Klea Blackhurst is an actress, singer and comedienne known for her award- winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything The Traffic Will Allow. Most recently she starred in the highly acclaimed production of Hello, Dolly! at The Goodspeed Opera House and The Nutty Professor, which premiered in Nashville, directed by legendary comedian, Jerry Lewis and featuring a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes. Klea also played Rose in Drury Lane Chicago’s Gypsy, garnering rave reviews in 2012. She’s performed with symphony orchestras and in theatrical productions across the country and abroad including the London Palladium presentation of Jerry Herman’s Broadway with Angela Lansbury, the recent Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra tribute to Marvin Hamlisch,, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 15 Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Conventions, New York’s Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y Lyrics & Lyricists, The Chicago Humanities Festival and as Ado Annie in the BBC Proms concert of Oklahoma! in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Klea’s nightclub engagements include tributes to the Broadway career of composer Vernon Duke at the Café Carlyle with a subsequent sold-out engagement at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater and “Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael,” a collaboration with Billy Stritch. TV and radio: Shelby Cross on the IFC Channel comedy series, “ Onion News Network.” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Sesame Street” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” Theatre credits include: New York – A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Bingo, By Jupiter, Radio Gals, Oil City Symphony; Regional – Call Me Madam, Chicago, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Red Hot and Blue, Anything Goes. Klea’s albums are on the Ghostlight Records label and available at www.ghostlightrecords.com. She’s featured on “Jule Styne in Hollywood” on PS Classics; the original cast recordings of Bingo and Radio Gals; “Lost in Boston IV,” “Unsung Irving Berlin,” and “The Best of Off Broadway.” Klea is a Distinguished Alumna of The University of Utah and a member of Trinity Boxing Club NYC.
Chris Blem has traveled the world singing with some of the most prestigious symphonic orchestras. He has shared the stage with The Tokyo Philharmonic, Evergreen Orchestra (Taipei), Metropolitan Orchestra (Singapore), Never-land Orchestra (Tokyo), Buffalo Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Ocean City Pops and Encore Orchestra (Walt Disney World.) Chris can be heard on three “Disney on Classic” recordings and seen across Disney Chanel Japan in the live broadcast of Disney on Classic featuring the Tokyo Philharmonic.
Theatrical credits include (Off-Broadway) A Dog Story and Katzelmacher U.S.A. (Regional) Matilda, Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, HAIR, Show Boat Annie, A Christmas Carol, and Into the Woods (League of Cincinnati Award.)
Chris serves as the head of voice at the Pocono Mountain Music Festival Summer Intensive. Chris is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
John Boswell has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams and Bob Newhart as well as the concert tours of “Cinema Toast,””That’s Life: A Toast to Sinatra,””Blockbuster Today,” “Three Men and a Baby Grand,” “Blockbuster Broadway!” and “The Spy Who Loved Me” starring Sheena Easton. John played the role of “Moose” in the national tour of Crazy For You. Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include Crazy For You, The Secret Garden, Back To Bacharach And David, and The Kathy And Mo Show: Parallel Lives. Most recently John composed music for the HBO special Kathy And Mo: The Dark Side. John has six CD’s of original music on Hearts Of Space Records; THE PAINTER, KINDRED SPIRITS, COUNT ME IN, FESTIVAL OF THE HEART, TRUST and LOVE.
Carole has become one of the most sought after young performers on the American jazz and cabaret scene. She recently enjoyed a highly praised 10 month solo run at New York’s Birdland Jazz Club and a monthly residency at Feinstein’s/54 Below and is currently touring around the US. Her shows, speak easy. (featuring the Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks), Come Together, and You Don’t Own Me earned her rave reviews from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Times (UK). She was featured in Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook series at Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as numerous Pops performances with orchestras across the country. Carole J. Bufford is a recipient of the Nightlife, Bistro, and BroadwayWorld Awards for Outstanding Vocalist and Show of the Year. Carole’s debut album, All By Myself, was just released and is now available for purchase. www.CaroleJBufford.com
Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Other Broadway appearances include Baby (Tony Nomination), The Three Musketeers, Miss Saigon, Cats, and The Look of Love. She has appeared off-Broadway in The Spitfire Grill (Drama Desk Nomination), No Way to Treat a Lady, Marry Me a Little, and Brownstone. Other New York appearances include the legendary Follies in Concert (Lincoln Center), An Evening with Paul Williams and Jimmy Webb (Feinstein’s), Fiorello! (Encores), and Hair in Concert (New Amsterdam Theatre). She recently appeared in Bill Finn’s Elegies at Reprise! in Los Angeles. The award winning show Sibling Revelry (created with sister Ann Hampton Callaway) was presented to great acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse in London. The sequel, Relative Harmony, recently played in New York and Los Angeles.
Liz has performed extensively in concert, most recently on tour with The Boston Pops, and in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Kennedy Center and in Toronto. Worldwide, she has appeared in China, Estonia, Iceland, Germany, France, Slovenia, and just about every major city in the United States. Liz has provided the singing voice for many animated films including the title character in the Oscar nominated Anastasia. She is also the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s The Return of Jafar, and Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Other film work includes The Swan Princess, Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride, Beauty and the Beast, and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars. She received an Emmy Award for hosting Ready To Go, a daily, live children’s program on CBS in Boston.
Other TV credits include In Performance at the White House, Inside the Actor’s Studio: Stephen Sondheim, and Christmas with the Boston Pops. Liz has released three solo recordings: The Beat Goes On, The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway On and Off-Broadway, and Anywhere I Wander: The Music of Frank Loessor. Other recordings include A Stephen Sondheim Evening, Unsung Irving Berlin, Sondheim at the Movies, and The Maury Yeston Songbook.
Ashton Michael Corey is a New York City-based vocalist, musician, composer, sound designer, and audio engineer. Ashton is a member of Actors Equity as well as IATSE and is one of the few working professionals who has proven to be equally adept at performance and music as he is design and technology. In addition to having several off-broadway sound design credits, Ashton operates a small project studio of his own where he has helped countless songwriters record professional demo’s and albums. As a vocalist and musician Ashton frequents New York City hotspots such as 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Town Hall, Don’t Tell Mama’s, and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Recent theatrical credits include the second national tour of “A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder” (Tom Copley), “Once” at TheatreSquared (Svec), “Pip’s Island” Off-Broadway (Pip), “Closer Than You Think” at the Sheen Center (Billy). Ashton holds a BA in Musical Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College.
Christine is a New York City based dancer, singer and actor. She was most recently seen in the Original Broadway Cast revival of Kiss Me, Kate!, where she was a featured dancer in the ensemble and covered Lois Lane/Bianca. Christine is most well known for her portrayal of Bombalurina in the OBC revival of CATS, and was also seen in the OBC of My Fair Lady at the Lincoln Center Theater. For her work in CATS, she was nominated for “Best Female Performance in a Broadway Musical” for the 2017 Chita Rivera Awards. A cum laude graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BFA musical theater), she is a former principal dancer with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. Other credits include: the original work of Agnes DeMille in Oklahoma! at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, original revival tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat helmed by director/choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler, Laurey Williams in Susan Stroman’s Oklahoma! at the MUNY, Sheila Bryant in A Chorus Line at the Riverside Theater, and Goodspeed Opera House. She has also performed as a principal vocalist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Niagra Symphony Orchestra, as well as was a finalist in the prestigious Kurt Weill’s Lotte Lenya Vocal Competition in 2014. Christine is a teacher for CLI studios, Institute of American Musical Theater, Broadway Workshop, Broadway Classroom, among many other programs. She appeared in the 25th Anniversary Concert performance of Crazy For You at Lincoln Center, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman and has also appeared on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver, “Good Morning, America”, “The Today Show”, “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”, and “The Tony Awards”. She has been featured on Playbill.com, Broadway.com, Inside Dance Magazine, and BroadwayBox as one of the “Incredible Debuts” of the 2016 Broadway season. Visit her website at www.ChristineCornishSmith.com and follow her on instagram @ChristineCornish.
SCOTT COULTER is one of New York’s most honored vocalists. For his work in cabaret, Scott has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist and has performed at most of NYC’s top rooms including Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein’s at The Regency where he spent a record-setting eight months performing the revue 11 O’CLOCK NUMBERS AT 11 O’CLOCK which he also co-created, directed and musically arranged. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen as the best recording of the year by TheatreMania and Cabaret Scenes magazine which pronounced it “quite simply, the best these ears have ever heard.”
Scott was director and star of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE SYMPHONIC CONCERT in its world premiere with the Baltimore Symphony and reprised his performance in the Emmy-nominated PBS production which premiered in December 2013.
Since 1997, Scott has performed around the country with award-winning songwriting duo Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich in their many revues. While singing with Goldrich and Heisler he was discovered by Oscar and Grammy winning composer Stephen Schwartz who then invited him to join the revue STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & FRIENDS. That revue (starring Schwartz and Coulter along with Liz Callaway and Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte) has been performing all over the world since 1999. Schwartz has said, “One of the greatest things that can happen to a composer is to have his music interpreted by Scott Coulter.”
Scott regularly performs in concert both as a solo artist and with a variety of legendary performers including Stephen Schwartz, Tony-winner Ben Vereen and Grammy-winner Sheena Easton. He has performed with symphonies all over the world including San Francisco, Baltimore, Seattle, Phoenix, Winnipeg, St. Louis and Calgary. Noted for his soaring high notes and pure tone, Scott’s vocal versatility has garnered rave reviews from coast to coast. “Coulter is a stratospheric tenor” (The Wall Street Journal) who “sings to the balcony with a soaring theatrical savvy.” (Variety) “Coulter’s distinctive tenor packs an emotional wallop” (Huffington Post) while possessing “an 80s pop rock star strength, reminiscent of Phil Collins.” (San Francisco Examiner)
As a director Scott’s credits include many shows for The Town Hall in NY (BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, BROADWAY’S RISING STARS, BROADWAY ORIGINALS, BROADWAY UNPLUGGED) and BBTY for The Berkshire Theatre Festival and Broadway by the Bay. Along with Michael Kerker and ASCAP, he’s produced and directed several installments of Michael Feinstein’s STANDARD TIME at Carnegie Hall. He is creator, arranger and director of several touring shows including CINEMA TOAST, SOUTHERN COMFORT, BROADWAY’S ELITE, THAT’S LIFE: A TOAST TO SINATRA, YOU’VE GO T A FRIEND: CAROLE KING, NEIL SEDAKA AND THE MUSIC OF THE BRILL BUILDING, BLOCKBUSTER BROADWAY! and his critically acclaimed solo show, THE FELLA SINGS ELLA, which honors the life of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. His concert creation THE KING: THE MUSIC OF ELVIS premiered with the Calgary Philharmonic and is currently playing symphony halls across America and Canada.
Scott has taught master classes from Los Angeles to Kalamazoo to Riga, Latvia and is creator of his own unique group vocal coaching series called SONGBOOK. Scott recently wrote the book for the new musical GOT TO BE THERE which celebrates the life and music of songwriter Elliot Willensky.
Scott is founder/owner of Spot-On Entertainment. He’s a resident director of programming at 54 Below (Broadway’s Supper Club) in NYC and is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Equally at home in the worlds of musical theatre and cabaret, Jenna Dallacco has established herself as a sought after vocalist and performer for the better part of a decade. Her New York theatre credits include Anastasia Steele in the musical parody 50 Shades of F***ed up at Sophie’s on Broadway, Cruel Shoes and Marry Harry for the influential NYMF, and America’s Sweetheart with Musicals Tonight. In regional theatre, she has starred in productions of Disney’s Tarzan (Jane), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmeralda), and Carrie (title role). In addition, Jenna can regularly be found in the workshop process of some of the musical theatre’s hottest young composers.
As a cabaret artist, Jenna has had the privilege of appearing at many prestigious New York City venues, including Feinstein’s at the Regency, Birdland, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and 54 Below, and has been spotlighted in numerous Broadway By the Year concerts at Manhattan’s historic Town Hall. Her symphonic concert work with Spot On Entertainment includes performances with the Phoenix Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Jenna has also appeared in Spot On’s Broadway Today! at the John W. Engemann Theatre in Northport NY, as well as the Kirkland Performing Arts Center in Decatur IL.
Twelve-time Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs Winner, Natalie Douglas, has been called “a true force of nature,” by Clive Davis of The Times (UK). She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Cafe Carlyle, The Town Hall, Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Pheasantry in London, and at Birdland Jazz Club where her award-winning TRIBUTES monthly residency (Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Elvis, Dolly Parton, Nat “King” Cole, Dame Shirley Bassey, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack and more) is now in its fourth year. She has released three albums, including the MAC Award Winning “Human Heart. Natalie has also made her mark as a much sought after educator & actor – she is a Master Teacher for both the Mabel Mercer Foundation & the 2020 Eugene O’Neill Cabaret & Performance Conference. Natalie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from USC in Psychology, Theatre and Women’s Studies and a Master’s Degree from UCLA in Psychology and Theatre. For more info, visit www.nataliedouglas.com
Law Dunford has appeared in a number of roles at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and surrounding theaters. He’s also been seen at Town Hall’s Broadway’s Rising Star,Feinstein’s 54 Below,The Green Room, SOHO House NYC, and Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Law is a Tom Hanks Scholar and proud alumnus of BFA acting program, Wright State University. He was last seen in Waitress The Musical on Broadway as Cal.
Campbell Walker Fields is versatile singer and keyboardist with equal comfort on concert, musical theatre and arena stages. His professional career began when cast at the age of nine as Artful Dodger in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s 2011 production of ‘Oliver!’. Soon after he played JoJo in ‘Seussical the Musical’ at the University of Oklahoma, and Foo (Lost Boy) in the seven week run of the world-premiere Dallas Theatre Center production of the musical ‘FLY’. Other Lyric credits include the role of Slim in ‘Oklahoma!’, and productions of ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Les Miserables’. Favorite student roles have included Tom Collins in ‘RENT’, Joseph in ‘ … the Technicolor Dreamcoat’, Seaweed in ‘HAIRSPRAY’, Jack in ‘Into The Woods’ and Rum Tug Tugger in ‘CATS’.
In the summer of 2016 he was seen competing on Season 11 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, making it to the middle judge cuts round, and he recently returned from GRAMMY Camp Nashville, a music industry program for high school students interested in the music business. He has performed as soloist with symphony orchestras including Abilene Philharmonic, The Signature Symphony and the OKC Philharmonic where he was featured artist in ‘The Christmas Show’ and its Independence Day concerts ‘Red White & Boom’ and he has performed at Cast Party/Birdland in NYC. Commercial work includes the feature film “Home Run” and TV and print commercials for SandRidge Energy, and he is regularly invited to perform at special events and galas. In the summer of 2018 he was part of the all-star faculty for the Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Camp where he both taught and shared the stage with Lisa Howard, Klea Blackhurst, Nellie McKay and Savion Glover.
John Fischer has been a music director and pianist in NYC for over 20 years. This will be his 13th year as music director for BROADWAY’S RISING STARS at the famed Town Hall NY, where he also worked on numerous BROADWAY ORIGINALS concerts. He made his Lincoln Center debut this year, music directing for the current Tony award winner, Ali Stroker, in her sold out AMERICAN SONGBOOK concert. He spent 7 seasons as music director for the highly acclaimed musical theatre program at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires. His last season saw him working hand in hand with Stephen Schwartz and Chet Walker on the creation of a new ballet, The Boy on the Roof. This past year has taken him to the symphony world as a guest artist with the Santa Ana Symphony Orchestra in Music of the Knights, and the Signature Symphony in Tulsa for a Bernstein/Robbins celebration. In NYC, he is a regular fixture at Feinstein’s/54 Below, music directing everything from Sondheim to Sinatra. Recent highlights include Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner’s sold out run of UNATTACHED, and the 25th Anniversary concert of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, part of the award winning 54 SINGS series for which he also music directed APPLAUSE, MACK & MABEL, and KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN. Other NY credits include pianist for the previous Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY, pianist/conductor for TALK OF THE TOWN Bank Street Theatre, TAKE ME ALONG Irish Rep, NAKED BOYS SINGING at New World Stages, and much more. He has been on staff at Applause NY, The Growing studio, AMDA, HB Studios, The New School, and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
Alex Getlin is a New York-based singer and actress. Most recently she made her Carnegie Hall debut with Michael Feinstein in “Hooray for Hollywood,” as part of his Standard Time series. A native New Yorker, she has spent the last year performing around the country in concert tributes to Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Andrew Lloyd Webber with Spot-On Entertainment. She has appeared Off-Broadway in the company of Anything Can Happen in the Theatre – The Songs of Maury Yeston, after being hand-picked by Yeston to interpret his music. In June 2017, Getlin made her symphonic debut with the Pasadena Pops under the baton of Michael Feinsteinin Broadway: The Golden Age where she starred alongside Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey.
In 2016, after graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in theater, Getlin was a featured soloist in Broadway Rising Stars at Town Hall. She made her professional singing debut at 17, in a solo cabaret show at The Regency Hotel in New York, presented by Mr. Feinstein. The New York Times called her “a confident, engaging young singer with a big voice,” and Broadway World hailed her as “a new and rare talent on the entertainment scene.”
The New York Times recently said, “Nowadays, probably no other performer could infuse (that song) with the manic mischief that Jason Graae, a frisky clown with a real tenor, pumped into it…”
Jason Graae has starred on Broadway in “A Grand Night For Singing”, “Falsettos”, “Stardust”, “Snoopy!”, “Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?”. Off- Broadway shows include “Forever Plaid”, “Olympus on My Mind”, “All in the Timing”, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination- Best Actor in a Musical)” and many more.
Jason made his Metropolitan Opera House debut as the male vocalist in Twyla Tharp’s “Everlast” with American Ballet Theatre. Jason has performed his one man show all over the country from Rainbow and Stars and Birdland in NYC to Feinstein’s and the Plush Room in L.A. and San Francisco, winning 4 Bistro Awards and a N.Y Nightlife Award, also making TimeOut NY’s Top Cabaret shows of the year. His current critically acclaimed show with Faith Prince, “The Prince and the Showboy” was recently seen at 54 Below and the pair won a 2nd Nightlife Award for Best Duo.
In Los Angeles, he recently won his second L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award – the 2008 Joel Hirschorn Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre. He won an Ovation Award for “Forbidden Broadway Y2KLA!”, an Artistic Director’s Achievement Award for “Fully Committed” and a Santa Barbara Indie Award for “High Button Shoes”. Jason originated the role of “Houdini” in the L.A. production of “Ragtime” at the Shubert Theatre. At the Hollywood Bowl, he was Benny Southstreet in “Guys and Dolls’” and Marcellus in “The Music Man”. He was seen in “See What I Wanna See” at the Blank and “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”at La Mirada. Recently, he played the 7 Sid Caesar roles in “Little Me” with the 42nd Street Moon Theatre Co.in San Francisco, and Jerry/Daphne in “Sugar” with Sacramento Music Circus. He was told he was not an attractive lady.
On television, Jason has appeared on many shows including “Six Feet Under”, “Rude Awakening”, “Friends”, “Frasier”, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, “Living Single”, “Caroline in the City”, “Providence”, etc. On PBS, he was a guest soloist twice with the Boston Pops and once with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony on “Holiday for the Troops at The Kennedy Center” and in “Words and Music by Jerry Herman”.
Movie appearances include the title role in “Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms” (2008 Toronto and London Film Festivals), Disney’s “Home on the Range”, “On Edge”, “Gepetto”, “The Dukes of Hazzard in Hollywood”, and “Awakening of Spring” . He has been heard on many cartoons and for 5 and 1/2 years he was the voice of “Lucky, the Leprechaun” for Lucky Charms Cereal, a balanced part of your complete breakfast.
He made his Los Angeles Opera debut as “Njegus” in “The Merry Widow”, repeating the role with Dallas , New Orleans, and Houston Grand Opera . Also with L.A. Opera he was featured as “Offenbach” in “The Grand Duchess” , directed by Garry Marshall. He has played “Frosch” in “Die Fledermaus” with the Washington National and San Francisco Operas, the Manhattan School of Music, and most recently with Houston Grand Opera.
Jason has recorded over 45 CDs, including original cast albums, concerts, compilations, and his two solo CDs, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile – Jason Graae Sings Charles Strouse”, and “Jason Graae LIVE at The Cinegrill” (Fynsworth Alley), and “Perfect Hermany-the songs of Jerry Herman.” Upcoming recordings- “And The World Goes Round” (Kritzerland) and “Roberta” (New World Records).
One of Broadway’s biggest personalities, Debbie Gravitte has found herself in demand from the Broadway Stage to the concert stage and beyond. She won the prestigious Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY, along with a Drama Desk Award Nomination and New York Showstopper Award. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, she went on to appear in: PERFECTLY FRANK (DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATION), BLUES IN THE NIGHT, AIN’T BROADWAY GRAND, ZORBA, CHICAGO, and LES MISERABLES. Debbie has appeared in the ENCORE’S series productions of THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, TENDERLOIN, and CARNIVAL at New York’s CITY CENTER.
Debbie has performed her nightclub act worldwide, from New York’s RAINBOW AND STARS, 54 BELOW, to London’s PIZZA ON THE PARK, and back home again to Atlantic City, where she’s had the honor of performing with JAY LENO, HARRY ANDERSON, and the legendary GEORGE BURNS. A favorite with Symphony audiences, she has sung with over 100 Orchestras around the world. She has toured with KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS, appeared with LANG LANG and the CHINESE PHILHARMONIC in Beijing, along with PETER NERO AND THE PHILLY POPS, NATIONAL SYMPHONY (WITH MARVIN HAMLISCH), THE NY POPS WITH THE LEGENDARY SKITCH HENDERSON, ATLANTA SYMPHONY, CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA, PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY, UTAH SYMPHONY, ST. LOUIS, HOUSTON, DALLAS and SAN DIEGO SYMPHONIES.
Overseas, Debbie has sung with the LONDON, AALBORG and BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC, the GOTESBORG and JERUSALEM SYMPHONIES, MUNICH PHILHARMONIC, the ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA, ORCHESTRA MASSIMO DEL PALERMO and
SYMPHONICA OF BRAZIL, along with THE MALAYSIAN PHILHARMONIC.
On television, Debbie co-starred on the CBS series TRIAL AND ERROR, was seen on NBC’S PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, and has starred in several specials for PBS, including LIVE FROM THE KENNEDY CENTER, THE BOSTON POPS CELEBRATE BERNSTEIN, RODGERS AND HART for GREAT PERFORMANCES, and IRA GERSHWIN’S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.
Debbie has 3 solo CD’s to her credit: DEFYING GRAVITY, THE MGM ALBUM, and PART OF YOUR WORLD, THE MUSIC OF ALAN MENKEN. Her other recordings include: CALAMITY JANE, UNSUNG SONDHEIM, LUCKY STIFF, MISS SPECTACULAR., LOUISIANA PURCHASE, A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS, as well as MACK AND MABEL IN CONCERT: live from the DRURY LANE THEATRE among others. She is currently working on her latest project: BIG BAND BROADWAY.
Debbie has sung with the NEW YORK CITY BALLET in PETER MARTIN’S “THOU SWELL” at LINCOLN CENTER, appeared with BETTE MIDLER in the Universal Feature, ISN’T SHE GREAT?, and can be heard as one of the voices in DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID. Debbie is the proud mother of three beautiful children. For more info, please visit www.debbiegravitte.com or www.debbietunes.com.
JESSICA HENDY is widely recognized as one of Broadway’s best belters. Her numerous Broadway credits include starring roles in CATS (Grizabella), Elton John’s AIDA (Amneris), and AMOUR. She has toured the US and Canada in both CATS (Grizabella) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator). In New York, she garnered rave reviews for her one woman cabaret, “A Life To Call Your Own,” and received a Bistro Award for her cabaret debut in the musical comedy revue “Get Your Tickets Now.” Jessica’s NYC pre-Broadway workshops include DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES, Elton John’s AIDA and THE MOLLY MAGUIRES.
She played Diana Goodman in the regional premier of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL, at The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Her performance was so well reviewed that the show became the hottest ticket in town. In turn, the ETC production was such a hit that it was brought back for a second run the following summer. The result was another stellar run. Her performance as ‘Jeanne’ in THE GREAT AMERICA TRAILER PARK MUSICAL at The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati earned her an ACCLAIM Award for Best Actress. Jessica has had the pleasure of working at many theaters around the country including Pittsburg CLO and North Shore Music Theatre where she starred in MISS SAIGON (Ellen), and the Helen Hayes Perf Arts Center in SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD with the Tony-winning Jason Robert Brown at the piano.
Jessica’s symphonic concert work includes performances with Cincinnati Pops, Modesto Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix Symphony. She travels the country as featured vocalist in several concert events including “Broadway Today!” and “Cinema Toast: The Music of the Movies.” Ms. Hendy is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Michael Holland is a multi-talented artist with work across the entire musical spectrum. His orchestration and vocal arrangement work can be heard on the 2011 Godspell revival cast recording (co-producer). As a composer and lyricist he has written Horizon Line (Theatre Latté Da, Minneapolis), Hurricane (NYMF), and Believe in Me… a Bigfoot musical (fringeNYC).
He has writen incidental music for various theatre companies including Playwrights Horizons, The Alley Theatre, The Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Juilliard, and NYU Tisch.
As a performer/arranger/music director he created the multi-award winning alt-cabaret favorite Gashole! (2001-2013). His orchestrations include Emma! A Pop musical (Stageworks), Disco Party and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Playscripts). Recordings include four solo CDs of original music, as well as the world premiere of “Another Day in the Modern World” on The Maury Yeston Songbook (ps classics).
Visit Michael’s official website: www.michaelholland.com.
Lisa Howard is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music from which she has a BFA in Musical Theater. On Broadway, she was most recently appeared as Tammy in “Escape to Margaritaville”. Lisa is most known for her starring role as Rona Lisa Peretti in William Finn’s Tony Award-winning musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” for which she received a Drama Desk Award (Best Ensemble). She also appeared as the Head Nurse in the Lincoln Center Theatre’s Tony Award-winning revival of “South Pacific”, Missy Hart in “9 to 5 the Musical”, Diva1 in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” and as Jenny Steinberg in “It Shoulda Been You” in which she received a Drama Desk Nomination. She has toured with the national company of “Les Miserables” where she played many performances as Madame Thenardier, and performed leading roles around the country at such prominent regional theaters as the St. Louis MUNY, Olney Theater Center, Barrington Stage, Kansas City Starlight, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Goodspeed Opera House. Lisa made her feature film debut as Siobhan in “The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part 2” and has appeared on television in “Ugly Betty”, “Power”, “Madame Secretary” and “The Good Fight”.
On the concert scene, Lisa has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, The North Carolina Philharmonic as well as with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. Lisa has also sung at Performing Arts Centers across the country with Spot-On-Entertainment. In NYC, she has appeared at Town Hall in the popular Broadway By The Year series, Broadway Winners, A Night at the Operetta, Broadway Unplugged and the Stephen Schwartz Tribute. She also performed with the Kaufman Center’s Broadway Close-up series in “More Infinite Joy” and “Even More Infinite Joy” (featuring the music of William Finn) and “Stephen Schwartz, Magic to Do” and she performed her solo show at Feinstein’s 54 Below.
In addition to performing, Lisa teaches private voice and vocal/acting coaching in the NYC tri-State area. She is a classically trained singer who emphasizes proper technique while achieving a contemporary musical theater sound. In addition to private coachings, she has been a guest speaker at Shenandoah University, Brigham Young University, The Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Philadelphia School of the Arts and Boston Conservatory. She has also taught master classes for such companies as NY Offstage, Camp Broadway, Jeff Alexander Productions, Broadway Classroom, Orbit Arts Academy and the Levine School of Music.
Josh grew up dancing in the Washington D.C. area, performing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Wolf Trap, and D.C. Tap Festival, before moving to New York to study Musical Theater at NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway and Business at NYU Stern. Since graduating with his BFA, he has worked as a dancer, actor, and singer across the country, from the Phoenix Symphony and Cleveland Pops with Spot-On Entertainment, all the way back home to Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. As a choreographer, he was most recently part of the Helen Hayes nominated choreography team for The Wiz at Ford’s Theater. As an educator, Josh has worked as a dance coach with MTCA since 2016, coaching high school juniors and seniors through the college audition process. He has also been brought back to NYU to choreograph and teach masterclasses in his specialty (and favorite thing in the world): tap dance.
Selected performance credits: Paper Mill Playhouse: Holiday Inn (Ens. u/s Danny), Annie (Ens. u/s Rooster), Mary Poppins (Valentine, Ens.); Ford’s Theater: Guys and Dolls (Harry The Horse); Adirondack Theater Festival: Calling All Kates (Mark), Front Page Flo (Frank); Theatreworks: We The People (Thomas Jefferson). Concert: One Hand, One Heart: 100 Years of Bernstein at Phoenix Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Sergerstrom CFTA, NJPAC, and 54 Below with Spot-On Entertainment. Broadway By The Year and Broadway Rising Stars at Town Hall.
BLAINE ALDEN KRAUSS…originally from Tampa Bay FL, maintains an energetic career on Broadway, Television and in concert. At age 28 he has toured internationally with symphony orchestras, appeared on stage in Hamilton, The Cher Show, The Great Comet, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, and has had the honor of performing at The White House twice. He can be seen on season two of Primetime Emmy Award nominated television series POSE and in concert throughout New York City. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Hailing from the Mount Hope neighborhood of the Bronx, Tamika Lawrence began her musical career on Broadway almost 10 years ago. (The Wiz Live! On NBC, Book of Mormon, Come From Away, RENT) She then began to lend her Alt-Rock vocals to movie soundtracks and sang backgrounds for artists including Hugh Jackman, and Idina Menzel. A cross between Jack White and Betty Davis, Tamika began to write her own music and in 2014 released the Album “Ugly” with her the band Tamika & The Slay to critical acclaim. In 2018, Tamika won a Grammy for her work on the Dear Evan Hansen Album and completed her debut solo EP “Two Faced” scheduled for release in 2019. Tamika is currently starring in Caroline or Change on Broadway!
Lorinda Lisitza is a New York based, award-winning singer/actress originally from Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan. She has performed Off-Broadway as a member of the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre where she starred in “The ThreePenny Opera” and as “Mother Courage” to rave reviews. As a vocalist she has been a part of The Town Hall’s historic “Broadway by the Year” and “Unplugged” series and is a OG member of The Joe Iconis Family with whom she regularly performs in theatres and nightclubs throughout NYC for a devoted cult following. She has won three MAC Awards, a Bistro Award and a Nightlife Award for her work in cabaret and received the prestigious Patrick Lee Independent Theater Blogger Award for her one woman show, “Triumphant Baby!”, written for her by Joe Iconis and Robert Maddock. Future Iconis collaborations include the much anticipated “Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Bio” and “Love In Hate Nation”. Lorinda has appeared on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” plays a mean harmonica and is an avid Texas Hold’em player. She is thrilled to be a part of the “Spot-On” Family, spending time singing with her friends!
ANTHONY MURPHY is a singer, actor, director and choreographer who has graced international stages beginning at age of 18 when he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
ANTHONY studied Directing & Choreography at Otterbein University. While there he trained vocally under world renown Opera Tenor Brian Cheney.
ANTHONY later went on to perform regionally around the U.S. and Off-Broadway. In 2017 he originated the role of the Genie in the Broadway U.S. National Tour of Disney’s Aladdin the Musical. Later he moved to the Australian company of Aladdin. While in Australia he premiered his sold-out solo cabaret Introducing: Anthony Murphy at the Doo Bop Jazz Bar in Brisbane, AUS.
ANTHONY has worked as a vocal coach while performing for the past 6 years. This year he opened his own vocal and performing coaching studio, The Work Studio. He has worked with many Professional Artists including current clients on Broadway and in Broadway National Tours.
ANTHONY is currently starring in Diana The Musical on Broadway!
Kerry O’Malley was raised in Nashua, NH. She was educated at Duke University and the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Her New York theatre credits include roles on Broadway as Betty Haynes (the Rosemary Clooney role) in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, directed by Walter Bobbie; The Baker’s Wife in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods, directed by James Lapine, for which she received Outer Critics and Drama Desk nominations; Dr. Sharone Stein in the revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever directed by Michael Mayer; Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, directed by Graciela Daniele; and Billy’s Mum in Billy Elliot, directed by Stephen Daldry. Off-Broadway she played Fran Kubelik opposite Martin Short in the acclaimed Encores! revival of Promises, Promises directed by Rob Marshall; Sharon in the Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of Finian’s Rainbow; and Mary in the Atlantic Theatre Company’s Dublin Carol, directed by the author, Conor McPherson.
Her film credits include Terminator Genisys with Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Annabelle (prequel to The Conjuring), Annabelle: Creation, the Disney feature Earth to Echo, Case 39 with Renee Zellweger, The Happening with Mark Wahlberg, Rounders with Matt Damon, and many others.
Her television credits include series regular roles as forensic pathologist Dr. Mia Vogel on A&E’s production of Glen Morgan’s Those Who Kill, based on the Danish series Den Som Draeber, as Kerry on The Mike O’Malley Show on NBC, and as Trish on Costello on Fox. She has played recurring roles as screenwriter Kay Maloney in Billy Ray’s series adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon for Amazon; as Kate, the bartender of the Alibi Room, on Showtime’s Shameless; as sister Mary-Kate to the titular brothers of Showtime’s acclaimed Brotherhood, created by Blake Masters, in addition to recurring roles on Starz’ Survivor’s Remorse, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the CW’s Hart of Dixie, on Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. She has made numerous guest star appearances on shows including The Orville, Chicago Med, Modern Family, Major Crimes, Backstrom, Masters of Sex, Rizzoli & Isles, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Detroit 187, Without a Trace, Cold Case, Law & Order, Law & Order: LA, Law & Order: SVU, NYPD Blue, Harry’s Law, 666 Park Ave, and many more. She can currently be seen in her recurring role as Mabel Byrne on CBS All Access’ Strange Angel, and will be recurring as first class passenger Lilah Folger on TNT’s upcoming series Snowpiercer.
Kerry has sung on concert stages all over the country as a featured soloist. She is a huge Boston sports fan and has sung the national anthem for many professional sports teams including the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center and the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Photographer and Police and Medical Technical Advisor, Karl Sonnenberg.
KELLI RABKE got her “big break” playing the role of Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed production of The Wizard Of Oz. Shortly thereafter, she was handpicked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the lead role of the Narrator in the Broadway revival of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (US Cast Recording). Following that, she played her dream role: Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway. She went on to perform in regional theaters across the country in such roles as Mabel in Mack And Mabel, Christine in Phantom, and back to Paper Mill Playhouse in Stephen Schwartz’s Children Of Eden as Yonah (American Premiere Recording). She is one of the only Broadway stars to originate a role in both a Stephen Schwartz and an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical — a distinction for which she is incredibly honored. She has been seen and heard in tons of TV commercials and voice-overs, and was the voice of several animated characters, including Kat in the Discovery Kids series Kenny The Shark. She also played the recurring role of Bernadette on The Young And The Restless.
After leaving the bright lights of the stage to start a family, Kelli is now a staple in the NYC cabaret world. Her first solo cabaret show debuted to a sold out crowd at Feinstein’s/54 Below and since then, she’s been featured in shows ranging from Sondheim to Streisand to Bernstein. She now performs regularly with symphony orchestras stretching from Calgary to Mazatlan and all across the country in Blockbuster Broadway, Music of the Knights, and The Wonderful Music of Oz. Recent highlights include debuting an original song written by David Friedman and Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today Show, and recording the PBS American Songbook segment Stephen Schwartz and Friends, featuring the composer himself at the piano and Kelli singing one of his signature songs from Wicked, “The Wizard and I”.
She is most proud of her biggest “productions” to date: her son, Joseph, and daughter, Abigale! Visit www.kellirabke.com for photos, videos, schedule, and more!
A Tony Award nominee for the acclaimed production of Follies, Ron has had an illustrious international career spanning musical theater, opera, concert, and television. Born and raised in Texas, Ron Raines attended Oklahoma City University and The Juilliard School. He was a three-time Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Award nominee for his role as villain Alan Spaulding on CBS’s longest running daytime drama Guiding Light. Ron has appeared on Elementary and Person Of Interest. He starred on Broadway in Annie, Newsies, Chicago and Show Boat, and originated the role of Nick Longworth in Teddy and Alice with Len Cariou.
He has delighted audiences around the world with his memorable starring roles in virtually every major American musical and operetta, including A Little Night Music, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, South Pacific, Annie, Kismet, Sayonara, Kiss Me Kate, The King and I, Naughty Marietta, The Merry Widow, Brigadoon, Rose Marie, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Side by Side by Sondheim, Guys and Dolls, and Man of La Mancha at the Covent Garden Festival. He has soloed with over 50 major American and international orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Philly Pops, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Israel Philharmonic, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Tanglewood, the London Palladium, Rainbow and Stars, and Royal Festival Hall. He has appeared on four PBS “Great Performances,” and has made two solo recordings on Jay Records and numerous cast albums. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. ronrainesonline.com
Lexie was raised in Birmingham, Alabama and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from The Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Lexie has appeared all over the United States and Asia with tours such as Young Frankenstein the Musical (Elizabeth), The Addams Family (Morticia (cover)/ U/S Alice, U/S Grandma), Elf the Musical (Emily). Other favorite regional credits include: Narrator in Joseph…, Eva Peron in Evita, Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, Velma in Chicago, Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Elsa in The Sound of Music to name a few.
In NYC, Lexie frequently performs at cabaret venues (such as 54 below) and in industry readings. Most recently, Lexie performed in the industry reading of Tituss Burgess’ The Preacher’s Wife and 13 Alabama Ghosts.
Her voice can be found on several new works recordings, and she has had the pleasure of performing with both the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Lexie also enjoys directing/choreographing and teaching.
She is the co-owner and operator of Sharp Studios, an audition-prep based studio, with clients all over the US. Lexie currently resides in New York City with her amazing and talented husband, Jesse, and her precious chiweenie (chihuahua/ dauschund mix) puppy, Chip.
Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City on March 6, 1948. He studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School of Music while in high school and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968 with a B.F.A. in Drama. Upon coming back to live in New York City, he went to work as a producer for RCA Records, but shortly thereafter began to work in the Broadway theatre.
His first major credit was the title song for the play BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE; the song was eventually used in the movie version as well.
In 1971, he wrote the music and new lyrics for GODSPELL, for which he won several awards including two Grammys. This was followed by the English texts, in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein, for Bernstein’s MASS, which opened the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The following year, he wrote the music and lyrics for PIPPIN and two years later, THE MAGIC SHOW. At one point, GODSPELL, PIPPIN, and THE MAGIC SHOW were all running on Broadway simultaneously.
He next wrote the music and lyrics for THE BAKER’S WIFE, followed by a musical version of Studs Terkel’s WORKING, to which he contributed four songs, and which he also adapted and directed, winning the Drama Desk Award as best director. He also co-directed the television production, which was presented as part of the PBS “American Playhouse” series.
Next came songs for a one-act musical for children, CAPTAIN LOUIE, and a children’s book, THE PERFECT PEACH. He then wrote music for three of the songs in the Off-Broadway revue, PERSONALS, lyrics to Charles Strouse’s music for RAGS, and music and lyrics for CHILDREN OF EDEN.
He then began working in film, collaborating with composer Alan Menken on the scores for the Disney animated features POCAHONTAS, for which he received two Academy Awards and another Grammy, and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. He also provided songs for DreamWorks’ first animated feature, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, for which he won another Academy Award for the song “When You Believe”. He most recently collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s ENCHANTED.
Mr. Schwartz provided music and lyrics for the original television musical, GEPPETTO, seen on The Wonderful World of Disney and recently adapted for the stage as GEPPETTO & SON. He has released two CDs on which he sings new songs, entitled RELUCTANT PILGRIM and UNCHARTED TERRITORY.
Mr. Schwartz’s most recent musical, WICKED, opened in the fall of 2003 and is currently running on Broadway and in several other productions around the United States and the world. In 2008, WICKED reached its 1900th performance on Broadway, making Mr. Schwartz the only songwriter in Broadway history ever to have three shows run more than 1900 performances. A book about his career, “Defying Gravity”, has recently been released by Applause Books.
Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and serves on the ASCAP board; he is also a member of the Council of the Dramatists’ Guild.
COCO SMITH is a performer originally from Cleveland, OH and a graduate of the American and Musical Dramatic Academy in New York. CoCo made their start in the hot Broadway musical The Book of Mormon and continued with the show via tour and the original Australian cast. CoCo has recently been seen in the off-Broadway musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Mary Nevin), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), and in “RESPECT” The Music of Aretha Franklin as one of the three soloists.
Justin is a New York City based actor, singer, dancer, and educator. A rural Indiana transplant, Justin began performing regularly in NYC after being selected to perform in the 2013 Broadway’s Rising Stars concert at Town Hall under the direction of Scott Coulter. A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, some favorite professional credits include the regional tour of “Annie Get Your Gun” (Frank Butler) under the direction of Judy Norton, National Tour of “Junie B. Jones” (Mr. Scary), “Funny Girl” (Eddie Ryan), “Into the Woods” (Cinderella’s Prince), and the role of Candide at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s “One Hand, One Heart” tribute concert to Leonard Bernstein. Justin has toured nationally with five-time Grammy nominated singer and archivist Michael Feinstein and performs regularly at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below, Metropolitan Room, Town Hall, and Laurie Beechman Theatre. Justin’s symphonic concert work includes performances with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Gainesville Orchestra, Signature Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra,
Working professionally with younger generations for over ten years, Justin is still exploring his love of teaching the arts, personal training, and wellness coaching in New York City and across the country. In addition to working as a guest Choreographer and Associate Director in Musical Theatre at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Traverse City, Michigan, Justin is the National Head of Performing Arts for Fusion Academy’s sixty-five campuses across the United States. When Justin is not balancing his careers in the performing arts, education, and physical wellness, he can be found reading at the nearest coffeehouse or potentially binge eating Sour Patch Kids whilst hiking in nature.
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music alum Melvin Tunstall made his Broadway debut in the Tony winning hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Sondheim Theater and performed the entire 6 year Broadway run! Melvin also appeared in the European Tour of the Tony Award winning hit musical Ain’t Misbehaving after originating the role of “Ja’Keith” in the Original Toronto Company of the Broadway smash Rock of Ages.Melvin is proud to have played some of the world’s renowned stages, including starring roles at the Folies Bergére, the Kennedy Center, The Town Hall in New York City and Radio City Music Hall. Also an accomplished Playwright, Melvin’s TYA phenomenon Polkadots: the Cool Kids Musical took home the Off Broadway Alliance Award for it’s Atlantic Theater production. He is currently at work on The Supadupa Kid Musical with Barrington Stage Company and his contemporary take on the JM Barrie classic, Pete(HER)Pan was just selected as the next Virtual Production from Musicals At Home!
Brian is originally from Nashville, TN, and currently lives in NYC with his wife Kathi and son, James. Brian has been touring the US and Canada in several of Spot-On Entertainment’s symphonic shows. The first show is titled The King – The Music of Elvis and highlights the grand spectrum of the Elvis Presley catalog. Brian’s most recent tour with Spot-On is titled Music Of The Knights, and features the music of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John & Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Brian has performed these shows with the symphonies of Calgary, Winnipeg, St. Louis, San Diego, and Milwaukee, just to name a few.
Brian has had the opportunity to represent Spot-On Entertainment & sing at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC, celebrating the lives, music & careers of Cher, Tina Turner, and George Michael.
In the 1990s, Brian toured the US & Canada with the Broadway Musical CATS, playing the roles of Old Deuteronomy, Bustopher Jones and Gus, the Theater Cat. He has, also, performed regionally, in South Florida, Texas and at Dollywood.
In a future project, Brian will be performing with the Be Bim Bop Trio in a series of jazz performances celebrating the music of Michael Franks.
Brian would like to thank his family for their support & Spot-On Entertainment for including him in these musical celebrations.