Drama Desk Award-Winner Lisa Howard to Appear at Ocean State Theatre Next Month
The concert, which is being produced exclusively for Ocean State Theatre Company by Rhode Island native, Stephen DeAngelis, who brought five amazing Broadway performers to Ocean State Theatre in October, returns with an all new concert featuring another five great "straight-from-Broadway" performers - including Rhode Island's own Richard H. Blake. The performers will recreate some of their most memorable musical moments, share some of their backstage stories and engage in a Q & A session with the audience! You can't find this much Broadway talent on one stage...unless you are on Broadway!
Lisa Howard was honored with a Drama Desk Award nomination for her starring role of Jenny Steinberg in the musical comedy It Shoulda Been You directed by David Hyde Pierce. Other Broadway roles include Diva 1 in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Missy Hart in the new musical 9 to 5, Head Nurse in Lincoln Center's revival of South Pacific and Rona Lisa Peretti in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which she won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Ms. Howard has toured with the national company of LES MISERABLES and performed around the country at such prominent regional theaters as St. Louis MUNY, Olney Theatre Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Barrington Stage and Kansas City Starlight. On the concert scene, Lisa most recently appeared at Feinstein's 54 Below in NYC with her solo cabaret show, "I Want It All." She has sung with the Cincinnati Symphony and with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops in their Broadway Show Stoppers series and Holiday Pops concerts. She has appeared in the Kaufman Center's Broadway Close-up series and at Town Hall in NYC, where she performed in "Broadway Unplugged," "A Night at the Operetta" and the popular "Broadway By The Year" series. Lisa made her feature film debut as Siobhan in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part 2 and can also be seen in the indie psychological thriller, Decay. TV credits include "Ugly Betty" and "Power." Her debut solo CD, "Songs of Innocence and Experience" is available on iTunes. Lisa is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Her next project is the upcoming world premiere of Escape to Margaritaville featuring the music of Jimmy Buffett. www.lisahowardnyc.com.
Ms. Howard will be joining Rhode Island's Richard H. Blake (A Bronx Tale, Jersey Boys, Wicked, Hairspray); Rick Faugno (Jersey Boys, On the Twentieth Century, Wonderful Town, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang); Felicia Finley (Mamma Mia!, The Wedding Singer, Aida, Smokey Joe's Café); and Broadway's longest running King Mufasa in The Lion King, Alton Fitzgerald White, who also starred in Ragtime, The Color Purple and Miss Saigon.
Producer Stephen DeAngelis, who has produced over 200 different Broadway concerts at venues in New York and across the United States, will be producing his second concert in his home state. His concerts have featured a multitude of Broadway stars including many Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-winners and nominees, stars from hit television series and films, whose roots are on stage, and Broadway's fastest rising young stars. He is also the Producing Artistic Director and Host of At This Performance..., the critically acclaimed concert series, which has showcased the talents of over 800 Broadway standbys, understudies and alternates since October 2003. Stephen is also one of Manhattan's most accomplished and respected Casting Directors.
Music Director, Eugene Gwozdz is the Music Director/Arranger for the American Dance Machine 21 and the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts. He was the MD/Arranger for Our Guy, Cy, a musical concert tribute to Cy Coleman, starring Tony Award-winners, Randy Graff, Cady Huffman, and LiLlias White; the Jerome Robbins Awards honoring Chita Rivera, Harold Prince, and Stephen Sondheim; as well as the Tony Award-winning Princess and the Frog starring Anika Noni Rose at the Lincoln Center American Songbook Series
Broadway Spotlight 2 will be presented on Monday, March 6 at 7:30 pm. The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Tickets are $49 for preferred seating, (limited to the front section only), and $39 for standard seating. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from 12 noon - 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 12 noon - 4:00 pm, and from 12 noon until curtain on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at www.OceanStateTheatre.org and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800.