Amanda McBroom has been called "...the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match." Her name first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler's version of Amanda's song THE ROSE hit number one all over the world in 1979. But it was Amanda's performance of her own song on the Golden Globes (she won), Grammys (she didn't) and The Tonight Show that launched her career as a singer as well as songwriter. Her songs have have been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Leanne Rimes, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Anne Murray, Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, Stephanie Mills, The Manhattan Transfer, Donny Osmond, the Chipmunks, and the Baby Dinosaurs in LAND BEFORE TIME (she wrote all the songs for 11 Universal Cartoon videos with longtime collaborator Michele Brourman). But growing audiences worldwide became convinced that the best interpretations of McBroom songs are by McBroom herself and applaud her in concert halls around the world including Carnegie Hall in New York, the FORD Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Wolftrap and Kennedy Center (where she sang with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marvin Hamlisch) in Washington D.C., Angel Recital Hall in Sydney, Meyer Hall in Melbourne where she headlined the Festival of the Arts and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan and Pizza on the Park in London. Amanda's concert career was documented over two evenings high atop Manhattan's RCA building for release as AMANDA McBROOM LIVE AT RAINBOW & STARS by the DRG label in 1995 and remains her only live concert recording. Her recording career began on an MGM soundstage where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had overdubbed the sounds of their tap routines over forty years before. It was 1980 and she recorded direct-to-disc - no tape, no overdubs, no mixing, no fixing - for the prestigious vinyl audiophile label Sheffield Lab Recordings. GROWING UP IN HOLLYWOOD TOWN became an audiophile classic around the world and set a new standard for vinyl recording and hi fi stereo reproduction. Billboard called the LP a "stunning artistic success" and Amanda became "the queen of the high end" for the purity of her vocals and the emotional depth of her songs. Sheffield released a second McBroom direct-to-disc recording entitled WEST OF OZ in 1981. Both recordings were compiled and re-released as AMANDA by Sheffield in 1996.
In 1985 Amanda and her manager Garry George partnered in their own label GECKO RECORDS and released DREAMING in 1986. Under the auspices of Monster Cable Products, Inc. Amanda performed live at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1987. From that performance and the birth of the CD format, DREAMING became a classic around the world especially in SE Asia. GECKO releases followed including MIDNIGHT MATINEE in 1992, A WAITING HEART in 1997 and the "best of" collection PORTRAITS in 1999 released in conjunction with Hal Leonard publishing company's release of a bound songbook of Amanda's songs. Her love of and background in musical theatre (she starred in the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and European productions of JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS, on Broadway in SEESAW, and in SWEENEY TODD, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and MAME) compelled her to create a musical based on her songs. HEARTBEATS made its debut in 1989 in Los Angeles and the play has enjoyed over 15 regional theater productions around the U.S. The original cast recording was released in 1994 on Varese Sarabande Records. The musical is represented by the Rogers and Hammerstein Music library. Amanda's latest musical, A WOMAN OF WILL, made its off-Broadway debut in 2005. The CD is available through this website. Long time fans still revere Amanda's many guest starring roles on television in everything from STAR TREK; THE NEXT GENERATION to her most recent appearance at the Kennedy Center in the NBC special FROM THE HEART. Amanda attributes her success to "divine intervention and a lot of caffeine."
Tony-nominated actor and singer BRIAN LANE GREEN is a talented performer with a broad list of credits in theater, television and film.
Tony Award nominee for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Spacepunk in Starmites, Green made his Broadway debut as Huck Finn in Big River. He went on to star in the first national tour of that show and also in the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webbers Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He also appeared on Broadway as Jo Jo in the Cy Coleman musical The Life. Greens regional theater credits include West Side Story, The Pirates of Penzance, Pippin, Camelot, La Cage Aux Folles, 1776, and Julius Caesar, in which he played Marc Antony.
On television, Green has guest starred on numerous prime-time shows, including Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, Hotel, and Highway to Heaven. Daytime audiences know him as Alan Brand on Days of Our Lives (1987-89), Sam Fowler on Another World (1991-93), and Brian Bodine on All My Children (1993-94).
One of the stars of the cult film Circuit, Green also co-starred with Tovah Feldshuh and Tony Lo Bianco in the comedy Friends and Family.
Green can be heard on the live recording of The Words and Music of Jerry Herman: Tap Your Troubles Away (LML), Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (RCA) with the Tonics, George and Ira Gershwin: A Musical Tribute (MCA), and Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino (RCA). In the 25th Anniversary Tour of Champions on Ice, Olympic Gold Medalist Viktor Petrenko performed to Greens recording of Craig Carnelias Flight from his debut CD, Brian Lane Green (LML).
Green made his debut as a playwright and composer with Waiting for Glaciers to Melt. This original musical was chosen to be part of New York City?s Midtown International Theater Festival.
Broadway: The Light in the Piazza. National tours: Joseph …Dreamcoat (Joseph), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter). Regional: world premiere of Tom Jones (Tom, North Shore Music Theatre), Letters from ‘Nam (Billy, original cast, Kennedy Center, North Shore Music Theater, Village Theatre), Peggy Sue Got Married (Charlie, original cast, Marriott Lincolnshire), L.A. premiere of The Woman in Black (The Actor, Coronet Theater), Assassins (Hinckley, Reprise), Godspell (Jesus, MUNY), Wicked (Fiyero, workshops). Film: The King and I, Home on the Range
Franc D'Ambrosio starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning musical "The Phantom of the Opera" where he performed the lead role of the masked man for over six years. The title "The World's Longest Running Phantom," was bestowed upon Franc after bringing more than five million theatre goers to their feet over 2,600 times.
Paramount Pictures cast Franc as Al Pacino's opera singing son, Anthony Corleone, in "Godfather III" after an international search lasting more than a year. The film received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Score featuring Franc on the Original Motion Picture soundtrack.
Most recently, Franc was hand selected by Barry Manilow to create and star as the lead in Manilow's pre-Broadway tour of "Copacabana." In the roll as Tony, Franc earned a National Theatre Award nomination for "Best Male Performer in a Musical."
Franc's television appearances include "Regis and Kathy Lee," "Entertainment Tonight," and "MTV's Spotlight." He was invited by Brian Boitano to perform as a Special Musical Guest in the Olympic Figure Skater's NBC special.
Franc is featured on many CDs and his performance of "Panis Angelicus" earned him a Grammy Consideration for "Best Male Vocalist 1999." His talent even impressed Luciano Pavarotti, who personally invited Franc to sing and work with the living legend at his home in Italy.
Audiences have long enjoyed a wide range of musical stylings from Joanne O’Brien. With a degree in opera from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia she appears regularly in concert singing pop and classical from Los Angeles to New York City with “An Enchanted Evening: The Music Of Broadway” and in “And The Winner Is.....”, an evening of Academy Award® Winning songs. Joanne has been the opening musical inspiration for best-selling authors Marianne Williamson, James Van Praague and Dan Millman and continues to perform at spiritual gatherings all over California and Arizona. Her debut solo recording, ISN'T IT ALWAYS LOVE received rave reviews in BILLBOARD magazine Her latest recording “THE HEART OF THE MATTER’ is a collection of spiritual and love songs. Both can be found on the LML Music label.(www.LMLMusic.com)Other theatrical credits include MY FAIR LADY at The Hollywood Bowl , ASSASSINS & On The Twentieth Century with REPRISE!, Sweeney Todd, The Sound Of Music, Oklahoma and more.
JOHNNY RODGERS is an internationally-celebrated singer-songwriter, pianist, music ambassador, Broadway star, and recording artist who is described by Stephen Holden, from The New York Times, as an entertainer “who has show business in his bones” with “fused elements of Billy Joel, Peter Allen and Johnny Mercer.” Johnny Rodgers has recently returned to Chicago, the place he says started it all. Since beginning his career here fifteen years ago Johnny has traveled the country and the world making music with great artists such as Billy Joel and Judy Collins and also with the unknown talents found in villages across the Middle East and South East Asia. No matter where he roams Rodgers dazzles audiences with his Americana mélange of original songs and classic favorites. Johnny tours with his band as music ambassadors for the State Department to places such as the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and Russia. This summer, Johnny Rodgers will be touring back to Europe, this time to Minsk, Belarus. When in town, Johnny can be found playing and singing at Chicago's own Davenport's Piano Bar every Saturday and Sunday night; that is if he's not off doubling as Music Director and piano man for Liza Minnelli. Johnny's work and talent has not gone unnoticed and has earned him the New York’s Nightlife, Bistro and MAC awards for his performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, The Colony Hotel Palm Beach, Birdland, and other premiere clubs. His songwriting has been recognized with Billboard and ASCAP Foundation awards. In addition to Liza Minnelli, Johnny Rodgers has performed and/or recorded with Michael Feinstein, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Stephen Schwartz, Susan Werner, Dave Koz, Clint Holmes, and Ann Hampton Callaway, among others and is featured on the recordings; The Maury Yeston Songbook, Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall, and Jule Styne In Hollywood. Johnny is also the Music Supervisor and song co-writer of Motherhood The Musical which debuted in 2010 and continues touring regionally with growing accolades. Johnny received a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Musical Direction. He is also currently working on a series of Cabaret shows that you can catch at Davenport's Piano Bar and Skokie Theatre throughout the year. He encourages people to keep up to date on his adventures through his website www.johnnyrodgers.com
Jon's love of music began at a very early age while listening to his grandfather, a talented classical pianist. By starting piano lessons at 6, Jon was able to accompany himself at 8, singing popular songs of the `60's. At 10, it was impossible for him to understand the emotional depth of the "Theme from Love Story", but the singing was passionate nonetheless.
Jon's teenage years were spent in Enid, Oklahoma, where he studied classical piano under the same teacher (the incomparable Evelyn Seem) who had taught Jon?s mother when she was a teenager. It was during those years that a real love of musical theatre began, and Jon had the distinction of being the youngest "Harold Hill" on record to that date.
In 1978, Jon moved to Los Angeles and studied piano and voice at the University of Southern California. The move to L.A. sparked a premiere cabaret appearance---the Skip E. Lowe Showcase at the Hyatt on Sunset. Many of Jon's fraternity brothers were in attendance at that auspicious debut.
Though instant fame and success did not ensue, Jon did become a frequent participant in most of the cabaret venues throughout Los Angeles during the `80's and `90's. He also musical directed and performed in a number of musical theater productions in and around L.A., eventually spending a year as Steve in Mark Savage's "The Ballad of Little Mikey", a role he reprised in Palm Springs and San Diego, as well as on the original cast recording.
Jon now resides in Orange County, CA and has a 19-year-old son, Spencer.
Ken Page, in a career spanning over thirty years, has worked in nearly all areas of the entertainment industry. Motion Pictures: “Dreamgirls”( Max Washington).“Torch, Song, Trilogy”(Murry) and “I’ll Do Anything” (Ken). He voiced the characters, King Gator in “All Dogs Go To Heaven” and Mr. Oogie Boogie in the cult classic “Nightmare Before Christmas”. Television audiences have enjoyed Ken on many sitcoms,, episodic and music specials (Ain’t Misbehavin’-NBC, Duke Ellington-The Music Lives On-PBS, Cats- PBS, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, etc. Theatre/ Broadway; Ken made his Broadway debut in 1976 in the all-black revival of “Guys & Dolls”. His rousing gospel rendition of “Sit down Your Rockin’ the Boat” earned him unanimous critical praise and the coveted “Theatre World Award”. He was seen in the original cast of two Tony Award-winning Best Musicals- Cats (Old Deuteronomy) and Ain’t Misbehavin’(Fats Waller); It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues, The Wiz(Lion),The Wizard of OZ(Cowardly Lion), A Christmas Carol ( The Ghost of Christmas Present). Across the Atlantic, audiences have seen Ken in London’s original West End production of Children of Eden (Father), and in the concert of My One and Only (Bishop)-London Palladium, Mr. Wonderful (A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.) at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Paris. In concert, Ken has performed at Carnegie Hall (Anyone Can Whistle), Lincoln Center (American Songbook-Harold Arlen/Frank Loesser),New York City Center (‘Encores! Series’) “Call Me Madam”,”Out of This World” and “Pajama Game”, UCLA (Reprise! Series’) “Threepenny Opera” “Follies”,“Damn Yankees” as well as Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ol’ Opry, and Caesar’s Palace Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Mr. Page is the recipient of the New York Drama Desk Award. He has been honored by the New York Drama League and has been nominated for Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award and is the recipient of the Kevin Kline Award (St. Louis) for his performance of King Herod in “Jesus Christ Superstar”. He was also nominated for his performance of Monsieur Thenardier in “Les Miserables “ Mr. Page’s concert “Page by Page” Has been performed across the country to high acclaim and recorded and released on CD by LML Music. Ken can be heard on seventeen Original Cast and/or Soundtrack recordings. Ken was more recently seen in New York in Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of HAPPINESS and appeared in The Hollywood Bowl presentation of GUYS AND DOLLS recreating his show stopping role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson. Mr. Page’s directing credits are numerous among them are several productions of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, NIGHTLIFE at New York’s Westbeth Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. Ken’s production of THE FANTASTICKS was awarded the Los Angeles Ovation Award as Best Musical. Other productions: DARK OF THE MOON, ATOM AND EVE,BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, WHITE WOMAN, Harvey Fierstein’s TIDY ENDINGS, Tennessee Williams’s HELLO FROM BERTHA , GODSPELL among others. Ken conceived wrote the book for and directed two workshops of the musical version of TO SIR WITH LOVE. He has adapted and will direct his new piece JAMES BALDWIN IN HIS OWN WORDS. In the spring of 2011. In fall of 2010 Ken will direct his newly revised production of the musical STORYVILLE at the SAN DIEGO REPERTORY THEATRE.
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With his graceful lyric baritone vocals and a sophisticated yet endearing persona, Lee Lessack has toured extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and has released five recordings. His most ambitious recording to date, “In Good Company,” features duets with music notables like Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz, it has earned a MAC and Bistro Award for Best Recording of the Year. His other critically-acclaimed albums include two LIVE recordings; “3 Men and a Baby…Grand” salute The Rat Pack and “Too Marvelous for Words: The Songs of Johnny Mercer”; his self-titled debut solo album; his GLAMA Award®-Winning “I Know You By Heart”. A native of Philadelphia, Lessack attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and in 1996 he founded LML Music, whose catalogue of CDs includes over 100 of the world’s top recording artists in the Cabaret, Jazz and Broadway genres.
It's difficult to put Nita into one category. Raised in church music, trained in classical, honed in pop, Nita's voice is a remarkable instrument that's difficult to define. But when you hear her power chops and sweet bell tones, you know you are in the presence of greatness. Having recorded three independent CD's Nita continues to pull all the elements of her training together into a fusion of pop, soul/ R&B, with a splash of gospel.
A former Miss Louisiana, her incredible voice carried her to Female Grand Champion on Star Search. Nita is comfortable singing in any setting, from the theater stage, to intimate club to the arena stages, television and movies. She has sung with Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban, performed on stages with Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Bette Middler, Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand. Having David Foster as one of her mentors, she has performed at countless benefits, political and corporate events, and often performs a one-woman show in cabarets. A work still unwritten, Nita continues to hone her writing skills and continues to record and perform. The best is yet to come.
Stacy Sullivan, winner of the Backstage Bistro Award and the MAC Award for Outstanding Female New York Debut, has appeared in venues across the country, from Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York to the Ford Theatre in Hollywood.
Joined by seasoned jazz master Jon Weber, Stacy’s show “A Tribute To Miss Peggy Lee,” has been gaining critical acclaim and filling venues from coast to coast as an interpretive exploration of the extraordinary music and personal struggles of a singer, composer, and actress whose remarkable career spanned over six decades, influencing jazz and popular-music culture worldwide.
Stacy has recorded five albums for the LML Music label, including her latest CD, “It’s a Good Day,” featuring Bucky Pizzarelli, which introduces a never-released song, “The Folks Back Home,” written by Peggy Lee and Paul Horner. Garnering MAC Award nominations for Best Recording , Stacy’s CDs “It’s a Small Town” and "West on 40," along with her holiday recording “Cold Enough to Snow,” are contemporary treatments of mostly standards, marrying her love of jazz, country, Broadway, and cabaret.
Theatrical performances include Christine in the Yeston/Kopit
"Phantom" (Los Angeles Premiere,) Rosabud in "The Mystery of Edwin
Drood" (West Coast Premiere, with George Rose and Karen Morrow,) and Toby Bluth’s "Babes in Toyland" (World Premiere,with Robert Morse.) Live performances include Cabaret Conventions in New York and San Francisco, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra w/John Raitt, Knoxville Symphony w/KT Sullivan, and "Lyrics and Lyricists" (92nd Street Y) w/Andrea Marcovicci.
The seventh of eight children, Stacy grew up performing family concerts in Oklahoma with her gifted siblings and mother, Elizabeth Sullivan. Graduating from Tulsa University, Stacy was fortunate to study with famed voice teacher, Laven Sowell, becoming the soprano soloist in Hayden's "Teresa Mass" and the Mozart "Requiem,” among others. While her film and televsion credits consist mostly of small movies, soap operas, guest spots, and commercials, Stacy was thrilled to create the role of Sissel Jorgensen on the award-winning, television series, “Christy,” starring Tyne Daly and Kellie Martin.
Stacy lives in New York City with her husband, Jeff Brown. Their children, Sullivan Brown and Savannah Brown are students at UCLA.
Stephen Schwartz has contributed music and/or lyrics to GODSPELL, PIPPIN , THE MAGIC SHOW, THE BAKER'S WIFE, WORKING (which he also adapted and directed), PERSONALS, RAGS, CHILDREN OF EDEN and the current Broadway hit, WICKED. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein's MASS and wrote the title song for the play and movie BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE. For children, he has written a one-act musical, CAPTAIN LOUIE. For films, he collaborated with Alan Menken on the scores for the Disney animated features POCAHONTAS and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and wrote the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. He provided music and lyrics for the original television musical, GEPPETTO, and has released two CDs of new songs entitled RELUCTANT PILGRIM and UNCHARTED TERRITORY. Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and is also a member of the Council of the Dramatists' Guild. Mr. Schwartz is the recipient of three Academy Awards, three Grammy Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies.
Susan Egan has traversed all four corners of the entertainment industry, making powerful impressions in theatre, film, television and music.
She was last seen on Broadway in the title role of Thoroughly Modern Millie; she won critical acclaim as Broadway’s (longest-running) “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret; originated the starring roles in Triumph of Love and State Fair; and most notably, received both Tony Award® and Drama Desk® nominations for “Best Actress” as Broadway’s original ‘Belle’ in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Among her regional credits, Egan starred alongside Carol Burnett in Sondheim’s Putting It Together, Tommy Tune in the national tour of Bye, Bye Birdie, reprised her role of Belle for the Los Angeles premiere of Beauty and the Beast, and developed works at Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, South Coast Rep, and the Mark Taper Forum.
Susan’s film credits include 13 Going on 30, Gotta Kick It Up for the Disney Channel, and countless independent films such as: Meet Market (Sarasota Film Festival), Death and Texas (Seattle Film Festival and Slamdance Film Festival), The Almost Guys (HBO Comedy Festival), The Disappearing Girl Trick, Falling. In Love, Extreme Close Up, and Man of the Century (Audience Award, Slamdance).
In animation, Egan gave the sultry voice to ‘Meg’ in Disney's Hercules, sang the role of 'Angel' in Lady and the Tramp II, and translated two Japanese blockbusters into English for famed animation director Hayao Miyazaki: 'Gina' in Porco Rosso, and ‘Lin’ in Spirited Away, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
On television, Egan spent two seasons on the WB’s Nikki, and has guest-starred on HOUSE, NUMB3RS, NYPD Blue, Arliss, Party of Five, Drew Carey, Almost Perfect, Partners, All My Children, Loving, and Great Performances: Rodgers and Hart, as well as movies of the week and specials for ABC, CBS, and the Disney Channel. Susan has performed her solo concert all across the nation as well as headlined with more than 50 symphonies worldwide, with multiple concerts at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl. She also has over 40 recording credits from Broadway cast albums to film soundtracks, including her 5 solo CDs: All That and More, So Far, Winter Tracks, CoffeeHouse (Best Vocalist 2004), and her concert CD, Susan Egan LIVE.
Egan is a Southern California native and attended the Orange County High School of the Arts and UCLA, where she received a Carol Burnett Award in Musical Theatre. In 2002-2003, she devoted a year away from her career to assume the position of interim Artistic Director of the Orange County High School of the Arts. She now spends her time with a full calendar of concerts and makes her home in Southern California with her husband, Robert, and daughters, Nina and Isla.
Visit Susan’s highly-rated website, www.susanegan.net, which Entertainment Weekly calls the "slickest site around."