In April of 2012, a group of Chicago improvisers flew to New York and pitched an idea for a new musical to The Araca Group (Wicked, Urinetown). The cast made up a musical right there on the spot for Broadway producers in the middle of their conference room.
A week later, One Night Only was selected to appear Off-Broadway as part of the 2012 Araca Project. A successful preview run at Chicago’s Stage 773 preceded a New York City debut at The American Theatre of Actors in September.
One Night Only recently ended a successful limited engagement at Stage 773.
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Producer, Michael Girts
Michael Girts (producer) has performed for The Second City in Rod Blagojevich Superstar, Rush Limbaugh! The Musical and Fair and Unbalanced. Michael created and performed in One Night Only in 2012 when the musical was selected by the Araca Group (Wicked, Urinetown) to appear Off-Broadway. He is also a proud member of The Improvised Sondheim Project as well as Mansical, an all-man musical. Michael earned his BFA in acting from Syracuse University and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He is a faculty member at The Second City Training Center, and he teaches improvisation and runs workshops for various universities and professional organizations.
T.J. Shanoff (director) is thrilled to return to ONO. Composer/lyricist credits include: Rod Blagojevich Superstar, Rush Limbaugh: The Musical, Jewsical, Barackstars and Sex & The Second City. Directing credits include: Chicago Live!, The Second City’s 50th Anniversary On Tour, and many productions aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line. Musical Direction includes An Evening with Martin Short, Songs Of The Second City and The Chicago Emmy Awards. Other credits include hosting talk shows on Sporting News Radio, WGN-AM, and WCKG-FM; contributor to the Chicago Tribune; and emceeing Gilda’s Club’s annual “Night of 1000 Noogies” fundraiser since 2008.
Ensemble, Nicole C. Hastings
Nicole C. Hastings (ensemble) is a proud native of San Jose, California. She has been a member of the Second City Touring Company and has understudied resident stage revues there. She can also be seen improvising with her two-person group Free Trophies and with The Improvised Sondheim Project. Additionally, you can see her performing with her band The Howdy Neighbors. Nicole trained at iO and the Second City Conservatory and Music Improv programs. She is graduate of Columbia University.
Music Director, Mike Descoteaux
Mike Descoteaux (music director) is the Artistic Director of ImprovBoston, former director of the nationally renown Charles River Creative Arts Program and founding music director of One Night Only. Mike served as head of the Music Program at The Second City Training Center and music director of the Second City ETC stage in Chicago. He has worked with Tony Award-winning artists such as Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Mark Hollmann and James LaPine. He has “composed” and “conducted” over 1,000 completely improvised musicals with Musical! The Musical, Baby Wants Candy and others. Mike has received a Jeff Award and was named one of the top young songwriters in the country by the Johnny Mercer/AMTP association.
Ensemble, Kate Cohen
Kate Cohen (ensemble) is delighted to return to One Night Only after performing in the original ensemble in Chicago and New York. She plays with ComedySportz Chicago and Laugh Out Loud Theatre in Schaumburg. Kate also performed improv and sketch comedy with Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. She is an ensemble member of The Improvised Sondheim Project and has competed in Haterade, iO Theatre's improvised rap battle. She is a faculty member at The Second City Training Center.
Ensemble, Matthew Van Colton
Matthew Van Colton (ensemble) has performed with Best Musical, SCTC Musical Improv House Ensemble, Musical! the Musical, Baby Wants Candy and One Night Only (Chicago, New York), Chicago Dramatists, Northlight, Porchlight, Victory Gardens, iO, Annoyance, Royal George, TUTA theaters. He is a faculty member at Second City Training Center and has taught for Evanston Township High School; Acting Studio Chicago. Matt is a founding member of INNY-nominated Mansical and a member of Actor’s Equity.
Ensemble, Katie Dufresne
Katie Dufresne (ensemble) is beyond excited performing once again with the extremely talented cast of One Night Only. Katie moved to Chicago in 2010 and has since studied at both the Second City and iO training programs. Katie has performed with the Second City Theatricals at sea, is a current cast member of the Improvised Sondheim Project, and is an ensemble member at both ComedySportz Chicago and the iO Chicago theater.
Ensemble, Andrew Knox
Andrew Knox (ensemble) is excited to be joining the cast of One Night Only! He currently performs with the iO Harold team Dogs, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Baby Wants Candy at The Apollo Theater, and The Grrr at The Playground Theater. Andrew is an alumnus of Second City's Urban Twist cast, Second City Training Center’s Musical Improv House Ensemble, and performed with Second City aboard the good ship Norwegian Dawn last year.
Ensemble, Kate McGroarty
Kate McGroarty (ensemble) is so excited to join One Night Only! Her Chicago credits include work with Remy Bumppo, Steep Theatre, Oak Park Theatre festival, A Red Orchid, Shanna's Mom and Griffin Theatre. She is a graduate of the Music Theatre Program at Northwestern University, Second City's Conservatory and will graduate from Second City's Music Conservatory in December. In 2010 she won a contest to live in The Museum of Science and Industry for a month.
Understudy, Rachel Page
Rachel Page (understudy) is so thrilled to be a part of One Night Only! She is a performer, music director, director and teaching artist in the Chicagoland area. Rachel has been a part of Second City Musical Improv Conservatory, Second City Coached Ensembles, MINT Musical Improv, 100 Proof Comedy at Comedysportz Chicago, Beast Women Cabaret, Improv Playhouse, Fox Valley Repertory Theatre and the Music Institute of Chicago. Favorite projects include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Les Miserables, and Love, Commitment, and Other Gross Things: A Cabaret.
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