BWW TV: LA'S NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2010 Competition Finale
Upon the conclusion of the January 3rd Finale of six, unprecedented sold-out days of competition among 18 contestants at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA, the spectacular, collective performances of Janet Krupin earned her the coveted title of LA's Next Great Stage Star 2010. A Cinematic Arts, Critical Studies major at the University of Southern California with a double minor in Musical Theatre and Philosophy, Ms. Krupin raised the bar at the annual theatre talent competition/showcase which has become the most high profile and rewarding event of its kind in Los Angeles since its inception in 2006. Broadway World TV's Dean Butler had full access to the event at the invitation of his Broadway World Co-Producing partner Michael Sterling who conceived and Executive Produced the ...Stage Star competition.
Vocalists Domonique Paton (2nd place), Taylor Tracey (3rd place), and Derek Klena and Raquel Sandler (who tied for 4th place) completed the competition's top five finalists with stunning performances of their own.
Sterling and Associate Producer Tony Monsour report that they have been inundated with correspondence by theatre agent/judges since the day after the competition with regard not only to Ms. Krupin and the top four finalists, but other competitors as well. "It's a joyful experience to produce this competition for the Los Angeles-based Broadway musical theatre community," says Sterling. "It's not only a thrill to discover new and exciting young talent and present them to a diverse panel of judges who can further their career by actually hiring them or signing them for representation, but it's a platform for the talent to be seen repetitively, week after week by professionals they may (otherwise) never encounter."
"The event is conducted before a panel of four judges at each competition for the first five weeks," adds Monsour. "Then all of the judges return for the Finale. "Scored not only by the judges, but a loyal audience at each competition, we intentionally have no eliminations until the Finale to allow for maximum growth of the competitors as a result of the judges' immediate, live, post-performance feedback." Alexis Gershwin, niece of George and Ira Gershwin and Tony nominated Broadway star Bill Hutton (who created the role of "Joseph" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) were among fourteen judges at the Finale to determine the competition's winner.
As LA's Next Great Stage Star 2010, Ms. Krupin will be gifted with a $1000 cash prize; and an equally lucrative, paid headlining engagement at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's to be scheduled before or by May of this year. As a Gold Sponsor of the event, the Sheraton Universal Hotel, located adjacent to Universal Studios, will provide the talented brunette with dinner for two at the hotel's signature "Californias" Restaurant, and an overnight stay in a beautifully appointed Suite to coincide with her debut at Sterling's.
Additionally, Ms. Krupin and ...Stage Star's top four finalists will receive private, general auditions with Julia Flores (casting for McCoy Rigby Entertainment at the La Mirada Performing Arts Center and other primary Los Angeles producing entities); Steven Glaudini - Associate Artistic Director/Producer for Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, CA; and Lewis Wilkenfeld - Artistic Director for Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Born in the desert of the Evergreen State, Janet Krupin grew up in Tri-Cities, Washington and has been onstage since age 8. At 18, she moved to Los Angeles to attend USC. She has over twelve years training as a classical soprano and is a 5-time gold medalist and Adjudicators' Choice at the Northwest Music Festival for her performances. More recently, she was honored as StageScene LA's Best Featured Actress for her performance as "Anita" in West Side Story presented by Musical Theatre of Los Angeles during 2008 at the Hudson Backstage Theatre.
Special Guest Star entertainment was provided by Broadway vocalist Janene Lovullo, actor/comedian and LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominated actor Paul Stroili, and ...Stage Star's young Musical Director James Lent who holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Yale University.
LA's Next Great Stage Star 2010 Professional Judges - Complete List:
Jodie Bowman - Equity Department Agent - Kazarian/Spencer/Ruskin & Associates.
Stephanie Coltrin - Artistic Director - The Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
Steven Dry - West Coast Senior Theatre Agent - Schiowitz, Connor, Ankrum, Wolf, Inc.
Alexis Gershwin - Concert star and niece of George and Ira Gershwin
Dan Mojica - Producer/Director/Choreographer (Performer, Assistant Director and Assistant Choreographer - Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and worldwide companies)
Todd Nielsen - Director (Resident Director - National Tour - The Lion King)
Rey O'Day - Producing Artistic Director - Performance Riverside at the Landis Performing Arts Center, Riverside, CA
Larry Raben - Performer/Director/Writer ("Leo Bloom" in the Broadway and Las Vegas productions of The Producers)
Mark W. Smith - Equity Theatre Agent; Television and Film Department Agent - The Savage Agency
Daniel Solis - Casting Director - Disney Entertainment Productions
Eric Stevens - Owner, Rainbow High Entertainment Talent Agency
Carol Weiss - Co-Owner, STAGE 9 Talent Agency
STERLING'S UPSTAIRS at Vitello's is produced by Michael Sterling of Michael Sterling & Associates (MSA), the Studio City-based entertainment public relations and Production Company (www.msapr.net). Since 1980, Sterling has represented such stellar clients as ElizaBeth Taylor, Lance Armstrong, Scott Hamilton, David Copperfield, Joan Collins, Alan Thicke, Carol Lawrence, David Brenner, Andy Gibb, and Robert Goulet. Aside from his celebrity clientele, Sterling has represented various National Theatre and arena tours, Los Angeles theatre productions, Emmy Award-winning television specials, celebrity books, albums and CD's. Sterling is also a critically-acclaimed director of musical theatre in Los Angeles, and has produced various theatrical events and productions throughout Southern California. In October, 2009, Sterling and former Broadway star (Into the Woods), Television star (Little House on the Prairie) and documentary film maker Dean Butler (Legacy Documentaries www.legacydocumentaries.com) became the Los Angeles correspondents, co- producers and co-hosts for Broadway World TV. The duo create television packages for coverage of select Los Angeles theatre and events.
Tony Monsour of Michael Sterling & Associates serves as Associate Producer for LA's Next Great Stage Star and Associate Talent Producer for Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's. As a freelance producer with MSA for 3 ½ years, Monsour is also a trained actor and singer with an impressive musical theatre resume. Most recent roles include "Conrad Birdie" in Bye Bye Birdie, "Pharaoh" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and "Ben" the Bounder in The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Since its June 9, 2006 opening, Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's has hosted some of the most prominent Broadway and Nightclub performers in Los Angeles. Among them, Broadway stars Rachel York, Kevin Earley, Amick Byram, Mary Gutzi, David Engel and Tami Tappan Daminao, and Ilene Graff to name but a few. This is the fourth consecutive year for LA's Next Great Stage Star. (www.myspace.com/sterlingsupstairs).