Richard H. Blake, Alison Luff, Alton Fitzgerald White and More Set for 'BROADWAY SPOTLIGHT' at Ocean State Theatre
Producer 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!
Hosted by Rhode Island native, Stephen DeAngelis, with accompaniment by Eugene Gwozdz, performers scheduled to appear include 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); Alison Luff (LES MISERABLES, Matilda The Musical, Ghost the Musical, Mamma Mia!); and Alton Fitzgerald White, who is the longest running King Mufasa in The Lion King.
Richard H. Blake, who was born and raised in Providence, RI, currently plays the role of Lorenzo in the new Broadway musical A Bronx Tale The Musical. Other Broadway: Jersey Boys (Tommy DeVito), Wicked (Fiyero), Legally Blonde (Warner), The Wedding Singer (Glen Guglia), Hairspray (Link Larkin), Aida (Radames). Saturday Night Fever, The Prince of Central Park (Prince), Macbeth (Boy Macduff), The Sound of Music (Friedrich), Teddy and Alice (Archie). National Tours: Wicked (Fiyero), Saturday Night Fever (Rolf). Film: Life of an Actress, The Factory, Any Day Now, Red Light August.
Rick Faugno is a veteran of six Broadway shows, most recently On The Twentieth Century, for which he won a Fred Astaire award. He was also recently featured on PBS in Show Boat, at Lincoln Center. He received the Best Singer in Las Vegas award for his portrayal of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. He also performs his one-man shows throughout the country and his album, Songs My Idols Sang, is available on iTunes. On TV, he has been seen in: "The Following," "The Newsroom," "Conan O'Brien," "American Dreams," "America's Got Talent," "The Tony Awards," and others.
Felicia Finley was recently seen starring as Tanya in the Broadway company of Mamma Mia!. Her previous Broadway credits include The Wedding Singer (Linda), Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (Amneris), Smokey Joe's Café and The Life. Off-Broadway credits include Forbidden Broadway (SVU and 2001 Space Odyssey); Manhattan Theatre Club's The Wild Party, and Playwrights Horizons' Bubbly Black Girl.
Alison Luff most recently starred as Fantine in the Broadway revival of LES MISERABLES. She was also seen on Broadway as Miss Honey in Matilda. Previously, she spent a year staring as Elphaba on the First National Tour of Wicked. Other Broadway credits include Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, Ghost the Musical and Mamma Mia!. Alison also originated the leading role of Charlie Jane in the world premiere of Breaking Through at Pasadena Playhouse.
Alton Fitzgerald White comes directly from the Broadway production of The Lion King, where he starred in 4,308 performances as King Mufasa - more times than any other actor. Other Broadway credits include The Color Purple (Mister), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Smokey Joe's Café (Ken), Miss Saigon (John), The Who's Tommy (Hawker), West End: Smokey Joe's Café (Ken). Concert dates all over the world! He is still joyfully celebrating his critically acclaimed, smash hit CD, Disney My Way! For more, visit www.altonfitzgeraldwhite.com.
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
Stephen DeAngelis' 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.
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.
Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC) is a professional not-for-profit regional theatre whose mission is to preserve and pass on the tradition of live, professional theatre - including the American musical - and to pursue avenues of enrichment and education for the benefit of the state of Rhode Island and the surrounding region through the theatre arts. OSTC, which re-opened and ran the historic Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck, RI from 2007-2012 and began producing shows in Warwick, RI in 2012, is an IRS designated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.