Todd Schroeder to Musical Direct Alzheimer's Association's A NIGHT AT SARDI's; Josh Gad, Zachary Levi & More to Perform
Musical director, composer and media personality Todd Schroeder will once again musical direct the Alzheimer's Association's "A Night at Sardi's," for the third consecutive year, it has been announced today by his manager Michael Nicklin of Vortexian Talent Management.
The annual celebrity musical revue and awards dinner, which is scheduled to take place on March 18 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, benefits the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. This event will honor the Sony Pictures Classics film, "Still Alice," starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore. To date, "A Night at Sardi's" has raised more than $25 million to address this rapidly growing health crisis.
For this year's event, Schroeder has been working feverishly one-on-one with some of Hollywood's illustrious stars of stage and screen, in preparing them to perform a number of Broadway's most popular showtunes; a list of which includes both musical artists and actors, such as Joey McIntyre, Grace Potter, Beau Bridges, Jason Alexander, Lea Thompson, Tyler Ritter, Steven Weber, Karen David, Josh Gad, Sharon Lawrence, Zachary Levi, Jenifer Lewis, Timothy Omundson, and more.
Schroeder is no stranger to working privately on vocal performance with those celebrities who are not necessarily known for their singing. He says, "The work is about nurturing a confidence, musically and theatrically, so the performer can do what they do best. I always try to arrange specifically for each singer. Picking the right key, length of song and then orchestrating it so that the total performance is solid and entertaining, as well as enjoyable to perform. And this process certainly differs with each performer."
Schroeder, who was named BroadwayWorld's "Musical Director of the Year" in 2013, is also no stranger to musical directing multi-performer philanthropic benefit events. In the past, he has served as the musical director for Camp Bravo's "Back to Bravo Benefit"; the National Breast Cancer Coalition's "Les Girls Benefit" for three years; for "The Thalians," an all-star tribute benefit raising awareness for mental health, which honored the music of Motown legend Smokey Robinson; and the one-night-only "Benefit for the Philippines," which supported the American Red Cross' efforts to assist the people of the Philippines to recover and rebuild from the 2013 typhoon.
And for 20 years, he has served as both creative director and musical director for the "Todd Schroeder Young Artist Grant Benefit Concert," which takes place every year in his hometown of Sonora, CA, and bestows a yearly scholarship to graduating seniors who wish to pursue their dreams of careers in the arts. This year's 20th Year Anniversary concert will take place on April 18.
Schroeder recently returned from New York, where he wrapped the musical direction of Sam Harris' "HAM, A Musical Memoir," a musical adaptation of Harris' book of the same name, which celebrated a successful three-week run at the ARS NOVA Theater, Directed by Billy Porter ("Kinky Boots") and produced by Susan Dietz.