Tony Winner Jessie Mueller Will Headline Carnegie Hall's TAKE THE STAGE Concert in April

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 3 p.m., Tony and Grammy Award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) joins Broadway veterans Leslie Stifelman (Music Director & Conductor, Chicago), Melissa Rae Mahon (Chicago, Cats, The Producers) and a cast of Broadway all-stars in the Carnegie Hall Family Concert "TAKE THE STAGE WITH BROADWAY STARS," an interactive concert event that gives kids and families who dream of singing and dancing in a Broadway show the opportunity to make their dreams come true.

Hosted by Stifelman, Mahon and composer Thomas Cabaniss, in this all-singing, all-dancing show, the audience will learn the music and the moves from some of the great musicals of all time including Grease, The Sound of Music, Rent, LES MISERABLES, Hairspray and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. A lucky few will even make their Carnegie Hall debut if they are chosen to join the cast onstage.

Directed and choreographed by Melissa Rae Mahon with musical direction by Leslie Stifelman, "TAKE THE STAGE WITH BROADWAY STARS" is a one-hour, once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event that is recommended for families and children ages five and up.

Additional Broadway stars will be announced soon.

Joining the cast onstage -- and in the aisles to assist audience members with all the right tunes and moves -- will be the Carnegie Hall Student Ambassadors and the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music Stage Choir. These talented pre-professional young artists are part of the more than 400,000 people each year who engage in The Weill Music Institute's programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall.

"TAKE THE STAGE" features video projections by Dan Scully, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and casting by Duncan Stewart & Company.

Tickets for "TAKE THE STAGE" are $10, $16 and $22 are now available in-person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (154 West 57th Street), by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting www.carnegiehall.org.
Families can also practice their dance moves and get ready for their big debut before the event through great online resources and with some of the artists in a free pre-concert activity located in Carnegie Hall's new Resnick Education Wing.

Leslie Stifelman's long-time affiliation as a teaching and performing artist with The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall led to the commissioning of the "TAKE THE STAGE" series in 2013. The series embodies the institution's commitment to create visionary programs that foster music education and makes its Carnegie Hall debut after sold-out performances at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College and the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at PACE University.

Previous Broadway all-star participants in the "TAKE THE STAGE" series have included Mandy Gonzalez (In the Heights, Wicked), Rachel Potter (Evita, Addams Family), Jessica Lee Goldyn (A Chorus Line), George Salazar (Here Lies Love, Godspell) Jessica Lea Patty (Evita, A Chorus Line), Bradley Dean (The Last Ship, Evita), Haven Burton (Kinky Boots, Violet), Nili Bassman (Chicago, Curtains), Max Kumangai (The Scottsboro Boys, Lysistrata Jones), Kate Loprest (First Date, Hairspray), Michael Lowney (La Cage Aux Folles), Anastacia McCleskey (Violet, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Ryan Worsing (Chicago, White Christmas) and many more.

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