Andy Senor, Jr., Adam Kantor & More Set for District Stage Company's 'BROADWAY UNPLUGGED,' 5/30-31
District Stage Company will present Broadway Unplugged: World Jam on Friday, May 30 at 8:30 PM and Saturday, May 31 at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM at South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 Street in Cutler Bay, FL. Broadway Unplugged: World Jam is an intimate evening packed with songs from electrifying shows to hit the Great White Way in recent decades with Broadway stars Adam Kantor, Kevin Mambo, Janet Dacal and Andy Señor, Jr., under the musical direction of Greg Brown, with special guests Jeremy Charvet, Carlos José Alvarez, Jeanfranco Cardenty and Isabel Signoret.
Broadway Unplugged is one of District Stage Company's recurring events in South Florida. Last year they also produced "Viva Broadway" featuring Karen Olivo, Janet Dacal, Eliseo Roman and Henry Gainza. "I love living and working in New York City, but it's always been a dream of mine to have Broadway in Miami" says District Stage Company's Artistic Director and Miami native Andy Señor, Jr. "I have developed such rich relationships in the Broadway community over the many years and I'm excited to create events in Miami that feature Broadway talent."
Tickets to Broadway Unplugged: World Jam are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. Free parking is available. All performances take place in the intimate Black Box Theater, with food and drinks available for purchase. The Cabaret series is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay.
KEVIN MAMBO recently appeared in The Book of Mormon (Mafala) during the first National Tour (2012-13), as well as Danai Gurira's The Convert (directed by Emily Mann). Broadway: Fela! (Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Eugene O'Neill Theatre). Off-Broadway: Ruined (Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodman Theatre). Other performances include: Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), Once Around the Sun (Zipper Factory Theater), and Fela is a Weapon (Shrine Theater). Film/TV: Nina (Gilles); Cadillac Records (Jimmy Rogers); "Mistresses;" "Guiding Light" (two-time Daytime Emmy Award for Younger Lead Actor in a Drama Series); "One Life to Live;" "Soul Food" (TV series); "Any Day Now;" "Law & Order" (Multiple Series); "The Firing Squad" and "One of Us Tripped."
ADAM KANTOR is an NYC-based artist, student and teacher. He recently played "Jamie" in the acclaimed New York revival of The Last Five Years, directed by the composer Jason Robert Brown, at Second Stage Theatre. He starred in Rent on Broadway, playing "Mark," the final performance of which was captured by Sony Pictures for Rent: Filmed Live On Broadway. He subsequently played "Henry" in the Pulitzer prize-winning musical Next to Normal on Broadway, as well as "Princeton/Rod" in the smash comedy Avenue Q off-Broadway. Adam originated the role of Jeff in Nobody Loves You by Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter at The Old Globe. On television, he could be seen as "Ezra" on "The Good Wife." Adam is a graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago, and also studied at the British American Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and Stella Adler Studio in NY. He serves on the board of American Music Theatre Live in Paris, and he is a co-founder of the nonprofit arts education organization Broadway In South Africa. @AdamJKantor on twitter.
JEREMY CHARVET is a 24 year old French artist, born in Annecy in the South of France. He first appeared on stage when he was nine years old then began singing in a choir for private events, cabarets and festivals in Annecy, Lyon. In 2010, he performed in Geneva where he was accompanied by Georges Romanovitch who was Edith Piaf's and Jacques Brel's pianist. In 2012, he decided to leave Annecy for Paris. Three months later, he got the lead part of a French musical called the Soldat Rose and toured in France and around Europe for two years. In this tour, he began to create his own songs and showcased them at the Olympia theatre in Paris in June 2013.
GREG BROWN music directed, arranged and orchestrated Girls vs. Boys at the Arsht. He is a member of the Theatre Arts faculty at the University of Miami where he has music directed Urinetown, She Loves Me, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Musical, and Fifty*Four*Forever (directed by Tommy Tune), for which he also created arrangements and orchestrations. Outside of South Florida, Greg has served as music director, arranger, orchestrater and/or musician with ...Spelling Bee (Broadway, Chicago companies), Monty Python's Spamalot (1st National Tour), The Boy Friend (directed by Julie Andrews, National Tour), Manhattan Theatre Club, The Atlantic Theater, Theatreworks USA, NYMF, NAMT Festival of New Musicals, North Shore Music Theater, Two River Theater, CAP 21, Weston Playhouse, The Music Theatre Company, Capitol Repertory Theater and 20 productions with Goodspeed Musicals. Greg is a frequent vocal director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and an alumnus of Northwestern University.
JANET DACAL, a Los Angeles native, has a successful and extensive career in music and theater. Her musical influences range in genres, finding inspiration from the likes of Sarah Vaughn to Celia Cruz. Her music career began under the wing of Grammy-winning artist Gloria Estefan, recording background vocals on a number of her albums. Other artists she's worked with include Ricky Martin, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada. Following her time with the Estefans, Janet toured the world with Latin recording artist Luis Enrique. Life's journey took her to New York City, where she realized her childhood dream of performing on Broadway. Janet has starred in several Broadway productions, including the Tony and Grammy Award-winning mega-hit In The Heights. After having originated the role of Carla in the original Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, for which she received a Drama Desk Award, she took over the title role of Nina Rosario. She then starred as Alice, in Frank Wildhorn's musical Wonderland. She can be heard on the original cast recordings for both In The Heights and Wonderland. Janet has had the great pleasure to perform in renowned establishments such as Birdland and The Apollo Theatre in NYC. Favorite television appearances include "The Tony Awards" and "The View." She has been nominated for Carbonell Awards for her work in the productions of The Last 5 Years and Five Course Love. Janet has served as a vocal coach for the Spanish Television Show "La Voz Kids." She currently serves as a founding member of the District Stage Company, a theatrical force based in Miami, and tours the world as a symphony concert vocalist with New York Pops conductor, Steven Reineke.
ANDY SEÑOR, JR. was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He made his professional debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Rent as "Angel," playing the role on the stages of Broadway, London, Asia, Los Angeles and US National Tours. He studied theatre at Florida International University and the PUBLIC Theatre Shakespeare LAB. Most recently, he was the Associate Director to Michael Greif on the Rent revival Off Broadway and re-staged the production in Tokyo, Japan this past fall. Currently, he is the Assistant Director on Fly, a new musical that will make its premiere at the Dallas Theatre Center in the summer of 2013. He is the Artistic Director of the District Stage Company.
CARLOS JOSÉ ALVAREZ. With a lifelong passion for music and a deep love of cinema, Carlos José Alvarez was destined to compose music for the screen. As a child in a Cuban household, he was exposed to a spectrum of music, ranging from the Cuban masters to the great symphonies. Enthralled by his native music, he began playing percussion at an early age. His formal musical training began at age twelve when he was accepted into a performing arts school where he studied symphonic percussion, music theory and piano. He then continued his studies in percussion and composition at Florida State University. Upon graduation, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Film Scoring. Before moving to Hollywood, he was honored with a year-long fellowship to study conducting in Athens under maestro Michalis Economou (Athens Symphony Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra). Alvarez's dynamic versatility is evident through his expanding body of work. His first composing break came in 2009 with his acclaimed score to the supernatural-thriller Deadline, starring Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch. Since then, the emerging composer has scored numerous feature films including the award- winning documentary Discover the Gift (directed by Demian Lichtenstein), the romantic comedy Inventing Adam and Cubamerican (with Andy Garcia and Steven Bauer). His music can also be heard in a variety of trailers for Universal Pictures. In addition, Alvarez has collaborated on notable films such as $5 a Day, Pedro (MTV), One for the Money (Lionsgate), Fame (MGM) and 9 (Focus Features). He has also composed music for over 100 national commercial campaigns such as BMW, Acura, Home Depot, Target and Best Buy. Alvarez's music can be heard next in the upcoming films The Last of Robin Hood (starring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning), Una Vida (starring Joaquim de Almeida and Aunjanue Ellis) and The Quiet Hour (starring Dakota Blue Richards). His song, "The Streets Call Out," recently commissioned by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, will be released in early 2014. He currently resides in Los Angeles.