Michael Bush to Direct Development Wing's BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Gala, 9/15
The Development Wing which has dedicated itself to nurturing new musicals via partnerships with regional, not for profit theaters will hold an exclusive, intimate one-night-only benefit concert featuring Broadway stars singing songs from three new musicals at the historic Tewksbury, New Jersey home of Cherie King and her husband composer, lyricist and book writer, Jonathan Brielle, Artistic Director of The Development Wing.
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 on Saturday, September 15 at 6 PM at 44 Farmersville Road, Tewksbury, New Jersey just 60 minutes from Broadway.
Directed by award winning director Michael Bush, “Broadway Under the Stars” will feature a dazzling group of Broadway’s brightest stars including Leanne Borghesi, Jessica Burrows, Veanne Cox, Brittney-Lee Hamilton, Jeremiah James, Marcy McGuigan plus Jonathan Brielle and his All Star Band featuring players from The Rolling Stones and Paul Simon’s Band including Steven Ray Watkins – piano; Larry Saltzman – guitar; Benny Koonevesky – drums; Jim Hynes – trumpet; Andy Snitzer – tenor sax; Charles Pillow – flute and reeds; Mike Davis – trombone.
The event will be a mini-reunion for Bush, Brielle and Burrows. The trio was all involved with the critically acclaimed “Himself and Nora” Brielle’s new musical about James Joyce and Nora Barnacle which kicked off this year’s New York Musical Theatre Festival. Bush directed and Burrows starred as Nora opposite Matt Bogart.
The late afternoon fundraiser will begin with cocktails and delectable hors d'oeuvres. 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.
They can also bid on a number of exclusive items in the Silent Auction such as Hamilton Farms Golf and Lunch afternoon for three with a member at one of the finest courses in the country situated on a historic country estate, an original oil painting by Raffaele Donofrio; Original Song Composed by Jon Brielle; Make your own Record at Brielle Studios; Broadway Show tickets, a Tiffany Style Lamp, Basket of Homemade Jams; Limited Edition Handcrafted Earrings and bracelet of Sterling Silver by Kathryn Scimone Stanko and the opportunity to build a new relationship or start a new career with BeginAnu, created by career and relationship coach Cherie King.
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Broadway Under the Stars Featured Performers & Creative Team
Leanne Borghesi: Cabaret: Marriage In-Equality with Patty Duke and the Cast of Wicked (Palace of Fine Arts, SF), Help Is On The Way with Carol Channing (Hebst Theatre, SF), Diva and Dames with Bruce Vilanch (Marines Memorial, SF), DIVALICIOUS(Metropolitan Room, NYC). Regional: 40 Naked Women A Monkey And Me (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, CT) The Eccentricities Of A Nightingale (Aurora Theatre, CA), The Secret Garden (Theatreworks, CA), Tommy (PDPA Theatrefest, CA, Recipient of two Bay Area Theatre Critic Circle Awards for Dames at Sea (Mona Kent) and Solo Cabaret Divalicious (The Kent Conservatory Theatre Center, SF).
Jessica Burrows: Most recently starred as Nora in Jonathan Brielle’s new musical Himself and Nora at the New York Musical Theatre festival. She portrayed. Greta Garbo in the new musical When Garbo Talks at ICT in Los Angeles. Other favorites include The Toymaker (NYMF), Lara in Zhivago(La Jolla Playhouse), Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme (The Ahmanson), The Ten Commandments (The Kodak), 110 in the Shade (Pasadena Playhouse), and Julie Jordon in Carousel. Jessica owns her own practice as a Holistic Health Coach.
Veanne Cox: Broadway: La Cage aux Folles, A Free Man of Color, Caroline or Change, The Dinner Party, Company (Tony and Drama Desk Noms), Smile. Off Broadway: 2008 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, Paradise Park, Spain (Lorte Norms), Last Easter (Drama Desk Nom), Blind, The Wooden Breeks, A Mother A Daughter A Gun, House and Garden, The Vagina Monologues, The Altruists, Freedomland,Labor Day, The Bating Cage, A Question of Mercy, The Waiting Room, The Food Chain, Flora the Red Menace. Regional: The Boyfriend, Twelfth Night, Way of the World, Private Lives, The Beaux’s Stratagem (Helen Hayes Nom), The Imaginary Invalid, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Heidi Chronicles, A Flea in Her Ear, 40 Naked Women A Monkey And Me. Television & Film: ‘Louis’, ‘Pam Am’, ‘Royal Pains’, ‘Law & Order’, ‘Boston Legal’, ‘CSI’, ‘Joan of Arcadia’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Seinfeld’, Erin Brockovitch, Big Eden, Marci X, Beethoven’s 4th, You’ve Got Mail.
Brittney-Lee Hamilton: New York: The Piper (Irish Repertory Theatre), My History of Marriage (NYMF), Countess of Storyville (Amas),Peg O’ My Heart the Musical (Peg-MITF Best Leading Actress Nom),Rogues to Riches (York Theatre), Hurricane (NYMF), Republic (Acorn Theatre), ANGELS the Musical (Pre-Broadway run and NYMF). Regional: Gypsy with Tovah Feldshuh (June: Bristol Riverside Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse), Megillah (Goodspeed Opera House),Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Seven Angels Theatre). 40 Naked Women A Monkey And Me (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, CT), TV/Film: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ (season 2 star), ‘Pokemon’, ‘Catskill Park’, Perks of Writing A Musical’.