A Concert Sampling
A festive concert will be held Saturday, August 4th from 7 pm to 9:15 at Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, 184 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield, CT. The evening will feature songs from a range of new musicals, highlighting talented emerging artists and new works from veteran Broadway writers, including Stephen Schwartz (known for Wicked, Pippin) and Michael John LaChiusa (See What I Wanna See and Wild Party).
Be among the first to hear these songs! We are showcasing selections from a wide range of musicals with themes of comedy, drama, romance, and of course food!
Fresh baked refreshments and beverages will be available at a reception with some of the writers and singers following the show. For tickets visit www.brookfieldtheatre.org
The concert features singers from Connecticut and New York. Several of the concerts writers are also performing in the concert: Matthew Gurren, Bill Nabel, William Squier, and Jeff Loden.
Special guest performer RAISSA KATONA BENNETT will be the featured artist. On Broadway, she appeared as Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera, Chess in concert, and the First National Tours of Cats and Parade. A multiple award-winning concert & cabaret artist, shes headlined with Symphony Orchestras throughout the north east, at Feinsteins, the Beechman Theatre, Metropolitan Room & Iridium, and at Lincoln Center and Town Hall in the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention. Recently, she appeared Off-Broadway in 2 new shows Devil and the Deep and Water from the Moon, and in the first regional Equity production of FUN HOME at the Music Theatre of Connecticut. She has 2 critically acclaimed CDs on iTunes and Amazon and has been celebrating the release of her newest CD on the LML Music Label, "Can't Help Singing - The Music of Jerome Kern", with cabaret shows at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. www.raissakatonabennett.com
Also appearing as a special guest is GREG RODERICK who was most recently seen as the father in Fun Home at Music Theater of Connecticut. On Broadway he was seen in Lincoln Center's South Pacific, and has appeared off-Broadway, in concerts, and on the national tours of The Sound of Music, South Pacific and Parade (directed by Harold Prince). Greg worked with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell in their world premiere of Bright Star at the Old Globe, as well as in numerous other regional theaters around the country, including Goodspeed, Paper Mill, and the Berkshire Theater Festival. www.gregroderick.com
Other singers include: Don Boevingloh, Tyler Carey, Joseph Cebollero, Caitlin Mandracchia, Scarlett Mazur, Kelsey Morris, Kennedy Morris, Megan O'Callaghan, Rebecca Pokorski, Dan Satter, Melanie Votaw, and Morgana Kate Watson
The musical director is JEROLD GOLDSTEIN. Goldstein has been directing, musical directing, and teaching in schools and privately throughout Connecticut for the past 30 years. As an actor, he has performed in numerous musical productions in New York City including on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Aint Broadway Grand. He was in the national tour of Little Shop of Horrors and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He won the Barrymore Award for Gun Metal Blues, was in the Kennedy Center's Shear Madness, and toured Europe in 42nd Street. As a composer, several of Goldstein's shows (written with William Squier) have been performed around the country, including Babalu, Music is my Fist (their send up of the Rat Pack), and The Three Scrooges. As co-bookwriter, his musical ROUTE 66 has received a number of regional productions. www.JeroldGoldstein.com
The concert was initiated and produced by Brookfield Theatres curator of new musicals, Carol de Giere. She is author of "The Godspell Experience" and "Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz" as well as the on-line magazine for new musicals "Musical Writerzine".
Tickets are $35 general admission or $30 for students and seniors which includes admission to the concert and a reception with the writers and performers after the show.