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Songwriters Hall of Fame – Musical MainStage – Meet the cast

Songwriters Hall of Fame, our next Musical MainStage, runs December 12-13, 2022.  This concert features 400 composers from all musical categories have been named to this elite group, from McCartney to Phil Collins to Carole King.

We’ll cover a wide range of your favorites from many of the world’s most successful tunesmiths.


RYAN CHARLES’ Musical MainStage and SideNotes credits include ELVIS, MOTOWN, SOUNDS OF SOUL, EAGLES, BEATLES, JOURNEY, ROCK CLASSICS, GET READY, WE WILL ROCK YOU, ROCK ROYALTY, and LEGENDS OF AMERICAN ROCK. Other credits include work with In Tandem Theatre and Skylight Music Theatre.

HANNAH ESCH is a Musical MainStage favorite. Her Sunset roles include Bea (SOMETHING ROTTEN), Lady of the Lake (SPAMALOT), Veronica Sawyer (HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL), and Cinderella (INTO THE WOODS). Hannah’s other local credits include Ado Annie (OKLAHOMA!), Clare de Lune (DOC DANGER AND THE DANGER SQUAD), and Anne (IF/THEN). 

SARALYNN EVENSON, a regular in both our professional series, has also appeared as Estelle (THE FULL MONTY) and Zombina (ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND, both for Skylight Music Theatre), Mom/Queen in ARTHUR AND FRIENDS MAKE A MUSICAL (First Stage Children’s Theatre), Hera (HEPHAESTUS, Music Theatre Madison), Liliane (NINE, Theatre Red), and Witch (INTO THE WOODS, Weathervane Playhouse).

JOE NOLAN is thrilled to return to Musical MainStage and has appeared in a number of shows on the
Sunset Playhouse stage as well, most recently as Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS. Other area credits

Our Rising Star, NOLAN ZELLERMAYER, is a junior at Wauwatosa East High School where he has been seen in ANTIGONE, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. Other credits include BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER and NEWSIES (Sunset), CAT IN THE HAT, ELF, RUDOLPH FIRST STAGE SPECIAL, and A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (all with First Stage Children’s Theatre).

Plus: KERRY HART BIENEMAN on keys, JACK KOSHKIN on guitar, PAT HOPKINS on drums, and SUSAN LOVERIDGE alongside BOB HIRSCHI in the narration chairs.

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