Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
(Center) Broadway actor John Cudia is flanked by scholars from
Young at Arts (Photo: Stephen Pagnotta)

Bronxville, New York--Broadway stars John Cudia ("Phantom of the Opera," "Les Miserables"), Michael James Scott ("Book of Mormon," Disney's "Aladdin"), Kathy Voytko ("Nine," "Oklahoma!"), Raymond Jaramillo McLeod ("Jekyll and Hyde"), and Q. Smith (Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's "Mary Poppins") banded together, alongside Broadway's veteran musicians Charles and Annbrit duChateau ("Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark," Disney's "Aladdin," respectively), Dave Phillips ("Book of Mormon"), and Charles Descarfino ("Elf," "Porgy and Bess"), to raise funds for the Young At Arts' scholarship program Monday, April 28, at Christ Church Bronxville.

Founded in 2005, Young at Arts--organized by Father Michael A. Bird, Christ Church Bronxville's rector; Shawn Kaufman, CS Global's lighting designer; Camille Zamora, Sing for Hope's founder; and Sharyn Pirtle, Young At Arts' founding director--is a dynamic non-profit arts program that annually provides rigorous after-school and in-school instruction in choral music and musical theater to more than 300 young students, who hail from Southern Westchester County and the Bronx.

The formation of Young At Arts nearly a decade ago was Bronxville community's response to the drastic cuts in arts education in many schools.

At the benefit, John Cudia, a recurring Phantom at "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway; Michael James Scott, currently a standby to Tony nominee James Monroe Iglehart's Genie in Disney's "Aladdin"; and Raymond Jaramillo McLeod, together with Young At Arts' scholars, opened the show with their rendition of "Seize the Day" from the Broadway musical "Newsies."

Excerpts from Stephen Sondheim's "Company," Disney's "The Little Mermaid," and the Broadway bound Disney's "Frozen" were also performed.

For more information, visit youngatartsny.org.

Photos: Stephen Pagnotta, Michael Pollack

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Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
Young At Arts' scholars

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
Young At Arts' benefit cast

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
Young At Arts' benefit cast

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
Young At Arts' benefit cast

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
Michael James Scott

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
Young At Arts' scholars

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
Kathy Voytko

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
Young At Arts' scholars

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
Charles duChateau

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
John Cudia

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
Young At Arts' scholars

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
Young At Arts' scholars

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
(R) Raymond Jaramillo McLeod

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
John Cudia with Young at Arts' scholars

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Oliver Oliveros Oliver Oliveros received a master's degree in public relations and corporate communication from New York University while serving as regional director for BroadwayWorld.com, where he accepted an Award for Excellence: Best International Editor in 2013.

For nearly 20 years, Oliver has been handling public relations, corporate communication, and integrated marketing communications for numerous brands (including Pepsi), Broadway shows, Broadway stars, non-profit organizations, and mainstream celebrities.

He is also the editor-in-chief for Fil-Am Who’s Who, a monthly magazine that tells the real-life success stories of Filipino Americans from the New York Tri-State area.