LA'S NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2014 to Sing in the New Year at Sterling's Upstairs, 1/5-2/16
LA's Next Great Stage Star® 2014 sings in the New Year beginning Sunday, January 5 at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, the most critically acclaimed concert supper club in the greater Los Angeles area. The eighth anniversary presentation of the only musical theatre competition of its kind on the west coast, shines the spotlight on twenty undiscovered performers ranging in age between 18 and 28.
Subsequent Sunday competition dates will be held January 12, 19, 26; and February 9, with its Grand Finale on Sunday, February 16. The 2014 edition of LA's Next Great Stage Star® continues to be Executive Produced by Michael Sterling of Michael Sterling & Associates.
Los Angeles Arts philanthropist and performer Barbara Van Orden, associated with the event since 2012, serves as Co-Executive Producer. Writer/Performer Peter Welkin returns as Associate Producer along with James Lent who returns as Musical Director, and Bryan Blaskie as Alternate Musical Director. Jackie Evans rounds out the creative as Choreographer for her second year.
Selected through an audition process held in mid-December 2013 at LA's prestigious Van Nuys, CA-based Performing Arts Center which provides top training programs in the arts, and state of the art rehearsal rental facilities (www.performingartscenter.net), Stage Star 2014 competitors include: Jessica Apperson, Alexandra Arthur, Michael Byrne, Matthew Campanella, Cy Creamer, Sevan Dekmezian, Jordan Michelle DeLeon, Katrice Gavino, Kimberly Hessler, Brandon Hynum, Jade Johnson, Amanda Knight, Jennifer Kranz, Travis Leland, Daniella Painton, Kathleen Porter, Cameron Sczempka, Katherine Tracy, Adrienne Visnic, and Jared Andrew Warren.
2014 Stage Star Judges include: Musical Theatre & Theatrical Casting Directors: Michael Donovan, Peter Matyas, Jami Rudofsky , Michael Serna - Walt Disney Parks & Resorts; and Mark Simon of the Center Theatre Group at the Los Angeles Music Center.
Musical Theatre Producers, Writers, Directors & Choreographers: T.J. Dawson - Artistic Producer/Director - 3D Theatricals - Plummer Auditorium/Fullerton, CA; Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center; Redondo Beach, CA; David Galligan - LA Stage Alliance Lifetime Achievement Ovation Award; Director of S.T.A.G.E.(Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event) - 29 consecutive AIDS fundraising spectaculars 1984 - 2013 Director: Academy Award and Tony Award winner Rita Moreno; Director: Tony Award winner and 6-time Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly; Bruce Kimmel - President and CEO of Kritzerland Records and Creator of Kritizerland Presents at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal; Out of the Box Web Series for Broadway World.com; Robert Marra - Director - Los Angeles, San Diego and U.S. Musical Theatre: The Spitfire Grill, Sweeney Todd, Closer Than Ever, Footloose, A Chorus Line, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Chess; Lee Martino - Choreographer/Director: Joel Hirschorn Award Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre; 3-Time Recipient of LA Drama Critics Circle Awards; 4-time Los Angeles Ovation Award winner; Director/Choreographer: When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney; Michael Matthews - 2012 Ovation Award Winner as Best Director of a Musical; The Color Purple - Celebration Theatre/Hollywood; Dan Mojica - Assistant Director: Disney's Beauty and The Beast National and International Tours; Universal Studios City Walk Creative Director; Director/Sacramento Music Circus/The Producers; Rent/The Welk Theatre, Escondido; Calvin Remsberg - Premier Vocal Coach/Broadway Musical Theatre Star; Director/Bare...A Pop Rock Opera; Director/Sweeney Todd/Musical Theatre West/Long Beach; Into the Woods.; David F.M. Vaughn - Director: Legally Blonde The Musical - 3D Theatricals; Shrek The Musical - 3D Theatricals; Broadway Musical Theatre Star - Shrek The Musical U.S. National Tour. Producer: Colin Quinn: Long Story Short/Broadway 2010; Equity Theatre Agents: Anthony Boyer - Stage 9/DDO; Jodie Bowman - Brady, Brannon & Rich Agency; Steven Dry - Connor Ankrum & Associates; Sasha Passero - KazarIan Ruskin & Associates; and Dave Secor - Daniel Hoff Agency.