Allen & DiVita perform RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN SONGOBOOK at Grand Hotel, 8/22
Signature Broadway Pops Present THE RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN SONGBOOK. Broadway's Glenn Seven Allen and Janine DiVita bring music from Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites to the historic Grand Hotel Theatre on Mackinac Island, MI on Sunday, August 22 at 8 pm.
$20 Tickets available at door or through the Mackinac Island Community Foundation www.micf.org.
This concert features highlights from Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music. All proceeds will benefit the Mackinac Island Community Foundation www.micf.org.
Janine DiVita, www.janinedivita.com, has been called "Enchanting," "Charismatic," and "Magnificent," by critics. Only a few years since graduating from the prestigious University of Michigan's Musical Theatre program, Miss DiVita has proven herself to be to be quite the versatile leading lady. On Broadway, Miss DiVita enjoyed a long run playing Betty Rizzo (opposite American Idol's Ace Young) in the 2007 Revival of "Grease" (directed by Kathleen Marshall). Off-Broadway, she played Susan in "The Day Before Spring" at the York Theatre (directed by David Glenn Armstrong). She also starred Off-Off Broadway as Gina in the rock musical, "Rainbow Around The Sun" (directed by Nick Demos), at the 45th street theatre. Miss DiVita has had the privilege of performing leading roles at Tony Award winning Regional Theatres. Such roles and theatres include Nancy in "Oliver" (Walnut Street Theatre, directed by Mark Clements), Terri in "Sophisticated Ladies"- starring Maurice Hines (Arena Stage, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright), Young Little Edie Beale in "Grey Gardens" (Portland Center Stage, directed by Chris Coleman), Dot in "Sunday in the Park with George" (Heritage Repertory Theatre, directed by Bob Chapel), Sister Mary Amnesia in "Nunsense" (Heritage Repertory Theatre, directed by Renee Dobson), Cinderella in "Cinderella" (Kansas City Lyric Opera), the Lucie understudy in "A Tale of Two Cities" (Asolo Repertory Theatre, directed by Michael Donald Edwards), "Annie Get Your Gun" (St. Louis Muny), "Singin' in the Rain" (KC Starlight, directed by Lee Roy Reams), and "Hello, Dolly! Starring Michelle Lee" (Regional Tour, directed by Lee Roy Reams). Ms. DiVita's concert performance venues in New York City include Lincoln Center, Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Canal Room, and The Vagabond Theatre Company. She has also performed in concert with Arizona Opera Company and Opera New Jersey. Her solo, "Invisible" is available on Bobby Cronin's Album titled "Reach The Sky" (available for purchase on ITunes). Ms. DiVita is incredibly passionate about new works. Since moving to New York City, Janine has worked on several new readings and workshops and she has recorded countless demo recordings for new composers. She believes participating in these progressive and exciting stepping stones is a critical experience that paves the way for live theatre's meaningful future. Miss DiVita is the first winner of The Alan Eisenberg/Actors' Equity Award for Achievement in Musical Theatre and is the winner of the Earl V. Moore Award at the University of Michigan. She holds Bachelors in Fine Arts from The University of Michigan as well as a Concentration in Communications Studies from The University of Michigan. In New York, she continues her studies with Scott Freeman, Marianne Challis, and Ellen Novack. In addition to performing, Miss DiVita is the Co-director of Artistic Programming (with her business partner, Tenor, Glenn Seven Allen) of Springpoint Foundation, which provides senior living communities of New Jersey with top Broadway and Opera entertainment concerts. Miss DiVita is also an avid teacher. She has been invited to teach at various programs and universities around the country such as St. Joseph's University, Theatre Horizon, "Broadway Comes to Denver," and "Making It On Broadway." Her program titled "Dream and Reach" helps community theatre actors in their audition and performance preparation and self-confidence. Miss DiVita finds this to be especially rewarding since she credits much of her success to the support and creativity she found in the community theatres in her hometown of Overland Park, Kansas. Currently, Miss DiVita is touring the United States in the First National Tour of "Young Frankenstein".
Glenn Seven Allen
www.glennsevenallen.com / www.hubbardlevine.com
Hailed by the New York Times for his "strong voice and presence," Tenor Glenn Seven Allen has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at major regional theatre, concert and opera venues throughout the United States. His 2009/10 credits include Alexius in The Chocolate Soldier at Bard Summerscape, Afredo in La Traviata at Long Island Opera, Rodolpho in A View from the Bridge at Vertical Players Repertory Opera, Rigoletto at Bleeker Street Opera, Rodolfo in La Bohème at Cardona Opera, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette and Don José in Carmen at New York Lyric Opera. On Broadway, Mr. Allen appeared in The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center Theatre and Girl Crazy with City Center Encores. Off-Broadway credits include principal roles in For Lovers Only, Casino Paradise (with Lincoln Center's American Songbook series), and A Fine and Private Place, for which Mr. Allen was singled out by CurtainUp as "a special bonanza for ears eager for that most beautiful of instruments, the pure human voice." Mr. Allen's regional credits include Cliff in Cabaret at Arena Stage, Rutledge in 1776 at Goodspeed Opera House, Giuseppe in The Light in the Piazza at Goodman and Intiman Theatres, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance at Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar at NC Theatre. His featured concerts include performances at the Kennedy Center, Joe's Pub, Brooklyn Museum, Lansing Symphony, the Westfield Symphony, Grand Hotel, New York Historical Society, and Lincoln Center. His film and television credits include As the World Turns and MTV, and he has worked with directors including Craig Lucas, Jerry Zaks, Jon Jory, Bartlett Sher, Molly Smith, Gabriel Barre, Lisa Peterson, Rob Ruggiero, Rebecca Brown, Michael Unger, and Jerry Manning. Mr. Allen can be heard on the original cast recordings of A Fine and Private Place (Jay Records) The Light in the Piazza (Nonesuch) and POETIC LICENSE-100 Poems 100 Performers (GPR). A prominent vocal and acting instructor, Mr. Allen has taught acting and master classes at the University of Washington, NYU, Marymount Manhattan, Bard Summerscape, and Opera NJ. His students have been nominated for multiple Emmy and Tony Awards and have appeared on Broadway in productions of South Pacific, Shrek, the Light in the Piazza, Hairspray, Sweeney Todd, and the Fox Television hit, GLEE. He is also the proud co-founder of Signature Broadway Pops with Broadway soprano Janine DiVita. Mr. Allen holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington and a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Michigan. He was a 2009/10 Merola Competition Finalist, has received a Locke Newman Award in Acting, and a Helen Hayes Nomination for Best Actor. Upcoming concerts include appearances at the Houston Grand Opera and the Wharton Center (LSO Holiday Pops).