John Schneider will Join Cast of One-Night-Only Event GRAND HOTEL: A 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN CONCERT
THE GREEN ROOM 42 - the new intimate concert venue dubbed Broadway's "off-night hotspot" by The New York Times - has announced that John Schneider has been added to the cast of the one-night-only event Grand Hotel: A 30th Anniversary Celebration In Concert to benefit The Actors Fund on Monday, November 11 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM.
Schneider, currently appearing on Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots" on The Oprah Winfrey Network and recently seen on "Dancing with the Stars," was Broadway's longest-running Felix Von Gaigern, with 479 performances. In addition to his work on stage, which also includes an engagement on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago, has starred in TV shows such as "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Smallville."
The 1989 Tony Award winning Broadway musical has songs by Robert Wright & George Forrest, book by Luther Davis, and additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The concerts - written and directed by Tony nominee Walter Willison, and dedicated to the memory of original Grand Hotel star Liliane Montevecchi - will take at The Green Fig, adjacent to The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel).
The concert will star several members of the original Grand Hotel Broadway production, including Tony nominee and Theatre World Award winner Karen Akers (Nine), Keith Crowningshield (Jelly's Last Jam), David Jackson (My One and Only, La Cage Aux Folles), Ken Jennings (Sweeney Todd, Side Show), Tony nominee Timothy Jerome (Me and My Girl, Beauty and the Beast), Charles Mandracchia (2019 International New York Film Festival winner for Alone in America), Michael Piehl, Jill Powell ("As The World Turns"), David White (Five Guys Named Moe), Tony nominee and Theatre World Award winner Walter Willison (Pippin, Two by Two), and Penny Worth (Chicago, Irene).
Special guest stars include two time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye (Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Souvenir), who will return to Broadway in 2020 as Queen Elizabeth in the new musical Diana, and Sachi Parker (Peggy Sue Got Married, Back to the Future, Scrooged, author of the autobiography Lucky Me and daughter of Shirley MacLaine). The concerts will also feature Harper Lee Andrews (daughter of Grand Hotel original cast member Jennifer Lee Andrews), Emily Elizabeth Cobb, Katie Dixon, Matthew Drinkwater, John Drinkwater, The Green Room 42 program director Daniel Dunlow (Finian's Rainbow at Irish Rep, Hello Again), with Erin Marie and Zachary Bordonaro (Award-winning International Ballroom Champions).
The concert is written and directed by Tony nominee Walter Willison, with Associate Director and Choreographer Joanna Rush (A Chorus Line, Shirley MacLaine at The Palace), musical direction by Elliot Finkel (Michael Feinstein in Concert, Sid Caesar & Company), costume coordinator Mitchell Bloom (Metropolitan Opera), wardrobe mistress Barbara Rosenthal (Wicked), Stage Manager Mark Lord, and Sound Designer Marty Gasper (Blue Jupiter). Yvonne Marceau serves as Ballroom Dance consultant, with Ballroom Choreography by Erin Marie and Zachary Bordonaro.
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Grand Hotel: A 30th Anniversary Celebration In Concert will be performed at The Yellow Pavilion, located in The Green Fig, adjacent to The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel) on Monday, November 11 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. The cover charges is $30-$100. There is no food and drink minimum. For tickets, please visit www.TheGreenRoom42.com.