GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Announces Rush For People 40 And Over

Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photos by Robert Ascroft

During previews for Broadway’s Gettin’ The Band Back Together, 40 tickets per performance will be available at $40 each for people 40 years of age and older. This rush-offer is available now at the box office and online using the code: BT40440. Customers are able to select from seats in the front orchestra, including the front row, for all preview performances.

Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photos by Robert Ascroft
Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photos by Robert Ascroft

The production, which is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Chris Bailey, will begin preview performances on July 19 at the Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street) with the official opening set for August 13.

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together features Mitchell Jarvis (Mitch Papadopoulos), Jay Klaitz (Bart Vickers), Manu Narayan (Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel), Paul Whitty (Michael “Sully” Sullivan), Sawyer Nunes (Ricky “Bling” Goldstein), Marilu Henner (“Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopoulos), Kelli Barrett (Dani), Becca Kötte (Tawney), Garth Kravits (Ritchie), Tamika Lawrence (Roxanne Velasco), Noa Solorio (Billie), and Brandon Williams (Tygen Billows). The cast also includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

Producer Ken Davenport with cast members from his new show, GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, Garth Kravits and Jasmin Richardson. Photo by Lia Chang
Producer Ken Davenport with cast members from his new show, GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, Garth Kravits and Jasmin Richardson. Photo by Lia Chang

Gettin’ The Band Back Together is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Sandi Moran, Carl Daikeler, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Rob Kolson, H. Richard Hopper, Richard Roth, Marie Barton Stevenson, Diego Kolankowsky, Marguerite Hoffman, Brian Cromwell Smith, Darrell Hankey, Trevor Coates, Wagstaffe Productions, Witzend Productions, David Bryant, Laura Z. Barket, Judith Manocherian, Mach 1 Partners, John McGrain, Steve Reynolds, and Ladybug Productions. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang

Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything – the high paying job, the high-rise apartment – until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his mom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Brandon Williams and Mitch Jarvis are rivals in GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams and Mitch Jarvis are rivals in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang

And when his high school arch nemesis threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can… by winning The Battle of the Bands. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win the battle… and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind… proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

Tickets for Gettin’ The Band Back Together are on sale through www.Telecharge.com / (212) 239-6200. Group tickets are available at www.YourBroadwayGenius.com or by calling 855-329-2932.

Free original cast recording available at: www.GettinTheBandBackTogether.com

Garth Kravits Returns to Broadway in John Rando Helmed GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Triple Threat Comedian J. Elaine Marcos Returns to Broadway in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER and Debuts One Woman Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below 

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Triple Threat Comedian J. Elaine Marcos Returns to Broadway in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER and Debuts One Woman Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below

J. Elaine Marcos
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER cast members J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmine Richardson, Garth Kravits at the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Tony Party at Vida Verde in New York on June 10, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER cast members J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmine Richardson, Garth Kravits at the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Tony Party at Vida Verde in New York on June 10, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

J. Elaine Marcos returns to New York and brings her comedic timing and scene stealing talents to Gettin’ the Band Back Together this summer and debuts her one woman show What I Did for…a Job at Feinstein’s/54 Below on September 5th, 2018 at 9:30 pm. Click here for tickets.

J. Elaine Marcos
J. Elaine Marcos

In What I Did for… a Job, J. Ms. Marcos humorously reveals her approach to auditioning for musicals and shares her unique journey in what it took to book 9 Broadway Shows.

“I had to learn to break the “rules” in order to be noticed and many of my audition pieces were practically cabaret acts. So, I put them all in a show,” says the Broadway vet.

Ms. Marcos will be joined by fellow Gettin’ the Band Back Together cast member Ryan Duncan along with some special cameos from her Broadway past and Mark Hartman will music direct.

Ms. Marcos was last seen stealing big laughs in Los Angeles in the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase.

Clarke Thorell as Rooster, Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily in Annie. Photo by Joan Marcus
Clarke Thorell as Rooster, Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily in Annie. Photo by Joan Marcus

Prior to relocating to the West Coast she re-created the role of ‘Lily St. Regis’ in the revival of Annie along side Jane Lynch. Her comedic reputation began after her portrayal of ‘Cynthia’ in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, earning her an Astaire Award Nomination for Excellence in Dance. Additional Broadway credits include the revival of A Chorus LineThe Wedding SingerFlower Drum Song, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, and Miss Saigon.

Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang
Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

On screen, J. Elaine made her feature film debut in Morning Glory as ‘Lisa Bartlett’ opposite Rachel McAdams; and went on to appear in St. Vincent with Bill Murray. On TV she appeared in :Grace and Frankie,” “2 Broke Girls,” “School of Rock,” “30 Rock” and “Law & Order: SVU,” and is featured in the documentary Every Little Step.

This skilled Filipina comedian writes and produces her own YouTube comedy blog series :Motivational Mondays,” starring as the linguistically challenged but always optimistic motivational speaker named ‘V’.

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. Feinstein’s/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music and has set a new standard for culinary excellence worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54th Street.

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Lia Chang, J. Elaine Marcos, Lea Salonga, Victor Lirio at the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Tony Party at Vida Verde in New York on June 10, 2018. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, J. Elaine Marcos, Lea Salonga, Victor Lirio at the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Tony Party at Vida Verde in New York on June 10, 2018. Photo by Garth Kravits

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2018 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Garth Kravits Returns to Broadway in John Rando Helmed GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits
Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits is returning to Broadway as Ritchie in Ken Davenport’s new musical comedy Gettin’ The Band Back Together, helmed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Chris Bailey. Kravits made his Broadway debut in The Drowsy Chaperone. 

Gettin’ The Band Back Together begins preview performances on July 19th at the Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street) with the official opening set for August 13th.

Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang.
Sarah Saltzberg and Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang
Sarah Saltzberg and Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Mitchell Jarvis as Mitch Papadopolous, Jay Klaitz as Bart Vickers, Paul Whitty as Michael “Sully” Sullivan, Manu Narayan as Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel, Marilu Henner as “Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopolous,  Kelli Barrett as Dani, Brandon Williams as Tygen Billows, Sawyer Nunes as Ricky “Bling” Goldstein,Tamika Lawrence as Roxanne Velasco, Becca Kötte as Tawney and Noa Solorio as Billie.The ensemble includes Ryan Duncan, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, and Tad Wilson. Click here for full bios.

Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

Paul Whitty, Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Garth Kravits, Mitch Jarvis. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Whitty, Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Garth Kravits, Mitch Jarvis. Photo by Lia Chang

Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything – the high paying job, the high-rise apartment – until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his mom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang
Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang

And when his high school arch nemesis threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can… by winning The Battle of the Bands.

Brandon Williams and Mitch Jarvis are rivals in GETT'IN THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams and Mitch Jarvis are rivals in GETT’IN THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang

So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win the battle… and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind… proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

The cast and creative team recently gathered to celebrate at Golf & Body NYC.

Tickets for Gettin’ The Band Back Together are on sale through www.Telecharge.com / (212) 239-6200. Group tickets are available at http://www.YourBroadwayGenius.com or by calling 855-329-2932.

Brandon Williams, Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Mitch Jarvis. Photo by Sheila Williams
Brandon Williams, Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Mitch Jarvis. Photo by Sheila Williams

Garth Kravits appeared on Broadway in The Drowsy Chaperone. His Off-Broadway credits include Old Jews Telling Jokes and Toxic Audio: Loudmouth; The Wild Party (B-Side Productions). His regional credits include Gettin’ The Band Back Together (George Street Playhouse), Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, and It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, (Bucks County Playhouse); A Walk on the Moon (New York Stage & Film dir. Michael Greif) and Happy Days: A New Musical (Goodspeed Opera House); and as Benny Southstreet in the regional tour of Guys and Dolls. He has appeared on television in “30 Rock,” “The Blacklist,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Hostages,” “The Carrie Diaries” in the films Sweet November and Don’t Think Twice.  Kravits is represented by Henderson Hogan Agency. www.garthkravits.com

Gettin’ The Band Back Together is produced by Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Carl Daikeler, Rob Kolson, Richard Roth, H. Richard Hopper, Diego Kolankowsky, Judith Manocherian, and Ken Davenport. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan, Valerie Novakoff and Brian Cromwell Smith.

Free original cast recording available at: www.GettinTheBandBackTogether.com

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Beth Leavel, Bob Martin, Garth Kravits and More Original Cast Members Will Star in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below on January 8

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) will present The Drowsy Chaperone in Concert at 54 Below on Monday, January 8th, 2018. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song after another. Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone has music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. The concert will be directed by Josh Rhodes (Company) with music direction by Lawrence Goldberg (On the Twentieth Century).

The concert will include Original Broadway Cast members Beth Leavel (Bandstand), Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), Stacia Fernandez (Bandstand, Paper Mill Playhouse), Linda Griffin (Something Rotten!), Eddie Korbich (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Garth Kravits (Upcoming: Gettin’ the Band Back Together), Jason Kravits (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Angela Pupello (ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley”), Kilty Reidy (Billy Elliot, 2nd National Tour), Jennifer Smith (Anastasia), Joey Sorge (A Bronx Tale), Patrick Wetzel (Billy Elliot, 2nd National Tour, Resident Director: Aladdin) and Jay Douglas (Elf).

The Drowsy Chaperone in Concert plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on January 8th at 7:00PM and 9:30PM. The cover charge starts at $50, premium seating starts at $95 and a $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.

A portion of the proceeds will support NAMT, a not-for-profit organization, whose programs include the 30th Annual Festival of New Musicals, which will take place on October 25-26, 2018 at New World Stages.

NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals has showcased 252 shows by 478 writers over the last 29 years. Musicals NAMT has helped develop include Broadway’s Come From Away, The Drowsy Chaperone, It Shoulda Been You, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Story of My Life. Off Broadway successes include The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, I Love You Because, The Memory Show, Nobody Loves You, Ordinary Days, OTHELLO: The Remix, See Rock City and Other Destinations, Songs for a New World, Striking 12 and Vanities.

This concert is produced for NAMT by Ciera Iveson with Karin Nilo.

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre, founded in 1985, is a national service organization dedicated to the musical theatre community. Our mission is to advance musical theatre by nurturing the creation, development, production and presentation of new musicals, and to provide a forum for musical theatre professionals to share resources and exchange information. Our 205 members, located throughout 31 states and abroad, are some of the leading producers of musical theatre in the world and include theatres, presenting organizations, higher education programs and individual producers. www.namt.org

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Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Play’s, Pint’s & Party! presents Sam Underwood Helmed SCRUBS: “MY MUSICAL” Featuring Garth Kravits, Stephanie D’Abruzzo and More at Gemini & Scorpio Loft on September 27

Garth Kravits
Garth Kravits
Garth Kravits

Play’s, Pint’s & Party! presents Scrubs: “My Musical,” featuring Broadway special guest artists Tony Award Nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q) and Garth Kravits (Drowsy Chaperone), on Wednesday, September 27th at the Gemini & Scorpio Loft, 255 Douglass Street in Brooklyn at 8:00PM.

The cast also includes Nico Baumgartner, Kyle Carter, Rakel Aroyo, Becky Whitcomb,
Jay Paranada, Lauren Dortch-Crozier, Larissa Adamczyk, Harley Harrison, Dianne Kaye, Emily Levan, Cinderella Mayo, Eddie Olmo, Maria Ortiz, Sabina Petra, Meaghan Sands and Katy Wilson.

Sam Underwood directs, with musical Direction by Matt Tobin.

Welcome to Sacred Heart, and the musical episode of the hit TV show, “Scrubs”. A patient hears singing from everyone, turning Sacred Heart into a musical extravaganza. Join JD, Elliot, Carla, Turk and Dr Cox at a grand night for singing.

Followed by a DANCE PARTY!

DRINKETS: You can get your drinkets in advance HERE
Including some cool new offers…
Single Drinket ($10 Online / $15 at the Door)

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Laura Osnes, Beth Leavel, Geoff Packard, Brandon James Ellis and Garth Kravits Backstage at BANDSTAND

Brandon James Ellis, Garth Kravits, Geoff Packard and Laura Osnes. Photo by Lia Chang
Joe Carroll, Corey Cott, Laura Osnes, Brandon J. Ellis, Geoff Packard, James Nathan Hopkins and Alex Bender. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel
Joe Carroll, Corey Cott, Laura Osnes, Brandon J. Ellis, Geoff Packard, James Nathan Hopkins and Alex Bender. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

The Tony Award winning production of the new American musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by three time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In The Heights) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, will conclude its critically acclaimed engagement on Broadway on Sunday, September, 17, 2017 following 24 previews and 166 regular performances.

The company of Bandstand. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel 
The company of Bandstand. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

Bandstand began performances on March 31, 2017 and officially opened April 26 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street) on Broadway.

Corey Cott, Joe Carroll, Laura Osnes, Brandon J. Ellis, Alex Bender, James Nathan Hopkins and Geoff Packard. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel
Corey Cott, Joe Carroll, Laura Osnes, Brandon J. Ellis, Alex Bender, James Nathan Hopkins and Geoff Packard. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

Bandstand stars two time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) and Corey Cott (Gigi) and features Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Joe Carroll (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Brandon James Ellis (Once), James Nathan Hopkins (What’s It All About: Bacharach Reimagined), Geoff Packard (Matilda) and Joey Pero (Broadway debut).

Brandon J. Ellis, Corey Cott, Joe Carroll, James Nathan Hopkins, Alex Bender and Geoff Packard. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel 
Brandon J. Ellis, Corey Cott, Joe Carroll, James Nathan Hopkins, Alex Bender and Geoff Packard. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart.

Corey Cott and Laura Osnes. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel
Corey Cott and Laura Osnes. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, inspiration strikes! Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home.

Corey Cott and Laura Osnes (center) with the company of Bandstand. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel 
Corey Cott and Laura Osnes (center) with the company of Bandstand. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

The Bandstand ensemble features Carleigh Bettiol (Hamilton), Mary Callanan (Mamma Mia!), Max Clayton (Something Rotten!), Patrick Connaghan (Broadway debut), Matt Cusack (One Man Two Guvnors), Andrea Dotto (Broadway debut), Marc A. Heitzman (Broadway debut), Ryan Kasprzak (Broadway debut), Andrew Leggieri (Broadway debut), Erica Mansfield (Finding Neverland), Morgan Marcell (Hamilton), Drew McVety (The Front Page), Kevyn Morrow (The Color Purple), Becca Petersen (Broadway debut) , Keven Quillon (Shrek), Jonathan Shew (Broadway debut), Ryan VanDenBoom (Something Rotten!), Jaime Verazin (Finding Neverland), Mindy Wallace (An American in Paris) and Kevin Worley (On the Town).

 The company of Bandstand. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel 
The company of Bandstand. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

The award winning Bandstand design team includes Tony Award nominee David Korins (Scenic Design), Tony Award winner Paloma Young (Costume Design), Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design), 2017 Tony Award nominee Greg Anthony Rassen (Co-Orchestrator, Music Supervisor and Music Arranger), Tony Award winner and 2017 Tony Award nominee Bill Elliott (Co-Orchestrator), Fred Lassen (Musical Director and Conductor), Mark Stuart (Associate Choreographer) and makeup, hair and wig design by J. Jared Janas and Dave Bova.

Corey Cott and Laura Osnes (center) with the company of Bandstand. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel 
Corey Cott and Laura Osnes (center) with the company of Bandstand. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

Bandstand played a critically acclaimed world premiere engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse last fall.

Brandon James Ellis, Garth Kravits, Geoff Packard and Laura Osnes. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon James Ellis, Garth Kravits, Geoff Packard and Laura Osnes. Photo by Lia Chang
 Joe Carroll, James Nathan Hopkins, Alex Bender, Laura Osnes, Geoff Packard, Corey Cott and Brandon J. Ellis. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel
Joe Carroll, James Nathan Hopkins, Alex Bender, Laura Osnes, Geoff Packard, Corey Cott and Brandon J. Ellis. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Photos: Garth Kravits, Farah Alvin, Meredith Inglesby, Jenny Lee Stern and More in Scott Siegel’s BROADWAY BY THE TEAR at Feinstein’s/54 Below

The cast of Broadway by the Tear Photo by Lia Chang

BROADWAY BY THE TEAR, a special evening of torch songs, produced, written, and hosted by NY’s critically acclaimed impresario, Scott Siegel at Feinstein’s/54 Below on July 29th, featured Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone),  Farah Alvin, (Nine, Saturday Night Fever, It Shoulda Been You), Mia Gerachis, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Meredith Inglesby (Beauty and the Beast), Philippa Lynas (Australian singing star), Pepe Nufrio (54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits!), Jenny Lee Stern (Forbidden Broadway, Rocky: The Musical, Spamilton), Morissa Trunzo (Occasion for Sin), Remy Zaken and Rashad Naylor, with Ryan Shirar on the keys.

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Rashad Naylor, Garth Kravits, Jenny Lee Stern, Meredith Inglesby, Remy Zaken, Scott Siegel, Farah Alvin, Mia Gerachis, Morissa Trunzo, Pepe Nufrio, Ryan Shirar, Philippa Lynas Photo by Lia Chang
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Rashad Naylor, Garth Kravits, Jenny Lee Stern, Meredith Inglesby, Remy Zaken, Scott Siegel, Farah Alvin, Mia Gerachis, Morissa Trunzo, Pepe Nufrio, Ryan Shirar, Philippa Lynas Photo by Lia Chang

Set List:

I, Who Have Nothing (Smokey Joe’s Café) – Farah Alvin

Farah Alvin Photo by Lia Chang
Farah Alvin
Photo by Lia Chang

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables (Les Miz) – Hunter Ryan Herdlicka

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka Photo by Lia Chang
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka
Photo by Lia Chang

Another Suitcase in Another Hall (Evita) – Jenny Lee Stern

Jenny Lee Stern Photo by Lia Chang
Jenny Lee Stern
Photo by Lia Chang

A House is Not a Home (Promises, Promises) – Philippa Lynas

Philippa Lynas Photo by Lia Chang
Philippa Lynas
Photo by Lia Chang

Being Alive (Company) – Garth Kravits

Garth Kravits Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits
Photo by Lia Chang

Another Life (Bridges of Madison County) – Morissa Trunzo

Morissa Trunzo Photo by Lia Chang
Morissa Trunzo
Photo by Lia Chang

My Funny Valentine (Babes in Arms) – Farah Alvin

Farah Alvin, Garth Kravits and Jenny Lee Stern Photo by Lia Chang
Farah Alvin, Garth Kravits and Jenny Lee Stern
Photo by Lia Chang

Burn (Hamilton) – Jenny Lee Stern

Never Never Land (Peter Pan) – Hunter Ryan Herdlicka

Sonya Alone (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) – Morissa Trunzo

Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (The New Moon) – Pepe Nufrio

Pepe Nufrio Photo by Lia Chang
Pepe Nufrio
Photo by Lia Chang

One Hand, One Heart (West Side Story) — Garth Kravits & Meredith Inglesby

Meredith Inglesby and Garth Kravits Photo by Lia Chang
Meredith Inglesby and Garth Kravits
Photo by Lia Chang

Maybe This Time (Cabaret) – Mia Gerachis

Mia Gerachis Photo by Lia Chang
Mia Gerachis
Photo by Lia Chang

The I Love You Song (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) – Farah Alvin, Remy Zaken & Rashad Naylor

Rashad Naylor, Remy Zaken and Farah Alvin. Photo by Lia Chang
Rashad Naylor, Remy Zaken and Farah Alvin.
Photo by Lia Chang

Scott Siegel has created more than 300 major concerts around the world, including Town Hall’s signature series, Broadway by the Year. He has also written, directed, and produced concerts for Michael Feinstein. Siegel is the creator of the long-running smash hit series, 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits.

The cast of Broadway by the Tear Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of Broadway by the Tear
Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of Broadway by the Tear Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of Broadway by the Tear
Photo by Lia Chang
Scott Siegel and Garth Kravits in rehearsal Photo by Lia Chang
Scott Siegel and Garth Kravits in rehearsal
Photo by Lia Chang
Ryan Shirar and Scott Siegel. Photo by Lia Chang
Ryan Shirar and Scott Siegel. Photo by Lia Chang
Rick Hinkson and Jenny Lee Stern Photo by Lia Chang
Rick Hinkson and Jenny Lee Stern
Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Lori Tan Chinn Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Lori Tan Chinn
Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn and Scott Siegel Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn and Scott Siegel Photo by Lia Chang
Mia Gerachis, Pepe Nufrio, Scott Siegel and Philippa Lynas Photo by Lia Chang
Mia Gerachis, Pepe Nufrio, Scott Siegel and Philippa Lynas
Photo by Lia Chang

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Garth Kravits, Farah Alvin, Meredith Inglesby, Jenny Lee Stern and More in BROADWAY BY THE TEAR at Feinstein’s/54 Below

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

Garth Kravits, Meredith Inglesby, Farah Alvin, Jenny Lee Stern and More Set for Scott Siegel’s BROADWAY BY THE TEAR at Feinstein’s/54 Below on July 29

Garth Kravits Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits
Photo by Lia Chang

Broadway by the Tear featuring Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone),  Farah Alvin (Nine, Saturday Night Fever, It Shoulda Been You), Mia Gerachis, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Meredith Inglesby (Beauty and the Beast), Philippa Lynas (Australian singing star), Pepe Nufrio (54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits!).
Jenny Lee Stern (Forbidden Broadway, Rocky: The Musical, Spamilton),
Morissa Trunzo (Occasion for Sin) at Feinstein’s/54 Below on Saturday, July 29th at 9:30 PM is produced, written, and hosted by NY’s critically acclaimed impressario, Scott Siegel, who has created more than 300 major concerts around the world, including Town Hall’s signature series, Broadway by the Year. Siegel has also written, directed, and produced concerts for Michael Feinstein. Siegel is the creator of the long-running smash hit series, 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits.

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There is nothing like a great torch song. The reason: we’ve all been there! We know what those emotions feel like and Broadway’s great composers take you back to that volcanic emotional moment when life and love combine in a tear-jerking chord that resonates with your soul. And we’ve got a whole show of those sensational songs! You’ll hear songs like Gershwin’s “But Not for Me,” Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do?, Jerry Herman’s “I Won’t Send Roses,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Losing My Mind,” and so many others from across the history of Broadway. And what great torch songs require are equally great performers and they will be drawn from the first ranks of our Broadway and nightclub stars.

Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 W 54th St. Cellar, NYC 10019

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

Garth Kravits, Betsy Wolfe, Ellyn Marsh and Jeff Pew Join The Skivvies for Sunday Undie Bottomless Brunch Series at The Green Room 42 on April 9

Nick Cearley, Garth Kravits, Nathan Ellman-Bell and Lauren Molina.

On Sunday. April 9th, The Green Room 42 is presenting “Sunday Undie Bottomless Brunch,” featuring the scantily-clad musical duo The Skivvies with special guests Betsy Wolfe, Ellyn Marsh, Jeff Pew, and Garth Kravits at 1:00 P.M. $15 ticket for performance; $45 ticket for bottomless brunch and performance. Tickets and information here.

Nick Cearley, Garth Kravits, Nathan Ellman-Bell and Lauren Molina.
Nick Cearley, Garth Kravits, Nathan Ellman-Bell and Lauren Molina.

The Green Room 42 is Broadway’s newest, funkiest, and most spacious club located on 42nd street and Tenth Ave inside YOTEL.

Click here for a the complete calendar listing of the upcoming performances at The Green Room 42. For tickets and other information, visit www.thegreenroom42.com or call (646) 449-7792.

Q & A with Lia Chang and Garth Kravits, Creators of HIDE AND SEEK; Southern California Premiere Screening at 12th Annual 2017 Huntington Beach SoCal Film Festival on Feb. 11

Mark Linn-Baker, Barbara Walsh, Garth Kravits and More Set for New Victory LabWorks’ Reading of Andrew Gerle’s THE GREAT BLUENESS on Nov. 10

Inside B-Side Productions’ THE WILD PARTY Opening Night with Jamey Hood, Denis Lambert, Garth Kravits, Billy Bustamante and Special Guest André De Shields 

Garth Kravits and Benjamin Halstead win TUNE IN TIME Musical Theater Song Writing Competition at The York Theatre 

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