Photo Coverage: Starry Tribute to Paul Gemignani
Drama Desk Award-winner Ken Jennings (Original Tobias in Sweeney Todd) and Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone) were among the starry cast appearing in "Another Op'nin, Another Show: A Musical Tribute To Paul Gemignani" on Sunday, March 30 at 7:30 PM, at the YM-YWHA of North Jersey (1 Pike Drive) in Wayne, NJ.
Presented by Broadway Ala Carte, the Theatre-in-Residence at the YMHA, this benefit salute to 2008 Arts Ambassador, Tony and Emmy Award-winner Paul Gemignani, also starred Drama Desk Award-winner Toni DiBuono (Forbidden Broadway, Wonderful Town), Drama Desk Award-nominee Donna English (Forbidden Broadway), Broadway favorites Gay Willis (Magnolia in Show Boat), George Marge (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon), Ciaran Sheehan (The Phantom Of The Opera), Peter Marinos (Magaldi in Original Evita, The Producers), Mike O'Carroll (Ragtime, Show Boat), Ali Ewoldt (Cosette in Les Miserables), Kelly Ellenwood (The Phantom Of The Opera), Nina Negri (Coram Boy), and Julie Waldman-Stiel (Fiddler On The Roof, The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber).
Co-stars included hosts Christopher Budinich and Jodi Chekofsky, Martina Vidmar, Marni Raab, Jennifer Montague, Sarah Shahinian, Mark Montague, Rachel Cohen, Gabrielle Visser, Sonia Perez, and Ilona Rubenstein. Ensemble Members included Rasha Jay, Katie McGee, Joseph Nolin, Jenny Paul, Frank Todisco, Tracey Turner, Richie Venezia, Eric Van Alstyne, Cindy Summers, Carol Crittenden, Alan Pagano, Lynn Shelton, and Brian Zane.
Audiences were treated to show-stopping numbers from Paul Gemignani's more than 38 Broadway and West End credits including Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Kiss Me, Kate, West Side Story, Crazy For You, and more.
Written and directed by Broadway Ala Carte Producing Artistic Director, Stephen Kantrowitz, the evening featured Musical Direction by Peter Candela (Broadway's The Lion King) and choreography and musical staging by Adolpho Blaire. All profits benefited Broadway Ala Carte's educational arts programs and teen scholarships. For information on their 2008-2009 Season, please call Broadway Ala Carte at 973-595-0100, Ext. 226, or visit the YMHA at www.ymha-nj.org
Ali Ewoldt, Marni Raab and Nina Negri
Gay Willis and Adolpho Blaire
Jennifer Montague and Peter Marinos
Jennifer Montague, Kelly Ellenwood, Jodi Chekofsky, Ken Jennings and Ciaran Sheehan
Ken Jennings, Ciaran Sheehan and Martina Vidmar
Lynn Shelton and Gay Willis
Mike O'Carroll and Garth Kravits
Peter Marinos and Julie Waldman-Stiel
Photo Credit: Stephen Kantrowitz