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The Talent

Monica Hammond


Monica is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Broadway Murder Mysteries. As a Broadway marketing professional, she has worked on numerous shows, including the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Once On This Island, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, It’s Only A Play, Gettin’ The Band Back Together, as well as the National Tour of A Night With Janis Joplin. Off Broadway: That Bachelorette Show, The Awesome 80s Prom, Daddy Long Legs, A Better Place. She is also the Chief Coloring Officer of Curious Custom Coloring Books.

Betsy Struxness


Betsy Struxness is the voice of the Detective in several of our murder mystery games. She’s an interdisciplinary artist and WERQ Dance Fitness Master Trainer based in Los Angeles. After graduating with a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, Betsy has gone on to all sorts of performing adventures from cruise ships to voiceovers, Broadway to TV, you name it. On Broadway, Betsy made her debut with Wicked, and then very quickly joined the cast of Memphis right before its run into the Tonys. Her first originating experience was with Leap of Faith, to be joined in swift succession by Scandalous and Matilda. Her biggest honor to date has been bringing the smash hit musical Hamilton from the workshop to off-Broadway to Broadway as one of the original cast members. Her performance background makes her a powerhouse instructor who entertains while motivating and Betsy is sought after all over the country. Betsy enjoys her free time as a traveler, especially with her camera, shooting everything from landscapes to portraits to all things dance. Check out Betsy’s Hamilton-inspired series: #StruxSelfie along with her dance series #PatioJams and most recently her work with drag queen Miss Evita Loca on YouTube. www.betsystruxness.com IG: @be_strux

Anthony Norman


Anthony is the voice of several of our murder mystery game detectives! He’s originally from Chicago, Anthony is currently based in New York City. There, he was most recently seen in THE PROM on Broadway. Anthony was part of the original broadway cast. On TV, he was most recently seen on NBC’s Chicago Med as vampire, Tom Lyons (season 5 episode 7). Anthony is currently shooting a new HBO series, MARE OF EASTTOWN, starring Kate Winslet. Release date TBD (2021). He is also currently shooting Jenji Kohan’s new Netflix series, SOCIAL DISTANCE; a new series shot and produced through our current medium of self isolation.

Anthony is a graduate of Millikin University where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre. After graduating, Anthony joined the first national tour of Disney’s NEWSIES and was later seen on NEWSIES LIVE starring the Original Broadway Cast. He’s also a multi-instrumentalist songwriter. You can find his music at anthonynorman.bandcamp.com

Zakiya Young


Zakiya Young is the voice of our games Groomed for Murder, Murder by Midnight, and Stupid Cupid: Love Bites! She’s a working actress and VO artist who is based in Los Angeles. She was last seen onstage starring in The Old Globe’s acclaimed production of Danai Gurira’s play Familiar. Zakiya also participated in the Ojai Playwrights Conference New Works Festival. Broadway credits include Stick Fly, The Little Mermaid and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Off-Broadway, Zakiya received an Audelco Award Nomination for Storyville. Regional theater credits include Spamilton, Disgraced, Good People, Aida, White Christmas, Little Miss Sunshine and It’s a Bird...It’s a Plane...It’s Superman. Zakiya is the first and only black actress to play the iconic role of Lois Lane in any Superman project. On-camera credits include Room Enough, The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, Iron Fist, Orange is the New Black and Mozart in the Jungle.

Marty Thomas


Marty Thomas is the voice of several murder mystery detectives! He’s a recording artist and an actor who made his Broadway debut at age 11 as Colin in THE SECRET GARDEN. He also appeared on Broadway in WICKED and XANADU. He was named Mr. Broadway 2008 and was a 1992 Ed McMahons Junior Vocalist Star Search Champion beating a then-unknown Britney Spears. He has appeared off-Broadway in MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING, PAGEANT and A LOSS OF ROSES. He was featured in the film BIG GAY MUSICAL, plays Damon’ on TWO BROKE GIRLS (CBS), and Charlie on GRACE & FRANKIE (Netflix). He toured internationally with many theatrical productions as well as the famed QUEEN ESTHER MARROW & THE HARLEN GOSPEL SINGERS as their first Caucasian member. He is a vocal arranger, producer and backup vocalist who has sung with the likes of Billy Porter, Grace Jones, Patti Labelle, Jennifer Holliday, Stephanie Mills, Debbie Gibson, Martha Wash, Barry Manilow, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and many more. Marty is a renowned performer, director and producer in the New York cabaret and concert scene. His show MARTY THOMAS PRESENTS DIVA has toured nationally and performed weekly in New York residence for 8 years. Marty produces and directs the Miss New York Scholarship Competition and trains women for the Miss America Scholarship Competition year-round. He is an outspoken feminist and human rights enthusiast who has produced events and performed in events to raise thousands of dollars for charity throughout his career. Some of his favorite charities include Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Actors Fund, New Alternatives, The Ali Forney Center, The African Children's Choir, and the Phyllis Newmans Women's Health Initiative. His latest album, Slow Dancing with a Boy was released to Broadway Records on December 6, 2019, hitting number 19 on the iTunes pop charts upon its release. Follow on Instagram @martythomaslovesyou and read more at www.martythomas.com.

Jonathan Sandler


Jonathan Sandler, voice of A VALENTINE MURDER CRUISE & MURDER AT THE RENAISSANCE FAIRE, was born and raised in Boxford, MA. Jonathan has appeared on Broadway in Wicked as Chistery and Mary Poppins as a multitude of characters including Neleus, Northbrook, and Valentine. His national tour credits include Sweet Charity starring Molly Ringwald (Ensemble/Herman u/s) and Dr. Dolittle starring Tommy Tune (Pushmi-Pullyu/Jean Pierre). Other New York and Off-Broadway credits include The Last Starfighter (Jerry/G’nur), Lincoln Center Spring Gala with Vanessa Williams and Michael Bolton, and Good Vibrations at New York Stage & Film (Rob). Jonathan currently lives in Los Angeles and his television credits include Gossip Girl, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Guiding Light. You can hear him on recordings for The Last Starfighter and The Road to Ruin, as well as his debut solo album, Therapy Sessions. He has a B.A. from Columbia University and J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Natalie Charle Ellis


Natalie Charle Ellis was most recently seen in Broadway’s Beetlejuice the Musical as the offstage standby for Barbara and Delia. She was also in the original Broadway companies of School of Rock and Les Miserables (2014 revival) as well as an original cast member of the Off-Broadway production of Forbidden Broadway Alive and Kicking (album available on itunes). Some of her other favorite credits include: 9-5 the Musical (First National Tour); The Full Monty (Georgie) and Brigadoon (Meg) at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; Hello Dolly! starring Beth Leavel (Irene Molloy) and Clue (Mrs.White) at Cape Playhouse; Into the Woods (Cinderella) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie) at Phoenix Theatre and Lizzie the Musical (Emma Borden) at Theatre Under the Stars. She was also a co-star on Master of None (Netflix). Natalie has also traveled the world performing on the high seas as a guest entertainer for Norweigian Cruise Line and American Hawaii Cruise Line as well as a principal performer at Tokyo Disney. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Natalie has been performing since the age of 5 and always knew the stage was where she was meant to be. Theatre is what she lives and breathes and is her true life passion. But more than just performing, her goal is to inspire and share this passion and joy with young and inspired artists. For more about Natalie please check out www.NatalieCharleEllis.com and follow her on instagram @NatsyCharle or TikTok @Natalie_Charslay_Ellis

Kim Sava


Kim is a New York City based Actress and North Dakota native. Broadway: Beetlejuice the Musical (Ensemble, u/s Delia, Miss Argentina, Barbara, Maxine Dean, Juno) NY Workshops: First Date and Cutman - A Boxing Musical 1st National Tours: Matilda (Acrobat, u/s Miss Wormwood and Miss Honey) Her favorite roles and performances include: Lily St. Regis in Annie starring Beth Leavel and Christopher Sieber (Paper Mill Playhouse), Lina Lamont in Singing in the Rain (Maine State Music Theatre), Tzeitel AND Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof (Pioneer Theatre Company), Ilona in She Loves Me (Montana Opera Company), Rizzo in Grease (Tuacahn Center for the Arts), Pegeen in Mame (Goodspeed Opera House), Agatha, Sarah u/s in Guys and Dolls (Goodspeed Opera House), Anita in West Side Story (New London Barn), The Giggle Girl, u/s Ruth in Harmony - Barry Manilows hit musical (The Alliance, The Ahmanson).

Max Chernin


Broadway: Bright Star, Sunday In The Park With George (2017). New York: Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre), The Golden Apple (City Center Encores!), Bernstein’s Mass (Lincoln Center), Skittles Commercial: The Musical. Regional: Passing Through (Goodspeed) Daddy Long Legs (Theatre Raleigh) Bright Star (Old Globe, Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group.) TV/ Film: “Dickinson”, “Inventing Anna”, “Mozart In The Jungle”, “The Family”, The Week Of. His solo show, The Color Ginger has played Feinstein's/54 Below and GR42. CCM Alum. @maxcherns

Michelle Dowdy


Michelle Dowdy booked a starring role on Broadway the day after she graduated from high school, and has never looked back! She is known as the youngest actress to ever play everyone’s favorite denizen of Baltimore – Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. More recently, you may have seen Michelle touring the country as the Mistress of the House, Madame Thenardier, in Les Misérables. She has also appeared in the Off-Broadway productions of Marvelous Wonderettes, and Night of the Living Dead (original concept recording available now!) MAC Award winner (2017 Piano Bar Entertainer of the year). Her acclaimed debut album, A BRASS ACT is available on iTunes. You can find her on social media @howdymissdowdy

MichaelMillan


Theater: Escape To Margaritaville (Broadway/ La Jolla Playhouse), Found (IAMA Theater Company, Ovation nomination for best lead actor in a musical), Piece of My Heart (Signature Theater), Sister Act (First National Tour), 2019 CBS Sketch Comedy Showcase; TV/Film: “Sunnyside” (NBC), “The Neighborhood” (CBS), “Launch Pad- Let’s Be Tigers” (Disney+), “High Maintenance” (HBO) @MikeMillan

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