates of Penzance (St.
Lawrence Stage Co.), Cabaret, and I Love You, You're
Perfect Now Change (both for the Sudbury Theatre Centre) and
numerous shows with The Second City in exotic locales
such as New Orleans and Singapore. Scott is also an actor whose
credits include leading roles in musicals such as The Eddie
Cantor Story, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and one of
only two actors to have ever played both roles in the
international smash hit 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
Upcoming projects include development of his newest piece
Choralocity! (an a cappella jazz clown musical) that will
premiere in Toronto in 2007. For more information on Scott
White, please visit www.geocities.com/scottwhite40.
Colin Viebrock (Director)
TG!TM marks Colin's third collaboration with Denis McGrath, having
directed the intial Fringe run of Top Gun! The Musical, Shooter,
and the SummerWorks and subsequent extension at the Tarragon of Press'd.
Other credits include Slawomir Mrozek's Out at Sea and The Party,
Kim Orton's Raven and The Savage Lily, and his own play, Time and Again. He has
worked and studied with (among others) Ken Gass, Steven Bush, Herbert Olschok,
and Theatre Smith-Gilmour. Colin also produced the SummerWorks Theatre Festival
for two glorious seasons last century.
Recently, he spends most of his time with his new daughter,
Natalie, and is thrilled that his first ever trip to NYC is to
direct a musical on Broadway (or nearby, at least).
Nicola Pantin (Choreographer)
Nicola, a native of Waterloo, performed in the 2003 Stratford Festival's
The King and I, and also returned in 2004 to choreograph The
Count of Monte Cristo and Timon of Athens. Her work with
both Spark Theatre's Romeo and Juliet Remixed and LKTYP's 2004
production of Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang garnered her Dora
Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Choreography. Film credits in
choreography include various music videos for Big Toad Productions and
Revolver Films. Nicola most recently performed on tour with Dusk Dances
and created choreography for the Red Barn Theatre'sJasper Station.
Nicola continues to run her company 3 Degrees Dance and Theatre with her
husband Adam Nashman in Toronto.
Shauna Japp (Stage Manager)
Shauna is thrilled to stage manage TG!TM for the third
time. Her other recent credits include fusion (DNA
Theatre), bittergirl (bittergirl co-op), Much Ado
About Nothing (National Arts Centre), Poochwater
(Poochwater Collective), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,
Anything Goes, Evita, It Runs In The
Family, Forever Plaid (Drayton Entertainment), A
Midsummer Night's Dream, The Compleat Wrks of Wm Shkspr
(Abridged)and Mass Appeal (St. Lawrence Stage
C. Derrick Chua (Producing Consultant)
Derrick is an entertainment lawyer and independent film and
theatre producer whose most recent theatrical ventures include
two new musicals: Sleepless: A New Musical, and
Waiting For Trudeau: The Return of the King.
Other recent shows he has produced include This Is Our
Youth, directed by Woody Harrelson (macIDeas), the
Dora-nominated productions The Laramie Project (Studio
180), (nod) (Theatre Gargantua), Miss Orient(ed)
(Carlos Bulosan Theatre), Snappy Tales (Theatre Non
Nobis), The Teenage Girl Diaries (The Great Hailey), and
the Dora Award winning Poochwater (Poochwater Collective)
being remounted at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace in February
2005. Derrick can be contacted at
Top Gun Alumni
Philip Akin (THE GENERAL - Toronto '03)
Philip is totally chuffed to be making his musical theatre debut in Top
Gun! The Musical. He was last seen on stage in New World (Tarragon)
and Stephen and Mr. Wilde (Theatre Calgary). Since then it has been a
round of MOW's, Television and film. He directed El Paso (Factory
Theatre 2002) and is currently the Administrative Producer of the Obsidian
Next up: Othello (Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver).
Drew Carnwath (BILLY - Toronto '02 & '03)
Drew is thrilled to once again fly at Mach 3 with the fantastic cast and
crew of TG!TM. Fresh from playing the title role in a sold-out, held-over
production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for Persephone Theatre, some of
Drew's other favourite roles include Jacob Mercer in Salt Water Moon,
Gilbert Blythe in Anne Of Green Gables, and his three seasons with the
Advanced Actors' Company at The Banff Centre; under the keen and kind
direction of William Hutt and Patricia Hamilton). As a writer, Drew's plays
(including Total Body Washout, Hide And Seek, Johnnyville and Grace And
After) have been produced across the country. In 1996 he was a member of
Tarragon Theatre's Playwrights' Unit, and in 1998 both Johnnyville and
Total Body Washout were published by Playwrights Canada Press.
More recently, Drew has been writing and producing for CTV and CBC television,
and next month he begins his residency as screenwriter at The Canadian Film
Mary Francis Moore (CHARLIE - Toronto '02 & '03)
Mary Francis is over the moon to be reunited with the fabulous Top Gun
the Musical! family. She was most recently seen in Chris Earle's play
Russell Hill at Tarragon Theatre. Some other credits include;
Grendalmaus (Eldritch Theatre), One Good Marriage, Girls and Horses,
and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Magnus Theatre where she also spent
several seasons as Associate Director. Along with Annabel Griffiths
and Alison Lawrence, Mary Francis co-wrote and co-starred in the much
produced hit bittergirl which is undergoing its next metamorphosis
into the much anticipated bittergirl brigade book! Keep an eye out.
Next up Mary Francis will head to Picton, Ontario's Regent Theatre, and
will be seen next season in Theatre Passe Muraille's production of One
Patrick Burwell (Musical Director - Toronto '03)
As an actor, Patrick has performed lead roles at theatres from coast to
coast, travelled internationally as a vocalist aboard Norwegian Cruise
Lines, and has hawked everything from hamburgers to vodka in numerous
He can be heard on the cast recordings of Pirates! (Charlottetown Festival),
Bye Bye Birdie (ABC TV) and a solo recording called Standard Issue.
As a "piano man", Patrick has appeared at the Spiral Lounge and the Boston Club
and was assistant musical director for The Cradle Will Rock at Equity
Patrick Stiles (Assistant Musical Director - Toronto '02)
Patrick (who's writing his bio in hindsight) feels so privileged to have been part of such a legacy – Top
Gun! The Musical. Prior to TG!TM, Patrick had worked with Drayton Entertainment, Stirling Festival Theatre,
Ross Petty Productions, and aboard Sunquest Cruise Lines. Since then, he's been keeping busy with a
production of 42nd Street in Moscow, Russia, A Chorus Line (Stage West Calgary/Mississauga),
Swing!, Leader of the Pack (Drayton Ent.), the US National Tour of 42nd Street.
"Thanks to the creators of this awesome hit, for letting me be a small part of it!"
Michael McGinn (Musical Staging - Toronto '03)
Michael is excited to be joining the TG!TM family for their run in 2003!
He spent two years as Artistic Director for Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville.
His work has been seen as director of Godspell 2000 (Bathurst St.
Theatre), Forbidden Broadway, Almost Famous, and The Sound
of Music (Limelight Dinner Theatre). Michael spent three seasons at the
Stratford Festival, four years as director in residence for the York Region Catholic
School Board, and five seasons as part of the resident directors team at the
Georgian Theatre Festival in Meaford. He has been teaching acting
and musical theatre at George Brown College, private workshops for The Drama
Workshop/Toronto and at York University. He is a resident teacher for Arts
Express in Etobicoke and he will be teaching in the new year for the musical
theatre department at the University of Windsor.
He is currently working on a new comedy written by Anne Marie Scheffler,
called Not Getting It, which will also be filmed for CTV as a comedy
television special, airing January 2004. Michael is also proud to be directing the
Toronto Premiere of HONK! The Story of the Ugly Duckling, opening at
the Betty Oliphant Theatre in September.