Sutton Foster Set for Broadway @ NOCCA Concert Series, April 21, 2014
On the heels of its successful first season in 2012/13, the Broadway @ NOCCA concert series has already updated the lineup for its second season. Five of New York theater's leading ladies (one of whom is famously a man in disguise) will perform in New Orleans in 2013/14 as the popular series leaps again to NOCCA's Lupin Hall from its original summer home at The Art House in Provincetown, MA. The series is hosted again by Sirius/XM radio star Seth Rudetsky at piano. The 2013 - 2014 Broadway @ NOCCA Season is made possible by the generous support of The New Orleans Hotel Collection and Gambit.
Sutton Foster, appearing April 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM - starred on Broadway in The Will Rogers Follies, Grease, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Annie, Les Miserables before her big break and Tony Award-winning performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has since then originated roles in the Broadway productions of Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone,Young Frankenstein, and Shrek the Musical. She most recently starred as Reno Sweeney in The Roundabout's revival of Anything Goes, a role that earned her the 2011 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire, andBroadway.com's Audience Favorite Awards. She was first seen on television on Star Search at age 15, and has more recently appeared in Johnny and the Sprites and Flight of the Conchords. Most recently, she has been seen as the star of the ABC Family TV series Bunheads.
Jane Krakowski, appearing October 7 at 7:00 pm - has been nominated for an Emmy Award three times for her role as Jenna Maroney on NBC's hit sitcom 30 Rock. She also won a Tony Award for the Broadway revival of Nine and won an Olivier Award for her role as Miss Adelaide in the London revival of Guys and Dolls, starring opposite Ewan MacGregor and Douglas Hodge. She was just 18 when she originated the role of Dinah the Dining Car in Starlight Express on Broadway, and was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Flaemmchen in Grand Hotel. Jane Krakowski's other Broadway appearances include The Roundabout's revival of Company, the revival of Once Upon a Mattress with Sarah Jessica Parker, and New York City Center's production of Damn Yankees with Sean Hayes and Cheyenne Jackson. Her other TV work includes Search for Tomorrow as T.R. Kendall, and five seasons on Ally McBeal as assistant Elaine Vassal, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Also Everwood, Law & Order: SVU, and The Simpsons. Film work includes National Lampoon's Vacation, Fatal Attraction, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Marci X, Alfie, Go, Cirque du Freak: Vampire's Assistant, Dance with Me, Stepping Out, Pretty Persuasion, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, and Mom at Sixteen. Her Windham Hill Records recording with Jim Brickman, titled Love Songs & Lullabies, featured "You" which became an Adult Contemporary radio hit.
Patti LuPone, appearing November 16 at 7:30 pm - won her second Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, as well Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, for her performance as Rose in the most recent Broadway production of Gypsy, and created the title role in Evita on Broadway with her now legendary performance, for which she won her first Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Patti LuPone's extensive Broadway career also includes her most recent appearance opposite her Evita co-star Mandy Patinkin in An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, and just prior to that created the role of Lucia in the new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. She has also been seen on Broadway in Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; Drama League Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre), Michael Frayn's Noises Off, David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood, Terrence McNally's Master Class, and her own concert Patti LuPone on Broadway.
On London's West End, she won Olivier Awards for her performances as Fantine in the original production of Les Miserables and in The Acting Company production of The Cradle Will Rock. Also in London she created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and recreated her Broadway performance as Maria Callas in Master Classthere. Patti LuPone's film appearances include Union Square, Parker, City By The Sea, Heist, State and Main, Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy, and Witness. Her TV work includes Glee,30 Rock, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace, OZ, Frasier, Law & Order, Life Goes On, the Emmy winning PBS broadcasts of Passion and Sweeney Todd, PBS Great Performances' Candide and An Evening with Patti LuPone.
Charles Busch, appearing December 2 at 7:00pm - the author and/or drag star of many Broadway and off-Broadway hit plays and feature films, makes a highly anticipated New Orleans debut. His plays include popular spoofs of classic film genres, such as Psycho Beach Party,The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest-running plays in off-Broadway history. His Broadway smash The Tale of the Allergist's Wife was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. Of his latest hit The Divine Sister Ben Brantley of the New York Times called it "Mr. Busch's freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades." He also wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die - which won him an award at the Sundance Film Institute. His television roles include Peg Barlow on One Life to Live and Nat Ginzburg in OZ
Christine Ebersole, appearing January 6 at 7:00 pm - won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as almost every Off-Broadway award, for her "dual role of a lifetime" as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. The critically acclaimed musical was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the CD recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her extensive Broadway career includes her Tony Award-winning performance as Dorothy Black in the hit revival of 42nd Street, and leading roles in On the Twentieth Century, Oklahoma, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, the recent revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, and Dinner at Eight for which she received both Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominations. Concert appearances include Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Pops, PBSconcerts and many others.
In addition to her acclaimed stage career, Christine Ebersole has appeared in numerous films such as Amadeus,Tootsie, Richie Rich,Black Sheep, Dead Again, Folks!, Ghost Dad, True Crime, My Girl 2, Mac and Me, andConfessions of a Shopaholic. Her television credits include Retired at 35,Royal Pains, Ugly Betty,Law and Order SVU,Boston Legal, Samantha Who, Will and Grace, The Nanny, Just Shoot Me, Murphy Brown, Ally McBeal, Valerie, Ryan's Hope, One Life to Liveand The Colbert Report
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon Broadway host on Sirius XM satellite radio and was recently featured in the film Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads. As a musician, he has played piano for over a dozen Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les Miserables, and Phantom of the Opera. He was also the Artistic Producer and Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts, which included Dreamgirls with Audra McDonald and Hair with Jennifer Hudson. As a comic he was awarded "Funniest Gay Male in NY" at Stand-Up NY and is a three-time Emmy nominee as a writer for The Rosie O'Donnell Show. As an actor, he made his Broadway debut in The Ritz directed by Joe Mantello, and has appeared on television on Law and Order C.I. and All My Children. As an author, he wrote the books The Q Guide to Broadway, Broadway Nights, and the just released My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan on Random House, and as an audio book on audible.com.