Levy outside the stage door of Ghost the Musical in London.
|Born||Caissie Shira Levy
(1981-04-15) 15 April 1981
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Spouse(s)||David Reiser (m. 2011)|
Levy was born to Jewish parents Mark, a general practitioner, and Lisa Levy, an administrator at her husband’s practice. She has two elder brothers, Robi and Josh, who are film directors/writers/producers known as The Levy Brothers. Levy graduated from Westdale Secondary School in 1999. Set to study Shakespeare in Canada, Levy was given the suggestion to audition for New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA); on a whim she did and got in. She has also taught several audition workshops for students in the NYC area. She went to camp in Camp Ramah in Canada.
A week after graduating from AMDA she made a name for herself by playing the role of Maureen Johnson in the U.S. national tour of Rent. Levy then played the role of Penny Pingleton in both the Broadway and U.S. national tour companies of Hairspray after understudying the role in the Toronto company. During this time, she also covered the role of Amber Von Tussle.
In 2008, Levy starred as Elphaba in the Los Angeles sit-down production of Wicked. She had previously understudied the role on Broadway and briefly served as standby in Los Angeles. Her first performance took place on January 1, 2008, replacing Eden Espinosa. She left the show on May 11 of the same year, and was replaced by her standby Teal Wicks.
Levy recently starred as Sheila in the Broadway revival of Hair, which began previews on March 6, 2009 and opened March 31, 2009 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. She left the Broadway cast on March 7, 2010, when she was succeeded by Diana DeGarmo, to open the West End revival which began performances April 1, 2010 at the Gielgud Theatre. The show later closed September 4, 2010.
In 2011 Levy originated the role of Molly Jensen in Ghost the Musical, which opened at Manchester Opera House in March for a seven-week run before transferring to London’s West End at The Piccadilly Theatre from June 24, 2011. The official gala opening night took place on July 19. Levy departed the West End production on January 12, 2012, where she was succeeded by Siobhan Dillon the next day. She later opened the Broadway production reprising her role as Molly Jensen along with Richard Fleeshman, her co-star in the West End production as Sam Wheat. The Broadway production began previews on March 15, 2012 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and officially opened on April 23, 2012. Levy and Fleeshman remained in the production until its premature closure on August 18, 2012.
She can be heard on the cast recording for Hair and Ghost the Musical as well as singing, “Please Don’t Let Me Go” on the re-release of composer Scott Alan’s album Keys. Levy can also be heard singing “Dear Daddy” on composer Bobby Cronin’s album and “I Am Yours” on composer Jonathan Reid Gealt’s album Thirteen Stories Down. All of them are available on iTunes.
On November 26, it was announced that Levy would be releasing an EP in January 2013 and will be promoting the release through a concert alongside her husband, David, at Galapagos Art Centre, New York on the January 14th, followed by two dates at the London Hippodrome Casino on 26 and 27 January.
Levy starred as Sara in the acclaimed Manhattan Theatre production of Murder Ballad, a musical by Trip Cullman. The show began previews on May 9, 2013 and officially opened at the off-Broadway Union Square Theatre on May 22. The show concluded its run on July 21, 2013.
On October 22, 2013 it was announced Levy had been cast as Fantine in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables, which opened at the Imperial Theatre on March 23, 2014. She left the role on 1 March 2015. On April 17, 2017, Disney Theatrical Productions officially announced that Levy would originate the role of Elsa in the musical adaptation of Frozen.
|Start year||Production||Role||Notes and awards|
|2006-2007||Wicked||Ensemble, understudy Elphaba||
|2007||Wicked||Elphaba standby, Elphaba||
|2011||Ghost The Musical||Molly||
|2011||Ghost The Musical||Molly||
|2012||Ghost The Musical||Molly||
|2015||First Daughter Suite||Patti Davis/Julie Nixon||
On October 30, 2011, Levy married actor David Reiser in an evening ceremony at the Soho Beach House in Miami, after five years of dating. In March 2016, Levy gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son.
|Born||(1991-01-14) January 14, 1991
Miami, Florida, United States
|Known for||Winning So You Think You Can Dance: Season 5; Bunheads|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
|Weight||120 lb (54 kg)|
Jeanine Marie Mason (born January 14, 1991) is an American actress and dancer. After winning the 5th season of the Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance and earning the title of America’s Favorite Dancer, her acting career began. She was last seen in ABC biblical drama “Of Kings and Prophets” opposite Ray Winstone and in the feature film Default opposite David Oyelowo. She has also appeared in TV series such as ABC Family’s Bunheads, “You’re The Worst“, “Awkward“, TNT’s Major Crimes, “NCIS: Los Angeles“, “CSI” and Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush. In 2012 Jeanine was nominated for Best Lead Actor at the Idllywild International Festival of Cinema for her work in the film Understudy. She will next be seen in Valerie Weiss‘s film “The Archer” opposite Bailey Noble.
Mason became the first Cuban American to win So You Think You Can Dance.
Mason was born in Miami, Florida, and grew up in a dance-oriented family in Pinecrest, an affluent Miami neighborhood. Both of her parents are of Cuban descent. Mason began her dance training at the age of three in ballet and flamenco, and went on to study jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, modern, and contemporary dance. Mason began her study of theatre at age 11 with community and middle school productions. Upon moving to Los Angeles, California, Mason continues to study theater while also keeping a focus on film and Television at The Michael Woolson Studio. Jeanine graduated cum laude from UCLA in the Spring of 2014 and accredits the knowledge that she has attained at the school to fueling her creative work. “It’s always interesting to me how my studies mirror my life. Any time I’m learning new academic material, I find a way to use it in my work. And the more material I have to pull from, the richer that work becomes.”
So You Think You Can Dance
At the age of 18, Mason competed on the fifth season of the show So You Think You Can Dance, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the competition over fellow contestants Brandon Bryant, Kayla Radomski, and Evan Kasprzak. For the first five weeks of the competition (Top 20 to Top 12), Mason was partnered with Phillip Chbeeb. During the show’s sixth week (Top 10), Mason danced a contemporary number choreographed by Travis Wall and was partnered with Jason Glover. Later, Mason was also partnered with Brandon Bryant, Ade Obayomi, Evan Kasprzak, and Kayla Radomski. Mason was consistently praised for her strong and versatile performances.
During the fall of 2009, Mason toured the United States with the top twelve dancers of the So You Think You Can Dance competition.
Shortly after completing So You Think You Can Dance, Mason turned her full attention to channeling her performing skills into her other lifelong love, the craft of acting. Her on-screen career began when Mason starred in the Halloween episode of Nickelodeon’s hit show, Big Time Rush., from there she guest starred in The Bling Ring, CSI, The Fresh Beat Band, and Hollywood Heights before landing the recurring role of Cozzette on ABC Family’s Bunheads and leading roles in the pilots Hot Mess, and Delirium. She has also booked roles on Major Crimes and Secret Life of the American Teenager as well as several smaller, independent projects.
Mason performed on November 29, 2009 at the Dizzy Feet Gala in Los Angeles, California at the Kodak Theater. She and Jason Glover performed their popular contemporary piece, “If It Kills Me”, choreographed by Travis Wall, and originally performed Top 10 week on SYTYCD. Glover has described Mason as “Unique. You just don’t find dancers like her. She has beautiful lines, is funky and charismatic, and has so much life onstage. Not only does it show in her movement but also on her face. Jeanine is a brilliant performer and one of my favorite people to watch—not just in our group, but out of any dancer I’ve seen, from Gregory Hines to Gene Kelly.”  On November 9, 2010, Mason performed a contemporary-ballroom dance with Mark Ballas to John Legend‘s “Ordinary People” on the hit television show, Dancing With the Stars.
|2||Tango||“Violento (Up Mix)”—Bailongo!||Safe|
|3||Broadway||“Moses Supposes”—from”Singin’ in the Rain”||Safe|
|4||Hip-Hop||“Love Lockdown“—Kanye West||Bottom 3|
|Results show solo||“Moonlight Sonata“—Smart Sleep With Classical|
|5||Russian folk dance||“Kalinka“—Barynya||Bottom 3|
|Jive||“Stuff Like That There“—Bette Midler|
|Results show solo||“Baby’s Romance”—Chris Garneau|
|6||Jason Glover||Contemporary||“If It Kills Me (The Casa Nova Sessions)”—Jason Mraz||Safe|
|Performance show solo||“Violento (Up Mix)”—Bailongo!|
|7||Brandon Bryant||Smooth Waltz||“May It Be“— Hayley Westenra||Safe|
|Pop Jazz||“Battlefield“—Jordin Sparks|
|Performance show solo||“Let the Drummer Kick”—Citizen Cope|
|8||Ade Obayomi||Samba||“LoveGame“—Lady Gaga||Safe|
|Hip-Hop||“Move (If You Wanna)“—Mims|
|Performance show solo||“Feedback“—Janet Jackson|
|9||Evan Kasprzak||Jazz||“Heartbreaker”—MSTRKRFT featuring John Legend||Winner|
|Kayla Radomski||Contemporary||“The Four Sections: IV (Full Orchestra)”—Steve Reich|
|Brandon Bryant||Paso Doble||”Tetsujin”— from The Matrix Revolutions†|
|Final solo||“Por una Cabeza“—The Tango Project|
|2011||Bling Ring, TheThe Bling Ring||Bosso||Television film|
|2012||¡Understudy!||Clara Klein||Short film|
|2016||El Empantanado (The Muddy)||Heili|
|2017||Archer, TheThe Archer||Rebecca Rosinsky|
|2010||Big Time Rush||Muffy||Episode: “Big Time Halloween”|
|2011||Fresh Beat Band, TheThe Fresh Beat Band||Amy||Episode: “Step It Up”|
|2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Gween Seligson||Episode: “Brain Doe”|
|2012||Hollywood Heights||Natalie||2 episodes|
|2013||Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American Teenager||Bebe||Episode: “Money for Nothin'”|
|2013||Major Crimes||Heather||Episode: “Jailbait”|
|2014||Awkward||Shayne||Episode: “Prison Breaks”|
|2014||You’re the Worst||Dana||Episode: “Equally Dead Inside”|
|2014||NCIS: Los Angeles||Bonnie Flores||Episode: “The Grey Man”|
|2016||Of Kings and Prophets||Merav||Main role; 9 episodes|
|2017||Daytime Divas||Nick||2 episodes|
- 2005, 1st Place Overall High Score Teen Solo American Dance Awards
- 2005, Teen Elite Dancer and Capezio Ballet Award West Coast Dance Explosion
- 2005, 1st Runner-up Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Competition
- 2006, Teen Elite Dancer West Coast Dance Explosion
- 2006, Teen High Score Solo & Teen Outstanding Dancer New York City Dance Alliance
- 2006, 1st Place Overall High Score Senior Solo & Hall of Fame Inductee Hall of Fame
- 2006, Ms. Teen Starquest Starquest
- 2007, Senior Outstanding Dancer New York City Dance Alliance
- 2007, Hall of Fame Inductee Hall of Fame
- 2007, Senior Dancer of the Year American Dance Awards
- 2008, Senior Outstanding Dancer & 1st Overall Senior Solo New York City Dance Alliance
- 2008, National Senior Jump VIP Winner Jump
- 2008, 1st Overall Senior Solo Star Systems
- 2008, Female Dancer of the Year & 1st Overall Senior Solo American Dance Awards
- 2008, 1st Overall Senior Solo Starquest
- 2008, 1st Overall Senior Solo Showbiz
- 2008, 1st Overall Senior Solo Hall of Fame
- 2009, Winner So You Think You Can Dance
Spencer in May 2014
|Born||Lara Christina Von Seelen
(1969-06-19) June 19, 1969
Garden City, New York, United States
|Education||Garden City High School|
|Alma mater||Pennsylvania State University|
|Spouse(s)||David Haffenreffer (m. 2000–15)|
Lara Christine Von Seelen (known professionally as Lara Spencer) (born June 19, 1969) is an American television presenter. She is best known for being the co-anchor for ABC‘s Good Morning America. She is also a correspondent for Nightline and ABC News. Previously, she was the host of the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine The Insider from 2004 to 2011, and was a regular contributor to CBS’s The Early Show. Before then, she was the national correspondent for Good Morning America and spent several years as a lifestyle reporter for WABC-TV. She also hosted Antiques Roadshow on PBS for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, and Antiques Roadshow FYI, a spin-off of Antiques Roadshow, during 2005. She hosts the show Flea Market Flip on both HGTV and the Great American Country channel.
Spencer grew up in the New York suburb of Garden City, Long Island, where she graduated from Garden City High School in 1987. She attended Pennsylvania State University on an athletic scholarship for springboard and platform diving and was a nationally ranked competitive diver. She was named an All American Athlete in 1991, her senior year, and graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Following college, Spencer went into the NBC page program where she would volunteer to work with other reporters in order to gain experience. From there, she landed a position at the CBS affiliate WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she “was literally a one-man band”, serving as reporter, producer, editor, cameraman and news-van driver. A year later, she joined News 12 Long Island and two years following that she was anchoring the 3 AM newscast for WABC-TV. While there, she covered the TWA Flight 800 crash, which was considered her big break. She then joined ABC‘s Good Morning America in 1999 as a national correspondent.
Spencer married former CNNfn journalist David Haffenreffer on September 30, 2000 at St. Andrew’s Dune Church in an Episcopal ceremony. The couple have two children, Kate and Duff. They lived in the Riverside section of Greenwich, Connecticut, before moving to Los Angeles in 2008. In March 2015, the couple announced that they had separated and they were divorced in June 2015.
In 2017, Spencer hosted the limited series People Icons.
Spencer has also created and produced two shows based on her passions for interior designing, which were a one-hour special titled I Brake for Yard Sales that originally aired in April 2012 on HGTV, and a flea market-themed television series currently airing on Great American Country called Flea Market Flip.
Spencer’s first book, titled I Brake for Yard Sales, a guide on how to create high-end looking rooms using second hand finds, was published and released in April 2012. In September 2013, she along with Chris Harrison hosted the 87th Miss America pageant at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which Spencer had replaced Brooke Burke-Charvet. The pageant was broadcast on ABC on September 15, 2013. She later returned to co-host Miss America 2015 with Harrison on September 14, 2014. Her second book, titled Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures, a guide on designing rooms and homes, was published and released on September 16, 2014.