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Jason Danieley, Alexandra Silber and More Set for The Collegiate Chorale's SONG OF NORWAY Tonight

The Collegiate Chorale presents Song of Norway by Robert Wright and George Forrest tonight, April 30, 2013 at 6:30pm at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, NYC. Tickets are on sale at www.carnegiehall.org. Single tickets for this concert start at $25.

Song of Norway is an operetta/musical by Robert Wright and George Forrest, creators of Kismet. Set in 1860, it tells the story of composer Edvard Grieg as a young man, dreaming of international fame and fortune, but after achieving it under the patronage of a famous Italian prima donna, he comes to realize where his heart and true creativity lie, and returns to his two loves: childhood sweetheart Nina and his home in Troldhaugen, Norway. Ted Sperling conducts and directs a showcase of Broadway talent and the beautiful music of Grieg in this rare offering, followed by The Chorale's Spring Benefit and Live Auction.

One of today's leading theater artists, Ted Sperling is an award-winning director, music director, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, singer, pianist and violinist. He won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/pianist include the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific, the recent revival of Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, LES MISERABLES, Roza, and Sunday in the Park with George. Mr. Sperling was also an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic. Off- Broadway credits as music director include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times.

Jason Danieley has performed on Broadway in Next to Normal, as Aaron Fox in the Kander & Ebb musical Curtains (Outer Critic Circles nomination) and Malcolm in The Full Monty on Broadway and the West End. He was recently seen on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center program honoring Kander & Ebb. He made his Broadway debut as Candide, directed by theatre legend Hal Prince (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk nomination), and is a frequent guest of NY's highly acclaimed City Center Encores! series, with leading roles in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (dir. Gary Griffin) and Strike Up the Band.

Alexandra Silber recently portrayed Jenny Cavilerri in the North American Premiere of Love Story the Musical at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, followed by a highly-acclaimed performance of Arlington - a new one woman musical part of the Inner Voices series. Broadway credits include Master Class opposite Tyne Daly (and Kennedy Center). Off-Broadway: Love, Loss ...; Hello Again (Drama League Nomination). West End: Carousel (Julie Jordan - TMA Award - Best Actress), The Woman in White (Laura Fairlie), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel). Film/TV: 1408, all three Law & Orders.

Santino Fontana has appeared on Broadway in The Importance of Being Earnest, Billy Elliot, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Sunday in the Park with George and co-stars with Laura Osnes in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. In 2011, he received acclaim for his starring role in the off-Broadway play Sons of the Prophet. He can currently be seen on Broadway as the prince in Cinderella.

Walter Charles made his Broadway debut in Grease in 1972. Additional credits include 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Sweeney Todd, Cats, La Cage aux Folles, Me and My Girl, Aspects of Love, Kiss Me, Kate, The Boys from Syracuse, Big River, The Woman in White, and The Apple Tree. His screen credits include A Fine Mess, Fletch Lives, Weeds, and Prancer. On television he has appeared in Cagney and Lacey, Kate and Allie, Law & Order, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Anita Gillette may be best known as Tina Fey's mom on 30 ROCK or as Mona, the mistress in Moonstruck. She is a Broadway veteran with 14 Broadway shows to her credit, including Chapter Two (Tony Nomination), Cabaret, Carnival, Gypsy, Guys & Dolls, Don't Drink The Water, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Showboat. Off-Broadway and Regional credits include The Big Meal (Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress), Love, Loss & What I Wore, The Seagull, Shirley Valentine, My Fair Lady, The Winslow Boy, Irene, South Pacific, Sweet Bird Of Youth, The Great Waltz (recorded for RCA), and Knickerbocker Holiday.

She had major roles in Shall We Dance (with Richard Gere), The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Larger Than Life (Bill Murray's mother), She's The One (Jennifer Aniston's mother), and Boys On the Side. Films for television include A Christmas Memory and Summer Of Ben Tyler.

She was a series regular on Quincy, Almost Grown, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Normal, Ohio, and Norman Lear's The Baxters and All That Glitters. She has appeared on every major game show, was a foil for Johnny Carson in 50 Tonight shows, and appeared many times on the Bell Telephone Hour. She will be seen in May on Modern Family. She is currently performing her one woman show After All whenever she can!

David Garrison, best known as Steve Rhoades on television's Married With Children, has been seen on Broadway as Serge B. Samovar in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in Ukraine, for which he received a Tony Award nomination and a Drama-Logue Award, J. Bruce Ismay in the Tony-winning Titanic, the Wizard of Oz in Wicked, and Sandor in the Faith Prince revival of Bells Are Ringing. He won a Helen Hayes Award for his work as Charlie in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along at Arena Stage, and played Nathan Detroit and the Wizard of Oz, respectively, in the first national tours of Guys and Dolls and Wicked.

Judy Kaye made her Broadway debut in Grease as Betty Rizzo. A Tony winner for originating the role of Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera, Kaye received a Tony nomination for Mamma Mia!. Other Broadway credits include On the Twentieth Century, The Moony Shapiro Songbook, Oh, Brother!, Ragtime, the 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd and the 2012 Gershwin musical Nice Work if You Can Get It.

Jim Dale has won a record ten Audie Awards, as a narrator, the Oscars of the narrating world. He recorded all seven audio books in the Harry Potter series, winning two Grammy Awards and seven Grammy Nominations including, "Narrator of the Year 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008," and "Audio Book of the Year 2004." In the category of "Best Actor," Jim has won a Tony Award for the Broadway musical Barnum, five Tony Nominations, four Drama Desk Awards, four New York Critics Awards and a BAFTA Nomination, "Best Newcomer." He is an Academy Award Nominee for writing the lyrics for the film title song, Georgy Girl. He holds two Guinness World Records: one for creating 146 different character voices for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and another for occupying the first six places in the "Top Ten Audio Books of America and Canada." He has recently been inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame, and the American Audio Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II. Visit Jim at www.Jim-Dale.com.

Joe Mohan has performed throughout North America and Europe. He has collaborated multiple times with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and The Ocean City Pops under the batons of Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Scheible, Matthew Kraemer, among others. Joe has won numerous national and international piano competitions, including the BPO Idol with Marvin Hamlisch. He also has released two CD's: A Touch of Classics and Offerings. Joe made his debuts with the Ocean City Pops and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2010-2011 season and returned to collaborate with the Ocean City Pops for its 2012 concert series. Joe is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree at The Juilliard School studying Classical Piano with Seymour Lipkin.

Tom Gold is a former soloist with the New York City Ballet and International guest artist and choreographer. He has formed his own group, tomgolddance, which travels throughout the US, The Middle East , Bermuda and Europe. Tom has choreographed in a wide range of styles and to many different forms of music from very classical to modern-contemporary, working with some of today most well know composers such as John Zorn, Augusta Read Thomas and Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini.

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as for commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists. The many guest artists with whom The Chorale has performed in recent years include: Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Thomas Hampson, Angela Meade, Kelli O'Hara, Eric Owens, Rene Papé, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt. Last season's highlights included the critically acclaimed concert presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado at Carnegie Hall. In addition to The Chorale's presentations, the chorus performed in five programs during the American Symphony Orchestra's 2011-12 season, sang with the Israel Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival and in Israel in July 2012, and will return to Verbier in the summer of 2013.

For more information, visit www.collegiatechorale.org.


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