Anthony Crivello Joins Kelli James for LEGENDS & LES MISERABLES at Theater Works

Anthony Crivello Joins Kelli James for LEGENDS & LES MISERABLES at Theater WorksTheater Works is excited to announce an exclusive event with Broadway stars Kelli James, James May and special guest, Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello. Join us Friday, September 23 at 6pm for Legends & Les Miserables. Kelli and Anthony, both members of the original Broadway production, come together for an intimate and exclusive performance of some of your favorite Broadway songs with musical director James May.

Guests will get the chance to meet and greet with the stars while enjoying drinks and appetizers. The evening concludes with a performance of the YouthWorks production Les Miserables, directed by Kelli James, music directed by James May and choreographed by Paul Pedersen.

Proceeds from this event directly support our YouthWorks Productions in the 2016-17 season, and our education and outreach programs. Single tickets to the event at $150. Sponsorships are available.

Anthony Crivello received Broadway's Tony Award for Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Toronto, London). He was a member of the original Broadway cast of Les Miserables and has most recently been seen in Heathers: The Musical. Toronto, Anthony has also received Chicago's Jefferson Award, a Carbonelle Award and nominations for three Jefferson Awards, two Canadian Dora Mavor Moore Awards, LA's Ovation, Drama Critics, Robbie, Garland Awards, and Friends of New York Theater Award. Broadway: Golden Boy, Marie Christine, Evita, The News, Measure For Measure,: Jane Eyre. LA: Steve Martin's The Underpants, Expecting Isabel, Do I Hear a Waltz. Chicago: The House of Martin Guerre, A Flea in Her Ear, Louis and Keely Live At The Sahara. Las Vegas: Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular. Films: Roland Emmerich's Trade (Kevin Kline/ premiers 2007 Sundance Film Festival), Material Girls (Hilary & Hailey Duff and Angelica Houston), Texas Rangers (Ashton Kutcher & Usher), Independence Day. Henry Toy, The Mark, The Glass Jar, Jane Austen's Mafia!, Slaves of New York, Spellbinder, Shakedown, Crocodile Dundee II. Television: "Behind The Candelabra," "Seinfeld," "CSI: NY," "Frasier," "In-Laws," "Crossing Jordan," and "Les Miserables in Concert," "One Life to Live."

Miss Kelli James Chase has enjoyed a professional musical theatre career that started at the age of 16 as Columbia in the San Francisco production of The Rocky Horror Show. At 18 she would start a long relationship with Hal Prince, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice when she was asked to be a part of the Los Angeles company of Evita where she would play Peron's Mistress for 2 years at The Shubert Theatre. In 1986 she would be honored to join the original New York company of one of the greatest epic musicals to date, Les Miserables. Kelli would join that cast as the understudy and first American actress to play Eponine in the Broadway company. She spent a glorious 2 years in that production. Kelli continued to work in ALW shows including Aspects of Love as Guillietta Trapani and the Narrator in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opposite Donny Osmond. Miss James Chase concert life began in 1999 in London with The Night Of 1000 Voices. She has performed with Sarah Brightman, Donny Osmond, Gary Morris, Faith Hill, Sir James Gallway, Glenn Close, Sir Tim Rice, Sam Harris, Alfie Boe, Jason Robert Brown and Colm Wilkinson. She now lives and teaches at her own studio in Scottsdale, Arizona called The Broadway Advantage Performing Arts Studio. Phoenix audiences have seen her as Mrs. Potts in Beauty And The Beast and as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. She has co-directed productions of Annie, Suessical, Into The Woods, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown and has co-written 2 musicals with her writing partner David PatRick Taylor. She is thrilled to have recently performed in her first Theater Works production and her first Sondheim production Follies where she won critical acclaim as Carlotta. She celebrates the 30th year Anniversary of LES MISERABLES this year.

James May recently returned from two years in Spain as music director for THE LION KING (EL REY LEON). On Broadway, as conductor and/or associate music director, Jim conducted TEDDY AND ALICE, LES MISERABLES, SUNSET BOULEVARD. National Tours: A CHORUS LINE LA CAGE AUX, FOLLES. KISS ME KATE, MAN OF LA MANCHA, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; Los Angeles companies: LES MISERABLES, THE LION KING, WHITE CHRISTMAS, WICKED; in Spain and Mexico: LA BELLA Y LA BESTIA (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), MAMMA MIA; LES MISERABLES at The Hollywood Bowl; Many regional theaters, including St Louis MUNY Opera, The Goodman Theater in Chicago, The 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, and Sacramento Music Circus. James has also been a music director for Arizona Broadway Theater. He received his Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from Northwestern University.

Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISERABLES School Edition packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister's starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

Single tickets are $150. Sponsorships available. The production takes place in the Gyder Theater of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (8355 W. Peoria Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345). To purchase tickets contact the Box Office at (623) 815.7930 or visit www.theaterworks.org.

Theater Works at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts is entering its 31st season of providing exceptional theater to the West Valley. Theater Works is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children, patrons and artists to experience theater that inspires, enriches and enlightens through the experience of the performing arts. Theater Works acts as The Managing tenant for the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts which features more than 200 events a year including: live theater, classical concerts, jazz, popular music, dance, comedy, cultural events, festivals, youth and adult education classes and much more.

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