Michele Lee, John Lloyd Young and More Slated for Barbara Cook's Spotlight Series in D.C.
BroadwayWorld has just learned the lineup for Barbara Cook's Spotlight series, ready for its ninth season at the Kennedy Center this year. The 2015-2016 season features Terri White on October 16, 2015; Randy Graff on October 30, 2015; Michele Lee on November 6, 2015; John Lloyd Young on November 20, 2015; and Frances Ruffelle on March 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Terrace Theater.
The series presents cabaret-style performances with preeminent Broadway talent in the Kennedy Center's intimate Terrace Theater. Since its inception in 2007, more than 40 artists have performed as part of this series.
Terri White has performed in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including Stella Deems in Follies (Broadway and Kennedy Center), Joice Heth in Barnum, Neal in Ain't Misbehavin', Welcome to the Club, The Club (Obie Award 1976), Nunsense I & II, Nuncrackers, Stepping Out at Radio City with Liza Minnelli, Chicago, and the revival of Finian's Rainbow. Other shows include Show Boat, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Little Shop of Horrors (as Audrey II). DVDs of Nunsense I & II with Rue McClanahan, Liza Live at Radio City Music Hall, Boys On the Side, and Law & Order Criminal Intent. Recordings include Forbidden Broadway 25th Anniversary, Barnum, Finian's Rainbow, Incurably Romantic and The Lady's Got to Sing.
Randy Graff is a Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning actress for her performance in City of Angels. She has the distinction of originating the role of Fantine in LES MISERABLES on Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include A Class Act, for which she received a Tony and Drama Desk nomination, Fiddler on the Roof (Drama League nomination), Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Moon Over Buffalo, Falsettos, High Society, and Grease. Randy has appeared regionally and Off-Broadway at the Old Globe Theater, McCarter Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theater, NYC Encores!, Roundabout Theatre, and most recently at New York Stage and Film in the premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Babylon Line. She appeared as The Countess in A Little Night Music in the world renowned Sondheim Festival at the Kennedy Center. Randy has sung on several original Broadway cast recordings and has her own solo CD, Doing Something Right...Randy Graff Sings Cy Coleman. She is delighted to be back at the Kennedy Center!
Two-time Tony Award and Emmy-nominated Michele Lee, currently back on Broadway in the role of Madame Morrible in the blockbuster musical Wicked, is performing her highly-acclaimed show Nobody Does It Like Me, The Music of Cy Coleman. Ms. Lee became nationally known in the role of Rosemary Pilkington in the original How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She earned her first Tony nomination in the lead role of Gittel Mosca in the smash Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields musical Seesaw in 1973. Other Broadway roles include Vintage 60, Bravo Giovanni, and Tale of the Allergist's Wife, for which she received her second Tony nomination. Her Emmy-nominated role as Karen McKenzie for all 14 seasons of CBS's Knots Landing highlights her extensive TV credits. Ms. Lee has starred in and produced numerous films for television and became the first woman to produce, direct, co-write, and star in her own production Color Me Perfect for the Lifetime Television Network. Film credits include Disney's The Love Bug, Carl Reiner's The Comic with Dick Van Dyke and Along Came Polly with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. Additionally, she is on the Artist Committee for The Kennedy Center Honors and is a National Councilor for the Actors Equity Association.
John Lloyd Young created the role of Frankie Valli in the Original Broadway Cast of the Tony-winning worldwide hit, Jersey Boys, for which he became the only American actor to date to win all four Leading Actor awards in a Broadway debut: the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards. He sings lead vocals on the Grammy-winning, Certified Platinum cast album. Young re-created his award-winning role onscreen in the 2014 Warner Bros. film adaptation, directed by Clint Eastwood. For the last several years, Young has been singing at venues across the country from his debut album of 1960s R&B favorites, My Turn... Young's first outing with My Turn... was at New York's Cafe Carlyle, which was praised by the New York Times. John Lloyd Young has many cherished connections to Washington, making numerous appearances for the D.C. Metro USO, the White House, the National Endowment for the Arts, and others. He is privileged to be a Presidentially-appointed member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, sworn in at the U.S. Supreme Court by Justice Elena Kagan.
Frances Ruffelle's distinctive sound has continued to delight her fans and captivate new audiences. She originated the iconic role of Eponine in the original English-language production of LES MISERABLES at the RSC, London's West End, and on Broadway, for which she won the 1987 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In 1984, she starred as Dinah in the original West End production of Starlight Express directed by Trevor Nunn. She also created the role of Yonah in the original West End production of Children of Eden directed by John Caird. Frances Ruffelle made her West End debut with the production of The Sleeping Prince in 1983 directed by Omar Sharif. Her other stage roles include Roxie Hart in Chicago, the title role in Piaf, and Bella in The A to Z of Mrs. P. Her multi-faceted career also includes film and television appearances such as Birds of a Feather, Devil's Tower, and LES MISERABLES, among others; and four solo albums including Fragile (1994), Frances Ruffelle (1998), Showgirl (2004), and Imperfectly Me (2010).
Barbara Cook's Spotlight series 2015-2016 features Terri White on October 16, 2015; Randy Graff on October 30, 2015; Michele Lee on November 6, 2015; John Lloyd Young on November 20, 2015; and Frances Ruffelle on March 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Terrace Theater. Tickets cost $50-$75 and are available for purchase at the Kennedy Center box office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. Patrons living outside the Washington metropolitan area may dial toll-free at (800) 444-1324 or visit our website at kennedy-center.org.
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