Panamá: The Musical – CAST
Alexandra Córdoba - Melody
Gaby Gnazzo - Mama
Yael Danon - Harmony
Julio Barsallo - Tito
Juan Caballero - Radio Cassanova
Randy Dominguez - Eddie Machete
Leonte Bordanea - Detective Lorenzo Victoriano
Emely Mules - Yavida
Henry Twohy - RCA Bossman
Rachel de Karen Gurardia - Swing roles
CASTING IS COMPLETE – REHEARSALS ARE NOW IN PROGRESS
Since a young age, Alexandra Córdoba had passion for music and singing. At the age of seven she began playing classical clarinet at La Escuela Juvenil de Música of INAC and participated in choral groups of several churches, as well as in orchestral summer camps.
She was part of the Broadway Opera Show, an artistic project between universities, and recently participated in the Encuentro Latinoamericano de Música Coral where she fell in love with theatre and the stage.
With Empirical knowledge on lyric and opera singing and passion for acting, Alexandra is amazed to be part of Panamá: The Musical casting as Melody, and to act with so many talented people.
Gaby Gnazzo, one of Panama’s most recognized talents, is a professional actress, singer, TV personality, choreographer and dancer with more than 20 years experience.
Her numerous theater performances include “Maria” in Sound Of Music, “Eliza Doolittle” in My Fair Lady, “Donna” in Mamma Mia; “Velma Von Tussle” in Hairspray and “Mama, Lacy de Lesseps” in Panamá: The Musical.
As a choreographer, Gaby’s highlights include Joseph and the Technicolor Raincoat, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Gaby is also a popular TV journalist with appearances on CNN World Report and RPC TV and TVN in Panama City Panama. Her awards include Best TV Report for CNN World Report and Best Report for UNICEF International Awards. She was also a news anchor for RPC and TVN in Panama City Panama.
But that’s not all, she was producer and host of Late Night with Gaby Gnazzo, TVN, Panama City. Her movie appearances include Panama Jackpot (singer in club) and Donaire y Esplendor (Analía Díaz).
Panama’s up-and-coming mega-talent, Yael Danon, was born and raised in Panama and started dancing classes when she was six years old.
By the age of eight she discovered her talent for singing and at ten she started acting classes at Teatro ABA.
Today, at 11 years old, she is a veteran performer having performed in Evita, Cats, Las Mariposas ya no Viven aquí, and as a guest singer in La Luna Llena de Tambores and in Ricardo Velasque´s concert “Romanza.”
She has also experienced the international dance competitions of Academia de Danza STEPS.
Yael loves musicals and is very excited to be part of the PANAMÁ: THE MUSICAL. Cast as Harmony, a part that will require all her talents, will let her show audiences what she is so passionate about… singing, acting and dancing.
Yes, Yael Danon is Panamá: The Musical’s very own triple threat!
Julio Alejandro Barsallo
Julio Alejandro Barsallo started in musical theatre eight years ago as a dancer in Aladdin, Jr., directed by Edwin Cedeño. Forever captured by the magic of performing arts, he participated in different projects such as Beauty and The Beast, Jr., Hello Dolly!, The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan, Legally Blonde: The Musical, the first season of micro-theatre in Panama, Talingo's Spring Awakening (as Hanschen) and Apenas son las Cuatro.
After three years of absence from musical theatre, Julio returns to the stage, taking the thrilling challenge of bringing life to Tito in Panamá: The Musical.
Juan Caballero has always been a fan of the performing arts. Only recently did he start acting in theatre and musicals. At his former school, Balboa Academy, he’s helped produce two productions: Grease, where he played Danny Zuko, and Into the Woods, where he played a Prince and the Wolf. Outside of school, Juan has been part of NIU Panama’s productions. He played Roger Davis in RENT, Oliver & Ryan in Theory of Relativity, and one of the cousins in 21 Chump Street. Juan is very enthusiastic to be part of Panamá: the Musical, playing the roles of Radio Cassanova and Lucky Lindy. Juan hopes everyone enjoys the show.
Randy Dominguez is a stage and screen actor and singer, recognized mainly for his work in musical theatre. Heralded for his portrayal of the role of the Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera, Randy has played starring roles in some of the country’s most memorable productions: Inspector Javert in Les Misérables, Otto Frank in The Diary Of Anne Frank, Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, Hertz in Rock Of Ages, Harry Bright in Mamma Mia, and Gaston in Beauty And The Beast, to name a few.
He made his acting debut in 1995 in Man Of La Mancha, directed by Panamanian theatre icon, Bruce Quinn. He has also appeared in film and television and is one of the best known voice-over artists in the industry. His training includes Victoria Hernandez’s Actors Lab in Bogotá, Colombia, and with Televisa acting instructor Alejandra Israel, among others.
Leonte Bordanea, an IB International Drama Teacher at University of Cambridge, also graduated in Marketing and Advertising and is currently IB Drama Teacher at The Metropolitan School of Panama. He lived in Madrid from 1999 - 2011 and kept very busy as an actor, composer, musician and singer. His band, Instinto, has released 3 albums.
Leonte performed in several long-running musicals in Madrid like the acclaimed Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar from Director Nacho Cano. In Panama, he has had leading roles in many plays by Panama´s renowned Directors such as Evita as Che, Rock of Ages as Stacee Jaxx, Jesus Christ Superstar as Jesus, Les Miserables as Jean Valjean, Aida as Radamés, The Sound of Music as Capt Von Trapp, Chicago as Billy Flynn, Grease as Danny Zuko, and many others.
Born in Laiden, Netherlands, Emely Myles is a 27 year old singer, actress and mother of a beautiful two year old girl.
Winner of Star 23 2006, first runner up of Vive La Musica 2012, winner of KWC Panama 2017, first runner up of KWC Internacional 2017 and winner of Teleton Stars 2017.
Emely has been a part of several musical plays such as Big River, The Sound of Music, In the Heights, The Adams Family and most recently, Rent.
She loves acting and singing and is thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of Panamá: The Musical!
Henry Twohy is an actor and voice-over artist born in the former Panama Canal Zone, Panama. He has been active in local theatre for the past 7 years and is totally excited to play a part in Panamá: The Musical.
Known as a member of the Improv8 comedy troupe and for acting in plays such as Groundhog Day, Woman in Black and The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Apparitions to St. Catherine Labouré by Bruce Quinn, Henry can also be seen in motion pictures such as Panama Canal Stories (Historias del Canal) and the upcoming Human Persons.
Raquel De la Guardia
Writer, filmmaker, and training actress, Raquel De la Guardia discovered her artistic talents at the age of 12, writing stories and making videos for close friends and family which led to her co-founding the Colegio Brader Film Club in 2015.
Raquel wrote and directed her first short film Blind Words in 2016 and entered the theatre world in late 2016 as an actor when she was cast as Jessie, in Bang Bang You’re Dead. She also served backstage in the Theatre Guild of Ancon’s production of Groundhog Day.
In May, 2017, she joined the cast of Theory of Relativity in the role of Jenny, her first musical theatre role.
Raquel is very excited to be part of Panamá: The Musical.