Jeffrey Bruce: Jeffrey has appeared at all of the local theatres in South Florida in roles as diverse as "Max" (SOUND OF MUSIC @ the Wick) to "Potiphar" and "Jacob" (JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT @ the Maltz Jupiter Theatre). He has appeared in every Neil Simon play (excluding THE GINGERBREAD LADY. Wrong gender. What can ya' do?) as well as 9 national tours including PETER PAN ("Hook"), FLOWER DRUM SONG ("Wang San"), and HOW TO SUCCEED ("Finch"). Jeffrey teaches a weekly Master Class in Drama in Boca and has just finished directing THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES @ Evening Star Productions. His 2014-2015 season is proving to be his busiest: ON THE TOWN @ FAU, POZ @ Empire Stage, MAME (opposite Leslie Uggams) at The Wick, PHANTOM @ the Plaza Theatre and DAMN YANKEES ("Applegate", the Devil) @ PPTOPA. Jeff is a HOLLYWOOD LIVE! regular and knows you will have as much fun reminiscing and enjoying the music of a , truly, magical era, as this lovely and talented cast!
Jeanne Lynn Gray: Jeanne grew up in the South Florida area and though she had a love of music and theatre from an early age, thanks to her mother, it wasn't until high school that the acting bug really hit her. It was there, and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NY, that Jeanne learned to harness and shape the talent and creativity that she uses to this day. In 2004 Jeanne netted both the Carbonell and Curtain Up Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of "Queen" in Cy Coleman's musical "The Life", and a 2005 Carbonell nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for "The Last Session:. Since then Jeanne has appeared and starred in many traveling productions and musical revues as well as performing with the Band TK Blu and the Uncool. She has also added script writing, producing, directing and teaching improv to her resume Since 2009 though she has been burning up the Cabaret Scene and stages both large and small with the debut of her show "Shades of Gray". With her lively mix of storytelling and songs her unique shows have garnered her both critical and personal success. No success would be complete without the support and love of her amazing family… "I am the luckiest woman in the world to have so many people who believe in me and have helped to shape my successes. My husband, three boys and my parents are my loudest cheerleaders! Thank you all so much for everything."
Mia Matthews: After many successful years as a theater, television and film actress in NYC, Mia Matthews is delighted to call Palm Beach her home. Currently she can be seen starring as "Desdemona" on Nickelodeon's 'Every Witch Way', as well as the imminent feature film, "Daddy". Locally Mia has appeared in The Sound of Music, Chapter Two, I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change, She Loves Me and the upcoming Little Dog Laughed at Island City Stage. Mia's one woman show, The Bombshell Show, celebrating Hollywood's iconic singing stars of the Golden Age, premiered last year as well as a duet review entitled Being Alive featuring the songs of Stephen Sondheim. She has also starred in several cabarets at The Kravis Center and Aventura Arts and Cultural Center. As an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, she has served on several boards advocating the importance of the arts in education. She was one of Palm Beach Illustrated's first "Muses" for the Women of Style and Substance, highlighted in The Palm Beacher's Who's Who in Charity and the Arts, and was a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach county 2008. This season she is serving as Chairwoman for the March of Dimes MOD event at the Maralago Club in Palm Beach.
Jamison Stern: BROADWAY/NATIONAL TOURS: By Jeeves (Bingo Little), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Palm Springs Who), Little Shop Of Horrors (Seymour/Orin), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere). REGIONAL: Young Frankenstein (Frederick Frankenstein) Fulton Theatre, Torch Song Trilogy (Arnold) Human Race Theatre, Sound of Music (Max) Westchester Broadway Theatre, Sweet Charity (Charlie, Vittorio and Oscar) Oklahoma Lyric Theatre. The BreakUp Notebook (Bob) Revision Theatre. (title of show) (Hunter) Theatreworks, Around the World in 80 Days (Passepartout) Triad Stage, Neil Simon's Chapter Two (Leo) & The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Panch) Theatre Aspen. It's Only Life & She Loves Me (Kodaly) Rubicon Theatre. Fully Committed Alley Theatre & La Mirada. The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) Cincinnati Playhouse. Black Comedy (Brindsley), Invention of Love (Pollard), As Bees in Honey Drown (Kaden et. al.), A Flea in Her Ear (Camille), A Comedy of Errors (Angelo) Alley Theatre. TV/FILM: Law and Order, Day Zero, The Finger Lakes, Joke Bitch, The Entrepreneurs.
Caryl Fantel is a Music Director and Pianist with credits from Off-Broadway to regional theatres and concert halls throughout South Florida and around the U.S. She is Music Director of the annual Carbonell Awards ceremonies at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Favorite credits include the celebrated production of "Assassins" with Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, staged readings at Palm Beach Dramaworks and the "Tune-Up" new musical development series at The Arts Garage in Delray, Florida. A private teacher, workshop presenter and arts-in-education advocate, Caryl is a member of the Broward County Cultural Council and, in addition to projects with professional theatres, she works regularly with schools, community groups, and the musical theatre programs of NYU, AMDA and others. FantelMusic.com
ShaRell Productions is thrilled to present
Debuts at Zinman Hall, JCC, Boca Raton, Florida
after Sold Out Performances of Broadway Live!
Sat. Feb. 15th, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
and Sunday Feb. 16th, 2014 @ at 3:00 pm
The all star cast includes:
||TIANA CHECCHIA JONES
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE: AVERY SOMMERS
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: EMMANUEL SCHVARTZMAN
ON BASS: ROBERT ZIAWINSKI
JCC, Zinman Hall 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton, Fl.
Box Office: (561) 852-3241
Produced by: ShaRell Productions (Sandi Durell/Shari Upbin)
Directed by: Shari Upbin
JEFFREY BRUCE known as one of "the busiest actors in South Florida" just appeared in 42ND STREET @ the Wick Theatre in Boca in the role of "Bert Barry". Prior to that he was "Max" in their premiere production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Jeff has also appeared at the Maltz in Jupiter as "Potiphar" and "Jacob" in JOSEPH/DREAMCOAT and as Kappelmeister Bonno" in their production of AMADEUS. Having appeared in nine national tours throughout the years, he is delighted to return to Zinman Hall where he was in the JCC's very first production of Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS in 1998. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the lovely ride that is HOLLYWOOD, LIVE!.
TIANA CHECCHIA JONES is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame, avid Yankee fan and native of Long Island. She has toured the country in various productions including the North American tour of Grease as Sandy. She has tackled tours, regional theatre, dinner theatre, theme parks, summer stock, and even Carnegie Hall! Some other favorite roles: Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley); ...Spelling Bee (Olive); Peter Pan (Peter Pan); The Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy); and Shout! The Mod Musical (Yellow Girl). Infinite thanks to my amazingly supportive family! www.tianajones.com
MIA MATTHEWS - New York credits include: Mizlansky/Zilinsky (opposite Nathan Lane, directed by Joe Mantello), Topper the Musical, and Henry IV Parts I, II - New York Shakespeare Festival at The Public Theater. Favorite regional roles include: Eva Peron in Evita, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. Television work: Spin City, starring role on Fox's 13 Bourbon Street, and numerous guest appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and Conan O' Brien. Television commercials: All original Old Navy commercials. Locally, Mia is starring as Elsa in The Sound of Music at the Wick Theatre. Florida credits include: The Plaza Theatre's production of Neil Simon's Chapter Two and again with Wayne LeGette in I Love You, You’re Perfect...Now Change. She has performed in numerous benefits and her one woman show, The Bombshell Show, celebrating Hollywood's iconic singing stars of the Golden Age.
JAY STUART began his NY career as the leading man in Richard Rodgers revival of THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE. On Broadway, he was co-star of THE PAJAMA GAME with Barbara McNair and Cab Callaway, was featured in CRY FOR US ALL with Robert Woods, APPLAUSE with Arlene Dahl, THE GRAND TOUR with Joel Grey and was stand bye for Dick Van Dyke in the revival of THE MUSIC MAN. He also played Frederick in a New York revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Jay was featured in all three national tours of SUGAR BABIES with Mickey Rooney, Ann Miller, Eddie Bracken and Robert Morse as well as Carol Channing. Regionally he starred in numerous musicals including the role of Captain Smith in the TITANIC. He was the lead in the Hollywood Playhouse productions of MAN OF LA MANCHA AND PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Jay has graced the stage of the Royal Palm Dinner Theatre for many years. With Marty Brill he co wrote and co starred in his own television series THE LITTLE KIDS' DYNAMITE ALL STAR BAND
AVERY SOMMERS starred on Broadway in the long running, critically acclaimed musical, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' (NELL CARTER) and SHOWBOAT (QUEENIE). Two national tours: CHICAGO (MATRON MAMA MORTON) with JOEL GREY and CHITA RIVERA; THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (JEWEL) with ANN MARGRET. Other favorite roles are BLOODY MARY in SOUTH PACIFIC (Westbury Music Fair); ALICE in BIG RIVER (Paper Mill Playhouse); KATESHA in HOT MIKADO (Theatre Under the Stars). Avery created the recurring role of REGINA DANSBY on the CBS soap, AS THE WORLD TURNS as well as the role of EVELYN on the ABC Mystery Movie Series, "BL STRYKER" starring BURT REYNOLDS and OSSIE DAVIS. She also co-starred with BURT REYNOLDS and REBA MCINTYRE in the CBS Movie of the Week, THE MAN FROM LEFT FIELD. South Florida audiences will recognize Avery as POWER WOMAN in MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL (G-Four Productions); Avery recently Performed the role of MOTOR MOUTH MAYBELLE in HAIRSPRAY in the fall of 2011 and was nominated for Best Featured Actress in New York's Broadway World. Avery has appeared in eight Independent films all shot in South Florida and was nominated for and won Best Supporting Actress in the ANGEL FILMS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN MONACO for her role in IMMIGRATION TANGO. She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in LOST EVERYTHING. Released by BREAKING GLASS PICTURES ... Fall 2011. Available on Netflix, Blockbuster, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Avery thanks her family for their love and support.
MANNY SCHVARTZMAN (Musical Director/Piano) is happy to be making his debut with Hollywood Live! Some of his favorite credits as a music director include In The Heights at Actors' Playhouse as well as The Last 5 Years (Carbonell nomination), Next To Normal at Slow Burn Theater and many more. He was also the orchestrator/arranger and music director for the world-premiere of Real Men Sing Showtunes...and play with puppets as well as Rescatando La Navidad - both original musicals. He's worked with artists such as Barbara Cook, Sandy Patti, Franc D'ambrosio, Kathy Lee Gifford, Lee Musiker, Phillip Michael Thomas and more. He has also toured with the Young Americans and worked with Seraphic Fire, South Florida Choral Arts and Florida Singing Sons. He serves as music director for Regent, Silversea and Celebrity Cruise Lines, FIU, MDC, Slow Burn Theater and many more. Much love to his mom! Without her, all of the above would not be possible - literally!
March 22, 2013
ShaRell Productions is thrilled to present
at the newly restored Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631 727-4345 Tickets are available for purchase
Trisha Rapier: Broadway: Sister Act (Mary Martin of Tours, u/s and performed for Victoria Clark as Mother Superior), The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman (Liza Minnelli u/s and performed). Off-Broadway: Sessions (Mary), Her Song at Birdland, Shout! The Mod Musical, Nerds:// A Musical Software Satire (Myrtle), NEWSical (Trisha), Golf: The Musical (Trisha), Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), Forbidden Broadway (Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, etc.). Tours: The Who's Tommy (Mrs. Walker u/s and performed), Forbidden Hollywood (Marlene Dietrich, Nicole Kidman, etc.). Regional: Crazy For You (Irene Roth), World Premiere of My Ohio (Bonnie Bell), Caroline, or Change (Rose Stopnick), The Full Monty (Vicki Nichols) Evita (Eva), Cabaret (Sally Bowles) Miss Saigon (Ellen), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Agnes of God (Agnes). Opera: The Magic Flute (Pamina), The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda (Clorinda). Television: Delocated on Adult Swim. Numerous concerts and workshops including most recent: Treasure Island, a new musical, Finding Nemo, The Musical, for Disney Theatricals and Enter Laughing. Awards: Carol Burnett Award, Spotlight Award of the Los Angeles Music Center. Bachelor of Music degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. www.TrishaRapier.com
Kevin Spirtas: A 25-year veteran actor of Broadway, film, and television, he is most recognized around the world as Dr. Craig Wesley from televisions: Days Of Our Lives. He has appeared on Broadway in: A Chorus Line, Meet Me in St. Louis, and The Boy From Oz, and has sung and skated with Olympian's Dorothy Hamill and Nancy Kerrigan in Broadway On Ice. In 2009, Kevin joined the ranks as a Broadway producer with the critically acclaimed revival of Finian's Rainbow, Promises, Promises, and Priscilla-Queen of the Desert. Kevin can also be seen touring the world performing one of his acclaimed one-man musical shows: NIGHT & DAYS, JERSEY MEN, and LOVE CRAZY. www.kevinspirtas.com
Aléna Watters: Broadway Credits include the recent revival of West Side Story (Anita standby), The Addams Family (Original Cast Saloon Girl Ancestor), and Sister Act (Original Cast Tina/Ensemble). Off Broadway and regional credits include Newsical, Boobs! The Musical, Turn of the Century, Brooklyn, Beehive, and Shout!. Aléna also performed as one of Bette Midler's Harlettes at a concert at the Metropolitan Opera House, and did work in her Vegas spectacular, The Showgirl Must Go On. She has a B.A. in Musical Theatre/Acting from the University of Northern Colorado, and was the youngest recipient of UNCo's 2009 Alumni Association's Creative Achievement Award. Aléna has been teaching and setting choreography around the country for over 15 years, and when she's not rocking it out onstage, she is also a 200hr certified Yoga Alliance instructor. You can see her inspiring journey to the Broadway stage in the critically-acclaimed documentary The Standbys. www.alenawatters.com
Doyle Newmyer - Musical Director
April 20, 2013
makes its Florida premier at
Broken Sound Country Club, Boca Raton - 8 pm
Tickets: $35.00 - Box office: 561.241.6846
The revue includes all those memorable songs from the silver screen past and present. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to sing the songs you love to hear.
Hollywood Live! features:
Renata Eastlick is honored to be making her Hollywood Live! debut. In 2012, Renata was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress in a Play Carbonell Award and received a Silver Palm Award (Outstanding New Talent) for her performance as "Maima/#2" in the critically acclaimed production of Eclipsed (The Women's Theatre Project). Some of Renata's regional credits include: Ruined and In the Next Room (GableStage); Xanadu: The Musical, Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical (Silver Palm Award) and The Rocky Horror Show (Slow Burn Theatre Co.); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Hairspray (Actors' Playhouse); Company (TheatreZone); Rock Odyssey (Adrienne Arsht Center); and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (GU&R). Her Commercial and Voice-over credits include: Pollo Tropical, Degree, Carib, Hola TV!, Warren Henry Auto & Nature's Path Organic. Renata would like to thank Shari Upbin for this lovely opportunity, her incredible husband Joel, her family for their love and support. Renata is a New World School of the Arts Alumni. www.renataeastlick.com
Bruce Linser has acted and sung around the country and around the world for over two decades. He has appeared Off-Broadway in NYC as well as regionally in Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, LA, and South Florida at Caldwell Theatre, FAU Festival Rep, Florida Stage, GableStage, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, New Theatre, and Palm Beach Dramaworks. His solo cabaret shows have been performed aboard cruise ships for Silver Seas and Crystal Cruises, as well as at Don’t Tell Mama and The Duplex in NYC and on the condo and country club circuit here in South Florida. Bruce teaches musical theatre at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. For more info, please visit www.brucelinser.com.
Amy Miller Brennan has performed across the country, abroad in Germany, and has recently flown south from NYC and now calls South Florida "home"! She is active in the condo and cabaret performance circuit as well as performing on many of South Florida's stages. Favorite roles include: Footloose (Ariel), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), and Oliver! (Nancy), all four of which earned her Carbonell nominations. She has also worked at The Caldwell Theatre in their productions of She Loves Me (Amalia) and The Secret Garden (Martha). Amy has worked closely with South Florida producers G4 on their productions Motherhood and Respect. NYC credits: Sunday in the Park With George (Dot), The Miracle Worker (Kate Keller-dir. Arthur Penn), Body Language (Mary--MITF Best Actress Award), and Metamorphoses (Alcyone). Amy has earned her MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio/New School and her BA in Musical Theatre from Birmingham Southern College. Amy is proud to announce her newest role as full-time Drama teacher at American Heritage School in Delray.
Jeffrey Bruce host/moderator has appeared in 9 national tours including How to Succeed (Finch/standby/performed), CAMELOT (Mordred), FLOWER DRUM SONG (Wang San), The Music Man (Tommy Djilas) and The Boys in the Band (Harold). Regionally he has starred in musicals such as Joseph (Potiphar/Jacob), Sweet Charity (Oscar), Peter Pan (Hook), and Forum (Psuedolous). In addition, Jeff has been focusing more on dramatic and comedy works and has recently appeared in productions of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (William Russell), Virginia Woolf (George), Plaza Suite and Two for the Seesaw (Jerry Ryan) among many others. Coming up is Amadeus. Originally from Fresh Meadows, Queens, Jeff has resided in Boca Raton, FL. for the past 22 years and is delighted to be one of the busiest actors in the South Florida area.
Eric Alsford (Musical Director) is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He has played for the Off-Broadway production of That's Life, and toured with Mamma Mia as well as musical directing/conducting the recent 25th anniversary national tour of Nunsense with Sally Struthers. He regularly musical directs the many incarnations of Nunsense with author/director Dan Goggin. Throughout Florida he has musical directed for Actors Playhouse, Caldwell Theatre, Broward Center, Theatrezone, Gablestage, and the Arsht Center. Regionally, Eric has musical directed at Arkansas Rep, Artpark, Ogunquit Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Drury Lane Theater Chicago, Mr Gretna Theatre and Solano Rep among others. He is the recipient of South Florida's Carbonell Award for best musical direction for productions of Floyd Collins, Aida, and Miss Saigon, all at Actors Playhouse in Miami, and The Adding Machine at Gablestage in Coral Gables. He has played for such cabaret artists as Andrea McArdle, Linda Eder, Tovah Feldshuh, and Jai Rodriguez.
Martha Spangler on Bass
HOLLYWOOD LIVE! SONGS OF THE SILVER SCREEN
You will be swept off your feet to the 1940 tunes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Travel the road with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, fly over the rainbow with the songs of Judy Garland ; add Mickey Rooney and lets put on a show! This year's special .... Hollywood Live! salutes the incomparable Gene Kelly on his 100th birthday! Journey from Carmen Miranda to Hairspray, Fame, Grease and Disney. Hear the inside juicy backstage gossip about the stars. Lets go to the movies!!
SAT. JUNE 23, 2 pm matinee, 8 pm evening
SUN. JUNE 24, 3 PM matinee
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY - Helene Fortunoff Theatre
BOX OFFICE: Tickets 516 463-6644 (tickets to go on sale soon)
Gary Mauer most recently starred in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, playing the Phantom. Broadway/National Tour credits: Les Miserables and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. He was cast opposite his wife, Elizabeth Southard, in the National Tour of Harold Prince's Show Boat. Other favorite roles include: Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Anthony in Sweeney Todd and Frederick in Pirates of Penzance. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre from The University of Arizona in Tucson. He has sung "All I Ask of You" on ABC's "LIVE with Regis and Kathy Lee" and "The View" as well as NBC's "The Today Show." As part of the popular "Bravo Broadway!"concert series, Mr. Mauer has sung with numerous symphonies across the country, including Cleveland, Utah, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. He has traveled with Marvin Hamlisch and Chicago and Pittsburgh Symphonies. He has sung with the National Symphony, Harrisburgh, South Bend, New Mexico and the Florida Sunshine Pops. His solo CD "This is the Moment" was released in '07. Mr. Mauer is also featured on the CDs entitled "Bravo Broadway!" and "Broadway's Fabulous Phantoms". A confessed "thrill-seeker," Mr. Mauer is an active Hang Glider pilot. When not chasing down thermals, he enjoys fixing up the home he loves and shares with his wife, Beth; son, Nicholas and daughter, Eden. He thanks God for all his many blessings.
Rachel Bay Jones is a theatre actress, singer and recording artist. Recently on tour with the Broadway-bound new musical version of the 80's classic film A Christmas Story, playing the leading role of Mother, in a "full-portrait" performance the Chicago Tribune heralded as "beautifully played" and "undeniably strange." Off Broadway in Transport Group's acclaimed revival of Michael John LaChiusa's Hello Again (the Actress, Drama League Honor); Broadway revival of HAIR (Mother / Buddadalirama), and Broadway as Patti LuPone's standby, where she thrice performed the role of Lucia in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Other Broadway and large-scale Tour credits include roles in: Meet Me in St. Louis; Grand Hotel; Fiddler on the Roof; Rent (Berlin Company; in German). Some of her many regional performances include the recent Sylvia (Sylvia), at Berkshire Theatre Festival; several productions of The King and I (Anna, opposite Lou Diamond Phillips); Urinetown (Penelope Pennywise, Carbonell Performance Award); and Evita (Eva, in Spanish and English). Rachel's recent solo album, ShowFolk, has received much favorable attention with concerts at Joe's Pub and other venues, airtime on NPR, with Jonathan Schwartz, satellite radio, and notable national and NYC press. By day, Rachel is the mother of Miranda, a 9 year old.
Christina Bianco is currently starring Off-Broadway in Newsical The Musical and received a Drama Desk award nomination for her work in Forbidden Broadway; Goes To Rehab. She can be heard on both original cast recordings. Christina originated the role of Dora in the long-running national tour of Dora The Explorer Live, including a sold-out run at Radio City Music Hall. NY credits include: Raffi On Broadway (Gershwin Theatre), Forbidden Broadway Dances With The Stars & Tony and Tina's Wedding (Tina). A MAC award nominated cabaret artist, Christina performed weekly in an unprecedented eight month run of 11 O'Clock Numbers at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. She recently performed her acclaimed solo show, Diva Moments, in NYC at BIRDLAND, regionally in Chicago & Baltimore and also on various cruise lines. She frequently performs in concert as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Christina has also sung with R&B star Deborah Cox, guest starred on The Jerry Lewis Telethon and performed on NBC's The Today Show. www.christinabianco.com
Barry Levitt is an award winning pianist, musical director, composer, conductor and producer. He has been an active presence within the New York musical community for over three decades, participating in every style of music from rock to R&B to theatre, cabaret and jazz. Barry recently conceived and directed Melodies and Memories Gold Standards of the American Songbook at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center in Florida. He was musical director and arranger for Catskills on Broadway and Swinging on a Star and Off Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors, Taking My Turn and a Match Made in Heaven. He has worked with Ben Vereen, Bernadette Peters, Faith Prince, Eartha Kitt, Nell Carter, Rosemary Clooney, Connie Francis, Marilyn Michaels and Carol Woods among other luminaries. He has conducted the New York, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, St Louis and Indianapolis Pops Orchestra. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Levitt was the Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y's world renowned Lyric and Lyricists series. He has been Musical director of Broadway Live and Hollywood Live as well as the Timeless Divas! Series since its inception in 2005. Mr. Levitt runs the Barry Levitt Performance Workshop.
Bob Spiotto - Guest performer "Hollywood Live!" - holds a B.F.A. in theater from Hofstra University and an M.F.A. in directing from The Catholic University of America. Celebrating 22 years at Hofstra University, he is currently the artistic director of community arts programs and a producer of special events for the Hofstra Cultural Center, as well as executive producer for Hofstra Entertainment. Bob has worked as a director, producer, actor, choreographer and teacher in the New York and Washington, D.C. areas, as well as abroad. Hofstra directing credits include Night of January 16th, the world premiere of the musical review I'm The Greatest Star, the New York premiere of Rachel and Julio starring Lainie Kazan and Robert Davi, Agnes of God (starring Talia Shire and Susan Sullivan), Lo Bianco's La Guardia (world premiere starring Tony Lo Bianco), Sarah in America (starring Tovah Feldshuh) to name a few. Regional acting credits include M.C. (Cabaret), John Adams (1776), Guido (Nine, the Musical), Tateh (Ragtime), The Cat in the Hat (Seussical), Fagin (Oliver!), Ganesha (A Perfect Ganesh), Jim (Pump Boys and Dinettes), and Bill (Me and My Girl). Bob has created, appeared and continues to perform in several unique one-man shows celebrating Sholom Aleichem, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Alexander Pushkin, Primo Levi, Michelangelo, P.T. Barnum, and to great acclaim, That's Amore, a tribute to composer Harry Warren, Courting the Jester: A Salute to Danny Kaye and more recently, Shades of Grey: A Tribute to Joel Grey.
His off-Broadway production of Harry and Eddie: The Birth of Israel was recently seen at the Actor's Temple Theatre. In 2011, he was honored by the Long Island Chapter of the March of Dimes as an Educator of the Year and honored as an Advocate For The Arts by the Long Island Arts Council.
Levis JCC and ShaRell Productions Present
Broadway Live! Boca
Avery Sommers Wayne LeGette Jodie Langel
What: Levis JCC and ShaRell Productions(Sandi Durell, Shari Upbin) present Broadway Live!
A spectacular theatrical presentation of Broadway's best songs and juicy backstage stories.
With Musical Direction by Barry Levitt.
When: March 17, 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, March 18, 3:00pm
Where: Zinman Hall
Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center
9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, Fl. (off Glades Road at 95th Ave. S. between Lyons Rd. and US. 441)
Cost: Tickets: $35, $28. Group discounts available.
Call the Levis JCC Box Office: (561) 852-3241
Media Inquiries: She Got Game Media
1777 Michigan Avenue- Penthouse 1
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Broadway Live! 2
Standing ovations and great reviews bring Broadway Live! back with exciting new Broadway stars, singing their hearts out.Hear songs from Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Les Miserables, Follies, Company, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Funny Girl, Annie, Porgy and Bess, Jersey Boys and Hair, as well as the great American songwriters Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and more. Preview songs from the new Broadway Ray Charles musical Unchain My Heart.
Joining the cast of Broadway Live! 2 is Stephanie Pope (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago), Trisha Rapier (Sister Act, Boy From Oz) and returning for a command performance is Robert Cuccioli (Tony Award nominee —Jekyll & Hyde).
Friday January 20, 2012, at 8 p.m.
Saturday January 21,2012 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 2 p.m.
John Cranford Adams Playhouse
LEVI'S JCC in Association with ShaRell Productions present
BROADWAY LIVE ! ! ! - a Musical Revue
(The Songs The Shows The Stars)
Featuring BARRY LEVITT - Musical Director/Arranger
(92nd Street Y - Lyrics & Lyricists, Catskills on Broadway)
The acclaimed Broadway Live Revue comes to South Florida with all new Florida stars!
JODI LANGEL WAYNE LEGETTE AVERY SOMMERS
*Directed by Shari Upbin *Produced by Sandi Durell
Hear the magical music of the Great White Way!
Delight in backstage gossip!
Revel in songs that make you laugh, cry and cheer!
SATURDAY MARCH 17TH 7:30 pm
SUNDAY MARCH 18TH 3:00 pm
Location: Zinman Hall at the Levi's JCC,
95th ave south off Glades Road between Lyons Rd and 441 (or State 7) Boca Raton, Fl.
Tickets/Information: 561 852-3241 Prices: $35 & $28 Group Sales Available
Barry Levitt is an award winning pianist, musical director, composer, conductor and producer. He has been an active presence within the New York musical community for over three decades, participating in every style of music from rock to R&B to theatre, cabaret and jazz. Barry recently conceived and directed Melodies and Memories Gold Standards of the American Songbook at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center in Florida. He was musical director and arranger for Catskills on Broadway and Swinging on a Star and Off Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors, Taking My Turn and a Match Made in Heaven. He has worked with Ben Vereen, Bernadette Peters, Faith Prince, Eartha Kitt, Nell Carter, Rosemary Clooney, Connie Francis, Marilyn Michaels and Carol Woods among other luminaries. He has conducted the New York, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, St Louis and Indianapolis Pops Orchestra. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Levitt was the Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y's world renowned Lyric and Lyricists series.
He has been Musical director of Broadway Live and Hollywood Live as well as the Timeless Divas! Series since its inception in 2005. Mr. Levitt runs the Barry Levitt Performance Workshop.
Jodie Langel recently starred as Diana in Next to Normal at the Actors Playhouse. She also just completed the sold out critically acclaimed production of Joseph. . . Dreamcoat starring as the Narrator at the Maltz Jupiter Theater. Broadway/Tours: Les Miserables: Cosette, Martin Guerre: Bertrande, Joseph. . .Dreamcoat: Narrator, CATS: Grizabella, where she was the youngest person to ever portray the role. Regional/New York: Lead roles in: Evita: Maltz Jupiter Theater (Carbonell Nomination), Bernsteins Mass: Carnegie Hall/Kennedy Center, I Love you, You're Perfect, Now Change, Funny Girl, Chess at Paper Mill Playhouse directed by Rob Marshall, the Tony Winning Eugene O Neill Theater Conference, and The Thing About Men. Readings: The First Wives Club understudying Ana Gastayer. She was a lead soloist for President Clinton, the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, and the Mets/Yankees Subway Series! TV: "Rescue Me". Jodie is the co-author of the book "Making it on Broadway: Actors Tales of Climbing to the Top", with a forward by Jason Alexander. She personally interviewed such notables as Antonio Banderas, Brooke Shields, Chita Rivera, and Idina Menzel. Jodie founded her own established educational program "Making it on Broadway"- www.makingitonbroadway.net. Currently, Jodie is the head of Theater Arts at the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches.
Wayne LeGette is a native Floridian who has played leading roles in theatres all over the world. Including The National Theatre of Taiwan, and the Tony Nominated regional theatres: Paper Mill Playhouse, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and Florida Stage. Most recently, he starred in the concerts of The Secret Garden, Sunday in the Park with George, Follies, and Into the Woods at Caldwell Theatre Company, and has originated many musicals including the title roles in Chaplin and Dr. Radio. Wayne is a Broadway World LA nominee, and two-time Carbonell award winner and six-time nominee. TV: "The Glades". Film: Tony Tango (coming in 2012). He is also an Internationally known Acting Teacher/Coach. www.waynelegette.com
Avery Sommers starred on Broadway in the long running, critically acclaimed musical, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' (NELL CARTER) and SHOWBOAT (QUEENIE). Two national tours: CHICAGO (MATRON MAMA MORTON) with JOEL GREY and CHITA RIVERA; THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (JEWEL) with ANN MARGRET. Other favorite roles are BLOODY MARY in SOUTH PACIFIC (Westbury Music Fair); ALICE in BIG RIVER (Paper Mill Playhouse); KATESHA in HOT MIKADO (Theatre Under the Stars). Avery created the recurring role of REGINA DANSBY on the CBS soap, AS THE WORLD TURNS as well as the role of EVELYN on the ABC Mystery Movie Series, "BL STRYKER" starring BURT REYNOLDS and OSSIE DAVIS. She also co-starred with BURT REYNOLDS and REBA MCINTYRE in the CBS Movie of the Week, THE MAN FROM LEFT FIELD. South Florida audiences will recognize Avery as POWER WOMAN in MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL (G-Four Productions); Avery recently Performed the role of MOTOR MOUTH MAYBELLE in HAIRSPRAY in the fall of 2011 and was nominated for Best Featured Actress in New York's Broadway World. Avery has appeared in eight Independent films all shot in South Florida and was nominated for and won Best Supporting Actress in the ANGEL FILMS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN MONACO for her role in IMMIGRATION TANGO. She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in LOST EVERYTHING. Released by BREAKING GLASS PICTURES… Fall 2011. Available on Netflix, Blockbuster, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Avery thanks her family for their love and support.
performed on Sat. evening May 14th, 8 p.m.
The Strand Theatre, Lakewood, NJ
732-367-7789 or 732-730-5925
performed on Mon. evening Aug 29th, 8 p.m.