Thursday, October 22, 2009

Neil Berg's Broadway Stars

Five Broadway stars will be coming to Sangamon Auditorium this weekend (Sat, Oct 24, 8 pm) to perform in Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway. Now you can get to know them before the concert.

Carter Calvert

Carter Calvert is best known for originating her role in the Tony nominated, "It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues" on Broadway. Previously Ms. Calvert appeared in the World Premiere of "Forbidden Vegas" in a role she originated. New York credits include the Broadway, Original Cast Album and touring productions of "It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues". Off-Broadway she appeared in "Forbidden Broadway" and "The Thing About Men" at the Promenade Theatre. Ms. Calvert toured Europe in "Smokey Joe's Cafe," played Grizabella in the national tour of "Cats," and appeared as the title role in "Always, Patsy Cline". She has appeared in numerous roles in regional theaters around the country.

Robert DuSold

Robert DuSold recently played Harry Bright in the Las Vegas production of “Mamma Mia!”. New York credits in the last year include “Mimi le Duck” opposite Eartha Kitt. Off Broadway, the title role in “Don Imbroglio” at the New York Music Theater Festival as well as Ned in the Drama Desk nominated “The Audience”. Broadway and National Tour credits include Jason Green in “The Producers,” Javert and Valjean in "Les Miserables," Monsieur Andre in "Phantom of the Opera," Old Deuteronomy in "Cats," Pete in Hal Prince's "Showboat," assorted roles in "Jekyll and Hyde," "Kiss of the Spiderwoman" and "Chicago". Recordings include "A Gala for Harold Prince," "Sondheim: An Evening in Celebration at Carnegie Hall," the "Anastasia" soundtrack and others.

Rita Harvey

Rita Harvey made her Broadway debut performing the lead role of Christine Daee in The Phantom of the Opera, after two years performing the role with the second national tour. She has spent the last two years (minus a maternity leave!) performing on Broadway in the original cast of the gorgeous new revival of Fiddler on the Roof. In this beautiful new production, directed by David Leveaux, Rita played the role of Fredel and covered the two older daughters, Tzeitel and Hodel. Rita created the role of Lady Edith in the off- Broadway hit musical The Prince and the Pauper. Rita also created the role of Elizabeth in the highly acclaimed concept CD/DVD of Frankenstein the Musical.

Jeremy Kushnier

Originally from Canada, Jeremy originated the role of Ren in "Footloose" on Broadway. Most recently, he stared as Tommy Devito in the Toronto production of "Jersey Boys". National tours include "Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida" (Radames), "Rent" (Roger). Regional: Signature Theatre’s "Rhythm Club". Original Canadian companies of "The Who’s Tommy" and "Rent". Film: "The Adulterer". Television: "Late Night with David Letterman," "FX," and John Woo’s "Once a Thief". Jeremy has two independent CDs, "In Time" and his self-titled EP, "Jeremy Kushnier".

Raymond McLeod

Raymond Jaramillo McLeod, Broadway veteran, appears courtesy of DRM Studios where, in addition to his performing schedule, he teaches with his wife Deborah Kym-McLeod to a wide variety of musical, TV and film students. Most recently Mr. McLeod appeared as ‘Wreck' in the Tony Award winning production of "Wonderful Town". He has also worked in shows with such stars as Michael Crawford (Dance of the Vampires), Placido Domingo (Metropolitan and Los Angeles Operas), Taye Diggs (The Wild Party) and Will Smith (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). However, his daughters only know him from his work with Disney on the soundtracks Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Pocahontas.

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