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Tony Ponella

 
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Described as a performer with “rare talent and showmanship…with a beautifully toned voice and perfect pitch” Tony Ponella has already gained recognition both as a singer and actor in his young career. Following his first runner-up finish in the 2012 Michael Feinstein Great American ... (read complete bio)
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Described as a performer with “rare talent and showmanship…with a beautifully toned voice and perfect pitch” Tony Ponella has already gained recognition both as a singer and actor in his young career. Following his first runner-up finish in the 2012 Michael Feinstein Great American ... (read complete bio)
 

Tony Ponella Biography

Described as a performer with “rare talent and showmanship…with a beautifully toned voice and perfect pitch” Tony Ponella has already gained recognition both as a singer and actor in his young career.

Following his first runner-up finish in the 2012 Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Vocal Competition, he moved to New York where he performs regularly. Recent appearances include being part of the American Opera Projects 25th anniversary gala honoring Stephen Schwartz, performing with star performers Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye during the run of their show, "Swingin’ the Night Away" at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. Just prior to that performance, he recorded “Different” from Honk! for Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange, produced by Scott Lehrer and Leslie Stifleman, artistic direction by Roger Rees and Jeff Saver.

Originally from Indiana, he recently performed with Sylvia McNair during her holiday performances with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.

Tony was recently cast in the New York run of Judy, a Tribute; workshop performances of a new musical entitled Lost Boy as “Kamp”; Articulate Theatre Company’s performance of Dragon as “Boy”; and will participate in a reading of the new work, The Dancing Princess.

As a boy he sang the role of Amahl in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors several times, including performances with Opera Kansas. His performance as Cobweb in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the internationally renowned Indiana University Opera Theater was noted in the February 2006 edition of Opera News Online in which Charles H. Parsons wrote, "The child fairies were a competent band, led by a strong-voiced Cobweb (Tony Ponella)." During this period, Ponella also gave several recitals, and made two recordings, to raise money for local food cupboards.

His education includes Indiana University, Broadway Dance Center Training Program, Broadway Artists Alliance Work Study Program, The Performing Option and One on One NYC.

Tony also enjoys working with kids and has worked as both a teacher and director of youth musicals in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana.




Tony Ponella News

HB Studio Presents LOVE, ROSE A New Musical Photo HB Studio Presents LOVE, ROSE A New Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2018

HB Studio Theatre, 124 Bank Street, will present a staged reading of a new musical today, June 26th at 7 pm at the HB Studio Theatre as part of their Transgressions series, which features plays selected from the 2018 Rehearsal Space Residency Applicants.

HB Studio Presents LOVE, ROSE A New Musical Photo HB Studio Presents LOVE, ROSE A New Musical
by Julie Musbach - Jun 19, 2018

HB Studio Theatre, 124 Bank Street, will present a staged reading of a new musical on Tuesday, June 26th at 7 pm at the HB Studio Theatre as part of their Transgressions series, which features plays selected from the 2018 Rehearsal Space Residency Applicants.

SHOW CHOIR! Cast Album Now Available
by Tyler Peterson - Sep 24, 2015

Sound Street Productions presents the first full-length recording of Show Choir! - The Musical with new orchestrations by Assaf Gleizner, and under the musical direction of Kenneth Gartman. Leading the studio cast is Kevin Duda (Beautiful, Book of Mormon /Broadway) and Tony nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde /Broadway) They are joined by additional cast members Bay Bryan (Growing Into My Beard,) John Raymond Barker (Vampire Drag Queen,) Taylor Coriell (Titanic National Tour,) Joshua Lance Dixon (2015 BISTRO Award,) Shira Elias (Turkuaz,) Julie Galorenzo (Show Choir! NYMF & FringeNYC,) Adam Glickman (Jimmy Nederlander Awards,) Carly Kincannon (NBC's Sing Off,) Mark Martin (Voca People,) Tegan Miller (Fancy Nancy National Tour) Michelle Millerick (Side Show/ Original Broadway Cast) Aubyn Peterson (Cabaret Showdown Champion) Tony Ponella (First Runner up, Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook) and Stuart Williams (Mind The Gap Theatre.) Casting by Wojcik/Seay Casting.

Kevin Duda and Christiane Noll to Lead SHOW CHOIR! - THE MUSICAL Studio Recording
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

Show Choir! - The Musical is a melodious mockumentary about America's favorite teen pastime...with jazz hands. This original musical comedy by Mark McDaniels and Donald Garverick has been developing in New York City since 2006, including an award winning production at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival and a sold out run at the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Show Choir! also received acclaimed productions at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The American Conservatory Theatre - San Francisco in 2012.

Singers and Composers Honor Stephen Schwartz at 25th Anniversary Gala for American Opera Projects
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Brooklyn's AOP (American Opera Projects) celebrated its 25th anniversary of developing and producing opera and music theater on Monday, May 12 with a gala that honored Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell as well as the AOP-developed opera SĂ©ance on a Wet Afternoon.

Duke Ellington's 115th Birthday Celebration Event Schedule Is Finalized for 4/27 & 4/29
by Louisa Brady - Apr 22, 2014

The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts will commemorate the Duke's 115th birthday with an outdoor ceremony and concert on Sunday, April 27th at 1 PM in front of Duke Ellington's statue at 5th Avenue and 110th street. Additionally Duke Ellington's 115th Birthday Bash, a musical birthday Party and show will be celebrated on Duke's actual birthday two days later (Tuesday, April 29, from 7 to 9 PM) at Ballroom off Fifth on 37th St between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Tony Plana, Bret Shuford, Kay Trinidad & More to Perform the Songs of Paul Cozby, 1/27
by Tyler Peterson - Jan 23, 2014

Lone Star Theatre Co. will present a night of music by Texas composer Paul Cozby Jan. 27 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre as part of their on-going series TX MUSIC / NY STAGES.

Actress Lauren Stanford Wins 2013 MetroStar Talent Challenge
by Tyler Peterson - Aug 20, 2013

The actress Lauren Stanford pulled off a dramatic win last night, as she became the 2013 MetroStar at the Metropolitan Room in New York. A Kansas City native with musical theatre credits, Stanford edged out her four co-finalists in tight scoring that belied how strong and evenly matched this year's MetroStar Talent Challenge Top 5 had become.

2013 MetroStar Talent Challenge Announces Top 5 Finalists; Set for 8/19 at the Met Room
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2013

After a highly competitive semi-final round of the 'MetroStar Talent Challenge' at The Metropolitan Room last night, five finalists were picked to move forward in the 7-week singers' competition. The five finalists, who will go head to head next Today, August 19, are Stephen Mitchell Brown, Venessa Diaz, Jason Morris, Tony Ponella and Lauren Stanford.

2013 MetroStar Talent Challenge Announces Top 5 Finalists; Set for 8/19 at the Met Room
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2013

After a highly competitive semi-final round of the 'MetroStar Talent Challenge' at The Metropolitan Room last night, five finalists were picked to move forward in the 7-week singers' competition. The five finalists, who will go head to head next Monday, August 19, are Stephen Mitchell Brown, Venessa Diaz, Jason Morris, Tony Ponella and Lauren Stanford.