2017 in Review

27 12 2017
It’s the time of year that people — at least in this country — traditionally make audible their list of blessings. And in spite of a year that was fraught with turmoil on many levels, I must say that I am so grateful for much of what has come my way that I’d like to take this moment to share some of those things with you!

I had the pleasure of doing background work on several television shows. You may see me wandering around in the world of Luke Cage. And I did several readings of shows that are in development. I also got to perform with the rest of my Soul to Soul cast in Bucharest, Romania! We had a blast performing during the International Festival of Yiddish Theater and the audience was so excited, that we might end up going back next year.

Raisin

I was thrilled to start the year working on a production of Raisin, a musical version of Lorraine Hansberry’s ground-breaking play A Raisin In The Sun.

I truly had a blast working on this show at Astoria Performing Arts Center, and apparently audiences agreed. The show was nominated for eight New York Innovative Theatre Awards and won two of them, one for best musical (way to go, director Dev Bondarin!) and best choreography by Tamrin Goldberg.

The production was then nominated for five “Viv” awards at the AUDELCO Awards Ceremony. And our Musical Director, Darius Smith, brought home the award for Outstanding Music Director!

Bastard Jones

I spent a chunk of the summer working on a labor of love, Bastard Jones, an Off-Broadway musical retelling of the 18th century Henry Fielding novel Tom Jones.

The show, which performed to sold-out crowds at The Cell in Manhattan, was a huge success, and I had the honor of working with an amazing cast and crew. Hats off to authors Marc Acito and Amy Engelhardt, who created something truly special, fun, funny and thought provoking. The performance also raised $20,000 for Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund!

I’m sure there’s a long future ahead for that show, and I hope everyone gets a chance to see it!

Breaking News: The stars of Bastard Jones, Evan Ruggiero and Elena Wang, have been nominated for a Clive Barnes Award, which honors young artists in dance and theater!

Hank Williams: Lost Highway

Most recently, I spent time in Vero Beach, Florida working on Hank Williams: Lost Highway. The cast was incredible and our directors, Sherry and David Lutken, helped create a magical piece of work on the beautiful Riverside Theatre stage about one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century.

It was an honor to share the stage with such a fine group of artists: David Lutken, Sherry Lutken, Ben Hope, Katie Barton, Marcy McGuigan, Eric Anthony, Sam Sherwood, David Finch and Roger Rettig.

At every performance, the audience gasped upon learning that Hank Williams died at the young age of 29. Those same audiences were standing and singing at the end!

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