Tony Yazbeck Set for Trent Armand Kendall's Broadway Download

Born in Riverside, CA, Tony Yazbeck moved to Bethlehem, PA at age 4, when he first saw Fred Astaire dance on a black and white TV screen. Tony danced around the living room, pretending he was Mr. Astaire, so his mom and dad put him in dance class right away. At age 11, he auditioned to be a replacement 'Newsboy' in the Tyne Daly "Gypsy", directed by Arthur Laurents. For the next two years, his mother drove him two hours in each direction, six days a week, from Bethlehem, PA to the stage door of The St. James Theater.

A year after closing "Gypsy," at age 14, his family moved to The Poconos, where Tony worked on a farm to make extra money. He moved to Orlando at age 16, where he studied at Dr. Phillips Performing Arts High School. He attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh for two years, working at Disney his first summer and in the ensemble at the PCLO his second. He then transferred to Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for his third year of college. In April of 2000, he was cast in the national tour of "Annie Get Your Gun." In 2001, Tony made the dream of being a true New Yorker a reality, when the tour closed and he officially moved to the city. Various Broadway/Off-Broadway/Encores!/Regional Theatre/Television/National Tours/London Concerts have subsequently ensued, culminating in a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his turn as 'Gabey' in the Broadway revival of "On The Town." Tony is exceedingly passionate about directing, choreographing and writing in new and creative ways for stage and TV. The first incarnation of these efforts is his solo show "The Floor above me." Tony is also a devoted teacher, most frequently at the National YoungArts Foundation, where he is a master teacher, panelist and assistant director to the legendary Bill T. Jones. The most important achievement of his life-to-date, however, happened in October 2014, when, right after opening "On The Town he married the love of his life, actress, dancer, singer, choreographer and budding director Katie Huff.

Broadway Download is a live, weekly digital radio broadcast, Wednesdays 5:00-5:55 PM, City World Radio Network. Kendall serves as host /producer with Richard E. Waits as co-host /associate producer. The content is Music, Industry, Talk and Hot Topics. For more, visit www.cityworldradio.com.

Upcoming guest include: Carly Huges. Past guests: Montego Glover, Harbor Lights Theater Company founders, Stu James, Frederick B. Owens, Felicia Finley, Paul Stancato, Nathan Lee Graham, Emily Skinner Alice Ripley, Henry Krieger, Chad Kimball, Timothy Ware, James Monroe Iglehart, Clint Ramos, Kathy Brier, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Capathia Jenkins. Waits (Buffalo State College Theatre Major /Dance Minor) is an active, civic minded New Yorker whose acting and showmanship have led him to stages the world over. He is the writer and star of his edgy one man show, "Mama Rose." Kendall is a mid-westerner (B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia) who studies Radio, TV, and Theater. He graduated and emerged as a Broadway actor, writer/producer and recording artist who has also toured nationally and starred on London's West End. In College, Kendall briefly enjoyed hosting his own weekly jazz radio show. City World Radio Network, "broadcasting from the city to the world,' is a return to an early love. "Showtune-in" to Trent Armand Kendall Broadway Download Wednesdays, 5:00-5:55 PM, City World Radio Network.

Call in and chat live 212-631-7553. Weekly broadcasts are archived for four weeks and available for streaming. Visit www.cityworldradio.com and www.trentkendall.com for more.



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