Lianne Marie Dobbs, Cole Burden and More Set for The Development Wing's BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Gala Tonight
The Development Wing which has dedicated itself to nurturing new musicals via partnerships with regional, not for profit theaters will hold its exclusive, intimate one-night-only benefit concert featuring Broadway stars singing songs from several new musicals at the historic Tewksbury, New Jersey home of Cherie King, President, The Development Wing and her husband composer, lyricist and book writer, Jonathan Brielle, Artistic Director of The Development Wing and Vice Chairman, The Johnny Mercer Foundation.
Brielle will serve as both master of ceremonies and performer as selections from several of his new musicals will be presented. The event takes place tonight, September 21, 2013 at 6 PM at 44 Farmersville Road, Tewksbury, New Jersey just 60 minutes from Broadway.
Directed by award winning director Michael Bush who will also co-host with Brielle, "Broadway Under the Stars" will feature a dazzling group of Broadway's brightest stars including Cole Burden, LiAnne Marie Dobbs , Rose Hemingway, Ken Pyrmus, Don Rebic and Christine Reisner.
Jonathan Brielle and his All Star Band organized especially for this evening will feature players who have performed with such talents as Wynton Marsalis, Sting, George Michael, James Taylor, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and have among them scores of Broadway show credits. The All Stars include Musical Director Jeff Klitz, Piano, Paul Pizzutti, Drums, Mike Hall, Bass, Larry Saltzman, Guitar, Jim Hynes, Trumpet, Ryan Keberle, Trombone, Dan Willis, Reeds and Vito Chiavuzzo, Reeds.
This year has been a joyous time for The Development Wing with four shows they have supported in various stages of production: Nightmare Alley which just had a well received Staged Reading at NYMF, Himself and Nora currently on track for New York following a critically acclaimed run at Hamilton Stage, 40 Naked Women, a Monkey and Meand Heartbreaker, as well as, programs initiated by the artistic director Jonathan Brielle including the establishment of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony and educational programs in Newark, Los Angeles and the Bronx.
The late afternoon fundraiser will begin with cocktails and delectable hors d'oeuvres by Becky Geisel and Joan Nittiof BEX Eatery and Catering Company, one of the finest caterers and purveyors of healthy gourmet cooking inHunterdon County. Guests can stroll around the bucolic grounds and toured the main house which was in the 1850s a schoolhouse. Brielle and King purchased the property in 2005 and converted the schoolhouse into a state of the art digital facility, with two control rooms, each complete with pro-tools and digital performer, and tied into the live room with a Baldwin Grand Piano, The studio can easily accommodate up to 15 players.
Attendees can also bid on a number of exclusive items in the Silent Auction such as a pastel pencil entitled "Nude étude" by renowned architect and artist, Arturo Palumbo; a week in a luxurious 2 bedroom suite in Bermuda compliments of Janice and Stuart Sendell; a commissioned oil painting on mid size canvas (approx) 18x24 of the winning bidder's home and landscape By contemporary, expressionist painter Maureen Chatfield; Limited Edition Handcrafted Earrings and bracelet of Sterling Silver by Kathryn Scimone Stanko; an original oil and vinyl painting on board by acclaimed New York artist Raffaele D'Onofrio ; dinner for twelve at BEX Eatery and Catering Company; a gorgeous ring by Plukka, designer fine jewelry and the opportunity to build a new relationship or start a new career with BeginAnu, created by career and relationship coach Cherie King.