What happens when a lonely exterminator – hell-bent on avenging her mother’s bedbug related death – tries to eradicate all bedbugs from NYC??  Mass mutation and mayhem, from an army of human-size creatures out for blood, world domination – and love. Not since Little Shop and Rocky Horror has a sci-fi musical rocked audiences with such an electric, tune-filled score and over-the-top performances!!!

Behold our newest reviews

New York Times   ✓ CRITICS’ PICK
“A theatrical blast of fresh air, Bedbugs!!! is an audacious rock-’n’-roll concoction that never stops surprising. The sci-fi slapstick tradition of Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Show is alive and well and, now, six-legged.”   more ⇒

Time Out New York ✓ CRITICS’ PICK
“If you like musicals that earn their exclamation points, this may be what you’ve been itching for.”   more ⇒

New Yorker ✓ NOTABLE
“…the show has a way of getting under your skin, thanks to the cast’s unwavering commitment to the deranged content…” more ⇒

Playbill’s ‘Highlights From Bedbugs!!! Off-Broadway’   VIDEO!
“…extended by popular demand”

NY Theatre Guide
“as satisfying as any musical you will see on a Broadway stage” more ⇒

Blogcritics Magazine
“…zany, scary, laugh-out-loud fun, Bedbugs!!! merits all its exclamation points.”   more ⇒

Millennium Magazine
“…compared to other cultish box office hits …Bedbugs!!! flies on it’s own laurels.” more ⇒

Theater Is Easy
“Paying homage to cult musicals and cheesy monster movies, Leschen and Sauter deliver a deliciously nostalgic eighties pop score.”   more ⇒

Theater In The Now
Bedbugs!!! is musical comedy genius.”   more ⇒

Beauty News NYC
“…it’s a must-see.” more ⇒

Theatre’s Leiter Side
“…sensational performers with nuclear-powered voices…” more ⇒

reviews from our previous infestations
“The sci-fi pop rock musical is alive and kicking in Bedbugs!!!, a glitzy, pumped up new production in the New York Musical Theatre Festival…”
~ nytheater.com

“Sure to develop a cult following…”
~ EDGE Fire Island

“Thanks to a goofy and committed cast, a thumping pop-rock score, and a production which revels in its low-budget glory, Bedbugs!!! is a zany success.”
~ CurtainUp.com

“…an outrageously entertaining and inventive new kind of musical – where magnificent voices abound and that has audiences cheering.”
~ Oscar E Moore for Talk Entertainment

“With Sauter’s burrowing and boisterous book and lyrics, Leschen’s invidiously astute 80s take-off tunes, and such strong performers on hand, Bedbugs!!! already has almost all the bite it needs.”
~ Matthew Murray for Talkin’ Broadway

“Composer Paul Leschen and book writer/lyricist Fred Sauter capitalized brilliantly on the city’s latest pox in Bedbugs!!!. Those who have had or thought they had bedbugs can especially appreciate the references (the nightmares! the shame!), but everyone can appreciate the solid camped out storyline, the synth-heavy 80’s music and stellar cast.”
~ Halley Bondy, News Reporter for Backstage

“Chris Hall struts, clucks and snarls as Cimex, in a classic homage to glam rock excess.”
~ nytheatre.com

“Chris Hall — as a preening, strutting six-foot bedbug you’re likely to remember — is a delicious combination of David Lee Roth and Tim Curry.”
~ Adam Perlman for Theatermania.com

“…Brian Charles Rooney is simply sensational in a thinly veiled take on Celine Dion.”
~ theatremania

“Brian Charles Rooney is fearless and absolutely fantastic in this role of a Diva… His vocal range is incredible and he has just the right satirical edge to his delivery.”
~ Oscar E Moore of Talk Entertainment.com

“…a little bit Little Shop of Horrors and a little bit Rocky Horror Show, but even more over the top.”
~ New York Times

sneaky preview of songs

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!  Chris Hall
Who is the Bug Lady  Chris Hall
I Love to Love to Love You Brian Charles Rooney


GRACE McLEAN Carly, Young Carly
Grace McLeanBrooklynite (Vineyard Theater dir. Michael Mayer, upcoming), The World is Round (BAM), Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Sleep No More, La MaMa Cantata (La MaMa New York and Spoleto, Italy; Zagreb, Croatia; Belgrade, Serbia), From The Fire (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, MTM Best New Musical), The Last Goodbye (WTF 2010), Twelve Ophelias (Woodshed Collective), Grace McLean Lives in Concert (Flea Theater, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub), readings/workshops with New Dramatists, The Vineyard, The Public Theater, Ars Nova, Disney.  EP Make Me Breakfast available on iTunes.  gracemclean.com

Chris Hall Chris is thrilled to be back in the clutches of the evil Lord Cimex! Previous theatrical credits include Frank, Riff-Raff, and Rocky in various productions of The Rocky Horror Show, Batboy in Batboy, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Dick Dockstrap in Pinafore!, Fagin in Twist!, and Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Singer in Jessie’s Girl: The World’s Hottest 80’s tribute band every Saturday night at (le) Poisson Rouge – jessiesgirlnyc.com. Also fronts the band KINGSHIP, his band with Bedbugs!!!‘s composer Paul Leschen. Check it out on iTunes or at kingshipmusic.com.

Brian Charles RooneyBroadway: Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera (Roundabout Theatre Co.). NY: Camelot in Concert (NY Philharmonic / Lincoln Center / PBS); McClellan / Mary Todd Lincoln in Bayonets of Angst (NYMF); Dionne Salon in Bedbugs!!! (NYMF – Outstanding Performance Award); Sondheim, The Birthday Concert (Lincoln Center / PBS). Other: Candy Darling in Pop! (Yale Rep. – CT Critics Circle Award: Best Actor); Featured Soloist in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (American Tour). Winner: Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence.

DANNY BOLERO Dexter, Menachem, Bedbug
Danny BoleroEast LA native, is proud to be bugging NYC beds. Thank u BEDBUG creatives. Kevin in In the Heights (Richard Rodgers & tour),  Naphtali in Joseph ’93 (Minskoff) Arturo in Golem of Havana (Barrington), Munoz in City of Angels (Goodspeed), Adopho in Drowsy Chaparone, Diego Rivera in Frida the Workshop (AMAS), Zorba, Nine, and Che in Evita (LA Critics Award). FILM: Chris Rock’s Finally Famous; The Hitcher; Malcolm; Board to Death; Law & Order; One Bad Choice, and he sells chicken on TV for El POLLO-LOCO. Thank you Angels & THE MINE @dannybolero

TRACEY CONYER LEE Belinda, Consuela, Bedbug
Tracey Conyer Lee Off Broadway/NY: Sistas (St. Luke’s); Lords Resistance (TFTT); Standing Up: Bathroom Talk & Other Stuff We Learn From Dad (NY Fringe). Tour/Intern’l: The Who’s Tommy (Nat’l), Yo, Alice! (Amsterdam), Hair (Europe); Regional: Baltimore Centerstage, Weston Playhouse, Actors Thea of Louisville, St. Louis Rep, Thea of the Stars, Great Lakes Thea Fest, Cinncinati Playhouse, Interact, TheatreWorks, Cleveland Playhouse, Delaware Thea, Westport Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Virginia Stage, Florida Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, 48 Hours in Harlem, Pittsburgh CLO, Delaware Theatre Co, Weston Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Florida Stage, many others. Film/TV: Sophisticated Romance, Apt 2B, Smash, Sistas, Family Affair, Ed, L & O: Criminal Intent, All My Children, Guiding Light. traceyconyerlee.com

Nicholas ParkNicholas is bugging out over the opportunity to crawl back into bed with this band of creative creatures, having taken part in the 2012 workshop. When he is not performing, Nicholas is a board member for Rock & Rawhide, a Manhattan based animal advocacy group! Check them out at rockandrawhide.org. LOVE to the entire Bedbugs!!! team, Avalon Artists Group, my amazing friends and family, Brad, and my Lucy. For a full list of credits and other fun facts, visit nicholasparkactor.com


Barry ShafrinBarry is thrilled to be a part of Bedbugs!!! and hopes this show is his closest encounter with the creatures. Most recently appeared in Wikimusical (NYMF) and Street Seen (Prospect Theater Company). Favorite credits include Good News (Goodspeed – CT Critics Circle, Best Supporting Actor), Seussical (National Tour, Cat in the Hat), Legend of Julie Taymor… (NY Fringe), Wasps (Studio 42), Broadway Bound. B.A., Harvard University. Huge thanks to entire Bedbugs team and love to Mom & Dad. barryshafrin.com

GRETCHEN WYLDER Mother, Joan, Bedbug, Diner Lady
Gretchen Wylder Gretchen is equal parts excited and grossed out to be involved with Bedbugs!!!. Earlier this year, she was seen Off-Broadway in Til Divorce Do Us Part, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Off-Off credits include Rescue Rue (NYMF), Pennywise in Urinetown (Secret Theatre), Madelaine True in Wild Party (Secret Theatre), and Wendy in Lesbian Love Octagon (Kraine). For regional credits and more fun stuff, visit GretchenWylder.com.


COURTNEY BASSETT Chorus/Understudy
Courtney BassettCourtney has never been so excited about bedbugs! Some favorite roles: Edie Sedgwick in Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol? Clara in The Light in the Piazza, Evita in Evita, Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes.  Recent NYC: New musical Behind Closed Doors at the Fringe, Immersive Wandering Whimsy at Figment on Governor’s Island. Eco-Friendly theater maker with Superhero Clubhouse, a science/art collaborative. Many thanks to the entire Bedbugs!!! team, and Bloc NYC.  Sleep tight!

COLIN SCOTT CAHILL Chorus/Understudy
Colin Scott CahillColin is enthralled to be making his New York debut with this wonderful cast of Bedbugs!!!. Regional: Singin’ In The Rain (Don Lockwood), Into The Woods (Cinderella’s Prince)​, Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), Damn Yankees (swing). Thanks to all my friends and family for support! Together we can all find our Bug Lady.




PAUL LESCHEN composer, story & concept
Paul LeschenPaul was nominated for his score for Bedbugs!!! by NY Innovative Theatre Awards, and for a Drama Desk for Outstanding Music for Twist. A frequent collaborator with Scissor Sisters, his co-arrangement of “Comfortably Numb” was a massive hit. Paul has worked with Hedda Lettuce, Murray Hill, and other gender-benders and has a band, Kingship, with singer/co-writer Chris Hall. Paul’s collaboration with Fred Sauter has yielded True Tales of Modern Love and Karma Kills. He is a graduate of Northwestern.

FRED SAUTER book & lyrics, story & concept
Fred SauterWith collaborator Paul Leschen, Fred is developing the musicals True Tales of Modern Love and Karma Kills. He’s written music and lyrics for Whale-Song and Asia Apollo, a Rock Opera. Fred’s work has been seen at Ars Nova, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub, and Baltimore Theatre Project. His band Lola and Spaceboy is currently recording their debut album. He holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Program and a BA from Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Dale Joan YoungDale believes that at age 63, she has finally decided what she wants to do when she grows up:namely, produce original musicals. This is the first show for which she is acting as lead producer and she couldn’t be more excited (as you can see from her never ending posts on FB. She co-produced The Best is Yet To Come:The Music Of Cy Coleman which won a Drama Desk Award for best revue in 2011. She has funded several staged readings and produced one concert at Joe’s Pub as well. In addition, she has had cabaret acts perform in her home. She is so proud of all the people who are working on Bedbugs!!!. It is a true labor of love.

ROBERT BARTLEY director/choreographer
Robert BartleyOff Broadway: Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle-nominated Character Man (Urban Stages), Tales of Custard (DR2 Theatre). The Cuban and the Redhead (Los Angeles Festival of New American Musicals, Village Theatre, Revision Theatre, York Theatre, National Alliance for Musical Theatre), The Family Fiorelli and Color Blind (NYMF), Hair (Peculiar Works). Creator/Director/Choreographer of Broadway Backwards produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS featuring hundreds of performers such as Betty Buckley, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris and many more. As an actor, Broadway and National Tours: Miss Saigon, Cats, Grease. Off Broadway: Clue: the Musical, Cy Coleman’s last musical Exactly Like You. Film: The Producers, Disney’s Enchanted. Concert: Aladdin (Carnegie Hall), West Side Story with Beyonce and Meryl Steep.

DEBORAH HURWITZ music supervisor
Deborah HurwitzBroadway: Conductor & Music Technical Designer, Jersey Boys; Asst Conductor, Miss Saigon. Cirque du Soleil: Music Director, IRIS (Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, score by Danny Elfman). National Tours: Assoc Music Director, Mamma Mia! Original US Company; Keys/Vocals for Cyndi Lauper on Cher’s Believe Tour. Film: Composer, Virgin Territory, Siren’s Song, What Were You Thinking?, The Reader, The Redeye, HPE; Arranger, City of Industry (Harvey Keitel), The Crossing Guard (Jack Nicholson). TV: Composer, Million Dollar Listing, Highlander: The Raven, Guiding Light, CNN Overnight; Arranger/Orchestrator, Discovery Planet, Sesame Street. Records: Assoc. Conductor/Programmer, Jersey Boys Cast Album (2007 Grammy Winner), Vocal Director, Elmopalooza! (1999 Grammy Winner); Keyboards for Gloria Estefan, Synth Programming for Sinead O’Connor. hurwitzmusic.com

ADAM DEMERATH set designer
Adam is ecstatic to return to the team of Bedbugs!!!, after designing props for the 2011 NY showcase. Adam is an award winning artist, actor, director and designer whose credits throughout Southern California have made him the recipient of 20 Inland Theatre League Awards, including unprecedented honors to an individual for directing, designing, and starring in Deitz’s Dracula. Favorite designs: The Lion in Winter; Cabaret; Fools; Of Mice and Men; The Philadelphia Story. Thanks to Dale and Bob. Tremendous love to Trista, his new wife of two months!!  adamdemerathart.com

PHILIP HECKMAN costume designer
Philip HeckmanPhilip is an Emmy-nominated costume designer for daytime television’s As the World Turns. Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking, Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, SHOUT!, Go-Go Beach, We’re Still Hot!, The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman (Garland Award) and over a dozen others. Broadway costume design assistant: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Born Yesterday, The Boy From Oz, Chicago, Cry Baby, Democracy, Flower Drum Song, Follies, Frost/Nixon, The Graduate, Kiss Me Kate, Mamma Mia!, Sideshow, Spamalot & The TONY Awards. Philip received his MFA in costume design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. philipheckman.com

BOBBIE CLIFFTON ZLOTNIK wigs/make-up design
Bobbie Cliffton ZlotnikBobbie is ecstatic to be joining the infestation once again after having designed the Cernuchin Theater run in 2012! An NYC-based wig-maker and designer, his Off-Broadway design credits include Forbidden Broadway (Alive & Kicking/Comes Out Swinging). He has worked as a hair-dresser for nine Broadway shows including Beautiful, Cinderella and Mary Poppins. He has built wigs and pieces for numerous well-known Drag and Burlesque performers including Lady Bunny, Willam, Raquel Reed and Kitten & Lou. Check out his wig shop BobbiePinz.com!!!

ED CHAPMAN sound design
Ed ChapmanEd happily joins the Bedbugs!!! design team bringing with him 25 years of Broadway, International theatre and concert production experience. Recent design credits include: Analog and Vinyl (Weston Playhouse), The Joker’s Game (World Premiere in China), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (National Tour), On the Town (Barrington Stage Company) In The Heights (Walnut Street Theatre), Jasper in Deadland (Prospect Theatre). Mr. Chapman sends much love and thanks to Kate, Mary Ann, Johnny and Eddie.

CAMERON PATE prop designer
Cameron PateCameron grew up in beautiful northern California where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theater and Theater Design from California State University Chico. Since moving to New York City he has had the opportunity to work with several amazing companies including Disney Theatrical Group, iTheatrics, and Signature Theater. He couldn’t be more excited to be working with such a talented group of artists to bring you Bedbugs!!! Hope you enjoy the show!

KIRK FITZGERALD lighting designer
Kirk FitzgeraldKirk is thrilled to be returning to the Bedbugs!!! team. His associate/assistant work includes Casa Valentina (MTC – Friedman); King Lear, Much Ado, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park); Irma la Douce (City Center Encores!); Pageant (Davenport); New Year’s Eve in Times Square (World broadcast); Broadway Bares (Hammerstein Ballroom); Elf the Musical (National Tours); Shrek the Musical (National Tour); Honeymoon in Vegas (Paper Mill); Legally Blonde (Vienna, Austria); The Creation (Vienna, Austria); Baoshan Int’l Arts Festival (Shanghai, China)

ADAM ROBERTS assistant choreographer
Adam RobertsAdam hails from Myrtle Beach, SC and comes from a long line of musical family members.  He began working professionally at age 10 at the Carolina Opry where he remained an employee for 11 years.  He received his BFA from Coastal Carolina University before sailing the high seas with Holland America Cruiselines as a performer.  After following his dreams of moving to NYC he made his Broadway debut in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He can currently be seen in Pippin the Musical.

JAMIE LEO promotional design
Jamie LeoJamie’s practice spans multiple creative and marketing disciplines: leading strategic, ideative, branding and tactical efforts for startups, corporations, edu, and non-profits. An Albee Fellow in writing and a designer of B’way’s RENT (and legendary downtown stage productions), his body of work includes award-winning video/theatrical design, art installations, and HuffingtonPost.com articles. He collaborates, adjudicates and presents on media panels; lectures; leads and mentors at hackathons; advocates for health and social justice causes; and is completing a new body of die-infused-pigment-on-aluminum artworks. jamieleo.com

Bob Kale
(Bob Kale, John Anastasi). REPRESENTATIVE CREDITS INCLUDE: Broadway: Tale of Two Cities, Souvenir, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, Little Women, TitanicThe Musical and An Inspector Calls; Off-B’way: Gates Of Gold, 3 Mo’ Tenors, Dietrich & Chevalier, I Forgive You Ronald Reagan. Tours: Best Little Whorehouse starringAnn-Margret, 3 Mo’ Divas, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, Nunsense (25th Anniversary Tour); Films: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Jack and Jill. Voiceover Feature Film: Beavis and Butthead Do America, The Quest For Camelot. All my love to my partner, Barry Moss – a blessing in my life.
EMILY CATES production stage manager
Emily CatesBroadway: Soul Doctor (Circle in the Square); Off-Broadway: The Few (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Regional: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Glengarry Glen Ross (La Jolla Playhouse), How I Learned to Drive (Capital Stage Co.); Other: Broadway Backwards (Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids) Proud member of AEA. Graduate of UC Davis, Dramatic Arts. Heartfelt thanks to my family and friends.

SHANA FERGUSON assistant stage manager
New York: Oliver! (The Secret Theatre). Regional: Room Service (Westport Country Playhouse), The BFG, The Magic Finger, James and the Giant Peach, Love, Friendship and Possibility… (Imagination Stage), The Language Archive, Mad Forest (Forum Theatre), The Last Five Years (No Rules Theatre Company). BA in Theatre, University of Maryland.

JT-PR is a full service boutique public relations firm. With over 15 years of experience, he has handled numerous projects on and Off-Broadway, films in release, film festivals, non-profit organizations, special events and corporate launches. Over the years he has worked with names such as James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard, Blair Underwood, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, John Travolta, Al Pacino, Debbie Allen, Steve Buscemi and many more. He has booked his clients on such shows the Today Show, GMA, The Early Show, David Letterman, The View and Oprah.

DTE AGENCY advertising & marketing
ROBERT GALINSKY social media
LIZA DOZIER KING general manager
Lisa has general managed more than fifty NYC productions. Recent/Upcoming Off Broadway: The Erlkings, POPNATION, Breakfast with Mugabe, F#%king Up Everything, Sistas the Musical, A Loss of Roses, Final Analysis, Bronte, Ten Chimneys. She has been on staff at Symphony Space, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New 42nd Street, and is the resident general manager for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals. Lisa is also the BFA theatre management program director at the University of Miami. lisadozierking.com


Bedbugs!!! production photos by Rex Bonomelli.