Doyle, Clarke, Manolakos, Rannels & More To Sing Music of Will Van Dyke 1/17

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Broadway performers will sing the music of composer and lyricist Will Van Dyke on Monday, January 17th. The 10:30PM concert billed as "Will Van Dyke: Live," will be presented at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The concert celebrates the release of Van Dyke's debut album "Chasing The Day." Expect to hear songs from the album, as well as brand new material.

The evening will feature the talents of Alex Brightman (Wicked), Katie Rose Clarke (Wicked, The Light In The Piazza), Matt Doyle (Bye Bye Birdie, Spring Awakening), Katie Gassert (Seussical), Celisse Henderson (Wicked, In Transit), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hair), Morgan Karr (Spring Awakening), Carrie Manolakos (Wicked, Mama Mia!), Lindsay Mendez (Everyday Rapture, Grease), and Andrew Rannels (Jersey Boys, Hairspray). The evening will also feature performances by singer/songwriter Pauline Pisano and Alex Goley.

An 8-piece band including Damien Bassman, Sean Carney, David Fallo, Jim Hershman, Dave Kuhn, Allison Seidner, Hiroko Taguchi, will accompany Van Dyke on piano.

Produced by Dominick Amendum and Van Dyke, "Chasing The Day" is available by visiting http://sh-k-boom.com/willvandyke.shtml. Chasing the Day is one of the latest in a series of releases from Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records which highlight the new generation of the musical Theatre World, furthering the label's mission to support and encourage new works and writers. Other recent releases in the new musical theatre genre include Joe Iconis' Things to Ruin, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's Our First Mistake, Jonathan Reid Gealt's Thirteen Stories Down, Adam Gwon's Ordinary Days and Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel's (Sorta) Love Songs.

In the liner notes, collaborator Halloway describes the album as "songs that were written on the road. Aboard planes. Across time zones. Between sets. In hotel lobbies. At 24 hour coffee shops. Miles apart. When the thought of home is your only companion. 'Chasing the Day' is about the places life takes us and the people who bring us back."

A contemporary pop/rock composer, Will Van Dyke is a busy theatre musician and musical theatre composer. Van Dyke currently plays keyboards at The Addams Family on Broadway. Previously, he played the first national tour of Wicked, and was the associate music director of the tour of the most recent revival of Grease.

Josh Halloway (a lyric collaborator) and Van Dyke collaborated on Pages: A New Musical, as well as The Girls I've LIKE Liked (ArsNova), Where The Blue Grass Grows (Teatro LaTea) and The Grass Is Always Greener: A Song Cycle. Van Dyke also penned songs for Winnie The Pooh KIDS! Upcoming work includes Leonardo's Ring with Rick Elice, and collaborating with Matt Doyle on his forthcoming EP. For more information visit www.willvandyke.com.

Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Le Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street (btw Thompson and Sullivan). For reservations call (212) 505-FISH (3474) or visit www.lepoissonrouge.com.

Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

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