Christine Ebersole Joins Broadway @ NOCCA Series December 15 In New Orleans
Producer Mark Cortale has announced that his acclaimed Broadway @ NOCCA concert series will present Christine Ebersole, two-time Tony Award-winner for Grey Gardens and 42nd Street and star of Oscar-winning films such as Amadeus and Tootsie, on Saturday, December 15 at 8:00 PM. Sirius XM radio star Seth Rudetsky will join her as music director and host and Scott Frankel, composer of Grey Gardens and War Paint will make a special guest appearance. The unique format of the series that differentiates it from any other is a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Rudetsky's insightful, funny and revealing questions - and the music from the artists' stellar careers. The result is spontaneous evenings of show-stopping songs and hilarity that have thrilled audiences from Los Angeles to New York to Chicago to London's West End and many more cities in-between.
Broadway @ NOCCA is sponsored by the New Orleans Hotel Collection and The New Orleans Advocate. All proceeds from the 2018/19 Broadway @ NOCCA series will benefit The NOCCA Institute. For tickets and information, please visit www.broadwaynola.com or call 800-838-3006.
Christine Ebersole starred most recently on Broadway in War Paint in her Tony nominated role as Elizabeth Arden, opposite fellow Tony nominee Patti LuPone as Helena Rubinstein. She won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as virtually every Off-Broadway award, for her "dual role of a lifetime" as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. The critically acclaimed musical was nominated for a total of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the CD recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2018 she made her LA Opera debut as the Old Lady in Francesca Zambello's production of Candide conducted by James Conlon. In 2019 she will be making her Lincoln Center /American Songbook debut in a new concert directed by Scott Wittman at Alice Tully Hall on February 20th. She will also make her Glimmerglass Opera debut in the summer of 2019 with new productions of Showboat and Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades.
Her extensive Broadway career also includes her Tony Award-winning performance as Dorothy Brock in the hit revival of 42nd Street, in addition to leading roles in On the Twentieth Century, Oklahoma, Camelot, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Steel Magnolias, the revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, and Dinner at Eight for which she received both Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominations. She received an Obie Award and a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads. Concert appearances include the concert version of the opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony's tribute to Leonard Bernstein, the Boston Pops' concert version of A Little Night Music, and PBS concerts Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall and The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty.
In addition to her acclaimed stage career, Christine has also appeared in numerous hit films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Amadeus, Tootsie, Richie Rich, Black Sheep, Steven Universe and The Big Wedding in which she also composed and performed the song "Gently Down The Stream". Her television career began as a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live alongside Eddie Murphy. She also played Tessitura in Gypsy with Bette Midler and has appeared on Pose, Madam Secretary, Blue Bloods, American Horror Story, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Search Party, Will and Grace, Murphy Brown, and The Colbert Report.
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. As an author, he penned My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan and the sequel The Rise And Fall Of A Theater Geek (Random House) as well as three volumes of Seth's Broadway Diary featuring inside scoop and hilarious stories from all of the stars he's worked with. He co-wrote and co-starred in Disaster! (NY TIMES "critics pick") recently on Broadway. Disaster! also premiered to rave reviews in London's West End. In June 2016, he and his husband, James Wesley, co-produced a recording of What The World Needs Now with stars like Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carole King, Audra McDonald which went to number one on iTunes and raised $100,000 for the Orlando shooting victims (and is still raising money. Buy it!). On Inauguration Day 2017, he and James started Concert For America, a monthly series around the country helping five nonprofits being hurt by the current administration. Stars such as Kelli O'Hara, Barry Manilow, Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Williams, Andy Cohen, and more have performed, and you can watch the next one streamed live on ConcertsForAmerica.com.
The star-power continues into the 2019 new year, with the January 31 Broadway @ NOCCA series debut by Jessie Mueller - a Tony Award winner for her performance in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and most recently a Tony-nominee for Sarah Bareilles' Waitress. Rounding out the series on March 29 is Jeremy Jordan, a Tony Award nominee for Broadway's Newsies, and star of The CW's Supergirl and NBC's Smash. Both of these exciting Broadway musical stars will be joined by Seth Rudetsky as music director and host.
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