A Tribute To YAMO’s 60ᵀᴴ
Showcase ETHS! A Tribute To YAMO’s 60ᵀᴴ will feature a look back at the history, satire, sketches and performers that have made the student-produced comedy revue a beloved fall tradition since it began in 1958.
The show, benefiting ETHS and ETHS Performing Arts, will include musical performances, memories, and specially sent messages from a variety of notable YAMO alums. Featured alumni will include: Jay Shefsky (’75), Shelly Goldstein (’75), Danny O’Callaghan (’78), James Vincent Meredith (‘89), Anders Holm (’97), Lucia Godinez (’14) and Tony Award winner, Jessie Mueller (‘01) to name a few.
JESSIE MUELLER '01
Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller performed as part of the ’98 and ‘99 ‘Unexpected’ Company, then served as General Director for YAMO 2000. After graduating from ETHS in ’01, she earned her BFA in Theatre from Syracuse University. In 2011, Jessie made her Broadway debut, appearing opposite Harry Connick, Jr., in “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever,” then went on to win the Tony, Drama Desk Award, and Grammy for her starring role as Carole King in the Broadway hit, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Jessie was most recently seen as Jenna Hunterson in composer-lyricist Sara Bareilles’ hit Broadway musical “Waitress” for which she was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and Grammy awards.
In Spring 2018, Jessie will be back on Broadway as Julie Jordan in a revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” however, before that, it was just announced, she’ll be joining Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in the cast of the new Steven Spielberg film, ‘The Post’ – opening in theaters in January 2018.
DAN GREENBERGER '77
Dan Greenberger wrote and performed for YAMO ’74 and ’75, and served as General Chairman for YAMO ’76 – and the YAMO 60th Show Board is thrilled he’ll be serving as Master of Ceremonies for “Showcase ETHS! A Tribute To YAMO’s 60th.”
A two-time Writer’s Guild Award Winner, Dan has focused his career on comedy – writing for stage, TV and film, and performing stand-up along the way as well. He’ll be bringing his humor and wit back to the ETHS stage on Sunday afternoon, October 15th to help celebrate this milestone in YAMO’s history.
After graduating from ETHS in 1977, Dan got his B.A. from Wesleyan University and a graduate degree in Playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He wrote for the stage in New York City and London – then turned his writing talents to television and headed to the West Coast.
Over the years, Dan has written for network sitcoms, animated series, and talk shows, as well as created pilots for cable and YouTube. In addition, he’s written and produced the award-winning short films “A Day in the Life of Your Cats” and “Man Up, Little Boy,” which have played at film festivals around the country.
Dan is currently a Writer/Producer for the CBS Network where his award-winning comedy trailers have graced the airwaves promoting hit series such as: “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” to name a few.
When asked about his YAMO experience, Dan says it was his favorite part of high school. “The best thing I learned from YAMO was that, if you have a dream, don’t wait for someone else! Don’t wait for the great role to land in your lap - write it. Don’t wait for the “experts” to do it for you - you ARE the expert,” he says. “Be pro-active. Make it happen. That to me is what YAMO is all about.”
SHELLY GOLDSTEIN '75
Shelly Goldstein has performed her one-woman cabaret shows to sell-out crowds throughout the US and UK, and we’re thrilled that she’ll be bringing her unique blend of comedy and song to the ETHS auditorium stage in tribute to YAMO’s 60th.
In addition to performing, Shelly has enjoyed a busy career as a writer for TV, film and stage. After graduating from Northwestern, Shelly was recruited by Garry Marshall to write on his sitcoms at Paramount. Since then, she’s written dramas, sitcoms, and special material for a myriad of performers including Barbra Streisand, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, and Jay Leno. She recently wrote the Lyric Opera of Chicago-PBS TV concert, CHICAGO VOICES, hosted by Renée Fleming and featuring fellow YAMO alum and Tony Award winner, Jessie Mueller.
Shelly divides her time between work in L.A. and London – so, we’re thrilled she’s coming back to pay homage to the YAMO she loves so dearly.
DAN O'CALLAGHAN '78
Dan O'Callaghan is a veteran actor/comedian whose career has included work in film, television and on stage. After spending several years on the West Coast, Dan went “country” – now calling Nashville home. Danny recently had a recurring role on the CMT comedy, “Still the King”, starring Billy Ray Cyrus, and can be seen in John McGinley’s upcoming baseball feature, “Rounding Third” set for release in 2018.
In addition to acting, Dan is an Irish tenor. He performs opera at venues around the country, and recently sang the national anthem for Charlie Daniels’ ‘The Journey Home Project’ benefit. He combines both comedy and song as a recurring “musical comedian” for Nashville House concerts at the Nashville War Memorial Auditorium – performing most recently alongside Martina McBride.
Dan can also be heard regularly on Sirius XM’s ‘The Highway’ as ‘Dangerous Dan – the Ultimate Fighting Champ Turned Opera Singer’ on ‘Mornings With Storme Warren’.
When asked about his time in YAMO, Dan says, “It was the best experience! The lessons learned thanks to YAMO have been part of my performance toolbox for the past four decades.” Dan is dedicating his YAMO 60th performance to “Mr. YAMO,” Ellory Bisk.
LUCY GODINEZ '14
Lucy Godinez performed in YAMO’s ‘Unexpected’ Company in 2011 and 2012, and served as ‘Unexpected’ Company Director in 2013. She’s in her senior year as a Theatre major in the Musical Theatre Certificate program at Northwestern University with a double major in Latino Studies. Off Campus, Lucy was most recently seen as Jeannie in HAIR at the Mercury Theatre and, prior to that, was seen in Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of IN THE HEIGHTS (Nina).
Favorite Northwestern credits include: GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT (Extraordinary Girl), URINETOWN (Pennywise), and the 86th Annual WAA-MU SHOW: BEYOND BELIEF (CJ, lead), during which time she was awarded the 2017 Sarah Siddons Scholarship. Lucy received the 2017 Time Out Chicago Theatre Award for ‘Best Featured Performance in a Musical,” and was recently named as one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre.”
MATT PRICE '89
Matt Price was part of YAMO’s ‘Unexpected’ Company in 1987 and YAMO board member/ director of ‘Unexpected’ Company in 1988. He currently lives in Los Angels and works as a Supervising Producer for Close Enough, a new animated prime time series coming to TBS summer 2018. Matt wrote for all eight seasons of Regular Show on the Cartoon Network for which he won an Emmy in 2012 and garnered six Emmy nominations.
Matt has written for other TV shows as well, including Comedy Central’s Root of All Evil with Lewis Black. As an actor, some of Matt’s favorite appearances include: New Girl, The Office, Transparent, West Wing, Arrested Development, and Men of a Certain Age. Matt is excited and honored to come back to Evanston to be part of YAMO’s 60th!
More performers' bios to come.