Christine Ebersole & Megan Hilty Launch Famed Concert Series with Seth Rudetsky At Nantucket's Dreamland Theater
Producer Mark Cortale has announced that his internationally acclaimed concert series will bring two of Broadway's leading ladies to Nantucket, Massachusetts' Dreamland Theater this summer with Broadway @ Dreamland. Christine Ebersole, a two-time Tony Award winner for "Grey Gardens" and "42nd Street" and star of Oscar-winning films such as "Amadeus" and "Tootsie," will perform on Monday, July 23 at 7:30 PM. Megan Hilty, breakout star of NBC TV's "Smash" and Broadway's "Wicked" and a Tony nominee for the recent Broadway production of "Noises Off", will join the series on Wednesday, August 8 at 7:30 PM. Seth Rudetsky, the Sirius XM radio star who the New York Times called "The Mayor of Broadway," joins both performances as pianist and host. The format of the concert will be a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Rudetsky's insightful, funny and revealing questions - and the music from the stars' stellar Broadway careers. This is a spontaneous evening of show-stopping songs and hilarity not to be missed. For tickets and information, please visit https://www.nantucketdreamland.org/tickets-showtimes or call 508.332.4822.
Christine Ebersole starred most recently on Broadway in "War Paint" in her Tony nominated role as Elizabeth Arden, opposite fellow Tony nominee Patti LuPone as Helena Rubinstein. She won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as virtually every Off-Broadway award, for her "dual role of a lifetime" as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in "Grey Gardens." The critically acclaimed musical was nominated for a total of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the CD recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her extensive Broadway career also includes her Tony Award-winning performance as Dorothy Brock in the hit revival of "42nd Street," in addition to leading roles in "On the Twentieth Century," "Oklahoma," "Camelot," Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," "Steel Magnolias," the recent revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," and "Dinner at Eight" for which she received both Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominations. Concert appearances include the concert version of the opera "The Grapes of Wrath" at Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony's tribute to Leonard Bernstein, the Boston Pops' concert version of "A Little Night Music," and PBS concerts "Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall" and "The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty." In addition to her acclaimed stage career, Christine Ebersole has also appeared in numerous hit films such as "Amadeus," "Tootsie," "Richie Rich," "Black Sheep," "Dead Again," "Folks!," "Ghost Dad," "True Crime," "My Girl 2," "Mac and Me," and "Confessions of a Shopaholic." Her television credits include appearances on "Retired at 35," "Royal Pains," "Ugly Betty," "Law and Order SVU," "Boston Legal," "Samantha Who," "Will and Grace," "The Nanny," "Just Shoot Me," "Murphy Brown," "Ally McBeal," "Valerie," "Ryan's Hope," "One Life to Live" and "The Colbert Report."
Megan Hilty is widely known for her breakout roles on NBC TV's "Smash" and "Sean Saves The World" (starring opposite Sean Hayes). She made her Broadway debut as Glinda in "Wicked" and most recently was nominated for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Drama League Award for her critically acclaimed performance as Brooke Ashton in the Roundabout Theater Company's revival of "Noises Off," for which she also won a Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actress in a Play. Megan has also starred on New York stages as Lorelei Lee in the Encores! production of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and as Doralee Rhodes in Broadway's "9 to 5: The Musical," which earned her nominations for the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League Awards. On Television, she recurred on Bravo's dramedy "Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce" and the final season of CBS' "The Good Wife." She recently appeared in Hulu's "Difficult People" and CBS' "BrainDead." She has also been seen recently in "Rules Don't Apply," a feature film written, directed and produced by Warren Beatty and the TV LAND pilot "The First Wives Club" alongside Alyson Hannigan. In 2016, Megan released a live album comprising of songs from her recent concert tour, entitled "Megan Hilty Live at the Café Carlyle" after completing a residency at the legendary New York venue. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center and with the Cincinnati Symphony. Her voice was featured as Rosetta in Disney's "Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings" and also in Disney's "The Secret Life of Magic Gourd," "Phineas & Ferb," "Glenn Martin DDS," "American Dad," "Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games," "Robot & Monster" as well as singing as Snow White in the film "Shrek the Third," and in Summertime Entertainment's "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" with Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy and Lea Michele. She can also be heard alongside Placido Domingo on the opera star's duet album. In 2013 Megan released her debut solo album, "It Happens All The Time," which included fresh interpretations of compositions by contemporary songwriters and producers.
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's "On Broadway" as well as the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. As an author, he penned "My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan" and the sequel "The Rise And Fall Of A Theater Geek" (Random House) as well as three volumes of "Seth's Broadway Diary" featuring inside scoop and hilarious stories from all of the stars he's worked with. He co-wrote and co-starred in "Disaster!" (NY TIMES "critics pick") recently on Broadway. "Disaster!" also premiered to rave reviews in London's West End. In June 2016, he and his husband, James Wesley, co-produced a recording of "What The World Needs Now" with stars like Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carole King, Audra McDonald which went to number one on iTunes and raised $100,000 for the Orlando shooting victims (and is still raising money. Buy it!). On Inauguration Day 2017, he and James started "Concert For America", a monthly series around the country (including S.F.!) helping 5 non-profits being hurt by the current administration. Stars such as Kelli O'Hara, Barry Manilow, Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Williams, Andy Cohen and more have performed and you can watch the next one streamed live on ConcertsForAmerica.com. For more information visit www.sethrudetsky.com.
About the series:
Mark Cortale (Artist Manager & Producer) is the Producing Artistic Director at The Art House in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He produced Deconstructing Patti on Broadway this past September at the Nederlander Theatre with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS starring Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky which raised over $280,000 in one night. He also launched the Broadway @ concert series in 2011 at The Art House. The series, featuring creative partner Seth Rudetsky as music director and host, had its seventh season this past summer and guest artists included Sutton Foster, Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Faith Prince, Beth Malone, Melissa Errico and Michael Cerveris. The Broadway @ series also premiered in 2013 in New Orleans, in Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) with Megan Mullally and in London's West End with Patti LuPone at the Leicester Square Theater. The series has since travelled to cities that include Chicago @ The Steppenwolf, Beverly Hills @ The Wallis, Fort Lauderdale @ The Parker Playhouse, San Francisco @ The Herbst Theatre and Scottsdale @ Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Other artists who have participated include Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, Chita Rivera, Kelli O'Hara, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Vanessa Williams and Gavin Creel. Mark also produced the feature film "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads" and the web television series "Seth's Reality". He manages the singing string quartet Well-Strung which he co-founded. Info at markcortalepresents.com.
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