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Chip Deffaa's Mad About the Boy: The Original Cast Album

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The classic gay musical revue--conceived, written, and directed by Chip Deffaa--that broke box-office records at New York's 13th Street Theater. This high-spirited cast album mixes vintage numbers from the 1920s and '30s with originals by Deffaa.
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1. Let's Misbehave
Joris De Graaf
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2. I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' My Jelly Roll
John Brady
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3. My Buddy
Joris De Graaf
2:18 $0.99
4. If Your Kisses Can't Hold the Man You Love
John Brady & Joris De Graaf
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5. I Can't Make a Man
Benjamin Grier & John Brady
1:33 $0.99
6. He's My Secret Passion
Joris De Graaf
1:34 $0.99
7. Pu-Leeze, Mr. Hemingway
John Brady & Joris De Graaf
1:51 $0.99
8. Come up and See Me Sometime
Luka Fric & John Brady
2:42 $0.99
9. Let's All Be Fairies
Michael J. C. Andersun
1:27 $0.99
10. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Luka Fric
2:21 $0.99
11. Do Something
John Brady & Joris De Graaf
3:02 $0.99
12. Pretty Baby
Luka Fric
1:44 $0.99
13. You Need to Be Loved to Be Happy
Cody Jordan, Katherine Paulsen & Al Roths
4:28 $0.99
14. I'm Crazy for My Baby in a Uniform
Benjamin Grier & Rayna Hirt
2:14 $0.99
15. Lesbian Madness
Mad About the Boy Company
4:37 $0.99
16. When the Special Girlfriend
Katherine Paulsen & Maite Uzal
2:29 $0.99
17. The Boy in the Boat
Michael Knowles
1:52 $0.99
18. B. D. Woman's Blues
Shinice Hemmings
2:27 $0.99
19. Prove It on Me Blues
Shinice Hemmings
1:57 $0.99
20. T'ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
Maite Uzal
2:54 $0.99
21. Sissyman Blues
Michael Knowles
2:30 $0.99
22. My Cozy Little Corner in the Ritz
Benjamin Grier
1:00 $0.99
23. We All Wear a Green Carnation
The Mad About the Boy Boys
2:37 $0.99
24. Sidekick
Toby Medlyn & Cody Jordan
6:59 $0.99
25. Ex-Gay
Toby Medlyn & John Brady
3:14 $0.99
26. Just Some Guy
Benjamin Grier
3:20 $0.99
27. You'd Be Surprised
Luka Fric
1:03 $0.99
28. Let's Misbehave (Finale)
Mad About the Boy Company
3:33 $0.99
29. I Want to Be Bad (Bonus Track)
Jon Peterson
1:24 $0.99
30. Do Something (Bonus Track)
Cody Jordan & Joris De Graaf
3:01 $0.99
31. T'ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do (Bonus Track)
Terri White
3:21 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

Chip Deffaa’s “MAD ABOUT THE BOY”

(with musical direction by Richard Danley)..

Musical Numbers .

1. “LET’S MISBEHAVE” (lyrics and music by Cole Porter) ... performed by Joris de Graaf

2. “I AIN’T GONNA GIVE NOBODY NONE O’ MY JELLY ROLL” (lyrics and music by Spencer Williams and Clarence Williams) ... John Brady

3. “MY BUDDY” (lyrics by Gus Kahn, music by Walter Donaldson) ... Joris de Graaf

4. “IF YOUR KISSES CAN’T HOLD THE MAN YOU LOVE” (lyrics by Jack Yellen, music by Vivian Ellis) ... John Brady, Joris de Graaf

5. “I CAN’T MAKE A MAN” (traditional–arrangement/adaptation copyright by Chip Deffaa) ... Benjamin Grier, John Brady

6. “HE’S MY SECRET PASSION” (lyrics by Val Valentine, music by Arthur Young) ... Joris de Graaf

7. “PUH-LEASE, MR. HEMINGWAY” (lyrics by Walter Kent and Milton Drake, music by Abner Silver) ... Joris de Graaf and John Brady

8. “COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME” (lyrics by Arthur Swanstrom, music by Louis Alter) ... Luka Fric, Cody Jordan

9. “LET’S ALL BE FAIRIES” (lyrics and music by Algy Moore) ... Michael J.C. Anderson

10. “A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND” (lyrics and music by Eddie Green; arrangement copyright by Chip Deffaa) ... Luka Fric

11. “DO SOMETHING” (lyrics and music by Bud Green and Sam H. Stept) ... John Brady, Joris de Graaf

12. “PRETTY BABY” (lyrics by Gus Kahn, music by Tony Jackson and Egbert Van Alstyne) ... Luka Fric

13. “YOU NEED TO BE LOVED TO BE HAPPY” (lyrics and music by Chip Deffaa) ... Cody Jordan, with Katherine Paulsen and Al Roths

14. “I’M CRAZY FOR MY BABY IN A UNIFORM” (lyrics and music by Chip Deffaa) ... Benjamin Grier (with tap dancing by Rayna Hirt)

15. “LESBIAN MADNESS” (lyrics and music by Rick Crom) ... The “Mad About the Boy” Gang (Cody Jordan, Toby Medlyn, John Brady, Joris de Graaf, Luka Fric, Amanda Andrews, Katherine Paulsen, Maite Uzal)

16. “WHEN THE SPECIAL GIRLFRIEND” (original German title: “Wenn die Beste Freundin”; music by Mischa Spoliansky, original German lyrics by Marcellus Schiffer; English lyrics by John David Lawrence) ... Katherine Paulsen, Maite Uzal

17. “THE BOY IN THE BOAT” (traditional–adaptation/arrangement copyright by Chip Deffaa) ... Michael Knowles

18. “B.D. WOMEN’S BLUES” (traditional–adaptation/arrangement copyright by Chip Deffaa) ... Shinice Hemmings

19. “PROVE IT ON ME BLUES” (by Gertrude “Ma” Rainey; adaptation/arrangement copyright by Chip Deffaa) ... Shinice Hemmings

20. “T’AIN’T NOBODY’S BIZNESS IF I DO” (lyrics and music by Clarence Williams, Porter Grainger, and Graham Prince; arrangement copyright by Chip Deffaa) ... Maite Uzal

21. “SISSYMAN BLUES” (traditional–adaptation/arrangement copyright by Chip Deffaa) ... Michael Knowles

22. “MY COZY LITTLE CORNER IN THE RITZ” (lyrics and music by Cole Porter) ... Benjamin Grier

23. “WE ALL WEAR A GREEN CARNATION” (lyrics and music by Noel Coward) ... The “Mad About the Boy” Men (John Brady, Cody Jordan, Al Roths, Luka Fric)

24. “SIDEKICK” (lyrics and music by Chip Deffaa) ... Toby Medlyn with Cody Jordan

25. “EX-GAY” (lyrics and music by Chip Deffaa) ... Toby Medlyn, with John Brady

26 “JUST SOME GUY” (by Joe Pisapia and Anthony Rapp) ... Benjamin Grier

27. YOU’D BE SURPRISED” (lyrics and music by Irving Berlin) ... Luka Fric

28. “LET’S MISBEHAVE”-FINALE (lyrics and music by Cole Porter) ... The “Mad About the Boy” Company (with tap dancing by Rayna Hirt)


29. “I WANT TO BE BAD” (lyrics by B. G. De Sylva and Lew Brown, music by Ray Henderson) ... Jon Peterson

30.“DO SOMETHING” (lyrics and music by Bud Green and Sam H. Stept) ... Cody Jordan, Joris de Graaf

31 “T’AIN’T NOBODY’S BIZNESS IF I DO” (lyrics and music by Clarence Williams, Porter Grainger, and Graham Prince; arrangement copyright by Chip Deffaa) ... Terri White

This album is dedicated by the producer, with appreciation, affection, and respect, to Aec and Alex D....

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Chip Deffaa’s “Mad About the Boy”--which broke box-office records at New York’s venerable 13th Street Repertory Theater--was hailed by fans as a classic gay musical, one of the quintessential gay musicals.

Television producer/host Barry Z, who came to see this two-act musical production repeatedly, devoted an hour-long television broadcast to “Mad About the Boy,” commenting: "It's a great gay musical history lesson--the best musical revue I've seen in years!"

Reviewer Darryl Reilly noted in “‘Mad About the Boy’ is a historical musical revue that traces the gay and lesbian experience in the United States through standards and new songs, and is performed by an exuberant young cast..... The creative force of the show is Chip Deffaa. His script is erudite, passionate, and entertaining. His musical arrangements expertly reconfigure the score’s many songs for optimum effect.... Deffaa’s direction is imaginative...”

Reviewer Thomas Robert Stevens wrote in “Applause! Applause!”: “There is no better musical playing in New York City this season than ‘Mad About The Boy.’ Chip Deffaa has outdone himself...”

Here’s a little background on the show.... Deffaa presented the first prototype-edition of “Mad About the Boy” as part of his Chip Deffaa Invitational Theater Festival, on 42nd Street in New York City. It was initially a one-act production, running about 50-60 minutes in length. And it was just one of more than 25 different productions Deffaa presented in his six-week-long theater festival. Drawing upon his expertise in oldtime music and gay history, Deffaa sought to demonstrate that there were songs with a gay sensibility long before the modern gay-rights movement.

And mainly, Deffaa recalls, he just wanted to have some fun. And hear some of the rare
vintage songs from his vast collection of sheet-music and records, sung by terrific performers.

\“Mad About the Boy” emerged--primarily via word-of-mouth, for there was no paid advertising at all--as a surprise runaway hit of the festival. Joe Franklin raved about the show on Bloomberg Radio (“Solid entertainment.... The crowds went crazy!”). Joey Reynolds loved the show, and invited Deffaa and a couple of the cast members on to his nationally syndicated radio program–performing material from the show “live” to listeners in 200 markets, coast to coast.

Broadway legend Tommy Tune came in with an entourage to see “Mad About the Boy.” And boy! Tommy Tune led the applause at the theater that night, urging Deffaa afterwards to expand the unique show into a full-length production. Tune suggested that he hadn’t just been entertained by the show, he’d learned from it. As Deffaa noted: “When Tommy Tune--who’s won 10 Tony Awards and has been a lifelong source of inspiration for me–tells you you’re on to something, you listen!”

After the festival, as time permitted, Deffaa workshopped an expanded “Mad About the Boy.”
Anita Durst and Chashama–a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping the arts–provided invaluable early support. Deffaa recorded the stars of the first festival production, and eventually released a CD, “Mad About the Boy: The Festival Cast Plus Special Guests.” And continued working on the show.

Edith O’Hara, founder and Artistic Director of the 13th Street Repertory Theater, gave Deffaa carte blanche to develop the show at her theater. O’Hara--a trailblazer who took pride in having presented at her 13th Street Theater, four decades earlier, the first big hit gay musical in New York--was proud to present Deffaa’s full-length version of “Mad About the Boy” at her theater. And Deffaa–who has a superb track record for finding great new talent--assembled a strong, young, international cast.

This is the original cast album for the acclaimed 13th Street Theater production, featuring Joris de Graaf, John Brady, Cody Jordan, Luka Fric, Benjamin Grier, Toby Medlyn, Maite Uzal, Katherine Paulsen, Amanda Andrews, Michael Knowles, Shinice Hemmings. Michael J.C. Anderson, and Al Roths, with musical direction by Richard Danley. Special guest stars Jon Peterson and Terri White are heard on bonus tracks.

“Mad About the Boy” includes four spirited original songs by Chip Deffaa; a contemporary ballad by Anthony Rapp and Joe Pisapia; and a comic topical production number by Rick Crom. But most of the show consists of rare numbers from the first three decades of the 20th century. In keeping with revues from that era, Deffaa has created a slight storyline on which to hang the songs. For those who care about such details, here is a brief synopsis of the plot....

The lights come up upon actors telling us, through songs from the 1920s and early ‘30s, the story of one gay man’s quest for love, back in the day....

The actors’ efforts are eventually interrupted by the noisy arrival of the Reverend Billiam S. Love and his loyal followers, Ms. Lambert and Ms. McNibby–protesting against homosexuality in theater (and everywhere else). The Reverend and his cohorts ardently profess their longing to take America back to the supposedly good old days.

The actors counter by showing–through stories and songs–that gay people have always been here.

The actors offer up vintage songs with a gay twist... from Harlem in the 1920s, from Berlin in the 1930s, from Broadway and from Tin Pan Alley. They share experiences from their own lives, and get the Reverend to open up a bit about his own life, and his own oh-so-hard struggles with same-sex attraction. Deffaa’s script manages to slip in a good bit of valuable historical information along the way. And we cross paths, however briefly, with any number of colorful characters, from Ma Rainey to Michael Riedel. But providing entertainment is paramount. And before the night is over, everyone winds up singing, swaying, tap-dancing, and even scat-singing in unison... “Wah-dah-dah-da-dot....”

In this high-spirited show, the plot really isn’t the main thing. The songs, we hope, pretty much speak for themselves! “Mad About the Boy,” we might add, actually includes more songs than can fit on any one CD. But this cast album captures the majority of the music–and the elan with which Deffaa’s hand-picked cast put over the numbers in the theater every night! The show may continue to evolve. The next productions–and hopefully there will be many more--may include some new material. But the essence of the show--the heart of the show--will surely be found right here.

Incidentally, writer/director Deffaa double-cast some roles for the 13th Street Theater production. For example, John Brady and Cody Jordan alternated, at different performances, in the roles of “Seth,” “Oscar,” and “Professor S. J. Sikes.” Both performers were great in their own ways–and jointly won that year’s “Ray DeMattis Award” as rising young artists-to-watch. (The photo shows veteran Broadway actor Ray DeMattis with the two award-winners, John Brady and Cody Jordan.)

We’ve included a bit of both artist’s work. On this album, for example, it will be John Brady you will hear singing “Do Something” on track #11. Cody Jordan’s version of the same song is included as a bonus track, #30. On this album, it will be Jordan you’ll hear singing “You Need to be Loved to be Happy” on track #13. Brady’s version of that number was included in the recently released album, “The Chip Deffaa Songbook.” And alternate performances of a couple other songs from this show will be included in a forthcoming album, “Gay Love.” We want all of these good artists to be heard. It’s a fun show, and we want to document the work of all the artists who helped draw standing-room-only crowds to the 13th Street Rep.

And now, if you’d like, here’s a bit of background on the cast and creative team...

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CHIP DEFFAA (writer/director/arranger) is the author of 16 published plays and eight published books. And he’s produced 18 albums. He conceived this show and wrote the songs “I’m Crazy for My Baby in a Uniform,” “You Need to be Loved to be Happy,” “Ex-Gay, and “Sidekick.” For 18 years Deffaa covered entertainment, including music and theater, for The New York Post. He is a graduate of Princeton University and a trustee of the Princeton "Tiger" magazine. He wrote and directed such Off-Broadway shows as "George M. Cohan Tonight!" (which premiered at the Irish Repertory Theater) and "One Night with Fanny Brice” (which premiered at St. Luke’s Theater). His most recent productions, “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,” “Theater Boys” and "Irving Berlin's America," played at the 13th Street Repertory Theater, which has been his base in recent years. His shows have been performed everywhere from London, to Edinburgh, to Seoul. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, and ASCAP. Please visit:

RICHARD DANLEY (music director/pianist) has been Chip Deffaa's first-call music director for over a decade. He has worked on many shows and/or cast albums of Deffaa's, including "Irving Berlin's America," "One Night with Fanny Brice," "The Seven Little Foys," "George M. Cohan Tonight!," “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,” and "Theater Boys." He has served as music director for Peter Duchin's Broadway revues; played countless cabaret shows in New York, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles; and has performed everywhere from daytime dramas on television, to cruise ships, to Carnegie Hall. He is on the faculty of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA).

Producer’s note: While Richard Danley was the pianist for the great majority of recordings on this album, Mark Goodman, Mark Hartman, and Sterling Price-McKinney played on select tracks.

RAYNA HIRT (choreography and tap) is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), where she now teaches. She was most recently seen on the New York stage in Chip Deffaa’s “Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue” (at the 13th Street Theater), to which she also contributed choreography. And she can be heard on the original cast album for that show. Her association with playwright/director Chip Deffaa (and music director Richard Danley) goes back to when she was 14 and played the role of “Madeline Foy” in the first New York production of Deffaa’s “The Seven Little Foys.” But even then she’d already made her mark as a dancer, earning the title of “Junior Miss Dance of Florida” via Dance Masters competitions. She’s been seen in numerous commercials; has done modeling in addition to theater; has assisted Deffaa with various productions; and has toured the US and Canada in “Dragon Tales Live.” She’s most recently been heard on Deffaa’s albums, “The Irving Berlin Songbook” and “The Chip Deffaa Songbook.” With more to come!

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JORIS de GRAAF, who previously lit up the stage in Chip Deffaa’s musical comedy “Theater Boys,” is originally from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. There he co-created and starred in an original production based on “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” by Oliver Sacks (“Gekkenwerk”). Deffaa Emailed de Graaf in the Netherlands, asking him if he wanted a leading role in “Mad About the Boy,” and attached a copy of the script. De Graaf said yes, hopped on a plane to New York, and plunged into rehearsals. Among de Graaf’s other New York credits: The Beautiful Soup’s revival of “Rags,” the Purple Threads Ensemble’s “Dear Mr. Rosan,” and FACT’s Off-Broadway production of “A Hansel and Gretel Christmas.” He is currently writing a full-length play. He may also be heard on such albums of Deffaa’s as “The Chip Deffaa Songbook” and “Irving Berlin Rediscovered.”

JOHN BRADY made his New York theatrical debut in “Mad About the Boy.” A South Jersey native, and a recent graduate of DeSales University, Brady holds a B.A in Theater. He’s also studied improv comedy with the Upright Citizens’ Brigade. Brady was recommended to Deffaa by cabaret-star Seth Sikes, who’d starred in a previous show of Deffaa’s, and has recorded for Deffaa, and was highly familiar with “Mad About the Boy.” (Sikes even helped prepare some of the music for the show.) Sikes, who’d heard Brady sing at the Townhouse on New York’s UpperEast Side, felt he’d be perfect for “Mad About the Boy.” And Deffaa holds Sikes in such high esteem, he cast Brady in the show on Sikes’s recommendation. Brady and Cody Jordan (with whom he alternated in the leading role) went on to jointly win the annual “Ray DeMattis Award” as promising new artists-to-watch. And Brady has been busy of late, recording for Deffaa. He may also be heard on such albums of Deffaa’s as “The Chip Deffaa Songbook,” “Irving Berlin Revisited,” and “Irving Berlin Rediscovered.”

CODY JORDAN graduated with a BFA in Acting from LIU. His previous acting credits include the “Solutions Grassroots” tour (director: Josh Fox) and “A Christmas Carol” (New York premiere of the Guthrie production), and the short film “Hearts.” Cody Jordan and John Brady won the “Ray DeMattis Award” as promising rising artists-to-watch. Jordan may also be heard on such albums of Deffaa’s as “The Chip Deffaa Songbook,” “Irving Berlin & Co.,” “Irving Berlin Revisited,” and “Irving Berlin Rediscovered.”

LUKA FRIC ... Writer/director Chip Deffaa was so dazzled by Luka Fric’s audition performance–even though Fric was singing a song Deffaa has become allergic to because it is sung by seemingly every other person auditioning in New York these days–Deffaa immediately told him: “You are the best Slovenian musical-comedy star I have ever seen!” Deffaa stressed he was not exaggerating; Fric was not just the only musical-comedy performer from the nation of Slovenia that Deffaa had ever seen, he was definitely the best. “All kidding aside, he’s got star quality,” Deffaa added. “Plus, he knows how to make balloon animals.” Deffaa has not yet figured out how to incorporate that particular skill into this show. “But there will be other shows!” Fric is a graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy. And he was featured, Off-Broadway in the “Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic.” He may also be heard on such albums of Deffaa’s as “Irving Berlin Revisited” and “Irving Berlin Rediscovered.” .And he will be heard on more. You want to know more? You should read the profile of him that “Cosmopolitan” ran.

BENJAMIN GRIER came to Deffaa from the tour of “Operation Superpower!” Hailing from Boston, he is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He may also be heard on Deffaa’s album “Irving Berlin & Co.” He is a winner of the 13th Street Theater’s “Matthew Nardozzi Award.” And when Deffaa asked him to sing one number in “Mad About theBoy” seated atop a piano in a flattering blue spotlight, he appeared to be right at home.

MAITE UZAL, who plays “Ms, Lambert,” graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in 2013. Deffaa thought she was the strongest gal he saw in a 2013 “AMDA Showcase”–impressive as an actress, as well as singer–and made a note to himself to cast her in something, as soon as the right role came along. Before attending AMDA, Uzal was an attorney and law teacher in Madrid, Spain, where she appeared in productions of “Les Miz” (“Fantine”), “Martin Guerre” (“Bertrande”) and “Lion King” (“Rafiki”). NYC credits include “Hyppolitus,” “Othello,” “The Panther,” “Death Of A Salesman,” and “Uncle Vanya” (PearlTheater Company). She’s also appeared in the feature film, “Little Galicia,” and is currently producer and character consultant for, as well as a resident actress at Rebel Theater Company. She’s also been one of the stars of Deffaa’s “Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue” and may be heard on the original cast album.

TOBY MEDLYN .... Little is known about the early years of Toby Medlyn. Some say he’s the heir to the famed Medlyn cucumber fortune. Others say he was named after the town of Medlyn, Mississippi. Still others say Medlyn, Mississippi was named after him. Cynics doubt the very existence of such as a place as Mississippi. This much, however, is known to be true: Toby Medlyn was recommended wholeheartedly to playwright/director Chip Deffaa by Maite Uzal. And Deffaa holds Uzal in such high regard as a person and performer, he made the decision to cast Medlyn in the show as soon as Uzal recommended him. Deffaa is grateful for the recommendation. In “Mad About the Boy,” Medlyn not only portrayed the “Reverend Billiam S. Love,” he was also the show’s featured tap-dancer. Medlyn may also be heard on the album “The Chip Deffaa Songbook.”

KATHERINE PAULSEN made her New York theater debut with “Mad About the Boy.” After graduating from Yale with a Humanities degree in May 2014, she spent the summer touring 11 countries with her a capella group, “Whim 'n Rhythm,” before returning to her hometown of Minneapolis to act, sing, and play violin in “Van Winkle: A Folk Musical.” Since moving to New York, she has become a member of the Actor's Project NYC. She may also be heard on such albums of Deffaa’s as “Irving Berlin & Co.,” “The Irving Berlin Songbook,” and “Irving Berlin Revisited.”

AMANDA ANDREWS originated the role of “Adeline Chandon” in “Rags to Riches” at the Poet's Den Theater. Her other favorite roles have included “Maureen Johnson” in “Rent” and “Princess Winifred” in “Once Upon a Mattress.” Amanda graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in California with a BFA in Vocal Performance. When she showed up to audition for “Mad About the Boy,” Deffaa noted that she looked and sounded exactly like the character he had in mind, when he created the role of “Ms. McNibby” in the show; and that doesn’t happen often. She may also be heard on such albums of Deffaa’s as “Irving Berlin & Co.,” “The Chip Deffaa Songbook,” “The Irving Berlin Songbook,” and “Irving Berlin Revisited.”

MICHAEL KNOWLES, the senior-most member of the cast--who sings vintage blues with such heartfelt understanding-- is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.[#25.] He holds a B.A. in Theater and Music from NYU. And also studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Knowles is an accomplished ASM and puppeteer. He can be seen on “Saturday Night Live,” and in the films “The Preacher Wife” with Whitney Houston and “Coming to America” with Eddie Murphy. And he aided Deffaa early in the development of “Mad About the Boy.” He will be heard, too, on future albums in Deffaa’s Irving Berlin series.

SHINICE HEMMINGS , who puts over numbers from the repertoiresof Ma Rainey and Bessie Jackson, is from White Plains, NY. A graduate of Adelphi University with a B.F.A. in Theater, she’s been working with a New York-based theater company, S.T.A.R. children.

MARK BLOWERS ... A graduate of Ohio Northern University, Blowers’ performing career has taken him to locales ranging from Westchester County (doing ”Mary Poppins” at Westchester Broadway Theater), Florida (for “Mame,” starring Leslie Uggams), and Singapore (for “My Fair Lady”). Some of his favorite roles to date include “Will Parker” in “Oklahoma,” “Andy Lee” in “42nd Street,” and “Greg” in “A Chorus Line.” He also narrates audio books.

AL ROTHS is a small-town girl trying to make it in the big city. When not singing and dancing he works as a live in manny (male nanny) on the Upper West Side.

MICHAEL J.C. ANDERSON ... While Michael J.C .Anderson’s credits include both theater and film, it was his training in improv comedy and work in that field that especially appealed to writer/director Deffaa, who likes actors who can bring an adventurous, improvisatory spirit to productions.

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TERRI WHITE’s authority as a singer has added much to many Broadway shows over the years, including “Follies,” “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Chicago,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Welcome to the Club,” and “Barnum.” No one in the theater these days can belt out the blues with greater strength. She really packs a wallop. White has also been seen in such motion pictures as “Boys on the Side,” “Nunsense,” and “Nunsense 2: The Sequel.” You can hear White put over another number from “Mad About the Boy”as a bonus track on the recently released album, “Mad About the Boy: The Festival Cast Plus Special Guests.”.

JON PETERSON has starred in assorted musicals in his native England. He came to the U.S. to star as “the Emcee” in the national tour of “Cabaret,” and he went on to cover that demanding role on Broadway. [#32] And, for more than 10 years on-and-off, he’s starred in productions of Chip Deffaa’s musical play “George M. Cohan Tonight!,” which Deffaa wrote for him. He’s done the show off-Broadway in New York; in New Orleans; in Los Angeles; in London; in Seoul;
and so on. You can hear Peterson on the original cast album of that show, and also on such albums as “Skiddoo,” “The Seven Little Foys,” “The Johnny Mercer Jamboree,” “Irving Berlin Revisited,” “Irving Berlin Rediscovered,” and “The Chip Deffaa Songbook.”

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HOWARD CRUSE, who created the graphics and logo for “Mad About the Boy,” is an internationally acclaimed cartoonist. He is the author of the graphic novel “Stuck Rubber Baby,” which was nominated for the American Library Association’s Lesbian and Gay Book Award; chosen as “Best Graphic Novel” in the United Kingdom Comic Art Awards; and was awarded the French “Prix de la critique.”

A special note of thanks to Edith O’HARA, founder and Artistic Director of the 13th Street Repertory Theater, where this show was workshopped and produced. (The photograph shows her with Chip Deffaa and members of the cast of “Mad About the Boy.”) Now in her one-hundreth year, O’Hara is the senior-most theater manager/producer in New York. She founded the 13th Street Repertory Theater with one primary mission–to nurture playwrights and performers. Many performers who’ve worked in this theater early in their careers have gone on to make names for themselves in the business, including Chazz Palminteri, Jamie DeRoy, Barry Manilow, Amy Stiller, Christopher Meloni.... Edith O’Hara is proud of every one of the artists who’ve graced her stage. At her theater, she also presented, more than 40 years ago, Bill Solly’s “Boy Meets Boy,” which she recalls proudly was the first gay musical to become a big commercial hit in New York. (She launched it at the 13th Street Rep, and eventually transferred in to the Actor’s Playhouse, where it ran for over a year.) As a pioneering champion of gay theater, Edith O’Hara has proudly presented at her theater two of Chip Deffaa’s gay musical successes, “Theater Boys” and “Mad About the Boy.”

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Playwright/director Chip Deffaa is represented by The Fifi Oscard Agency (attention: Peter Sawyer, President), 1440 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10018, Email:, tel. (212) 764-1100.

Information on Chip Deffaa’s shows may also be obtained from Chip Deffaa Productions LLC, 50 Quartz Lane, Paterson, NJ 07501-3345, telephone: 973-684-3340; Email:;

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A note of thanks for the help provided, in various ways, by Carol Channing, Lee Roy Reams, Don Brown, Seth Sikes, Alex and Alec Deland, Matthew Broderick, Samantha McCoy, Ben Youngstone, Byeong hyo Son, Danny Coelho, Matt Buckwald, June Rachelson Ospa, Joe Battista, Jonathan Ospa, Ryan Davis, Colin McLevy, Jed Peterson, Abraheem Abdelhaq, Yunis Alibrahimi, Adam Barki, Deborah Deffaa, Max Deffaa, Julia Deffaa, Louis Deffaa Sr., Josh Schaller, Ava Schaller, Lawson Saby, Logan Saby, Lucas Snyder, Donnie and Earl Snyder, Victor Calatayud, Adrian Carbajal, Gabe Beer, Brick Greenbean, the late John Wallowitch, the late Jack Gottlieb, and Julius “Torreador” Taibor. Thank you to Kelly Briggs and John McMahon, who served as director and music director, respectively, on our first tryout production of “Mad About the Boy” at Café Chashama on 42nd Street, New York City. And thank you to the actors who appeared in that first production, including Keith Anderson, Baby Jane Dexter, Kristy Cates, Suzanne Dressler, Patrick Rinn, Adam Barta, Karen Oberlin, Matt Helton, and others who helped workshop and develop the show, early on, including David Colbert, Dave Warren, Sean Flaherty, Stephanie Saunders, Eric Anthony, and Ellery Bakaitis. And big thanks to Michael Czyz, who was an invaluable member of our 13th Street Theater company but was unable to record with us. Underwear in “Mad About the Boy” courtesy of Tagg (49th Street and 9th Avenue, NYC)

“Mad About the Boy” was first presented as part of the Chip Deffaa Invitational Theater Festival in New York City, with support from Chashama (Anita Durst, Artistic Director). It was subsequently developed at Roy Arias Studios and at the 13th Street Repertory Theater (Edith O’Hara, Founder and Artistic Director).

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If you’ve enjoyed this album, you might also enjoy these 17 other Chip Deffaa albums (available from,, iTunes, etc.): “The Chip Deffaa Songbook”; “Chip Deffaa’s Irving Berlin Revisited: Rare Songs of Love, Loss, and Revenge,” “Chip Deffaa’s Irving Berlin Songbook: Rare and Unrecorded Songs,” “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,” “George M. Cohan Tonight!,” “Irving Berlin’s America,” “One Night with Fanny Brice,” “Irving Berlin: In Person,” “The Seven Little Foys” “Theater Boys,” “Presenting Fanny Brice,” “George M. Cohan: In his Own Words,” “Mad About the Boy,” “The George M. Cohan Revue,” “Irving Berlin & Co.,” “The Johnny Mercer Jamboree,” “George M. Cohan: Rare Original Recordings.”

“Mad About the Boy: The Original Cast Album, The 13th Street Theater Production” (P) and © 2016 by Chip Deffaa

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Chip Deffaa’s



Joris de Graaf, John Brady, Cody Jordan, Luka Fric, Benjamin Grier, Toby Medlyn,

Maite Uzal, Katherine Paulsen, Amanda Andrews, Michael Knowles,

Shinice Hemmings, Michael J.C. Anderson, Al Roths...

plus guest stars Jon Peterson and Terri White

Musical direction by Richard Danley

Conceived, written, and directed by CHIP DEFFAA

Choreography and tap by Rayna Hirt

Assistant directors of the 13th Street Theater production: Dennis Gleason, Peter Charney;
Stage managers: Kate Solomon-Tilley, Megan Ulan; Aide-de-camp: Matthew Nardozzi;
Consultant: Tyler DuBoys; Videographer: Max Galassi; Photographer: Jonathan M. Smith;
Graphics/logo by Howard Cruse; Graphic design/layout by Frank Avellino;
International rep: Sukhee Jun; with thanks to Michael Czyz



Joris de Graaf, John Brady, Cody Jordan, Luka Fric, Benjamin Grier, Toby Medlyn,

Maite Uzal, Katherine Paulsen, Amanda Andrews, Michael Knowles,

Shinice Hemmings, Michael J.C. Anderson, Al Roths...

plus guest stars Jon Peterson and Terri White

Musical direction by Richard Danley

Conceived, written, and directed by CHIP DEFFAA

Choreography and tap by Rayna Hirt

“Mad About the Boy” was first presented as part of the Chip Deffaa Invitational Theater Festival in New York City, with support from Chashama (Anita Durst, Artistic Director). It was further workshopped and produced at New York’s 13th Street RepertoryTheater (Edith O’Hara, Founder and Artistic Director).

Chip Deffaa Productions
Garret Mountain Records GMRD CDP 0105
"Mad About the Boy: Original Cast Album, 13th Street Theater Production”
(P) and © 2016 by Chip Deffaa

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Chip Deffaa’s “Mad About the Boy”: Original Cast Album, 13th Street Theater Production CDP 0105



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