Michele Pawk, Christiane Noll, and More Lead Midtown Direct Rep's Benefit Concert LET IT SING!
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The cast for the concert features MDR company members and Broadway performers who call the Maplewood and South Orange area home including Tony Award Winner Michele Pawk and Tony Award Nominee Christiane Noll.
The full cast is as follows: Ben Blais, Kristin Carbone, Miguel Cervantes, Doreen Chila, Kate Dawson, Bradley Dean, Jack Dossett, John Dossett, Robert DuSold, Michelle Federer, Danielle Ferland, Janeece Freeman-Clark, Mitch Greenberg, Suzanne Hevner, Kevin Kraft, Elizabeth Ward Land, Jamie LaVerdiere, James Moye, Christiane Noll, Gregory Omar Osborne, Michele Pawk, Erin Reininga, Nikki Rene, Josephine Rose Roberts, Julia Haubner Smith, David Spangenthal, Michael St. John, Matt Yeager, and JoAnna Young. With special guest dancers from Studio 509: Jessica Canning, Gara Lonning, Naomi Fisch, Maggie Maloney, Linnea Mumma, Anna Pettigrew, Olivia Pryor, Ella Remy, Sydney Schenker, and Katie Trzaska. Musical Direction is by Meg Zervoulis. The concert is Conceived and Directed by Steven Tabakin, with Musical Staging by Bethany Pettigrew. Terrence Witter will be the stage manager.
About Let it Sing! Broadway Comes Home for the Holidays
Let it Sing! is a holiday revue for everyone, celebrating the festive season with songs of hope and miracles, as told through the American musical songbook. Performances will include songs from favorite Broadway musicals such as Mame; She Loves Me; Caroline, or Change; West Side Story; Elf; Rent; Annie; Godspell; Fiddler on the Roof; Passing Strange; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Violet; and many more, accompanied by a live on-stage band. The evening will also include a Broadway-themed silent auction with special packages of tickets, backstage tours, and show merchandise for some of the most popular shows currently running on Broadway.
"Let It Sing! is a celebration of the extraordinarily talented performers who live in our community," MDR's Artistic Producer Steven Tabakin said in a statement. "But, it is also a celebration of what's universal about the holiday season - and our lives. Some of our greatest composers and lyricists wrote these songs about our personal struggles, our hopes for our children, identity, longing for miracles, loss, transformation, re-birth and, ultimately, love. In a unique community such as ours, it's exciting to share joy, wisdom and humor in these songs that are spiritual in an inclusive way that is very specific to what theater can accomplish."
About Midtown Direct Rep
Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) is a professional, ensemble-based theater company in residence at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, NJ. The company includes over 100 working Broadway actors and theater professionals who reside in the South Orange and Maplewood area. Midtown Direct Rep is dedicated to developing and presenting new plays and musicals through its Theater in the Loft series, focusing on work that reflects our uniquely diverse community. Many of the shows presented through Theater in the Loft have gone on to major productions off-Broadway, in regional theaters, and beyond. Midtown Direct Rep is also the lead sponsor of the annual, hugely successful North Jersey Listen to Your Mother show, which showcases local writers performing their humorous and heartfelt pieces in a celebration of motherhood. MDR Company members include two-time Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk, Tony Award-nominees Stephanie J. Block, Megan Lawrence, and Christiane Noll, plus Sebastian Arcelus, Joel de la Fuente, Bradley Dean, and many others. Guest actors have included James McDonald, Michelle Hurst, Geoffrey Arend, and Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis. Recent projects include work by Y York, Jack Canfora, Peter Flaherty, Jeremy Desmon, Chad Hardin, James Hindman, Chisa Hutchison, David Johnson, Kara Lee Korthron, David Myers, Sandy Rustin, John Walch, Douglas J. Cohen, Zoe Samuel, and others. The Company is led by Managing Director Aliza Wassner, Artistic Producer Steven Tabakin, Literary Manager Marni Raab, and Artistic Advisor Sandy Rustin. For more information, visit http://www.middirrep.org.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.