A Concert Sampling
A festive concert will be held Saturday, August 4th from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, 184 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield, CT. The evening will feature songs from a range of new musicals, highlighting talented young artists and new works from veteran Broadway writers, including Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin) and Michael John LaChiusa (See What I Wanna See, Wild Party). Be among the first to hear these pieces. Fresh baked refreshments and beverages will be available in the gallery lobby, along with a silent auction to be benefit the theatre. VIP seating will be available.
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Guest Performers: Among the special guest performers will be featured artist, Raissa Katona Bennett. 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, she’s headlined with Symphony Orchestras throughout the north east, at Feinstein’s, the Beechman Theatre, Metropolitan Room & Iridium, and at Lincoln Center and Town Hall in the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention. Last season she appeared Off-Broadway in 2 new shows Devil and the Deep and Water from the Moon. She has 2 critically acclaimed CD’s on iTunes and Amazon and this season, she will be returning to the cabaret stage with a new version of her Jerome Kern show, to celebrate the release of her newest CD on the LML Music Label. www.raissakatonabennett.com
The music director is Jerold Goldstein (he will also be singing). 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 Ain’t 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, & 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