PORGY & BESS National Tour Cast Members Set for INSPIRED BY LOVE Benefit, 5/12

PORGY & BESS National Tour Cast Members Set for INSPIRED BY LOVE Benefit, 5/12

Many members of the cast of the national tour of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess will be Inspired By Love May 12th Upstairs at Vitello's at 8:00pm in Studio City, Los Angeles to benefit ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty).

Inspired By Love will feature selections from composer Brett Macias's musicals Gumbo, Beautiful Dreamer, and Beneath the Surface as well as a world premiere song cycle based on the love sonnets of Pablo Neruda.

Sumayya Ali, Dan Barnhill, Vanjah Boikai, Adrianna M. Cleveland, Cicily Daniels, Dwelvan David, Nkrumah Gatling, Danielle Lee Greaves, Tamar Greene, David Hughey, Nicole Adell Johnson, Quentin Oliver Lee, Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Sarita Rachelle Lilly, Kent Overshown, Chauncey Parker, Lindsay Roberts, Fred Rose, and Soara-Joye Ross are scheduled to perform.

Dale Rieling will conduct a twelve piece band with orchestrations by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Matt Castle and Frank Galano, Steven Gross, Ben Krauss, Brett Macias, Chip Prince, and Jesse Weiner among others.

Brett Macias received his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Webster University. As a graduate of the Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Program at NYU, Brett wrote the music for musicals: Fishing The Moon (words by Caroline Murphy), The Lavatory (words by Frederick Sauter), and Beautiful Dreamer (words by Caroline Murphy). Beautiful Dreamer was a finalist in both the 2006 Chicago Stages Festival and the 2007 and 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival. He, with Caroline Murphy, was featured in American Theater Magazine in 2009 as a writing team to watch for their musical Beneath the Surface. He has composed music for Prospect Theater Company, Stephens College, Webster University, Cockeyed Optimists, Encores! (NYC), and the St. Louis Repertory Theatre. Gumbo (words by Christina Quintana) was selected for the 2014 New York Musical Festival Next Link Program. News and his music can be found at brettmacias.com.

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" plays at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre April 22-June 1, 2014. For information, please visit Centertheatregroup.org/tickets/Porgy-and-Bess/

Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had-their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty. Further information can be found at astep.org.

Vittelo's is located at 4349 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City, CA. (816) 769-0905. Tickets range from $25 to $220 with a two item minimum and can be purchased through ticketweb or at vitellosjazz.com.

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