Earlier today banking's Washington Mutual and
Broadway's hit musical Movin' Out jointly hosted a live audition
for the Washington
Mutual's Big Shot Talent Search Contest. The event took place
outside the RichardRogersTheatre
on West 45th Street
between Broadway and 8th Avenue.
On hand to launch the event with a live "dueling pianos' performance were
current Movin' Out stars Michael Cavanaugh and Wade
Preston and WPLJ radio personality host Race Taylor.
Contestants auditioned for a chance to perform in the two-time Tony Award
winning musical by performing a portion of the Billy Joel classic New
York State of Mind. The auditions, which were videotaped,
will be judged along with other submitted videotaped auditions and 10 finalists
will be chosen.
The 10 finalists will compete live at The Big Shot Contest to be held at
the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Tuesday, November 18, 2003. The winner
will win the opportunity to perform New York State of Mind live
at a performance of Movin' Out in January 2004, plus a
$1,000 free checking account from Washington Mutual.
The Big Shot Talent Search Contest - videotaped auditions will be
accepted until October 31, 2003. All video tapes must be accompanied by a
completed entry form, available at any NY or NJ Washington Mutual Financial
Movin' Out stars Wade Preston and Michael Cavanaugh
Newlywed Wade is celebrating his one month anniversary today and Michael became the proud father of a beautiful baby girl just 18 days ago. Congratulations to them both!
To the delight of all present, the 'Piano Men' Wade Preston and Michael Cavanaugh perform New York State of Mind.
Just a few of today's talented contestants were:
Chris D'Amico from New Jersey
Jayne Deely from Queens, New York who is a freshman at Fordham University.
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An expat from London, England, Lilian has made New York her home for over 30 years. She has a career background in the music industry,