Awards Show!

16 09 2019

I recently had the pleasure of performing in the opening number at the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation Awards!

Performers Lizette Cruz, Ilana Gabrielle, Jay Paranada-Fried, and I sung a fantastic opening number written by John Herin and Alden Terry, under the direction of Dev Bondarin and music direction of Minhui Lee. The song literally was written just days before the awards ceremony and we managed to get it up and running in just two days! Which was fitting for an event that celebrates New York’s indie theater scene!





Caroline, or Change

26 05 2019

I was so excited to work on one of my favorite pieces of theater! Caroline, or Change is a Tony-nominated musical telling the story of a remarkable but uneasy friendship between a young Jewish boy and his family’s African-American maid in 1963 Louisiana.

The show ran from May 2-25, 2019 at Astoria Performing Arts Center.
 
This breathtaking and heart wrenching musical has an amazing score by Jeanine Tesori and a deeply moving libretto by Tony Kushner. Set in an America on the brink of change and tumult, the show focuses on a group of people facing a new way of life, whether or not they are ready.
 
Caroline, or Change originally opened Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in a production directed by George C. Wolfe in November 2003. It transferred to Broadway in May 2004 with Tonya Pinkins in the title role. The show was critically acclaimed and earned six Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and a win for Anika Noni Rose for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
 
It was an honor to share the stage with my dear friend LaDonna Burns, who played Caroline. The amazing cast includes: Amanda Bailey, Milanis Clark, Sabatino Cruz, Marcie Henderson, Greg Horton, Scott Mendelsohn, Sharaé Moultrie, Nave’ Murray, Nattalyee Randall, Joël René, Lauren Singerman, Gordon Stanley, Navida Stein
 
And I’m particularly grateful for director Dev Bondarin, Music Director Minhui Lee and Choreographer Kemar Jewel for putting this vision back on a New York stage and guiding us in telling this story! 
 





Ain’t Misbehavin’!

4 02 2019

Next up: Ain’t Misbehavin, the rollicking musical that is sure to bring a smile to your face and get you to tap your feet!

The production opens on Jan 31 at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, and runs through February 24.  I’m so excited about this production, and about sharing the stage with Martine Allard, Ron Lucas, Amy Jo Phillips and Anita Welch. 

The show was conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz. Original staging and choreography was by Arthur Faria. Musical Adaptations, Orchestrations & Arrangements were by Luther Henderson.

Ain’t Misbehavin is the winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical. Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club and that jumpin’ new beat, swing music. The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s comes to life on stage, and audience members will experience the heart and soul of Harlem where the onset of swing joined ranks with the rhythms of ragtime and the passions of jazz, creating an explosive musical movement.

You can click HERE for tickets, and HERE for the schedule of performances!





Happy New Year!

13 01 2019

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One of my favorite projects is returning for a special performance to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Soul to Soul is a cross-cultural mix of Jewish and African–American folk music that tells the story of immigrants, who were different but very much experienced similar things as they made their way through the American experience.

The show is brought to you by the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene. We’ve done the show all around the country, and in Canada, and in Bucharest, Romania!, and I’m thrilled to be performing it once again in New York City!

I humbly get to share the stage with Broadway veteran Elmore James, Israeli-born singer-songwriter Magda Fishman, and singer-songwriter-actress Lisa Fishman once again, under the musical leadership of Zalmen Mlotek with a terrific four piece klezmer-jazz band.

The show is an exciting exploration of the way two cultures overcame persecution and celebrated life through spiritual songs.

Music by Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman and Paul Robeson are featured, as well as staples from the world of Yiddish theater and soul and gospel music. And there will be a sing-along involved, so get ready to have a great time!

The show will be performed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park. For tickets and more information, click HERE!