Glennellen set to star as Heidi in the Broadway hit, "TITLE OF SHOW," in LA.

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The entire off-Broadway cast continued in the same roles, and Berresse continued as director. Added to the list of phone messages in the Broadway production was the voice of Patti LuPone. Scenic design was by Neil Patel, costumes by Chase Tyler and lighting by Ken Billington and Jason Kantrowitz. The show won a 2009 Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Ensemble Cast.

In UpNext’s production of “Title of Show,” directed by Clint Foley and music directed by Anthony Fontana, Glennellen portrays the role of Heidi, an up-and-coming young Broadway baby pursuing her career in stage in New York, New York.

“THE ROLE OF HEIDI IS, UNQUESTIONABLY, THE CLOSEST ROLE I’VE EVER PLAYED TO MYSELF,” GLENNELLEN SAYS. “NOT JUST BECAUSE SHE’S AN ARTIST, PURSUING A CAREER IN PERFORMING ARTS. HER INFECTIOUSLY POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE, WHICH IS SOMETIMES MISTAKEN AS NAIVE OR FAKE. HER UNWAVERING PASSION FOR HER WORK, THE HUSTLE AND THE INDUSTRY. HER DRIVE, AND REFUSAL TO GIVE ANY LESS THAN 100% IN WHATEVER SHE DOES.”

Anthony Fontana served as the production team’s casting director, remarking Glennellen’s vocal talents when she was first asked to submit a tape.

Glennellen has an incredible singing voice. [She] has such color and vulnerability in her voice that is essential to a successful actress in the world of musical theatre - a music director’s dream to work with.
— Anthony Fontana (music director, head of casting)
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Glennellen, photographed by Noelle Williams, at the Urban Jungle Studio in Downtown LA.

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Anderson was sent an avail notice for the role the next morning, before being offered the role just over a week later. The show had a solid 20-rehearsal schedule sent out, giving the cast and production team less than a month to rehearse, solidify and bond. Unlike film and television production, which often span out over the course of several months of pre-production, the world of theatre operates on take quick, concise course of action.

The cast table read took place in February 2019, where Glennellen met her 3 leading costars, Blake Dwyer (Jeff), Jordan Becker (Hunter) and Joy Mamey (Susan). It’s been a tight schedule for Anderson, with pilot season in full swing. But according to Bagheri, it’s been nothing hard work, positivity and success.

BAGHERI TELLS US: “FROM THE SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME WE SPENT WITH HER DURING THE CASTING PROCESS AND ALL THE WAY TILL NOW, ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE WE OPEN, SHE HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST DEDICATED AND HARDWORKING PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET. SHE MAKES US ALL WANT TO DO AND BE BETTER. AND THAT’S ALSO JUST HER AS A PERSON. HER OPENNESS AND WILLINGNESS TO TEST THE BOUNDS OF HER ACTING IS INSPIRING. TAKING EVERY NOTE WITH GRACE AND COMMITMENT AND EXPLORING THE ENDLESS POSSIBILITY OF HER GIFT. BRINGING US TO TEARS ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS - AND I DO NOT CRY.”

Anderson grew up with a heavy background in musical theatre. At the age of 7, she was acting in local church productions before setting out to audition at the Pensacola Little Theatre. She landed the role of the Skin Horse inThe Velveteen Rabbit, and having never set foot in this theatre or knowing anyone on the board of directors, it truly came as a surprise to her and her family.

“IT WAS THE ONE HOBBY I DID THAT LEFT ME EAGERLY TELLING MY PARENTS, ‘I WANNA DO THAT. LIKE, RIGHT NOW, PLEASE,’” Glennellen laughs. “THAT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT FOR ME. EVEN JUST WATCHING THE OTHER KIDS GO UP AND READ IN FRONT OF US AT AUDITIONS FILLED ME UP FROM HEAD TO TOE WITH ADRENALINE.”

UpNext Productions casts Glennellen as the leading role of Heidi in their upcoming production of the hit Broadway musical, [TITLE OF SHOW].

A one-act musical, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell, TITLE OF SHOW show chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and composer/lyricist and their two actress friends, Heidi and Susan, during a three-week creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's production.

“I FIRST SAW THE PRODUCTION PERFORMED IN FLORIDA RIGHT AFTER GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL,” GLENNELLEN RECALLS. “I REMEMBER THINKING THE SHOW WAS BRILLIANT. BUT IT WASN’T UNTIL I SAW THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION ONLINE A COUPLE YEARS, WHILE I WAS WORKING IN PRO THEATRE, THAT THE SHOW REALLY HIT HOME FOR ME PERSONALLY. IT’S HONEST, IT’S COMICALLY SENSATIONAL AND IT WILL BOTH DEVASTATE YOU AS WELL AS TOUCH YOUR HEART. ANY ARTIST WATCHING, WILL BOTH PAINFULLY AND BEAUTIFULLY RELATE. AND ALL NON-ARTISTS ARE GIVEN AN INSIDE LOOK ON OUR HUSTLE AND WHAT WE AS CREATORS GO THROUGH.”

TITLE OF SHOW was chosen for production by the Musical Theatre Festival and premiered there, in September 2004, in New York City. It later ran off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in 2006, earning a second limited run the same year, then played at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in 2008 for 13 previews and 102 regular performances. Writer/stars Bowen and Bell, as well as director Michael Berresse all won Obie Awards for their work on the off-Broadway production, and Bell was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.

The musical began previews on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre on July 5, 2008 and officially opened on July 17. It closed October 12, 2008 after 13 previews and 102 performances. It was produced by McCollum, Roy Miller (producer of The Drowsy Chaperone), The Vineyard Theatre, Laura Camien and Kris Stewart, the founder of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

The entire off-Broadway cast continued in the same roles, and Berresse continued as director. Added to the list of phone messages in the Broadway production was the voice of Patti LuPone. Scenic design was by Neil Patel, costumes by Chase Tyler and lighting by Ken Billington and Jason Kantrowitz. The show won a 2009 Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Ensemble Cast.

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Glennellen, photographed by Noelle Williams, at the Urban Jungle Studio in Downtown LA.

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Bailey Bagheri, UpNext’s Title of Show producer, met Glennellen at callbacks, which were held at Madilyn Clark Studios in North Hollywood.

“THE AMOUNT OF TALENT THAT SHOWED UP FOR [CALLBACKS] WAS INCREDIBLE,” Bailey says. “AN ABSOLUTE DREAM SITUATION. I HAVE HAD EXPERIENCES WHERE THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE HAPPENS AND [BEGINNING TO] FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR FEELS IMPOSSIBLE. THIS DEFINITELY WASN’T THE CASE FOR THIS PRODUCTION.” 

After the initial round of audition tape requests were sent out, they narrowed it down to 9 candidates for the role of Heidi, which included Glennellen.

“VISUALLY, GLENNELLEN STOOD OUT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING,” Bailey continues. “TALLER THAN MOST OF THE GIRLS [WE READ] AND OF COURSE HER FLAMING RED HAIR. HER SUBMITTED VIDEO AUDITION WAS IMPRESSIVE. CLEARLY PREPARED AND THE VOCALS WERE SOLID. THAT’S ALL WE NEEDED TO WANT TO SEE MORE. SHE BROUGHT THAT SAME PREPAREDNESS WITH HER TO CALLBACKS, BARELY EVER LOOKING AT THE SCRIPT IN HER HANDS. ALL OF THESE THINGS COMBINED WITH THE FACT THAT SHE IS IMMENSELY SKILLED IN ACTING AND SINGING, WERE THE REASONS WHY SHE WAS A TOP CHOICE FOR US. SHE IS ALSO ON OF THE SWEETEST PEOPLE I’VE EVER MET AND THAT IS THE KIND OF PERSON YOU WANY IN THE TRENCHES WITH YOU IN THIS SAVAGE WORLD THAT IS MUSICAL THEATER.”

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Glennellen went on to play various iconic roles in numerous theatrical productions, both local and professional, including Sharpay in High School Musical, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Liesl in The Sound of Music, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, and Lady Larkin in Once Upon a Mattress. She traveled to Miami to audition for professional theatre companies, and landed her first role with Outre Theatre Company in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Growing up, she also performed for several years in the Pensacola Children’s Chorus. Her TIMELESS (NBC) co-star, Abigail Spencer, a native of Gulf Breeze, FL, also grew up performing in the popular Florida choral group.


The young triple threat surrounded herself with her greatest passions from the start, never questioning whether or not this was the path meant for her.

THERE WAS NO BACK UP PLAN, WHEN IT CAME TO MY CAREER. IT WAS MUSIC, ACTING AND DANCE FOR ME. THAT’S WHAT WOULD FUEL MY HEART AND FILL MY BANK ACCOUNT. IT WAS SIMPLY NEVER A QUESTION FOR ME.
— glennellen

Title of Show opens in Orange County, CA, on March 29th at the Chance Theater. The Los Angeles show run will take place the following weekend on April 5th and 6th, at the Broadwater Theater.

For tickets, please visit:


THE BROADWATER | Los Angeles
April 5th @ 8pm
April 6th @ 2pm and 8pm
www.tosupnext.eventbrite.com 

THE CHANCE THEATER | Orange County
March 29th @ 8pm
March 30th @ 2pm and 8pm
https://chancetheater.com/production/title-of-show/

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