Ashley has a keen eye for comic situations and brings out the best in her cast. Ryan does a splendid job with the vocalists and the orchestra especially the quartet harmonies in "Baby Talk to Me." Lisa's dances include soft shoe, rock n' roll dances and Birdie's terrific dances, too. Leading this huge cast is Brian Lopes as Albert, the songwriter and agent of Conrad Birdie. He captures the comic aspect of the character wonderfully. Brain's strong baritone voice is heard in "Put on a Happy Face", "Talk to Me" and "Rosie". He and his leading lady lead the chorus in "All American Boy". The audience roots for him to win the girl of his dreams and cheers when he finally stands up to his overbearing mother. Stephanie Witz is topnotch as Rosie, Albert's long suffering girl friend. She handles her numbers wonderfully including "An English Teacher", "One Guy", "What Did I Ever See in Him?" and the riveting "Spanish Rose" where she declares her independence from Albert's insulting mother, Mae Peterson. Stephanie does a marvelous dance to "Spanish Rose" and the "Shriner's Ballet."
Ethan Beise is excellent as Conrad Birdie. He brings a lot of charisma and sex appeal to the role. His first entrance in the Macafee house is a hoot while clad in a robe and shiny boxers. His swagger and strut as Birdie is hilarious. Ethan displays his strong voice in "Sincere" while clad in a gold lame jumpsuit and where he does a pelvic thrust dance that causes all the women onstage to faint, in "One Last Kiss" with a snarl on his face and his lipped curled while clad in an Army Uniform and in "A Lotta Livin' to Do" where he leads the teen chorus where they display their singing and dancing talents. Ethan shines as this womanizing rock star and the audience loves it when he gets arrested to escape the clutches of his crazed jailbait fans. One of the biggest scene stealers is Cassie Tortorici as Mae Peterson. She has the funniest lines in the show and she makes them hit pay dirt whether she is berating Albert or insulting Rosie constantly. Her walk as this older character is terrific, too.Cassie displays her singing voice in her tour de force solo "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore". Mae explains how she cared for Albert all his life and now he dumps her out like garbage with her winning thunderous applause at the end of the number. Cassie is clad in a mink coat during the show and drives the audience into hysterics at her wacky antics.