Women of Broadway Women of Broadway

2020 Schedule

Act I

Welcome

Co-Hosts
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Mandy Gonzalez

Mandy Gonzalez stars in Hamilton as Angelica Schuyler. She also originated and starred as Nina Rosario in In The Heights. Mandy is a Warner Music recording artist and also recently made her Carnegie Hall debut with The NY Pops. Mandy is a published author and the proud founder of #FearlessSquad, a social media movement for inclusiveness.

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Celia Keenan-Bolger

Celia Keenan-Bolger is a Tony award winning actor who started her career at a community theater in Detroit, MI. Since then, she’s performed at regional theaters all over the US, on and off Broadway, and on TV and film. She believes workspaces are better when women are in positions of power. She and her husband John have a son, William who is very good at holding a sign at a protest.

Opening Remarks

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Diane Paulus
Diane Paulus

Diane Paulus is the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, and was selected for the 2014 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus is the 2013 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical (Pippin). At A.R.T., she has directed Claudia Rankine’s The White Card, Eve Ensler’s In the Body of the World (currently at Manhattan Theatre Club), Waitress (currently on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater and on US National Tour, including Boston 2/20 – 3/4), Crossing (a new American opera with music and libretto by Matt Aucoin, also at BAM in 2017), Finding Neverland (currently on US National Tour), Witness UgandaPippin (Tony Award, Best Revival and Best Director), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award, Best Revival, NAACP Award, Best Direction), Prometheus Bound, Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, Best of Both Worlds, Johnny Baseball, and The Donkey Show. Her other recent work includes Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, currently on tour in South America, Invisible Thread at Second Stage, The Public Theater’s Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR on Broadway and London’s West End. As an opera director, her credits include The Magic Flute, the complete Monteverdi cycle, and the trio of Mozart-Da Ponte operas, among others. Diane is Professor of the Practice of Theater in Harvard University’s English Department. She was selected as one of Variety’s “Trailblazing Women in Entertainment for 2014” and Boston Magazine’s “50 Thought Leaders of 2014.” She received the 2017 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence.

Spotlighting Marquee Women

Perspective from the creative forces behind this season’s Broadway shows.

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Tamsen Fadal
Moderator

Tamsen Fadal is a 12-time Emmy award-winning journalist who anchors the PIX11 News in New York weekdays at 5, 6 & 10pm.  Tamsen is the host and executive producer of Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal, the first nationally syndicated Broadway entertainment program to reach theater fans throughout the country. Broadway Profiles, in partnership with the John Gore Organization,  is a New York Emmy Award-winning entertainment show with unprecedented access to A-list celebrities, Broadway’s biggest stars, shows, tours and behind-the-scenes stories on and off the stage. Beginning in Fall 2020, the show will increase frequency to air weekly.  In addition to her work in television, Tamsen is the author of three books, and is currently at work on her fourth. Her most recent title, The New Single, Finding, Fixing and Falling Back in Love with Yourself, seeks to help women emerge from a big life change with confidence, grace, and a recipe for self-care. Tamsen is a voice for women through her work as a journalist, author and motivational and inspirational speaker.

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Linda Cho
Panelist

Linda Cho is Tony Award winning NYC based Costume Designer who maintains a successful career with opera and theater companies in the USA and abroad. Broadway highlights:  Anastasia (Tony nomination);  A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony and Henry Hewes Awards).  She sits on the Advisory committee for the American Theater Wing; Received her MFA from  the Yale School of Drama;  Proud mom of two boys.  http://lindacho.com/

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Lucy Moss
Panelist

Lucy Moss is co-writer and co-director of SIXSIX has a number of productions open internationally, including on Broadway and London’s West End. Writer/director credits include: Hot Gay Time Machine with whom she has also written for “Courtney Act’s Christmas Extravaganza” and Act’s tour ‘Fluid’. Moss also writes for Warner Chappell. Directorial credits include: Pelican: The Cat Man CursePelican: Fisk. @mucyloss

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Elizabeth Stanley
Panelist

Elizabeth Stanley is a Drama Desk Award nominee, and widely recognized stage and screen actress. She can currently be seen starring as Mary Jane Healy in Jagged Little Pill featuring the beloved music of Alanis Morissette, a book by Diablo Cody, orchestrations by Tom Kitt, and directed by Diane Paulus. Stanley originated the role in its World Premiere at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater. In the show’s Broadway bow, Variety said that she portrayed Mary Jane with “with infinite compassion in a stunning performance.” She originated the roles of Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet and Allison in Cry-Baby. Additional Broadway credits include the revival of On the Town (Drama Desk Nomination) and the Tony Award-Winning revival of Company. She also appeared in the First National Tours of The Bridges of Madison County and Xanadu. On television, Stanley can be seen in “NOS4A2” (upcoming), “FBI,” “The Get Down”, “The Affair,” “Black Box,” “Made in Jersey,” “Fringe,” “The Chappelle Show,” and “PBS Great Performances – Company.” She resides in New York.

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Sonya Tayeh
Panelist

Sonya Tayeh (Choreography) is an Award-winning choreographer who made her Broadway debut earlier this season with Moulin Rouge! The Musical and choregraphed the New York Theatre Workshop production of Sing Street. Other credits include: “Rent: Live” (Fox), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), Face the Torrent for Malpaso Dance Co., You’ll Still Call Me By Name (commissioned by Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and New York Live Arts), Martha Graham Dance Company’s Lamenta­tion Variation Series (The Joyce), Hundred Days (The Public’s Under the Radar Festival and NYTW), The Skin of Our Teeth (TFANA), The Wild Party (City Center Encores!), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre). Accolades include: OBIE Award, 2 Lortel Awards, Emmy & Drama Desk Awards nominations. Tayeh has directed and choreographed for world renowned musical artists such as Madonna, Florence and the Machine and Miley Cyrus.

Reshaping Your Story

Women who chose to change their career path and invest in themselves and their passion.

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Kristin Caskey
Kristin Caskey
Moderator

Kristin Caskey is Executive Vice President of Content and Creative for Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) North America, where she oversees the programming and producing division. ATG is an international live-theatre company with close to 50 venues in Britain, the United States, Germany, and Australia. Kristin oversees the programming of ATG’s North American venues, which include the Hudson Theatre on Broadway, Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston, Saenger and Mahalia Jackson Theatres in New Orleans, and Majestic and Empire Theatres in San Antonio.

Prior to joining ATG, Kristin was President of Fox Theatricals, where she produced theatre for Broadway, the West End, and National Tours and programmed the US Bank Broadway Series at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri.

Together with producing partner Mike Isaacson, Kristin has produced a number of award-winning Broadway shows including Fun Home (Tony Award); A Doll’s House Part 2; The Humans (Tony Award); If/Then; Grace; Bring it On; Red (Tony Award); Legally Blonde (London’s Olivier Award); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony Award); Death of a Salesman (Tony Award); The Seagull; ‘night, Mother; Caroline, or Change (London’s Olivier Award); and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Off-Broadway credits include Everyday Rapture and Traces. Kristin is also a long-time member of the Independent Presenters Network, for whom she has produced The Color Purple (Tony Award), Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Matilda, Groundhog Day, and War Paint. She has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for the Broadway League as well as serving on the Tony Management Committee.

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Tracy Geltman
Panelist

Tracy Geltman joined Stacey Mindich Productions as the Chief Operating Officer in 2019, after more than 15 years as a Company Manager and Associate General Manager on Broadway.  Tracy started her career at Frankel Green Theatrical Management and went on to work at 101 Productions, 321 Theatrical Management, and Foresight Theatrical on productions that include the Tony Award-winning musicals The Band’s Visit and Fun Home, along withWar Paint (starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole), Oh Hello on Broadway,  If/Then (starring Idina Menzel), Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family (starring Brooke Shields), and Rock of Ages. Tracy grew up in New Jersey and was introduced to theatre at a young age when her family would make trips to New York City to see Broadway shows. Musical Theatre and Broadway is her passion and she feels incredibly lucky to have found her talents offstage and to be part of the Broadway community.  She is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Associate of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM).  Tracy shares her life with Broadway actor Jenifer Foote.

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Leslie Papa
Panelist

Veteran press agent Leslie Papa has represented over sixty productions in her career as a theatrical publicist. Prior to forming Vivacity, Leslie worked as a Senior Account Executive at The Hartman Group (formerly Barlow-Hartman). Her work heading PR campaigns for Broadway, Off-Broadway and National Tour productions includes the Tony-nominated musicals Rock of Ages, On Your Feet!, Bring It On, American Idiot, Legally Blonde, and Evita (2012 revival), as well as the current Jagged Little Pill, Little Shop of Horrors, Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary Production, the annual Big Apple Circus engagement at Lincoln Center, WP Theater’s Seasons & Pipeline Festival, and the upcoming productions of Once Upon A One More Time and Soul Train. Select additional theater credits include Slava’s Snowshow, In & Of Itself, Accidentally Brave, Broadway Bounty Hunter, Cruel Intentions, Heathers: The Musical, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Ironbound, Disenchanted!, Catch Me If You Can, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Wintuk by Cirque Du Soleil, 13, Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline & Jennifer Garner, Company, Movin’ Out, Grease (2007 Revival), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays and Sweeney Todd starring Patti LuPone & Michael Cerveris.

Outside the scope of theatre PR, Leslie has managed campaigns for television shows & specials, notable performers, philanthropic enterprises and production companies. TV credits include the NBC television series “SMASH,” MTV’s Legally Blonde special and reality show “The Search for Elle Woods,” and the NBC reality series “Grease: You’re the One That I Want.” A graduate of Columbia University, Leslie began her career in theater at Carol Fineman Publicity, representing Off-Broadway productions including the multi-award winning production of The Exonerated, Modern Orthodox, and Hank Williams: Lost Highway.

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Beth Williams
Panelist

Beth Williams is the owner and lead producer of Grove Entertainment.  Her 35-year career path on Broadway has gone from company manager, rehearsal & audition pianist, conductor, general manager, CEO of Broadway Across America to producer.   Projects this season include Diana, Company and Harry Connick, Jr – A Celebration of Cole Porter.

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Schele Williams
Panelist

Schele Williams is a Brooklyn based director committed to cultivating new musicals, as well as directing and producing devised work. Schele will be directing the revival of Aida for Disney Theatricals in 2020. Other current musicals in development include Mandela the Musical and Indigo.  She has directed at numerous regional theatres across the country and New Works festivals including NAMT, NYMTF and Theatreworks Palo Alto.  Her Broadway credits include: Associate director of Motown The Musical,. She was the Associate Choreographer for Rent on Broadway, National and International touring companies. Passionate about pairing social justice with the arts, Schele has directed numerous Broadway events including: The People’s State of the Union Starring Common, Andra Day, John Legiuzamo, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. Uprising of Love (starring Sting and Patti LuPone) for global equality. Defying Inequality (starring Liza Minnelli and Ben Vereen) a benefit for marriage equality for which she received a New York City proclamation, and From Broadway to Bourbon Street a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. (starring Bernadette Peters and David Hyde Pierce). Schele is the director of the NYU Center of Diversity Inclusion and Belonging’s devised plays for Fortune 500 companies.  In addition, Schele is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices and serves as Chairman of the Board. Follow @schelewilliams

Intermission

Act II

Welcome Back

Co-hosts
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Mandy Gonzalez

Mandy Gonzalez stars in Hamilton as Angelica Schuyler. She also originated and starred as Nina Rosario in In The Heights. Mandy is a Warner Music recording artist and also recently made her Carnegie Hall debut with The NY Pops. Mandy is a published author and the proud founder of #FearlessSquad, a social media movement for inclusiveness.

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Celia Keenan-Bolger

Celia Keenan-Bolger is a Tony award winning actor who started her career at a community theater in Detroit, MI. Since then, she’s performed at regional theaters all over the US, on and off Broadway, and on TV and film. She believes workspaces are better when women are in positions of power. She and her husband John have a son, William who is very good at holding a sign at a protest.

Career Coach Presentation

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Elaine Davidson
Career Coach

Elaine Davidson is the founder and CEO of the Beacon Lane Career Lounge – a division of Beacon Lane Consulting. She made her mark in Corporate America as an authority in global recruiting strategy roles for some of the world’s most prominent organizations. After two decades, she opened the doors to Beacon Lane and started bringing her depth of recruiting expertise to companies across the world. Elaine also saw a gap in the market where early career professionals were struggling to navigate the job search process, often settling for roles that did not align with their skills, aspirations and potential. This inspired her to open the Beacon Lane Career Lounge . Through The Lounge, job seekers enroll in PIVOT12, Beacon Lane’s signature Employment Curriculum, which helps participants land jobs 3X faster and without the overwhelm. The Lounge has two distinct tracks; one for early career professionals and a Platinum offering specifically designed for women in career transition. Elaine earned her Master’s Degree in Social and Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a business degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She graduated from Coach U, one of the world’s most reputable ICF-accredited coaching programs, earned her certification in Conflict Resolution, and is Six Sigma certified. She resides in NY with her husband and three children.

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Dolores Hirschmann

Dolores Hirschmann is an internationally recognized STRATEGIST & COACH. The founder of Masters in Clarity , she helps clients clarify their “idea worth sharing”, design their communication strategies, and implement business growth systems. Her clients become speakers and authors and take their message to larger audiences like TEDx and beyond. Passionate about IDEAS that can impact the world, Dolores works through group coaching, workshops, one on one coaching, as well as public speaking, helping clients – particularly women – reach their next level of growth. She is a writer, TEDx Organizer, and participant in TED conferences. She is also a CTI certified and ICF accredited coach and has a business degree from the Universidad de San Andres, Argentina. Originally from Buenos Aires, Dolores speaks fluent Spanish, English, and French and lives in Dartmouth, MA with her husband and four children.

Far From Finished

A conversation about challenges women face, barriers that still exist, and how to shape change on the path to equality.

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Diep Tran
Moderator

Diep Tran is currently the features editor of Broadway.com. She was previously the senior editor of American Theatre magazine, where she led the creation and launch of AmericanTheatre.org, the first official website for the magazine. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Playbill, CNN, Hello Giggles, Time Out New York, Backstage, and Salon, among other publications. She is a judge for the 2020 Obie Awards and is a 2020 Drama Desk Award voter.

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LaChanze
Panelist

LaChanze is an award-winning actress who brings an exhilarating and electrifying presence to any stage she touches. Blessed with a powerful mezzo-soprano singing voice and a commanding presence, she consistently receives high praises from fans, peers and the industry at-large. Armed with the gift for dramatic storytelling, a sultry vocal dexterity and for bringing complex female heroines to life, audiences sit up and take notice of the actress whether in a hot Broadway production, television show, film or on concert stages.

Most recently, she starred in playwright Jack Thorne A Christmas Carol as the Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs. Fezziwig. Prior, she originated the role of August in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s A Secret Life of Bees for which she landed an AUDELCO Award for Leading Actress in a Musical. She gave a spellbinding performance in the high voltage Broadway’s Summer The Donna Summer Musical. In creating the nostalgia of Donna Summer, she landed nominations for the 2018 Tony Award nomination for Leading Actress in a Musical, 2018 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical and 2018 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance Award.

LaChanze stepped onto stage 28 Broadway seasons ago, giving the original production of Once On This Island its beating and unforgettable heart, creating the role of lovelorn peasant girl Ti Moune. She won her first Tony Award for giving a voice to Celie, the unlikely heroine of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, the musical’s original staging. Shortly after, she nabbed an Emmy Award for her riveting performance in the award-winning PBS special Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise.

In film, she stars in writer/director Marishka Phillips’ suspense filled film Melinda. She appeared in the award-winning film The Help landing a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Other films include former President Obama film picks for 2019 Diane, A Bitter Pill, Side Effects, Heartbreak Hotel, For Love Or Money, Leap Of Faith, My New Gun, and Disney animated feature film Hercules.

In television, she appears in NBC’s The Village, CBS All Access’ The Good Fight and appeared in the award-winning HBO special The Night Of, Person Of Interest, Law & Order: SVU, One Life To Live, Lucy, Sex And The City, Hercules, The Cosby Show, The Cosby Mysteries and New York Undercover.

Other Broadway credits include If/Then, Ragtime, Company, and Uptown It’s Hot. Some of her Off-Broadway credits include The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Drama Desk nomination), Dessa Rose (Obie Award), Inked Baby, Spunk and From The Mississippi Delta.

LaChanze brings her original, one-of-a-kind, one-women show, Feeling Good, to popular venues touching the hearts of audiences worldwide. This electric and highly praised tour mixes the perfect blend of emotional intensity with sultry vocals. Fans willing to take the ride and feel every pain, joy and excitement LaChanze feel, all through an autobiographical journey of her life with music and words.

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Renee Blinkwolt
Panelist

Renee is a creative producer with fifteen years of producing and leadership experience at theaters in and around New York City. As the Managing Director of Ars Nova , she has almost tripled the company’s operational budget and audience reach, produced some of their most well-regarded productions (including last year’s Lortel-award winning Outstanding Musical Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future , and “one of the best 25 new American plays in the last 25 years” (NY Times) Underground Railroad Game , for which she also produced a critically-acclaimed international tour), launched the industry-leading Fair Pay Initiative, and built a forward-thinking, horizontal culture of collaborating and making. In addition to her work with Ars Nova, she serves as the Executive Producer of alt-cabaret artist Salty Brine’s The Living Record Collection , as Consulting Producer for Philadelphia-based devised theater company Lightning Rod Special (NY Times, Time Out NY, and NY Mag “Best of 2018” The Appointment) , and as an adjunct professor in Columbia University’s Theatre Management and Producing MFA program. Prior to Ars Nova, she served as the Producing Director of The Playwrights Realm, where she also doubled the company’s operational budget, making their first-ever two-show season possible. She cut her teeth with Two River Theater Company, Naked Angels, The Team, Red Bull Theater, The Civilians, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. She holds a BFA in Directing and a BA in American History from Carnegie-Mellon University, an MFA in Producing & Theatre Management from Columbia University, and an abiding love for making adventurous new work by daring, big-dreaming artists possible.

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Katori Hall
Panelist

KATORI HALL (TINA Bookwriter). Memphis native Katori Hall is the Olivier Award-winning playwright of The Mountaintop and other works including Hurt Village, Our Lady of Kibeho and Pussy Valley, which she is currently adapting into a television series for Starz. Her next piece, The Hot Wing King, is currently playing at Signature Theatre, where she is a resident playwright. Katori is also a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Coca-Cola Scholar Program.

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Lisa McNulty
Panelist

Lisa McNulty is an award-winning Broadway and off-Broadway producer in her sixth season as the Producing Artistic Director of WP Theater. Previously, Lisa produced more than 30 projects in her eight seasons as Artistic Line Producer at Manhattan Theatre Club, and served as Literary Manager and then Associate Artistic Director at WP.  www.wptheater.org

Closing Keynote

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Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton has spent four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate.

Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 1947.  After graduating from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, she began her life-long work on behalf of children and families by joining the Children’s Defense Fund.

In 1974, she moved to Arkansas, where she married Bill Clinton and became a successful attorney while also raising their daughter, Chelsea.

As First Lady of the United States, from 1993 to 2001, Hillary Clinton championed health care for all Americans and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and create the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate, and the first woman elected to statewide office in New York. As Senator, she worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care. After September 11, 2001, she helped to rebuild New York and provide health care for first responders.

In 2007, she began her historic campaign for president, winning 18 million votes and becoming the first woman to ever win a presidential primary or caucus state.

In her four years as America’s chief diplomat and the President’s principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton led the effort to restore America’s leadership in the world. She negotiated a cease-fire in Gaza that defended Israel’s security and headed off another war in the Middle East, mobilized an international coalition to impose crippling sanctions against Iran, and championed human rights around the world, as she has her entire career.

In 2016, Clinton made history again by becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.  As the Democratic candidate for president, she campaigned on a vision of America that is “stronger together” and an agenda to make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top., earning the support of nearly 66 million Americans.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the author of eight best-selling books, including her campaign memoir, What Happened, and The Book of Gutsy Women, with Chelsea Clinton.

She and President Clinton reside in New York, have one daughter, Chelsea, and are the proud grandparents of Charlotte, Aidan, and Jasper.