with Max von Essen, Drew Gasparini, Nikki M. James, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Julia Murney, Ben Platt, Elizabeth Stanley, Tony Sheldon & Barbara Walsh
Mon February 10th, 2014
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 6:00PM
Show Time: 7:00PM
Event Ticket: $25/$40
In an evening of story and song, some of our favorite Broadway babies recount their first time, and things could get… messy. Together we’ll make history. 100% of the proceeds from the performance will benefit 3-year-old Cameron Huffine — recently diagnosed with Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Cancer — and Children’s Hospital Colorado.
The concert will include performances by Nick Blaemire (Godspell), Max von Essen (Evita), musical theater composer Drew Gasparini, Tony Award winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies,”Looking”), Kyle Dean Massey (Next to Normal), Julia Murney (Wicked), Ben Platt (The Book of Mormon, Pitch Perfect), Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet), and Tony nominees Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Barbara Walsh (Falsettos). Andrew Kober (Hair) hosts and Colin Hanlon (Co-Producer “Submissions Only,” Rent) directs, with music direction by two-time Tony and Grammy Award winner Stephen Oremus (Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Frozen). The evening is being co-produced by The Craptacular / theCraptacular.com (Aileen McKenna & Laura Motta) and Katie Riegel.
$40 VIP Table Seating (2 Item Minimum)
$25 Table Seating (2 Item Minimum)
$25 Standing Room
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.
Broadway/Touring: CRY-BABY, ALTAR BOYZ. Regional: THE LAST GOODBYE (Williamstown Theatre Festival), BRING IT ON (Alliance Theatre), LIL’S 90TH (Long Wharf Theatre), James Lapine’s MRS. MILLER DOES HER THING (Vineyard Playhouse), THE BLACK SUITS (SPF @ the Public Theatre). Film/TV: GODS BEHAVING BADLY, THE ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT, DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, THE BIG C, LAW & ORDER: CI, GUIDING LIGHT. Composing: Nick wrote the one-night Broadway sensation GLORY DAYS (Cast Album on Sh-K-Boom Records) and is working on two new original musicals, as well as playing with his band The Hustle. He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.
Max von Essen
Max recently completed a successful run in the Broadway revival of Evita, playing the role of Agustin Magaldi and frequently stepping in for Ricky Martin in the role of Che. He then made his NY Pops debut at Carnegie Hall and is currently working on concert, TV and film projects, in addition to developmental readings of new plays and musicals. Prior to Evita, he appeared as Corrado Montelli in the acclaimed world premiere of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes A Holiday at the Roundabout Theater Company.
Max also spent over a year roller skating across the country as Sonny Malone in Xanadu and performing at The Transport Group with the Drama League nominated cast of Hello Again.
On Broadway, Max played Enjolras in the revival of Les Misérables, Alfred in Dance of the Vampires starring alongside Michael Crawford, Jean Prouvaire in the closing company of the original Les Misérables, and a disciple in the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. In that production, Max understudied the role of Jesus and performed it many times. Other notable New York credits include Tremont in Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall, Woody in Finian’s Rainbow at the Irish Repertory Theatre, and Matt inThe Fantasticks at the Sullivan Street Playhouse.
Regionally, Max starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Baker’s Wife and the Kennedy Center’s staging of Mame. Other favorites include Danny Churchill in Girl Crazy, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Dorian Gray in Dorian, Fredric in Pirates of Penzance, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Claude in Hair, and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Max’s first professional job after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was touring as a back up singer for the legendary Liza Minnelli. He has also toured Europe as Tony in West Side Story and the USA as Mary Sunshine in Chicago.
Television and film appearances include The Good Wife, Royal Pains, Gossip Girl, The Beautiful Life, The Today Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Sex And The City 2, a recurring role on the hit web series Submissions Only, and numerous commercials. Recordings include Evita, Finian’s Rainbow, Death Takes A Holiday, The Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Broadway Musicals of 1928.
Drew Gasparini is an award winning musical theatre composer and a performing singer/songwriter. He has shared the stage with such acts as Jason Mraz, Third Eye Blind, and The Plain White T’s.
He has written the music and lyrics for his musicals Crazy, Just Like Me (winner of “Best Of Fest” and runner up for “Best Book” in the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2011), Make Me Bad (selected as PACE new musicals; book by Alex Brightman), and Turn Of The Screw (commission by Fordham University, 2012 workshop at Lincoln Center; book by Michael Kimmel).
Drew is a contributing composer to the television series SMASH on NBC – he can also be seen and heard on Oxygen’s The Next Big Thing for which he also wrote music. Drew has contributed songs to the popular one-woman, Off-Broadway show, “Hot Mess In Manhattan” and his work has been heard at Contemporary Classics New Voices in Seattle, Cutting-Edge Composers III (NYMF 2012), and many sold out Joe’s Pubs concerts. The Music & Lyrics of Drew Gasparini was presented at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage in June of 2012.
Drew is an alum of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre workshop and his sheet music is proudly available at NewMusicalTheatre.com. Currently, Drew is working on the new Off-Broadway musical, “Trouble” (book by Michael Alvarez), “Circles” (book by Alex Brightman), and the highly anticipated “Untitled Drew Gasparini/Michael Kimmel Project.” For more information on Drew Gasparini, go to www.DrewGaspariniMusic.com, find him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter- @DrewGasparini
Nikki M. James
Tony Award Winner, Nikki M. James, is a first generation American, her mother hailing from Haiti and her father from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Along with her older brother Douglas, they settled in Livingston, NJ where her family still resides today.
It was apparent as early as kindergarten that Nikki was a performer. As she got older she became heavily involved with community theatre productions, dance classes as well as gymnastics. She dragged her parents to every Broadway production possible. By the 7th Grade she took matters into her own hands and set out to become a professional actress. She auditioned for J.Mitchell Management and was immediately put under contract. The next few years she booked various projects and national commercials.
After graduating high school she then attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Musical Theatre program and continued to audition whenever she could. She booked her first Broadway show The Adventures Of Tom Sawyerwhile still in college. The show did not run for long and Nikki went back and finished her degree. It didn’t take long for her career to start to take off. She booked the starring ingénue role in House of Flowers at New York City Center’s Encore Series. To follow would be the original cast of All Shook Up and Bernarda Alba at Lincoln Center Theatre where she was seen by Director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) who then cast her as Dorothy in his production of The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse. A role that would win her the 2006 Craig Noel Award for Theatrical Excellence. Nikki would next appear Off-Broadway in Walmartopia, a musical farce about the ills of big-box stores and consumerism. In 2008, Des McAnuff again called upon Nikki. Although a departure from her musical theater roots, Mr. McAnuff asked Nikki to take on classical theater at the prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Nikki played Juliet inRomeo and Juliet and starred opposite Christopher Plummer as Cleopatra in Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra on the Festivals main stage. The latter production was so well received it was filmed for a theatrical release and national television airings in Canada. The film is also available on DVD. Nikki was ready to return to the musical world and was asked to become a part of a reading of a new musical comedy written by the creators and South Park and the composer of Avenue Q. This as yet untitled project would go on to be The Book of Mormon, which Nikki appeared in many other readings and workshops leading up its Broadway run opening March 2011 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater. For her performance, she was awarded the TONY Award for Featured Actress in a Musical in 2011.
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Andrew is an actor, director, author and filmmaker. He can be seen as “Billy Frazier” in the Marc Lawrence directed film, THE REWRITE starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei. On Broadway he created the role of “Crutchie” in NEWSIES (Outer Critics Circle nominee, Best Supporting Actor), “Roberston Ay” in MARY POPPINS, SEUSSICAL, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Theater: “Nick” in FAMILY FURNITURE at The Flea Theater (dir. Thomas Kail). 1st Nat’l Tours: “Leaf Coneybear” in SPELLING BEE, “Max” in THE GRINCH, MARY POPPINS, RAGTIME. TV/Film: “Alex” on the HBO series LOOKING, “Corey” in the film YOU MUST BE JOKING, “Christophe,” on THE NAKED BROTHERS BAND (Nickelodeon), Paramount Picture’s MARCI X, ONE LIFE TO LIVE. B.F.A. from the University of Michigan. As a filmmaker, Andrew is co-creator of the webseries, SUBMISSIONS ONLY (www.submissionsonly.com) now in its third season. His videos have been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The Associated Press and New York Magazine. He is currently writing a children’s book series with collaborator, Kate Wetherhead for the Penguin Group.
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Julia Murney last appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the national tour for which she received an Acclaim Award. Other New York credits include Lennon, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), Falling (Drama Desk nomination), The Landing, The VaginaMonologues, A Class Act, Saved, Crimes of the Heart, Queen of the Mist, Closer Than Ever, and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination). She’s been seen regionally all over the U.S.-Signature, Williamstown, Reprise!LA, Sacramento Music Circus, NCT, MUNY, Rubicon and Goodspeed, to name a few-and in concert she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Feinstein’s, The Kennedy Center, Caramoor, Town Hall and Birdland as well as with the Philly, Cincinnati, and Boston Pops. Among her TV credits are 30 Rock, Sex and the City, Brothers and Sisters, Ed, NYPD Blue, all three Law and Orders and about a gazillion voiceovers. A Syracuse University graduate, her recordings include the original cast albums of The Wild Party and A Class Act, the Grammy nominated Actor’s Fund Benefit of Hair and her first solo album, I’m Not Waiting which is available on Sh-K-Boom records and at juliamurney.com.